Jefferson County Biographies
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Grimshaw, Charles D., was born in Lorraine, Jefferson county, N. Y., April 8, 1850, and is the youngest of a
family of eight sons. He is a son of Joseph and Mary (Adsit) Grimshaw. Joseph Grimshaw was born in Poughkeepsie,
N. Y., July 4, 1810, and removed to Trenton when he was ten years of age, where he worked in a cotton mill for
fifteen years. He was married in Steuben, Oneida county, N. Y., in 1832. He moved to Lorraine in 1835 and engaged
in farming. He used to draw farm produce to Rome and merchandise back. He was one of the leading farmers of the
town and one of her most honored citizens. In politics he was a lifelong Democrat and held the office of assessor
for many years. He was one of the founders of the M. E. church and as long as he lived he was one of its main pillars.
He died March 22, 1880, and his wife died February 17, 1891. The grandfather of the subject of this sketch was
a native of England and came to Trenton in 1820 and there erected the first cotton factory in that part of the
State. He was killed on the canal. Mr. Grimshaw’s maternal grandfather, Stephen Adsit, was born in 1776. He located
in Oneida county on the farm now occupied by Leonard B. Adsit, which farm has been in the family ninety-two years.
C. D. Grimshaw was reared on the farm and educated at Hungerford Collegiate Institute at Adams and Cazenovia Seminary
located at Cazenovia, N. Y. He began his business life as a clerk in the general merchandise store of Canton C.
Moore of Lorraine in 1871, and in 1872 became a partner with Mr. Moore and continued in business until 1875, when
the firm dissolved. Mr. Grimshaw taught the Lorraine village school in the winter of 1876 and 1877, and in the
spring of 1877 engaged in the mercantile business and has since been very successful. He now owns and occupies
a two story building 24 by 60 feet, built in 1892. The public telephone office is in his store and has been there
since the line was established in 1884. He married Fannie K. Oatnian of Adams, November 24, 1872, and they have
two children: Hattie M., born October 19, 1877, a graduate of the Adams Collegiate Institute in 1896; and Allen
C., born June 18, 1884. In politics Mr. Grimshaw is a Democrat, and was postmaster during Cleveland’s first administration.
He was first elected supervisor in 1889 and has held the office ever since. He has been a director of the Farmers’
National Bank of Adams, N. Y., since the organization of that bank in 1889. In 1895 he was the Democratic candidate
for member of assembly in the First Assembly district of Jefferson county, but suffered defeat as the district
is largely Republican.
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