THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


    (his) (wife)  R. DUNCAN ROBERTSON was born May 2, 1852, on the farm that he now owns and occupies in the town of Fenner. The great-grandfather of our subject, John Robertson, came to the town of Fenner in 1800, making the journey through the trackless forest by no other guide, than marked trees, and took up one hundred acres of land, on which our subject now lives. He died in the town of Lenox, at the age of seventy. His son, Robert Robertson, grandfather of R. Duncan, came with his father, and assisted in clearing the farm and erecting their log cabin, which had to be the home of the family for many years. In these wild woods their slumbers were often broken by the growl of the bear and the shriek of the wildcat; but they were firm and stout of heart, and, putting their trust in Providence, and keeping a steady outlook with their trusty rifles, they passed unharmed through many perilous days. The family of Grandfather Robertson consisted of three sons and one daughter, of whom two are now living: Daniel, residing in Joliet, Ill.; and Robert, in Colton, Cal. The daughter, who was Mrs. Margaret Morrison of the town of Lenox, died at the age of sixty-five years. Robert Robertson died on the old home farm, at the age of seventy-two years.
   John Robertson, the father of our subject, was the eldest son, and grew to manhood on his father's farm in the town of Fenner, and was about thirty-three years of age when he married Miss Christianna McPherson, of Fulton County, New York. He was a stirring and enterprising farmer, and accumulated wealth, owning three hundred acres of land. He took an active part in the management of his farm and in the interests of his town. He was Commissioner of Highways for nine years, Overseer of the Poor for one year, and held other offices in the gift of the people. He was accidentally killed by a runaway team on the 14th of June, 1882, at the age of sixty-five years. His widow survived him only four months, dying October 22, 1882. They were Presbyterians, and were true and consistent members of that church. He was a Republican in politics, and followed faithfully the maxims and principles of his party.
   R. Duncan Robertson was reared on the home farm, first attended the district school, and for three winters the Peterboro Academy, finishing at the Oneida Seminary. He was anxious to become a surveyor, and studied very closely; but on account of his father's ill-health he was obliged to return home and take charge of the farm. He was married July 25, 1875, to Miss Frances A. Greenfield, who was born in the town of Lenox, daughter of Levi Greenfield, a farmer of that town. The latter was born in 1815; and he and his wife, who died in 1890, at the age of seventy-five, were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They had twelve children. Our subject brought his wife home to the old farm. Here he raises hay, barley, and hops, as the main crops. He is one of the most influential farmers in the vicinity, and has as productive crops and fine cattle as anyone in this section. He manages his farm himself, and does not hesitate to put his own handiwork and strength in the necessary labor. To his excellent wife and himself Providence has given five children, four boys and one girl; namely, John L., Daniel R., Walter D., Miles E., and Grace Edna.
   Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, although of the sturdiest Scotch Presbyterian ancestry, have not professed membership with any church, but are liberal and broad-minded in their religious views. In politics Mr. Robertson is an outspoken Republican, and has served as delegate under its banner to the State Convention. For four years he has been Constable, and for nine years Assessor of the town. He also holds the office of Supervisor of the town of Fenner, having served previously for one term. Fraternally, he is a Free and Accepted Mason, being a member of Lodge No. 231 at Canastota. He is also a member of Lodge No. 313 at Clockville, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The ordinary expression in reference to Mr. Robertson is, "He is a pleasant man to meet"; and this distinguishing trait of urbanity and cordiality has followed him all through life.

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