Niagara County

1897 Biography - James H. Childs

Childs, James H., was born in Lewiston, N. Y., July 3, 1843, a son of Sanford and Elizabeth (McGregor) Childs. He was educated in the old Lewiston Academy and his life occupation has been farming, which he has been practically engaged in until 1890 when he was appointed deputy collector of customs, a position he still holds with ability and success. He is a veteran of the war of the Rebellion, enlisting on December 26, 1863, in Company L, 8th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and serving until the close of the war, being honorably discharged July 10, 1865. He served with the Army of the James and participated in eleven pitched battles, including Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, North Anna River, Deep Bottom and all the fighting about Petersburg. He was wounded at North Anna River and was confined in the hospital for some time. He enlisted as a private, was promoted to corporal and was acting sergeant at the close of the war. He is a member of Mabon Post No. 125 and has been junior vice-commander; he is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, lodge No. 551, Ransomville, and of the Odd Fellows, Sacariss Lodge No. 307, as well as of the A. O. U. W. No. 307. In 1871 Mr. Childs married Helen Schaefer, who died leaving no children, and on February 3, 1875, he married Anna Tisdale and they had five children: Clara, Elizabeth (married Dr. Sheppard of Cattaraugus county), Mary Edna, James Edward, Joseph E. and Howard T. One son, Charles, died June 6, 1889. Mr. Childs has been a life long Republican and cast his first vote for Lincoln (second term) at City Point, Va. He has held several town offices, having been highway commissioner twice, collector and inspector of election.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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