Biography of Byron Allerton
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Allerton, Byron, was born in the town of Amenia, Dutchess county, September 22, 1822. He was educated in the public schools. His early life was spent on his father's farm. The family came to the town of Benton, on the lake, Yates county, except Byron who had already begun as a boy the drover's trade from Dutchess county to New York. In 1844 he came to Newark and became clerk for his brother Orville H. in his general store two years. He then began to trade in sheep, driving them to Dutchess county, making money in the transaction. In the fall he shipped sheep to New York in company with his uncle, a Mr. Hurd. He loaded the first car of sheep on the Auburn branch of the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. About this time he became blind, which continued about seven years. After this he became merchant with his brother for seven years, when the copartnership was dissolved by mutual consent. He then went to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he conducted a hotel at the stock yards called the Eastern Exchange, which continued a year. He then returned to Newark and bought the heirs' interests in the homestead, which he owns at the present time. In 1867 he married Helen Sherman, of Dover, Dutchess county, and they have two children: Samuel W. and Richard H. Samuel W. is a resident of Jersey city and is a dealer in sheep; Richard H. is a student in the academy. Mrs. Allerton died June 10, 1892, mourned by a bereaved husband and children. Two years after his marriage he went to Buffalo and was made superintendent of the Erie Stock Yards for seven years, in fact he has been a drover the greatest part of his life.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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