NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Ichabod Brush was a native of London, England. He came to New York City and became a lawyer. He married Euphemia Wilkins, who died in Brushton, N.Y., 1841, daughter of Rev. Isaac Wilkins, a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, native of West Farms, N.Y., and for fifty years rector at Huntington, Long Island. Her mother, Isabella (Morris) Wilkins, was a sister of Gouverneur Morris. Ichabod Brush had one son, Henry Neilson, mentioned below. Have these webpages helped you?
Lieutenant-Governor Braddish studied law with Ichabod Brush and became executor of Mr. Brush's estate and the guardian of Henry N. Brush, who was but on year old at the death of his father.
(II) Henry Neilson, son of Ichabod Bush, was born in New York City, March 12, 1810, died in 1872 at Brushton, N.Y. He attended the public schools and graduated from Columbia College in the same class with Hamilton Fish and other prominent men. After graduation he travelled abroad quite extensively and visited with and became a close friend of Washington Irving. He settled at Brushton, where he was the owner of a square mile of land purchased from Robert Wats, of New York, and the town was named for him. He was the first proprietor and was instrumental in getting the first railroad built through the town. He was interested not only in agriculture, but in varius manufacturing enterprises.
He married, Dec. 12, 1831, Juanita De Jeouve, born in Santa Susanna, Cuba, in 1810, died in Brushton, Jan. 22, 1889. She was the daughter of a large coffee planter, who came from Paris, France, and who married a South Carolina lady of city of Charleston.
Had two children:
Henry Corbin, mentioned below.
Emma E., wife of Major C. S. Steele, of Watertown, N.Y., formerly of New York City.
Henry Nelson Brush and his wife were the founders of St. Peter's Episcopal Church at Brushton, which was erected in 1869, together with a rectory. It was largely through the effforts of Mrs. Bursh that the necessary funds were secured. In the chapel there is a memorial tablet erected by their son, Henry Corbin Brush, commemorative of his parents and their good work. It is well to note that this church was the first church consecrated by Bishop Doane after his consecration.
(III) Henry Corbin, son of Henry Neilson Brush, was born in Brushton, N.Y., in the old house that stood on the present site of the hotel, Aug. 8, 1838, died April 19, 1898. He was educated in the public schools, at Franklin Acacemy of Malone, at Ballston Spa and at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. He was fond of mechanics, and when a young man learned the trade of machinist in Boston. Though he never worked at the trade, he found his skill and knowledge of constant service and great value in business. He was occupied in the management of his father's real estate interests in Brushton and in his other varied business affairs. He owned a large tract of woodland in the north part of the town and a saw and grist mill. He was one of the leading citizens and of large influence in financial and public affairs.
He was a Republican. He was clerk of the bestry and warden of the Protestant Episcopal church for many years. He married (first) in 1873, Jane Pickering. He married (second) Jan. 7, 1886, Florence Cook, of Brushton, N.Y., born in Bangor, N.Y., daughter of George Cook, born in Vermont Oct. 22, 1820, died in Brushton Oct. 16, 1863, and Elvira (Norris) Cook, born in 1828, died Feb. 6, 1892; children: Alice Eugenia, Alida, Florence, and Charles Cook. Elvira (Norris) Cook was the daughter of David and Belinda (Norris) Norris, who had children: George, Emory, Elvira, Jane and Julia. Charles Cook, father of George Cook, was born in Vermont, Sept. 30, 1786, settled in the town of Malone, N.Y., at what was later known as Cook's Corner; married Barbara Stowers, born in 1791, and had Carlos, Edwin, Harriet and George Cook.
Children of Henry Corbin and Florence (Cook) Brush:
1. Juanita, born May 1, 1888, died aged five years.
2. Constance, May 14, 1891.
3. Corbin Neilson, Aug. 23, 1894.
4. Edward Wilkins, Oct. 16, 1896.
5. Henry Corbin, Dec. 19, 1898.
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