Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
HART, GEORGE W., a retired farmer living in Springfield, where he owns a comfortable home, is a veteran of the Civil War and well known in his neighborhood as a useful, public-spirited citizen. Mr. Hart is a native of eastern Tennessee, born April 20, 1841, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Hicks) Hart, both natives of the same State, the former born March 12, 1808 and the latter in the same year. The parents removed to Illinois in 1871 and spent ten years on a farm in Morgan County, then moved to a farm near Chatham, Sangamon County. Seven years later they located on a farm in Clear Lake Township, where they lived six years, after which they went to Christian County, and there the father died May 22, 1897, after which George W. Hart remained five years longer in that county, then came to Springfield and retired from active life.
Mr. Hart received his education in Tennessee and at the beginning of the Civil War enlisted from Knoxville in the Home Guard, where he served six months, having previously served three months in the Confederate Army. He proved himself a good soldier and participated in several skirmishes. At the close of this term of service he returned to his former home and accompanied his family to Illinois some years later. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church and active in the good work of that organization. He is a Democrat in politics.
Mr. Hart was married in eastern Tennessee, November, 20, 1861, to Salina A. Beard, who was born in Virginia, December 20, 1845, daughter of John Beard, a Virginian farmer. Both her parents died in that State. Fifteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hart, of whom thirteen survive, namely: Franklin, of Round Prairie, Sangamon County; Delia, wife of Charles Emory, of Havana, Ill., where he is employed as a machinist; Nannie, wife of Joseph Redford, a teamster of Springfield; Samuel, of Barclay, Ill.; Tuleta, wife of Samuel Miller, a farmer of Clear Lake Township; Etta, wife of Charles Carver of Springfield; Leotta, wife of Roy Adams, of Decatur; Charles, Frederick and Rolla, of Springfield; Laura, wife of Louis Daniels, of Springfield; Marie and Irene, living at home. There are twenty-two grandchildren in the family.