McLean County, Illinois
NELSON O. LACOCK, a successful and prosperous farmer residing on section 1, Old Town Township, is the son of Rezin and Eliza (Oliver) Lacock, natives of Washington County, Pa., where they were married and settled, and where they continued to live until called to a better home. The father was a farmer, and followed his calling in his native county until his demise. He became the head of a family of three children, of whom Elisha and Nelson lived to attain the age of manhood.
Nelson Lacock was born in Washington County, Pa., July 4, 1817. When he was five days old his mother died, and young Lacock was placed in the home of his grandparents, with whom he lived until he had attained the age of manhood, engaged the while in attending the common schools and in working on a farm.
April 6, 1842, our subject was married to Sarah Williams, daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Hannah) Williams, natives of Westmoreland County, Pa. After their marriage her parents went to Greene County, Pa., whence they removed to Washington County, that State, and from there came to this county, arriving here in 1856, and settling near White Oak Grove, where the father continued to labor at his calling, that of a farmer, until his death, and where his good wife also died. Abraham Williams became the father of eight children Elizabeth, Rhoda, Rebecca, Richard, Mary, Abraham, Sarah and Robert E.
Sarah, Mrs. Lacock, was born in Greene County, Pa., March 22, 1823. She lived with her parents until her marriage with our subject, which union has been blest by the birth of eight children, the record of whom is as follows: Elizabeth is the wife of Joseph M. Smith, and lives in Bloomington, Ill.; Luzettee died of diphtheria when eighteen years old; Abraham died when sixteen years old; Timandria died when fourteen years of age of diphtheria; Robert R. was united in marriage with Miss Grace Mason, and they are living in Padua Township; Sarah A. is the wife of E. D. Benjamin, and they are living in Old Town Township; Oliver N. is married to Minnie Young, and they live in Padua Township; Cromwell lives at home.
Mr. Lacock has held some of the minor offices of his township, and he and his wife are active members of the Christian Church, to which denomination they have belonged for many years. He was Elder in a congregation of that denomination. In political principle he is a Republican, but since the birth of the Prohibition party has voted for its success.
Mrs. Lacock is one of those kind-hearted Christian women found in every portion of our land, who sympathise with the poor, and has never turned the hungry from her door, believing as she does that "It is more blessed to give than to receive, and inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my disciples, ye have done it unto me."
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), 317. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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