From “The History of Jo Daviess County Illinois”
by H. F. Kett & Co.; Chicago, Illinois; 1878
Babcock, Lyman G. - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora. Born in Putney, Windham County, Vermont June 23, 1837. His parents moved to north Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts when he was five years old. Working in a cotton mill until age of 17, when he went to Clintonville, Otsego County, New York where he took charge of carding room. Here he was married to Julia J. Hosley march 25, 1857. She was born in Binghampton, Broom County, New York Sept. 30, 1840. They moved to Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and after two years went to Chenango County, New York, and six years later found them in New Hartford, Oneida County, New York where he took charge of cotton mills. Came to Rush Township, this County, in 1869 and to this Township in 1876. John L. is their only child. Abigail Hosley, mother of Mrs. Babcock, who was born Dec. 25, 1818, resides with her daughter.
Ball, Joseph - farmer; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora.
Bashan, Wm. - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora.
Bayne, James, Jr. - Rail road ticket agent; Nora. Born in Norwich, Delaware Jan. 3, 1849. He spent the early years of childhood in his native place, when he, with his parents, moved to Galena, Illinois and from there to Warren, this County. Here he worked five years for the Illinois Central Rail Road Company. He then came to Nora and has since had charge of this office. In Warren he was married to Josie L. Tuttle in December 1870. She was born Jan. 29, 1854 at Ottawa, Illinois. Harry M. is their only child. Mrs. Bayne’s mother and grandmother reside with them, making the unusual spectacle of four generations residing in one family.
Becox, Charles - laborer; P. O. Howardsville.
Bishop, L. S. - farmer; P. O. Nora.
Blackman, Charles - farmer; P. O. Nora.
Bond, Rev. Daniel W. - minister; Sec. 19; P. O. Nora. Born in Wayne County, Indiana Nov. 28, 1835. In 1847 he came with his parents to this township where he has since resided. He entered the ministry ten years ago which calling he has since followed. Owns 154 acres of land in this township. He married Matilda Shaw. She was born April 8, 1842 in Nora, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. John W., Silas W., George W., and Alvin S are their children.
Bourne, Samuel - blacksmith; Nora.
Bower, John - farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Lena. Born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania March 25, 1840. Married Elizabeth Gunther March 13, 1866, who was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania June 20, 1847. Mr. B. came to this County with his parents when he was but nine years old, first settling near Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois. At this place he was married and in February 1870 he came to his present residence. Mrs. Bower came to Stephenson County, Illinois when five years old. They are members of the German Baptist Church. The name of their children are: Mary J., Emma Nora, Aaron Edward, Ida Rose and Clara Ann.
Bowman, Peter - farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Nora.
Bowman, W. H. - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora.
Breed, A. J. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Breed, Chas. B. - laborer; P. O. Warren.
Burr, Eugene - Nora.
Burr, Frank - Nora.
Burr, Myron H. - retired farmer; Nora. Born in Thompkins County, New York May 20, 1820. He left home at the age of 15 and went to Buffalo where he learned the blacksmith’s trade in a shipyard. After two years he went to Cattaraugus County and from there to Chautauqua County working at his trade. He then went to Allegheny County where he was married Oct. 8, 1843 to Mary E. Baldwin. She was born at Mt. Morris, Livingston County, New York May 10, 1823. In 1864 they came to Brady, Kalamazoo County, Michigan where they lived five years, since which time they have resided in this town. Eugene and Frank are their children. Gustavus A. was born Dec. 19, 1844 and died Feb. 11, 1845. Congregationalist; Republican.
Burwell, George - laborer; Nora.
Burwell, J. - mason; Nora.
Burwell, James - laborer; Nora.
Cain, A. - Nora.
Cain, G. - Nora.
Cain, Wm. (deceased) - Born in New Jersey Feb. 10, 1816. Married Ada Scheanck Jan. 6, 1839. She was born in New Jersey Sept. 3, 1822. Moved to Wisconsin where they lived four years, then came to Stephenson County, this state; lived there six years, and then went to Warren at the time the railroad was first put through. He started the first lumber yard and also built the first hardware store in Warren. Came in April 1866 to the farm of 160 acres where his widow still resides. He died the following year. Of their children, John, Amini D., George and Ada are living; Lucretia A., Emma M., William S. and Eva are numbered with the dead. John enlisted November 1861 in 45th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served three years. Amini D. was born Oct. 2, 1847 in Lafayette County, Wisconsin and married Eliza M. Helvarin March 17, 1874.
Carpenter, Chas. R. - renter; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora.
Carpenter, John L. - farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. Warren. Born in Allegheny Co. New York May 23, 1841. In 1845 he came to this Count with his parents. In the Spring of 1866 he went to Montana Territory where he was engaged in various kinds of work; returned home in July 1873 and went back to Montana in March of 1874. He came back to this County in the Fall of 1874. Married Amelia Leonard Nov. 22, 1874. She was born in Jo Daviess County, Illinois Jan. 3, 1851. Mr. C. moved on his present farm of 131 acres in the Spring of 1875. Republican.
Champlin, John H. - retired farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Nora. Born in Livingston, New York Aug. 11, 1813. When he was three years old his parents moved to New London County, New York. Here he taught school from the time he was eighteen years of age until he was twenty-two. Came to Rockford, Illinois in 1835 and there married Jane R. Kellogg May 12, 1839, who was born in New Woodford, New York March 10, 1820. They moved on the north branch of the Kishwaukee [River] with one yoke of cattle, wagon and one bed, which was also used as a table. Went to Galena in 1841 where he was engaged in hauling wood for a livelihood. Has resided on his present farm twenty years. Baptist; Republican; one child: Mrs. Alice E. Burns.
Colier, John - Nora.
Coon, William A. - Minister of the Evangelical Association; P. O. Nora. Born in Crawford County, Ohio Sept. 3, 1839. On April 12, 1857 his parents emigrated to this County. Here he married Rachel J. Stock, December 1861, who was born in Preble County, Ohio March 28, 1839. Mr. Coon enlisted on Jan. 24, 1864 in Co. F 17th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving until Dec. 29, 1865. His regiment was in the battles at Allen Station, Boonville, California, Sedalia, Syracuse and Lexington; mustered out at Fort Leavenworth. Hattie C., Perry R., Berton W., and frank W. are their children.
Cookson, Silas - laborer; Nora.
Cooper, R. J. - painter; Nora.
Cowan, John E. - carpenter; Nora.
