Philip Aldrich is my HUSBAND's family. Philip is his great great grandfather.
Philip Aldrich and Phebe Carter had a son, Paschal D. Aldrich.Paschal was born in Ohio about 1820 and died in what is now Hudson, St. Croix County, WI.At the time the family arrived here, the community was known as Buena Vista.You will see Buena Vista in the 1850 census record and Hudson in the 1860 census record.It's the same location.
Philip Aldrich did VERY well here.He was the first postmaster and he served as a judge and a city official.The town administrators met at his home.He was also a surgeon, and did very well with real estate, amassing 3 houses in the area, and a ton of property.
The house in town, which was the first post office, was lived in by son, Paschal and his wife, Martha Margaret Harnsburger.He was a farmer and she couldn't read, so Philip would drop off the mail at their house and people would come to the house and dig through it to find their letters and packages.
Martha was born in Trigg County, Kentucky 08-11-1816 and died 11-22-1906.They were married 03-19-1840 in Madison County, Illinois, and town records show they came to Hudson in the early 40's.Philip was known in the area by 1941.
He died and left his "fortune", which is said to have been substantial, to his son, Paschal.Paschal wasn't so good at business.He became very ill and his illness was very long.During that time, the story is that a stranger came into town and duped him out of all the family's land holdings and wealth.Paschal died and there was nothing left of Philip Aldrich's vast estate but the little house that was the post office.
There are terrific write ups in several "Wisconsin Ghost" books that Paschal never left the little house.A few years ago (not even a decade) the St. Croix River flooded and the house was finally condemned - it had been an empty "haunted house" for a really long time.It's gone now, I'm told, but old Paschal moved up the street to the Indian Caves in the bluff and is occasionally said to show himself at the Casanova building attached to the caves.Fun lore.I've never seen him, myself.I don't expect to.
Among their 8 children, Paschal and Martha had a son, Curtis P. Aldrich who was born in Hudson Wisconsin 10-08-1852.He died in Little Sauk, Minnesota (Todd County) 12-18-1942.On 03-17-1880, Curtis (in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin) married Myrta Estella Ensign who was born in S. Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York on 09-24-1857.Myrta died in Ohio 01-20-1948, living with a daughter.Curtis was a farmer like his dad.They had 4 children.
Among them, Lura Ethel Aldrich was born 08-06-1887 in St. Troy Township (adjacent to Hudson on the south) Croix County, Wisconsin.Lura married Wallace Herbert Smith in River Falls, Wisconsin on 11-23-1910.He was born 05-09-1885 in Irma, Lincoln County, Wisconsin.They both died in River Falls (she on 06-19-1979 and he on 07-29-1955).Wattie (as he was called) was a farmer.They had 8 children, 2 of whom are surviving.
One daugher, Olive Jeanette Smith, (born 11-30-1927 and died 11-17-2006 in Troy Township, WI) married Leo William Crimmins (born 12-17-1920 in Stillwater, MN and died 10-01-2003 in Troy, WI)on 11-03-1947.They were married in Coer d'Alene, Idaho, as he was in the Airforce - a career military guy.Olive and Leo had 2 children - one of whom is my husband.
Thanks for the information about Phebe Carter.Hope I was able to tell you something you didn't know!
Please let me know if you have questions I might be able to answer.