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Oak Glade Farm, Sparland, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

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Oak Glade Farm

Mr. and Mrs. William Monier purchased the Oak Glade Farm in 1868 from Jabez Fisher, the old pork packer of Lacon.

William Monier was born on the Isle of Man, May 1, 1834, and came with his parents to America in l850. It took 21 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a sailing vessel. The journey from New York to Illinois was up the Hudson River by boat, the Erie Canal to Buffalo, thence by the Great Lakes to Chicago. They came down the canal to LaSalle then by river boat to Peoria and settled near Brimfield. In 1857, the family moved to Saratoga Township.

Willmina Doran, who would become his wife later, was born in New Brunswick, Canada, July 5, 1841.  In 1848, the Doran family moved to Boston. There they became acquainted with the Fisher family, who in turn persuaded them that the Illinois farming country had a promising future.

So in the summer of 1850, they came to Illinois by the same route that the Monier family came. They arrived in Lacon October 31, 1850. After living in Lacon that winter in a two room house with four adults and ten children, a little crowded by today’s standards, they moved to Jabez Fisher’s “Oak Glade Farm,” the present residence of Halsey and the late Edith Monier, Robert W. and Myrtle Monier, Joe and Donna Monier, and their families.

On December 23, 1860, William Monier, age 26, and Willmna Doran, age 19, were married and began farming in Saratoga Township.

In 1868, William and Willmina Monier sold their l60 acre farm in Saratoga Tovmship and purchased the 327 acre “Oak Glade Farm” from Jabez Fisher.

Now in 1976, Rodney Monier, the son of Robert W, and Myrtle, has an interest in a cow and calf herd on this farm. It is the fourth generation of Moniers to have a working interest in “Oak Glade Farm” and the fifth generation to live there.

The old horse barn that was built before Willmina Doran’s parents moved to “Oak Glade” is still standing.

At the present time, Joe Monier’s family lives in the house pictured. It was built by William Monier in 1878, The original home is basically like it was constructed ninety-eight years ago.

Mrs. Robert W. Monier

Oak Glade Farm coordinates: N 41.04863 W 89.51712

William, Willmina and Monier family

James and Rebecca Doran moved to the farm, owned by Jabez Fisher,  in 1851.

Willmina Doran Monier and William Monier bought the farm from Jabez Fisher in 1867 or 1868.


Written by Michael S. Doran

February 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Obituary of Willmina Doran Monier

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Relate History of Life of Mrs. Willmina Monier

Willmina Doran, daughter of James and Rebecca Doran, and one of a family of ten children, was born at St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, July 5, 1841 and passed away at her home, 1503 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Ill. On May 24, 1932 at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 21 days.

When about eight years of age, she with her parents, six brothers and three sisters moved to Boston, Mass., where they lived one year.  On October 1, 1850, after a two weeks journey, they arrived Lacon, Ill.  Later on, the family moved to a farm west of the river.

She was united in marriage to William Monier, December 25, 1860 and all her married life was spent on a farm near Sparland, living for 46 years on the place which is now the home of her son, Halsey, and it was the dearest spot on earth to her.

Mrs. Monier was a woman of splendid character, endowed with every womanly grace and unassumed dignity and her stong mentality endured to the end of her long life.  She loved nature and had a wide knowledge of birds, trees and flowers.  It was one of her chief pleasures to impart this knowledge to her grandchildren, who found it a great wonder and delight.  She lived the life of a true Christian, having joined the Methodist Episcopal church when a young girl.  Since her residence in Peoria she attended the Arcadia Presbyterian Church near her home.  For her, death had no fears.  Her work was done and her memory is a blessed heritage to those left behind.

Mr. Monier died March 19, 1907, and in April, 1910, Mrs. Monier and her two daughters moved to Peoria, Ill.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters, James Edward of Princeton, Ill., Thomas of Galva, Ill., John and R. Halsey of Sparland and Anna and Alice of Peoria; also, 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Brewster of ClearLake, Iowa, who is past 96 years of age.  The eldest son, Charles William Monier died April 20, 1920, one granddaughter, Nellie Willmina Monier April 7, 1921, and one little great-granddaughter, Carol Anne, February 26, 1932.

Funeral services were held on Thursday at 3p.m. at  the United Presbyterian church in La Prarie conducted by Rev. Ernest L. Fernandes of the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. A. S. Bailey.

There was a wonderful profusion of flowers, silent messangers of love and sympathy.  The pallbearers were six grandsons.  Interment was made in the family lot in the Saratoga cemetery.

Written by Alice Monier daughter of Willmina Monier

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

1909 Doran Family Reunion in Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa, USA

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Willmina Doran Monier is seated 2nd from left in the row that is seated and is wearing a dark dress.

