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mainder of his life. Our subject's mother was
born in Sumner County, Tenn., and is now re-
siding in Mt. Vernon. She is the mother of
seven children, of whom the following are now
living : James D., our subject; Mary P., wife
of Henrj- F. Waters ; Chloe C , wife of David
H. Warren ; A. Curt, and John N. James
D. Johnson was reared in .Mt. Vernon, and was
educated in the schools of the county. In
1857, he engaged as clerk in a store for James
M. Pace, for three years, and at the expiration
of that time engaged in merchandising on his
own account, continuing the same until Au-
gust, 1862, when he entered the late civil war
as a private in Company B, of the One Hun-
dred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Inl'antry,
under command of Col. T. S. Casey, and was
mustered out of the service in May, 186,3.
He then returned home, and engaged in mer-
chandising, and is at present engaged in the
same business, on the east side of the public
square. His stock of goods comprises every-
thing found in a first-class general store. He
was one of the gentlemen who built the large
wollen mills of this cit}', and was a partner of
the same for fifteen years. In October, 1860,
he married Miss Martha Boswell, a native of
Princeton, Ind., who died in September, 1870.
leaving three children, viz.: Lucius H., Sarah
A. and Alva C. In June. 1875, he married a



second time, Miss Arabella Courtney, a native
of Danville. III. This union has been blessed
with two children, of whom one is now living,
viz., Leroy C. Mr. Johnson and wife are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church ;
he is a Republican in politics, and has served
the people in manj- of the town offices.

DR. A. C. JOHNSON, druggist. Mount Ver-
non, a son of John N. and Sarah T. (Hobbs)
Johnson, was born in Mount Vernon, Jefferson
Co., Ill, on the 17th of August, 18-47. He was
reared in this county, and was educated in the
Mount Vernon High Schools. After his fiither's
death, he engaged as clerk in the mercantile
establishment of James M. Pace, and remained
with him for a period of two years. He then
engaged as clerk in a drug store for Dr. E.
Welborn, and remained thus engaged for three
years. In 1865, he engaged in the grocery
business on his own account. In 1866, he be-
gan the study of medicine with Hiram S. Plum-
mer, M. D., and after one and one-half years'
study, entered the Miami Medical College at
Cincinnati, graduated, and entered upon the
practice of his profession in Elk Prairie Town-
ship, Jefferson County, and the following year
came to Mount Vernon and engaged in the
drug business, at which he still continues. In
October, 1868, he married Miss Amelia R.
Stratton, daughter of Capt. S. T. Stratton. They
have two children. Politically, he is a Repub-
lican, an enterprising and public-spirited citizen.

JAMES K. JONES, farmer, P. 0. Mount
Vernon, was born August 14, 1816, in Vir-
ginia. He is a son of George Jones, also a
native of Virginia, and a farmer by occupa-
tion. He died in Jennings County, Ind. The
mother of our subject. Prudence (Keith) Jones,
was a native of Virginia, but died in Jen-
nings County, Ind. She was a daughter of
Rev. Keith, a farmer and minister by occupa-
tion. She was the mother of nine children,
of whom five are now living. Our subject was
educated in Indiana. He came to this county



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in the fall of 1864, and has followed farming
with good success. He built and owned the
Opdyke Mills, managing it for some time with
good success ; he finally rented it to other par-
ties, and afterward ran it again himself for
four years, when he sold out and came to live
at Mount Vernon. Our subject was joined in
matrimony twice. His first wife, Hannah S.
Keller, was a native of Indiana, and died in
March, 1872, in this county ; she was the
mother of the following children : Isabella
Stonemetts, Mary Stratton. Jessie D., Frederich
C. and Virginia H. Kline. Mr. Jones' present
wife. Miss Hannah A. Montgomerj-, is a native
of Ohio, but was reared in Indiana. Her
father, Alexander Montgomery, was a native
of New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are mem-
bers of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He
is a Democrat and an A., F. & A. M. They
are raising a little grand-daughter, whose name
is Eva C. Yost.

