From the Biographical Review, Volume XXXIII, located at the Durham
Transcribed by Celeste MacCormack.
HENRY T. BOTSFORD, a leading farmer of Greenville, Greene
County, N.Y., was born in this town on December 18, 1845, son of Dr. Gideon and
Maria L. (Tallmadge) Botsford. Dr. Botsford’s grandfather, Gideon Botsford,
Sr., resided in Newtown, Conn. He was possessed of liberal means, had large
influence in his community, and represented his town in the councils of his
State. Amos, one of his thirteen children and the grandfather of Henry T.
Botsford, was born in Newtown on February 13, 1780.
Having obtained an academic education, Amos Botsford entered upon the study of
medicine at the age of eighteen years, received his diploma at twenty-one years,
and immediately afterward came to the new town of Greenville and settled for the
practice of his profession. Dr. Amos Botsford was married on September 20, 1801,
to Elizabeth Clark, daughter of Joseph Clark, of Connecticut; and his
house-keeping began in what has been known as the Ell. Knowles place. A few
years after he purchased a lot and built the house in which Pierce Stevens now
resides. Later he purchased of Jonathan Sherrill the lot and dwelling now
occupied by his son-in-law, Dr. B. S. McCabe, and there resided until his death.
“For many years Dr. Amos Botsford was the only physician of standing or
professional ability in this section of the country, consequently his services
were much sought and his labors were arduous. His custom when visiting his
patients was to ride on horseback. Few men possessed a finer physique than the
Doctor. Of dignified appearance, he commanded the respect of all, even at first
sight. He was a faithful, intelligent, and successful practitioner for over
fifty years. He represented his town in the Board of Supervisors in the years
1826, 1827, 1831, 1834, and 1849. He was one of the incorporators of Greenville
Academy. He was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church in Greenville, and
for many years an acting Elder in it. He died August 16, 1863. His wife died
December 3, 1855.
“There were born to them two sons and two daughters. Eliza, the eldest, born
June 5, 1807, was married to Charles Callender, and died April 4, 1871, leaving
three children, John, Charles, and David. Of these John is engaged in the
manufacture of brick in Boston. Charles (deceased) was a manufacturer of paint
in Newark, N.J. David is now deceased. Clark Botsford, the second child of Dr.
Amos, was born September 15, 1808. He was graduated from Union College at the
age of nineteen. He then studied law, and subsequently practised his profession
in the western part of the State. Mary L., the youngest child, married Dr. B. S.
McCabe, and has continued to reside in the house where she was born and in which
her parents died.”
Gideon Botsford, third child of Dr. Amos, and father of Henry T. Botsford, was
born on June 5, 1811. He obtained a good education at Greenville Academy, and
subsequently, in 1832, was graduated from the Fairfield Medical College. He
began the practice of medicine with his father, and for fifty years continued to
devote his entire energies to the work of the profession he so much loved. Like
his father he was a man of commanding appearance and agreeable address, and like
him he won and enjoyed the respect and confidence of the community. Ever active,
and having in view the improvement of his native village, he never lost an
opportunity to promote the public welfare. He was for many years an Elder of the
Presbyterian church, of which from early life he was a faithful member. He
served as a prominent member of the Board of Trustees of Greenville Academy. The
Doctor’s wife, Maria L., was the daughter of Dr. Henry Tallmadge, and a sister
of Mrs. John G. Hart. (See sketch of John G. Hart.) Of the four children born to
her, two are living - Henry T. and Anna M. Dr. Botsford was a Democrat in
politics, and served the town as Supervisor for two terms.
Henry T. Botsford resided with his father up to the time of the latter’s
death. In 1878 he purchased of Robert Hawley a farm that he owned for eleven
years, and in 1890 he bought the farm which is now his home. His house, which is
the finest in the village, was begun in 1891 and completed in 1892. Mr. Botsford
is one of the largest land-owners in the town. He now carries on the homestead
farm of twenty acres opposite his own, the Gideon Hickock farm of one hundred
acres, and the George Conklin farm of two hundred and twenty acres. He is a man
of wide reading, and especially well informed on topics of public interest.
Mr. Botsford married in 1882 Mary, daughter of Thomas and Emily Robbins, and a
native of Greenville. Her father was carpenter by trade, and he also carried on
a farm. He died at the age of seventy-one, having been twice married. His wife,
Emily, who was born in Greenville, died in 1891. Of her two children Mrs.
Botsford is the only one living. Mr. and Mrs. Botsford have one child, Francis
Helena, by name. In politics Mr. Botsford is a Democrat. He has dealt to quite
an extent in real estate. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian
church, and he has been one of its trustees for many years.
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