Biography - Lafayette Rich
LAFAYETTE RICH, Deputy Sheriff, Jonesboro, is a native of Union County, born January 24, 1850. He is a grandson of Thomas J. Rich, who was a soldier in the Black Hawk war; his son, William C. Rich, Sr., was born in 1819, in Alabama. He emigrated to Union County, Ill., with his parents, and subsequently married Miss Millie C. Guthrie, the daughter of Ansel and Matilda (Brock) Guthrie, and is the mother of eleven children, viz.; Samantha, Catherine, Matilda, Eliza, Maria, Malcom, William J., Lucy, Elizabeth, George and our subject, who was the fourth oldest child. His early life was spent at home, receiving such an education as the common schools afforded, and assisting to till the soil of his father’s farm. For two years, in connection with his farming, he taught school. In Jonesboro, March 22, 1883, he married Miss Nannie E. Lingle, a native of Jonesboro, Ill., born May 14, 1853. She is a daughter of Nelson and Harriet (Lamer) Lingle, who are natives of Union County. In politics, Mr. Rich is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 111.