Biography of J. M. Alderman
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Alderman, J. M., was born in Schuyler county, N. Y., January 28, 1847, son of O. P. and Martha M. Conklin, a distant relative of Roscoe Conklin, he a native of Connecticut, and she of New Jersey. They both came to Schuyler county in 1830, and were married at Altay, where J. M. was born. He came to Thurston in 1850, where he has since lived. His father has been a member of the Christian church, and organized and built the Merchantville church, of which he was pastor for a number of years. He was a member of the Blue Lodge in Risingville, and Bath Chapter, R. A. M. He and his wife are now living on a farm in Thurston, aged seventy six and seventy five, respectively. Our subject was educated in the common schools, Sonora Academy, and Starkey Seminary, and at the age of fifteen enlisted in Capt. William H. McLain's company, 5th United States Cavalry. On account of his age his father had him withdrawn, but at the age of sixteen he enlisted again in Co. K, 4th New York Artillery, and served two years and six months. He was in the battle of the Wilderness and under fire until the battle of Spottsylvania, where he was severely wounded in his right elbow, and was then placed in the Veteran Reserve Corps, being unfit for field duty, and was then detached as orderly for Gen. Thomas H. Neill, who was president of the board of examiners. Mr. Alderman has been in the insurance business at Merchantville for some years, and was general agent in Pennsylvania for a Philadelphia company in 1870 and 1871. He was in the mercantile business at Hedgesville four years, and manager of a lumber company near Canisteo for four years, and has held his present position five years. He was also in the employ of a lumber company in Texas for three years. He is a Republican and has represented Woodhull and Thurston in county conventions and was census enumerator in 1890. He is a member of Loga Post No. 469, G. A. R., and Subordinate Union No. 272, E. A. U. October 20, 1868, he married Mary L. Masters, daughter of Lewis Masters of Thurston, and they have had one child, Burr W., who died at the age of seven months. Mr. Alderman has been assistant postmaster at Mercbantville for about four years. Is now a merchant at Thurston, N. Y.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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