The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


RATHBONE, Levant W. - Springfield

The RATHBONE family are among the oldest and most prominent 
in the town of Springfield. The great-grandfather of our subject 
was the proprietor of a large tract of land, embracing about 1300 acres, 
which he came in possession of and settled upon about the year 
1780. This property descended to his nine children, the subject 
of our sketch owning a portion of it.
William Rathbone, Jr., the father of our subject, was born on 
the "Rathbone homestead," Feb 13, 1800. His mother, whose 
maiden name was Jemina GREENE, was a cousin of General 
Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary fame. He lived his entire life 
on the farm deeded him by his father, obtaining his education in 
Albany. He took an active part in educational matters, and for 
many years was superintendent and inspector of schools. He was 
also prominently identified with the official history of the town; for 
several years he was supervisor, beside holding other offices of 
trust. He was a man of great energy and uprightness of character. 
He was possessed of high social qualities, genial and courteous, 
and won the esteem of all who came in contact with him. In 
business he was highly successful, and acquired a competency.
He was one of the prominent farmers of the county. He did 
much toward the improvement of the stock of the county. For 
several years he was president of the county agricultural society, 
and was a valuable contributor to The Cultivator, published at 
Rochester, N.Y., now the Country Gentleman.
He married Miss Mary CHEWGO, a native of Montgomery Co., 
N.Y., where she was born March 19, 1800. She was an amiable 
and intelligent lady, and possessed in an eminent degree those 
qualities of head and heart which endeared her to all who knew her. 
They were blessed with four children, - two girls and two boys, - 
Jacob C., Levant Williams, Dorlisca, and Augusta L.
Levant Williams Rathbone was born on the old homestead, 
Dec. 15, 1824. He received an academical education. When he 
attained his majority he engaged in farming, which occupation he 
has since followed, in connection with the milling business established 
by his father. Fully appreciated by his fellow-townsmen, he has 
been called to many positions of trust. For fifteen years he was the 
assessor of the town, superintendent of the poor for three years, and 
supervisor two terms. Like his father, he has taken a lively interest 
in educational matters, and has done much in that direction.
The Rathbone family have filled a very important part in the 
history of the town of Springfield and have marked the family name 
indelibly upon it. The subject of this sketch reflects credit upon 
his worthy progenitors, and is in every way worthy of the honorable 
position he holds among his fellow-townsmen.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 333


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