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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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MYRON W. PARDEE, a son of James and Phoebe (Chandler) Pardee, was born April 15, 1856 and died at Jamestown, Nov. 22, 1889. Myron W. Pardee was a grandson of Woodley W. Chandler, a native of the Old Dominion State where he was born February 14, 1800, and was one of the earlier of Jamestown’s settlers, arriving here in 1826. Prior to this date he lived for a while in Dexterville, Chautauqua county, where he married Phoebe Winsor, daughter of Abraham Winsor, by whom he had five children. Upon his advent here, in partnership with his brother-in law, he bought a piece of land near the outlet formerly owned by Judge Foote, and built upon it a cloth-dressing and carding mill. Its site is now covered by a much larger similar establishment. At about this season he was also interested in lumbering. He afterwards removed to Levant, Chautauqua county, where he died April 22, 1854. Chandler street, Jamestown, derives its name from this family. Grandfather Pardee was a native of Connecticut.

Myron W. Pardee was educated in the Jamestown schools, graduating from the normal department in 1876, and from the high school in 1879. Previous to his graduation, however, he had left school several times for the purpose of teaching. The first time when only seventeen years of age he was principal of the school at Kennedy, N. Y., for a year and at later periods had charge of schools at Falconer, N. Y., and at Farmington, Fayette county. Pa. Immediately after graduation, in 1879, he registered with Hon. Orsell Cook and began the study of law. He also, at the same time kept books for two Jamestown firms in order to procure means with which to go through with his studies. He afterwards entered the Albany law school, from which he graduated in 1881, and settled in Jamestown for the practice of his profession. Being bright, active and energetic he soon gained a lucrative practice, and at the time of his death was one of the leading young attorneys of Jamestown.

On September 19, 1883, he was united in marriage to Eudora E. Klock, the accomplished daughter of Hiram and Margaret (Quinn) Klock. Mrs. Pardee is a musician of recognized merit. An expert instrumentalist, she has also rare natural endowments of voice which she has cultivated by thorough courses at Meadville. Pa., and in New York city under instructions from the best artists in the profession. She has sung in nearly all the city church choirs.

Politically Mr. Pardee was a republican and with his wife was a member of the Methodist church.

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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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