Biography of T. J. O. Thacher
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Thacher, T. J. O. - Nathaniel Thacher, the grandfather of the present generation, was a native of Rhode Island and, came with his family to Troupsburg about 1807. He was a shoemaker by trade. Judge Otis Thacher, the father of the present generation, was born in Gloucester, R. I., August 6, 1800. Otis Thacher suffered all the hardships of the early pioneers. He took up farming, and his father first owned the Hart farm, coming here in 1810. Nathaniel Thacher conceived the idea of moving to the West, and going through the south, died at Florence, Alabama, August 24, 1824. Judge Otis Thacher was a self educated man. He was only twenty five years of age when he bought a farm of one hundred acres, where the first ward of the city of Hornellsville is now. He was appointed as associate judge of the county in 1840, and was one of the founders of the Presbyterian society of this county, and the prime mover of the Presbyterian church. He was one of the leaders of the Masonic fraternity of the county until the Morgan excitement, when he withdrew from the organization, e was always foremost in educational institutions and was one of the trustees and the procurer of the charter of Alfred University. He was an old time Whig, and was the census taker of eight towns in 1851. He continued in farming the whole of his life, but in 1860 built what is now the Valley Roller Mills. He died March 14, 1868. He was a wise counselor and an impartial judge. He married Hannah K. Graves at the age of twenty six, when she was twenty three. She was a daughter of Deacon Amos Graves, the owner of the large farm in what is now the second ward. They were the parents of five Sons and two daughters, only three now living: Judge Solon C. Thacher, of Lawrence, Kansas, who represented this district in the Legislature for one term in 1857, and moved to the West the year following and has since been candidate for United States senator two terms, governor one term, and has filled the position of State senator, and is now district judge. T. Scott Thacher, the next youngest living, was born July 29, 1833, and has always made his home here; educated in the common schools and Alfred University, and following farming until 1856 when he took charge of the mill, conducting it until 1872, since which time he has been engaged in the manufacture of mowers and reapers now located in Corning. He has always been prominently identified with church work and has been a deacon for thirty years. He was unfortunate in being injured in the mill at the age of twenty eight, but it has not deterred him from being one of the most active business men of this county. He has always been charitable to a fault and has an unlimited number of friends. Mr. Thacher tells of buying two hundred bushels of wheat in 1866, for which he paid $3.60 per bushel. November 16, 1875, he married Sarah M., daughter of Charles N. Hart, by whom he had four children. Theodore J. O. Thacher, the youngest son of Judge Otis, was born November 15, 1844. Educated at Alfred University and Union College. and has been engaged in mercantile pursuits most of his life. From 1869 to 1876 he was on a ranch in Kansas. The latter year he returned and engaged in the manufacture of brick. In 1882 he bought back the old Thacher mill, conducting it until 1891, when he exchanged with George W. Morris for farm land in Michigan. After spending one year in that State he returned to his native town, and in November, 1894, opened a real estate office in Hornellsville. Mr. Thacher was alderman for the First ward for five years. He was one of the organizers of the Hartshorn Presbyterian church, and Sabbath school superintendent for fifteen years. While a member of the City Council he was the first to agitate the question of pavements. In 1873 he married Agnes M. Goodwin of Michigan, who died December 1, 1883, leaving one son, W. F. Goodwin Thacher, now in his sixteenth year and a student of Alfred University.

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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