PAST AND PRESENT
OF
MENARD COUNTY, ILLINOIS - 1905

Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

Page 524

JOHN D. LOWNSBERY, who is extensively and successfully engaged in the raising of stock, was born April 17, 1851, in Oakford, Illinois, and represents one of the old families of this state, his paternal grandfather having come to Illinois in company with his four sons and two daughters. The number included Mathew Lownsbery, the father of our subject, who was born in New York. After arriving at years of maturity he wedded Nancy Overstreet, who represented an old West Virginia family. This worthy couple became the parents of eight children, namely: Mary wedded James Hudspeth and they resided at concord, Illinois, and afterward in Missouri. Both are now deceased, however, and they left five children. John D. is the second in order of birth. Christopher married Mollie Caldwell and is a farmer residing near Holyoke, Colorado. They have five children. Newton married Etta Altig, by whom he has three children and he carries on farming in Sandridge precinct. Leander died at the age of four years. Morris died at the age of two years. One died in infancy. Mattie died at the age of ten years.

John D. Lownsbery acquired his education in the common schools of Oakford and throughout his entire life he has carried on general farming and stock raising, gaining practical knowledge of the business in his early boyhood days through the assistance which he rendered his father. He first began farming on his own account on a tract of land east of Oakford that belonged to his father and he afterward purchased the interest of the other heirs in that property. He there had eighty-three acres which he subsequently sold and bought one hundred and fifty-five acres five miles west of Petersburg that is now the property of Samuel Watkins. Upon that farm he lived for twenty-two years, making it a well developed property, but he sold in 1903 and purchased one hundred and sixty acres known as the Elijah Armstrong farm, which is pleasantly and conveniently located a mile and a half southwest of Oakford. He has the farm nearly all cleared and his fields are highly cultivated, the golden harvests being annually garnered as the result of his labors. He also raises stock, making a specialty of cattle and hogs and through this means adds materially to his income.

On the 26th of December, 1872, Mr. Lownsbery was married to Miss Melissa M. King, a daughter of Marshall and Eliza (Caldwell) King. Her father was a native of Maysville, Kentucky, and the Caldwells were from Ohio. He came to Illinois when he was but twenty-five years of age and was interested in farming pursuits in Menard county. His daughter Melissa was born in Oakford, November 13, 1853, and pursued her education in the schools there. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lownsbery have been born three children. Hardin A., born September 16, 1873, married Lillie Johnson, a resident of Macon county, Missouri, living near Ethel. He is a farmer and stock raiser, owning a good tract of land and they have two children, Orville J. and Harold. Etta married John Hollis, a farmer residing about two and a half miles northeast of Atterberry, and they had three children, Earway, five years of age; Paul H., deceased; and Louise, now but a year old. Marshall M. Lownsbery, born January 2, 1888, is attending the high school at Oakford and resides with his parents.

Mr. Lownsbery is a Republican in his political views, having given stanch support to the party since attaining his majority. He belongs to the Methodist church and his daughter and son are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He has met with a fair measure of success such as comes in return for earnest and well defined labor. His entire life has been passed in Oakford township and he is known as a reliable and substantial citizen.


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