Biography of Frank W. Simonds

Simonds, Frank W., p. o. Lehigh, N. Y., was born in the town of Alexander, Genesee county, N. Y., February 24, 1853. His father, Benjamin C. Simonds, is a son of John and Sabara (Cole) Siinonds. John Simonds was a pioneer surveyor. Benjamin C. was born in Geneseo, N. Y., April 7, 1817, and with his parents removed to Alexander in 1824; he received a good education and at the age of eighteen began teaching school, which he followed for several winters. During the years 1840 and 1841 he traveled as an agent with a team over 10,000 miles in the State of Ohio. He married Almira H., daughter of Russel Wait of Darien, N. Y., and soon after purchased 100 acres of his father's farm; this he sold and in 1854 purchased the farm of 200 acres in Darien of his father-in-law, Russel Wait; on this farm are two churches and a large cemetery. He made farming a successful and paying business. His children were six sons, the subject of this sketch being the third. Mrs. Simonds died March 3, 1893, survived by her husband. Frank Wait Simonds was educated in the public schools of his native town, the academies at East Pembroke and Alexander, and also one year at grand Rapids, Mich. After completing his schooling he was first employed as a clerk in the grocery of J. R. Pettit at Ellicottville, where he remained until failing health compelled him to resign and return home. He later filled the p)sition of traveling salesman for a Batavia firm, canvassing through some thirteen States, until again his health failed and he was obliged to return home. On May 3, 1876, he was married to Clara L., daughter of Joseph and Clarissa (Merritt) Chaddock of Alexander; they have one son, Ely J. B., born February 16, 1884. Mr. Simonds now owns and resides upon a large portion of the original homestead, his father living with him; he carries on dairying, is a lover and owner of fine stock, and is an enterprising and successful farmer; he is public-spirited and gives liberally to benevolent objects. He has always taken an interest in town affairs, and politically is a decided Republican; he has served his town a number of years as assessor and was supervisor for the years 1893-4-5, and has repeatedly been chosen as a delegate to congressional and county conventions. He is a member of Corfu Lodge No. 634, I. O. O. F., and he and his family are members of the Advent Christian Church.

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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