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Wednesday May 16th, 2007 11:56 pm

Mary Walker wrote:

Hi...I found an old newspaper clipping with info concerning Fulton County.

My great-grandfather was James M. Laws, born Feb. 14, 1851, Putman Township, IL.

His parents were James H. Laws and Louisa (Hasson) Laws.

After going to the west in 1868 he returned to Cuba, IL in 1872. He was in grain, stock and coal businesses with interests in the drug business until 1894. He was elected that year as the Fulton County sheriff on the Republican ticket. In 1904, he won the office of circuit clerk. He was a member of the Lewiston, IL board of education, sec/treas of the Lewiston Livestock and Shipping Assoc., Masonic Lodge of Cuba for 58 years, and the Knights Templar Lodge in Havana, IL.

Married Mary Harmison on Oct. 4, 1875.

In 1939, James M. Laws was buried in the Cuba, IL cemetery at age 88.

He had two half-brothers, L.C. Fouts and C.F. Fouts and a half-sister, Mrs. Rose Andrews.
He had a brother, W. H. Laws and a sister, Emma Laws.
Sons: Harry H. Laws and Lewis Calvin Laws
Daughters: Grace Laws and Mary Laws

If there is any way for me to find out any more about this side of my family I would appreciate your help. (posted August 18, 2005)

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