Biography of Henry Billings
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





HENRY BILLINGS, was born November 1, 1826, in the town of Owego, near Hiawatha island, a son of John Billings, who came to Tioga county an early settler. Henry Billings attended the Canawana school and, assisted his father in teaming lumber when a boy. In 1847 he began his career as a railroad man, by driving a team hauling the passenger coaches of the Owego and Ithaca railroad, as the present Cayuga branch of the D. L. & W. railroad was then known. In 1849, when steam supplanted horse power on the railroad, he became a brakeman and was soon promoted to baggagemaster. In 1853 he became a passenger conductor and ran between Owego and Ithaca for a period of thirty two years. In 1885 he resigned his position and lived a retired life until his death July 5, 1890. On January 14, 1851, he was married with Susan Higgins, bern January 21, 1828, daughter of John Higgins. They had two children, Libbie, who died in 1854, aged three years, and William, who died in 1868. aged thirteen years. Mrs. Billings is still living in her home on Main street in Owego. Mr. Billings was three tirues elected president of the village of Owego (1887-88-89) on the republican ticket.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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