Edward George was born at Arkville, town of Middletown, Delaware county,
New York in 1819, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Tremper) George. Henry
settled near Arkville (Dry Brook) prior to Edward's birth, purchasing 160
acres of wild land. After building a log house, he cleared off the heavy
growth of timber and built a sawmill. In the War of 1812, Henry served
in the American Army as a musician and received a monthly pension of $8.00.
Edward received his education in a log school house, district #20. At
the age of 19 he learned coopering (one who makes wooden tubs and casks).
About this time, his marriage took place to Olive Todd, daughter of Lyman
Todd and Mary Craft. After buying the homestead farm on Dry Brook, he built
a new frame house and a new sawmill. After he finished clearing the land
he bought more acres; in time, he owned 575 acres. The timber was worked
up in his mill and then sold, mostly in the neighborhood, though a small
quantity was shipped to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He seemed to be a very
prosperous farmer, producing bushels of rye, oats, buckwheat, and Irish
potatoes along with wool, butter and maple sugar.
By these enterprises he was able to leave a comfortable fortune when
he died at the age of 71 in the year 1890.
Children of Edward GEORGE and Olive TODD are:
1. Amasa J. GEORGE, born 24 July 1843 in Arkville, Delaware county,
New York; died 28 January 1915 in Arkville, Delaware county, New York.
2. Catherine Helen George, born 28 March 1848 in Arkville, Delaware
county, New York. She married Abraham Broadkill 18 January 1872 in Deans
Corners, Delaware county, New York.
Submitted May 3, 1997 by Christine Van Kleeck