SYLVESTER MCCHESNEY was born Nov. 24, 1818, on the farm where he now resides, in the town of Brunswick. His grandfather, Joseph McChesney, emigrated from the north of Ireland, and was the first of the McChesney family who settled on this farm, where Wm. McChesney, father of the subject of this narrative, was born and resided during his life. A view of this place with its improvements may be seen below, showing the industry of three successive generations. Jan. 25, 1844, Mr. McChesney married Chloe A., daughter of Daniel and L. Way, of Lansingburgh. Mr. McChesney was formerly a member of the old Whig party, and is now a Republican. He has never been solicitous of official honors, although he has always taken an active part in politics, and has never held office except as overseer of the poor. Characteristic of Mr. McChesney are integrity, correct habits, and force of character. He has always been opposed to the sale of intoxicating liquors, and has done what he could to suppress their use.