William Henry England

William Henry England (1862-1952) was born on July 11, 1862, and raised in Athens, Menard County, Illinois. He was only a year old when his father, William Banks England, was killed in the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. William was raised by his mother, Martha Hall England Swaringuin (daughter of James Wesley and Catherine Claypool Hall) and step-father, Capt. Thomas A. Swaringuin, in Athens. In 1893, Will was operating "The Old Reliable Drug and Book Store: Swaringuin and England", started by his stepfather in Athens on North Main Street.

Will married Clara Sprouse, daughter of George Bailey and Miney Sprouse in Athens in 1894. After a short time of living in Nebraska in 1909, the family returned to Illinois. In 1920 Will was working in Athens as a hardware store clerk, and his wife was a milliner. They were the parents of Willard P., Primm, Thomas, Fred (Mabel Abbot), Zoel K. (Cecile M. Knox), Donald E. (Janet Luttrell), and Velma (Gilbert Foster).

In the 1920 census he was listed as a head clerk at Churchillís Hardware in Athens. Clara "Kad" England died on June 01, 1922, leaving Will a widower with three teen-aged boys and a young daughter to raise. William England died in 1952, and is buried in Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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