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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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LEWIS HANMER. We give in brief the life history of Mr. Hanmer, whose present substantial position has been reached almost entirely through his own perseverance. He has followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and bears a high reputation for honesty and integrity in all his dealings with his fellow-men. He has hosts of friends, in this locality, whose confidence and esteem are his highest eulogium. Mr. Hanmer is the owner of an estate containing one hundred and sixty-five acres in the town of Tyrone, Schuyler County, which is well improved.

Our subject was born in this town, June 1, 1822. His father, Jabez Hanmer, was born in New York, while his mother, whose maiden name was Nellie Maxfield, was born in Genesee County. Jabez Hanmer and his wife came to this locality about 1817, from a point near Ithaca. They made their home in the town of Tyrone, which was then included within the boundary of Steuben County, and continued to reside there, until their death, the father passing away when seventy-eight years of age, and the mother surviving until attaining the advanced age of eighty-five years.

To the parents of our subject there were born four sons and four daughters, of whom Lewis is the sixth in order of birth. He was reared on his father’s farm in the town of Tyrone, and was educated in the schools of that locality. Upon attaining his twenty-sixth year he was married, and after remaining with his parents for five years he purchased a tract of land in the town of Reading and resided upon it for a period of thirteen years. In the spring of 1865 he returned to Tyrone and took up his abode on the farm where he now resides, and which was formerly owned by the late Henry Heist.

The lady to whom Mr. Hanmer was married, November 30, 1848, was Miss Caroline Heist, the daughter of Henry and Hannah (Washburn) Heist. Mrs. Hanmer was born in the eastern portion of this state, November 22, 1826, and was in her seventh year when brought by her parents to Tyrone. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanmer there were born six children, of whom we make the following mention: George A. married Cordelia Hicks, and lives in Havana; Jabez W. chose for his wife Miss Carrie Rapolee, and is at present residing in Dundee; Henry died in infancy; Nellie H. is the wife of C. M. Earnest; Fred married Lulu Huey; and Mary died in infancy.

In politics Mr. Hanmer is a strong supporter of Republican principles, and his vote has ever been cast with that party. Although never seeking public office, he is a liberal contributor to the interests of the community in which he lives, and an earnest advocate of all good works.

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