Obituary for Solomon Lawrence, longtime resident of Jo Daviess County in the 1800s.
Death of Solomon Lawrence
Solomon Lawrence was born in Canada, January 6, 1809 and died in Stockton township, Jo Daviess County, Ill., January 5, 1893. As to his disease, Doctors Stafford and Godfrey, pronounced that likely catarrh and ulceration of the stomach of a malignant form, caused his death. He was aged about 84 years. Mr. Lawrence married Miss Sophronia Wheeler in 1833. After spending five years of married life in Canada, he and his family moved to the state of Michigan, and after living in that state one year he took his family to Missouri, but in less than a year they returned to Michigan. In 1846 Mr. Lawrence and family came to Stockton township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois and located on the farm where he died. After residing here a few years, his wife died and was buried at Morseville in 1848. This union was blessed with six children, four of whom are still living as follows: Mrs. Wyman Roe at Lena, Ill, Oliver Lawrence in Carroll County, Edward Lawrence at Marysville, Missouri and Mrs. J. Delevan* at Marysville, Missouri. In 1850 Father Lawrence left for California and in 1852 he returned to the old homestead where he lived continuously until death. In 1853 he married a second wife Clarissa Le Baron, with whom he had six children, the mother and three children surviving him. The names of the children are: Alfred, Frank and Willis, they are living near the old homestead. Mr. Lawrence had a strong constitution and was able to ride to Stockton last summer. His last illness was of about three weeks duration. Rev. Unaugst preached the funeral sermon, taking his text from Rev. 21-25 "There shall be no night there."
** thought to be Emeline Devergne
From: Obituary - Lena Star, Friday, January 20, 1893
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Submitted by J. Anderson