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This laniil\- is of Gennan ancestry, 
EISS the founder, George Eiss, settHng" 

in iJoston, in 1820, after a short 
previous residence in Ogdensburg-, New York. 
He was a farmer and man of some means. 
He married, in ( iermany, Katherine Reichert. 
He died May 5, 1843. Children: i. Chris- 
tian, born Octolier, 1808, died in Boston, New 
York. ?\Jay 28. 1891 ; married Catherine Don- 
nocker : sons: i. Daniel, born December 25, 
184c;, married, ^fay 25, 1875; no children, 
ii. John, born I'^bruary 6, 1854, unmarried, 
iii. Celia, born 1855, i^ia^ried Henry Stietzel, 
of Boston, New York. Both Daniel and John 
are of Hamburg. Erie county. New York. 2. 
George, died in Buffalo, buried in Forest 

Lawn cemetery ; married : daughters : 

Celia, married Thomas Humberstone, and re- 
sides in Buft'alo ; Elizalieth, married John But- 
ters, lives in Chicago. 3. [Michael, married 
and had a large family. 4. Katherine, mar- 
ried Jacob Carr ; has son, Joseph Carr, a jew- 
eler, of Niagara I'^alls. 5. Godfrey, of whom 
further. 6. Adeline, married Joshua Lumley ; 
one son, George, resides at Sardinia, New 
York. 7. }iJargaret, married Fred Clotz ; 
daughter, Kate, married Frank Friedman, re- 
sides at Java \'illage. New York. 

(H) Godfrey, son of George and Kather- 
erine (Reichert) Eiss, was born in Og- 
densburg, New York, February 5, 1831. 
When he was three years of age his par- 
rents removed to Boston, New York. He 
married, in 1852, Anna ^largaret Fatty, 
born in Boston, New York, April 5, 1833, 
died September 20, 1899, i" Buft'alo, 
daughter of Jacob Fatty, born in Alsace, then 
a province of France, where he was a pros- 
perous farmer, making a specialty of grape 
culture. He came to Boston, New York, was 
married and had children : Caroline, George, 
Jacob, Henry, Anna Margaret (married God- 
frey Eiss), Mary, married John Evans, a 
veteran of the civil war, now deceased. Ten 
children were born to Godfrey and Anna 
Margaret Eiss, three of whom died in in- 
fancy: I. Mary Louise, resident of Buffalo. 
2. Franklin J., born July 9, 1857; resident of 



Snyder, New York : married (first) Kate 
McNerney; children: Lillian, Frank, Harry, 
\\'alter and Alfred. 3. Clark Eber, born Feb- 
ruary 25, 1861 ; resides in Buffalo, engaged 
in the real estate business : married Emma 
Nachtrieb; children: \'iolet and Blanche. 4. 
George Martin, of whom further. 5. Rose 
J., born March 14, 1865 : married Albert F. 
Unholz ; children : Ethlyn, iMilton and Lil- 
lian. 6. Lillian B., born September 5, 1870; 
married Charles H. Weisseman, of Weisseman 
& Eiss Company, Buft'alo : children : Hazel, 
Orville. Ruth and Chester. 7. Arthur D., 
married Nellie Honsburger ; child, Margaret. 
(Ill) George ^lartin, son of Godfrey and 
Anna ^largaret (Fatty) Eiss, was born in 
Sardinia. New York, April 23, 1863. He was 
educated in the public schools of Buffalo, his 
parents having removed to that city in 1868. 
After finishing in the city school he took a 
course in Bryant & wStratton's Business Col- 
lege. T-'or four years, 1877-81, he was em- 
ployed in a printing oftice ; from 1881 to 1885 
was employed in the coal department of the 
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad 
Cc^mpany. at Buft'alu: from 1885 to 1899 was 
bookkeeper in the Buft'alo office of the Stand- 
ard Oil Company: in 1899 he formed a part- 
nership with Charles H. Weisseman, and un- 
der the firm name, Wiesseman & Eiss, es- 
tablished, at Broadway and Fillmore avenue, 
Buff'alo, a modern department store. They 
have a very large establishment and conduct 
a most successful business, their line embrac- 
ing all departments of the present day de- 
partment store. Mr. Eiss is a Republican in 
politics, but takes no active part in pul)lic 
aft'airs. He is an active member of the Lin- 
wood Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. 
In 1895 he was elected trustee and is still 
serving. He was a teacher of the young men's 
class in the Sunday school for many years, and 
since 1907 has been superintendent. For 
thirty years he has been an active member of 
the Young Men's Christian Association, serv- 
ing on many important committees. He is a 
member of De Molay Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons : of Keystone Chapter, Royal 




Arch Masons ; Knights of Maccabees ; Buffalo 
Chamber of Commerce, and of the East Side 
Business Alen's Taxpayers' Association. 

He married (first), January i, 1890, Har- 
riet J.. iDorn September 13, 1867, died August 
20, 1901, daughter of Adam Weller, an offi- 
cial of the United States custom house, at 
Buffalo. Children: i. Mildred, graduate of 
the Maston Park high school, 19 10, now a 
student at Buffalo State Normal College. 2. 
Weller George, born November 5, 1897. Mr. 
Eiss married (second), June 2t,, 1903, Bertha 
Inez, daughter of George Wallace Smith. 
Children: 3. Robert Martin, born Alay 5. 
1904. 4. Norman Smith, March 31. 1906. 5. 
Doroth}- Louise, June 4, 1909. 

The antiquity of the Horton 
HORTON family is well-proven. Long 

before the time of Henry 
Larey, Earl of Lincoln, who died in 13 10, 
Robert De Horton manumitted a bondman to 
his manor of Horton. The name Horton in 
the Anglo-Saxon language means an inclosure 
or garc'en of vegetables. The name is evi- 
dently of Latin origin and has been known in 
England ever since the conquest. The first 
of the family in America of whom there is 
authentic record came from England in 1633- 
38. Thomas, Jeremiah and Barnabas Horton 
were among the early emigrants. Tradition 
says they were brothers. 

( II ) Barnabas Horton, son of Joseph Hor- 
ton. was born in Mouseley, Leicestershire. 
England, July 13, 1600. He came to N^ew 
England in the ship "Swallow," Captain Jer- 
em}- Horton, master and owner, in 1635-38, 
landed at Hampton, Massachusetts, went to 
New Haven, Connecticut, 1640, with wife 
J\Iar_\- and sons Joseph and Benjamin. In Octo- 
ber, 1640, he made a permanent settlement in 
what is now Southold, LongTsland.New York, 
where his last eight children were born; the 
first two were born in England. Children: 
Joseph, of whom further ; Benjamin, married 
Anna Budd, sister of Jane, who was wife of 
Joseph Llorton : Caleb, married Abigail Hal- 
lock ; Joshua, married ^larv Tuthill ; Jona- 
than, married Bethia Wells : Hannah, married 
Barnabas Terrill ; Sarah, married Joseph Con- 
klin : Mary, married Joseph Budd, brother of 
Jane; Mercy, married Christopher Youngs; 
Abigail, married Charles Booth. 

(Ill) Joseph (2). eldest son of Barnabas 
Horton, was born in Mouseley, England, 

about 1635, and was brought to New England 
by his parents. He resided in Southold near 
his father for several years after his marriage, 
but in 1664 moved to Rye, Westchester 
county. New York, where his father-in-law, 
John Budd, had previously settled. He was 
admitted a freeman of Connecticut colony, 
1662. In 1 67 1 he was chosen selectman of 
Rye. In 1678 he was justice of the peace, a 
lieutenant, later captain of militia, and also 
authorized by the general court to issue war- 
rants and perform marriages. In 1695 ^e 
was vestryman of the church and in 1699 
licensed to keep a house of entertainment. He 
was a miller, an occupation followed by sev- 
eral of his descendants. He married, about 
1655, Jane, daughter of John Budd, one of 
the thirteen original Puritans, who settled 
Southold in 1640. Children, all but the last 
born at Southold, Long Island: Joseph, John, 
Samuel, David (of whom further), Abigail, 
married Roger Park ; Jeremiah. 

( I\' ) David, fourth son of Joseph (2) Llor- 
ton, was born in Southold, Long Island, 1644. 
He settled at White Plains, New York, where 
it is believed all his children were born. His 
wife is supposed to have been Esther King. 
Children: Joseph, born 1687, married Anna 
Howell; Thomas, 1690, married ]\Iary Knapp ; 
Daniel (of whom further); Samuel, John, 
Jeremiah, Abigail, Ambrose. 

( \' ) Daniel, son of David Horton, was 
born at White Plains, New York, April 23, 
1702. He settled at Yorktown, New York, 
where he died December 10, 1777. He mar- 
ried, about 1724, Esther Lane, born at Rye, 
New York, May 24, 1704, died April 18, 1769. 
Children, all born at Yorktown : Daniel, born 
1725; Elizabeth, married a j\Ir. Wright; Ra- 
chel, married Daniel Wright; Stephen, born 
April 30. 1731, married (first) Sarah Owens; 
(second) Elizabeth Frost; Esther, married a 
Mr. Wright ; Phebe, married a Mr. Knapp ; 
Millicent, married (first) an Owens; (second) 
a Lee; William (of whom further). 

(VI) William, youngest child of Daniel 
Horton, was born at ^'orktown, New York, 
January 10, 1743. died in Colchester, New 
York, 1 83 1. He settled in the town of Col- 
chester, Delaware county. New York, in 1789. 
Colchester was then a wilderness. He pur- 
chased large tracts of land, built saw and grist 
mills and operated a tannery, his trade being 
that of tanner and currier. He tanned and 
manufactured the first leather ever made in 



Delaware county. He dealt largely in lumber 
and kept a general store. He was a man of 
much influence and prominence ; was justice 
of the peace many years, was president judge 
of Ulster county. New York, (Ulster and 
Delaware then being one county) and in 1794 
was elected to the state legislature. He was 
an active member, with his wife, of the Bap- 
tist church. He married, in 1768, Elizabeth 
Covert, born January 9, 1743, of French de- 
scent. She survived him but two weeks. 
Children: John, born 1769. married Sallie 
Hagan ; Henry. November 7, 1771. married 
Abigail Cook ; James. January 23, 1773, mar- 
ried Martha White; Sarah, 1775, married Ja- 
cob Radaker ; Micajah, 1777, married Han- 
nah Williams; Isaac (of whom further); 
Harriet, married John Radaker. 

(VH) Isaac, fifth son and sixth child of 
William Horton, was born at Somers, New 
York, April 13, 1780, died May 10, 1855. He 
grew up in Colchester, where he lived until 
April, 1826, then moved to Liberty, Sullivan 
county, New York, driving his cattle, cows, 
hogs, horses and sheep through two feet of 
snow. In the morning all his sheep were 
gone, killed by the wolves. He built a grist 
mill at Liberty Falls, in 1827, and another in 
1841. He was exclusively engaged in the 
manufacture of bed posts and other turned 
woodwork, including wooden bowls. He also 
shipped out much of curly and bird's-eye 
maple with which the district abounded. He 
was a member of the Baptist church at Col- 
chester, but after moving to Liberty attended 
the Episcopal church. He was a Whig in 
politics and an ardent supporter of Clay and 
Webster. He married. January i, 1807, Pru- 
dence, daughter of Enoch and Esther 
(Wright) Knapp. They had ten children, all 
living when the youngest was fifty years old. 
"In 1837 they had thirty-seven grandchildren, 
all living but two." Prudence Florton sur- 
vived her husband, and February 8, 1874, was 
living at Liberty Falls, New York, in good 
health, in her eighty-seventh year, and had 
then living ten children, thirty-seven grand- 
children, and nineteen great-grandchildren. 
Her father lived to be eighty-eight and her 
grandmother. Prudence Schofield. to be ninety- 
four. Children, all born at Colchester, except 
Emily: Homer (of whom further); Ray, 
born April 8, 181 1, married Martha A. Rada- 
ker; James, June 5. 1813, married (first) 
Elizabeth Krimer, (second) Eliza Ann Clem- 

ents; Charles, February 25, 1815, married Bet- 
sey Grant; Esther, August 4, 1817, married 
Nathaniel Gildeslave ; Clarissa, May 11, 1819, 
married John C. Smith; Obed, May 5, 1821, 
married Catherine HoUiday ; Annis, January 
16, 1824, married William Gried ; Webb, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1826, married Elizabeth Ann Rada- 
ker; Emily, born at Liberty, New York, De- 
cember II, 1829, married Nicholas M. Young. 

(\TII) Homer, eldest child of Isaac Hor- 
ton, was born at Colchester, New York, June 
29, 1809, died in Shefifield, Pennsylvania, 
wdiere he removed about ten years prior to 
his death. He also lived in Bethel, Sullivan 
county, New York. He married, at Liberty 
Corners, New York, Jane Davidge. Children, 
all born in Sullivan county: Walter (of 
whom further); Lucien, born December 11, 
1836, married (first) Harriet Burr, (second) 
Ella Ball ; Elizabeth, married William Mc- 
Nair ; Rachel, married John McNair ; James, 
born August i, 1849, niarried Wilhelmina 
Garrett ; Isaac, married Ella Morse ; Sarah. 

(IX) Walter, eldest child of Homer Hor- 
ton, was born in Bethel, Sullivan county. New 
York, October 17, 1832, died in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. January 31, 1901. His home 
was in Shefiield, Pennsylvania, where he was 
in business for many years. Going to Phila- 
delphia to consult a physician he was taken 
with a mortal illness and died there three 
months later. He attended the ^lethodist 
Episcopal church, and was an active Republi- 
can. He married, September 14, 1858, at 
Hancock, New York, Harriet, daughter of 
Dr. William Johnson Lee, born at Jackson- 
ville, New York, where he died. He was a 
graduate physician and practiced his profes- 
sion in Jacksonville all his active life. He 
was an active member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and aftiliated with the Repub- 
lican party. He married Almira Lyke, daugh- 
ter of — ■ Moore. Her mother married 

(second) Samuel Lyke and Almira took his 
name, Lyke. Dr. Lee was a son of Jeptha 
Lee, born in Connecticut; married Esther 
Franklin, and after his marriage and the birth 
of two children settled in Jacksonville, New 
York. Children of Walter and Harriet (Lee) 
Horton: i. Cora, born August 26, 1859, died 
August 13, 1865. 2. ]\Iyra Lee, born April 
I7,"i86i, died July, 1910; married Louis 
Schoelkopf ; children : i. Walter Horton, born 
October i, 1883; graduate of Pennsylvania 
Military Academy. Chester, Pennsylvania; 



married Anna Johnson, ii. Genevieve Chris- 
tianna, married, September 26, 1907, Henry 
Von Birge and has a son, Henry Schoelkopf, 
born July 6, 1908. 

This family was founded in New 
TEW England by Richard Tew, son of 
Henry and Mary (Clarke) Tew, of 
Maidford, Northamptonshire, England. The 
following instrument, dated October 18, 1633, 
was placed upon record in Rhode Island at a 
later date: "This indenture made the i8th 
day of October in the 9th year of the reign of 
our Sovereign Lord Charles of England and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc., 
between Henry Tew of Maidford, etc., yeo- 
man, and William Clarke of Prior Hardwick, 
etc., witnesseth : That for and in considera- 
tion of a marriage by the grace of God shortly 
to be had and solemnized between Richard 
Tew, son and heir apparent of said Henry and 
Mary Clarke, one of the daughters of William 
Clarke, and for the sum of £20 of lawful 
money of England, by bond secured to be paid 
by William Clarke unto the said Henry Tew, 
upon the last day of May next, and for the 
sum of ii20 by bond secured to be paid by 
him, the said William Clarke, to him the said 
Richard Tew upon 29th day of September, 
1640, and for other good causes, etc." Then 
follows an engagement entered into by Henry 
Tew to make over on his part to his son Rich- 
ard, houses, barns, tenements, hereditaments, 
fields, etc. 

Richard Tew came to New England in 1640, 
his daughter Seaborn receiving her name from 
the fact that she was born on the ocean, dur- 
ing the voyage to America. In 1642 he is 
found at Newport, Rhode Island, where that 
year he bought fifty-nine and one-half acres 
of land of John Anthony of Portsmouth. This 
seems to have been his home ever afterward. 
In later years he united with the persecuted 
Quakers (Society of Friends) and had re- 
corded upon the French records the births of 
his children. In 1643 ^^ purchased twenty 
acres of land. In 1653 he was on a commit- 
tee for arranging matters that concern Long 
Island and in the case concerning the Dutch. 
He was called at the time "of Portsmouth," 
but he abode there but a short time. During 
the years 1654-56-57-58-60-63, he was com- 
missioner. In 1655 ^^ was made a freeman. 
(This is the date of his joining the church.) 
In 1657 he bought forty acres of land. In 

1657-62-63-66-67 he was chosen assistant (to 
the governor). In 1659 '^^ bought a share 
of the Conanticut settlement, consideration : 
"A good ewe and six ewe lambs, or a mare 
colt." In 1661 he was on a committee to re- 
ceive contributions for the agents in England 
(Roger Williams and John Clarke). In 1663 
he is named in the Royal Charter granted 
Rhode Island by Charles II. The same year 
he was on a committee for setting bounds 
between Portsmouth and Newport. In 1663- 
64-65 he was deputy from Newport to the 
general assembly. In 1664 he bought a dwell- 
ing house and land, together with a marsh, 
consideration: "a certain sum." In 1667 
he was on a committee appointed on prison 
and pound. In 1671 he was nominated with 
twenty-seven others as persons from whom a 
special court should appoint a jury in case of 
two Indians imprisoned on a criminal charge. 
He died in 1673. A tradition of the family 
relates that he died in London, England, 
where he had gone to look after some prop- 
erty. In 1687 his widow Mary signed as a 
witness in settlement of estates of John Pea- 
body Sr., of Newport. He married, in Eng- 
land, Mary Clarke, who survived him until 
1687. Children: i. Seaborn, born on the 
ocean. January 4, 1640: married (first), Jan- 
uary 5, 1658. Samuel Billings: (second) Owen 
Higgins : issue by both. 2. Elnathan, born 
October 15, 1644; died 171 1. 3. Mary, born 
August 12, 1647: died 1688; married, Decem- 
ber 8, 1670, Andrew, born 1635, died May i, 
1686, son of \^'illiam and Susannah Harris. 
4. Henry, of further mention. 

(II) Henry, only son of Richard and Mary 
(Clarke) Tew, was born in Newport, Rhode 
Island, 1654: died there April 26, 1718. He 
had, November 15, 1674, two lots containing 
eighty acres, dwelling house, barn, orchard, 
etc., from his father, "late deceased." He 
was deputy, 1680 and 1698. and the latter 
year was on a committee to "inspect our body 
of laws." He now had the title of captain. 
In 1699 he was chosen agent to go to Eng- 
land, but declined. He signed a letter with 
others concerning matters of controversy be- 
tween Connecticut and Rhode Island. Begin- 
ning February 4, 1702. and for several years 
thereafter, he served on a committee of four- 
teen persons appointed to attend to matter of 
proprietors' lands. In 1703-04-05-08-09-10-11- 
12, he was assistant (governor's). In 1706 
he was on a committee to build a fort on Goat 



Island. In 1707 he was with others given 
authority to impress a vessel into commis- 
sion "to bear up for volunteers." In 1709 he 
was on a special committee for advising Gov- 
ernor Cranston concerning the expedition 
against Canada. In 1714 he was chosen dep- 
uty governor in place of Walter Clarke, de- 
ceased. He now held the rank and title of 
lieutenant-colonel, June 18, 17 17. He deeded 
his son Henry, "for love, etc.," certain land 
in Newport, with mansion, house, barns, or- 
chards, garden, etc., and sundry other parcels, 
reserving six rods where his mother and wife 
were buried, to be laid out "twelve rods wide 
and three in length, for use as a burial place 
forever." The son Henry agreed to keep one 
hundred sheep for his father for life and to 
make certain payments to his five sisters. 
Henry (i) and his wives were buried in the 
family burying ground, half a mile north of 
Sachuest Beach. His will, dated April 20, 
1718, was proved May 18, 1718. He married 

(first) Dorcas , died 1694; (second) 

Sarah , died 1718. Children by first 

wife: I. Mary, born October 12, 1680; died 
May 30, 1752 ; married June 10, 1703, William 
Peckham (2), born August 3, 1675; died 
January 18, 1764. 2. Henry, of further men- 
tion. 3. William, born 1683 ; died April 5, 
1718; married, March 16, 1708, Abigail Sis- 
son, born March 23, 1685 ; died August 30, 
1723. 4. Richard, born 1684; deputy, 1718- 
24-27-36; married, December i, 1709, Ruth, 
sister of Abigail and daughter of George and 
Sarah (Lawton) Sisson. 5. John, mentioned 
below. 6. Elizabeth, died 1769; married, Sep- 
tember 17, 1712, Edward, son of Philip and 
Mary Smith. 7. Sarah, married Sylvester, son 
of James and Mary (Greene) Sweet. 8. 
Elisha, born 1691 ; died February 23, 1714. 9. 
Edward, died January 18, 1702. Children by 
second wife : 10. Dorcas, September 26, 1696, 
died February 5, 1715. 11. Paul, born Sep- 
tember, 1699; died May 24, 171 1. 12. Ed- 
ward, born November i, 1703, died November 
4, 1749; was town clerk of Middletown, 
Rhode Island, 1749; married, January 3, 1744, 
Mary Hoar, born 1723, died September, 1800, 
daughter of Hezekiah and Sarah (Bright- 
man) Hoar. 

(Ill) John Tew. son of Henry Tew, was 
born in Newport, Rhode Island. He re- 
ceived under his father's will his land in Digh- 
ton, Massachusetts, and removed thither. He 
married Sarah . The town records of 

Dighton show the birth of three children: 
Henry, October 29, 1729; William, September 
12, 1731; Dorcas, March 26, 1734. 

