JAMES TRAVIS, Secs. 13, 24 and 25; P. O. Syene; born in the town of Green, Chenango Co., N. Y., in 1825; son of Stephen and Mary (Timson) Travis; his father was born near Peekskill, N. Y., and his mother in New York City; in 1846, they, with their children, James and Catherine, and a nephew, C. B. Travis, located on Sec. 24, Fitchburg; James Travis worked six years as a teamster, hauling produce and goods over the bridgeless roads to and from Milwaukee; thirteen days were often spent in making the round trip. He married, in the fall of 1852, Miss Laura A. Sutherland, of Genesee Co., N. Y.; they lived eighteen months on the farm of Rev. M. A. Fox; in August, 1854, they began on 80 acres of the present farm, and in what is now the kitchen and woodhouse; Mr. Travis began in Wisconsin penniless, and worked until he was 22, before receiving a dollar; today he has 200 acres, 120 under cultivation, substantial barns, windmill, etc., and a most pleasant home. Mrs. Travis died Nov. 17, 1878, leaving four children—Julia A., Arthur L., Sadie M. and Mary A. Mr. T. is a Democrat; was Assessor one year, Supervisor three years, and Chairman two years. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; devotes his farm about equally to grain and stock, and, for sixteen years past, has bred fine Morgan horses. His brother, D. B. Travis, located in 1845 on a farm adjoining his on the south.
History of Dane County, Wisconsin, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, Page 1258