Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.
HUGH C. LAWLER, a brick mason and contractor, is recognized as a wide-awake and enterprising young business
man of Taylorville. It is to such men as our subject that the prosperity of the city is due, for their energy and
industry form the foundation upon which the successful structure is reared. Mr. Lawler has the honor of being a
native of Illinois. He was born in McLean County,
near Bloomington, and is one of three children whose parents were Jonathan and Adeline (Campbell) Lawler, both
natives of Kentucky. His paternal grandfather, Gibbon Lawler, was
a native of North Carolina. He afterward became a resident of Terre
Haute, Ind., and was a contractor on the National
Plank Road. His death occurred in 1834. The maternal grandfather, Hugh Campbell, was born in 1812, and was
a farmer by occupation. He became one of the early settlers of Illinois, locating in Morgan
County about 1830. His last days were spent in Bloomington, he having gone to McLean County in 1855, where
he died in 1888, at the age of seventy-six years. The father of our subject was in early life a farmer, and followed
that pursuit until his removal to Illinois, after which he became a brick mason and contractor. To that business
he still devotes his time and attention. He and his wife make their home in Taylorville, where they are widely
and favorably known. With the Christian Church they hold membership. Their three children were Mary Alice, now
deceased; Hugh C., of this sketch; and Clarence E.
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