Biography of Seth Harris of Le Roy, NY

Seth Harris, son of Daniel and Mary (Paddock) Harris, was born April 9, 1815, in Le Roy. He received a common school education, was a lieutenant of militia, and was one of the substantial and leading farmers of the town. He married Elsie, daughter of Elijah and Dimmis (Kneeland) Crocker, and their children were Mary (Mrs. Ward), Elijah, Emeline C. (Mrs. Bulkley), Jane (Mrs. Kingdon), and Phebe. Elijah Crocker (son of .Simeon) and his wife were born in Norwich, Conn., came to Le Roy in 1816, and located on 140 acres where the widow of Seth Harris now resides. Mr. Crocker died lacking 13 days of being 90 years of age. Be had three children, viz.: Eliza, who married, first, a Mr. Van Allen, by whom she had one son, Edward W.,and second, a Mr. Elderkin, by whom she has one daughter, Eunice (Mrs. Phillips); Emeline, who died at the age of 12 years; and Elsie, now the widow of Seth Harris. William Harris was born May 14, 1825, where he now resides. He received a good common school education, and at the age of 23 began business for himself at Lime Rock. After his father's death he returned to the homestead, where he now resides. He has been thrice married. His first wife was Aseneth Crouth, who died without issue. His second wife was Emeline, daughter of James Chase, of Pavilion, and their two children were William H. and Carrie R. James Chase was born in Albany County, N. Y., and moved to Allegany County, thence to this county. The third wife of Mr. Harris was Mary, daughter of Froman Winnie, by whom he has three children: Emma, Nellie, and Daniel. Mr. Harris has served three years as excise commissioner, and for the past three years has served as assessor. He is a son of Daniel and Mary J. (Paddock) Harris, natives of Middletown, Conn., who came to Genesee County in 1810, and settled on 100 acres where William now resides. When Daniel first came to the county he exchanged one bushel of wheat for a yard of factory cloth, and continued this until he had enough to make a suit of clothes-the finest he had ever worn. This was made from flax and wool, which was spun by his family. He had 14 children, and raised five Sons and seven daughters, the sons being Daniel, Seth., William, James, of Cleveland, and Elijah, the latter of whom is a professor in Amherst College.

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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