Biography of Hiram Crosby
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Crosby, Hiram. - Nathan Crosby was born at Cauisteo, March 26, 1815. Richard Crosby, his father, was born in the Eastern States, and came to Canisteo with his father, Benjamin Crosby, first settling in Bath, then moving to Canisteo. Benjamin Crosby was one of the twelve purchasers of the township, owning 640 acres of what is now Hornellsville. Richard Crosby was the owner of 1,200 acres in Canisteo, and this land they cleared, and the family is known through this section as one of the first of the town. He married Hannah Thomas, who was a descendant of one of the first families of the town, and by whom he had four children: Nathan, Ulysses, Mary, and Robert. Nathan Crosby is a farmer, and married Nancy, daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Moore Hallett, by whom he had four children: Hiram, Byron, Lewis, and Elizabeth. The sons are farmers, owning a farm of 800 acres in Canisteo. Byron is living in the town of Jasper, a farmer and general shipper of cattle, sheep, etc. He married Sylvia, daughter of A. Travis of Canisteo. by whom he had one daughter, Florence. Hiram Crosby is the oldest son, and is living on the homestead. He enlisted in the 85th N. Y. Vols., going out with Captain Bennett, where he served three years, and was in the Second Bull Run battle, Battle of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Gettysburg, and Spottsylvania, and was discharged at Petersburg, Va., in September, 1864. He has a watch which once saved his life, and which shows the mark of the bullet by which it was struck while in his vest pocket. In 1865 he married Julia, daughter of William Ordway, by whom he had four children; William, Mary, George, and Myron Clark. Mary is the wife of Martin Wallace of Canisteo. Hiram is a member of the G. A. R. Post No. 97. Lewis Crosby is the youngest son and lives on an adjoining farm, and is known as one of the leading farmers in the town of Canisteo. owning 450 acres of land. He married Ellen, daughter of L. P. Holmes of Troupsburg, Steuben county, by whom he had two sons, George and Marshall. Nathan Crosby was one of the charter members of Norning Star Lodge No. 65 of Canisteo.

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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