(IV) Captain Henry Tew, son of John 
Tew, was born at Dighton, Massachusetts, 
October 29, 1729. Until after the revolution 
the family remained mostly in Newport and 
iNIiddletown, Rhode Island, and in Dighton 
and the adjoining town of Freetown, Massa- 
chusetts. In 1 77 1, according to the provincial 
census, Job, William, Thomas and James were 
heads of families in Newport. In 1790 Elisha, 
Henry, James, John, Joshua, Mary, Newport, 
Thomas, and William were heads of families 
in Newport, Rhode Island. At Dighton, in 
1790, Paul, Daniel, Henry, Benjamin and 
Henry Jr. were heads of families, all doubt- 
less descendants of John. Henry had two 
males over sixteen, one under that age, and 
Henry Jr. two under sixteen and four females 
in the family. No other Tews were then re- 
ported as living in Massachusetts. Henry 
Tew, born January 23. 1705, son of Henry, 
lived at Middletown, Rhode Island, by wife 
Sarah had: Henry, born February 14, 1735; 
Ann, February 11, 1737; Job, January 9, 
1739; Mary, December 14, 1742; Admiral, 
March 13, 1746. His family left town, how- 
ever, as the only head of the family of the 
name in 1771 was Edward, having three fe- 
males in his family. A Henry Tew married 
at Newport, October 2, 1728, Margaret Fas- 
ten. Henry Tew, of Dighton, married there 
(intention dated October 20, 1753), Elizabeth 
Hathaway. Daniel Tew, doubtless a brother, 
married at Dighton (intention dated January 
12, 1762) Rosa Hathaway. In the revolution 
we find David Tew of Dighton, Uriah of 
Dighton (who married, in 1787, Sarah Samp- 
son), Daniel Tew of Berkley, Peter Tew of 
Lancaster, Charles Tew of Berkley and Digh- 
ton, and William Tew of Rhode Island. Cap- 
tain Henry Tew and his son Henry were also 
soldiers from Dighton. Henry was second 
lieutenant in Captain James Nicolls' (Eighth) 
company, second Bristol county regiment, 
commissioned April 26, 1776, serving in the 
Rhode Island campaign ; also captain of the 
same company in 1779, and in Colonel John 
Hathaway 's regiment in 1780. As both Henry 
Sr. and Jr. were reported in the census of 
1790, neither lost his life in the revolution. 
Henry Tew Jr. married, at Dighton (inten- 
tion dated July 4, 1782), Betty Hathaway. 
The names of other children of Henry Jr. are 



not found, except William, mentioned below. 
(X) W'illiam, son of Captain Henry Tew, 
was born at Dighton, Massachusetts. Septem- 
ber 17, 1769.* About the year 1796 he came 
to Xew York state, settling at Hudson. In 
1803 he settled in Rensselaerville, Albany 
county, removed in 18 10 to Otsego county, 
and in July, 1832 made permanent settlement 
in Jamestown, Xew York, where he died 
April 26, 1847. He married, June 11, 1797, 
Priscilla Fish, born at Nantucket, Massachu- 
setts, March 16, 1776, died at Jamestown, 
New York. February 13, 1852. Children, first 
three born at Hudson, next three at Rensse- 
laerville, and last three at Fly Creek, Otsego 
county, New York: i. Samuel, born April 9, 
1798; died in Kansas City, Missouri, May 
19, 1877 ; he lived for several years near 
Rochester, New York ; after the death of his 
wife he removed to ^linnesota to live with his 
children. He married, at Farmington, New 
York, in 1822, Elizabeth Morrison. Children: 
i. William, born November, 1824, twice mar- 
ried, ii. Mary Jane, born July, 1827, married 
R. C. Wilkins, about 1852. iii. George W., 
born February, 1830, married, in Wisconsin, 
in 1849. iv. ^Marshall D., born May, 1833, 
died 1843. -• Sally Ann, born February 24. 
1800; married, in 1823, in Otsego county, R. 
F. Fenton ; they removed to Jamestown, New 
York, where two children were born ; all their 
children are dead, and they left no issue ; she 
died July 11, 1832, in Jamestown, New York. 
3. John Enos, born January 4, 1802 ; died at 
Delanti, New York, June 20, 1879 ; married, 
at Norwich, Connecticut, February 16, 1823, 
Mary Washburn, born in Tolland, Connecti- 
cut, August 24, 1803 ; died at Delanti, Novem- 
ber 13, 1886. 4. George Washington, of fur- 
ther mention. 5. ^lary Eliza, born Septem- 
ber 5, 1806; died at Jamestown, New York, 
October 30, 1881 ; married, at Fly Creek, Ot- 
sego county. New York, in 1823, Nicholas 
A. Sprague, born Febrviary 7, 1805, at Coop- 
erstown. New York, died at Jamestown, Octo- 
ber, 1870; children: i. Harvey A., born at 
Cooperstown, New York, April 22, 1825, died 
at Danville, New York ; ii. Esther Jane, born 
at Cooperstown, New York, September 26, 
1827; iii. George W., born at Laona, New 
York, December 6, 1829, died at Jamestown ; 

* The connection between William and Cap- 
tain Henry Tew has not been established to the 
full satisfaction either of the family or of the 
editors of this work. 

iv. William Henry, born at Arkwright, New 
York, April 16, 1832, died at Jamestown, Au- 
gust 15, 1910; V. Horatio N., born at Laona, 
New York, February 27, 1834; vi. Albert L., 
born at Dansville, New York, March 26, 1844, 
died November, 1873 ; vii. Adelaide M., born 
in Rochester, New York, August 6, 1850. 6. 
William Henry, born July 16, 1808; died in 
Jamestown, August 24, 1885 ; married, near 
Laona, New York, April 12, 1829, Rhoda 
Burnham, born December 13. 1805, near La- 
ona, New York, died at Jamestown, January 
22, 1869 ; children, all born in Jamestown, 
New York : i. Julia Matilda, born August 10, 
1830, (Hed in Jamestown ; ii. Harvey W., born 
September 23, 1832, died November, 191 1; 
iii. Alice Louisa, born September 28, 1840; 
iv. Mary ]\linerva, born ]\Iarch 2, 1847, died 
in Jamestown; v.. Charles Henry, born Octo- 
ber 7, 1849. 7. Emily Jane, born March 3, 
181 1, died in Jamestown, New York, October 
8. 1882; married, in Jamestown, March 13, 
1832, Rufus Jones, died in that city, Decem- 
ber II, 1879; children, all born in Jamestown: 
i. Horace P., born February 9, 1833, ^^^^ 
March 19, 1833 ; ii. Sally Ann, born June 13, 
1836; iii. Edward Payson, born ]\Iay 21, 1838, 
died September 14, 1886: iv. Celestia P., born 
June 29, 1840, died February 2J, 1844; v. 
George Tew, born June i, 1843, (^^^^ Septem- 
ber 5, 1845 • "^i- Louis Kossuth, born October 
13, 185 1. 8. Ann Maria, born January 13, 
1813, died May 22, 1847; "larried. in James- 
town, 1839, Orsell Cook, born in Wells, Rut- 
land county, Vermont, February 2^, 1809, 
died July, 1895 ; children : i. Mariett, born No- 
vember 25, 1839, d^6<^l ^^ Jamestown, New 
York ; ii. Florence A., born January 16, 1845 ; 
iii. Celestia P., born April. 1847. 9. Betsey 
Matilda, born August 12, 1815, died in James- 
town, New York, January 6, 1848; married, 
in Jamestown, December 9, 1834, Walter Ste- 
phens, born in Schoharie county. New York, 
October 26, 1808. died in Florida, April 9, 
1861 ; children, all born in Jamestown: i. 
Emily ]\Iatilda, born October 4, 1835, died in 
Faribault, Minnesota, January 15, 1901 ; ii. 
Marie Antoinette, born October 29, 1837; iii. 
Alfred W., born January 9, 1839, died May 
30, 1841 ; iv. Edgar William, born March 6. 
1842, died in Jamestown, January 16, 1909 ; 
V. Lawrence L., born March 7, 1844, died 
April 30, 1845. Walter Stephens married 
(second). October 3, 1850, Prudence Cor- 
delia Havens, who is deceased. 


1 007 

(\^I) George Washington, third son and 
fourth child of WilHam and Priscilla (Fish) 
Tew, was born at Rensselaerville, Albany 
county. New York, April 15, 1804; died at 
Silver Creek, New York, November 27, 1875. 
He learned the tinsmith's trade with Albert 
North, and soon after his marriage moved 
to Rochester, New York. In the fall of 1825 
he removed to Jamestown, New York, where 
he engaged in business for himself as a tin 
and sheet iron worker. He had received a 
good common school education in his youth, 
and being possessed with a liking and ambi- 
tion to become a lawyer, began the study of 
law m 1829 with Samuel A. Brown. In 183 1 
he was admitted to the bar and began prac- 
tice at once, being admitted to a law partner- 
ship with his preceptor, ]\Ir. Brown. In 1834 
he was elected clerk of Chautauqua county, 
was reelected in 1837, and resided at May- 
ville. He returned from Alayville to James- 
town in 184 1, and soon afterward removed 
to Silver Creek, having accepted the position 
of cashier of the Bank of Silver Creek. About 
1846 he was elected president of the bank, 
holding that position until his death in 1875. 
Following his death the bank went into volun- 
tary liquidation. Mr. Tew started in life in 
humble circumstances and position, and carved 
out an enviable career. His unusual talents 
were given full sway, and whether as artisan, 
lawyer, or banker, he was a leader. For over 
a quarter of a century he was president of the 
Silver Creek Bank, and was well known as a 
wise and conservative financier. In religious 
faith he was a Presbyterian, and in politics a 
supporter of the Republican party. 

He married (first). May 25, 1825, in Ot- 
sego county, New York, Mary Day Alger, 
born in Hartwick, New York, March 4. 1802, 
died at Mayville, New York, August 30, 
1839. He married (second), at May- 
ville, June 4, 1840, Mrs. Caroline Jack- 
son Reynolds, born April 9, 1810, widow of 
Guy Reynolds, and having a child Agnes, born 
October 15, 1837, who was afterward known 
as Agnes Reynolds Tew ; she married John J. 
Whitney, June 13. 1865. They moved to 
Jamestown in 1866. Children by first mar- 
riage: I. Helen, born at Jamestown, New 
York, September 16, 1826, died at Weyau- 
wega, Wisconsin, October 24, 1879; married 
(first) Charles A. Rice, (second) Jerome 
Crocker. 2. Minerva, born at Jamestown, No- 
vember 13, 1828; died there June 29, 1909; 

married, April 11, 1849, Isaac S. Powell, and 
resided at Newburg, New York, and later 
at Jamestown, New York, where they died ; he 
died February 11, 1895. 3- George Wash- 
ington (2), born in Jamestown, January 6, 
1832, of whom further. 4. Mary Josephine, 
born in Mayville, New York, November 2, 
1834; died there January 7, 1839. Children 
by second marriage: 5. Grace, born at Silver 
Creek, New York, July 28, 1841 ; died at Buf- 
falo, New York, November 23, 1904; married, 
September 17, 1885, Alfred Wilbur; he died 
November 16, 1895, ^^ Boston. 6. Willis, of 
further mention. 

(YII) George Washington (2), son of 
George Washington ( i ) Tew, was born at 
Jamestown, New York, January 6. 1832. The 
family moved to Silver Creek, New York, in 
184 1, and after leaving school he began his 
business career in the Bank of Silver Creek, 
of which he was afterwards teller for several 
years. In April, 1865. the Second National 
Bank of Jamestown, which he had assisted 
in organizing, began business, and he was 
chosen its first cashier. Later the name of 
the bank was changed to The City National 
Bank, and in 1880 he was elected president, 
resigning the ofiice in 1893 and retiring 
from active business. He served nine years 
as president of the Young Men's Christian 
Association of Jamestown. He is a member 
of the Presbyterian church, and is a Republi- 
can in politics. He married, October 12, 1854, 
Lucia A. Whitney, born at Conesus, New 
York, December 3-1, 1834, died at Jamestown, 
October 12, 1906. Children: Herbert Whit- 
ney, born at Silver Creek, April 8, 1861 ; 
Georgia Lucia, born at Jamestown, August 
10, 1873. 

(VII) Willis, youngest child of George 
Washington Tew (i), and only son of his sec- 
ond wife, Caroline Jackson-Reynolds Tew, was 
born at Silver Creek, Chautauqua county. New 
York, February 27, 1844. He began his edu- 
cation in the public schools of Silver Creek, at- 
tended Fredonia Academy, New York, and en- 
tered Phillips Academy, Andover. ]\Iassachu- 
setts, September, i860, where he was gradu- 
ated, class of 1862, and then entered Yale Col- 
lege. After leaving college he at once began 
what has proved to be his life work. He en- 
tered the Silver Creek Bank, of which his 
father was president, remaining there until the 
fall of 1864, when he was appointed teller of 
the newly organized First National Bank of 



\\^arren, Pennsylvania. In January, 1869, he 
resigned to become cashier of the Second Na- 
tional Bank of Jamestown, New York, which 
later became the City National Bank of 
Jamestown. He was elected vice-president 
of the latter in 1880, and in January, 1893, 
was chosen president. When the consolida- 
tion of the City National Bank and the Chau- 
tauqua County Bank was effected under the 
name of Chautauqua County Trust Company, 
Mr. Tew was elected one of the two vice- 
presidents of the Trust Company, continuing 
in that position until his retirement from 
active business in 1903. He is independent 
in politics, and an attendant of the Presby- 
terian church. He married, November 18, 
1869, Mary E. Cady, born July 24, 1847, at 
New Concord, New York; died December 17, 
1886, daughter of Sylvester S. and Ann Eliza 
Cady, of New Concord, New York, but sub- 
sequently of Jamestown, New York, where 
they resided for nearly half a century. Mr. 
anci Mrs. Willis Tew had no issue. 

(The Fish Line). 

Thomas Fish, who died in 1687, first ap- 
pears in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1643, 
when he had land granted him. In 1655 he 
was made a freeman. This would indicate 
that he then joined the church. March 20, 
1660, he had deeds made him for house and 
land. In 1665 he bought two parcels of land 
with dwelling house, barn, and orchard. In 
1674 he was a member of the town council. 
May 2, 1684, he deeded land to his grandson, 
Preserved Fish. His will was dated Decem- 
ber 13, 1687, and proved May 2, 1684; execu- 
trix, wife Mary, who survived him until 1699. 
Children: i. Thomas (2), of further men- 
tion. 2. Mehitable, married, August 6, 1667, 
Joseph Tripp ; thirteen children. 3. Mary, 
died April 4, 1747; married, March 18, 1671, 
Francis Brayton ; six children. 4. Alice, died 
1734; married William Knowles ; ten chil- 
dren. 5. John, died 1742; resided in Ports- 
mouth, Rhode Island, and Dartmouth, Mas- 
sachusetts; married Joanna ; children: 

Ebenezer, John, Mary, Abigail, Mehitable, 
Joanna, Hope, Susanna, Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Alice and Patience. 6. Daniel, died Septem- 
ber 16, 1723 ; resided in Portsmouth, Rhode 
• Island; married. May i, 1682, Abigail, died 
1717, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Shu- 
man) Mumford ; children : Comfort, Thomas 
Ruth, Daniel, Sarah, Jeremiah, Abigail, and 

Mary. 7. Robert, died 1730; resided at Ports- 
mouth, Rhode Island ; a blacksmith ; freeman, 
1686: 1694-99, 1707-15, he was a juryman; 
1705-06-07-08-09, was pound keeper. At the 
time of his death he held the rank of lieuten- 
ant. His will, proved 1730, devised much 
property, including "my negro boy Tony." 
He married, September 16, 1686, Mary Hall, 
died June 8, 1735, daughter of Zuriel and 
Elizabeth (Tripp) Hall. Children: Robert, 
Mary, William, Zuriel, Isaac, Alice, Jona- 
than, Daniel and David. 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Mary Fish, died 1684. He resided in Ports- 
mouth, Rhode Island ; married, December 10, 
1668, Grizzal, daughter of John and Alice 
Strange. Children : Alice, Grizzal Hope, 
Preserved, and Mehitable. 

(III) Preserved, only son of Thomas (2) 
and Grizzal (Strange) Fish, was born at 
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, August 12, 1679, 
died there July 15, 1745 ; married. May 30, 
1699, Ruth, died after June 2, 1738, daugh- 
ter of John and Ruth (Shaw) Cook, of Ti- 
verton, Rhode Island. The ceremony was 
performed by Giles Slocum, assistant. He 
doubtless was a member of the Society of 
Friends, as his death is recorded in their 

(IV) Benjamin, son of Preserved and 
Ruth (Cook) Fish, was born at Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island, April 14, 1716; died October 
16, 1798; belonged to the Society of Friends; 
married, November 8, 1739, Priscilla Arthur, 
born November 2, 1718, at Nantucket, Mas- 
sachusetts, died April i, 1774, daughter of 
John (2) and Mary (Folger) Arthur. 

(V) Silas, son of Benjamin and Priscilla 
(Arthur) Fish, was born at Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island, September 24, 175 1 ; married 
(first) Susanna Sisson, born June 12, 1754, 
at Newport, Rhode Island ; died September 
19, 1790, and was buried on her husband's 
farm in the town of Foster, daughter of Jo- 
seph and Ruth (Sherman) Sisson. He was 
a farmer, and a member of the Society of 
Friends. In a deed to his brother Elisha, in 
1787, he is styled "yeoman," both are called 
"of Foster." Silas and Elisha removed with 
their families to Rensselaerville, Albany 
county, New York, in 1799. Later Silas re- 
moved to Ohio. 

(VI) Priscilla, daughter of Silas and Su- 
sanna (Sisson) Fish, was born at Nantucket. 
Massachusetts, March 16, 1776; died at 



Jamestown, New York, February 13, 1852; 
married. June 11, 1797, William Tew. (See 
Tew V). 

(The Jackson Line). 

Caroline Jackson (Reynolds), second wife 
of George Washington Tew, was a grand- 
daughter of Asahel Jackson, of Wallingford, 
Vermont. He was a delegate and sat in the 
constitutional convention that ratified, on the 
part of the state of \'ermont, the Constitu- 
tion of the United States, January 10, 1791. 
He also held the military rank of major, and 
was known as a devoted patriot. In 1794, in 
company with his two brothers and some ten 
other families, he left Wallingford and set- 
tled in Nelson, Madison county. New York. 
On his tombstone in the Nelson cemetery is 
inscribed : "Sacred to the memory of Major 
Asahel Jackson, his wife and three daughters. 
Major A. Jackson died April 29, 1827, aged 
seventy-three. Major Jackson was a patriot 
of the Revolution ; was in the battle of Ben- 
nington ; came to this town wdien a wilder- 
ness ; was among the first to engage in pub- 
lic improvements. A good neighbor, a kind 
friend, respected in life, lamented in death." 
Lavinia, wife of Major Asahel Jackson, died 
August 16, 1817, aged sixty-one years. 

(H) Selathiel, son of Major Asahel and 
Lavinia Jackson, was born February i, 1781 ; 
died August 21, 1819. He was commissioned 
a captain of militia by Governor George Clin- 
ton, of New York. February 29, 1804. He 
married, October 3, 1804, Sarah Covell, born 
]\Iay 24. 1787; died June 25. 1841. She sur- 
vived him, and married, February 25, 1830 
(second) Dr. William Livingston, born Feb- 
ruary, 1768, died ^lay 8, i860. 

(HI) Caroline, daughter of Selathiel and 
Sarah (Covell) Jackson, was born at Nelson, 
Madison county. New York, April 9, 1810; 
died at Jamestown, March 25, 1886; mar- 
ried (first) August 8, 1832, at Lewiston, 
New York, Guy Reynolds, born February 19, 
1807, at Norwich, New York ; died at Lewis- 
ton, New York, August 13, 1838. She mar- 
ried (second) June 4, 1840. at Mayville, New 
York, George Washington Tew, father of 
Willis Tew, of Janiestown, New York (see 
Tew VII). 

John Parrish, immigrant ances- 

PARISH tor, was the first of the name 

in New England. The name is 

used as Parrish and Parish. John Parrish 

settled first in Braintree, Massachusetts. 
About 1665 !''£ moved to Mendon, Massachu- 
setts, where he had an original proprietor's 
lot of twenty acres. The earliest record of 
him there was December i, 1669, when he 
signed an agreement concerning a pastor for 
the church. He must have moved to Groton, 
Massachusetts, either during or just after 
King Philip's war, for he signed the agree- 
ment at Concord, made by the inhabitants of 
Groton, "that those present would go up in 
the spring following, and begin to repair our 
habitations again." On May 9, 1677, he was 
a member of the council of safety, just after 
Governor Andros was deposed ; he was 
elected a representative to the general court 
on May 9, 1677. He was on the list of those 
who were to compose one of the garrisons for 
the security of the town during King Will- 
iam's war. March 17, 1691-92, he moved to 
Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Massachusetts, and 
from there to Preston, Connecticut, where 
he and his wife Mary were admitted to the 
first church, November 15, 1704, by letter 
from the Ipswich church. He died in Pres- 
ton in 1 715. 

