|Birth: ||Aug. 30, 1832|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1919|
"Leander C. Agnew, for many years the well known and efficient Supervisor of Salt Creek Township, Mason county, is one of its worthy citizens, who is cultivating a fine farm on section 30. He was born in Monroe County this state [IL] , August 30, 1832, while his father, Frances Agnew, is a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio. The latter came to Illinois in 1826 and located in Monroe county, where he carried on his trade of a carpenter and had the honor of erecting some of the best houses in the county. The parents of our subject were married in Monroe county in 1828, the mother being Miss Catherine Robinson, a native of that county. She was born in 1812 and was the daughter of David Robinson, a native of Virginia, who on coming to Monroe County was classed among the earliest settlers of that section, as was also his wife's parents. Mrs. and Mrs. Frances Agnew remained in the above county with the exception of a few years spent in Marion County until the deceased of the mother in 1854. The father then continued to make his home in various places until 1877, when he joined our subject, in this county and lived in this place until his death, at the age of 80 years. He was of Irish descent, while the mother of our subject was of German parents. L. C. of this sketch was second in order of birth of the 8 children comprised in his parents' family, only 3 of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. He continued to make his home under the parental roof until two years after reaching his majority, in the meantime acquiring such an education as could be obtained in the subscription school near his home. When beginning to make his own way in the world he worked for seven summers in a brickyard, and in 1855 came to this county, locating in what was then Crane Creek Township, where he was engaged in farm work. Miss Margaret McDaniel became the wife of our subject February 26, 1857. She was born in this state and became the mother of 8 children, Nancy C., now Mrs. J. H. Potts, living in Kansas; William F., a farmer of Salt Creek Township, which is also the home of George M.; Henry A., living in Franklin Grove, this state; Royal W., a resident of Mason City; R. Frank, an agriculturist of this township; Estella M., now Mrs. Frank Kendall, living in the above township, and A. Gertrude, at home with her father. The wife and mother died in February 1877, and the lady to whom our subject was married March 8, 1882 was Mrs. Sarah C., widow of A. Baxter. She was likewise born in this state, and by her union with Mr. Agnew became the mother of a son, Harry L. Our subject gives his entire time and attention to farm pursuits. He is a stalwart advocate of Democratic principles, on which ticket he was elected Supervisor of Crane Creek Township in 1872 and 1873, and again in 1878. After removing to this township he was elected to the same position, which office he held each successive year until 1884. In 1885 he was appointed to fill a vacancy, and in the spring of 1886 was again elected Supervisor and continued to discharge the duties of that office with the exception of three years until 1894, making in all a service of fourteen years. He has also been Assessor and collector and rendered efficient service as School Director and Trustee. He is ever found to be a promoter of every worthy enterprise which tends to advance the best interests of the community and to aid in the up-building and development of the county. He may be truly called a self-made man and is deserving of all the praise that term implies."
From the 1894 Biographical Sketch of Tazewell and Mason Co. IL pp 476-477, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago.
Francis Agnew (1803 - 1882)
Catherine Robinson Agnew (1812 - 1854)
Sarah Catherine Hawthorn Agnew (1842 - 1916)
Margaret McDaniels Agnew (1838 - 1877)*
Nancy Catherine Agnew Potts (1858 - 1942)*
Henry A. Agnew (1865 - 1938)*
Estella Margaret Agnew Kendall (1874 - 1950)*
Big Grove Cemetery
Created by: J B and T J Lund
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55867007