THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  NATHANIEL J. TACKABERRY, who has resided on his fine farm of two hundred acres for the past twenty-three years, was born in the town of Eaton, this county, in 1821.
   His father, James Tackaberry, was a native of Ireland, where he was born in 1795, and came to this country with his parents when but eleven years of age. The grandfather of our subject was named Nathaniel, and, as narrated, came to America from Ireland in 1806, bringing with him his wife and family. His wife's name before marriage was Sarah Neusum, They were the parents of four sons and five daughters, and lived to a ripe old age. In 1818 their son James was united in marriage to Ann Belton, also of Ireland, the marriage taking place in the town of Eaton. He was a farmer by occupation; and he and his wife spent their entire lives in that town, becoming the parents of a family of eight sons and four daughters, of whom our subject was the second child. One son died in infancy all the rest attaining mature age. They were as follows: Elizabeth, wife of James Bauder of Canastota; Nathaniel J., our subject; Robert, engaged in the publishing business in Dakota; George, who resides in Canastota; Wesley, a resident of Detroit, Mich.; Henry, a farmer on the old homestead; John, a bright and intelligent young man, and formerly a teacher in the village of Madison. died at the age of twenty-three, greatly deplored; Margaret, widow of Harrison Darrow, resides in Denver, Col., and has five sons; Sarah J., wife of Harlow Hopkins, died in middle life, leaving one son and one daughter; Susanna, wife of James W. Marshall, died when about forty-three years of age in Stockbridge, this county; Samuel, died in 1888, when about fifty years of age, leaving one daughter. He was a preacher in the Methodist church, but in later years of advanced and liberal views.
   Nathaniel J. Tackaberry was married November 28, 1848, to Miss Ellen Bowers of the town of Eaton. She is a daughter of Isaac and Betsy (Hughs) Bowers,-- the former of whom was from England and the latter from Ireland,--coming to this country at the age of twelve. Robert Hughs, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Tackaberry, came to America about 1808. He was a farmer in good circumstances. Mrs. Tackaberry has one living sister, Millie, widow of Samuel Morris, and residing in Cass County, Michigan. These two ladies are the only survivors of a family of six daughters and one son. The father died in the prime of life, and his widow when sixty-four years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Tackaberry began life as farmers and hop-growers in the town of Eaton, where they owned a good farm. After residing there some time, they sold their farm, and bought another on Quality Hill, known as the Stroud farm, on which they lived three years. They next purchased a thirty-two-acre farm in Canastota Village, residing there two years, and in June, 1869, bought their present farm of two hundred acres, with fair buildings, for seven thousand dollars. This place is two and one-half miles north-west of Canastota, on a good road, and is one of the best and most productive farms in the county. Mr. Tackaberry, in company with his son Newton, who is his partner, does general farming. They keep a dairy of twenty-four cows, sending the milk to the factory. They let a part of their land for onion-growing.
   In politics Mr. Tackaberry is a Republican, and has served as Assessor in the town of Eaton. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are the parents of five children, two sons and three daughters, as follows: Julia Moffat, who is the mother of two sons,--Milton and De Verne,--and makes her home with her. parents; John B., who is a resident of Alpena, Mich., and has one son and two daughters; Libbie G., who is the wife of T. A. Debselle, of Bay City, Mich., and has one daughter; Anna A., who is the wife of Stephen Avery, a merchant and coal dealer of Canastota, and has two daughters; and Newton, who resides at home on the farm. The latter married Grace Van Buren, of Fulton; and they are the parents of an infant son.
   Mr. Tackaberry has for some years been a cripple from rheumatism, but in other respects enjoys good health for one of his years. He and his faithful wife are well known in this part of the county, and are highly respected for their many sterling qualities. Their home is beautifully situated, and is a most charming spot; and here they are passing their later days in comfort and in the loving society of their children and grandchildren.

 

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