Biography of Arthur J. Stillman
Madison County, NY Biographies





Stillman, Arthur J., p. o. Brookfield, the leading merchant of Brookfield, was born in this place February 25, 1841, a son of Ethan and grandson of Nathan Stillman, who came from Rhode Island to Brookfield at an early day. Ethan Stillman was born in Brookfield, N. Y., learned the trade of cabinet making and after a few years engaged in the tin and hardware business, from which he retired several years before his death. Arthur J. Stillman was educated in the Brookfield academy and clerked in Brookfield several years, then started in business for himself, and after three years sold out and went to New York, working in a wholesale notion store. In 1869 he returned to Brookfield and engaged in the grocery business, and located in his present store about 1874. Mr. Stillman married Marie A. Clarke, daughter of R. Leroy and Angeline (Crandall) Clarke: they have one daughter, Mattie A., wife of Charles A. Tefft, and they also have one daughter, Vera Adell. Mr. Stillman and wife attend the Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican; wads in 1884, 1890 and 1893, and for seven years was clerk of the board of education. Mr. Stillman's mother was Clarissa, daughter of Eli S. Bailey, who came from Plainfield, Conn., to the town of Brookfield in 1808. He was a physician and Seventh Day Baptist minister. He also owned a large farm in Brookfield and was an Abolitionst. it Leroy Clarke was born in Brookfield, a son of Hosea B. Clarke, son of Capt. Samuel Clarke of Revolutionary fame. The wife of Hosea B. Clarke was Laura, daughter of Oliver Babcock, one of the pioneers who came from Massachusetts.

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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