Biography of J. H. Symonds
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Symonds, J. H., was born in Oxford, Chenango county, N. Y., April 19, 1841, and is the second of eight children born to George and Sarah (Wilson) Symonds, both natives of Chenango county. The grandparents, John and Lucy Ann (Chesbro) Symonds, came from Hartford, Conn., to Chenango county when the country was new, where they engaged in farming. He died September 30, 1872, and she December 17, 1865. George Symonds was a stonecutter and jobber in Chenango county, and died April 22, 1892, and she in January, 1875. The maternal grandfather, Daniel Wilson, came from West Chester to Chenango county, where he died in 1864. He was a carpenter by trade, and a soldier in the war of 1812. J. H. Symonds began farming when eighteen years of age, which business he has always followed. In 1866 he bought a farm in Chenango county, which he sold, and in 1871 came to Stroudsburg, where he now owns 120 acres of land and makes a specialty of dairy farming. In 1864 he married Julia A., daughter of John M. and Mary (Holmes) Wilcox, of Chenango county, by whom he had these children; Elmer G., born in 1864, a farmer of Troupsburg, Martin J., born February 26, 1868, who died in 1878 Lida May, who (died in February, 1893, aged seventeen years; John Ray, who died Septembers 21, 1880, aged three months; Archie W., born September 15, 1882; John E., born January 20, 1884; Clifford E., born August 28, 1890. Mr. Symonds has been highway commissioner, and in 1892 was appointed postmaster at East Troupsburg.

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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