Biography of Miles B. Adams of Batavia, NY





Miles B. Adams, a successful business man, was born in Saratoga County in 1829, a son of Arial and Anna (Dennis) Adams. The father died in 1848, and the mother is now living in Wisconsin, over 90 years of age. At the age of 19 Miles B. Adams began for himself, learning the machinists' trade, working at it 11 years. He next engaged in business in York, Livingston County, remaining there seven years. In 1869 he became a resident of Batavia, and was for seven years located at 98 Main street, and nine years at 99 Main Street, during which time he established a large grocery trade. He finally moved to Jackson street. After many years of active business he decided to abandon the grocery trade and market, and established a coal and wood yard on School street, which now occupies his attention, and to which he devotes the same progressive methods that characterized his former business relations. He has also been active in interests to better the condition of Batavia, both materially and morally, is one of the directors of the loan association, and a staunch Prohibitionist. In 1850 he was united in marriage with Miss Polly Dowd, daughter of Joseph and Polly (Dutton) Dowd, of this county. Joseph Dowd was a farmer of Stafford, residing thçre until his death. His son, William Dowd, is president of the Bank of North America of New York, and prominent in business and political life. The Dutton family were among the earliest pioneers, and have been prominent in the history of the Presbyterian Church of the county.

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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