Stamper Family Project
A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People, and its Principal Interests
BY George Washington Smith, M. A. VOLUME II
History of Southern Illinois page 1025
 Evan Fitzgerrell was the fortunate recipient of a better education than was received by most young men
of his time. He first attended the common schools of Jefferson county, then went to high school at
Owensville, Indiana, and completed his studies in a two-year course at McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois.
 The business world first knew Mr. Fitzgerrell as a dry goods merchant at Benton, at which point he soon built up
a flourishing trade. He was also for nineteen years engaged in the milling business, in which line of endeavor he
was likewise very successful. In 1885, however, he traded his mill for a Texas ranch, upon which he lived for
four years. Not being satisfied to remain there indefinitely, in 1889 he again became a citizen and business man
of Benton, engaging in the dry goods business for a second time, in this instance becoming a partner of his
F.H. Stamper. They disposed of the store in 1910 and since that date Mr. Fitzgerrell has devoted
his time and attention to conducting his four hundred and fifty acre farm, his activities including the buying
and selling of cattle and stock. He is one of the large property owners of Benton and is counted as one of the
community's most substantial and prosperous men. The Fitzgerrell home is one of the largest and most beautiful
here and is most graciously presided over by the wife and mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerrell were married in 1868. She Avas before her marriage Elizabeth Blake, a daughter of
Aaron Blake. They are the parents of three living children, Anna being the Avife of F. H. Stamper, a retired
business man of Benton, while Nellie May and Inez are still members of their parental home. The family
belong to the Christian church, in which they are willing and effective workers. Mr. Fitzgerrell is a member
pf the Masonic order and is a Chapter Mason. In politics he has always taken a great interest and works
enthusiastically for the success of the Democratic party. In 1874 be was elected and served one year as
county clerk, but in later years has avoided official life, preferring to exert his influence in private capacity.
A man of comprehensive talents, unimpeachable integrity and the possessor of many admirable personal
qualities, he is held in the highest esteem by the entire community
 A Complete History of Illinois from 1673 to 1884 :( Book  1096Pages) Pgs 712; 716; 716a; 717; 718; 719; 720-
Embracing the physical features of the county, its early
explorations, aboriginal inhabitants
by Alexander Davidson and Bernard Stuve ... 1884

Chapter l_lll. 1861 - 1865 - Administration of Govenor Yates
Yates Administration -
Page 717 Re Illinois
 On July the 11th, the Buchanan or Breckinridge democracy met in convention also at Springfield, and put the
following State ticket in the field: For govenor, Dr Thomas M Hope, of Madison; lieutenant govenor, Thomas Snell,
of DeWitt; secretary of State, B T Burke, of Macoupin; auditor, Henry S Smith, of Knox; treasurer, W H Cather,
of Adams; superintendent of public instruction, J L Dennis, of St Clair; the electors at large being John Dougherty
and Thompson Campbell. Eleven counties out of 102 were represented by 53 delegates, 41 of whom were
currently reported at the time as federal office-holders.
 The Bell-Everett State Convention met at Decatur, Aug 16, 1860. Thirty counties were represented by an aggregate
of 92 delegates. They nominated the following ticket: For Govenor, the Hon John T Stuart, of Sangamon; lieutenant govenor, Henry S Blackburn, of Rock Island; secretary of State, James Monroe, of Coles; auditor, James D Smith,
of Sangamon; treasurer,
Jonathan Stamper, of Macon; superintendent of public instruction, D J Snow, of Sangamon; electors at large, M Y Johnson, of JoDaviess and D M Woodson, of Green.
Histories of various counties in Illinois - Some very interesting reading ... :- ))  
Past and Present of Iroquois County, Illinois - Title Page / Vol 1 / Vol 2 / Vol 3 ... Pg 325
History of Macon County, Illinois
Brinkerhoff's History of Marion County, Illinois - Title Page / Vol 1 / Vol 2 / Vol 3 / Vol 4 .... Pg 683 and pg 684 
 Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties Illinois / ref to Stamper on pg 578
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