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EBENEZER DUFF was born near Raleigh, North Carolina, May 19, 1798, of Scotch-Irish descent. When twelve years of age he went with his mother to near Bowling Green, Kentucky. October 27, 1817, he married SARAH/SALLIE McCLURE, of Bourbon Co., Kentucky, and the following May moved to St. Louis Co., Missouri. He was a practical and successful farmer. In 1825 he came to Sangamon Co., Illinois, and took possession of a large farm, on which he lived until about 1850, when he settled on a farm six miles east of Lincoln, Logan Co., Illiniois. At this time he had nine children, three of whom were born in Missouri and six in Sangamon Co., IL. The farm was divided with the children and thus was formed the "Duff Settlement." From an individual fund he had a large school house built, which also served as a house of worship. The school children at this time were all his grandchildren. In 1858 he retired from his farm and moved to Lincoln, Illinois. Ten years later his wife died and he subsequently made his home with his daughter Jennie, until his death, March 29, 1884. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church since 1873. He led a pure, upright life and to his credit be it said, he never used liquor or tobacco. He left four children - John E. Duff, of Kansas City; A. J. Duff, of Sherman, Texas; Jennie, of Lincoln; and W. D. Duff, living east of town. Mr. Duff's chief aim in life was to work hard and to see that his children were well provided for, and he did not give up until he had accomplished his purpose. He was a staunch Republican from the organization of the party.

Submitted by Marlyn J. Duff