Biography - Levi T. Whiteside

HON. LEVI T. WHITESIDE was born in St. Louis county, Mo., August 4, 1811. He is the third child of James H. and Sarah Whiteside, who had a family of six children, five sons and one daughter, of whom three only are now living; viz.: Davis B., and Levi T., both residing in Greene county; and Catherine E., present wife of Wm. Campbell, of Schuyler county, Illinois. James H. Whiteside, father of the above, was a native of Rutherford county, N. C.; his wife, Sarah Tanzey, was of French descent and a native of South Carolina. He settled in St. Louis county before it was acquired by purchase and became a portion of the United States. He was by trade a saddle and harness maker, but in the latter part of his life his occupation was farming. He first settled in Illinois in the spring of 1820, about four miles north-west of the present site of Jerseyville, where he remained about three years, when he removed to Morgan county (now Scott county) and settled near the present site of Geneva, where he remained till the spring of 1831, when he removed to Apple Creek Prairie, and settled about four miles south-west of the present site of Whitehall. Here he resided until his death, which occurred May 13, 1863, in the eight-first year of his age. His aged wife is still living with her daughter Catherine, in Schuyler county, Illinois. Mr. Whiteside's leading characteristics were patriotism and large benevolence. He was highly esteemed as a friend, and prized for his public spirit as a citizen. In the social circle, and as a husband and parent, he was kind and affectionate. He was a cousin of the distinguished Gen. Samuel Whiteside, and he too bears a military record, having been actively engaged in the war of 1812.

Levi T. Whiteside received his early education in the common schools of Morgan and Green counties. He was married August 13, 1837, to Miss Jane Smith, daughter of Jacob and Rachel Smith, of Morgan county. They have had two children, Cordelia, deceased, and Henrietta J., present wife of S. N. Griswold, residing in Whitehall. Merchandising has been the principle business of Judge Whiteside's active life, he having been engaged over twenty years in that business in Greene county. He is now residing on his farm near Whitehall, having retired from the active labors of life. He has been called to fill several offices of trust and responsibility, which he has discharged with fidelity. He was postmaster of Breese post office, Greene county, for several years. He was called to the bench of the county court as associate judge, which position he filled with credit for one term. He has been an acting justice of the peace for a series of years, and at the present time is the member-elect in his district on the state board of equalization. By his unswerving integrity, sound judgment, and energy, he has been successful as a business man, in his deportment, plain and frank, and gains the esteem of his fellow-citizens by the respect he inspires in them for the good qualities of his character.

Extracted 11 Jul 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 43

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