Noble, Silas

Born: 1808-XX-XX Massachusetts

Flourished: Dixon, Illinois

Noble was a pioneer of Lee County, Illinois. He moved from his native state to Illinois in 1841, settling in Dixon. In 1845, he was one of six attorneys in Dixon. From 1846 to 1848, Noble, a Whig, represented Lee, Henry, Rock Island, and Whiteside counties in the Illinois Senate. He served as register of the U.S. General Land Office in Dixon from 1849 to 1851. In 1850, he was working as an attorney in Dixon and owned $2,605 in real property. After leaving the Land Office, Noble became a prominent farmer and landowner. In 1860, he owned $75,000 in real property and had a personal estate of $7,000. During the Civil War, Noble served as colonel of the Illinois 2nd Volunteer Cavalry Regiment until mustered out on February 16, 1863.

History of Lee County (Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1881), 183; John Clayton, comp., Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 214; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 408; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1849 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1849), 135; Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1851 (Washington, DC: Gideon, 1851), 140; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Dixon, Lee County, IL, 88; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Dixon, Lee County, IL, 37; Frank E. Stevens, History of Lee County Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1914), 1:16, 127, 171; Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army, For the Years, 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65: Part VI: Indiana-Illinois (Washington, DC: Secretary of War, 1865), 178.