Oliver Willis (Jane3, Jane2, John1) was born October 24, 1853, in Parma, Ohio. His childhood was spent in Parma and Middleburgh, Ohio. When he was 11 years old the family removed to the lumber camp in the pine woods near Bloomingdale, Mich. His father was employed here until 1867, when he took up a homestead claim in Lee, Allegan County, Mich. Will took an active part in clearing the heavy timber from this farm and changing the forest to tillable fields. He shared with the family in the hardships which resulted from sickness and toil. At one time they were hemmed in for three days by forest fires, seemingly with little hope of escape. Will was a successful keeper of bees and contributed much to the comfort of the family by the work of his numerous colonies of bees.
He was married December 12, 1879, to Esther L. Bailey, who was born November 27, 1851. He purchased a farm near his father's home and has been engaged in farming there. His wife died October 8, 1896, after a long illness from consumption. He was left with the care of four little children. Mr. Hodgman united with the Christian church in 1907. He is an officer in the church and a leader in the prayer meeting and in Sunday School work. He is an active temperance worker.
Olive Julia, b. Sept. 16, 1881, d. Mar. 31, 1884.
Robert Oliver, b. Aug. 23, 1883.
Arthur Neil, b. May 23, 1885.
Florence, b. Aug. 21, 1888.
Percy Bailey, b. Oct. 5, 1893.
Robert Oliver (Oliver4, Jane3, Jane2, John1) was born August 23, 1883 in Lee Township, near Lacota, Mich. He attended school near his home and assisted his father with the farm work unitl 1904. He then secured a position as nurse or attendent in charge of a ward in the Northern Michigan Asylum, Traverse City, Mich. He retained this position till October 1910. During his last year at the hospital he prepared himself to pass the examination required by law in order to become an undertaker. In November, 1910, he went to Lincoln, Neb., where he is now engaged in the undertaking business. Robert united with the church when 16 years of age. He is respected and loved by all who know him. He is unmarried.
Arthur Neil, (Oliver4, Jane3, Jane2, John1) son of O. Will. Hodgman, was born May 23, 1885, in Lee Township, Allegan County, Mich. His mother died when he was 11 years old. His father, brother Robert and himself kept house together. Neil was the housekeeper and also assisted on the farm. He was married in April, 1909 to Miss Lillie Johnson. She was the daughter of Sylvester and Susan Johnson and was born in Lee, Mich., July 4, 1888. They are now living on a farm in Lee, Mich.
Harold E., b. June 1, 1910.
Florence Hodgman, (Oliver4, Jane3, Jane2, John1) daughter of Will and Esther Hodgman, was born in Lee, Mich., August 21, 1888. She was eight years old when her mother died. She was taken into the home of her Grandmother Hodgman, and cared for by her Aunt Jennie. She knew no other home except for one year before her marriage, when she resided with her father. She attended school, passing through the twelve grades. She united with the Christian church in her 18th year.
She was married June 18, 1908, to Lewis O. Thomas, who was born February 14, 1884. He was the son of Reuben and Louise Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis O. Thomas have purchased a farm near Lacota, Mich., where they are planning to make their home.
Marguerite I., b. May 26, 1909.
Esther, b. Oct.27, 1912.
Percy Bailey (Oliver4, Jane3, Jane2, John1) is the youngest child of Will Hodgman. He was born October 5, 1893. During the sickness of his mother he was taken to the home of his " Aunt Nell Bordine," who lovingly and tenderly cared for him until 1908, when her illness compelled her to give up her loved and loving boy, and he returned to the home of his father, where he resided till 1912. He is now a clerk in a clothing establishment in Lincoln, Neb.