Biography of John H. Brightman
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

D-Saratoga and Kay-ad-ros-se-ra

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Brightman, John H., was born in the town of Saratoga, in 1831, a son of Thomas D. and Maria Sisson Brigntman. In early life Thomas was a school teacher, but in the latter part of his life he followed farming. He was very active in the M. E. church of Quaker Springs. John H., when eighteen years old, started in life for himself as a clerk in the general merchandise business at Ketchum Corners. After three years he purchased the store which he ran for about one year, then moved to Illinois and was employed as a traveling salesman for a wholesale notion store. Two years later he entered the general merchandise business at Peoria, Ill., where he remained one year, then returned to Stillwater. In 1831 he took charge of Mr. T. E. Dunham's business, which he cared for until Mr. Dunham's death and then purchased the estate from the heirs and has followed farming and stock dealing to the present time. He married Sarah, daughter of T. E. and Achsa Dunham, and they have two children: Henry T. and Benjamin P. Henry T. married Hattie C., daughter of William L. and Mary Gurnsey, and their children are Bert, Leonard, Nellie. Benjamin P. married Lena, daughter of George and Ida Perkins and they have one daughter, Esther. Mr. Brightman has been active in town and county affairs and was assessor for fourteen years and highway commissioner six years. He and his sons are members of the Patrons of Husbandry.


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