DAVID RICHEY, farmer, P. O. Wetaug, was born in Rowan County, N. C., November 28, 1810, the eldest child of Philip and Catharine (Walker) Richey, natives of same county. The father was a farmer; was in the war of 1812, and died in August, 1816. The mother died about 1857. They had two children, David being the only one living. The mother was married a second time to George Lingle, by whom she had seven children, six of whom are living. David received a limited education in his native county, and at sixteen years of age he started out for himself. He clerked in his uncle's store for five years, and was variously engaged till coming West in the latter part of 1835. He located where he at present resides. He was married, January 16, 1839, to Elizabeth Sowers, a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Linker) Sowers. She died March 26, 1876, the mother of seven children, three of whom are living — Eli M., Mary Ann and Daniel S. Mr. Richey has filled many offices; is a member of the Lutheran Church, and is Republican in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 324.