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Biographies of
Will County Residents


Ingalls, L.E.
L.E. INGALLS, real estate and loans, Joliet; is a native of Will Co.; he was born in the present town of Du Page Oct. 26, 1839; he is a son of Henry Ingalls, who came from Vermont and settled in that township in 1837, and resided there until 1841, when he removed across the line into Du Page Co., and there lived until his death, which occurred March 10, 1876. He left a family of nine children, all but one of whom are now living. The subject of this sketch remained at home until he was about 15 years old; then after spending three years in this county, he went to Iowa, and remained four years, going thence to Wisconsin, where he spent two years in the lumber business; returning to Illinois, he continued the same business in Lemont, Cook Co.; he came to Joliet in 1870, and followed the lumber business till 1871, when he disposed of his business to Mason & Plants, and since then has been farming and dealing in real estate, etc. He owns a fine farm of 260 acres on Sec. 12, well improved with good buildings where he resides, and is engaged quite extensively in stock-raising and dairying. He was married Oct. 27, 1865, to Miss Millie Emmerson, of Door Co., Wis.; she died March 7, 1868. Mr. Ingalls was married again, on Jan. 14, 1870, to Miss Esther E. Bartholmew, of Marengo, McHenry Co., Ill.; they have four children - Millie R., Roy K., Myra B.H. and Charles L. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Ingersoll, A.A.
A.A. INGERSOLL, farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Lockport; was born in Plainfield, Will Co., Ill., Nov. 20, 1839; he has always been a resident of this county. His mother came with her parents from Syracuse, N.Y., in Oct., 1833, and settled upon the farm upon which he now resides, and died there. The subject of this sketch lived with them up to the year 1862; he then enlisted in Co. G, 100th Regt. I.V.I., serving three months, when he was transferred to the Pioneer Corps of the Army of the Cumberland; remained in such from Nov. 27, 1862, to Oct. 8, 1863, and then was transferred to the First U.S. Vet. V. Engineers until mustered out, July 2, 1865. Has been Town Clerk, and is now Justice of the Peace. He married Miss Fanny M. Myrick, of Orland, Cook Co., March 28, 1866; she was born Sept. 19, 1847; they had three children, two living - Annie A., born Oct. 15, 1867, and Walter Judson, born March 19, 1869, and one dead - Florence B., born Aug. 1, 1874, and died April 20, 1877. His grandparents, Benjamin and Phoebe, came to this county in October, 1833, and were among the first settlers in the county, there being but very few families, and as the pioneers of this county, they and their families passed through the many dangers and hardships only to be found in a new country. In 1847, his grandfather, Chester Ingersoll, crossed the plains to California, and was the first white man that built a house in San Francisco. Benjamin Weaver died March 2, 1870, and Phoebe died Nov. 15, 1859, and lie buried in Brooks' burying-ground, on Sec. 10, near the homestead. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ..." by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jacobs, Cornelius B.
CORNELIUS B. JACOBS, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Monee; one of the early settlers; was born in Germany Feb. 12, 1814; came to the United States in 1854, and to this State in the same year and settled in Greengarden, Will Co. He was married to Miss Metto Dierks, who was born in Germany Sept. 27, 1821; they have eight children - Anna, George, Hannah, Catherina, Carolina, John, Mena and Matilda. The farm of Mr. Jacobs consists of 121 acres, valued at $5,000.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jackson, Charles

CHARLES JACKSON, farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Wilmington; owns eighty acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, March 18, 1815; left his native place for the West in 1850, stopped one year in Boston, where he worked at the carpenter trade; then set out for the West again, and arrived in Illinois in May, 1851, and located in this (Florence Tp.) Will Co. Married Martha E. Cating in this county, Nov. 6, 1851; she was born in Ross Co., Ohio, Oct. 30, 1825, and came here with her sister Vernelle (now Mrs. Charles Dille); have five children living, and one deceased; Hannah died Sept. 28, 1854; Fannie, Malcolm, Estella, Margaret and Josephine. Mr. Jackson's residence has been in Florence Township ever since he came to Illinois in 1851; purchased his present farm in 1856; traded and repurchased the same in 1869.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jackson, Delancey M.
DELANCEY M. JACKSON, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Elwood; owns 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; Highway Commissioner, one term, and School Director over twenty years; born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Sept. 3, 1823, and came here with his father, as will be seen in the general history. Married Harriet Gould Feb. 4, 1849; she was born in Houndsfield, N.Y., Dec. 18, 1830, and emigrated to Ohio with her parents; thence to Illinois, in 1845, and located in Wesley Township; have five children, Andrew M., Aaron E., Albert J., Arthur D. and James I.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jacobus, Fred H.
FRED H. JACOBUS, Lockport Meat Market, Lockport; was born Aug. 18, 1848, in Koenigsburg, East Prussia; he immigrated to America April 1, 1871, stopping a short time in Boston, and from thence came to Chicago, where he remained two years, engaged in working in the meat market; subsequently, he was engaged in the same business in Joliet, Wilmington and Mokena, in Will Co., in the latter place starting for himself; Sept. 15, 1877, he opened his present place of business in Lockport. He was married Nov. 23, 1873, to Julia Scheer, a native of Will Co., Ill.; have two children - Ida and Frank. By giving strict personal attention to business, and furnishing at all times the best the market affords, his is fast becoming the leading market of the town.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

James, John
JOHN JAMES, coal office, Braidwood; was born in Scotland, and is the son of John and Mary (Law) James, of Scotland; father was a miner; when Mr. James was about 9 years of age, he entered the coal mines, and has principally followed coal mining through life; in 1865, emigrated to America to Mercer Co., Penn., mining about one and a half years; thence to Braidwood in the fall of 1867; mined until 1869; then in the mercantile business until 1873; thence to Cleveland three years, returned to Braidwood, and is now engaged in the company's coal office. Mr. James is a National Greenback man in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was married in 1864, to Miss Agnes Campbell, of Scotland, by whom he has four children.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

James, Robert
ROBERT JAMES, insurance agent, Braidwood; this gentleman was born in Scotland, in 1851, and is the son of John and Mary (Law) James, of Scotland. His father was a miner. Mr. James in 1868, emigrated to America; came direct to Illinois, and settled in Braidwood; here he was first engaged in working in the coal mines. He received a full business college education in Cleveland, Ohio; in 1874, returned to Braidwood, and entered the insurance business; this business he has been in ever since; is agent for some of the most reliable insurance companies in the United States.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Janssen, Henry
HENRY JANSSEN, farmer; P.O. Monee; was born in Germany, A.D., 1824; came to the United States in 1862, and to this State, and settled in Will Co. in the same year; his farm consists of forty acres, valued at $2,000. He was married to Miss G.M. Jacobs, who was born in Germany April 25, 1833; they have had three children - Anna, Henry and Gerry.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Janssen, John
JOHN JANSSEN, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Monee; one of our early settlers; was born in Germany May 21, 1821; came to the United States in 1853, and to this State and settled in Will Co. in 1858; his farm consists of eighty-three acres, valued at $3,500. He was married to Miss Anna Jacobs, who was born in Germany June 23, 1842; they have had six children, four of whom are living - Mary, Henry, John and Gerhard; deceased - Anna and John.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Janyes, Chester
Prominent in the fruit industry of Mesa county, (Colorado) and in business and political circles, Chester E. Jaynes, whose fine fruit farm is located one mile and a half north of Grand Junction, is one of the best esteemed citizens of his portion of the county, and exemplifies in his daily life the best attributes of Colorado citizenship and business enterprise. He was born at Joliet, Illinois, on August 31, 1874, and is the son of Ezra E. and Mary A. (Klingler) Jaynes, natives, respectively, of Vermont and Pennsylvania, and now living at Grand Junction. Mr. Jaynes grew to the age of eighteen in his native state, and received the education in the public schools and the business college at Joliet. In the spring of 1892 he came to Colorado with his parents and located with them at Grand Junction which has been his home ever since except one year passed at Colorado Springs, where he conducted a cigar and confectionery store. In the spring of 1899 he purchased thirteen acres of wild and uncultivated land near Palisades, on which he set out fruit trees and made improvements, and which he sold two years later at a profit of one thousand eight hundred dollars. In 1901 he bought the ten and one-half acres on which he now lives. The land is all in fruit, apples, peaches and pears. In 1902 he sold two thousand six hundred boxes of peaches, two thousand boxes of apples and six hundred boxes of pears; and in 1903 one thousand eight hundred boxes of apples, three hundred of peaches and six hundred of pears. His business, although varying in volume, is all the time successful, and the returns for his enterprise and labor are large. On January 31, 1901, he was married to Miss Florence L. Osburn, a native of Laveta, Colorado, daughter of J.W. Osborn, of Grand Junction. They have one child, their son Ellis. In politics Mr. Jaynes is an active and forceful Republican, always zealous in the service of his party and frequently a delegate to its conventions. [Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Janyes, Lester E.
One of the young and enterprising fruit-growers of Mesa county, where he has been a resident for about twelve years, Lester E. Jaynes is an active and helpful factor in promoting the growth and development of his section of the county, and is regarded as one of its best and most useful citizens. He was born in Will County, Illinois, on December 1, 1871, and is the son of Ezra E. and Mary (Klingler) Jaynes, of Grand Junction, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. Jaynes grew to the age of twenty-one and received a district-school education in his native county, and in 1892 accompanied his parents to this state, locating in Mesa county, where he has since resided. Soon after his arrival here he bought ten acres of land on mile and a half northeast of Grand Junction. This he partially improved, planting some seven and one-half acres in fruit trees, and in the spring of 1896 sold it and bought the farm of twenty-two acres on which he now lives, two and one-half miles north of Grand Junction. The land was in a condition of untamed nature when he bought it, and to the work of improving and developing it he has since devoted himself, transforming it into a pleasant and productive home, and making it an element of value in the general wealth and commercial life of the county. He has eight acres in fruit trees, a portion of which are in fine bearing order and yield abundantly, and the number of these is increasing year by year, so that his profits and the volume of his business are cumulative and steadily expanding. He was married on September 29, 1895, to Miss Nanna R. Rose, who was born at Del Norte, Colorado, and is the daughter of Thomas O. and Lucy (Herndon) Rose, the former a native of Illinois and the latter of Kentucky. The mother died in 1893 and the father is still living at Grand Junction. Mr. and Mrs. Jaynes have had two children, Harley Sterling, who died at the age of four, and another son who died in infancy. Mr. Jaynes is a Republican in politics and is always faithful to his allegiance and active in the service of his party. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. Young, enterprising and knowing, the future holds out a gratifying promise to him in business. In the local public affairs of the county he takes a zealous and serviceable interest. He is universally esteemed and deserves the place he holds in the regard and good will of his fellow men, being the possessor of many estimable and valuable personal qualities. [Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Johnson, John B.
