Biography of Henry F. Kent
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Kent, Henry F., was born in Woodhull on the farm he now owns, November 30, 1833, son of Stephen and Caroline Kent. he a native of Jerusalem, N. Y., born May 8, 1803, and she of Middlesex county, born May 11, 1812. The grandfather was John Kent, a native of Toga county, and a son of John Kent who was drowned in the Chemuug River. He came to Woodhull in 1820, from Yates county, and settled on a farm of 190 acres, and he assisted in clearing the farm owned by Henry F. He died in 18Th, and his wife died April 28, 1887. He was supervisor four years in succession, and also served as justice of the peace. Mr. and Mrs. Kent were members of the Baptist church, and his father was the first to preach the Baptist doctrine in Woodhull. Mr. Kent and son with eighteen others organized the first church there, known as Woodhull Regular Baptist church. Henry F. was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Troupsburg Center Academy. He is a farmer by occupation, owning a farm of 228 acres, and makes a specialty of raising tobacco. In 1856 he married Anna M. Reynolds, daughter of Harry B. Reynolds, one of the most prominent men of Troupsburg Center. Mr. Kent enlisted, August 21, 1862, in Co. H, 161st N. Y. Vols., and served three years and two months. He is a member of J. W. Post, No. 565, G. A. R., and was one of the charter members. Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Kent have had two children: Ida, who died in infancy; and Willie J., now on his father's farm in the south part of the town, who married Minnie Hober of Troupsburg Center, and they have had two children: Anna, and one who died in infancy. The maternal grandparents were Caleb and Deborah Sylsby Tyler, he born April 15, 1779, and died December 18, 1863; and she was born January 10,1781, and died March 15, 1847. Harry B. Reynolds was born December 22, 1800, in Massachusetts, and came to Troupsburg with his parents, when nine years of age, Squire and Patty P. Rice Reynolds, he a native of Middlebury, Mass., born February 21, 1767, and died in Troupsburg Center November 29, 1824, and she died August 7, 1853. Mr. Reynolds was a miller, and also owned a saw mill, and about 200 acres of land. Politically he was a Democrat, and was justice of the peace. He died April 28, 1884. His wife, whose maiden name was Rebecca Martin, was born June 29, 1801, and died February 8, 1851, Her father, George Martin, was born October 10, 1766, and died June 4, 1834; and his wife, Chloe Martin, was born March 15, 1766, and died January 19, 1851.

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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