Lee County Biographies


For My Children and All Concerned.
Mt. Carroll, Ill. Oct. 2, 1916

I was born in Berwick, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania May 31, 1836. My parents were Jacob and Nancy Kulp Hittle, natives of Pennsylvania.

I came with my parents in 1838 to Indiana and in 1841 came to Illinois, landing in Dixon October 2nd of the same year. My early life was that of a pioneer. I lived in a cabin and wore homespun. My father was a successful farmer and raised good crops, plenty of grain and stock but no markets, and money was bad. Coin was scarce; our currency wouldn't pay taxes or buy land until we had the greenback system. I went to subscription schools. We always got our shoes made, and sometimes by men who went from house to house. But we never suffered for food. If a fat hog wouldn't sell we could eat it. After we came to Illinois we lived at the Grand Detour ferry until I was twelve years old, then my father bought a farm south of Grand Detour and lived there until he died in 1878.

I was married to John A. Sleer on February 27, 1862, and my husband entered the union army in July of the same year. He served one hundred days and was discharged, but in January, 1863, he re-enlisted in the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry and served until the close of the war.. We moved to Lanark August 1, 1865, where we lived until he died on July 16, 1909. My children are Dr. Marie A. Ames of North Platte, Nebr.; Clarence J. of La Crosse, Wis.; Lawrence Jay of Elkton, S. D.; and Lurena E., wife of Irve E. Petty, who died May 8, 1916. I have lived with her since my husband's death until the present time.

Written by Fannie Hittle Sleer Oct. 2, 1916 / Contributed by Elsie Harmon
Additional Information - Tombstone shows Fannie wife of John Adam Sleer b. May 31, 1836, Died Sept. 5, 1924. Law-Jones Funeral Burial Records in Savanna showed: #2474 Sleer, Fannie Mrs. Died 5 Sept. 1924 - Lanark Cemetery (Carroll County) Location C Book 1, Page 7, died of Chronic Nephritis
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