Underwood, Horace, one of the most widely acquainted men of Benton, was born in Jerusalem, September 21, 1825.
When Horace was seven years old the family moved to Potter, and when about sixteen he started out to work by the
month, continuing so for about five years. He then bought a farm near Rushville, and followed that with the ownership
of a number of others. He was of a speculative turn of mind, and an excellent judge of property, both in value
and productiveness. In 1866 he moved to Bellona and afterwards lived three years in Penn Yan, that his children
might have the advantages of the village schools. During this time Mr. Underwood was keeper in Auburn and Sing
Sing prisons. In 1870 he returned to Benton and in 1871 came to his present farm of 230 acres. In 1849 he married
Rachel R. Warner, of Potter, by whom he has had four children, two only of whom are now living. In Potter Mr. Underwood
was assessor nine years and four years justice of the peace. In Benton he has been assessor one and supervisor
two terms. During the war he was enrolling officer in the provost marshal's office. Mr. Underwood is a Republican.
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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