Biography of Nicholas E. Darrow
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Darrow, Col. Nicholas E., was born at Chatham, Columbia county, April 1, 1808, and is descended from good old revolutionary stock. His father, Capt. John Darrow, and three brothers, fought in the Continental army, and Captain Darrow participated in the battle of Danbury. The ancestors of Colonel Danbury were Scotch Irish, and on the mother's side came over in the Mayflower. Capt. John Darrow was a son of Daniel Darrow, and came from Columbia county to Caledonia in 1813, with his wife, Eunice Eggleston, and a large family of children. His death occurred before they were settled. His widow afterward married Broadstreet Spofford, and in 1815 the family settled in Clarendon. Colonel Darrow, with his brother Lewis, built a stone block on the south end of the square in Holley Lewis Darrow died at Holley in 1833. Colonel Darrow engaged in the mercantile trade, but in 1834 failing health compelled him to give it up. He then removed to Ohio, remaining until 1837, when he returned to Holley, and for three years was engaged in farming. In 1840 he removed to Clarendon, and has since been a resident of that town, where he has been engaged in farming. He was for four years colonel of the 25th Regiment Artillery, 8th Brigade, 4th Division State Militia. He is the only living charter member of the Holley Lodge, I. O. O. F. He is a member and trustee of the M. E. Church. Colonel Darrow was a Jackson Democrat but joined the Republican party on its formation. He was elected supervisor of Clarendon in 1851-2 and in 1854, and in 1864 and 1865. He was postmaster at Clarendon for thirteen years, and in 1861 was elected to the General Assembly from Orleans county. In 1846-47 he was superintendent of the canal from Holley to Pendleton. December 20, 1830, he married Sarah Sweet, who died in 1889. Their children were: Mary, who married John S. Nelson; Sarah M., who married John R. Bartlett; Laura, who married Albert J. Potter; Hattie, who married James Gibson; Etta, who married George H. Copeland; Eunice, who married Alfonso D. Cook; Sabrina, who married Kirk Blanchard; Nicholas H., who married Juliana Wyman and afterward settled at Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1893; Lewis E., who married Satie Carpenter, and is in the banking business at Corry, Pa. He (Lewis E.) enlisted in the 151st N. Y. Infantry and served in the war of the rebellion. Harry Darrow, brother of Colonel Darrow, spent his, life in Orleans county until 1892, when he settled at Hamlin, Monroe county. James another brother, settled in Homer, Mich., about the year 1855, and a sister, Polly Darrow, married Cheney Luce and settled in Wisconsin.

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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