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History of Edgar Co. IL, William H. Perrin, Chicago, 1879
JOHN D. AUGUSTUS, Farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Grand View; is another old settler and pioneer of the county, and a native of Jefferson Co., Ky.; was born Nov. 13, 1822, and lived at his native place until the age of 25; his chances of getting an education were very poor, his father dying in in 1822; as Mr. Augustus grew up to be a young man, the duties of looking after the farm and family devolved upon him, so that he was left but little chance of going to school. He came to Edgar Co. in 1852; located at Dudley, where he remained about eleven years; then came to his present residence. Was married July 27, 1848, to Miss Mary Sisson, of his native county; they have a family of five children – two boys and three girls. Began business for himself with little assistance; now, by hard work, economy and good management, he has a nice farm of 114 acres, of good land, well improved, valued at about $65 per acre; he is a man standing well in the community; has a good name and reputation, which he has earned by being honest and straightforward in his business transactions.