Biography of Mansfield Van Marter
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Van Marter, Mansfield, was born in Groton in 1807, and died in the town in 1859. He is remembered as a thrifty and industrious farmer and a successful business manager. He was the son of Isaac and Margaret Van Marter, and one of their six children. The family were pioneers of Groton. Mansfield Van Marter married Polly Saxton, and their children were: Sylvanus (deceased), whose children were Edwin and Effa; Estus, living near Ithaca, whose children are Frank, Orson, Nelson, George, and Elva; Augustus (deceased); Alonzo, of Groton, whose only child is Floyd; Philena; Salem (deceased); Ophelia, who married George Underwood; Judson, of Cayuga county, whose children are Ella, Daniel, and Clara; Charles, of Newfield, whose children are Freddie, Alice, and Howard; and Edwin W., a merchant of Grotto. The children of George and Ophelia Underwood are: Edith, Irving, Earl, Bertha, and George B. Edwin W. Van Marter married Emma Perry, and has three children: Arthur, Clarence, and Gracie. Edwin Van Marter started in the mercantile business in the south part of Groton in 1892, and being a determined man he has succeeded in having a post office established there, under the name of Grotto, where he is postmaster. Previous attempts to locate an office in this locality have been unsuccessful, and it remained for our subject to accomplish a work Mr the good of the locality. The parents of Polly (Saxton) Van Marter were James and Ruth Saxton, whose children were: Betsey, Israel, Charles, Silas, Sally, Samuel, and Polly.

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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