1 Mar 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL
Originally published 1885
Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Reproduced on CD purchased from OLD GLORY ACCENTS
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
William F. Twining, retired farmer, resident on section 12, Union Grove Township, came to Whiteside County in 1863. He is the son of William and Ovonda (Fowler) Twining. They were natives of Massachusetts, and located after their marriage in the State of New York, and were there residnet during the remainder of their lives. Their children were named Susan, John, Lucinda, William F., Alfred W., Milo S. and Mariette.
Mr. Twining was born Aug. 17, 1820, in Jefferson Co., N. Y. He was a farmer in his native State until his removal to Illinois. He decided to locate in Union Grove, and he purchased 65 acres on sectins 12 and 13. He continued to live on and operate his farm until the spring of 1884. when he sold his property and retired from participation in active life. He affiliates with the Republican party in political sentiment, and has officiated as Township Treasurer and School Trustee, besides having held several minor official positions.
Mr. Twining was united in marriage in Champion, Jefferson Co., N. Y., Feb. 19, 1846, to Martha M. Taylor, a native of the State of New York. They became th parents of five children - Mary F., William E., Mary F. (2nd), Fred A. and Florence A. the eldest child is deceased, as is the fourth - Fred A. The mother died in Union Grove Township, July 26, 1879. Mr. Twining was again married March 16, 1882, to Nellie, daughter of William and Nellie (Wilson) Rook. Mrs. Twining was born July 28, 1845, in England. She is one of six children born to her parents, a follows: John, Martha, Elizabeth, Nellie, Mary and Fanny. Mr. and Mrs. Twining have one child - Gracie B.