JOHN H. LENTZ, farmer, P. O. Wetaug, is a native of Alexander County, Ill., but moved to Pulaski County when he was quite small. He was born January 10, 1835, a son of John Jacob and Catharine (Clutts) Lentz, both natives of Rowan County, N. C. The father was a tailor by trade, and afterward a farmer, and died August 14, 1868, aged seventy-four years. The mother died January 21, 1870, aged about seventy-three years. The parents were blessed with eight children, three of whom are living — Paul, Peny and John H. The early education of the latter was received in the old subscription schools of Pulaski County, and he has always been engaged in farming. He has 120 acres of land, mostly in cultivation. He was first married in 1861, to Malinda Hartman, a daughter of Peter and Sarah Hartman. She died December 10, 1878. By her he had seven children — Mary A. E., born October 24, 1862; George E., May 1, 1864; James F., August 3, 1867; Lewis E., September 17, 1869; Effie L., June 21, 1871; Henry H., August 11, 1874, and Chloe M., September 11, 1878. He was married a second time to Mary J. Eton, who died May 30, 1881. Mr. Lentz is a member of the Lutheran Church. In politics, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 322.