JOHN HENRY YORK was born in Edmeston, N.Y., February 25, 1847, son of Oliver B. and Mary (Lines) York. His great-grandfather, John York, was a pioneer of the town of Brookfield, N.Y., going there from Rhode Island, and dying when the grandfather of our subject, also named John, was but sixteen years of age.
Oliver B. York, son of John York, Jr., was born in Columbus, Chenango County, N.Y., in 1823. (For further information concerning the family, see his sketch elsewhere in this volume.)
John Henry York was the eldest of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver B.
York, and, after finishing his education in the public schools of his town, learned the harness-making trade m the town of Brookfield, N.Y., starting at the age of nineteen, and working with an established firm in that place for two years, afterward going into the harness business for himself at Edmeston. He continued at this trade in Edmeston for two years, returning then to Brookfield for one year. Later he worked in various places, among others the Wheeler York farm, where be was employed for eight years, and the Foster farm, on which he labored three years. He has now been for nine years settled on a farm of his own at North Brookfield.
At the age of twenty-two Mr. York married Miss Annette Morgan, daughter of John and Rebecca Morgan. She was born in Brookfield, where her family were early settlers. The union of Mr. and Mrs. York has been bless with three children; namely, Burt, Lulu, and Clay. The eldest, Burt, has been for two years employed in the store of Mr. Squires as clerk. This young man is an exceptionally competent and agreeable person, and is highly spoken of, not. only by his
employer, but by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance. The daughter, Lulu, is married to Mr. William Welsh, who assists in the management of the farm. The third child, Clay, lives at home, and also is a helper of his father.
Mr. York is the intelligent and industrious owner of a fine place, and is looked upon as a model farmer. As a citizen, he is always wide awake to the best interests of his town, and ever ready to aid in any good work for their advancement. He and his family attend the Baptist church, and by their upright and well-ordered lives illustrate the sincerity of their religious belief. Mr. York is a quiet and unostentatious man, and, while not of a boastful character, takes a proper pride in his ancestry and the founders of his family, who first saw this now flourishing town an unbroken tract of wilderness. In his political,
faith an active Republican, and clings strongly to the principles which the party inculcates. In the fraternal orders he stands in the first rank with Sanger Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., and also in Brookfield Lodge, No. 623, Independent of Odd Fellows.
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