Pages 892-893, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




THOMAS M. HERDMAN was born in Jersey county, Illinois, February 25, 1868, and is of Scotch-Irish lineage. His father, Thomas M. Herdman, Sr., was born in county Antrim, Ireland, and about 1845, bidding adieu to the Emerald Isle, sailed for the United States. Landing in New York, he there remained until the great gold excitement in California attracted to the Pacific coast, men from all parts of the country, when he joined the Argonauts bound for that state. He was very successful in his mining ventures there and remained in California for five years after which he returned to New York. In 1861 he removed to Illinois, where he met and married Miss Margaret Parcell, a native of New Jersey, born near Boundbrook. In 1870, Mr. Herdman came with his wife and


children to Kansas, settling two miles north of the present site of Piqua. He purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, plowed and planted the fields and soon had a highly improved farm on which he resided until his death, which occurred in 1880, when he was forty-nine years of age. His wife survived him until March, 1900, when she passed away at the age of fifty-two years. This worthy couple were the parents of seven children.

Thomas M. Herdman, whose name begins this record, was the second in order of birth, and was about two years old when brought by his parents to this state. Here he was reared and educated, attending the district schools through the winter months and assisting in the work of the home farm through the summer season. He is now living on the old homestead and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. The heirs have one hundred and sixty acres of land, which is yet undivided.

On the 2d of December, 1891, Thomas Herdman was united in marriage to Miss Dellah Addleman, who was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania, and came with her parents to Kansas in 1887. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara (Hoffman) Addleman, both of whom are natives of the Keystone state. Mr. and Mrs. Herdman now have two children: Lloyd and Helen aged prespectively six and three years, and their presence adds sunshine and happiness to the home. Mr. Herdman holds membership with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is one of the industrious young farmers of Woodson County, and if he continues in his present industrious and honorable course will in a few years be ranked with the wealthy of the community.

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