submitted by Les Niemi
October 23, 1886
The subject of this sketch, Benjamin LANE, was born in Marshtown, Webster County, N.Y., in 1804, he resided with his parents until his marriage, when he removed to Michigan. In 1856 he came to Illinois and took up his abode in Henry county, one-half mile west of Yorktown Corners, which place has ever since been his home. He married twice, his first wife, Miss Charity ROPER dying many years since, six children blessed their union, three of whom are living. His second wife, Mrs. Elizabeth ROBINSON died about four years since [12/6/1882]. His residence in that neighborhood made him widely known and he had many friends. He was a member of the Free Methodist church and was a devout Christian. His death occurred on Thursday, Oct. 14th, 1886, and his funeral took place Saturday, Rev. STRINGER officiating; his remains were interred in the Yorktown Cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by a large number of bereaved relatives and friends who with heavy hearts bid adieu to a time-honored and respected friend and neighbor.