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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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EDMUND S. LEGGETT will long be remembered by the residents of the town of Covert, Seneca County, among whom he made his home for many years. During his life he was a successful farmer, and by personal sacrifice and persevering industry gained a good property and a comfortable income.

A native of this state, our subject was born in Putnam County, February 23, 1810. His parents were Morris and Lydia (Hopkins) Leggett, who reared a family of six sons and two daughters, all of whom are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Leggett came with their family to this county in 1815, and at once took up their abode on the tract of land which was formerly owned by their son, Edmund S., of this sketch. Here they were successful in tilling the soil, but the home was soon darkened by the death of the husband and father, who passed from this life when forty years of age. Of his brothers and sisters we make the following mention: Hackaliah was a prominent physician and skilled surgeon of Mississippi; Aner married George Crandall, and moved to Ohio, where she died; Carsa T. was also a successful physician of Mississippi; Anson was engaged in teaching school at the time of his decease, which occurred in young manhood; Ezra was an attorney; William was a preacher of the Baptist faith; and Clarissa died unmarried.

Our subject was educated in the district schools, and remained with his parents until his marriage to Miss Marinda, daughter of Daniel and Olive (Morgan) Barto, which event took place October 13, 1840. Mrs. Leggett was one in a family of seven children. Her brother Roswell, who is now deceased, was formerly a farmer; Melissa married Smith Durling, and is also deceased; Mary was formerly the wife of William Barto, but is now deceased; Martha, who became Mrs. Franklin Smith, is also deceased; Henry is a farmer of McLean, N. Y.; Charles, who was a Baptist minister, is deceased.

To our subject and his wife there were born the four following children: Olive L. and Sarah, deceased; Courtney, the wife of Alfred Hopkins; and Cortez D. The latter married Miss Frank Graves, and died in 1887.

The home farm, which is now conducted by Alfred Hopkins, and which contains one hundred acres, was managed by our subject when a lad of fifteen years, his father having died at that time. He afterward purchased the estate, and to him is due the credit for the splendid class of improvements which it bears. Mr. Leggett departed this life June 6, 1893, his demise being lamented by the entire community, as he was a man whose character was above reproach in every way, and one who served as a fit representative of the best class of the early residents of the county. Mrs. Leggett passed away October 6, 1895.

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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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