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Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago Co., IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago: Clarke, 1905, p 781

L. W. CLEVELAND, one of the honored pioneer residents of Winnebago County [IL], was born in Allegany County, NY, 05 Oct 1824, and came here with his father, Sylvester CLEVELAND, in the fall of 1838, being then a youth of 15 years.  His father was born in VT and when a young man removed to NY, taking up his abode in Allegany County, and married Miss Lydia SEAVEY.  After removing to IL, where his wife joined him in 1840, he devoted his attention mainly to farming and settled upon the present home property of our subject, where he erected a dwelling of which he took possession on 01 Mar 1871.  This continued to be his home until his death, in 1862.  His wife continued to carry on the farm with her son until her death in 1871.  The family consisted of three children, of whom two daughters are now deceased.  Sophronia was the wife of Nelson KINNEY, and they removed from NY to this county in 1840, but afterward removed to Pierce County, WI, where they both died.  Phile Ann, wife of Isaac Van SLYKE, removed to NE with her family, where her death occurred some years ago.

Few residents of this county are more familiar with its pioneer history than L. W. CLEVELAND, who found here at the time of his arrival broad prairies covered with their native grasses and the uncut forests which bordered the streams.  Few roads had been made, and there were many sloughs which occasioned great difficulty to the traveler driving across the country in his wagon or carriage.

Mr. CLEVELAND was married in 1855 to Miss Alvira BURBANK, who died in 1882.  Mrs. CLEVELAND was also a native of NY, being born in Cattaraugus County, 12 Mar 1834, and came to IL with her parents in 1837.  They also settled in Winnebago County, where the families were neighbors for many years.  Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland were born eight children, three sons and five daughters, all of whom are living and married.  Mr. CLEVELAND has now passed the 81st milestone on life's journey.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.