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Subject: Morgan co./ Warters & Hodgson
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Surnames: Warters, Hodgson, Cooper, Darley, Wagoneer, Brown, Tolbert, Robson
FAMILY TREE AND HISTORY
REVEREND WILLIAM WARTERS
All information contained in this family
History was obtained from the following sources:
The Biographical Album of Champaign County,
Illinois---Published in 1887.
The obituaries of members of the Family.
A Scrap-book, Kept by Mrs. Molly Darley.
Information gathered from members of the family.
Genevieve Warters Carter
Gertrude Warters Carter
Printed by: Harold Gene Carter
August 27, 1959
Reprinted with permission from
the Warters - Hodgson Family Reunion Committee
Permission granted on August 28, 1989
by: Dee Marik
TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HELPED BUILD THE LAND WE CALL OURS
THE END OF THE OLD WINDING TRAIL
It may be the end of a river,
Where the waters flow out to the seas,
Or may nest on a forest-clad mountain
That is kissed by a fog-laden breeze:
on the prairie, the hill, in the valley,
Or perhaps oÂ’er the ocean to sail -
ItÂ’s the home, the loved home, weÂ’ll be seeking,
At the end of the winding trail.
There are memories that cling, never tiring,
Rich with laughter that childhood joys know;
It seems only a yesterdayÂ’s romping
When we played in the twilightÂ’s soft glow.
Racing wildly through pastures and woodland,
Cross the fields and the mellow, plowed ground;
And a climb in the trees that were swaying,
Then on home with a leap and a bound.
But the years do not stay, nor the distance,
From the scenes does not shorten the thought-
Just a fleeting recall of an orchard,
Or a swim in the creek comes to nought;
Yet, the times does arrive--a pulsing Â‘all HailÂ’,
When our footsteps have reached the loved portals,
At the end of the winding trail.
THE WARTERS HOMESTEAD
The Old Warters Homestead was built by Rev. William Warters in 1874 on the
south western part of 160 acres of land, located on the southwest quarter of Section 21, in
Township 17, N. Range 14, West of the 2nd P. M., Ayres Township, Champaign county,
This house remained standing until 1939. It was sold by the Warters Family in
1929. Mr. Robert Smith bought the farm and 10 years later, the house was torn down.
The workmen who tore down the house found out these facts about it:
Â“The framework of the original part of the house was built very much like a barn. The
framework was made of oak, about 4 by 4 inches, and pinned together with wooden pegs.
There were no studdings. The sides were wide boards, running up and down. There
seemed to be just two rooms, one up and one down. it was sealed and not plastered.
Charred boards indicated it had been damaged by fire at one time. It showed signs of
having been remodeled twice.
The rafters were sawed from black walnut. Some of the siding was of boards 18 to 20
inches wide. Some of them were tongued and grooved.
This was one of the first houses built in this immediate vicinity.
WARTERS FAMILY HISTORY
JOSEPH WARTERS wife JANE ROBSON
1864 December 1866
Joseph Warters was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1793. He was a member of
the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and was a farmer by occupation. He was married to
Miss Jane Robson, who was, also a member of the same church, until she came to
America, a few years before her death. Here in America, she joined the primitive
Methodist Episcopal church, which was in itÂ’s early stages of development in this
country, at that time.
The Household Circle included fourteen children, five of whom came to America.
The five who came to the New World were:
I. Joseph, who lived north of Jacksonville until, at least, 1878 and later
settled in Missouri.
II. Matthew (also recorded as Luke), who, later, settled in Kansas.
III. Frank, who, later, settled in the West somewhere.
IV. Mary, who settled in Illinois.
V. William, our ancestor, who settled in Illinois.
WilliamÂ’s brother, Joseph, who settled in Missouri, had a daughter, Nellie, who
married a Mr. Phillips. She and her children were living in Mexico, Missouri, in 1927.
Luke, who went to Kansas, had a son, William. This son, William Warters, had a
son, Andrew Warters, who lived somewhere in Texas; and daughter, Minnie, who
married a Mr. Vinton Patton, of Atchinson, Kansas, and was living there around 1950.
The brother, Frank, we know nothing about.
Mary Warters married Walker Cooper, a brother of Hannah Cooper Warters. She
came to Illinois in 1852. Later Mary Warters Cooper married Mr. Ben Godley and lived
in Springfield, Ill., until her death, April 13, 1909.(note:PAST AND PRESENT OF
SANGAMON COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1904 Page 583
BENJAMIN GODLEY - Benjamin Godley, who became a resident of Springfield in 1879
and remained in this city until his demise, was born in England on the 17th of March,
1829, a son of William and Sarah Godley, who spent their entire lives in that country.
