A. B. IVES, a worthy member of the legal profession in Bloomington, is a native of the Empire State, and was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., in 1816. He is the son of Almond and Nancy (Tombling) Ives, natives respectively of Vermont and New York, the father being engaged in farming in the latter State during the earlier years of his life. He came with his family to Illinois in 1834, settling in Kendall County, near Yorkville, where he had purchased 300 acres of Government land. This remained the home of the family until 1854. They then came to this county and lived in Bloomington three years, thence removed to Amboy, Lee County, where the mother died in 1861, and the father in 1863. Of their ten children, seven are now living Almond B., Simeon P., William E., Franklin B., Enos J., Sarah M. (Mrs. Tooker), and Nancy M. (Mrs. Sears). Mr. Ives was County Judge of Kendall County, and Justice of the Peace for thirty years; he also served as County Surveyor and Recorder. Both parents were members of the Baptist Church, in which the father was a Deacon for many years. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812, as also did the maternal grandfather of our subject, the latter receiving honorable wounds. Mr. Ives of our sketch descended from excellent English ancestry, the first representatives of the family in this country having been noted for their usefulness as citizens and their energy and enterprise as business men. Young Ives remained on his father's farm until he was seventeen years old, then came westward with his parents to Illinois. He was a resident of Chicago some months in 1834, and in 1836 took up a claim in Kendall County, near Plano, which he cultivated and improved until 1848. He then sold out and removed to Oswego, the county seat, where he engaged in the practice of law five years, and then came to Bloomington, where he has continued his practice since.
Mr. Ives was married in 1835, to Miss Sarah Ervin, of Kendall County, Ill., and of this union there were born six children Mary P. (Mrs. Gage), Almira S. (Mrs. Burnham), William W., Almond T., Isaac N. and Nellie C. Mrs. Sarah Ives died at the home of her husband, in Bloomington, June 14, 1854. He was subsequently married to Miss Lucinda Barber, of New York, of which union two children were born, only one of whom is now living, a son, Ellis L. Mr. Ives is Republican in politics, and one of the representative business men of Bloomington, respected for his moral and intellectual worth.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 536. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.