Ebenezer Childs

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

Childs was born in Barre, Massachusetts on April 3, 1797 and was orphaned as a child.[1] He left Massachusetts in 1816 for New York in order to avoid taxes,[1] and then made his way to Ohio and then Michigan, where he made a profit smuggling whiskey into the military garrison.[1] In 1820, Childs settled in Green Bay, Michigan Territory where he built homes and sawmills. Eventually he opened a store and was a fur trapper. In 1825, he built the first frame house in Wisconsin for James Duane Doty.[1][2] In 1829, Childs was appointed sheriff of Brown County,[1] Michigan Territory serving until 1836. Childs then served in the Wisconsin Territorial House of Representatives from 1836 to 1840[1] and was appointed sergeant at arms for the Wisconsin Territorial Council from 1842 to 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 sawmill in the Upper Peninsula. Then, Childs moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1852. In 1852, Childs moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin,[1] where he had property. Childs died in La Crosse, Wisconsin on December 15, 1864.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Early Kaukauna Postmaster Picturesque Settler". The Post-Crescent. April 11, 1959. p. 4. Retrieved March 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Looking Backward: Pioneer Ebenezer Childs Dies". The Post-Crescent. December 19, 1964. p. 20. Retrieved March 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ 'Collections of the State Historical Society,' "Recollections of General Albert G. Ellis," Vol 7, pg. 257-258
  4. ^ 'Triennel Catalogues of the Portrait Gallery of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Democratic Printing Company: 1889, pg. 59
  5. ^ 'History of the Territory of Wisconsin, From 1863 to 1848,' Moses McCure Strong, Heritage Books: 1885, pg. 83-84


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