The subject of this sketch was born in Orange Co., N. Y., Jan. 21, 1797. He moved, with his father, Simeon Thomas, into the town of Lafayette, which was then a part of Onondaga township, in the spring of 1817, thiis being an early settler. He entered into the unbroken forest, and began to make for himself a home. He contended successfully against all the hardships of a pioneer life, wild beasts included.
On Jan. 21, 1819, he married Laura, daughter of Paul King, also an early comer into this county. By this union there were born ten children, nine of whom are now living. His father gave him fifty acres of good land, to which, by industry and economy, being also assisted by a moat excellent wife, he added three hundred and fifty acres more. This enabled him to give to each of his sons a good farm. He planted the first apple orchard in his part of the town. He is remembered as being forward in the development of the country, in town improvements, the establishment of schools, and the support of religion. He and his wife were consistent members of the Congregational church. He would not accept town office, but being an efficient and trustworthy man of business was oft«n employed to settle estates. He was often on the grand jury, but always discouraged litigation, and prevented many lawsuits. He died, in the midst of his usefulness, May 29, 1865. In the words of a fellow townsman, " He was an honest man, a good citizen, and cannot be too highly commended."
Of the two sons who insert this sketch, Harrison resides upon the farm redeemed from the wilderness by his father's hands, and Albert upon a large farm adjoining. They are excellent farmers, shrewd, upright business men; not aspiring to office, but highly respected citizens.