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Curtiss Harding was born in Palermo October 31, 1882 a son of Beriah C., a native of Madison county, born in 1800, who was a son of Theodore and Betsey Clapp Harding, natives of Massachusetts. Theodore came to Palermo soon after the war of 1812 where he and his wife spent their last days. Beriah also spent his life in Palermo. His wife was Polly, daughter of Harlow Johnson, born at Pompey Hill, Onondaga county, in September 1802. She was at the home of Dr. Tibballs at Manlius who was captain of a company of militia at the time they received the call  to march to Oswego and by request of the captain she visited the house of Seymour, father of ex-governor Horatio Seymour, and borrowed his sword for the captain. Their children are Betsey J., Riley T., Jane N., Curtiss Henry and Frank. He died in 1869 and she in July, 1892, aged ninety-two. Curtiss has devoted his time chiefly to farming. From 1857 to 1877 he resided in Herkimer and Otsego counties, returning to Palermo and Volney, and in 1884 to West Monroe and purchased his present farm.  He is now serving his third term as assessor.  In 1856 he married Cornelia, daughter of Cyrus Alford of Cedarville, Herkimer county, and their children are Dr. C. F., D.D.S., of Cleveland, who graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, class of 88 and Beriah C., who resides at home.


Source: Churchill, John C.  Landmarks of Oswego County, New York. Syracuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Company, Publishers, 1895, p. 211.



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