Biography of Albert A. Stoddard
Madison County, NY Biographies





Stoddard, Albert A., p. o. Georgetown, was born in the town of Otselic, Chenango county, N. Y., March 9, 1828. He is a descendant in the eighth generation of John Stoddard, who is known to have been a large landholder in Wethersfield, Conn., as early as 1639. The line of descendants is as follows: (1) John, (2) John, (3) John, (4) Moses, who was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of Newington as a separate ecclesiastical society, (5) Aaron, who served in the Revolutionary war, and was captured by the British, and died a prisoner; he was born in Litchfield, July 15, 1739; (6) David, born in Litchfield, Conn., November 15, 1773; in 1803 came to New York with his family, bringing his household effects in a covered wagon drawn by oxen, and his wife, Dorcas Kent Stoddard, rode horseback, carrying her youngest child in her arms. They were the second family that settled in what is now the town of Otselic, Chenango county; (7) Harmon, father of the subject of the sketch, born in Litchfield, Conn., June 27, 1797, and was but six years of age when he came to this State with his parents. He married Clarissa Maria Brown, who was born in Stephentown, Rensselaer county, and they had eight children: Albert A., Clarissa Maria, Cordelia, Sarah, Mary L., Noyes W., Elvira M., and Dever. Albert A. was educated at the common schools of his district, afterward at De Ruyter Institute, and at seventeen commenced teaching in a neighboring district, receiving eleven dollars per month and board. He was thus engaged until March 11, 1851, when he married Julia A., daughter of William P. and Betsey (Bartlett) Hare A year later he engaged in farming and kept a public house in Otselic on the farm on which his grandfather first settled. Mr. Stoddard was successfully engaged in farming until 1870, when he retired and removed to the village of Georgetown, where he has since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Stoddard have an only child, a son, J. Floyd, a successful merchant in Georgetown. Politically he is a Democrat. At the age of twenty one years Mr. Stoddard was elected superintendent of common schools of the town of Otselic for a term of two years, and was reelected for the two succeeding terms. He was elected supervisor of the same town in the spring of 1860, defeating the popular young Republican, David B. Parce by twenty three majority; he was reelected in 1861 by an increased majority, although the town was largely Republican at that time. He refused a renomination in 1862. He served as chairman of the railroad commissioners of the town of Otselic, and as such signed the coupons of the railroad bonds of that town. He represented Georgetown two years as a member of the Madison county board of supervisors. He was elected justice of the peace in 1873, but refused to qualify. Under each of President Cleveland's terms he held the office of postmaster of Georgetown. Fraternally he is a member of Cautious Lodge No. 736, F. & A. M., and was its first master. An upright, honorable and conscientious man he has the esteem and goodwill of all who know him.

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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