Was born in the state of Maine in the year 1815. At the age of sixteen years, having a great desire for a life on the water, he procured a situation as cabin boy on a steamboat running on the Mississippi river, and, by a faithful and trustworthy course, he was promoted from one station to another, until he became captain. He continued in that capacity for many years, both on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. He was one of the most popular masters, and had as many warm friends as any commander on the Illinois river.
At an early day, when lands were cheap, he purchased a valuable tract on the Little Blue, in section 23, Pike County, Illinois, upon which he spared neither money nor time to improve. About the year 1866, on account of his failing health, he retired from the river and settled, with his family, on his farm, where he enjoyed a happy and quiet life until September 3, 1871, when he departed this life, leaving a worthy widow in full possession of a good property and an abundance of this world's goods for her comfort.
The captain was held in high esteem by his large circle of acquaintances for his many good qualities, not the least of which was charity and benevolence, for which he was noted. Nothing seemed to render him more pleasure than to contribute to the relief of those in distress. He will ever be held in kind remembrance by the many recipients of his charity.