Born: 1796-04-08 Clark County, Kentucky
Died: 1868-01-XX Sangamon County, Illinois
Jonathan McDaniel was a public servant and farmer. He married Elizabeth Correll on March 23, 1820, in Harrison County, Kentucky. They had five children in Kentucky before moving to Sangamon County, in 1835. They settled in the Mechanicsburg area, where they had two more children. McDaniel won a seat in the Illinois General Assembly as a Democrat in a special election in 1854, when Abraham Lincoln resigned his seat to run for the U.S. Senate. McDaniel was also elected justice of the peace in 1857. By 1860, he was farming and owned personal and real property worth nearly $4,000.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 497; Illinois Daily Journal (Springfield), 26 December 1854, 3:1; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 220-21; Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 1:392; Daily Illinois State Journal, 28 November 1857, 2:2; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Sangamon County, IL, 375.