Note: GAIN ROBINSON BLACK. 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.
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