ALONZO HADLEY, whose biography is presented, was born in Sciota County, Ohio, April 18, 1858, being a son of Freedus Hadley, a native of New York State. Our subject's grandfather, Howard Hadley, was, it is thought, born in Massachusetts and removed from that State to New York and from there to Ohio where he located in Sciota County and devoted his attention to the butchering business. He next removed to Kentucky, in which State he settled on a farm and where he passed the remainder the remainder of his life. Mr. Hadley's father was young when his parents removed to Ohio and in that State he spent his years until 1858, at which date he removed with his wife and three children to Illinois, making the trip by way of the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. At first he rented land but afterward look up a tract of land embracing one hundred acres and situated in the Illinois River Valley. He added to his estate and at the time of his death in 1885 was the owner of five hundred acres of valuable land divided into three farms.
Freedus Hadley, father of our subject, married Miss Hannah Eaton June 30, 1850. Her birth occurred in Pennsylvania March 27, 1830, and her father, Samuel Eaton, was numbered among the pioneers of that State, as was also her grandfather, Samuel Eaton. The grandmother of our subject was Mary Mizner who was born in Ohio.
Our subject's parents had five children — Albert, Oberia, Alonzo, Flora B. and Oliver D. Oberia married Sharron Twitchell; Flora married Arthur D. Fowler. Alonzo was an infant when he came to Calhoun County with his parents and here received his educational training. While quite young he commenced to assist his father on the farm and resided with him until the latter was called away to his final resting place. One year later he took possession of his present farm which embraces two hundred and forty-eight acres of fine Illinois River bottom land and has built first-class barns and other needed buildings on his place.
Mr. Hadley was married, September 27, 1885, to Miss Frances Crump who was born in Greenville, Ky. Her father, Thomas Crump, was also a native of the Blue Grass State and was there educated and continues to make his home there. He married Miss Jennie Lozier, a native of Ohio, who is still living at the present writing.
To Mr. and Mrs. Hadley has been born one son — Freedus G. Our subject is a man of the strictest integrity and one who is held in high esteem by all who know him. He is a very public-spirited man, taking great interest in both national and local affairs and doing all in his power to advance the interests of right and justice. Socially, he belongs to Illinois Lodge No. 444, I. O. O. F.
Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 785-786
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