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John & Susanna (Jacobs) Topliff, Westfield, MA 1790s-1840s

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John & Susanna (Jacobs) Topliff, Westfield, MA 1790s-1840s

Posted: 1215377154000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Topliff, Jacobs
From the “History of Columbia County, Wisconsin – 1880”, there is a biographical sketch under the ‘Town of Columbus’ for Alfred Topliff (deceased); was born in Westfield, Mass, Nov 11, 1799; he was the youngest of a family of eight children, whose parents were John and Susanna (Jacobs) Topliff. Mr Topliff devoted much of his earlier life to teaching in his native State, and, in the spring of 1844, he came to Columbus, Wis., but soon after located in the town of Hampden, and there went to work making improvements, and preparing a home for his family, who were then East; in 1846, he went back for his family, consisting of a wife and three daughters, and when he returned with them he found that he had been elected County Supervisor, an office which he held till the year 1870, when he resigned, but the instruments which he loved so well were not allowed to become rusty for want of use; many were the lines run and road laid out by him. Scarcely a year before his death, did he give up the profession that he had followed so long and faithfully; in 1851, he was elected a member of the Wisconsin Legislature and re-elected in 1852, proving himself to be an active, intelligent and honest member of that body; in 1855, he removed to the City of Columbus (then village) and resided here till his death, which occurred Nov 3, 1879; his wife having died eleven years before him; he left a family of three daughters --- Mrs Chadbourn, Mrs Waterhouse and an unmarried daughter.

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