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John Montgomery (1839 - 1907)

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Rev. John Montgomery
Born in Cristlach, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Morrison, Whiteside, Illinoismap
Died in Cook County, Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Mar 2018 | Last significant change: 10 Nov 2018
13:54: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for John Montgomery. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Kintyre, Argyll | Argyle, Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, Illinois.


John was born in 1839. He was the son of James Montgomery Jane Caldwell [1]

He came to the US with his family in 1842. [2]

He married Alice Twitchel in 1866. [3]

They had one daughter, Bertha Mabel (Langwill) 1874 - 1929.

He is mentioned in The Scots and their Descendants in Illinois By Thomas C. MacMillan, M.A., LL.D.:

Among the young men who grew up in this church, was Rev. John A. Montgomery. He was a son of Elder Eldder James Montgomery and his wife Jane Caldwell, Montgomery was born in Argyllshire, Scotland, December 18, 1839, and came to the United States with his parents when a child. He was educated in the Marengo Academy, in Wheaton College, and in the Chicago Congregational Theological Seminary, at Union Park. He graduated with the highest honors from college and academy. The late venerable President Franklin W. Fisk of the latter institution was ever a warm personal friend of Mr. Montgomery, and expressed his deep appreciation of him to the effect that "you (Mr. Montgomery), have been a constant joy to me all the years since you went from the Seminary." Mr. Montgomery served in the active ministry for twenty-five years, in three Congregational Churches—Dwight, Morris, and LaGrange. In his pastorates, he drew about him, men like Dr. Keeley, Edward Kemeys, the sculptor of the lions in front of the Art Institute, Chicago; Gen. P. C. Hayes, Member of Congress; Justice Orrin N. Carter, of the State Supreme Court; F. D. Cossit, the Founder of LaGrange; George M. Vial, Moderator of the Illinois Congregational Conference; and Rev. J. C. Armstrong, D. D., of the well known Armstrong family of La Salle County, and for more than a third of a century Superintendent of the Congregational City Missionary Society of Chicago. Mr. Montgomery was always a close student, an indefatigable worker, and was held in high esteem by his ministerial brethren. He was an honored official of the State Congregational Association, and was a delegate from Illinois to the First National Council of Congregational Churches, in 1871.

He died in 1907.


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), John Montgomery, 28 Nov 1838; citing , reference 2:16BLDLQ, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), John Montgomery, 1842; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  3. See 1900 Census

See also: Find A Grave: Memorial #88878725

  • "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), John Montgomery in entry for James Montgomery, 1860.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 September 2017), John Montgomery, Morris, Grundy, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district ED 8, sheet 340A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0209; FHL microfilm 1,254,209.

1900 US Census

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 June 2018), John Montgomery, Lyons Township La Grange village, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1169, sheet 42A, family 725, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,293.

Name: John Montgomery
Age: 60
Home in 1900: Lyons, Cook, Illinois
Marriage Year: 1866
Occupation: Solici Magistrate
John Montgomery Head M 61 Scotland
Mabel Langurill Daughter F 28 Illinois
Andrew Langurill Son-in-law M 29 Scotland
Anna Kerns Lodger F 29 Illinois
Loyal C Tintchell Father-inLaw M 88 Vermont
Alice A Montgomery Wife F 59 Vermont

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