Third Generation


7. William H. RANDALL was born on 10 May 1857 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.7,18,19 on the family homestead in Section 16. He appeared in the census in 1860 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.8 He appeared in the census in 1870 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.9 William appeared in the census in 1875 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.10 He appeared in the census in June 1880 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.14 He was living with his widowed mother, Ann, and had not yet married. About 1892 he was a farmer in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.7,18

Article in the History of Monroe County: "W. H. Randall, a native of Monroe County, Wisconsin, was born in section sixteen, Tomah Township, May 10, 1857. He is the son of John and Ann (Watson) Randall, natives of England, who came to America, their family locating near Beloit, Wis., where he homesteaded eighty acres of land, residing there until 1855, when they removed to Monroe County, locating in the town of Tomah, where the father purchased eighty acres of land, to which was later added forty acres, all being in section sixteen.

Mr. Randall, father of our subject, made this is permanent home until his death in 1876. His widow, mother of our subject, is still living at the age of eighty-three years. John Randall is one of the early pioneers of the town of Tomah, which had only a few settlers in that early day, which was before the city of Tomah was started. The farm which he by incessant toil brought to a fine state of cultivation, and made into a valuable home, was at the time of its purchase covered with a thick growth of timber. Mr. Randall was a sincere Christian gentleman and a consistent and faithful member of the Church of England. Mrs. Randall, mother of our subject, is a Baptist in religious belief.

W. H. is the only son in a family of four children, three of whom are still living. As he grew to manhood, much of the responsibility of the farm devolved upon him, and he performed an important part in the clearing and grubbing of the land on the homestead, bringing it to a high state of cultivation, so that when Mr. Randall came into possession of this farm he found himself on the road to success, conducting a lucrative dairy business, and his farm is now well stocked with good horses and cattle, making a specialty of Poland-China hogs. The farm residence where he now resides was built in 1865, and the barn was built in 1863. Our subject has held the office of town clerk for two terms, and has been school director for thirty-two years. He with his estimable wife were members of the Baptist church.

December 23, 1880, he was united in marriage with Miss Eva Dewey, daughter of N. Dewey, a prominent pioneer citizen of Ridgeville township. The Dewey family came from Vermont and settled in Ridgeville township. Mrs. Randall was one of a family of three children. She died in 1890. One daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Randall: Grace L., born May 20, 1886. She was educated in the district school and is a member of the class of 1904, Tomah High School. Mr. Randall affiliates with the Republican party, and was a director in the old Tunnel City Creamery and a stockholder in the Farmers' Co-operative Creamery of Tomah."

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William appeared in the census in 1900 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.15 He was listed as "W.H." and was a widower, with an occupation of "Farmer." His widowed mother was living in his household. He appeared in the census in 1910 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.13 His household consisted of William; his daughter, Grace; his mother, Ann; and a boarder, Amy M. Randall, age 23, single, a "Boarder" who was born in Michigan (relationship unknown). Amy's father was born in New York and her mother in Michigan.. He died on 14 November 1916 at the age of 59.19 William was buried in Tomah, Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.6 in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

William H. RANDALL and Eva Jane DEWEY were married on 23 December 1880.7,18,19,20 Eva Jane DEWEY, daughter of Norman N. DEWEY and Minerva Eunice PARISH, was born on 25 October 1857 in Monroe County, WI.8,18,21 She appeared in the census in 1860 in Wilton Township, Monroe County, WI.8 She appeared in the census in 1870 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.9 Eva appeared in the census in 1875 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.10 She was living with her parents. She appeared in the census in 1880 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.14
. She died on 14 April 1890 at the age of 32.18,22,23 Eva was buried in Tomah, Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.6,22 in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

William H. RANDALL and Eva Jane DEWEY had the following children:

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(Unknown Daughter) RANDALL was born on 5 March 1884 in Tomah, Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.24 (Her given name was not listed in the Birth Registration record.)

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Grace Leona RANDALL was born on 20 May 1886 in Wisconsin.7,13 She appeared in the census in 1900 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.15 She graduated in 1904 in Tomah, Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.7 from Tomah High School. Grace appeared in the census in 1910 in Tomah Township, Monroe County, WI.13 She was living with her father. 25 Grace wrote a post card to her first cousin, Eva (Root) Griggs, in which she wrote: "Dear Eva, Am enjoying this country and beginning to feel better since I came up here with friends to the Carver (?) Mountain School, a school established for the poor white children of this mountain country. The pay no tuition but 2 hours work each day is required in which they are taught carpentry, farming, etc., and the girls domestic science, sewing, etc. Went on mule back to visit a sick woman Sabbath afternoon. The mountain roads are gravel. Love to all your folks. Grace."

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