Biography of Sheldon S. Canfield


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Canfield, Sheldon S., came from New England stock and brought with him a supply of physical, moral and mental health which have all served him a good purpose and brought him to three score years and ten, in the full enjoyment of his faculties unimpaired, and with his zeal and energy still equal to all the numerous calls made upon him. He was born August 11. 1826. a son of Rev. Rufus Canfield, who was born in Massachusetts and removed to Herkimer county where he resided until his death. His mother was Tabitha (Arnold) Canfield, born in Rhode Island. Mr. Canfield's ancestors were of Scotch descent and the first representatives came to this country in 1650, settling in Connecticut. Mr. Canfield's education began in the district schools and was finished in the town of Brownville, Jefferson county, N. Y. His first employment was on the lakes where he remained for six years, and then formed a copartnership with his son-in-law, Mr. Irwin, under the firm name of Canfield & Irwin, dealers in general merchandise at Fabius. Onondaga county, N. Y., which partnership was continued for a period of two years. The firm of Canfield & Irwin was a successful one and had a large and lucrative business. On his farm in the town of Watertown, which now comprises 112 acres of the richest land in Jefferson county, he began in a very modest way and is now in possession of ample fortune where he now enjoys the same in semi-retirement. March 5, 1849, he married Ann, daughter of James and Rebecca (Fisher) Tremper, and they have an only daughter, Mrs. W. H. Irwin of Waterville, N. Y. They have three grandchildren of whom they are very proud: Fred C. Irwin, a medical student of New York; Edith A. and Hazel C. Mr. Canfield is a member of De Ruyter Lodge No. 692, F. & A. M. He has always been a Republican in politics and has been often solicited to become a candidate for political office, but has resolutely declined, preferring the honorable labors and duties of the farm to the unenviable responsibilities and doubtful rewards of political life.

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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