Biography of Wayland F. Ellison
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Ellison, Wayland F., Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam October 2, 1831. The earliest ancestor we find trace of in this family is the grandfather of our subject, James Ellison, who was a native of Vermont. born in the town of Chester, and always made his home in that State. He was the father of seven children, of whom Leonard, father of our subject, was the eldest son. Leonard Ellison was born in Chester, Vt., December 13, 1803, educated in the common schools, and took up farming. He married in Chester, February 10, 1831, Laura Hoard, and immediately after came to what was then the new country of Northern New York. He bought fifty acres in Potsdam, where he reared a family of nine children and spent the balance of his days. He accumulated a property of three hundred acres, which he owned at the time of his death, May 20, 1876. Mrs. Ellison died September 15, 1858. at forty nine years of age. Of the family five sons and two daughters are living: Leander, George and Granville, farmers in the west; Mrs. Letitia Hawley, lives in Missouri; and Mrs. Mary Burnham, lives iu Nebraska; Albert, the fourth son, born August 4, 1840. He is a Republican in politics. The whole life of the subject, Wayland F., was spent in this place, living with his parents until twenty-four years or age, when he bought a farm of sixty acres in Potsdam, to which he has since added forty acres, and besides owns twelve and one half acres in the town of Stockholm. He married, September 17, 1856, Eliza, daughter of Sylvanias Burnham of West Potsdam, and they are the parents of four children Arthur V., an engineer at Gouverneur; Luther B., a lawyer of Chicago, Ill.; Addle, wife of Ira Morgan, a tinsmith of Kansas City, Mo.; and Prank O., a student in Brasher Falls graded school.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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