James Coddington, father of the above named gentleman, was born January 25, 1798, in Allegheny County, Md. He was reared on a farm, but after starting in life for himself engaged in teaching and surveying. Much of his early life was spent in hunting, and in that way he gained an acquaintance with the mountains and passes, which was of great value to him when engaged in surveying for the National Turnpike and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
In the spring of 1831 he came to Bureau County, but soon afterward returned to Maryland, where he remained till 1833, when he again came to this county, and settled on Section 17, Dover Township, where he lived until 1876. He was one of the most successful hunters of the county. Being of rugged and robust frame, and an average weight of 200 pounds, there were but few who could follow him in his hunting expeditions.
He was married in this county to Catherine Fear, born in 1814. They were the parents of ten children, five of whom are still living (four died in childhood): Mary A., wife of D. W. Chase, of Dover Township; Caroline, wife of Calvin Shugart, died in 1873; J. Harvey, of Dover Township; Henry C. of Dover Township; Martha B., wife of Peter Ostram, of Lancaster County, Neb. In 1876 Mr. Coddington returned to his native State for a visit, but met with an accident, from the effects of which he died, June 1876. His wife, who was with him, was also injured, but recovered and is still living.
J. Harvey Coddington was born January 25, 1847, in this county, where he has always resided, being engaged in farming.
He was married January 25, 1872, to Miss Lizzie Keel. She was a native of Ohio, a daughter of John W. and Barbara (Bridenbaugh) Keel, now residents of Dover, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Coddington have six children, viz: James K., born September 14, 1872; John, born June 24, 1875; Harry, born April 27, 1877; Frank, born April 21, 1879; Nellie, born April 19, 1881; Willie, born May 31, 1883.
Two years after his marriage Mr. Coddington purchased his present farm, where he has since resided. He owns 280 acres, 200 of which are in the home farm. In politics he is a stanch Republican. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church of Dover.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885