Biography of Harris P. Beckwith

Beckwith, Harris P., p. o. North Pembroke, N. Y., was born in the town of Batavia, August 7, 1842, was educated in the district schools and East Pembroke Seminary, and has always been a farmer. In August, 1866, he married Lydia J. Seamans of Pembroke; they have four children: Bertha J., H. Arthur, Elsie and Grover. Bertha 3. married Prof. H. E. Bolton, who is principal of the primary grade of the high school in Paterson, N. J. H. Arthur married Emma Seamans of Elba, N. Y., and they have two children, Leah and Ernest. Elsie is a teacher in Great Neck, L. I. Grover is a farmer at home and a student. Mr. Beckwith's father, Richard Beckwith, was born in Old Lyme, Conn., in the year 1795. and came to the home in the town of Batavia on the Buffalo road in the year 1807, when he was twelve years of age. He was educated in the schools of his day and was a farmer by occupation. He served in the war of 1812. He married Jane Whitney, formerly of Sheffield, Mass.; they had five children: Harris, Martha J., Mary, Maria and an infant not named. Mr. Beckwith died in 1866; his widow survives at this date, 1898 Harris Beckwith's grandfather, Thomas Beckwith, was born at Old Lyme, Conn., in the year 1760; he married Abigail Smith, who bore him three children: Harris, Richard and Lucretia. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and was a prisoner on the prison ship Jersey, from which he made his escape. He died in 1854 and his wife in 1841. Ancestry of family is English on both sides.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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