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Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 217-218

Since 1877 Hon. Ingalls CARLETON has made his home in Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], where he owns and occupies an elegant residence on East State, corner of Summit Street.   He has been engaged in the real estate business since 1868, having dealt largely in land both in Winnebago County and elsewhere.  At present he has extensive interests in Sioux Falls, Dakota [now in Minnehaha County, SD], and the country immediately surrounding that city.  [Dakota Territory was formed in 1861; in 1887 it was divided into two territories, North and South Dakota; SD became a State in 1889; this text, published in 1892, does not specify SD.]

Mr. CARLETON was born in Marshfield, Washington County, VT, 30 Mar 1824, and is a lineal descendant of General CARLETON.  His paternal grandfather, Jeremiah CARLETON, was born in Lyndeborough [Hillsborough County], NH, and followed farming pursuits in NH, removing thence with teams to Barre, VT, and settling in the wilderness.  From a tract of timber land he cleared a farm, which remained his home until his death.  A grandson now owns the old homestead, one of the most attractive places in VT.

The grandmother of our subject, whose maiden name was Mary EDWARDS, was of New England birth and was descended from the famous Dr. EDWARDS.  She reared seven children, whose names were Jeremiah, Silas, Noah, David, Hiram, Deborah, and Mary, respectively.   The only surviving memers of the family are Hiram and Deborah.  Jeremiah, father of our subject, was born in Barre, Washington County, VT, in 1800, and was reared in his native place, there receiving his education.  In his youth he removed to Nashua [Hillsborough County], NH, where he learned the trade of a blacksmith.  After following his trade for a while, he purchased a farm near Marshfield.  Before railroads had been introduced into that section of the country, Burlington was the principal market and depot of supplies, to which the farmers hauled their grain and returned home with articles procurred in exchange. 

Jeremiah CARLETON followed the calling of a farmer until his death in 1881.  His wife, Betsey (ROBEY) CARLETON, a native of Nashua, NH, long preceded him in death, passing away in Marshfield [Washington County], VT, in 1836, at the age of 36.  Her father, Philip Abbott ROBEY, was born in the old town of Dunstable, NH, and until a few years ago the house was standing in which he was born.  He served during the Revolutionary war and was an active participant in the battle of Ticonderoga.  He married Lucy PROCTOR and settled in Cavandish, VT, now called Proctorville [Proctorsville?, Windsor County, VT].

The boyhood days of our subject were passed in a comparatively uneventful manner.  At the age of 18, he commenced teaching and continued in that way during three winter terms, being engaged in farming the remainder of the year.  He also dealt in livestock, buying in Marshfield [Plymouth County, MA] and the neighboring villages, and selling at Brighton and Cambridge, MA.  In 1856 he came to IL and bought 120 acres in Rockton Township, Winnebago County.  In the fall of the same year he returned to VT and spent the winter, but in the spring came again to Rockton, where he formed a partnership with Hon. G. H. HOLLISTER and engaged in the grain business until 1868, meeting with success as the result of judicious dealings and commendable perseverance.  In 1868 Mr. CARLETON sold out his interest in the business and embarked in real estate enterprises, which have since engaged his attention.

In Jun 1869 Mr. CARLETON was married to Miss Amy LAWRENCE, who was born in Rockton, Winnebago [p 218] County.  She belongs to the well-known New England family of that name, who were identified with the early history of MA.  The LAWRENCE family is of English descent and some of its members settled in New England during the colonial period.   They bore a conspicuous part in the history and develoment of that part of the country, and as lawyers, jurists, soldiers, and business men, stood in the front rank of American citizenship.  The grandfather of Mrs. CARLETON, John LAWRENCE, was a farmer in MA and spent his days in Groton, Middlesex County, where his son Luther was born.

Luther LAWRENCE was reared and educated in Groton, whence in 1837 he removed to IL and became one of the early settlers of Rockton.  The journey to this county was made by stage and railroad to Albany, thence via Erie Canal to Buffalo [Erie County, NY], from there across the [Great] Lakes to Detroit, where he procured ox teams and made an overland trip to Belvidere, IL [now in Boone County, IL, which was formed from Winnebago County that same year].  At that time northern IL was very sparsely settled, and deer and other wild game were plentiful.  All the land in this section of the country was still owned by the Government, the surveys not yet being completed.  He made a claim to a tract near Belvidere and when the land came into market, made the purchase from the Government.  He was single on coming to IL and did not at once make a permanent settlement, but finally located at Rockton, operatin a flouring mill for some years, but was retired from active business cares for some time prior to his death in March 1891.

The mother of Mrs. CARLETON, whose maiden name was Adelia LOOMER, was born in Rome, NY, the daughter of Loring and Mary LOOMER, and died in 1869.  Loring LOOMER was a native of Great Barrington [Berkshire County], MA, his grandfather, a wealthy aristocrat, moving thence from VA, sacrificing a beautiful home during the war.  Mrs. Adelia LAWRENCE reared four children, namely:  Mary M., Harriet, Amy, and Frances.  Mr. and Mrs. CARLETON have one son, Leonard Ingalls.  In his politics Mr. CARLETONn was formerly a Whig and joined the Republican party at the time of its formation, since which time he has been an ardent supporter of its principles.  He was twice elected to represent the town of Marshfield in the VT State Legislature.  He was a member at the time the State House was burned and served during the extra session that was called to make appropriations for a new State House.  He has been instrumental in moulding the opinion of his fellow citizens, among whom his opinion carries weight, and is justly regarded as a man of honorable principles and unusual ability.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.