AUGUSTUS E. BURHYTE, a thriving farmer, of South Brookfield, a noted breeder of carriage horses, was born in North Brookfield, N.Y., February 2, 1853. His grandfather, a tailor by trade, came to this country from Germany. His father, Egbert Burhyte, who was born at Remsen, Oneida County, N.Y., was educated in the district schools, and trained to farming pursuits.
When he was twenty-one years old, he married Miss Pauline Marsh, by whom he had a family of seven children. He died when he had scarcely reached middle life. Some years after the fathers death his widow married a Mr. Crocker, by whom she had no children. She is still living in North Brookfield, N.Y.
Left fatherless when but six years of age, Augustus E. Burhyte remained at home with his mother until twenty-one years of age, being educated in the schools of the town, and as soon as able to work assisting his mother in the management of the farm. When he reached manhood, he was united in marriage to Miss Alicia, daughter of Welcome and Gracia Dennison. She was from New Berlin, N.Y.; but the parents were formerly from Connecticut. This couple had but one child, Earle D., whom they had the misfortune to lose by death at an early age. After two years of marriage the young wife died on the 3d of July, 1878. The second wife of Mr. Burhyte was Miss Jessie Crego, who was a resident of Columbus, Chenango County, at the time of her marriage, but was a native of South Brookfield, N.Y. They have two children, Egbert L. and Bessie E. The grandfather of Mrs. Burhyte was a native of Herkimer, N.Y., and an early settler in the town. Her mother was one of a family of fourteen children. Her people were pioneers of New Berlin, Chenango County.
The farm on which our subject now resides is one of two hundred and forty-three acres, of which a large number are devoted to the culture of hops. He also carries on a dairy of twenty-two cows, yielding about eight hundred pounds of milk per day. He has a widespread reputation for his success in raising stock, and his farm is a Mecca for buyers of sound and reliable carriage horses. Some of the finest in the county have come from his place. Mr. Burhyte is a leading, model farmer of the town; and what he undertakes is generally understood to be a guaranteed success from the first. He is a Free and Accepted Mason, and is also a member of the Grangers. He has not always resided at his present home, having lived for two years in North Brookfield. He is a man who gives close attention to his farm work. His beautiful home and its surroundings are sufficient evidence of what he has accomplished in years of industry. The family attend the Baptist church, and are loyally devoted to its teachings. The principles of the Republican party meet the approval of Mr. Burhyte, and find in the county no more consistent or warmer supporter than he. A sketch of his brother, Dr.
O. W. Burhyte, a leading physician of Madison County, appears elsewhere in this volume.
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