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  • ID: I10457
  • Name: Gain Robinson BLACK
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 23 MAY 1823 in Guernsey Co, Oh
  • Death: 25 MAR 1921 in Hollis Township, Peoria, Ill
  • Occupation: Carpenter
  • Note:

    Gifted with the mathematical and mechanical skill which has
    distinguished many of his ancestors, Gain Robinson Black has devoted many years of
    his life to building and joining and general carpenter work, finding
    therein a congenial and profitable means of livelihood. During the
    greater part of his residence in Illinois he has also en-
    gaged in farming and stock-raising, and for fourteen years was a Gauger
    in the Internal Revenue service in Peoria. In 1859 he purchased two
    hundred and thirty acres of land in Hollis Township, upon which he has
    since lived, and which constitutes one of the well equipped country
    properties in Peoria County. Besides erecting his own rural residence, and
    the barns and general buildings which are a part of the farm improvemen
    many other buildings of all kinds in Peoria and Fulton Counties are the
    result of his skill and ingenuity. In his varied capacities he has been
    thrown with many people, and is one of the most widely and favorably
    known of the upbuilders of Hollis Township. A Republican in National
    politics, he has held the office of Justice of the Peace for more than
    twenty-five years.

    The ancestors of Mr. Black acknowledged allegiance to Irish rule and
    institutions, and are first represented in America by the paternal
    grandfather, Joseph, who settled in Virginia. Here he reared his family, and,
    in Hardin County, Virginia, April 16, 1793, was born Joseph Wayne
    Black, the father of Gain Robinson, who died in Guernsey County, Ohio,
    October 28, 1851. The elder Black was a farmer, stock-raiser and surveyor,
    being especially interested in mathematics. In his young manhood he
    married Ann Eliza Hutchinson, daughter of Wyatt Hutchinson, a native of
    Virginia, and Elizabeth (Majors) Hutchinson, who was born on the Island of
    Jamaica. His son, Gain Robinson, was educated in the public schools,
    and received special private instruction in mathematics. In 1844 he
    settled in Hollis Township, where he followed the trade of carpentering for
    twenty years, during a portion of this time, during the war, and for
    ten or twelve succeeding years, being a partner with T. J. McGrew,!
    Thomas Neill, and D. C. Holcomb, in the stock business.

    The marriage of Mr. Black and Susan M. Powell occurred in Peoria
    County, January 25, 1849, Mrs. Black being a native of Guernsey County, Ohio,
    born in 1828, and dying in Peoria County, January 17, 1892. Of this
    union six children have been born. and, owing to their father's
    appreciation of the benefits of fine educational training, each child had every
    opportunity to develop his or her talents, and each became a duly
    qualified teacher. Cora was born September 13, 1852. Lida, who developed a
    particularly brilliant intelligence, was born October 6, 1855, and
    graduated from Saint Joseph's Convent, South Saint Louis, and from the Peoria
    Normal School, in 1873, receiving two diplomas before she was eighteen
    years of age. She subsequently turned her education to good account as
    a teacher in the schools of Peoria for five or six years, after which
    she married Dr. J. L. Brown, of Peoria, and died in 1883. Corda Black
    was born June 16, 1858, married George Norwood, and died April 22,!
    1895, leaving one son, Roy R. Charles P., was born November 6, 1859,
    graduated from the Parrish Business College, of Peoria, December 12,
    1881, and is now serving his third term as Supervisor of Hollis Townshi
    Lincoln and Judson (twins) were born March 14, 1863, and of these,
    Lincoln early showed a commendable ambition to look out for himself, and
    while yet a small boy entered the employ of Mr. Cooper (now of the firm
    of Siegel, Cooper & Company, of Chicago), went with the firm to
    Chicago, and for ten years was a salesman in the large department store on
    State Street in that city. He is at present traveling for Godel & Sons, of
    Peoria. He married Flora Cluts, and has one child, James Bruce. Judson
    Black married Lida Maple, and lives with his father. His trade is that
    of an engineer, at which he worked for two years. To himself and wife
    have been born one child, Albert Gain.

    Father: Joseph Wayne BLACK b: 6 APR 1795
    Mother: Anna E. HUTCHINSON b: 27 JUN 1799

    Marriage 1 Susan Matilda POWELL b: 1828 in Guernsey Co, Oh
    • Married: 25 JAN 1849 in Peoria Co, Ill
    1. Has No Children Cora BLACK b: 13 SEP 1852 in Peoria Co, Ill
    2. Has No Children Lydia BLACK b: 6 OCT 1855 in Peoria Co, Ill
    3. Has Children Cordia BLACK b: 16 JUN 1858 in Peoria Co, Ill
    4. Has No Children Charles P. BLACK b: 6 NOV 1859 in Peoria Co, Ill
    5. Has Children Judson Hamlin BLACK b: 14 MAR 1863 in Peoria Co, Ill
    6. Has Children Lincoln BLACK b: 14 MAR 1863 in Peoria Co, Ill
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