Lee County Biography


Lee county numbers among its progressive and representative native sons W. H. Vosburgh, who occupies two hundred and forty acres of fine land on sections 23 and 26, Willow Creek township, and gives practically his entire attention to its improvement and cultivation. He was born in the house where he now resides July 10, 1867, a son of S. and Ellen (Athcrton) Vosburgh, the former of whom came from Pennsylvania to Lee county, Illinois, in 1856, and settled upon the property which his son now occupies. It was at that time a tract of wild prairie land, which with characteristic energy the father cultivated and improved, making it in time an attractive and valuable farm. S. Vosburgh was one of the prominent men of affairs in Lee county in early times and held various positions of public trust and responsibility, serving for seven years as supervisor, for four years as township assessor and also as trustee and school director. He is now living retired at Lee, in De Kalb county, having survived his wife since March, 1912. Her death occurred when she was seventy-eight years of age, and she was laid to rest in the Ellsworth cemetery. The Vosburgh family is of Dutch origin, and the paternal ancestors came from Holland to this country in very early times. Representatives of the maternal lines fought in the Revolutionary war.

W. H. Vosburgh acquired his education in the district schools of Lee county and afterward spent two years in Jennings Seminary in Aurora. When he was twenty-one years of age he turned his attention to teaching, following this occupation in the district schools for five years. At the end of that time he located upon the old homestead and has since operated this property, raising grain and stock. He has met with a gratifying degree of success and is known today as a substantial and progressive agriculturist.

In Shabbona township, De Kalb county, Illinois, June 9, 1898, Mr. Vosburgh married Miss Addie M. Cutts, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Cutts, the former a pioneer of that locality. Both have passed away and are buried in the English cemetery in Shabbona township. Mr. and Mrs. Vosburgh are the parents of a daughter, Margaret, who is attending district school. Mr. Vosburgh is a progressive republican in his political beliefs and has served as township supervisor and school trustee. He is interested in the development of the community in which he has spent his entire life and where his name has been held in high honor and respect since pioneer times.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens

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