William Fudge was born in Washington county, Virginia, on the 21st of May, 1817. He is the son of Conrad and Eva Fudge, the former a native of Eastern Virginia, the latter of Pennsylvania. At the age of thirty-one years, William left his home, and removed to Coles county, Illinois, where he remained five years, at the end of which time he removed to Jasper county, Iowa, and there remained about sixteen years. In the spring of 1871 he came to Cass county, and purchased a farm of S.S. Green, of Brighton township. His farm contains two hundred acres of land, situated on section 31, and seventy acres in Washington township. His place, at the time of the purchase, was slightly improved, and since that time he has cultivated and improved the land, built a fine residence, and has every farming convenience. Mr. Fudge has been married three times. His first wife's name was Elizabeth Thompson; she was a native of Virginia. They had nine children, seven of whom are now living...Emeline, wife of Gideon Ely, of Jasper county; Louisa Jane, wife of E.A. McBride, of Jasper county; James K., a resident of that county; Martin S., now living in Shelby county; Joseph, of Pottawattamie county; William, also living in Pottawattamie county; and Sarah E., wife of Alexander Wallace of this township. Those deceased are...Johyn C. and Barbara E. Mr. Fudge's second wife was Mrs. Mary Ann Dawson, her children's names being...Jacob O. and Adam. By her second marriage she had six children, three of whom are now living...Mary A., wife of Andrew Sarsfield; Lydia E., wife of Charles S. Wheeler, of this county; and Robert S., at home. Mr. Furge was married to his present wife in Jasper county, her name formerly being Sarah Ann Matheny, of Ohio. They have had five children--David E., Luetta F. and Ora E. Those who have died are...Wilbur R. and Clara E.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 601.