Biography of Caleb Calkins
Madison County, NY Biographies





Calkins, Caleb, a native of Holland, Erie county, N. Y., was born February 28, 1814, and in 1839 settled in Peterboro, Madison county. His father was David Calkins, who was a pioneer in Erie county, but removed to Iowa where he died. When Caleb Calkins located at Peterboro he entered the employ of Gerrit Smith, son of the founder of the town of Smithfield and the village of Teterboro. His excellent business ability, his industry and sterling integrity soon won the confidence of Mr. Smith, whose large landed and other interests required just such services as Mr. Calkins was able to render. He remained in Mr. Smith's employ until his death, January 24, 1892. Mr. Calkins was a Republican and was earnest and active in support of the principles of the party. He served his town as Supervisor and in 1866 was a member of the State Legislature, in both of which positions he gained the commendation of his constituents. He married Mary W. Tracy and they had two children: Mary L. (deceased) and Tracy Calkins. Tracy Calkins was educated in Teterboro and in Allen's (West Newton) classical school. He assisted his father a number of years in connection with the affairs of Mr. Smith, and also was engaged for a time in the oil business. He is a respected citizen of Peterboro. He married June 6, 1888, Maggie E. Chalmers of Detroit, Mich.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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