Biography of John S. Cronise
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Cronise, John S., was born in Arcadia, May 22, 1825, was educated in the Union School and the Academy, and his early life was spent on his father's farm till the age of twenty, when he went to Virginia, and managed a general store for his cousin in Martinsburg, and another in Shepardstown. Returning to his native county he became a clerk for Remsen and Polemus, of Lyons, remaining four years. in 1854 he opened a hardware store at Newark, in company with A. T. Cressy, the firm being Cressy & Cronise, which continued nine years. His wife's father, Joseph A. Miller, bought Mr. Cressy's interest, and the firm became Miller & Cronise. In 1884 the business was sold to Frank Garlock, and he then retired from active business. In 1853 Mr. Cronise married Maria A. Miller. Their children were: Mary L., Florence M., Joseph A., and two who died in infancy. Mrs. Cronise died March 28, 1877, and he married, second. Anna A. Reed, of Newark. Henry, his father was born in Frederick City, Md., July 20, 1789, and came here at an early day. Their mode of conueyance was a covered wagon and a team, and Mr. Cronise carried a rifle and hunted, thus furnishing provisions for his family along the route. His marriage occurred February 14, 1813, to Polly Sover hill, of this town, by whom he had eight children: John 1st, who died aged eight; Sally M., Simon, Henry, Susan E., John S., Catharine R, deceased, and Samuel. He died June 16, 1870, and his wife June 6, 1877.

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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