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Batley, Charles W.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 707-708


Charles W. Batley, whose entire life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits and who is numbered among the enterprising and leading farmers of Montezuma township, was born in Fairmount township, Pike county, on the 4th of August, 1850, his parents being Milton and Elizabeth (Walker) Batley. The father was a native of Scott county, Illinois, born in 1836, while the mother's birth occurred in this county in 1837. They were married February 4, 1858, and became the parents of five children: Charles W., Ada, Mary, Robert and Maud. Of this number Ada died at the age of twenty-three years and Maud died in infancy, the remains of both being interred in Dorsey cemetery at Perry. Milton Batley, father of our subject, was a veteran of the Civil war, enlisting in the Ninety-ninth Illinois Infantry, with which he served throughout the period of hostilities, taking part with Sherman on the march to the sea and participating in a number of important engagements. He was wounded at the battle of Black River.

Charles W. Batley, spending his boyhood days under the parental roof, acquired his education in the public schools of the county and early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. In early manhood he chose a companion and helpmate for life's journey, being married on the 19th of June, 1884, to Miss Lizzie Heavner, by whom he has one son, Archer Leland, born July 14, 1891. Mrs. Batley is a daughter of James D. and Matilda (Thomas) Heavner. She was born in Detroit township, February 19, 1864, and was the third in a family of seven children, two of whom are now deceased. Her father, who was born in Pike county, January 7, 1835, and was therefore one of its honored pioneer settlers, passed away in Milton, February 2, 1899, at the age of sixty-four years, while his wife, who was born in Pike county, February 10, 1839, is still living. They were married November 4, 1858. Mr. Heavner was also a soldier of the Civil war, enlisting in 1864 in the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry, and he was wounded in the battle of Memphis. He was connected with the pioneer development of the county, being familiar with the work and the incidents which led to the upbuilding and progress of this section of the state at an early day as well as with its latter-day progress and prosperity.

Following his marriage Mr. Batley took up his abode upon a farm and has devoted his entire life to general agricultural pursuits, now operating two hundred and forty acres of land, constituting a valuable and well improved property. He has brought his fields under a high state of cultivation and uses the latest improved machinery in the care of his crops. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian church and are well known and worthy representatives of honored pioneer families. Mr. Batley gives his political allegiance to the republican party and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business interests, in which he is meeting with signal success.

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