Eri P. Danks, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Stoughton; a native of Vermont; was born in Addison Co. in February, 1824; he is the son of Oratio Danks, a native of Massachusetts, and Ruby Hall, a native of Vermont; before Eri was a year old, his parents removed to Portage Co., Ohio, where his father died about six years later.
In May, 1848, the subject of the sketch emigrated to Wisconsin and selected his present location, entering 110 acres on Sec. 1, Town of Rutland, Dane Co, where he now owns 150 acres; he spent the summer improving his farm, and on the 15th day of October, 1848, started for Ohio where he remained during the winter; returning to Dane Co., Wis. in the spring of 1849, he again resumed work on his farm, but devoted his attention to teaching the following winter, and since the close of the school, has devoted his attention wholly to farming and stock-raising.
Mr. Danks has been variously connected with the offices of his town, and has been a member of the board for a number of terms. He was married in the Town of Union, Rock, Co., Wis., June 23, 1850 to Fidora E., daughter of Franklin and Mary Chappell, a native of New York; she died Nov. 2, 1859, leaving three children—Henry, Martin, and Morencie (who is now the wife of Martin Penewell, of the town of Dunn); his second marriage was May 1, 1860 to Sarah J., daughter of John K. and Eunice T. Richardson, a native of Chautauqua Co., N.Y. and who came with her parents to Rock Co. Wis. in 1844, where her father afterward died.
Mr. and Mrs. Danks have six children, viz., Albert E., Eunice A., Millie M., Adelbert W., Harvey E., and Claude N. The family is connected with the Baptist Church of Rutland.
Florence Simmons was married to Harvey E. Danks (1873-1930) son of Eri Price Danks and Sarah Richardson Danks. They lived in Oregon and later in Union, Rock County, WI..
1880 History of Dane County, p. 1198