JOHN B. JOHNSON (Johnson & Rowe), contractors and builders, Wilmington; born in Erie Co., Penn., Feb. 8, 1830; removed to Illinois in October, 1851, locating in Wilmington, his present home, where he engaged in contracting and building, which he has followed for nearly twenty-seven years; in 1868, he was employed by the Cayuga Chief Manufacturing Co., and spent several years in traveling throughout the Northwestern States, residing at Aurora during that period. Married in 1854 to Miss Anna M. Jones, who was born in Madison Co., N.Y.; two children by this union - William H. and Anna H. Mr. Johnson is a member of the following Masonic bodies: Wilmington Lodge, No. 208, Wilmington Chapter, No. 142, and Joliet Commandery, No. 4.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Johnson, M.P.
M.P. JOHNSON, meat market, Lockport; was born in Lockport, Will Co., Ill., July 14, 1851; until 15 years of age, he attended upon the public schools; after leaving school he was employed as clerk in the office of the I. & M. Canal at Lockport, for two years; in 1869, he went to the office at Bridgeport and remained about five years; he was next employed in the office of J.J.S. Wilson, General Superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and remained about eight months; he next engaged as ticket agent at Lockport, on the Chicago, Alton & St. Louis Railroad; during the winter of 1871-72, he was agent at Dwight, Livingston Co.; Sept. 20, 1873, he opened the City Meat Market in Lockport. He was married July 20, 1873, to Emma Parks, a native of New York State; has two children - Mabel, born Aug. 9, 1874, and Bertie, born July 31, 1876.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Johnson, Otto
OTTO JOHNSON, boot and shoe shop, Lockport; was born in Farnabo Co., Sweden, May 8, 1838; he immigrated to America in 1868, and settled in Lockport, Ill., where he has resided ever since; Mr. Johnson has resided in the same house ever since he came to Lockport, first entering it as a boarder, and, later, purchasing it for himself. He was married Nov. 2, 1871, to Lizzie Matthews, a native of England; has two children - Louie G., John H. Republican; member of the Swede Lutheran Church. Besides work of his own manufacture, he keeps on hand a fine assortment of ladies' and children's ready-made wear; he uses nothing but the best of stock in the manufacture of his boots and shoes, and warrants entire satisfaction.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Johnson, Wm. M.
WM. M. JOHNSON, farming; P.O. Plainfield; the subject of this sketch was born in Caselton, Rutland Co., Vt., Aug. 5, 1827. He married Miss Louisa M. Eaton Dec. 6, 1854; she was born in the same place Jan. 13, 1834; they have had two children - Hattie C. and Ida F. He lived in Vermont seventeen years, when, with his parents, he came to Will Co. and settled in Wheatland, where he lived ten years; he then moved to Du Page Tp. and engaged in farming, remaining until 1871, when he came to Plainfield, and has lived here since; his parents, Hiram and Mrs. Sarah Ann Gault Johnson, are natives of Vermont; his father died April 13, 1875; his mother is living here with her son.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jones, Elnathan W.
ELNATHAN W. JONES, farmer; P.O. Wilmington; the subject of this sketch is one of the prominent farmers of Wesley Tp.; was born in Ontario Co., N.Y., May 11, 1808, and is the son of Seth and Betsey (Simmons) Jones; mother was born in Rhode Island; father was a native of Massachusetts, having moved to New York at an early day; here Mr. Jones remained on his father's farm until he was 25 years of age. He was married Jan. 28, 1834, to Laura M. Briggs; born in 1814, wife of Nathaniel Briggs, who was a soldier of the war of 1812; he then moved on a farm, and in 1848, he returned to his father's farm; here his father died Oct. 8, 1848, at 78 years of age, leaving wife and eleven children; nine children still living. In 1849, he came West to Illinois, and purchased 131 acres of land of John Williams of the present farm; he then in 1851, moved his wife and five children west to the present farm; here he has been engaged in farming ever since; the street he lives on is known as Virginia street, on the account at one time of a great many Virginians living on this street; Mr. Jones lost his wife, who died Sept. 8, 1870. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jones, Hazard
HAZARD JONES, farmer; P.O. Wilmington; the subject of this sketch is one of the prominent farmers of Wesley Tp.; was born in Chenango Co., N.Y., April 1, 1826 and is the son of Samuel and Annie (Hazard) Jones, who emigrated West and settled in Will Co., Wesley Tp., on the present farm, in 1851; here Mr. Jones has been engaged in farming ever since; when the family first came here, the surrounding country was comparatively new; built all the improvements on the farm; Mr. and Mrs. Jones have retired from the farm, and are now living in Wilmington, Will Co., Ill. Mr. Hazard Jones married Elizabeth Goodwin; have seven children, and is the daughter of William Goodwin, who was born in Watertown, N.Y., in 1815; raised on a farm, and emigrated West to Illinois, and settled in Joliet, Will Co., in 1832; one of the first settlers of the county; he helped build the first house in Joliet; he died respected and honored by his fellow-men, June 18, 1877. Mr. Jones is a Republican in politics. The farm contains some 600 acres.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jones, Henry H.
HENRY H. JONES, farmer; P.O. Wilmington; was born in Ross Co., Ohio, July 7, 1832, and is the son of John T. and Salome Jones; his father was a farmer, and in 1850, came to Illinois and settled in Will Co., Wesley Tp.; he is now living in Chicago, Ill.; his mother died in 1876, at the age of 68 years; Mr. Jones was brought up on his father's farm, and has farmed principally through life; with his parents, in 1850, came to Will Co., and settled in Wesley Tp.; here he has remained ever since; he made all the improvements on his farm. Mr. Jones, in his political opinions, is a Republican, and a Methodist in religion. Married Miss Linda V. Packard of New York, daughter of Ansen Packard of Plymouth, Mass., who with his wife and three children, emigrated West, and settled in Will Co., in about 1844 or 1845; both parents are dead; have seven children.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jones, Seth B.
SETH B. JONES, deceased, farmer, Sec. 11; was born in Monroe Co., N.Y., Aug. 31, 1828; his parents moved to Ontario Co., N.Y., when he was a child, where he remained until he was 27 years of age, engaged in farming; in 1855, he moved West and settled in Kankakee Co., Ill., where he lived until his coming to this county in 1865, and settled upon the farm containing 110 acres, upon which his widow now resides, and where he lived until his decease, Nov. 20, 1875. Had been School Trustee. Married Miss Julia E. Codding, of Bristol, Ontario Co., N.Y., Nov. 28, 1850; she was born in Bristol, N.Y., March 3, 1831; they had five children - Elliott E., born Sept. 20, 1853; Arthur, born March 30, 1857; Annette O., born Dec. 3, 1858, and died Feb. 17, 1861; Theresa L., born Oct. 17, 1860, and Marcia C., born Aug. 22, 1862, and died May 3, 1876. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ..." by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jones, Wesley D.
WESLEY D. JONES, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Mokena; one of our first settlers; was born in Vermont Sept. 29, 1824; came to this State with his father's family in 1844. His farm, which is located on Secs. 5 and 16 in Frankfort Tp., and on Sec. 32 in Orland, Cook Co., consists of 220 acres, and is valued at $11,000. He was married to Miss Helen Granger Dec. 11, 1854; they have had seven children, six of whom are living, viz., Wright, Albert L., Mary, Nellie, Allanson G. and Lottie; deceased, Lloid.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jordan, Allen
ALLEN JORDAN, retired; P.O. Plainfield; the above gentleman was born in Columbia Co., N.Y., Feb. 3, 1798. He married Miss Jane P. Cook Dec. 6, 1837; she was born in New York March 6, 1813; they had eight children, seven living - William A., Harriet, Richard C., Edward, Allen, Jr., John and Ambrose L. He remained a resident of New York until 1847, during which time he read law, and practiced as an attorney for twenty-five years in the city of Hudson, N.Y., of which city he was Mayor for the year 1839; in 1847, he came to Plainfield, Ill., and remained for two years, when he went to Kendall Co. and engaged in farming, and, in 1866, he again came to this place, and has lived here since.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jordans, Gustavus
GUSTAVUS JORDANS, dealer in wines and liquors, Monee; one of our early settlers; was born in Prussia Aug. 1, 1830; came to the United States in 1849, and to this State and settled in Monee, Will Co. in 1859. He was a participant in the late rebellion, having enlisted from and for Will Co. in the 82nd I.V.I. as musician; he served three years, and was discharged with honor at the close of the war, 1865.[Source: The History of Will County, Illinois …Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jump, D.W.
D.W. JUMP, physician and surgeon, Plainfield; the subject of this sketch was born in Huron Co., Ohio, Aug. 24, 1847. He married Miss Alice E. Watkins Nov. 13, 1873; she was born in Plainfield, Ill.; they have one child - Clyde W. He lived in Ohio until September, 1871; his early days were passed on the farm; at the age of 18, he began reading medicine during the summers and teaching school winters, continuing until 1869, when he attended the University of Michigan, graduating March 27, 1872; he then came to Plainfield and engaged in his profession. His parents, William H. and Mrs. Margaret Richards Jump, were natives of Maryland and New York, respectively; his mother lives in Ohio, where his father died Aug. 31, 1869.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Jungel, John
JOHN JUNGEL, farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Gooding's Grove; was born in Luxemburg, Germany, May 8, 1829; he lived there until he was 23 years of age, engaged in farming, when he came to America (1852), and settled in Du Page Co., living there three years; in 1855, he came to this county and settled where he now resides; farms 200 acres. He married Miss Mary Ann Wagner, of Rhenish Prussia, Germany, Dec. 31, 1856; she was born Nov. 15, 1836; they have ten children - Peter, Dec. 15, 1856; Mary K., Sept. 4, 1858; Susie, March 8, 1860; Katie, Feb. 25, 1862; Nicholas, May 1, 1864; Maggie, April 5, 1866; Johnnie, April 13, 1868; Lizzie, April 19, 1870; Barney, Aug. 25, 1872, and Annie, May 28, 1875. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ..." by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kahler, Townsend W.
