Biography of John N. Champion of Le Roy, NY

John N. Champion, only child of John N. and Amanda A. (Boyer) Champion, was born May 21, 1849, in Le Roy village. Receiving a good academic education he, at the age of 19, entered the hardware store of A. G Carpenter & Co, as salesman, and later was with M. F. Bixby. In October, 1873, he started the Le Roy livery and sale stable, and September 1, 1878, he took charge of the same as agent for H. W. Hascall. January 1, 1890, he purchased the entire business, and has handled more fine horses than any other man in Genesee County, making his purchases in nearly every part of the United States and Canada. His shipments of horses have been mostly from the Western States. Mr.. Champion has to a considerable extent engaged in contracting earth work. He is an honored and respected member and officer of Olive Branch Lodge, F. & A. M., of Le Roy, and also a member of Batavia Commandery. He married Carrie E., daughter of H. H. Olmsted, of Le Roy, and they have four children, John O., Henry H., Carrie E., and Albert N. John N. Champion. Sr., born in Lebanon, Conn., was one of two sons and two daughters born to John and Rhoda (Rockwell) Champion. He came to Le Roy with his parents about 1825, and was a leading dry goods merchant for about 25 years, which business was established by his father. His wife was born in New York city, a daughter of Capt. Joseph Boyer, who was born on Bermuda Island, and was a sea captain during his life. He married Mrs Emma (Maghee) Lewis, who bore him two sons and five daughters, and who had one son and one daughter by her former husband, Richard Lewis, of Lown Island. She lived in the old Somwrindyke house, which was the last of the old relics torn down. After Mr. Boyer was lost at sea his widow and family, in April, 1831, came to Le Roy.

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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