Bureau County, IL Biographical Sketches 1885
H. C. REASONER – Princeton, was born February 16, 1828, in Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass. He is a son of Ebert Reasoner, who was born June 15, 1797, in Dutchess Co., N. Y. He died November 26, 1876, in Bureau County, Ill., to which he had removed in 1849. He was a carpenter and joiner by occupation, but followed farming mainly, especially after he came West. His father was Peter Reasoner, who was born n New York State, where he died. During the Revolutionary war he suffered many indignities from the hands of Tories. The origin of the Reasoner family dates back to the French Huguenots, who were driven out of France to Germany, where they resided many years and then immigrated to the Colonies of America, landing in Philadelphia. Longevity is one of the characteristics of the family, , many members living to be over ninety years old. The mother of our subject is Eunice P. Karner, born August 31, 1802, in Egremont, Mass. She is yet living. Her parents were Pliny and Rhoda (Noble) Karner; they were natives of Massachusetts, and of German descent. Pliny Karner was a Major in the war of 1812. Henry C. Reasoner has one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Field. He was educated in the East, and came to Bureau County in 1848, where he has been a successful farmer ever since. Here he was married, January 24, 1861, to Miss Ellen M. Ward, born May 22, 1842, in Waverly, Ill. Her parents are Norman and Delila (Corey) Ward. Three children were the result of this union, viz.; Pliny W., born May 6, 1863; Egbert N., born May 24, 1869, and Julia P., born January 7, 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Reasoner are esteemed members in the society where they reside and of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he advocates Republican Principles.