Carroll County IL Biography

Lewis Chrisman was born in Chester Co., Pa., Mar. 27, 1826; worked on his fatherís farm and taught school; was assistant teacher in the Rambo College; also taught at the Garber school and Whitehall in Montgomery Co., and in Phoenixville, Chester Co., Pa. Came to Mt. Carroll in May 1850, clerked in R. J. Tomkinsí store for 9 years. April 28, 1853 he was married to Hannah M. Pyle, to whom two children were born, Milliard W. and Mary Emma Moore, both of whom reside at Anita, Iowa. Mrs. Chrisman died April 5, 1881 at the age of 46 years. Mr. Chrisman remained a widower until October 26, 1897 when he married Miss Sarah Matilda Law of Savanna Township. Has been in the insurance business for the past 45 years and real estate and loan business for more than 30 years. In 1875 he established the Carroll County Abstract Office, of which he is proprietor and owner. He has one of the most complete and perfect set of abstract books in the west. He has built up a good business, has a good home and is in the enjoyment of splendid health, not having been sick so as to be kept from his business for more than 40 years .

Also see the Carroll County Democrat 1898

LEWIS CHRISMAN - Mt. Carroll City: Real Estate and Loan Agent; born in Phoenixville, Chester Co., Pa., March 27, 1826; lived there 24 years ; came to Ill., to Carroll Co., May 8, 1850, 27 years ago; he taught school, and clerked in store for 6 years; he has been engaged in insurance business for 20 years; was special agent of the Home Insurance Co. 4 years, and of the Etna Insurance Co. 8 years, for 111?. and Southern Wis.; he represented 16 companies at one time; married Hannah M. Pyle, from Phoenixville, Chester Co., Pa., April 18, 1853; they have two children: Willard W., born Oct. 28, 1857; Mrs. Mary E. Moore, March 3, 1855; she was married Nov. 28, 1876.

Source: Rootsweb World Connect contributed by "Roni"

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