The father was a stone mason by trade, following that pursuit throughout his active
business career. He was born June 23, 1803, and was married February 11, 1828, to Sarah
Heaton, who was born November 14, 1803, and died May 1, 1855. He was again married
January 11, 1858, his second union being with Mary Blakerough. His third wife was
Lydia Townshend, whom he married March 22, 1862. She was born February 3, 1831. By
his first marriage William Godley had eleven children, namely Benjamin Heaton, born
March 17, 1829; William, born January 29, 1831; Sarah Heaton, born March 20, 1833 ;
Emma, born January 14, 1835; Ann, born August 10, 1836; Frank, who was born August
31, 1838, and died February 19, 1840; Francis, born November 14, 1841; Richard, born
June 30, 1844; John, born July 25, 1846; Heaton, born June 16, 1851; and Ann
Townshend, born June 9, 1854. There were two brothers of the family, Benjamin and
Frank, who came to America and both settled in Springfield. The latter is now one of the
city's prominent business men and owns and operates a shoddy-mill here. He has been
engaged in the shoddy manufacturing business for several years, building up a large
enterprise and the record of his life is found elsewhere in this work.
Benjamin Godley acquired his education in the schools of his native country and
there spent the days of his boyhood and youth. He was first married in England to Miss
Ruth Duse, who died in Springfield in 1881. It was in 1879 that Mr. Godley and his wife
came to the new world. Frank Godley had crossed the Atlantic about five years
previously. Making his way direct to Springfield, Benjamin Godley established a saloon.
He continued in that business up to the time of his demise and was widely known for his
fair and honest treatment of his patrons. His carefully managed business affairs brought
to him a comfortable competence, and thus he left to his widow a good property.
After the death of his first wife, Benjamin Godley was married in Springfield, June
6, 1882, to Mrs. Mary Warters Cannon, who was also a native of England, her birth
having occurred in that country on the 16th of April, 1838. Her parents were Joseph and
Jane Warters. The father was a high gardener in his native country and spent his entire
life there. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Warters came to America with her
children, crossing the Atlantic in 1860. They first settled near Jacksonville, Illinois, and
subsequently removed to a farm near Auburn in Sangamon county, Mrs. Warters
devoting her time and attention to the supervision of her farming interests up to the time
of her demise, which occurred in 1867. Mrs. Godley has been three times married. She
first became the wife of Walker Cooper, a farmer who resided near Jacksonville, Illinois.
They lived together for seven years in that locality and Mr. Cooper was then called to his
final rest. His widow afterward gave her hand in marriage to Henry Cannon, of Auburn,
Sangamon county, who was also an agriculturist and was one of the early settlers of this
county. He died fifteen years after their marriage and June 6, 1882, Mrs. Cannon became
the wife of Benjamin Godley, with whom she lived happily for seven years, when, on the
3rd of June, 1889, he departed this life.
Mr. Godley held several public positions in England, but none in this country,
preferring to give his attention to his business affairs rather than to seeking political
preferments. He was, however, a stanch advocate of Democratic principles. His widow is
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Springfield. She owns a nice home at
No. 1100 Ridgeley avenue, where she resides. Near this are the business rooms in which
Mr. Godley carried on business and the property is now owned by Mrs. Godley, the rental
bringing to her a very desirable income.)
William came to Illinois in 1850, settling north of Jacksonville. He lived here for
24 years, then came to Champaign county, Illinois where he lived the rest of his life.
We do not know the names of any of the rest of the children who remained in
Their father, Joseph Warters (1793-1864), passed away in his native shire in
England at the age of 71 years.
Some time after his death, his wife, Jane Robson Warters, came to America, to
make her home here. She passed away at Auburn, Illinois, south of Springfield, in
December 1866, at the age of 63 years, and is buried in the Old Auburn Cemetery.
JOSEPH AND JANE (ROBSON) WARTERS
Nine children who remained in England.
