William Arbuckle, farmer, P. O. Somerford, was born in Madison County, Ohio, May 28, 1815, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Bishop) Arbuckle, who were both natives of Virginia. John was married twice. His first wife was Nancy Sturgeon. William, at twenty-three years of age, engaged in working by the month. Thus he continued for one summer, when he inherited 101 acres of land from his father, it being the farm he now occupies. He acquired a very limited education, and was united in marriage with Frances E. Taylor, February 10, 1842. In 1878, she died, leaving him to mourn her loss, and he has remained a widower, living on the farm with his children ever since. He is the father of six children, of whom three survive, viz., John H., Frances Rosaltha and Elmer. Mr. Arbuckle was elected School Director by his neighbors.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]