Early Days of Greenbush


Levi Lincoln

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Levi Lincoln was born in Virgil, Cortland county, New York, November 4, 1825. In 1851, he left his native state and went to Iowa, where he remained for one year. In 1852, he came to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, where he worked at the carpenter trade for five years. He was united in marriage with Susan Alabama Nance, December 3, 1857. She was born April 3, 1839, and was a daughter of John W. and Nancy (Simmons) Nance. For two years after their marriage they resided near Roseville, Illinois. In the spring of 1859, they removed to their farm in Berwick township, where they resided until 1885. The next eight years were spent in the suburbs of Avon, Illinois. In 1893, Mr. Lincoln purchased a home on Main street in Avon, where he resided until his death, which occurred March 30, 1901.

To Levi Lincoln and wife were born the following-named children:

  • Dora E., born January 31, 1859; married J. E. Byram, October 13, 1881.
  • Alva, born February 25, 1861; died April 27, 1861.
  • Edwin, born July 19, 1862; married Nannie A. Fulton, January 1, 1885.
  • Nela, born February 25, 1865; married L. Grace Johnson, September 26, 1889.
  • Orpha, born May 24, 1868; died February 16, 1869.
  • Myrtle, born December 22, 1869.
  • Emma, born May 23, 1872.
  • Mr. Lincoln was a man of correct habits. As a carpenter, he was a good workman; as a farmer, he kept everything in order. He was supervisor from Greenbush in 1855, and was assessor in Berwick. In religion, he was a member of the Universalist church.

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