WILLIAM A. JONES, physician. Mount
Vernon, was born December 24, 1857, in Shiloh
Township, Jefferson Co., 111. His father, Sam-
uel W. Jones, was a native of Indiana, where
he was a farmer bj- occupation. He came here
in the fall of 1857, farming nine 3-ears on
Moore's Prairie, and finally moved back to Shi-
loh Township, where he had first settled. His
father. George Jones, was a native of Virginia,
but died in Indiana. More about the Jones
family is found in another part of this work.
The mother of our subject, Mary A. (Henry)
Jones, vvas a native of Indiana ; she is a daugh-
ter of John Henry ; she is yet living, loved
and respected by all who come in contact with
her, and is the mother of nine children, viz.,
Nanny P. Wells, George H., Gilbert D., William
A., John C, Mary E., Minnie M., Anna M., and
Samuel S. (deceased). Our subject was edu
cated mostly in the common schools of Jeffer-
son Count3^ He attended medical lectures at
the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, Mo.,
where he graduated March 4, 1880. After



practicing ten months he removed to
Mount Vernon February 1, 1881, where
he is now engaged in the practice of his
profession, enjoying the confidence and esteem
of a large number of people in both town and
countr}', and building for himself an enviable
reputation. He is a member of the A., F. & A.
M., Marion Lodge, No. 31. In politics, he has
been identified with the Democratic party, and
for the last two j-ears has filled the office of
County Physician with tact and ability.

WILLIS A. KELLER, farmer and livery
stable, P. 0. Mt. Vernon, was born in Lincoln
County, Tenn., July 1, 1826. His father, John
Keller, was born in North Carolina July 17,
1804, and moved with his parents to Bedford
County, Tenn., in 1814, where he received
his education and married. In December, 1841,
he moved with his family to Jefferson Countj',
111., and settled in Elk Prairie Township. He
was a farmer by occupation, but in the win-
ter often worked at shoe-making and cooper-
ing. In 1847, he enlisted in the United States
service of the Mexican war, and died in Jala-
pa, Mexico, in January, 1847, from a disease
contracted while in the service. His wife, Marj-
(Nees) Keller, was a native of Lincoln Countj',
Tenn., born in 1805, and died in Jefferson
County, 111., in December, 1869. She was the
mother of ten children, of whom Elizabeth,
Jane, Willis and Jesse are now living. Willis
A. Keller was reared on the farm, and received
but a limited education. At ten years of age
he began working out on a farm by the month,
and continued the same until he was nineteen
3-ears of age, when he married and engaged in
farming on his own account. He commenced
on a capital of less than $10, and rented land;
but by good management, economj- and integ-
rity he became verv successful, and accumu-
lated over 1.000 acres. In connection with his
farm, he has, for two years, been engaged in
the livery business in Mt. Vernon. He was
married, January 7, 1846, to Miss Marj- Dodds,



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a native of Kentucky, born November 29, 1829,
and died in Jefferson County, 111., July 1, 1865,
leaving four children, viz.: Sarah E., wife of
George W. Yost; Judge C A. Keller; Amanda,
wife of Robert Lloyd, of Kentucky, and Min-
nie E., wife of Julian, Frochock. Mr. Keller
married a second time in 18G6, Mrs. Lucj'
Rentchler a native of Mt. Vernon. She has
borne him three children, viz.; Mary J., Lu-
tliema and Charles R. Mr. Keller is a self-
made man, a Democrat in politics, and a mem-
ber of the I. 0. O. F. and A. F. & A. M.

