Thomas Rochford, who owns an excellent farm in Cedar township, where he resides, and also a valuable tract of
land in Mariposa township, is one of the substantial men of Saunders county. He was born in County Clare, Ireland,
in 1842, of the marriage of John and Honors (Cloon) Rochford, who passed their entire lives in that county. They
were the parents of six children: Patrick, who is dereased; John, who is still living in Ireland; Thomas; Michael,
also living in Ireland; Margaret, deceased; and Mary, a resident of New York.
Thomas Rochford grew to manhood in his native land and received his education in the public schools. When about
nineteen years of age he emigrated to the United States and for some time lived in Washington, D. C., where he
worked as a teamster. In 1867 he removed westward to Omaha, Nebraska, and not long afterward began working on the
track of the Union Pacific Railroad. Subsequently he returned to Omaha and was employed in the Union Pacific shops,
having charge of a number of men. In 1871 he came to Saunders county and took up a homestead on section 28, Mariposa
township, which he at once began to improve and develop. He planted groves there and erected two sets of buildings,
making that farm, which comprises four hundred acres, one of the most valuable places of the county. In the early
'90s he left that farm and removed to section 31, Cedar township, owning at one time the entire section, although
he has now given some of the land to his sons. He has made all of the improvements upon the place and has spared
neither time nor expense in developing it. He carries on general farming and derives a handsome income from the
sale of his grain and stock.
On July 22, 1866, Mr. Rochford was united in marriage to Miss Nora O'Donnell, by whom he has eight children: John,
who is living in Buffalo county; Nora, at home; Michael, who is farming in this county; Ellen, the wife of Ed Ranslem,
of Boone county, this state; Mary, the wife of A. J. Shannon, of Cedar Bluffs; Thomas, who is on his father's farm;
Josephine, now Mrs. J. J. Mare, of Cedar township; and David, who is farming in this county.
Mr. Rochford is a stalwart democrat in politics and has served acceptably as a member of the school board. Both
he and his wife are communicants of the Sand Creek Roman Catholic church and can always be counted upon to cast
their influence on the side of righteousness and justice. They have resided in this county for over four decades
and during that time have done their share in bringing about its development along both material and moral lines.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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