S. A. COLWELL, fruit and vegetable grower, P. O. Mound City, was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., November 28, 1842, to Archibald and Sarah (Seaman) Colwell. Both were born in Dutchess County. N. Y., and still reside there, and he still continues to follow his occupation of boot and shoe maker. They are the parents of five children, four of whom are still living, S. A. being the oldest child. Our subject received his education in the State Normal school at Albany, N. Y., completing with the class of 1860. He began teaching during his course at school. After graduating, he was in the employ of the New York & Erie R. R. Company for about one year. Then to Nashville, Tenn., where he was in a railroad office for about eighteen months in the employ of the Government. He still followed railroading, and the express business till coming west in 1866. In 1869, he settled in this county, and commenced teaching and fruit farming. August 1, 1869, he was married in Jackson County, Ill., to Nannie Norman. She was born in Franklin County, Ill., April 1, 1846, to John and Nancy (Hall) Norman. She was born in North Carolina, but moved to Franklin County when only about five years old, and is now about seventy-nine years of age. He died when Mrs. Colwell was only about four years of age. They were the parents of nine children, three now living. In politics, he is Republican. November, 1876, he was elected County Superintendent of Public Instruction, and served his term with credit to himself and county.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 283.