|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1832|
Historical & Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley Wisconsin, 1891-2
Thomas Seldon, farmer, P. O. Pepin, was born in Kentsbury Parish, Devonshire, England, July 21, 1832, a son of Christopher and Jane Charley) Seldon.
He attended school a part of the time until nearly thirteen years old when he began work as a hod carrier, receiving five pence a day for the first year and boarded with his parents.
Later he worked as a farm laborer until twenty-two years old, and received for the last year about thirty dollars and board. From the age of fifteen he cherished the hope of coming to America, and began saving from his scanty earnings for that purpose, although his parents strongly opposed
the idea. Having saved enough money to pay for steerage passage, he sailed from Plymouth April 7, 1854. His mother, of whom he cherished a fond remembrance, fainted on his departure.
Landing at Quebec he went to London, Ont., and upon his arrival had but seventy-five cents in is pocket. In the following year he came west and bought his first farm in Frankfort township, Pepin county.
In 1857 he bought a part of his present farm, sections six and seven, township twenty-three, range fourteen. He entered the United States service September 27, 1864, arriving at Atlanta, Ga., three days before Sherman's departure for the sea, and served until the close of the war, when he returned to his farm.
July 28, 1866, he married Margaret A., daughter of James and Frances Howard) Stewart, born March 1, 1845. To their union have been born the following children: Jane M., May 19, 1867, died December 16, 1890; James S., June 11, 1869; Effie P., October 16, 1871; William S., November 7, 1873; Sarah A., November 17, 1877; Mary F., December 19, 1880.
Mr. Seldon's father died March 9, 1868, leaving his mother penniless and he sent money for her support at intervals until her death in 1878, which so affected his mind that he was sent to the State hospital at Mendota for four months.
By patient industry and frugality Mr. Seldon has become the owner of 370 acres of land. He is a republican in politics. He is taking considerable pains to give his children good educations.
Margaret Howard Stewart Seldon (1845 - 1914)*
James S. Seldon (1869 - 1933)*
Effie P. Seldon (1871 - 1950)*
William S. Seldon (1873 - 1933)*
Mary F. Seldon (1880 - 1888)*
Plot: 301a, grave 4
Created by: Cece
Record added: Nov 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23117944
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