JUDGE COLUMBUS A. KELLER, lawyer,
Mt. Vernon, isanativeofthis county, having been
born aboutthree milessouthwestofMt. Vernon,
November 24, 1851. He was raised on the home
farm, and during his youth gave his attention
to farming pursuits. In the common schools
of the vicinity ' he obtained his early school-
ing, which he supplemented b}" a three years'
course of study, under the preceptorship of
Prof T. H. Herdman, then of Mt. Vernon, now
a Methodist clergyman residing near Vanda-
lia, 111. Becoming dissatisfied with life on the
farm, he evinced an earl}- desire to cast his
lot with some of the higher profession. That
of law appeared to possess greater attractions
for him than an}- other, and he resolved to give
lioth time and money to the prosecution of
studies in this direction, and accordingly, in
1869, he entered the McKendree College, Leb-
anon, 111., where he subsequently passed the
required examination, and graduated with hon-
or in 1871. He returned home and continued
his studies under Judge James M. Pollock, and in
the fall of 1872 entered the Ann Arbor Law
University, where he acquired such a profi-
ciencj- in his studies, that he was enabled to
creditably' pass a rigid examination in open
Supreme Court at Ottawa, 111. Judge Pol-
lock took him in as a partner, the partnership
lasting until 1877, when our subject was elect-
ed County Judge of Jefferson County for four
years, during which time he discharged the



duties thereof to the credit of himself and to
the satisfaction of the people at large. Upon
his retirement from office, he resumed the
practice of his profession, and is at present
thus engaged. September 16, 1873, he mar-
ried, in Lebanon, III, Miss Nellie F. Raymond,
a native of California, and a daughter of
Charles R. and Jennie L. Raymond. This
union has been blessed with three children, viz.,
May, Raymond and Willis. In politics, the
Judge takes an active interest, being identified
with the Democrat party. He is Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., and is also a
member of the A. 0. U. W., K. of H., and R.
T. of T. It is seldom that we find one who has
ascended the ladder of fame with more rapid
strides than has Judge Keller. Rising from
the lowly position of a farm boy to that of
Judge of a wealthy and populous county, and
that, too, at an age which made him by far the
3'oungest in the State of Illinois, entitles him
to that honor and praise which is due to those
whose pathway is strewn, not with flowers as
some might suppose, but at whose every step
are met obstacles and adversities which deter-
mination and perseverance can only surmount.
C. KOONS, physician, Mt. Vernon. Among
the j'oung and rising phj-sicians of this county
who owe their high standing and the confidence
that the people place in them not to inherited
wealth or fame, but to their own exertions and
go-ahead spirit, we are glad to count him whose
name heads this sketch. He was born July
16, 1849, in Athens, Ohio. His father, Jona-
than Koons, is a native of Pennsylvania, and a
farmer and mechanic by occupation. He came
to Illinois in 1855, and is yet living in the
north part of Franklin Count}'. His father,
Peter Koons, was a native of Bedford County,
Penn., near the old battle-field of Bloody Run.
He was a farmer and died in Pennsylvania.
The mother of our subject, Abigail (Bishop)
Koons, was a native of New Hampshire, and
died in Franklin Count}', 111. She was a dauj^h-



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tur of Rev. G. Bishop, a minister of the Bap-
tist Church aud oue of the greatest revivalist
in his day. Eight boys and two girls were the
result of this happy union. Seven are now
living — Xahum W., James R., John A., George
E., Joseph B., Quintillia Taylor aud Ciuder-
rellus, our suliject, who received a common
school education at Taylor's Hill in Frauklin
County, and received his medical education at
the American Medical College, St. Louis, Mo.,
graduating May 16, 1876, after which he fol-
lowed his profession two years in Franklin
County, and since 1878 in this county, being
located at Belle Rive. June 8, 1883, he located
in Mt. Vernon, where he now follows his pro-
fession. Dr. Koons was joined in matrimonj',
October 9, 1870, to Miss Sarah J. Border, born
May 29, 1846, in Athens County, Ohio. Her
parents, Joseph and Jemima (Jones) Border,
were natives of Ohio. Two children blessed
this union — Alice, deceased, and Nellie, born
January 1, 1880. Dr. Koons has always been an
ardent Republican. His two older brothers, S.
B. Koons and J. R. Koons, were soldiers in our
late war. The former died while in the army.
SAMUEL K. LATHAM, farmer, P. 0. Mt.
Vernon, was born April 14, 1839, in Jefferson
County, 111. His father, James Latham, was a
native of Ireland, but reared in Vermont. The
mother of our subject, Anna (Johnson) La-
tham, was born in 1798 in Virginia, but reared
in Tennessee, aud at the age of twentj-one
came to this county with her parents, Louis
and Frankie (Stone) Johnson, natives of Vir-
ginia. Mrs. Anna Latham is yet living, and,
although in her eighty-fifth year, is quite
strong, and at this writing does a great deal of
work. She is the mother of nine children, of
whom eight were with her first husband, Ran-
som Moss, a native of Virginia. He died in
this count}'. She has altogether 150 offspring,
including children, grandchildren and great-
grandchildren, of whom a few are deceased.
She is a lady who is loved and cherished by all



