Biography - Peter Dillow
PETER DILLOW, farmer, P. O. Anna. The subject of the following sketch descended from a long line of ancestors, all tillers of the soil, and has spent nearly the whole of his active life as a farmer, and now enjoys that respect, confidence and affection of his fellow-citizens which a useful and upright life can permanently secure. He was born February 28, 1820, in Union County, Ill., and is the son of Samuel and Margaret (Lingle) Dillow, natives of North Carolina and residents of this county. While yet single, the father settled with his father, Jacob Dillow, near Cobden. He is deceased. The mother of our subject survives, with him, at the ripe old age of ninety years. She is the mother of five children; the subject only survives. Peter's educational advantages were such as only a district school afforded, and were limited at that, the entire amount not being more than one year. He was subjected to the command of his father to attend the duties of farmer life until having reached his majority, when he set out for himself, marrying at that age Mahulda Treece, a daughter of Alexander Treece, the result of which union is ten children, all of whom survive, viz., Calvin, Walter, James, Nelson, Columbus, Sydney, Mansena, Alice, Frances. Dora. Immediately after his marriage, he located on a tract of land yet in his possession, and in real earnest set about the business of taming the wilderness, which, under his strong hand, guided by his consummate skill and taste, has long since been made to "rejoice and blossom as the rose;" he is one of the most successful and dexterous farmers in his neighborhood, and is the artificer of his own fortune of 400 acres of finely improved land. He has long since laid aside the wooden mold-board plow, and has at his command the modern implements for tilling the soil. Although he had but little chance for education, yet he has given his family of children every advantage he reasonably could. He votes the Democratic ticket. The family attend the Presbyterian Church.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 60-61.