JOHN MARSHALL TUFTS was born in Ava, Oneida County, N.Y., March 18, 1847. His grandfather was Samuel Tufts, of Boston, Mass.; and his father, John Marshall Tufts, Sr., was born in Canada, and moved to Verona, N.Y., where he
pursued the occupation of farming for many years. His wife was by maiden name Miss Maria Franklin, of Remsen, Oneida County, N.Y., whom he married September 20, 1838. He died November 30, 1886, at the age of sixty-nine years. Our subject was one of nine children, of whom five are now living, namely: Helen M., the widow of S. W. Cheever, and residing in Clarksville, Ia.; Martha Ann, wife of W. B. Osgood, of Verona; James Franklin, a graduate of the class of 1872, Hamilton College, and now an eminent lawyer of Atchison, Kan., where he has lived for seventeen years; Charles Herbert, a farmer, living at Vernon, Oneida County; and John Marshall.
The latter, of whom we write, was reared to farm work, and also received a liberal education at the Vernon Academy. He started in life for himself at the early age of nineteen, hiring his father's farm for two years. He was married December 13, 1870, to Miss Lydia A. Fish, of Vernon, who was born in Augusta, N.Y., December 13, 1848, and is the daughter of David and Catherine Fish, both of Oneida County. Her father died September 30, 1857, leaving his widow with five children, of whom two daughters and one son survive, namely: R. J. Fish, a prominent lawyer of Oneida; Mary, wife of Henry Jacobs, of Vernon; and Lydia, wife of the subject of this sketch. The mother still lives at Vernon.
Mr. and Mrs. Tufts moved from Vernon to Stockbridge in 1873, and in the latter place carried on general farming on a place of fifty acres for fifteen years. In February, 1888, they came to Wampsville, where they now live on a magnificent farm of two hundred and fourteen acres, the property of Mrs. Marion Moore, of Clinton, Oneida County, to whom they pay a rent of nine hundred dollars per year. This farm is considered one of the finest in the town, it being all good and highly productive land. Mr. Tufts has recently erected on this place a splendid barn, which cost about two thousand dollars. It is fifty by ninety-five feet, with stone basement, and room for stabling fifty-seven cows. He carries on an extensive milk business, selling over three hundred quarts per day to the citizens of Oneida. His farming is also on a similarly large scale, he having forty acres of sweet corn alone for canning, and using the stalks for ensilage in his silo, the latter being twenty by twenty feet, thus showing his provident nature in providing for his cattle in winter. He also keeps six fine horses, which are splendid specimens of equine strength and endurance. Mr. Tufts has improved this property very much since he rented it, and Mrs. Moore is fortunate in possessing such an enterprising tenant.
Mr. and Mrs. Tufts have been blessed with five children, namely: Robert James, a farmer and milk-dealer near Wampsville, who married Miss Delia Stisser--they have one son, Myron; Arthur John, residing in Utica.; Mary Louise, a graduate of the class of 1892, Oneida High School, who is now a teacher; Kate M., aged fifteen, a student at the Oneida High School; and Ernest Marshall, aged nine
years. Mrs. Tufts began teaching school at the age of sixteen years, and was a successful teacher up to the time of her marriage, and has since kept herself in touch with the intellectual progress of the day. In politics Mr. Tufts is a Republican, and a very firm advocate of the principles of his party. The family are Presbyterian in religion, and give evidence in their lives of the sincerity of their Christian belief. Mr. and Mrs. Tufts have many warm friends, who rejoice in their prosperity and wish for them increased success.
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