Oswego County's: Guide To Government

Mason Salisbury

Mason, the third son of eleven children born to Reuben Salisbury, was born in Vermont and came herewith his parents when twelve years of age. In 1833 he married Miss Mary Olmstead, who was born in Delaware county, N. Y., in 1808. To them were born Sarah M., Violet, Moreau J., Ann, all living. Mason Salisbury was a miller by occupation, and served the town as justice of the peace thirty three years, and up to the time of his death was a member of Assembly (in 1860-61), and served the U. S. government as enrolling officer during the late war. He died here in 1877, aged sixty seven, and is survived by his widow, who is still active at the age of eighty five.


Mr. Salisbury was bora on the 9th of June 1810 in the town of Sunderland, Bennington County, Vermont. He is descended from New England stock, his grandparents having been natives of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

His father Reuben Salisbury was born on the 15th of September 1776 in Shaftsbury, Bennington County, where he resided until about the age of twenty one when he married Miriam Streater, the mother of the subject of this sketch. Having been married, they continued to reside in Shaftsbury, subsequently, at Hoosick, N.Y. and at Sunderland until October 1822, when they removed to Richland, now Sandy Creek, Oswego County, N.Y. where his wife died in 1851 at the age of seventy three. About two years afterwards, Mr. Salisbury's father was again married and lived with his second wife until the 11th of June 1856 when he died in the eightieth year of his age. He had held various civil offices during his lifetime and was quite a prominent military man having held a commission in the war of 1812.

Mr. Salisbury received a common English education in his native place and at Sandy Creek where he now resides He was brought up principally to farming and since the age of twenty has been successfully engaged in milling, also in 1838, he held the office of Town Clerk in Orwell, Oswego County, in 1839 that of Supervisor in the same town, and in 1840 removed to Sandy Creek. He was elected Justice of the Peace at the latter place in 1845, and still occupies that position. Previous to the organization of the Republican party, he belonged to the old Whig organization and has always taken more or less part in politics. Mr Salisbury was married on the 10th of June 1833 at the village of Delhi Delaware county NY to Miss Mary Olmstead and attends the Baptist Church.

*Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York, In 1861