Biography of Richard J. Gage
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Richard J. Gage, section 5, Brookfield Township, was born in Orford. Grafton Co., N. H., Dec. 8, 1842. His parents, Jesse F. and Sophronic (Howard) Gage, were natives of New Hampshire and were married in Orford, that State, April 28, 1831. His father was previously married. Aug. 16, 1827, to a second cousin, Maria Gage, who died April 25, 1829. By this union he had one son- Thomas W. who is now living in Linn County, Kan. By his second marriage he had six children, three of whom survive - Henry H. and Mrs. Maria E. Wheadon, a widow, residents of Evanston, Ill.; and Richard J., our subject, the youngest child. Maria died in infancy, in 1S34. Mrs. Harriet E. Wheadon died in Chicago in 1880, and Mary J. died. in 1847, in her seventh year. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Gage, with their children, came to Chicago in November, 1844, living there several years. They then moved on a farm in Cook County, remaining there until April, 1854, when they became residents of Brookfield Township, renting land a few years. About 1860 they established their home on section 5. Nov. 1, 1864, the father died, aged sixty for years, ten months and eight days. Richard J., our subject, lived with his parents until Aug. 12, 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Infantry. Dec. 7, 1862, he took part in an engagement at Hartsville, Tenn., and was shot through the right lung. As soon as able to leave the hospital, Mr. Gage returned home. The regiment was on guard duty the following winter at Camp Douglas, Chicago, and in the spring of 1863, was again at the front. At the battle of Chickamauga Mr. Gage was taken prisoner and incarcerated in Libby Prison for six months, when he was exchanged, toward the close of the war. He rejoined his regiment at Kenesaw Mountain and participated in all the engagements till July 20, 1864, when he was severely wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek and received an honorable discharge from Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Feb. 5, 1865. For his gallant service, Mr. Gage receives a pension of $8 per month. March 3, 1870, lie married Laura Scanland, a native of Kentucky, born Dec. 11, 1843, a daughter of John Scanland, who died in Collinsville, Ill., in 1871. Her mother died many years ago in this county. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Gage - Maggie H., Jesse R., John L., Lucy M. and Susie L. Mr. Gage is a member of Joseph Woodruff Post, No. 281, G. A. R., Marseilles. He now owns a farm of 200 acres.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886