J. F. GARRETT. This highly respected representative citizen of the town of Brookfield, N.Y., was born in that town, April 5, 1820. His ancestry, like many others in the county, goes back to the Colonial days of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when enterprising members of New England families, fascinated by the immensity of this broad country, so frequently moved westward for the founding of new homes. Thus the grandfather of our subject started out with his family from Connecticut and, braving the dangers and terrors of an
unknown land, penetrated into the heart of the wilderness, and erected a log cabin, cleared the land, and settled down to life work on the
Elisha B. Garrett, son of the pioneer, and his wife were natives of Connecticut. J. E. Garrett, their only son, was born after their arrival in the town of Brookfield. His educational advantages were limited to a few winter terms of the district school, the rest of the year being given to the hard work required
cultivating the soil. He was scarcely sixteen when he started to earn his own living. After working out by the month for four years, he accepted an offer from a merchant in Cooperstown, N.Y., to go on the road with a line of educational books, and four years was a commercial traveller. It was at this time that his filial love prompted him to buy a farm and settle his father and mother in a home for themselves,- an act receiving, as it well deserved, the highest commendation from the community. The mother died at this home, at the age of eighty-eight.
When Mr. Garrett was twenty-three years old, he married Miss Caroline Mason, of Stockbridge, Madison County, N.Y., daughter of Martin and Marie Mason. Only for one brief year had he the enjoyment of domestic bliss with his lovely young wife, and then she was snatched away to a better and fairer world. In 1846 he married Miss Stateria
Mason, a sister of his first wife. They have no children, but an adopted daughter, who is now the wife of James E. Sloan. The father of Mrs. Garrett, who was an early settler in the town of Stockbridge, reared a large family
there, and afterward removed to the State of Michigan, where he died. Mr. Garrett and family have resided on his present farm for many years, and with the assistance of his son-in-law, who lives with them, have brought
the place, to which from time to time he has added land, into a perfection of cultivation. He was one of the first to devote large tracts of land to the culture of hops, in which he has risen from four to twenty acres devoted to this product.
The husband of Mr. Garrett's adopted daughter, James E. Sloan, was born in England, September 28, 1863. His father and mother were born in Ireland, the father coming to this country first, and getting work on a farm in Waterville. The mother and James came to America and joined him in the following spring, the family remaining in Waterville for some time. Three children were born to them,--James, Mary Ann, and Barney. Later they removed to North Brookfield; and at the age of thirteen James began to work out by the month, attending school in the winters. At the age of twenty-four he was employed by Mr. Garrett, for whom he worked for four years, at the end of that time marrying Miss Hattie A. Green, the adopted daughter of his employer, and taking up his home with him as a member of the family. The mother of Mr. Sloan is still living, at the age of fifty-four.
Mr. Garrett, in a long life of usefulness, has endeared himself to the people. No more reverenced or beloved person is known in the county than this gentleman. He is a self-made man, in the best sense of the word; and, knowing in his own experience the privations and trials of a youth having to carve out his own fortune, he is especially liberal to those on whom adversity has laid its heavy hand. His judicious advice in many cases has been of infinite value to those who have followed it. Of irreproachable life, a man of sterling integrity, Mr. Garrett is to-day, at seventy-three years, a hale and hearty man, looking a decade at least, younger than his age. Religiously sound in the faith, he is an efficient
member of the Baptist church; while in the Masonic fraternity he holds an honored position in Sanger Lodge, No. 129. He is a stanch Republican, and zealously supports the candidates and principles of that party.
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