The following is biographical information abstracted from
Portrait and Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties

Chicago Biographical Publishing Company


born at Jamestown, Chautauqua County, NY, 17 Jan 1831
father: David Pierce, also a native of New York, born in Hoosick, Rensselear County, a noted Knickerbocker family, moved to Pope County 1859; died 1876 at age 74
mother: Jane Jackson, born Chautauqua County, NY, a dau of Daniel Jackson; died 1890 at age 78
siblings: Lovina, Isabelle and Andrew J.
married: Orilla Willard of Naperville in 1857
children: May, wife of Frank Staubitz; Walter; Carrie, wife of Charles Steyer; Henry


born 12 Nov 1844, Pope County, IL
father: Lewis Field, native of KY; died 20 July 1859, age 62
mother: Sarah Fisher, native of KY; died 21 Jan 1883, age 72
paternal grandfather: Lewis Field, emigrated from KY in 1810
military: enlisted 29 Sep 1863, Co G, 6th IL Calvary
married: 29 Nov 1877, Minnie Trovillion, born Columbus, Pope County, IL, 29 April 1861; father born TN; mother born Pope County, IL
children: 7; living: Lucy E.; Allie M.; Lewis; Bertha; Abner


born: TN, 8 Nov 1827
father: Royal B. Broadway, native of VA
mother: Nancy O'Neil, born TN
paternal grandfather: John B. Broadway, native of VA
married: 14 Nov 1850, Elizabeth Frieze, born Green Co, TN, 14 Apr 1826
children: Mary Elizabeth, born 8 Nov 1862


born: 10 Apr 1830, Lancaster Co, PA
father: Patrick Ready, died Carroll County, KY, about 1839
mother: Mary _?_ , died about 1832
married: 1862, Elizabeth J. McCoy, born Golconda, IL, dau of Dr. George and Mary A. McCoy, she died 1882
children: George, died age 22; Augusta A.; Alice; Arthur; Grace
married 2nd: Elizabeth Sutherland, born Golconda, IL
child: Ruth


born: 17 Mar 1860, Massac Co, IL
father: Jacob W. Crow
married: 10 Oct 1883, Flora Hemphill, born Pope Co, IL, dau of Samuel D. Hemphill


born: 1824, Pope Co, IL
father: John Collier, born NC in 1761, died 1833 age 72
grandfather: John Collier, of Irish descent, Revolutionary War soldier, had family of 7 sons
mother: Elizabeth Pitchford, md. 1818 in Pope Co, IL Territory, died 1837
married: 1861, Margaret Hogg, dau of Joseh and Keziah (Derman) Vaughn, born 28 May 1834, Pope Co, IL
children: Mary C., wife of Green VanBibber, died Mar 1892; David; Aseneth, widow of John Asbell; James; John W.; 6 more deceased


born: 12 Apr 1835, Williamson Co, TN
father: William H. Cullum, born NC 12 Sept 1799, a wagon maker, chair maker and farmer; moved to Pope Co 1842, died 1858
mother: Hixil Simmons of TN; married 12 Oct 1817; died winter 1862 age 60
married: ar 1856 Sarah Ann Vaughn, dau of Jackson Vaughn, born Pope Co, IL, 1836
children: Nancy Minerva, wife of James A. Ramsey; May C., wife of Casper Cummins; William J.; Cora A., wife of Alfred Rose; Flora A.; John T.; Thomas H.
military service: Co A, 120th IL Inf, enlisted 1862


born NC 1825
father: Americus Wheeler, native of NC
mother: Rachel Primrose
married: abt. 1859 in TN, Rachael A. Yarbrough


born: 1833, Pope Co, IL
father: George Moyers, born 1784, VA; shoemaker
grandfather: Peter Moyers, born Germany
mother: Polly Windle, born VA, in Shenandoah Valley
married: Parmelia Morse; died Dec 1858
children: John W
married 2nd: 8 Nov 1866, Mrs. Louisa Jenkins, nee Shufflebarger, dau of R.S. Shufflebarger
children: Lenora, wife of William V. Harper; Mary L., wife of Moses Lay; William C.; 1 died in infancy
military service: Co E, 120th IL Inf; prisoner at Andersonville for 10 months


born: Butler Co, KY, 24 Oct 1826
father: Henry G. Laurence, born Butler Co, KY, abt 1897
grandfather: Thomas Laurence, Revolutionary War Soldier from VA
married: Marshall Co, KY, 29 Nov 1849, Mary T. Feezor, dau of George and Mary (Ivy) Feezor; died 22 Jan 1875
children: six sons, five daughters
married 2nd: Mrs. Nancy E. Harris, dau of W.L. and Mary (Harwood) Wootton
children: 3 sons, 2 daughters


