C. BOREN, pilot. Mound City, is a native of Pulaski County. Ill., born February 28, 1828, near Fort Wilkinson, and a son of Morgan and Anna (Lathum) Boren, he born in Tennessee in 1795, and died in Pulaski County, III. in January, 1851. He was one of the first settlers of the county, having emigrated from his native State in 1827, and settled in this county near Fort Wilkinson, where he had been stationed as a soldier in the Black Hawk war, and engaged in farming to the time of his death. His wife (subject's mother) was also a native of Tennessee. She died in this county, leaving twelve children, of whom but three are now living, viz.: Lewis W.. Mrs. Mary L. Collins and Coleman, our subject. His early life was spent at home on the farm, and at such time as the work of the farm would permit, he attended the subscription schools, common in his day. At nineteen years of age, he left his home and engaged in boating on the rivers; he has since followed this for a livelihood, and has been principally engaged as Captain and pilot, having been Captain of the following well known steamers: Pocahontas, Ohio Belle, Alexander Scott, Cumberland, Catawba and St. Louis. At present he is acting as pilot of the Mississippi, from St. Louis to New Orleans, up the Red River to Shreeveport, and on the Ohio from Cairo to Paducah. In Vienna, Johnson Co., Ill., on the 8th of August, 1852, he was married to Miss Caroline F. McDonald, who was born June 12, 1834, in Ohio. She is a daughter of Richard and Mary J. (Craven) McDonald. Mr. and Mrs. Boren have been blessed with six children, of whom five are now living, viz.: Lady A., born January 29, 1854; Mary A., born November 16, 1856, Carrie F., born December 17, 1858; Georgia Anna, November 3, 1861; she died March 22, 1862; Richard M., born May 30, 1868, and Henrietta B., September 7, 1870. Mr. Boren is an active member of the I. O. O. F., and in politics he is identified with the Republican party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 253-254.