Biography of George M. Hemiup

George M., son of Alexander Hemiup, was born November 22, 1822. in Penn Yan, New York. He was reared and educated there, and at the age of eighteen removed to Geneva, New York, and entered the employ of his uncle, Anthony Hemiup, who conducted the most extensive mercantile business in that city. He remained in the employ of his uncle until the death of the latter, and then assumed charge of the business, continuing in the grocery and crockery business until his retirement from active pursuits in the year 1886. Mr. Hemiup devoted considerable time to the reading of good literature, was devoted to his home and family, and was averse to taking part in public affairs. He was a consistent member of the Universalist church, contributing of his time and means to its building up. He married, November 12, 1851, Maria Remington, eldest daughter of Rev. Seth W. Remington, pastor of the Universalist church, and his wife, Maria (Pickering) Remington, and a direct descendant on the maternal side of Timothy Pickering, of revolutionary fame, and of Caleb Cushing. Children: May, born February 3. 1853, died February 17, 1861 ; Verna, born March 10, 1868, married, April 9, 1887, James M. Haley, of Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Hemiup died suddenly from heart failure, July 14, 1886, leaving a widow and one daughter, afore mentioned.

Maria (Remington) Hemiup, widow of George M. Hemiup, was born in Boston, Erie county, New York, March 18, 1832. Descending from a long line of scholars and statesmen, it is not strange that she should have inherited an inquiring mind. Her whole life has been spent in study and research. Her husband always encouraged her in all her undertakings, and in 1871 she drew the plans for her large home on Genesee street. Contractors refused to build the house unless the plans were submitted to an architect for revision and correction. This Mr. and Mrs. Hemiup refused to do, but at last the house was built in 1873, the builders one and all refusing to take any responsibility in the matter, but when the house was completed it was found that the plans had been correct in every particular. Mrs. Hemiup still resides in the house she planned and built so many years ago; her daughter and son-in-law reside with her. On May 5, 1866, Mrs. Hemiup published her first scientific article in the columns of the Rochester Es-press. This article attracted wide attention, as in it she claimed that ice formation was not a deviation from natural law as had always been supposed. In 1886, after devoting twenty years to study of the subject, she published her first book “Law of Heat.” This volume was in support of her theory and advanced her “Moulten river” theory. This work was widely read and Mrs. Hemiup has in her possession scores of letters from the most noted scientists of Europe and America in reference to her work. At the age of seventy-six. Mrs. Hemiup published “Our World,” and now (1910) (1911), at the advanced age of seventy-nine, she still hopes to complete another large work. Mr. and Mrs. Hemiup were ardent believers in the woman suffrage movement, and the political articles of Mrs. Hemiup in the Geneva papers carried much weight for many years. Mrs. Hemiup was aunt of the late Frederic Remington. She died after a week’s illness. September 11, 1911. The funeral services were conducted by a woman minister. Miss Clara Morgan.

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