Biography of John H. Westcott
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Westcott, John H., son of John Forbes and Abigail Easton Westcott. J. F. Westcott moved into Butler from Vermont in 1828, and was until his death, which occurred January 1, 1894, a prime mover in the various business interests of the locality. At Butler Centre and at South Butler he had for a long period of time a blacksmith shop, besides operating cooper shops with an annual capacity of 15,000 barrels. John Westcott went from his desk as a school boy at South Butler into the thick of the Civil War in 1864 with the 98th N. Y. S. Vols., but found himself physically unable to withstand the privations of a soldier's life, and was honorably discharged February 16, 1865. He married Charlotte, daughter of Harlow Demmon, of Huron, by whom he had five children: Charles L., Eugene. a traveling salesman with business headquarters at Auburn; Demmon, in partnership with Eugene; and Howard. September 12, 1893, Mr. Westcott was bereft of his faithful wife, and before half a year had elapsed, of his only daughter, Emma.

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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