THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JOHN BETTINGER was born in March, 1823, in the town of Sullivan, a son of Leonard and Laney (Lower) Bettinger, natives of the State of New York. The grandfather, Baltis Bettinger, was born in Germany, and upon arriving in America settled in the valley of the Mohawk. He afterward moved to the town of Sullivan, and took up six hundred acres of land. He was an early settler here, and a prominent man among the people. He had a family of six sons, all of whom are dead. He died in the town of Manlius, at the age of eighty years. The father of our subject was a farmer, and owned and worked two hundred acres of land. He lived to the venerable age of eighty-four, dying in the year 1863. His wife died in 1870, at the age oŁ eighty years. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Chittenango, N.Y. Mr. Bettinger was a Democrat in politics. His family consisted of eight sons and three daughters, of whom only two survive, John and Jacob. The latter resides on the old home farm in the town of Sullivan, N.Y.
   It was not the privilege of John Bettinger to receive a college education, for those institutions of learning were then very few; but he made the best use of what he could gain in the district schools, and, when not studying, assisted his father in the toilsome labors of the field, and helped his mother in her duties around the home, thus evincing his filial love to her who had not only her ordinary domestic work to do, but also was compelled to card, weave, spin, and make clothes for the family. He was twenty-one years of age be fore he ever wore a tailor-made suit. Upon reaching manhood, he bought a farm of one hundred and fifteen acres in the town of Sullivan. In 1848 he married Miss Sarah Richards, who was a native of the town of Sullivan. The home of this estimable couple has been blessed with thirteen children, ten of whom survive: Cornelia, Mrs. W. S. Siver, of Chittenango, N.Y.; Frank, residing in Chittenango; Austin J., a farmer in the town of Sullivan, N.Y.; Marcus C. and George K., both in California; Edwin N., in Oregon; Richard C., on the home farm; Horatio Seymour, in California; Damon, at home; and John L., in Syracuse. Minnie E. died at the age of twenty-five years, Edwin at the age of eight, and an infant unnamed. In 1876 Mr. Bettinger bought the farm of one hundred and twenty-five acres on which he now resides. Here he is engaged in general farming, and has a fine herd of from twenty to thirty head of Jersey and Holstein cattle. To this stock he devotes a great deal of attention, and with wonderful success.
   Mr. and Mrs. Bettinger are liberal and independent in their religious views, believing in the broad mantle of Christian charity and the inherent right of each to follow his own opinions. In politics Mr. Bettinger is one of the most earnest supporters of the Democratic party. By unremitting industry and perseverance he has acquired a well-improved farm, on which he has reached a comfortable state of independence and prosperity. Liberal-minded in his dealings with his neighbors, as in his religion, he knows no creed or politics in his relations with his fellow-men, and is universally respected and esteemed in his town and county, as is also his estimable wife.

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