Biography - Lot Luttrell

LOT LUTTRELL. It is said that no people travel so extensively as do the Americans, and hence their experience of different phases of life is correspondingly larger as a rule. Our subject has had many advantages in this respect and has traveled in various ways, not only in the luxurious Pullman cars of the present day, but also by prairie schooner across the plains, meeting frequently the red man on his territory. Mr. Luttrell is now a retired farmer living in Sullivan, where he located January, 1891, coming here from Whitley Township where he had been engaged for some years and where he still owns two hundred and forty acres of line land.

The original of our sketch came to Shelby County from DeWitt County, and while there living was engaged as a grocer in Kinney, of that county. He was born in Morgan County, Ill., December 24, 1839, and was there reared and educated. Also after marriage he made that his home for several years. Mr. Luttrell is the son of John Luttrell, a native of Kentucky. Our subject is named after his grandfather who was also a native of Kentucky, being there reared on a farm. Mr. Luttrell's paternal grandmother was likewise a Kentuckian and a member of an old and highly respected family of that State. They left their native State after the birth of their first two children, of which our subject's father John was the elder, having been born in February, 1817, and moved to Illinois about 1820, coming overland and bringing their household goods and children in a one-horse cart. The parents walked the greater part of the way, and after a long and tedious trip in which they camped out at intervals, they settled on what is now Sulphur Springs Township, and there secured a tract of Government land. The neighboring village of Jackson was not at that time thought of and there were very few people in the county, and for a few years they experienced the hardships incident to pioneer life.

On the farm which our subject's grandparents procured on first coming here they spent the remainder of their lives. The grandfather's decease occurred in 1863. His wife survived him by a number of year's, her death occurring about 1886. She was born in 1799 and was well known as one of the prominent pioneer women of that county. For many years prior to her death she was afflicted with blindness. In religion they were adherents of the Baptist Church, and politics the senior Mr. Luttrell was a Democrat.

The eldest of a large family, John Luttrell, the immediate progenitor of him of whom we write, was reared to manhood in Morgan County, growing up to the calling of a farmer. He was married to Miss Tabitha Cross, a native of Kentucky, a daughter of William and Lotta (Compton) Cross, natives of Kentucky. After marriage they emigrated to Illinois and settled in the Eastern part of Morgan County as pioneers.

Our subject's parents began life as farmers and the father pursued his calling until the time of his death, which took place in 1847. He was then in straightened circumstances and left a widow with four children whose names were, Caroline, our subject, William R. and Josiah. Our subject's mother some time after the death of John Luttrell, was again married to the Rev. Peter Garrett and they later removed to DeWitt County, where Mrs. Garrett died June 16, 1869. She was born in 1816. Mr. Garrett united with his work as a religious teacher the calling of farming; he is now a resident of Crawford County, Kan.

Our subject was married in the eastern part of Morgan County to Miss Sarah Cox. She was born in that county November 19, 1845, and is a daughter of Corydon and Mary (McGill) Cox, natives of Virginia, who came to Illinois with their respective families at an early day. They were victims of the great cyclone that passed over the country May 9, 1880, at which time Mr. Cox was injured. Their servant was killed and also a daughter-in-law, and all moveable property was swept away.

Our subject and his wife are the parents of four children. They are Mary, William A., Rufus and Corydon. They are all well educated, highly respected men and women. William was for some time a teacher. Our subject stands high in the estimation of his town-people and has been elected to various local offices. He is a Democrat in politics.

Extracted 25 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 675-676.

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