William Nuckles 

The History of Edgar Co, IL, Chicago: W Le Baron Jr & Co 1879 Biographical Sketches pg 682

William NUCKLES , farmer, Sec 16; P O Chrisman; one of the pioneers of Edgar County; born in Vermillion Co, IN, Dec 9, 1829; he removed with his parents in 1838 to Edgar Co, before the organization of the township of Ross, where he engaged with his father in farming until 18 years of age, when he went to Iowa and worked upon a farm one year; then to Mississippi for one winter; returning to Edgar Co, ILL; he worked as a farm laborer about two years when at the age of 21 he married and worked upon a farm until March 1865, when he enlisted as private in the 28th IVI and went forward to battle for the Union; he was sent to Mobile , from there to Texas, when on account of sickness he was sent to New Orleans and service with his regiment in the spring of 1866, when he again engaged in farming. He owns 80 acres, valued at about $35 per acre. He married in 1851 to Elizabeth Peirce; she was born in Indiana; one child now living from that Union, Caroline; Mrs N died Feb 27 1854. His marriage with Margaret E Clark was celebrated Nov 8 1855; they are the parents of eight children now living- Mary E, Dorinda E, Charles, Edgar, William H, Albert, Nancy J, James H

Portrait and biographical Album of Vermillion and Edgar Co, Illinois. Chicago; Chapman Bros 1889 pg 1048-1049-1050

