Biography - A. W. Lingle

A. W. LINGLE, farmer, P. O. Cobden, was born in Rowan County, N. C, January 2, 1810, to Anthony and Margaret (Cauble) Lingle, both of whom were born in North Carolina. In the fall of 1817, they emigrated to this State and settled about two miles and a half south of Cobden, on a farm now owned by G. W. Robinson. They lived there till the time of death, and raised their family, four of whom lived to have families of their own — Polly, Alexander W., John A. and Peggy. A. W. is the only one now living. Mr. Lingle's occupation was always that of a farmer, but he understood the coopering business sufficiently to do his own work. For a short time our subject was in the Black Hawk war. June 19, 1834, Alexander was married in Macon County, Ill., to Leah Dillow. She was also born in North Carolina July 26, 1816, to Michael and Rachael (Cauble) Dillow. They were natives of North Carolina but died in Piatt County, Ill. They came to Illinois in 1817, and settled first seven miles south of Jonesboro, but in 1833 they moved to Macon County, Ill., settling first on Big Creek, then on the Sangamon River, in what is now Piatt County. They were the parents of five children, all of whom lived to maturity; two daughters and one son now living. Mr. and Mrs. Lingle had eleven children, only five now living— Margaret, John F., J. M., Charles M. and Matilda Alice. Six deceased— James M., Henry W., Rachael Elizabeth, Thomas J. and two infants. All the living are married except J. M., who stays at home and runs the farm. When our subject was first married, he settled on Sangamon River, Piatt County, where he remained till 1837, then came again to Union County, and in 1839 settled on present farm, which he entered from the Government. His farm consists of 120 acres, most all in cultivation. In politics, he has ever been Democratic, and is a member of the German Reform Church; Mrs. Lingle, of the Lutheran Church. Mr. J. M. Lingle was born January 12, 1852, and has resided on the present farm of his father all his life. He was educated in the Cobden schools, and has made farming his occupation, now having charge of his father's farm. He gives most of his attention to grain and small fruits. In politics, he is a Democrat, and is a member of the Lutheran Church.

Extracted 26 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 133-134.

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