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date: 27 February 2020

Esterly, Georgelocked

(17 October 1809–07 June 1893)
  • J. Sanford Rikoon


Esterly, George (17 October 1809–07 June 1893), inventor and manufacturer, was born in Plattekill, Ulster County, New York, the son of Peter Esterly and Rachel Griffith, farmers. He attended local schools and worked on the family’s modest farm. Esterly married Jane Lewis in 1832, moved to Detroit, and began selling dairy and farm supplies throughout the upper Midwest. He returned to farming in 1838 when he and his brother, Robert, moved onto 1,120 acres on Heart Prairie in southeast Wisconsin....

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