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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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JESSE T. OWEN, M. D., has practiced medicine in Lodi for fifteen years, and is one of the oldest physicians in the place. He was born in Brighton, Livingston County, Mich., February 22, 1849, and is now in the prime of life. His parents were Herman C. and Irene (Franklin) Owen, natives of New York, of that part which is now known as Schuyler County. They were the parents of five children, of whom four lived to maturity. Cynthia, the eldest daughter, married Jeremiah Batcheler, a prominent stock-raiser of Livingston County, Mich. Jesse T. is next in order. John is a resident of Howell, Mich.; and Susan, the widow of James Silloway, is a resident of Warren County, Tenn. Herman Owen was a farmer, and died in Michigan, at the age of seventy-three years. His wife also died many years ago, while Jesse was still a small lad.

Dr. Owen, our subject, was only thirteen years of age when he came to New York to reside with his uncle, Judge Franklin, of Ovid, where he received a fair academical education. While still very young he began the study of medicine, with Dr. Lewis Post, of Lodi, as preceptor, and finished with Dr. William Murray, of Albany. He entered the medical department of Union University at Albany, and graduated in the Class of ‘73. Dater he entered into practice at South Worcester, Otsego County, and in 1880 came to Lodi, where he has since resided. In connection with his medical career he has carried on a drug business very successfully, and has won a substantial success. All through his career he has displayed those qualities of patience, courage and an indomitable perseverance that win anywhere. As a boy he would work at anything he could find to do, even while attending school. Later on he taught school, thereby paying his way through college, and when he graduated he had $2, 000 saved, with which to commence his life work.

In 1874 Dr. Owen married Miss Lavella, the daughter of Isha W. Blackwell, the inventor and manufacturer of a very practical and successful clover huller.

Politically Dr. Owen is a Democrat, but has never held or aspired to any elective office, as his profession and its kindred interests have absorbed all his energies. He is a Mason, and is associated with his fellow-practitioners in the Otsego County Medical Society. By strict attention to business he accumulated not a little property; he owns a farm near Lodi, which he conducts, and is also the owner of considerable property in the village. As he looks back and recalls the difficulties that he has overcome. Dr. Owen has reason to felicitate himself over the large measure of professional and pecuniary success that has crowned his labors.

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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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