Biography of William S. Near
Madison County, NY Biographies





Near, William S., p. o. Canastota, was born in Lenox, N. Y., December 13, 1862, a son of Timothy and grandson of Jasper Near, one of the early settlers of the town. Timothy Near was born in Lincoln, May 9, 1828. educated at Syracuse, and for many years was a teacher. In politics he was a Democrat and was assessor nine years. March 11, 1850, he married Lucretia Baum, who died June 1, 1874; they had six children, three now living. Mr. Near was a member of Canastota Lodge No. 231, F.& A M. At the time of his death, December 29, 1890, he owned 125 acres of land. William S. Near was reared on a farm and educated in Canastota Academy. He owns the homestead and carries on general farming. September 29, 1886, Mr. Near married Elizabeth D., daughter of George Loucks, and they have one daughter, Winifred S., born October 30, 1897. George Loucks was a son of Abram, son of John, who lived and died in Schoharie county, and came to Oneida in a very early day, where he died. His wife was Elizabeth Ten Eyck, born in Schoharie county and died in Oneida county. George was educated at Oneida Castle, came to Lenox in 1868 and bought seventy two acres where he now lives. In politics he is a Demo. crat, but not an aspirant to public office. He married Solinda Ritter, by whom he had three children: Arthur G. (deceased), Milton A. and Elizabeth D.

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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