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Joseph, son of William and Polly (Benham) Blossom, was born in the town of Seneca, Ontario county, New York, April 8, 1837, and is now (1910) living at Port Gibson. He was brought by his father to Port Gibson, when he was ten years of age, and received his education in the public schools of Seneca and Port Gibson. He then for a number of years acted as clerk in his father’s store, and for the last two years of his minority bought goods for a New York firm. In i860 he engaged in boating on the Erie canal and afterwards took up farming and speculating. He has been a notary public for three years and was at one time a trustee for the public schools of Port Gibson, during which period he had charge of the building of the new school house and of the town hall. He is still engaged in farming. Mr. Blossom is a member of the Maccabees. He married Ellen, daughter of Youngs Corwin. Children: 1. Eudora, married Frederick Floodman; she left two children, Edna and Georgia; died May 31, 1901. 2. Georgia, died January 20, 1879. 3. Frank. q. Caroline, married Frederick Lehr; one child, Dorothy B. 5. E. Louisa, married Harris Allerton; no children. 6. Laurel. Mrs. Blossom is a member of the Maccabees and is commander of the local hive in Port Gibson.