The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


RAWLINGS, John H. - Butternuts

John H. RAWLINGS is a native of Burbage, Leicestershire Co., 
England, being born April 5, 1833. His father, Isaac H., was a 
native of the same county, and there married Miss Mary MUNSON. 
The family came to America in the year 1834, and settled in the 
town of Butternuts, Otsego County. Three years later they moved 
on to the farm now owned by John Rawlings.
Isaac H. Rawlings was a man of great force of character, very 
industrious, and withal a model farmer. He did much to raise the 
standard of agriculture in his neighborhood, and converted his farm 
from an inferior to a high state of productiveness. He was a regular 
attendant of the Presbyterian church. He died Aug. 8, 1870, highly 
respected by all who knew him.
Mrs. Rawlings survived her husband only a few weeks; she died 
Nov. 7, 1870. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, and 
her death was deeply lamented by the community at large. The 
memory of these parents is sacredly cherished by their only son, 
John H.
John H. Rawlings is the only survivor of a family of four children, 
the others having died in infancy. He was one year old when his 
father emigrated to this country. His advantage for obtaining an 
education were such only as the common schools afforded. Being 
the only child to reach maturity, he remained with his parents upon 
farm, assuming control of the same many years prior to his father's 
Jan. 1, 1856, he married Miss Ann BEALE, the daughter of 
William and Hannah Beale, who were also natives of Leicestershire 
Co., England. She was born March 9, 1826. When she was fifteen 
years of age her father, with his family, emigrated to the United 
States, and settled in the town of Butternuts. She was the eldest of 
a family of nine children, eight of whom are now living. She has 
resided in the town of Butternuts ever since her arrival in this 
country; but her parents subsequently removed to Chenango Co., N.Y.
Mr. Rawlings is a very enterprising farmer, and is extensively 
engaged in the manufacture of butter and English cheese. His farm 
is considered one of the best in the town, being under a high state 
of cultivation. His buildings are commodious and convenient. A 
view of his beautiful home can be seen by referring to other pages 
in this work.
Mr. Rawlings has voted the Republican ticket since the organization 
of the party. He has contributed liberally of his means and time to 
the support of church and educational interests. He is a man of 
undoubted integrity, and highly esteemed by his townsmen. Mr. and 
Mrs. Rawlings are withal very hospitable, and are apparently enjoying 
the comforts of a pleasant rural home.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 113


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