born: Barholomew Co, IN, 9 Nov 1825
father: Aaron Taylor, born OH, moved to Pope Co, IL, 1933; killed 1836 by falling tree
mother: Anna Lee, dau of John Lee, born IN, died Pope Co, IL, 1834
married: Catherine Formwalt of Middle TN, 22 Nov 1847
children: Jonathan F., lawyer of Carbondale md with 4 sons; Spencer B., farmer of Goconda Pct. has 3 dau and 2 sons; Caleb M., farms near parents, has 4 sons and 1 dau; Richard F., prosecuting attorney of Elizabethtown, has 1 son and 1 dau; William F., a Poplar Bluff, MO, physician; Priscilla I, wife of Daniel Flannery; one son and 2 daus they buried in infancy


born: Lynchburg, TN, 23 Apr 1843
father: James M. Abbott, "died fighting for the Stars and Stripes", born NC in 1814 a son of Sterling Abbott, native of NC, moved to Pope Co fall of 1848; enlisted Co K, 136th IL Inf, died in service, buried St. Louis
mother: Susan Merrill, native of NC, dau of Evans Merrill, thought to be born in PA, a Revolutionary soldier. She died 1889 on home farm
married: 1869 to Mary Slagle, native of Golconda, dau of John R. and Isabelle (Aldrich) Slagle, natives of IN
military service: enlisted 24 Sept 1861 in Co G, 6th IL Calvary

Transcribed to ASCII Text format by Lyman S. Devin (asper@thuntek.net) - July 1997 Transcriber's Comments: This appears to be a vanity type of publication with most of the information provided by the "reviewed person". The narrative was probably based on either the completion of a form by the reviewed person or brief interview, recorded to a standard format. The basis for this conclusion is the redundant information and the manner of presentation. The genealogical information in this biography is rich and valuable. The personal touches indicate the information could have only come directly from James R. Steagall. No changes were made in this narrative.
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is one of the extensive farmers and prosperous business men of Pope County, owning a well-improved tract of land on section 32, township 13, range 6, where he carries on general farming and makes a specialty of raising fine stock. He owns a herd of registered Shorthorn cattle, and in addition to this deals extensively in horses, cattle and hogs, and raises large quantities of corn, wheat, oats and hay. In the year 1888 he engaged in the mercantile business, carrying a general stock of goods in a well-equipped store in the village of Columbus. He is a prominent man in political and public circles, having filled various offices of trust and importance within the gift of the people. For four years, from 1866 until 1870, he was Justice of the Peace, served one term as County Commissioner, and for one term was a member of the Twenty-ninth General Assembly. The subject of this life history was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., on the 4th of March, 1833. His father, Obediah G. Steagall, who was a native of Virginia, was a farmer, owning a considerable tract of land in Tennessee, where he followed agricultural pursuits and stock-raising during almost his entire life. His death occurred on the old homestead in 1890, at which time he had reached the good old age of eighty-six years. Our subject's mother, who was in her maiden days Miss Mary Hodge, was born in Tennessee, and there passed her entire life. James R. Steagall attended school in Lincoln County, of his native State, for about two terms only, the opportunities in the way of education of former days being extremely limited and little to be compared with those afforded the youth of these times. The schoolhouse was made of logs, with puncheon floor, and during the winter was heated by means of a huge fireplace. A gap was left along one side of the wall for a window, which was unprotected by window glass, and consequently it was rather cold during the winter. In very severe weather the floor was remove and a fire built in the middle of the room. The seats were made by splitting open logs, hewing one side fairly smooth and making a sort of a bench with four pins for legs. In spite of all his discouragements and disadvantages, however, our subject was blessed with an active and intelligent mind, and made the best of what opportunities he had, studying and reading by himself, and thus acquiring a practical knowledge of men and affairs, which has served him in good stead. He remained under the parental roof until reaching his majority, devoting himself to assisting his father in the homestead. At the age of twenty-one our subject started out of his own accord to make his way in the world, first commencing in 1854 to farm on shares, and continuing on that basis for about ten years in his native State. In the year 1864 he removed to this State, going by railroad to Nashville, whence he proceed by boat to Golconda. His first purchase of land in this county was on sections 23 and 26, township 11, range 6, where he continued to live until 1877, or for thirteen years. During that time he added more land to his original tract from time to time, until he owned over eleven hundred acres, of which he has since disposed of to good advantage. His present place comprises some six hundred acres, which are all under good cultivation and thoroughly improved. Mr. Steagall is a progressive and enterprising farmer, using the most approved modern methods and the latest devices for saving labor and carrying on general agriculture. On January 5, 1854, occurred the marriage of Mr. Steagall and Miss Nancy Catherine Hix. Both Mrs. Steagall and her parents are natives of Tennessee, where her marriage was celebrated with our subject. There union was blessed with a family of twelve children, ten living, who in order of birth are as follows: William O., Elizabeth, Melissa, Thomas R., Mary M., Eliphus R., Laura, Arthur H., John R. and Aloconna. Mr. Steagall has given his children good school advantages, as he has felt the need for such preparation for the battle of life for himself greatly at times, and has carried out his resolve that his children should be thus blessed. The family are good citizens, much respected in the communities where they make their homes. Mrs. Steagall, one daughter and three sons are members of the United Baptist Church, while three daughters are members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject is a member of Golconda Lodge No. 131, A.F. & A.M., and also of Chapter No. 162, of that place. He votes the straight Republican ticket and has always taken a commendable interest in political and local affairs, doing all in his power to advance all worthy measures as a true American citizen should. By his worthy qualities, strictly honorable career and unblemished repution has won a host of friends, who hold him in the highest esteem.

