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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of George K. Largent

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


GEORGE K. LARGENT is the owner of a fine estate containing 160 acres, located on section 23, Urbana Township. He is the descendant of an old Virginia family, and was born Oct. 2, 1833, in Hampshire County, W. Va., twenty-six miles east of Romney. His parents were natives of Virginia, and never left that State. His father, Lewis LARGENT, was twice married. His second wife was the daughter of Abner CLARK, and the mother of George K. The families of each marriage comprised sixteen children.

George Largent was brought up on his father’s farm in Hampshire County, and remained at home until his twenty-second year, when his marriage with Miss Naomi HARMON took place. Mrs. Largent is the daughter of Samuel HARMON, a resident of Pendleton County, W. Va. During the progress of the Civil War, Mr. Largent lost all of his property; his horses and cattle were captured and his place laid waste by the confederate troops. His business was so broken up by this disaster that in august, 1862, he left the South and removed to Peoria County, Ill. After remaining there three years he changed his residence, in 1868, to Philo Township, Champaign County, where for six years he conducted a rented farm. Having recovered from his financial embarassment he then purchased his present homestead. His land is in a fine state of cultivation and well improved, and he is chiefly engaged in general farming.

Our subject and wife have had a family of seven children. The first born, Jacob W., died in his twenty-first year; Elizabeth C. is the wife of Mr. Rhinehard, a resident of this county; Samuel D. is Principal of the High School at Tolono; George C. is a prosperous farmer residing in Philo Township; John A. is a teacher of high standing in his profession; Charles A. is an active, enterprising farmer, and Rosa M. resides at home with her parents. Mrs. Largent and two of her sons are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Almost at the beginning of his business career Mr. Largent was seriously crippled in resources by the devastations of war, which, wherever it sweeps through a country leaves misery and desolation in its track; anguish and sorrow are its heritage, and it will yet be many years before the country recovers from the clash of arms which shook the Republic from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Through trial and adversity, Mr. Largent has born himself with the courage of a brave man, and by energy and industry has to a great extent retrieved the losses of the past.

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