Biography of Peter H. Crosby
Yates County, NY Biographies





Crosby, Peter H., the father of Joseph F., was one of the most substantial citizens of Barrington. He married Catharine, daughter of Joseph Fenton, and their children were Emillia, Alanson, Joseph F., Selah, Druzilla and Isaac. Peter H. was a leading member of the Baptist Church at Barrington. He held numerous town offices, and as commissioner of highways, laid out many of the roads of the town. His second wife was Widow Hair, daughter of Andrew Raplee. Of his children, Emillia married John McDowell; Alanson married Catharine, daughter of William McDowell; Selah, married Elsie, another daughter of William McDowell; Druzilla married John Ovenshire; Isaac married Druzilla Eddy; Joseph F., the subject of this sketch, was born in the town of Barrington, December 15, 1825, and was educated at the common schools of that town. He has been a farmer all his life. He was the first man to plant a vineyard on the east side of Lake Keuka. Joseph F. Crosby was instrumental in getting a post office and landing located on his farm and they are known as Crosby's Landing and Crosby post office. In politics he has been an ardent supporter of the Republican party since 1856. Up to that time he was a Democrat, as his father had been before him. Mr. Crosby has always been very active in the affairs of Yates County, having held many of the offices of the town of Barrington. He was elected sheriff of this county in 1864, clerk of the county in 1873, and served one term and was reelected in 1888. He married, first, Amanda, daughter of Joseph Ketchum, of Barrington, in 1846. She died in 1850, and for his second wife, he married Lois, daughter of Caleb Swarthout, of Wayne, Steuben County, N. Y., in 1851, and by this union there were two sons. Edmund, who married Jane, daughter of Joseph Guthrie, and Fred, who married Mary, daughter of George Fenton.

From:
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


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