biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
W. J. UPTON, of Adams Township, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, Oct. 21, 1822. He came to America with his parents in 1829, first settling in the State of New York, and remained there until he reached the age of twenty- three years. He then removed to Ohio, where he lived six years, and thence to Illinois, whence after three years he came to this county, in 1854, where he has since continuously made his home. Mr. Upton has been twice married. His first wife, Laura E. Pangborn, to whom he was married May 24, 1845, was a native of New York, born Aug. 24, 1820. She died in this county Jan. 28, 1876. By this union there were born nine children, of whom the record is as follows: Cynthia N. is the wife of William Golden, of Oskaloosa; Alonzo W. lives in Story County; Mary O., Mrs. Alfred White, Esther A., Mrs. James White, and Charles A. are residents of Guthrie County; Angela is in Logan, formerly St. John County, Kan.; Lucy is the wife of George Graham, and lives at Pleasant Plain, Iowa; Hiram B. resides in Logan County, Kan.; William E. is at home. The second marriage of Mr. Upton occurred Feb. 10, 1879, with Mrs. Amelia C. (Wells) Tudor, the widow of George Tudor. By her first marriage there was born one child, George, and by this marriage there have been three children─Warren E., Merrill and Ernest M. Mr. Upton, originally a Whig, is a member of the Republican party. His religious connection is with the Presbyterians, and Mrs. Upton is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Upton's first purchase of land in this county was 120 acres, to which he has added until his home farm now consists of 280 acres of fine land, in excellent cultivation and well improved. Our subject has been fairly successful in his present occupation; has good business ability and is an excellent manager. He is highly esteemed by friends, neighbors acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy