Biography of David H. Coggshall
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Coggshall, David H., respected head of one of Groton's substantial pioneer families, came from Saratoga county in 1820, and settled on the farm now owned by John Smith. Here the pioneer lived, and in connection with his farm work, worked as a tailor, having learned the trade during his young life. In his family were: William, Alanso, David, Tamasy and Clara. The third son, David Hoyt, came to the town with the family, and although he began his business life with very little help, he nevertheless succeeded in building up a goodly fortune for his children, and his accumulations were the result of his industry and perseverance. He possessed 1,000 acres of good land in the town, and likewise was a man of large influence in public affairs. He was captain of one of the State militia companies. His wife was Lois Green, by whom he had these children; Calphronia, who married John Smith and now lives on the old home farm; Van Buren, now living in Locke; David H., and William Lamar. David H. Coggshall, son of David Hoyt, and grandson of the pioneer David H., was born in Groton, December 1, 1847, and has always been a farmer of the town. He is also an apiarian of prominence, was one of the pioneers of bee culture in the region, and one of the most successful honey producers in Central New York. His new residence is unquestionably the most complete and attractive in Groton. February 24, 1869, he married Clarinda F., daughter of John Smith, by whom he has had three children; Louis Le Roy, Ella N., and Claude. The latter died in infancy.

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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