THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  MRS. CLIMENA E. ELMORE, of Cazenovia, a kindly matron, serenely enjoying the ripe autumn of her years, was born in 1811, the eldest of the six daughters of James and Almena (Smith) Thrasher, of this town. The mother was a native of Connecticut. But two of Mrs. Elmore's sisters survive at the present day, namely: Sarah, wife of David Eigabroadt, of Cazenovia; and Mary, wife of Henry White, of Syracuse. George Thrasher, the grandfather of Mrs. Elmore, was from New England, and was one of the first twelve who settled in Cazenovia. On the night of their arrival they slept in the open air, near the site of the present Carpenter residence. He reared four sons and two daughters, and died full of years on his farm, half a mile west of Mrs. Elmore's present home.
  Mrs. Elmore is the widow of Madison Elmore, who was born on the spot where she now resides May 2, 1811, and died here on the 13th of January, 1885, when nearing the seventy-fourth anniversary of his birth, leaving an enviable reputation as a man and citizen. Eliphalet Elmore, the father of Madison, was a native of Connecticut, where he was born in 1778. He died in the town of Cazenovia in 1850, when in his seventy-third year. His wife, whose maiden name was Mabel Pitkin, was also born in Connecticut, the date of her birth being 1777. They came to Madison County with but small means, and purchased of a Mr. Webster one hundred and sixty acres of land, which form a part of the present homestead of one hundred and ninety acres. To them were born four sons and five daughters, their son Madison being the fifth child and third son. The names of their children are as follows: Horace, born in 1804, married Adeline Mitchell; Selah Pitkin, born in 1810, died June 19, 1892, married Maria Wallace; Madison; Elisha, born in 1819, and married Eliza Dodge; Emily, born in 1805; Diana, in 1807; Jane, in 1813; Harriet, in 1817; and Mabel, in 1821. The mother of these children died September 20, 1821, when her daughter Mabel was but an infant. Mr. Elmore was married for the second time to Mrs. Latin, a widow, who bore him one son, Sidney, who married Jane Thompson; and a daughter, Eliza, now the widow of George Peake, of Delphi. Of the eleven children born to Eliphalet Elmore, but three now survive--Elisha, Mabel, and Eliza.
  With the exception of the first few years of her wedded life, Mrs. Elmore has resided at her present home since her marriage, which occurred February 25, 1836. She and her husband became the parents of one son, James, who was reared on the home farm and received a liberal education at the Woodstock and Cazenovia schools. September 27, 1871, he married Amelia Ainsworth, daughter of Leroy and Mary (Carpenter) Ainsworth, both of the town of Cazenovia. Mrs. Ainsworth died in 1883, when sixty-nine years of age, and her husband in 1890, at the age of seventy-eight. They left five children, all of whom are still living. James Elmore and wife have become the parents of five children, two of whom, both sons, died in infancy. The others are: Climena, a young lady of sixteen; Mary, a miss of thirteen years; and Mabel, ten years old. This son and family all reside with his mother on the fine large farm left to her by her husband. He is engaged in its management, and, like his father, has been most successful. He makes a specialty of dairying, keeping a large herd of good grade cattle and a few good horses, and is also engaged in general farming.
  When thirty-three years of age, Madison Elmore united with the Baptist church, of which he remained a consistent member, and in which he was an active worker to the close of his life. He was earnest in the advancement of all true Christian and moral reforms, and a strong advocate of the cause of temperance. In politics he was a Republican, had an intelligent understanding of the principles and policy of his chosen party, and always cast his vote with a view to the advancement of the public good and the best interests of the community in which he lived. He was an affectionate husband and kind father; and his loss was a severe bereavement to his family, and was mourned by the entire community. He sleeps in peace in the beautiful Evergreen Cemetery at Cazenovia.
  We quote from the obituary of Mr. Elmore the following tribute to his worth: "We are again called upon to mourn the loss of one of our honored citizens, who has moved in our midst nearly three-fourths of a century, having been born on the farm where he has toiled and died, and where by honest toil and economy he had accumulated a large fortune. None were sent from his door empty-handed, he being always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy and to speak words of cheer and kindness to those in trouble and sympathize with the distressed." Solaced by the loving care of her son and daughter-in-law, and happy in the society of her grandchildren, Mrs. Elmore passes her declining years in peace, knowing that he who for a short time has left her side has but gone before, and that she may again meet him in that Beautiful City where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.

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