Biography of J. J. Darrow
Madison County, NY Biographies





Darrow, J. J., p. o. West Eaton. - David Darrow was the pioneer head of one of the most respected of the early families in this county, and was a native of Columbia county, born in March, 1782. He was the son of George Darrow, a native of Connecticut and a patriot of the Revolution, but a resident of New York after about 1750. David Darrow contracted for land in Eaton in 1804, then returned east to marry and bring back to the new country a young wife; but sickness detained him until 1806, and when he finally came to this vicinity he was accompanied by his wife and their infant child, Sophronia. Mr. Darrow lived on the old farm until 1834. then removed to West Eaton, where he died in 1870. He was a successful farmer and acquired a competency, and in town affairs he was one of the prominent figures of the locality_ His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Enos; she died in 1839. Their children were Sophronia, who married Anthony Hopkins, and who died in 1896, aged ninety one; Joseph E., whose early life was spent on the farm, but who was a prosperous merchant at West Eaton nearly fifty years, and who died in 1892; Henrietta, who married and still lives in the town; George W., who went to Buffalo in 1864 and met a tragic death in 1871; Caroline, who married Ira B. Tayntor and died in 1857; Frederick M., a farmer, who died in 1896; David M., a farmer, who died in 1888; William, who died in infancy; Mary E., who was twice married and now lives in Hamilton; William H., who lived in Eaton, then removed to Cazenovia and died there in 1878, and John J., a successful farmer of Eaton. In 1840 David Darrow married Thankful Bigelow, who bore him no children. She died in 1882. John J. Darrow, who now owns the old homestead formerly occupied by his father, was born in Eaton, October 28, 1830, and was educated at Morrisville, Eaton and De Ruyter academies and Cazenovia Seminary. He taught school several years and has since been a farmer, being recognized as one of the most industrious and successful agriculturists in the county. In 1859, he married Laura, daughter of Daniel Fuller of Eaton. His wife died in 1860, after which he married Marcia V. Blair of Cazenovia, by whom he had five children, four of whom are now living. His second wife died in 1880, and in 1889 Mr. Darrow married Lucinda Morse Bailey of Eaton. Mr. Darrow was one of the original members of the Republican party in his town, and has held the offices of town superintendent of schools, justice of the peace, assessor and railroad commissioner for thirty years. For more than fifty years he has been a member of the M. E. church, having been trustee and treasurer and also having been superintendent of the Sunday school forty two years.

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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