VILLAGE AND TOWN OF REEDSBURG
JOHN MEPHAM, farmer, Secs. 26
and 35; P.O. Reedsburg; was born in Sussex, England, March 7, 1819; came
to America in 1840, and settled in Madison Co., N.Y., where he remained until
he came West; in the fall of 1850, he went to Westfield, Wis., and settled
on a farm which he had bought in May, 1848, from the Government; this was
the first piece of land bought from the Government in that town; in 1875, he
left Westfield, went to Reedsburg, Wis., and bought his present place of 160
acres. April 1, 1840, he was married to Miss Mary Forward, who was born
March 10, 1821, in Sussex, England; they have a family of eleven children,
only five of whom are now living, viz., Maria (now Mrs. Palmer and living in
Nebraska), who was born Dec. 22, 1842; Ida, born March 25, 1856; Daniel,
born July 13, 1857, Joseph, born Nov. 7, 1859; and Mary, born Nov. 23,
1861; there is one grandchild in the family--William Ware, born March 6,
1866. Mr. Mepham has been Supervisor of the town of Westfield, Wis., and served
several terms as Chairman of the Board; in politics, he is a Democrat. His
father, William Mepham, who is still living in the family of his son, Mr. J.
Mepham, was born July 14, 1797.
Source: The History of Sauk County, Wisconsin. Chicago: Western Historical
Society, 1880, p. 722.
© 2004 Linda
Wright. Reprinted with permission.