Notes for Samuel Jarvis Cuckow: 1880 Census Bradford, Rock County, Wisconsin Rel. race Born Occ. Father & Mother S. J. CUCKOW Self M Male W 65 ENG Farmer ENG ENG Eliza CUCKOW Wife M Female W 64 ENG Keeping House ENG ENG Mary A. CUCKOW Dau S Female W 40 NY School Teacher ENG ENG Samuel F. CUCKOW Son S Male W 25 WI ENG ENG Ruth O. CUCKOW Dau S Female W 22 WI School Teacher ENG ENG Herman SCHUBERT Other S Male W 18 WI Labourer GER GER Louisa PITZNER Other S Female W 17 GER Servant GER GER Herman W. BOUCK Other S Male W 15 WI Servant GER GER
Samuel Jarvis Cuckow was at the time of his death one of the venerable and most highey respected residents of Janesville, Rock Co., Wis. He as a native of England where his birth occurred, in Rochester, Kent, Jan. 16, 1815, and was the second son of Elizabeth and Thomas B. Cuckow. The latter was born in England in 1787, and died at the home of his son, in the town of Bradford , Rock county, Nov. 24, 1874. Thomas came to America in 1818, but soon returned to England, taking his family back with him. Robert Cuckow, father of Thomas, died in 1838, aged seventy-one ears; his entire life was passed in England.
Samuel Jarvis Cuckow was brought up and lived in England, where he learned the printers trade. In January, 1836, he married Sarah Eliza Bridgeland, born at Boxley, England, in 1814, and came immediately to New York. To them were born two children in New York City, Mary A. and Thomas J. They returned to England in 1840. After that two more children were dorn, Eliza and Eleanor B. His wife died in July, 1849. Two years later, with his motherless family. Mr Cuckow came to Wisconsin, and settled on the farm in Bradford, Rock county, which farm, and additions thereto, he owned at the time of his decease. In 1885 he removed to Evanston, Ill., to live with his daughter, Mary A. Her death occurring a year later, he went to Janesville, Wis., where he continued to reside until the time of his death, March 5, 1901. For his second wife he married Eliza S. Filmer, born in England in 1815, and who came alone to New York City in May, 1853, coming immediately to Wisconsin, where she died Aug. 18 1900. Two children were born to them, Samuel F. and Ruth O. The latter died in 1893. Mr Cuckow's life was a busy one, and yet he found time to take a keen and intelligent intrest in all that pertained to the welfare of his adopted country, and he won for himself a high place in the estimation of those who knew him for his industry and integrity of character.
SAMUEL J. CUCKOW, a retired farmer, residing in Janesville, was born in the city of Rochester, Kent County, England, on the 16th day of January, 1815. His father, Thomas Blackburn CUCKOW, first emigrated to America in 1818, locating with his family in New York; but about three years later he returned with them to England. He made three different trips to America, and finally, after residing in New York for several years subsequent to this third trip, came to Wisconsin and made his home with his son, Samuel J., until his death, which occurred at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. He was a wheelwright by trade, following that occupation throughout his entire life, and was a highly respected citizen. His wife died in England several years previous to the death of her husband. Mr. and Mrs. CUCKOW were the parents of five children, who grew to mature years, but our subject is the only one of the number that has made a permanent settlement in the United States. He has t! wo sisters still living in England, but is the only surviving son.
In his native land Samuel J. CUCKOW learned the trade of a printer, and in 1836, when about twenty-one years of age, went to New York City the second time, having accompanied his parents in their trip to the United States, in 1818, when but three years of age. He had now attained his majority, was in possession of a good trade, and had come to stay. He remained in the metropolis for a number of years, and while there was engaged as a compositor on several of the leading newspapers of the city, and frequently met many of the prominent journalists of that day. He was employed for a considerable time on the Evening Post, and was well acquainted with William Cullen Bryant, the eminent poet, who was then the editor of that journal. He also made the acquaintance of Horace Greely, James and Erastus Brooks, James Gordon Bennett, Sr., James Watson Webb, and other newspaper men of a national reputation.
In 1840, the health of his wife rapidly declining, notwithstanding his determination to reside permanently in America, Mr. CUCKOW returned to England with the hope that the climate of her native land might again restore his wife to health. He accordingly took up his residence in London, where he continued to reside for ten years, during which time he was connected with the newspaper business, and for a time was engaged on the Weekly Dispatch of that city. The change provided beneficial to his wife, but she never fully recovered her health, and died in 1849. Two years later, in 1851, Mr. CUCKOW returned to the United States, coming directly to Wisconsin and locating on a new farm in the town of Bradford, Rock County. The business of agriculture was a new one to Mr. CUCKOW, and the enterprise of farming was an experiment, his whole life preceding that time having been passed in cities, his employment being widely similar to the new occupation which he entered upon. Yet he! was more than ordinarily successful as a farmer, and increased his first purchase, which consisted of but twenty acres, to 320 acres. Of this he made a splendid farm, which he still owns. It is under a fine state of cultivation, and in way of buildings and other improvements is second to none in the town of Bradford. In 1886 he retired from active duties of life, and removed to Janesville.
