Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
WINDSOR, WILLIAM, retired farmer and grocer, Section 31, Mechanicsburg Township, Dawson Rural Delivery No. 21, Sangamon County, was born in Butler County, Ohio, June 6, 1830 and is descended from several old American families, members of which have achieved celebrity. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Doty) Windsor, natives respectively of Delaware and Butler County, Ohio. His father emigrated from Delaware to Ohio and passed the remainder of his years there as a farmer, dying in 1847, when his son William was between sixteen and seventeen years old. He had, early in life, served his country as a soldier in the War of 1812. He left two sons and two daughters, and one son and one daughter survive.
William Windsor attended the public school near his boyhood home in Butler County, and helped his father with the farm labor till 1848, when he was about eighteen years old. Then, he came to Sangamon County, Ill. and engaged in farming on his own account, eventually entering eighty acres of government land in Christian County, which he later sold. In 1884 he moved to Saline County, Mo., where he farmed till March, 1893, then returned to Sangamon County. He bought a farm near Rochester, where he lived seven years, until he rented the land moved to Rochester, where he managed a grocery store about a year. He has lived on his present home place since January 15, 1890, and conducts a grocery business there, having a good trade from all the surrounding country. In politics he is a Republican. He was Tax Collector for Rochester Township in 1895 and has filled the office of School Director with great credit during the past fourteen years. In religious faith he affiliates with the Christian Church.
In Clark County, Ind., on October 12, 1818, Mr. Windsor married Miss Sarah A. Long who was born in that county, the daughter of a prominent farmer. She died December 21, 1861, having borne him two children, both of whom are dead. November 13, 1862, he married Miss Harriet E. Mull, born at Rochester, Ill., of parents who came there among the pioneers, from Virginia, and live out their days in Sangamon County. Mrs. Windsor died April 21, 1903, deeply mourned by all who had known her.