WILLIAM ROBERT “ROBERT” PADDOCK
William Robert “Robert” Paddock gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)
B. April 25, 1827 in Barre, Washington County, VT
D. December 20, 1904 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL
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- Father: Robert Paddock born April 29, 1768 in Mansfield, Tolland County CT, son of John Paddock (1741-1831) and Zerviah (Royce) Paddock (1745-1777); A sixth generation of the Paddock family to have lived on American soil since the arrival of Robert Paddock, a blacksmith, arrived in the Plymouth Colony about 1632 from Ireland; married (1) Abigail Mathews (about 1770-died after 1789) about 1788; married (2) Lydia Drew Powers (1772-1815) about 1793, daughter of Dr. Stephen Powers and Lydia (Drew) Powers; Dr. Powers cared for the wounded at the battle of Bunker Hill in the early stages of the Revolutionary War; married (3) Lucy Backus on June 25, 1816 in Royalton, Windsor County, VT; Robert and his second wife, Lydia moved from Pomfret, VT to Wildersburgh (now Barre), VT in 1793; he served as Justice of the Peace in Barre, VT from 1801 to 1807; Robert died in December 23, 1842 in Barre, Washington County, VT; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, Washington County, VT. Paddock was a physician and surgeon and a leading citizen of Barre, Vermont. Dr. Paddock wrote a number of important papers for the Vermont State Medical Society. As a successful practitioner in the disease of smallpox he gained great renown. A physician and surgeon present at the battle of Plattsburg during the War of 1812
According to “Early Barre History: Somber, Sensational and Otherwise” a historical article by Richard Bottamini:
“First a farmer and then a doctor, Barre’s first physician, Dr. Robert Paddock, came to the new town of Wildersburgh in 1793, just in time to watch the memorable fist fight over the naming of Barre. Not only did he watch the Thompson-Sherman scrap, which took place on a new hemlock barn floor, but after the fight, he removed hemlock splinters from the back and buttocks of Sherman, the winner.” “A man of action, he was described as being “exceedingly wroth” when deacons of the Congregational Church refused to permit the funeral of a non-member to be held in church.” “Dr. Paddock enlisted the aid of a sturdy buddy in the person of Judge Chapin Keith. Neither man was a member of the church, but that didn’t stop them. Armed with axes, they marched right up to the church doors on the day of the funeral. They were met by the church deacons, who barred the way. But seeing the glint in the eyes of the doctor and the judge and noting the axes, the deacons decided to retreat. However, they let it be known that they had done their duty toward protecting the church of God from invasion, and that all responsibility rested on the heads of the “invaders.” “Dr. Paddock took care of the ailments of his fellow Barreites for 49 years (1793-1842), after which his son, Dr. Lyman Paddock, took over the practice. In 1814, the elder Dr. Paddock built a brick colonial house that was perhaps the finest dwelling in Barre at the time. It still stands, majestically, at the corner of South Main and Circle Streets.”
According to the Universalist Watchman (Montpelier VT) Saturday, January 7, 1843, page 3:
“DIED. – In Barre, on the 23d ult. Robert Paddock, M.D. age 74. Dr. Paddock was highly respected as a citizen and a physician. He was a native of Connecticut, but had been a resident of Barre 49 years, and the principal physician in town until a few years past.
- Mother: Lucy (Backus) Paddock born April 7, 1784 in Connecticut; married Dr. Robert Paddock on June 25, 1816 in Royalton, Windsor County, VT; Lucy died March 28, 1860 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Lucy (Backus) Paddock buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Wife: Nancy S. (Stickney) Paddock born March 11, 1834 in New Hampshire (also given as Berlin, Washington County, VT), daughter of David Stickney (1803-1947) and Cynthia (Culver) Stickney (1809-1890); married William Robert Paddock on January 1, 1850 in Berlin, Washington County, VT: Nancy died October 22, 1911 in Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Nancy S. (Stickney) Paddock buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Jennie “Jane” P. (Paddock) Smith born March 2, 1852 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married Charles Deveraux Smith (1850-between 1930-36) on October 4, 1870 in Lake County, son of Ashbel V. Smith (1823-1895) and Elizabeth A. (Brown) Smith (1829-1889); Jennie died October 5, 1936 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; buried in Forest Park, Cook County, IL
According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Wednesday, October 7, 1936, page 18:
“SMITH – Jennie P. Smith, Oct. 5, beloved wife of the late Charles D., devoted mother of Ralph W. Smith of Denver, Colo., and Robert C. Smith of Oak Park. Services Friday, Oct. 9, 3 p. m. at residence, 425 Home av., Oak Park. Interment Forest Home.”