On his return to the United States in 1851, Mr. CUCKOW was accompanied by his four children, born of his first marriage, all of whom are living in 1889, with the exception of one. Thomas J., the eldest, is a resident of Dell Rapids, Dakota; Eleanor B. is the wife of Benjamin FULLAGAR, of Yates County, N.Y.; Eliza is the wife of Henry C. COOKE, a resident of Chicago; Mary Ann, who for a number of years was a successful teacher, died at Evanston, Ill., in 1886. Mr. CUCKOW's second wife was Eliza Simmons FILMER, a native of Kent County, England, and by this union two children have been born: Samuel Filmer, who wedded Mrs. Ida LEAP, nee CRUMP, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now resides on the old homestead farm in Bradford; Ruth O., wife of M. E. NORTHROP, an insurance agent of Janesville.
Mr. CUCKOW is a man of extensive and varied reading and is well informed on the various topics of the day. His occupation as a printer, which continued until he had nearly obtained middle age, was an important element in his education, and afforded him an opportunity to obtain a knowledge of the world and of men which is denied to those who spend all their lives in agricultural pursuits. Although born on English soil, and loving the land of his birth, he yet believes that we have one of the best forms of government on the globe, and that our institutions confer as great a degree of happiness on the people as do those of any other nation.
In the days when slavery existed in our land, he was one of its strong opposers, and when the Republican party was formed to prevent its further extension, gave that organization his warmest sympathy and helped to organize the party in Bradford Township. On the question of tariff he differs from the view held by the Republican party, believing that as England prospers under the system of free trade, that America would do well, and that it would be for the best interests of the Republic, to essentially modify the existing tariff laws. Mr. CUCKOW may now be regarded as independent in politics. In religious affiliations, he and his wife are members of the Congregational Church. He possess a broad charity for all whose aim is to do well and to lead an upright, honorable life. For nearly forty years he has been a resident of Rock County, and has witnessed the great and rapid transformation which has changed its prairies into beautiful farms, its little villages into rich and! prosperous cities. In 1885 he made a visit to England, and there also noted that many changes had been wrought, yet they could not compare with the rapid progress and unceasing development of the new world. ________________________________________
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Rock County, Wisconsin Biographies"Samuel Jarvis Cuckow" SAMUEL JARVIS CUCKOW was at the time of his death one of the venerable and most highly respected residents of Janesville, Rock Co., Wis. He was a native of England, where his birth occurred, in Rochester, Kent, Jan. 16, 1815, and was the second son of Elizabeth and Thomas B. CUCKOW. The latter was born in England in 1787, and died at the home of his son, in the town of Bradford, Rock County, Nov. 24, 1874. Thomas came to America in 1818, but soon returned to England, taking his family back with him. Robert Cuckow, father of Thomas, died in 1838, aged seventy-one years; his entire life was passed in England. Samuel Jarvis CUCKOW was brought up an lived in England, where he learned the printer's trade. In January, 1836, he married Sarah Eliza BRIDGELAND, born in Boxley, England, in 1814, and came immediately to New York. To them were born two children in New York City, Mary A. and Thomas J. They returned to England in 1840. After that two more children were born, Eliza and Eleanor B. His wife died in July, 1849. Two years later, with his motherless family, Mr. CUCKOW came to Wisconsin, and settled on the farm in Bradford, Rock County, which farm, and the additions thereto, he owned at the time of his decease. In 1885 he removed to Evanston, Ill., to live with his daughter, Mary A. Her death occurring a year later, he went to Janesville, Wis., where he continued to reside until the time of his death, March 5, 1901. For his second wife he married Eliza S. FILMER, born in England in 1815, and who came alone to New York from England. They were married in New York City in May, 1853, coming immediately to Wisconsin, where she died Aug. 18, 1900. Two children were born to them, Samuel F. and Ruth O. The latter died in 1893. Mr. CUCKOW's life was a busy one, and yet he found time to take a keen and intelligent interest in all that pertained to the welfare of his adopted country, and he won for himself a high place in the estimation of those who knew him for his industry and integrity of character. Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c) 1901, pp. 168-169.
More About Samuel Jarvis Cuckow: Baptism: 25 Feb 1815, Rochester,Kent. Census: 1880, Bedford Township,Wisconsin Farmer. Occupation: 1873, Painter & Farmer.
More About Samuel Jarvis Cuckow and Sarah Elizabeth Bridgeland: Marriage: 12 Mar 1836, Boxley,Kent.
More About Samuel Jarvis Cuckow and Eliza Simmons Filmer: Marriage: 26 May 1853, New York,New York,USA.
Children of Samuel Jarvis Cuckow and Sarah Elizabeth Bridgeland are:
Mary Ann Cuckow, b. 1837, New York City,New York,USA, d. 17 Jul 1886, Bradford Township,Rock County,Wisconsin.
+Thomas Jefferson Cuckow, b. 15 Dec 1838, New York, New York, USA at Jackson Place, d. 12 Mar 1911, Dell Rapids, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA.
Eliza Cuckow, b. May 1841, Southwark,Surrey, d. 20 May 1925, Chicago,Cook,Illinois.