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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SIDNEY B. CODDING is successfully conducting general farming and stock-raising upon section 18, Howard Township, and is well known as one of the successful and prosperous agriculturists of Cass County. He was born in Lamoille County, Vt., on the 24th of January, 1845, and traces his ancestry to England. His grandfather, Abiah Codding, was, it is supposed, born in Massachusetts and followed the occupation of a farmer in the Green Mountain State. During the War of 1812 he enlisted in the defense of our country and fought with valor until peace was declared.

The father of our subject, Russell Codding, was born in Vermont, where he followed agricultural pursuits. In that State he married Sophia Enes, and there he remained until his career was terminated by death, at the age of sixty-five years. His family consisted of four sons and four daughters, all of whom grew to maturity. Our subject is the youngest and the only member of the family now living. He was reared in the county of his birth, where he enjoyed such educational advantages as were to be obtained in the schools of the vicinity. In 1875 he came to Michigan, locating on a farm in Ingham County. Two years afterward he went to Bertrand Township, Berrien County, where he engaged as a tiller of the soil for nine years.

Locating on his present home in 1886, Mr. Codding has since devoted his attention exclusively to farming operations and at the present time superintends three hundred and five acres of choice farming land. He is the owner of ninety-five acres, which he devotes to general farming and stock-raising purposes, and as he uses good judgment and sound common-sense in his investments and business dealings, he has gained a position among the prominent farmers of the community. Politically, he is a Republican and favors the principles of protection of American industries; however, he takes no active part in public affairs and has held no political position, although he has served acceptably in the school offices. Socially, he affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Niles Lodge No. 4, also of the Royal Arch Masons of Niles, and Chapter No. 628, R. A., of Niles.

December 31, 1873, Mr. Codding married Miss Lora T. Hull, who was born in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vt., January 23, 1849. Her father, Martin Hull, was a native of the Green Mountain State, and engaged in farming there, also followed the trade of a cooper. His father, Anson Hull, was originally from Connecticut and was a descendant of English ancestry. The mother of Mrs. Codding was in maidenhood Miss Lucia Bessy and was born in Vermont, being of English descent. The family of which Mrs. Codding is a member numbered four children, she being the second in order of birth. For a number of years she engaged in teaching school in Vermont and is a lady of culture and refinement. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Codding has been blessed by the birth of one daughter, Jennie G., who was born in Ingham County, Mich., November 13, 1875, and is at present a student in the Niles schools.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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