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Lawson T. Rexroat

Lawson T. Rexroat

Male 1851 - 1917

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  • Name  Lawson T. Rexroat  [1, 2, 3
    Born  5 Jul 1851  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  1852  [1
    Iowa State Census  1852  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Line #19: James Rexroat, number of males: 2 (James and Lawson), number of females: 1 (Susannah Jane), number of voters: 1 (James), number of militia: 1 (James), total persons: 3
    Moved  1853  Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Moved from Des Moines County, Iowa.
    Alt. Birth  5 Jul 1854  [4
    Census  1860  McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Lawson Rexroat, age 9, male, white, born in Iowa, attending school
    Census  1870  Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Lawson Rexroat, age 18, male, white, farm laborer, born in Iowa, attending school, military, over 18
    Census  1880  Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married to Mintie A., living with her and daughter, Lela S. Rexroat:) Line Number 38, Dwelling Number 27, Family Number 27: Lawson Rexroat, white, male, age 24, head of household, married, occupation farmer, born in Iowa, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Illinois
    Moved  1882  Morgan County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    McDonough County, Illinois 
    Moved  1884  McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • In 1884 Lawson returned to McDonough County from Morgan County, Illinois.
    Religion  1885  [4
    with the United Brethren Church 
    Biography  1885  [4
    A History of McDonough County, Illinois 
    • Lawson T. Rexroat, who resides upon section 24, Scotland township, is a son of James Rexroat, and was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, July 5, 1851. In 1853 the family moved to McDonough county, Illinois, and settled in Scotland township, where Lawson was reared, and obtained his education in the common schools. He worked upon his father's farm from the time he attained a suitable age until 1876, when he located on his present place. He has 160 acres, all under cultivation, and well improved. He was married September 2, 1875, to Alice Rexroat of Morgan county, Illinois. They have three children--Sarah, Lela, Harvey Earl, who died May 18, 1880; and Alta J. In the fall of 1882, Mr. Rexroat removed with his family to Morgan county, Illinois, where they resided two years, then returned to Scotland township. He is a member of the United Brethren church.
    The 1885 Biography of Lawson T. Rexroat (1851-1917)
    The 1885 Biography of Lawson T. Rexroat (1851-1917)
    Compiled by Ruth Chenoweth and Sara W. Semonis, A History of McDonough County, Illinois, together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of the representative citizens (Volumes I & II published 1885; Curtis Media Corporation, 1992.), pages 720-721.
    Census  1900  Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Married to Alice M., living with her and daughters: Alta J., Mary N., and Caroline W. Rexroat:) Line number 84; dwelling number 151, family number 152: Lawson Rexroat, head of household, white, male, born in July 1851, age 48, married, married for 24 years, born in Iowa, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Illinois, occupation farmer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 133
    Biography  1907  [3
    Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County 
    • Rexroat, Lawson T. - Among the most substantial farmers in Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois, is the subject of this sketch, who was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, July 5, 1854, a son of James M. and Jane (Moyers) Rexroat, the father being a native of Russell County, Kentucky, and the mother, of Green County, Illinois. Grandfathers Peter Rexroat and Jacob Moyers were natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rexroat is the eldest of twelve children, of whom ten were boys. Of these, all but two of the boys are still living. When he was two years of age his parents moved to McDonough County and settled on a farm in Scotland Township, where he lived until he was twenty-three years old. During this period he attended the public and Branch Normal schools. At the time of his marriage, he bought 160 acres of land in Sections 23 and 24, Scotland Township, to which he moved and which he occupied about 18 years. To this property he added until its extent reached 320 acres. On one of the additional tracts purchased, he built a house, into which he moved in 1893. He raises cattle, hogs, etc., and does a considerable amount of feeding. His main crop is corn, for use as feed for his stock.

      On September 2, 1875, Mr. Rexroat was united in marriage with Mintie A. Rexroat, who was born in Morgan County, Illinois, and there attended public school in her girlhood. Four children were the offspring of this union, namely: Lela (Mrs. Albert Burnham), Alta, Mary and Carrie.

      In politics, the subject of this sketch is ranked with the Republicans. For the past six years he has served as Township Assessor, and held the office of Supervisor for one term; that of Road Commissioner one term; School Director one term, and School Trustee several terms. In religion, he professes the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In fraternal circles, he is affiliated with the A.F. & A.M., MWA, and Mystic Workers.

      During the battle of Stone River, when Mr. Rexroat was but nine years old, he rode a mule each evening to Macomb to get the news. In this incident are manifest the activity and pushing spirit which have characterized his subsequent years.
    The 1907 Biography of Lawson T. Rexroat (1851-1917)
    The 1907 Biography of Lawson T. Rexroat (1851-1917)
    Newton Bateman, LL. D., and Paul Selby, A. M. (editors of the Illinois section); Alexander McLean (editor of the McDonough County section), Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, and History of McDonough County. Illustrated (Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers, 1907; Chicago), page 989.
    Census  1910  Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married to Mintie A., living with her and daughter, Carrie Rexroat:) Line number 1: dwelling number: 40, family number: 40: Lawson T. Rexroat, head of household, male, white, age 58, married (once), years of present marriage 34, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Kentucky, mother's birthplace Illinois, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, could read, could write, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 32
    Illinois Death Records 
    • Lawson Rexroot (sic); sex/race: male, white; age unknown; certificate #: 0027558; death date: 1917-12-25; county: McDonough; city or jurisdiction: Macomb; date filed: 17-12-28
    Died  25 Dec 1917  Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14, 15
    Buried  Pennington Point Cemetery, New Salem Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 16
    Person ID  I2314  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  James Morris Rexroat,   b. 22 Jan 1828, Russell County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1914, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susannah Jane "Jane" Moyers,   b. 29 Nov 1831, Greene County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1892, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Sep 1850  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 17
    Officiant 
    • The marriage of James Rexroat and Jane Moyers was performed by Jonathan Eads, Justice of the Peace, at the home of Jacob Moyers.
    Religion  1885  McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    A History of McDonough County, Illinois 
    • United Brethren Church, of Scotland Township.

