Biography of N. W. Jefferson
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Jefferson, N. W., Parishville, was born October 23, 1848, a son of Benjamin P., who was a son of Russell, who was a native of Vermont. The latter married Betsey Cheney, by whom he had nine children, he was a relative of Thomas Jefferson, and came to Parishville in 1848. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in Chicago in 1883, his wife having died in Vermont in 1853. Benjamin P. was born in Washington, Vt., December 14, 1818, and came to Parishville in 1840, where he settled on the farm now owned by our subject. In 1842 he married Sallie Willis Stark, widow of Wilder S. Stark, who was drowned. Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson had four sons: A. W., B. F., Cyrus and N. W. The former two are Baptist ministers, and Cyrus resides in California. N. W. Jefferson was reared on a farm and educated in the St. Lawrence Academy. He taught school several years, and has since followed general farming and dairying, own- ing 175 acres and keeping twenty three cows. He is a Republican and has been justice of the peace for twenty years, which office he still holds. He was census taker in 1890. He is a member of High Falls Lodge No. 428, Potsdam Chapter, St. Lawrence Commandery No. 28, Lodge of Perfection of Canton, and P. of H. No. 542 of West Parishville. In 1870 Mr. Jefferson married Ida L., daughter of Norman Harvey of Colton. He and wife are members of the Free Will Baptist church.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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