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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


GEORGE BRAMHAM. In the settlement of Morgan County, a large number of English Yorkshire men have borne no unimportant part. Among them may be most properly mention Mr. Bramham, who has occupied his present farm for a period of twenty-three years, having settled upon it in the year 1866. It was then a tract of land upon which no improvement had been made, and the story of his experience in connection therewith is similar to that which has been made, and the story of his experience in connection therewith is similar to that which has been repeated many times in these pages. Suffice it to say that he began the battle of life without means, and by his own persevering industry has arrived at an enviable position, socially and financially. His farm embraces 150 acres of land located on section 8, township 15, range 11; the wife inherited the land from her father, and there they have a homestead which there is no doubt will form for them a safe shelter in their declining years.

Our subject emigrated to America in the fall of 1860, when a young man of twenty-two years, having been born Nov. 3, 1838. He grew to man's estate in his native Yorkshire, and was mostly engaged in farming pursuits. He is the offspring of pure English stock, being the son of Richard and Sarah (Stocks) Bramham, who were natives respectively of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The Stocks family removed to Yorkshire when the mother of our subject was a mere child, where she was married and where she lived until after the death of her husband. She then came to America and bought a farm in this county, where she lived until a short time before her death, when she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Rachel Lake, until her decease, which occurred Nov. 18, 1887. She had then attained to the advanced age of eighty-four years, but retained her mental and physical strength in a marked degree.

Four sons and seven daughters comprised the household of the parents of our subject, all of whom lived to become men and women, and six of them came to America and settled in this county. George, our subject, arrived here in the fall of 1860. He was married November, 1864, to Mrs. Mary (Allison) Thomason. Mrs. Bramham was born in this county, and is the daughter of Adam and Mary (Norwood) Allison, who were natives of Yorkshire, England, and who upon coming to America in their youth, located in this county, where they formed the acquaintance which resulted in their marriage. Mr. Allison took up land and engaged in farming, and became well-to-do, leaving at his death a find property. His decease took place at the old homestead near Lynnville, where he was held in high esteem by the best people of his community. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, the friend of education and progress, and a useful and prominent citizen. Coming here in the twenties, and before the winter of the deep snow, he was a witness of the extraordinary changes which occurred, and performed his full share of the labor attendant upon the building up of the township, and forwarding the enterprises calculated for the general good. He established the first saw and grist-mill in this section of the county, and probably the first in the State. The wife and mother passed away some years prior to the decease of her husband, she also living to be aged.

Mrs. Bramham was the second child and daughter of her parents, whose family consisted of five children. One died quite young, and the other thee are married, have families, and are comfortably established in life. Mrs. Bramham was first married in this county, to William Rawling, who was a native of England. Of this marriage there were born a son and a daughter, William and Marietta; her second marriage with William Thomason, resulted in the birth of three sons - James, Allison, and Charles, all of whom are married, have families and are living in this county.

To our subject and his estimable wife there have been born three children. The eldest, Arvilla, is the wife of Elmer E. H. Ticknor, and they have two children, Leroy E., and Arthur E. Mr. Ticknor assists in the operation of the Bramham farm. The two younger daughters, Ida and Anna, remain with their parents. Both our subject and Mr. Ticknor vote the straight Republican ticket.

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