      This society was organized in 1860, in a school house, which formerly stood near the present site of the church, on section 13, Scotland township. Reverend John Wyatt was the organizer. The first members were, Solomon Walker and wife, James M. Rexroat and wife, Mrs. M. Rexroat, Martha Isaacs, Jane Bear, and Steven Tolen. Meetings were held in the school house mentioned for some time, Reverend John Wyatt serving as paster for two years. The church edifice was erected in the spring of 1881, at a cost of $1,800. It is 36x44 feet in ground area. The present pastor is Reverend E. O. Norvel, who resides at Adair, Illinois.
    Photos
    James Morris Rexroat and His Family
    James Morris Rexroat and His Family
    This is a photograph of James and his wife, Dora, along with the children from his marriage to the late Susannah "Jane" (Moyers) Rexroat. From left, standing, are: Winfield F., Robert H., and William Henry Rexroat; Elizabeth A. "Eliza" Thompson, Jordan H., Edgar "Lee," and Tellus Cicero Rexroat; in the front, seated from left: Lawson T. and Frederick Dent Rexroat, Sarah A. Barnhart, James Morris Rexroat, and his wife, Matilda Medora "Dora" (Manlove) Rexroat.
    Samuel Nelson 'Sam' and Lucinda Hopkins 'Lucy' (Deen) Moyers 50th Wedding Anniversary (1 of 2)
    Samuel Nelson "Sam" and Lucinda Hopkins "Lucy" (Deen) Moyers 50th Wedding Anniversary (1 of 2)
    This photograph was taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Sam and Lucy Moyers, probably in August 1896 as their wedding was August 8, 1846. About 1/3 of the family posed in this picture can be identified, and likely the other 2/3 are those whom we'd love to know who they were.

    Those who have been identified in this photograph are: Nora Olive (Larkin) Cunningham, Wiley E. Cunningham, Samuel Wilbur Larkin, Adolphus "Lee" Larkin, Abigail "Blanche" (Larkin) Marshall, Ira David Marshall, Oliver Spencer Marshall, Daisy Esther Marshall (baby), Rebecca Ellen (Pence) Moyers, George Washington Earl Moyers, Pearl Alfred "P. A." Moyers, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker, Elsie Ella Walker, Jacob Nelson Moyers, Kathryn Ann "Bappy" (Stanley) Moyers, Lillian Bell Moyers (later Giertz), Samuel Nelson Moyers, and Lucinda Hopkins (Deen) Moyers.

    The woman to Sam and Lucy's left was identified as Cody (with a question mark), as a person who stood up with them at their wedding.

    Two children in the front row I had identified as probably being Stanley Wilbur Moyers and Halleck Roy "Hal" Moyers (later "Moyer"). The boy I guess to be Hal particularly resembles a later photo of him as an adult.

    Although a later photo of Cora Ellen (Moyers) Hamilton exists, I cannot see anyone who seems exactly to fit or match with her photograph twenty years later.

    Some of the older people in this may be Sam's brothers. His brother Jacob Josiah Moyers was living in Chicago, and was married to a woman named Martha (who may or may not have still been alive in 1896. She was dead by 1900). Benjamin Franklin Moyers was married to the former Barbara Deam, also a former Des Moines County, resident, and they lived in Missouri.

    Elizabeth Ann (Kurtz) Moyers was divorced from Sam's brother, George Washington Moyers, but she and some of her children and families lived nearby in Louisa County, Iowa. If they were on good enough terms with her ex husband's family, they may be in this photograph. Also, I am not sure if Sam's brother George Moyers was still living or not, so he is another possibility. The Rexroats of McDonough County, Illinois, were also nephews and nieces, and not living too distant. Even the Lakin family, many of whom were still in Carrollton, Illinois, and vicinity, though Sam's sister Eliza had been dead over 30 years, may have travelled to Iowa for this celebration.

    This photograph was provided courtesy of Larry Leon Dowell, Sam and Lucy's third great grandson. The identification was done by a relative of his, except for Hattie Mae and Elsie Walker, and Pearl Alfred Moyers.
    Family ID  F793  Group Sheet

    Family  Mintie Alice "Alice" Rexroat,   b. 20 Mar 1856, Arcadia, Morgan County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1925, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Sep 1875  Morgan County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 18
    Illinois Marriage Index 
    • Groom: Rexroat, Lawson T.; Bride: Rexroat, Mintie A.; Date: September 2, 1875; Vol./page: 00C/0098; County: Morgan
    Children 
    >1. Sarah Lela "Lela" Rexroat,   b. Apr 1878, Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1948, Macomb Township, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Harvey Earl Rexroat,   b. Abt Feb 1880, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1880
    >3. Alta J. Rexroat,   b. 31 Aug 1882, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1967, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary N. Rexroat,   b. Apr 1887, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Caroline W. "Carrie" Rexroat,   b. Aug 1894, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F800  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Lawson T. Rexroat
    Lawson T. Rexroat
    Lawson Rexroat was the oldest child born to James Morris Rexroat (1828-1914) and Susannah "Jane" Moyers (1831-1892). He was born July 5, 1851, in Des Moines County, Iowa, before the family moved to Illinois and set up farming in McDonough County. Lawson married a first cousin once removed, Mintie "Alice" Rexroat (1856-1925) and fathered five children, four girls and a son who died in infancy.

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