Biography of Cornelius Jay Andruss
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(IX) Cornelius Jay, eldest child of George and Sarah (Ter Bush) Andruss, was born in Canadice, Ontario county, New York, October 7, 1845. His preparatory education was acquired at the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, and he then attended Cornell University, subsequently studying dentistry at the Philadelphia Dental College, from which he was graduated in 1877. Commencing in 1861 he taught for the larger portion of seven years in the district schools of Ontario and Livingston counties, New York, and for two years was deputy county surveyor of Lee county, Illinois. He commenced the practice of dentistry in association with Dr. A. G. Coleman, November 1, 1870, and May 1, 1879, opened an office in the same location he has occupied since that date. His political opinions are those of the Republican party, and he served about three years as trustee of the first ward, and as president of the village of Canandaigua in 1903-04. He is a member of Canandaigua Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and an attendant at the services of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Canandaigua, New York, of which he has been president of the board of trustees continuously since about 1890.
Dr. Andruss married, at Canandaigua, New York, November 12, 1872, Maria M., born in Chili, New York, April 17, 1846, daughter of James and Mary Ann (Barnes) Bailey, the former a mechanic and a soldier of the civil war. Children: 1. Bertha Gertrude, born February 27, 1874, educated in the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and the Rochester Business University; married William E. Martin, and has had children: Henry A., Margaret E. and Evelyn Louise. 2. Jessie May, February 12, 1876, educated in the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, and made a specialty of music and literature; married Dr. William H. Marks, and has had children: Hazel, Dorothy and William A. 3. Maude Evelyn, August 2, 1878, educated in the Syracuse University and the Pratt Institute ; married William W. Macon and has had children: Louise Olivia and Edith Marie.