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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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EMORY W. LIVERMORE, a successful grape culturist, of Silver Creek, was born in Vermont in 1824. In early life he came to Chautauqua county, where he has resided ever since. He has an exceedingly fine grape farm of thirty acres at Silver Creek, and is a successful farmer.

In 1873 he united in marriage with Miss R. S. Bailey, and they have one child, a son, Carlton B., who was born in 1874. Mrs. Livermore is a daughter of the late William Bailey, who died at her residence at Silver Creek on February 8, 1883, aged eighty-nine years and eleven months.

William Bailey was born at Shoreham, Vermont, March 11, 1793. He learned the trade of mill-wright, was a volunteer in the war of 1812, but did not reach his regiment until fighting had ceased, and at twenty-two years of age, on December 29, 1814, married Juliette Rawson, of Townsend, who died in 1873, at Nashville, this county. In 1815 he removed to the site of the village of Morley, in St. Lawrence county, which he left in 1830 to settle in Onondaga county, where he resided for half a century, during which time he was postmaster of Brewerton. From Manlius, in that county, he came to Nashville in 1880, and two years later passed away at Silver Creek, where he resided with his youngest daughter, Mrs. E. W. Livermore, who supplied everything that could make his declining years happy and free from care. He was a strictly temperate man, and in early life became an intimate friend of Silas Wright, to whom he suggested the idea of our free schools. At twenty-one years of age he was initiated into a Masonic Lodge in Vermont, and in 1868 dimitted from Military Lodge No. 93. According to his expressed wish his remains were interred in Nashville cemetery, with Masonic honors by Silver Creek Lodge, No. 757.

His youngest daughter, Mrs. E. W. Livermore, is a lineal descendant through her mother, of Sir Edward Rawson, who came to America nearly three centuries ago. She is a woman of good taste and judgment, and was the architect of her present neat and tasteful home at Silver Creek, which contains eight rooms in the first and seven in the second story, all of which are well furnished. Mrs. Livermore has been actively interested for many years in temperance. She is a member of the Free Air society which seeks to obtain temporary country homes for city children, and the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, of Dunkirk, whose object is mutual cooperation and sympathy among women, and to secure their educational, industrial and social advancement.

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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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