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George and Serepta Lane
George Washington and Mary Francis (Duncan) Lane

      Our great great grandfather, George Lane, was born in 1820 in Franklin County Ohio near Columbus. It is believed he was the son of  William Lane. His mother's name is not known at this time. He married Serepta Hand on March 30, 1839 in Madison Co. Ohio. She was about 15 years old at the time of their marriage. According to the 1840 and 1850 census records, they lived in Prairie Township, Franklin Co. Ohio where they had five children. Henry Lane born in 1840,  George W. Lane born December 19, 1842 , Mary Elaine Lane born April 6, 1848, Scott Lane born in 1850 and Phebe Jane Lane born in 1852. According to census records the family moved to Warren County, Indiana in the mid 1850s.
      There the family took up farming and two more children were born to George and Serepta. They are: William George 1857 and Delliah Alice 1862.  Most of the family moved from Warren County Indiana to Cass County near Logansport, Indiana in the 1860s.  Serepta, our Great Great Grandmother was not listed in the 1870 census in Cass County with George, Scott, William and Delilah so she is assumed to have died sometime before 1870. It has not been determined when or where our GG Grandfather George Lane died, but six of the seven children were married in Cass County Indiana. Henry married Eliza Hudlow March 7,1870; Mary Elaine married Hiram Lawrence March 7, 1866; Phebe Jane married Joseph Lavack, October 29, 1869; William G. married Sarah Chestnut September 21, 1882; and Delliah A. married Charles Miller, October 31, 1882.

George W. and Mary Francis (Duncan) Lane

       Our Great Grandfather, George W. did not move to Cass County Indiana, but went to work for the railroad and settled in Vermilion County, Illinois near Danville. There he met a widow, Fannie (Duncan) Munday on January 6,1876. To this union were born four sons: John Lane, born May 16, 1882 and died August 13, 1903, in a coal mine accident; James (Tommy) Lane born August 7, 1877 and died March 5, 1937;  Frank Lane who was born January 23, 1879 and died November 18, 1946, in Elkville, Illinois; my Grandfather, Hiram Alonzo Lane born December 31, 1883 and died February 26, 1946.  He lived in Hillery and when he died he had been living in Vermilion Heights, part of Danville, Illinois.

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