ROBERT L. MEADOR
History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
L. Meador was born in Sumner County, Tenn., January 18, 1828, the son of
Joseph and Lucinda (Latimer) Meador, natives respectively of Virginia and
Connecticut. The father came
to Gallatin County in 1828, then to Marion County, and finally in 1835 to
White County, where he farmed successfully until his death in 1853. The
mother died at the residence of Robert L., in McLeansboro, in 1872. Their
surviving children (of nine born) are Satyra J., widow of N. J. Sallee,
late of White County; our subject; Caroline, wife of P. F. Orr, farmer in
White County, and Mary L., wife of John Madden of Kingman, Kas. In 1849
our subject came to McLeansboro and started a tanyard, which he and a
brother (deceased) conducted three years. He then started in the tinware
business, learning the tinner's trade, and conducted that three years.
Mercantile business next occupied his attention, until in August, 1862,
when he enlisted as first lieutenant in Company A, Eighty-seventh Illinois
Volunteer Infantry and was mustered out in October, 1864. He was in Banks'
raid up Red River, and was wounded. He then resumed merchandising in
McLeansboro until 1868 when he became a member of the firm of Hood, Bowers
& Co., in the woolen-mill, and in 1877 became sole proprietor, and has
successfully conduct-ed it ever since. He has lost three wives by death;
by his first marriage, with Ann Wallace, he has one child, Jasper N.; by
his second, with Lucinda Barnett, he has two, Robert G. and Joseph S.; and
by his third, Louisa Hobbs of Mount Vernon, Ill., he had no children. They
were married in 1872, and she died in 1876. April 15, 1880, he married
Mrs. Carrie (Pyle) Page, native of Maryland. Formerly a Democrat, be is
now a Prohibitionist, and
in 1870 came within nine and one-half votes of the State Legislature. He
is a Mason, Odd Fellow, and Royal Templar. He and his wife are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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