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Jackson, Edward L., Farmer; Lynn Township; born Mar 19, 1838 in Goshen, Ohio; his grandparents were Jothan H. Jackson of Ireland, and Mary Jackson of England; his father, P. M. Jackson was born May 15, 1807 in New York; his mother, Jane (Meek) Jackson, was born June 7, 1812 in Ohio. 

      He was married in Abingdon, IL, Nov. 2, 1859 to Rhoda M. Morey, who was born Feb 22, 1843. Their children are: C. P., born Nov. 30, 1861; A. M., born July 26, 1863; C. A., born May 26, 1872. Their children are all married. C. P. Jackson is a manufacturer of shoes in De Kalb County, and A. M. is a farmer. 

      Mrs. E. L. Jackson was a school teacher. Her father was Amos Morey, a Methodist preacher who began his ministry in 1853, and died at Lafayette in 1892. 

      Mr. Jackson is a Methodist. In politics he is a democrat.

Jaquith, Weber Andrew, son of Nathaniel and Prudence Jaquith, was born at Andover, Vermont, Feb. 28, 1828. His parents were of French Protestant (Huguenot) descent, and were born at Windsor, VT. 

      Mr. W. A. Jaquith located in Salem Township, Knox Co, IL. in 1854, and began farming. He was married April 8, 1855 to Susan E. Macklin, a daughter of William Macklin, an old settler of Bureau Co, IL. She was born in Delaware in 1833.

      Their daughter, Mrs. Nettie J. Corbin, was born in Salem Township, Jan. 10, 1859. She was educated in the Farmington graded schools and was married Aug. 30, 1892 to Charles Melvin Corbin, a grain merchant and owner of the Yates City Elevator. Mr. Corbin was born at Avon, IL. Nov. 17, 1859 and educated in the Yates city schools. His father was Richard Corbin of Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Corbin live at Yates City where they have a handsome residence.

      Mr. and Mrs. Jaquith accumulated a considerable fortune by industry and hard labor. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 25 years. Mr. Jaquith was always active in church work, having been Steward, Trustee and Class-leader.

      Mrs. Jaquith, who died Feb. 1, 1891, was a good neighbor and friend, and a generous contributor to the church; she was the loving companion of her daughter, Nettie, who had the care of her parents in their declining years. 

      Mr. Jaquith was a man of excellent character and led an exemplary life. He was a democrat for many years, but later became a prohibitionist. He died May 11, 1891.

Jarvis, Samuel, Farmer; Victoria; born Dec. 5, 1829 at Long Island; educated in the common schools. 

      He was married to Mary E. Dean in Victoria in 1857. Their children are: Fannie, Jennie and Hetty.

      His second marriage was with Hannah Sornberger in Victoria. They have one child, Lena. 

      Mr. Jarvis learned the carpenter’s trade in New York City and came to Victoria in 1855. He worked at his trade and farmed for several years, and then moved into the village. Mr. Jarvis is a republican. In 1888 he was appointed Postmaster and held the office till 1893; he was deputy for three years, re-appointed, and now holds the office at the present time. He is a prominent Mason, and was Master for ten years; Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth District of Illinois; Deputy Grand Lecturer of the State, and has been Assessor and School Director. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Methodist Church.

Jarvis, Samuel, Farmer; Victoria; born Dec. 5, 1829 at Long Island; educated in the common schools. 

      He was married to Mary E. Dean in Victoria in 1857. Their children are: Fannie, Jennie and Hetty.

      His second marriage was with Hannah Sornberger in Victoria. They have one child, Lena. 

      Mr. Jarvis learned the carpenter’s trade in New York City and came to Victoria in 1855. He worked at his trade and farmed for several years, and then moved into the village. Mr. Jarvis is a republican. In 1888 he was appointed Postmaster and held the office till 1893; he was deputy for three years, re-appointed, and now holds the office at the present time. He is a prominent Mason, and was Master for ten years; Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth District of Illinois; Deputy Grand Lecturer of the State, and has been Assessor and School Director. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Methodist Church.

Jelliff, Frederick Reuben, Journalist; Galesburg; born Sept. 25, 1854, at Whitesboro, NY. He was educated at Knox College, from which he graduated in 1878. His parents were Fletcher G. and Mary (Wilcox) Jelliff. After graduating, he taught in the high school at Galesburg for three years. In 1882 he became a reporter for the Republican-Register and in 1896 was made acting editor.

      Feb. 25, 1896, Mr. Jelliff was married at Galesburg, to Lillian C. Bassler. In politics he is a republican.

John, Elisha, Farmer; Indian Point Township; born Nov 24, 1832 in Clinton Co, OH.; educated in the common schools. His father, also Elisha John, was a native of Tennessee; his mother, Elizabeth (Brown) was born in Virginia. His paternal grandfather, Ebenezer John, was a native of Wales; his maternal grandfather, Christopher Brown, came from Germany. 

      In 1853, in Ohio, he married Rachel Lewis; they had four children: Mandaville, Mary E., Edwin, and Samuel.

      Mrs. John was a daughter of George W. Lewis, who came to Illinois about 1829 and first settled near Danville; in 1858, he came to Knox County, and later moved to Missouri, where he died. 

      Mr. John came from Ohio to Indian Point Township in 1856, and bought a small farm. In 1862 he enlisted in Company K, Seventh IL. Cavalry, and served until 1865. He was in many hard battles, and was wounded Feb. 22, 1863. 

      He has been a very successful farmer and stockman, and owns 540 acres of land. He has given each of his sons a good farm. Mr. John is a republican in politics, and always takes a keen interest in public affairs. In religion he is a Christian.

Johnson, Daniel, Galesburg Township; born in Sweden Mar 23, 1838, where he was educated in the common schools. He has been three times married; first to Charlotte Wahlstrom, who died and left three children: Peter, Mary and Victor. His second wife was Emma Johnson, who died and left two children: Jennie and August. His present wife was Clara B. Larson. They have one child, Arthur.

      Mr. Johnson is a member of the Lutheran Church. He came from Sweden in 1869 and for some time worked for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; he afterwards followed coal mining for fifteen years. In 1886 he began farming on Section 35, Galesburg Township, where he still resides. He is regarded as one of the substantial farmers of the southeastern part of the township. In politics, Mr. Johnson is a republican.


Johnson, Edward G., Engineer; Galesburg, born March 8, 1859 in Aurora, IL; educated in the common schools. His parents were John Spencer and Eliza (Brown) Johnson of New Jersey.

      He married Ethel Tennery at Aurora, Aug. 5, 1884; they had one child, Lorin E.

      His mother was a daughter of one of the first settlers of Aurora. 

      Mr. Johnson began work, Mar 9, 1874, in the Engine Department of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and since 1879 he has been in the employ of that company as a locomotive engineer. In 1889 he removed from Aurora to Galesburg. 

      Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of Robert and Anna (Fitch) Tennery of Aurora.

Johnson, John, Transfer Business; Galesburg; born Dec. 5, 1850 in Philadelphia; educated in Galesburg. 

      He was married to Raenna Butler, Nov. 10, 1870 at Galesburg. They have one child, A. B.

      Mr. Johnson is a republican, and has held the office of Supervisor. He is a member of the Methodist Church.

Johnson, John H., Knoxville; teacher of Automatic Penmanship; born in Knox Township Dec. 3, 1869. His parents, Swen and Nellie (Nelsdotter) Johnson, were born in Sweden, as were also his paternal and maternal grandfathers, John Swenson and Peter Nydahl.

      March 30, 1892, in Altona, Mr. Johnson was married to Ida C. Quick, daughter of Charles J. and Frederica (Carlson) Quick, both of whom were natives of Sweden. Mr. Quick was born April 109, 1823 and was educated in his native land. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Quick: G. Alfred, Frank W., Charles G., Claus, Andrew, August, Otto, Ida C., and Anna L. The ancestry is Swedish on both sides. 

      Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are members of the Lutheran Church, in which Mr. Johnson is Secretary and Deacon. They have two children: Hulda C. A. and Nellie F. Mr. Johnson is a republican.

Johnson, Olof G., Farmer; Indian Point Township; born Sept. 21, 1842 in Sweden, where he received his education and learned the shoemaker’s trade. His father, Gilbert Johnson, was born in Sweden in 1801. 

      In 1865, Olof G. Johnson came from Sweden and began to work at his trade for five years. In 1873 he began farming, and in 1888, bought his present farm, to which he has added until he now owns 200 acres of fine land. He is one of the successful farmers of his section of the county. 

      Feb. 5, 1872, Mr. Johnson was married in Knoxville to Ingrid Swanson; they have three children: Grant O., Kirk M., and Victor L. In religion Mr. Johnson is a Protestant. He is a republican.

Jones, Charles H., Farmer and Machinist; Lynn Township; born Aug 8, 1864 at Wooster, Ohio; his grandfather, Charles H. Jones, and his maternal grandparents, J. C. and Amelia Jaynes, came from England. His parents were Walter N. and Adaline (Jaynes) of Ohio.

      He was married in Galva, Nov. 7, 1888, to Jennie Todd, who was born June 1, 1871. Their children are: Milo Todd, born Dec. 4, 1890; Vachel Hamilton Todd, born June 27, 1893; and Jennie May, born Mar 6, 1898.

      Mrs. Jones is a member of the Eastern Star, Lafayette. Mr. Jones owns a farm of 160 acres on Section 11, Lynn Township. In addition he runs a threshing machine, a corn sheller, a feed mill, a saw mill, and a blacksmith shop. Mr. Jones is a Methodist. In politics he is a republican.

Jones, Frank P., Engineer; Galesburg; born in 1850 in Alton, New Hampshire; educated in the common schools. 

      He was married in May, 1872, to Nora Grace Bean, born in Gilford, N.H. They have one son, John H., who is also engaged upon the railroad. 

      Mr. Jones began railroading in 1873 with the Boston and Lowell Railroad. He came to Galesburg in 1888, and was employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as engineer, a position which he still holds.

Jones, John, Maquon; Farmer; born in Rochester, NY, Aug. 12, 1828; educated in Allegheny Co, NY. His father, Peter Jones, and his paternal grandparents, Phineas and Hannah (Harris) Jones, were natives of Vermont. His mother, Caroline (Fink) was a native of New York, and her father, John Fink, was born in the Mohawk Valley; John Fink’s wife, Sarah (Crane) was a native of England. Peter Jones was twelve years old when the family moved from Vermont to Rochester, NY. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones’ children are: Josiah E.; Horace; John; Sarah (deceased); Walter; Catherine; Mary A. (deceased); and Warren. 

