Biography of Jesse G. Fitts
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Fitts, Jesse G., was born in Chatham, Columbia county, June 7, 1823. and was educated mostly in Kinderhook Academy. In 1845 he came to Geneva, Ontario county, where he engaged in saddlery and hardware business, including harnesses and trunks. until 1852. He then came to Newark, where he, embarked in the general hardware business, in company with Eli Van Valkenburg, under the firm name of Pitts & Van Valkenburg. They sold out in 1854, and Mr. Pitts then went on his farm north of the village, remaining two years. June 2, 1859. he married Helen R. Day, of Westfield, Mass., and they have one adopted daughter, Louise, now wife of Calvin P. H. Vary, a banker in this place. Mr. Pitts has resided in New York seven years, also in Brooklyn seven years, during most of this time was in the wholesale petroleum business, returning to Newark about 1873, where he has conducted a boot and shoe business about twenty years, including the manufacture of moccasins under letters patent, making about six or eight thousand dozen pairs annually, selling them to jobbers and the finding trade. Mr. Pitts' father, John W., was born at the old home in Columbia county in 1795, and came here at an early day. He married Polly L. Gifford, of his native town, and had six children. He died in 1874, and his wife in middle life. Mr. Pitts' father was a soldier in the war of 1812.

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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