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Andrew J. Mead

Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Death 11 Nov 1904 (aged 89)
Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA
Plot Sec. 1, Lot 60, Grave 7
Memorial ID 100492953 · View Source
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At the age of 13 Andrew Mead went to New York and became a clerk in the old hardware firm of Wm. N. Seymour & Co. In 1837 he started in the hardware business for himself but very soon associated others with him until 1843 when he received an offer from a hardware concern in Cincinnati which he accepted. He remained with the firm three years when he embarked in the wholesale hardware business and continued in it for about 8 years under the firm names of Mead and Winston, A. J. Mead & Co., Mead, Selden & Co. These were years of prosperity and hard work and exceptional social advantages. In 1854 he withdrew from mercantile pursuits with the intention of passing his time somewhat leisurely at Cincinnati or New York while contemplating a tour of observation of the Mississippi Valley. His plan becoming known some of his friends persuaded him to take the leadership of a colony then being formed for the purpose of selecting a location and laying out a town in Kansas. He fell in with this idea and the result was the founding of Manhattan, Kansas. Although not yet a large place, it is beautiful for situation and one of the most desirable places for residence in that section. It's agricultural college with an enrollment of some 1200 students is one of its marked features.

From 1854 to 1864 there were stirring times in Kansas and these are events of history, in which Mr. Mead had a very active and honorable part. It comprised ten years of political, military and business life for him. At the close of the civil war he went to New Orleans for a year, eventually finding himself again, like so many old New Yorkers, back in the beloved city on Manhattan Island. Although a business man all his life his tastes were refined and scholarly and of all cities New York was the one he loved the most. About 1882 he took up his residence with his nephew, Edward R. McLaury, in Yonkers, where he died.

The conversational powers of Mr. Mead were rare and his social, hearty manner remained with him to the last. Broad in his sympathy and loyal in his devotion, he was ever a true friend. There is now remaining but one member of his once large family, Mrs. G. S. North of Binghamton. The funeral of Mr. Mead was held in Yonkers, Nov. 14, and the burial was in Walton on the 15th. (Source: Obituary of Andrew J. Mead)

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100492953
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew J. Mead (21 May 1815–11 Nov 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100492953, citing Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Christine (contributor 47978178) .