JOHN CORRELL - John Correll, living on section 18, was born in Mechanicsburg township, June 5, 1841. He is a son of Thomas Correll and the history of the family is given in connection with the sketch of W. F. Correll on another page of this volume. In the family were six sons and two daughters, all of whom are yet living, the others being Mary M., wife of Edward Tomlin, of Pleasant Plains, who is represented elsewhere in this work; W. Fletcher and D. S., living in Illiopolis; W. H., a farmer and stock raiser, of Pleasant Plains; Cornelius, a farmer, residing in Vernon county, Missouri; L. S., a practicing physician of Chatham; and Frances, the wife of Isaac funk, of McLean county, Illinois.
Throughout his entire life John Correll has been connected with agricultural interests. Under his father's direction he became familiar with the work of field and meadow on the old homestead and while thus engaged he also attended the public schools. He likewise enjoyed the benefit of instruction in the schools of Springfield and in the Bloomington Normal, and was thus well equipped for life's practical and responsible duties. Soon after his marriage he located upon his present farm, securing a tract of land of two hundred and forty acres on section 18, Mechanicsburg township. He has built here a comfortable and attractive residence, also good barns and other outbuildings. His fences are kept in a state of good repair and his land is made productive through tiling and the rotation of crops. Fruit and shade trees are found upon the place and all modern equipments are there seen. Mr. Correll is also the owner of another farm, having purchased one hundred and fifty acres near his home place. He is engaged in the raising of graded stock and feeds for the market. His business interests are capably conducted and what he possesses is the reward of his earnest and well directed labors.
Mr. Correll was married, in 1882, to Miss Lydia Ann Doolittle, a native of Cook county, Illinois, reared and educated in Evanston. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Correll have been born three children: Thomas Grover, E. Gertrude and Mary Margaret. Mr. Correll is a Democrat in his political views, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Correll is a stockholder in the church assembly. Having spent his entire life in this county, his acquaintance is wide, and the opinion passed upon him by the public is favorable, for his course has been molded by principles and rules of conduct that in every land and clime command respect.