Edited by William Henry Perrin, History Of Crawford And Clark Counties, Illinois 1883, (O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building, Chicago 1883), Part III Biographical section p.106-107.
"THOMAS BLOODWORTH, farmer, P.O. Martinsville. The subject of this sketch was born in Pickworth, Rutlandshire, England, to Francis and Ann (Strickson) Bloodworth. He was also born in Pickworth; she was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. He was born in 1785 and died in March, 1858. At the time of her death she was eighty-seven years old. His occupation was that of farm laborer. Our subject attended the common schools of his native county till he was about fourteen years of age, and then worked on a farm, beginning first by driving a team. In March, 1855, he enlisted in the English Army, and served for two years, and then bought his discharge. He then went home, and for seven months worked on the farm, when he started for America, landing in New York City January 1, 1858. He came direct to Ohio, stopping in Stark County, where he resided for a number of years. When getting to Stark County, he did not have money to pay for a night's lodging; but he got a chance to work one month for $5, and from that time he had no difficulty in finding employment. He was willing to do any kind of work that would bring him money, so he cleared many fields of their stumps, and got his name of "the stump machine;" but he made money at it, and that was what he was after. He remained in Stark County most of the time till 1865, working on farm, pulling stumps, etc. In April of that year, he landed here, and then bought fifty acres of land, where he now lives; but he has since added to it, till his farm consists of 138 acres, about half of which is in cultivation. There were no improvements of any consequence when he bought the place, but is now well improved, with good farm buildings, etc. He has just completed a neat residence, also has a good barn and out buildings; but his success has been obtained by hard work and careful attention to business, In 1863, in Ohio, he was married to Elizabeth Gallatin. She was born in Stark County, Ohio, 1834, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Butler) Gallatin. They were both born in Lancaster County, Penn., he, January 5,1797, and she October 21, 1797. He died July 2, 1878, age of eighty-one years five months twenty-seven days. She died February 5, 1879, age eighty-one years three months fourteen days. Both died in Stark County, Ohio. By trade he was a carpenter, but followed farming most of his life. They were the parents of twelve children; seven of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Bloodworth have two sons--- Francis Marion and Elmer Herschel. Mr. Bloodworth is a Democrat in politics."
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