Biography of Eugene A. Heseltine
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Heseltine, Eugene A., was born in the town of Independence, Allegany county, N. Y., October 18, 1843. Ezekiel Heseltine, his father, was a native of New Hampshire, born September 30, 1799, in the town of Dairyfield, now the city of Manchester. He came to New York State in the fall of 1816 and settled on a farm in Middlesex, Yates county; then went to Independence in 1821, and to Hornellsville in 1860. His death occurred December 21, 1886. Harriet E. Alien, mother of Eugene A., was a native of Barnstable, Mass. She died October 20, 1848. They also had one other son, Leonidas B., who was shot at the battle of the Wilderness, May 10, 1863, and died June 9. He was a member of Co. D, 86th N. Y. Vols. Eugene was educated in the common schools of his native county, and at the breaking out of the war was one of the early volunteers for his country's service August 29. 1861, he enlisted in Co. D, under Captain Ellsworth, the 86th N. Y. S. Vols, and was with this regiment three years. He was at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and in all the engagements under General Grant from May to September, 1864, and Colonel Lansing has written on his discharge, which is dated September 4, 1864, that he was a good soldier, always willing and faithful in the discharge of his duties. Returning home, he was made adjutant of the 60th Regt., N. Y. S. M., and was also given a commission by Governor Fenton as brevet second lieutenant, N. Y. Vols. After the war he came to Hornellsville and was engaged in the mercantile business about seven years, after which he became interested in farming. In 1876 he bought a farm in the town of Hornellsville, to which he has added until now he has 157 acres handsomely located on the line of the Hornellsville and Canisteo Electric Railway. July 16, 1873, he married Olive P., daughter of Rev. E. P. Huntington, then of Phelps, N. Y. Mr. Haseltine was the founder of the New York State Breeders' Association, organized in February. 1891, of which he is vice president. He was also the first owner in this county of the imported Percheron horse, and of Red Polled cattle.

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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