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BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW 



THIS VOLUA^E CONTAINS BIOGRAPHICAL 
SKETCHES OF 

THE LEADING CITIZENS OF 
DELAWARE COUNTY 

NEW YORK 



" Bio§:raphy is the lioiiie aspect of history" 



BOSTON 

Biographical Review Publishing Company 
1895 



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PREFACE 



GC)\'riCMI'()RAR\' lecorils ma}- l)e said to be a dcln clue from every t;ciKTatiiin to the 
future. So inuch has the \vritin<;- of annals and ])lacinfi them in a ]ieriiianent form 
been neglected liitherto that an additional burden has fallen on the |)resent, which, besides 
doing its own work, must needs bra\-ely endeavor to make u\) for things left undone of old. 
Hence this volume of Delaware Comity biograjjliies. which, thanks to the generous co-operation 
of an a]j])reciative public, we are now enabled to |)lace before our readers, while fintling its 
subjects mostly among the li\-ing, men and women faithfulh' intent on the business of to-dav. 
mentions not a few of their ancestors, near and remote, — emigrants from the Old World, from 
the banks of the Hudson, and from the waxe-washed shores of New I-jigland. These jxiges call 
to mind the toils and endurance of the jaioneers who sturdi]\ hewed their wav through the 
jiathless woods, finding sweet |)asture on the tufted hillsides and along the water-courses in 
the valleys for their flocks and herds, and. slowl\- ujiturning the sod to the sunshine, made the 
wilderness to smile with the earl\- harxest. Here. too. are chronii-jed names and deeds of 
stanch patriots who fought and bleil for the "land of the noble free." -Such |)rogenitoi's 
may well claim from their descendants what a wise speaker has termed " a moral and philo- 
sophical respect, which elexates the character and impro\es the heart." It is the nature of 
jK-rsonal memoirs like the jiresent to increase in \-alue as the \ears go h\. wheiefore the book 
should commend itself as of more than passing interest and fleeting worth. — .i volume that will 
be jirizetl by children's children for one generation after aiiothei-. "' The great lesson of biog- 
rai)hy, " it has been well said, " is to show what man can be and do at his best. .A noble life 
]Hit fairly on record acts like an insjiiration. " 

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Williams Martin. 



BIOSRAPHIGAL. 




ENERAL WILEIAMS MAR- 
TIN, a well-known antl widely 
influential citizen of Delaware 
County, one of tlie foremost 
in works of internal ini])rove- 
ment, and jn'iMninent also in 
military circles, was t)orn May 
3, 1827, in the town of Han- 
cock. His grandfather, Eben- 
ezer, was a native of Mans- 
field, Conn., and was of ICng- 
lish descent, the family being among the early 
settlers of New England. Ebenezer was a 
soldier in the Revolutionary War, and, after 
that struggle was over, gave his attention to 
farming in Connecticut. On April 3, 1777, 
he married Eucy Eane. by whom he had three 
children: Eydia, born March 11, 1778; Eem- 
uel, born January 21, 17S0: Amasa, born 
September 6, 1782. Amasa was the original 
settler of Fayetteville, Onondaga County, 
N.Y., coming there from Connecticut, and 
clearing the farm where his descendants still 
live. Eeniuel was a pioneer of Parksville, 
Sullivan County, N.Y., to which place he 
came in 181 1, bringing his young wife (Eory 
Trowbridge) on an ox team. The second wife 
of Ebenezer was Joanna I'assett, whom he 
married March i, 1785, and by whom he 
had seven children. The eldest, Ebenezer, 
born March 30, 1786, was a lawyer by profes- 
sion, and died of cholera at Harrisonville, 
III., August 27, 1819. Josiah, born April 
17, 1788, was father of the subject of this 
sketch, and died July 27, 1856. Orra, born 
January 25, 1791, was a Baptist clergyman, 
and lived to be nearly a hundred years old. 
John was born April 4, 1793. Eucy was born 
.May 3, 1795. Henry was born July 2, 1799. 
Charles was born September 14, 1802. 



Josiah Martin was educated in his native 
town of Mansfield, and then studied law, but 
later took up the profession of surveyor. He 
was drafted in the War of 1812, and, after 
getting his discharge, settled in Hancock in 
1816, being engaged as teacher in the town 
school. Previous to this he had taught in 
Virginia. On I'V'bruary 26, 1817, he married 
Rachel Williams, who was the daughter of 
Titus and Phcebe Williams, her father being 
a local i)reacher and one of the first settlers of 
the Delaware Valley. Josiah and Rachel 
Martin were the parents of nine children, two 
of whom died in infancy. The following 
lived to reach maturity: Charles, born No- 
vember 12, 18 18; James, born October 12, 
1S20; lane, born November 26, 1822; Levi, 
born March 24, 1825; Williams, born, as 
above mentioned. May 3, 1827; Josiah, born 
September 19, (829; Rachel, born January 7, 
1833. Mrs. Rachel Martin died August 5, 
1836: and on March 20, 1842, Josiah Martin 
married Sally Purdy. They lived upon the 
home farm the remainder of their lives. 

Williams Martin was educated in the dis- 
trict schools of his nati\e town, after which 
he followed the river as a lumberman, and 
also taught school in Delaware and Sullivan 
Counties. When but eighteen years old he 
piloted two rafts to Trenton, and was called 
the youngest steersman on the river. At 
twenty-one he was elected Superintendent ot 
the common schools of his native town. 
Much time in his early life he spent with his 
father as a surveyor: and after a while he 
adopted that profession, and has followed it 
for many years, and has been employed by the 
State engineer and sur\-eyor for the last 
twenty years in settling many disputed lines 
between counties and towns. He was one of 



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the most active promoters of the Midland 
Railroad, and was Railroad Commissioner for 
the town of Hancock during the building of 
the road. He was also Vice-rresident and 
Director of what is now the Scranton Branch 
of the Ontario & Western Railroad. 

On July 27, 1848, General Martin was mar- 
ried to Polly Landfield, daughter of Clark and 
Hannah (Thomas) Landfield. Her parents 
were born in Delaware County, and here 
spent their entire lives, dying when quite 
advanced in years. Wherever known, they 
were loved and respected for their many 
virtues. A brief account of them and of 
Mrs. Martin's grandparents is given in the 
sketch of her brother, the Hon. Jerome B. 
Landfield, of Binghamton, in the "Biographi- 
cal Review of Broome County." Clark Land- 
field, who was a business man of Hancock, 
was of New England ancestry. His father, 
Mijah Landfield, a native of Stonington, 
Conn., born in 1767, was one of the earliest 
settlers of Delaware County, pushing out into 
this wild and almost unknown region when 
but a young man. He made a part of the 
journey by canoe up the Delaware River, 
reaching the frontier soon after the last guns 
of the Revolution had sounded the note of 
victory over foreign tyranny, and when the 
Indians had retreated to their hilly fastnesses 
and surrendered their favorite hunting- 
grounds. Mr. Landfield was a man of will 
and energy, and he went to work to clear the 
forest where now lies the village of Harvard. 
He was active in advancing the best interests 
of the settlement, being among the first to 
lend a helping hand to every new comer, ex- 
tending hospitality to the stranger who sought 
a home along the valley of the upper Dela- 
ware. He married the daughter of a pioneer. 
Miss Phebe Youmans; and they reared a good 
family to succeed them in the development of 
the new country. Having lived useful and 
happy lives, they died amid the scenes of 
their long labors, respected and beloved, and 
leaving to their children the priceless treasure 
of a good and honored name. Early members 
of the Landfield family had fought for their 
country in the Revolution. 

Mrs. Martin's mother, a lady of strong 
character and high mental qualities, was a 



daughter of Elijah Thomas, of sturdy New 
England ancestry, himself a Revolutionary 
patriot. He entered the army in 1778, and 
served faithfully till the close of the war, 
often employed as a bearer of despatches from 
the commander-in-chief. His discharge bears 
the signature of the immortal Washington. 
Having led a life of honorable activity, he 
died when about fourscore years of age, in 
Delaware County, whither he had come as a 
pioneer from his native State. He married 
Mindwell Baxter, a native of Connecticut, her 
family being of the early Puritan stock. She 
was a true wife and mother, antl, like her hus- 
band, a devoted Christian. She died in the 
village of Harvard, when full of years. 

General and Mrs. Martin have had four 
children, a brief mention of whom is as fol- 
lows: C. Leslie, born December i, 1849, 
Auditor of the Charleston, Sumter & North- 
ern Railroad; William Jay, born P'ebruary 8, 
1852, General Freight and Passenger Agent 
of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad; 
Fletcher W., born June 26, 1853, now at Liv- 
ingston Manor on the O. & W. Railroad; 
Charles Francis, born October 28, 1855, died 
February 19, 1857. 

From his youth General Martin has taken 
an active interest in the State militia, and at 
the age of eighteen was elected Second Ser- 
geant of the company to which he belonged. 
In 1845 he was elected Orderly Sergeant, twt) 
years later received his commission as Cap- 
tain, and during the war was given by Gov- 
ernor Seymour the rank of Colonel. He 
raised and equipped the One Hundredth New 
York State Volunteers, and Iiad them ready 
for marching at a moment's notice. He held 
command of the regiment till June 27, 1867, 
and then received his commission as Briga- 
dier-general of the Eighteenth Brigade of 
the National Guard of the State of New York. 
He remained in the service until 1873, when 
he received his discharge, and is still held as 
a supernumerary. In 1877 the General was 
associated with a syndicate of New York capi- 
talists in building the P. N. C. & L. E. Rail- 
road, and was Secretary and Director of the 
company for three years, after which he 
again removed to his native town of Hancock, 
and has since been actively engaged in super- 



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intending and caring for his lumbering and 
farming interests, being one of the largest 
real-estate holders in the Delaware Valley. 
In 1892 he was elected a Director of the 
"Orange Count)' Trust and Safe Deposit 
Company, at Middletown, N.V., one of the 
largest and most prospL'rous institutions of the 
kind in Soutliern New York." 

In politics he is a Democrat, and is one of 
the leaders of his party. He was Postmaster 
at Harvard, N.Y., during the Fillmore admin- 
istration. "The Pines," the comfortable 
home of the General and Mrs. Martin, is sit- 
uated on a promontory some fifty feet above, 
and five hundred feet distant from, the junc- 
tion of the Beaver Kill and luist Branch of 
the Delaware River, and overlooking the 
bustling little village of luist Branch. 

The first portrait in the present volume will 
be recognized as a likeness of General Will- 
iams Martin, who is shown by the foregoing 
sketch to have done good service, and justly 
to have won an excellent reputation both as a 
soldier and a civilian. The work in which he 
has largely been engaged calls to mind the 
words of Emerson,' "Railroad inni is a magi- 
cian's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping 
energies of land and water." 



TJSTUS W. TAYLOR has lived in the 
village of Hobart but a little short of 
half a century, and is now the oldest 
inhabitant. Mxcepting that he is 
still active and vigorous, bearing with ease 
his fourscore years, he might be likened to 
the sere and yellow leaf, the last on the tree; 
for it is true that he is the sole survivor of 
the companions of his early manhood who 
with him were residents of this (lart of Stam- 
ford, when it was but a small hamlet. He 
was born in the town of Stamford, September 
30, 1814, being the son of Baruch and Sarah 
(Wilcox) Taylor, the former of whom was a 
native of Danbury, Conn., born on January 7, 
1789, and the latter a native of Delaware 
County, iiaving entered this world May 12, 
1792, in the town of Harpersfield. 

Baruch Taylor was a son of .A.ndrew and 
Hannah (Smith) Taylor, both natives of Con- 
necticut. Andrew Tavlor was a weaver and a 



tanner by trade, and foUowed those vocations 
in the State of his ])irt]i. During the Revo- 
lutionary War he w.is drafted into the army. 
He subsequently migrated to Delaware 
County, becoming among the earliest set- 
tlers of the town of Harpersfield, where he 
iiought a tract of unimproved land from one of 
the members of the original Harper family. 
After clearing many acres of that purciiase, he 
removed to another farm in the same town, 
where he continued his [)ioneer labor until 
death closed his earthly career at the age of 
seventy years. He was one of the most suc- 
cessful farmers of the vicinity, being enabled 
to spend his last years free from active labor. 
At the time of his settlement Catskill was 
the nearest market, and the nearest mill was 
in Schoharie, whither the grist had to be 
taken on horseback. He was a stanch Demo- 
crat ill his political views, and both he and 
his good wife were members of the Episcopal 
church. She lived to the venerable age of 
ninety-four years. They reared three chil- 
dren — Baruch, Andrew, and Laura, all of 
whom lived to a good old age, and each reared 
large families. 

Baruch, the eldest son, was reared on the 
farm, and during the earlier years of his ma- 
ture life was engaged in teaching in the 
district schools. He was also a pioneer sing- 
ing-school master, being engaged in that ca- 
pacity for nearly forty years. He succeeded 
to the ownership of the parental homestead in 
the town of Stamford, the part then known as 
Harpersfield. He was a very useful and a 
thoroughly respected citizen, being a man 
whose word was as good as his bond. His 
wife, who was a sincere and worthy nn-mber 
of the Baptist church, of which he was an 
attendant, dejiarted this life on December 9, 
1S50. Baruch Taylor was a prominent mem- 
ber of the Democratic party, serving as Su- 
pervisor, Justice of the Peace, and in various 
other offices. He spent his last years at tlie 
home of the subject of this sketch, dying Feb- 
ruary 15, 1873. Iiight children were born to 
him' and his wife, seven of whom grew to 
maturity, and two are now living, as follows: 
Justus W. ; Andrew, born July 29, 1827, a 
lawyer in Hancock. Edmund R., born Feb- 
ruary 20, 1822, died May 31, 1831; Deloss 



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Lafayette, born September 14, 1824, died 
November i, 1887; Celia J. Dickson, born 
January 11, 1816, died March 13, 1869; 
Laura L. Taylor, born February 8, 18 18, died 
October 4, 1846; and Sarah H., born January 
30i 1820, died February 2, 1870. 

Justus \V. Taylor was given the advantages 
of a good education, his first steps in the path 
of knowledge being trod in the schools of the 
district; and the instruction there obtained 
was further advanced in a select school and 
at Jefferson Academy. Mr. Taylor was sub- 
sequently engaged for twelve winter seasons 
as a teacher in the day schools, and, inherit- 
ing his father's musical talent, had also large 
classes in singing for many winters. He is 
one of the oldest teachers of Delaware County 
now living. Mr. Taylor has owned and occu- 
pied his farm of fifty acres in the village of 
Hobart since the day of his marriage, and in 
its management has met with great success. 
He is a farmer of excellent judgment, and a 
keen, capable business man, deservedly held 
in much respect as a citizen and neighbor. 

Mr. Taylor was married June 17, 1845, to 
Thirza M. Booth, a native of Harpersfield, 
where she was born November 25, 1825, being 
a daughter of John and Maria (Smith) Booth. 
Mr. Booth was one of the early settlers of this 
section of Delaware County, and in his capac- 
ity of carpenter and builder did much toward 
advancing the growth of the place. He died 
while yet a comparatively young man, at the 
age of forty years. His widow lived to cele- 
brate her eighty-third birthday. Both were 
active members of the Methodist church, and 
in politics he was a Whig. Of their eight 
children three are now living, namely: Mrs. 
Lydia Humphrey, of Harpersfield; Mrs. 
Thirza Taylor; and Mrs. Ruth Humphrey, 
of Harpersfield. 

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor has been 
blessed by the birth of two children. Eliza- 
beth, born October 12, 1849, is the wife of 
Jabez H. Barlow, a painter residing in Ho- 
bart; and John B., born May 3, 1852, a 
farmer, is married, and also lives in Hobart. 
Mrs. Taylor is a woman of far more than aver- 
age ability and energy, both mental and phys- 
ical. Since the age of sixteen years she has 
been engaged in the millinery business in the 



village, and may rightly be entitled the "pio- 
neer milliner." She has the largest and most 
stylish stock of millinery goods to be found in 
the vicinity, making two trips to New York 
City each year to buy her goods and secure 
the fashions. 

In his political views Mr. Taylor is identi- 
fied with the Democratic party, of which he is 
a faithful adherent. He has ever taken an ac- 
tive part in local matters, and has served for 
four years as Justice of the Peace, besides 
holding various other offices. Both he and 
his wife are active members of the Methodist 
church, in which he has served as Trustee and 
is now a Steward. 




of these 
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YRON L. BEACH is one of the 
practical and prosperous farmers 
of his native town of Masonville, 
and one of the representative men 
parts. He is the owner of a val- 
;hly cultivated farm of two hundred 
acres; and .here he carries on general farming 
and dairying, besides devoting a good deal of 
attention to the business of his saw-mill. 
He first opened his eyes to the light of this 
world on September 17, 1829, being a son of 
Chester and Eliza Ann (Root) Beach. His 
father was born in Litchfield County, Conn., 
and his mother in Dutchess County, New 
York. 

Among the early settlers of the town of 
Masonville were several families from Con- 
necticut, who removed from their native State 
in 1824, and, establishing themselves in this 
part of Delaware County, became largely in- 
strumental in developing its resources and 
advancing its growth. Prominent among this 
number was Joshua Beach, the paternal grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, who, with 
four of his sons, settled within the limits of 
the town of Masonville, each buying a tract of 
wild land. Joshua Beach purchased about 
two hundred acres, on which a small place 
had been cleared and a log house erected. 
The forests still contained deer, bears, 
wolves, and other wild animals, which roamed 
unrestrained over the beautiful valleys and 
hillsides where sleek herds of cattle may now 
be seen peacefully grazing. By dint of labo- 



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rious industry the cklci- Ikach improved a fine 
homestead, and remained a respected resident 
of the town until his decease at the age of 
sixty-five years. In politics he was a Whig, 
and in religious matters w^as a sound I'reshy- 
terian. He married Lois Loomis, who sur- 
vived him, living to the ripe old age of 
fourscore years. They reared a family of 
eight children, si.\ sons and two daughters, 
none of whom are now living. 

Chester Beach was one of the four sons who 
came to Masonville when his father did, 
bringing with him his wife and family- He 
bought one hundred acres of unimproved land, 
on which he l)uilt a block-house; and into 
this he moved with his family. He cleared 
quite a tract of his land, and, buying more, 
bec.uiie the owner of a farm of one himdred 
and ninety-four and three-quarters acres. His 
death occurred when he was about sixty-five 
years old. His wife died long afterward, on 
the old homestead, at the advanced age of 
eighty years. In politics he was a Whig 
until'the disbandment of that party, when he 
became identified with the Democratic party. 

Of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Ches- 
ter Beach, Myron L. is the only one now liv- 
ing. Ph(tbe Ann, a single lady, died at the 
age of sixty-six years. Electa M., who be- 
came the wife of Erastus Mills, died when 
only twenty-five years old. Lucius H. passed 
away at the age of fifty-three years. 

Myron L. Beach grew to man"s estate on 
the homestead, receiving his mental training 
in the district school, and on the farm acquir- 
ing a practical knowledge of agriculture. At 
the age of twenty-two years he began the 
battle of life on his own account, buying fifty 
acres of land, not very far from the parental 
homestead. He prospered in his labors, and 
through his habits of industry and thrift was 
enabled to add to his possessions, buying land 
adjoining the old homestead, so that he is now 
the possessor of two hundred valuable acres. 
In 1864 Mr. Beach moved on to the place 
adjoining the old home, where he has since 
resided, carrying on his farming operations in 
such an intelligent and judicious manner as to 
reap the best possible results. 

Mr. Beach was first married on the iith of 
February, 1852, to Maria II. Green, who was 



born in llarpersheld, Delaware County, iJe- 
cember 16, 1833, and who died November 6, 
1853, leaving no children. On Octcjber 8, 
1S54, he married Phtebe Ann Wilson, a na- 
tive of Otsego County, born in -South 
Worcester, February 20, 1827. She was the 
daughter of Joseph and Jane (Wilsey) Wilson, 
neither of whom is living. Of this union 
were born six children, whose record is as fol- 
lows: Lewis R., born April 4, 1856, died 
October 27, 1869. Lydia M., born April 8, 
1858, became the wife of Simeon Pond, and 
(lied May 29, 1883. Henry Kelson Beach, 
born May 15, i860, a single man, living at 
home, assists in the management of the home 
farm. Ida ICllen, born October 31, 1862, 
died March 4, 1863. Orrin Arthur, born 
August I, 1864, is a farmer, residing in Ox- 
ford, and is married, and has five children. 
Electa M., born September i, 1867, married 
Emory BarthoIomew^ and died May 25, 1887. 
Mrs. Ph(ebc A. Beach, the mother of this 
family of children, passed on to the higher 
life October 4, 1891 ; and Mr. Beach was 
united in marriage on February 14, 1893, to 
Lucy Ann Wilson, a sister of his second wife, 
and the widow of the late Reuben Jump. She 
was born in South Worcester on February 6, 
1834. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beach are liberal m their re- 
ligious beliefs; and he, politically, is a firm 
siqiporter of the principles of the Republican 
party. He has served as Justice of the Peace 
eight years, and has hehl many of the minor 
offices of the town. 



AMES HOLLEY, a successful agri- 
culturist of Walton, owns and occupies 
a comfortable homestead on the river 
road, about two miles from the village. 
Lie comes of patriotic Puritan stock, his 
grandfather Holley having been a life-long 
resident of Connecticut and a veteran of the 
Revolutionary War. 

Mr. Holley was born December 23, 1826, 
in the town of Delhi in this county, being a 
son of William Holley, a native of L'airfield 
County, Connecticut. William Holley re- 
mained with his parents until seventeen years 
old, when he went to Troy, N.V., where he 



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learned the trade of shoemaking from a worthy 
Crispin who afterward became his brother-in- 
law. In 1818 he came to Delaware County, 
becoming one of the early pioneers of Delhi, 
where he worked at his trade for many years. 
He finally removed to Hanidcn, and there 
passed his remaining days, he living to cel- 
ebrate his eighty-second birthday. The 
maiden name of his wife, who was of Irish 
descent, the daughter of George Stewart, of 
Schenectady, was Ann Stewart. They reared 
a family of seven children; namely, John S., 
George, Stephen, ICliza Ann, James, Mar- 
garet, and Matilda. Mrs. Ann Holley was a 
member of the Baptist church, in which she 
did active work. She survived her husband, 
and died in Walton at the home of her son 
James, after a long and useful life of seventy- 
eight years. 

James Holley was the fifth child born into 
this household; and, being very young when 
his parents moved to Hamden, he there spent 
the days of his youth, receiving as good an 
education as the public schools of the locality 
afforded, and worked with his father until 
seventeen years old. He then began working 
out by the month at lumbering and farming, 
continuing thus employed for eight years. 
Having saved enough money to warrant him 
in establishing a household, he married, and, 
removing to Sullivan County, there rented a 
farm, which he carried on for one year. Mr. 
Holley then returned to Delaware County, 
and, purchasing a farm in Colchester, was for 
some time engaged in its management. He 
subsequently worked at the carpenter's trade 
for about seven years in Sullivan County. In 
1865 Mr. Holley bought the seventy-acre farm 
where he now resides, and has since dili- 
gently worked at its cultivation. In addition 
to general husbandry, he makes a good profit 
on his dairy, keeping about fourteen cows, 
and selling his milk at the creamery. 

The first marriage of James Holley was 
celebrated in 1850, when Lois H. Lindsley, 
a daughter of David Lindsley, an early pio- 
neer of Sullivan County, became his wife. 
She was a most amiable woman, and a devoted 
member of the Baptist church. She died in 
1854, leaving two children — a son named 
William and a daughter Matilda. William, 



who is a farmer in Tompkins, married Jane 
Hull. Matilda married William H.Wilson, 
a farmer in Colchester, the son of Ephraim 
Wilson, of that town; and they are the par- 
ents of six promising sons: Frank; Walter; 
James; Earl; and Sherman and Herman, 
twins. Mr. Holley subsequently married 
Elizabeth S. Moore, a native of Hilton, and 
a daughter of James and Betsey (Armstrong) 
Moore, who removed to Hamden from Hilton. 
Two children were born of this union, 
namely: Marshall, who assists his father on 
the farm; and Mary, who died at the age of 
thirteen months. In October, 1892, Death, 
who loves a shining mark, again crossed the 
threshold, bearing away the affectionate wife 
and tender mother. She was a sincere Chris- 
tian woman, and a valued member of the 
Methodist church. 

Mr. Holley, who is a true-hearted man, 
and an esteemed and worthy citizen, is a zeal- 
ous worker in the cause of temperance, being 
a stanch supporter of the Prohibition party. 
He has also been a member of the Baptist 
church for forty-five years. 




EBSTER M. BOUTON, Principal 
of the Bloomville Graded School, 
is a promising young man of supe- 
rior mental attainments, and during his pro- 
fessional career has given evidence of special 
aptitude for his chosen vocation. He is a 
native of Delaware County, Stamford having 
been the place of his birth, and June 23, 1871, 
the date thereof. He is the descendant of an 
ancient and respected family of this county, his 
paternal great-grandfather, Stephen Bouton, a 
native of Greene County, having been a soldier 
in the Revolutionary War, and subsequently 
a pioneer of the town of Roxbury. He was a 
farmer by occupation, and, settling in Rox- 
bury in 1780, resided there until his death, at 
the venerable age of ninety years. 

Anson Bouton, son of Stephen, was born in 
the town of Roxbury, and was bred to a 
farmer's life. He owned a good farm, and 
became one of the representative farmers of 
that vicinity, living there until his departure 
from earthly labors, when seventy-four years 
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in the prime of life. Slie bore him six chil- 
dren, of whom the following three are yet liv- 
ing: Ann, the wife of Robert I'.arl, resitiing 
at Beaver Hill: Adelia, the wife of Cieorge 
Hookhout, living in Roxbury; and Henry C, 
living in Kortright. 

Henrv C. Houton was born May 2, i S44, in 
the town of Roxbury. Ho has devoted his 
entire life to farming, and is well known 
throughout this section of the county as a 
practical ami iirosperous agriculturist and an 
extensive landholder. His homestead in the 
town of Kortright contains three hundreil 
acres of choice land, and constitutes one of 
the finest farms in the locality. He was mar- 
ried in the town of Stamford, February 13, 
1868, to Hannah M. Haines, who was born in 
Jefferson, Schoharie County, in February, } 
1846. Both he and his wife are conscientious 
members of the Presbyterian church at Kort- 
right Centre; and in politics he is a firm su])- 
porter of the principles of the Republican 
party. He has served as Collectoi-, and in 
various town offices, and is in all respects one 
of the foremost citizens of his community. 
To him and his wife seven children have been 
born, as follows: Cora, the wife of George 
Parris, of Meredith: Charles E., of Pennsyl- 
vania; Webster M. : Frank H.: Anson S. ; 
Grace ]\I. ; and Carrie A. 

Webster M., the second son, who is the 
subject of this biographical notice, acquired 
the rudiments of his education in the district 
schools of Kortright, where he laid a substan- 
tial foundation for his present mental accjuire- 
ments. He afterward pursued his studies at 
Stamford Academy, making such good use of 
the opportunities afforded him that before six- 
teen years of age he passed a standing exami- 
nation for teaching. When seventeen years 
old, he assumed the duties of a pedagogue, his 
first school being in Hari)ersfield Centre: and 
from that time until the present he has con- 
tinued in this useful and pleasant occupation, 
enjoying a well-merited reputation as a teacher 
of more than ordinary ability and success. 
Mr. Bouton came to his present position in 
1893; and under his regime the Bloomville 
school maintains a high rank among the graded 
schools of Delaware County, its excellent con- 
dition reflecting great credit upon him, and 



upon his industrious pupils, and the intelli- 
gent iKirents of the district, who heartily 
co-ojjerate with him in his efforts for its im- 
provement. Religiously, Mr. Bouton is a 
valued member of the Presbyterian church; 
and, socially, he is a member of Delaware 
V'allcy Lodge, No. 612, Independent Order of 
Odd l'\llows, of Bloomville. Politically, he 
is a stanch Republican, taking an active in- 
terest in local and national affairs; and dur- 
ing the campaign of 1892 he delivered stirring 
and sound political addresses on the issues of 
the day throughout Delaware County. 




llCWIS BUSH, of Walton, is one of 
the veterans of tlie Grand Army of 
the Republic who still live to tell 
of hardships untlergonc and deeds 
of valor done in the most perilous period 
of our nation's history. Descended from 
good okl stock, he w\as bf)rn and bred on 
a farm, and early engaged in such studies and 
toils and pastimes as opportunity afforded or 
duty directed. His native place was in Rens- 
selaer County, New York, where he was born 
on June 12, 1843. His father, John Bush, 
was born in the same county on August 23, 
1807, and died at his home in Walton in 
1884. Mr. Bush"s grandfather was Daniel 
Bush, who also died in Walton, and whom 
many will still remember as having retained 
all his faculties to an extreme old age. The 
wife of Mr. John Bush was Mary Faunt, a na- 
tive of Hanulen; and she was the mother of 
nine children, six sons and three daughters, 
Lewis being the sixth child. He and his 
sister Margaret, wife of Asa Weldon, of Dry- 
den, Tompkins County, are the only survivors 
of tliis numerous family. 

Shortly after finishing his course of study 
in the district school, young Bush became in- 
terested in the questions that stirred the pub- 
lic mind, and, at the breaking out of the 
War of the Rebellion and the call to the 
front, was ready and willing to go. He en- 
listed from Walton in the One Hundred and 
I-'ortv-fourth New ^'ork \'olunteer Infantry. 
Company B. and served in the ranks for three 
vears, thus becoming accustomed to the haril- 
1 iest kind of life, and showing a most com- 



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mendable bravery. For a long time the 
ravages of disease made it necessary for him 
to remain at Upton Hill, Fairfax -Seminary, 
where typhoid fever bereft him of much of the 
manly vigor of which he had always been 
proud. He experienced some of the worst 
horrors of the war; and, when honorably dis- 
charged at its close, he came home to the 
farm, thankful that his life had been spared. 

On the first day of the year i86g he was 
married to Elizabeth Cornwell, of Otsego 
County, who was the daughter of William and 
Fidelia (Worden) Cornwell. Mrs. Bush 
never knew her father, he having died before 
her birth. Her mother, however, lived to be 
sixty-eight years old, and died in 1882, hav- 
ing been twice married, and leaving nine 
children. Mrs. Bush has one own sister, 
Louisa, wife of Augustus Fuller, of Downs- 
ville, Delaware County,. Mr. and Mrs. Bush 
are without children of their own, but have an 
adopted son, Clarence K. Bush, a promising 
young man of twenty-one, now at Amherst 
College, who has already shown much intel- 
lectual ability. Mr. Bush is a member of 
General Marvin Post, No. 209, Grand Army 
of the Republic, of which he has been Junior 
Commander and Quartermaster Sergeant. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bush came to this village 
eleven years ago, and it is now three years 
since they purchased the property where they 
now live. They have remodelled the place 
so that their present home is a credit to them- 
selves and an ornament to the town. Here 
Mrs. Bush carries on the flourishing millinery 
business which she established eleven years 
ago, and in which she stands at the head of 
the trade in the town in the excellence and 
good taste of her work. 

The family are zealous and valued members 
of the Methodist church, being among the 
most earnest workers and liberal contributors 
toward completing the new house of worship 
and paying off the debt, all of which by eager 
and heroic effort they hope to accomplish be- 
fore the end of 1894. 

Mr. Bush is a Republican in politics, and 
has proved himself a faithful citizen, having 
quickly responded in the hour of his country's 
need, bravely venturing his life in its cause. 
Beginning early to make sacrifices, he has 



been always influenced by higii motives and 
aspirations; and he is to-day one of the men 
who are looked to with assurance for earnest 
help in works for the uplifting and advance- 
ment of humanity. 



/IV,, 



H.BERT T. SCOTT, M.D., a prac- 
\ •) I tising physician in East Davenport, 
was born March 30, 1854, in the 
town of Bovina, Delaware County, that town 
being likewise the birthplace of his father, 
James R. Scott. His grandfather, Adam 
Scott, was a native of Scotland, whence he 
came to America when a young man. He 
took up his abode in Bovina, where he devoted 
his time to the pioneer labor of clearing a 
farm. He had made excellent headway in his 
work, having redeemed a very good homestead 
from the wilderness, when he was accidentally 
killed by his horses running away and throw- 
ing him over a bridge. He married Nancy 
Russell, who survived him, and spent her last 
years on the old homestead. They reared 
eight children — James R., Henry, Frank, 
John, Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary, and Ellen. 

James, the eldest son, was brought up by an 
uncle, Andrew Hamilton, in Delhi, where at 
an early age he learned the carpenter's trade. 
He first located in Bovina. In 1861 he re- 
moved to the town of Andes, and thence went 
to New Kingston, where he departed this life 
at the age of sixty-five years. When a young 
man he was united in marriage with Mary 
Winter, who was born of Scotch parentage in 
Middletown. Her parents were pioneers of 
this county, settling in Middletown when the 
place was one vast forest, wherein wolves, 
panthers, and other wild beasts disported at 
will. During their first year's residence there 
they depended largely on the game they shot 
for meat; but each succeeding twelvemonth 
saw a few more acres of land under cultiva- 
tion, and in course of time they had a com- 
fortable homestead. They reared a large 
family of children — a full dozen. Of the 
union of James R. Scott and his wife eight 
children were born, as follows: James A., a 
carpenter, living in New Kingston; Thomas 
H., a farmer living in Walton; Gilbert T. ; 
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Mary Ellen, the wife of Jacob N. Thompson, 
a farmer, of New Kingston; Fanny, deceased, 
who married Oscar I'"aulkner, of Xew King- 
ston; and Elizabeth, who makes her home 
with her brother, the Doctor. The mother 
spent her last years in New Kingstcm, d\'ini;- 
at the age of threescore years. 

Gilbert T. Scott, having spent his early 
years in New Kingston, where his first les- 
sons were conned, subsec|uently attended the 
district schools of Midilletown and Andes, 
and was next enrolled as a stuilcnt at Stam- 
ford Seminary, and later at the Andes Col- 
legiate Institute, where he finished his 
preparation for college. Matriculating at 
Westminster College in Pennsylvania, he was 
there graduated, after a four years" course, 
with the degree of B.A. He first pursued the 
study of medicine with Ur. Alexander Allen, 
of Pittsburg, Pa., and afterward entered the 
medical department of the University of the 
City of New York, from which he received his 
diploma in 1884. Dr. Scott began the prac- 
tice of his profession in the town of Koxbury, 
where he remained three years, at the expira- 
tion of which period he came to Davenport, 
succeeding to the practice of Dr. James M. 
Donnelly. 

Dr. Scott was married in 1S85 to Miss 
Mary Birdsall, one of six children born to the 
Rev. Isaac and Isabella (Davidson) Birdsall, 
of New Kingston, where Mr. Birdsall is en- 
gaged as a local preacher of the Methodist 
denomination. Their happy wedded life was 
not of long duration; for on December 11, 
1893, Mrs. Scott jiassed to the spirit world, 
leaving one child, Clifton R. Scott. She 
was a woman of superior merit, possessing a 
deeply .sympathetic nature, excelling in the 
Christian virtues, and was an esteemed mem- 
ber of the United Presbyterian church, of 
which the Doctor is a Trustee. 




ILAS M. OLMSTI'.D, a i)ractical 
and progressive agriculturist of the 
town of Masonville, was born within 
its precincts, the date of his birth 
being August 8, 1843. His parents, John 
and Delilah (Tallman) Olmsted, were both 
natives of Greene County, New York, his 



father having been born I'cbruary 21, 181 1, 
and his mother October 13, 1822. His 
grandfather, Moses Olmsted, was a i)ionei'r of 
Greene County, and prominent among its 
early settlers. He was an enterprising man, 
full of life and activity, and was engaged as a 
contractor of public works, as a successful 
hotel-keeper, and as a ]iros[)erous farmer. He 
belonged to a loj'al arid ]iatriolic family, and 
one of his brothers served in the Revolution- 
ary War. Both he and his wife, whose 
maiden name was Cornelia Pitcher, died in 
(jreene County. They had a family of eight 
children, three of whom are now living, the 
family record l;eing as follows: Frederick, 
deceased; Wilbur, deceased; John, who re- 
sides in Bainbridge, Chenango County; Will- 
iam, deceased; Dorr, who lives in Greene 
County; Lany, deceased; Adaline, deceased; 
Emeline, the widow of Daniel Linon, resid- 
ing in Cireene County. Jedediah Tallman, 
his maternal grandfather, was born in the 
latter part of the eighteenth century, and died 
before 1830. But little of his life record has 
been preserved. His wife, Melinda Trip, 
was born in 1800, and died in (ireene County 
in the seventies. She was the mother of five 
children, four of whom are living, namely: 
Ursula, widow of ICzekiel I'alen, residing in 
Rome, Ga. ; Delilah, wife of John Olmsted, 
in Bainbridge, Chenango County, N.'\\; Ar- 
mida, deceased; Jeannette, widow of Lewis 
Hunt, in Ouaker Street, Schenectady; P'.lijah, 
in ( ireene C(iunt\'. 

John Olmstetl was rearetl and educated in 
Greene County, in early life turning his at- 
tention to agricultural pursuits. He made 
his first jnux-hase of laiul in Delaware County, 
coming to Masonville in 1841, crossing the 
intervening country with teams, and bringing 
with him his family and all their worUlly pos- 
sessions. Buying the land now ownctl and 
occupied by Jonas Finch, which was at that 
time heavily timbered, he erected a frame 
house that is still standing, and resided there 
for many years. He cleared much of the land, 
and, i)uying other tracts, was at one time the 
possessor of a farm of three hundred and forty 
acres. He was well known as one of the 
leading farmers of his locality, and during his 
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its influential citizens. Ho served his fellow- 
townsmen in various official capacities, hav- 
ing been Assessor three terms. Road Com- 
missioner, and the incumbent of several minor 
offices. In 1867 he and his wife moved to 
Bainbridge, where he bought the valuable 
farm of one hundred and forty acres, on which 
he .still lives, and carries on general farming. 
Although advanced in years, he and his wife 
are still vigorous both mentally and physi- 
cally, and hajjpy in the enjoyment of good 
health, l^olitically, he is a firm Republican, 
and in religious matters is liberal. Of the 
fourteen children born of their union nine are 
now living, as follows: Theodore and Silas 
M., both farmers in Masonville; Levi, a 
farmer in Sanford, Broome County; Adelbert 
H., a civil engineer, in Bloomfield, N.J.; 
Jonathan, living with his parents in Bain- 
bridge: Armida, who married Samuel Smith, 
living in Bainbridge; Arcella, the wife of 
Charles Osborne, living in Milford, Otsego 
County; Rueyette, wife of Elmer Ford, resid- 
ing in Batavia, N.Y.; and Josephine, the 
wife of Eugene Brightman, living in the vil- 
lage of Sidney. The names of the deceased 
are: Jeannette, who died at the age of sixteen 
years; Walter, who died at the age of five 
years; Elizabeth, who died when an infant; 
Adaline, who died at the age of twenty-five 
years; and Harriet, who died when an infant. 
Silas M. Olmsted obtained his early knowl- 
edge of book lore in the district schools of 
Masonville, and on the home farm early be- 
came initiated into the mysteries of agricult- 
ure, and remained at home, assisting in the 
management of the farm, until September i, 
1864, when he enlisted in the service of his 
country, as a private in Company B, One 
Hundred and Forty-fourth New York Volun- 
teer Militia, under the command of Captain 
M. W. Marvin, his term of enlistment being 
for one year, or until the close of the war. 
With his company Mr. Olmsted participated 
in several skirmishes and battles, among 
others being the battles at James Island and 
Honey Flill. While at the front he con- 
tracted a disease from which he has never 
fully recovered. On June 25, 1865, he re- 
ceived his honorable discharge, at Hilton 
Head, S.C. Returning to Delaware County, 



he resumed his former occupation in the place 
of his nativity, and subsequently bought one 
hundred acres of land in the town of Sidney, 
where he pursued farming initil 1873. He 
then disposed of his property there, and 
bought the farm of one hundred and ten acres 
on which he now resides, carrying on mixed 
husbandry with excellent pecuniary results. 
He has a choice dairy of fourteen cows, 
mostly native cattle. He thoroughl)' under- 
stands his work, and is acknowledged to be 
one of the most able and successful agricultur- 
ists in his locality. 

On May 15, 1867, Mr. Olmsted was united 
in marriage with Emma L. Sikes, a native of 
Connecticut, where she was born January 4, 
1846. Her parents, Thomas and Pamelia 
(Barnes) Sikes, both natives of the same 
State, removing to Delaware County in 1850, 
settled on a farm in Masonville, on which the 
father still lives. Mrs. Sikes departed this 
life in 1882. She bore her husband eight 
children, five of whom are living, namely: 
Henry W., of Pittsfield, Mass.; Mrs. Olm- 
sted; Sila, the wife of Rufus Randall, of 
Masonville; John, a farmer, of Masonville; 
Celestia, the wife of Nelson Wilcox, of 
Masonville. The names of the deceased are 
as follows: Julia, who died at the age of 
twenty-three years; Ellen, who died at the 
age of eleven years; and an infant. Mrs. 
Sikes was an esteemed member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, while Mr. Sikes is lib- 
eral in his religious views. Politically, he is 
a straight Democrat. 

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Olmsted has 
been blessed by the birth of eight children, 
the following being their record: Ida, born 
April 4, 1868, is the wife of Frank Wright, 
of Oneonta. Walter J., born January 24, 
1 87 1, resides at home. Blanche, born Janu- 
ary 31, 1875, niarried George Reynolds, and 
resides at home. Janette, born January 11, 
1880, lives at home. Clara died at the age of 
six years, Leah died when ten months old, 
Iva died when a week old, and John died 
when two and one-half years of age. 

■• There is no flock, however watched and tended. 
But one dead lamb is there ; 
There is no fireside, liowsoe'er defended, 
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Mrs. Olmsted, a sincere ami Christian woman, 
is a devoted member of tlie Metlioilist Epis- 
copal church; and Mr. ()lmsted is quite lib- 
eral in his views on religion. In politics he 
affiliates with the Republican part)', support- 
ing its i>iinciples by voice antl vote. .So- 
cially, he is a member of Masonxille Lodge, 
No. 1 80, Grand Army of the Republic, of 
which he is Past Commander. 



^i:\'. RICHARD C. .SJ'.ARING, rec- 
^-^ tor of Christ ICpiscopal Cluu'ch at 
'o\ Waltiin. has been potent in elevat- 

^"^ ing the moral and religious status 
of this part of Delaware County, and in- 
fluential in forwariling its educational and 
literary interests. He was born April 13, 
185 I, in Saratoga .Springs, which was also the 
place of nativity of his father, William M. 
Searing. His grandfather, Richard Searing, 
was a pioneer of Saratoga County, whither he 
went from Hempstead, L.I., where he was 
reared and married. During the Revolution- 
ary War he was engaged as teamster, but also 
handled a musket to good purpose at the 
battle of Stony Point. Removing to Saratoga 
County, he purchased a tract of land which 
was still in its virgin wildness, and there en- 
gaged in general farming until his death. 
He was twice married ; his second wife, from 
whom the subject of this sketch is descended, 
was Hannah Stanley Marsh Searing, the 
daughter of .Samuel Stanley, and the widow of 
William Marsh. She bore him three chil- 
dren, namely: William M. : Sarah, the wife 
of J. IngersoU; and Hannah. 

VVilliam M. Searing was reared to agricult- 
ural pursuits on the home farm, assisting in 
its labors during the years of his boyhood and 
youth, but not neglecting his educational 
advantages. After mastering the common 
branches of learning, he taught school several 
terms with unciuestioned ability and success. 
Having a logical and analytical mind, with a 
taste for jurisprudence, he began the study of 
law in the office of William A. Beach in Sara- 
toga Springs, and subsequently entered upon 
the practice of his profession in that place. 
He has always taken an active interest in 
works of philanthropy and reform, ever being 



foremost in the cause of the o|)pressed, and 
was prominent among the rree-soiiers, who 
s])enl some time in Kansas in the stirririg 
periotl of its settlement. During the late 
Civil War he won a recortl as a brave man and 
a loyal officer, of which lie and his descendants 
may well be proud. He enlisted in the ser- 
vice of his C(nuitry in 1861 as Major of the 
Thirtieth New York X'olunteer Infantry, and 
for gallant conduct was promoted to the rank 
of Lieutenant Colonel, and subsecpiently was 
appointed Colonel of his regiment, serving as 
such until honorably discharged in 1863. He 
was an active participant in several heavy en- 
gagements, being at the second battle of l^ull 
Run, .\ntietam, P'redericksburg, Chancel lors- 
ville, antl others, and at one time having his 
horse shot from under him. Returning to Sara- 
toga Springs, he resumed his law practice, and 
is still an honored resident of that place, where 
he is filling the office of Pension Agent. 

He married Caroline M. Huling, daughter 
of Peekman and Maria (.Smith)' Huling, the 
former of whom was born in the town of 
Beekman, Dutchess County, .\.V., being the 
son of John Huling, a native of the same 
place and a pensioner of the Revolution. 
Jacob -Smith, the father of Maria Smith Hu- 
ling, was a resident of Kinilerhook, Columbia 
County, where the latter was born, December 
8, 1 799. Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. 
William .Searing seven children were born, 
namely: Beekman; William, deceased ; Rich- 
ard C. : lulmund; Carrie; .Samuel, Chaplain 
(if Citv Institutions, Boston, Mass.; and Han- 
nah, deceased. Both parents are esteemed 
members of the Bethesda Church at Saratoga. 

Richard C. Searing, the subject of this 
brief biography, spent the first years of his 
life in the village of Saratoga Springs, ac<|uir- 
ing his elementary education in its district 
schools, wdiich was further advanced by attend- 
ance at the graded school. He went thence 
to St. Stephen's College at Annandale, N.V.. 
and was graduated from the Ceneral Theologi- 
cal .Seminary in New York City in 1877. 
His first pastoral work after graduation was at 
Walton, in the church where he is now offici- 
ating, of which he had charge until 1879, 
when [he accepted a call to Columbia, Pa. 
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months, Mr. Searing spent a short time at 
Middle Haddam, Conn., and subsequently two 
years in VVillimantic and two years at Union- 
ville, in the same State. He next had charge 
of a church at Arlington, Vt., for nearly five 
years, and from that place returned to his 
first pastorate in July, 1893. Through his 
untiring efforts when at Arlington, the church 
at Sunderland was established. He is a man 
of great perseverance, and in his present re- 
sponsible position in the Master's vineyard is 
acquitting himself with the same fidelity to 
duty, and with the same lofty purpose, clear 
judgment, and tempered zeal which have ever 
been among his distinguishing characteristics. 
.Under his faithful ministrations many per- 
sons have been added to the different congre- 
gations under his charge, and he has made his 
influence felt for good in the community 
wherever he has resided. 

The marriage of Mr. Searing with Lizzie 
Chrisman Seeley, the daughter of Aaron C. 
and Caroline (Jennings) Seeley, of New Ca- 
naan, Conn., was solemnized on January 15, 
1880. Mr. and Mrs. Seeley removed from 
their New England home to the town of Wal- 
ton, and were numbered among its most 
valued citizens. They had four children — 
George C, Erastus C, Carrie C, and Lizzie 
C. Mr. Seeley died while yet a young man, 
at the age of twenty-nine years. Mrs. Seeley 
survived her husband until 1882, when she 
passed to the higher life at the age of fifty- 
three years. Roth were sincere communicants 
of the Episcopal church. After the death of 
her husband Mrs. Seeley, who was a woman 
of fine character and rare mental endowments, 
devoted herself with faithful solicitude to 
rearing her little family, who all continue to 
reside in Walton, and have become useful 
members of society, George being junior 
member of the firm of Fitch Brothers & See- 
ley, and Erastus member of the firm of Tobey 
& Seeley. 

Politically, the Rev. Mr. Searing is a 
Republican; and, socially, he is a member 
of the Masonic fraternity, having joined 
Walton Lodge, No. 559, in 1878. He is 
also a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to 
Adoniram Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, of 
Manchester, Vt. 




RED H. GRIEFIS, proprietor of the 
Edgerton House, the leading hotel of 
Delhi, has, by his ready tact and uni- 
form courtesy, made his well-managed estab- 
lishment, with its beautifully supplied table 
and its excellent service, one of the most at- 
tractive resorts for the travelling public that 
can be found within the limits of Delaware 
County, and has won for himself a far more 
than local reputation. He is a native of 
Delaware County, having made his first en- 
trance upon the stage of lite October 22, 
1S58, in the town of Hancock, where his 
father, Calvin B. Griffis, was then engaged in 
business. 

Calvin B. Griffis was born on the farm of 
his parents in Montrose, Susquehanna County, 
Pa., being one of a family of eight children, 
seven of them being boys; namely, Calvin, 
Abner, Milton, Austin, Elisha, John, and 
Jefferson. He remained on the paternal 
homestead until his freedom birthday, then 
purchased a farm and engaged in general agri- 
culture on his own account. Being an ener- 
getic, stirring man, with keen foresight, he 
saw the way to make money in the timbered 
region of New York State. Removing to 
Delaware County, he bought eleven hundred 
acres of wild land in the town of Hancock, 
giving twenty dollars and fifty cents per acre 
therefor. He erected a mill and began clear- 
ing off the timber, which he sawed and sold, 
being an extensive dealer in lumber for many 
years, and supplying the Erie Railway Com- 
pany with wood. With characteristic enter- 
])rise he purchasetl an interest in the stage 
line from Hancock to Delhi, and also one from 
Hancock to Downsville, that being prior to 
the time of railways. The business proved to 
be very remunerative, as many as one hundred 
passengers a day, at three dollars per fare, 
being sometimes conveyed between Hancock 
and Delhi. This was during war times, in 
1862 and 1863. 

Mr. Griffis also built a large store, in which 
he not only kept a complete assortment of dry 
goods, boots, shoes, and ready-made clothing, 
but ran an extensive flour and feed business, 
being one of the most successful general mer- 
chants of the place. All of these he con- 
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Hancock House, the largest hotel in that 
town, and for five years thereafter managed it 
with eminent success. In 1877 he came to 
Delhi, and assumed the management of the 
li^dgerton House, which he carried on in the 
same prosperous manner until 1889, when he 
sold his interests to his son Fred, the subject 
of this sketch. Trevious to this time Calvin 
H. Griffis had bought what is now known as 
the Edgerton House farm, which he mn to 
supply the hotel, and which he continued to 
operate until March, 1893. He still leads an 
active life, paying personal attention to his 
many interests and superintending his farm in 
Hancock, which is one of the finest in the 
entire State. He married Jane M. \'aughn, a 
native of Pennsylvania, and the daughter of 
one of its prosperous farmers. She has borne 
him four children, all sons, namely: I'^. 
Walker, who is retired from active life, and 
resides in Hancock: Olis C, proprietor of 
the Hancock House, which was formerly 
owned by his father; Charles H.; and Fred 
H. The mother is an active Christian 
woman, and a member of the Baptist church. 
Fred H., the youngest of the four boys, 
spent his early years in Hancock, being 
reared on the farm, and acquiring his educa- 
tion in the union scliool. After comideting 
his education, he came to Delhi, and began to 
assist his father in the hotel. ]?ecoming fully 
acquainted with the details of the business, in 
1888 he bought the hotel of his father, and in 
its subsequent management he has met with 
well-merited success. In 1892 Mr. C.riffis 
leased the Edgerton House farm, containing 
one hundred and seventy acres of land; and 
here he keeps a large number of cows, suj)ply- 
ing the hotel table with pure cream, undiluted 
milk, and fine butter, and cultivating the land 
for the raising of vegetables. From 1891 to 
1893 Mr. Grififis was also engaged in buying 
and selling horses, owning a large sale and 
exchange stable, in company with K. A. 
Young, and doing a lucrative business under 
the firm name of Grifiis & Young. On Janu- 
uarv I, 1893, he sold his interest in the 
.stable to his partner, and has since devoted 
his entire attention to his farm and hotel, tlie 
latter being in every respect the finest and 
best-equipped hotel in the county. 



In 1 88 1 Mr. Griffis led to the marriage 
altar Miss Anna L. Judson, a native of Delhi, 
daughter of Charles and Mary (Hergen) Jud- 
son, former proprietors of the American 
House, Mr. Judson being the worthy repre- 
sentative of one of the old and iionored fam- 
ilies of this part of Delaware County. One 
son, Calvin C. Grififis, has been born of tiieir 
union. Mr. Griffis, socially, is a leading 
member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging 
to Delhi Lodge, No. 439, A. !■'. & A. M., to 
Delaware Chapter, No. 249, and to .\orwich 
Commandery, No. 46. 




Il.LARD 11. FRISBI':i:. The farm 
of this gentleman, with its comfort- 
able residence and out-buildings 
and tlieir jdeasant surroundings, lies like a 
picture in the landscape of Delhi, and bears 
the appropriate name of " Maple Shade." 
The iiomestead was purchased by Mr. Frisbee 
from his father, Edward A., into whose pos- 
session it had come on the death of Daniel 
Frisbee, of whom he was the youngest son. 
It embraces two hundred and thirty-two 
acri's of land, which has been managed in 
the wisest manner, and has responded liber- 
ally in rich jiroducts to the hand of one of 
the most skilful agriculturists of Delaware 
County. In the prosecution of his labors Mr. 
Frisbee has availed himself of the experience 
of older men, and of the skill of the inventor, 
adapting his land to that branch of husban- 
dry which he deems most jirofitable, and using 
the most approved modern machinery. He 
is at present largely engaged in dairying and 
stock-raising, selling the milk from filty 
choice cows in the markets of New York, and 
owning a valuable lot of cattle and horses. 

Mr. h'risbee was born ApvW 9, 1858, on the 
homestead where he now resides; and this 
same farm was also the birthplace of his fatiier, 
lulward .\. Frisbee. His great-grandfather. 
Judge Gideon Frisbee, was one of the earliest 
settlers in this part of the State, where the 
name Frisbee has long been prominent. He 
was a New luigland man by birtli. Init mi- 
grated to this .State, and, after a short stay in 
Schoharie County, came thence t(j Delaware 
Countv. wlu-re he took up a timbered tract 



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lying in the town of Delhi, and in time estab- 
lished a good home for his family. He was 
a remarkably well-informed man, and was 
very influential in the management of impor- 
tant affairs. He had the honor of being ap- 
pointed the first Judge of this county, and in 
his house the first court was held. Of his 
large family of children none arc now living. 

Daniel Frisbee, son of Judge Frisbee, was 
born in New Canaan, Conn., went from there 
to Schoharie County, New York, with his 
parents and at the age of nine years came 
with them to this county- He was reared a 
farmer, and, when reaJy to begin his inde- 
pendent career, took up a timber tract of two 
hundred acres of land and proceeded to clear 
a farm. In the customary log house he and 
his young wife, whose maiden name was Ruth 
Beardsley, began their labors, mostly of a 
pioneer nature, experiencing many difficul- 
ties, but with a resolute spirit overcoming 
them all. Here they lived and toiled, and 
here this worthy couple passed to their final 
rest. The home which they reared in the 
wilderness came successively into the posses- 
sion of their son Edward and their grandson 
Willard, whose name heads this sketch. Mr. 
and Mrs. Daniel Frisbee were the parents of 
twelve children, of whom eleven grew to ma- 
turity; namely, Erastus, Huldah, Dalinda, 
Sally, Beardsley, Ruth, Gideon, Lydia, Dan- 
iel, Marilla, and Edward A. 

Edward A. Frisbee was the youngest mem- 
ber of the parental household, and his entire 
life was spent on the farm where he was born. 

Through the days of his boyhood and youth 
he attended school and assisted on the farm, 
acquiring a good common school education, 
and becoming well versed in the pursuit of 
agriculture. After the decease of his parents, 
he came into the possession of the old home- 
stead, and was for many years known as one 
of the best farmers in this region. He added 
many of the fine improvements of the place, 
building the present commodious residence 
and good barn and out-buildings. He de- 
parted this life on February 5, 1893, at the 
age of sixty-four years, leaving behind the 
blessed memory of a life well spent. On 
April II, 1855, he married Rosella D. Gra- 
ham, the daughter of Henry R. Graham, of 



Meredith. She passed to the better land 
April 6, 1888, at the age of fifty-tsvo years. 
They were the parents of two children — Wil- 
lard H. and Esther H. The latter is the wife 
of John D. Paine, a clerk in Graham's hard- 
ware store at Delhi. Both parents were con- 
scientious members of the Baptist church, in 
which Mr. Edward A. Frisbee served with 
fidelity as Trustee for many years. 

Willard H. Frisbee was reared upon the old 
homestead, receiving the rudiments of his 
education in the district school. Being a 
bright and ambitious boy, he was afterward 
sent to the Delaware Academy, thence to Col- 
gate Academy at Hamilton, where he pursued 
the classical course. Returning to the home 
of his youth, Mr. Frisbee engaged in farming, 
and in 1891 purchased from his father the old 
homestead, in whose management he is meet- 
ing with encouraging results. He is well 
known throughout this locality as an honest, 
upright man and a true and faithful citizen, and 
as the encourager and supporter of all enter- 
prises calculated to benefit the community. 

Mr. Frisbee was united in wedlock January 
3, 1883, to Miss Minnie E. Hoag, the descend- 
ant of an old and honored family of Delhi, 
being the daughter of Cyrus Hoag. Into 
their pleasant home five children have been 
born — Ralph H., Clarence E., Elmer G., 
Rosella B., and Wyatt C. Mr. Frisbee takes 
an active interest in the temperance cause, 
and casts his vote with the Prohibitionists. 
Religiously, he is a prominent member of the 
Baptist church, of which he is a Trustee. 



ISAAC WINANS. For more than a 
half-century Mr. Winans has been a 
resident of the town of Sidney, and 
during the time has established a good 
reputation as a man of industry, intelligence, 
and thrift. He was for many years an impor- 
tant factor in the industrial interests of the 
town, carrying on a successful business in the 
manufacture of boots and shoes. He is a na- 
tive of New York, born in the town of Una- 
dilla, Otsego County, March 14, 1822, being 
a son of Silas and Elizabeth (Smith) Winans. 
His paternal grandfather, Isaac Winans, Sr., 
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Count)', Juno 26. 172S, was a veteran of llic 
Revolution; and after the close of tliat war he 
settled in Otsetjo County, beint;' one of the 
pioneers of Cnadilla. ile was a farmer by 
occupation, but not a land-owner, and, al- 
thouj;h making a comfortable li\ing, never 
accumulated much property. On Jul)' 21, 
1774, he was united in marriage to Sarah 
Holly, a native of Dutchess County, the date 
of her birth being December 12, 1743. Of 
their union se\en children were b<irn, all of 
whom grew to maturitx'; but none are now 
living. Grandfather W'inans was a man of 
profound con\'ictions in regard to the great 
truths of religion, liberal in liis views, and 
tolerant of the opinions of others. Init rather 
inclined toward the tenets of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, of which church his good 
wife was a consistent member. Huth spent 
the last years of their lives in the town of 
Unadilla, he passing away at the home of one 
of his daughters at a ripe old age. 

lulward .Smith, the maternal grandfather of 
Mr. Winans, was a nati\-e of England, where 
he spent the earlier years of his life. In 
1803 he emigrated to America, and, proceed- 
ing directly to Otsego County, settled in the 
town of Butternuts, where he bought a tract of 
land and engaged in farming. He died there 
on Eehruary 24, 1813, at the age of fifty- 
seven )'ears. On June 12, 1783, a score ot 
years prior to his emigration, he was married 
to Catherine Chapman, who accompanied him 
to his new home, and who survived him a few 
years, dying in Butternuts, May 27, 1818, 
when fifty-seven \ears old. They reared a 
family of eight children, but none are now- 
living. While in his native country, Mr. 
Smith, who had great mechanical ability, was 
engaged in the manufacture of buttons; and 
his grandson, Mr. Winans, has in his posses- 
sion a button made by him in 1770, which is 
of great value as a work of mechanical skill, 
being worth more than its weight in gold. It 
is as large as a silver dollar, and consists of 
seventy-two pieces of steel put together in an 
ingenious manner. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were 
people of great moral worth, and were highly 
respected. They were members of no relig- 
ious organization, but weie firm believers in 
the Univcrsalist faith. 



.Silas Winans, son of the elder Isaac, was 
born in Little Nine Partners, Dutchess 
County, May 13, 1785, and sjient the days of 
his bovhood and early manlu>od near the 
scenes of his birth, being reared to the occu- 
pation of a farmer. Subsequently removing 
to Otsego County, he bought a small farm in 
the town of Unadilla, and was for some years 
there engaged in agriculture. In 1839 he 
came to Delaware County, and, buying one 
hundred and si.xty-five acres of land near Sid- 
1 ney Centre, began the improvehient of a 
homesteail. He was a man of good intellect- 
ual capacity, fond of reading and study, but 
not a ver)' practical manager; and it was 
through the excellent judgment and business 
ability of his wife that his farming operations 
were ably carried on. He married IClizabeth 
.Smith, who was born in Leicestershire, ICng- 
land, August 29, 1794, a daughter of ICdward 
and C"atherine (^Chapman) Smith, above 
named. She proved herself a helpmate in 
every sense implied by the term; and both 
she and her husband spent their remaining 
\'ears in the town of .Sidney, she dying in 
May, 1 86 1, at the age of sixty-seven \'ears, 
and he in November, 1873, at the venerable 
age of eighty-eight years. They were re- 
spected for tlieir integrity and ui)right moral 
character: and, although not church members, 
he was a Univcrsalist in his religious views, 
and slie was a Methodist. To them were born 
ten children, seven sons and three daughters, 
of whom the following is a brief record: 
Catherine, born .Se])tember 23, 1820. is the 
widow of Joel Lee, ami resiles in Sidney 
Centre. Isaac is the one whose name heads 
the present sketch. Laura, l^orn in August, 

1824, married Chester Pomeroy, and died 
August 15, 1884. .Silas C born in Ma_\', 

1825. is a resident of P'ranklin. Eliza, born 
in August, 1827, dietl young. Cyrus W. was 
born in .Au-ust, 1829. Jose]ih. born in Octo- 
ber, 1831, was a physician in Linn County, 
Iowa, where his death occurred in March, 
1892. Henry IL. born in .Xugust, 1833, 
lives in .Sidney Centre with his sister, Mrs. 
Lee. -Samuel, born in August, 1836, was an 
able pinsician. and dietl in .Si(hiey Centre in 
1863. James, born on May 24, 1839, '^ '■^ 
farmer residing in Sidney Centre. 



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Isaac Winans, the eldest son of Silas, re- 
mained in the place of his nativity until 
seventeen years of age, and there received the 
rudiments of his education, which was com- 
|)lcted in Sidney Centre. He remained at 
home, assisting on the farm, until attaining 
his majority, when he started life for himself, 
beginning as a farm laborer, working during 
the summer months for nine dollars a month, 
and during the winter seasons working at the 
shoemaker's trade, which he learned after 
leaving home. In 1845 he established him- 
self in Sidney Centre as a manufacturer of 
boots and shoes, and was for thirty-six years 
prosperously engaged in that business. By 
steady application to his work and the exer- 
cise of sound judgment in his investments he 
has acquired a good property and a comfort- 
able home. Clinging to his early habits of 
industry and thrift, Mr. Winans still leads a 
life of activity, and realizes a handsome an- 
nual income from the sale of honey, keeping 
about fifty stands of black and Italian bees; 
and, in addition to this business, he also 
raises a good deal of poultry, his principal 
stock being brown leghorns. 

On the 3d of August, 1845, Mr. Winans 
was united in marriage to Rhobey Hunter, a 
native of Sharon, Vt., and a daughter of Dr. 
Ira and Rhobey (Spalding) Hunter. Rhobey 
Hunter Winans was born on January 26, 
1 8 16, and for several years was a successful 
school-teacher. She had an older brother, 
Philip S. Hunter, a clothier by trade, and two 
sisters: Thirza, who died when only two years 
old; and Louise, who died at sixty-six years 
of age. The "Review" is indebted to the 
practised pen of Mrs. Winans for further par- 
ticulars concerning her parents and interesting 
incidents in the lives of distant ancestral con- 
nections, which she has recorded as they were 
told her by her mtJther, and which show the 
heroic spirit that animated the pioneer men 
and women of the perilous times of old. 

Ira Hunter was born in Grantham, N.H., 
January lo, 1785, worked at shoemaking for 
several years, and then, under the instruction 
of Dr. Elias Frost, began the study and prac- 
tice of physic. In 181 2 he was married to 
Rliobey Spalding, daughter of Captain Philip 
and Thankful Waterman Spalding. In 181 7 



he bought a farm in Roxbury, Vt., where he 
settled with his family, as a farmer and phy- 
sician, remaining there until he came with 
them to Franklin, Delaware County, N.Y., in 
the year 1837. A few years later they re- 
moved to Sidney Centre, where Dr. Hunter 
died, November g, 1856, aged seventy-one 
years. He was a man of much talent and a 
skilful physician. He was a Republican in 
political principle, and a true patriot. Rho- 
bey (Spalding) Hunter, his wife, spent the 
remainder of her years with her daughter, 
Mrs. Winans, in Sidney Centre, and entered 
her rest in hope of a glorious resurrection, at 
the ripe age of ninety-one years. She was a 
woman of a sound mind, a Baptist, and much 
respected by all who knew her. 

Captain Philip Spalding, father of Rhobey 
Spalding Hunter, was born in Connecticut in 
November, 1755. He was a soldier in the 
War of the Revolution, and served as Captain 
under the command of General Washington. 
He was a tall, well-built man, of command- 
ing appearance, a wise counsellor, a good 
Christian, and a Baptist. He retained his 
mental faculties almost to the last; and, 
when his life work here was finished in his 
ninety-third year, he passed away so peace- 
fully it might be said of him, "Asleep in 
Jesus, oh, how sweetl" His wife, who died 
at sixty, was a Christian believer, a Baptist in 
sentiment, not a church member. Her name 
was Thankful (Waterman) Spalding. She 
had a brother in the Revolutionary War, 
whose name was William Waterman; and, at 
one time, while in a battle where the enemy 
were victorious, he was the last man on the 
field who turned to flee. In his flight, the 
"balls whizzed by his ears thick and fast," he 
used to say; and, as he leaped over a wall, a 
ball entered his hip. He fell, and, with 
many others, was taken prisoner; aiul with 
them he was stowed away in an old ship on 
the briny waters, three miles from any land. 
Many had the prison fever; and, to use his 
own expression, "they were dj'ing off like 
rotten sheep." He knew it was death to stay 
there, and how to escape was the question. 
They soon found a plug in an old gun-hole, 
which they worked at till they loosened it; 
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of them committed themselves to the merci- 
less waters, determined, if possible, to swim 
ashore. When they came to land, they found 
themselves in the midst of the enemy. Their 
only way of escape was to swim back to the 
ship, and take another course. They started 
for the ship, but he alone reached it. He 
then took another direction, and finally again 
reached the shore, so exhausted he could not 
stand u|), but crawled to a place where he was 
found and taken to the hospital. He shortly 
went home to his friends, where he lived to a 
good old age, and died in the Baptist faith in 
Christ. 

Another incident relates to the burning of 
Royalton, \'t., on October 16, 1780. Dr. Ira 
Hunter's father's name was William Hunter, 
and he had a sister who married a man by 
the name of Hendee. At the time of tliis Ind- 
ian raid Royalton had but few houses, and 
thev far between. The intent of the Indians 
was to kill every white man they found, so liie 
men fled for their lives. When the Indians 
iiad secured all the valuables they cared for, 
they set (ire to the houses, captured nine boys 
from nine to twelve years old, and left. 
Wheti Mrs. Hendee, who had been away, re- 
turned to her home and found what had been 
done, she took the Indian trail, ami went on, 
overtaking them just as they had crossed the 
river, a branch of the White, and entered 
their cam]i. She ]ilunged into the water, 
swimming where wading was impossible, 
reached the other side, and, braving the toma- 
hawk and the threatening aspect of the sav- 
ages, rushed into the camp, seized a boy, and 
bore him to the o]3posite shore. In like man- 
ner she took another and another, until eiglit 
were carried over. While taking the last 
one, her strengtli began to fail. An Indian, 
seeing this and admiring her Iieroism, 
said, "White woman brave; me help white 
woman,"' and, stejiping foward, kindly aided 
her across the river. He then left her 
and her boys, one of them being her own son, 
to go on their way rejoicing; while the Ind- 
i ms looked on with mingletl emotions of 
astonishment and admiration. 

Mr. and Mrs. Winans have no children of 
their own lixing, their only child, Herman 
Hunter W'inans, who was born August 29, 



1848, iiaving passed to the world beyond on 
December 29, 1861. They subsequently 
ado])ted a daughter, h'dith (i., who was born 
July 5, 1857, and, marrying James Voorhees, 
now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mrs. Voor- 
hees's parents were Dwight and Louisa 
(Hunter) Manwarring, the former of whom was 
born in the State of Connecticut, and the 
latter in Vermont, the date of her birth being 
October 3, 1825. Mr. Manwarring is a 
wagon-maker by trade, and carried (jn his 
business in Sidney Centre for several years, 
but is now a resident of Iowa. Mrs. Man- 
warring, a sister of Mrs. Winans, was an ar- 
tist of much ability. She passed on to the 
higher life October 8, 1891, being then 
sixty-six years of age. She bore her husband 
three children, as follows: Ida, born Decem- 
ber 2 1 , 1855, a talented singer and a leading 
star on the stage; Mdith G., Mrs. Voorhees; 
L'rania Evelyn, born September 17, 1859, 
now residing in North Dakota. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Manwarring were members of the 
Baptist church. 

Mr. Winans is identified with the Repub- 
lican party in politics, and served for several 
years as Poor Master. Both he and his wife 
are held in high esteem throughout the com- 
munity, and are faithful members of the Bap- 
tist church, of which he is Treasurer, a 
position which he has filled acceptably for 
many years, besides lilling tiie oflfice of 
Trustee. 

The following poem, "In Memory of Our 
Early .Settlers," was written by Mrs. Edith 
G. Voorhees, of BrookKn, N.V., for the cen- 
tennial celebration at .Sidney Centre, and was 
there read on June 29, 1892: — 

l-'ar. far away llu- l)ieakeis moan ami fict 

U'liciL' islands of strange growth and licaulv rise. 
No giant folios formed these hinds, and vet. 

lieneath the azure arch of tropic skies. 
.\ wealth of waving palm-trees they u])l)ear. 

For .Nature's hand has given most lavishlv 
Of all her treasures, those most rich and rare. 

As though in triljute to the memor\ 
()f all the tiny lives built up in tliese 
fair, lonelv islands of the distant seas. 

Hut who shall say what years or ages long 

Passed liy, wliile, upward through tlie calmer .sea 

.And toward the light, the innumerable throng 
Of coral builders grew? .-Vt last tlie free. 



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Wild surface-waves were parted ; then the white. 

Still moonlight's radiaiue touched them, or there 
shone 
Upon each spray-crowned height the golden light 

Of tropic sun. The silent work went on, 
And life on life was builded; then a space 
Of ages, then the palm-trees waving grace. 

And we. to-dav. do hold in tender thought 

The lives on which our lives are safely built. 
Now. looking backward o'er what years have wrought. 

We lind this day has come to us all gilt 
And overlaid with golden memories. 

What though the hearts so filled with purpose true 
A century ago are still in this, 

Our own bright, peaceful age? What though the 
dew 
Of heaven has fallen for these many years 
On mounds where once fell bitter, farewell tears ? 

What though the toil-worn hands are folded there 

Beneath the grasses that grow lovingly 
O'er graves } Set free from all of pain and care. 

The earthly part rests on, while, full and free. 
The sunbeams come, or, dark athwart the cold. 

White stones, the shadows fall. But t)od is love ; 
And deathless souls, thank God, no grave can hold, 

No cold white stone keep watch and guard above. 
And still with us the deeds, the words, endure. 
Of those who gave this age its character. 

There may be those who. listening here to-day. 

Will find this scene grow dim. w'hile. in its place. 
The faces known amidst their childhood's play 

Will look on theirs with all the old-time grace. 
.\nd voices that they loved in years gone by 

Will sound again like music from the past. 
And mem'ries that all changing years defy 

.•\round the heart the old-time charm will cast; 
And who shall say, what childish prayer may be 
By aged lips repeated tremblingl)- ? 

But, some day, o//rs will be the faces seen' 

Through mists of years, while our own words and 
deeds 
Will have been built upon ; and then, serene. 

The sky will bend o'er work that thus succeeds 
Our own. Upon this age's higher plane 

Some build whose years will reach out fair into 
The grander century to be. These gain 

Its vantage ground, a greater breadth of view: 
Yet all foundation still must be the same. - 
Truth, justice, purity, and worthy aim. 

Behind these grand, old sheltering hills to-day. 

We pay this tribute to the hearts that gave 
To us our heritage. Thank (Jod, we say. 

That life's true worth and best results no grave 
Can hide ! And on those lives of theirs we build 

Our own. So. upward, until Time shall cease. 
New heights shall rise, and all shall be fulfilled 

When He whose wondrous birth-song was of Peace, 
Whose life was Love, the finished work shall bless, 
And so, in blessing, grant it perfectness. 



TTAHARLES L. LYON, who is actively 
I V-' engaged in agricultural pursuits in 
^Is^^ his native town of Masonville, has 
by energetic diligence, good judg- 
ment, and wise economy made a success in 
his chosen vocation, and is numbered among 
the faithful citizens of his neighborhood. He 
first drew the breath of life on April 27, 
1845, and is a son of the late Richard and 
Mahala (Burdick) Lyon, the former of whom 
was born in Bainbridge, and the latter in 
Pennsylvania. His paternal grandfather, 
William Lyon, was a pioneer farmer of Bain- 
bridge, and there passed the declining years 
of a life long devoted to useful industry. 

Richard Lyon, son of William, was reared 
and married in Bainbridge, removing from 
there to Delaware Coimty in 1842, and set- 
tling in Masonville. He bought the farm 
where his son Charles now resides, and which 
was then but a dense stretch of woods. He 
and his brother, Caleb Lyon, and a brother- 
in-law, Randolph Burdick, came here at the 
same time, and bought in partnership a tract 
of two hundred acres of wild land. Game was 
still abundant in this vicinity, deer being fre- 
quently seen. Mr. Lyon erected a house and 
cleared a large portion of his land before his 
death, his toilsome labors meeting with a 
deserved reward. He died on the homestead 
which he had redeemed from the wilderness, 
in 1869, at the age of si.xty-four years. His 
faithful wife and helpmeet lived until 1886, 
passing away in that year, at the age of 
seventy-one years. She was an intelligent, 
energetic woman, and a strong L^niversalist in 
her religious faith. Her husband was a de- 
voted member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and politically he was a Republican. 
They reared a family of five sons and three 
daughters, as follows: Wilfred lives in Wis- 
consin. James is a resident of East Mason- 
ville. Charles, of Masonville, is our subject. 
Ambrose lives in Norwich. Sally A. Ran- 
dall resides in Oneonta. Emily Ramsdell 
lives in Masonville. Julia died at the age of 
three years. Arad died at the age of twenty- 
two years, while serving in the late Civil 
War as a member of the Fifth New York 
Heavy Artillery. 

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old home farm, acquiring his education in tiie 
public schools of the nt'ighborhootl, anil as- 
sisting in tile care of the farm until twenty- 
two years old, when he started out to win a 
living for himself. His first venture was 
made in the lumber regions of Wisconsin, 
where he remained two years, going thence to 
Nebraska. The following year he was em- 
ployed by the Turlington Railway Comjiany, 
and subsecjuently took u]) a homestead claim 
in that State; biit, not being able to get his 
money from the railway company, he was 
com[)elled to give up his land. From there 
he went to Hannibal, Mo., and for four years 
was engaged in burning lime. In 1876 Mr. 
Lyon returned to Masonville, and was for 
some time thereafter employed in working out 
by the month at anything he could find to do. 
In 1879 he bought the paiental homestead, 
and from that time took care of liis mother 
until her death. His farm contains seventy- 
six acres of fertile land, in a good state of 
cultivation; and iiere he carries on general 
farming and dair\ing, milking nine cows, 
and also pays some attention to the raising of 
sheep, keeping from eighteen to twenty head 
of Shropshire Downs. 

Mr. Lyon was married December 13, 1887, 
to Mary Rhinehart, a native of Germany, 
where she was born September 12, 1854, 
being a daughter of John A. and Barbara 
Rhinehart, both of whom are tleceased. Mrs. 
Lyon came to America in 1872, making the 
long journey unaccompaiiietl by friends. She 
is the mother of four children, nameh': her 
eldest, IClsie; and three who ha\'e been born 
of her union with Mr. Lyon, their names 
being Bertha, Ralph, ami Frank. She is a 
member of the Haptist church, and a faithful 
worker in that denomination; while Mr. Lyon 
is liberal in his religion. Politically, he is a 
sound Rejiublican, sustaining the principles 
of that party at the jiolls. 



.APTAIX JOSHUA K. HOOD, of 
'.-V til,- firm mI" Hood & Douglas, proprie- 




I the hrm or 

is tors of the largest general store in 

Delhi, is one of the leading busi- 
ness men of Delaware County. He was a dis- 
tinguished officer in the late war, in which he 



rendered the government valuable service; 
and he has been no less consi^icuous in civil 
life. He is a native of the Prairie State, 
born in Oakdale, Washington County, Sep- 
tember I, 1843, being a son of John and 
Rachel Kennedy Hood. 

John Hood was born in .South Carolina, 
probably of Scotch ancestry, and was there 
reared to agricultural ])ursuits. Being a 
strong Abolitionist, and in active sympathy 
with the anti-slavery mo\ement, life in the 
South was not as pleasant for him as it might 
have been; and he moved to Illinois, becom- 
ing a pioneer of Washington County. Buy- 
ing a tract of raw prairie land, he erected a 
log cabin, and began the improvement and 
cultivation of his farm. He was very suc- 
cessful in his efforts, and added to his origi- 
nal purchase until lie had three hundred acres 
of well-tilled land, on which he erected a good 
set of farm buildings, and a fine brick resi- 
dence in place of the humble cabin of logs. 
Oti that homestead he spent the remainder of 
his years, passing away in 1861. He was 
twice married. After the death of his first 
wife, who bore him two children, he married 
Rachel Kennedy, a native of Greencastle, Pa., 
but afterward a resident of Illinois, to which 
.State she remo\'ed when she was a young girl. 
.She reared five children, of whom only two 
are now living; namely, Joshua Kennedy and 
Archie. The latter, who served three years 
in the late Rebellion, in the Tenth Missouri 
\'olunteer Infantry, is now a wholesale mer- 
chant in Ct)lumbus, Kan. The others were 
James, Mary, ami John C. The mother was 
an exemplary Christian woman, and a member 
of the Reformed Presbyterian church, as was 
also her husband. She was called from life 
in the midst of her usefulness, dying on the 
Illinois liomestead when but fort\-two years 
old. 

When only six years of age, Joshua, the 
subject of this sketch, had the misfortune to 
be left motherless. He remained with his 
father until about fifteen years old, and in the 
mean time attended the district school' and 
the .Sparta Lnion Acailemy. Coming east- 
ward to Pennsyhania, he entered the Fa)ette- 
ville Academy, where he ]iursued his studies 
until aroused by the tocsin of war which re- 



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sounded through the land. He was then a 
member of the senior class in the academy; 
but, prompted by patriotic zeal, he responded 
to the first call for volunteers, enlisting as a 
private in Company K, One Hundred and 
Twenty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infan- 
try. After serving for nine months, he re-en- 
listed for six months in Company K, Twenty- 
first Pennsylvania Cavalry, as a Sergeant of 
the company. At the expiration of his term 
of enlistment, he again enlisted in Company 
G of the same regiment. While serving with 
the nine months" men, he participated in the 
battles of Bull Run, Antictam, and Fred- 
ericksburg, receiving a severe wound in the 
last engagement by the explosion of a shell. 
During his second term of service he took an 
active part in many heavy engagements; and 
during his last he fought bravely for his coun- 
try in the battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, 
Appomattox, and also at the battle of the 
Wilderness, his regiment being connected 
with the Army of the Potomac. For bravery 
and heroic conduct he was promoted, going 
through the various ranks, and serving until 
the close of the war. He was discharged July 
1 8, 1865, at Lynchburg, Va. 

Upon his return to the duties of civil life, 
Captain Hood went to New York City, and 
was for a time employed by Foster Brothers 
on Broadway, remaining with them until his 
health broke down, when he came to Bovina, 
Delaware County, to recuperate. In 1866 he 
formed a partnership with T. Hastings, of 
that place, and opened a general store. Two 
years later he bought out the interest of Mr. 
Hastings, and continued the business alone 
for a year. Then, selling, he went to Andes, 
where he bought out the business of Connor & 
Glending, and, after managing it alone for a 
year, admitted Mr. Dunn as a jjartner. They 
subsequently purchased another store in 
Shavertown, and soon afterward took one of 
their clerks, J. W. Dixon, into the firm. At 
the end of the next two years the Captain 
became the sole proprietor of the store, which 
he conducted for a while, subsequently selling 
out to Mr. Dixon, his former partner; and, 
leaving Andes, he came to Delhi. In the fall 
of 1882 Captain Hood purchased the interest 
of one of the brothers Bell & Bell, in their 



extensive establishment, and nine months 
later bought out the other, for a time carrying 
it on in his own name. In February, 1893, 
John A. Douglas became associated with him; 
and the firm has since carried on a thriving 
and lucrative business under the name of 
Hood & Douglas. 

The union of Captain Hood and Mrs. Mary 
E. Norris, a native of New York City, but 
later a resident of Andes, was solemnized 
December i8, 1875. Into their happy home 
three children have been born; but their only 
son, John K., died at the tender age of four 
years. The daughters, Mary B. and Florence 
Irene, are both students at the Delhi 
Academy. 

Politically, Captain Hood has always been 
a stanch Republican, and a man of influence 
in the party, having served as a member of 
the Republican County Committee for nine 
years, for the last three of which he has been 
its Chairman. He is ever interested in local 
matters, and while in Andes served as Presi- 
dent of the village. He has also belonged to 
the fire department, serving faithfully in the 
ranks, and being promoted to the position of 
Chief. He cast his first Presidential vote 
while in the army for Abraham Lincoln. 
Captain Hood is very prominent in Grand 
Army of the Republic circles, having been 
one of the founders of the organization. He 
belongs to England Post of Delhi, of which 
he was formerly Commander, and was one of 
the members of the department staff. As a 
member of the national staff, he served as one 
of the Council of Administration of the De- 
partment of the State of New York. In 1889 
he was elected to the position of Senior Vice- 
Commander in this State, which is next to the 
highest office. He has been urged for the 
position of Department Commander, and has 
been several times delegate to State and na- 
tional encampments, being one of the best 
known men in the Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic. He was elected delegate to the national 
encampment at Indianapolis, receiving the 
highest number of votes of any delegate on 
the national ticket. He was elected County 
Clerk of Delaware County, December 6, 1894, 
on the Republican ticket, receiving three 
thousand one hundred and five majority over 




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his competitor, tiio largest majority any can- 
didate ever received in Delaware County. 
Religiously, Ca|)tain Ilootl and his wife are 
valued members of the Presbyterian ciuirch, 
with wiiich he has been connected for tweiity- 
se\en jears. 



§AMKS S. KICRR. Along Beatty 
Hrook Valley, in the town of South 
Kortright, is a valuable tract of a 
thousand acres with a good residence 
owned by the gentleman whose name stands at 
the head of this sketch, who is the largest 
dairy farmer of Delaware County. His cows, 
betw(.'en two and three hundred, supply the 
Sheffield Farms Company with over two thou- 
sand ([uarts daily of milk nearly always above 
the legally required standard gratle, yielding 
nearlv five per cent, of butter fat. This pros- 
]3erous and progressive farmer axoids labor 
complications by employing P(dish hands, in 
sufficient numbers to keep each other con- 
tented, and free from the homesickness almost 
inevitable to strangers in a strange land. He 
finds them competent, quick to learn, trust- 
worthy, and systematic, though often lacking 
in prior agricultural experience. In addition 
to his extensive farm work he is a stock- 
raiser, and has a stone quarry, from which 
good flagstones are cut. 

Like most men who are worth anything in 
the world's growth, Mr. Kerr is interested in 
procuring facts which throw any light upon 
his family history. He is a grandson of Rob- 
ert Kerr, who was a farmer in County Mon- 
oghan, Ireland, but came to this country in 
180T with his family, and bought the Kort- 
right farm, where he lived till his death, 
many years later. He was undoubtedly of 
Scotch descent. 

Robert Kerr's .son Henry, the father of the 
subject of this sketch, died February 20, 
1864, seventy-five years of age, having been 
born in 1789. His birthplace was not in 
America, however, but in the old country. 
He was brought hither by his parents when a 
dozen years old, and they worked on the farm 
now carried on by William Briggs. Henry 
Kerr learned the blacksmith's trade, which 
he followed for a ciuarter-centurv ; but he also 



bouglit forty acres of land, to which he added 
from time to time, rising in fortune by the 
ladder of hard work, till he owned the two 
hundred and eighteen acres now belonging to 
his son, James -S. Kerr. He was a member of 
the I'nited I'resbyterian Society in South 
Kortright, and used to go regularly to meet- 
ing when stoves were considered needless 
luxuries, not conducive to "pure and undc- 
filed religion," and the meeting-house was 
constructed of rough shb boards. His wife, 
Mary Anne Keator, who was a descendant on 
the jjaternal side of the noted Sands family of 
I'jigland, died twelve years before her hus- 
band, in 1S52, aged sixty-two, having been 
born only a year later than he, in 1790, 
in Marbletown, Ulster County, N.Y. This 
Christian couple had only four children, three 
of whom are now living. Mary Kerr, the eld- 
est, is the wife of Robert S. Orr, of Kort- 
right. Her sister Jane died in the midst of 
her career as a school-teacher. Matthew H. 
Kerr resides with his brother, James S., on 
the big farm, portion whereof was first put 
under cultivation by their industrious and re- 
spected father. 

James S. Kerr was born in 1834: his birth- 
place was the town of Kortright. on the very 
estate now his exclusive property. Besides 
attending the district school, he went to the 
Delaware Literary Institute and to Delhi 
Academy, where he received a good education 
for his position and generation. Thereafter 
he li\-ed at home, and cared for his father, his 
mother dying before he reached his nineteenth 
birthdav. To equal his honored father in 
agriculture, and excel him if possible, was 
James's great ambition; and this end he has 
fully achieved. As already implied, of the 
thousand acres luider I\Ir. Kerr's control, over 
three hundred are his own exclusive property. 
In 1893 he shipped over thirteen thousand 
cans of milk to market. lie gives employ- 
ment to a score of men or more in the busy 
season, and his buildings are all in fine 
condition. 

lames S. Kerr did not marry early in life. 
In fact, it was not until September 14. i S69, 
when he was thirty-five years old, that he took 
to himself as wife EflFie Scott, who was born 
across the water on Februarv 12, 1838. Her 



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birthplace was on the noted East Boonrovv 
tarm, which was in the family for over two 
hundred years. Her parents were George and 
Mary (Thompson) Scott; but she was soon 
bereft of her father, who died on the ocean 
when Effie was but a child. Only one son 
has resulted from this marriage, M. Henry 
Kerr, named for his grandfather, and born on 
May 14, 1872. He was a graduate of Delhi 
Academy in 1894. They lost one child, 
Katie J. Kerr, who died on April 4, 1894, in 
the very flower of her youth, at the age of 
twenty. Mrs. Kerr belongs to the Presbyte- 
rian church in Kortright. Mr. Kerr in poli- 
tics is a Democrat. As an upright and 
reliable man. intelligent and affable, he has 
been a Justice of Peace since 1866, besides 
being one of the Supervisors seven years. 

An excellent likeness of Mr. Kerr appropri- 
ately graces this portrait gallery of Delaware 
Count\- worthies. 




(^JENRV LITTEBRANT, who is num- 
bered among the enterprising agri- 
culturists of Delaware County, owns 
a well - cultivated and productive 
farm of eighty-four acres in the town of 
Masonville. The larger part of the improve- 
ments are the work of his own hands, and re- 
flect on him great credit, his buildings being 
of a handsome and substantial character and 
well adapted to the purposes for which they 
are used. He carries on general farming in a 
skilful manner, giving considerable attention 
to dairying, keeping fifteen head of cattle. 
Mr. Littebrant was born in Schoharie County, 
New York, October 28, 1834, being a son of 
Adam Edward and Christian (Getter) Litte- 
brant, both natives of the same county. 

His grandfather I.ittebrant was one of the 
early settlers of Schoharie County, and died 
there at a good old age. Stephen G. Getter, 
his maternal grandfather, who was born in 
Germany, emigrated to America when a young 
man, and became one of the pioneers of 
Schoharie County, where he lived for some 
time, but subsequently removed to Delaware 
County, settling in the town of Masonville. 
He engaged in farming in his new home, con- 
tinuing to reside here until his death, which 



occurred in 1858, at the age of eighty-three 
years. 

Adam E. Littebrant lived in the county of 
his nativity until after his marriage, removing 
to Masonville in 1835. His first purchase of 
land here consisted of eighty acres, on which 
he resided a few years. Then, disposing of 
that, he bought the farm where his son Henry 
now lives. The original tract contained fifty 
acres of heavily timbered land, very little of 
it being cleared. He began its improvement, 
but was erelong overtaken by death, passing 
from the scenes of his earthly labors in 1844, 
when only thirty-eight years of age. He was 
a hard-working man, a true Christian, and an 
active member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. His early loss was deeply deplored 
throughout the community. His estimable 
wife survived him many years, dying in 1885, 
at the age of eighty years. Of the eight chil- 
dren born to them the following is a record : 
Aurilla, the wife of Cornelius Cornell, re- 
sides in Unadilla, Otsego County. Mary, 
the wife of Horace Benedict, lives in Michi- 
gan. Joseph, a volunteer of the late war, 
died while in service, his death occurring in 
Tennessee, when he was about thirty years of 
age. Henry lives in Masonville. George 
died at the age of fifty-five years. Elizabeth, 
the wife of James Blincoe, is a resident of 
Masonville. Jane French died at the age of 
twenty-one years. Hannah, who married 
Herbert Frazier, resides in Michigan. 

Henry Littebrant was an infant when his 
parents came to this county; and he grew to 
manhood in Masonville, receiving his educa- 
tion in its public schools. When nine years 
of age, he removed with the family to the 
homestead where he has since resided, after 
the death of his father assisting in its devel- 
opment and improvement, and finally, buying 
out the interest of the other heirs, becoming 
its owner. His mother remained with him, 
tenderly cared for in her last years, until 
called to meet the loved ones on the farther 
shore. Mr. Littebrant served during the War 
of the Rebellion, enlisting as a bugler, Sep- 
tember 2, 1863, in Company H, First New 
York Veteran Cavalry, under the command of 
Captain Allen Banks. He was subsequently 
taken sick, and was transferred to a brass 



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band. IK' was lionoral)ly discharscil and 
nuistcrod out of service at I'rcdcriok City, 
Md., on June 6, 1865. Resuming his duties 
as a jirivate citizen, Mr. Littebrant has since 
resided on his farm and devoteii iiis entire 
attention, with marked success, to its niana;;e- 
nient. He occupies a good position in the 
community as an honorable and upright citi- 
zen, and possesses the confidence and esteem 
of his fellow-townsmen. He has never mar- 
ried. He is libeial in his religious views, 
and socially is a member of the (irand .Army 
of the Republic, belonging to Masonville 
Post, No. 180. 




MMETT (). COAN is extensively en- 
gaged in farming, dairying, and stock- 
growing in the town of Kortright, 
where he has a valuable farm of two hunilred 
and fourteen acres under a high state of cult- 
ure, with substantial and convenient build- 
ings, and all the accessories of a model 
homestead. He is the worthy descenilant ot 
one of the early-established families of the 
town of Kortright, where his birth occurred 
August 10, 1850. His i)arents, Orrin and 
Elvira (Burdick) Coan. were also natives of 
the same place; and here his grandfather, 
Miller Coan, was one of the original settlers. 
He was a native of Dutchess County; and, 
coming here when the country was new, he 
bought a farm near Hloomville, and in the 
course of years by dint of energetic toil, long 
continued, cleared a good homestead, living 
upon it until his form was bent by the weight 
of more than fourscore years. In [lolilics he 
was a sound Democrat, and in his religious 
beliefs quite liberal. 

Orrin Coan spent his entire life, a long and 
active one of eighty-two years, in the place ol 
his birth. Following in the footsteps of his 
father, he became interested in agricultural 
pursuits, and, buying a farm of one hundred 
acres in Kortright, abided thereon until liis 
death, successfully engaged in its cultivation. 
His wife survived him, and still lives on the 
homestead, where they passed so many years 
of wedded happiness. Eight children were 
born into their household, of whom the fol- 
lowing five are now living: Paulina A. Dean; 



Mary Scott, of Walton; I.eroy J.; lunmell 
O. ; and Fanny L. Paulina A., I.eroy J., 
and Fannv I., reside on the home farm. 

in the (lavs of his youth lunmetl O. Coan 
attended the district school of his neighbor- 
hood, and under the instruction of his father 
acquired a practical knowledge of the art ot 
agriculture. On attaining his majority, he 
began life on his own account as a farmer. 
In his business affairs he has met with pros- 
l)erity, and is now classed among the most 
thriving and progressive farmers of Delaware 
County. In 1891 Mr. Coan Ijmight the farm 
where" he now lives: and, under his close 
application to work, and through his judicious 
management, it has become one of the most 
attractive estates in the vicinity. He devotes 
much attention to the rearing of tine stock, 
and his dairy contains twenty-nine head of 
choice cows. 

Mr. Coan was united in marriage in 1891 
to Addie M. Boyd, a native of Bovina Centre; 
and one son, Charlie, has come to brighten 
their household. By his sterling traits of 
character and straiglitforward business ways 
Mr. Coan has fully established himself in the 
esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens 
and associates. In politics he is an ardent 
Republican, and in religion he is liberal in 
his views. His worthy wife is a consistent 
member of the Presbvterian church. 



E)\\1X TAYLOR, son of William and 
Anna (Dewey) Taylor, was born on 
™-^ March 15,' 1830, in Franklin, Dela- 
ware County, N.V., where he still makes his 
summer home, although he is now a resident 
of Binghamton. His father, who came here 
from Mas.sachusetts in the early part of the 
present century, was a cloth-dresser by trade, 
but chiefly followed farming. He bought the 
first settled farm in the town of Franklin, and 
resided thereon over seventy years, dying in 
1880 at the great age of ninety-seven. He 
was a representative man of his day, was 
highlv respected by his neighbors and a wide 
circle of friends, and held several town oflfices. 
His intelligence was of superior order, and 
his character above reproach. In religious 
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church, which he helped to support to the 
extent of his means, his Christianity being of 
that practical kind that is manifested in daily 
life and in contact with one's fellow-men 
rather than in empty professions. His wife, 
formerly Miss Anna Dewey, was born in 
Springfield, Mass., and came to Delaware 
County, New York, with her parents while 
young. 

Edwin, the subject of this brief narration, 
was brought up on his father's farm, and laid 
the foundation of his education in the public 
schools, afterward attending the Delaware 
Literary Institute at Franklin. Having fin- 
ished his course as a student in the classes, 
he continued his career in the public schools 
by beginning at eighteen years of age the 
work of teaching, in which he was engaged 
during six winter terms. Meanwhile, in the 
warmer seasons he took up farming, which 
remained his principal occupation for several 
years. He also devoted considerable time to 
handling butter and farm produce, which he 
shipped to Eastern markets. His ability as 
a man of affairs was recognized by his fellow- 
townsmcm ; and he was chosen to serve as Dep- 
uty Sheriff and Road Commissioner, and was 
also Collector for his town for two years. 

In 1872 he went to Binghamton, N.Y., and 
engaged in the produce business, which at 
first he conducted by himself, but afterward 
was associated with Mr. A. H. Leet, under 
the firm name of Leet & Taylor. A year and 
a half later this connection was dissolved; 
and Mr. Taylor then went into partnership 
with Mr. North, the firm being known as 
North & Taylor, wholesale provision dealers. 
Their store was on State Street. A year after 
this Mr. Taylor established the firm of Saun- 
ders & Taylor, the first prominent house in 
Binghamton to handle dressed meats. They 
built a fine refrigerator, or cold storage build- 
ing, on Prospect Street, near the Erie Rail- 
road. After doing a large business for four 
years, Mr. Taylor sold out, in 1887, to Mr. 
Saunders, and in the same year formed a con- 
nection with Messrs. Shaw and Eitapene in 
the provision and wholesale grocery business, 
at 132-134 State Street, under the firm name 
of Taylor, Shaw & Co. Later the firm became 
Taylor & Niven, occupying the same floor as 



wholesale dealers in provisions, especially 
flour, of which they made a specialty. They 
have a large outside trade, and employ several 
commercial travellers, their trade in flour 
being larger than that of any other firm in the 
city. Their business increased so rapidly 
that they were soon obliged to double their 
floor capacity. Mr. Taylor's business expe- 
rience in Binghamton covered a period of 
twenty years. It is Mr. Taylor's custom to 
spend a few months each year upon his large 
farm of two hundred and twenty-five acres, 
which is run as a dairy farm, in Franklin, 
Delaware County. 

Mr. Taylor's marriage occurred June g, 
1852, when he was united to Miss Delila 
Taylor, daughter of Oliver Taylor, of Sidney, 
N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor attend the First 
Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, of which 
Mr. Taylor is a member; and it is not too 
much to say that their influence is ever cheer- 
fully exerted on behalf of every worthy cause, 
and that they are ready at all times to aid in 
furtherance of the public good. They occupy 
an important place in their community, and 
enjoy the general respect and good will. Mr. 
Taylor, like his father before him, was for- 
merly a Whig. He has been a strong Repub- 
lican since the organization of that party. 
He served as Alderman for four years, and is 
now serving his fourth term as Supervisor, a 
fact which shows the estimation in which he 
is held by his fellow-citizens. A well-in- 
formed, thoughtful man, of quick, clear per- 
ceptions and sound judgment, he possesses 
superior business abilities; and, being public- 
spirited, he is one to whom his neighbors 
gladly intrust the management of matters of 
general concern. 



§OSHUA BEERS, proprietor of an ex- 
cellent farm situated on the river road 
about three miles from the village of 
Walton, is numbered among the suc- 
cessful grain and stock growers of Delaware 
County. His land, one of the most fertile 
tracts in this region, has been brought to a 
good state of cultivation; and the homestead 
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air of comfort ami jjlciity. 'Sir. Ik-crs is a na- 
tive of this town, having been born February 
1, 1S19, on the homestead property of liis 
father, Benjamin, and his grandlatlier, 
Iqihraim Beers, a farm about two Tniles i)elow 
his present residence. 

Ephraim Ikers was a Connecticut man by 
birth, but after his marriage came to Delaware 
County, following a path marked by blazed 
trees, and was among the very first to settle in 
this section of the county. He found the 
land a wilderness, and, like all the idoiieers, 
was called upon to undergo the harilshijis and 
privations consequent upon life on the Iron- 
tier. He was a blacksmith by trade, and con- 
tinued that occupation, in connection with 
farming, after coming here. He took up a 
tract of land, the one previously mentioned, 
and cleared a homestead, on which he passed 
the remainder of his years. He and his wife 
reared thirteen children. 

Benjamin Beers, son of Ephraim, was born 
on the parental homestead, and, as soon as okl 
enough to wield the sjjade and hoe, began to 
assist his father in tilling the soil, from that 
time being engaged in agricultural pursuits. 
After the death of his father he took posses- 
sion of the home farm, which he carried on 
successfully until his death, at the age of 
sixty-four years. The maiden name of his 
wife was Polly Alverson. She was a native 
of Nova Scotia, and a daughter of Jeremiah 
Alverson. Six children were born of their 
union, as follows: William; Joshua; l^zra; 
Maria, wdio married Charles Buckbee ; Allen; 
and Antoinette. The mother outlived her 
husband, and died on the old homestead at the 
age of seventy-two years. They were people 
of sterling worth, and Mrs. Beers was a con- 
sistent member of the Free Will Baptist 
church. 

Joshua, the second son of Benjamin antl 
Polly Beers, was reared as a farmer, and as- 
sisted his parents in the management and care 
of the old homestead until twenty-nine years 
old. Then, having saved some money, and 
being desirous of enjoying life under his own 
vine and fig-tree, he bought the farm on 
wdiich he now resides, and energetically began 
its improvement. It had been partly cleared; 
and he has since placed it all in a condition 



for pasturage or tillage, and erected a com- 
fortable set of farm buildings. He is thus 
now, in the sunset of life, enabled to enjoy 
the fruits of his earlier years of toil and 
denial. 

In 1.S4.S Mr. Jk'crs was united in marriage 
to .Sarah 1'.. Buckbee, the daughter of l-'/.ekie] 
and Ruth Buckbee, well-known members of 
the farming community of Walton. To glad- 
den their hearts anil brighten their home came 
fi\-e children, whose record is as follows; 
Willis, who married Maggie Telford, of Wal- 
ton, the daughter of William and I.sabella 
(Ruby) Telford, who are of .Scotch descent; 
Orrin, now deceased; luiiily, who became the 
wife of Albert Barlow, both she and the one 
child born of their union now deceased; 
IClsie; Ira, who married l-'lsie Howard, the 
daughter of Charles and Juliet (Seward) 
Howard. Mrs. Beers, who was an active 
member of the P'piscopal church, departed 
this ■ life in the summer of iS.S.S. The 
daughter belongs to the same religious de- 
nomination that her mother did, and in her 
daily life exemi)liftes its excellent teachings. 
Politically, Mr. Beers and his sons are stanch 
Democrats, and steadily uphold the principles 
of that party. 




RNOI.D S. CARROI.E, an enterpris- 
ing hanlware merchant of the village 
of Hobart, dealing e\tensi\-ely in 
shelf hardware, stoves, ranges, fur- 
naces, and plumbing materials, is also an im- 
portant factor in the agricultural community, 
owning a snug farm of ninet\--six acres on 
Rose Brook. He is a native of Delaware 
County, having been born on December 16, 
[853, in Roxbury. That town was also the 
birtliplace of his parents, Samuel B. and 
Elsie (Travis) Carroll, the former of whom 
was born on August 21, 1829, and the latter, 
December 3, 1833. 

Enos Carroll was one of the early settlers 
of Roxbury, and w\as born in the year 1798. 
He was a man of unlimited energy, coura- 
geous and ambitious, and during the many 
years of his residence in Roxbury was engaged 
in tilling the soil, being well known as one of 
its most ])rosperous agriculturists. Having 



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accomplished a life's work, he quietly closed 
his eyes on earthly scenes, December ii, 
1874. Politically, he was a Jeffcrsonian Dem- 
ocrat, and ill his religious views a decided 
I^aplist. He married Anna Stratton, a native 
of Roxbury, whose birth was on November 7, 
1 801. She bore him six children, five of 
whom j:;rew to maiurity. The three now liv- 
ing are Angeline Hill and John S. Carroll, 
of Roxbury, and Mrs. Sarah Barlow, of Ho- 
bart. Mrs. Abbie Squares and Samuel ]?. 
Carroll are deceased. 

Samuel B. Carroll, son of Enos, grew to 
man's estate in the town of Roxbury, and, 
giving his attention from his youth to farm- 
ing, succeeded his father in the ownership of 
the old homestead, which he conducted in a 
most successful maimer. Besides adding es- 
sential improvements, he bought adjacent 
land, becoming the possessor of one of the 
largest and most valuable pieces of property 
in the vicinity. He was noted for his enter- 
prise and progress, and was an authority in 
matters pertaining to agriculture. He spent 
the major part of his life on the old home 
farm, having moved into the village of Rox- 
bury but one month prior to his decease, 
which occurred January 26, 1884, after an 
active life of fifty-four years. His widow 
survived him, and is living in their village 
home. She is a worthy member of the Bap- 
tist church, and he was also a believer in the 
doctrines there taught. In politics he was a 
strong Democrat. They reared four children, 
as follows: Arnold S. ; Adelbert E., a lawyer 
in New York City; Annie S. ; and Abbie S. 

Arnold S., the elder of the two sons of Sam- 
uel B. and Elsie Carroll, spent his early years 
in Roxbury, acquiring his elementary educa- 
tion in the district school, which was further 
advanced by an academical course. He re- 
mained at home, assisting on the farm, until 
1878, when he purchased an estate of two 
hundred and thirty-three acres on Rose Brook, 
in the town of Stamford. For nine years he 
put in practice the knowledge that he had 
acquired on the jjarental homestead, and car- 
ried on a thriving business in general farming 
and dairying. Disposing then of that farm, 
he bought another, a smaller one, also on 
Rose Brook, which he still owns. It contains 



ninety-six acres of very fertile and productive 
land, well adapted for general farming pur- 
poses. Being a wide-awake, alert young man, 
with a keen eye for business, Mr. Carroll took 
advantage of the opportunity for buying the 
hardware store of Charles P. Foot, which was 
offered him in 18S8, and has since been ]inimi- 
nently identifietl with the mercantile interests 
of Hobart. His large stock of goods is valued 
I at about three thousand five hundred dollars. 
I On May 2, 1877, Mr. Carroll was united in 
; marriage with P^lla Kaltenbeck, who was born 
{ in Delaware County, in the town of Roxbury, 
May 3, 1857, being a daughter of Fred and 
Lucy Kaltenbeck. Her father, who in his 
earlier years was a shoemaker, is now a 
farmer in Roxbury, where the death of Mrs. 
Kaltenbeck occurred some years since. On 
January 29, 1879, was born the only child of 
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll, who is named Isaac S. 
Carroll. In politics Mr. Carroll uniformly 
casts his vote with the Democratic party, and 
has served satisfactorily as Assessor three 
years, and is now filling his third term as 
Town Clerk, having recently been elected to 
the office for a term of two years. He is lib- 
eral in his religious views, and his wife is a 
conscientious member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. 



I LIT AM ANDREWS. Who in the 
town of Walton, Delaware County, 
N.Y., is not familiar with the 
pleasant face, gray head, and wrinkled brow 
of "Uncle Billy," as Mr. William Andrews 
is affectionately called by old and young? 
Everybody knows him and loves him — facts 
not to be wondered at, considering that he is 
the oldest inhabitant of the place, having been 
born here on April 20, iSoi, and connected 
with all the interests of the town and its resi- 
dents ever since that early date. 

His father was William Andrews, Sr., of 
Shrewsbury, Conn., who was born in 1764, 
and when a young man removed to Dutchess 
County, New York. Here he married Han- 
nah Burrhus, a daughter of Silas Burrhus, 
who died at sea, and was buried on a distant 

i island, his widow afterward marrying Dr. 

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After bur\ itii; one child in Uutchoss County, 
Mr. and Mrs. William Andrews, -Sr., in 1793 
emigrated, with their three remaining chil- 
dren, to Delaware County, and here occu[)ied 
an old log cabin which had been deserted b\- 
some former sojourner in the wilderness. 
Clearing awa\' the forests, they tilled the soil 
and cultivated their farm, which was situated 
between the tracts now kmiwn as the Mc(jih- 
bon farms. 

Thev were the ]iarents of twelve children, 
of whom William, Jr., is the only survivor. 
A daughter Lucy, wife of George Simmons, 
died in Indiana, an octogenarian. Burrhus 
was sixty years old at his death, Thomas was 
over eighty, and Sallie lived to be about sixty 
years old. In the little burial-ground on the 
old farm, which remained in the possession of 
the family until forty years ago, rests in peace 
all that is earthly of those worthy pioneers, 
who labored with undaunted courage and pa- 
tience, bearing cheerfully all hardships, and 
founded a home for the generations to come. 
Mr. Andrews was a lover of sport and a fa- 
mous hunter, being an adept with fire-arms, 
and, though at times nervous and tremulous, 
never missing his aim. His brother. John 
Andrews, attained a celebrity throughout the 
country, being hung near Seneca Lake for a 
crime of which he was innocent, as was after- 
ward proved by the confession of the real 
culprit. 

William Andrews, Jr., the subject of this 
sketch, was born ninety-three years ago at 
Eastbrook, five miles from the village of Wal- 
ton. On :\[arch <S, 1837, at Unadilla, N.^'.. 
he married Miss Amanda Rumse\', who was 
then in her twenty-fourth year. She was the 
daughter of Ebenezer S. and Chloe (DuBois) 
Rumsey. Her father, a native of Dutchess 
County, learned the trade of blacksmith of his 
stalwart sire, who was a German, and who 
lived and died in Colchester. The parents of 
Mrs. Andrews moved to Walton in 1829, and 
later lived in Steuben County, and finally re- 
moved to De Kalb County, Illinois, where the 
father died in 1851. His widow then made 
her home with her son, Elnathan Rumsey, in 
St. Clair County, Michigan, where she after- 
ward died in 1872, at the age of seventy-si.x 
years, having been the mother of twenty chil- 



dren, of whom eighteen grew to nialuriiv. 
Amanda Rumsey was the eldest of this large 
family, and was born on July 7, 1S13. Iler 
brotliers and sisters who are still living are 
the following: Afary .Ann, a maiden lady of 
Kansas, born in 1819; .Annis, born in 1S22; 
h'.dwartl, born December 9, 1S32; Rachel, 
widow of John Herrald, of Hinghamton, who 
was born .Xugust 13, 1823; Margaret, widow 
of Elisha Wallen, of Pennsylvania, born I'^eb- 
ruary 19, 1828; Ebenezer S., of Iowa, burn 
.August 30, 1829; James H., whfi now lives 
in the .South, ami was born January 24, 1831 ; 
Martha, wife of Amasa Fox, of Chetopa, 
Kan., born March 11, 1834; Henry H., of 
New York, who was born on October 22, 
1840. One sister, Almina, l)orn December 2, 
1843, wife of Clarke Burzett, died December 
28, 1892, the ninther of eighteen children. 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrews mourn the loss of 
two children: an infant; and a daughter fifty- 
one \ears of age, Mary I'". Andrews, who died 
October 10, 1889. The latter was a teacher 
in Walton for man\' years, and, although she 
had never attended any but a district school, 
])roved to be remarkably successful in her 
vocation. .She was the possessor of many ac- 
com]ilishments, among which jiainting in oils 
held a ])r(>minent jjlace. The following are 
the surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. An- 
drews: Charles, who livi^s in Elmira, is mar- 
ried, and is the father (.f one son and one 
daughter; I'errv, a conti'actor in .Atlanta, 
Ga. ; -Sarah, now the wife of Robert Mcl.aury, 
and who is the mother of one daughter and 
one son b\' her former husband, Edwin Frost; 
, lulward R., who resides in Walton at 28 
Union .Street, and with whom his aged \y,\v- 
ents now make their home. 

Edward R. .Andrews was married in 1890 
to Annabel le Fravor, who was born in 1871, 
the ilaughter of .Alonzo and Ella (House) 
Fra\or, farmers of Oswego County. .She is 
the eldest of a family of four: three girls, 
Annahelle, Myra, and Alwillda: and one boy, 
Charles -all of whom live at home and are 
unmarried except Annal)elle. Mr. and .Mrs. 
E. R. Andrews have one child, a fine boy. 
Perry W., who was born on November 14, 
1891, in Ohio, where Mr. .Andrews was em- 
plo)etl in drilling oil and gas wells. 



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In politics "Uncle Billy" was a Democrat 
before the war, but now votes always with the 
Republican party. He is a truly old-fash- 
ioned Methodist, loving the old hymns, and 
singing them even now in a strong, clear 
voice. Time, of course, has left its stamp 
upon his brow, and his hearing is somewhat 
impaired; but his heart is yet young, and he 
holds his place among his family and friends 
with a dignity and grace well becoming a man 
of his age and long experience. Mrs. Amanda 
K. Williams, though several years her hus- 
band's junior, is in her eighty-second year, 
but still possesses all her faculties as per- 
fectly as she did twenty years ago. 

"Uncle Billy" and his wife have liv^^d to- 
gether for fifty-seven years, a faithful, loving 
couple, whom all esteem and revere; and they 
are now drifting hand in hand toward that 
shining shore where there is no more parting. 
What a record is his of long years of useful 
labor, nearly a century of manly, honest 
livinsr! 




1-",XRY LEAL was born on January 9, 
1855, on the farm on which he now 
resides, in the town of Meredith. 
His family is of excellent Scotch 
ancestry, and was first represented on Ameri- 
can soil during the later years of last century 
by his great-grandfather, Alexander Leal, who 
was born in Scotland, and there reared to 
farming pursuits. Emigrating when a young 
man to the United States, Alexander settled 
in the town of Kortright in this county, 
where he cleared a good farm, and in the 
course of time had it comparatively well im- 
])roved ; and there he lived and lalDored until 
gathered to his final rest. His wife was born 
of Scotch parents in the town of Stamford; 
and she, too, spent her last years on the old 
homestead, which is now owned by one of her 
grandchildren, the house, built probably in 
1800, still standing. They reared five chil- 
dren, all boys; namely, John, Hugh, Alex- 
ander, Jr., James, and Clark. 

John Leal, the eldest son of Alexander, was 
born in Kortright. near the centre, and lived 
on the parental homestead, on which he did 
much pioneer labor, until attaining his free- 



dom. He then removed to Stamford, where 
he carried on a farm for three years, going 
from there to Delhi, and entering the employ- 
ment of the old ex-Sheriff, Robert Leal, with 
whom he remained four years. He then 
bought the land on Catskill turnpike, near 
East Meredith, on which his grandson Henry 
now lives, and, erecting a log house, at once 
began the establishment of a homestead. The 
land was then in its primitive condition, pre- 
senting a spectacle sufficiently wild and deso- 
late to discourage any one less daring and 
hopeful than the pioneers of that early day. 
He labored with diligence and energy, and in 
due time had cleared a good farm and erected 
frame buildings, among others being a sub- 
stantial dwelling-house, which he built in 
1838, and which remains in a comparatively 
good state of preservation. Here he spent 
the latter part of his life, and died at the age 
of eighty-six years. His faithful wife, who 
had courageously shared his trials and priva- 
tions, also resided here until her death, at the 
age of seventy-five years. Both were consist- 
ent members of the United Presbyterian 
church, of which he was a Trustee. The 
maiden name of his wife was Martha Mc- 
Lawry. She was a daughter of Thomas Mc- 
Lawry, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere 
in this volume. She bore her husband five 
children: namely, Nancy, Lydia A., Mary, 
John R., and Alexander T. John R. served 
during the late war as a Surgeon in the One 
Hundred and Forty-fourth New York Volun- 
teer Infantry, and from the effects of the hard- 
ships and exposures which he then endured he 
lost his life. 

Alexander T. Leal, the youngest child of 
John Leal, was born on July 29, 1815, in the 
town of Kortright, and was very young when 
he came with them to the farm in Meredith, 
where he has since resided. After the death 
of his father, he continued the work already 
begun, and has brought the one hundred and 
seventy acres of productive land to a fine con- 
dition, and has erected a handsome house, 
the estate now ranking as one of the most val- 
uable in the locality. He engaged in general 
farming and dairying, keeping about twenty 
cows, and sending the products of his dairy to 
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nKuried Mar<;aret Hell, a native of Ilarpers- 
tioltl, being one ol eight children born to 
James and Isabella 15ell, well-known members 
of the agricultural communit)' of Ilarpersfield. 
Of this ]ileasant union were born the follow- 
ing children: John, who was graduated from 
Yale College, is a teacher of prominence in 
Plainfield, where he prepares young men for 
college. Mary I. is the wife of James Smith, 
a farmer of Davenport Centre. Henry is the 
subject of this sketch. James, deceased, mar- 
ried Jennie Hamilton; and they reared one 
child, Aggie. Hugh, a banker in Nebraska, 
married Jeanelte (iale. Joseph, the youngest, 
in early manhood fell a \'ictim to consump- 
tion. He spent four or five years in I)en\er 
and other places in Colorado and Western 
Kansas, vainly seeking relief from lung- 
trouble. At length, realizing that his days 
on earth were numbered, his only desire was 
to reach home as soon as possible. With the 
consent of physicians, he started at midnight 
on a through train; but at nine o'clock the 
next morning he had come to the end of life's 
journey, dying in the arms of his brother. A 
few days after, his mortal remains were gentl\' 
laid to rest in the cemetery at Delhi. Mrs. 
Margaret 1>. Leal, the mother of these chil- 
dren, died in April, 1888, leaving behind her 
a memory which will ever be cherished with 
love and reverence. She was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian chui-ch, in which her 
husband served as Elder for man)- )-ears. In 
politics Mr. Alexantier T. Leal is a stanch 
Republican. 

His second son, Henry Leal, received a 
good common-school education, and is num- 
bered among the most enterprising agri- 
culturists of Meretlith. The place formerly 
consisted of two huntlred and forty acres, but 
in the past few years has been sold down to 
its present size, the remainder being so im- 
proved by drainage and otherwise as to double 
its capacity. The work still goes on: tor, as 
the owner well says, "There are many im- 
provements Net to be matle on this farni." 
When the place came into his hands, the 
stock consisted of twent\--five head; to-day 
the barns contain fifty cattle. The large barn 
now standing was built in the fall of 1889, to 
replace the one burned in October, 188S; and 



the ])resent stock has been gotten together 
since that date. The business is strictly 
dairying, and a cream separator has been used 
the past season. Mr. Leal has been twice 
married. The maiden name of his first wife 
was Joanna Miirdock. She was a native of 
Kortright, being the daughter of J. L. .Miir- 
dock, a well-known farmer of that town. .She 
died in 1884, leaving him with two children 
— Clara Belle and Joanna. Mr. Leal married 
for his second wife Miss Mary K. l-'ehrensen, 
of Hamden. This union has ix-en blessed by 
the birth of three children — lulward, Lthel, 
and William. Politically, Mr. Leal alfiliates 
with the Re|)ublican ])arty; and religiously he 
is a worthy mend)er (if the Presbyterian 
church, ot which he was a Trustee for many 
\-ears, anil in which he is now an Llder. 




armv 



<RV A. COMBS, one of the lead- 
ng merchants of Hamden, was born 
in this town in 1839, and is proud 
to trace his ancestry to an ICnglish 
jfficer of Revolutionary times. His 
great-grandfather, John Combs, who was born 
in Devonshire, l{ngland, in the middle of the 
eighteenth ceiitur\-, while yet a youth joinetl 
the Lnglish army, and was sent to .-Xmerica to 
fight against the ]jatriots of the new country. 
Here he i-emained, aiid after a while com- 
pletely lost sight of his parents and ;dl their 
kindretl in the old liome. He married in 
Connecticut, and became the lather of six 
chiklren, namely: I'olly, born in I "82, who 
became the wife of Herman Baer; John, Jr., 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, born 
in 1784; .Seth, born in 1786; .'\nson, born in 
1790; Jose]')h, born in 1794; b.lecta, born in 
1798. All these children married and lived 
to old age, although the race is now nearly 
e.vtinct. 

John Combs, Jr., married Catherine Bri- 
sack, of Connecticut, and in 1805 settled on 
land adjoining his father's farm in Hamden. 
This land was still new, and coxered with 
pine timber, which was the stajile product of 
this region. Together ihev cleared some 
three inmdrod acres of good t.irm land; and 
here John died in 1864. and was buried beside 
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had two daughters and two sons. One of 
these was Daniel Combs, who died in 1870, 
and whose daughter, Mrs. Augusta Rush, is 
the only surviving member of his family. 

William E. Combs, the other son of John, 
and father of the present storekeeper of Ham- 
den, was born on April 6, 18 13. He was 
reared on the farm where his parents first set- 
tled, and in his young days helped to clear its 
broad acres. He attended the district school 
in the log school-house, and supplemented 
this limited education by the broader experi- 
ence of a busy life. In his twenty-second year 
he married Louise Canfield, of Connecticut, 
who died at their farm, a mile below the vil- 
lage, March 11, 1885. She was the mother 
of three sons: Henry A. Combs, born in 
March, 1839; George, who died at the age of 
one year; Marshall E., born in 1852, well 
known in this vicinity as Matt Combs. 
William E. Combs sold his river farm of one 
hundred and thirty acres in 18S8, and moved 
to Hamden to be with his sons. He still 
owns a hill farm of some one hundred and 
seventy-five acres, in which he takes great de- 
light. In 1 841 Mr. Combs voted for William 
Henry Harrison, and half a century later for 
his grandson, Benjamin, first in his success- 
ful and again in his unsuccessful Presidential 
campaign. He belongs to no society or 
church. 

