Biography of Willaim A. Ellsworth
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William A. Ellsworth, a son of Eliphalet and Bethiah (Thatcher) Ellsworth, was born in Hartford, Susquehanna Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1818. His father was born Sept. 4, 1771, in Litchfield, Conn., and was reared to farming pursuits. He was drafted in the war of 1812 but was never called into active service. In the fall of 1837 he came to La Salle County, Ill., and in the following spring he sent for his family, the mother coming with six of her children - Philander S., now living in Minneapolis, Minn.; Betsey B., widow of William H. Brown, now living in South Ottawa; Almira T., deceased wife of Humphrey Hays; Clarissa S., wife of Randolph Seeley, now living in Nebraska, and Nancy A., who died in the fall of 1838, and our subject. One daughter, Sarah R., was married to Russel Tiffany, of Pennsylvania, and did not come with the family to La Salie County. The mother died in South Ottawa, July 8, 1844, and is buried in Vermillionville cemetery. She was born in Attleborough, Mass.. Sept. 20, 1773. The father died Sept. 9, 1846. William A. Ellsworth came to La Salle County, June 19, 1838, and first settled on section 31 in South Ottawa Township, where he lived till 1856. He then bought 100 acres in this township to which he has added at different times and has since resided on this farm. It was only partially improved when he purchased, but is now, and also his other farms, under good cultivation. He also has two fine houses on his farm, besides good farm buildings. He still owns his farm of eighty acres in South Ottawa, owning altogether 428 acres which he has acquired by his own persevering industry and good management. He was married Dec. 18, 1845, to Lydia Clark, and to this union have been born nine children - George S., died May 1, 1850, aged sixteen months; Ada L., born Jan. 28, 1847, wife of Ransom Bullock, of Eden Township; Urbin S., born April 14, 1852, married Victoria B. Gibbs, now living in Aurora, Ill.; Orrin W., born Aug. 11, 1855, living at home; Sarah B., born May 13, 1859, wife of J. D. Selah, now living in Nebraska; Annetta, born May 19, 1S61, and died Aug. 21, 1861, and three who died in infancy unnamed. Mr. Ellsworth has served as Justice of the Peace and Highway Commissioner of South Ottawa, and was Justice of the Peace of this township for two years. He is a Republican in politics. He has been a member of the Congregational ehurch since fourteen years of age. Mrs. Ellsworth's parents, John and Sarah (Cook) Clark, were natives of New Hampshire, the father born in Holderness, Grafton County, Sept. 17, 1788, and the mother in Campton, Grafton County, Nov. 20, 1784. In 1839 they came to La Salle County with a family of three children - John N., now farming in Bureau County, Ill.; Sarah, wife of John Elliot, and Mrs. Ellsworth. The father died in November, 1873, and Mrs. Clark died April 25, 1845.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886