The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


Barrett, John - Edmeston

son of D.R. and Cyrene Barrett, was born in Manheim, Herkimer Co., N.Y., Dec 23, 1827. At the age of five he settled in Edmeston with his parents. As his father was a farmer, John was reared to habits of industry and economy on the farm, which principles he carried with him throughout a successful business life. As soon as he was able to work he was hired out by his father on the farm, in order to aid in paying for his parents' home. He continued at this for several years. He was married to Miss Charissa Deming, of Edmeston, Sept. 19, 1852, by whome one son - Geo. D. - was born Dec. 4 1864. Mrs. Charissa Barrett was born in Edmeston, July 8, 1832. Soon after marriage he commenced business for himself, and the fine property he accumulated shows the success which attended all his business operations. By his untiring energy and good judgement he became one of the foremost in his chosen occupation. Besides the duties of the farm he was engaged in the flour and lumber business with Edgar Bassett, at Edmeston, and it was not until Oct. 15, 1877, that he sold out his half-interest to his partner, conscious of the fact that his time on earth was short. He built his beautiful fine farm residence, in which his widow and son now reside, in 1860, and in that year settled on the home, where he continued to live till be was summoned, Jan 8, 1878, to occupy a better "mansion" in the "Summer Land of Rest." As a citizen he was honest, trustworthy, respected, and esteemed; as a friend, sincere, and devoted. He had a very strong attachment for his family, and often did he express a desire that he might live to see his only son - George - grow to manhood's years, and well established in life. He had no apprehension of the future, and was firm in the faith that all would be well.
In politics he affiliated with the Republican party. In business circles, and as a son and brother, he will be missed.
A fine view of his residence, and portraits of himself and wife, may be seen in another part of this work. (See after page 148) 

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 149-150


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