Biography of James M. Rider
St Lawrence County, NY Biographies

Rider, James M., Russell, was born in Vermont in 1839, a son of James D., whose father was one of the pioneers of St. Lawrence county. James D, married Sarah Potter, born in Vermont, and they settled on a farm in Hopkinton. James M., our subject, was reared on a farm and received his education in the district schools of Parishville and Hopkinton. At the age of eighteen he began work on a farm at very low wages, and continued in this line for about fifteen years. By industry and frugality he soon became possessor of one of the most valuable farms in the town. In 1866 he married Maria H., daughter of Harry West of Vermont, and they have five children: Minnie Backus, born in Hopkinton April 3, 1868, married Myron Backus, and has one child, Fredda W.; Gertrude, born in Canton June 9, 1871; Eve Knox, born in Canton April 28, 1873, married Burtiss S. Knox; Jay, born in Russell January 1, 1876; William, born in Russell June 27, 1878. Mr. Rider first bought a farm in Hopkinton, where he lived one year, then rented in Canton five years, and then bought the farm of over 200 acres, which he now owns and works. He carries on general farming and dairying, keeping about twenty cows and other stock, sheep, etc. He is a Republican in his politics, but has never cared for office. His family attends the Methodist church.

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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