Peter Nighswonger. The subject of this sketch was born in Virginia, March 22, 1817. At three years of age he went with his parents to Illinois, where he grew up and received his education. On arriving at an age to begin life for himself he commenced farming and has been chiefly engaged in that calling ever since. He came to this State and county in 1876,. and has resided here constantly since that period engaged in farming and stock-raising. He owns a well-improved farm of 239 acres in Lincoln township, being well watered and timbered, and has three miles of hedge fencing. His residence is beautifully and healthfully located, and commands a good view of the country.
Mr. Nighswonger was married, on the 6th of March, 1838, o Miss Nancy Barringer, of Illinois, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of George and Susan Barringer. Ten children have been born of this union; eight of whom still survive. Their names in order of birth are, Angeline, Susan, Sophronia, Abram W., Eliza E., Amanda F., William A., Peter V., Lois L., and Thomas D. Those deceased are Susan and Eliza, on the respective dates of September 1, 1846, and February 12, 1861.
Mr. Nighswonger has been a consistent member of the Christian Church since 1843, and is every way a valuable citizen.