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William Benton LAWYER


Son-in-Law to Sarah Ruth (DUNNICK) widow LOUDERMAN, STRADLEY

Source: Historical Encyuclopedia of Illinois, edited by Bateman and Selby,
publ by Munsell Publ Co. of Chicago, 1907, page 933

Can anyone help clarify/verify my corrections?

  Lawyer, W. Benton. -- Among the most substantial and popular of the retired farmers of Tennessee Township, McDonough County, Ill., is the subject of this sketch, who is a resident of the town of Tennessee, that county. Mr. Lawyer was born in McDonough Couny, June 5, 1852, a son of John and Rebecca J. (Jackson) Lawyer, natives, respectively, of Ohio and Indiana. Michael Lawyer was the paternal grandfather and the maternal grandfather was William Jackson. John Lawyer came to McDonough County with his parents and settled on a farm in Tennessee Township, where he purchased a farm on which he lived until 1897. Then he relinquished active labor and moved to the town of Tennessee, where he and his wife now reside.

W. Benton Lawyer remained at home until he reached the age of twenty years, assisting his father in the farm work, and going to school during the winter. At that period he rented a farm of forty acres in Lamoine Township which he cultivated for five years and then purchased. He had previously bought fifty acres adjoining it, all in the northwest quarter of Section 3, on the north line of the township. He also bought eighty acres adjoining this on the south, and on this farm he lived until 1898. In that year he moved to Tennessee town, and purchased a half-interest in a hardware store. Five years afterward he sold this and withdrew from active efforts, devoting himself to the supervision of his property in town and his farms.

[There are errors in the following]On March 27, 1851, Mr. Lawyer was married to Mary E. Lowderman, who was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and schooled in Scott County, Ill. [ Mary was BORN in 1851] Mrs. Lawyer's parents were John and Sarah (Dunnick) Lowderman, both natives of Ohio, the father of Cincinnati. The mother [Mary ] was of a family of two children, her brother, G. F. Dunnick [LOUDERMAN, not DUNNICK] being a farmer in Pike County, IL. The parents came from Schuyler County, Ill., in 1852, and remained there until their daughter Sarah was nine years old, [ Mother is Sarah. No daughter named Sarah. Do they mean Mary ?] when they removed to Meredosia, Ill., and thence to Scott County where, as stated, she was educated. Mrs. Lawyer lost her father when she was only six years of age, but her mother is still living in Scott County.

To the union of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawyer
[not "John" these are the children of W. Benton LAWYER, subject of this sketch. John is W.B.'s father. Charles and Edna are the children W.B. & Mary LAWYER. I believe I found that in the 1880 Lamoine twp, McDonough Co. IL census.] have been born five children: Charles B.; Edna (Mrs. E. Q. H. Douglas), of Davenport, Wash.; Ethel (Mrs. Fred L. Kirby) of Mason City, Iowa; Rall who lives with his parents, and one who died in infancy.

Mr. Lawyer follows the fortunes of the Democratic party. For eleven years he served as Highway commissioner of Lamoine Township, McDonough County. He held the office of Tax Collector there two years; that of School Treasurer five years; and of Assessor five years. He is now serving his fourth year as Supervisor of Tennessee Township. Fraternally, the subject of this sketch is connected with the M.W.A and I.O.O.F.

(Index of )Rural Cemeteris of McDonough Co. IL, Volume IV, page 26, Tennessee twp - Hutchinson Cem. Schuyler-Brown Historical Genealogical Society index.

John and Rebecca (JACKSON) LAWYER

John (1827-1913) b. Fayette Co. OH, the son of Michael & Sarah (PARKER) LAWYER. Came to county in 1837 and wed Rebecca J. JACKSON on Nov. 10, 1850. 4 Children were born to John and Rebecca. William B., Sarah A. Amos M. and Sind.

Rebecca JACKSON (1834-1925) wife of John. Daughter of William and Almira (HILLS) JACKSON to County 1843, William d. 1842 before Almira and children settled in Lamaine township in McDonough Co. IL