Henry A. Combs acquired his earl}' educa- 
tion at the district school, and pursued his 
advanced studies at the Delaware Literary 
Institute. He began mercantile life in 1S67 
in company with his uncle, Daniel S. Combs; 
and when, after five years, his uncle's health 
failed, Mr. Combs continued the business for 
a while, and then was joined by his brother 
Marshall, who had been a clerk with him 
since 1878. They now carry on a leading 
trade in general merchandise, and supply goods 
to a large section of territory. In the winter 
of 1869 Mr. Combs married Mary Robinson, 
daughter of Francis Robinson. Mrs. Combs's 
mother, whose maiden name was Barlow, died 
in the prime of life, leaving this one daughter 
and a son Charles. Mr. and Mrs. Combs have 
one son, George K. Combs, a young man of 
twenty-one years, who is with his father in 
the store. 



Mr. Combs is a stanch Republican in poli- 
tics, and is now serving his seventh year as 
Supervisor of the town. He is a very ca- 
pable man of affairs, and under his skilful 
management his business has rapidly grown 
to wide dimensions. He has in all his under- 
takings cast lustre on a name already claim- 
ing for its own an unsullied reputation. 



DOUGLAS BURNS, one of the self- 
made men and well-to-do farmers of 
the town of Bovina, is actively 
engaged in general agricultural pur- 
suits, and operates a large dairy, keeping 
from twenty to twenty-five head of graded 
Jersey cattle, and milking about eighteen 
cows, his sales of butter for the past three 
years averaging two hundred and seventy-five 
pounds each year. He is a native of Bovina, 
and was born August 9, 1858, of Irish and 
Scotch antecedents. 

His paternal grandfather, Moses Burns, was 
born in Ireland, anil, after coming to this 
country, was married to Catherine St. Clair, 
a native of Orange County, New York, and 
the daughter of John St. Clair, who emigrated 
here from Scotland. After his arrival in this 
State, Moses Burns settled in Bovina, in 
1802, and here bought a farm, on which a log- 
house and small clearings constituted the only 
improvements. The country was then in its 
primitive wildness; but, laboring with ener- 
getic perseverance, he reclaimed a large por- 
tion of it, although he was called from the 
scenes of this earth when a young man, hav- 
ing received injuries while assisting in the 
erection of the first frame house built in Bo- 
vina, from the effects of which he died, being 
then but thirty years old. He was the owner 
of one hundred and five acres of land, which 
he carried on in an able manner. He was a 
Federalist in politics, and he and his good 
wife were esteemed members of the Presbyte- 
rian church of South Kortright. They had a 
family of five children, of whom John Burns, 
the father of the subject of this sketch, and 
his sister Elizabeth, who resides in Brod- 
head. Wis., being the wiiiow of James 
Kirkpatrick, are the only ones now living. 
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1S07, on the farm whorr lio now resides, ami 
received his education in tiic district school 
known as the Ma)nard Scliool. Durinj;- tiie 
early years of his life mnch of the pioneer 
labor of clearing awa\- the forests devolved 
upon him. the idd homestead of his parents 
being at that time heavily timbered. Game 
abounded: and he remembers once chasing a 
wolf, although he was not fortunate enough to 
kill it. He was reared to farming ]iursuils 
and to habits ol industry and honestv, and has 
followed agriculture the whole of his life. In 
April, 1S32, he was united in marriage with 
Nancy Ormiston, a lu^tive of Bovina; anti 
they began housekeeping on the parental 
homestead, which he had jireviously bought. 
He carried on a thriving business in general 
agriculture and dairying, and in course of time 
added to the original acreage of the place, and 
now has a fine farm of one hundred and fiftv- 
five acres. His im])ic)\cmenls lune been of 
an e.Ncellent character, his residence being 
substantial and comfortable, and the necessary 
farm buildings convenient anil commodious. 
He has been a hard-working man, and, al- 
though now cripi^led b\' rheumatism, is enjoy- 
ing life, surrounded by hosts of friends and 
neighbors, of whose respect and gootl will he 
is assured. ]5oth he and his wife, who 
crossed the river of death Noveiuber 6, 1877. 
in the sixty-fourth year of her age. were mem- 
bers of the United Presbyterian church at P)o- 
vina Centre, with which he is still cnnnected. 
In politics he was a Whig until the abandon- 
ment of that |)arty and the formation of the 
Republican, when he joined the latter, and 
has since been one of its most faithful adhe- 
rents. He has always taken an active part in 
local affairs, and has ser\ed as Highway Com- 
missioner and Assessor, besides filling various 
minor offices. His family circle inchuled 
seven children, of whom five are now living, 
the record being as follows: Moses K., born 
August 18, 1833, is a farmer in Brodhead, 
Wis. William, born November 28, 1834, 
is engaged in farming in Delhi. James, born 
January 6, 1845. is a farmer, living in Mere- 
dith Hollow. Alexander, born December 8, 
1848. resides on the old homestead. J. 
Douglas lives in Bovina. Janette, born Se])- 
tember 3, 1839, married Francis C. Arm- 



strong, iind died February 15, 1885. John 
C, born August 2, 1841, enlisted during the 
late Kebellion in Company li, ( )ne Hundred 
and hdrly-fourth New \'ork Volunteer Inf.in- 
tr\', and was killed while in service in 1863. 

J. Douglas Burns has been a life-long resi- 
dent of Bo\ina, gleaning his education in its 
jiublic schools, and growing to man's estate 
within its [irecincts. When starting in life 
for himstdf, he began as a farm laborer at fif- 
teen dollars a month. Being jirudent ami 
economical, he saved money, and in 1880 
bought the farm where he now resides, con- 
taining one hundred acres of land. This 
he has brought under cultivation, and has 
eifuipped it with a good set of farm buildings 
which are buth tasteful and substantial. He 
devotes a good >hare of his attention to his 
dairy and to stock-raising, and is numbered 
;unong the most progressive and enterprising 
farmers of this vicinity. 

An important step in the career of Mr. 
]5urns was his marriage with Maggie S. Doig, 
the daughter of William .S. and Fli/.abeth 
(Doig) Doig, the latter of whom died at the 
age of filt_\-lhree years. Mr. Doig is a re- 
spected member of the agricultural community 
of the town of Andes, where he still resides. 
To him and his wite three chiUlren were born, 
nameh': Belle, who tlied at the age of thir- 
teen years; Maggie S., Mrs. Burns; and An- 
ilrew, a resident of Kansas. The union of 
Mr. Hums and iiis wife has been l)lessed by 
the birth of four bright and interesting chil- 
ilren : namely. James A.. l,i/./ie M., l".\-;i J., 
and Willie C. Burns. 




!Ts svia'i:.st1';k wood, a 

highly esteemed citi/en of the village 
of hVanklin, where he has lived in 
retirement from active life for the 
last ten \ears. was born in the same town in 
1832. His grandfather. John Wood, came 
when a v<iung man from Ireland to Boston, 
Mass., with two brothers, one of whom was 
named Heni\-: but the three soon became 
separ.Ued. John married Mar\' Sarles, and 
settled on a farm in Newheld. Toni|)kins 
County, N.Y., where were born their three 
bovs and four girls, all <if whom grew to ma- 



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turity. One lived to be over eighty; but two 
died much earlier, of consumption. Their 
father died in the prime of life; but the 
widow married again, and did not pass away 
till she had left behind her the milestone of 
threescore and ten. Among the children of 
John and Mary Wood was Charles Jefferson 
Wood, who was born in Newfieki in 1804, and 
died in Franklin in 1893, aged eighty-nine. 
He married F.liza Wheat, born in Franklin, 
a daughter of Captain William Wheat, who 
came from Marlboro, Conn. 

The Wheat family derive their lineage from 
Thomas Wheat, who came from Wales to Bos- 
ton in 1692. In the genealogy it is possible 
to go back fully through four generations, to 
Solomon Wheat, of Connecticut, a graduate of 
Yale College, a Surgeon in the Revolution, 
and a Baptist clergyman, who was born in 
1753; so that he was twenty-two when the 
struggle lor independence began. He lived 
through the War of 18 12, and died, at a great 
age, about the time when Vice-President 
John Tyler had succeeded to the Presidency 
by the untimely death of General William 
Henry Harrison, and was disturbing the 
equanimity of the Whig party, which had 
elected him. Dr. Wheat hatl nine sons and 
four daughters, one of whom ilied in infancy. 
Samuel Wheat settled in the .South, and had a 
son, Robert Wheat, who fought in three wars 
— first in the Mexican War, second under 
Ciaribaldi in Italy, and third in our Civil 
War, dying during the siege of Petersburg, 
with the title of Major. Another son of 
-Solomon Wheat was Thomas, who lived and 
died on the old Connecticut farm. .Still an- 
other son was the junior Solomon, a man 
whose great strength, immense stature, and 
surgical proficiency did not prevent his capt- 
ure, and who died on board his father's ship 
soon after his liberation from a P'rench 
prison. Aaron, the youngest son of Grand- 
father Wheat, lived in Sackett's Harbor, 
L.I.; while his biother Benjamin settled 
either in Chemung or Steuben County, New 
York. Solomon Wheat's son William fol- 
lowed in the nautical rather than the theolog- 
ical or medical lead of liis father, and was a 
marine merchant and commander for thirty 
years. He was born on January 19, 1772, and 



began life as a sailor when only thirteen. At 
nineteen he was mate with a Captain Smith, 
bound for the West Indies with a cargo 
which included much live stock. In the 
midst of a gale the captain ordered his mate 
to free the horses, and try to make for the 
shore. William Wheat disobeyed. Instead 
of driving the horses overboard, he gave the 
pigs that opportunity, and so succeeded in 
righting the ship and keeping out of danger. 
The marine rule, "Obey orders or break 
owners," did not work in young Wheat's case; 
for he was promoted for his disobedient bra- 
very, and placed in command of the brig 
"■Buck," and thereafter made voyages not only 
to the West Indies, but to South America, 
Italy, and Africa. The valorous captain died, 
full of days, in Franklin, N.Y., in March, 
1868, lacking less than four years of his 
century. 

Among his sons was Cyrus Howell Wheat, 
who was born in Franklin, March ly, 18 13, 
and followed an agricultural career. He mar- 
ried Amanda Rogers, of Sidney, Delaware 
County, on P^ebruary 7, 1836. Their first 
child was Watson Wheat, who died, not of 
wounds, but of disease, at Harper's F"erry, at 
the age of twenty-four, a member of Company 
G, of the Sixth Regiment of New York Vol- 
unteers. Another son, Leroy Wheat, died in 
Croton, aged sixteen. Herbert Wheat died 
in P""ranklin, of typhoid fever, when only 
twenty. Of the living children, Marion 
Wheat married Manzer Smith, of Meredith, 
Hartson Leroy Wheat is a Franklin farmer, 
and Orton Wheat is a carpenter in Croton. 
Their brother. Porter Alton Wheat, is a noted 
resident of the village of Croton, where he 
was born March 24, 1845, on the place pur- 
chased by his grandfather after retirement 
from a seafaring life, and where Porter's 
father also was born. Besides attending the 
district school. Porter Wheat was educated at 
the Delaware Literary Institute. He began 
teaching in 1861, when only sixteen, and just 
as the Civil War began; and he continued to 
teach in district schools till 1877, when he 
was thirty-two years old. In 1866, thi-ee days 
before Christmas, he married Lydia Maria 
Southworth, of Masonville, daughter of the 
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Lydia was horn in Schoharie County; and her 
father was one of four brotliers, two others 
being, like himself, Methodist clergymen. 
Mrs. Wheat had not onl}- these two uncles in 
this profession and denomination, but also 
two brothers. 

The I'orter Wheats have five children: Cora 
Wheat married Leroy ICvans, a Franklin 
farmer. Homer W'heat resides still at home. 
Bertha Wlieat is her father's assistant in the 
post-office. Se\niour Wheat is an agricultur- 
ist. The youngest son, born in 1881, Roscoe 
Wheat, is still a boy at home. Mr. Wheat 
is a Democrat. I'or sixteen years he has been 
a Justice of Peace, and in Cleveland's first 
administration was appointed Postmaster, a 
place he still holds. The surname recalls 
what was said by an early historian, that God 



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land's colonies the finest of wheat. 

It will be remembered that Charles J. 
Wood married into the Wheat family, his 
wife being an aunt of Postmaster Wiieat. 
They had three sons and a daughter. One of 
the boys died in 1848, at the early age of 
eleven. Of the three living, Rufus Sylvester 
is the eldest. Henry W. Wood is a resident 
of F'ranklin, and a separate sketch of him may 
be found elsewhere in this volume. Jane 
Wood, the youngest, married Daniel Colby 
Dibble, of Dakota, Neb. 

Rufus .S. Wood grew up on a farm, attended 
the district school, and also the Delaware 
Literary Institute, but afterward felt it his 
duty to remain at home with his parents. 
There his mother died in 18S3, aged seventy- 
two, a decade before lier husband, wln) sur- 
vived till 1893, dying at his son Rufus's, and 
lying beside his wife in the Oulcout Valley 
cemetery. In 1855, September 16, at the age 
of twenty-three, Rufus Wood married Susan 
Maria Mann, daughter of Horace and .So- 
]ihronia (Fitch) Mann. P^ither Mann was a 
native of Connecticut, Init his wife belonged 
in I'ranklin. Her paternal grandfather was 
Abijah Mann, whose wifi' was Chloe Clark; 
and they were pioneers in Delaware Count)', 
coming thither in an ox cart, and settling in 
the woods in 1803, when John Adams was 
growing unpoi)ular as President of the United 
States. Mrs. Wood's maternal grandfather 



was Colonel .Silas I-'itch, who was another 
early settler on Ouleout Creek. Mrs. Wood's 
motlier, .Sojjhronia Mann, was one of nine 
children, having two brothers and six sisters, 
all refined and intelligent people. 

Grandfather Fitch was a Colonel in the 
militia; and his wife was Clara Howell, a 
daughter of Isaac Howell, belonging to a New 
lingland family that came early into this 
region. His two sons, Mrs. Wood's uncles, 
were both professional men. Almiron l'"itch 
was a college graduate of powerful physique, 
and became a physician at Delhi, where he 
died. Silas F"itch went to college, and be- 
came a Methodist preacher. He died sud- 
denh', in 1872, at Irvington, N.Y., while 
engaged in animated conversation with a visi- 
tor. Mrs. Wood has tliree brothers living, 
one having died in childhood: George W. 
Mann is a farmer in Franklin. Silas Fitch 
Mann is a merchant in Warsaw, Wyoming 
County. Almiron Howell Mann studied at 
the Delaware Literary Institute, but was 
reared a farmer, and now lives a retired life 
at I'>aid<lin. 

In 18S4 Mr. Wood sold his inherited farm, 
and removed to the village, where he iuis a 
small estate of fourteen acres. He and his 
wife had the misfortune of losing one son, 
Ivlson .Stanley Wood, when only thirteen 
months old; l)ut they have two living chil- 
dren. Their son, Irving C. Wood was grad- 
uated at the Jefferson Medical College in 
Philadelphia, and is now a physician in the 
town of Logan, Harrison County, Iowa. His 
wife, P'lorence Bolter, was a daughter of 
.Senator Bolter of that place. Carrie J. Wood 
is the wife of Frank C. Daniels, of Franklin. 

Mr. Wood is a Blue Lodge Mason. He 
was formerly a Democrat in jioiitics, but left 
the ranks to join the Prohibitionists. His 
wife is a Ba[)tist. Tiiey live in a pleasant 
home, and are highly respected. Though 
prosperous in his undertakings, Mr. Wood is 
not a rich man, Init has chosen that better 
])art, a good name. He has been always a 
total abstainer from liquor and tobacco, and 
therefore finds a congenial abiding-place in a 
community where no licenses are granted for 
the s.ile of that which stupefies men's brains. 
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and in both these sentiments his wife heartily 
shares. With the practical sage for whom his 
town was named, Ben Franklin, Mr. Wood 
might say, "Temperance puts wood on the 
fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, 
money in the purse, credit in the country, 
contentment in the house, clothes on the 
back, and vigor in the body." Concerning 
the weed he would adopt the opinion of the 
old dramatist, whose first name was like 
Franklin's, Ben Jonson, "It is good for noth- 
ing but to choke a man and fill him full of 
smoke and embers." 



KEWIS MARVIN, who worthily repre- 
sents important industrial interests of 
^ the town of Walton, where he owns 
and operates a stone quarry, is a na- 
tive of this State and county, his birth having 
occurred in Walton, March 13, 1831. He is 
the son of Jared Marvin, a native of Hoosick, 
Rensselaer County, N.Y., whose father, Mat- 
thew Marvin, was a native of Connecticut and 
a veteran of the Revolutionary War, having 
served in the ranks for seven years. 

In 1799 Matthew Marvin came to this 
county, and, settling in the town of Walton, 
on Mount Holly farm, which he cleared from 
the wilderness, resided there until he had 
rounded out a full life of ninety-six years. 
The worthy descendant of one of the Puritan 
fathers, he was very strong in his religious 
convictions, and very strict in observances. 
He married Mary Weed, the daughter of 
Thomas Weed, who was born in Simsbury, 
Conn., June 7, 1754. He was a Revolution- 
ary soldier, and one of the si.xty-eight who 
were pickets for Lafayette's regiment, and 
stormed the redoubt near Yorktown. He 
served with distinction throughout that war, 
participating in the most prominent battles, 
coming forth with an untarnished war record. 
The children of Matthew and Mary Weed 
Marvin were as follows: Joseph, Abigail, 
Jared, Thomas, William, and Lewis. 

Jared Marvin was reared to the carpenter's 
trade, which he followed for several years in 
the town of Walton, in which place he after- 
ward operated a woollen-mill, remaining there 
until his death, in 1865, at the age of seventy- 



si.x years. He married Fanny Rodgers, a 
native of Greenville, Worcester County, 
Mass., and a daughter of Asa and Catherine 
(Hamilton) Rodgers. (For further parental 
history see sketch of George W. Marvin, 
which appears on another page of this work.) 

Lewis Marvin received a substantial educa- 
tion in the public schools of his native town, 
and at the age of eighteen years began teach- 
ing, a profession in which he engaged for 
several terms. He was appointed Postmaster 
in 1868, and retained the position eighteen 
years. Purchasing the stone quarry about the 
time he left the office, he assumed its manage- 
ment, and has since carried on the business. 

On September 3, 1862, Mr. Marvin was 
united in marriage with L. Vesta Beard, the 
daughter of Ezra and Lois (Gaylord) Beard. 
Mrs. Marvin's ancestors were from Massachu- 
setts, that State having been the birthplace of 
her grandfather, Ezra Beard, Sr., who was 
born May 2, 1764, and, after spending the 
earlier years of his life there, moved to Jeffer- 
son, Schoharie County, N.Y. His children 
were Julia, Ann is, Russell, Ezra Lusk, and 
Ezra Gibbs. He and his wife lived to a good 
old age, he dying at the age of seventy-eight 
years, and she at the age of seventy-five years. 
The father of Mrs. Marvin was born in 1804, 
and was very young when he came with them 
to this State. He was a successful tiller of 
the soil on the old homestead for more than a 
quarter of a century, during which time he 
buried his wife, the mother of his children, 
and married her sister Ruthala. When the 
shadows began to lengthen, he left the large 
farm, and moved to Harpersfield, Delaware 
County; and here they lived until the time of 
their respective deaths. May 30 and June 11, 
1888, having numbered fourscore and four 
years. They were people of genuine worth, 
and were members of the Congregational 
church, of which he was Deacon. Their 
children all survived them, namely: Mary, 
who married the Rev. L. M. Purington; 
Lydia, the wife of M. S. Wilcox; Mrs. Mar- 
vin; and Ezra. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin have 
one child, a son, Robert B. Marvin, who is a 
young man of superior mental ability and at- 
tainments, a graduate of Hamilton College, 
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rial Academy at IMaiistown, N.J.. occupyini; 
the Cliair ol Cicniian Lani;ua!,^c and Litera- 
ture. Mrs. Marvin is iicrself a woman of 
much cultivation, being a graduate of Mount 
Holyoke Seminary, South Iladley, Mass., in 
the class of 1859. 

Politically, Mr. Marvin is a strong Repub- 
lican, and for the past twenty-five years has 
served as Justice of the Peace, an office which 
he has filled to the satisfaction of all con- 
cerned. He and his family are members of 
the Congregational church, of which he has 
been a Trustee for a quarter of a century; and 
in the Sunday-school connected with it he 
and his wife are faithful teachers. Mr. Mar- 
vin, who has labored for the educational and 
moral advancement of the town, served on the 
Board of Education for twenty years, several 
of which he was Secretary of the Hoard. 
Mrs. Marvin has also served as President of 
the P'oreign Missionary Society of the Con- 
gregational church. 




M1<:RV JENKINS, of Union Grove, 
town of Andes, farmer, stock-raiser, 
and dealer in butter, is one of the 
best-known and most progressive men iti his 
line of business in Delaware County. He is 
quite a young man, having been born October 
24, 1868, son of Anst)n and Sarah (Mekeel) 
Jenkins, the former of whom was a native of 
the town of Roxburv', his birth having oc- 
curred there December 3, 1S33. The pa- 
ternal grandparents of Mr. Jenkins were 
James and Polly (White) Jenkins. James 
Jenkins followed agriculture as his occupa- 
tion, and with his wife reared a large fam- 
ily, his other children besides Anson being- 
named Alonzo, Nathan, David, P'gbert, Deli- 
lah Hlephan, Lucinda, Ella, and Angelina. 
He bought one hundred and thirty acres of 
land in the town of Andes, built a saw-mill, 
and in company with John Mekeel & Son 
engaged in lumbering, floating their lumber 
down the river in rafts to Philadelphia. He 
afterward bouglit other land to the amount of 
two hundred and seventy acres. He died at the 
age of seventy-two, after an industrious and 
well-spent life. His wife still survives, and 
resides with her son Nathan in Union Grove. 



Anson Jenkins, father of limery, early ac- 
quired hal)its of industry, and assisted his 
father on the farm and in the work of lumber- 
ing. He married Sarah Mekeel, daughter of 
John Mekeel, his father's partner. This 
gentleman came to Delaware County among 
the early settlers. He look up three hundred 
acres of land, and built a log house, later 
constructing a saw-mill and engaging with 
Mr. Jenkins in the lumber business as above 
narrated. His son-in-law, Anson Jenkins, 
afterward bought the farm in an improved 
condition, and still further im|)roved the 
propert)' by erecting new buildings, one of 
the barns being the largest and most substan- 
tial in that ])art of the county. The children 
of Anson Jenkins were as follows: Jnhn \V., 
deceased; James H.; and Emery. 

The latter, the subject of this notice, came 
into possession of his father's farm, which he 
has improved and cultivatetl to a high degree. 
He is far-sighted, and is ever on the alert to 
take advantage of new inventions and the 
latest methods. His farm is provided with 
every convenience for getting the most out of 
the soil; and in addition to his reputation as 
an agriculturist he has achieved fame for the 
excellence of his butter, which finds a ready 
market at all times, and is considered the best 
[jroduced in his part of the county. Mr. Jen- 
kins married Eliza Lynn, daughter of John 
and Margaret (Fellows) Lynn, the former of 
whom was born in Jen Capen, Sweden, April 
28, 1840, ami was the son of Frederick Lynn. 
The grandfather was born in 1782, and spent 
his whole life in Sweden, where he died at 
the age of eighty-two. 

John Lynn left home at the age of fifteen, 
and went to sea as cabin boy. He fcdlowed a 
sailor's life for fifteen years, visiting most of 
the great seaports of the workl. With the 
intention of bidding farewell to salt water, 
he landed in luigland, but soon after decided 
to seek his fortunes in the New World, and 
emigrated to America. .Arriving in the land 
of jii-omise, he went first to Suspension 
Bridge, where he found employment in a 
freight-house: but, after remaining there a 
while, he removed to Greene County, New 
York, where he met and married Margaret 1-'. 
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(Kelly) Fellows, residents of Albany County, 
the former being a lumberman by occupation 
and of (jerman ancestry. John Lynn then 
purchased a farm in Ulster County, where he 
resided six years, after which he sold the farm 
and bought another in Delaware County. 
Here he stayed some time, and finally pur- 
chased a farm on Barkerboom Creek. This 
he retained, and resides thereon at the present 
time. He is the father of three children: 
Eliza, born November 21, 1874; Charles, 
September 6, 1876; and Inez, July 21, 1S80. 
Mr. Jenkins, as already mentioned, is a 
wide-awake and progressive agriculturalist. 
Possessing every modern convenience for suc- 
cessfully pursuing his chosen occupation, he 
makes the most of his advantages; and, in a 
community where farming is carried on with 
exceptional skill, he is renowned for the thor- 
oughness of his methods and the excellent 
quality of his produce. He is the owner of 
some forty Jersey grade and young stock, has 
good water power on his premises, and pos- 
sesses the most improved farm machinery. 
In the fraternal orders he stands high, being a 
member of Margarettville Lodge, No. 389, 
A. F. & A. M., and of Arena Lodge, No. 
589, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He 
is a Republican in his political views, true to 
the principles of his party, and is esteemed 
by his fellow-townsmen as a man whose word 
can be relied upon and whose judgment is of 
value in all town affairs. 




'ARVEY M. SEAMAN, a miller and 
dealer in flour and feed in DeLancey, 
lis I in the town of Hamden, Delaware 

County, N.Y., led an eventful life, 
which has develojjed a strong character, mark- 
ing him as a man of indomitable will, high 
moral principles, and honorable ambition. 
His grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier, 
whose bounty land included what is now the 
town of Cieneva. His fatlier, Joshua Seaman, 
was born in Bovina in 1803, and was educated 
in that place and the town of Delhi. In 1824 
Joshua Seaman married Mary Millard, daugh- 
ter of Amos Millard, she liaving been born in 
Delhi in 1804. Eleven children blessed this 
union, all of whom lived to reach maturity. 



Three sons and one daughter still survive, 
namely: Harvey M., of whom this sketch is 
written; Amasa, a farmer on Hamden Hill; 
Joshua, who is engaged in farming in Mere- 
dith; and Ann Eliza, wife of Frank Welch, of 
Delhi. The mother of this large family died 
in April, 1883, the father having preceded 
her some sixteen years; and they sleep among 
their children in the old cemetery at De- 
Lancey. 

Harvey M. Seaman was born in Delhi, 
February 13, 1829; and, when a lad of ten 
years, was sent to live with his uncle, H. R. 
Millard, a merchant of Delhi. For six years 
he acted as clerk in his uncle's store, and at 
the expiration of that time left for his father's 
farm near Montrose, Pa., where he remained 
for two or three years. The next scene of his 
labors was New York City, where he was oc- 
cupied for a few months as clerk in an es- 
tablishment dealing in woodenware. Again 
returning to the paternal home, he took up 
the role of teacher, and for three terms had 
charge of the district school. Urged by his 
restless nature, he then started out as a trav- 
elling salesman with a stock of tin trunks. 
This departure proved to be not as successful 
as he had hoped. Accordingly, he abandoned 
the life of a traveller, and settled down to the 
carpenter's trade and chain-pump business in 
Elmira, where he remained for one and one- 
half years. 

In 185 1 his desire for adventure once more 
predominated; and he departed for California, 
that golden Mecca of the New World, sailing 
around Cape Horn, spending one hundred and 
sixty-five days on the storm-tossed waves, 
and three or four weeks in St. Catherine, 
South America. He reached his destination 
in October, 1851, and remained five years in 
that country of sunshine and flowers, making 
his home with three brothers. Dent by name, 
a sister of whom married General Grant. 
Mr. Seaman was here engaged as a dealer in 
mining claims, and also had charge of a local 
ferry. In 1856 he returned to DeLancey by 
way of the Isthmus of Panama; and in com- 
pany with his brother Amasa, who had joined 
him in California, and had now come back 
with him to the old home, he bought the old 
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in 1844, and was occupied as a tanncr\- until 
1885. Mr. Seaman's father was a tanner, 
and from him the two sons learned the track- 
in 1859. After a tiiue Harvey Seaman pur- 
chased his brother's interest in the business, 
and was its sole proprietor until he abaniloned 
that industry and remodelled the buildin.;;s 
into a feed and yrist mill. The new mill, 
since built on the old site, consists ot a 
structure seventy-four by thirty-two feet, with 
a roomy wing and storehouse. A saw-mill is 
operated in connection with this, the water- 
power bein<; furnished by Bayley's Creek, 
which never fails in its sujiply. 

Mr. Seaman was marrietl May i, 1869. to 
Miss Isabel (ioodrich, who was born in 11am- 
dcn in 1837. Her father was Hiram (iood- 
rich, of Connecticut, who ilied at the ai;'e of 
eighty; and her mother was Betsey (Butler) 
Goodrich, who passed away April 10, 1871, 
aged seventy-four, her death occurring just 
one month previous to that of her husband. 
Mr. and Mrs. Seaman are the parents of four 
children, namely: Fanny, who is the wife of 
Herbert Chapman, and the mother of two chil- 
dren ; Amasa G., a young man of twenty-one 
years, in business with his father; Clifford 
D.. who at the youthful age of sixteen is 
teaching his hrsi school; Bayard J., a school- 
boy of fourteen. Unlike the majority of his 
townsmen, Mr. .Seaman is a Democrat, lieing 
an ardent follower of that jjaitN^'s code and a 
steatlfast supporter of its platform. He is an 
industrious, honorable man. who throughout 
his varied occupations, travels, and exiieri- 
ences has merited the confidence and enjoyed 
the esteem of his wide circle of accpiaintances. 




OIJVAR RADl-.KER is a farmer 
in the town of Colchester, having 
-^ 1 returned to the place of his birth, 
and adopted the calling of his fathers 
after several years of experience in other oc- 
cupations elsewhere. The earliest Radeker 
that we hear of in this country is William, 
who came from Germany about the midtllc of 
the last century. His experience in crossing 
the Atlantic was far from ])leasant; for he 
had not sufficient of this world's goods to pay 
for his passage, and he was therefore sold and 



serveti his time, landing at last, together with 
his two brothers, who were also unable to pay 
the ])assage money, and were obliged to 
undergo similar inconvenience. After land- 
ing, William settled near Newburg; but 
since that time nothing has been heard of tlie 
other brothers, so that the members of the 
family liere know not whether they returned 
to the l'"atherland or settled in some distant 
])art of this vast country. 

William raised a family of six children — 
i'eter, Jeremiah, Henry, John, Jacob, and 
Kate -— and, having lived to a gootl old age, 
died u]xin his own farm. His two sons Jacob 
and John came to Delaware County in the 
\ear 1795, settling in what is now Colchester, 
then called -Soden, buying about four hundred 
acres of new land, which had never felt the 
touch of cither plough or axe. Across the 
river was an Indian town, and the savages 
made their power felt to its full extent. 
Often did the settlers flee with their families 
to the mountains, that they might save their 
lives and their treasures from the red men. 
The brothers here built a saw and grist mill, 
and then a carding-mill, the first and for 
many years the only one of the kind for many 
miles around. 

Jacob Radeker married -Sarah Morton, who 
was born May 17, 1775, and had the follow- 
ing family: I'Tbridge; Annace; John R.; 
Creorge; l^arna; Sylvia; Hannah; William 
II.; Henry J.; Perry; ICsther; Alnieda and 
Alniira. twins; and Betsy. Jacob Radeker 
died April 5, 1857, and his wife August i, 
1834. Both were members of the Presbyte- 
rian church. In the latter ]iart of iiis life he 
sold his mill property, and lived retired from 
business cares. His son Henry J. married 
Catherine Hitt, and raised a family of four 
children. He is still living in the full en- 
joyment of health and activity, although well 
along in years. Alniira, witlow of H. Wil- 
son, is also in excellent health, an examiile of 
the longevity of the race. She and her 
brother Henry are residents of Downsville. 

Batna Radeker was married at the age of 
twenty-four to Elizabeth Fuller; and they 
reared a family of eight children, Bolivar 
being the eldest-born. The others were: El- 
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Milo C, who married Minda Fuller; Sarah 
M., wife of George R. Shaver; Margaret A., 
wife of William R. Shaver; Charles Porter, 
who married Electa Terry; James M., who 
married Estella Fuller; and Dr. Barna E. 
Harna, in company with his father, bought 
eighty-four acres of land, and after two years 
bought his father out and commenced work 
for himself in farming and lumbering and 
mercantile business, doing a large and pros- 
perous business for many years. He was a 
highly respected man, a kind neighbor, and 
helpful friend. He was a strong Democrat, 
and a man of liberal views in religion. 

Bolivar Radeker was born on the old farm, 
where he grew to manhood, finishing his edu- 
cation at the Franklin Institute. On leavins 
school he accepted the position of cashier in 
the Deposit Bank, the duties whereof he faith- 
fully discharged for ten years. Then, sever- 
ing his connection with the bank, but 
remaining in that village, he started in busi- 
ness for himself, and continued it successfully 
for the ne.xt fifteen years. He was later em- 
ployed in the coal business with Rodney A. 
Ford in Binghamton for two years, and then 
came to Colchester and bought his father's 
farm. In 1866 Mr. Radeker married Anna 
L. Perry, who lived but four years after her 
marriage. He subsequently married Myra G. 
Ford, daughter of Rodney A. and Adaline 
(Whitney) Ford; and they have one child, 
Mary I',., who is still at home. 

Rodney Augustus Ford, the father of Mrs. 
Radeker, was a son of Daniel Ford, who for- 
merly lived in Herkimer County, but died at 
his residence in New York Mills. His wife, 
Adaline Whitney Ford, was daughter of 
Virgil and Marcia (Doty) Whitney, Virgil 
Whitney being son of Joshua Whitney, who 
was one of the first settlers of Binghamton, 
and who there built the first house, when the 
place was called by the curious name "Che- 
nang P'int." Joshua was a Democrat of the 
stanchest kind. His son Virgil, who was 
also of that political party, was Postmaster 
for many years, being the first to hold the 
office there. 

R. A. Ford raised a family of eight chil- 
dren: Charles W., born June 9, 1845; Char- 
lotte A., born November 14, 1846, wife of 



C. J. Knapp; Myra G., Mrs. Radeker, born 
August 26, 1848; Mary L., born April 29, 
1854, who died March 17, 1888; George H., 
born February 22, 1865, who married Harriet 
Smith, and died May 21, 1894; Virgil W., 
born November 4, 1857, who married Delia 
Sheppard, and died April 29, 1S89; Helen 
J., born November 13, 1866, who married Ed- 
ward E. Powell; Frederick, who died in 
1865; Edward A., born July 13, 1869, who 
married Maude McDonald. Mr. Ford is a 
large coal dealer in Binghamton, is a man of 
liberal views, a Democrat, and a supporter of 
the lipiscopal church, of which his wife is 
also an attendant. 

Bolivar Radeker is a farmer of the modern 
type, adopting all the improvements which 
time has brought; and his twenty-five Jersey 
cows, sheep, and other live stock are tended 
and sheltered in the most approved manner. 
In politics he is a stanch Republican, and his 
wife is a member of the Episcopal church. 
He comes from good old German stock, char- 
acterized by courage, endurance, and sagacity, 
and has profited much by his varied experi- 
ences in life. 



bpRANCIS E. TIFFANY is an enter- 
ic prising citizen of that part of Colches- 
ter called Pepacton, owning there a 
great deal of property, which he is constantly 
improving. His paternal grandfather, Jeffer- 
son Tiffany, came here at an early date and 
bought one thousand acres of land in what is 
known as Tiffany Hollow, where he was the 
first settler. He and his wife, Louisa Mcln- 
tyre, reared three children — Henry, William, 
and Sylvenas. At length, disposing of his 
farm, he removed to DeLancey, where he re- 
sided until his death, both he and his wife 
living to a very old age. Jefferson Tiffany 
was a firm believer in the principles of the 
Republican party. -Sylvenas, his youngest 
son, was born in the town of Hamden, and 
grew to manhood on the old homestead. He 
married Miss Mary Stevens, daughter of 
Zebra Stevens, an extensive farmer in Catta- 
raugus County. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvenas 
Tiffany were the parents of six children — 
Augusta, Marshall, Eugene, Sylvenas, 




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Charles, and l-'iancis i{. Mr. Tiffanv was a 
Republican, like his father, aiui was a hi,i;h]y 
respected farmer. 11 is wife, who siuvi\ed 
him, resides in Ranilolph, Cattaraugus 
Count)'. 

Francis E. Tiffany, younf;est son of .Syl- 
venas and Mary (Stevens) Tiffany, was born 
in Tiffany Hollow, December 22, 1S54, and 
was educated in the common schools of the 
town, where he was studx-ing his early lessons 
when the patriotism of the coiuitry was 
aroused by the firinj;' on I'ort Sumter. He 
was far too young to go to the front, even as a 
drummer-boy ; but no doubt he longed to be a 
soldier and follow the Hag. Ha])pil\', the 
conflict was over befoie he had seen ele\-en 
summers. Hence, as he grew to manhood, he 1 
had no call to engage in an)' other than the 
joeaceful pursuits of husbandry, with which he 
became familiar on the home farm. His first \ 
purchase of land was a tract nf ninety-seven j 
and one-half acres, known as the Hunter farm. 
It being well u-ooded, he employed himself in 
clearing it and dealing in linuber. Later he 
sold that place, and bought a farm of one hun- j 
dred and twenty-five acres at I'epacton. known 
as the Townsend-Shaver fai'm, on the east 
branch of the Delaware River. Here he built 
' a cottage, hotel, and barns, the house being 
four stories high with basement. It is a 
charming location for summer boarders. 

On Ainil 4, 1870, Mr. Tiffany married ; 
Miss I'llla, daughter of N. 15. and' Margaret 
(Gregory) Fuller, who was born August 2, 
1 861. Mrs. Tiffany's father is a son of lo- 
seph Fuller, and resides in Colchester. He 
has three daughters: Ida, who maiiied John 
Flint; Rachel, the wife of I'arker II. 
Sprague; and Ella, who is the wife of the 
subject of this sketch. Mr. and Mrs. Tiffany 
have one daughter still living — Clara, born 
Jill)' 27, 1890. Their eUler daughter, Lena, 
was born October 28, 1882, and died in De- 
cember of the same year. 

Mr. Tiffany is at iiresent carrying on a 
large lumber business, and also managing his 
extensix'e farm, where he keeps a fine herd of 
Jersey cattle. He is a person of great per- 
severance and industry, who exhibits much 
ability in the conduct of his affairs, being, as 
would be judged from his ])ortrait, which 



meets the e)e of the reader on another i)age of 
this "Re\iew," a man eminently cajjable of 



•■ br.ivcly lu'win;; 
'I'lirouj;!) tlic world" liis ••wav." 

The Republican party claims him as a sup- 
j)orter of its jilatform, he being a stanch ad- 
herent of its principles; and throughout the 
community in which lu- is a resident he is 
highly respected. 




RAM N. CEORGl-:, a highly re- 
spected resident and successful 
farmer of Middletown, was born on 
the old homestead where he now re- 
November 12, 1832, son of Henry and 
IClizabeth (Tremper) George. His father was 
the son of John George, a native of Germany, 
who came to America before the Revolution- 
ary War, and during that arduous struggle was 
engaged as military tailor, making uniforms 
f(U- the Continental soldiers. In addition to 
his knowledge of the tailor's trade, John 
Gecu-ge was also skilled in music, wdiich he 
had followed as a profession for seven years in 
his native country. At the close of the Rev- 
olution he settled in Dutchess County. New 
York, and was engaged as gardener by the 
Livingston family, also working to some ex- 
tent at his original trade of tailoring. Both 
he aiid his wife li\'ed to a good old age, he 
dying in his eighty-first year, and she at the 
age of seventy-five. They had three children, 
two of whom died in infancy. 

Henr)- George, the third child, and the only 
one who grew to maturitv. was born in Dutch- 
ess Count)'. On arriving at manhood, he 
chose for iiis wife Elizabeth Tremper, daugh- 
ter of John and Rachel Tremper. The)' came 
to Delaware Count v together antl settled on 
the present site of the C<igburn farm, near 
Margarettville. After residing there three 
)ears, Mr. George ]iurchased one hundred and 
sixty acres of wild land at Arkville, and, after 
building a log house, set to work to clear off 
I he heavy growth of tiniber. He built a saw- 
niill, and succeeded in bringing the land into 
a slate of fair cultivation before arriving at 
middle age. He was a popular man in his 
neighborhood, and was much respected, filling 



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several town offices during his long and active 
life with credit to himself and satisfaction to 
his fellow-citizens. In the War of 1 812 he 
served in the American army as a musician. 
He became a Republican on the formation of 
that party, and ever after adhered to Republi- 
canism as his political creed. In religion he 
was a Methodist. He lived to the remarkable 
age of ninety-five, and his loss was much de- 
plored by all who knew him. His faithful 
wife died at the age of seventy-five years, 
after a life of toil and devotion. She was the 
mother of eleven children, whose names are as 
follows: Catherine, John, William, Daniel, 
Peter, Edward, Alfred, Rachel, Walter, An- 
drew, and Hiram N. 

At the age of twenty-one Hiram N. George, 
who had received a plain but practical educa- 
tion in the district schools of his native town, 
engaged in lumbering, and continued in that 
occupation until he came into possession of 
the old homestead. On this event he went to 
work to improve the place. He remodelled 
the buildings, bought more land, and made 
other improvements, until he now has a fine 
farm of over two hundred acres. He owns 
twenty Jersey cows, and raises some fine 
horses and sheep. Realizing the truth that it 
is not good man should be alone, he obtained 
in marriage the hand of Phebe Seager, daugh- 
ter of Hiram and Synthia Bly Seager, the for- 
mer of whom was a native of Ulster County, 
New York, and was a large lumber dealer and 
farmer. Mr. Seager was twice married, first 
to Tirzah Murvvin, by whom he had the fol- 
lowing children: Murwin, who married Ada 
Todd, of Ulster County, and has two children; 
Lucy, who became the wife of Dyer Todd, 
and died, as did her husband, leaving one child: 
Susan, who married Daniel Todd, and has a 
family of six children; Aylwin and Hiram 
H., both of whom died when quite young. 
Mr. Seager's second marriage (to Synthia 
Bly Lemore) added to his family three more 
children, namely: ICiizabeth, now deceased, 
who married Judson Haynes, and at her death 
left five children; Phebe, wife of Hiram N. 
George, of this biographical notice; and 
James, who married Estella George, and has 
two children. The father of these children 
died at the age of seventy years, and his sec- 



ond wife when seventy-seven. The latter, 
previous to her marriage to Mr. Seager, was 
the widow of James Lemore, and by him had 
three children — George, Mary, and Melissa. 
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram N. George 
has been blessed with two children: Samuel, 
born May 28, 1869, who died at the age of 
thirteen; and Seager, born February 12, 1884. 
Mr; George is a man of influence in his 
town. By industry and judicious economy, 
qualities doubtless inherited from his pioneer 
ancestors, he has improved his worldly condi- 
tion and achieved a fair competence. He 
does not confine his attention to local affairs, 
however, but takes a keen interest in the gen- 
eral welfare of the country, keeping himself 
well informed upon national issues. He ad- 
heres to the principles of the Republican 
party, and votes as he believes. In religious 
matters he is an active and sincere member of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Arkville, 
as is also his wife. Both are much esteemed 
members of the community in which they re- 
side, and may well be counted among Dela- 
ware County's representative citizens. 



OSIAH MARTIN, proprietor of a stone 
quarry in .the town of Walton, where 
he also carries on the trade of a carpen- 
ter, is a practical, well-educated man of 
good business talents, which have made him 
highly successful in his present enterprise. 
Mr. Martin is a native of this State and 
county, his birth having occurred in the town 
of Hancock, September 19, 1829. He is of 
German descent, his paternal grandfather, 
Ebenezer Martin, having, it is thought, been 
born in Germany, whence he emigrated to 
America, settling in Connecticut, where he 
took up land, and there passed his remaining 
years. 

His father, also named Josiah Martin, was 
born on a farm in Mansfield, Conn., and was 
there reared to man's estate. He received a 
good education, and in his early manhood was 
a popular teacher. He was a remarkably fine 
reader, a circumstance which is well remem- 
bered by his children. He also learned civil 
engineering, a vocation which he followed for 
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age, he came to Delaware County, and in the 
town of Hancock carried on his former occu- 
pation for a while, but finally became a tiller 
of the soil, following this occupation until his 
death, at the age of sixty-eight years, lie 
married Rachel Williams, the daughter of 
Titus Williams, a farmer of Hancock, ami 
also a local preacher in the Methodist denom- 
ination. Of this marriage seven children 
were born, namely: Charles, Williams, of 
East Branch, and Josiah, now living; and 
James, Jane, Levi, and Rachel, deceased. 
The mother of these children was an esteemed 
member of the Methodist church, of which 
the family were regular attendants. 

Josiah, son of Josiah and Rachel (Will- 
iams) Martin, was reared upon his father's 
farm in Hancock, and passed the years of his 
boyhood in the usual manner, attending the 
district school in the winter, and working on 
the farm during the summer season. He had 
some native talent as a mechanic, and worked 
at the carpenter's trade when he could con- 
veniently, remaining with his parents until 
attaining his majority. He secured work as a 
bridge-maker for the Pittsburg, New Castle, 
& Erie Railway Company; and during the 
year that he was in their employment he 
assisted in the construction of eleven bridges, 
and, as foreman of the workmen, made every 
pattern an<l laid out the entire work. He 
afterward worked for a while for the Onl.irio 
& Western Railway Company. In 1871 Mr. 
Martin came to Walton, and. purchasing a 
lot, erected his present fine residence, which 
he has since occupied. Forming a partner- 
ship with K. r. Berray, he established the 
cabinet business here, and conducted it for 
about six years. He then resumed his former 
vocation of carpentering, which he continued 
until i88g, when he bought the stone quarry, 
where he has since been actively employed in 
getting out stone. He is an enterprising 
representative of the industrial interests of 
the town, and is widely and favorably known 
in business circles as an upright, incorrup- 
tible man and a good citizen. 

An important step in the life of Mr. Martin 
was his marriage with P'annie Niles, the 
daughter of Festus and Sarah Niles, the for- 
mer'of whom was a native of Walton and the 



latter of ilamden. The only child of this 
union was a son, James Curtis Martin, who is 
now studying l:iw. He was born during tiie 
residence of his parents in Hancock, the date 
of his birth being Octol)er 7, 1869. When 
he was four years old, his parents removed to 
Walton, where he was educated, attending 
first the district schools, and subsec|uentl)- 
being graduated from the Walton Academy. 
He began his business career as a clerk in the 
store of D. McEean, and was afterward with 
G. O. Mead, with whom he remained for a 
time, relinquishing that position to acce])t 
the general agency of the publishing house of 
H. 7. -Smith & Co., of Philadelphia, for 
whom he travelled about a year, his territory 
being in the State of New York. He after- 
ward entered the United States mail service 
as a clerk on the train running from Oneida 
to New York City, continuing in this busi- 
ness about eighteen months. Going then to 
Cornwall, he was for a short time a clerk in 
the general store of Oliver & Bogara. On 
his return to Walton, he entered the law- office 
of Marvins & Hanford, where he is rapidly 
qualifying himself for admission to the bar. 
He is a \-oung man of exceeding promise, 
genial and courteous, and very popular in 
social circles. I-Intering the Thirty-third 
Separate Company, N. C. S.. New York. 
October 12, 1887, as a private, in 1889 he 
was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and in 
March. 1892. to that of Sergeant, and in the 
same month was elected Second Eieutenant, 
a rank which he still holds. 

Mr. Josiah Martin has always been a stanch 
adherent of the Democratic party, and takes 
an acti^'e interest in local and national affairs. 
During his residence in Hancock he served as 
Justice of the Peace two terms, and was 
elected to the same office the third term, but 
refused to qualify. While there he acted as 
Inspector of Elections, Constable. Collector, 
and as Assessor, filling each office with credit 
to himself and satisfactorily to all. Since 
coming to Walton, he has been Road Commis- 
sioner and Inspector of Ivlections: and he 
came within forty votes of being elected Su- 
pervisor and Justice of the Peace, which 
speaks well for his standing in the commu- 
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hold. Both he and his wife are members of 
the Methodist church. 




'AMUEL E. WHITE, who lives in 
the town of North Walton, in Dis- 
trict No. 9, is the owner of one of 
the finest homesteads in this part of 
Delaware County. It consists of one hun- 
dred and sixty-five acres of hunl, with a 
comfortable and substantial residence, a good 
barn, and all necessary outbuildings for the 
storing of grain and the shelter of stock. 
The fences and farm machinery are kept in 
good repair, and everything about the prem- 
ises indicates the supervision of an intelligent 
and practical farmer. Mr. White is a native 
citizen of Walton, and is the offspring of a 
New England family, his father, Daniel 
White, having been born in Stamford, Fair- 
field County, Conn., in which town William 
White, his grandfather, was a life-long resi- 
dent. He was a successful farmer, and also 
carried on an extensive shoe business, and 
was closely identified with the industrial in- 
terests of the town. He reared a large family 
of twelve children. 

Daniel White came to Walton in the days 
of its early settlement, when the clearings 
were few, and, purchasing a tract of wild 
land, set himself industriously to work to im- 
prove its condition and to raise the crops upon 
which he depended for his ])rofits and liveli- 
hood. His first residence was the customary 
log cabin of the pioneer; but this in a few 
years was replaced by a fine frame structure, 
a good barn was erected, and on the home- 
stead which he had thus established he lived 
until 1849, when his death occurred, at the 
age of sixty-six years. On November 10, 
1808, he married Catherine Webb, a native of 
Connecticut, born June 11, 1788, being one 
of six children born to I'^benezer and Hannah 
Webb. Her brothers and sisters were Cla- 
rissa, Jemima, Phebe, Joseph, and Ebenezer 
Webb. Mrs. White proved herself an effi- 
cient helpmate during their years of pioneer 
life, and with her busy hands found time to 
card, spin, weave, and make the garments 
worn by the family. Both were original 
members of the Congregational church of 



North Walton. Previous to the formation of 
this church, they were members of the First 
Congregational Church at Walton, where they 
used to go on horseback, following a path 
through the woods, there being then no public 
highway. Mrs. Catherine White survived 
her husband many years, dying October 30, 
1876, at the home of one of her daughters in 
North Walton. She reared six children; 
namely, William Edward, Eliza Ann, George 
E., Emily, Samuel E., and Charles E. 

Samuel E., the third son, who was born on 
June 24, 1824, spent his early years on the 
parental homestead near the one which he now 
occupies, and in the district school and the 
academy at Franklin received a practical edu- 
cation. After finishing his studies, he as- 
sisted his father on the farm; and several 
years before the death of the latter he assumed 
the sole management of the homestead, his 
father being in feeble health and unable to 
superintend the work. He afterward engaged 
in general farming in Woodlawn near by, re- 
maining there three years. He then bought 
the farm where he has since resided, and has 
carried on mixed husbandry. He makes a 
specialt)' of dairying, and until within a few 
years manufactured choice butter, which he 
sold in the New York and Connecticut mar- 
kets, but has recently adopted the plan of 
selling his milk. 

Mr. White was marrieil in 1852 to Eliza- 
beth C. Knapp, a daughter of William and 
Rebecca (Webb) Knapp, of Stamford, Conn. 
The only child of their u ion is a son, Arthur 
L., a finely educated man, having been fitted 
for college at the Franklin Academy. He is 
now at home, and assists in the management 
of the farm. The entire family are members 
of the Second Congregational Church of North 
Walton, of which Arthur has been Clerk for 
many years, besides faithfully performing the 
duties of superintendent of the Sunday-school. 




ILLIAM S. THOMSON, a success- 
ful farmer and stock-raiser and a 
leading dairyman of his native town 
of Bovina, is the possessor of a fine homestead 
containing two hundred and two and a half 
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his family resiclc. His estate is supplied 
with a substantial set of modern farm build- 
ings, his stock and machinery are of first-class 
description, and everything about the premises 
is indicative of the intlustry, intelligence, and 
thrift of its proprietor. The date ot his 
birth, December 32, 1861, shows him to be 
yet in the prime of early manhood. His par- 
ents, Andrew and Margaret (Scott) Thomson, 
were also natives of Bovina, where his father 
entered upon this stage of existence on Janu- 
ary 14, 1836, and his mother on the ^d of 
April, 1835. 

On the paternal side i\Ir. Thomson is ol 
sturdy -Scotch ancestry. His grandfather, 
William Thomson, who was born in Scotland 
in 1801, emigrated in 1825 from the land of 
his birth to America, and, coming to Delaware 
County, bought a farm in the town of Kovina, 
and here engaged in tilling the soil. He 
died at the good old age of fourscore years. 
He was a man of strong religious convictions, 
and a member of the Reformed Presbyterian 
church, of which he was for many years an 
holder. He married Janet Hamilton; and to 
them were born six children, three sons and 
three daughters, all of whom are living except 
Andrew, the father of the subject oi the pres- 
ent sketch. 

Andrew Thomson spent his entire life in 
the town of Hovina, and was the larger [lart of 
his time engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 
1861 he bought the farm now ownetl liy his 
son, William S., and made thereon the major 
portion of the excellent improvements, plac- 
ing it among the most valuable homesteads of 
this locality. He was a man of good business 
ability, and faithfully fulfilled his obligations 
as a good citizen, residing here until his 
death, July 17, 18SS, at the age of fifty-two 
years. Hi's wife, Margaret Scott, was the 
daughter of John Scott, a life-long resident of 
Bovina, and one who jjerformed his full 
share in the pioneer labor of developing its 
resources and assisting its gmwth. .She sur- 
vived her husband a short time, dying January 
II, 1891, at the age of fifty-four years. Both 
were active workers in the cause ot religion, 
and were members of the Reformed Presbyte- 
rian church, in which he was an Klder. Five 
children were born of their union, as f(dlows: 



William S. ; luhvin !•"., a well-known tlealer 
in boots and shoes, who resides in the village 
of Delhi; Burtis M., a farmer, who lives in 
Walton; Carrie E., the wife of A. T. Doig, 
a merciiant in liovina Centre; and Millard 
II., a farmer residing in Walton. 

William .S., the eldest of the family, W'as 
reared on the idd home farm, and educated in 
the district schools. Having grown to man- 
hood, he continued to make his home with his 
parents, and during the winter seasons taught 
school for three years, between terms working 
on the land. After the death of his father he 
bought the family homestead, taking posses- 
sion in 1890, and here carries on an extensive 
business in general farming and dairying, milk- 
ing thirty-five cows, which in 1893 yielded an 
average of two hundred and eighty jiounds of 
liutter per head. He has full-bloodetl Jersey 
cattle and graded, and also keeps other stock, 
having about sixty head in all. 

Mr. Thomson was married on January 29, 
1890, to Jennie A. Archibald, who was born 
April 24, 1870, and is the daughter of Sloane 
and Elizabeth (Russell) Archibald, esteemed 
residents of the town of Bovina, where her 
father is a prominent agriculturist. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. .Archibald were born in New 
Kingston, his birth having occurred on Janu- 
ary 5, 1848, and hers on November 13, 184S. 
l^oth ai'e members of the United Presbyterian 
church of Hovina Centre, and in politics Mr. 
Archibald is a stanch Democrat. Tliey are 
the ])arents of twii children, namely: Mrs. 
Thiimson; and Russell, who resides at home 
with his ]iarents. The ]iaternal grandlather 
of Mrs. Thomson, James Arc-hibald, was born 
in Bovina on July 20, 18 16, was married to 
Margaret Sloane on April 7, 1842, and re- 
sideci at New Kingston till after her death in 
1848. He afterwanl lived in Bovina. but is 
at present in New Kingston. He has been 
three times married. His occupation is farm- 
ing. I'ntil (|uite ri'cently he has also siiecu- 
lated in slock. He is a Democrat in politics, 
and is a member of the I'nited Presbyterian 
churcli. 

John G. Russell, the maternal grandfather 
of Mrs. Thomson, and his wife, whose maitien 
name was Jane Chisholm, were natives of New 
Kingston, where he still lives, and of which 



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town his father, Matthew Russell, was a pio- 
neer settler. During his earlier years John 
Russell was an active farmer and a successful 
miller, and one of the influential members of 
his community. His first wife died at the 
age of sixty-nine years, ami he subsequently 
married again. 

Of the hapjjy union of Mr. Thomson and 
his wife two sons have been liorn — A. Ralph 
and Archibald. They have a pleasant and at- 
tractive home and enjoy the society of a large 
circle of warm friends. They are sincere 
Christian people, he being a member of the 
Reformed Presbyterian church, and she be- 
longing to the United Presbyterian cliurch. 




'ORREST F. GIBSON was born in 
South Kortright, on March 21, 185 1, 
and died at his home in Stamford on 
May 28, 1890. His father, the Rev. John D. 
Gibson, was born in Washington County; and 
his mother, Catherine D. (Wood) Gibson, in 
Orange County. His grandfather, Colin Gib- 
son, was born in Scotland, and came to Amer- 
ica when a young man, being one of the early 
settlers of Washington Coimty, where he died 
at a good old age. He was a United Presby- 
terian, and politically a Democrat. He was 
married three times. The Rev. John D. Gib- 
son was a minister in the United Presbyterian 
church, and a very successful man in his call- 
ing, standing at the head in his i.irofession. 
He spent the greater part of his life in Dela- 
ware County. He was a graduate of the 
Theological Seminary in Newburg, and was 
pastor of the South Kortright church for over 
forty years, beloved by his people, and well 
known and venerated throughout the county. 
He retired from the ministry seven years be- 
fore his death, which occurred at his son's 
home in Stamford, January 6, 1893, when he 
was seventy-six years of age. His wife died 
in August, 1892. They hatl five children, 
all of whom grew up, and three are now liv- 
ing, namely: John H. Gibson, residing in 
Kansas City; Robert P., who resides in West- 
chester County; Margaret A. Gooding, wife 
of D. M. Gooding, who resides at Hoosick 
Falls, Rensselaer County; Charles A., who 
died when fifty years of age; the subject of 



this sketch, who was the youngest of the 
family. 

P'orrest F. Gibson grew up in Stamford, 
and received more than an ordinary education. 
He first went to the district schools of the 
town, then to Andes Academy, and from there 
tt) Delhi Academy. When his school days 
were over, he bought his first land, one hun- 
dred and twenty-five acres, at Rose Brook, 
shortly after his marriage, in 1874, and re- 
sided there for nine years. He then sold out, 
and in 1884 bought the farm where his widow 
now resides. He here owned one hundred 
and seventy-five acres and carried on general 
farming and dairying. He made many im- 
provements, adding to the farm buildings, and 
in 1885 built a commodious modern residence 
worth thirty-three hundred dollars. He was a 
successful farmer and an active man in pro- 
moting the welfare of the town, of which he 
was at one time Assessor. 

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1873, he 
married Helen T. Sackrider, daughter of 
James and Jane Ann (Thomas) Sackrider. 
(See the sketch of James Sackrider and Mrs. 
Agnes Thomas.) Mr. and Mrs. Gibson be- 
came the parents of two children: a daughter, 
J. Anna Gibson, born November 21, 1874, 
now Mrs. Henry E. Smith, residing in New 
York City: and James Sackrider Gibson, born 
August 23, 1877, who lives at home and as- 
sists in the management of the farm. They 
keep twent\'-one milk cows, and also much 
young stock. All the family are members of 
the United Presbyterian church. Mr. Gib- 
son, who was also of the United Presbyterian 
faith, and in politics was a Democrat, was a 
man who stood in high honor among his asso- 
ciates; and his death occasioned heartfelt sor- 
row throug-hout the town. 



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RS. HANNAH D. OGDEN, widow 
of the late Chauncey Ogden, is a 
woman well known and much re- 
spected in the town of Franklin, 
where her husband died in 1892, and where 
she still makes her home. Mr. Ogden's 
grandfather, David Ogden, Sr., was a soldier 
of the Revolution. He was born in Dutchess 
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the :imc of the war, like so many of the pa- 
triots of that (ia\- lie enlisted in the eaiise of 
freeiloni, and was taken prisoner, not by the 
British, but by the Indians. l'"or two years 
he lived in a wii;\vam with the si|uaw who 
ailopted him, and tjien he eseaped and re- 
turned to his home. During the time of his 
eaptivity he acquired great lluenc\' in tlie Ind- 
ian tongue, which was of great use to iiim in 
his dealings with the red men. lie died in 
Croton in 1S40, at the age of seventy-six 
years. llis son, David, Jr., who was horn in 
that town in 1792, and died in 1858, mairied 
Sally McCall. .She was born January 7, 
1794, antl died in 1869. 'I'hey had ten chil- 
dren, four sons and six daughters, only four 
of whom are now living, namely: Linus 
Ogden in Croton: Susan, wiilow of Isaac 
Hitchcock, in North Carolina: Marian, widow 
of Pardon Howland, of Whitney's Point, 
N.Y.; Mary, widow of the late Julius Brown- 
son, of Oregon. 

Chaunccy Ogden, son of Da\id. Jr.. and 
his wife Sally, was l)orn in Croton in 1S24, 
and married Hannah I). Munn, born in the 
town of Franklin, October 5, 1830. .She was 
the daughter of Reuben and l.ydia (Jones) 
Munn, and was but eighteen years old in 
1848, when she became Mrs. Ogden. .She 
has three children still living, namel}-; 
pjnma, wife of Charles Potter, of P'ranklin, 
and mother of two sons — .Albert Ogileii, 
twentv-one years old ; and Orion C, eighteen 
years old. Mr. and Mrs. Chaunccy Ogden 
began life as farmers, with a capital iif fu'c 
hundred dollars: and before the death of Mr. 
Ogden the property was worth several thou- 
sand dollars. In religion Mrs. Ogden is a 
Congregational ist. 

Alfred K. Ogden, eldest son of Mrs. 
Ogden, was born December 22. 1851. He re- 
ceived his primary education in the common 
schools, and then spent two years at the Dela- 
ware Literary Institute. He remained at 
home until December 8, 1887, when he was 
married to Ida Isabel Penfield, who was born 
in the town of Har|3ersfield, January 12. 
i860, and was the daughter of Da\id PenfieUI. 
Her father died in January, 1893, at the age 
of seventy-three. He was a native of Har- 
persfield, and was a son of David Penfield, 



.Sr., and Boadicea Scoville, both of Danbury, 
Conn. Coming to Delaware County with his 
brothers, they here manufactured the famous 
Penfield axe. Mrs. Iila Isabel Ogden was 
etiucated in the Delaware Literarv Institute, 
and taught school for three terms. After re- 
maining one \i-ar on the old farm, she and 
her Inisband came to their ]. resent home and 
farm of ninety-five acres, which the\- bought 
in 1889. Phey lia\e one child, Chauncey, 
three years old, named fnr his grandfather. 
Mr. Ogden is a Republic;ni xoter; and he 
and his wile are members of the |-"ranklin 
Congregational church, in which he is a 
Deacon. He carries on a general farming 
business ami a dairy of fourteen cows He is 
a much esteemed citi/.en, and one of the rising 
young men of the county, being one to whom 
all look lor the fulfilment of much jiromise in 
the future. 




DSOX S. P).\X.\. who stands promi- 
nent among the prosjierous agricultur- 
ists of this countv, is an extensive 
landholder in the town of Walton, where he 
occu[)ies a fine farm on the south side of the 
Delaware Ri\er. about a mile and a half from 
the village. It is aiiiplv sii|)])lied with mod- 
ern taini Iniildings: ami his handsome resi- 
dence, which he erected in 1886, has a 
charming location on the ri\'er"s bank, over- 
looking the village below, and commanding 
])ictures([ue natural scenerw The birth of 
Mr. Dann having taken place on the parental 
homestead mar bv on March 25, 1849. he is 
now in the full vigor of manhood, and is con- 
tributing his share toward the advancement of 
the industrial and business interests of his 
native town. 

His paternal grandparents were Ebene/er 
and -Sarah Dann, of Connecticut, the former 
of whom was liorn on Julv 25. 1768, and the 
latter on October 10, 1770. They reared the 
following children —- Amaii:ili, .Sarah, Phtebe, 
IChenezer, Lnoch. Asa, ^latthew, Darius, and 
Harve\'. Darius Dann came to Delaware 
Couiitx' before his rnaniage. and in the town 
of I'ranklin learned the hatter's trade of a 
man by the name of Northrup. .After work- 
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Walton, and, purchasing the tract of land 
known as the Goodrich farm, engaged in gen- 
eral farming, living here nearly half a cen- 
tury, passing away September 9, 1892, in his 
eighty-ninth year. He married twice. On 
September 23, 1830, he wedded Minerva See- 
ley, a daughter of Abijah Seeley, of Franklin. 
She was a faithful member of the Congrega- 
tional church, and died on the old homestead, 
September 21, 1851. She bore her husband 
five children, namely: Sterling S., deceased; 
Julia, who married P. F. Sprague; Theron, 
deceased; Ellen M., who married Silas Brad- 
ley for her first husband, after his death be- 
coming the wife of A. N. Tracy; and Edson, 
the subject of this sketch. On November 20, 
1855, Darius Dann married for his second 
wife Almeda Beers. 

Edson S. Dann was but two years old 
when his mother died. He remained with his 
father until twenty-two years of age, assisting 
in the necessary labors of the farm. He re- 
ceived the rudiments of his education in the 
district school, afterward becoming a student 
of Walton Academy. He acquired while on 
the home farm a practical experience in the 
art of agriculture that was of incalculable 
benefit to him in after years. After his mar- 
riage he settled on the farm where he now 
resides, and which he had previously pur- 
chased of William Marvin, it having in 
former times been known as the Case farm. 
Besides this property, which contains one 
hundred and twenty-five acres of excellent 
land, Mr. Dann owns the valuable parental 
homestead near by, which consists of two 
hundred and fifty acres. On these farms 
there are three substantial dwellings. Mr. 
Dann devotes his attention principally to 
stock-raising and dairying, keeping about 
forty cows, horses, and young stock, raising 
all the hay he needs and having some to 
spare, his farms being among the most pro- 
ductive of any in the vicinity. His fine 
cattle are of a native breed, producing large 
quantities of nuik, which he sends to the 
creamery. 

Mr. Dann was united in wedlock May 29, 
1872, to Miss Ella E. Pierson. who was born 
in Walton, December 2, 1850. Her father, 
Joseph M. Pierson, was born February 25, 



1820, in the town of Saratoga, and on Febru- 
ary 2, 1848, he married Priscilla R. Lyon, 
who was born in Stamford, July 28, 1824. 
Mr. and Mrs. Pierson, who reared three chil- 
dren — Charles J., a farmer; George J., a 
worker in the Novelty works; and Mrs. Dann 
— still live in the village of Walton. 

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Dann has been 
brightened by the advent of two intelligent 
and promising children. The elder, George 
J., born March 13, 1874, was graduated from 
Walton Union School with honors, when 
eighteen years old. He then entered Union 
College at Schenectady, and, having passed 
through the Sophomore class with a high 
rank, is now a member of the Junior class, 
and will be graduated in 1896. Florence E., 
born December 21, 1879, 's now a student in 
the Walton High School, where she has a fine 
record for good scholarship. Mr. Dann is 
one of the leading citizens of his community, 
and for two years has served as Highway 
Commissioner. In politics he has usually 
supported the Republican ticket. He and his 
wife, and also his son, are among the most 
esteemed members of the Methodist church, 
in which he has been Steward for many years. 



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FORGE BARLOW, a highly re- 
V ji) I spected member of the agricultural 
community of the town of Stamford, 
N.Y., is a man who from a modest beginning 
has worked his own way up in the world to a 
good position, socially and financially, among 
his fellow-citizens, and who by his upright 
life has secured their kindly regard and con- 
fidence. Mr. Barlow is a worthy representa- 
tive of the native-born citizen, having first 
opened his eyes to the light September 14, 
1825, in the town of Stamford, which was 
also the place of nativity of his parents, Jesse 
and Lucretia (Rollins) Barlow, the former 
having been born January 12, 1789, and the 
latter November 14, 1788. 

Mr. Barlow comes of excellent New Eng- 
land stock. His grandfather, Edmund Barlow, 
who was one of the pioneer settlers of Stam- 
ford, having been born in Connecticut, came 
here when this part of the country was an 
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opening, whence tlie smoke lioni the chimney 
of some pioneer's cabin niigiit be seen. lie 
clearefl a farm, ])lacing it in a good condition, 
and continued its cultivation until the time of 
his death while in the prime of life. His 
widow survived him many )ears, living to a 
ripe old age. They reareil eight children, but 
none arc now living. 

Jesse Barlow, who was reared on the pa- 
rental farm, was of invaluable assistance from 
the time he was old enough to wield the a.\e 
or spade, and performed his full share in the 
pioneer labor of felling the trees and improv- 
ing the land. He became a farmer from 
choice, and, devoting his wht)le time and 
attention to agriculture, became very success- 
ful. He lived sixty-four years of useful life, 
dying October 14, 1854. His faithful wife 
preceded him to the golden shore, passing 
quietly away November 27, 1853. Both par- 
ents were conscientious members of the Epis- 
copal church, and in politics he was a zealous 
advocate of the princijjles of the Democratic 
party. Of the nine children born to them two 
are now living, namely: George, of Stamford; 
and Edmund, a resident of the village of 
Hobart. The names of the deceased are as 
follows : Mary Ann, Burr, Aaron, Betsey, 
Samuel, William, and Eunice. All of these 
grew to maturity excepting William, who died 
young. 

George Barlow was reared and educated in 
the place of his birth, attending its district 
schools, and assisting his parents on the 
homestead until the time of his marriage. 
He subsequently bought the home property, 
where he resided for some years, engaged in 
general farming. Selling that, Mr. Barlow 
bought the farm where he ni!W resides, taking 
possession of it April i, i<S68. It contains 
one hundred acres of well-tilled and produc- 
tive land, which he has furnished with new 
and substantial buildings, besides adilirg 
other necessary improvements. He carries 
on mixed husbandry, paying a good deal of 
attention to dairying, which is a very impor- 
tant branch of his industry. He still resides 
on the farm, but has given up its management 
to his son, William S. Barlow. 

Mr. Barlow was married October 27, 1S53, 
to Mary P. Taylor, a native of Stamford, 



where she was born November 20, 1827. 
Her father, Ilezekiah Taylor, was a cooper by 
trade, and when a young man was united in 
marriage with I'lKJcbe Beers, who became the 
mother oi .Mrs. Barlow. The ha]i|)y union of 
Mr. and .Mrs Barlow was made still more 
bright by the birth of three children — Mary 
-Ann, William S., and b'annie I'.. Mary 
.Ann, the wile ot Kosuell Barlow, lives in 
Stamford, where her husband is engaged in 
farming. William S.. who earrii's on the 
home farm, married lunma J. Hubljard, a na- 
tive of Jefferson, Schoharie Countv, and a 
daughter of Lucius and Jerusha C. (Havens) 
Hubbard, who now make their home with her. 
Mr. llubb/ard was formerly a carjjenter, but 
is now retired from the active pursuits of life. 
b'annie IC. is the wife of George .M. More, a 
marble dealer of Hobart. 

The life of Mr. liarlow has not been with- 
out its sorrows, his most severe atlliction hav- 
ing been the loss of his beloved com])anion, 
who tleparted this life May 6, 1893. Al- 
though not a confirmed invalid, Mrs. Barlow 
had never fully recovered from injuries which 
she received in October, 1882, when riding 
with her husband and Mrs. .Augusta I""oot. 
riiev were struck bv a train while crossing 
the track, Mrs. l~oot being killed outright, 
Mrs. Barlow injured se\'erel_v, while Mr. Bar- 
low had a \ery narrow esca])e trom death. 
Both horses were killed. In his i)(ditical 
views Mr. Barlow is a warm advocate of the 
princijiU-s of the Democratic i)arty. Relig- 
iouslv, lie is an I-".piscopalian, and is a Warden 
of the church in Hobart, of which his wife 
was also an esti'emed communicant. 




RL.ANDO GOULD is a farmer In- 
calling, and the owner of a valuable 
homestead on the West Jirook road in 
the town of Walton. He is a native 
of Delaware County, born in the town ol 
Walton, May 5, 1834: and during the many 
years that he has lived in this locality he has 
fulfilled his obligations as a good citizen, and 
has contributed his full quota toward the ad- 
vancement of the community. 

Mr. Gould is the scion of an excellent New 
England family, his grandfather, Eli Gould, 



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Sr., having been a native of Connecticut, anti 
one of the pioneers of Walton. He removed 
here with his family, and, buying a tract of 
partly improved lind, erected a frame house, 
which was his home until his death. Eli 
Gould, Jr., was born on the homestead of his 
parents in Walton, and was reared a farmer 
and lumberman. After becoming of age he 
started as a farmer on his own account, living 
on his father's farm for several years. He 
then purchased a farm at the foot of Walton 
Mountain, three miles from the village of 
Walton, where he lived fur a number of years. 
Selling this, he then bought the farm where 
his son Orlando now lives, and here continued 
his agricultural labors, living to the good old 
age of fourscore years. His wife, Ophelia 
Wakeman, was a native of Connecticut, being 
the daughter of Epaphras and Abigail (Banks) 
Wakeman. She died at the venerable age of 
eighty-five years. Both she and her husband 
were members of the Methodist church. The 
names of the five children born to them were 
as follows: Alfred, Emily, Amelia, Adelia, 
and Orlando. 

Orlando Gould was the youngest child of 
the parental household. During the days of 
his youth he remained at home, assisting on 
the farm, receiving his elementary education 
in the district school, and afterward for two or 
three terms attending the Walton Academy. 
After his marriage Mr. Gould lived for seven 
years on a part of the homestead. In 1864 he 
entered into the livery business in Walton, 
buying out a stable owned by George Smith, 
devoting his time to that for the next two 
years. Disposing of his livery interests, he 
again went to New Jersey, where he lived for 
a year, learning the carpenter's trade, which 
he followed for a time. He then returned to 
Walton, and, buying out the interests of the 
other heirs, soon after took possession of the 
homestead. He now carries on a substantial 
business in general agriculture, dcvr 'ng his 
farm in the main to dairying, which i finds 
very profitable. 

The first wife of Mr. Gould, to whom he 
was united in 1857, was Mary St. John, who 
was one of six children born to John and 
Sarah (Acker) .St. John, early pioneers of 
Walton. She lived but a few years after their 



marriage; and Mr. Gould subsequently mar- 
ried Eliza Jane Kerr, the daughter of Joseph 
and Antoinette (Honeywell) Kerr. Of this 
last union two children have been born, Mary 
Anna and Erank Wheeler. In local affairs, 
Mr. Gould is a man of influence, and in what- 
ever position he has been placed has acquitted 
himself in a creditable and praiseworthy man- 
ner. In politics he supports the Republican 
party, and has served as Inspector of Elec- 
tions. He has been a stockholder and one of 
the directors of the Delaware County Bank. 
.Socially, he is an active member of the Sons 
of Temperance. Religiously, he and his fam- 
ily are members of the Congregational church, 
toward the support of which they are liberal 
contributors. 




RY ENGLAND, a retired mer- 
chant, has been an important factor 
in advancing the wealth and pros- 
perity of Delhi, whose position 
among the flourishing villages and towns of 
Delaware County is due to the men whose 
excellent judgment singled it out as an eli- 
gible point for business, it being situated in 
the midst of a country possessing vast re- 
sources ready for development. Prominent 
among the keen, far-sighted men who took 
advantage of this condition was the subject of 
this personal history, who for more than 
half a century has been closely identified with 
its interests, and taken an active part in pro- 
moting its welfare. He is a native of Eng- 
land, having been born on April 21, 1807, 
near the city of Bath, where his father, John 
England, carried on the trade of a cloth- 
dresser, dying, however, when comparatively 
young. He married Elizabeth Bleakley, a 
life-long resident of England, and a native of 
Bradford on the Avon. .She was a beautiful 
type of true womanhood, and a conscientious 
member of the Baptist church, her long life of 
eighty-nine years being spent in doing good. 
She reared the following children: Rachel, 
Ruth, Thomas, Henr)jf Isaac, and George. 

Until twenty years of age Henry England 
lived with his parents, obtaining a substantial 
education in the excellent schools of Bath, 
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dresser's trade from bis fatlier. In the mean 
time lie won the affections of an attractive 
girl, Mary Knapp. one of the seven children 
of William and Mary Knapp, the former of 
whom was the superintendent of a large cloth 
manufactory; aiul theii- lianns were soon pub- 
lished. The same year, on May 6, 1827, 
their marriage was solemnized in the old 
church of Bradford Wells, England. The 
following day the youthful couple bade adieu 
to home and friends, and started on their wetl- 
ding trip, goinn by stage coach to the coast, 
and then crossing the Channel, and sjiending 
the first month of their huneymonn in France. 
Finally, embarking at Ha\re de Grace in a 
sailing-vessel, they came to America, their 
long voyage of nine weeks arid three days 
being one of pleasure. After landing in New 
York, the\- [iroceeded to Fishkill on tlu' Mud- 
son, thence, after a short stop, to Glenham, 
Dutchess County, where Mr. England liegan 
working at his trade. Five years later he re- 
moved to Poughkeepsie, where he continued 
at his occu[jation until iiS^Q. In that year he 
came to Delaware County, and, securing em- 
ployment with Mr. Titus, the owner of a fac- 
tory in Delhi, remaint'd with him ten years. 
Mr. England then entered into business as tiie 
American agent for Hatfield & Shaw, boot and 
shoe manufacturers of ICngland. In 1844 the 
firm dissolved partnership; and Mr. ICngland 
established a dry-goods business, opening a 
store on the corner of Meredith and Main 
.Streets, in the building now occupied l)y 
Groat & Ferguson, of whom a sketch is given 
elsewhere in this book. From that time until 
1884 Mr. England carried on an extensive and 
very lucrative business, occupying a conspicu- 
ous position among the leading merchants of 
the county. He then sold out to Ikdl & 
Honeywell, and has since lived retired from 
the active pursuits of life, enjoying the com- 
petency which he earneil l)y his many years of 
honorable labor. 

He has been twice married. (Jf his union 
with the bride of his youth were born three 
children — Theophilus, Hemy J., and Erne- 
line. Henrv J., who married Elizabeth 
Barns on January i, 1852, now resides in the 
South; and his househoUi includes five chil- 
dren — Mary, Charles, Augustus, Libbie, and 



Jessie. Of these, Mary married lulgar Wat- 
kins: and they have two children - Bessie 
and Harry. Libbie married James G. Jester, 
of Delhi. Augustus married Jennie Covert; 
and they have one child, Henry. 1-lmeline, 
the youngest child, married Thomas Carter, 
the pastor of a Methodist church; and they 
are the i)arcnts of four children — Josie, 
Annie, George, and Harry. Theophilus, who 
was born October 2, 1834, was educated in 
the schools of Fergusonville, and was con- 
nected with his father in the dry-goods busi- 
ness until 1 861, when, inspired by an earnest 
and ]Kitriotic zeal, he raised a company of one 
luunhed men from among the best and most 
chivalrous of Delhi's population, and on Oc- 
tober 21 went to the front as Captain of Com- 
pany I, Eighty-first Regiment, New York 
Volunteer Infantry. He was as brave and 
true-heartetl an officer as ever drew a sword, 
and for gallant conduct and meritorious ser- 
\ices was ])romoted to the rank of Lieutenant 
Colonel. He showed his valor in several 
hard-fought Ijattles, anKjng which might be 
mentioned those of South Mountain, Antie- 
tam, Fredericksburg, the ad\'ance on Feters- 
burg, and many others. While passing over 
the battlefield after a severe engagement on 
June 18, i86j, ami when stooping to give a 
gray-coaled private from the Rebel army a 
cirink from his canteen, he was shot by a 
sharpshooter, receiving his death wound. He 
was loved, honored, and respected by every 
man in his regiment : ami his body was ten- 
derly cared for and subsequently brought 
home, and is now interred in the beautiful 
cemetery of Delhi. He was the idolized 
child of his father, who has never full)' recov- 
ered from the shock of this sudden bereave- 
ment. The Grand Army Post of Delhi takes 
its name from the menioi-v of this heroic 
soldier, 

A few nioiuli> alter liie io>,^ oi this beloved 
son, soirow again laid its chastening hand 
ui)on Mr. ICngland in the death of his wife, 
who was taken from him, after a blessed com- 
l):inionship of more than thirty-five years, on 
the 25th of October. 1862. In her daily life 
she e.\em])lified the teachings of the Methodist 
church, of which she was a consistent member. 

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monial alliance with Mrs. Margaret Beller, 
widow of the late James E. Beller, and the 
daughter of Henr)- C. and Magdalen (Becker) 
Shaver, life-long residents of Schenevus. 
Her mother died at the age of sixty-two years, 
and her father at the venerable age of eighty- 
two years. Both of the parents were mem- 
bers of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. 
England attend the Methodist Episcopal 
church, of which he is a member, having been 
one of the organizers, and in which he has 
held all the offices. 

Mr. England is a straight and stanch Re- 
publican. He has filled several of the more 
important offices of the town, and served as 
Justice of the Peace for many years. He has 
always been a leader among men, and was 
for years a stockholder and a director in the 
bank. The beautiful home occupied by Mr. 
and Mrs. England was built in 1862, and is 
one of the most complete and attractive resi- 
dences in the village. 




AMUEL M. WHITE, a practical and 
prosperous farmer of the town of 
Tompkins, was born in the town of 
Kortright, September 10, 1838. 
He is of Irish descent, his parents, James and 
Catherine (Pursell) White, having been born 
in the Emerald Isle, the former in the year 
1793 and the latter in 1798. In 1S18, soon 
after their marriage, they emigrated to Amer- 
ica, landing in New York City after a voyage 
of fourteen weeks. They proceeded directly 
to Kortright, where Mr. White bought one 
hundred and fifty acres of land, on which many 
improvements had already been made. He 
labored with unceasing energy, and, as time 
passed on, bought other land, owning at the 
time of his death a v'aluable farm of two hun- 
dred and fifty acres and being classed among 
the leading farmers of the town. Politically, 
he was identified with the Democratic party, 
and held liberal views in regard to religious 
matters; while his good wife was a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. They 
were the parents of nine children, five of 
whom are now living, as follows: James, a 
farmer, lives in Unadilla. John, also en- 
gaged in farming, resides in Kortright. 



Susan, the widow of John B. Burdick, lives 
in Davenport. Samuel M. lives in Tomp- 
kins. Amelia is the wife of K. N. Thomj)- 
son, a farmer of Meredith. The deceased 
are: Edward, who died when sixteen years 
old; Mary, who passed away at the age of 
twenty years; Henry, who died when forty- 
five years old; and Catherine, at the age of 
fifty-one years. 

Young Samuel spent the earlier part of his 
life in the town of Kortright, obtaining his 
elementary education in the district schools, 
and afterward attending the Del-hi Academy 
two terms. He remained under the parental 
roof-tree until twenty-nine years of age, work- 
ing most of the time on the home farm, al- 
though for three years he worked out as a 
farm laborer, receiving for his wages three 
hundred dollars a year, a portion of which he 
saved. In 1871 Mr. White purchased the 
farm where he has since resided, and which 
was known at that time as the Brundage farm. 
To the eighty acres that then constituted the 
farm he has since added by purchase, and now 
has a beautiful homestead of one hundred and 
seventy acres. Here he is interested in gen- 
eral farming and dairying, keeping twenty- 
four cows and young cattle, the proceeds of 
his dairy yielding him an annual income of 
one thousand dollars. He also makes a spe- 
cialty of raising sheep, having a fine flock of 
twenty-six, of the Shropshire breed. 

Mr. White was united in marriage October 
15, 1867, to Catherine M. Hammond, born in 
Delhi, April 5, 1848, being a daughter of 
William and Maria (Burgett) Hammond, both 
natives of Delaware County. Her father was 
born in Delhi in 1806, and her mother in 
Davenport in 1812. William Hammond's 
father, Gideon Hammond, served in the Revo- 
lution, and afterward became one of the pio- 
neer settlers of the town of Delhi, where he 
took up a tract of wild land, and made his 
home thereon until his death. 

Mr. William Hammond is stil) living on 
his farm in Delhi, and is an active, hearty 
old gentleman, bearing well his burden of 
eighty-eight years. He has always been an 
industrious and energetic man of business, 
evincing excellent judgment in the manage- 
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is liberal, and in politics is an uncompromis- 
ing Democrat. Mrs. Hammond passed to her 
rest in 1868, being then but fifty-six years 
old. Three of the children born of their 
union are yet living, as follows: David (i., 
who lives in I'eoria County, 111.; Walter W., 
on the home farm in Delhi: Catherine M., 
Mrs. White. Their other children were: 
Harmon .S., who enlisted to serve his country 
in the late Civil War, in the Sixth New Jer- 
sey N'olunteer Infantry, and died in Ander- 
sonville Prison, aged twenty-five years; and 
Hulda A., the wife of J. D. Gardener, who 
died at the age of fifty-one years. 

Mr. and Mrs. White have three children 
living, namely: Florence A., born June 26, 
1872; Marsha M., born July 25, 1880; and 
Susan H., born April 16, 18S6. A son, 
William H.. born September 22, 1875, passed 
to the life eternal on February 17, 1891. 
Mr. White is one of the useful and valued 
citizens of his town, and is contributing his 
full share toward its prosperity and advance- 
ment. Mrs. White is a conscientious member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is 
liberal in his religious views. In politics 
Mr. White is a sound Democrat, and invari- 
ably casts his vote in support of the principles 
of that party. Socially, he is a member of 
St. Andrew's Lodge, No. 289, A. l'\ & A. M.. 
at Hobart. 



AMES H. JENKINS, a prosperous 
lumber merchant of I'nion Grove, was 
liorn April 14, i860, at the family 
home on Harkerboom Creek, in the 
town of Andes, Delaware County. His par- 
ents were Anson and Sarah (Mekeel) Jenkins. 
Anson Jenkins was born on December 3, 
1833, in Roxbury, and was the son of James 
and Polly (White) Jenkins. His brothers and 
sisters were Alonzo, Nathan. David, Egbert, 
Delilah, Elephan, Lucinda, Ella, and Ange- 
lina. James Jenkins was in several different 
occupations in his younger life ; and in 184c), 
a number of years after his marriage, he 
bought one hundred and thirty acres of new 
land in the town of Andes, where in company 
with John .Mekeel & Son he built a saw-mill 
on the Harkerboom Creek. Here thev sawed 



their lumiier and rafted it down the river to 
Philadelphia. To this estate he afterward 
added two hundred and seventy acres, on 
which he worked till his death, at the age of 
seventy-two years. He was a man of great 
activity, accumulating quite a large property, 
the care of which during his life occu|)ied his 
whole attention. In ])olitics he was a Repub- 
lican. His widow now lives with her son 
Nathan at Union Grove. 

Anson Jenkins, who came with liis father 
to Andes, here grew to manhood, and worked 
at clearing the land and running the saw-mill. 
He married Sarah Mekeel, daughter of John 
Mekeel. This latter gentleman, already 
spoken of as the partner of the elder Jenkins, 
was born October 6, 1798, and was the son of 
Lewis and Mary (Birch) Mekeel, natives of 
Connecticut, who came from there to the town 
of Middletown, and settled on a farm of one 
hundred acres. Their children were John, 
Charles, (ieorge, Phebe, Martha, Betsy, and 
Axie. They were members of the Baptist 
church, anil Mr. Mekeel was a Democrat in 
[)olitics. 

The children of Anson Jenkins were: John 
W., deceased; James IL; and Emery, of 
whom a sketch, with further account of the 
father and grandfather, may be found on an- 
other page. James H. grew up in the town 
of Andes, and was educated in the district 
schoid. .'\t the age of twenty-two he married 
Inez J., daughter of James H. and Melissa 
(Miner) Davis, farmers on Tremperskil in 
the town of Andes. Mr. Jenkins bought of 
Mr. Hitt a house below his saw-mill, which 
was built bv Harris Ilulbert. This he has 
entirely remodelled, and here he dwells near 
his business. The work at the saw-mill is in 
a flourishing condition, about two hundred 
thousand feet of his own lumber being run, 
beside much custom work. The manufacture 
of shingles and laths forms an important 
branch of his industry, which also includes 
planing and matching boards. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins have one child, a son 
Roy, born October 6, 1882. They are mem- 
bers of the Episcopal church, and he is a 
stanch upholder of Republican principles. 
Mr. Jenkins is widely known throughout this 
section for his extensive lumber interests, and 



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personally is held in high regard for his 
straightforward business ways and manly 
character. He is much respected, and is one 
whose opinion and advice in regard to mate- 
rials for carpentry and cabinet-work arc highly 
valued. 




LBERT O. .SCOTT, attorney-at-law of 
Croton, Delaware County, N.Y., is a 
gentleman who possesses rare quali- 
fications for his profession, and enjoys a well- 
established reputation as an able counsellor 
and advocate. He is a grandson of Caleb 
Scott, a Connecticut farmer who fought in the 
Revolution, and three years before his death, 
at seventy-four years of age, received a pen- 
sion from the government. In 1812 he and 
his wife, Phebe (Webb) Scott, w^ith their 
two-year-old child, Harvey, left the land of 
their birth and removed to the town of Frank- 
lin, N.Y. 

In 1 83 1 Harvey Scott married Miss Mary 
Blair, who was born in Aurora, Portage 
County, Ohio, daughter of Elam and Anna 
(McOnoughey) Blair. This worthy couple 
were natives of Hampden County, Massachu- 
setts, whence in 181 1 they moved to Ohio, 
where they remained but one year, after which 
they returned eastward, and engaged in farm- 
ing in Stamford, Delaware County, and later 
in Jefferson, Schoharie County. Mr. Blair 
died in 1865, at the advanced age of eighty- 
five, his wife surviving him nine years. Mr. 
and Mrs. Blair were blessed with nine chil- 
dren, of whom these four daughters still live: 
Mrs. Scott, the mother of the subject of this 
sketch; Angeline Blair, a maiden lady of 
Franklin Village, aged eighty; Arvilla, who 
taught in the public schools for sixty-one 
terms, but retired seven years ago, and now 
lives in Croton; and Mrs. Juliet Shepard, a 
widow lad}', who lives in Croton. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Scott spent most of 
their wedded life on the farm which Mr. 
Scott's father bought eighty-two years ago; 
and here, on November 10, 1891, they cele- 
brated the si.xtieth anniversary of their mar- 
riage. On this joyous occasion there were 
present two of the ladies who had acted as 
bridesmaids at the wedding — Mrs. Scott's 



sister and Mrs. Hine (Nell Green); and it is 
needless to say that they occupied the places 
of honor next to the bride and groom. At 
the death of Harvey Scott, the farm of one 
hundred and sixteen acres adjoining the old 
homestead was left to his son Elbert. Mrs. 
Harvey Scott is still living, in her eighty- 
third year, spending the summers with her son 
Elbert in Croton, and going to her other son 
at Oneonta for the cold, hard winters. She is 
a well-preserved lady, being still active both 
in mind and body. 

Elbert O. Scott was born March 6, 1839, 
in Franklin, where he attended the district 
school until about fourteen years old, after 
which he entered the academy, and at eigh- 
teen began the study of law. In i860 he was 
admitted to the bar, for which he was fully 
prepared one year earlier, but had not reached 
the required age. Previous to this, he had 
been in charge of the ofifice of Judge Lamont 
in Schoharie County during the five months" 
absence of the judge at the meeting of the 
legislature. For one year he remained in 
this office, practising on his own responsibil- 
ity. In 1863 he left for New York City, 
where, in company with his brother, he be- 
came a salaried attorney for Henry A. Burr, 
which position he occupied for three years. 
After one year in business with Major J. B. 
Caryl in Candor, Tioga County, he opened an 
office for himself in that flourishing village, 
and continued to practise his profession with 
no other help than his own well-balanced 
brains, remaining there for twenty-two years. 
During his residence in Candor, Mr. Scott 
was a candidate for Special County Judge; 
but, as he was a Democrat and the county 
Republican, he was defeated, although in his 
own district he stood far in advance of the 
other candidate. Mr. Scott now spent a year 
in practice in Owego, and in the spring of 
1889 removed to Croton. 

In i860 Mr. Scott married Miss Anna R. 
DeGraff, of Schoharie County; and two sons 
have been born to them: Harry D., a com- 
mercial traveller in Syracuse, who is married 
and has one son; and William H. Scott, an 
accomplished electrician, who for several 
years has occupied a responsible position at 
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An honorable man, hi'^^lily intellectual and 
strongly practical, Mr. Scott stands in the 
front rank of his profession: and the high 
regard in which he is held gives abundant 
proof of his ability as a lawyer and his strong 
and noble character. 




]\IASA I'ARKICR COOK. wh,. has 
converted his home at I>utternut 
Grove into a most delightful sum- 
mer hostelry, which is well jjatron- 
ized by the inhabitants of the neighboring 
cities, is one of the best-known and most jjop- 
ular citizens of the town of Colchester. He 
is a great-grandson of Jnhn Conk, who came 
to America as an luiglish snldier, and was 
wounded at the battle of Monmouth. 

During his confinement in a hospital John 
Cook met Miss Doll)- Parker, whom he after- 
ward married, and who became the mother of 
four children — Daniel, Joseph, j'nidence. 
and Catherine. He lived for a short time at 
Collicoon, Sullivan County, where he was en- 
gaged in the lumber business, and whence he 
moved to Pepacton in the town of Colchester, 
there building a log house and barn. The 
family, being subsequently attacked by Inil- 
ians. were obliged to flee for their lives, leav- 
ing the redskins to carry off all of their 
earthly possessions which were of any \alue 
and to burn all tlie buildings on the jilace. 
After peace was again restt)red, John Cook 
returned to the old location, which was unusu- 
ally attractive, rebuilt the demolished house 
and barn, cleared the land, and raised grain 
and cattle. He remained there for several 
years, but in 1797 sold the farm, and with his 
family and some stock crossed the mountain 
to Beaver Kill, where he l)ought one hundred 
and sixty acres of land, which he cleared, 
erecting buildings, and sending the logs down 
the river to Philatlelphia. Hears, deer, 
wolves, and panthers were frequently killed, 
the two former for food, the latter to prevent 
their depredations. A herd of elks, at first 
twelve in number, which lingered near the 
clearing, for some time su[iplied the familv 
larder with game. Trout, also, were very 
plentiful in the neighboring brooks and creeks, 
and furnished an agreeable and wholesome 



article of diet. This was fortunate, as, al- 
though John Cook raised grain on his farm, 
he was obliged to carry it to Kingston to 
be ground, the nearest mill being in that 
town. The journey to this mill and return 
occupied four days, and so was only made 
when absolutely necessary. John Cook made 
his home at Heaver Kill for the remainder 
of his days, but died at Downsville while 
on a visit to his daughter, at the advanced 
age of eighty years, his wife also living to be 
very old. 

Joseph, son ot John and Dolly Cook, was 
born in 1777, at Collicoon, Sullivan County, 
where he grew to manhooil, and married Miss 
Illeanor Carrier, afterward settling at Lib- 
erty in the same county. They were the 
parents of four children — Halsey, Munoris, 
Alonzo, and Liicretia. At Liberty Joseph 
Cook built a hotel, of which he was proprietor 
for ten years, at the end of which period he 
returned to the old homestead, and with the 
assistance of his brother operated the farm 
there, being at the same time engaged in the 
lumber business. He was a volunteer in the 
War of 1812, taking part in the engagements 
at Brooklyn and Sackett"s Harbor. When 
peace was declared, he once more returned to 
his old occupation, and devoted much of his 
leisure to hunting, killing over four hundred 
deer, which with other game he exchanged 
for groceries. He was an ardent Demo- 
crat, and died, a firm believer in the prin- 
ciples of that party, in 185 1, his wife living 
until 1S79. 

Halsey, eldest son of Joseph Cook, was 
born at Liberty Village in 1820, and removed 
with his parents in 1832 to Heaver Kill, 
where he was educated in the common schools, 
and followed the occupation of his father, that 
of a lumberman and farmer, in which he was 
\ery successful. Hy patient labor and eco- 
nomical living he managed to accumulate 
enough money to purchase a farm of one hun- 
dred and sixty acres near that of his father, 
which he also bought some time later, and 
was then the possessor of seven hundred acres. 
Halsey Cook married I'llsie Lawrence; and 
they had two children: Amasa Parker, the 
subject of this notice; and iCmily, who was 
born July 21, 1S5", .,1 in;,-,! H,ii-f,,n r,„,i:. 



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and died in 1875, leaving one daughter, 
Viola. Halsey Cook resided on his farm 
until his death in 1867. He was a Republi- 
can, and always voteil with that party. His 
wife passed away in 1880. 

Amasa Parker Cook was born February 8, 
1847, and was but four years of age when he 
came to his present home, where he was 
reared to manhood, and received his education 
in the common schools of the town. His days 
were devoted to the work on the farm and 
lumbering, and his evenings he spent in 
studying and reading. By this means he be- 
came well informed and a good business man. 
He began to ship his lumber to Philadelphia 
when he was but twenty years of age, sending 
one thousand dollars' worth down the river 
in a year. For five years he continued in this 
business, cutting the trees himself. 

When twenty-eight years of age, he married 
Rebecca, daughter of William Davidson, who 
lived on Campbell Mountain, and had six 
children — Charles, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Will- 
iam, Nettie, and Fannie. William Davidson 
was the son of William Davidson, Sr., who 
was the father of seven children — John, 
James, Thomas, William, Nelson, Walter, 
and Nettie. Mr. and Mrs. A. Parker Cook 
are the parents of four sons, namely : Har- 
mon, born December 22, 1875, a pupil at 
Walton Academy; George C., born February 
10, 1S78: Edmond, who was born August 21, 
1880; and Walter, born June 24, 1885. 

Mr. Cook owns one hundred and eighty-two 
acres of farm land and a fine, large house, 
where he accommodates twenty-five summer 
boarders, the situation of the estate on the 
bank of Beaver Kill giving exceptional facili- 
ties for fishing and other sports. He has 
erected commodious barns, and he keeps on 
the premises ten choice Jersey cows. This 
pleasant summer resort is about one and one- 
half miles from the railway station, Cook's 
P'alls, and during the heated season is well 
filled with city residents, who seek the cool 
and quiet of country life. Mr. Cook is an 
earnest member of the Prohibition party, in 
whose cause he is an able champion. He is 
an energetic, practical man, whose success in 
life is largely due to his own untiring efforts, 
who performs his duties as a citizen in a con- 



scientious manner, and enjoys the esteem and 
good will of his townspeople. 



tp)Tl-:CTOR .SHAW is a native of Ham- 
l-^-l den, Delaware County. N.Y., antl an 
li s I influential and worthy citizen of 

^-^ that town, for the welfare of which 
he is ever laboring. He is of Scotch ances- 
try, being a son of Donald Shaw, who was 
born in Argyle, Scotland, in 1788, and was 
brought to America by his parents when but 
nine years of age. Twenty-four years later 
he married Janet McNaught, who was also 
Scotch, being a native of Dunbartonshire on 
Loch Lomond, where she was born in 1798, 
a daughter of John McNaught. She sailed 
for the New World in 18 17; and in 182 1 they 
were married in Bovina, and settled in Ham- 
den, on the flats one mile below the village, 
where they were at one time the possessors of 
one thousand acres of land. 

They became the parents of nine children, 
of whom six are still living, two sons and one 
daughter having died in the prime of life. 
One son, Donald Douglas Shaw, was a brill- 
iant young lawyer, a graduate of Yale in the 
class of 1856, who studied his profession in 
Albany, and was elected Assemblyman, but 
died December 29, 1859, and was buried on 
the day when he would have taken his seat in 
the legislature. He was a genial, scholarly 
man, with prospects of a brilliant future, 
whose loss was keenly felt by a large circle of 
admiring friends made in his short but effec- 
tive career. Another son, Augustus Shaw, 
died of consumption, in Hamden, March 13, 
1861, at the age of twenty-nine years. The 
children now living are: Alexander, a retired 
merchant, with a family at Delhi; Marshall, of 
Rock Lsland, 111., who was an ofificer in the 
Civil War, but was forced by illness to resign 
his commission; Hector, the subject of this 
sketch; Edwin, a farmer near Hamden; Cath- 
erine, wife of Daniel Crawford; and Arthur, 
who married Jennie Bostwick, daughter of 
Marcus and Deborah (Kellogg) Bostwick, and 
is the father of four children. Donald Shaw, 
the father, died in September, 1865. His 
widow, Janet, is still living, and at ninety-six 
years of age her mind is yet clear. 




Thompson K. Walker, 



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Ilcctor SIkuv was lioni in tlio villa>;c of 
Ilamdcn in I.S2.S, and received a common- 
school education. He lias been twice mar- 
ried. His first wife, Harriet Haslow, was the 
mother of two children, namely: Arabella, 
who died when fi\-e years of ai;e; and Malcom, 
an electrician in Albany, who is married and 
has a daii<;hter. On l'"ebruar)- 2, 1.S66, Mr. 
Shaw married Mis^, Rachel McClaren, of 
Haniden, daughter of David and C"atln'rine 
(Coon) McClaren, the father a nati\e of (Ilas- 
gow, Scotland, ami the mother of New ^'ork 
State. Mr. McClarcn was a farmei- in Ham- 
den, where he died in 1850, aged (ifty years. , 
His wife, Mrs. .Shaw's mother, survived him 
about thirty-two years, and passed away after 
reaching her sevent)-eigluh _\ear. Mrs. Mc- j 
Claren was the mothi-r of three daughters and 
one son, the latter dying when an infant of 
eighteen months. These daughters are : Mary 
C. wife of the Rev. George Hrown, of \\'al- 
ton: Mrs. Shaw; and hjiiily, wife of John 
Genimell, of New York City, who resides in 
.Syracuse. 

Mr. and Mrs. .Shaw are the parents of two 
children, as follows: David Alexander, who j 
was a student at Delhi Academy, a graduate 
of Philli]is Academy at Andover, Mass., and 
of the business college at I'oughkeepsie, and 
is now a book-keeper at Mishaw.aka, Iiul. ; j 
and Catherine, wife of the Rev. H. A. I'erci- 
val, a Presbyterian minister of Mishawaka. 
.Mr. .Shaw has lived in his large, ]deasant 
house in the \'illage foi- the last four years, 
his farm of three hundred and eighteen acres, 
three miles from Hamden, being occu|)ied bv 
one of his tenants. His wife is a member of 
the Presbyterian church, where she is a con- 
stant and interested attendant. Mr. Shaw is 
a Republican, of which party organization he 
has long been an active member. He is held 
in great esteem by his associates and fdlow- 
townspeople, whose interests he e\-ei- lias at 
heart, and for whose progress and improvement 
he is always ready to lend a helping hand. 




HOAH'SOX K. WAI.KI'.R, the genial 
and capable pi'oprietor of the Downs 
House at Downsville, N.Y., is a man 
of versatile talents and varied experience. 



among othei' things basing had much to do 
with educational matters. Hi- is a descend- 
ant, in the fifth generation, of l'hili|) Walker, 
who was of i'Jigiish ancestry, and whose son, 
Phili]), Jr., was a brave soldier in the Revo- 
lution, and afterward served as Town Clerk 
in the town of Rehoboth from 1787 to 1801. 
These facts sliow the character and tendencies 
of tlie early Walkers, and those who have fol- 
lowed have duly exemiilifiod the same. This 
I'liilij), Jr., was father of Thompson Walker, 
who was horn in Rhode Island, June 11, 
1786, and died May ij, 1842, in Roxbury, 
N.Y. He was a carpenter, and, coming to 
Roxbury in his early manhood, here followed 
his traile until his tle.itii. 

Uy his wife, Mary I,_\nch, he had four chil- 
dren — (leorge \V., D.miel 1.., Delia C, and 
Henry L. He was a Democrat, and a mem- 
ber of the Methodist l''[)iscopal church. 

Henry L. Walker was born in Roxbury, 
.Se])tember 6, 18 18, and was educated in the 
district schools, after which he started in 
business, first driving a team for Ishani 
J>r()thers, tanners and merchants, and after a 
}ear being promoted to a clerkshiji, in which 
he remained three years. He then went as 
clerk for Matthew (iriffin, and after three 
more 3'ears went into business with Harvey 
Keator, establishing himself in Kingston, 
Ulster County. .Many years later he went to 
Roxbury, and bought the old homestead and 
the farm connected with it, comprising in all 
about one hundred and forty acres. His wife 
was Allice Griffin, horn IMarch 10, 1814, a 
daughter of l'>.ekiel and Charlotte (White) 
(jrilTm. Her father was born April 24, 1776, 
and her mother on June 11, 1779, a daughter 
of John and Tabitha White. Mrs. Allice 
(iriffin Walker died January 10, 1887. Henry 
I,. Walker was an industrious and a very pros- 
|)erous man, and one who is well remembered 
for his great generosity. In politics he was 
a Reiniblican. He died February 13, 1890, 
and had two ciiildren — 'Thompson K. and 
Mar\- C, the latter of wdiom was born October 
18, 1854. and died February 4, 1874. 

Thompson K. Walker was born in Kings- 
ton, March 22, 1S49, and while yet a boy 
removed to the old home at Roxbur\'. There 
he attended the academy, and then finished a 



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full course at the Franklin Institute. He 
was book-keeper for Dr. Keator for a while, 
and when but twenty years old began teaching 
school at Olive, Ulster County, N.Y. Here 
he remained for two years, and then accepted 
the position of principal in the union graded 
school at Napanock in the same county. 
After holding this position for fifteen years, 
in 1883 he resigned, and engaged in the real 
estate and insurance business in Middletown. 
During this time he bought the Holding 
House property, and there for about two years 
he conducted a hotel. By this time an ac- 
complished landlord, thoroughly acquainted 
with the business of inn-keeping, he came to 
Downsville, and bought the Downs House, 
which is beautifully located among the hills 
and in close proximity to some of the best 
trout brooks in the country. What sportsman 
who makes his yearly visit to these pleasant 
streams does not know the hospitality of 
"mine host" of the Downs House? The 
place is well managed, everything being neat, 
orderly, and in good condition; and those 
travelling on business, as well as those seek- 
ing sport and recreation, are glad to lodge at 
this hostelry, the doors of which are always 
open to welcome the stranger. 

In 1 87 1 Mr. Walker married Evelyn M. 
Munson, . daughter of John H. and' Julia 
(Hodge) Munson. Her father, who was born 
in 1815, a son of Heman and Julia Munson, 
was a farmer in Delaware County. He and 
his wife raised a family of six children: 
Ainer, who resides at the old homestead; 
Albert H., who lives at .Sheridan; Milton D., 
of North Franklin; Dr. J. A. Munson, of 
Woodbourne; Mrs. Josephine McMinn, of 
Oneonta; and Mrs. Walker, of Down.sville. 
Heman Munson, father of John, married 
.Sarah Hecock, and came from the Flastern 
States, settling at Meredith. There they 
carried on their farm for about forty years, 
and thence moved to Oneonta, N.Y., where 
Mr. Munson died. His widow still lives in 
Oneonta. They were Univensalists, but John 
H. Munson's family are members of the 
Methodi.st F.piscopal church. The wife of 
John H. Munson, Julia Hodge, was a daugh- 
ter of John A. and Evelyn (Goodrich) Hodge, 
who raised a large family of children, namely: 



Julia, wife of John Munson; Rebecca, wife of 
Maj'ir Osterhout; Evelyn, wife of C. Clark, 
uf Owego; Lucretia, wife of I. Wilson, of 
Illinois; Lavinia; Walter, a Major in the 
late war; Henry and William, who died 
young; and John, a Lieutenant in Company 
K, One Hundred and Forty-fourth New York 
Infantry, now living in New Mexico, and 
practising medicine as well as being inter- 
ested in mining. Mrs. Munson is still living 
at Oneonta. She is a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church. 

Thompson K. Walker has one child, Harry 
L. Walker, born December 7, 1872, who is 
with his father in the hotel business, con- 
nected with which they also have a large liv- 
ery. Mr. Walker is a Republican and a man 
of liberal religious views, being ever ready 
to adopt those principles which embrace the 
most modern and progressive thought. Fra- 
ternally, he is a Mason, belonging to Downs- 
ville Lodge, No. 464, A. F. & A. M., 
Wawarsing Chapter, No. 286, Ellenville, 
N.Y., Rondout Commandery, No. 53, 
Rondout, N.Y., and Dewitt Clinton Consis- 
tory, No. II, Middletown, N.Y. He is also 
a member of Lancelot Lodge, No. 189, 
Knights of Pythias, Middletown, N.Y. He 
has shown marked ability for carrying on a 
line of business in which it is most difficult 
to please, his success being such as to win the 
plaudits of his patrons. A highly intelligent 
gentleman, possessing a well-.stored and well- 
trained mind, courteous, obliging, and genial, 
he has a happy faculty for making his guests 
feel at home, and for retaining them as 
friends. 

The portrait of Mr. Walker on another 
page will be recognized with pleasure by 
many who have tarried for a longer or shorter 
time under the hospitable roof of the Downs 
House, here perhaps first realizing the warm 
welcome of a wavside inn. 



IRAM K. STOUTENBURG, cash 
collector of the Adams Express 
1.9 I Company, and a Inisiness man of 

ability, is a native of Delaware 
County, having been born in Delhi on Octo- 
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ancestors to come to America was his great- 
great-grandfatlier, Jacobus Stoutenburjj;, who 
emigrated from HoHand early in the eigh- 
teenth century, in 171 7, :ind, settling in 
ICastern New York, became a pioneer of 
Dutchess County, where he purchas^'d land 
and' improved a farm. lie raised a large 
family: and among them was 'r(jbias Stouten- 
burg, father of Peter Stoutenburg, who was 
the grandfather of Hiram K. Peter Stouten- 
burg after his marriage moved still farther 
westward, coming to Delaware County and 
buying wild land in the town of Kortright, 
being among the earliest settlers of that town. 
Erecting the customary log cabin of the pio- 
neer, he spent many a long year in the ardu- 
ous labor of clearing his land and placing it 
under cultivation. He was, however, pros- 
pered in his unilertaking, and resided here 
until his death, at the ripe old age of ninety 
years. He married I.ydia Borden, who bore 
him twelve children: namely, William, I".d- 
ward, Tobias, Jackson, Alfred, Charles, Silas, 
Ann, Sarah, Eliza, Catherine, and Maria. 
His wife also spent her last years on the 
homestead, living to an advanced age. His 
mother, who after the death of her husband 
left her home in Dutchess County, to live 
with her grandson, William .Stoutenburg. 
lived to the remarkable age of one hundred 
and two years: and her venerable form is held 
in vivid remembrance by the subject of this 
sketch, her great-grandson. 

William Stoutenburg, eldest son of Peter 
and Lydia, was reared to agricultural pur- 
suits, remaining on the paternal homestead 
until attaining his majority. Following in 
the footsteps of his ancestors, he, too, became 
a pioneer, settling in the village of Delhi at a 
time when two or three houses sheltered its 
entire population. In addition to farming, 
he also followed the trade of a millwright: 
but he has long since retired from active life, 
and is now spending the sunset years of his 
life in comfort and plenty. The maiden 
name of his wife was Caroline Peake. She 
was a native of Delhi, and the daughter of 
Oliver and lUizabeth (Clark) Peake, who were 
of New England birtli. To them were born 
five children — Sarah, Maria, Hiram E., 
William C, and Jane. 'I"he latter died at 



eight years of age. .Sarah is the wife of 
A. M. Hurdick, a retired farmer of Delhi. 
Maria, the widow of George Ilutson, lives 
in the village of Delhi. William C. w;is 
wouniled at the Ixattle of the Wilderness, and 
soon afterward died from its effects, at Phila- 
delphia, Pa. The mother, a woman of much 
force of character, and a faithful membei- of 
the Baptist church, departed this life in 1886, 
at the age of threescore and ten years. 

Hiram E., the third child of his parents, 
and their eldest son, received a good educa- 
tion in the district schools and academy of 
Delhi, assisted in the management of the 
home farm until after the breaking out of the 
late Rebellion, when, in res]K)nse to his coun- 
try's call, he enlisted, September 15, 1861, 
in Company G, One Hundred and I-"irst 
Regiment, New York X'olunteer Infantry, 
under the command of Cajitain A. Huckham. 
This regiment belonged to the Third Army 
Corps, which was then commanded by (jeneral 
Heintzelman, afterward by General Sickles: 
and in December, 1862, it was consolidated 
with the Thirty-seventh New York Volunteer 
Infantry, commanded by Colonel Keeley, and 
Mr. .Stoutenburg became a member of Com- 
pany A, which was commanded by Captain 
Dougherty. In May, 1S63, the regiment was 
united with the I'ortieth New \'ork : and here 
Mr. Stoutenburg remained until September 
10. \^C>4, when he was rt'moved to the hos- 
pital, from there receiving his honorable dis- 
charge in the spring of 1865. He has a long 
and honorable war record, having been an 
active ])articipant in forty-two of the most 
hotly contested battles of the Rebellion, be- 
sides numerous skirmishes. 'I'he following 
are some of the most important battles in 
which he was engaged: with the One Hun- 
dred and I'irst New York at Fair Oaks, 
Seven Pines, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, 

' Chickahominy Swamp, White Oak Swamp, 
Charles City Cross-roads, Malvern Hill, sec- 

; ond Hull Run, Groveton, Chant illy, and I-'red- 
ericksburg: with the Thirty-seventh New 
York at Chancellorsville: with the I-"or- 
tieth New York at Anlietam, Healeton, 
Bermuda Hundred, Brandy Station, Bristoe 
Station, Callett"s Station. Cold Harbor, 
Culpeper, Deep Bottom, Gettysburg. H ■"!- 



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son's Landing, Jerusalem Plank Road, 
Kelley's Ford, North Anna River, Peters- 
biiri(, Rapidan, Ream's Station, Snieker's 
Gap, South Mountain, Spottsylvania (1863 
and 1864), Sulphur Springs, Va., Wilderness, 
Wapping's Heights. A number of these 
were from one to four days" continuous fight- 
ing. 

Mr. Stoutenburg was promoted to the rank 
of Orderly Sergeant three times, but twice, 
on account of consolidation, was reduced. 
He, however, held that position at the time 
of being wounded, and was discharged as 
Orderly Sergeant of Company E, Fortieth 
New York Regiment. He was three times 
wounded during his army life, the first two 
wounds being slight; but the third was occa- 
sioned by a shot from a sharpshooter's rifle, 
which shattered the bone of the arm to such 
an extent that he was obliged to have it ampu- 
tated at the right shoulder joint, which neces- 
sitated a six months' stay in the hospital. 

Returning to Delhi after the cessation of 
hostilities, Mr. Stoutenburg was soon after 
elected Under-sheriff, a position which he 
held for three terms of three years each, from 
1865 to 1874. Since then he has been with 
an express company, first in the employ qf the 
National Express, and more recently in that 
of the Adams Express. He is well fitted for 
the responsible position of cash collector, 
which he is filling with such fidelity, being a 
most genial and accommodating man, with 
whom it is a pleasure to transact business, 
and one whose sterling integrity, and every- 
day honesty have gained for him the entire 
confidence of his employers and of the public 
in general. Mr. Stoutenburg is quite promi- 
nent in F.ngland Post, No. 142, Grand Army 
of the Republic, of Delhi, of which he was 
elected Commander in 1889, serving one year. 
He had previously been Quartermaster since 
1866, and still holds that position. 

The union of Hiram li. Stoutenburg with 
Miss Frances A. Hine, a daughter of Reiley 
Hine, of Franklin, was solemnized on Octo- 
ber 14, 1865. Their only child is a daughter, ; 
Estella M., who married John J. Burke, a > 
prominent business man of Delhi, of whom a 
sketch appears on another page of this vol- 
ume. Mr. and Mrs. Burke are the parents of i 



one child, a little daughter named Leda. 
Politically, Mr. Stoutenburg is a stanch sup- 
porter of the principles of the Republican 
party. Religiously, he and his family are 
valued members of the Second Presbyterian 
Church, and active laborers in the good works 
of that ortranization. 




DMUND H. ROSE bears a name that 
has long been known and highly re- 
spected in Delaware County. Among 
the pioneers of this section of the Empire 
State was one Hugh Rose, who came here 
from Scotland prior to the Revolutionary 
War. He settled in the town of Stamford, 
being the first to make his home on the 
stream of water that in his honor has since 
been known as Rose's Brook. Taking advan- 
tage of the water-power, he put up a saw and 
grist mill, the very first one in the vicinity, 
and for many years followed his former occu- 
pation of a miller. On his arrival he took 
up six hundred acres of land, but this he let 
revert to the government. He subsequently, 
however, acquired two hundred acres that 
are now included in the homestead of the 
subject of this sketch, his great-grandson. 
His mill was built of logs, as was also the 
house which sheltered himself and family. 
In his home on Rose's Brook he rounded 
out a full period of years, dying there at the 
age of eighty-six. He was a religious, God- 
fearing man, and one of the prime movers in 
organizing the Presbyterian church at Kort- 
right Centre. 

His son, Hugh Rose, the second, was born 
in Stamford, and was, like him, both a miller 
and a farmer. He and his family at first 
occupied the primitive log cabin, subsisting 
principally upon the game from the forest and 
the productions of their own land, and were 
clothed in "homespun," which was spun, 
woven, and fashioned into garments by the 
dexterous fingers of the good housewife. 
When he first moved into his humble habita- 
tion, it had neither doors nor windows; but 
the appearance of a panther led him to hasten 
his operations and hang the doors. He was 
persevering, and cleared a fine homestead, on 
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life, at the age of sixty-four years. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Barlow, who bore him ten chil- 
dren, of whom only one, luhmmd Rose, of 
Delhi, is now living. His wife survived 
him, living until seventy-three years old. 
Both of them were consistent members of the 
Reformed Presbyterian church at South Kort- 
right. In politics he was a Whig. 

The third Hugh Rose, son of the second 
Hugh, was l)orn on the farm which his fatlier 
cleared from the wilderness, and afterwartl 
succeeded him in its ownership. Toiling 
early and late to place his land under cultiva- 
tion, and adding somewhat to its acreage, he 
had at the time of his decease, when only 
forty-four years old, a farm of two hundred 
and forty acres. He married Isabelle BJakely, 
the daughter of William Blakely, of whom a 
sketch appears on another page of this volume. 
She survived him, dying on the old home- 
stead, at the age of sixty-four years. Of the 
four children born to them three are now liv- 
ing, as follows: James H., a resident of 
Stamford; Mrs. Gibson Grant, of Stamford; 
and Edmund H. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rose 
were held in high esteem by all who knew 
them, and were valued members of the United 
Presbyterian church of South Kortright. Po- 
litically, he was a Republican. 

Edmund H. Rose was the youngest child of 
Hugh Rose, the third, his birth occurring 
August 14, 1855, on the farm where he now 
resides. He received the rudiments ot his 
education in the district school, and this was 
further advanced by an attendance at Walton 
Academy. Following in the pathway marked 
out by his honored ancestors, he has devoted 
his time and attention to the various branches 
of agriculture; and, having come into posses- 
sion of the old homestead, where his entire 
life has been spent, he has made constant and 
valued improvements, and owns now one of 
the finest estates in this locality. He has 
two hundred and eighty-eight acres of land, 
on which he has a comfortable residence and 
substantial farm buildings. His farm is de- 
voted chiefly to dairying, his fifty tine Jersey 
cows yielding him an average of eight cans of 
milk a day throughout the year. 

Mr. Ro'se and Miss Ida L. Kilpatrick were 
united in marriage on February 19. 1879. 



The home circle established by this pleasant 
union has been gladdened by the birtJi of five 
children, namely: Clarence A., born Sei)tem- 
ber 5, 1881; ICverc-tt Bruce, born July 23, 
1887; lulmund H. and Etliej J., twins, hovn 
January 13, 1889; and Anna Belle, born Au- 
gust 9, 1891. The parents of Mrs. Rose, 
Richard and Juliet (Dennison) Kilpatrick, 
were for many years esteemed members of the 
agricultural community of Kortright, wheri; 
her father's death occurred in 1880. His 
widow is still living, and resides in Stamford. 
Both Mr. and Mrs. Rose are valued mem- 
bers (if the I'nited Presbyterian church at 
.South Kortright. In jiolitics he casts his 
vote with the Democratic ]xirty. He has 
shown good jutlgment in the management of 
his business and farming operations, and has 
met with excellent success. In the various 
relations of life he acquits himself well, sus- 
taining the character of an estimable and 
\-aluetl citizen, neighbor, and friend. 




