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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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GEORGE A. HANMER is a gentleman of good business ability, and at present is a successful farmer of the town of Tyrone, Schuyler County. He is well known in this locality, as his birth occurred here November 14, 1849.

The parents of our subject were Lewis and Caroline (Heist) Hanmer, natives of Tyrone, Schuyler County, where they now reside. They are farmers by occupation, and are well known and very highly esteemed in their community for their upright manner of life. Their son George A. was reared and educated in his native county, and there were inculcated in his youthful mind the lessons usually learned by a farmer lad. He attended the early schools conducted in the district, and fitted himself for the later duties of life. Afterward he became a student at Starkey Seminary, from which he was graduated with the Class of ‘69, and then, wishing to gain a good knowledge of business methods, he took a course in Eastman’s Business College at Poughkeepsie, receiving a diploma from the same the following year.

Mr. Hanmer, of this history, went to Ionia County, Mich., in 1877, and remained there engaged in farming until the fall of that year, when he removed to Jackson County, that state. He there met his future wife, to whom he was married November 14, 1877. She was formerly known as Miss Cordelia A. Hicks, and was the daughter of Solomon and Christine Hicks. Her birth occurred in New York, December 12, 1858, and, like her husband, she is well educated and conversant with all current topics of interest.

On his return to Schuyler County, in 1878, Mr. Hanmer settled in the town of Tyrone, where he has continued to reside ever since. He has followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and is a thoroughly wide-awake and progressive citizen. His estate comprises one hundred and twenty acres, and is furnished with the latest improved machinery, and further improved by the substantial and commodious buildings.

To Mr. and Mrs. Hanmer there have been granted two children: Eulalia A., born October 16, 1879; and Edna, born June 11, 1881. Our subject always takes a very active part in local affairs, and is an enthusiastic supporter of Republican candidates and principles.

The father of Mrs. Hanmer was born October 27, 1833, and while working in the woods on his farm, March 30, 1861, was killed. His wife, who, prior to her marriage, was known as Miss Christine Powell, was born February 2, 1833, and now makes her home in Bradford. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters, of whom Mrs. Hanmer was the third in order of birth. For a full history of this family we refer the reader to the sketch of their son, Albert Hicks, which is published on another page in this volume.

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