Chester H. Carr
Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen

Chester H. Carr, a representative of one of the oldest families in the county, was born 
on the farm upon which he now lives, August 3, 1828. His father, Ephraim Carr, was
also born in the town of Hartwick, and his father Robert Carr, was born in
Connecticut, while his father was born in Scotland, and came to America in Colonial
times. Robert Carr was reared and married in Connecticut, and came to Otsego County
in the year 1788. He was accompanied by his family, making the journey in an ox
cart, and a part of the way followed a trail marked by "blazed" trees. He bought a
tract of land of Judge William Cooper, and built a log cabin in the wilderness,
cleared up his farm, and in due time erected a frame house and other buildings, and
lived there until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Prudence Wheeler; she
was, so far as is known, a native of Connecticut. She and her husband reared a
family of ten children, viz: Daniel, Robert, Asaph, Wheeler, James, Samuel, Ephraim,
Mary, Lucy and Prudence. Ephraim Carr, the father of the subject of this sketch, was reared in the town of
Hartwick. For many years after the family settled in this county there were, of
course, no railroads, and no mills for many miles. The neighbors had to take turns
in going to mill at Mohawk, taking a week to make the round trip. Distilleries were,
however, quite numerous, and much of the corn that was raised was made into whisky.
Ephraim Carr inherited a part of the old homestead, and in 1825 erected substantial
stone house, and remained a resident on this farm until his death, in 1855. The
maiden name of his wife was Sally Todd, and she was born in Wallingford, Conn.,
November 14, 1793. Her father, Jehial Todd, was born in the same town, November 3,
1761. After his marriage in his native State he removed to Otsego County, where he
took up a farm, and followed agricultural pursuits the remainder of his life. He
bought water power on Oak Creek, and that locality has since been known as
Toddsville. He erected there a saw and grist mill, among the first establishments of
this kind in the county. Still later he built a paper-mill and also a woolen-mill.
He was a man of unusual enterprise and very industrious. He lived in Toddsville
until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Hannah Street; she was born October
7, 1758. The subject of this sketch has a Bible printed in 1779, that was presented
to her by her father. She died at Toddsville, in 1836. The mother of the subject
died January 18, 1874. She reared nine children, viz: Daniel D., Delavan D., Laura
F., Asaph H., Ceylon W., Sara T., Chester H., Edwin L. and Theodore P. Chester H. Carr was reared at home and educated in his native town, and resided with his
parents until their deaths. He has always lived in the house in which he was born.
His farm contains sixty acres of well-improved land, and is located four miles from
Cooperstown. He is engaged in general farming and in dairying. He was married, in
May, 1866, to Olive B. Ingalls, who was born in the town of Hartwick. Her father,
Evander Ingalls, was born in the same town, and his father, Simeon Ingalls, was born,
it is thought in Windham, Conn.; he was one of the Pioneer settlers in the town of
Hartwick. He bought a tract of timber land from Judge Cooper, cleared a farm from
the wilderness, and occupied it until his death. The maiden name of his wife was
Eunice Wheeler. She was born in Connecticut, and spent her last years on the home
farm in Hartwick. The father of Mrs. Carr was reared on the farm, always followed
farming, and spent his entire life in his native town. The maiden name of his wife
was Lucy Clark. She was born in Connecticut in 1800, and was the daughter of Caleb
and Polly (Dennison) Clark. She died on the home farm in Hartwick, having reared
five children, viz: Allen, Alanson, Olive B., Eunice and Menzo. Mr. and Mrs. Carr
have one son, Cuyler E. The family attend the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Carr was
formerly a Democrat, but of late years has been a Prohibitionist in politics. His
son, Cuyler E., is a Republican, and a stanch and intelligent supporter and advocate
of that party's principles. The entire family are highly respected and worthy
members of society.
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