James Clay Lawless, (2), oldest son of James Sanford and Clara Lawless, was born on April 17, 1874. Except for his service in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and as a mail inspector at Chester Penitentiary, he lived and farmed in Gilmer Township. He was a leader in the Republican Party and was elected County Treasurer in 1950. He was married to Agnes L. Metz on December 9, 1903. She is the daughter of Adam and Henrietta Metz and was born in Fowler, Illinois March 1, 1871. She died on July 12, 1932; and he died on April 14, 1952. Both were buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. They had no children.

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