Constant, Archibald E.

Born: 1801-05-10 Clark County, Kentucky

Died: 1875-01-19 Elkhart, Illinois

Constant came to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1819, and settled in Springfield. During the Black Hawk War, he served in William F. Elkin's company of mounted volunteers, and soldiers elected him the company's First Lieutenant. In 1830, he married Maria Latham, with whom he had five children. Constant purchased land in Logan County as early as 1836, and he relocated his family to Elkhart sometime after 1840. In 1860, Constant was a farmer in Elkhart, and he owned $15,000 in real estate and $5,000 in personal property. Constant was involved in six cases in the Sangamon County Circuit Court in which Abraham Lincoln served as attorney or judge.

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