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Beardsley, Levi, and Oliver LAKE-Harvard- 1882

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Beardsley, Levi, and Oliver LAKE-Harvard- 1882

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: LAKE, SMITH, VAN WAGENER, REED, COON, BEARDSLEY
The "History of Walworth County, Wisconsin - 1882" has a biographical sketch for Rebecca LAKE, p.802:Rebecca LAKE, Sec. 34; P.O. Big Foot Prairie, McHenry Co., Ill. Mrs. Lake is the widow of Phipps W. Lake; her maiden name was Rebecca Beardsley; she was born in the town of Richfield, Otsego Co., NY, May 6, 1792, and is consequently now (1882) in her 90th year; she was married Jan.1, 1812, to P.W. Lake, who was born in Hoosic, Conn., May 1, 1789. Mr. and Mrs. L first settled in the town of Plainfield, Ostego Co, NY., and afterwards removed to the town of Virgil, Cortland Co., and thence to Montgomery Co. They came to Walwoth Co in 1839; he purchased 640 acres in Sec. 34 and 35, in the town of Walworth where he resided until his death, which occurred Aug 17, 1860. He was a minister in the Baptist Church, in which connection he preached for 38 years; his memory is held in the highest respect for his many excellent qualities and Christian virtues. Mrs Lake had eight children, six of whom are living ---Beardsley and Levi, who reside in Harvard, Ill; Mrs Rebecca Van Wagener, in Chicago; Waldo owns a part of the homestead; Mary L. Reed, in Janesville, and Sarah M., now Mrs J.E. Smith; she lost her two children --Polly and Lucretia Armstrong. Mrs Lake is remarkably smart for one who has lived so long; she retains her memory and other mental faculties to a remarkable degree; she resides with her son-in-law, James E SMITH, on a part of the homestead. Mr Smith was born in the town of Richfield, Otsego Co, NY., Oct 1, 1817; he went to Michigan from the State of New York, in 1835; thence to Southern Indiana, and returned to the State of New York in the spring of 1838; and in the fall of 1842, returned to Leavenworth, Crawford Co., Ind., and in the spring of 1843, he came to Walworth Co., but did not settle here permanently until the fall of 1845; was married in 1847. Mr and Mrs Smith have three children living ---Rebecca L., wife of Charles H. Coon; Oliver L., now at Harvard, Ill., and James E., Jr.

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