Alfred L. Gideon was
born in Mad River Twp., Champaign Co, OH 7 Sep 1826. He died
8 Aug 1915. He married Elizabeth Clark in Sagamon Co,
OH, 30 Dec 1847. She was born in Miami Co, OH 15 Dec 1830, the
daughter of Rev. David Clark and Sallie Winnans.
She died 10 Aug 1875. Her body was interred in Mt. Pulaski, Logan
"Clark, David, born
Aug. 28, 1776, in Essex county, N.J. Came to Kentucky in 1798,
and was there married in 1800, to Rachel Rutter. They had two
children; one died in infancy, and Mrs. Rachel Clark died in
1804. David Clark moved to Cincinnati, O., in 1805, and made
brick for the first brick house built in that city. He returned
to Somerset county, N.J., in the same year, and was married there
in Feb., 1806, to Sallie Winans, who was born Oct. 25, 1788,
in that county. They moved to Miami county, O., in 1809, and
from there to Sangamon county, Ill., in 1829, settling on Sugar
creek. After two years they moved to Wolf creek. They had six
children, one of whom died in infancy. Of the other five -
"Rev. Richard W.,...
"Elizabeth, born Dec. 15, 1830, in Miami county, Ohio, was
married Dec. 1847, to Alfred Gideon, who was born in Champaign
county, Ohio. They had one child, David C., born Nov. 27, 1847,
was married Sept. 1868, to Sallie Row, a native of Ohio. David
C. Gideon is a practicing physician at Watseka, Iroquois county,
David Clark was a local M.E. preacher for about forty years.
His wife died Dec. 3, 1843, and he died Jan. 6, 1847, both on
the farm near the present town of Barclay, Sangamon county, Ill."
- Early Settlers
of Sangamon County, Illinois; John Carroll Power, pp. 200
"The contemplation of
a long life of labor, crowned with honorable retirement, is a
matter of satisfaction to all. One feel that this is but the
just reward of diligence intelligently directed. Mr. Gideon is
numbered among Decatur's citizens whom has been vouchsafed this
period of rest. For many years he carried on business as a carpenter
but is now living retired at No. 1249 North Water street.
He was born in Champaign county, Ohio, in 1826, a son of Henry
Gideon. His youthful days were passed in the Buckeye state but
when seventeen years of age he traveled across the prairies with
a wagon and yoke of oxen, passing through Decatur en route to
Sangamon county, Illinois. There he established his home and
remained there continuously with the exception of one year, which
he devoted to service as a soldier in the Mexican war, becoming
a private under General Winfield Scott. After being mustered
out he returned to Sangamon county, where he resided until 1850,
when he located at Mount Pulaski, Logan county, where he followed
his attention to carpentering. Later he began contracting on
his own account, being thus identified with building operations
at that place until 1877. In that year he removed from Logan
county to Macon county and has since been a resident of Decatur.
He became connected with farming interests in this part of the
state and is still the owner of a fine farming property of two
hundred and forty acres in Douglas county, from which he derives
a substantial income.
"Mr. Gideon has been married three times. He first wedded
Elizabeth Clark, who died leaving a son, David, who is a graduate
of medical schools of Cincinnati and of St. Louis and is now
a practicing physician of Sumner, Illinois. His present wife,
whom he married on the 8th of July, 1902, was formerly Mrs. Cora
B. Hayes, a lady of natural refinement, who presides with gracious
courtesy and hospitality over his home.
Mr. Gideon ranks high in Masonry, holding membership with Mount
Pulaski Lodge, A.F. & A.M.; Macon Chapter, No. 21, R.A.M.
of Decatur; and Beaumanoir Commandery, No. 9, K.T. He has ever
been an exemplary representative of the craft, portraying in
his life the beneficent spirit of the order, which is based upon
mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness. In all of the varied
relations of life he has ever commanded the good will and confidence
of his fellowmen and in business affairs he has been found thoroughly
reliable and trustworthy as wel l as energetic and enterprising.
The qualities brought him success and now enable him to live
retired with capital sufficient to enjoy all of the comforts
of life." - History
of Macon County Illinois, Volume II, by Hon. William E. Nelson,
The Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; pp. 586 &
Alfred L. Gideon and Elizabeth Clark had the following