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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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ASA TEFFT was born in the town of Lebanon, Madison county, New York, February 1, 1819, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Dye) Tefft. Both parents were natives of the State of Rhode Island, where his father was engaged in farming. At that time he belonged to the predominant political party — the Whig; while religiously he never allied himself with any special sect or denomination. When past the middle of life, he migrated into the State of New York and died in Lebanon at the age of fifty-one years. His wife was by descent a Quaker. Grandfather Tefft came to Madison county, New York, from Rhode Island about ninety years ago, where he engaged in farming and passed the remaining years of his life.

Asa Tefft lived in Madison county until he was fifteen years of age, where he received a common school education and began his career in life. Upon coming to Chautauqua county he engaged in farming in the town of Ellery and in 1851 purchased the farm in the town of Stockton upon which he now resides. He is still living at the age of seventy-two years, enjoys good health and is as actively engaged in farm duties as when in the prime of life. Two years ago he became a member of the order of Patrons of Husbandry; religiously he is a spiritualist, while politically he has always given the Republican party his warm support, at the hands of which party he has been a member of the excise committee on various occasions. Besides farming, he takes a special interest in breeding fine stock, notably Durham and Jersey cattle and is also the owner of a large and well-equipped dairy.

On August 28, 1841, Mr. Tefft became united in marriage to Elizabeth C., daughter of Nathaniel Miller of Forbes, Onondaga county, New York. They have had one daughter: Alice, who died in 1861.

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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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