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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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ANDRUS M. HUYCK was one of the earliest settlers of the town of Arkwright, having located here in 1826. The following spring he built a log-house, which was soon occupied by his family consisting of his wife and sons, Shadrach and Oscar. When Mr. Huyck arrived there were no neighbors near him but so rapidly did new arrivals come in, that they erected a log school-house in time for a term in the winter of 1827; and a few years subsequently a large and comfortable frame building was erected. The “Abbey school,” as it was called, prospered, became a popular institution and many men, who afterward became prominent and useful, received an education within its walls. Our subject was a successful teacher and to him in a large measure was due the credit for this successful school-house. He filled the office of commissioner of schools and for a number of terms was justice of the peace. He had four children born in this town: Elijah and Avery and two daughters, Tamar and Hester, three of whom went west. The youngest son Avery entered the Union Array and served three years, passing through several battles without injury.

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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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