Biography - JOHN M. BLOOD

John M. Blood was one of the most respected citizens of Edwards county. He was born in New York, August 6, 1820, and came to this county in 1838. By trade he was a miller. When a young man he went as a hand on a flat-boat laden with hoop-poles, corn, meat, etc., down the Little Wabash from near Bennington, Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, to New Orleans. He started in life with a very small capital, but by honest industry and economy accumulated considerable property. For a number of years he kept a store at Bennington, of which office he was postmaster until the time of his death, He was married to Sarah A. Vyce, a native of Stowe, Norfolk, England, March 8, 1848, by whom he had six children, two of whom died young, and four, James H., Mary C. Ridgeley, Frank L. and George C. are living. Mrs. Blood was brought to this country when a child, first to New York, then Ohio, and then here. Two of their children are married, James H. to Permelia A. Holthausen, October 14, 1877, and Mary C. to W. S. Ridgeley, December 27, 1877.
During the last few years of his life Mr. Blood was in failing health, and thinking to improve it, took a trip to Minnesota, remaining some time, in 1866. All efforts were useless, and lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, he passed away, April 30, 1876.

Extracted 12 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 A Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois, page 276.

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