Early Days of Greenbush


Julius T. Lathrop

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J. T. Lathrop was born in Livingston county, New York, December 7, 1818. He was a son of Colby and Polly (Terry) Lathrop, natives respectively of New York and New Hampshire. Colby, the father of the subject of this sketch, came to Ashtabula county, Ohio, in 1823, where he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred March 12, 1857. Later, his wife went to Michigan, where she died in 1874. Julius assisted his father on the farm, attended district school, and remained under the influence of his parents until he was twenty-five years old. In 1846, after leaving home, he was engaged for a short time as carpenter in a shipyard in Ohio. This same year he emigrated to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, where he was engaged as carpenter and wagon-maker about two years. A portion of this time he worked at wagon-making in the shop with James Fife. Mr. Fife was a Mormon and left Greenbush about this time or shortly afterwards. Mr. Lathrop went to Berwick, where he worked at his trade during one winter. In 1851, he removed to his farm in Roseville township, where he remained until 1871, when he built a house in Roseville. Illinois, and moved into it, where he now resides. He was married to Miss Almira Light, February 22, 1843. She was born in Pomport, Chautauqua county, New York, March 25, 1818. She died October 19, 1874. To them were born the following-named children:

  • Amos Edwin, born January 24, 1847; died August 12, 1847.
  • Sarah Maria, born October 10, 1849; married Jesse Shepard, February 8, 1866.
  • Julius Edgar, born March 31, 1853; died September 1, 1853.
  • Edwin Walto, born July 22, 1856; died October 17, 1856.
  • Mr. Lathrop Ôs second marriage was to Mrs. Vurlinder T. Byarly. She was born near Seymour, in Jackson county, Indiana, August 9, 1837, and was a daughter of Joseph and Susana (Turnbull) Crane, both of whom died in Indiana, in 1844. Mrs. Lathrop is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. In religion, Julius T. Lathrop is a member of the Christian church, and has been since his boyhood days. In polities, he was a Whig up to 1856; since then a republican.

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