ALECOCK, JANE (DAVEY). Little York, Sumner Township, was born at Euston, Suffolk, England, November 22, 1823, a daughter of James and Charlotte (Ager) Davey. James Davey was born in Suffolk, England, and lived to be eighty-eight years old; Charlotte Ager was born at Lineville, Suffolk, and died at the age of thirty-five years. Jones and Elizabeth Davey were the parents of James Davey, and the grandparents, in the paternal line, of the subject of this sketch, and they were both natives of England, as were also Joseph and Rebecca (Baker) Ager, her grandparents in the maternal line.

Mrs. Alecock came early in life to the United States from England, where for four years she had been a maid in the household of the Duke of Grafton. She was married in New York in 1856 to Louis Beeton, a native of England, and they came the same year to Boone County, Ill., where Mr. Beeton died in 1858. Mrs. Beeton was married at Chicago July 24, 1864, to Abijah Paynter, who became a farmer in Sumner Township and who is buried at Monmouth. Her marriage to James Alecock was celebrated in England, February 5. 1872. During her second widowhood, in company with'her brother, she visited their old home in England, and there she met Mr. Alecock, who was in charge of the Light Guard Boating Club, with whom, in time, she returned to America, and he eventually purchased a farm in Sumner Township, which he operated successfully until his retirement, after which he lived on a ten acre homestead until he died very suddenly of heart failure.

Mrs. Alecock has three brothers and a sister, and one of her brothers and a sister remained in England. One of her broth­ ers fought under the stars and stripes in the civil war. and received a wound in battle that crippled him for life. He is a well to do farmer in Sumner Township. Her brother George was shipwrecked while returning from a visit to England, but finally reached the United States and came to Illinois, where, for forty years, he was section boss on the line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. He met his death by being run over by a train, October 3, 1901, only a short time previous to the date on which he would have been retired on a pension. Her brother, who has remained in England, has devoted himself to the cultivation of flowers, and has long officiated as clerk of his parish of the church of England

 

 

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