Flavius C. Price
FLAVIUS C. PRICE, one of the oldest of the native born settlers of Mount Sterling, was born December 12, 1838. His father, William D. Price, was born in Kentucky, near Leesburg, July 17, 1817. Grandfather of subject, William D. Price, was born in Virginia, and removed from there to Kentucky, being one of the pioneers of that state. He spent his last years at Lexington. He served in the war of 1812, and was taken prisoner by the British.
Father of subject was reared in Kentucky, and came from there to Illinois about 1833, and located in that part of Schuyler county now included in Brown county. He entered a tract of Government land on section 2, built a log house, and at once commenced to improve a farm. He was a resident there till his death, which occurred in 1848. The maiden name of mother of our subject was Eliza A. Taylor. She was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, October 17, 1817, daughter of John and Elizabeth Taylor. Her parents came from Kentucky to Morgan county in 1832, and thence to Brown county in 1834. Mother of subject died February 1, 1871.
Subject was reared and educated in his native township. When his parents settled here, and for years afterward, the country was but little improved, and deer, turkeys, wolves and other game abounded. He attended the pioneer schools. These were taught in a log house, the seats made of slabs, one side hewn smooth, and wooden pins for legs. There were no desks, but holes bored in the wall, pins inserted, and a plank laid on them served as a desk for the larger pupils.
He continued to reside with his mother on the farm until 1862, when, August 8, he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was organized at Quincy, in october, and was one of the most active regiments in the army. He was with the regiment in all its various marches, campaigns and battles. The most important battles were the siege and capture of Fort de Russey, Pleasant Hill, Yellow Ballou, Nashville, Tennessee, and Forts Spanish and Blakely. He was discharged with the regiment and returned home, and resumed farming till 1882, on the lot where he now resides in section 1, Mount Sterling.
He was married May 10, 1861, to Narcissa Wilson. She was born in Brown county, Illinois, daughter of James L. Wilson. She died August 9, 1886. He was again married on October 23, 1887, to Miss Nancy Sullivan; she was born in Scotland county, Missouri. He has one child living by first marriage, Julia E., and by second marriage, one daughter, Calista. Julia E. married Wm. Jones, of Scott county, and has one daughter, Ethel.
Our subject is a Republican in politics. He and his wife are both members of the Christian Church, as also was his first wife.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, pages 240-241.
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