JOHN SUNDAY, farmer, P. O. Clay City, was born in Dover County, Penn., March 5, 1824, and is a son of Peter and Catherine (Stover) Sunday. The great-grandfather of our subject came from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania, where the grandfather and father were both born. Subject was the fifth of nine children, of whom seven are now living. When subject was about twelve years old, his father moved to York County, where the former received his education. He remained at home with his father until about eighteen, and then worked out for different farmers until 1852, when he moved to Champaign County, Ohio. There he followed carpentering for some years, and then turned his attention to farming. In 1872, he came to Clay County, Ill., and settled on his present farm. He now owns about 285 acres in Section 5, of Township 2 north, Range 7 east. Has about 240 acres in cultivation. Mr. Sunday was married in York County, Penn., December 15, 1847, to Miss Ann Harmon. This lady is the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Prowl) Harmon, and was born in 1831. This union has resulted in ten children, eight of whom are now living, viz: William (in Champaign County, Ohio), Clayton, Joseph, Molly (wife of John Hussleton. of Stanford Township), Franklin, Sarah, Missouri and George. Mr. Sunday has been a life-long Democrat. He has been no office seeker, but has served in one or two positions, among which we mention Road Overseer.
Extracted 26 Jan 2020 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 183-184.