From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 352-353, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Reuben Lancaster was born on a farm twelve miles north of
Georgetown, Kentucky, June 14, 1842. His father, Lewis Lancaster, was a
native of same locality, and his grandfather, Reuben Lancaster, for
whom the subject of our sketch was named, was born in the State of
Virginia, was reared and married in the Old Dominion and from there
removed to Kentucky, locating in Scott county, where he purchased a
tract of timber land, and out of the wilderness developed a fine farm.
At the time of his settlement on it there were no railroads in
Kentucky, and Cincinnati, sixty miles distant, was the nearest market
and depot for supplies. Lewis Lancaster was reared to agricultural
pursuits. After reaching his majority he bought a tract of partially
cleared land near the old home, and at the time of his death, which
occurred in September, 1852, had amassed quite a fortune in lands and
negroes. His wife, Jane Mallory, was born in Scott county, Kentucky,
the daughter of Charles and Mary Mallory, and died in August, 1852,
about one month prior to the death of her husband, leaving seven
children: Eliza, John, Bettie, Reuben, Thomas, James and Sylvester.
After the death of his parents, the subject of our sketch lived
with an uncle, Abram Mallory, one year after that with another uncle,
Green Mallory, three years. He then chose as his guardian Aaron Dills,
of Harrison county, Kentucky, with whom he lived until September, 1861,
when he enlisted as a private in Company B, Sixth Kentucky Cavalry, in
the service of the Union. In 1864, he was commissioned Captain of his
company, and remained in command until after the close of the war. He
participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, siege of
Atlanta and all of the principal engagements of the army of the
Cumberland. After the surrender of Lee, he was detached with his
company to capture Jefferson Davis, and was only five miles distant
when the rebel chieftain was captured, and saw him taken into Macon,
Georgia, a prisoner. Captain Lancaster was honorably discharged with
his regiment at Louisville, Kentucky, in September, 1865, and returned
to his home in Harrison county, Kentucky. In February, 1866, he came to
Cass county, Illinois, and engaged in farming near Ashland, continuing
there till December, 1874, when he was appointed Deputy by Sheriff
William Epler, and continued as such till December, 1876, the
expiration of Mr. Epler's term of office. From that time till February,
1890, he was engaged in the livery business. In 1890, he received the
appointment of Postmaster, at Virginia, which position he now holds.
In March, 1880, Captain Lancaster married Miss Sue Heaton, a
native of Cass county, Illinois, and a daughter of John and Mary J.
Heaton. They have two children, Earl and Iva.
Politically, he has always been a stanch Republican. He is a
member of Dawning Post, No. 321, G.A.R., Department of Illinois. Mrs.
Lancaster is a member of the Christian Church.