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William Hieronymus was born February 13,1788, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. His parents were of English and Dutch descent. He was raised on a farm and led a farmer's life. When he was a young man, he and his father went to Madison County, Kentucky, to look at the country, and were so well pleased with it, that William remained to raise a crop, while his father returned for the family, which came out in the fall. William Hieronymus married, August 14, 1811,this business more or less until his death, which occurred March 12, 1848.
William Hieronymus was a tall man, standing six feet and two and one-half inches. His bones were large and his features prominent. Hieronymus Grove received its name from him. He had nine children, of whom only three are living. They are:
Enoch Hieronymus, who lives in Mt. Hope township, in McLean County, in the edge of Hieronymus Grove.
Benjamin Hieronymus, who lives at the head of Indian Grove, in Livingston County, and
William Hieronymous, jr., who lives on the homestead place.
Enoch Hieronymus was born March 7, 1816, in Madison County, Kentucky. He accompanied the family wherever it went, as stated in the preceding sketch of his father. In his younger days he worked a great deal in the tobacco patch, but acquired a distaste for tobacco and never used it. He thinks young men should all have an opportunity to work in a tobacco patch. -
In the fall of 1828, the family came to Illinois. Here Enoch worked hard ; nevertheless, he was fond of hunting. He hunted deer and turkeys, and trapped mink and otter. He once came close to a panther while hunting, but did not succeed in killing it. He was watching a deer lick, and heard a deer come plashing through the water, arid while watching for it, a panther came up on its trail. The panther stopped within two or three rods of Enoch and sat down. He attempted to shoot it, but the flintlock flashed in the pan, and as he had no more powder in the horn, he stood still, and man and beast watched each other intently. The panther was motionless, except a gentle waving of its tail. Enoch called for his dog, and the moment the bull-dog came in sight, the panther fled. Enoch went home for powder, and wished to hunt the panther, but his bull-dog, which never had flinched before, could not be induced to take the lead. Enoch was then only fourteen or fifteen years of age.