Biography of Henry G. Kelsey
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Kelsey, Henry G., Stockholm, was born October 29, 1833, on the farm he now owns. His father was Sidney Kelsey, son of Isaac, a native of Orville, Vt. In 1801 Isaac and his eldest son, Reuben, came to Stockholm! and built the first house in the place, and they, with a Mr. Wright, spent the winter there, being the first settlers of the town. The following spring Mr. Kelsey's family, in company with six others, came to Stockholm, and here Mr. iCelsey died in 1831, Sidney Kelsey was born March 2, 1787, and took up the farm now owned by the subject of our sketch. He married first Amanda Deveraux, by whom he had two children. She died in 1824, and he married second Julia Holcomb, of Shoreham, Vt., born February 5, 1797. They had two sons, one who died young, and Henry G. He was a Republican, and was supervisor of the town. He died February 10, 1871, and his wife April 3, of the same year. Henry G. Kelsey was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. He is a general farmer and dairyman, snd owns 170 acres of land. August 23, 1860, he married Harriet Steenberge, of Stockholm, who was born in 1840, a daughter of Orrin Steenberge, of Vermont. Mr. Kelsey and wife have had two children: Sidney E., born August 17, 1863, who graduated from Claverack Military school in 1883 and from Cornell University in 1887. He is now a civil engineer, and resides in Kansas City. He was a member of Governor Francis' staff during the opening of the World's Fair, and is at present major of the Third Regiment National Guards. Alberta, the second child of Henry G., was born July 17, 1870. She is the wife of E. A. Wilkinson, manager of the creameries for Morse & Smith of Boston. They have one son, Henry J. Mrs. Wilkinson is one of the leading members of the choir of the Presbyterian church at Brasher Falls, having been connected with the choir since fourteen years of age. Mr. Kelsey is a Republican in politics, and a member of Brasher Falls Lodge, No. 541, F. & A. M., in which he has been S. D., S. W., W. M., being now treasurer. He attends and his wife and daughter are members of the Presbyterian church.

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