Biography of Theodore M. Horton
Yates County, NY Biographies





Horton, Theodore M., born in Wayne, Steuben County, N. Y., on August 11, 1845, is the youngest child of Dea. Thomas Horton, who was born at North Hector, Schuyler County, N. Y., in March, 1800, and who in 1805 came with his father Thomas to Wayne. Shortly after the family removed to Pultney, N. Y., where in 1810 was erected their old house near Pultney village, where the family resided for many years. Thomas, jr., married Rachel, daughter of David Lee, who early settled on land now a portion of the village of Penn Yan. Rachel Lee was born in Kent, Dutchess County, N. Y., on November 17, 1802, and married, February 27, 1822, in Pultney, where her father had removed some years before. Five sons and four daughters were born to them, all of whom are dead, except William E., who lives in Pultney; Delia M. (Mrs. Rev. A. B. Chace), of Corning, N. Y.; Joseph R., who lives near Keuka Lake, in Barrington; and Theodore M., a commercial traveler living in Dundee. T. M. Horton was for some years a merchant at Weston, N. Y., and selling his stock of goods took charge of the road work of the Elmira Advertiser. Afterward he became connected with Moser & Lyon and still later with Lyon, Milliard & Co., of Syracuse, N. Y., wholesale stationers, where he still remains. October 13, 1868, he was married by Rev. Philitus Olney, to Mary E., only daughter of William M. Jordan, of Crystal Springs, N. Y. Their two children are, Vern M., born August 25, 1871, now with Wall & Murdock, Dundee, and Grace Lillian, born June 4, 1879, who died at Dundee, June 20, 1885. Mr. Horton received his education in the district schools of his native town, and at Franklin Academy at Prattsburgh, N. Y., graduating from Eastman College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in 1863. He is a Baptist in religious belief and a Democrat in politics. Mr. Horton was made a Mason in March, 1867, and in 1868 was elected secretary of Weston Lodge, No. 463, serving in that capacity two years. He has been elected junior warden, master, senior deacon, and senior warden. About eight years ago he affiliated with Dundee Lodge, No. 123, F. and A. M., and for four years served as senior deacon. In 1887 and '88 he was master of the lodge. The Hortons are of Puritan descent, being descendants of Barnabas Horton, who was born in Leicestershire, England, and came to Southold, L. I., in 1635. In 1638-40 he put up the first frame building erected on the east end of the island. Six generations were born, have lived and died in this old house.

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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