Hiram Vroman

HIRAM VROMAN, a pioneer farmer of the town of Fitchburg, was born on the homestead where he now resides, January 18, 1847.

His father was Joseph Vroman, born in 1816, in Oneida county, N.Y. The subject’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Vroman, of Dutch descent, who moved early in the nineteenth century to Vincennes, Ind. where he died, leaving seven children, John, Charles, George, Joseph, William, Elizabeth and Sarah. Hiram Vroman’s mother was Mary W. (Westrope) Vroman, who was born in 1821 in Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. Westrope, the subject’s maternal grandfather, was a native of Kentucky, who had removed early to Jacksonville, and from there to Lafayette county, Wis. in 1829 where he was killed in a runaway three years later. Mary Westrope (Mrs. Joseph Vroman) was the oldest of six children, the others being Thomas, Boone, Austin, Lewis and Ella.

In 1836, in company with his brother George, Joseph Vroman, came on foot to Milwaukee. After two winters in the woods Joseph started farming at Dodgeville.

In 1840 he and Mary Westrope were untied in marriage and immediately after the wedding started for Dane county, where they located on section 20 in the town of Fitchburg. The log house they erected was the first structure in the town of Fitchburg.

To Joseph and Mary Vroman were born five children, George W., and engineer on the Northern Pacific railroad, whose home is in North Platte, Neb.; Harriet, wife of Isom Sherman of Oneida, N.Y.; Emeline, wife of S. D. Moore, Cleveland, Ohio; Hiram, and William A. a grain dealer of Gothenburg, Neb.; Hiram Vroman, the subject of this sketch received his education in the district schools, the academy and the University of Wisconsin.

In politics he upholds the Democratic faith, as did his father. He has served as chairman of the town board for four years and for thirty-one years has been district clerk.

Mrs. Vroman is a member of the First Congregational church of Madison.

On November 13, 1878, he married Mary E., daughter of Boone and Sarah (Evans) Westrope. Mrs. Westrope is a native of Pennsylvania and Mr. Westrope, now deceased, was born in Illinois. The children of Hiram Vroman, all at home, are Joseph A., Elmer and Harry. Mr. Vroman is engaged in general farming and stock raising.1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 938-939.

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