JESSE OGDEN, a well-known citizen of McLean County and a large land-owner and progressive farmer of Money Creek Township, and also Supervisor of that township, resides on section 32, where he is engaged in general farming. His parents were Benjamin and Sarah Ogden, the former born in what was known as the "Pickaway Claim," Ohio, and the latter in Pennsylvania. The parents resided in Pickaway County, Ohio, where the father was engaged in farming, and whence they removed to Fayette County, that State, and there resided until the fall of 1830, when they came to this county, making the trip overland. They settled on section 28, Money Creek Township, and there the father continued his labor as a farmer until his death, which event took place Sept. 27, 1873. The mother died in the same township in the latter part of October, 1883. Six of their ten children lived to attain the age of maturity, namely, Maria, Amanda, Jesse, Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary. Maria is the widow of Dr. Ethan McAfferty, who died in Money Creek Township Nov. 27, 1884, and she is still living in that township; Amanda is the widow of Jonathan McAfferty, who died Dec. 11, 1863; Margaret is the wife of Wade Hayworth, a resident of Money Creek Township; Elizabeth married J. W. Stover, a farmer of that township, and Mary died in the same township.
Jesse Ogden was born in the township in which he at present resides, July 26, 1834. He was reared to manhood on the old homestead of his father and received his education in the schools of this county. He has known no other vocation in life than that of a farmer, and is at present the owner of 500 acres of valuable land, nearly all of which is under an advanced state of cultivation. He has held the office of Supervisor of Money Creek Township for several years, and has also been Assessor of the township for two terms. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics votes the Republican ticket.
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), 535. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.