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OLIVER PERRY LAWLESS, (1), sixth son of John and Margaret Skirvin Lawless, was born in the farm home, Gilmer Township, Adams County, Illinois, on July 20, 1841. He received his education in the district school and at Abington College, Abington, Illinois. He followed the occupation of farming throughout his life and was one of the early pioneers who used the oxen to break the prairie sod. He was married to Margaret Ann Guthrie in her home near Columbus, Illinois, on March 10, 1864. The Reverend Americus Don Carlos officiated. She was born October 9, 1846 to Moses and Charity Reaugh Guthrie. Oliver and Margaret lived on a farm near the old Lawless homestead until March 1869, when they purchased a farm near Columbus. In 1877 they built a large house on the farm and here lived the remainder of their lives. Both were active members of the Christian Church in Columbus. He served as an Elder and as a member of the Board of Trustees for many years. He supported the Republican Party and was well informed on local and national issues. His wife was stricken with a paralytic stroke while visiting in the home of her brother, James R. Guthrie, and died there three days later on October 19, 1900. Oliver Perry remained on the farm until his death on December 1, 1922, which followed nine days after an acute illness. Both he and his wife were buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Adams County. They had nine children: one who died in infancy, Mary Charity, Ora Frances, Sara Margaret, Albert Guthrie, George Elmer, Hugh Clement, Katie Gertrude, and Lloyd Lorenzo.

 

Infant Daughter, (2), of Oliver Perry and Margaret Lawless was born on December 21,1870; died on December 21, 1870.


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