Biography - Moses Pickles

MOSES M. PICKLES was born in Sainte Genevieve County, Mo., in 1854. His father, William Pickles, was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1805. He married Anna Ambler, a native of the same county in England as himself. They came to the United States as early as 1845. The father and husband came in 1842, leaving his family in England until such time as he could earn and save up means to send for them. He sailed from Liverpool to New Orleans, and came thence up the Mississippi River to Sparta, Ill., and being a machinist by trade soon earned the necessary means to send for his family. He was a master mechanic and made good wages. His family joined him at Sparta, Randolph County, Ill., after a tedious passage on a sailing-vessel.
Mrs. Pickles brought with her to this country three children, leaving one daughter in England with her grandmother. This daughter, named Hannah, some years later sailed from England to join her parents, but was never afterward heard of. The family made several moves after leaving Sparta, living in two counties in Missouri, Saint Francois and Sainte Genevieve, before the war. Having lost one leg, our subject's father could not join the army, but he was a stanch Union man and boldly advocated the cause of the Government in private and in public. For so doing he was foully murdered on Sunday evening, August 11, 1861, by a band of guerrillas. They came to his home on his farm, called him out and shot him down. In November following, his devoted wife died of a broken heart, leaving a family of seven children, of whom Moses M. is the youngest. They had buried one infant son and one infant daughter, and had lost the daughter Hannah already mentioned, and had at the time of their death four sons and three daughters. They left a large estate, nine hundred acres of land and $2,000 worth of personal property, none of which the family ever received, except $1,000 due from a German on a mill purchase, which he paid after the war. The family was then scattered and came to Illinois. The two older sisters were married, Fannie becoming the wife of William Terry, of England, and Maria, the wife of John Baker, with whom the younger orphaned children lived. Mr. Baker returned to Missouri to look after the estate, and met there the same fate as had the father of his wife, being shot on his horse in the streets of Farmington, Saint Francois County, where the parents of his wife lie buried.
Moses M. Pickles lived at the home of his sister, Mrs. Terry, and received but a limited education. At the age of twenty-one he went out into the world to begin life for himself, with but little or no capital. He taught school in the winter and spring and worked summers as a farm hand for some six years. He was married October 16, 1881, to Martha E. Hudgens, of Johnson County, Ill., daughter of John and Minerva (Grisham) Hudgens, who came from Tennessee about 1832. The Hudgens family had been in Illinois many years. Mr. and Mrs. Pickles began married life at their present home. He bought at first one hundred and five acres of land in 1880, and to his home on this land he took his wife upon marriage. Six years later he bought one hundred and sixty acres more for $3,200, on which he now lives in his neat farm cottage. He has since then sold the one hundred and five acres for which he paid $1,200. He has been a farmer and teacher ever since he began life for himself, and he has made a success of both. He taught his first school at $20 per month and boarded himself, and since then his wages have advanced to $60 per month. He has two daughters, Ella J., ten years of age, and Julia Ann, eight, both bright and healthy girls, of whom their parents are justly proud. Mr. and Mrs. Pickles are both healthy and active people and among the leading citizens of Johnson County, and Mrs. Pickles is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church. Mr. Pickles is a Republican, loyal and true to the party and its principles, and is one of the few men that use neither liquors nor tobacco.

Extracted 16 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 590-591.

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