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BACKUS (Soundex B220) — See also BACCHUS, BACCUS, BACHUS, BACK, BACKES, BACKHOUSE, BACKOUS, BAKOS, BAUCUS, BROCKUS, JOCKUSCH, MACKUBIN, MCKUSICK, ZICKUS.

  BACKUS: See also Martin C. Bowles — Frederick William Backus Coleman — Charles Backus Hyde Fessenden — Winston Lewis Prouty — Edgar Backus Schermerhorn — Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. — David Trumbull — Joseph Trumbull — Jonathan G. W. Trumbull — William Woodbridge
  Backus, Chester Thurlow (b. 1880) — also known as Chester T. Backus — of Morris, Otsego County, N.Y. Born in Morris, Otsego County, N.Y., March 24, 1880. Republican. Otsego County Clerk; member of New York state assembly from Otsego County, 1937-44. Methodist. Member, Delta Chi; Freemasons. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Allen S. Backus and Ella (Folts) Backus.
  Backus, Clark B. — of Adrian, Lenawee County, Mich. Democrat. Postmaster at Adrian, Mich., 1853-61. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Clyde J. — of Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash. Republican. Postmaster at Tacoma, Wash., 1922-32. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Dana C. — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Liberal. Candidate for New York state assembly from New York County 12th District, 1934. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Dwight (1856-1922) — of Benton Township, Eaton County, Mich. Born in Michigan, January, 1856. Democrat. Farmer; Benton Township supervisor, 1898-1913; chair of Eaton County Democratic Party, 1913. Died in Benton Township, Eaton County, Mich., December 27, 1922 (age 66 years, 0 days). Interment at Benton Township Cemetery, Potterville, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Herman Backus (1829-1920) and Eliza Jane (Lown) Backus (1833-1924); married, June 17, 1885, to Sophronie 'Fronie' Edman (1859-1945); third cousin thrice removed of Bartlett Nye (1759-1822), Hezekiah Nye and Thomas Nye.
  Political family: Whitney-Nye family of Massachusetts and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Backus, Edward A. — of Milwaukee County, Wis. Republican. Candidate for Wisconsin state senate 6th District, 1962. Still living as of 1962.
  Backus, Edward W. (c.1834-1920) — Born about 1834. U.S. Consul in Brazil; financial backer of Guglielmo Marconi in the development of radio transmission. Died in Tarpon Springs, Pinellas County, Fla., June 14, 1920 (age about 86 years). Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Elijah — of Washington County, Ohio. Member of Ohio state senate from Washington County, 1803-04. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Esther — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Republican. Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1947; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952. Female. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Everett — of Mexico, Oswego County, N.Y. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972. Still living as of 1972.
  Backus, Franklin B. — of Alexandria, Va. Mayor of Alexandria, Va., 1949-52. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Frederick F. — of New York. Member of New York state senate 8th District, 1844-47. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, George F. — of Massachusetts. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1940 (15th District), 1942 (9th District). Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, George Melville (1883-1957) — of Winfield, Cowley County, Kan. Born March 26, 1883. Mayor of Winfield, Kan., 1926. Died November 9, 1957 (age 74 years, 228 days). Interment at Highland Cemetery, Winfield, Kan.
  Backus, Harry F. — of Verona, Essex County, N.J.; Caldwell, Essex County, N.J. Democrat. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1907, 1911; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912, 1916 (alternate). Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Harry T. See Henry Titus Backus
  Backus, Harvey See J. Harvey Backus
  Backus, Henry Titus (1809-1877) — also known as Henry T. Backus; Harry T. Backus — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Norwich, New London County, Conn., April 4, 1809. Republican. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County, 1840; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention, 1850; member of Michigan state senate 3rd District, 1861-62; justice of Arizona territorial supreme court, 1865-69. Member, Freemasons. Died in Greenwood, Mohave County, Ariz., July 13, 1877 (age 68 years, 100 days). Original interment somewhere in Greenwood, Ariz.; reinterment in 1885 at Yantic Cemetery, Norwich, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of James Backus (1764-1816) and Dorothy Church (Chandler) Backus (1770-1847); married, December 7, 1835, to Julianna Trumbull Woodbridge (1815-1882; daughter of William Woodbridge (1780-1861); fourth great-granddaughter of William Leete); grandnephew of Roger Griswold; great-grandson of Matthew Griswold (1714-1799); great-grandnephew of Erastus Wolcott and Oliver Wolcott, Sr.; second great-grandson of Roger Wolcott (1679-1767); first cousin of William Woodbridge (1780-1861); first cousin twice removed of Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and Frederick Wolcott; first cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Huntington; second cousin of Isaac Backus, John William Allen and Matthew Griswold (1833-1919); second cousin once removed of Zina Hyde, Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Samuel Huntington, Joshua Coit, Henry Huntington, Gurdon Huntington, George Frederick Stone and Selden Chapin; second cousin thrice removed of William Pitkin and Frederic Lincoln Chapin; third cousin of James Samuel Wadsworth, Christopher Parsons Wolcott, Thomas Worcester Hyde and Roger Wolcott (1847-1900); third cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Samuel H. Huntington, Gaylord Griswold, Samuel Clesson Allen, Abel Huntington, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, William Wolcott Ellsworth, Benjamin Nicoll Huntington, George Griswold Sill, Charles Frederick Wadsworth, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Edward Oliver Wolcott, Charles Edward Hyde, Alfred Wolcott, John Sedgwick Hyde and Edward Warden Hyde; third cousin twice removed of John Davenport, James Davenport, Daniel Pitkin, Erastus Clark Scranton, Sereno Hamilton Scranton, Samuel Lord (1831-1880) and James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.; third cousin thrice removed of Joseph Augustine Scranton, Samuel Lord (1859-1925), John Lee Saltonstall, Joseph Buell Ely, John Foster Dulles, Allen Welsh Dulles and James Jermiah Wadsworth; fourth cousin of Henry Meigs, Thomas Hale Sill, Bela Edgerton, Jabez Williams Huntington, Heman Ticknor, Nathaniel Huntington, William Whiting Boardman, James Huntington, Martin Olds, Frederick William Lord, Charles Phelps Huntington, Elisha Hunt Allen, Elisha Mills Huntington, Theodore Sill, George Washington Wolcott, Robert Coit, Jr. and Alonzo Mark Leffingwell; fourth cousin once removed of Timothy Pitkin, Augustus Seymour Porter, Samuel Lathrop, Peter Buell Porter, Theodore Davenport, Edmund Holcomb, Henry Meigs, Jr., Albert Asahel Bliss, Philemon Bliss, Alfred Peck Edgerton, Joseph Ketchum Edgerton, Alexander Hamilton Waterman, Augustus Frank, William Fessenden Allen, Judson B. Phelps, William Clark Huntington, Frederick Hobbes Allen, Herman Arod Gager, William Brainard Coit, Hiram Bingham and John Leffingwell Randolph.
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Backus, Horace J. (1889-1918) — of Andover, Tolland County, Conn. Born in Andover, Tolland County, Conn., October 13, 1889. Republican. Real estate agent; member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Andover, 1915-16. Died in Connecticut, October 17, 1918 (age 29 years, 4 days). Interment at New Andover Cemetery, Andover, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Backus (1848-1929) and Marion (Jacobs) Backus (1850-1929); married to Gertrude Pond (1888-1977).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Backus, Ira Chandler (1805-1866) — also known as Ira C. Backus — of Jackson, Jackson County, Mich. Born in Fort Ann, Washington County, N.Y., January 10, 1805. Republican. Physician; bank director; member of Michigan state senate 12th District, 1859-60. Episcopalian. Died in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., September 3, 1866 (age 61 years, 236 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ebenezer Backus (1771-1840) and Jemima (Chandler) Backus (1772-1850); married, May 14, 1829, to Julia Ann Sargent (daughter of Isaac Sargent); first cousin of Harmon Sweatland Conger; first cousin once removed of Lyman Averill Chandler; second cousin once removed of Chauncey Fitch Cleveland; third cousin of Henry Sabin; third cousin twice removed of Luther Waterman, Ephraim Safford and Isaiah Kidder; third cousin thrice removed of Matthew Griswold, Augustus Seymour Porter and Peter Buell Porter; fourth cousin of Joshua Perkins, Edward Green Bradford, Bailey Frye Adams, Orestes Cleveland and Lee Randall Sanborn; fourth cousin once removed of David Waterman, Jonathan Usher, Elijah Abel, Bela Edgerton, Charles Stetson, James Safford, Luther Kidder, Isaiah Stetson (1812-1880), Edward Green Bradford II and James L. Sanborn.
