MCTAGGART, CHARLES D. - The McTaggart family is one of the old ones in Sangamon County, and its representatives are to be found residing upon valuable farms in different portions of this region, where they have become leaders in agricultural matters. One of these who is a first class farmer and business man is Charles D. McTaggart, born on his present farm, December 1, 1872, a son of Duncan and Mary (Carswell) McTaggart. The parents came from Scotland to this country and Duncan McTaggart was one of three brothers who married the three Carswell sisters. He and his wife farmed and became prosperous, bringing up their large family in the fear of the Lord and appreciation of the value of hard work, so that none of them have failed to achieve success in life. Charles D. McTaggart attended the schools of his township, and growing to manhood quietly, has learned to take his pleasure in his home. He has been remarkably successful as a breeder of fine stock, and his farm reflects the prosperity that has been his, for it is exceedingly well kept.
The marriage of Mr. McTaggart occurred three miles north of Pawnee to Eva Matthew, born in Sangamon County, February 28, 1878. Mr. and Mrs. McTaggart have three fine sons: Leonard, born December 19, 1900; Charles Stanley, born September 1, 1902; and Harlan Deneen, born February 11, 1904. Always a Republican, Mr. McTaggart has given his party a hearty support, but his close attention to his business has prevented his holding office. For five years he has been a member of the Woodmen of America. The Methodist Church holds his membership, and receives from him a generous support. Mr. McTaggart owns 160 acres of rich farming land, and his wife owns 160 acres more in Christian County. They are excellent people, kind hearted and generous and hospitable, and stand high in the estimation of their neighbors. They have three children of whom they have every reason to be proud, and their home is one of the most comfortable in Pawnee Township. It is conveniently located three miles south of Pawnee, on Section 24, where they welcome their many friends upon every occasion.