TOWNSEND W. KAHLER, grocery and bakery, Wilmington; born in Columbia Co., Penn., Aug. 15, 1836, where he resided until his removal to Illinois, in May, 1859, locating in Florence Tp., this county, where he engaged first in teaching, and afterward in farming; removed to Wilmington, his present home, in 1872, and engaged in his present business, under the firm name of McQueen, Kahler & Co., which was soon after changed to McQueen & Kahler, and, two years later, he sold his interest in the firm, and commenced business on his own account; owns eighty acres of land in Florence Tp., valued at $3,000, and city property to the value of $1,000. Served as Town Clerk, in Florence Tp., two years, and member of the Board of School Trustees, in this township. Married in 1858 to Miss Emily Price, who was born in Columbia Co., Penn.; one child by this union - Clarence H. Mr. K. is a member of Wilmington Lodge, No. 301, I.O.O.F.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kain, James
JAMES KAIN, saloon, Braidwood; the subject of this sketch was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 24, 1819, and is the son of John and Rebecca (McMurray) Kain. His father, a native of Ireland, and mother of Scotland. Mr. Kain at 9 years of age, commenced working in the coal mines, and engaged at this business while in Scotland; in 1851, he emigrated to America, and landed in New York City; then to the coal fields of Maryland; thence to Ohio; here he remained about two years engaged in coal mining, and in 1853, he returned to Scotland; here he remained until 1862, when he returned to America, and went to the coal fields of Pennsylvania; he remained there three years; then went to Illinois in 1866, and was at one time, General Underground Manager for the coal mines of the C. & W. Coal Co. In 1875, Mr. Kain commenced the saloon business. In 1876, he started his two sons, John and Joseph, in the livery and furniture business, known as Kain Bros.; these gentlemen have a large, first class stock of furniture; also their livery cannot be beat in larger cities for fine turnouts. Mr. Kain came to America a poor boy, worked hard in the coal mines; saved money; invested and managed successfully, and to-day ranks as one of the successful business men of Braidwood. Married twice, first wife, May, 1842, who died Dec. 6, 1852; married second wife, Sept., 1853, Miss Agnes Woods Patterson, Ayreshire, Scotland. Mr. Kain is liberal in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kalmer, Peter
PETER KALMER, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Frankfort Station; one of our early settlers; was born in Germany Nov. 15, 1828; came to the United States with his father's family in 1852, and to this State and settled in Will Co. in the same year; his farm consists of 125 acres, valued at $4,500. He was married to Miss Catherine Kalmer, who was born in Germany; they have had ten children, seven of whom are living, viz., Carolina, Phillipena, Mary, Charley, Ranta, Lizzie and Albert; deceased, Daniel, Katie and Jacob.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Karch, Charles
CHARLES KARCH, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Frankfort Station; was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., July 9, 1844; came to this State with his father's family in 1848, and settled in Frankfort, Will Co., Ill.; he is the son of H.J. Karch, who is one of our first settlers and pioneers; his farm consists of 160 acres, valued at $10,000. He was married May 17, 1876, to Miss Mary Kampe, who was born in Cook Co., Ill., Feb. 27, 1855. Mr. Karch has, in connection with his farming pursuits, the agency for the sale of all kinds of farming implements and the Wilson Sewing Machine; also has been general insurance agent for five years.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keane, Timothy
TIMOTHY KEANE, farmer; P.O. Braidwood; this gentleman was born in Ireland about 1818, and is the son of James and Catherine (Murphy) Keane, of Ireland. His father was a farmer. Mr. Keane at 17 years old commenced to learn the shoe-making trade; this he followed for over twenty years; In 1847, he emigrated to America, and landed in New York City; then West to Illinois, and settled in Ottawa, La Salle Co., and remained here for about five years; then to Grundy Co., Ill., and commenced farming, and remained there until 1856, when he came to Will Co., and settled on the place he now lives on; he made all the improvements, building house, planting trees. He at one time cut hay off the land that the city of Braidwood now occupies. When he first came here, he purchased eighty-five acres, at $16 per acre. Owns 205 acres of fine improved land. Commenced life a poor boy; worked hard, and to-day is one of the successful farmers of Reed Tp. Married to Miss Mary Daulton, of Ireland, who died on the old homestead in 1873; ten children. Mr. Keane is a member of the Catholic Church.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keay, James
JAMES KEAY, farmer; P.O. Custer; was born in county of Forfarshire, Scotland, Feb. 24, 1812, and is the son of John and Isabella (Barry) Keay, of Scotland; his father was a Sergeant Major in the British army; the latter part of his life he was a toll-keeper; when Mr. Keay was 20 years old, he entered the manufacturing business, and followed this for three years; he then was engaged in the mercantile business in Forfar, the county seat of Forfarshire, and remained in business about twenty years; in 1855, he emigrated to America with wife and four children; landed in Quebec, Canada, then, by lake, to Chicago, Ill.; here he attended a Government land sale and purchased 120 acres, the present homestead; in 1855, he came to Will Co. and settled where he now lives. Mr. Keay married in 1834 to Miss Jane Johnston, of Forfarshire, Scotland, by whom he has had seven children. Mr. Keay states that when he first came here the country was very wild and only five houses between his place and Wilmington, Will Co.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keegan, Thomas
THOMAS KEEGAN, retired millwright, Joliet; born in county of West Meath, Ireland, April 11, 1803, where he learned and worked at the millwright trade until 29 years of age, when he immigrated to Canada, landing at Quebec in 1832; here he engaged upon Government works until the cholera forced him to leave, when he went to Toronto and engaged at his trade for three years; next, to Rochester for three years, then to Rome, Mich., for eighteen months; from there he went to Chicago, from which place he came by stage to Joliet, where he located his family May 20, 1840, which place he has since made his home; he owns a fine residence on Centre st., which he erected in 1850; Mr. K.'s first work in Joliet was building Jones' steam flour-mill in 1840, being the first mill of the kind in Joliet; from there he, with John Clarkson, went to Marseilles, and built the first flour-mill of that place, then to New Orleans, where he remained until being driven away by the yellow fever, when he came back to Joliet, since which time his skill and labor have been extensively employed in all the neighboring towns as well as in Janesville and Watertown, Wis. He married May 11, 1835, to Ann O'Brien, born in Ireland in 1807; ten children were the fruits of this union, nine of whom are deceased; Ellen, the one living, now lives with her parents.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keen, Wm. S.
WM. S. KEEN, blacksmith, Plainfield; owns residence and blacksmith-shop in the village, valued at $3,000; was born in Cayuga Co., N.Y., Dec. 31, 1821; resided there with his parents until he was 14 years of age; he then went to Ithaca, N.Y., and learned the blacksmith trade, remaining seven years; he soon after started westward, and arrived in this village July 8, 1841, an entire stranger; he very soon set up business where he is now located, and has continued there ever since, with the exception of three years that he was in California, from 1840 to 1852. Mr. K. was married in the fall of 1846 to Roxana E. Norton; she was born June 11, 1825, in Ithaca, N.Y., and came here with her parents in 1840; have three children, all living in this village - Anson C., Sarah L. and Florence. Anson was a soldier during the late war; he enlisted in the winter of 1863 and 1864 in the 8th I.V.C., and served until the end of the war, and took a part in all the engagements the regiment was in during his term of service. Mr. K. held the office of Trustee of the village one term.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keith, W.F.
W.F. KEITH, dealer in drugs, medicines, books, stationery, etc., Elwood; was born near Rome, Lewis Co., N.Y., Aug. 11, 1827; his father was a Methodist clergyman, a member of the Genesee Conference, and died when his son W.F. was quite young; after his father's death, the son lived in Livingston Co. and in the city of Buffalo; he was educated in the public schools of Buffalo and at Rich Academy in Attica, N.Y.; in 1855, he came West, and, after spending two years at Naperville, he came to Joliet in 1857. On the breaking-out of the war, he enlisted in the 19th I.V.I., as a musician in the Lockport Band, and remained until March, 1862, when he was discharged for disability; returning, he engaged in merchandising in Elwood, his being the only store in the village for four years; at the end of this time he engaged in his present business; he has been prominent in the building-up of the village; on the incorporation of the village in 1868, he was chosen Clerk of the Board of Trustees, serving two years; he was a member of the Board seven years, three of which he was its President; he has been Police Magistrate two years, and Notary Public for the past twelve years; he served his township two years as Supervisor, and has also served three years as School Director; in March, 1878, he entered the office of the County Treasurer in Joliet, as Deputy, where he is still engaged. He was married July 17, 1866, to Mrs. Hannah Leverich, of Naperville; they have two children - William H. and Edward E.; he has also one son, Clarence A., by a former marriage.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kellogg, M.H.
M.H. KELLOGG, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. New Lenox; was born in Madison Co., N.Y., May 17, 1830; came to this State and settled in Chicago in 1853; he removed from there to New Lenox, Will Co., where he now resides, in 1867. He was married to Miss Mary A. McElcheran Aug. 24, 1861; she was born in Albany, N.Y., Sept. 24, 1830; they have had two children - one of whom is living, viz., Myron B., born Oct. 26, 1863; deceased - an infant. Mr. Kellogg's farm consists of 100 acres of fine rolling prairie situated on Hickory Creek, and is part of Sec. 22; it is valued at $12,000.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kelly, Thomas J.
