Biography of James E. Barrett
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Barrett, James Edwin, was born in county Limerick (Ireland), October 4, 1837, and was the son of James and Ellen (Bagley) Barrett. The father died when James was four years old, and in 1849 the mother came with her family to this country and located at Medina. James E. Barrett learned the trade of carriage blacksmith and then went west. At the outbreak of the civil war returned home, thence came to Albion, and has since been a resident of that village. For a period of seven years Mr. Barrett was a faithful employee of Mr. Sears, once well known in the wagon trade at the county seat, and was also an employee of Mr. Curtis. and still later with the Curtis Manufacturing Company. In February, 1873, in company with Edward Wilson, Mr. Barrett purchased a wholesale liquor business, and after the death of Mr. Wilson a similar partnership was formed with Horan Flanders, which continued till 1891, when Mr. Barrett retired from the firm. In April, 1891, he was appointed to the charge of canal repairs between Medina and Brockport, and the following May was made general patrolman of the same section. Both of these positions he still holds. Mr. Barrett is a strong Democrat, and as such was one of the first village trustees elected under the new charter, and served in that capacity three years; was one of the original sewer commissioners of the village. and is still a member of that body. He has also been for seventeen years one of the assessors of Albion. In 1862 James E. Barrett married Maggie Lyons, of which union two daughters have been born: Ella T. and Anna F., both graduates of Cornell University. The latter is now a teacher of languages in a noted private institution near Wheeling, W. Va. Ellen Bagley Barrett. mother of James E.,' died in Albion.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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