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Emmerson, Alan

Born: 1791-09-22 Lincoln County, Kentucky

Died: 1876-09-22 Edwards County, Illinois

Flourished: 1817-1876 Edwards County, Illinois

When he was young, Emmerson immigrated from Kentucky to Indiana Territory, where he married Nancy Mounce in 1810. In 1817, Emmerson, his wife, and their four children moved to Illinois, settling in Edwards County. Emmerson built up a farm but also spent much of his life in elective positions, serving on the board of county commissioners, as justice of the peace, judge of the county court, county treasurer and county assessor. Emmerson also represented Edwards County in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1838 to 1842, where he served alongside Abraham Lincoln.

U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Edwards County, IL, 135; Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois (Philadelphia: J. L. McDonough, 1883), 62, 205; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 207, 209; Gravestone, Little Prairie Cemetery, Albion, IL.