HIRAM JAQUES was born inSchoharie county, New York, August 17, 1814. He was the son of Jesse andMaria (Boice) Jaques. They both died in New York. They had twelve children,but only one or two are living. Hiram remained at home with his parentsuntil their death, when he worked by the month until the spring of 1837,when he came to Illinois by the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois rivers,with one of his brothers and two neighbors. They first built a mill race,working it by day, month or job for two years, and then took an interestin a saw and grist mill, and later bought it all and 200 acres of land.
Mr. Jaques was married in1838 or 1839, to Nancy Reeves of Kentucky, where her father and motherwere early settlers. They had very few neighbors, but there was an abundanceof wild game. Mr. Jaques has lived on the farm he first purchased eversince his marriage, except two or three years. He first built a log housein which they lived until the present one was built.
They have had nine children,four of whom are yet living: Louisa, wife of Dr. Scanland (see sketch);Alma, married, and has one child; he served four years during the latewar, was wounded three times, and now resides at Colorado Springs; NephiJaques served in the Tenth Illinois Cavalry two years and has since died,leaving two children; Rachel, who married Mr. Scanland, and has three childrenliving; George, married, and has two children; Wallace W., married.
Mr. Jaques has always beenan Andrew Jackson Democrat, and now votes the Peoples ticket, as he isnow a member of that party, although he voted for Andrew Jackson. He hasbeen engaged in general farming all his life, and he and his wife are greatlyrespected by all who know them.
Biographical Review ofCass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, Biographical Review PublishingCo., Chicago, 1892, pages 256-257.
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