2. Nellie “Ellen” P. (Paddock) Wood born February 18, 1854 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married William W. Wood (1833-1902) on February 18, 1875 as his second wife, son of Samuel Linden Wood (1794-1867) and Ann Wood (1798-1875), first wife was Cordelia H. Carpenter (1844-1872) married about 1864; Nellie died May 22, 1934 in Lincoln, Grafton County, NH; Nellie and William are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH
3. Alice Lucy (Paddock) Smith born May 11, 1857 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married William B. Smith (1852-1930) on June 29, 1875, brother to Charles Deveraux Smith, son of Ashbel V. Smith (1823-1895) and Elizabeth A (Brown) Smith (1829-1889); children are: (1) Lt. Col. Ashbel V. Smith (1876-1936), a lawyer in Waukegan and State’s Attorney (1920-1932), and (2) Genevieve S. (Smith) Blodgett (1879-1957); Alice died November 12, 1938 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Alice and William are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waukegan, Lake County, IL
According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Sunday, November 13, 1938, page 18:
“Mrs. Alice L. Smith.
Mrs. Alice L. Smith, 81 years old, lifelong resident of Lake county, died yesterday in her home, 410 Hickory street, Waukegan. She was the widow of W. B. Smith, who was the assessor of Waukegan township and president of the old Security Title and Trust company of Waukegan. She was the mother of Col. A. V. Smith, state’s attorney of Lake county, who died in 1936. A daughter, Mrs. Cyrus Blodgett, survives.”
4. State Senator Robert William Paddock born March 13, 1861 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married Mary French Nicholls (1868-1936) on May 28, 1885 in Cassopolis, Cass County, MI, daughter of John and Caroline Nichols; Robert was educated in Valparaiso, IN, taught at the Lake Forest Academy in Lake County, IL, became a prominent farmer and stock-grower owning eight hundred acres in Charlevoix County, MI, served the Michigan State Legislature (1903-1904), Assistant Superintendent of the Ohio State Industrial School (1904), Charlevoix city alderman (1912-1916); Robert died March 4, 1944 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, MI; Robert and Mary are buried in Brookside Cemetery, Charlevoix, Charlevoix County, MI
According to the Charlevoix Courier (Charlevoix MI) March 8, 1944:
“ROBERT PADDOCK PIONEER CITIZEN
VICTIM OF LONG CONTINUED ILL HEALTH, IS DEAD
He Did Much For Cattle Raising Industry In Region and Was Leader In Civic Lines
Robert W. Paddock, 82, retired farm manager and well known civic leader, did (sic died) Saturday following several months of ill health.
Mr. Paddock was born in Volo, Lake county, Ill., on March 13, 1861, the oldest son of Robert and Nancy Paddock, formerly of Barre, Vt. While attending college at Valpariso, ind., he met and married Mary E. Nichols, of Charlevoix, on May 6, 1885. They made their home in Dayton and other Ohio cities until coming to Charlevoix in 1898.
Mr. Paddock managed farms on the site of the present Loeb farm and in Norwood township. As a member of the old West Michigan Development Bureau, he pioneered in cattle and sheep raising and introduced the Aberdeen Angus breed in this district. He was also prominent in civic affairs having served in the State Legislature from 1902-04 and was alderman in Charlevoix from 1912-16. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. and the Knights of Pythias lodges and the Marion Center and Barnard Granges. He retired in 1926 and moved to East Jordan to make his home. Mrs. Paddock preceded him in death on November 13, 1936.
Surviving are three sons, Capt. Hubert E. of the U.S. Navy, on active duty in the Southwest Pacific, Richard, of Midland, and William, of Alexandria, La. and several grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the See Funeral home at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon with Rev. Donald R. Evans officiating. Interment was at the Brookside cemetery.”
