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Middleton, John Scott, of the firm of W. A. Fisher & Co., was born in Antwerp. January 31, 1852. His ancestors emigrated to the United States from Ireland about 1790, settling in New Jersey, afterward removing to Schoharie county, N. Y., and in 1807 to Rutland, Jefferson county, N. Y. Mr. Middleton is a son of Andrew and Hannah M. Middleton, and grandson of John and Susannah Middleton. The father of John Middleton was Andrew Middleton, who was born in 1749, and in 1807, with his wife and six children, settled in Rutland, one daughter settling in Otsego county, N. Y. Andrew Middleton died in 1834, aged eighty-four years. In 1802 John Middleton married Susannah Parkinson, by whom he had these children: Andrew, William and Robert, first pair of twins born in Rutland, N. Y.; Betsey and Christo. pher. John Middleton died in 1813, aged thirty years. His widow married Reuben Scott, of Rutland. Andrew Middleton, eldest son of John and Susannah Middleton and father of the subject, was born in the town of Rutland, Jefferson county, N. Y., July 19, 1805. He became a sash and door manufacturer and spent the greater part of his life in Black River. Six years previous to his death he removed his business to Carthage. He was married three times. His first wife was Mehitable Ware, who died soon after marriage, December 22, 1833, he married Arminda Glass; she died February 3, 1842; the issue of this marriage was one daughter, Celestia, born March 20, 1836. Celestia married Gilbert Francis, of Felt's Mills, where they now reside. September 18, 1850, he was united in marriage with Hannah M. Hinman, who survives him and lives in the town of Theresa. The fruits of this marriage were two sons, John Scott, the subject of this sketch, and Alvah Hinman, born January 27, 1855; died April 27, 1873, aged eighteen years. Andrew Middleton died in Carthage June 15, 1879, aged seventy-three years. J. S. Middleton was educated at Black River, and learned his trade of his father, with whom he was afterwards in partnership in Carthage. About three years after his father's death he sold out and came to Theresa, and from 1885 to 1893 worked for E. D. Sheeley, when he bought L. D. Tyler's interest in the firm of W. A. Fisher & Co., dealers in furniture and undertaking. September 11, 1883, Mr. Middleton married Rhoda A. Sylver, daughter of Stephen B. and Elizabeth A. Sylver, of Denmark, Lewis county, N. Y., by whom he has two children: Frederick D., born June 26, 1887; and Clarice May, born Novernber 21, 1889. Mrs. Middleton was born September 4, 1860. Mr. Middleton is a Republican in politics, a member of the I. O. O. F. of Theresa, and he and his wife attend the Presbyterian church.

Our County and it's people
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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