2 Sep 2005
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois
Originally Published 1885
Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Ezekiel Olds, formerly an agricultrist of Hopkins Township, now living in retirement at Como, was born July 9, 1817, in Ashtabula Co., Ohio. He was a resident in his native county until his removal to Whiteside County, in 1856. He was accompanied by his wife and five children, and his father, Ezekiel Olds. The latter was a native of Vermont, and, after his marriage to Betsey (Pitney) Olds, settled in Ohio. The mother was born in New Jersey, and died in Ohio in 1831. The father died at como. Their children were born in the following order: Phebe, Ezekiel, Sarah A., Louisa, John, Ruth, Cynthia and Betsey.
Mr. Olds settled in the locality in Hopkins Township designated the "Como Purchase," and has always maintained his residence there. In political preference he fraternizes with the Republican party, and he is a member of the Masonic Order.
His marriage to Roxana Wilcox took place March 15, 1840, in Ashtabula Co., Ohio. She is the daughter of Lyman and Hannah (Lillibridge) Wilcox. They were natives of Rhode Island, and settled at Como in the Spring of 1846. the father died in 1859. The demise of the mother took place at Rochelle, Ill., in 1870.
Their children were four in number, and named Harriet, Roxana, Caroline and Delos. Mrs. Olds was born Dec. 2, 1824, in Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Following are the names of the nine children who have been born to her and her husband - William C., Roxana E., Lyman D., Harried A., Frankie P., Fanny E., Ada, Hannah L., and Charlie W.