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Holley, C. I., was born on the farm he owns, November 13, 1842, a son of Sanford B. Holley, born in Ellisburgh, November 14, 1810. Sanford B. was a tanner by trade, working at his trade for several years; lie was also a farmer for several years. He was a strong antislavery man and assisted many slaves in obtaining their freedom. He died April 14, 1870. He and wife had nine children: Leonora E., Phoebe A., William H., La Morte Sanford, Charles I. (as above), Eliza, Elihu B., and two that died in infancy. C. I. Holley was educated in the common schools and has always been a farmer and stock dealer. He is one of the prominent farmers of his town, owning where he resides 178 acres and in the same towu a farm of 155 acres; he keeps a dairy of seventy-five cows. Mr. Holley was married in March, 1865, to Melvina Wilds, and they had one son4 William H., born December 19, 1865, a dry goods merchant in Watertown. Mrs. Holley died in 1865, and in 1867 Mr. Holley married Antoinette C. Martin, and they had three children: Ardelia V., born April 18, 1869, wife of 0. D. Greene, jr., of Adams; Phoebe A., born April 18, 1873, died in 1875; and Floyd M., born March 7, 1884. Mr. Holley is a Republican, but not an aspirant to office; he is a member of Rising Light Lodge No. 637 and of the Belleville Grange. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K, 94th N.Y. Infantry, and served until February 1, 1865. He served in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Petersburg, Wilderness and many skirmishes.

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