Biography of Nelson Monroe
(Transcribed by Nancy T. Green)
The father of our subject, Alexander McCorkle, was born in
Alexander McCorkle was very poor when locating here, and in that early day disposed of his pork at $1.50 per hundred pounds. His wheat when marketed, brought him forty cents per bushel, oats ten cents, corn ten cents, and potatoes sold for the same amount. It will thus be seen that in addition to clearing his place and battling with the many hardships which came to the pioneers, it was very difficult to get along, to say nothing of laying by a sum sufficient to clear his place. He was very industrious and economical however, and at the time of his decease, eighteen years later, possessed one of the best estates in his township. His wife died in September, 1855.
Of the parental family of twelve children, the following are living: Barbara Ann, Mrs. Hartman, Urial J., A. Marion, Catherine E., Mrs Wiles, our subject, Cynthia, Mrs. McIninch, and John L. The elder Mr. and Mrs McCorkle were consistent members of the
On the death of Alexander McCorkle, his son Urial, closed up the estate and found among his tax receipts $3.65 to be the highest ever paid. The home place included four hundred and sixteen acres, all of which was excellently cultivated with the exception of eighty acres. The father was very prominent and influential among his fellow agriculturists and was ever ready to do his share in building up his community.
Nelson M. McCorkle was born April 18, 1835, on his father's estate in the southeastern portion of this county, had but little opportunity for obtaining an education as the schools of the neighborhood bore little resemblance to the model temples of learning at the present time, and then the teacher often knew but little more than the pupil. Mr. McCorkle was given a thorough training in farm work and when a lad of seventeen, in company with his brother Urial, crossed the plains to the Golden State, the trip consuming four months and twenty four days. There the brothers worked in the mines at Mud Springs for eleven months, and when ready to return home came back by the
January 1, 1857, Mr. McCorkle and Miss Rebecca, daughter of Washington Toland, were united in marriage. Her parents, who are now deceased, were among the earliest settlers of
Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle have never been blessed with children of their own, but have taken into their hearts and home seven little ones, viz: Lizzie McClure (now deceased), Andy Erringston, Allie, Dora, Hugh and Julia Lucket (the last four brother and sisters), and Pearl Morgan. Mr. McCorkle has been Deacon of the Christian Church for twenty years, of which organization his good wife is also a devoted member. He has been very much interested in Sunday school work and for the past two years has served as Superintendent. In politics he is a staunch Democrat, and has been sent to the numerous conventions of that party. As a member of the School Board he rendered efficient service for seven years as a Trustee.
Peter Toland, a brother of Mrs. McCorkle, was a soldier in the Confederate Army during the late war. He was a color bearer, and while on duty at the battle of
From Portrait and Biographical Record, Buchanan and
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