Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874|
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois
William Batterton, son of Amor and Nancy Batterton, was born in Adair County, Kentucky, December 14, 1801. He remained in that State until seventeen years old, and removed to Madison County, Illinois, and two years thereafter removed to Sangamon (now Menard) County, and thence to Garden Prairie, Sangamon County, and has remained there to this time.
He was married, in 1833, in Sangamon County, to Miss Eliza Gaines, of Christian County, Kentucky, where she was born, in 1811. Her father was a native of South Carolina, from which State he emigrated to Virginia when a boy. His name was Richard Gaines, a son of Robert Gaines, a relative of the well-known General Gaines.
William Batterton is a good farmer, and an intelligent and much respected citizen. Though no politicians, his political preferences are with the Republican party. Both he and his estimable wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has two brothers living in this County, -Levi and Enoch George Batterton. One of his sisters lives in Knoxville, Iowa, and another is the wife of William Yoakum, whose biography occurs elsewhere in this work
Richard Batterton, the subject of this sketch, is one of a family of ten children of William and Eliza Batterton, eight of whom are living, -four sons and four daughters. His residence is on Section 5 of Township 17-6. He was born in July, 1836, and was married, April 3, 1862, to Miss Parmelia Ann Miller, who was born in the County, April 18, 1842. She is a daughter of William R. and Eliza (Jackman) Miller, both deceased. They were residents of this County. Mr. Miller's parents were natives of Adair County, Kentucky, and died in this County. He will be remembered by many of our readers as a good farmer and very estimable citizen. In politics he was a Democrat, and we believe he was a member of no religious organization, though his preference was the Baptist Church.
Richard Batterton is a comparatively young man, but has already become well known throughout this part of the State as a reliable, substantial, and public-spirited citizen, and successful and extensive farmer and cattle raiser.
Of the children of Richard and Parmelia Ann Batterton, four are living, three having died.
The three brothers of Mr. Batterton live in Sangamon County, of whom one, Henry C., is married. Two of the sisters are married. One of them, the oldest, lives in Missouri; she is the wife of John R. Wells. The other is the wife of Daniel Pelham, of Sangamon County.