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John LEADBETTER is one of the intelligent, thrifty farmers who are tilling the soil of Johnson County, and thus adding to its wealth, and the farm that he operates in Vienna Township
is well cared for. He was born in Tennessee July 22, 1851, a son of Lewis and Nancy (SHELTON) LEADBETTER, who were born, reared and married in North Carolina, his father
being a farmer by occupation. They moved from their native State to Tennessee, where they lived until they came to Illinois to settle, journeying hither with a team. The father had been
here previously and had selected a tract of one hundred and thirty-three acres of land in Simpson Township. He completed the payment upon his place, which was a little improved, and
he and his family took possession of the log house that had been built by the former owner. Mr. LEADBETTER transformed his land into a good farm by diligent and well-directed toil,
and finally exchanged it for property in Metropolis, where he resided until he again made an exchange, whereby he acquired the farm on which he made his home until his demise. He was
laid to rest in the graveyard on the farm in Simpson Township that he first owned after coming to Johnson County. The mother died about a year before the father, and the farm on which
they passed their last years was sold. Those worthy people had a family of six children, as follows: Elizabeth, Mrs. A. SHELTON, deceased; one who died in infancy; Samuel, deceased;
Penina, a resident of Bloomfield Township; Mary, wife of Thomas HOGG, of Tennessee; and John, our subject.

John LEADBETTER, of whom this sketch is written was reared to the life of a farmer, his boyhood being passed on a farm and in attendance at the common schools. He was young
when his parents brought him to Johnson County, and he remained an inmate of the old home until he was twenty- four years old, utilizing his education by teaching two terms of school in
Johnson County prior to that age. He selected farming for a permanent occupation, however, and at the age mentioned rented a farm, which he managed with a good degree of success,
and has since been living on different places in Johnson County. He has been a resident of this county for thirty-four years, and for the last three years has made his home at his present
place of residence. He is a sagacious, thorough-going farmer, who understands the "ins and outs" of his calling, and has gained an assured place among the substantial, industrious and
far-sighted men of his class, who control the agricultural interests of Johnson County. He also stands well in the community as a gentleman whose honest, upright nature and exemplary
habits make him respected and trusted by all who associate with him.

At the age of twenty-four our subject was united in marriage to Miss Emma JOBE, from Iowa. Their home is a pleasant, cheerful abiding- place, and is graced by the three children that have blessed their married life, whom they have named Allie, Daisy and Nellie.

transcribed by Nan Starjak

Source:
The Biographical Review of  Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties
Chicago
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893

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