SAMUEL OGDEN has retired from active labor and is passing the sunset of life in peace and quiet and in the enjoyment of a well-earned competency, making his residence at Lexington. His father, Albert Ogden, was a native of New York, and the mother of our subject, Margaret (Riddle) Ogden, was born in Pennsylvania. Their first settlement after marriage was in Kentucky, whence they emigrated to Madison County, Ohio, and in 1831 came to McLean County and settled in Money Creek Township, where they lived for several years. They then moved to Livingston County, and taking up their residence in the neighborhood of Pontiac, made that their home for two or three years, then coming back to this county, again located in Money Creek Township, where they spent the latter years of their life. He died Aug. 15, 1845, and her demise occurred in 1850. Eight children were born to them, five sons and three daughters Abner, Mary, Jonathan, Benjamin, Deborah, John, Susan and Samuel (twins).


Samuel Ogden is the youngest of his parents' children and was born in Madison County, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1809. Continuing to reside in his native State until 1833, he then came to McLean County, and has made this his home until the present time, engaged exclusively in agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of 785 acres of improved land, besides valuable property at Lexington.


Our subject was married in Fayette County, Ohio, to Nancy Vandolah. She was born in Fayette County, Ohio, in May, 1810, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of ten children. The record is as follows: Obediah was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Wiley, and they are living at Lexington; Croghan died when seven years old; Sarah became the wife of James Coon, and departed this life in Money Creek Township; Mary A. died in Money Creek Township when fourteen years old; Albert is a resident of Money Creek Township, and has a biographical sketch in this work; John W. departed this life when in his third year; Angelia is the wife of James Pirtle, and they are living in Jasper County. Mo.; Alex was first married to Miss Alice Miller, and after her demise married Kate Lyons, and they are living in Ford County, Kan.; George W. and Louisa Flesher were united in marriage and are living in Gridley Township, and Francis M. died when fourteen years old.


The faithful and loving companion of our subject departed this life in Lexington, July 8, 1884. She was a member of the Christian Church and an earnest laborer in the cause of the Master, and beloved by all who knew her. She is waiting for her loved one on the other shore, and soon the time will come when his sorrows here on earth will be over, and he will meet her in the home beyond, never again to be separated through the endless days of eternity. In politics Mr. Ogden is a stanch Jacksonian Democrat, and one of the foremost, as well as respected and honored citizens of McLean County.



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), 206-7. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards




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