William NUCKLES- There is nothing in the world more pleasant to contemplate than a well-spent life- the career of a man who has done good as he has had opportunity and who presents and example worthy of emulation. These thoughts involuntarily arise in reviewing the career of Mr Nuckles, a man scarcely having an enemy in the world and who is well spoken of by the people of his community. He is one of the pioneer settlers of this county, coming within its limits when it had been invaded by comparatively few white men and the greater portion of its land lay in its primitive condition. He came hither without resources other than his own resolute will and the habits of industry which had been taught to him from his childhood, but these proved the qualities most needed and which have enabled him to secure a good homestead and spend his later years in comparitive ease. His farm comprises 160 acres of well-cultivated land on section 16, where Mr Nuckles has effected good improvements and added measurably to the taxable property of his township. Our subject is the offspring of an old New England family and the son of Robert Nuckles, a native of Virginia who, when a young man, emigrated to Mercer County Kentucky, where he was married. Later he removed to Vermillion County Indiana where he purchased land and sojourned a few years, then sold out and came to this county. Here he became the owner of land in Ross township, where he opened up a farm and was one of the first settlers in his neighborhood. Later he removed to a point on the State road north of Chrisman, where in connection with farming he opened his home to travelers and for several years officiated as "mine host". Finally selling out he removed to Ridge Farm and established a grocery business in connection with a meat market, which he conducted until once more selling out and removing to the vicinity of Urbana. In that vicinity he purchased another farm upon which he remained until his death, several years ago. He was for many years a member of the Presbyterian Church and prior to the war affiliated with the Democratic party. During the conflict between the North and the South, he considered that he had reason to change his political views and wheeled over into the Republican ranks. Mrs Rachel (Martin) Nuckles, the mother of our subject was a native of Rhode Island and died in Ross Township, this county, prior to the decease of her husband. They were the parents of eight children- Fanny, deceased; Jefferson, now a resident of Kansas; Elijah, deceased; William, the subject of this notice; John, living in Oregon; Rhoda, Mrs Loop of Metcalf; Rachel, living in Ridge Farm, this state; and James , a resident of Missouri. Jefferson and Elijah served as Union soldiers during the late Civil War. William, our subject was born in Montezuma, Vermillion County, Ind, Dec 9, 1829, and lived there with his parents until a lad of ten years. He then came with them to this county and was reared to manhood in Ross township. He remembers the time when wild game was plentiful and when he traveled with a sack of grain on his horses' back. He remained under the home roof until a youth of nineteen years, then starting out for himself, worked by the month for several years. IN 1849, our subject crossed the Mississippi into Jackson County Iowa, making the journey by team and purchased a claim. This subsequently he traded for a horse and resumed his labors of farming for other parties one year, then went south into Mississippi. He chopped wood there during one winter and in the spring came up the river prepared to establish a home of his own. On the 7th of Feb 1850, he was married in Ross township to Miss Elizabeth Pierce; this lady was born in Vermillion County Ind and only survived her marriage but a brief time; dying in 1853. Of this union there were born two children- Caroline who is now the wife of Mr Brownfiled of Missouri and Lucretia who died when about fourteen years old. From this time on until 1859 Mr Nuckles engaged in farming on rented land in this township, but that year purchased his present farm which was then a tract of school land without any improvements. In the meantime, he had been married again. Nov 8, 1855 in Prarie township to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Edmund Clark, a native of Vermont. Mr Clark left the Green Mountain State at an early day, emigrating to Fleming County Kentucky, where he sojourned until 1831. That year, coming to Illinois, he entered a tract of land in Prarie township, this county, upon which he labored very successfully and became well-to-do and the owner of a large extent of land. He had married Miss Nancy Graves a native of Virginia and whose father emigrated to Kentucky, where he engaged in farming and met his death at the hand of Murrell's gang, who at the time were committing many acts of violence in that region. Mrs Nuckles father died in Prarie township, and the mother some years after in the same place. She was a woman of many estimable qualities and a member of the Baptist Church. Her family consisted of eight children- Alex, deceased; Mary, a resident of Oregon; Marinda, in Kentucky; Susan living in Edgar Co, ILL; Elizabeth, Mrs Nuckles; Emily, deceased; James, a resident of Chrisman and Lucy, residing in Prarie township. Mrs Nuckles was born in Fleming County Kentucky April 4, 1827 and was four years old when her parents came to this state. She remained under the home roof until her marriage and by her union with our subject has become the mother of nine children. The eldest, a daughter Mary is the wife of H Wood, a well-to-do farmer of Ross Township; Dorinda is at home with her parents; Charles married Miss Laura Womack and is farming in Bruelett twonship; Edgar married Miss Jennie Blackburn and is engaged in hop-raising in Oregon; John died when a child; William is farming in Ross township; Albert , Nannie and James H remain under the parental roof. ON the 7th of March 1865 Mr Nuckles laid aside his personal interests in roder to assist in the preservation of the Union. Enlisting in Company G, 28th Illinois Infantry, he was mustered into service at Danville, soon after which the regiment was sent south to Mobile. Next they were ordered to Ft Balkely and from there into Texas. At Brady's Island, our subject was taken ill and confined in the hospital for some time. Upon his recovery he was assigned to the duty of a nurse in the hospital at Sedgwick, LA and was thus occupied until being mustered out at Springfield, Ill. He received his honorable discharge in April 1866. Upon his return from the army, Mr Nuckles resumed in earnest the cultivation of his land and effecting the much-needed imporvements around his homestead. He is a warm advocate of temperence and some since time allied himself with the Prohibition Party. Both he and his excellent wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Mt Olive and Mr Nuckles contributed liberally toward the erection of a church office. He has officiated as Steward and Trustee, also as Class-Leader and for some time has been Superintendent of the Sunday School. Although his life has been comparatively uneventful, he has ever maintained that uniform regard to duty and principle which have had a sensible influence upon those around him. His land is largely devoted to the raising of grain and he is especially interested in god horses, of which he owns about fifteen head, mostly draft animals. He uses two temas in his farm operations

NUCKLES, William - Absent, sickness Enlisted as a Private on 08 March 1865 Enlisted in Company G, 28th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 08 March 1865 absent sick at m. o. of   regt. Pension App#980532 filed 12/20/1890 Widow Elizabeth Nuckles app# 55140 filed 7/12/1892 Attested H Stubbs

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