Biography of Charles DeForest
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CHARLES DEFOREST, only survivor of the three Sons and one daughter of Samuel A. and Mary (Beers) DeForest, was born December 16, 1815, in Stratford, Connecticut. He was educated at common schools and while yet a lad his parents removed to New Haven, and when Lafayette, on his last trip to America, 1824, visited that city, Charles had the pleasure of shaking hands with him. Mr. DeForest lost one arm when he was a boy. Most of his life was passed in school teaching, he having taught sixteen years in one school in Connecticut. He has also served as town superintendent. In 1830 the family moved to Ithaca, N. Y., where Mr. DeForest taught school, and, after a few years, made his residence in Danby and engaged in farming. About 1835 he purchased a farm in the north part of Barton and made the first clearing and built a log house. In 1842 Mr. DeForest married Janet, daughter of Daniel Hedges. They had three sons and three daughters. Mrs. DeForest died February 20, 1891. Mr. and Mrs. DeForest lived on this farm until their death. Mr. DeForest was a teacher for many years in this county. In 1872 he settled in Waverly. He has held the office of highway commissioner for three years, and for fourteen consecutive years has been superintendent of the poor, and street commissioner for one year. The family are members of the Methodist church and he has been a trustee of that church over thirty years.

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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