Biography - W Opdycke

W. L. OPDYCKE, farmer, P. O. Witt, son of Andrew S. and Judith A. (LANNING) OPDYCKE; the former, born in Bucks County, Penn., July 3, 1803, died in Witt Township, Montgomery County, August 11, 1874; the latter, born in Hunterdon County, N. J., about the year 1810, died at Milford, in that State, in July, 1831. Our subject, the elder of two children, was born in Milford, N. J., April 7, 1830; he received a fair education in Macoupin County, Ill., and began the business of life as a farmer, which occupation he has ever since followed. In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Forty-fourth Illinois Infantry, at Alton, Ill., and was discharged in September, 1865. He was married, at Woodboro, Ill., March 28, 1854 to Julia E. WOOD, born in Montgomery County July 19, 1834, daughter of William and Rebecca (McWILLIAMS) WOOD; the former, born in Darlington District, S. C., October 21, 1805, died May 29, 1873; the latter, born near Lexington, Ky., December 18, 1815, died February 14, 1857. Mr. and Mrs. OPDYCKE are the parents of nine children - Delia A., H. Eugene, James M., Emma F. R., William D., Carrie J., Ethelbert Lanning, Clinton W. and Hettie H. In politics, Mr. OPDYCKE is a Republican; he is a member of the Presbyterian and his wife of the Methodist Church.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 315-316.

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