Biography of Joseph H. Horton
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Horton, Joseph H., was born at Sand Lake, April 19, 1824, one of twelve children of George and Lucinda Horton. His father was a lumberman, and Joseph worked for him six years, then went to Troy and was employed as engineer in a stove foundry. He was also employed as engineer in a steam saw mill at Berlin for a short time, then came to Ganesee county and became a farmer in Pembroke. In August, 1862, Mr. Horton enlisted in Company G, 8th Heavy Artillery, and served two years and ten months; was mustered out of service June 5, 1865, at Bailey's Cross Roads, Va. He participated in the battles of Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, front of Petersburgh, Ream's Station, operations about Petersburgh, Hatchers' Run, joined in the pursuit of Lee, and was present at the final surrender at Appomattox. During this time the farm was successfully managed by his wife. Returning home Mr. Horton remained a year on the farm, then moved to East Pembroke, where he worked as carpenter. They moved to Shelby Center in 1868, thence after a year to Sand Lake, where he took charge of his father's business. After the death of his parents he came to Albion to educate his daughter at the Phipps Seminary. and at that time practically retired from public life. December 26, 1845, Mr. Horton married Electa E., daughter of Rnna and Sophia Adams, of Sand Lake, by whom he had two children, the first of whom died in infancy, and the latter, Sophia, married in 1888 Rev. Emil J. Miller, independent Baptist missionary at Lower Burmah. They have one child. Mr. Horton has always been a Republican. His service in the army was as drummer, and he was also drummer in the famous Log Cabin campaign of 1840, and at a later period during Mr. Lincoln's candidacy for the presidency. Emil J. Miller was born in West Prussia in 1857. His father was a soldier in the Prussian army, and on him for gallant service the order of the Iron Cross was conferred by the king. Emil J. came to the United States in 1873, and was educated principally at Colgate University, entering the ministry in 1888.

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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