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John G. Sailer, farmer; P. 0 Rardin; born in Wurtemberg, Germany,. Oct. 18, 1823, where he attended school and engaged in farming until 21 years of age, when he was drafted in the 2d Regt. of. cavalry, where he served two years, when he received a furlough, subject to the call of the King, and, at the expiration of about four months, war being declared between Germany and Denmark, he was called into service and served during the war, which continued for a period of two years, at the close of which, the German rebellion breaking out, in which he served until the same was subdued, which was about twelve months; he then engaged in farming until 1853, when he emigrated to America, landing in New York Nov. 10, of the same year; he then went to Pennsylvania, where he worked upon a farm for six months, at $8 per month; he then went to Indiana, where he worked as farm laborer for two years, at $16 per month; he then located near Charleston, Coles Co., Ill., where he was employed by Jacob P. Decker eight months, when he removed to Morgan Tp. and located upon Sec. 9, in the spring of 1857, where he has since lived; he owns upward of one hundred acres, upon which he has good buildings; he erected his house in 1869. His marriage with Melissa Gillaspie was celebrated March 18, 1857; she was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan. 19, 1838; they have two children now living by this union, viz., Rosa C., born Dec. 15, 1860, and Nancy C., born Dec. 29, 1862; Mrs. Sailer was the oldest daughter of Augustus Gillaspie, her mother being a sister of John H. and Jacob L. Rardin, whose biography appear in this work; her parents were among the early pioneers of Coles Co., making the journey with teams from Ohio, in company of John H. and Jacob Rardin, and locating in this township in the fall of 1842. Mr. Sailer has reared from childhood James E. Archer, who was born in Oakland Feb. 11, 1856; his father died when he was 9 months old, and Mr. Sailer has educated him and treated him as one of his own children since his adoption.