THOMAS BINKLEY. Amid the fertile farm lands of Lovington Township is a tract
of eighty acres belonging to the gentleman abovenamed and devoted by him to general
farming. It is pleasantly located on section 24, and is embellished with every necessary structure.
To say that the owner is one of the most prominent farmers in the community gives but a slight idea
of the respect he commands, for he is looked upon as one of the most intelligent citizens to whatever
class they may belong. A good neighbor and a reliable business man, he also merits the gratitude
of all who are pleased with the advance of civilization in this section.
Mr. Binkley comes of substantial forefathers. His father, Daniel Binkley, was a native of Perry
County, Ohio, and was a chair maker by trade. The mother, whose maiden name was Catherine Zartman,
was also a native of Perry County. The worthy couple passed their entire wedded life in Ohio
where the father died in 1868; five years later the mother came to Moultrie County, and died in
Lovington Township in 1880. Our subject was the only son in the family, and he had one sister,
Amelia A., who became the wife of B. M. Clark and died in Lovington Township in 1881,
The birthplace of our subject is Perry County, Ohio, and his natal day August 25,1838. His youth
was passed uneventfully in conning his lessons at the district school and gaining practical knowledge
of the way to conduct a farm. He began the battle of life for himself at an early age and when he
was able to establish a home of his own he was married in his native county, September 20, 1868,
to Miss Matilda, daughter of John and Charlotte (Jonas) Fisher, natives of Perry County, Ohio. Mr.
Fisher followed the occupation of a farmer and died in Perry County, where also his wife passed
away. A large family of children had been born to them, ten in number, and Mrs. Binkley was the
second in order of birth, having been born in Perry County, Ohio, September 10, 1889.
After his marriage our subject located in Perry County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming. They
made their home in the Buckeye State until 1873, when they removed to Moultrie County, Ill.; afterward
they removed to Piatt County, whence after a residence of six years, they returned to Moultrie
County and located in Lovington Township. Unto him and his estimable wife thirteen children have
been born, ten of whom are living, as follows: Amanda C., the wife of George E. Foster; Amelia
A., who married Charles Redman; Acta C., the wife of Irving Houseworth; William E., Charlotte,
Oscar, Liberia, Daniel R., Walker O. and Lambert. The three deceased died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Binkley are consistent members of the German Reformed and Lutheran Churches
and are active in every benevolent enterprise. He has served the people in several offices, among
them that of School Director. He has always followed agriculture and his successful and honorable
career is worthy of emulation.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 716
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