Biography of Jay H. Chittenden
St. Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Jay H. Chittenden. - Known in business circles in St. Lawrence County, Jay H. Chittenden is a member of the oldest family of Hopkinton, where he successfully carries on the business which was established in 1821 by his grandfather, Clark S. Chittenden. He was born here, June 7, 1870, the son of Varick A. and Charlotte A. (Risdon) Chittenden.

Clark S. Chittenden settled in Hopkinton in 1821 and in that year established a general mercantile business. He was justiee of the peace for many years and served for several terms as a member of the New York State legislature. His son, Varick A., was born at Hopkinton in 1838. He attended the public schools of Hopkinton and Potsdam and throughout his life was identified with the business which had been founded by his father. He retired in 1892 and died in March, 1916. Mr. Chittenden held the office of town clerk from 1859 until 1892 with the exception of the year 1869. He was a Republican and held membership in the Congregational Church. Charlotte A. (Risdon) Chittenden was born at Hopkinton in 1838 and died March 5, 1871. To Mr. and Mrs. Chittenden the following children were born: 1. Bertha Oliva, born in 1862, the widow of Herbert Sanford, lives at Potsdam. 2. Edna Mary, born in 1866, died in 1897, was the wife of Elmore M. Kent. 3. Jay H., the subject of this sketch. 4. Mabel, born in 1874, died in 1877. 5. Lawrence A., born in 1876, lives at Hopkinton.

Jay H. Chittenden attended Ogdensburg Academy and in 1889 was graduated from Albany Business College. He has since been interested in business at Hopkinton, and from 1893 until 1930 also held the office of postmaster. His wife received the appointment in 1930. The business establishment of Mr. Chittenden was completely destroyed by fire in 1927 but was rebuilt on the original site in the same year.

On Sept. 19, 1893, Mr. Chittenden married Miss Gertrude Hoyt, of Parishville, N. Y., the daughter of Edson and Ceclia (Royal) Hoyt. Mr. Hoyt died in 1894 and his wife in 1929. Mr. and Mrs. Chittenden have two children: 1. Clark S., a graduate of Potsdam High School, and the Sweeney Automobile School of Kansas City, Mo. He is associated in business with his father and also owns a feed mill at Hopkinton. 2. Charlotte E., born Dec. 13, 1909, a graduate of Potsdam High School and Potsdam Normal School. She is a teacher at Nicholville.

Mr. Chittenden is a Republican. He held the office of overseer of the poor for 15 years and served as town clerk from 1893 until 1913. He and his family are active members of the Congregational Church.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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