JAMES LARKIN is one of the large land owners of Money Creek Township, and a gentleman possessing considerable agricultural information, as his success in that vocation indicates. He is pleasantly located on his fine farm on section 36, where he is surrounded with all the comforts and pleasures of a farm life, together with a happy and contented family.
Mr. Larkin was born in Ireland in 1835. Coming to the United States when twenty years of age, in 1855, he for six months made Cincinnati, Ohio, his home. He then came to Pontiac, Livingston Co., Ill., and having no means with which to engage in business or to purchase land, he worked out on a farm by the month for about a year and a half. After that he came to McLean County, where he continued to labor by the month at the same vocation for about two years. He then rented land of one Peter Hefner, in Money Creek Township, and for six years was engaged in farming in this manner.
The first purchase of our subject was eighty acres of land in Money Creek Township, located on section 36. He has been a resident of that township since 1860, and has added to his acreage until he is at present the proprietor of 410 acres of valuable and productive land.
Mr. Larkin was married in Chicago, Sept. 18, 1859, to Miss Julia Hogan, born in Ireland in 1837. Of this union seven children have been born who are yet living, viz., James M., Mary, John D., Margaret, Sarah, William and Julia. Michael and Edward A. died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Larkin are members of the Catholic Church. In politics our subject is independent.
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), 662. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.