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 25, 2011 at 1:15 am

A Story of the Doran Family Migration to Illinois as told by Willmina Doran Monier

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A Story of the Doran Family Migration to Illinois
as told by
Willmina Doran Monier

I was born at Hartt’s Mills, now called Fredericton Junction, New Brunswick, Canada, July 5, 1841 and lived there until I was about 8 years old.  My recollections of New Brunswick are remote, but I do remember when the first steamboat came up the St. John River.  As there were not radios or telephones and not even daily, weekly, or monthly newspapers in that section, no one knew it was coming, and many people were frightened at the great noise it made.  Being so far north the winter season is very long.  Snow falls in October and lasts until April.

In 1847 my father went to Boston, Massachusetts to see his brothers and mother who had recently arrived in the United States from England.  Liking the USA he decided to move his family down there.  However, I do not remember the trip but know we went via boat on the Atlantic Ocean.

For 18 months we lived in a house at Brookline, a suburb of Boston.  The name of the owner of this place was Howe and later he patented a sewing machine.  Mr. Howe sold this place to the Fishers and in that way, my father became acquainted with Jabez Fisher, who persuaded him that the Illinois farming country would be a good place for us.  As I remember it, we started on a very slow train that brought us as far as Buffalo, where we boarded a boat for Chicago.  I remember very well that as we were about to go aboard a great wind storm came up and father decided not to take his family in such a storm but wait for the next boat.  While we were in a kind of station a man came to take his mother, an old Irish woman, on the boat and she said, “Oh no Pat,  I don’t want to go in this wind storm.”  Then he said, “Ah, divil a puff is there comin’ out of the hivens.”

We came via boat from Buffalo to Chicago and there changed to a canal boat for LaSalle.  The canal boat was drawn by a horse, and my brothers would go ashore and could go as fast as the boat and would drop from a bridge to the boat.  At LaSalle we took a steamboat, The Americus, for Lacon and arrived there October 31, 1850.  The water was very low and they were afraid to travel by night.

At Lacon we moved into a two roomed brick house and you know it was rather crowded with my father and mother, my Aunt Mina, for whom I was named, my grandmother and 10 of us children.  However, work was plentiful then.  Lacon was a busy place and all who were able soon had employment.  My younger sister, my twin brothers and myself were the only ones too young to work.  We were all delighted with the country and especially the climate.  That winter was unusually mild as the river only froze that it kept boats from running for two weeks.  It was a great change from New Brunswick and we thought we were in paradise.

March 1st we moved to Mr. Fisher’s farm, known as “Oak Glade”, where Halsey Monier now lives.  We live there four years, then we moved to a farm 1 ½ miles west where John Hastings lives.  When we moved to “Oak Glade” there were only two homes between ours and Camp Grove.  There were no fences and no roads.  Mr. Frank Drake plowed a furrow from the southwest corner of what is now the John Monier farm following the ridge northwesterly to Camp Grove.  This served as a guide to travelers.  No one had thought of the numbers we now see on the land roads, nor hard roads either.

There was only one house in Sparland and no railroad when we came to Illinois.  It was no uncommon sight to see a herd of deer and I once had a young one for a pet.  Wild geese and ducks and prairie chickens were abundant, and wolves as plentiful as dogs are now.

I married William Monier Christmas Day, 1860.

This life story of Willmina Doran Monier was written by Anna and Alice Monier as told to them by their mother. Alice Monier read it at a family reunion held July 4th and 5th at the Ed and Clara Monier home, Princeton, IL, I would guess in 1925 or 1926. Willmina Monier Hogg has the pencil written copy that this was copied from. The parents of this family were James and Rebecca Maxwell Doran. Both were born in North Ireland, both had moved to the Isle of Man for a short while, and then to New Brunswick where they were married.

Robert W. Monier

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

Headstone of Willmina Doran Monier

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Birth: 5 JUL 1841 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, Canada
Death: 24 MAY 1932 in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial: 26 MAY 1932 Saratoga Methodist Cemetery, Saratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

Willmina Doran Monier – Find A Grave Memorial

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

1870 Census of Willmina Doran Monier

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Written by Michael S. Doran

January 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Descendants of Willmina Doran Monier

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•Name: Willmina Doran
•Birth: 5 JUL 1841 in Fredericton Junction, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada
•Death: 24 MAY 1932 in Saratoga Township, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

Marriage 1 William Monier b: BET 1840 AND 1845 in Massachusetts, USA
•Married: 15 DEC 1860 in Marshall County, Illinois, USA

1. Alice Monier
2. Willmina Monier

Written by Michael S. Doran

January 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm