Biography of Thomas W. Fife
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Fife, Thomas W., Waddiugton, was born in Waddington, February 11, 1829. His father, William Fife, was born in Roxboroughshire, Scotland, in 1792. He came to Waddington in 1819, and he here married Margaret Walker, a native of Roxboroughshire, Scotland, who came to Waddington with her parents. Mr. Fife and wife had four sons and one daughter. In 1828 he purchased 107 acres of land, where our subject now resides. Here he lived until his death in 1832. His wife died in 1872. Mr. Fife and wife were members of the Scotch Presbyterian church and he an elder of that church. Thomas W. Fife was reared and educated in Waddington. He has followed farming as a life occupation, and at present owns 150 acres of land and follows general farming. November 9, 1865, he married Martha, daughter of William Veitch. In politics Mr. Fife is a Republican. He and wife were for many years members of the Presbyterian church of Waddington, of which Mr. Fire was an elder, but, as he himself writes: "I am not an elder now, because I could not act conscientiously with the minister, who was, by common fame, proclaimed a falsifier; then sworn statements also, were handed to elders to the same effect. When the matter was brought before the Presbytery, the stated clerk having a preponderatiug influence over the Presbytery, arose and dictated the terms, both to elders and Presbytery, and that was, that the elders must all resign, or be deposed, and that without any trial, or hearing, or any charge being brought against them. And the Presbytery acted through the whole case, on rules pretending to represent those governing banks, or worldly business, and without once referring to the scripture rule of truth; therefore I cannot remain in accord with the Presbytery, or the Presbyterian church while goverened by such rules and principles."

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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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