      John Jones came to Knox County with his parents in 1835 and settled in Maquon, which was then a wilderness. The nearest mill was 50 miles away, but one was later built at a distance of 20 miles. In August 1862, Mr. Jones enlisted in the Eighty-third IL. Volunteer, and was elected Second Lieutenant in Company G. He served three years and came home as First Lt. He helped organize a colored regiment at Fort Donelson, and was offered the position of Lieutenant-Colonel but declined. At Fort Donelson he acted as Adjutant General for four months and was then made Quartermaster of the Post. He was a strong abolitionist, and spoke his views fearlessly. 

      After the war he farmed until 1876, when he located in Maquon where he has been Postmaster for fifteen years. He spent four years in California as a miner and merchant. Mr. Jones is a Liberal in religion. In politics he is a republican.

      Nov. 2, 1854, Mr. Jones was married in Knoxville to Mary R. White, a daughter of John White of Knoxville, an early settler. Five of their children are now living: Mrs. Hulda C. Penman, Mrs. Mary W. Embick, Mrs. Kate M. Gifford, Emma H., and Robert C. 

      Mrs. Jones died July 5, 1888, aged fifty-one years.

Junk, James Elva, Farmer; Henderson Township, where he was born April 20, 1864; educated in the same township. His parents were Thomas and Maria (Kilgore) Junk, of Fayette Co, PA; his paternal grandparents were James and Eliza (Rankin) Junk of the same county and State; and his maternal grandfather was James Kilgore, of PA. 

      Mr. Junk was married to Carrie Blanche Hampton in Galesburg, Dec. 24, 1891; their children are: Fred Hampton, Geneva Jane, and Dorothy.

      Mr. Junk is a member of the Methodist Church. He is a democrat

Johnson, C. H., Yardmaster; Galesburg; came from Germany with his father; educated in the common schools. He was employed as brakeman in 1870 by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company, and in 1875, he was made conductor.

      In 1876 he was married to Bessie Munson; their children are Clarence, a student in college; and Nellie, a teacher, and a graduate of Knox Conservatory of Music.

Keefe, Thomas: Galesburg; Lumber Merchant, born April 22, 1839 in Ireland, where he was educated. 

      Mr. Keefe was married in Galesburg Dec. 22, 1864 to Winnifred O’Hare. They have 8 children: John Bernard, Francis Ambrose, Winnifred Cecilia, Ursula Marie, Catherine Teresa, Agatha Ito, Anastasia Louise, and Regina.

      In religion Mr. Keefe is a Catholic. In politics he is a democrat.

Kellogg, Harvey E., Merchant; Galesburg; born Feb. 6, 1849 at Sheffield, MA; educated in MA and at Hedding College, Abingdon. His paternal grandparents, Elisha and Jane (Saxton) Kellogg and his father, James E., were born in Sheffield, MA. His mother, Jennette Warner, daughter of Harvey DeForest and Elizabeth (Clark) Warner, were natives of Connecticut. 

      For thirteen and a half years Mr. Kellogg was employed as a salesman for the O.T. Johnson Company. Oct. 12, 1889 he formed a partnership with E.R. Drake, Alfred Olson, and N.P.Nelson, under the firm name of Kellogg, Drake and Company, dry goods, and in 1894, the firm name was changed to Kellogg, Drake and Olson

Kendall, Paul Raymond was born in Phillipston, Massachusetts, Aug 27, 1822. He was the son of Paul Raymond and Jane (Nickerson) Kendall, both of whom were natives of Massachusetts.

      The Kendall family are of English descent and came to this country in 1636, settling in Woburn, MA. They are of a strong and sturdy race and are endowed with superior intellectual powers.

      Paul Raymond, in his youth, had all the trials and experiences of the average New England boy. He was not born into luxury and wealth; but even in his early years, he had to do his part to earn the means of subsistence. He laid the foundation of his education by attending the district school of his native town. Having a quick mind, and naturally studious, he soon became a proficient scholar. He next entered an academy at Swanzey, N. H., where he fitted for college. He then matriculated in Norwich University, which was under the charge of General Truman B. Ransom, who fell in storming the heights of Chapultepec, Mexico, and graduated with very high honors, July 7, 1847.

      Immediately after his graduation, he entered upon his life-work as an educator. He first took charge of an academy in Sharpsburg, Kentucky, where he remained about two years. In 1849, he became the Principal of the Western Liberal Institute, located at Marietta, Ohio. The success of this institution led to the founding of a similar one at Galesburg, IL, and in the autumn of 1852, Professor Kendall became its Principal. The following year, college powers were granted to it, and he became its first President. He soon conceived the idea of converting it into a real college. He stood alone. There was not a single Trustee that favored his project. In June, 1854, he invited the Rev. Dr. Weaver, who was then pastor of a church in St. Louis, to plead the cause of the prospective college before the Board of Trustees. Dr. Weaver came, and a day was spent in discussion of the subject. At last consent was given under the conditions that Professor Kendall should raise the necessary funds for an endowment and for the erection of buildings. He invited Dr. J.V. N. Standish to become the Acting President while he was in the field canvassing for funds. During his three years’ work, he secured from $60,000 to $75,000, and from the largest contributor, Benjamin Lombard, for whom the institution was named, $20,000. The college charter was secured Feb 14, 1857. No college ever had a more indomitable worker than President Kendall. His zeal always outran his execution; and yet, his execution was two-fold. Without his mighty efforts, assisted by Drs. Weaver and Standish, Lombard University would never have been. It stands today as a monument to his brain and labors.

      President Kendall had not only a military education, but a heart full of patriotism. In 1861, he engaged in the volunteer recruiting service in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri, and raised the greater part of the Eighth Kansas Infantry Volunteers, the Eighty-third, Ninety-second, and One Hundred and Second Illinois Infantry Volunteers, and the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry. In 1863, he was commissioned First Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the Twelfth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. In 1864, he was assigned to General Hatch’s staff as Quartermaster of his division of the Army of the Tennessee. At the close of the war, he was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, as recorder of a military commission, and remained till 1866.

      In 1868, he became a teacher again, taking charge of Clinton Liberal Institute in Central New York. In 1870, he was invited to the Presidency of Smithson College at Logansport, Indiana, where he remained for four years. Again, he became connected with Clinton Institute and effected its removal to Fort Plain, New York. For this institution, he raised a large fund and served one year as Professor. He then retired to private life, crowned with many honors.

      Intellectually, President Kendall was a superior man. He had a diversified talent and was a superior scholar. He was known for his quickness of perception, kindness of heart, sincere affection, and true friendship. He labored for others rather than for himself and was constantly making personal sacrifices for the public good. He believed in every kind of improvement and spent his life in working for the elevation of humanity.

      In 1894 he was stricken with partial paralysis, from which he never recovered. He lived with his daughter in Canton, NY, where he died April 4, 1897; in the seventy-fifth year of his age.

      President Kendall was twice married. First, Nov. 6, 1847, to Abby A. Weaver, of Rockingham, VT, who died a few years later, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Abbie S. Cleveland. His second marriage was Nov. 6, 1853, to Caroline S. Woodbury, of Bethel, Vermont. Of this union three daughters were born: Marion, Flora and Gertrude. The first two are living.

Kennedy, George W., son of George and Nancy (Tedlock) Kennedy, was born in Rush Co, IN., Jan 29, 1833. The progenitor of this branch of the Kennedy family came from Ireland in a sailing vessel. The voyage lasted six months, during which period an acquaintance was formed between himself and a beautiful English maiden on board, and they were married immediately after landing in America. They settled in Tennessee, where their descendants became numerous and widely connected in several of the southern States, notably in Tennessee and Kentucky.

      The grandparents of George W. Kennedy were William P. and Elizabeth (Parcell) Kennedy. The grandfather, born in Green Co, TN, was a farmer and mechanic. They were members of a church all their lives, first the Presbyterian and later the Methodist Episcopal. He died in Iowa and his wife in Indiana. George Kennedy, father of George W., was born in Green Co, TN, where he was reared on a farm. He married Nancy Tedlock, daughter of James Tedlock, who belonged to a family of whom several were men distinguished in the professions. They moved to Rush Co., Indiana. Mrs. Kennedy died in Hancock Co in the same state. Mr. Kennedy was thrice married and his last wife, Dorothy, is now living in Stark Co, IL. She was reared in Elba Township, Knox Co, where her father, John Thurman, was an early settler. He died in Salem Township, Feb. 3, 1884.

      George W. Kennedy came from Indiana with his father in 1847, and settled in Salem Township, where he lived 10 years. His educational advantages were limited, having attended a district school for only a few months. 

      He was married in Salem Township, Nov. 1, 1857 to Eliza Thurman, who was born Dec. 20, 1835. Mrs. Kennedy was the daughter of John and Matilda Thurman, who came to Illinois in 1828 and to Elba Township in 1832. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy were: Dorothy Charlotte, born July 29, 1858; Daniel Webster, born Nov, 9, 1859, died April 14, 1860; William Albert, born May 4, 1862, died Jan. 12, 1866; Rosa May, born May 27, 1867; Charles Edwin, born Oct. 27, 1869; Clara Bell, born may 27, 1872, and Martha Elice, born Oct. 30, 1875. Dorothy Charlotte was married to Andrew Riordon in Aug. 1877; they have one child, Bessie, who was married to B. Hunter in 1894. Charles married Minnie Ralston, whose father was a soldier in the Civil War, One hundred and Second Regiment, Illinois Volunteers.

      Politically Mr. Kennedy is a democrat. He takes an interest in education, and the first school meeting of the District was held, and the School Board was organized, in his house. He has been School Director 18 years and has held the office of Road Commissioner. He is a Royal Arch Mason, Eureka Chapter, No. 97, Yates City. 

      In 1866 he introduced short-horn cattle into Elba Township, and in 1881 he completed his herd by purchases from J. R. Gay, of Versailles, Kentucky, and thus became the owner of the first herd of short-horn cattle in that township. His herd has numbered as high as 126, and he now has 100 head. Sales have been made in 13 different States at remunerative prices, one animal having brought six hundred and sixty dollars. Mr. Kennedy has a fine farm of 480 acres of land in Elba Township, owns 280 acres elsewhere, and has a good residence and other substantial buildings. He is a prosperous farmer.


Kennedy, Loren: Farmer and General Grocer; Salem Township, where he was born Sept. 25, 1854; educated in the common schools. His father, Jacob Kennedy, went from Maryland to Ohio, and from there removed to Salem Township in 1846 where he followed farming until his death in 1891. His mother, Mabel (McDougall), was born in Ohio; died in 1873.

