Biography of John Stebbins
Madison County, NY Biographies





Stebbins, John, son of Hon. Charles and Eunice (Masters) Stebbins, was born in Cazenovia, October 20, 1825, and resided there all his life. He was a lineal descendant of Rowland Stebbins, who came from Ipswich, England, in 1634, and settled in Springfield. Mass., later removing to Northampton. The family, it will thus be seen, were of old Puritan stock; many representatives were prominent in the earlier Indian wars and in the wars of the Revolution and of 1812. John Stebbins's father was one of the earlier residents of this vicinity, whither he had removed from Massachusetts in 1810. He entered the law office of Hon. Perry G. Childs and was admitted to the bar in 1818. On the maternal side John Stebbins came of remote English ancestry. His maternal grandfather, Hon. Josiah Masters, was a prominent citizen of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer county, and held several positions of public trust, serving as county judge, member of assembly, and congressman. Mr. Stebbins was educated in his native town and at the Bartlett collegiate institution, Poughkeepsie. For many years he engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods and also gave some attention to fanning. He was for a time president and superintendent of the Chittenango Turnpike Company and later superintendent of the Cazenovia and Canastota railroad. He was for a number of terms a trustee and also president of the village of Cazenovia; served the town as supervisor in 1858, 1859, 1882, and 1883 and from 1878 to 1881, and from 1884 to 1890 was assistant State superintendent of public works, having under his direct supervision the middle division of the Erie Canal extending from the west side of Oneida county to Wayne county, and including the Oswego, Cayuga. Seneca, and Black River Canals. Mr. Stebbins married, in 1860, Katharine Fairchild, daughter of Sidney T. Fairchild, and they had two daughters: Katharine, wife of J. H. Ten Eyck Burr, and Helen Lucy, wife of Arthur W. Kennard of Boston, Mass. Mr. Stebbins died at Boston, Mass., April 29, 1892, in the sixty seventh year of his 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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