He married (first) June 30, 1664, Hannah 
Jewell, born December 12, 1643, daughter 
of Thomas Jewell, of Braintree, Massachu- 
setts. He married (second) December 29, 
1685, Mary, daughter of John Wattell, of 
Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Children by 
first wife: Hannah, born in Braintree, July 
3, 1665; Samuel, mentioned below^ ; Benjamin, 
probably born in Mendon ; John, probably 
in Alendon. Children by second wife : Lydia, 
in Groton, April 20, 1687; Elizabeth, in Gro- 
ton, March 19, 1691 ; Sarah, in Ipswich, Janu- 
ary 16, 1692; William, in Ipswich, February 
II, 1694; Isaac, in Ipswich, March 17, 1697; 
Rachel, in Ipswich. February 14, 1699 ; Mary, 
in Preston, October 8, 1704; Abigail, in Pres- 
ton, March 25, 1708; Dorothy, in Preston, 
June 7, 1710: Ephraim, "not of age," in 


(II) Samuel, son of John Parrish. was 
probably born in Mendon. In 1698 and 1700 
his name was on the church records at Es- 
sex, Massachusetts, and later at Chebacco 
Parish, Ipswich, Massachusetts. After his 
father went to Stonington, Connecticut, he 
was admitted an inhabitant of Norwich, Con- 
necticut, in 1716. He bought land there on 
April 18. 1719, and again on April 28, 1719, 
and made his homestead on the west side of 



the Ouinnebaug river. His son Samuel re- 
ceived this homestead, June 9, 1735, in a quit- 
claim deed from his other children. Fie died 
May, 1735. He married Alary . Chil- 
dren : Samuel, mentioned below ; Joel, born 
January 8, 1701, married, June 2"], 1732, Re- 
becca Green ; Mary, died in Norwich, Connec- 
ticut ; Solomon, born in Norwich, October 
I, 1710; Nathaniel, January 12, 1712-13; Ne- 
hemiah, in Norwich, 1715; Rebecca, in Nor- 
wich, 1718 ; John. 

(HI) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) 
Parrish, was born in Chebacco Parish, Ips- 
wich, Massachusetts, October 12, 1700. He 
was admitted by letter to the First Congre- 
gational Church of Canterbury, Connecticut. 
April 7, 1742, and in September, 1744, he 
was among the majority of the church to 
sign a protest against the call by the society 
of the Rev. Mr. Cogswell. In December, 
1744, these members finally separated from 
the church, and on September 10, 1746. he 
was a subscriber to the call of Solomon 
Paine as pastor. He married, July 6, 1724. 
Mary Rood, of Norwich, Connecticut. Chil- 
dren, born in Canterbury : Samuel, February 
12, 1728; Ebenezer, June 8, 1730; Lemuel, 
mentioned below; Mary, February 17, 1734; 
Judith, March 26, 1737: Elijah, baptized 
April 9, 1740; Sylvia; Elisha, born January 
3, 1742-43; Deborah, August 29, 1749. 

(IV) Lemuel, son of Samuel (2) Parrish, 
was born in Canterbury, Connecticut, No- 
vember 17, 1732, died there April 17, 1821. 
He married. May 4, 1758, Zerviah Smith, 
born November 8, 1741, died May 13, 1828, 
daughter of John and Mehitable (Adams) 
Smith. They lived in Canterbury. Children, 
born in Canterbury: Roswell, October 18, 
1759; John, June 11, 1761 ; Obadiah, Septem- 
ber 22, 1764; Rufus, September 8 or 16, 
1768; Cynthia, February 19, 1770; Mehitable, 
January 22, 1773, died May 10, 1775. Jere- 
miah, mentioned below. 

(V) Jeremiah, son of Lemuel Parrish, was 
born October 17, 1775, died at Tolland, Con- 
necticut, January 13 or 18, 1856. He mar- 
ried Lydia Manning, born ^^larch 27, 1785. 
daughter of Calvin and Lydia (Robertson) 
Planning, of Coventry. Children: I. Ariel, 
born July 2, 1808, died in Denver, Colorado, 
1885 ; married (first ) April 3, 1836, Caro- 
line Dickerman, who died July 25, 1838; mar- 
ried (second) November 28, 1839. Anna 
Woods. 2. Lydia, September 27. 1814, died 

unmarried. 3. Smith, of whom further. 4. 
Eliza M., March 26, 1823, died unmarried. 5. 
John C, March 4, 1832, died at Des Moines, 
Iowa, 1890; married Airs. Amanda Spangler, 
of that place. 

(VI) Smith Parish, son of Jeremiah Par- 
rish (named for Zerviah Smith, wife of Lem- 
uel) was born in Vermont. In 1790 there 
were at Bethel, Windsor county, Vermont, 
three Parrish families. Nathaniel Parrish 
had in his family three females ; John had 
himself and wife ; Jeremiah had one son un- 
der sixteen and two females. It may be 
mentioned here that Jacob Parrish, born Jan- 
uary 30, 1752, removed in 1788 (New Eng- 
land Historical and Genealogical Register for 
October, 1909) with his younger brother Na- 
than. They were sons of Zebulon, grandsons 
of Isaac, and great-grandsons of John, the 
immigrant. Jacob had sons, Daniel and Ja- 
cob Kimball, of Randolph ; Nathan, born 
June 30, 1769, had four sons and five daugh- 
ters. It should be stated also that Obadiah, 
son of Lemuel, settled in Gilmanton. New 
Hampshire, as did also his brother Rufus, 
and the baptismal name Smith may have 
come through their sons. 

Smith Parish came to Portville, New York, 
and engaged in the lumber business, owned 
saw mills and became a citizen of large means 
and influence. He served two terms in the 
New York state assembly. He was for many 
years a justice of the peace. In religion he 
was a Methodist and he donated the land for 
the present Methodist Episcopal church at 
Portville. After his death, his daughter La- 
vinia gave a memorial window in this church, 
in commemoration of his good deeds. He was 
a member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows. In politics he was a Republican. 
He adopted the spelling Parish, most of his 
immediate ancestors having used the spelling 
Parrish. By his first wife, Catherine S. 
(Wales) Parish, he had children: David La- 
throp, mentioned below ; Ellen, married Wes- 
ley Schofield ; Kate, married John Archibald : 
Lavinia C. ; Clark Watson. By his second 
wife he had: Fred and Frank. 

(VII) David Lathrop, son of Smith Par- 
ish, was born in what was then Olean, now 
Portville, New York. He attended the pub- 
lic schools and the Genesee Wesleyan Semin- 
ary at Lima, New York. When a young man 
he worked with his father on the homestead 
and in the lumber business. After his mar- 



riage he followed farming. He engaged in 
business afterward as a grocer, bvit was 
burned out in 1875. From that time until 
1882 he devoted himself to farming and then 
started again in the grocery business. He 
lost his store again by fire but later rebuilt 
and continued in business until his death. He 
was an active and prominent citizen and a 
leader in the movement to secure a public 
water supply for the village. He was trustee 
of the incorporated village. In religion he 
was a Methodist. He was a member of the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen. 

He married Mary Ruth, daughter of Ste- 
phen Waterman and Amanda (Hoyt) 
Thomas, granddaughter of Vail Thomas, of 
Angelica, who lived to the age of one hun- 
dred and one years five months. Children 
of Stephen W. Thomas : Amanda, Jennie and 
JMary Ruth. Children of David L. and Mary 
Ruth (Thomas) Parish: Smith, mentioned 
below; Edna A., born September 17, 1879, 
married Archibald W. McDougall and had 
children: Marion, born October 31, 1908, and 
Priscilla, born February, 1910. 

(VHI) Smith (2), son of David Lathrop 
Parish, was born June 14, 1868, in Portville. 
He attended the public schools and the Gene- 
see Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, from which 
he was graduated in 1890. He was engaged 
in the lumber business at Saginaw, Michi- 
gan, for a time. Afterward he read law in 
the office of Hon. Charles H. Brown and at- 
tended the Bufi^alo Law School for six 
months. He abandoned the study of law to 
assist his father in the grocery business and 
on the farm. He purchased the hardware 
store of F. S. Persing, September 12, 1892, 
and since then he has devoted the larger part 
of his attention to the hardware business 
which has flourished under his ownership. 
He owns a farm of one hundred and twenty- 
four acres and conducts it. In addition to 
hardware, he has added a line of crockery, 
china, glassware and other household goods. 
and has established a plumbing business. In 
1909 he admitted to partnership A. D. Glover 
under the firm name of Parish & Glover, and 
engaged in the furniture, carpet and rug busi- 
ness, in a separate store. In politics Mr. Par- 
ish is a Republican. In religion he is a Meth- 
odist, has been superintendent of the Sunday 
school for eighteen years, and is now presi- 
dent of the board of trustees of the church. 
He married, June 21, 1893, Fanny, born 

November 12, 1870, daughter of Colonel 
Frank and Ruth Jane (^Vheeler) Bell, grand- 
daughter of Robert Bell, of Ceres, Pennsyl- 
vania, and of Darius Wheeler. Colonel Frank 
Bell's children were: Horatio, Wheeler W., 
Fanny, John D. and George H. Bell. Whee- 
ler W. married Rebecca Wood and had Mar- 
garet, Howard A., Fanny, Lucy, John, Wil- 
son and Helen. John D. married Mame 
Maxon. Children of Smith and Fanny Par- 
ish : Robert B., born September 15, 1895; 
Ruth Francis, March 22, 1898; David Wat- 
son, xApril 19, 1904; Earl Thomas, Novem- 
ber 26. 19 10. 

This family is traced back to 
HILLER rJenjamin Hiller, the date of 
whose birth is unknown. He 
married Priscilla, daughter of David and 
i\Iartha Irish, the former of whom was born 
in 1675 and died in 1748. David Irish was 
a son of John (i) and Elizabeth Irish. John 
(2) Irish lived from 1645 to 1717 and was a 
son of John (i) Irish. Benjamin and Pris- 
cilla ( Irish ) Hiller had a son, Nathan, men- 
tioned below. 

(II) Nathan, son of Benjamin Hiller, mar- 
ried Abigail Gififord, daughter of Jedadiah 
and Elizabeth (Gififord) Wing, the former 
of whom was a son of Edward and Sarah 
(Tucker) Wing. Sarah Tucker was a 
daughter of Abraham and Hannah Tucker. 
Edward Wing was born in 1787 and was a 
son of Daniel and Deborah (Dillingham) 
A^'lng, the former of whom was born in 1664. 
Daniel Wing was a son of Daniel and Han- 
nah (Swift) Wing, and Daniel Sr. was a son 
of John and Deborah (Batchelor) Wing. 
Deborah Ijatchelor was a daughter of Rev. 
Stephen Batchelor. born in 1561. Elizabeth 
(Gifi:ord) Wing, mother of Mrs. Nathan 
Hiller, was a daughter of Gershom Gifford, 
whose father was William Gifford. William 
was a son of William and Mary (Wills) Gif- 
ford. and the former was a son of Walter G. 
Gifford. whose father was Sir Ambrose Gif- 
ford, of England. Nathan and Abigail Gif- 
ford (Wing) Hiller had a son. Jonathan, 
mentioned below. 

(III) Jonathan, son of Nathan and Abi- 
gail Gifford (Wing) Hiller, was born in 
1767. died in 1846. He married (first) Jo- 
anna Briggs. born in 1769. died in 1803, 
daughter of Thomas and Ather Briggs: (sec- 
ond) Sarah Wooley, born November 30, 



1785, died June 15, 1856, in Dutchess county, 
New York. Sarah Wooley was a daughter 
of Eseck and Martha (Soule) Wooley, the 
former of whom was born in 1753, died in 
1837, and the latter was born in 1759 and 
died in 1842. xMartha Soule was a daughter 
of Ebenezer and Martha (Thomas) Soule. 
Ebenezer Soule was descended from George 
Soule, who came over in the "Mayilower," 
in 1620, and wlio married Mary Beckel. 
George Soule died in 1680. His children: 
John, born in 1632 ; George, Zechariah, Pa- 
tience, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Elizabeth and 
Mary. Martha (Thomas) Soule was a 
daughter of Abraham and Mary (Aken) 
Thomas, the latter of whom was born in 1716, 
daughter of David and Sarah (Allen) Aken. 
David Aken was born in 1689 and was a 
son of John and Mary (Briggs) Aken. John 

Aken was born in 1663, son of and Mary 

Aken. Mary (Briggs) Aken was a daughter 
of Thomas and Mary (Fisher) Briggs. Chil- 
dren of Jonathan Hiller, by first wife: i. 
Elizabeth, born March 23, 1795, in Dutchess 
county. New York ; married Nicholas Uhl. 

2. Richard, mentioned below. Children by 
second wife, the first eight born in Dutchess 
county. New York, and the last in Cayuga 
county. New York: 3. Aaron Burr, born 
February 22, 1807. 4. Cornelia, September 

3, 1809. 5. Seth, June 6, 181 1, died Novem- 
ber 15, 181 1. 6. Seneca Soule, January 15, 
1813, died November 2, 1813. 7. Joseph But- 
ler, January 2, 181 5, died May 8, 1893. 8. 
Isaac Haviland, July 9, 1817, died June 2, 
1897. 9. Aken Wooley, February 18, 1819, 
died August 13, 1859. 10. George Uhl, April 
3, 1821, died August 16, 1854. 11. Cathar- 
ine Caroline, February 10, 1824, died No- 
vember 16, 1902. 

(IV) Richard, son of Jonathan and Jo- 
anna (Briggs) Hiller, was born in Dutchess 
county, New York, November 23, 1797, died 
at Frewsburg, New York, May 7, 1877. He 
settled in Jamestown, New York, about 1818. 
He was a cousin of James Prendergast, of 
Jamestown, and later his partner. He was 
evidently of prosperous, well-to-do parents as 
he came to Chautauqua county on horseback, 
bringing with him a cash capital of seven 
hundred dollars. He was one of the first gen- 
eral merchants of Jamestown and also a lum- 
ber dealer. About 1848 he retired to a farm 
he owned in the vicinity of Frewsburg. Fie 
belonged to the Society of Friends and was 

a Democrat. In 1825 he married Hannah 
Garfield, born March 15, 1805, died N"ovem- 
ber 12, 1869, daughter of Joseph and Lydia 
(Stearns) Garfield. Children: i. Jedediah 
Prendergast, born March 15, 1826. 2. Eliza 
Uhl, April 5, 1828. 3. Joanna Briggs, May 
15, 1830. 4. Jonathan, mentioned below. 5. 
Martha Jane, December 22, 1833 > niarried 
William Sheldon (see Sheldon III). 6. Sam- 
uel Garfield, November 23, 1837. 7. Eliza 
Uhl, October 31, 1839. 8. Cynthia Jeanette, 
January 12, 1843. 9- Alexander, July 31, 
1844. 10. Nicholas Uhl, July 18, 1847. 

(V) Jonathan (2), son of Richard and 
Hannah (Garfield) Hiller, was born in 
Jamestown, New York, April 15, 1832, died 
there January 7, 191 1. After finishing his 
studies in the Jamestown schools he acquired 
a knowledge of the lumber business with his 
father, and later went to Titusville, Penn- 
sylvania, where he was foreman in the lum- 
ber yards of Parker, Myers & Company for 
four years. He then purchased a farm in 
Frew's Run, four and one-half miles from 
Frewsburg, and cultivated the same for sev- 
eral years. Subsequently he located in the 
village of Frewsburg, where in partnership 
with a Mr. Baker he conducted a general 
store very successfully for ten years, at the 
expiration of which he retired and purchased 
a small farm near the village and resided 
thereon until a short time prior to his death. 
He was deeply interested in the care and 
beautifying of the Frewsburg cemetery and 
acted as its superintendent for twenty years. 
He was a Republican in politics and took an 
active interest in town affairs. He was a 
member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free 
and Accepted Masons ; \A'estern Sun Chap- 
ter, Royal Arch Masons, of Jamestown. He 
was also an Odd* Fellow, belonging to the 
Frewsburg Lodge. 

He married (first) Anna B. Rose, born in 
1835, died May i, 1863, daughter of John 
and Polly (Wheeler) Rose. He married 
(second) December 5, 1867, Mary, born Janu- 
ai-y 21, 1835, daughter of John and Adeline 
(Hitchcock) Townsend. Child of first mar- 
riage : Bartie Rose, of whom further. Child 
of second marriage: Lucien John, of whom 

(VI) Bartie Rose, only son of Jonathan 
(2) Hiller and his first wife, Anna B. (Rose) 
Hiller, was born in Frewsburg, Chautauqua 
county, New York, April 21, 1863. He was 



educated in the public schools of Frewsburg, 
Frew's Run and Oak Hill. His early busi- 
ness life was spent in farming. On May 14, 
1882, he entered the employ of the American 
Express Company as a driver for the office 
in Jamestown. Two years later he was pro- 
moted to the' position of train messenger, 
running between Jamestown and Brockton. 
After two years on the road he was appointed 
a clerk in the Jamestown office, continuing 
as such eight years. He was then promoted 
to be manager of the Jamestown office, a 
position he now fills (1912). He is a trusted 
official and has earned each promotion by 
strict attention to business and an equal re- 
gard for the interests of his company and 
the rights of the public. Fie is held in the 
highest esteem by his fellow townsmen who 
honor his strict integrity and devotion to busi- 

After his marriage Air. Hiller pur- 
chased a home at No. 306 West Fourth street, 
but later made his home with Mrs. William 
Carpenter, at No. 913 East Second street. 
He is a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 
145, Free and Accepted Masons, and attends 
the Buffalo Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, in behalf of which Mrs. Hiller is an 
active worker. 

He married, at Jamestown, March 26, 1885, 
Julia W. Carpenter, born September 14, 1863, 
in the same house in which she was married 
and now resides (see Carpenter II). Child, 
Richard Carpenter, born in the same house 
as his mother, October 30, 1898. 

(VI) Lucien John, only son of Jonathan 
(2) Hiller by his second wife, Mary (Town- 
send) Hiller, was born in the town of Car- 
roll, Chautauqua county, New York, June 16, 
1870. He was educated in the schools of 
Frewsburg, to which village his parents re- 
moved when he was six years of age. In 
1893 he began the study of telegraphy as an 
apprentice in the Frewsburg office. So well 
did he master the art that in 1896 he vv^as 
appointed ticket agent and operator at Irving- 
ton, Pennsylvania, on the Dunkirk, Alle- 
gheny Valley & Pittsburg railroad. He re- 
mained there until May i, 1899, when his 
health compelled him to resign and take a 
long rest. In about two years he was again 
in good health, and on July i, 190 1, he en- 
tered the employ of the Jamestown, Chautau- 
qua & Lake Erie Railroad Company as re- 
lief agent, remaining until March, 1902, when 

he went to the Chautauqua station, and in 
June of the same year was appointed agent 
at Westfield. On April 29, 1903, he was ap- 
pointed station agent and operator at Frews- 
burg, where he yet remains (1912). He has 
been a member of Frewsburg Lodge, Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, since July i, 
1903, has passed all the chairs and is one of 
the trustees. He belongs to the Order of 
Railway Telegraphers, being affiliated with 
Lake Shore Division, No. 29. Fle is a Re- 
publican in politics. 

He married, in Warren county, Pennsyl- 
vania, December 17, 1896, Cora Edith Learn, 
born September, 1870, educated in the Russell 
schools and a member of the United Brethren 
church. She is a daughter of Jacob and Sa- 
rah (Northrop) Learn. Children: i. May 
Edith, born in Irvington, Pennsylvania, July 
16, 1898. 2. Maurice Lucien, born in Frews- 
burg, New York, March 15, 1908. This fam- 
ily resides in Frewsburg, where Mr. Hiller 
erected a residence on Front street, in 1906. 

(The Carpenter Line.) 

(I) William Carpenter was born in Lon- 
don, England, in 1792, died at Franklin, 
Pennsylvania, August 9, 1866. When a lad 
of sixteen years of age he was forced to en- 
ter the British navy, serving on a man-of- 
war. He sailed over many seas, cruised the 
Guinea coast of Africa and finally the ship 
was ordered to the United States coast. He 
was steersman of the captain's gig and when 
ofif the Maine coast was sent ashore for 
grass, etc., for the ship's animals. He had 
always claimed he was half American and de- 
termined at the first opportunity to become a 
full fledged citizen of the United States. 
Taking advantage of this trip ashore he made 
pretext to get away from the boat's crew and 
never returned. He settled in Maine, where 
he married, later coming to Chautauqua 
county, New York, where he helped to build 
the first steamboat on Lake Chautauqua. 
When she was put in service she was com- 
manded by Captain Carpenter. He was a 
devout member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church and a man greatly beloved. He was 
fond of company, and from his rich fund of 
adventure a most pleasing entertainer. 

He married Nancy Blake, of Maine, who 
bore him twelve children, among whom were: 
William, mentioned below, and Colonel Eliot 
Foote Carpenter, who was killed at the bat- 



tie of Drury's Bluff, fought during the civil 

(II) William (2), son of William (i) and 
Nancy (Blake) Carpenter, was born in the 
town of EUicott, Chautauqua county, New 
York, September 7, 1822. He was educated 
in the public schools, and spent his early life 
in Jamestown. Later he went west where he 
followed farming. After his return to Chau- 
tauqua he bought a stump-pulling machine 
which he operated for some time. He also 
boated and rafted lumber to lower river 
points. He finally went to Westfield where 
he learned axe grinding, later returning to 
Jamestown, where he followed that trade and 
met his death through the bursting of a rap- 
idly revolving grindstone. He was a devoted 
church worker, and a citizen of the best type. 
The present family home, at No. 913 East 
Second street, was purchased by him in 1851. 
He was a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, and a Republican. 

