THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   TRUMAN D. CRUMB, a resident of East Hamilton, is a prominent representative of one of the early pioneer families of this county, of which he is a native, and with whose agricultural industries he has long been closely identified. Brookfield is the place of his birth, and August 10, 1836, the date thereof. He is derived from a sturdy, energetic New England ancestry. His father, William Crumb, was born in the town of Stonington, Conn. His grandfather, who passed his early life in the same town, migrated with an ox-team to this State when the father of our subject was but seven years old. He found the country still in the hands of the pioneers; and he himself became one of the first settlers of Brookfield, where he bought a tract of timbered land, on which he erected a log cabin, and then began the task of making a clearing in the forest for a farm. He was well adapted to pioneer life, as he could turn his hand to mechanical work, having acquired the trade of a cooper; and he also often made shoes for his family. His wife was equally skilful at the loom, understanding how to weave cloth of all kinds, and not only kept her own family supplied with homespun garments, but employed three or four others in manufacturing cloth for sale. In those early days the marketing was done at Albany. There was a mill for grinding grain at Hubbardsville. A trail marked by blazed trees led to this; and once the grandfather of our subject lost his way while on a journey to the mill, and wandered a long distance from home. The land on which he settled when coming to the county remained his home until death. He placed it under good cultivation, and erected a substantial set of farm buildings in place of the primitive log dwelling. His wife also died in Brookfield. They reared to maturity a family of twelve children.
   William Crumb was a lad of seven years when he accompanied his parents on their memorable journey with an ox-team from the old New England home to a new one in the wilderness of New York. His education was obtained in the pioneer schools of the day, while at home he learned how to farm and was taught the trade of a carpenter. He assisted his father until he attained his majority, and then began life for himself. He married Miss Betsy Burdick, and they continued to reside in Brookfield until their demise. They had seven children,--William (the eldest), Joseph, Lucy, Truman D., George, Andrew, and Daniel.
   Truman Crumb attended the public schools in his boyhood, and helped his father in his work, acquiring a practical knowledge of agriculture. He also learned the millwright business. Upon leaving the parental home, at the age of twenty-one, he came to East Hamilton, where he still resides during the summer season, but spends the winter seasons at Hubbardsville, at which place he has also a fine residence. For fourteen years after entering upon an independent business career he manufactured cheese boxes and operated a large saw-mill ill conjunction with his farm of two hundred acres. He has accumulated at handsome property by his business energy and careful management of his interests, and is one of the moneyed men of the town. He is not behind others in public spirit, all feasible plans for local improvement always meeting with his encouragement; and his reputation as a man of honor and sound integrity is irreproachable.
   Our subject was first married at the age of twenty-one to Miss Ann Eliza Cheesbro, a daughter of Harry Cheesbro. Three children were born of that union,--Herris, Lewis, and Betsy. The estimable wife and mother died in 1872. By his second marriage Mr. Crumb has one child, Truman A. Mrs. Crumb's maiden name was Jerusha Ramsdell. She is a daughter of John and Lydia Ramsdell. Her paternal grandfather was Silas Ramsdell, who was born in Saratoga, and resided there until he was twenty-two years old. Then, in the flush and vigor of early manhood, he cast in his lot with the pioneers of Brookfield. He bought a tract of eighty acres of land, and began a clearing in the forest, having first erected a log house for a habitation. He had journeyed to his new home with an ox-team, following a trail marked by blazed trees, and was one of the very earliest to settle in that town. By diligent labor he cut down the wood on his land, and placed the soil under fine cultivation. He bought other land, and at the time of his death had a choice farm of two hundred acres, amply supplied with good frame buildings and everything necessary to carry on farming to advantage. His wife actively co-operated with him in the upbuilding of their home. The substantial frame house in which they passed their declining years in comfort is still standing in the town of Brookfield. The grandmother of Mrs. Crumb was well versed in all the domestic work of her youthful days; and after her marriage her family were clad in garments that were spun, woven, and made by her faithful hands. She was the mother of ten children. Mrs. Crumb's grandfather lived to the good old age of eighty-eight years, and was hale and sound in health until two days before his death. He retained much of the activity and vigor that characterized his earlier years, and only two days before he died indulged in the pleasure of hunting. For fifteen years previous to his death he walked half a mile every Sunday to be shaved. In his last sickness he was tenderly cared for by his grand-daughter, Mrs. Crumb.

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