Pioneers of Menard & Mason Counties|
Including Personal Reminiscens of
Abraham Lincoln & Peter Cartwright
By T.G. Onstot, 1902
Judge Joseph H. Pillsbury
Was one of the early settlers of Menard county. He was born in 1830, in Stafford county New Hampshire.
His mother came to Menard county and settled there in the "thirties." It then being but a new county and called Sangamon.
He was given a good education in Illinois college. He located in Petersburg in 1854 and read law with the lamented Thomas L. Harns. He then taught school. In 1855 he was elected school commissioner, serving in that capacity for six years. In 1856 he was admitted to the bar; was elected police magistrate and appointed master-in-chancery, which office he held eight years. He was then elected county judge. He filled these several offices with efficiency and fidelity. He was married to Miss Susan M. Gardner in 1861.
Two children, Joseph B. and Susan H., who, with his devoted wife, survive him. He administered on his own estate and had all of his business settled when he died. He had perfect faith in the Lord, having been baptized in his own home, and died full of years and honors.
Transcribed by:Brenda Hamilton Johnson