Jesse M. Guy, clerk of Hittle Township High School, was born in Clayton Township. Perry County, Ohio, August 28, 1834, and came to Tazewell County in the spring of 1865. He obtained his early education in the public schools and, at the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in Company K. Sixty-second Ohio Volunteers, his regiment being assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He served his country faithfully for three years and one month, and was mustered out October 27. 1864.
After the close of the war Mr. Guy returned to his native State and later started on a tour through the West, finally locating in Hittle Township, where he engaged in farming. He followed that occupation for sixteen years, when he came to Armington and entered the insurance business. In this line he has prospered, now owning a house and lot and other town property.
Mr. Guy is a member of the Christian Church and politically gives his support to the Democratic party. He has been a Notary Public for eighteen years; has held the office of Justice of the Peace several terms; was Township Supervisor for two years; Township School Treasurer two years, and has been Assessor, Collector, Township Clerk, and at present (1904) is clerk of Hittle Township High School.
Mr. Guy’s paternal grandfather, John Guy, was a native of Pennsylvania. His parents were Jesse and Sarah (Taylor) Guy, the father being a native of Washington County, Pa., while the mother was born in Fauquier County, Va. Jesse Guy lived in Ohio a number of years, and subsequently moved to Oak Grove, Lafayette County, Mo., where he resided until his death in 1884, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. The mother, who was born in 1799, died in August, 1888.
The subject of this sketch, Jesse M. Guy, was married February 14, 1856, in Clayton Township, Perry County, Ohio, to Miss Dorinda Henderson, who was born in Harrison Township, in the county named, December 23, 1837. She is the daughter of Robert W. and Elizabeth (Evans) Henderson. Her father was born in Maryland, where he was married, and later migrated to Ohio, making the journey on horseback to his farm in Harrison Township. Subsequently, he conducted a hotel business in a town called Buckeye Cottage, where he remained until his death. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse M. Guy, of whom the following five survive: Samantha A., who resides at Wichita, Kan.; Melissa M., at home; Homer E., Oklahoma; Nora, Eureka, Ill.; and Robert A., Pekin, Ill.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1011
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