Corwin, Phineas H., was born in the town of Newfane, March 9, 1835, a son of Phineas H. Corwin, sr., who was born in Orange county, N. Y., and came to Niagara county in a very early day, when the country was entirely new, and engaged in farming on the Hess Road, where all was a wilderness. Mr. Corwin, sr., married Elvira Sawyer, and they had five children: William V., resides in Newfane; Phineas H., jr., Mary F., married Mr. Brown and lives on the Hess Road; Orlando D., died March 17, 1854, on his seventeenth birthday; and Adaline R., who died December 13, 1858. Mr. Corwin died at the age of fifty-eight years and Mrs. Corwin at the age of seventy-eight. Mr. P. H. Corwin received his early education at the Newfane schools, finishing at the academy at Lima, after which he engaged in teaching winters and farming summers. He has been engaged in the piano and organ business in Newfane, also in the fruit evaporating business. He has a section of land in Nebraska, and a farm in Michigan, eighty-four acres in Newfane where he resides, fifty-two northeast of his home and property in the city of Lockport; he has sixty acres of fruit on his home farm and has a fine nursery of peach trees. Mr. Corwin was a director of the Orleans and Niagara County Insurance Company for several years, for six years was a director in the Niagara County Agricultural Society, vice president two years and president for two years; during his administration the society was in a flourishing condition. On January 1, 1861, he married Mary A. Phillips; she is the daughter of James C. Phillips who was a soldier during the Civil war and held the rank of lieutenant. They had nine children: Charles D., William H., Burt, Arthur, Norton (deceased), Leighton, Sarah E., wife of Twiston Burgess of Lockport, May and Ray. Mr. Corwin has been assessor of his town for three years, served two years as supervisor and was the nominee of the Republican party for school commissioner in 1882. He is a third degree Mason, joining in 1863. Mr. Corwin is a member of the Baptist church and for nine years was clerk of the Niagara Baptist Association. His wife is a member of the Methodist church.
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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