Biography of Willis Shurter
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Shurter, Willis, was born in Ulster county, May 17, 1841, a son of Josiah, also born in Ulster county. At the age of twenty the latter was apprenticed to a wheelwright for three years, and then built a shop in Sampsonville, Ulster county, where he conducted a business for eight years. In 1848 he moved to Tompkins county, where he followed his trade until within a few years of his death. He also built several large mills, being a millwright also. In connection with his other enterprises he worked at farming for about fifteen years, and for some years prior to his death was a wagon maker. His death occurred August 5, 1877. His children were: Julia, Willis, Ellen, Harrison, Harriet, Filmore, and Mary Louisa; Julia, Filmore and Mary being deceased. Willis remained at home till July, 1862, when he enlisted in Company A, 109th N. Y. Volunteers. While in service he contracted a cold, which with its attendant evils has followed him ever since, and which entitled him to the pension he receives. After returning home he married Jennie, daughter of James Girman of Dryden, after which he started at milling, working for four years, then built a plaster mill, which he is still operating. He is now living with his second wife, Betsey Merald, by whom he has two children, Jennie and Jessie, who are just entering the High School. He is a member of the G. A. R. and 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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