Biography of John M. Best
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Best, John M., was born in Dutchess county, March 25, 1814, and was the son of Jacob Best, a highly respected farmer of the Hudson River Valley. At the age of twenty six John started out for himself and worked his brother's farm in Columbia county, in which locality he lived five years. While there in 1839 Mr. Best married Harriet Tanner, who died in 1845, and in 1846 he married Caroline Vosburg, and came to Barre and bought of Edmund Harris the ninety six acre farm, on which he has ever since lived, and is now possessed of a competency. His present attractive dwelling was built in 1856. Mr. Best was originally a Whig, but is now a staunch Republican. He has been a member and for several years a trustee of the Barre Centre Presbyterian Church. During his early residence in Dutchess county, Mr. Best was captain of a military company, but his service was limited to the pleasant duties of general training. The children of John M. and Harriet Best were: Julia, Josephine and Harriet (wife of Daniel Sherwood). His children by his second wife were: Frederick, Mary E. and George. Mrs. Caroline Best died in June, 1881.

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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