J. H. MICHAEL, a wealthy and public-spirited farmer residing on section 20, Sullivan
Township, Moultrie County, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, February 26,
1849. His father, Hamilton Michael, was born in Ohio in 1813, and his mother, Martha Bragg, was
born in Savannah County, Va., in 1814. They had both removed to Ohio before their marriage,
which occurred there in Ross County in 1833. After sixteen years' residence in that section they
removed to Pickaway County, which they made their home until 1868, when they removed to
Moultrie County, Ill.
Nine children were born to Hamilton and Martha Michael namely: Anna E. born in 1834
now Mrs. David Dyer, resides in Hall County, Neb.; Mary C. born in 1836, married Mr. J. J.
Swank in Ohio and died in this county; Andrew L. married Cynthia A. Frantz and resides at Broken
Bow, Neb.; Sarah who was born in 1840, died unmarried in her young womanhood; John F. has
been married twice and resides in Indiana; Isaiah died at the age of four years; George W., married
Mary Nagles, and resides in Decatur, Ill.; our subject; Martha Jane, born in 1852 died when fourteen
years old. The father of these children passed away after his removal to Illinois in the year 1879,
but his venerable and honored widow still remains and resides with her son, our subject, by whom she
is most tenderly cherished.
J. H. Michael came to Illinois with his parents when he was a lad of sixteen years and his education
which had begun in the public schools of Ohio was continued in this State. He was married
February 7, 1875, to Miss Laura A. Hudson, daughter of J. J. Hudson. For further particulars in regard
to the history of this interesting and prominent family, the reader is referred to the sketch of Isaac
Hudson to be found upon another page. This lovely lady, Mrs. Michael, died of consumption,
March 30, 1891, leaving no children to mourn her loss.
The fine farm of two hundred and fifty-five acres, which is partly prairie and partly timber land, has
received from the hand of Mr. Michael excellent improvements, and he has taken a great deal of pains
with it. The crowning beauty of this farm is a delightful park and carp pond which he has spared
no expense in fitting up for the pleasure of his own family and that of the general public. Oak Park
as it is called, contains comfortable seats, swings, hammocks and other pleasant accommodations for
those who would enjoy outdoor life. The pond is plentifully filled with excellent fish and has boats
for the accommodation of visitors. It is a beautiful place and a general pleasure resort for the people
for miles around. The trees are mostly of hardwood varieties and are of suitable size to
afford excellent shade. The park is five miles northwest of Sullivan, the same distance southwest
of Lovington and northeast of Bethany, a location which makes it very convenient of access. The
farm is on sections 20 and 21.
Mr. Michael is now giving his entire attention to the breeding of Englishshire horses. His fine
animal "Nail Stone Honest Boy" is an imported horse of great beauty and a universal favorite
among horsemen and represents a little fortune in himself, having cost $2,000. This gentleman is a
Democrat in politics but is not aggressive, and was a member of the Town Council of the city of Lovington
for six years. He has declined other offices and even failed to qualify after being elected. His
departed wife was a worthy and devoted member of the Christian Church and her loss was deeply
deplored by those who had been with her in Christian communion.
Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891 - p. 543/544
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