Cox, Bronson - farmer; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora. Born in Wayne County, Indiana July 7, 1848. At the age of thirteen he came to this County with his father, J. L. Cox, and settled with them in Rush Township. Feb. 25, 1875 he was married to Ruth Stock, who was born in Wayne County, Indiana Nov. 23, 1849. Daniel and Sarah A. Stock, parents of Mrs. Cox, were old settlers in this county, coming here in 1853; they are now both dead, Mr. Stock dying at the age of sixty-five and Mrs. Stock sixty-one. In the Spring of 1876 Mr. Cox bought his farm of eighty acres in this township, and with his wife has since resided there. They have one child. Republican; neutral in church matters.
Crowell, Hiram - laborer; Nora.
Crowell, Mrs. Jane - widow; P. O. Nora. Mrs. Crowell was born in Ontario County, New York Jan. 16, 1815. With her parents, moved to Allegheny County, New York in 1821 and lived there until 1839, when she came to live in this township with her father, Asher Miner, having moved her in 1836. She taught school until 1841 when she married Sylvanus Crowell, who was born in Ontario County, New York Sept. 14, 1814. Mr. Crowell died Aug. 29, 1854. Mrs. Crowell adopted two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Luckner and Miss Viola Freeman, the latter now living with her.
Crowell, Marvin - laborer; Nora
Crowell, Nelson - retired farmer; P. O. Nora. Born in Edenbush, Herkimer County, New York July 13, 1811. When about six years old he moved to Allegany County, New York with his parents and resided there until October 1838, when he came to this County and settled in Rush Township. At that time there was only one settler in Nora Township. Mr. Crowell was married April 20, 1842 to Zilpah M. Buckley, who was born in Unadilla, Otsego County, New York Aug. 3, 1817. In December 1837 Mr. Crowell returned to New York and remained there until 1850, when he again came West, settling in this township on the place now owned by William Puckett. Republican; Independent.
Cutler, Irving L., M. M. - Nora. Was born in Lake County, Illinois Jan. 29, 1850. The doctor’s parents moved to Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts when he was quite young, residing there about three years, then returned to Lake County, Illinois, but soon after permanently located in Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana where they now reside. In 1870 the doctor took a trip to the West, and after visiting Denver and other points, settled in Kearney Junction, Nebraska. Subsequently was appointed ticket agent at Waverly and other places by the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Rail Road and in the meantime studying medicine. Returning to Chicago, he graduated at Rush Medical College, and has since been in the practice of his profession in Madison, Will and Jo Daviess Counties. Married Mary Alice Grant Feb. 28, 1875. She was born in Jamaica, Vermont April 14, 1853.
Daley, John - farmer; Sec. 6; P. O. Nora.
Davis, Oliver O. - retired farmer; Nora. Was born in New Gloucester, Maine Nov. 4, 1818. When nine years old he, with his parents, moved to Oxford County, Maine, there resided five years, after which they went to Milo, and then to Kennebec County, Maine in 1841. Here he married Sultana Smith, who was born in this county. They moved to Boone County in 1843, residing fourteen years, and emigrated in 1857 to Nora, where his wife died in 1868. Married for his second wife Sarah A. McIntosh who was born in Dundas, Canada March 6, 1830.
Derr, C. B. - P. O. Nora.
Derr, Delos - P. O. Nora.
Derr, J. - renter; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora.
Derr, Reuben - P. O. Nora.
Diggs, Anthony - farmer; Sec. 7; P. O. Nora. Was born in Randolph County, Indiana on Jan. 2, 1833. Married Elvira C. Thomas on Jan. 5, 1854. She was born in Wayne County, Indiana Sept. 4, 1834. They lived with parents until nearly three years after marriage, when they went to Dallas County, Iowa, but the county there at that time was so devastated that he came to this County, arriving in November 1856. The following spring he purchased 80 acres of land and has since added another 80 to it. Anna J. is their only daughter. He has held the office of School Director and was a member of the last Grand Jury of 1877; Republican; Independent.
Diggs, Henry H. - farmer; Sec. 7; P. O. Warren. Born in Randolph County, Indiana July 11, 1830. Commenced business for himself in the Fall of 1851, operating the first threshing machine ever run in Randolph County. The following summer he farmed with his brother and in September 1852 bought a half interest in a saw mill. October 23 of the same year he married Sarah Wright, who was born in Randolph County, Indiana Nov. 25, 1829. He sold out and came to Rush Township in 1853 and bought 175 acres land; held that until 1864 when he sold it, and bought his present farm of 210 acres. Has added much to the value of his farm by the improvements he has made. His wife died March 12, 1877. Has three children living: Wm. L., Angelia C., and Iven I.; Effie Jane died March 19, ’66 .
Douglas, Cameron - Sec. 33; P. O. Nora.
Dobler, Sam. - farmer; Sec. 7; P. O. Warren.
Dobler, Simon H. - farmer; Sec. 6; P. O. Warren. Born in Limestone, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania March 21, 1840. Until the age of 24 he remained with his parents in his native county. Feb. 11, 1864 he took to himself as helpmeet Elvira A. Showers, who was born in Limestone, Pennsylvania Oct. 14, 1843. Went to Lafayette County, Wisconsin in 1865 and lived on his father’s farm until 1869 when he came to this County and bought his present farm of 155 acres. Mr. Dobler has served as School Director for seven years. Independent in politics. Has six children: Sarah M., Joseph A., Mellie, Minnie Bell, Simon Peter, Cora.
Dobler, T. H. - farmer; Sec. 7; P. O. Warren.
Doidge, Thos. - renter; Sec. 21; P. O. Warren.
Douglass, W. C. - farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Nora.
Drew, Fennis - Nora.
Drew, Theo. - lumber dealer; Nora.
Durkee, W. E. - farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Howardsville.
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Eikert, John F. - boots and shoes; Nora.
Eby, Geo. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Nora. Born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania March 31, 1831. Married Susan Ferrenburg who was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Oct. 8, 1833. In 1851 they came to this County, first settling in this Township, and 22 years ago settled on their present farm of 146 acres, on which they have made all the improvements. John F., born Sept. 10, 1854 (died Sept. 29, 1854); Nannie A., Oct. 8, 1855; Susannah, March 9, 1857; Joseph M., April 21, 1858; Lucy A., Nov. 21, 1859; Elvira, Sept. 25, 1861; Margaret, April 8, 1867; Lillie A., Feb. 7, 1869; George A., Jan. 26, 1871; Sarah C., Nov. 4, 1872 and Enoch L., June 15, 1875, are their children.
Farley, David S. - shipper of live stock; Nora. Born in Hastings County, Canada March 2, 1842. At the age of 21 he came to this Township and engaged in teaching school one year. In 1864 he went to Memphis, Tennessee, but returned to Canada in the fall of that year. After about one year’s residence in his native country, he again came to Nora and married Eliza E. Taylor March 4, 1866, who was born in Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Oct. 10, 1845. Mr. Farley was engaged in farming until the past four or five years, when he moved to this village, where he has bought grain and live stock. Three children: Edith M., Edna B. and Ethel C.
