From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 407-408, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George W. Lucas was born in Lee township, near Mount Sterling,
in June, 1845. His father was a native of Butler county, Ohio, named
Daniel R. Lucas, born in 1810. His father, John Lucas, was a native of
Virginia, a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and emigrated to Ohio,
where he died at an advanced age, having reared a large family, of whom
our subject's father was the youngest. He was reared on the farm to
that kind of life, and was educated in the English branches. After he
reached manhood he obtained a medical education by his own efforts. He
came to Mount Sterling when quite young, from Crawfordsville, Indiana,
and began the practice of medicine. He bought 160 acres of land two and
one-half miles southwest of Mounds, and sold it in 1851, three years
after he had bought it. From there he went to Texas. Prior to this he
and his brother-in-law, Dr. King, practiced medicine together in
Clayton, Adams county. He remained in Texas only one summer, and then
returned to Lee township and bought a farm of 160 acres one and
one-half miles south of this village, on which he settled and where he
died in 1884. He bought other lands, amounting in all to over 1,000
acres. He died January 26, 1884. He began life without any money, but
the handsome estate he left at his death was worth at least $30,000.
His wife was Sarah Ann Keith, of Kentucky, to whom he was married in
1836. They had twelve children, of whom nine are still living, and all
are married except one. Mrs. Lucas died in 1890, six years after her
His son, George W., followed his father in the choice of
profession, and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons
at Keokuk in 1878, and began his practice in the fall of the same year.
The Doctor takes a great interest in the affairs of his State and
county. In 1862, although only a boy of seventeen, he enlisted in the
Third Missouri Cavalry, and served three years without receiving any
wounds, although his health was impaired by the hardships of camp life.
His bravery was rewarded by a medal from Congress. He is a member of
the G.A.R., the R. K. McCoy Post, No. 311, of Clayton, Illinois. He has
never sought after public office, but is the candidate of the
Republicans in this district for the State Senate.
He was married in 1872, to Miss Josephine L. Kilby, daughter of
C. G. and Leora E. (Hubbell) Kilby. They were from Cleveland, Ohio, her
native State. They came to Illinois in 1870, but after four years
returned to Ohio. Mrs. Lucas is one of four children, namely: Mrs.
Lucas, Mary G. Kilby, Wilford H. Kilby and Amelia A. The father died in
1889, at the age of sixty-eight, but his wife is still living at her
home in Ohio, at the age of sixty-three. The maternal grandmother was
Annis Bell, and she lived to the age of ninety-three, not dying until
1881. Mrs. Lucas' maternal grandparents were Solyman and Lucinda
Hubbell. Mr. Hubbell was a lineal descendant of one James Hubbell, who
came to America in the early days of the settlement of Massachusetts,
and came to Ohio in a very early day, locating near Cleveland, where he
lived until his death, which occurred in October, 1874. Lucinda Hubbell
still lives with her daughter, Mrs. Kilby, aged eighty-three. The
paternal grandfather was William Kilby, a farmer of Massachusetts, who
died at eighty-six.
Dr. and Mrs. Lucas have the following children: Charles H., Lena
L., Mary Ethel and George D., aged nineteen, thirteen, eleven and nine,
respectively. The oldest son is at the Normal School at Valparaiso,
Indiana, in his second term, and is very proficient in his studies. Dr.
Lucas has a good practice and his skill is depended upon by all the
best people in the township and surrounding county.