MRS. SARAH BORROWMAN. In Lanarkshire, Scotland, John Borrowman was born February 24, 1820. He emigrated to America in 1840, with other members of his family, among whom was John Borrowman whose sketch appears elsewhere and who is a resident of Belleview Precinct, Calhoun County. He made his home in St. Louis until after his marriage with Miss Sarah Hunter of that place, August 6, 1848. They removed to Calhoun County, settling on the farm where Mrs. Borrowman now resides. Their marriage was blessed with six children, namely: Mary E., wife of John Bunn, of Pike County; Thomas, who lives in Macoupin County; John W.; Laura, wife of Lewis Peck, of Nebo, Ill.; Charles; and Ollie, wife of James Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Borrowman were among the early settlers of Farmer's Ridge, and like most pioneers were called upon to endure many hardships and deprivations. The former served as School Director and was a very public-spirited man, willing at all times to exert his influence in behalf of worthy causes. He departed this life January 6, 1885, mourned by his loving family and numerous friends. In his death the county lost a noble representative and one who had oftentimes "dried the tears" of unfortunate persons by his generosity and kindness. He was held in the highest possible esteem by all who knew him and was a faithful member of the Christian Church. In politics his sympathies were with the Republican party, of which he was a member and he wielded considerable influence in the political matters pertaining to the community in which he resided. He left his heirs an estate embracing three hundred and twenty acres of valuable land, the product of his life's labor. He was truly a self-made man, and the very embodiment of honor and generosity of feeling.
Mrs. Sarah Borrowman, who was deprived of the companionship of her worthy husband, as above related, makes her home in Belleview Precinct, and is a native of Campbell County, Va., where her birth occurred September 11, 1830. She is a daughter of John and Sarah (Lewis) Hunter, natives of Virginia. Her paternal grandfather was born in Ireland and her maternal grandfather is said to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War. When about seven years of age she moved with her parents from Virginia to Franklin County, Mo., where her mother departed this life. She received a common-school education and is well posted in public matters of importance, being a great reader and a forcible thinker. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a prominent member of society in Belleview Precinct, in which place she is universally popular and highly respected. Her son, John W. Borrowman, is a native of Calhoun County, being born hero February 21, 1862. He has been reared in this county and received his education in the public school. He is a stanch member of the Republican party, and a most worthy and enterprising man. He resides on the old homestead with his mother and has met with remarkable success for so young a person, commanding the confidence and esteem of the social, political and mercantile circles of Calhoun County.
Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 654-655
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