The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


St. JOHN, Platt - Otsego

This gentleman was born in Norwalk, Conn., March 2, 1786, the 
eldest child of Aaron and Mary ST. JOHN. Aaron moved from 
Connecticut in 1807, and settled on the farm in the town of Otsego 
which has since been held in the family. He had one brother, Martin, 
who went to Florida, - the last heard of him. He had four sisters, 
Sarah, Cynthia, Mehetabel, and Maria, all of whom were married, 
raised families, and are deceased. The father died Jan. 26, 1815, 
the mother Aug. 31, 1844. Upon the death of his father Platt 
received 100 acres of the homestead farm, and afterward bought 
the remaining 100 acres belonging to the heirs. He was married, 
Dec. 30, 1812, to Rebecca RUSSELL, daughter of Jethro and 
Rebecca Russell, who were natives of New Bedford, Mass. They 
had children as follows:
Mary A., born March 5, 1815, married, Feb. 5, 1845, to Pardon 
H. RUSSELL, who was born in Rensselaer Co., N.Y., Sept. 18, 1814. 
They had two children who died in infancy. Mr. Russell died Jan. 30, 
1875. Mrs. R. has been living since his death with her mother, Mrs. 
St. John. At her insistence a representation of the old homestead, 
with portraits of her father and mother, appear on another page of 
this work. Polly, born April 4, 1817, wife of Chester TAYLOR. 
Juliet E., born April 15, 1846, the wife of S. Wilson CHENEY; 
Arthur W., born Oct. 28, 1871, and Maude May, born Feb. 21, 1873, 
are the children of the latter. Lillie M., born May 8, 1857, wife of 
George A. BAILEY. Stephen, born June 29, 1821; died March 
19, 1844. Juliet, born Sept. 25, 1824, wife of George HINES; 
died April 9, 1845. Louisa, born Dec. 28, 1826; died Nov. 20, 1868. 
Of the latter we quote the following from an obituary notice by her 
pastor, the Rev. H. V TALBOT:
She was a warm and zealous advocate of the doctrine of 
holiness, and her consistent walk, Christian conversation, devotion 
to Christ and his cause, bore unmistakable evidence that she enjoyed 
it. When death came it found her ready. She quietly folded her hands, 
exclaiming, "All is light before me!" and peacefully fell asleep in
Mr. St. John was as member of the Methodist Episcopal church 
of Fly Creek from its organization. We cannot better close this 
record of his life than by quoting from an obituary notice furnished 
the Northern Christian Advocate by his pastor, the Rev. David L. 
Brother St. John was one of the oldest members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church of Fly Creek, and one of its firmest friends. The 
last love-feast he enjoyed with us, which was a few weeks previous 
to his death, he gave in a fervent, melting testimony of the effects of 
the love of God in his soul; and we thought, while listening to it with 
delight, that if it was the last testimony we should ever hear from him, 
it would be a blessed legacy to leave to his family, the church, and 
the world. It was the last. Ere he was again permitted to tell of the 
power of Jesus to save, in a public capacity, he was summoned to 
the paradise of God. . . . He lived a Christian, died a Christian, and 
doubtless is a sharer in the Christian's blessed reward.
The mother is still living, at the advanced age of eighty-four, 
surrounded with the loving attention of her children, grand and 

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 255


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