CARVER, FELIX (deceased). - Many of the earlier residents of Sangamon County, who drew from its fertile soil, a comfortable fortune, have passed away, but what they accomplished still lives, and is remembered not only by their families, but the locality which they helped to make what it is today. One of these sturdy, reliable, successful farmers of the county, who prior to his death was a resident of Springfield, was Felix Carver, born in Dayton, Ohio, October 4, 1830. He was a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hoover) Carver, both natives of Ohio. The boyhood of Mr. Carver was passed on his father's Ohio farm, while he attended school, and assisted in work about the home. Thus he grew up into a helpful manhood, and when he came to Sangamon County, in 1832, he was able to put into practice the knowledge he had gained in Ohio, eventually developing a fine farm of 160 acres in Clear Lake Township. For a number of years he served his district as School Director, and was one of the influential citizens of the township. In 1896, Mr. Carver retired from the farm, moving to Springfield, where he died, September 23, 1908, firm in the faith of the Christian Church of which he was a consistent member. His remains are interred in beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Carver was married in Springfield, January 22, 1857, to Rachel T. Donner, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hunter) Donner, both of whom are now deceased, and lie in Oak Ridge cemetery. Mrs. Carver was born in Sangamon County, May 7, 1841. She and Mr. Carver had the following family: Albert, born December 17, 1862, is married, residing at 120 West Allen street; Henry, born April 4, 1871; Frank, born March 7, 1873; Charlie V., born February 14, 1875, and Marguerite Mae, born September 16, 1878, and two who are deceased. Mrs. Carver has spent her life in Springfield and its vicinity, and owns her residence on South Second Street, where she is now enjoying the comforts her well spent life has entitled her to. She is a charming lady, kind-hearted, devoted to her home, family and Presbyterian church, and she is honored and beloved by a wide circle of warm personal friends.