JEREMIAH BUMP, deceased, was for many years
an honored and respected citizen of Peterboro, closely identified with
its industrial interests, an earnest advocate of all measures conducive
to its growth and prosperity; and his death, at the advanced age of
fourscore years, was deemed a loss to the village and community at large
as well as to his immediate family. He was a native of Madison County,
born in the town of Smithfield, August 6, 1811. His father, Ithamar
Bump, was one of the original settlers of the town, coming here from
Massachusetts in 1797, and settling in the almost trackless wilds of
this vicinity. In common with the other pioneers of those times he
suffered from the discomforts incidental to new locations,-- the cramped
cabins, absence of schools and markets, depredations of wild beasts, and
dreaded calls from the untamed savages. Nothing daunted, he began the
improvement of a farm, clearing a goodly number of acres before his
death, which occurred August 14, 1815. His faithful wife, whose maiden
name was Eunice Kinney, was left with a family of five children, all of
whom grew to maturity, but are now dead. She spent the remainder of her
life on the homestead, dying at the advanced age of seventy-nine years.
Jeremiah Bump, the subject of this biography, was but four years of age when his mother was left a widow. She was a woman of courage and ability, and continued the improvement of the farm with the assistance of her sons; and our subject, though such a young lad, soon made himself useful in doing errands and chores about the .farm. He remained at home until he attained his majority, then, preferring some mechanical labor, learned the carpenter's trade, and followed it successfully, becoming one of the leading contractors and builders of Peterboro, where many of the buildings were erected under his supervision, among them being the Children's Home. He was a man of enterprise and sagacity, possessing excellent judgment in financial matters, and invested part of his money in a saw and grist mill, from which he derived pecuniary benefits. He led a long and useful life, honorable in every respect, dying at his home in the village of Peterboro, October 6, 1891.
Mr. Bump was twice married. The maiden name of his first wife, to whom he was wedded in 1839, was Harriet Gray. She was born in Springfield, Otsego County, and lived but two years after her marriage, dying in 1841. In 1855 our subject was married the second time, taking for a wife Miss Sophia R. Fitch, a native of this county, born in Cazenovia, April 22, 1825. She is of New England ancestry, her grandfather, John Fitch, having been born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, April 3, 1760. Leaving the rugged hills of his native State, he emigrated to Chenango County, being a pioneer of Oxford, where he lived until his death, July 2, 1823. Derrick H. Fitch, father of Mrs. Bump, was born in Oxford, Chenango County, in September, 1798, and died in Peterboro at the venerable age of eighty-one years. He was a man of sterling worth, and a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he was a Republican. He married Jerusha Vibbert, who was born in Hartford, Conn., October 2,1799, and died in Cazenovia, July 19, 1840. She was a kind mother, a generous neighbor, and a true Christian, being a consistent member of the Universalist church.
Mrs. Bump resides in the home left her by her husband, where she is most pleasantly situated, and is spending her declining years in ease and comfort.
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