Biography of John B. Stanbrough
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





JOHN BLAKE STANBROUGH, son of Thomas Goldsmith and Jane (Eager) Staubrough, was born in Montgomery, Orange county, September 16, 1829. He learned the trade of cabinet and piano making but at the age of sixteen went into a general store in the capacity of clerk. After four years he learned practical dentistry with his brother and began the practice of that profession in 1851 at Union, thence removed to Lisle and from the latter place to Farmersville in Seneca county, where he remained until 1854. He then came to Owego and practiced until 1859, then removed to Newburgh where he lived until 1862. In July and August of this year he raised a company of infantry and was elected its first lieutenant. After four months of service with Company I, 124th regiment, Mr. Stanbrough was discharged for disabilities. He then returned to Newburgh and to his profession, continuing to May, 1864, when he came to Owego and became a member of the firm of Bean, Stanbrough & Holdbridge, general hardware dealers. After four years Dr. Stanbrough became sole proprietor. Edwin Stratton soon became a partner under the firm name of Stanbrough & Stratton, which firm was in business until 1879 when Dr. Stanbrough bought out his partner's interests. In the fall of 1895 the hardware stock was closed out and the present business of John Blake Stanbrough, 2d, dealer in stoves and hot water heating apparatus was continued. Dr. Stanbrough, as he is familiarly called, has ever been a prominent figure in social and political circles in Tioga county. He is a firm republican, and as such, in 1872 and 1873, was one of the village trustees. For several years he has been a member of the board of education and is otherwise identified with the best interests of the locality. He was appointed loan commissioner for Tioga county by Governor John A. Dix in 1873, and was reappointed by Governor Cornell in 1880. He was appointed a trustee of the Binghamton State Hospital by Governor Flower March 21, 1892, and was reappointed to the same position by Governor Morton, December 9, 1896. In masonic bodies he has been especially prominent and was made a master mason in Farmersville in 1852. He became a royal arth mason at Ovid in 1853 and in Owego became a member of Friendship lodge and New Jerusalem chapter. He organized Highland, No. 52, chapter in Newburgh in 1863 and in 1866 likewise organized Ahwaga lodge, No: 587 of Owego, and became its first master. This office, with others of great prominence in other masonic bodies, he has frequently been called upon to fill. On April 26, 1860, John Blake Stanbrough married Adeline, daughter of the late Lyman Truman, of Owego. Of this marriage three children have been born; Dora Truman, Lyman Truman and Frank Truman Staubrough.

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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