A. J. LOLLESS, farmer, P. O. Elco. Benjamin Lolless, the grandfather of subject, was born in Virginia, and his son, Benjamin Lolless. Jr., the father of A. J. Lolless, was also born there, and went to Tennessee when a young man, where he married Betsey Ann Berndrum, daughter of Clayborn Berndrum, also a native of Virginia. She was the mother of sixteen children, and of that number, subject was the ninth, and was born March 30, 1833. When subject was seven years old, he moved with his father to Alabama, where he remained until he was sixteen years of age, when he left that State and went to Western Tennessee, having in the meantime attended school but slightly. Here he remained until about twenty, and then came with his father to this State, settling first in Williamson County, where the father died in 1875, at the advanced age of ninety-two. Our subject remained in Williamson County the first year he was in the State, and then came to this county, where he worked for numerous farmers in Clear Creek Precinct. After his marriage, he commenced life on his own account on a rented farm near Clear Creek. He rented one or two other farms in succession, and in 1876 he purchased his present location of 160 acres, in Section 20, Town 14, Range 1 west, of which about seventy are now in cultivation. Mr. Lolless was married the first time to Fannie Walker, daughter of John Walker, of Clear Creek Precinct. This lady died one year after her marriage, leaving a little one, who, too, soon followed her to the other shore. The second time, he was married to Amanda Langley, daughter of Mrs. Mary A. Phillips, nee Langley. She is the mother of ten children, all living — Mary Alice, Franklin, Virginia, Craig, Edward, William, Ulysses, Florence, Thomas and Luella. Was a soldier in the One Hundred and Thirtieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, pages 224-225.
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