with whom she comes in contact. She has
seen almost three generations rise and pass
away. Our subject went to school when the
subscription plan was in vogue. He f:\rmed
till November 10, 1861, when he enlisted in
Company C, of the Sixtieth Illinois Volunteer
Infantr}'. After the second year, he veteran-
ized aud re-enlisted, serving till 1864, when he
was honorably* discharged on account of disa-
bility. Since then he has been looking after his
form interest. He has also been Postmaster
of Mt. Vernon for thirteen years. He was
joined in matrimony August 12, 1858, in this
county, to Miss Emeline T. Dukes, born October
21, 1838, in Tennessee. Her parents. Jackson
and Elender (Rife) Dukes, were natives of
Tennessee, having come to this county almost
forty-five years ago. Eight children now liv-
ing are the result of this happy uuiou — Em-
ma A., John S. and Clara A. (twins), Charles
L., Delia M., Mandy. Nora and Nina. Mr. and
Mrs. Latham and three children are connected
with the M. E. Church, In politics, Mr. La-
tham is a Republican, casting his first vote for
Old Abe.

C. W. LINDLEY, merchant, Mt. Vernon,
was born August 20, 1847, in Lincoln
County, Tenn., son of Thomas J. Lindley, who
was a native of Vermont, and a millwright and
machinist by occupation, who died in Franklin
County, 111., his father being Oliver Lindley, a
native of Connecticut, and a farmer by occupa-
tion. The mother of our subject, Virginia (Tim-
mons) Lindlej, a native of Tennessee, was the
mother often children. At the age of two years,
our suljject was crippled by paralysis, and up to
the age of twelve he could not walk. He read
a great deal, and attended school in different
places, viz.: Oakhill Seminary and Manchester,
Tenn. After that, in 1863, he came to Illinois
and attended school in Shawneetown, Spring-
garden, and then at Mt. Vernon, where he
clerked about sixteen years, aud then was
elected Countv Treasurer iu 1879, serving till



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December, 1882, filling the office with tact and
ability, being the only Republican that has
ever filled that office. Previous to that, ho had
been Township Collector for two years. In
March, 1882, he opened a grocery store, which
he has continued ever since. He was married,
in Mt. Vernon, to Miss Kate Hitchcock, born
July 14, 1847, in Terre Haute, Ind., daughter
of Dr. John W. Hitchcock, and is the mother
of two children, viz.: Neil (deceased) and Cliff,
born February 12, 1881. Mrs. Lindley is a
member of the Congregational Church. He is
a member of the Christian Church, and also a
member of K. of H., I. 0. M. A., and Iron Hall;
has been City Treasurer for four years; is a
Republican in politics.

