THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   NATHAN S. WHITFORD was born in Brookfield, N.Y., August 4, 1854. His great-great-grandfather was Joshua Whitford, a native of Connecticut, who settled in Rensselaer County, at a place now called Berlin. His great-grandfather was also named Joshua, and was born in 1765. He was one of the earliest known settlers of Madison County, having bought a tract of land here in 1794. This place is still owned by his descendants. The grandfather, William Whitford, was from Berlin, and came with his father to Brookfield, where he was reared to agricultural pursuits, and where he resided until his death. The father of our subject was Silas Whitford. He was born in the town of Brookfield, and followed agricultural pursuits on the old home farm until his death, in 1892. His wife was Mary, daughter of Nathan Birch, of Rhode Island. They reared seven children--Charlotte, William J., Caroline B., Orson, Mina, Nathan, and Mary.
   Nathan, of whom we write, was born in Brookfield, and enjoyed the best advantages of education from the excellent district schools of his town, and assisted his father in the management of the farm until the age of thirty-three years, when he purchased his present home, Spring Brook farm. At the same age he married Miss Angie Clark, daughter of Edwin Clark, of Westerly, R.I. They have one child--Arthur. Mr. Whitford is a Seventh-day Baptist, this having been the religion of his ancestors for generations, his grandfather, William Whitford, having been for years a Deacon in that church. He also adheres to the prevailing political opinions of his family in being a Prohibitionist, as they are all devoted to the cause of temperance, and bitterly opposed to the liquor traffic.
   Mr. Whitford comes from a long line of ancestry, which is closely identified with the early history of Madison County. The first of the family in this section had literally to mark his way by blazed trees when he started to lay out his home in this new country. In his actual experience of encounters with the savage animals of the forest and the deadly whizz of the stealthy Indian's arrow, he realized all the dreadful terrors which seem incredible to read of today. These family histories, which are so prized and carefully preserved, are more accurate and interesting to those personally concerned than any general historical work could be, and will serve as potent factors in the centuries to come in illustrating what the forefathers of this republic underwent in opening this glorious country.

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