Ebenezer Childs

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Ebenezer Childs (April 3, 1797 – December 15, 1864) was an American pioneer, builder, and legislator.

Born in Barre, Massachusetts, Childs left Massachusetts in 1816 for New York, Ohio and then Michigan. In 1820, Childs settled in Green Bay, Michigan Territory where he built homes and saw mills. Eventually he open a store and was a fur trapper. In 1829, Childs was appointed sheriff of Brown County, Michigan Territory serving until 1836. Child then served in the Wisconsin Territorial House of Representatives 1836-1840 and was appointed sergeant at arms for the Wisconsin Territorial Council in 1842-1843. In 1838, Childs was named commissary general for Wisconsin Territory and was named a colonel. Childs went to Copper Harbor, Michigan, in 1845, where he built the first saw mill in the Upper Peninsula. Then, Childs moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1852. In 1852, Childs moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin where he had property. He died in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ 'Collections of the State Historical Society,' "Recollections of General Albert G. Ellis," Vol 7, pg. 257-258
  2. ^ 'Triennel Catalogues of the Portrait Gallery of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Democratic Printing Company: 1889, pg. 59
  3. ^ 'History of the Territory of Wisconsin, From 1863 to 1848,' Moses McCure Strong, Heritage Books: 1885, pg. 83-84