Biography of the Hart Family
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Hart Family, The. - In 1812 Joseph Hart came from Dutchess county, and settled in the present village of Albion, the property being now owned by his son Joseph. He was the pioneer head of a large line of descendants, and among them have been some of the county's foremost men, both in civil and political life. He was a deacon, and one of the founders of the Presbyterian church in Albion. His children were: William, Benjamin, a physician; Elizur, John, Joseph, Samuel, Lucy, who married Ambrose Berry; Lovica, and Mary, wife of Langford Berry. William, the oldest, was born in Dutchess county in 1801, and came with his parents to Albion in 1812. He died in Albion, December 29, 1879. His wife was Pamelia Wells, a native of Connecticut, by whom he had one child, John Wells Hart, a well known and lifelong resident of Albion. The latter was born September 11, 1836, and was a farmer. In 1869 he married Sarah, daughter of Russell Smith, of Gaines, and they have had five children, three now living. Mr. Hart leads a comparatively retired life. In politics he is a Democrat, and has served as village trustee. Elizur Hart was born in Durham, Greene county, May 23, 1803, and was nine years old when his parents settled in Genesee County. Soon after attaining his majority he was elected constable, which was the beginning of a prominent and useful public career. In 1860 he became connected with the Orleans County Bank, of which he was the founder and chief managing and executive officer. He was also one of the early members of the Presbyterian church in Albion, and a generous contributor to its maintenance. Mr. Hart was twice married, his first wife being Loraine, daughter of Spafford Field, by whom he had these children: Frances E., now Mrs. C. C. Day, of Kansas City, Mo.; Jennie K., now Mrs. Henry L Smith, of New York; and Elizur Kirk. Mrs. Hart died February 11, 1847, and October 16, 1849, Mr. Hart married Cornelia, daughter of Roger and Christina King, of Jonesville, Saratoga county. Elizur Hart died August 12, 1870. Elizur Kirk Hart was born in Albion, April 8, 1841, educated at the old Albion Academy, and spent two years in Michigan and Illinois. He was also a member of the company under General Harvey, who prosecuted the vigorous expedition against the Mormons. In 1859 he returned to Albion, and in 1860 became bookkeeper in the Orleans County Bank (founded by his father), then teller, and upon his father's death in 1870, he was elected cashier. This position he held until July, 1890, when, upon the death of Mr. Cornell, he became president As president and principal stockholder of the bank (the institution having several years before become a National Bank). Mr. Hart continued until his death, February 18, 1893. He was deeply interested in all the public and private enterprises, looking to the welfare of Albion and the county, and the worthy poor were always relieved by his generosity. He was originally a Republican, and was elected to the Assembly in 1871. He was an ardent admirer and supporter of Mr. Greeley in 1872, and after that was identified with the Democratic party. In 1876 he was nominated by the Democratic convention as its candidate for representative in Congress, and although the majority in the district was nearly 5,000 Republicans, he was elected by a plurality of 1,000. He also served as member of the Board of Education, was village trustee a number of terms, and for nearly twenty years was one of the cemetery commissioners. In 1890 he was appointed by Governor Hill a commissioner of the Western House of Refuge for Women, and through his influence Albion was selected as the seat of location for that institution. June 10, 1863, Mr. Hart married Louise Sanderson, of Alton, Ill., by whom he had five children: Charles Elizur, Emma Brown, Loraine Field, Mary Ann, Elizur Kirk, and Louise Sanderson. Charles Elizur was born at Alton, Ill., May 31, 1865, and educated at Albion Union School, He first came into the bank in a working capacity in 1885, but in 1886 went to Arizona in connection with real estate enterprises, and in pursuit of recreation. He returned to Albion in 1890, and again went into the bank, and on the death of his father, in February, 1893, was elected president.

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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