Bureau County Illinois  
History and Genealogy

Clement W. Abbott

Clement W. Abbott, a retired farmer living in Sheffield, but still owning good farm property in Bureau county, was born in Ogden, Monroe county, New York, December 13, 1825, his parents being Calvin and Charlotte (Clement) Abbott, both natives of Vermont. At the usual age Clement W. Abbott began his education in the country school at Ogden, New York, but his advantages were largely limited to instruction in the "Three R's." After leaving school he worked at the carpenter's trade for ten years in the east and in September, 1854, came to the middle west, settling in Henry, Illinois, where he spent the winter working in a wagon shop. In the spring of 1855 he removed to Mineral township, Bureau County, and took up his abode upon a farm, continuing actively in agricultural life for forty years or until 1894, when he removed to Sheffield, where he now resides. In 1854 he purchased his farm, becoming owner at that time of one-half section, to which he afterwards added one hundred and fifty-five acres about twenty years later. He made stock-raising and feeding the principal features of his business and became well known as an enterprising and successful stockman, readily and correctly estimating the value of stock so that he was enabled to make judicious purchases and profitable sales. Thus he prospered year by year and rose from a humble financial position to one of affluence, so that now, with a handsome competence, he is enabled to live retired in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil.

On the 6th of May, 1857, Mr. Abbott was married to Miss Martha M. Battey, at Sheffield, who is represented elsewhere in this work, a daughter of Major Silas Battey, and their children are: Fred W., who was born May 23, 1859, and died January 26, 1886; Calvin B., who was born August 1, 1863, and died April 28, 1882; Herman E., born May 10, 1865; and Hattie C., who was born December 19, 1870, and died February 5, 1888.

Mr. Abbott is a member of the Unitarian church at Sheffield and was first identified with the Whig party, later becoming one of the founders of the Republican Party. He was assessor for the town of Mineral for five years and was elected and served on the county board of supervisors for six years, his capability and fidelity indicating his keen interest in the welfare and progress of the county as conserved by its public officials, while in other ways he has given his support to those matters which constitute civic virtue and civic pride. He is a self-made man and still takes an active interest in business affairs.
[Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois, By George B Harrington, Chicago, IL, USA: Pioneer Publishing, 1906 (Page 539-540)]
Herman E. Abbott

Herman E. Abbott, of Sheffield, manager of a large and valuable estate, and agent for various fire insurance companies, was born May 10, 1865, in the city which is still his home, a son of Clement W. Abbott. He pursued his preliminary education in the public schools of Sheffield and afterward attended the Dixon Normal College, at Dixon, Illinois and Cornell College, at Mount Vernon, Iowa. He was reared to farm life and devoted his energies to general agricultural pursuits until 1892, when he became connected with commercial interests as a dealer in lumber, agricultural implements, carriages, wagons, etc. The firm was known as Battey & Abbott, and so continued until 1898, when Mr. Abbott disposed of his interest. He then removed to Tiskilwa, where he remained a year, after which he returned to Sheffield to look after his farming interests and his father's estate. He now has a good farming property which yields to him a gratifying income and in the management of the Abbott estate he displays keen business sagacity and understanding. He is also agent for different fire insurance companies.

Mr. Abbott fraternally is connected with Ames lodge, No. 142, A. F. & A. M., of Sheffield, and Sheffield lodge, No. 808, I. O. O. F., of the same place, while religiously he is a member of the Unitarian church. He is a young man of enterprise and his good qualities have made him popular with a wide acquaintance.
[Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois, By George B Harrington, Chicago, IL, USA: Pioneer Publishing, 1906 (Page 596)]
Mrs. Augusta E. (Wood) Abell

Mrs. Augusta E. (Wood) Abell, living upon a farm in La Moille, her native township. was born on the 25th of August, 1858, her parents being Ellis B. and Amanda (Martin) Wood. Her father was born in the state of New York, September 22, 1830, and came to Illinois in 1854, locating in Bureau county. He was married in 1856 to Miss Amanda Martin and they became the parents of two children. of whom Mrs. Abell is the elder. The mother is still living but the father died in 1899, at the age of sixty-nine years.

