Elisha R. Wolcott. The subject of this narrative is one of the oldest settlers of Henry County , and one of the first to locate in Wethersfield Township , where he now lives. In the spring of 1837, in company with, or as a member of, the Wethersfield Colony, he came into Henry County . He had one share in the colony, which comprised 182 ½ acres of land, 160 of which lay on section 7 of what is now Wethersfield Township . Upon this Mr. Wolcott settled and began its improvement, and here for well-nigh half a century he has lived. He owns upward of 240 acres of good tillable land and 130 acres of timberland. His stock comprises about 50 head of cattle, 18 horses and colts and 100 head of sheep.
Mr. Wolcott was born in Wethersfield , Conn. , Dec. 30, 1816. Her parents Elisha and Mary (Robbins) Wolcott, were also natives of Connecticut , where they lived, labored and died. Elisha was the third of a family of ten children, and lived with his parents until 20 years of age, when we find him locating upon the wild prairie of Henry County . His long residence here justly entitles him to be looked upon as one of the fathers of the county. Many hard experiences that he has met during this half century would require a large volume to recount. The lot of a pioneer at its best is one of hardship, inconvenience and suffering; but he has accomplished a great work in assisting to open up one of the fairest garden spots in the Prairie State . The memory of such men should be held dear to posterity. Politically, Mr. W. is identified with the Republican party, but in temperance principles he is a Prohibitionist.
As a man eminently worthy to represent the old pioneers of Henry County in the gallery of portraits in this ALBUM, we place Mr. Wolcott’s portrait on the page preceding this sketch.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois page 503

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