Biography of Alden Booth of Fairfield, Illinois

Alden Booth, Fairfield, was born September 24, 1811 in Tompkins County, N. Y. He is the son of William and Sally (Ashley) Booth, natives of Massachusetts, as was also Grandfather Joseph Booth, who died in Tompkins County, N. Y. William Booth was a soldier in the war of 1812. He was a farmer and died in Cattaraugus County N. Y. His widow, a native of Salem, Mass., survived him and drew his war pension. She died in Whiteside County, Ill., aged ninety-two years. She was the mother of seven children, viz.: Ashley, now a resident of Whiteside County; Phebe, deceased; Allen, our subject; William, deceased; Daniel, who remained in New York State; Lyman, of Adair County, Iowa; and George W., of Blue Earth, Minn. All came West except Daniel.

Our subject was reared in New York State, where he was married to Eliza Whitmore, who died there. He was married in the same State a second time, December 1, 1836, to Mary A. Glazier, born July 21,1817, in Spencer, Worchester Co., Mass., daughter of Jonas and Sally (Goodnow) Glazier, natives of the same place. The former was a Baptist minister and the latter was a sister of Lyman Goodnow, the well known ex-Mayor of Boston. Mrs. Mary A. Booth is the mother of four children, viz.: Alden L., deceased, who was married to Emma A. Hogs; Mary E., deceased. former wife of Levi Hopkins, she was the mother of Millie A. and Mattie E, Hopkins; Flora, deceased, had been married to James Bunker; Horace, who was born May 19, 1845. The latter resides in Fairfield Township. He has been married three times. His first wife Sarah J. Hunter, deceased, was the mother of Minnie A. Booth; his second wife, Josephine Sheldon, deceased, was the mother of Grace D. Booth. His present wife is Lovina R. Bowdish.

Alden Booth came to Bureau County in 1855 and bought 120 acres of land. He at one time owned 640 acres. At present he has 266 acres. He has taken a deep interest in educational matters and been one of the standbys in Fairfield Township. Politically he has been identified with the Democrat party.

Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885

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