LaSalle County


The lady whose name graces this sketch represents, in her position as a citizen, two of the prominent pioneer families of the township of Serena, LaSalle county, Illinois. Her father, the late venerable John Wright, brought his family to LaSalle county some time in the '50s, and her husband, the late Ruden Warren, was a son of that worthy citizen and guardian of the frontier, Daniel Warren, who came to this county from New York.

John Wright, the father of Mrs. Warren, was a native of Suffolk county, England, his birth having occurred at Ipswich in the year 1807. In his youth he had limited advantages for obtaining an education, but made the best of his opportunities and by close observation and general reading acquired a good store of useful information and became a useful citizen. After his conversion to Christianity he put away "worldly sins" and became an active and influential member of the Methodist Episcopal church, taking a prominent part in Sunday-school work. It was in 1849 that he came to America. He landed in Canada, his wife sick of cholera, and from Canada he came over into the United States, selecting a location in Vermont, where he made his home until 1855, farming, after working for a time at his trade in a blacksmith shop. In 1855, coming west to Illinois, he took up his residence in LaSalle county. Here he also engaged in farming and succeeded in providing his large family with all the necessities and comforts of life, though he never succeeded in accumulating property. He died in LaSalle county, in July, 1890; and his wife, whose maiden name was Rebecca Osborn, died at the same place a few years later. Their children were: Hannah, wife of Thomas E. Farnsworth, of Silver City, New Mexico; Mary A., deceased wife of William Gillespie; Fannie, deceased; Lucy A., wife of John Townsend, of Ford county, Illinois; Maria, deceased wife of John Rogers; Charlotte L., whose name introduces this review; Fannie C. (2d), who married John Rogers, of southeastern Kansas; Eleanor, deceased wife of Brice Dick: and Silas M., who was born in Vermont October 5, 1855, and is a successful farmer of Serena.

Mrs. Warren was born April 28, 1846, and August 13, 1862, was married to Ruden Warren. a native of Serena township, LaSalle county, Illinois, born December 31, 1840. They spent their married life on the farm where she still resides, and here their family was reared. Mr. Warren's youth was passed on his father's farm, and before he reached the age of twenty-two years he enlisted in the service of his country as a member of Battery C, First .Illinois Light Artillery, for a term of three years. His battery was in the department of the Tennessee and participated in some of the hard-fought battles of the civil war. When the battery was captured at Stone River Mr. Warren succeeded in making his escape. In the campaign around Chattanooga Mr. Warren was in poor health and was assigned to hospital guard duty. He was honorably discharged at Nashville at the close of the war, and returned home, shattered in health. Chronic disease contracted during the war was the cause of much suffering to him and no doubt shortened his days. He died in 1890. His life was spent as a farmer. He was progressive and successful and was ranked with the leading farmers of his locality. Politically he was an ardent Republican.

Mr. Warren's parents, Daniel and Lucy (Skeels) Warren, were the parents of the following named children: Elizabeth, widow of Anthony Horr; Ardilla, deceased, was the wife of Henry Horr; Luther, deceased: Huron, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Ruden: and Lewis, a prominent farmer and worthy citizen of Serena township.

The children of Ruden Warren and wife are: Herman W., born April 11, 1867; Myra E., October 8, 1876; and Silas H., September 28, 1882.

Mrs. Warren and her children are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Extracted 13 May 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 613-614.

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