Biography of Charles H. Brush
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Brush, Charles H., Hopkinton, was born in Hopkinton on the farm he now occupies, November 4, 1866, and traces his ancestry to one Robert Brush, whose father came from Wales and settled on Long Island in 1606. Reuben, a son of Robert, was born on Long Island in 1711, and married Ruth Wood, born in 1715. Elkanah Brush, youngest son of Reuben, was born in Connecticut March 9, 1762, and married Althea Fink, who was born in 1764. They had nine children, the oldest of whom, Eliphalet, was born in Bennington, Vt., November 12, 1781. His parents soon moved to Vergennes, Vt., from whence he came in 1802, with the first company of white men, to what is now Hopkinton. He selected 100 acres and paid for them by working for Mr. Hopkins summers, and teaching school in Vermont winters In 1805 he drove in the first ox team and cart for Mr. Hopkins. February 22, 1810, he married Linda Pier, born in New Haven, Vt., May 21, 1790. They had six children. He was a Whig and a Republican, voting at every election for sixty five consecutive years from 1807. Mrs. Brush died September 15, 1862, and the death of Mr. Brush occurred January 11, 1873. Their lives had been spent in steady, honest toil, and both were early and valued members of the Congregational church, Jason C., their third child, was born January 22, 1822. January 1, 1856, he married Olivia Chittenden, who died September 7, 1858, leaving one daughter, Ella O., now wife of Arthur L. Bonney of Potsdam. November 6, 1862, he married Annice P. Ayers of Lawrence, by whom he had two children, our subject and Grace L., wife of W. L. Pert of Potsdam. Mr. Brush was remarkably energetic and industrious, a valued member of the Congregational church, a Whig in early life and a staunch Republican later. His death occurred May 25, 1891. at the farm where he was horn and Ead always labored. Charles B. Brush was educated at the Potsdam Normal School, but by reason of his father's ill health, the care of the farm early devolved upon him, and he did not graduate. He has purchased the Mead farm of about 140 acres, and with his mother owns the homestead of 200 acres. In politics he is a Republican, and he and his mother are members of the Congregational church. He has in his possession the ox cart which his grandfather drove through the woods from Vermont, and a gun taken from the British in the Revolution and handed down from his great grandfather.

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