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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  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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CHARLES OGDEN has spent his entire life in Seneca County, and is numbered among the capable, successful farmers of the town of Romulus. Trained to agricultural pursuits, he selected farming for his life work, and of this calling he has made a success. He is the owner of a tract of two hundred and eleven acres, lying in one body, and this place has through his efforts been brought to a high state of cultivation, bearing the improvements of a model estate.

In the town of Varick, the subject of this sketch was born December 1, 1818. He is the son of Jonathan Ogden, a native of Chenango County, N. Y., who came to Seneca County in 1817, and became one of the early settlers of the town of Romulus. The land on which he resided, though then included in the town of Romulus, is now within the limits of Varick. In 1843 he moved to the farm where Charles now resides, and here he died in 1874, at the age of eighty-one. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Sarah J. Davis, passed away in 1875, at the age of seventy-five. They lie side by side in the cemetery near the place where so many years of their lives had been passed. He was a mason, interested in all that pertained to that occupation, but his time was given principally to teaching, and for thirty years he followed that profession.

There were but two children in the parental family, and our subject is the only survivor. He grew to manhood amid the pioneer scenes of this locality, and received such educational advantages as were afforded by the schools of those days. In 1843 he established domestic ties, being united in marriage, on the 8th of March, to Eleanor Brown, of this county. Two children came to bless their union, of whom the daughter, Mary, is the wife of R. Allen; and the son, Henry M., is a farmer of this town.

The political affiliations of Mr. Ogden are with the Democratic party, and he has always supported its men and measures. He has served with efficiency in a number of local offices, including that of Road Commissioner, which he held for a time some years ago. All liberal and progressive enterprises receive his cordial sympathy and co-operation, and he has always been found on the side of those measures that, if carried out, will advance the interests of the people of the county. Since eighteen years of age he has engaged in farming, and is a practical, industrious agriculturist, having through his own labors improved his present homestead, where he has resided since 1843.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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