10. Matthew Luke Warters (Kansas) born 1830
married 29NOV1918: Elizabeth Olroyd born 29NOV1831
I. William Warters born 04NOV1856
married: Cora Keithline on FEB1889
1. Andrew Warters (Texas)
2. Minnie Warters
married William or Vinton Patton (Atchinson, Kansas)
11. Joseph Warters (Missouri)
(no marital information available)
I. Nellie Warters
married: __________ Phillips
1. Mable Phillips
2. Grace Phillips
12. Frank Warters
13. William Warters born 02DEC1823 and died 11JUN1889
married 16MAR1850: Hannah Cooper 10AUG1829 to 15MAR1928
I. Jane Ann Warters
II. Mary Warters
III. Joseph Warters
IV. Mariah Harriet Warters
V. John Cooper Warters
VI. James Warters
VII. Sarah H. Warters
VIII. Grace R. Warters
IX. William Warters
X. Thomas B. Warters
XI. Matthew Warters
14. Mary Warters born 1838 and died 13APR1909
1st husband: Walker Cooper born 03AUG1828 and died 24OCT1861
buried at Hebron Cemetery - Sinclair, Illinois
2nd husband: Benjamin H. Godley born 17MAR1829 and died 03JUN1889
buried at Springfield, Illinois
WILLIAM WARTERS FAMILY
1. Jane Ann Warters Â“JennieÂ” John Hodgson
born 20JUN1851 born 26DEC1851
died 07OCT1891 died 21FEB1936
Married: February 16, 1874
2. Mary Warters Â“MollyÂ” William Dawson Darley
born 09MAR1853 born 24JAN1853
died 13JUL1925 died 28APR1921
Married: October 6, 1874
3. Joseph Warters Sarah Hodgson
born 01OCT1854 born 19NOV1858
died 08DEC1935 died 28JAN1906
Married: February 25, 1880
Mary Ellen Burroughs
Married: February 12, 1908
4. Mariah Harriett Warters Â“HattieÂ” William Wageoner
born 11AUG1857 born 09AUG1860
died 27JAN1902 died 22NOV1889
Married: February 23, 1888
5. John Cooper Warters Annie Miller
born 02APR1859 born 25DEC1862
died 13FEB1935 died 02SEP1892
Married: February 19, 1885
Nora Crow Taylor
Married: September 25, 1894
6. James H. Warters Ella Andrews
born 09JUL1861 born 07JUN1866
died 28APR1928 died 29OCT1946
Married November 10, 1892
7. Sarah Hannah Warters William Hodgson
born 09NOV1862 born 18JAN1858
died 23AUG1922 died 08OCT1892
Married: March 12, 1885
8. Grace Robson Warters
9. William Mason Warters Sarah Katherine Â“KateÂ” Andrews
born 08DEC1866 born 30AUG1874
died 18MAY1944 died 16JUL1863
Married: January 29, 1896
10. Thomas Baker Warters Alice Crow
born 06JUN1869 born 06SEP1870
died 13OCT1929 died 15OCT1941
Married: February 15, 1894
11. Matthew Warters
Rev. William and Hannah Warters were blessed with 48 grandchildren listed by birth
Name born died age at death
Edwin Dawson Darley July 15, 1875 Sept. 10, 1955 80
Mary Hannah Hodgson Dec. 28, 1875 July 21, 1935 60
William Matthew Hodgson Mar. 1, 1878 Feb. 10, 1936 57
Albert Leonard Darley Aug. 20, 1878 Oct. 29, 1941 63
Howard Eugene Hodgson Apr. 7, 1879 Apr. 16, 1931 52
Infant son-Jos. Warters Dec. 20, 1880 Dec. 28, 1880 8 da.
Ollie Mae Hodgson Sept. 23, 1881 Sept. 12, 1937 55
Laurence H. Warters Apr. 16, 1882 July 4, 1894 12
Ralph William Darley Aug. 4, 1883 May 30, 1964 80
Alfred Christopher Warters May 17, 1884 Mar. 31, 1963 79
Grace Edna Hodgson Apr. 16, 1886 Jan. 25, 1957 70
Horace Cooper Warters July 12, 1886 May 23, 1949 62
Grace Lucinda Warters /Smith/ May 7, 1887 Sept. 19, 1968 91
Reecie Maude Hodgson Nov. 27, 1887 July 27, 1889 1
Lester Warters (JohnÂ’s) May 6, 1888 July 20, 1888 2 mo.
Mabel Wageoner Feb. 10, 1889 July 2, 1958 69
Infant Daughter (Jos.) Aug. 29, 1889 Aug. 30, 1889 2 da.
