THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ALVIN WADSWORTH is descended from prominent ancestry on both sides of his family. He was born October 4, 1825, in the town of Eaton, and is a son of Harry B. and Esther (Brownell) Wadsworth, the former of whom was born in the town of Lanesborough, Mass., and the latter in Providence, R.I. Harry B. Wadsworth was a general farmer, and was actively engaged in this occupation until he was sixty years of age. He and his wife reared a family of seven children: Alvin, the subject of this sketch; J. B., who lives at Hatch's Lake; Clarissa A., who was the wife of Silas Chapman, and died when sixty-four years of age; Susan, who married Austin Hawks, and died at the age of twenty-four; Martha, the wife of Orlando Dutton; Henry A., who resides in Cortland County; and Hannah A., wife of Asa Pritchard. The father of these children resides with his son, Henry A., in Cortland, And is now in his ninety-second year. When his wife died, she was in her eighty-sixth year. She was a member of the Baptist church, as is her husband. In politics he has been a Republican since that party was organized, in 1853.
   Jeremiah Brownell, father of Mrs. Harry B. Wadsworth, was a native of Rhode Island, but removed to Madison County, making the journey by means of teams,-- that being then the only way of travel through the country,-- and finding his way by following a trail marked by blazed trees. He was among the earliest settlers in the town, and, taking up a large tract of land, erected a log house. He lived upon that farm until his death, which occurred when he was eighty-six years of age, his wife having died when sixty-five years old. They lived in this county during the pioneer days, experiencing all the hardships and enjoying all the pleasures peculiar to such times in all new countries. The Indians still inhabited this part of the country when they came here, but were usually peacefully disposed, and in many instances proved to be good neighbors and friends. The woods were bountifully supplied with game, which many a time enabled the pioneer to live upon nutritious animal food, which would otherwise have been a difficult thing to accomplish. Both Mr. Brownell and his wife were Quakers in religion, and in their lives carried into practice the many beautiful tenets and principles of that sect, which now appears to be so rapidly diminishing in numbers.
   Asahel Wadsworth, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Connecticut, by occupation a farmer, and an early settler in the town of Lebanon. From the time of his settlement in that town he continued to reside therein until he was seventy years of age, when he removed to Onondaga County, and died there when eighty-four years of age, his wife dying at the age of eighty years, both being buried in the same grave. They were members of the old school Baptist church, and in politics he affiliated with the Democratic party.
   Alvin Wadsworth was reared and educated in the town of Eaton, his education being mainly acquired in the district school. Remaining at home until he was twenty years of age, he then began life on his own account by working by the month, receiving ten dollars per month for two years, at the end of which time he took up a farm, his first purchase consisting of fifty acres of land in the town of Nelson. To this original purchase he added from time to time, until he at one time owned two hundred acres, but now owns only one hundred and twenty-five acres, upon which he carries on general farming and dairying, keeping from twenty-five to thirty cows. Residing on his farm until 1872, he then removed to the village of West Eaton, though he still conducts his farm, and is making a specialty of raising hay, which crop, according to the statisticians, has become the leading one in the United States. Mr. Wadsworth was married in 1847 to Lovisa A. Hopkins, who was born in the town of Nelson, March 30, 1823, and was a daughter of Daniel Hopkins. She died June 2,1862, at the age of thirty-nine, leaving four children,--namely, Lysetna S., Lucinda A., Orrilla M., and Gerry A.,--all of whom are married. Mr. Wadsworth was married the second time January 17, 1863, to Miss Hattie A. Mackin, who was born in Sullivan County, July 27, 1844, and is a daughter of Webster and Caroline Mackin, both of whom were natives of Sullivan County. Mr. Mackin was a wealthy man, owning more than one thousand acres of land and being engaged in lumbering. Disposing of his property, he removed to the town of Nelson, purchased a farm, and was a prominent man there for many years. He and his wife reared a family of five daughters, namely: Emily M., wife of Lucius H. Viele, of South Butler, N.Y.; Hattie A., wife of the subject of this sketch; Sarah C., wife of George G. Grosvenor, of Lebanon, N.Y. ; Alice M., wife of Henry C. Howe, of West Eaton, N.Y.; and Elizabeth E., wife of Warren J. English, of Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Mackin died in the village of Norwich, Chenango County, when sixty-eight years of age, and Mrs. Mackin in the town of Nelson, when fifty-one years old. They were both members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics he was a Republican. By his present wife Mr. Wadsworth has one son, A. DeWitt, born May 8, 1876, and who is at present a student in Colgate Academy, Hamilton, N.Y.
   Both Mr. Wadsworth and his wife are active and valuable members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Republican, and in 1875 was elected Assessor. He has filled this position until the present time, with the exception of one term, and was reelected in the spring of 1893, his present term ending in 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Wadsworth have a beautiful home in the village of West Eaton, are well-known people, and highly esteemed by all who know them.

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