THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JESSE CYPHER, who is the worthy subject of this sketch, was born in the town of Lenox, N. Y., March, 1826. His father, Andrew Cypher, was born there 1779. The Cypher family is of Dutch descent, and came to Madison County from the Mohawk Valley. Andrew Cypher married, rather late in life, Betsey Snider, several of whose people were farmers, residing within a half-male of her birthplace in the Dutch settlement of the town of Lenox. Four sons and two daughters were born to this couple, Jesse being the youngest. The four now living are: Betsey, widow of Robert Siver, living in Lenox; Ephraim, a farmer at Oak Hill; Cerena, widow of Thomas R. Guy, owner of a pleasant house and garden in MacKinley Square, N.Y., where she resides; and Jesse. The father died in 1829, at the age of fifty; and the mother lived for many years with her son Jesse, dying at his home in 1879, aged seventy years.
   Mr. Jesse Cypher, having received in his boyhood a fair common-school education, has lived on a farm, and closely applied himself to farm work the greater part of his life, the exception being fourteen years, when he was engaged in manufacturing glass boxes. He inherited nothing from his father's estate, and has had to work hard, to toil early and late for what he possesses. He purchased his comfortable home in which he now resides about ten years ago, paying about two thousand dollars for the property. In 1856 he married Miss Caroline E. Wright, daughter of Orson and Bathsheba (Clark) Wright, of Bath, Madison County, N. Y. Mrs. Wright died in 1865, at about fifty years of age, and her husband in 1883, aged seventy-one. They had six children--two sons and four daughters--of whom one son and two daughters have reached maturity. To Mr. and Mrs. Cypher has been born one daughter--Rosalie L., wife of Eddie Stoddard—whose home is still under the parental roof.
   Mr. Cypher has twenty-five acres of farm land, on which he raises small fruit and general crops. Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic party, and, while leading a quiet and uneventful life, enjoys that most independent and, in many respects, enviable station of a farmer owning his own lands. By his own energy and industry Mr. Cypher has established himself comfortably and with pleasant surroundings. His various farm buildings are sufficiently commodious and well adapted to their use, his cattle are in good condition, and his watchful eyes see that everything about his place is kept in working order.
   Mr. Cypher's record may be summed up as that of a patriotic and honorable citizen, a true American--not an aspirant for place and power, but one who is content to till his own fields, and only ambitious to do it well. Cheerfully,
            Along the cool, sequestered vale of life
            He keeps the noiseless tenor of his way.

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