THOMAS J. KELLY, dry goods, Joliet; born in Ireland, and emigrated when quite young to America, landing in New York Jan. 8, 1848; on account of ill health he remained with his uncle, the Rev. John Kelly, in Jersey City, for one year, he then came West, locating in Joliet May 11, 1849; he then lived upon his father's farm until 1854, when he entered the College of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., remaining here until February, 1856, when, on account of ill health, he went East, remaining with his uncle, Eugene Kelly, in New York City, one year, when he went to St. Mary's College, Wilmington, Del., where he remained two years; then one year at the College of the Holy Cross, near Montreal, Canada; he then returned to Joliet, and remained upon his father's farm until 1867, when he engaged in the above business, which he has since successfully followed, being the oldest continuous dry goods house in Joliet; during the period from 1868 to 1876, his junior brother was associated with him; at the latter date, he purchased his brother's interest, since which time he has continued the business alone. He married Sept. 10, 1868, to Mary, eldest daughter of Patrick Fitzpatrick of Lockport, Ill.; her parents were among the very early settlers of Will Co., settling in the county before the formation of Will Co., upward of forty years ago. Mr. Kelly is a nephew of Eugene Kelly of New York City, who is today the wealthiest Catholic banker in the United States; he is also a relative of John Kelly the celebrated Tammany sachem, of New York City.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kempe, Fred
FRED KEMPE, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Frankfort Station; was born in Germany April 14, 1826; came to the United States in 1854, and to Illinois in the same year; he has been a resident of Frankfort for the past fifteen years; his farm consists of 325 acres, valued at $15,000. He was married to Miss Lottie Haemyn who was born in Germany; they have had nine children, four of whom are living - Mary, Johnnie, Fred and Katie; deceased, Christian, Doretta, Willie, Lottie and Henry.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keniston, Jerry
JERRY KENISTON, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Wilton Center. Republican; Baptist. Owns 150 acres. Was born in Vermont March 2, 1829; came with his parents to this township in 1854, and has resided here ever since, with the exception of one year in New York. Was married twice - first to Martha Ann Tiffany; she died Jan. 24, 1862, about three years after marriage; left no children. Mr. K. enlisted in Co. H, 100th I.V.I., in August, 1862; served as a private until after the battle of Stone River; he was then promoted to the office of Second Lieutenant for meritorious conduct; he participated in the battle of Chickamauga; was taken prisoner there and sent to Libby Prison; was there seven months; then to Camp Oglethorpe two months; then to Charleston two months (under fire); then to Columbia; from there to Wilmington, N.C.; was liberated March 2, 1865; after his return home, he settled down to farming where he now resides. Married Martha Lynde in Vermont Feb. 21, 1866; have five children - Henry, John Lynd, Laura A., Charles Herbert and Carroll. Served as Supervisor three years in succession; on the 5th of November, of the present year, was elected to the State Legislature on the Republican ticket.[Source: The History of Will County, Illinois …Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kercheval, Chas. E.
CHAS. E. KERCHEVAL, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Joliet; was born in New Lenox, Will Co., Sept. 21, 1843; he is the son of the late Jas. C. Kercheval, deceased, who was a native of Ohio, and emigrated to this State in 1830; he was a participant in the Mohawk war, and one of the first settlers in the State; Mr. Chas. Kercheval was married April 29, 1868, to Miss Hattie A. Frazer, who was born in Will Co., Ill., Jan. 20, 1850. Mr. K. for the past ten years has, in addition to farming, given special attention to raising and breeding fancy swine; his present farm consists of eighty acres, valued at $6,000. He has also acted as School Trustee; held offices of Assessor and Township Collector.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Keyes, John
JOHN KEYES, druggist, Joliet; was born in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., Nov. 27, 1841; in May, 1869, he came West, and in July following, located in Lemont, Cook Co., Ill., when he entered the employ of B. Van Buren & Co., as clerk in the drug business; in October, 1869, he came to Joliet, where he has since resided; here he first clerked for J.H. Brown & Co., druggists, remaining three years; in April, 1873, he opened a store for J.M. Brown, having general charge of the business; June 1, 1874, he formed a copartnership with F.W. Schroeder, which continued three years and two months; in November, 1877, he started in business for himself. He was married Oct. 21, 1872, to Beulah T. Thornton, a native of Troy Tp., Will Co., Ill.; her father, Cary Thornton, whose portrait appears in the work, is one of the pioneer settlers of Troy Tp., and is the oldest living early settler of that section. Mr. Keyes is thoroughly versed in his profession, and is recognized as a man well qualified in every respect for his business.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kiessling, Fred
FRED KIESSLING, butcher and stock dealer, Joliet; born in Bavaria, Germany June 13, 1850, where he lived and attended school until 13 years of age, when he was apprenticed in the butchering business for three years, which time he served and, after successfully passing his examination, he emigrated to America, landing in New York Oct. 5, 1866; coming directly West, he located in Joliet, Will Co., Ill., where he has since continued to live; for ten years he resided on Summer st., West Side, Joliet; being an excellent judge of stock, he has been engaged in buying stock for other parties when not engaged in buying on his own account; since locating here he has given his exclusive attention to buying and shipping stock in connection with his butchering business, his store and market being located corner Bluff st. and Western ave., West Side, Joliet.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

King, John P.
JOHN P. KING, dealer in lumber, etc. (King & Bishop), Joliet; was born near Terre Haute, Ind., Dec. 18, 1832; in 1835, his father, Andrew King, came to Will Co., and opened up a farm near the present city of Joliet, on which he resided until his death, which occurred in 1849; he left a family of eleven children, of whom eight are now living in this State, four of them being residents of Joliet. The oldest son was John P., the subject of this sketch; when he was 19 years of age, he made the journey, via the Isthmus, to California, where he following mining, farming and staging for twelve years, being for three years one of the proprietors of the stage-line from Yreka to Red Bluffs; he returned to Joliet in 1864, and, in 1866, engaged in the lumber business, which he has continued ever since; in 1869, W.W. Bishop became a partner, the firm now being King and Bishop. He is at present Alderman from the Seventh Ward, to which he was elected in April, 1877; he was elected School Trustee in June, 1877, and still holds the office; he is a prominent member and Trustee of the Universalist Church. He was married Sept. 12, 1867, to Miss Hannah Leonard, of Joliet, and has three children - Lulu B., Gertie and Harless W.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

King, William
WILLIAM KING, retired farmer; P.O. Naperville; was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 23, 1829; in 1848, he emigrated to America, and located in Bloomingdale, Du Page Co., Ill.; here he engaged in farming, one year; he next came to Du Page Tp., Will Co., and entered the employ of Jonathan Royce, Sr., for whom he labored two and one-half years; in March, 1852, he went to California, and engaged in mining and butchering; in 1857, he returned to Illinois, and purchased one-half of the farm originally entered by Robert Strong, and sold by him to Samuel Goodrich; direct from the hands of Goodrich it passed to Mr. King, and is now owned by him. He was married Jan. 27, 1857, to Hypsia Royce, daughter of Jonathan Royce; she is a native of New Hampshire; in 1870, he left his farm and moved to Naperville; in 1871, he started a tile and brick yard, which, to-day, is one of the best paying institutions of the town; in the spring of 1878, he sold out his interest in the factory, owing to ill health, and has since devoted himself to superintending his farm. Owns 360 acres in Will Co., valued at $25,000; he also owns a fine property in Naperville; has held the office of Supervisor of Lisle Tp., Du Page Co., four years; is at present a member of the City Council.[Source: The History of Will County, Illinois …Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kinley, Charles
CHARLES KINLEY, deceased; was born in Nova Scotia, 1821, and the son of William Kinley, who was a farmer; Mr. Kinley was brought up on his father's farm, and engaged in farming through life; he came to Will Co. about 1843, and settled on the present homestead with his father and mother and eight children; his father, William Kinley, died in Oswego, Ill., aged 84 years and 7 months; Mr. Charles Kinley was a man who was loved and honored by his fellow-men; he died June, 1861, leaving an estate of 200 acres of land, which had been made by hard labor and good management, to his wife and five children. He married in 1849 Miss Mary Vinson, born in Prince Edward Island, in 1831, daughter of William and Mary (Cory) Vinson, of England, who emigrated to America in 1845; now residents of Plainfield, Will Co., Ill.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Klepper, Philipp
PHILIPP KLEPPER, manufacturer of carriages and wagons, Frankfort Station; was born in Germany Sept. 3, 1842; came to the United States with his father's family in 1847, and settled in Frankfort Tp. Mr. K. was married to Miss Mary Droesler; they have had six children, three of whom are living - Henry, Mary and Nannie; deceased, Etta, John and Philip.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knapp, Karl
KARL KNAPP, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Mokena; was born in Germany Jan. 6, 1818; came to the United States in 1850, and settled in Ohio, where he remained one year; he then moved to Illinois and settled in Will Co.; he has been a resident of Frankfort for the past eighteen years. His farm consists of eighty acres, valued at $5,000. He was married to Miss Katherina Knapp; they have had eleven children, eight of whom are living, viz., Charlotte, Karl, Daniel, Christian, Carolina, Johannas, Katherina and August; deceased, Daniel, Carolina and Nicholas.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knapp, Dr. Ira O.
DR. IRA O. KNAPP, farmer, Sec. 8; P.O. Channahon; the subject of this sketch was born in Barre, Vt., Feb. 12, 1810; he married Miss Almira Joslyn July 8, 1833; she was born in Waitsfield, Vt., Jan. 26, 1810, and died April 13, 1862; they had six children, four living, viz., George, Orren, Melinda and Solon, all married; his present wife was Mrs. Ann S. Peebles; they were married Sept. 10, 1864; she was born in England; they have no children. He lived in Vermont until he was 23, when he came to Will Co., Ill., and lived in Plainfield Tp. three months and then came to his present place; he followed his profession for some fifteen years after coming here, and since then he discontinued his practice; he came to this county in debt, and has owned considerable land here, but has disposed of all but about one hundred acres. He has not been an office-seeker, his only office being that of Justice of the Peace.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knapp, Orren S.
