THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JOSIAH LOBDELL, a prominent farmer of District No. 11 of the town of Lenox, Madison County, was born in Herkimer County in 1836, and is a son of Joel Lobdell, who was born in the same county in 1809. Joel Lobdell was a son of James Lobdell, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, who was captured by the Indians while in the performance of his duty, and bound with strings or ropes made of moose-wood bark. Having a flask of gin in his pocket, however, he gave it to the small guard left over him, and, while they were under its influence, rolled himself to the fire, burned off the bands that bound his wrists, burning his hands badly thereby, and succeeded in making his escape with a comrade, also a prisoner. By occupation he was a farmer, and an honorable, successful, and influential man. His death occurred in Herkimer County about 1840, when he was ninety-three years old. His widow died two years later, aged eighty-four. Both were interred near Little Falls, N.Y. Their family consisted of four sons and two daughters.
   About 1833 Joel Lobdell married Margaret Achor, of Montgomery County. She was born about 1812 , and was a daughter of Ludwick Achor. Mr. Lobdell was a farmer of Oneida County, and afterward of Madison County. He and his wife reared a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters Four of the sons were loyal soldiers in the Civil War, and all were wounded during their term of service. One of them, Abel Lobdell, was a prisoner in different Southern prisons for an aggregate of twenty-two months, twelve months of which he spent in the horrible prison pen at Andersonville. Being there for so long a time, his sufferings were of course intense; and he barely escaped death from starvation and the peculiarly cruel treatment accorded there to Union soldiers. Mr. Lob- dell was in the Second New York Artillery two years as a private soldier, was wounded in the ankle at Spottsylvania and in the hip before Petersburg. At the time of his enlistment he was twenty-five years of age, and on his departure for the seat of war he left his young wife at home. She was Miss Matilda French, a daughter of Jonathan French, of Hamilton, Madison County, who was born near Sylvan Junction in 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Lobdell reared two sons and two daughters, all adopted children. The daughters were: Anna Phillips, of Montgomery County, who died in her fifteenth year, when a bride of but a few months; and Clara Lobdell, a daughter of Mr. Lobdell's brother.
   In politics Mr. Lobdell is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. They purchased the farm on which they now live in 1883, paying twenty-six hundred dollars for forty-three acres and seven hundred dollars for twenty acres. Upon this farm Mr. Lobdell carries on general farming, and raises strawberries and onions, raising about four hundred bushels of the latter to the acre. Both he and his wife are still health and active, notwithstanding their years of toil. They are among the most highly respected people of the community in which they live, and are in favor of whatever tends to promote human progress in education, religious, and material matters.

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