Biography of Frank H. Tarbell
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Tarbell, Frank H., was born in Lansing, June 11, 1858, a son of Abram H., born in Schuyler county in 1826. The latter was prominent in the community, taking a deep interest in the politics of his town and county. In 1861 he bought the farm of 100 acres now owned by Frank H. In 1848 he married Margaret,Howser, daughter of Charles and Catharine Howser, of Lansing. Eight children were born to them, six of whom grew to maturity: Alice, wife of Frank Haring; Ida A., wife of Ben O. Brown; Frank H.; Emma, wife of William E. Davis; Effie D.; and Ed, who graduated from the University of Cornell (agricultural course), class of 1889. Mr. Tarbell died in 1876 from injuries received while leading a team and walking backward, not noticing where he was going he backed against a tree, and the end of the pole of the wagon pinned him against the tree. His wife survives him and resides with Frank H. The father of Abram was Thomas; a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Groton and there died in 1886 at the age of eighty six years. His wife, Lydia Miller, survived him two years, dying at the age of eighty four. They were married in 1823, and fifty years later celebrated their golden wedding. Frank H. attended the common schools and the High School at Ithaca, then took one term in a business college. On the death of his father, when Frank was about eighteen, he returned home to assist in the farm duties, later purchasing the interest of the other heirs in the homestead, to which he has added by purchase. He has made many improvements, and now owns a fine and well equipped farm. August 25, 1886, he married Hattie A., daughter of John and Catharine Sill, of Genoa, Cayuga county, and they have two children: Kenneth A., born March 15, 1890; and M. Gladys, born April 12, 1893. Mr. Tarbell has served as excise commissioner five years, and seven years as justice of the peace. He is a Republican and a Free Mason, both he and his wife are members of the Grange.

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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