ITEM: Daniel Eggleston biography
SOURCE: The History of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880 (Fairwater Historical Society, gift from Richard and Joyce Damerau)
DANIEL EGGLESTON, farmer and first settler in Metomen Township; P. O. Brandon; was born March 21, 1812, in Greenwich, Washington Co., N. Y.; lived with his parents on the farm till 22 years of age, then moved to Onandaga Co., N. Y. where he kept hotel four years at Clintonville. He was married on the 19th of May, 1836, at Clintonville, to Miss Sarah A. Robinson; they have had five children, three of whom still live--Julian A., born in 1840, and married in 1868; Eugene B., born in 1844, and married in 1880; Alice A., born in 1849, and married in 1871; the other two died in infancy. After leaving New York State, he located in Russell township, Geauga Co., Ohio, where he remained five years; the "Western fever" was then taking off many of the sturdy yeomanry of the East, and Daniel Eggleston followed the "star of empire;" in May, 1845, he came with his family to Metomen Township, Wisconsin Ter., and bought the farm which he now owns, and by that act became the first settler in this township; he now owns 400 acres, 280 of which are under cultivation, the remainder being timber land; a branch of Grand River crosses his farm; he had an "ocean of land" from which to select, and he chose a combination of prairie and timber, with flowing water; he has been prominent as a stock-raiser and dealer, particularly of horses; he was elected one of the Supervisors when the town was organized in 1846, and has held several local offices. His wife died in April, 1869; she was a member of the Disciples Church. Mr. Eggleston is a moral citizen and a friend of churches; politically, is a Republican; financially, solid, and, historically, the standard-bearer of the Pioneer Corps in the town of Metomen.