The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


MAPLES, Harvey - Hartwick

Among the old men now living in the town of Hartwick, there 
is none more worthy of having his life record placed upon the 
imperishable page of history than the subject of this sketch. He 
was born in the town Feb. 2, 1807, being the son of David and 
Lois MAPLES, they having emigrated from Connecticut and 
settled in this town about the year 1800. Like other pioneers, he 
struggled with the inconveniences, trials, and hardships incident to 
the settlement of a new country, but he has lived to see cultivated 
fields take the place of forest, swamps and marshes changed to 
fertile meadows, and the beautiful farm-house, with its modern 
conveniences, take the place of the rude log cabin, and villages 
grow up around him with their stores, mills, churches, schools, and 
comfortable residences. His early life was replete with hardship and 
toil; his education much neglected; but during his life he has complied 
faithfully with the scriptural injunction of "Whatsoever your hands 
findeth to do, do it with your might." At the age of twenty-eight he 
was married to Hannah, daughter of Seth ROBINSON, the ceremony 
taking place Feb. 1, 1835. Her parents were originally from the 
New England States, and early settlers of the town of Hartwick, 
where she was born April 10, 1815. Their family consists of only 
two daughters, Lucinda, who was born March 5, 1836, and was 
married to Edwin A. WELLS, March 26, 1856, and Mary Jane, 
born Jan. 27, 1838. Mr. Maples has been very successful in 
business, and by industry and frugality enjoys a well-earned 
competency. He always voted the Republican ticket. Not being 
a member of any church he has given largely of his means for the 
support of the various churches in the town. His wife is an active 
member of the Christian church of Hartwick.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 160


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