ORREN S. KNAPP, teaming, Wilmington; born in Channahon Tp., this county, Oct. 14, 1836; his father, Ira O. Knapp, was one of the first settlers of the township, locating there in the fall of 1834, and now resides on the original claim made; the subject of this sketch removed to Wilmington Tp. in 1860, locating on a farm on Sec. 4, where he resided until 1872, removing to Wilmington, his present home, that year; owns 320 acres of land, valued at $12,800. Married in 1858 to Miss Elizabeth C., daughter of Henry Althouse; she was born in Florence Tp., this county; five children - Ira O., Minnie E., Herman, Mason and Samuel.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knapp, Rev. Solomon
REV. SOLOMON KNAPP, Joliet; one of the pioneer ministers of Will Co.; was born in Mayfield, Fulton Co., N.Y., then a part of Montgomery Co., March 29, 1803; he was brought up on a farm, his father being an extensive farmer, and employing a large number of men; his education was such as was afforded by the common schools up to the time he began studying for the ministry and preaching, which was when he was 29 years of age. He was ordained a clergyman of the Baptist Church in February, 1834, previous to which, he originated the Baptist movement in Gloversville, N.Y., which has since grown to be one of the most important Baptist interests in the State. At 31, he removed to Cayuga Co. and took charge of a large church in Cato. During his ministry of four years, he received 300 new members into the church, 183 of them by baptism; he afterward spent two years in Port Byron, N.Y., coming to Will Co. in 1840; he settled in Homer, and took charge of the Baptist Church in Joliet, preaching in the afternoon in Lockport, and in Homer in the evening. In 1841, he became Pastor of the church known as the Aux Plaines Church, now the Hadley Church, removing in the fall of the same year to Rockford, Ill., where he became Pastor of the First Baptist Church; at the close of the first year, owing to an adverse family affliction, he was obliged to sever his connection with the Rockford Church and return to Homer; in 1843, he took charge of the church in Plainfield, remaining two years, during which time he organized the Baptist Church at Lockport, having pastoral charge of both churches; he was afterward again Pastor of the Hadley Church, and took the preliminary measures for the erection of their house of worship; in 1854, he removed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and organized the Baptist Church there, and had charge of the church in Waterloo; two years later he returned to Homer, broken down in health, and settled on a farm; he continued farming five years, and then removed to the city of Lockport, residing there two years, during which time he preached nine months in Metamora, Ill., witnessing a glorious ingathering in the church, and some $75,000 added to the finances of the church; since then he has had pastoral charge of churches in Seneca, Morris Co., and in Gilman, Iroquois Co., besides which, he has supplied the churches in the vicinity until his voice failing, he was obliged to discontinue preaching. He was first married in 1823, to Miss Eliza E. Lanfear, of his native town; she died in Homer in February, 1853, leaving six children. He was married again in June, 1853, to Miss Martha H. Cook, a native of Hadley, Mass., and who was one of the pioneer teachers of Will Co., having come in 1840; they have one daughter - Florence C. Mr. Knapp unites financial ability with power as a preacher, and although his benefactions have always exceeded any salary he has received, he is still the possessor of a comfortable competence.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knowlton, Calvin
CALVIN KNOWLTON, President of the Will County National Bank, Joliet; was born in Worcester Co., Mass., Jan. 2, 1817; in 1842, he went into business for himself in Worcester, where he remained until 1848; he then began railroading as train-dispatcher on the Worcester and Nashua Railroad; in 1853, he removed to New Albany, Ind., as Superintendent of the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad, shortly afterward changing his residence to Michigan City; he came to Joliet in 1856, and held the position of Superintendent of the Joliet Division of the Michigan Central Railroad, afterward becoming Assistant Superintendent of the entire road, and continued as such until 1873; in 1871, the Will County National Bank was established, and, during that year, Mr. Knowlton was elected President. He has served two years as Alderman, but with that exception has avoided public offices of all kinds. He was married in 1838 to Miss Mary C. Warren, also a native of Worcester Co., Mass., and has two sons - Henry C., Cashier of the Will County National Bank, and Edward R., a grain dealer of Joliet.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knowlton, E.R.
E.R. KNOWLTON, dealer in grain, hard and soft coal and wood, Joliet; is a son of Calvin Knowlton, President of the Will County National Bank; he was born in Worcester, Mass., Jan. 23, 1844; at the age of 7 years, he accompanied his parents to New Albany, Ind.; thence shortly afterward to Michigan City, and, in 1856, to Joliet; he attended the public schools of this city. His first business experience was in the hay business in Matteson, Cook Co., Ill., where he remained about two years; he then returned to Worcester Co., Mass., and engaged in farming, and after six years, came again to Joliet, since which time he has been in the grain business here. He was married Jan. 11, 1865, to Miss Alice J. Wheeler, of Matteson, Cook Co., Ill., and has one child - Mary L.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knowlton, Henry C.
HENRY C. KNOWLTON, Cashier of the Will County National Bank, Joliet; is a son of Calvin Knowlton, President of the above-named bank; he was born in Spencer, Worcester Co., Mass., April 29, 1842; he lived in the city of Worcester until he was 12 years of age, his father being engaged in business in that city; at the age of 12 years, he accompanied his parents to New Albany, Ind.; thence to Michigan City, and in 1856, to Joliet; he received an English education in the public schools, and in 1861, entered the office of his father, then Assistant Superintendent of the Michigan Central Railroad; he remained there until the organization of the Will County National Bank, which he entered as Assistant Cashier; in 1877, he was elected Cashier. He was married on the 20th of November, 1870, to Miss Sophie Lippencott, of Wilkesbarre, Penn., and has one child - Joseph L.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Knox, A.F.
A.F. KNOX, of the firm of Garnsey & Knox, attorneys at law, Joliet; is a native of this State; he was born in Kane Co., on the 12th of January, 1840; on becoming of age, he came to Joliet in 1861, and, about four years afterward, began the study of law in the office of Messrs. Goodspeed & Snapp; he was admitted to the bar in 1867, and began practice in Joliet, forming a partnership with Messrs. Goodspeed & Snapp, which continued for several years, the firm being Goodspeed, Snapp & Knox; the present firm of Garnsey & Knox was formed in 1877. Mr. Knox was appointed Master in Chancery for Will Co. in 1871, holding the office until 1877. He was married Sept. 2, 1869, to Miss Jennie McGovney, of Joliet, and has one child.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Koepke, Christian
CHRISTIAN KOEPKE, proprietor of German House and sample rooms, Monee; one of the early settlers; was born in Germany Dec. 2, 1840; came to the United States in 1853, and to this State in the same year and settled in Greengarden, Will Co.; he removed to Monee in 1869; since that time, his pursuits have been that of hotel and livery keeper, and proprietor of the German House sample and billiard rooms. He was married to Miss Mina Buethe, who was born in Germany April 19, 1842; they have had five children, three of whom are living, viz., Doretta, Lena and Willie; deceased, Henry and Mary. Since Mr. K.'s residence in Will Co., he has held the office of Constable in Greengarden Tp. four years.[Source: The History of Will County, Illinois …Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Krapp, Martin
MARTIN KRAPP, of the firm of Krapp & Cappel, butchers and dealers in live-stock; P.O. Mokena; was born in Germany Oct. 2, 1831; United States in 1854, and to this State in the same year, when he settled in Blue Island; he removed from there to Mokena in 1857. He was married to Miss Katrina Steffan April 25, 1857; have had four children, three of whom are living, viz., Sophia, Louisa and Emil. Mr. Krapp has held office of Township Trustee in Frankfort Tp. nine years.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Krause, Julius
JULIUS KRAUSE, watchmaker and jeweler, dealer in watches, clocks, silverware, etc., Joliet; was born in Silesia, Prussia, Dec. 2, 1843; he is a son of Julius Krause, who was an inspector and general overseer of the estate of one of the nobility in that country; when he was about 14 years old, he was apprenticed to learn the watchmaker's trade, and after completing his apprenticeship, he worked at his trade in various places until 1868, when he came to this country, and the same year began business in Joliet. He was married Feb. 14, 1871, to Miss Margarita Young, daughter of Henry Young, of Joliet; she was born in Buffalo, N.Y., June 2, 1852, and came to Joliet with her parents in 1858; they have three children - Henry A.G., Julius J.A. and Juaneta J.M.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kreimeier, William
WILLIAM KREIMEIER, farming, Sec. 27; P.O. Elwood; the subject of this sketch was born in Prussia March 5, 1829. He married Miss Mary Pohlman March 26, 1854; she was born in Prussia March 6, 1835; they had ten children, nine living - Ella M., Eliza A., Amanda A., Susan M., William F., John E., Mina S., Ida F. and Oliver F. He lived in Germany about twenty years; then came to the United States and settled at Little York, Penn.; remained there seven years, when he came to Illinois and settled in Will Co.; this was in 1856; in 1869, he came to his present place, and has lived here ever since. His only offices have been connected with the school and road. He came here in poor circumstances, and now owns 254 acres, which he has earned by his own labor.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Kyrk, Cicero
CICERO KYRK, farming, Sec. 16; P.O. Elwood; was born in this township, on his present place, Dec. 1, 1847. He married Miss Artha A. Houghton Dec. 25, 1873; she was born in this township Feb. 17, 1857; they have two children - Sarah R. and Mary E. He has always lived in this township, except three years in Texas; he now rents the farm of the estate; his father, Edward Kyrk, was born in 1807, probably in Orange Co., N.Y.; he married Miss Sarah Davis; she died in 1843; they had one child, viz., William T.; his second wife was Miss Mary Kyrk; she was born in Ohio; they had eight children, three living, viz., Cicero, Elmira and Dennis. His wife's father, Andrew Houghton, was born in Ireland, and came to this country when 18; he married Miss Sarah Young; she was born in this township; they now live in Kansas.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lacey, Thomas
THOMAS LACEY, farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Wilmington; owns 240 acres, valued at $50 per acre; born in Tipperary Co., Ireland, in 1812; he emigrated to United States, landing at New York, May 27, 1840, and located in Oneida Co., N.Y., where he resided about four years. Married Catherine McCarty in Utica, N.Y., Feb. 28, 1844; she was born in Cork Co., Ireland, and emigrated to this country with an uncle - M. Crimmins - when she was about 4 years old; they (Mr. and Mrs. Lacey) emigrated from New York to Vermont, where they kept boarders on a line of railroad; thence to Michigan, where they were about two years; thence to Chicago, Ill., two years, where he had charge of the grading of streets; thence to Aurora, where he had charge of the grading of the first section on the C., B. & Q. R.R. Before he left Chicago, although working for 75 cents per day, he went to Joliet and bought eighty acres adjoining the city limits for about $10 per acre. He has resided in and in the vicinity of Will Co. for the last thirty years, and came to his present home in March, 1873, from Grundy Co., where he has been for two years previous. His wife died in La Salle in 1854, and was buried at Joliet; left three children - Annie, born in New York Nov. 22, 1850; Nellie, March 10, 1852 and John J., March 12, 1854. Married second wife, Rosa A. Conlin, at Joliet; she was born in Longford Co., Ireland, in 1826, and came to the United States with a cousin in 1840. Two children by second marriage - Jerry, born Oct. 25, 1857; Thomas, born Dec. 30, 1858.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lambert, John
JOHN LAMBERT, dealer in coal, wood, coke, etc., Joliet; was born in Lamberville, Hunterdon Co., N.J., Jan. 12, 1847. In January, 1862, at the age of 16 years, he enlisted in Co. D, 1st New Jersey V.C.; served one year on detailed duty in Virginia, and was discharged by reason of ill health; he again volunteered as a Sergeant in Co. A, 3rd N.J.V.C., serving till the close of the war; during the first year he was detailed as private orderly to Gen. Burnside; afterward, under Gen. Custer, he participated in the Shenandoah campaign of 1864, including the battles around Washington, the battle of Winchester, and terminating in the splendid victory of Cedar Creek, the occasion of Gen. Sheridan's famous ride "From Winchester twenty miles away;" in 1865, in the battles of Waynesboro, Ashland, Dinwiddie Court House and Five Forks, where he was wounded by a fragment of a shell, losing a part of his left hand, and also had his horse shot under him; after this he participated in all the battles under Grant until the surrender of Lee, and in the grand review of the army in Washington, where his company was reduced to but four men able to perform duty out of the original number of 101. He was discharged Aug. 9, 1865. Mr. Lambert came to Grundy Co., Ill., in 1867, and in 1870, to Joliet. He was for six years an officer at the State Penitentiary, after which he served as Deputy Sheriff under Warren S. Noble, serving during the strike in Braidwood in 1877. During the exciting political campaign of 1876, Mr. Lambert organized the Republican Guards of Joliet, of which he was chosen Captain. He was married in April, 1876, to Miss M.E. Bishop, of Joliet, and has one child - Anna E.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lanfear, J.S.
