Biography of William M. Dates
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Dates, William Morehouse, one of Lansing's prominent farmers, was born on the farm he now owns, June 21, 1847, the son of John D. Dates, of New Jersey, born in June, 1808, who, when a lad of thirteen years, started out in life for himself. The latter when a young man bought a threshing machine, and returned to New Jersey with it, following threshing for a few seasons, then engaged in farming, which he followed for the rest of his life, though at the age of about forty he studied law and practiced in the justice's courts; this he followed till within ten years of his death. His practice was extensive in all parts of the county. He was a Republican. His father was Derrick Dates of New Jersey, who came to Tompkins county about 1820. John D. married Mrs. Elects Jane (Morehouse) Mack, of Lansing, by whom he had three children: Charles H., born in 1845; William M., born in 1847, and Mary J., born in 1850. John D. Dates died May 5, 1885, after a long and useful career. William M. received his education in the common schools and in Groton Academy, and after leaving school he returned to the farm. At the age of twenty two he bought of his father a portion of the farm and began for himself. To this he has added, until he now owns al out 300 acres of farm land, all of which he operates, raising fruit to quite an extent. In October, 1869, he married Mary A., daughter of Hiram and Abby Ann (Baker) Holden, of Lansing, and they have had six children: John D., born July 26, 1870; Myra S., born December 8, 1874; Helen St. John, born May 22, 1880; Mary L, born August 29, 1882; Florence E, born April 18, 1885, and Abbie May, born January 14, 1892. Mr. Dates is a Granger of Lansingville Lodge, No. 282, and an Odd Fellow, Lodge No. 544, Rebekah Degree, of which latter Mrs. Dates is a member. Our subject's mother resides with him, and is still a well preserved woman at the age of eighty five years, having been a member of the Presbyterian Church seventy five years.

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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