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J.R. BRIGHAM, in firm of C.J. Swift & Co., hardware, Corry, was born June 3, 1843, in Youngsville, Penn.. and is a son of Wesley H. and Harriet N. Brigham, of English parentage. Wesley H. Brigham and family moved to Fredonia, N.Y., in 1848, where our subject lived and attended school until 1856. After leaving Fredonia, our subject engaged in the mining business in the Curlew Coal Mine, Ky., until 1861. He had to leave there on account of the war, and was taken prisoner at the Fort Pillow massacre. In 1865 and 1866, Mr. Brigham engaged in raising cotton, about fifty miles from New Orleans. He was united in marriage in 1868 with Miss Alice M. Stearn, of Fredonia, N.Y., daughter of Sidney and Mary Steam, of English parentage. Two sons have blessed this union, viz., Eugene B., aged eleven years, and Walter S., aged seven years. Mr. Brigham commenced to work for Mr. Swift, of the above firm, as salesman and bookkeeper in 1868, and continued in this capacity until August, 1881, when he purchased a one-third interest in same, which he still retains.