C. B. LINDSEY, merchant. Mount Ver-
non, was born April 15, 1853, in St.
Louis, Mo., son of John Lindsay, a na-
tive of Washington, N. Y., born October
23, 1815, a harness-maker by occupation. He
is yet living in Weatherford, Tex. He came to
Illinois in 1840, but for the last nine years has
lived in Texas. His father, Theodore Lindsey,
and his grandfather, John Lindsey, Sr., were
soldiers in the war of 1812. The latter died
from wounds received in the war. John Lind-
sey le.arned his trade in Troy, N. Y.; he finished
in Utica, N. Y., and followed it in BuflTalo,
Cleveland, Troy, N. Y., and Troy, 111. In 1844,
he went to St. Louis, and in 1849 went to Cal-
ifornia, returning to St. Louis in 1851, and to
Madison County, 111., in 1853. From there, in
1859, he went to Montgomery County, III., and
then, in 1875, he went to Texas, where he now
resides. The mother of our subject, Caroline
(Smith) Lindsey, was a native of New York.
She is a daughter of Amos Smith, who lived
to be ninety -six years old, dying the centennial
year. She is the mother of ten children, of
whom five are now living, viz.: Julia A. Whit-
zell, Rebecca J. Huey. Lottie M. Campbell,
Charles B., our subject, and Jennie L. Fouke.
Our subject was educated in Illinois. He



studied pharmacy in the New York College of
Pharmacy, New York City, returning to Illinois
in 1878, clerking in Taylorville, Christian Coun-
ty, one year, when he went to Warrcuton,
Mo., where he opened a drug store, continued
it one year, then sold out and started for Texas;
was wrecked in a railroad disaster, and returned
to Illinois, where he clerked in McLeansboro
till June, 1881. August 17, 1881, he was mar-
ried, in Mt. Vernon, to Mrs. Belle Reardon, and
went to Fort Worth, Tex., where he clerked in
a drug store till March, 1883, when he returned
to Mt. Vernon, where he now runs a harness
shop. Our subject is a member of three soci-
eties, viz.: Knights of Honor, Odd Fellows and
Ancient Order of United Workman. In pol-
itics, he has never taken an active part, and is
identified with no particular party, voting for
the best man. Mrs. Lindsey is the mother of
one boy, Edgar B., born September 5, 1882.

JOHN P. LISENBEY, farmer, P. 0. Mt. Ver-
non, is an old settler of Jefl'erson County, and
therefore is entitled to more than a passing
notice. He was born in East Tennessee May
19, 1822, and is a son of William Lisenbey (de-
ceased), a native of Tennessee also. Our sub-
ject spent his bo3'hood days on his fatiier's ferr}-
boat at Walton's Ferry, on the Tennessee Rive»,
in Ray County. He came with his parents to
this count}- in 1833, where he has since resided.
He served one year in the Mexican war, in Com-
pany H, Third Regiment Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, and participated in the battles of Cer-
ro Gordo and Vera Cruz. Mr. Lisenbey was
married, August 31, 1847, to Miss Frances
Hawkins, a daughter of Meredith and Martha
Hawkins. This union has been blessed with
eight children, six of whom are living — Laura.
Huldah M., Idelia, William M., Benjamin and
Charles M. One daughter, Clara, died at the
age of fourteen years; the other one, Martha
J., died at the age of four years. Mr. Lisenbey
owns forty acres of valuable land, and is en-
gaged in general farming. He is a memlier of
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JOHN W. LOCK, D. D., minister, Mount
Vernon. The subject of this sketch is another
exemplification of the truth that character
does not die ; that traits of mind, as well as
physique, are handed down for generations,
sometimes obscured, sometimes marvelously
developed by circumstance. Dr. Lock was
born February 12, 1822, in Paris, Bourbon Co.,
Ky.. and is a son of Kev. George Lock.
The grandfather of our subject, David Lock,
was a native of the North of Ireland ; his
father, grandfather and great-grandfather
were all ministers of the Established
Church of England ; he was also educated for
the ministry, but after his arrival in this coun-
try he followed the profession of teaching in
Pennsylvania and Kentucky, and finally died
in Kaskaskia, 111. The father was born in
Pennsylvania in 1797, but was raised and edu-
cated principally in Kentucky. In 1816, he
entered the ministry at an early age. The first
year of his ministry was spent in the mount-
ains of Tennessee. He afterward removed to
Indiana, and was finally elected Presiding
Elder of a district that was 200 miles long and
100 miles wide. It extended on both sides of
the Wabash, through Illinois and Indiana, with
headquarters at Mt. Carmel, 111. He died in
1834, and his memory is fondly cherished by
the people over whom he watched as a tender
shepherd for so many years. The mother of
our subject, Elizabeth B. McKeynolds, was
born in 1802, in Virginia, and was a daughter !
of Robert McReynolds, who was also a native
of that State and a farmer by occupation ; she
was a teacher by profession, and followed it
after her marriage ; she died at New Albany
in 1858. Subject is the only one living of a
family of six children. His education was re-
ceived atthe Augusta College, Kentucky, where
he fitted himself for the ministry. He com-
menced to preach in the fall of 1843, at Bain-
bridge, Ohio. In 1850, he was transferred to
the Indiana Conference, and served at Bevay