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born: Butler Co, KY, 24 Oct 1826
father: Henry G. Laurence, born Butler Co, KY, abt 1897
grandfather: Thomas Laurence, Revolutionary War Soldier from VA
married: Marshall Co, KY, 29 Nov 1849, Mary T. Feezor, dau of George and
Mary (Ivy) Feezor; died 22 Jan 1875
children: six sons, five daughters
married 2nd: Mrs. Nancy E. Harris, dau of W.L. and Mary (Harwood) Wootton
children: 3 sons, 2 daughters 
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Here is a more complete listing:

Thomas Newton Lawrence, b. 24 Oct 1826, Butler Co., KY, d. 10 May 1907, 
Massac Co., IL, md. (1) 29 or 30 Nov 1849 in Marshall Co. to Mary T. Feezor, 
b. 9 Aug 1830, Bedford Co., TN, d. 22 Jan 1875, Pope Co., IL 

She was daughter of George, died Oct 2, 1869 and Mary (Ivy) Feezor May 20, 
1805- April 1, 1875

(note: both buried in Feezor cemetery, Marshall Co., KY, next to her parents 
- IVY, Agnes, wife of Henry, Sept. 25, 1859- Age 56 years; IVY, (Stone is 
broken off) Oct. 27, 1855- aged 86 years)


Henry C., b.ca. 1850, d. 19 Feb 1877, md. 6 May 1875 in Pope Co. to Elenora 
R. Mason, she md. (2) James F. Whiteside 27 Mar 1898 in Pope Co. 

Belinda J., b. 6 March 1852, d. 17 Sep 1916, md. 26 Jan 1871 in Pope Co. to 
Edward F. Wooten, b. 2 Apr 1843, d. 13 Sep 1905, served Co. B. 6 Ill Cav. 

(Note: A few sources give her name as Malinda)

George (J.?) b. 13 Feb 1854, md. 3 Feb 1874 in Pope Co. to Martha C. Jackson 

Martha E., b. 30 March 1856, d. 1926, md. Alonzo.L. Bradshaw

William Marshall, b. 29 March 1858, d. 26 Aug 1930, md. 
(1) ?
(2) 30 Sep 1885 in Johnson Co. to Celia Jane Cox, b. 2 Nov 1866, d. 3 Jun 1894
(3) 29 Nov 1894 in Johnson Co. to Nancy Jane Wise, b. 6 Apr 1864, Johnson Co, 
IL, d. 17 Jan 1944, in IL

Margaret J., b. 3 Nov 1860, md. 21 Nov 1876 in Pope Co. to W.S. Frizzell

Eveline, b. 18 Sep 1866, md. (1) 11 Nov 1888 in Pope Co. to Millard F. Sailes,
(2) White?

Susanna A., b. 14 Jun 1868 d. 31 Aug. 1892, md. 5 Aug 1891 to Thomas Jackson 
Feezor, b. 15 May 1869, he md. (2) 3 Dec 1893 in Pope Co. to Arminda Allard

Thomas Newton Lawrence md. (2) 4 May 1875 in Pope Co., IL to Nancy E. (nee 
Wooten) Harris, b. 25 Feb 1847, d. 19 Nov 1911, she md. (1) 8 Aug 1867 in 
Pope Co. to Van Buren Harris


Travis (Newton?) b. 12 Jul 1870

John H., b. 10 Apr 1872, b. 10 Apr 1872, d. 26 Apr 1954, md. 8 Oct 1892 in 
Pope Co. to Emma L. Taylor, b. 7 Dec 1875, d. 26 Apr 1940

Mary "Mollie" E., b. 27 Mar 1876

Joseph W. b. 6 Mar 1878, d. 24 Nov 1916, md. 26 May 1899 in Pope Co. to Allie 
J. Harper, b. 17 Jan 1879, d. 9 Sep 1956

Samuel A., b. 11 Jun (Jan?) 1880

Minnie G., b. 27 Aug 1882

Edward H. b. 11 Nov 1884, d. 23 Apr 1954. Ill. (served, Pvt. Co. I, 20 Inf. 

The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties 
Illinois, Chicago Biographical Publishing Company, 1893
Thomas N. Lawrence Civ War Pension circular, signed 4 Jul 1898
Zion Cemetery, Pope Co. tombstones
IL Dept of Vital Statistics website

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