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Blakeslee, William D.

WILLIAM D. BLAKESLEE, farmer and lumberman, P.O. Spartansburg, was born at Sparta, this township, November 30, 1825, son of Reuben and Prudence (Vorce) Blakeslee, natives of Washington County, N.Y. After their marriage they came .to this county, and were among the first settlers of Sparta Township, having cut their way through sixteen miles of woodlands in coming from Meadville, Penn. All of their nine children grew up and were married, three now living. Reuben Blakeslee’s father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He settled on 250 acres of State land, of which he cleared and improved about fifty acres. He was an influential citizen, holding most of the township offices. He died about 1848, his widow following him two years later. Our subject, the ninth in the family, was obliged to assist his parents on the farm, and therefore had but limited educational advantages, attending school only a few months. He was married at Sparta, December 22, 1844, to Chloe Rasey, a native of Washington County, N.Y., daughter of James and Adelia (Hatch) Rasey, who were born, reared and married in Washington County, N.Y., coming here after their marriage. This union has been blessed with eleven children: Marion (wife of Henry Jackson), Mary L. (wife of William Murray), Charles, James N., Salome A. (wife of. Isaac T. King), William A.,. Walter E., Elmer, Curtis W., Clarence (deceased), and Evvie, living at home. Mr. Blakeslee has been a hard worker, accumulating all he has by his industry, integrity and honesty. He bought his present farm, which he has improved and cultivated, of Timothy Smith. It comprises 120 acres of land. He has always engaged in farming until within a year ago, when he turned his attention to lumbering. His mill, located on the farm near his house, has the capacity of turning out 5,000,000 shingles annually, which are shipped to New York, Buffalo and other markets. Mr. Blakeslee has served as Pathmaster several years, refusing all other township offices. He is a Democrat in politics, but looks more to principles than to party.


 

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