Biography of Willaim H. Easton
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Easton, William H., Madrid, was born near Brockville, Ontaro, September 23, 1836. John Mark Easton, his father, was a native of England, born in Lincolnshire in 1782, who crossed the Atlantic in 1820. He first located near Brockville, Ontario, where for a few years he followed school teaching, and afterward became a farmer. He was a jeweler and watchmaker in his native country, but never followed it here. He married in 1821, Marilla Smith, a native of Canada, and daughter of Thomas Smith, a major in the British army, who was granted 2700 acres of land, including the site of Smith's Falls, Out., for his service in the war of the Revolution. John M. Easton was the father of eight children, four still living: Dr. John Easton, of Brockville, Ont.; Mrs. Gillespie, a widow of Ausable Forks, N. Y.; Mrs. M. Louisa Currier, of Cleveland, O., and William H. The boyhood of the latter was spent at his birthplace. In 1848 his parents moved to Madrid, where he received his education. At fourteen he started to learn the harnessmaker's trade, which he followed four years, and from eighteen to twenty two years of age he followed the sea in whaling expeditions. Returning to Madrid he resumed harnessmaking, and conducted business until 1861. For some time be had been studying music; and at the breaking out of the war enlisted as first cornet in the band of the Sixtieth Regt., N. Y. Vol. Inf., remaining in that service over a year, and then re entered the service as leader of Military Governor's Post Band, stationed at Alexandria, Va., where he remained until the close of the war. Returning in 1865, he followed the profession of band teacher and general musician until 1891. Mr. Easton has been United States claim agent and pension attorney, and also notary pubiic, since 1890, and in February, 1892, was elected justice of the peace for Madrid, He is a Mason, and was a member of Grass River Lodge, No. 312, during its lifetime. He married in 1859, Julia, daughter of E. L. Comstock, for many years a resident of this town, and they have one child, William H. Easton, jr.

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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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