LEVI VINCENT, M. D., represents in a worthy manner the medical profession at Weston, and socially is regarded
as one of its most valued citizens. He is a native of Albany County, N. Y., and was born Jan. 24, 1826. His parents,
Martin and Hannah (Moore) Vincent, were natives of the same State, where the father was engaged in farming the
greater part of his life, and died in Albany County, at the advanced age of about eighty-five years. The mother
lived to be eighty years old. The household circle included seven sons and three daughters, all of whom grew to
mature years, and nine are still living.
Levi Vincent, the ninth child of his parents, was reared upon his father's farm, and received a good literary education in the schools and academies of Greenville and Chesterville, in his native State. He was fond of his books, ambitious to excel, and attained such proficiency that at twenty years of age he commenced teaching, which he followed during the winter seasons until 1870, his summers being occupied in farm pursuits. In the meantime, however, in 1856, he came westward to Illinois, and for a time was a resident of Marshall County. From his boyhood, however, he had intended to become a physician, and read medicine whenever time and opportunity afforded. In the spring of 1870, he determined to delay no longer fitting himself for his chosen calling, and becoming the partner and pupil of Dr. E. E. Williams, an old physician of Streeter, Ill. [ed., probably Streator, IL, in LaSalle County], practiced with him until the fall of 1871. He then entered upon a course of study in Bennett College [ed., Bennett College of Ecclectic Medicine], Chicago, from which he graduated in the spring of 1872. After graduating, he practiced in Streeter [ed., probably Streator, IL, in LaSalle County] one year, then returned to Marshall County, where he owned a farm, and upon which he removed on account of the failing health of his wife. He, however, gave his attention to his profession, and built up a good practice in the neighborhood where he had previously resided for many years. In the spring of 1879, he sold this farm and removed to another near Fairbury, which he owned, and which he wished to improve. While there, the citizens of Weston, in this county, petitioned him to locate in their midst. In response to this he sold this farm also, and in November of the year named, moved into Weston, where he has since given his entire attention to his profession. Dr. Vincent, however, believing that real estate was the best investment for surplus funds, purchased in 1883, the northwest quarter of section 10, Yates Township, for which he paid $5,000. The land was low, and not considered valuable, but he has drained and improved it so that it is now considered one of the finest farms in this part of McLean County.
The first marriage of Dr. Vincent took place on the 12th of January, 1850, at Durhamville, Oneida Co., N. Y., when he was united with Miss Harriett Dorman. This lady was born in Albany County, N. Y., and was one of the playmates of his early childhood. After remaining his faithful and affectionate companion for over twenty years, she departed this life at her home in Marshall County, Ill., May 26, 1873, leaving one daughter, Cornelia N., the wife of Rev. George M. Weber, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The second wife of our subject, to whom he was married Dec. 18, 1873, was Mrs. Adaline (Powell) Halstead, who had also been an acquaintance of his, from his early youth. Mrs. Vincent is the daughter of Joshua and Ann (Smith) Powell, natives of Greene County, N. Y. They came West in 1846, and settled in Peoria County, this State, where the mother died at the age of forty-seven years. The second wife of Mr. Powell was Miss Zilpha Halstead. His death occurred at Weston, Oct. 14, 1885, when he was in the eighty-ninth year of his age. The second wife died in January, 1885, aged eighty-seven years. Mr. Powell when first coming West, located for a short time in Peoria, whence he removed to Marshall County, being among the early pioneers of that section. He lived there until 1882, then removed to Weston and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Vincent. Mrs. Vincent by her first marriage with B. W. Halstead, became the mother of four children: Joshua P., now a gauger in the employ of the Revenue Department at Peoria; Finley B., a conductor on the P., D. &.E. R. R.; Annie, the wife of Chancy Myers, a resident of Ellsworth, Kan., and Addie died in infancy, aged about twenty-one months.
Dr. Vincent politically was formerly an uncompromising Democrat, but has now arrayed himself on the side of the Prohibition party. He has been honored with the local offices of his township, and takes a great interest in educational matters and everything else connected with the welfare and prosperity of his community. Both Mr. and Mrs. Vincent are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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), 569. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.