      Oct. 30, 1877, Mr. Loren Kennedy married Laveny Howsher in Salem Township; there are five children: Grace Mabel, born Mar 14, 1880; William E., born Jan 12, 1882; Mertie N., born May 1884; Murial, born June 1887; Frankie, born in 1891. 

      Mrs. Kennedy was born in Iowa in July 1860. Her parents were William and Sarah (Merchant) Howsher. She is a member of the Baptist Church. 

      Mr. Kennedy farmed until 1892, when he went into the general merchandise business. He is an Odd Fellow and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics, he is a democrat.

Kermeen, R. P., Farmer; Lynn Township; where he was born June 20, 1865; grandparents were James and Mary Kermeen; parents, James and Julia (Carlett) Kermeen, came from the Isle of Man (1849), locating at Brimfield, Peoria County; removed in 1858 to Lynn Township. 

      R. P. Kermeen was born June 20, 1865; educated in the common schools; married June 21, 1894 to Anna M. Wade of Henry County; one child, Frederick Wade, born Oct. 1, 1897. 

      Mrs. Kermeen was born in the Isle of Man in 1871 and came to America in 1890; Methodist. Mr. Kermeen is a democrat, and holds the office of Road Commissioner

Ketchem, John, Farmer; Cedar Township; born Oct 15, 1840 in Greene Co, PA; educated in the common schools. His father was William Ketchem. 

      John Ketchem enlisted in Aug. 1862, in Company F, Fifteenth PA Cavalry, and served until July 1865. In 1866 he came to Illinois and worked by the month in Warren Co, for 7 years. 

      Feb. 6, 1873, in Greene Co, PA, he was married to Margaret A. Sprout, and settled in Warren Co. In 1880 he came to Indian Point Township, Knox Co, and eight years ago to the farm where he now lives. 

      Mr. Ketchem is a republican, and was elected Highway Commissioner in 1893, and again in 1899. He has always taken a keen interest in town affairs. In politics he is a republican. In religion, Mr. Ketchem is a Baptist.

Kewley, Edward L., Farmer; Lynn Township; born Jan 11, 1863, in Henry Co. IL. His parents were Edward and Ann (Craine) Kewley, who came from the Isle of Man; educated in the common schools. 

      He was married in Henry Co, IL, Jan. 16, 1889 to Edith H. Clucas, who was born Dec. 4, 1870 in Henry County. Their children are: Myrtle A., born Feb. 12, 1890 and Margie L., born Sept 9, 1892. 

      Mr. Kewley is a member of the I.O.O. F. Lodge No 408, Galva, and of Maple Grove Grange, No. 1680. Mr. Kewley is a Methodist. In politics he is a republican, and has been a School Director.

Kightlinger, T. J., Yates City; born in Elba Township, Knox Co. July 28, 1840; educated in the common schools. His parents, Jacob and Maria A. (Berfield) Kightlinger, were born in Crawford Co, PA; Jacob was born Nov 16, 1800 and died July 18, 1887; Maria A. was born Mar 30, 1806 and died July 16, 1886. His paternal grandfather was Isaac Kightlinger. 

      Mr. T. J. Kightlinger’s first wife, Margaret Peck, was born in PA in 1850. There were four children: Harley C., born Mar 22, 1869; Gertrude F., born June 3, 1871; Walter L., born Jan 8, 1874; Lura G., born June 109, 1876. 

      In 1885 he married Salina Shaffer in Galesburg; Major McKee performed the ceremony. Mrs. Kightlinger was born in Ohio, 1841; she is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been a teacher in the public schools.

      Mr. Kightlinger left his farm in 1881 and moved to Yates City, where he has been City Marshal two terms; member of the City Board two terms, and Justice of the Peace and Police Magistrate twelve years. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., Lodge No. 370, Yates City. He has always taken a prominent part in politics, and has been delegate to county and State conventions. He has practiced law in justice courts and acts as collection agent for the sale and rental of town and other properties. In religion he is a Universalist. In politics he is a republican.

Kimler, Thornton Walker, Farmer; Elba Township; born Sept 22, 1864 in Elba Township; educated in Eugene; his grandparents, Evan L. and Love (Walker) Kimler, came from Virginia; his father, John H. Kimler, was born in Indiana, Nov. 7, 1825 and died Nov. 12, 1888; his mother, Mary Jane (Lane) Kimler, of Kentucky, was born in 1830; her father was William Lane of Virginia.

      Mr. Kimler was married in Yates City, IL, July 10, 1884, to Martha V. Adams. She was born in PA, June 7, 1865, and was the daughter of C.C. and Martha Ann (Blane) Adams; the father was born in PA in 1826 and the mother was born in 1831 and died in 1879. 

      The children of Mr. and Mrs. Kimler are: Forest B., born Dec 30, 1885; Wrongnel M., born Jan 28, 1888; Carrie, born Nov 19, 1890, died Mar 23, 1895; Charles Walker, born Mar 27, 1893; Courtney W., born Feb. 9, 1896; and Dallie D., born Dec. 29, 1897.

      Mr. Kimler has an excellent farm of 160 acres and fine buildings on Section 11. He is a democrat and is Road Commissioner and School Director; he is a member of the I.O.O. F. No. 370, Yates City. Mr. Kimler has been a coal miner.

King, Edward J., Lawyer; Galesburg; born July 1, 1867 at Springfield, MA; educated in Galesburg. His parents were J.A. King of Suffield, CT, and Alice (Houghton) King, of Springfield, MA. His paternal grandparents, Albert and Louise King, and his maternal grandparents, Albert and Louise Houghton, were natives of CT. 

      Mr. E. J. King spent his early life on a farm in Massachusetts. In 1880 he came to Galesburg and entered the public schools, graduating from the high school in 1886. He then taught school for one year, and in 1887, entered Knox College, graduating in 1891. He studied law in the office of James A. McKenzie, and was admitted to the Bar in March 1893. In April, 1894, he was elected City Attorney of Galesburg by an overwhelming majority. In politics he is a republican.

      Mr. King was married Jan. 1, 1895 in Galesburg to May B. Roberts. They have one son, Ivan Roberts.

King, John: Roadmaster; Galesburg; born in Peoria County, IL. in 1859. He is a son of Philip King. In 1872, he and his father were employed as section hands by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company. 

      He was married to Anna McGann in 1882, and has four sons and one daughter, Philip, Michael, John, Timothy, and Margarette. 

      Mr. King held the position of yardmaster in Peoria for 15 years and was then made road-master of the Peoria division. In politics he is a democrat.


Kinser, Adam: Farmer, Soldier, and Miner; born in Haw Creek Township, Mar 1, 1839 and educated in Maquon. His father, Jesse Kinser, and his grandfather Elisha Kinser, were born at Lynchburg, VA. Mr. Jesse Kinser was a farmer who went to Indiana where he married Phoebe Housh, a native of Lawrence Co, IN, and the daughter of Adam Housh. Mr. Jesse Kinser came to Knox Co. in 1837 and settled in the northeast corner of Chestnut Township. 

      Mr. Adam Kinser was engaged in farming until his enlistment in Company A., Fourteenth Illinois Cavalry. After an honorable discharge at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, Dec. 13, 1864, he returned home and has since been granted a pension for injuries received during the war. In the spring of 1866, he journeyed overland to Virginia City, Montana, his company having several skirmishes with the Indians en route. After six years of rough but enjoyable mining life he returned to Knox County but went west again to western Missouri and eastern Kansas, where he successfully invested some money in a threshing machine and dealt in real estate for several years. 

      Nov. 27, 1872 he was married to Olive Straley at West Point, Missouri. She is the daughter of Elias and Elizabeth (Edge) Straley of Virginia and Ohio, respectively. Elias Straley kept a hotel in Independence, Missouri, and then began farming in Miami Co, KS.

      Mr. and Mrs. Kinser have six children: William C., Alva A., Maud May, Emma Myrtle, Robert L., and Cecil K.

      On the death of his father, he returned to Knox County and has resided in Maquon since 1880. After a short period of business life he retired and in 1897 was re-elected Police Justice, an office which he has filled with great tact and ability. In politics he is a republican.

Knowles, Gilbert L., Dr.; son of William and Lucinda (Robinson) Knowles, was born Aug 13, 1846, in Macomb, McDonough Co, IL. The genealogy of the family has its origin in England, and has included among its members many who were prominent in the world of art and letters. David Knowles, the grandfather of Gilbert L., was born and educated in Maryland, and moved to Washington, D. C., where he was a contractor and builder. He was married to Jane Roby. Four children were born to them: William, Robert, Mary and Hamilton. Mr. Knowles was a whig. He died in Washington at the age of 65. The sons of this family were all mechanics. William, the oldest, moved with his family to Macomb, IL in 1839, where he worked at his trade of contractor and builder. He built the first substantial dwelling in McDonough County. He died in 1873, aged 73 years. His wife died in 1877, at the age of 67. They had six children: Charles, James, Robinson, Jane, Gilbert L., and Mary. James was drowned in the Sheridan River, Missouri, in 1858.

      Gilbert L. Knowles was educated in the schools of Macomb and at Hedding College, Abingdon, which institution he entered at the age of 24, and from which he graduated with the degree of B. S. While at Abingdon he read medicine with Dr. Reece, who was one of the most prominent physicians in the Military Tract. Mr. Knowles entered Rush Medical College of Chicago in 1878 and graduated in 1881. In the spring of 1881, he located in Knoxville, and moved to Maquon in the fall of the same year.

      Dr. Knowles is indebted to his own untiring efforts for his success in life, having earned, unaided, the expenses for his literary and professional education. He has an extensive and lucrative practice, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow townspeople. 

      Dr. Knowles is a republican, and held the office of Coroner in Knox County for six years, his term of service ending in the fall of 1892.


Knox, Joseph, Retired Farmer; Yates City, Salem Township; born Sept 29, 1824 in Marshall Co, W. V.; educated in the common schools. His father, James Knox, was born in Fayette Co, PA in 1798 and died in 1842; his mother, Margaret (Robinson) was born in Marshall Co. W.V.; her father, William Robinson, was a native of Ireland. 

