Biography of William H. Hazlitt
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Hazlitt, William H., was born in Sussex county, N. J., October 2, 1816, and came with his parents to this State when he was seven years old. They first located in Danby and afterwards in Mecklenburg in Schuyler county, where he was educated in the public schools and became one of that county's enterprising farmers. He married first Elizabeth Johnson, formerly of New Jersey, and second Rachel Atwater, of Trumansburgh. James, father of William H., was born in New Jersey about 1780, and married Mary Branes, by whom he had ten children: John, David, Anna, Mary A., William H., Abram, Sarah, Matilda, James, and one who died young. In 1823 the family came to this State and located as above, being nine days on the journey. James Hazlitt died about 1866 and his wife in 1855. Mrs. Hazlitt's father, Elijah Atwater, was born near New Haven, Conn., April 4, 1790, and came with his parents to this State when a boy. April 3, 1814, he married Sally Hitchcock, of Catharine, Schuyler county, and they had eight children: Caroline D., David, Russell, Sarah L. Lyman, William Y., Rachel O., and Martha M. Mr. Atwater was a leading man in this community, having been member of assembly one term, justice of the peace many years, and filled other offices. He died November 10, 1851, and his wife June 19, 1871. Mr. Hazlitt has been a produce dealer and commission merchant here for twenty years, and is steward and trustee of the M. E. church, of which he and wife are members.

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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