David Pearce Lawless, (2), oldest son of John Quincy and Elizabeth Lawless, was born in Gilmer Township, Adams County, Illinois, on October 19, 1864. Besides the local country school, he attended Gem City Business College, in Quincy. On November 18, 1891, he was married to Marguerite Earel, of Columbus Township. She was born in 1872 to Barzilla and Martha J. Earel. He farmed until 1904, when he was elected County Recorder of Adams County and moved to Quincy, where he lived until his death on February 12, 1911. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Camp Point. They had no children.

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