Biography of Henry C. Brush
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Henry Corbin Brush, deceased, was a leading citizen of Brushton, and enjoyed prominence throughout Franklin County and Northern New York. He was born on the Brush homestead at Brushton, Aug. 8, 1838, the son of Henry Neilson and Juanita De Jouve Brush.

Henry Neilson Brush was born in New York City, March 10, 1810, and died in 1872. He was the son of Ichabod and Euphemia May (Wilkins) Brush. Ichabod Brush, a native of England, was a prominent attorney in New York City for many years. He died in 1812 when his son, Henry Neilson was only two years of age. He and his wife had considerable wealth, she being the daughter of Rev. Isaac and Isabel Wilkins, who was the daughter of Lewis Morris and the sister of Gouverneur Morris, one of the landed gentry of New England. In his will, Ichabod Brush appointed Luther Braddish, his law partner and later Lieut. Governor of New York, as executor of his estate and guardian of his infant son. Mr. Braddish later purchased a large tract of land for his ward in Franklin County, and after attaining his majority, Henry Neilson Brush married and came to Northern New York to settle on the property. This is the present site of Brushton and the family homestead was built in 1835. To Henry Neilson Brush and his wife were born four children, two of whom died in infancy. The others were: Henry Corbin, the subject of this sketch ; and Emma E., married (first) Harry S. Steele, and (second) Clarence S. Steele. Both are deceased and are buried in New York City.

Henry Corbin Brush received his early education under his father's instruction, and later attended Franklin Academy, Ballston Spa, and Hobart College. He devoted his entire life to the management of his private interests in Franklin County and was also interested in the lumber business. He was a man of wide influence in public affairs although he never aspired to public office.

Mr. Brush was married (first) to Miss Jane Pickering, who died soon after their marriage. He later married, Jan. 7, 1886, Miss Florence Cook, the daughter of George and Elvira (Norris) Cook, of Brushton. To them were born five children: 1. Juanita, born May 1, 1888, died at the age of five years. 2. Constance, born May 14, 1891, married Charles C. Cassel, who is assistant engineer of the New York State Highway Department. They live at Watertown and have a daughter, Constance. 3. Neilson Corbin, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. 4. Edward Wilkins, born Oct. 16, 1896, a civil engineer, with the New York State Highway Department. He married Miss Alice Bradford Pierce, of Canton, N. Y. 5. Henry Corbin, Jr., born Dec. 19, 1898, attended the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, now identified with Spencer, Trask & Company of New York City. He married Miss Florence H. Hawkins, of Brushton.

Mr. Brush died in 1898 and is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Brushton. He was a Republican and held membership in the Episcopal Church. His widow lives in the family homestead.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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