THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  JOHN H. NORTHROP, one of the most prominent and useful citizens of the town of Eaton, a representative of an early pioneer family and of various lines of activity, was born in the town of Fenner, August 15, 1835. He is a son of Sylvester and Mahala (Kimball) Northrop, the first-named of whom was a son of Barzilla, and Abigail (Rockwood) Northrop. Barzilla Northrop was born in Lenox, Mass., and removed thence to Mile Strip in the town of Fenner in 1806, being one of the earliest settlers of that town. He made his journey to this county by means of ox-teams, settled in the woods on a farm of one hundred and twenty-three acres, and erected a modest log cabin, in which he lived several years, in the mean time clearing his land, cultivating his farm, and laying the foundations for a permanent home in this new country. Many were the hardships experienced by him and his family, and many were the pleasures they enjoyed; for no condition of life is without its bright side. Five of his six children grew to mature years, but all are now deceased. He himself died on the farm on which he first settled, having been in his day a prominent and honored citizen of his adopted State, well known as Captain Northrop of the State militia. In politics he was a Whig, and both he and his wife were members of the old school Presbyterian church. They died when full of years, mourned by a large circle of friends.
  Sylvester Northrop was also a native of Massachusetts, born in 1792, and came to Mile Strip with his father when still a young lad. The farm he purchased in later years adjoined that oŁ his father. He was twice married, first, when twenty-one years of age, to Lucinda Lathrop, who died leaving two children; and for the second time to Mahala Kimball, who was born in Oriskany Falls, Oneida County, N.Y. By these two marriages Mr. Northrop was the father of twelve children, of whom these are now living, namely: Abbie Lawrence, by first wife; Sylvester,. Amelia, Stafford, Laura Ketchum, John, Charles, Joseph, Armina, Hubbard, and Hattie, by the second. The father died on his farm in the town of Fenner, at sixty-one years of age, highly respected by all who knew him. He was always a hard-working and honest man. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church, and in politics was a Whig. His widow died when she was sixty-eight years old.
  John H. Northrop was born in the town of Fenner; and there grew to manhood's estate, assisting his father in the management of the farm. His education, which is of a more comprehensive nature than that received by even many young men of the present day, was secured first in the district schools, and later in Peterboro Academy and in Cazenovia Seminary. When eighteen years of age, he began teaching school in Madison County, and continued in the exercise of this profession till 1870. Then, purchasing an interest in a general merchandise store at Munnsville, he was engaged in trade two years. In 1873 he removed to West Eaton, and here engaged in the milling business. At the present time he conducts a grist-mill, a saw-mill, and a cidermill, all three of which give him plenty to do. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens by election to the office of Justice of the Peace, and has served continuously from 1876 to the present time. He is a member of Farmers' Grange, No. 873, oŁ West Eaton, and in politics is a Republican. 
  Mr. Northrop was married in 1871 to Lizzie Gallup, who was born in the town of Fenner, a daughter of Lyman and Fannie Gallup, of that town. Mr. and Mrs. Gallup had a family of five children, all of whom are living. Mr. Gallup died when about sixty-five years of age, and his wife when eighty-seven. In politics he was a Whig; and both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, as are their daughter and her husband at the present time. Mr. and Mrs. Northrop take an active interest in both religious and educational work and in everything, in fine, that tends to advance the material and moral interests of the community in which they live. Thus, acting well their part, they are held in merited respect.

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