Biography of John C. Bishop
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Bishop, John Calvin, was born February 7, 1829, a son of Captain Chauncey Bishop, of Rose, being the eighth generation in America, from John Bishop, who emigrated to Guilford, Conn., in 1639. Necessity compelled an early departure from home of some of the children to earn their own support, and John C. began teaching in the town of Lyons, November 2, 1845, before he was seventeen. He was successful and continued teaching and attending school for the next ten years. He graduated at Normal school at Albany, April 4, 1850. At Albany he was attacked by cholera and just escaped death. He studied surveying and engineering under Prof. George R. Perkins, and though he has lived on a farm his chief occupation is engineering. His wife was Mary Skilton Avery, a descendant in the seventh generation from Christopher Avery, who emigrated from England in 1630. She is of the family known as "The Averys, of Groton." The most distinguished member of the family from Wayne county was the late Hon. John H. Camp, of Lyons, a descendant of Christopher Avery. The Skilton were an old Connecticut family. The children of John C. and Mary Bishop were all born at Pilgrimport, their present residence. The first born, Ann; died in 1870, aged fifteen. Charles Avery, the oldest son, is a farmer in Tyre, Seneca county. His wife was Jane E., daughter of William Smart, who came from England to Lyons about 1854. Their home is five miles south of Savannah village. They have five children. He is a representative man of the best type of young American farmers. Lincoln, the next son, also a farmer, resides at Pilgrimport. His wife was Francis Louise, daughter of William Barrett, who is a grandson of Elder Barrett, the Rose Baptist preacher of seventy years ago. John C. and Lincoln live as one family, Lincoln doing considerable surveying every year, being a competent and skillful engineer. The youngest daughter, Sarah, is at home unmarried. The youngest son, John Skilton, born September, 1861, was educated in the Lyons Union School, Union University and the Albany Law School. He had seven diplomas of graduation, and had been admitted to the bar in Albany on a Supreme Court examination before he finished his course in the law school. He went to Lincoln, Neb., in 1887. The Western Banker, a commercial publication of Chicago, issue of May 15, 1894, contains a portrait and sketch of his life and character. June 20, 1894, he married Cora L. Knapp, of Rose Valley, N. Y. She is the eldest daughter of E. H. Knapp, esq., who belongs to the family of Knapps residing in Butler. They are of Connecticut stock, and date back to colonial times.

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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