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Lanterman, Wm. A.

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Lanterman, Wm. A.
March 14, 2007 06:00PM
HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS Illustrated With Biographical Sketches
of many Prominent Men and Pioneers; published by W. R. Brink & Co.,
Edwardsville, Ill., 1882. p. 489. Fleming County.

One of the enterprising farmers of Fort Russell township, and an old
settler of Madison county, was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, Nov. 26,
1815. The family is of German ancestry. His father, Daniel A., was a
native of Pennsylvania, and from there moved to Kentucky, where he remained
until 1818, where he brought his family to Illinois, and settled in St.
Clair county. One year later he moved to Madison, and located on section
19, T.5-8, and commenced farming. He taught school for several terms
during the winter seasons, and was one of the early teachers in what is now
Fort Russell. He remained in the township, engaged in farming and living a
quiet life until his death, which occurred in 1865. He married Sarah
Luman, a native of Kentucky. She died in 1849, leaving two sons - the
subject of this sketch and Peter Lanterman, now deceased. He subsequently
married Mrs. Elizabeth Irwin, widow of John Irwin. She died October 4th,
1874. By the latter union there was one child, a daughter named Elizabeth
Lanterman. She died March 15, 1870. The subject of this sketch is the
sole survivor of the family. He was in his fourth year when his father
came to Illinois, and here in Madison county he has passed his boyhood,
manhood, and maturer years.
His education was limited to the common schools of his neighborhood.
He remained at home, assisting his father upon the farm, until he attained
his twenty-third year. He then moved on a forty acre tract in section 16,
and commenced its improvement. To these original forty acres he has added,
until he is now recognized as one of the substantial farmers of the
On the 3d of January, 1839, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza
Luman, a native of Lewis county, Ky. Her parents, John and Polly Luman,
emigrated from Kentucky to Madison county, Ills., in 1828. The union of Mr.
and Mrs. Lanterman has been blessed with ten children, six of whom are living.
Their names, in the order of their birth, are: Polly Ann, who is the wife
of William A. Smith, a prominent farmer of this county; Melinda, wife of S.
B. Waples, a farmer and resident of Montgomery county, Ills.; Harriett,
wife of A. C. Drennan, a farmer and resident of Woodburn, Macoupin county,
Ills., William H. who married Miss Jennie Russell; Edward A., and John B.
Lanterman. The sons are now farming upon the homeplace.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Lanterman are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Politically, Mr. Lanterman was originally an old line Whig, and cast his
first presidential vote for W. H. Harrison in 1840. He joined the
Republican party in 1860, and has been an active supporter of that
political organization to the present. He has held the office of Justice
of the Peace for nearly sixteen years. He was the first collector in the
township, when the county was changed to township organization, and has
held other offices of minor importance. Nearly sixty-five years have fled
since Mr. Lanterman came to and has been a resident of this county; and in
all those years he has sustained the character of an upright man, good
neighbor and honest citizen.

Lanterman Luman Irwin Smith Waples Drennan Russell Harrison
Fort_Russell-Madison-IL PA St._Clair-IL Lewis-KY Montgomery-IL

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