Baskin, Lyman J., farmer and attorney at law, is a native of Yates County, born June 16, 1853. He is a son of
William R. Baskin, and grandson of William Baskin, who settled here at a very early day. The latter was born about
1777 and died January 7, 1866. The father of Lyman J., was born February 14, 1817, a farmer and stock dealer. He
married Eliza A. Graves, a native of Ireland, by whom he had six children, five surviving in order of birth, Lyman
J., Herman C., Estella A., Winifred E. and Mabel A., all of whom received their education at Starkey Seminary.
The mother was a very earnest churchwoman. The children are all Episcopalians, as also is the family of Lyman J.
In 1872-73-74, the latter having read law with Hart & Tomlinson, attorneys at law at Elmira, for one year attended
the law department of Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Mich., receiving the degree of LL.B. in 1874. He located
at Jackson, Mich., where he had a large and paying practice, while there. In 1876 he was elected Court Commissioner
of Jackson County on the Democratic ticket, by about 1,000 majority, the highest vote accorded to any Democrat
on the ticket in that usually Republican county. June 7, 1877, his father, William R. Baskin, died, and the subject
of this sketch returned to his old home in Yates County, resigning the office of court commissioner to which he
had been previously elected, not having served out the official term. Since that time Mr. Baskin has traveled through
the greater portiom of the west, and has been engaged in speculations in the west, where he now has investments.
He has also practiced law more or less in Yates and Schuyler Counties, and is particularly interested in grape
growing, giving it his personal attention. His law and business office is at Watkins, N. Y., where he also has
valuable real estate interests. In June, 1878, he married Miss Ella Ingalls, of Watkins, N. Y., by whom he has
one daughter, born November 18, 1879. The old homestead, comprising 200 acres, one half mile north of Starkey Station,
is operated by Lyman J. Baskin, his brother and sisters, who, excepting the elder, are also engaged in breeding
standard bred trotters in connection with farming and grape growing. Lyman J. is in politics a zealous, though
conservative Democrat, a man of positive and strong convictions, and a Knight of Pythias.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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