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.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Thomas Pert was born in Northleach, England, 1792, died in Potsdam, New York, May 26, 1872. He was educated in his native place and learned the trade of baker. He worked at his trade as apprentice and journeyman until he came to this country in 1832 at the age of forty. He located first at Chateaugay, N.Y., and later at Canton, St. Lawrence county. In this country he followed farming for an occupation. He spent his last years on a farm near Potsdam, N.Y., and his widow in the home of their son George at Potsdam.
He married a Miss Radway, born in Chatworth, England, 1794, died in Potsdam, Feb. 26, 1875.
George, mentioned below; John, Elizabeth and Mary.
(II) George, son of Thomas Pert, was born in England, 1823, died in Potsdam, Aug. 4, 1893. He came to this country with his parents when he was nine years old. He received a common school education in England and at Potsdam. He was apprenticed to learn the trade of carpenter and followed that trade for some years. He assisted in building the first saw mill on the Raquette river at Colton, N.Y. For a time also he followed farming. In 1859 he bought a lot of land in Potsdam and built the house in which he afterwards lived. In Potsdam he engaged in business as a dealer in butter, cheese and other produce and built up a flourishing business, in which he continued for a period of thirty years. He retired a few years before his death.
In politics he was a Democrat. He was at one time assessor of the town and held other town offices from time to time. In religion he was a Presbyterian.
George Pert was married in 1855, to Lucina Mathews, who was born at Potsdam, 1827, died in 1899, daughter of David Mathews, of Potsdam.
1. Henry G., lives in Kansas City, Missouri; married Mattie Walton of Alexandria, N.Y; has a daughter Arloine Walton.
2. John Radway, mentioned below.
3. William L., died in 1900; was internal revenus collector under President Cleveland for four years; was in partnership with his brother, John R., for six years in the grocery business in Potsdam; organized the Citizens' National Bank of Potsdam, and was its president at the time of his death; married Grace L. Brush, of Hopkinton, N.Y.; child: Josephine, who resides at Potsdam with her mother.
(III) John Radway, son of George Pert, was born in Potsdam, 1861, in the house where he now (1910) lives. He attended the public schools and the State Normal School at Potsdam. At the age of twenty he went into the hotel business and for seven years conducted the American House at Norwood, N.Y. He returned to Potsdam to engage in the grocery business in partnership with his brother William L. He retired from this business on account of ill health, after six years. Since then he has dealt in horses, harness and carraiges in Potsdam, and hsa enjoyed a large and profitable business, and in 1910 added to the above line, Babcock automobiles.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a prominent member of the Presbyerian Church, and one of its trustees.
He married, June 28, 1886, Lillian A., daughter of Franklin Kellogg. They have one daughter, Marion A., born in 1891, attending State Normal School, class of 1911.
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