NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
(I) John Mein was born, lived and died in Scotland. Among his children was John, mentioned below.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Mein, was born in Roxburghshire, Scotland, in 1798, and died at Louisville, St. Lawrence County, N.Y. in 1852. He received a good common school education in his native place. He came to this country in 1839 and located at Louisville. He was a capable and highly successful man of business. While working on the construction of a new dwelling house he was taken with pneumonia and died when but fifty-four years old.
He married Elizabeth Laidlow, born at Jedborough, Scotland, in 1799, died at Louisville, N.Y. in 1879.
Children, all born in Scotland:
Elizabeth, married Thomas Reed.
Ellen, married John Watson.
John, mentioned below.
William, marired Ellen McCurry.
Agnes, married Andrew Hadley.
Isabelle, married John Shaw.
Jane, married William Cranston.
(III) John (3), son of John (2) Mein, was born at Jedborough, Roxburghshire, Scotland, March 13, 1825, and is now (1910) living on his farm at Louisville, N.Y. He was educated in the schools of his native town and attended night school and high school there. In 1840, a year after his father came to America, he came with his mother, brothers and sisters, and the family located at Louisville, where he has always lived. He has followed farming and owns some nine hundred acres of land, most of which he has leased in recent years.
Mr. Mein was an Abolitionist before the war, and has been a Republican since the party was organized. He was town assesssor nine years, and has been postmaster. He was one of the prime movers in organizing and building the Presbterian church at Millerville.
He married, Feb. 13, 1850, Margaret Thompson, born at Lisbon, Feb. 6, 1826, died at Louisville, Feb. 12, 1885, daughter of John and Halle (Fife) Thompson.
1. Halle Fife, born Jan. 11, 1851; died Sept. 5, 1854.
2. Elizabeth J., born Jan. 6, 1853; died July 4, 1881; married Solomon Lydemore; child, Elizabeth Lydemore, born June 20, 1881, married Morris Lalone and lives on the homestead.
3. John Fife, July 14, 1855; mentioned below.
4. William John, born Feb. 12, 1858; mentioned below.
5. Jesse, twin with William John, died May 13, 1893.
6. Mary Thompson, born May 13, 1860; died Nov. 19, 1864.
8. [I don't know where 7 went] Fred, born Jan. 26, 1865; merchant at Norfolk, N.Y.
9. Edmund Hall, Jan. 10, 1870; died Oct. 9, 1902.
(IV) John Fife, son of John (3) Mein, was born at Louisville, July 14, 1855, and was educated there in the public schools. He has always followed farming for his occuptation, and is now active in that business. He has one hundred and forty acres and conducts a large dairy. He lived in Madird, N.Y. for seven years, and bought horses for the Boston market. He has been especially successful in breeding fine horses and has bought and sold many horses in connection with his farming.
In politics he is a Republican. He was for a time an assessor of the town of Louisville. He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters.
In religion he is a Presbyterian.
His home is at Chase's Mills, in the town of Louisville.
He married (first) Joanne Ethesne; (second) Jennie (Ethesne) Fenton, widow, sister of his first wife. He has no children.
(IV) William J., son of John (3) Mein, was born at Louisville, N.Y. Feb. 12, 1858. He attended the public schools in Louisville, Massena and Madrid, N.Y., and afterward taught school in Madrid, Louisvile and Waddington, N.Y. He engaged in business as a general merchant at Louisville, in the village of Chase's Mills. In 1894 he removed to Norfolk, N.Y., where he has since lived. He had a general store there for five years. During the years he was a merchant he also conducted an auctioneering business, and for more than ten years he ha devoted himself exclusively to auctioneering and the real estate business. He has large real estate interests in Norfolk.
In politics he is a Democrat. He has held various town offices in Louisville, and has been for the past nine years supervisor of Norfolk. He is well known through the county. He is a member of What Cheer Lodge of Free Masons, and of the Modern Woodmen of America, Norfolk.
He married (first) in 1882, Ella, died 1892, daughter of Samuel Alexander; (second) Mabel Hammond, of Chase's Mills, Louisville, daughter of D. Theodore and Flora (Clark) Hammond.
Child of first wife:
Jesse, born 1884; educated in schools of Massena and Potsdam, and a business college at Albany; now employed by the General Electric Company at Schenectady, N.Y.
Children of second wife:
Lillian, died aged one year, four months, ten days.
Edward, born Aug. 19, 1902.
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