Biography - Christian Flaugh

CHRISTIAN G. FLAUGH, miller, Jonesboro, was born March 26, 1821, half a mile northwest of Jonesboro, son of Christian G. Flaugh, Sr., who was born in Germany, where he learned the cooper and brewer trades. When a young man, he came to this country, being thirteen weeks crossing the ocean, settling in Reading, Penn., where he married a lady who was born in Germany, and on her arrival here was hired out to pay for her passage across the ocean, as was often done in those days. Shortly after they were married, they started for the West with other emigrants, in a keel-boat, starting from Pittsburgh, Penn., and landing near Murphysboro, Ill. They then came across to Jonesboro. The journey from Cairo to the mouth of the Big Muddy River, on the Mississippi, was hard and tedious work, as the boat had to be propelled with oars and pike poles, and at times had to be drawn along with a cable by men walking along the shore. It took almost as long as it does now to travel across the continent. The family stopped one year near Jonesboro, and then bought a small farm southwest of there, that had a mill on it. There he put up a distillery, and continued to run it until the time of his death, which occurred in July, 1834, at the Hamburg Landing, while on his way to St. Louis. His body was found in the river, covered with wounds, indicating that he had been murdered. His wife died some five years afterward. She was the mother of seven children, of whom five reached the age of maturity. They are all dead except Henry B. Flaugh and our subject, who received a limited education in the old subscription schools, but who has since, through reading, acquired a fund of useful knowledge. In early life, he worked with his father on the farm, and after his father's death he ran the mill and distillery He is yet engaged in milling, but quit the distilling business in 1852, when he became a convert to the temperance cause, of which he is now a warm supporter. After he gave up the distillery, he ran a tannery, and also a shoe and harness shop till after the war. Our subject was married here, March 25, 1841, to Nancy A. Mcintosh, born January 21, 1823, in Jonesboro. She was a daughter of an old pioneer named John Mcintosh, Sr. The result of this union was seven children, of whom only two daughters, viz., Emily J. Lingle and Syndona M. Rushing, are now living. Mr. Flaugh is one of those men who, while the evening shadows gather around him, and the embers of life burn low, can look back upon a well-spent life, enjoying the esteem of those with whom he came in contact. He is a Democrat in politics. He has been a member and officer of the Baptist Church for thirty-seven years.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 98.

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