Homer William Hodgson Oct. 23, 1889 Apr. 12, 1972 83
Mary Elizabeth Warters Oct. 23, 1890 Dec. 4, 1950 60
Walter Ernest Hodgson Apr. 28, 1891 Dec. 23, 1918 27
Bessie Darley Sept. 12, 1891 June 5, 1897 5
Infant (John & Jane Hodgson) Oct. 7, 1891 Oct. 7, 1891 0
William Herbert Warters October 23, 1890 Mar. 11, 1968 77
Lester E. Warters Dec. 24, 1892 July 28, 1893 7 mo.
William Andrews Warters Dec. 29, 1893 July 4, 1972 78
Leonard Kemp Warters June 23, 1895 Apr. 27, 1986 90
Russell Vernon Warters Aug. 29, 1895 Jan. 16, 1947 54
Frank Silas Warters Dec. 14, 1896 Oct. 9, 1966 69
Raymond Talbert Warters Nov. 22, 1897 May 25, 1973 75
Clarence Warters (Thos.) Apr. 13, 1898 Oct. 26, 1899 1
Helen Pearl Warters Sept. 18, 1898 Oct. 17, 1966 68
Joseph Walker Warters Jan. 11, 1899 Nov. 16, 1919 20
Florence Irene Warters /Williams/ June 26, 1899
Frances Eleanor Warters /Dennis/ Mar. 15, 1901 July 2, 1997 98
Dorothy Dean Warters Apr. 19, 1901 May 8, 1970 71
Ralph Gordon Warters June 1, 1903 June 21, 1983 86
Hannah Genevieve Warters Aug. 31, 1903
Twin Son of Thos. Oct. 23, 1905 Oct. 23, 1905 1 da.
Twin Son of Thos. Oct. 23, 1905 Oct. 23, 1905 1 da.
Bessie Ruth Warters /Bundy/ Nov. 26, 1906
Luella Warters Mar. 20, 1907 Mar. 17, 1915 7
Margaret Alice Warters Apr. 20, 1908 May 16, 1916 8
Herald Burroughs Warters Dec. 9, 1908 Apr. 3, 1969
Gertrude D. Warters /Carter/ Dec. 19, 1909 May 13, 1979
Carrie Mildred Warters Mar. 19, 1911 Feb. 25, 1941 29
Josephine Warters /Knight/ July 17, 1911 May 27, 1997 86
Mary Bernice Warters /Prokop/ Dec. 19, 1913
Hannah Louise Warters Feb. 5, 1914 Nov. 11, 1969 55
HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM AND HANNAH WARTERS FAMILY
William Warters, son of Joseph and Jane Robson Warters, was born in Yorkshire,
England, on Dec. 2, 1823. He spent most of his boyhood and youth in Yorkshire. He
was converted and joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church at the age of 21 years. At the
age of 26, in Yorkshire, England, he was married to Miss Hannah Cooper, daughter of
John and Ann Cundill Cooper. Miss Hannah Cooper was born in Fimber, Yorkshire,
England, on August 10, 1829. Their marriage took place on March 16, 1850.
A month later, in April, they left the seaport of Scarborough, England, for
America. They came by sailing vessel and were three weeks and 6 days making the
voyage from Scarborough to New York City. From New York City they took up their
westward journey by was of rivers and canals to Beardstown, Ill., on the Illinois River.
This voyage, also, took three weeks and 4 days. Many times they walked along the canal
banks, driving the horses that pulled the canal barge along. From Beardstown, Ill., they
set out overland, on foot, to an English Settlement, which had been at Jacksonville for
some time. Here, William and Hannah Warters settled on a farm, somewhere in the
vicinity of the Shiloh Church, north of Jacksonville, Illinois.
Soon after coming to America, Mr. Warters joined the primitive Methodist
Episcopal Church, which was the American Branch of the Wesleyan Methodist Church,
which was the American Branch of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and was in itÂ’s early
stages of development here in America. he and his wife were very devoted to the church
and did much in helping to further itÂ’s advancement.
Their oldest child, Jane Ann, or Â“JennieÂ”, was born on June 20, 1851, one year
after their arrival in America. Mary, the second daughter was born on March 9, 1853.
