JAMES CHANCELLOR NEW is one of the oldest residents of Canastota, N. Y., having lived on his present farm for nearly forty years. His birthplace was in Ghent, Columbia County, N.Y., the date being May 7, 1821. His father, Elias New, was a native of the same county, born in 1776, and died in 1847. The grandfather, Jacob P. New, emigrated from Holland, and settled in Columbia County in the early years of its settlement. There were four sons and five daughters in the family, of whom Elias was one of the youngest. Jacob P. New was a farmer in moderate circumstances, and died in Columbia County at a very advanced age.
Elias New, the father of our subject, married Miss Ann Ostrander, of Columbia
County, daughter of Wilhelmus Ostrander, whose ancestors were early New Englanders. The death of Mr. New left his widow with ten living children, two daughters and eight sons, of whom our subject is the ninth child and youngest son. She soon moved to Madison County, and resided henceforth near Chittenango with her daughter, Mrs. P. W. Smith. Dying there at the age of seventy-three, in
1850, she was buried beside her husband in the old cemetery at Claverack, Columbia County, N. Y.
The sons of this large family were all farmers; and all spent their lives in Columbia County, with the exception of James, who shortly after his father's death went to Wampsville, where he worked on rented land. He had been reared to farm life and labor, receiving but a limited district-school education. For some years in his early life he was in the stock business, marketing cattle and sheep in the New York City markets. He was married in the town where he now resides, October 10, 1854, to Elizabeth Huyck, of Kinderhook, Columbia County, N. Y., daughter of Jacob P. and Maria (Harder) Huyck. Mr. and Mrs. New have resided all their wedded life on their farm of about one hundred acres, which he bought in
1853, paying fifty dollars per acre. There were poor buildings and few appliances on it at that time; but Mr. New set to work and built his present beautiful home, with convenient barns, stables, and sheds, and all the modern improvements which serve to make farm life to-day so much less irksome and more attractive than in the olden time.
One daughter and four sons have been born to this excellent couple; namely, Edwin James, Augusta Maria, Frank Ellsworth, Clarence Huyck, and Wil1iam S. Edwin is connected with the railroad at Canastota, is married, but has no children. Augusta, unmarried, resides at home. Frank is engaged in railroad business at Grand Rapids, Mich., and is married. Clarence, unmarried, is engaged as a printer at Niagara Falls. William S., single, lives at home on the farm. While none of them are college graduates, they have all received excellent education, and are well-informed, intellectual members of society.
Mr. New and wife and the most of his children are members and supporters of the Presbyterian church of Canastota, of which Mr. New is an elder and an active worker in the affairs of the church. Politically, Mr. New is a Democrat, the candidates of that political party always finding in him a warm advocate and steadfast adherent. In their long lives in Canastota Mr. and Mrs. New have shown themselves true Christian people and admirable neighbors, and their sterling qualities have endeared them to their fellow-citizens.
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