THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   MILTON JENNINGS, of the firm of Jennings Brothers, farmers of the town of Lenox,--the firm consisting of two brothers besides himself, William and Charles,--is a son of William A. and Harriet La Suer Jennings, the former of whom was born in the town of Lenox, and the latter in the town of De Ruyter, Madison County. William Jennings, father of William A. Jennings, and grandfather of the above-named brothers, who are carrying on general farming upon the farm upon which they were born and reared, was a successful merchant at Quality Hill, and was among the first settlers there. He and his wife both died in the prime of life at that place, leaving either two or three children, one of whom was a daughter, Louisa. She died, unmarried, in middle life. William A. Jennings died December 6, 1863, at the age of forty-nine, and his wife May 20, 1865, at the age of forty-four. They reared a family of four sons and three daughters. The daughters are all deceased, one of them dying young; Eva L. married Nelson Beebee, and died in 1871, at the age of twenty-five, leaving one daughter. Hattie married Charles Taber, and died in April, 1887, aged twenty-nine. Frank Jennings is an architect, and resides in Denver. He married Hattie Dewey, of Sullivan, Madison County, by whom he has one daughter. They went West in 1888. Charles, the youngest of the sons, married Louisa Prior, of Constantia, Oswego County, December 9, 1880.
   The brothers who constitute the firm of Jennings Brothers have eighty-six acres in the home farm, which was left them by their father. They also own forty-five acres in Onionville, on which they raise onions and celery. On the farm upon which they live they have a fine orchard of apples, pears, and plums, the trees having been planted since their father's death. In politics they are Republicans, as was their father before them. Their parents, though not members of any church, were people of excellent moral character, and good citizens in every respect. They attended the Congregational church at Quality Hill which is probably the oldest church in the town of Lenox. The brothers who are the subjects of this sketch were all well educated in the district schools, and two of them attended Cazenovia Seminary; but all prefer farming to a professional career, because of the independence that calling confers on its devotees. They are reading, thinking men, and firmly believe in the principles of the party which they support. The products of their farms they send to the markets of New York and other cities, shipping almost the entire crops of onions, celery, and hay. Their home is a most attractive one, surrounded as it is by fruit and shade trees, the latter being mostly maples, and is extremely inviting to the passer-by. Within the stranger meets with the most cordial reception, Mrs. Charles Jennings being a lady of rare intelligence, culture, and charm. William and Milton still remain unmarried, believing, it may be, in the maxim of Saint Paul, that he who marries does well, but he who marries not does better.

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