Flynn, C. D. - tinsmith; Nora.
Foot, C. C. - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora.
Foss, Leonard - farmer; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora. Born in Grafton County, New Hampshire July 13, 1810. In 1829 he went to Boston, Massachusetts where he was engaged as a laborer for ten years, when he returned to his native county. A few years later he emigrated to Lafayette, Wisconsin, and after about ten years’ residence he came to this township, buying his present farm of 80 acres. Nov. 20, 1850 he married Caroline Holmes, who was born in Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire Nov. 8, 1814. Two children: Mary E. and Mrs. Sarah W. Holmes. Republican; Congregationalist.
Foresman, John T. - farmer; Sec. 22; P. O. Nora. Born in Lycoming County; Pennsylvania July 7, 1847. Went to Northumberland County in 1868 and remained eleven months, when he returned to his native county and lived until March 4, 1871, at which time he came to this County and worked by the month or year. He moved to Stephenson County, but after a short residence there returned to this County and bought his present farm of 80 acres. Married Katie Swartz Dec. 31, 1873. She was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania July 1, 1853. They have two children: Clayton B and William W.. Methodist; Democrat.
Franklin, Enos - Nora.
Franklin, Freeman - retired farmer; Nora. Born in Eaton, New York Feb. 22, 1811. His parents moved to Delaware County, New York when he was one year old, residing there until he was sixteen, when they went to Allegany County, New York. Here he married Sarah M. Baldwin April 10, 1839. She was born in Mt. Morris, Livingston County, New York Dec. 19, 1820. They came to this County in March 1868, first settling in this Township, buying a farm of 80 acres. Two sons: Enos E. and James B. The latter was born July 19, 1847 and married Clara A. Dobler Feb. 4, 1873, who was born in Stephenson County, Illinois Feb. 21, 1856; one son, Clarence F.
Franklin, J. B.
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Gesner, John C. - farmer; Sec. 4; P. O. Nora. Born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany Nov. 2, 1825. Remained with his parents until he was of age, after which he worked at linen weaving, a trade he had learned of his father. In 1845 he came to this country, first settling near Baltimore, Maryland where he remained one year. He then went to what was then Claremont County, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and worked in the iron works and woolen factories four years. In 1852 he married Sarah Tippery and moved to this County, first making a home in Rush Township, which home he sold after a fifteen year residence, and purchased his present farm of 80 acres.
Hall, George - resides on father’s farm; Sec. 28; P. O. Nora. Born in Canada Feb. 16, 1852. Came to this County when quite young with his parents, first settling on their present farm, where he has been a constant resident. Married Nettie Bedford Aug. 31, 1873, who was born in Madison County, New York Feb. 11, 1855. She emigrated to Stockton Township, this County, with her parents when she was seventeen years old. Lewis Edwin is their only child. Mr. Hall’s father is now residing in Nevada Territory.
Harrower, Alonzo - farmer; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora. Born in Albany County, New York Sept. 8, 1825. He emigrated to Stephenson County, Illinois in 1849 where he was married to Lavina Osterhout on October 25, 1855. She was born in Albany County, New York March 15, 1831. They moved to Nora Township and on their present farm of forty acres in 1864. Cora b. and Emma are the names of their two daughters. Independent in religion; Republican.
Hay, Andrew - renter; Sec. 20; P. O. Warren.
Hay, Cameron - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Warren.
Hay, John - farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Warren.
Holland, James - farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Warren. Born in Ireland Jan. 6, 1833. He came to this country in 1840, first settling in Newport, Rhode Island where, in 1851, he married Julia Sullivan, who was born in Ireland. In 1853 they came to Stephenson County, Illinois residing until 1867, when he came to this township, buying his present farm of 160 acres, on which they have made valuable improvements. Mr. H. commenced life as a ship-carpenter. He is now one of our best citizens, beloved and respected by all who know him.
Holland, Jno. - Sec. 4; P. O. Warren.
Holmes, H. A. J. - P. O. Nora.
Hood, James - farmer; Sec. 4; P. O. Nora. Was born in Doe Run, Chester County, Pennsylvania June 13, 1816. He emigrated to Iowa County (now Lafayette County), Wisconsin in May 1839, and obtained there 160 acres of land. Mr. Hood was one of the pioneers of the west, the Indians still roaming over their native prairies when he came here. Was married June 30, 1854 to Margaret Stuce. She was born in Union County, Pennsylvania in October 1817. They moved into this County Oct. 2, 1867. They now live in the house formerly known as the “One Mile House” on the stage route from Galena to Dixon. Their only child is Annie A. Independent in politics.
Hughs, W. W. - laborer; Nora.
Hynes, James H. - dealer in agricultural implements; Nora. Born in Terrytown, New York March 3, 1836. After his father’s death he went with his mother to Hamilton, Ohio where he remained one year. He then went to Elton, Ohio and learned the tinner’s trade. He resided in Elton four years and then moved back to Hamilton, where he engaged in the hardware business. He soon sold out his interest at this point and went to Cincinnati, and tried the wholesale hardware business; this he left in 1865, coming to this County. His venture here was on a farm but after tilling the soil one year he concluded that selling agricultural implements was more lucrative than using them, and consequently moved into Nora and established a store in that line, and has carried it on continuously ever since. His wife was Anna K. Kline, who was born in Pennsylvania.
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Johnson, M. M. - harness maker; Nora.
Keast, Edward - renter; P. O. Nora.
Keast, Thos. - renter; P. O. Nora.
Kelsey, Anson - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora. Born in Herkimer County, New York Jan. 5, 1827. Left his native county for Schenectady and then for New York City; from there to White Lake, Sullivan County, returning again to New York. In 1842 he went to New Orleans working for the government. We find him again in New York, where he shipped for coast surveying to California. In 1849 he sailed for Panama but returned to New York in a short time, shipping for California and in 1854 returned to New York. Emigrated to Wisconsin. Came to this County from Wisconsin, buying his present farm of 80 acres. Married Hannah J. Stewart Nov. 18, 1856. She was born in Lockport May 10, 1835.
Keely, D. J. - lumber dealer; Nora.
Kepner, Benj. H. - farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Nora. Born in Juanita County, Pennsylvania July 21, 1817. Married Sarah E. Bushey in this county May 13, 1841. She was born in Juanita County, Pennsylvania April 22, 1821. They resided in their native state until Nov. 4, 1848; then emigrated to this Township, coming all the way in a wagon, and settled on their present farm, which now consists of 320 acres. A little log house 12 by 16 feet was about all the improvements on their place when they arrived, but now good buildings and fine improvements have taken its place, and are the results of honesty and industry. Soon after their arrival in this place they attended church one Sabbath through muddy roads, with two yokes of cattle attached to one wagon. Now a German Baptist Church building is within a few rods of their house, to which they belong, and over which Mr. Kepner presides as one of its speakers. Andrew l. (in Missouri), Erastus P., Aaron E. (in Missouri), Josiah b., Mrs. G. Wilson Myers, Mrs. S. Ellen Drew, Catherine A., Ida M., and Emma L. are their children.
