HENRY LEMONS, a prosperous farmer of Girard township, has been a resident of Macoupin county for fifty years and has been an interested witness of the marvelous transformation of this part of the state, making it one of the garden spots of Illinois. He is a native of Missouri and was born in 1853. Being placed in an orphan asylum in his infancy, he never knew the tender care of a loving mother. At the age of seven years he became a member of the family of W. C. Roach, of Bird township, Macoupin county, Illinois, and grew to maturity under the favoring conditions of a peaceful home. He received advantages of education in the district schools and at the age of seventeen began working out among farmers of the township. In 1877 he engaged in farming on his own account near Girard and three years later took up his residence on the place where he has since lived. He is industrious, energetic and efficient in his work and now enjoys the results of well applied labor, being known as one of the reliable and substantial men of this section.
On the 8th of August, 1877, Mr. lemons was married to Miss Mary E. Roach, of Girard, a daughter of John F. and Martha H. (Cherry) Roach. The father was born in Tennessee and the mother also. Mrs. Lemons is a granddaughter of William Roach, who was a native of Tennessee. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lemons, namely: Ethel, who married Marion Riffey, of North Otter township, and has two sons; John R., a farmer of Nilwood township, who married Carrie Huber and has one daughter; H. Coy, of Springfield, who married May Blair; Calvin C., who lives in Waterloo, Iowa; Roscoe H., who is living at home; Mattie E., of Springfield, Missouri; and Erma and Fay, both of whom are at home.
Mr. Lemons is a stanch believer in the Bible and is a valued member of the Baptist church. Politically he has given his support to the republican party ever since he arrived at his majority, and socially he is identified with the Old Settlers Club. In the management of his business affairs he has displayed sound judgment, which in connection with his unflagging industry has secured his success. The neat and attractive appearance of his place is evidence of his interest in a calling to which he has given the best efforts of his life. He and his wife are greatly esteemed by a wide circle of friends and their home is a center of generous hospitality. The keynote of the success of Mr. Lemons is economy, industry and perseverance and, as he has reared his children with these principles ever in view, they are abundantly prepared for lives of usefulness and honor.