Biography of J. De Forest Near
Madison County, NY Biographies





Near, J. De Forest, p. o. Canastota, was born in the town of Lenox, Madison county, July 21, 1858. His father was Timothy Near, a farmer, and at one time engaged in the grocery business at Canastota. He died aged sixty two years in 1891. De Forest Near is engaged in the cultivation of hay, grain, onions and dairying, and is recognized as a citizen of sterling worth. He was bereft of his father and of his wife in the same year, 1891. She was, before marriage, Minnie E. Bettinger. She left two sons, Arthur and Harlow Near. In 1893 Mr. Near married his present wife, Louisa Hill, daughter of a well known family of Perryville, and they have one daughter, Minnie, now three years of age.

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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