5. Lois “Lola” E. (Paddock) Avery born September 9, 1863 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married Sidney R. Avery (1862-?) on January 8, 1886 in Lake County, IL, son of Norman S. and Cynthia Avery; Lois died 1930; buried in Angola Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL
6. Albert “Bert” E. Paddock born October 5, 1865 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married Josephine “Josie” L Mutaw (1872-1940) on January 29, 1890 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI, daughter of Lucien Mutaw (1833-1916) and Nancy H. (Harvey) Mutaw (1830-1915); children are: (1) Robert Earl “Earl” Paddock born September 15, 1891 in Grant, Lake County, IL, married Kathryn L. Wagner (1896-1983), daughter of Michael Wagner (1860-1937) and Anna Worts (1862-1951), Earl died August 4, 1963 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL, Earl and Kathryn are buried in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, McHenry, McHenry County, IL, (2) Albert Leslie “Leslie” Paddock born February 26, 1893 in Grant, Lake County, IL; married Anna E. Rommel (1893-1968) on March 31, 1915 in Chicago, Cook County, IL, daughter of Gerhart Rommel, Jr. (1857-1904) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” E. (Rendler) Rommel (1868-?); Leslie died May 4, 1971 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA, Leslie and Anna are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA, (3) Owen Mutaw Paddock born September 16, 1894 in Lake County, IL; married Hallie Loretta Seymour (1898-1989) on July 1916, daughter of Raymond Franklin Seymour (1879-1951) and Jessie I. (Monahan) Seymour (1879-1976); Owen died June 1975 in Harrison, Boone County, AR; Owen and Hallie are buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Harrison, Boone County, AR, and (4) Phyllis Nancy (Paddock) Turnbull born April 19, 1896 in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; married Leslie Ford Turnbull on August 4, 1915 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL, son of Joseph B. Turnbull (1847-1929) and Mary J. (Hughes) Turnbull (1848-1925); Phyllis died May 1, 1979 in Zion, Lake County, IL; Phyllis and Leslie are buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL; Albert died September 19, 1946 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Albert and Josephine are buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL
According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, September 26, 1946, page 1:
“Albert E. Paddock
Albert E. Paddock, 80 years old, a son of pioneer Wauconda township parents, died at St. Therese hospital, Waukegan, last Friday, September 20, 1946, after an illness of several months. (NOTE: death record shows date of September 19th)
The deceased was born on the family homestead in 1886, and lived his entire lifetime in that community. He was a farmer by vocation. During his early years he thus became well known throughout the county.
Survivors include his widow, Josephine; two sons, Leslie, residing in California, and Earl, of McHenry; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Turnbull, Wauconda; one sister, Lola, of Elgin, and a brother, Senator Ray Paddock, of Lake county.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock on Sunday afternoon from the Strang chapel in Grayslake, with Rev. Reed officiating. The Grayslake chapter, A. F. & A. M., was in charge of rites. Burial was in Wauconda.”
7. State Senator Ray Elliott Paddock born October 9, 1877 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married Irma Grace Huson on June 26, 1912 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Marshall Booth Huson (1852-1929) and Mary H. (Marble) Huson (1852-1905) (See section pertaining to Marshall Booth Huson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Mary H. (Marble) Huson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); children are (1) Robert Stickney Paddock born November 18, 1913 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL, married Helen M. Neuman (1886-1972), Robert died December 23, 1983 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL, Robert and Helen are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Antioch, Lake County, IL, (2) James Marshall Paddock born May 20, 1915 in Wauconda, Lake County, IL; married Vera A. Baumann (1924-1999); James died July 29, 2009 in Vernon Hills, Lake County, IL, James and Vera are buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL, and (3) Doris E. (Paddock) Wiemuth born February 14, 1917, married Stanford “Stan” E. Wiemuth (1913-1982), Doris died March 5, 2010, Stan and Doris are buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL; Ray died December 5, 1953 in Chicago, Cook County, IL (See section pertaining to Ray Elliott Paddock buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Irma Grace (Huson) Paddock buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- Step Siblings (from Dr. Paddock’s first wife, Abigail Mathews)
- Dr. Lyman Paddock born June 2, 1789 in Woodstock, Windsor County, VT; married Lydia Drew Richardson (1786-1867) on July 6, 1824 in Barnard, Windsor County, VT; Lyman died December 31, 1883 in Berlin, Washington County, VT; Lyman and Lydia are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, Washington County, VT
According to the Argus and Patriot (Montpelier VT) Wednesday, January 2, 1884, page 3:
“Dr. Paddock, a former well-known resident, and for the last few years a town charge, died on Monday, aged 96 years.”
