Biography of Benjamin F. Taber
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Taber, Benjamin F., was born in the town of Ithaca, February 4, 1824, a grandson of Jeduthun Taber, a ship builder of New Bedford, who came to Tompkins county about 1818 and bought a tract of land at the head of the lake, where he conducted a tavern many years and also engaged in boat building. Of his four children, Lloyd, father of our subject, was the second son, and was also a native of New Bedford, following his father's trade until his death, which occurred when he was under thirty. He married Isabella Sigler, of this State, and they had three children, of whom Benjamin F. was the oldest and the only son. He was educated in the common schools and the old Ithaca Academy, and at the age of twenty one became proprietor of a boat yard at the inlet, which he has ever since conducted. During the last forty eight years he has built more than 250 canal and river boats, twelve being steamers. He was the builder of the lake steamer Forest City. He also superintended in 1892 and 1893 the hull of the steam yacht Clara for Charles Kellogg, which is considered the finest on the lake. He has also built a large number of small boats. The number of men employed varies from four to thirty. Mr. Taber has been identified with various business ventures at different times in company with R. W. King. having been also interested with his uncle, Benjamin Taber, in the grain and transportation business. He is a Republican, and has been trustee of the village, school commissioner for twenty years, etc. He married Rebecca, daughter of Jeduthun P. Taber, and they have had seven children, four now living: Charles, who is in business with his father; Fred, a druggist of Addison, N. Y.; Mrs. E. W. Gregory, of Ithaca; and B. Frank, a Baptist preacher of Saginaw, Mich. Cassius N., who was also a boat builder, died aged twenty nine, and the others when children.

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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