Daniel W. Mumey
Posted by Jean Crowl 7 Mayl, 2009
From the Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894) May, 1894. Lake City Publishing Co.
DANIEL W. MUMEY, one of the prosperous farmers of Henderson County, who owns and operates three hundred and thirty-eight acres of valuable land on section 19, township 12 north, range 4 west, claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, for his birth occurred in Pickaway County, on the 14th of June, 1851. His father, Solomon Mumey, was a native of Pennsylvania. Having attained to years of maturity, he married Lucinda Winsted, and to them were born seven children, six sons and a daughter, namely: William; David, who resides in Wisconsin; Daniel W. of this sketch; Joseph, a resident of Nebraska; Solomon, who is located in the same State; Samuel, deceased; and Mary, who died in infancy. Daniel W. Mumey was a child of only six summers when he was brought by his parents to Illinois. The family located in Henderson County, upon the prairie, but after a short time removed to a farm four miles northeast of Oquawka. where the father purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land, and began the cultivation and development of the farm. Our subject acquired his education in the district schools of the neighborhood, which he attended through the winter season, while in the summer months he aided in the labors of the farm. He was reared to manhood upon the old homestead, and has carried on agricultural pursuits throughout his entire life. He was early inured to the arduous labors of the field, and became familiar with all the departments of farm work; so that when he began business for himself he had a stock of practical experience, which proved of much value to him.
As a companion and helpmate on life's journey, Mr. Mumey chose Miss Katie Welsh, a daughter of John Welsh, their marriage being celebrated on the 4th of June, 1870. By their union were born seven children, five sons and two daughters: John, Solomon, Mary, Ella, Daniel, Michael and Peter, and with the exception of Daniel, who is now deceased, all are with their parents. The Mumey household is the abode of hospitality, and the family is held in high regard throughout the community.
In 1884, Mr. Mumey purchased a part of his present farm, a tract of one hundred and twenty acres, to which he has added from time to time, until he now has three hundred and thirty-eight acres of rich land, constituting one of the valuable farms of this locality. Everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance, and the well-tilled fields and good improvements indicate to the passer-by the careful supervision of the owner. In his political views, Mr. Mumey is a Democrat, and by his first Presidential vote supported Samuel J. Tilden. He has served as Township Supervisor and as School Director, and the cause of education finds in him a warm friend.