M. K. Simpson, of Geneva, Ontario county, New York, was born in Orange county, New York, September 3, 1829.
He attended the public schools, acquiring a practical education which prepared him for the activities of life, after which he learned the trade of carriage maker, following the same for many years, deriving therefrom a comfortable livelihood. In March, 1857, he took up his residence in Geneva, New York, where he has since resided, and where he conducted a carriage making business for nine years. He has taken a leading part in every movement that tended toward the advancement and welfare of his adopted city, and is held in high esteem by all who know (1910) him. On August 7, 1862, during the progress of the civil war, he displayed his patriotism by enlisting in Company E, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth New York Volunteers, and was mustered out June 6, 1865. He served mostly on detached duty and participated in the battles of Bolivar and Maryland Heights, being taken prisoner at Harper’s Ferry. He is affiliated with Swift Post, No. 94, Grand Army of the Republic, with Lodge No. 299, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Grand Lodge of the State of New York. He holds membership in the North Presbyterian Church, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican party. Mr. Simpson married, December 26, 1854, Frances McNeill: children: Selina A., married J. Wagner: Augusta H.. married W. R. Groom.