The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township.
James Faris, farmer and nurseryman, Sec. 1; P. O. Mattoon; was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., Feb. 22, 1808; engaged with his father in farming and nursery business until 30 years of age. He was then married to Rachel E. McGahan Aug. 17, 1843; she was born in Orange Co., Ind., Jan. 4, 1826; they have had ten children, four living and six dead; the names of the living are Thomas C., John D., Mary E. and Charles H.; the names of the dead are William E., Sarah I., William W., George W. and Martha A. and one infant. Mr. Faris commenced the nursery business in the year 1840, and has carried it on ever since; he has a good variety of trees on hand at present; he has also farmed quite extensively and dealt considerably in cattle; he owns 588 acres of fine farm land, and has accumulated nearly all this property in a few years by industry, economy and perseverance.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township