Biography of Chester D. Burch
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Burch, Chester D., was born in Dryden, February 8, 1844. His father, John Burch, was born July 8, 1811 in the town of Dryden. The grandfather, John Burch, came from Herkimer county in 1808 and married Betsey Topping; he was a soldier in the war of 1812. John Burch, jr. married Abagail Hart, of Dryden, and settled on lot 39, where he passed his life and died at sixty nine years of age in 1880. Chester D. Burch received his education in the common schools and finished under Prof. Jackson Graves at the Dryden Academy. After leaving school he returned to his father's farm, and at the age of twenty two he married Ida I. Gaston, (laughter of Edwin R. Gaston, of Etna, and they are the parents of one son, Frank L. Burch. In 1878 he bought of his father sixty five acres on lot 39; in 1887 he bought another part of his father's estate; in 1893 he bought and owns the R. B. Gardner farm, having 150 acres, on which he raises hay, grain and stock, making a specialty of dairying. He isa Republican. He is a trustee of the M. E. church. In 1800 he was elected president of the Dryden Agricultural Society and still continues to serve in that position. He is also vice president of the Dryden Cemetery Association, and vice president of the Tompkins County Agricultural Society.

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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