Biography of Samuel Crittenden
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Crittenden, Samuel was a native of Guilford, Conn., born December 18, 1778. At the age of nineteen he came to this region, traveling the entire distance with an ox team. He finally located near McLean village, where he died April 1, 1862. He was one of the early judges of the court of the county, was a man of large interest in local affairs, and generally known as Judge Crittenden. He married Hannah Terry, who bore him nine children: Seth, who died in infancy; Seth Rossiter, Asa, Samuel, an early lawyer of Ithaca; Chauncey, Sally, Norman, a merchant of Ithaca, and a prominent man in town affairs; Polly, and Caroline Asa Crittenden married Sally Harris, and had three children: Minerva, born December 12, 1823, died the same year; Gilman D., born Norn November 18, 1825; Samuel R., born December 25, 1827; Mary Jane, born May 4, 1830, who married James Wilcox; Sarah Ann, born February 10, 1832, married first William T. Lormor, and second Elliot B. Wheeler. Asa Crittenden died May 5, 1891, and his wife October 5 1859. Gilman D., son of Asa, was born November 18, 1825, and in the war of the Rebellion was a prominent figure in the Tompkins county militia. He was elected captain of Company C, 76th Regiment, and served with honor three years and six months. His wife was Helen, daughter of Jehiel Backus, by whom he had five sons, three of whom are living: Elmer G., now on the farm; Wilbur, of Cortland village; and Floren W., a member of the firm of Begent & Crittenden, of Groton. The latter was born August 26, 1866, was educated in the Groton Union School, and in 1886 was clerk for D. McLachlan. In November, 1890, the firm of Begent & Crittenden succeded Mr. McLachlan.

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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