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Randolph County Illinois
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Note: These are extractions, not complete transcriptions, except where noted.
If anyone would care to transcribe the originals to replace these extractions, we would be VERY grateful!

George W. Leavitt
Leavitt, George W was born 11 Dec 1813 in KS. His parents were Abijah and Elizabeth from ME. They came to RC in 1803. From age 13 to 26, George carried the mail to St Louis. In 1840 he married Sarah Nifold the d/o Daniel. George's first wife died in 1864. They had 6 children all had died by 1894. In 1865 George married a second time to Sarah Meyers. Their children were: Emily, Annie, Jessie and Carrie. (1894)

Isaac Lehnheu
Lehnheu, Isaac was born 09 Sep 1824 in Switzerland. On 24 May 1849 he married Sophia Heitman, the d/o Herman and Margaret (Wayland). Sophia was born 01 May 1826. Isaac first lived in Steeleville where he owned a store, later the family moved to Chester and opened a hardware store. Isaac's children were: Rudolph D, Louis F (druggist), Adelia, Herman H and Emma. Isaac's father was Christian, who came to the US in 1833 to NYC. He was a miller by trade back in Spielz, Switerland. He moved his family to Stark Co, OH then to RC in the Ellis Grove area. Christian died in 1860. Isaac's mother was Elizabeth C (Klopsten), who died in 1844. Their children were: Isaac, Susan, John, Christian, Martha, Jacob and Elizabeth. (1894)
Leeper, A K was born in Beaver Co, PA on 26 Nov 1832. He graduated from University of PA in 1859 as a MD. C 1860 he relocated to Coulterville, Il and married Martha Rosborough in 1861 in Sparta. Their children were: Mary E, Eloise and Willie R. AK's father was Hugh, born in PA and married to Esther Harper d/o Samuel. Their other sons: Hugh, Joseph, William and John E all graduated from Jefferson College as Presbyterian ministers. (1875)

Garrett Leming
Leming, Garrett was born 09 May 1805 in NJ. He came to RC in 1859. He married Huldah Maines. Their children were: Henry and Mary E (see Bio for Henry Holmes). Garrett's father was Ezekiel who was married to Catherine Sheppard and then to Rebecca Cole. Garrett's grandfather was Thomas who had 7 children. (1875) [Sub by Lois Wessel]

Timothy Liddy
Liddy, Timothy was born in Limerick, Ireland on 24 Feb 1809. He came to the US in 1832 via Maine. In 1833 he moved to St Louis and remained there for 9 years. He came to RC and settled on Horse Prairie. He marries Margaret McKenna in 1842. She was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to the US in 1834. In 1865 Timothy suffered what appears to be a stroke. He died 16 Mar 1872 and she died 1871. Their children were James, Elizabeth (d c 1872), Maggie, Katie, John and Daniel. (1894)

John H. Lindsey
The present County Judge of Randolph County is a Virginian by birth, and has lived permanently in the County since the year 1857. He was born in Wythe County, Virginia, February, 1833, the son of Jessi Lindsey and his wife Catherine, whose maiden name was Kelley. The Lindsey family is of Scotch origin, and his mother was of Irish descent.
Judge Lindsey's education was received in Virginia. Up to the age of twenty he had attended only the common schools, which were of a very ordinary character. In the year 1852 he made his first visit to Illinois, and remained two years in Randolph County at work on a farm near Ellis Grove. On returning to Virginia in 1854, he embraced an opportunity of attending for a year the Hillsville Academy, a school of excellent reputation in the adjoining County of Carroll. For the two remaining years of his stay in Virginia he was principally engaged in teaching school. On the twenty-sixth of November, 1856, he was married to Margaret A. Mitchell, the daughter of John B. Mitchell, Esa., a prominent resident of Hillsville. Judge Lindsey had made her acquaintance while a student in the academy at that place.
In August, 1857, Mr. Lindsey removed to Randolph County. He located at Ellis Grove, where he took charge of a school. He was principally engaged in teaching till 1872. He came to Chester in 1863, and two years afterward removed to Kaskaskia, where he continued six years in charge of the public school. In 1871 he again took up his residence in Chester, and taught school for one year.
In 1872 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and at the same time took up the study of law. In November of 1873, he was chosen County Judge, a position which he at present occupies. Judge Lindsey has two children, is a staunch Democrat in politics, and has administered the duties of his office in a highly creditable and satisfactory manner. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Amos P. Lively
Lively, Amos P was born in RC T5R6 on 02 Mar 1829. His first wife was Melinda Cunningham, the d/o of Robert. His second wife was Ellen Beatty, the d/o Andrew. Amos' father was William who came to RC in 1818 from SC. William married Cynthia Ellett from Perry Co, IL. They had 11 children: Amos, Henry, Reuben, Luncinda, Elizabeth, Mathew, Cynthia, Jasper, Mary E, James (d in Andersonville Prison during CW) and Newton (d bef 1875). Amos' grandfather John was from SC, he fought in the Rev War, was a Ranger War of 1812, and the Black Hawk War. (1875)

