Biography of Gustavus Bruington
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BRUINGTON, GUSTAVUS; farmer and stock raiser; Alexis, Kelly Township; is a descendent of old Eastern and Southern families whose representatives in different generations have been useful and prominent citizens of Maryland, Kentucky and Virginia. Mr. Bruington was born in Breckinridge County, Ky., September 22, 1846, a son of Alfred and Adaline (Douglass) Bruington, who were natives of that county, the former born in 1823 and the latter in 1827. The father died in May, 1891. George Bruington, Mr. Bruington's grandfather in the paternal line, was born in Baltimore, MCI., and married Mary Ann Brown, a native of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bruington's grandmother in the maternal line was Nancy Sharp, of Virginia. Alfred Bruington came from Kentucky to Illinois by wagon in 1851. and bought a farm in Section 24 in Suez Township, Mercer County, where he lived until his deatb. He was a prominent man in his community, was elected Road Commissioner and five times filled the office of Supervisor. He added to his landed possessions until he owned 640 acres. Guetavus Bruington remained at the paternal home until he was twenty-five years old, then bought a farm in Section 25 in the same township, which he sold after three years to buy another in Section 14. He now owns 660 acres of land, on a farm of one hundred acres of which, in Kelly Township, a quarter of a mile from the Alexis Postoffice, he has erected fine farm buildings of all kinds, and is feeding stock quite extensively. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and, politically is a Democrat, but is not an active politician or an aspiraet for public office. He was married in Mercer County, Ill., February 21, 1871, to Miss Anna Laffity, who was born in that county, January, 1846, a daughter of William and Louisa (Graham) Laffity, who came to Suez Township. Mercer County, from Ohio, in 1836. Mr. Laffity was a pioneer in that locality and prospered as a farmer. He and his wcfe both died in their home there. Mr. and Mrs. Bruington have, from time to time, traveled quite extensively having wintered at different points in California and in the Southern States. They passed the winter of 1901 and 1902 in California and are planning other delightful trips for future years.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
and the history of Warren County.
Edited by: Newton Bareman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M.
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1903.