Underwood Family

Did you ever notice that all of the grade schools in Wauwatosa are named after Presidents except for Underwood (also Washington was renamed from Webster)? That is because the Underwood family started the first school in Wauwatosa.

The family tree is as follows:
William Owens Underwood, (Born 1790, Berkeley County, Virgiania, Died 1864) - Came to Wisconsin Territory in 1836

1st wife - Catherine Hill, (b. 1794, Marion County, Virgiania, d. 1820)
Catherine's children are:

  • Abram (b. 1813, d. 1830)
  • Jarett (b. 1815, d. 1820)
  • Enoch (b. 1817, d. 1888)

2nd wife - Margaret Morgan, (b. 1800 Morgantown, Virginia d. 1897)

  • Eliza Morgan (b. 1822, d. 1879)
  • Jane (b. 1825, d. 1853)
  • Adeline Willard (b. 1827, d. 1859)
  • Lucy (b. 1829, d. 1903)
  • Jackson (b. 1832, 1846)
  • Lucretia Martin (b. 1835, d. 1858)
  • Hannah Shafer (b. 1838, d. 1917)
  • Mahala Rood (b. 1842, d. 1881)

The First Baptist Church, lead by Rev. Enoch Underwood, membership was strongly committed to abolitionism. On of their first actions was to pass a resolution stating "American slavery is not only an infringement of the rights of fellow man but a gross violation of the law of God. Therefore we cannot fellowship with any who hold slaves, or uphold the institution. Enoch Underwood and his wife Harriet used the closet of their home to shelter fugitive slaves. One such slave was Caroline Quarrels who escaped from St. Louis Missouri to Milwaukee via the Underground Railroad. She eventually made her way into Canada where she lived as a free woman.

For additional information, go to Underwood Memorial Baptist Church website.