John Thackray, who is now living retired in Greenbush, was for many years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in this township of which he has been a resident for fifty-nine years. He was born in Yorkshire, England, on the 11rth of October, 1830, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thackray. Both his father and mother were natives of Yorkshire, where they passed their entire lives.
The first twenty-three years in the life of John Thackray were passed in the rural districts of England, his energies, after the completion of his education, being devoted to agricultural pursuits. At the end of that time he decided to become a citizen of the United States and in 1853 he took passage for this country, joining two brothers, George and William, who had located in Sheboygan county the year previous. He purchased eighty acres of timber land located east of Greenbush on the plank road and on the 4th of December, 1853, took up his residence in this township, where he has ever since resided. He cleared and improved this place but subsequently disposed of it and bought forty acres northeast of Greenbush, that he cultivated for thirty years. As he applied himself intelligently and persistently to his work he prospered in his undertakings and later bought twenty-six acres of land adjacent to Greenbush.
Mr. Thackray, who has now attained the venerable age of eighty-two years, has long been living retired, but continues to reside in the country and now makes his home on his small farm adjacent to town.
For his wife and helpmate, Mr. Thackray chose Miss Mary Cole, who was born in Lincolnshire, England, in March, 1836, and is a daughter of Thomas and Ann Cole. They came to the United States about 1848, locating in Sheboygan county, where two sons, Thomas and William, settled in 1833. Mr. and Mrs. Thackray were married in Greenbush in December, 1859, and to them were born the following children: Henry; Walter; George, who is living in Nebraska; Lottie, Charles, who lives in Oconto county, this state; Mrs. Maud Stanward, of Sheboygan; and Joseph.
In matters of religious faith Mr. Thackray is a Methodist and in politics he is a republican. He has lived to witness many changes that have followed the advent of a newer civilization and the introduction of modern inventions consistent with the enterprising and progressive spirit of the times, and has watched with interest the development of this portion of the state as it has been converted from a wilderness into an agricultural district.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL