Biography of Alfred I. Hartshorn

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Alfred I. Hartshorn was born in Lebanon, Madison Co., N. Y., May 22, 1823, and is the third son of Ira and Joanna (Burnham) Hartshorn, of Lisbon, New London Co., Coun., the father born June 3, 1793, and the mother July 30, 1796. They were married Feb. 4, 1818, and settled in Cazenovia, N. Y. A year or two later they removed to Lebanon, where they remained till coming to La Salle County, Ill. - the father in 1836 and the family in 1837. They settled on section 6, in Utica Township, where the father died Sept. 17, 1859. The mother, a woman of sound judgment, rare virtues and esteemed by all who knew her, lived on the homestead till 1866, afterward with her children. She died Feb. 14, 1875. They had a family of nine children - Joshua P., E. Darwin, Alfred I., Pliny, Calvert, Mary (wife of Eli Strawn), Lucy (wife of A. M. Niles), Lydia (wife of R. V. Downing), and Charles B.. who was born in Utica Township, all of whom are now living except the latter, who was a member of the Fourth Illinois Cavalry and died in the service at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., May 4, 1862. Alfred I., our subject., was fourteen years old when he came to this county. He spent part of his school days at Princeton, Bureau Co., Ill., which was in 1840, and after returning home made a claim on canal land, on section 31, Waltham Township, and subsequently bought it at the sale of canal lands and still owns it. In 1854 he rented his farm and engaged in the coal business, shipping the first car of coal on the Illinois Central Railroad, after its completion, continuing in that business till 1860 when he returned to his farm and since then has been engaged in farming and stockraising. He owns 1,200 acres, of which 880 (the old homestead) is in one body in the townships of Waltham and Utica. His present residence is on a farm containing 320 acres in the township of La Salle, one and one-half miles northeast from the city, which was completed in the fall of 1883. It is a handsome twostory frame, built on the latest and most improved plans, and is surrounded by a grove of forest trees. He was married Jan. 1, 1849, to Terressa Culver. a native of New York, who died one year later. He was again married Dec. 10, 1856, to Amelia A. Dean, a native of Connecticut, who died in November, 1869, leaving three children George A., Frederick P., and Terressa, wife of Charles L. Diesterweg, of La Salle.


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