Biography of Leander Bidelman
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Bidelman, Leander, is a grandson of Henry, who was born in Germany and came to the town of Ridgeway, Orleans county, in 1817, and died in 1860, aged eighty two years. Samuel Bidelman, the father of Leander, was born in Manheim, Herkimer county, June, 29, 1806, and came with his parents to Orleans county in 1817. May 20, 1820, he went to Ridgeway to learn the trade of tanner and currier, and the shoemaking business with Isaac A. Bullard. Mr. Bullard soon died, after which Samuel bought the establishment and carried on the business for himselt May 17, 1829, he married Eliza Prussia, born in Lancaster county, Pa., of German parentage. In 1835 he sold his business there and moved to Gaines in October where he bought the tanyard of James Mather and carried on the business for several years, taking into partnership with him his two sons, Henry and Charles. Mr. Bidelman was elected supervisor of Gaines in 1842-1845-1846-1853-1854-1857. He died July 18, 1879. The children of Samuel and Eliza Bidelman were as follows: Leander, born in Ridgeway March 29, 1830; Henry O., born March 20, 1832; Eli, born in 1834; John, born March 30, 1837; Harriett, born May 17, 1841; Charles, born in 1843. Leander, our. subject, was educated in the common schools of Gaines and then engaged in farming. He was formerly a Republican and is now excise commissioner of Gaines (no license). He is a member of the Royal Templars of Albion No. 16, and of the Good Templars No. 984 of Fairhaven Lodge. He married December 15, 1858, Elizabeth Popple, who was born in Cattarauguz county in 1836. Her father was Henry Popple, born in 1805 in Herkimer county, and died in 1880. Her mother was Sarah Dunning, born in Hamilton county in 1815, and died in 1862. The children of Leander and Elizabeth Bidelman are two sons, Clayton H. and Howard L. Clayton H., born in Gaines August 11, 1860, married Lily F. Lafler, by whom he had one child, Hazel E., who died in 1887, aged five months. Howard L. was born in Gaines August 29. 1862, married Julia E. Pendry, and they have one child, W. Pendry, born May 15, 1892.

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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