THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   MORRIS OMANS, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Madison County, and a practical farmer, was born in the town of Eaton, January 4, 1821, and is a son of Job and Sally (Fisk) Omans, the former of whom was born in New England, and came to the State of New York at an early day, settling in the town of Eaton upon a farm, where he died in 1829 at the age of forty-five. He and his wife had three children: Morris, the subject of this sketch; Betsey, born in 1824; and Riley, who was born in 1830, and died at the home of his brother Morris, when twenty-one years old. Mrs. Sally Omans, the wife and mother, died at the age of eighty-seven.
   Morris Omans was but eight years old when his father died, and was thus compelled, while yet in his boyhood, to begin life on his own account, though he had received some little education in the district school. He worked by the month until he was twenty-three years old, then married, and began farming for himself, his first purchase consisting of twenty-three acres of land. Since then he has from time to time added to this, until at the present time he has a farm of about fifty acres, with good improvements, his beautiful residence having been built in 1860. June 9, 1844, he married Nancy Foster, who was born in Herkimer County, and is a daughter of Samuel and Mary Foster, the former of whom was a farmer, and spent his last days in the town of Eaton, dying at the age of sixty-one, his wife having died in Herkimer County at the age of thirty-nine. They were the parents of seven children, all of whom are living with the exception of one. Their names are as follows: Louisa, Mary, Margaret, Nancy, Cornelia, and Elizabeth. Asa, the eldest, died at the age of seventy-two.
   Mr. and Mrs. Omans have had three children, namely: Merrill died at the age of forty-three. He married Aurelia Hopkins, who bore him two children, Cassius and Clarence, both of whom, with their mother, reside in Cortland, N. Y. Sarah is living at home. Elsie is the wife of Leverett L. Hamilton, a general merchant of West Eaton, and has one child, Lorenzo L. Mr. and Mrs. Omans are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Republican. Both are highly respected by all who know them, and are very pleasant, genial people. Though now quite well advanced in years, and not able to perform much labor of any kind, they are still healthy and active, and are enjoying their declining years in comfort and peace, possessing the consciousness of lives spent in doing good and in bringing up their children to true and noble principles.

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