Biography - J E Hileman
J. E. HILEMAN, Postmaster, Jonesboro, was born January 27, 1860, in Union County, Ill. His great-grandfather was Rinehart Hileman, of German descent. His son Adam Hileman, was born in North Carolina; he died in this county where he was a farmer by occupation. His son Eli was born June 11, 1832. in this county, where he farmed until the breaking-out of our late war, when he obeyed the call of his county to protect the stars and stripes by enlisting in Company I, of the Eighty-first Regiment Illinois Volunteers, participating in several battles and also in the siege of Vicksburg, in which city he died February 14, 1864, of the small-pox. He was married, April 6, 1854, to Mary Ann Reitzel, born December 13, 1829, in North Carolina; she died August 8, 1867, in this county. She was the daughter of Christian and Delilah (Ingold) Reitzel, of North Carolina. She was the mother of six children, four now living, viz.: Jerome D., a farmer in Johnson County; Matilda E., Jairus E. and Philetus E. Our subject received a common school education in this county, and was formerly a student of Carbondale, Ill. In early life he was a tiller of the soil, but in 1880 he clerked in the post office of Jonesboro and Anna, and in February, 1881, was appointed Postmaster at Jonesboro, and has held the office since. Mr. Hileman is a member of the Lutheran Church at Anna, Ill. In politics, he is identified with the Republican party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 102-103.