J.S. LANFEAR, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 29; P.O. Lockport; was born in Homer Tp., July 25, 1837, in the homestead where his parents had resided since 1835, and where his father died June 23, 1871; Mr. Lanfear has farmed the same since he was old enough to do so, and lives on the same place at present, now containing 150 acres. He has held the office of Town Clerk six years, and School Director seven years, which position he still holds. He married Miss Amelia Hill, a daughter of Isaac F. Hill, of Madison Co., N.Y., in Homer Tp., Sept. 1, 1857; she was born in Oneida Tp., Madison Co., N.Y., Oct. 1, 1834; they have one child - De Etta, born March 20, 1852. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ..." by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lanfear, W.H.
W.H. LANFEAR, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 29; P.O. Lockport; was born in Cayuga Co., N.Y., Dec. 25, 1830; he moved with his parents to this township, when he was 5 years of age, and was engaged with them in farming until the age of 21; his father died June 23, 1871; his mother still lives, at the ripe old age of 82. The subject of this sketch purchased the farm, upon which he now lives, in 1852, having made all the improvements and set out all the trees upon it, containing at present 200 acres. He was Town Commissioner in 1875, 1876 and 1877; also School Director six years. He married Miss Emily M. Savage, daughter of Levi Savage, of this township, Feb. 25, 1852; she was born in Granville, Washington Co., N.Y., July 24, 1830; they had seven children, three living - Mary Ann, born Dec. 16, 1852; Albert H., Oct. 31, 1865, and Nettie E., Dec. 26, 1867, and four deceased - Asa W., born Nov. 8, 1854, died March 22, 1871; Ida M., born Aug. 2, 1856, died Jan. 6, 1860; Charley E., born Nov. 3, 1872, died July 24, 1873, and Willie H., died Sept, 1874; the last two being twins. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois: Containing a History of the County ..." by Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lang, John C.
JOHN C. LANG, editor of the Joliet Republican, Joliet, is a son of Thomas J. Lang, one of the early settlers of Will County, who emigrated from Groton, N.H., to this county in 1836, and settled in the town of Frankfort; afterward removed to Plainfield, where he now resides. John C. Lang was born in Frankfort, Will Co., March 24, 1844; in 1862, he entered the Union army as a member of Co. D, 100th I.V.I., and served till the close of the war, participating in all the arduous service and all the battles of that regiment, and returning with it in 1865. He then spent two years on the farm, and, in 1867, made the trip via the Isthmus and California, to Arizona Territory, where he remained three years, engaged in mining, and in the employ of the Government in the Quartermaster's Department; in July, 1870, after his return from the West, he entered the employ of the Illinois State Penitentiary, in this city, occupying successively the positions of Guard, Keeper, Assistant Deputy, and Deputy Warden, until October, 1874; from December, 1874, to August, 1875, he was employed on the Joliet Record, since which time he has been editor of the Republican. He was married Nov. 19, 1874, to Miss Emma Webster, of Joliet, and has two children - Francis M. and Horace W.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lantz, David
DAVID LANTZ, farmer; P.O. Aurora; this gentleman was born in Erie Co., Penn., Nov. 23, 1831, and is the son of Peter and Catherine (Schelly) Lantz, of Lancaster Co., Penn.; father was a farmer, and died in Pennsylvania, at about 53 years of age; his mother came West to Will Co., and died in 1870, at 73 years of age; Mr. Lantz was raised on a farm; he came West with mother and family, and settled in Wheatland Tp.; here they first purchased eighty acres of land, set out and commenced farming, and has been engaged in farming in Wheatland Tp. ever since; to-day, owns a fine, improved farm of 120 acres. He married Miss Elizabeth Holdiman, of Pennsylvania, by whom he has had ten children; seven children living. Mr. Lantz has held several offices of public trust; was Constable some ten years; also School Trustee. Is a member of the Evangelical Church, and is one of the Trustees of this Church.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lantz, John
JOHN LANTZ, farmer; P.O. Naperville; was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., Nov. 26, 1815, and is the son of Peter and Catherine (Schelly) Lantz, of Pennsylvania; Mr. Lantz was raised on his father's farm, and, in 1850, came West to Illinois, and settled in Will Co., Wheatland Tp.; here he has been engaged in farming; they first purchased eighty acres of land, and Mr. Lantz, by hard work and good management, at one time owned 480 acres of land. He married Annie M. Schott; have six children - Isaac V., born 1840 (married Lena Staedle, of Germany, who died April, 1876; four children; he is now farming the old homestead of 200 acres); Jacob, born 1842 (married Isabella Fendeman, of Illinois; five children); Betsey Ann, born 1843 (married Christian Schaal; seven children); Sarah L. (married Israel Stark; seven children); Peter, born 1846 (married Amelia Minnich, of Pennsylvania; two children); Susan, born 1850 (married John Stoner; four children). Mr. Lantz has had forty grandchildren. Is a member of the Evangelical Church.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Leach, Alonzo
ALONZO LEACH, retired, Joliet; was born in Sangerfield, Oneida Co., N.Y., Sept. 28, 1816; when he was 8 years of age, he left his native county, and went to Eaton, Madison Co., N.Y.; in 1836, he went to Michigan, and in 1838, came to Joliet; he spent about a year in charge of a hotel, and then engaged in the soap and chandlery business; in 1842, he was elected Constable, and appointed Deputy Sheriff, and served until 1848, when he was elected Sheriff of Will Co. The constitution now allowing an incumbent of the office to hold two terms in succession, he retired at the end of his term, but was again elected in 1852, and again in 1858; in the mean time he was engaged in farming and stock-raising. On the breaking-out of the war, he was appointed sutler of the 4th Ill. V.C., under Col. Dickey. After the battle of Pittsburg Landing, he sold out and returned home, where he engaged in dealing in stock. He was appointed Postmaster at Joliet in 1867, and held the office two years. He was married May 10, 1856, to Mrs. Mary Gutterson, of Joliet, who died Nov. 2, 1866. Mr. Leach was married again, May 8, 1870, to Mrs. Mary J. White, of Joliet; she died Jan. 31, 1871.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

LeCaron, Henry
HENRY LE CARON, M.D., drug store, Braidwood. The subject of this sketch is one of the most prominent men of Reed Township; was born in France Sept. 26, 1839, and is the son of Francis V. LeCaron, who was a speculator and money broker. Dr. LeCaron remained in France until the breaking-out of the late war; he then, with the intention of enlisting in the Union army, emigrated to America Aug. 20, 1861. He first enlisted in the body guard of Maj. Anderson; was also body guard of Gen. Buel; in 1862, he enlisted as Sergeant in the 15th Penn. Cavalry, and participated in some of the most prominent battles - Antietam, Stone River, Chickamauga; in July, 1864, was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular U.S.A., 13th Regiment; was wounded in the side in a skirmish in Tennessee; was mustered out as 1st Lieutenant in March, 1866; was with Gen. O'Neal's Canada movement in 1866. He then came to Illinois, and settled in Lockport, Will County; here he was engaged in the flour-mills of Norton & Co. In 1870, was a participant in the great Fenian movement. In 1868-69, attended the Rush Medical College, of Chicago; in 1872, graduated in the Detroit Medical College, of Detroit, Mich. He then came to Will County, and has engaged in the practice of medicine ever since; in 1873, came to Braidwood. Was Supervisor of Reed Township in 1875. Democrat in politics; was in August, 1878, nominated by the Democratic party for Representative. Dr. LeCaron married in 1864 to Miss Nannie J. Melvin, of Nashville, Tenn., by whom he has four children.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Leland, John D.
