MILAS FERRELL, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hardin County, is a son of Joseph Ferrell, a native of Tennessee, who at an early day removed from his native State to Hardin County, Ill., and settled on a farm. Here he served as Township Treasurer for several years, and now lives at Harrisburg, Saline county.
He was married first to Elizabeth Ladd, of Gallatin County, Ill., by whom he had eight children, three of whom are still living, viz: Nancy, wife of Charles Hubbard, a farmer of Gallatin County; John H., now living at Elizabethtown, Ill.; and Emma, wife of John S. Curry, a farmer of Hardin County, Ill. After the decease of his first wife, Joseph Ferrell was married to Elizabeth Shell, of Hardin County, Ill., in 1866, and by her he had three children, all of whom are now living, viz: Milas; Edward, a blacksmith of Elizabethtown; and Henry, now living at Elizabethtown, Ill. This wife dying, he was married the third time, in 1875, to Bettel Moore, of Hardin County, Ill., by whom he has had eight children, six of whom are still living, viz: Thomas, Laura, Maggie, Fred, Richard and James H.
Milas Ferrell was born in Gallatin County, Ill., November 11, 1867, and when but four years old moved to Hardin County with his father, where he was brought up on the farm, and obtained his early education at the common schools of that county. He afterward attended the public schools at Elizabethtown three sessions, and then began teaching school, which he continued to follow for four years. In 1892, he made the race for Clerk of the Circuit Court, and after a very exciting campaign and notwithstanding that his opponent was a very popular man, he was elected by the small majority of two votes. He qualified and took charge of his office in December, 1892. Mr. Ferrell is a member of New Home Lodge No. 185, I.O.O.F., at Karbers Ridge, Hardin County, and is an influential citizen, and he and family have a large circle of warm friends in this vicinity, and well deserve the good opinion of their neighbors.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 359
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