Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 144-145

Mr. Estep is a native of St. Clair County, Illinois, was born Dec. 14, 1819, removed to Menard County, in 1820, and to Mason County, in 1833, being thus not only one of the first settlers of Mason County, but one of the very first in central Illinois. In 1820, when James Estep, the father of J. M., moved to what is now Menard County, the present great State of Illinois had but a few white inhabitants. It had but just been admitted as a State of into the Union. The Estep family were originally from North Carolina. The writer made the acquaintance of the elder Mr. Estep more than twenty years ago, or about three years before his death, since that time, and it is with much pleasure that we record the very excellent qualities of mind and heart in all.

The Estep family have ever been among our most reliable and substantial farmers, and best citizens, making the golden rule their law, in practice as well as in theory.


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