HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
1911

Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

Page 128

LAWRENCE C. KETCHUM. The Ketchum family has been well known in Macoupin and adjacent counties for many years, and Lawrence C. Ketchum, a representative of the fourth generation of the family in Illinois, can claim a line of ancestry of which any true American might well be proud. He was born in Chesterfield township February 11, 1869, a son of Leonard and Jane (Hayward) Ketchum. On the paternal side the ancestry has been traced to Ira and Rebecca (Palmer) Ketchum, of Vermont, whose son, Ira Ketchum, was born about 1816. The son Ira came to jersey county, Illinois, about 1832 with his mother and her brother William. He lived with his uncle, William Palmer, until 1837, when he settled on eighty acres of land preempted by the latter in Macoupin county. Later he purchased land and became the owner of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which is still in possession of the family. He married Phoebe Fitzgerald, who was born in New Jersey about 1816 and came with her parents to Illinois. He died on the old homestead May 5, 1853. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum were eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity, namely: Alfred, who is now living near Pasadena, California; Daniel, who served in Company F, Thirty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and now makes his home near Pattonsburg, Daviess county, Missouri; Leonard, the father of our subject; David, who was a member of Company F, Thirty-second Illinois Volunteers, and died from the effects of wounds received at the battle of Shiloh; Edmund H., who participated in the Civil war as a member of the One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry and is also deceased; Franklin, who lives near Jerseyville, Illinois; Rebecca, the wife of James Chase, of Medora; Charles, a resident of Alton; and Ira, of Macoupin county. After the death of her first husband Mrs. Ketchum was married to Henry Cooper, and they have one son, Eli, who is now living at Pasadena, California.

Leonard Ketchum stayed at home with his parents until seventeen years of age and then began working for neighboring farmers by the month. In response to President Lincoln's second call for soldiers to put down the Rebellion, he enlisted in October, 1861, in Company F, Twelfth Illinois Cavalry, and was sent with his regiment to the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. He was present at the battle of Sharpsburg and was captured at the surrender of Harper's Ferry, being held under parole for about six months. After being exchanged he rejoined his regiment and participated in a number of battles, including that of Gettysburg. The period of his enlistment expired in October, 1863, and he reenlisted in the same company and regiment, being retained in service in the southwest until 1866. He received his honorable discharge at Springfield, Illinois, and returned to Macoupin county, where he has ever since engaged in agriculture and stock-raising. He owns the old family homestead upon which he has made many improvements and has given it the name of the Corn Land Farm. He devotes special attention to raising Poland China hogs and fine horses.

On the 14th of December, 1863, Mr. Ketchum was married to Miss Jane Hayward, a daughter of Cyrus Tolman and Elizabeth Maria (Olmstead) Hayward. The first members of this family to arrive in America were Thomas and Susanna Hayward, who came from Kent county, England, in the ship Hercules, in 1635, and landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Cyrus Tolman Hayward, father of Mrs. Ketchum, was born in Massachusetts June 4, 1819. In 1838 he came with his parents to Macoupin county, Illinois, and was for many years identified with agricultural interests. On the 25th of December, 1840, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Maria Olmstead and they had eight children: Cyrus W., of Parsons, Kansas; Caroline Matilda, who married Frank Silsby; Jane, who became the wife of Leonard Ketchum; William Oscar, of Parsons, Kansas; Lucinda Cornelia, who married Melvin Loper, of Chesterfield township, and is now deceased; Eva Josephine, who married Emmons Loper, of Chesterfield township, and is also deceased; Eldon O., who died at the age of three years; and Eldon Augustus, who died in infancy. The mother of these children passed away July 8, 1856, and on the 21st of September, 1859, Mr. Hayward was married to Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson. To this union five children were born: Lilian O., of Medora; Herbert M., of Chesterfield township; Mary E., the wife of William Simpson, of Marion, Indiana; Horace L., of Chicago, Illinois; and Ida R., who died in infancy. Mrs. hayward died on the 22d of August, 1898, and Mr. Hayward followed her on the 11th of June, 1904. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum were: Louis E., who is engaged in the real-estate business at Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has three children; Lawrence C., of this review; Eveline, the wife of A. L. Carter, of Medora, and the mother of one son; Nellie May, who married Edward Barnes, of Jersey county; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Cary Haynes, of Chesterfield township, and has two daughters; James Wastler, who lives upon the home place and is the father of one son; and Jane S., the wife of John Shields, of Jerseyville.

Lawrence C. Ketchum possessed good advantages of education in the public schools, and under his father became thoroughly acquainted with the details of agriculture and stock-rasing. At the age of twenty-six he rented one hundred acres of land on his own account and later cultivated two hundred and twenty acres in Shipman township. In 1902 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres on section 4 of Shipman township, where he established his homestead. He has greatly improved the place by remodeling the family residence and erecting other buildings, and has brought the land to a high state of cultivation. He has also set out an orchard and provided his farm with up-to-date appliances to facilitate work at all seasons of the year. He is a stick-raiser and feeder, and makes a specialty of breeding coach horses, thoroughbred Cotswold sheep and Poland China hogs.

On March 6, 1895, Mr. Ketchum was married to Miss Adelaide A. Duckels, a daughter of John H. Duckels, of Chesterfield township, record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. To this union four children have been born, Edna, Ruby, Hazel and Lucile, all of whom are at home. Politically, Mr. Ketchum is in thorough sympathy with the republican party. He has all his life been closely identified with agricultural interests and possessed advantages of training which assisted him very materially in the attainment of the position he now occupies. He has made use of modern methods and is a type of the intelligent and progressive men who become the leaders in any community where they are to be found. The prosperity he enjoys is the direct result of his wisely applied energy. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and also holds membership in the Baptist church.


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