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Black, George T.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 195-196


George T. Black, who as one of the early settlers of Pike county, has witnessed the greater part of its growth and development, is now living retired in Pearl. He has at different times filled various local offices and been actively connected with business interests and in all life's relations had commanded the respect and esteem of his fel-lowmen by his faithful public service and his trustworthiness in his business dealings.

A native of St. Charles county, Missouri, Mr. Black is a son of Thomas and Fannie (Price) Black. His paternal grandfather was a soldier of the war of 1812, enlisting with the New York troops and serving until the close of hostilities, at which time he removed with his family to Kentucky, where he was engaged in farming for a short time. He then went to St. Charles county. Missouri, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1844, his remains being interred in that county. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Bigelow, died in St. Charles county in 1826.

The maternal grandparents of George T. Black were Michael and Mary (Ryebolt) Price, both of whom were natives of Ohio, whence they removed to St. Charles county, Missouri, in 1807. There Michael Price devoted his energies to general farming and both he and his wife died in that county. Their sons, George and William Price, uncles of our subject, were soldiers of the war of 1812 and afterward in the Indian wars of 1815.

Thomas Black, father of George T. Black, was born in Penn Yan, New York, January 20, 1800, and was educated in his native town. When fourteen years of age he accompanied his parents on their removal to Kentucky, the family home being established near Covington, and from there went to St. Charles county, Missouri, in 1818. He there devoted the remainder of his life to farming and his death occurred in 1854, when he was fifty-four years of age. His wife also died in St. Charles county, passing away at the age of thirty years, in May, 1838.

George T. Black assisted his father in the operation and improvement of the home farm in Missouri up to the time of the latter's death, and in the fall of that year removed to Rockport, Pike county, where he remained until the spring of 1858, when he returned to St. Charles county, Missouri, remaining there until 1862, engaged in different occupations. In that year he went to Calhoun county, Illinois, and thence came again to Pike county. At Pittsfield, the Civil war being then in progress, he enlisted in Company C, Ninety-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years, and being transferred to Company E of the same regiment, served until the close of the war, being mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and discharged at Springfield, Illinois, July 12, 1865, having done his full duty as a loyal and patriotic soldier.

On the 29th of October, of the same year, Mr. Black was united in marriage to Miss Fannie E. Long, of Pike county, and to them were born eight children, namely: James W., Clara, Charley T., Hattie, John W., Fannie, Walter M. and Lee R. Of these only two are now living, James W., who is living with his father on the farm, and Lee R., who is conducting a barber shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Black's parents were natives of Pennsylvania and removed to Pike county, Illinois, in 1836. Here they died and were buried in the Hess graveyard near Pearl. Their son, Jacob Long, was a soldier in the Union Army, with the Fiftieth Illinois Volunteers. and was killed at the battle of Shiloh, after which his remains were brought back to Pike county for burial, being interred in the Hess graveyard. Of Mr. Black's children who are dead, all were buried in the Hess graveyard except Charley T., whose remains were interred in the Alton cemetery, at Alton, Illinois.

Throughout the greater part of his residence in Pike county Mr. Black has followed farming in Pearl township, but is now living a retired life. He draws a pension from the government in recognition of his service in the Civil war, and his farm brings him in a good income, for the work of development and cultivation has been carried steadily forward for many years until the fields are now very fruitful and productive. As the years have passed Mr. Black has been called to various offices, acting as justice of the peace of Pearl township for four years; as school director of district No. 25 for five years; and as township clerk for five years. He has also been constable; and in these various positions has discharged his duties with the same promptness and fidelity which he manifested when he followed the starry banner of the nation upon the battle-fields of the south. He has long been a resident of the county, witnessing the many changes which have occurred here as the county has put off the evidences of frontier life, and taken on those of an advanced and progressive civilization.

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