James Lane, farmer, owning 193 ½ acres on section 13, Shabbona Township, was born in Kent, near London, England, Nov. 23, 1836, and is a son of Henry and Mary 9Luxford) Lane, natives of that country.
James Lane was bought up on a farm in his native country and received the advantages afforded by the common schools. He emigrated to this country during his 23rd year, in 1859, and landed at New York May 16 of that year. He immediately came to this State and on May 23 located in LaSalle County, where he followed the vocation of a farmer. He continued to follow that calling in that country until 1874, and then came to Shabbona Township, this county, and purchased land on section 24. On this land he resided until 1878, when he removed to his present residence on section 13. He worked the place until 1880 as tenant and then purchased it.
Mr. Lane was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Johnson, in Crawford Parish, England, May 23, 1858. She was a daughter of George and Ann (Turner) Johnson, natives of England, and was born in Dartford, Kent, England, Feb. 16, 1837. Her grandfather was an English soldier and took part in the memorable battle of Waterloo, in which engagement he was wounded and died near the battleground.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane have been the parents of nine children, seven of whom were born in LaSalle and two in this county: Henry G. was born April 12, 1860; Edgar A., Feb. 17, 1862, and died in October, 1863; Maud M., born Jan. 25, 1864, is now the wife of Lewis Olmstead, a farmer of Shabbona Township; Ella M. was born March 11, 1866; Elmer E., April 14,1868; Arthur A., March 27,1870; Charles J., March 11, 1872; Oscar E., June 12, 1875; and Frederick, July 21, 1879.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane are members of the Congregational Church at Shabbona.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb Co.