Biography of James Truax
Madison County, NY Biographies





Truax, James, was born in Albany, N. Y., in 1804, and when a boy came to reside on the farm of Gerrit Smith, at Peterboro, where he remained until 1832. In that year he purchased a farm in Peterboro and conducted it until 1843, when he removed to Casenovia and for about five years lived in what was known as the Krumbahr cottage, having the care of General Ledyard's farm. Then for twenty years he owned and occupied the farm on the east shore of the lake which became known as the Truax farm. In 1867 he retired, owing to advancing age, and took up his residence in Cazenovia village, where he became known to almost every resident as a genial and kindly gentleman. After his death Rev. Lyman Eddy, who had known him well, pronounced the following eulogy of him: I should do violence to my own feelings were I to let this opportunity pass without offering a grateful tribute to his memory, in view of the evidence which many years' residence opposite my own dwelling have furnished of his sterling integrity in his business transactions the excellence of his character as a peace maker, as a sympathizer and helper in affliction, and as an unostentatious good doer in behalf of the needy. More than once have I seen him quietly, I had almost said stealthily, ministering to the suffering and feeding the hungry, and when doubtless he was unaware that any eye, save that of the Infinite one, was witness to his kindness. Mr. Truax married, in 1832, Lovina Cleveland, daughter of Nehemiah Cleveland of Peterboro, who belonged to an ancient English family and numbered Sir Guy Cleveland among his ancestors. Of their union three children were born: Mrs. M. L. Ingersoll of Ilion, N. Y., James C. Truax of Ilion, and Florence B. Truax of Cazenovia. Mr. and Mrs. Truax were the first family in Cazenovia to receive into their home people in search of the quiet of country life. Their farm by the lake was beautiful for situation and natural charms and many guests found a welcome there. Thus they were the practical founders of Cazenovia as a summer residence village.

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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