Wade, Edwin R., was born in Sempronius, Cayuga county (now Niles), July 27, 1822, of New England ancestry, the
grandfather, Major Amos Wade, having served in a regiment of colonial troops at the battle of Quebec, and fought
in the War of the Revolution at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was the father of seventeen sons and one daughter.
The father of our subject, Ebenezer, studied for the ministry and was one of the earliest advocates of Congregationalism.
He removed to Cayuga county in 1810, and continued his ministry till his death, August 16,1864. He married Hannah
Flower, a native of Connecticut, by whom he had ten children. One was scalded to death, an infant, nine reached
adult age, and only two our subject and a sister, Mehitable C. Ammerman of Owasco are living. Edward R. Wade was
educated in the public schools, and has always been an ardent student of Republicanism, but like his ancestors
has been a clergyman. He was for two years at Plainville, and at Enfield Centre two years, making his home at McLean.
In 1867 he bought the property where the factory was located, and has always made his home here. During the war
he worked hard in the recruiting service. In politics he has always been at heart a Republican and has held many
offices of honor and trust. He was for two years supervisor of Nilea elected third time and refused to qualify.
He was supervisor of the town of Dryden, elected by the union of the Democrats and Liberal Republicans. He has
also served in State and county conventions. Elder Wade has been twice married, first in 1842 to Elizabeth Forbush,
who died one year and ten mouths later. His second marriage occurred December 5, 1845, to Abigail M. Mosher, and
they had one daughter, who married Rev. S. Edwin Koons of La Porte, Iowa. Mrs. Wade is deceased.
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
Tompkins County, NY
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