Harrold, John A

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  • Name Harrold, John A 
    Born 15 Jun 1850 
    Gender Male 
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    • DeWitt GenWeb Project DeWitt County, IL

      Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois.
      Chicago: Chapman Brothers Publishing Company, 1891.

      JOHN A. HARROLD Page 458

      John A. Harrold, a native of DeWitt County, and a son of one of its well-known pioneer families, is a prominent farmer and extensive landholder, while his activity, large enterprise and business tact have been potent in advancing the agricultural interests of the community. He has a large and finely equipped farm in Wapella Township, where he is paying particular attention to breeding full-blooded Poland-China hogs, having one of the finest droves in Illinois.

      Mr. Harrold was born June 15, 1850, on his father's homestead on section 32, Wapella Township, where he now resides. He is a son of Jonathan Harrold, a native of North Carolina, and the son of another Jonathan Harrold, who was of Virginia birth. William Harrold, the father of the latter, was also a native of the Old Dominion. His father came to America from England in early Colonial times with two brothers, who finally became separated and it is not now known what became of them or their descendants. The great-great-grandfather of our subject spent his last years in Virginia as a farmer, while his great-grandfather lived in Virginia until he was seventy years old and then passed his remaining days in Henry County, Ind. He made a visit to DeWitt County prior to his death, which occurred when he was more than eighty years old. He was a devout Quaker in religion and a sturdy Whig in politics. The grandfather of our subject was thirty-five years old when he left Virginia and settled in Wayne County, Ind., where he resided until 1833. In that year he came to DeWitt County with a team and wagon and settled near Waynesville. He thus became a pioneer of this county which then formed a part of McLean County, and here his life closed a few years later in 1838 at the age of fifty-three years. In early manhood he married Rebecca East, a native of Virginia, who died August 12, 1860, at the age of eighty-one years.

      The father of our subject was one of nine children and was but a boy when he came with his parents to DeWitt County in 1833. Consequently the greater part of his life was identified with the growth and development of his part of Illinois. He improved a large tract of land and developed a fine farm of five hundred and twenty-six acres. He dealt quite largely in stock and always kept his farm well supplied with cattle, horses and hogs. He died in 1855, and the county then lost one of it best citizens, who had done much to forward its interests and who was greatly respected by the community with whom so many years of his life had been passed. He took an intelligent interest in politics and was an unswerving adherent of the Republican party. In early manhood Mr. Harrold was wedded to Abigail Bishop, who was a native of Indiana. She died when our subject was an infant, leaving a husband and the following seven children to mourn the loss of one who had ever been a faithful wife and a tender mother: Ephraim B., Eli J., Elam W., Malan, Phoebe G., John A. and Anna.

      John A. Harrold was bred to the life of a farmer on the farm where he now resides. In the local district schools he laid the foundation of a sound education, and subsequently spent two years in the Normal University at Bloomington, where he pursued a fine course of study. He had attained the age of eighteen years when he began life in earnest and his success in his career as a farmer is remarkable, for though he is not yet past the prime of life he already occupies a leading position among the most progressive and prosperous men of his class in his native county. He has eleven hundred and seventy-six acres of land, all lying in a body, constituting one of the best improved tracts in Central Illinois. He superintends the farming of this and besides is giving attention to the breeding of fine Poland-China hogs. He is already famous as a breeder of this line of stock, and is well-known not only in this but in other States. He has spared neither money nor pains to purchase the finest specimens of this breed, and has a drove of two hundred and fifty head which is considered one of the finest lot of hogs in Illinois. He has animals on his place which cost him $500 a head in Ohio, and has one hog of his own raising which scores ninety-five points and is about as nearly perfect as it is possible to raise them. His swine are given the best of care and he has finely equipped hog lots and barns and every facility for carrying on this line of farm work. He ships his animals as far south as Texas and as far north as the Dakotas, and so well is he known that he always finds a ready market for them.

      Mr. Harrold has his place amply supplied with improvements of the best class, and among these we may note his handsome residence, which is one of the finest farm dwellings in the county. It is a commodious and finely built two-story frame structure and was erected in 1885 at a cost of $5,865. It is complete in all its appointments, and is tastefully and handsomely furnished. A view of this fine home and its pleasant surroundings is presented on another page. To the lady who presides so graciously over this attractive home and cordially co-operates with him in extending its charming hospitalities to their numerous friend, our subject was wedded November 5, 1873. Mrs. Harrold was prior to her marriage Lydia J. Pomfret, and is a native of Illinois, born in Bloomington, June 25, 1855.

      Besides attending to his large farming interests here our subject has had extensive stock-raising enterprises elsewhere, as in 1875 he and four of his brothers formed a company to carry on the cattle business in Texas. They leased a tract of land sixty-five by seventy-five miles square, and another ranch of equal dimensions in Tom Greene County, and their enterprise brought them in a large return of money.

      This biography records the fact that our subject is a man of more than ordinary force, character and ability, and it will readily be seen that to such men DeWitt County is greatly indebted for its financial prosperity. Mr. Harrold is a stanch advocate of the Republican party and socially is a member of D. Molay Commandery K. T. No. 24, at Bloomington. He is generous, free-hearted, frank and hospitable and is held in universal esteem.

      Along with his sisters, John can be found in the 1860 census with his father & step-mother Rebecca (Hougham), his step-brother Cary Draper, & his new half-sister, Martha.
    Person ID I26762  Hougham
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2013 

    Father Harrold, Jonathan
              b. 8 Oct 1812
              d. 11 Nov 1881  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Bishop, Abigail
              d. 1855 
    Family ID F9513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Pomfret, Lydia J
              b. 25 Jun 1855 
    Family ID F9540  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart