Odber Miles Hartt was born September 4, 1852 to George C. and Martha Jane Hartt. It is thought that his family moved to the United States before Odber was nine years old. At the age of 13, he was an apprentice shoemaker in North Adams, Massachusetts. Odber married Loretta Kilburn in New York City, December 16, 1878. The couple moved back to Fredericton, New Brunswick, around 1897, where they lived on York Street where the Hartt Boot and Shoe Factory Company Ltd. was founded. In her short 47 years, she gave birth to 11 children, three of whom died in infancy. Loretta died September 8, 1902. A couple years later, in 1904, Odber sold his share of the Fredericton Boot factory and moved back to the United States. He married Gwen Roberts; she had two daughters. Odber worked in shoe factories in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, and Indiana. Mr. Hartt died suddenly of a stroke March 5, 1918 in Fort Wayne, Indiana; he is buried in the Old Dutch Burying Grounds, part of the Sleep Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, New York. He is buried next to his mother, Martha, and his three infant children, Benjamin, Frederick, and Etta. Children of Odber Miles and Loretta (Kilburn) Hartt: Harry Dell, 1891-1965; Benjamin Franklin, 1882-1882; Wilbur Miles, 1879-1966; Jennie, 1883-1885; Margaret Maud, 1883-1966; Frank K., 1888-1888; Mabel Idella, 1899-1994; Hazel Loretta, 1895-1957; Frederick, 1892-1892; Etta May, 1889-1891; and Odber Ray, 1893-1970. Odber's old huge Bible is still in the family. You can see it on the web site.
Courtesy: Diana Cowland
Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County
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