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


Abraham McClintock. one of the pioneers of Geneseo. was born in Northumberland county, Pa. March 12, 1775. and in 1807 came here and took up seventy-four acres in lot 111. He was the son of Joseph and Margaret (McQueen) McClintock, who had six children, five sons and one daughter. Abraham who was the second child, remained a home after the death of his father and assisted in the care of his mother and the younger children, until he was married, when he came to this county and settled as we have already stated. He cleared the land he had taken up and lived in a rude logcabin on the same. April 28, 1807, he was married to Mary Clark of his native county, by whom he had five sons and one daughter that grew to maturity, as follows Joseph, whose portrait heads this sketch, was born in i8oS, and is now residing in the town of Hamilton, Van Buren county, Mich., where he is carrying on farming, having settled there about 1845; William C., born in 1810 and died in 1848; Robert, born in 1812 Margaret, born in 1816, married Thomas B. Erwin and is now living in Paw Paw. Mich.; John. born in 1818, and Charles, born in 1823. Robert. John and Charles are now living on the old homestead farm operating the same in partnership. Abraham was universally esteemed for qualities of a high order. He was a good husband, kind father, and an accommodating neighbor, and in 1820 was elected a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo, holding that office many years. His childhood of indigence, his early manhood of wearisome toil, served as the crucibles wherein sterling qualities were refined and tested preparatory for the faithful performance of responsible duties in later years. Owing to his well known integrity and honesty of purpose, coupled with an excellent ability, he was called upon many times to settle the affairs of deceased persons and in all business and social relations he was upright and honorable. He was a valuable citizen in the highest sense and contributed largely to the welfare and social improvement of his neighborhood. In politics he was at first a Democrat and then a Whig. His death occurred March 16, 1849. His wife who was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Lakeville. survived him about one year. Their grandchildren are only three in number viz :-Frank, daughter of Margaret. Mary Margaret, daughter of William, and Tracy son of John. Charles McClintock has been assessor of the town of Geneseo, six terms.

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