Biography - F Wiegreffe

Frederick WIEGREFFE, farmer, P. O. Atwater, was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, April 26, 1835, to Frederick and Henrietta (PERCEL) WIEGREFFE; father was born in Germany in 1797; was a miller; emigrated to America and settled in Jersey County, Ill., in 1853, and in 1855 removed to Montgomery County, where he died in the same year - fall of 1855; mother was German, born in 1799, and now resides in Litchfield, Ill., with her son William; parents had six children; subject fourth child. He was educated from the common schools of Germany, and, in 1852, emigrated to America and settled in Jersey County, and commenced farming with his brothers; in 1855, removed to Montgomery County with his parents, where he has since remained, engaged in farming, having accumulated a large tract of land of 240 acres; makes wheat and corn a specialty. In 1869, in Montgomery County, he married Mary KUHNE, a native of Germany, born in 1848; they have had four children - George, Anna, Flora and Bessie; self and family are members of the Lutheran Church, and he is a Republican; commenced life a poor man, and made all his property by hard work. E. F. WOODMAN, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born near Carrollton, Ill., January 8, 1841, son of Nelson and Zerelda (BOILES) WOODMAN, he born in Vermont July 12, 1815, she born near Lexington, Ky., in 1825. Nelson WOODMAN came to Greene County in 1821, being one of the earliest settlers of that section, and where he now lives; he had twelve children ? eight boys and four girls, E. F. being the second. Our subject came to Montgomery County in the fall of 1843 with his parents, and remained with them till seventeen years of age, when he commenced as teamster and breaking prairie, going to school between times, receiving the education that he has after leaving home. In 1859, he rented a farm of forty acre, and in 1860, bought forty acres, and is now the owner of 700 acres, principally located in Montgomery and Macoupin Counties, this State, and in Nebraska. December 28, 1871, in Litchfield, Ill, he married Miss Annie SHAW, born in Lyons, N. Y., February 15, 1854, daughter of Joseph and Betty M. (WOODRUFF) SHAW, both of New York State; two children, both boys, have blessed the household of Mr. WOODMAN - Loy Legrand WOODMAN and Commodore Beacher WOODMAN. In 1864, Mr. WOODMAN went across the plains and remained in Colorado about four years, accumulating considerable property, merchandising, contracting, etc. He is a Blue Lodge Mason, a Royal Arch and a Knight Templar, always governing himself accordingly; also a Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 242.

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