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1897 Biography - Charles D. Silsby

Silsby, Charles D., was born in Monroe county, N.Y., February 27, 1830, and is a son of William C. and Mary Sophia Silsby. William C. Silsby was born in Windsor, Vt., and Mrs. Silsby in New York; they came to Niagara county in 1842, settling in the town of Hartland, where he was an edged tool manufacturer. There were eleven children in this family: Jay, died in the army; Alfred and John, both deceased; Charles J., George W., John, Dewitt, Horace, Elizabeth, Emma and Lydia. John was in the army and was shot through the left lung at Antietam, but recovered and is now living. William Silsby died June 22, 1895, and his wife in 1893. They were strong advocates of temperance and lived up to it. Charles D. Silsby married Sarah Bordwell, January 1, 1852, daughter of Enoch and Malah Bordwell. Mr. Bordwell was born January 31, 1807, in New York, and Mrs. Bordwell January 22, 1810, in Massachusetts. They came to Niagara county in 1835, locating in Royalton, where he engaged in farming. They had eleven children: Laura, Jonathan, Adelbert, Altah, Hiram (was killed in the battle of Cold Harbor), Orville, Lucy Welcher (wife of Andrew Welcher), Robert, Roxy Wisner. Mr. and Mrs. Silsby are the parents of eight children: William Cady, born January 10, 1853, resides with his parents; Myron W., born December 19, 1854, resides in Hartland; Mary Agnes Reed, born June 10, 1857, resides on the Ridge in 'Hartland; Judson D., born November 10, 1859, died May 22, 1861; Emma Pierson, born January 10, 1862, died August 12, .1895; Hiram J., born July 11, 1864, resides in Hartland; Clara O. Seward, born August 3, 1867, resides in Hartland; and Addie E. Vedder, born December 30, 1870, died March 10, 1897, and left a husband and two children. Mr. Silsby is a member of the A. O. U. W. and is a stalwart Republican. He has a fine, well improved farm of 133 acres, with a fine residence and barns; the barns he framed himself and built the walls. They are entertaining and hospitable people, and are enjoying the fruits of honest industry.

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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