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THE ROBERT LEMEN FAMILY

Source for the family vitals: The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

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James Lemen, Senior, was born in Berkley County, Virginia, in the year 1760. He served two years in the war of the Revolution, after which he went to the vicinity of Wheeling, West Virginia, where he married Catharine Ogle, an older daughter of Captain Joseph Ogle. He came to Illinois in 1786, the year after his father-in-law. His trip to the new country was an eventful one. He came down the Ohio River with his family and household goods on a flat boat. One night while the boat was tied to the shore, the river fell consdierably, and the boat lodging on a stump, was overturned and sunk, and thus all his provisions and goods were lost. His oldest son, Robert, then three years old, floated out in the stream on the bed on which he lay. By strenuous effort he was rescued and his life was saved. Notwithstanding this discouraging misfortune, the family proceeded on their journey, and arrived at Kaskaskia, July 10, 1786, and shortly afterward settled at New Design, in the present county of Monroe. In after years he was a citizen of prominence and usefulness. He served in the office of Justice of the Peace and County Judge. He was also a prominent religious leader among the Baptists. His religious labors are referred to elsewhere.

Robert Lemen, the oldest son of James, was reared at New Design. In the year 1805 he married Hester Tolin, and settled in Ridge Prairie, about four miles north of where O'Fallon now is. Under the administration of John Quincy Adams he acted as Marshall for the State of Illinois. He also served as Justice of the Peace. In early times he acted as clerk of the Richland Baptist Church, and he was an original member of the Bethel Church, organized in 1809, of which he was clerk until 1845. He died in 1860.



Excerpt from the East St. Louis Action Project



Robert Lemen was born in the year of our Lord 1783 September the 25th

Hetty Tolin, his wife, was born in the year of our Lord 1789 January the 4th

Robert Lemen and hetty Toln were joined together in the Holy estate of matrimony by John Clark, a preacher of the Gospel in the year of our Lord 1805 July the 2nd

Milton Lemen their son was born in the year of our Lord 1806 April 1st

James Lemen their son was born in the year of our Lord 1807 April the 20th

Catharine Lemen their daughter was born in the year of our Lord 1808 November the 28th

John Tolin Lemen their son was born in the year of our Lord 1810 January the 28th

Joseph Lemen their son was born in the year of our Lord 1811 October the 12th

Emma Lemen their daughter was born in the year of our Lord 1813 January the 22nd

Isaac Lemen their son was born in the year of our Lord 1815 February the 2nd

Atiriam their daughter was born in the year of our Lord 1817 January the 23d

Robert Lemen their son was born n the year of our Lord 1818, May the 12th and departed this life May the 24th 1818

Hester Lemen their daughter was born in the year of our Lord 1819, July the seventh

Moses Lemen their son was born January the 23d 1821

Josiah Lemen their son was born June 8th in the year of our Lord 1823

William Lemen their son was born January the 6th in the year of our Lord 1825

Gideon S. Lemen their son was born March the 18th in the year of our Lord 1827

Rachel Lemen their daughter was born in the year of our Lord 1830 December 29

*Robert and his wife, along with other family members, are buried in the Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Collinsville, Illinois.


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