Biography of Hiram Chaddock of Batavia, NY

Hiram Chaddock, son of Dennis B. and Lydia (Thompson) Chaddock, was born in Alexander in 1826. His father was a native of Worcester, Mass., and when 20 years of age came from Vermont to Alexander with a younger brother, Luther. The father was married in 1820. Levi Thompson, the grandfather of Hiram, came from Washington County in 1810. Dennis and Luther took up about 400 acres of land in the southeast part of the town. Dennis died in 1868, aged 54 years, and his wife in 1834. His second wife died in 1881. Hiram was reared upon the farm and had the advantage of a seminary education. He made a study of the insurance business, and for a number of years traveled throughout the State. Ill health caused him to abandon the business, and, having purchased a farm in Bethany, he followed farming for 21 years. In 1852 he married Harriet A., daughter of Rev. Josiah Keyes, a Methodist divine and presiding elder. In 1873 he came to Batavia, purchased the Ellicott property of about 40 acres, and opened up streets and laid out lots, donating land for Prospect and Richmond avenues and Mix Place. He has erected seven dwellings, and lives in one of the best in town. Mr. Chaddock was one of the organizers of the Holland Purchase Fire Insurance Co., which was conducted successfully for 17 years. He served the company as general superintendent, agent, and adjuster for 13 years, and was appointed receiver of the concern and settled up its affairs. By his prudent management he paid to the stockholdersapremium of 20 per cent. on their stock. Mr. Chaddock is the owner of over 1,000 acres of land, having given 500 acres to his children. He has three children: Walter H., a farmer of Batavia; Dennis K., a liveryman and farmer; and Hattie L, who married the only son of Rev. Dr. Paddock, of Rochester. Mrs. Chaddock is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Batavia.

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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