Augusta E. Wood spent her girlhood days in her parents' home and attended the public schools of the neighborhood. In early womanhood she gave her hand in marriage to Lorenzo Abell, who was born in Lee county, Illinois. December 23, 1858. Attracted by the discovery of gold in Alaska and the business opportunities thereby promoted he went to the Klondike, where his death occurred. Four children were left to share with the wife in her loss, these being Ellis C., born November 2, 1881; Scott E., born August 3, 1884; Nellie A., December 17, 1885; and Edna F., May 22, 1887.

Mrs. Abell is a member of the Eastern Star lodge at La Moille and she and two of her children hold membership in the United Brethren church. She is now the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres of choice land, to the supervision and improvement of which she devotes her time and energies. She has lived upon this farm for three years and is active in its management. All of the hay and grain raised are fed to the stock and her stock-raising interests are an important branch of her business. Mrs. Abell is a lady of good attainments, of marked enterprise and keen discernment. She has kept her family together upon the old home place, carefully rearing her children to manhood and womanhood and well qualifying them to fight life's battles. She has nobly earned the high esteem in which she is held as a friend and neighbor and is widely recognized as a lady of many excellent traits of character and Christian virtues.
[Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois, By George B Harrington, Chicago, IL, USA: Pioneer Publishing, 1906 (Page 398-403)]
James Wyman Adams

James Wyman Adams, a representative of the farming interests of Bureau county, was born near Augusta, Maine, on the 28th of August, 1840, his parents being Rodney M. and Liddie (Stover) Adams. The father was a farmer by occupation and on removing to the middle west in 1842 settled in Chicago, but soon afterward made his way to the Fox river and established his home in Oswego. There he lived for three years, when he removed with his family to Concord township in 1847. He made the journey with wagon and a team of oxen and purchased two hundred and forty acres of land. With characteristic energy he began its cultivation and improvement and throughout his entire life he continued farming, making his home in the same neighborhood until he passed away on the 20th of January, 1860. His widow survived until August, 1862, when she was also called to her final rest.

James W. Adams was only two years of age when brought by his parents to Illinois. His education was acquired in the country schools and he received practical training at farm labor through the assistance which be rendered in the improvement and cultivation of the home farm. He was only twenty years of age when his father's death occurred, after which he purchased the interest of the other heirs in the old home property, upon which he has since lived. He has here erected a good residence and substantial outbuildings and in fact has added all modern equipments and accessories, making the place a model farm property.

On the 25th of December, 1866, Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Miss Louisa White, of Webster, Iowa, a sister of Fred E. White, who is a congressman and a member of one of the old and influential families of Iowa. The father, Godfred White, came from Germany to America when Mrs. Adams was only six months old. Unto our subject and his wife have been born six children, who are still living: Frederick E., a resident farmer of Plymouth county, Iowa; Charles E., who follows farming in Concord township, Bureau county; Elmer E., a bridge builder for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company, living at Buda; Percy E., a farmer of Kewanee, Illinois; Ida L., the wife of Alfred Hartsell, of Princeton; and Louis E., living at home.

Mr. Adams gives his political allegiance to the republican party, and is one of the active workers in its local ranks. He is a member of the Wesley Methodist Episcopal church, and his interest centers in those lines of thought and activity which work for honorable manhood and for substantial improvement in the county. Almost his entire life has here been passed, and m an active business career he has at all times been found thoroughly reliable and trustworthy.
[Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois, By George B Harrington, Chicago, IL, USA: Pioneer Publishing, 1906 (Page 499-500)]
Fred Albrecht

Fred Albrecht, owning and operating two hundred and eighty-two acres of valuable farming land on section 5, Ohio Township, Bureau County, and also having extensive landed possessions in Wisconsin, where he owns thirteen hundred and sixty acres, was born in the township which is still his home, on the 6th of January, 1859. His parents were Jacob and Barbara (Ringerberg) Albrecht, both natives of the east, whence they came to Illinois at an early day. In their family were five children, of which the subject of this review is the youngest. By a previous marriage the father had four children.

