Biography of Alfred Northrup
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Northrup, Alfred, was born in Newton, Sussex county, N.J., January 2, 1826. He was a son of Joseph Northrup, born near Newton in 1801, and grandson of Moses Northrup, who was born in Connecticut and came to New Jersey where he died. Joseph Northrup married Alice Van Sands, of Connecticut, coming to Rathbone in 1826. The journey was made in a heavy two horse wagon taking fifteen days; when they reached the Canisteo river, at a place called Sanders, there they took off half the load and with a man at each wheel with a hand spike to hold the wheels so the horses could rest every few minutes, and the mother walking and carrying the child Alfred, they started up the hill. After going about six miles over terrible rough and muddy roads, they arrived at the door of the only house on the hill, where lived a Mr. Finch. The house was of logs, the floor was of split logs, but there was a glowing fire on the hearth, and warm hearts and loving hands to minister to the needs of the now fainting mother. Here they remained until they could put up a house for themselves. The next year Thomas Allen, wife and four children, Elexauder Campbell, wife and four children, John Hull, wife and two children, also, two hired men, came from New Jersey, and in Mr. Northrup's house of two rooms they all lived for more than three weeks, while they built for themselves homes in the wilderness. It was twenty miles to the nearest fiouring mills, and the forests abounded in deer, bear, wolves, wild cats and rattle snakes. The children of today can scarcely realize what privations and hardships their ancestors had to endure in order to leave them homes of comfort and even luxury. Joseph Northrup remained for ten years, then returned to New Jersey, where he died thirty two years later, after accumulating a handsome property. He sold his farm in Rathbone to his brother, Benjamin, of New Jersey. Alfred was ten years old when he returned to New Jersey with his father, but when twenty six years old returned to Rathbone and settleclon the farm now owned by his widow, consisting of 212 acres. Here Mr. Northrup died September 28, 1891. December 12, 1852, he married Lucy J., daughter of Zachariah and Anna (Wadsworth) Cutting, natives of Onondaga county, N. Y. Mr. Cutting came to Cameron in 1846, where he died. His wife died in Rathbone in 1877. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Northrup; Joseph, of Cameron; Clara D., wife of Willard Talbot, of Rathbone; Alice V., wife of Willie A. Allen, of Cameron; Annie W., at home; Benjamin A., at home; Lucy J., at home; and three who died in infancy.

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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