Atwell, William E.
The following data is extracted from Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois.
William E. Atwell was born in Bracken County, Kentucky, in the year A. D. 1831, and there grew to man's estate, when he moved to a farm in Pendleton County in the same state. He wedded Miss Nancy Barrett, of near Cynthiana. She died in June, 1897. They had twelve children, all of whom are living and doing well in the world. Mr. Atwell is a son of William and Ursla (Fields) Atwell, who were natives of old Virginia. His grandfathers were Hugh Atwell and Leban Fields, the former born in Virginia and the latter in North Carolina.. Mr. Atwell, who is a warm hearted gentleman, for which his state is noted, has for several years made his home with one of his daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Wyeth, in her beautiful country seat in Garrett Township.
Source: Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois