Biography of Mab Valley
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Valley, Mab, Potsdam, was born in Montreal, November 7, 1816. The early ancestry of the family were French. Mr. Valley was only a child when his father died and his mother moved from Montreal to Ottawa, where the family lived until he was seventeen years of age. In 1838 he came to New York State, locating for a short time in Madrid, and then settled in Potsdam, where he was employed as a carpenter and joiner. In 1853 he moved to Norwood, where he was employed by B. G. Baldwin on the erection of the first hotel of this village. In 1860 he established a dry goods store, which he conducted two years, when he sold his stock to the Ashleys and conducted a general grocery and provision store. In 1880 the block where Mr. Ashley's store was located was destroyed by fire and he immediately built a two story brick block which is now leased to other parties for stores and offices. In 1888 Mr. Valley, in partnership with Ira C. Russell, bought the adjoining block, of which he became the sole owner in 1889. In 1888 he was employed to conduct the general store of the manufacturing company, which store he bought in 1891 and conducted until 1893, when he transferred the store to his son, Joseph A. Mr. Valley has been a member of the Masonic fraternity fifteen years, is a member of the Episcopal church of Norwood, has been the treasurer since its establishment, and was the leading one in its founding. Mr. Valley married in 1840, Angeline Barnhardt of Potsdam. Two children are left of this union: Mrs. L. R. Ashley of Norwood and Joseph A. Valley, a merchant of Norwood. Mrs. Valley died in 1855 and he married second, Miss Lucetta Drake of Middlebury, Vt.

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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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