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Ludovic Laurent - born in the ciry of Nancy, France, Oct. 31st, 1841. Came to America, landing in New York, March, 1861, and reached Jerseyville, April 20, 1861. Received his early education in public schools of Nancy, France.
Entered the college of "LaMalgrange," near Nancy, at the age of 15 years, and remained there pursuing his studies for about two years.
Leaving college, he entered a wholesale dry goods house at Nancy, and remained with the house until he departed to America. Mr. Laurent clerked in the dry goods store of Fred Bertman, and the grocery store of John E. VanPelt, until 1865, he began to assist M. E. Bagley, who was then circuit clerk. He continued to assist in times when Mr. Bagley was overworked, until he was employed by Mr. Bagley for all his time, unitl 1875, when he acceped the position as book-keeper in the banking house of Cross, Carlin & Co., afterwards, The First National Bank. Here he remained until Dec. 7, 1880, when he became deputy circuit clerk under J. I. McGready who had just been elected to that office. Here he remained for 12 years until the fall of 1892, when he was elected to that office, and is the present incumbent. His deputy is his oldest son Fred J., who has been with his father from the first of his election in 1892 to the present, 1901.
Was married to Miss Emma Wagner in Jerseyville, Ill., Oct. 13, 1874.
The fruits of this union are twelve children, nine of which survive: Fred J., Rosallie, Julia M., Emma, Charles, Nellie E., Anna, Ludwig F., Pauline.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]