John FAY, farmer, sec. 22; P.O. Kenosha; born 26 Oct 1837 in New York State; came to Bristol Township,
Kenosha Co, WI in 1844, with his father, but his mother dying, he went to Brighton and lived with an aunt until he was
16 years old; was educated at the district schools; worked for different people for a time, then went to Southern
Illinois, and to Syracuse, MO; thence down the Missouri River into Arkansas, and worked on the Little Rock &
Memphis RR; returned to Kenosha in May 1860; went back to Little Rock in the fall of that year. In 1861, had great
difficulty in getting through the rebel lines, finally succeeding by hiding in the hold of a ship and starving for two days. In
the fall of 1862, went to Syracuse, N.Y., and was foreman of salt works for four years; then returned to Kenosha.
Married Miss Elizabeth DOHERTY of Pleasant Prairie on 22 Oct 1868; has five children--Mary Ellen, Jane, Rosa,
Francis and Charles. Mr. FAY now rents sixty acres of land and raises all kinds of stock and grain.
The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin - published Chicago: Western Historical Company 1879
(Available Simmons Library, Call # 977.5 W52A) From the biography section under Pleasant Prairie Township, p.