Biography of John J. Besemer
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Besemer, John J., was born in Caroline, July 12, 1822. James, his father, was also a native here, and lived on the farm now owned by J. A. D. Cooper. He following farming all his life, and married Sallie Depew, taking the farm her widowed mother then lived on, which form he worked to within a year of his death, our subject then coming to the farm on which his father died, where he has since remained. James and wife had five children, of whom John J. was the second. He married Nelly C. Eignor, daughter of John Eignor of Caroline. He bought a farm on what is known as Bald Hill, where he stayed ten years, then came to his present place, known as the homestead. He is the father of seven children: Oscar, Charles, Frank, Arthur, John, Edwin and Erma; the first three children all died during the year 1863; the others are all in business for themselves, except Erma, who lives at home. Arthur is a physician in practice in Dundee; John works his father's farm, and lives on the farm Edwin is a salesman on the road. The children were educated in the High School at Ithaca, with the exception of Edwin. John J. had the benefit of a common school education. He is a Granger and also a member of the M. E. church at Slaterville, and in politics a Republican.

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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