Biography of M. W. Oderkirk of Stafford, NY

M. W. Oderkirk, only son of F. R. and Ann Oderkirk, was born in Rensselaer County, N. Y., July 4, 1829. His grandfather, Isaac, was the first white child baptized in Albany. The family are of Dutch origin. Mr. Oderkirk's education was limited, being obliged in early life to assist in the support of his mother and sisters. His youth was spent at Johnstown, N. Y., where he was engaged in the express business. From 1868 to 1874 he was a wholesale and retail dealer in flour, feed, and grain in Glovet sville, N. Y. He was also supervisor of that town in 1874-77. In 1851 he married Caroline, eldest daughter of John D. and Desire Haggart. She was born in 1829. Four children were born to them, viz.: Anna C., who died in 1879; Frank J., born in 1855; John H., born in 1858; and Watts, born in 1863. In 1877 Mr. Oderkirk came to Stafford and purchased the farm known as the Gillett place, where he now resides.

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of Genesee County, New York
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J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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