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Kinney, Thomas P. / Irish settlers of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, 1840-1860
(1993)

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and the Lakes; this route is becoming a greater favorite than the one by
way of Galena and the rivers." Milwaukee Courier (October 26, 1842).
The article is referring to Galena, Illinois, and presumably the Fever and
Mississippi rivers.
21. Road from Whitewater to Mineral Point, Map; Dane County, Map
(New York, Horace Greeley and Co., 1855), SHSW; August Ligowsky,
"Primrose," "Springdale," "Verona," Map of Dane County, Wisconsin (Madi-
son, Wisconsin, 1861).
22. "Road from Madison to Janesville," Local Acts of the Legislature of
Wisconsin, 1838-39, no. 19 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin Ter., 1839), p. 20,
SHSW. One of the roads described by the act was to begin near the Old
Military Road's seventy-five mile post, which was probably in the vicinity
of today's Mount Horeb.
23. H. A. Tenney, "Madison," J. Park, ed., Madison, Wisconsin, Dane
County, and Surrounding Towns (Madison, Wisconsin, William J. Park and
Co., 1877), p. 552; Fox and Vroman, pp. 450-451.
24. 1. A. Lapham, The State of Wisconsin, Map (Milwaukee, Wiscon-
sin, I. A. Lapham, 1850), SHSW; Ligowsky, "Verona," Map.
25. "Road from Madison to Freeport," Acts of the Special Session of the
Legislature of Wisconsin Territory, 1838, no. 29 (Burlington, Wisconsin
Territory, 1838), pp. 355-356, SHSW; Plat and Minutes of Survey of Alter-
ation in the Road from Madison to New Mexico, Map (Dane County, Wiscon-
sin Ter., 1842), DCLRR; Dane County, Map (1855).
26. Fox and Vroman, p. 448.
27. Tract Books, p. 60; Road from Madison to New Mexico, Map; Fox
and Vroman, p. 457.
28. Tract Books, p. 60; Fox and Vroman, p. 457. The brothers
George, William, and Joseph Vroman moved on the land in the fall of
1839. In 1840, Joseph married and brought his wife Mary to the farm. She
was the first woman of European descent to live in Fitchburg. Butterfield,
p. 1259.
29. Wisconsin Herald (June 10, 1848).
30. The lead diggings were located in the west one-half of the south-
east quarter of the northeast quarter of section 31 in the Town of Verona.
This Fritz Road parcel is currently owned by Walter F. Batker.
31. Fox and Vroman, p. 448; Oregon Centennial, p. 45.
32. This stretch of the lead trail, which is now overgrown with
weeds, can be found on the east side of the northwest quarter of the north-
west quarter of section 28 in Fitchburg. Efforts to find remnants of the lead
trail have been made by using aerial photos. They are on file at Fitchburg
City Hall. Town 6N.-R.9E., Aerial Photographs (Dane County Regional
Planning Commission, 1980).
33. Wagon ruts of this lead trail can be seen in a wood lot located
between Shady Bend Road and County M in the Town of Verona. Refer-
ence-Richard Doerfer, Verona township, Wisconsin. This lead trail proba-
bly developed after the main Verona-Fitchburg-Oregon lead road because
it was not mentioned in a pioneer's description of the area roads as they
existed in 1842. Fox and Vroman, p. 448. Information was gathered from a
map of County M. The road started from a point in the Runey's tavern-to-
Madison road and went west to Vromans' and Wheeler's Mill. Minutes and
Plat of Survey of County Road from Road from Runey's to Vroman and Wheel-
er's Mill, Map (Dane County, Wisconsin Ter., 1844), SHSW.
34. Miller, Survey Plat Maps. The Indian Trail left the path of
today's Fish Hatchery Road to go around the west side of the hill where
the Byrnewood housing development is located. The 1861 plat map shows
two log cabins located approximately where the Indian trail was in section
16. Ligowsky, "Fitchburg," Map.
35. "Road from Madison to Big Foot Prairie," Local Acts of the Legisla-
ture of Wisconsin, 1838-39, no. 9, pp. 12-13; Field Notes of Territorial Road
from Madison to Bigfoot Prairie via Hume's Ferry on Rock River, Map (Dane
County, Wisconsin Ter., 1839), DCLRR; M. G. Davis, Wisconsin Highways
1835-1945 (Madison, Wisconsin, 1947), pp. 223-224; Fox and Vroman,
p. 450. Janesville was an important link between Madison and Chicago
because a ferryboat operated by a man named Jane transported wagons
across the Rock River. Janesville was named for its first ferryman.
36. Ibid., p. 449-450. A third Indian trail went from the site of an
Indian village on the west side of Lake Kegonsa through section 36 in the
southeast corner of Fitchburg and on to Belleville.
37. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Dane County, Wisconsin,
Population, p. 257. Despite much research, the nation(s) from which Quiv-
ey's ancestors came have not been determined. On the other hand, a New
York Quivey family that may have been related to William Quivey came
from Scotland. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, Wayne County, New
York, Population, Volume 102, Enumeration District 117, p. 18.
38. Mrs. Frank Dreher, "The Old Lead Trail," Oregon Observer
(1941), article on file at the Oregon Historical Society Archives; Oregon
Observer Centennial, p. 7. Quiveys lived in Fitchburg according to 1850
census, p. 257.
39. United States Post Office Records, nos. 204, 287, 295, 332, 450,
628 (Washington, D.C., 1920), SHSW. The Fitchburg Post Office was
established August 26, 1842, with William Quivey as the first postmaster.
40. Oregon Centennial, p. 54.
41. Ibid.
42. Fox and Vroman, p. 459.
43. Journal of the Board of Supervisors of Dane County (Madison, Wis-
consin), SHSW.
44. "Abstract of Special Election of May, 1843," Dane County Clerk:
Election Records 1837-1867, Dane Series 36, SHSW.


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