Biography of Merritt Kelsey


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Kelsey, Merritt, was born in Fairfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., April 4, 1823, a son of Reuben Kelsey, born in Connecticut in 1814, and came to Herkimer county in an early day. December 31, 1835, he came to Antwerp and bought the old Pardy farm and their died in 1873. His wife was Rebecca Bushnell, born in Connecticut and died in Antwerp in 1856. Merritt Kelsey was educated in the common schools and taught school for a short time, but farming has been his principal occupation. His father was a ship carpenter and helped build the first steamboat in New York city and worked there ten seasons, Mr. Kelsey has a farm of 145 acres and keeps a dairy of twenty five cows. He was married in 1850 to Mary Weston, and they had four sons: Reuben L., Zina M., both deceased, Jerome W. and Delancey Merritt. Jerome W. is a farmer and lives at home. He was educated in the common schools and has taught school for several years. Delancey was educated at Watertown Commercial School, and was graduated from Belleville Academy and taught in the same school three years. He is now a merchant in Belleville, N. Y., is postmaster at that place and one of the trustees of the school and president of the village. He has married twice, first, to Clara Bacon, and second, to her sister, Lettie Bacon.

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Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898