MRS. WILLIAM PRICE, a resident of Rushville, Illinois, has the honor of being one of the earliest settlers of Schuyler county, Illinois, her parents removing there in 1826. She was born in Crawford county, Indiana, October 8, 1816, a daughter of Wiliam and Cassie (Frakes) McKee, whose history appears on another page of this volume. She recalls many incidents of life on the frontier, and has not forgotten the privations and hardships endured by those who were courageous enough to undertake to subdue the wild land and convert it into fertile farms. She was married at the age of sixteen years, to William Price, native of Tennessee, born October 8, 1809, a son of Samuel and Beersheba (Atehily) Price; his father removed from Tennessee to Illinois, and was a pioneer of Schuyler county; he afterward removed to Arkansas, and lived there until after the death of his wife, when he returned to Illinois; he spent his last years at the home of Mrs. Price in Rushville. William Price was reared in his native State, and there learned the trade of a blacksmith; he remained in Tennessee until 1830, when he emigrated to Schuyler county, Illinois, where he resided until his death. At the time of his marriage he settled on the land now occupied by Mrs. Mary Price, which was the gift of her father; he followed his trade, and at the same time superintended the cultivation of his farm; he made many excellent improvements, erecting good buildings, and bringing the land to a high state of productiveness. His death occurred March 21, 1887.
Mrs. Price has four children living; John married Margaret Owen; George married Emma Meador; Agnes is the wife of Oscar B. Hite; James F. married Nannie Bodenheimer.
In his political views Mr. Price adhered to the principles of the Republican party. He was a man of great integrity of character, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him.
Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, pages 140-141.
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