William STURGES/Isabelle PERRY

Husband: William STURGES (S362)
Born: 1 AUG 1828 at: Hacconby, Lincolnshire, England Married: 21 JUL 1861 at: , Kane, IL Died: 9 DEC 1892 at: Lily Lake, Virgil Twp, Kane Co, IL Father:William STURGES Mother:Elizabeth MARTIN Other Spouses: Susannah Elizabeth MOULDS Ann (DuSold) WELCHBORN NOTES
Wife: Isabelle PERRY (P600)
Born: at: Died: OCT 1863 at: Father: Mother: Other Spouses:


William STURGES was born in Hacconby, County Lincolnshire, England, on 1 August 1828, his parents being William and Elizabeth (MARTIN) STURGES, who were farmers. William grew up on his parents farm in England.

On 28 April 1851 William STURGES was united in wedlock with Susan E. MOULDS, and in the following May set sail for America. To this marriage were born two children. One died in infancy, the other, Robert STURGES, is a resident of Kansas [in 1888]. Upon reaching America William STURGES spent one year in New York as a farm laborer. In 1853 he went to Ohio but remaining there only one year he started west, and landed in Batavia, (Kane County), Illinois where he found his first employment as a teamster. In July 1854, Susan STURGES died and was buried in the East Batavia Cemetery.

William STURGES then moved to Virgil Township and here rented land until 1868, when he bought eight acres in De Kalb Co. In 1861 he married Isabelle PERRY, of Batavia, who lived but two years after her marriage, dying in October 1863. On 4 July 1865, William STURGES married Mrs. Ann DUSOLD, nee WELCHBORN.

Ann WELCHBORN was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, on 25 March 1830. Her father died when she was but eight years old and in 1845 her mother came to America, locating at Springfield (Hampden County), Massachusetts. Ann WELCHBORN found employment in Springfield as a servant girl until her marriage on 8 February 1850 with George J. DUSOLD. George and Ann had four children: George H. DUSOLD, a resident of Chicago; Emma, who became Mrs. KILGORE: Margarette A., now Mrs. Henry ALLEN and Louis DUSOLD, all citizens of Iowa. In 1851 George and Ann DUSOLD came to Kane County and lived in Batavia fifteen years. George DUSOLD enlisted in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry and was killed at South Mountain Gap on 10 July 1863. Ann DUSOLD remained at Batavia laboring to support her family until her marriage with William STURGES. William and Ann STURGES have but one child, a daughter Ester M. who is still with her parents.

During the year 1871, William STURGES sold his farm in De Kalb County and bought 240 acres in Ford County, which he owned and cultivated until 1875, when he again sold out, and bought where he now resides.

William STURGES is one of the most prominent and influential farmers in Virgil Township, standing well with his neighbors, respected far and wide for his many good qualities of head and heart: one who has prospered in those things that make even the humblest life well worth living. His finely improved farm is well stocked with a good grade of cattle and horses and provided with a substantial residence and farm buildings that denote thrift and comfort on every hand. He owns 136 acres in Section 11.

Though not a politician, William STURGES supports the Republican party. He was brought up in the faith of the Church of England to which he has adhered though life.

William STURGES died 9 December 1892 at Lily Lake, (Kane County), Illinois and is buried in the East Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, Illinois, with his three wives.


  1. 1888 Commemorative Biographical and Historical Record of Kane County, Illinois. (DATE ?).
  2. Gravestone - William Sturges photo link; together with his three wives (Susan, Isabelle, and Ann) in the East Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, Illinois.