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John Thomas Lawless, (2), son of William Conrad and Mary Lawless, was born in Gilmer Township, Adams County, Illinois, on March 4, 1858. He was married to Julia Ann McMillan, of West Point, Illinois, in October, 1887. She was born in 1862 to Joseph O. and Mary Jane Morgan McMillan. They lived on a farm in Houston Township for several years, later moving to a large farm near Bowen, Illinois. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He supported the Republican Party. His wife died in April, 1904; his death occurred four years later, on January 19, 1908. They were buried in the Bowen Cemetery at Bowen, Illinois. They had three children: Joseph Conrad, Mary Jane, and Carl Emerson.

 

Joseph Conrad Lawless, (3), eldest son of John T. and Julia Lawless, was born on a farm near LaPrairie, Illinois on January 25, 1890. He attended school in Bowen, where the family moved before 1900. From there, he went to Western Illinois Academy in Upper Alton, Illinois; then to both the Academy and the University in Urbana, where he received his B.S. Degree in 1913. Later he did some graduate work. He served in the Armed Forces in World War 1. He never married. He lived in Chicago, and for a number of years he worked for Shattuck and McKay (Book Printers). He died in 1947 and was buried in Mystic, Connecticut.

 

Mary Jane Lawless, (3), daughter of John T. and Julia Lawless, was born on a farm near LaPrairie, Illinois, on May 24, 1891. The family moved to Bowen, Illinois, where she attended public school; and after the death of both parents, she attended private schools at Ferry Hall, in Lake Forest, and Waterman Hall in Sycamore, Illinois. She attended Western Illinois State Normal, in Macomb, and the University of Illinois, where she was graduated in 1916. After attending Chicago Graduate Summer School, she was Assistant Principal in West Point High School. She was employed in the Office Department of Marshall Field in Chicago from 1917-1919. She moved to Philadelphia to be with her brother Carl, where she was a secretary in Senator McIllhenny’s office; and also taught night school at Banks Business College. She traveled in Europe with her brother Carl; moved to New York City to do social service work for several years; then headed the Customers Service Work at Topics Publishing Company until an accident forced her resignation. She lived in New York City and then Mystic, Connecticut until her death on December 31, 1976.

 

Carl Emerson Lawless, (3), son of John T. and Julia Lawless, was born near LaPrairie, Illinois, on February 20, 1894. He attended the public school in Bowen; Western Illinois Military Academy, Alton, Illinois; Carthage College; and the Academy of Arts in Chicago. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 16, 1916. He was sent to the Harvard Radio School, then to Lyon, France. He was one of the few long-distance radio operators sent overseas during World War 1. After his discharge from the service in 1919, he moved to Philadelphia and entered the National Academy of Fine Arts. He was given a traveling scholarship in May, 1921, and traveled in England and on the Continent with his sister Mary Jane for six months. He received many prizes and medals honoring his paintings, including the J. Francis Murphy prize from the Academy of National Design in New York. He was the youngest artist to receive this award. He won national recognition for his snow scenes, his favorite subject, and held many one-man exhibits in the largest cities in the United States, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He died in his home in Mystic, Connecticut, on January 1, 1964, and was buried at Mystic.



                

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