William R. CHAMP
"William R. CHAMP, farmer, P.O. Woodlawn, is one of the early
settlers of Jefferson County, having come here with his parents, who unloaded
their small stock of this world's goods in Grand Prairie Township November
9, 1829. He was born November 15, 1828 in Lincoln County, Tennessee to
Henry and Delanie (BROWN) CHAMP. The father was a Georgian by birth,
was a substantial farmer during life, had filled many offices, and was
a man who occupied a high position in popular favor. He (the father) died
August 30, 1876, aged nearly seventy-three years, his noble wife having
departed this life in 1872. Their union had been blessed with twelve children,
of whom five sons and two daughters are still living, our subject being
the eldest. His early schooling was extremely limited - to a single spelling
book he was indebted for all that he obtained. Farming claimed his attention
in early life, and he has since made that his exclusive business. August
5, 1852 he wedded Nancy BOND, a daughter of Mitchell and Elizabeth
BOND, and by her raised a family of six children, of whom five survive
- Franklin P., William H., Olive M., Benjamin P. and Seymour. Mr. CHAMP
has a farm of 262 2/3 acres, mostly in Casner Township. He is a member
of the I.O.O.F., Woodlawn Lodge No. 522.

Submitted by Janet Johnson
Great Great Great Grandaughter of Henry and Delania CHAMP
SOURCE: History of Jefferson County, Illinois published by Globe Publishing
Submitted: May 24, 1998

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