He married, at Fluvanna, New York, 
March 10, 1846, Sibyl Maria Jeffords, born 
in the town of Chautauqua, May 24, 1826, 
daughter of John Jeffords, born in Monroe 
county. New York, May 16, 1802, died No- 
vember 5, 1834; married Phoebe Wood, born 
May 28, 1800, died September 7, 1874. Mrs. 
Jeffords married a second husband, Loren 
Babcock. Mrs. Sibyl Maria (Jeffords) Car- 
penter survives her husband and continues 
her residence in Jamestown. She has always 
been an active christian worker, and although 
left a widow at a comparatively early age, 
brought up her children to lives of usefulness 
and honor. Now in her eighty-fifth year, she 
is still active and enjoys the companionship 
of her many friends and relatives. Children 
of William and Sibyl Maria Carpenter: i. 
Charles Frank, born June 15. i8_i7. died Sep- 
tember II, 1852. 2. Elial Foote, born October 
6, 1S49, died July 3, 1S87; married Florence 
H., daughter of Samuel B. and Nancy Jane 
Dowley ; children : Clara F. and Ethel H. 3 
Phoebe Wood, born November 16, 1852. died 
March 9, 1903 ; married Nicholas Hiller ; 
children: Clyde B. and Lizzie P. 4. Mary 
Ida, born February 24, 1855 ; married Alex- 
ander Hiller. 5. Charles Jeffords, born No- 
vember 20, 1857; married Jennie H. Young; 
children : Charles R. and Aline Sibyl, the 
latter of whom married T. N. Nelson. 6. 
Julia W., born September 14, 1863 ; married 
Bartie Rose Hiller (see Hiller VI). 

The Wheeler family is of 
WHEELER English origin. It is re- 
corded that during the reign- 
of Charles II (1649-1685) Sir Charles Whee- 
ler was appointed "Captain General of the 
Caribee Islands," and that in 1693 the Eng- 
lish fleet under command of Sir Francis 
Wheeler put into Boston to recruit. Orcutt, 
the historian of Stratford, Connecticut, says 
"Wheelers were in and around London four 
hundred years." 

Between 1620 and 1650 many families of 
the name came from England and settled in 
Alassachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. In 
Hotten's "Lists of Emigrants to America," 
1600- 1 700, it is stated that Henrie Wheeler 
embarked at London, May 16, 1635 in the 
"Plaine Joane," for Virginia ; that July 24, 
1635, John Wheeler embarked in the "Assur- 
ance" from London for Virginia ; that Au- 
gust I, 1679, John Wheeler Jr., sailed in the 
ship "Returne" from New England. There 
was a John Wheeler in Newbury, Massachu- 
setts, whom. Savage says, "came in the Mary 
and John in 1634." His will (1668) men- 
tions children and grandchildren here, and 
sons Adam, Edward and William in Salis- 
bury, Wiltshire, England. George Joseph and 
Obadiah Wheeler were among the early set- 
tlers of Concord, Massachusetts, and may 
have been members of the first party that set- 
tled there in 1635. There was a Thomas 
Wheeler in Boston in 1636; an Isaac in 
Charlestown in 1643 • ^ Joseph in Newbury 
who died in 1659; a Thomas in Lynn in 1642; 
a Moses in Stratford, Connecticut, whom Or- 
cutt says was born in Kent. England, in 1598. 
Shallick says that between 1650 and 1680 
there were in Concord alone thirty distinct 
families of the name. Farmer records as an 
interesting fact that twenty-six of the name 
graduated from New England colleges in 
1826. The name is particularly distinguished 
in medicine, and is a noted one in military 

(I) George Wheeler came from England 
about 1640; was an original settler of Con- 
cord, Massachusetts; was freeman, 1641, died 
prior to June 2, 1687. He was twice married. 

(II) William, son of George Wheeler, died 
in Concord, December 31, 1683; married, Oc- 
tober 30, 1659, Hannah Beers. 

(HI) William (2), son of William (i) 
\\'heeler, was born in Concord, February 8, 
1665, died there May 29, 1752; married Sa- 




rah , born, 1669, died September 23, 


(IV) Francis, son of William (2) Whee- 
ler, was born in Concord, February 8, 1697, 
died there November, 1794; married, Janu- 
ary 22,. 1740, Sarah Blood, born January 10, 
1697, died ]\Iay 17, 1769. 

(V) Phineas, son of Francis Wheeler, was 
born April 3, 1745, died June 18, 1814; mar- 
ried Lydia Aleriam, born May i, 1747. 

(X'l) William (3), son of Phineas Whee- 
ler, was born 1780, died at Deposit, New 
York. 185 1. He lived when a young man at 
Blandford, Massachusetts, but at the age of 
twenty-one years came to Delaware county, 
New York. He purchased pine timber on the 
hills and built a cabin on the Delaware river, 
in which he lived with one of his brothers. 
They cut the trees, hauled them to the river 
bank and in the spring started a raft down 
the Delaware destined for the Philadelphia 
lumber market. The first raft was broken up 
and lost. The second, which W^illiam him- 
self piloted, reached Philadelphia safely. He 
continued in the lumber business ten years, 
then returned to Blandford and married the 
girl who had waited for him ten years, they 
having been engaged before he came to New 
York state. They lived at Hancock, Dela- 
ware county, but in 1813 moved to Deposit, 
New York, then called "Cook House." While 
at Hancock he built a saw mill, sending the 
manufactured lumber to Philadelphia. At 
Deposit he owned mills and timber lands and 
carried on an extensive lumber business, be- 
coming prominent and well to do. He owned 
a large farm in Greene, Chenango county, and 
a great deal of timber land, and with Deacon 
Ezra May and Henry Dusenbury bought fif- 
teen hundred acres and a saw mill on Dodge's 
creek, in what is now Portville, Cattaraugus 
county. New York. This was succeeded by 
large purchases, and an extensive business 
was done in lumbering, etc. He was repre- 
sented in the company by his son, William 
F., while the father remained in Deposit, 
where his private business was located. He 
was a good man. deacon of the Presbyterian 
church, and a Whig in politics. He married, 
in 181 1, Eleanor Knox, of Blandford, ]vlas- 
sachusetts. Children : Malina. Nelson, Bet- 
sey, William F., of further mention; Tru- 
man, Addison and George. Nelson, George 
and Truman were graduates of Union College. 
Schenectady, New York. 

(\II) William F., son of William (3) 
Wheeler, was born in the town of Hancock, 
Delaware county, New York, June 13, 181 1, 
and died at his home in Portville, Cattarau- 
gus county. New York, June 6, 1892. He 
was two years old when his parents moved 
to Deposit, where his boyhood days were 
spent and his education obtained. He was 
intended for a farmer, but at an early age 
was allowed to make a trip to Philadelphia 
on one of his father's lumber rafts and there 
contracted a love for a lumberman's life that 
never left him. He worked in the logging 
camps, in the mills and on the rafts, until he 
was twenty-two years of age, then was sent 
to the farm of his father in Greene, Che- 
nango county, as manager, but having no 
heart in the work did not long remain. In 
1833 his father made a large purchase of tim- 
ber land in Cattaraugus county in association 
with Deacon May and Henry Dusenbury, and 
formed with others the lumber company of 
Dusenbury, Wheeler, May & Company. Will- 
iam F. had an interest in the company, and 
February 14, 1834, first came to Cattaraugus 
county and began his lumbering operations 
on the Allegheny river. A store was built 
and is said to have been the first "cold water 
raising" ever held in the county. The first 
raft he took to Pittsburgh was sold at four 
dollars and seventy-five cents per thousand 
feet, more than a dollar less than it took to 
make and run it to market. At this time oc- 
casional church services were held in a shed 
at Millgrove, in an old barn or in Mr. Whee- 
ler's dining room. Mail came once a week, 
the nearest postoffice being Olean. In 1836 
the firm built a school house that was also 
used for church purposes, the pulpit being 
filled by itinerant ministers, botli Methodist 
and Presbyterian, The mercantile business 
of the firm was conducted by Henry Dusen- 
bury, while Mr. Wheeler was in charge of 
the lumbering operations. In speaking of his 
partner, Mr. Wheeler said, "He was a thor- 
oughgoing, upright, business man, well fitted 
for the position he occupied. Conscientious 
in every act, reliable as the sun. he watched 
every need and development of our business 
and his stability gave character and success 
to our firm. We were well fitted to work 
together as each possessed qualities lacking 
in the other. Without Dusenbury I might 
have been a failure as a lumberman, and with- 
out \A'heeler he might have been." 



At this time (1836) the nearest bank was 
at Bath, New York, seventy miles distant, 
and here the firm did all their banking, Mr. 
Wheeler doing the depositing and making 
these journeys on horseback. In 1837 the 
firm started a lumber yard in Cincinnati, 
Ohio, and made additional purchases of four 
thousand acres of pine timber land and a 
saw mill on Tionesta creek, Pennsylvania. 
The Cincinnati branch was later in charge of 
a son, Nelson P. Wheeler, and William, a 
son of Mr. Dusenbury, for several years, then 
sold. In 185 1 William Wheeler, the father, 
died, followed in i860 by Mr. Dusenbury. 
The business was continued by the two sons 
of Mr. Wheeler, and three sons of Mr. Du- 
senbury being admitted, with William F. 
Wheeler as senior member. In 1871 they or- 
ganized a national bank at Olean, the first na- 
tional bank in Cattaraugus county. William 
F. Wheeler was chosen the first president, an 
office he held until his death. He was a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church, having joined 
at Deposit, New York, when he was twenty 
years of age. In 1840 he was active in the 
organization of the First Presbyterian church 
in Cattaraugus county, located at Olean. In 
1849 a Presbyterian church was organized at 
Portville, of which he was an elder, and for 
eight years superintendent of the Sunday 
school. He was the uncompromising foe of 
liquor, and discouraged its use m every way. 
For several years he was school trustee, held 
other town offices, and in 1879 was elected a 
member of the New York state assembly, 
refusing to be a candidate for a second term. 
He married (first) in 1839, Flora, daugh- 
ter of Judge Quintus Flaminius Atkins, of 
Cleveland, Ohio. She died in 1850, leaving 
three children: Nelson P., William Egbert 
(q. v.), and Augusta, two having died. He 
married (second) 1852, Marilla Clark, of 
Peacham, Vermont, who bore one child, Lilla 
Clark, who is now (1911) a resident of Port- 
ville, New York. 

Marilla Clark Wheeler survived her hus- 
band until January 21, 1907, when she passed 
away, leaving one child, Lilla. 

(VIII) Lilla Clark, only child of William 
F. Wheeler and his second wife, Marilla 
Clark, was born in September — , 1859, in Port- 
ville, Cattaraugus county. New York, which 
is still her residence (191 1). She is a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church. With the 
exception of some time spent in travelling, 

she has resided here during her entire life. 
In 1890 she edited and published for private 
circulation an autobiographic sketch of her 
father, William F. Wheeler. Her mother, 
Marilla Clark Wheeler, left an autobiography 
in manuscript, which follows in part : 

"My father's name was George Washington 
Clark, born in Lebanon, Connecticut. His fa- 
ther was Dan Clark, who married my grand- 
mother when she was sixteen and he nineteen. 
At thirty-six she was left a widow with ten 
children. Her name was Rebekah Hunt. My 
father came from Lebanon to Peacham. Ver- 
mont, as a young man, bringing his mother and 
her mother, my great-grandmother, whose name 
was Abigail Rose. Her husband, Gideon Hunt, 
died before they left Lebanon. Abigail Rose 
Hunt lived to be ninety-six years old. My 
grandmother's children were: Uncle Dan, the 
oldest; Jonathan Trumbull, and my father, 
George Washington. The daughters w^ere: 
Rebekah, who died of consumption at nineteen; 
Aunt Abigail Sumner; Aunt Victoria Buell; 
Aunt Clemency Poor; Aunt Dolly (Dorothy) 
Merrill, and Aunt Lucinia Martin. 

"My mother's name was Meroe Strobridge, 
born in Claremont, New Hampshire, February 
14, 1791. Her father. William Strobridge, was 
born in Middleborough, Massachusetts. He 
studied for the ministry with Rev. Ebenezer 
Hinds, and married his daughter. She died in 
less than a year, and he married my grand- 
mother, Hannah Tuttle. He enlisted in the rev- 
olutionary army in 1775, and was in the army 
during the whole war. My father and mother 
were married in Barnet. Vermont. My mother 
had nine children, of whom I was the sixth, 
and the youngest of five girls: Meroe, Lucetta, 
Hannah, Lucinda and myself, Marilla; then came 
three boys: George, Harvey and Dan. The first 
child, Dan Clark, died aged four years. 

"My father and mother began life in a little 
house on a farm of forty acres. After about 
six years my father bought a farm of two hun- 
dred acres. Here we lived in the primitive 
fashion of those early days. We had bare 
floors until I was a girl of sixteen or more, and 
then the first carpet, a homemade one of rags, 
was put down in the parlor. We had nothing 
but tallow candles made from the tallow of our 
own cattle while I was at home, and wood from 
our own forests was our only fuel. We went to 
school a long mile and a half away. We had 
very few books. In school we had W^ebster's 
spelling book, Murray's grammar, Morse's ge- 
ography, and Adam's arithmetic. We had just 
one little weekly newspaper, and fully three- 
fnurths of it was taken up with advertisements. 
My grandfather and grandmother lived in Bar- 
net. He drew a pension all his life. I was 
nine years old when we moved about three miles 
away from the farm where I was born to what 
was then called 'The Hollow,' now East 
Peacham. The house we moved to was built 
by General Chamberlain, an officer of the revo- 
lution. I attended the district school until I 
was fifteen years old. then I went to the acad- 




emy upon the hill. About 1838 I began teach- 
ing in the town 6i Barnet. I taught fourteen 
weeks for fourteen dollars. Never in my life 
have I felt so rich as when I brought home 
those fourteen dollars. Then I taught in 
Peacham, up at what was called the Corner. 
My next school was in the east part of Peacham. 
The last summer I taught in Vermont was in 
West Barnet, but had only taught there a short 
time when I received an invitation to go to Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, and become the principal of a 
school there. After a family consultation I de- 
cided to go, and one of my sisters finished out 
my school in West Barnet. My oldest brother, 
George, accompanied me to Cincinnati. Our 
people drove us to Burlington, then we took a 
steamboat and went down to Whitehall, New 
York; there we took a canal boat to Albany, from 
there by canal boat all the way to Buffalo, and 
from there on a steamboat to Sandusky, then 
over a corduroy road, then by railroad to Cin- 
cinnati. From Sandusky to Cincinnati the cars 
were flat cars, like the gravel cars of the present 
day, with seats on the side. This was in July, 
and the day after my arrival I went right into 
school. The heat was something beyond my 
power to imagine. I was not fitted for the place 
and had to work hard to make myself capable. 
There was not a single book I had ever seen 
before except the Bible. There were nine de- 
partments. My pupils were all girls, ranging 
from about thirteen to eighteen years. The first 
three months it was extremely hot, and this was 
the hardest three months of my life. But I 
persevered, and after six months my troubles 
all seemed to disappear. I was well and made 
a great many agreeable acquaintances. I grew 
to like the city and remained there five years, 
teaching in the same room. It was three years 
before I went home or saw one of my family. 
I taught reading, spelling, geography, arithme- 
tic, grammar, algebra and history. All the 
schools in the city began at eight o'clock, con- 
tinued till twelve, then from one to four. This 
continued one year, when the hours were 
changed to those of the present day. From the 
very beginning I sang in the church choir, first 
in the Campbellite church, then in other 
churches. In 1849 the cholera came. No one 
had thought of this being contagious, but it 
proved so to an alarming extent and with ap- 
palling results. The streets were in a terrible 
condition, all business was suspended, the water 
in the Ohio river was very low, and as no one 
had ever heard of boiling water to kill the germs, 
this added greatl}' to the spread of the disease. 
Phj-sicians had no knowledge of how to deal 
with it, and the ravages and death rate were 
fearful. The schools were closed and I came 
home to Vermont. I had hoped for a vacation 
of three months, but conditions improved more 
rapidly than expected and I had only six weeks. 
I returned and taught in Cincinnati two years 
longer, when I was asked to go to Dayton, Ohio, 
a small city of ten thousand inhabitants, sixty 
miles away, and teach in a ladies' school called 
Cooper Seminary. I went, and while in Dayton 
I became engaged to Mr. Wheeler, whom I had 

met in Cincinnati, and at the end of the school 
year I went home to Vermont, and on the 8th 
of September, 1852, we were married." 

(VIII) William Egbert 
WHEELER Wheeler, son of William F. 
Wheeler (q. v.) and his first 
wife, Flora Atkins, was born in Mayville, now 
a part of Portville, Cattaraugus county, New 
York, November 21, 1843, died at his home 
in Portville, April 28, 191 1. 

His boyhood was spent in Portville, and 
his early education obtained in the public 
schools of that village and of Olean. Later 
he attended school at Deposit, New York, the 
home of his Grandfather Wheeler, and his 
father, finishing his preparatory studies at 
Cortland Academy, Homer, New York. He 
entered the sophomore class at Hamilton Col- 
lege, but after a year there entered Yale Uni- 
versity, from whence he was graduated with 
honors with the famous class of '66. While 
at Yale he was interested in athletics, and in 
his senior year rowed on the University 
crew in the annual Yale-Harvard race. Re- 
turning from college he engaged in business 
with his father and brother Nelson and the 
Dusenburys, who were heavily interested in 
and around Portville and Western Pennsyl- 
vania in the lumber business established in 
1834 by William F. and Henry Dusenbury, 
and which is still carried on by their descend- 
ants. In 1870, he and his partners established 
a tannery which they operated for thirty years 
until its sale to the American Hide and 
Leather Company. William E. Wheeler was 
the active manager of this department of the 
firm's business, which for the greater part of 
the time traded under the firm name of the 
Portville Tanning Company. He was also 
for many years active in the management of 
a tannery owned by the same interests, lo- 
cated at Hickory, Pennsylvania, near the lum- 
ber mills of Wheeler & Dusenbury. In 1878 
oil was found on the lands of Wheeler & Du- 
senbury. Wells were bored and the firm pro- 
fited largely through the production of oil. 
Shortly after 1880 Mr. Wheeler became a 
stockholder of the Chicago Lumbering Com- 
pany of Michigan, and of other companies 
operating at Manistique, in the upper penin- 
sula. He was elected a director and was ac- 
tive in the management of these companies, 
and at the time of his death was president 
of the Chicago Lumbering Conioanv. In 



1900, having disposed of his tanning inter- 
ests, he visited the Pacific coast, spending sev- 
eral months. The fine timber of that section 
attracted his attention, and soon afterward 
he began making purchases in CaHfornia and 
Oregon. He invested largely, and at the time 
of his death was president of the Lagoon 
Lumber Company, the Rogue River Timber 
Company, the Wheeler Timber Company and 
the Manistique Lumber Company — corpora- 
tions owning timber in the west. He was also 
prominent in the world of finance. He was 
elected vice-president of the First National 
Bank of Olean, holding that office until his 
death. He was one of the incorporators of 
the Commonwealth Trust Company of Buf- 
falo, serving on the board of directors from 
its organization until his death. He was 
president for several years of the Acme Mill- 
ing Company of Olean. H,e was always 
deeply interested in the welfare of his native 
town ; he was president of the school board 
when the new school building was erected, 
and was always a warm friend of the cause 
of public education. He donated liberally 
toward the erection of the postoffice and op- 
era house, and could always be counted on 
for financial aid for any worthy cause. He 
was an active Republican all his life, served 
six terms as supervisor from the town of 
Portville. 1882-86 inclusive, and in 1888. He 
was president of the village corporation of 
Portville. and a member of the school board. 
In 1892 he represented the first district of 
Cattaraugus county in the state assembly, and 
the following year was elected from the whole 
county. In 1900 he again represented the 
first district. He served with honor in the 
legislature and left a record for energy and 
zeal in behalf of his constituency. He was 
a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, 
which he joined in boyhood. After the death 
of his father he was elected to succeed him 
as an elder of the Portville church. He was 
for many years a trustee and for several 
years president of the Western New York 
Society for the Protection of Homeless and 
Dependent Children, which society maintains 
the children's home at Randolph. 

He married, October 27, 1874, Allie E. 
Mersereau, of Portville. (See Mersereau 
VIII.) Children: i. William M., of further 
mention. 2. John Egbert, born May 19, 1879; 
graduate of Phillips Andover Academy. 1897, 
and Yale L^niversity, Sheffield Scientific 

School, 1900; he engaged in the lumber busi- 
ness in Pennsylvania until 1905, when he lo- 
cated in Portland, Oregon, in charge of the 
Wheeler lumber interests ; he married, June 
5, 1907, Margaret Culbertson : children : i. 
William Egbert {2), born July 30, 1908; ii. 
Mary Elizabeth, May 10, 191 1. 3. Eleanor 
Knox, born April 6, 1886. 4. Laurence Ray- 
mond, July 19, 1888. 

(IX) William M., eldest son of William 
Egbert Wheeler, was born in Portville, Cat- 
taraugus county. New York, February 2t„ 
1877. He prepared for college at Phillips 
Andover Academy, graduating 1895 ; entered 
Yale University, whence he was graduated 
A. B., class of 1899. He chose the profes- 
sion of law, entered Harvard Law School, 
was graduated LL. B., class of 1902. He was 
engaged in the practice of his profession in 
Bufl^alo, New York, until January i, 19 10, 
with the law firm Moot, Sprague, Brownell 
& Marcy. His father's failing health com- 
pelled Mr. Wheeler to retire from the firm 
and devote himself to the business interests 
of the former, and later managing and set- 
tling the estate. He is an elder of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, this same 
office having been held by his father and 
grandfather before him at Portville. Politi- 
cally he is a Republican. His clubs are the 
Park and University of Buffalo. 

He married, April 5, 1904. Margaret I\Ic- 
Dougall, born June 3, 1878. Children: Pris- 
cilla McDougall, born January i. 1905; Mary 
iSIcDougall, December 7, 1907; Eleanor K., 
twin of Mary. 

(The Mersereau Line). 

