DANIEL J. BRITT, farmer, P. O. America, was born February 18, 1836, in Chatham County, N. C. Son of Green Britt, born in Chatham County, N. C, a tanner by occupation. He went to Arkansas, where he lived till the fall of 1863, when he came to Pulaski County, Ill., where he now resides. The mother was a native of Chatham County, N. C. Her maiden name was Martha Martin, daughter of Henry and Mary Martin, natives of Paducah, Ky. She died in Pulaski County, Ky., leaving three children, of whom Daniel was the youngest. The names of the children were Julia A. Sanders (deceased), and William A., now living in this county. Daniel enjoyed only about six months of schooling, but through reading and observation he has acquired a fund of knowledge. In early life he learned the shoe-maker's trade, following it and farming till the spring of 1862, when he enlisted in the Fourth Regiment of Arkansas Volunteers, Company K. He was promoted a few days before the battle of Cain Hill, to Captain of the Infirmary Corps. Surrendering at Helena, Ark., he came North and settled in Pulaski County. He has been married twice, and is the father of four boys — William R., born June 15, 1862; Middleton H., born October, 1866; Grant, born 1868; George W., born August, 1872. Mr. Britt is a member of the A., F. & A. M. fraternity, Caledonia Lodge, No. 47. He has been County Treasurer and Assessor for two years, has filled school offices, and has been Township Trustee for sixteen years. In politics, he is a Republican. The past life of our subject needs no comment, as the confidence the people put in him speaks highly in his favor.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 255.