LEANDER W. BURROUGHS, though comparatively a young man, has met with unusual success in life, both as a farmer and as a hop merchant, his location in Morrisville being especially favorable for the buying and selling of hops, as New York is probably the leading State in the Union in hop culture, and Madison, moreover, one of its most productive counties.
Mr. Burroughs was born in the town of Stockbridge, Madison County, January 21,
1845, a son of William Burroughs, who was born in Lincklaen, Chenango County, N.Y., April 20, 1814. William Burroughs, being very young at the time of the death of his father, was reared by his mother and his step-father on the farm, and while growing to manhood learned the cooper's trade. In 1834 he went to Cicero, Onondaga County, where in company with his brother-in-law, Andrew
Parker, he purchased a large tract of land, and engaged in farming there until 1837, when, selling their land, they returned to Madison County, bought another large tract in Stockbridge Valley, and there engaged in dairy farming. They also established a cooper shop and a cheese-box factory, and operated a saw-mill and a grist-mill, all of which is evidence of the enterprise and business capacity of the two gentlemen. After continuing in partnership until 1855, they divided their stock and lands, Mr. Burroughs remaining on his farm until his death in February, 1880. William Burroughs married Laura Parker, who was born in what is now the town of Stockbridge, April 16, 1813, and lives at the present time in Pratt's Hollow in the town of Eaton, past eighty years of age, bright and
cheerful, a Methodist in religion. She was a daughter of Joel Parker, who was born in Wallingford, Conn., and was a son of Gamaliel Parker, supposed to have been a life-long resident of that place. The wife of Gamaliel Parker was Martha Parker, no relative, though of the same name. She survived her husband many years, and spent her last days in the State of New York.
Joel Parker, the maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, after living in his native State until 1805, emigrated, together with his wife and one child, to the State of New York, making the journey overland by means of ox-teams, bringing with him all his earthly possessions, and being three weeks on
the way. Settling in what was then Oneida County, now Madison County, and remaining there ten or eleven years, he then bought a tract of land in the town of Stockbridge, now known as the True farm, which he occupied some years, and then exchanged it for one in Stockbridge Valley, to which he removed. For many years after his arrival in the State of New York there were neither canals nor railroads; and Albany, one hundred miles distant, was the nearest market for
the surplus products of his farm and the nearest depot of supplies. The people lived principally upon what they raised on their farms; and the grandmother of Mr. Burroughs, during her early married life, was accustomed to card and spin, and weave the cloth from which she afterward made the clothing for her family. Selling his valley farm, Mr. Parker removed to Georgetown, and there sojourned
till he died in a good old age. His wife, whose maiden name was Albacinda Bunnell, was born in Connecticut. She spent her last years with her children, and died at an advanced age. The parents of the subject reared seven children; namely, Laperla, Lois S., Celinda B., Almina, Leander W., Lorenzo J., and Ella M., all of whom are living but Laperla and Almina.
Leander W. Burroughs received his early education in the district schools, and afterward attended Hamilton union schools three years. Having reached his majority, he bought one hundred and thirty-five acres of land in the town of Smithfield, and engaged in general farming and in the culture of hops. Being successful in both lines, he at different times bought other lands, until at one time he owned over three hundred acres. Remaining on his farm, engaged as stated, until December, 1882, he then removed to the village of Morrisville, where he has since resided, owning eight acres in the village and fifty acres one mile to the south. November 6, 1867, he married Emogene Adams, who was
born in Sullivan, Madison County. Her father, the late George Adams, was a native of Herkimer County and a son of Dudley Adams. George Adams was well educated in his youth, and for some years taught school, but during a great part of his life was chiefly engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died in Cazenovia in December, 1882, three months after the death of his wife, in September of the same year. The maiden name of Mrs. Adams was Mary Forbes.
Mrs. Burroughs is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics Mr. Burroughs is a Republican. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens by election to various offices, having represented the town of Smithfield on the County Board of Supervisors three terms, and having served as Sheriff of Madison County one full term, from 1888 to 1891. Fraternally, Mr. Burroughs is a Mason, holding membership in Morrisville Lodge, No. __. He has been frequently called upon to represent his party in county, Congressional, and State conventions. He takes an active interest in local public affairs, always contributing liberally to the support of enterprises wisely planned to promote the common weal. He has been for about eight years a working member of the Madison County Hop-growers' Association, being a leader in all matters pertaining to this great local industry, the culture of hops.
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