Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
SHOCKLEY, Uel Hickman (deceased), was a resident of Springfield, Ill., thirty-one years before his death, and was for some time engaged in business in the city. He was born near Columbus, Ohio, July 10, 1825, son of Archibald and Susan (Hill) Shockley, the former a native of Ohio and a farmer by occupation. They were parents of two sons and three daughters. The boyhood of U. H. Shockley was spent on his father's farm near Columbus, and he received his education in the country schools. After leaving school he remained with his father until his marriage, in 1844, and then carried on farming on his own account several years, but later built up a business as carpenter and contractor and in this connection erected many houses and other buildings in Sangamon County. He was an energetic and successful business man and took no active part in politics, although he was a Republican after the organization of that party and staunchly supported its principles. He belonged to no secret organizations of any kind but was zealous in the work of the church and Sunday School with which he was connected, and after coming to Springfield united with the Second Methodist Episcopal Church. For several years before his death he lived retired from active business affairs and made his home with his September 17, 1892, with the Court of Honor Insurance Society; Etta Grace, born August 15, 1894, stenographer for Mr. Reinhart, a wholesale fruit broker; and Benjamin H., born September 11, 1896, is attending school.
At the Coleman home, Mr. Shockley passed away, July 3, 1905, and his remains were interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery. HE was a man of excellent character and kindly disposition and his loss was widely mourned. He was known and missed in many circles and was always active in any movement connected with the good work of the church f which he was a member. His wife is still living and resides with her daughter, at the age of eighty-five years.daughter, Mrs. W. B. Coleman, at 1411 Pasfield Avenue.
June 20, 1844, Mr. Shockley was married to Miss Charity Bowman, who was born at Columbus, Ohio, October 27, 1826, daughter of John and Margaret (Reynolds) Bowman. Children as follows were born of this marriage: John, September 10, 1854; George, November 13, 1847, and Mary E., November 4, 1862, in Litchfield, Ill. Mary E. Shockley was married, December 2, 1891, by Reverend Kulner, of Springfield, to William B. Coleman, who was born in New York city, January 16, 1855, son of Benjamin and Mary Francis (Glennan) Coleman. Mr. Coleman is Check Clerk with the Chicago, Pennsylvania and St. Louis railroad company, and he and his wife own their pleasant home in Springfield. They have three children, as follows: Charles I., born