Biography of Cornelius Courtwright
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Cornelius Courtwright, a leading citizen of Ada, was born in Tioga Co., N. Y., Sept. 25, 1821, and is a son of Moses and Esther Courtwright. His grandsire, Gideon Courtwright, was a hero of the Revolution. Mr. Courtwright, of this sketch, was bred on a farm and obtained his education in the common schools In 1844 he entered 120 acres of Government land on secs. 10 and 15, Grattan tp. ,and found home and employ among the farmers of Plainfield until 1847, when he went to Muskegon, where be pursued lumbering three years and returned to this county and purchased 80 acres on sec. 16, Ada. He was married April 17, 1851, to Sarah Naysmith, born inYork, Livingston Co., N. Y., July 26, 1827. They have one child, Edgar J., born Jan. 22, 1858. He was reared on his father's farm and married Feb. 4, 1878, Libbie Mason, born in Troy, N. Y., Dec. 1, 1854. Mr. Courtwright is widely esteemed for his benevolent character and honorable record.

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