Great Grandparents - George and Annie Foye
Harlanís father, my Great
Grandfather, was George Leander Foye. George was born to
Milton and Melissa Foye in 1875. He grew up on a
farm in Christiana Township, Dane County, Wisconsin.
In about 1912, George married Anna May Bills or Annie. George and Annie married in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Annie's parents were Cory Deloss Bills and Susan Arnet Emery. The Bills family was originally from Pennsylvania before settling on a farm in Dane County, Wisconsin.
George and Annie started to raise their family of four children on a farm in Iowa County. The other children besides my Grandfather in order of age were: Lillian, Dorthy and George Jr.. The last son was known as Hauns. The young George Foye family soon purchased and moved from Iowa County to the Badger Valley Farm in Troy Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin. According to the 1920 Federal Census for Troy Township, Sauk County, George his wife Anna, his son Harlan at age seven and the other three children were living at the Badger Valley Farm.
George died in 1933 while operating the Badger Valley Farm with his sons. He is buried at the Cassell Cemetery south of Highway 60 east of Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin. The view to the south from the gate of this cemetery is a vast sand prairie in the upper floodplain of the Wisconsin River. Annie later remarried Alvin Hayes. Annie died in 1955. Annie is buried next to George. Her tombstone reads Annie Foye Hayes.
Milton and Melissa Foye
Melissa started operating their own farm in
the Primrose Township of Dane County, Wisconsin. The 1870
Federal Census for Primrose Township, Dane County, Wisconsin shows the
Milton Family household with a total of four members
including himself, his wife and two of Georgeís older
sisters for my Great Grandfather, George Leander Foye, was not born yet.
Milton and Melissa relocated to Howard County, Forest Township, Iowa near the Minnesota border for a number of years apparently to be near his brother Alonzo (1895 Iowa Census and 1900 Federal Census). They eventually moved back to the City of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin. They took up residence at 441 North Few Street. Milton spent his later years as a street car motorman in the city according to his occupation description on his death certificate.
Milton died in 1905 while living in Madison. Milton is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery near the Village of Black Earth, Black Earth Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. Melissa died in 1922. Melissa is buried next to Milton. The Masonic Temple freemason's symbol is inscribed on their grave monument.
More about the Stephens
parents, Leander and Julia were originally from New York (see 1850
Federal Census for Tioga Township, Barton County, New York).
Leander was born in 1824 at Ithaca, New York. He died at Black
Earth Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. His parents were
George Stephens (1792 - 1880 Wisconsin) and Patience Milks (1809 New
York - ?). Leander's father, George Stephens, moved from New
York to live with the Leander family in Dane County where he died in
1880. The Stephens genealogy has been traced back to the year of
1497 with the birth of Henry Stephens at Gloucestershire Co.,
England. The Stephens' ancestors immigrated to Massachusetts
in the late 1500's to early 1600's.
Patience Milks parents
Milks (1781 New York - 1847 Juda Township, Green County, Wisconsin)
and Patience David Milks (maiden name unknown) (1758 - 1845 New
York). The Milk's genealogy has been traced back to the year
1614 in England. The Milk's ancestors immigrated to
Massachusetts during the mid 1600's.