Biography of George H. Church

Church, George H., a resident of Bergen nearly all his life, was born March 31, 1844, a son of Samuel and Harriet (Wilcox) Church. His father was born in Oneida county, N.Y., December 16, 1809, and when sixteen years of age came to Bergen, where he learned the blacksmith's trade, but after a few years was obliged to leave it on account of his health, and he then engaged in the brokerage business. He was a lifelong Demccrat and held the office of justice of the peace and was justice of sessions at the time of his death, which occurred April 8, 1866. Mrs. Church was a daughter of Capt. Austin Wilcox, who came from Connecticut to Bergen with his wife and five children in 1815, making the journey in covered wagons drawn by oxen. Mrs. Church was born January 31, 1817, being the first child born to them after their arrival in this county, where she resided all her life. She was an active Christian woman and one of the oldest members of the Congregational church at the time of her death, March 2. 1895. Mr. and Mrs. Church had three children: Mary J., George H. and Charles S. Mary J. married B. T. Taber of Buffalo, and Charles S. is deceased. George H. acquired his education at the common schools in Bergen and the Bryant & Stratton Business College of Buffalo. Erom 1864 to 1867 he resided in Buffalo, in the latter year going to Wayland, Steuben county, where he engaged in business. He returned to Bergen in 1868. Since 1877 he has been engaged in the lumber business and since 1885 has owned and conducted a saw and planing mill in connection with his lumber yard. Mr. Church was a Democrat until 1896, since which time he has acted independent of party. He has been called upon by his towns people to fill various offices-justice of the peace, village trustee, treasurer and president of the village, president of the school board, and has been a trustee for twenty-five years of the Congregational church. May 15, 1872, Mr. Church married Belle F. Farnham of Holland, N.Y.; their children are: Jennie B., Clara L., Harriet W., Laura B., Charles S. and Walter S.

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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