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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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QUINCY A. EARNEST, one of the most useful men of Tyrone, is a dealer in agricultural implements, and has been very successful in his business ventures here. He is upright, thoroughly honest in all his transactions, and by keeping a large and well selected stock of machinery has gained the patronage of farmers of this locality. In addition to this enterprise, he is the owner of a fine tract of land devoted to general farming, and deals in livestock and wool, having since 1885 shipped stock to New York City, carrying on an extensive business in that line.

A native of New York, Mr. Earnest was born in Wayne, Steuben County, April 14, 1855. About 1875 he came with the family to Schuyler County and settled in the village of Wayne. Here he was united in marriage, September 25, 1883, with Miss Ophelia Lock, a native of Bath, N. Y., and they are the parents of a son, Harry, who was born December 2, 1885. Mrs. Earnest is a lady of estimable character, and is a daughter of Ranson and Elizabeth (Haven) Lock, who were born in Bath and still make that place their home.

John J. Earnest, father of our subject, was born in Steuben County and was a resident there until his removal, in 1875, to this county. By occupation he was a farmer. Besides carrying on an extensive business in the manufacture of wagons and carriages, he also dealt largely in wool, sheep and cattle, buying on a large scale. He married Miss Lucy Smith, a lady whose noble attributes and kindly disposition won for her the friendship of all whom she met, and her death, which occurred in the town of Tyrone, June 2, 1883, was deeply mourned. The family consisted of six children, named, respectively, William W., Clinton D., W. Scott, Cassius M., Quincy A. and Mary I. The last-named is the wife of Charles Bailey, and makes her home in the town of Tyrone.

In politics Mr. Earnest, of this sketch, is a stanch supporter of Republican principles, and takes a commendable interest in local affairs. Both in business affairs and in society he enjoys the greatest confidence of his fellow-men. His success in life has been secured by persevering labor, and his whole career has marked him as a man in whom the community may well take pride.

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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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