John Mersereau was a native of France, 
and a Protestant. In his youth he was pos- 
sessed of great physical strength. He stud- 
ied law. but, disliking the confinement of 
study, learned the trade of saddler. He was 
captain of a military company armed with 
pikes, the members of which attained great 
skill in the use of that weapon. One evening 
he met three men habited as friars, whom he 
saluted, saying "Good evening, gentlemen." 
They immediately charged him with being a 
Protestant, otherwise he would have said 
"Good evening, fathers." He replied, 'T 
know of but one Father, who is in Heaven." 
They then drew their sabres, which were con- 
cealed under their cloaks, and attacked him. 
In defending himself he killed one and 



wounded another, while the other took refuge 
in night. For some reason he was never mo- 
lested for this deed. He died young, leav- 
ing three sons. Joshua, Paul and Daniel, and 
two daughters — Mary and Martha. These 
children fled with their mother from France 
to England in 1685, but, fearing further per- 
secution under the Catholic James II, they 
continued their flight to America, all except 
Paul. They settled on Staten Island, New 
York, where the mother died and was buried 
in the F"rench churchyard. 

(II) Joshua, eldest son of John Alerser- 
eau, married a Latourette, and died May 2^, 


(III) Joshua (2), son of Joshua (i) Mer- 
sereau, was born May 18. 1696, died July 9, 
1769. He married Maria (Mary) Corsen, 
born October 24, 1704, died July 3, 1763. Ten 

(IV) Joshua (3), son of Joshua (2) Mer- 
sereau, was born on Staten Island, Septem- 
ber 26, 1728, died at Union, New York, June 
10. 1804. He was educated at what is now 
Columbia University, and practiced law in 
New York City. He was a member of the 
provincial assembly of New York state dur- 
ing the years 1777-86. being representative 
from Richmond county. He was also deputy 
commissary of prisoners, with heaflquarters 
near Boston, and again at Elizabethtown, 
New Jersey. His services were continuous 
in various capacities during the entire war, 
as proven by numerous manuscript records. 
He enjoyed the friendship of Washington, 
Lafayette, Hancock, Adams and others, and 
entertained them at his Staten Island home. 
After the war he moved with his family to 
Tioga county. New York, where he was one 
of the earliest judges. He married (first) 
Sophie La Grange, of Huguenot ancestry ; 
(second) Ann Roome, of New York City; 
(third, after settling at Union ), Esther, widow 
of Richard Christopher, of Staten Island. 
Three children by first, three by second wife. 

(V) Joshua (4), son of Joshua (3) and 
his first wife, Sophie La Grange Mersereau, 
was born on Staten Island, New York, 1758, 
died January 20, 1857. at Tioga. Pennsyl- 
vania. While but a youth he was engaged 
with his father, Deputy Commissary Joshua 
INIersereau, at Rutland, Massachusetts, and 
later accompanied Lord Stirling's expedition 
against Fort Richmond. He was a prisoner 
in 1783 on the British ship "Scorpion," in 

New York bay. After the war he married 
Dinah Garrison, of Staten Island, and moved 
with his father's family to the Susquehanna 
valley, near Unadilla, New York. He was 
engaged in the lumbering business until late 
in life. His wife died October 19, 1822. 
Thirteen children. 

(\ I) John Garrison, eighth child of 
Joshua (4) Mersereau, was born in (juilford, 
Chenango county. New York, September 18, 
1799, died at Portville, Cattaraugus county, 
New York, August 10, 1883. He w^as in the 
lumber business on the Susquehanna, later in 
Steuben and Tioga counties. In 1850 he 
moved to Portville. He built, with Weston 
Brothers, the mills in which they placed the 
first gang-saw ever operated on the head wa- 
ters of the Allegheny. He was a leading 
Whig and Republican, was twice elected to 
the state assembly, and to him belongs the 
greater credit for the extension of the Gene- 
see valley canal from Olean to Portville. He 
was a member of the Presb\terian church. 
He married (first) Julia Redfield, the mother 
of his four children. 

(\ II) Samuel, only son of John G. Mer- 
sereau and his first wife, was born in Guil- 
ford, Chenango county. New York, October 
6. 1823, died October 7, 1857. His early busi- 
ness training was in the banking house of 
John Magee, at Bath. New York, later resid- 
ing at Lindsey, where he served as supervisor. 
In 1849 he located in Portville, New York, 
and engaged in lumbering with his father un- 
til his premature death in 1857. He served 
in various public ofifices, among them super- 

He married Esther, daughter of Dan- 
iel Butts, of Rome, New York, who died 
April 18, 1855, aged thirty-one years, a de- 
scendant of Governor William Bradford, of 
the "Mayflower." Children: i. .\llie E., 
married William Egbert ^^'heeler. 2. Will- 
iam B.. now of Portland, Oregon; married 
Helen E. Leavens ; children : Edith, Roland 
\\'., Eugene L., Egbert W. and Harrison I. 
3. John D., now of Pasadena. California; 
married Nellie Coleman, of Ann Arbor, Mich- 
igan ; daughter Irene. 

(\lII)^Allie E., eldest child of Samuel 
Mersereau. married. October 2y, 1874, Will- 
iam Egbert Wheeler. (See Wheeler Mil.) 

(IX) William M.. son of William Egbert 
Wheeler, married, April 5. 1904, Margaret 



The Williams families have 
\\'ILLIA]\IS always been numerous in 

this country. To New Eng- 
land there came before 1650 no less than 
twenty-four pioneers of this surname from 
Wales and England and the name is found 
very early in the other colonies. The Will- 
iams family was prominent in Lancaster and 
Chester counties, Pennsylvania, at an early 

(I) Cortis Williams, of the Pennsylvania 
branch of the family, was one of the pioneer 
settlers in the town of Waterburg^, near Ovid, 
New York, about the year 1800. He settled 
there and followed farming and married in 
that town. Children, born at Waterburg or 
Ovid : John Wesley, mentioned below ; Cor- 
tis, Frank, Angeline, Sirvila, and a child that 
died in infancy. 

(II) John Wesley, son of Cortis Williams, 
was born in Ovid, New York, November 10, 
1809, died at East Aurora in 1892. He was 
educated in the district schools, and followed 
farming at East Aurora, New York. He 
married (first) Mary Orilla Randall; (sec- 
ond) Sally (Adams) Warren, widow of Phi- 
letus Warren. His second wife had by her 
first husband three children : Bishop, Cynthia 
and William. Children of John Wesley and 
Mary Orilla (Randall) Williams: John; 
Clarinda and Miles Williams. Children of 
John Wesley and Sally Williams : Silas 
\\^right, mentioned below; Samuel A., Ben- 
jamin F., Charles, Jennv Lind, married De 
Witt Page. 

(III) Silas Wright, son of John Wesley 
Williams, was born in East Aurora, New 
York, December 4, 1850. He received his 
education in the public schools of his native 
town. Early in life he followed farming for 
a vocation and has continued to the present 
time, owning one of the most productive 
farms in this section. He is also a dealer in 
produce. In politics he is a Democrat. In 
1906 he was president of the incorporated vil- 
lage of East Aurora and he was re-elected to 
this office for the years 1907-08. He is a 
member of Blazing Star Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of East Aurora. 

He married, December 22, 1874, Adeline F. 
Griffin, of Elma, daughter of J. W. Griffin. 
Children: i. Emma Helen, born December 24, 
1875, married B. F. Webster, born April 24, 
1872: children: William L., Helen A., Benja- 
min F., and Anna Louisa. 2. Edwin Harlan, 

born January 12, 1878; now with the Richard- 
son & Beebe Company, of East Aurora; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Peters ; children : Elizabeth 
Griffin, Katherine Louisa, and Winifred Ra- 
chel. 3. Frances Louise, born January 26, 

Arthur McCann, the first mem- 

McCANN ber of this family about whom 

we have definite information, 

married Bridget McLaughlin. Children: 

Anna, Kate, William, May, Peter, Henry S., 

Charles R., of whom below ; Agnes. 

(II) Charles R., son of Arthur and Brid- 
get (McLaughlin) McCann, was born March 

4, 1861. His home is at Salamanca, where 
he is head of the hardware firm of McCann, 
Hubbell & Company. He married, January 
30. 1890, Emma Belle, born February 24, 
1869, daughter of Chauncey Staple and Eme- 
line (Hayes) Hubbell (see Hubbell VII). 
She is a Daughter of the American Revolu- 
tion, No. 59,447. Children : Chauncey, born 
October 16, 1892; Arthur H., born August 

5, 1894. 

(The Hubbell Line). 

The Hubbell family, of Wales and Eng- 
land, is of Danish origin, not improbably de- 
scended from Hubba, a Danish invader of 
Britain in the ninth century. From this fam- 
ily the American Hubbells are presumably 

(I) Richard Hubbell, the founder of this 
family, was born in England in 1627 or 1628, 
died in Connecticut, October 23, 1699. It is 
not known exactly in what year he emigrated. 
His first American record is of date, March 
7, 1647, when he took the oath of fidelity to 
the government of the New Haven colony. 
In 1654 he was admitted a planter at Guil- 
ford, Connecticut. In 1662 he was tried for 
sedition against the colonial government, hav- 
ing joined Dr. Bray Rossiter in the signing 
of two political papers, which were offensive 
to the authorities of the colony. He after- 
ward removed to Fairfield county, Connecti- 
cut, where in 1685 he was one of the proprie- 
tors of the town of Fairfield. His final place 
of residence was within the present limits of 
Bridgeport. He was a planter and extensive 
landowner, a leading citizen, and apparently 
had some knowledge of surveying. He mar- 
ried (first) in 1650, Elizabeth, daughter of 

John and ■ (Fry) Meigs, who died before 

1673. Her grandfather, Vincent Meigs, was 



an original emigrant, who settled at Wey- 
mouth, Massachusetts, but removed to Con- 
necticut. He married (second) but of this 
wife nothing is known, save the initial "E" 
on her tombstone, and the year of her death, 

1688. He married (third) contract dated 
April 16, 1688, Abigail, widow of Joseph 
Walker, who died in 17 17. Children, eight 
by first, four by second, two by third, wife : 
I. John, born 1652, died in 1690; married Pa- 
tience . 2. Richard, born 1654, died in 

1738; married (first) November 5, 1685, Re- 
becca Morehouse, (second) October 12, 1692, 
Hannah Sillway. 3. James, born 1656, died 
December 12, 1656. 4. Samuel, of whom 
below. 5. Elizabeth, born November 16, 
1659 ; married Joseph Frost. 6. Ebenezer, 
born 1661, died in 1698; married Mary Har- 
ris. 7. Mary, married James Newton. 8. 
Martha, married, April 24, 1687, John Wake- 
man. 9. Samuel, married Elizabeth . 10. 

Abigail, married Samuel French. 11. Sarah, 
died December 17, 1726; married, June 25, 

1699, Josiah Stevens. 12. James, born in 
1673, died in October, 1777; married Pati- 
ence . 13. Joseph, born in 1689, died in 

1700. 14. John, born in April, 1691, died 
April 8, 1774; married, November 6, 1711, 
Anna Welles. There were two sons named 
Samuel, each of whom married, and had de- 
scendants to the present day. 

(H) Samuel, son of Richard and Elizabeth 
(Meigs) Hubbell, was born at Guilford, No- 
vember 6, 1657, died September 18, 1713. He 
moved with his parents to Fairfield when he 
was about five years old, and in this village 
he held several offices. He married (first) 
April 4, 1687, Elizabeth Wilson, who died 
January 4, 1688; (second) April 17, 1688, 
Temperance Preston. Children, all save one, 
by second wife: i. Benoni, born December 29, 
1687, died January 20, 1688. 2. Elizabeth, 
born December 29, 1688, died January 4, 

1689. 3. Jehiel, born January 27, 1690, died 
May 3, 1693. 4. Daniel, born August 8, 
1691, died December 11, 1735; married. May 
17, 1 716, Esther Beach. 5. Katharine, born 
March 11, 1693, died December 19, 1687. 6. 
Ephraim, born October 11, 1694, died No- 
vember 4, 1780; married, October 17, 1717, 
Abigail Bradley. 7. Stephen, of whom 
further. 8. David, born July i, 1698, died in 
1753- 9- Abiel, born January 15, 1700, died 
March 3, 1700. 10. Tabitha, born December 
24, 1700; married James Bennett. 11. Jo- 

seph, born October 29, 1702, died in May, 

(HI) Stephen, son of Samuel and Temper- 
ance (Preston) Hubbell, was born at Strat- 
field, Fairfield county, Connecticut, February 
16, 1695-96, died April 20, 1792. He mar- 
ried (first) January 10, 1720, Abigail Squire, 
born about 1693, died October i, 1727; (sec- 
ond) Rebecca . Children, all except 

the last by first wife: i. Nehemiah, born May 
19, 1722; married Hannah Treadwell. 2. Ja- 
bez. married (first), June 22, 1750, Sarah 

Seeley ; (second) Sarah •. 3. Gershom, 

of whom further. 4. Rebecca, baptized July 
4, 1736, died November 9, 1754. 

(IV) Gershom, son of Stephen and Abigail 
(Scjuire) Hubbell, died before his father. He 
served in the revolutionary war. He married, 
December 6, 1752, Mehitable Hall. Children: 

1. Lois, baptized April 24, 1754; married, July 
6, 1773, Alpheus Fairchild. 2. Benjamin. 3. 
Ezbon, of whom further. 4. Enos. 5. Eph- 
raim. 6. Abigail. Also, probably, Richard, 
born July 4, 1766, died in 1830, married Annie 
Trowbridge; and Gershom, born July 4, 1766, 
died in 1833. 

(V) Ezbon, son of Gershom Hubbell, was 
born in 1757, died in 1820. He served as a 
private in the revolution. After the war he 
returned to Ballston, Saratoga county. New 
York, where he engaged in mercantile busi- 
ness. Being ruined by the disastrous outcome 
of the business venture, he returned to farm- 
ing. At the age of thirty-five he was perma- 
nently crippled by an accident, and the last 
eighteen years of his life were a period of 
protracted sufl:ering and paralysis. In 1801 
the family moved to Ovid, Seneca county, 
and in 1807, in the neighborhood of Rochester. 
Children : i. Francis, died in the war of 1812. 

2. Enos. 3. Ephraim. 4. Eli, of whom fur- 
ther. 5. Louisa. 6. Philip Schuyler, died in 

1874; married Caroline . 7. Hannah 


(VI) Eli, son of Ezbon Hubbell, was born 
at Ballston, December 29, 1796. In 1827 he 
settled at Conewango, Cattaraugus county ; 
later he moved to Randolph, in the same coun- 
ty. In Conewango he bought one hundred 
acres of land, which he cleared, and here he 
reared his family. He married, at Wheatland, 
Monroe county, New York, November 30, 
1820, Mary Huxley. Children: i. Schuyler 
Philip, born November 2, 182 1 ; married, in 
1845, Hepzibah Farnsworth. 2. Nancy Ann, 



born October lo, 1823; married (first), in 
1837, James Leffingwell. (second) Moses 
Mills. 3. Chauncey Staple, of whom further. 

4. Eli Sanford. born April 28, 1828 ; married 
(first) Lydia Wait; (second) Helen M. Rork. 

5. Mary Alma, born January 18, 1831 ; mar- 
ried William H. Wood. 6. Louisa M., born 
December 7, 1838; married George A. Glad- 
den. 7. Lodisa A., born December 7, 1838; 
married William A. Mills. 8. Stephen Charles, 
born May 31, 1841 ; married (first), January 
8, 1868, Jane A. Work; (second) February 3, 
1873, Lora A. Loomis. 9. Spencer Ephraim, 
born November 7, 1844,; married Nettie Mer- 

(\^II) Chauncey Staple, son of Eli and 
jMary (Huxley) Hubbell, was born October 
26, 1825. He settled at Little \'alley, Cattar- 
augus county. New York. He married, about 
1855, Emeline, daughter of Benjamin and 
Betsey (Boucher) Hayes, of Yates county. 
Children: i. Dwight. born January 7. 185(3; 
married, in 1875, Sarah Eleanor Puddy ; 
child, Chauncey. 2. DeWitt, married Emma 
Gage ; children : Charles, married Mae Came- 
ron, Cleon, married Frances Beckwith. 3. 
Emma Belle, born I-'ebruary 24, 1869 ; mar- 
ried, January 30, 1890, Charles R. McCann 
(see McCann H). 4. Mark, born May 19, 
1870 ; married Stella Rockwell ; child, Mary, 
born November 19, 1905. 

The founding in America of 
CROWXEY this branch of the Crowley 
family is at once romantic 
and tragic. The founder of the family and 
captain of a sailing vessel, about 1720, put 
into the harbor of Newburyport, Massachu- 
setts, for the purpose of having much needed 
repairs made to his vessel. During the two 
months required to make the repairs he wooed 
and married a farmer's daughter about two 
miles distant. After their marriage he re- 
sumed his voyage. Nothing further was ever 
heard of vessel or crew ; presumably they 
were all lost at sea. The young wife remained 
in Newburyport, where she gave birth to a 
son, Abraham. 

(H) Abraham, Crowley, only child of the 

foregoing, married, in 1741, Capen, a 

descendant of the emigrant. Bernard Capen, 
of England. Children: i. Royal, born 1766: 
enlisted from the town of Attleboro, Massa- 
chusetts, at the age of sixteen years, April 
II, 1782, for a term of three years. He died 

in Mt. Holly, Vermont, 1856. in his ninety- 
first year. 2. George, the second son was a 
Quaker. 3. Walter, of whom further. 4. 
John, of whom further. 5. Ellis. 

(HI) John, son of Abraham Crowley, mar- 
ried Butterworth. Children : William ; 

Noah; Martin; Rufus, of whom further; Mil- 
ton ; Newton ; John, and one daughter. They 
moved from Mt. Holly, Vermont, to Massena, 
New York, about 1826. He was a farmer, 
and lived there until his death. He was very 
prominent in Masonic circles, and during the 
Morgan trouble, anti-]vIasonic feeling became 
so strong in A^ermont that ^Ir. Crowley de- 
cided to move to New York state. 

(IV) Rufus, son of John Crowley, was a 
resident of Alt. Holly, Rutland county, Ver- 
mont, 1800, died 1872. He was a clerk in 
early life, then became a merchant. He was 
a prominent man in his town, captain of mi- 
litia, member of state assembly, and a leader 
in the church. In 1841 he removed to York- 
shire, Cattaraugus county, New York, where 
he formed a partnership with L. D. Cobb, 
and established a general store. He also 
owned a farm and a hotel in the town. In 
1846 he was elected to the state assembly 
from Yorkshire. In 1848 he removed to Ran- 
dolph, same county, purchased a half interest 
in the firm of A. & A. Crowley, which he 
sold in 1852 and engaged in business alone, 
and in 1858 he sold all his business interests 
and retired. In 1857 he was again elected to 
the state assembly. For many years he was 
justice of the peace and in politics an ardent 
Whig, later a Republican. He was a member 
of the Baptist church and a good man in every 
sense of the word. Among his treasures was 
a sword carried in the revolutionary war, by 
Royal Crowley, who died in Mt. Holly, Ver- 
mont. Fie married his cousin, Permelia Crow- 
ley, born 1800, died 1851, daughter of Walter 
Crowley. Children, all born in Mt. Holly, 
\'ermont: i. Marcella, died in 1848. 2. Julia, 
born in 1833, died in 1870. 3. Mary J., born 
in 1835; married Porter Sheldon; children: 
i. Cora, married Herbert W. Tew, and has 
Dorothy, ii. Ralph C, married Isabel Marvin, 
and has Julia and Ralph C. iii. Harry, mar- 
ried ]\Iary flyers. 4. Rodney R.. of whom 

(\') Rodney R., only son of Rufus and 
Permelia (Crowley) Crowley, was born in 
Mt. Holly, Rutland county, \'ermont, Novem- 
ber 12, 1836. He was four years old when his 




parents came to Yorkshire. New York, where 
he attended the pubhc school. In 1848 they 
removed to Randolph, where his education 
continued in the public school, finishing at 
Randolph Academy, whence he was graduated 
after a four years' course. He taught school 
in the winter of 1854-55. In the spring of 
1855 he entered the law offices of Weeden & 
Henderson. Close application developed a 
weakness of his eyes, and for three years he 
was clerk in the dry goods store of William 
H. Lowrey, a dry goods merchant of James- 
town, New York. In 1858 he resumed his law 
studies, completing them under Porter Shel- 
don, of Rockford. Illinois, and Alexander 
Sheldon, at Randolph, New York. May 16, 
1861, he was admitted to the bar. Shortly 
after his admission the need of men to sup- 
port the government was so apparent, that 
he laid aside all thoughts of his newly ac- 
quired profession, and enlisted as a private in 
Company -B, Sixty-fourth Regiment, New 
York Volunteers, being then twenty-four 
years of age. He was enrolled August 17, 
1861, at Randolph, to serve three years; mus- 
tered in as private of Company B, September 
7, 1861 ; promoted cpiartermaster-sergeant, 
November 13, 1861 : mustered in as second 
lieutenant of Company B, January 16, 1862 ; 
as first lieutenant and quartermaster, Febru- 
ary 28, 1862 ; was wounded at the battle of 
Fair Oaks, \'irginia, June i. 1862. He was 
mustered in as captain of Company B, No- 
vember 17, 1862. but served for several 
months as brigade quartermaster and commis- 
sary on the staff of Brigadier General Cald- 
well. He then took command of his company, 
fought with them at Chancellorsville, and Get- 
tysburg, where on July 2. 1863, he was 
wounded in the knee and compelled to forego 
a further military career. He was honorably 
discharged, November 6, 1863. His commis- 
sion as second lieutenant, dated from January 
16, 1862, succeeding James G. Johnson, pro- 
moted, another distinguished Cattaraugus 
county soldier and citizen, with whom Mr. 
Crowley was afterward in legal partnership. 
His first lieutenant's commission dates from 
February 28, 1862 ; his captain's, from Tulv 12, 

After the war was over, he formed a part- 
nership with James G. Johnson. This existed 
for seven years under the firm name of John- 
son & Crowley. December 6, 1864, he was 
appointed provost marshal for the thirty-first 

congressional district, holding until October 
15, 1865. In April, 1869, he was appointed 
collector of internal revenue for the thirty- 
first district. New York, serving until June, 
1871. In 1872 he was nominated by the Lib- 
erals and Democrats for the assembly, but 
was defeated by the Republican candidate. In 
1875 he was the successful candidate of the 
Democratic party for the office of state in- 
spector of prisons. He held this office until March 
I, 1877, instituting several important reforms 
that tended to improve conditions in the pris- 
on department. From i860 until 1872, Mr. 
Crowley was justice of the peace of the town 
of Randolph. In 1868 was elected supervisor, 
reelected in 1869. In 1877 he returned to the 
practice of law, being senior of Crowley & 
Armstrong, until 1881 ; then until 1886 of 
Crowley & Sackrider ; until 1887 of Crowley, 
Sackrider & Reilly. In that year Mr. Sack- 
rider was appointed postmaster of Randolph, 
and until 1897 the firm was Crowley & Reilly. 
In 1897 he formed a partnership with C. W. 
Terry, continuing as Crowley & Terry, until 
1900, when the firm became Crowley & An- 
derson, remaining as such until 1902. He 
practiced alone from that date until 1908, then 
admitted Arthur R. Conley. In 1893 he was 
appointed deputy superintendent of banks and 
served three years. He has been president of 
the village several years, elected first 1890; 
reelected in 1900-01-02-03. In his political 
faith Mr. Crowley may be classed as an Inde- 
pendent Democrat. He has sat in many state 
conventions of the Democratic party, but has 
ever preserved his independence. In 189 1 was 
chairman of the Democratic county commit- 
tee. As lawyer and politician, he serves clients 
and constituents with fidelity, and has won a 
high place in the esteem of his people. He is 
commander of D. T. Wiggin's Post, No. 297, 
Grand Army of the Republic, and ever mind- 
ful of the welfare of his old comrades. He 
is past master of Randolph Lodge, No. 359, 
Free and Accepted Masons, serving three 
terms in the master's chair, declining to serve 
after a fourth election. He is also a member 
of Chapter No. 266, Royal Arch Masons. He 
was one of the original incorporators of the 
State Bank of Randolph. He has always been 
a warm friend, and actively interested in the 
Western New York Home for Homeless and 
Dependent Children, as trustee and member 
of the executive committee. He is a member 
of the Cattaraugus Countv Bar Association. 



