Niagara County

1897 Biography - Silas Lum

Lum, Silas, Somerset, one of the oldest settlers and pioneers of Niagara county, was born in Otsego county in 1814, and came with his parents to Somerset in 1819, settling on the farm he now owns. He endured all the hardships incident to pioneer life, the country at that time being the home of the Indians and wild beasts, and with the exception of now and then an occasional clearing and pioneer cabin, as wild as nature made it. His father went to Chautauqua county, where he settled on a farm, erected a cabin, cleared the farm and then sold his improvements. He died in 1843 and his mother in 1876, at the ripe old age of ninety-three years. Mr. Lum has two brothers living, one, Chauncy, living in Lyndon, and one, James, living near Kalamazoo, Mich. His only sister, Lucy, died in 1860. Mr. Lum never married and is now enjoying the fruits of honest labor well rewarded. He is a member of the Niagara County Pioneers' Picnic Association.

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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