RSON J. ELLS, of Walton, Dela- 
ware County, N.Y., is one of the old- 
est and most successful business men 
of this town, where he is the proprie- 
tor iif a large furniture establishment, and 
has won a well-deserved reputation as a man 
of ability, integrity, and upriglitness, the 
competency he is now enjoying being the re- 
sult of the assiduous labor of many years. 
The family name was formerly Fells, but was 
changed by the last generation, one "e" being 
dro]iped, making it Ells, as ajjove spelled. 

Jacob ICells, the father of the subject of 
this sketch, was born in New Canaan. Conn., 
in 1785, son of Moses Eells, who learned the 
trade of a weaver, at which he worked 
throughout his life, using, as was the custom 
in those early times, an old-fashioned iiand 
loom. Moses 1-Lells married Miss Comstock : 
and they were the parents of eight children, 
six of whom lived to rear families of their 
own. Both Moses ICells and his wife lived to 
be over ninety years old, not an uncommon 
occurrence in those times. 

In Colchester, Delaware County, in 1806, 
Jacob Eells married Miss Maria Halliday, 
who was born in Johnstown, but removed with 



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her parents to Colchester when but three 
years of age. She was the daughter of Will- 
iam Halliday, a Revolutionary soldier, who 
served for seven years in the war, being held 
as a prisoner during a portion of that time. 
Although a man small of stature, he possessed 
wonderful strength, activity, and endurance. 
Tradition has it that he reaped grain with a 
sickle for ninety-six years in succession — an 
unparalleled record. He married Miss Hitt, 
and ten children were the results of this 
union. A few years before his death Mr. 
Halliday lost the sight of one of his eyes, but 
this misfortune did not prevent his being an 
attentive reader of the Bible to the last. He 
died at the extraordinary age of one hundred 
and four years, a Deacon of the Baptist 
church, in whose doctrines he was a firm 
believer. 

Jacob Eells and his wife began their domes- 
tic life in a most humble manner in Walton, 
he working at his trade of carpenter and cabi- 
net-maker, an occupation requiring the finest 
mechanical skill. Here were born their 
eight children, six daughters and two sons, 
tiamely : Alonzo, who died in 1835, aged 
twenty-two years; Antoinette, wife of Robert 
Shaw, whose death occurred in Laurel, Dela- 
ware; Louisa, wife of Sylvester Simpson, 
who dietl in Binghamton, N.Y., in 1S58; 
Cornelia, wife of Whiting Beebe, who has 
also passed away: Catherine, wife of Ceely 
Rood, of Binghamton; Orson J., the subject 
of this sketch; -Sally M., of Boardman, Wis., 
widow of Dr. C. R. Powers; and Harriet E., 
wife of Lowell Harding, of Binghamton. On 
March 30, 1876, Mr. Eells |)assed away, aged 
ninety-two years; and one year later his wife 
followed him to the eternal home, she beina: 
ninety-three years old. Both had been Con- 
gregationalists in early life, but later had 
adopted the Methodist faith. 

Orson J. Ells was born July 25, 181S, in 
Walton, Delaware County, where he attended 
the district school until fourteen years of age, 
when he began working at the trade of car- 
])enter and caliinet-maker, in which he was 
instructed by his father, with whom he re- 
mained until his marriage. This interesting 
event occurred on June 16, 1841, Miss Martha 
-Strong becoming his bride. She was a native 



of Eranklin, and daughter of Alfred Strong. 
Two daughters — Augusta and Estella — were 
born of this union. Augusta became the wife 
of A. S. Chamberlin, and died in 1876, at 
the age of thirty-two years, leaving one 
daughter, Cora Ells, now living in Seattle, 
Wash., the wife of William Perkins, a banker 
of that city. Estella is the wife of Hobart 
M. Cable, a member of the Cottage Organ 
Company, which operates a large factory in 
Chicago. Mr. Cable formerly lived in Mas- 
sachusetts, and was for three years a member 
of the State legislature, serving on several 
important committees. For nine or ten years 
he was a member of the School Board of Hyde 
Park, a suburb of Boston, and for three years 
was one of its Selectmen. Mr. and Mrs. 
Cable have three children, as follows: 
Martha, wife of Howard Morenus, who is em- 
ployed l:iy the Cottage Organ Company, and 
who resides in Chicago; Hobart, a lad of 
twelve years; and Mary, a bright little miss 
of ten summers. 

It is now nearly five years since Mr. Ells 
was bereft of his wife, her death, on the 7th 
of March, i8go, being the result of a severe 
fall on the 17th of January previous. His 
spacious residence, with its extensive lawn 
and fragrant garden, is one of the finest in 
Walton. Here Mr. Ells is quietly passing 
the eventide of life, enjoying the esteem and 
affection of neighbors and friends, his home 
being frequently enlivened by the visits of his 
daughter and frrandchildren. 



§AMES ABNER MORSE, a well-known 
carpenter of Halcottsville, in the east- 
ern part of Middletown, N.Y., was 
born on Hubble Hill, in this town, 
July 5, 1838, .son of Joseph and Albie C. 
(Ellis) Morse. His grandparents were John 
and Martha (Mead) Morse. His great-grand- 
father, Joseph Morse, was a native of Wales, 
and when a young man came to this country, 
and first settled on a farm in Connecticut, but 
afterward came to Delaware County, and set- 
tled on a farm at Batavia Kill. Four chil- 
dren survived him — John, Ira, Josejih, and 
Henry. 

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left his home early in life, and took up a tract ; needed his services, the Rebellion not yet 

of land in the wilderness, which he cleared, I heini;- quelled, he enlisted in Conipanv (i, 

and lx't;an farniini;. lie lived in a loi;- house, I One Hundred and l'"iirty-fourlh Rej^inient, 

and endured many hardshijfs while endeavor- New \'ork X'olunteers, and served one year as 

ing to establish a home, beiui;- compelled to private. On his return, in 1865, sellinj; his 

go on foot forty miles to Kingston for sup- farm to his brother John, he bought a smaller 

plies. He married Martha Mead, whose place; and shortly afterward he and his father 

father was also a ])ioneer settler, and who be- bought a two-hundred-and-thirtv-atre farm in 

came one of the progressi\'e farmers of the .Schoharie County. 

ilistrict. Later ^Fr. Morse bought of Amos About this time Mr. Morse was married to 

Sanford a farm of three hundred acres at Hub- I Mary A. Owens, daughter of Thomas and 

ble Hill, where he sjient the rest of his life. linieline (.Sanford) Owens. Mr. Owens was a 

He dieil at the age of ninety-one, and his wife ^ well-known carpenter and millwright of Dela- 

at the age of eighty. Both were members of ' ware C'ounty. The maternal grandjjarents of 

the Baptist church, and in ])olitics Mr. Morse Mrs. Morse were members of the Baptist 

was a Whig. He left eleven children, three church, and lived to be about eighty years of 

sons and eight daughters — I'hiebe, Anna, age. They left five children: William R. ; 

Cynthia, Arenia, Sally, Marinda, Mercia, luiieline, Mrs. Owens: 1-Mecta; Phcebe: and 

Useabee, Joseph, .Xhner, and I"./ra. Ran.som W. Mr. Morse remained in Scho- 

Joseph Morse, son of John and Martha, was . haric County two years, and then sold his 
born at liatavia Kill. When a young man, he interest to his brother John, and bought a 
bought one-half of his father's three-hundred- farm at Hubble Hill, on which he lived fcjr 
acre farm at Hubble Hill, and lived on it for twenty years. During this time he did much 
many years. His wile was Albie C, daugh- to improve the land and the bui Idings thereon, 
ts.>r of IClijah and lumice Ellis, the former of greatly increased the value of the ])lace, mak- 
whom was a farmer of Delaware County. .She ing it one of the finest farms in that region, 
is still living in Ulster County, at the ad- I He finally sold it, and in 1890 bought a half- 
vanced age of eighty-four years. Mr. Morse acre of lan<l at Halcottsville. wlu're he built 
finally sold his farm at Hubble Hill: and a large double house, in which he and his 
with his son James he bought another one of family now live. At present he is success- 
two hundred anil thirty acres at West Cones- 1 fully carrying on the business of a carpenter, 
ville, Schf)harie County. Here he lived the I\Ir. and Mrs. .Morse have three children, 
rest of his life, dying at the age of sixty-five. The eldest. 1-^mma, born December i, 1867, 
Mr. and Mrs. Morse had nine children — John wife of Henry S. D.ivis, of Hubble Hill, has 
A., Jason A., James Abner, Jerome A., Mary • three children. The secoml ilaughter, Celestia 
J., Ezra J., I^lijah W., Hiram K., and lui- I J., was born November 18, 1870; and John, 
nice A. the only son, was born December 6, 1879. 

To return now to the subject of this sketch. ; In politics Mr. Morse is a Republican, and 

James Abner Morse received his education in always takes a lively interest in all public 

the common schools at Hubble Hill, .\nibi- matters. He and his wife are members of the 

tious and energetic, at the age of eighteen, Ba])tist church, in which they are active 

three years before attaining his majority, he ' workers. The\' are much devoted to their 

bought with his brother John a farm of one I home and famil\-, and are widely known and 

hundred and fifty-si.\ acres, which they worked , respected. 

together for one year. He then sold his in- *..». - 

terest to John, and worked for him the follow- 
ing year. James and his lirother Jason next ir~\-^^ "' '"^ • H.\i\RIS. foreman of the 
became joint owners of the farm, and together l i 1 woodworking dep;irtment of Craw- 



worked it a year and a half, when James sold ^- X^^ 'o'd Brothers, carriage manufact- 
his interest, and bought another farm in the urers of Delhi, N.V., is an expert 

vicinity. In 1864, feeling that his country , in his line of business, possessing unusual 



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mechanical ability and artistic skill, and dis- 
charging the duties of his responsible position 
with practical sagacity and discretion. Mr. 
Harris is a native of the JCmpirc State, hav- 
ing been born in Columbus, Madison County, 
August 9, 1839. His father, Devillo Harris, 
was also a native of Columbus, where his 
grandparents resided many years. They finally 
removed to Edmeston, Otsego County, how- 
ever, where the grandfather spent his remain- 
ing years. His wife, who bore him four 
children — Devillo, Celia, Freelove, and John 
— died in Columbus. 

Devillo Harris, like the majority of the 
farmers' sons of his day, worked on the farm, 
attending school when he was not needed at 
home, and remained with his parents until 
twenty-one years of age. He began farming 
on his own account in Otselic, where he 
rented a farm. He then worked for a few 
years for his wife's father, Lyman Carrier, 
going thence to Michigan, which was then an 
almost uninhabited country and presented the 
appearance of a vast wilderness in some of its 
districts. He bought land, and improved a 
comfortable homestead, on which he thereafter 
lived and where he died. He married 
Amanda Carrier, who died in New York City. 
They reared three children — David R., 
Martha, and Amelia. 

David R. Harris, who was the eldest child 
and the only son born to his parents, spent 
the first ten years of his life beneath the 
parental roof, and from that time on lived in 
various places, the first being on the farm of 
an uncle, in Otsego County, New York. He 
ne.xt worked as a farm laborer in Otsego, 
going thence to his grandfather's, for whom 
he worked for a twelvemonth. He was after- 
ward in Hrookfield, working for a Mr. Lamb, 
then in Coontown, West Edmeston, finally in 
Edmeston, in the manufactory of Julius 
Lines, of whom he learned his trade of car- 
riage-making. Later he worked at his trade 
in Wheeler, .Steuben County, whence he went 
to lulmeston, where he remained until 1862. 
In that year Mr. Harris began his career as a 
soldier, enlisting to defend his country's flag, 
in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty- 
first New York Volunteer Infantry, serving 
two years and nine months, and in the mean 



time being promoted from a private to the 
rank of Corporal. With his regiment he was 
in the thickest of the fight in several battles 
and skirmishes, and on June 21, 1863, re- 
ceived a severe wound at the battle of Peters- 
burg. He was honorably discharged. May 17, 
1S65 : and, returning to the State of his birth, 
he establisheil himself in business in New 
Berlin, continuing there five years. The fol- 
lowing twenty-two years Mr. Harris was em- 
ployed in a manufactory, the Hanford wagon 
works, in Unadilla, the last ten years of the 
time being foreman of the sho]5. While there 
he was solicited to take his present position 
with Crawford Brothers, the inducements of- 
fered being such that he accepted them, com- 
ing here October 17, 1892, since which time 
he has labored with credit to himself and to 
the perfect satisfaction of all concerned. 

Mr. Harris was married in 1861 to Anna 
Beatty, a daughter of Alexander Beatty, of 
New Berlin; and of their happy union three 
children have been born — Carrie, Nellie, and 
Hattie. Carrie, the eldest daughter, died at 
Unadilla, in her sixteenth year, in 1878, of 
typhoid fever. Nellie married Philip Brady, 
a cigar-maker in Unadilla; and they have two 
children — Guy and Leo. Hattie is a student 
in the State Normal School, preparing herself 
for a teacher. 

Politically, Mr. Harris is a stanch sup- 
porter of the Republican ticket, and is a 
prominent member of the C. C. Siver Post, 
No. 124, Grand Army of the Republic, in 
which he has always taken an active interest, 
having been Commander of the post, and Sen- 
ior Vice-Commander and Chaplain. He has 
also been Aide-de-camp in the Department 
Staff of the State. Both Mr. and Mrs. Harris 
are active workers and conscientious members 
of the Baptist church, and deeply interested 
in the Sunday-school connected with it, she 
being superintendent of the school, and he 
one of its most valued teachers. 



NDREW J. CORBIN, a prominent 
merchant of the village of Bloomville, 
in the town of Kortright, was born 
in Roxbury, Delaware County, 
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Keach Corbin, of Dutchess County, who in 
early manhood left his native ])lace, and, witli 
the pluck and energy rccjuisite for the lite of 
a pioneer farmer, Ijccame one of the first set- 
tlers ill Roxbury. Mere his intelligent anti 
persevering efforts were crowned with success, 
and he was soon the possessor of a fine farm 
of one hundred and sixty acres, and the hus- 
band of a good wife. Chiklren, seven in 
nunibei", were sent to bless liis home; an<l he ! 
had the happiness of seeing all of them reach ' 
maturity. L'pon his pleasant farm Mr. 
Corbin"s busy, but tranquil life, was spent: 
and here, at the age of threescore years and 
ten, his days were ended. His sense of jus- 
tice, his kindliness of n.ature, and broad intel- 
ligence, all inclined him to liberality in relig- 
ious views, though he lived in a time when 
bigotry and intolerance were far more com- 
mon than to-dav. He was a true Democrat; 



and, like Richard Rumbold, 



ni.-vi.'r CO 



uld 



believe that Providence had sent a few men 
into the world ready booted and spurred to 
ride, and millions ready saddle<l and l)ridled 
to, be ridden."' 

Philetus Corbin, son of McKeach Corbin, 
was born in Roxbury. in the memorable year 
1812. His bovhooil was spent upon his 
father's farm. XV'hen manhood was reached, 
he married Maria l^enjamin, who, like him- 
self, was a native of Roxbury. .•\fter the 
patriarchal manner of life, I'hiletus Corbin 
brought his bride to the home of his parents, 
which he made his jiermanent abiding-])lace. 
Here he brought up his family; and here, on 
the fruitful acres his father had wrested from 
the wilderness, the son's life work was accom- 
plished. I'hiletus Corliin's children were 
three in number: Andrew J., the subject ol 
this sketch; Hiram, who died at forty-three 
years of age; and I'olly M., who married 
brrin A. Meeker, and died at the age of fifty- 
seven. I'hiletus Corbin became one of the 
leading farmers of Roxbury, where at one 
time he was the owner of several hundred 
acres of land. His knowledge and interest 
were not limited to the art of husbandry, as is 
proved by the fact that he served his town in 
various public capacities. His judgment in 
estimating the value of property made him 
especially capable as an Assessor. His in- 



terest in education led him, in conjunction 
witli joim H. (iould (the f:ither of the late 
eminent financier, Jay (jould), to estal)lish 
J5eechwood .Seminary. His humanitari;uiism 
influenced him to ilo all that Lay within his 
power for the good of the community. His 
religious sentiments were in h;irmony with 
those of his worthy father: and, ])olitical]y, 
he sujiported the same Democratic jjolicy. 
Mr. Corbin's wife was taken from Iiim when 
she h:id reached the age of forty-seven. She 
was ;i woman whose devout nature found con- 
genial exjiression in the w'orshii) of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church. His active life was 
spent u]ion the farm where his father dwelt 
and toihd. His last d;iys, however, were 
passed in the village of Roxbury. To his 
temperate life, his varied and wholesome in- 
terests, and his habits of mental and jjhysical 
activits', he doubtless owed his longevity. It 
was not until the age of eighty-one years had 
been reached that this estimable m;in was laid 
to rest. 

Andrew |. Corbin, of Bloomville, was the 
eldest son of I'hiletus and Maria Henjamin 
Corbin. He was born in the very month 
when John (Juincy Adams was making his 
noble, single-handed fight in Congress (which 
lasted for eleven days) for the right of peti- 
tion. At this time the wonder wliich ha<l 
been excited in the minds of the people by 
Morse's invention of the electric telegrai)h — 
the scientific miracle of the age — was still 
unabated. It was a period of intense interest 
and great fruitfulness in the history of the 
countrv— a [leriod likely to have a t|uicken- 
ing influence upon a mind wiiich was then be- 
ginning to untold. Andrew's boyhood was 
passed in Roxbury, and he early became a 
slutlent at Beechwood Seminary. Among his 
companions at this time who became famous 
was Jay Could. The two boys became inti- 
mate friends, olten visiting one another and 
sharing the same room. Andrew had a bright 
mind and scholarly tastes, ;ind did himself 
much credit while at school. On leaving the 
seminary his ability and rejuitation were such, 
though only a lad in his teens, that he readily 
obtained a position as teacher for five terms 
in his native town, and also for a short time 
in Ulster County. At the age of seventeen 



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he became interested in mercantile life, and 
entered the employ of A. H. Burnham, of 
Roxbiiry, as clerk, fur his first year's work 
receiving one hundred and fifty dollars. He 
remained with Mr. Burnham five years, show- 
ing marked and increasing mercantile ability. 
At the end of this apprenticeship, in company 
with Mr. H. B. Montgomery, he bought a 
store, where he did business tor several years. 
In 1865 he sold out, and came to Bloomvllle, 
to establish himself in the store he still 
occupies. 

The following year, 1866, Mr. Corbin was 
united in marriage with Lucy Ann, daughter 
of Aaron Champion ; but their wedded happi- 
ness was of brief duration. She died in 
1867, and her babe was soon laid beside its 
mother. In 1870 Mr. Corbin married Sarah 
E. Dales, daughter of George and Angel ine 
Dales. Mr. Dales had been among the early 
settlers of the village, and was largely inter- 
ested in the manufacture and sale of proprie- 
tary medicines. His widow now makes her 
home with her daughter, Mrs. Corbin. 

Remembering with what ancestry Mr. Cor- 
bin was blessed, it is not surprising that he 
had within him the capacity for great useful- 
ness. He has a well-filled general store, in 
connection with an extensive trade in flour 
and grain, and al^o deals largely in eggs. 
He carries a stock worth twenty thousand dol- 
lars; and in 1893, despite the general depres- 
sion, he did a business amounting to nearly 
a hundred thousand dollars. The methods he 
has employed are the result of unusual sagac- 
ity and unerring judgment. Though Mr. 
Corbin has but reached the prime of life, he 
enjoys the distinction of being the oldest 
merchant in the town, while his success is 
proverbial. His large business interests now 
demand his entire time; but in the past he 
has held public offices, the duties of which he 
has discharged with honor to himself and sat- 
isfaction to his townsmen. He was Super- 
visor one term in Roxbury, and three terms in 
Kortright. Mr. Corbin is a member of St. 
Andrew's Lodge of Yrcc Masons in Hobart. 
Like his father and grandfather, he is a Dem- 
ocrat ; and he has also inherited their liberal 
religious opinions. Mrs. Corbin is a member 
of the Episcopal church at Bloomville; and 



its benevolent work is furthered by her kindly 
help. Mr. Corbin is a large-hearted, public- 
spirited man, from whom any worthy appeal is 
sure to meet a ready response, whether the 
call be for effort of his mind or hand, or for 
gift from his time or purse. 



/^^^TkORGIC W. BOOTH, Postmaster at 
V 5T Sidney Centre, a gentleman in the 
prime of life, although a veteran of 
the late war, is one of the most popular and 
well-known native residents of Delaware 
County. He was born in the town of Frank- 
lin, May 31, 1846, and is of sturdy New Eng- 
land stock, his father, Isaiah Booth, being a 
native of Pittsfield, Mass. That State was 
also the birthplace of his paternal grand- 
father, who removed thence to Delaware 
County after marriage, and, becoming one of 
the pioneer settlers of the town of Walton, 
was largely instrumental in promoting its ad- 
vancement and growth. Earlier ancestors 
came from England to Massachusetts, but can- 
not be traced, as the family records are lost. 

Isaiah Booth accompanied his parents to 
this county, and, settling in the town of Frank- 
lin, purchased one hundred and twenty-five 
acres of land, and there improved a fine 
homestead. He was a man of unusual activ- 
ity and ability, energetic and progressive, and 
was numbered among the leading farmers of 
his vicinity. The maiden name of his wife, 
to whom he was united in 1859, was Philanda 
Bronson. She was a native of Otseeo 
County. Mr. Booth died in Franklin, when 
fifty-five years old, and his widow at the age 
of seventy-four years. She was a woman of 
much force of character, a valued member of 
the Congregational church; and her husband 
was liberal in his religious views. Of the 
eleven children born of their union six are 
now living, the following being their record: 
Mrs. Mary Youngs, wife of Norman Youngs, 
resides in Otsdawa, Otsego County. Mrs. 
Fanny Haskins is a resident of Franklin. 
Mrs. Jessie Murdock lives in Masonville, 
Delaware County. George W. is our subject. 
Mrs. Rosella Roof resides in Sidney Centre. 
Frank E., a commercial traveller, resides in 
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George \V. Booth, the elder of the two sons 
of Isaiah, was reared ami eilucated in the 
town of his nativity, attending tirst the dis- 
trict schools, and afterward the I-'ranklin 
Academy. When seventeen years of age, he 
began tiie battle of life on his own account, 
his first labor being on a farm. At this time 
the late Civil War was in progress; and in 
September, 1864, in the nineteenth year of 
his age, he enlisted in the Thirteenth New 
York Hcav\- Artillery, under the command of 
Captain II. C. I'ratt. With his regiment he 
participated in several skirmishes, serving 
faithfully until the close of the war, and re- 
ceived his honorable discharge June 28, 1865. 
After returning home Mr. Booth engaged in 
various occupations, his versatile talents win- 
ning him success in most of his undertakings. 
He was for a while actively engaged in the 
livery business, surrendering that to become 
agent for an insurance company, anil subse- 
quently engaging in the hotel business in 
this county for eighteen consecutive years efli- 
cicntly and profitably, managing hotels in 
Hancock and Walton, Downsville and Sidney 
"Centre. While in Downsville, Mr. Booth 
held various responsible ofllcial positions, and 
for three years was in government employ in 
the city of Washington, having received dur- 
ing the first term of (Irover Cleveland's ad- 
ministration his appointment as superinten- 
dent of the Treasury stables, and afterward 
holding the position of clerk in the Auditor's 
office in the Post-office Department. He was 
reappointed to this office during the adminis- 
tration of Benjamin Harrison, and resigned 
before its close. in 1893 he removed to Sid- 
ney Centre, and was appointed Postmaster 
here in February of the present year. 1894, 
assmning the responsibilities of his office on 
the 1st of April. 

An important step in the life of Mr. Booth 
was his marriage on October 6, 1856, to 
Miss Prudence Hall, who was born in the 
town of Delhi, Delaware County, December 
29, 1847, being a daughter of Asahel and 
Pamelia (Jackson) Hall. Their union has 
been blessed by the birth of one child, a 
daughter, Kmma A., a most estimable young 
lady, who assists her father in the post-office. 

Mr. Booth is an influential member of the 



Democratic party, and, .socially, is a promi- 
nent member of Hancock Lodge, No. 552, 
A. !•". & A. M., of Hancock Lodge, No. 1026, 
Knights of Honor, ami of Hancock Post, No. 
483, Ciraml Army of the Reiniblic, for one 
year being Senior Vice-Commander of the 
post. He was a charter member of luigland 
Post, No. 142, Grand Army of the Republic, 
IX'lhi, N.Y., and a charter member of Flem- 
ing Post, No. 280, Downsville, N.Y.. and is 
a charter member of George N. Riedfield 
Post, No. 512, Grand Army of the Republic, 
Sidney Centre, of whicii he is at the inesent 
time Commander. Religiously, both he and 
his wife are esteemed members of the Congre- 
gational church, and active workers in its 
support. 




RCIIIBAI.D FORFMAN, a prosper- 
ous farmer, of Scotch birth and 
ancestr)', now residing on his one- 
hundred-and-eighty-one-acre farm 
in the town of Bovina, presents a good ex- 
ample of the thrift, energy, and success-com- 
pelling tiualities of most of .Scotia's sons who 
seek a home in the New World. His paternal 
grandparents were Robert and Agnes Fore- 
man, life-long residents of Scotland, making 
their home for the most i^art in the good old 
town of Fdinburgh. The former was a slater 
by trade, and had a family of six sons and 
one daughter, all of whom are now deceaserl. 
Archibald Foreman, Sr., son of the fore- 
going, was the next in line. He grew to 
manhood in his native land, and when of 
])roper age took for his wife Margaret Hood. 
He was a farmer, but, like the father of Scot- 
land's gi'eat i)oet, Burns, was too poor to 
become the owner of the land he w-orked. He 
raised a family of eight children, four of 
whom now survive, namely: James, now a 
retired carpenter, residing in Fdinburgh: 
lanette, who became the wife of William 
Yule, and lives with her husband in Canada; 
Betsy, wife of Andrew Wallace, and resident 
in Berwickshire, Scotland. .Agnes, Robert, 
Catherine, and Margaret, all of whom grew 
to maturitv and married, are now deceased. 
The father of these children died in Berwick- 
shire, at the age of seventy-five, and his wife 



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when about seventy. They were membets of 
the Presbyterian church, the former being an 
Elder. 

Archibald Foreman, son of the preceding, 
grew to manhood and received his education 
in his native country, Scotland. The day of 
his nativity was February ii, 1827. In 1852 
he emigrated to America, landing in July of 
that year, after a voyage lasting nearly six 
weeks. He wasted no time in the large 
cities, but came directly to Delaware County, 
New York, settling in the town of Bovina. 
He first worked out by the month for Daniel 
Frazier; and, as it was in the haying season 
and help was scarce, he received one dollar 
per day for his services. In 1854, feeling 
the influence of the gold excitement, he went 
to California, via the Isthmus of Panama, the 
trip occupying three weeks. On arriving at 
his destination, he engaged in mining, and so 
continued for nearly six years, meeting with 
fair success, and undergoing the privations 
and typical experiences of a miner's life. At 
the end of the time mentioned he grew tired 
of the life, and returned to Bovina. 

On October 21, 1861, Mr. Foreman was 
united in marriage with Miss Devina Laid- 
low, who was born in Roxburyshire, Scotland, 
daughter of David and Ellen (Hart) Laidlow, 
both natives of the same shire. Mr. Laidlow 
was a shepherd by early occupation, and came 
to America in 1851, settling in Bovina, where 
he bought land and engaged in farming. He 
was an industrious man, and after a well- 
spent life died on his farm at the age of 
seventy years, his wife departing this life at 
the age of sixty. They were both faithful 
members of the United Presbyterian church. 
Their family consisted of six children, four 
of whom now survive, namely: Isabella, wife 
of William Wight, of Delhi, N.Y.; Helen, 
who married William Cook, and resides in 
the town of Bovina: Margaret, now Mrs. 
George Currie, of Bovina; and Devina, Mrs. 
Foreman. The other children were Robert, 
who died at the age of thirty-two, and George, 
who lived to the age of forty-nine. 

In 1862, the year after his marriage, Mr. 
Foreman purchased the farm where he now 
lives, and on which he earned his first dollar 
after landing on American soil. He has 



since devoted his time to its cultivation with 
very happy results. He has a herd of twenty 
cows, Jersey grade; and the farm, which con- 
tains, as above mentioned, one hundred and 
eighty-one acres, is very productive. In all 
he may be considered as a prosperous and suc- 
cessful man, his good fortune being due to 
his own habits of industry and perseverance, 
under the blessing of Providence. Mr. and 
Mrs. Foreman have four children, three sons 
and a daughter, namely: Archibald, Robert 
G., and James F., all residing at home, and 
engaged in farming; and Maggie B., a young 
lady attending school, and, like her brothers, 
living at home. 

In 1889 Mr. Foreman, desirous of seeing 
once more the land of his birth and the 
friends of his early years, took a trip to Scot- 
land, remaining about three months, and 
pleasantly renewing old recollections. He 
has served his adopted town of Bovina as 
Road Commissioner (three terms) and Asses- 
sor, filling the latter office two terms. His 
politics are Republican, and the family are 
attendants and members of the United Pres- 
byterian church at Bovina Centre. 




UGENE B. SOUTHWORTH, a worthy 
citizen of Trout Creek, Tompkins, 
Delaware County, N.Y., was born 
in Phoenix, Otsego County, May 19, 1855, 
and is of Pilgrim ancestry. His grandfather. 
Nelson Southworth, was born in Otsego 
County, and, after being educated in the dis- 
trict schools, learned shoemaking, and then 
became proprietor of a hotel at Seward. 
While engaged in this occupation, he was con- 
verted to the Methodist faith, and soon gave 
up the hotel business, and devoted himself to 
shoemaking and preaching. At the breaking 
out of the war he removed to Delaware 
County, settling at Masonville, where he pur- 
chased about three hundred and fifty acres of 
the best farm land in that section. He was 
well informed on legal matters, and assisted 
in many trials at the courts in the vicinity of 
his home. For the last three years of his 
life he was engaged in mercantile business in 
Loomis, where he died at the age of seventy- 
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I'incli, of Otsego County; ami sixteen cliil- 
tlren were horn of this union, of wlioin the 
following lived to reach maturity, and have 
families of their own: Keziah, Austin S., 
iMiiery K., Adeline, Lysander D., Lydia, 
Nelson, William, Henry A., Gurley S., ami 
Lois. 

Austin S. Southworth, eldest son of Nel- 
son, was born in Seward, Schoharie County, 
and, after receiving his education in the dis- 
trict school at Seward, began to teach school 
when but fifteen years of age, and at seven- 
teen entered the Methodist ministry. l-"or a 
time he preachetl in Otsego, and then went to 
Edmeston. He was next at Morris two 
years, and went thence to Bainbridge, where 
he remained one year. Later he preached two 
years in Gilford. In July, 1862, he enlisted 
in Company A, One Hundred ami Fourteenth 
Regiment New 'S'ork Volunteers, at Oxford, 
as First Sergeant, and served throughout the 
terrible conflict. He was wounded in the 
foot by a shell at Cedar Creek, in the Shenan- 
do'ah Valley, and was discharged from the 
service on account of disability. But he re- 
enlisted in his old company, and was then 
transferred to the Ninetieth New York \\>t- 
eran Volunteers, and served one year in 
Georgia. 

At the close of the great struggle he en- 
gaged in farming at North Walton, preaching 
at "Sidney Centre, North Walton, Merriott- 
ville, and Little York. After a time he 
disposed of his farm and entered the life in- 
surance and sewing-machine business. He 
preached at Clarksville, Albany County, for 
three years, and then removed to Wheeler- 
ville, where he was engaged in his good work 
for three years. His next parish was at 
Gloversville, where he remained one year; 
and after that he was employed as book-keeper 
for the Harmony cotton-mills at Cohoes, also 
preaching in tlie Independent Methodist 
church of that town for two years. His next 
move was to Schenectady, where he was one 
of the organizers of the Independent Metho- 
dist church, of which he became pastor, and 
was also employed there by the Appleton lui- 
cyclop:cdia Company for two years. At the 
expiration of that time he removed to Fhil- 
mont on the Hudson, where he preached one 



year. lie then settled in Albany, lieing 
again employed by the Appleton Company. 
After a year there he wejit to Chicago, his 
family going to live with his son Eugene at 
North Walton. For five years he was em- 
jjloyed in Chicago, and then returned to Wal- 
ton. While in Chicago he began to wrile a 
work on optimism, entitled "The Bright 
Side of Life," three parts of which have 
alreatly appeareil in pamphlet form, and, when 
completed, will be bound in one volume. 
Since that time Mr. Southworth has lived in 
retirement, and now resides at Ware, Mass., 
with his son, the Rev. V'ictor Emanuel South- 
worth, pastor of the First Unitarian Church. 
He married, at the age of seventeen, Miss 
Jane I'".. Gage, of Milford, Otsego County, 
N.Y., whom he first met when they were both 
employed in a cotton-mill at Cooperstown. 
They were the parents of thirteen children, 
namely: Eugene B. ; Thaddeus D. ; Emerson; 
Nettie A.; Victor and Victoria, who were 
twins; William A.; Ellen; Irena Vashti; 
Minnie M. ; and Walter; Charles and Ira, 
who liave passed away. Mrs. Southworth still 
lives at Walton on the farm owned l)y the 
family there, and is em])loyed as a nurse in 
that vicinity. 

luigene B., eldest son of the Rev. Austin 
S. SoullnvDrth, was educated in the district 
! school and at Walton Academy, after which 
he worked on the farm until sixteen years of 
age, when he took charge of a flour-mill at 
Clarksville, Albany County. Two years later 
he went to Wheelerville, luilton County, and 
learned the currier's trade in a tannery owned 
by ex-Governor Claflin. This trade he fol- 
lowed for eight years. He then rented a farm 
in North Walton, remaining there for seven 
years, after which he purchased the farm 
where he now resides. It contains one hun- 
dred and f(n-ty-four acres, nearly all of which 
is under cultivation, over forty acres having 
been cleared and ploughed in three years. 
When he moved to his present farm, it would 
support but eight cows and a team; but he 
now keeps twenty-four cows, five horses, and 
forty sheep. His income in cash has resulted 
from the farm i>roducts, and for the year end- 
ing April I, 1804, amounted to about two 
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eral paint, part of which was disposed of by a 
former owner. Mr. Southworth is a Republi- 
can in politics, and is a public-spirited citizen. 
Mr. Southworth married, in Sidney, Miss 
Nellie Scott, dau-^hter of James K. and Mary 
(Gardner) Scott, of Beach Hill, Masonville. 
David Scott, the father of James K., removed 
to Masonville from Queemans, Albany County, 
N.Y., and was engaged in farming and car- 
pentering. James K. Scott was born at 
Masonville, where he also followed the life of 
a farmer and carpenter. He married Mary 
Garilner, a daughter of Andrew Gardner, of 
Tompkins; and they had eight children: Nel- 
lie, the wife of the subject of this sketch; 
Fred; Elmer; Inez; Oscar: Flora; Willie; 
and Wallace, who died young. Mr. and 
Mrs. Eugene B. Southworth are the parents of 
eight children now living: Mabel C. ; Alice 
Pearl; Henry A.; Nettie A.; Edith Maud; 
Alta May; and Thaddeus D. and Mary J., 
who are twins. They have been called upon 
to part with three children, who died when 
very young. 




iRS. SARAH RICH, who lives on 
the Rich homestead of two hun- 
dred and seventy-five acres in 
Almeda, in the town of Stam- 
ford, N.Y., and carries on the place with 
marked ability, is the widow of Stephen Rich. 
The Rich family, hers by birth as well as 
marriage, is one of the oldest and best estab- 
lished in the county. 

The present record begins with James Rich, 
who was born in New York City in 1764, and 
was therefore a boy eleven years old when the 
Revolution began, and still older when the 
patriotic tide reached his native 
trade he was a tailor, but died at 
age of thirty-five, only ten years 
marriage, and in the same year 
Father of his Country. His wife 
Altgelt, also a native of the metropolis, where 
she was born, July 30, 1769. She outlived 
her husband many years, and twice entered 
again the holy estate of matrimony. Her 
second husband was Joseph Thomson ; and 
the other was Robert Forrest, of Stamford, 
who left her the third time a widow. Her 



city. By 
the early 
after his 
with the 

was Mary 



own death occurred in Stamford on December 
6, 1857. To her first husband she bore three 
sons. Stephen Altgelt Rich, a grocer in New 
York City, grandfather of Mrs. Sarah Rich, 
was born August 4, 1790, during Washing- 
ton's first Presidency, and lived till 1858, 
when Buchanan was in the White House. 

The next son, to whose line this sketch 
specially relates, was born October 23, 1791, 
and was named for his grandfather. James 
Rich was a Stamford farmer, and carried on 
the place subsequently owned by his son 
Stephen. This he did so practically and pro- 
gressively as to make agriculture a profitable 
pursuit. He was an old-time Whig, and an 
Elder and Trustee in the United Presbyte- 
rian church in South Kortright. His first 
wife, Miss Helena Marshall, was born in 
New York City, October 13, 1792. They 
were married in 1816, just a week before 
Christmas, when the second peace with the 
mother country had been finally declared, and 
praises of General Jackson's warlike pluck 
echoed on every hand ; and she died on 
Christmas Day, 1835, aged forty-three, while 
Jackson was President, so that the great 
Christian holiday and America's democratic 
and autocratic statesman were peculiarly asso- 
ciated with her life. 

From this union came ten children, two of 
whom survive. Henry Marshall Rich was 
born September 12, 18 19, and lived, unmar- 
ried, on the homestead with his brother's 
widow until his death, August 24, 1894. He 
was a member of the Presbyterian church, and 
a Republican, greatly respected by his asso- 
ciates. Robert S. Rich was born March 7, 
1823, and is a merchant in Hobart village. 
Helena Jane was born on February 14, 1832, 
and is now the widow of Hector Cowan, of 
Stamford, of whom a sketch may be found 
elsewhere in this volume. The eldest child, 
James Altgelt Rich, a Stamford farmer, 
named for his grandparents, was born in Oc- 
tober, 1817, and died March 5, 1894. Mary 
Rich was born February 17, 1821, and died 
unmarried in New York City on April 3, 
1842. Stephen was born October 8, 1824; 
and he died July 6, 1884, at the sound age of 
sixty. Of him more hereafter. Thomas 
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and (lied in Mexico (in the last day of Ainil. 
1852. Alexander Rich was born on the first 
day of Novenihir, ICS30, became a New \'ork 
phnnber, and died February 18, 1854. Ann 
F.liza, twin sister of Hek'n, died in October, 
1889, at fifty-seven. James Rich"s first wife, 
as already stated, was Helena Marshall; but 
he was married again. The second wife was 
lane .Southard, a native of Dutchess County, 
and by her he had three children. The eld- 
est, Hannah Rich, born July 17, 1S38, mar- 
ried William B. Peters, of Hloomville, of 
whom a sketch may be found in its proi^er 
place in this v(dume. John Rich w.is born 
December 14, 1839, and died March 19, 
1885, in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was act- 
in"; as agent for the Mallor\- line of steamers. 
Isabella Rich was born April 10. 1841, four 
days after the country was appalled by the sad 
news of the death of General Harrison, when 
only a month in the Presidential chair. She 
married the Rev. James M. Stevenson, and 
died December ig, 1893. Thus we see that 
James Rich was indeed a patriarch, with one 
more child than Jacob, of the Bible history he 
so loved. He was also an Elder in the Pres- 
byterian church, and a Whig in politics, but 
would have rejoiced over the triumph of Abra- 
ham Lincoln, which occurred three years after 
Mr. Rich's death on the homestead. July 10, 
1857. 

The father of James Rich s first wife. 
Henry Marshall, was born in Scotland, and 
came to America before iiis marriage. He 
stu(fie(l medicine, became a successful ]iracti- 
tioner in Kortright in pioneer days, and 
reared a boy and six girls, all of whom have 
passed away. Dr. Marshall died in Hobart, 
at threescore and ten, an F'lder in the Presby- 
terian church, and a Whig in jKililics. His 
wife also lived to a good oJd age. 

.Stephen Rich grew up on the Stamford 
farm where he was born, and which had been 
bought by his grandmother, Mrs. .Mary Alt- 
gelt Rich (Thomson) Forrest, of its former 
owner, Mr. Sheldon, early in this century, 
and upon which the widowed Mrs. Stephen 
Rich now resides. .After attending the dis- 
trict school, Stephen went to New York City 
when he was eighteen, and found work with 
lames lUichan & Co., niainilacturers of soaj) 



and candles. In due time he was al)le to buy 
an interest in the concern, and pursued a suc- 
cessful trade till 1865, after the war, when he 
returned to .Stamford, bought the old home- 
stead, passed his last days there farming, and 
died July 6, 1884. 

He was married .May 6, 18C9, at the mature 
age of forty-five, to his cousin, Sarah Rich, 
a native of New York City, the daughter ot 
Stephen .-Mtgelt Rich and his wife, Jane 
Oliver, who was born October 22, 1788. 
These parents were married May 12, 1812, 
by the Rev. Robert Forrest. Stephen A. 
Rich died August 29, 1858, and his wife on 
l''ehruary 25, 1868. They had ten children, 
half of whom survive. Charlotte and Rachel 
are both widows in New York City, the for- 
mer having married William Patterson, and 
the latter Mr. Buchaii, of the firm above men- 
ti(Hied. Jane Rich lives with her sister 
-Sarah on the homestead. 1-Tizabeth Rich is 
the wife of James Rintoul, of .\ew York City. 
Sarah Rich married her kinsman, Stejihen 
Rich, as before stated. The five deceased 
children are as follows: James B. was born 
on the first day of March, 1 81 3, and died in 
.Mabama, August 12. 1844. Mary Struthers 
Rich was born March 18, 18 15, and died Jan- 
uary 28, 1892. Robert Forrest Rich, born 
lanuary 3, 1820, died November 11. 1872, in 
.New lersey. Hannah Thomson was born 
November u), 1822, and died March 27, 
1852, in New York City. Andrew Mather 
Rich, born December 23. 1825. died August 
17. 1826. 

Mrs. Stephen Rich belongs to the I'nited 
Presbyterian church in Kortright, in which 
her husband held the birthright office of 
IClder. He was also a Republican and a thor- 
oughly good citizen, and left his widow well 
endowed. Both the land and house are val- 
uable. In her management of the place Mrs. 
Rich was aided by her brother-in-law, Mr. 
Henry Rich, until the time of his death. 



fr-^|'l.\RY S. C.R.MI.XM, who is one of 
the foremost citizens of Delhi, is 
carrying on a ])ros])erous business 
as a dealer in hardware, at No. 477 
Main Street. He is a native of this State 




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and county, having been born in Mereditli on 
October 23, i860. He comes of pure Scotch 
ancestry, the first of his forefathers to emi- 
grate to this country being his great-grand- 
father, James Graham, who was born and 
reared to manhood in Scotland. Crossing the 
stormy Atlantic in search of a fortune, he 
came from New York City, where he had dis- 
embarked, to Bovina, and there engaged in 
tilling the soil for a time, and also established 
a mercantile business on a small scale. He 
afterward removed to Franklin, where he fol- 
lowed agricultural pursuits for many years, 
but later became a resident of Meredith, 
where he passed the remaining years of his 
earthly existence. He reared a family of 
eleven children, seven boys and four girls, of 
whom two are still living, one in Afton, 
N.Y., and one in Toledo, Iowa. 

Henry R. Graham, son of James, was 
reared a farmer, and followed that peaceful 
occupation through the days of his active life. 
He purchased a tract of timbered land in the 
town of Meredith, from which he cleared and 
improved a comfortable homestead, and there 
made his abiding-place for many years. 
Later he removed to Delhi, where he de- 
parted this life at the age of seventy-three 
years. He married Esther Stilson, a daugh- 
ter of Cyrenus Stilson, and a native of Mere- 
dith, of which town her parents were pioneer 
settlers. She is still living at the venerable 
age of eighty-six years, and is one of the old- 
est members of the Baptist church at Delhi. 
She became the mother of five children, 
namely: Edwin J., the father of Henry S. ; 
Rosella, deceased, who married Edward Fris- 
bee, of Delhi; Emeline, the wife of Darius 
Grant, pastor of the Baptist church, West- 
ville, N.Y.; Elmer M., who married Jennie 
Mein, of Meredith; and Lyman S., who mar- 
ried Jennie Kemp, of Meredith. 

Edwin J. Graham was born in Meredith, 
January 19, 1832, and was reared on the farm, 
tilling the soil in season, and attending the 
district school in the winters. On attaining 
his majority he left the parental homestead, 
and was for some time employed as a clerk in 
a store. He subsequently purchased a farm; 
and, putting in practice the knowledge which 
he had acquired in the days of his youth, he 



successfully engaged in its cultivation for sev- 
eral years. In 1865 he came to Delhi, and 
invested a portion of his money in the store, 
where he still continues carrying on a flour- 
ishing business in general merchandise. Ann 
Eliza Bill, who became his wife in 1857, was 
a native of Meredith, but of New England 
descent, being a daughter of Charles Bill and 
Lois (Woodworth) Bill, both of whom were 
natives of Connecticut, the latter being the 
daughter of a substantial farmer of that State. 
Four children were born of their union, as 
follows: Charles W., who was engaged with 
his father in business until January, 1880, 
when he entered into the drug business; 
Henry S. ; George E., now a resident of Cali- 
fornia; and Grace M., now the wife of Henry 
R. Gibbs, and residing in Sewickley, Pa. 
On June 10, 1888, the family fireside was 
made desolate by the death of the beloved 
wife and affectionate mother, who passed 
away at the age of fifty-seven years. She 
was a conscientious member of the Presbyte- 
rian church, to which her husband belongs. 
In politics he is a stanch Republican. 

Henry S. Graham was five years old when 
he came with his parents to Delhi, where he 
has since resided. His elementary education, 
which he obtained in the public school, was 
supplemented by an attendance at the Dela- 
ware Academy. As soon as old enough to be 
useful, he became a clerk in his father's store, 
a position which he occupied until the spring 
of 1 88 1. In the fall of that year Mr. Graham 
opened a grocery store, purchasing a complete 
stock of groceries, and continuing in that 
business until 1886, when he sold out his es- 
tablishment, and entered the employment of 
Wright & Frost, dealers in hardware. He 
subsequently purchased their goods and build- 
ing, and has since conducted a large and very 
successful business, which he has extended 
and increased from year to year. 

Mr. Graham has been twice married. His 
first wife, to whom he was united on July 8, 
1884, was Frankie B. Ward, a daughter of 
William Ward, a former resident of Tioga 
County, but later superintendent of the Delhi 
Woollen-mill. After a brief period of wed- 
lock she died in November, 1886, leaving 
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Russell, is n daughter of the late John Rus- 
sell, of Delhi, who was for many years en- 
gaged here in trade. Of this union two 
children have been born — K. Russell anil 
Howard R. Mr. Graham is a stanch suji- 
porter of the Republican pacty, and is a true 
and loyal citizen, always using his influence 
to promote the best interests of the town, and 
well deserving the esteem and favor in which 
he is held by all. Both he and his wife are 
members of the Second Presbyterian Church 
of Delhi. 




ILLIAM H. EELLS. editor and 
]iroprietor of the Walton Times, is 
conducting this paper with signal 
ability and success, and holds a ]irominent 
position among the journalists of Delaware 
County. He is a native of this State and 
county, having been born in the town of Wal- 
ton, April 1 6, 1853, youngest son of Stephen 
Decatur and Mary (Marvin) Eells. and comes 
of good New England stock, being a lineal 
descendant of one John Eells, who emigrated 
from old England to Massachusetts in 1628. 

A son of the emigrant, -Samuel Eells, born 
in Hingham, Mass., January 2^, 1629. was 
married August i, 1663, to .Annie, daughter 
of the Rev. Robert Lenthal. of Plymouth, 
Mass.: and they reared seven children. 
Their son Samuel, born in Milford, Mass., 
April 2, 1666, was twice married. His first 
wife, Martha, died on October 2J. 1700. 
His second wife. Widow Hayor. iic'c Russell, 
bore him a son named John, who was baptized 
April I, 1703, was graduated from Yale Col- 
lege in 1724, and became a minister of the 
gospel, presumably a Congregationalist. He 
married Annie Baird, January 11, 1727, and 
died in New Canaan, Conn., October 15, 
1785. His two children were: Anna, born 
May I, 1729: and Jeremiah, born December 
21, 1732. 

Jeremiah Eells, the great-great-great-grand- 
father of William H., was a life-long resident 
of New Canaan, and was there engaged in 
farming and shoemaking. He married Mrs. 
Louise Benedict, a Huguenot of I-'rance, and 
the daughter of Dr. Benten. of Norwalk, 
Conn. Their eldest son, John, born Novem- 



ber 16, 1765, married Anna Mead, the daugh- 
ter of General John Mead, who during the 
Revolutionary War had command of the Con- 
tinental troops stationed near the neutral 
ground between Horse Neck, now Nyack, and 
New York, and on whose farm General Israel 
Putnam rode down the stee]) precipice and 
escaped the 15ritish dragoons. Their children 
were as follows: John, Jr., born P'ebruary 24, 
1786; Benjamin B., born March 8, 1788; 
Meade, born July 3, 1790; Samuel, born in 
Walton, March 12, 1793; ^lary, born May 
12, 1795: Baird, born October 10, 1797; and 
Allen, born May 13, 1800. Some years after 
their marriage, which took place on December 
20, 1784, the parents of these children came 
to Delaware County, and were among the ear- 
liest settlers of Walton. John Eells estab- 
lished the first hotel of the place, running it 
for nineteen years. He was one of the lead- 
ing citizens of the town, and served nineteen 
years as Justice of the Peace. Taking up a 
tract of wild land, he cleared up a good farm, 
on which he spent the latter years of his life. 
The father of Mr. William H. Eells, Stephen 
Decatur Eells. is in possession of the desk, 
now about one hundred years old, on which 
John I^ells during his official life did all of 
his writing. It is well preserved, and is re- 
markable in conception and in workmanship. 

Meade Eells, who was born in New Canaan, 
was little more than an infant when his par- 
ents removed to Walton, where he was reared. 
He was a lumberman, was in the War of 
I 81 2, and died at the age of eighty-six years. 
He married Philena, daughter of Dorman 
fohnson, who was the kee])er of a hotel in 
Walton for many years. They reared seven 
children, as follows: Stephen Decatur, .'\llen. 
Sylvia Ann, Hannah Marvin, Philena, Mary, 
and Julia. The mother passed away in 1865, 
at tiie home of George Marvin in Walton. 
She was a most estimable woman anil a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church. 

Stephen Decatur ICells. the father of Will- 
iam H., was born on the parental homestead in 
that part of Walton known as Mount Pleasant, 
November 3, 181 5. He was the recipient of 
good educational advantages, and, after leav- 
ing the district school, was fitted for college, 
and matriculated at Oberlin, but was unable 



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to complete his course. He was industrious 
and ambitious, and, having but little money, 
supported himself while in college by work- 
ing as a painter. This trade he completed 
after his return to Walton, and for upward 
of threescore years was the leading painter of 
the village. Having during these years of 
labor acciuired a competency, he is now living 
in retirement in the village of his birth. His 
union with Mary Marvin, a daughter of Jared 
Marvin, was celebrated on November 12, 
1840, the date of the marriage of Queen Vic- 
toria. They have reared tour children, 
namely: John M. ; Ellen M. ; Emma Isabel, 
who died in 1878; and William H. Mr. 
Stephen D. Eells enlisted in Company I, One 
Hundred and Forty-fourth New York Volun- 
teer Infantry, at the time of the late Rebel- 
lion, and served until the close of the war, 
receiving his honorable discharge at Hilton 
Head, S.C. He has been closely identified 
with all enterprises calculated to improve the 
educational or moral status of the town, and 
has been an actix'c worker in the cause of 
temperance. Both he and his wife, in relig- 
ious matters, are in sympathy with the teach- 
ings of the Congregational church, of which 
they are members. 

In his boyhood William H. Eells attended 
first the district school, and afterward the 
village academy at Walton. At the age of 
fifteen years he left home to serve an ap- 
prenticeship in the office of the Norwalk 
Gazette, at Norwalk, Conn. ; and, having 
learned the trade of a printer, he was employed 
for the following year or more in the office of 
the famous Danbury Ncivs. Going thence to 
New York City, Mr. Eells secured a good 
position with the Rradstreet Mercantile 
Agency, remaining there until he had the 
misfortune to lose one foot by having it 
caught in the elevator. In 1875, being able 
to resume work, Mr. Eells accepted a situa- 
tion in the office of t\\Q. Moi ning Journal and 
Courier, at New Haven, Conn., continuing 
there until 1881, when he went to the city of 
Washington, where he served six years in the 
government printing-office, a portion of his 
time being employed in reading proof. 

In 1887 he again went to New York, and 
for four years worked on the Morning Journal, 



afterward holding a position in the oflFice of 
the Times, and then in that of the Commercial 
Advertiser. He subsec]uently returned to the 
place of his nativity, and accepted the posi- 
tion of managing editor of the Walton Cliron- 
iclc, resigning it to enter the office of the New 
York Tribune as operator of a typesetting 
machine. In 1892 Mr. Eells came back to 
Walton, and voted for Benjamin Harrison for 
President; and in November of that year he 
started the Walton edition of the Delaware 
Express, published in Delhi, meeting with 
such good success that he was encouraged to 
make it an independent publication. Accord- 
ingly, in March, 1893, changing the name of 
the paper to the Walton Times, he established 
a plant, and began printing it himself. He 
began with two hundred and fifty subscribers, 
and in February, 1894, less than a year after 
the paper was started, the circulation had in- 
creased to fourteen hundred, new subscribers 
being added to the list each month. 

Mr. Eells has been twice married. On 
June 24, 18S0, was celebrated his union witii 
Miss Huldah Stoddard, of New Haven, Conn., 
who was a daughter of George W. and Harriet 
Stoddard, and who died a few months later, 
on F"ebruary 24, 1881. -Mr. F.ells was again 
married in 1886, leading to the altar Miss 
Eleanor Place, of Washington, D.C., the 
wedding ceremony taking place in that city. 
Of the five children born to them three are 
now living, namely: Hamilton, a manly little 
fellow of seven years; Martha; and Ruth. 
In politics Mr. Eells is a straight Republican. 
Socially, he is a member of the Golden Rule 
Lodge, No. 21, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, of Washington, D.C. 




JTCHEl.I. N. FRISBEE, the 
owner of one of the largest farms 
and most extensive dairies in the 
town of Kortright, of which he 
is one of the foremost citizens, comes of one 
of the leading pioneer families of Delaware 
County, his great-grandfather having been 
Gideon Frisbee, one of the most widely 
known and most important mdn of the early 
time in this neighborhood. Gideon Frisbee 
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among" the first settlers of the town of Delhi, 
where he beeamo the possessor of a large tract 
of land. He was the first Judge of Delaware 
County, and his house was the scene of the 
first court held in the county- 
William I-"risbee, son of (lideon, was lK)rn 
in Delhi, and was possessor of a ])art of the 
old home farm. He was one of a famil\- of 
nine children, a practical farmer and excellent 
business man, who took an active part in all 
town affairs, and held the office of County 
Treasurer. ICleven of his chiklren grew to 
maturity; and three still live, namely: Mrs. 
Mary Churchward, of Janes\-ille, Ohio: Mrs. 
Alice Cottrell, who resides with her sister; 
and Fritz W. I-'risbee, who lives in Iowa. 
The mother of this large family died in the 
prime of life; but William l^'risbce li\ed to a 
good old age, dying in his native town. 

William Frisbee's son, Marcus W.. the 
father of the subject of this sketch, was horn 
in Delhi, April 8, 18 17, and resided in that 
town throughout his life. He was industri- 
ous and ])ersevering, and owned two excellent 
farms, which he cultivated. Politically a Re- 
publican, he held many town offices, among 
which was that of Superintendent of the Poor: 
and he and his wife, Susan Mitchell, born in 
Meredith, October 8, 1816, were members of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. Both died 
in the town of Delhi, she at the age of sixty- 
one years, and he when seventy-six years of 
age. They were the parents of fovn- children, 
three of whom are still li\ing, namely: 
Mitchell X. Frisbee, of whom this sketch is 
written; Mrs. G. L. Bell, a resident of Wind- 
.sor, Broome County, N.Y.; and AI. Dwight 
Frisbee, of Binghamton. One daughter, An- 
gelia, died when forty years of age. 

Mitchell N. I-'risbcc was born in Dt-lhi. 
October 27, 1847, and educated in the Dela- 
ware Academy. Making his home with his 
parents, he then taught school for three terms. 
June I v 1873. he married Miss h'rances 
Clark, who was born November iS. 1S46, in 
Kortright on the farm purchased by Mr. I''ris- 
bee and at present occupied by his family. 
Miss Clark was the daughter of Joseph Clark, 
an early settler and prominent man of Kort- 
right, who married Jane Burdict, a descendant 
of one of the ]iioneer families ol tliat town. 



Josejih Clark died when sixty-three years of 
age, and liis wife has also jjassed away. Mr. 
and Mrs. I'risbee are the parents of two chil- 
dren - Clark |-"risbee and .Susan M. I-'risbec-. 
both of whom reside with their parents. 

Mr. I'"risbee first purchased the (dd home 
farm of two hundred an<l twenty acres where 
he was born; and there he resided for twelve 
years, selling it at the expirati<jn of that time, 
and buying his present home of six hundred 
acres. Five hundreil acres of this is cleared 
1;uk1, which is cultivated. Mr. Frisbee oper- 
ates a very extensive dair)', owning over one 
hundreil head of grade Jersey cattle. He is 
also engageil in stock and sheej) raising, giv- 
ing emi)loyment to fi\'e luen throughout the 
year. His farm is one of the very best in the 
town, and his residence a fine, commodious 
one. Mr. and Mrs. I'risboe are liberal in re- 
ligious views. Mr. I'risbee suppcjrts the Re- 
publican ]iartv, and has held the office of 
.Super\'isor for two terms. lie is a man of 
remarkable business qualifications, energetic, 
upright, and reliable, and enjoys the esteem 
of the communitv in which he dwells. 




IIOM.AS L. CRAIG, M.D., who has 
but recently established himself as a 
regular practitioner in the town of 
Daven]iort, after a thorough medical course of 
study and two years of valuable experience in 
the Baltimore I'niversity Hos])ital, is emi- 
nently fitted for the ])ractice of his ])rofession. 
He claims Delaware as the county of his 
birth, which occurred Ajiril 10, 1865, in the 
town of Harijcrsfield. lie is of Irish [larent- 
age, and the descendant of a well-known pio- 
neer family of this county. His grandfather, 
Thomas Craig, who was born and bred in Ire- 
land, and liwd there until after marriage, 
emigrating to this country in the early part of 
the present century, settled in the town of 
Meredith, Delaware County. He was accom- 
])anied bv his wife and little ones, and there 
took up a timber tract, from which by dint of 
persevering toil he develojjed a farm, on 
which he and his faithful companion lived to 
be quite aged people. They reared a family 
of six children: namely, John, Samuel, Rob- 
ert, Mattie. Margaret, and Jane. 



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Robert Craig, the third son, was born in 
Ireland, whence his parents came to America 
when he was eight years old. In the pioneer 
labor of clearing a homestead he was soon 
after strong enough to be of assistance; and 
he was thus engaged until twenty-one years of 
age, with the exxeption of the short time each 
year that he spent in school. Leaving home, 
he first worked out by the month ; then, 
marrying, he purchased a farm in Meredith, 
where he lived thirteen years. Selling this 
at a good advantage, he removed to Harpers- 
field, and, buying a farm, continued his agri- 
cultural labors until his early death, at the 
age of thirty-nine years. He was a hard- 
working man, and by his honest life and 
sound religious principles gained the good 
will and esteem of all who knew him. He 
was an active member of the United Presby- 
terian Church of North Kortright, to which 
his wife, Mary Adair Craig, also belonged. 

Mrs. Craig was born in this county, being 
one of five children of James Adair, a native 
of North Ireland, and his wife, who were for 
many years residents of Kortright. Of their 
union five children were born, namely: Sam- 
uel; James; Robert, a lawyer in Omaha, 
Neb.; Sarah E., deceased; and Thomas L. 
Mrs. Craig is still living, and makes her 
home with a brother in Harpersfield. 

The childhood and youth of Thomas L. 
Craig were spent on the farm, assisting in its 
work, and attending the district school until 
sixteen years of age. The following year he 
worked by the month, then spent two years in 
hard study at Walton Academy, fitting him- 
self for a teacher, a profession which he sub- 
sequently followed in Rloomville and other 
towns in the vicinity for some years. Having 
acquired sufficient means to defray his ex- 
penses, he then entered Baltimore College, and 
later the Baltimore University, from which 
he was graduated, with an honorable record, 
in 1892. Dr. Craig then spent two years in 
the hospital connected with the I'niversity, 
where he had an excellent opportunity to put 
into practice the knowledge he had acquired 
through his many years of hard study. He 
came to Davenport early in the present year, 
1894; and, judging from the success he has 
already met with in his professional labors, he 



bids fair soon to have an extensive and lucra- 
tive patronage. 

The marriage of Dr. Craig is an event so 
recent that he has not ceased to receive con- 
gratulations. On November 20, 1S94, he was 
united in the holy bonds of matrimony with 
Miss Addie Earle, Head Nurse of the Balti- 
more University Training School for Nurses. 
Mrs. Craig's parents were natives of England; 
but she was born in Baltimore, Md., and 
always lived in that city, with the exception 
of a few years that she spent in Berlin in a 
training school preparing for her profession. 
She is a communicant of the Episcopal 
church. Her father died about twenty-three 
years ago. Her mother is still living in Jial- 
timore. Mrs. Craig has two sisters and three 
brothers. Her eldest sister, Nellie, is mar- 
ried, and lives in Baltimore. The youngest 
sister is at home with her mother. The two 
elder brothers are in business in Chicago, 
while the youngest is a draughtsman in the 
Baltimore car-shops. In politics Dr. Craig 
supports the principles of the Republican 
party. Although a member of no religious 
organization, he has .been accustomed to at- 
tend the Presbyterian church. 



TT^APTAIN JAMES IRA WEBB, a 
I \y scarred and pensioned veteran of the 
^^Hs Grand Army, now engaged as a 

dealer in wagons and agricultural 
implements at Walton, Delaware County, 
N.Y., was bom in Delhi, N.Y., August 18, 
1837. He is of Scotch-Irish descent. His 
grandfather, Alanson H. Webb, who emi- 
grated from the north of Ireland about the 
year 1800, settling in Hobart, N.Y., was the 
father of three children: Josiah, father of 
Captain Webb; Cornelia, widow of John 
Wesley Hawkins, of Delhi, N.Y.; and 
James, deceased. Josiah Webb was born at 
Hobart in January, 1804. He was first mar- 
ried to Miss Hannah Bowen, of Meredith, the 
daughter of William and ICmma Bowen. The 
great-grandfather Bowen was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary War, as were also two of his 
sons. At the time the alarm came that New 
York was taken he was engaged in ploughing 
in the fields. He at once unyoked hjs tearr) 




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of oxen; and, his sons having taken all the 
firearms along with them, he hastily gathered 
together a few elothes, and, armetl with a 
pitchfork, started for the seat of war, where he 
remained for two years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Webb settled on a 
farm near Delhi, where six children were born 
to them, the youngest being James Ira. The 
others were the following: Hannah !■',. mar- 
ried Chester IC. Wellman, and settled in 
Laurens, Otsego County, where Mr. Wellman 
died. She is now a residerit of Morrice, 
Mich. Emma married Major 1".. II. Noyes. 
who was on the "Congress" at the time that 
vessel was sunk. He was Cajitain of one hun- 
dred and twenty marines, all of whom were 
aboard; and most of them perished. He was 
made Chief Commissary at h^ortress Monroe, 
with the rank of Major. Juliette married 
James A. Harvey, a wholesale liquor dealer 
of Sparta, Wis. Ruth Adaline married John 
Hastings, now deceased. Mrs. Hastings at 
the present time resides in Kansas City. I^r. 
Josiah Watson Webb went to Chicago, where 
he took up the study of medicine, graduating 
from the Bennett Medical College of that 
city. He began practice in Chicago, subse- 
quently going to Salt Lake City, where he 
lectured for one w'inter. Thence he went to 
Oakland, Cal., and there founded the Oakland 
Medical College. He died February 13, 1.S79, 
being at that time President of the college. 
His wife was an own cousin of Robert G. 
Insersoll. Mr. Webb's second marriage was 
to Miss I'nlly Krofft, by whom he had six 
children, namely: George, who enlisted in 
Company H of the One Hundred and I-'orty- 
fourth New York Volunteer Lifantry, serving 
with honor and distinction throughout the 
war, and died at Hornellsville, N.Y.: Mary, 
wife of Thomas Kane, of Susquehanna, I'a. : 
Elizabeth, wife of George Chulib, of Hor- 
nellsville: Aletta, of Atldison, X."\'., widow 
of L Morse; Arthur L., an engineer on the 
S. & I{. Railroad; and Charles, a conductor 
on Delaware Division Railroad. 

fames I. Webb, who lost his mother when 
he was about a year and a half old, resided 
with his father until he was fourteen years of 
age, and u]) to this period had never attended 
school. He now started out in the world 



alone. Having a sister at Laurens, he went 
there to live, working at any honest emjjloy- 
ment he could get, a portion of the time earn- 
ing only about three dollars per month. The 
winter he was seventeen years old he attended 
a district school, working for his board. He 
afterward spent two terms in the high school 
at Hancock. In 1858 he had attained the 
l^osition of Superintendent of the plank road 
between .Summit and Hancock. On the ist 
of May, 1861, he enlisteil in the Seventy-first 
New York Volunteer Infantry, Company I. 

Their first renilezvous was Staten Island, 
where they remained until after the battle of 
Hull Run. .Soon after that the regiment was 
called to Washington, D.C., where young 
Webb was made Orderly .Sergeant. He was 
sent on an expedition, in company with six- 
teen hundred men, to .Stafford's Court House, 
Va., and participated in the engagement of 
April 7, 1862. Thence he went to Fortress 
Monroe, and was there at the time of the fight 
between the "Merrimac" and the "Monitor." 
On the 1 2th of April he w^as promoted to the 
rank of Second Lieutenant. He was sent to 
take charge of a saw and grist mill near 
Cheeseman's Creek Landing, having under 
him thirty men who were engaged in sawing 
lumber for use in the fortification of York- 
town. He reported to his regiment on the 
night of the e\'acuation of that city. He was 
next sent to Williamsburg, and for a time 
was occupied in gathering up stragglers from 
the armv, being successful in picking up 
about three hundred, taking them to White 
Oak .Swamp' just as the engagement com- 
menced, and narrowly escaped being made 
jirisoner by General Jubal Early. He went 
thence to i''air Oaks, partici])ating with his 
com])an_\' in the desperate bayonet charge. 
While lying in the redoubt in front of the 
Twin House, he, in comijanv with Ccdonel 
H. L. Potter, resohed to find out the position 
of the rebels. .Starting forth on their jieril- 
ous undertaking, and coming to a large white 
oak, the Lieutenant climbed to the top, and. 
by the aid of a powerful glass, gathered much 
valuable information. The following day he 
and the Colonel again went out to recon- 
noitre; but, by the time the Lieutenant was 
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bullets Hew thick and fast around his head. 
He at once hurried down from his lofty posi- 
tion, and betook himself to safer quarters. 
He was next engaged in the seven days' fight, 
and at the second battle of Malvern Hill was 
made Adjutant. 

Arriving at Warrenton on August 27, 1862, 
he retired as Adjutant, and took command of 
his old company in the Seventy-first Regi- 
ment. He could rally only twenty-four men 
fit to enter into the engagement, and seven- 
teen out of this number were killed and 
wounded. He himself was twice hit, and 
carries one of the bullets in his side to this 
day. P'or meritorious service he was pro- 
moted to be Captain on September 12, 1S62, 
and was sent to the hospital at Washington, 
D.C. The following winter, to save his life 
it was thought best to send him to New York, 
under the care and charge of Surgeon-general 
Hammond. The following April he returned 
to Washington, out of money, and with no 
means of obtaining it, as he had never been 
mustered in as Captain of his company. At 
that time a special order had been issued dis- 
charging all officers and men who had not 
been in their companies for a certain length 
of time. This would have discharged Captain 
Webb; but, being desirous of remaining in 
the service, he wrote to Adjutant General 
Sprague, who advised him to go to his regi- 
ment. The General forwarding his commis- 
sion, he joined his regiment, where he was 
soon mustered in as Captain, and took com- 
mand of his company, although he was then 
carrying his arm in a sling. He was at the 
battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellors- 
ville, and was ranking Captain and acted as 
Lieutenant Colonel, his two companies being 
engaged at the front when the rebel general, 
Stonewall Jackson, fell. Captain Webb soon 
after resigned, with the rank of Brevet Major. 
He draws a pension for a gunshot wound of 
the right arm and shoulder. 

Captain Webb was married April 26, 1871, 
to Miss Florence M. Roff, a daughter of 
Lieutenant William II. Roff, of the Second 
New York Heavy Artillery, who received his 
death wound at Cold Harbor, dying in the 
hospital at Washington, D.C. After his 
marriage Captain Webb purchased a farm of 



four hundred and fifty acres. In October, 
1887, he came to Walton, where he has since 
been engaged in the sale of agricultural im- 
plements. Captain and Mrs. Webb have two 
children: b:tta J., barn June 12, 1874; and 
Ethel E., born February 15, 187S. 

In politics he is a stanch supporter of the 
Republican party, and served as a member on 
the Town Committee. He is a Director of 
the First National Bank of W'alton, and a 
member of the Financial Committee. He is 
a member of the Ben Marvin Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, No. 209, and has 
served as Adjutant, at the present time being 
Senior Vice-Commander. He is a member of 
Walton Lodge, No. 559, A. F. & A. M., and 
is also a member of She-hawken Chapter, No. 
258. He is a member of the Baptist church, 
and is Trustee and President of the Board, 
and is at present the President of the village. 

Captain Webb is a man of strong patriot- 
ism, and eager to promote the welfare of his 
country. He has always taken a deep interest 
in the affairs of the town, and has at all times 
exhibited an unwavering rectitude of charac- 
ter. A portrait of this true-hearted Ameri- 
can citizen, who fought and bled for the 
Union in its hour of peril, and has now ex- 
changed rifle and sword for ploughshares and 
harvesters, may be seen on another page. 



AMi;S S. WILSON, who was one of 
the youngest Union soldiers in the late 
war, was born in Delhi, Delaware 
County, April 25, 1847. His grand- 
father came to New York in the early days 
from Vermont, and had a son. Freeman Wil- 
son, who was born in Colchester, June 10, 
1812, and died July 12, 1862. Freeman 
Wilson was brought up on a farm, being one 
of a family of six; namely, Daniel, Freeman, 
William, Thomas, Sylvia A., and Adaline. 
He kept a store in Delhi, and was a success- 
ful business man. His wife, Eunice Page, 
who was born in 1812, and died September. 
13, 1856, was the mother of three sons — 
Daniel P., James S., and William H. Her 
father, Solomon Page, came from Vermont 
early in this century, and settled in Franklin 
on what is called "Page's Hill." His wife, 



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Irene, died l'~cbniary 14, 184S, aged sixtv- 
nine years, leavini; the following family: 
John, Horace, llirani. Ralph, Solomon, 
Laura, I.etitia, Miranda, Marcia, luuiice. 
Mr. Pago was a carpentei': he passed iiis last 
days in L'nadilla. 

James S. Wilson, second son of l'"rei.'nian 
and luinice, when live years old came to 
Trout Creek, receiving there the ordinary 
education of that time. .\t the outbreak of 
the Southern Rebellion he had not seen his 
fourteenth birthday, but he was none the K'ss 
shortlv tired with patriotic zeal and military 
artlor. When the Mightv-seventh Regiment 
was being recruiteil at hdiiiira. he, with four 
other boys, ran away from home, and at- 
tempted to enlist: but the ol'ficer in charge re- 
fused to accept him on account of his youth. 
His determination, however, was strong: 
and, through the inter\enlion of Llder Co\'ey, 
Chaplain of the (^)ne Hundred antl l-"irst New 
York State \"olunteers at Hancock, he suc- 
ceeded in enlisting in Company 1), late in 
1S61. This company was consolidated with 
five companies from Syracuse, and proceedeil 
to Calaroma Heights. Washington, thence by 
transport to White House Landing, Va., in 
the spring of 1862. Private Wilson was first 
put under fire at Fair Oaks, and for seven 
days was in the fight before Richmond. 
Afterward he participated in the engagements 
at Savage Station, Ream's Station, Charles 
City Cross-roads, Harrison's Landing. Mal- 
vern Hill, Vorktown, whence he went b\' 
transportation to Alexandria, marching then 
to Warrington Junction, then to Bull Run for 
the second battle there. (~)n the following 
day the company was ordered to Chant illy. 
In the darkness they came u])on the enemy 
before they knew it; and, at the same time 
that General Kearny received his death 
wounds, Mr. Wilson was shot, barely cscajj- 
ing with his life. Not a commissioned officer 
was left, and scarcely seventy-five out of the 
whole regiment remained to tell of the 
slaughter. These were then consolidated 
with the Thirty-seventh New York State Yol- 
unteers. In the night of September i, dur- 
ing a heavy thunder-storm, the troops were 
drawn up in line of battle. While engageti, 
and after firing over twenty rounds of car- 



tridi;es, Mr. Wilson was struck b\' a musket- 
ball, wiiich lodged in his right side, and 
would probably have ended his life had its 
course not been checked by a rubl)er blanket 
which was slung over his shouldei'. lie was 
carried to the rear, when (icneral Hurney 
ordered his comrades to the front again; and 
he crawled under a large beech-tree, which 
was riddled with bullets, and lay there till 
his comrades, one of whom was John C. Has- 
kins, of Tomiikins, were released frf)ni duty 
after the battle, and he was then taken to a 
barn and received medical attention. When 
the ball w;is t;iken out, a piece of the blanket 
was tound on the back of it in the wountl. 
In tlu' morning thev were taken prisoners, 
paroled, and after se\en days the ambu- 
lances came and tocjk them to Washington. 
Mr. Wilson was at Douglas Hospital for three 
months, and was then ordi'red to Annapolis. 
Before going there, howe\er, he went home, 
staying two months, and then re[5orting at 
Klmira, whence he went to Annapolis, and 
joined the Thirtv-seventh Now \'ork State 
\'olunteeis. He afterward was present at 
I'almouth, I'redericksburg, and Chancellors- 
ville. Being taken sick after the last battle, 
he was sent to Alexandria; and after his re- 
covery, the ThirtN-seventh being mustered 
out, lie was transferred to the I'ortieth at 
Brandy -Station. With them he was at Mine 
Run, after which his regiment re-enlisted, 
and he with them, and then came home on a 
furhiugh. .After thirtv davs he returned to 
Branch' Station, ami was in the battles of 
the Wilderness, .Spottsylvania, ("old Harbor, 
North Anna, Petersburg, Deep liottom, and 
Weldon. There was now continuous fighting 
until Lees surrender, and Mr. Wilson never 
missed a battle or skirmish in which his regi- 
ment took part. After the surrender he 
marchet! witli the rest to Washington, where 
the troo[)s were reviewed; and he was mus- 
tered out in July, 1865. after four years of 
continuous service. 

After the war Mr. Wilson came to Trout 
Creek, anil engaged in various business vent- 
ures. He was at first proprietor, in company 
with his brother Daniel, of the hotel which he 
now carries on. Buying out his brother, he 
then successively traded the iiotel for a farm, 



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Wilson married 

of William and 

William Austin 



and the farm for a grist-mill, starting his 
younger brother in the hotel business in 
Masonville. He next bought a saw-mill, 
which he carried on with Daniel for eight 
years, then worked it alone for two years, and 
finally sold it to L. L. Teed, trading his 
grist-mill for a farm in Aroostook County, 
Maine. Selling the farm, he bought a hotel 
in Unadilla, and after three years bought an- 
other in New Berlin, which he sold, and 
bought one in Sidney. This he sold inside 
of a week, and leased the Ouguaga House at 
Deposit. After a time he sold his lease and 
his furniture, and, removing to Roxbury, went 
into the livery business. A year later he 
went to Middleburg, Schoharie County, lived 
there two and one-half years, and then re- 
turned to Trout Creek, and bought the hotel 
he first owned, and which he now runs in con- 
nection with his other business of buying and 
selling cattle. 

On June 15, 1871, Mr. 
Deborah Austin, daughter 
Harriet (Darling) Austin, 
was born in Middletovvn, Delaware County. 
His great-grandfather was Pardon Austin, of 
Putnam County, who cleared a tract of land 
on the Delaware River, and erected a log 
cabin. He and Alden Peckham were the first 
settlers in this district, and they kept their 
sheep and cows close to their cabins to protect 
them from the wolves which infested the 
neighborhood. One night, as Peckham was 
leaving the Austin farm for his own, two 
miles distant, he heard the screech of a 
panther, and only saved his own life by rais- 
ing his gun quickly and shooting the animal. 
Experiences of this kind were common occur- 
rences; and Great-grandmother Austin, who 
was Rhoda Stanton, of Dutchess County, had 
to be continually on her guard against the 
wild animals, who made frequent visits upon 
her in her doorless cabin. It is related of her 
that once, when her husband was on a four 
days' journey to the nearest market, she was 
attacked by wolves in great numbers, and all 
night long fought them off with blazing 
brands from the fire, and was well-nigh ex- 
hausted when help arrived. Pardon Austin 
started the first tannery in that section; and 
the farm in Middletown is still in the family. 



always descending to the youngest child. 
Alexander Austin, son of Pardon and Rhoda, 
was one of ten children, and worked on the 
home farm, going forty-five miles to the near- 
est market, carrying with him the cloth which 
his wife had spun from the flax and wool of 
their own raising. His wife was Deborah 
Dean, of Middletovvn. Their children were 
Alfred, William, Adaline, Henry, Theopho- 
lis, Julia, Clarinda, Huldah, and Polly. 

William Austin, father of Mrs. Wilson, 
came to Trout Creek when young, and built 
the house now occupied by Mr. Wilson as a 
hotel ; and there he kept the first store of the 
village. He married Harriet Darling, daugh- 
ter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Drake) Dar- 
ling, of Broome, Schoharie County. Joseph 
Darling, her grandfather, and his wife, Abi- 
gail Bull, were natives of Blenheim; and he 
was a blacksmith and farmer. Jeremiah was 
at one time a schoolmaster. He spent his 
last days in Trout Creek, and left the follow- 
ing children: Harriet, Aaron, Moses, An- 
drew, Charles, Elizabeth, and Mary. The 
Drake family came from Massachusetts early 
in the century. Joshua Drake, great-grand- 
father of Mrs. Wilson, was a soldier in the 
War of 1 81 2. He settled at Harpersfield, and 
later in Loomis. William Austin after his 
marriage went to Canada, and engaged in 
horse-trading, and, returning, first bought a 
farm on Knickerbocker Hill, and then bought 
the one where he now lives, the L. L. Teed 
place. He had three children — Deborah, 
George H., and Bessie. 

Deborah, wife of James S. Wilson, was born 
at Osbrook, Canada, in 1S53, and was educated 
at Trout Creek. She is the mother of four 
children: Eunice L., born January 27, 1872, 
who married Roma Wakeman, a farmer in 
Walton; William A., born July 29, 1873; 
Hattie L., born August 17, 1876; Florence 
H., born F"ebruary 27, 1878. 

James S. Wilson has a large circle of 
friends and acquaintances, who look to him 
with the respect due to a man of his character, 
a citizen that so nobly served his country in 
the time of its greatest need. His brother 
Daniel is a farmer in Tompkins; and William 
is a prominent citizen of Masonville, having 
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l.l.IAM j. THOMPSON, ;i repre- 
sentative farmer of the town of 
Delhi, has a fine estate of two hun- 
dred and seventy acres lying on the Little 
Delaware, which, with its handsome resi- 
dence, commodious harn, and other suitahle 
out-buildings, constitutes one of the most at- 
tractive homesteads in this part of Delaware 
County. Mr. Thompson was born on April 
6, 1856, in Middletown in this county. He 
comes of stanch Scotch ancestry, his father, 
James M. Thompson, having been born and 
bred among the (Irampian Hills, in Perth- 
shire, -Scotland. He was a farmer by occupa- 
tion, and resided for thirty years in the land 
which gave him birth. Being then desirous 
of bettering his financial condition, he sailed 
for America, a country of great possibilities 
for- a poor man, and after his arrival came 
directlv to this jiart of the Empire State, set- 
tling in Mitldletown. He bought a tract of 
forest land, and for twenty years he was en- 
gaged in its improvement. Then, selling 
that property, he came to Delhi, where he 
purchased the farm now owned and occupied 
by his son William, and resided here until his 
departure from this life, at the age of seventy- 
two years. 

He was twice married. His first wife, 
Rachel Cairns, daughter of William Cairns, a 
life-long resident of Roxburyshire, Scotland, 
lived but a short time after her marriage, 
dying in the land of her birth, antl leaving 
one son, John M. Thomi-ison. Her sister, 
Beatrice Cairns, became his second wile, their 
nuptials being celebrated in Scotland: and of 
their union were born five children, three 
daughters and two sons. Betsey, the eldest, 
is the widow of William Thompson, a farmer, 
and resides in Delhi. Jessie, who married 
William Aiken, lives in Andes. Annie mar- 
ried Robert Blair, of Delhi. The sons are 
William J. and Melville hi. Thompson, lioth 
the father and mother were respected members 
of the Presbyterian church, having made a 
public profession of their faith while in Scot- 
land, and from the Perthshire church bringing 
letters to the church in Middletown, and 
afterward being received into the church at 
Delhi by letter. 

William J. Thompson received a good prac- 



tical education in the days of his xouth, and 
from his earliest remembrance lias i)een en- 
gaged in agricultural labor. L'ntil twenty- 
four years of age he assisted his father in 
clearing and tilling the old home farm, antl 
then in company with his brother bought the 
entire property. After taking possession, the 
brothers at once began making extensive 
improvements, both in the land and buildings, 
erecting a large and convenient barn, sixty- 
four feet by forty-six feet, and thirty-three 
feet in height, besides other buildings need- 
ful for their increased work. They enlarged 
their dairy from twenty-three cows t(j sixty, 
and in addition thereto keep forty head of 
young stock and six fine horses. His cows 
are Jersey grades, which produce large quanti- 
ties of rich milk; and this is sent direct to 
New Yoik City. Five years ago the partner- 
shi]) between the brothers was dissolved; and 
since that time Mr. William Thompson has 
continued the business alone, meeting with 
the same success as in ])revious <lays. He is 
a thorough business man and agriculturist, 
honest and upright in all of his transactions, 
antl fully entitled to the higli res[)ect accorded 
him by all. 

Mr. Thomjjson was married November i, 
1884, to Isabella J. Mabel, a grand-daughter 
of Robert Mabel, one of Delaware County's 
most honored pioneers, who emigrated from 
Scotland with a large family in 1822, and set- 
tled in Delhi. He bought a farm on the 
Little Delaware, and there he and his good 
wife s]K'nt their remaining years. They 
reared a family of five children — Robert. 
James, Alexander, Jeannette, and Mary. The 
third son. Alexander Mabel, was the father of 
Mrs. Thomjison. He was bred to a farmer's 
life, and became one of the influential men of 
this part of the county, holding many of the 
local offices of the town, and also of the Agri- 
cultural Society of the county. He married 
Isabella .Middlemas: and they became the 
parents ot seven children, as follows: 
Thomas, a ranchman, resides in California; 
Robert A., a farmer, lives in Delhi; James 
D., a farmer, lives on the old homestead; 
Samuel W.. deceased; Isabella J., Mrs. 
Thompson; Agnes, the wife of Charles Mc- 
Gregor; and Lizzie, who lives on the old 



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homestead with her brother James. Mr. and 
Mrs. Mabel spent the first forty years of their 
married life on the old homestead, but subse- 
quently removed to a farm in the town, where 
they spent their last years. 

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson has 
been brightened by the birth of two smart and 
active boys — Edward H. and .Samuel W. 
Politically, Mr. Thompson is a steadfast 
Republican; and, although no aspirant for 
official honors, he takes a warm interest in 
local affairs. The pleasant home of the fam- 
ily is the resort of a host of friends, whom 
they delight to entertain. 




RV W. HOLMES, Postmaster 
ind Justice of the Peace in the town 



of Hamden, is a resident of De 
Lancey and a citizen of high standing 
in Delaware County. He was born in Delhi, 
June 14, 1859, but has resided in DeLancey 
since the age of one year. He was educated 
in the public school of DeLancey and at Dela- 
ware Academy at Delhi, which he attended 
during the years 1876, 1877, and 1878. He 
commenced teaching at the age of seventeen, 
and for eleven years pursued that vocation, 
being employed in all the larger public 
schools in the towns of Hamden and Delhi. 
In 1887 he was elected to the ofhce of Justice 
of the Peace, and, at the expiration of his term 
in 1891, was re-elected, and still holds that 
office, doing a large share of the justice court 
business of the town. 

In 1892 he was appointed Postmaster at 
DeLancey by the Harrison administration, 
and, although an ardent Republican, has not 
been removed by the Cleveland administration. 
He was one of fourteen postmasters out of 
ninety-six in Delaware County whose conduct 
of their offices was, after an examination b\' 
special inspectors in 1893, officially declared 
by the Postmaster-General to be excellent or 
first-class. He was United .States Census 
Enumerator in 1880, and again in 1890, tak- 
ing the census of the entire town each time, 
being the first enumerator in Delaware County 
to receive his compensation in 1890, and 
being honored with a special letter of com- 
mendation from the superintendent of the 



census for the eflficiency and accuracy of his 
work. 

For the past six years Mr. Holmes has been 
a regularly employed correspondent for vari- 
ous local papers, and has written during that 
time an immense amount of local, general, 
and editorial matter. He is at present on the 
staff of the Delaware Express, publisiied at 
Delhi, N.Y. 

Mr. Holmes is an only son. His father, 
Henry Holmes, a native of Paisley, Scotland, 
came to this country in 1829, at the age of 
nine years, and settled in Holmes Hollow in 
Delhi, where he resided till his removal to 
DeLancey. In 1850 he married Lucinda 
Peake, a grand-daughter of Roswell Peake, one 
of the early pioneers. At the time of her mar- 
riage Miss Peake was a popular school-teacher, 
and she still takes an active interest in educa- 
tional affairs. Mr. Holmes, the senior, was a 
lumberman and farmer in Holmes Hollow, own- 
ing a saw-mill, manufacturing his own lumber, 
and rafting it down the Delaware River to 
Philadelphia every spring. After selling his 
farm and removing to DeLancey, he continued 
his lumbering business until about 1873, when 
the dejjletion of the hemlock forests put an 
end to that industry in this vicinity. He has 
ever been prominent in public affairs, and has 
held almost every town office from Supervisor 
down to Inspector of Elections, and was Post- 
master at DeLancey from 1889 until 1892, 
when he resigned because of failing health. 




,ISS LAI RA GAY, a retired 
teacher of the town of Walton, 
who was for the last six years of 
her life an efficient member of 
the Board of Education, died here a short 
time since, July 28, 1894, deeply lamented 
bv a large circle of friends. She was one of 
the early graduates of Vassar College, of the 
class of June 20, 1869; and, possessing much 
native force of character, her influence as a 
woman of culture was widely felt. In relig- 
ion she was an Episcopalian. Miss Gay was 
the daughter of David Hyde and Susan (Gar- 
diner) Gay, and a grand-daughter of William 
Gay, who was a pioneer settler on the banks 
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The progenitor of the family in America was 
John Ciay, who came o\er in the ship "Mary 
and John," landini;- in Boston in 1630, and 
first settling in W^atertown, Mass., but be- 
coming a founder of the neighboring town of 
Dedham before 1636. He died there, on 
March 4, 1688 (the very year when William 
of Orange and Mary Stuart w'cre jointly estab- 
lished on the I'Lnglish throne), his wife Jo- 
anna surviving till August 14, 1691. Among 
their ten children was one Samuel, born in 
Dedham, March 10. 1639, married to Mary 
Bridge, November 23, 1661, and died in his 
native place on April 5, 171 8, aged seventy- 
nine, two days after the death of his wife, 
with whom he had lived happily for fifty-six 
years, rearing five sons and three daughters. 
Their third son was John, born June 25, 1668. 
He married Mary Fisher, of Dedham, on May 
24, 1692, and died on the first day of June, 
1758, aged ninety, having outlived by a dec- 
ade his wife, who tiled May 18, 1748, having 
borne seven children. John, Jr., their second 
son, was born in Dedham on July 8, 1699, 
and died in Sharon, Conn., on August 6, 
1792, aged ninety-three, having lived through 
the Revolution, which began when he was six 
years past his threescore and ten, too old to 
take part in the patriotic contest. His wife 
was Lydia Culver. They were married in 
1721, and reared eleven children. 

This brings us to their son, Colonel Eben- 
ezer Gay, born in Litchfield, Conn., on the 
day after Christmas, 1725. He was twenty- 
five years old when he came to Sharon, and 
married Anna Cole, who bore him four sons 
and two daughters. The Colonel was a mill- 
tia ofificer, and served in the Revolution with 
distinguished bravery at Danbury and other 
places. He died at Sharon, July 16, 1781, at 
the age of fifty-six; and his resting-place is ; 
marked by a headstone, now one hundred and 
seven years old. Colonel Ebenezer had a 
son, David Gay, born March 24, 1756, who 
married Keziah Merchant, and reared two sons 
and one daughter. One of these, William , 
Gay. who was born in Sharon on September 
21, 1776, came to Walton in 1804, and settled 
on a farm on East Brook. He married Anna 
Seymour; and their son, David Hyde Gay, 
was born in 181 5. William Gay died on 



March 25, 1854, just nine days after the death 
of his wife. 

David Hyde Gay was the only son of his 
parents living to maturity, one other son hav- 
ing died young; and of his sisters only one 
outli\ed him, Ann, who became Mrs. William 
Henry Eells, of Walton. Like his father and 
sisters he was a teacher in early life, and 
later he was a merchant for thirty years. He 
inherited property from his parents, and also 
received it through his wife. His death oc- 
curred in Walton on October 14, 1893, at 
the age of seventy-eight years and two 
months. Though no politician, he was a de- 
cided patriot, being a war Democrat. For 
over half a century Mr. Gay was connected 
with the Episcopal church, and was for a 
quarter-century Senior Warden of the parish. 
He was a liberal supporter of educational in- 
stitutions; and, being a thoughtful and care- 
ful reader, he collected a fine library, 
including the ninth edition of the lincyclo- 
pieilia Britannica. 

The wife of David H. Gay was Susan Gar- 
diner, the third daughter of Jetur and Susanna 
(Johnson) Gardiner, and was born on the old 
family farm, on the west branch of the Dela- 
ware River, January 4, 181 1, four years before 
her husband. They were married October 21, 
1839; and she died June 12, 1887, aged 
seventy-six, six years before her husband, 
with whom she had lived forty-eight years. 
Her father, Jetur Gardiner, died in Walton, 
November 11, 181 i, of pleurisy, before she 
was a year old. He was descendetl in the 
seventh generation from Lion Gardiner, of 
Gardiner's Island, off the east end of Long 
Lsland. The place was known as "Gardi- 
ner's Manor," and Lion Gardiner was called 
the Lord of the manor. In the early part of 
the seventeenth century he was in Holland in 
military service with William of Orange. 
On July 10, 1635, he took his bride to Lon- 
don, and on August 16 sailed for New Eng- 
land, arriving on November 28. At first, 
under the commission of Lords Say and 
Brook, he built a fort at the mouth of the 
Connecticut River, called Saybrook, where he 
remained four years. There was born his 
son. David Gardiner. April 29, 1636, the first 
white child born in the Connecticut colony, 



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though he afterward had two sisters. On the 
death of his mother in 1665, David Gardiner 
became proprietor of the island. He married 
Mary Leringman, and died in Hartford on 
July 10, 1689, very suddenly, while attending 
the General Assembly. One of his descend- 
ants, another David, was born in 1705, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Wickham in 1725, and died in 
South tlole, L.I., March 2, 1743, leaving 
four children. John Gardiner, son of the sec- 
ond David, was born in 1727, married Mary 
Reaves in 1749, and died in 1795. In the 
si.vth generation from Lion (Gardiner was 
John's son, a third David Gardiner, who was 
born September 11, 1750, married Jerusha 
Strong, August 3, 1771, and died at South 
Hole in 1784, after which, in 1799, his widow 
moved to Walton with her oldest son, Jetur, 
and there died, aged ninety-four, in Decem- 
ber, 1843. 

The father of Mrs. Jetur Gardiner, Laura 
Gay's great-grandfather, was Captain Samuel 
Johnson, a Revolutionary soldier, who came 
to Walton from the village of Northeast, 
Dutchess County, April 17, 1787, with his 
wife, Sarah Pennoyer, and ten chidren, three 
more being born after their arrival. In all 
there were seven boys and six girls, with the 
following alliterative names: Sabra; Siles; 
Solomon; Sylvia; Samuel; Sarah; Shubael ; 
Schuyler; Simeon; Susanna, who became 
Mrs. Gardiner; Sybil; Sylvester; and Susan 
Elizabeth. Well it is said by Lord Bacon: 
" It is a revered thing to see an ancient 
castle not in decay; how much more to be- 
hold an ancient family which have stood 
against the waves and weathers of time I " 




'MITH W. REED, M.D., is among 
the best-known residents of the vil- 
lage of Margarettville, in the town of 
Middletown, where he has for many 
years pursued his profession, alike with profit 
to himself and benefit to others. His grand- 
father, William Reed, came from New Eng- 
land, and settled in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess 
County, where he bought a farm, upon which 
he worked as a pioneer. He served in the 
War of 1812, was a Democrat in politics, and 
lived to be eighty-five. His eight children 



were Oliver, William, Amos, Aaron, Eben- 
ezer, Henry, Lydia, and Esther Reed. 

Oliver Reed, William's eldest son, was 
born in New London, Conn. He came early 
to Delaware County, and hired a farm in Ro.x- 
bury, where he married Eunice Dulong, 
daughter of John Dulong, a Delaware County 
farmer, who lived till the latter part of the 
nineteenth century. During the War of 
18 12 Oliver Reed did military duty for three 
months at Sackett's Harbor. Later he re- 
moved to Cortland County, where he died at 
the age of eighty-four, his wife living to be 
three years older. Both were members of the 
Presbyterian church. He was at first a Dem- 
ocrat, but later became a Republican. They 
had a large family of thirteen children, ten 
living to maturity. Esther Reed married a 
farmer named Abram Blumberg, and had four 
children. William Reed died in our Civil 
War, fighting bravely in the One Hundred 
and Sixty-fifth New York Regiment of Vol- 
unteers. John Dulong Reed lives with his 
family in Michigan. Aaron D. Reed became 
a physician, married Marian Hubbell, and 
died in Cortland County, New York, leaving 
two children. Lydia Reed married Peter 
Baljea, lives in Cortland County, and has two 
children. Phebe Reed is the wife of Loren 
Cole, a Michigan farmer. Dr. S. W. Reed is 
the subject of this sketch. Polly Reed is 
married to Chapman Grinnell, a Tompkins 
County farmer. Orin C. Reed married Mary 
Ann Russell, and was killed in the Rebellion 
of 1861-65, leaving one child. Sherman S. 
Reed married Miss Fanny Pierce, and lives in 
Tioga County. 

Smith W. Reed was born in Roxbury, 
June 21, 1830. He was educated in the Rox- 
bury common schools, and in the Delaware 
Institute at P"ranklin. In the fall of 1850, 
when twenty years of age, he came to Margar- 
ettville, in order to study medicine with his 
elder brother Aaron, and subsequently received 
a diploma at the Vermont Medical College in 
1854. After practising in the same town 
with his brother for a year, the young man 
went to the. town of Liberty in Sullivan 
County, but did not stay there long, for he 
found a stronger attraction in his old field, 
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known; and there he has ever since remained, 
having the largest practice in the neighbor- 
hood. In 1S90 he opened a drug store, one 
of the finest business places in the village; 
and in 1867 lie built a very large house on 
Walnut Street, where he has since resided. 
In fact, he built this residence in consequence 
of his marriage, which had taken place in 
1865. The bride was Harriett A. Diunond; 
but, she dying at the early age of nineteen, 
the Doctor was again married, the bride being 
Frances A. Dumond, an aunt of his first wife, 
and the daughter of Cornelius and Sylvia 
(Wood) Dumond. Of this union have come 
four children, namely: Harriett Amanila 
Reed, who died young; Randolph R. Reed, 
Emma Dumond Reed, and Smith W. Keed, 
Jr., who are all at home. The doctor is a 
Democrat, and has thirteen times filled the 
office of Supervisor of the town. 

The present Mrs. Reed was born December 
8, 1846. Her grandfather was Egnos Du- 
mond; and from him the genealogy runs back 
lineally through Peter, Egnos, and John, to 
Waldron Dumond, a native of France, who 
was exiled in the religious troubles, and mar- 
ried his wife in Hollantl. At first the name 
was spelled de Mont, then Du .Mond. and 
finally Dumond. WaUlron Dumond settled 
on Long Island as a farmer. His first ap- 
pearance in the records was on March 28, 
1660, as a soldier in Netherlandish service, 
in the company of his noble honor, the Direc- 
tor-General, Peter Stuyvesant, then stationed 
at lisopus (Kingston), N.V. Waldron was 
one of the Military Council, December i, 1663. 
On January 13, 1664, he married Margaret 
Hendrix, widow of Arentsen Hendrix. His 
son John married Nelltye Van Vegden. 
I'^gnos, son of John, married No\ember 13, 
1725, Catherine Schuyler, daughter of David 
Schuyler and Eliza Rutgers. David Schuyler 
was Mayor of Albany in 1706 and 1707. His 
son Peter, born about 1730, married Elsie 
\'an Waggenen. Their son, Egnos Dumond, 
was born in Shandaken village, and married 
Harriett Winnie. Their children were Will- 
iam. Egnos, James, Cornelius, Christian, 
Abraham, Harriet, .Mary, .Sally, and Anna. 
The parents were among the early settlers of 
New Kingston, Mr. Egnos Dumond receiving 

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a tract of land in recompense for his Kingston 
house burned during the Rev(;lution, in which 
he patriotically fought. Hoth he and his wife 
lived to a good old age in Middletown, and 
belonged to the Dutch Reformed church. 

Cornelius Dumond was born in .Shandaken, 
came with his father lignos to Delaware 
County, and settled in New Kingston, where 
he bought a new farm of three hundred acres. 
His first wife was born in New Kingston. 
Her name was Mary Vaple, and she bore 
eight children: Harriett, Jane, John Yai)le, 
Catherine, Mary, Phebe, Prudence, and Mi- 
nerva Dumond. After her death, in middle 
life, he was again married to Sylvia Wood, 
daughter of Christian Wood, by whom he had 
one child, Frances A. Dumond, who became, 
as mentioned above, the second wife of Dr. 
Reed. Mr. Dumond continued nearly all his 
life on the farm now owned by John T. Archi- 
bakl. He built first a log cabin, and then a 
frame house in place of the old building. He 
lived to be eighty-two, but his wife died ten 
years younger. In politics he was a Demo- 
crat, and both husband and wife were Presby- 
terians. Among their children still living 
are Jane, Mary, Catherine, and Prudence. 
Harriett Dumond married W. Sanford. and, 
dying, left five children. Jane Dumond mar- 
ried William Reynolds, and had ten children. 
John Yaple Dumond married Priscilla Hilton, 
and had six children. Catherine Dumond 
married Cornelius Vansiclen, and had nine 
children. Mary Dumond married William 
Palmateer, and had ten children. Phebe Du- 
mond married Caleb Travis, and had three 
chihlren. Prudence Dumond married Charles 
Macomber, and had ten children. .Minerva 
Dumond married Peter F. Swart, and had six 
children. Both Doctor and Mrs. Reed have 
rea.son to be proud of their progenitors. The 
great English physician. Sir Benjamin Brodie, 
has well said, and it is a sentiment embodied 
in such lives as are commemorated in this 
sketch : — 

"Nothing in this world is so good as use- 
fulness. It binds your fellow-creatures to 
you. and you to them: it tends to the im- 
provement of your own character, and it gives 
you a real importance in society, much beyond 
what anv artificial station can bestow." 



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lent farm which he 
Major Butts farm, 
of twelve children, 
ters, only one of 



RSON J. BUTTS, the enterprising 
proprietor of an extensive milk farm 
in the south part of Kortright, N.Y., 
was born in this town on December 
21, 1845, son of Jeremiah and Emma (Dart) 
Butts. His eminent ancestor. Major Jere- 
miah Butts, was also a native of Delaware 
County, the family being among the early set- 
tlers of Kortright. The Major, after an early 
life spent on the farm, became an officer in 
the War of 18 12, and afterward was promi- 
nent in the affairs of the town. The excel- 
owned was known as the 
Here he reared a family 
five sons and seven daugh- 
whom is now living — 
Mrs. Loranda Barlow, of Binghamton. Major 
Butts spent his last days on his farm, dying 
at the age of eighty-four; and his wife, who 
was Beulah Sheldon, of Dutchess County, 
died at the same place at the age of seventy- 
eight. They were members of the Baptist 
church, and he was a Democrat. The grand- 
father of Orson J. Butts was Wilson Butts, 
who spent most of his life in Kortright, hav- 
ing come from Harpersfield, where he first 
settled. He was a hard-working farmer, and 
one whose success was due to his own efforts. 
His first wife, Lucy Smith, died at the age of 
thirty-six, leaving five children, the only one 
now surviving being Mrs. Mariette Banks, 
wife of Henry D. Banks, of Kortright. Wil- 
son Butts afterward married Amy Reynolds, 
by whom he had two children, the one now 
living being Mrs. Candace S. Murdock, wife 
of Matthew Murdock, of Kortright Centre. 
Wilson Butts was a member of the Baptist 
church. When he died, he had attained the 
age of sixty-seven years. 

Jeremiah, father of Orson J. Butts, located 
himself in 1835 on the farm now owned by 
his son, and here followed farming all his 
life. The farm consisted at first of sixty 
acres; but by industrious application and 
good management he became so prosperous 
that he was able at the time of his death 
in 1880, at the age of sixty-five, to see 
double this number in his possession. He 
was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church at Bloomville, and in politics a Demo- 
crat, and was a prominent man in town affairs, 



being for many years Assessor. His wife, 
Emma Dart, died at the age of fifty, having 
been the mother of five children, namely: 
Wilson W., of Goshen, Ind. ; Orson J.; Ovid 
L. ; Lucy Ann; and Robert J. Ovid L. was 
a prominent and successful physician of 
Bloomville, where he died in 1876, aged 
thirty-six, leaving a wife and one child who 
survived him but one year. Lucy Ann died 
at twenty-one. Robert J. died in 1856, when 
but eight years old. 

Orson J. Butts was educated at the district 
school and at Stamford and Delhi Academies. 
He taught school some twelve terms and then, 
in 1875, bought the farm on which he now 
lives, consisting at first of one hundred and 
eighty acres, and comprising now about three 
hundred acres. He has about sixty cattle, 
Jersey grades, and sells his milk, the amount 
produced in 1893 being about three thousand 
four hundred cans. He has also given some 
attention to horse-raising, in which, as in his 
dairying, he has been very successful. 

On July I, 1875, Mr. Butts married Anna 
E. Eells, daughter of Deacon Horace D. 
Eells, a resident of L^nadilla, a mention of 
whom may be found in the "Otsego County 
Biographical Review." She is a member of 
the Presbyterian church at Unadila. Mr. and 
Mrs. Butts have no children. Mr. Butts is a 
libera] Democrat, but has never taken an 
active part in politics. His excellent farm is 
a model of thrift and neatness, his fine build- 
ings and latest modern improvements showing 
the care and pride of its owner. He is one of 
the leading farmers of this part of the town, 
and a man who is held in much respect. 




,HARLES H. VERRILL, A.M., 
Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, 
Civics, and Methods, has been 
Principal of the Delaware Literary 
Institute at F"ranklin for the past seventeen 
years, and has ably discharged the duties de- 
volving upon him in this responsible position, 
gaining a wide and enviable reputation as an 
educator. He is a native of Massachusetts, 
having been born in 1837 in Dorchester, then 
a suburb of Boston, but now included within 
its limits. His ancestry is English, and is 



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traced to Captain Samuel X'crrill who sailed 
from England in the seventeenth century, and 
landed at Cajjc Cod, Mass. His father hav- 
ing- tlied wiien he was young, he li\ed with 
his uncle, Alden ]. Verrill. He hecame an 
inmate C)f his home in Aulnun, IMe., living 
with him eleven years. 

At the age of fifteen years, he entered a 
shoe-shop to learn the trade, and serveil an 
apprenticeship. l)in-ing this time Professor 
Verrill, who was an ambitious student, at- ! 
tended school three months, anil taught school 
one term. Leaving the shoe-shop, he fitted 
himself for college at the I.ewiston Falls 
Academy, and at the Maine State Seminary of 
Lewiston, matriculating at Bowdoin College 
in 1858, and being graduated from that insti- j 
tution in 1862. Professor Verrill began his 
professional labors very soon after, holding 
the principalship of the P'ast Corinth Acad- 
emy in Maine t\>r three years. He subse- 
quently became Professor of Mathematics at 
the Pennsylvania State Normal School at 
Mansfield, remaining there until 1869 as one 
of its corps of instructors, and the following 
eight years occu])ied the position of Princijial 
of that school. In 1877 he was elected Prin- ; 
cipal of the Delaware Literary Institute, 
Franklin, N.Y., an office for which his talents 
and fine scholarly attainments eminently qual- 
ify him, and in which he is giving universal 
satisfaction. As an active member and 
worker in the teachers" associations of Penn- 
sylvania and New- York, and as an instructor 
in teachers' institutes for the past twenty-five 
years, he has gained a great popularity and 
distinction, his scholarship, affability, and 
enthusiasm being among the elements of his 
success. 

On May 3. 1871. Dr. Verrill was married 
to Miss ICmma J. Shattuck, of Hlossburg, Pa. 
She is a daughter of the late Levi II. and 
.Sarah (Pack) Shattuck, and is a woman of 
culture and many accomplishments, having 
been educated at the Mount Holyoke Semi- 
nary, in Massachusetts. Of the children who 
have been born into their household, two have 
been taken from earth: Arthur, a babe of five 
months; and Howard, a bright and promising 
boy of eight and one-half years. The two 
older children are now living: Henry Shat- 



tuck V^errill, born October 12, 1872; and 
Sarah .Shattuck W-rrill, a young lady <ii nine- 
teen years. Henry was graduated from Dela- 
ware Literary Institute in the class of 1888 
and from Hamilton College in tlie class of 
1892, and is now Professor of Rhetoric and 
Literature at Park College in Parkvillc, Mo. 
.Sarah, who is an accomplished musician, was 
graduated from the Delaware Literary Insti- 
tute in 1891, and is now pursuing her studies 
in the F'lmira College. 

Religiously, Professor Verrill is a member 
of the Congregational church of I'ranklin, and 
a Trustee of that society. He is also a li- 
censed preacher in the Delaware, Chenango, 
and Oneida Association, and has filled differ- 
ent pulpits with ability, making a good 
im|)ression by his earnest and persuasive 
manner, and delighting and ])leasing his 
hearers by his clear and logical reasoning. 
.Sociallv, he is a Master Mason, and is a 
man of good financial skill, and has for 
some years been a Director in the I'irst Na- 
tional Bank of Franklin. N.Y. Lafayette 
College gave him the degree of Ph.D. in 
1881. He is a member of the Delta Kap])a 
Epsilon fraternity, Bowdoin Chapter; and his 
son is a member o( the same fraternity, Ham- 
ilton Chapter. 




DMUND ROSE, a worthy representa- 
tive of the thriving agriculturists of 
Delaware County, owns and occupies 
a valuable farm of two hundred and twenty- 
five acres jileasantly located on Elk Creek, 
about five miles from Delhi. His homestead 
is well improved, and amply supi)lied with 
comfortable and convenient farm buildings, 
and all the needed modern machinery and 
implements for carrying on his work. He 
is a thorough-going and skilful farmer, 
whose prosperity is due to his energetic, 
enterprising spirit and judicious manage- 
ment. He is of substantial Scotch ances- 
try, and a native of Delaware County, hav- 
ing been born in the town of Stamford, 
on Rose's Brook, December 8, 18 17. His 
father was Hugh Rose, Jr., and his grand- 
father Hugh Rose, Sr., an honored pioneer 
of .Stamford. 



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Hugh Rose, Sr., was born, bred, and mar- 
ried in Scotland, where he was engaged as a 
tiller of the soil until his emigration to this 
country. His first location in the United 
States was in New ^'ork, in the vicinity of 
the Catskill Mountains, from whence he came 
to this county, at a time when it was a vast 
forest, with here and there a clearing in which 
some venturesome pioneer had raised a hum- 
ble cabin. Buying about six hundred acres 
of timbered land, he built a log house and 
began clearing the land. With characteristic 
enterprise he built a saw and grist mill at the 
mouth of Rose's Brook, the very first in the 
locality; and his milling business proved very 
remunerative, farmers taking their grain to 
him from long distances, some bringing it on 
horseback and some in canoes. He was for 
many years one of the most conspicuous 
figures in the management of local affairs, 
serving as Justice of the Peace for a quar- 
ter of a century, and being for many years 
Associate Judge. He accumulated quite a 
pro]ierty, and continued to reside on his 
homestead until his demise. His wife, who 
outlived him, passed her last years in the 
town of Claverack. They reared six children 
— John, Aleck, Hugh, Lydia, Nancy, and 
Catherine. 

Hugh Rose, Jr., w'as likewise a native of 
old Scotland, and came here when a small 
boy. He was reared on the paternal home- 
stead, receiving the rudiments of his educa- 
tion in the district school, and afterward 
continuing his studies at home. He was a 
man of clear understanding and good judg- 
ment, and a great lover of books, being 
especially well read in ancient and modern 
history. While at home he assisted his father 
on the farm and in the mill, and subsequently 
purchased a farm in Stamford, where he re- 
sided until his death, at the age of sixty-seven 
years. He married Elizabeth Barlow, one of 
a large family of children born to Edmund 
Barlow, a farmer of Stamford. Of this union 
two sons and eight daughters were born, the 
following being their record: Mary, the wife 
of George Hume; Margery, wife of William 
Loring; Salonia, wife of John King; Nancy, 
wife of John Gammell; Lydia, wife of Peter 
Grant; Elizabeth, wife of James McDonald; 



Abigail, wife of William Brock; Catherine, 
wife of Thomas Smith; Hugh; and Edmund. 
The mother, who survived her husband, died 
at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. 
Thomas Smith, in the town of Kortright, at 
the advanced age of seventy-seven years. 
Both parents were esteemed members of the 
United Presbyterian church. 

P^dmund acquired a good education, and at 
the age of sixteen years began teaching in the 
district schools of his native town, afterward 
pursuing this high calling in Delhi and Bo- 
vina, making in all about four years. Mr. 
Rose next spent a year in Ohio, and, on re- 
turning to Stamford, remained with his 
brother during the summer, and in the follow- 
ing winter taught the district school. Com- 
ing then to Elk Creek, in company with Mr. 
McDonald he bought a large farm, and, 
erecting a mill, engaged in the milling 
business for a year. They then divided 
the farm, Mr. Rose selling his interest in 
the mill to his partner; and since that 
time he has given his entire attention to 
his agricultural interests. Mr. Rose makes 
a specialty of dairy farming, manufacturing 
table butter of superior quality, for which 
he receives the highest market price in New 
York City. His fine herd of cows are mostl)'^ 
Jersey grades, and number about fifty head 
of as fine and sleek-looking cattle as can 
be found in the county. In 1891 Mr. Rose, 
wishing to become more familiar with the 
beauties of his native country, spent about 
six months in a trip to the Pacific Coast, 
travelling extensively throughout Southern 
California. 

Mr. Rose has been three times married. 
His first wife, Nancy Blakeslee, to whom he 
was united in 1842, was a daughter of Will- 
iam Blakeslee, of Kortright. She bore him 
the following children: William, Hugh, 
Sarah, Jennie, and Augusta. The youngest 
daughter, Augusta, married Hiram Ingersoll, 
a lawyer, residing in Denver, Col.; and they 
have four children — Leonard, Jennie, Julia, 
and Sarah. In 1852 Mrs. Nancy Rose died; 
and Mr. Rose subsequently married Helen 
Sturgis, the daughter of George Sturgis, of 
Delhi. After ten years of wedded life she, 
too, died, leaving four children — Cora, Isa- 



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bclla, Wilson, and Gcoi-gc. Kc married for 
iiis tiiird wife, IClilic McKadiicn, wiio is a na- 
tive of Delhi, beint;- the daughter of (dIui 
McFadden, a well-known farmer, and one of 
the early settlers of the town. 

During his younger years Mr. Rose sup- 
ported the Republican ticket; but since the 
days of Horace Greeley's candidacy for the 
office of President he has been entirely inde- 
pendent of party lines, his only cjuestion in 
such matters being wliether any measure is 
for the benefit of the town or county in which 
he lives, or is calculated to improve or elevate 
society at large. Socially, he has been for 
many years a Granger. Religiously, he was 
formerly connected with a church in Kort- 
right, being one of its most active members; 
but he now attends the l'"irsl I'resbvterian 
church at Delhi. 



(sH'OIIN THOM.'\S, Jr., a descendant of 
an old and well-known family of that 
name, was a ]irominent citizen of 
.Stamford, where he was born on No- 
vember 20, 182.S, and died, highly respected 
and beloved, on April 14, 1887. Hisgrantl- 
father, Abram Thomas, the original settler, 
was a son of an earlier John Thomas, who 
was born on November 25, 1746, and whose 
wife, Phfube Thomas, was born on August 10, 
I74<). Abrani Thomas was boiii January 3, 
1773, and married Lvdia ilawlev, who was 
born March 4, 1776. He was a farmer, and 
I)roprietor of the first ta\erii in .Stamford, 
which is still standing on the Thomas fai'm on 
the main road between Bloonuille and lln- 
bart, in what is now .South Kortright. it is 
built on the old Dutch plan, and with its 
great chimncvs and moss-grown roof is a 
landmark for the inhabitants of all the. sur- 
rounding country, having been in its dav one 
of the most noted and important inns of that 
section. By industry and economy Abram 
Thomas accumulated a comfortable fortune, 
which his tlescendants now enjoy. He was 
the father of twelve children, ten of whom 
reached maturity; but all have since passed 
away. Abram Thomas died on October 11, 
1848. He was liberal in religious views, and 
a Whig in politics. His wife lived until 



May 12, i84(), when she, too, passed away on 
the old homestead. 

Their son, John 15. Thomas, the father of 
the subject of this sketch, was born in Dutch- 
ess County, I'"ebruary 15, 1795, and married 
I'anny Smith, who was born on January 3, 
1795. He was a successful farmer, ami in 
18 1 7 settled in .Stamforil on the farm where 
Mrs. Thomas now resides. His wife was a 
member of the Presbyterian church at South 
Kortright; but he was liberal in religion, and 
a Repui)Iican in politics. John H. Thomas 
passed away on April 23, 1S70, and his wife, 
October 15, 1875. They had six children, of 
whom three are now li\ing: Sally Adelia 
Perkins, who resides in California; James A., 
a resilient of Wisconsin: and Maria L. Ks- 
chemberg, who also lives in California. 
Their son .Abraham died at the age of forty- 
eight years. A daughter, Mrs. Adeline Wet- 
more, also passed away when forty-eight years 
(dd. Tlie other son, John Thomas, Jr., was 
I born on the old Thomas farm now occujned by 
his widow, and here grew to manhood, attend- 
ing the <listrict schools, afterward teaching 
lor a time. Like his fatiier and grandtather, 
he adopted a farmer's life, buying the old 
; homestead and living there until his death. 
On June 2, 1S63, he married Miss -Sarah 
Agnes l^lakley, who was born in Kortright, 
December 5, 183S, a daughter of James G. 
Blaklc)-, whose family history is given else- 
where in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
were tlie parents of foin' children: .Sus:in 
I'l'ances Cronk, born .September 21, 1864, and 
;i resident of Roxbiuy; Sarah A. I. von, born 
November 28, i S67, residing in .Stamford: 
Jennie L., born .August 8, 1870, at home: 
and John James Thomas, who was born May 
23, 1872, imiiKuried, and assisting his mother 
in the management of the old home farm, 
which she has carried on since her husband's 
death. 

The old Thomas farm consisted of three 
lunulred acres of land; and here the descend- 
ants of the family now live, keeping fifty 
head of cattle, and carrying on a large 
dairy. ni;iking ;in excellent quality of but- 
ter. At his ileath Mr. Thomas w'as an 
Elder of the Presbyterian church at South 
Kortright. He had held many public of- 



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fices, among which were those of Assessor 
and County Superintendent of Poor. He was 
a liberal-minded, public-spirited, conscien- 
tious man; and his death was keenly felt 
and sadly mourned by a wide circle of loving 
relatives and friends. 



T^HARLES C. WEBB. The gentle- 
I kJ man whose history is here briefly 
\% sketched is an active and practical 

^ farmer in the prime of life, who is 

the proprietor of a pleasant homestead in the 
town of Walton, where he is profitably pur- 
suing his useful and time-honored calling. 
He is a native of this town, his birth having 
taken place on the farm adjoining the one on 
which he now resides, February 7, 1842. He 
comes of a good family, his grandfather, 
Ebenezer Webb, who was a native of Connect- 
icut, and there worked many years at the 
tailor's trade, having migrated to Delaware 
County in early times. As a pioneer of Wal- 
ton he must have been of great assistance in 
facilitating its settlement and growth. He 
married Hannah Todd, who lived until 1857, 
dying then at the venerable age of ninety-five 
years. 

Joseph Webb, son of Ebenezer, was born 
during the residence of his parents in New 
Canaan, Conn. He received his education in 
the pioneer schools of his day, and at the age 
of fifteen years left the parental roof, and 
came to the town of Walton, living with a 
sister, and working on her husband's farm 
until his marriage, when he became the owner 
of the farm adjoining the one now owned and 
occupied by his son, Charles C. He cleared 
the larger portion of the land, and made the 
essential improvements on the place, and re- 
sided here, a prosperous tiller of the soil, 
until his death, when sixty-nine years old. 
He was three times married, the mother of 
Charles C, Sally Seeley, being his third 
wife. She was of New England parentage, 
but a native of North Walton, and a life-long 
resident of this part of Delaware County. 
She passed her last years on the family home- 
stead, although she was taken sick and died 
when in the village of Walton, being then 
sixty-seven years of age. Both she and her 



husband were valued members of the Second 
Congregational Church of Walton. Of their 
union were born three children — Charles C, 
Eliphalet S., and Hannah M. 

Charles C. Webb, the eldest of the three, 
spent the early years of his life on the pater- 
nal homestead, acquiring a good education in 
the public schools of the town, and a substan- 
tial knowledge of the agricultural arts on the 
home farm. After leaving school Mr. Webb 
was employed as a teacher two terms, but 
afterward assisted in the management of the 
home farm until the death of his father. 
Having chosen farming as his life occupation, 
he bought the old homestead, and in 1888 
added to it the farm where he now resides, 
and has continued engaged in general agri- 
culture until the present time. 

The union of Mr. Webb with Miss Rebecca 
B. Wood was solemnized November 2, 1864. 
Mrs. Webb is the daughter of Benjamin and 
Elsie (Hoyt) Wood, formerly of New Canaan, 
Conn., and later respected members of the 
farming community of Walton. Her grand- 
father, Ebenezer Hoyt, was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary War. IMr. and Mrs. Wood 
were members in good standing of the Con- 
gregational church at North Walton, remain- 
ing active workers in that church until called 
to their home beyond the vale of shadows, 
Mr. Wood passing away at the age of seventy- 
five years, and his wife when seventy-nine 
years old. Of their eight children seven 
grew to maturity: Louis; Mary E. ; Nancy M., 
who married William Haring (a sketch of 
whose life appears in another part of this vol- 
ume); Ebenezer; Charles S. ; George W. ; 
Amelia E. ; and Rebecca. 

