Biography of Sullivan Aldrich of Wyanet, Illinois

Sullivan Aldrich, Wyanet, was born in Providence, R. I. December 29, 1837. He remained in his native State, attending school, etc., till 1855, when he came to Bureau County, Ill., and has since made this county his home. The first year he worked with his brother, who had bought a farm near Wyanet, but the second year he began for himself in farming. He gave his attention to farming and dealing in stock till December 1, 1879, when he invested in the lumber business in Wyanet. November, 1882, he removed from Wyanet.

Mr. Aldrich’s life has been one of activity and of success. He now owns in this township over 800 acres of land. Mr. Aldrich is also a contractor on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, he having the conductor to change the course of Bureau Creek in Section 35 of this township. In politics he is identified with the Republican Party and for six years was Supervisor of Wyanet Township. He has taken the degrees of Masonry to that of Knight Templar. December 11, 1859, Mr. Aldrich was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Mowry, who was born in Steuben County, N. Y. October 20, 1839. Mrs. Aldrich is the mother of the following-named children; Lucy M., born November 25, 1860; Silas N., born September 20, 1862, died September 14, 1863; Bertha born October 1, 1864, died August 24, 1867; Laura G. born April 12, 1867; J.Roscoe, born November 24, 1869; Howard G., born June 22, 1872; Myra Anna, born December 14, 1874. Lucy was married to William Reynolds, November 16, 1882, and has one son, Harley Clyde, born September 27, 1883.

Sullivan Aldrich is the son of Simon and Anna H. (Daniels) Aldrich. The father was born February 10, 1794, and the mother February 8, 1803, and were married October 6, 1825. They died in Rhode Island. Of their family of children, Andrew lives in New York City; Pliny in Fairmount, Neb.; Lucy, wife of John Royce, resides in Sutton, Neb.; Phebe, wife of Ornando Vose, lives at Cumberland Hill, R. I.; Sullivan, our subject; and Anna I. Aldrich is a teacher in Woonsocket, R. I. Mrs. Sullivan Aldrich is the daughter of George and Nancy (Jack) Mowry. The father was born April 19, 1804, in Rhode Island, but the mother was born in Maryland, October 25, 1806. In 1841 they removed, from New York State to Putnam County, Ill. and in 1850 to Bureau County, where they now reside. He is a minister of the Quaker faith. They are the parents of nine children, eight of whom are now living, viz: Martha, wife of F. S. Aldrich, of Bureau County; Jesse, of Wyanet; Thomas, a farmer in Bureau Township; George, in Wyanet; Robert, of Montgomery County, Kan.; Mrs. Sullivan Aldrich; Welcome, of Tama County, Iowa, and Nancy, wife of Webster Moses, of Minnesota.

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

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