Wartrous, Ezra Jason, was born in Freetown, Cortland county, March 3, 1814, one of thirteen children of Austin
and Sally (Backus) Wartrous. Ezra was brought up on the farm, and at the age of twenty three started for himself,
traveling for awagon company. In 1851 he came to Groton and bought a farm, and thereafter was recognized as a progressive
and successful farmer for a period of thirty three years. He retired from active work about ten years ago, and
in 1889 purchased the beautiful residence and property formerly owned by Dye Williams. Mr. Wartrous married Julia,
daughter of Judge Walton Swetland, a distinguished member of the old Cortland county bar, and they had three children:
Martha, wife of D. H. Brown, of Cortland; Edgar, who died August 30, 1849; and Ellen, who died September 6,1849.
In 1851 our subject married Rhoda Perkins, also a daughter of Judge Shetland, and the widow of C. V. Perkins, of
Cincinnatus. Two children have been born of the second marriage: Edgar P., who holds a prominent position with
the Groton Bridge Co., and Mary, who died September 16, 1863. Julia Swetland Wartrous died September 6, 1849. In
political affairs Mr. Wartrous has ever been a consistent Whig and Republican, though in no sense a politician.
For one year he was supervisor of the town of Groton. He is a member of the Baptist church, and his wife and sou
Edgar of the M. E. church.
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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