He married, September i, 1861, Jane Ho- 
bart Mussey, born April 6, 1835. Children: 

1. Fred B., born August 19, 1865; married 
Lillian Hall, and resides in Des Moines, Iowa ; 
child: Rodney E., born September 14, 1892. 

2. Mary G., born April 19, 1872; married 
Henry F. Harrington, and resides in Dayton, 
Ohio; children: John H., born October i, 
1907 ; Louise J., July 9, 1909. 

(HI) Walter Crowley, third 
CROWLEY son of Abraham Crowley 
(q. v.), of Attleboro, Massa- 
chusetts, married Mary Todd. They settled 
in Mt. Holly, Vermont. Children: Walter, 
Martha, Permelia, Asahel, Addison, Sally, Al- 

(IV) Addison, son of Walter Crowley, was 
born in Mt. Holly, Rutland county, Vermont, 
March 8, 181 1, died in Randolph, New York, 
April 5, 1895. He was the third son of his 
parents, and with his brothers spent his earlier 
years employed on his father's Vermont farm 
and attending the public schools during the 
winter months. On reaching his twentieth 
year he entered Chester Academy (Chester, 
Vermont) where his education was com- 
pleted. Until 1835 he taught school and en- 
gaged in mercantile life. In that year he re- 
moved to Randolph, Cattaraugus county. New 
York, where the first year he taught a public 
school. In 1836 he entered into partnership 
with his brother, Asahel Crowley, establishing 
a general store in Randolph. They also en- 
gaged extensively in the manufacture of lum- 
ber, running the same to southern markets 
via the Alleghany and Ohio rivers. Later 
Alvin Crowley was admitted to the firm and 
a lumber yard established at Cincinnati, Ohio, 
the lumber being obtained from the Cattarau- 
gus county mills. The firm also dealt largely 
in farms lands, farming and cattle dealing, 
driving their stock to eastern markets. They 
also engaged in building, erecting over thirty 
structures, including the Congregational 
Church at Randolph, and Randolph, now 
Chamberlain, Institute. They employed many 
men and conducted a very large and success- 
ful business. Mr. Crowley was an old line 
Whig, and took an active part in the forma- 
tion of the Republican party in Cattaraugus 
county. In 1840 he subscribed for Horace 
Greeley's paper. The Log Cabin, and when the 
same editor founded the Nczv York Tribune, 
he became a subscriber, continuing until his 

death. He held nearly every town office within 
the gift of the voters of Randolph, and was 
one of the most prominent and influential citi- 
zens of the town. He was supervisor in 1846- 
47-54. In 1849 he was elected sheriff of Cat- 
taraugus county and reelected in 1852, serv- 
ing six years. He was appointed postmaster 
of Randolph by President Lincoln, holding it 
until the administration of President Johnson, 
when he at once resigned. He was trustee 
and treasurer of Randolph Academy until it 
passed under the control of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, and was active in the organ- 
ization of the Chamberlain Institute. His 
health becoming impaired in his later years, 
he gave up active business and lived a re- 
tired life. At the organization of the State 
Bank of Randolph, in 1874, he was chosen 
vice-president and director, and thereafter 
president, continuing until his death. Both in 
public and private life he was honored and 
respected. He carved out his own fortunes 
and the success he won was fairly earned and 
well deserved. 

He married (first), January 10, 1839, Mary 
E., died November, 1843, daughter of Will- 
iam Shattuck, of Warren, Pennsylvania. He 
married (second) in May, 1851, Arvilla, 
daughter of William M. Champlin, a wealthy 
farmer of Napoli. New York, a descendant 
of Jeffrey Champlin, of Rhode Island. Chil- 
dren of first marriage: i. Ella M., born Jan- 
uary 18, 1840; married, January 12, 1871, 

B. G. Castel, of Randolph ; she died Janu- 
ary 3, 1907, at Santa Monica, California. 2, 
Melvin A., born May 5, 1843. died Novem- 
ber 21, 1876: married, INIay 30, 1864, Emma 
Fenton. Children of second marriage : 3. 
A son, died in infancy. 4. Addie ]\I., born 
June 12, 1856: married, October 9, 1878, 
Erie \\\ Fenton ; resides in Wymore, Ne- 
braska ; two children: Beatrice, married Jesse 
Craig, and has sons Robert and Arthur C. 5. 
Sarah M., born March 6. 1858, died March 
27, 1861. 6. Frank Champlin, March 2, i860, 
died April 3, 1861. 7. Kate C, born Febru- 
ary 12, 1863: married Walter B. Saunders; 
children : Phil C, Corrinne, Louis M. and 
Earl ; resides in Millbank, South Dakota. 8. 
Jerome A., of whom further. 9. Elizabeth 

C, married Frank L. Seager ; child, Kate C. 
(V) Jerome A., son of Addison and Ar- 
villa (Champlin) Crowley, was born in Ran- 
dolph, Cattaraugus county. New York, No- 
vember 19, 1865. His early education was 



obtained in the public school after which he 
entered Chamberlain Institute, whence he 
was graduated with the class of 1885. He 
then entered the employ of C. P. Adams & 
Son, as a clerk in their hardware store, con- 
tinuing until 1887. He entered the employ 
of the State Bank of Randolph as a book- 
keeper, advanced to the position of teller, then 
assistant cashier, and in 1897 was elected 
cashier of the bank, which position he still 
holds. He is an able financier, thoroughly 
informed in banking law and procedure, con- 
servative in his investments and a pillar of 
strength to his bank. He has been the presi- 
dent of the board of education of the Ran- 
dolph high school since 1906,. and during the 
time the magnificent high school building at 
Randolph has been erected. In politics he is 
a Republican, and is also a member of the 
Masonic order, Randolph Lodge, No. 359. 

He married, April 14, 1897, Agnes, daugh- 
ter of John M. and Ruth Ann (Hall) Clif- 
ford (see Hall IX). Child, Addison G., born 
December 31, 1899. 

(The Hall Line). 

(I) John Hall, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in county Kent, England, in 1584, died 
in Middletown, Connecticut, May 26, 1673. 
He came from England to Boston in 1633, 
and settled first in Cambridge, moving soon 
to Roxbury, where in the records of Mr. El- 
liot's church he was called Mr., a title which 
in those days was seldom given and showed 
the man to be prominent. In 1634 his name 
was on a rate bill on the records of Roxbury. 
On September 4, 1633, he, with John Oldham 
and two other men, went to the Connecticut 
river, where they were in October, and re- 
turned on January 20, 1634, with a favorable 
report of the rich lands there which resulted 
in the migrations from Dorchester to Weth- 
ersfield and Windsor, and from Cambridge 
to Hartford in 1635-36. He was made free- 
man in Boston in 1635, ^^^ soon after he 
probably joined the Hooker and Stone Col- 
ony and went to Hartford. His family did 
not move until 1639. He was a carpenter 
by trade. He had home lot No. yy of six 
acres on Lord's hill, in 1639, and he bought 
lands that year of William Hooker and 
Bloomfield also. He was surveyor of high- 
ways in Hartford in 1640. In 1650 he moved 
with his family to Matabesick, now Middle- 
town, where he was one of the original pro- 

prietors. His home lot consisted of five acres 
on the northeast corner of Main and Wash- 
ington streets, running to the "Great River," 
joining the lot of his son-in-law, Thomas 
Wetmore, on the north. On March 19, 1659, 
he was appointed by the general court at 
Hartford to enter and record goods subject 
to customs for Middletown, and often after 
this he held offices in the town. He seemed 
to be one of the leaders and most prominent 

men in town. He married Esther , who 

probably died in England. Children : John, 
bom in England. 1619; Richard, in England, 
1620; Sarah, in England, 1622; Samuel, men- 
tioned below. 

(II) Samuel, son of John Hall, was born 
in county Kent, England, in 1626, died in 
Middletown, Connecticut, in 1690. He was 
made freeman at Middletown in 1654, and 
on June 10, 1655, had lands recorded. His 
home lot consisted of five acres on the east 
side of Main street, extending to the river. 
The Mansion House block occupies a part of 
this land on Main street. He was a farmer 
and owned much land. He also knew his 
father's trade, that of carpenter. He was ad- 
mitted to the church at Middletown, October 
19, 1663, and his wife was admitted, October 
29, 1676. She moved to Guilford, Connecti- 
cut, after his death, to the home of her son 
Thomas. He made his will, February 13, 
1690, and his estate was inventoried at three 
hundred and twenty-four pounds. To Sam- 
uel he left the house and barns, to John the 
town lot, to Thomas, two acres of the home 
lot, and to Samuel and John the carpenter's 
tools. He married, 1662, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Elizabeth Cooke, of Guil- 
ford ; Thomas Cooke came to Guilford with 
Rev. Henry Whitfield ; he was one of the 
signers of the plantation covenant of June 
I, 1639, made on the passage from county 
Kent, England. Children : Samuel, born 
February 3, 1663-64; John, August 7, 1668; 
Thomas, mentioned below. 

(III) Thomas, son of Samuel Hall, was 
born at Middletown, Connecticut, August 29, 
1 67 1, died at Guilford, February 11, 1753. 
In 1727 he was chosen deacon of the first 
church of Guilford. He was captain of the 
militia. He was often moderator of society 
and town meetings, and served as selectman. 
He married (first) February i, 1692, Mary 
Hiland, born May 12, 1672. died April, 1738, 
daughter of George and Mary (Cruttenden) 



Hiland ; George Hiland took the oath of fidel- 
ity at Guilford, September 4, 1650. He mar- 
ried Mary Cruttenden in 1665. He married 
(second) Rachel, daughter of John Savage 
and widow of John Spinning, of Middletown ; 
she died January 19, 1752. He married 
(third) very late in life, Abigail Seward. 
Children, born in Guilford, by first wife: 
Mary, November 5, 1693; Hannah, March 
25, 1695; Elizabeth, June 12, 1698; Thomas, 
January 10, 1701, died young; Hiland. Sep- 
tember 30, 1703 ; John, mentioned below. 

(IV) John (2), son of Thomas Hall, was 
born in Guilford, Connecticut, in 1706, died 
there October 3, 1790. He married, Novem- 
ber 26, 1730, Ann, daughter of Thomas and 
Sarah (Bradley) Criswold. She died July 4. 
1750. Children, born in Guilford: Phile- 
mon, mentioned below ; Amos, born Novem- 
ber 10, 1739, died February 7, 1740; John, 
September 8, 1741 : Isaac, November 18, 
1742; Samuel, December 8, 1747, died Janu- 
ary 6, 1751 ; Ann, June 6, 1750. died Decem- 
ber 17. 1764. 

(V) Philemon, son of John (2) Hall, was 
born at Guilford, September 23, 1733, died 
September 21, 1800. He was a sergeant in 
the revolution, in Captain Stephen Hall's 
company. He was commissioned ensign. Jan- 
uary I, 1777; promoted second lieutenant, 
March 10. 1778; promoted first lieutenant, 
March 12, 1780. Lieutenant Philemon Hall 
continued from 1777 to 1781. Retired by 
consolidation, January i, 1783. He was one 
of three representatives from Guilford to the 
first Connecticut State Society of the Cin- 
cinnati. He married (first) May 6, 1756, 
Sarah Page, of Brandford, who died ]\ larch 
22, 1791. He married (second) September 
28, 1791, Abigail, widow of Captain Stephen 
Hall, and she died September 20, 1800. Chil- 
dren, born at Guilford, by first wife: Sarah, 
born August 6, 1757; Mary, September 30, 
1759: Phineas, x-\ugust i, 1761 ; Hannah, 
Eebruarv 15, 1763; Elizabeth, November 21. 
1764: Anna, January 26, 1768; Philemon, 
mentioned below; Lois, August 26, 1773. 

(VI) Philemon (2), son of Philemon (i) 
Hall, was born October 3, 1769. in Connecti- 
cut. He and his family moved to I'looni- 
field. Ontario county. New York, in the 
spring of 1793. where he owned and con- 
ducted a tavern. A tavern keeper in those 
days was ciuite a personage. In February, 
1819, the tavern burned. About 1822 he with 

his four sons moved to the then almost un- 
settled wilds of Cattaraugus county. He kept 
the first inn, and store at Cold Spring. He 
with his sons Ijuilt a saw mill, which was 
probably the first in the town of Cold 
Spring. The}' built a second mill on 
the Little Conewango, another in 1836, 
another in 1839, one in 1841, and one 
in 1844, on the site now known as the Stewart 
Mills. They erected a small grist mill with 
one run of stone on Spring Brook in 1824, 
and a larger one with three run of stone, in 
1833, on the site now known as the Holdridge 
Mills. They later had a cabinet shop on the 
site of ^lorton's Mill, where they made good 
hand-made furniture, tables, chairs, bureaus, 
etc. The business was conducted under the 
father's name until his death, where the 
brothers separated, and Amos took most of 
the business. Philemon died in East Ran- 
dolph, May 12. 185 1, and after his death his 
wife, Mary (Parmelee) Hall, lived with the 
son Amos until her death, July 7, 1865. Her 
father, Reuben Parmelee, was a revolution- 
arv soldier, sergeant in Captain Vail's com- 
pany, stationed at Guilford for defence of 
coast. 1781 ; served eight months, twenty 
days. Children of Philemon and Mary 
(Parmelee) Hall: Joel, married Lydia Ev- 
arts : Horace, married Lydia Rathbone ; Eras- 
tus. married Emeline Rathbone ; Amos, men- 
tioned below. Twelve more children were 
born, but died in infancy. 

(\TI) Amos, son of Philemon (2) Hall, 
was born July 19, 1805. He was extensively 
engaged in the lumber and mercantile busi- 
ness, in East Randolph, and owned consid- 
erable farm land in the vicinity. He married 
Emily Prince, and to them were born : Em- 
ily, married Charles Brown ; Ruth Ann, men- 
tioned below ; Mary, married Edward Beales ; 
Clara, married Preston C. Staley ; Frances, 
married Walter Powers ; Thomas, died at age 
of two years. After the death of his wife, 
at the age of thirty-eight, his home was kept 
bv his daughters until they were married. He 
later went to Kansas to make his home with 
his daughter Emilv, where he died March 13, 

(VIII) Ruth Ann, daughter of Amos Hall, 
was born July 13, 1846. She married (first) 
August 14. 1866, John M. Gififord, who died 
August 9. 1880. Children: Glen David, born 
julv 21. 1870. died September 26. 1891 : John 
Hall. ]\lay 13. 1872. died February 25, 1877: 




Agnes, mentioned below. She married (sec- 
ond) November 15, 1885, George H. Titcomb. 
at V\'aterville, Kansas. She died July 18, 

(IX) Agnes, daughter of John M. and 
Ruth Ann (Hall) Gifford, was born April 
16, 1874. She married, April 14, 1897, 
Jerome A. Crowley (see Crowley V). 

(I\^) Hiland Hall, son of Thomas 
HALL Hall (q. v.), was born in Guil- 
ford, Connecticut, September 30, 
1703, died there June 16, 1781, aged seventy- 
seven, according to his gravestone in the old 
Guilford cemetery, which was moved to the 
farm of Minor Fowler when the ground was 
made a public common. He was called Mr. 
in the records of Deacon John Bangs. He 
married. March 17, 1725, Rachel, daughter 
of Daniel and Mary (Hall) Bishop, and 
granddaughter of William Hall, who came 
from Rolvendue, county Kent, England, in 
the company of the Rev. Henry Whitfield, 
the first minister of Guilford, in 1639. Mary 
Hall, wife of Daniel Bishop, was daughter 
of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Hall; John 
was son of William Hall ; Elizabeth was 
daughter of George and Sarah Smith, of New 
Haven. As Rachel Bishop, the wife of Hi- 
land Hall, was granddaughter of William 
Hall, their descendants have two immigrant 
ancestors by the name of Hall. Children, 
born in Guilford: Thomas, February 11, 
1726; Hiland, April 21, 1727; Rachel, Sep- 
tember 27, 1728, died October 2;^, 1728; 
Abraham, mentioned below ; Gilbert, born No- 
vember 26. 1732; Thankful, January 19, 
1735; Stephen, September 5, 1739; Eber, De- 
cember 5, 1 74 1. 

(V) Abraham, son of Hiland Hall, was 
born in Guilford, September 3, 1730, died in 
Norfolk, Connecticut. He was a deacon of 
the church at Norfolk. He moved from Guil- 
ford to Norfolk, and he may have lived for 
a time in Starksborough, Vermont. He mar- 
ried, October 30, 1751, Jerusha Bowen. Chil- 
dren, born in Guilford : Hiland, February 
14, 1752, died February i, 1753; Hiland, May 
3. 1754: Abraham. ]\Iay 29, 1756; Samuel, 
mentioned below : Rebecca : Jerusha. Novem- 
ber 8, 1757. 

(VI) Samuel, son of Abraham Hall, was 
born in Guilford, Connecticut, October 5, 
1759, died in Bristol, Vermont, about 1838. 
He moved with his father to Norfolk, Con- 

necticut, and went from there to Starksbor- 
ough or Bristol, \"ermont, where he lived the 
most of his life. He was a farmer. He mar- 
ried, at Norfolk, Lucy, daughter of Asaph 
Parmelee. Asaph Parmelee died at Bristol, 
October 24, 1834, aged ninety years. Chil- 
dren: I. Anson, died 1813, aged about 
twenty-five or twenty-seven ; married Lucia 
Carrington a few months before his death. 
2. Hiland, mentioned below. 3. Wheelock, 
was living in Michigan in 1864. 4. Everett 
D., died in Monkton, Vermont, September 
15, 1838; married Sally Case, of Middlebury. 
5. Lucia, was living in 1864; married, 1812, 
Ansel Wentworth, of Starksborough, who was 
justice of peace, representative of town in leg- 
islature, etc., died 1833, aged forty-four. (One 
of his daughters married General George W. 
Grundy, of Vergennes, A'ermont, a promi- 
nent lawyer, who several times was elected 
a member and speaker of the house of repre- 
sentatives.) 6. Charlotte, living in 1864; 
married Norman Bell, of Weybridge. 7. Har- 
riet, died April 15, 1855, aged fifty-six years; 

married, January i, 1818, . 8. Saman- 

tha, living in 1864; married Charles Whiting. 
(VII) Hiland Hall, son of Samuel Hall, 
was born at Bristol, Addison county, \'er- 
mont, January 4, 1790, died there Way 4, 
i860. He married, February 26, 18 12, So- 
phia, daughter of Levi Smith, of Bristol. She 
was born August 26, 1790, died January 26, 
1876. He moved with his family and all their 
possessions in a covered wagon from Addi- 
son county, Vermont, to Lyndonville, Or- 
leans county. New York, crossing Lake 
Champlain on the ice, and enduring many 
hardships on the journey. He was a farmer 
in Lyndonville, and later at Oak Orchard, 
Orleans county, with his son Nelson F. He 
later returned to Bristol, where he died. Chil- 
dren : I. Horace E., born October 21, 1814, 
died March 23, 1895 ; married. May 6, 1835, 
Elmira Carpenter, who died December 24, 
1847; children: i. Melvina E., born June 11, 
1836, died April 19, 1839; ii. Sophia E., born 
December 16, 1838, died x-\ugust 2, 1896, 
married Elisha Potter and they have two chil- 
dren : Carrie and Fred Potter ; iii. William 
H., born October i, 1841, died January 13, 
1892. 2. Nelson F., born November 23, 1816, 
died April 25, 1899; married Elizabeth Ste- 
wart, who died in January, 1902 ; children : 
i. Charles, born October 15, 1843, died Janu- 
ary, 1906; ii. Hattie S.. born December 9, 



1846; married Jasper C. Egerton and now 
lives on the old homestead at Oak Orchard. 
3. Levi S., born February 15, 1819, died 
March i. 1819. 4. Otto M., born May 18, 
1820, died March 11, 1840. 5. Anson, born 
December 16. 1822, died September 27, 1825. 
6. William A., born April 2, 1828 ; married, 
December 29, 1852, Caroline M. Gould, who 
died May 13, 1897; one child, Fred M., born 
November 15, 1853. 7. Erasmus D., men- 
tioned below. 8. Mary, died in infancy. 