- Step siblings (from Dr. Paddock’s second wife, Lydia Drew Powers)
- Mary P. (Paddock) Scovel born December 31, 1798; married Rev. Ezra Scovel (1797-1874) on October 14, 1828 in Barre, Washington County, VT as his first wife, he then married Julia A. House (1810-1871); Mary died November 3, 1847; buried in Mexico Primitive Cemetery, Mexico, Oswego County, NY
- Abigail “Abbie” Matthews (Paddock) Hurlbut born January 7, 1802 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married Rev. Thaddeus Beman Hurlbut (1800-1885) on December 2, 1832 in Barre, Washington County, VT; Abigail died December 16, 1884 in Illinois; Abigail and Thaddeus are buried in Alton Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, IL
According to the Alton Telegraph (Alton IL) Thursday, December 25, 1884, page 5:
“FUNERAL OF MRS. HURLBUT. – The funeral of the venerable and revered Mrs. T. B. Hurlbut took place from the family residence, in Upper Alton, Thursday morning. The services were conducted by the Rev. E. G. Chaddock, pastor of the Alton Congregational church, of which deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. Dr. Bulkley. The services opened with singing, “Asleep in Jesus.” Mr. Chaddock then read a series of appropriate scripture selections, and based his remarks on the text, “For to me to live is Christ, but to die is gain.” He made a fitting commentary on the Christian attainments of Mrs. Hurlbut, and the devout and benevolent traits of character which so beautified her life.
Dr. Bulkley paid a touching and tender tribute to the departed. An acquaintance of forty years had given him an opportunity to become conversant with her admirable and ennobling qualities of mind and heart. She was a woman of remarkable strength of character, of superior attainments, possessed of a logical and philosophical mind – and throughout her life followed closely in the footsteps of her Divine Master.
The services at the house closed with prayer by Dr. Bulkley and singing of the hymm “I would not live alway.”
The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in Alton cemetery, and the sad farewell rites concluded with prayer by Mr. Chaddock, and singing of “Unveil they bosom faithful tomb.”
- Lydia P. (Paddock) Stone born November 1808 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married Rev. John Fitch Stone (1803-1894) on May 26, 1828 in Barre, Washington County, VT; Lydia died August 5, 1884 in Washington, Orange County, VT; buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Washington County, VT
According to the Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier VT) Wednesday, August 6, 1884, page 1:
“LYDIA PADDOCK, wife of Rev. J. F. Stone died at her home on Main street yesterday afternoon at about five o’clock. She was seventy-six years of age and had been an invalid for several years.”
- Susan Marie (Paddock) (Rood) Wattles born 1815 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married (1) Josiah R. Rood (1812-1851) on July 25, 1836 in Barre, Washington County, VT; married (2) David C. Wattles (1821-1911) February 5, 1852 in Lapeer, Lapeer County, MI; Susan died in 1871; Susan and David are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lapeer, Lapeer County, MI
- Siblings: (from Dr. Paddock’s third wife, Lucy Backus)
- Lucy Backus Paddock born 1818 in Vermont; Lucy died April 22, 1854 in Barre, Washington County, VT; buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, Washington County, VT
- Ellen Jane (Paddock) Loomis born 1821 in Washington County, VT; married Chauncey Loomis (1820-1898) on August 27, 1844 in Barre, Washington County, VT, son of Judge Jeduthun Loomis (1779-1843) and Charity (Scott) Loomis (1779-1821); Ellen died August 4, 1850 in Barre, Washington County, VT; Chauncey then married Harriet Loomis on October 27, 1852 in LaPorte County, IN and living in LaPorte, IN with two children; Ellen is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, Washington County, VT
According to the Vermont Christian Messenger (Montpelier VT) Wednesday, August 7, 1850, page 3:
“In Barre, 3d inst, Mrs. Loomis, wife of Mr. Chauncey Loomis, and daughter of the late Dr. Robert Paddock, aged about 30”
According to the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier VT) Thursday, August 8, 1850, page 3:
In Northfield Aug. 4th Ellen Jane wife of Chancey Loomis Aged 29 years.”