Joseph, the oldest son, was born on October 1, 1854. On February 7, 1857, William
Warters contracted to buy 114 acres from Thomas Barber for $2,320.00. This land lay on
Range 10, Sec. 22, Township 16, near Sinclair, North of Jacksonville, Illinois. Mariah
Harriett, the third daughter, was born on August 11, 1857. John Cooper, the second
son and fifth child, was born on April 2, 1859. James, the third son and sixth child, was
born on July 9, 1861. Sarah Hannah, the fourth daughter and seventh child, was born
on November 9, 1862. In this same year, William Warters was licensed to exhort by the
pastor, Rev. W. Rutledge, in Morgan County, near Jacksonville. The following year,
1863, he received his local preacherÂ’s license.
On December 1, 1864, Grace Robson Warters, the fifth daughter and eighth
child, was born. William Mason, the fourth son and ninth child, was born on December
On February 7, 1868, Grace Robson Warters passed away at the age of 3 years,
2 mos., and 6 days and was buried near Jacksonville, Illinois.
Thomas Baker, the fifth son and tenth child, was born on June 6, 1869.
Matthew, the sixth son and eleventh child, was born on June 4, 1872, and passed away
on June 25, 1873 at the age of 1 year, 21 days. He was buried by his sister, Grace, near
In 1873, on July 19, William Warters contracted to buy 160 acres of land on
Section 21, in Ayres Township, Champaign County, Ill., lying 9 miles south of the small
town of Homer, Illinois. This was part of a tract of land owned by two cousins, Marshall
F. and Augustus E. Ayres, bankers of Jacksonville. It was from these two men that Ayres
Township got itÂ’s name. This area was called Â“BroadlandsÂ”, because of the broad
expanse of level land in this area. Rev. Warters could not take possession of this land
until some time after January 1, 1874.
In this same year of 1873, William Warters was recommended for order, without
asking for it, and was ordained a Deacon by the Bishop I. W. Wiley, at the annual
conference on the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was held at Bloomington, Illinois
in September of that year.
By this time, the Warters Family had resided in Morgan county, Illinois for 23
years. Mrs. WartersÂ’s two brothers, Walker and Richard Cooper, had been living there
too. Also, Mr. WartersÂ’s sister, Mary, who was married to Walker Cooper, and after his
dearth, to Ben Godley. Mrs. WartersÂ’s brothers, Joseph, Matthew, and Frank, may have
lived in this English Settlement, too, before going on West. Of this, we are not sure.
Some time during the Spring of 1874, the Warters Family left their home in
Morgan county for their new home in Champaign county. On their trek across country to
their home, Mr. Warters, with his family and their household goods in wagons, followed
trails around the swampy areas, and through acres and acres of slough grass, which
covered most of the land throughout the area between Jacksonville and Homer, at that
time. Often, he had to stand on the backs of his horses, in order to see out over the top of
the tall grass, so as to get his directions, or to spot any landmarks. These swampy areas
were the breeding places for typhoid fever, malaria, and poisonous snakes; all of which
caused much sickness among the early pioneers. There was a plentiful supply of deer
and other wild game all over this country then.
About a mile north of the present village of Broadlands was a large dwelling
occupied by E. N. Raynor, who was the manager of the Ayres Estate. Practically all of
the early settlers of this area, who came form the English Settlement, came to this Ayres
headquarters before settling in their new homes. The Warters Family was the first of
these English Emigrants to come to this part of the country. They stayed at the Ayres
Headquarters until their home was built of oak and walnut, taken from trees which had
been cleared off their land. The Villages of Allerton and Broadlands were built many
A few months after the Warters Family were settled in their new home, their
second daughter, Mary Â“MollyÂ” was married to William Dawson Darley, son of
Dawson and Elizabeth Smith Darley, at the Warters Home, on October 6, 1874. Rev.
Warters performed the marriage ceremony for his second childÂ’s wedding. William
Dawson Darley was born in Morgan county, Illinois, on January 24, 1854. His family
had lived near the Warters family when they lived in Morgan county. His mother had
died a few months after his birth, so Mrs. Warters took him and nursed him along with
her daughter, Molly. Some time later, a Mr. and Mrs. William Hart, who lived near
Jacksonville, adopted William Darley and raised him to manhood. After their marriage,
Mr. and Mrs. Darley went back to Morgan county, where they set up housekeeping on a
farm near MollyÂ’s old home.
The next spring, on March 16, 1875, the oldest daughter, Jane Ann Â“JennieÂ”,
was married to Mr. John Hodgson, of near Sinclair, in Morgan county, west of Prentice
and north of Jacksonville. The marriage ceremony was performed by her father, Mr.