Kepner, Erastus P. - son of B. H. Kepner.
Keplinger, T. H. - farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Nora.
Keplinger, M. - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora.
Kerlin, Peter J. - retired farmer; Nora. Born in Augusta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Sept. 5, 1793. Married for his first wife Betsy Hull. She was born in New Jersey. Married for his second wife Mary M. Bighler. He lived in his native county till after his father’s death, when he moved to Snyder County engaging in farming. After his sons left him, he sold out and went a few years with friends. In 1871 he came to Nora, where he has since lived a retired life. When 74 years old, he bound grain in the harvest fields, keeping his station. Few men of his years possess his vigor and youthful elasticity. He has followed hunting and fishing with avidity and has still a keen relish for both. Is still a sure marksman without the aid of glasses.
Kitch, Geo. - P. O. Nora.
Kitch, Robt. - P. O. Nora.
Knotts, A. H. - renter; Sec. 4; P. O. Nora.
Knepley, J. M. - well driller; Nora.
Lane, John - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Warren.
Latham, Franklin A. - farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Wadhams Grove, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Jan. 10, 1844. Married Elizabeth Shoesmith Jan. 9, 1868. She was born in Kent, England Sept. 4, 1846. When about one year old she, with her parents, came to this country, first settling in Stephenson County, where she resided until married. Mr. Latham (with the exception of one year’s residence in Stephenson County) has continuously resided in Wadhams Grove and Nora township, in this County. He is the possessor of 80 acres of land. His father, Ezra Latham, was an old settler of this County, coming here in 1838 from Vermont. He died a few years since, an honored and respected citizen. His wife is a resident of Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois. Mr. F. Latham has two children: Lucy E. and Nancy L.
Lauver, Edward - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Howardsville.
Lauver, John - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania March 28, 1824. On Aug. 3, 1848 he married Melissa Rhodes, who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania Oct. 27, 1829. They started for Illinois the October following their marriage via the canal to Pittsburgh, where they took passage on a steamer for St. Louis, Missouri. When they reached Golconda, Pope County, Illinois the steamer sank, and they remained in this place until the following April when they went to St. Louis, and then to Stephenson County, this state, living there fourteen years; after which they came to this Township and rented land three years; then bought his present farm of 80 acres. They have six daughters and one son. He has held the office of School Director. Baptist; Republican.
Lauver, W. B. - laborer; P. O. Nora.
Lawrence, Charles - proprietor of the Lawrence House; Nora. Born in Springfield, Vermont Aug. 2, 1811. When very young, moved with his parents to Joy, Essex County, Vermont. Married Cornelia Way in 1833. Had one child, henry H. Married for second wife Sibyl H. Kennedy in 1838. Came to this County in 1855. The spring following his wife died. Again married Lydia A. Atwood April 27, 1857. She was born in Addison County, Vermont Oct. 17, 1827. They resided in their farm eight years and have kept their hotel ten years. Two children: Perlie M. and Evangeline.
Leach, Wm. B. - wagon maker; Nora.
Leonard, Isaiah - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora.
Lepper, Harrison - farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Warren.
Lepper, Wm. L. - Traveling Agent; Nora. Born in Trumball County, Ohio July 4, 1831. Married Perthana A. Ensign Dec. 29, 1852, who was born in Trumball County, Ohio Sept. 10, 1834. In 1856 they moved to what is now Brown County, Kansas residing there two years; returning to Ohio, when after one year, they went to Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and after 15 months residence, came to this County, arriving in 1859. Sept. 4, 1861 he enlisted in Co. A, Freemont’s Rangers Battery, and was wounded, near the headwaters of the Black River. After two years’ service was discharged at Houston, Missouri. Their living children are: Erie W. and Ida E.; Seth H., born Jan. 20, 1857 was the first white child born in Brown County, Kansas, and died April 2, 1861.
Londergen, Jas. - farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Warren.
Lovin, Henry R. - meat market; Nora. Born in Wayne County, Indiana Oct. 16, 1833. Resided with his parents in Indiana 19 years and earned the shoemaker’s trade. Came to this County in 1852 and was engaged successfully in various kinds of work incident to settlements in new countries. Married Lucia M. Cowan Jan. 1, 1857, who was born in Naples, Ontario County, New York Jan. 18, 1841. Mr. Lovin enlisted in the 142nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served one year, when he was honorably discharged. Lived in Warren nine years and then came to this village. Bought grain one year, when he entered upon his present business with a capital of $50. Seven children living.
McCafferty, James - laborer; Nora.
McNamara, P. - renter; P. O. Nora.
Mahan, John - farmer; Sec. 5; P. O. Nora.
Mahaney, M. - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Warren.
Manley, Daniel - laborer; Nora.
Marshall, W. K. - farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Nora.
Messick, George W. - merchant; Nora. Born in Howard, Steuben County, New York March 24, 1846. Resided in his native county until he was 20 years old when he went to Arnoldsville to clerk, following that occupation two years. Then removed to Marengo, McHenry County, Illinois and from there to DeKalb Center, DeKalb County, where he clerked for six months; afterwards traveled one year for a book agency; clerked six months in Polo. Engaged in business in Warren two years then bought a farm in Gratiot, Wisconsin, but exchanged it for a stock of goods and moved to Nora, whence he has since resided. Married H. Zelida York who was born in Brookfield, Madison County, New York July 8, 1835. She graduated at Oneida Conference Seminary at the age of 17; went to Dodgeville, Wisconsin two years later. Taught in Brookfield Academy one year, two terms in Wisconsin, two terms in Polo, Illinois and then came to this County. They have seven children.
Mill, John P. - farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Warren.
Miller, Charles S. - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora. Born in Centre County, Pennsylvania March 27, 1850. When 16 years of age he went to Hamilton County, Ohio, from there to Vane County and next to Stephenson County, Illinois, residing a few months in each of the counties named. Then came to this County where he has since resided. Married Prusilla Warner November 24, 1870, who was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania Dec. 12, 1846, and came to Boone County, Illinois when she was nine years of age. Ten years afterwards she moved to Stephenson County. They have three sons. Independent.
Miller, Ellis - well driller; Nora.
Miner S. K.
Moorehead, Wm. - laborer; Nora.
Morris, C. E. - farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. Nora.
