Biography of John Nightengale
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Nightengale, John, Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, November 17, 1829. The earliest ancestor we find trace of is Timothy Nightengale, grandfather of subject. He was a native of Vermont and married Abigail Richardson. They were the parents of one child, Timothy Perry Nightengale, who was born in Monkton in 1800, He was educated in the common schools and took up farming, and when about twenty five years of age moved to St. Lawrence county, buying a farm in the west part of Stockholm, he lived there but a short time when he bought a farm of seventy five acres in Potsdam, where he has since resided. He married when he first cane to this town, Mary, daughter of John and Rosanna Kerr, and they had eight children, of whom John is the only one living. Timothy Nightengale died June 11, 1850, and Mrs. Nightengale, September 17, 1875, at seventy five years of age. The whole life of our subject has been spent on the homestead farm. He was educated in the common schools and lived on the farm with his parents until the time of his father's death, when he conducted it for his mother until her death. After that it became his by right of inheritance. Mr. Nightengale is a Republican. He married, January 1, 1856, Catherine Maria, daughter of David W. and Ciarissa (Gardner) Kennedy, natives of Vermont, but at that time residents of Parishville. They have been the parents of three children; Ida Estelle, wife of George Boody, a merchant of Parishville Center; Carroll Chester, who assists on his father's farm; and Clara Maria, who also lives at home. The farm is conducted as a dairy farm, with twelve head of cattle, fifty sheep and four horses. The residence was erected about 1843 by Timothy Nightengale.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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