Lee County Biography


James F. Dempsey devotes his attention to that occupation which George Washington designated as the most honorable as well as the most useful pursuit of man, owning and operating an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Marion township. His birth occurred in Lee county in 1865, his parents being Lawrence and Margaret (Campbell) Dempsey, both of whom are deceased and he buried in Amboy. The father, one of the prominent old settlers of the county, came here direct from County Wexford, Ireland, and spent the remainder of his life in Lee county, passing away in 1904. The mother was called to her

James F. Dempsey attended school in his native county until twenty-three years of age and subsequently assisted his father in the operation of the home farm for about five years. At the end of that time he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, acquiring a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 15, Marion township, in the cultivation of which he has been actively engaged continuously since. He devotes His attention to the raising of grain and annually gathers good crops which find a ready sale on the market. The buildings on the property, including a substantial and attractive residence, were erected by him and bear evidence of his prosperity.

In 1893, in Amboy, Mr. Dempsey was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Flannery, a daughter of John and Catherine (Gallery) Flannery, who were early pioneer settlers of Lee county. Both are deceased and lied buried in Amboy, the father passing away on the 23d of November, 1894, and the mother on the 14th of January, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey have five children, as follows: James P., Harold F., Edna, Viola and Charles, all of whom are attending school.

Mr. Dempsey gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has served in the capacity of township assessor for about two years, making a creditable record in that connection. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, while his religious belief is that of the Catholic church. Having passed all his life within the confines of Lee county, his record is well known to the residents of this community, and in the fact that he has gained widespread confidence and regard, trust and esteem, lies his truest and most enviable success.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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