Morris, J. E. - farmer; Sec. 18; P. O. Warren.
Morse, G. C. - renter; Sec. 4; P. O. Nora.
Moore, W. K. - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Nora.
Moyer, Jno. - farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Waterloo Co., Canada July 4, 1858. Emigrated to this country when he was but 17 years old, coming direct to Stephenson County where he married Maria C. Price. She was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania. She came to Stephenson County, Illinois when but four years old, where she lived until coming to this County with her husband. They moved to Nora Township in December 1876. The names of their children are: William H., Agnes and Robert A.
Murdick, M. D. - laborer; Nora.
Myers, Enoch - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora.
Myers, Enoch X. - farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Nora. Born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania Aug. 22, 1830. He, with his parents, moved to Mifflin County, Pennsylvania when he was five years old, and when twelve years old to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, where he married Nancy Garver Aug. 26, 1852. She was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania July 29, 1835. In March 1856 they came to this County, first settling in this Township; now owns 250 acres of land. Mrs. Myers died Jan. 21, ----. David R., Geo. W., Sarah K., Allen B., Ira E., Ida, Sherman B., Clarence and Laura are their children. Married Harriet Garver Jan. 10, 1878. She was born Feb. 29, 1845 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
Myers, G. W. - P. O. Nora.
Myers, Rudolph - farmer; Sec. 16; P. O. Nora. Born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania Feb. 28, 1833. Married Harriet Musser Nov. 29, 1855. She was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania Jan. 21, 1839. They came to this County April 11, 1856, first settling in this township, and moved on their present farm of 160 acres in March 1868. Are members of the German Baptist Church. Have seven children living: Alfred, Clinton, Minnie M., Edward L., Cora E., Samuel W., and Maggie m.; Jennie W. was born Nov. 24, 1863 and died May 14, 1864.
Myers, W. H. - farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Nora.
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Otis, B. H. - mechanic; Nora.
Parris, Wm. - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Lena.
Born in England Jan. 23, 1833. Lived in his native country nine years, when, with his parents, he came to America, first settling in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania where they resided five years. In 1847 they emigrated to Galena, Illinois. The following March they moved to Stephenson County where Mr. Parris married Louisa Shoesmith Feb. 24, 1857. She was born in England Feb. 17, 1836. Fifteen years ago they moved to their present farm in this Township, containing 210 acres on which they have made the entire improvements. They have had six children: Robert J., John H., Lucy E., Frederick F., Wm. E. and Geo. E; the latter was born Feb. 6, 1865 and died Sept. 16, 1866. Sept. 28, 1877, on his 22nd birthday, Jas. S. Shoesmith, brother of Mrs. Parris, was killed by the kick of a horse.
Phelps, A. O. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Phelps, Max - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Phelps, O. W. - blacksmith; Greenvale.
Phelps, W. W. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Pitcher, J. - mail carrier; Nora.
Pomeroy, Watson Y. - Was born March 16, 1813 in Otisco, Onondaga County, New York. His parents were from Massachusetts and were among the earliest settlers of Onondaga County. When the Erie Canal was building, his parents moved to Amsterdam and lived five years. Here his father died in March 1828. After the death of his father, he worked one year with a wagon maker and then, with mother, part of family moved back to Onondaga County, where he worked a term of years on a farm, and then entered academy in Village of Elbridge. One year later, with his brother-in-law, emigrated to Illinois in October 1835. At St. Joseph, Michigan he took steamer to cross lake, but a furious gale shipwrecked nearly every craft, and they were obliged to go around the head of the lake the best way they could-part by stage and part on foot. The brother-n-law followed in a few days. They settled at Squaw Grove, DeKalb County near the present site of Hinkley. This was in 1836. Two years later they were found living eight miles south of Belvidere. Here Mr. Pomeroy married their first school teacher, Miss Ann Eliza Kellogg, Aug. 2, 1838. Their first child, Myron Eugene was born Dec. 21, 1839. They moved to Galena in the spring of 1840 and engaged in mining at “Fair Play” diggings. Here their second child, Eveline, was born, and died the same day, June 12, 1844. March 8, 1843 they buried their first born. They moved then to Galena, and manufactured small beer to take the place of strong drinks. Mr. Pomeroy was temperate, and thoroughly anti-slavery. Cyrus Watson was born July 31, 1844. In fall of 1845, with A. B. Campbell, moved to what is now Nora, and engaged in farming. Here Mary Angeline was born April 1, 1847 and Charles Henry, March 27, 1849. With a soldier’s warrant Mr. P. located on southeast quarter of Sec. 8, on which he moved his house and now resides. April 14, 1851, Ella Jane was born; Myron Fremont, Sept. 6, 1856 (now engaged in the house of henry Sears and Co., Chicago); Charles henry is a traveling agent for same house; Cyrus W. is traveling for Western Bank Note Engraving Co.; Horace Jay was born July 17, 1858; Hattie L. H., April 7, 1861. Cyrus enlisted in Co. K 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry before he was 18; was wounded at Chicamauga and discharged at Chicago on account of the wound. Charles henry enlisted before he was 17 in 17th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Dec. 1, 1863, and was mustered out Dec. 18, 1865. Ella Jane died Nov. 8, 1856. Mr. P. moved to Iowa City and lived there two years to better educate his children. Oct. 29, 1868 Mary was married to Grandville C. Tucker; she lived south a while teaching the freed men, and returned home and died Aug. 2, 1876. Hattie, the only surviving daughter, died Nov. 17, 1877. Mr. P. has been a professing Christian since his 18th year.
Pucket, Cyrus J. - farmer; Sec. 7; P. O. Nora. Born in Newport, Wayne County, Indiana Dec. 26, 1840. He came to this farm with his father, Cyrus Puckett, in 1849. There being no railroads west of Chicago at this time, they came from Indiana to this County with teams, passing through Chicago, Elgin, Rockford and Freeport. On their way out the small-pox was caught by the family and Mr. Puckett’s sister died with it soon after reaching their destination. Married Lydia Franklin, Feb. 23, 1864. She was born in Angelica, Allegany Co, New York March 15, 1840, and died Feb. 11, 1877, leaving three children: B. Frank, John W. and Willard. Wesleyan Methodist; Republican.
Puckett, T. Clarkson - farmer; Sec. 8; P. O. Nora. Born in North Carolina, Nov. 10, 1818. He moved to Randolph County, Indiana with his parents when very young. After attending school at Winchester Academy, he taught school, and surveyed until May 10, 1852, when he married Emily E. Patchin. In 1853 he came to this County and in April of the same year he purchased the farm he now owns, and has since made many valuable improvements on it. The writer of this wishes to say upon his own responsibility, that Mr. Puckett’s efforts to elevate a high standard in all that pertains to education, have been untiring and unceasing. The success of the Lecture Course, in Nora ( full account of which is given in another portion of this book), is largely due to the energy and devotion of Mr. Puckett, he being the President of the Association.
