Joseph Vroman

JOSEPH VROMAN (deceased); was born Jan. 30, 1816, in Manlius, Oneida Co., N.Y.; his parents Jacob and Rachel (Towles) Broman, removed to Indiana and died near Vincennes, when he was young lad; relatives took him back to New York, where he grew to manhood; coming West in 1836, he wintered in Madison, ten went to Potosi, Wis., and later to La Fayette Co., Wis.

In 1839 George Vroman and himself entered 320 acres on Stoner’s Prairie, and 300 of it comprises is estate. He married Mary Westrope Dec. 17, 1840, and that fall began life on this farm in a log house; one settler only lived between him and Madison; in 1843, his brother George built for him the first framed barn in the town-it still stands; himself, brother and W. A. Wheeler also built the noted Badger Mills of early days.

Mr. Vroman was one of the honored pioneers of the State and county, serving several terms as Supervisor, Chairman, etc.; he died Dec. 15, 1869, leaving five children—George W., Harriet (Mrs. Isaac Sherman), Emmeline (Mrs. S. D. Moore), Hiram and William A.; all were born on the homestead in Fitchburg; Hiram Vroman married Mary, daughter of W.B. Westrope, at or near her birthplace, in La Fayette Co., Wis.

He is a Democrat, and has been Town Clerk and Chairman of his native town. His pioneer mother is with him; she was born Oct. 8, 1821, in Lawrence Co. Ill.; her father Abner Westrope, born in Kentucky, first visited Southwest Wisconsin in 1828, and, in 1830, settled permanently near Belmont, La Fayette Co.; his wife Sarah Ashbrook, was also a Kentuckian, and they saw much of frontier life; during the Black Hawk war (summer of 1832), the family were in Fort De Sallust, Mr. V. well remembering the excitement and alarm among the settlers; she was the first white woman in Fitchburg, and is now its oldest settler.1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1259.

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