      Mar 15, 1849, Mr. Knox was married in Marshall Co., W.V. to Mary A., daughter of Brice and Sarah (Rush) Blair. Ten children were born to them: George M., born Dec 15, 1851; William L., born May 28, 1854; Brice Blair, born Aug 7, 1855; Frank, born Oct 2, 1857; Joseph P., born Sept 24, 1860; Sarah M., born May 27, 1862; Charles Lincoln, born Nov 4, 1864; John M., born Feb. 16, 1868; Oscar B., born Aug. 12, 1869; and Samuel E., born Aug. 17, 1871. 

      Mrs. Knox is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the society of the “White Ribbon”. 

      Mr. Knox came to Peoria County in the fall of 1850. He owns a farm in Iowa of 277 acres. He has been a member of the Grange. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a populist

Kooser, S. P., Engineer; Galesburg; born in Fayette Co, PA., Feb. 28, 1853, where he was educated. His parents were Samuel Kooser of Somerset Co, PA, and Sarah (Kern) Kooser, of Fayette Co.; his paternal grandparents, Peter and Rebecca (Moore) Kooser, were also of Somerset Co.; his maternal grandparents, William and Sarah (Pritz) Kern, came from Fayette Co. 

      Mr. Kooser was first married to Sarah E. Myers; they had two children, Alice and Albert. His second marriage was with Mrs. Laura V. Cunningham, at Pittsburg, PA, Oct. 2, 1883. They have three children living, Robert G., Bernice L., and Ruby C. Mrs. Kooser had one daughter, Cora Agnes, by her first husband, Robert M. Cunningham. Her maiden name was Schoenfelder, and her family history dates back to 1730 in this country; and in the old country, to the “Seven Years’ War” between the Allies and Frederick the Great. Peter Schoenfelder was private secretary to one of the chief officers of the Allies and led by religious fervor rather than by love of military distinction, came to America in 1730. Mrs. Kooser’s grandfather, also Peter Schoenfelder, was in the War of 1812. Her parents were George Josiah and Elizabeth (Torner) Schoenfelder of Pennsylvania and Virginia, respectively. 

      Mr. Kooser worked on the farm with his father until he was twenty-one years of age; in addition to farming they marketed horses in Philadelphia before the days of railroads. When he was 22 he began to work as brakeman on the Pennsylvania Railroad; was afterwards a flagman, and was a conductor for seven years. In 1887 he was a fireman on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and in 1889 took the position of engineer, which he now holds. In politics he is a republican.

Lacy, George Lambkin: Farmer; Haw Creek Township; born on the Lacy homestead in Haw Creek Township, Feb. 21, 1858; educated in Knox County. His father is Peter Lacy of Knoxville. 

      Dec. 28, 1881, Mr. Lacy was married in Knox County to Olive L. Russell; they have four children: Rettie E., Clarence R., Thomas E., and Mary F. 

      Mrs. Lacy is the daughter of David and Mary A. (Rambo) Russell, old settlers of Knox County. 

      Mr. Lacy was reared on the farm, and has 160 acres of land, comprising the old homestead. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. In religion he is a Methodist. In politics he is a democrat.

Lacy, Peter, Knoxville; Retired Farmer and Lumber Merchant; born Nov 27, 1830, in Ohio, where he received his education. His parents were Enos L. Lacy, born in West Virginia, and Sarah (Wright), born in Clinton Co, Ohio. His paternal grandparents were John J. Lacy, born in W. Virginia and Ruth (Clevinger); his maternal grandfather was Abel Wright. 

      Sept. 24, 1855, he was married in Ohio to Lucinda Woodmansee, daughter of George and Eliza (Olcraft) Woodmansee. They had six children: Sarah L., George L., Laura B., Retta J., Charles A., and Enos R. 

      Sarah L. was married to Alonzo T. Steele; they have six children: Ella A., Arthur Roy, William, Harley, Lucinda, and Fay. George L. was married to Ollie Russell; they have four children: Retta, Clarence, Thomas, and Mary. Laura B. married Edward McElwain; they have two children: Jennie and Ortie. Retta J. was married first to Albert W. Young; they had one daughter, Lulu. Mr. Young died in Feb. 1892. His widow was married to Samuel V. Hannam; they have one daughter, Clara. Charles A. married Elizabeth Russell; they have two children: Francelia and Carl. Enos R. married Jessie Wilson; they have one son, Ralph. 

      George and Eliza (Olcraft) Woodmansee had ten children who grew to maturity; Thomas, Mary, Lucinda, LeRoy, Adeline, George, Xenophon, Francelia, Lorena, and Alonzo. Mr. Woodmansee died in 1892; his widow is still living. 

      Mr. and Mrs. Lacy are members of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Lacy has held the office of Alderman. In politics he is a democrat.

Lander, John O., Knoxville; Merchant; born in Sweden, Sept. 26, 1838, where he was educated. His parents were natives of Sweden; his father was Olof Johnson; they had twelve children, four of whom are still living: Johanna; Rev. H. Olson; Pernella, now Mrs. Anderson; and John O. 

      April 15, 1867, in Knoxville, Mr. Lander was married to Else Johnson. They have had six children: Clara A., Luther A., Louisa A., Ernest J., Emma F., and Nellie G. Clara A. married Rev. H.P. Ottoson; Louisa A. married Alvin Anderson, and they have one daughter, Margaret L.; Luther A. married Elizabeth Van Gilder, and they have one son, Harvey. Ernest J. is a student in Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

      Mr. Lander’s father died about 1864, and his mother died soon after. 

      Mr. Lander enlisted July 1862 in Company E. Eighty-third Illinois Volunteers, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He is a member of G. W. Trafton Post, No 239 of Knoxville, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois. 

      Mr. and Mrs. Lander are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a republican.

Lanphere, George C., born in Oneida County, New York, June 30, 1814. He studied law at Rome, NY and Oct 20, 1835 at Boonville, NY, married Miss Matilda Kent.

      He came to Monmouth, IL. in 1838 and was County Judge one term in Warren County; was also First Lieutenant in the Mexican War. 

      Judge Lanphere came to Galesburg in 1848; was influential in assisting to secure a railroad through Galesburg, which is now a part of the great Chicago, Burlington and Quincy system; was Attorney for that road many years; was Postmaster in Galesburg, and was County Judge. 

      Judge and Mrs. Lanphere celebrated their golden wedding. At the time of his death, he was Past Eminent Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Illinois, and also an attendant of the First Congregational Church of Galesburg, where he died July 6, 1886.


Larson, Justus A., Farmer; Victoria Township; born June 14, 1858 in Copley Township, Knox Co, IL. His father, Lewis Larson, was born in Sweden and came to Copley Township in 1844. There were four sons and one daughter: Henry G.; Justus A.; John W., deceased; Victor T.; and Ida M. 

      Mr. Larson was educated in the Galesburg Business College. He was married to Elizabeth Challman in Walnut Grove Township, Oct. 10, 1888. There was one son, Paul K. Larson. 

      Mr. Larson has always been a leader in town affairs. He is Highway Commissioner of Victoria Township. He is a republican.


Larson, Peter, Retired Farmer; Walnut Grove Township; born in Sweden, Aug. 10, 1829, where he was educated. 

      He was married to Hannah Hawkinson, Oct. 13, 1855 at Knoxville, IL. There were four children: John, Joshua, Hannah, and Anna. 

      Mr. Larson came to Knoxville in 1852, and in 1865, bought a farm on the north line of Walnut Grove Township, where he farmed until 1892, when he retired, and moved to Altona. He is a member of the Lutheran Church.

Latimer, Franklin Joseph: was born at his present home in Cedar Township, April 15, 1840, and has resided there all his life, following the occupation of farming and fine stock breeding. His father, Jonathan Latimer, was a native of Robinson Co, TN. And his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Anna Dobbins Latimer, were natives of New London, CT.; they were of English descent. His great-grandfather, Jonathan Latimer, was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, and served under General Green. His mother, whose maiden name was Nancy West, was the daughter of Jacob and Barsheba Polk West, natives of N.C. Jacob West was a soldier in the war of 1812, under General Jackson, and his wife was a cousin of President James K. Polk. 

      On Nov. 25, 1872, Mr. Latimer was married to Joana Humiston, at Atchison, Kansas. They have two children, Guy J. and Lillian H. 

      Mr. Latimer finished his education at Knox College, Galesburg, receiving his diploma in April 1864, when he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. He entered as color-bearer, and took part in the engagements with Forrest at Memphis. Diplomas were granted by the college to members of that class who volunteered their services in the war. 

      Mr. Latimer taught school in Lincoln University for two years, and afterward studied medicine, but was compelled to abandon it on account of defective sight. From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the Twenty-seventh Illinois General Assembly, and again four years later, he was again chosen to the legislature, serving two terms. In the Thirtieth and Thirty-first assemblies he filled the important chair vacated by Haines, chairman of the Committee on County and Township Organbizations, discharging the duties of that perplexing situation in a manner that gave him a creditable and state-wide acquaintance. Politically, Mr. Latimer has always affilitated with the republican party, being an enthusiastic advocate of its principles. He has held the offices of Mayor of Abingdon; Commander of Post 58, Grand Army of the Republic; Treasurer of the Board of School Directors; President of the Agricultural Society for ten years; a member of the Board of County Supervisors for ten years; and held various minor offices of trust and honor. 

      At present he is Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors; township member of the Republican County Central Committee; President of the Illinois Jersey Cattle Club, and Vice President of the First National Bank of Abingdon. Mr. Latimer has led an active and useful life, and has done much toward the development of Knox County. 

      As a breeder of Jersey cattle he is known throughout the United States, and has been the means of attracting buyers of Jerseys to Abingdon from all parts of the Nation. In political circles, both local and State, his opinions are highly regarded, and his judgment upon all important questions given the closest consideration.

      In the annals of Knox County, as well as in those of the commonwealth of Illinois, Mr. Latimer has attained an enviable position by combining with tact and good judgment, strict integrity and ability that is unquestioned.

Lawrence, Lucius A.: son of Milton and Sylvia (Atwood) Lawrence, was born at Hinesburg, Chittenden Co, VT., June 26, 1840. His parents moved from their home in Hinesburg to Monkton, Addison Co, VT, in 1841, and in 1861 came to Elba Township, Knox Co, IL. His father was a man of strong, decisive character, and unyielding disposition, combined with a very retentive memory. He is now 83 years old. His mother was a kind a gentle woman, who died March 25, 1857, in the 39th year.

      The Lawrence family in this country is descended from three brothers who came from England to the Colonies in 1666, and settled in Massachusetts. One brother went to Connecticut, and from him has sprung the present family. The Lawrences were prominent in the early history of New England, and representatives of the family still occupy the old homestead at Lexington, MA., where their ancestors settled more than two hundred years ago.

