Lee County Biography


Charles W. Chadwick, retired farmer, Lee Center, Ill., was born at Windsor, Me., June 18, 1822, son of Lott and Sarah (Linn) Chadwick. He came to Lee County with his father in 1838, where, for three years, he assisted the latter in his trade as mill-right. In 1841 he removed South, where he remained eight years, and then (in 1849) crossed the plains to California in search of gold. Returning from the gold fields in 1851, he located at Lee Center, where he engaged in the manufacture of plows; afterwards engaged in farming at Palestine Grove; later spent several years in Missouri and Colorado, but since 1883 has lived retired at Lee Center. In 1847 he married Nancy J. Holderby, who died two years later, leaving one child. Sarah J. (Mrs. Silas Whitney). In 1853 he married his second wife, Phebe Whitney, by whom there were the following named children: Alice (Mrs. John Jacobs), Ida (Mrs. W. W. Allen, of California), Fred C., now residing in California, and Harry, who resides in Mexico. In politics Mr. Chadwick is a Republican, and fraternally is a member of the A. F. & A. M.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1904 History of Lee County Illinois edited by Mr. A.C. Bardwell


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