Fred Albrecht was reared to farm life and acquired a common-school education. Although he inherited some of his property he has through industry and integrity added thereto until he is now the owner of two hundred and eighty-two acres of very valuable farm land, situated on the southeast quarter of section 5, Ohio Township, Bureau County. He has added many modern improvements to his place, uses good farm machinery in carrying on the cultivation of his land, and by practical and modern methods has enhanced the value of his farm until it is worth from one hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars per acre, and is one of the best tracts in Ohio township, and in fact in Bureau county. He is engaged in general agricultural pursuits, and annually harvests excellent crops of grain, his products finding a ready sale on the market, where they command the highest prices, owing to their good quality. Besides this farm on which Mr. Albrecht makes his home, he also owns a tract of thirteen hundred and sixty acres in Wisconsin.

Mr. Albrecht was married on the 25th of October, 1885, to Miss Anna B. Bumgardner, who was born in Bureau County, July 9, 1866, a daughter of Henry C. and Anna M. Bumgardner, the former born in Switzerland, whence he came to America in the '50s. The mother was born in Bureau County. Unto our subject and his wife have been born seven children: Christian H., born July 20, 1886; George F., September 11, 1887; Albert D., January 23, 1889; Amelia M., February 4, 1891; Sadie, January 11, 1893; Pearl C., January 27, 1902, and Florence E., January 4, 1903.

Mr. Albrecht gives his political support. to the Democratic party, having firm faith in its principles, and he and his family are identified with the German Evangelical church. Although our subject came into ownership of some of his property through inheritance, he has been industrious and persevering, carefully managing his business interests, so that year by year he has added to his financial income and he has been enabled to make additional purchases until he is today in possession of a handsome competence, being numbered among the most prominent and substantial farmers of Ohio township. He and his family are excellent Christian people, possessing sterling qualities, which have won for them warm and lasting friendships.
[Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois, By George B Harrington, Chicago, IL, USA: Pioneer Publishing, 1906 (Page 955-956)]

 Henry Howe Allen

Mortuary Record - November 1906

News Clipping taken from the Research of Elsie Piper.  This is the great-great-great grandfather of my husband. - Nancy Piper

Another pioneer of our prairie state, after rounding out a long and useful life, has joined the throng enrolled up yonder. Henry Howe Allen was born at Littleton, New Hampshire, December 20, 1827, and died in Henry, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 26 days. He was the oldest child of Albe C. and Martha Allen. There were eight children of his father’s family, all of whom have preceded him to the other world, but two, a brother Rev. Horace Allen of Hollard Patent, and Mrs. Helen Ellinwood of East Pembroke, N. Y., - both of whom, together with his stepmother of Honeoy Falls, N. Y., visited him recently, a visit that seemed to be especially enjoyed by the deceased. His parents moved to New York in 1835, where he lived until 1850, when he came to Illinois.

In 1854, Mr. Allen was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Hunter of Milo township, this county. To them were born eight children, all of whom are living except the oldest daughter, who died in December 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Allen celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 12, 1904.

At the age of 27 he gave his heart to Christ and has lived a consistent Christian life, one that has been well worthy of emulation, and we believe he has gone “home” to his “reward”. He was a devout man, took great interest in church work, and promoted all that was for the best welfare of the community where he lived. His life was an exemplification of good words, and his children can ever cherish his memory.

His last illness was only of a few hours. Several months ago he sustained a paralytic stroke, but had in a large measure recovered from its effects. Thursday evening, November 15th, at about 8 o’clock, Mr. Allen fell in a faint, and survived until the next morning, when life passed out. He was conscious until the last and ready for the summons of a “well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. H. W. Burger, the pastor, officiating. Singing was by the choir. The selections were of a special order - “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”, “They Shall Hunger No More” a selection from the cantata of “The Prodigal Son,” and “There Will Be No Dark Valley When Jesus Comes.” The pall bearers were five sons of the deceased, and a son-in-law, as follows: Frederick Allen of Winchester, Andrew of Chapin, Louis of Lacon, Albe of Seneca, and Hiram Allen and John W. Farley, of the old home neighborhood at “Cottage.” The attendance of the relatives and friends from the country was very large, and nearly filled the auditorium of the church. The sermon was a masterly effort, and was founded on the text as in Matthew 24:466: “Blessed is that servant whom his lard when he cometh shall find so doing”. There was a wealth of beautiful floral pieces, one a blanket of pink roses and smilax covering almost the entire casket was from loving friends of Cottage and Tiskilwa. Interment at the henry cemetery.

