Hiram Rodee was a miller and farmer. He purchased a farm in the Brick Chapel district in 1845 which was the starting point to a very successful dairy farm business that was continued by his family in the area. Prior to living in St. Lawrence county he had resided in Clinton County NY, which was also the home of his wife's family. He and his wife Maria Bullis Rodee had a family with six children, but Hiram died before any of them reached adulthood. When he died, he left a widow with children ranging from 1 to 19 years of age.