Biography of James B. Pelsue
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Pelsue, James B., Stockholm, was born in Wallingford, Vt., February 16, 1829. His father was George Pelsue, a native of West Chelmsford, Mass., born in 1786. George Pelsue was reared on a farm and in an early day came to Stockholm. Here in 1818 he married Mrs. Pheobe Chase, born in 1796, and widow of Edmund Chase who was drowned in attempting to rescue two children from the St. Regis River, Mr. Pelsue removed to Wallingford, Vt., where he remained until 1832, when he returned to Stockholm, where he spent the remainder of his days. Mr. Pelsue and wife have bad four sons and six daughters. He died February 21, 1868, and his wife November 14, 1870, The father of George was James B. Pelsue, who lived and died in West Chelmsford, Mass. The maternal grandparents of subject were Caleb and Pheobe (Parlin) Newell, natives of Connecticut and early settlers of Stockholm. The death of Mr. and Mrs. Newell occurred in Potsdam. Our subject, James B., was educated in the public schools. At the age of thirteen years he undertook and accomplished the task of paying for a small piece of land for which he induced his father to bargain. He acquired a farm of 125 acres with good huildings, and is now one of the leading farmers of his town. October 21, 1856, Mr. Pelsue married Luthera J., eldest of six children of Lewis and Almira (Newton) Marsh, of Stockholm. Lewis Marsh was born in Sharon, Vt., in 1803. His father was Isaac Marsh, a native of Vermont and a pioneer of Stockholm. He was twice married, first to Mercy Percival and second to Lucy Mason, Lewis Marsh was one of the representative farmers of his town. He died in 1873, and his wife in 1872 in Detroit, Mich., while on a visit to that place. Lewis N. Marsh, brother of Mrs. Peisue, died at Sandy Hook during the late war. James B. Pelsue and wife have had five children: Hattie L., wife of Lloyd N. Allen, of Detroit, by whom he has had two children, Ruby M. and Earl F.; Edson L, who married Emma I. Gilby, of Iowa, and had one son, Harold G.: George L, at home; Joel M., traveling salesman for Sanford Whip Company; and Early M., at home. Mr. Pelsue is a Republican in politics. He has often represented his party in town and county conventions, and in 1892 was chosen delegate to the State convention. He was a member of the State militia eleven years, was captain five years, and lieutenant two years. Mr. Pelsue and family are liberal in religions views. He is a ruember of P. of H. of Potsdam, No. 39.

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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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