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Biography of Hiram H. York

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Hiram H. York, a well-known farmer of Cornish, has always resided in this town on the estate where he was born December 6, 1823. His grandfather, William York, also born in Cornish, was prominently identified with the Democratic party of the early days. William, in many ways the most prominent man in the town, was a noted veterinary surgeon, whose practice covered an extensive district. He was Sheriff of Sullivan County for many years. In the later part of his life he joined the Methodist church. A man capable of much physical endurance, he had a remarkable constitution, which, perhaps, accounts in a measure for his activities in many directions. He died at the age of ninety-five years. He was twice married. His first wife was Esther Hilliard York, and his second was Betsey Choate York.

Uriah York, also born in Cornish, was sent to the common schools of the town. Later he began farm work, in which he continued engaged throughout the rest of his life. He married Betsy, daughter of Stephen Williams; and their five children were: Esther, Hiram H., Lavinia, John Q., and Allen. Esther became the wife of Mr. Mitchell Coburn, and had one child-Willis, who is now a musician living at Cornish. Mrs. Mitchell Coburn died in 1895. Lavinia is now Mrs. James Lamberton, of Claremont. John Q., who died in 1891, was a farmer, a mason, and a general mechanic; and for some years he filled the office of Highway Surveyor. He was twice married. Emmeline Fitch York, his first wife, bore him no children. Esther Corliss York, the second wife, was the mother of ten children, three of whom are living-Hattie, Lillian, and Addie. Allen York lived in Cornish until he was twenty-five years of age, when he moved to Vermont, where he died in 1888 at the age of fifty-one. He was engaged in carpentering and other mechanic’s work, and did some farming. He married Lucinda Owen, and had a family of ten children.

Hiram H. York attended the common schools of Cornish, and then followed in the footsteps of his father by engaging in agricultural pursuits. He owns a farm of some one hundred and thirty-five acres, has always been industrious and thrifty, and is now reaping the reward of his labors. He married Eliza A. Walker, and she is the mother of two children-Elmer E. and Ida E. Elmer married Nellie Richardson, and has three children-Clayton, Amos, and Marion. He has been a school-teacher, and is now a butcher at Cornish and Claremont. Ida married Luman H. Hilliard, of Claremont, N.H., who is engaged in the livery business there. Their children are-Mary Eliza and Ruth Ida.


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