The History of Otsego, NY 
Edmeston Biographies

By Holice and Debbie



Among the early pioneers o this county may be mentioned the Goodrich family. The grandfather of the subject, Hubbard Goodrich, was a native of Pittsfield, Mass., and married Miss Susan Graves, a native of the same State. They had eight children,--six sons and two daughters,--and Alpheus, one of their sons, was the father of Chas. F. Mr. Hubbard Goodrich and family emigrated to Otsego County and settled in the town of Pittsfield about 1793. He was one of the very earliest settlers of that town, and, with Dr. cone and others of his native place, named and organized it. He was a farmer by occupation, and reared his family to industry and frugality. Later in life he removed to Otselie, Chenango Co., where he continued to reside until his death. Alpheus was born in Pittsfield, Mass., Nov. 29, 1769, and consequently was about four years of age when his parents removed to this county. His advantages for an education were very limited, as in those early days every one had to do what he could to aid in supporting the family. He was reared a farmer, and at one time was the owner of some 371 acres of good land. He married Miss Ruey Fairchild, a native of Fairfield co., Conn., from 1810. She was born about 1794, and they had four children,--three sons and one daughter. The daughter died while yet an infant, but the sons are still living, namely, Alpheus D., David F., and Chas. F. In politics Mr. Alpheus Goodrich was a Whig and Republican. He died Jan. 28, 1852, and Mrs. Goodrich died Feb. 23, 1858. Chas., F. is of English origin, his ancestors having emigrated from England previous to the revolution and settled in Connecticut. They espoused the cause of the colonists, and were strong advocates of the independence of the colonies. It is related that three brothers came over, and one of them returned for their property, but never was heard from. Chas. F. was born Feb. 23, 1818, in Pittsfield, Otsego Co., N. Y., and settled on his present farm, with his parents, in 1822. He has continued to reside here ever since. He was married to Miss Martha P. Winn, a daughter of Eliphalet and Lydia Winn, Aug. 22, 1847. She was born in Lee, Oneida Co., N. Y., Aug. 4, 1830. Her father was native of Connecticut, and her mother of Schenectady. By this happy union of Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich, six children were born,--one son and five daughters,--namely, Mary L., Josephine C., Emogene, Ella A., Chas. A., and Mattie W. Emogene died at the age of nine.

Mr. Goodrich is the owner of the "old homestead’ of 371 acres, a fine view of which may be seen elsewhere, and portraits of himself and wife above. In Politics he has always been identified with the interest of the Republican Party, and is a life-reader of Mr. Greeley’s New York Tribune.

Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich are members of the Universalist society at Edmeston Centre.


Levi B. Banks, son of Joseph and Abigail Oakley Banks, was born March 6, 1824. His father was a native of Redding, Fairfield Co., Conn., and his mother of Easton, Fairfield Co., Conn. His parents came to Otsego County, and settled two miles south of Edmeston, in 1810, where they continued to reside on a farm till Mr. Banks’ death, which occurred May 7, 1868. Mrs. Banks died Aug. 13, 1868. They reared five children.—Summers O., Peter O., Jeremiah A., Levi B., and Eliza E. Peter O. and Levi B. are the only ones now living. Levi B. was reared on the farm with his father till he was eighteen years of age, when he commenced to work out by the month on the farm, getting $120 for the first year’s service, and out of this he laid up $110. He worked for ten consecutive years by the month, and during this time he had up some $1000, and then returned to his father’s home, and in company with his father carried on the home farm, and continued until March 8, 1864, when he removed to his present farm, which at first contained 272-1/2 acres, and to this he has kept adding until at present he owns some 425 acres of as good land as you will find in any part of Otsego county. It all borders on the Unadilla River, and is situated from a mile to two miles south of south Edmeston. He has three good farm-houses on his farm. A fine view of his present residence, and portraits of himself and wife, may be seen in another part of this work. He married Miss Polly L. Lottridge, a daughter of Bennitt and Phebe Lottridge, of Columbus, Chenango Co., N. Y., Sept. 8, 1863. Mrs. Polly Banks was born Dec. 24, 1837, in Columbus. Her father was a native of Columbus also, but her paternal grandfather was a native of Albany, N. Y., and was one of the early pioneers of Columbus. Her mother was a native of Rhode Island. They had six children, of whom Mrs. Banks is the oldest. By the matrimonial alliance of Mr. and Mrs. Banks four children have been born, namely, Charlie L., born Jan. 22, 1865; Nellie E., born March 12, 1867; Lee B., born Jan. 26, 1872; and Josie Bell, born Aug. 27, 1875. Mr. Banks is a Republican in politics. Mr. and Mrs. Banks are worthy members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at New Berlin. It will be seen by the above sketch that Mr. Banks began life by working out by the month, and the by close application to his business, combined with good judgment, he stands to-day in the front rank as one of the largest and best farmers in the town.


John Barrett, son of D. R. and Cyrene Barrett, was born in Mannheim, Herkimer Co., N. Y., Dec. 23, 1827. At the age of five he settled in Edmeston with his parents. As his father was a farmer, John was reared to habits of industry and economy on the farm, which principles he carried with him throughout a successful business life. As soon as he was able to work he was hired out by his father on the farm, in order to aid in paying for his parents’ home. He continued at this for several years. He was married to Miss Charissa Deming, of Edmeston, Sept. 19, 1852, by whom one son—Geo. D.—was born Dec. 4, 1864. Mrs. Charissa Barrett was born in Edmeston, July 8, 1832. Soon after marriage he continued business for himself, and the fine property he accumulated shows the success which attended all his business operations. By his untiring energy and good judgment he became one of the foremost on his chosen occupation. Besides the duties of the farm he was engaged in the flour and lumber business with Edgar Bassett, at Edmeston, and it was not until Oct. 15, 1877, that he sold out his half-interest to his partner, conscious of the fact that his time on earth was short. He built his beautiful fine farm residence, in which his widow and son now reside, in 1860, and in that year settled on the home, where he continued to live till he was summoned, Jan. 8, 1878, to occupy a better "mansion" in the "Summer Land of Rest." As a citizen he was honest, trustworthy, respected, and esteemed; as a friend, sincere and true; as a husband and father, kind, faithful, and devoted. He had a very strong attachment for his family, and often did he express a desire that he might live to see his only son—George—grow to manhood’s years, and well established in life. He had no apprehension of the future, and was firm in the faith that all would be well.

In politics, he affiliated with the Republican Party. In business circles, and as a son and brother, he will be missed.

A fine view of his residence, and portraits of himself and wife above, may be seen in another part of this work.

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