Biography of Erastus Emerson of Bergan, NY

Erastus Emerson, eldest son of Joseph Emerson, was born in Riga, N. Y., July 27, 1810. He followed farming till 1854, when he was compelled to retire by reason of injuries received. Four children were born to him, as follows: Joseph T., John R., Jerome E., and George E., all of whom are living except the.first named. John R. Emerson, the second child, of Bergen village, was born in Riga, February 9, 1844, and at the age of 15 be went to Colchester, Conn., to learn the trade of tanner and currier, remaining there about three years. He enlisted in Co. H, 21st Conn. Vols., for three years, or during the war. He was mustered into service at Norwich, Conn, August 22, 1862, and left for the seat of war September 11th. He was attached to the Army of the Potomac, in the 9th Corps; was at the battle of Fredericksburg, was marched the length of the peninsula to Hampton, July 12th, and on the 15th was marched to Portsmouth to act as provost-guard for the city. On the 15th of May he joined Butler's army, on the James River, and was assigned to the 18th Corps. He was at the battle of Drury's Bluff; joined Grant's. army at Cold Harbor, June 1st, and was at the surrender of Lee. He arrived at Richmond, June 15, 1865, and embarked for home. Arriving at New Haven on the 18th he was mustered out July 1st, making the term of service 34 months. Five battles and three skirmishes were participated in without a scratch. He then attended Eastman's Commercial College at Rochester, from which he received a diploma in 1866. March 18, 1868, he married Emma L., daughter of Aaron and Avis Bissell, of Bergen. He followed farming till 1883, when he entered the mercantile business as partner of A. B. Enoch. They carried on a general store for several years. Mr. Emerson has two children-Clayton B., born December 28, 1870, and Bessie E., born July 1, 1879.

Our Countty and it's people
a descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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