Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
L. P. STRATTON was born at Bedford, then Hillsboro, now in Merrimac county, New Hampshire,
December 18, 1808. His grandparents lived at Marlboro, Massachusetts, and from there
emigrated to New Hampshire. His father, Lemuel Stratton, was born at Marlboro, Massachuseets;
was eighteen when the family moved to New Hampshire; and married Phillipe Jackman, who was
born in New Hampshire, at Boscawen, the town adjoining Concord. The subejct of this sketch
was raised in New Hampshire. Leaving home at the age of fourteen he went to Keene, in the same
state, and worked for Dr. Charles G. Adams and the Hon. Salma Hale. March, 1827, he went to
Salem, Massachusets, and while there was mostly employed by the Salem Lead Manufacturing
Company. August, 1831, he married Sarah B. Johnson, a native of Andover, Massachusetts.
Soon afterward he came west, reaching Alton, October 14th, 1831, and remained there working
at the trade of a carpenter till March, 1833, when he came to Brown's prairie, entering forty acres
of land a mile west from Brighton. Finding htis location injurious to his health, he returned to Alton
in the spring of 1836, where he lived till the spring of 1840, following the carpenter's trade. From
1840 to 1857 he was farming in Jersey county. February, 1857, he bought two warehouses at
Brighton, and began the grain business, to which he afterwards added the lumber business. In
1868 he quit the grain and lumber trade to engage in the banking business, which he has since
followed, and is now the senior partner in the banking house of Stratton & Amass, a banking
firm which stands high in the confidence of the business community for sound financial standing
and honorable dealing.
His first wife died July 2d, 1865. His second marriage occured May 25th, 1868, to Mrs. Sarah
He was elected magistrate in Jersey county in 1835, but resigned the next spring on his removal
to Alton. He was again elected, in 1840, and served till he changed his residence to Brighton.
He has had five children, four of whom are living. He joined the Congregational church at Salem,
Massachusetts, when eighteen. He assisted in forming the Presbyterian congregations both at
upper and lower Alton. In the absence of other church facilities, he was a member of the Methodist
church at Brighton, and for four years class leader. He was also connected with the Presbyterian
church at Brighton and for twenty years was an elder in the Brighton and Alton churches. He is
now connected with the Congregational church at Brighton of which he is deacon. He is a
self-made man; has won success by his own energy, and bears a blameless private character.
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