A. H. Lagrange, a retired farmer, residing on Washington street, in the thriving little city of Vinton, is a son of Peter and Lamy (Covert) Lagrange, and was born in Mercer County, Ky., 12/11/1815. The father of our subject was of French ancestry and died in Johnson County, Ind., about 1837; his mother also died there a number of years later. The parental family consisted of 10 children, 3 of whom are yet living: Aaron, born in 1810, is a retired farmer, living in Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind.; our subject was the next in order of birth; Daniel, born in 1824, is likewise retired from the active labors of life, and living on his farm in Johnson County, Ind. In 1826 our subject’s parents removed to Johnson County, Ind., where the father entered 160 acres of timber land. The country at that time was wild and uninhabited, save by a friendly tribe of Indians. There was plenty of wild game, deer, bears, turkey, etc., and Peter Lagrange was very fond of hunting, which in fact, formed the chief pastime in those days and served to vary the tedious monotony of the lives of the early settlers. He cleared about 100 acres of his land before his demise, and after that event our subject rented a part of the farm of the heirs. About 6 years after his father’s death our subject purchased the farm, which he cultivated and on which he erected a good residence and made a number of other improvements.


Mr. Lagrange was married while a resident of Indiana, 2/15/1841, to Leah A. Voris, daughter of Albert and Susan Voris, born in Switzerland County, Ind., 2/26/1824.


Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa: Containing...biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County...with Biographies of All the Governors of Iowa. Chapman Publishing Company, 1887

Transcribed by J D R Wilson

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