Lee County Biography


Levi Hart, who owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of land on sections 25 and 26, Nachusa Township, claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity. His birth occurred in Venango County, on the 30th of August, 1846, his parents being Erastus and Ruth (Wilcox) Hart. They were both natives of Genesee County, N. Y., the former born December 14, 1800, and the latter on the 15th of December, 1812. Their marriage was celebrated in Venango County, Pa., March 15, 1831, after which they located on a farm, where were born unto them nine children, our subject the only son. He has three sisters yet living: Alvisa, wife of S. M. Lupher, a farmer of Venango County, Pa.; Jennie, wife of Samuel Smith, a resident farmer of the same county; and Lura, wife of James Williams, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Ringgold County, Iowa. The year 1865 witnessed the emigration of the parents to Lee County, Illinois. Mr. Hart purchased land in Nachusa Township, and to its improvement and cultivation devoted his energies until his death, which occurred October 4, 1868. He was a worthy and faithful citizen, a prominent member of the Methodist Church, and his house was always the home of the preachers of that denomination. His wife resided with her son until her death, December 8, 1891, at an advanced age. She, too, was a member of the Methodist Church, and had lived the life of a noble Christian woman.

In the county of his nativity, Levi Hart spent the days of his boyhood and youth, and on his eighteenth birthday, in 1864, enlisted for the late war, joining the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, which was then stationed in front of Petersburg, where he remained with his regiment until after the surrender of Lee. The war being then brought to a close, he received his honorable discharge in Harewood Hospital, in Washington, D. C, where lie had been sent on account of illness. For nine months he was actively engaged in service and proved a faithful soldier. He participated in the Grand Review at Washington and then joined his family in Illinois, whither they had come a few weeks previous.

Mr. Hart has had control of his present farm for twenty-three years and it has been his property for some years past. The land is under a high state of cultivation and the place is well supplied with good farm buildings, such as one expects to see on the place of a model farmer. In connection with the raising of cereals, he also engaged extensively in the dairy and creamery business, which he established in 1872, and carried on until quite recently, keeping from forty to fifty cows for this purpose. He now represents the Condensed Milk Company, and has twenty cows. Mr. Hart possesses good business ability, and by his enterprise and good management has become a substantial farmer of this community.

In Dixon Mr. Hart led to the marriage altar Miss Emeline Hinds, a native of Susquehanna County, Pa., born June 21, 1846. Her father, Almond Hinds, was born in the same county, where he grew to manhood and married Miss Jane Fowler, a native of Greene County, N. Y. Both were of English descent, In 1855 they left the East for Illinois, locating in Dixon, where Mr. Hinds followed his trade of shoemaking for some years, but later lived retired. He died in Dixon at the age of sixty-eight. His wife still survives him and is living in that city at the age of sixty-five. In religious belief she is a Baptist, and to that church Mr. Hinds also belonged.

Mrs. Hart is the youngest of four daughters, all of whom are yet living. The eldest, Agnes, is the widow of Jerome Holbrook, and resides in Dixon; Mary is the wife of Almond Doolittle, of Chicago; and Laura is the widow of John Mellvane, also of Chicago.

In the public schools of Dixon, Mrs. Hart acquired her education. She is a lady of intelligence and culture, and by her marriage has become the mother of two children: Sybil and Leon. Mr. Hart exercises his right of franchise in the support of the Republican party, of which he is a stanch advocate, and in his social relations he is a Mason and a member of the Modern Woodmen.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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