The Charles F Rand you are inquiring about is indeed part of the Western New York Rand family. This Charles Franklin Rand was a half brother of the family patriarch Calvin Gordon Rand, also of Batavia, NY. Calvins mother died young and father James remarried.
Calvin married Almira Hershey Long of early Western New York settlers Benjamin Long and Mary Hershey Long. The early 1820's family home, the Long Homestead, is a New York Historical site on the Erie Canal in Tonawanda, NY. Calvin and Almira had 9 children, including 4 sons, one of whom died young. The three sons, Benjamin Long Rand, James Henry Rand, and George Franklin Rand, were all influential in the Western New York area. Benjamin Long Rand named his third son Charles Franklin in memory of his [half?] uncle.
It was James H's son, James H Rand Jr, who eventually , after merging his company with his fathers, merged with the Remington Co creating Remington-Rand. In time Rem-Rand merged with the Sperry Corp creating Sperry Rand, ultimately just Sperry.
An internet search will find quite a lot of information about these business entities, all of which sprang from North Tonawanda, NY. Benj. L worked with his brother and nephew, as did numerous other Rand family memebes.
George F Sr and Jr went into banking, ultimately creating and running Midland Marine which has since merged with HSBC.
I am a great-great-great-grandson of Calvin G and Mary Hershey Long Rand. I have no idea what relationship that means I am to Charles Franklin Rand. I have visited the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, NY which has a room dedicated to Charles and many artifacts of his life, but not the Medal of Honor. I have a cousin who is in posession of the medal as it was passed from his grandfather the already mentioned nephew Charles F Rand, to him and is in a safe deposit box. I have held it and it is an impressive thing to touch.
Michael Rand email@example.com
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