Biography of William Talbot
Winona County, MN Biographies

WILLIAM TALBOT, farmer, was born in West Penard, Somersetshire, England, May 13, 1821. He was reared on an English dairy farm, and had few educational advantages. In 1849 he emigrated to America and spent two years in the dairy region of central New York. In 1851 he went to Dubuque county, Iowa, where he tilled rented land. In 1854 he came to Winona county and located 160 acres of government land on Sec. 14, where his home now is. Returning to Iowa in 1857, he was married there on October 1 of that year, to Miss Martha E. Baker; she was born in Burnliam, Somersetshire, August 17, 1830. Mr. Talbot at once began housekeeping on his farm, and has ever since dwelt thereon; he now has 270 acres of land, of which forty acres are covered with timber, the balance being under the plow. In religious belief the family are Second Adventists. Mr. Talbot has always voted the republican ticket in national and state elections. Five children of this family are now living; born as below indicated: Harriet J., July 2, 1860, married John Petheran, and lives at Westport, Dakota; Agnes M., February 2, 1862; Annie E., November 1, 1865; Jesse W., February 13, 1871; Cora E., August 9, 1872.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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