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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ALBERT J. TIFFANY. One of those, who have expended a great deal of energy and is deeply interested in developing the property about Falconer, and bringing it to the attention of a class of desirable residents from other places, is A. J. Tiffany, who is a son of Jehial and Sophronia (Durkee) Tiffany, and was born in the town of Ellicott, May 21, 1843. He is a grandson of James Tiffany, who came from Vermont to Genesee county, this State, in 1807, where he followed farming and mechanical work of various kinds until he died. Like many of the emigrants who came from the “Green Mountain State,” he belonged to the Universalist church and was a very devout man. New Hampshire furnished the other grandfather, Silas Durkee, who also came to Genesee county, where he died. Jehial Tiffany was born at Randolph, Vermont, in 1798, and passed his early boyhood on his father’s farm. When the senior Tiffany removed in 1807, the young son remained in his native State, making it his home until 1818, and then he came direct to Chautauqua county. The common schools of Vermont were the fountains from which he drank his theoretical knowledge, while constant rubbing against the rough edges of an unsympathetic world taught him the practical lessons of life. From 1818 until his death in 1867, he was a continuous resident of this county, with the exception of two years spent at Randolph, Vermont. Shortly after coming here, he secured one thousand acres of land and began the business of changing the standing timber into manufactured lumber, for which, at that time, there was quite a demand. There was method in his work and while securing the logs for lumber, he also cleared the land and made it arable. His work formed quite a little settlement, which was known as Tiffanyville. Jehial Tiffany was a prosperous business man and builded his own fortune. He remained single until twenty-nine years of age, and while on a visit to his parents in Genesee county, met Sophronia Durkee, whom he soon afterward married. They had eight children. His first wife died in 1848 and he married a second time to Charlotte Hopkins, in 1853. She bore him two children. All are now dead except Albert J., by first wife, and John H., a son by the second. Jehial Tiffany affiliated with the Republican party and was a member of the Congregational church. While he was a pushing and energetic business man, all wrapped up with the matters in hand, he was conservative and close calculating, always seeing where he was coming out, before going into a business speculation.

Albert J. Tiffany was born and reared on the old homestead. He passed an uneventful boyhood and was educated in the common schools and at Jamestown academy. Upon stepping out into the arena of life, he began improving some land which he owned near Falconer and conducted a general real estate business. In 1874 he built a store in Falconer, and, with his other duties, has given it general supervision.

He married Coralyn Conic, a daughter of Ephraim Conic, of Ellicott, on the 11th day of January, 1871.

Mr. Tiffany belongs to the Republican party, and is a member of Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 145, F. and A. M., and of Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, of Jamestown.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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