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Jesse Ketchum 1782-1867

He wasn't a principal or president of the Normal School; neither was he a regent or member of the Board of Directors; nor was he ever a member of the faculty of the school, yet the zeal and devotion Jesse Ketchum showed for the advancement of education had a lasting influence on the origin and development of the present college. The Ketchum family began its Americanization in the beautiful little town of Ipswich, Massachusetts in l635« Jesse Ketchum II was born in Spencertown, New York (near Troy) on March 31, 1782, the son of Jesse Ketchum and Mary Robbins Ketchum. Mrs. Ketch-um died when Jesse was only six, and he lived with foster parents until the age of eighteen. Finding life too difficult outside the family circle, he left the farm and made his way alone to York, Ontario, where his older brother, Seneca had already settled. York later became the present city of Toronto, and in that city can still be found much evidence of the influence of the Ketchum family, but in particular Jesse Ketchum. Mr. Ketchum had two families. In l80k, he married a young widow, Ann Love. He adopted her daughter, Lily Love, as his own child. He and Ann had six children. Their descendents are in Canada. He and his brother had a prosperous farm, and both took active parts in the religious and educational establishments of Toronto. When the War of 1812 broke out, all American citizens had to leave Canada. Since he had been born before 1783, Jesse Ketchum was able to remain with all the privileges of a British citizen. Another American, John Van Zandt, was not so lucky. He was forced to sell

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