and Rising Sun. Was next appointed Presi-
dent of the Brookville College, and served in
that institution four years, and was then ap-
pointed the Presiding Elder of that district.
In 1860, he was elected to the Chair of Mathe-
matics in the Indiana Asbur}' University, and
filled that position creditably to himself and
the institution for twelve years. In 1872, here-
signed from the faculty, and was appointed to
the pastorate at Jeffersonville, Ind. After two
years' service there, however, he was elected
President of the McKendree College at Leba-
non, 111. He resigned that capacity after four
years of service, and was appointed Presiding
Elder of the Lebanon, 111., district. In 1881,
he was transferred to the pastorate of the M.
E. Church at Mt. Vernon, where he is still sta-
tioned. His life thus far has been a very busy
one. In connection with his other ministerial
duties, he has served from his conference as
delegate to the general conference four times.
In connection with the degree of B. A., which
he received from his Alma Mater at the time of
graduation, he also took a post graduate course,
and in 1845 was given the degree of M. A., and
while professor iu Asburj- was given the degree
of D. D. Dr. Lock was joined in matrimony,
in Jacksonville, Ohio, on June 11, 1846. to
Miss Matilda Wood. This lady was born in
Adams Countj-, Ohio, on April 20, 1827, and is
a daughter of Col. Samuel R. Wood (a soldier
of the war of 1812 and a native of Kentucky)
and Ruth (Shoemaker) Wood, a native of Ohio.
Seven children have come to bless this union,
of whom three are now living, viz.: George W.
(a lawyer in East St. Louis), Bettie L., wife of
Mr. Hamilton, of Jerseyville, 111., and Rev.
Edwin, now preaching at Sebetha, Kan, Sub-
ject is a member of the A. F. & A. M. and I.
0. 0. F., and in politics is a Republican.

CHARLES HARDY MAXEY, farmer, P. 0.
Mt. Vernon, was born in Sumner County, Tenn.,
July 26, 1805, and is a son of William Maxey,
deceased, a pioneer of Sumner County, Tenn.,



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and one of the first settlers of this countj\
Our subject's grandfather, Jesse Maxej', was a
native of Virginia, and a pioneer of Ten-
nessee, where he was at one time scalped, toma-
hawked and left for dead bj- the Indians, but
recovered and lived several j-ears. Mr. Maxey
came with his parents and settled among the
Indians and wild animals in this county in
1818. He attended the first school ever taught
in Jefferson County. Joel Pace was the
teacher, and the house was a log cabin, with a
dirt floor, split poles, with pins in them for
seats, and a puncheon writing desk fastened on
pins in the wall, just beneath a crack in the
wall, used for window. Mr. Maxey was married,
April 1, 1824, to Sallie Bruce, a daughter of
Azariah B. Bruce (deceased). They have
had eight children, five of whom they raised
to maturit)-, viz.: Artamissa C. (deceased, leav-
ing four children), Mai^- E., Martha E., Susan
B. and Druscilla J. Our subject owns 136 acres
of land, and has always been a farmer. He is
a consistent member of the Methodist Episco-
pal Church South.

SAMUEL T. MAXEY, farmer, P. 0. Mt.
Vernon. The subject of this sketch was born in



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