Flourished: 1832 Menard County, Illinois
In 1832, Laxton lived in Sangamon County, Illinois, when he volunteered with Captain Thomas Stout's company of the Second Regiment of the Illinois Mounted Volunteers in the Black Hawk War. He lived in a part of Sangamon County that later became Menard County.
Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:386; Election Returns for the New Salem Precinct in Sangamon County, Illinois.