Biography of Moses Gillett





Moses Gillett was born in Connecticut in 1799, and came with his fdther from Ovid, N. Y., to Byron in 1818, settling on a new farm in a log house about a mile west of the village of South Byron, where he resided until his death, December 17, 1860. February 28, 1828, he married Polly Gillett, a native of Connecticut, who was born October 27, 1803, and died on the homestead October 6, 1865. Their children were Seth, born December 4, 1828; Silva A., born June 18, 1830; Jerome, born September 2, 1833; John, born May 26, 1835; Cleaveland, born June 16, 1838; and William H. H., born April 16, 1840. Mr. Giilett was an industrious man, and gave his attention to his own business. In politics he was a staunch Whig, but declined office. His son Jerome was reared on the homestead, and learned the trade of mason, which he followed some years. He also dealt in fruit and live stock, made a trip to the "West" with the intention of settling there, but returned to his native town, and for five years he engaged in dealing in live stock and country produce. In 1873 he bought the hotel which bears his name, and which he is still conducting, being also engaged in farming and dealing in horses and all kinds of marketable property. March 13, 1862, he married Hattie M. Gardner, of Stafford, who was born in Batavia, June 14, 1841. They have had four children, of whom three sons are now living. Their only daughter died in early childhood. Their oldest son, Cleveland M., born December 19, 1862, has been a general merchant a year or two, has conducted a meat market one winter, and traveled one year in the West. He is now a farmer with his father.


FROM: Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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