JOHN RODMAN, an old pioneer of this county, and one of the old settlers of the State, highly respected for his sterling worth and integrity, is passing the sunset of life on his farm of 180 acres on section 22, Old Town Township. Mr. Rodman was the sixth in order of birth in a family of eleven children, and first saw light in Berks County, Pa., Dec. 5, 1817. He. was reared upon his father's farm, and continued to reside with the old folk until he had attained the age of manhood. He then left the parental rooftree and began farming for himself.


Prior to this, however, his parents had removed to Zanesville, Ohio, and it was there that our subject received his education in a log school-house in Muskingum County. It was during the year 1838 that our subject first began to do for himself. He began farming on eighty acres which his father had previously given him in Hopewell Township, and for thirteen years was occupied in that manner, when he went on another farm given by his father, consisting of eighty acres of timber land in Ohio, and was interested in its improvement and cultivation until he concluded to try his fortunes farther West.


Following up this conclusion he, in the fall of 1854, accompanied by his wife and seven children, came to this county, and settled on section 22, Old Town Township. Mr. Rodman has continued to reside upon the same section on which he settled when he first came here, until the present time, with the exception of about three years, and has been continuously occupied in agricultural pursuits. He is at present the owner of 180 acres of valuable and productive land, on which he has a good set of farm buildings, and is one of the self-made men of the county.

Mr. Rodman was married in Muskingum County, Ohio, Feb. 15, 1838, to Mary J., daughter of Leggett and Nancy (Gutridge) Grey, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Rodman was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, May 1, 1819, and of her union with our subject seven children were born, four of whom are living—Ann, Joseph L., Lucinda and E. L. Ann is the wife of Homer Boise, and they are living at Bloomington, Ill.; Joseph was united in marriage with Miss Mary Hayes, and is a farmer of Old Town Township; Lucinda became the wife of Jeremiah Whitcomb, who is also a farmer of Old Town Township; E. L. married Miss Louisa Fogle, and they are likewise residents of Old Town Township. The deceased children of our subject and wife were named Worthington N., Laura and Margaret A. The latter was the wife of John Craig, and departed this life in Old Town Township.

Mr. Rodman has held some of the minor offices in the township. He has taken a deep interest in the cause of the Master, and with his wife has been a member of the Methodist Protestant Church for almost twoscore years and ten, and all their children are members of the same denomination. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and socially is possessed of a genial and kind disposition which has made for him innumerable friends, not only in Old Town Township, but throughout the entire 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), 285. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.




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