T.G. WOODHAMS

T. G. WOODHAMS was born in Albany, New York. October 19, 1837. His father and mother, William and Harriet (Gorham) Woodhams, were both natives of England. Mr. Woodhams came to America first in 1820, but returned again after a short stay. In 1828 he came to America, to make this his permanent home. He married Harriet Gorham in Albany, New York. In 1838 he came to Illinois and settled on the N. E. 1/2 of Sec. 21, this township, where the subject of this sketch was raised and still lives.

Mr. Woodhams died October 20, 1844, and was the first person buried in the Woodhams cemetery, the site for which was donated by him for that purpose. Mrs. Wood- hams resides on the place with her oldest son (William), who is a bach­elor and a wheelwright. A younger son (John C.) enlisted in 83d reg. Ill. Vol. Inf., and died at Fort Donelson, :Tennessee, November 30, 1862.. His remains are interred in the Woodhams cemetery

Their daughter (Harriet) is the wife of E. B. David, dentist, and resides in Aledo. The subject of this sketch married February 10, 1867, Miss Martha A. Smith, daughter of Stephen Smith, one of the pioneers of this township, mentioned in the history of this township. She died July 5, 1873, leaving three children : Mary A. (born December 1, 1867), Adelbert L. (born March 21, 1870), and John L. (born October 8, 1872). September 16, 1874, he married Mrs. Maria Smith, widow of J. Lyman Smith, and daughter of James Durston, the pioneer. She was born in Rensselaer county, New York, August 19, 1833, and came to Illinois with her parents in 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Woodhams are active members of the Wesleyan Methodist church, of Hopewell.

By industry and economy Mr. Woodhams has added to the old homestead until his home farm now comprises 180 acres. He raises and. feeds cattle and hogs quite largely, and does an extensive business in buying and shipping stock to the Chicago market. At one time he represented this town on the board of supervisors of the county, and for several years he has served on the board of commis­sioners of highways of this town. In polities Mr. Woodhams is a republican.

 

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