Puckett, Wm. H. - farmer; Sec. 6; P. O. Nora. Born in Wayne County, Indiana June 22, 1838. Came with his father, settling in this County in December 1848. He remained at home until the breaking out of the rebellion, when he enlisted in the 14th Illinois Volunteer Calvary at Freeport. Was mustered in as 2nd Sergeant and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Oct. 19, 1864, and received a 1st lieutenant’s commission March 4, 1865. Was engaged in the capture of Morgan, in Ohio, and fought in the battles of Cumberland Gap and Atlanta; was also on the Stoneman Raid, that ended in Stoneman’s capture in Georgia. Received an honorable discharge after three years’ service. Married Emerence Crowell Oct. 28, 1862. She was born in Belfast, Allegany County, New York June 6, 1843. Emeroy L., Nelson F., Harry C. are their children.
Puckett, R. E. W. - son of T. C. Puckett.
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Quinn, Thos. - laborer; Nora.
Rhodes, Isaac, - farmer; Sec. 17; P. O. Nora.
Riddiough, John - restaurant; Nora.
Ricker, Alphonso E. - Nora. Born in Corinth, Penobscot County, Maine Jan. 7, 1837. Came from Portland, Maine to Warren, Illinois in July 1862, where he was engaged as clerk in dry goods store. Came to Nora in February 1867, engaging in the mercantile trade under firm name of Ricker & Stickney; sold out in 1870.
Roach, D. - farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Warren.
Roach, Jno. - farmer; Sec. 20; P. O. Warren.
Roberts, Jos. - laborer; P. O. Nora.
Rockey, Richard M. - druggist and stationer; Nora. Born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania April 29, 1841. Remained with his parents, farming, until 18 years of age. Then worked in the pineries during the winter and at the carpenter’s trade during the summer. Enlisted in the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. C, Aug. 28, 1861, and remained with the Regiment until June 16, 1862. Came to Stephenson County, Illinois in 1863 and for two years worked at the carpenter’s trade and clerked in a store. Feb. 9, 1865, he enlisted in the 147th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged at Springfield Feb. 7, 1866. Returning to Pennsylvania, he taught school one year and then came back to Stephenson County. In the spring of 1869 he drove a team through to Nebraska and Kansas, and pre-empted 160 acres of land in Osage County, Kansas. Was married Dec. 15, 1870 to Almeda Dively, who was born Sept. 24, 1847. Moved to this County in 1871. Children are Margaret M., born Dec. 5, 1871 and A. Emily, Aug. 23, 1874. In the fall of 1876 he was nominated by the Independent Greenbackers for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, but was defeated.
Rockey, Sam. B. - P. O. Nora.
Rockey, Wm. F. - dry goods and groceries; Nora. Born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania April 3, 1827. Married Elizabeth Frasher in 1851. She was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania March 28, 1820. In 1848 they immigrated to Illinois, first settling in Stephenson County where he was engaged in milling; then moved to Cedarville and Rock Run, following the same business. He then took the Buckhorn tavern in which he had a small store, but soon moved to McConnell’s Grove, going into the mercantile trade. In 1871 he came to Nora, where he is one of the leading merchants. Samuel B and Emma J. are their only children.
Rogers, Fordice M. - farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Turin, Lewis County, New York July 4, 1806. His father, in 1810, moved to Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, New York, where Mr. Rogers, Jr. was married to Chloe Fiske Feb. 17, 1835. She was born in Boonville, Oneida County, New York Feb. 6, 1814. In 1841 they emigrated to Illinois with one span of horses and one wagon, in which were packed a few necessary household goods, which comprised all their earthly possessions, first settling in this Township and on his present farm of 400 acres,, building a little log house which has since given way to a palatial dwelling. Mrs. Rogers died May 2, 1859 and Oct. 4, 1860 he married Emily Graves, who was born in Washington, Scioto County, Ohio June 18, 1817. At the first election after the Township organization Mr. R. was elected its Supervisor. Is the present Township Treasurer, which office he has held for 27 consecutive years. James H., Merick A., Ossian R. and Duane are the names of the children by the first marriage. Wm. H. died at Lagrange, Tennessee while serving in the 92nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Roshong, Wm. - farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Nora.
Ryan, P. - foreman of railroad section; Nora.
Schoch, Wm. - farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Nora.
Shaw, Charles - Sec. 18; P. O. Nora.
Shaw Henry - farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. Nora.
Shaw, Joseph P. - farmer; Sec. 18; P. O. Nora. Born in Angelica, Allegany Co, New York April 6, 1828. At the age of 9 years he, with his parents, started on a raft at Olean Point, on the Allegany River, and came to Pittsburg, and then down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, where they left the river and took a team and drove through to this County. He married Nancy A. Clay May 4, 1854. She was born in Medina County, Ohio Nov. 18, 1836. Charles L., Lorin F., David C., Joseph P., and Enos W. are their children. Charles L., the eldest, was married to Sarah Luther Dec. 15, 1875; they have one child, Mabel P. Mr. Shaw was one of the first settlers in this Township.
Simmons, Andrew - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale. Born in Albany County, New York March 12, 1819. Was married to Eliza Scofield Jan. 8, 1840. She was born in Lysnader, Onondaga County, New York Dec. 6, 1819. They remained in his native county until one year after marriage, when they moved to Baldwinsville, Onondaga County, New York. In 1850 he came to this County and settled in this Township which has since been his home. Andrew A. and Byron B. are his sons; Franklin D. is an adopted son. He has held the offices of Road Commissioner and School Director many terms. There were only ten or twelve families in the township when he came to it.
Simmons, B. B. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Simmons, B. F. - Sec. 31; P. O. Howardsville.
Simmons, Daniel - Nora.
Simmons, Fred. B. - Sec. 30; P. O. Greenvale.
Simmons, Irwin - Howardsville.
Simmons, Jacob - farmer; Sec. 31; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Montgomery County, New York Aug. 25, 1816. When six years old his parents moved to Cayuga County, New York. Here on Sept. 26, 1839 he married Mary Coppernoll, who was born in Montgomery County, New York Sept. 27, 1814. Her parents moved to Oneida County, New York and then to Cayuga County. In 1845 they were emigrants to Illinois, coming all the way by land. One span of horses and wagon, a few household goods and a little money was their all, when they arrived in this Township Dec. 8, 1845; taking a claim of 200 acres in the above section. By perseverance they have acquired a competency and have retired from active life, leaving their son, B. F. Simmons, in charge.
