Biography of James Doran Dardis
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Dardis, James Doran, Potsdam, was born in County Maith, Ireland, April 11, 1832, and came to this country with his parents in 1842. Thomas, father of our subject, first settled on a farm in the town of Canton where he spent the balance of his days, and died May 10, 1859, aged sixty one years. The mother of our subject, Mary Doran, was also a native of County Maith, Ireland. They had eleven children, five of whom are living: Thomas, sheriff of Outtagama county, Wis.; Patrick H., a horse dealer of Boston, Mass.; William, also in Boston; Mrs. Anna Lay, widow of Colonel Lay of New York city; and James D. Mrs. Dardis died in 1880, aged eighty-nine years. James was only eighteen years of age when he became an apprentice to blacksmith L. V. Sherman of Canton, with whom he learned the trade and followed it for eleven years, nine years of that time in Madrid. September 1, 1802, he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Sixty fourth Regiment, New York Volunteer infantry, and served with this regiment until January 18, 1863, when he resigned on account of disability. He returned to Madrid and worked at his trade until 1807, when he became a stock drover, buying in St. Lawrence county and Canada, and shipping to Boston. During the six years he was engaged in the business he did over $10,000 worth of business per year. In 1873 he bought the Peter White farm of 105 acres in Potsdam, where he has since conducted a dairy farm of thirty two cows, the milk being sent to the butter factory. Mr. Dardis is a Democrat. He married, November 16, 1858, Teresa, daughter of Jonas S. Fay of Madrid, and they have four children Emmett F., Elizabeth, a teacher of Tonawanda, N. Y., Helen, who lives at home, and James.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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