WARREN ENGLISH (1840 - 1910)
"This is something I got from the 'English' folder at the Greene County Historical Society [Carrollton, Illinois] when I was there a couple years ago. It was written by Margaret "Peg" Connole Trost. I love these "personal" experiences with ancestors. It gives these people life."
Submited by Suzanne English Walker (See Notes)
Captain (as he was known) Warren English was honored by being appointed as a guard over Lincoln's tomb during those troubled times following the assassination when people feared the body might be spirited away.
He was an auctioneer, a veterinarian and at one time he was a deputy sheriff of Greene County, Illinois. But his greatest love was raising race horses and show horses (harness racing). Large pictures of some of his famous horses hung in his living room. One of my favorite stories about my grandfather was when a farmer called him to come out and kill a mare that had jumped a fence and ripped open her chest. My mother told me that he brought the mare to town, made a hammock for her and he and my mother sat up all night doctoring her. She got well and presented my grandfather with several fine horses. He was also a jockey when he was a young man.
Captain English had the good sense to marry Temperance Jane Melton and together they raised four fine children.
Pope English was the oldest of the four and I have heard that he was a popular fun loving young man who enjoyed singing and playing guitar. He married Maude Bell, a Jerseyville Illinois girl and they had one child. After his wife died in 1891 he went west and in 1897 he married a California girl, Ellen Cory. A short time later he was killed while working as a brake man on the railroad.
Arabel, the second child of Warren and Temperance taught school in Greene County Illinois until she met and married Charles A. Lemon a Baptist minister. Most of their married life was spent in Michigan and they had two adopted daughters. Mr. Lemon held pastorates in Nebraska, Ohio and Indiana. Wherever they went Arabel took a prominent part not only in church activities but also in the life of the community. Mrs. Lemon was Regent of the Ludington Daughters of the American Revolution when the Father Marquette Memorial Cross was dedicated in Butterville and she conducted DAR services at that time.
Julia was the third child of Warren and Temperance - also my own dear mother. She worked as a milliner in Carrollton Illinois and was always seen in any entertainment lending her sweet voice and personality to any occasion. She married John Connole, blue eyed Irishman from County Claire Ireland and they had two children, Thomas Warren and myself (Margaret).
James Turney English was the youngest of the English children. He was graduated from Northwestern University Pharmacy school in 1901.
Captain English was an auctioneer, with a residence on Locust Street.
Suzanne English Walker, great granddaughter of Warren English (Lindsey, Warren, James, John, Suzanne), submitted November 2002.
Margaret Connole Trost, granddaughter of Warren English (Lindsey, Warren, Julia, Margaret).
Suzanne English Walker reports that "Captain" was a term giving to Auctioneers and today it would be "Colonel."
My database includes over 1,200 descendant related entries for the family of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English; the first five generations are at The English Plantation. Information in my database may differ from details in the above transcription.
GKBopp 10 Dec 2002
Descendant of Dr. John B. English,
12th child of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English.