      Lucius A. Lawrence’s opportunities for education were confined to the district schools and to two terms in Hinesburg Academy, where he studied the common English branches, rhetoric, and algebra. He learned much, however, from observation and diligent after-study, and now has a critical facility in the use of the English language, as well as a wide range of general information. 

      His childhood was spent on a sterile, unyielding farm in Vermont, and he was taught to till the soil and care for stock. He had few pastimes, his routine consisting of steady hard work, regular attendance at the common school, at church and Sabbath school, and to the observance of strict unswerving obedience to his parents. 

      After leaving school, he farmed and taught in the district schools of Salem and Elba Townships. Aug. 7, 1862, he volunteered for war service, and became a member of Company H, One Hundred and Second Illinois Infantry, which was mustered into service at Knoxville, IL, Sept. 2, 1862. After preparatory drill, the regiment was ordered to the field, and after crossing the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 1, 1862, was brigaded with the One Hundred and Fifth and One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry, and the Seventieth Indiana and Seventy-ninth Ohio Volunteers. The brigade immediately took the field, and helped to repel the invasion of Kentucky by the Confederate army under General Bragg, going to Frankfort, and thence to Bowling Green. The brigade was there made a part of the Army of the Cumberland, commanded by General W. S. Rosecrans, in which organization he served until the close of the war. His regiment was engaged in garrison duty until the opening of the Atlanta campaign at Chattanooga. From May 2, 1864, he shared the fortunes of Sherman’s army that brought about the fall of Atlanta September 1, 1864. He was in the hospital from Oct. 30, 1864, to Jan. 1865, after which he rejoined his regiment in the Carolinas, and participated in the last campaign of the war, the surrender of the Confederate army under General J. E. Johnson, April 26, 1865. He marched to Washington, and was in the Grand Review May 24. He was mustered out of service at Washington June 6, and discharged at Chicago, June 15, 1865.

      After the war, Mr. Lawrence again interested himself in farming, until failing health compelled a change, and, in March 1877, he removed to Yates City, IL, which is his present home. In 1882, having regained his health, he purchased the lumber stock of W. T. Wells, to which he added a stock of farm implements, and managed the combined business until Jan. 1899. In 1893, he purchased an interest in the People’s Bank, of Yates City, which he still owns.

      Mr. Lawrence was married to Mrs. Charlotte M. Baird, March 21, 1869. She was the daughter of Moses and Cynthia Wheeler, who came from Pennsylvania and settled in Knox County in 1859. Mrs. Baird’s first marriage occurred in 1861. She had one daughter, Nora, who is the wife of Hugh A. Sloan, the present Supervisor of Salem Township. Mr. Baird enlisted in Company H., One Hundred and Second Illinois Infantry, in Sept 1862, and was killed in battle at Resaca, Georgia, May 15, 1864. 

      Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence: Alma E., born Mar 4, 1870, and died Mar 20, 1891; Edwin P., born Dec 1, 1871; Arthur J., born Sept. 13, 1873; Cynthia May and Sylvia June (twins), born Mar 1, 1878, and died Aug. 16, and 21, 1878, respectively.

      Mr. Lawrence was a member of the I.O.G.T. from 1867 to 1872. He became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1886, since which time he has held the position of Commander or Adjutant, in Post No. 666, Department of Illinois, at Yates City. He was a member of the Baptist Church from 1857 to 1874, but is now a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics, he is a republican, and was elected Supervisor of Elba Township in the years 1867-68-69, and in Salem Township in 1894. He served as President of the City Council of Yates City during the years 1879-80-85-86-89, having been elected on the anti-license ticket. He has been a member of the Yates City School Board continuously since 1878, and, in 1880, he was elected Justice of the Peace for Salem Township, and resigned in 1883.

      Mr. Lawrence is one of the most prominent men of his township, and is possessed of more than ordinary erudition and breadth of mind, and holds advanced and clearly defined views regarding current events. 

Lawrence, Richard Austin: Farmer; born in Littleton, MA, Sept 27, 1823, where he was educated. His father, George Lawrence, was born in Littleton; his mother, Rebecca Merriam was born at Concord, in the same State. On the paternal side, his grandfather, David Lawrence, was born in Littleton and his grandmother, Martha (Adams) in Lincoln, MA; his great-grandfather, David Lawrence, was born in Littleton, and his great-grandmother, Hannah (Sawtell) in Groton, MA. On the maternal side his grandfather, Joseph Merriam, was born in Concord, MA; his grandmother was Lucy Wheeler. His maternal great-grandfather, Josiah Merriam, was born in Concord, MA.

      May 16, 1853, Mr. Lawrence married Ednah Miller in Littleton. There were seven children of whom four are living. George A. Lawrence, Fannie E. Vivion, Anna M. Linn, and Bernard P. Lawrence. 

      In politics he is a republican.

Lawrence, Samuel F., Superintendent of Supply Department of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad; Galesburg; born in New York, Nov 15, 1850. In 1865 he went with his family to Wisconsin, where he was educated in the common schools.

      In 1871 he took a business position in Chicago, which he retained for seven years. He came to Galesburg in 1878, and entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as a clerk in the supply department and was made General Superintendent of that department in 1893. 

      He is a member and an officer of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Galesburg.

Lee, William Augustus Jr.: Farmer; Sparta Township, where he was born March 5, 1858, on the old Lee homestead, Section 6; educated in Knox County. His parents, William A. and Betsey (Knowles) Lee, were natives of New York State; his paternal grandfather was Amos Lee. His father settled in Knox County at an early day, and the son was reared on the farm where he became a practical farmer and stockman; he received a good business education at the Galesburg Business College. When he was married he lived on section 5, where his father formerly resided, and in 1882, moved to his present farm of 160 acres.

      September 9, 1880, Mr. Lee was married to Jennie May Patterson in Sparta Township. There are four children: Freddie P., Bessie K., Jennie May, and George Edward. 

      Mrs. Lee’s father, William Stephen Patterson, came at an early day from Ohio to Knox County and settled at Henderson with his parents. There he learned the cooper’s trade, but after his marriage he became a farmer and stockman and was very successful. He gave his daughter, Jennie, the advantages of an education at St. Mary’s, Knoxville. Mrs. Lee is not only an accomplished and talented lady, but also a devoted mother. 

      Mr. Lee is a republican. He holds the office of School Director.


Leffingwell, Charles Wesley, D. D., Rector of St. Mary’s School, Knoxville, is distinguished as an educator and an organizer. In his connection with the cause of education, he is entitled to be remembered as a benefactor of the race.

      Dr. Leffingwell is a New Englander by birth, and was born Dec. 5, 1840. He is the son of Rev. Lyman and Sarah Chapman (Brown) Leffingwell, natives of Connecticut. His father was brought up on the farm, and received his education mainly in the public schools. After arriving at maturity, he was educated in the higher branches and was fitted for the ministry in the Methodist Church. After a successful ministration for many years in different parishes, he died in Knoxville, IL., in 1880, at the age of seventy-one.

      The first of the family in this country was Lieutenant Thomas Leffingwell, who was a leader in the colony which settled in Norwich, Connecticut in 1635. He was very friendly with Uncas and his Mohegan followers, and once saved this tribe from their enemies, the Pequots. His grandfather was Joseph Leffingwell, who was born in Norwich, Ct.

      In his youth, Dr. Leffingwell had the usual advantages of the New England public schools. He supplemented this instruction by attending Temple School at New Haven, where he was fitted to enter Yale College. He finally chose Union College at Schenectady, NY, instead of Yale, entering the sophomore class. He did not graduate here. By too close application to study, he had impaired his health, and consequently, was unable to finish his course. He came to Illinois, whither his parents had preceded him a short time before. On his arrival, he did not long remain idle, and although only seventeen years of age, he engaged in teaching near Dundee, Kane County. His next service as a teacher was in the Military Institute at Kirkwood, Missouri, where he remained one season. He then accompanied Rev. Benjamin Eaton to Galveston, Texas, with whom he remained several years. Here he taught a select school, and at the same time, held the office of Deputy City and County Surveyor. He remained at Galveston until the commencement of the Civil War, when he returned to Illinois. He then matriculated at Knox College with an advanced standing, and graduated with high honors in the class of 1862. His Alma Mater has since shown her appreciation of his scholarship and ability by conferring upon him, in 1875, the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

      After graduation, he became connected with the Military Institute at Poughkeepsie, NY as Vice-Principal—Dr. C. B. Waring being Principal. During his three years’ service here, his aspirations for the Episcopal ministry seemed to shape the destiny of his future life-work. Immediately he put himself under the instruction of Rev. Dr. Traver, of Poughkeepsie, and afterwards completed his theological course in the Seminary at Nashotah, Waukesha Co, Wisconsin. He graduated in 1867, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Davinity. After his ordination by Bishop Whitehouse, he became an assistant to Rev. Dr. Rylance of St. James’ Church, Chicago, which position he held for four months. He was then elected Tutor in the Theological Seminary at Nashotah. His tutorship here was of brief duration. Before a year had passed, he was called by the Bishop of Illinois to establish a school for girls in Knoxville. It was opened on Monday of Easter week, 1868, under the title of St. Mary’s School.

      This school is under Episcopal supervision and the property was given to the diocese under the condition that a boarding and day school should be maintained there for a period of five years. Under Dr. Leffingwell’s management its growth was marvelous, and within four years, it had outgrown its accommodations. A plan was adopted for the enlargement of the building, and Hon. James Knox came forward with a generous gift of ten thousand dollars. Others readily responded. The church gave four thousand, and the Rector advanced the large sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars. Soon the building was completed and furnished with all the appurtenances which were necessary to make a successful school.

      On the morning of Jan. 4, 1883, this structure, which was the pride of Knoxville and the county, with all its contents, was burned. A blackened mass of ruins marked the spot where it once stood, a thing of beauty. The Rector, undaunted, and with a spirit that did not quail in the presence of misfortune, did not wait for the dying embers to expire, but secured another building, the Ansgarius College for his school. An annex, twenty-five by one hundred feet, was built, and within a month, the school was in session again. In May 1883, the work of reconstruction commenced, and in October of the same year, St. Mary’s was completed on a greatly improved plan and larger scale and opened for work.

      St. Mary’s School has a wide reputation, and is patronized by the best families far and near. The buildings and grounds are artistically arranged, and an air of neatness and taste pervades all the surroundings. As a home for young ladies, it has no superior in Knox County. It has been made what it is by that untiring worker and educator, Dr. Leffingwell. By his efforts, he has lifted it to the pinnacle of prosperity, and success. It has no ups and downs, but is always full and flourishing.

