SAMUEL WEEKS, reckoned among the useful and highly respected residents of Lawndale Township, is descended from excellent, ancestry, having been the son of John and (Brailey) Weeks, natives of England, and who became the parents of nine children. Of these the subject of this history was the second. He was also born in England, Aug. 2, 1832, and continued to live in his native land until the summer of 1856, when he started for the New World. After reaching American shores he located in Batavia. N. Y., where he worked on a farm by the month for nearly one year and a half, then came westward to this State.

He was employed as a farm laborer for about two years in this county, then coming to Lawndale Township, purchased twenty acres on section 13, which comprises a part of his present homestead. He was prospered in his farming and business transactions, and in due time added to his first purchase, so that now he is the owner of 604^ acres, which he has brought to a fine state of cultivation. He has also erected a handsome and substantial set of fraipe buildings, second to none in this part of the county. He keeps a herd of about 100 head of Short-horn cattle and twenty head of fine horses, besides fattening about 200 head of hogs annually. Everything about the premises is kept in the finest order, and is indicative in every respect of the supervision of an intelligent man possessing more than ordinary good judgment and taste. The homestead forms one of the most attractive spots in this section of the county and its inmates are widely and favorably known, and esteemed among the first citizens.

Samuel Weeks was first married in the city of Bloomington, Ill., April 23, 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Cooper, who was also a native of England, born in 1830. The issue of this marriage was as follows: George H., Leafy A. and William A. were the three eldest. Mary A., Maria J. and Minnie E. are triplets. The first is the wife of J. C. Harris of Cropsey Township, and the third, Minnie, is Mrs. Robert Abby, and resides in Belle Prairie Township, Livingston County. The mother of these children died on the family homestead, Lawndale Township, April 6, 1869.

The second wife of our subject, to whom he was married in Fairbury, Ill., Oct. 30, 1872, was Elizabeth J., daughter of John and Grace (Jewel) Dart, and widow of Richard Taylor, who died in Devonshire, England, in 1870. Of the first marriage of Mrs. W. there were born six children William T., Mary J., Bessie D., Richard, Robert S. and Grace D. Mrs. Elizabeth Weeks was born in England, June 2!(, 1829. Of her union with our subject there is one child, a son, Frederick T. Our subject and his wife are members in good standing of the Methodist Church. In politics Mr. W. is a stanch Republican and has held some of the minor offices of his township, at present being Township Commissioner. He is public spirited and liberal, and one interested in the welfare and progress of his county and community.

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), 637. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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