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  • ID: I1070
  • Name: Clinton Theron Backus
  • Surname: Backus
  • Given Name: Clinton Theron
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 May 1827 in South Livonia, Livingston, NY
  • Death: 5 Sep 1897 in Union Springs, Cayuga, NY
  • _UID: FEE2E6584072B54B9AA78EC14D9AD07D945E
  • Note:
    BACKUS, Clinton T., came to Cayuga County in 1860 and engaged in various occupations. Beside s ownership in the Cayuga Plaster Company, the Spring MIlls and several farms, he had extende d interestes in the banking field. He was an organizer and director of the Merchants Union E xpress Company, which later consolidated with the American Express Company. Other activitie s included directorship in the Southern Central Railroad Company. He built the Backus home , with the tower customary to the architecture of that period, on Cayuga Street, opposite th e Post office. This village landmark has recently been torn down. Two sons, Manson and Geor ge, continued in the banking business. A third son, Clinton, Jr., operated the Spring Mills . Grandchildren include LeRoy Backus of Seattle, Washington; Newell D. Backus, Member of th e House of Representatives from the State of Ohio; Jerome D. Backus of Auburn, N.Y.; Andria B . Truesdell of Pulaski, N. Y.; Edgar H. Backus, associated with the First National Bank of Wa terloo, N. Y. and their children. Centennial Program of Events - Union Springs, N.Y., 184 8 - 1948; Anonymous Author


    United States Census, 1850
    Name: Clinton Backus
    Residence: Livonia, Livingston, New York
    Age: 24 years
    Calculated Birth Year: 1826
    Birthplace: New York
    Gender: Male
    Race (original):
    Race (expanded):
    Death Month:
    Death Year:
    Film Number: 17101
    Digital GS Number: 4197498
    Image Number: 00050
    Line Number: 37
    Dwelling House Number: 329
    Family Number: 346
    Marital Status:
    Free or Slave:
    Household Gender Age
    John Backus M 77y
    Helen Backus F 67y
    Clinton Backus M 24y
    Jno Spencer M 18y
    Cynthia Richardson F 37y

    United States Census, 1880
    Name: T. Clinton Backus
    Residence: Springport, Cayuga, New York
    Birthdate: 1838
    Birthplace: New York, United States
    Relationship to Head: Self
    Spouse's Name: P. Nancy Backus
    Spouse's Birthplace: New York, United States
    Father's Name:
    Father's Birthplace: New York, United States
    Mother's Name:
    Mother's Birthplace: Vermont, United States
    Race or Color (Expanded): White
    Ethnicity (Standardized): American
    Gender: Male
    Martial Status: Married
    Age (Expanded): 42 years
    NARA Film Number: T9-0814
    Page: 332
    Page Character: A
    Entry Number: 1996
    Film number: 1254814
    Household Gender Age
    T. Clinton Backus M 42
    Spouse P. Nancy Backus F 51
    Child Georg Backus M 13
    Lizza Hamilton F 12
    Cathrine Groesbeck F 83

    United States Census, 1870
    Name: Clinton F Backus
    Estimated Birth Year: 1827
    Gender: Male
    Age in 1870: 43y
    Color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, Indian): White
    Birthplace: New York
    Home in 1870: New York, United States
    Household Gender Age
    Clinton F Backus M 43y
    Nancy E Backus F 41y
    Manson F Backus M 17y
    Clinton F Backus M 12y
    George Backus M 3y
    Cathrine Groesbeck F 74y
    Margaret Emery F 35y
    From the Reno W. Backus book
  • Change Date: 30 May 2012 at 09:41:56

    Father: John Backus b: 2 Oct 1772 in Prob. Pine Plains, New York
    Mother: Philena Stebbins b: 1782

    Marriage 1 Harriet Newel Groesbeck b: 16 Feb 1828
    • Married: 14 Jan 1851 in Groveland, NY
    1. Has No Children Florence Backus b: 29 Oct 1851
    2. Has Children Manson Franklin Backus b: 11 May 1853

    Marriage 2 Nancy Ellen Decker b: Oct 1828 in New York
      1. Has No Children Clinton Theron Backus Jr. b: 1 Feb 1858
      2. Has Children George B. Backus b: 12 Aug 1866 in Union Springs, New York

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