THOMAS B. FOZZARD. General farming and stock-raising has been the occupation of this gentleman for some years past. He is one of the younger men of his township, but has already gained the reputation of being one of its most successful agriculturists. He is pleasantly located on section 36, township 16, range 11, where he has a well-tilled farm of 136 acres, of which he has been in possession since the spring of 1884. He removed thither from Cass County, this State, where he was born Jan. 21, 1851, and where he spent the younger years of his life. He is the son of English parents, his father, Thomas Fozzard, having been by birth a Yorkshire man, and of pure English stock. The latter was a weaver by trade, which he followed a few years after coming to the United States, and after settling in Illinois, rode on horseback eight miles to and from his place of business at Virginia. In these journeyings he frequently had the company of others who were similarly situated.
The father of our subject was married in his native shire to Miss Mary Baresley, who was born there of English parents, and remained under the parental roof until her marriage. After the birth of two children Thomas Fozzard and his wife set sail for the United States, and coming to Cass County, this State, purchased a tract of land, eight miles from Virginia, where they built up a good home, and where the mother died when about fifty-two years old. The father survived his wife many years, dying July 5, 1880, at the age of seventy-six. They were honest, hard-working people, who paid their just debts and lived at peace with their neighbors.
The subject of this sketch was the youngest but two of eight sons and one daughter born to his parents. He was one of a pair of twins, and he spent his boyhood and youth like most of the sons of farmers of that day - amid the wild scenes of pioneer life - their pleasures being simple and few, and their time usually employed at some useful occupation. Upon reaching man's estate he was married to Miss Sarah M. Beard. This lady was born in Virginia March 19, 1846, and is the daughter of John and Mary (Batis) Beard, the former of whom died in Cass County, about March 9, 1881. The wife and mother is living, and is now sixty-five years old. She is a member of the Methodist Church.
Mrs. Fozzard was among the elder members of a large family of children, and was a mere child when they left the Old Dominion and came to Illinois. Her life was spent quietly under the home roof, where she was trained to all useful household duties, nothing of any great importance transpiring until the preparations for her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Fozzard have no children, but a cousin of Mrs. Fozzard, Miss Molly Beard, is making her home with them. They belong to the Methodist Church at Ebenezer, in which our subject officiates as Class-Leader. In politics, he uniformly supports the principles of the Democratic party.