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 (Greenlee) Roderick.

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. pp. 660-661.

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