According to the 1850 U.S. Census for Northfield, Washington County, VT the household members were:
“Robert Paddock, age 23, occupation: merchant, born in Vermont; Nancy Paddock, age 16, born in Vermont; Chancy Loomis, age 30, occupation: merchant, born in Vermont”
According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Wauconda, Lake County, IL with a Wauconda post office the household members were:
“Robert Paddock age 32, occupation: farmer, born in Vermont; Adsey (sic Nancy) Paddock, age 27, born in Vermont; Jenny Paddock, age 8, born in Illinois (sic Vermont); Nelly Paddock, age 6, born in Illinois (sic Vermont); Allice Paddock, age 3, born in Illinois; H Wetherly, age 22, occupation: farm laborer, born in New York; William Noakes, age 11, born in Illinois”
According to the 1870 U.S. Census for Wauconda, Lake County, IL with a Volo post office the household members were:
“Robert Paddock, age 43, occupation: farmer, born in Vermont; Nancy Paddock, age 37, wife, born in Vermont; Jenny Paddock, age 18, occupation: school teacher, born in Vermont; Nellie Paddock, age 16, born in Vermont; Alice Paddock, age 13, born in Illinois; Robert Paddock, age 10, born in Illinois; Louis Paddock, age 6, born in Illinois; Albert Paddock, age 4, born in Illinois; Peter Bowers, age 18, occupation: works on farm, born in Germany, parents foreign born; William Cushman, age 20, occupation: works on farm, born in Germany, parents foreign born”
According to the Waukegan Weekly Gazette (Waukegan IL) Saturday, June 13, 1974, page 2:
“Mr. White has charge of the Grant Cheese Factory. this is his fifth year. Last year he made 108,949 pounds of cheese. This factory has a reputation already established and is receiving 6,400 pounds of milk per day from about 280 cows. Some of the milk is carried about three miles. One result of this factory’s work is seen in the fact that the people in the vicinity are getting rich. From the factory, within a radius of a mile, the following new houses (all substantial buildings) are in process of erection: A. V. Smith, large house, also J. Converse, Capt. Brown and Robert Paddock.”
According to the 1880 U.S. Census for Wauconda, Lake County, IL the household members were:
“Robt. Paddock, age 53, married, occupation: farmer, parents born in Connecticut; Nancy Paddock, age 46, married, wife, born in Vermont, parents born in New Hampshire; Lola Paddock age 16, daughter, born in Illinois; Albert Paddock, son, born in Illinois; Ray Paddock, age 3, son, born in Illinois/ Wm. Dowell, age 34, occupation: servant, single, occupation: farm laborer, born in England, parents born in England”
According to the Portrait and Biographical Album of Lake County Illinois, Chicago, Lake City Publishing Co., 1891:
“William Robert Paddock is engaged in general farming and stock-raising on section 1, Wauconda Township, where he owns two hundred and forty acres of valuable land, the greater part of which is under a high state of cultivation and well improved. His home is a commodious, substantial and tasty residence, and there are also seen good barns and other outbuildings, such as are found on the model farm of the 19th century. In connection with general farming he also engages quite extensively in stock-raising, and has made a specialty of fine grade of Merino sheep.
Mr. Paddock was born in Barre, Washington Co., VT., on the 25th of April, 1827, and is the youngest of nine children, two sons and seven daughters. These were born of three marriages, and the immediate family of our subject consisted of himself and two sisters, Lucy Backus, who was a lady of superior intelligence, and died at the age of 36 years; and Ellen Jane. She became the wife of Chancey Loomis, a native of Vermont and a book-keeper by profession. Both are now deceased. The father, Robert Paddock, was born in Connecticut, April 29, 1768, and died December 23, 1842, at the age of 74 years. He became a noted physician and surgeon who won prominence in his profession, and was numbered among the leading citizens of the community where he made his home. He spent most his active business life in Barre, VT., whither he journeyed on horseback, carrying his saddle-bags with him in the early days when railroads were not yet established. He gained great renown as a successful practitioner in the disease of smallpox, and prepared a number of important papers to be read before the State Medical Society. During the War of 1812 he served as physician and surgeon, was present at the battle of Plattsburg, and afterward his widow received a land warrant in recognition of his services. In his early life he was a Federalist, and cast his first vote for John Adams, and afterward he became a Whig. A man of more than ordinary ability, he rose to a high rank among his professional brethren, and was widely known. He married Lucy Backus, who was born in Connecticut, April 7, 1784, and became a successful teacher. Her father Stephen Backus, was a Revolutionary soldier and afterward received a pension. The marriage of Dr. and Mrs. Paddock was celebrated about 1816. The lady died March 28, 1860 in Wauconda Township, at the age of 74.
