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HANCOCK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
|Author - Marcia Farina|
Portraits and biography from the History of Hancock County
edited by Charles J. Scofield, 1921
[Note: this biography contains some errors. Bracketed text is for clarification.]
SHIELDS, Lyman Brown, formerly supervisor of Hancock Township, and one of the prosperous farmers of the county, is one of the most representative men of his locality. He was born in Henry County, Iowa, March 23, 1857, a son of James and Electa (Brown) Shields. James Shields was born in Ohio. His first wife died about 1860, and he was married (second) to Jennie Hartman [Jemima Brown Hartman], and in 1866 they came to Hancock County, spending four years in Fountain Green Township before permanently settling in Hancock Township, where they bought a farm, and there he died in 1893.
When he attained his majority, Lyman Brown Shields began farming for himself on rented land, and was a tenant for twelve years, but then bought sixty acres of land, now included in his present farm. Later he and his brother John bought eight acres adjoining, and he now has 140 acres and his wife eighty acres in another part of the township. Mr. Shields usually cultivates ten to fifteen acres of oats, twenty acres of corn, ten to fifteen acres of rye, and many vegetables. He also raises horses, cattle and hogs, and has been very successful in his operations.
On November 10, 1887, Mr. Shields was married to Louisa Sammons, born in Hancock Township, October 5, 1867, a daughter of James and Sarah (Way) Sammons, born in Illinois, and early settlers of Hancock Township. Mr. and Mrs. Shields had one son who died in infancy, and they have reared two children, one being Bessie Kimbrough, born April 7, 1890, whom they adopted. She married Earl Denton of Carthage Township as her second husband. Her son, Lyman Hasten, born August 20, 1907, by her first marriage, has lived with Mr. Shields since he was an infant. A Democrat, Mr. Shields has served as road commissioner one term, school director and trustee many years, and was supervisor two terms, and while he was on the board the new courthouse was built. He belongs to the Masons of Carthage Township, and the Modern Woodmen of America. A man of kindly heart and generous impulses, Mr. Shields has many warm friends all over the county, and he is held in the highest respect by all who know him.
November 17, 1926
Liberty - Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Shields celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10th.
Lyman Shields was one of the trustees of the Majorville Cemetery Association, formed sometime after February, 1927. E. W. Huston's letter to The News about the association.
L. B. Shields A Leading Hancock Township Farmer
Lyman Brown Shields was born on March 23, 1857, near Mt. Pleasant, Ia. He was the fourth son of James Madison and Electa Brown Shields. His mother died on October 22, 1861, at the age of thirty-five years. The mother and her baby daughter, Mary J. Shields were laid away at Pleasant Hill Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The Shields family moved to Hancock county, Illinois, in the year 1866 and located near Fountain Green, Illinois. Lyman was then nine years old. Moving was accomplished then in what we would now regard as a primitive manner. There were no automobiles, and horses and wagons were used for the carriage of persons and furniture, and horses and other domestic animals were driven along the highways from the old to the new home. The Shields family walked and drove the stock, and this required several days, although at the present time the distance would be covered in part of a single day.
Lyman Shields and three brothers, James who was a half-brother, and who died near Kirksville, Mo.; Henry who died at Marlow, Oklahoma on September 12, 1913; John who died at Colchester, Illinois, on December 8, 1919; and two sisters, Lizzie Shields Siepel, who died at Colchester, Ill., on October 5, 1923, and Ida Shields Knoedler, a half-sister, who lives near Blandinsville, Illinois.
Lyman Shields was married to Louisa Sammons at Macomb, Ill., on November 10, 1887, by Judge Lawrence Y. Sherman. To this union was born a son who died in infancy, Nov. 10, 1890.
Mr. Shields died at his residence on April 24, 1935, at eight o'clock in the evening and left surviving him his wife, Louisa Shields and Bessie Diffenderfer, his foster-daughter, who resides at Macomb, Ill., Mrs. Diffenderfer was always regarded by Mr. and Mrs. Shields with the same affection as if she had been their own child and Mrs. Diffenderfer's son, Lyman Hasten, was the same to them as if he had been their own grandson.
The passing of Mr. Shields is a distinct loss to his immediate neighborhood, and to this county, to which he had rendered signal services as a member of the Board of Supervisors. He was supervisor from his township when our splendid court house was built, and his name is preserved in permanent form on the tablet in that building. In the negotiations for the erection of that building, in planning and consummating that public work, he was ever mindful of his obligation to the county as one of its trusted representatives, with a forward look toward future development, and it may confidently be asserted that his part in that work was "well done."
Mr. Snields [sic] was a good neighbor, a law-abiding citizen, a kind-hearted man, and, as such, his memory will be cherished by those who knew him. He was a Mason and a Woodman and the Masons conducted the services at his grave.
The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Majorville church, Rev. Keith Loveless, Colchester, officiating. Pallbearers were A. F. & A. M. members, Roy Metz, Will Booz, E. R. Rogers[,] Roy Steffey, Jno. Fleming, Reed Corson.
enumerated June 25, 1860, dwelling #1197
J M Shields, 44, male, farmer, value of real estate 3000, value of personal estate 1500, born OH; attended school within the year - 2 [perhaps 2 children living in this household attended school within the year]
enumerated June 6, 1870, dwelling #147
Note: bracketed surnames are for clarification; they were not
shown on the original census form.
Shields, James, 57, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 5000, value of personal estate 2000, born OH, father foreign born, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
enumerated June 17, 1870, dwelling #121
Sammons, James, 35, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 2500, value of personal estate 800, born IL, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
enumerated June 11, 1880, dwelling #78
Sheilds, James A [sic], white, male, 61, married, farmer, born OH, both parents born Ireland
enumerated June 13, 1880, dwelling #92
Samon, James, white, male, 44, married, farmer, born IL, father born "Te Va", mother
enumerated June 2, 1900, dwelling #50
Sheilds [sic], Lyman B, head, white, male, born March 1857, 43, married for 13 years, born IA, both parents born OH, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, [most of the following entries are obscured by a large mark on the census page; he either owned outright or was paying on the mortgage of his home]; farm schedule 45
Louisa, wife, white, female, born Oct 1867, 32, married for 13 years; mother of 1 child, deceased; born IL, both parents born IL, could read, write and speak English
Bessie F, adopted daughter, white, female, born April 1890, 10, single, born IL, both parents born IL, could read, write and speak English
enumerated April 26-27, 1910, dwelling #94
Shields, Lyman, head, male, white, 53, married (1st) for 23 years, born IA, both parents born Ohio, spoke English, farmer, general farm, employer, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 92
Louisa, wife, female, white, 42, married (1st) for 23 years, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, could read and write
Hasting [sic], Lyman, grandson, male, white, 2, single, born IL, both parents born IL
Bessie, daughter, female, white, 30, widow, married for 3 years; mother of 1 child, living; born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, could read and write
enumerated February 23, 1920, dwelling #118, farm
Shields, Lyman, head, owned his home free of mortgage, male, white, 62, married, could read and write, born IA, father born OH, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, general farm, working on own account, farm schedule 104
Louisa, wife, female, white, 52, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English
Hasten, Lyman L, foster son, male, white, 12, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1919, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English
enumerated April 16, 1930, dwelling #117
Shields, Lyman, head, owned his home, [no home value shown], owned a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 75, married, age at first marriage - 30, could read and write, born IA, father born OH, mother born PA, spoke English, farmer, general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 109
Louisa, wife, female, white, 62, married, age at first marriage - 20, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English
Hasten, Lyman, adopted son, male, white, 22, single, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no