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Yesteryears - the history of Albany

Pioneer profiles,   pp. 96-106 PDF (5.4 MB)

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The following are brief biographies of persons who
were pioneers in the Village of Albany and immediate
area in 1883. Some persons may have been omitted due
to lack of available information and time limitation.
Information included was taken from the "History of
Green County," dated 1884 and obituaries contained in
various newspapers.
ABLEY, JACOB. Mr. Abley was born in the Can-
ton of Glarus, Switzerland, in February of 1823. He was
engaged in farming for years. He then later went to work
in the carpenter and joiner's trade, coming to Albany in
1860, when he bought land on Section 30, Albany
Township. He was married in 1859 to Angeline Meinert
and they had six children-Maria, Cassie, Lizzie, Ida,
Willie and Vena.
ANNIS, J. F., CAPTAIN. Captain Annis was born
July 28, 1841, the son of Calvin and Sophronia Annis.
He came to Albany when a young lad and on April 19,
1861, he enlisted in Co. C, 3rd Wis. Infantry to serve
during the Civil War. He was discharged in June of
1862, reenlisted in Co. G, 22nd Wis. Infantry. He was
promoted to Captain on January 14, 1864, in which
capacity he served until the close of the war. He was
married on March 22, 1865, to Olive S. Putnam and
they had three children-B. F., Edith M. and Flora V.
ATKINSON, RICHARD. Mr. Atkinson, a native of
England, was a stonemason by trade, but after coming
to America engaged in farming. In 1847 he purchased
200 acres of land in Albany Township. Richard married
Mary Nelson and they had eight children, six of whom
survived-Ellen, William, John, Ann, Joshua, Francis
and Edwin.
ATKINSON, FRANCIS. Mr. Atkinson was but six
years old when brought to America by his parents,
Richard and Mary Francis. In addition to farming land
in Decatur Township, he finally bought the old
homestead. He was married first to Sarah Jones, a
daughter of John and Mary (Wilding) Jones on March
17, 1860. Twelve children were born of this union: Mary
E., Frances A., Finley, Owen 0., Russell B., Alta M.,
Annie M., Lillian M., Nellie W., and Etta M. Two died
in infancy. Sarah died June 25, 1888, after which Mr.
Atkinson married Margaret Bell, daughter of Peter and
Huldah (Miller) Bell and one son, Francis L., was born
of this union.
BAGLEY, GEORGE W. Mr. Bagley was born in
Chautauqua County, New York on May 12, 1818. He
first came to Albany in 1842, making the greater part of
the way on foot. He purchased land in Sections 25 and
30 before returning to Michigan. He returned to Albany
in 1846, building a home on Section 32. He was married
to Mary A. Weed in 1848. Mary was born in Cayuga
County, New York, on July 15, 1821. Mr. Bagley was a
member of the first board of supervisors of the town of
Albany. He and Mary had three children- Hattie,
Orastus P. and Lorrain L.
BARTLETT, JOHN E. Mr. Bartlett, son of Mr.
and Mrs. L. C. Bartlett, was born at Corinth, New
York, on August 9, 1847. He came to Albany in 1856 to
learn the printing business in the office of the Albany
Times. He remained in the office until the Civil War.
After returning from the war, he started a newspaper
under the name of the Albany Journal. Mr. Bartlett was
married to Emma B. Payne, a native of New York state
on December 25, 1866. Two children were born to
them, Flora Stella, who died in infancy, and Spencer E.
BARTON, GEORGE H. Mr. Barton was born May
2, 1820, in London, England, and came to the United
States with his parents in 1829. In 1854, he was married
to Jane Fisher. They had five children, William, Anson,
Melvin, Frank and Cora. William and Frank were
Albany businessmen, and Mr. Barton made his home in
Albany for many years after the death of his wife.
BELL, PETER. Peter Bell was born November 12,
1821, in Clinton County, New York. He came to Wis-
consin in 1851 and lived here continuously except while
he was in the army during the Civil War. He was mar-
ried to Huldah Miller in 1849, and they had four
children-David   Ansel, Margaret, Martha and
William.                                    0
BENSTON, PETER. Mr. Benston was born in the
Orkney Islands, Scotland, on September 8, 1842. He
served in the Civil War with Company K 16th Regiment
of the Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, and was wounded
in the battle of Atlanta. In 1865 he was married to Emily
Hulburt. After her death and the death of their child in
1867, he married Ada Crowell. They moved to Albany
in 1882.
BERRYMAN, ALBERT L. Albert L. Berryman,
son of Ephraim and Mary (Treaster) Berryman, was
born in Stephenson County, Illinois, on December 14,
1851. He was married on February 8, 1877, to Ida A.
Hammond, daughter of Jacob and Eliza (James) Ham-
mond. They moved to their farm on the west half of the
southeast quarter of Section 20 and the west half of the
northeast quarter of Section 29, Albany Township,
which contained 160 acres. They had two children -
Gertie M. and Stella E.

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