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Cabaniss, John M.

Born: 1783 Loudoun County, Virginia

Died: 1848-12-27 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

Cabaniss lived in Kentucky when he volunteered to fight in the War of 1812, eventually commanding a company at the Battle of New Orleans. By 1833, he lived in Springfield, Illinois, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees. He resided there the remainder of his life. In 1847, Abraham Lincoln served as surety when Cabaniss was required to post bond as a condition of his position as city constable.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 565; Lincoln et al. served as sureties for Cabaniss, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org; Illinois Journal (weekly), 3 January 1849, 1:4.