Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hugh Edi as Presented in the Centennial History of the Town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948

Over the past few months, I have been posting articles from the Centennial History of the Town of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948. Sometimes these articles are about my McPherson family, but many times not. Nevertheless, I continue to hope that these stories will bring forth more contacts, family, friends and history of my McPhersons and the town of Springdale,  and to, perhaps, provide a link for those who had family in Springdale during those early years in Springdale.

It appears that the Black's farm was that on John Black, who in 1850 was 75 years old.  The Census Report for that year, lists John; sons, William,29; James,21; and Robert, 19; and daughters, Agnes, 14; and Jenet, 12.  A Christina is not listed.  However, the 1870 and 1880 census reports, list Hugh Eadie and wife, Christina, and living in the household is Jessey Black, niece.  Jessie, born in 1859, also is listed as the daughter of William Black. There was no listing of Eadie/Edie in the 1860 Springdale Census Report, even though all of their neighbors were tallied in the census.

Hugh Eadie/Edie's farm neighbors on the Fargo, Malone, and Dryden farms, which were all on the north west portion of the township..  Although I could not locate the Black farm, but it may have been close to the McPherson and Miles farms which were on the southeast corner of the township.I believe this to be likely because the names around the Black family were all neighbors of McPherson in the 1860s. In addition, J.P.'s diary indicated that he cut corn for Mr. Black for several days during that first harvest season of 1850 in Springdale.

Hugh Edie
as presented on page 112,
 Centennial History of the Town of Springdale,
 Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948 

Hugh Edie, Scotch pioneer, was building a long cabin next to Fargo's in 1856. While doing this he slept on the floor at Fargo's. When the cabin was ready he walked to Blacks's farm, near Sugar river, for his bride. They walked back, stopping on the way at Rev. James Donald's, near Fargo's to be married., then came on to their cabin. This was Feb. 10, 1857. The log cabin was dedicated that night by ther Scotch neighbors. Peter White mixed the toddy. “And he made it strong enough,” reported one of the neighbors in later life.
( The above may be part of the "Interview Harvey Fargo, Oct. 5, 1939"
Note:Fargo, Malone, Dryden, Edie, and McCord are all neighbors. )

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 © Joan Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications


  1. The author of the Centennial History did an awesome job of pulling me into the story in just a few sentences. I can picture him building the cabin, marrying his wife, and the party. I tend to get "wordy" when I describe things and really admire succinct, but vivid writing.

    1. I think this bit was from an interview of a neighbor --- those first hand experiences are always great.