JOHN D. LELAND, Steward of the Illinois State Penitentiary, Joliet. John D. Leland, born in the State of New York, came West in 1868, and was soon thereafter, under Elmer Washburn, Warden, appointed Steward of the Illinois State Penitentiary, which position he successfully held until August, 1872, when under the force of circumstances he was induced to resign; after a few years spent in farming, and on the produce market, his well-known qualities as to economy and carefulness in performing the duties of Steward of the Penitentiary, gave reason for a renewed call to that position, in 1877; under his present supervision, the extensive commissary department of the Penitentiary has been managed at less expense and to more general satisfaction than at any previous time in the history of the institution.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lennbhe, Lewis
LEWIS LENNBHE, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Monee; one of our early settlers; was born in Germany Nov. 27, 1827; came to the United States in 1850, and to this State in the same year; he has been a resident of Will Co. for the past twenty years; his farm consists of 170 acres valued at $9,000. He was married to Miss Augustina Holz, who was born in Germany; they have had five children - Charles L., Theodore, Frederick, William and Caroline. Since his residence in the township, he has held the office of road boss two years.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Leppert, George
GEORGE LEPPERT, farmer; P.O. Aurora; was born in Baden, Germany, in 1838, and is the son of John and Magdalene (Baum) Leppert; father a farmer; was born in Baden, Germany, Dec. 15, 1804; mother born March 12, 1803; with six children emigrated to America, and in January, 1854, landed in New York City; they first went to Ross Co., Ohio; here they remained about two months, then went to Illinois and settled in Wheatland Tp., Will Co., on the farm that is now owned by Mr. George Leppert; here they set out in farming; being poor, they worked very hard, and to-day they rank among the successful farmers of Will Co. Mr. John Leppert, Sr., is one of the first members of the German Lutheran Church of Wheatland Tp.; he and Mr. Jacob Fry were the first Trustees; these gentlemen took a very active part in erecting the present Lutheran Church of Wheatland Tp. Mrs. Magdalene Leppert died a Christian lady, June 11, 1878. Mr. George Leppert has been married twice; first wife was Miss Wilmina Schaefer, of Germany; died in 1868; second wife, Miss Elizabeth Westphal, of Germany; two children - one by first wife and one by second wife. Owns 160 acres of land.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Leppert, John Jr.
JOHN LEPPERT, JR., farmer; P.O. Naperville; was born in Baden, Germany, Sept. 26, 1833, and is the son of John and Magdalene (Baum) Leppert, of Germany; they started for America with six children, and landed in New York City in January, 1854; they came to Will Co., Ill., and arrived in Wheatland March 20, 1854; here they set out in farming; first purchased the 160 acres now owned by Mr. George Leppert, at $10 per acre; here they have remained ever since. Mr. John Leppert, Sr., was born in Baden, Germany, Dec. 15, 1804. Mrs. Magdalene (Baum) Leppert was born March 12, 1803; she died June 11, 1878. John Leppert, Jr. was married, Jan. 24, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth Studle, of Germany; have three children; owns 160 acres of fine, improved land, which improvement was made principally by his father.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Letts, J.R.
J.R. LETTS, grain dealer and commission merchant, Frankfort Station; was born in Woodstock, Ont., Oct. 10, 1830; came to this State in 1845, and settled in Frankfort in 1855; he is a son of the late Jeremiah Letts, deceased. Was married July 26, 1854, to Miss Hulda Doty, who was born in Ohio, June 8, 1830; they have had nine children, all of whom are living, viz., J.W., G.D., F.C., J.B., F.L., D., B., F. and L. Mrs. Letts died June 29, 1875. Mr. L. married again to Miss E. Williamson, who was born in Ohio April 16, 1831. He has held the office of Constable one term, and during the war held the office of War Fund Commissioner nearly one year.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lewis, Coridon S.
CORIDON S. LEWIS, retired; P.O. New Lenox; was born in Decatur, Otsego Co., N.Y., Dec. 13, 1816; came to this State in 1849, and settled in Stephenson Co.; removed from there to New Lenox, Will Co., in 1865, where he now resides; his occupation while in Stephenson Co. was that of a carpenter and builder. He was married Jan. 11, 1838, to Miss Catherine Bogardus, who was born in Berne, Albany Co., N.Y., June 14, 1814; they have had four children, three of whom are living, viz.: Leslie, Candace and Carrie; deceased - Marilla.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lewis, Cyrus A.
CYRUS A. LEWIS, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. New Lenox; was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., July 29, 1824; came to this State in 1850, and settled in New Lenox; his farm consists of 268 acres, valued at $18,000. He was married to Miss Emeline Seward, who was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Sept. 20, 1825; they have had nine children, seven of whom are living, viz.: Mary R., Spencer, Cannie, Nellie, Almon, Sherman and Jennie; deceased, two infants. Mr. L. has held the offices of School Director, School Trustee and Road Commissioner several years.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lewis, Joseph
JOSEPH LEWIS, general merchandise and farming, Channahon; the subject of this sketch was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent Co., England, Dec. 15, 1812. He married Miss Ann Towner in 1835; she was born in Peckham, Kent Co., England, and died in the winter of 1842; they had five children, three living, viz., Mary, Catheron and Jane, all married. His present wife was Miss Harriet Scott; she was born in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., March 24, 1820, and married Nov. 30, 1845; they had seven children, five living, viz., Alta F., Harriet S., Anna C., Henry D. and George A. He lived in England until he was 22 years of age; he then came to the United States, and settled in what is now Grundy Co., Ill., where he engaged in farming, and remained fifteen years; he then, in 1850, came to Channahon, and engaged in general merchandise, and continued same until 1864, when he came to his present place and engaged in farming, and has remained here since; he has held the offices of School Director, Justice of the Peace and Notary. His wife's parents were among the first settlers of this county, fleeing to the Wabash during the Black Hawk war.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Ley, John
JOHN LEY, farmer, Sec. 18; P.O. Joliet; was born in Prussia Oct. 17, 1823, where he followed farming until 19 years of age, when he emigrated with his parents to America in 1842, and settled in Will Co., Joliet Tp., on Sec. 19, living there until 1852, when he removed two miles east of Joliet, near the Red Mill, where he lived until 1856, when he settled upon his present place; he owns 220 acres of well-improved land, which he has accumulated by his own energy and industry. He married, in 1847, Elizabeth Magret; she was born in Virginia; they have four children living, viz., John, Valentine, Frederick D. and Lawrence; the deceased are Joseph and Hubert. Mr. Ley has held the office of School Director for three years; also, as Road Commissioner.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lichentenwalter, J.J.
J.J. LICHENTENWALTER, dealer in grain, lumber, etc.; P.O. Elwood; the subject of this sketch was born in Stark Co., Ohio, Aug. 27, 1829. He married Miss Mary Shull Feb. 24, 1853; she was born in Lebanon Co., Penn. He lived in Ohio until 1860, and was engaged in farming and carpentering; he then moved to Whitley Co., Ind., where he followed farming and also operated a lumber-mill, and remained about five years; he then went to Springfield, Ind., and engaged in the grocery business, continuing four years; in 1868, he came to Illinois and settled in Elwood; he carried on the grocery and drug business for three years; he then took agency of the Canton Iron Bridge Co., and furnished the trade in several States; he then engaged in the lumber business, and has continued in same since; in November, 1877, he added the grain business.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Linebarger, A.J.
A.J. LINEBARGER, farming, Sec. 20; P.O. Elwood; the subject of this sketch was born in this township Jan. 7, 1834, and is, therefore, among the first born in this township. He married Miss Elizabeth Phillip April 30, 1856; she was born in Germany, Jan. 1, 1834; they have three children, viz., Lewis H., Laura E., Emma J. He has always lived in the township; he lived with his parents until he was 22 years of age, when he was married and began farming on his own account on his present place; he owns 320 acres in this township.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Linebarger, George
GEORGE LINEBARGER, was born in Lincoln Co., North Carolina, June 6, 1810; at the age of 10, he removed with his parents to White River, Ind., where they remained until the fall of 1821, when they emigrated to Parke Co., Ind. Was married Feb. 9, 1832, to Miss Susannah Beard. During the following spring, came to what was then called Cook Co., now Will Co., and located near the head of Jackson Grove; only a few days passed when the Indian war broke out, when he returned to Indiana until September, 1832; returned to his old location at Jackson's Grove; Had nine children, five living; wife died in 1854; was married same year; had six children, four are living at present writing.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Linebarger, John
JOHN LINEBARGER (of the firm of John Linebarger & Co.), dealer in grain, Elwood; the subject of this sketch was born in Lincoln Co., N.C., Nov. 4, 1812. He married Miss Nancy Stone Feb. 12, 1835; she was born in Ohio, and died July 2, 1847; they had three children, one living, viz., Mary E.; his present wife was Miss Sarah C. Linton, married Feb. 27, 1848; they had nine children, seven living, viz., William H., Josephine, Thomas C., Isabelle, Minnie M., Carrie and Emma J. He left North Carolina, with his parents, when 8 years old, and settled in Parke Co., Ind., where he lived until 1850, when he came to Illinois and settled near Wilmington, and remained there eighteen years, during which time he served as Supervisor several terms; he then came to Jackson Tp., and has remained here since; in 1832, he assisted his brother to move to this county, and spent several weeks here at that time; he engaged in his present business in 1868.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Loebstein, Samuel
SAMUEL LOEBSTEIN, merchant and stock dealer, Beecher; was born in Jebenhausen, State of Wurtemberg, Germany, Feb. 13, 1830; came to America in 1860; stopped in Dyer, Lake Co., Ind., ten years, where he dealt in live-stock; then he came to Washington Tp., where he has remained ever since, following his present business. In 1870, he married Miss Anna Hess, the oldest daughter of Mr. L. Hess, the former proprietor of the Hess House, Chicago; Emma and Fannie are the names of their infant children. Mr. Loebstein owns a well-improved farm of eighty acres, two and one-half miles southeast of Beecher.[Source: The History of Will County, Illinois …Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Logan, William H.