      Second only to his interest in his school is his interest in “The Living Church”, a paper of which he has been editor and proprietor for more than twenty years. It has won its way to a leading position in the Episcopal Church and has a national circulation. In influence, it is second to none. Only a small portion of Dr. Leffingwell’s time, however, is spent away from his duties in St. Mary’s. His motive in conducting this enterprise has not been for financial profit, but for the work’s sake, and the good influence which might be thus exerted.

      Dr. Leffingwell occupies not only a prominent position as an educator, but also in church work. From the time of the division of the Diocese of Illinois until the present, he has been President of the Standing Committee and Deputy of the General Convention of the Quincy Bishopric. During the illness of the Bishop, he has been twice elected President of the Diocesan Convention.

      As a citizen, Dr. Leffingwell has lived a remarkable life. Starting in the world without means, he has acquired a competence by his industry and labor in fields of usefulness. While pursuing his studies in the theological school he supported himself and his family by organizing and teaching a select school. His personal characteristics are of the benevolent order. He is a thorough scholar, and is practical in his dealings and teachings. He is kind in disposition and agreeable to every one. A trinity of good qualities forms the basis of his character—decision, prudence, and discretion in all things.

      Dr. Leffingwell was united in wedlock, June 23, 1862, to Elizabeth, daughter of John Francis. He was formerly of Kent, England, but came to this country, residing in Chautauqua County, NY.

      Dr. and Mrs. Leffingwell have been the parents of seven children: Anna and Bertha, who died in infancy; Alice, deceased after graduation and marriage; Warring, Ernest, Hortense, and Gertrude, now living.

Leggett, Walter I., Conductor; Galesburg; born Aug 10, 1849, in Dorchester, England. His parents were Isaac and Hannah (Reed) Leggett. He was educated in the common schools, and in the Galesburg Grammar School. In politics, he is a republican.

      He married, first Sadie Thompson, now deceased; his second marriage was with Lizzie Thompson, in Galesburg, Feb. 25, 1880; they have four children, Lloyd C., Aubrey C., L. Marie, and Vivia T.

      Mr. Leggett came to DeKalb Co, IL, in 1855; to Galesburg in 1864; for three years was with the Merchants’ Union Express Company. In April 1869, he began work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as brakeman, afterwards serving as baggageman, and in 1873 he was made a conductor, which position he now holds; he has not been “laid off” for thirty years; for ten years he had charge of a construction train.

      Mr. Leggett is a member of the Order of Railroad Conductors, and the Order of Modern Woodmen; he is a composer of music, and has patented several useful household articles. He is a member of the Baptist Church.

Leighton, William H., Farmer; Copley Township; born Oct. 8, 1835 in New York City. His parents were William and Isabel (Ironside) Leighton, who came from Scotland to New York in 1832, and to Knoxville, IL. in 1837. Mrs. Leighton died in 1840. In 1847 Mr. Leighton moved to Copley Township, and then to Sparta Township, where he died in 1861, leaving three sons: William H., John A., and James. 

      William H. was educated in Knoxville. He was married to Jannette McKie in Copley Township, Dec. 1, 1864. Their children are: Charles H., Margaret, May, and Isabel.

      Mrs. Leighton was born July 13, 1842, and was a daughter of William and Margaret (Miller) McKie. 

      Mr. Leighton came with his father to Knoxville in 1837, and settled in Copley Township in 1847, where he is now living. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a republican, and held the office of Supervisor from 1871-3, and from 1880-8. He has been Road Commissioner and School Trustee for many years.


Leng, Albert, Farmer; Truro Township; born Scarbro, Yorkshire, England, July 2, 1841; educated in the common schools. His parents, John and Ann (Woodall) Leng, were born and died in England. His maternal grandparents were Robert and Fanny Woodall. 

      He was married Feb. 5, 1874, in Peoria County, to Mary Francis; she was born Sept. 2, 1851, and was the daughter of Elder and Mary Ann (Murphy) Abey. Mrs. Leng’s mother is dead; her father is living in Peoria County.

      Mr. and Mrs. Leng have had nine children: Luther E., born Feb. 25, 1875; James E., deceased, born Nov. 23, 1876; Mary S., born Dec. 23, 1877; Lyman W., born Dec. 23, 1800; Lulu O., born Oct. 17, 1882; Robert N., born Sept 17, 1884; Ewart Gladstone, born Dec. 28, 1887; Edna E., born Oct 6, 1889; and Carl E., born Feb. 24, 1892.

      Mr. Leng has a large farm of 295 acres two and one half miles north of Williamsfield. He is a dealer in Clydesdale horses and Short-horn cattle. In politics, he is a populist. He is Road Commissioner and was School Director for eighteen years. In religion, he is a Methodist.


Lewis, John Henry is a living example of a successful man. With a well-balanced mind, he has pursued the path that leads to fortune and to fame. He has been a prominent citizen of Knox County for many years, residing in the city of Knoxville. He is a native of the State of NY, and was born in Tompkins County, July 21, 1830.

      The ancestry of Mr. Lewis reaches back to the period when the times and the events “tried men’s souls”. The name Lewis will ever be illustrious in the annals of American history. That charter of American liberty, the Declaration of Independence, was signed by Francis Lewis, from whom John H. is descended.

      Francis Lewis was a native of Landaff, in the shire of Glamorgan, South Wales. He was born March 1713. His father was a clergyman, and his mother was the daughter of a clergyman, the Rev. Dr. Pettingal, who had charge of a parish in North Wales. Francis was an only child and was left an orphan when only five years old. He was left to the care of a maternal aunt, was sent to the Westminster School in London, where he soon became a thorough classical scholar. In the spring of 1735, when he was only 21 years of age, he came to New York with merchandise which he had purchased with his small fortune. His partner was Edward Annesly. Francis took a portion of the goods to Philadelphia, where he remained two years. He then returned to New York and married Elizabeth Annesly, the sister of his partner. When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, he was unanimously elected a member of that body, April 22, 1775, and continued to hold the office until 1779. He was an uncompromising advocate of liberty, and was one of the first to declare that the colonies could not live under the dominion of Great Britain. For the cause of freedom and the inalienable rights of the colonies, he spent his fortune and died poor at the advanced age of ninety in 1803.

      Henry Lewis, the father of John, was a native of New Jersey, and was born in Sussex Co., Oct. 6, 1796. His kinsman, General Morgan Lewis, whose wife was of the noted Livingston family, was once its Governor. The wife of Henry Lewis was Permelia M. Shaver, a native of the State of New York. They were married July 8, 1826, and removed to Illinois in the fall of 1836, with their two sons, George W. and John H. The day of railroads and steam had not yet dawned, and they were compelled to make their trip in a two-horse wagon, loaded with the implements that would be of service in their new settlement. At length, after fifty-one days of extreme weariness and toil, they reached their journey’s end, Oct. 15, 1836. They settled in Ellisville, Fulton Co., where were only a few deserted wigwams. Mr. Lewis erected the first frame house in that town, and it was here that the hopes and plans of this little family were blasted by his death, Sept. 25, 1837, --within a year of his arrival. At this bereavement, the mother did not sink down in despair, but looked beyond the lowering clouds and saw a glimmering ray of hope. In a lone wilderness, without friends or home, she battled nobly to sustain herself and her children, until they should reach a period when they would be self-supporting. George, the eldest son, left his home, while yet young, and traveled in the eastern states and in Mexico, and at last settled in southern California, where he died. John H. remained with his mother, until he was eleven years of age, attending school a few months each year, and earning his own subsistence by working on the farm. Then for a period of six years, a contract for his services was made with a South Carolinian family, under the following stipulations: good clothing, three months’ schooling each year, a horse, saddle and bridle, at the close of his apprenticeship. These conditions were almost wholly neglected. For the first five years, young Lewis had had but 41 days of schooling; was poorly clad, was treated as a menial, and at meals was not allowed to sit at the same table with the family. His mother, learning of the situation, succeeded in removing him at once. He was placed for the winter in the family of William Kent, who lived near Yates City. In the spring, he was employed near by on the farm of James Kent, at seven dollars a month. In 1847 he came to Knoxville, doing chores for his board in the family of Judge R. L. Hannaman. Here he remained for two years, enjoying, at the proper season, the advantages of the common school. In 1849, he was employed in the store of G. M. Ewing, of Knoxville, at a salary of fifty dollars a year and board. The second year, his salary was raised to seventy-five dollars. The third year, he was offered one hundred and fifty dollars, but the offer was declined, that he might obtain a broader and more liberal education, and thus fit himself for the higher duties of citizenship. He was next engaged in the store of Alexander Ewing, of Knoxville, and by his trustworthiness and fidelity, he soon gained the confidence of his employer. Mr. Ewing entrusted him with a small bill of goods to sell on the road on commission. Young Lewis had neither horse nor wagon, nor money to purchase an outfit,--his only capital being less than twenty-two dollars. Of this amount twenty dollars was paid towards a horse and harness, purchased at forty dollars, and a sixty-day note for sixty dollars was given for a wagon. Thus equipped, Mr. Lewis started out on his new venture, and so successful was he, that the amount of his profits was sufficient to pay off his note before maturity. In 1852, he took a clerkship in the store of Mr. Chesney, of Abingdon, where he remained until his employer sold out in 1857.

      Previous to this time Mr. Lewis had been employed in the law office of Hannaman and Hale, making out abstracts of county records. It was there that he acquired a liking and a taste for law, and in 1857, having access to the library of a prominent lawyer in Abingdon, Mr. A. J. King, he availed himself of the privilege of reading law, and soon was qualified for practice. He was licensed by the Supreme Court, Jan. 10, 1870, to practice law in all the courts of the State.

      In politics Mr. Lewis is a thorough-going republican. As a member of that party, he has held many public offices, which he has always filled with marked ability. In his early years he was an abolitionist, sympathizing greatly with the colored race in their enslaved condition. He became a member of the republican party at its organization and voted for John C. Fremont, its first nominee for President. In the exciting campaign of 1860, when Lincoln was elected President, Mr. Lewis was elected to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court of Knox County, holding the office for four years. He then took a vacation for several months, visiting friends in the Union Army. All this time, his interest in politics was unabated, and he kept himself thoroughly posted on all national affairs. In 1868 he again entered the Clerk’s office, as deputy, holding that position for six years. In 1874 he was appointed one of the Trustees of the Institution for the Education of the Blind. He resigned this office when he was elected a member of the State Legislature.

