THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JEFFERSON NEW, dairyman and hop-grower of the town of Lenox, was born at Clockville in 1838. His father, Simeon P. New, who was born in Columbia County, New York, in 1813, was the fifth child of the eight sons and two daughters of Elias New, all of whom are now dead but one, James C. New, in whose biographical sketch, on another page, is given an account of the ancestry of the family. Mr. Simeon P. New was a farmer, as his father had been before him. He married about the year 1835 Sarah Lynk, of Columbia County, daughter of Zachariah and Catherine Lynk, by whom he had eight children, four sons and four daughters, of whom two sons and one daughter are still living. They are: Jefferson, of this sketch; Joanna W., widow of Asa E. New, living in Chicago. Ill., with one son and one daughter; and Martin V., residing in Oneida, N.Y., who has one son. Mr. New died at the home of his son Jefferson in 1860. His widow was married again, to Peter F. Mesick. She died in Columbia County, June, 1877, aged sixty-one years.
   Our subject was brought up to farm life, and received the greater part of his education in the old stone school-house half a mile west of his home, finishing with one term's attendance at the Oneida Seminary. February 7, 1861, he married Miss Marietta Van Brocklin, of Oneida, N.Y., daughter of Garret and Regina L. (Cooper) Van Brocklin. Mr. Van Brocklin died in 1882, at the age of seventy-seven. His widow still lives on the farm near Oneida, and in full possession of her faculties, at the advanced age of eighty-five years. She has had eleven children, of whom five sons and four daughters are still living.
   Mr. and Mrs. New have been blessed with five children, three sons and two daughters: namely, Charles E., Sarah Regina, Herman V., and Tilden G. Their first child, an infant, is an angel in heaven. Of the living children, Charles E., a farmer of the town of Smithfield, married a Miss Maud Shaver, and has two daughters. Sarah married J. Will Caswell, and resides in Chicago, where the husband is connected with Marshall, Field & Co.'s mercantile establishment. They have one daughter. Herman V. is also a resident of Chicago, employed in the wholesale department of Marshall, Field & Co. Tilden G., nineteen years of age, remains at home, unmarried and assisting in the management of the farm, which was settled in 1839. This family are all well educated, and Herman is a graduate of a business college.
   Mr. Jefferson New runs a large dairy, with from twenty to twenty-seven cows, and supplies a great number of customers in Canastota with milk. For the past fourteen years he has been extensively engaged in hop-growing, having from seven to ten acres under cultivation, and getting from thirty-five dollars to three hundred dollars per acre, and gathering as high as fourteen hundred pounds to the acre. He has one hundred and fifty acres in his farm, on which he carries on general husbandry. In politics he follows the course of his ancestors, who were all sterling Democrats. He has never sought office, but was at one time Collector of the town of Lenox. He is an Odd Fellow, and has served his lodge as Chaplain. Both Mr. New and his wife are strict and professed Presbyterians, leading Christian lives, and finding joy and comfort in their children, who, having received moral and religious training, have not ceased to walk in wisdom's ways and to show their grateful appreciation of their parents' loving care.

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