Biography of Matthew W. Heal of Stafford, NY

Matthew W. Heal, one of the 13 children of John and Mary Heal, was born in Devonshire, Eng., in 1827. At the age of nine years, with his parents, he came to Stafford, and after leaving school he worked on a farm. In 1849 he married Harriet, daughter of John and Mandy March. She was born in Ohio. After his marriage he pursued farming, purchasing the Richardson place. Selling that farm he bought the Babbage property, and later the Crocker place. In 1865 he became the possessor of the old stage tavern, formerly owned by Henry Wolf, and which is now the well known Heal Hotel. Of their seven children six are still living, viz.: William H., Hattie A., John M., Frank C., who is in business in Batavia, Minnie P., and Georgie Anna. In 1860 he was elected constable, which office he still holds. He served as collector for eight years. In 1887 he was appointed deputy sheriff, and in 1869-70 he took the census of Byron, Stafford, and Pavilion. He is a Mason, belonging to Olive Branch Lodge, of Le Roy, and a member of Lodge No. 222, I. O. O. F. Mr. Heal manages a farm of 60 acres, upon which is a valuable stone quarry, the stone from which was used in the bridge of the D., L. & W. Railroad.

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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