Biography of Sylvanus W. Fiske

Fiske, Sylvanus W., p. o. Morganville, N. Y., was born in the town of Stafford, N. Y., October 8, 1829. His father, Henry A. Fiske, was a native of Jefferson county, N. Y.. and came to Genesee county in 1810, where he was engaged in farming. He married Eliza Parker; they were the parents of Samantha Fiske Brooks, born September 5, 1831; Henrietta, born July 21, 1834, died February 25, 1845; Amanda, born January 15, 1836, died March 2, 1845; Earles I., born November 19, 1839; Wilbur, born May 5, 1843, died February 24, 1845; Henry L., born May 15, 1845, died March 1, 1845; Willis and Sylvanus W. Henry A. Fiske died September 22, 1883, aged sixty years. His wife was born December 19, 1810, and died January 20, 1874. Sylvanus W. Fiske was educated in the common schools and has always been a farmer. He was commissioner of highways three years and assessor for three years. In 1851 he married Genette, daughter of Aaron Beswick; they had one son, Henry L., born November 29, 1861, died February 19, 1879. In answer to an inquiry from the editor of this publication, Mr. Fiske has lately written the following; "In the early fifties I commenced with my wife to work out a debt for sixty acres of land. I desired to see something of the world that I lived in. When the eighties arrived I began to see a chance, and followed it up for eight years, visiting the Rockies, Mammoth Cave, Washington and California, stopping at all important points as I journeyed. Then I went to Europe for three months. The next year I went to the National Park, to Alaska and as far as Chilcoot, where they make icebergs of the ocean. It was always natural for me to gather all I could of nature's fine things. In crossing the fields my pockets would fill up in spite of me, but my general work of gathering commenced about the time I saw that I would be able to see something of the world." Mr. Fiske has been an ardent student of nature and of the works of primitive man. His collection of Indian relics gathered in many parts of the country, is a very remarkable and valuable one. It is now, by the liberality of the collector, in the possession of the Holland Purchase Historical Society, and is preserved in the famous Old Land Office at Batavia, where it attracts much interest and admiration. Mr. Fiske enjoys the thorough respect and confidence of the community and his mind is stored with much that is curious and interesting on the special topics to which he has devoted so much attention.

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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