Biography of Elisha Field
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Field, Elisha, was born in the town of New Haven, Conn., December 30, 1788, and came with his wife and family to Lansing, Tompkins county, in 1823. He was a farmer and an ingenious mechanic, and settled in the southern part of Lansing. The descendants of Mr. Field were quite numerous in the county. His children were: Hester Ann, born December 28, 1810; Susan, born January 6, 1813; Elizabeth, born March 18, 1815; Sarah, born April 27, 1817; Alansou, born July 4, 1819; Belden L., born September 11, 1821: Henry M., horn October 2, 1824; Samuel B., born January 30, 1827. Elisha Field died in 1864, and his wife about four years later. Susan married James D. Egbert; Elizabeth married Joseph Apgar; Sarah married Buell J. Smith and now lives in Maryland; Alanson maried Maria Terpenning, March 24, 1842, who was a daughter of J. T. Terpenning, formerly of Ulster county; Selden L. married Eliza Personius; Samuel B. married Katherine Tichenor. The descendants of Alanson Field were Elisha; Peter E., a merchant of Binghamton, N. Y.; Mary I., wife of Leroy Jenks, of Groton; Henry M., of Lansing; Lina L., wife of Edward M. Avery; Ella J., wife of Charles A. Hart, of McLean; and Florence J. who died aged two years. Elisha Field, who for more than twenty-seven years has lived in Groton, was born in Lansing, April 1, 1848. He was brought up on a farm and was educated in the common schools of his town and also in the Ithaca Academy. In 1866 he came to Groton and worked as a mechanic for more than eight years in the shops of Perrigo & Avery and Charles Perrigo & Co. For five years Mr. Field was in the mercantile business in Groton, and in 1879 was employed as draftsman by the Groton Bridge Co., with which he has ever since been connected. On May 19, 1868, he married Martha A., daughter of Aaron and Caroline Woodbury. They have two children: Carrie M. and George R., both graduates from Groton Union School; later George R. was employed for three years in the engineering department of the Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co., and now holds a responsible position in the Risdon Iron and Locomotive Works of San Francisco, Cal. Elisha Field was for many years a member of the Board of Education, and is well known in the municipal affairs of Groton village, having held several of its important offices.

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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