Into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Webb two 
children have been born — Walter and Annie 
R. The former married Julia Seeley, the 
daughter of William and Henrietta (Durfey) 
Seeley, of Walton; and their union has been 
brightened by the birth of one child, Mary R. 
Mr. Webb is a Republican in politics, and an 
able supporter of the principles of that party. 
In the welfare of his town he ever takes an 
active interest, and has served as Assessor 
eight years to the satisfaction of all con- 
cerned, and is now a Director of the Delaware 
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IIOINIAS ]•;. WlIITi:. a popular citizen 
of Colchester, a veteran of the Grand 
Army of the Republic, is a native of 
the town where he now resides, haviny,- been 
born here on October i6, 1836. lie is the 
son of Richard Laraway White, who was born 
in Colchester, March 27, 1797, his parents 
being Benjamin and Levina (Lotten) White, 
whose biographies are narrated elsewhere in 
this volume. 

Richard L. White inirchased of Peter \'>o- 
gart three hundred acres of land above Brock 
Bridge, and there carried his wife, Elizabeth 
Washburn, who became the mother of nine 
children, namely: Myria, born November 14, 
1822; Mary W., born January 26, 1824: Le- 
vina A., born July 30, 1826; Junett A., l)orn 
November 23, 1828; James J., born Novem- 
ber 18, 1S31; Perry L. S., born October 18, 
1834; Thomas E. ; Amos K. and Ambrose IC, 
twins, born November 22, 1839. By unceas- 
ing toil and dauntless energy Richard White 
cleared his land, and erected a substantial 
house and barn. This land he improved until 
it was converted into a fertile river farm, and 
cultivated it in connection with the lumber 
business, in which he was extensively en- 
gaged, sending the logs down the Delaware 
River to the large cities, where they w^ere 
readily sold. In 1850 he began to deal in 
flour and salt, taking to Rondout, sixty-eight 
miles away, a load of wool, dried apples, or 
other farm products, and returning with a load 
of salt or flour, the journey occupying five 
days. Mr. White engaged in this business 
until his death, May 14, 1859. He was a 
Democrat; and both he and his estimable 
wife, who died March 16, 1882, were members 
of the Presbyterian church. 

Thomas E. White was educated in the com- 
mon schools of Colchester. He was a bright. 
active lad, and, when but eleven years ot 
age, drove his father's team to Rondout and 
Oxford, Chenango County, returning with the 
load of -salt and flour, which his father then 
sold. When sixteen, he learned the carpen- 
ter's trade, at w'hich he worked in the sum- 
mer, lumbering in the winter, until his 
marriage in 1872. He purchased many tracts 
of land, which he cleared, selling the lumber, 
but since 1892 has worked at his trade, build- 



ing for himself a beautiful dwelling in a fine 
lot on River .Street, where he has a fine dis- 
jilay of fruits in their season. His spacious 
house accommodates about twenty summer 
boarders, who enjoy his genial hospitality and 
the charming surroundings of Downsville. 

Mr. White married Melissa, daughter of 
William and Prudy A. (Ingraham) Marshall, 
who was born March 12, 1849. Mr. and .Mrs. 
Marshall occupied a farm in Rockland, and 
were the parents of si.\ children — Melissa, 
James, Ruth, Erank, Ella, and Henry. Mr. 
Marshall is still living, a resident of Mere- 
dith; but his wife has passed away. Mr. and 
Mrs. White have two daughters: Leiah Bell, 
born November 12, 1877: and Lizzie L., 
born January 17, 1881, both of wdiom are 
accomplished musicians. He was a volunteer 
in the Civil War, enlisting in 1864, in Com- 
]iany C, l-"irst New York pjigineers, and serv- 
ing until the close of the war, after which, on 
account of impaired health, he spent two 
years in Texas. 

Mr. White is a member of Eleming Post, 
Grand Army of the Republic, and is also a 
Eree Mason, belonging to Downsville Lodge, 
A. I-". & A. M. Industrious, enterprising, 
and upright, he is widely known and highly 
respected. 




ILLIAM ELl-rrCill-.R, the well- 
known village blacksmith, whose 
flaming forge is on I'pper Main 
Street, Delhi, is an active, wide-awake man, 
who.se success in life is attributable to indus- 
trious habits and good business principles. 
Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, Eebruary 3, 
1836, he inherits in a large degree the 
honesty and prudent thrift that distinguished 
his progenitors. His grandfather, James 
ITetcher. Sr., whose occupation was farming, 
was also a native of Scotland, and there spent 
a life of ninety long years. He and his wife, 
Margaret McQueen, were the ]iarents of four 
sons and one daughter; and of this family one 
son, Robert, is still living in Scotland, occu- 
pying the paternal homestead. 

James Eletcher, Jr., the father of William, 
was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and 
lived there until after his marriage, being en- 



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gaged in farming. He subsequently removed 
to England with his wife and family, which 
then consisted of five children. A few years 
later his life was .saddened by the death of his 
beloved companion, who passed to the better 
land at the age of forty-si.\ years. She was a 
woman of many noble qualities, and, with her 
husband, was a conscientious member of the 
Presbyterian church. Life in the old country 
being no longer desirable for him, he emi- 
grated to America with his children, coming 
directly to Delaware County, New York, and 
settling in Andes. There he bought a farm, 
and for some time carried on general agricult- 
ure. He subsequently removed to Tompkins, 
where he purchased a smaller farm, on which 
he lived a few years; then, returning to 
Andes, he purchased a home in Shavertown, 
and remained there until eighty-one years of 
age, when he was gathered to his long rest. 
His family circle included nine childrsn, as 
follows: James, Margaret, Agnes, Ellen, 
William. Jeanette, Elizabeth, Robert, and 
lohii, onlv three of whom are now living. 



W 



Uliam 



Eletcher, who was the second son 



and fifth child, was an infant whrn his parents 
removed to England, where he lived until fif- 
teen years of age, obtaining his education in 
the parish schools of that country. Coming 
with his father to Delaware County, he as- 
sisted him for a little while on the farm, but 
soon afterward began blacksmithing in Andes, 
continuing it for two years in that town. Mr. 
Fletcher then came tf) Deliii, where he se- 
cured work, and two years later ojjened a 
blacksmith shop of his own in the village. 
In 1864 he removed to his present smithy, 
and has continued in active employment. 
His superior workmanship and his general 
desire to please and accommodate his patrons 
are fully recognized by the public, and have 
secured for him an extensive and profitable 
business. 

The marriage of Mr. h'letcher with Miss 
Rebecca Hughes, a native of Franklin, and 
the daughter of James and Margaret (Weis- 
mer) Hughes, was celebrated on December 
24, in the year 1857. The beloved wife died 
when fifty-eight years old, on December 23, 
1893, their happy wedlock having lasted 
thirty-six years lacking one day. The six 



children born to Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher may 
be here recorded, as follows: Margaret, who 
married Wallace B. Gleason, of whom a 
sketch may be found on another page of this 
volume; Minnie, deceased; Myrtie, who mar- 
ried James E. Russell, a native of Hamden, 
but now a j)rofessor in Germany, and has 
two children — William and Charles; Lulu, 
wife of W. Ward Seward, of Lenox, Mass.; 
Nellie; and Ned W. Mr. Fletcher takes a 
warm interest in public affairs, and may truly 
be considered a representative man of the 
town. He is frank and open in the expres- 
sion of his opinions, and is a strong Republi- 
can. He is a Trustee of the village; and he 
and his family are members of the Presbyte- 
rian church, of which he is also Trustee. 




March 
father. 



ELSON SMITH, a respected citizen 
and successful farmer of Tompkins, 
Delaware County, was born in 
Sharon, Schoharie County, N.V., 
2, 1830. John -Smith, his grand- 
was one of four brothers who came 
from Germany before the Revolutionary War, 
and all enlisted in the patriots" cause. The 
other three must have lost their lives in the 
struggle, as they have never been heard from 
since. John lived to reach the age of eighty- 
four years, and died at the home of his son in 
Cherry Valley, Otsego County. He was sta- 
tioned at l'"ort Plains at the time of the Cherry 
Valley massacre, and was detailed to remain 
on duty at the fort while his companions went 
to the rescue of the unfortunate victims. His 
wife was Nancy Verdon, a descendant of an 
old Dutch family; and they became the par- 
ents of nine children — Philip, Jacob, Mar- 
garet, Sophia, Delia, Katie, Mary, Susan, 
and Laimy, all of whom lived to reach ma- 
turity and have families cf their own. The 
mother of this family died about twelve years 
previous to the death of her husband, and they 
are buried side by side in Cherry Valley. 
Their son Philip, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was born July 12, 1801, in Cherry 
Valley, and was a pioneer of Schoharie 
County. He received a district-school educa- 
tion, and adopted the occupation of a farmer, 
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an old Dutch famil)- of Nlw York. They had 
eight children — Nelson, Katie W.. William 
A., Lydia, Delia, John ]., David, I^llon R. 
Philip Smith was a Democrat, and died, aged 
seventy-seven years, at the home ol his eldest 
son, Nelson. His grave is m the l.oomis 
cemetery, with that ol his wite, who passed 
away in 1869, and their son, John J., whosi- 
death occurred on ApvW (o, 1884, at tlie 
home of Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Smith 
were memhers of the Lutheran church. 

Nelson Smith, their eldest son, was edu- 
cated in the district schools of ('herry Vallev, 
and in his boyhood helped his lather in the 
management of the farm. When nineteen, he 
started out for himself, working out by the 
month and year. He married October 24, 
1858, Julia A. Dnester, who was born March 
8, 1834, daughter of Andrew and Maria (Van 
Valkenburg) Dnester, of Root, Montgomery 
County. Martin Dnester. the grandfather of 
Mrs. Smith, was a farmer in Montgomery 
County, a descendant of a prominent Dutch 
family. When a boy of twelve, at the time of 
the Schoharie massacre, he and a companion 
hid in the wheat, while the Indians ami 
Tories searched for them, and with threats 
tried to induce them to come from their hid- 
ing-place. His companion endeavoretl to 
escape by jumping the fence, but was over- 
taken by the Indians and scalped; while Mar- 
tin remained concealed until tlri\en out by 
hunger and thirst, when he esca|)ed to the 
fort. Martin Dnester passed his last days 
with his daughter in New Berlin. His wife 
was Maria Cellar, a member of a Dutch fam- 
il)' of Minden. Their son Andrew dieil, aged 
eighty-six years. May 5, 1891, at the home 
of the subject of this biography, with whom 
he passed the last fifteen years of his life. 
His burial-place, and that of his wife, is the 
cemetery at Charleston I'our Corners, Mont- 
gomery County. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson .Smith have had three 
children, two of whom died within a week, of 
diphtheria: Andrew D., at fifteen years of 
age ; and Charles, at ten years. The eldest 
passed away in infancy. Mr. .Smith has a 
foster-son, Charles A. C_"onstable, who has 
lived with him since boyhood, and still re- 
sides there, taking the jilace of the chilrlren 



who were called away. He is devoted to his 
foster-i)arents, is faithful and industrious, 
assisting in the farm work, and possesses 
their utmost confidence and regard. 

Ml'. .Smith settled on his farm on June 15, 
I 85 J, and cut the first tree for a fallow. Bv 
dint i>f hard labor he cleared the land ami 
built the house he now occupies. He has 
been remarkably successful in business, and 
has been able to do much for his parents, his 
brother, and his wife's lather. He is a Dem- 
ocrat, prominent in all town affairs, where he 
has hehl several positions of trust. He and 
his wife attend the Christian church, of which 
organization the parents of Mrs. Smith were 
also members. Mr. Smith is universally es- 
teemed and honored throughout the town of 
Tompkins, the welfare of which he ever has at 
iieart. 




:sr\ I.1-:XANDI':R TWI;|;DI1-;, farmer and 
feed-dealer, residing in the village of 
Walton, has the reputation of being 
a strictly first-class business man, 
and is a citizen of whom Walton may well be 
proud. His fanu, which is located about five 
miles from the village, contains two hundred 
acres of land, and is specially adapted to the 
raising of grain and stock, in its equi]jments 
comparing favorably with any estate in this 
part of the coimty. In noting the industrs' 
and thrift of Mr. Tweedie, who ranks among 
the most sulistantial residents of Walton, one 
is not sur]irised to learn that he is of .Scotch 
birth and jiarentage. The shire town of 
(ilenrauth. in Peeblesshire, which was the 
place of birth of his father, .Mexander, .Sr., 
was the home of his ancestors for many gen- 
erations back: and there John Tweedie, his 
grandfather, following in the footsteps of ear- 
lier progenitors, was a life-long resident, en- 
gaged in the sheplierd's calling. 

The first member of the Tweedie family to 
emigrate to .\merica was .'\le.\ander Tweetlie, 
Sr., who crossed the Atlantic in 1849, bring- 
ing with him his wife and eleven children. 
On landing he came ilirectly to this county, 
and, after sjiending a short time in Hamden. 
came to Walton, and, purchasing a farm on 
Dunk's Hill, settled there the same \'ear. 



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After being successfully engaged for many 
years as a tiller of the soil, he moved into the 
village, and there lived in honorable retire- 
ment for three years, coming then to the home 
of his son Alexander, where he was tenderly 
cared for until his death, at the venerable 
age of eighty-seven years. His wife, Mary 
Bruce, a daughter of James Bruce, was a na- 
tive of Scotland, and a lineal descendant of 
King Robert Bruce, of historic fame. She 
also spent her declining years at the home of 
her youngest son, passing away at the age of 
seventy-eight years. Both she and her hus- 
band were members of the Scottish Presbyte- 
rian church. The names of the eleven chil- 
dren born to them are as follows: John, 
Archibald, Christina, Nicholas, William, 
Mary, James, Eliza, Alexander, Euphemia, 
and Margaret. 

Alexander Tweedie, Jr., who was born in 
Scotland on January 27, 1840, was a sturdy 
little lad of nine years when he came to the 
United States; and the larger part of his edu- 
cation was obtained in the public schools of 
Walton. With his brothers he assisted in the 
cultivation and improvement of the parental 
homestead, remaining with his parents until 
attaining his freedom. Being a young man of 
enterprise and ability, keen and shrewd in his 
judgment of values, he began his business 
career by going to Pennsylvania, where he 
engaged in various speculations. Afterward 
he was similarly employed in the States of 
Illinois and Missouri. Returning to Walton, 
Mr. Tweedie purchased a farm on West 
Brook, on which he has since devoted himself 
largely to agricultural pursuits. He has from 
year to year increased his operations, and now 
keeps from thirty to thirty-five head of choice 
milch cows, with some young stock and sev- 
eral horses. In addition to his labors on the 
farm, Mr. Tweedie carries on an extensive 
feed business, running a mill, and selling and 
buying grain. 

Mr. Tweedie and Margaret Smith, the 
daughter of Robert and Christiana Smith, 
were united in marriage on December 24, 
1872. Mrs. Tweedie is also of substantial 
Scotch ancestry, her parents having emi- 
grated to New York, afterward settling in 
the town of Delhi, where they carried on 



farming for many years. They were the par- 
ents of ten children: Jane; Nancy; John; 
Catherine; Robert; Christina; Daniel; Jen- 
nie; Alexander; and Margaret, the wife of 
Mr. Tweedie. Mrs. Smith died at the early 
age of forty-two years; but Mr. Smith, who 
lived retired for some years, died in the town 
of Delhi when seventy-six years old. They 
were people of high moral standing, and mem- 
bers of the Reformed Presbyterian church. 
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Tweedie five 
children have been born, namely: James and 
Robert, who died young; and Christina, 
Maurice, and Jennie, who are now pursuing 
their studies in the Walton Academy. With 
the exception of one daughter, the entire fam- 
ily are members of the Presbyterian church, 
in which Mr. Tweedie has served as an Elder 
for seventeen years. He is a stanch advocate 
of temperance, and in politics is a Prohibi- 
tionist. 



T^HARLES W\ WETMORE is one of 
I V-^ the prosperous and progressive farmers 

\%) . and dairymen of Stamford, of which 
town he is a native, and has been a 
life-long resident. His great-grandfather was 
an Englishman, who came to America at an 
early day, and settled in Rye, Westchester 
County, N.Y. He was an Episcopal minis- 
ter, and lived to a good old age in his adopted 
home. His son, James Wetmore, was born 
in Rye, but when a young man came to Dela- 
ware County, soon after his marriage, and set- 
tled in Kortright on Beatty Brook. Later he 
removed to the outskirts of the town, where 
William Barlow now resides. James Wet- 
more died in Stamford, at the age of ninety- 
two years, his wife, Elizabeth, passing away 
in her sixty-fifth year. Both were members 
of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Wetmore 
was a Democrat in politics. They were the 
parents of four sons and three daughters, all 
of whom lived to a good old age, but are now- 
dead. 

Their son, James Wetmore, Jr., grew to 
manhood in the town of Kortright, where he 
was a merchant, and was also interested in a 
hotel in what is called "The Hook." He was 
proprietor of this hotel for thirteen years, and 




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then rcmoveil to the farm where his son 
Charles now resides, engagini;- in the ocfii])a- 
tion of stock-raisini;- and dairying, ownini; 
two iuuKhed and eighty aeres of land. lie 
was a prudent manager anil industrious 
farmer, antl died at the age of eighty-two 
years, his wife, Hannah Sackrider, whose 
family history appears in this volume, lixing 
to be ninety-two. 

James Wetmore, Jr., was a Democrat; and 
he and his wife were members of the ICpisco- 
pal church. They had six children, five sons 
and one daughter, three of whom still survive, 
namely: Solomon 1)., a resident of Delhi; 
James, who lives at Hainbridge, Chenango 
County; and Charles \V., of 'whom this biog- 
raphy is written. One son, Thomas, died 
when si.xty-five years of age, another, Henry, 
at the age of eleven, and a daughter Mary 
passed away when sixty-five. 

Charles W. Wetmore was born in .Stamford. 
on the farm where he now resides, January 
28, 1826. He was educated in the district 
schools, and remained at home, providing for 
his parents in their declining years. In 1857 
he purchased the old homestead, and now pos- 
sesses a productive farm of two hundred and 
ninety acres, making superior butter from the 
milk produced from his forty cows. The 
buildings on his land are built with the best 
of material and kept in perfect repair, among 
them being his fine residence and commodious 
stable, the latter being one of the most costly 
and complete in its furnishings in the town. 
At the time of purchasing his farm, Mr. Wet- 
more was obliged to shoulder a debt ot five 
thou.sand dollars, all of which has now been 
paid through his careful management and 
strict attention to business. 

September 26, i860, he married Miss Fran- 
ces Thomas, a native of Stamford, and daugh- 
ter of John ]^. and Frances (Smith) Thomas, 
both of whom have passed away, the mother 
at the age of seventy-five years, and the father 
at seventy years. Mrs. Wetmore, a devoted 
member of the Presbyterian church, died in 
June, 1882, sadly mourned by her husband 
and only child. Tlie latter, Charles T. 
Wetmore, who was born April 16, 1865, 
married Miss Carrie I',. Nesbit, a native of 
Stamford, and daughter of George Nesbit, 



This son is now in partnership witii his 
falher, ;issisting in the Tnanagement of llie 
faini and dairy. 

In iiis religions views Mi'. Wetmore is 
thoroughlv liberal, and in politics he votes 
with the Democratic parly. hulustrious, up- 
right, and with unusual business ability, Mr. 
Wetmore has accomplished more than the 
ordinary man of his time, and is ninnbered 
among the foremost men of thi' locality, where 
he is a res]iected and highly esteemed citizen. 

The reader will turn witli interest to the 
portrait of this gentleman on an adjoining 
])age. 




1876, 
place 



RS. MbT.INDA SAVVVI'.R, widow 
of Isaac W. Saw)'er, who died on 
ills homestead, which is known 
as the Abram Ogden farm, in 
is a native of Walton, her birth taking 
in 1820. She is of New Fngland 
origin, and is a daughter of J(uiathan and 
Nancy I*. (Kichards) Smith, both natives of 
Connecticut. Her maternal grandfather, Ne- 
hemiah Richards, was born in New Canaan, 
Conn., and his wife, Nancy Piatt, in the town 
of Ncnwalk. the same .State. They emigrated 
to Delaware County in the earl)' days of its 
settlement, and took uj) a timber tract three 
and a half miles from Walton, on the south 
side iif the Delaware River. Besides devel- 
oping and improving a farm, they made quite 
a business of manufacturing maple sugar, 
using the primitive method then in vogue of 
catching the sa]) in tlug-out troughs, like 
canoes, and boiling it in large potash kettles. 
The farm which they cleared was the home of 
three generations, and is still owned by the 
family, although it is now occupied b_\- a ten- 
ant. Mrs. .Sawyer"s progenitors were of Fng- 
lish birth, the first of her mother's ancestors 
to come to .America being one .Samuel Rich- 
ards, who emigrated from .Staffordshire, I'Jig- 
land, in the closing years of the seventeenth 
centurv. He located in New Canaan, Conn., 
wherein 1714 he married Ivlizabeth Latham, 
who bore him ten children, five sons and five 
daughters. Five of these children married 
into the Waring family. James Richard.s, 
the grandson of Samuel Richards, married 



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Hannah Waring, who bore him eleven chil- 
dren, one of whom, Nehemiah Richards, was 
the grandfather of Mrs. Sawyer, as above 
mentioned. 

Melinda Smith Sawyer was trainetl b)- her 
excellent parents to habits of industry and 
economy, and received her education mainly 
in the common schools of her native county. 
June 28, 1855, she was united in marriage to 
Isaac W. Sawyer, a jirosperous farmer, and at 
one time a dealer in lumber. He was a na- 
tive of Walton, and a son of Elisha Sawyer, 
who came here when a young man from the 
Green Mountain State, and engaged in farm- 
ing and lumbering, being a well-known citi- 
zen of this community. He subsequently 
married Betsey Smith, of this town; and they 
reared a family of three sons and two daugh- 
ters, all of whom have passed away. Jesse 
Sawyer, the father of Elisha Sawyer, was a 
Green Mountain boy, and served in the Revo- 
lution. He married Catherine White; and 
they spent the earlier years of their wedded 
life in Vermont, the State of their nativity, 
coming here after their son Elisha had become 
well established. They were the parents of 
four sons and four daughters, some of whom 
became prominent residents of tiiis section of 
Delaware County. 

Isaac W. Sawyer was a very active and en- 
terprising man, and labored hard in his 
efforts to secure the competence which event- 
ually became his. He was first married in 
1842 to Elizabeth Ogden, daughter of Isaac 
Ogden. She died in 1852, leaving no chil- 
dren. By his second marriage there was born 
one child, Eanny, who is the wife of Irving 
Robinson. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, who 
have three bright and lively children — 
Francis, a boy of twelve years; Albert, nine 
years old; and Mary, a little girl of six years 
— make their home with Mrs. -Sawyer at No. 
88 North Street. 



LBERT P. CARPENTER, lisQ., is a 
well-known lawyer of Margarcttville, 
in Middletown, where he was born 
September 5, 1829. His father, 
Richard Carpenter, was a native of Dutchess 
County, born on January 6, 1791. He mar- 




ried Miss Margaret Hicks, by whom he had 
nine children, namely: William, who married 
Ann Cornell; Deborah, who married Luther 
Landon; John, who married Mrs. Delia R. 
Plllison; Isabell, who married first William 
J. Walker, second the Rev. B. S. Wright; 
Luman, who died in infancy; Abram, who 
married Margaret Jacquish; Elias, who mar- 
ried first Sarah Allen, second Frances De 
Silvia; Charlotte, who died in infancy; and 
Richard, who married Jane O. Barber. After 
the death of his first wife Mr. Carpenter mar- 
ried Charlotte Hicks, by whom he had two 
children: Albert P., of whom this sketch is 
written; and P^lizabeth A., who married 
David S. Hill. After the death of Mr. Car- 
penter's second wife he married Mrs. Juliette 
Hewitt, by whom he had one son, Orson A., 
who died when four years old. 

Richard Carpenter sold his place in Dutch- 
ess, and came to Delaware County after the 
death of his first wife, settling at Griffin's 
Corners, where he married again. He then 
moved to Margarettville, which was but a 
hamlet at that time. There were no stores 
or mills nearer than Kingston, where all of the 
marketing had to be done. Mr. Carpenter 
was a man of public spirit and enterprise, and 
took an active part in forwarding the interests 
of the village. He died at the advanced age 
of eighty-eight years, having accumulated a 
good property, and raised a large family of 
sons and daughters. He was a stanch Repub- 
lican, and faithful member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

Albert P. Carpenter received a common- 
school education at the Hobart Seminary, and 
read law for one year with Munson & Glea- 
son and one year with Samuel Gordon, of 
Delhi, after which he was admitted to the bar 
on the nth of January, 1853. He then went 
into the office of S. Gordon, Esq., of Delhi, 
with whom he entered into partnership, and 
with whom he remained for a year, after 
which he removed to Margarettville. Here 
he was taken ill with disease of the lungs, 
and was incapacitated for work for some time. 
As soon as he recovered, he began to practise 
his profession in the village, where he is now 
a respected and jjrtjsperous lawyer. 

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of his choice, Miss Nettie M. Coloney, tlie 
daughter of James and Melissa Cohiiiey- 
Mrs. Carpenter" s fatlier was a native of New 
Hampshire, where he was born, January 23, 
1803. Ho was a farmer in St. Lawrence 
County, New York, for some years, whence 
he went to Oliio, and finally removed to Fort 
Wayne, Ind., where he died at the age of 
forty-five. His wife diet! at twenty-eight 
years of age, lea\ing five children: Mary J., 
who married Royal Martin, and has one child: 
M\ron, who married Josephine Tuttle, and 
has one son; Nettie M., Mrs. Carpenter; Jo- 
siah B.. w'ht) married Margaret Currie, and w'as 
killed in the Civil War, at the battle of the 
Weldon Railroad, \Mrginia, leaving one son; 
and Sarah, of whom the family know little, 
as she was adopted in her infancy, and has had 
no relations whatever with those of her own 
blood since. The wife of Mr. Carpenter is a 
member of the I'resbvterian church. He is 
an advocate of Republican ])rinciples, to 
which he strongly adheres, and is one of the 
successes of the legal guild of his section. 



rACOB H. CHAMHl'.RLIN is a pros- 
jiering farmer and po]iular resident of 
Tompkins, formerly known as Pine- 
field, Delaware County, N.'N'., where 
he was born on November 17. 1849. His 
father, Eliphalet Chamberlin, who was a na- 
tive of Vermont, married IVLary A. Boice, 
daughter of Joshua Boice. He died in the 
prime of life; and his widow married Peter 
Hogan, a farmer of Tompkins. (For further 
particulars of the Chamberlin family see 
sketch of John Chamberlin.) 

Jacob H., son of ICliphalet and Mary 
(Boice) Chamberlin, was an infant when 
father died. He was brought up by 
mother and step-father, and educated in the 
district schools of Tompkins. When fifteen 
years of age he began life for himself, wfirk- 
ing out on various farms, and later, in 1878, 
purchased from William Dermis the farm on 
which he now resides. 

August 28, 1877, Mr. Chamberlin married 
Deborah A. Dennis, daughter of W'illiam and 
Adeline (Austin) Dennis, of Ovid, Seneca 
County. Joseph Dennis, father of William, 



married Nancy Calups, who was of (ierman 
descent ; luid they were among the early set- 
tlers of that coimty. William Dennis passed 
his e;irl_\' d;iys in the town of Andes. Losing 
his father when very young, he was i)ound out 
to l^arna Radeker. ICnergetic and self-reli- 
ant, he began to work for himself as a farmer 
in (,"olchester when about nineteen years of 
age, and later removed to Andes. After a 
few \ears he disposed of his [property there, 
;nid in 1867 [)urchased the farm in Tompkins 
which is now owned by the subject of this 
sketch. lie resided here until he sold liie 
place, and then moved to the farm now occu- 
pied by his son John, at Trout Creek, in the 
same town: and there he passed his last da}'s, 
retired from acti\e life, dying at the age of 
seventy-two, and being buried in Trout Creek 
Cemetery. He was a Republican in politics, 
and a member of the Melhotlist church, which 
he joined when twenty-one years of age, his 
daughtei- Deborah, Mrs. Chamberlin, also 
being a member. His wife still survi\-es, 
and resides with her son John. Their daugh- 
ter was educated in the district schools, and 
resided with her parents until her marriage to 
Mr. Chamberlin. 

The quiet, well-kept home of Mr. and Mrs. 
Chambeilin, who have no children, is plainly 
the abode of intelligence, industry, and thrift. 
Mr. Chamberlin is engaged in farming and in 
sheejj and stock raising, in which business he 
exhibits good judgment and ])ractical ;UMlit\', 
and has been eminently successful. He is a 
Rei)ublican in politics, giving that party his 
most hearty support. 




IP LASHER owns a tnict of land 
King along the river road in the 
[I9 town of Delhi, which is one of the 
most valuable estates in the vicinity. 
Here he is engaged in gener;il farming, pay- 
ing especial attention to dairying, in which 
he has been \ery successful, his fine herd of 
graded Jerseys amply rei)aying him for the 
time and attention he devotes to them. Mr. 
Lasher is a native of Delaware County, 
Critfm's Corners, Middletown. being the 
place of his birth, and April 30, 1843, the 
date thereof. He is a descendant of one of 



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Delaware County's respected pioneers, his 
paternal grandfather, Conrad Lasher, having 
removed from Dutchess to this county in the 
early days of its settlement. He bought a 
tract of timbered land in Middletown, on a 
spot known as Brush Ridge, and thereafter 
devoted his life to its cultivation and im- 
provement. 

Frederick Lasher, the father of Philip, was 
born in Dutchess County, being one of seven 
children. He came with his parents to this 
county, and assisted them in their pioneer 
labor of clearing a farm until of age, when he 
purchased a small piece of land, and began 
the work of making a home for himself. He 
was a man of unusual ability and enterprise, 
and in the years that followed met with great 
success. He continually added to his landed 
possessions, and at the time of Iiis decease 
was the owner of four good farms, three being 
in Middletown, and one in Halcott, Greene 
County. His wife, whose maiden name was 
Annie Record, was a native of Dutchess 
County, and bore him the following -named 
children: Conrad and Jane, both deceased; 
Philip; John; Annie C; Isabella; Frances, 
deceased; George; Albertina; Henrietta, de- 
ceased; and Jeanette. 

Philip Lasher spent his early years with his 
parents, attending school, and doing the 
chores around the homestead that inevitably 
fall to a farmer's boy. When a youth of 
twenty years he took upon himself the cares 
and responsibilities of matrimony, and, in 
order that he might support his wife, bought 
a farm in Ulster County, where he made a 
good living for some twelve years. Dispos- 
ing of that property, he came to this county, 
and purchased a farm in the town of Andes, 
on which he lived about a year, going from 
there to Halcott, Greene County, where he 
bought land and conducted a farm for two 
years. Returning to Griffin's Corners, the 
place of his nativity, Mr. Lasher entered upon 
an entirely new enterprise, building a large 
house, in which for the next ten years he en- 
tertained boarders from the city, a very pleas- 
ant and profitable occupation. Then, selling 
his boarding-house, he bought the farm which 
he now owns and occupies, formerly known as 
the Redfield farm, and considered one of the 



finest pieces of property in Delaware County, 

it containing from one hundred and sixty to 
one hundred and seventy-five acres of valuable 
land. 

Mr. Lasher has been twice married. His 
first wife was Jane Townsend, the daughter of 
Alfred Townsend, of Halcott, Greene County; 
and to them three children were born, as fol- 
lows: Willard, who died at the age of thirteen 
years; Hester, who died at the age of twelve 
years; and Isaac, who married Libbie Butler, 
of Sullivan County. After fifteen years of 
peaceful wedded life the wife and mother 
passed to the better land, laying down the 
burdens of life in 1878. Mr. Lasher subse- 
quently married Melissa Sherwood, daughter 
of James Sherwood, of Roxbury; and their 
union has been blessed by the birth of two 
children — Frederick and Eathel, the latter 
deceased. 

Politically, Mr. Lasher votes the straight 
Republican ticket. Both he and Mrs. Lasher 
are consistent members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and are numbered among its 
most generous and liberal supporters. 



of the 
home. 



valued practi- 
one mile south 



His grandfather 
town; and his 
was Deming. 



OSEPH H. FOOTE, M.D., a resident 
of P'ranklin, and one of its most re- 
spected and highly 
t loners, resides about 
village, where he has a most delightful 
The ancestors of Dr. Foote were na- 
tives of Southington, Conn, 
was Robert Foote, of that 
grandmother's maiden name 
Robert Foote was a well-to-do farmer, and 
reared five sons and one daughter, all of whom 
grew to maturity, married, and reared fami- 
lies of their own. His son Leonard, father of 
the Doctor, was born in Southington in 1789, 
and died in Oxford, N.Y., in 1875. He mar- 
ried Bede Wright, daughter of Enos Wright, 
of Connecticut. Mr. Wright moved to New 
York in 1814, and settled on a farm of about 
fifty acres; and in 1817 his daughter and son- 
in-law, the parents of Dr. Foote, followed 
him to their new home, occupying a farm of 
one hundred acres, part of both of these farms 
being included in the estate which is now the 
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Footc came here, the mode of conveyance was 
very crude, the journey being made in a one- 
horse lumber wagon, and Mrs. I'oote being 
installed in a chair among her liousehold 
goods, while the husband and father walked 
by the side of the horse. 

Dr. Foote is the \-oungest of five sons, all 
of whom have been called from earthly toil 
except himself and one other, Robert, of 0.\- 
ford. The early life of the family was a stern 
struggle, but in their old age Air. and Mrs. 
Foote enjoyed the quiet of a well-earned rest. 
Mrs. Foote'survived her husband several years, 
and died when eighty-seven years of age. 

Dr. Joseph II. Foote received his earlv edu- 
cation at the district school, a mile and a half 
from his home, and by his own exertions suc- 
ceeded in obtaining sufficient training to enter 
Oxford Academy. After teaching three win- 
ters he studied with his brother. Dr. Ira Foote, 
in Wellsboro, Pa. The latter was a promi- 
nent physician, and one who showed great 
promise in his profession; but his health 
failed, and that dread disease, consumption, 
soon made itself manifest, he falling a victim 
at an early age. 

Dr. Joseph Foote settled in North Walton 
in January, 185 1. and |3ractised there fi\e 
years. On May 21, 1S55, he married Pamelia 
Fitch Churchill, of Delhi, and in Seistember 
of that year came to I-'iaiiklin, where he has 
since practised. In 1867 he purchased the 
hotel property, which with the old buiklings 
he bought for five thousand dollars. He re- 
built it, erecting the large barn antl shetls in 
connection, and sokl it in January. 1894. 
During the twenty-seven x'ears in which he 
was connected with the hotel business he also 
continued his practice, being as popular a 
practitioner as he was a host. 

In July, 1893, Mrs. T'oote passeil away, 
leaving one daughter, Stella, who is still at 
honn-. An elder daughter, Julia, tiled when 
an infant. A niece of the Doctor's, Ruth 
I'\jote, now lives at his home, and keeps house 
for him, her two sons and two daughters also 
living there. He moved to his present home 
in 1894, having bought a most delightful farm 
of ninety acres. 

Dr. Foote is a Democrat, but does not allow 
party principles to interfere with his always 



voting for the best man. Vov over forty years 
he lias been engaged in arikious toil for his 
fellow-men. Often sleejiing but five hours out 
of till' twenty-four, he has labored with disin- 
terested service, accpiiring for himself a name 
which will far outlast his earthly possessions. 
He is generous and large-hearted; and his 
congeniality of spirit has made him a friend 
to be highly prized, and a welcome guest in 
all the homes of Franklin. 




,\'RL S GE.MMFL was born July 20, 
1850, in the town of .Stamford, a son 

of Hugh and Mary (McArthur; 

Gemmel. Hugh (iemmel was born 
in .Stamford, August 14, 1803, and his wife 
in the town of Jefferson, Schoharie County, 
December 31, 1809. The grandfather, also 
Hugh (jemniel, was born in .Scotland, but in 
1790 came to America, and settled at Rose 
Brook, Delaware County. He was a weaver 
by traile, and followed this occu])ation to 
some extent. He bought about two hundred 
acres of land, most of which was in a state of 
nature. Ilobart, then called W'atertown, was 
the nearest market and de]50t for supjilies; 
and the ])eople lived chiefly off the ])roducts 
of their land and the wild game. ]\Ir. Gem- 
mel was a hard worker and a ])ractical farmer, 
and succeeded in his undertakings. He was a 
member of the Presbyterian church at South 
Kortright, and in politics a Whig. He 
reared a family of seven children, all of whom 
grew to maturity, but have now jjassed away. 
He died on the farm which the subject of this 
sketch now owns antl occupies, when seventy- 
five years of age, his wife dying at the same 
age. 

Hugh Gennnel, the father of Cyrus, grew to 
manhood on the oUl homestead at Rose Brook. 
He was one of the early school-teachers, and 
taught for aliout eleven years, after which he 
gave his attention to farming, continuing in 
this occujiation the rest of his life. He 
bought the farm where his son now lives, just 
before his marriage, it then comprising one 
hundred and twenty acres. This he improved 
and increased so thatat his death he owned 
two lunulred and five acres. He was a hard 
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member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of 
which he was a Trustee. His wife was a 
member of the same church. He was a Re- 
publican in politics, was a conscientious, hon- 
ored citizen of the town, and held several 
public offices, including Highway Commis- 
sioner. Collector, Constable, and School In- 
spector, besides several minor positions. He 
died on the old homestead March 6, 1878, and 
his widow July 22, 1884, making them at the 
time of their deaths the same age to a day, 
seventy-four years, six months, and twenty- 
two days. 

He was twice married, his first wife being 
Nancy McArthur, who died P^ebruary 13, 
1845. He was the father of eleven children, 
ten of whom grew to maturity, and seven still 
survive: Robert, born February 14, 1833, re- 
sides in the village of Delhi. James R., 
born August 4, 1834, is manager of the 
Lookout House at Utsayantha Mountain, and 
lives with his brother. Mrs. Nancy M. Iser- 
man, born September 13, 1840, resides in 
Rockland County, New York. Mary I. 
Brown, who was born July i, 1844, resides 
in Montgomery County, Iowa. Cyrus, the 
subject of this sketch, was born July 20, 
1850. Mrs. Francis H. Allison, born De- 
cember 4, 185 1, is a resident of Kortright. 
Homer R., born October 5, 1853, is also liv- 
ing in Kortright. Thomas H., born October 
21, 1831, died January 24, 1886. George E., 
born February 15, 1837, died June 29, 1872. 
Margaret J., born December 8, 1838, died 
October 9, 1842. The Rev. William A., 
born August 4, 1848, died October 7, 1876. 

Cyrus Gemmel grew to manhood in the 
parental home, and received his education at 
the district school. When nineteen years of 
age, he went to work on the farm of H. K. 
Rose, receiving for his services twenty-three 
dollars per month, which at that time was 
considered a good salary. When twenty-three 
years old, he learned the carpenter's trade, at 
which he was engaged for some eight or nine 
years, but finally gave it up and devoted his 
time to farming, buying the old homestead 
after his father's death. 

January i, 1878, Mr. Gemmel married 
Mary E. Higbie, who was born in Stamford, 
a daughter of Thomas C. and Sarah (Titus) 



Higbie. Thomas Higbie was born in Stam- 
ford, and his wife in Harpersfield. He was a 
farmer, and also a merchant in New York 
City for some years, a descendant of the pio- 
neer family of that name, his father, Nathan- 
iel Higbie, being the first to locate in this 
vicinity. Thomas Higbie was a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and, politi- 
cally, a Republican. He died at Rose Brook 
when seventy-eight years of age. He was the 
father of six children, five of whom are now 
living. Mr. and Mrs. Gemmel have two chil- 
dren: Mary A., born April 29, 1879; and Ida 
Bell, October 29, 1889. 

Cyrus Gemmel has an excellent farm of two 
hundred acres, where he carries on general 
farming and dairying, owning forty head of 
Jersey cattle. In connection with this he is 
agent for Buckley's Watering Device. He 
has been fortunate in his business life, and is 
a highly respected citizen, showing much in- 
terest in the welfare of the town. He has 
been Inspector of Elections, and for six years 
Overseer of the Poor. Fraternally, he is a 
member of the A. F. & A. M., belonging to 
St. Andrew Lodge, No. 289, at Hobart, and 
Delta Chapter, No. 185, Royal Arch Masons, 
at Stamford. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gemmel are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church 
at Rose Brook, and in politics Mr. Gemmel 
is a Republican. He occupies a high place 
in the esteem of his fellow-citizens. 



§AMES ARTHUR HOLLEY, M.D., 
is a prominent physician and surgeon 
of Walton, and, being a close student, 
is well versed in medical lore, and has 
a large and successful practice. A native of 
Delaware County, he was born in the town of 
Hamden, October 10, 1854, on the farm of 
his parents, George and Maria (Bice) Hoi ley, 
the former of whom was born in 1818, of 
English ancestors, and the latter in 1819, of 
German antecedents. 

George Holley was one of the early settlers 
of this section of the county, and an important 
factor in its development and imj^rovement. 
He began life here as a farmer, with limited 
means, but by sturdy industry not only hewed 
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quired a comfortable competence. He was a 
man of probity and ability, and of a religious 
character. Both he and his excellent wife 
were conscientious members of the Baptist 
church, wherein he served for many years as a 
Deacon. Eight cliildren were born into their 
household, mentioned as follows: William, a 
resident of Walton, married Enmia Robinson. 
He was a volunteer soldier in the late Civil 
War, serving in Company B, One Hundred 
and P'orty-fourth New York Volunteer Infan- 
try, and was wounded at the battle of Hany 
Hill. Sylvia, who was the wife of Jacob 
Boyer, of Broome County, New York, died at 
the age of twenty-five years. John, a farmer, 
living in Walton, married lunma Benedict, a 
daughter of D. B. Benedict, of the same town. 
Eliza, who married George E. Benedict, died 
in Walton in 1S70. Lois died when twelve 
years old. George, a carpenter residing in 
Sidney Centre, married Hattie Smith, a 
daughter of Horace Smith, of Hamden. 
James A. is the subject of this notice. Jen- 
nie is the wife of William Olmstead, of 
Walton. 

James A. HoUey was reared upon the pa- 
ternal homestead, and during the times of 
sowing and reaping assisted his father on the 
farm, and devoted the winter seasons to the : 
pursuit of knowledge, being a regular attend- 
ant at the district school, and one of its most 
promising pupils. He subsequently attended 
Walton Academy, and. after receiving a 
teacher's certificate, engaged in teaching for I 
several terms, with the money thus earned 
making his way through college. In 1S83 he 
entered the office of Dr. O. H. Young, of Sid- 
ney Centre, remaining there for two years, in 
the mean time attending Albany Medical Col- 
lege, from which he was graduated with honors 
in 1886. In the autumn of the same year, 
being well equipped for a medical career. Dr. 
Holley located in Walton, where he has since 
resided. His ability and talent are every- 
where recognized: and he has built up an ex- 
tensive and lucrative practice, and won an 
assured position among the foremost practi- 
tioners of the county. He is very popular 
among his professional brethren, and is a 
prominent member of the Delaware County 
Medical Societv. 



Ur. Holley was united in marriage, in 
1876, to Miss Flora l^enedict, a daughter of 
Daniel and Nancy (Weldon) Benedict; and 
their union has been a most ha])i)y one. 'Ihcy 
iiave no children of their own, but have taken 
to their home and hearts an adopted son, 
Frank Holley, and are bestowing upon him 
the same attention and advantages that they 
would sive to one of their own blood. 




,^ ...1.IA;\I TWEEDIE is a prominent 
'^S\/ farmer in the town of Hamden, 
Delaware County, his estate being 
locatetl on East Brook, Joint District No. 5. 
He was born in Peeblesshire, -Scotland, in 
1830, anil in the spring of 1849 came to 
America with his parents and nine brothers 
and sisters. The father was Alexander 
Tweed ie, and the mother was Mary Bruce, a 
descendant of Robert Bruce. One of their 
children died in Scotland, at the age of three, 
and an infant in Hamden. William was the 
fifth in ortler of birth, two brothers and two 
sisters being his predecessors. All but one 
of these adult children are now living, and all 
the sons are in Walton except \\'illiam. The 
one exce|)tion is James Tweedie. In 1S56 he 
went to California bv way of the Isthmus of 
Panama, and engaged in mining. For gen- 
erations his ancestors had been shepherds; 
and so, after tiring of gold-digging, he fol- 
lowed his inherited instincts, and turned his 
attention to sheep-raising in Nevada, where 
he died at the early age of twenty-eight, and 
was buried in Virginia City, on November 
6, 1862. As he was unmarried, his lands, 
flocks, and herds should naturally and legally 
have belonged to his relations: but they never 
came into possession of any of his property. 

The paternal grandfather was John Tweedie, 
and his wife's name was Nicholas: but noth- 
ing more is known of her parental families. 
John Tweedie had five boys and a girl, but 
the only one who came to .America was Alex- 
ander. He became (thanks to freer institu- 
tions) a far more successful man than his 
home-kL-eping brothers. His wife died June 
II, 1881, aged sc\enty-eight : and he passed 
away on the 8th of November. 1 8S2, at the 
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had thirteen hundred dollars left after paying 
the passage for their party of twelve in the 
sailing-ship, which made the ocean passage in 
thirty days, arriving when the echoes of the 
Mexican War were yet flying in the air, and 
General Taylor had ridden into the White 
House on the strength of his military popular- 
ity. As might be supposed, the Tweedies are 
Presbyterians in religion; and the father was 
an Elder in the kirk. 

William Tweedie fed his father's flocks on 
the Cheviot Hills; but he also received a fair 
schooling there, which was increased by one 
term after he was nineteen and the family had 
come to America, though his time was mostly 
occupied by work on the two-hundred-acre 
farm adjacent to the one now owned and culti- 
vated by himself. During two summers he 
worked out by the month. In 1859, when he 
was twenty-nine, came an important change; 
for he then married May D. Munn, daughter 
of John and Margaret (Clark) Munn, both 
Scotch people, though they were married in 
Bovina. Mrs. Tweedie was born in 1838, so 
she is her husband's junior by eight years. 
She has one brother, Hugh, and two sisters: 
Mary, the wife of Andrew Doig; and Mar- 
garet, the widow of James Arbuckle, of Wal- 
ton. The mother, Mrs. Munn, died when her 
youngest child, Margaret, was born, though 
only in the prime of life. The father re- 
mained a widower many years, and died on 
his farm, Ajiril 22, 1879, aged seventy-six. 

After their marriage, April 6, 1859, Mr. 
and Mrs. William Tweedie began united 
domestic life in a log cabin in the woods, 
with a log barn and log out-houses to keep it 
company. The original hundred and twenty- 
six acres cost fourteen hundred dollars, and 
the young couple ran in debt seven hundred 
dollars in order to stock it. Among other 
things they bought a yoke of oxen, six cows, 
and (true to the Cheviot training) three 
sheep. In due time the hundred acres in- 
creased fourfold, with from eighty to a hun- 
dred sheep, and a dairy of from forty to sixty 
cows. In later years Mr. Tweedie gave his 
attention largely to a flock of Cotswold sheep, 
hut never did he forget his native Cheviots. 
In connection with his active enterprise as a 
sheep-breeder, he has exhibited at the State 



and county fairs his Cotswold specimens, 
yielding fleeces weighing over twenty pounds: 
and very often he has been appointed one of 
the judges, for nowhere is there a better judge 
of wool. One Cotswold lock, cut from a 
Canadian yearling ram, was sent to Washing- 
ton because of its extraordinary length of 
twenty-one inches; and the owner was awarded 
a diploma. The patient oxen have been dis.- 
placcd by five fine horses, and the master can 
drive a fine team before plough and wagon. 
After the martyrdom of Abraham Lincoln, for 
whom he wore crape a month, Mr. Tweedie 
gave his adherence to the prohibitory cause, 
but has never held any office, though he was 
once placed on the Prohibition ticket as can- 
didate for the General Assembly, and received 
a large vote. The family residence is far 
from the main road, and is a fine dwelling, 
built in 1887, embowered amid Norway spruce 
and other evergreen trees, set out in 1870, 
and now grown from nine inches to thirty feet 
high. 

In religion, as well as in daily pursuits, 
the Tweedies have followed in the parental 
paths, and are members of the United Presby- 
terian church. Forty years has the head of 
the household had charge of a Bible class, 
besides being a Trustee, Deacon, and the in- 
cumbent of other offices. Besides being re- 
spected for his ability and thought, Mr. 
Tweedie is a popular man. The IJ'cfi'/j' Re- 
porter instituted a voting contest for the most 
popular farmer, and Mr. Tweedie won by two 
thousand majority; and on his shelves is a set 
of historic books, received as the prize for the 
best article on farming. It is somewhat re- 
markable that a man whose days have been 
necessarily passed in plodding, agricultural 
pursuits should have developed so much liter- 
ary ability, suggestive of great possibilities in 
the line of scholarship had Providence called 
him into academic grooves. His wife has 
borne her full share of the labor, having a 
vigorous physique. Though the mother of 
nine children, she can to-day walk miles 
without fatigue. The heroes of the world are 
not all in parliamentary halls or battlefields. 
These old farms represent years of labor. 
How many times they have been cleared — 
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successive 
moitgagcs I 
tho- 



oncc, twice, and even tlirico, of 
stone crops, and final 1\' from 
Well has that dear lover of outdoor life, 
reau, written : — 

"Did you ever hear of a man who had 
striven all his life faithfully and sint;ly 
toward an object, and in no measure obtained 
it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not 
elexated? Did ever a man try heroism, niaj;- 
nanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there 
was no advantage in them, that it was a vain 
endeavor?" 

Of Mr. Twcedie's children, the eldest is 
Alexander, who was born April 23, i860, is 
married, and now a farmer at Dunk Hill, in 
Walton. Margaret, born December 17, iSfn, 
is the wife of Walter Miller, of North 1 lam- 
den, and has one daughter. Mary, born April 
8, 1864, is the wife of Frank Doig, a farmer, 
and has one daughter. John Tweedie, born 
August 5, 1869, is a stone worker in Hamtlen, 
and unmarried. William James, born F'ebru- 
ary 7, 1872, is still at home; and so are 
Lizzie M., born September 7, 1874, George 
Bruce, June 22. 1877, and Robert A., July 
19, 1 88 1. One child died in infancy. 



-OHN D. CLANCEV. of Margarettville, 
N.\'., the well-known proprietor of 
the largest cooper's shop in Delaware 
County, was born in Olive. Ulster 
County, on July 14, 1864. His parents, 
William antl Elizabeth McCadden Clancey. 
were both natives of West Maid. Ireland, and 
came to America on their wedding journey in 
1839. They bought a farm of eighty acres in 
Olive, and remained thereon for thirty-two 
years, prosperously engaged in farming. 
William Clancey died in 1871, leaving these 
children: Thomas, who married Sarah Becker, 
to whom one child was born, lives in the 
town of Hurley. Anna, who married IM. A. 
Meagher, of Kingston, a commercial trav- 
eller, is the mother of eight children. Cath- 
erine, who married H. P. Kelly, lives near 
Arkville. Lizzie, who married B. Soper, a 
real estate agent in Illinois, has one child. 
Willie, who married L. Lavy, lives in Shan- 
daken, Ulster County, and has one child. 
John D. is the subject of further mention 



below. Joseph and George are both in the 
ice business in Jersey. 

John, the original of this sketch, grew up 
on his father's farm, and at eighteen learned 
the coojx'r's trade at Margarettville, under the 
training of M. A. Meagher, whose ]ilace was 
on the corner of Walnut and Orchard Streets. 
Mr. Clancey afterward liought out Mr. 
Meagher, and has since conducted a large 
business, manufacturing tubs, firkins, churns, 
and barrels, and dealing in cooi)er supplies of 
all kinds, having many varieties of wooden- 
ware. His shop caught fire on the 4th of 
July, 1894, and was burned to the ground; 
but, with the energy which is characteristic of 
the man, he has built a new shop on a larger 
scale, two stories in height, and anticijxites 
making still further aildilions. 

In i8()r he married Maggie B. Carey, 
daughter of Lute and Sarah (Kelly) Carey. 
The father-in-law of Mr. Clancey lives on 
Red Kill, near Griffin's Corner, and is consid- 
ered one of the best farmers in the neighbor- 
hood, conducting a fine dairy, in which he takes 
great pride. He has four children: Maggie, 
Mrs. Clancey: .\ellie; William; and Rose. 

Mr. Clancey is a faithful Democrat, and is 
as active in the political interests of the 
country as he is in his own business affairs 
and personal concerns. As is well known in 
these parts, his shop has always been consid- 
ered to be one of the best in the county; and 
it is a fact worthy of being here recorded that 
firkins and tubs manufactured in John D. 
Clancev's cooperage have taken first premium 
in Delaware County five years in succession. 

Mr. Clancey has always had a great many 
warm friends among the farmers of this sec- 
tion, and m.ay be trusted by manly dealing to 
merit the continuance of their patronage and 
;rood will. 



(^rAMllS i:. HARPER, a dealer in 
watches, diamonds, jewelry, and silver- 
ware, whose attractive store is located 
on Main Street, Delhi, well represents 
the mercantile interests of this village, and is 
classed among its most substantial business 
men. He is here carrying on a brisk and 
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has already fully established himself in the 
confidence of his fellow-townsmen. Mr. 
Harper is a native of Delaware County, hav- 
ing been born February i, 1867, in the town 
of Kortright. His immediate ancestors were 
also of this county, his grandfather, Henry 
Harper, having been a life-long resident of 
the town of Harpersfield, which was likewise 
the birthplace of his father, William H. 
Harper. 

William H. Harper was reared on the home 
farm, in Harpersfield, and accjuired his early 
knowledge in the district schools. At the 
youthful age of fifteen years, by reason of the 
death of his father, Henry Harper, he was 
obliged to assume the entire management of 
the old homestead, where he faithfully labored 
for thirteen years. Going then to Kortright, 
he purchased a farm on which some improve- 
ments had been made, and for thirty-five years 
thereafter cultivated the land, making essen- 
tial and valuable improvements, and placing 
it among the most productive homesteads in 
the vicinity. Having by diligence and thrift 
amassed a comfortable competency, he re- 
moved to the village of Delhi, where he is 
living, retired from active life, and heartily 
enjoying the well-deserved reward of his many 
years of toil. His wife, Sarah McEckron, 
was a native of Washington County, New 
York, and one of six children of Alexander 
McEckron. Five children blessed the union 
of Mr. and Mrs. Harper, of whom four are 
living; namely, George, William, Anna, and 
James. The parents were both members of 
the United Presbyterian Church of North 
Kortright, where the father served as Deacon 
for many years. 

James E. Harper spent his boyhood and 
youth on the parental homestead in the place 
of his nativity, pursuing his studies in the 
public schools until seventeen years old, when 
he came to Delhi to learn the jewelry trade, 
serving his time with J. S. Page, the leading 
jeweller of the village. Four years later Mr. 
Harper bought out the jewelry business of 
O. C. Mann, of this place, and, after carry- 
ing it on in his own name for three years and 
six months, largely increased his trade by 
purchasing the long-established business of 
his former employer, Mr. Page. This large 



store, ninety feet long, he has completely re- 
stocked with choice goods from the best man- 
ufacturers in his various lines, having to-day 
not only the most extensive, but the best- 
equipped establishment of its kind in Dela- 
ware County. His honest and square dealing 
in all business transactions has won for him 
the respect of all who know him, and enabled 
him to secure an extensive patronage among 
the good people of this vicinity. 

On February 20, 1890, Maggie S. Mon- 
teith, a native of Martin, Mich., became the 
wife of Mr. Harper; and into their family 
circle two bright and active children have 
been born — Pauline and Harold Glen Harper. 
The parents of Mrs. Harper, Thomas and 
Margaret (Campbell) Monteith, were pioneer 
citizens of Martin, Mich., where Mr. Monteith 
cleared off a large tract of heavily timbered 
land, and improved a good homestead, on 
which he and his wife spent their declining 
years. He lived until seventy-five years old. 
Mrs. Monteith, who survived the death of her 
beloved husband but fifteen weeks, died at the 
age of seventy years. Both were devoted 
members of the United Presbyterian church. 

Mr. Harper has a pleasant home in a very 
desirable location on Main Street. In poli- 
tics Mr. Harper is a firm adherent of the Re- 
publican party, ever sustaining its principles 
by voice and vote. Socially, he is a promi- 
nent member of the Sons of Temperance of 
Delhi, and is Corresponding Secretary of the 
Young Men"s Christian Association, and is 
President of the Coimty Christian Endeavor 
Union. Both he and his estimable wife are 
valued members of the Second Presbyterian 
Church, of which he is Trustee, and in whose 
Sunday-school he has been a faithful teacher 
for the past six years. He may be counted as 
always ready to lend a helping hand to the 
needy, and to push forward any good substan- 
tial enterprise that will benefit his neighbor 
or improve the town. 



AVID W. HUBBELL, whose home 
is near Ilalcottsville, in Middle- 
town, N.Y., is a descendant of a 
family which has for several genera- 
tions been known and respected in America, 



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The first ancestor in the colonies was Richard 
Ilubbell, who was born in Great Ikitain in 
1654, and came to the New World in 1699. 
The next in line successively were Peter, born 
1688, Enoch, born 1735, Joseph, born 1758. 
Milow W., son of Joseph, and father of David 
W. Hiibbcll, was born February 17, 1798, 
and came to Hubbell Hill from Connecticut. 
He here bought a farm of seventy acres, and 
cleared the land, which he afterward sold, in- 
tending to remove to Indiana. This intention 
was never carried out, as he decided to remain 
in Delaware County, and accortlingly pur- 
chased two hundred and forty acres in Bragg 
Hollow, which he improved b\- cultivation 
and made still more valuable b\- erecting a 
frame dwelling-house and barns. Some years 
later he sold that place to Daniel H. Jacjuish, 
and bought another farm on the river, where 
he passed the remainder of his life. Me mar- 
ried Mary Faulkner, a daughter of Patrick 
Faulkner, one of the early settlers of Dela- 
ware County. Eleven children were born to 
them here— George W., Lyman, Charles, 
Harvey, Patrick, John, David, Maria, Nancy, 
Catherine, and Fanny. Mrs. Hubbell was a 
member of the old-school Baptist church. 
Milow Hubbell was a Democrat, and held the 
office of Supervisor and Assessor during the 
anti-rent war. Having served in the army 
as a substitute three months at New York, at 
the close of the War of 1S12 he drew a pen- 
sion from the government up to the time of 
his death. 

David W., seventh .son of Milow and Mary 
Hubbell, as named above, was born November 
26, 1839, at the homestead where he now 
resides. At the age of twenty-four years he 
wooed and married Hulda Jaquish, who was 
born in Roxbury, Meeker Hollow, on March 
21, 1838. She was a daughter of Daniel H. 
and Sarah (Hull) Jaquish, and was a descend- 
ant of John Jaquish, a French emigrant who 
came to America during the Revolutionary 
War, and found his way through the forest by 
marked trees to Kortright, where he settled. 
He died in Delhi, ninety-three years of age, 
leaving a family of twelve children — John, 
Joseph, David, Margaret, Daniel IL, Nathan, 
John W., Mary, ]\Iathias, Dolly, Betsey, and 
Sallv. His wife died in her eighty-second 



year, in 1887. Daniel II. Jaciuish was born 
August 19, 1799, and died at the age of 
eighty-four years, in September of 1883. 
He raised a family of ten children — P'rastus 
R., Sarah B., Martin B., John I., Cynthia, 
Polly, Eliza, Hulda, George L., Ursula. 

Mr. Ilubbell and his wife Hulda had a 
family of chiklren, who came in the follow- 
ing order: Jolm E., born October 27, 1865, 
who died June 20, 1868; .Sarah M., born Se])- 
tember 10, 1867, who married John PTan- 
cisco, a conductor on the V. & P). Railroad; 
Byron, who was born October 20, 1869, and 
died March 18, 1876; George E., born Octo- 
I)er 30, 1871, a graduate of the Baltimore 
College of Physicians and Surgeons; Burnet, 
born March 26, 1S74; Mary F., born May 6, 
1876; L'rsula, born June 10, 1883. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ilubbell began domestic life 
on a farm which he bought at Halcottsv ille: 
but he has since sold that estate, and returned 
to the old Bragg Hollow homestead, remodel- 
ling the dwelling into a large and beautiful 
residence. Here, during the hot summer 
months, they entertain that class of town 
folks known as "summer boarders," who arc 
delighted to exchange the din and dust and 
glare of hot ])avements and sun-scorched walls 
for the cool quiet of some country retreat. 
The large, airy house, with its water sujiply 
from the pure hillside streams, its excellent 
dairv, and charming location, offers s])ecial 
attractions to families of children, and is a 
favorite rendezvous for New Yorkers each sea- 
son. As many as twenty-five are accommo- 
dated at once, and there arc thirty-two fat 
[ersey cows in pasture whose special mission 
it is to minister to the apjietites of Gotham's 
summer idlers. 

Mr. Hubbell is a Democrat and a Granger, 
and in his religious views is a liberal Chris- 
tian, not being bound down by creed or 
dogma. 



I PES BRAMEIA', favorably known 
in the town of Walton as an 
J|L( industrious and enter])rising 
farmer, is the proprietor of a fine 
homestead pleasantly situated on the river 
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])lace of his birth was in the town of Hovina, 
Delaware County; its date, December 19, 
1 83 1. Mr. Rraniley is the worthy representa- 
tive of an old New England family, his pa- 
ternal grandfather, who was a Revolutionary 
pensioner, having been a life-long resident of 
that part of the Union, and one of its re- 
spected farmers. 

Henry Bramley, the father of Miles, was 
reared to manhood in his New England home, 
but after his marriage removed to this part of 
New York, and, settling in the town of Bo- 
vina, bought the farm on which his youngest 
son, Girard Bramley, now lives. There he 
toiled early and late, and by unremitting 
labor improved a good homestead, where he 
and his faithful wife and helpmate spent their 
remaining years, he passing away at the age 
of fourscore and four years, and she living to 
celebrate her eighty-fifth birthday. Her 
maiden name was Betsey Wright, and she was 
a life-long resident of Delaware County. 
She bore her husband twelve children; 
namely, Mary Ann, Phebe Ann, Sylvanus, 
William, John, Amanda, James, Susan, 
Charles, Miles, Alexander, and Girard. Of 
this large family five sons and two daughters 
are still living. The mother was a practical 
Christian woman, and was identified with the 
Methodist church, to which she belonged for 
many years. 

Miles Bramley assisteil his father in open- 
ing up his farm, and made his home with his 
parents until he was twenty-five years of age. 
He then purchased land in Bloomville, in the 
town of Kortright, and for two years was em- 
ployed in the labors of husbandry. The fol- 
lowing year he spent in Bovina, coming thence 
to Walton, when he bought the farm on which 
he has since resided. He raises hay and 
grain, but pays especial attention to dairying, 
sending his milk directly to the city of New 
York. 

Mr. Bramley has been twice married. His 
union with Abigail Nicholas, the daughter of 
Elijah and Amanda Nicholas, members of the 
farming community of Bovina, was solemnized 
on January 6, 1857; and their happy wedded 
life lasted twenty-five years. Mrs. Abigail 
Bramley was a Methodist in religion. She 
died at fifty-five years of age, leaving two 



children — Ella A. and Frances A. Ella is 
the wife of Hubert Sewell, of Walton, of 
whom a sketch appears on another page of this 
volume. Frances married Charles Sabin, a 
banker, residing in Susquehanna, Pa. On 
March 20, 1890, Mr. Bramley formed a sec- 
ond matrimonial alliance, with Elizabeth H. 
Blair, a daughter of Peter and Margaret (Mc- 
Cune) Blair, the former of whom was born in 
Scotland, and the latter in Bovina, but of 
Irish parentage on the maternal side. 

The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Bramley, 
William Blair, emigrated from Scotland, bring- 
ing his family with him, and took up his 
abode in Delhi, where he bought land, and 
engaged in agricultural pursuits, carrying on 
farming in conjunction with blacksmithing, a 
trade which he had followed in his native 
country. The father of Mrs. Bramley began 
his career as an independent farmer in the town 
of Bovina, where he met and wooed the fair 
woman who became his bride; and on the 
homestead in that town, which he improved, 
both afterward lived until their departure from 
this world, he passing away at the age of 
sixty-seven years, and she at threescore years. 
They were both esteemed members of the 
Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. 
Eight of the ten children born of their union 
grew to maturity; namely, Nancy, Mary, 
William, Samuel, James, Margaret, Elizabeth 
H., and Jane S. Of this number Mrs. liram- 
ley and one son are the only ones now living. 
Mr. Bramley uniformly casts his vote with 
the Republican party, and in all respects is a 
citizen deeply interested in the welfare of his 
county and community. Both he and his wife 
are members of the Methodist church. 



/^3T*EORGE H. BRINKMAN, M.D., is 
y •) I one of the most popular and success- 
— ful physicians of the town of Frank- 
lin, where he has practised since December 
20, 1893. He was born in Ro.xbury, Dela- 
ware County, N.Y., March 10, 1864, son of 
Dedrick and Elizabeth (Vareschorst) Brink- 
man, a short sketch of the life of whom is 
given elsewhere in this volume, where the 
biography of his brother, William Brinkman, 
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George was brought to I'ranklin by his par- 
ents, who resided in the town for fourteen 
years, and then moved to the Chauncy Ogden 
farm, one and one half miles north. After 
living here for two years, they removed to a 
farm of one hundred and seventy acres on 
East Handsome lirook, known as the Warren 
Green place. This home they occupied until 
the death of Dr. 15rinkman"s father, when his 
mother moved into the village. 

Studiously inclined from his boxhood, 
young Brinkman'made good use of his time at 
the district school, and when sixteen was sent 
to the Delaware Literary Institute, where he 
was a pupil for eight terms. He afterward 
taught school one term, and began the study 
of medicine with Dr. McNaught, in February, 
1885. For three years he studied with Dr. 
McNaught, during which time he took three 
courses of lectures at the medical department 
of the University of the City of New York, 
eraduatinfr March 6, 1888. standing number 
seventeen in a class of two hundred. In 
April, 1888, he began to practise at Daven- 
port, in this county, where he remained until 
December 20, 1893, when he removed to 
Franklin, and entered into partnership with 
his old classmate, Dr. S. J. White. These 
two young physicians have already secured 
quite a large practice, which is constantly in- 
creasing, as their ability in their j^rotession 
becomes more widely known. 

On December 27, 1886, Dr. Brinkman mar- 
ried Miss Lotta M. Wilson, of Xew York 
City, by whom he had one son, William Farl, 
who died when four and one-half months o'ld. 
Mrs. Brinkman passed away, after a year's 
illness, on December 31, 1890, being but 
twenty years of age. The Doctor was again 
married January 18, 1893, his bride being 
Mrs. Hannah Andrews, widow of George I). 
Andrews, and the only child of C S. and 
Emma (Stewart) Robertson, both of whom 
were natives of Worcester, Otsego County. 
Mrs. Brinkman received her education at the 
Albany Female Academy. 

Dr. Brinkman votes with the Democratic 
party: but, although displaying a lively inter- 
est in all political affairs, he has little time 
in which to take an active part. He is an 
energetic, progressive man, who possesses 



rare qualifications for his chosen profession. 
The Doctor is a member of Franklin Lodge, 
No. 562, A. F. & A. M., of I'ranklin, X.Y. 



01 IX J. HL'RKE. The manufacturing 
and mercantile interests of Delaware 
Count}' have no more worthy rejiresent- 
alive than the gentleman whose name 
stantls at the head of this sketch. He is the 
leading merchant tailor of the county; and at 
his place of business in liell's Block, Main 
Street, Delhi, he carries a comi)lete stock of 
both domestic and imported gcjods, including 
the hitest and most desirable patterns from 
the largest and most reliable manufacturers of 
two continents. His thorough knowledge of 
his business and the especial pains which he 
takes to please his customers, personally 
studying the wants of each and every one, sec- 
onded by his genial and agreeable manners 
and his honorable and upright business 
methods, have won him during his residence 
in Deliii a well-deserved reputation as the 
best and most trustworthy tailor in this part 
of the State. He is of Irish i)arentage. and 
a native of West \'irginia, having been born 
in Rowlesburg, February 27, 1S65. 

Martin Burke, the father of the subject of 
this brief biography, was born and bred in 
Ireland, where, on attain iTig manhood, he 
worked as a ilav laborer until about 1864, 
when, accomjjanied by his wife and one child, 
he sailed for America, hoping in this country 
to achieve the independence denied him in 
his native land. After a short stay in New- 
York City, where he landed, he ])roceeded to 
Rowlesburg, Preston County, W.Ya.. whither 
one of his brothers had preceded him. He 
subsequently. purchased a farm there, and car- 
ried on general farming the residue of his 
life, which was not a long time, he being 
called to his eternal rest in 1878, when fifty 
vears old. He was an honest, hard-working 
man; and both he and his wife were faithful 
members of the Catholic church. The bride 
of his vouth, to whom he was united while in 
the country of his nativity, was Hannah Lee. 
She bore him four children, namely: Valen- 
tine; Mary, deceased; Bridget, deceased: and 
John J. She lived but a few short months 



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after coming to the United States, dying in 
Rowlesburg, at the age of forty years. 

John J. Burke was but two months old 
when he was left motherless; and, until his 
father again married, he lived with an uncle. 
Returning home after that event, he remained 
a member of the paternal household until the 
death of his father, when he was a lad of thir- 
teen years. The following winter he con- 
tinued his studies in the public school, going 
thence to Grafton, where he lived about six 
years, being first employed as an office boy. 
When fifteen years old he began to learn the 
tailor"s trade, entering the shop of J. H. Ger- 
kin, of Grafton, with whom he served a four 
years" apprenticeship. He became a most 
efficient and skilful workman, thoroughly con- 
versant with every branch of the business, re- 
membering the adage that "whatever is worth 
doing at all is worth doing well," and on this 
fundamental principle basing his success. In 
1 88 5 Mr. Burke removed to Pittsburg, Pa., 
where he worked a short time, going from 
there to McKeesport, and soon afterward to 
Washington, D.C. Coming thence to Dela- 
ware County, he secured a position in Delhi 
with Mr. O'Connor, with whom he worked for 
three years. The following year he worked 
in Watertown, N.Y., being afterward em- 
ployed as a cutter in a tailoring establish- 
ment in Turin, N.Y., for a year. Mr. Burke 
then returned to Delhi, and established the 
business in which he has since been so pros- 
perously engaged, easily taking a foremost 
rank. 

On October 14, 1891, Mr. Burke was united 
in marriage with Miss Hstellc Stoutenburg. 
Mrs. l?urke is the daughter of Hiram Stouten- 
burg, cashier of the Adams Express Company 
of Delhi, a sketch of whose life appears else- 
where in this volume. Their happy marriage 
has been blessed by the birth of one child, 
Leda. Politically, Mr. Burke is a stanch 
sujiporter of the principles of the Democratic 
party, and holds a conspicuous position in the 
.social organizations of the town, being a 
prominent member of the Masonic frater- 
nity, belonging to Delhi Lodge, No. 439, 
A. F. & A. M. Mr. Burke is also an effi- 
cient member of the fire department, belong- 
ing to Active Hose, No. 5, in which, owing 



to his great popularity with the members of 
the company, he was in 1892 elected to the 
position of foreman. He is a regular attend- 
ant of the Second Presbyterian Church, of 
which his wife is a sincere and consistent 
member. Mr. and Mrs. Burke vie with each 
other in their efforts to make their home at- 
tractive to their many friends, extending to 
each one with true hospitality a cordial and 
hearty welcome. 



AMES SACKRIDER, who for many 
years successfully farmed his ancestral 
acres in the town of Kortright, where 
he died May 4, 1883, was born in 
Schoharie County, December i, 1813, and 
was the son of Henry W. and Hester (Wet- 
more) Sackrider. His great-grandfather. 
Christian Sackrider, came from Germany and 
settled in Dutchess County. 

Moses Sackrider. son of Christian, was 
born August 29, 1746, and was the first mem- 
ber of the family to settle in Kortright. 
When he came to this county, it was a wooded 
wild, with here and there a clearing. He 
made the journey on horseback, and, on arriv- 
ing, bought the farm of one hundred and fifty 
acres now owned and occupied by Mrs. Sack- 
rider. Building a rude log cabin, he here 
spent the rest of his life, being at the time of 
his death ninety years old. The wife of 
Moses Sackrider was Hannah Wright, born 
August 2, 1745; and they had seven children; 
namely, Daniel, Thomas, Solomon, Mary, 
Timothy, Hannah, Henry. All grew to ma- 
turity, and all except Thomas attained a good 
old age. Moses was a Whig in politics, and 
in religion a member of the Episcopal church. 
He was a strong Free Mason, was a hard 
worker, and a prominent man in his day. 

Henry W. Sackrider was born in Delaware 
County, and, like his father Moses, was a 
farmer and an able and diligent worker. The 
old homestead descended to him by inheri- 
tance; and by him and other members of the 
family the territory included in the first farm 
of the Sackriders was greatly increased, till it 
consisted of about four hundred and fifty 
acres. His religious interests were centred 
about the Methodist Episcopal church at 




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Bloomvillo, of which he ami his wile, Hester 
Wctniore, were members. They had tiirce 
children — Christian, Sail)', and James — all 
of whom lived to reach maturity, and are now- 
deceased. Henr)' W. Sackrider died July 5, 
1S66, aged sovent\'-nine, and liis wife Novem- 
ber 24, 1866, aged eighty. 

James, the only son of IIenr\' W. and Hes- 
ter Sackrider, grew up on the farm, received 
his clementar}' education in the district school 
near his home, and then went to a high school 
in Schoharie County. After finishing his 
studies, he succeeded to the management of 
the farm, and engaged extensively in <lairy- 
ing. Being an excellent business man, his 
success was assured from the start; and he 
carried on his farm with much care and sys- 
tem. He was married September 23, 1S44, 
to fane Ann Thomas, who was borrt in the 
town of Stamford, March 5, 18 19, and was the 
daughter of Abram Thomas, an earlv settler 
of Stamford. They had four children, only 
one of whom is now living — Helen S., 
widow of the late V. V. (iibson, of Stamford. 
Mrs. Jane A. Sackrider passed away in 1870. 

In 1880 James Sackrider married foi' his 
second wife Mary Jane Trelease, wlio was 
born May 21, 1854, in Rondout, L'lster 
County, N.Y. Her father, William Trelease. 
was born in Cornwall, I""ngland, Decc'mbtr 
14, 1826, and died March 6, 1S87. His 
wife, Ann Mitchell Trelease, was boin in 
I'"nglan<l in 1S35, and died October 24, 1863. 
They were the parents of tliese children : Mary 
Jane, Mrs. Sackrider, the eldest; Celia, wife 
of John N. Boyd, of Rondout; Edward; and 
Burdella, who also li\-es in Rondout. Mr. 
Trelease was a public contractor and an able 
business man of Rondout for many years pre- 
vious to his death. The family were mem- 
bers of the Episcopal church, and he was a, 
strong Rejniblican in ]M)litics. The grand- 
father of Mrs. Sackrider was Abraham Tre- 
lease, born in bjigland, ( )ctober 2. 1794. 
His wife, lennie Alford, was also born in 



Ensrland, 



lune f). \7'-)7- Hi 



land, in 1664, and was conni'cted with many 
of the stirring e\ents of two centuries ago. 
Mrs. Miry J. Trelease -Sackrider has two chil- 
dren: William IL, born December 22, 1S80; 
ami Harry ]•:., born May 25, 1883. Since 
the deatli of her husband eleven years ago, 
Mrs. .Sackrider has conducted the business of 
the farm. She has two hunch-ed and forty of 
the original acres, and carries on a dairy sup- 
plied by forty-five cows, grade Jerseys, selling 
milk at the station at an average of two thou- 
sand cans a year. Eike her husband, she has 
shown in all her dealings great executive abil- 
ity. As members of the Methodist I^piscopal 
church at Bloomville and liberal sujijiorters of 
its work, they have always been held in high 
regard . 

A ])ortrait of James -Sackrider accompanies 
this brief record of himself and his connec- 
tions b\- birth and mai'riatre. 



keeper, one of the jovial hosts of thi.' last 
century, and was father of fourteen children, 
thirteen of whom grew to maturity. The 
famil}' trace their lineage back to Richard 
Trelease, who was born in Cornwall, I'-ng- 




RS. CORDlvI.IA HANEORD, 

widow of the late (ieorge M. Han- 
iord, of Walton, is a w-oman of 
ulture and refinement, and is 
held in high esteem throughout the commu- 
nity wherein hi'r entire life has been spent, 
her birth having occurred in North Walton, 
Eebruary 26, 1826. She is of New I'.ngland 
ancestry, and the descendant of a prominent 
pioneer of this part of Delaware County, her 
grandfather, Caleb Benedict, having come 
hither from Connecticut, the -State of liis na- 
tivity, at an early da\-. He was one of the 
first settlers of Wtrth Walton, where he pur- 
chased a tract of tindjcred land, from which 
he cleai'eil a goodly portion of the wood: and 
on the farm which he thus improved he spent 
the remaining years of his life. His worthy 
wile cheerfully shared with him the i)rivations 
of their lot. and assisted in the establisliment 
of their new home. Both were people whose 
lives were directed by high moral principles, 
and they were devout members of the Congre- 
gational church of North Walton. 

[ra Benedict, son of Caleb, the father of 
Mrs. Hanford, was born in Connecticut, and. 
coming here with his ]jarents, soon grew idd 
enougli to assist them in their arduous labors 
of improving a homestead. He attended the 



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pioneer schools of this place, and, being 
familiar in his boyhood with agricultural pur- 
suits, naturally selected farming as his life 
occupation. After his marriage with Hannah 
Fitch he bought a farm near the home of his 
parents, and there carried on general husban- 
dry many years. At length disposing of that 
property, Mr. Benedict removed to Wisconsin, 
where he spent a few years, but later returned 
to Walton and spent his last days at the home 
of his daughter, Mrs. Hanford, passing away 
at the ripe old age of eighty-six years. His 
wife was the daughter of Seymour Fitch, an 
honored and influential pioneer of Walton, 
who came here from Connecticut, bringing 
with him his young wife and three children, 
who performed the long journey, through vast 
forests, on horseback. They began life in 
their new home in a humble log cabin, on the 
farm adjoining the one on which Mrs. Han- 
ford now lives. Mr. Fitch was an important 
factor in building up this town, contributing 
his full share toward its development and 
advancement. Both he and his wife were 
closely identified with the interests of the 
Congregational church of Walton, of which 
they were active members. Ira Benedict 
reared a family of nine children, as follows: 
Edward S., who died April 17, 1894; Eliza- 
beth; Lewis; Maria; Nathan; Cordelia; 
Marv; Hiram; and Helen. Mrs. Benedict 
died in North Walton when but forty-nine 
years of age. 

Cordelia Benedict passed the days of her 
childhood and early maidenhood with her par- 
ents, receiving from her mother a practical 
training in the domestic arts that well fitted 
her for her future position as a housewife and 
helpmate to her husband. On November 2, 
1848, .she became the bride of George M. 
Hanford, a son of Levi and Cynthia Hanford. 
His father was a native of Connecticut and an 
early settler of Walton. Mr. Hanford, who 
was a man of honor and integrity, possessing 
qualities of character which greatly endeared 
him to his family, and won for him the es- 
teem and confidence of all who knew him, 
departed this life November 8, 1878, being 
then sixty-two years of age. 

Into the hou.sehold of Mr. and Mrs. Hanford 
were born six children — ^ William L., Eliza 



M., Samuel I., Piatt Mead, Henry C, and 
Lucia C. Henry C. died at the tender age of 
one year. William L. married Anna Tib- 
bals. Eliza M., who married William T. 
Moore, a clerk in a general store in Walton, 
has three children — Annie H., Henry S., 
and Charles W. Samuel I., who married Ro- 
setta Ritsher, is a graduate of the Theological 
Seminary in Chicago, and the ])astor of a 
Congregational church in Aurora, Neb. Piatt 
Mead married Emily Ogden, the daughter of 
Edward and Margaret Ogden ; and of their 
union three children were born, only one of 
whom, Bessie E. Hanford. is now living. 
George, the only son, died in 1884, and the 
youngest daughter, Mabel, and her mother 
passed away in 18S7. Mrs. Cordelia Bene- 
dict Hanford and her family are worthy of the 
high respect accorded them by a wide circle of 
friends and acquaintances. They are con- 
scientious members of the Congregational 
church, in which her son William has served 
with fidelity for many years as Trustee and 
Deacon. 



(5 I HO MAS D. MIDDLEMAST, a promi- 
' I nent farmer residing on the old home- 
-*- stead near Delhi, was born May 18, 
i860, and is a son of Thomas and Jane 
(Douglass) Middlemast. The paternal grand- 
father, Thomas Middlemast, was a native of 
Scotland, residing there until his marriage, 
when he came to this country, and settled on 
a farm on the Little Delaware River. He 
made his home with his children during the 
latter years of his life. The names of his 
children were as follows: Thomas, John, 
William, James, Ellen, Elizabeth, and Anne. 
Thomas Middlemast, the father of the sub- 
ject of this biographical notice, was educated 
in the district schools, and assisted his father 
on the farm. He rented a farm for three 
years, afterward purchasing the one where his 
son now lives. Mrs. Middlemast is a native 
of Meredith, her father having been a well- 
known farmer of that locality. The family 
were originally from Scotland, in which coun- 
try her father was engaged in the occupation 
of a shepherd. Mrs. Middlemast was one of 
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sides in Delhi; Jane; Jinies; I'llizabetli ; Isa- 
bella: and William 11. Mr. Middlemast died 
September 27, 1887, at the aj;e of sixty live. 
He left a family of five children: Mari^aret, 
the wife of Joseph -S. MeMurdy. of Delhi: 
Thomas D. ; William J.: Belle W., the wife 
of William J. lloaj;-, a farmer of Sullivan 
County: and I'.hene/.er R. John died when an 
infant. 

Thomas D. Middlemast was educated at tiie 
district schools; and since his father's death 
he, with one of his l)rothers, has mana,>;ed 
the farm, which consists of about two hundred 
and fiftv acres, devotiui;- a large portion of iiis 
time to the dairy, and keeping from fifty to 
seventy head of cattle. Mr. Middlemast is a 
prominent member of Delhi Lodge, No. 439, 
A. F. & A. M., in which he has held several 
important offices. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican. He has been Collector of Taxes for 
the town, and is President of the Delaware 
County Agricultural Societ), a iiosition he 
has filled with honor and dignity for two 
years. He is an attendant of the Presbyterian 
church, of which his mother is a mendjer. 
That Mr. Middlemast possesses progressive 
ideas is clearly demonstrated by the model 
farm which he so ably conducts, a fine ex- 
ample of careful and [n-udent management. 



Yf^ICHARD 15. ROBINSON, son of 

\i\ I)'"o^'"-'c A. and Roxy A. (Benjamin) 

Vs\ Robinson, was born on .September 

^""^ II, 1841, in the town of Roxbury. 

His maternal grandfather was Ijorn in 1778. 

When a young man he came to Delaware 

County, where he plied his trade of masonry, 

undertaking work by contract, paving the way, 

and laying the foundation, in both a literal 

and figurative sense, to prosperity and hapj)!- 

ness; "for it was here that he met and won his 

wife. 

Mr. Dinghee A. Robinson was also a native 
of Roxbury, and received a jjractical education 
in the district school. He was a farmer and 
teamster until 1866, when he exchanged 
plough and spade for counter and scales, antl 
established a grocery store, in which his son 
Richard held a partnership, and in which he 
took an active interest until the day of his 



death. He w;is a stanch aiilierent of the 
Democratic party, and a consistent member 
of the old schocd Ba|)tist church. He mar- 
ried Miss Benjamin, whose father has been 
before mentioned, and died in the fifty-fifth 
year of his age, leaving a widow and three 
children: Henry C, who married Miss Sarah 
Dart, and is now a merchant in Camden, 
N.J.; a ilaughter Betsey, who died young; 
antl Richard B. Robinson, the original of the 
])resent outline portrait. 

Richard was educatetl at the Roxbury 
Academy, and at the age of twenty-tiiree went 
into the drug business in Prattsville, Greene 
Count)', but s(dd out later, and returned to 
Roxbury, where he joined his father in the 
grocery. Ten years afterwaid he sold out his 
interest in this to Burhans & Lauren. In 
1885 he was ajiiiointed Postmaster under 
Grover C'levelarurs first administration. At 
the end of the Democratic Presidential term 
he resigned Ills office and became clerk for 
W. M. Banker, in whose employment he re- 
mained until President Cleveland's second 
term in the White House, when he again re- 
ceived the a]>|)ointment as Postmaster, having 
l)roved his fitness for the work and his 
efficacy. 

Mr. Robinson won for his wife Miss Plutbe 
White, of Prattsville. Miss White was a 
daughter of Hiram and Maria (Bate) White, 
whose married lives extended over such an 
exiKinse of vears — their deaths occurring 
within the sjiace of five days, both caused by 
])neuinonia —as to tleserve more than a pass- 
ing notice. There is a halo of beauty and 
|)athos surrounding the aged couple who had 
lived, sorrowed, and rejoiced together for the 
greater part of eighty-five years of shadow and 
sunshine, and whose earthly separation was so 
mercifully short. 

Mrs. Robinson died in tlu- s|)ring of 1894. 
at the age of tifty-two years. She was a con- 
sistent and faithful member of the Presbyte- 
rian church. She left one child, a daughter, 
Anna M., who lives at home, the only solace 
of a desolated fireside and a bereaved husband. 
Richard B. Robinson is a clear exponent 
and stanch adherent of the Democratic party, in 
whose serMces his energies have always been 
enlisted. He is a notary public, and a mem- 



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ber of the Masonic Order, belonging to Cceur 
de Lion Lodge, No. 571, at Roxbury, N.Y. 




IX1;R MINSON, whose post-office ad- 
dress is Ouleout, is a fine repre- 
sentative of the prosperous and 
intelligent agriculturists of Dela- 
ware County. He was born on the farm 
where he now resides, in the town of Frank- 
lin, December 21, 1843, being the son of 
John H. Munson, who was born in Meredith 
in 18 1 7, and died in Oneonta in i88g. 

Mr. Munson is of honored English ancestry 
on both sides of his family, his great-great- 
grandfather on his mother's side having been 
the Duke of Northumberland. His paternal 
grandfather, Heman Munson, was born in 
Watertown, Litchfield County, Conn., in 
1784, and was a resident of that place for 
many years. He married Sarah Hecock, a 
native of Connecticut, and afterward re- 
moved to this State, and was numbered among 
the well-to-do farmers. He reared six sons 
and one daughter. One of these, Peter Mun- 
son, is now a bright and active man of eighty- 
two years, having the full use of his mental 
and physical powers. The grandfather lived 
to celebrate his seventy-sixth birthday, dying 
in the town of Davenport, and being buried 
beside his wife and son John H. in the Oule- 
out cemetery. 

The father of the subject was from boy- 
hood a tiller of the soil. He bought the 
nucleus of the present homestead of the sub- 
ject in 1842, paying twelve dollars an acre 
for the first thirty acres of it. He cleared 
and improved this, and added somewhat to its 
acreage, having before his decease a good- 
sized and well-appointed farm. His widow, 
who has passed the seventy-fifth milestone of 
life, is now living with her daughter, Mrs. 
Josephine McMinn, in Oneonta. Her other 
living children are as follows: Milton D., a 
farmer, lives in F'ranklin. Albert H., a 
commercial traveller, resides in Chautauqua 
County; John A., a physician, in Sulli- 
van County; Ainer in Franklin; and Mrs. 
T. K. Walker lives at Downsville. One son, 
William A., formerly a cattle dealer, died in 
1885, at the age of thirty years. 



Ainer Munson was reared to farm life, and 
obtained a firm foundation for his education 
in the district school, this being supplemented 
by a year's attendance at a select school in 
Oneonta, and another year at the Delaware 
Literary Institute in Franklin. During the 
progress of the late Civil War he enlisted in 
September, 1864, as a L^nion soldier in Com- 
pany A, Thirteenth New York Heavy Artil- 
lery, serving as a private until the close of 
the war, being honorably discharged June 24, 
1865. He participated bravely in several en- 
gagements and skirmishes. After his return 
from the army Mr. Munson resumed his farm- 
ing operations on the old homestead, upon 
which he has since resided, being now the 
possessor of one hundred and eighty acres of 
land, the larger part of which is under culti- 
vation, well fenced, and improved, he having 
built two thousand five hundred rods of fenc- 
ing, and amply supplied the place with con- 
venient buildings. The barn is very ca- 
pacious and well arranged, being one hun- 
dred and twenty-four feet by forty-eight feet, 
with a basement having accommodations for 
fifty or sixty head of cattle. Mr. Munson has 
a fine dairy, containing twenty-five grade Jer- 
sey cows; and to the care of this he devotes a 
good deal of his attention, finding it a very 
profitable branch of industry. 

On October 30, 1866, Mr. Munson married 
Adelaide Ward, of Davenport Centre, where 
her birth occurred in 1849, her parents, 
Daniel and Emily (Brewer) Ward, being 
prosperous members of the farming commu- 
nity. Seven children have been born to Mr. 
and Mrs. Munson, one of whom died when an 
infant, and another, Eva W., when eight 
years old. Alberta G. is the wife of John M. 
Hotaling, a farmer in Franklin, and has one 
daughter. Berenice B., a young lady, lives, 
at home. Edith Lyle lives at Oneonta. 
Walter H., an active youth of seventeen 
years, and John H., eleven years, live with 
their parents. 

In politics Mr. Munson is a stanch sup- 
porter of the Republican party, and has held 
various offices of trust, among others that of 
Justice of the Peace, which he is now filling 
most creditably and acceptably. Socially, he 
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Graiul Army o( the K<.'[)ublic, bclongiuL^ to 
the v.. 1). l'"arnicr Post, No. Ii6, of Oiu-oiita. 




III'.OPIIILL'S G. Al'STIN, whoso bi- 

oi;iai)li)' is herein given among those 
)f tlie prosperous men of Delaware 
County, was born on January 30, 1830, on the 
family estate where he now lives. His grand- 
father. Pardon Austin, was of English descent 
anil a native of Rhode Islanil, where he was a 
skilled tanner and shoemaker. Purchasing a 
tract of one hundred and forty-seven and one- 
half acres of land in Delaware County, he 
established a tannery near Arkville, still fol- 
lowing also for about twenty years his other 
trade of shoemaking. lie bought the frame 
of a grist-mill on White Brook, and built a 
house, and also put up the first frame barn in 
Middletown. He afterward moved to the 
Carter farm, and eventually to luie County, 
Pennsylvania, where he died, in his eighty- 
third year. He was a Whig, and a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. His 
wife, Jane Stanton, lived to be eighty-three 
years old, and was the mother of eight chil- 
dren — Pardon, Alexander, Jane, Eaura, Ma- 
linda, Rhoda, Henrietta, and P'reeman. 

Alexander Austin was born at the old 
homestead on April 5, 1798. Having grown 
to manhood, he bought the farm, and, drop- 
ping the tannery, went on with the improve- 
ment of the place. He also bought and 
cleared one hundred and thirt)' acres more, 
making his home here til! his death, when 
sixty-three years old. At the age of twenty- 
one, December 19, 1819, he married Deborah 
Dean, who was born August 16, 1804, a 
daughter of William and Mary (Mott) Dean. 
Mr. Dean was a Delaware farmer, and con- 
ducted a carding factory. Nine children 
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Austin, 
namely: Alfred L., Eebruary 11. 1822; 
William D.. August 16, 1823: Adalinc, De- 
cember 23, 1826: Henry M., December i, 
1828: Julia, August 12. 1832; Clarinda, Oc- 
tober 6, 1S35; Huklah Austin, born P\-bruary 
5, 1838; Polly D., March 4, 1843; Theoph- 
ilus G., January 30, 1830. Mr. Austin was a 
Republican, and served his town as Poormas- 
ter. His wife, who was a member of the 



Haptist church, li\'ed to the age of seventy- 
two )ears. 

'I'heophilus (j. Austin was educated in the 
district schools, and continued during iiis 
_\'outh and early manhood to work with his 
father, putting the farm into .1 higli state of 
cultivation, and was thirty years of age when 
the estate came into his possession. He won 
the heart and haiul of Miss Iluldah Allison, 
one of Micklletown's maidens, and the child 
of Jefferson T. and Margaret (Paul) Allison. 
Mr. Allison was a mason and farmer in ])ros- 
perous circumstances, on the stream known as 
Platter Kill. Mrs. Austin had five brothers 
— James P., William 'P., Andrew B.. Hiram 
IE, and Amos. The children of the marriage 
ol 'rheo])hilus Austin antl Miss .Allison were: 
Margaret, born December I, 1870; Deborah, 
March 19, 1873; William 'P., born March 23, 
1879; and Alfretl E., born on August 8, 
1882. 

The (dd house of his ancestors has been en- 
tirely remodelled since Mr. Theo]ihilus Aus- 
tin came into possession of it: and he has 
Iniilt a new barn, wagon-house, and other out- 
buiUlings. P'ive thousand rods of stone wall 
lately built have greatly enhanced the value 
of the farm, which has an exceptionally fine 
location, being on the I'. & D. Railroatl, 
within two miles of Margarettville, anti one 
mile distant from Arkville. Mr. Austin is 
liberal in his religious views, believing that 
Christianity is embodied in the practical ap- 
plication of the Golden Rule rather than 
in formulated theology. His wife is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist church. He is a Repub- 
lican in politics. A beautiful home, hai)i)y 
domestic relations, and the esteem of his 
contemporaries are the rewards of his well- 
spent N'cars. 




DIXCAN EAWRENCI-:, a successful 
farmer and leading citizen of Kort- 
right, where he is engaged in dairying. 
is a son of Jacob W. Eawrence, a na- 
tive of Middletown, who carried on an exten- 
sive lumber business in that town, whore he 
erected a saw-mill. Removing to .Sullivan 
County, he engaged in farming, and by unit- 
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comfortable fortune. At the breaking out of 
the Civil War he enlisted in Sickies's Brigade 
in the Ninety-first New York Volunteer In- 
fantry, and died in 1862 from injuries re- 
ceived while in service. He was a Whig, 
and later a Republican. The Methodist 
Episcopal church found in him a consistent 
member. His widow, Margaret Monroe, a 
native of Scotland, and five children survived 
him. The latter are as follows: J. Duncan, 
the subject of this sketch; Jacob H., a resi- 
dent of Massachusetts; George E., a carpen- 
ter residing in Omaha, Neb.; Mary, the wife 
of William Tuttle, of Curtisville, Mass.; and 
Addison E., who also resides in Curtisville. 
Mrs. Margaret Monroe 'Lawrence is still liv- 
ing, and resides in Curtisville. 

J. Duncan Lawrence was born in Colches- 
ter, January 29, 1846, and received his educa- 
tion in Sullivan County. When fifteen years 
of age he enlisted in Company H, Fifty-sixth 
New York Volunteers, Captain William Jos- 
lyn, and saw much hard service, taking part 
in sixteen battles, among which were those of 
Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Fair Oaks. ; 
He was honorably discharged in 1865, and 
went to Andes, Delaware County, where he 
attended the Andes Collegiate Institute. He 
then spent about two years travelling through 
the States, and then settled in Binghamton, 
where he was employed as a clerk for five 
years, then engaged in buying and selling 
stock in Andes. 

October 30, 1880, Mr. Lawrence married 
Miss Kate Keator, who was born in Kingston, 
a daughter of Harvey and Elliff Keator. 
Mrs. Lawrence's father has passed away; but 
her mother still survives, and is a resident of 
Kingston. After his marriage Mr. Lawrence 
moved to Kingston, and for a year and a half 
managed the farm of his mother-in-law. In 
1882 he purchased the farm where he now re- 
sides, removing to it the following year. 
This comprises two hundred and thirty acres 
of land, with a fine residence. All the build- 
ings have been remodelled and improved; and 
a productive dairy is operated, over forty head 
of cattle being cared for on the place, Mr. 
Lawrence devoting his entire time to the man- 
agement of his farm, and being eminently 
successful. 



Mr. Lawrence is liberal in religious mat- 
ters, while his wife is a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church. He is a Republican, 
and is serving his second term as a member of 
the Board of Supervisors. For three years 
he was Superintendent of the Poor. Frater- 
nally, he is a member of Delaware Valley 
Lodge, No. 612, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows. He is an excellent business man, 
and interested in all matters concerning the 
welfare of the town, and has won well-de- 
served success in his chosen occupation. 




TEPHEN DECATUR EELS, one 
of the oldest native-born citizens of 
Delaware County, was born in the 
town of Walton, November 3, 1815, 
and during nearly fourscore years has watched 
the wonderful metamorphosis of an originally 
wild and wooded tract of land into fertile 
fields and blooming gardens, which yield 
abundance and to spare. In the days of his 
boyhood the surrounding country was largely 
covered with timber, through which bears, 
deer, and other wild game roamed at will, fur- 
nishing the principal meat for the pioneer 
families. 

Mr. Eels comes of distinguished English 
stock, the first of the name to locate on Amer- 
ican soil having been one John Eels, who 
emigrated from England to Dorchester, Mass., 
in 1628. To him and his wife there was 
born on June 25, 1629, a son, Samuel Eels, 
who afterward removed to Hingham, Mass., 
and on August i, 1663, married Anna, a 
daughter of the Rev. Robert Lenthal, of Wey- 
mouth, Mass. Soon after his marriage he re- 
moved from Hingham to Milford, Conn., 
where seven children were born into his 
household. The first two died in infancy. 
The third child, Samuel, was born September 
2, 1666. His first wife, Martha, died in 
1700, he subsequently marrying the Widow 
Bayard, nee Russell. Of this union there was 
one son, John Eels, who was born in 1702, 
and was baptized April 11, 1703. He re- 
ceived a liberal education, was graduated from 
Yale College in 1724, and died in New Ca- 
naan, Conn., October 15, 1785. He married 
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two children : .Anna Ixiird, born Ma)' i, 1729; 
ami J(.Tcmiah Haird, December 21, 1732. 
The hitter married Lois Benedict, a grand- 
daughter of Dr. liouton, of Norwalk, Conn., a 
French Huguenot, and a man of note. They 
had a family of ten children, the eldest of 
whom, named John, was born in New Canaan, 
Conn., November iC, 1755, and marrieil 
Anna Mead, a twin daughter of General John 
Mead, of Greenwich, Conn. General Mead 
had command of the Continental troops adja- 
cent to the ncLitral grounds between Horse 
Neck and New York: and it was on his farm 
that General Israel Putnam made his perilous 
ride down the rock\- hill and esca])ed the Tory 
light horse, so famous in Revolutionary 
history. 

John and Anna Mead Kels removed from 
New C-anaan to the town of Walton in 1785, 
and were numbered among its most honored 
and valued pioneer settlers. The\' reared the 
following children: Anna, born in New Ca- 
naan, Conn., December 20, 17S4; John J., 
born in \Valtt)n, I'"ebruary 24, 1786; Benja- 
min B., born March 8, 1788; Mead, July 3, 
1790; Samuel, March 12, 1793; Mary, May 
I, 1795; and Baird, October 10, 1797. Mead 
Eels, the father of the subject of this sketch, 
married Philena Johnson, a daughter of Dor- 
man and Rebecca (Church ) Johnson, of Ver- 
mont, and reared seven children. 

Stephen Decatur Eels received his educa- 
tion in the typical log school-house of early 
days, and on the home farm was trained to 
habits of inilustry and thrift. He learned the 
painter's trade, and for fifty-four years made 
that his principal occupation. During the 
progress of the late Civil War he enlisted in 
the One Hundred and Fort}'-fourth New York 
Volunteer Infantry, and served until the ces- 
sation of hostilities, being then discharged 
with an honorable record. 

Mr. Eels and his wifeT formerl_\- Mary Wood 
Marvin, have passed a hajip)- wedded life of 
more than half a century, ha\ing been married 
fifty-three years ago, and have occupied their 
present home forty-eight years of this time. 
Four children have blessed their union. 
John, born December 31, 1843, married Anna 
Kneer; and they are residents of this county. 
He was a volunteer in the late war, being a 



membei' of the One Hundred and I'orty-fourth 
New \'ork Volunteer Infantry, which was sta- 
tioned at Hilton Head, .S.C. ICllen M., born 
January 27, 1846, married J. O. Barlow, a 
farmer of Delaware Count)-; and they have 
three sons — William Marvin, Jose[)h, and 
John Alan — and also an adopted daughter, 
Daisy L. I'Lmma Isabel, born May 6, 1848, 
married Robert L. Eels, and died in Norwalk, 
Conn. William H., born April 16, 1853, is 
proprietor of the Walton 7'biiis, of Walton, 
Delaware County. He has been twice mar- 
ried, his first wife having been Huldah II. 
Stotldard, who died in New Haven, Conn. 
He subsequently married l^leanor Place; and 
this luiioh has been blessed by the birth of two 
children — Hamilton Chace and Martha D. 

In early life, and during the existence of 
the l-"ree .Snil party, Mr. Eels was one of its 
warmest atlherents, and cast his first Presi- 
dential vote for James G. Birney. On the 
organization of the Rejiublican party he cor- 
dially indorsed its princi]iles, and has since 
sustained them at the polls. For many years 
both he and his wife have been honored mem- 
bers of the First Congregational Church. As 
a man and citizen, his record is without spot 
or blemish; and he is held in high esteem 
throuuhout the communitv. 



ir^PAVlTT CLINTON SHARPE, one 
|:^=| "f the thriving farmers of Stamford, 
^Jwy was born in New York City, July 
19, 1S44. being a son of Alexander 
Y. and Clarissa (Palmer) .Sharpe, the former 
born in Brooklyn, March 29, 1817. and tlie 
latter in Connecticut, Januar)- 19, 1822. Tlie 
grandfather, Peter Sharpe, was a respected 
and successful business man of New York 
City. He was born in Holland, coming to 
America when comparati\'ely a voung man, 
and settling in New \'ork Cit)'. where he re- 
sided until his death. Being an early settler 
of that city, he numbered among iiis friends 
many of the substantial old Knickerbocker 
families. He carried on \-ery successfully a 
whip m.'inufactor)', owned considerable real 
estate, and at his death left a large isrojjerty. 
On the I 2th of .April, 1792, he married Chris- 
tina Notrand, who was born March 4, 1771. 



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Of this union there were four children, 
namely: Fanny, born January 2, i8oi; Har- 
riett, February 22, 1806; John H., December 
4, 1809; and Alexander Y., March 29, 1817. 
Of these children but one is living, Mrs. 
Whetmore, who now resides in Brooklyn, 
N.Y. Mrs. Christina Sharpe died in New 
York City in June, 1839, her husband surviv- 
ing her but a few years, and dying August 2, 
1842. 

Alexander Y. Sharpe was a life-long resi- 
dent of New York City. He inherited a 
large share of his father's estate, and passed 
the greater part of his time in travel, but 
finally located in Stamford, Conn., where he 
spent his last days. He died in the prime of 
life, when but thirty-nine years of age, on the 
14th of November, 1856. He was a Presby- 
terian in his religious views, and in politics 
a Whig. He had but one child, DeWitt 
Clinton Sharpe, the subject of this sketch. 
On September 29, 1861, Mrs. Alexander Y. 
Sharpe was again married, her second hus- 
band being Daniel Andrews, a successful 
farmer of Stamford; and they moved to the 
farm upon which Mr. Andrews was born May 
17, 181 3. Daniel Andrews was the son of 
Samuel and Elizabeth (Marriam) Andrews, 
the former of whom was born in Fairfield 
County, Conn., August 2, 1770, and the lat- 
ter in Connecticut, September 7, 1775. 
They were the parents of fourteen children, 
twelve sons and two daughters. In 1794 they 
moved to Delaware County, and settled on the 
farm now owned by Mrs. DeWitt Sharpe. 
The country around was rough and unculti- 
vated; and wild game, which is now almost a 
thing of the past, abounded. Samuel An- 
drews was a sturdy pioneer, and, nothing 
daunted by his surroundings, began to make a 
home for his family. He erected a log cabin; 
but with hard work came success, and this 
rude building was replaced by a frame house, 
which was one of the first in this town. His 
farm was a good one, and comprised a large 
tract of land located in the Delaware River 
Valley; and here he lived until his death, Oc- 
tober 10, 1838. His wife passed away Octo- 
ber 12, 1865. Of their fourteen children but 
one is now living, the youngest, Benjamin, 
who resides in Brooklyn. 



Daniel Andrews grew to manhood on the 
old farm, and was extensively engaged in 
farming all his life. He was a large land- 
owner, having had possession during his life 
of seven or eight hundred acres. Most of the 
improvements on the old place were made by 
him. He was married twice, his first wife 
being Isabella Ann McDonald, who was born 
in Kortright, December 26, 18 19. Of this 
union there were two children: Mary H., 
wife of DeWitt C. Sharpe, born June 13, 
1844; John T., born July 31, 1846, who now 
resides in New York City. Mr. Andrews's 
first wife died April 27, 1859; and in 1861 
he married Clarissa (Palmer) Sharpe, the 
mother of DeWitt C. Sharpe. There were no 
children by this union. Mr. and Mrs. An- 
drews were rnembers of the Presbyterian 
church, in which both were active workers. 
He was a Republican in politics, and inter- 
ested in the welfare of the town. For several 
years he held the office of Supervisor of Stam- 
ford. He died at the old homestead Septem- 
ber 21, 1 87 1. His wife also spent her last 
days here, and passed away January 3, 1883. 

DeWitt C. Sharpe came to Stamford with 
his mother in 1861, being then a young man 
of seventeen. For about four years he was 
engaged in mercantile business in Brooklyn, 
but in 1865 moved to Hobart, and carried on 
a general store for about seven years, when, 
closing up his business there, he moved to 
the farm where he now resides. October 6, 
1865, Mr. Sharpe married Mary H. Andrews; 
and five children have blessed their union. 
DeWitt C, born October 28, 1866, is a 
farmer in the town of Kortright. Daniel A., 
born July 15, 1869, is a telegraph operator 
and station agent in Brooklyn. Clara Belle, 
born April 3, 1871, is the widow of M. J. 
McNaught, and now resides at home. Mary 
E., born August 4, 1881, is also at home. 
John A. was born February 9, 1885. 

Mr. Sharpe is liberal in his religious 
views. Politically, he is a Republican. He 
has taken an active part in the Hobart Agri- 
cultuial Association and Horse and Cattle 
Show, has been President of the association, 
and held many of the other offices. The 
weather signal station, "Volunteer Observer 
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farm, was established in iS86 under General 
Hazcn, and is nmv ennducted by Mr. Sharpe. 
The farm, which contains three huntlred and 
seventy-five acres, is beautifully located in 
the valley of the Delaware River, and is sur- 
rounded by the grand hills and mountains of 
the Catskills. It is de\'oted to general farm- 
ing and dairying, the dairy comprising 
seventy-five head. That Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe 
have been successful- in life is indicated by 
their surroundings, which i)lainly denote the 
good judgment and foresight of the owners. 



'AM1-2S .S. ADI'^M is a respecteil and 
well-to-do agriculturist, descenilant of 
a widely known pioneer famil}', and 
a fine representative of the citi/en- 
soUlier element, who so bravely served their 
country during the ilark days of the Rebellion. 
He is a native of Delaware County, having 
been born on April 14, 1836, in the town of 
Bovina, on the same farm which some years 
before had been the birthplace of his father, 
Stephen Adee. 

His grandfather, Samuel Adee, was born 
and reared in the town of Rye, Westchester 
County, N.^'., and lived there until 1790, 
when he came to this count)-, where he took 
up a tract of f(, rest-covered laiul in the t(jwn 
now called Bovina. He built a log house to 
shelter his wife and children, and entered 
upon the hard task of clearing a farm. His 
persevering toil was in due time rewarded, 
the dense wilderness giving way to a well- 
cultivated farm, on which he had erected a 
good set of frame buildings: and there he and 
his faithful wife lived until called to the 
bright w^orld beyond. 

Stephen Adee was one of eight childien 
born to his parents. He received as good an 
education as the pioneer schools of his day 
afforded, and early began to perform his full 
share of the artluous labor required in clearing 
and improving the wild land of the parental 
farm. Diligent ami faithful, he remained 
with his parents, laboring day after day in the 
pioneer work of felling trees and upturning 
the sod, and, after the death of his father, 
took possession of the old homestead. Year 
by year he added to the improvements of the 



jilace, residing there until two years [)rior to 
his decease. .Selling the old homestead to 
his son James, he at length removed to Kort- 
right Centre, where he spent his last days, 
dying there at the age of si.\ty-niiie years. 
He was twice married. His first wife, Eliza- 
beth I.iKldington, was one of a family of ten 
children, five girls and five boys, born to 
Henry and Jane (Northrupj I.uildington, of 
Bovina. Of their union six children were 
born, namely: Henry, deceased; George, a 
lawyer in Delhi; James S. ; Augustus, a resi- 
dent of Indiana, engaged in the stock busi- 
ness; Ruth, the wife of Robert McLouny, a 
farmer in .Stamford; and Mary, the wife of 
Charles Martin. The mother of these chil- 
dren passed to the higher life at the compara- 
tivly earl}' age of thirty-six )'ears. She and 
her husband were faithful members of the 
Baptist church. After her death Mr. Adee 
married Nancy Orr, of Kortright, who died on 
the old homestead, leaving no issue. 

James .S. Adee was reared on the home 
farm, ami acquired a substantial foundation 
for his education in the district school. This 
was sujiplemented by a thorough course of 
study at the Delhi Academy, after which he 
taught two terms in the district schools at 
Kortright and Bcjvina. He then formed a 
partnership with James I'Hliott, and entered 
into business in Bovina Centre, opening a 
store for general merchandise. They con- 
ducted a flourishing trade for four years, when 
Mr. Adee sold out his interest in the concern 
to his partner. The late Civil War was then 
in progress, and Mr. Adee took stejis to place 
himself among the brave men who were going 
forth to fight for the defence of the country's 
flag. He enlisted in September, 1862, as a 
private in Company E, One Hundred anil 
Forty-fourth New York \'olunteer Infantry, 
and did faithful service until receiving his 
honorable discharge, July 15, 1S65. He was 
an active participant in man_\- skirmishes and 
in some of the most decisive battles of the 
war, anil for gallant and nieritorious conduct 
was promoted first to the rank of Sergeant, 
theii to Order!)-, or First Sergeant, and 
finally to the First Eieutenancy, which rank 
he held at the time of his discharge. 

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vina, and the following year, 1866, bought 
his father's farm, which he carried on most 
successfully until 1880, improving the land 
and erecting new buildings, greatly increas- 
ing the value of the estate. In 1880 Mr. 
Adee moved to the farm of his father-in-law 
in Kortright, where he remained until the 
purchase of the estate on which he now re- 
sides. This farm contains three hundred 
acres of rich and fertile land, beautifully lo- 
cated on the river road, about four and one- 
half miles from Delhi. Mr. Adee devotes a 
good share of his attention to his dairy, keep- 
ing fifty-six cows and about thirty head of 
young stock, and in this branch of industry 
meets with rich returns. 

In 1866 Mr. Adee married Mary E. Wet- 
more, one of the three children of S. S. D. 
Wetmore and Rebecca A. (Jacobs) Wetmore. 
Mr. Wetmore was formerly engaged in farm- 
ing in the town of Kortright, but recently 
sold his farm to his son-in-law, W. O. Hill. 
The pleasant wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. 
Adee was blessed by the birth of three chil- 
dren — James W., Lucia, and Ferris. In the 
chill November days of 1891 the home of this 
family was saddened by a great bereavement, 
the loving wife and tender mother being then 
called to the "life immortal." The domestic 
cares and duties now rest upon Miss Lucia, 
the daughter, who has become presiding gen- 
ius of the household. Both she and her 
father are members of the Presbyterian 
church, and are active participants in all 
charitable works connected with that organ- 
ization. Politically, Mr. Adee is a strong 
Republican, and is a member of Flngland 
Post, No. 142, Grand Army of the Republic. 




((JBKRT !•:. OLIVER was born Janu- 
ary 12, i860, on the farm upon which 
he now resides. Both his father 
and grandfather were natives of 
Perthshire, Scotland, from which place the 
grandfather emigrated to America with his 
family in 1830. They took passage in a sail- 
ing-vessel, and were seven weeks in making 
the voyage. Thomas Oliver, the emigrant, 
settled in Meredith, Delaware County, where 
he spent the remainder of his life. 



His son William, who was a boy of nine 
when he was brought to this country, became 
a clerk in a general store when he was old. 
enough to earn his living, and was so indus- 
trious and economical that he was soon able 
to buy an interest in the establishment, and 
become a partner of his employer, Mr. Rich. 
Some years later he sold out and engaged in 
business at Delhi with a Mr. Elwood. De- 
ciding at length to engage in agricultural 
life, he again sold his mercantile interests, 
and purchased a tract of land in the town of 
Tompkins, where he lived until his death. 
Only five acres of land were in culti\'ation ; 
but William Oliver possessed both energy and 
judgment, and he soon added to his posses- 
sions, and left at his death, July 11, 1876, a 
farm of four hundred acres, two hundred of 
which were in an improved condition. Will- 
iam Oliver married Harriet Parsons, of 
Franklin, a daughter of Simeon and Rebecca 
Parsons. There were eight children born of 
this union, six of whom are still living. 

Robert K. Oliver was a lad of sixteen when 
his father died; and he worked with his 
brothers until 1885, when he undertook the 
management of the place alone. He is exten- 
sively engaged in dairy farming, and owns a 
dairy supplied with all the modern improve- 
ments. In 1890 he married Miss Susie M. 
Gregory, of Tompkins; and they are the par- 
ents of two children — Mary and Mabel. Mr. 
and Mrs. Oliver are members of the Presbyte- 
rian church. 

Mrs. Oliver belongs to a family whose 
record is worthy of more than a passing note. 
One of her ancestors, who was among the ear- 
liest settlers of this part of New York, came 
from New England in 1775, and selecteil a 
tract of land upon which he intended to set- 
tle; but the hostility of the Indians in the 
vicinity made it unsafe to remain. He ac- 
cordingly burned his stacks of grain; and 
then, taking his wife on horseback behind 
him, he journeyed back to New England. 
He enlisted and served throughout the Revo- 
lutionary War, and, after the establishment of 
the American republic, returned to his forest 
possessions in New York, which he cleared 
and improved, and from which a home was 
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death. Mcr i;rcat-!;raii(lfalhcr, being raised 
up as a farmer, naturally followed the lead of 
early training, and purehaseil a tract of land 
in what is now known as Gregorytown, where 
he passed the residue of his life. He married 
a Miss Sally Fuller. The grandfather of 
Mrs. Oliver, josiah Gregory, removed to 
Tompkins in 1840. and remained there. Mis 
wife was X'iletty Sutton, the daughter of a 
lumber dealer and farmer. The mother of 
Mrs. Oliver was Mary I-"isher, a daughter of 
Frederick and VAiza Fisher. 



M.L.ACK H. GLICASOX, who is 
pros])erously engaged in the Hour 




and feed business with Charles E. 
a sketch of wdiose life appears on an- 
page of this work, is a representative 
citizen of Delhi, and intimatel}' identified 
with its industrial interests. He is a native 
of the town, and first saw the light of this 
w^orld on March 14, 1S59. He is of stanch 
New F,ngland ancestry, his grandfather, Will- 
iam Gleason, having been a native of Connect- 
icut and a descendant of a well-known and 
honored family of that State. After spending 
the days of his early manhood in the town in 
which he was born. William Gleason came to 
Delaware County, being aniong its earliest 
settlers, arriving here in 1S02, and, buying a 
tract of unimproved land in the town of Rox- 
bury, there continued the occupation to which 
he had been reared. By unwearied and skil- 
ful labor he cleared a good homestead from 
the forest, and remained one of Roxbury's 
most respected citizens until his death in 
1 861. He reared a family of eight children, 
one of whom was a son, also named William. 
William Gleason, jr., was born in Mores- 
ville, now Grand Gorge, in the town of Ro.\- 
bury, and until the age of twenty-one years 
remained a member of the parental household. 
He attended the district schools, and fitted 
himself for a teacher by ]jrivate study, in 
which he obtained a knowledge of the higher 
branches of education. For some time he was 
engaged in teaching school, and later studied 
law in the office of Judge Munson at Hobart. 
in the town of Stamford, remaining with him 
until admitted to the bar in 1843. He began 



the practice of his profession in Hobart, con- 
tinuing there seven years, when lie came to 
Delhi. Here he engaged in the active prac- 
tice of law until he was elected a member of 
the State Assembly in the year 1850. After 
serving one term he was made .Surrogate and 
County Judge, an ofifice whicli he so ably and 
faithfully filled that after the exjiiration of his 
term of service, in 1859, he was re-elected for 
another term. iXu'ing the ]jrogress of the 
late Rebellion Judge Gleason was Commis- 
sioner of the drafts for the United States ser- 
vice. His eminent legal qualifications were 
lecognized throughout the county: and, hav- 
ing built up a lucrative |)ractice, he continued 
in active work until 1890, when he retired, 
ha\ing in his honored career by his own un- 
aided efforts amassed a competency. In his 
home life he was a most affectionate and 
tender husband and an indulgent father, 
revered bv his children. 

On Mav 9, 1894, after a lingering illness 
of sixteen weeks, Judge Gleason, at the age of 
seventv-six years, passetl beyond the confines 
of earth. His death was deemed a ])ublic 
calamit\'; and at a meeting of the Dehnvare 
County bar, held at the court-house in the 
village (if Delhi, May 10, 1894. W. II. John- 
son, Fsc]., upon taking the chair, paid an elo- 
cjuent tribute to his many virtues and great 
intellectual attainments, George Adee. I'".sc|.. 
gave a graphic and interesting biographical 
account of the Judge, Arthur More, Fsq., 
spoke feelinglv of the great assistance which 
he had in his youth received from the wise 
counsel anil friendly advice of Judge Gleason. 
Alexander Cummings, Esq., spoke of his un- 
swerving integrity and unwavering fidelity to 
his clients, and J. A. Kemp, I".s(|., and C. L. 
Andrus, Esq., spoke in behalf of the younger 
members of the bar. Resolutions in honor of 
the memory of Judge Gleason were subse- 
quently prepared, of which the following is a 
copv : - 

••'(^n the ninth day of .May, 1894, Judge 
William Gleason passed from among us. His 
familiar face we shall never again see, except 
as we look upon it in the stillness of death. 
His busy life is ended, and all that is left of 
him for us is a memory. But that memory, 
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endowed him, and his own industry, persever- 
ance, integrity, and upright life, is to all of 
us a most kindly recollection. His work is 
ended, but his character for good has left its 
impress on all our minds. He will be re- 
membered and honored as a most able lawyer, 
sound jurist, and conscientious citizen. His 
habits, morality, industry, and integrity gave 
to him the proud distinction of being one of 
the leaders of the Delaware County Bar. The 
world is better for Judge Gleason's }ears and 
life. The present generation of young men 
in and out of the legal profession may learn 
from his life and character a lesson of incal- 
culable value. They should study and con- 
template the lesson of his life. In honor of 
our deceased brother we desire that this ex- 
pression of the sentiments of the bar of Dela- 
ware County be ordered placed upon the re- 
cords of the court. Abram C. Crosby, George 
Adee, Arthur More, Committee of the Bar." 

The wife of Judge Gleason, formerly Caro- 
line Blanchard, was one of four children 
born to John Blanchard, of Meredith. Mr. 
Blanchard subsequent!)" removed to Delhi, and, 
forming a partnership with Charles E. Kiff, 
became one of its most successful merchants. 
Mrs. Gleason, who still occupies the home- 
stead, reared three children born of her union 
with Judge Gleason — John B., Wallace B., 
and La Fayette B. 

Wallace B. Gleason, second son of Judge 
Gleason, received a substantial foundation for 
his education in the district schools of his 
native village; and this instruction was sup- 
plemented by a course of study at the Dela- 
ware Academy. After leaving school, Mr. 
Gleason read law for a while with his father; 
but, being desirous of entering upon a mer- 
cantile career, he formed a partnership with 
Charles E. Kiff in 1882, and, establishing a 
flour, feed, and general grain business, has 
since built up an extensive and lucrative 
trade. 

