Biography of James N. Tooke
Madison County, NY Biographies





Tooke, James N., p o. Pratt's Hollow. - Michael Tooke was one of the early settlers in the northeast part of Eaton, to which locality he came in 1809, from Arklow, Ireland, as one of the colony of Protestant Irish families, who about that time settled in this county, and who were afterward among its best citizens. In the family of pioneer Tooke were several children who afterward became prominent persons in business and social life. Among them were John, who entered the ministry and removed to Canada; Esther, who married George Kern; Mary, who married George Philpot; Frank, who lived and died in Eaton; Joseph, who settled in Canada; and Michael and James, both of whom settled in Madison county. Michael Tooke, son of the pioneer, was born May 11, 1793, and when twenty five years old was connected and united with the M. E. church. In 1819 he was an authorized local preacher and was regularly licensed to preach June 18, 1821; was ordained deacon June 14, 1829, and elder August 25, 1840. He was always active in church work, and an instrument of great good in the community. His useful career terminated in death December 30, 1870. In 1822 he married Sarah Tackabury, by whom his children were Rachel, who married John Stringer; Michael of Eaton; Nathaniel of Clinton; Francis, who entered the M. E. ministry; Sarah, who married Henry Bums; Wesley F., who entered the It E. ministry; John D. of Chittenango Falls; James N. of Eaton; Mary Jane, who married Rev. Solomon McGinniss; Summerfield of Illinois. James N. Tooke was born January 23, 1837, on the farm where he now lives and has always lived. After the pioneer died his son Michael bought the farm and at the death of the latter James bought the interests of the other heirs. He is a farmer, thrifty and successful and enjoys a large acquaintance in this part of the county. He is a young, yet prominent Odd Fellow and is deeply interested in lodge work. On July 14, 1859, Mr. Tooke married Helen Margaret, daughter of William Stevenson of Sherburne. They had three children: Chandler of Syracuse; Arthur of Eaton; and Helen Iona, who died in infancy.

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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