|JAMES BYRNE, who is recognized as one of the most progressive and up-to-date farmers of the town of Fitchburg, is a native of the Green Mountain state, having been born in Burlington, Vermont, on October 2, 1849. His parents, David and Rose (Kilin) Byrne, were both natives of Ireland, who migrated to America early in life and settled in the state of Vermont, where they resided for thirty years. Then following the westward course of empire they came to Wisconsin and took up their residence in the town of Fitchburg, Dane County, and there spent the remainder of their lives.
The father was a farmer by occupation, and upon coming to Dane County purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, partly improved, a portion of which is now owned by the son whose name introduces this review. Fourteen children were born to these parents, twelve of whom are now living—a son, William, who served in the Union army during the Civil War, and a daughter are deceased. James Byrne was a small boy when his parents took up their abode in Dane County, and he received his education in the schools of the town of Fitchburg. He remained at home with his parents until their demise, and by purchase came into possession of the homestead seventeen years ago, so that his residence has remained unchanged during all the years he has lived in Dane County.
His farm comprises one hundred and twenty acres of well improved land in section 29, town of Fitchburg, and he occupies his time in general farming, including the raising of cattle, hogs and sheep to a considerable extent.
Mr. Byrne gives an unswerving allegiance to the principles and politics of the Democratic Party, and his religious faith is expressed by membership in the Catholic Church of the village of Oregon. He has never married.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 138.