Bedford Twp. pg. 278
Joseph S. Linell, harness and saddle manufacturer and dealer, was born in Champaign county, Ohio, March 23, 1839. In 1849 his parents, William B. And Selecta (Stoddard) Linell, emigrated to Peoria, Illinois, where they remained until 1852, when they removed to Oquawka. Here our subject attended school during the next five years. Having at this time arrived at a sufficient age he turned his attention to learning a trade and began an apprenticeship with his brother, Philip S. Linell, then engaged in the harness and saddlery manufacture at Oquawka. After completing his trade in 1858 he went to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and there engaged in business for himself. While here he was united in marriage with Miss Francis A. Pixley, October 6, 1859, and the same year returned to Oquawka and formed a partnership with his brother, but one year later sold out and went to work for M. E. Chapen, at his trade, till 1864, when he enlisted in Co. D. 138th Ill. Vol. Inf. After his return home in 1865 he bought out Mr. Chapen, and in company With G. W. ADAIR, embarked again in the business of his trade. In 1870 he bought out his partner and has since been the sole owner of his present prosperous business. His children, named in the order of their birth, are: Annetta, Jessie B., Frank, Philip., Charles, Fannie, Fred, and two deceased. Mr. Linell's father was a native of Birmingham, England, born in 1804. Early in youth he came to the United States and was through life a minister in the Universalist church. During the late war he enlisted in the 10 Ill. Vol. Inf., and was commissioned chaplain. He died September 6, 1867. His wife was a native of Vermont, and died at Vevay, Indiana, May 13, 1865.
Honey Creek Township, Page 357
Jasper Logan, son of George W. and Melinda Logan, was born in Fayette county, Indiana, October 8, 1846. Mr. Logan's grandfather was an early settler in this county. His mother, whose maiden name was Martin, is a cousin of the Hon. James N. Tyner, of Indiana. Jasper, with his parents, came to Henderson county in 1853, was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He graduated at Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, Burlington, Iowa, April 10, 1868. He enlisted in the 83d Reg Ill Vols., April 11, 1865, and was soon afterward transferred to Co. G of the 61st, and was mustered out September 8, 1868. He taught one term of school in 1868. April 14, 1870, he married Elizabeth Angeline, daughter of Hon. William Scott, of Dallas City, Illinois. They are the parents of four children, all boys: Lemuel Edgar, born February 20, 1872; Clement Eddison, born August 31, 1874; Royal Claude, born August 24, 1877; Clinton Henry, born October 21, 1880. Mr. Logan is now a farmer and owns a farm in T8, R 6
Honey Creek Township, Page 350
Judge JOHN LOGAN was born in Fayette county, Indiana, March 20, 1822. His parents were very respectable farmers, who settled in Henderson county in the autumn of 1839. Their names were Samuel and Susan (Guffy) Logan. With the help of their sons, John foremost among them, they went to work with a will on a farm, and experienced all the hardships incident to pioneer life. The youthful and stalwart John became smitten with the charms of Miss Delilah Ann, daughter of Edward Davis, an early settler in Hancock county. The young lady looked favorably upon his wooings and they were married. In 1853 Mr. Logan was elected to an associate judgeship of the county, serving with Judges Downey, Richey and Hopper. Mr. Logan, although his chances for an education were meager, has succeeded in collecting a good store of information. He has always followed the business of a farmer, only when interrupted by his public duties. He is the father of ten children: Susan, Alexander Taylor, Mary, Jane, Nancy, Elmira, John, William, Nannie and Lincoln.
Terre Haute Twp. Pg. 434
Among the early settlers now gone to rest is Price Lovitt, the subject of this sketch. He was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, in 1822, son of John W. Sr. and Anna Lovitt; the father of Maryland, the mother of Ohio, where they were married. John and Winneford (Scott) Lovitt, the parents of John W. Lovitt Sr. emigrated from Wales to America at a very early time and located in Ohio. Price Lovitt's mother died in 1827, at the age of twenty-three years, his father in 1876, at the ripe old age of eighty one years. John W. Lovitt Sr. was a farmer and miller. He came to Illinois in 1840 and located in McDonough county, where he died. He was a member of the Baptist church, his wife of the Methodist episcopal church. Price Lovitt was married to Mary J. Grigsby, of Vermont, born in 1825, and came to Ohio with her parents, John and Sarah Grigsby, when she was a little girl. Her parents were both natives of Virginia. Her father died in 1870, aged eighty years, her mother in 1833, aged forty years. Her father served in the war of 1812, and he was an early settler of Ohio, where he and his wife died. Price Lovitt had by this marriage ten children: Sarah (deceased), Oliver, John W., Alonzo, Clarrissa (deceased), Cordelia, Francis, Marion, Viola and Jesse. He was a man well respected in the community. His wife resides on the old homestead and is a member of the Baptist church.
