Biography of James Quigg
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Quigg, James, was born in Ithaca, July 29, 1821, a son of David Quigg, a native of New Hampshire, who came the first time to this section in 1801 and located in Spencer, where he tried farming, but gave it up in disgust and returned to his native State, and the next year moved to Ithaca and established a mercantile business, conducting a general store in a log house on Linn street, where artist Beardsley's residence now is; after a few years locating in a frame building opposite the Tompkins House. His whole life was devoted to the mercantile business, and closed December 17, 1862, ripe with years and the honor of his townspeople. Our subject was educated in the Ithaca Academy, and ally spare hours were spent in the store. In the fall of 1847 the father gave up the business and the firm became John William and James Quigg, the sons of the establisher. This firm continued until the death of J. William, November 23, 1865, since which time James has continued alone. This firm was for many years large shippers of produce, but have now given that up and conduct only a store. In 1852 they bought the property on State street, where the store has since been located. Mr. Quigg married in 1848 Julia A. Rose, of Chenango county, and they have had three children, only one now living, Mrs. Whitney Newton, of Pueblo, Col.

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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