Biography - C Barringer

C. BARRINGER. merchant, Jonesboro, was born September 29, 1825, in this county, and is the oldest of seven children. His grandfather, Henry Barringer, came to this county in an early day, and his son Daniel, who came here with his father, was married to Elizabeth Treese, born in Rowan County, N. C. She died in this county. Mr. C. Barringer's chances for an education were limited, he only attending the old fashioned subscription schools in this county. In most respects in regard to his business career, it may be said that he is a self-made man. In early life he was a farmer, and in 1846 he enlisted in Company F, of the Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Col. Bissel), and with it participated in the Mexican war, serving one year. After the war, he followed farming for some years. On March 5, 1848, he was married to Miss Matilda Hileman, born November 9, 1826, in Union County, Ill. She is a daughter of Christian and Nancy (Davis) Hileman, who were old settlers. Three children were the result of this union — George, Nancy C. and Phena. In the summer of 1861, Mr. Barringer enlisted in Company F, of the One Hundred and Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Col. A. J. Nimmo). In the spring of 1863, our subject opened a grocery store on a small scale, with a stock of $64. He has continued in that business ever since, and has prospered. Mr. Barringer is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Jonesboro Lodge; No. 111. He has served the public in the capacity of Alderman, Mayor and City Treasurer, which latter office he fills now. In politics, he has been connected with the Democratic party.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 93-94.

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