Biography of Edward S. Brayton
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Of the men who have lived in Utica and gained prominence as leaders few have deserved greater honor than Edward Salisbury Brayton. Although he passed away June 2, 1887, nearly a quarter of a century ago it may truly be said that his good works live after him and many there be that call him blessed. He was a scion of a well known family of Oneida county and was born at Westernville, Marla 30, 1817, his parents being George and Sarah (Swan) Brayton. The father was an early merchant of Westernville and a man of fine business ability and acknowledged personal worth.

Mr. Brayton of this review received his preliminary educational training in the public schools. He studied at Hamilton College and later entered Union College, graduating in 1836. Having decided upon the practice of law as his profession, he entered the office of Messrs. Kirkland & Bacon, of Utica, and after completing the regular course of study was admitted to the bar in 1840. His marriage a few years later determined in a large degree the principal occupation of his life, which consisted in managing the properties of the Blacker, Miller and Dudley families at Utica and elsewhere. He showed remarkable tact and judgment in handling important financial responsibilities. In addition to controlling large property interests of private individuals he was one of the originators of the Second National Bank of Utica and served as its president from 1881 until his death. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Globe Woolen Mills and of the board of trustees of the Utica Cemetery Association and the Utica Female Seminary.

On the 28th of September, 1847, Mr. Brayton was married at Utica, to Miss Sarah Miller, a daughter of Judge Morris Smith and Maria (Bleecker) Miller. His wife having died, Mr. Brayton was married, at Buffalo, New York, January 19, 1859, to Miss Catharine M. Curtenius, a daughter of John L. and Mary F. (Young) Curtenius. The children of Mr. Brayton were: Edward; Miller; Sarah, who married E. Howard Stiles, of Mississippi; Catharine C; Mary G. and Susan, who married Charles B. Rogers, and died shortly after her marriage. In religious belief Mr. Brayton gave his earnest assent to the doctrines of the Reformed church, of which he was for many years a constant and faithful attendant. He was a generous contributor to religious and educational causes and was one of the best friends the Female Academy could claim in Utica. He was prompt to respond to every worthy call upon his assistance and his uprightness of character and purity of life were never questioned. Such men confer dignity and honor upon the race and their names deserve to be held in grateful and lasting remembrance.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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