Biography of R. W. Barnum
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Barnum, R. W., was born in Dryden, February 22, 1822. His father came from Gorham, Conn., in 1818 and bought the cloth and carding mill on the site of the Rockwell Woolen Factory. R. W. Barnum was educated in the common schools, after which he began farming, and at the age of twenty five married Alvira A. Gillette, who died in 1866. In 1869 he again married, his second wife being Sarah J. Hill. In 1844 he bought part of the Hoagland property of sixty two acres, and has also purchased adjoining lands; being now the owner of eighty eight acres of some of the best lands in the locality. He is a man who keeps well abreast of the times, and is thoroughly well informed.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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