      Mr. Lewis’ record in the State Legislature is highly commendable, and for his judicious acts and votes there, he has received the encomiums of his fellow citizens generally. One act of his, while member of the Legislature, is deserving especial notice. Having examined carefully into the penal institutions of the State, and believing that their management was not for the good of the criminal and the best interests of the State, he framed and introduced a preamble and resolution which was read for information, but being objected to by a single member was not allowed to be considered. It was published in the papers throughout the State and highly commended. Mr. Lewis argued that prisons, in a measure, should be reformatory; that criminals as criminals have rights which the State is bound to respect; that those bound by the ties of consanguinity and love should have a portion of the fruit of their labor. The resolution excited a great deal of comment and interest, far and near, and was probably the first introduced in this State on that subject.

      In 1880, Mr. Lewis was elected to Congress by the republicans of the Ninth Congressional District of Illinois, over his democratic opponent, John S. Lee. In 1882, he was re-nominated, but defeated on account of his vote on the river and harbor bill.

      Mr. Lewis is a living proof that a man is the architect of his own fortune. Poverty in his youth had no power to control his ambition or smother his aspirations. In the distance, he saw the fertile fields of promise, and through the open gateway, he was determined to enter. By his determined resolution, he hewed his way through the wilderness of doubt and uncertainty, and won for himself riches and honor. As a citizen, he is noted for his affability and urbanity of manners; for his kindness and sympathy to the unfortunate and his charity towards all. He is bound by no creed, is a member of no church, but believes in the gospel of good deeds. He belongs to the Masonic Order, having joined when quite young.

      Mr. Lewis was married, Dec. 1857, to Elizabeth S. Russell. She was the daughter of R. H. and Elizabeth Russell of Abingdon, IL., who came to this State in the fall of 1837. They were Virginians by birth and left their native State on account of their hatred of the institution of slavery. 

      To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were born six children, four sons and two daughters, two of whom are now living: Ira J., born Aug. 14, 1865, now married and living in Knoxville; and John, born Aug. 30, 1874, now practicing law in Galesburg


Lindsey, Charles D.: Knoxville, where he was educated; clerk in clothing house; born in Knox County Feb. 18, 1864. Mr. Lindsey’s father, Charles R. Lindsey, was a native of Mason Co, VA; his mother, Mary A. (Post), was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His paternal grandfather, Rowland Lindsey, was a native of Maine; his paternal grandmother was Phebe (Russell) of Chautauqua Co, NY. 

      Charles R. Lindsey came to Knoxville in 1838. He was born Jan 23, 1822 in VA., where he was educated, and where he was for many years a farmer. He married his first wife, Caroline Armsbury in Iroquois Co, IL, in 1843; she died eight months later. His second marriage was with Mary A. Post, Oct. 5, 1848, in Monmouth, Warren Co. They had ten children, six of whom grew to maturity: John T., Martha D., Kellum P., Corrien, Charles D., and Mary E. John T. was married to Sarah Smith; they have eight children: C. Edwin, Robert B., Margaret C., Arthur McLellan, Harry, Simeon, Ray, and Martha L. Martha D. married Henry Masters. Kellum P. was married to Ada Corbin; they have three children: Ezra, Nellie and Francis. Corrien was married to John B. Evans; they have five children: Jennie M., Jessie L., Julia F., J. Clifford, and Tede M. Mary E. married William Stotts; they have two sons: Paul Sheldon and Phillip Brook. Mr. Lindsey died Feb 4, 1899; his widow is still living. Her father, Ezra Post, was born in Greene Co, NY in 1787. In 1812 he was married to Pattie Pratt; she was born in Rensselearville, Albany Co, NY in 1792. Eight children were born to them: Melinda, Rubbie A., Dorlinske, John C., Albion, Mary A., Ezra and S. Croghan. The family came to St. Louis, MO in 1825, and moved to this State in 1836. Mr. Post died in 1853; his widow died Nov. 28, 1881. Mr. Post was a soldier in the War of 1812. The ancestry was Scotch and Welsh. 

      Charles D. Lindsey is a member of Horatio Lodge, No 362, Knights of Pythias, also of Camp No. 411, Modern Woodmen of America, and of the Minor of Honor, Grim Shaft No. 1; he is one of the Supreme Board of Directors. 

      May 11, 1887 Mr. Lindsey was married to Anna Nelson in Oneida; they have had three children: Hazel B. (died in infancy), C. Willard and Nelson. Mr. Lindsey is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a democrat.


Lindzey, John E., son of William and Hannah Lindzey, was born in England, Oct. 19, 1828, and came with the family to Vermont. The Lindzeys were engaged in cotton and woolen mills in England and in this country, and were expert in their vocation. The family removed from Vermont to Illinois and settled in Fulton County. George E., one of the sons, lives in Farmington, IL. In 1872, John E. Lindzey came to Knox Co., and settled on a farm of 160 acres. He was a School Director nine years, and took a deep interest in educational work. Politically, he was a democrat.

      He married in Knoxville, Aug. 22, 1873, to Mrs. Kiziah Chapman, daughter of William and Rebecca (Sharp) Gray, and widow of John Chapman. Mr. Gray’s parents were Jacob Gray of New Jersey, and Mary (Shrieves) Gray of Maryland. His paternal grandfather was William Gray of New Jersey, and his mother’s father was Barton Shrieves, who was born in Maryland, and died in Knox Co, IL. Mr. Gray was born in Bedford Co, PA, Nov. 24, 1821, and was married in Clinton Co, OH., Feb. 23, 1843, to Rebecca Sharp, daughter of John W. and Kiziah (Brewer) Sharp. Thirteen children were born to them: Mrs. Kiziah Lindzey, John Wesley, James Madison, Mrs. Mary A. Chapman, Francis M., David H., Mrs. Margaret E. Logan (deceased), Joseph M., Alice (deceased), Mrs. Eliza Byers, George E., Charles E., and Frank P. Mr. Gray was by occupation a farmer; in politics a democrat. In the year 1851 he removed from Highland Co., Oh. To Knox Co, IL, and settled in Maquon Township. He lived four years in Iowa. His wife died in 1885 in Knoxville, and his home has been in Douglas, Salem Township since 1896.

      John Chapman, the first husband of Mrs. Lindzey, was the son of John and Ann Chapman. There were four children born to John and Kiziah (Gray) Chapman: Florence May, who died Aug. 25, 1888, M. Nettie, Francis, and Rebecca Ann.

      The children of John E. and Kiziah (Gray Chapman) Lindzey were eight in number: Harriet Jane (deceased), Maud, William C., George A., Alma Edith, Blanche, Bruce, and Emma C. 

      Since the death of her second husband, Mrs. Lindzey, with the assistance of her sons, has managed her farm of 160 acres, which is located in Elba Township. She has a beautiful residence and the farm is well stocked with a herd of 25 cattle and numbers of swine and horses. 

      Mrs. Lindzey was born in Ohio, March 22, 1849; was educated in the common schools, and is a Methodist.

Linsley, James H., Retired; Galesburg; born July 11, 1823 in Wayne Co, PA; his father was Dan E. Linsley; his grandfather was James H. Linsley. 

      Mr. Linsley was educated in the common schools. He married Susan H. Albro at Galva, IL, July 3, 1856. The children are: Frank E.; James F.; and Cora Hettie, who graduated from Knox College in 1877 and is now the wife of Judge George W. Thompson. 

      Mr. Linsley moved with his father in 1836 to Wayne Co, NY and to Michigan in 1844. In 1848 he began work in the Bridge department of the Michigan Central Railroad. In 1853 he entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, working in the bridge and building department for five years; in the construction department for seven years. He was appointed road-master in 1865, which office he held till 1898, when he resigned his position and retired from active work. 

      Mr. Linsley was a charter member of the Galesburg Club, and is a member of the Masonic Order. He has served two terms as Alderman of the Sixth Ward. In politics he is a republican.

Long, George: Farmer; Orange Township; born Sept. 14, 1817, near Pittsburg, PA; educated in the common schools. His parents, George and Catherine (Duffy) Long, came from Pennsylvania. 

      He was married to Susanna, daughter of David Belden, in Galesburg, Nov. 20, 1851. They had five children: George H., Jane, Anna, Catherine Bell, and Martha. Martha was married to Charles Hutson, son of George Hutson; they have one son, Chester. The Longs are buried in the Brush Creek Cemetery

Losey, James Harvey, Cashier of the Galesburg National Bank, Galesburg, where he was born Feb. 23, 1847; educated in the Galesburg schools. His father, Nehemiah H., son of Israel and Eleanor (Willson) Losey, was born at Montgomery, NY; his mother, Lucretia, daughter of Alured and Sarah W. (Stevens) Hitchcock, was born at Vergennes, Vermont.

      Dec 24, 1873, he was married to Cornelia Maurice Ayres at  Galesburg.  Three children were born to them, Jessie Esther; Margaret Ellen, deceased; and Charlotte Elizabeth, deceased. 

      In 1864 at the age of seventeen years, Mr. Losey entered the Post office and served five years under Clark E. Carr, being chief clerk for two years. In 1869 he became teller and bookkeeper in the Second National Bank, where he remained for twelve years, being acting cashier the last year. Compelled to resign this position on account of his health, he moved to Peoria and accepted a position with the Avery Planter Company, for which firm he traveled three years. He returned to Galesburg in the spring of 1884, and assisted in the organization of the Galesburg National Bank becoming its first Cashier.

      Mr. Losey, having been in the service twenty-seven years, is the oldest bank official in the city. He has been an Elder in the Presbyterian Church since 1871, and Treasurer for fifteen years. He was appointed a member of the Galesburg Public Library in 1896. In politics he is a republican.


Losey, Nehemiah H., probably no man has been more closely identified with the origin, growth and prosperity of the city of Galesburg and of Knox College than Professor Nehemiah H. Losey. He was born in Orange County, NY, in 1804, and graduated at Middlebury College, VT, in 1820. He taught for a time in Potsdam, NY and subsequently in Whitesboro. While in the latter place, he became interested in the project of founding and endowing a Christian college in the far west. He was one of the original incorporators of Knox College and the last survivor of them all. 

      He came west in 1836, and surveyed and laid out the town of Galesburg. Professor Losey was the town’s earliest Postmaster. He received his commission in 1837, and held the office for four years. He was Principal of Knox Academy until the institution was sufficiently advanced for the organization of college classes, when he was elected to the Professorship of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in the infant institution, which chair he held until 1861, when failing health compelled him to resign. He soon after returned to New York State, where he resided about three years when he again returned to Galesburg and accepted the elective office of Treasurer of the college, which position he held at the time of his death. 

