Biography of James S. Buttolph
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Buttolph, James S., Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, January 9, 1838, He received his education in common school and St. Lawrence Academy. Son of Abyram, a native of Vermont, born in New Haven, April 24, 1803. His early life was spent in his native State. He was educated in the common schools. and married October 15, 1826. Immediately after his marriage he moved into St. Lawrence county, first settling on a farm in the town of Hopkinton, when that town was a wilderness. He lived there but a few years and then bought a farm of 175 acres in Potsdam. in 1840 he moved to West Stockholm, where he engaged in the manufacture of forks and hoes, employing from thirty to forty hands. He found a market for the product through Northern New York and Canada, and shipped large quantities to Ohio, Indiana and the west, He was engaged in manufacturing about fifteen years, and gave it up to return to farming. He bad previously, in 1844, bought a farm, where he then moved and by purchase increased the size to 200 acres. Mr. Buttolph was a Republican, and a member of the Congregational church. His wife was Betsey, daughter of Gideon Sprague, a native of Connecticut, but at that time residents of Vermont, and they hail five children, of whom only our subject survives. At the breaking out of the war he was the earliest to enlist. October 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Ninety second Regiment N. Y, Vol., was first lieutenant Company C., and served with them ten months, being through the Peninsula campaign. He resigned on account of poor health, August 1, 1862, and returned to the farm, In 1879 he was elected highway commssioner of the town and filled the office two years. He is a member of Chapter Luther Priest Post G. A. R. No. 167. and also Potsdam Grange, No. 39. He has been twice married. Novemher 1, 1864, he married Martha J. Burnham of Potsdam, daughter of James and Hannah (Gillett) Burnham, and they had two children James A., and Linnie May. Mrs. Buttolph died July 24, 1883, and he married second in 1888, Kate E., daughter of John and Jane (Tiernan) Barry of Massena. They have one child, Azel Mary, born November20, 1890.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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