Fayette County Genealogy Project
Contributed by Penny Chatfield <Sodhio@aol.com>
Please note that his wife's parents, Washington and Pamela (Newman)
Mitchell were also born and raised in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
although it is not stated as such in this biographical sketch.
"William G. Roderick, one of the wealthy farmers and honorable
citizens of Clarno township, Green county [Wisconsin], where he resides
on his fine farm of 320 acres, six miles southwest of Monroe, was born
in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, Sept. 11, 1845, son of Henry and Mary
Henry Roderick was born in Fayette county, November 1, 1817, son of
David Roderick, a native of Maryland, who in early life moved to
Pennsylvania, and became one of the early settlers of Fayette county
where raised the following named children: John, Daniel, Andrew, Jacob,
Samuel, Henry, David and Elizabeth, all now deceased except Henry. Henry
Roderick was married June 20, 1842 to Miss Mary Greenlee who was born
March 21, 1822 and died October 17, 1900. Their union was blessed with
ten children, a record of whom follows: Thomas J., deceased; William G.;
Samuel married Clara Humphrey, and died August 10, 1900; Jacob L., a
thrifty farmer of Decatur township, married Allie Fleek; Charles,
deceased; David married Susan West, of Sylvester township; Oliver,
deceased; Lydia A., unmarried, resides with her father in Juda, Wis.;
Albert married Lucy Miles; and Emma married George Hemstreet, a farmer
of Jefferson township.
William G. Roderick was brought by his parents from his Pennsylvania
home to Green county, Wisconsin in 1862 and has continued in farming all
his life, having been trained from childhood to that occupation. He is
very industrious and equally progressive and his broad acres give
evidence of his careful attention. The substantial nature of the
buildings he has erected has added much to the beauty of the place, and,
taken altogether, he has one of the finest and most highly cultivated
and improved farms in Clarno township.
On Feb. 23, 1871, Mr. Roderick was united in marriage with Miss Mary
Mitchell, daughter of Washington and Pamela (Newman) Mitchell, early
settlers of Green county. Six children blessed this union,namely:
Charles a farmer of Sylvester, married Adeline Elmer and has four
children, Mary, Elmer, Pearl and Alvin; Frank married Addie Trumpy, of
Clarno, and has one child, Edith; Addie married Charles Stair, a farmer
of Clarno, and has two children, Henry and Joseph; George C., Harry, and
Henry are at home.
Mrs. Roderick was born July 19, 1851 and was the eldest in a family of
five children, the others being; Isaac, who wedded Sophia Row, and now
lives in Iowa; Harriet, who married Enoch J. Blackford of Juda, Wis.;
Hannah who married John Merris, of Iowa; and Addaline, wife of George
Gracy of Iowa.
The mother of these children, Mrs. Mitchell, died Oct. 7, 1864 and the
father, Washington Mitchell, son of Abner Mitchell, an early settler of
Green county, married for his second wife Mary McVane, who born him
three children: Cora, wife of Walter Parke, of Milwaukee; Bertha of
Chicago, and Charles of Brodhead. ------------Mitchell live in Brodhead,
the former having retired from active labor on his farm.
In his political faith, Mr. William G. Roderick is a staunch Republican,
and has held a number of town offices in the gift of the people. His own
education was acquired in the district schools of Green county, and the
interest then engendered has never been lost, and he still takes an
active part in everything pertaining to educational matters, has served
most efficiently as school director. For forty years he has been a
consistent member of the Juda Baptist Church. In every walk of life he
has been found steadfastly endeavoring to be frank, honest, and upright,
and is one of the most highly respect citizens of Clarno township."
(Contributor's note: He died 1915 in Green Co., WI. His father
Henry Roderick, d. 1905 Green co., WI.)
Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock,
Green Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette, Wisconsin. Chicago: J.H. & Beers, & Co., 1901.
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