Biography of James Annin of Le Roy, NY

James Annin was born July 29, 1828, in Le Roy. His parents, Joseph and Melinda (Wells) Annin, were born in New Jersey and Milford, Conn., respectively. Joseph Annin came to Cayuga County, thence to Le Roy, and engaged in the mercantile business, being one of the earliest in the village. They had children as follows: William Le Roy, the first male child born in the town after the name was changed from Bellona to Le Roy, George W., Joseph W., Catharine, James, Charles, and Sarah. Joseph Annin died in 1835, aged 45 years. He was a son of William Annin, who was an early pioneer of Cayuga County, and was one of the earliest pioneer teachers of that section. James Annin, son of Joseph, was reared in Le Roy village. After his mother's death, and at the age of 11 years, he began to earn his own livelihood. He entered a dry goods store at Mount Morris. In the fall of 1840 he returned to Le Roy, and with Russels & Sampson began the trade of jeweler. After three years' experience he went to Boston and finished his trade. Six years later be returned to Le Roy and opened a store near the Eagle Hotel, where he remained one year, after which he carried on business at various places until the Lampson House was complete, when he entered the room he now occupies. Mr. Annin is the oldest merhant now doing business in LeRoy. He has since beginning business repaired over 65,000 watches, engraved over 4,000 coffin plates, and has made over $80,000. He married, August 30, 1849, Priscilla W., daughter of William Keith, of Boston, by whom he had seven children, viz.: James, Jr., Charles H., of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Elizabeth W., Hattie K., also of Grand Rapids; Frank, of Toledo, O.; Herbert E., of Grand Rapids; and Lillian G. Mrs. Annin died in September, 1879.

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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