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Elijah Ruggles Bishop was born 21 January 1803 in New Russia, Essex Co., NY, and died 14 September 1896 in Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., NY. He married Amy Jenner 16 August 1830 in New York, daughter of Stephen Jenner and Elizabeth Mather. She was born 13 August 1810 in Vermont, and died 25 May 1888 in Jamestown, Chautauqua Co., NY.
Young's History of Chautauqua County, New York, 1875, pg 354, states that Elijah first arrived in Jamestown in October 1829, but did not settle permanently until the fall of 1832. He was a student at the Westfield Academy in 22 May 1830. He was a millwright by trade. He built a new flouring and custom mill for Judge Prendergast which was still in operation in 1875. He introduced important improvements in water wheels and in the pitch of water and built many steam and water mills in this county and in Pennsylvania. In 1850, he went into trade but was burned out in the great fire of 1861. He rebuilt on the same grounds and held the store building for rent.
The Cyclopedia states that the Elijah Ruggles Bishops had twelve children.
The Early History of the Town of Ellicott by Gilbert W. Hazeltine, MD 1887, on file at the Fenton Library in Jamestown, states that Elijah built the pulpit and did other work on the First Congregational Church. On page 160, Elijah is called Jamestown's 'poet laureate' and composer of new hymns for special occasions. He was also a member of the Methodist Church.
Submitted by Susan Yvette Todd Barbour, great great great granddaughter