J. D. ONSTOTT, farmer, P. O. Xenia, was born in Clay County, Ill., July 28, 1859, and is the son of Maj. John Onstott by his third wife. Our subject was reared in this township, and has always lived at his present home, except for about thirty months, when living in Xenia, where he was attending school, and in the store of J. W. Westcott. When starting in life for himself, it was as a farmer, on the old homestead, which he now owns, having a body of land containing 400 acres, 300 of which are in cultivation. February 10, 1880, he was married in Clay County, to Miss Celestial Morris, born in Middle Tennessee August 12, 1858, and a daughter of William H. Morris. This marriage has been blessed with two children, viz., Clara (born March 23, 1881) and Oscar (born May 17, 1883.) In politics Mr. Onstott is a firm Democrat.
Source: 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 163.