Vandeventer, Jacob G.

Born: 1797-12-16 Virginia

Died: 1869-04-06 Mount Sterling, Illinois

Vandeventer moved from Virginia to Illinois with his mother and brother and settled in Versailles. In 1830, after the death of his first wife, Vandeventer and his mother moved to Mt. Sterling, Illinois. In 1832, he married his second wife, Leah Curry, with whom he had five children. He was elected into the Illinois House of Representatives for one term, 1834 to 1836, and was then elected as the county clerk, where he served from 1839 to 1842. He was elected into the Illinois Senate in 1842 and resigned as county clerk. He served two consecutive terms in the Senate, 1842 to 1844 and 1844 to 1846, representing Schuyler and Brown counties. In 1853, Vandeventer was elected county judge of Brown county. In 1860, he owned $5,000 in real estate and $2,000 in personal estate.

U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Brown County, IL, 687; Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois (Philadelphia, PA: W. R. Brink, 1882), 118, 123, 142, 247; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 204, 210, 212; Gravestone, Mount Sterling City Cemetery, Mount Sterling, IL.