Plaster, James Family - Clark County IL

James Plaster Family
Clark County IL

Submitted by Cindy McCachern

MARSHALL, IL---SEPT 21, 1881

I, James Plasters, wish to leave to my family an account of my ancestors.   My grandfather on my father's side, Michael Plasters, was a native of Germany, being born on the river Rhine, and was called "High Dutch".   He immigrated to the colonies of North America about the first of the year 1730, and settled in what is now known as Chester County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.   He married an English lady.   My father was born in the year 1760.   In the year 1770, my grandfather moved to Loudoun County, Virginia.   At the age of 16, my father, Henry Plaster, entered the army and was present and assisted in the capture of the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.   He served in the revolutionary army four years.

I was born June 3, 1791, and served in the war of 1812.   I witnessed the burning of the capitol by the British and was at Fort McHenry at the time it was bombarded by the British Fleet.   I was married to Hannah Masey, December 3, 1815, in Loudoun County, Virginia, and raised a family of three sons and four daughters.   Moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Clark County, Illinois, in the month of April, 1831.

In the month of August, 1832, at a camp meeting held by the Cumberland Presbyterians on big Creek.   I was converted and embraced religion and became a member of that denomination.   Being dissatisfied with their confessions of faith, I severed my connection with said sect, by letter on Christmas following and united with the Methodist church at Livingston and have remained a member thereof until the present time.   Was an active member of said church for thirty years, in several capacities of steward, class leader and trustee and was for a time superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Sabbath School, at Livingston.

And now I am calmly awaiting the summons of my master, to depart for the better world.

The deceased in his personal history, neglected to chronicle his marriage, August 2, 1876, to Mrs. Mary A. Ballew, who survives him.   The following of the children are still living: William Plasters, residing in Missouri, aged 64 years; Henry Plasters, this city, 63 years; Samuel Plasters, Washington Territory, 62 years, and Mrs. T. A. Catron, Champaign County, this state, 55 years. The remains were buried at the Livingston Cemetery on Friday, Rev. McCann and McIntyre officiating and Isaac Wilkin, Daniel Linn, Valentine King, William B. Smith, William Lockard and Robert McFarland acting as pallbearers.

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