(A'^IH) Dr. Erasmus D. Hall, son of Hi- 
land Hall, was born in Bristol, Vermont, Feb- 
ruarv 12, 183 1. When he was three years 
of age, he came with his parents to Lyndon- 
ville, New York, where he attended the 
public schools. He also graduated from Al- 
bion Academy, and Castleton Medical College, 
in Castleton, Vermont, from which he was 
graduated as an M. D. in 1853. For three 
years after this he practiced his profession at 
Walworth, Wayne county, New York, and 
then moved to Knowlesville, Orleans county, 
New York, where he practiced until within 
eight years, when he was obliged to retire 
because of ill health. From 1858 until" he 
retired, he owned a large grocery and drug 
store which he conducted in addition to his 
medical practice. In 1875 ^^ built a large 
business block, and he has been one of the 
most progressive men of the town for fifty 
years. In religion he is a Presbyterian, and 
has been a member of the church for half a 
century at Knowlesville, having served also 
as clerk. He is a Prohibitionist. 

He married. June 20, 1878. Julia, born 
January 12, 1840, daughter of Christopher 
Ostrander. Children: i. Fannie, born Janu- 
ary 17, 1880, died April 29, 1907, at Schenec- 
tady, New York ; married Thurlow W. Bux- 
ton ; child, Seeley Hall, deceased. 2. Jessie 
Ostrander, born April 9, 1884; educated in 
district schools and was graduated from Al- 
bion high school, went one year to Oberlin 
Conservatory of Music at Oberlin, Ohio, and 
now lives at home with her father at Knowles- 
ville, New York. 

This surname is derived 
CHITTENDEN from the corrupt British 

and Welsh word cliy, 
meaning "house," and tane, ''lower," and din 
or dun, "hill," the lower house on the hill. 
The name is quite common in England, and 
the spelling, which has been greatly varied, is 

almost always Chittenden at the present time. 
Only two families of the name were early 
immigrants to America. Thomas Chittenden, 
a linen weaver, came with his son Isaac from 
Wapping, in county Kent, and settled in Sci- 
tuate, Massachusetts, where his descendants 
are still found. It is not known whether he 
was related to William Chittenden, mentioned 

(I) William Chittenden, the immigrant an- 
cestor, came from the parish of Cranbrook, 
Kent, England, and is believed to have been 
the son of Robert Chittenden. In the record 
of baptisms in the parish of Marden, near 
Cranbrook, there is an entry of William, son 
of Robert, March, 1594. He was an original 
settler of Guilford, Connecticut, and one of 
the six persons selected to purchase lands 
there from the native owners. He was also 
one of the four magistrates who received 
"full power and authority to act, order and 
dispatch all matters respecting the publick 
weale and civile government of the plantation 
until a church is gathered amonge us." He 
was the chief military man of the plantation, 
and bore the title of Lieutenant. Savage says 
that he had been a soldier in the English army 
in the Thirty Years War in the Netherlands, 
and had received the rank of major. He was 
a magistrate and deputy to the general court 
until his death. His lands in Guilford com- 
prised about one hundred acres, the most 
of which is still in possession of a descend- 
ant. He married, in England, Joanna, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Edmund and Joanna Sheafife, of 
Cranbrook, Kent. She survived him, and 
married (second) as his second wife, Abra- 
ham Cruttenden, of Guilford. She died there 
August 16, 1668. Her mother, Joanna 
Sheaffe, emigrated with the family from Eng- 
land, and died in Guilford August I, 1659. 
William Chittenden died in February, 1660-1. 
Children : Thomas, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, 
John, mentioned below ; Mary, Hannah, born 
November 15, 1649; Joseph, April 14, 1652, 
died June 22. 1652 ; Hannah, twin of Joseph, 
died September 13, 1674; Deborah, Decem- 
ber 12, 1653. 

(II) Sergeant John Chittenden, son of 
AVilliam Chittenden, married, December 12, 
1665, Hannah, daughter of John Fletcher, of 
Milford, Connecticut. He died in Guilford, 
in April, 1716. Children: John, born Octo- 
ber 19. 1666; Elizabeth, January 26, 1670; 
Joseph, mentioned below ; Gideon, September 

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23, 1678, died 1679; Abel, May 14, 1681 ; Ly- 
dia, Alarch 30, 1684. 

(III) Joseph, son of John Chittenden, was 
born March 26, 1672, and married, August 

26, 1692, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and 
Mary Kimberly, of New Haven ; she was 
born April, 1671, and died January 14, 1748. 
He lived in Guilford, and died September 
II, 1787. Children: Deborah, born January 
28, 1695; Patience, January 19, 1696; Gideon, 
mentioned below; Daniel, March 15, 1700; 
Joseph. January 25, 1702; Thankful, January 

27, 1704. 

(IV) Gideon, son of Joseph Chittenden, 
was born February 3, 1698, and married, 
March 21, 172 1, Abigail, daughter of Samuel 
and Abigail (Wetmore) Bishop, of Guilford, 
born April 19, 1701. He removed to New 
Milford, Connecticut, in 1762. He was living 
May 29, 1781. Children: Abraham, born 
February 16, 1723 ; Millicent, April 5, 1725 ; 
Abigail, March 17, 1727; Prudence, October 
14, 1729; Giles, December 8, 1731 ; Miles, 
June 15, 1734; Ruth, May 15, 1737; Stephen, 
mentioned below; Catharine, May 9, 1747. 

(Y ) Stephen, son of Gideon Chittenden, 
was born Alay 9, 1739, and died in Kent, Con- 
necticut. He moved with his father from 
Guilford to New Milford, and from there to 
Kent. He married, September 26, 1765, Lucy 
Bardsley, of New Milford. She was a widow 
in 1808, and married (second) Asahel Stone, 
being a widow again in 1812. Children: 
Miles, born March 28, 1767; Stephen. 1768; 
Lucy ; Ruth ; William ; Nathaniel ; Dolly ; 

(VI) Erastus, son of Stephen Chittenden, 
was born in March, 1784, and died in .Sep- 
tember, 1820. He married, 1805, Nancy Bis- 
sell, who was born in Goshen, Connecticut. 
Children : Sarah Bissell Chittenden, born 
June 18, 1806, married Jared Pratt, of Platts- 
burg, New York ; William Erastus. of whom 

(VII) Rev. William Erastus Chittenden, 
only son of Erastus Chittenden, was born 
July 6. 1808, at Goshen. Connecticut, and died 
at Cleveland, Ohio, February 13, 1880. He 
was educated in the schools at Litchfield, 
Connecticut, and was ordained deacon in the 
Protestant Episcopal Church, but preferring 
the Presbyterian faith, he was ordained in that 
denomination at Belleville, Illinois, in 1839, 
and was pastor for a number of years there. 
He left the ministry about 1847 to engage in 

business as a banker in New York, but con- 
tinued active and prominent in the church, 
and was elder of the North Presbyterian 
Church of Buffalo. Before the civil war he 
had banks (of which he was president) at 
Holly Springs, Bank of Northern Mississippi ; 
Bank of Eastern Tennessee, at Knoxville, 
Tennessee ; Bank of Woodbury, at Woodbury, 
Connecticut. At one time he was associated 
in business with J. Pierpont Morgan, New 
York City, in the firm of Chittenden, Morgan 
& Church. During the panic of 1853 these 
banks shared the general disaster to business. 
He then became secretary of the Niagara 
Car Works, and afterward manufactured hot- 
air engines, the patent on which he controlled. 
In politics he was a Republican. He was a 
member of Niagara Lodge, No. 2, of Masons. 

He married (first) May Bebee, of Jackson, 
Michigan; (second) Agnes Kraft; (third) 
in September, 1846, Ann Eliza Smith, who 
was born September 14, 1820, and died De- 
cember 27, 1907, daughter of John Smith, 
and granddaughter of Whitman Smith. 
Whitman Smith's father and grandfather 
bore the same name before him. Her mother 
was Ann ( Chapin ) Smith. Children of first 
wife: I. William Frederick, deceased; was a 
broker in Brooklyn, New York. 2-;^. Twins 
died in infancy. Children by third wife : 4. 
Mary Adelia, born in Prattsburg, New York, 
1847; resides at Niagara-on-the-Lake ; mar- 
ried John Henry Wilson. 5. John Smith, of 
whom further. 6. Anna Elizabeth, born Sep- 
tember 10, 1855 ; unmarried. 7. Gertrude, 
born June 12, 1857, died January 6, 1896. 

(VIII) John Smith, son of Rev. \\'illiam 
Erastus Chittenden, was born at Holly 
Springs, Mississippi, June 18, 1850. He came 
to Buffalo, New York, with his father in !May. 
1861, and finished his education there in the 
public schools. He entered the hardware lousi- 
ness, and was also a general merchant at Al- 
den for some years. From 1873 to 1880 he 
was secretary and treasurer of the Fletcher 
Furnace Company, of Black Rock. He is 
now (1911 ) retired from active business. He 
served a term of enlistment in Company B, 
Seventy-fourth Regiment, New York Na- 
tional Guard. He is a member and deacon 
of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is 
a Republican. He is a member of the Acacia 
Club, and of Era Lodge. No. 161. Free Ma- 
sons, and Keystone Chapter, Royal Arch }kla- 



He married Annie Pratt (see Pratt), De- 
cember 3, 1869. Children: i. John Lorenz, 
mentioned below. 2. Phebe, born December 
4, 1873: married Thedore L. Richmond, presi- 
dent of Buffalo Scale \\'orks. 3. Anna Pratt, 
born November 29, 1877; resides in Buffalo. 
4. Lorenz Pratt, born July 13, 1884; living 
at Milwaukee. Wisconsin : dealer in automo- 
biles ; married, January I, 1907, Claribel, 
daughter of Dr. Clarence A. Tyler, of Alden. 

(IN) John Lorenz, son of John Smith 
Chittenden, was born at Knoxville. Tennes- 
see, January 24, 187 1. He received his early 
education in public and private schools of 
Buff"alo. He began his commercial life as 
clerk in the Manufacturers and Traders' Bank 
of Buft'alo. and won promotion from time to 
time to the rank of teller. In 1902 he en- 
gaged in business as a dry goods dealer in 
Buft'alo. Since 19 10 he has been in the gen- 
eral t)rokerage and bond business, represent- 
ing Berton, Griscom & Jenks, of New York 
City. In politics he is a Re])ublican. He is 
a member of the North Presbyterian Church 
of Buft'alo, the Chamber of Commerce of 
Buft'alo and of Landmark Lodge, No. 441, 
Free }klasons: and the Buft'alo, Park, Elmira 
City Club of Elmira, the Sons of the Amer- 
ican Revolution : the Buffalo National Service 
Society, the Black River Valley Club, of 

He married, September 26, 1894, Amelia 
Frederica Lautz. daughter of John Adam 
Lautz and Catherine ( Bardol ) , daughter of 
Jose]>h. Her parents were married Novem- 
ber 16, 1845. Children: Hortense Pratt, Es- 
ther, and Ruth, born in Ikift'alo. 

(The Pratt Line). 

John Pratt, the immigrant ancestor, was 
the son of Rev. William Pratt, and was bap- 
tized November 9, 1620, at Stevenange, Hert- 
fordshire, England. The exact time when he 
came to America is not known, but is believed 
to have been in 1632, with the company of 
Rev. Thomas Hooker. April 7. 1634, he was 
granted two acres of land by the old burying- 
place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 
1633 he "owned a house on the northerly side 
of Mt. Auburn street, between Brighton street 
and Brattle Square, which he sold to Joseph 
Isaac." He was marie freeman May 14, 1634. 
On May 31. 1636. he went with the company 
of Rev. Hooker to Hartford, Connecticut, 
where they arrived in June, 1636. His name 

occurs in the list of proprietors there and fre- 
quently afterwards in the town records. On 
January 14, 1639, he was elected representa- 
tive; April II, 1639, one of the committee to 
elect magistrates; February 18. 1640, one of 
a committee to appoint and lay out lands ; 
January 26, 1641, he was chosen to order the 
affairs of the town; September 15, 1643, o^^ 
of the grand jury; February 3, 1644, con- 
stable. He is su])posed to have been a car- 
penter by trade, as he made repairs on the 
"Prison howse" in 165 1. He afterwards pur- 
chased two adjoining lots on Main street, of 
Governor Haynes. Pratt street derived its 
name from him, and was cut through his 
home lot. The record of his marriage has 
not been found. The Christian name of his 
wife was Elizabeth. His will was dated Oc- 
tober 14. 1654, and he died in Hartford, July 
15, 1655. Children; John, mentioned below; 
Daniel, born about 1639; Hannah. Novem- 
ber 25, 1648. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Pratt, 
was born about 1638, in Hartford, and died 
November 2t,, 1689. He married (first) Han- 
nah, daughter of Lieutenant James and Alice 
Boosey, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, born 
in 1 64 1. Lieutenant James was clerk of the 
train band. Mr. Pratt married (second) Hep- 
sibah, daughter of John Wyatt. He was 
was made freeman February 26, 1656, chosen 
constable for the years 1660-69-78-82, and 
was chosen "to order the affayres of the town 
from 1653 to 1665." His name also appears 
on the list of freemen on the north side of 
the river, taken October 13. 1669. His will 
was dated April 19, 1689. His widow Hep- 
sibah married (second) John Sadd, who was 
a tanner from Earl's Colne, England, and 
settled in Wethersfield, 1674. She died De- 
cember 20, 171 1. Children, born in Hart- 
ford : Llannah. November 25. 1658 ; John, 
May 17, 1661 ; Elizabeth, October 7, 1664; 
Sarah. June 20. 1668; Joseph, March 6, 1671 ; 
Ruth. December 21, 1677; Susannah, October 
2, 1680; Jonathan, mentioned below. 

(HI) Jonathan, son of John (2) Pratt, 
was born in Hartford, October 6, 1683, and 
died there December 6, 1755. In 1730 he was 
listed as a tanner. His will was dated Au- 
gust 21, 1 75 1, and proved January 6, 1756. 

He married (first) ; (second) Mary 

Benton, born 1690, daughter of Andrew Ben- 
ton. Thev lived on the west side of Main 
street, in Hartford. She died February 8, 



178 1, aged ninety-one, and was buried in 
East Hartford, where he also was buried. 
Children: Elizabeth; Jerusha, born 1717; 
Daniel, baptized June 10, 1722; Moses; Jona- 
than; Eliab, 1724; Aaron, mentioned below; 
Mary; Hepsibah, 1732. 

( I\' ) Aaron, son of Jonathan Pratt, was 
born in East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1742, 
and died in Buffalo, New York, at the home 
of his son Samuel, February 9, 1807. About 
1770 he moved with his family to Westmin- 
ster, A'ermont, where for many years he kept 
a tavern, which in 1899 was still standing. 
He married, in 1757, Mary Clark, born in 
East Hartford, 1744, died in Buffalo, Novem- 
ber 20, 1809. Children, baptized in East 
Hartford: Elizabeth, December 24, 1758, died 
July 24, 1764; Aaron, September 7, 1760; 
Mary, August 22, 1762; Samuel, mentioned 
below; William. June i, 1766, died in in- 
fancy: William. January 10, 1768. 

(A) Samuel, son of Aaron Pratt, was born 
in East Hartford, Connecticut, and baptized 
July 29, 1764. About 1770 he went with his 
father to Westminster, and in the spring of 
1775 returned to the old home at East Plart- 
ford, where he enlisted in the revolution, July 
10, 1775, in the Third Company, Eighth Regi- 
ment. Huntington's Brigade. Until Septem- 
ber 14, 1775, they were stationed on the 
Sound ; they were ordered by Washington to 
Boston camps, and took post at Roxbury. in 
General Spencer's brigade, where they re- 
mained until the expiration of his service ; he 
w^as discharged December 14, 1775. He en- 
listed again July 2, 1777, in Captain John 
Harmon's company. Fourth Regiment, Con- 
necticut line, and was discharged January i, 
1778; this regiment camped at Peekskill, and 
in September joined Washington's army in 
Pennsylvania ; they marched in the Connecti- 
cut brigade under General McDougall, and 
fought in the battle of Germantown, October 
4, 1777; they w^ere closely engaged at the bat- 
tle of Alonmouth ; they were in Varnum's 
brigades and defended bravely at Fort Mif- 
flin on the Delaware. In 1801 Captain Pratt 
left Westminster and went to Montreal, where 
he made arrangements for a long expedition 
into the west, and in 1802 with a small com- 
pany he started the undertaking, leaving his 
family at home. He was well fitted for lead- 
ing such an expedition, being courageous and 
firm in character ; in appearance he was broad- 
shouldered, thickset and stout, capable of 

much endurance of hardships. In 1803. when 
near Sandusky, he was stricken with small- 
pox, and his companions, either from fear or 
hopelessness for his case, left him in the 
woods among the Indians who nursed him 
through the disease. His return home was a 
great surprise, as he had been given up for 
dead after his long absence. He had deter- 
mined to settle in Buffalo, and in 1804 sold 
out his village store and started with his fam- 
ily for his destination. They reached Buf- 
falo in September, 1804. A small cabin and 
store building were built until the larger one 
should be made. Most of his trade was with 
the Indians, exchanging his goods for furs. 
His family was always on good terms with 
the Indians and never had trouble except on 
one occasion ; one day. while they were eating 
dinner. Devil's Ramrod, an infuriated, half- 
intoxicated Indian, came chasing Benjamin, a 
son, through the rooms, brandishing a knife; 
it seems that Benjamin had been teasing the 
Indian until he became so angry that it was 
hard to pacify him, but finally he said; "Will 
not kill Ho-da-ni-da-oh's boy," and left the 
room. Mrs. Fox (Esther Pratt) says: "I 
took my little sister, Lucy Ann, then a baby, 
into father's store one day, and placed her 
on the counter. My attention was directed 
from her for a moment, and when I turned 
towards the child I beheld to my horror a 
Tuscarora squaw come into the door, and, 
like a flash, catch up my little sister in her 
blanket and instantly disappear with her. I 
ran screaming with all my might after her ; 
and brother Asa, who was near by, gave chase 
after her, and with great difiiculty succeeded 
in getting Lucy from her grasp. Wlien ques- 
tioned as to her motive for stealing the child, 
she replied that she had just lost her own and 
wished to possess another." In 1805 Cap- 
tain Pratt and his wife went to New Eng- 
land, and on their return brought their aged 
father and mother from Westminster ; the 
father, Aaron Pratt, did not live long after 
the trip, and died in 1806, his wife dying in 
1809; they were both members of the Con- 
gregational church. Captain Pratt died Au- 
gust 30, 1812. and was buried in the Frank- 
lin Square burying ground. A short tune 
after the burning of Buffalo, Mrs. Pratt re- 
turned to W^estminster to the old homestead. 
She went again later to Buffalo and died 
there in 1830. Captain Pratt married, about 
1785, Esther Wells, born in Hatfield, Massa- 



chusetts, April 20, 1766. Children : Samuel, 
mentioned below; Asa, born 1788; Permelia, 
1792; Pascal Paoli, 1794; Benjamin Wells, 
1796; Esther, 1798; Hiram, 1800; Mary, 
1802 ; Lucy Ann, 1805 ; Marilla Adaline, July 
13, 1807. 

(VI) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) 
Pratt was born in 1787. He was seventeen 
years of age, in 1804, when his father moved 
to Buffalo, and. he remained in Townshend, 
Vermont, where he was a clerk in Mr. Bige- 
low's store. In August, 1807, with his wife 
and infant son three months old, he went to 
Buft'alo, in company with his brother Asa, 
who was taking Indian stores to his father. 
He and his family were very fond of music. 
He kept a store, as well as his father, nearly 
opposite him on Exchange street, with Ben- 
jamin Caryl and others, but he soon retired 
to become sheriff of Niagara county, March 
10, 1810. Later he joined his brother-in- 
law, Elijah Leech, under the firm name of 
Pratt &" Leech. At the time of the Buffalo 
fire he lived on what is now the northwest 
corner of Eagle and Main streets, and back 
of his house was a stretch of forest land. 
"On the night of Dec. 30, 1813, a little past 
midnight, the weather being raw and dis- 
agreeable, Mrs. Leech (Capt. Pratt's daugh- 
ter, Pamelia), who, with her husband, was 
sojourning at Wid. Pratt's farm homestead, 
upon the creek, heard the booming of a dis- 
tant cannon. She was at once aroused to 
the fact that it was the signal for the Brit- 
ish and Indians to commence attack upon 
Buffalo, which had been anticipated as retal- 
iatory measure for the burning of Newark, 
now Niagara, which had been done by Gen- 
eral ]McClure two weeks previous. She 
aroused her husband, and no time Avas lost 
in rescuing the family of her brother Sam- 
uel from impending danger. The family was 
aroused and all packed in a wagon and driven 
to the homestead. Samuel stayed behind to 
watch and protect property. He put out many 
fires kindled in the buildings by the enemy. 
The family was severely pressed after the 
war, and the strictest frugality was required 
to secure even the necessaries of life for a 
home formerly habituated to every seasonable 
luxury." On December 24, 1812, the Buf- 
falo Gazette printed : "Samuel Pratt, Esq., 
has been appointed Adjutant of the Volun- 
teers."' In 1818 he took charge of the store 
belonging to ~S\r. Bigelow, for whom he had 

formerly worked, in St. Thomas, Canada. 
He married, aged nineteen, in 1806, Sophia 
Fletcher, aged eighteen. He was about five 
feet 9 inches tall, rather slender, and delicate 
in appearance. He died August 7, 1822, and 
his wife died A^Iarch 19, 1862. She was 
daughter of General Samuel Fletcher, who 
was at Crown Point in 1762 and served there 
until November ; he fought at Ticonderoga 
and Bennington : was lieutenant ; appointed 
captain in March, 1776, major in August, 
1777; brigadier-general of state militia in 
1781, and afterwards major-general for six 
years ; he married a daughter of John Hazel- 
tine. Children : Samuel Fletcher, born May 
27, 1807; Lucius Hubbard, January 6, 1809; 
Sophia Charlotte, January i, 181 1; Pascal 
Paoli, mentioned below. 

