Biography of George Platt- of Le Roy, NY

George Platt, one of the earliest pioneers of Le Roy, was born July 27, 1804, across the street from the Episcopal Church. He had a limited education, was a farmer during his early life, and served as colonel of militia. He was twice married, first to Rachel Lyman, by whom he had three children, one of whom attained maturity-George G., now of Rochester. He died April 2, 1888. Mr. Platt spent his latter life on Summit street. He was a youth when the ground on this street was cleared, and he cut the top out of a small elm tree, which he could bend over by his weight He trained this from year to year, till now it is a most beautiful and magnificent shade tree, whose branches reach from 75 to 80 feet in all directions. Miss Harriet J. Farnsworth now occupies the lot upon which this tree stands. George Platt was a son of Judge Ezra Platt, who was one of the earliest settlers of Le Roy. He erected a house on the corner of Main and Church streets in 1803, which he occupied until his death in 1811. He left seven children: Mrs. L. Wolcott, Ezra, Oliver, Elijah, Margaret, Ira, and George. He was one of the earliest judges of the county, and built and run the first grist-mill in the town. He owned all the land on the east bank of the creek, Miss Farnsworth, who cared for Mr. Platt in his declining years, occupies a neat cottage which was left her for her kindness to him.

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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