Lee County Biography

Riley Paddock
Ashton Township


Riley Paddock, farmer, merchant and banker, Ashton, is a native of Ohio, born in 1810, and is the son of Ebenezer and Nancy Paddock, natives of Kentucky. They first settled in Butler county, Ohio, then in Clark county, of the same state, and subsequently emigrated to Vigo county, Indiana.

Mrs. Paddock was a member of the Baptist faith. Riley Paddock received such educational training as was to be had in the pioneer schools of Ohio. He was married in Vigo county, Indiana, to Eliza Snoddy; she and her parents were natives of Kentucky. By this coalition he has four children Bell Jane, Mary E., Victoria, and William E. The girls have all been students of Mount Morris Seminary, Illinois. William E. was educated at Jennings College, Aurora, Illinois, and is now engaged in tile mercantile trade with his father, in Ashton. They deal in boots and shoes, and dry goods. Their trade amounts annually to about $25,0O0.

Mr. Paddock settled in Ogle county, Illinois, in 1837, where he remained till he came to Ashton. He began life with limited means; he has made farming his principal business. In 1872 he became one of tile charter members of the First National Bank at Forest, Illinois, of which he has been, since its organization, one of its directors, and is now vice-president and director. He owns 300 acres of fine farming land, which he has well stocked, and 160 acres of Iowa land. He and his wife were formerly members of the Christian church. In politics he is a republican.

Source: History of Lee County Pg 626

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Riley Paddock was born in Clarke County, Ohio, February 3, 1810. When he was nine years old he went with his father, Col. Ebenezer Pad­dock, to Vigo County, Ind where he was reared to manhood on a farm. When he was about twenty-one years old, he engaged in the mercantile business in Middletown, that county, which he pursued some five or six years, being the only merchant at that time in that section of country. He was obliged to haul most of his goods from Louisville, Ky., there being no public means of : transportation.

In 1837 Mr. Paddock sold out his stock, and removing to Washington Grove, Ogle County, IIl., there purchased a tract of land, comprising some five hundred acres. He devoted himself to farming on this place until 1866 when he removed to Ashton and lived retired, not being actively engaged in any business from that time until his death which occurred April 28, 1887. He was a man who took an active interest in public affairs, being a warm advocate of education and the promotion of I churches anrl schools. He was for two years President of what is now the First National Bank of Rochelle. He was an active member of the Chris­tian Church, of which he was a liberal supporter, and also contributedmost generously toward the erection of chur'ches and the seminaries at Mt. Morris and at Wheaton. His influence was cast for good wherever he resided, and his memory will long be cherished by his fellow-townsmen and associates.

The wife of Riley Paddock, to whom he was married in Vigo County, Ind., March 8, 1836, was Miss Eliza Snoddy, who was, born in Bourbon County, Ky., August 31, 1810. Her parents were. Fergus and Elizabeth (McNeal) Snoddy, the latter of whom was born. in Virginia of Scotch parents. They died in Vigo County, Ind., where they settled on coming from Kentucky in 1821. Mrs. Paddock was an intelligent and refined woman and a devoted wife and mother. Mr. Paddock, at the time of his death, was the owner of one-half section of well-improverd land in Cher­okee County, Iowa, and two hundred and sixty acres in this county.

To this worthy couple were born four children as follows: Burella, who is the wife of Moses D. Martin; Mary K, widow of the late .J. H. Williams; Victoria N., the wife of Capt. W. S. Miller, and Wilbourne E. whose birth took place in Ogle County, November 8, 1842. From 1865 until 1882 Mr, Paodock was engaged in the mer­cantile busines in Ashton, being in partnership during that time with the late.J. B. Williams, with the exception of the last five years when he conducted the business alone. He deals in general merchandise, and is looked upon as an enterpris­ing and successful business man. He owns seven hundred acres of land in Cherokee and Lyon Counties, Iowa, all of which is well improved. He has a comfortable residence in Ashton and is highly respected by his fellow citizens.

The above is under the name of Willbourne E. Paddock (his son) but the bio said almost nothing about Willbourne.
1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 349

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