LUTTRELL, WILLIAM T., a well known and much respected farmer and live-stock man, residing in retirement on his well improved farm on Section 1, Town 13, Range 9, Morgan County, Ill., was born where he now lives, on December 20, 1831, the son of John R. and Margaret (Duncan) Luttrell, both natives of Kentucky. His grandfather was Thomas Luttrell, who came to Morgan County from Adair County, Ky., in 1822, bought land and built a saw and grist mill on Apple Creek. He died in 1841.
The father of the subject of this sketch devoted his life to farming, and, on reaching manhood, bought eighty acres of land, to which he later added another eighty. He was married in March, 1831, and he and his wife raised a family of seven children - five sons and two daughters - William T. being the first born of the family. John R. Luttrell, the father, was born April 1, 1810, and died in 1900; his wife died in 1884.
William T. Luttrell was reared to farming in his boyhood, meanwhile attending school near his home, and still later in the villages of Franklin and Waverly. He was married in 1869 to Mary F. Burnett, who died February 14, 1870. He chose for his second wife Eliza A. Wright, to whom he was married February 20, 1877. She was a daughter of William Wright of Scott County, Ky. Her father moved to Morgan County in 1829, and was a soldier in the Black Hawk War of 1832, while her grandfather fought seven years in the Revolution, during which he was promoted to Captain. The grandfather, William T. Luttrell, was also a soldier in the Black Hawk War.
Mr. Luttrell himself had too much of the ancestral blood in his veins to
remain a quiet spectator during the Civil War. He therefore enlisted at
Franklin, on August 9, 1862, in Company H, One Hundred and First Illinois
Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He entered the service as a
Corporal and was First Lieutenant when mustered out at Washington in June, 1865.
The regiment participated in many engagements, including Sherman's March to the
Sea, and took part in the Grand Review in Washington after the close of the war.
For a time his duties lay in gun-boat service on the Mississippi and in the
siege of Vicksburg. Returning to Morgan County after the close of the war, Mr.
Luttrell resumed farming, and now has a well stocked and well improved farm of
240 acres. He has followed mixed farming and has grown a good grade of stock. He
belongs to the Christian Church, while his wife is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in politics, and has served his district
several terms on the School Board.