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Hungerford, James M., was born in the town of Henderson, December 19, 1834. His father, Philo Hungerford, came to Jefferson county with his parents, Amasa and Lucy (Morgan) Hungerford, in 1810, settling near Henderson, at what is known as Hungerford's Corners. Philo Hungerford married Caroline, daughter of Roswell Davis; he was a farmer and served as justice of the peace and postmaster at Rural Hill. He died in 1881 in his seventy-eighth year. James M. was educated in Belleville, and for three years was engaged in mercantile business in Henderson; he served ten years as purser for the Union Steamboat Company, and in 1875 came to Adams and engaged in the dry goods business, the firm being Arms & Hungerford, which continued up to 1893, when Mr. Hungerford retired from active business. In 1872 he married Mary, daughter of John Ranney. Mr. Hungerford is one of the conservative men of his town, taking a very active interest in educational matters and a liberal supporter of the Adams Collegiate Institute, of which he has served as trustee for twelve years or more, and has ever advanced the best interests of his town and its people.

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