Biography of the Hon. Isaac Hampton
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Hon. Isaac Hampton, son of Andrew and Mary Finch Hampton. was born in Canadice, Ontario county, N. Y, April 20. 1821. His father and mother were natives of Connecticut. The former was born April, 1780. and died June 2, 1845, aged 65 years. The latter was born November 30, 1797, and died September 9, 1872, aged 85 years. Andrew Hampton left his native State at an early day, locating in the town of Scipio, Cayuga county, buying a farm and residing there for several years. About the year 1818 he went to the town of Canadice, buying a farm in what was then woods. He resided there for a time, but through sickness and other trouble lost his farm, and for the balance of his life remained poor. He had twelve children, two of whom died in youth. Mrs. Mary Hampton was of English origin, and it is rumored that a large estate in England remains to be divided, she being one of the heirs. In 1835, when young Isaac, who was the sixth child, was in his fifteenth year. they moved to Ossian. The oldest son, John, with his father, bought a new farm of 125 acres, making a small payment, which John subsequently paid for, making a home for the family.

Young Hampton attended the district school to a limited extent, but in a short time he was enabled to teach a district school, and with such success that he was engaged for nine successive terms, and saved enough of his salary to enable him to attend the Nunda Academy two terms. Being then about 24 years of age, he concluded to go west, going to Ottawa, Ill., to teach schooland study law, but being taken down with the fever prevailing there at that early day, he returned home in a few mouths, but suffering for over a year. The three years following he spent in alternately teaching winters and laboring summers. Having accumulated a small sum of money, he purchased a farm, paying two hundred dollars down, and buying a team on credit, also some timber land in the southwestern part of the town with a saw mill upon it. This mill has been burnt three times and each time promptly rebuilt, and is now in full operation. He bought timber land from time to time and cleared it, making fine farms of the land, until he had some five thousand acres. He has recently sold one thousand acres to his son Isaac F., leaving him four thousand acres.

This lard is well adapted to stock raising, into which he has entered largely, having now about two thousand sheep, and other stock in proportion. From 1867 to 1875 he was engaged largely in the wool trade, but was obliged to abandon it on account of other business. In polities he was formerly a Whig. By that party he was elected Justice of the Peace and Supervisor for several terms. He entered the Republican ranks in its infancy, attending as delegate from Ossian, the first Republican convention held in Western New York, at Angelica. He has been Supervisor fourteen terms and Chairman of the Board several times; was elected to the Legislature in 1855, and received the appointment, from Abraham Lincoln during his first term, of postmaster at Ossian, which office he still holds.

Isaac Hampton married Mary Jane Fenton, December 8, 1849. They had nine children, as follows, in the order of their birth: Emma J.; Annie D.; Isaac F., who married Eva Welton, of Ossian; James B., who married Florence Olp. of Mt. Morris: Cora B., who married Wm L. Hyde, of Ossian; Carrie B.; Mary E.; Willie H., and Nellie M. Nathan Fenton, father of Mrs. Hampton, was one of the early residents of the town of Leicester, her mother being Lucy Spellman of the same town, and both are now, at a ripe old age, living near their daughter in Ossian. In religion Mr. Hampton is a Presbyterian and his wife a Methodist, she having adopted the creed of her parents at an early day. He has long held the office of trustee in both of said churches, and for twenty-five years superintended the Sabbath school in one or both of said churches almost continually. He is in his sixtieth year. Time has left but few marks, and he promises a long and useful life to his family and many friends.

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