Biography of James N. Baum
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Baum, James N., Potsdam, was born in the town of Manbeim, Herkimer county, April 20, 1836. Jacob Baum, the father of James N., was a native of Herkimer county. He was one of a family of ten children, born in 1802. He was reared in the county of his birth, educated in the common schools and took up farming. He married Mary, daughter of Joseph Lepper, of Dauube, Herkimer county, and they were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living: Amos, a banker of Watertown, Wis.; Oliver, a farmer of Marathon, Cortland county; Mrs. Martha McVean, of Marathon; Mrs. Barbara Baker, of Auburn; and James N. James was only about a year old when his parents moved into Jefferson county, and settled in the town of Leray, where our subject was reared and educated in the common schools and Theresa High School. in 1856 the family moved to Marathon, Cortland county, where Jacob Baum died the same year. lames tnade his home in that county, engaged in the mercantile business for fourteen years. In 1872 he came to St. Laivrence county, buying a farm in the towns of Potsdain and Stockholm, where he has a vast farm of 300 acres, devoted to dairying and the cultivation of hay and grain, He has now sixty head of stock, and the milk produced is taken to Hewittville butter factory. Mr. Baum has always taken an active intercst in politics, and while in Cortiand county was town clerk of Freetown. Mr. Baum has been twice married, first in 1860, to Nancy Squires, of Marathon, and had one daughter, Elma, who dicd December 27, 1883, at twenty one years of age. Mrs. Baum died August 13, 1868, and he married his second wife in February, 1871, Delia, daughter of Isaac Ellis, and widow of Henry Allen, They have three children: Lovisa, Alida and Edwin Ellis. A daughter of Mrs. Baum, Bertha Lovisa Allen, a teacher in Westchester county, makes her home with Mr. Baum. The beautiful residence of Mr. Baum was erected in 1883.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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