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William A. Poorman, farming and stock; P. O. Humbolt, Ill.; the subject of this sketch was born in Humbolt Tp., Coles Co., Ill., March 7, 1842. He married Miss Sarah Ann Wamsley April 9, 1866; she was born in Adams Co., Ohio; they have four children, viz., Curtis E., Oscar R., Sarah E. and Edward F. He was born on his father’s farm, probably the second child born in this township; he lived at home with his parents until 1866, when, on being married, he engaged in farming on his own account, working part of his father’s farm; in 1868, he came to his present place, and has lived here since. In 1864, he enlisted in the 143d Regt. I. V. I., but, owing to sickness, did not go out with the regiment. He has held the office of Town Clerk, and has been School Director a number of years. He owns 160 acres of land in this township, which he has earned by his own labor and management.