Lee County Biography

Viloa Township

EDWARD CHANCEY LAMB is one of the leading citizens of Viola Township, where he is engaged in the business of farming and stock-raising, and he has been prominent in public life in various high official capacities. Watertown, Delaware County, N. Y., is the place of his birth, and July 15, 1844, the date thereof. He is a son of Smith Lamb, who was at one time a resident of this county.

The father of our subject was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., and was a son of David Lamb, who was a farmer of that State, of which it is thought that he was a native. He came from there to Illinois in 1860, and spent the last part of his life in Bureau County, as did also his wife, whose maiden name was Matilda Smith. Smith Lamb lived in the Empire State until 1849, settling in Delaware County after his marriage with Eliza Dayton, who was likewise a native of New York. In that year he became a pioneer of Wisconsin, whither he went by canal and lakes to Milwaukee. He settled near Neosha, lived there two years, and at the end of that time came to this State. He bought a farm near Lamoille, in Bureau County, where he resided until after the death of his wife, in 1854. His next move was to Victoria, Knox County, and on the farm that he purchased at that point he dwelt the ensuing five years. He then sold that place, and going back to Bureau County, farmed on rented land a few years. In 1860 he came to Lee County, and resided in Brooklyn Township until 1870, when he went to Minnesota, and buying a farm on Parker Prairie, Otter County, lived there some twenty-one years. In 1891 he went to Marble Rock, Floyd County, and is making his home there with his son Charles E.

Our subject, who is one of a family of twelve children, was very young when his parents brought him to Illinois. At that time much of the prairie land in this vicinity was owned by the Government, and was still in a wild condition, except where the pioneers had reclaimed some of the country from a state of nature, and deer and other kinds of game, not now found here, were plentiful. Mr. Lamb remained with his parents until 1864, and then at the age of twenty years, married and settled on the farm where he now resides, which is pleasantly located in a fertile and fruitful farming region in Viola Township, and under his able management holds abundant harvests, while everything about the place is orderly, and gives evidence that our subject is a good type of the intelligent modern farmer, who uses brain as well as muscle in carrying on agriculture.

Mr. Lamb and Miss Mary Little were united in marriage June 12, 1864. They have two children living - William J., and George Walter. William married Eliza Kelley, and they have two children, Wilber and Grace. The wife of our subject is a daughter of Andrew and Charity (Ross) Little, and the farm on which she lives with her husband was her birthplace and has always been her home. Her parents were pioneers of the county, and an account of them is given in the biography of Walter Little on another page of this work.

The principles of the Republican party have always had the hearty approval and support of our subject. Since becoming a resident of this county he has mingled in its public life as an incumbent of important offices, in which he showed himself alive to the interests of the community. He was at one time Deputy Sheriff, and he has represented Viola Township as a member of the County Board of Supervisors.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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