Happy, William W.

Born: 1806-09-15 Kentucky

Died: 1875-05-03 Illinois

Flourished: Morgan County, Illinois

Happy moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1830. From 1836 to 1840, he represented Morgan County in the Illinois House of Representatives. After leaving the House of Representatives, Happy was postmaster of Jacksonville, serving in that capacity from 1845 to 1849. At eighteen, Happy became a Baptist; soon after moving to Jacksonville, he joined the Christian Church movement of Barton W. Stone (Disciples of Christ). In the 1830s, Happy became an ordained minister of the Christian Church and school teacher in the Jacksonville area.

Gravestone, Jacksonville East Cemetery, Jacksonville, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Morgan County, IL, 183-84; Illinois House Journal. 1836. 10th G. A., 1st sess., 4; Illinois House Journal. 1837. 10th G. A., special sess., 4; Illinois House Journal. 1838. 11th G. A., 1st sess., 4; Illinois House Journal. 1839. 11th G. A., special sess., 4; RG 28, Records of the Post Office Department, Entry 69: Records of the Bureau of the First Assistant Postmaster General, Records of the Division of Postmasters, Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1930, vol. 18, 144, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; Nathaniel S. Haynes, History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois, 1819-1914 (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 1915), 102, 338-39, 526-27.