Biography of William A. J. Ozmun
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Ozmun, William A. J., a native of Lansing, was born September 21, 1827, a son of William, of Orange county, born in 1783, who came to Lansing in 1793 with his father Abram, who settled here and reared eight children. Here William grew to manhood, and to a prominent position in his town, being an active and energetic man. He acquired a large property, and always transacted his own business, never requiring an assistant in the drawing up of contracts, making of will, etc. He was a director of the Tompkins County Bank, and a man of high standing. He married Catharine Newman, a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he had nine children. The father died in January, 1862, and his wife in September, 1861. His son, William A. J., was reared on the farm, educated in the Groton Academy, and at the age of twenty took charge of the farm. In 1866 he removed to Ithaca to educate his children, and there lived five years, during which he embarked in the real estate business with success. After returning to the farm he erected a saw mill and engaged in the manufacture of lumber, and had in connection a planing mill, his property being twice destroyed by fire. He was instrumental in securing a station also, the railroad running through the town, and he was made station agent and express egent. He also erected store buildings, etc., and a wagon repair shop. At this time a post office was also established, with our subject as postmaster, which office he has filled ever since, for nineteen years, the station being known as Midway, but in 1889 the railraod company abandoned the road, and the little village of course suffered, both financially and numerically. In 1852 Mr. Ozmun married Mary M., daughter of Isaac and Sarah Davis, by whom he had five children: William A., born in 1853; J. Davis, born in 1856, who married Clara Norton of Lansing; Frank W., born in 1859, died aged eleven; Burt L., born in 1862, married Minnie L. Giltner, and has four children, Metta F., William A. J., J. Davis, and Bertha L.; and Kate F., born in 1872, who married William Phillips of Cleveland, O. Our subject is a Mason, and Knight Templar of St. Augustine Commandery No. 38 J. Davis, son of William A. J., is a graduate of Syracuse University, from which he went to New York city and took a post graduate course, settling in Can ajoharie, where he now practices his profession.

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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