John Layten, farmer, Deer Creek, was born in Tazewell County, July 3, 1845, the son of Daniel and Hannah (Pierce) Layten, natives of Monmouth County, N. J. The father was born April 9, 1808, and the mother June 11, 1805. They came from New Jersey to Illinois in the year 1837, being a month making the journey. Their first home was on Section 22, in Deer Creek Township. The father was a carpenter by trade, and this work, with his farming, occupied his attention until his death, which occurred April 7, 1857. The mother died March 27, 1866.
Mr. Layten was educated in the district schools near his home, and then chose an agricultural life. In 1871 he was married to Luga, daughter of Perry and Mary (Small) Stephens, of Deer Creek, and of this union there are four children now living: Lucy, who married Edward Lee; Mary Margaret, who married John Smith; Hugh A., and Jennie Maud. Mrs. Layten’s parents were among the early settlers of Illinois. Her father is deceased, but the mother still resides in Deer Creek Township. Mr. John Layten earned the money to purchase his first farm, and is now the owner of 110 acres on Section 28 in Deer Creek Township. In his political views he is a Democrat; has served as Town Clerk, Assessor, Justice of the Peace, Road Commissioner and School Director. He belongs to the Methodist Church.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1038