O.K. BARTLETT, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Oregon; born Nov. 16, 1821, in the town of Stafford, Orange Co., VT;
E. D. SHOLTS, farmer, Sec. 24; P.O. Oregon; born Aug. 10, 1821, in Yates Co., N.Y.; his father died in 1840, and in 1846 the mother and four children came West, Mr. Sholts buying 80 acres, of which 72 are a part of his present 104-acre farm; he also owns 80 acres in Town of Rutland; his first log house, built with shake roof covered with sods, was so leaky as to cause tubs, pants, etc., to be placed on the beds during heavy rains, and they were quite apt to be filled.
CROYDEN SARGEANT, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Brooklyn; born Jan. 27, 1821, in Chesterfield, N.H.; attended the common schools, the old Chesterfield Academy, and a review course at the M. E. Seminary at Newburg, Vt., began at 18 and taught five terms in New England; came West in 1843, and paid almost his last dollar for 40 acres of his present farm; reaching Freeport, Ill., with just 60 cents, he obtained a school near Cedarville;
S. J. PRATT, Sec. 11, 12 and 2; P.O. Oregon, born in Erie Co., N.Y. Jan. 22, 1821; son of Stephen and Ann (Jones) Pratt. Stephen Pratt, born Feb. 13, 1790, in now the oldest person in Oregon, with one exception.
O. M. PALMER, of Oregon Village, was born in the town of Northeast, Erie Co., Penn., Jan. 28, 1821;
MICHAEL LALLEY, farmer, Sec. 21; P.O. McFarland; was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1821; May 4, 1841, he left his native county and set sail from Dublin via Liverpool for America, and landed in Boston, Mass., in June following; here he followed the business of a gardener till 1855, whence he migrated westward till he reached Dane Co., Wis.;
Hon. J.S. Frary
J.S. Frary, farmer, Sec. 3, P.O. Oregon; was born in Haverhill, Grafton Co., N.H. Oct. 26, 1821; when he was 15, his parents settled in Vermont; he returned a few years later to his native State and thence to Boston;
W.D. BIRD, Sec. 2; P.O., Madison; born Feb. 2, 1821, in Madison Co., N.Y.; son of Zenas and Tabitha Bird; his mother’s father was a nephew of and a soldier under Gen. Burgoyne. Mr. Bird with his mother, two brothers and a sister, left New York for the West in the fall of 1836, and came with team, reaching Milwaukee in December, 1836; spent the winter there, and made his first visit to Dane Co., in April 1837.
The present site of Madison was then in a state of nature. In July, 1837, he made a second trip, and at once began work on the capitol building.
He afterward worked as engineer in a steam saw-mill, and, in 1839, bought and settled upon an 80 acres on Sec. 35, town of Madison, and was the first settler south of the settlement. Has resided in Madison and Fitchburg Townships since this time as a farmer.
Mr. Bird is a Democrat; was formerly one of the County Supervisors; was Chairman of the town of Madison one term; Chairman of Fitchburg several terms, and has held various minor positions; and is now Treasurer.
He married on the old “Seventy-Six,” or Dr. Jacob’s farm, in January 1843, Miss Lucetta Chillson, born in Ft. Edward, N.Y., but a resident of Windsor Co., Vt., from her 6th year to 1841, when her people settled in Dane Co. Mr. and Mrs. Bird have five children – Horatio, De Moncey, Henry Clay, Helen and Mary, all born in Dane Co.
Mr. B. served two years and twenty-two days in the 1st W.V.H.A., and was honorably discharged on account of Disability in September 1864.
1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1253-54.