Lachlan Livingston
Livingston, Lachlan 1817-1856 was born on the Isle of Lismore, Argyll, Scotland. He came to RC in the 1840's and settled in Sparta. In 1845 he married Eliza Ann McMillan the d/o John and Eliza McMillan. Eliza Ann was born 1827 in Eden. Lachlan farmed and engaged in blacksmithing. He and Eliza had two children, Dorothy Lauretta (b 1847) and John Alexander (b 1855). Lachlan, Eliza Ann and Dorothy all died within a six year period, leaving John Alexander an orphan at the age of six. He was sent to live with his great uncle, Dr Robert McMillan, a wealthy surgeon in San Francisco. John later moved to Eureka, CA where he engaged in business. [Submitted by Rob Livingston]

John N. Louvier
Louvier, John N was born in 1802 in Prairie du Rocher. On 05 Mar 1822 he married Mary Louise Blais. She died in 1867 after having 12 children. Some of their children were Eugene, Vietal, Gabriel, John and Josephine (all living in 1875). He then married on 09 Feb 1869 to Mary Louise Barbeau the d/o Antoine. John's father was Antoine who was born in 1767. His family came to RC when he was 10 to 15 years old. Antoine married Louise Langlois. Their children were, Cyprian, Benjamin, John N and one other child. (1875)

John Riley Lyons [Autobiography]
"I will attempt to give a brief sketch of my career and narrate some of the many changes that have taken place during my life, which in some ways seems to be brief, even now. I was born in Winnsboro, S. C. on Sept.14, 1814, of Scotch Irish parents, who emigrated to America in 1805. Not finding conditions in South Carolina congenial, our family moved to Illinois in 1833. Illinois was at that time only 15 years old and very little of the land had been taken up by settlers. I settled in the southern part of St. Clair county in Marissa township and have livered there continuously in this locality for 81 years. My first dwelling was of logs and had no windows. As there were no cooking stoves then: the open fireplace was used for cooking and heating. St. Louis, Mo., at that time, was only a very small river town, and Chicago had very recently found a place on the map. When I was a boy no steamboat had ever been seen on the Mississippi or any of the Western rivers. No steamship had ever crossed the ocean. The first railroad had not been built, and there were no faster means of transportation than the old stage coach. The lazy canal boat was the luxurious mode of travel in that day. The telegraph was an unheard of thing, and postage stamps and envelopes had not come into use nor were matches, lead pencils not steel pens in existence. I did not own or ride in a buggy until middle life."The one hundred years of my life certainly comprise the greatest century of progress the world has ever seen. The changes in farm life during the past seventy-five years have been marvelous. Our first wheat crops were harvested by hand, men doing the cutting with scythe, and cradle. The first power harvesting machine was introduced during the 1850 period and was a very crude affair. A few years later the McCormick reaper made its appearance, followed later by the McCormick self raking machine. In the 1870 period a binder attachment was perfected and the wheat harvesting business was in a large measure revolutionized. Our first wheat crops were thrashed by horses treading out same. Later horse power separators were introduces, which could turn out two or three hundred bushels a day, while now with a progressive steam thrashing outfit one thousand bushels is often thrashed in half a day."In January, 1843, I was married to Miss Mary MCKEE, of Randolph county, who proved to be a most valuable helpmate in every phase of pioneer life. Six children were born, all of whom have since died except one son, William McKee LYONS, a prominent business man of Marissa, ILL. The oldest son gave his life for his county in 1863, during the war between the states."I have always lived the simple life, always very regular in my habits-ate three square meals a day, drank no intoxicating liquor and never worked hard enough to break down my constitution. I was never a robust man, and many of my friends of early days predicted that I would not live to be half a hundred years old. They have all long since passed away, I believe the Lord has a purpose in prolonging my life. [Sparta "The Plaindealer", 28 May 1915, Pg 1]


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