Biography of Joshua Anthony

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805



JOSHUA ANTHONY, son of Joshua and Lydia T. (Buffinton) Anthony, was born in the town of Adams, Berkshire county, Mass., February 16, 1839. The family is of Yankee lineage, its representatives having been early settlers in New England. They trace their descent from Dr. Francis Anthony, born in London in the year 1550. Humphrey Anthony (grandfather) was born in Berkshire county, Mass., in 1770. He was a farmer and blacksmith by trade and lived to the ripe old age of ninety-six years.

Of his sons one was Joshua Anthony, Sr., who was born on the old homestead farm, where he also died in the thirty-ninth year of his age, July 25, 1841. He was a steady and industrious man, a Friend in religious belief and a member of the Friends Society. Although he died before hardly reaching the prime of life, he had met with considerable success as a farmer and stock dealer. He married Lydia T. Buffinton, who survived him but a year. Their children were four: Joshua, the subject of this sketch; Ira L., John B. and William H.

Lydia T. Buffinton Anthony was a daughter of Zephaniah and Joanna (Wells) Buffinton, both members of the Friends Society, who removed from Berkshire county, Mass., to Mechanicville in this county during the year 1846. They first settled on a farm purchased from James Bradshaw, now known as the John K. Pruyn farm. They later removed to the farm now owned by Joshua Anthony, in order to be at a more convenient distance from the Friends meeting-house. After the death of their mother Joshua Anthony and his three brothers were taken by their maternal grandparents by whom they were reared. Mr. Buffinton died April 19, 1858, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years, and his wife died four years later in her eighty-fourth year.

Joshua Anthony was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen began his business life as a clerk in a store at Jonesville. Subsequently he was engaged in a like capacity in mercantile houses at Schuylerville, Troy and Stiliwater. He left the latter place in the spring of 1867 and returned to the home farm, of which he assumed the management. In 1869 he began in a small way his present successful business as a manufacturer of baking powder and cream of tartar. In 1892 he added spice grinding and the manufacture of fluid extracts for flavoring purposes. The present factory is a two story building, forty by sixty, and is equipped with perfected and rapid machinery. The spice mills occupy the larger part of the adjoining high brick structure, thirty-six by sixty-six. Work is given to a number of employees, the major portion being women.

In politics Mr. Anthony has been a staunch Republican and when he resided at Stillwater served as United States assistant assessor. The cares of growing business, however, have precluded his taking an active part in political affairs, but he has always been a man of great public spirit, and has accomplished much for the good of the community in securing a station on the Schenectady branch of the Delaware and Hudson railroad, at Ushers, June 19, 1882. This station was first called “Hammonds” in honor of C. D. Hammond, superintendent of the road. In 1883, through the efforts of Mr. Anthony, a post-office was secured under the name of Ushers. The name of the station was then altered to correspond. This change was due to the fact that there was previously, in existence a post-office called “Hammond” in this State. Mr. Anthony has also established a private telegraph line from Ushers to his factory.

He is a prominent thirty-second degree Mason, formerly a member of Montgomery Lodge No. 504 of Stiliwater, and now a charter member of On-da-wa Lodge No. 820, of Mechanicville. He is also a member of Waterford Chapter No. 169, R. A. M., of Bloss Council of Troy, N. Y., No. 14, R. .& S. M., of Apollo Commandery of Troy, No. 15, K. T., of Delta Lodge of Perfection of Troy, Delta Council P. of J. of Troy, of Delta Chapter Rose Croix of Troy, of Albany Sovereign Consistory of Albany, of Oriental Temple of Troy, A. A. 0. N. M. S., and of the Masonic Veteran Association of Troy and vicinity.

Mr. Anthony married, March 23, 1868, Mary E. Ingraham, daughter of William S. and Sila (Gilbert) Ingraham of Fulton county. William S. Ingraham died April 3, 1891, aged seventy five years; his wife had passed away March 2, 1887, in her sixty-seventh year.

Of this union of Joshua Anthony and Mary E. Ingraham are three children: Sidney J., Ira J. and Sila G. The sons are actively engaged in the conduct of Mr. Anthony’s extensive business.

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