The most important event in the life of Mr. 
Gleason was his marriage with Miss Maggie 
Fletcher, the daughter of William Fletcher, 
a blacksmith of Delhi, and a native of Scot- 
land, and of whom a sketch may be found on 
another page. Their nuptials were celebrated 
August 22, 1883; and their pleasant home 



circle has been brightened by the birth of 
two children — Caroline Louise and Donald 
William. In i)olitics Mr. Gleason afifiliates 
with the Democratic j^arty, and takes an intel- 
ligent interest in whatever is for the general 
good of the community. Religiously, he at- 
tends the Presbyterian church, of which his 
wife and mother are devout members. 



'|n\R. EDGAR B. LAKE, a talented 

|^=i young physician of Meredith Hol- 
^ J^J low, was born at Cherry Valley, Ot- 
sego County, N.Y., March 4, 1864, 
a son of Thomas and Louisa (Wood) Lake. 
His grandfather, Joel W'ood, was a native of 
Connecticut, coming to Otsego County when 
a young man. He purchased a tract of land, 
which he cleared, and followed the occupation 
of a farmer. He w^as the father of five chil- 
dren ; namely, Joel, Henry, Jehial, Elizabeth 
Ann, and Thomas. 

Thomas Lake w^as brought up to farming 
pursuits, residing at home until he was 
twenty-five, when he rented a farm for a time, 
afterward purchasing one in Jefferson County, 
where he lived for several years. Some years 
ago he moved to Schenevus, where he is now 
living retired. Mr. Lake married Louisa 
Wood, a daughter of John Wood, of Jefferson 
County, who was of Quaker ancestry. Of 
this union the following children were born: 
Frank, Edgar B., Merritt, Elmer, and Adel- 
bert. 

Edgar B. Lake spent his early years on his 
father's farm, receiving an education at the 
district and normal schools. He afterward 
taught school for three terms at Milford and 
Cartersville. For one year he read medicine 
with Dr. Manchester, of Oneonta, and then 
entered the l^niversity of New York City, 
whence he was graduated with high honors in 
the class of 188S. After graduation he prac- 
tised for two years at Marion, Ohio, but left 
there on account of his wife's health, locating 
at Meredith, and has to-day a large and lucra- 
tive practice. 

Dr. Lake was married August 15, i8go, to 
Miss Mollie J. Taylor, a daughter of Arthur 
Taylor, a shoe dealer of Cardington, Ohio. 
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Eva B. Mabel died in infancy. Dr. Lake is 
a member of the Delaware County Medical 
Society, also of the Patriotic Order of the 
Sons of America. He is an attendant of the 
Methodist church, of which Mrs. Lake is a 
member. Dr. Lake is Postmaster of Meri- 
dale, formerly Meredith Llollow, receivint^ 
the appointment under the Cleveland adminis- 
tration, and his wife occupying the position of 
Deputy. He is also. Health Officer of Mere- 
dith. For several months he has studied 
under Dr. Swinburn, the celebrated specialist, 
thereby adding to his already large fund of 
medical knowleilge. 



~-YPN0RT1-;R G. XORTIIUP is a success- 
11*^' ful agriculturist and life-long resi- 
jig dent of Franklin. Delaware County, 
N.\'. His father, William Northup, 
was a native of Rhode Island, but when very 
young was brought by his parents to Franklin, 
where he later engaged in farming. He mar- 
ried Amantla Foote, a daughter of Jairus 
Foote, whose wife was a Miss Wilson; and 
they became the parents of eight children. 
One daughter, Martha Northup, was educated 
in the district school, but tor many years 
suffered from ill health. September 8, i886, 
she married Mahlon Rowell, who was born in 
Walton, January 6, 1857, a son of Alvah and 
Sarah (Wakeman) Rowell. Alvah Rowell 
was born in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in 
May, 1803, and became a successful teacher 
and prosperous farmer. He died of heart dis- 
ease, April 3, 1869, his widow living to reach 
her seventy-eighth year, and passing away 
September 16, 1881, leaving five children, 
namely: Helen M., widow of Isaac Elderkin; 
Mahlon; Charles D., a farmer in Franklin; 
Julia Ann, wife of Robert Woodburn, of 
Addison, N.Y.; Edward P., a teacher, re- 
siding in California. Mahlon Rowell was 
reared on bis father's farm, but, being in 
delicate health, receiveel only a limited educa- 
tion. LIntil his marriage to Miss Northup he 
lived on the old farm with his sister, but now 
owns a small place of thirty-one acres near 
l^ast Handsome Brook. His has been a 
quiet, uneventful life, passed in peace and 
happiness in the country, where the excite- 



ment and noise of the l)ustling city never 
jienetrate. It is a remarkable fact that Mr. 
Rowell has never ridden in a public convey- 
ance or attended a circus. He is a Republi- 
can, although never an office-holder, and 
religiously is a member of the Congregational 
church. 

Porter G. Northup was born in l-'ranklin, 
April 24, 1829, and attended the district school 
and academy of that town. When seventeen 
years of age, he determined to start out in the 
world for himself, and accordingly accepted 
a position as travelling salesman for a firm 
dealing in jewelry and silver, which position 
he occupieil for several years. Ajiril 31, 
1850, he married Miss M. Mary Chamberlin, 
daughter of Deacon David Chamberlin; and 
the newly married couple began life on Mr. 
Northui)"s farm of two hundred acres. This 
he sold in 1866, and bought another, compris- 
ing one hundred and thirty acres, which they 
occupied until 1888, then rented it. Mr. and 
Mrs. Northup have lost one son, Louis, who 
died at the age of six years; but one daugh- 
ter, Mary Augusta, is still spared to them. 
She graduated at the Delaware Literary Insti- 
tute, and taught for several terms. She is 
now the wife of William D. Ogden. 

.Mr. Northup was a member of the Republi- 
can party until 1873, when he espou.sed the 
cause of the I'rohibitionists, representing this 
party in the State Convention in 1876, and 
being the only Prohibitionist in the county at 
that time. He is familiarly known as tiie 
"Prohibition War Horse." so ardent is he in 
the work uf his political jilatform. He held 
the office of Highway Commissioner under a 
Repul)lican administration, and has been a 
candidate for Supervisor, Assemblyman, and 
Congressman on the Prohibition ticket. For 
manv years he has been intensely interested 
in ail matters pertaining to agriculture, being 
President of the Agricultural Association for 
two years, and serving as its Secretary for a 
long period. He has taken jirizes to the 
value of five hundred dollars on his choice 
sheep, cattle, horses, and farm produce at the 
different fairs. 

'Sir. Northup's parents were Congregation- 
alists; but he joined the Baptist church, and 
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society, from which he resigned, August 8, 
1879, at a public meeting, claiming as a rea- 
son for his resignation that the church was en- 
couraging the licjuor traffic At present he is 
not a church member, but gives proof of his 
strong convictions in upright, honest living, 
true to his conscience and his country's 
welfare. 




ILLIAM HENRY WOOD, a wealthy 
farmer in P'ranklin, was born in 
this town, March 8, 1834, during 
the second Presidency of General Jackson. 
His grandfather was John Wood, who died 
while Charles, William's father, was a small 
boy. John came from Ireland, settled in Bos- 
ton, and fought in the Revolution. His wife 
was Mary Sarles; but what became of his four 
brothers, who immigrated at the same time 
with himself, nothing is now known by this 
branch of the Wood family. Charles Wood 
was born in 1804, just thirty years earlier 
than his son William, in Tompkins; but he 
died in Franklin, November 22, 1893. He 
married Eliza Wheat, daughter of a sea cap- 
tain, William Wheat, and his wife, Mary 
Bolles. The Wheat family was of Welsh de- 
scent. Eliza and Charles were married in 
September, 1S31; and they had three boys 
and a girl. The third son, Charles, named for 
his father, died at the early age of eleven. 
Rufus Sylvester Wood is a retired farmer, liv- 
ing in Franklin, at the age of sixty-two. The 
second son is the subject of this sketch. 
Their sister Jane married D. Colby Dibble, a 
farmer now in Dakota County, Nebraska. 
The mother of these children died in 1883, 
aged seventy-two, and rests beside her husband 
in the Ouleout cemetery. William Henry 
Wood grew up on the farm, and went to the 
district school and to the academy in Frank- 
lin. His father was by trade a blacksmith. 
The homestead was on an estate of one hun- 
dred and thirty-four acres, not far south-east 
of the village of Franklin. William Wood 
was married October 23, 1855, to Sarah Jane 
Abell, daughter of Emery Abell, of Franklin, 
and Ruth Northway Abell, both natives of 
Massachusetts. They came to Delaware 
County in 1824. Mrs. Sarah J. Wood has 



two brothers and two sisters, all living. Her 
father died February 10, 1884, aged seventy, 
and her mother a year earlier, on January 28, 
1883, aged sixty-seven; and both these deaths 
occurred in the present home of their daughter 
Sarah, where they had lived during tweh'e 
years after Mr. Abell's retirement from active 
life. In 1856 Mr. and Mrs. William Henry 
Wood went West, as far as Jackson County, 
Iowa, where they remained eighteen months, 
thereafter removing to Dakota County, Ne- 
braska, where they took a farm of one hundred 
and twenty acres. Always an agriculturist, 
and believing thoroughly in land-ownership, 
Mr. Wood now has six farms, aggregating in 
all fourteen hundred acres, to which he gives 
his attention. He is the father of two chil- 
dren now living. Stella Wood married L. W. 
White, land and loan agent in Woodbine, 
Iowa, and has three children. Frederick 
Abell Wood is just finishing his education 
at Hamilton College. The parents have lost 
three other children. Charles Emory Wood, 
named for his grandfathers, died in boyhood, 
aged fourteen months, while the parents were 
in Iowa. Nellie Wood died when only 
twenty-two months old, in Franklin. George 
F. Wood, a brilliant and promising scholar, a 
fluent speaker, and a graduate of Hamilton 
College, had completed his first year in the 
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 
when he was called to give up his young life 
at the early age of twenty-six. 

In religious belief the father is a Baptist 
and the mother a Methodist; but they agree 
in practical religion, adopting the sentiments 
of the immortal Washington: "Of all the 
dispositions and habits which lead to political 
prosperity, religion and morality are indis- 
pensable supports. In vain could that man 
claim the tribute of patriotism who should 
labor to subvert those pillars of human happi- 
ness, those firmest props of the duties of men 
and citizens." 



lALVIN MiALEISTER is a well- 
known and highly respected resident 
of Walton, and a man who has 
always, since he settled in this 
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affairs, and especially with all religious mat- 
ters. He was born in New York City, Octo- 
ber 22, 1844. Mis father, David McAllister, 
was born in iSoo, in the north of Ireland, 
where he grew to manhood, and was married 
to Mary Scott Enrouth. Not long after that 
event he embarked with his wife in a sailing- 
vessel, and after a long, tedious voyage ar- 
rived in this country. Me engaged in the dr\'- 
goods business in New York City, where they 
lived for twenty 3'ears, and then removed from 
the metropolis to Ik'thcl, Sullivan County. 
A short time ])rior to his death he made his 
residence in Newburg, Orange County, on 
the Hudson. He died about 1870, leaving 
his widow with eight children, five sons and 
three daughters, of whom Calvin was the 
seventh chikl. Mrs. McAllister dietl in 
Newburg, in 1887, at eighty-three years of 
age. They were members of the Reformed 
Presbyterian church, of which Mr. McAllister 
was an Elder. Their bodies rest in the ceme- 
tery at Coldenham, Orange County. 

At the age of nineteen, after finishing his 
education in the district schools, Calvin Mc- 
Allister volunteered in the service of his 
country, and went to the front in Companv 
G, Second Reginnmt, New York \"olunteer 
Rifles, and was in the Army of the Potomac 
during the campaign at Spottsylvania, North 
Anna River, Cold Harbor, and at Petersburg, 
Va. At the latter place he received a gun- 
shot wound in the left elbow. He went to 
the field hos]iital, and then by transport to 
Alexandria. Here he suffered from severe 
mortification of his wound, which at one time 
appeared so serious that he was given a leave 
of absence; and he came North to his father's, 
where he could receive treatment amid the 
comforts of home, and the kind ministrations 
of friends and kindred. A council of physi- 
cians was held, and decided that amputation 
was necessary. Dr. Apply, surgeon of the 
New York & Erie Railroad, was called; and 
through his excellent skill Mr. McAllister 
escaped all the discomforts of an operation 
and the loss of his arm, coming out of the 
crisis in good condition. 

In 1867 Mr. McAllister married Maria, 
daughter of D. G. and Jane (Chambers) Mc- 
Donald, of Walton. Mrs. McAllister died 



after one year of married life, leaving an infant 
who lived but three months after its mother's 
death. Mr. McAllister was again married 
June 13, 1S70, to Mary Cowan, daughter of 
William and IClizabelh A. (McCullough; 
Cowan. Mrs. Cowan was a native of New- 
burg, wliile Mr. Cowan was born in New 
York City. ^Ir. and Mrs. Cowan were mar- 
ried in New York in 1836. and continued 
living in that city for seven years, when they 
moved to York, Livingston County, where 
they carried on agricultural pursuits until the 
death of Mr. Cowan in 1870, in his sixty-scc- 
ontl year. His witlow, now in her eighty-first 
year, is with her daughter in Walton, and 
although feeble in body is still vigorous in 
mind, and interested in all the affairs of the 
day. Her one living son, Moses, is a farmer 
in Livingston; and another son, William, 
tlied from an accident when but eleven years 
old. 

Mrs. McAllister studied at Ingham L'ni- 
versity, Le Roy, N.Y., and before her mar- 
riage engaged in teaching. A deeji sorrow 
came to the family in the loss of the eldest 
daughter while still an infant, and great was 
the joy of the father and mother when two 
other childien came to bk'ss their home. 
The eldest of these is Anna \'ida, who is now 
a Sophomore at Welleslev College, Wellesley, 
Mass. The other child i's David C. McAllis- 
ter, who has just graduated, in 1894, from the 
Walton High School, and although but six- 
teen years of age bore off the highest honors, 
being valedictorian of his class. He is now 
a Freshman in Amherst College, .Andicrst, 
Mass. 

Since Mr. McAllister came to Walton, in 
1874, he has been engaged in the proiluce busi- 
ness, esiK'cially in buying butter and shipping 
it to Eastern markets, and has established a 
flourishing trade, which is rapidly growing to 
large proportions. In ])olitics he is a firm 
adherent of the Rejiublicaii jiarty. In the 
Congregationalist church both Mr. McAllister 
and his wife are valuable workers, he having 
been superintendent of the Sunday-school 
connected with that church for the past four 
years. He is a clear-headed, high-])rincipled 
man, of strong personal itv and wide-reaching 
influence. 



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T^APTAIN WILLIAM SMITH, a well- 
I \y known resident of Tompkins, who 

^^"U earned his shoulder-straps by bravely 

battling for the L'nion in the late 
war, has passed through varied experiences, 
meeting with thrilling adventures; and the 
story of his life is most interesting. His 
great-grandfather Smith was one of the famous 
"Green Mountain Boys" who fought for free- 
dom under Ethan Allen in the Revolution. 
He was an extensive land-owner, and gave to 
each of his five sons, as they attained succes- 
sively their majority, a large farm. His last 
days were passed in Wardsboro, Vt., of which 
town the family w-ere pioneers. 

Richard Smith was born in Massachusetts, 
and moved with his parents to Vermont, where 
he was a prosperous farmer. He died there at 
an advanced age, in 1863. Many exciting 
stories of Revolutionary times, gleaned from 
his father, he in turn told to his son and 
grandson. Mason Smith, son of Richard, was 
born in Windham, Vt., but, when a young 
man, renijDved to Delaware County, New 
York, and purchased land in Masonville, 
which he proceeded to clear, and there erected 
a log house, being employed in the saw- 
mills in the winter. He married Caroline 
Reynolds, of Masonville; and they were 
the parents of six children — Mary, Henry 
M., Winchester, William, Stillman, and 
Charles. Mason Smith was killed at the 
age of forty-five by a fall from a building in 
Masonville. His wife survived him a number 
of years. 

William, son of Mason and Caroline (Rey- 
nolds) Smith, was born in Masonville, Janu- 
ary 31, 1843, and passed his boyhood in 
Vermont, being educated in the town of 
Wardsboro in that State, and afterward at- 
tending the normal school in Geneseo, 111. 
He started out in life on board the whaler, 
"Homer," of Fairhaven, Mass., and sailed to 
the coast of Morocco, where they were ship- 
wrecked. The natives being hostile, they 
were obliged to watch day and night, and 
twice fought them for their lives. The na- 
tives endeavored to smother them by closing 
the only opening for air in the hut, but were 
repulsed; and after five days a small boat was 
sighted. This proved to be commanded by a : 



Portuguese, and manned by a crew of negroes, 
one of whom was left on board while the 
others landed. Mr. Smith and his compan- 
ions lay in hiding until the sailors of the 
small boat had made their way inland, and 
then swam out and captured their prize, tak- 
ing prisoner the only man on board, whom 
they bound and took ashore. Gathering to- 
gether their possessions, they put out to sea, 
and after five days sighted one of the South 
Azores Islands, where they landed, and were 
most kindly received by the American consul. 
Mr. Smith then shipped on the American 
brigantine, "Candace," of Boston, engaged in 
the smuggling of tobacco into Portugal, and, 
after many exciting adventures, returned to 
Boston on her, arriving there in September, 
i860. He then shipped for the winter on a 
coaster, after which he returned to Mason- 
ville, having been absent for two years, and 
found his mother mourning him as lost, the 
wreck of his vessel having been reported by a 
homeward-bound ship which saw her driving 
on to the rocks, but was unable to render 
assistance. 

In March, 1862, Mr 



Smith enlisted 



in the 

Eighth V^ermont Infantry, and went South 
with General Butler, participating in the tak- 
ing of Fort Jackson, Fort St. Philip, New 
Orleans, and Baton Rouge. In the fall of 
1862 he was detailed as Drillmaster, and in 
September was promoted by General Butler to 
the office of First Lieutenant. After raising 
the Union troops of Louisiana, he was made 
First Lieutenant of Company A, Second Reg- 
iment of that State, and, for bravery in action, 
twenty days later was promoted to the office of 
Captain, and assigned to Company H of the 
same regiment. He was present at the siege 
of Port Hudson, and participated with his 
regiment in all the fighting that followed, 
taking an active part in thirty-one battles, 
besides several skirmishes, and following 
General Banks on his Red River expedition. 
In 1864 he resigned his commission, and went 
to Illinois, three months later enlisting in the 
Ninth Illinois Cavalry from the town of Gen- 
eseo for one year. He was discharged July i, 
1865, having been present at the battle of 
Nashville and in many skirmishes. After the 
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for fourteen years in Clayton, Bay County, 
Mich., of which town ho was Supervisor from 
the village of Mapleridge for twelve succes- 
sive years, also Commissioner of Highways, 
Superintendent Pulilic Schools, and Justice of 
the Peace. Mis health failing, he removed to 
the State of Delaware, and was employed in 
building electric railways, being foreman in 
the building of several large lines. lught 
years later he returned to New York State, 
and settled on the farm where he now resides, 
very near his birthplace, having been absent 
twenty-three years. 

September 20, 1866, Captain Smith married 
Sarah A. Scott, daughter of David and Cla- 
rissa (Eggliston) Scott, of Tompkins; and 
they had seven children: Mlmer E., who died 
when ten months old; Clara E. ; Rosa A.; 
Lela Irene, who died at the age of two and 
one-half years; Lulu May; Lena Maud: and 
Walter S., who died at nine months oUl. 
Captain Smith and his wife are members of 
the Kingswood Methodist Episcopal Church 
of Wilmington, Del., and are most profoundly- 
esteemed wherever thev are known. 



'rank MELVILLE ANDRUS, one of 
the leading law-yers of the town of 
Roxbury, Delaware County, where he 
was born on the 8th of February, 1861, is of 
English descent, and seems to have inherited 
the traits of sagacity, thrift, and industry that 
have through successive generations distin- 
guished the Andrus family. He is the son of 
Daniel D. and Catherine N. (Stratton) An- 
drus, and the grandson of Daniel D. and Polly 
D. (Demmon) Andrus, both of English par- 
entage. Daniel Andrus, the grandfather, a 
native of Albany County, where he was born 
.March 26, 1786, came to Meeker Hollow, and 
settled upon a tract of land covering an area 
of one hundred and thirty acres. Later in 
life he moved to \'ictor, Ontario County, tak- 
ing his family with him, and established him- 
self there as a drover. In the fiftieth year of 
his age, while on a business trip in the east- 
ern part of the State, he was taken ill, and 
died on the 20th of July, 1836, leaving a 
wife, who did not long survive him, and 
eleven children, who were born in the follow- 



ing order: Joseph D., born November 19, 
1808; Alonzo R., March 19, 1810; Laura L., 
May 28, 1812; Justice D., August 8, 1814; 
Anna, August 29, 1816; Catherine, July 30, 
1818; Polly D., September 10, 1S20; Ikazil, 
February 10, 1823; Maranda D., October 20, 
1828; Daniel D., December 2, 1831 ; and 
Anna C, April 2, 1833. 

Daniel D., the youngest son, was sent back 
to Delaware County at the age of five years, 
where he grew to manhood under the guidance 
and supervision of Mr. Ira Hicks. He was 
educated in the district school, and for some 
time was a clerk in Mr. Hicks's store, but 
finally embarked in the cattle business, inher- 
iting an aptitude in that line from his father, 
and jHoving himself equally successful. He 
married Kate N. Stratton, who was born 
March 17, 1839, a daughter of Lewis and Jane 
(Lockwood) Stratton. The grandfather of 
Mrs. Kate Andrus was one of the early set- 
tlers of that locality so famous for its beauty, 
and known as the Stratton Falls. Daniel 
Andrus was a Democrat in politi(|^, and held 
the offices of Assessor, Supervisor, and Jus- 
tice of the Peace. Socially, he was a member 
of Cceur de Lion Lodge. 

P'rank Melville Andrus attended the dis- 
trict school of Delaware County, and after- 
ward went to Stamford, N.V'., where he 
pursued more advanced studies. He finally 
apjilied himself to the study of law, and, after 
reading with Mr. Henry C. Soop, was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1885, since which time 
he has practised his profession, in partnership 
with his former tutor, Mr. Sooji. 

Mr. Andrus married Nellie K. Pierce, 
daughter of Roderick and Olive A. (Peck) 
Pierce; and their union has been l)lesscd with 
one child, Olive E. In his political convic- 
tions Mr. Andrus is a Democrat, and in his 
religious views liberal. He is a member of 
the Masonic fraternit)-, ami is Past Master of 
Cceur de Lion Lodsje. 



RUMAN GUILD may properly be 
classed among the most prosperous 
business men of Walton, Delaware 
County, N.V., where he is senior member of 
the firm of T. Guild & Son, druggists. Mr, 



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Guild is purely American, his grandfather, 
Jeremiah Guild, having been born in Warren, 
Conn., September 4, 1746, in which town he 
also died in 1822. His mother, who was 
early left a widow, passed away in 1792, at 
the age of seventy-two years. 

Jeremiah Guild was a navigator, who fol- 
lowed the sea for many years, experiencing 
the marvellous escapes and exciting advent- 
ures of a sailor's life. During one voyage 
his vessel was seized by the British, and he 
and his brother were taken prisoners and car- 
ried to Halifax. After their release he re- 
turned to Middletown, Conn., and later re- 
moved to Warren, where he engaged in the 
charcoal trade in connection with the iron 
works of that place. Mr. Guild was a mem- 
ber of Trinity Parish, and was most influen- 
tial in the building of the church. 

Mr. Guild married Miss Hannah Hale, of 
Middlefield, who became the mother of nine 
children, five of whom were sons: Timothy; 
Gael; Albon; Everett, the father of the sub- 
ject of this sketch; and Jeremiah. When but 
forty-four years old, this tender, loving mother 
was taken away; and September 2, 1800, the 
husband was again married, to Miss Lucinda 
F. Eaton, who was born in Coventry in 1768, 
and lived to reach her eighty-first year. Five 
children were the issue of this second mar- 
riage, all of whom have passed away: Lu- 
cinda: Frederick, a soldier of the late war; 
Sophrona: Truman; and Anna Maria. 

Everett, son of Jeremiah and Hannah 
(Hale) (iuild, was born in Warren in 1773, 
and died in Walton in 1849. C)" May 5, 
1810, he married Miss Hannah Perkins, of 
Massachusetts, who was born August 31, 
1775, and died November 27, 1850. -Soon 
after their marriage they settled in Walton, 
N.Y., where Mr. Guild gave his attention to 
the manufacture of harnesses and saddlery. 
Like his father, he was a member of the Epis- 
copal church, and in politics a Democrat. 
He and his wife were parents of nine chil- 
dren, namely: Everett; Lyman; Delia; Emily; 
lulwin; Truman; Marshall; Emma; and Ed- 
ward, who died in infancy. Only two, Mar- 
shall and Truman, arc still living. Everett 
E. was a Universalist minister in Bingham- 
ton, where he died when seventy-six years 



old, leaving one daughter. Edwin was a 
prominent merchant of Walton, where he 
died, aged sixty-four, in 1 884, mourned by a 
widow and one son. Delia became the wife 
of Gabriel Hoyt, of Walton, in which town 
she passed away in 1892, being seventy-five 
years old and the mother of eight children. 
Lyman, a harness-maker, was born in Walton 
in 181 3, and died at his birthplace in the 
prime of life. Emily, who was born in 18 17, 
married B. F. Griswold, and died in Atlantic 
City in the fall of 1892, leaving one son. 

Truman Guild was born in Walton, Sep- 
tember I, 1825, and, like most of his 
brothers, learned the harness-maker's trade 
from his father. In 1849, on the fifth day of 
September, he was married to Miss Elizabeth 
Keen, daughter of George M. and Matilda 
(Saybolt) Keen. The Keens were natives of 
Orange County, where Mr. Keen was em- 
ployed as a stone-mason. They were the par- 
ents of nine children, and lived to a good old 
age, Mr. Keen dying in Prompton in 1865, 
aged eighty-one, and ^Irs. Keen living till 
her ninety-sixth year, when she died, Decem- 
ber 23, 1871. Oi these children the follow- 
ing are now living: Mary Jane, widow of 
William F. Wood, a livery man, of St. Jo- 
seph, Mo. ; Abigail M., wife of W. T. Palmer, 
of Milwaukee; Valentine Mottkeen, who is a 
railroad machinist at Scranton, Pa.; George 
P., a drayman in Honesdale, Pa.; Frederick; 
Ira; Lucy; and Elizabeth, the wife of the 
subject of this sketch. 

Although Elizabeth was very young at the 
time of her marriage, she was an excellent 
housekeeper, and with her husband's aid has 
guided to maturity four children, namely: 
George Everett Guild, born November 9, 
1850, a Presbyterian minister of Scranton, 
Pa., who married Mary Clark, of P"lorence, 
Mass., by whom he has three children — 
Clark G., E. Burnham, and Gertrude K. ; 
I-'annie M., widow of Herbert Twaddell, who 
has three sons — Ralph S., Howard J., and 
Everett E. ; Edwin L., a druggist in partner- 
ship with his father, who married Julia C. 
Ogden, of Walton, and has two children — 
Edna S., eight years of age, and Emily O., 
who has seen but four summers; Harriet E., 
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who is the mother of two chuightcrs ami one 
son — Anna G., Martha 1?., and Truman C. 
Mr. and Mrs. Guild have been ealled upon to 
part with two sons and three L;ranilchiklren, 
who have passed on to the eternal home. The 
family are all members of the Congre>^ational 
church, where they are constant and interested 
attendants. 

Mr. (niild is a Democrat, but has never 
held office in that organization, content that 
his vote should always favor the men best 
qualified in his estimation to rule the people 
of this land. A gentleman of rare mercantile 
ability, high moral principles, and genial, 
affable manner, he has founded a reliable 
business, in the successful conduct of which 
he is ably assisted by his son. The sterling 
qualities of Mr. Guild are most thoroughly 
appreciated by his large circle of friends, all 
of whom regard him as a man of noble charac- 
ter and upright life. 



fOHN T. SHAW, a well-known and 
l)rnniinent lawyer of Delhi, Delaware 
County, N.V., was born in the same 
town, May 14, 1844. His father, Dan- 
iel Shaw, was also a native of Delhi. The 
grandfather, John Shaw, was a Scotchman by 
birth, and came to this country about 1800, 
bringing his wife, who was a Miss Anna 
McBain, also his father, mother, brothers, 
and sisters. They all settled in Delaware 
County, with the exception of James Shaw, 
who went to Genesee, where he reared a fam- 
ily of ten or eleven children, some of his de- 
scendants still living there. 

John Shaw was one of the earliest settlers 
in Delhi, purchasing land here at a period 
when there was but one store in the village, 
Main Street being at that time nothing but a 
country road. ^Ir. Shaw was one of the 
active men of his day, possessed of good 
judgment, and eminently successful in busi- 
ness. He moved from his first location to a 
farm on the Little Delaware River, where he 
lived for many years, but later sold it to one 
of his sons, and retired to Delhi, where he 
died July 3, 1868, at the advanced age of 
ninety-six. His wife was also long-lived, 
dying in her ninety-third year. The follow- 



ing-named children of their family lived to 
years of maturity; namely, Ann, Nellie, Isa- 
bel, Margaret, Daniel, Alexander, John, 
James, and William. 

Daniel Shaw was educatet! at the district 
school, afterward working with his father on 
the farm, and remaining with him until lie 
was twenty-one. Later he purchased a farm, 
which he conducted successfully until 1847, 
and then bought one near Delhi. Mr. Shaw 
was a member of the Republican party, and 
held several important town offices. He mar- 
ried Miss Margaret Lenox, a tiaughter of 
James Lenox, an early settler in Delhi and a 
prominent man of the town. To them were 
born ele\'en children, of whom tiie f(jllowing- 
named reached maturity: John T., Jennie A., 
Daniel W., Lmma, Ilattie, Nettie, Perry, and 
Lillie. Mrs. Shaw died May 30, 1870, aged 
forty-seven, and Mr. .Shaw in 18S1, aged 
sixty. 

John T. .Shaw, the subject of this notice, 
received his education at the district school, 
afterward assisting his father on the farm. A 
farmer's life not being to his liking, however, 
he took a course at the Delhi Academy, and 
then taught school during the winter season 
until he was twenty, when he entereil the 
employ of Mr. D. Ballantine as clerk, re- 
maining with him for one year. He was ne.\t 
employed in New \'ork City for a year, after- 
ward returning to Andes, where he com- 
menced the stuiiy of law in the office of 
William H. Johnson. In 1867 he went to 
Iowa, where he taught school, but the follow- 
ing year returned to Andes, and for a time 
acted as clerk for Mr. Johnson. In Ma\-, 
1869, he was ailmitted to the bar at Hing- 
hamton, at the general term of the Supreme 
Court, to practise in all the courts of the 
State. He continued as clerk for Mr. John- 
son until 1870, when he opened an office at 
Margaretl\'ille, remaining there for eighteen 
months. In 1872 he commenced practice in 
Delhi, and has remained here ever since, 
practising in all the courts of the State. I-"or 
eight consecutive years he held the ofTice of 
Justice of the Peace. 

January 4. 1S71, 'Sir. Shaw married Miss 
Margaret S. .Maxwell, a daughter of l-lbene/.er 
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judge of Delaware County; and to this union 
have been born three chikiren: Maxwell D., a 
clerk for Mr. Hudson, of Delhi; Frederick F. 
and Frances R., both students at the Delhi 
Academy. Mr. Shaw is a strong supporter of 
the Republican party. The family are all 
members of the lipiscopal church. Mr. Shaw 
is essentially a self-made man, having gained 
his present honorable position by dint of en- 
ergy and perseverance. 



DWARD EDGERTON, a leading citi- 
zen of Franklin, Delaware County, was 
born in Sidney Plains, on April 26, 
1829. An enterprising ancestor was Richard 
Edgerton, one of a company of nine men who 
purchased and settled on a tract of thirty-nine 
square miles, in that part of Connecticut 
where the city of New London now stands. 
F"rom his three sons are descended most of the 
Edgertons now to be found on this side of the 
Atlantic. One of these three was Nathan 
Edgerton, the great-grandfather of the subject 
of this sketch. This Nathan Edgerton had a 
son, to whom he gave the same name. The 
second Nathan was born in Connecticut, but 
came early to the region where the town of 
Franklin now stands. The nearest mill was 
at Cooperstown ; and, when there was a bag of 
corn to be ground, he rode with it as far as 
the port of Unadilla, on the river, where he 
took a canoe. This involved a trip of two or 
three days; and on his return his wife would 
meet him at the landing, with the horse, and 
they would ride home together. Their son 
Thomas was the first white child born in the 
town of Franklin. Nathan Edgerton was at 
one time Sheriff of Delaware County. He 
died some years before his wife, who lived to 
within four years of a century. They were 
iiKlustrious farmers, and able to pass their 
(.leclining years in comfort; and their bodies 
rest in the family burial-yard. The grand- 
mother was Sally Belshaw, a lady with some 
Irish blood in her veins; and her seven chil- 
dren all lived to a good old age, having fami- 
lies and farms of their own. One son, John, 
lived to be eighty-six. Grandfather Nathan 
Edgerton had a brother Roger, who fought in 
the Revolution, and was captured at New 



York, but later became a Coventry farmer, on 
land won by his military services, where he 
died. His son, Albert Edgerton, is now a 
lawyer in St. Paul, Minn., and was one of the 
veteran's two sons to be present at the family 
reunion, recently held in the metropolis. 

Grandfather Nathan Edgerton had a son 
Nathan, the third to bear this name He was 
born in Franklin in 1795, and died in Walton 
in 1856. His wife was Emily Howell, of 
Franklin, the daughter of Simeon Howell. 
Their only son was Edward, though he has 
had three sisters, of whom one survives, 
Maria, the widow of W. T. Dart, of Des 
Moines, Iowa. One sister, Sally Ann, died 
in the prime of life, unmarried; and the other 
sister, Harriet, died in Walton in 1857, the 
wife of Andrew Steele, leaving three sons and 
three daughters. Mrs. Emil)- Howell Edger- 
ton died in 1851. 

Till he was sixteen Edward Edgerton 
stayed at home, going to school, and working 
on the farm. He then went to work with his 
uncle, John Edgerton, a prominent store- 
keeper in Franklin, who was also in public 
life as Supervisor and Sheriff. Six years 
later, in 1851, at the age of twenty-two, Ed- 
ward took to himself a wife on Christmas Day. 
She was Lucy Mellor, of Middlefield, Otsego 
County, a daughter of John Mellor and his 
wife, Ann Barnett, both of whom came from 
Derbyshire, England, in 1830, though the 
father crossed the seas in advance of his wife, 
in order to have a home ready when the 
mother came over with her three boys and five 
girls. She died in 1867, aged seventy-seven, 
and he in 1875, ten years older; and they 
both now rest in Ouleout Valley cemetery, 
he being the first person interred in that beau- 
tiful spot. A cousin of our subject, Erastus 
S. Edgerton, the son of Erastus Edgerton, did 
much for this cemetery. He was a banker in 
St. Paul, Minn., was interested in several 
other banks in different States, and was one 
of the few business men able to withstand the 
financial panic of 1857. At one time he was 
Deputy Sheriff, and in this capacity was ac- 
tive in suppressing the anti-rent riots, and 
barely escaped with his life, having a horse 
shot under him and a bullet passing through 
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Mr. Steele, was killed. lua.stus S. ICdj^erton 
left provision in his will for a family monu- 
ment to be erected in the Ouleout X'alley 
cemetery, which provision has been fulh' car- 
ried out, the monument costing ten thousand 
dollars. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kdvvard Edgcrton have lived 
in I'^ranklin since their marriage, and from 
1853 to 1857 kept the hotel, but have now 
been farming for nearly forty years, c.\ce[)t 
during two years, when Mr. Fldgerton was 
engaged in lumbering. They have lost two 
children. Agnes married Isaac Birdsall, and 
died in April, 1877, just as she reached the 
age of twenty-one, leaving an infant son, lui- 
ward Ira Birdsall, who has been adopted by 
his grandparents, and received the ]iatro- 
nymic, Edgcrton. He is a }'oung man of great 
])romise, having been graduated with honors 
from the Delaware Institute in the class of 
1S94, at the age of seventeen, receiving a 
gold medal for declamation. Edward E. Ed- 
gcrton was graduated from the medical depart- 
ment of the University of New York, and also 
from the Homceopathic College in the same 
city. He was enjoying a successful practice 
when his death occurred, at the age of thirty- 
one, in Chicago, at the Lincoln Park Sanita- 
rium, November 21, 1893, just at the close 
of the Columbian Eair. The eldest son is 
George H. lulgerton, who has a wife and five 
children. Samuel Lloyd Edgerton, a twin 
brother of Dr. Edward, is married, and resides 
at Unadilla. being connected with the Han- 
f(}rd Wagon Company. 

Mrs. lulgerton is an Episcopalian. Mr. 
Edgerton is a Mason and a Democrat, though 
not an office-holder. The records of such 
families as the Edgertons suggest such praise 
as James Russell Lowell bestowed on Presi- 
dent Garfield, "The soil out of which such 
men as he are made is good to be born on, 
good to live on, good to die for, and to be 
buried in." 




(OBERT NESBITT, a prominent and 
wealthy citizen and farmer of Stam- 
b V ford, was borri on St. Valentine's 

Da\-, 1826, in the same tow^n. His 
grandfather, William Nesbitt, was an Eng- 



lishman, coming to .Stamford as an early set- 
tler .IS far back as 1795, and bringing wiili 
liini his wife and children. .Speedily he built 
a log house, and owned two hundred acres, 
which he cleared by hard work. This home- 
stead, thus won from the wilderness, became 
very dear to him; and theie he died at the 
age of eighty, after a prosperous agricultural 
career, still maintaining his faith in the lipis- 
c:)pal church, wherein he had been reared. 
He was a Eedcralist, or Whig, and attributed 
the ills of the nation to the misrule of the 
opposition ])aity when in ]5ower. It was no 
easy task for a farmer in Delaware Counts' a 
centur)' ago, when every bushel of meal hatl 
to be ground in .Schoharie County, where 
stood the nearest mill; but game and fish 
were plentiful. Grandfather Nesbitt had 
three sons and two daughters — George, Will- 
iam, Robert, Nancy, and Mary, all of whom 
grew up and married, but have passed into 
"that undiscovered country, from whose 
bourne no traveller returns." 

George Nesbitt was born in tiie luiglish 
home about the year 1777, while the colonies 
were fighting for their independence, and 
came over at the age of eighteen, with his 
parents, younger brothers, and sisters. He 
married I^lizabeth Maynard, a native of Bo- 
vina. More about the Maynards may be 
found in the sketch under that name. George 
Nesbitt was a good farmer, and his fertile 
fields laughed out with plenty. .Such a man 
could not be otherwise than prominent in 
local affairs. When the anti-rent contest 
arose, he sided very strongly with the efforts 
of the conuiion j^eoplc to resist aristocratic 
land-monopoly; and he also serveil as .Super- 
visor and School Commissioner in Bovina. 
where his farm was located. With his youth- 
ful training in Great I'Jritain, it was but nat- 
ural for him to follow the religious example 
of his father, and be an E.piscopalian ; but his 
wife was a Methodist. He was also like his 
father in being a \Miig: but. when this party 
disappeared in 1856, he joined the Demo- 
cratic ranks. His last years were si)ent in 
Stamford, he dying on the parental farm, 
which had come into his possession. There, 
also, his wife ilied, at the great age of eighty- 
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adult age, and three still survive. William 
Nesbitt lives a retired life in Stamford, and 
George is in De Kalb County, 111. 

The youngest of these sons, Robert, is the 
special subject of this sketch, and was named 
after an uncle. He grew up like other lads 
of the neighborhood, working on the home 
farm and attending the district school. A 
year after he came of age he learned carpentry 
under Hector Cowan, and in 1849 began for 
himself the business which for fifteen years he 
carried on uninterruptedly. His first pay was 
at the rate of ten dollars per month, from 
Charles Higby, who paid him, not in the ex- 
pected cash, but with a promissory note. 
Frugal in disposition, he at last accumulated 
fifteen hundred dollars, wherewith he bought 
part of the old homestead. In September, 
1868, he married. The bride was Jane Whip- 
ple, a daughter of Daniel and Maria (Cham- 
berlain) Whipple. Daniel Whipple was born 
in the Green Mountain State, and his wife in 
Roxbury, Delaware County. Not only was 
he a successful farmer, but a tanner also, a 
trade much in demand in a new country. His 
declining years were spent in Kortright, 
where he died at the age of eighty-seven, his 
wife passing away at the age of sixty-six. 
They had ten children, of whom eight sur- 
vive; and the family belonged to the Meth- 
odist body. Mr. Whipple was a Republican 
in politics. 

Mr. Nesbitt from time to time increased 
the old farm, till it included over five hundred 
acres; but in 1868, at the time of his mar- 
riage, he sold out, in order to buy another 
farm, where he still resides, and which was at 
one time only one hundred acres smaller than 
the old one; but he has parted with portions 
of it, till now he carries on a little less than 
three hundred and fifty acres, which are in 
first-rate condition, affording pasturage for 
sixty cows, besides other stock. What he 
has he has earned by hard labor, and thriftily 
cares for. Land and buildings are in fine 
condition, and one can read prosperity in barn 
and meadow. Mr. Nesbitt has been chosen a 
director of the new creamery in process of 
erection in South Kortright. Though he has 
been a Stamford Assessor, he has not cared to 
mix very much in political life. The family 



belong to the Presbyterian society in Almeda. 
Only two children have blessed the home, and 
one of these has been already called to higher 
spheres. Sherman S. Nesbitt was born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1875. In the same year, on No- 
vember 14, in Schoharie County, was born his 
wife, Hattie Hilts, a daughter of Jay and 
Lydia (Boyington) Hilts, farm-owners. The 
deceased brother was the older of the two, and 
born July 12, 1872. He bore the family 
names, Robert Whipple Nesbitt, and passed 
away July 17, 1891, in the very bloom of his 
youth, his twentieth year only five days begun. 
Mr. Nesbitt may well look with pride upon 
lowland and upland, as well as upon the cat- 
tle so well cared for, not only by himself, but 
by his enterprising son, who, with his young 
wife beside him, is not only the pride of his 
father's heart, but bids fair to share his agri- 
cultural laurels. Well did the late President 
Garfield say: "If wrinkles must be written 
upon our brows, let them not be written upon 
the heart. The spirit should not grow old." 
With equal truth was it said by an older 
thinker and scholar, Josiah Quincy, "An 
agricultural life is one eminently calculated 
for human happiness and human virtue." 




|APTAIN JULIUS W. ST. JOHN. 
I In the annals of Delaware County no 

^ ^. name stands forth more promi- 
nently, or adds a brighter lustre to 
its records, than that of the gentleman whose 
name heads this sketch. For many years he 
has been an important factor in the mercan- 
tile circles of the town of Walton, having 
been senior partner in the firm of St. John, 
Eells & Reynolds, dealers in hardware. He 
is one of Walton's favored sons, his birth 
occurring within its limits, March 29, 1855. 
His father, William S. St. John, was born in 
Walton, about half a mile from the village, 
on the East Brook Road, April 13, 1822. He 
was a son of Thaddeus Seymour St. John, who 
was also a native of Walton, where he spent 
his entire life. In his early days he was 
engaged in farming, but relinquished that 
occupation, and for several years managed 
the only hotel in town. He subsequently 
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chanilisc, and carried on an extensive busi- 
ness, being one of tiie most [irominent 
niercliants in tbis vicinit)', and remaining 
actively engaged in business until tbe time 
of bis death. He married Hannab (irav 
Eel Is. 

The father of tbe subject of tbis sketih was 
but six years of age when his parents removetl 
from their farm to the hotel, which was lo- 
cated three miles up the river from tlic vil- 
lage of Walton. There he resided until ten 
years old, and during tbe last three years of 
his residence there carried the mail from Wal- 
ton to DownsN'ille, a distance of twelve miles, 
on horseback, being, without doubt, the 
youngest mail-carrier in existence. At the 
expiration of that time his father entered upon 
bis mercantile career in the village of Wal- 
ton; and he pursued his studies in the village 
school, and afterward attended the academy at 
Delhi one winter, remaining with his parents 
until twenty-one years old. He then assumed 
the responsibilities of marrieti life, sui^port- 
ing himself and wife by clerking in bis 
father's store. He later entered the business 
as a i^artner, continuing for a short time, 
when the goods were sold out and the firm dis- 
solved. He then went to Ohio, where be 
dealt in sheep and cattle, buying there and 
selling to the New York market. Returning 
to Walton, he again entered the mercantile 
business, forming a partnership with .S. 
North, antl continuing with him a few }-ears, 
when he bought out the interest of his part- 
ner, and ran the business alone for a time. 
He subsequently took in H. E. St. John, and 
carried on business with liini for a time, then 
bought him out, and made bis son, Charles 
B., a partner; and the firm continued thus for 
a few years. He afterward removed to Nor- 
wich, where be was eni|)loyed some years in 
the shops of tbe Ontario & Western Railwa\' 
Company, then, returning to Walton, was for 
a time in the coal office of I'ond & I'"ancher. 
Later he went to Sing-.Sing, and worked for a 
time on the New York Central Railway, then 
came back to the place of his nativity, where 
he has since lived retired. 

He has been twice married. When be was 
twenty-one years of age, his union with Juli- 
ette Bristol, the daughter of John and I'ris- 



cilla Bristol, of Walton, was celebrateti. 
She (lied, leaving four children, as follows: 
(ieorge, an engineer, who was killed on the 
railway at Liberty, was married, and left one 
son, who is now running an engine on the fast 
express from Middletown to New \'ork, and is 
considered one of the best engineers in the 
employ of tbe Ontario & Western l^ailway 
Company; Charles B. ; Edward S. ; and l-'lor- 
ence. who died when young. In 1850 ^Ir. 
St. John was again married, taking for a wife 
Mrs. Betsey Ann (Hanford) Waring, a daugh- 
ter of .Seth Hanford, a native of Walton, but 
of New England origin. Of this union two 
children ( twins) have been born: Julius W., 
the subject of this sketcii ; and Julia B., the 
wife of Charles .S. Waters, of Norwich, \.Y. 
In politics Mr. .St. John uniformly sujiports 
the ReiMiblican ticket, and has served as Col- 
lector of Taxes and as Trustee of the school 
district. His wife is an active worker in the 
Congregational church, of which she has been 
a member foi- years. 

The subject of this sketch spent the davs of 
his boyhood and youth with his father, obtain- 
ing his preliminary education in the village 
school, and comjileting it in the Walton 
Academy. On (October 20, 1S73, be began 
to learn tbe tinsmith's trade with S. B. I'itch, 
and also assisted in clerking in his large hard- 
ware store. In 1877 he was taken into part- 
nership, "buying a one-third interest, and so 
continued, tlu' firm being known as .S. B. 
Eitch & Co., for two years. Then, selling 
out to his partners, Mr. St. John went on the 
road, selling stoves for Russell, Wheeler, 
.Son & Co., of Utica, N.Y., and remained in 
their cmjiloy until I'ebruary 14, 18S5. He 
then established the present Iiardware business 
here, from which he has just retired, succeed- 
ing Eells 6t Wood, under the firm name of 
L. S. iK: J. W. St. John, and having a store at 
the corner of Ncn'th and Delaware .Streets, the 
old Eells store. Tliis firm continued until 
June 20, 1889, when L. .S. .St. John sold out 
'< his interest to J. P. White, the lirm name 
< being changed to -St. John & While; and on 
No\-ember 14, 1890, tlie present magnificent 
store, which bad been erected and completed 
I under the suiiervision of our subject, was 
I opened. Tbis is conceded to be one of the 



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finest hardware stores in the State of New 
York; and in it the firm continued to do 
business until January i, 1891, when Mr. 
White retired, Mr. St. John buying his inter- 
est. On February i of the same year Messrs. 
Eells and Reynolds, whose sketches appear 
elsewhere in this volume, were taken into 
partnership; and the firm name changed to St. 
John, Eells & Reynolds, continuing to read 
thus until May i, 1894, when Mr. St. John 
practically retired from the business, although 
remaining with and assisting Messrs. Eells 
and Reynolds in the management of the same. 

The stock of goods carried by this firm is 
the largest in any town in the State of New 
York; and the store is one of the largest, fin- 
est, and best-arranged in the State, its stock 
of goods being one of the most complete to be 
found in the country. The business, which 
was established by Henry Eells, the father of 
the present partner, nearly half a century ago, 
has been successfully conducted from that time 
to the present, and more particularly so dur- 
ing the past ten years, under the able man- 
agement of Mr. St. John. His excellent 
reputation throughout the surrounding coun- 
try, his pleasant, agreeable manners, and his 
frank, open, and straightforward business 
methods have won for him a large circle of 
friends, and have materially increased the 
profits of the business. September 15, 1894, 
he purchased the interest of E. W. Pond, of 
the firm of Pond & North, in the insurance 
business, which business will be continued 
under the firm name of North & St. John. 

In all social matters, and, in fact, in all 
matters connected with the advancement of the 
village of Walton, the Captain has always 
taken a very warm interest. On May 29, 
1879, he joined the Thirty-third Separate 
Company of Walton, under the command of 
Captain M. W. Marvin, a sketch of whom 
appears upon another page of this volume. 
On account of being compelled to travel in 
the interests of his business, the name of Mr. 
St. John was tlropped from the rolls of the 
company on April 21, 1880; but on May 5, 
1887, he re-enlisted, and on April 6, 1888, 
was elected to the position of Second Lieu- 
tenant from the ranks, passing all interme- 
diate offices of positions, showing his immense 



popularity with the members of the company. 
This rank he retained until March 29, 1S90, 
when he was promoted to First Lieutenant, 
and continued in this position until July 5, 
1892, when he was made Captain of the com- 
pany, which at this time consisted of seventy- 
six men, not more than half of whom were 
located within the corporation limits. The 
company has now the names of ninety-four 
men upon its rolls, nine-tenths of whom are 
within the corporation limits, and in point of 
discipline and execution has few superiors in 
the State. Through the influence of Captain 
St. John and his friends a bill has been 
passed, and signed by the Governor, for a 
magnificent new armory, which will be com- 
pleted in about a year, and will be one of the 
finest armories of a separate company in the 
State. In all martial circles the name of 
Captain St. John is held in high respect, and 
in all martial matters his opinions are eagerly 
sought for. 

The Captain is also a member of Walton 
Lodge, No. 559, A. F. & A. M., of which he 
is Senior Warden. He is a Royal Arch 
Mason, and Treasurer of the chapter to which 
he belongs. He is a member of the Lodge of 
Perfection, Scottish Rite, of Utica, an ex- 
member of the Red Men, and a charter mem- 
ber of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, 
of which he is now Master Workman. Mr. 
St. John was also a charter member, and the 
first torch boy of the Alert Hose Company; 
and, when he left in 1880, he had risen to 
the position of foreman of the company, of 
which he had been secretary for many years. 
He likewise belonged to the band and orches- 
tra for many years, and has been an official 
member in every secret society organized in 
the village of VValton within the past twenty 
years. 

On September 26, 1876, Mr. St. John was 
united in marriage with Miss Hattie Ada J. 
Chrisman, one of three children born to James 
D. and Julia A. (Bassett) Chrisman, a sketch 
of whose lives may be found elsewhere in this 
work. The pleasant household thus formed 
has been brightened and enlivened by the 
advent of three children ; namely. Earl Shef- 
field, Frank Chrisman, and Howard Raymond. 
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the Eijiscopal church of Walton, and lor 
twenty years lie has sung in its choir, lie is 
also an officer of the church, having; been 
elected W'strxman in iSSS, and is now serv- 
ing as Junior Warden. Politically, he is a 
Republican, and is now a Trustee of the 
.School Ixiaril. He was a member of the 
Building Committee when the present mag- 
nificent Union School building was erected. 



-OIIN JAY ANDRl-lWS, a prominent 
resident of Kortright, was born in the 
same town on the last day of January, 
1840. His mother, Xancy Mace, was 
born in Kortright, with the nineteenth cen- 
tury, November 10, 1800. His father, for 
whom he was named, John Andrews, was 
born in Stamford on Alay 11, 1798. The 
grandfather, Samuel W'akeman Andrews, was 
a farmer, who on horseback came from Con- 
necticut to Delaware County, and settled in 
Stamford, where he bought a tract of wild 
land, and built a log cabin. This was in 
1790, while Washington was in the midst of 
his first administration. Catskill was the 
nearest market. Came was very abundant. 
Success meant hard labor; but in this respect 
Samuel Andrews was fully up to the mark, 
taking the lead among the agriculturists of 
his day. At his death, at the age of sixty- 
five, he was the ])routl possessor of four liun- 
dred valuable acres, and left his family the 
equal heritage of a good name. He was a 
Democrat (Republican, the i-arty was early 
called), and perhaps not particularly well 
pleased when, not long before his son John's 
birth, the Federalists elected John Adams, in 
opposition to that deep thinker and steadfast 
patriot, Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Andrews be- 
longed to the Baptist church; but his wife, 
whose maiden name was I'llizabeth Meriani. 
was a Methodist. They had ten sons and two 
daughters, all but one of whom lived to the 
age of about fourscore, and one was living in 
1894 — Benjamin Andrews, of New Yoik 
City. 

Among these children, as already sug- 
gested, was John, the father of the subject of 
this sketch. He grew up on the farm in 
-Stamford, Init added to farming a skilful 



knowledge of carpentry. His first land |)ur- 
chase was in another part of Delaware County, 
the town of Hamden, where he also found 
plenty to do as a builder. His next business 
venture was in Kortright, where he added 
wagon-making to his former trade, and also 
bought a second farm, on which he labored 
till the last part of his life. He passed from 
earth in 1881, while living in his son John's 
home, at the good old age of eighty-three. 
His wife died in the same filial home, at the 
age of eighty-fi\e. Both were stanch adher- 
ents of the United Presbyterian church. 
Politicall)-, he followed his father in being a 
Democrat; and he had nearly the same num- 
ber of children, ten in all, of whom six sur- 
vive. .Samuel, named for his grandfather, is 
a citizen of the metropolis, and so are his 
brothers, Charles and Benjamin Clark. Their 
sister l'~li/.abeth has a home with her brother 
John J. Mrs. Mary D. Bush, another sister, 
lives in the \illage of Hobart. .Simeon Mace 
Andrews died at the age of sixty-six. Charles 
Clark, Cordelia, and Hannah Andrews died in 
early life. It is a religious as well as a patri- 
otic satisfaction to the Andrews family that 
they are able to trace their lineage directly 
back to an ancestor bearing the same name, 
who crossetl the seas in the "Mayflower," anil 
landed where "the breaking waves dashetl 
high, on a stern and rockbound coast." 

J. J. An(h-ews was like his father in grow- 
ing to manhood on the paternal acres, though 
in a different district. What schooling was 
pi)ssible he obtained in his native place. 
Vacu after he began to support himself he 
still li\ed under the parental roof-tree, anil 
cared for his father and mother in their feebler 
\ears. He was not married till the second 
day of October, 1878. The bride was born 
in Hobart, April 24, 1859. Her name was 
Mary lunma Kniskern. and at the time of her 
marriage she was only nineteen. Her mother, 
Jane lileanor .Story, was born in Schoharie 
Countv, December 17, 1828; and her father, 
John v. Kniskern. an industrious cabinet- 
maker and builder, was horn in the same 
county, 1-ebruary 7, 1822. Their home was, 
and still is. in Hobart, where they arc active 
workers in the :\Iethodist church. A Rei)ub- 
lican in iiolitics. INIr. Kniskern has always 



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Andrews 

in 1865, 

To the 

acres he 



been interested in everything that affects the 
welfare of the community. To the Kniskerns 
were born ten children, as also to the parents 
of Mr. Andrews. Walter J. is a house- 
painter in Hobart. Aldamont is a book- 
keeper in Baltimore. Mrs. Maud Chapman 
resides in New York City. Claude is a resi- 
dent of Hobart. Mary is the wife of Mr. 
Andrews. Mrs. Cora L. P. Lyon resides in 
the metropolis. Herman and John B. are 
both painters in the village of Hobart, like 
their brother Walter. Elloy and Jennie both 
died when only eighteen months old. 

The productive farm where Mr. 
and his family reside was bought 
just at the close of the Civil War. 
original two hundred and eighteen 
added one hundred and twenty-six more two 
years later, so that he now owns three hun- 
dred and forty-four acres, one of the largest 
farms in this section. Like his neighbors, he 
turns his attention mainly to dairy products, 
having seventy-five milch cows, and selling 
ten cans of milk daily, the year round. He 
also deals in fine horses, and keeps his barns 
and stables in excellent condition. 

Three children have blessed the home. 
Maud Elizabeth was born November 23, 1879, 
and still graces the homestead. John Sim- 
eon, named for grandfathers and an uncle, was 
born May 15, 1884, and has not yet left 
home; and the same is naturally true of his 
younger brother, Benjamin Clark, born March 
22, 1887. These children are growing up an 
honor to their parents. Mrs. Andrews is 
Presbyterian in faith. Her husband, how- 
ever, is a liberal in his religious views. In 
politics he is a Democrat, like the two gener- 
ations preceding him. The home is located 
in the beautiful valley of the Delaware River, 
and surrounded by the hills and mountains 
forming part of the famous Catskill range. 



/3)lORGE WEBSTER. The thriving 
\ JTT villige of Walton has a full quota 
^ — of live, energetic, and persevering 
business men, among whom is the subject of 
this sketch, who, in company with Mr. Frank 
Clark, has recently embarked in the market 
business. He is a man of sound judgment 



and keen foresight, and has met with uniform 
success in the various transactions in which 
he has engaged. He is a native of the Em- 
pire State, appearing upon the scenes of life 
in 1 841, in the town of Milford, Otsego 
County, at the homestead of his parents, 
David and Ruth (^Worden) Webster. 

David Webster was born on the green sod 
of the Emerald Isle, in the year 1796, in 
Armagh, County Down, and was named for 
his father. When fifteen years old, he accom- 
panied his parents to America. They had an 
unusually tempestuous voyage, their seven 
weeks of ocean travel being weeks of terror 
and danger. After landing in New York 
City, they proceeded at once to the town of 
Westford, near Schenevus, Otsego County, 
where they bought a tract of timbered land, 
on which they reared their large family of 
eighteen children, all of whom were born in 
Ireland. Many of these sons and daughters 
were old enough to be of great assistance in 
clearing and improving the land; and in a 
few years they had a good farm, entirely free 
from debt. On this homestead, which they 
reclaimed from the forest, David Webster, 
Sr., and his wife spent their remaining years, 
rearing their large family to habits of indus- 
try and economy; and all became honored 
and trustworthy men and women, and most of 
them well-to-do farmers. They were Protes- 
tant in religion, and held in high respect 
throughout their neighborhood. 

David Webster, Jr., the father of George 
Webster, was an earnest and honest tiller of 
the soil, and after his marriage bought a farm 
in Otsego County, on which he resided until 
1849, prosperously engaged in mixed husban- 
dry. During that year he removed to Dela- 
ware County, buying a farm in the town of 
Tompkins. After living there eight years, 
he exchanged that two hundred acres of land 
for a farm near by, and was there a resident 
until the spring of 1866, conducting his agri- 
cultural interests very successfully. Selling 
that at an advance, he purchased another farm, 
which was finely situated on the Delaware 
River, between Cannonsville and Deposit. 
In 1869, feeling the infirmities of years com- 
ing on apace, and having performed his full 
share of manual labor, he sold his property to 



BIOGRAI'HICAI, KI'.VIFAV ij.i 

his son, with whom lie ami liis faitlilii! wife manird l''loroncc Walworth, aiui also lias on.- 

afterward made their liome, both dyiiii;- in ehild. a liri-ht hoy of fourteen months: and 

Cannonsville, at the a,<;e of eighty-six years, George I.., a young man of eighteen years, 

his death occurring in 1883, ami hers in 1.S84. who is now attending the Walton High 

Of eleven children horn to them nine grew to School. Mr. and Mrs. Webster occupy .1 very 

maturity, four sons and live daughters: and of pleasant home on I'ark Street, which they 

these the following are now living: John, a bought from William Woodin, who had built 

farmer, who lives in Sanford, Broome County: it for his own use. 

Mary Ann, the widow of Stutely Sherma'n, In politics Mr. Webster is an unconipromis- 

who' resides near Cooperstown Junction, in ing Republican, ever interested in local mat- 

Otsego County; ]':bene/er, wlio likewise lives ters, and now serving as Village Trustee, 

near Cooperstown Junction, and owns, in com- While in Tompkins he was for one year As- 

pany with his son-in-law, a valuable farm of sessor. In his religious views he coincides 

six hundred acres, on which they carry on an with the tenets of the Baptist church, of 

extensive business in dairying and hop-grow- which he and his wife and two children are 

ing; Ruth Ann, the wife 'of N. S. l$oyd, a faithful and worthy members, he being a 

farmer, who lives in Downsville; and (leorge. Trustee and Deacon, 

of whom we write. . -_«.». 

George W\-bster received a limited educa- ^_^,^mm^ 

tion in^the district school, and at the early TjDW.XRD AUGCSTCS SlIAFI-^I-'.R is 

age of eight years began working on the farm, r^ a leading citizen of Margarettville. 

hTs first c^njilovment being to drive the team '^■^ - ■- where he has a large store in the 

for his father to i)lough. From this time very centre of the village. He was born May 

until the vear i8go Mr.' Webster was steadily 27, 1869. in the town of Andes; and his an- 

engagcd in agricultural pursuits, and was a ; tecedents are worth considering, 

fanner of more than average skill and ability, : The great-grandparents were Adam and 

his earlv experience in that line being of in- ; Laura ( Shoefelt) Shaffer. .Adam Shalfer was 

estimable value to him. His first purchase of born in Dutchess County, and there married, 

land was near Cannonsville, and contained Willi his wife and older children he came to 

one hundred and fifty acres of rich and iiro- Delaware County, and settled in the village 

ductive land, from which he receive:! a good of Shavertown, in Andes, on the banks of the 

annual income. In 1 8()0 he sold that farm Delaware River, on a farm now owned by 

for the consideration of six thousand five bun- W. II. Terry. He brought cattle and horses 

dred d(dlars, and, coming to the village of fnuii his oUI home, and built almost the first 

Walton, bought a small tract within the cor- log house and barn in this part of the town, 

poration liniits. This he divided into town On I'.each Hill Creek he built subsequently 

lots, all of which he has sold with the excep- the only saw-mill to be found for many miles: 

tion of five. In 1893 he and his son bought , and, as there were as yet no roads to Kings- 

the Walton bakery, which is now under the ton, the nearest settlement, only trails 

management of his two elder sons, liugene ., through the woods, it was no easy task to get 

and Arthur. together the proper materials. As there was 

The marriage of Mr. Webster and Miss great need of a grist-mill, he contrived a rude 

Hulda Pomero'v was celebrated September 30, machine for corn-grinding, much like an old- 

1863. Mrs. VVebster was born in Hamden, fashioned well-sweep: only, in place of a 

Delaware County, and is a daughter of Orange bucket, was a heavy stone that_ was pounded 

D. and Sally ( Montfort) Pomeroy, the former , up and d.iwn upon the grain, which was placed 

of whom was born in Massachusetts, and the ' in a hollow log by way of a hopper. So in- 

latter in Delaware County. This union has dispensable was this pounder that^ larmers 

been blessed with three 'children : Eugene, came from near and far to use it. I hen Air. 

who married l-:mma '1-iffanv, and has one Shaffer began to raft lumber down the rivc-r. 

daughter, now a few months old; Arthur, who , and in the course of years was able to erect a 



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frame house and barn, the first in this part of 
the county. It need hardly be said that a 
farmer so enterprising and inventive soon 
wanted more than the two hundred acres at 
first bought. In the woods were wolves, 
bears, panthers, and wild-cats, as well as deer. 
Like the father of the human race, this Adam 
could call the beasts by name, and in later 
life could narrate to a younger generation 
many an adventure of the wilderness. Six 
boys helped him in his work — George, 
Henry, Philip, Peter, William, and John. 
The pioneer was a Whig in his latter days, 
but earlier in life was a Federalist; and the 
family belonged to the Dutch Reformed 
church. Adam Shaffer died in middle life, at 
fifty-two; but his wife lived to be a dozen 
years older. 

Adam Shaffer's son William, on attaining 
manhood, bought part of his father's farm. 
He married Hannah Vail, daughter of Joseph 
and Ruby (Wilson) Vail, who came from the 
South, settled on the banks of the Delaware, 
reared a large family, and lived to be old 
people, though the descendants are no longer 
found in this region. Like his father, Will- 
iam Shaffer not only farmed, but dealt largely 
in lumber, owning at one time three saw- 
mills. Like his parents, William and Han- 
nah Shaffer had six children. Alfred, born 
January 5, 1815, married Mary Jessup; and 
they had one child, who now lives in Andes. 
Delancey Shaffer was born in the last month 
of the year 18 17. He was twice married, first 
to the Widow Bambardt, and second to Anne 
Knapp, and had in all seven children. 
Edwin Shaffer was born October i, 1823. 
George R. Shaffer was born November 10, 
1825, married Sarah Radecker, has two chil- 
dren, and lives at Shavertown. Sylvester 
Shaffer, born January 29, 1830, married De- 
lotte Fuller, and lives in Downsville. Sallie 
C. Shaffer, born in August, 1839, married 
Dr. Oliver Carroll, lives in Port Jervis, and 
has one child. William Shaffer was a soldier 
in the War of 18 12, and received for his ser- 
vice a thousand acres of land, divided into 
farms and woodland. He died March 30, 
1835, ^i^c' li's wife on July 22, 1840. 

William Shaffer's son lulwin, father of the 
subject of this sketch, studied in the district 



school, and worked at home, where he re- 
mained till he was thirty years old. His 
father gave him a saw-mill and land, and nat- 
urally Edwin took to the lumber business; 
but in 1864 he turned drover, taking cattle at 
first as far as Dutchess County, and later to 
New York City and New Jersey. November 
29, 1863, amid the Civil War, he married, 
his wife being Agnes Boyce, daughter of 
James, Jr., and Barbara (Gordon) Boyce. 
James Boyce, Jr., was the son of James, Sr., 
and Agnes (Currie) Boyce, of Dumfries, Scot- 
land. James Boyce the younger came to 
America when twenty-two years old, and here 
met and married Barbara Gordon, daughter of 
James and Mary (Hay) Gordon. Her brothers 
and sisters were Peter, Jane Ann, Owen, and 
Jeanette. At first James Boyce and his wife 
lived in New York City, but later in Delhi and 
Andes. The names of their children were: 
James ; Joshlynn, who married Laura Caulk- 
ins, and has two children; Mary; Peter, who 
married Mary E. Davis, and has one boy; 
Fannie: Agnes, who was born March 28, 
1849, and married Edwin Shaffer, as already 
related; John, who is dead: Thomas, who 
married Maggie Bell, has four children, and 
lives in Hartford, Conn.; William A., who 
married Anna Burhaus, lives in Margarett- 
ville, and is a merchant; David, who lives in 
Michigan: Annie, who married C. J. Dick- 
son, of whom a special sketch may be found. 
James Boyce lived in Andes when his wife 
died, in 1882, December 20, a member of the 
Presbyterian church ; and then he moved to 
Margarettville, where he now lives, at the 
extreme age of eighty-five. Edwin and Agnes 
Shaffer had only two children. Edward Au- 
gustus Shaffer was born May 27, 1869, and 
was married June 28, 1893. Laura Anna 
Shaffer was born February 28, 1877, and lives 
at home. Their father is a Republican, and 
his wife is a Presbyterian. 

Edward Augustus Shaffer went to school 
winters and worked on the farm summers. 
Four years he worked for T. R. McFarland, 
and then, at the age of seventeen, was em- 
ployed as clerk by C. J. Dickson, of Mar- 
garettville, his kinsman by marriage. Being 
then of age, he formed a partnership with 
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vcars in tlic liardwarc Ijusincss, till 18S3, 
when Mr. Shaffer sold out, and worked a year 
with his old employer, and then went into 
business elsewhere for himself, adding to his 
plumbing an extensive traffic in all sorts of 
farming tools. His place of business is on 
Bridge Street. He w\'is married in 1S93, at 
the age of twenty-four. His wife, Ccua \l. 
Terpenning, is the only daughter of H. H. 
and Susa (Myles) Terpenning. He was born 
in Ulster County, near Ksopus, and first ditl 
business in New York City, but later came to 
Margarettville, where he jjurchased of C. H. 
Scboonmaker the Riverside Hotel, and does 
a large business in entertaining summer 
boarders. Mr. 1'". A. Shaffer is a Keiiublican, 
very liberal in his religious views. 




r?)l-;\VIS 1!. STRONG, a well-to-do 
farmer, residing on the l'"rank]in road 
in the town of Meredith, is a man 
of much energy and ability, and 
has attained success by his untiring industry, 
combined with a careful and wise manage- 
ment of his business interests. He is a na- 
tive of Delaware County, having been born on 
September 23, 1828, in that part of the town 
of Meredith Iving between Delhi and Mere- 
dith Square. He comes of Colonial stock, 
ami traces his aneestr)' back to one Caleb 
-Strong, his great-grandfather, who was born 
in Connecticut, in the town of Colchester, 
February 20, 1713. He was a farmer by occu- 
pation, and spent his last years in Sharon, 
Conn. His son, Caleb Strong, Jr., was also 
of Connecticut birth, born June 20, 1749. He 
carried on farming in Sharon until 1797, when 
he came to this county and cleared olf a tract 
of land now included in the site of Meredith 
Square, remaining there until his decease. 
He married and reared thirteen children. 

William, the youngest, was born l*"ebruary 
29, 1797, in the Connecticut home of his par- 
ents, and was brought here by them when an 
infant. He was bred a farmer, and remained 
with his father, helping in the farm work 
until of age. He then began working by the 
month for Judge Law, and subsequently 
bought a farm on Honest ]5rook, where he 
lived a few years. Selling that property, he 



removed to Taylor, Cortland County, residing; 
there three years. In 1834 he returned to 

'1 this county, and purchased the farm udw 
owned and occupied by his son, Lewis K., the 

{ sul)jecl of this sketch. He labored diligentiy 
in clearing and impro\ing tiie land, and in 
course of time waving fields ot grain and 
green jxisture lands occupieil the tract wliere 
fc-rmerly stood the primeval forest. (Jn this 
snug homestead he and his good wife jiassed 
their remaining years, she crossing the dark 
river of death in 1867, he dying in 1876, at 
the venerable age of sevent)'-nine years. The 
maiden name of Mrs. William Strong was 
Ciiarlotte Whitney. .She was a native of 
Walton, and was one of a large family of 
children born to David and Nancy (Raymond) 

! Whitney, the date of her birth being February 
15, 1800. Her ]jarents were natives of New 
Ivngland ; but after their marriage they settled 

i in Walton, where Mr. Wliitney followed the 
trade of a blacksmith for many vears. Se\en 
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Strong: 
Mary .\nn, who married Thomas Bartlelt; 
Marietta, who niarrieil William H. (kites: 
Maria, who married Thomas Craham, a butter 
dealer of Croton : James W. : Lewis H. : 
William M.: and ^iilton M. Mrs. Strong 
was a noble t\[)e of the ])ioneer women of her 
ilay, a faithful coadjutor of her husband in all 
of his labors, and a sincere member of the 
Presbyterian church of Meredith. 

Lewis B., the second son of William and 
Charlotte Strong, was two years of age when 
his parents went to Cortland County, where 
they lived three years, and was five years old 
when they removed to the farm he now occu- 
pies. He shortly began his education in the 
district school, and, completing it at the 
I'ranklin Literary Institute, was subsequently 
engaged one term in teaching. His assist- 
ance being then needed on the home farm, he 
gave his attention to that until 1853, when he 
purchased a farm in the western part of the 
town, where he resided ten years, successlully 
engaged in general husbandry. Returning in 
1S63 to the home of his boyhood, he bought 
the place, which he has since carried on with 
satisfactorv pecuniary results. During the 
lifetime of his honored parents they re- 
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derly cared for by himself and family. His 
farm contains one hundred and twenty acres 
of good land, on which, besides raising grain 
of all kinds and cutting a good deal of hay, he 
keeps a dairy of graded Jerseys, which yield 
him a profitable income, his sweet, pure but- 
ter finding a ready market. 

Mr. Strong has been twice married. His 
first wife, to whom he was united in 1850, 
was Jeanette Hymers, one of ten children 
born to John and Elizabeth (Ormiston) 
Hymers, the former of whom was a native of 
Scotland and the latter of Bovina. Three 
children were born of this union, namely: 
Henry M., who married Anna McCormick, of 
Meredith, and died at the age of thirty-two 
years; Alfred D., a butcher in Delhi, who 
married Sarah Thompson, and has one child, 
James Madison; Frank M., who married 
Adelia Osborne, of Croton, and has one child, 
Lewis Ranson. Mrs. Strong, a sweet, lov- 
able woman, passed to the higher life in 1878, 
at the age of forty-six years. She was a true 
Christian, and a devout member of the Presby- 
terian church. Mr. Strong subsecjuently 
wedded Miss Eugenia L. Covell, a native of 
Wisconsin, and the daughter of Peter and 
Jane (Moscrip) Covell, natives of Delaware 
County. Peter Covell died in Wisconsin; 
and his wife returned with her family to 
Delaware County, and married James Sloane, 
who was for many years a well-known farmer 
in the town of Kortright. 

Politically, Mr. Lewis B. Strong is a true- 
blue Republican, and in the affairs of his 
town and county takes an intelligent interest. 
He has filled the office of Supervisor four 
terms, and for eleven years was a Justice, of 
the Peace. Six years he was employed as 
Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue. Re- 
ligiously, he is a believer in the tenets of the 
Methodist church, to which iiis wife belongs. 




1 1 ETON H. MAYNARD, a promi- 
nent lumber merchant at Fish's 
Eddy, was born October 26, 
1829, in Delhi, Delaware County. 
His earliest ancestors in this country came 
from England and settled in Massachusetts. 
Thomas Maynard, his grandfather, was born 



in Deerfield, on the Maynard farm, which is 
one of the oldest in that part of the State. 
He married Elizabeth Choat, of Deerfield, 
and, with a colony of Eastern people, com- 
prising members of the Maynard, Choat, and 
Parsons families, migrated to Schoharie 
County, New York, late in last century, set- 
tling in that part of Blenheim now called 
Gilboa. They came as far as Newburg, 
N.Y., by water, and then were conveyed by 
ox carts to Blenheim, where they built their 
log cabins on the highest hills they could 
find. Here they lived a most primitive life, 
depending mainly upon the game, deer, and 
fish for their daily food. They built strong- 
enclosures for their sheep and cattle as protec- 
tion against the wolves, panthers, and bears, 
which were abundant. The women spun, 
carded, and wove the wool and flax, and manu- 
factured all the garments worn by the family. 
Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Maynard, was 
a descendant of the Choat family of Massachu- 
setts, her father having a family of thirteen 
children, nine of whom lived to be over eighty 
years of age. He himself died after more 
than fourscore years, and was buried on the 
Choat farm in Gilboa, having with his wife 
been a faithful member of the Baptist church. 

A. S. Maynard, father of the subject of this 
biography, was educated in his native town, 
and assisted his parents on the home farm 
until he became of age. He married Ophelia 
Reekie, daughter of Andrew Reekie, of Stam- 
ford, Delaware County. Her father was a 
supporter of the last Stuart pretender to the 
British crown, and came to this coimtry as a 
political refugee with a price upon his head. 
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, 
and first met at Newburg, after Burgoyne's 
surrender, the lady who became his wife. He 
served until the close of the war, then married 
and settled in Stamford, where he resided 
until his death, at the age of ninety-four 
years. His wife survived him ten years. 
A. S. Maynard was the father of eleven chil- 
dren, seven of whom grew to manhood and 
womanliood. He was a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, and died at the age of 
seventy-six. 

Milton H. Maynard was educated in the 
Stamford Academy, and then went to Frank- 




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lin, after wliicli he l)ei;an llic study ol nicli- 
ciiie, but soon jjavo lliat up and tauglit school 
for a number of terms. About the year 1853, 
in company with .A. 15. Stimpson, he started 
a store, whicli he sold to his partner in 1857; 
and he has since been engaged in the lumber- 
ing business. 

His first marriage was in 1854 to Marie A. 
Fletcher, of Davenport, by whom he had four 
children, namely: Augustus, now a resident 
of Hancock village; Lasael A., etlitor of the 
Cliristian at Work, a paper edited in the inter- 
est of the Christian religion in New York 
City; Ida P., wife of James M. Driver, of 
Narrowsburg, Sullivan Count\", who died in 
July, 1894; Dewhurst !■"., who died in 1874, 
when seventeen years okl. The mother of 
these children died in 1863; and Mr. Maynard 
afterward married IClizabeth ¥ . Sparks, (.laugh- 
ter of Robert and I'lleanor (.Sniffin) .S|)arks, of 
Fremont, Sullivan County. Mrs. Maynard 
is the mother of four sons — lulwin I,., 
Arthur II., Carlisle M., Manton II. - all .)f 
whom live at home and assist in the manage- 
ment of their father's farm. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard are members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church at P'ish's Eddy, 
and politically lie is a Democrat. He has 
been a Justice of Peace since 1858, ami has 
been Justice of .Sessions for two terms, still 
holding the position. A [jortrait of this use- 
ful and honored citizen, who is well known as 
a man of good business ability and of u])right 
life, graces an adjoining page. 



■UHX H. BAUMI-.S, one of Delaware 
County's enterprising farmers, [jropric- 
tor and manager for several years of 
the first steam saw-mill in Masonvillc, 
was born in Bethlehem, Albany County, 
N.Y., May 24, 1835, son of David and Maria 
(McKnab) Baumes. His parents were both 
natives of the county, where they began life 
almost with the close of that century, the date 
of his father's birth being I'ebruary 22, 1799, 
anil of his mother January 3, 1800. 

John Baumes, father of David, was of Ger- 
man descent, but was born in New York 
State. In early manhood he owned land in 
Albanv Countv, atid was engaged in its cul- 



tivation. Later he removed to .Schoharie 
County, where he dii'd at the age of seventy- 
two years. Mr. John Baumes was industrious 
and thrifty, and was a man of substance. In 
])olitics he was a Democrat, or .States' Rights 
man. He and his wife, Hannah Moshier, 
who livetl to be of middle age, had a large 
family of children, some of whom died when 
young; but eight studious sons grew to man- 
hood, and married before the\ went the wa\- 
of all the earth. 

One of these, David, named above, learned 
the carpenter's trade, and was a contractor and 
builder in the city of Albany for a number of 
years. He afterward spent a year or two in 
Cayuga County, and about five years in Scho- 
harie County, when in 1848 he. removed to 
Masonvillc, where he bought land and carried 
on geni'ral farming. In 1S56 he and his son, 
Jolm 11., who was then twenty-one \ears of 
age, bought the farm of one hundred and 
eighty acres where the latter now li\-es; and 
here he made his home during the latter part 
of his life. He died, Iiowever, during a visit 
to Schoharie County, March 8, 1867, his wife 
having died the previous year, on I'ebruary 
19, 1S66. She was a Methodist, and he a 
liberal in religion. In p(ditics, like his 
father, he was a Demdcrat. Mr. and Mrs. 
David Baumes had eight chiklren, six of 
whom grew to maturity. I'ive are now liv- 
ing, as follows: Margaret .Seel)', residing in 
.Sitlney; Angelina Bowman, in Mason\-ille: 
Louise .Smith, in Hamilton. Madison County: 
John IL, in Masonvillc: and James R. 
Baumes, a former Judge, in .Sidney. 

John H. Baumes received most of his 
schooling in .Schoharie Countw but had also 
the ach-antage of one term in Hamilton Acad- 
emy. He was thirteen 3-ears old when thi.- 
famil\- removed tn Mason\i lie : an<l he con- 
tinued to li\e with his ])arents and work for 
his father till he attained his majnritv, when 
he began farming for himself on the land of 
which he was part owner. After the death of 
his fatluT he bought out the other heirs, and 
thus acijuired sole possession of his present 
farm of one hundred and thirty acres. W'hen 
he fh'st began to work (ju the land, all but 
about five acres was covered with woods. To 
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himself with energy, sagacity, and success. 
Instead of preparing his land for the plough 
and his timber for market by the wasteful 
process of reducing the trees to ashes, he 
built a steam saw-mill; and he and his 
brother, buying two hundred and eighty acres 
more of woodland in the vicinity, were en- 
gaged profitably for about fifteen years in the 
manufacture of lumber, in which they did a 
more extensive business than any other men 
in the town, the product of the mill being ^ 
over three hundred thousand feet hemlock, j 
Having since disposed of both the mill and 
the land, he now devotes himself to the care 
of his original homestead, where he car- 
ries on general husbandry and dairying. He 
keeps twenty cows, grade Ayrshires, and has 
an average of twelve thousand pounds of milk 
a month for eight months of the year. He 
has a good farm, which is well managed and 
productive. 

On New Year's Day, 1867, Mr. Baumes 
married Mary Burnside, who was born in the 
town of Butternuts, Otsego County, January 
13, 1847, daughter of James and Louise Burn- 
side. Her father was a farmer. He died at 
the age of seventy-two, and her mother at 
forty-seven years of age. Mr. and Mrs. 
Baumes have one child, a daughter, Nellie 
Baumes, who was born March 6, 1868, and is 
a cultivated and accomplished young lady, a 
graduate of O.xford Academy in the class of 
1888. Miss Baumes has already taught fifteen 
terms of school, including one year in the 
high school. 

Mr. John H. Baumes inclines to liberalism 
in religion, and is a Democrat in politics. 
He has served as Highway Commissioner one 
year and as Assessor five years, being a man 
of unquestioned integrity and sound judg- 
ment in regard to property values. He is a 
Mason, being a member of Lodge No. 606, 
A. F. & A. M., and of Deposit Chapter, No. 
283. Although only in his sixtieth year, Mr. 
Baumes is one of the oldest settlers in this 
part of the town of Masonville, which by his 
untiring enterprise he has done much to build 
up and improve. Diligent in business, self- 
respecting and respected, he lives not for 
himself alone, but as a useful member of so- 
ciety, a valued citizen of the great republic. 



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R. MARCUS O. LANDON, den- 
tist, whose office is on Main Street, 
Delhi, posses.scs great professional 
knowledge and skill, and occupies a 
leading position among the prominent dentists 
of this part of the State. He is a native of 
this place, where he first opened his eyes to 
the light on March 15, 1859, being a son of 
David G. Landon, one of Delhi's most re- 
spected citizens, and a descendant of an hon- 
ored pioneer. Asa Landon, the father of 
David, was born in New England, and there 
spent several years of his early life. Accom- 
panied by two of his brothers, he migrated to 
this part of New York when the intervening 
country was little more than a wilderness, and 
leased a tract of wild land in Delhi, and after- 
ward reclaimed from the forest a valuable 
homestead. His brothers were equally suc- 
cessful in their pioneer labors, and the trio 
spent their remaining years in this locality. 
David G. Landon, son of Asa, was reared 
on the parental homestead, receiving as good 
educational advantages as the schools of his 
time afforded. He was a very active, enter- 
prising youth, and at the age of fifteen years 
began clearing a tract of land in Delhi. 
When at a suitable age to assume the respon- 
sibilities of a benedict, he married Mary Ann 
Dibble, the daughter of Cornelius Dibble, a 
prosperous farmer of Bovina; and they com- 
menced housekeeping in the log cabin which 
he had previously erected on his land. He 
worked with untiring industry, and, as time 
progressed, had the satisfaction of seeing the 
once heavily timbered land covered with wav- 
ing fields of grain, and the log cabin, in which 
the older children of his household were born, 
replaced by a substantial frame house. He 
subsequently sold that farm, and bought the 
one where he now lives, and has since con- 
tinued his agricultural pursuits. To him and 
his wife four children were born, namely: 
Amelia, who died when young; George A.; 
Cornelius F. ; and Marcus O. 

Marcus O. Landon spent his boyhood days 
in this town, acquiring the rudiments of his 
education in the district school, and afterward 
attending the academy. In 1876 he removed 
to Cobleskill, where he began the work of his 
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years in active employ. In 1881 Dr. Landon 
returned to the place of his nativity, and was 
very soon in the possession of an excellent 
and lucrative practice. He has now, with- 
out doubt, llie largest business in dcntistr\' in 
Delaware County, and is reputed to be one of 
the leading men in his profession in the State. 
The nuptials of Dr. Lanilon and Emma 15. 
Browne were solemnized on August 6, 1885. 
Mrs. Landon is the daughter of the Rev. 
George Browne, pastor of the Presbyterian 
church of llamden, and his wife, Maria (Mc- 
Laren) Browne. Religiously, the Doctor and 
his wife are esteemed members of the Iqiisco- 
pal church of Delhi, in which he is a Vestry- 
man. In jKilitics he is identified with the Re- 
publican party; and socially he is prominent 
in the Masonic fraternity, having belonged to 
Delhi Lodge, No. 439, 'a. F. & A. M., of 
which he is Past Master. He is also a mendier 
of Delhi Chapter, No. 249, of Norwich Com- 
mandery, No. 46, and of the Scottish Rite. 




kARTlN CHURCH, wagon-maker, 
residing in Sidney, is a hearty and 
vigorous man of seventy-seven 
vears. still an active worker ;it 
his trade. His grandparents, James and Lois 
(Dart) Church, were born in Connecticut, and 
were there married. They reared a family of 
six children, all of whom were married ex- 
cepting one daughter, Nancy, who died in 
Otego, at the advanced age of seventy-two 
years. Other children were born to them, 
but were called to their heavenly home when 
young. In 1806 Mr. and Mrs. James Church 
migrated from their New PZngland home to 
the wilds of Otsego County, starting in the 
month of February or March, making the 
journey in an old-fashioned cart, drawn by a 
jjair of o.xen. On their way through the Cat- 
skill Mountains they were snowed in, and had 
to exchange their wheels for runners, fitting 
up a sled, in which they completed their tri]). 
They settled in the town of Butternuts, Ot- 
sego Count)', where their children grew to 
maturity, and where they spent their remain- 
ing years, Grandfather Church li\-ing to Ihe 
venerable age of ninety-tliree years, departing 
this life in 1857. 



The parents ot Martin, i':bene/.er, and Char- 
ity (ICmmons) Church were natives of Con- 
necticut, and were both born in tiie year 1790. 
Their union was celebrated in the town of 
Butternuts, where they afterward lived and 
labored as long as their lives were sjjared, the 
mother dying in 1871. and the father some 
seven years later. Of their four children one, 
Julia, the eldest born, died at the age of 
twelve years. Levi B. died at Butternuts in 
1866, leaving one son and four daughters. 
Isaac, a wagon-maker and a farmer, is a re- 
spected resident t)f the town of Butternuts. 
The other, Martin, as above mentioned, lives 
in .Si(hie_\-. 

Martin Church was born in Butternuts in 
1817. He received a limited amount of 
schooling in his youth, and at the age of four- 
teen years began working at the carpenter's 
trade with his father, continuing in that occu- 
pation for several years, having inherited in a 
large degree the mechanical ingenuity of his 
father and grandfather. In 1852 he began 
the trade of wagon-making, without, however, 
having served any apprenticeship. In com- 
I pany with his brother Isaac, he opened a shoj.) 
in the village of Gilbertsville: and this they 
operated in partnership until 1867. when they 
dissolved by mutual agreement. In 1870 .Mr. 
Church established his Inisiness in Sidney, 
meeting with such encouraging success in the 
first year that he resolved to make this his 
permanent abiding-place. He accordingly 
built his comfortable residence at No. 24 
Main -Street, and the sliop where he is work- 
I ing he erected in 18S9. He is a thorough- 
going business man, prospering well in his 
labors, and a valued and esteemed citizen of 
tile \-illage. 

Tiie maiden name of the wife of Mr. 
Church, to whom he was united in 184 1, was 
Huldah Ann Fairchild. She was a native of 
Otsego County, having been born in the town 
of New Lisbon, in 1820, being the descendant 
of a pioneer family of that place. She bore 
her husband six children, two of whom dietl 
in infancy, and one daughter, Marv, when 
only six years of age. Of the three children 
now living William D., now fifty-one years of 
age, is a printer by trade, and has a wife and 
one son, Daniel: Sanford E., who was named 



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for the governor of that period, a cousin of 
his father, is a railway man, and is married, 
but has no children; and Emma, the wife of 
Willard B. Ruland, has eight children. 

Mrs. Church, who was a most worthy 
woman, and trained her children to habits of 
industry and virtue, passed on to the higher 
life in 1878. In politics Mr. Church is a 
stanch Republican, having been identified 
with that party since the time of John C. 
Fremont, and, although interested in the wel- 
fare of his town, has never held any oiifice, ex- 
cepting that of Town Collector for a while in 
Butternuts. 




1\(*AJ/ILLIAM R. SW7\RT was born on 
Beeman Hill, town of Middletown, 
Delaware County, on the thirtieth 
day of January, 1821. His grandfather, 
Tunis Swart, was a farmer at Esopus, on the 
Hudson River, and had accumulated quite a 
competence when his possessions were sud- 
denly lost during the Revolutionary War, at 
the time that the village of Kingston was 
burned. Having lost his property in the pa- 
triotic cause, he received afterward a lot of two 
hundred and fifty acres from the Livingston 
tract in Delaware County, at what is now 
known as New Kingston. His father gave 
him a team and lumber wagon, also some 
farming implements, with which to begin life; 
and he bravely set forth upon the way, but, 
when he reached Delaware County, found it 
impossible to go farther until a road was 
opened from Margarettville, and here re- 
mained until a way was cut through the un- 
cleared country. When at last, after a long 
delay, he arrived at his destination, he cut 
timber, and built a log house, and commenced 
the improvenient of the land. Later he 
leased a lot on Beeman Hill, from which 
place he finally moved to the town of Ham- 
den, where he remained until his death. He 
reared the following-named children: John, 
.Samuel, William, Richard, Abraham, Anna, 
Electra, Attie, and Mary. 

Samuel Swart was born in Esopus, and 
came to Delaware County in his youth. Here 
he married Anna Beeman, a daughter of Sol- 
omon and Deborah Beeman. He bought a 



tract of eighty acres of land, doubling it by a 
later purchase, and here reared the following- 
named family: Solomon, who married Miss 
Mary J. Akerly, and had two children; Will- 
iam R. of this notice; Peter F., who married 
a Miss Drummond, and died, leaving five 
children; Attie, who married E. J. Faulkner, 
and became the mother of one child; Charles, 
deceased ; Mary, who married Peter Dela- 
mater, and died, leaving two children; Orson, 
who married Miss Gussie Decker, and had 
three children. Samuel Swart afterward 
moved to Margarettville, residing there until 
his death. He died at the age of seventy-two 
years, having served in the War of 1812, been 
a faithful Democrat, and a conscientious 
member of the old-school Baptist church. 

William R. Swart passed his boyhood at 
Beeman Hill, receiving an education at an old 
log school-house on Hubble Hill. LTpon at- 
taining his majority he began farming, and a 
year later learned the trade of carpenter, 
which for some years he plied through the 
long winters, driving stock and doing farm 
work during the summer seasons. Gradually, 
by industr)', he accumulated enough capital to 
invest in a store at New Kingston, and en- 
tered into a partnership with Isaac Birdsell, 
this being the first store of general merchan- 
dise established in that village. This enter- 
prise was sold out, however, and a similar one 
started in Margarettville, Mr. Swart engaging 
in business with his brother. Six years later 
he bought the old Drummond farm, which he 
finally sold, and purchased a dwelling in 
Margarettville. Having been successful in 
these various enterprises, he has retired from 
active business, although his services as a 
veterinary surgeon are still in demand. He is 
the owner of the handsome stallion, Pride of 
Dutchess. 

In 1842 Mr. Swart was united in marriage 
with Elizabeth Drummond. Her father was a 
progressive farmer in New Kingston, and 
lived to attain the age of eighty-four years. 
Mrs. Swart had one sister, Mrs. Henry Rey- 
nojds, of New Kingston; but both are now 
deceased. For his second wife Mr. Swart 
married Mrs. Julia E. Carpenter, widow of 
Richard Carpenter, and daughter of Abram 
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died at the a_<;e of ninety-eight. Mr. Caipeii- 
ter passed away at the age of eighty-fdur. 

Mr. Swart is a stanch adherent of the Dem- 
ocratic part}', lie has i)een an active and 
useful citizen, has held various local offices, 
for two terms having been President of the 
village, anil has taken great interest in educa- 
tional matters, at tlie present time being a 
member of the Board ()f Education. 




Al.l.M/W C. BOOKHOL'T. In the 
annals of Delaware County the name of 
Bookhout is of frequent and honorable 
mention, and the gentleman whose name a])- 
pears at the head of this sketch is a worth)' 
representative of the first of that family to 
settle in this section of New York. Mr. 
Bookhout is a native of this county, and was 
born in the town of Roxbury, November 24, 
1 84 1. I'or many years he was identified with 
the agricultural element of Walton, and in 
the pursuit of his chosen occupatit)n amasseti 
a competence. He is a man of great energy, 
eiiterprise, and financial ability, and occupies 
an important positioir among the successful 
and influential business men of Walton. He 
is of German origin, and is a grantlson of John 
Bookhout, a pioneer of the countv. 

John ]5ookhout was born in Krakow, (ier- 
many, and emigrated to America prior to the 
Revolution, settling in the Dutch settlement 
then called New Amsterdam, now New \'ork. 
At the breaking out of the Revolutionary W'ar 
he enlisted in the service of his adopted coim- 
try. serving seven vears ; and the niusket 
which he carried during that time is still in 
the possession of one of his descendants. 
After the close of the war he married Nancv 
Smart, and the first decade of their wedded 
life they spent in Dover, Westchester County. 
Following the tide of emigration to Delaware 
Countv, they located in the town of Roxbury, 
where he was one of the first settlers. He se- 
cured a tract of timbered land, on which the 
family camiied until the customary log cabin 
was raised, and for a short tinie one end of 
that was used for a stable. .Standing at his 
cabin door, rifie in hand, iie had no trouble iii 
shooting sufficient game to fLu'nish himself 
and familv with a dinner at any time. The 



nearest grist-mill was tweue miio (U.^taiU, 
and lie frec|uently carried liis grist to and fro 
on his l)ack. He and his faitiifii! wife lived 
together for upward of sixty years; and both 
died in tlie town of Roxljury. he passing awa)' 
at the age ol eighty-twu, while liis widow sur- 
vived him, li\ing imtil the venirable age of 
ninety-four xears. The)' were tiie parents of 
nine childreri. Both were religious people, 
and were charter members of the Congrega- 
tional church of Roxbur)', of wiiich the father 
was Deacon for many years. 

William Bookhout, the father of the subject 
of this sketch, was the oldest son of his par- 
I'lits, and was born on the farm in Roxbury. 
He was a farmer by occuiiation, and in early 
manhood married Caroline Hull, a native of 
Connecticut, a ckiughter of William Hull, and 
a niece nt the world-renowned Conunodore . 
Isaac II id I. They became the parents of a 
large famil)', as follows: Nancy married 
I'rion McKay, and settled in Lenawee 
Count)', Mich., where both died. Sabra is 
the wife of I'rancis O'Connor, of Delaware 
Count)'. lilizabeth is the widow of G. W. 
Plough, and lives at Roxbury. Isaac married 
L'seba Craft, and they are residents of Rox- 
hiu')'. Marv, the widow of I'rinn .McKay, 
also lives in Roxbur)'. Tallman C. is our 
subject. Margaret died at the age of four 
years, (ieorge W., a resident of Roxburv, 
married /Xtlelia Bouton. John resides in 
Dallas, Tex. Rose died, unmarried, in 
Michigan. James, who resides in the town of 
P'ranklin, married Knmia Hall, of Walton. 
The father was a life- long and much esteemed 
resident of Roxbury, and in his political 
views was a Jacksonian Democrat. The 
iTiother lived to the advanced age of seventy- 
two years, dying on the old homestead in 
Roxbury. .She was a woman of superior char- 
acter, and a de\'oted member of the Methodist 
Lliiscojia] church. 

TalliTian C. Bookhout assisted his brother 
Jolin to obtain an education. The latter went 
to Texas, where in course of time he became 
wealthv, and paid his brother all he had ex- 
[)ended for him. He was afterward unfort- 
unate, and lost his all through the failure of a 
bank. He was fortunate, however, in having 
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him, and loaned him a few hundred dollars. 
With this money he purchased the site upon 
which the city of Dallas now stands. In the 
boom which afterward followed he made a vast 
amount of money, and is now one of the 
wealthiest men in the State. He married 
I-:ila Randall, of Dallas, where they now re- 
side, and of which city he has been Mayor. 

Tallman C. Bookhout, to whom we refer in 
this brief sketch, was reared to man's estate 
in the town of Roxbury, and received a liberal 
education. At the first call for troops he 
enlisted in defence of his country in Company 
I, Seventy-second New York Volunteer Infan- 
try, being the first volunteer from his town. 
With his regiment he served in Sickles's Bri- 
gade, and was an active and courageous par- 
ticipant in many of the most important and 
decisive engagements of the Rebellion, among 
the earlier ones being the siege of Yorktown, 
battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Seven 
Pines, and the Peninsular Campaign. He 
was stricken with fever, and sent to the David 
Island Hospital, New York, where he re- 
mained five months. He rejoined his regi- 
ment at Brandy Station, Va., and was attached 
to General Hancock's corps at the battle 
of the Wilderness, but during the second 
day's fight was wounded and left for dead 
on the field of battle, which, says Draper, 
"was throbbing with the wounded." He was 
wounded in the left shoulder and left eye, the 
ball striking his gun and being shattered, 
three pieces entering his body. 

Mr. Bookhout was a very courageous soldier 
and an expert marksman, and in relating the 
history of his army life often says that, if 
every Union man had killed as many of his 
adversaries as he did, there would not have 
been a rebel left to tell his side of the con- 
flict. Among his victims was the rebel who 
killed the Major of his regiment, Mr. Book- 
hout shooting at him six times before killing 
him, and being shot at the same number of 
times by his opponent. He was subsequently 
sent to the hospital at Fredericksburg, nar- 
rowly escaping capture on the way thither. 
This was within fifteen days of the time for 
the expiration of his term of enlistment, and 
he was offered a furlough. He proceeded as 
far as Washington on his way liome: but his 



patriotic impulses were in the ascendant, and 
he returned to Fredericksburg, starting from 
there on foot, with the hope of striking a 
train. Arriving at Fredericksburg, he found 
himself in the rear of Grant's army, and fol- 
lowed with his own regiment, which he joined 
at Cold Harbor. He went into the midst of 
the fray at that place with his arm in a sling, 
and without fire-arms, but soon procured the 
latter from the body of a dead comrade. He 
did heroic duty with his uninjured arm, prob- 
ably firing as many effective shots as others 
with the use of both. He next went with 
his company to Ream's Station, at Bermuda 
Hundred, and was subsequently at the siege 
of Petersburg, this being after his term of ser- 
vice had expired. He was also in the engage- 
ment at Weldon Railroad, afterward retiring 
from active duty, and returning home the 8th 
of July, 1864. His wound was very painful, 
and gave him much trouble, not healing for 
more than a year, and costing him about one 
hundred and fifty dollars. 

In the spring of 1866 Mr. Bookhout was 
united in the holy bonds of matrimony with 
Miss Ellen Ferris, of Ashland, Greene County, 
N.Y. Three children have been born of this 
union: Carrie is the wife of Lewis Benedict, 
of Walton, Alden is a student in Union Col- 
lege, and Sarah lives at home. In 1893 Mr. 
Bookhout retired from his farm labors, and 
removed into the village of Walton, where he 
is enjoying the pleasant leisure to which his 
previous years of toil entitle him. In politics 
he is a firm adherent of the Republican party, 
and, although not a politician, is deeply in- 
terested in local and national matters. Fra- 
ternally, he belongs to Ben Marvin Post, No. 
209, Grand Army of the Republic, and is 
prominent in Masonic circles. 



/^X, 



ARDNER L. RIDER, who died at 
Vt^^T ^"^ lio'iit-' in Masonville, N.Y., Au- 
^ — ^ gust 12, 1894, was born in the town 
of Sidney, January 8, 1828. son of John and 
Charlotte (Smith) Rider, the father being a 
native of Vermont, and the mother of Otego, 
Otsego County, N.Y. The grandfather, Gil- 
ead Rider, was a resident of Vermont, little 
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Jolm RiiliT settled in Otsego Cdimty when 
a young man, and there followed the trade of 
a blacksmith, his specialty being the manu- 
facture of a high grade of scythes. He after- 
ward moved to the town of Sidney, where he 
purchased a farm of one hundred acres. This, 
however, he soon disposed of, and bi)Ught an- 
other farm of one hundred and twenty-five 
acres in the same town. He thenceforth 
turnetl his attention e.vclusively to farming, 
antl was a hard-working and successful man of 
his day. In politics he was a Democrat, but 
never aspireil to any public office. He was 
married to Miss Charlotte Smith, by whom lie 
had the following children: John G., residing 
on the old homestead in Sidney; Gilead, a 
farmer of Sidney ; Hannah, wife of Olmstead 
Flint, of Otego; Ilattie Rider, of Unadilla; 
lilvira, wife of Adelbert Houston, of Otego: 
Gardner L. ; and Charlotte, who died _\-oung. 
Mrs. Charlotte Rider dietl aged sixty-five, 
and her husband at the age of eight}'-seven. 

Gardner L. Rider was eclucated in the town 
of Sidney. He lived at home until he was 
twenty-one; and after that he worked out by 
the month for four years for one man, making 
good wages, but unfortunately losing over four 
hundred dollars of his savings bv the failure 
of his employer. In 185S Mr. Rider settletl 
in the town of Masoiiville, buying at first 
sevent)'-fi\-e acres of land and adding to it 
until he had a fine farm of one hundred and 
fifty-three acres, and carried on a large dair\' 
business, keeping about thiriv head of nati\e 
cattle. 

Mr. Rider was married, April 8, 1858, to 
Sarah E. Thom])son, who was born November 
II, 1837, in Masonville, daughter of Rufus 
A. Thompson and Prudence T^. Wells. Mr. 
Thompson was born in Otsego County, and 
his wife in Masonville, the Wells family 
being among the early settlers of the town. 
Mr. Thonii)son was a tanner in early life, his 
latter years being dexoteti to farming. He 
died in the village of .Sidney, April iS, 1890, 
aged eighty-six: his wife died November 3, 
1840, aged thirty-one. Mr. Thompson, who 
was twice married, had three children by his 
first wife and four by his second. Four chil- 
dren survive him. namely: Foster W. Thoni])- 
son. a farmer of I'.ast Sidnev: Sarah, wife of 



Gardner I.. Rider; Rufus ,\.. a ])ractisin"- 
physician of Norwich; and Mis. Fllen Fin- 
der, now residing in California. Mr. and Mrs. 
Rider had two children. Their daughter. 
ICdith L., wife of Orville Dean, a farmer of 
East .Masonville, has four children -Jessie, 
Leslie, iMank, and Ival[ih. I'rank Rider, the 
only son, resides at home with his mother. 
He married Alice Robertson, and has one son, 
Foster Thomas Riiler. 

Mr. Rider, like his wife, was liberal in his 
religious views, and in politics was allied 
with the Democratic jiarty. He possessed 
one of the best-kept farms in Mason\-ilIe. 
He was distinctly the architect of his own 
fortune, having by diligent ai)])lication, good 
jutlgment, and economy acquired the compe- 
tency which he enjo\'ed in his declining 
N'cai's. 




DMUND A. IIO\VI':S, a worthy citi/en 
of Tompkins, was born in this town 
February 27, 1857. The Howes 
family, which is of iMiglish ancestr}-, came to 
New York from Cape Coil. Edmund Howes, 
grandfather of lulmund A., was engaged in 
farming and lumbering in the town of Thomp- 
son, Sulli\an County, where he erected a 
house, which still stands. His wife was I'olly 
Fields; ami they had the following family: 
George, Hen jam in, Jesse, Samuel, Eilmund, 
Deborah, lunily, Ivlizafieth, and Jane. lul- 
mund Howes died in 1838, having ])assed the 
greater part of his life in Thompson, whei'e 
he was buried. 

Jesse, the third son, was born in Hridge- 
ville, and spent his boyhood on the hume 
farm. When about twenty-one, he started out 
for himself as a car])enter and joiner, follow- 
ing that occupation until 1850, when, in com- 
])anv with his brother George, he |)urchased a 
tract of land on the Delaware River near 
Long luldy, and here engageil in shipi)ing 
lumber to I'hiladel]:ihia. He was an excellent 
swimmer and an ex].)eit hunter, the hero of 
manv thrilling adventures. .After about eight 
years he sold his interest to his brother, and 
in 1855 inirchased a tract of one hundred acres 
of timbered land on Bullock Hill, where he 
erected a log cabin, and liegan to fell the 



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trees. He later built a frame house on the 
same site, and engaged in farming and dairy- 
ing. He married Susan Jenkins, daughter 
of Horace and Anna (Vermilyea) Jenkins, 
of Roxbury, N.Y. She is still living, 
and is greatly esteemed by all. Her father 
was in his younger days one of the most 
prominent men of his town; he now spends 
much of his time with his grand-daughter, 
Mrs. Howes. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Howes were the parents 
of twelve children, namely: Anna F., widow 
of Charles Drake, a farmer of Tompkins, who 
died in 1881, and is buried on Knickerbocker 
Hill; Loomis; Horace J., who married Ella 
A. Drake, a sister of Charles Drake; Eva A., 
who married S. L. Niles, of Tompkins; 
Hiram J., a school-teacher; Edmund A., 
whose name heads this sketch; Annetta, who 
married Jesse Gardner, a physician in Anem- 
deta, Ohio; Emily J., the wife of Frank 
Clark, a butcher of Walton, of the firm of 
Clark & Webster; Samuel, who died at the 
age of two years: Mary E., who teaches 
school on Knickerbocker Hill; Arthur R., 
who follows the occupation of a butcher; 
Helen M., wife of Frank Wells, of Mason- 
ville; Frank C, who lives on the old home- 
stead and carries on the farm. 

Edmund A. Howes was educated in the dis- 
trict schools of his native town, and when 
eighteen began to teach in Peasetown, Broome 
County. He afterward taught at Bennetts- 
villc, Chenango County, and later five terms 
in Masonville, teaching sixteen terms alto- 
gether. January i, 1883, he married Maggie 
E. Finch, daughter of Henry and Mary Jane 
(Carroll) Finch, of Sidney. The grandfather 
of Mrs. Jonas Finch was born in Cairo, 
Greene County, son of Amos and Martha 
(Parks) F"inch. Amos Finch was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier, and engaged in farming in 
Dutchess County. Jonas married Henrietta 
Lennon, who lived to be eighty-seven years 
old, and died in 1874. His son, Henry 
Finch, father of Mrs. Howes, was born June 
22, 1823, was a farmer in Masonville, but 
later bought land in Williamsport, Pa. In 
1862 he enlisted in the war, in which he 
served ten months, returning to Pennsylvania 
after peace was declared. He now resides, 



retired from active work, in Sidney. His 
wife was Mary J. Carroll, daughter of Samuel 
Carroll, of Tompkins; and she was the mother 
of twelve children: Zaccheus, who married 
Rosetta Teed, of Sidney; Sarah, wife of 
Edgar Teed, of Stevensport, Pa. ; Henrietta, 
who married Dua'ne Hand, a farmer in Morris, 
Ontario County; Louisa, wife of Robert Stew- 
art, of Sidney, who died in 1894; Anna, who 
married Warren Hodges, a farmer of Sidney; 
Maggie; Henry, who married Mary Bradley, 
of Tompkins: Emeline, who died at the age 
of sixteen; Almetta, who married James 
Hodges, of Sidney; Nora, the wife of Edwin 
Wheat, a carpenter of Sidney; Norman, who 
married Bertha Gaylord, and is engaged in 
farming in Sidney; and James. 

Mr. and Mrs. Howes have one son, Fred 
E., born June 10, 1885, who now attends 
school in District No. 7. Mr. Howes is very 
prominent in town affairs, and has held vari- 
ous offices of trust. He is Justice of the 
Peace, has been Inspector and Auditor, and 
was a member of the Republican County Com- 
mittee during the years of 1881 and 1882. 
He is a Republican in politics, and is widely 
known and esteemed. 




tembt 



,RS. JANETTE (GOODRICH) 

STODDART, widow of James .S. 

Stoddart, who died at his late 

home in the town of Croton, Sep- 

13, 1890, at the age of seventy-four 
years, is an intelligent and cultured lady, 
universally respected for her nobility of char- 
acter and kindness of heart. She is a native 
of Delaware County, and a daughter of Rich- 
ard M. Goodrich, who was born June 16, 
1786. He was educated for a professional 
life, and at an early age began his career as 
a physician, being for many years the most 
successful and popular practitioner of this sec- 
tion of the county, having an extensive prac- 
tice in the towns of Hamden and Middletown. 
He was married December 28, 181 2, to Jane 
J. Sands, who bore him six children, as fol- 
lows: Antoinette, the wife of Benjamin Mc- 
Call ; Henrietta, now seventy-seven years of 
age, and a resident of Delhi ; Janette, Mrs. 
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of Delhi; Harriot, the widow of William 
Ikirgcss, of St. John, Now linmswick; ami 
Gcorgo, a resident of Delhi. 

Mrs. Stoddart received a careful home 
training and an excellent education, being 
fitted at the age of fifteen years for a teacher, 
anil for four terms was an -instructor in the 
public schools. On the 3d of April, 1S39, 
being then a maiden of eighteen years, she 
became the bride of James S. .Stoddart, an 
industrious and enterprising farmer, and a 
young man of great promise. They settled on 
a farm of their own in the town of Hamden, 
where they lived several years, prosperously 
engaged in tilling the soil. Selling that 
property at an advantage, they bought another 
farm in Walton, and managed this with the 
same untiring industry that had heretofore 
characterized their labors, and in the course 
of time amassed a comfortable competence. 
Mr. Stoddart was a man of great force of 
character. Possessing more than ordinary 
business ability, he carried on his farming 
operations in an able and scientific way, and 
was numbered among the most progressive 
agriculturists of liis neighborhood. About i 
eighteen years ago he and his wife removed to 
the present fine home of Mrs. .Stoddart in 
Croton, where he lived retired until called to 
his eternal home. He was a most e\emplar\' 
and highly esteemed citizen, and in every 
condition of life performed whatever he untier- j 
took conscientiously, and as became a man 
having the best interests of his town and 
county at heart. He was an active worker in 
religious circles, and a dcN'oted member of the 
I'resbyterian church. 

Mr. Stoddart was of good .Scotch ancestry, 
his father, William Stodtlart, having been 
born and reared in Scotland. When a young- 
man, he emigrated to America, and settled in 
Delaware County, where he was married May 
4, 181 5, to Phoebe Churchill, who was born 
in the same year as himself, 1784. He was a 
farmer by occupation, and owned a farm on 
.Scotch Mountain, where, by industry, thrift 
and strict economy, he accpiiretl a substantial 
property. During the last years of his life he 
lived retired in T^elhi. His wife survived 
him many years, and died at her home in 
Delhi, June 14, 1S57. Four children, two 



sons and two daughters, were boin to them; 
but of these only one is now living, lilsther, 
the widow of Tracey G. Rich, of Hingiiam- 
ton, N.Y. 

The union of Mr. and .Mrs. Stoddart was 
blessed by the birth of five children: Will- 
iam G., born Januar\' 11, 1S40, married Es- 
tella Rowe, and lives in Croton. Jane K., 
formerly a successful teacher, was born Janu- 
ary 29. 1843. and is now the widow of Samuel 
Holmes, of Walton. Sarah B., born in 1845, 
is the wife of Joshua Seaman, a farmer resid- 
ing in Meredith, and has two children. 
Charles A., born January 22, 1849, now a 
resident of Walton, is a widower with three 
children. Ann JCliza, born Ma\- 8, 185 1, 
married Leroy Smith, of I'ranklin; and they 
are the jiarents of three children. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stoddart were for many years 
among the most extensive and prosperous 
land-holders of the county, and owned several 
farms, their acreage aggregating some five 
hundred acres, this large propert)- being ac- 
quired mainly by their own efforts and good 
management. 




^ li:Rr<IT S. ROHfvRT.S, one of the 
most prominent and successful 

li % larniers of the town of Kortright, 
was born in that t(nvn, October 7, 
1829, and is the son of Joseph W. and Mary 
(Seel_\-) Roberts, the former a nati\'e of Kort- 
right, and the latter of Westchester County. 
The grandfather, VA\ Roberts, was born in 
Westchester County, but settled in Kortright 
in 1780, being one of the first pioneers of the 
town. He owned one of the largest farms in 
the vicinity, remaining in active charge of the 
same until his death, at the age of eighty- 
nine. Joseph W. Roberts was brought up as 
a farmer and lumberman, and purchased a 
farm of one hundred and twentv-five acres, 
the greater portion of it having to be cleared. 
He died on his farm at the age of seventy-six, 
his wife being eight\-eight at the time of her 
death. The latter was a member of the Bap- 
tist church. 

Merrit .S. Roberts was educated at the dis- 
trict school and the academy. He turned his 
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his father's farm, and looking after his par- 
ents during their last years. He has added 
considerably to the farm since it came into 
his possession, now having three hundred and 
eighty acres under cultivation. He has built a 
halidsome residence, and his farm is conducted 
on model and practical lines. His son is as- 
sociated with him in its mangement, the firm 
name being M. S. Roberts & Son. 

Mr. Roberts was married October 20, 1852, 
to Adelia A. Brovvnell, a daughter of Isaac 
and Lucy Brownell, of Kortright. Mr. Brown- 
ell was a well-known and influential farmer of 
this town, and lived to a ripe age, being 
eighty years old at the time of his death. 
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have two children: 
Maud, who was married in April, 1884, to 
George E. Moore, a prominent druggist of 
Oneonta, and has one child, Leona; Joseph 
I., who was married January 18, 1892, to 
Miss Grace Van Vechten, of Rensselaer 
County, and is one of the rising young farmers 
of the town. He was elected to the office of 
Justice of the Peace, which position he now 
holds, and is a member of Lodge No. 466, 
A. F. & A. M. Li politics, like his father, 
he is a Democrat. 

Mr. Roberts has been Supervisor of the 
town for two years, and has also filled minor 
town offices. ' He is a member of Lodge No. 
466, A. F. & A. M., of Oneonta, and is also 
a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to Delhi 
Chapter, No. 249. Mr. Roberts is one of the 
most respected farmers in Delaware County. 
He is a man of sterling worth, giving life and 
spirit to the town of his nativity, and taking 
a deep interest in all enterprises which tend 
to promote its welfare. 




RTHUR H. ST. JOHN, M.D., repre- 
sents in a worthy manner the medical 
profession of Walton, one of the 
most prosperous and thriving towns 
of Delaware County, and socially is regarded 
as one of its most valued citizens. His na- 
tive place was at Cranbury, N.J., the date of 
his birth being May 8, 1856. He is a son of 
Isaac J. and l^lizabeth P. (Hanford) St. John, 
both of whom were natives of Delaware 
County. 



The subject of this sketch grew to manhood 
in the town of Walton, whither his parents 
had returned shortly after his birth. Soon 
after his graduation from the Walton High 
School he entered into mercantile business, 
and was subsequently employed as an agent 
for the American Express Company, running 
between Oswego and New York. From his 
boyhood, however, he had intended to become 
a physician, and, with this end in view, en- 
tered the office of Dr. J. H. Keeney, of Os- 
wego, N.Y., with whom he read medicine, 
going thence to the New York Homoeopathic 
Medical College, from which he was grad- 
uated with the class of 1892. The subsequent 
year Dr. St. John was one of the staff of phy- 
sicians connected with the Flower Hospital, 
and was afterward on the staff of the Hahne- 
mann Hospital. After spending some time in 
private practice in New York City, the Doc- 
tor located in Walton, opening his office here 
in April, 1893, and since that time has been 
in the receipt of a substantial practice. He is 
a close and thoughtful student, devoted to the 
interests of his patients, and is held in high 
respect both as a man and as a practitioner. 
He has more than an average share of the pat- 
ronage of the best people of the community, and 
his prospects for winning a position among 
the leading physicians and surgeons of this 
part of Delaware County are exceedingly good. 

The marriage of Dr. St. John and Miss 
Belle M. Snow, a daughter of Garrett Snow, 
was solemnized at Caroline Centre, Tompkins 
County, in 1876; and the young couple began 
their wedded life in Walton, which is the 
natal place of their only child, Nellietta, who 
was born in 1877. 




,ARL HERRMANN is one of the 
leading cottagers in the charming 
rural resort known as Fleisch- 
manns, situated in the mountainous 
uplands of Delaware County, the summer 
residence of a small number of select families 
well known in metropolitan life. Some years 
ago several members of the Flcischmann fam- 
ily, in seaixh of rural (piiet and picturesque 
scenery, visited this retired neighborhood, 
and, charmed with its pure air, breezy soli- 




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tiuU-s, and carc-l)ani.sliing inllucnccs, resolved 
that their first visit should by no means be 
their last. Accordingly, about 18S2, Mr. and 
Mrs. Louis Fleischmann and Mr. and Mrs. 
Leopold Bleicr came to the locality, and pur- 
chased a part of the old farm then owned by 
John M. lilish, Iniilding pleasant summer cot- 
tages, well adajitcd to the requirements of 
health and pleasure seekers. 'I'hev were soon 
joined by others, among them Charles 
I-'leischmann, Carl h'delheim, Mrs. Max 
I'^leischmann, Anton Seidl, Louis Josephthal, 
and Carl Herrmann. Bernard Ullman and 
Henry Mierlander added to the architectural 
beauties of the place by establishing spacious 
and picturescpie homes on the mountain side, 
Mr. Charles Fleischmann building three more 
large and tasteful dwellings. 

The grounds surrounding these attractive 
residences are exquisitely laid out, teeming 
with flowers and shrubbery, and bnjken here 
and there with convenient walks anti well- 
graded carriage drives. A large deer paik, in 
which ramble at will some choice specimens 
of their kind, adds greatly to the interest of 
the landscape. Swinmiing Pond, sup]:)licd 
with ]iure mountain spring water, is a con- 
venience that has not been forgotten ; neither 
have commodious stables and carriage houses. 
Another most interesting and luxurious feat- 
ure of tills realm of ])Ieasance is a fine riding- 
school in a magnificently equipped hall, with 
a commodious gallery, in which the friends 
of the riders can sit and watch their grace- 
lul evolutions. There are costly paintings on 
the walls, which are elsewhere tastefully 
draped with rich bunting; and four large 
chandeliers jirovide brilliant illumination for 
evening pleasures. A portable floor has also 
been provided for dancing, and an orchestra of 
skilled musicians from New York is kept in 
good practice throughout the season. The 
railroad station, a tasteful structure, erected 
by the liberality of the Fleischmanns, invites 
the attention of the passing traveller. The 
surrounding grountls attest the work (jf an 
artist in landscape gardening. 

This charming spot, whose natural beauties 
have been so enhanced by a boundless liberal- 
ity, directed by cultivated taste, is yet ' ut in 
embryo. The plans for the future are w^ell 



calculated to dwarf the acliievements of llie 
past; and in the choice and secluded settle- 
ment of ■■ l-'leischmamis,"' nestling in the 
shadow of the romantic Catskills, redolent of 
health, innocent gaiety, and cultured ease, we 
may view a jilace where sorditi cares are ex- 
cluded and the rude turmoil of life's battle 
stilled, its faint echoes only touching the 
chord of remembrance, as the reverberations 
of the swift express, with its varied freight of 
human interests, hopes, and passions, break 
softly on the air and lose themselves in the 
I'ural solitudes. 




AMUF.L \V. NILES, a retired farmer 
of .Sidney, was born in that town, 
August 23, 1816, and is the son of 
Joseph and Sally (Barstow) \iles. 
His grandfather, Ambrose Niles, a native of 
Connecticut, was a veteran of the War (jf the 
Revolution, and was draftetl in the War of 
i8[2, but hired a substitute. He came to 
Delaware County in iSio with his wife and 
two children, and, settling in the town of 
Sidne\-, look u|) a lot of land consisting of 
about one hundred and seventy-seven acres, 
ujjon which he built a log house, and later 
built the second frame barn that was erected 
in that [lart of the town. 