Simmons, Michael - farmer and manufacturer of cigars; Sec. 30; P. O. Lena. Born in Albany County, New York June 16, 1814. Married Mary A. Manley July 5, 1835. She was a native of Massachusetts. They came to this County June 29, 1844. From his birthplace in New York, he first settled in Rush Township, then moved to this Township where he has 584 acres of land. He is an extensive raiser of tobacco and manufacturers cigars in Lena, Illinois.
Smick, Sam. - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Nora.
Smith, J. R. - renter; P. O. Nora.
Snyder, Lorenzo, D. - farmer; Sec. 28; P. O. Nora. Born in Jefferson County, New York August 22, 1814. When 16 years old he went to Onondaga County, New York, and again in 1834, to Laporte County, Indiana. Two years after his arrival in the above county he went to Ogle County, Illinois where he lived four years. Then he emigrated to Stephenson County, Illinois and in 1867 he came to this County and to his present farm of 120 acres. Married for first wife Catherine A. Bryant May 18, 1836; she was born in Pennsylvania. Again, on April 7, 1843, he married Amanda McAffee, who was born in Canada in 1852. Married his present and third wife, Rachel Hull, Nov. 21, 1866. She was born in Janesville, Ohio Feb. 14, 1825. By the first two marriages he had nine children; those living are: Henry, James, Jesse and Martha; those dead are: Ezra, Wm. W., Catherine A., Samuel and Jessie. Wm. W. was killed in the battle at Buzzard’s roost during the war of the rebellion.
Spencer, Oscar F. - dealer in pumps and windmills; Nora. Born in Cayuga, New York July 23, 1833. His parents moved to Jefferson County, New York when he was one year old, where he was married to Mary Daniels Sept. 10, 1854. She was born in Jefferson County, New York Sept. 10, 1834. In 1865 they emigrated to this state, first settling in Christian Hollow, Stephenson County, where they resided until December 1869 when they moved to Nora. Mr. Spencer is a member of the Methodist Church and Superintendent of its Sabbath School. J. Alden, Edson L., Evelyn O. and Alvin D. are their children.
Spencer, Sam. - retired farmer; Nora.
Sullivan, Dan. - laborer; Nora.
Sullivan, Dennis - laborer; Nora.
Sullivan, L. - laborer; Nora.
Sullivan, P. - laborer; Nora.
Staplin, W. H. - farmer; Sec. 30; P. O. Howardsville.
Stanchfield, Geo. B. - retired farmer; Sec. 5; P. O. Nora. Born in Wayne, Kennebec County, Maine Feb. 2, 1809. Married Abigail Cookson in October 1829. She was born in Cornish, Maine April 28, 1804. After their marriage they lived at Milo, Maine until 1843, when they came to this state, making Boone County their first stopping place. After residing there about two years they came to this Township and have since made it their home. Mr. Stanchfield was the founder of the Village of Nora. They have seven children, all but two being now dead: Rud W. and James are the names of those now living. Geo. Henry, one of their sons, was captured during the Rebellion, and died while confined in Andersonville Prison.
Stanchfield, J. M. - carpenter; Nora.
Stanchfield, B. W. - carpenter; Nora.
Stevens, Alfred - stock shipper; Nora. Born in Ohio Dec. 4, 1839. In 1841 he came to Stephenson County with his grandparents, and to this County soon after; and at this time he was quite young. He is one of our respected pioneer settlers and credited by his neighbors with always exerting his influence in furthering and advancing all undertakings for the improvement of the Township. His good name has won him a place among the best stock dealers in the County. Married Effie Haskell Feb. 9, 1863. She was born in Nora township, this County, May 21, 1846.
Stickney, Walter - grain dealer; Nora. Born in Tyndinaga, near Belleville, Canada March 22, 1840. Until he was twenty-one years of age he worked on his father’s farm, going to school during the winter months. After he attained his majority he studied nine months at Belleville Seminary (now Albert College) and then taught school two years. In October 1863 he removed to Michigan, remaining there until the following spring when he went to Kansas City, Missouri. At this place he was engaged as one of the express messengers on a line belonging to Barlow Cotrel; this position he held until December 1865, when he was engaged as a clerk in the Sutler’s store of Pool & Lambert, at Fort Aubrey. He bought the stock of goods belonging to this firm in May 1866 and continued the business at that point for two years, when he moved his store to Kiowa Springs. In 1868 he sold out his business and came to this County in 1869. He was married Sept. 1, 1869 to Helen E. Cowan, who was born in this County in January 1848. Mr. Stickney worked by the month for L. H. Clark from 1872 to 1874. He then went into business with Mr. Farley, whom he soon after bought out. Has two children: Irving E. and John H. Methodist; Republican.
Stover, Frank - laborer; Nora.
Stowell, L. O. - farmer; Sec. 4; P. O. Nora.
Swartz, Elias M. - farmer and raiser of thoroughbred stock; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora. Born in Centre County, Pennsylvania Jan. 28, 1838. At the age of 19 he came to DeKalb, Illinois, only remaining three months. He continued his journey to Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois; in 1859 he returned to DeKalb County. In 1860 he went to Stephenson County but returned to Kaneville, Kane County the same year. In July 1861 he again went to Stephenson County; after a nine months’ stay he moved near Whitewater, Rock County, Wisconsin; residing here only a short time. He returned to Stephenson County where, on Nov. 6, 1864, he was married to Susannah Rudy. She was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania Jan. 6, 1845. Mr. Swartz purchased his present “Evergreen Farm” consisting of 148 acres in 1867. With his brother, under the firm name of E. M. and G. F. Swartz, they are engaged in raising thoroughbred stock, such as Short-horned cattle, Berkshire and Poland hogs. No man in the County takes a more lively interest in advancing the standard of stock raising. The pedigree of his herd of thoroughbreds show that they have been carefully selected from the best herds in the United States and Canada. All persons interested in raising the better grades of cattle, as well as those intending to purchase, will always receive a courteous welcome at “Evergreen Farm”. The proprietors have found their past experience so encouraging that they intend making this a permanent business..
Switzer, W. H. - renter; P. O. Howardsville.
Talbot, I. S. - cooper; Nora.
Taylor, Wm. - postmaster; Nora.
Tirrenzo, Anson - laborer; P. O. Howardsville.
Thompson, Christopher C. - farmer; Sec. 32; P. O. Howardsville. Born in Plymouth County, Massachusetts June 5, 1807. In the spring of 1838 he emigrated to the West, first stopping for a few months in Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois, but permanently settling in what is now Thompson Township. This township was given his name in honor of his public spirit of enterprise, and in assisting in making the township what it is. Immediately upon his arrival here he built the second saw mill in the County and in 1840 built the first large grist mill in the County which supplied Galena with nearly all its flour. He built the first frame school house in Rush Township and the first stone school house in Thompson Township. There were six families in his township when he settled there. Came to Nora Township in October 1874. Owns 931 acres of land. Married Almira Dunlap in 1842. She died in 1845. May 31, 1847 he married Mary A. Strong, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio June 14, 1821. Two of their children, Whitfield J. and Tena, live with their parents. Winfield S., an adopted son, was killed in the army.
