THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   CHARLES P. BUTTON was born January 29, 1816, in the town of Lenox, N. Y., the son of Chauncy and Polly Button. His grandfather, Benjamin Button, was a native of the State of Connecticut, and was a soldier of the Revolution, enlisting when he was but sixteen years of age. He belonged to one of the military companies organized at that time, and drilled so effectively as to hold themselves in readiness at a minute's notice to go into battle, hence being called "minute men." An incident of the celerity with which these companies could be gathered together was illustrated when one day a report came that the British ships were firing on Boston. In sixty seconds Mr. Button's company was ready, and marching to the scene of action. After the war he went to the State of New York, and settled in the town of Canajoharie, Montgomery County, where he was one of the early settlers. He was a farmer, and also a blacksmith, and lived to the good old age of eighty-five years, his wife dying when she was seventy years old, They reared a family of nine children. The politics of the grandfather were of the Whig party.
   Chauncy Button, the father of our subject, resided in Montgomery County until his marriage, when he moved to Madison County, and settled in the town of Lenox, being among the first settlers of that place, 
      “When the world was in forest, the hamlet in grove.”
The wild and savage Indian prowled around the very door of their cabin; and the trusty rifle was their mainstay to serve their tables, which were royally graced with the juicy venison and dainty game. The spinning-wheel, with its spindle and bands and slender spokes, whirled swiftly to the touch of the mother's hands, as she spun the yarn; and in the corner of the room stood the great brown loom, where the clothing was woven for the family. The father, having cleared the land, engaged in general farming. There were nine children born in this family, seven of whom grew up, our subject being the only one now living. The father died in the town of Fenner, at the age of fifty-six years. He was a Whig in politics. The mother moved to the town of Lenox, and made her home with her son, C. P. Button, up to within six months before her death, dying at the age of eighty-three.
   Charles P. Button grew to manhood in the town of Lenox, and received his education in the district schools of that place, remaining at home until twenty-one years of age. He then hired out by the month on a farm, receiving twelve and a half dollars for his first month's work, and continued this for four years. During this time he had learned the trade of a tanner and currier, and engaged in this, also in shoemaking, for four years more. He then turned his attention to farming, and worked land on shares for fifteen years. In 1855 he went to the town of Sullivan, and in 1867 bought his first farm, which consisted of sixty-eight and a half acres. By very hard work, but fortunately successful, he has brought this property up to two hundred and thirty-two acres, and now owns one of the finest farms in the county. Small grain and hay are the main crops, and he also has a dairy of splendid half-blooded Holstein cattle.
   Mr. Button was married in 1846 to Miss Margery N. Forbes, who was born in the town of Sullivan in 1827, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Forbes, both natives of Montgomery County, New York. Mr. Forbes was a farmer, and owned a place in Niagara County, where he died at the age of fifty-two. His wife died at the age of forty-five years. They had ten children, of whom only two are living,--Chauncy Forbes and Mrs. Button. Mr. Forbes was a Democrat. Our subject and wife have four children,--two sons and two daughters,--namely: Chauncy, living in the town of Sullivan; Charles S. and Maria, living at home; and Sarah, Mrs. William E. Ladd, living in the town of Sullivan.
   Mr. Button and family are consistent members of the Baptist church, of which he is a Trustee. In politics he sympathizes with the Republican party. This charming old couple have a delightful home in the town of Sullivan, where they enjoy the blessings of well-spent lives, passing their declining years in ease and comfort, and are held by all their friends in the highest veneration and respect.

©1999- MadisonCountyNewYork.com All rights reserved.