From the â€œHistory of Columbia County, Wisconsin-1880â€, referenced under the â€˜Town of Columbusâ€™ there is a biographical sketch for Richard Laskey. Richard Laskey, deceased, was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1784, and lived there on a farm till about 21 years of age; he then joined the British army as a soldier in the War of 1812, and served most of the time in Canada; at the close of the war, he deserted the army, crossed the Niagara River on the ice into New York State, and located in the town of Greene, Chenango Co, where he made his home till 1844. He was married there, Feb 9, 1826, to Miss Dorothy Johnson, a native of New Hampshire, where she was born Feb 13, 1800, but emigrated to New York with her parents when 12 years old. In 1844, Mr and Mrs Laskey, with their family of twelve children, emigrated to Wisconsin, and located on a farm in the town of Lina, Walworth Co; a year later (1845), they moved to Columbia Co, and located in the town of Hampden, where they were among the first families, and made that their home for about 22 years. In 1867, they removed to the town of Columbus, and settled on a farm, on Sec. 24, where he died in 1870, and his wife in 1875; they were members of the M.E. Church. Their children are Rhoda, born Nov 12, 1826, the late wife of Thomas Smith, now deceased; John, born Dec 13, 1827, who owns a farm of 60 acres in the town of York, Dane Co; Albert, born Nov 30, 1828, who, with his brother John, owes a farm of 390 acres in the town of Columbus; Thomas, born Sept 30, 1831, enlisted in Co. K, 18th W.V.I., and killed at the battle of Shiloh; Stephen, born April 13, 1833, and died in the town of Hampden; Asenath, born Dec 13, 1835, now Mrs Thomas Smith, of Columbus; Chloe, born March 7, 1837, now Mrs L.B. Huntington, of the town of Fountain Prairie; Uri, born Feb 14, 1839, enlisted in Co. A, 7th W.V.I., was wounded at the battle of Gainesville, Va., died at Alexandria; David, born Oct 23, 1841, and now lives in this town (Columbus).