Thompson, Woodman - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora. Born in the Township of Thompson, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Jan. 13, 1851. He is the eldest son of C. C. Thompson, after whom his native township was named, and who is one of the oldest settlers of this County. Woodman, Oct. 10, 1871, married Jenefor Eustice, who was born in Elizabeth Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Feb. 24, 1847. They came to this township and to their farm of 20 acres about one year ago. They have two children, John C. and Raymond.
Thornton, Thos. - renter; Sec. 29; P. O. Warren.
Tilton, B. F. - town collector; Nora.
Tucker, Ed. - mechanic; Nora.
Tucker, R. B. - renter; Sec. 9; P. O. Nora.
Tucker, W. J. - painter; Nora.
Turner, Forest - retired farmer; Nora.
Waddington, Joseph - employee on railroad; P. O. Nora. Born in Yorkshire, England Feb. 9, 1914. Married July 8, 1838, Ellen Egg who was born in Yorkshire, England Dec. 21, 1916. They came to this country in 1849, first settling in Williamson County, Illinois and residing there a little over two years. Chicago was their next stopping place, but after two years in that city they came to this County in 1854. For 23 years Mr. Waddington has been employed at Nora by the Illinois Central railroad and still holds his position. Their children are: Sarah, George, Catherine, Will, John A., Martha and Mary (twins), John, Ellen, Albert L. and Gilbert C.
Warner, Geo. P. - farmer; Sec. 8; P. O. Nora. Born Jan. 17, 1832 in Stafford, Orange County, Vermont. His father, Austin Warner, was born in Albany County, New York in 1801, and he moved to Montreal, Canada with his parents, where he was married June 17, 1845. George came with his parents to this County, settling first on Sec. 18 and afterwards moved to Sec. 32.; here he resided ten years. He sold his farm and went into the lumber trade under the firm name of Drew and Warner; he sold out his interest in this after six years, and bought his present farm. Married Phoebe Birdseye Sept. 28, 1859. She was born in Birmingham, Connecticut.
Warner, Goodrich W. - farmer; Sec. 33; P. O. Nora. Born May 30, 1824 in Strafford, Orange County, Vermont.. Remained with his parents until 20 years of age, when his father gave himself and brother fifty dollars each and they came to Chicago, via the lakes, having five dollars left on their arrival. Worked for $12 a month on a farm during the summer near Aurora, Illinois and came to this County in the fall of 1845, settling on Sec. 18, Nov. 6, 1847. He married Mary Davis, who was born in Wales March 14, 1830. She came to this country when five years old, living in Ohio nine years, Keokuk, Iowa one year and since then in this County. They have a farm of 187 acres on which they moved July 1, 1860. Their children are Mrs. Sarah L. Garver, Bessie b., Evert D., and Mary E. republican; Congregationalist.
Wasson, Walter S. - manufacturer of harness; Nora. Born in Port Henry, Essex County, New York June 29, 1850. His father dying in 1854, he came with his mother to Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois in 1855. Married Alice J. Jones Dec. 5, 1869. She was born in Lena Dec. 13, 1850. In 1870 they moved to Harvard, McHenry County, Illinois where he engaged in railroading. They came to Nora in April 1875, where they have since resided. Mr. Wasson commenced his present vocation with but five cents in money, and by strict attention to business, has now a flourishing and lucrative trade. They have two children, Walter j. and Arthur L.
Way, Manlove - blacksmith; Nora.
West, John - farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. warren.
West, Robert - farmer; Sec. 19; P. O. Warren.
Wiley, George W. - farmer; Sec. 21; P. O. Warren. Born in Murray County, Tennessee Dec. 1, 1809. His father moved to Jefferson County, Missouri and in May 1827 he emigrated to this County, coming up the Mississippi River as far as Fort Edwards (now Warsaw), walking from that place to Galena. He took part in the Black Hawk war; lived in this County and Wisconsin, near Galena, until 1836 when he began to break and improve his present farm, now consisting of 335 acres in this township. In 1838 he moved on the above land and has continued to live there ever since. Married Mrs. Ann Durham July 10, 1853. She was born in St. Louis County, Missouri July 17, 1818. George E., Catherine, Perry and Anna B. are their children. Maria B., Keziah J. and Elizabeth Durham were Mrs. Wiley’s children by her first marriage.
Wilson, Robert M. - blacksmith; Nora. Born in Tyrone, Ireland Aug. 10, 1843. Came to this country in 1847 with his parents, who settled first at Boston, Massachusetts, but soon after went to New York City. Moved to Ogle County, Illinois in 1853. At eighteen years of age he enlisted in the 34th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. H, but re-enlisted in the regular army December 1862, joining Co. M, 4th U. S. His discharge shows that he was engaged in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Stone River, Snow Hill, Middleton, Franklin, Shelbyville, Chicamauga, Okolona, Mississippi; Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Noonday Creek, Lovejoy, Jonesboro, Rome, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Selma, Alabama; and at Columbus, Georgia April 15, 1865, the last battle of the Rebellion. Married Anna E. Dixon April 7, 1870. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts Feb 21, 1853, and came to this County in 1872. Mr. Wilson is a member of the County Board of Supervisors. They have three children: Joseph B., Florence A., and Robert m. Independent; Congregationalist.
Wire, Benjamin F. - farmer; Sec. 29; P. O. Nora. Born in Canada Jan. 21, 1839. In 1848 he, with his step-father, came to Dodge County, Wisconsin and in 1852 moved to Ward’s Grove, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Here he was married to Mary A. Daws Nov. 10, 1857. She was born in England Dec. 23, 1838. The following year after marriage they moved to Stephenson County, Illinois where they have resided until within the last year, when they came to this Township. Their children are: Orpha V., Lydia A., Cora m., Aeschylus A., Flora L. and Martha A. Mr. Wire served one year in the 147th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Methodist; Republican.
York, Thomas - retired farmer; Nora.
Young, Andrew J. - of the firm of Young & Waddington, dealers in hardware; Nora. Born in Herkimer County, New York May 27, 1849. In 1852 he, with his parents, emigrated to Stephenson County, Illinois. Some years after he was engaged in the butter trade in Lena, under the firm name of Newcome & Young. In 1870 he came to Nora and in 1871 commenced the hardware trade in his present store. Married Mary Waddington May 27, 1874. She was born in Williamson County, Illinois March 11, 1851. Have one child, Minnie.