Joseph Xiles, son of Ambrose, was born in 
Connecticut, and taught school in that .State 
before coming to Delaware County with his 
f:ither when a young man. He here f(dliiwed 
the occupation of a farnur, and filled several 
local (jffices, being Justice of the Peace for 
some years, well known as "" .Squire Niles."' 
hokling his court in an old lug house, many 
of the lawyers coming to court on horseback, 
with their clients behind them. He and his 
wife were the parents of the following chil- 
dren: -Samuel W., the subject of this sketch: 
Clarinda. wife ot Addison Nowland, of Chi- 
cago, 111.; Lucina, who became the wife of 
Joseph Miller, and die<l at the age of fiftv-si\: 
.Mary, wife of Norval Barstow; Celinda, wife 
of C\renus Schofield : .Sarah, wife of Henrv 
l-"letcher: and Hubbard Nilos, who died aged 
eighty-one. Joseph Niles died in 1850, aged 
sevent)--one, his wife surviving him thirty 
years. 



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Samuel W. Niles was reared on the old 
farm, a short distance from where Sidney 
Centre now stands, receiving his education at 
the district school, which was on the farm, 
Gardner Olmstead being his first teacher. 
The school-house was of logs, and heated by 
fireplaces, the seats being made of slabs with 
pegs put in for legs. Mr. Niles had but a 
meagre chance of attending school, as most of 
his time was given to work on the farm. He 
remained at home until he was twenty-one, 
when he hired himself out to his father, re- 
ceiving one hundred and twenty dollars a year 
and his clothes and board. He was twenty- 
five when he bought a farm in Otsego 
County, on which he lived about four years, 
and then sold it and moved back to the old 
farm, purchasing that after his father's death. 
In 1874 he moved to his present residence at 
Sidney Centre. 

Mr. Niles was married October 22, 1840, 
to Susan C. Mack, who was born January 20, 
1820, at Harpersfield, a daughter of Abner 
Mack, one of the early settlers of Delaware 
County. By this union Mr. Niles had four 
children — Sarah, Edson, George B., and 
Charles. Sarah, born December 12, 1850, is 
the wife of Frederick Shaw, of Binghamton. 
Edson Niles, burn September 10, 1854, one 
of the leading merchants in Sidney Centre, 
married in 1880 Addie M. Baker, who died in 
1888, leaving two children — Ethel May and 
Robert. Mr. Edson Niles married in 1890 
Miss Cora A. Travis, by whom he has also 
two children — Susan E. and Harry. George 
B. Niles was born September 4, 1846, and 
died June 2, 1877. Charles Niles, born 
April 16, 1844, died December 23, 1888. 
Mrs. Susan C. Niles died August 25, 1884. 
On January 13, 1886, Mr. Niles married for 
his second wife Mrs. Sally Davis, a daughter 
of Israel and Susanna Kneeland. Her father 
was a native of Delaware County, and was a 
wheelwright by trade; but the latter years of 
his life were devoted to farming. He died at 
the early age of forty years, his wife, a native 
of Chenango County, surviving him thirty- 
four years, dying at the age of seventy-four. 
They had four children, two of whom are now 
living — Mrs. Niles and Mrs. Louisa Davis, 
the latter living in Masonville. Her mother 



having been twice married, Mrs. Niles has 
also k half-brother, Austin L. Welch, who 
resides in Texas. 

Mrs. Niles is a member of the Baptist 
church, and her husband is a Congregation- 
alist. In politics he is a strong advocate of 
the Prohibition party. He has been Assessor 
and Inspector of Elections, besides holding 
several other public offices, all of which he 
has filled most acceptably. Mr. Niles bears 
a high reputation for honesty and integrity, 
and both in private and public life has always 
retained the respect and esteem of his fellows. 
An excellent portrait of this representative 
citizen of Delaware County may be seen on 
another page of the "Review." 



OHN BECKWITH, a retired farmer, 
owning and occupying a pleasant home 
at DeLancey Station, was reared to 
agricultural pursuits, and has followed 
this calling with more than average success. 
His present possessions are the result of his 
own industry, while his integrity and honesty 
have served to establish him in the confidence 
and esteem of his fellow-men. He is a native 
of this great commonwealth, having been born 
in Ulster County in 1829. 

Joseph Beckwith, the father of the subject 
of this sketch, was born in Newbern, N.C., in 
1 801, and at the age of sixteen removed to 
this State, becoming a resident of Ulster 
County. He was left an orphan, without 
means, when quite young, and consequently 
was obliged to seek his own living. He 
worked out by the month at farm labor for 
several years, and by steady industry and 
strict economy saved some money. With this 
to start upon, he wedded the lady of his 
choice, Anna Ostrander, a native of Ulster 
County, their nuptials being celebrated in 
1826. In 1839, accompanied by his wife and 
four children, he came to this county, settling 
in the town of Andes, where he purchased a 
farm, on which he afterward lived and labored 
until his death in 1865. He was a man of 
enterprise and energy, meeting with prosper- 
ity in his farming operations, and leaving his 
family a good estate. His widow survived 
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of ninety years. Both were iIlmhii mem- 
bers of the United l'resb_vterian cluirch, and 
highly esteemed members of the eonnnunit)' 
where they had for so many years made tlieir 
home. The record of the ciiiUhen i)i>rn to 
them is as follows: Maria, who is the widow 
of John Fowler; John, of whom we write; 
Margaret, who died in tlie ]:>rinie of life; 
Cornelius, a carpenter, who lives in L'lster 
County. 

John Heckwith was the second child of the 
parental household. He was reared on the 
farm, attended the district schools, and as- 
sisted his father until his marriage. He then 
became a farmer on his own account, carrying- 
on his labors in such a thorougli and skilful 
manner that his farm ])ropeity in the town of 
Andes was among the finest, in regard to 
improvements and cultivation, of any in the 
vicinity. This farm Mr. Heckwith recently 
sold for three thousaml dollars, and invested 
one thousand six hundred dollars of tiiis 
money in his present home in DeLancey. 
It contains an acre of land, sufficient to 
keep a cow and a horse, and requiring just 
enough care and labor to keep him healthy 
and happy; and, with two daughters to keep 
house for him, he is living in comtnrt antl 
ease. 

On the 1st of January, NS57, Mr. Heckwith 
married IClizabeth Nichols, who was born in 
Scotland in 1827. Her parents, Andrew and 
Margaret (George) Nichols, were farmers by 
occupation, and emigrated to this country 
with their family in 1839. Mrs. Heckwitli 
was endowed with true .Scotch habits of in- 
dustry and thrift, and ])roved herself a most 
admirable wife and conijianion. .She jiassed 
from earth to the spirit world, January 23, 
1893, leaving her devoteil husl^and and seven 
children to mourn their loss. (3f this family, 
to whom she was ever a wise counsellor and a 
loving mother, we record the following: ;\nna 
M., a successful teacher, lives at home. Hat- 
tie M., the wife of A. K. Worden, a farmer of 
Andes, has four children. Joseph, an insur- 
ance and real estate dealer in Walton, has had 
the misfortune to break i)nc of his legs three 
times; but, notwithstanding the fact that he 
is lame, and not in particularly good health, 
he is managing a very successful business. 



David A., a resident ni Inw.i, wjhm- ne 
is in the employ of a railway compan\', is 
married and has a son and daughter. Cor- 
nelius, a carjienter. lives in Missouri. Jane 
lives at home. William, also a carpenter, 
is in Missouri with his brother Cornelius, 
where both are working prosperously at their 
trade. 

Mr. Heckwith is a sound J-iepublican in 
his political views. The United Presbyterian 
church finds in him a consistent member. 




[t)f^ R rilUR J. GANOUNG, a substantial 
iti/.en of his native town, R".\bur)', 
where he was born I'ebruary 2, 
1864, is of h'rench descent and ]ia- 
triotic ancestrv. His paternal grandfather, 
James Ganoung, who was born in Putnam 
County, New York, came to Butternuts in 
Delaware Count}' while in the first vigor of 
maidiood. Here he tried to settle, and clear 
up a tract of land that was, like a great deal 
ot the suri'ounding country, almost a wilder- 
ness. Hut the Tories, who were jealous of 
the prosperit\' and increasing strength of the 
rebel element, dro\e him from his humble ami 
toil-won home; and the young pioneer re- 
turned to Putnam County. Both lie and his 
brothel- John served in the Re\-oIutionary War 
as minute-n-ien. 

Afti'i- the war the two brothers were olfered 
a tract of two hundred acres of huul at Batavia 
Kill, as an incentive to settle there and farm 
the wild and uncu.ltivated land of that section. 
This offer was ;iccej)ted; and tlie brothers had 
soon erected a log cabin, and were making- 
brave efforts to establish a home, though the 
danger from the wild animals of the forest, 
the discomforts of the necessarily jjriniitive 
mode of existence, the long winters, and 
extreme isolation made the life very hard, 
almost impossible. Here James Ganoung 
n-iet and married Miss Deborah Jenkins, 
the daughter of one of the early settlers: 
and here they lived the first years of their 
married life. As old age approached, they 
considered it wise to change their location; 
so the farm w-as sold, and a new home was 
established in Roxbury. They became the par- 
ents of eight children; namely, Jason, Isaac, 



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Arion, Smith, Abraham, Charles, Rachel, and 
Polly. 

Arion, the thinl son of James and Deborah 
Ganoung, was educated at the district school. 
At the age of twenty-six he bought a farm, 
owned now by Holsight. . He was married in 
the following year to Priscilla Redmond, 
daughter of John and Martha (Powell) Red- 
mond. Her father, who lived on a farm near 
Griffin's Corners, was a member of the Bap- 
tist church, and was a loyal Democrat 
throughout the varying vicissitudes of his life 
of eighty years. Arion Ganoung was also a 
Democrat in politics. He had the confidence 
of the community, and held the office of As- 
sessor in the town of Roxbury. 

Arthur J. Ganoung, son of Arion and Pris- 
cilla, was educated at Roxbury College, and 
at eighteen made himself a master of teleg- 
raphy, which he followed as a vocation for 
several years in different places, returning in 
September, iSgo, to Roxbury, where he has 
since been employed as freight and express 
agent. His home is near the railway station. 
Mr. Ganoung married Libbie Richtmeyer, 
daughter of Jacob Richtmeyer, a carpenter and 
contractor of Middlctown. Mrs. Ganoung is 
a member of the Lutheran church. Like his 
father, Mr. Ganoung affiliates with the Demo- 
cratic party. 



and. 



[OHN KLING, agent and manager of 
the branch dry-goods store -of Frank 
Barclay, of Amsterdam, N.Y., is a 
wide-awake, energetic business man, 
although young in years, has already 
obtained a good start in life, and is numbered 
among the rising young men of the village of 
Walton. He comes of excellent Holland an- 
cestry, and was born in the town of Perth, 
Fulton County, N.Y., April 8, 1869, being a 
son of Peter A. and Phyllis Ann (Banker) 
Kling, the former a well-known contractor 
and builder of Amsterdam. The parents are 
both members of the Baptist church, and po- 
litically Mr. Kling casts his vote with the 
Republican parly. 

The subject of this brief biographical 
record received the elements of a good educa- 
tion in the TTnirtn School at Amsterdam, and, 



being remarkably ambitious and industrious, 
secured employment as a clerk in a dry-goods 
store, thus spending his evenings and vaca- 
tions from the time he was seventeen years 
old until nineteen years of age. He has 
since then continued his mercantile career, 
and during the past two years has been em- 
ployed by Frank Barclay, as before mentioned. 
In January, 1894, Mr. Kling opened the 
branch store in Walton, and in this new 
enterprise has met with encouraging success, 
his honorable and upright dealings, his fidel- 
ity to the interests of his employers, and his 
genial and courteous manners securing for 
him a good patronage. 

April 28, 1892, Mr. Kling was united in 
the holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Jennie 
Cramer, of Amsterdam, a daughter of William 
and Emma (McConnell) Cramer. On the 
maternal side Mrs. Kling is of Scotch ex- 
traction, her grandparents having been born, 
reared, and married in Scotland. They after- 
ward emigrated to this country, stopping 
awhile in Albany, and going thence to Can- 
ada, where the grandfather engaged in the 
mercantile trade as a tobacconist. In Canada, 
near the town of Coburg, occurred the birth 
of their daughter Emma, the mother of Mrs. 
Kling. On the paternal side Mrs. Kling is 
of German descent, her great-grandfather hav- 
ing been a native of Germany, and her grand- 
father, Henry Cramer, a native of the Empire 
State. Her parents are esteemed residents of 
Amsterdam, where they are living retired from 
active labor. They have a family of three 
children: William H., who is engaged in the 
grocery business, lives in Amsterdam; Emma, 
who is an able instructor in the public 
schools; Jennie, Mrs. Kling, who has been 
engaged in the millinery business for some 
years, and since coming to Walton has con- 
tinued her occupation, her millinery parlors 
being in the store with her husband. She 
has a well-supplied stock, and displays much 
artistic ability, her talent being recognized by 
her large number of patrons. 

In religious matters Mr. and Mrs. Kling are 
not entirely of one mind, he being a member of 
the Baptist church, in which faith he was reared, 
while Mrs. Kling worships at the Presbyterian 
church, of which she is a valued member. 



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|;R0MK WHIPPLE, a successful farmer 
and dairyman of Kortri^ht, Delaware 
1<JJI County, of which town he has lon^' 
been a jirominent citizen, was born in 
Roxbury, March 17, 1853. His grandfather, 
Abram Wliipple, was a native of Vermont, 
where lie followed the tiade of blacksmith. 
He was a pioneer of Ro.\bur\', Delaware 
County, and there resided until his death, 
which took place' wlu-n he was eighty }'eai's 
old. He was a liberal-minded man, a Repub- 
lican, and was the father of se\en children. 

His son Daniel, the father of the subject of 
this sketch, was born in X'ermont, but grew to 
manhootl in the town of Ro\bur\', wiiere he 
engaged in farming. In 1S65, tlisposing of 
his farm of one lunulred acres there, he re- 
moved to Kortright, and purchased the farm 
of three hundred and twentv-two acres which 
is now occujiied by his son Jerome. Daniel 
Whipple was a hai'd worker and progressive 
farmer, and resided on the farm at Kortright 
until his tleath, at eigiit)-seven vears of age, 
his wife, Maria Chandjcrlin Whi]i])le, dying 
at the age of sixtN-five years. He was a Re- 
publican in [wditics, aiul both he antl his wife 
were devoti'd members of the iMethodist Epis- 
copal church. They were the parents of eight 
children, all of whom are living: Mrs. Jane 
Nesbitt, of .Stamford; Jerome; Mrs. Emma 
Goodsell, of Meredith; George, living at 
Rose's Brook; Mrs. Anna Lamport, of .Stam- 
ford; Abram, of ]'"ergusonville, Delaware 
County; Libbie, who lives at home; and Mrs. 
Sarah Nesbitt, of Ferguson vi He. 

Jerome Whijjple rt'moved to Kortright with 
his parents when but twelve years okl, and, 
after receiving the education afforded by the 
district school, gave his attention to farming, 
always living at home, where he took charge 
of the farm, and ministered to his ]>arents in 
their old age. On December 5, 1S8S, he 
married Miss Mary Mehaffy, a natix'e of Kort- 
right, and daughter of Benjamin and Mary IC. 
(Storie) Mehaffy, the former of whom is a 
farmer, now residing in Iowa. The latter 
died in the prime of life. Mr. and Mrs. 
Whipple have one child, Blanche M., who 
was born March 22, 1890. 

Just before his marriage .Mr. Wiiipple |)ur- 
chased the old homestead consisting of three 



hundred and tweiii_\ -twn .u u s. jim utiw h.in 
under his control four hundred and ninety-fu'e 
acres, part of which he ri-nts. His farm is 
under excellent cultivation, and tiie ilair\' is a 
very extensive and joroductive one, comprising 
sixty-five milch cows of finest Jersey breed. 
.Mr. Whipple has in all one hundred head of 
stock, employing two men throughout the 
year. His home is a most coirifortable one, 
situated in the Delaware River Valley among 
the Catskill Mountains. The family attend 
tile Uniteii Presbyterian church. .Mr. Whi])- 
])le is a stanch Republican. He is an indus- 
trious man, with remarkahic l)usiness cpial- 
itications, am! is emineiUl}' successful in 
whatever enterprises he undertakes. 




ICTOR FINCH, a jirominent citizen of 
Tom[ikins, Delaware County, N.V., 
was born September 12, 1820, in 
Lexington, Greene Countv. The ancestors of 
Mr. I'^incli came from Holland to America 
with the early settlers of this countr_\-, and the 
family has been known in its history since 
that time. 

Amos I'inch, laliier of \'ictor, was born in 
Lexington in 1794, and died in 1868. After 
engaging in farming in his native town for 
many years, he disposed of his [iroperty there, 
and purtdiased a tarm in Maryland, Otsego 
Count\-, where he lived for some time, subse- 
c]uently rt'moving to a farm that he bought in 
Tijmpkins. After the death of his wife his 
evesight tailed; and he gave his ])roi)ert\' to 
his sons, passing his last days at the liome of 
his son Victor, where he died November 16. 
1868, at the age of seventy-four vears. He 
was buried in tiie cemeterv at Trout Creek. 
His wife was Polly Merwin, also a native of 
Lexington; and she was the mother of six 
children — Lura, \'ictor, .Sanuiel, I-anmeline, 
Debias, and Wilson. Mrs. Polly M. ITnch 
was herself the eldest of a family of fourteen 
children, of whom her brother, David Merwin, 
of Ilensonville, now in his sevent}'-ninth \'ear. 
is the only survivor. His eaidiest ancestors 
in this countrv came from W'ales. His pa- 
ternal grandfather, his father, and his uncle, 
Daniel .Merwin, came to New 'S'ork from Wal- 
lingford. Conn., soon after the Revolution. 



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crossing the Hudson on a raft of their own 
construction, and travelling thirty miles, 
mostly by blazed trees, through a howling 
wilderness. They took up a tract of land in 
Greene County, where the father of Mrs. 
Finch cleared a small piece of land, sowed it 
with wheat, built a log house, and then went 
back to Connecticut, and married Thankful 
Parker, who returned with him to the new 
home, where their children were born. 

Victor Finch passed his boyhood in Tomp- 
kins, attending the district school, and help- 
ing with the farm work. When seventeen he 
went to work for a Mr. Palmer, learning the 
carpenter's trade, and at twenty-one started 
out in life for himself, engaging in lumbering 
and farming. When he was thirty-five years 
of age, he purchased a farm in Manchester, 
Wayne County, Pa., where for fourteen years 
he engaged extensively in his old occupation 
of farming and lumbering. Selling his prop- 
erty there, he purchased in 1856 the farm 
where he now resides, comprising one hundred 
and eighty-six acres. Besides raising crops 
and making maple sugar, he also operates a 
large dairy, keeping forty-five cows, doing 
much of the work of the place himself. He is 
strong and hearty, was never known to be ill 
in all his life, and, although seventy-four 
years of age, is as active and energetic as 
when much younger. 

January 30, 1855, Mr. Finch married Sarah 
E. Taylor, daughter of James and Clementina 
(Harse) Taylor. Both of Mrs. Finch's par- 
ents were born in Winford, Somersetshire, 
England, where they were married, four chil- 
dren being born in England, two of whom 
died in that countr}-. In 1828 they sailed for 
America with their two children in the ship 
"Cosmo," the voyage occupying sixteen weeks 
and four days. The passage was an unusually 
rough one, the good ship being twice blown 
off the coast ; but. after much suffering and 
narrow escape from shipwreck, .the family 
reached New York City and settled on a small 
farm where Jersey City is now situated. For 
three years they lived there, and then moved 
to Honesdale, Pa., which contained at that 
time but one log house. The journey from 
the old home to Honesdale was made on foot 
with the children on their backs, a man driv- 



ing an ox team containing all their worldly 
goods. The country to which they immi- 
grated was a barren wilderness, abounding in 
wild animals, and was not particularly pleas- 
ing to Mr. Taylor. He accordingly removed 
to a tract called the French Woods, in 
Delaware County, N.Y., and here erected a 
bark cabin, in which he lived until able to 
build a log house. He proceeded to clear 
land on what is now called the Rolland 
farm, near Sand Pond, which is one of the 
largest in French Woods. Several years later 
he sold this property, and went to Bouchon- 
ville in the same county, where he carried on 
a hotel, which he afterward sold to purchase a 
farm in Manchester, Wayne Count}', Pa. Ten 
years later he disposed of this, and bought a 
farm near Lordville, Delaware County, consist- 
ing of one hundred and three acres; and here 
he lived until his death, which occurred Jan- 
uary 14, 1871, the result of injuries received 
by being struck by the cars near his home. 
His wife died one year later, in 1872, and 
they sleep side by side in the cemetery at 
Lordville. 

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were the parents of 
ten children: John and Michael, born in Eng- 
land; Mary Ann, Nathaniel, Sarah E., 
Henry, and William, born in French Woods; 
Bessie, born in Bouchonville; and two others,' 
who died in England. In 1848 Mr. Taylor 
again crossed the ocean, the death of his 
father, without a will, making his presence 
necessary in the settlement of the property. 
The passage over occupied three weeks; and 
the return trip, being very stormy, occupied 
seventeen weeks, both voyages being made 
in the ship "Rappahannock," of Liverpool. 
Mr. Taylor being the eldest son, and his 
father a wealthy farmer, his portion of the 
estate amounted to a comfortable fortune. 
His daughter, Mrs. Finch, was born July 14, 
1837, in French Woods, and passed the early 
part of her life in Lordville, attending the 
district school, and residing with her parents 
until her marriage. 

Mr. and Mrs. Finch are the parents of three 
children: Alva Wilson, born October 16, 
1856; William L., born May 4, i860; Elmer 
E., born February 6, 1S63. All are natives 
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tcndetl tlic district sciioul on Knickcrboci<cr 
Hill, assistiiii;- their parents on the liomc 
farm. Tlie son, A. Wilson, married Susan 
Brown of Tompkins; and they have one cliild, 
Ava, born January 30, IcSqi. William L. 
Finch died July 19, 1862, at the age of two 
years; and Elmer works on the old home farm 
with his father and brother. Mr. Finch is 
profoundly respected for his upright character 
and honorable dealinsrs. 



ROFESSOR WILLIS I). GRAVES. 
Delaware Academy, located in Delhi. 
[19 is fortunate in havijig for its princi- 
pal Willis D. Graves, a man of lib- 
eral culture and great executive ability. 
Under his wise regime of the past ten years 
the number of students has increased, the 
standard of scholarship greatly ach'anced, and 
many beneficial changes and improvements 
been made. Delaware Academy since its in- 
ception has been regarded as the leatling in- 
stitution of its kind in this section of the 
State, and its high rei)utation and usefulness 
as a classical institute grow steadih' from year 
to year. It was established in pursuance oi 
an act of the legislature passed Ajiril 12, i8ig, 
which appropriated six thousand dollars, the 
proceeds of a Tory estate, for the purpose of 
establishing an academy in Delaware County. 
The academy was incorporated by the regents 
of the universit\', I'ebruary 12, 1820; and the 
first building was erected upon lands given 
by (ieneral ICrastus Root, who had been in- 
strumental in obtaining the appropriation. 
Judge Ebenezer Foote was President of the 
first Board of Trustees, Colonel Amasa Parker 
the first Secretar}-, ancl John A. Savage the 
first Principal of the academv. 

I-"rom the start this school hatl a successful 
career; and, having outgrown its accommotla- 
tions, in 1856 a new academy and twf) board- 
ing halls were built. Recenth- the boarding 
deiiartment has been enlarged, but is yet too 
small to accommodate all applicants. In 
1S93 the number of stutlents registered 
reached two hundred and twenty-three, and 
the representation of the school greatly ex- 
tended, the non-resident attenilancc number- 
ing one hundred and twenty-six. No other 



academic school in this section of the .State 
approaches such an attendance of pupils from 
a distance, and few similar schools in the en- 
tire State of New York report such a non- 
resident attendance. During the past decade 
o\er ten thousand dollars has been expended 
in beautifying the grounds and in adding to 
the comfort and equipment of the buildings. 
Among the valuable accessories of the school 
is a library of two thousand \-olumes, an ex- 
tensive collection of apparatus, a thoroughly 
furnished gymnasium, and every convenience 
for efficient work. The work of the school is 
mostly academic, although both a preparatory 
and primary department are sustained. The 
regents' courses of study, the only recognized 
courses for graduation, are lil)eral and progres- 
sive, fitting the students in the most thorough 
manner for Princeton, Yale, Vassar, and other 
colleges, and for life work. 

The faculty of this academy consists of a 
cor]>s of thorough educators, who devote their 
entire attention to the best interests of the 
school. Lender their tuition students who 
have matriculated at various colleges have be- 
come distinguished scholars. One of the stu- 
dents of the academy recently won a three 
years" fellowship at Yale College, and re- 
ceived the degree of Ph.D. at the age of 
twenty-one years. Another obtained the 
Mental .Science fellowship of six hundred 
dollars at Princeton College. One is instruc- 
tor of Latin in the Hartford High School, and 
another holds the Chair of Oratorv in Cornell 
Lhiiversity. Rei)orts ha\c come back from 
the following-named colleges wherein iJclhi 
Academy students have distinguished them- 
selves, testifying to the thorough preparation 
received in this school: Yale, Cornell, 
Princeton. \'assar. Wellesley, Hamilton. 
Aliddlebury, Westminster, and I-'lmira Female 
College, besides from the law, medical, and 
normal schools of the State. Aside from the 
academic course, Professor Gra\es has main- 
tained a kindergarten course, in which about 
twenty children are taught: and a practical 
course in book-keeping is included within the 
regular course. Special courses are given in 
music, drawing, and painting, these special 
studies being under the supervision of thor- 
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Professor Graves is a native of the Empire 
State, having been born in Bainbridge, Che- 
nango County, August i8, 1S56, the eldest of 
four children born to Gaylord S. and Harriet 
E. (Pettys) Graves. His father was a suc- 
cessful business man, who, having amassed a 
competence during forty years in which he 
was engaged in the furniture business, is now 
enjoying well-earned leisure from the active 
pursuits of life. Professor Graves as a boy 
was an ambitious student, and, after leaving 
the public school, attended the academies of 
Afton and Bainbridge. He subsequently 
spent four years as a teacher in the schools of 
Chenango and Broome Counties, afterward 
taking a full course of study at the normal 
school in Albany, from which he was grad- 
uated in 1879. In August of the same year 
he accepted the principalship of the Bain- 
bridge Union School and Academy, a position 
which he retained six years, winning in the 
mean time a reputation as an instructor of rare 
ability and merit. In 1885 he leased the 
Delaware Academy at Delhi, which under his 
efficient administration occupies a front rank 
among similar institutions of the kind in the 
State. 

Professor Graves was united in marriage in 
1880 to Miss Elizabeth M. Rexford, an ac- 
complished young woman of superior mental 
attainments, who was graduated from Vassar 
College with the class of 1877, receiving the 
degree of A.B. She is a member of the fac- 
ulty of the academy, being the instructor in 
Latin and German. Professor and Mrs. 
Graves are both members of the Second Pres- 
byterian Church, and active laborers in de- 
nominational work. 




|ZRA H. HAIT, an estimable citizen of 
Stamford, N.Y., was born in this town, 
on Rose Brook, December 26, 1823, 
son of Stephen and Betsy (Lyon) Halt. 
Stephen Hait was born in South Kortright in 
the town of Stamford, and his wife was born 
on Rose Brook in the same town. His father, 
lizra Hait, who was born in Connecticut, in 
1790 moved to this county, and settled in 
Stamford in the Delaware River Valley. He 
bought a tract of wild land, built a log cabin, 



and then, returning to his native State, was 
there married. As soon as practicable he 
took his wife to their new home. The jour- 
ney was made on horseback, which was then 
about the only way of travelling; and a hard 
and somewhat perilous trip it must have been, 
for wild animals, which are now seldom 
found, then abounded in the country. 

Catskill was the main market for the wheat 
crop, and four days were consumed in going 
thither and coming back. The grist had to 
be taken to Schoharie to be ground. It must 
have required great courage and fortitude to 
live under these discouraging conditions. To 
be sure, deer, bears, and smaller game 
abounded in the forests, but so did prowling 
panthers and wolves; and, had not the pio- 
neers been men and women of dauntless dar- 
ing as well as sturdy workers, their hearts' 
must have failed them. Mr. Hait owned a 
good farm, raised flax, and kept sheep, so that 
the family spun and wove their own linen and 
wool and dressed in this homespun cloth, 
which is now seldom if ever seen. He 
bought in the first place one hundred and fifty 
acres, but added to it till at one time he 
owned about four hundred acres. He was one 
of the well-to-do men of the town, and was a 
Presbyterian in religious views. He died on 
the old homestead, March 11, 1849, at eighty- 
nine years of age, and his wife, April 16, 
1839,' when sixty-three years of age. They 
had five children, all of whom grew to matu- 
rity; but none are now living. Their names 
were Lydia, Betsey, Patty, Stephen, and 
Daniel. 

Stephen Plait, the elder of the two sons 
of Ezra, grew to manhood in the town of 
Stamford, and there resided throughout his 
life. He was well known as Captain Stephen 
Hait, was a farmer owning a good farm at 
Rose Brook, and was a practical and success- 
ful man in business. In 1820 he married, 
and moved in that same year on to his farm 
of one hundred and thirty-seven acres, the 
greater part of which he had to clear himself; 
and here he lived until his death. His first 
wife died August 3, 1837; and he was again 
married to Betsy Patterson. They were both 
members of the Presbyterian church; and he 
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his town. They both lived to a good old age. 
He diet! when about eighty years old. The 
three children by the first marriage were the 
following: ICzra II., tlie subject of this 
sketch; Mrs. Mary L. Ryer, widow of the 
late George W. Ryer, a farmer; Mrs. Louisa 
li. W'akeman, who was born in 1829, ami died 
in i860. The tliree by tiie second marriage 
were: I.ydia E. Scott,, wlio resides in North 
Kortright; Isaac Menry, wiio resides on Rose 
Brook; and .Martin K., who lives on the old 
homestead. 

Ezra II. Ilait grew to manhooil in the town 
of Stamford, and receiveil his education in the 
district schools of that town. He lived umler 
the parental roof until aliout thirty-six \ears 
of age, and assisted in carrying on the work of 
the iiome farm. He bought liis fust land, a 
tract of se\ent\-five acres, in tJie Delaware 
Valley: and this he still holds. About 
thirty-four years ago he bought the land where 
he now resides, being one of the oldest set- 
tlers in this part of the town. All inijirove- 
ments and additions have been made by him. 
and he now lias one of tlie best farms in the 
valley. He is a practical farmer, and suc- 
cessfully carries on a dair}' of twenty head of 
Jerseys. He has in all about one hundred 
and fifty acres of land, good farm buildings, 
and a fine dwelling. He also owns real estate 
in Alnieda, and was one of the ]nime movers 
in having the .South Kortright railway station 
established. His wife was a member of 
the United Trcsbyterian churcli, and he is 
liberal in religious views and politically a 
Democrat. 

On May 18, 1859, he married Nancy Nes- 
bitt, daughter of George Nesbitt. -She was 
born December 28, 1829, in the town of 
Stamford, on Rose Brook. Mrs. Halt died 
when si.xty-one years of age, July 28, 1890. 
They liad one son, .Stephen, born October 12, 
1865, wlio now resides witii his father, and is 
practically the mainstay of the i)lace, having 
full charge, and carrying on the business. 
On February 3, 1892, he married Katie Hilts, 
who was born in Sclioharie County; and they 
have one son, F,7.ra Hilts Halt, born October 
28, 1893. Thev are both members of the 
United Presbyterian church, and in politics 
he follows the principles of the Democratic 



part)'. He is om- ni im- ii^m^ \<p\mi- i.iniH-is 
of the town, and, like liis father, lias shown 
nnich interest in public affairs. 




];0RGE I. TRICVZ is known to every 
resident of Butternut tJro\e as an 
enterprising and successful mer- 
chant of that place, doing an extensive and 
varied business. He is the son of Hein\- and 
Louisa (.Mall) Trcyz, antl was l)orn in Brook- 
lyn, N.Y., May 11, 1S65. His father be- 
longs to that class of foreign-born citizens 
who are in the front rank of progress, and wlio 
have the highest apiireciation for the freedom 
and institutions of our country, having come 
here to share its privileges and help to mould 
its destiny. The same might also be said of 
his maternal gr.uidfather, who was a native of 
France. 

Henry Treyz was born July 3, 1S42, in 
Ulm. (iermany, and, coming to this country 
in his early manhood, worked at his trade of 
brewer in New Jersey and other places. At 
length, giving up that occupation, he bought 
in Fremont Centre, .Sullivan County, N.V., a 
farm of one hundred acres, which he has im- 
proved in every possible way. He keeps a 
choice dairy of fifteen Jersey cows, besides a 
large flock of sheep; and everything about the 
place is in a most prosperous condition, the 
farm being finely located near the village. 
His wife, Louisa, was a daughter of John C. 
Mall, who was born in I-" ranee, and was son of 
a Protestant minister, the Rev. Christian 
Mall. John C. Mall raised a family of seven 
children — Louisa, Lewis, Caroline, Gottfried, 
John, Henry, Maggie. 

Henry and Louisa Treyz are also the par- 
ents of seven children, of whom the following 
may be recorded: John, born February 26, 
1863, married Ro.sa Holtzman, and has three 
boys, who live with him at Peakville, Dela- 
ware County. George I. is the subject of 
this biography. Gottleib IL, born June 25, 
1867, married Lena Bach, has three bovs, and 
also lives at Peakville. Lewis A., born Jul_\- 
2, 1869, married Agatha Keen, has one son, 
and lives at Sherman, Pa. William IL, born 
July 12, 1S72, lives at Butternut Grove. 
August, born September 21, 1S74, lives at 



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Sherman, Pa. Maggie L., born September 
17, 1876, is still at the parental home. 

George I. Treyz, when but eleven years old, 
was obliged to leave school and begin to earn 
his own" living. He was, however, so eager 
to be more than a mere laborer that he applied 
himself to his studies in the evenings after 
his daily work in the coal-yard was over, and, 
with a determination which was worthy of the 
object, acquired habits of application and 
gained knowledge which may be said to have 
been the foundation of his future success. 
Step by step he went on till he was enabled to 
start in business at Butternut Grove with a 
little store in one room, and keeping a small 
line of groceries. He gradually enlarged his 
stock until now he has the extensive business 
that may be seen to-day, including everything 
in the line of general merchandise, furniture, 
and many outside branches. He also handles 
all the coal used at this station, besides deal- 
ing largely in lumber and in stone. He em- 
ploys four clerks in his retail department and 
several other men outside. William Treyz, 
his brother and his chief clerk in the store, is 
a man of much business ability and tact, and 
one who has made himself a great favorite by 
his courteous and pleasing address, good judg- 
ment, and quick appreciation of the wants of 
his patrons. Both William and George are 
Republicans in politics, as was their father 
before them. 

At the age of twenty-seven George I. Treyz 
was married to Amanda, daughter of David 
and Sarah (Frisbee) Minkler. Mr. and Mrs. 
Minkler live at Fremont Centre, where they 
have a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. 
Besides Mrs. Vreyz they have one other daugh- 
ter, Martha, wife of Milton Crandall, and 
mother of two sons. Mr. and Mrs. Treyz 
have one child, Frank M., born June 16, 

1893. 

Mr. Treyz is a tradesman with whom his 
customers are glad to deal, being characterized 
by uprightness in all his business transac- 
tions, and keeping a class of goods that give 
satisfaction. He is a self-made man, having 
since his early youth made his own way in 
the world. He is well w^orthy of the high 
esteem in which he is held by his fellow- 
citizens. 



SEANDER H. MAXWELL, senior 
member of the firm of Maxwell & 
^ Son, liverymen of Delhi, is notice- 
able for his business capacity and 
enterprise. He has been a life-long resident 
of this town, where his birth occurred on De- 
cember 17, 1837, and is especially worthy of 
representation in this biographical work as 
being the descendant of one of the honored 
pioneers of the place. 

His grandfather, Joshua Maxwell, emi- 
grated from Connecticut to Delaware County, 
and was among the earliest settlers of Delhi. 
He bought a tract of land; and amid the 
giant trees of the forest he reared his humble 
log cabin, and began from the wilderness to 
wrest a farm. He labored untiringly, being 
encouraged and assisted by his brave pioneer 
wife, and in the course of time was able to 
harvest fields of golden grain. A few years 
later and the improvements on the place were 
still more marked, the log cabin, in which 
many of his children were born and reared, 
having given place to a substantial frame 
house, flanked by a capacious barn and good 
out-buildings. On the homestead which he 
cleared he spent his remaining years; and 
there his first wife, too, closed her eyes upon 
the scenes of earthly life. Three children 
were born of his first union, the second being 
a son, Gurdon P., who became the father of 
the subject of the present sketch. His sec- 
ond wife bore him five children. 

Gurdon P. Maxwell was born in Delhi, and 
in its pioneer schools gleaned his early knowl- 
edge of books. As soon as he was old enough 
to handle a hoe or drive oxen, he naturally 
found plenty of work on the home farm, where 
he remained until of age, when, following the 
example of his father, he bought a tract of 
land which was still in its virgin wildness. 
In the first space that he cleared he erected a 
small log house, and in this began his married 
life. As time sped on, he became the owner 
of a well-cultivated farm, with a substantial 
set of frame buildings, and had a fine family 
of girls and boys growing up about him. On 
this homestead he and his beloved companion 
spent their many years of wedded life, he 
passing away at the age of seventy-two years, 
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in her girlhood days as Mlizabcth Mall, was a 
native of the Empire State, and tlic daughter 
of Adam Hail, who some years after his mar- 
riage became one of the first settlers of Delhi. 
Eight chihlren were liorn of the union of Mr. 
and Mrs. Gurdon 1'. Maxwell, as follows: 
Robert C, George IE, Eeander IE, Joshua 
G., William IE, Prudence E., Aranetta, and 
Hannah M. Both parents were sincere and 
faithful members of the Christian church. 

Eeander IE Maxwell was born and leared 
on the parental homestead, and in the schools 
of his neighborhood received a practical drill 
in the three R's, the fundamental studies. lie 
afterward worked on the farm with his father 
until he was nearly thirty years of age, then 
rented a farm, which he carried on for three 
years with excellent results. Not making up 
his mind to follow agricultural work for life, 
he then went to work for Mr. Roberts, in the 
village of Delhi, as foreman in a livery stable. 
In 1S70 Mr. Maxwell bought his present liv- 
ery, boarding, feeding, and sale stable, which 
he has since managed with satisfactory finan- 
cial success. El 1890 he admitted his son to 
an interest in the establishment, and business 
is now carried on under the firm name of Max- 
well & Son. 

The union of Mr. Maxwell and Miss Sarah 
Roberts was solemnized in 1865. Mrs. Max- 
well is a native of Andes, being the daughter 
of William Roberts, who came from England 
to Andes, where he carried on the shoemaker's 
trade for many years. His wife's maiden 
name was Moss, and she bore him three chil- 
dren. Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell are the parents 
of two children, I'anny and Clark. I'^anny 
married Albert Robinson, foreman in Ar- 
buckle's mills; and they have one child, 
Grace. Clark, who is now in partnership with 
his father, was educated in the district school 
and academy, and began his business career as 
a clerk in the grocery store of George MclMur- 
ray, remaining in his emj^loy about a year. 
He then began working for his father; and in 
1890 he bought an interest in the business. 
On February 2S, 1S92, he was united in the 
holy bonds of matrimony with Carrie Thom])- 
son, the daughter of William and Eydia 
Thompson. Mr. Thompson, who was engaged 
in business in Delhi for nearly twenty years, 



is now the leailing tailor of Walton, where his 
daughter Carrie was born. .She is p(jpular in 
social circles, and is a communicant of Saint 
John's Ei^iscoi^al Church. 

In politics both the father and son are zeal- 
ous advocates of the i)rinciples of the Repub- 
lican party. Mrs. Sarah Maxwell is an 
earnest Christian woman and a member of the 
Methodist Iqnscopal church. 




,()EONEE samiii:e E. .MIEEICR, 

who died on .March 16, 1894, at his 
'Is ^ home in Franklin, was born on 
May 27, 1827, on the same farm 
which has been in the family for many years 
and was also the birlhijlace of his father. 
The Miller family came from Ivdst Ham[)ton, 
E.E, and settled in this part of the .State 
whun it was a boundless wilderness. They 
owned vast tracts of unbroken forest; ajul in 
the days of William Miller, father of the late 
Colonel, their estate consisted of about one 
thousand acres of land, and included several 
large mills for the manufacture of pine lum- 
ber, which business increased rajiidly, and is 
still carried on by the family. Much of the 
land is excellent for jiasturage, keeping about 
one hundred cows: and the dairy products of 
the Miller farm are noted throiighout the sur- 
rounding country. .Some mav still remember 
William IMiller, whose commanding figure and 
])leasant face were familiar to everyone half 
a century ago. 

His son .Samuel was also a fine repieserit- 
ative of an old and noble race. He was the 
only surviving child of William antl Mary 
(^Ells) Miller, and in him were centred all 
the ho])es of the family. In him were real- 
ized, too, not only their expectations, but 
honor and distinction far beyond their fondest 
dreams. After graduating, in 1S52, from 
Hamilton College, he returned to his Alma 
Mater, ami studied law for a year, when he 
was admitted to the bar in 1853. He then 
engaged in business with his father, and 
under their united efforts the farming and 
lumbering interests grew to large dimensions. 
In 1854 he was elected to the New York leg- 
islature, and in 1855 and 1856 was .Supervisor 
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these capacities proved so plainly his ability 
and principles that he was sent to Congress in 
1862. This was the noted Congress under 
Lincoln's administration, when the country 
was in a state of turmoil, and those who 
served her had much need of firm hands and 
earnest hearts to rightly administer the affairs 
of the nation. 

In 1867 Colonel Miller was a member of 
the Constitutional Convention, in 1869 a 
member of the State Board of Charities, to 
which position he was reappointed in 1873; 
in i86g he was Collector of Revenues, resign- 
ing this post in 1873; and in 1874 he was 
elected Representative to the Forty-fourth 
Congress. Colonel Miller was a stanch Re- 
publican, and in behalf of that party exerted 
a strong influence. Although a man of mod- 
est bearing, his speeches were very effective; 
and his voice was never silent when he saw 
that by speaking he might serve his country 
and his cause. Long to be remembered is a 
speech which Mr. Miller delivered at the 
Constitutional Convention, when he was dis- 
abled by rheumatism, and was obliged to seek 
the platform with the assistance of a pair of 
crutches. Coming slowly forward in this 
manner, he faced his audience and expounded 
to them in a most concise and masterly way 
the principles for which he stood. 

Colonel Miller was twice marrieil, his first 
wife being Miss Laura Cadwell, who died 
while still in the prime of life. May 29, 1865. 
He afterward received in marriage the hand of 
Maria M. Sherrill, daughter of Lewis and 
Clarissa (Burgess) Sherrill. The father was 
a native of East Hampton, and the mother of 
Colchester; and they were among the early 
settlers of New Hartford, Oneida County, 
N.Y. Mr. Sherrill was formerly a manufact- 
urer of woollen goods, a clothier, as he was 
called in those days, and, together with his 
brother, carried on a mill on the Scquoit 
Creek. Mrs. Miller was one of four children, 
two girls and two boys. Her father died in 
1871, being over ninety years old; and after 
his death Mrs. Sherrill made her home here 
with her daughter until the time of her death 
in 1 89 1, when she, too, had reached her nine- 
tieth year. 

The only surviving children of Mrs. Miller 



are Samuel Jacob and William Lewis Miller, 
who are twins, and who were born on Septem- 
ber 28, 1870. They live in the beautiful 
mansion built by their father in 1875, and to- 
gether they carry on the long-established 
business of farming and lumbering. They 
are active and energetic young men, using the 
most intelligent methods of carrying on their 
business, and showing in all their undertak- 
ings the characteristic qualities of the line 
from which they have descended. 

The father of these promising young men 
has been called away from his work and his 
life on this side of the unknown. He had 
done his duty in his day and generation, as it 
is not the privilege of all men to do; and, 
when he passed hence, it was amid the mourn- 
ing and regrets of all who knew him, and 
whose admiration and reverence for his noble 
traits, lofty principles, and virtuous deeds 
will for many years keep his memory green. 



•OSEPH HILLIS is one of the most 
highly esteemed citizens of Stamford, 
of which town he is an industrious and 
successful farmer. His father, Adam 
Hillis, was a native of Ireland, and came to 
America when twenty-five years of age. He 
had received a very good education in his 
native land, and had taught school fourteen 
terms. He learned the trade of a weaver, but 
concluded to follow agricultural pursuits, and 
purchased an improved farm of ninety-six 
acres in Kortright, Delaware County, to 
which he added from time to time until he be- 
came the possessor of two hundred and twenty- 
seven acres. A hard worker and good man- 
ager, he accumulated a comfortable fortune, 
and died on his farm at the age of seventy-six. 
His wife was Elizabeth McMurdy, who was 
born in Kortright, a daughter of an old pio- 
neer settler of that town, Benjamin McMurdy, 
who was a native of Ireland, and married 
Elizabeth Shanks, a native of the same coun- 
try. Benjamin McMurdy was. a farmer of 
progressive habits and much industry, and 
succeeded in his chosen occupation, residing 
on his farm until his death, which occurred 
when he was about eighty years of age. He 
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the I'rcsljytcrian cluircli. Thi,'}' were llic par- 
ents of three chiUUen: l)a\i(l, who died at the 
age of seventy-seven; Jonathan, at the age of 
eighty-six; and Eli/.abetii, who passeil away 
when seventy-five years of age. I\[r. and Mrs. 
Adam Hillis were devoted members of the 
Presbyterian church at South Kortriglit. He 
was a supporter of tlie Democratic ])arty. 
They were the parents of ten chihhvn, ciglit 
of whom reached maturity; and three still 
survive, as fidlows: Josc])!!, of whom this 
sketch is wi'itten; IJavid B., a stone-mason in 
Stamford; and (k'orge M., a farmer in Daven- 
port. Jonathan, William, Uenjamin, Clark. 
Sara Jane, IClleii, and ]'!lizabeth have passed 
away. 

Josc|)h Hillis was born in Kortriglit, May 
28. 1828, and was educated in the district 
school. Until he was twenty-five years of 
age he li\'ed at home, but worked for .Squire 
McGillavei")', near Bloomville, receiving for 
his services eight dollars per month, which 
monev he ga\X' to his father. January 12, 
1853, he married i\Iiss Margaret D. Jiarnett, 
who was born in l-loxbury, May 6, 1826, a 
daughter of John and ICleanor (Voorhis) Har- 
nett. John liarnett was born in I.exington, 
Greene County, .September 22, 1786, and, re- 
moving to Delaware C"ountv, located in 
Stamford, where he resided throughout the 
remainder of his life. He died Januar\' 5, 
1863. He was a supportei- of the Republican 
party. His wife, Eleanor Voorhis, was born 
in Schoharie Coimt)', January 8, 1793, and 
died June 1 T), 1879. Both were faithful mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian church at Hobart. 
They were the ])arents of five children, two of 
whom — Sarah !\I. McNaught, widow of Will- 
iam McNaught, and Mrs. Hillis — still sm-- 
vive. Those who passed away are Christo- 
pher, Charity, and David. 

After marriage Joseph Hillis purchased his 
first farm in -Stamford, consisting of one hun- 
dred and fifty-nine acres: ami here he resided 
for Sf)me years, then sold, and in i860 bfjught 
his present home, removing to it in 1865. 
This farm contains two liimdred and thirty 
acres. It has been cultivated and improved 
imder Mr. Hillis's su])ervision, and is now 
one of the best farms in the vicinity. l*"ive 
chiklren ha\e been born to ]\Ir. ami ]\Irs. 



Hillis. two of whom are living, naniel)': John 
()., born May 30, 1865, who is a farmer, mak- 
ing his home with his parents, and who 
married in October, 1886, Miss Belle Kil- 
l^atrick, and has one child, lilanche J., born 
.Sei)tember 15, 1S90: Christo])her J., a ])hysi- 
cian in Kingston, born November 30. 1866, 
who married June 14, 1893, Miss ]'211a 
Meeker. The following children have jxissed 
away: Sarah ]■"., born October 12, 1853, died 
June 25, 1865; l?arnett .'\., born A|u-il 3, 
1857, died July 6, 1865; Ogden 15., born Jan- 
u;n-\- 25, 1862, died .Sei:)tend)er 5, 1865. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hillis are meml)ers of the 
Preslnterian church at Hol)art, in the affairs 
of which they take a prominent i)art, Mr. 
Hillis holding the office of Trustee. Politi- 
cally, he is a Republican, supporting the 
princijjles of that party. 




1^1^ I.b:XANDi:R STORH': was born on 
March 20, 1S14, on the \-cry farm in 
Bovina where he now lives; and he 
is rightly regarded as its foremost 
citizen, as well as one of its highest tax- 
])ayers. His parents were William and Mary 
(McCune) .Storie. The father was born in 
Roxbiu-ghshire, Scotland, and the mother in 
Ireland. 

Coming to this countr_\' about the beginning 
of the nineteenth century, William Storie 
settled in Bovina, and there ].)in-sued his trade 
of stone-mason a part of the time. In 1 802 
he UKirried, and in I S04 Ijought the sevenlv- 
seven and a half acres of land miw known as 
the Storie homestead. He died a decade 
later, in 18 15, before he had final!}' passed the 
noontide of life, though not before lie had 
borne the heat and bmxlen of the day, and left 
the impress of his imlustr\' upon the little 
comnnmitv surrounding him. His wife out- 
lived him many years, not breathing her last 
till she had reached her ninety-first year, in 
the old homestead. .She came from the old 
coimtry when only fourteen with her i)ai'ents. 
who at first settled in Washington Coimtv, 
but came later to Bovina, and bought the f.irm 
now in the hands of Michael Miller. The 
Stories wei'c members of the United Pres- 
bxteiian church in South Kortright. .Mr. 



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Storie was a Federalist in politics, holding 
opinions which would to-day make him a firm 
Republican. Of six children all grew to ma- 
turity, and two are now living: the son who 
bears the good Scotch ancestral name of Alex- 
ander; and his elder sister, Mary Ann, who 
makes her home in Bovina Centre. Their 
sister, Nellie Storie, married George Stott, 
and lived to be eighty-five; while Margaret 
Storie married Walter Coulter, and died at 
the age of threescore. Jane Storie became 
the wife of Alexander Brush, a son of the sec- 
ond settler of the town, and died at the earlier 
age of fifty. Their brother, Samuel Storie, 
died at fifty-five, on the home farm. 

The subject of this sketch was an apt pupil 
in the district school, where at the age of 
eighteen he became himself a teacher, a post 
he subsequently held many terms. The earli- 
est school-house was a frame building, with 
slab benches and writing-desks around the 
sides of the room, heated by an open fire. 
His mother used to card and spin the wool, 
which was woven among the neighbors; and 
in this homespun cloth Alexander was clad 
till he reached manhood. The family boots 
and shoes were made by a journeyman Crispin, 
who came that way two or three times a year, 
and whose presence afforded the youngsters 
the greatest delight. The chief market for 
the farm produce was seventy miles away 
among the Catskills, and the trip thither re- 
quired several days. The nearest grist-mill 
was at Brushland. People carried their 
luncheon to meeting on Sundays, and stayed 
through both the long services. Father 
Storie cleared his farm slowly, depending 
upon his boys for help. Alexander did his 
part; and in later years, after he bought the 
old place from the other heirs, he added nearly 
two hundred acres to its area. Beginning as 
a poor man, he has become by hard work and 
frugality, backed by the natural shrewdness 
inherited from his progenitors, one of the 
most prosperous in town. 

He was not married till January 23, 1851, 
when he was thirty-seven years old, and Mil- 
lard Fillmore, a New Yorker, was President 
of the United States. His wife was Esther 
A. Cowan, born in Bovina, November i, 
1821, the daughter of James and Mariam B. 



(Maynard) Cowan. Her mother was born on 
the old Maynard farm in Bovina in 1801, and 
her father in 1794, in Roxburghshire, Scot- 
land, the birthplace of William Storie. Mr. 
Cowan was twenty-five years a merchant in 
Brushland village, but afterward owned a 
farm in Cortland County, where he died on 
January 6, 1876, at the advanced age of 
eighty-two. His wife died twenty years be- 
fore, April 14, 1856, when fifty-five years old. 
They belonged to the Stamford Presbyterian 
Society, and had eleven children, six of whom 
are now living. Elizabeth Cowan still lives 
at the old Cortland home. Hannah is now the 
widow of John Greenman, and lives in Cortland 
village. Rebecca is the wife of Delos Stevens, 
of De Ruyter, Madison County. Nancy is 
Mrs. George Stevens, and lives on the old 
Cortland farm. Hector Cowan is also a Cort- 
land farmer. The five deceased Cowan children 
were Mary, William, John, Elisha, and Jane. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Storie are among 
the oldest couples in their part of the town, 
and have had five children, two of whom have 
passed from earth. James C. Storie, the eld- 
est now living, was born January 12, 1855, 
and is a physician in Walton village. Alex- 
ander F. Storie, bearing his father's name, 
was born November 28, 1856, and is a farmer 
in Newburg, Orange County. John W. 
Storie, born December 2, 1863, lives on the 
home farm. The eldest, Mariam Elizabeth 
Storie, was born December 12, 185 i, and died 
October 29, 1862, in childhood. William 
Storie was born on Independence Day, 1853, 
and died October 21, 1862, a week before the 
little sister, only eighteen months his elder. 

The family are actively connected with the 
United Presbyterian church in Bovina Centre. 
Mr. Storie is a Republican, and has always 
been prominent in town affairs. When a 
young man, he was Assessor one term, and 
also for many years a Supervisor. Though 
now withdrawn from office-holding, he never 
fails to be at the polls on election day, nor 
has he ever missed but one town meeting. 
With the assistance of his son John, he is 
still able to carry on the farm, and they keep 
twenty or thirty head of Jersey cattle. Not 
only is the farm the best in the neighborhood, 
but both the house and out-buildings are in 




Hlexhnder Storie. 



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the lincst order. .Mr. .Storic is also the his- 
torian of the town, and takes a great interest 
in literary work of this deserijjtion, feeling the 
inherent truth of President GarfieUrs sa\■i^f^ 
"The world's history is a divine poem, of 
which the history of every nation is a canto, 
and every man a word." 

Turning over a leaf or two, the reader will 
be gratified to see the portraits of Mr. and 
Mrs. Storie. 




'I'lNRY FINCH, a well-to-do, retired 
farmer of Sidney, Delaware County, 
X.Y., was born in Greene County, 
June 22, 182,3, son of Jonas and 
Henrietta (Leonard) Finch. His father was 
a native of Greene County, and his mother of 
Dutchess County. Amos Finch, father of 
Jonas, served as a soldier in the Re\'olution; 
he was a farmer, and lived to the advanced age 
of ninety years. Jonas Finch was brought up 
in the county of his birth, whence he moved 
in 1833 to Delaware County, and took up one 
hundred acres of land. By hard work and 
energy he added to this until he had one 
hundred and sixty acres, and owned one of the 
finest farms in the neighborhood. He was 
the father of eleven children, of whom the 
following survive: Henrietta, widow of Alex- 
ander Ikyan, residing in East Sidney; Will- 
iam and Jonas, at Masonville; Henry, the 
subject of this sketch: John, located in Ten- 
nessee; and Amos in Sidney Centre. Mr. 
Jonas I'inch died at the age of seventy-three, 
and his wife aged eighty-one. 

Henry Finch was educated in the district 
schools of Sidney, living with his i)arents 
and helping on the farm until he attained the 
age of twenty-one, when he hired himself out 
by the month. He followed this for several 
years, and, being of a frugal turn of mind, 
saved his money, which enabled him to buy 
his first land in the town of Masonville, a 
farm of fifty acres. He lived there for one 
year, when he sold out and movetl to Lycom- 
ing County, Pennsylvania, where he bought 
an uncultivated tract of land of about one 
hundred anil fifty acres, which he occupied for 
some time, bringing it into a good state of 
cultivation. At the end of about fourteen 



years he moved to Masonville, ami iliere car- 
ried on the business of a general farmer for 
twenty-two years. In 1 886 he moved to Sid- 
ney village, where he now lives retired. Mr. 
Finch is a veteran of the Civil War, having 
enlisted in 1862 in the One Hundred and 
Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer In- 
fantry, Company A. He was in the service 
ten months, when his health gave way, and he 
was honorably discharged from the army at 
Harrisburg, Pa., August 5, 1S63. 

-Mr. Iwnch was married March i, 1849, to 
Mary J. Carr, who died August, 1880, aged 
fitty-one. By this union twelve children were 
born, eleven of whom are living, namely: 
Zaeuch, a farmer of Sidney; Sarah, wife of 
E. Teed, of Pennsylvania; Henrietta, wife of 
Duaue Hand, of Otsego County; Louisa, wife 
of Robert Stewart, of Sidney: Anna, wife of 
Warren Hodge, also residing in Sidney; 
Maggie, wife of lulward House, of Tompkins; 
Henry Finch, of I'ranklin; Allie, wife of 
James Hodge, of Sidney; Xorman and James, 
residents of Sidney; Nora, wife of E. Wheat, 
of Sidney. 

On I"\-bruary 7, 1883, Mr. Finch married 
for his second wife Mrs. Hannah Croimse, the 
widow of Abram Crounse, a farmer of Albany 
County, and mother of one child, Mary, wife 
of John Armstrong, of Fnadilla. Mrs.' Finch 
was born in (iuilford, Chenango County, Oc- 
tober 20, 1827, her jKirents being James and 
Catherine Lewis. They reared twelve chil- 
dren, six of whom are now living, namely: 
Mrs. l-'inch; Ren.ssclaer Lewis, in Pennsyl- 
vania; Joseph Lewis, in Michigan; Sally 
Ann, wife of David Loomis. of Sidney: Abiel 
Lewis, of Pennsylvania: Julia, wife of Nor- 
man White, of Bradford County. Pennsylvania. 
Mr. I-'inch is a man of quiet and refined 
tastes, and in his idd age enjoys a mental 
vigor which years have not impaired, his gen- 
erous, kindly nature endearing him to neigh- 
bors and friends. 




1S16. 



i:V. WILLIAM N. ALLABEN, a 

minister and dentist in Margarett- 
\ille, was born in Roxbnrv, Dela- 
ware County, on the 20th of June, 
II is grandparents, Jonathan and Martha 



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(Bouton) Allaben, were residents of Blue 
Point, L.I-, wlierc tlie grandfather was 
drowned in 1787. He was long survived by 
his wife, who died in 1S28, leaving five chil- 
dren— Sally, Polly, John, James, and Esther. 
John, the first son of Jonathan, was born in 
Blue Point. He married, and raised a family 
of seven children, namely: Orson, a physi- 
cian; William N.; Abigail; James; Sarah; 
Wilson; and Jonathan. Besides these were 
two who died in infancy and Orpah and Nel- 
son, who died yonng. 

William N., son of John Allaben, was one 
of a family who seemed to drift into educa- 
tional work; and it is a noteworthy fact that 
each of the brothers and sisters at some 
period of his or her life was a teacher. 
William was a teacher at eighteen; and Abi- 
gail at the early age of fourteen years, herself 
a mere child, taught in the neighborhood. 
William, who was of a studious turn of mind, 
proved the theory of self-culture by practical 
demonstration in his own life; for, having no 
advantages besides those offered in the com- 
mon schools of his native village, he acquired 
a good education, storing his mind with much 
general information by studying and reading 
at home. After some years he took up the 
profession of dentistry, which he practised in 
West Colesville, Broome County, during a 
period of eight years. Here he entered the 
Baptist ministry, and preached for six years. 
His next charge was in Windsor, where he 
was pastor for three years, after which, com- 
ing to Margarettville, he bought property and 
remained for eighteen months. He then took 
charge of the Baptist church in West Kill, 
Greene County, for eight years. A longing 
to return to his place in Margarettville now 
began to possess him; so he came back and 
built a church in this town, where he has 
since continued to follow jointly his two pro- 
fessions. 

His first wife was a Miss Maben, a daugh- 
ter of Benjamin Maben, of Greene County. 
She died in her youth, leaving two sons, 
namely: James R., a physician, who married 
Miss Ilattic Newton, of Greene County; and 
Hamblin L. Allaben, a clergyman, who mar- 
ried Hannah Cave, and died in Lebanon, 
Madison County, being the pastor of the 



church of that place. The second wife of the 
Rev. Mr. Allaben was Miss Martha Todd, a 
daughter of Isaac Todd. She died, leaving 
one son, who bears his father's name, and is 
a farmer in Iowa. William N. Allaben, Jr., 
married a Miss Redmond, who has borne him 
two children. Mr. Allaben's third wife was 
Josephine Leora DeWitt, an orphan who was 
adopted by Robert Palmer, a kindly farmer of 
Sullivan County. Mr. Palmer was one of the 
first settlers of his section, where he erected 
the first log habitation. 

Mr. Allaben has reached an age when it 
seems desirable to live a quiet life, free from 
the demands of business and professional 
cares; but, being of an active mind and 
strong character, he still shares in the in- 
terests of his fellow-citizens, and attends 
somewhat to his office practice. He is much 
beloved and respected. 




ELL BROTHERS. Edmund Rob- 
erts Bell, Dr. Howard Bell, and 
Walter Langdon Bell, of Delhi, 
Delaware County, N.Y., are sons of 
the late Calvin H. Bell and his wife, F" ranees 
Lear Roberts. Their grandfather, Joseph 
Whiting Bell, emigrated from Connecticut, 
the State of his birth, which occurred in the 
town of Litchfield, to Delaware County, and 
was among the early pioneers of Harpersfield. 
He took up a tract of wild land situated in 
the heart of the primeval forest, and, building 
a log house, improved a homestead, in which 
he and his faithful wife, who shared with him 
the arduous labors of life in the new country 
and the deprivation of their earlier comforts, 
spent their remaining years. They reared a 
large family of children, the following being 
their names: Louisa, Charles, Richard, Cal- 
vin, Lyman, Roxey, and Altania. 

Calvin H. Bell,' the father of the Bell 
brothers, of Delhi, was born in the log house 
in Harpersfield, and assisted on the home 
farm until fourteen years old; but, not being 
sufficiently strong to carry on the labors of an 
agricultural life, and being a bright scholar 
with an ardent desire for knowledge, he then 
left Harpersfield to continue his studies in 
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the study of law in the office ot Ihc lion. 
Stcplicn C. Johnson, of this town, and, heinn' 
admitted to tlie bar, afterward practised here 
for a time. With a view to im]irovini;- lioth 
his fortune and his health, he made a trip to 
Missouri, where he was en<;aj;ed foi' a while 
in teachinn; school. When the California 
gold excitement broke out, lie joineil a band 
of Fort\'-niners ant! journeyed to that .State on 
foot, a distance of twenty-lour hundred miles, 
through an almost im]xissable wilderness. 
After mining for gold for about two years, 
succeeding onh' in a measured degree, he 
returned to Delhi and resinneil the labors of 
his profession. In 1S70 he established in 
connection with his law practice a banking 
business, and continued it until the time of 
his death, which occurred in 1 890, in the 
sixty-si.xth year of his age. He was a very 
prominent and influential man, and one of the 
best known citizens in Delaware County. In 
a history of the county issued in i.SSo an ex- 
tended sketch of his life may be found. 

Frances Lear Roberts, wife of Cah'in II. 
Bell, was the youngest daughter of iMlmund 
and Catharine Whipple (l.angdon) Roberts, 
of l\)rtsmouth, N.II. Her parents reared a 
large family, the following being their names: 
Catharine, Sarah, Mary Ann, Harriet, Caro- 
line, Anna, Maria, and I'rances. Catharine 
married the Rev. Di". Andrew P. Peabody, 
late of Harvard University. .Sarah marrietl 
Dr. James Boyle, of New York City. Mary 
Ann married Charles V.. Perry, of Delhi, 
N.Y. Harriet married Judge Amasa J. Par- 
ker, of Albany, N.^'. Caroline married Rob- 
ert Parker, a lawyer of Delhi, N.Y. Anna 
married Truman II. Wheeler, a lawyer, also, 
of Delhi. Maria joined the Sisterhood of 
Saint Marv, of New York Citv. Frances 
married Calvin H. Bell, of Delhi." The Rob- 
erts family are of l-aiglish ancestry and na- 
tives of Portsmouth, N.II. Their grandfather 
was Captain ICdmund Roberts, of the British 
navy; and their father was Fdmund Roberts, 
Envoy ICxtraordinary and Minister Plenipoten- 
tiary of the United States to several Asiatic 
courts. He died at Macao, China, June \ 2. 
1836, and was buried there. 

Calvin H. Bell and wife reared three sons 
— Edmund Roberts, Howard, and Walter 



Langdon Hell. I'idnunxl K. and Waller I,. 
Bell, undei- tiie firm name of E. R. iS: W. L. 
Bell, bankers and real estate agents, with an 
office in Bell Block, nearly op])osite the 
Eilgerton House, Main Street, Delhi, are 
among the foremost business men of tiie town. 
They were educated in the district school and 
at Delaware Academy, and have passed the 
larger part of their lives in Delhi. Entering 
the office of their father as clerks, the broth.ers 
gained a jiractical and thorough knowledge of 
the bvisiness; and after the death of their 
honored sire lliey succeeded to its manage- 
ment. Under the present firm name the repu- 
tation of the house is well sustained as one of 
the most substantial and reliable in the 
county. The firm are men of excellent judg- 
ment, staiul well in financial circles and in 
the social world, and ha\e a fine reputation 
for using systematic methods and conducting 
their affairs on sound business principles, 
lulmund R. Bell takes an intelligent inter- 
est in the welfare of his native town, is a 
member of the Board of Trustees, a fire- 
man, and also manages successfully his farm, 
situated near the village of Dellii. Walter 
E. Bell is identified with the Masons, be- 
ing a member of Delhi Eodge. No. 439, and 
as a fireman is a member of Active Hose, 
No. 5. 

Dr. Ilowart 
tioner, whose 
Main Street, near Court .Street, is an intelli- 
gent, finely educated man, thoroughly skilled 
in the science of medicine, and is rapidly 
working his way to an important [losition 
among tlu' [irogressive physicians of Delaware 
County. He spent his boyhood days in 
Delhi, receiving the rudiments of his liberal 
education in the village school and academy. 
He afterward entered the College of Physi- 
cians and .Surgeons in New \'ork City, from 
which he was graduated in 18S4, subsequently 
receiving a diploma from the University Med- 
ical College of that city, located on Twenty- 
sixth Street. .So(m after his graduation Dr. 
Bell started westward in search of a jiromis- 
iiig location, and began the practice of his pro- 
fession in Albert I.ea. Minn., where he re- 
mained two years. Having acquired some 
valuable experience, he then returned to 



Bell, an active medical practi- 
othee is i>leasantly located on 



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Delhi, where he has since attended to the 
duties of his profession. He has steadily 
gained the confidence of the people in this 
and adjacent localities, and has a large prac- 
tice. Besides being a physician in good and 
regular standing, the Doctor also holds a cer- 
tificate for the practice of dentistry, to which 
he pays some attention, although making no 
specialty of that branch of the business. 

Dr. Bell is prominent in social circles, and 
is a member of the Delaware County Medical 
Society. He likewise belongs to the Masonic 
fraternity, and is Junior Warden of Delhi 
Lodge, No. 439, A. F. & A. M., and a mem- 
ber of Knights Templar Norwich Commandery, 
No. 46. Politically, he uniformly casts his 
vote with the Democratic party. The 
brothers are all communicants of St. John's 
Episcopal Church, as their parents were be- 
fore them, the same pew having been rented 
by the family for nearly forty-four years. At 
the present time (1894) they are all unmarried 
and living together, keeping old bachelors' 
hall. 




RSON JICNKINS, farmer, dairyman, 
and carpenter of the town of Tomp- 
kins, was born in Roxbury, Delaware 
County, August 21, 1831. Tradition 
says that his great-grandfather, Nathaniel 
Jenkins, was a descendant of one of three 
brothers who came to America from Wales 
in the old Colonial days. He was a farmer, 
and was also engaged in the occupation of 
a cooper. He died in Roxbury at the age of 
ninety years. His son, Nathan Jenkins, was 
born in Roxbury, and there throughout a long 
life gave attention to agricultural pursuits, 
dying when eighty-five years of age. He 
married Lydia Morse, who passed away in 
her eightieth year. Horace Jenkins, son of 
Nathan and Lydia and father of the subject 
of this biography, was also born in Roxbury, 
wdrere he was reared to farm life, removing 
in 1845 to the town of Tompkins. Here he 
purchased a farm, where he still resides, hav- 
ing reached the age of eighty-seven years. 
His wife was Anna Vermilya, daughter of 
Solomon and Susan (Mulline) Vermilya. 
She died at the age of seventy-four years, the 



mother of the following children — Susan, 
Orson, William, Hosea, and Irene. 

Orson Jenkins was bred to farming, but 
has likewise followed mechanical pursuits, 
for which he has a natural aptitude, although 
he never served an apprenticeship. For five 
years he resided in Walton, where he was en- 
gasred as a contractor and builder. With the 
exception of that time, his life has been spent 
on the farm ; and he has been employed to 
some extent in the carpenter's and cooper's 
trade. In 1884 he settled on the farm he had 
purchased some time previous, and here he 
now lives. Mr. Jenkins is a reliable, up- 
right man, and is identified with all the good 
works of the town where he resides. In 
politics he is a Republican. 

He married Miss Helen Chandler, who 
was born in Clifford, Susquehanna County, 
Pa. Mrs. Jenkins's grandfather, Robert 
Chandler, was a farmer and physician in 
Pennsylvania, and served in the Revolution- 
ary War. He was one of the first of his 
profession to settle in Susquehanna County: 
and his practice extended for many miles, 
his visits being made on horseback. His son 
John, the father of Mrs. Jenkins, engaged in 
mercantile business in Clifford for several 
years, dealing extensively in game and furs, 
wild animals being abundant. He also dealt 
in farm produce. New York City being the 
market in which he sold his goods. In 1841 
he removed to Long Eddy, Delaware County, 
where he purchased a mill and engaged in the 
lumber business, residing there until his 
death in his seventy-eighth year. His wife, 
Catherine Decker, was born at Port Jervis, 
Orange County,- N.Y., daughter of Martin 
and Huldah Decker; and she passed away in 
her seventy-eighth year. 

Mrs. Jenkins resided with her parents 
until her marriage, and learned, besides the 
regular duties of a housewife in these days, 
the art of spinning. Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins 
have one son, Frank E., who was born No- 
vember 26, 1854, and, after attending the 
Walton Academy, entered Williams College, 
from which he was graduated in 1878. He 
then took a three years' course at the Hart- 
ford Theological Seminary and became a 
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some time as a missionary iu tiic Sontli. lie 
is now engaged in pastoral labors in I'aimer, 
Mass. He has been twice niarried. his first 
wife being Maria Hucklin, and his second 
Sarah Stanley, by wlioni he had one daughter, 
Helen C. Jenkins. 




.\I.T1:R SCOTT, Kso.. an able 
lawyer of Davenport, N.V., whose 
qualities of mind have eminenth' 
fitted him for the bar, is a man of superior 
culture and attainments. Besides being well 
informed on general subjects, he is perhaps 
the best mathematician in the county. Mr. 
Scott is of Xew England origin, but is a na- 
tive of Delaware County, having been born in 
the town of Meredith, November ii, 1853. 
His father, Jesse Scott, was born in the town 
of Franklin, and was there reared, receiving 
a good education. He was for many years a 
noted instructor in the schools of Franklin 
and Davenport, and subsec|uently retired to a 
farm in the tow-n of Meredith, where, before 
reaching the noon-tide of life, he passed to 
the worki bcvond, being then but forty-three 
years of age. 

Walter Scott was but six years oUl when 
the death of his father occurred; but, al- 
though missing the care and influence of that 
parent, he received a judicious training from 
his mother, who gave him the benefits of a 
good education, fitting him for a teacher in 
the public schools, a position which he filled 
most satisfactorily for several years in his 
native town, also teaching one term in Andes 
and one in Maryland. In the mean time Mr. 
Scott had continued studying: and, desiring 
to enter the legal profession, he read law 
with Youmans & Xiles, of Delhi, and after- 
ward with Edward O'Connor, of Davenport. 
From there he became a student in the Al- 
bany Law School, from which he was grad- 
uated in 1883. He began the i)ractice of his 
]jrofession in Davenport, where he has since 
continued in active work, and has built u]) a 
large practice, clients being attracted by the 
jirudence of his counsel more than by the 
brilliancy of his forensic display. 

The union of Mr. Scott and ^liss Flora 
l,i\iiiirston was celcbratetl in 1S82. Mrs. 



Scott is a native of .Schenevus, Otsego 
Count)-, iieing the daughter of Jacoi) Living- 
ston, a farmer of that ])lace. Mr. and Mrs. 
Scott are tiie parents of two children, I'.dith 
and Hazel, i)oth bright and accomplished 
girls. The eldest, Edith, now eight years 
old, has already made a reputation as an elo- 
cutionist, and is ])robably the youngest child 
who ever learned tlic art of stenography. 
The Philadelphia Stciiosrraphcr for I'ebruary, 
1894, contains a fac-simile of a letter written 
by her in shorthand wlien but seven years of 
age. She has never attended school, but is 
being educated by her parents at home. Po- 
litical Iv, Mr. Scott is a Democrat, and an ear- 
nest supporter <;f tiie ])rinciples of that party. 
He was its candidate for Member of Assembly 
in 1885, and ftu' District Attorney in 1892. 




RED P. BEIvRS, one of the leading 
hardware merchants of Delaware 
Count)', an influential citizen of 
Downsville, was l)()rn in the village of Frank- 
lin, Delaware County, X.\'., September 24, 
1865, son of A. Nelson and l-llizabetli (Par- 
ker) Beers. A. Nelson Beers was a native of 
Otsego Countv, and was educated in the dis- 
trict scliools. lla\-ing much artistic talent, 
he was early led to undertake ]^hotogra[)hy, in 
those days an art less commonly ado|:)ted than 
now; ami in this business he was very suc- 
cessful, doing a large amount of work in both 
Delaware and Otsego Counties. He died in 
the prime of life, leaving but one son, the 
subject of this sketch. Mrs. IClizabeth P. 
Beers has since married Dr. Bassett, of 
Downsville, wjiere she now resides. 

Young Fred was educated in the Downs- 
ville and Deposit schools, graduating when 
very young and going into mercantile life as a 
clerk. At the age of twenty-one he started a 
small business for himself in Downsville, 
carrying a line of hartiware ami other commod- 
ities. Sagacious and enterprisiTig, Mr. Beers 
extended iiis business and his acquaintance 
with every branch of it, by careful manage- 
ment establishing a large trade, and soon was 
enabled to build the commodious store which 
he now occupies, and which stands on the 
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is seventy-five by ninety feet, and three sto- 
ries in height, with a tower forty feet high, 
and is to-day the largest and one of the most 
sightly buildings in Delaware County, and 
one of which the wide-awake town of Downs- 
ville is justly proud. A part of the first floor 
of the building is occupied by the post-office 
and F. W. Hartman's law office. The rest 
of the first floor is improved by Mr. Beers for 
the display and storage of his goods, which 
include a large stock of hardware, stoves, 
ranges, tinware, paints, oils, crockery, agri- 
cultural implements, and wagons. The sec- 
onil floor contains tenement rooms and offices. 
On the third floor is a large and beautiful hall 
having a seating capacity of five hundred. It 
has also a smaller hall occupied by the Grand 
Army of the Republic Post and a photograph 
gallery. 

Mr. Beers is young and unmarried. He is 
a fine amateur musician, and it goes without 
saying that he is extremely popular in so- 
ciety, and is often called to exercise his tal- 
ents for its diversion. He is a member of 
Downsville Lodge, A. F. & A. M., No. 464, 
is a follower of the Republican party, and a 
member and officer of the Presbyterian church. 
He is also a member of the Republican town 
and county committees, and a director and 
stockholder of the Delaware Loan & Trust 
Company, and of several other enterprises. 
Mr. Beers is a man thoroughly in touch with 
the times, able in business, progressive in 
policy, and a man known throughout the 
county for his energy, his genial, social qual- 
ities, and his unsullied probity. 



JEYMOUR KNAPP, a representative 
citizen of North Franklin, and a 
valued member of the community, is 
pleasantly located in joint School 
District No. 18, of Meredith and P'ranklin, 
where he has spent the larger part of his long 
and useful life. His farm comprises some of 
the most valuable land in this vicinity, is 
under good cultivation, and is supplied with 
a comfortable set of frame buildings. 

Mr. Knapp is a native of the Empire State, 
and was born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, 
January 20, 1825, being a son of Alanson 



Knapp, who was born in Westchester County, 
New York, and died in Corning, Steuben 
County, March 10, 1884, at the ripe old age 
of eighty-four years. His widow, now an 
aged woman of ninety-one years, is a resident 
of Steuben County. They reared six sons and 
four daughters, all of whom are still living, 
with the exception of two daughters. A 
cousin of Seymour Knapp, Martin A. Knapp, 
a well-known and able jurist of Syracuse, was 
appointed by President Benjamin Harrison, 
one of the Commissioners of Interstate Com- 
merce, and now holds that office. Alanson 
Knapp was a skilful mechanic and a farmer, 
and was at one time possessed of considerable 
means; but, having lost the major part of his 
property, he came here from Columbia County, 
arriving in Franklin, May 9, 1835, ^vi'^h two 
teams, a pair of oxen, and a pair of horses. 
He bought a small piece of land at first; and, 
meeting with good success as a farmer, he 
afterward purchased more land until his home- 
stead contained one hundred and fifty acres, a 
part of which is included in the farm of the 
subject of this sketch. His father, Josiah 
Knapp, was for many years engaged in farm- 
ing near Hudson, and from there to the vicin- 
ity of Rochester, where he lived to a good old 
age. He reared a family of nine children, 
five of them being sons, namely: Josiah, who 
was for many years a judge in Columbia 
County; Alanson; Augustus; Martin E. ; and 
Chauncey. None of this family are now liv- 
ing, the last surviving member having been 
one of the daughters, Waitey. 

Seymour Knapp was ten years old when he 
came here with his parents, with whom he 
resided until his marriage. In his boyhood 
he used to work on the farm through seed-time 
and harvest, and attend the district school in 
the winter seasons. Taking upon himself the 
cares and responsibilities of married life ere 
he attained his majority, he continued to work 
at farming as his means of earning a liveli- 
hood, and subsequently bought a tract of land 
in the town of Tompkins, where during the 
winter of 1852 and 1853 he cleared a piece of 
land in the woods, one mile from any dwell- 
ing. There he erected a log house for him- 
self and family, and in the course of the next 
seven years by unremitting toil he placed one 



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hundred and ton acres of the land under culti- 
vation. In 1864, resohinj;- to assist in the 
preservation of the I'nion, Mr. Knapp sold 
this farm of three hundred and fifty acres, and 
on January i, 1864, enlisted for three years as 
a ]5rivate in Company G, Seconi! New York 
Artillery. Happily, after he had served a 
little less than eij;htecn months, the war 
closed; and he was honorahly discharged, 
being one of the very first to reach h(}nie, 
arriving on May 19, 1865. 

On December 31, 1845, Mr. Knapp was 
united in wedlock with Jane A. (Ireene, who 
was born March 11, iHjt^, in the town of 
Franklin. Her ixarents, Zadoc and Ruth 
(Dart) Greene, were both natives of this 
State, the former having been born in Hoosick, 
Rensselaer County, and the latter in Harpers- 
fiekl. They were worthy farmers, and reared 
a family of daugliters, four in number, three 
of whom are now living, namely: Mrs. 
Knapp; ICmeliiie, the widow of Steplien Brad- 
ley, of I'ranklin; and ICliza, the wife of Leroy 
Lamphear. Into the household circle of Mr. 
and Mrs. Knapp four girls and three boys 
have been born, as fcdlows: Eunice, who died 
at the age of ten years; Mary Jane, the wife 
of Franklin Munson, residing on a farm near 
here; Harriet, who married Henry J. Person, 
of Susquehanna, Pa., and has one son and two 
daughters; LeGrand, a farmer, marrieil and 
living in this town: Lavergc, a bright and 
ambitious student, who began teaching when 
quite young, and afterward entered the Uni- 
versity of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he 
took first the classical and then the medical 
course, and was graduated in June, 1894, with 
the degree of M.D.; I'dlis, who is working on 
the home farm, who married Carrie Wattles, 
of Sidney Centre, and has two children — Ray 
and Marion; and Cora, who married Kmmet 
C. Fisher, owner of the adjoining farm, and 
has three children. 

In pf)litics Mr. KiKqjp was a Democrat until 
the formation of the Republican party, when 
he joined its ranks and has ne\'er since swerved 
in his allegiance. He has served as Inspector 
of PHections, and is now filling the office of 
Town Assessor, this being his twenty-seventli 
consecutive year. He is a member of the 
Grand Army of the Reimblic, belonging to 



Post Xo. 132; ant! religiously he and his wife 
have been for about forty-seven years meml)ers 
of the Methodist Iipiscopal ciiurch, in which 
during the most of that lime he has been an 
officer. 



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. 11. WARD K]:A'1"()R, a youth- 
ful, but already brilliantly success- 
ful physician of (iriffin's Corners, 
in Middlctown, N.V., was born in 
the atljoining town of Roxbury, December 13, 
1870, and is the son of Henry M. and Anna 
(Shoemaker) Keator. (Jreat-grandfather Isaac 
Keator, who married I'.sther White, was one 
of the early settlers in Ro.xbury, to which 
place he came from Dutchess Count)'. He 
])urchased a small estate near the present vil- 
lage of Roxbury, which was a mere hamlet at 
that time: and here he reared a family of six 
children,- namely, Jacob, David, Harmon, 
Heers, Caroline, and Jason. Harmon, the 
third son, was born August 20, I 817, and was 
by occupation a farmer. He married Sarah, 
a daughter of B. J. Cross, one of the first set- 
tlers of West Kill, Greene County, and died 
on the 8th of April, 1852, leaving four chil- 
dren — George \V., Plomer B., P'lizabeth, 
and Henry ;\1. 

Henry M. Keator displayed at an unusually 
early age that energy and courage which are 
almost always marked characteristics in the 
li\'es of those men who win success in their 
chosen occupations. At fourteen he began to 
earn his own living, driving teams for the 
farmers in the neigliborhooil ; but, with the 
wise precaution which was one of nature's 
gifts, he set himself steadily to work to master 
the carpenter's trade. By industrious effort 
and close economy amassing enough money to 
bu\- a lot, he erected a house in Roxbury in 
1874, where he has since lived. He married 
Miss Anna Shoemaker, a daughter of Martin 
and Louisa ( Rifenburg) Shoemaker. The 
father of Mrs. Keator was a progressive farmer 
of Ashland, Greene County, who went West 
in his ok! age, and died in Nebraska. Henry 
M. Keator is a member of the Reformed 
church, ami also a member of the Roxbury 
Cieur de Lion Lodge of Masons, Xo. 571. 
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Anna (Shoemaker) Keator, and the original 
of this brief memoir, received a plain educa- 
tion in the schools of Roxbury, and acquired a 
knowledge of his profession at the Baltimore, 
Md., College of Physicians and Surgeons, 
where he took his degree on the i sth of 
April, 1892. He immediately began to prac- 
tise medicine at Port Allegany, Pa., and 
in the course of two years had established 
himself as a successful physician. 

At this time the death of Dr. Patterson, a 
noted medical practitioner at Griffin's Cor- 
ners, left a fine opening in that community 
for an intelligent and competent physician 
and surgeon ; and so it came about that Dr. 
H. Ward Keator found himself following his 
profession in the familiar haunts of his child- 
hood, surrounded by old friends and home 
associations. As regards his religious con- 
victions, he is a member of the Reformed 
church; and taking an interest in politics, 
as all American citizens should, his political 
proclivities are toward the Republican party. 




living in ease and retirement in his 
pleasant home at No. 13 Griswold Street, in 
the village of Walton, caring as best he may 
for his physical health, which has been im- 
paired for many years. He is of New Eng- 
land birth. New Canaan, Conn., being the 
place of his nativity, and March 15, 1834, the 
date of his entrance into this world. His 
paternal grandfather, John Bartow, was a pio- 
neer farmer of North Walton. He reared 
seven children; namely, Stephen, John, 
Lewis, Chaunccy, Jonah, Reuben, and Polly 
— all of whom married, with the exception of 
the daughter. None of this family are now 
living, the last survivor having been the son 
Reuben, who departed this life in 1890, hav- 
ing nearly reached his eightieth milestone. 
His widow resides in Oneonta. 

Stephen Bartow, the father of Andrew 
Peck, was born in New Canaan, Conn., April 
I, 1794, and was a life-long resident of that 
State, dying there in 1878. He married 
Sally Clinton, who was born in New Canaan, 



September i, 1793, and during her long life 
of nearly eighty-three years never left the 
State of her nativity. She was the only child 
of her parents, Allen and Sarah (Keeler) 
Clinton. Her father and an uncle. General 
Clinton, served in the Revolutionary War, 
wherein they won renown for their bravery and 
efficient service, her father afterward draw- 
ing a pension from the government. He was 
of most commanding appearance, standing six 
feet two inches in height, very straight and 
erect, and weighing over two hundred pounds. 
His teeth, both upper and under, were all 
double, and he could bite a goose quill in 
two. He was a farmer by occupation. Both 
he and his wife were sincere Christian people, 
and belonged to the Congregational church. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bartow reared nine 
children, five sons and four daughters, of 
whom the following are living: Lucy Ann, 
the widow of George Whitney, lives in New 
Canaan; Anson is a farmer in Walton; Philo 
recently moved from Walton to Connecticut; 
Andrew P. lives in Walton; Charles L. is a 
farmer and stone-mason in New Canaan; A 
daughter, Roxie, died at the age of six years. 
Catherine died in infancy. Sophronia, the 
wife of Henry M. Webb, died in 1862, at 
the age of thirty-eight years, leaving one 
daughter. 

Andrew P. Bartow was reared on a farm, 
and received a good common-school education, 
among other studies mastering Dabol's arith- 
metic, then the leading text-book in that sci- 
ence. When seventeen years old he learned 
the shoemaker's trade, working at it in New 
Canaan, both before and after the beginning 
of the Civil War. Inspired by patriotic mo- 
tives, he was anxious to enlist in defence of 
his country's flag during the late Rebellion, 
and in August, 1863, was examined, but re- 
jected. On the 1 2th of September, 1863, 
however, he was drafted, and mustered into 
Company A, Sixth Connecticut Volunteer In- 
fantry, and served in the ranks until January, 
1865, when he was discharged, being disabled 
by paralysis caused by overmarching and ex- 
posure. He. was brought very low, and but 
little hope was entertained of his recovery, 
his sufferings being so intense that death 
seemed to him the most desirable thing that 




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could happen. Ik- returned home, expecting 
to die or to be a life-long crpiple, with no 
use of his left arm or side. In 1866 Mr. Bar- 
tow removed to Walton, where he opened a 
store for the sale of boots and shoes, and es- 
tablished a pretty good trade. Failing health 
intluced him to exchange the house and lot he 
had purchased for a farm of sixty acres up the 
river, to which he moved in 1879. Two years 
later Mr. Bartow traded his farm for a house 
in Walton; and recently he and his son 
George have bought a small farm of fifty acres 
in this locality, where the latter is carrying 
on general husbandry with good results. Mr. 
Bartow built his jjresent residence in 1884, 
and it is a model of comfort and good taste. 
Mr. Andrew P. Bartow and Miss Sarah A. 
Crabb were united in marriage on August 3, 
1858. Mrs. Bartow was born in Stamford, 
Conn., April 2S, 1833, a daughter of Jere- 
miah and Ruth ( Xorthrup) Crabb. George 
Bartow, a farmer, the eldest of the four chil- 
tlren of Mr. and Mrs. Bartow, has a wife and 
four children. Charles, the seconil, a manu- 
facturer and dealer in furniture at No. 86 
Delaware Street, lias a wife and one daughter. 
Harry Kdson, a reed W'orker in the Novelty 
Works, has a wife and one son. Jennie Belle, 
the only daughter, a young lady of eighteen, 
lives with her parents. ]\Ir. Bartow is held 
in much esteem by his friends and fellow- 
townsmen, being" a man of strong opinions and 
sound judgment, and one whose character is 
above reproach. He is an ardent advocate of 
the principles of the Republican part)', and he 
has served his town as Constable and Collec- 
tor. Socially, he is a Master Mason, and an 
influential member of the Ben Mar\'in Post, 
No. 209, Grand Army of the Republic. His 
religious beliefs coincide with the doctrines 
of the Congregational church; while his wife, 
who is a noble type of the worthy Christian 
]ieople of this vicinity, is a member of the 
Methodist church. 

Charles A. l^artow was born in New Ca- 
naan, Conn., April 26, 1863. He completed 
his education in the Walton Academy, which 
he left at the age of sixteen years to engage 
in manual labor. On the 1st of November, 
1882, he began working at the cabinet-maker's 
trade; and, having become proficient in every 



brancii thereof, he established liimself in busi- 
ness on his own account as a manufacturer 
and dealer in furniture. He is a \oung man 
of enterprise and integrity, and a valued citi- 
zen. On the 6th of October, 1889, he mar- 
ried Mary K. Wilson, who was born in 
Downsville, a daughter of George S. and 
Sarah (Combes) Wilson. Mr. Wilson is a 
carpenter by trade, now living in Walton in 
order to give his youngest daughter, Jeanette, 
the benefit of the excellent educational advan- 
tages afforded by the village schools. Ada, 
the remaining daughter of Mr. and 'Mrs. Wil- 
son, is the wife of I^. R. Johnson, a railroad 
man. Mrs. Mary K. Bartow is a cultivated 
woman, and before her marriage was a very 
successful teacher, her mother also having 
been early engaged in this calling. Two 
children have been born to Charles A. and 
Mary ]i. Bartow, one of whom, a beautiful 
boy, died in infancy. Flossie Combes, the 
remaining child, is now three years of age. 
Politically, Mr. Bartow is a firm and uncom- 
promising Republican. He has been Com- 
mander of the order of the Sons of Veterans 
of George Crawley Camp, No. 143, Depart- 
ment of New York, also is a worthy member 
of Walton Lodge, No. 559, of Master Masons, 
the same lodge of which his father is a 
member. 



/STkORGE and DAVH) MONTGOM- 
\ •) I FRY, sons of Hiram .Montgomery, 
an energetic and successful pioneer 
farmer of Delaware County, seem to have in- 
herited much of the sagacity of their fore- 
fathers, who were active in i)romoting every 
enterjirise that tended toward the advancement 
of the section in which they had cast their 
lots. The great-grandfather of the brothers 
was a native of the northern jiart of Ireland, 
and came to America and settled in Vermont. 
His name was Robert Montgomery, and he 
finally moved with his family to Salem, 
Washington County, N.Y., where he died at 
the age of sixty-five, leaving a family of 
seven children — Robert, William, Martin, 
Alexander, Hugh, Polly, and Jane. 

W'illiam, the secontl son of Robert and 
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where he married Sally Conkee, and whence 
he came to Delaware in 1806, settling on the 
estate now owned by Robert Hastings. Here 
he built a log house, and lived with his 
family in the lonely forest depths. Thir- 
teen children were born to the husband and 
wife, who toiled happily and ate the bread of 
their labor in peace and contentment. Thir- 
teen small, hungry mouths to feed, thirteen 
little bodies to clothe and nourish and pro- 
tect, thirteen souls and active brains to be 
guided and trained and moulded into useful, 
honorable, patriotic American citizens! The 
work was a great one; but William and Sally 
Montgomery were honest and capable and 
strong. The "baker's dozen" of offspring 
came in the following order: William, Hiram, 
De Bois, Richard, Dewitt, Betsey, Lucy, 
Mary, Angeline, Sally, Eleanor, Harriet, 
and Louisa. The tract of land upon which 
he first settled was afterward sold, and one 
hundred acres were leased, just above the 
place now owned by the two descendants 
whose names form the headline of this family 
chronicle. This he cleared and put into cul- 
tivation, building another habitation for his 
household. Living in those early days was 
no easy matter to those who had only their 
own labor to depend upon for support, and 
so William had to work other men's lands in 
order to keep his own and support the family 
of children intrusted to his keeping. When 
the War of 181 2 broke over the land, he was 
drafted, but drew a blank, and was thus en- 
abled to continue working the virgin soil, 
while his neighbors went to fight the British- 
ers once more. He was Democratic in his 
political views. He and his faithful wife 
each lived to be about seventy-nine years old, 
he dying in 1858, and she ten years later. 

Hiram, who was born in Roxbury, No- 
vember I, 181 1, received a rudimentary edu- 
cation in the district school, but read and 
improved himself at home as far as he could. 
At twenty-two he began to farm, and seven 
years later, in 1840, bought one hundred 
acres of land which was heavily timbered 
with hemlock. The trees he cut down and 
peeled, selling the bark at such advantageous 
terms that he was able to pay for the land 
with the proceeds. He married, at the age 



of thirty-eight. Miss Rheuana Peck, born June 
20, 1822, a daughter of Lucy (Barnham) and 
Oliver Peck, the latter a cooper and farmer 
of Connecticut, who lived to be eighty-three 
and left these children — Warden, Smith, Eli, 
Charles, Rheuana, Sarah, and Polly. To 
Hiram and Rheuana (Peck) Montgomery were 
born nine children — George, Rheuana, 
Hiram, Jr., David, Otis, Liberty, Jenette, 
Emma, and Agnes. Rheuana married Mr. 
Andrew McCarrick, and lives at Caton in 
Steuben County. She has one child, An- 
drew B. Otis married Miss Minerva Van- 
Aiken. They live at North Sanford, Broome 
County. Liberty lives at home; and Hiram 
has bought the farm just across the brook 
from his father's old homestead, which is now 
conjointly owned by David and George. 
Hiram, Jr., married Miss Ella Scudder; and 
they have two daughters — Nellie and Grace. 
Emma married Henry Reed; and they have 
two children — Charles and Harry. Jenette 
married Otis Tiffany, and has two children — 
Cora and Hiram. Agnes is single, and re- 
sides on the home place. George is a Past 
Master of Cceur de Lion (Masonic) Lodge, 
also a member of Delta Chapter, No. 185, 
and of Rondout Commandery, No. 52, Knights 
Templar. 

Hiram Montgomery, the father of the 
family, died at his home October 19, 1894, 
aged eighty-three years. He was laid to rest 
with Masonic honors, he having been a 
Mason for many years. The wife, Rheuana 
(Peck) Montgomery, preceded her husband 
two years, having died September 23, 1892. 

On the site where now stands the Montgom- 
ery mansion five gigantic hemlocks raised 
aloft their sombre heads toward the northern 
skies; and so deeply rooted were they that 
Hiram had great difficulty in digging the 
.stumps from the soil, that a cellar might be 
dug and foundation laid for the house. Many 
are the family associations gathered about 
this ancestral home of the Montgomerys. 
The mountains and woods that covered the 
old place were literally infested with deer in 
the early days of the settlement. They came 
in such herds, indeed, that the hounds were 
in danger often of being killed by the valiant 
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the clogs' heails from tlioir bodies. Where the 
deer stalked proudly and unmolested, and the 
howl of the wolf and the panther sounded 
dismally through the long watches of the 
night three-quarters uf a century ago, a mag- 
nificent orchard of fine fiuit-trees now stands 
to mark the energy, industry, and foresigiit of 
Hiram Montgomery, who set them with his 
own hand, and watched them sprout and grow 
and develop into maturity and bearing. In 
all the neighborhood there is not an estate 
in a more highly developed state of cultiva- 
tion than the Montgomer)' farm; and its 
owners, George and David, are justl_\- proud 
of the homestead of their fathers. 

The accompanying portrait of lliram Mont- 
gomery is an interesting addition to the 
family record, and an ornament to this 
\'olume. 




^^''Al^ 11.1,1AM BROWN HAXFORD, the 
author of the f(dlowing reminis- 
cences of the Levi Manford branch 
of the Ilanford family — which he has written 
expressly for this "Review," only a small jiart 
of his manuscript ha\ing previously been in 
print — early in the present year, 1894, 
passed his ninetieth birthday, in Franklin 
\'illage, N.Y., where he has resided since 
i860 in retired life. He was born in New 
Canaan, Conn., May 19, 1804, and removed 
with his parents and family in 1808 to Wal- 
ton, N.Y., where he passed more than half of 
a century on the ancestral farm. 

This branch of the Ilanford family he can 
trace back seven generations to an ancestral 
Hanford, a man of large propert\- and respec- 
tability, whose given name is unknown, but 
who died in England in 1596 or 1597. He 
married F.glin .Sells, a widow. Her maiden 
name was Eglin Ilatherly. .She had by her 
second marriage one son, the Rev. Thomas 
Hanford, to whom all the Hanfords of this 
country can be traced back. He was born in 
England in 1621, and was early sent to school 
and college. He was a decided Puritan in 
]3rinciple, and opj^osed to the tyranny and per- 
secution of the Ivstablished Church toward all 
others. For that reason he could not receive 
the honors due to his college attainments. 



Feeling deeply the cruelty and injustice that 
was inflicted on him, it was not stran-e tiiat 
in 1642 he should be found an immigrant to 
the New h'ngland colonies. In 1643 ^^e find 
him completing his education with the Rev. 
Charles Chauncy, one of the most learned and 
l)opular Puritan divines of that day, and after- 
ward preaching for a time in New Haven, 
Conn. From there he went into Massachu- 
setts. On May 22, 1650, he was made a free- 
man of the colony. In 1652 he was called 
to the iwstorate of the church of Norwaik, 
Conn. He preached there for forty consecu- 
tive years. He married Hannah Newbury, 
daughter of Thomas Newbury. She died 
shortly, leaving no children; and on July 22, 
1 66 1, he married Mary Ince, widow of Jona- 
than Ince, and daughter of Richard Miles. 
They liad a family of ten children, as follows: 
Theoi)hilus, born July 29, 1662, who died un- 
married; Mary, November 30, 1663; Han- 
nah, Jmie 28, 1665; IClizabeth, July 9, 1666; 
Thomas, July 18, 1668 (he was the branch 
from which the Levi Ilanford branch of the 
Hanford family sprung); Eleazor, September 
15, 1670; Elnathan, October 11, 1672; Sam- 
uel, .'\pril 5, 1674; luuiice, Alareh, 1675; 
Sarah, May. 1677. 'l''i<-' Ke'v. Thomas Han- 
ford died in Norwaik, in 1693, at the age of 
seventy-two years, respected and highly es- 
teemed. His wife, Mary Miles Hanford,' died 
September 12, 1730, at the advanced age of 
one hundretl and (']vc years. 

In 1692 Thomas Hanfortl, second son of 
the Rev. Thomas Hanford, married Hannah 
Burwell, widow of John Burwell, and daugh- 
ter of Gershon Lockwood. The\- had a family 
of five children: Theophilus, born in 1693; 
Elnathan; IClizabeth; Catharine; and Hilary. 
The gravestones of Thomas Hanford and his 
wife were standing at their graves in 1893, in 
good preservation. Theophilus Hanford, the 
writer's great-grandfather, bought land, and 
built on it about the year 1718 or 1719, the 
first house built in the part of Norwaik that 
became New Canaan. Theophilus and his 
wife Sarah had a family of four sons and two 
daughters, namely: Dinah, bom October 11, 
1720; Theophilus, April 26, 1724: Levi, 
.March 4, 173 1, died May 21, 1796, aged 
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1733; Abigail, January 20, 1738; Simeon, 
July 7, 1741- Tlieophilus Hanford, Sr., 
built a house for his son Theophilus, in the 
hope that he would marry and settle in domes- 
tic life. But he, being of a roving, restless 
disposition, did not accept his father's offer. 
The house was afterward given to his second 
son, Levi, who soon after married Sarah Eliza- 
beth Carter, daughter of Ebenezer Carter, a 
well-to-do farmer noted for generous hospital- 
ity, patriotism, and good living. She was 
born in 1731, and died in 1776, aged forty- 
five years. He was a man of good mind, 
honest and upright in all the vocations of 
life, standing high in the esteem of all that 
knew him, but of a quiet, unassuming, domes- 
tic turn. They were devout and respected 
members of the Baptist church. He was a 
good farmer and the owner of mills. 

Levi Hanford, Sr., and his wife passed 
their lives in domestic happiness and comfort. 
They had a family of three sons and two 
daughters, whose names, dates of birth and 
marriage were as follows: Ebenezer, their 
first child, was born February 27, 1755, and 
married Hannah, daughter of Thaddeus Han- 
ford. He had poor health, was a well-edu- 
cated man, a farmer, and a writer for papers 
and books. They left no children. He died 
October 19, iSs's, aged seventy-eight years. 
Elizabeth, the eldest daughter, born June 20, 
1757, died April 23, 1828, being burned to 
death, her clothes taking fire from smoulder- 
ing coals on the hearth, while engaged in 
secret prayer early in the morning. She was 
a woman of strong mind, well stored with 
useful knowledge. She married Captain 
Isaac Keeler, who was an officer in the Con- 
tinental army under General Washington, and 
was in many of the hardest-fought battles of 
the Revolution. He with his company passed 
that terrible winter at Valley Forge, in tents 
all winter. After the war was closed, he 
went into mercantile business for some year.?, 
during which time he married the before-men- 
tioned Elizabeth Hanford. He eventually re- 
ceived the appointment of Police Justice in 
New York City; and after several years' ser- 
vice in that office he was appointed to a 
place in the New York Custom-house, which 
office he retained till his death. His death 



was caused by consumption, the result of a 
severe cold taken during the War of 181 2. 
In that war, when New York City was threat- 
ened with an attack by the British, and troops 
were called in protection, many of the vet- 
erans of the Revolution volunteered and 
formed companies to assist in guarding the 
city. Keeler was one of them, and was ap- 
pointed an officer. He endeavored to show 
the spirit and energy of his former years of 
military life, and took without hesitation his 
part in the hardships and exposures of the 
camp with the best. But the years that had 
been added to his life had unfitted him for 
such hardships; and when on one cold, rainy 
night he was out on guard duty, and was very 
much chilled, he took a severe cold that never 
left him, but continued until it culminated 
in consumption and death. They left no 
children. 

Levi, the second son of Levi Hanford, Sr., 
was born September 19, 1759. His child- 
hood and early youth were passed with his 
parents and family on the farm till 1775, 
when the Revolutionary War broke out, and 
he was sixteen, the age at which the law then 
held them liable to military duty. He then 
enlisted in a company of minute-men, liable 
to be called into service at a moment's warn- 
ing for short periods of a few days, weeks, 
or months at a time, as local circumstances 
made it necessary. The manner of calling 
out those minute-men, in case of an alarm, 
was as follows : The news of the approach of 
an enemy was usually heralded by an express 
rider in haste to the town officer authorized 
to receive the news. He would hasten to the 
meeting-house hill, and there, in a voice as 
loud as he could make it, would cry: "Hear 
ye! Hear ye! Hear ye!" three times, then 
proclaim the cause of the alarm, and then beat 
the long roll on the drum. The minute-men 
first hearing the alarm would mount their 
horses, and ride in every direction, to spread 
the information. When the men were assem- 
bled, the officers would explain the cause of 
the alarm, and then march wherever they were 
needed. If the alarm was an important one, 
a cannon was fired, that denoted danger and re- 
quired haste. On one of those occasions Levi 
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some length of time. W'liilc there he was 
sent with a dctaehment of men, one very dark 
and stormy night, to Governor's Island, and 
broke the first ground ever broken for a forti- 
fication on that island. The British Heet was 
lying at anchor in the lower bay. They had 
placed sentries around the island. The Brit- 
ish, mistrusting that something was being 
done, sent up boats to reconnoitre. Tiiey 
would row u|) as near as they dared; the sen- 
try would hail them, and, receiving no answer, 
would fire. They would haul off, to come up 
again at some other point. This continued 
through the night. In the morning the men 
were withdrawn, to be replaced at evening. 
Levi Hanford, Jr., was a soldier in active 
service during the war. Again he was called 
out, and, while on guard duty, was surrounded 
by British and Tories, who came across the 
Sound in whale-boats antl took the guaril, 
Hanford among the rest. 

The following sketch (.)f Levi Hanford, Jr., 
and the old Sugar House Prison is abbre- 
viated from an account taken down in his 
words about forty-six years ago, and pub- 
lished in 1S52, in which year he was pre- 
sented with a cane made by David Barker from 
one of the oak beams of the old prison. The 
veteran was then in his ninety-third \'ear, 
feeble in body, but still able to walk, atul 
still retaining his faculties in a remarkal^le 
degree, and the memory of Revolutionary 
events and the transactions of by-gone days 
in great perfectness, the result, no doubt, of 
habits of steady industry, temperance, and 
morality, joined to a good constitution: 

"In March. 1777, I was called as one of 
a guard of thirteen men on the coast of Long 
Island Sound. On March 13, 1777, a very 
dark and stormy night, we v.'cre stationed 
as a guard at what was then an out-station 
called Oldwell, now South Norwalk. Our 
officers were negligent: and, for that cause, in 
the night the guard was surrounded by Brit- 
ish and Tories from Long Island, and the 
guard made prisoners, myself among the rest, 
an ignorant boy of seventeen. We were taken 
in whale-boats across the sound to Hunting- 
ton, L.I., from there to Flushing, and then 
taken from there to New York, and incarcer- 
ated in the old -Sugar House Prison in Lib- 



erty Street, near the new Dutch Ciuuch, at 
th;il time converted into a riding-school foi- 
British light horse, and afterward into the 
city post-office. The old prison, now t(jrn 
down, was a stone building six stories iiigh; 
but tlie stories were very low, which matle it 
dark and confined. It was built for a sugar 
refinery, and its apj^earancc was dark and 
gloomy; while its small antl dee]) windows 
gave it the appearance of a prison, which it 
really was, with a high board fence enclosing 
a small yard. We found at that time about 
forty or fifty prisoners, in an emaciated, starv- 
ing, and wretched condition. Their numbers 
were continually being diminisheil by death, 
and as constantly increased by the accessions 
of new ])risoners to the number of four hun- 
dred and fifty or five hunilred. Our allow- 
ance of provision was pork and sea biscuit; it 
would not keep a well man in strength. The 
biscuit was such as had been wet with sea 
water and damaged, and was full of worms 
and mouldy. It was our common practice to 
put water into our camp kettle, then break the 
bread into it, skim off the worms, put in tlie 
pork and boil it, if we had fuel. But that 
was allowed us only a i^art of the time; and. 
when we could get no fuel, we had to eat our 
meat raw, and our biscuit (h-y. Starved as 
we were, there was nothing in the shape of 
food that was rejected or was unpalatable. 
Crowded together in bad air, and with such 
diet, it was not strange that disease and pesti- 
lence should prevail. I had not been long 
there before I was taken with the small-[)ox, 
and taken to the small-pox hospital. I had it 
light, and soon returned to the prison, but not 
till I had seen it in its most malignant forms. 
Some of my companions died in that hospital. 
I remained in prison for a time, when, from 
i)ad air, confinement, and bad diet, I was ■ 
taken sick and conveyed to the Uuaker Meet- 
ing Ilosintal, so called from its being a 
Ouaker church. I soon became insensible; 
and the time passed unconsciously till I 
began slowly to recover health and strength, 
and I again quitted those scenes of disease 
and death for the prison. On my return 1 
found the number of our companions still 
further reduced by sickness and death. Dur- 
ing all this time an influence was being ex- 



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erted to induce the prisoners to enlist into 
the Tory regiments. Although our sufferings 
were intolerable, and the men were urged by 
Tories who had been their neighbors, and had 
enlisted into the Tory regiment, yet the in- 
stances were rare that they could be influenced 
to enlist. So wedded were they to their prin- 
ciples that they chose honorable death rather 
than sacrifice them. 

"I remained in prison till October 28, 
when the names of a company of prisoners 
were taken down, and mine among the rest. 
It was told us that we were going home. 
We drew a week's provisions, which by solic- 
itation we cheerfully divided among our starv- 
ing associates, whom we were to leave in 
prison. But whether it was to torment and 
aggravate our feelings I know not; but this I 
do know, that, instead of going home, we 
were taken from the prison and put on board 
of one of the prison ships (the 'Good Intent ') 
lying in the North River, and reported there 
with one week's provisions. The scene of 
starvation and suffering that followed cannot 
be described. Everything was eaten that 
could appease appetite. From this and other 
causes, and crowded as we were with over two 
hundred in the hold of one ship, enfeebled as 
we had become, and now reduced by famine, 
it was not strange that pestilence began to 
sweep us down, till in less than two months 
we were reduced to scarcely one hundred. In 
December, when the river began to freeze, 
our ship was taken around into the Wallabout 
Bay, where lay the ' Old Jersey ' and other 
prison ships of horrific memory, whose rotted 
hulk long remained to mark the spot where 
thousands yielded up their lives, a sacrifice to 
British cruelty. The dead from those ships 
were thrown into the trenches of our fortifica- 
tions; and their bones, after the war, were 
collected and decently buried. It was here 
that Ethan Allen exhausted his fund of curses 
and bitter invectives against the British, as 
he passed among the prisoners and viewed 
their loathsome dens of suffering, after his 
return from his shameful imprisonment in 
England. 

"The day before New Year's the sick were 
placed in a boat for the city. She had lost a 
piece of a plank from her bottom; but it was 



filled with ice, and we were taken in tow. 
The boat began to leak, and, before we had 
gone far, was half filled with water. When 
the boat touched the dock, she struck level 
with the water; and we held on with our 
hands to the dock and a small boat by our side 
to keep from sinking. The sailors reached 
down from the dock, took hold of our hands, 
and drew us up. I remember that I was 
drawn up with such violence that the skin was 
taken from my chest and stomach. We were 
taken to the hospital in Dr. Rogers's brick 
meeting-house (as it was then called, after- 
ward Dr. Spring's church, and now the Times 
building occupies the same ground). From 
the yard I carried one end of a bunk, from 
which some person had died, into the church, 
and got into it, exhausted and overcome. 
The head nurse made me some tea, and piled 
blankets on me, till I sweat profusely and fell 
asleep. When I awoke in the morning, they 
gave me some mulled wine and water. Wine 
and some other things were sent in by our 
government for the sick: the British furnished 
nothing. I then lay perfectly easy and free 
from pain; and it appeared to me that I never 
was so happy in my life, and yet so weak that 
I could not get out of my bunk had it been to 
save the Union. The doctor (who was an 
American surgeon and a prisoner, had been 
taken out of the prison to serve in the hos- 
pital) told me that my blood was breaking 
down and turning to water from the effect 
of small-pox. He said I must have some bit- 
ters. I gave him what money I had. and he 
prepared some for me; and, when that was 
gone, he had the kindness to prepare some for 
me at his own expense. I began slowly to 
gain, and finally to walk about. While 
standing one day in March by the side of 
the church in the warm sun, my toes began to 
sting and pain me excessively. I showed 
them to the surgeon when he came in. He 
laid them open. They had been frozen, and 
the flesh had wasted till little more than the 
bone and tough skin remained. I had now to 
remain here for. a long time on account of my 
feet. And of all places that was the last to 
be coveted. Disease and death reigned there 
in all their terrors. I have had men die by 
the side of me in the night, and have seen 



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fifteen (lead bodies sewed up in their blankets, 
and laid in the coiner of tlie yard at one time. 
Every morning at eight o'clock the dead-cart 
came, the bodies were jnit in, the men tlrew 
their rum, and the carts were driven off to the 
trenches of the fortifications that our people 
had made. Once I was permitted to go with 
the guard to the place of interment, and never 
shall I forget the scene that I beheld. They 
tumbled the bodies into the ditch, just as it 
happened, threw on a little dirt, and then ran 
away. I could see a hand or a head washed 
bare by the rains. One day, about the first of 
May, two officers came into the prison. One 
of them was a sergeant by the name of Wally, 
who from some cause, and what I never knew, 
had taken a great dislike tome; the other, an 
officer by the name of Hlackgrove. They told 
us there was to be an exchange of the oldest 
prisoners. They began to call the roll. A 
great many names were called, but no answer 
given : they had been exchanged by that 
Being who has the power to set the captive 
free. Here and there was one to step for- 
ward. At last my name was called. I at- 
tempted to ste]:) forward to answer, when 
Sergeant Wally turned and frow-ned upon me 
with a look of demoniacal fury, and motioned 
me back. I dared not answer. All was still. 
Then other names were called. I felt that, 
live or die, that was the time to speak. I 
told Officer Blackgrove that there were but 
eleven older prisoners than myself. lie 
looked at me, and asked why I did not answer. 
I told him I attempted to answer, but Ser- 
geant Wally stoppetl me. He turned and 
looked at him with contempt, and then put 
my name down. But of the twelve prisoners 
taken with me only two now remained: my- 
self and one other were the only ones to be 
exchanged. 

"I was now returned to the prison; and 
from that time forward I enjoyed comfortable 
health to the close of my imprisonment, 
which took place in the May following. (_)ne 
day I was standing in the yard near the high 
board fence. A man passed in the street 
close to the fence, and, without stopping or I 
turning his head, said in a low voice: "(ien- 
cral Burgoync is taken, with all his armv. It 
is a truth, you may depend upon it." Shut 



out from all information as we had been, the 
news was grateful indeed, and cheered us in 
our wretched prison. Knowing nothing of 
what was taking place beyond the confines of 
our miserable abode, we had been lelt to dark 
forebodings and fears as to the result of our 
cause am! the probabilities of our government 
being able to exchange or release us. We 
knew not whether our cause was even progress- 
ing or whether resistance was still continued. 
On May 8, 1778, we were released from our 
vvretcheil abode. They, as if to torment and 
trouble us, took the Southern prisoners off 
toward Boston to be discharged, and the East- 
ern prisoners were taken to l^li/.abethtown, 
N.J. From there we went to Newark. 
There everything was clad in the beauty of 
spring, and appeared so delightful that we 
could not forbear going out and rolling on the 
green grass. The luxury appeared so great, 
after a confinement of fourteen months in a 
loathsome prison, clothed in rags and filth, 
and with associates too numerous and offen- 
sive to admit of description. 

"From here we travelled as fast as our en- 
feebled powers would permit. We crossed 
the Hudson River at Dobb's I'"erry. Here we 
began to separate, each for his own home. 
The officers pressed horses and went on. My 
companion and m\self were soon wending our 
way slowly and alone. As we ])assed on, we 
saw in the distance two men riding toward us 
with each a led horse. It did not take me 
long to discover the man on a well-known 
horse to be my father, and the other the father 
of my comrade. The meeting I will not at- 
tempt to describe here: but, from the circum- 
stances and the nature of the case, you mav 
imagine it was an affecting one. And espe- 
cially so, as my friends had been informed 
some time before that I had died in prison. 
They had had ijraxers offered up, according to 
the custom of the times, and the family had 
gone into mourning. They therefore felt as 
if they had received me from the dead. The 
otficers had carried the news of our return, 
and our fathers had ridden all night to meet 
us. We proceeded on our w^iy ; and, ere the 
shades of evening closed around us, we were 
once more in the bosom of friends and the 
enjoyment of the society of those we loved 



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and the sweets of home. And may my heart 
ever rise in gratitude to that Being whose 
preserving care has ever been over me, and 
has never forsaken me." 

As soon as he had regained his health, 
Levi Hanford again took his position in Cap- 
tain Seymour's company, and continued in 
active performance of his duty to the termina- 
tion of the war. He was present at the tak- 
ing and burning of Norwalk, Conn., and 
assisted in driving the British and Tories 
back to their ships. At another time he was 
one of a body of troops that was called out 
to repel a large British force that was advanc- 
ing from King's Bridge, foraging, marauding, 
and burning everything in their way. The 
American army marched in two divisions, one 
taking the Post road, and the other a more 
circuitous route, and coming together at a 
designated place near the enemy. The night 
was excessively cold, and the men suffered. 
The detachment to which Hanford belonged 
reached first their place of destination, and 
halted near a public house. Hanford and a 
few others of his party soon entered the house 
and found their way to a fire. While they 
were engaged in warming themselves, an 
officer, whose name is not now recollected, 
came in, chilled and shivering with the cold, 
and placed his hands over Hanford"s shoulders 
to warm. While thus engaged, he and Han- 
ford were led to notice each other, and with 
a mutual half-recognition. Soon after this 
Hanford was standing at an outer door of the 
house; and, while there, that officer walked 
past him several, times, each time eying him 
closely. Finally, coming up to Hanford, he 
thus addressed him: "Sir, I think I know 
you. I recognize you as one of my fellow- 
prisoners of the old Sugar House Prison in 
New York. I thought I knew you when I 
first saw you. I was with you for a while in 
that den of human suffering." After a mutual 
greeting he asked Hanford how he liked his 
present position, to which the latter replied 
that he was not particularly attached to it. 
The officer then told him that he had letters 
and despatches to the Secretary of State at 
Hartford, and he would like him to go and 
deliver them. But he would have to furnish 
his own horse, pay his own expenses, and, 



when he had performed the duty, he must 
make his report, when he would be reim- 
bursed and draw his money. To this Han- 
ford readily assented. The duty was accord- 
ingly performed by him after the battle and 
the return of the British. 

In the mean time the troops passed on; 
and, after several skirmishes and a running 
fight, the British were finally driven back over 
King's Bridge. About that time another 
party of British and Hessians commenced the 
erection of a redoubt on the Harlem River; 
and a body of men, of which Hanford was 
one, was sent to stop their operations. The 
troops marched all night, intending to sur- 
prise the enemy, and make the attack at early 
dawn. They reached their destination before 
daylight, unobserved, and took a position 
from which they could take the redoubt with 
their small arms, aided by one piece of artil- 
lery, loaded with grape. In front of and near 
the redoubt was a vessel lying at the dock, 
loaded with fascines (fascines were bundles 
of brushwood bound together, like sheaves of 
grain, with their ends sharpened; they are laid 
in, in the building of breastworks, with their 
sharp points out), a portion of which had al- 
ready been landed. The Americans were hid 
from view when lying down; but, when they 
arose, the whole scene was open before them. 
At daylight a detachment of Hessians made 
its appearance, and soon came to the water for 
fascines. The Americans lay perfectly still 
until each Hessian had shouldered his bundle, 
and was about to return to the fort, when the 
command was given in a loud tone of voice: 
"Attention, men! Ready I Aim! Fire!" 
Quick as thought each man sprung to his feet; 
and a volley of musketry and a discharge of 
grape was poured in upon the enemy. The 
scene that follow-ed was ludicrous in the ex- 
treme. The enemy were taken completely by 
surprise and were terribly frightened. In 
their confusion and terror they threw down 
their bundles, and used every effort to run. 
Although they jumped and sprung, and swung 
their arms, and made desperate strides, yet 
for a time they seemed to have lost all ability 
to move forward; for, when one leg started in 
one direction, the other went off in an exactly 
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most dcsporatc effort of springing and jump- 
ing that tlicy effected their escape. This 
they were enabled to do at last liy reason of 
the river being between llieni and their pur- 
suers. The Americans, however, succeeded 
in carrying out the objects of the expedition. 
They destroyed the redoubt, made a prize of 
the vessel and cargo, and captured sonic 
jirisoners. 

On another occasion, when a party of Brit- 
ish ant! Tories came on an c.\])edition of plun- 
der and destruction, Hanford was again called 
out, with others, to repel them. Thev met 
the enemy, and after a skirmish succeeded 
in driving them back. The Americans pur- 
sued the retreating foe until the engagement 
became a running fight. The ]>ritish finally 
made a stand in a fa\orable position; and, 
when their pursuers came up, they found a 
rising ground before them, partially conceal- 
ing the enemy from their view. The division 
that Hanford was in had to pass over the 
ridge amid a galling fire, antl the bullets 
flew among them thick and fast. Hanford 
found shelter behind a large rock, under cover 
of which he used his gun for some time for a 
purpose, till finally, in attempting to reload 
it, the cartridge stuck in the barrel, and. in 
striving to force it down with his rod, he in- 
advertently leaned back to give more force to 
the rod, in doing which a part of his ]ierson 
became exposed to view. At that instant 
a ball whizzed past, just missing his head: 
and, looking up, he perceived a British soldier 
in the act of dodging back to hisco\ert. The 
Americans firmly maintained their ground, 
and after a fearful charge repulsed the 
enemy and drove them in disorder and confu- 
sion within the British lines, and bore off the 
honors of the day. 

