The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township.
William Land, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Oakland; born in Cumberland Co., Ill., Jan. 19, 1839; at 7 years of age, his parents both died, their death occurring within a period of four days; at their decease, he came to Coles Co., Ill., and, until 15 years of age, worked at different places for his living when he worked for three years by the month; then rented land, and engaged in farming for himself for about four years, in Ashmore Tp., and in 1862, enlisted in the 123d regiment, I. V. I., in which he served his country until he received his discharge in May, 1865, a large part of which time he was detailed to do post duty, the last two years being at Nashville, Tenn.; after his discharge, he went to Missouri, where he remained one winter, when he returned to Coles Co., Ill., and, again renting land, continued farming until 1876, when he purchased his present place of eighty acres, upon which he removed, and where he has since lived. He married in September, 1859, to Emily Sublette; she died December, 1865, leaving two children, viz. -Peter B. and Lucinda. His marriage with Lucinda Milner was celebrated Sept. 22, 1868; she was born in Vermilion Co., Ill., Dec. 17, 1843; they have three children now living by this union, viz., Rebecca A., born Dec. 5, 1869; Malinda M., Dec. 19, 1870; Charles W., June 23, 1878, and one deceased.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - East Oakland Township