Biography of Barnard M. Hagin
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Hagin, Barnard M., was born in Lansing on the farm he now owns, March 23, 1828, the son of Charles Hagin, a native of Ireland, born in 1792, who came to America as a soldier in the British army in the war of 1812, being seized in the streets of Belfast and pressed into service. Reaching Canada, he made his escape to the American side, and a few days later lost his arm in the battle of Lundy's Lane, in the American cause. After leaving the hospital he came to Lansing, where he taught school. Later he was elected constable and mail carrier between Ithaca and Auburn, which latter he followed ten years. He was finally thrown from his horse, dying from the injuries received. His wife was Mary Ann, daughter of John Yates and Mary M. Smith, by whom he had six children: Francis S., John B., Sarah Ann, Matilda E., Charles A., and Barnard M. Mrs. Hagin died in 1873. Our subject was educated in the district schools, and his first occupation was as boatman on the canal and on Lake Cayuga. Later his employer assisted him to secure a boat to run at $125 per month, he to furnish his crew of two men and board them. At this time he was but twenty years of age, and his successful venture in this direction led him to continue the business for ten years. He then began buying and selling grain, shipping to New York city by canal, which business he has followed since, and of late has dealt largely in hay. He has built many canal boats also, for sale. He has also for many years owned and superintended the operation of a farm, and has accumulated a large property. He now owns about 300 acres of farm land, on which he resides. In 1848 he married Catherine, daughter of Ephraim and Clara (Ives) La Bar, by whom he has had four children: Charles, Ernest (who married Julia F. Bush, daughter of Robert Bush, of Lansing); Clara, Edith, wife of Dr. Walter H. Loekerby, of Ithaca; Ida Kate, wife of Wilson D. Curtis, of Lansing; and Andrew La Bar, who lives at home, and assists in the work of the farm. Charles Ernest is interested in the produce and shipping business with his father, and is the buyer. Mr. Hagin was at one time sheriff of this county, and served as justice of the peace three terms. He is a Republican.

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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