CHARLES E. STROUD, a worthy descendant of a pioneer farmer of the town of Lenox, was born May 28, 1832, in Madison County, N.Y., son of Charles and Dardena Stroud. His paternal grandfather migrated from Vermont to this part of New York State when the country was new to white settlers. Buying land and building a humble log cabin, he entered on a farmer's life of the most primitive simplicity in the town of Lenox, where he reared a large family, all now deceased but one, Ira Stroud, who lives in the State of Vermont.
Charles Stroud was but a small boy at the time of his father's removal to this State. He was reared in the town of Lenox, and became a prominent man, known all over the State as a contractor, much employed on government works. The bridges of the New York Central Railroad in this vicinity were built by him, and he was for a number of years Superintendent of the Erie Canal. He owned a farm in Lenox of over six hundred acres. He married and had eight children, two of whom are now living: Charles E., the eldest; and Seward H., a farmer of Canastota. The names of those who died are: Mrs. Eliza Corson, at the age of sixty-five; Albro B., sixty years; Sarah Ann, Mrs. John O. Corson, forty years; Perry G., at fifty-five; Ira, aged eighteen; Adelaide, at the age oŁ seven. The father died at Canastota, after reaching the age of eighty-one. He was Supervisor in the town of Lenox for three terms, and was a Whig in politics. He and his wife, Dardena, were consistent and devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Stroud was born in New York State, and died in Canastota, at the age of eighty-three years. Her father was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Charles E. Stroud was brought up in the town of Lenox, and attended various schools, district and select, completing his studies in the seminary at Cazenovia. Until he was twenty years old he assisted his father on the farm. When he became of age, he started out for himself, and went to the West, where he remained five years, engaged in mercantile business, hotel-keeping, and farming in the States of Wisconsin and Illinois. Returning to New York State about the year 1857, he bought a farm of seventy-seven acres in the town of Lenox. In the course of the next few years he bought and sold different farms, but has now finally settled on the one he bought in 1866, consisting of sixty acres of arable land, on which fine crops of corn, wheat, oats, and hops are raised. He also has a dairy, his cows being of the famous Holstein breed.
In 1852 Mr. Stroud married Miss Sarah P. Benson, a native of England, who died July 18, 1888, leaving one son. He again married July 30, 1890, his bride being Mrs. Eliza Hughes, born in Wales. Charles H., son of our subject, is a railroad engineer, whose home is in Syracuse. In his politics Mr. Stroud is a firm supporter of the Republican party. He belongs to the Congregational church, and is a member of Sullivan Lodge, No. 148, A. F. & A. M. He is a man of more than ordinary intelligence, whose mind has been quickened by contact with the world, who in his varied experiences in different parts of the country has acquired a fund of interesting and valuable information. The name he bears is an honorable one in the records of the county.
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