Lee County Biography

Cyrus Bridgman


Cyrus Bridgman, one of the prominent grocery dealers at Amboy, has been a resident of Lee County since 1838. He was born in Bainbridge, Chenango County, N. Y., May 30, 1821, and is a son of Curtis T. and Fannie (Carter) Bridgman, natives of Massachusetts. The father of our subject was a prominent lumberman in the Empire State, residing for a number of years in Steuben County, and during a portion of that time being pilot on boats and rafts on the Canisteo. Chemung and Susquehanna Rivers.

Curtis T. Bridgman in 1838 came to Illinois, being accompanied hither by two sons, making the trip by water. He located in what is now Amboy Township, and in the fall of that year returned to New York and brought his family in wagons to Illinois, locating on the land in the above-named township. Here he resided during the remainder of his life; the mother died in 1850. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics Mr. Bridgman was a Whig.

The parental family included the following children: Permelia, now Mrs. Church, of Colorado; Uriah, a resident of California; our subject, who is the third in order of birth; Curtis T., of Oswego, Kan.; Fannie, who married Judson Eells, is now deceased; Adna died when sixteen years of age, and LeRoy died in Amboy. The early days of our subject were passed on the home farm, where he attended the district school and later came with his father and brother to Illinois, since which time he has resided in Lee County, with the exception of about six months, when he removed his family to Lanark, Carroll County. He followed farming for a number of years, and on removing to Amboy sold his land and has since been in business either for himself or in the employ of other firms.

Mary J. Holmes became the wife of our subject in 1849. She was the daughter of Seth W. Holmes and was born in Steuben County, N. Y., coming with her parents to Illinois. To them have been born one child, Fannie, who is the wife of Fred R. Doty, of Amboy. In his political relations, Mr. Bridgman is a Republican and has served in the important positions of Assessor and Alderman. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and socially is a Mason.

Lee County Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 379

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