THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ALBERTUS I. GUTHRIE, one of Lebanon's well-to-do farmers, was born in Smyrna, Chenango County, N. Y., May 23, 1836. Being very young when his father died, his earliest memories are of living at home with his mother. At seven years of age he was taken into the family of Mr. John B. Buell, a farmer in Lebanon. His bringing up was of the practical kind which strengthens and trains the muscles, fosters self-reliance, and cultivates habits of diligent application.
   In 1846 Mr. Buell moved to Chautauqua County. The journey at that time was by no means an expeditious and monotonous one by rail, but partook of variety, and required days, being accomplished by means of a team to Canastota, canal-boat to Buffalo, steamer to Barcelona, and team thence to Mayville, their destination, and the home of young Guthrie for the next ten years. At the end of that period, a youth of seventeen years, he returned to Lebanon, and took up his abode at Mr. Chauncey Buell's. Working for him and in the vicinity until his marriage, February 17, 1863, with Miss De Ette Card, when he went to live at the home of her parents, on the farm which was her birthplace, and where she had always lived. Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie have two children, Myrtie Cornelia and Floyd Felt.
   Stephen Card, the father of Mrs. Guthrie was born in the town of Exeter, R.I., July 25, 1806. He still resides with his daughter’s family, enjoying very good health, and with mental faculties well preserved. Having come to this State when but two years old, he has no recollection of his former home. His father, Joseph Card, was born in Rhode Island, and remained a resident of that State until 1808, when, with his wife and six children, he emigrated to New York. The journey was made entirely by land, oxen drawing their baggage, while the family rode behind a pair of horses. Purchasing a tract of partially cleared land in what is now the town of Lebanon, he engaged in farming, and here remained until his death. Albany was then the chief market for all the surplus produce. He kept sheep and raised flax. His wife used to card, spin, and weave, and dress the children in homespun made by her own hands. His wife's maiden name was Martha James. She was born in Rhode Island, and spent her last years in Lebanon. Three children were born to them after the removal to this State.
   Stephen Card was bred to agricultural pursuits, and stayed at home with his parents until twenty-one years of age, when he began life for himself even with the world. Working out until after his marriage, he then rented land for a time, and finally bought the land which he has since occupied and improved, aided in later years by his son-in-law, Mr. Guthrie. This is a fine farm, in a good state of cultivation, situated in that part of the town of Lebanon included in the Chenango Valley. March 3, 1831, he married Flora Felt. She was born in the town of Lebanon, April 8, 1811, and died November 23, 1890.
   Elam Felt, the father of Mrs. Card, was born in the town of Somers, Conn., August 21, 1775. His father, Samuel Felt, a native of the same town, was one of the first settlers of Madison County. He came here with one of his sons in 1793, and secured a tract of five hundred acres in the heart of the wilderness, on the banks of the Chenango River, in the present town of Lebanon, Madison County. They cleared a part of the land, and raised a crop of potatoes and Indian corn. In the autumn they killed one pair of their oxen, salted the meat, and concealed it under the floor of the cabin. Returning East to spend the winter, they came back in the following spring with the rest of the family. Madison County being without roads at that early period, in going from one place to another they followed a trail of blazed trees. There were no mills here for some years; and the only way to grind corn was by making a fire with coals on the top of a stump, and digging out the charred wood and ashes from the centre until a deep hollow was formed. Into this the corn was put, and pounded with a great stone fastened to a long stick hanging from a spring pole. The finest part of the pounded corn was used to make bread, the coarsest for samp. Elam Felt brought back with him from Connecticut his newly wedded wife, Elizabeth Davis, who was born in that State, March 22, 1778. Establishing himself on his father's land in Lebanon, he continued a resident here until his death, August 7, 1843. He was an extensive hop-grower, having from thirty to forty acres of hops. Mrs. Felt used to card and spin, and made all the hop-sacking, besides the cloth for the family. She survived her husband nearly eleven years, and died at the home of her son, Nelson, in April, 1854.

 

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