from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 361-62
WILLIAM H. HAVILAND
William H. HAVILAND, a representative of one of the oldest families of Washington Township, was born on the
old homestead in Washington Township, Ringgold County, Iowa, July 6, 1862. His father,
William A. HAVILAND, was a native of Canada. He came to Illinois when a young man, and was married in that state to Mary
J. SKIDMORE. He subsequently came to Ringgold County, Iowa, with his family, which then consisted of his wife and two
children, when he settled on a farm which is still occupied by our subject. The farm then contained 160 acres of raw
prairie land, entirely unimproved. The father being a carpenter, immediately erected a small log house for his
family, and began improving his farm, but later in life resumed working at his trade. He was an industrious citizen, and was
one of the most respected men in Washington Township, where he resided so many years. He died August 27, 1885, leaving a wife
and three children - Elzina, wife of R. A. SPENCE, of Mt. Ayr; John A., and William H., our subject.
The mother is now in
her sixty-second year, and is making her home with our subject, on the old homestead. The father was a member of the
Masonic fraternity. At his death he left a well-cultivated farm, containing 150 acres, which was purchased by our
subject, he having bought the interests of the other heirs.
William H. HAVILAND was married February 19, 1882, to Miss
Tillie YACHACK, who was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, a daughter of Wentzal YACHACK, a Bohemian by birth. They are the
parents of two children - Ethel V. and Vella I.
Mr. HAVILAND is classed among the successful stock-raisers in his
neighborhood, being principally engaged in raising cattle and hogs.
NOTE: William A. HAVILAND, born in Canada in 1821, died August 27, 1885. Mary Jane (SKIDMORE) was
born in Montgomery County, Indiana, May 24, 1824, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (HAGEMAN) SKIDMORE, and died June 12, 1899, Washington Township of Ringgold County, Iowa.
William and Mary Jane were interred at Marshalltown Cemetery near Benton, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 361-62, 1887.
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Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2009
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