Ichabod Codding was born Sept 23 1810 in Bristol New York. He was an abolitionist, speaker and writer. Though mainly known for his abolitionist activities, he was also an early advocate of absolute temperance.
It is said that he signed a pledge of total abstinence at age 17 and brought many friends to the cause. Before he was 21, he had given hundreds of lectures on the subject.
When he was 23 he entered Middlebury College in Vermont. During his freshman year he delivered a temperance speech in the town of Middlebury which created quite a bit of excitement and he was visited by local officials who complained of his speech. His abolitionist speeches often brought more than complaints and he was sometimes exposed to physical violence.
In May of 1843 he went to Illinois to visit his aged mother, who was living with her daughter in Goodings Grove (near 143rd & Bell Rd), He then began to speak for the Illinois State Anti-Slavery Society and he developed a great reputation for his speeches.
He was ordained in the Congregational Church and held pastorates in different Midwest cities including Joliet and Lockport and was a much loved pastor. He was later accused of unorthodoxy for finistering to “any and all”. He taught “sect-making is not Christianizing society, but filling it with discord and bigotry, thus impeding peace on earth”
Ichabod Codding married Hannah Maria Preston and they had four children.
Codding died of gastric fever on June 17 1866 at age 56 in Baraboo Wisconsin where his family was then living. He had just completed arrangements for his permanent settlement as pastor of the Unitarian Church at Bloomington, IL. He is buried in the Lockport City Cemetery.