Corydon Porter NORTHRUP was born 20 December 1820 in Oneida County, New York, USA. He married Catherine A SMITH 16 April 1845 in Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA. He died 1897 in Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA. Catherine A SMITH was born bef. 1827 in St Lawrence County, New York, USA. She died 07 January 1847 in Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA.

Other Marriages/Unions for Corydon Porter NORTHRUP:
See Corydon Porter NORTHRUP & Ellen A KNIBBS

Notes for Corydon Porter NORTHRUP:

From the Commemorative Biagraphical Record of the Fox River Valley counties of Browne, Outagamie and Winnebago, 1895:
Corydon was the leading insurance man of Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin and one of it's honored early settlers and valued citizens. He is a native of Oneida, N.Y. having first seen the light there December 2 1820, and is a son of Cornelius Northrop, who was born in Greene County, N.Y., January 20, 1796, the eldest in a family of three sons and four daughters. The paternal grandfather, Enos Northrop, was also born in the Empire State, and was of English and Dutch descent, by occupation a farmer. His four sons were Cornelius, Richard, Thomas and Enos, the last named now living with a married daughter in California.
Cornelius Northrop learned the trade of making spinning wheels, and as a natural mechanic could do almost all kinds of wood work. He had no school privileges, but by his own effort obtained a practical education, always keeping himself well informed in the leading questions of the day. In his political views he was first a Federalist, but soon joined the Whig party, and upon its organisation was one of the first to esponse the principals of the Republican party. In 1817, he wedded Miss Mary E, Porter, who was born in Onandago County, N.Y. in 1800, a daughter of James and Polly (Bullard) Porter, the former of whom was a farmer, and also followed carpentering. Mrs. Northrup has a sister, Sally, who died in girlhood, and a brother Seth J, who studied for the ministry, and engaged in that work for many years: afterward however, he studied medicine, and at the time of his death, which occurred in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1834, he was enjoying a large and lucrative practice. To Mr. and Mrs. Northrop were born seven children, three of who died in infancy, the other four - Corydon P., Caroline, Amelia and Francis - all growing to mature years. The father of this family about 1827 removed to Medina County, Ohio, and in 1830 went to Michigan, settling in Richmond, Kalamazoo county, on a farm. Three years later he removed to the village, where he made his home for five years. In 1846 he went with his family to Neenah, and in the spring of 1848, came to Menasha, building a log house, the first dwelling in the town. Here his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in February, 1869. He served as one of the militiamen at the time of the War of 1812, and was so near the scene of action he could hear the firing at the battle of Bennington, but was never called into active service. His sterling worth led him to be the people's choice for many local offices of honour and trust, and for one term he served as chairman of the county board of supervisors. He had the implicit confidence of his fellow men, and his word was as good as his bond. In business circles he was ever active, and he succeeded in establishing several enterprises in the community. Both he and his wife were member of the Congregational Church, and socially, he was a Royal Arch Mason. His wife, who was a most emitable lady, died in 1874.

Corydon was a child of six years when his parents went to Ohio, and a youth of ten on their removal to Michigan, where he remained until 1841, during which time he worked on a farm, attended school and clerked in a store. In 1841, he returned to Cuyahoga county. Ohio, where he engaged in the manufacture of spinning wheels until 1846, when he came to the territory of Wisconsin, locating in Neenah, which was then a mere hamlet. During the succeeding year and a half he built the first house in Menasha, and on it's completion it was occupied by his father, and and his family. Our subject worked in a sawmill and at the carpenter's trade until 1852 when he went to Two Rivers, where he was employed as a shipping clerk for the lumber firm of Aldrich, Smith & Co., until 1860. On April 15th 1845 he married Miss Catherine A. Smith, a native of St... Lawrence County, N.Y., who parents died when she was quite small, and she was then reared by an aunt. he died in Neenah, January 8, 1847, and May 11 1854, Mr. Northrup married Ellen A. Knibbs, who was born in England, November 2, 1829. During her infancy her parents emigrated to Canada, where shortly after her father died,leaving a family of sever children - John, Charles, Isaac, Mary, Ann, Naomi and Ellen. To Mr. and Mrs. Northrup were born nine children: Catherine A, Mary A, Hery M, Hattie I, Carrie N. Alice A, Lucy E. and two now deceased.
Mr. Northrup has been a resident of Menasha since February, 1860, at which time, he entered a sawmill, and soon, worked up the the position of super intendant of the Menasha Wooden Ware Company. In 1875, he left that business, and for a time followed carpentering and farming. Since 1887, however, he has given his entire time and attention to the insurance business in which he has met with good success. His life has been a busy and useful one, yet he has found time to devote to public interests. Some years he served as a member of the board of county supervisors, and in 1888, was again elected to that office. In the spring of 1881, he was appointed city clerk of Menasha, but resigned the following fall. On May 1, 1888, he was again appointed to that position, and discharged his duties with a promptness and fidelity that won him high commendation. He has filled the offices of justice of the peace and alderman, and is ever true to the trust imposed in him. Thos who know him honor him for his sterling worth and strict integrity, and their high esteem he justly merits.

We see Corydon in 1850 living with his parents at Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin:
Cornelius Northrup Head Mar 57 Timber Merchant New York
Mary E Northrup Wife 50 New York
Coridon Northrup Son 30 Sawyer New York
Ann E Northrup Daur 15 Michigan
Mary F Northrup Daur 11 Indiana

In 1860, Corydon was living at 1st Ward Village Of Menasha, Winnebago, Wisconsin:
Cordon Northrup Head Mar 39 New York
Ellen Northrup Wife 30 England
Catherine Northrup Daur 5 Wisconsin
Anna Northrup Daur 2 Wisconsin
Henry Northrup Son 0 Wisconsin

In 1870, we see the family living at Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin:
C P Northrup Head Mar 49 Book Keeper New York
Ellen A Northrup Wife Mar 40 Keeping House England
Katy A Northrup Daur 15 At School Wisconsin
A Mary Northrup Daur 12 At School Wisconsin
Henry M Northrup Son 11 At School Wisconsin
Hattie J Northrup Daur 9 At School Wisconsin
Carrie N Northrup Daur 5 At School Wisconsin
Alice Northrup Daur 10 months Wisconsin
Ann Knibbs 82 Wid No Occupation England
Mary A Northrup Wid 69 No Occupatyion New York

In 1880, we see Corydon and his family living at Menasha, Winnebago, Wisconsin:
Corydon P Northrop Head Mar 59 New York
Ellen A Northrop Wife 50 England
Mary A Northrop Daur 22 Wisconsin
Hattie J Northrop Daur 19 Wisconsin
Alice A Northrup Daur 10 Wisconsin
Caroline N Northrop Daur 15 Wisconsin
Lucy E Northrop Daur 8 Wisconsin
Henry L Northrop Son 20 Wisconsin
Catherine A Northrop Daur 25 Wisconsin

From Auer, James M. / Centennial memories: a brief history of Menasha, Wisconsin(1953):
The first home in Menasha was constructed by Corydon Northrup in the forest north of the river. Here, in the center of what is now Milwaukee street, he lived with his parents and their children. Corydon Northrup's daughter, Miss Lucy Northrup, the last of the line, passed away May 28, 1953, a little more than a month before the celebration of Menasha's hundredth birthday.


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Sources for Corydon Porter NORTHRUP:

  1. The Northrup-Northrop Genealogy ,

Notes for Catherine A SMITH:

  • Birth: bef. 1827 in St Lawrence County, New York, USA.
  • Death: 07 January 1847 in Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA.