Biography of Charles A. Harrington
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Harrington, Charles A., who was for many years identified with the best interests of Albion, was born in Shelby, August 29, 1815, and was the son of Micah and Hannah (Smith) Harrington. The family were New Englanders, and on both sides were patriots of the Revolution. In the famous battle of Lexington there were eleven members of the Harrington family, and two of them were killed. The father of Micah was Thomas Harrington, the latter leaving Massachusetts in 1790, and settled in the eastern part of the State of New York. He was a large land owner and was killed by accident. Micah Harrington was born at Marlborough, Mass., but came to this State, where, after a short residence in different counties, he finally settled at Shelby in 1813. His brother, Daniel, was also a pioneer of this county. Micah was surveyor in this county, and was associated with the Elliotts in developing the Holland Purchase. He served with credit in the War of 1812. The children of Micah and Hannah (Smith) Harrington were: Devereaux, who died in Coldwater, Mich.; Montraville Amos, who died at Benton Harbor, Mich.; Charles Augustus, our subject; Shelby Andrew, who died at Coldwater, Mich.; Mercia, who married Charles H. Moore, late of Albion. Micah Harrington died in April, 1833, and his wife in September, 1861. Charles A. Harrington was brought up to business pursuits, was a merchant for a time, but his chief occupation was that of contractor. He was a strong Republican and held office as postmaster at Albion through Mr. Lincoln's and a portion of Mr. Johnson's administration. His business life was successful, and he was regarded as one of the substantial and influential men of the county seat. He was one of the founders of the Episcopal church in Albion. June 9, 1841, Mr. Harrington married Harriet J. Whitney, daughter of John Whitney. Their children were as follows: Clara, wife of Henry Hanington, of Denver, Col.; Emma; Rollin W.; Adeline; Harriet W.; Belle W., wife of George H. Sickles, jr., of Buffalo. Charles H. Harrington died October 11, 1878, and his wife December 22 of the same year.

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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