After the war was over, Levi Hanford 
bought a farm, and built a house, and in 1782 
married Mary Mead, of Horseneck, in Green- 
wich, Conn., the daughter of General John 
Mead, an officer of the American army. His 
house and farm were between the American 
and British lines, and were repeatedly plun- 
dered, his cattle driven off, and his property 
damaged by British and Tories. At one time 
the house was surrountled b\- a companv of 
light horse. The table was set in the dinin<i- 



room for breakfast, and the family were just 
going to sit down to breakfast. An officer 
rode into the house and into the dining-room 
by the side of the table, and, 'putting his foot 
under the leaf, u]iset the talkie; and crockery, 
provisions, and all went to the floor with one 
general crash. He then with his sword broke 
and hacked to pieces all the mirrors, pictures, 
and furniture of the room anil all over the 
house. The sokiiers rii)ped open feather- 
beds, and emptied hives of hone\-, bees and 
all, in them, and rolled them all up together. 
They destroyed all they could find that they 
could not carry away. At another time when 
it was very dry, and the water had failed at 
the house, they had to go to a spring some 
I distance in the field to do their washing. 
One morning very earlv Mary (afterward the 
wife of Levi Hanford) went to that spring to 
rinse some clothes. Her brother John, who 
was an officer in the American army, had been 
taken jirisoner, and jiaroled and exchanged. 
He liad returned to duty, but was taken sick 
and sent home on a furlough. While Mary 
was at the spring, she saw her brother run 
from a back door of the house, in his shirt- 
sleeves, and run through an orchard and to 
where a hollow hickory-tree had been cut, and 
had sprouted from the roots into tall brush. 
He ran into that thicket, and ran his white 
sleeves into the hollow stump. Very soon 
after a company of l^ritish and Tory light 
horse rode up, and surroundetl her; an officer 
presented his sword to her breast, and de- 
manded where her biolher was, declaring he 
would take her life in an instant if she did 
not tell. She said: "■ How can I tell? I 
came here as soon as it was light enough 
to sec, and before the family were any of 
them up, and have not been from here since 
I came. Then how can I know?" After 
many more questions and terrible threaten- 
ings he became satisfied that she diil not 
know, and they all withdrew. By her cool 
firnuiess and intrepidity she saved her brother, 
though his place of concealment was plainly 
in sight, and almost within the sound of her 
voice. After many such scenes of excite- 
ment and danger the family found a home 
in what is now New Canaan, then a part of 
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When the war closed and the family re- 
turned to their former home and farm, they 
found it in a most wretched condition, the 
house torn to pieces, partitions torn out and 
walls broken, and the farm fences burned for 
fuel. The State of Connecticut made General 
Mead some amends for his losses by granting 
him a large tract of land in what was then 
known as the fire land of Ohio. It was not 
considered of great value in those early days, 
but since has become the richest part of 
Ohio. General Mead was elected to the State i 
legislature for nineteen consecutive years. 
He also received the appointment of Judge of 
the Court of Probate, and was acting in that 
office when he died. It was while General 
Mead's family were refugees from their home, 
and were living in New Canaan, that Levi 
Hanford and Mary Mead formed their first 
acquaintance. He bought land and built a 
house, where all their family of five sons and 
four daughters were born. After a residence 
of about twenty-five years in that place he 
sold his farm and removed with his whole 
family to Walton, N.Y., where he purchased 
a large farm, and built a good house. They 
were exemplary members of the Baptist 
church, and highly respected and esteemed as 
good citizens by all who knew them. She 
was born in Horseneck, in Greenwich, Conn., 
December ii, 1759, was married in 1782, and 
died September 15, 1847, in Walton, aged 
eighty-eight years. Hers was the first death 
in that family. He was born in Norwalk, 
Conn., September 19, 1759, ^"d died in Wal- 
ton, October 19, 1854, aged ninety-five years. 
He was a pensioner under act of Congress, 
and his interment was in the family cemetery 
in Walton, N.Y. 

John, third son of Levi Hanford, Sr., was 
born in Norwalk, May 16, 1762. His early 
childhood was passed with his parents. At 
the age of sixteen he enlisted in the Conti- 
nental army, and served to the end of the war. 
He was a good soldier, and became an officer, 
and saw much of the hardships and privations 
of that war, and participated in many of the 
hardest battles of the Revolution. He was a 
man of unusual cool courage and perseverance. 
For that reason he was always one selected 
when anything was undertaken that required 



daring firmness and resolution. After the 
close of the war he returned to his home, pur- 
chased his father's farm, and soon after mar- 
ried Miss Sally Weed. They had two 
daughters. But the hardships and exposures 
of the war had broken him down, and his 
health failed; and in November, 1807, he 
died of consumption. Mary, second daughter 
of Levi and Sarah Elizabeth Carter Hanford, 
was born 1767, and died 1776, aged nine 
years. 




RY EUGENE GANUNG, now a 
.'ery prominent citizen and trader in 
Arkville, in Middletown, was born 
in Roxbury in the same county, 
January 11, 1859. His great-grandfather was 
John Ganung, and his grandmother before 
marriage was Miss Devough Kniffin. John 
Ganung came from near Croton Falls, Putnam 
County, and settled at Batavia Kill, a pioneer 
in that section. After the death of his first 
wife he married the Widow Sloat. He lived 
to a good old age, and finally died as the re- 
sult of a broken arm. His children were 
Harry, Sniffin, Devough, Hannah, Sally, 
Ebenezer, Reuben. Three belonged to the 
first wife, and the others to the second. He 
was a committee-man of the Revolutionary 
War. 

His son Devough, the grandfather of the 
special subject of this sketch, was born in 
Putnam County, whence he was taken to Dela- 
ware County. His wife was Hattie Gregory; 
and they raised nine children: Hannah, 
Polly, John, Thomas, Sally, Sniffin, Jane, 
Edward, and Julia. It is Sniffin Ganung 
who is connected with this biography by his 
marriage with Electa Kelly. He was born at 
Batavia Kill. After working with his father 
till the age of twenty-five, he began business 
for himself, farming, speculating in land, and 
selling the timber cut therefrom. In 1870 he 
made a change of base, going into mercantile 
business at Roxbury, where his marriage took 
place. His wife was the daughter of Hiram 
and Sally (Borden) Kelly and the grand- 
daughter of David and Susan (Baker) Kelly, 
and more about the Kelly family may be 
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born in Putnam Count)-, and found liis way 
into Delaware County by following the blazed 
trees in the forest. He decided to take up 
land in what is now Halcottville, where he 
lived the rest of his days. Besides a farm- 
house he built a grist-mill, lie also served 
in the Revolutionary War, and lived to be 
ninety-nine, his wife dying at eighty-four. 
Their children were Davit), Norman, Reuben, 
Hiram, Elizabeth, Susan, iMarcia. Hiram 
Kelly was born in Putnam County, but came 
to Delaware County, ant! eventually took the 
homestead, caring for the farm and mill as 
long as he lived. There were three hundred 
acres of land, whereon his ten children grew 
up — Judah, Jane, Caroline, John, Electa, 
Emeline, Deborah, Hiram Jk)rden, Norman, 
and Lorenzo Kelly. Their father lived 
to be seventy, and his wife died only a 
year younger. He was a Reiiublican and a 
Baptist. 

Snififin Ganung lived to be seventy-five, and 
was an old-line Democrat. At his death he 
left only two children. The elder, Hogordis 
Ganung, was born June 3, [.S46. He married 
Josephine Aken, has one child, and carries 
on a saw and planing mill in Roxbury. In 
that town was educated the other son, the 
subject of this sketch, Henry Eugene Ganung. 
He remained with his father in the grocery 
till 1S87, when twenty-eight years old. Then 
he became station agent on the I'lster & 
Delaware Railroad. One year he worked at 
the station called IVig Indian and another year 
in Stamford. Since then he has been five 
years at the Tannersville station, Kaaterskill 
Railroad, and has also spent one year in the 
general office of the New Jcrsry & New York 
Railroad. Later he was at Eleischnianns two 
years and three years at Arkville. While a 
young man, he had learned surveying, and 
now took it up for a short time as a trade, but 
soon left it to engage in general merchandise 
in a store on Doctor Street, where he has a 
fine location. In 1892 he built himself a 
beautiful home near .Main Street, leading to 
Kelly's Corner, where reside so many of his 
kinsfolk. He did not marry till 1S90, when 
thirty-one years old. His wife was I'.lla Kil- 
quest, the daughter of John D. and Hannah 
Kilquest. Her father came from Sweden to 



America, settled in New Jersey, ano ilien 
came to Ulster County, where he worked in a 
tannery. Later they moved to Halcott, in 
Greene County, then to IJeaver Kill, where 
they bought a farm now numbering a hundred 
acres, one of the best in town. The Kil- 
quests have four children, — Ella, Tilla, limil, 
and William. I\Ir. Kilquest is a Republi- 
can, and the family attend the Methodist 
church. 

Mr. and Mrs. H. luigenc Ganung have only 
one child, a daughter, Nora, born July 24, 
1892. He is a Democrat, and has held the 
offices of Notary Public and Pension Agent. 
Masonically, he belongs to the lodge in Mar- 
garettville; and he is also a Knight of Pythias. 
In religion he holds very liberal opinions. 
Active in temperament, he is sure to become 
a still more important factor in the commun- 
ity as time adds to his experience and wisdom. 




I'.ORGl-: 1;. SMITH. M.D., the lead- 
ing physician of MasonviJle, was 
born in this town, December 28, 
1858. son of Phineas W. and Lucretia 
(Haight) Smith. His father was born in 
Massachusetts, and his mother in the town of 
Tomjikins, Delaware County. The Doctor's 
grandfather, Darius Smith, was from New 
England, and was one of the first settlers of 
Masonville. He was engaged extensively in 
the lumber trade for many years, and held 
several public offices in the town. He died 
here at the advanced age of ninety years. He 
had six children, one of whom is now living, 
Justine M. Smith, of Corning. N.\'. 

Phineas W. Smith, son of Darius, was edu- 
cated and brought up in Delaware County. 
He was a prominent farmer, owning a fine 
farm of one hundretl and thirtv acres, and was 
also a well-known raiser of stock. In politics 
he was a Republican, and held the office of 
Justice of the IVace. He reared two chil- 
dren, George E., the subject of this l)iogra])h- 
ical mention, and Calista. who died at the 
age of eighteen. His wife, Lucretia, died 
in i860, aged thirty-two. He survived her 
seventeen years, dying in 1877, aged sixly- 
eisht. 



George E 



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schools of Masonville, afterwards giving his 
attention to the study of medicine, for which 
he showed an early predilection. When about 
twenty years of age, he studied with Dr. I. J. 
Whitney, of his town, remaining with him 
about three years. He attended the New 
York Medical College for two years, graduat- 
ing in 1882. After receiving his diploma, he 
came to Masonville, and bought out the prac- 
tice of Dr. Whitney. He then went to New 
Berlin for two years, afterward going to Val- 
entine, Neb., staying there one year. His 
next location was at Hornellsville, N.Y., 
whence in 1889 he returned to Masonville, 
where he has remained ever since, and has 
built up a very large practice. He was mar- 
ried September 12, 1882, to Miss Betsey A. 
McKinnon, a daughter of Daniel and Adeline 
S. McKinnon, of this town. 

Dr. and Mrs. Smith have no children. 
Mrs. Smith is a member of the Presbyterian 
church. In politics the Doctor is allied with 
the Republican party, and is not one who 
shirks the responsibilities of office. He was 
elected Supervisor in 1892, and re-elected in 
1894. He is a member of Masonville Lodge, 
No. 606, A. F. & A. M., of which he is 
Master. Dr. Smith is an extremely capable 
and popular man, well informed and practical, 
an ornament to his profession, and a highly 
useful, public-spirited citizen. 




kRS. ELIZABETH W. ALEXAN- 
DER, widow of the late Charles 
Alexander, may properly be 
counted among the most es- 
teemed and respected women of Walton, 
where she is well known as a devoted mother, 
a true frienil, and a genial acquaintance. 
Her father, Malconi Wright, was a native of 
Scotland, where he was born in 1805. \\'hen 
seventeen years of age, he came with his par- 
ents to America, and settled in Delhi, Dela- 
ware County, N.Y. Here he married in 1828 
Margaret Shaw, and commenced life as a 
farmer, being possessor, in company with his 
two brothers, of a large farm. With one of 
these brothers he later purchased a farm of 
one hundred and fifty acres in Walton, about 
two and one-half miles above the village; and 



it was on this estate that Malcom and Mar- 
garet Wright lived for many years, and reared 
a family of six daughters and three sons. 

Seven of these children are still living, 
and, with one exception, all are residents of 
the town of Walton. John Wright, the only 
member of the family who has forsaken the 
town of his birth, is now a resident of Cali- 
fornia, the Golden State and Italy of Amer- 
ica. After a long period of faithful labor in 
his adopted home Malcom Wright died in 1877, 
at the age of seventy-five years; and thirteen 
years later his wife, having reached the good 
old age of eighty-three years, passed away, 
their bodies now resting side by side in the 
Walton cemetery, where a fitting monument 
marks the graves of the beloved husband and 
wife. 

Elizabeth W. Wright, the subject of this 
sketch, was married October 19, 1854, to 
Charles Alexander, who was born in Pound 
Ridge, Conn., in 1S33, son of John and Susan 
CKnapp) Alexander. When Charles Alex- 
ander was a small boy, his parents moved to 
New York, settling at Unadilla, and a few 
years later removed to Walton, where they 
became the possessors of one hundred and 
sixty acres of fine farm land. Of the four 
sons and one daughter born to them here two 
of the sons, Charles and Albert, and the 
daughter, Mrs. William Townsend, are still 
living, and occupy their pleasant homes in 
Walton. 

For fifteen years after their marriage Mr. 
and Mrs. Charles Alexander operated their 
farm with great success, but at length bought 
a small piece of land near the village, and a 
few years ago erected a fine, pleasant home at 
94 North Street. Here Mr. Alexander died 
September 15, 1888, having reached the age 
of fifty-six years. By his unbounded industry 
and patience he had accumulated a goodly 
amount of worldly possessions, which at his 
death became the property of his widow and 
four daughters. One of these daughters, 
Elma S., wife of Charles Pierson, died June 
17, 1 89 1, aged thirty-five years, leaving one 
child, Nellie M. Pierson. 

Mrs. Pierson had been a teacher in the pub- 
lic schools, where she was greatly beloved; 
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pathy of a liost of friciuls in tlicir i^rcat hc- 
rcavcment. Tlic sur\'iving dauglUcrs of .Mr. 
antl Mrs. .AK-xamlcr are: Jennie, wife of 
Welles L. Baker, of New York City: Mary 
and Martha, twin sisters, who reside witli 
their mother at Walton, the former beini;' a 
musician of some distinction. Mrs. Alexan- 
der and her daiii^hters are members of the 
Congregational chinch of Walton, and take an 
active part in all the good work of this 
society, whereby the ])ublic is benefited and 
men and women are encouraged to lead nobler 
and better lives. 




b]:xi:/.i:r w. i.indsley, a fiighiy 

respected citizen of Downsville, was 
born December 12, 1S26, in .Sulli- 
van Countv, son of Samuel C. ami Sebiah 
(^Worden) Lindslev. .Samuel C. was born 
May 16, 179S, and was the son of Nehemiah 
and Mary ((iuildersleeve) Lindsley, the for- 
mer of whom was horn December 31, i /fig, 
.son of Joniah and Hannah C. Lindsley, who 
were of luiglish descent. 

Nehemiah came to Delaware Connty shortly 
before 1798, and during the first three }'cars 
assisted Rlr. .Stone, a merchant on tlie Pine 
place, acting as clerk and shoemaking, and 
adapting himself generally to the work at 
hand. Mr. Stone, thinking him lonely with 
his family so far away, sent for Mrs. I.indsley 
and the children; but, contrary to exjiecta- 
tion, this displeased Mr. Lindsley to such an 
extent that he wished them to return imme- 
diately. As the team with which the journey 
had been made had given out, tliey were 
obliged to stay. Some time after this Mr. 
Lindsley left Mr. Stone's employ, and settled 
in Lindsley Ilollow, buying a farm of several 
hundred acres. He was for a short time with 
Mr. Wilson in the tanning business, in 
Lindsley Hollow, where lie erected a house, 
barns, and out-buildings : and there is stand- 
ing to-day a barn built by him in 1S09. 
.Mr. and Mrs. Nehemiah Lindsley had these 
children — David, Ira, .Samuel C, Ezra, Han- 
nah, Agar, Rachel, .-Xbigail, Cyrus G., and 
Sarah M. Hotlv Mr. and Mrs. Lindsle)- were 
Presbyterians, and the church lost a faithful 
worker when he died. /\ugust 8, 1835. ■"'s 



wife suivived him seveial \eais, and died 
December 30, 1850. 

.Samuel C. Lindsley. the third son of Ne- 
hemiah, was born in New Jersey, but was 
brought in his infancy to Delaware County, 
where he continued to live until after his 
marriage. He took up surveying, and suc- 
cessfulh' followed this throughout the re- 
mainder of his life. He taught common 
schools a long time, beginning when he was 
sixteen. In .September, 1824, he married 
Sebiah Worden, daughter of Pardon and Mary 
(Haines) Worden. She was born May 8, 
1794, and died in May, 1864. They raised a 
famih' of four chiklren, namely: Pluebc Ca- 
lista, who died when young; I^benezer W., 
the subject of this sketch; Ira D., born .\pril 
30, 1828; and F.meline Adelia, born Novem- 
ber 29, 1829. who married John Haei', and 
now lives in Walton. .After his marriage 
.Samuel C-. bought two hundred acres of his 
father's farm, erected a house and barn, lived 
here about twenty-nine years, and then sold 
out and Went to Walton. A little later he 
went to Downsville, where his wife died, and 
then to .Sand Pond to li\e with his daughter, 
but finally came back to Downsville, and here 
died March 6, 1878. Mr. S. C. Lindsley was 
a strong Democrat, and was greatlv interested 
in all that concerned the town and the i")eo|ile. 
He held several public offices, among them 
being that of Assessor and Commissioner of 
Highwa\'s. He was a member of the Paptist 
church, as was also his wife. 

l-^benezer W. Lindslev. who was Ikmii in 
Sullivan County, came to Downsville when a 
boy seven vears (jf age, and was here reared to 
manhood. Deciding to follow his father's 
profession, he took up the stud\- of surveying, 
and by diligent application, together with his 
father's assistance, he soon mastered this use- 
ful branch of mathematics, becoming in time 
one of tlie best and most [latronized of Col- 
chester's surveyors, his practice extending to 
the neighl)oring towns and counties. His 
first work in this line was done in 1849, when 
he surveyed the old Wilson jiroperty ; and 
shortly after he corrected the lines of the Bax- 
ter farm on Baxter RIountain. April 15, 
1S51, he entered the store of Downs & I'.l- 
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stands) as clerk, and in May, 1855, was taken 
as a partner in the firm, continuing in this 
but three years. In May, 1858, he sold out 
and went West, seeking for a good location in 
which to establish himself, and during this 
time visited Wisconsin and Kansas. But, 
meeting with little success in this quest, he 
finally came back to the town where he had 
started in life, and on February i, 1859, 
bought his old stand, and carried on a general 
store for about ten years, when he sold out, 
and then gave his whole attention to sur- 
veying. 

On October 10, 1855, Ebenezer W. Linds- 
ley married Mary A. Finch, born May 7, 
1826, the daughter of Jesse and Hulda (Mal- 
lory) Finch. Mrs. Mary A. Lindsley died 
May 21, 1857, leaving one child, Lilian E., 
born October 3, 1856, who is now married to 
Henry Bates, lives in Walton, and has a fam- 
ily of three children. On April 23, i860, 
Mr. Lindsley married for his second wife 
Julia Ann Shaffer, born August 20, 1821, 
daughter of Colonel Adam and Helena 
(Yeaples) Shaffer, and by this second mar- 
riage has one child, Mary Emma, born Au- 
gust 23, 1S63, who resides at home, and is 
a teacher of music. Three brothers, Jacob, 
Adam, and Philip Shaffer, came to Delaware 
County, and settled. Adam, the eldest son of 
Philip Shaffer, raised a family of twelve chil- 
dren, namely: Sally; Daniel B. ; Aaron P.; 
Deborah A. ; Jane C. ; Asa G. ; Julia A. ; 
Nicholas Y. ; Adeline; La Fayette; Morgan 
S. ; and Helena, Mrs. Lindsley. Colonel and 
Mrs. Shaffer were members of 
church, and died many years ago, 
1831, and he in June, 1854. 

Mr. Lindsley is an honored and trusted 
member of the community in which he lives, 
was executor of the estate of G. W. Downs, 
son of Abel Downs, who started a small store 
in Downsville in 1798, was administrator of 
the R. W. Elwood estate, and has held several 
town offices, such as Clerk and Assessor, 
where he has faithfully performed the work 
assigned him. He is a Prohibitionist, and 
what better thing could be said of a man than' 
that he is a worker for the cause of temper- 




the Baptist 
she in June, 



ance? He has been Notary Public continu- 
ously since April i, 1867. 



YROX HILL, a wealthy farmer of 
Kortright, was born in that town 
January 18, 1824, and is a son of 
Cyrus and Abigail (Burdict) 
Hill. His grandfather, John Hill, was one 
of the first settlers of Kortright, and a shoe- 
maker by trade. He was a local preacher of 
the Methodist faith, and spent the last days of 
his life in Livingston County, where he died 
at the age of eighty years. His wife, Phcebe 
Smith Hill, was also an octogenarian, and 
was the mother of a large family, of which 
Benjamin Hill, of Livingston County, is the 
sole survivor. 

Cyrus Hill was born in Kortright, Septem- 
ber 18, 1794, and died in 1834, at Bloomville. 
He was a hard-working farmer, and by his in- 
dustry and honorable dealing made a comfort- 
able fortune. Politically, he was a Democrat. 
The Methodist Episcopal church found in him 
a consistent member. His wife was Abigail 
Burdict, born April 27, 1794, in Kortright, a 
daughter of Alden Burdict, a pioneer of that 
town. She lived to be seventy-eight years 
old, and was the mother of five children, four 
of whom are living, namely: Alden A., of 
Stamford; Myron, of whom we write; Eliza- 
beth, the wife of Lewis Avery, of Kortright; 
and Freelove Jane, residing with her brother 
Myron. A daughter, Louisa, died at the age 
of sixty-five years. Mrs. Abigail Hill was an 
adherent of the Baptist church. 

Myron Hill \^as educated in the district 
school until fourteen years of age, when he 
started out in life for himself, working on the 
farm of John Avery, and receiving ten dollars 
per month. In 1859 he assumed the control 
of his grandfather Burdict's farm, agreeing to 
pay off the debts and support the aged couple 
for life. In this undertaking he was emi- 
nently successful. The present farm contains 
four hundred acres, the original purchase con- 
sisting of sixty-nine acres. Mr. Hill is in- 
dustrious and thrifty, and by his untiring 
efforts and indomitable perseverance has in- 
creased his farm to its present large propor- 
tions. He leases about two hundred acres, 
and cultivates the rest himself, devoting his 
time to stock-raising and dairying. He has 
never married, his sister living with him and 
taking charge of the household affairs. Mr. 



W"'' 



moCRAl'lllCAL KKVIKW ji^^ 

Hill is lilxral in his religious views, and a an early settler on the farm adjnjning tiie 

Democrat in politics, eminenth' successful in one where Ilirani I.. Ktllynow li\es. Hiram 

his occupation, and respected throughout the and Sall\- Kell\' iiad ten chiklren: Judah, 

town where he resides. born January ::i, i8og; Jane Ann, born March 

17, 181J; Carcdine, l^orn l-'ebruary S, 1S15; 
"" Jolin, born Januarv 20, 1 8 1 .S : J'.lecta, born 
ORKNZO \). Kl'.LLV is a prominent October jo. 1819; Kmcline, born September 
resident at Kell\"s Corners in the 24, 1822: Deborah, born \o\end)er 4, 1824; 
j| ^' ^ town oi Middletown, Delaware Hiram B., born Jul\- 16, 1827: Xorman, born 
Count)', but was born in Halcotts- on the last day of June, 1829; Lorenzo D., 
ville, in the same count)', September 29, boin September 29, 1831, and named doubt- 
1831, the son of Hiram Kell)', who was born less for the eccentric but large-iiearted Chris- 
August 8, 1784, in Putnam County, Xew tian who in those da)s went from hamlet to 
York, and his wife, Sail)- Borden, whose birth iiamlet throughout the States, preaching the 
was on January 15, 1784. His paternal gos])el with ter\or. On this farm Hiiani 
grandparents were David anil Susan (Jones) Kelly continued to live until his death, at 
Kell\-. David Kell)- was born in Putnam threescore and ten, his wife living to be seven 
Count)-, and came to Delaware County as a )-ears okkr. Mrs. Kelly was a member of the 
pioneer farnier in 1802, taking up land in 15a|)tist church. In inditics he was first a 
Halcottsville, now ownctl b)- the Kelh' Whig and afterward a Republican, and re- 
brothers. His one hundred and thirty acres joicetl at the national triumijh of the Rejiubli- 
were part of the wilderness. Yet. when the can part)- during the year preceding his death, 
family came thither, they brought all but one in 1861. 

child, the journey being accomplished in \Vhate\-er education the youngest son re- 
wagons. Of their seven children five grew up ceived was in the district schools. In 1853, 
to adult age — Susan, Reuben, Phineas, Nor- at the age of twenty-two, Lorenzo began farm- 
man, and Hiram Kelly. The little hut which ing at Bragg Hollow, where he bought one 
already stood on the jjlace eventually becan-ie hundred ami lift)- acres, and married -Sarah 
but a central [loint surrounded b)- houses, Ann Smith, daughter of Hiram and Susan 
barns, ami a grist-mill; and there l)a\-id (Chase) Smith. Father .Smith was the son of 
Kelly lived till he lacked only four years of a Edward Smith, a native of Kent, Putnarn 
complete century. His wife did not live so Count)-, where he not only cai-ried on a farm, 
long by si.xtecn \-ears, but eight)- may be con- init was County Jutlgc. He lived to be four- 
sidered a reasonably good old age. In relig- score, was a Democrat, and left six children 
ion thc\- were stanch Presbyterians, and the — Poll)-, Hiram, Plvcbe, Clara, James lul- 
grandfatlier was a private in the Revolutionary ward, and Joseiih .Sinith. Iliraui .Smith was 
War. He was the iiiore prosperous in jiis a fari-ner in Putnam County till his death, at 
undertakings because he owned the only niill the age of forty. His wife died at thirty-si.x; 
in this section of the country. and they left two children, Xaomi and Sarah 
The birthi)lace of his son, Hiram Kelly, Ann Smith, the latter becoming the wife of 
was in the south-east part of Putnam County, Loi-erizo Kelly. She was born October 19, 
near what is now called Dykcman Station, but 1831. a month after her husband. Mr. and 
was then called Bullet Hole. After the re- Mrs. Kelly lived in Biagg Hollow six years, 
moval, which took place when he was eigh- and tlien sold their farm and rei-noved to Prink 
teen vcars old, Hiram assisted his father on Street, where thev be)ught two hundred and 
the new farm and in the mill. In later years six acres, and lived for another six years. In 
he canic into possession of the homestead, 1864 they again sold out, and bought their 
adding thereto sorrie two hundred and fifty present estate of the same size, two hundred 
acres more land, besides enlarging and re- and sixty acres, in the village now narned 
modelling all the buildings. His wife, Sally Kelly's Corners, after Mr. Ketly himself. 
Borden, was the daughter of Jose])h Borden. .About twenty years later, in 1886, he built a 



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fine large dwelling-house, besides new farm 
buildings, barns, and a house to let. There 
he leads at present a comparatively retired 
life. He and his wife have four children: 
Emma F. Kelly was born August 26, 1859, 
and is married to A. F. Sweet, a wagon- 
maker in the village. Edward Kelly was 
born December 13, 1855, and died, greatly 
lamented, on June 13, 1871, before he was 
sixteen years old. Clara J. Kelly was born 
December 15, 1862, and died July 21, 1S84, 
at twenty-two, the beloved wife of B. L. 
Searl, of Margarettville. W. Grant Kelly 
was born September i, 1870, and is still at 
home, helping his father. 

Mr. Kelly is a Republican. The family 
attend the New-school 13aptist church. Their 
residence is on the banks of the Delaware 
River, where in summer twenty or thirty 
boarders from the city find a most attractive 
home. In every nook of the village is felt 
the influence of Mr. Kelly, easily its first 
citizen in progress and public enterprise. 



T^HARLES GILBERT HOUCK, car- 
I St-^ penter, contractor, and builder, re- 
^^lis siding in Walton, is conducting a 

successful and well-established busi- 
ness, which occupies an important position 
among the various industries of this flourish- 
ing town. Reed's Creek, in the town of 
Hancock, was the place of his birth, which 
occurred on December 11, 1858. His father, 
Levi T. Houck, one of Walton's valued citi- 
zens, a son of the late Rufus Houck, was born 
in the town of Franklin, November 4, 1838. 
Rufus Houck, who was presumably of New 
England parentage, was born in Dutchess 
County in the year 1808, and departed this 
life in Delaware County about the year 1875. 
He was three times married. His first wife 
lived but a few months after marriage. By 
his second wife, whose maiden name was 
Rhoda Whaley, and who was a native of Mas- 
sachusetts, he had seven children, namely: 
Rufus, a farmer, residing on Beer's Brook in 
Walton; Edwin, also a farmer, a resident of 
Reed's Creek in Hancock; Cordelia, the 
widow of Jonathan Bolton, of Harvard; Levi 
T., of Walton ; Maria, who married her 



cousin, Abram Houck, residing in Mason- 
ville; Mariette, the widow of Edwin Denio, 
step-son of Rufus Houck, living in Hancock; 
and LeGrand, a resident of Walton. After 
the death of the mother of these children 
Rufus Houck married Phoebe (Lewis) Denio, 
the widow of Joseph Denio, and the daughter 
of Henry and Mercy (Holly) Lewis. She is 
now deceased, the only surviving member of 
the family of her parents being Mr. Joseph 
Lewis, an aged farmer of Shelby County, 
Iowa. Of this union one child was born, 
Zeliaette, the wife of Dwight Curtis, of Wal- 
ton, both of whom are deceased. 

Levi T. Houck was reared among the rural 
pioneer scenes of earlier years, and educated 
in the old log school-house on Reed's Brook, 
which had the customary puncheon floor and 
old-fashioned open fireplace. He remained at 
home assisting his father in clearing the farm 
until his marriage, when he began life on his 
own account. He married Jerusha Denio, the 
daughter of his step-mother and a sister of 
Edwin Denio, the husband of his sister Mari- 
ette. Besides the subject of this sketch, four 
sons and one daughter were born of their mar- 
riage, the others being as follows: Julius, a 
farmer at Carpenter's Eddy; Erkson, a real 
estate dealer in Antigo, Wis. ; Sylvester, a 
resident of Rock Rift; Hattie M., a dress- 
maker, living at home; and Abram, a farmer, 
on Baxter Brook. 

Charles G. Houck, the eldest son of Levi, 
was brought up on the home farm, and had a 
common-school education. Possessing a good 
deal of mechanical ingenuity and little taste 
for a farmer's life, he began when about eigh- 
teen to learn the carpenter's trade, which he 
has continued to follow; and as contractor and 
builder, as well as carpenter, he has met with 
excellent success. He is an energetic, active 
citizen, whose public-spiritedness is unques- 
tioned, and is a warm supporter of the princi- 
ples of the Republican party. He is warmly 
interested in the American Protective Asso- 
ciation, of which he is a member, and is also 
influential in the wigwams of the Red Men, 
having passed the chairs. 

Mr. Houck was united in wedlock Septem- 
ber 23, 1885, to Miss Jennie H. Hovvland, a 
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William P. Ifowiaiul, the latter of whuni died 
in 1879, loaviiii; her widowed husband and 
four children to mourn her loss. Mr. and 
.Mrs. Houck have no children of their own; 
hut they have an a(lo[5ted son, I'hilo C. 
Houck, the son of S_\lvester llouck. He is 
an active little lad, ei,i;ht years old, quick at 
his studies, and already showin^' a good deal 
of mechanical genius. The coscy and com- 
fortable home of this famil}', into which they 
nio\'cd in 1S91, is pleasantl}- located on St. 
John's -Street, and is made very attractive to 
their many friends. In religion both Mr. and 
Mrs. Houck are worthy and active members of 
the !\Icthodist i'.piscopal church. 



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R. IH:XRV a. gates, one of the 
leading ph\-sicians of Delhi, was 
burn in Franklin, Delaware County, 
X.V.. December 9, 1S49, and is a 
son of \\'illiam H. and Marietta (.Strong) 
Gates. William (kites, the grandfather, was 
an earl\- settler in the town of Franklin, be- 
ginning life there in a log calnn, but, as his 
means increased, built a fine frame house and 
out-buildings. He spent his life on the farm, 
which was brought liy his energy and care 
to a high state of culti\ation. He was the 
father of three children — James, Herman, 
and William. 

William H. Gates, the father of Henry A., 
was educatetl in the district schools of Frank- 
lin, and, as was the custom in those da_\'s, 
went to school in the winter and assisted his 
lather on the farm during the summer. 
Upon reaching his majorit)' he purchased a 
farm of his own, upon wliich he and his help- 
mate quietly passed their days. He married 
Miss Marietta .Strong, a daughter of William 
.Strong, of Meredith, and their union was 
blessed by the birth of four children — 
Henry A., Clifford J., Julia A. (the widow 
of .Samuel J. Donnelly), and William H. 

Dr. Henry A. Gates received his earl)- 
education at the district schools of Franklin 
and at the F'ranklin Literary Institute, where 
he remained for two years. He then began 
the study of medicine wMth Dr. Ira Wilcox, 
of F'ranklin, with w'hom lie |)repared for col- 
lege. In 1S74 he entered Bcllevue College, 



being graduated with high honors in 1.S77. 
Upon the completion of his college career, 
he commenced practice in Delhi, and has con- 
tinued here ever since. He makes a specialty 
ol diseases of the eye and ear, i)eing well 
known in this branch of the jirofession 
throughout the county. He is a prominent 
member of both the .State and county medical 
societies. 

Dr. Gates was married in i8,So to Miss 
Jeanette C. Hudson, daughter of Mrs. M. D. 
Hudson, a rejiresentative of one of the oldest 
and most prominent families in Delhi. In 
politics he is a stanch supporter of the Re- 
publican party, but has never sought any 
public office. He is a member and Trustee of 
the I'irst Presbyterian Church, in which he 
takes a deep interest, and is also a Trustee 
of the Delaware Academy. The genial man- 
ners and kindly disposition of Dr. Gates have 
made him esteemed by all classes: and, as he 
is still in the prime of vigor and manhood, he 
has the promise of many years of usefulness 
in the pursuit of liis profession, of which he 
is a distinguished member. 




I). WOOD, one of the most popu- 
lar station agents on the L'lster & 
Delaware Railroad, was born AjmII 
12, \'S()2. His grandfather, David 
Wood, was l)orn in Connecticut, and removed 
to Delaware County, where he engaged in 
farming, living to a good old age. William 
Wood, son of David and father of the subject 
of this sketch, was boi'n in Connecticut, No- 
vember 11, 1824. Fie received a good dis- 
trict-school education, and at an early age 
began to work on a farm. He had the mis- 
fortune to break his arm; and, as tliere were 
no skilled surgeons in Iiis vicinity at that 
time, it was not properly set, and troubled 
him for the remainder of his life He 
learneil the shoemaker's trade, and first 
worked at Grand Gorge. He married .Sarah 
M. F'redenburgh, who was born Mav 10, 
1830, the daughter of John and F'anny (May- 
[)ie) I'redenburgh. The latter was born in 
.Schoiiarie County, and was one of the early 
settlers of Gilboa, buying one hundred and 
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he was very prosperous as a farmer. He had 
a family of sixteen children. He was a Re- 
publican in politics, and was a member of 
the Methodist I'.piscopal church. Fanny 
Maybie was a daughter of John Maybie, a 
farmer and one of the early settlers, who 
raised si.x children. William Wood had six 
children, namely: Fanny J., who was born 
December 24, 1856, and died October 15, 
1861; Malinda A. Wood, who was born De- 
cember 16, 1859, and died October 14, 1861; 
O. D., the subject of this biography; Fanny 
E., who was born August 29, 1864, and mar- 
ried Charles G. Keator, a farmer of Grand 
Gorge, and has one child; Alfred L., who was 
born August 28, 1 870, and now lives with his 
brother, O. D. Wood; Albert, the twin 
brother of Alfred, died September 9, 1871. 

O. D. Wood lived at the home of his par- 
ents, and was educated in the district schools. 
At the age of seventeen he entered the store 
of W. P. More as clerk, and there remained 
for two years. He then learned telegraphing, 
remaining in his first position two years. 
For one season after that he took charge of 
the station at Tannersville, Greene County, on 
the Kaaterskill Railroad, going from there to 
Pine Hill, where he stayed one year. May i, 
1886, he was appointed station agent at Grand 
Gorge, and has since remained here. 

Mr. Wood married Ellen J. Bunt, daughter 
of Ann M. (Wase) and William Bunt, a 
farmer of Tannersville. Mr. and Mrs. Bunt 
have eight children — Ellen, Emma, Bertha, 
Edith, Edward, George, Lillian, and Frank. 
Mr. and Mrs. Wood have one child, Sophie 
Marguerite. 

Mr. Wood is a Republican in politics and 
an esteemed member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church. In his work as station agent he 
has come in contact with many people, all of 
whom speak of him in the highest terms. He 
is always kind and thoughtful of others, thus 
making many friends. 



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i:ORGE W. FITCH, ex-President of 
\ '*) I the Delaware County Bank, and now 

— Treasiirer of the Delaware Loan and 
Trust Company, one of the most promineiit 
merchants of Walton, N.Y., was born in this 



town on December 10, 1837. His parents 
were Nathaniel and Sally (Benedict) Fitch. 
His grandfather, Nathaniel Fitch, was born 
in New Canaan, Conn., January 8, 1770, and 
was married to Anna Smith, born May i, 
1767. About 1 8 10 the family came to Wal- 
ton and settled, the country being then a com- 
parative wilderness; and here Mr. Fitch took 
up an extensive tract of land, which was soon 
cleared and brought under cultivation. He 
and his wife were the parents of six children, 
all of whom have passed away from earthly 
scenes. The eldest, Polly, born December 
27, 1792, married Simms Hanford, died 
in Delaware County. Anna, born July 15, 
1795, married Anson White, and lived in 
North Walton. Nathaniel, born June i, 
1797, married on October 2, 1817, Sally 
Benedict. Esther, born May 23, 1799, died 
single in Walton. Eliza, born December 2, 
1809, died in 1837. Charles S., born May 
31, 1812, died May 14, 1893. 

Nathaniel, the father of the subject of this 
sketch, was a man of sterling worth and in- 
tegrity, and was highly respected for his 
many good qualities. He was engaged in 
mercantile pursuits up to the time of his 
death, which took place August 12, 1872, at 
the age of seventy-five. His widow, Mrs. 
Sally B. Fitch, died February 17, 1879. 
They were the parents of ten children : George 
N., born August 10, 1S18, died December 
30, 1837. Sarah, born June 24, 1822, is the 
wife of Dr. A. E. Sullard, a representative of 
his district in the Assembly. Maria died in 
infancy. William, born October 23, 1827, 
died May 20, 1836. Mary E. died in in- 
fancy. Julia A., born December 24, 1831, 
married the Hon. N. C. Marvin, of Walton. 
Lyman M., born March 10, 1835, married 
Elizabeth N. Green, in September, 1859. 

George W. Fitch, the eighth child of Na- 
thaniel and Sally P'itch, has been for many 
years one of the representative business men 
of Walton. He was taken into partnership 
by his father in 1859; and in 1866 his brother 
was also admitted to the firm, which was 
known as N. Fitch & Sons. The firm is now 
I'itch Brothers & Sceley. 

Mr. P'itch was marrieil May 30, 1S61, to 
Miss Harriet .Sinclair, born December 27, 




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1S39, ill Stamford, in Ihc eastern i):irt of tlie 
county. By this union there were \]\c cliii- 
dren, of whom the elticst, Maria i\I., horn 
January 23, 1.S63, died June 26, 1882. lul- 
ward, born May 27, 1864, is Assistant Profes- 
sor of Greek at Hamilton College, of which 
he was a graduate in the class of 1886. He 
took a position at Park College fiu' three 
years, when he was called back to Hamilton. 
He is in Germany at the present time, ]K'r- 
fecting his studies. George S., born May 
12, 1866, has held the position of cashier of 
the Delaware County liank, and is now cashier 
of the Bank of Auburn. Roderick, born No- 
vember 3, 1S67, married Miss Adelaide Haw- 
ley, a daughter of John H. Hawle\'. Anna S., 
the only daughter now li\-ing, was born Au- 
gust 22. i86g, and resitles with her ]iarents. 

Mr. I-'itch is a member of the Reijublican 
party, but is not an ardent politician. He 
has been Town Clerk for one term, and was 
also a member of the school committee. He 
has been eminently successful as a merchant, 
possessing industr)-, integrity, and good judg- 
ment, and is one of thcjsc enterprising men 
who give life and spirit to a town, promoting 
its steady growth, and whose inHucnce is sure 
to be felt after they shall ha\-e departeti. 

The accompanying portrait of Mr. Fitch is 
doubly interesting as being a very good like- 
ness of one of the leading citizens of Walton, 
and as representing a descendant of two promi- 
nent pioneer families of Delaware County, 
who came here from Connecticut, Fitch and 
lienedict. 



J~X L'DLEY BALDWIN DICAN, one of 
=1 the leading farmers of Masonville, 
2y Delaware County, N.Y., was born 
in that town, December 13, 1828, 
his parents being Reuben Dean, who was 
born in Connecticut, June 10, 1797, and Abi- 
gail Gould Dean, born in Saratoga County, 
New York, October 30, 1804. 

Reuben Dean began life's battle for him- 
self at the early age of eleven years, hiring 
himself out to farmers b}' the month, and 
moving from one jjlace to anotiier. In 18 14 
he came to Masonville, and worked for a Mr. 
Smith, a Justice of the Peace, remaining with 



him for six years. Being diligent and saving, 
he accumulated enough money to buv a small 
farm of his own, purchasing the one now 
occupied by his son, Milton P. Dean. He 
resided on the farm until his death, which 
took ])lace when he was sixty-seven years of 
age. Mrs. Dean is living at the present day, 
having arrived at the advanced age of ninety 
years. Twelve children were born to them, 
ten of whom are still living, namely: Airs. 
Mary A. Colby, of Saratoga County; Gustavus 
Dean, of Sidney; Dudley jialdwin Dean, 
Mrs. Jane E. Smith, Milton P. Dean, Mrs. 
Julia A. Donohue, all of Masonville: Mrs. 
Adelaide Sherman, of Ballston, Saratoga 
County; Mrs. Orline Seeley, of Iowa; Reu- 
ben Dean, of Saratoga County; and Orville 
Dean, of Masonville. 

Dudley B. Dean was echicated in the dis- 
trict schofds of Masonville, living at home 
and helping on the farm until he was of age, 
when he worked out and managed to save 
money out of his wages of twelve dollars a 
month. In 1851 he bought the farm where 
he now lives, on which were then no improve- 
ments. He set to work and erected a small 
house sixteen feet by twenty, where he kept 
bachelor hall for three years. His first pur- 
chase of land comprised sixty-seven acres: but 
he has added to it from time to time, until 
he now owns four hundred and ten acres of 
the finest farming land in the county, which 
has been gained by his own hard, honest toil. 

Mr. Dean has a fine dairy, keeping forty- 
nine head of cattle, besides other stock. He 
has filled the jiosition of Poor Master for two 
years, and at the present time is p:.xcise Com- 
missioner. In i)olitics he is a Democrat, and 
both lie and his wife are member.s of the Baj)- 
tist chui-cii. 

.Mr. Dean was married, September 30, 
1854, to Matilda Clarissa Hill, a native of 
the ailjoining town of Toinjikins. By this 
union he has had seven children, all of whom 
are living, namely: Royal 1). Dean, a farmer 
of M;isoiiville; Mrs. Abigail Jackson, of 
Mason\ille; Uriah P. Dean, a farmer of 
Tomjikins: Gould Dean, a farmer in Mason- 
ville; .Mrs. Mary J. Blencoe, of Unadilla; 
Dudley B. Dean, residing at home; and iMrs. 
Clarissa M. Webb, of Unadilla. 



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Mr. Dean is known as one of the most pros- 
perous and substantial farmers of Mason vi lie. 
Both his public and private life have been 
above reproach; and, filling the important 
positions to which he has been elected with 
dignity and credit, he has always given his 
time and influence to the advancement of his 
native town. 




,LARK A. GOULD, a retired mer- 
chant of Walton, was born in this 
town on November 12, 1841, of old 
pioneer ancestry. His grandfather, 
Luther Gould, was a native of Connecticut, 
whence he removed to Delaware County, New 
York, and settled among the few inhabitants 
here at the beginning of the century. Luther 
Gould's wife was Abigail Beers; and they 
were the parents of four children, namely: 
Anna; Luther, the father of the subject of 
this sketch; John; and Harry. Grandfather 
Gould died when about fifty years of age; but 
his widow lived to reach the good old age of 
seventy-eight years, dying in 1853. They 
had been farmers from pioneer times, who by 
their earnest daily toil and strict economy 
succeeded in keeping the wolf from the door 
and living in comparative comfort. 

Much trouble was experienced in getting 
valid title to the land, as, after improvements 
had been made, new claimants would appear 
with claims originating with some old Eng- 
lish grants; and to avoid litigation, with 
possible defeat at the end, the farm would be 
rebought at the expense of every dollar which 
had been saved, and notes given for the 
amount lacking. It was only after the farm 
was allowed to be sold for taxes and redeemed 
with title from the State that these persecu- 
tions ceased. 

Young Luther was born on the old home- 
stead in 1806, and died there in 1861. On 
June 2, 1839, he was married to Miss Mary 
M. E. Alverson, who was born in Tompkins 
in 1807, and died in 1873, leaving two chil- 
dren: the subject of this sketch; and his 
sister Harriet, wife of Jared Chase, of Rock 
Rift. 

Clark A. Gould was reared in the home of 
his birth; and there he became instructed in 



primitive methods of farming, at the same 
time attending the district school, where he 
succeeded in conquering the three R"s — Read- 
ing, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic. His studies, 
however, were abruptly terminated by the ill- 
ness of his father, which made it necessary 
that young Clark leave school, and attend to 
the management of the farm. When twenty- 
one years of age, his father having died, leav- 
ing the farm encumbered with debts, he sold 
the farm, and began business as proprietor of 
the general store at Rock Rift, where he re- 
mained for twenty-five years, leaving that 
place then to take up his residence in Walton. 
He purchased his present house in 1889. 

His first wife, Mary Chase, a daughter of 
Augustus B. Chase, became the mother of one 
son, Bertis M. Gould, who received his educa- 
tion and was graduated at the high school in 
the town of Walton, and is now a salesman in 
a dry-goods store. Mrs. Gould died in 1871, 
when but twenty-seven years old. Mr. Gould 
was again married on September 3, 1873, to 
Miss Maggie Wilson, of Downsville, daugh- 
ter of Charles and Rachel (Van De Bogart) 
Wilson. Her father died November 7, 1894, 
nearly ninety-two years of age. Her mother 
is still living, aged seventy-eight. Mr. and 
Mrs. Gould have had three children, as fol- 
lows: Luther, who died when a child of nine- 
teen months; Vernon, who died at the age of 
seven months; and Clark Sumner, who was 
born May 27, 1880. 

Mr. Gould is a Royal Arch Mason, and a 
consistent Republican. He has held the 
position of Postmaster and Justice of the 
Peace many years. Mr. and Mrs. Gould at- 
tend the L'nited Presbyterian Church of Wal- 
ton, of which Mrs. Gould is a member. Mr. 
Gould is a man of genial disposition and en- 
gaging manner, an example of nobility of 
character, firmness of principle, and uncom- 
mon business capabilities, one whom his fel- 
low-citizens regard with much respect and 
deference. 




ILLIAM E. HOLMES, one of the 
most successful and best-known 
business men of Downsville, in the 
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September z"], 1836, a son oi John A. ami 
Rachel B. (^Lindsley) Holmes. He is one of 
a family of fourteen ehiklren, eleven of 
whom reached maturity — Orpah, James W., 
Ephraim L., Sarah A., Samuel O., William 
E., Mary A., Jonathan A., John N., \'iola 
A., and Ellen. 

John A. Holmes was born in 1S03, and 
grew to manhood without the usual advantages 
of education. He learned the shoemaker's 
trade; but, hu\'ing an active mind and a 
desire to improve his circumstances, he de- 
voted his evenings to stuily and reading until 
he felt qualified to enter mercantile life. He 
began in the lumber business and farming, 
and soon became one of the largest lumber 
dealers of Delaware County, Ijeing a solf-mmle 
man with a clear head, good judgment, and 
remarkable business qualifications. He ac- 
cumulated a comfortable fortune, owning at 
one time over eight hundretl acres. He pur- 
chased of Jackson Merrill the farm now 
known as the Hawley place: and here he 
li\-ed with his wife, Rachel Lindsley, a 
daughter of Nehemiah and Mary (Guilder- 
sleeve) Lindsley. Nehemiah Lindsley moved 
to Delaware County in 179", and operated a 
tannery in company with Isaac Wilson, be- 
coming the possessor of about six hundi'ed 
acres of land in Lindsley Hollow, where he 
was an industrious and successful farmer. 
Mr. and Mrs. Lindsley were the parents i>f 
ten children — David, Ira, Samuel, Ezra, 
Hannah, Agar, Rachel, Abigail, Cyrus G., 
and Sarah — all of whom have passed away. 
The father of this family died August 8, 
1835; and his wife's death occurred Decem- 
ber 30, 1850. Mr. Lindsley was a Whig, 
and both he and his wife were members of the 
Presbyterian church. The family of .i\Ir. 
Holmes lived on the farm until his death, 
January 25, 1865. He was a Republican, 
and a member of the Presbyterian church. 
William IC. Holmes grew up on his father's 
farm, and was educated at the Eranklin Lit- 
erary Institute. He adopted the vocation of 
a teacher, receiving the first term twenty-five 
dollars a month and board. The fourth year 
his salary had been increased to fifty dollars a 
month and exi^enses. At the close of that 
time he enlisted in Company K, One Hun- 



dred and l"ort\-fointh New N'ork \'idunteers, 
and was discharged in March, 1S63, re-enlist- 
ing in September, 1864, and serving until 
the close of the war. He was I'"irst Lieuten- 
ant in the Eirst New York \'ohmteers, ami 
took part in the engagements at Honey Hill 
and Hull's Bay. On returning home Mr. 
Holmes entered mercantile life in Downsville 
o])posite the present Presbyterian church. In 
1 868 he erected a store on the site now occu- 
pied by him, and started a general store, 
which he enlarged in 1S90, making it fifty by 
seventy feet, three stories high. He and his 
two sons, Augustus B. and Charles J., now 
compose the firm, which carries a large stock 
of groceries, dry goods, furnishing goods, 
and agricultural implements. The business 
of this enterprising firm is constantly increas- 
ing. The third floor of the buikling is rented 
to the Masons and other societies. 

January 9, 1866, Mr. Holmes married Miss 
Erances D. Bassett, a daughter of Philip and 
Margaret (Hitt) Bassett. Philip Bassett 
was born January 7, 1804, and died July ij, 
1866. Eebruary 25. 1835, 'i'^ married Mar- 
garet Hitt, born December 16, 1802, and 
died November 9, 1849. They were the |)ar- 
ents of two children: Erances D., born Octo- 
ber 25, 1842; and George P. After the 
death of his first wife Philip Bassett married 
Maria L. Barbour, December 24, 1851. Mr. 
and Mrs. William Holmes have had four 
children: Augustus B., born December 28, 
1868; Cliarles J., born December 9, 1870: 
William IC, born Januar)' 13, 1876, and died 
P'ebruary 16, 1879; George S., born I-'ebruarx- 
14, 1S81. Charles J. married Lina M. War- 
ren, June 20, 1894, and still resides with his 
parents. Mr. Holmes is the owner of the 
saw-mill and the adjoining land, known as 
the Downs tannery site, and, in comixuiy 
with his son George, engages extensively in 
the manufacture of shingles, laths, and other 
lumber. He also possesses five hundred acres 
of land in ditferent parts of Colchester. He 
rents his farms, and operates four dairies, 
owning one hundred cows and fifteen teams. 
Each and every part of his various enterprises 
receives his ])ersonal attention, and it is by 
this means that his success has been so re- 
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The residence of Mr. Holmes in Downsville 
is one of the finest in the town, and here his 
many friends ever receive a gracious welcome. 
He is a member of the Downsville Lodge, No. 
464, A. F. & A. M., a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge; and he 
and his wife are attendants of the IVesby- 
terian church. Mr. Holmes is an active, 
energetic business man; and he and his sons 
deserve great praise for their enterprise and 
progressive ability. 



'AMES W. KELSO, a highly respected 
and well-known farmer of the town of 
Kortright, was born in Davenport, 
Delaware County, N.Y., April 2, 
1825, and is a son of Seth and Ann (Fergu- 
son) Kelso, the former a native of Orange 
County, and the latter of Kortright. The 
grandfather, Robert Kelso, and his father, 
John, were natives of Londonderry, Ireland, 
both of whom came to America, and located 
in Orange County, New York, afterward 
coming to Kortright, settling here about 
1798. John Kelso lived to the advanced age 
of one hundred and six years, and was buried 
at Kortright Centre. Robert Kelso followed 
the occupation of a farmer, leasing the land 
which he occupied under the old lease system. 
He died at the age of sixty, leaving four sons 
and two daughters, all of whom are now de- 
ceased. 

Seth Kelso, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was brought up as a farmer, working 
hard but successfully. About 1828 he settled 
on the farm now owned by his son James, 
erected a fine frame house, and added to his 
property until at the time of his death he 
owned two hundred and fifty-seven acres. He 
was the father of two children: Elizabeth, 
the wife of Nicholas Feak, of this county; 
and James W. Mr. and Mrs. Kelso were 
both members of the Reformed Presbyterian 
church of Kortright. Mr. Kelso died at the 
age of seventy-eight, and his wife at the age 
of seventy-five. 

James W. Kelso received his education at 
the district schools. He purchased the old 
homestead, and during his entire life has de- 
voted his attention to farming. Mr. Kelso 



possesses untiring energy and perseverance, 
and has made many improvements on his 
farm, which is a model one. He can justly 
look with pride upon the fine home which he 
owns, as being the result of his unaided 
efforts. He married October 10, 1871, Eliz- 
abeth Ballantine, of Davenport, becoming his 
wife. She is a daughter of Robert and Mary 
Ballantine, both of whom are deceased. Mr. 
and Mrs. Kelso have had five children, three 
of whom are living, namely: Mary E., born 
July 24, 1874; James H., born May 29, 1878; 
and John E., December 25, 1879. Ann- 
bell, born May 19, 1876, died October 25, 
1879; Seth, born March 15, 1873, died May 

I, 1873- 

The family are members of the Reformed 
Presbyterian church at Kortright, Mr. Kelso 
being an Elder and an active worker in all 
church matters. In politics he is a Prohibi- 
tionist. 



r3RGE O. MEAD is a gentleman 
whose reputation as a man of affairs 
and business ability extends beyond 
the limits of his native State, and his name is 
known in connection with some of the most 
important transactions in his county. The 
ancestors of Mr. Mead were among the earli- 
est settlers of Greenwich, Conn., where in 
1725 was born General John Mead, son of 
John and Elizabeth Lockwood Mead. 

General John Mead was a noted character; 
and stories of him still abound in the tradi- 
tions of his native town, where his short, stout 
figure and jovial face were familiar to all. In 
the early days of the Revolution, he was 
tendered a captain's commission by King 
George HI., but declined, and joined the 
American forces, three weeks later becoming 
Colonel in the patriot army, and afterward 
General. He had been a member of the Con- 
necticut legislature before the war; and, 
when trouble began, his beautiful home and 
fine farm at Horseneck was an excellent point 
of attack and a rich field of pillage for the 
British troops. The redcoats saw every ad- 
vantage here, and made short work of ransack- 
ing his house and driving his cattle away for 
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clangor for a loiii;' time, but escaped, as did 
the General himself, altiiough at one time he 
was in imminent ilanger of being discovered 
by his enemies. The wife of this famous 
soldier was Mary Brush, who was of Scotch 
descent. They had nine children, live sons 
and four daughters; and it is through their 
second son and sixth child, Allen, that 
George (3. Mead is descended. 

Allen Mead, grandfather of (ieorge (_)., was 
born October 24, 1774, and came to Walton 
from Connecticut about 1800, Walton at that 
time being scarcely large enough to be called 
a village. Here Aflen iviead settled, and built 
a tannery on Monnt Pleasant, afterward re- 
moving it to East Brook. In 1800 he mar- 
ried Mary Smith, who was born in New 
Canaan, Conn., in 1781; and to tliem were 
born nine children, all but two of whom mar- 
ried. Tlu'y were as follows: Abigail, the 
wife of Phitt Townsend, who died at Dixon, 
111., at an atlvanced age, was the mother of 
three daughters; John Mead married Sophia 
Griswold, of Delhi, and hail two chiklren — 
Henry, of Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, who 
was the wife of George Colton, of Walton, 
and died leaving four children (John Mead's 
second wife was Matilda North); Mary Ann, 
the wife of Sylvester ]?risack, died March 5, 
1886, when seventy-nine years of age, leaving 
three daughters; Gabriel IMead, the father 
of George O. ; Elizabeth, the wife of Dr. 
James Mcl.aury, who died at Yonkers, N.V., 
leaving two sons and three daughters; An- 
drew J. is unmarried, and living in New 
York, a well-to-do and remarkablv bright and 
intellectual man; Adeline, unmarried, died 
in Binghamton, June 21, 1892, when seventv- 
four years of age; Edward B. Mead died in 
]?rooklyn in 1889 — his wife was Charlotte 
Wood, of Goshen; Frances, the wife of G. -S. 
North, of l^inghamton. Gabriel Mead mar- 
ried ICliza Ann Ogdcn, of Walton, daughter 
of Daniel and Phebe (Lindsley) Ogden. Ik- 
was an important man in tlie town for many 
years, and at one time was Sheriff of the 
county. 

George O. Mead was born in Walton in 
1842, and was an only child. He .received 
his education at the Walton Academy, and 
then for five vears served as clerk in several 



stores of the town. In 1 862 he went to 
Delhi, being in the employ of Robert Doug- 
lass for one year, when he returned to Wal- 
ton, and engaged in lousiness with Nortli & 
I'A-lls. In 1864 Mr. Mead enlisted, and was 
assigned to Company G of the One Hundred 
and i'orty-fourth New Yuvk Volunteers, in 
W+ritiUhc served until the close of the war. 
In 1 869i-ie started in business for himself in 
his native town, taking as a partner William 
Telford, and locating on the corner where he 
has since remained. In 1874 Mr. Telfortl re- 
tired from the firm, and Mr. Eel Is became a 
[xirtner; but about three years ago Mr. Mead 
became sole proprietor of the business. He 
carries a large line of boots and shoes, crock- 
ery, dry goods, and groceries, a specialty being 
made of the last named, and a most excellent 
line of goods always kept on hand. The busi- 
ness has so increased of late that ii now occu- 
pies two floors of the large corner store. 

Mr. Mead has held several jniblic offices, 
having f(n- thirteen years, 1877-90, been Su- 
])ervisor. In 18S9 he was a member of the 
Assembly, and served on the Committee on 
Banks, Canals, and (leueral Eaws ; also on 
the committee to arrange a memorial t(; Gen- 
eral Sheridan; he has also been a delegate to 
several political conventions. As chairman 
III the Hoard of Sujiervisors he was able bv 
his ability to see and act upon the financial 
ailvantages of the occasion, and thus saved the 
count}- between six and seven thousand dol- 
lars. .Since the organization of the Walton 
Water Company, Mr. Mead has been its Treas- 
urer, at the present time being also President. 
I'"or many years he has been .School Trustee. 
His busirjess integrity has led to his selec- 
tion as executor of many estates, not only in 
this county, hut in other places, one which 
came under his authority in Chicago involving 
some two hundred thousand dollars. In Au- 
gust, 1890, he was sent as delegate to the Na- 
tional ICncampment of the Grand Army of the 
Republic at Boston. In 1S67 and 1868 he 
ser\ed as Brigade Inspector of the old State 
militia. I'or many yeai's Mr. Mead has been 
a ])rominent man in politics. 

But the capacity in which Mr. Mead is per- 
ha]xs best known is as President of the First 
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he developed great ability in financial affairs, 
and in 1874 became interested in the State 
bank at Walton, known as the Delaware 
County Bank, being elected its Vice-Presi- 
dent. On the 14th of January, 1891, the 
First National Bank of Walton was organ- 
ized; and he became its President, Samuel H. 
Fancher being Vice-President, and John Olm- 
stead Cashier. This bank has a capital of 
fifty thousand dollars, with an ample surplus. 
The vault is constructed of brick ; and in it is 
one of Herring's best safes, with a triple time 
lock and all the latest improvements for the 
safety of deposits. Everything in connection 
with the bank is done in the best way and 
according to the most approved methods; and 
the institution is constantly gaining in public 
favor, in the few years that it has been in 
operation having done an immense amount of 
business. 

Mr. Mead was married to Frances Pattin- 
gill. daughter of the Rev. J. S. Pattingill, 
of Walton, Delaware County, N.Y. Of this 
union there were two daughters, one of whom, 
Florence Ogden, died July 9, 1884, at the 
age of fourteen years. Lillian is the wife 
of Professor F. A. Porter, of the New Eng- 
land Conservatory of Music in Boston. While 
studying at that institution she was a pupil 
of Professor Porter, and later became his 
wife. They are now in Leipsic, Germany, 
continuing their study of that most de- 
lightful art, which they have chosen as a 
profession. 

In 1890 the house of Allen Mead, on North 
Street, came into possession of Mr. Mead; 
and he has had it thoroughly renovated and 
remodelled, so that it is now one of the larg- 
est and most beautiful residences in the 
town, presenting to the beholder the effect of 
the stability and dignity of the old manor 
house united with the beauty and delicacy of 
modern decoration. Mr. Mead has always 
been deeply interested in religious matters, 
and for twenty years has been connected wih 
Sunday-school work, having had a class for 
that length of time. He is a man of spotless 
integrity — one who has shown himself honest 
to the letter, and just to his fellow-men. In 
all his transactions he has shown an astuteness 
which few possess, combined with disinter- 



estedness and unselfishness of purpose, which 
are fully appreciated by his fellow-townsmen 
and the many friends who have reaped the 
benefit of his noble qualities and abilities. 



FAMES R. FRAZIER, pastor of the 
United Presbyterian church at Daven- 



554, in 

being 

family 

grand- 



port, was born August 27, il 
West Virginia, his parents 
James and Mary (Orr) Frazier. The 
originally came from Scotland, the 
father, Samuel Frazier, emigrating to Ohio 
County, West Virginia, where he purchased a 
farm. He reared the following children: 
Samuel, William, Andrew, James, Robert, 
Robinson, Hamilton, Rosanna, Betsy, and 

Peggy. , . , 

James Frazier, Sr., was educated in the 
district schools, and brought up to agricult- 
ural pursuits. In 1855 he went to Ohio, 
where he purchased a farm, residing there, 
with the exception of two years, until his 
death, in 1889, at the age of eighty years. 
He was twice married, his second wife being 
Miss Mary Orr, daughter of Hugh Orr, a na- 
tive of Ohio. Mrs. Frazier reared seven chil- 
dren; namely, James R., Mary, Rosanna, 
Hamilton, William, Emma, and Callie. 
Mrs. Frazier is still living, at the advanced 
age of seventy-eight, and makes her home in 
Ohio. 

James R. I'razier resided in Ohio until his 
twenty-fifth year. He was educated in the 
district schools, the graded school at St. 
Clairsville, and later attended Franklin Col- 
lege, Ohio, and the Theological College at 
Allegheny, Pa. After graduation he accepted 
his present charge at Davenport, and has re- 
sided here since 1879. 

Mr. Frazier was married October 7, 1886, 
to Miss Ella Adee, a daughter of Augustus 
W. Adee, of Bovina; and their union has 
been blessed with four children — James S., 
Mary D., Earle J., and Harold S. In poli- 
tics Mr. Frazier joins issue with the Republi- 
can party. During his residence in Davenport 
he has made many friends. He is a gifted 
and talented preacher, a man of generous im- 
pulses, and thoroughly earnest and painstak- 
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mcmbcishi]) of his church lias steadily in- 
creased. 



[OHN H. iMAIJLE, of Plamden, pre- 
sents a type of upright, conscientious 
manhood, unobtrusive in iirosperit)', 
cheerful and resigneil in adversity, 
universall}- respected and beloved by his 
to\vns])eople and friends. His great-grand- 
father, Robert Rlable, was a shepherd in the 
highlands of bonnie Scotland, living that 
jjoetic life extolled in verse and song, where 
one holds close communion with the wonders 
and glories of nature, a rugged life, too, of 
stern and uncomfortable realities. The wife 
of this sturdy shepherd was Janette Bell, and 
together they reared five children. 

One of these, named John, who was born 
in 1762, and brought up to follow his father's 
occupation, married Agnes .Stevenson; and in 
1820, accompanied by his wife and five chil- 
dren, he left the old home in Scotland, and 
sailed for America. Here the family became 
scattered, the eldest son, Robert, who was 
born in 1803, married and settled in Georgia 
about 1 83 1. His plantation was thirteen 
miles from Atlanta; and here he accumulated 
great wealth, having slaves, who had become 
his property on his marriage, being part of 
his wife's dowry. Si.xteen of these slaves 
were freed by the war; and it is a curious fact 
that at the expiration of eight months one- 
half of them had died. Mr. Mable was not 
favorably disposed toward the war; but three 
of his sons were obliged to serve in the rebel 
army, although they withstood the demand as 
long as possible. However, all three sur- 
vived the terrible struggle, aiul are now resi- 
dents of Georgia or Alabama. Mr. Mable's 
home was in the path of General .Sherman in 
his famous march to the sea; and, conse- 
quently, at the close of the war little re- 
mained of the beautiful place but devastation 
and ruin. The house had been used as a field 
hospital, and great was the destruction made 
of it by shot and shell. The fences were en- 
tirely ilemolished, and for many years bullets 
were frequently found on and about the 
grounds. Although he had sustained a tre- 
mendous loss bv the war, Robert Mable went 



to work with a will, and before iiis death in 
1888 had managed in a great nieasme to re- 
establish his fallen fortunes. 

Mary Mable, a sister of the younger Rob- 
ert, became the wife of James N. .Scott, a 
farmer and speculator of Andes, N.Y., in 
which town she died, in July, 1 S69, tlie 
mother of five children. Another sister, Ja- 
nette, married James Oliver, and passed awav 
in 1874, leaving three children. The fifth 
child was James Mable, now living in Delhi, 
old in years, but with a heart yet young and 
fresh. .Alexander, the fourth child of Mr. 
and Mrs. John Mable, was born in Roxburgh, 
Scotland, in 1810. In 1840 he married 
Rachel Brown, of Bovina, daughter of James 
and Isabella (Forsyth) Brown. One son, 
whose life is narrated in this sketch, was the 
result of their union, Mrs. Mable dying at the 
age of twenty-seven, soon after his birth. 
The second wife of Alexander Mable was 
Elizabeth Middleniast, who died in 1890, the 
mother of three sons and three daughters. 
He died March 9, 1893, after an eventful, 
upright life, having held several offices, 
among which were those of .Suj^ervisor and 
Assessor. He was a stanch Republican, and 
an active member of the .Scotch I'resb_\'terian 
church. 

John B. Mable was bcirn in the town of 
Delhi in 1841, and was brought up to farm 
life in his father's home. He attended the 
district school, and later the Delhi Academy. 
At twenty-one years of age he first engaged in 
teaching school, and taught for eleven terms 
in this county and in Long Island, Michigan, 
and Iowa. On January 5, 1870, he was mar- 
ried to Mary A. Davidson, of Delhi, daughter 
of George and Margaret (Dunn) Davidson. 

Mrs. Mable's father died in .September, 
1887, in his eighty-fourth year, leaving a 
widow and nine children. Two of his sons 
were volunteers in the Civil War, John David- 
son having enlisted in the Eighty-ninth New- 
York Infantry, where he served for three 
years, and was shot in a skirmish near Nor- 
folk. He died eleven months later; and his 
brotiier 'i'homas, who had enlisted when but 
eighteen years of age in the One Hundred 
and I'orty-fourth Regiment, was killed in the 
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born in 1807, in Rochester, Northumberland 
County, in the north of England, a daughter 
of John and Margaret Uunn, and came to this 
country in 1831 with her husband, George 
Davidson, and her two children, being on the 
ocean for seven weeks in the good ship 
"Delta," Captain James Wood. Mr. David- 
son was a native of the same county as his 
wife, and was born in 1803. The family set- 
tled in West Delhi in a small clearing in the 
midst of the forest, where they built a rough 
frame house. After the death of Mr. David- 
son the family removed to Hamden, and took 
up their residence with the youngest daugh- 
ter. Mr. and Mr. Davidson were the parents 
of fourteen children, six sons and five daugh- 
ters growing to maturity and marrying. Four 
sons and four daughters are still living, all in 
this county with the exception of Allan, who 
is a farmer in California. Although Mrs. 
Davidson has been confined to her bed for two 
years, she still retains her mental faculties, 
and is able to read and write without glasses. 
She has a wonderfully strong constitution, 
and has passed through many hardships which 
she has met with patience and fortitude. 
Though receiving only a limited education in 
her childhood, she has done much toward self- 
improvement, and is now a most interesting 
and well-informed woman. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mable have been called upon 
to part with both their beloved children, 
whose death made a sad break in the happy 
household. Their son, George D. Mable, 
died at nine years of age, March i, 1881, of 
scarlet fever, after a short illness of twenty- 
eight hours. Their daughter, M. Ray, a 
beautiful young girl, was taken away at the 
age of eighteen, in July, 1891. In their 
double sorrow the bereaved parents have had 
the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends. 
Soon after their marriage in 1870, Mr. and 
Mrs. Mable removed to Charles City, Iowa, 
but returned to this State in 1876, and in 
1886 occupied their present place, where they 
have a pleasant cottage and a small farm of 
forty-four acres. Here they keep a horse and 
twenty head of cattle, grade Jerseys, and fur- 
nish dairy products for the New York market. 
In July, 1893, three of these choice cows, 
including one whose yield was about four 



hundred pounds of butter yearly, were killed 
by lightning. 

Mr. Mable is a representative Republican, 
is Overseer of the Poor, and has been Secre- 
tary of the Hamden Insurance Company for 
several years. Both he and his wife are de- 
voted and deeply respected members of the 
Presbyterian church at DeLancey. 



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EORGE BIEHLER, a respected citi- 
\ '•) I zen of Arkville, is a wagon-maker, 
and carries on a thriving business 
near the railway station. He is the son of 
Christjahn and Mary (Cunnerlin) Biehler, and 
was born in Germany, October 30, 1S24. 
His mother, Mary (Cunnerlin) Biehler, was 
the daughter of Michael Cunnerlin, a farmer 
in Germany. His father, Christjahn Biehler, 
was also a farmer in Germany. Both parents 
died at the age of sixty-eight. 

George Biehler, the subject of this sketch, 
received his education in Germany; and at 
the age of fifteen he began to learn the trade 
of wagon-making. When quite a young man, 
he went to Switzerland, where he remained 
two years, coming from there to America in 
1848. After a long and stormy passage of 
fourteen weeks, he landed in New York City 
on New Year's Day, and, coming to Dela- 
ware County, tarried first in Roxbury, and 
from there went to Andes, where he lived 
three years. He then went to Margarettville, 
and started in the wagon-making business. 
During the first year of his residence here he 
married Rebecca Warden, daughter of Ira 
Warden, a well-known farmer of Andes. Mr. 
Biehler remained in business at Margarettville 
for sixteen years, after which he sold out and 
bought a farm, on which he lived for fifteen 
years. Selling the farm, he next moved to 
Arkville, where he worked at farming five 
years, and then bought the house in which he 
lives at the present time, having in the lot 
adjoining the house a shop, in which, al- 
though quite an old man, he still does a good 
business. 

Mr. Biehler has eight children: Edward 
R., a furniture dealer in New York, married 
Ella Chapman, and has two children. Mar- 
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Idaho. Willard W., a brakeman, lives at 
Union llill, N.V.: lie marricil Sadie I'eets, 
and has one child. Myra C. married William 
Steinhauf, of Vermilion, Kan. Chancy H. 
lives at home, lunma married J. Van Hcn- 
scotten, of New Kingston. Cora, wife of 
H. M. Todd, has two children. ICffie A. lives 
at home. His eldest son, Ira G. 15iehler, was 
for twenty years engaged in the service of the 
Ulster & Delaware Railroad Coni]iany, work- 
ing his way iij) by his indefatigable energy 
and push to tlie position of agent of one of 
the most imijortant stations on the road. He 
was industrious and i)ainstaking; and, no 
matter how great the rusli of i)usiness, he had 
always a pleasant word for every one. His 
strict attention to business and his courteous 
demeanor won him a host of frientls. He had 
scarcely reacheti middle life when lie was 
stricken down with an inflammator)- tlisease 
which ballled tiie skill of the best medical atl- 
visers in this part of the countr\'. He died 
at his home in Arkville, on August 25, 1888, 
aged thirty-seven years. Being a Mason, and 
at the time of his deatli Master of the Mar- 
garettville Loilge, No. 389, he was buried 
with Masonic rites, the funeral being one of 
the largest ever held here. His brothers are 
members of the same lodge. 

A few years ago Marion O. Biehler, who is 
now in the Far West, went to South America. 
The following extract from a letter written by 
him to his father and mother shows the jour- 
ney to have been one of hardship and ])eril 
rather than of pleasure. It was dated Ouibdo, 
Colombia, November 26, 1886, two months 
and four days after he left New York City. 
The writer then felt that, if he had known 
beforehand the dangers and hairbreadth es- 
capes he was to meet with, not all the gold in 
South .America would have teni]'te(l him to 
leave Arkville. He says: "We arrived at 
As[)inwall, October i, were detained there 
four days, transferring our provisions, arms, 
and baggage, and trving to get papers from 
the authorities to insure safe ])assage along 
the coast. They would not grant them; but 
. by good luck we got along just as well with- 
out them. The first day after leaving .Aspin- 
wall our vessel was nearly swamjied several 
times. But we had no desire to become food 



for fishes; and we worked heroicall)' tiirough 
the day, and at night landed at I'orto ]5elIo. 
The third ilay we succeeded in ])rocuring a 
pilot who was perfectly acquainted with every 
mile of the coast, l-'irst day from there had 
good wintis, tiien it turned dead against us; 
have pulled four hours at a time, and not 
gained more than one mile. On the 19th we 
came to the mouth of the .Vtrato. This river 
rises and falls with fearful rapidity. Have 
known it, farther up stream, to fall fifteen 
feet in one day. also to rise ten feet in one 
day. . . . 

"We crossed the (iulf of Uarien to get men 
to pole us up the river. It would iiave taken 
eight men to pull against the current, but two 
natives can pole it. They have j)oles ten 
feet long, stand on forward end- of boat, place 
the pole against a tree on the bank, walk the 
length of the boat, ])ushing the boat forward. 
It was necessary to keej) close to the hank, 
and pass under large bushes that hang over 
the water. We would hear from a native, 
"Coolavery, coolaveryl" anil, looking up, 
would behold a monstrous snake directly over 
our heatls. They are hideous-looking mon- 
sters, and very deadly. We shot fifteen, antl 
some of them were over ten feet in length. 
We were over a month in making the river, 
surrounded by dangers on every hand, and did 
not meet with a person who could understand 
a word of English. But I found some breth- 
ren of our noble fiaternity at one town where 
we were oliliged to anchor — two Master 
Masons; anrl, although neither of us could 
interpret a word the other said, 1 was as 
warmly welcomed as I could have been in my 
native .State. They insisted that my friend, 
J. D. Vermilya, and I should accompany them 
to one of their homes to dinner. At Ouibdo 
we were kindly received by Mr. I'rindle's 
brt;ther, who was watching for our arrival. 
. . . We still have one week's journey before 
us, to reach the gold regions."' 

In politics Mr. Biehler is a stanch Demo- 
crat, and always takes an active interest in 
local affairs. He is an honored member of 
the Lutheran clnirch, and has ever exemplified 
in his life what a true Christian should be. 
Upright in his dealings, he enjoys the respect 
of all who know him. 



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ILLIAM A. HULL is a native resi- 
dent of Andes, Delaware County, 
N.Y., who has been closely identi- 
fied with the local affairs of the town since 
his early manhood. His parents, Ira and 
Elizabeth Hull, dwelt on the old homestead 
which he now occupies. Ira's father was 
Ebenezer Hull, and his mother's maiden name 
was Summers. They came from Connecticut, 
and settled first on Hubble Hill, and afterward 
on Trempers Kill. Having lived to a very ad- 
vanced age, they died at the home of their son 
Ira. Their family consisted of two sons and 
three daughters — Eri, Ira, Rebecca, Phebe, 
and Arluna — all of whom are deceased. 

Ira Hull was born on Hubble Hill, April 
5, 1798, and received a common-school educa- 
tion near his home. He married Elizabeth, 
daughter of William Ackerley, who resided 
on the Slade farm. Mr. Ackerley had the 
following family: William, Jonathan, Nich- 
olas, Elizabeth, Laura, Polly, Susan, not any 
of whom are now living. The father was an 
industrious farmer of high repute and a leader 
among the Baptist brethren of this vicinity, 
holding the meetings at his own house before 
the church was built. Ira, after living en his 
father's farm, bought the one now occupied 
by the family, consisting of three hundred 
acres of land and fine buildings. He was 
industrious and prosperous, and was father of 
five children, as follows: Alanson, who mar- 
ried Ann Felton, of Andes, and is a farmer; 
Henrietta, widow of Frank C. Reside, who 
lives at Union Grove; William A.; Stephen, 
deceased; Calvin, who married Josephine 
Bussy, and is a lawyer. In politics Mr. Ira 
Hull was a Democrat. Mrs. Elizabeth Hull 
was a Baptist in her religious iaith. She 
lived to be nearly eighty years of age. 

William A. Hull was born on the farm 
where he now resides, and received his educa- 
tion from the district school. In 1865 he 
married Fannie D. Hitt, daughter of John 
Hitt, a farmer of Downsville, who died at the 
age of forty-four years, leaving his widow the 
care and responsibility of bringing up their 
family alone. The children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Hitt were: William, living in Downsville; 
Charles, a resident of Colchester; Fannie, 
wife of Mr. Hull; Maggie, widow of 



George Warren. Mrs. Hitt was a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Hitt 
erected a hotel in Downsville, but at its com- 
pletion sold it and engaged in carpentering. 

William Hull first started a farm, bought 
of D. Palmateer and of his brother, one hun- 
dred and sixty acres all together. This farm 
includes part of the picturesque sheet of water 
called Perch Lake; and here he has laid out 
delightful picnic grounds furnished with a 
cottage, tables, boats, and other conveniences 
that minister to the comfort and gratification 
of his guests. This is considered one of the 
finest places for fishing in Delaware County, 
and here Mr. Hull accommodates large num- 
bers of lovers of sport during the season. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hull have reared two chil- 
dren: Sarah, who is the wife of Lee J. Fris- 
bee, and has two children — Willard and a 
daughter not yet named; Lillie, who is still 
at home. This farm is one of the best in the 
section, having upon it a comfortable house, 
built in 1871, and commodious barns, new in 
1874. Mr. Hull keeps twenty-five Alderney 
cows of the finest stock, and yielding yearly 
a handsome profit. In politics Mr. Hull is a 
Democrat, and has been Excise Commissioner 
for many years. His wife is a member of the 
Presbyterian church. Mr. Hull is much re- 
spected for his strict integrity, his high moral 
character, and his business ability. 




HARLES KNIGHT, a highly intelli- 
I gent and influential citizen of Han- 

is , cock, Delaware County, was born 
April 8, 1826. His father, John 
Knight, was born in 1780, in Philadelphia; 
and his grandfather, who was also John 
Knight, was born in the same city in 1750. 
The Knight family are of English descent, 
having probably come to this country with 
William Penn, and have long been promi- 
nently identified with the affairs of the 
Quaker city. The records of the family may 
be found on the books of Christ's (Episcopal) 
Church, on Second Street. Henry Knight, 
great-grandfather of Charles, was born on 
June 10, 1726. He married Elizabeth Har- 
din, who was also of Philadelphia; and they 
raised a large family. Their son John was a 



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si)ldier in the Revolutioiiar\- War, and was at 
the battle of Aronnioutli, alter which he lay on 
the field all night, contracting a disease from 
which he ne\er reco\-ered. lie died in 17X6, 
when but thirty-six years old. His wife w,is 
Mary Coran, a native of the (Juakcr city: and 
they had three children, two of whom, Will- 
iam and John, Jr., grew to manhood. 

William Knight was a sailing-master in 
the United States na\-y. His commission is 
now in the possession of his nephew Charles, 
who is justly proud of such an uncle. It 
reads as follows: — 

"'rhomas Jefferson. President of the L'nited 
States, to all who shall see these presents, 
greeting: Know ye that, reposing si:)ecial 
trust and confifk'nce in tln' valor, fidelity, and 
abilities of William Knight. I do appoint him 
.Sailing Master in the Na\y of the L'nited 
.States. He is therefore carefully and dili- 
gentl}- to discharge the duty of a .Sailing 
Master by doing and performing all manner 
of things thereunto belonging. .And I do 
strictly charge and require all officers, sea- 
men, and others under his command to be 
obedient to his orders as a Sailing Master 
and he is to oljserve and follow such orders 
and directions from time to time as he shall 
receive from me or the future President of the 
l'nited .States of America, or the superior 
officer set over him according to the rules 
and discijiline of the Navv. This warrant to 
continue in force during the pleasure of the 
President of the United States for the time 
being. To t:ike rank from the .Secontl of 
October, 1/99- Given under mv hand at the 
city of Washington, the twenty-seventh day of 
December, 1S02, and the twenty-seventh year 
of the independence of the L'nited .States. 

■■(.Signed) TiiM\iA> Ji.ii-eksox. 

'■By command of the President of the 

Unitetl States, . t-, .- 

R. Smith. 

"Registered in the Navy Office, 

"'.S.\Mri;i. T. .AxDKKSoN." 

The following is an extract from an in- 
teresting letter written by William Knight 
to his mother while he was on board the 
l'nited .States steamship "Macedonian'" at 



New London, Conn., then blockaded by the 
British, and is dated .August r, 1S14, tiiat 
being the anniversary of his birth: - 

■'On Montlay last we fitted out an expedi- 
tion, consisting of four whale boats, eight 
officers, and twenty men. We lost one boat, 
and captureil three ofliccrs and five men, no 
lives being lost on either side. The boats 
returned on I'riday, the one that was lost 
being from this ship. On Tuesday, early in 
J the morning, it being very foggy weather, 
our boat lost sight of the other three; and the 
officer in charge ordered our men to pull in 
for the westward. In so doing they came in 
sight of a seventy-four, and they immediately 
pulled the other way; and, seeing a light- 
house, they used every exertion to get be- 
tween the ships and the shore. They pro- 
ceeded (jii for some time; but the men 
became weary, having [julled all night, and 
the officer thought it jM-udent to pull to the 
shore and haul the boat ujx which they did. 
At daybreak they found themselves within 
gunshot of several ships of war, and, aban- 
doning the boat, took to the woods. Soon 
after -they saw a boat pull off from one of the 
ships and land three officers, who went to the 
house of Mr. Gartlner, to whom the island 
belongs. Our officer, seeing this, immediately 
made for the boat, where he captured five 
men, and then went to the house, where he 
look Lieutenants Dance and Hoi)e and one 
midshi])nian. We had tw^o midshipmen and 
six men. After taking the eight l-'nglish 
men, our officer found himself in a dis- 
agreeable position, without a boat and on an 
island. The l:^nglishmen were ignorant of 
this, .md our officer ordered them to sign 
their parole cjr go with him to Long Island. 
They hesitated some time, for to be taken 
prisoners by equal numbers would not do; 
but after serious consultation, and rather 
than go to Long Island, they signed their 
jKirole. The next business for our men was 
to look out for a boat. The ship saw their 
boat was taken, and manned five boats, which 
they sent toward the shore. H\- Mr. Gard- 
ner's house we found a boat hauled on the 
land, which we quickly launched, and made 
our escape to .S.ag Harbor, being joined bv 
the three American boats, w'ho also arrived 



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at the harbor. The commancling officer then 
was a lieutenant, who brought another whale 
boat for our use, and hauled the boats across 
a neck of land about six miles westward of 
the English ships, and on Friday arrived here 
all right." 

William Knight was aboard the United 
States frigate "Philadelphia" when she ran 
aground and was lost in the Bay of Tripoli. 
There were three hundred and eleven souls on 
board the frigate^ and they were taken on 
shore, and put in a building formerly occu- 
pied by a United States consul. They were 
kept as slaves for two years by the bashaw 
of Tripoli, and then redeemed for sixty thou- 
sand dollars by the United States government. 
A part of the ransom was paid in pine timber 
cut on the Preston property at Stockport, run 
to Philadelphia, and shipped to Tripoli. 
After a long, useful, and eventful sea life, 
Mr. Knight was transferred to the navy yard 
in Philadelphia, where he died in 1834, aged 
fifty-nine. 

John Knight, Jr., the father of Charles, 
was about eleven years of age when he came 
to Delaware County from Philadelphia, and 
settled on the farm of Judge Preston. He 
could remember the surrender of Cornwallis, 
and had seen Washington. He was one of 
the first settlers of the Delaware Valley, and 
always followed the river as a lumberman, 
being also a farmer. His first wife was Re- 
becca Jenkins, a sister of Judge Preston's 
wife; and by her he had two children — W^ill- 
iam and Daniel. She died in 1804; and in 
1806 he married Esther G. Sands, daughter 
of Benjamin and Hannah Sands. They were 
the parents of ten children, seven of whom 
grew to maturity, namely: John; Richard; 
Edward, who was lost in the woods at the age 
of four years, his remains not being discov- 
ered until the next summer; Mary; Hannah; 
George; Henry; Rebecca; Elizabeth; and 
Charles. Mary died at the age of fourteen, 
and three others died within a few days of one 
another, of a prevalent disease. John Knight, 
Jr., was the first Supervisor of Hancock, and 
held the respect of his townsmen throughout 
his life. He was a Whig, and both he and 
his wife were members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. He died of a fever, April 9, 



1843, at the age of si.\ty-two; and his wife 
survived him nineteen years, dying November 
7, 1862. 

Charles Knight was born on the farm he 
now occupies, and where he has spent the 
greater part of his life. At the time of his 
birth the family occupied the log cabin 
erected by his father when he came on the 
land in 18 10. He was educated in the dis- 
trict school in the town of Hancock, and when 
but seventeen years old was left fatherless, 
since which time he has depended on his own 
exertions. December 3, 1856, Mr. Knight 
married Rachel C. Calder, daughter of Alex- 
ander and Affa (Waldron) Calder, of Greene 
County, New York. They have six children, 
namely: W. De Milt, a resident of Pueblo, 
Col., who has two children; Efifie M., wife of 
L. B. Dole, of Hancock, who has five chil- 
dren; Cora A., who was the wife of the Rev. 
Francis M. Turrentine, and died in May, 
1889, leaving one child; Alma E., living at 
home with her father; Charles C, a resident 
of Pueblo, Col.; and Ida M., wife of Julian 
W. Gould, of Hancock. Charles C. is a sur- 
veyor and civil engineer. He was on the 
Denver & Rio Grande and Mexican Southern 
Railways, and was highly recommended by 
the division engineer for roads of difficult 
construction. Mrs. Knight died December 
8, 1887, having been throughout her life a 
faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. 

Mr. Knight has been School Trustee for 
thirty consecutive years, and was Road Com- 
missioner for a long while. He is a member 
of the Good Templars Lodge, and a man of 
high standing in the esteem of his fellow- 
townsmen, being upright in all his dealings. 




ILLIAM B. MORROW, M.D., one 
of the most talented physicians and 
surgeons of Walton, Delaware 
County, N.Y., was born at Knoxboro, Oneida 
County, January 17, 1858, and is the son of 
James E. and Lura A. (Beach) Morrow. On 
the paternal side he is of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent. His grandfather came to this country 
from the north of Ireland, and, settling in 
Georgetown, N.Y., married a Miss Butler, by 




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\vh(ini he had c\'j,h\. chihhx'n, of whom tlic tol- 
h)\ving is a brief mention: Mli/nheth manieci 
Wiley Hamilton, and settled in Ca/.eno\ia, 
N.\'., where they holh died. William died 
in early manhood. i'"rank married a I\Ir. 
Sturdevant, antl settled in Oneida Countv. 
John H. also settled in Oneitla ("oimty. 
Mary, widow of Mr. Hall, resides in (ieori^e- 
town, Oneida County. Antoinette married 
John I'isk, of Lebanon. Jane married No\-es 
Hosworth. The other son, James J']., the 
father of Dr. Morrow, was born in (ienr_i;e- 
town, (.)neida C'ounty. about 1833. He re- 
ceived a liberal education, and, as he grew to 
manhood, engaged in farming. He married 
Lura A. Beach, a daughter of Jacob and I.ura 
A. (Doolittle) Beach, who was born in 
Greene County, New York, in iiS32. Mr. 
anil Mrs. Morrow settled at Knoxboro, where 
by dint of economy and industry they ac- 
cumulated a competenc}'. Two of their four 
children are now- living;, namel\': Cora A., 
wife of John Hepwell, a prominent farmer of 
Oneida County: and Dr. Morrow, the subject 
of this sketch. 

William 1^. Morrow w^as brought up u])on 
his father's farm, receiving his early educa- 
tion at the district schools. He afterward 
attended the Whitestown Seminary for two 
vears, and then entered Hamilton College at 
Clinton, where he passed his Sophomore 
years. He studied medicine for one year in 
the office of Dr. Charles Munger, of Knox- 
boro, and thence went to Bcllevue IMedical 
College, where he was graduated March 10. 
1 88 1. Soon after his graduation he settleil 
in Walton, w'here he has since followed his 
profession, and has built up a practice second 
to none in the town. 

Dr. Morrow was united in marriage, Octo- 
ber 12, 1 88 1, to Miss Ida M. Strong, a daugh- 
ter of Warren G. and I'"annie (Smith) .Strong, 
of Knoxboro. Mr. .Strong is I'resident of the 
First National Hank of X'ernon, N.Y.. and is 
a prominent business man of his county. Dr. 
and Mrs. Morrow have had two children, onlv 
one of whf)m is now living. The ehlest, Her- 
bert S., born July 26. 1882, w\as drowned on 
April 13, 1893. ]\ay W. Morrow was born 
February 6, 1889. 

Dr. Morrf)w is a member of several promi- 



nent medical scjcieties, including the New 
York .State Medical Association, the Dela- 
ware County Meilical Societ)-, the Natif)nal 
.Association u[ Railway .Surge(jns, the .New 
\'ork Slate Association of Railroad .Surgeons, 
also the Medico-legal .Society. He is surgeon 
to the O. & W. and Delhi Branch Railroads, 
and is also a member of the Board of Pension 
Fxaminers. He takes an active interest in 
educational matters of the town, and is one of 
the schoid trustees. The genial Doctor is 
likewise a member of the Masonic fraternity, 
belonging to Walton Lodge, .\o. 559. and to 
Walton Chapter. 

The town of Walton has had many physi- 
cians of learning and skill domiciled within 
her borders; but none of them have exceeded 
in promise the subject of this sketch, who has 
gaineil for himself in the few years he has 
been a resident a name to be proud of. While 
he is a close student and devoted to the ])ursuit 
of ills profession, he yet finds time to further 
the best interests of the town both by w^ord 
and deed, the steady light of his broad phi- 
lanthrojiy shining in no dim, uncertain way. 

A welcome accompaniment to this brief 
record of the Morrow family is the por- 
trait of the Doctor on another page of the 
■■ Review." 



-rf^t'HI'^lvT S. RICH, one of the oldest 
IK^ business men of this section of Dela- 
Jjs\ ware County, is carrying on a prof- 

^"^ itable trade in general merchandise 
in the village of Hobart, w-here he has been 
located for twoscore years. During this 
length of time the sterling traits of his char- 
acter have become thoroughly known to his 
fellow-citizens, by whom he is held in high 
esteem. Mr. Rich was born in the town of 
.Stamford on i\Iarch 7, 1823, son of James and 
Helen (Marshall) Rich. ( I-'or further ances- 
tral history see the sketch of Mrs. Sarah 
Rich, which appears on another |)age of this 
work.) 

-Vfter lea\ing the tlistrict school he con- 
tinued his education in New York City. 
When eighteen years old, he secured a posi- 
tion as clerk in Hall's retail dry-goods store, 
where he remained five vears, faithfullv ful- 



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filling his duties, and at the same time ac- 
quiring a good insight into the husiness. At 
the expiration of that time Mr. Rich, in com- 
pany with an associate, opened a store for the 
sale of dry goods; and for five years they car- 
ried on a successful business under the firm 
name of Rich & Hlish. The firm being then 
dissolved, the senior partner came to Hobart, 
where in 1855 he formed a partnership with 
John F. Grant, and, buying out the general 
merchandise establishment of Dr. McNaught, 
continued in trade, the firm of Rich & Grant 
being for a number of years one of the most 
active and thriving in the village. Mr. Rich 
subsequently bought the interest of his part- 
ner, and has since conducted the business by 
himself. He is one of the oldest and best- 
known merchants of Hobart, a man of excel- 
lent capacity and business talent; and his 
honest dealings and uniform courtesy have 
secured him the general respect and good 
will of the community. 

On April 25, 1850, Mr. Rich was united in 
marriage with Caroline D. Blish, a native of 
Stamford, and a descendant of one of the old- 
est families of the county, being the daughter 
of Aristarchus and Nancy Merriam Blish, for- 
merly prosperous members of the farming 
comrnunity of Stamford. Two sons and two 
daughters have been born of their union, the 
family record being as follows: James B., a 
single man, is a partner in his father's busi- 
ness. Caroline M., the wife of I.. E. Hig- 
ley, resides in North Adams, Mass. Stephen 
W., a farmer, lives in Stamford. Bertha E. 
lives with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Rich 
are members of the Presbyterian church at 
Hobart, and contribute liberally and cheer- 
fully toward its support. Politically, Mr. 
Rich is a steadfast Republican, and is a man 
of decided views, although quiet and unobtru- 
sive in his manner. His influence has always 
been strongly in favor of the maintenance of 
schools and churches, and whatever else is 
calculated to benefit the community. 



/^^TTToRGE A. FISHER, a well-known 

V •) I lawyer of Delhi, was born in Frank- 

^ — lin. May 27, 1850, and is a son of 

Enos B. and Hannah M. Fisher. His father 



and grandfather were both natives of this 
town, the great-grandfather, George Fisher, 
coming to America with the Hessian army in 
Revolutionary times. He took up a tract of 
timbered land near the present site of the vil- 
lage of Delhi, and, clearing the .same, built a 
log cabin and engaged in farming. His son 
John, grandfather of George A., improved the 
land which came into his possession on the 
death of his father, and built the first frame 
house in Delhi. He reared a family of three 
sons, namely: George J., who .still lives on 
the old homestead; Enos B. ; and Austin B., 
who is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Enos B. Fisher received his education at 
the district schools, and resided with his 
father until he was about twenty, when he mar- 
ried, and purchased a small farm of his own, 
also working at carpentry. At the age of 
twenty-four he removed to Franklin, where he 
resided several years, afterward going to Sid- 
ney, and remaining there until 1875, when he 
leased his farm and returned to F"ranklin. 
His last years were spent at Unadilla, Otsego 
County. He was an extremely active man in 
all matters pertaining to the good of the town. 
He held the position of County Superintend- 
ent of the Poor tor three years, and was also 
one of the members and organizers of the Bap- 
tist church in Delhi, being deeply interested 
in all matters ])crtaining to church work, and 
holding many offices connected therewith. 
He was Superintendent of the Sunday-school 
at Sidney for many years. He married Miss 
Hannah M. Sloat, a daughter of William and 
Joanna (Bunce) Sloat, and one of a family of 
eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher reared 
nine children: John H.: Julia E. ; Austin 
E. ; Joanna P., the wife of William R. Flint, 
of Sidney; James W. ; George A.; Edward 
R.; Nancy E. ; and Willis H. Mr. Fisher 
died April 4, 1894, aged seventy-five, his 
wife having died about two weeks previous, 
at the age of seventy-four. 

George A. Fisher received most of his early 
education in the district school at Sidney, but 
later attended the Delaware Literary Institute 
at Franklin. At the age of twenty-one he 
went to Kansas, where he engaged in teaching 
for a period of five months, and then came 
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Chautauqua County, where lie was emploved 
in a hardware store. He afterward returned 
to Sidney, and assisted his father on the farm 
for a short time. lie then l)e<;an the study of 
hiw with the Hon. IC. I). Wagner, then 
County Judge and Surrogate of Dehiware 
('ounty, at Delhi, N.Y. He was appointed 
Clerk to the -Surrogate's Court, holding this 
office until the latter's term e.\])ired. In Sep- 
tember, 1876, he was admitted to the bar at 
Saratoga, and began practice in Delhi. In 
1890 he formed a copartnership with ex- 
Judge Wagner, and has continued with him 
ever since, doing a general law business, tliey 
probably having the largest practice of any 
law firm in the county. 

Mr. I'isher was married in 1878 to Miss 
Annie Williamson, a native of I3elhi, and a 
daughter of Robert and Sarah K. (Knapp) 
Williamson. Of this union there are three 
children— May W., Hertha W., and Sarah — 
the two first-named being students at the 
academy. The family are members of the 
.Second I'resbyterian Church. Mr. I-'isher is 
a member of the Zeta Phi .Society of Dellii. 
In politics he supports the Republican party. 
He is a man of liberal views and varied ac- 
ciuiremcnts, having a high rejMitation as an 
intelligent and honorable lawyer, and taking 
a deep interest in all enterprises that tend to 
])romote the welfare of the town. 



tLV. SAMUEL G. SHAW, Ph.D., 
pastor of the' Reformed Presbyterian 
church at Walton, N.Y., was born 
""^ in Orange County, November 20, 
1854. His father, the Rev. James W. Shaw, 
a native of Ireland, and grandfather William, 
who was originally a weaver in .Scotland, 
came to this country in 1824. William Shaw 
piuxhased a tract of ])artially cleared land in 
Washington Count}', upon which he built a 
log house, the same standing to this day. He 
moved later to Orange County, where he 
s])ent his declining years. His son, James 
W., was born in 1S12. He was educated in 
the district schools, and for S(mie time taught 
school, afterward entering Lafayette College, 
paying for his tuition by the aid of teaching. 
He was ordained to the ministry anil received 



his first charge in 1844, settling near Xew- 
burg on the Hudson, where he preached for 
some forty years, when he resigned, making 
his home there, and preaching occasionally 
u]) to the time of his death. He was married 
to h'.lizabeth McLaury I'"iiilcy, six children 
being born to them Martha, William J., 
Charles !■"., Margaret !■"., M. h'rances, and 
.Samuel ('•. 

The youngest son, bearing the ex|)ressive 
Hebrew name Samuel, as if to mark him as 
set ai)art for a divine calling, was educated in 
the district schools, and at the age of eighteen 
began teaching. This, however, was but a 
stej) toward a higher learning, to compass 
which he shortly entered the Xewburg Insti- 
tute, and there prepared for college. Later 
he matriculated at Columbia College, New 
York City, where he was graduated in 1880 
with high honors, and then pursued his theo- 
logical studies at the .Allegheny City .Semi- 
nary, graduating from that institution in 
1884. Previous to this time, while he was 
yet a student at the seminary, he had received 
three calls. After careful consideration he 
decided to accept the call from Walton, and 
for ten years has remained at that charge, 
where in addition to his ministerial duties 
he is prominent in the affairs of the village. 

The Rev. .Samuel C. '.Shaw was married in 
1885 to Miss Sarah J., the daughter of Will- 
iam and I-lUcn ( I.awson) Jliiton. Mrs. 
.Shaw's father was a iirominent builder and 
contractor of Newburg, where he conducted 
a successful business for nearly half a century. 
He died in 1890, aged seventy-four. Mrs. 
.Shaw has the following brothers and sisters: 
William IL. Robert J., Anna I'.. Samuel J., 
Mary IC. Minnie I-\. Ida L., Clara, Edith. 
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have three children — 
Hazel II., William H., and Percy L. Shaw. 

The Rev. .Samuel G. Shaw is a man of 
rare personal and mental qualifications. 
Through his kindly instrumentality several 
young men have been fitted for college. Dur- 
ing his own student life he had a distin- 
guished career. He has received the degree 
of M.A., and in 1894 the degree of Ph.D., 
from the L'niversity of Wooster. He is an 
earnest and sincere Christian, a man of that 
superior type who may be said to add dignitv 



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lo the human race by belonging to it, a man 
whose influence is faithfully exerted in behalf 
of things that are true, honest, just, lovely, 
and of good report. 




Charles lawson crushv, now 

a prominent resident of (iriffin"s 
Corners, Middletown, was born in 
the town of Halcott, Greene ■ 
County, on September 16, 1873. His father 
was Emerson M. Crosby, who married Mary 
Lawson, daughter of Joseph Lawson, a pros- 
perous farmer in Olive, Ulster County. Ben- 
jamin L. Crosby, the father of Emerson M., 
was born at Kelly's Corner on December 8, 
1797, and married Huldah Hull. Their 
wedding took place in 1819, and she died in 
1843. 

The children of this true and happy union 
were as follows: Lavinia Crosby was born 
October 18, 1820, and is now a resident of 
Margarettville. Thomas Crosby, who first 
saw the light of day on September 29, 1822, 
is at present living in the West. Edward 
Crosby was born September 2, 1824, and 
makes his home in Kingston, being a retired 
merchant, and the father of nine children. 
l-:ii Crosby, born in April, 1826, married 
Deborah Kelley, and died in 1873, leaving 
seven children; and his widow now lives in 
Halcott. David Crosby was born two years 
later, on Independence Day, 1828, married 
Bethia Brown, has three children, and lives 
on the old homestead at Halcott. Sally 
Crosby, whose birth was on the last day of 
September, 1830, is living in Shelby County, 
Iowa, having married John Vanderburg of that 
town. Ann Eliza Crosby, born May 2, 1832, 
became the beloved wife of Allen Lasher. 
Emerson M. Crosby was born on March 9, 
1834. Mary A. Crosby, now the widow of 
Mr. Kelley, was born September 2, 1836, and 
continues to live at Griffin's Corners with her 
two sons. Esther H. Crosby, the youngest of 
this well-known family, was born March 8, 
1839, and is the wife of W. H. Blish, of 
Griffin's Corners. After the death of his first 
wife Benjamin L. Crosby married Elizabeth 
Dickson, and was again made a widower in 
April, 1887. Until his death, on the first 



day of April, 1893, he then being in his 
ninety-sixth year. Grandfather Crosby con- 
tinued to live in Halcott, where he will long 
be remembered, not only as a reliable Justice 
of Peace, but as a man of unimpeachable 
integrity- 
Emerson M. Crosby was born on the old 
homestead, and grew to manhood there, being 
educated in the district school, and finishing 
at the Delhi Academy. He commenced his 
business career as a clerk for a well-known 
firm in Kingston, but left them to join his 
brother, Edward Crosby, in his store. A 
little later, however, when the old firm started 
a branch store at Griffin"s Corners, he ac- 
cepted a desirable offer, and once more be- 
came a clerk in their employ. It was not till 
after his marriage with Mary Lawson that he 
went to Halcott, where was born their son 
Charles. Mrs. Mary Crosby lived but three 
years after marriage. When she had passed 
away, Emerson returned to Griffin's Corners, 
where he took his old position, and remained 
in charge of the branch store until death, at 
the age of fifty-nine years, nine months, and 
fourteen days. Sorrow most genuine was felt 
at his decease; for the town had lost a friend, 
as well as a respected gentleman and enter- 
prising citizen. Emerson M. Crosby was 
President of the Griffin's Corners Water Com- 
pany, and was leader in the effort to establish 
this village aqueduct. In 1880 he built the 
store now occupied by his son, a structure 
four stories high, and fifty by sixty-four feet 
in area, the upper part being used as a dwell- 
ing. He owned the flats between the two 
creeks, was a dealer in timber land, and the 
first subscriber for the Episcopal church, for 
which he furnished the lumber. 

Emerson M. Crosby returned to Griffin's 
Corners when Charles was a babe of fourteen 
months; and the child's home was thenceforth 
with his aunt, Mrs. W. H. Blish. At the 
age of thirteen Charlie became a student at 
the Delaware Academy in Delhi, but finished 
his education at the Rochester Business Uni- 
versity. He came home in 1890 for a stay of 
six months; and then he went to Georgia, 
where he remained a year. On his return to 
Griffin's Corners he obtained the position, 
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Laurence, who occupy Mr. Crosby's buildinf; 
for general trade. In adilition to this and his 
inherited real estate, .Mr. Charles L. Crosby 
is connected with the water company, has 
stock in the Griffin's and I'"leischnianns }hi- 
ald, and in the Ilalcott Teleijhone Company. 
As the only child and representative of his 
father, he has proved himself a man of excel- 
lent capacity. He is the owner of fine tim- 
ber land, and has sold the largest tract of 
hemlock in the county. Like his father and 
grandfather, he is a Democrat, and verv lib- 
eral in his religious views. Though he has 
not yet entered the bonds of matrimonv, we 
may be sure, if his life is spared, that Charles 
L. Crosby will not allow the family tree to 
perish for want of fruit and culture. Well 
said an ancient Greek philosopher, — 

"It is with youth as with plants: from the 
first fruits they bear we learn what may be 
expected in future." 



JB':- 



,NIEL E. McLEAX, a veteran of 
le Grand Army of the Republic, 
esteemed citizen of Walton, 
X.Y.. was born in this town Decem- 
ber 18, 1840, son of John and Olive (Will- 
iams) McLean. He is of Scotch origin, his 
great-grandfather, John McLean, having emi- 
grated from Scotland prior to the Revolution- 
ary War. He was commissioned Captain in 
the American army during the war, and 
served in that capacity until its conclusion. 
He settled in Schoharie County, New York, 
where he raised two children, John and Re- 
becca. John McLean, Jr., married a Miss 
Mudge, by which union he had a family of 
four sons and three daughters. Polly married 
Gordon Basto. settled in Walton, and died at 
Llale's Eddy. Dolly married l-"erdinand Thur- 
ber. John, the third of the name, born in 
1803, married Miss Olive Williams of Con- 
necticut. He was by trade a millwright, 
also engaging in farming. He was a man of 
high order of intelligence, and was well 
posted in State and county affairs. His fam- 
ily consisted of five children: James, born 



IS; 



married Catherine I-'rance, settling at 



Rock Rift; Alexander, born 1834, married 
Alvira Skinner, died in 1862: William A., 



born 1836, married Miss ]5ush, enlisted Au- 
gust, 1862, in Company B, One Hundred and 
l'"orty-fourth Xew^ York Volunteer Infantry, 
serving with his regiment throughout the war; 
Dolly McLean, born 1838; and Daniel I'!., 
1840. l\Ir. McLean died in 1870, his wife 
surviving him ten \ears. 

Daniel V.., the youngest child of John and 
Olive McLean, was educated in the district 
schools of Walton, and at the age of sixteen 
was an apprentice in a tannery, remaining 
there until he was nineteen, when he entered 
into i)artncrship with Marcus L. Sloat in the 
wagon-makmg business, which he continued 
until June, 1861. Upon the breaking out of 
the Civil War in 1861. he offered himself as 
a volunteer, enlisting in Company I, Seventy- 
second New York Volunteer Infantry. The 
regiment was mustered in at Staten' Island, 
where they remained until Julv 21, the dav 
niaile memorable by the battle 'of Bull Run. 
when they started for Washington, remaining 
there imtil September, wintering at Camp 
Scott. After breaking camji, they joined Mc- 
C lei Ian "s army in front of Yorktown, and 
engaged in the fight at Williamsburg, where 
the Seventy-second bore the brunt of the 
battle, every fourth man JK-ing either killed 
or wounded. 

On June .'5 Mr. McLean was wounded by 
a minie ball, which struck his left shoulder- 
blade, taking in its passage a piece of the 
spine, and embedding itself in the right 
shoulder. He was sent to Bedloe's Island, 
N.\'., receiving a furlough home, after which 
he returned to Fort Hamilton, where he re- 
mained until March i, 1863, being then sent 
to the convalescent cam[) near Alexandria, 
when he was honorably discharged from the 
army on account of a gunshot wound. Mr. 
McLean returned to his native town, remain- 
ing there until October 13, when he re- 
enlisted at Hancock in Companv .A. Twenty- 
fifth New York Cavalry, known as Sickles's 
Cavalry. On July lo, 1864. they were or- 
dered out to meet General I-larly, who was ad- 
vancing on the city of Washington. On the 
nth, at ten o'clock, they were ordered to 
dejiloy in front of Voxi Stevens, and advance 
on the enemy's line. Marching two hundred 
yards through an open fieUl, thev held the 



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enemy in check until lialf-past three, when 
they were relieved from their perilous posi- 
tion. Mr. McLean was promoted on the field 
to First Sergeant, and took command of his 
company. They were afterward sent to join 
the army of the -Shenandoah in General Cus- 
ter's division. Mr. McLean was taken pris- 
oner, September 3, 1864, and sent to 
Richmond, being paroled February 2, 1865. 
He again joined his regiment at Harper's 
Ferry, and was mustered out of service on 
July 14. Upon his return to Walton Mr. 
McLean occupied himself in farming. Since 
1887 he has followed the business of Pension 
Agent. In February of that year he was 
elected Poor Commissioner, serving three 
terms. 

Mr. McLean was married December 17, 
1868, to Miss Addie Bradley, a daughter of 
Hull and Sylvia (Gould) Bradley. By this 
union there were four children: Luella, born 
July 6, 1875; Lizzie, born February 11, 
1877; Ralph C, born December 21, 1882; 
Floyd S., born August 28, 1886. Mrs. Mc- 
Lean, who was a most estimable wife and 
mother, died December 28, 1887. On Octo- 
ber I, 1890, Mr. McLean married for his sec- 
ond wife Miss Lizzie Marvin, and by this 
union has one child, Mildred E., born Sep- 
tember 3, I 89 1. 

Mr. McLean is a charter niember of Ben 
Marvin Post, No. 209, Grand Army of the 
Republic, of Walton, at the present time fill- 
ing the position of Aide on the staff of the 
Commander-in-chief. He is also a member of 
Walton Lodge, A. F. & A. M., No. 559. In 
politics Mr. McLean is a Republican, and has 
filled several important local offices of trust. 
He has always enjoyed a high reputation as 
an honorable and upright citizen, his record 
in civil life being as pure and spotless as his 
militarv life was brave and faithful. 



NDRFW JACKSON STOUTEN- 
BUKGH, deceased, a late resident 
of Kortright, was a descendant of 
the old Dutch family of that name, 
which was one of the first to settle in the 
State of New York, and at one time possessed 
much of the land now occupied by New York 




City. His grandfather, Tobias Stoutenburgh, 
was a farmer of Dutchess County, owning a 
productive farm in Milan, where he died at 
the age of eighty- five years, his wife Susan 
also living to be over eighty years of age. 
They were the parents of five children, all of 
whom have passed away. 

Peter Stoutenburgh, the father of the sub- 
ject of this sketch, was born in Dutchess 
County, where he grew to manhood and mar- 
ried. About 1S14 he removed to Kortright, 
and made his home on the land afterward oc- 
cupied by his son Andrew J., the tract at that 
time being a dense forest containing seventy- 
five acres. This he cleared, building a log 
house, and, as the result of unceasing labor, 
after some years was able to buy seventy-five 
acres in addition to his original purchase. 
He passed the latter part of his life in Har- 
persfield, where he died at the age of eighty- 
four years. He was a member of the Christian 
church. Politically, he was a Democrat. 
His wife, Lydia (Borden) Stoutenburgh, was 
a native of Dutchess County. She was also a 
member of the Christian church. She died at 
the age of seventy-six years. Her eleven 
children were as follows: William, who lives 
in Delhi; Eliza Avery, of Bloomville; To- 
bias, a resident of Fergusonville: Maria, who 
was the wife of Asa Warner, and died at the 
age of sixty years; Catherine, who passed 
away when thirty years old, the wife of Arch- 
ibald Freeman, of Stamford ; Ann, who was 
married, and died at the age of about sixty; 
Charles, who died when thirty years of age; 
Andrew Jackson, of whom this biography is 
written; Edward, of Harpersfield; Alfred, a 
resident of Penn Yan, N.Y.; and Sarah, the 
wife of Henry Joslyn, of Harpersfield. 

Andrew Jackson Stoutenburgh was born in 
Kortright, January 23, 1824, and was edu- 
cated in the district schools. He learned the 
trade of carpenter, and at the age of twenty- 
four started out for himself. Three years 
later he married Mi.ss Cordelia Gregory, who 
was born within sight of the home of her mar- 
ried life. For fifteen years Mr. Stoutenburgh 
followed his trade, and then engaged in farm- 
ing, purchasing the land which is now occu- 
]Med by Mr. James May. Here he resided for 
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he occupied until his death, which took phicc 
Novonihcr i i. 1894. This contains onr hun- 
dred and twcnty-cin'ht acres, and has been 
inijirovcd in a reniari<able liegree luidcr Mr. 
St(niteni)urj;h"s supervision. A lar!;e barn 
has been erected, and an e.\tensi\-e dairv is 
now o])erated. 

Ot tile union of i\Ir. .Stoutenl)ur;;li and 
Miss Gregory was born one son, Tlieron 1'., 
the ilate of his birtli being March 9, 1859. 
He is married, and a jeweller by trade, but 
now tlevotes his lime to agricultural pursuits, 
residing on the home farm. Mrs. .Stouten- 
burgh passed from earth a short time before 
her husband, at the age nl si.Kty-si.\ years, 
sadly mourned by a wide circle of friends. 
Mr. Stoutenburgh was a liberal-miniled man, 
anil a Democrat in jjolitics. lie was highly 
respected by all who knew him. 



-AMES W. YOL'N(;, of the town of 
.Si(lne\', Delaware Comity, son of Will- 
iam J. and Mary J. (Snyder") Young, 
was b(U"ii February 16, 1863, on the 
farm where he now resides. Intelligent, en- 
terprising, and versatile, in the full \'igor of 
early manhood, lie not only cultivates his an- 
cestral acres, conducts a dairy, and keejis 
bees, but also I'uns a Job i)rinting-oftice. II is 
father was born in the town of ()tego, Otsego 
County, November 11, 1821, and his mother 
in the town of Davenport. Delaware County, 
August 14, 1832. 

His great-grandparents, Joseph and I'"li/,a- 
beth (Peck) \'oung, lived all their lives upon 
a farm, he d\-ing at tlie age of eighty-two and 
she at fiftv-seven. Tlu'y were natives of 
Connecticut, and of New Ivngland ancestry. 
A few years aftei" their marriage they moved 
to the Mohawk Valley, and thence to Otsego 
County, in the early part of the present cen- 
tury. They had the severe experiences of 
]iioneer life in tlie woods remote from neigh- 
bors, mills, and markets. Healthful and 
hardy, they toiled resolutely, cheerfully, and 
to good inirjiose, dealing a farm upon wliich 
after a well -spent life they died. The par- 
ents of Joseph \'oimg were Clemens ami 
Lydia Young, natives of Connecticut, in 
which State they spent their entire lives. 



dying at c|uite an aiKanced age. Joseph 
Yoimg and liis wife were the parents of si.\- 
teen cliildi'en, most of whom lived to mature 
years and married. Tliey are all now de- 

j ceased. One of the sons, John, served in the 
War of 18 I 2. Another son, James C, grand- 
father ol Janus W. \'oung, married Mlizabeth 
-Snyder, a native of New \'ork Stale; and 
they lived upon ;i farm from their marriage 
until their death. They rearetl a family of 
si.\ children, two sons anrl four daughters, of 
whom the three following are now living: 
Mrs. Diana Stenson, in L'nadilla, Otsego 
County; Mrs. Catharine llalhawa)-. in Lau- 
rens: ;ui(l Norman D. \'oung, occupying ihi- 
old homestead in Otego. Ciandfalher N'oung 
was a Democrat in politics, and he and his 
wife were both consistent members of the 
rroteslanl I^piscopal church. He died when 
eighty-nine years of agi-, and liis wife at the 
age of seveiitv-nine. 

William J. \'oung grew to manhood in his 
native town, Otego, and received an education 
cpialifying him to teach school. Beginning 
the work of life at si.xteen years of age, he 
taught school several years, aftei'ward devot- 
ing himself to farming in Delaware Count)-. 
He first settled on a farm in Sidney, now oc- 
cupied by Mrs. Hetsy Butts; and, after living 

I on that farm several years, he sold it, :uid re- 
mo\'ed to the homesteatl now owneil by his 
son. He had a good farm of one hundred 
acres. Besides managing that, he was en- 
gaged in mercantile business at the railroad 
station known as \'oung"s, in the establish- 
ment of which he was the |)rinie mox'er. He 
was a Democrat, an intluential citizen, and 
held sewial offices in the town. He was a 
member of the Methodist h',])iscopal church, 
and often filled the ]nilpit as a local preacher, 
lie was also a great lover of books, and he 
had a large librarv. He dii-d March 11, 
1883. .Mr. N'ouiig had two wi\es. His first 
wife. I'olly J. Ta\lor. to whom he was mar- 
ried (October 20. 1843, was born September 
15, 1827, and died November 24, 1859. His 
second wife. Mar\' J. .Snytler, to whom he was 
married March 2, 1 S60, was born .August 14. 
1832, and die'd on June 3. 1891. His chil- 
dren b\- the first marriage were: I'amelia, 
born Novemljer 15. 1S47, died March 9, 



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1849; Cordelia, born July 5, 1849, died the 
same day; Ella J., born January 28, 1851, 
died March 29, 1890; Mary J., born April 
24, 1S53, died November 2, 1873. The 
children of the second marriage were: James 
W. ; and Sarah A., who was born November 
8, 1867, and died December 4, 1880. 

James VV. Young has spent most of his life 
on the old farm where he first drew breath. 
Fond of his books, he acquitted himself well 
in the district school and at the Walton Acad- 
emy, whither he was sent at an early age. 
When about fourteen, he set himself to learn 
the printer's trade at home, where he still 
does a job printing business. He owns one 
hundred and thirty-five acres of good land, 
and carries on general husbandry, besides 
keeping a dairy of twenty head of fine Ayr- 
shire cattle and fifty stands of bees, Italian 
and other kinds. 

Mr. Young was married on October 8, 
1879, to Essie M. Dicks, who was born June 
3, 1861, in the neighboring town of Walton, 
and died May 11, 1881. He was again mar- 
ried, on Christmas Day, 1884, to Sarah A. 
Honeyvvellj who was born in Sidney, January 
"fg^ 1 86 1, a daughter of Legrand and Catha- 
rine M. Honeywell. Her father, now de- 
ceased, was a worthy farmer and an early 
settler in these parts. Her mother, Mrs. 
Catharine M. Honeywell, lives at the Honey- 
well homestead adjoining the Young estate. 
Mr. Young has one son by his first wife, 
William J., born August 19, 1880. Mrs. 
Young is a Methodist, while Mr. Young is a 
liberal in his religious views. He is a 
Notary Public, and has held other local 
offices, being a useful and valued citizen. 
The family have a pleasant home in the com- 
modious and tasteful dwelling erected by Mr. 
Young's father. Everything about the place 
is neatly kept, and betokens good manage- 
ment, prosperity, and comfort. 



