Ira P., son of Norman and Christina (Blakeman) Rockefeller, was born in Richford, January 22, 1843. He accompanied his parents to Phelps, at the age of six years, and acquired his education in the district schools of that town. His opportunities for study, although limited, were used to good advantage, and for superior scholarship when sixteen years old, he was presented by Deacon George Beckwith with a Bible, which he still regards as one of his most valued possessions. Since attaining his majority he has taken a conspicuous part in the agricultural and business development of Phelps, and has entered into all movements calculated to advance its general interests. The ability and good judgment he has displayed in the management of his farm deserves special emphasis, and he has fully demonstrated the fact that tilling the soil, when conducted according to progressive ideas, can be made financially remunerative. For a number of years he rendered able services to the town as a trustee of the public schools. He is a member of the Phelps Businessmen’s Club.
Mr. Rockefeller was married in 1875 to Miss Julia E. Tiffany. His children are: Norman L., born in 1877; Roy P., born in 1881. Mrs. Rockefeller died January 26, 1887.