SCAMON RODMAN, a resident of Old Town Township since 1856, is at present residing on section 23, where he owns
a fine and productive farm, and where he is engaged in the raising of stock and the cereals.
The parents of Mr. Rodman, Joseph and Mary (Street) Rodman, were natives of Bucks County, Pa. In 1821 the parents removed from Bucks County, Pa., to Muskingum County, Ohio, and there the father died in April, 1853. The mother departed this life at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at the home of her youngest daughter in 1876, having attained to the venerable age of ninety years. The parental family of our subject consisted of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, and Scamon was the third in order of birth.
Scamon Rodman first saw light in Bucks County, Pa., Aug. 7, 1810, and was about eleven years of age when his parents removed to Muskingum County, Ohio. His education was received principally in the common schools of Pennsylvania, and he continued an inmate of the parental household until he was about twenty-two years of age, when he started out to do for himself.
He first worked a farm, owned by his father, on shares. Continuing his agricultural pursuits for a time, he was soon enabled to buy a place of his own, which was located in Muskingum County. Continuing to reside in that county until 1853, he emigrated to this county, and spent the first winter two and a half miles north of Danvers. He then rented a farm in Bloomington Township, and for two years was occupied in farming in this manner.
In the spring of 1855 he bought 120 acres of land on sections 23 and 28, Old Town Township, and immediately moved upon the same, and has made that his home until the present time. He is now the owner of 200 acres of valuable and productive land, and has met and is meeting with success in the prosecution of his vocation.
Mr. Rodman and Miss Eliza Wolf were united in marriage in Muskingum County, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1833. She was born in Virginia, May 18, 1811, and has borne our subject ten childrenóWilliam, Joseph H., Francis A., James M., Samuel A., Elizabeth A., Scamon C., Julius N., Winfleld S. and Oscar. Joseph died July 3, 1855, when in his twentieth year; William married Miss Applegate, and they are living in Old Town Township; Francis A. married Miss Angeline Matthew; she died, and he was united in marriage with Miss Amanda King, and they are at present living in Old Town Township. James M. and Eliza Linton became man and wife, and live in Piatt County, this State; Samuel A. is married and a resident of Vermilion County, Ill.; Elizabeth is the wife of William H. Porter, a farmer of Old Town Township; Scamon C. and Emma Flemming became man and wife, and they are living in Butler County, Kan.; Julius N. married Miss Clara Colvin, and they are living in Piatt County; Winfleld S. and Miss Josephine E. Badley were united in marriage, and are at present residing in Bloomington; Oscar O. selected as his life companion Miss Kate B. Schultz, and they are living in Old Town Township.
Mr. Rodman was the first Supervisor of Old Town Township, and held that office for five years. He was also Justice of the Peace twelve years, School Director, and held other minor offices in the township. He is and has been a member of the Methodist Protestant Church for fifty-six years. His wife was a member of the same church for upward of forty years, and departed this life Jan. 28, 1880, in Old Town Township.
In politics Mr. Rodman votes the Republican ticket, and in 1862 was a delegate to the State Convention and likewise was elected to the same honor in 1880, 1884 and 1886. Abraham Lincoln was the first lawyer to whom Mr. Rodman ever paid a fee.
When our subject first came to Old Town Township wild game prevailed in abundance, and being exceedingly fond of hunting, he engaged in the sport, and during the winter of 1856-57 killed twelve deer in Old Town Township.
In 1881 he obtained a position in the office of Secretary of State, in the shipping department, and held the same for four years. He has been an active factor in the development of Old Town Township, and has contributed his quota toward its progress.
He has also taken considerable interest in church affairs, and in 1846, prior to his settlement here, was a delegate to the General Conference at Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1866 was a delegate to the General Convention at Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Rodman has in his possession a genealogy of the Rodman family from the original Rodman of Barbadoesó1620 to 1886.
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), 315. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.