Biography of Burroughs P. Canfield

Canfield, Burroughs P., p. o. Darien Center, N. Y.-It is claimed that the name Can held is of French extraction and was originally "Cam de Filo," but Mr. Canfield traces his lineage on his father's side to English origin. His father, David Canfield, was born in the town of New Fairfield, Conn., March 4, 1810, where his early life was spent. He died in Darien, N. Y., April 27, 1898. He was twice married; his first wife was Mrs. Clarissa G. (Durga) Canfield, who was born in Sherman, Conn. in 1816, and died in Sheffield, Ohio, October 25, 1861. She was the mother of four children: Burroughs P., born in Sherman, Conn., September 13, 1840; Louisa, who died in Broome county, N. Y., Mrs. Olive A. Mallory, wife of Hon. D. B. Mallory of Sherman, Conn.; and Mrs. Charlotte L. Kendall of Alden, N. Y. In 1843 the family came to Chenango, Broome county, N. Y., and in 1853 they moved to Sheffield, Ohio, where Burroughs P. received a liberal education at the Kingsville Academy. After finishing his education at this institution he was employed on the farm during the summer and in the winter he was employed in teaching school. In 1863 the family moved to Darien, Genesee county, N. Y., where, on September 7, 1869, Mr. Canfield married Julia, daughter of Solomon and Chloe (Durkee) Chapin, and in this same year they went to Earlville, Delaware county, Iowa, where Mr. Canfield engaged in the grain and produce business for three years. He was then called to Dyersville, Dubuque county, as principal of the graded school in that place and in June, 1874, they came back to their old home in Darien. They have two daughters: Ida M., born in Earlville, Iowa, May 27, 1871; and Clara O. born in Dyersville, Iowa, September 23, 1873. Each daughter has had the advantage of a good education and both are now teachers in the public schools. Mr. Canfleld served his country during the war of the Rebellion in Co. G, 105th Ohio Vols., and was discharged from the service at Louisville, Ky., in 1862, on account of disability. He has always been identified with the Republican party and has held the office of town clerk and assessor, having held the latter office for over fifteen years. Whatever position he has held its duties have been discharged with thoroughness and efficiency and to the almost complete satisfaction of his constituents.

Our County and it's people
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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