CHARLES KETCHAM, merchant and postmaster for many years at Mountainville, and representative citizen of the
town of Cornwall, Orange County, is a son of Benjamin S. and Mercy (Brown) Ketcham, and was born on the homestead
farm in 1847. He established his present store in 1871. Mr. Ketcham has for many years been prominently identified
with the public affairs of Cornwall. He has served fourteen terms as supervisor, including a chairmanship of the
board. He also held the office of justice of the peace twelve years. Mr. Ketcham was the opposing candidate of
Judge Dickey, as a delegate to the constitutional convention. He was also the nominee of the democratic party for
county clerk. He married Miss Ida, daughter of Captain Jacob Smith, of Cornwall. They are the parents of two sons
and six daughters.
The Ketcham family is one of the oldest in the town of Cornwall. Long previous to the Revolution, Samuel Ketcham,
the great great grandfather of Charles, located here and was engaged in farming and the operation of a grist mill.
His descendants through several generations settled around him, and the place was known as Ketchamtown, until the
opening of the railroad, when the post office was changed to Mountainville.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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