Duxbury, Joseph (History - 1855)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1891 History of Clark & Jackson Co., Wis.,pg. 341 - 342

JOSEPH DUXBURY, a retired farmer living in Alma Center, Wisconsin, is a native of England. He was born in Lancashire, January 17, 1834, and was one of three children who came to America with their mother in 1855. Of the fourteen children born to his parents only five are now living. Two preceded Joseph to this country. The subject of our sketch received his education in England, and after he came to America was employed a cotton weaving, at which trade he had served an apprenticeship in his native land. He also worked on a farm for a year and a half, receiving $10 per month. He came to Jackson County, Wisconsin, in 1856, and bought eighty acres of Government land at $125 an acre. It was a perfect wilderness at the time of purchase, and Mr. Duxbury, although he had but little money, had an abundance of energy and went to work to clear it up. He cleared the property and the following year sold it.

Before he came West Mr. Duxbury formed the acquaintance of a young lady who worked in the Calico Print Works I Rhode Island the same establishment in which he was employed. He chose her for his life companion and they were married in 1857. All their worldly possessions were packed in a small trunk, and with it they set out for the far West to make their fortune. They first located at the village of Hixton, or where Hixton now is, bought a farm and located on it in a log house, two miles from where the village now stands. This home, although small and containing few if any luxuries, was comfortable and they were happy in it. Mrs. Duxbury was also born in England. She came to America, in 1855 with her mother, who died a few years ago. Eight children have been born to the, all of them having received their education in the district schools.

Mr. Duxbury now owns a quarter section of land in Garden Valley Township, all the result of his own industry and good management. He removed to Alma Center to retire from the cares of active business. His political views are in accord with Republican principles, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Duxbury has served the public as Treasurer of Garden Valley Township two years, as Constable of Hixton ten years, and of a number of years was School Director.



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