Friday, June 4, 2010

Samuel Calvin (County Commissioner)

Birth:    Feb., 1800
             Mason, Kentucky

Died:    Apr. 23, 1866
            McDonough County, Illinois

Samuel Calvin was first married to Pheobe Currey (1801-1841).  They married September 22, 1821 in Brown County, Ohio.  Phoebe Currey Calvin is possibly also interred in this cemetery.  Together they had at least six children:  Robert Curry, John, William Harvey, Indiana, George Bailey, and Mary L. He married Mary Haney (or Hainey) in January 1842 in Schuyler County, Illinois. They had at least two children, Harry C. and Margaret Ann.

Samuel Calvin was politically active in McDonough County.  He was a Democratic candidate, successfully elected as a McDonough County Commissioner in 1848, and in 1853 he was elected as an Associate Justice.  He served as a private in the McDonough County militia that was raised for the so-called "Mormon War" of 1844.

The 1850 federal census shows Samuel Calvin, farmer, living in Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois with his wife Mary, who was born in Pennsylvania about 1811. Two sons listed in the household, "Harvey" (22), and George (19) and his daughters Indiana (24) and Mary (16) were also born in Ohio. Two more children, Harry (7 yrs) and Margaret A. (6 months) were born in Illinois.
Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry," biographical notes document that Samuel Calvin served from McDonough County during the "Mormon War" in the 1840's, and he was also a McDonough County commissioner during that era.  Other biographical information compiled from census records, vital statistics,  and S. J. Clarke's 1878 History of McDonough County.

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