Biography of Joshua Heritage
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

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Heritage, Joshua, was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1829, and came to this country in 1851, locating in Lansingburgh, where he remained one year, then removed to the town of Milton, Saratoga county, and at the end of three years purchased a small farm there. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. H, 153d Regiment N. Y. Vols., and was wounded in the battle at Winchester, Va. He received an honorable discharge on October 17, 1865, and returned to his home, where he has since been engaged in farming, and is known as one of the most successful and practical farmers of the town. At the present time (1898) Mr. Heritage is living on his large farm, which he purchased in 1873, after a five. years' residence in Greenfield, N. Y. Here he has lived for twenty-five years and though not actively engaged in labor, he superintends the place. He married Dinah Townley in England, and they had twelve children, seven now living, who honor their parents and revere their home. Of the sons. John Wesley remains on the homestead, has occupied a prominent position in town affairs and is a public spirited young man; he was elected excise commissioner in 1889 and served three years; in 1892 he was elected commissioner of highways and is at present serving his second term, making an excellent official. He and his father are both strong Republicans and Mr. Heritage, Jr., has worked for his party in town and county. Both father and son are identified with every public enterprise and the name is synonymous in the place for integrity and right. Mr. Heritage was always interested in the advancement of town and. county affairs and he and his estimable wife are representative people in their community. Of Mr. Heritage's other children, Joshua is at home; William has a lucrative position in the locomotive works at Schenectady; Henry and Charles live in Ballston Spa, the latter conducting the leading barber shop there; Eliza resides at Corinth, Saratoga county; and the other at Baliston Spa.


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