The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


BELKNAP, Eli C - Unadilla

The subject of this brief sketch is a native of Guilford, Chenango 
county, N. Y., where he was born Dec. 28, 1822, son of Ebenezer 
and Henrietta Belknap. When he was twelve years of age he was 
bound as an apprentice to Chester WRIGHT, a farmer, residing at 
Westford, in Otsego County; and as such worked on his farm until 
he reached his majority. He attended the district school during the 
winter term each year until his twentieth year. Subsequently he 
taught school during the winter term for several years.
He commenced reading law with Wm. B. HAWES, at Unadilla, 
in 1845, and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He has since continued 
the practice of law at that place. At the age of thirty, June 9, 1853, 
he married Miss Caroline EELLS, daughter of Deacon Eells, of 
Unadilla. Mr. Belknap stands high in his profession, and is well and 
favorably known throughout the county.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 350


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