THOMAS LUMLEY, deceased, was born in Calhoun County March 15, 1853, and died at his home in Carlin Precinct, that county, on the 3d of February, 1889, respected by all who knew him. He lived an upright life, winning the confidence of the entire community and his loss was deeply mourned. His parents, Turner and Nancy Lumley, are numbered among the pioneer settlers of this county and upon the old homestead farm Thomas was reared to manhood. He received such educational advantages as the common schools of that day afforded and being studious by nature he added not a little to his store of knowledge by extensive reading in after life. He kept himself well informed on all the leading issues of the day and could converse intelligently upon almost every subject of general interest. Under the parental roof, he was reared to farm life and on attaining to mature years be followed the same pursuit, making it the means whereby to provide for the wants and comforts of his family. On November 25, 1880, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Tharp who was born in this county, October 4, 1858, and is a daughter of Charles C. and Louisa Tharp, early settlers of the county. Further mention of her family is made in the sketch of her brother, James C. Tharp, on another page of this volume.
The young couple began their domestic life upon the Lumley homestead where Mr. Lumley followed farming until his death which, as before stated, occurred September 3, 1889. He had served as Township Treasurer with credit to himself and his constituents and was a valued citizen of the community, who on all possible occasions aided in the promotion of its best interests or the advancement of any enterprise calculated to promote the general welfare. He was a Democrat in politics and took an active interest in local political affairs. So successful had he been in his business enterprises that at his death he left to his family a fine farm of two hundred acres, well cultivated and improved. To the poor and needy he was a warm friend and faithful helper but it was in the home that his true life shown out. A loving husband and father he could not do too much to enhance the happiness and welfare of his family.
Two children were left to mourn the loss of a loved father — Zoda D., born September 18, 1882, and Marie, born October 24, 1884. The family is well and favorably known throughout the community and Mrs. Lumley, a most estimable lady is a faithful member of the Baptist Church. While Mr. Lumley was not a member of any church he always led a consistent life and helped in many ways the different denominations in his neighborhood.
Extracted 23 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, published in 1891, pages 720-721
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