From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 448
Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Cushman. Mr. Nelson Ackley Cushman, prominent poultryman of Reedsburg, was born near Lime Ridge, Sauk Co., Wis., Aug. 25, 1859, son of Charles and Almira (Warner) Cushman. His father , born in Monroe Co., Ohio, Oct. 26, 1826, was a lineal descendant of the Cushmans of Puritan days. Charles Cushman grew to manhood in Ohio, was married at Cardington, Ohio, April 6, 1850. His wife was born Aug. 31, 1829, at Fabius, Onondaga Co., N.Y., daughter of John and Julie (Robinson) Warner, granddaughter of John Robinson, born at Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan. 30, 1744. John Robinson immigrated to America, and married Eunice Wilcox of New Hampshire.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cushman resided at Cardington, Ohio four years. In 1854 came to Sauk Co., living a short time in Washington, but settling later near Lime Ridge, he gave name to the Postoffice - See Ironton history. In 1863 the family moved to Ironton, where for abut 20 years he was one of the engineers in the foundry. He died Jan. 4, 1887; his wife died Feb. 24, 1911.
Nelson Ackley Cushman grew to manhood in Ironton. After working in Janesville and in the Deering works in Chicago for some time took up painting and interior decorating. On Oct 27, 1889 he was married to Mary E. Harris, living at Lime Ridge until 1895, when they moved to Reedsburg, where for a number of years, he was one of the foremost workers at his trade. Mr. Cushman early became interested in purebred poultry, specializing in white leghorns, and a pioneer in baby chick hatching. In 1913 he purchased land on East Main St., where their present home is, and continuing in these lines is now one of the best known breeders of White Leghorns in the state, and a prominent Wisconsin hatchery man.
Mrs. N. A. Cushman, who for nearly twenty-two years has been librarian of the Reedsburg Public Library, was born in the town of Washington, Oct. 12, 1869, and represents a number of early Colonial families. Her father's paternal great-grandparents, Lieut. James Harris and Captain Danforth May were Revolutionary soldiers, and their children, Frank Harris and Angeline (May) Harris, parents of Alanson C. Harris, were residents of Stamford, Bennington Co., Vt. Alanson C. Harris, born at that place Nov. 4, 1827, married there Miss Mary Elizabeth Potter, Nov. 28, 1846. She died Dec. 4, 1863. See Washington history for picture of A. C. Harris.
Mary E. Potter was descended from Roger Williams, through his daughter, who married Samuel WINSOR, Mary Winsor daughter of Samuel, married Fisher Potter. James Potter, son of Fisher, married Amy Steere and had ten children, one of them Lyndon, father of Mary E. Potter. James Potter was born Jan. 31, 1760, at Smithfield, R. I., and died at North Adams, Mass., Jan. 22, 1849. He served in the Continental army, enlisting first Mar. 16, 1778 for 15 months. The 3rd enlistment was on Mar. 16, 1780, for 12 months. Lyndon Potter married Lucy Blackmore Jennings, Nov. 23, 1820. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom are the above mentioned.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Harris came to Ohio in 1851 and in 1854 to the town of Washington. Their son Arthur E. Harris, born at Stamford, Vt., April 25, 1848, came with his parents to Wisconsin. Jan. 8, 1869, he was married to Hannah Elizabeth Walton, at New Lime, Ohio, and that spring bought an eighty acre farm one half mile south of Lime Ridge, where, with the exception of a short time they made their home until his death, which occurred in Ohio, July 27, 1883. The family moved to Reedsburg in 1887. Mrs. Arthur E. Harris was born Aug. 29, 1848, at Royalton, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, the father of Henry Gibbs and Elizabeth (Willman) Walton. Henry Gibbs Walton was born and raised near Oxford, England, and came to Ohio about 1844.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Harris were the parents of four children: Mary Elizabeth, Lucy Blackmore, Bernice May (Mrs. Albert Thorne), and Frank Walton who died in childhood.
Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Cushman have a son, Rolland Corey, who lives near them. He has a thriving business in commercial art. He was married Aug. 24, 1921 to June Inez Butterfield and has two children, Neal Ackley born July 5, 1923, and Harriet Inez born Oct. 21, 1924. Rolland C. Cushman was born Jan. 3, 1900.
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