Transcribed by Patty Gaddis
WAKEFIELD, SAMUEL O. - The Wakefield family was closely identified with pioneer history in Illinois, for its members came to the State many years ago, where several generations have been born. These grand old pioneers accomplished more than they realized at the time, when they braved the dangers of the long journey, the uncertainty of life and the dangers from the Indians and wild beasts. That they did succeed, our present wonderful development proves beyond doubt. An excellent representative of this pioneer family is Samuel O. Wakefield, a prosperous farmer of Section 33, Williams Township, who was born in Clinton County, Ill., June 1, 1851, a son of Charles and Mary (Lowe) Wakefield, natives of the same place.
Charles Wakefield's father was born in Georgia and came from that State to Illinois at a very early date, becoming the owner of a large estate in Clinton County. While he was still a new resident of that county, the Black Hawk War broke out, and he hastened to enlist, to help protect his family and the community from Indian atrocities. In 1865 Charles Wakefield, who had married and become the father of several children, moved with his family to Sangamon County, locating on farm land south of Dawson, a year after his arrival there. This continued to be his home for three years, but he then came to Williams Township, securing the farm now the property of Samuel O. Wakefield. This continued to be the home of himself and wife until their deaths, both passing away in 1895. They had nine children, five sons and four daughters, four of whom survive: Samuel O., Millard, Hatson, and Nancy Ann, all of whom live together on the home property.
Samuel O. Wakefield was educated in Sangamon County and during his boyhood worked on the farm he now owns, learning thoroughly the calling he has followed all his life. The Methodist Church holds his membership, although he attends the Union Mission Church of Spaulding. In politics he is a Republican, but cannot be induced to accept public office. He has never married. He is pleasant and genial, has many friends. He takes great pride in his family history and the land his father bought and handed down to him. While conservative in his ideas, he favors good roads and other improvements which are for the best interests of his community, and is one of the reliable, substantial men of his township.