Biography of La Fayette Caulkins


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Caulkins, La Fayette, was born in Worth, N. Y., March 12, 1832, a son of Daniel and Luna (Bumpus) Caulkins. Daniel Caulkins was born in Connecticut and in 1805 came to the town of Worth with his parents, where they spent their last days. He and his father served in the war of 1812 ahd he (Daniel) assisted in carrying the cable from the landing to Sacket Harbor. Daniel was one of the prominent farmers of the town and was one of the founders of the M. B. church and very active during life. He died aged ninety-five years. La Fayettte was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. He has always followed farming and owns in Lorraine and Worth about 800 acres of land. He has also been in partnership with William Grow in the egg business for about twenty-one years, who handle the most eggs of any firm in the State. Mr. Caulkins has made his own property and is one of the wealthiest men of the town. He was one of the organizers and directors of the Adams Bank, and also one of the originators of the Citizens' Bank and has been vice-president since it was organized. March 12, 1856, he married Julia M. Wilkinson, and they had three children: Everett N., a farmer, married Martha Moore, and has two children, Ross and Ethel; Hattie, wife of Frank G. Moore of Adams, have one child, Laura; and Francis, died in infancy. Mr. Caulkins was first a Whig and has been a Republican since the party was organized. Since seventeen years of age he has been identified with the M. E. church and assisted in building it and has been one of its principal supporters for many years, having held various offices in the church and was class leader for about twenty-five years.

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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