Biography of Samuel J. Seliff
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Zeliff, Samuel J., was born in the town of Burns, Allegany county, N. Y., June 16, 1832, and is the son of Joseph Zeliff, who was born in France, and came to the United States in 1812, when a young man. Settled in Pennsylvania, then near Arkport, Steuben county, they took up land for a farm consisting of 108 acres, where they remained until a few years ago. The homestead is known as the Albert Ellis farm. The antecedents of Samuel J. have always followed farming. He was educated in the district schools of South Dansville, but has greatly improved his education by his judicious reading. Mr. Zeliff for a time was engaged in dealing in agricultural implements, but now devotes his entire time to farming, owning a farm of 155 acres mostly of improved land. Mr. Zeliff married, first, Theoda, daughter of Sidney Frisbey, of Hartsville, who was one of the first settlers of that town. They had one daughter, Emma D., who married Milton Grey, of Hammondsport, N. Y. Mr. Zeliff married, second, Ann K., widow of George O. Henry, of Hartsville, by whom he had two children: Clayton and Merton, both living at home. Mr. Zeliff has served as highway commissioner, excise commissioner, and assessor. The heads of the family are members of the M. E. church.

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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