Biography of Eli C. Kilbury
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Kilbury, Eli C., was born in the town of Frernont, June 29, 1823. His grandfather, Robert Kilbury, a farmer in Vermont, removed to the town of Fremont, Steuben county, about 1823, and thence to Indiana in 1838, where he spent his remaining days. In politics he was a Whig. Robert 2d, Eli's father, was born in Vermont, in May, 1796, and in 1820 came to the town of Fremont. He was a millwright by trade, and also conducted a farm, being ably assisted by his wife, who took charge of the farm duriug his absence while plying his trade, and for many years he also owned and operated a distillery and potash factory on his farm. His wife was Eunice Carrington, whom he married in March, 1821. She was born in Washington county, in January, 1804, and was one of thirteen children born to Capt. Eli Carrington, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. He settled in the town of Dansville, and died in Cohocton, at the residence of one of his children, aged 100 years. To Robert and his wife were born eight children; Mrs. Sarah Faulkner, Eli C., Edwin, Mrs. Phebe Gates, of Iowa, Smith, Joel, Mary, and Andrew, all of whom are living. Eli C. worked in a saw mill for a short time, and later followed the canal, and in 1845 went to the town of Howard, where he purchased a farm. Two years later he removed to Bath, where he engaged in farming for twelve years, and then removed to the town of Wheeler and purchased his present farm of two hundred acres. He has raised many fine Durham cattle, and also Jersey. In 1894 he erected a saw mill and box factory, which he operates. In 1848 he married Mary, daughter of Alexander Gilchrist, of Howard, and they have had one child, La Fayette, who grew to manhood, and was killed on the railroad. Mrs. Kilbury died in 1849. For his second wife he married Isabel Gilchrist, a sister of his first wife, and they were the parents of one son, who grew to maturity, and was also killed on the railroad. His wife died in 1854. For his present wife he married Jane Blakely, who was born in Gorham, Ontario county, in July, 1830, daughter of William and Maria De Goff Blakely, and they have had the following children: Robert, Eli, deceased, Mrs. Mary McGlynn of Avoca, Frank, Mrs. Eunice Mattice of Bath, Joel, deceased, and Smith. The latter married Clara, daughter of Daniel Morgan, and they had one daughter, Lena. His wife died in 1892. In politics he is a Republican, and served two terms as constable, and is a member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. and Mrs. Kilbury are members of the Baptist church. The grandchildren are as follows: Fred Kilbury; William, Lafayette and Eli, sons of Mr. and Mrs. McGlynn; Bertha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kilbury; Jennie and Lottie, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Mattice.

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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