The popular proprietor of the Albion livery stable, a view of which may be found elsewhere in this work, is a man of enterprise and energy. In common with many of his fellow citizens he is a native of merry England, having been born in Lincolnshire June 25, 1827. So many citizens of Edwards county hail from the beautiful island of the name, as to give to her the appellation of "little Britain." He was the son of Joseph Sentence, a farm laborer. His mother's maiden name was Mary Dennis. In a family of five children he was the eldest. Desiring to better his condition in life, he took sail on the vessel Excelsior, and after a tedious passage of five weeks and two days he landed in New York harbor July 2d, 1850. He brought with him as a bride Jane Lane, to whom he was married in May of the same year. By her he has two children living, Joseph and Eliza J. Bower. She died May 3, 1856. For thirteen years after reaching this country, Mr. Sentence carried on farming operations. In 1869 he opened a livery stable, in which business he has since been engaged, associating with it blacksmithing and carriage building. He was married to Ann Brewster September 19, 1861, by whom he has two children living, and two dead. He is proud of the fact that his first Presidential ballot cast in the country was for the martyr President, Abraham Lincoln. He has always been an unswerving, uncompromising Republican. As a business man he is noted for square, fair dealing. Socially he is held in esteem by a large circle of friends.

Extracted 12 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 A Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois, page 222.

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