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William Benton Lawless, (2), third son and fifth child of John Quincy and Elizabeth Pearce Lawless, was born on October 29, 1872, near Columbus, Illinois. He was married to Edna Virginia Aaron on December 29, 1897. She was born on April 12, 1878 to Caleb and Mary Catherine Judy Aaron.  They lived most of their married lives on a farm near Coatsburg. On retiring from the farm, they moved to Camp Point, Illinois, living there some eleven years. He was a good man, a sincere Methodist, and a Mason. He tried to do the right as he saw it. He was a good farmer who took pride in leaving his holdings in better shape than when they came into his hands. He was a “Solid Citizen” but never held office except in his church and lodge. He was a man of firm convictions, but did not go out of his way to force his opinions upon others-not even when it developed that his only son was a Democrat. He died on February 25, 1957, and was buried in Quincy Memorial Park, Quincy, Illinois. His wife died in December 1970 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. They had two children: one child who died in infancy and a son: John Quincy.

 

John Quincy Lawless, (3), only child of W. Benton and Edna Lawless, was born on February 7, 1901. He attended Coatsburg Grade School, later graduating from Quincy High School and Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. He taught one year in Galva Community High School; then began the study of law at the University of Chicago, graduating in the spring of 1927. He attended the law school of the University of Colorado during the summer of 1925. Since 1927, when he was admitted to the Illinois Bar, he lived and practiced law in Mt. Sterling. He held the office of County Judge of Brown County from 1938 to 1950, during which time he spent approximately fifty weeks on the bench in Cook County. He took an active part in Democratic politics. He was a Methodist, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a Shriner, belonging to Quincy Consistory and Ansar Shrine, at Springfield. Before becoming County Judge, he served two years as President of the local Board of Education. On November 9, 1933, he was married to Blanche Elizabeth Adcock, of Warren County, at Decatur, Illinois. She was born February 15, 1901 to Mary Adcock. John died in July 1984 and Blanche died on October 20, 1988.  They had one daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth.

 

Carolyn Elizabeth Lawless, (4), daughter of John Q. and Blanche Lawless, was born at Galesburg, Illinois, on November 10, 1935. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having also done undergraduate work at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, and DePaul University. She was employed by the State of Illinois, Personnel Office, Department of Labor, at Chicago. In 1969, she returned to her childhood home in Mt. Sterling, Illinois to care for her parents. After the death of her father in 1984 and her mother in 1988, she stayed in Mt. Sterling.


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