MRS. CAROLINE L. MOTT, widow of Joseph Addison Mott, who died at Hamilton, May 23, 1885, when nearly seventy-six years of age, is a worthy woman and a representative of a highly honorable pioneer family of Madison County. Her deceased husband, Joseph Addison Mott, was born in Bridgewater, Oneida County, on the farm of his father, Joseph Mott, who was a native of Dutchess County, New York, and removed thence with his wife and one child to Madison County about 1800. His wife was by maiden name Susan Germond. John Mott, the grandfather of Joseph Addison Mott, was a farmer of Dutchess County, and removed to Oneida County, where he died in old age. The family came originally from France, and settled on Long Island, the name at that time being written "Le Mott."
Three brothers of this name left their native land together and came to America, and from these brothers have sprung the numerous members of the Mott family that now reside in this country.
Joseph Addison Mott was the sixth child of his parents, they rearing a family of four sons and three daughters, all of whom are now deceased Joseph Mott, the father of these seven children, died in Utica, when about sixty years of age. He had been a successful merchant there for many years, and left to his widow and children a comfortable estate, including a fine farm in Bridgewater, to which his widow removed, and upon which she lived several years. She died in Hamilton at the home of her eldest son, Smith Mott, when she was about eighty-three years of age, retaining her mental faculties to the last.
The maiden name of Mrs. Mott, the subject of this sketch, was Crocker; and she is a daughter of Amos and Mary (Owen) Crocker, both of Rensselaer County, New York. She was married at her present home in Hamilton in 1832, it having been erected by her father about that time. He was a merchant in Hamilton for some years; and his wife, who died at about the age of sixty, was the mother of six children, of whom Mrs. Mott was the third child and the eldest daughter. All of these children are still living but Althea, who became the wife of Judge Blodgett, of Chicago, and died at Waukegan, Wis., about 1886, when past middle life. Mrs. Mott lost an infant son, Edward Eugene, and has two children living, namely: Susan Jeanette, widow of William H. Cobb, living in St. Louis, Mo., and who has one son and one daughter; and David Crocker, of Hamilton, N.Y., who is married, and has a son. and daughter.
Mrs. Mott is a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal church, as was also her late husband. She is living on the old homestead, a large and attractive house on the west side of the public square in Hamilton, and one of the ancient landmarks of this pretty, thriving village. Mr. Mott, though beginning life with but a few hundred dollars, was so industrious and such a successful manager that at the time of his death he was possessed of a fine estate, which he left to his widow; and she is thus enabled to live in comfort and ease, and to enjoy the society of many friends. Her excellence of character and the charm of her disposition have made her liked and esteemed by all; and, though now in her seventy-eighth year and in somewhat impaired health, she yet possesses all her mental faculties to a remarkable degree, and is one of the intelligent, interesting, and good women of the village of Hamilton.
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