FROM:  The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 715-716.

          James Lane, of McLeansboro, Ill., was born  Tenn., June 28, 1814, the son of James an both natives of Craven County, N. C. The father came to Illinois in the fall of 1818, located with his family three miles east of McLeansboro, and followed farming the remainder of his life. He was an early member of the county court, and a Jackson Democrat.. He died, while on a visit in Peoria County, in the spring of 1846 Six sons and four daughters were reared to maturity, but two of whom are now living: our subject and Lemuel B., of Marysville, Mo. Our subject was reared to manhood in the county, securing a good education in the common branches in school, and much more by desultory reading and study. He studied law under John McElvain, but was not licensed to practice until 1863. He was a captain and lieutenant colonel in the militia, and was elected justice in 1852, an office which he hap, held almost continuously ever since. In 1847 he was elected coroner serving two years. In 1857 he was elected county judge, serving one term of four years, and again re-elected in 1865 and 1869. In 1865 he was appointed United States commissioner by Judge Treat, and still acts in this capacity. He has also practiced law considerably since the way. March 2, 1837, he married Frances Crissell, a native of Hamilton County, who died in March, 1861. The following children are living - Minerva J. (wife of Henry Green), Andrew J. Elsie F. (wife of Thomas Garrison), Eliza E. (wife of D. W Holland, all of this county, and John W., of Wayne County, Ill. In March, 1863, he married Rity M. Jordan, of Jefferson County, Ill. Their five children are Lucy A. (wife of E. A. Burton),  Harriett M., Ida (wife of Thomas J. Holley), Anna and James. The Judge is a Democrat, first -voting for Van Buren. He is a deacon in the Baptist Church and has been since 1852. He is a Mason and encampment member. of the 1. 0. 0. F.

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