JOHN W. LORMOR is one of the most extensive land-owners in Benton County, being the possessor of 940 acres of the fertile land lying in Cedar Township, his residence being situated on section 22. He was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., Oct. 26, 1826. His parents, who were also natives of the Empire State, were Thomas and Margaret (McKee) Lormor. They were industrious farmers and reared their son on the farm, giving him advantages for an education such as the neighboring schools afforded.
In 1856, during the period when there was such a great influx of settlers from the East, locating upon the fair fields of the great Prairie State, our subject was among the number. He settled in Kendall County, where, in February of the following year, he was united in marriage with Sarah, daughter of John Boyer. She was a native of Center County, Pa., and has borne her husband five children, three girls and two boys; all but the eldest were born in this State. The names of this family of children are Frank, Lizzie, Nora, Mary and George.
Mr. Lormor remained but a few years a resident of Illinois, for we find him, in the spring of 1859, with his little family, crossing the Great Father of Waters into Iowa, which was then being rapidly settled. He journeyed Westward over the undulating prairie land until he came to Benton County, where he found a desirable location on section 33, of the township in which he at present resides. Here he made a purchase of some unimproved land and immediately set about making preparations for his home. He remained upon the original tract until the year 1875, when he removed to his present location on section 22. He has been quite successful in what has been his life avocation, that of farming, and, as above stated, has accumulated a handsome property.Mr. Lormor has taken a reasonably active part in public affairs, and has served his township for nine years as Trustee. Politically he is identified with the Republican party, and in her religious connections Mrs. Lormor is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 250-251.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.