Biography - M. M. Dougherty

M. M. DOUGHERTY, hardware, Cobden. Among the leading business men of this village is M. M. Dougherty, who was born August 7, 1832, in Alabama. His parents, Isaac and Rachel (Slimp) Dougherty, were natives of East Tennessee, and settled in Alabama, and finally in Mississippi, where they died after having been blessed with fourteen children, viz., John, Matilda, Alfred, William, Cynthia, Frances M., Amos. The eighth child was killed when quite young by a limb falling on it. The remaining children were M. M., Elizabeth, Allen, Parlee, Lafayette and Cansaday. The father served in the war of 1812, and he and wife were members of the Christian Church at the time of their decease. Our subject attended the log cabin schools as much as the circumstances of his father would afford. His early days were spent on the farm, and, at the age of fifteen years, he began for himself. He was married February 21, 1858, to Eliza J. Wilcox, and with her took charge of a farm for a land-holder in the South, which he continued until the war pressed him from the position. After having engaged in the war, he located at Anna, this county, where he with a partner opened up a barber shop, from which he retired, after about twelve years, on account of ill health, and engaged at teaming for awhile, afterward at rural labors, until March 10, 1882, when he put in a full line of hardware in Cobden, to which he is giving his personal attention, and is succeeding remarkably well. He has sustained several downfalls in life; but, through his energy and perseverance, has as often arisen. His wife died in 1879, and he subsequently married Maggie Hail. He was for many years a member of the I. O. O. F., and is now a member of the Knights of Honor of Jonesboro. He votes the Democratic ticket.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 123-124.

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