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M. M. Hess
(March 24, 1837- )

 M. M. HESS was born in the town of Fenner, Madison Co., N. Y., on the 24th 
day of March, 1837.  He was the youngest of six children, having two brothers 
and three sisters, all of whom are living, and who are from fifteen to twenty-
three years older than himself.  Mr. HESS lived with his parents until he was 
twenty-two years of age, with the exception of a few terms attending school 
and four or five terms teaching.  Since that time he has been engaged in 
mercantile and commission business.  For fifteen years he has carried on 
business in Canastota, N. Y., where he was thoroughly and favorably known as 
the "cash man" for everything the farmer brought to market. 
 Mr. HESS was married at the age of twenty-five to SARAH E. HAYNES, of Preble, 
Cortland Co., N. Y.  His father, DAVID HESS, was born and reared in the town of 
Rensselaerville, Albany Co., being of a family of nine children that lived to an 
aggregate age of over seven hundred and fifty years; was married at the age of 
twenty-one to PRUDENCE SHAW, one of seven children of JOHN SHAW, a 
British deserter in the Revolutionary war, who served our country in a number of 
hard battles and until the time of peace.  They then moved to Fenner, Madison 
county, and bought a farm where they owned and occupied the same until 
their death, both living to a ripe old age; he being largely interested and very 
successful in agriculture and politics for twenty-seven years, filling the most 
important offices of the town. 
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 735.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed 

Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 05:25 PM

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