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Zerah Abiah Todd of Ellisburg NY

Zerah Abiah Todd8, (Zerah7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 15, 1821, in Ellisburgh, N. Y., married Feb. 28, 1841, Eliza Jane Silliman, who was born April 12, 1817, in Oneonta, N. Y. Children: *2049. Luzerne A., b. Feb. 3, 1842. 2050. Imogene L., b. Oct. 8, 1844, m. Feb. 28, 1882, Stephen C. Slocum, who was b. Feb. 21, 1847. No children. *2051. DeEtta J., b. Aug. 10, 1848. 2052. Alice Adelaide, b. March 5, 1850, d. May 3, 1853. *2053. Lewellyn E., b. April 25, 1854. 2054. Adelaide, b. June 15, 1857. *2055. George F., b. July 3,...

Biography of William Fisk Eastman

William Fiske Eastman, co-editor with P. S. McGlynn, of the Moline Daily Dispatch and Weekly Review-Dispatch, and postmaster of Moline, was born in Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, November 11, 1844. His parents were Charles W. Eastman, Doctor of Medicine, and Cynthia (Fiske) Eastman. He attended the public schools of his native village and Union Academy in the neighboring village of Belleville. Graduating there he attended Union College at Schenectady, New York, graduating in the scientific course in 1866, and taking first honors of that course. In the meantime he had been teaching in the district schools, earning in this way and by conducting a book store in his room at college, the money that paid for his college course. After graduating he came West and taught in the schools of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Sterling and Union Grove, Illinois, expecting to devote his life to that work. In 1872 his health broke down and he sought other business. He purchased the Red Oak (Iowa) Express and conducted it a few months when there came a proposition which he accepted, to go back to Sterling and purchase a half interest in the Sterling Gazette. He held his half interest in this for nearly ten years when he sold it because his health again broke down. He then went to Huron, South Dakota, where he engaged in banking with a partner, spending his own time on a farm about twenty miles away, his partner taking charge of the bank. Unfortunately the business was mismanaged and in June, 1885, he was left without anything he could call his own. After a few...

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