"OSEPII h'A'lCLAND was born in Rox- 
bury, Delaware County, N.Y., Decem- 
ber 12, 1844, of German parentage, 
and was educated in the common 
schools of the county. He began to learn 
the art of printing in 1862, in the office of the 



Franklin I'isitor, owned by G. W. Reynolds. 
In 1864 he entered the army, enlisting at 
Delhi, N.Y., in Company D, One Hundred 
and F'orty-fourth Regiment, New York Vol- 
unteers. After his military experiences he 
entered the employ of Sturtevant & Mcintosh 
in the office of the Delaware Republican^ and 
in 1867 purchased the interest of Alvin Stur- 
tevant in that paper. In 1869 he sold his 
interest to Mr. Mcintosh, and went to Am- 
herst, Va., where he started and for several 
years published the Amherst Enterprise, in 
connection with the Hon. Thomas Whitehead. 
He returned to the North in the spring 
of 1879, ^""-1 purchased the Franklin Register 
of Nathan L. Lyon. In 1881 he was ap- 
pointed Postmaster of Franklin, succeeding 
Egbert Chamberlin, and served four years. 
In 1883 he changed the name of the Franklin 
Register to the Dairyman, enlarged the paper, 
changed its form, and greatly extended its 
circulation. He has since added many im- 
provements, and is now possessed of most 
modern facilities for conducting the en- 
terprise. 

In 1869 Mr. Eveland married Josephine 
Liljegren; and from this union six children 
were born, three sons and three daughters. 
The eldest, George T. Eveland, is at this 
time associated with his father in the publica- 
tion of the Dairyman, and is also serving as 
Town Clerk of Franklin. 



OHN E. POWELL, one of the most 
honored citizens and thriving business 
men of Bloomville, was born July 7. 
1842, in the town of Roxbury, and was 
the son of Hiram and Fanny (Eaton) Powell. 
Hiram was born in Dutchess County, New 
York; and his wife was born in Connecticut. 
Reuben Powell, the father of Hiram, was an 
early settler of Dutchess County, and from 
there moved to Delaware County, spending 
his last days in Middletown. 

The father of John E. Powell was a mason 
by trade, engaging in this business during his 
early life, but later buying a large farm of 
two hundred acres in the town of Roxbury. 
He was one of the leading farmers of that vi- 
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lire to his energy and patient toil; and nnieii 
praise should be awarded iiini. Both he and 
his wife were prominent members of the Ba|)- 
tist chureh at Roxbury, and he was in polities 
a Democrat. They died at the home of their 
daughter, Mrs. Cordelia Rightmyer, he at the 
age of eighty and she at seventy years, leaving 
six children, all of whom are now living, 
namely: William D. Powell, a village black- 
smith in Roxbury; John K., of whom this 
sketch is written; Cynthia Preston, wife of 
George C. Preston, who resides in the city of 
Kingston; Charles H. Powell, of Whatcom, 
Wash.; Cordelia Rightmyer, who resides in 
Kingston; and Myron C., whose home is near 
Whatcom, Wash. 

John K. grew to manhood in Roxbury. re- 
ceiving his education at tin- academv there. 
He engaged in farming in Lexington, Greene 
County, owning a farm of one hundred and 
seven acres near the village, where he lived 
for nine years. In 1S76 he moved from Lex- 
ington, where he had been in the hardware 
and tin business, and established in Bloom- 
ville the first store of that kind. He now has 
an extensive business, keeping a general hard- 
ware store, and carrying a full line of machin- 
ery and farm implements. His stock is 
valued at five thousand dollars; and he has 
built up an excellent trade, giving his undi- 
vided attention to his business. 

On May 10, 1S65, .Mr. Powell married Miss 
Mary A. Burnside, of liloomville. who was 
born in 1847. the daughter of John Burnside. 
Her father was one of the early settlers of 
this village, and tlied there in 1853 at the 
age of forty-three. Mr. and IMrs. Powell 
have three children: Eugene M., who was 
born in 1S67, is married, and a j)artner in his ! 
father's business; William IC, a speculator, | 
who resides at home; and l-^mma ^L, also at 
home. 

John E. Powell and his wife are liberal in j 
their religious views, and he supports the 
Democratic political party. He has been a 
Justice of the Peace for fifteen years, has 
always taken an active part in the 'welfare of 
the town, and is among the men who have | 
been instrumental in accomplishing much fm- ' 
this thriving village, having built three build- 
ings, two stores and one residence. 




DW.AkD H()\"r, a prominent farmer 
residing four miles north of the village 
)f Walton, was born on the farm 
adjoining the one where he now lives, January 
20, 1S27. On it his father, Amasa Hoyt', 
was also born. The grandfather, Thaddeus 
Hoyt, was born in .New (Janaan, Conn., com- 
ing to New York State in 17S9, in com|jany 
with four other hardy pioneers. Thev made a 
clearing near the present farm of .Mr. Hoyt, 
{ working all that summer, and returning in the 
I s])ring of 1790 with their several families, as 
follows: Thaddeus Hoyt, Malthue and .Silas 
Benedicl, Lindel and Seymour Fitch. The 
families all settled within a radius of half a 
mile, erecting log cabins and clearing their 
huui. 

Thaddeus Hoyt married Jemima Benedict, 
four sons being born to them ; namely, Thad- 
deus, Amasa, John, and Chainicey. The fam- 
ily was always prominent in church work. 
One ot the sons was a minister, and the others 
were deacons. At the time of their advent, 
in 1790, there was no church in the neighbor- 
hood of Walton; and they had, therefore, re- 
course to prayer-meetings, which were held 
every Wednesday evening, a custom which 
has been kept up in the several families to 
the present day, a period of over one hundred 
N'ears. 

.Amasa Hoyt was brought up to agricultural 
piu'suits. He was married in 1814 to JCIi/a- 
beth, who was a daughter of Samuel Seymour, 
and one of the fol lowing family : Samuel .A., 
Smith, John, Stephen, Sadie, Anna, I''.liza- 
beth. Mary, Fannie, and lunma. Mrs. H"vt 
was a native of Walton, Delaware Countv. her 
father being a wel 1-to-do farmer. .She reared 
the following family: Gabriel A., deceased; 
.Amasa L. ; Thaddeus; l-'rederick ; Edward; 
ICdwin. deceased; William S. ; Julia; and 
Whitney. Mrs. Ho\t died in 1874, aged 
seventy-six. and Mr. Hoyt in 1872, aged 
seventy-six. 

lulward Ho\t was educated in the district 
schools, and worked with his father on the 
farm until he was thirty years of age, at 
which lime he ])urchase(l a portion of the old 
homestead. He was married Januarv 19, 
1856, to Miss Helen Benedict, a daughter of 
Ira Benedict, a farmer of this town, and a 



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representative of an old Connecticut family 
previously mentioned. Three children blessed 
this union, namely: Fanny K. ; Ira E., who 
married Margaret, a daughter of Charles Pine, 
a neighboring farmer; and Helen E. Mrs. 
Hoyt died April 8, 1885. She was a stanch 
member of the Congregational church, in 
which Mr. Hoyt has been a Deacon many 
years. 

On the 22d of August, 1862, Mr. Hoyt 
enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and 
Forty-fourth New York Volunteer Infantry, 
under Colonel Robert S. Hughston, and was 
sent with his regiment to join the Army of 
the Potomac. He was wounded December 9, 
1864, and was confined in the hospital until 
April 28, 1865, when he was honorably dis- 
charged from the service on account of disabil- 
ity. Mr. Hoyt is a member of Post No. 209, 
Grand Army of the Republic, of Walton. In 
politics he is a Republican, but has never 
been an aspirant for office. His elder daugh- 
ter keeps house for him. The younger is a 
graduate of the State normal school of Os- 
wego, and is now engaged in teaching on 
Long Island. 

The genealogical tree of the Hoyt family is 
as follows: Daniel B., born in 1681, married 
Sarah Starr, of Danbury, and died at Nor- 
walk, Conn., in 1764, leaving the following 
children: Abel; Ezra, great-great-grandfather 
of the subject of this notice; Abigail; Dan- 
iel; Abner; John; Nathan; Mary; and Abra- 
ham. Ezra, born April 23, 1707, married 
Phoebe Benedict, April 4, 1731, and had the 
following children: Anna; Ezra; Thaddeus; 
Lydia; Mathew, the great-grandfather; Mar- 
tha; Elizabeth; John; Jonathan; and Phcebe. 
Mathew, horn May 6, 1741, married first 
Mary Lock wood, January 21, 1761, and for 
his second wife the widow Mercy Hayes. He 
had the following children : Anna; Ephraim; 
Thaddeus, the grandfather; Mary; Thankfull; 
Mercy; Mathew; Phoebe; Ephraim; Esther; 
Liffe; and Samuel. 

Mr. Hoyt is hale and hearty, at the age of 
sixty-seven, being remarkably active both 
mentally and physically. During his long 
and eventful life he has kept a diary, in which 
he has daily recorded the most important 
events of the times. It consists of several 



hundred pages; and the local matter is so 
interesting and authentic that it is being pub- 
lished by the Walton Tivus, one of the most 
progressive papers in the county. Mr. Hoyt 
is a most entertaining and agreeable com- 
panion, and has always been held in the high- 
est esteem. 




APTAIN PALMER L. BURROWS, 
whose lamented death occurred at his 
home in Deposit in the town of 
Tompkins, N.Y., scarcely two 
months ago, on November 16, 1894, was born 
here, on the same farm, on January 8, 1S14. 
His grandfather, John Burrows, was a promi- 
nent farmer in Groton, New London County, 
Conn., where he became a victim of the Gro- 
ton massacre. Peris Burrows, a son of John, 
was born in Groton, and was reared and mar- 
ried in his native State, where he resided 
until 1 80 1, after which he emigrated with his 
wife and child to the State of New York, re- 
moving his stock to Catskill by way of Long 
Island Sound and the Hudson River. From 
Catskill he continued the journey by means of 
ox teams, and after his arrival at his destina- 
tion purchased a tract of heavily timbered 
land, part of which after his demise passed 
into the hands of his son, the subject of this 
sketch. In those early days the people de- 
pended entirely on the products of their land 
for their maintenance, nearly all the pioneers 
being more or less engaged in . the lumber 
business, in which Peris Burrows employed 
himself. He served in the War of 181 2, and 
resided in Tompkins until his death, at sixty- 
one years of age. The wife of Peris Bur- 
rows was Deborah Wightman, who was born 
in Groton, Conn., daughter of John Wight- 
man, of that town. She died in her eighty- 
sixth year, the mother of ten children. 

Palmer L., son of Peris and Deborah Bur- 
rows, was reared and educated in his native 
town, succeeding his father in the ownership 
of the old home farm. In 1845 he started 
out to seek his fortune, journeying by team 
to Otsego, thence by horse railroad to Ithaca, 
and from there to Montezuma by boat. By 
means of the canal he reached Buffalo; and 
thither he departed over the lakes to Chicago, 




CflPT, PfiLftER L. Burrows, 




Mrs Sophronia M. Burrows. 



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which was at that time but an infant city. 
From Chicago he travelled westward to 
Dixon. 111., thence down the Rock River to 1 
Rock Island, and tlien crossed the Mississippi j 
to Davenport, la. Here he jiurchased one 
hundred and sixty acres of government land at 
one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, and 
then returned to his farm in Tompkins in 
time to finish the haying, but soon left it 
again to participate in the anti-rent war, 
being absent about four months. Me then re- 
sumed his former occupation of farming and 
lumbering, acting as pilot on the Delaware 
River for over fifty years. In 1862 Mr. Bur- 
rows was instrumental in the organization of 
Company A, One Hundred and I'^irt^-fourth 
New York Volunteer Infantry, of which he 
was elected Captain, holding this position for 
eight months. Being obliged by illness con- 
tracted while on duty to resign and return 
home, he again engaged in farming and lum- 
bering. 

lanuar)- 2. 1838, Palmer 1.. Bunows mar- 
ried Miss Sophronia M. Shaw, who was born 
in Delhi, Delaware County, April 27, 1815. 
Her father was Ansel Shaw, a native of I'lain- 
fiekl, Mass., a son of Josiah Shaw, who was a 
soldier in the Re\olution for seven years, and 
removed to Delhi in iSoij, one of the pio- 
neers of that town, living there with iiis wife 
Nancy during the latter part of his life. 
Ansel Shaw was educated and grew to man- 
hood in his native .State, and removed to 
Delhi with his parents, the journey being 
made in teams. He made hinisidf possessor 
of a tract of timbered land in Delhi, which he 
cleared for his farm, residing tliere for many 
years, afterward taking up his residence with 
his daughter, Mrs. Burrows, in Deposit, 
where he died at the age of eighty-seven 
years. His wife was Lavina Phillips, bora at 
Hartford, Conn., a daughter of John Philli])s, 
who was a Revolutionary soldier. She died 
when sixty-seven years old. Mrs. Burrows 
began teaching when but sixteen, and taught 
both summer and winter terms until her 
marriage. 

Captain Burrows and his wife were the par- 
ents of six chiUlren, who are now living. A 
brief record of the family is as follows: Char- 
lotte L., who married John Sumner, of 



Thompson, Pa., and has fi\'e children; 
namely, Carrie (Mrs. Dwight P'reeman, who 
has one child, P^arl .S. ), Laura, Oseanna, 
Mary, and Charles \V. ; .Samuel U'., who mar- 
ried Jennie Rhodes, of Aknjn, Ohio, and lias 
four children —- P'rederick, Lewis, IMary, and 
Carl; Linus P., who married Isabella Mc- 
Glynn, of New York, and has four children — 
Anna, William, Gertrutle. ami a babe un- 
named; Anna, the wife of liarl Smith, of De- 
posit; James I"., who married Lulu Hanford, 
of Walton; Orrin, the husband of Alice 
-Smith, of Paterson, N.J., and father of three 
chiklren — Leah B., James, and Oseanna. On 
January 2, 1894, Captain and Mrs. Burrows 
celebrated the fifty-sixth anniversary of their 
wedding, receiving on that occasion the con- 
gratulations of many friends. In ])oIitics he 
was a Re])ublican, and, like his wife, was a 
member of the i'resbyterian church. 

The death of this jjatriotic and valued citi- 
zen called forth many exjiressions of high 
regard. Said one who knew him well: "Mr. 
Burrows was a noble, bra\'e, and true man, 
greatly endeared to all his friends. When 
the One Hundred and I'orty-fourth Regiment 
was raised, no man was more active, earnest, 
or influential in procuring volunteei's than he 
was, or more heartily abused by the enemies 
of the War for tire I'nion." .At the memorial 
services in the Presbyterian church Dr. O. T. 
Bundy sj^oke eloquently of his militar\- ser- 
vices: "It had been difficult up to this time 
for any companv of men that enlisted as a 
company to be suited as to its officers; and 
comjianies were disbanded after going to the 
place of rendezvous, when they found that 
strangers were to commantl them. So the 
task of officering a regiment of one thousanil 
raw recruits safely was the problem to be 
worked out. .'\side from tiie colonel, the 
office of captain of a company was the most 
res]ionsible of any on the arm)'. On him, 
more than on an\' one else, dej^ended the care 
of the men while in camp, their efficiency 
while on jiarade or inspection, and their safety 
while in battle. He, too, was to set the ex- 
ample of industry and courage, and to inspire 
his men with an equal amount." 

After Company A, One Hundred and Forty- 
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mustered for the war, it was the universal 
sentiment that the man had been found who 
could be safely trusted to fill this position, 
when Captain Palmer L. Burrows consented to 
assume the responsibility this rank had con- 
ferred upon him. Beyond the age in years 
when he might be called upon to go, already 
having furnished two sons who could and did 
represent him fully, leaving a large family 
behind him dependent upon his care, he took 
up the burden placed upon him by the uni- 
versal choice of the men who composed this 
company. If the name of patriot cannot be 
written upon his tomb, there is no place 
for it anywhere. Stricken by disease after 
but a few months of service, he was pro- 
nounced by a board of surgeons physically 
disabled for further serv-ice: and he reluc- 
tantly gave up the trust he had heroically as- 
sumed. Of his army life it can be said that 
no duty was ever so laborious or danger ever 
so great but that he obeyed the order, and he 
carried to his death the scars received in the 
campaign where he fought for the Union. 

The interest and value of this biographical 
sketch are greatly enhanced by the accompany- 
ing portraits of Captain Burrows and his 
widowed wife, the faithful sharer of his joys 
and sorrows for more than a half-centurv. 




I^AMUEL JESSUP WHITE, M.D., 
a successful physician of Franklin, 
although still a comparatively young 
man, has already achieved an hon- 
ored position among his professional brethren, 
and built up a good practice in this locality. 
He was born on August 12, 1862, in Gilberts- 
ville, Otsego County. His father, the Rev. 
Samuel J. White, D.D., now a resident of 
Walton, was born in Durham, Greene County, 
in February, 18 14, was graduated from Will- 
iams College in 1839, and studied theology at 
the Union Theological Seminary in New 
York City. His first settled pastorate was 
over the Presbyterian church in Franklin, 
where he presided from 1844 until 1852. In 
the mean time he was united in marriage in 
1846 with Mary A. P'inch. Their family 
circle was completed by the birth of six chil- 
dren, one of whom, a daughter named 



Frances, died at the age of six years. The 
record of the living children is as follows: 
Mary, the wife of the Rev. T. D. Barclay, 
resides in Kent, Conn. William F., a lead- 
ing light of the legal fraternity, and junior 
member of the firm of P'ancher & White, of 
Walton, is District Attorney. Elizabeth M., 
the wife of Charles S. Hitchcock, lives in 
Fruitland, Fla. Sarah F., the wife of Will- 
iam R. North, is a resident of Goshen, Conn. 
Samuel J. is the subject of further mention 
below. 

Samuel J. White acquired iiis elementaiv 
education in the public schools of Walton, 
going from there to Claverack Institute, and 
afterward fitting for college at Kent, Conn. 
After pursuing the course of study at Will- 
iams College, .he entered the Medical Uni- 
versity of New York City, from which he was 
graduated with an honorable record in 1888. 
The following year and a half Dr. White had 
a valuable experience as physician in the 
Bellevue Hospital. In November, 1889, he 
opened an office in the village of Franklin, 
and since that time has devoted his entire 
attention to the active labors of his profession 
with most satisfactory results to both himself 
and his patrons. On the 1st of January, 
1894, prior to going South with his wife, who 
was out of health. Dr. White took as partner 
George H. Brinkman, M.D. 

The union of Dr. White and Mary I. Hoag 
was solemnized on August 5, 1891. Mrs. 
White is a daughter of ]\Irs. Julia Hoag, 
of Franklin; and she has but one brother, 
Frank Hoag, of Franklin. Mrs. Hoag is the 
daughter of David and Isabel (Hotchkiss) 
Penfield, both of whom were born in the town 
of Harpersfield, this county, but settled in 
1841, after marriage, on a farm in Ridgeville, 
and lived there seven years. Returning to the 
scenes of their youthful days, they bought a 
farm in Harpersfield: and on that they labored 
successfully until 1862, when the)' disposed 
of that property and jnirchased another farm, 
situated about two miles from Franklin. 
They were the parents of five children, one 
boy and four girls, namely: Julia, the mother 
of Mrs. White; Fannie Maria, a resident of 
Franklin, and the widow of A. W. Metcalf, 
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M., the wife of David C. Shaw: Oiriii I.., a 
farmer, who resiiles on the old home farm ; 
Ida Isabel, the wife of Alfred Ogden. 

In politics the Doctor cordially indorses the 
princijiles of the Republican partv. Relig- 
iously, both he and his estimable wife are 
consistent members ot the Congregational 
church. With his other attainments, Dr. 
White is a fine musician, and with liis cornet 
adds to the music of the best choir in the 
town of Franklin. 



ILLIAM ORR, a most successful 
farmer and dairyman of the village 
of Almcda, town of Kortright, 
Delaware County, N.\'., was born on I^'ebru- 
ary 18, 1S37. on the farm where he now 
resides, fie is a son of Da\id and Nancy 
(Spence) Orr, whose history may be found in 
the sketch of the (Jrr family in this volume. 
He was educated at the district schools of the 
town, and then gave his attention to farming, 
always living at the old home. 

On January 4, 1865, Mr. Orr married Mary 
Knight, who was born in Broome County, 
September 24, 1839, a daughter of .Stejihen 
Knight. His wife Mary died March 11, 
1867: and four years later, on May 30, 1871, 
Mr. Orr was united in marriage to Miss Kate 
I-^vertson, a nati\e of Troy. Her ]jarents 
were John H. and Finetta (Sipj^erly) l-Ivert- 
son, both of whom have passed away. In 
1872 Mr. Orr purchased the old homestead of 
one hundred and fifty-one acres, where he now 
resides, and is employed in farming and 
dairying, keeping thirty head of cattle and 
manufacturing butter of superior quality. He 
is a hard worker and good manager, and his 
evident success in life is due to his own un- 
tiring efforts. His farm is one of the best on 
the Betty Brook Road, where he erected a fine 
residence in 1880. 

Mr. Orr has lost two children, but is the 
father of five who still live, namely: Leonard 
K. Orr, a wagon-maker, dealer in hardware, 
and the Postmaster at Almeda; Mary F., who 
is unmarried, and lives with her paients; 
Agnes A., William l-!., and John H.. the 
three last-named also residing at home. Mr. 
Orr is a Republican and a representative man 



of his town. He is a member of the Kort- 
right Insurance Comi)any. anil, with his wife, 
is a regular attendant at the Reformed i'res- 
byterian church. A man of good moral ])rin- 
ciples and sound judgment, Mr. ( )rr ludds an 
en\'iable ])osition in the hi'arts of his many 
friends. 



OIIX M. I. VON. contractor and 
builder, is one of the best-known 
^IJ and thoroughly successful business 
men of W'alton, having gained a wide 
reputation for his well-iilanned and well- 
finished work, t)f which many buiklings in 
this \illage and elsewhere are illustrations. 
He was one of seven children, five of whom 
are still li\-ing. Three of his brothers 
fought in the Civil War, namely: Flijah, 
who died of fever while in the army in the 
prime of life; another, William, who was in 
his countrv's service for one year, and was 
wounded in the battle of Honey Hill; Giles. 
who died in KS94, his death being caused bv 
a fall. 

|ohn M. Lyon was born in Andes, Dela- 
ware County, October 30, 1826. In his boy- 
hootl he worked on his father's farm, and 
attended school until he reached his twen- 
tieth vear. He then taught school one 
winter term. Init when twenty-one adopted 
the carpenter's trade, and, being a natural 
mechanic, was not obliged to serve the re- 
i|uiied ti-rin as an apjirentice. In 1858, in 
company with two brothers, he purchased a 
planing-mill and a sash and blind factory, 
which they operate in connection with their 
business as contractors and builders. They 
have been the contractors for seven churches, 
auKMig them the Baptist church in Walton, 
the others being fine structures in some of the 
surrounding towns. In 1883 this firm con- 
structed the city hall, a building of fine pro- 
portions and unquestionable beauty, which the 
citizens of the town are proud to exhibit to 
strangers as a sample of the work accomi)lished 
bv the firm of which Mr. Lyon is a member. 

Septend)er 17, 1856, Mr. Lyon was mar- 
ried to Miss Julia Kells, a native of this 
county and daughter of Mead and Philena 
(^Johnson) Eells. Mrs. Lyon was the young- 



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est of a large family of children, six of whom 
lived to reach maturity. She died March 
II, 1873, at the age of thirty-seven years, 
leaving one son and four daughters: George 
Lyon, a contractor and builder of Denver, 
Col., who is married and has a home in that 
city; Jessie, who was a photographer and re- 
toucher, now the wife of Van D. Case, of 
Walton, and mother of one daughter; Jennie 
F., who resides with her father, and is a 
compositor on the Chronicle; Julia E., a 
teacher at Babylon, L.I., who is a graduate 
of the Walton schools and of the Oswego 
Normal School; and Mattie A., who is a 
stenographer, having received her instruction 
luider Graham in New York, N.Y. 

Mr. Lyon is a Chapter Mason and a stanch 
Republican. He has been Justice of the Ses- 
sion, and has held the office of Justice of the 
Peace for thirty years. In religion he is a 
conscientious Congregationalist, in which 
denomination he has ever been a faithful 
worshipper. He built his present dwelling 
in 1868, having previously disposed of two 
residences which had been built under his 
supervision. In this pleasant home Mr. Lyon 
now lives with his daughters, a much beloved 
father, and highly respected friend and citi- 
zen. Of greatest integrity and noble prin- 
ciples, he is a man whose friendship is jirized 
by all who are fortunate enough to be num- 
bered among his associates. 






(^TOIIN S. HOBBIl':, one of the leading 
dairymen of Bovina, was born on the 
26th of November, 1838. His pater- 
nal grandfather, Ebenezer Hobbie, was 
a native of Dutchess County, who came to 
Delaware County, and bought land near 
Bovina, the deed for which bears the date of 
1794. In those early days of the settlement 
the nearest market was Catskill, so a farmer's 
life was necessarily a hard one. The wife of 
Ebenezer Hobbie was Lydia Halt, and to 
them were born five children, all of whom are 
now dead. Grandfather Hobbie was a Bap- 
tist in religious faith and a Democrat in 
politics. 

Joshua of the second generation was also a 
farmer, and lived and died on the farm where 



he was born. He was a teacher and for many 
years a clerk of the district school, although 
these avocations did not interfere with his 
chief occupation, which was farming. He 
married Rliss Sally Reynolds of Bovina. 
Both were church members, though differing 
in creed, the husband being a Baptist, while 
she was in the conmiunion of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. Their seven children, of 
whom six are now living, were the follow- 
ing: Orman E., a grocer in Illinois; .Selah 
R., a farmer in Nebraska; John S., of this 
memoir; Joshua K., on the old homestead: 
Addie, the wife of Mr. Byron Frisbee, of 
Delhi; Stephen, a resident of Kansas; and 
Augusta, who died on the threshold of maid- 
enhood, at the age of fourteen years. 

As a natural result of training and home 
environment John S. Hobbie followed in the 
footsteps of father and grandfather, and turned 
his attention toward practical farming and 
breeding dairy stock. As a youth he worked 
out for seven years, and, being of an economi- 
cal turn of mind, was able to save something 
each year from his paltry wages, which for the 
first year only amounted to a hundred dollars. 
In these days, when such labor brings a much 
greater reward, it seems almost incredible that 
the hard toil of twelve months should have 
brought an able-bodied adult man a sum so 
inadequate for the common needs of life. 
But self-denial and determination are strong 
forces; and in the year 1855 John S. Hobbie 
purchased a farm of two hundred and three 
acres of land, upon which he now resides. 

At twenty-five years of age he married Miss 
Emily J. Reynolds, a girl who did not dread 
the prospect of a life of honest labor and care, 
such as a woman who marries a working 
farmer must expect. Miss Reynolds was a 
daughter of Morris S. Reynolds, a farmer of 
Bovina. Both of her parents are dead. With 
the aid that wifely encouragement and sym- 
pathy brings, Mr. Hobbie has been able to 
steadily accumulate property about him, and 
to-day owns a very fine dairy, supplied by a 
herd of thirty sleek, well-kept cows, grade 
Jerseys. 

A comfortable residence was completed in 
1889, in which he now resides. The sweet 
influence and central figure of the home fire- 



niOORAI'HICAI, RKVIKW 



sitlc is lacking in tlic new abode, ho\\c\XT, 
Mrs. ITobbie having ilieii in 1881. Mr. Hob- 
ble has been faithful to the memory of the 
wife of his youth, and lives (|uietly with his 
twin daughters, who have liie charge of the 
affairs of the houseiiold. His only son, 
Charles W. Ilobbic, is a real estate dealei' 
in Ringhamton. 'I'he daughters, .Sarah and 
Mary, have done much tf) cheer and brighten 
their father's life since his bereavement, and 
ha\e displayed much i-\eeuti\'e abilit\' in their 
management of his domestic concerns. Mr. 
1-It)bbie devotes himself almost e\clusi\el\- to 
Iiis dairy, in which he takes |)leasurable pride, 
although he dt)es not neglect the duties ol 
citizen and neighbor. lie is atfiliated with 
the I'nited Presbyterian church, and holds 
Democrat it" |)rinciples. 




MUS PIIIXE.A.S WOOD, Postmaster 
at North Ilamden, N.V., receiwd the 
ba|)tismal names of his tun grancl- 
fathers, Amos Wood and Phineas 
llowland, the latter of whom was Captain of 
a militia company, and in his younger da\s 
was a famous siiortsman and an expert deer 
hmitt'r. Mr. Wood is a skilled mechanic, 
and an able and experienced farmer. He is a 
nati\-e-born citi/en of the town, and first 
opened his e}'es to the light on ( Jctolier K), 
1 84 1 . 

His father, Ira Pentield Wood, was born in 
Massachusetts in 1814. He lived there, how- 
ever, but a few months, his ]iarents, Amos 
and .So|)hia (Kilbouru) Wood, removing from 
the okl Bay State to this county in 1814, the 
vear following their marriage. He was a 
man of great mechanical genius, working in 
either iron or wood; and after his arrival in 
this countv he erected several saw and grist 
mills ahmg the rivt'r. but, though a verv 
industrious man. never accumulated much 
projierty. His wife died in 1843, somewhat 
past middle age; and In- survix'ed her but a 
few years. Of their six children, four daugh- 
ters and two sons, all grew to adult life, mar- 
ried, and reared families. One daughter, 
Pamelia, tin; widow of John Roff, resides in 
Washington, D.C.. being an active and intel- 
ligent woman of seventy-five years. 



Ira P. Wooti was married on the 1st of Jan- 
uary, 1834, to .Sally Howland. tlu' daughter of 
Cajitain Phineas Howland. an<l the grand- 
daughter of one (jershom Howland, who came 
to the town of Hamden from Rhotle Island, in 
1796. bringing with him liis wife and four 
sons — Joseph, Job, Phineas. and Gershom. 
These sons all married and reared children, 
many of whom are settled in this part of 
Delaware County. The Howland family ;ne 
lineallv descended Irom Henry Howland, who 
w;is one ot three brothers that were living 
in Plymouth, Mass., in 1625. The (jther 
brothers were .Arthur and John Howland, the 
hitter of whom crossed the ocean in the " .Ma_v- 
tlower "" in 1620. Henry Howland subse- 
i|uentl\' settled in Dnxbur_\'. Mass.. being one 
of the pioneers o( that |)lace. .After their 
marriage Ira P. Wood and his wife li\'ed one 
year in Delhi, then came to Ihmiden, where 
they bought a tract of wild land, fift)- acres, 
])aying for it one hundred and seventy dollars. 
This huid had been obtained from the <:ovcrn- 
ment ]))■ Mrs. W^iod's father the previous 
year, he having paid (uie dollai" and fifty cents 
per acre. Renting a small log house for 
tliree months, they proceeded to build a cabin 
ot their own. Having cut down the trees, 
Mr. Wood hewetl out the rafters himself, and 
ei'ected a comfortable house, consisting of two 
lixing-rooms and a bedroom. ^irs. Wood did 
many a baking in the old-fashioned tin o\-en, 
before a stump tire. 

In this log house were h<jrn liieir two chil- 
dren, Willard .Samuel and Amos Phineas, the 
latter being the subject of this sketch. The 
elder son was born in 1837, and was reared on 
the home tarm, receiving a better education 
than many of the pioneers' sons, attending 
the seniinar\' after leaving the district school, 
and began a i)rofessional career ;is a tejicher, 
following that vocation in New Jersey. .At 
the breaking out of the late Civil War, he 
enlisted in the I-"irst New Jersey N'olunteer 
Infantrv, going to the front as I'irst .Sergeant 
in Compan\' D. He was an active i)artici- 
pant in many engagements; and on May 11, 
1864, at the battle of .Sjiottsylvania. he was 
made prisoner. He was first confined at 
Dans\ille, and afterward taken to .Anderson- 
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died of starvation, leaving a widow, whose 
maiden name was Orpah Wilson. 

Amos P. Wood was reared to the occupiition 
of a farmer, and since he was old enough to 
assume the responsibility has had charge of 
the paternal homestead. He inherited in a 
large degree the mechanical ability of his 
father, who was equally competent to clean a 
clock or build a mill; and at the age of 
twenty-four years he learned of A. D. Bishop, 
at Decatur, Otsego County, the trade of a 
gunsmith, working for him a year. He 
opened his present shop in 1866. In addition 
to this handicraft, Mr. Wood also carries on 
general farming and dairying, making butter 
from his eighteen grade Jersey cows. His 
farm is well improved, and his buildings kept 
in good repair, everything about the premises 
indicating the careful supervision of an intel- 
ligent proprietor. In 1894 he built an exten- 
sion to his barn, which is now thirty feet by 
eighty feet, and in the basement has room for 
thirty cows and two or more horses. An in- 
valuable luxury of his farm is a spring of 
pure, cold water, which is carried to the house 
from a distance of seventeen rods. 

Mr. Wood was married in 1868 to Sally M. 
Howland, a cousin, and the daughter of Will- 
iam Howland. ■ Of this congenial union three 
children have been born, one of whom, Min- 
nie, a beautiful girl of thirteen years, died in 
1880. The living children are: Ira P., born 
July 16, 1877: and Ivlla Mabel, born August 
15, 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Wood are worthy 
and valued members of the Christian church, 
to which his parents also belonged. In poli- 
tics he follows in the footsteps of his father, 
and is a stanch supporter of the principles of 
the Republican party. 



fOIIN B. BONNEFOND, who was for 
some time a resident of the town of 
Hancock, was a native of France, hav- 
ing been born in that country, in the 
department of Saone and Loire. In his early 
manhood he was a popular restaurant-keeper 
in Paris; but on account of his Republican 
sentiments he fell under the displeasure of 
the government of Louis Philippe. He was 
repeatedly ^arrested and confined without a 



charge being made against him, although he 
constantly demanded to be brought to trial. 
In the revolutionary movement of May, 1839, 
he was one of the leaders of his party in 
Paris, at the barricades, where they fought 
and repeatedly repulsed the government 
troops; but, the barricades being taken, he 
was obliged to roam over the country in dis- 
guise, being kept in hiding by his comj^atriots 
until a passport could be obtained for him. 
This was secured by a friend who was high in 
office, and who gave him also a letter of 
recommendation to an old acquaintance in 
Chili. But, knowing Chili to be a republic 
in name only, when he arrived at Havre, and 
saw the stars and stripes, he said to himself, 
"I will go to the country which represents 
the government I wish to see established in 
my own." He took passage to New York 
City, leaving his wife and two children be- 
hind till he could make a home for them in 
the country of his adoption. He arrived in 
New York City, August 21, 1839. Declaring 
his intentions, he took out first papers, and 
became an American citizen in 1844. Meet- 
ing with an old friend, who owned thousands 
of acres in Hancock, and had established there 
the French colony known as French Woods, 
Mr. Bonnefond came to this place, and pur- 
chased one hundred and fifty acres of timbered 
land on the border of the beautiful Sands 
Pond, then in a state of wild beauty, where 
the deer roamed at will and all kinds of game 
and fish abounded. 

The wife of Mr. Bonnefond was Annette 
Marigny, of Cote d"Or, Burgundy. When 
her husband was obliged to flee the country 
and leave his extensive and lucrative restau- 
rant business in Paris, representing about ten 
thousand dollars, Mrs. Bonnefond was unable 
to save any of the property ; and it was con- 
fiscated by the government. She came to 
America with her daughter Octavia, leaving 
her son Octave at school in Paris, where he 
remained for two years, and, when eleven 
years old, followed his parents to their new 
home. 

John B. Bonnefond was an upright man of 
good education and pleasing address, and 
counted among his friends scmie of the best 
and most influential men in the county. In 



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niOORAIMIICAT, KKVIKW -'S,'. 

1848, after the revolution of that year, here- ami Hannah (Mason) Hunter, nl Colchester, 

turned to France to see if he could not re- Delaware County. Hannah Mason was a na- 

cover some of his i)roperty, hut was unable to tive of Hamden, Delaware County; and her 

do so, and received no recompense for his loss father was one of the pioneer settlers of Col- 

and suffering. On the outbreak of the -old Chester. Mr. and Mrs. Aristias H. l^onne- 

fever in 1849, he made his way overlaiul to fond are the parents of tive children : JMank, 

California, and was successful in findint; some born May 19, 1866; Helen, born March j;, 

-oil, which he is said to have sent home, hut 1869; Annette, born March 28, 1875: .Mar- 

which never reached its destination. He died .t;aret A., born January 6, 1879: .Alice, bcirn 

of fever in Au<;ust, 1849, and was buried in .September 29, 1881. l^ank married Kmily 

his cloak, far from his friends and family. Dirnier, daughter of John Dirnier, of Han- 

His wife survived him many years. Dur- cock: and they have three children - Mary 

ing the life of her husband, by the exercise Caroline. luigene, and George. Helen mar- 

of^her skill as a cook she had' done much to ried Arthur Denio, of Hancock, and has one 

assist him in the supix.rt of the family; and child, I^rnest. Aristias H. Honnefond has 

after his death she so ably managed her'affairs been well known in the affairs of the town, 

as to pay off the indebtedness on the home in among the offices he has held being Highway 

Hancock. Besides the children born in Commissioner, in which capacity he served 

l*"rance they had two sons born in America — four years. 
Aristias H.' and Francis. I-'rancis lionnefond, the youngest son of 

Octave, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bonnefond, was born in the town 

lohn B. 'l^(mnefond, married. June 3. 1857, of Hancock, and was educated in the .schools 

Mary IC. Lakin, daughter of lonas Lakin, of of the French Woods district. When about 

Hancock. .She was' etlucated" in her native twenty years old, following the example of 

town of Hancock and in the Franklin Insti- most of the young men of the district, he 

tnte, and lived with her parents until her started to follow the river as a lumberman, 

marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Octave Bonnefond On November 19, 1879, he married ICllen G. 

had ten children: Kdgar B. : John B. : Ho- Thomas, daughter of Moses and Eunice 

ratio .Seymour; Leoni'e: I.ucien ; Louis and (Biggs) Thomas, of Hancock. Mr. Ihomas 

Louise, who were twins: and three who died was a native of Fremont. Sullivan County, 

in infancy. Leonie married S. M. Bouchoux. and now, with his wife, is enjoying a good 

a farmer 'in Hancock, and has three children <dd age on the farm he has occupied since 

— Seymour!., lohn Batiste, and Eugenie A. his marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Francis B(mne- 

Horatio Sevmour was killed bv a falling tree fond have three children: Montcelle, born 

in 1879. 'Louise lives at home with her November 19, 1880: June, born June 7, 1 885 : 

parents. Edgar B. married IClizabeth Miller. and ICthel. born July 3 i. 1889. He has been 

of Hancock, \nd has one child, a daughter Collector of Taxes, Excise C.mimissioner, 

Lena. John B. Bonnefond, son of OcUive, Constable, and Asses.sor for two terms. .M 



married 'jenny ^L liaxter, of Hancock. They and Mrs. Bonnefond are members of the 

have two children— lohn AL and Octavia L. Methodist Episcopal church at Harvard. 

Bonnefon.l. Octave" Bonnefond has been Octavia, the only daughter of John 15. 

prominent in town affairs, having for nine Bonnefond, was born in Pans, and accompa- 

vears served as Commissioner of Highwavs, nied her mother to this country. She was edu- 

bein- also ICxcise Conmiissioner. He is a cated in New York City and at Georgetown, 

Democrat. \>.C.. and married John Livingston, of Camp- 

Arist'ias H. Bonnefond was born March 16, viUe. Tioga County. N.V. He was an emi- 

1845, and received the education which the nent lawyer and writer, among his works 

farmers- sons of that time were able to obtain. being the ■■ Lawyer's Mimun] and " luninent 

I-;arly in life he started to follow the river as ^[en of America." a biographical work of 

a steersman and lumberman. July 4, 1864, large circulation. He died m March, 1893, 

he married Marv Hunter, daughter of Richard leaving seven children. 



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The Bonnefond family have been important 
members of the community in which they 
have lived; and in the early days of the settle- 
ment, as well as in later years, their integ- 
rity, good judgment, and ability in the man- 
agement of affairs have been of great use to 
their fellow-townsmen. 




iHARLES GORSCH, a native of Neu- 
enburg, West Prussia, and the son of 
Ludwig Gorsch, whose wife was 
Florentine Dangers, came to Amer- 
ica in 1854, after a voyage of six weeks land- 
ing at New York, where he earned his living 
as a cabinet-maker. In 1857 he came to 
Andes, where he was employed by Mr. Will- 
iam Oliver, of that town, for three years. 
After that he came to Margarettville, and 
here purchased a lot, upon which from time to 
time, as his prospects enlarged and bright- 
ened, he erected buildings. During the Civil 
War of 1861-65 Mr. Gorsch joined the Union 
army, enlisting in Company B of the Nine- 
tieth Regiment, Nineteenth Corps, under 
Captain Lamb, serving during the campaign 
in the Shenandoah Valley, under General 
Sheridan, and took part with his regiment in 
that memorable battle of Cedar Creek. In 
1865 he returned to Margarettville, where he 
applied himself so assiduously to business 
that in ten years he was able to purchase the 
largest and oldest mercantile building in the 
village. 

Three years after coming here Mr. Gorsch 
was the accepted suitor of Miss Jennie Bailey, 
whom he married in 1868. Miss Bailey was 
one of the si.x children of John L. and Deb- 
orah (Bush) Bailey, of Margarettville. Seven 
children, a mystic number, completed the 
family circle of Charles and Jennie Gorsch, to 
whom were born six sons and one daughter. 
Charles, the first-born and bearer of his 
father's name, blessed the marriage of his 
parents on the 28th of November, 1869. He 
grew up and married Hattie Stinson, of Rox- 
bury, and has one child. He is an undertaker 
and furniture dealer in the town of Roxbury. 
Hugo, the second child, was born June 7, 
1 87 1. The third, Wilson, born September 
2]^ 1872, is employed in a large storehouse 



in New York. The others are: Nellie, who 
lives at home, and is unmarried; Marvin and 
Melvin, who are twins; and Arthur, whose 
birth date is the 27th of June, 1880. 

In politics Mr. Gorsch is a Republican. 
Though of foreign birth and training, he has 
thoroughly assimilated the American modes of 
thought and habit, and is entirely loyal to the 
ensign of the "stars and stripes." He has 
held several small offices, proving his own 
efficiency and his neighbors' judicious be- 
stowal of confidence. He is also a member of 
the Grand Army of the Republic. 



OSEPH S. McMURDY, a breeder of 
and dealer in Jersey cattle, who owns 
and occupies a fine farm on Glen Ben- 
nie, so called from a locality of the 
same name in Scotland, is a prosperous and 
industrious agriculturist, a most capable busi- 
ness man, and a citizen of high repute in the 
community where he has spent many years of 
his life. A native of the Empire State, he 
was born in the town of Kortright, October 
17, 1852; and that town was also the place 
of nativity of his father, William McMurdy. 
He is of excellent Scotch ancestry, his grand- 
father, George McMurdy, having been born 
and reared in Scotland, but, after reaching 
manhood, emigrated to this country, settling 
in Kortright at an early period, and clearing 
a homestead, on which he and his wife spent 
their remaining years. 

William McMurdy was one of seven chil- 
dren born to his parents, and, in common 
with the others, attended the district school, 
and assisted on the farm during his boyhood. 
When he was only sixteen years old, his father 
died, and from that time he and his elder 
brother worked early and late to assist their 
mother in her efforts to clothe and educate the 
younger children. William remained at home 
until his marriage, when he bought a farm 
near the paternal homestead, which he carried 
on for sixteen years. Selling that, he came 
to Delhi; and, purchasing the farm now 
owned by his son Joseph, of whom we write, 
he continued the improvements already insti- 
tuted, repairing the old buildings, and put- 
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the land in a tillable condition, lie exer- 
cised much judgment and skill in his opera- 
tions, and met with assured success in all of 
his undertakings. In 1890. having carneil a 
well-deserved rest, he sold his farm to his 
son, and is now spending his declining years 
with his children in the village, retired from 
active pursuits, and enjoying to the utmost 
his pleasant leisure. The maiden name of 
his wife, who departed this life .March ^r. 
18S3, in her si.\ty-eighth year, was Jennet 11. 
-Smith. -She was a nati\e of Delhi, where her 
parents spent their last years. .She bore her 
husband five children, the following being 
their record: Mary Ann, the wife of John .A. 
Hutson, of Delhi ; Sarah M., who married 
John M. Gorden, L'nder-sheriff of Delaware 
County; David B., a graduate of Princeton 
College, who is pastor of a Presbyterian 
church in Lynn. Mass.; Joseph .S. : and Will- 
iam S., who is a physician, and resitles in 
New York City. Both parents united with 
the First Presbyterian Church many \ears 
ago, and the father is now serving as Elder. 
He has attained the ripe age of eight\-fi\'e. 

The first year of the life of Joseph .S. .Mc- 
Murdy was spent on the Kortright farm, 
which his father then owned. Coming then 
to Delhi, he was here reared and educated, 
attending the district schools and Delaware 
Academy. He then spent some lime as a 
commercial traveller, but, not liking that 
work as a steady occupation, returned to the 
paternal homestead. He subsequently en- 
gaged in teaching for several seasons, meeting 
with excellent success, and also assisted his 
father in the management of the home farm. 
In 1890 he bought the entire property, con- 
sisting of one hundred and fifty-four acres of 
well-improved land, and is carrying on the 
work his father so successfuU}' inaugurated. 
The rich and fertile soil is well adapted to 
the raising of all the cereals common to this 
section of the State; and in addition thereto 
Mr. McMurdy breeds Jersey cattle, St. Ber- 
nard dogs, Berkshire hogs, and sheep. He is 
also a poultry fancier, breeding many varie- 
ties of land and water fowl. His dair\' con- 
tains twenty-two Jersey cows; and he makes a 
fine quality of butter, shipping it to New 
York. 



A most i)leasant step in tht- laieii ui mc 
subject of this sketch was his union with Mar- 
garet J. Middlemas, which was sokmni/ed 
in 1882. She is a native of Delhi, and a 
daughter of Thomas Mitldlemas, ai whom :i 
sketch may be lound on another page of this 
work. Into the happy household thus estab- 
lished three bright and active children 
Nellie J., Jennie D., and Harold - have 
made their advent. Mr. McMurdv takes an 
active ])art in evei\- enterprise tending lo pro- 
mote the welfare of his community. He is a 
zealous supporter of the princi|)les of the Re- 
publican ];)arty, and has filled several l<iwn 
offices. Fraternally, he is a member of the 
A. F. & .A. M., belonging to Delhi Lodge, 
No. 249. In his religious views he coincides 
i with the doctrines of the Presbyterian church, 
he and his wife being members of the l-"irst 
Presbyterian Church of Delhi. 



01 IX lllLSON, one of the most suc- 
cesslul business men of Bo\ina Cen- 
tre, was born in .Scotland, on Ma}' 25, 
1827, son of .Alexaiuler and Lli/.abeth 
(Nesbit) Ililson. His mother was a daughter 
of William Nesbit, who died in .Scotland at a 
very advanced age. Alexander Hilson was a 
plasterer by trade, and a member of the Pres- 
byterian church: and he lived to be sixty 
years old. His wife ivlizabeth outlived him, 
dying in her seventy-sixth year. .She was the 
mother of eight children, onl)' two of whom 
survi\-e, namely: Alexander Hilsoti, |r., a 
retired farmer, living in Scotland: and John 
Hilson, the subject of this sketch. 

John lived at home with his jiarents until 
his twenty-third year, being educated in Scot- 
land, and learning the plasterer's trade of his 
father. In 1850, at the age of twenty-three, 
he came to America, landing in New \'ork 
after a pleasant \-o\age of only thirty da\'s in 
a sailing-ship. He came directly to Delaware 
County, and settled in Bovina, where he fol- 
lowed his trade for more than four vears. In 
1855, the year after his marriage, Mr. Hilson 
bought a farm of a hundred acres, where he 
started a dairy, having fifteen cows to com- 
mence with, and increasing the number to 
twenty-five during his seventeen years of 



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larminj;. lie has owned three different farms 
in liovina, and now has a splendid one of two 
hundred and six acres, besides his residence 
in Bovina Centre. 

In 1854 he married Hannah S. Hamilton, a 
daughter of Robert Hamilton, one of Bovina"s 
hardy pioneers. He started a large general 
store in 1867; and, before retiring from busi- 
ness, in 1889, to return to Scotland for a 
summer's visit, he had built up a very good 
trade. Since his return Mr. Hilson has spec- 
ulated somewhat in butter, but has engaged 
in no active work, leaving his son Alexander 
to take charge of the - store, in partnership 
with Mr. Blair. Alexander Hilson, born in 
1855, is the only child of his parents. He 
was married in 1880 to Isabell Archibald; 
and they have two children, John and Jane 
Hilson, born in 1881 and 1885. 

John Hilson has a large circle of friends, 
he and his wife being members of the United 
Presbyterian church, wherein he has held the 
position of Trustee for a number of years. 
He has also been Town Clerk ten years, and 
County Superintendent of the Poor three 
years, and now holds the office of Notary Pub- 
lic. The Hilsons have always been identified 
with the interests of the town, and are es- 
teemed by all who know them. Well has it 
been said by a poetic philosopher of our own 
day, Dr. J. G. Holland: — 

"God gives every bird its food, but he does 
not throw it into the nest. He iloes not un- 
earth the good that the earth contains; but he 
]nits it in our way, and gives us the means of 
getting it ourselves." 




()B1-:RT north, Sk., was b(jrn at 
Newton, L.I., January 5, 1759, ^^^ 
married to Elizabeth Carter in 
1783, and in 1785 emigrated to 
Walton, where he cleared the farm upon 
which he lived for more than half a century. 
He held the office of Town Clerk for about 
forty years, and, being also elected Supervisor 
and Surrogate of the county, ably discharged 
his trusts until failing health compelled his 
retirement from public life. Always inter- 
ested in and supporting the religious growth 
of the town, he was in 1830 one of the organ- 



izers of the Episcopal church in Walton, for 
several years its .Senior Warden, and an exem- 
plary communicant until his death. 

Elizabeth Carter, whom he married, was a 
typical woman of the Revolutionary times. 
Possessing great strength of character, an 
energetic will, and many social attractions, 
she was in every sense the helpmate of her 
husband, bearing with him every burden, 
encouraging every effort, and sharing all his 
pleasures. .She was the mother of eight chil- 
dren, one of whom died in infancy, five in 
early manhood and womanhood, and only two 
of whom survived her. 

Benjamin, her eldest-born, married Eleanor 
Heath, and ^vas the father of Colonel Samuel 
North, whose home was at Unadilla, N.Y., 
where he died on September 15, 1894. 
Samuel, the second son, born P'ebruary 9, 
1787, the first child born in the new settle- 
ment, lived with his parents until the age of 
fourteen, when he accompanied his father to 
Albany, and was apprenticed to Solomon 
Smithwick in the office of the Albany Re^is- 
U-r, to learn the trade of a printer. Acquir- 
ing by industry and perseverance a fair educa- 
tion, he became after several years a student 
of law in the office of Elijah Thomas, Esq., 
a gentleman whose example alone was suffi- 
cient to inspire a young man with the purest 
and noblest ambition. On the mind of the 
student so fair an example produced all the 
effect his best friends could wish, and his 
zeal to acquire knowledge was only equalled 
by his success in the acquisition. In the 
May term of 18 10, he was admitted as an 
attorney in the Supreme Court, and began the 
practice of law in the city of Albany under 
the most favorable auspices. In the follow- 
ing winter he was appointed Clerk in the 
House of Assembly, and filled the office hon- 
orably. He was considered a young man of 
superior talent, and his friends predicted for 
him a brilliant career; but about this ]ieriod 
his health began to decline, and a year or two 
later he returned home, where he died of con- 
sumption, January 16, 1813. 

His death was followed seven years later by 
that of his brother Cyrus, who was born on 
December 22, 1793. Although afflicted with 
blindnes.s, having lost his eyesight when only 




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two years old, he grow ti) manhood with rare 
intelligence and a most attractive character. 
He was a lover of books, music, and every- 
thing that tended toward refined culture. To 
him perhaps as much as to any other was (hie 
that love of literary jiursuils that marked an 
early era in Walton societ\-, and sent out in- 
telligent men and wcnnen to dist in^;uisli 
themselves in broader fields. 

Sarah North was hoin on September 29, 
1805, and dieil on l'"ebruary _'4, 1829. Han- 
nah, born March 17, 1803, died January 4, 
1836. Elizabeth, born November 29, 1800, 
died August 16, 1830. Mary N. 15artlett, 
eldest daughter of Robert and I'.lizabeth 
North, and wife of the lion. Henry !•;. Hart- 
iett, was born June 20, 1796, and died 
October 15, 1870. Her first husband was 
Roswell Wright, of Unadilla, by whom she 
had two children, namely: Henry, born Sep- 
tember 30, 1821; and iClizabeth, born July 
10, 1823, who married Benjamin R. Roljson, 
and died at Litchfield, Conn., August i, 
1S47, leaving one child, Benjamin W., now 
living in Portland, Ore. Henry married 
Caroline A. Austin, of Otego, N.Y., who 
died January g, 1856, leaving two children: 
George A., well known as a civil engineer: 
and Mary, wife of the Hon. A. H. .Sewell, 
Judge and Surrogate of Delaware County. 

During the whole period of the life of 
Robert North his character and course were 
entirely above reproach, his excellence of 
heart and breadth of intelligence securing 
the respect and esteem of the community 
that grew up around him. Dignity, cour- 
tesy, and philanthropic feeling distinguished 
him as a man; earnestness, sincerity, and 
devotion, as a Christian. 



Tr^VOliERT NORTH, Ji<., was born on 

INv' April 7, 1792, in Walton, N.V., on 

JLbV^^ the paternal farm, to whose posses 

sion he succeeded, and wliere he 

his whole life. He inherited the 

; principles, traditions, and faitii of 

his ancestor-s, antl, spending the iirime of 

life in active, useful labors, enjoyed in old 

age well-earned repose and tranquillity. He 

engaged for a time in mercantile business, 



passed 
sterliiu 



was appointed Deputy Sheriff, ami filled sev- 
eral other positions of trust. Interested in 
pcditical and social subjects, and entering 
warmly into the discussions of the day, he- 
was an ardent admirer of Clay and Webster, 
and the personal friend of i^rastiis Root and 
Aaron Clark, i)oth members of the old Whig 
party. Not easily swayed by [)opular favor, 
he was strong in his partisanship and fear- 
less in defending his principles. Born amid 
primeval forest grandeur, this indej)endence 
and freeck)m of soul was doubtless fostered by 
his contact with the wildness and stern beauty 
ol nature, whose infiuence was felt in his 
moral and religious development. 

With his father, he was one of the founders 
of the ICpiscopal church in Walton, ratifying 
his baptismal vows at the first visitation of 
Bishop Onderdonk, and continuing in dutiful 

, and loving service until the close'of his life. 

j Having been chosen to succeed his father in 
the office of Senior Warden, he was rr- 
elected through many successive years, until 

1 bodily infirmities impelled him 'to seek a 
release. As in other departments of thought 
h(' reined in any e.vtravagance of sentiment. 
so in the domain of religion he aimed to blend 
and soften the contrasting shades of feeling 
into one haniKmious whole. He died August 
15, 1873, age<l eighty-one years. His wife 

I Mary, to whom he was married on the 6th of 

1 September, 1820, was the daughter of Joshua 
I'ineand Margaret Remsen. and sister of the 
late Joshua Pine, Jr. She was born in Wal- 
ton on I'^ebruary 15, 1797, educated at the ohi 
Kingston Academy, Kingston, N.^'.. and was 
a refined, intelligent woman. Having jiassed 
most of her life in Walton, she was interested 
in its growth and improvement, and was well 
versed in its early history. She lived to the 
age of eighty-four, and died on blaster morn- 
ing, April 17, 1 88 I. 

Her children were Joshua I'., born Xovem- 
berii, 1821: Robert Bruce: Margaret; Mary: 
Cieorge; Saiah: Mmma; and Martha. foshiia 
died December 4, 1827, aged si.x years; Rob- 
ert Bruce, in the |)rime of manhood, Novem- 
ber 14, 1865; Martha, while yet an infant, 
October 10, 1845: and l-jrima. on July 23, 
I 88 I. Margaret, Mary, and Sarah are living 
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cicnt humble structarc has given place to a 
modern dwelling. The surrounding lands are 
the same that have been in possession of their 
family for more than a century; but a portion 
of their farm has been surrendered to the 
growth of the village, and is the site of hand- 
some dwelling-houses. George North has 
been a resident of California since 1852, and 
has a home in Winters, Yolo County. He 
married in January, 1867, Jennie E., daugh- 
ter of Thomas Hart Hyatt, of Lockport, 
N.Y., and has had five children, only three 
of whom are living: Robert H., born Decem- 
ber II, 1867, died April 15, 1868: George 
B., born June 24, 1869, died December 9, 
1876; Hart H., born July 12, 1871, is prac- 
tising law in San Francisco with the promise 
of a successful career: Maude I.., the only 
daughter, was born October 15, 1872: the 
youngest son, Arthur Walbridge, born Octo- 
ber 26, 1874, is a student in Berkeley Uni- 
versity, California. 

The accom])anying portraits of Robert 
North, Jr., and his wife, Marv Pine North, 
are of unusual interest. Of such as they was 
it said of old, "There be some who have left 
a name behind them, whose remembrance is 
sweet as honey in all mouths." 



d^' 



ABRIHL AM. ROBERT NORTH, 
% •) I brothers, were at the beginning of 
^ — ^ the War of the Revolution living in 
the i)lace of their nativity, Newtown, L.I. 
Descended from an honorable line of English 
ancestry, they both enlisted in the Conti- 
nental service, and gave up homes and prop- 
erty to join in the struggle for American 
independence. After the close of the war 
they lived for a time in New Canaan, Conn., 
where they married sisters, Deborah and 
Elizabeth Carter, daughters of Captain Eben- 
ezer Carter of that town, and in 1786 moved 
with their families to the valley of the Co- 
quago, or western branch of the Delaware 
River. 

Taking up their abode upon what was 
known as the Walton Patent, they gave this 
name to the new settlement, and were honored 
members of the little band who founded the 
village of Walton. The difficulties of trans- 



portation were great in those days, and many 
are the stories recorded of hardship and peril 
during the earlier years of this frontier life. 
The five original settlers — Townsend, Pine, 
Furman, and the Norths — were connected by 
family ties as well as those of friendshi|), 
and were all men of more than ordinary char- 
acter and intelligence, bringing with them 
the unshrinking courage, patience, and ad- 
venturous s])irit transmitted by the New Eng- 
land Pilgrims to their descendants. They 
with their wives and infant children endured 
many privations, and underwent many thrill- 
ing experiences. 

The settlement grew, and was organized 
into a town in 1789. Gabriel North and his 
brother purchased adjoining farms, built 
houses, and reared families, who, growing up 
in friendly intimacy with others of their gen- 
eration, formed the nucleus of an intelligent 
and prosperous community. The following- 
letter, written during the first year of this 
wilderness life, will show what had been ac- 
complished toward the establishment of future 
homes : — 

•■Walton. Xovember 14. 17S5. 
'■ Dear Brother : 

"I am happy to welcome this opportunity 
to write, it being the first I have had since 
we came down in this wilderness. I would 
impose on you we arc all in perfect health, for 

which blessing I • to be truly thankful. 

and hope this may find you and yours enjoy- 
ing the same; would inform vou I have built 
a house, and ha\'e a grand winter store laid 
in. I have a very pleasant situation on the 
site of Pine Hill; the Delaware River runs 
immediatelv on the south side of my house. 
I think I have laid a foundation for all the 
happiness this world can afford. It has been 
very expensive moving to this new country, 
and expensive ant! difficult getting provision. 
However, I hope the worst is over. We have 
got four acres of wheat, half an acre of rye, 
and one of timothy sown. I think I could 
write you a long story about the beauties of 
this place, wild and romantic, — fish in great 
abundance, the finest trout ever was, and 
pigeons in countless numbers. I keep little 
Joe to drive them from the grain after sowing, 
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(leer are very plenty. I saw lourteeii elk in 
the river a few rods l)el()\v my house at one 
time. Wolves are very plent)' all around us, 
ami would frequenth' eome u[) to olu' door anil 
around our tents. At niyht all had to slee]i 
with our ehildrt.-n between us to prevent them 
being carried off. But Prince, king of dogs, 
has killed three of them; and the rest have 
become more shy. I'rince went out one ila\- 
alone on Tine Hill, and brought home a beau- 
tiful fawn in his mouth, that he had killed. 
The meat was very fine and cpiite welcome. 
We have a variety of wild ap|)les. and man- 
drakes \ery plentv in the woods, and every 
kind of wild berries, etc. 

" Vou say that my friends have e.\]iected 
letters from me. I am sorry to disappoint 
them. Tell them I am pcrfi'ctly satisfied 
with my situation, and find the country much 
better than I expected. We expect a number 
of settlers out in the spring. We shall be 
glad to see them, although we are quite ha])]:))-. 
Brother Robert or I will go to New York in 
the spring, antl then will give )ou all the ])ar- 
ticulars of our emigration to the West. 

"Be pleaseil to give my best lo\e to all my 
friends. That you may be hajijjy under every 
circumstance of life is ever the one wish of 
your loving brother. 

■■(jAnKii'.r Xniviii." 

'I'd Mr. r.i;N lAMlN NiilMii. Now Noik. , 

Gabriel, the writer of this letter, filled 
many town offices, and became Judge of the 
Court of Common Pleas in his county, which 
he also twice represented in the House of 
Assembly at y\lbany. He was also a member 
of the Electoral College that in 1816 gave 
the vote of New York for Presiilent and \'ice- 
I'resident of the Union. He was a man of 
ability, genial and social in his nature, honor- 
able and u]5right in character, and a sincere 
Christian. He died in 1S27 in the sevent}-- 
first year of his age. His wife died in 1837, 
and only one out of se\'en chihh'en survived 
her. 

The names of the children of Judge Gabriel 
and Deborah North were Hannah, Deborah, 
Mary, Gabriel, Jr., Benjamin, I-'meline, and 
John. Hannah married Lewis Seymour, and 
died in 1802, leaving one son, William N. 



.Seymour, who died at Brooklyn in i8,Sr. 
Deborah married Caleb Benedict, and ha<l 
seven children, only two of whom are now 
living, namely: Hannah N., wife of William 
v.. White, and mother of John N., ICdwin. 
and Charles White; and Charles Benedict, 
residing in New Canaan, Conn. (;;d)riel, Jr., 
marrietl Nancy Townsend, and had five chil- 
dren -Maria,' Matilda, William, (iabriel .S., 
and llannali. 0\' these Gabriel S. North, of 
Binghamton, ^'.^■., is sole survivor. Benja- 
min married Hannah Carter. John tlied 
unmarried. 



§OSlirA PINK, Jk., bearing the name 
of his father and grandfather, was born 
ill Walton, November 5, i 79S, and was 
in many res])ects a remarkable man. 
Although reared in the (juiel round of farm 
life, his ;d)ilities were such that he might 
have won distinction in almost any profession, 
had he so chosen. He was one of the most 
intelligent men in this section, and few had a 
more comi)rehensive grasj) of .State and na- 
tional affairs than he. He was also tiie ac- 
knowledged historical auth.ority of the town, 
his marvellous memory being a rich store- 
house of information. When Ja\' Gould com- 
piled his history of Delaware County, he 
obtained many of his facts from Mr. Pine. 
In affairs of local ini])ortance he took a lively 
interest, being the jiromoter of the first pub- 
lic library in Walton, and also of the old 
militia conqvany, from which he received the 
title of Ca])tain. In educational matters 
he was tlee]d_\- interested, taking advanced 
ground in all matters ])ertaining to the jiublic 
schools. He was an easv and tiioroughlv in- 
teresting writer, and contributed frequentlv to 
the l(K-al ])ress on sid)jects relating to the 
early settlement of the town. He was not, 
however, one of those who live only in the 
past, but, with advancing years, kept up with 
the spirit ot the age, being always young in 
his sympathies, and in every relation of life 
ujiright and kindly. 

His ancestor, John Pine, came from Devon- 
shire, Kngland. aliout the year 1640, and set- 
tled at Hem])stead, L.I. He had one son. 
James, who married and reared a son James, 



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whose son John married a young woman of 
Welsh descent, named Freelove Carmen. 
They had ten children, one of whom, Joshua, 
married Sarah DeMilt, of New York City, in 
the year 1750. They lived in Hempstead 
until some time during the Revolutionary 
War, when they were driven from their home 
by the British soldiers, who took possession 
of their house, and wantonly destroyed its 
contents. 

In 1785 Joshua Pine and his wife Sarah 
came to Walton, and were included in the five 
families who formed its first settlement. 
Four of their children had died in infancy, 
and one in his early manhood. The remain- 
ing five — John, Mary, Joshua, Sarah, and 
Daniel — came with them. On arriving at 
the settlement they found less land than had 
been anticipated, and consequently settled 
farther down the river, at what is now known 
as Pinesville. Here Joshua Pine, the elder, 
bought a large tract of land, which he after- 
ward divided among his sons, John, Joshua, 
and Daniel, who settled upon it. John mar- 
ried in 1781, but had no children. Daniel 
married Rachel Robinson, and they had nine 
children. He built the house now owned by 
Edmund More; and three of his grandsons, 
John, Thomas, and Peter Pine, are living in 
Walton at the present time. 

Joshua Pine, second, married Margaret 
Remsen, of Newtown, L.I., in 179S; and 
they had seven children — Mary, Joshua, 
George W., Charles, Sarah, Alfred, and Mar- 
garet, the latter of whom is now living, at the 
age of eighty-five years, in Detroit, Mich., 
the last survivor of her family. The second 
Joshua built the house long known as the Pine 
homestead, almost the counterpart, it is said, 
of the old North home at Newtown. He en- 
gaged largely in business, as a dealer in both 
lumber and merchandise, going frequently to 
Philadelphia, and having an extensive ac- 
quaintance throughout the country. He also 
filled the office of Judge in the Court of Com- 
mon Pleas, and was considered a man of more 
than ordinary integrity and business ability. 
His death occurred in rSiS, at the age of 
fifty-seven years: and he was succeeded in his 
home by his son, Joshua Pine, Jr., the subject 
of this sketch. The latter never married; 



and at his death, in 1888, the property was 
sold, and the old Pine homestead passed out 
of the family. 



(g>rNDREW J. THOMSON, a progressive 
p\ young farmer of Roxbury, N.Y.. is a 

/jl \ grandson of John Thomson, who 

^~^ came from Scotland in 1820, with 
his wife and two children, to seek a new home 
in Western wilds. After a voyage of seven 
weeks and four days they landed in New 
York, and thence proceeded up the Hudson 
on a sloop to Catskill, and from there came in 
a wagon to Bovina, Delaware County. After 
staying a few weeks with a brother who had 
been in the country twenty years, Mr. Thom- 
son put up a log cabin about two rods from 
where the present house stands. He had pre- 
viously been fully bent on going to Ohio, and 
he afterward thought his decision to stay here 
was providential. It was all a wilderness two 
miles down the valley, more than that to the 
east, and one mile and a half to the west. 
An Indian and his wife and grand-daughter 
lived there during the winter in a cabin they 
had built in the woods, and made baskets. A 
spring near the head of the little brook on the 
farm was much frequented by deer, and men 
would come here with their guns and wait for 
them. Finding the log cabin a convenient 
resting-place, they named it the "Hunter's 
Retreat." 

During the first year Mr. Thomson used to 
bring flour and other things for his family on 
his shoulders four miles. Having good water- 
power on his land, he built a mill, which was 
of great use to him for threshing, grinding 
provender, and sawing wood. On this pioneer 
farm Mr. Thomson and his wife, Marion 
Boyle Thomson, settled down to hard work. 
The)' had a daughter Janet, born October 28, 
18 1 5, and a son James, born November 26, 
18 1 8. Later two more sons were added to 
the family: Andrew Y., born May 26, 1822; 
and John B., March 17, 1824. Janet after- 
ward married Robert McFarland, of Bovina. 
The three sons grew up manly and helpful; 
and in time what had been a dark, wooded 
wilderness became a broad tract of smiling 
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the fruits of the soil. Thus down to ripe oUI 
age lived John Thomson and his wife Marion. 

After the death of his father, James H. 
Thomson took possession of the farm, and 
earried it on in the same wide-awat;e, progres- 
sive manner. Me hronglit the remainder of 
the hind under cultivation, and, building 
large, room\- barns, filled them with good 
stock. As the years went on, his dairy be- 
came noted ; for he turned the water supply 
to a good purpose in driving churns, as well 
as in sawing wt)od, and opened a good, sub- 
stantial source of income thereby. ICarly in 
life he planted a profusion of shade-trees 
about the grounds, and now these have grown 
so luxuriantly that they make the place very 
beautiful. Here Mr. Thomson lives a life of 
quiet retirement. He is fond of reading, and 
has added to his early learning, which was 
very limited, schools not being established 
here till 1S33, such a fund of valuable infor- 
mation that he is widely known as a "well- 
read man." He is a leading Prohibitionist, 
and highl\- respected by all who know him. 
Mr. Thomson's wife, Jane Amos, whom he 
married in January, 1856, was, like himself, 
born in Scotland. Her parents. William and 
Margaret (Sinclair) y\mos, came to this coun- 
try in 1830, when Jane was two years (dd, 
and settled at Cabin Hill in the town of 
.A^ndes on a farm now ownetl by their son, 
William Amos, Jr. .Seven of the eight chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Thonrson are 
now living, namely: John .A., a minister at 
-Sjirakers, on the Mohawk, is now married, 
and has three children. William .S. has no 
children living. Jacob N. married Mary IC. 
Scott, also Scotch. They live on an adjoin- 
ing farm, and have two children, one having 
died. .\mos W. is a physician, practising 
his profession at .Saratoga. Margaret Janet 
dii-d young. Annie married Thomas Aichi- 
bald, and lives in Hovina. She had three 
children, but one of these died. Marion lives 
at home. 

The other son is Andrew J. Thomson, who 
was born November 26, 1864, and received 
his education at the district school. When 
he came of age, he bought his farm from his 
father, and has continued and enlarged the 
dairy business. He keeps twenty-five fine 



Jersey milch cows, and these siippi\ tne 
cream foi' a tine grade (if choice butter. 
There are also twenty-five sheep on the i)lace, 
besides horses. ICverything about the estate 
is kept in i)erfect order, and the whole farm 
is in a flourishing condition. Mr. Thomson 
married Nettie C. Hewitt, the only daughter 
of John 15. and Marion Hewitt. John Hewitt 
was a successful farmer of New Kingston. 
His first wife died; and he married the second 
time, and had two children — Leola and How- 
ard. Mr. Hewitt died September 17, 18S7. 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomson have a little child. 



born M; 



1891, Milton A. In reli^ 



the Thomson family are L'nited I'resbyterians. 




ri'R VOL'XG, who owns and (occu- 
pies a valuable estate of three hun- 
(£) (bed and eighty-siv acres, finely 
located in District No. i of the 
town of Hamden, is one of the most energetic, 
self-reliant, and successful farmers of this 
section of Delaware County. He is a Scotch- 
man by birth and parentage, and first opened 
his eyes to the light in Roxburghshire. .Scot- 
land, in 1854. 

His father, Tiiomas Young, was born in 
Dalkeith, Scotland, in 181 i, and died in the 
town of Hamden, N.Y., in 1887. He was a 
teamster by occujiation while in his native 
country, where more than one-half of his 
long life was ])assed. He was twice married, 
and leared a family of nine children, eight 
sons and one daughter. His first wife, the 
mother of Peter, his second son, was Margaret 
Simington, who died in Scotland, at the age 
of fiftv years, leaving four sons and one 
daughter. The remaining children (jf tin- 
first marriage may lure lie thus briefly men- 
tioned: Robert, who has never left the coun- 
try of his birth, is a policeman in .Scotland, 
ha\ing l)een on the force se\'en years. Will- 
iam, who studied law with the late Judge Glea- 
son, of Delhi, is one of th(^- lights of the legal 
profession in Den\er, Col. Jane, the onlv 
daughter, is the wife of Isaac Miller, of Pe- 
]iacton, N.Y. The father emigrated to Amer- 
ica in 1868, bringing with him all of his famil\' 
with the exception of his oldest son. and was 
thereafter a respected resident of this county. 



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Peter was but a lad of fourteen when he be- 
came a resident of this vicinity, and from that 
time until he was married and had a home of 
his own he worked out by the month. Ht- 
was strongly imbued with the true Scotch 
spirit of industry, frugality, and thrift, so 
that, with the exercise of a wise discretion in 
monetary matters, he was enabled to save a 
part of his yearly wages, which never exceeded 
three hundred dollars. Mr. Young's first 
purchase of land consisted of two hundred and 
eighty acres lying about two miles from 
Delhi, for which, including thirty cows, he 
paid seven thousand dollars, running into debt 
five thousand five hundred dollars. He 
labored hard, and economized; and four years 
later, in 1888, he sold that farm, and bought 
his present property, paying ten thousand two 
hundred and fifty dollars, partly in cash, and 
giving a mortgage for the remaining seven 
thousand five hundred dollars. His place in 
all of its appointments indicates the super- 
vision of a thorough farmer and business man, 
and is one of the attractive homesteads in this 
vicinity. In addition to mixed husbandry, 
Mr. Young directs much of his attention to 
dairying, keeping from sixty-seven to seventy 
head of dehorned milkers, mostly graded Jer- 
seys, and ships his milk to New York City. 
He has five horses and a fine flock of Shrop- 
shire sheep, and in the rearing of stock he has 
excellent success. 

On the 25th of September, 1883, Mr. 
Young was united in marriage to Anna L. 
Halstead, of Ulster County, the daughter of 
Marcus and Maria (Hill) Halstead, both of 
whom passed to the higher life in middle age. 
They were the parents of four children, three 
of them being girls. 'J"he harmonious and 
])leasant wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Young 
has been brightened by the birth of three 
children, one of whom, a little daughter, died 
while in the innocence and purity of infancy. 
Two bright and wide-awake boys remain to 
them, namely: James H., ten years old; and 
Robert B., four years of age. Mr. Young and 
his sons all celebrate their birthdays in the 
same month, each having entered this world 
in July. In politics Mr. Young casts his 
vote in support of the principles of the Re- 
publican party. Religiously, he and his 



excellent wife are members of the First Pres- 
byterian Church, wherein he is an honored 
Elder. He has been prominently identified 
with the agricultural and business interests of 
Hamden ever since his residence in the town, 
and is greatly esteemed among his neighbors 
and acquaintances. 



-fg)T ECTOR COWAN, who died on July 

L^-l 4, 1878, at his home in the town of 

II 9 I .Stamford, N.Y., where he was an 

^"^ influential and valued citizen, was 

born here on October 2, 1824. His father, 

John Cowan, was a Scotchman, born in the 

old country on June 4, 1798; and his mother, 

Helen Grant Cowan, was born two years later, 

September 15, 1800, in Stamford. 

John Cowan's father, whose name was Hec- 
tor, came to America with his wife at the 
beginning of the century, while John was 
only two years old, and settled in Stamford, 
on what is now known as the old Cowan 
farm, which he reclaimed from the wilder- 
ness, building a frame house, wherein he re- 
sided till his death, at ninety-three years of 
age, in 1843. The children of the emigrant 
Hector were as follows: James Cowan, born 
June 29, 1794; William, on Augu.st 3, 1796; 
John, in 1798; Isabella, on June 14, 1800 — 
all before the emigration. Afterward, in 
Stamford, came Mary, March 12, 1803: 
Agnes, July i, 1805; Andrew, December 13, 
1808. Grandfather Cowan was an Elder in 
the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church 
in South Kortright. Politically, he was a 
Whig. He lost his wife when she was sixty 
years old, nearlv thirty years before his own 
demise. 

John Cowan grew up on his father's farm, 
and attended the district school, his educa- 
tional opportunities being, however, very 
meagre. In the course of years he purchased 
the homestead from the other heirs, and added 
thereto so largely that finally he owned six 
hundred acres, and stood at the head of the 
agriculturists of this neighborhood. Not only 
was he his father's successor as a farmer, but 
as an Elder in the Kortright Parish. His 
marriage to Helen Grant took place on New 
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Cowan was greatly pleased the next aiitunin, 
when they named their first child after him, 
Hector. On September 18, 1826, came a 
sister, Ann Eliza, and on December 11, 1830, 
another sister, Marietta; but all three have 
joined '"the innumerable caravan," Ann I-'liza 
on February 21, 1843, the same year with her 
grandfather, as above mentioned. Hector 
died in 1878, and Marietta in April, 1S93. 

Young Hector went to the local school, like 
his father before him, and likewise worked on 
the home farm, devoting himself wholly to 
agriculture. In 1851, November 5, at the 
age of twenty-se\en. Hector Cowan married 
Helena Jane Rich, who was born on the Rich 
family homestead at South Kortright, the 
daughter of James and Helena (Marshall) 
Rich; and more particulars concerning her 
family may be found in the sketch in this vol- 
ume of Mrs. Sarah Rich. Like his [irogen- 
itors, Mr. Cowan took an active part in church 
affairs, and succeeded them as an office-bearer, 
holding the position of Ruling Elder. As 
they had been Whigs, so was he in senti- 
ment, and cast his first vote for Taylor and 
Fillmore; hut a few years later the Republi- 
can party arose, and he at once joined its fort- 
unes. He was also influential in town affairs. 
At his death he left a widow and eleven chil- 
dren, eight of whom are still li\ing. 

The eldest of these, John A. Cowan, born 
ill 1854, is a Stamford farmer and an IClder in 
the Presbyterian church uf Hobart. Helena 
Cowan, born in 1856, married Dr. I~. H. Mc- 
Naught, of Denver, Col. Uf James Rich 
Cowan more will be said presently. Robert 
F. Cowan, born in i860, is a Stamford 
farmer. Hector William Cowan, born in 
1862, amid our Civil War, and named for his 
father and great-grandfather, is a Presbyterian 
clergyman in Lawrence, Kan. Henry Mar- 
shall Cowan, born in 1864, resides on the an- 
cestral acres. Charles Cowan was born in 
1868, and lives in Stamford, unmarried; and 
so does Frank R. Cowan, born in 1870. The 
children no longer living in this world are: 
Thomas Rich Cowan, who died at the age of 
twelve; Stephen, at seven: Annie, at "four. 
Since the death of their father the large farm 
has been carried on by his widow, who 
owns it. 



Of course she is aided by her efficient sons, 
but is herself a very capable manager, as well 
as a bright and intelligent woman. She is 
especially proud of her son, the Hon. James 
Rich Cowan, who bears her own family name. 

The Hon. James R. Cowan was b(;rii on 
May 22, 1858. He was educated in the local 
school, like two generations of his ancestors, 
and then went to Stamford .Seminary. He 
lived at home till his majority, and did not 
give up farming till the year 1891, having six 
hundred acres under his control. Like other 
farmers in this region, he gave special atten- 
tion to cattle, having from seventy-five to one 
hundred. In politics he has been active, 
being commissioned a Justice of Peace. In 
1889 he was made Town Supervisor by the 
Republican party, holding the place three 
years, and acting as chairman of the board the 
latter part of the time. In 1891 he was 
elected to the .State Assembly, and served a 
term at Albany. The same year he was 
chosen President of the National Rank of 
Hobart, which has a capital of fifty thousand 
dollars; and this place he still fills, the Vice- 
President being Oscar I. Rennett. and the 
Cashier J. A. Scott. Mr. Cowan is still un- 
married, and gives his main time and atten- 
tion to finance. In religion, as well as 
l)olitics, he retreads the inherited footsteps, 
and is a member of the I'nited Presbyterian 
church in .South Kortright. The Cowan home- 
stead is a noble old place, the house standing 
amid fertile fields not far from the village of 
Hobart. 




LON/O A. HAVERLV, miller and 
lumberman, is carrying on an exten- 
sive business in the town of Wal- 
ton, his mills being located near 
the corporatiun line. He made his appear- 
ance on this muiulane sjjhere in the year 1840. 
in Middleburg. Schoharie County, that town 
being likewise the native place of his father, 
Jacob Havcrly. whose birth occurred in 1809. 
Jacob was a son of Christopher Haverly. who 
was born in Rerne, Albany Countv, in 1783. 
Christopher Haverly married a ?ktiss Haugh- 
strauser, who was of High Dutch ancestry; 
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County, taking up a tract of wild land in the 
town of Middleburg, where they not only 
improved a fine homestead, but by toilsome 
labor, frugal economy, and wise management 
accumulated property valued at some twenty 
thousand dollars. Life's labors over, their 
bodies were laid to rest in the family grave- 
yard, on the farm which they cleared from the 
forest. They reared five sons and five daugh- 
ters, Jacob being the eldest child. 

Jacob Haverly was reared to farming indus- 
tries, and after his marriage, which was cele- 
brated in 1832, he being then united to 
Catherine, daughter of David G. and Mar- 
garet (Nashaultz) Rickard, lived for a few 
years on a farm near his father's. In 1843 
they settled in the town of Wright, where 
they lived on rented land for a few years, 
afterward buying land and improving a farm. 
To this he added from time to time, until he 
had three hundred and forty acres of as fine 
farming land as could be found in the vicinity, 
which he carried on with excellent results 
until his removal to Gallupville, where he 
and his good wife lived, retired, until his 
death, in 1892. His widow, now several 
years past threescore and ten, is living in the 
same town, surrounded by all the comforts 
that make life desirable. Of the eleven chil- 
dren born to her, nine grew to maturity, 
seven boys and two girls, the subject of this 
sketch being the third son and the fourth 
child. 

Alonzo A. Haverly received but an indiffer- 
ent education in the public schools in his boy- 
hood, but has supplemented it with after 
years of study. When he was growing up, 
his parents being in rather straitened circum- 
stances, his help was needed on the farm, 
where he remained until twenty-seven years 
old, working with fidelity and diligence. 
He then pursued his studies for a while in a 
select school in Gallupville for two terms, 
and afterward attended the .Schoharie Acad- 
emy. The following five winters Mr. 
Haverly was engaged in teaching. In 1880 
he purchased very cheap, at a foreclosure sale, 
his present fine mill property and the house 
in which he lives. He has rebuilt and im- 
proved the buildings at quite an expenditure, 
his <rrist-mill now having three sets of stones 



and his saw-mill a four-foot circular saw\ 
Both of the mills are run by four different 
kinds of wheels, propelled by water taken 
from the Delaware River, a half a mile 
away. The improvements are many and 
varied; and the property has now a commer- 
cial value of ten thousand dollars, a great in- 
crease since the first establishment of the 
plant, some ninety years ago. 

In July, 1873, Mr. Haverly formed a mat- 
rimonial alliance with Betty Sullivan, a na- 
tive of Delaware County. She lived but 
two years after their marriage, dying in 1875, 
and was soon followed by their infant daugh- 
ter. In 1877 Mr. Haverly married Hattie 
Sullivan, a sister of his first wife. Of the 
four children born of this union two died in 
infancy; and one daughter, Mary, a capable 
girl of fifteen years, and one son, Fred, a 
bright boy of thirteen, are both attending 
school. In politics Mr. Haverly is a straight- 
forward Democrat, but not an oflfice-seeker. 
Religiously, he is a believer in the doctrines 
of the Lutheran church, but with his family 
attends the Methodist church. He is a man 
of substantial business ability; and, being 
blessed with good physical as well as mental 
ability, he carries on the work of his two 
mills with the help of one man only. In con- 
nection with this he also deals extensively 
in flour and feed. 




^TT^TEPHEN R. and ERASTUS R. 
SEACORD were both born in Bo- 
vina, and are to-day numbered 
among the most prosperous farmers 
of the town. They are sons of James C. Sea- 
cord, and of French origin, tracing their an- 
cestry back to their great-grandfather, Paul 
Seacord, who was one of the early colonists. 
He left France with his six brothers, on 
account of the religious persecutions attend- 
ing the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. 
He had a son, William Seacord, who came 
from Dutchess County to Bovina in 1789, 
early in Washington's Presidency, and settled 
near Bennett Hill, where settlers were very 
few, the country wild, and game plentiful. 
Here he was twice married, reared fifteen 
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He was a Baptist, and died on his farm at 
seventy years of age. 

Stejihen R. Seacord, the son of William 
and the ;;randfather of the special subjects of 
this sketch, was born in Hovina in 1S05. Fn 
1S27 he bought the farm of a hundred acres 
where his grandsons now live, on which al- 
ready stood a log house anil barn : but later he 
bought more land, so that before his death he 
had two hundred and thirty acres. lie was 
very liberal in his religious views, and a 
Whig in politics, though he joined the ranks 
of the Republican party at its formation. 
Stephen Seacord died on his farm at fort)'- 
seven years of age, leaving three children and 
a widow, who outlived him twenty-three 
years. One of the two daughters is Mary 
Ann Seacord, the wife of George liell, a 
farmer in New Lisbon, Otsego County. 
James C. Seacord was the only son. Amanda 
Seacord, the other daughter, married Momcr 
C. Burgin, and is no longer li\'ing. 1 

James C. Seacord was horn Novend)er 21. 
1828, and lived on the homestead which he 
inherited, and to which he added. On h\b- 
ruary 3, 1S52, he married h^sther Close, who 
was born October 8, 1S22, and was a daughter 
of ¥Ai and Elizabeth (Adee) Close. "^ Eli 
Close was born in Dutchess County, but died j 
in Bovina, at sixty-five years of age. He was 
a shoemaker as well as a farmer, and an old- 
time Whi 



c>* 



.Mrs. Close was born in Lam 
County, became the mother of ten children, 
and died at seventy-eight. Live of these 
children are still living — George. Stephen, 
William, Harriet, and Mrs. Seacord. James 
C. Seacord was a Democrat, and died at the 
homestead on Independence Day, 1893. He 
and his wife were members of tlie Methodist 
Episcopal church, and were the parents of five 
children. The eldest, Abigail .Seacord, was 
born December 12, 1852, and is now Mrs. 
Thomas Fuller, a resident of Bovina Centre. 
The second child, Stephen R. .Seacord. the 
elder of the Seacord brothers, was born in the 
town of Bovina on August 5, 1856, just prior 
to James Buchanan's Presidential victory 
over John C. h'remont : and on New Year's 



Day, iSS- 



married Annice McDivitt. 



and Elizabeth (Kipp) McDivitt. Mr. and 
Mrs. .McDivitt are members of the Presbyte- 
rian church in .Andes village, where they 
resiile. Mr. McDivitt was a fiuiner for man\' 
years, but is now a drover; and he has alwa\s 
been a stanch Republican. Mr. and .Mrs. 
.Stephen R. .Seacord have four children: 
Mabel ICsther Seacord, born .\|)ril 6, 1884; 
S. Edgar .Seacord, born ]*"ebruary 23, 1886; 
iLlizabeth C. Seacord, born April 6, 1888; 
and Anna Myrtle Seacord, born September 
20, 1893. The father is liberal in his relig- 
ious views, but Mrs. Seacord belongs to the 
Methodist Episcopal church. The third child 
of J. C. Seacord, Erastus R. Seacord, was 
born on January 28, 1859. the year before 
Lincoln's election. He has never married, 
but makes his home with his mother and 
brother at the old farm. His second sister, 
IClizabelh Nancy Seacord, was born on June 
25, 1862, and is the wife of H. G. Bramley, 
a farmer in H(jvina. Another sister, Mary 
.\nn Seacord, was born November ly, 1865, 
and died January 31. 1872. 

Stephen and ICrastus Seacord were educated 
in the district schocds, and since their father's 
death have lived in partnership on the old 
farm. They have usetl their buildings to the 
very best advantage, and have a fine dairv, 
owning twenty-seven grade Jerse\- cows. For 
ten months of the year 1893 thev averaged 
two hundred ami Hfty pounds of butter per 
cow for the market. The farm would afford 
support for as many as forty cattle; and there 
is an orchard of seven acres, stocked with the 
finest fruit. The brothers are to be congratu- 
lateti on their uniting efforts to increase the 
value of the estate. They are both men of 
superior business t[ualities and agricultin-al 
knowledge. 

"In the tieKI of destiny we reap as we have 
sown." 




She was born in liovina on I'ebruarv 5, 1862, 
being one of the five children of William J. 



"ARl'hIR B. GAYLORD, a highly es- 
teemed citizen and prosperous voutig 
II9 t farmer in Harpersheltl, Delaware 

County, is a desceiulant and name- 
sake of the founder of that town. He is the 
son nf Daniel X. and Mary (Stevens) Gay- 
lord, and was born .March 19, i860. His 



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great-grandfather, Jedcdiah Gaylord, who had 
been a soldier in the Revolution, came from 
Connecticut, and settled with the Harpers and 
Roswell Ilotchkiss on a large tract of land in 
Harpersfield, which was then a wilderness. 
His children, ten in number, were Jedcdiah, 
Horace, Jdin, Harry, Daniel N., Levi, Ach- 
sah, Lois, Ruthala, and Mercy Gaylord. The 
father lived to the age of eighty-four years, 
but his wife died at threescore and ten. 

Daniel N. Gaylord, the fifth son named 
above, was born in Harpersfield, January 6, 
1796; and when but a boy he entered service 
for the War of 181 2. When manhood was 
reached, he bought a small tract of land, 
nearly all of which was covered with forest, 
built a store on the road at West Harpersfield, 
and married Isabella Hotchkiss; but, just as a 
happy and successful life seemed opening be- 
fore him, he was stricken down with a fever, 
from which he died at the early age of twenty- 
seven, leaving a widow and a baby namesake. 

Isabella Hotchkiss was a daughter of Ros- 
well and Margaret (Harper) Hotchkiss, whose 
marriage took place May 16, 1786, soon after 
the Revolution. Mr. Hotchkiss built a dis- 
tillery, and a factory where nails were made 
by hand, near West Harpersfield. On the 
brook he put up mills, where he did all the 
sawing for the people in that region: and he 
also had a turning-lathe. He bought and 
cleared land for a farm, erected buildings on 
it, was an active, enterprising man, and lived 
to the age of eighty-three years and five 
months, dying December 28, 1845. His wife 
was seventy-nine at the time of her death, 
January 22, 1845. Their children were: 
John Hotchkiss, born July 10, 1788; Joseph 
Hotchkiss, April 14, 1790; Roswell Hotch- 
kiss, Jr., April 4, 1792; Isabella Hotchkiss, 
August 6, 1795: Russell Hotchkiss, July 12, 
1797; Margaret Hotchkiss, March 4, 1800; 
Mary Ann Hotchkiss, January 14, 1804; and 
Sally Hotchkiss, January 7, 1806; besides 
two who died in infancy. 

Margaret Harper, wife of Roswell Hotch- 
kiss, was a daughter of John and Abigail 
(Montgomery) Harper, and a grand-daughter 
of James and Jeanette (Lues) Harper, who 
were born in Ireland, though their families 
are traced to Germany and France. James 



Harper sailed with his family from Derry, 
Ireland, and landed at Casco Bay, on the coast 
of Maine, in October, 1720. Here they set- 
tled ; but when war broke out with the Ind- 
ians they moved, with the exception of one 
son, John, to Boston, and thenceforth all 
traces of them disappear. John remained in 
Maine, serving in the army three years. 
Then he went to Boston, and thence to Hop- 
kinton, Mass., where he married Abigail 
Montgomery, November 8, 1728. After a 
time he moved to Noddle's Island, now East 
Boston, Mass., thence to Windsor, Conn., and 
thence in 1754 to Cherry Valley, Albany 
County, now Otsego County, New York. 
Here he bought a tract of land, and began to 
clear and cultivate it; but after a few years 
he pulled up stakes, and came to Harpersfield, 
where his death occurred April 20, 1785. 
His children were: William, James, Mary, 
Colonel John, Margaret, Joseph, Alexander, 
and Abigail Harper. 

John Harper, Jr., their third son, was the 
chief founder of Harpersfield. He attended 
school at Lebanon, and there became ac- 
quainted with a young Indian, who was after- 
ward the celebrated chief, Joseph Brant. 
From him young Harper learned much con- 
cerning the ways of the red man, which was 
of service to him in after years, when he was 
a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and 
served with honor and distinction, gaining 
the rank of Colonel by his bravery and sagac- 
ity. Often, when coming in contact with the 
Indians, his cool courage, combined with an 
unusual knowledge of their language and 
habits, was the means of saving himself antl 
others from destruction. Colonel John Har- 
per married Marion Tompson, and four chil- 
dren were the result of this union. They 
were John, Archibald, Margaret, and Rutli 
Harper. John Harper, the third, born July 
10, 1774, enjoyed the distinction of being the 
first white child born in Delaware County. 

Prior to the Revolution the Harpers, find- 
ing that the Indians possessed territory which 
they were willing to sell between the Dela- 
ware and Charlotte Rivers, determined to 
buy, and to found a settlement of their own; 
but, before they could complete the purchase, 
they were obliged to have a license from the 




George F. Post. 



lUOGRAPHICAL RKVIKW 



27.5 



gdvcrnmcnt. This they iHdciuvW, and they 
boiij;'ht t\V(.'nt\-t\vo thousand acres. The [xit- 
cnt running to tlieni was from Kin;;' George 
III. as a lease, wliich stipulated that a vearly 
tax he paid of t\M> shillings and sixpence a 
hundred acres for the use of the ground, not 
going over one foot deep: but a release from 
this obligation was given by the State of \ew 
\'ork, after inde]iendetice was declared. In- 
cluded in this grant were the names of John 
Harper. .Sr., William IIarpei% John Harper, 
Jr., Joseph Harjx'r, and Alexander Harper. 
After the war t'olonel John Harjier tlid much 
towarcl founding the permanent settlement at 
Harpersfield. building mills and stores. He 
died November 20, icSii, his wife ha\ing been 
ilead since 1778. 

Daniel X. (iavlord. Jr., son of Daniel N. 
and Isabella (Hotchkiss) Gavlord. was born 
near where he now lives, in Harpersfield, and 
was educated at the district school. lie be- 
came a partner in the firm of Peck iK: Harjier. 
but soon bought them out, and managed the 
store alone for several years. Then he gave 
up mercantile life for agricultm-al, bu\ing one 
farm after another until he was tlie owner of 
four hundred acres. He married for his first 
wife Mary Stevens, a daughter of .Seely .Ste- 
vens, who was one of the earliest hotel-keepers 
in Delaware County. Mr. Ste\-ens was the 
owner and manager of the hotel at -Stamford, 
built in 1807, which has since been converted 
inln a dwelling-house, and is now owned b\- 
-S. B. Champi'in. The children of Mr. Gay- 
lord's fiist maiTiage were: h.dward. .Sarah, 
and John Gavlord. all of whom died \oung; 
and Harper H. Gaylord, whose name heads 
the ])resent sketch. Mrs. Mary .Stevens (iay- 
lord died at the age of fifty-three; and Mr. 
D. N. {ia\iord has since married Rose X'^roo- 
man, a [laughter of Cornelius X'rooman, of 
Hlenheim, bv whom he has one child, lulward 
(iaylord, born I'"ebruar_\- 15, 1882. Mr. Gas- 
lord .stocked his store, and there established 
his son Harper. 

On account of jioor health. Harper H. Ga)-- 
loril, like his father before him, exchanged 
the life of the store fur the freer range of the 
farm, settling on the old homestead. (~)n 
March 15, 1880, he married Hattie, daughter 
of Bennett Graff, who came from Leipsic. Ger- 



many, til .\cw \nik Lily, where he resided 
some time. l*"rom there lie moved to Ilobart, 
Delaware County, and thence to Kortriglu. 
where he is a ))ainter an<l cabinet-maker. He 
married Mary J. I'iidser, daughter of Stephen 
Tinker, and hail two children — Hattie and 
Wesle)-, the latter of whom tlied when a child. 
His first wite dying at the age of twenty-eight 
years, Mr. Graff married for his second wife 
Hattie Keeler, of Kortright, by whom he has 
one son, lulmund L, Graff. 

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Harper B. (iay- 
lord is blessed with two children: Koswell 
Ilolehkiss (iaylord, born January 22, 1S81; 
and Alice Mary Gaylord, born November 16, 
1889. Their father and his father arc both 
Republican.s, and both families are connected 
with the United Presbyterian church. Mr. 
(iayloril is a worthy descendant of his ])ioneer 
and Revolutionary ancestry, and is highly es- 
teemed in the tuwn which his famih' foundetl. 




|i;\". Gl-:ORGl': l'. post, a retired 
P>aj)tist minister, living at Meredith. 
Delaware Count}-, X.V., was born 
at Bozrah, Conn., .Se[)tember 24, 
18 I 3. His father, Stephen I'ost. Jr., a native 
of the same town, came to Meredith in 1818, 
and, taking u]) a tract of timbered land, 
cleared it, and g<it it into a state of cultiva- 
tion. A fi'w years later he sold this prop- 
erty and moved to West Meix-dith, living 
there for some time, afterward returning to 
Connecticut, dying there, aged sixty-three. 
Mrs. Post, wild was a Miss Amanda .M. 
Burchard before marriage, was the mother of 
five children: (ieorge V.\ Ira Hill: Charles 
B., a missionary in California: .Samuel .A., 
deceased, who graduated from Vale College, 
afterward engaging in teaching: and Harriet 
Amanda, wife of Nathan Ayer, a graduate of 
Troy, and teacher in a female C(dlege in 
North Carolina. 

(ieorge 1"". Post s]ient his earl\- yeais in 
Meredith, and at the early age of thirteen 
worked on a farm by the montii, continuing at 
this labor until he was twenty-one. His 
schooling was obtained during the winter 
months. He prepared himself for college, 
entering Hamilton, graduating from there 



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after a four years' course. He was ordained 
in Westford, Otsego County, in 1838, his first 
charge being at Leesvillc, near Sharon 
Springs, where he preached for about six 
years. His next charge was at New Berlin, 
where he remained for six years, and was then 
called to the home of his childhood. He re- 
mained in Meredith about three years, was at 
Franklin two years, and again returned to 
Meredith for another three years. His next 
charge was at Jersey City; and he went from 
there to East Lyme, Conn., where he re- 
mained four years. He was once more re- 
called to Meredith, and preached here until 
1882, when he retired, and has since made 
his home with Mr. Ayer, of Camden, N.J. 

The Rev. Mr. Post was married in 1838 to 
Miss Mercy Gal loop, a daughter of Thomas 
Galloup, a well-known farmer of Cassville, 
Oneida County. Mr. Galloup and his wife 
were originally from Connecticut, but for 
many years had been residents of Cassville. 
They were the parents of seven children. 
Elder Post has always been an earnest worker 
in the temperance movement, and early joined 
the ranks of the Abolitionists. During his 
long and active course, which in every sense 
has been that of a noble and Christian man, 
he has ever lived up to the principles he 
preached. Always first and foremost in every 
good and noble work, he is revered and re- 
spected throughout the length and breadth of 
the county, the serene content of his old age 
being the result of a godly, useful, and unself- 
ish life. 

Probably few portraits within these covers 
will be more welcome to a larger circle of 
friends than the accompanying likeness of this 
faithful preacher of the gospel of peace. 



Wi 



[LLIAM G. SMITH, M.D., of the 
firm of Smith Brothers of Walton, 
N.Y., the partners of the firm being 
William G. and John D. Smith, is a graduate 
of Bellevue Medical College, of New York 
City, and a young man of good mental 
powers, well educated, and well equipped for 
the battle of life, having before him the pros- 
pect of a useful and honored career. He was 
born in Walton on the homestead where he 



now resides, on October 1 1, 1866. Mr. Smith 
is of Scotch antecedents, his great-grand- 
father, John Smith, having emigrated from 
Scotland with his family in 18 18, becoming 
one of the early settlers of Delhi. Buying a 
tract of land, which was mostly covered with 
timber, he cleared a small farm, and made 
that his permanent home. This farm is now 
owned by the Howland brothers, and adjoins 
the farm of the Smith brothers. 

Robert Smith, son of John the emigrant, 
was about eighteen years of age when he left 
his home in Scotland; and after his arrival 
in this country he assisted his father in 
clearing land and in establishing a home in 
the wilderness, remaining at home until his 
marriage with Christina McFarlane. He then 
purchased a farm on Scotch Mountain, Delhi, 
where he lived and reared a family of ten 
children, who may be thus briefly designated: 
Jane married Alexander Shaw, of Delhi. 
Nancy married Robert Sloan, of Walton. 
John W. was the father of the subject of the 
present sketch. Catherine married Robert 
Wight. Robert was the fifth child. Chris- 
tian married John Armstrong, of Salinas, Cal. 
Janet married James Miller, of Fresno, Cal. 
Daniel was the eighth, and Alexander E. the 
ninth child. Margaret, the youngest, married 
Alexander Tweedy, of Walton village. The 
parents of this large family spent 'the years of 
their wedded life on their homestead in 
Delhi, the mother passing away at the age of 
forty-two years, ere reaching the meridian of 
life. Her husband survived her, living to the 
advanced age of seventy-seven years. 

John W. Smith was born and bred in the 
town of Delhi, attending first the district 
schools, and later the high school, and, after 
completing his education, was engaged in 
teaching school in the winter season, and 
working on a farm in the summer. In 1854 
he came to Walton, and, purchasing the prop- 
erty where his sons now reside, began the 
improvement of a farm. He placed the land 
under good cultivation, erected commodious 
buildings, and successfully conducted the 
business, farming until the time of his death, 
which occurred in August, 1882, when fifty- 
four years of age. He married Jane Wight, 
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fariiiors ot Delhi, wluTo llu)' .s])t.'nt tlicir last 
years. Mr. aiui Mrs. \\'i!;ht were the parents 
of ten ehiklren: namely, John, Betsey, Rob- 
ert, ICllen, William, Margaret Ann, Isabella, 
lane, (leorge, and Thomas. 

[ohn W'. .Smith and his wite Jane reared 
seven ehildren, five sons and twn daughters; 
nameh', Robert, Jane V.., (leorge \\'.. John 
])., William (1.. 1-Jnma C, and Alexander 
I-".., of whom only three are now living; 
namelv, |ohn 1)., William Ci., and h'.mm;i C. 
Robert, the eldest, died ;it the age of twent\'- 
three, at the elose of his Junior yeai' in Ham- 
ilton College. The remaining three died in 
childhood. John I), married Mary I'etrie. 
the daughter of John and Margaret ( I'dliott ) 
I'etrie, of New Kingston, I)i,-laware County; 
anil their imion has been blessed by the birth 
of two ehildren— Margaret I'^ and John W. 

William C .Smith, being a studious, ambi- 
tious youth, reeeiei'd e\eelK-nt educational 
advantages, and, after le;iving the district 
school, pursued a course of study at the Wal- 
ton Academy, ami latei' took a business course 
at the Albany Commercial College, ;ilter- 
nately working on the farm antl attending 
school. lie subsequently entered Hellevue 
Medical College, from which he was gr:id- 
uated in 1894, anil expects in the near future 
to sever his connections with tlu' faiaii ;ind 
j)ractise medicine in his nali\e town. In 
their political affiliations both brothers are 
inflexible iidherents to the pi'iiiciples ot the 
Republican part}-, and John is ser\'ing his 
fellow-townsmen as I'Lxcise Commissioner. 
Both are members of the L'nited Presbyte- 
rian church, of which theii' f;ither was one of 
the founders, and in which he seived with 
tidelit\' for many \'ears as an bdder. 




.\ SF.ARI.b'.S. a successful mer- 
chant tailor of Hancock. X.^^, was 
l)orn in Withiel, Cornwall, F.ngland, 
Ma\' 7, 1S37. His father, who was born in 
the s;ime town, was William .Scarlcs, a black- 
smith bv trade, who there followed his occu- 
pation until 1848. He then came to 
America, sailing from Padstow, Cornwall, in 
the shi|) "Belle," and after a stormy \'oyage 
of six weeks and three da\s landed at ( )ue- 



bec. Going from there to Bethany, Wayne 
County, Pa., he remained about ;i \e;ir; ;ind 
then, moving to Cherry Ridge, Pa., he en- 
gaged in the blacksmith business. 

Being moderately successful, he lived in 
that place imtil his death at the age of 
seventy-five years. He w.as a member of the 
Methodist JCpiscopal Church at Cherry Ridge, 
and with his wife, who was Mary Hlake, of 
Withiel, Cornwall, and survived her husband 
about one \'ear, is buried at Cherry Ridge. 

rhe\- had a family of nine children, namely: 
Reuben, who was ;i miller by trade, and 
p:isseil his da\-s in his native town; Jane, who 
after her marriiige to Philip W'illiams, a 
wheelwright, went to .Sydney, Xew .South 
Wales, about 1845, and died m 1S60; Caro- 
line, who went to -Australia with her sister, 
Mrs. Williams, and, ha\dng married, made 
that phice her home; Belinda, who ilieil at 
Cherry Ridge when ;d)out seventeen years ol 
age: \\'illiam, a f;nnier, who with his wife, 
Sarah (Gregory) Searles, and a family of 
seven children, lix'es at .Seelyville, Wayne 
Count}-, Pa. : Mary Ann. who married a shoe- 
rnaker of Portland, Conn.: Henry Dickerson, 
who died in i88j; P'elix, the subject of this 
sketch: Thir/a, who m:irrieil William Ham, 
a carpentei' of Hoiiesdale, Pa.; and Andrew, 
a farmer near Windsor, Broome Coui-ity, X.Y., 
who married Jane Bond, of Hoiiesdale. 

b'elix at the age of fourteen began to learn 
the tailor's trade in the employ of William 
Parnienter, ol Honesikile, Pa., where he re- 
i-nained for thiee \ears. He there worked for 
Benjamin .Sherwood nine years, and, going 
from there to H.iwley, Pa., started in business 
for himself. After eight years he left Haw- 
ley, -and in 1864 can-ie to the thriving town of 
Hancock, whei'e he has since been engaged 
in the clothing business. He carries a large 
stock of gentlernen"s furnishing goods and 
ready-made ehithing in connection with his 
merchant tailoring, and counts among his cus- 
tomers the best people in this section. 

On October 25, i86g, he marrieil :\Iary A. 
Tarbox, daughter of -Silas and -Ann (Mat- 
thews) Tarbox, of Honesdale, w-hose ancestors 
were soldiers in the patriot army in the Revo- 
lutionary War. The Tarbox family came 
oriuinal'lv from l-'rance, and were among the 



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early colonists of the United States. Mr. 
and Mrs. Searles have two children: Minnie 
A., who was born May 23, 1871, obtained 
her education at the Hancock Academy, and 
now lives at home with her parents; Clarence 
Howard, who was born November 2, 1886, 
now attends the academy in Hancock. 

Mr. Searles was one of the charter members 
of the Knights of Honor in Hancock. He is 
a well-known and popular citizen; and, being 
upright in all his dealings, he has gained 
much respect among his friends and patrons. 




ARVEY B. CRONK is one of the 
most extensive agriculturists at 
Grand Gorge, in the town of Rox- 
bury, Delaware County, N.Y., 
where he was born on July 8, 1832. The 
great-grandfather, Lawrence Cronk, came from 
Germany. He was a private in the Revolu- 
tion, and died of small-pox. leaving only one 
child, named after himself. Lawrence Cronk, 
Jr., was born in Tarrytown, on the Hudson 
River, and when he grew up learned the car- 
penter's trade. After attaining his majority, 
he removed to Delaware County, where he at 
first went to work for Captain Hardenburgh 
in Roxbury. Then he bought a log house on 
the turnpike, and kept a tavern there for a 
couple of years, also working more or less at 
his trade. Later he bought a small farm. 
He lived to be ninety-three years old. In 
politics he was an old-time Whig. His wife, 
whose maiden name was Nancy Creary, also 
lived to a good old age; and they brought into 
the world ten children — John, Nathan, Sally, 
Nathaniel, Polly, Hannah, Betsey, Phoebe, 
Edward, and Ro.setta Cronk. 

Nathaniel Cronk, second son and fourth 
child of Lawrence, Jr., was l)orn on the farm 
in Roxbury, where he worked many years. 
His wife was Abigail, the widow of Charles 
Harley. They bought of John Powell the 
farmof two hundred acres on which Nathaniel 
had been employed, and remained there till 
1840, when they bought another place, of a 
hundred and fifty acres, on the Delaware 
River, where they built a barn and a large 
addition to the house. In 1845 they sold 
this estate to Mr. Cronk's brother John, and 



moved back to Ferris Hill, where they lived 
some years. In their declining days they 
found a home with their son Harvey, and died 
in the Methodist faith in which they had 
lived, he at the age of sixty-seven, and she at 
eighty-two. In politics Nathaniel Cronk was 
a Whig till the formation of the Republican 
party, which he a,t once joined. Nathaniel 
and Abigail Cronk had seven children, of 
whom the eldest is Harvey B. The others 
were: Volney, Laura, Lyman, Alva, Debois, 
and Martha Cronk. 

Harvey B. Cronk went to the district 
school, and worked on the home farm till he 
was twenty-two, when he bought three hun- 
dred and sixty-five acres, one for every day in 
the year, which had been settled by the Rev. 
James Russell; and thereon he erected the 
present commodious buildings. The next 
year, 1855, at the age of twenty-three, he 
married Amanda Moffatt, of whose family an 
account may be found in another sketch. 
She died in 1893, aged si.xty; but Mr. Cronk 
is still an active man, enjoying the confidence 
of his fellow-men. Like his father, he be- 
longs to the Methodist church; but, unlike 
his father, he is a Democrat, not a Republi- 
can. He has held the office of Town Com- 
missioner over twenty years. His farm now 
numbers three hundred and fifty acres, and 
supports nearly sixty cows. 

His daughter Mattie was born on September 
II, 1857. On March ig, 1876, at the age of 
nineteen, she became the wife of Everett 
Desilva. He was born in Schoharie County, 
near the town of Gilboa, on January 24, 
T856, and was the son of Ira and Sarah 
(Thomas) Desilva, and a grandson of -Abner 
Desilva, who was born in France. When not 
yet ten years old, Abncr Desilva was kid- 
napped while playing on a wharf, and 
brought to America. He was kindly cared 
for, however, and lived for a time in Gilboa, 
but later went West. His children were 
John, Issachar, Hiram, and Ira Desilva. Ira 
Desilva was born in Gilboa. In due time he 
bought a farm of two hundred acres, and then 
another farm adjoining of a hundred and fifty 
acres, putting up new buildings, and also a 
woollen-mill, and becoming a very prosperous 
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a (laughter of Martin \'an 15incn Tlionias, a 
Gi,lboa lawNcr. Ira and Sarah Dcsilva had a 
large family of children: Frances Desilva, the 
wife of ICdward Carpenter; Electa Desilva, 
who lives at Cohocs; Laura, who married 
W. II. Heeker: Josephine, who married Will- 
iam Dudle)', and is no longer living: ivosa. 
the wife of Frank Simmons; Andrew, de- 
ceased; Homer, who married Anna h'.llen 
Searls; Henry, who marrietl Fmeline Myres: 
Smith, now living at the West; John, 
Stcjihen, anil Judson, all deceased: and finalh' 
ICverett Desilva. Ira Desilva lived to he 
si.Kty-eight and his wife seventy-four \ears. 
Both were members of the Methodist l''.])is- 
copal church, and he was a Democrat in po]- 
itics. 

Everett Desiha attended the ]5ui)lic schools 
in different places till he was fourteen years 
okl, and then worked on a farm until he 
married Mattie Cronk. Two of their children 
died young, but they ha\-e two living. Leo 
Harvey Desilva was born March 30, 1S80, 
and Iva Alva on November 4, 1882. l^verett 
Desilva worked for his father-in-law two 
years after mairiage, and then bought a farm 
near by of a hundred and thirty acres, which 
he carried on in partnership with Mr. Cronk 
till 1 888. Then the younger gentleman 
bought the Moore farm, of three hundred and 
sixty acres, whereon he has built a fine house, 
measuring forty-two by seventy-four feet, and 
supjjlied with all modiMii impnnements. lie 
has also |)ut up a largi- barn, affording room 
for sixty head of cattle and four horses. Not 
only does he raise milk for the New \'ork 
market, but colts also; and there are about a 
hundred and fifty sheep on the place. The 
family attend the Methodist church, and Mr. 
Desilva is a strong Prohibitionist. Their 
place is onh' a mile and a half from Crand 
Gorirc. 




'A.MUia. M1<;L\ is the owner of a 
valuable estate, consisting of ime 
hundred and sixty acres of well- 
cultivated land, with good buildings 
thereon, in the town of llamden. He is a 
native of Scotland, and was born in Kirkcud- 
bright, July 9, 1 8 19. 



His parents, i\obert and Euphemia ( Thomp- 
son ) Mein, were lile-long residents of .Scot- 
land, the fathei' dying there in 1843, aged 
sixty-two years, and the mother in 1S45. Of 
the six sons and three daugliters born to them 
four sons and one daughter came to America. 
James Mein, the eldest son, ciossed the ocean 
in 1831 : and two years later his brother Rob- 
ert joined him in New ^'ork L'ity. They 
tollowetl their trade of stone-cutting there 
for eight years before coming to Delaware 
County. Putting their earnings together, 
they bought a farm in Delhi, which they car- 
ried on jointly for a few years; and then each 
purchased a homestead. Another brother and 
a sister came from .Scotland to this part of 
New York in 1839; and in 1841 their brother 
Samuel, of whom we write, came alone, taking- 
passage in a sailing-vessel, and being on the 
water thirty-two days. 

Samuel Mein had leai'ued the shoemaker's 
trade in his native land; and at this occupa- 
tion he worked t|uite a long while after con>- 
ing here, being enij)loye(l the first winter in 
the town of Andes, the following six years in 
Hovina, and the lU'xt three years in Hamden. 
In 1 85 1 Mr. Mein, desirous of seeing more 
of his adopti'd lountrv, made a trij.) to \'ir- 
ginia, sojourning for a short time in one of 
its quaint towns, and there working at his 
trade. He subsetjuently explored a large 
jiart of that .Slate, returning to Delhi in 
October. Alter his marriage he bought a 
larm in the town of Delhi, and lived on it 
seven years, exchanging it then for another in 
the same town, which hi' occu[)ie(l for fi\'e 
years. In 1863 Mi-. Mein bought his present 
farm, which then contained one hundred and 
ninety-seven acres, for the moneved considera- 
tion of three thousand three hundred dollars, 
his ])urchase including the stock on the farm. 
Small jiarcels of this land he has sold to the 
villagers, and his homestead proj^erty now 
contains one hundred and sixty acres. He 
keeps twenty-nine choice milch cows, some of 
them being grade Jerseys; and from this val- 
uable dairy he gets three hundred cpiarts of 
rich miik twice a day. In its a|)pointments 
and improvements the farm of Mr. .Mein ranks 
with the best in the locality, being a credit to 
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cently lost a good barn and wagon-house by 
fire; and the substantial barn which he is now 
erecting in place of the old one, at a cost of 
nearly two thousand, is very commodious and 
conveniently arranged, and one of the finest 
structures of its kind in the vicinity. The 
stone basement is nine feet high, with twenty- 
two-feet posts above; and the timbers are of 
hemlock. There are two floors above the 
main floor, the driveway for the hay being on 
the upper floor; and the hay is thrown down 
into two immense bays. The second, or mid- 
dle, floor contains the threshing-room, and 
also the grain and feed bins. In the basement 
are accommodations for forty-five head of cattle 
and from five to seven horses, and one very 
important feature in connection with this fine 
building is its excellent system of ventilation. 
In the spring of 1852 Mr. Mein was united 
in marriage with Maria Lewis, the daughter 
of the late John Lewis and his estimable wife, 
Anna Wakeley Lewis. Mr. Lewis was a vet- 
eran of the Revolutionary War, and for many 
years received a pension. He settled in the 
town of Delhi, where he carried on a success- 
ful business as a miller. Of his seven chil- 
dren three daughters and two sons are now- 
living. Mr. and Mrs. Mein have buried one 
infant daughter. Three daughters and one 
.son still remain to them, who may here be 
briefly named: Mary, who married John 
Young, a farmer in Franklin, has one son: 
Euphemia, a well-known and successful 
teacher, began her professional career at the 
early age of sixteen years; Jessie lives at 
home; Robert L., who lives with his parents, 
has operated and managed the home farm for 
the past nine years, continuing the imjirove- 
ments already begun, and meeting with 
unquestioned prosperity in his various under- 
takings. He is a thorough-going agricultu- 
rist, and inherits in a marked degree those 
sterling qualities of character that constitute 
a good and loyal citizen. He is a strong Re- 
publican in politics, and lakes a warm inter- 
est in the common weal. He is now serving 
his second term as Assessor. He has also 
filled many of the minor offices of the town. 
Mr. Mein and his family are people of strong 
religious convictions, and worthy members of 
the Reformed Presbyterian church. Like his 



son, he is an ardent supporter of the Republi- 
can party, and forwards to the best of his 
abilitv the interests of the town. 




TXJf ll.LIAM LEONARD RUFF, a well- 
known farmer and the leading cat- 
tle breeder in Bovina, Delaware 
County, was born in the adjoining town of 
Roxbury on F"ebruary 21, 1855. His father, 
John Gottlieb Ruff, was born in Germany, 
and married Rosa Leonard before emigrating 
to America in 1853. He belonged to an old 
and rich family, had been trained a farmer, 
and was far from penniless when he crossed 
the seas. For a year the new-comers stayed 
in New York City, and then went to Greene 
County, where they hired a farm in Pratts- 
ville. Not feeling satisfied there, they left 
the place before the birth of their second 
child, William L., and settled in Roxbury, 
where they purchased two hundred acres, 
whereon they remained till recently, when 
they moved into the village, in retirement 
from hard- work, and where they arc now in 
the enjoyment of comfort and good health, and 
of religion, also, as members of the United 
Presbyterian church. .Mr. Ruff is especially 
active in religious matters, and is a Republi- 
can in politics. There were born into the 
homestead seven children, all now living and 
thriving. John Ruff, the eldest, born in 
1853, is a farmer in Andes. Next comes 
William L. Ruff, of Bovina. The eldest 
daughter, Kate, born in 1858, is now the wife 
of Lewis Van Aken, a Roxbury farmer. Car- 
rie Ruff, born in 1868, married Albert Craft, 
of Roxbury. George Howard and Edward 
Ruff, born in 1863 and 1867, live in the same 
county, the former in Stamford and the latter 
in Middletown. Henry Ruff, born in 1871, 
remains on the parental estate, and is largely 
engaged in land speculation. 

William L. Ruff grew to manhood in the 
usual way of a farmer's son, working on the 
land and attending the district school. In 
1872, at the age of seventeen, he started for 
himself, and for nine years worked on other 
farms for about fifteen dollars a month. By 
this time he was twenty-six; and, being very 
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a gjoodly sum of money. He therefore felt 
justified, on ]\Iarch 10, 1881, in marrying 
Anna Melissa White, daugliter of Joim W'liite, 
an early settler in Kortright, where he still 
li\es, a representative farmer, an earnest 
Democrat, and in sympathy with the religious 
opinions of his wife, who belongs to the 
Methodist society in Hobart. 

After his marriage William I-. Ruff bought 
the Rutherford farm, of three hundred acres, in 
Bovina, where he has continued to live and 
work hard ever since. Of course, he has to 
engage more or less in general agriculture, 
but gives his special attention to his dairy 
and to cattle breeding, keeping seventy-one 
cows, including the young stock. His milch 
cows yield each two hundred and eighty-five 
pounds of butter yearly for market, and the 
average has sometimes reached three hundred 
jiounds a head. He is justly proud of his 
high breed of cattle, registered, full-blooded 
Jerseys. If you wish to see it, he will show 
you a neatly printed chart, giving the pedigree 
of the head of the herd, Ida \Ieridale's Angelo, 
No. 28,013, dropped March 2^, i8yi, and 
described as having a solid color, black t(jngue 
and switch. This superb creature he bought 
of the Meridale farm at ^Meredith, A_\er & 
McKinney proprietors, for a hundred and 
twenty-five dollars, when the beast was only 
three months old. His majest_\ can be traced 
back four generations, through Ida of St. 
Lambert's bull, 19,169, and Angela Grande, 
32,607. Among his progenitors were the 
famous imported Stoke Pogis, 1,259. '^"'' 
Michael Angelo, 10,116, the latter soltl to 
Miller & Sibley for twelve thousand five hun- 
dred dollars each, when only a calf six months 
old. The cattle raised on Mr. Ruffs farm 
are sold into Kentucky. Pennsylvania, Ohio, 
and especially into Wayne and