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By W. S. Pitts

Submitted by Beverly Witmer & Lynn McCleary, March 14, 2013

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In the write up of James B. Uphan, one will find the date and place of both of the subjects of this sketch. We remember him as a boy at Williamstown. After his marriage he settled in Dresden township some six mlles south-west from Frederika. Later he moved to a point in Dresden township one mile west of Fredericksburg where he now resides. If we have it right his wife was a Struble. Five children have come to the home, one of whom is married, Harry.


James B. Upham, born in town Tryingham, Berkshire county, Mass., March 3, 1826. Son of Chester and Rhoda (Hinmann) Upham. Came to the state of New York, Genessee county with his parents when a baby. At the age of twelve years came with his sister to Michigan, Burr Oak, St. Joe county. At the age of nineteen lost his right leg in the cylinder of a threshing machine. When the Michigan Southern Railroad was being constructed through that state--he worked on the road; then went to LaSalle, Illinois, then worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, holding the position of foreman over a grading outfit. Married in Burr Oak, Michigan, July 3, 1846 to Susanna Bishop. Came to Iowa, Chickasaw county 1854, located on section 1, Richland township. Entered the most of his land which composed five eighties. Built the first log house in Richland township; lived the first winter without a floor in the house, the nearest neighbor six miles distant--a mile east of where New Hampton stands, on the west twelve miles to Bradford.

Ten children born to this union : Clarissa, born in Michigan, died at 18 years of age;four of them died in their infancy; Warren Upham born in Michigan, June 1854; George Calvin born in Iowa, 1857; Eva born 1859,married William Putney, resides at New Hampton; Will, born in 1862, married and lives in South Dakota; Oscar, born 1864, married, lives in Burr Oak, Michigan. Mrs. .James B. Upham died August 5, 1889. Mr. Upham sold his farm soon after. He was stricken with paralysis, July 28, 1903. Moved to town in the month of May, 1906, where he resides with his son Warren.

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