Mr. Allen was a farmer and until moving to Henry several years ago lived on his farm in the Cottage vicinity south of Tiskilwa, where he prospered and was one of the most valued and influential citizens.


of the pen of the CHIEF’S able Cottage correspondent, who writes feelingly and pays a high and just tribute to a worthy Christian, citizen and friend:

For more than thirty-eight years Mr. Allen lived on the farm near Cottage school. A man of unbounded hospitality and benevolence - the sorrows and perplexities of others and those in distress only bound him more closely to them. Always active in church and Sunday school work, and in expounding the lesson to his class he always imparted some thought that was a real help the preceding week. In his long and useful life every one who came in contact with his beautiful Christian character was benefited. He taught school in Milo several years and was director at Cottage many years; was secretary of the Milo, Wheatland and Indiantown Insurance Company 26 years. Mr. Allen had always enjoyed comparatively good health until last spring. While returning from church he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. At his recovery he found he had been deprived of one of his greatest comforts, that of reading. When asked by a former Sunday school class in Henry, he laughingly replied: “Oh no, I can’t read now, and when I get ready for Sunday school mother (Mrs. Allen) reads the lesson to me and I get it that way.” Through it all he was patient and uncomplaining.

The dear wife and companion of over fifty years, five sons, two daughters - Mrs. Huldah Vail and Mrs. Addie Farley - twenty-five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, beside a host of loving friends, deeply mourn the loss of a dear friend and counselor. To the heart sore of this dearly beloved one the tenderest sympathies are extended. Your good and kind husband and father are gone. His tired body has found its long resting place, but ah! the spirit knows the joys of a heavenly home and stands complete before the countenance of God. Farewell, loved one, your faithful wife and children will miss you, but the thought that you are safe in the kingdom of the Master whom you so delighted to serve is a most blessed consolation.

Of the deceased the editor of Bradford Republican says:

Nearly fifty years ago there lived in a house at the corner three miles east of Bradford a young man by the name of Henry Allen. Boys fifty-five or sixty years old will remember his teaching school in district No. 1 at the head of Boyd’s Grove, Milo township, and the jolly good times that teachers and pupils had playing ball, snow balling from behind snow forts north of the school house on the hand sleds. Though a jolly good fellow with the pupils at recess and on occasional quarter holidays, yet he made every boy and maiden walk chalk during school hours. What times of good fellowship those were and how few there are now to whom these memories will come. Henry Allen and family moved over east of the Grove into the Cottage neighborhood where his industry and economy were rewarded by a competence. His children married and made homes of their own and he and his aged wife removed to Henry. There last week our aged friend and former school master passed away - ripe in years, in upright manhood and good citizenship, leaving to posterity the inheritance of the memory of a well spent life.


Card of Thanks

Prompted by a deep feeling of appreciation we extend to the friends of Cottage and Tiskilwa a heartfelt thanks for the words of consolation and the many floral tributes. All these shall be remembered during the length of our days.

Mrs. H. H. Allen and Children

Fenwick R. Anderson

Fenwick R. Anderson, the other member of the firm of Scott & Anderson, was born in Lee county, Illinois, September 16, 1854, and is a son of Fenwick and Jeannette (Peek) Anderson, a sketch of whose lives will be found elsewhere in this volume. The educational privileges of our subject were such as the district schools afforded, and upon the home farm he early became familiar with agricultural pursuits. At the age of twenty-four years he began farming on his own account, and continued to engage in that honored calling until 1896. In July, 1895, he had purchases an interest in the livery business now conducted by Scott & Anderson. They have succeeded in building up a good trade, are men of known reliability, and the success which has attended their efforts is well deserved.

In 1879 Mr. Anderson led to the marriage alter Miss Emma Wilson, adopted daughter of William S. Wilson, one of the representative citizens of Ohio, whose sketch also appears in this work. They have become the parents of three children - Nancy Maria, William F. and Verdin. The wife and mother is a consistent member of the Methodist Protestant church. Fraternally, Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and, politically, give his earnest support to the republican party. He keeps well posted on current events, is wide-awake and industrious, and occupies a good social position among the successful business men of Ohio and vicinity.

[The Biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois., Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1896 , Page 63 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]


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