Our subject acquired an excellent education in the public schools of Vermont and Newbury Academy, and having been a great reader throughout his life, has made himself a well-informed man. At the age of 21 he entered upon his business career with little capital, but by diligence and economy has accumulated a competency which places him and his family in easy circumstances. As a companion and helpmate on life’s journey he chose Miss Nancy Stickney, who was born March 11, 1834, in New Hampshire, but was reared in the Green Mountain State, where she obtained a liberal education. Their union was celebrated on the 1st of January, 1850, and has been blessed with a family of 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters, the eldest of whom, Jennie is the wife of C.D. Smith, who is employed as Elder Brother in the Meridan State Reform School of Connecticut. Mrs. Smith was educated in Evanston University, and with her husband has been employed in that work for 19 years, gaining an almost national reputation. Nellie is the wife of William Wood, a merchant of Oak Park, IL; Alice is the wife of William B. Smith, who resides in Waukegan, and is employed as traveling salesman for D.M. Osborne & Co.; Robert W., who acquired an excellent education in Valparaiso, IN., wedded Miss Mary Nichols, a native of Shiloh, MI., and is a successful educator of Jefferson, IN, Lola is the wife of Sidney Avery, and they reside on the home farm; Albert, who married Miss Josie Mutaw, is a resident farmer of Wauconda Township; Ray is still at home, having not yet completed his education.
Mr. and Mrs. Paddock have given their children excellent educational advantages, thereby fitting them for the practical duties of life, and they have become useful and respected men and women. Mr. Paddock has always been a stalwart Republican, having advocated the principles of that party since its organization. He cast his first Presidential vote for John P. Hale, the Free-soil candidate. He has held the office of Supervisor of Wauconda Township for 3 years, has been School Director and Road Commissioner. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian Church, of Ft. Hill, and have given their support to all worthy enterprises which are calculated to benefit the community. For 36 years they have lived in Lake County and on their present farm, having come to this county on the first passenger train that ran into Waukegan. Their lives have been such as to win them many friends, and to secure for them the confidence and esteem of all with whom they have come in contact.”
According to the 1900 U.S. Census for Wauconda Township, Lake County, IL the household members were:
“Robert Paddock, head, born April 1827, age 73, married 50 years, born in Vermont, parents born in Connecticut, occupation: farmer; Nancy Paddock, wife, born March 1834, age 65, married 50 years, 7 children born, 7 children living, born in Vermont, parents born in Vermont: Loise E. Paddock, daughter, born September 1863, age 36, divorced, born in Illinois, occupation: servant; Ray E. Paddock, son, born October 1876, age 23, single, born in Illinois, occupation: laborer; Paul Avery, grandson, born July 1887, age 12, single, born in Illinois, parents born in Illinois; William Batensby, laborer, born April 1855, age 45, single, born in England, parents born in England, occupation: laborer”
According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry, IL) Thursday, December 22, 1904, page 1:
“Death of Robert Paddock
“The death of Robert Paddock, an old and respected citizen of Lake county, occurred at his home on the Waukegan road two miles east of Volo on Tuesday morning, Dec. 20. Mr. Paddock is widely known throughout Lake and McHenry counties, having resided in Lake county for more than thirty years. He leaves a widow seven children and thirteen grandchildren to mourn the loss and revere his memory. He was the son of Dr. Robert Paddock of Barre, Vt. He married Nancy Stickney of Berlin, Vt., and they came west to one of the beautiful prairie farms, where he resided until called to a higher home.”