Biography of Amos B. Tefft
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Amos B. Tefft, a pioneer of Courtland, was born in Springport, Caynga Co., N. Y., June 25, 1821. He is a son of Jabish and Hannah Tefft, who were natives of Washington Co., N. Y. Amos was reared on a farm and received a common-school education. July, 1852, he came to Courtland and "took up" 40 acres on sec. 17, and bought 50 acres on sec. 20; also entered 40 acres on sec. 17 for L. Sperry. November, of the same year, he went back to New York, and in 1854 he removed to this county, and in '55 settled on the farm he previously located. He was married on the 24th of March, 1864, to Jane A., daughter of Rensselaer L. and Hester Ann Underhill, born in Allen, Allegany Co., N. Y., Nov. 11, 1838. They have had three children, two living, viz. : Mertilla Clementine, born March 18, 1865; and Melvin A. Rensselaer L. (deceased) was born July 24, 1872, and died Aug. 30, 1873.

Mr. Tefft is Republican in politics. He owns a farm of 140 acres. on sees. 17 and 20; well improved.

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