Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties of Waupaca,
Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano,
containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and
of many of the Early Settled Families.
Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co 1895
Copied & transcribed by our dear friend, Elaine O’ Leary
JOHN AINSWORTH, a prosperous
farmer of Waukechon township, Shawano county, was born January 26, 1829,
near Poole, England, a son of Henry and Susan (Hoor) Ainsworth. Henry Ainsworth
was a farmer, and a successful man. He reared the following named children:
Martha, now deceased; Amelia, in England; Henry, in Richmond township,
Shawano county; John, whose name introduces this sketch; Mary, Sarah and
Elizabeth, in England; Thomas, a lumberman in Shawano, Shawano county;
and Sophia, now deceased.
John Ainsworth was reared a farmer boy, and had very limited
opportunities for book learning, receiving what education he obtained at
home. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years of age,
then, in 1850, sailed for America with his brother Henry, landing in New
York after a voyage of forty days. Going to Ohio, he stopped at Ashtabula,
where he engaged in day labor on a farm, and remained some five years.
Having saved some money, he came by rail to Wisconsin as far as Janesville,
and from there by team to Oshkosh, hiring out in a lumber camp, and thus
beginning a career in lumbering which he followed some thirteen years.
On September 2, 1864, John Ainsworth was united in marriage with Elizabeth
Jones, who was born in Lower Canada April 21, 1837, and they have had the
following named children: Maggie, in California; Georgie, now Mrs. Edward
Zamp, of California, with whom Maggie lives; Charles, now deceased; John
W., at home; Anna May, who is teaching school; and Virginia, at Antigo,
Langlade Co., Wis., teaching school.
Mrs. Ainsworth is a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Sedore)
Jones, the former of whom was born in Wales and came to Canada in an early
day. He was a carpenter by trade, and followed this occupation during the
greater part of his life. Mrs. Jones was from Albany, N. Y. She had
very limited opportunities for an education, and remained at home until
her marriage, at which time her parents were in Richmond township, Shawano
county, where her father followed lumbering. He died in Shawano in 1893,
at the age of eighty-eight, and the mother is now living in Shawano at
the age of seventy-nine. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jones had nine children,
namely: Anna B., now the wife of Thomas Ainsworth, brother of John Ainsworth;
Elizabeth, Mrs. John Ainsworth; Jane, now Mrs. James Brown of Embarrass,
Waupaca county; David G., a farmer in Shawano, Shawano county; Charles
E., deceased; Sebastian Gordon, deceased; William Henry and Arthur W.,
in Antigo, Langlade county; and; Georgie, now Mrs. Charles
McMekel, of Belle Plaine, Shawano county.
When Mr. Ainsworth was married he had 200 acres of land.
He came to Waukechon by team from Oshkosh, located on land here, and began
to open up and clear a farm, building a log house 24 x 30 feet, opening
roads through the trackless forests, and in other ways doing pioneer work.
He now has 160 acres of land, of which he has cleared sixty, and he has
also dealt in land. Politically Mr. Ainsworth is a Republican, and he has
been a member of the side board. In religious affiliation he is a member
of the English Episcopal Church.