Biography of Francis A. Cody
Madison County, NY Biographies





Cody, Francis A., who died at his home in Oneida Castle, September 24, 1898, in the seventy eighth year of his age, was during all his life a resident of this region. He was born in Vernon, Oneida county, January 14, 1821, a son of Samuel and Clarissa (Hitchcock) Cody. His father was an early settler of the town of Vernon and a man of considerable wealth and influence. Mr. Cody was educated in the schools of his native town, and during all of his active life was a successful farmer. He was one of the first hop growers of this section, and also dealt largely in live stock, especially cattle and Canadian horses, frequently bringing large droves to this market. He removed to Oneida. near Oneida Castle, in 1879, and at his pleasant home there lived quietly until his death. Mr. Cody's home farm was located near Vernon Centre, but he owned several farms in Oneida and Madison counties. In politics he was a Republican, but never sought nor held public office. He was a man of strong convictions from which he could not readily be swerved, but withal a staunch and warm hearted friend. In his business relations he was strictly honorable and honest. He had a generous nature, and was a man of charitable impulses and not afraid to count as friends those among the humble and lowly. Mr. Cody first married Phoebe Faulkner and six children were born to them, four of whom survive: James F. Cody and Mrs. Jane Miller of Oneida, Francis Cody of Vernon Centre, and Kendall Cody of Fenner. In 1871 Mr. Cody married Welthia A. Wilcox, who survives him. She was a daughter of Erasmus D. and Sarah (Gibson) Wilcox, and her grandfather was one of the "six" first settlers of the town of Vernon and assisted in felling the first tree cut in that town. Three daughters were born of this union: Cora P., Neva E., and Clarissa Belle, who died in 1887.

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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