Bruce, John B., a highly respected citizen of Jay. is the fifth youngest in a family of fourteen children of
Jonah Bruce. He was born August 31st, 1822; was married September 2d. 1879, to Rachel, daughter of E. R. Boynton;
they have one daughter. Sallie 3. Abner H. Bruce, son of Benjamin Bruce, was born March 15th, 1835; he now resides
in Black Brook, Clinton county; he has been twice married: first, in 1856, to Miss Whitney: she died, leaving two
children, Selden and Minnie. For a second wife he married Minnie, daughter of Horace Smith, of Jay. Mr. Bruce served
in the Rebellion; was a member of the 3d Cavalry eighteen months, and later in the 96th N. Y. Vol. Infantry twenty
two months; was wounded at Cold Harbor. and again at Pea Ridge. He had four brothers in the army: Orlin, Jonah.
Franklin, and Joseph, who was wounded at Gettysburg and died at Washington, D. C. Martin J. Bruce, son of Joseph
Bruce, was born in Lower Jay, February 26th, 1852; is a successful schoolteacher and horticulturist; was married
March 12th, 1877, to Sarah, daughter of John Otis, of Elizabethtown.
History of Essex County
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: H. P. Smith
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1885
Essex County, NY
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