George W. Vanlue is a native of Illinois, born near Mattoon,
February 3, 1851, being the fourth in a family of eight children
born to John and Mary V. (Wilson) Vanlue, who were both natives of Kentucky.
They became permanent residents of this county about 185 1, having resided here some time prior to that date,
but removed to Illinois. Our immediate subject was reared on a
farm. His father, who lost his life in the service of his country,
of sickness, contracted by exposure, was a member of the
Seventieth Regiment. George was thus early thrown upon his
own resources. He had received a limited education, the advantages afforded, being poor.
January 13, 1875, his marriage with Viola Coats, was solemnized, and to their union three children have
been born, these two now living, Charles B. and William A.
deceased child was Alonzo, who died at the age of three years.
and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In
politics he is a Democrat, and he always manifests a good live interest in the political affairs of the county and community.
always made farming his occupation and he has been very successful. He now owns 67 acres of well improved land, which is in appearance, a model of system and neatness.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Addison [Township] Sketches,"
page 603. Chicago: Brant
& Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming