D. H. WINANS, fruit-farmer, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born in Piqua, Miama Co., Ill., September 20, 1825, to John and Louis (Hand) Winans. Both were born in Newark, N. J., and were married previous to moving to Ohio. They died in Ohio, he, in 1833 of the cholera, she at the age of eighty-four years. They were the parents of seven children, four of whom still survive. He by trade was a boot and shoe maker. Our subject, who is the youngest of the family, received his education in Piqua, Ohio, and while in Illinois learned the marble business. In the fall of 1847, he come to St. Louis, and in spring of 1850, started in the marble business in Greenville, Ill., and carried on a shop till 1864, when he went to Cairo, where he remained till 1881, then came to his present farm, but his family had preceded him to the farm two years. As he has stock on hand, he still works some at the marble business. His farm contains 126 acres, on this he cultivates fruits. December 20, 1853, he was married in Carlyle, Ill., to Ellen L. Norton. She was born in Bond County, Ill., to Augustus and Sarah (Scott) Norton (both deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Winans have seven children — Alice H., William L., John D., Mary E., David H., Josie M. and Walter S. He is member of the I. O. O. F., Alexander Lodge, No. 224, of Cairo. He had joined the order before coming west, also belongs to the Cairo Encampment, and to the Villa Ridge Patrons of Husbandry. He 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 297-298.