Charles Dwight Wight was born in Shelburne, MA on Jan 12, 1831, oldest son of Hallowy and Mary Hart. He was married at Greenfield, MA on May 1, 1853 to Lucy Reed Jenkins, who was born July 1835 in Ashfield, MA and died Feb. 12, 1867. He married the 2nd time to Catherine (Stow) Wright July 11, 1867, a native of MA who was born in Greenfield on March 27, 1847 Charles and his family moved to Franklin Grove, Illinois and Bradford Township, Lee County Illinois. Happy is the man who has lived a long life that has been characterized by uprightness of purpose, integrity of principle and whose high mental and moral standing is gratefully recognized by his fellowmen. Such a man is Charles D. Hart. Lee County proudly claims him as one of best and most enterprising citizens and he is the fortunate possessor of a fine estate on section 20, Bradford Twp. By a proper rotation of crops the land has been brought to a high degree of cultivation, while various buildings have been erected which best subserve the purposes of an agriculturist. Our subject has been elected to many positions of trust and responsibility, and in every office has performed the duties pertaining thereto in a most satisfactory and conscientious manner. He was particularly interested in educational affairs and for 20 years was a member of the School Board, and during that period was instrumental in bringing about many new forms in the school system, which is now one of the best in the Twp. He was elected Justice of the Peace early in the 1860's holding the office for a long term of years, although not continuously. Mr. Hart takes an active part in politics and the Republican party counts him as among its most active workers. In religious matters he is liberal in his views. He has been a Mason since 1868 and is identified with Franklin Grove Lodge, No. 268. Few residents of Lee County are better known and none more highly respected than Mr. Hart and his excellent wife. He is numbered among the wealthy agriculturists of the county and on tributes liberally of his means to the promotion of public enterprises as well as the relief of the needy. Source Ancestry.com Charles Dwight Hart died of pneumonia on April 14, 1897. His widow, Catherine, was still living in Bradford, Illinois in the family home in 1900. Children of Lucy (Jenkins) and Charles Dwight Hart: Ella Amelia 1855-1855, Charles Jenkins 1864-, Georgie E. 1865-1865, Henry Shaw 1867-1916, Children of Catherine (Wright) and Charles Dwight Hart: William H. 1873-, Frank S. 1875-1935, Mary C. 1877, Mabel M. 1879-, Lucy A. 1887-, Jattie L. 1892-, Clarence H. 1894-, Ella M. 1897
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