James Lane

James Lane, farmer, owning 193 acres on section 13, Shabbona Township, was born in Kent, near London, England, Nov. 23, 1836, and is the son of Henry and Mary (Luxford) Lane, natives of that country.

James Lane was brought up on a farm in his native country and received the advantages afforded by the common schools.  He emigrated to this country during his 23rd year, locating in La Salle County, where he followed the vocation of a farmer.  He continued until 1874, and then came to Shabbona Township, this county, and purchased land on section 24.   On this land he resided until 1878, when he removed to his present residence on section 13.  He worked the place until 1880 as tenant and then purchased it.

Mr. Lane was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Johnson, in Crawford Parish, England, May 23, 1858.  She was a daughter of George and Anna (Turner) Johnson, natives of England, and was born in Dartford, Kent, England, Feb. 16, 1837.  Her grandfather was an English soldier and took part in the memorable battle of Waterloo, in which engagement he was wounded and died near the battleground.

Mr. and Mrs. Lane have been the parents of nine children, seven of whom were born in La Salle and two in this county:  Henry G. was born April 12, 1860; Edgar A., Feb, 17, 1862, and died in October, 1863; Maud M., born Jan. 25, 1864, is now the wife of Lewis Olmstead, a farmer of Shabbona Township; Ella M. was born March 11, 1866; Elmer E., April 14, 1868; Arthur A., March 27, 1870; Charles J., March 11, 1872; Oscar E., June 12, 1875; and Frederick, July 21, 1879.

Mr. and Mrs. Lane are members of the Congregational Church at Shabbona. 

[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p. 475.]

Bio submissions from: Terry R. Todd, 1650 Shadydale Lane, Placerville, CA 95667, Email: trtodd@directcon.net