Hotchkin, James H., was born in the town of Wilson, Niagara county, July 25, 1834, a son of A. E. and Electa Hotchkin. His parents came to Niagara county in an early day, locating in Wilson, where they remained until 1838 and then moved to Jackson county, Mich., and remained there until 1853, when they removed to Illinois, where he died in 1858. Mrs. Hotchkin came to Newfane in 1860 and died in 1873. They had nine children: Abram, born in 1830, resides in Porter; Noah, born in 1832, died in 1837; James H.; Edwin, born in 1836; Rose, born in 1838, died in 1863; C. S., born in 1840; Henry born in 1842, died in 1873; Alexander, born 1844, died in infancy, and one half brother and sister. James H. Hotchkin was educated in the common schools and engaged as fireman on the railroad. August 22, 1862, he enlisted at Rochester, in the 19th N. Y. Light Artillery and was wounded in front of Petersburg in the forehead and removed to the hospital where he remained until April 1, 1865, when he was discharged and returned home. He married Frances Michaels of Aurora, Ill., February 28, 1856, and they had six children, four of whom are living: Isabelle, born June 28, 1861; Electa, born December 25, 1867; Clara, born May 21, 1869; Matilda, born June 23, 1871, died September 5, 1882; James, born August 3, 1875; and Edwin, born January 8, 1878, died February 18, 1882. Mr. Hotchkin is a member of Jacob Branker Post No. 547, G. A. R. at Newfane, of which he is sergeant. Mr. Hotchkin is a retired farmer, has a fine home and is a cordial and unassuming gentleman and has a warm place in the hearts of his comrades and neighbors.
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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