J. L. LENTZ, farmer, P. O. Ullin. The father of our subject, Paul Lentz, was born in Rowan County, N. C., and was a son of Jacob and Catherine (Clutts) Lentz, both of German descent. When the father was six years old, his parents moved to what was then Alexander County, now Pulaski County, and settled about a mile west of Wetaug. The former, as soon as he was able, commenced life for himself on a farm of forty acres in Dongola Precinct, Union County. There he married Elizabeth Crite, a daughter of George Crite, a native of North Carolina. This union resulted in eight children, six of whom are now living — S. R. (now in Arcola, Ill.), J. L. (our subject), Daniel (in Ullin Precinct), Tabitha Ann (wife of H. J. Hudson, of Ullin Precinct), Andrew (in business in Arcola, Ill.) and Silas (farming in Minnesota). J. L., our subject, was born in Dongola Precinct, Union County, June 15, 1849. His education was received in the schools of his township, and at an early age he commenced helping his father on the home farm. As soon as he was of age, at his father's request, the son took charge of the home farm. In 1874, he sold the old homestead and came to Pulaski County, where he settled on a farm of 157 acres in Section 29, Town 14, Range 1 east. Of this tract there are about 110 acres in cultivation and four acres in orchard. The father is now living with his son, at an advanced age. The mother died March 8, 1883, at the residence of her son. Our subject was married, April 27, 1871, to Julia E. Mowry, a daughter of Daniel Mowry. This lady is the mother of four children, two of whom are now living — Essie Olive and Paul Alexander. Mr. Lentz is a member of the New Hope Lutheran Church, and in politics is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 328.