Biographical Record of Whiteside County, Illinois 1900, p. 55.
BURRELL V. DANIELS, a leading farmer of Union Grove township, Whiteside county, whose home is on section 5, evidences by the manner in which he carries on his business that he thoroughly understands the vocation in which he is enÂgaged, and that success is attending his efÂforts toward acquiring a competence. NeatÂness and order prevail upon his place, which is managed, with regard to its cultivation, in a manner which reflects great credit upon the owner.
Mr. Daniels was born in lower Canada, February 14, 1833, a son of Asa and Almira (Vance) Daniels, natives of Vermont. The maternal uncle, Burrell Vance, was a solÂdier of the war of 1812. Our subjectÂ’s paÂternal grandparents died before his birth. The father worked at the stonemasonÂ’s trade to some extent, but his principal occupation was that of farming. In early life he and his wife moved to Ascot, Churbruck county, Lower Canada, where he followed farming, and from there went to Massachusetts. A year or so later, in 1846, they came to Whiteside county, Illinois, and took up their residence in Lyndon township, where the father purchased 4and and engaged in farmÂing for a short time. He next made his home in Ustick township, where he entered forty acres, and later a like amount, and afterward bought another tract. Upon that farm he spent his remaining days. He was born July 4, 1798, and was accidentally killed by falling from a load of hay, April 15, 1874. His wife was born October 15, 1801, and died Februaay (sic) 15, 1897. In their family were seven children, namely: David, a resident of Clinton, Iowa; Warner, who was killed by an engine on the NorthÂwestern Railroad tracks in Ustick township; Amos, a resident of Rowley, Massachusetts; Asel, twin brother of Amos, deceased; SylÂvia, deceased wife of William Campfield, also deceased; Burrell V., our subject; MarÂtha, wife of Charles Shew, a resident of Clinton, Iowa; and one who died in infancy unnamed.
After his fatherÂ’s removal to Illinois BurÂrell V. Daniels remained in the east until sixteen years of age, at which time he also determined to come west. Selling his three year old colt for twenty-four dollars he came to this state by way of the great lakes to Racine, Wisconsin, and from there on foot to Whiteside county. On his arrival he worked for his father until twenty years of age, and then purchased an unbroken tract of forty acres in Union Grove townÂship, to the cultivation and improvement of which he at once turned his attention. He has extended the boundaries of his farm from time to time as his financial resources permitted until he now has three hundred and twelve acres, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation and improved with good buildings. He follows mixed farming, and is meeting with well-deserved success. In his political affiliations he is a Republican.
On the 14th of February, 1855, Mr. Daniels was united in marriage with Miss Mary Cass, who was born in Vermont June, 1836, a daughter of Josiah and Sallie Cass, also natives of that state. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, brought his family to Illinois in 1854, and settled in Union Grove township, Whiteside county, where both he and his wife died. To Mr. and Mrs. Daniels were born three children:(in) Wallace, a farmer of Union Grove, marÂried Jessie Somers, and has three children, Royal, Amy and Fernie. (2) Adelbert, a farmer of Union Grove township, married Lucy Seaman, and has three children, Neva, Earl and Howard. (3) Wyman died at the age of a year and a half.