  Political families: Kidder family of Connecticut; Greene family of Providence, Rhode Island; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware; Thayer-Capron-Aldrich-Stetson family; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Stetson family of New York and Massachusetts (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Backus, Isaac (1789-1868) — of Canterbury, Windham County, Conn. Born in Plainfield, Windham County, Conn., November 27, 1789. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Canterbury, 1838. Died February 13, 1868 (age 78 years, 78 days). Interment at Raymond Cemetery, Canterbury, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Isaac Backus (1754-1814) and Esther (Shepard) Backus (1756-1832); married, April 30, 1817, to Susan P. Barstow; first cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Huntington; second cousin of William Woodbridge and Henry Titus Backus; second cousin once removed of Zina Hyde, Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Samuel Huntington, Henry Huntington, Gurdon Huntington and Almur Stiles Whiting; third cousin of Thomas Worcester Hyde; third cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Samuel H. Huntington, Abel Huntington, Benjamin Nicoll Huntington, Matthew Griswold, Charles Edward Hyde, John Sedgwick Hyde and Edward Warden Hyde; third cousin twice removed of John Davenport, Joshua Coit and James Davenport; third cousin thrice removed of John Foster Dulles, Allen Welsh Dulles and Selden Chapin; fourth cousin of Henry Meigs, Bela Edgerton, Jabez Williams Huntington, Heman Ticknor, Nathaniel Huntington (1793-1828), James Huntington, Martin Olds, Charles Phelps Huntington, Elisha Mills Huntington and Alonzo Mark Leffingwell; fourth cousin once removed of Augustus Seymour Porter, Samuel Lathrop, Peter Buell Porter, Theodore Davenport, Henry Meigs, Jr., Alfred Peck Edgerton, Joseph Ketchum Edgerton, William Clark Huntington, Hiram Bingham and John Leffingwell Randolph.
  Political family: Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Backus, J. Harvey — of New York. Democrat. Candidate for New York state senate 44th District, 1932. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Jan — of Vermont. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1994. Still living as of 1994.
  Backus, Jean Rae (b. 1923) — also known as Jean Backus; Jean Rae Ettinger; Mrs. Ross Backus — of Owosso, Shiawassee County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., April 24, 1923. Republican. Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1957, 1969; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964. Female. Christian Scientist. Member, American Association of University Women. Still living as of 1969.
  Relatives: Daughter of Glen Lerch Ettinger and Phebe (Wells) Ettinger; married, March 18, 1944, to Ross Allen Backus.
  Backus, John H., Jr. — of New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924, 1928; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 16th District, 1924. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, John R. — of Colchester, New London County, Conn. Republican. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Colchester, 1903-04; first selectman of Colchester, Connecticut, 1906; warden (borough president) of Colchester, Connecticut, 1911. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Joseph — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Bridgeport, 1823. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Louise — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Republican. Candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 6th District, 1962. Female. Still living as of 1962.
  Backus, Mrs. Nelson W. — of Freeport, Stephenson County, Ill. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920. Female. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Oswald P. — of Oneida County, N.Y. Progressive. Candidate for New York state senate 36th District, 1914. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Mrs. Ross See Jean Rae Backus
  Backus, Samuel D. — of Kings County, N.Y. Member of New York state assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1854. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Samuel Grant (d. 1953) — also known as Samuel G. Backus — of Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich. Born in Summersville, Nicholas County, W.Va. Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1938. Died, of heart failure, February, 1953. Interment at Perry Mount Park Cemetery, Pontiac, Mich.
  Backus, Samuel W. — of San Francisco, Calif. Republican. Member of California state assembly 13th District, 1877-80; postmaster at San Francisco, Calif., 1882-86, 1890-94. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, Thomas — of Killingly, Windham County, Conn. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Killingly, 1829, 1833; member of Connecticut state senate 14th District, 1835, 1838; Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1849-50. Burial location unknown.
  Backus, William C. — of Willimantic, Windham, Windham County, Conn. Democrat. Member of Connecticut state house of representatives from Windham; elected 1902. Burial location unknown.


BACLESSE (Soundex B242) — See also ANACLETUS, BECKLES, BLESSE, BLESSED, BOUCHLES, BUCKLES, CLESS, CLESSLER, CLESSON, DELESSELINE, DELESSEPS, ESSE, LESSELS, LESSELYOUNG, LESSEN, LESSER, MACLEAN, MACLEAY, MACLEISH, MACLELLAN, MACLEOD, MIRACLE, SCHLESSEL.

  Baclesse, Buell A. — Republican. Candidate for Missouri state senate 21st District, 1968. Still living as of 1968.


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