      Professor Losey was a man of broad culture and well-trained mental faculties. He was thoroughly equipped for every department of work, and in the early days of the Galesburg colony, his services were indispensable. As a surveyor and accountant he was wonderfully accurate. He was a ripe scholar and a teacher of eminent ability, and it is not too much to say that it is due to him that Knox College has from the outset taken and held such high rank as a mathematical school, as well as in the department of Natural Sciences. Without apparatus to begin with he soon constructed the rudimentary appliances which he knew were needed, and through his lectures and experiments he attracted large numbers of students from the surrounding country. 

      His personal character was that of a Christian gentleman, retiring in disposition and amiable in character. He was faithful and efficient in the discharge of his duties, a good disciplinarian, yet taking a tender interest in the welfare of his pupils, and not few have been the testimonials which evince the esteem and affection in which they held him. He entered into his rest on June 1, 1875, in the seventy-second year of his age. Losey Street in Galesburg is named after this man. His son's bio if before this one.

Lotts, Milton, Farmer; Haw Creek Township; born in Gallia Co, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1823. His father, Isaac Lotts, was born in Greenbrier County, W.V.; his mother, Nancy (Knox), in Monroe Co. of the same State. His maternal grandparents, James and Sarah (Robinson) Knox, were natives of Virginia; his paternal grandparents were Jacob Lotts, native of Germany and a soldier in the Revolution, and Elizabeth (Wolf), a sister of General Wolf of Revolutionary fame. 

      Mr. Lotts came to Knox County with his parents in 1837. His father died Oct. 4, 1875, aged 83 years; his mother, Sept 26, 1875, aged 76 years. Mr. Lotts inherited a part of the homestead on which he was reared, and later bought the remainder from the other heirs. To this he has added by purchase until he now owns 700 acres of good land. 

      March 13, 1845, Mr. Lotts was married to Elizabeth Ward, near Gilson, IL. Eight children were born to them: Mrs. Larissa Caldwell; Mrs. Fidelia Scott; Jared W.; Mrs. Sarah S. Young, deceased; Arthur W.; Delesca, wife of L.E. McPherris; James Oscar; and Ella, who died in 1886.

      Mrs. Lotts died May 1, 1879, at the age of 54 years. In politics, Mr. Lotts is a democrat. He was Supervisor in 1861, 1862 and 1863, and has held other local offices.

Lovejoy, William Owen, whose name immediately suggests relationship with one who was famous in the earlier annals of Illinois, was born near Quincy, Feb 13, 1841. His father, Jabez Lovejoy, was a farmer, and a cousin of Owen and Elijah Lovejoy. The mother of William was Catherine Waldron, a descendant of a German baronial house. In 1830, the parents removed from Schoharie Co, NY to Adams County, IL. and settled on 160 acres of land deeded to Mr. Lovejoy by his sister, the widow of General Leavenworth. When William was a boy ten years of age, his parents died, and he was sent to live with an uncle in Dutchess Co, NY. He received a common school education, and spent one term in the Oxford Academy, Oxford, CT. He afterwards took the entire four years’ Chautauqua course, in the “Pioneer” class.

      William O. Lovejoy’s first employment after leaving school was as a clerk in a store at Brooklyn, NY, and later in NY City. He was afterwards employed as clerk on his uncle’s steamboat, which carried freight on the Hudson River, between Red Hook and New York. In 1862, Mr. Lovejoy returned to the old homestead in Illinois, and for several years managed the farm. In 1870, he entered the Galesburg offices of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, as a telegraph operator. Since 1894, he has been President of the Evening Mail Publishing Company.

      Mr. Lovejoy has filled important positions, including those of Town Clerk and Collector, in Honey Creek Township, Adams Co, and for nine years he has been City Assessor of Galesburg. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity and is a Knight Templer; he also belongs to the Order of United Workmen; and to the Modern Woodmen of America. In these various organizations, he has been honored with high official work; he is Generalissimo in the Galesburg Commandery, K.T.; Secretary, Royal Arch Masons; Master Workman, A. O. U. W.; Venerable Counsel, M.W. A.; and Representative to the Grand Council in both orders.

      In his religious connection, Mr. Lovejoy is a member of the Central Congregational Church of Galesburg. He has always been a republican in politics.

      Sept.3, 1862, Mr. Lovejoy was married to Elizabeth A. Near, a native of Dutchess Co, NY. She is of German descent. Their only child, a son, died in infancy.


Lower, Robert A., Merchant; Salem Township; born April 11, 1844; educated in the common schools. His father, Jacob Lower, was born in PA in 1812; his mother, Mary (Cavins) Lower, was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; his grandfather, Johann Lower, was born in Germany. 

      Mr. R. A. Lower enlisted in Abingdon Oct. 22, 1861, Company K, Fifty-fifth Volunteers, and participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing; Shelby Station; Chickasaw Bayou; Arkansas Post; Haines Bluff; Champion Hills; Vicksburg; Missionary Ridge; Dalton, Georgia; Dallas, Georgia; Kenesaw Mountains; Atlanta; Ezra Church; Siege of Atlanta, and Jonesborough, Georgia. He received a medal for conspicuous gallantry at the siege of Vicksburg, and was discharged at Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oct 31, 1864.

      March 10, 1869, he was married at Elmwood to Rachel A. Smith; there are five children: Alfred B., born June 20, 1871; Albert E., born Mar 8, 1873; Mary E., born Nov 10, 1877; Ruth A., born Apr 23, 1879; and Harriet E., born April 5, 1882. 

      Mrs. Lower was born in Eaton, Ohio, June 2, 1844. Her father, G. W. Smith, is now deceased; her mother, Mary (Austin) Smith, is living in Elmwood, IL. 

      Mr. Lower came with his parents to Salem Township in 1844. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic; was elected Mayor of Yates City in 1888, 1893 and 1897; and was Supervisor of his township in 1895 and 1896. He engaged in the mercantile business in 1869 and has been very successful. In politics he is a democrat.

Lucas, G. M. Lee: Farmer and Harness-maker; Hermon, Chestnut Township; born April 16, 1847, near Claysville, Washington Co, PA. His parents, George L. and Elizabeth Martha (McGuffin) Lucas, were born near Claysville, Washington Co, PA. The father, who was born Feb. 11, 1821, was a soldier in the Civil War, and was Fourth Sergeant of Company I, Seventy-seventh Illinois Volunteers. He died in a hospital ship on the Mississippi River, June 25, 1863. The mother was born Feb. 28, 1821, and died Sept. 25, 1848. His maternal grandparents were William McGuffin, born in Lancaster Co, PA, in 1796, and died Nov. 1847; and Mary (Graham), born in Washington Co, PA, June 1799. The paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Mary (Lee) Lucas, born in Washington Co, PA, Sept. 5, 1795, and Jan. 20, 1799 respectively. The paternal great-grandfather, Isaac Lucas, was born Jan 6, 1759, served through the Revolution, and died April 8, 1848; he was the son of Benjamin Lucas of Plymouth, who was born in 1730, and died Jan. 19, 1824; his father was William Lucas, the son of Samuel Lucas, who was the son of Thomas Lucas, who came from England and settled at Plymouth, MA. 

      Mr. G. M. Lee Lucas was married Dec. 20, 1870 in Elmwood Township, Peoria Co. to Catharine A. Schenck. They have had eight children: Annetta, born Dec 9, 1871; William L., born Sept.12, 1873; Mattie Anna, born Nov. 23, 1876; Henry Stewart, born Jan. 13, 1879; Harlan Page, born Nov. 29, 1881; Alvia May, born Oct 29, 1883; Ray Leone, born April 9, 1890; and Ralph DeWitt, born July 11, 1892. 

      Mrs. Lucas was born July 4, 1853, near Greenbush, Preble Co, OH, and was the daughter of William L. and Catharine A. (Snyder) Schenck. She is a member of the Methodist Church. 

      In the spring of 1854, Mr. Lucas came to Brimfield, Peoria Co, IL, and in 1894, came to Chestnut Township and settled on a farm of 160 acres in Section 8. For 15 years he had been a farmer in Elba Township. Mr. Lucas enlisted May 5, 1864, in Company D., One Hundred and thirty-second Illinois Volunteers and was elected Corporal. He was Justice of the Peace in Elba Township and now holds the same office in Chestnut Township. He was on the Grand Jury one fall term of court (1898) at Galesburg. In religion Mr. Lucas is a Methodist. In politics he is a republican.

Lutyens, William A., Conductor; Galesburg; born April 8, 1861 in Whiteside Co, IL. His parents were Nicholas Lutyens of Pennsylvania, and Ellen (Rowe) Lutyens of New York. 

      He was first married to Julia Welch; they had one child, Mabel. His second marriage was with Zora B. West, in Morrison, IL., Aug. 10, 1887; they have two children: Bula B. and Bana. 

      Mrs. Lutyens was the daughter of Isaac and Charlotte (Stocking) West of New York. Mr. Lutyens grandfather came from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania, where his father was born. Nicholas Lutyens moved from PA to a farm in Illinois about sixty years ago. He served in the Civil War for four years and was in ten battles. After his return from the war, he worked his farm until his death in March 1897.

      Mr. W. A. Lutyens left his father’s farm when he was 22 years of age. He drilled wells for three years, and worked in a saw-mill one year in Clinton, Iowa. He entered the employ of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as brakeman on the Clinton Branch, and moved to Galesburg in 1890; he became conductor in 1893, a position which he now holds. 

      He is a member of Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, and Burlington Volunteer Relief. Mr. Lutyens owns a pleasant home on South Cedar Street, Galesburg. In politics he is a republican.

Lyke, Abijah P., Engineer; Galesburg; born in 1838 in Columbia Co, NY. He is a son of James Lyke, who removed in 1840 to Wayne Co, NY, and thence to Wisconsin in 1855.

      In 1856 Mr. A. P. Lyke entered the employ of the La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad, which place he retained till 1860. He enlisted in the army in 1863, and served until the close of the war, after which he settled in Coldwater, Michigan. 

      He was married to Lucy E. Robbins, of Reading, Michigan in 1860. They have two children, James L. and Fred S.

      Mr. Lyke came to Galesburg in 1888 and found employment with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company as an engineer, which position he now holds. He is a prominent member of Vesper Lodge, A. F. and A.M. and of the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 45, of Galesburg.

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