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Day, Franklin

FRANKLIN DAY, farmer, P.O. Riceville, was born in Granville, Washington Co., N.Y., January 10, 1826, son of Joseph and Sarah (Burch) Day, the former a native of Windham County, Conn., the latter of Greenwich, Washington Co., N.Y. They were married in the latter county and lived there about twenty- five years; thence moved to Sparta and located on the farm comprising 260 acres, now owned in part by our subject. Joseph Day was a carpenter by trade, and followed this occupation in connection with farming. He died in 1869, his wife having preceded him in 1850. They were parents of seven children, one dying when fourteen, and another in infancy. Our subject acquired a common school education and attended Allegheny College, Meadville, for two years. He taught school twelve terms; is one of the best educated men in this vicinity, always taking great interest in educational matters, serving as School Director for fifteen years. In 1860 he was married to Martha J. Bassett, a native of Hawley, Mass. To them have been born six children: Flora, Emma, Alice, Mary, Edwin and Avis. Mr. Day in 1862 enlisted in the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served till the close of the war in the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, etc., being with Grant in most of his engagements. He was honorably discharged June 15, 1865, and returned home. In politics he is a Republican. He and his family are highly respected in the community where they have lived so long.


 

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