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Bossuot, Leander E., is a son of George Bossuot, who was the first white child born in what is now known as the village of Carthage. Mr. Bossuot's grandfather, Jean Bossuot, was a native of Troyes, France, and one of the earliest settlers in the vicinity of Carthage, where he found only a single Indian hut. He died in Champion in 1847. at the advanced age of ninety-three. His children were George, father of Leander E., Louis, Augustus, John Bonaparte, Peter and Julia, who died when quite young. All of this numerous family resided near Carthage and died here except Augustus, who died in Minnesota. Leander E. Bossuot is one of the enterprising citizens of West Carthage, and until recently was actively engaged in the grocery business. For some years he has been clerk of the town of Champion; is superintendent of the water works at West Carthage and is a man in whose presence one does not have to be a great while to easily distinguish him a hustler. Early in 1863 Mr. Bossuot enlisted in the 20th N. Y. Cavalry and shared its campaigns and participated in its battles until the close of the war. When the Confederate capital fell and Richmond was evacuated by the Confederates, the first regiment to enter the city was the 20th N. Y. Cavalry, whose colonel hoisted the stars and stripes over Richmond for the first time since it became the capital of the Confederacy. Mr. Bossuot is a Knight Templar and has been master of Carthage Lodge No. 158; also a member of Carthage Chapter No. 259 and was high priest in 1892- 93; member of the Watertown Commandery No. 11; Utica Council; the Mystic Shrine and the Odd Fellows.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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