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History of Seneca County New York

This history of Seneca County, New York published in 1876, provides a look at the first 75 years of existence for this county, with numerous chapters devoted to it’s early history. The value of this manuscript may be found in the etched engravings found throughout of idyllic scenes of Seneca County including portraits of men, houses, buildings, farms, and scenery. Included are 35 biographies of early settlers, and histories of the individual townships along with lists of men involved in the Union Army during the Civil War on a township by township basis.

Seneca County New York Biographies

In the 1980’s a series of newsletters were published four times a year by Seneca County NY featuring historical information concerning Seneca county and her past residents. The current historian for Seneca County placed these online using PDF files. One of the main features of each edition were biographical sketches of early settlers of Seneca County. Unfortunately, while they provided an index inside of a spreadsheet for the 189 biographies, it is difficult for the average user to quickly get around. I’ve taken their spreadsheet and linked each edition to the PDF file. Once you’ve found the biography you want, click on the newsletter edition and then browse the pages until you find the specific biography you were looking for. This should help you find these wonderful biographies a little easier. SurnameGivenNewsletter Edition AckleyBenjaminSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleyJacobSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleySamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 4 AckleySamuel J.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 3 No. 3 AlexanderWilliam H.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 4 No. 2 AllenSilasSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 AlmySamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 4 No. 1 ArmstrongJohnSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 3 No. 1 BachmanJosephSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 1 BaileyEbenezerSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 4 BaileyGeorge & SamuelSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeJohnSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeMahlonSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgePeterSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BainbridgeSeneca County History newsletter Vol. 1, No. 2 BaldwinJonas C.Seneca County History newsletter Vol. 2, No. 2 BangsAbnerSeneca County History...

Biography of John Dobbin

JOHN DOBBIN. Deceased. – It now becomes our privilege to place in these enduring chronicles of Union county a brief review of the career of the esteemed gentleman whose life was passed largely in this section, and who so lived that he won the respect and confidence of all, and our record would be quite incomplete did there not appear this memorial to this exemplary citizen and worthy man. Native of Ohio, born March 3, 1841, he was removed at the age of three years to Illinois by his parents, William and Mahitable Dobbin, where he grew to budding manhood on the farm, and at the age of seventeen years turned to the west with an adventurous spirit and desire to explore its resources and search for himself its treasures. He landed in Pike’s Peak country in the midst of the excitement that prevailed there in early times and spent some time in frontier experiences and then returned to Illinois. In 1863 he started on the perilous and arduous journey across the plains to Oregon, where he embarked in farming and stock raising. A goodly measure of success attended his industrious efforts, and for years he was one of the substantial and stanch citizens of the county and prominent in political matters. He was a charter member of the Masonic lodge in Union, having assisted in organizing the first lodge there. August 6, 1891, at the age of forty-nine, he was called to lay down the cares and burdens of this life and pass to the world beyond. His funeral was a time of universal mourning, he being beloved...

Dobbin, John – Obituary

At his home in this city, August 6, 1890 John Dobbin, aged 49 years. Deceased was born in Richland county, Ohio March 3, 1841 and removed with his parents in 1843 to Illinois where he lived until 1862 when he came to oregon and settled in Grande Ronde valley where he has since lived a prominent and honored citizen. The funeral will take place from the M.E. Church at three o’clock this afternoon under the auspices of the masonic order of which he was a prominent member. Deceased leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss. The relatives have the sympathy of the community in their sad affliction. Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday August 7,...

Biography of Jay H. Dobbin

Although Wallowa County is distinctively a stock county and there are residing here some of the leading stock men of the northeastern part of our state, it is capable gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, to state that he is among the heaviest stock owners of the county and is also doubtless one of the largest real estate owners of the county, which demonstrates his excellent capabilities to manage large concerns, besides his ability to gain property, which has been manifested is a commendable manner, and Wallowa county is indebted much to his energy and skill and sagacity, while his uprightness and integrity are quite commensurate with his capabilities. Jay H. was born in DeKalb County, Illinois, on February 12, 1870, being the son of J. J. and Nancy (Tefft) Dobbin, natives of New York. The father was a prosperous farmer in the county mentioned, as well as in Kendall County. He resides there now, but spends much of his time in New York. The father was a prosperous farmer in the county mentioned, as well as in Kendall County. He resides there now, but spends much of his time in New York. The mother passed away on March 10, 1888, at Sandwich, Illinois. Our subject received his educational training in the schools of his native place and under the tutorage of his wise and skillful father, so that when manhood’s estate was reached, he was prepared to enter the battle of life in proper manner. At the age of nineteen he left the home scenes and turned toward the boundless west, landing in Union...

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