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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  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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ABRAHAM L. HUNTER, who is well known throughout Schuyler County as a reliable and capable veterinary surgeon, and who is prominently identified with a number of the business and public interests of Watkins, is a native of this county, and was born in the town of Hector, November 11, 1860, being the date of his birth. He is a son of Daniel G. and Mary A. (Pierce) Hunter, the former of whom was born in Westchester County, N. Y., came thence to Schuyler County in early life, and continued to reside in the town of Hector until his death in 1873. The wife and mother, who is still living, was for twenty-five years Postmistress of the village of Hector, a position which she filled to the satisfaction of all, but which she was finally obliged to resign on account of failing health.

The parental family consisted of eight children, five sons and three daughters, of whom six are still living. Abraham L., who was the youngest of the family, passed the days of childhood and youth in the town of Hector, gaining a fair education in the common schools of his home neighborhood. From early years he evinced a great fondness for horses, which led him, in selecting a calling for life, to choose that of veterinary surgeon. He gained a thorough knowledge of this occupation in the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto, Canada, which he attended for some time, graduating from that institution March 27, 1885.

Returning to Schuyler County, our subject selected Watkins as his permanent location, and here he has since resided, carrying on veterinary work in this and adjoining counties. He has gained a reputation as a reliable, well informed and skillful surgeon in this particular line, and is meeting with a success which is well deserved. In January, 1895, he was appointed Under-Sheriff of Schuyler County, which position he is now holding. He takes considerable interest in public affairs, and in political matters always adheres to Republican principles, supporting the candidates of that party. Active in local party ranks, he has held the position of Secretary of the Republican County Committee and was its Chairman in 1893-94.

The marriage of our subject, which occurred December 2, 1885, united him with Miss Minnie E. Johnson, daughter of Rufus W. and Mary E. (Mathews) Johnson, and a native of the town of Hector, where she lived until the time of her marriage. They have a neat and pleasant home in Watkins, in which they hospitably entertain their large circle of acquaintances. In his fraternal relations our subject is identified with Jefferson Lodge No. 332, F. & A. M., in which organization he takes a warm interest. He has served as Vice-President of the Schuyler County Agricultural Society, in which position, as in all others to which he has been called by his fellow-citizens, he has displayed a depth and soundness of judgment and firmness of opinion that are among his prominent characteristics.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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