Biography of Jerome Eggleston
Madison County, NY Biographies





Eggleston, Jerome, who died in Cazenovia, February 23, 1898, in the seventy fifth year of his age, was for many years a respected and useful citizen of Cazenovia. He was born in Morrisville in 1824, a son of Amos and Polly (Anderson) Eggleston. His father died when he was a youth, and his education was limited, for he early had to contribute to the support of his mother and the family, consisting of three younger children. At the early age of eight he worked on a farm and secured enough money to partially buy a team. He then moved with his mother and her children to Cazenovia, and found employment drawing ashes from the surrounding country to the ashery in Cazenovia village. This occupation afforded him a livelihood, as well as enabling him to entirely support the family and he continued in it until the decline of the potash business. He was proprietor of the old Park House two years. He then removed to Morrisville, where he engaged in the livery business, having obtained enough capital to enable him to start on a small scale. He gradually enlarged his business as his means warranted and continued successfully for about fifteen years, when he sold out and removed to Peterboro to take the management of the Gerrit Smith Hotel which he conducted for over ten years. The State of Wisconsin was then largely undeveloped and with his characteristic enterprise he decided to locate there, settling at Oak Grove, in Dodge county, and taking up some 250 acres of land. Here he lived about ten years and then returned to the east, coming again to Cazenovia. the scene of his earlier struggles. For a time he had charge of the Ten Eyck farm, later conducted a restaurant for about four years, and still later engaged in the grccery business in company with a brother, Dwight W. Eggleston, under the name of Eggleston Brothers. In time they added a livery business and continued their association until 1875, when the grocery and livery establishments were disposed of and they dissolved partnership. In the same year Mr. Eggleston took the stable in the rear of the Lincklaen House, which he conducted until his death, when it passed into the hands of his sons, A. L. and C. M. Eggleston, who conduct it under the name of Eggleston Brothers. Mr. Eggleston was a Republican in politics. He was an honorable and upright man and held to the strictest integrity in his business transactions. He was well known throughout Madison county and made many strong friends. He married Emeline Fitch, a daughter of Captain Derrick Fitch, a veteran of the war of 1812. Of this union were born four children, three of whom survive: Adelbert L., Charles M., and Caroline J.

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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