GEORGE PERSONS, farmer, was born in Stoke, Somersetshire, England, January 19, 1826. He was very early placed
at service with farmers, and had no educational advantages. At thirteen years of age he was employed by a butcher,
with whom he remained till twenty two. In 1848 he crossed the Atlantic, and settled on a farm at Dyersville, Iowa.
He was married there on July 9, 1851, to Eliza Day; she was born in Ware, Somersetshire England, March 12, 1830.
In June, 1854, Mr. Persons removed to St. Charles and secured 160 acres of land on Sec. 22, where William Petheram
now dwells. This he shortly sold to its present occupant, and bought a farm on Sec. 4, which he has since sold,
and bought other farms in the same neighborhood, living for some time on Sec. 3. He now has eighty acres on Sec.
15, where he has lived for the past five years. Mr. and Mrs. Persons were reared in the Episcopal church, to which
they still adhere. Mr. Persons always votes the democratic ticket. Ten children were reared to maturity or are
now living in this family, and one died in infancy. Here is the record of births, marriages and deaths: Edwin G.,
born May 12, 1852, married Lucy Hardwick, and is living on Sec. 5; Albert C., born October 24, 1853, married Flora
Slater, and lives at Laverne, Minnesota; John F., born January 9, 1855, married Cora M. Gilman,. and died at St.
Charles, February 2, 1882, leaving two children; Ellen, born July 8, 1856, married Henry L. Green, and resides
in the city of St. Charles; Matilda, born December 7, 1858, married Ossian L. Wilder, dwelling on Sec. 16; George
D., born March 3, 1860, makes his home with parents; Laura E., born March 29, 1863, lives in St. Charles; Minnie,
born January 17, 1865; Arthur A., born June 18, 1869; Bessie, born May 9, 1873.
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Winona County, MN
Names A to H
Names I to Y
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906