The mother of our subject, Sarah (Newlin) Everingham, was born in Crawford County, Ill., and died April 15, 1878. She was the mother of fourteen children, of whom nine are now living, George B., being the oldest child. He was raised on a farm, and was compelled to work out for his board, while receiving a limited common school education.
At nineteen years of age, he enlisted in the late rebellion, serving Company F, of the Sixty-second Illinois Volunteers Infantry. He was in the following engagements: Jackson, Tenn.; Cross Roads, Tenn.; and Little Rock, Ark. He entered the service December 1, 1861, as a private, and was mustered out March 6, 1866, Captain of his company. After the close of the war, he returned home and worked with his father at the harness-maker's trade for about three months, and then engaged in the livery business, at Palestine, in partnership with John E. Miller. After one year in this business, he engaged in farming with his brothers, William and Allen C., renting a farm on the prairie. In 1868, he bought 30 acres of the home farm and remained upon the same until January, 1871, when he traded this land for 112 acres where he now resides. Mr. Everingham's life has been marked with many ups and downs, but being a man of good health, he has worked many days from sunrise till sunset, and by his energy, honesty and economy he has managed to meet his many discouragements and drawbacks, and at present stands among the more substantial men of Crawford County. He is now the owner of one of the best improved farms of the county, containing 260 acres of good land.
In February, 1868, he married Miss Anna M., daughter of William Musgrave. They have the following children: Nora, Ellen, Ida, Arthur C., and Esther. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church; he is Deacon of same. Politically, he is a Republican."