Biography of James W. Rich
Madison County, NY Biographies





Rich, James W., p. o. Peterboro, was born in Smithfield, May 25, 1849, a son of Reuben, and grandson of Reuben Rich, born in Connecticut, October 5, 1779, who came to Smithfield when a young man and there died in 1854; his wife was Lucinda Ford, born March 17, 1781. Mr. Rich's father, Reuben Rich, was born in Smithfield, November 12, 1805, and was a farmer. He married Charlotte Coeman, daughter of Samuel Coeman, by whom he had five children, four now living. Mr. Rich died in August, 1883, and his wife July 4, 1862. James W. Rich was reared on a farm, was educated in the common schools and has been engaged in farming, hop growing and dairying, having a farm of 116 acres. In politics Mr. Rich is a Republican and has served as highway commissioner. September 19, 1877, he married Abbie, daughter of Monroe, and granddaughter of Giles Harrington, an early settler in Lenox. Mr. and Mrs. Rich had two children: Ximena L., born November 24, 1883, and Stewart C., born December 13, 1886.

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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