Biography of Horton L. Brush
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Brush, Horton L., was born in this town, March 4, 1853. Thomas Brush, his grandfather, was a shoemaker who came to Pulteney in 1819, and later purchased a tract of timber land, which he and his sons cleared. He was the son of Jacob and Anna Green Brush, whose father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Albert, the father of Horton L., was born in Pulteney, in July, 1820, and has devoted his time to farming since he became thirteen years of age, and when eighteen he worked out and earned the last one hundred dollars which finished paying for his father's farm; his time was then given him and he began for himself, purchased his first farm when twenty two and now owns 105 acres. In politics he is a Republican and served as assessor two terms, and is a deacon in the Baptist church. His wife was Lydia Horton, who was born in Pulteney, and their children were Harmon M., Thomas, who died in 1846, and William, died in 1879, who was a soldier in the late war and fought in the battle of Appomattox, and Marion S. Horton L. was the youngest son, was educated in the common schools, and while a young boy engaged as engineer in a saw mill, and when fifteen years of age took charge of a vineyard, which position he kept until he was seventeen years of age, when he spent two winters in Michigan as engineer in a mill. He then engaged in buying fruit, spent three seasons in a commission house in New York city and spent one year each in the employment of the Adams and United States Express Companies on Lake Kenka. He has studied electricity for several years, and since 1891, in connection with his fruit growing and commission business, he has dealt in telephones, constructing them himself. In 1881 he married Lilly I., second daughter of William E. and Nancy Bancroft Horton, who was born in the town of Cameron. She is a member of and teacher of the Baptist Sunday school, and they are both members of the Baptist church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Prattshurg Lodge No. 583, of which he has been chaplain and junior deacon. He is now treasurer of the Yates Baptist Association, having been elected for three years.

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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