Biography of Benjamin Raymond
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Benjamin Raymond was born in Ackworth. N. H., in 1798. He married Jane Latham Conant, a direct descendant of Roger Conant on one side, and on the other of Mary Chilton, who was the first woman that set foot an Plymouth Rock. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond moved to Fort Covington about 1820. Mr. Raymond was a millwright, and built many mills in the northern part of the county, afterward engaging in mercantile business with remarkable success, having been one of the two merchants at French Mills in early days who did not fail. In 1855 he removed to Malone, and, probably more than any other one man, initiated and carried through the project of giving the village a gravity system of water works. He was also the father of the creation of the cemetery that is now known as Morningside, and gave to the undertaking and its development a degree of unrewarded attention and care that makes the present generation debtor to him in no small meaware. Few men were more useful in a public way, possessed sounder practical judgment, displayed a larger public spirit, or commanded more of general confidence and respect. He died in Malone November 17, 1870.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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