Terre Haute Twp. pg. 434
JOHN W. LOVITT, sr., son of PRICE LOVITT, was born in 1847, and reared on the farm. In 1869 he went to Iowa, where he remained 13 years, then returned to the old homestead where he now resides. In 1864 he enlisted in the 128th Ills Vols Co. G. and served one year. He was at the battles of Blakely, Spanish Fort and Mobile. In 1872 he was married to ANNA KIRBY, native of Henderson County Illinois born in 1849, daughter of THOMAS and SARAH KIRBY; her father of Maryland, her mother of Virginia. The former died in 1864, aged 60 years; the latter is now living in Henderson County, and is 58 years old. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., she of the Baptist Church. John W. has by this marriage three children: Harry, Loy, and Blanche. He owns a fine farm consisting of 160 acres, located one mile and a quarter north of Terre Haute, and keeps a good grade of farm stock. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.
Terre Haute Twp. pg. 434
WILLIAM R.LOUDEN, subject of this history, is a native of Trimble county, Kentucky; born in 1833, son of WILLIAM and MILLA (HANCOCK ) LOUDEN; the father a native of Kentucky space of the mother of Virginia. They were married in Kentucky. His father OLIVER LOUDEN, located in Kentucky when this state was in its pioneer days. Her people emigrated to Kentucky with its early settlers. William Louden died in his native state in 1859, at the age of 56 years. His wife still resides on the old homestead in Kentucky, and is now 69 years old. William Louden and wife from early life were members of the Free-Will Baptist Church. They were by occupation farmers. He held the office of justice of the peace for several years and at one time was candidate for the Legislature of the state of Kentucky. William R. Louden was raised on the farm. His early education consisted of such training as he could get in the pioneer log-school-house of his neighborhood. He came to Illinois in 1858 and located in Hancock County, where he remained till 1879, when he moved to Henderson County, Illinois. He now resides in the southeast quarter of township 8, range 5. In 1855 he was married to SAMANTHA JAMES, of Ohio, born in 1833 and daughter of IVAN and LYDIA A.JAMES, the father from Maryland, the mother from Pennsylvania. They first emigrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio. In 1853, they settled in Edgar County, Illinois where the latter died in 1855, at the age of 53 years. The former came to Hancock County where he died in 1872, at the age of 68 years. They were farmers by occupation, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. William R. Louden by this marriage has seven children: Edward, Ida M., John W., Josephine, Sydney, Lulu and Roxy. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. L. is a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge at Terre Haute. He has a farm of 168 acres of fine land well improved and fairly stocked with the best grades of common stock.
Terre Haute Twp. pg. 425
William J. Lovitt (deceased) was not of the first settlers of Henderson county, but came when the country was comparatively new. The improvements of every kind which now are seen on every hand were in their infancy. He was born in 1810, and was a native of Maryland. His parents were Daniel and Mary Lovitt, who emigrated to Muskingum county, Ohio, when their son, William J., was only ten years old. This was their last location. Here they both died. There were, by vocation, farmers. Their religious faith was that of the Baptist church, of which they both were members. In 1857 William J. Lovitt located in Henderson county, in the southeast part of township 8, section 5, where he remained till his death, which occurred in 1876. In 1837 he was married to Lydia A. Grigsby, of virginia, who was born January 1820. She was the daughter of John and Sarah F. Grigsby, both of Virginia. They emigrated to Ohio when she was five years old. They both died in Ohio; her father in 1870, at the age of eighty years; her mother in 1830, aged forty years. They were married in 1812. John Grigsby was left an orphan when two years old. By this union William J. Lovitt had eleven children: Rue E., Elmus (deceased), Sarah F., Arthur (deceased), Epaminondas, Mary, Cordias, Marion, Manerva, John W., and Haney. His widow lives on the old homestead of 160 acres, which is well improved and a delightful home. She is a member of the Bedford Christian Church, in Hancock county, as was her husband. Says one of his brother church members, "his death was looked upon as a calamity in the community. The uncontrollable grief of his stricken family testified how tenderly and dearly they esteemed his virtues as a husband and father. As an officer in the church he was practical, discerning and decided. He devoutly loved his God and his brethren. He was remarkable for both his humility and modesty. Highly respected as he was in the church, he commanded no less outside of the church.