Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
DRISKELL, JOSEPH (deceased) - Many of the men who labored hard to make Sangamon County what it is today have passed to their last reward, but the effect of their work lives after them and their families are now reaping the benefit of what they accomplished. One of the sturdy, successful, reliable farmers of this locality was the late Joseph Driskell, born in August, 1858, a son of Joseph and Margaret (Gregory) Driskell, natives of Kentucky, where the father was a farmer, who later came to Illinois, where his son was born.
The younger Joseph Driskell attended the Martin School in Sangamon County, and worked with his father on the farm until he bought his own farm in the neighborhood of Springfield. There he resided until he retired, moving to Springfield, which was his home ten years before his demise. He was an excellent farmer and made his property one of the best in the county. A quiet man, devoted to his home and work, he did not join any fraternal associations, and while a Republican, he did not aspire to office. The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield held his membership.
On September 12, 1866, occurred the marriage of Mr. Driskell and Miss Jane Curlock, who was born near Breckenridge, Ill. She is a daughter of Henry and Susan Curlock, natives and life-long residents of Sangamon County. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Driskell: John L., born in 1867; Mary Ann, born August 3, 1869; William Henry, born November 11, 1871; Maggie, born August 3, 1874; Lida, born November 11, 1880; Joseph, born July 11, 1883; Grover Cleveland, born October 7, 1882; Jessie, born March 7, 1887, and three who are deceased. Mrs. Driskell resides at No. 1125 East Washington Street, Springfield, where she makes a pleasant home for her family. She is a lady widely known and universally respected, having made this city her home for seventeen years.