WILLIAM H. LOGAN, carriage and house painter, grainer, and proprietor of Sorghum Works, Frankfort Station; was born in Frankfort, Will Co., Jan. 20, 1849; is the son of James Logan, who is one of our early settlers. Mr. L. was married to Miss Adele S. Quackenbush, who was born in New York May 25, 1850; they have two children, viz., Clara Belle and Frank W.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Long, Michael
MICHAEL LONG, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Bird's Bridge; was born in Thurlass Co., Ireland, in 1811; he married Miss Bridget O'Brien; she was born in Ireland; they had six children, five living, viz., James, John, Michael, Jr., Johanna and Mary. He lived in Ireland until 1834, when he moved to Canada, and lived there two years; he then moved to Syracuse, N.Y.; he then went to Chicago, and next engaged on the canal; he then settled on his present place. He came here in poor circumstances; his son James owns 160 acres in this township, which he bought of his father, in 1878.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Loock, Walter
WALTER LOOCK, general manager of the Crete Manufacturing Co., Crete; was born in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 15, 1853; emigrated to America in 1871; he went to Fort Wayne, Ind.; here he was engaged in a large wholesale book and stationery house as book-keeper, thence to Chicago; from there he came to Crete, and, in 1878, was appointed General Manager of the Crete Manufacturing Co. This company is quite extensively engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors, blinds, etc. It now gives employment to about fourteen hands. An immense business is done for so young a company; find sales for their goods in Joliet and surrounding country. [Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lorenzen, Paul
PAUL LORENZEN, far.; P.O. Frankfort Station; one of our early settlers; was born in Germany Jan. 13, 1816; came to the United States in 1836, and to this State in 1852; from his boyhood until his settlement on his farm in Frankfort, Will Co., his pursuits have been those of a sailor, during which time he spent ten years on the salt water, and the balance on our lakes; his farm consists of 176 acres, valued at $50 per acre. He was married to Miss Gustena Herre, who was born in Germany. Since his residence in the township he has held the office of Constable one year.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lotz, Jacob F.
JACOB F. LOTZ, receiver and shipper for Norton & Co., Lockport; born in Blair Co., Penn., May 18, 1824; at the age of 17, he worked in the Arch Spring Mills; in 1846, he worked in the Logan's Valley Mills one year; in 1847, in the Scotch Valley Mills; in 1848, he came West, and settled in West Creek, Lake Co., Ind.; thence to Dixon, Lee Co., Ill.; in 1858, he came to Lockport; entered the employ of Norton & Co., for whom he has labored ever since; he was Foreman in their mills for fifteen years; for the past five years he has occupied the position of receiver and shipper. He has been married twice. In July, 1848, he was married to Elizabeth Ramsay, a native of Pennsylvania; she died Jan. 24, 1866; his second marriage occurred Nov. 13, 1868, to Lucinda Ramsay, also a native of Pennsylvania; three children were born to him from first wedlock, and four from second. He has been City Alderman two or three terms, and is at present School Trustee.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Louer, Solomon
SOLOMON LOUER, clothing and gents' furnishing goods, Wilmington; born in Bavaria, Germany, March 26, 1826; came to this country 1845, locating in Greene Co., N.Y., where he resided until 1852, then removed to Massachusetts; thence to Illinois the following year, locating at Joliet, where he engaged in his present line of trade, and is now the oldest established house in the line of clothing and gents' furnishing goods in Will Co.; in 1866, he established his Wilmington store, continuing both houses until 1875, when he sold his stock at Joliet. Married in 1857 to Miss Regina Bohm, who was born in Bavaria, Germany; nine children by this union, six of whom are living - Albert, Charles, Helen, Emma, Cora and Daisy; lost three - Hedwig, Henry and Edward.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lutz, Jacob
JACOB LUTZ, farmer, Sec. 29; P.O. Joliet; was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, April 24, 1848. He married Miss Laura Evans Feb. 25, 1869; she was born in Iroquois Co., Ill., Nov. 14, 1848; they have four children - Elton, Evaline, Willis and Rosy. He lived in Ohio twelve years, then moved to Indiana with his parents; remained about six months, then came to Illinois and settled in Will Co., Jackson Tp.; he lived there with his parents until 1871, when he settled on his present place. In 1863, he enlisted in the 64th Ill. V.I., 1st Battalion Yates' Sharp Shooters; was in the battles of Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, etc. He started without any capital, and now owns eighty acres, which he has earned by his own labor.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lyford, H.M.
H.M. LYFORD, dealer in clothing, hats, caps, furs and furnishing goods, Joliet; has been engaged in his present business in this city since 1868; he is a native of the Province of Quebec; he was born in Stanstead, Dec. 3, 1844; he lived there until he was about 17 years of age, when he left home, and, going to Boston, entered a wholesale grocery house as a clerk, remaining there four years; on coming West, he went first to St. Louis, where he remained about a year and a half, coming to Joliet as above stated; his business career in this city has been a successful one, as he studies the wants of his customers, and uses every endeavor to supply them, keeping a fine line of goods at the lowest prices. Mr. Lyford was married in December, 1865, to Miss Ellen A. Ladd, of his native town, a daughter of O.A. Ladd, now of this city; they have one son - Winfield E. Lyford. Mr. Lyford is Collector of the city and township of Joliet, to which office he was elected in June, 1878.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lynd, George M.
GEORGE M. LYND, merchant, Lockport; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 8, 1833; his father, Rev. S.W. Lynd, was a distinguished Baptist minister and held leading positions in the Church in the West, being at one time President of the Western Baptist Theological Seminary, locating in Covington, Ky.; afterward removed to Georgetown, Ky., Dr. Lynd still retaining the Presidency; he was Pastor of the Church in Cincinnati nineteen years; subsequently of the Church in St. Louis, and later in Chicago. In 1852, George M. became a student in Georgetown College and remained three years, not, however, completing a full course; in 1856, he came West with his family to Illinois, and settled at Gooding's Grove, Will Co., and engaged in farming; this he pursued for two years, when he took the position of preceptor in the family of George Barnett, of Lockport, and was thus engaged for two years; in 1860, he entered the employ of S.W. Lull, as clerk in his grocery store. In 1862, he enlisted in Co. C, 100th Regiment I.V.I., and remained in the service till the close of the war; he was mustered in as Orderly Sergeant, but by successive promotions arose to the highest position in his company, that of Captain; on his return home, he formed a copartnership with S.W. Lull for the purchase and sale of groceries; this he continued until June, 1877, when the firm was dissolved, Mr. Lull taking the dry goods department, added in 1872, and Mr. Lynd the grocery department. He was married May 4, 1874, to Mary Blount, a native of Illinois; one child - Carrie. Republican; Baptist. During his term of service as a soldier, he participated in the important battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and in all the engagements in Sherman's march to Atlanta; was at the battle of Nashville, Tenn., and many minor engagements; was present at every battle in which the regiment was engaged during the term of service and escaped being wounded.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lyon, Addison I.
ADDISON I. LYON, restaurant, Wilmington; born in Allegany Co., N.Y., April 23, 1828; removed to Michigan in early childhood with his parents, who settled in Kalamazoo Co., that State, in 1833; in December, 1854, he removed to Kankakee City, Kankakee Co., Ill., then a town of about 300 inhabitants, where he opened a harness-shop, but soon sold to another party; these, he says, were hard times, and, in order to pay his taxes, which amounted to the sum of only sixty cents, he borrowed a gun and ammunition, went out in search of game, and, at three shots, secured one dozen prairie chickens, sold them for $1.25, and met the demands against him; he followed farming for some ten years near the city, and, in 1866, removed to Wilmington, his present home. Served as member of the City Council in 1870 and 1871; City Marshal in 1872 and 1873. Married in 1851 to Miss Sarah E. Stewart, who was born in New York; she died April 28, 1861; three children, two living - Worthington A. and Edward S. Anna E. died May 28, 1861. Was again married in 1862 to Mrs. Mary E. Robinson (Marks); she was born in Seneca Co., N.Y. Mr. L. is a member of Will Lodge, No. 301, I.O.O.F., and Talmud Lodge, No. 24, K. of P., at Braidwood, Ill.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lynn, George
GEORGE LYNN, mnfr. of boots and shoes, Lockport; was born in Leicestershire, Eng., in the early part of February, 1822; in 1832, he came with his family to America, his father first settling at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; in the fall of 1836, the family moved to Schuylkill Co., Penn., whither George followed in the spring of 1837; in the Fall of 1844, he returned to Poughkeepsie, and in the summer of 1852, came West and located in Lockport, where he has since lived. At the age of 14, he went to Pottsville, Penn., to learn the iron-molder's trade; followed it one year, when he met with an accident that disabled him from prosecuting the work further; he next engaged in boating for two or three summers and finally began the trade of shoemaking, though he never served an apprenticeship. He was married Dec. 28, 1843, to Ann Allison, a native of England; has eight children - Elizabeth A., Louisa F., Kate A., Emma L., Elmira E., William H., Loyd G. and George H. While Mr. Lynn is not a man of finished education, yet from a course of extensive reading and research he has accumulated a vast amount of valuable information, and writes many and very acceptable articles for the county papers.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]

Lynk, Tunis
TUNIS LYNK, general merchant, New Lenox; an old and prominent settler; was born in Columbia Co., N.Y., Jan. 20, 1829; came to this State and settled in New Lenox in 1848, where he has since resided. He was married to Miss Lydia Ann Hartshorn, who was born in Rutland Co., Vt., May 30, 1831, and who died Jan. 7, 1877; Mr. L. was married again Feb. 5, 1878, to Miss Olive O. Rugg, who was born in New Lenox, Will Co., Ill., March 1, 1847. Immediately after his arrival in this township, he purchased the property now owned by William Gougar, which then consisted of 105 acres, and on which was located the second saw-mill built in the township; he pursued the business of millwright and farmer until his purchase of his second farm, now owned by Jacob Waltz. At the outbreak of the war, Mr. L. entered into mercantile business, in which he yet continues; he has also acted as general depot agent since that time and has also held the office of Postmaster in New Lenox Tp., from April, 1867, until June, 1869; he was also the first express agent in the township; has held the office of Township Collector four terms; is at present general freight agent.[Source: "The History of Will County, Illinois..."; Wm. LeBaron, Jr., & Co., 1878. Tr. by K. Mohler]



 

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