Biography of Richard Edgerton of Batavia, NY

Richard Edgerton, a native of Massachusetts, came to Elba, accom- panied by his wife, very early in the first settlement of the town. He died in Batavia at an advanced age. He taught school most of the time after 18 years of age. His wife was Judith Graves, of Massachusetts, and his children were Henry and Richard. Henry was born in Massachusetts, November 26, 1788, and died in 1873, aged 85 years. He came to Barre, N. Y., when 29 years of age, with but $7.50 in hispocket He married Jane, daughter of John and Betsey (Miller) West, of Massachusetts, who died in 1886, aged 87 years. Their children were Betsey J., Henry G., Savilla A., Jane M., Philo A., Rodney R., Mary F., and Eva L., all of whom grew to maturity. The sons, men of integrity, are residents of the county. One daughter is a resident of this county, one of Orleans County, and two of Michigan. Eva L. Edgerton married Eben Noyes, grandson of Rev. John Noyes, of Connecticut. Their children are Philo E., Allie E., and Hattie E., now residents of Batavia village. Jane M. Edgerton married William H. Baldwin, of Elba (now Oakfield). In the early days of the settlement it was very hard to procure enough food for families. Henry Edgerton and family suffered many privations, and. often times his family were without sufficient food, so that the approach of the teams coming from the mill was the scene of much rejoicing and anxious waiting.

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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