Biography of Nathan W. Stearns
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Stearns, Nathan W., of Brasher Center, was born in Stockholm, November 1, 1827, a son of Abel H. and Deborah (Kelcey) Stearns, the former born February 8, 1786, and the latter July 22, 1790. They were married February 2, 1809, and came to Stockholm among the pioneers, where the lather died May 13, 1843, and the mother October 16, 1845. The had nine children: Ralph P., Jonathan W., Isaac K., Abel H., jr., Eliza Ann, Jason W., Benjamin H., Reuben R., and Nathan W, The latter was reared a farmer and was for several years a clerk at Brasher Center, and about two years a merchant. For the past thirty years he has been engaged in farming, now owning a farm of about eighty acres. He is a Republican, and has been overseer of the poor, etc. March 8, 1854, he married Maria I. Talcott, born August 14, 1826, daughter of Dr. Giles L. and Charlotte W. (Goodnough) Talcott of New England, and afterward of Stockholm. Mr. and Mrs. Stearns have had five children: Marcia M., born March 3, 1855, wife of Dr. M. B. Holcomb of Keeseville; Giles H., born March 27, 1858, married Lilly M. Bentley; Elva J., born April 30, 1863, wife of H. S. Taylor of Brasher; Bertha E., horn February 2, 1866, wire of M. E. Shoen of Massena; Charles H., born February 4, 1869, married Emma J. Allen, and is a farmer at home. Isaac Kelcey, the maternal grand father of our subject, was a pioneer in the county and a man of considerable influesnce in his day. The village of Winthrop is on what was Isaac Kelcey's farm, where he lived after coming to the county. His nearest white neighbors on the northeast were at Cornwall, P. Q., some twenty five miles distant; though the red men were all about him. He lived in perfect peace and tranquillity among them.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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