From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin, publ. 1901 - page 134-135

CHARLES W. LONEY, a well-known and esteemed old settler of Grant county, was born Aug. 21, 1808, in Franklin township, Ross Co., Ohio, a son of James A. and Nancy (WARREN) LONEY, both of North Carolina.

James A. LONEY was a shoemaker by trade. Before the birth of our subject he moved to Ross county, Ohio, settling twelve miles south of Chillicothe, on the Scioto river. To him and his wife were born five sons and seven daughters, namely: John D., Esther C., Charles W., Rhea M., Sarah S., Alfred H., Enos J., and Mary W. All lived to mature years and married except one son, who died at the age of fourteen. The father of James A. LONEY, a native of Ireland, settled in North Carolina, and reared a family of three children, John, James A. and Mary. The maternal grandfather of our subject lives in Tennessee; he had a family of four sons and three daughters, Tilghman, John, Charles, William, Rhoda, Nancy and Rebecca.

Charles W. LONEY was reared upon a farm. When twenty-two years of age he left his native State and migrated to Mound township, Warren Co., Ind., where he taught common school for two years. He engaged in farming during the summer, and continued teaching in the winter season for thirteen years, until 1846, at which time he went north to the home of John SWITZER, in Fennimore, Grant Co., Wis., bought land and commenced farming, alternating with teaching short terms. When Wisconsin was admitted to the Union Mr. LONEY was elected superintendent of schools and justice of the peace, which latter office he held for twenty years; during that time he married one hundred couples, and decided some very complicated points of law. In the spring of 1866 Mr. LONEY commenced a mercantile career, on a small scale, on the public highway leading from Lancaster to Boscobel, within the limits of the present village of Fennimore. As time went on he increased his business until he had a very desirable establishment, but for the last ten or twelve years he has retired from active life.

About 1832 Mr. LONEY married Miss Mary SWITZER, of Ohio, and to this union have been born two sons and two daughters: Mary Ann, July 14, 1833; Charles Wesley, Jan. 30, 1836; Nancy Jane, July 8, 1838; and William H. Harrison, July 16, 1840. All of these children lived to maturity, and three are still alive; one died in 1863, during the Civil war.

Charles W. LONEY is one of the landmarks of Grant county, and, although he has reached the advanced age of ninety-two, he is still in possession of all his faculties, and is a very remarkable old gentleman.




This biography generously submitted by Carol Holmbeck