Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago, World Publishing Company 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
E. C. Russell, Naponset, was born December 11, 1838, in Marion County, Ohio; a son of James Russell, a native of Ohio, where he was born in 1808. He died in 1862 in Bureau county. He was a farmer by occupation, and took a deep interest and was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The grandfather of our subject, James Russell, Sr. was also a farmer, and died in southern Indiana. The mother of our subject, Harriet (Pittenger) Russell, was born in 1809 in Pennsylvania. She died here May 1, 1883. She was the mother of eleven children. Of these, only Elnathan C. (our subject), Mrs. Sarah A. Vanvactor and Stephen S. are now living. William, Mrs. Elizabeth Ledbetter, Samuel, Marietta and Harriet E. reached maturity, but died here.
Our subject came to this county with his parents in 1856. He was educated pricipally in the district schools of his native State. In Bureau County he has followed farming, and at present owns a good farm of 160 acres. Here he was married November 15, 1861, to Margaret Fellows, who was born July 3, 1841. She is a daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Weatherwax) Fellows. Mrs. Russell is the mother of three children who are now living, viz.: William C., born September 26, 1867; Jessse V., born February 6, 1871, and Mattie L., born July 25, 1874. Mr. Russell and lady are advocates of true hospitality.
Politically he is identified with the Rebpublican party.