Biography - Isaac Lawler

Isaac F. LAWLER, retired farmer, Raymond, born in White County, Ill., May 9, 1836. His grandfather, John LAWLER, was a native of Tennessee, a farmer by occupation, and, during the war of 1812, Captain of a pack-horse company. John T., the father of our subject, was the third son of a family of eight children; was born in Talladega County, Ala., March 22,1805; a farmer, and, in his younger days, a pilot on the Wabash and Lower Mississippi Rivers; came to Fayette County, Ill., in 1831; remained one year; removed to White County, where he lived several years; thence to Greene County; stayed one year, and subsequently moved to Montgomery County, where he died August 15, 1863. During his life, he represented the Democratic party of White County in the Legislature for two terms; had previously been a magistrate, and, for eighteen years, Colonel of the State militia; during the Mexican war, he raised and equipped a company of soldiers, of which he was Captain, but which was not called out, though held in readiness till the close of the war. His wife, Susan BRADBURY, born in Kentucky May 15, 1801, died December 1, 1860. Isaac, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest of a family of four children, received a fair education, and began life as a merchant at Butler, where he built the third building used for business purposes in that town; there he remained one year, and then, giving up mercantile business, turned his attention to farming, which occupation he followed till 1865; in that year, he removed to Kansas City, Mo., where he followed the business of supplying contractors with sand for building purposes for twelve years; then, returning to Raymond, Ill., he purchased a farm, which he worked for a time, but eventually retired from farm life, rented his property and moved to Raymond with his family. He has been twice married; his first wife, Nancy C. CAYCE, whom he married in Montgomery County June 31, 1855, was born in Sangamon County, Ill., February 22, 1838, and died April 27, 1871; she was the mother of five children ? Juliet, Jehu Henry, John A., Abigail A. and James Franklin; her father, Elijah CAYCE was born in Kentucky; her mother, Dorcas A. WILLIAMS, was a native of Virginia, born May 18, 1806. He was married the second time, February 25, 1874, to Mrs. Naomi McGOWN, born in Macoupin County, Ill., June 15, 1849, daughter of Rev. William and Elizabeth (COURTNEY) FITZJARRELL; from this second union one child has been born - Cyrus Floyd. Mr. LAWLER has been Constable and Commissioner for several years. In politics, he is independent; is a member of the Methodist Church, and of the I. O. O. F.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 226-227.

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