Excerpt from A Compilation of the Historical and Biographical Writings of William B. Carlock: Also of the Ceremonies Attending the Dedication of the Lincoln Trail Monument, on the Line Between McLean and Woodford Counties
W. And Mary Goodpasture Carlock, and was the eighth of the twelve children born to them.
Abraham W. Carlock was born in West Virginia, but went to Tennessee with his parents when a child, and there grew to manhood. There he was married to Miss Mary Goodpasture and emigrated with his wife and two small children to Illinois in 1827, making the trip in a covered wagon by ox team, having before made a trip to Illinois on horseback. William Bryan Carlock passed his childhood and youth on the farm and received a good edu cation in the country schools and was reared to the habits of industry and economy. He taught school and at the age of twenty-three entered Lombard University at Gales burg, Illinois, where he pursued a thorough literary and scientific course and graduated with the highest honors of his class in the summer of 1867. In the meantime he also taught a select school for several terms, to assist in defraying his expenses in college. He then entered the Law Department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was graduated therefrom in the Spring of 1869. After a short vacation he entered the law office of Williams and Burr of Bloomington, and was admittedto the bar in December, 1869. He soon afterward opened an office of his own and began the practice of his pro fession, to which he has since devoted his time. He had a large German clientage, having acquired this language while a student at Lombard. Mr. Carlock is also the patentee of a wire device 'for improving the acoustics of public halls, churches, etc., which netted him handsome returns.
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