JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
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James Loman
James Loman

JAMES LOMAN, farmer, P.O. Elk Prairie, was born in Madison County, Ky., 
May 28, 1831, a son of Isaac and Phoebe (Davenport) Loman, who were 
natives of North Carolina. Subject was the oldest of seven children, 
and when he was eleven years old his father died. The former, however, 
remained at home with his mother and assisted on the farm. 
In the winter time, however, he found time to attend the subscription 
schools of his county some. When subject was 18, his mother married a 
Mr. Coffman, but Mr. Loman, however, made his home with his step-father 
until he became of age, and then, in the fall of 1852, he removed to 
Illinois and settled in Gallatin County , where he remained six years. 
From there he came to Jefferson County, and settled on his present farm 
in Elk Prairie Township. Here he now owns about one hundred and seventy 
acres, located in Sections 23, 24, and 26, of Township 4, Range 2 east. 
Of this, there are about one hundred and forty two acres in cultivation 
and two acres in orchard. Mr. Loman was married July 1, 1850, to Miss 
Sarah J. McClaine (sic), a native of Hopkins County, Ky., and a daughter 
of Mrs. Lurenna McClaine (sic). This marriage has resulted in seven children, 
of whom five are now living - Mary (wife of William Heaster(sic)), 
William, Vienna (wife of Newton Wells), I. B. and Leota. Subject enlisted 
in the Thirty First Illinois Volunteer Infantry in October, 1864, and remained 
in service until August, 1865. Among the campaigns in which his regiment 
participated was that of Sherman's famous march to the sea. Mr. Loman has 
served in many places of trust in his township, having been Justice of the 
Peace sixteen years. He is at present filling the office of School Trustee. 
He is a member of the Elk Prairie Christian Church, and in politics is at 
present associated with the Greenback party, formerly, however, he associated 
with the Democratic party.
 
Note from submitter: Phoebe (Davenport) Loman married second 
Leonard Franklin Coffman. 



Source: History of Jefferson County, Illinois"; Edited by William Henry Perrin; Chicago: Globe Publishing Co. Historical Publishers; 183 Lake Street; 1883.
Submitted by Robert W. Loman * rwlmn@aol.com Relationship: GGGrandfather

 
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