Biography of Luke Duckrow
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Luke Duckrow, who spent part of his time in Utica during the later years of his life, met with success in his business career as a representative of the well known New York firm of Goodwin & Company. His demise occurred at White Lake, New York, on August 13, 1894. He had gone to the Adirondacks in the hope of regaining his health but even the change of climate did not prove efficacious. His birth occurred in Leeds, England, in 1834, and when a young man he crossed the Atlantic to the United States. For many years he was at Oriskany engaged in the woolen manufacturing business. Subsequently he became prominently identified with the widely known tobacco firm of Goodwin & Company of New York, being their Chicago representative. His success was great and he remained with the concern until it consolidated with other companies under the name of the American Tobacco Company. At that time he retired from active business, owning a large amount of stock in the enterprise. He was a man of strong character, keen judgment and kind heart and in all his dealings was upright and honorable. Travel afforded him both recreation and pleasure and he crossed the Atlantic twenty one times. His religious faith was indicated by his membership in the Church of Reconciliation.

Mr. Duckrow was twice married, his first wife, by whom he had four children, passing away in 1864. His second wife was Miss Frances C. Bellinger, a daughter of William P. and Fannie (Scranton) Bellinger. Her father, who was called to his final rest on the 24th of August, 1896, was born on Broad street in Utica, his natal day being January 28, 1834. When two years of age he was taken by his parents to Whitestown, Oneida county, which place remained his home for many years. In 1887 he returned to Utica, locating at the upper end of old Third street, where he cultivated six acres of ground. For seven or eight years he played the snare drum in the band of the old light infantry and served as drum major during the last year of his connection therewith. He was a republican in politics and attended the services of the Reformed church. The demise of his wife occurred on the 2d of December, 1903. Mr. and Mrs. Bellinger were the parents of three children, namely: John P., who is a resident of New York; Mrs. Adelia Frazee, of Utica; and Mrs. Luke Duckrow.

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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