OBEDIAH OGDEN, of Lexington, is the eldest son of Samuel and Nancy (Vandolah) Ogden, and was born in Fayette County, Ohio, near a small village called Yankeetown, on the 28th of March, 1830. When three years old his parents removed to Illinois, settling in McLean County, on Mackinaw Creek in Money Creek Township, in the fall of 1833. The grandfather of our subject, Albert Ogden, had removed to Money Creek Township in 1831. He was born in the State of New York, and was of English descent. His wife was formerly Miss Margaret Riddle, of Scotch-Irish and Welsh descent. They were the parents of ten children, of whom eight grew to mature years, married and had families of their own. Albert Ogden departed this life on the 15th of August, 1845, at an advanced age, and his wife in 1850, when eighty -six years old.

Samuel Ogden, whose sketch appears in this work, settled upon a farm in Money Creek Township, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising. He was born in Madison County, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1809, and at the age of twenty years was married to Miss Nancy, daughter of John and Sarah Vandolah. When he first took possession of his land in Money Creek Township, it was new and unimproved, and upon it was a small cabin, where he and his wife established themselves as comfortably as possible and lived several years. The journey from Ohio was made overland with an ox-team, and he brought with him two thoroughbred greyhounds and three other hunting dogs, by the assistance of which he caught twenty-one wolves and a large number of deer. The household circle was completed by the birth of eleven children, and our subject remained with his parents until thirty-six years old, when he was united in marriage with Miss Hannah, daughter of James and Sarah R. Wiley, of Money Creek Township.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Obediah Ogden located on a farm in Money Creek Township, where they lived continuously until 1882. They became the parents of eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, eight of whom are yet living: Sarah became the wife of John Kemp; Nancy A., Samuel A., Francis M., Rhoda M., Mary J., Ella O. and Lizzie M. are at home.

In 1882 Mr. Ogden with his family left the farm and removed to Lexington. The old homestead consists of 585 acres, finely cultivated and with good improvements. He still retains possession of it but it is operated by a tenant. He is still largely interested in stock-dealing, raises from twenty to thirty high-grade calves each year and superintends the feeding of large numbers of cattle and hogs in the winter, which he ships by rail to the Chicago markets. He also has fine Norman horses on his farm, both draft and roadsters. His industry and energy have greatly assisted in developing the agricultural resources of this section and he has in all respects been a valued addition to the farming community as well as to society in general. Mr. Ogden belongs to the Baptist Church, and Mrs. O. is connected with the United Brethren. Our subject, politically, has been a Jeffersonian Democrat since old enough to exercise the right of suffrage and still casts his vote in support of the principles of his party.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill.: containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 214.


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