William Warters, at the Warters homestead in Champaign county. The Hodgsons made
their home on a farm southwest of Prentice, not far from where her parents had lived,
before moving to Champaign county.
In addition to his ministerial duties, Rev. Warters still found time to engage in the
occupation which he had always loved, namely agriculture. His farm was one of the best
regulated farms in Ayres Township. Through the years, he kept a very fine flock of
high-grade Shropshire sheep, to which he added a score or more each year and from
whose fleece he realized a handsome sum annually.
The towns of Homer, Newman, and Sidney furnished the market for these early
pioneers; the nearest grist mill, where the farmers got their flour and corn meal ground,
being located in Sidney.
The nearest Post Office was at Homer. Small Branch Post Offices were located at
the Ayres Headquarters; at the large Sullivant Ranch, east of there, (later known as the
Allerton Ranch), and in the Warters Home. Here, neighbors came for a few, scanty
pieces of mail which meant so much to them. For his Post Office, Rev. Warters kept
some old leather boots nailed to the wall in a small room off the kitchen of his home,
using them as boxes to sort out the mail. The mail carrier, John Hays, who lived a few
miles north of the Warters farm, brought the mail on foot or horseback, from the Homer
Post Office to these branch offices, as there were no roads at this time. The old trail from
Champaign to Paris passed through the WartersÂ’ front yard. Rev. Warters often took
mail to his neighbors as he went from place to place, carrying out his ministerial duties.
On July 15, 1875, Edwin Dawson Darley was born to William D. and Molly
Darley. He was the first grandchild of Rev. William and Hannah Cooper Warters.
Their second grandchild, Mary Hannah Â“AnnÂ” was born to John and Jane Ann
Warters Hodgson, on December 28, 1875.
Some time in 1876, William and Molly Darley, and their son, Edwin, moved back
to Champaign county. Mr. William Colley, another Englishman from the Colony at
Jacksonville, and an old friend of the Warters family in England, had bought a farm one
mile south and 1/2 mile east of the Warters Homestead. The DarleyÂ’s lived with the
Colley family and helped to run their farm.
On March 1, 1878, William Matthew was born to John and Jennie Hodgson, at
their home west of Prentice, in Morgan county. He was the third grandchild in the
On August 20, 1878, that same year, Albert Leonard, was born to William and
Molly Darley, at their home southeast of the Warters Homestead, on the Colley Farm.
He was the fourth grandchild of Rev. William and Hannah Warters.
The following year, the fifth grandchild, Howard Eugene, was born to John and
Jennie Hodgson, on April 7, 1879; at their home near Prentice, in Morgan county.
On February 25, 1880, Joseph, the oldest son of William and Hannah Warters,
was married to Miss Sarah Hodgson, daughter of Christopher and Lucinda Talbert
Hodgson, of Morgan county. Rev. William Warters performed the marriage ceremony
for this third child of his to be wedded. This couple set up housekeeping on a farm at the
west edge of the present village of Allerton, just across from where the Methodist Church
now stands. At this home, on December 20, 1880, a son was born to them. This son only
lived 8 days, passing away on December 28, 1880, as was never named. He was buried
at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, southwest of the present village of Allerton. He was the
Warters sixth grandchild.
In 1881, Reverend William Warters sent money back to his native England to his
nephew, Joseph Robison, and to George N. Davison, a young man of 23 years, and an old
friend of the family in England, so that they could come to America. Mr. Warters got
them both jobs at the Shropshire Park Farm, a large sheep ranch, owned by Mr. George
Allen, lying just to the south of the present village of Allerton. Joseph Robison worked
there for a month or more, but George N. Davison only stayed a few days. He went to the
Ayres Headquarters, west of there, where he worked as a meat-cutter.
On September 23, 1881, Ollie Mae, the fourth child of John and Jennie Hodgson
was born. She was the seventh grandchild.
On April 16, 1882, Laurence, the second son of Joseph and Sarah Hodgson
Warters was born at the Colley Farm, south-east of the Warters Homestead. He was the
eighth grandchild of the Warters.
On August 4, 1883, Ralph William, the third son of William and Molly Darley,
was born at the Colley Farm, southeast of the Warters Homestead. He was the ninth
grandchild of William and Hannah Warters.
Some time after RalphÂ’s birth, the Darley family moved from the Colley Farm to
a farm east of the Highland Presbyterian Church, southeast of the present village of
Allerton. They lived there for about four years.