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Thomas Kilgore
McLean County, Illinois

(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

THOMAS B. KILGORE, Supervisor of Lawndale Township, has a pleasant home on section 26, where he is pursuing the peaceful vocation of an agriculturist, and attending, as occasion requires, to the duties of his office. He has been a resident of this section since the spring of 1867, when, after a term of service in the Union army, he came to McLean County and settled in Lawndale Township, where he purchased 320 acres of land, upon which he has since resided, and became identified with the interests of his adopted township and county.

The subject of this history is the son of John and Malona C. (Beach) Kilgore, who were natives Madison County, Ohio, and after marriage settled in Franklin County, that State, where they have since made their home. The parental household included four children, of whom the record is as follows: Sarah A. is the wife of Samuel Stauffer, and resides in Lawndale Township; Albert is deceased; John N. lives in Lawndale Township.

Thomas B. Kilgore was born in Franklin County, Ohio, March 23, 1840. His education was received mostly in the common schools, although he attended Wesleyan University one term. He was reared to farming pursuits, and remained at home until the spring of 1861, when, the late Civil War being in progress, he enlisted in the 1st Ohio Cavalry, and served three years, in the meantime being promoted Sergeant.

At the battle of Chickamauga he had a close call, barely escaping being shot down by the enemy, the horse he was riding having been killed. After leaving the army he returned to Franklin County, Ohio, where he remained two years, and then started for the West, with the results we have stated. After purchasing his land he immediately entered upon its cultivation and improvement. Mr. Kilgore has now a fine farm dwelling, a good barn and all the accessories of a first-class agriculturist. Everything about the premises indicates the supervision of an intelligent and enterprising mind.

Mr. Kilgore has been rarely prospered in his farming and business operations, and has added to his first purchase so that he now has 480 acres, all of which is improved and in a fine and fertile condition. The whole estate presents one of the most attractive spots in the landscape of McLean County. The marriage of Thomas B. Kilgore with Miss Mary E. Batterton was celebrated in Lawndale Township, April 11, 1867. Mrs. Kilgore is the daughter of Martin Batterton, a sketch of whom appears on another page of this volume. She was born in Lawndale Township, July 18, 1840, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of four children John M., Lizzie M., Maud B. and Thomas Beach.

Mr. Kilgore has been Supervisor of Lawndale Township nine terms, and still holds the office. He served as Road Commissioner three years, and has occupied other minor offices in the township, including that of School Director. Socially, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of Colfax Post, G. A. R. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kilgore are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Our subject is Republican in politics, and greatly interested in the success of the temperance movement, with which he has prominently identified himself.

[Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill., Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1887]


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