Prime, Henry, p. o. Upper Jay, a venerable citizen of Upper Jay village was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county,
N. Y., May 14, 1810; has been twice married, first to Minerva, daughter of Benjamin Whitman, in 1834. She died
in May, 1843, leaving Henry M., now of Keeseville, N. Y., a speculator; Ann, now Mrs. Charles Smith; Ashley S.,
of Jay; Ellen, now Mrs. Lewis Bartlett. of Jay; Minerva, Mrs. Hiram Parish. Aug. 22, 1843. Mr. Prime married Mary,
daughter of Asa and Maria (Walker) Sumner. Their children are Silas W. and Spencer G., merchants of Upper Jay:
Mary, now Mrs. Arthur Knappin; Etta, now Mrs. John Heald. Ashley Prime is a member of the drug firm of Smith &
Prime, of Ausable Forks, and is also engaged in farming. Was married Feb. 8. 1S62, to Helen L., daughter of G.
H. Smith. They have four children: Peter C., Victor W., Emma L., and Matthew J. He was a soldier 111 the 118th
N. Y. Vol. Infantry. Company C; enlisted as private Aug. 11, 1862, was made sergeant and rose to the rank of second
lieutenant: was wounded in the second battle of Fair Oaks, gunshot in the neck, also in the face in front of Petersburg.
Was discharged June 29, 1865.
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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