J. L. ALDRED, farmer, P. O. Pulaski, was born in Switzerland County, Ind., August 19, 1839, to Alfred G. and Harriet M. (Lyons) Aldred. He was born in Ohio November 1, 1803; she in Indiana about ten years later. Her people had emigrated from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Indiana. He came to Indiana when a young man. They were married there about 1836. To them ten children were born, seven of whom still survive. His occupation was that of blacksmith, but he also farmed. From Indiana they moved to Ohio, where they remained for about four years, then, in the winter of 1854, to this county, where he died in 1870. She still survives. Our subject was educated in common schools, then attended select school in Patriot, Ind., for three years. His occupation has been that of farmer. February, 1869, he was married to Ellen Lackey, daughter of Alfred Lackey, an old settler in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Aldred have five children — Alfred Wesley, Abbie L., Charles, Elmer and Laura. He came to his present farm since marriage. It contains 160 acres, 130 of which are in good state of cultivation. He is a member of Villa Ridge Lodge, A., F. & A. M.; is Democratic in politics. For one full term he was County Surveyor, and also served almost the entire term to fill out vacancy.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 331.