(VII) Pascal Paoli, son of Samuel (2) 
Pratt, was born in Buffalo, New York, Sep- 
tember 15, 1819. He was educated in Buf- 
falo, studying at Hamilton Academy, Madi- 
son county, New York, in 1833, and then 
spending a year at Amherst Academy. In 
1836 he began work for his brother Samuel 
F. in the store, and five years later became 
a partner, with the firm name of Pratt & 
Co. They had a prosperous business which 
became one of the best known wholesale and 
retail hardware houses in Western New York. 
They added to the business a large plant for 
manufacturing iron, building a blast furnace 
and rolling mill at Black Rock, New York. 
In this they employed as high as two thou- 
sand men. They had several large vessels for 
bringing the iron ore from the Lake Supe- 
rior region. In 1846 he and his brother Sam- 
uel F., with Mr. William P. Letchworth, or- 
ganized a firm under the name of Pratt & 
Letchworth, to manufacture saddlery hard- 
ware, wood hames, malleable iron and steel 
castings, and a corporation bought them out 
in 1896, now calling itself The Pratt & Letch- 
worth Company. For over thirty-five years 
this firm has employed from five to eight 
hundred men continually, and Black Rock as 
a result stands as a monument of the industry. 
Mr. Pratt was one of the originators of the 
Buft'alo Park system, and has always been 
prominent in making the city beautiful. He 
was first president of the Park Commission, 
and served from 1869 to 1879, when he re- 
signed. He served on a commission to ap- 
praise lands at Niagara Falls, New York, 
for an international park, and the commis- 



sion made awards of one and one-half mil- 
lion dollars, satisfying both land-owners and 
state, and being approved by the supreme 
court and accepted by the legislature. In 
1872 he was presidential elector of the Re- 
publican party, but he has always refused 
other ofifices. From the time of its organi- 
zation in 1856 until 1885, when he became 
its president, he was vice-president of the 
Manufacturers and Traders' Bank, and for 
years he held the office of president. He 
was generous in charity, both with his time 
and his money. Because of his great busi- 
ness ability he gained the confidence of all 
his fellow citizens. He was president of the 
Bankers' Association, a director in the Com- 
mercial Bank, and the Buffalo, New York & 
Philadelphia Railroad, president of the Buf- 
falo Iron and Nail Company, the Young 
Men's Christian Association, and the Buffalo 
Seminary, trustee of the Buft'alo Gas Light 
Company, the Buft'alo Orphan Asylum, and 
the North Presbyterian Church. 

He married, September i, 1845, ^^ Pitts- 
burg, Pennsylvania, Phebe Lorenz, daughter 
of Frederick and Catherine (Impson) Lo- 
renz, of Pittsburg. She was born May 3, 
1824, and died in Buft'alo, May 26, 1887. 
Children: i. Katherine Lorenz, born Sep- 
tember 5, 1847, i^ Buft'alo; married, June 24, 
1869, John Miller Horton, born February 18, 
1840, in Mellenville, New York, son of Man- 
deville and Sarah (Miller) Horton. 2. Fred- 
erick Lorenz, born September 17, 1848. 3. 
Mary Beals, 1850, died 1852. 4. Annie Lo- 
renz, February 23, 1852 ; married John S. 
Chittenden (see Chittenden). 5. Melissa 
Dodge, March 5. 1854 ; married Robert L. 
Fryer. 6. Pascal Paoli, born 1855, died 1856. 
7. Samuel Fletcher, born June 17, 1857. 8. 
Emma, born November 28, 1858; married Dr. 
Charles S. Jones. 9. Edward Pascal, born, 
August 26, i860 : married Annette Perrin. 

The surname Scott is one of the 
SCOTT oldest and most numerous of 

Scotch names. Its derivation as 
a surname is obviously from Scot, and is 
similar to English. Irish, German, French 
and Wales, used as surnames. Before the 
year 1200 this surname was in use in Peeble- 
shire, Fifeshire, Roxburgshire, Selkirkshire, 
Kincardshire and other shires in Scotland. 
Before 1619 some of the family settled in 
Ulster province, Ireland, which was granted 

to Scotch and English settlers. The name 
is very numerous in the Protestant counties 
of Antrim, Down and Londonderry, province 
of Ulster, Ireland. Like all the Scotch set- 
tlers this family was opposed to union with 
the Catholic Irish and hence intermarried 
only with other Scotch families, and although 
called Scotch-Irish are still pure Scotch in 
blood, customs and religion. They were Cov- 
enanters, rigid Presbyterians, devout and 
faithful. From William Scott, of Roxburg- 
shire, England, and of Ulster province, Ire- 
land, came General Winfield Scott, the hero 
of the Mexican war, the war of 1812, and 
commander-in-chief of the Union army at the 
beginning of the great civil war. A numer- 
ous branch settled in Virginia and a branch 
in New England, from whom sprang Phineas 
Scott, the founder of the family in Erie 
county, New York. 

(I) Phineas Scott was a resident of Danby, 
Vermont, coming thence about 18 16, settling 
in the town of Concord, about three miles 
south of Springville, on Cattaraugus creek. 
He was unmarried, and building a log cabin 
kept a very rude sort of "bachelor's hall." 
He cleared some land from which he raised 
sufficient for his needs, supplementing his lar- 
der with the results of his skill with rifle and 
rod. Later he removed to what was known 
as the "Post place" on lot eleven, township 
six, range six, and about the same time took 
unto himself a wife. He lived on the latter 
farm about ten years, when his wife died 
leaving four children. He married a second 
wife and then moved to Townsend Hill, 
where he died in May, 1872, aged about sev- 
enty-eight years. He was an energetic, ca- 
pable man of business and accumulated a 
handsome estate. At one time he owned a 
number of unencumbered farms, containing 
in all over one thousand four hundred acres. 

He married (first) Polly Smith, of Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, who lived about 
ten years after her marriage. He married 
(second) Hannah, a sister of his first wife. 
Children by first marriage: i. George W., 
died 1877 ; was a merchant in Buffalo. 2. 
May Matilda, died in Minnesota, in 1876. 3. 
William J., of whom further. 4. Marcus D., 
lived in Chautauqua county. Children of sec- 
ond marriage: 5. Lewis, settled in Iowa. 6. 
Eliza, married David Pugsley and moved to 
Iowa. 7. Maryette, married James McClure, 
and lived in Colden. 8. Amanda, married 



Elias Gould, and lived in Golden. 9. Ange- 
rona, married Alerritt Pugsley, and moved to 
Wisconsin. 10. Delos A., moved to Iowa. 
II. Abraham, resided in the town of Gon- 
cord. 12. Oliver, lived in Ashford. 13. Da- 
vid E., resided in Goncord, Erie county. 14. 
Henry, lives in Goncord. 

(II) William J., son of Phineas and Polly 
(Smith) Scott, was born in Goncord, Erie 
county. New York, August 2, 1824. He was 
reared to farm labor and worked for dif- 
ferent farmers during his earlier life. He 
later rented farms in different localities, which 
he cultivated with success. Finally, in 1852, 
he bought a farm on Townsend Hill, where 
he lived until 1876, when he moved to Ghau- 
tauqua county, where he operated a cheese 
factory. He then located in the village of 
Springville, where he has since lived retired. 

He married, in 1850, Hannah Parsell, born 
July 7, 1829, died March 8, 1908. Ghildren : 
I. Mary, born October 28, 185 1 ; married 
(first) Charles F. Williams, born February 5, 
1849, died February 7, 1897; they lived in 
Ghautauqua county ; child, Grace, born Sep- 
tember 10, 1878; married, January 4, 1899. 
I. William Smith, of Bufifalo, New York; 
Mrs. Gharles F. Williams married (second) 
December 10, 1908, Harry Foote, born March 
22, 1832. 2. Albert, died at the age of eight 
years. 3. Dennis, married Rachel Rittman, 
of Hamburg, Erie county ; moved to Ghau- 
tauqua county, in 1876, where he died. 4. 
Edwin A., of whom further. 

(III) Edwin A., youngest son of \\'illiam 
J. and Hannah (Parsell) Scott, was born on 
the Townsend Hill farm, Goncord, Erie 
county. New York, December 26, 1858. He 
obtained his education in the academies of 
Hamburg, Forestville and Springville, and 
decided upon the profession of law at an 
early age. All during his youth he read and 
studied such text books as he could command. 
When the railroad was being built through 
the town, he drove a team and aided in its 
construction, and during this period he de- 
voted his spare time to the study of law in 
the office of G. G. Severence, of Springville, 
New York, where he pursued a systematic 
course, becoming thoroughly versed in the le- 
gal procedure, passing the required exami- 
nation in Buffalo, being admitted to the bar 
in June, 1881. He, however, did not begin 
practice immediately, but for the three years 
following, until 1884, he acted as clerk in a 

general store in Hamlet, New York. In that 
year he became associated with the Hon. Dan- 
iel Sherman, the well known surrogate and 
Indian agent, firm of Sherman & Scott. This 
continued three years, when it was dissolved. 
In 1887 he located in Springville, where he 
practiced his profession alone and then 
form_ed a partnership with former Judge Al- 
lan D. Scott, the firm becoming Scott & 
Scott, and established a branch office in Buf- 
falo which continued three years, when Judge 
Scott died. In 1902 Ottamar Hammett began 
study in his office and in 1909 was admitted 
a partner. This continued until 1912, when 
Mr. Hammett retired and Alanley E. King, 
who had studied under Mr. Scott, became 
his partner, the firm being changed again, 
becoming Scott & King, which it is at the 
present time. Mr. Scott is a skillful lawyer, 
sound in argument and thoroughly learned in 
legal procedure. He holds the 'confidence of 
his clients and the respect of his legal breth- 
ren. The most of Mr. Scott's work is estate 
and surrogate matters. He controls a satis- 
factory clientage and is one of the strong men 
of his town. He is an attendant of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and in poli- 
tics is a Republican. 

He married (first) September 7, 1879, 
Mary E., born 1859, daughter of Gharles and 
Susan (West) Stowell, of Gattaraugus 
county. He married ( second ) Lucy, daugh- 
ter of Henry and Sarah (A'ail) Kerr, and 
granddaughter of T. J. Kerr. Ghild of first 
wife: Bessie J., born December 19, 1881 ; 
married. August 19. 1908, James PI. Gray; 
two children: Scott Byron, born June 9, 
1909, and James H. Jr., November 30, 19 10. 
Ghild of second wife : Virginia Kerr, born 
August 26, 1909. 

Rev. Asahel Holcomb. the 
HOLGOMB first member of this family 

of whom we have definite 
information, was a Baptist minister in Greene 
and Ghemung counties. New York. He mar- 
ried Phoebe Sweet. Ghildren : John, referred 
to below ; Seymour ; and a number of daugh- 

(II) John, son of the Rev. Asahel and 
Phoebe (Sweet) Holcomb, was born in 181 2, 
died in 1880. He studied medicine, but his 
life occupation was farming. He was also 
a captain in the militia. He married Abigail 



Cummings. Children : Chandler L., married 
Lucy Morse; John C, married (first) Erze- 
lia Faye, and (second) Florence Taylor; Asa- 
hel, referred to below ; Laura, married George 
Wood ; Levi, married Cordelia Winship ; Al- 
ice, married James Wood ; Edwin, married 
Nancy Foote ; Emma, died at the age of 
twenty; Carlton H., married (first) Sarah 
Absom, and (second) Mary Norton. 

(Ill) Asahel (2), son of John and Abigail 
(Cummings) H'olcomb, was born in Chenango 
county, New York, in 1840. In 1843 the 
family removed to Annin Creek, McKean 
county, Pennsylvania. Here he was brought 
up on a farm ; beside farming he learned the 
trade of stonecutter and became a stonema- 
son. In July, 1864, he enlisted in Company 
C, Two Hundred and Eleventh Regiment. 
Pennsylvania \'olunteer Infantry. He was 
attached to the Fifth and Ninth Army Corps, 
and was in the battles of Fort Steadman, 
Petersburg and Chapin Farm. An eloquent 
proof of the reality of war, as seen by this 
regiment, is afforded by the fact that they 
went out thirteen hundred strong, but only 
three hundred came back for discharge in 
July, 1865. After the war he went to farm- 
ing, and in 1879 moved to Portville, Catta- 
raugus county, New York. Seven years la- 
ter he removed to Franklinville, Cattaraugus 
county. New York, where he followed the 
trade of a stonemason. A few years ago he 
retired from active life. He is a member of 
the Baptist church. In politics he is an ar- 
dent Republican. He is a member of the 
Grand Army of the Republic at Franklin- 
ville. He held the offices of school director 
and highway commissioner of Franklinville. 

He married (first) in 1861, Cornelia, born 
in 1840, died in 1887, daughter of Henry 
and Lydia (Clendenon) Chevalier. Her 
father came from one of the French cantons 
in Switzerland. He married (second) Mary 
Hall. Children, all by first marriage: i. 
Henry C. referred to below. 2. Julian, born 
in 1863, died in 1896. 3. Alice S., born in 
1866, died in 1896; married James Greer. 4. 
Hector L., born in 1868, died in 1883. 5. 
Ella, born in 1869 ; married Bela Wood ; 
children : Lillian. Archibald, Rowena. 6. Rob- 
ert, born in 1871 ; married Edith Beebe ; 
children: Leana. Harold, Harriet. 7. Ethel, 
born in 1873; married Fred Holly; child. 
Faye. died at the age of fourteen. 8. 
Archie, born in 1875 : married Amelia Evans. 

9. Frank, born in 1877; married Alberta Win- 
ship; child, Percy. 10. .Mildred, born in 1883; 
married Claire Norton ; lives at Turtlepoint, 
McKean county, Pennsylvania; has six chil- 
dren. II. Mary, died at the age of five years. 
12. Frederick, died at the age of two years. 

(I\') Henry C, son of Asahel (2) and 
Cornelia (Chevalier) Holcomb, was born in 
the township of Ceres, McKean county, Penn- 
sylvania, December 23, 1861. He attended 
public school and the Rochester Business Uni- 
versity. In 1879 his family moved to Port- 
ville. and he worked on the farm until he was 
twenty years of age. His first business ex- 
perience was in lumber ; after this he learned, 
in a store, the mercantile life, which he fol- 
lowed until 1903. In that year he was ap- 
pointed by President Roosevelt to the post- 
mastership of Portville. reappointed in 1907, 
and again reappointed in 191 1. Other offices 
which he has held are justice of the peace. 
1893 to 1898; supervisor, 1900 to 1906; and 
for the past twelve years clerk of the board 
of education, which he is at the present time. 
He is an elder in the Presbyterian church. 
He is a Republican in politics ; fraternally he 
is a member of Portville Lodge, No. 579, F. 
and A. M. ; Chapter No. 150, of the Olean I. O. 
O. F., Lodge No. 779 ; and the K. O. T. M., 
Lodge No. 42. 

He married, July 7, 1892, Mattie, born De- 
cember 17. 1 86 1, daughter of Matthew and 
Hannah (Burt) McDowell. Her father came 
from Ireland, and was a farmer at Burtville, 
Potter county, Pennsylvania. There were 
nine children in this family. Children of 
Henry C. and Mattie (McDowell) Holcomb: 
Neil, born May 7, 1893, died January 8, 1907 ; 
Marion A., born March 14, 1899. 

This family was for 
KRONENBERG many generations seated 
at Lucerne. Switzerland, 
where Joseph Kronenberg, the American an- 
cestor, was born. He was a grandson of Cas- 
par Kronenberg. born November 14, 1745, 
died June 28, 1821 ; married Regina Bock- 
man, born April 3, 1752, died April 14, 1821. 
Children : Caspar and others. 

(II) Caspar (2), son of Caspar (i) and 
Regina (Bockman) Kronenberg, was born in 
Lucerne, Switzerland, June 14, 1789, died 
there September 20, 1822. He married Marie 
Arnold, who died in 1825. Children, i. Ma- 
rie, born March 7, 18 10. died December 24, 



1864; married 

Le Dolf, and had six 

children, one of whom came to the United 
States in 1873. 2. Nicol, born September 9, 
1812, died March 17, 1890; he married six 
wives and had a son Nicol, born March 30, 
1845, died June 12, 1902 ; twice married and 
had three chilldren. 3. Caspar D., born Janu- 
ary 14, 1814; came to the United States in 
1848, died in Hamburg, New York; mar- 
ried and had a son Dominick Henry, born 
March 15, 1842, died November 12, 1889. 
4. Regina Cecelia, born July 16, 1816, died 
July 16, 1867; married L. Stiners, and had 
two children ; one, Anna, lived at Niagara 
Falls. 5. Elizabeth, born July 5, 1818, died 

April 12, 1881 ; married Brondley ; eight 

children. 6. Joseph, of whom further. 

(HI) Joseph, youngest child of Caspar (2) 
and Marie (Arnold) Kronenberg, was born 
in Lucerne, Switzerland, November 19, 1820, 
died in Hamburg, Erie county, New York, 
December 14, 1898. His mother died when 
he was two years of age and his childhood 
was spent with adopted parents who lived 
at Minster, Switzerland. He was sent to 
school and taught the tinner's trade. In 1847 
he came to the United States, locating at 
Buffalo, New York, where he followed his 
trade. In 1849 he married and the same year 
settled in Hamburg. He began business in a 
small way, prospered and continued until 
1882, when his shops and store were destroyed 
by fire. He at once rebuilt and resumed 
business, continuing until 1884, when he sold 
to the present hardware firm of Fish & Kron- 
enberg. In 1878 he took a much needed vaca- 
tion, went abroad and visited his old home 
in Switzerland, revisiting the scenes of his 
boyhood and early manhood. Mr. Kronenberg 
was a man of great energy and good business 
ability. He was public-spirited and helpful, 
holding the respect and confidence of his 
townsmen. He was a Democrat in politics, 
but business was his ruling ambition and he 
took little part in public affairs. He lived a 
retired life from the sale of his business in 
1884 until his death in 1898. He married, 
in 1849, Fanny Jurich, born in Switzerland, 
near the home of her husband, died November 
26, 1866. Children, all born in Hamburg, 
New York: i. Louise, married Frank J. 
Fink, and resides in Hamburg, New York. 
2. Fanny, died 1905 ; married George H. Si- 
mon, of Bufifalo, New York. 3. John L., 
married Emma Folks ; resides in Buffalo. 4. 

William, of whom further. 5. Joseph, mar- 
ried Katherine and settled in Spokane, 

Washington. 6. Emma, married H. P. 
Tucker, M. D., a practicing physician of Chi- 
cago, Illinois. 7. George G., resides in 
Tampa, Florida. 8. Sophia, married Henry 
Hofer ; resides in Chicago. 

(IV) William, fourth child and second 
son of Joseph and Fanny (Jurich) Kronen- 
berg, was born in Hamburg, Erie county, 
New York, January 2, 1856. He was edu- 
cated in the Hamburg public schools, leaving 
high school in 1870. He began business for 
himself in 1871, his first employment being 
with a farmer. In 1872 he began working 
at the tinner's trade under the instruction of 
his father. He became an expert workman 
and continued in his father's employ and prac- 
tically manager of the business until January 
I, 1884, when he formed a partnership with 
Newton C. Fish, purchased his father's plant 
and business, which has since been operated 
under the firm name Fish & Kronenberg. 
The firm soon doubled their store capacity by 
the erection of new buildings and have since 
successfully operated a general hardware 
business including tinning, plumbing, steam 
fitting, stoves and furnaces. Mr. Kronen- 
berg was actively engaged in the business un- 
til 1901, when failing health caused by strict 
confinement inside compelled his retirement. 
He has not been actively connected with the 
firm since that date, but retains his original 
financial interest. In 1901 he, at their earnest 
solicitation, formed a connection with the 
United Natural Gas Company, engaged in 
the construction of pipe lines and leasing of 
gas lands. This company has been promi- 
nent in gas operations and has contracted sev- 
eral of the most important pipe lines in the 
country. In 1902 they laid a twelve-inch pipe 
line extending from Bradford, Pennsylvania, 
to Buffalo, New York. In 1903-04 laid some 
of the most important of the West Virginia 
lines. In the fall of 1904 the company se- 
cured from the Standard Oil Company the 
contract for lowering and constructing a line 
from the Indian Territory oil field to the com- 
pany's immense plant at Bayonne, New Jer- 
sey, at tide water, a total distance of one thou- 
sand six hundred and twenty miles. The 
work kept from twelve hundred to two thou- 
sand men employed until its successful com- 
pletion in the spring of 1906. 

During this entire time, Mr. Kronenberg 






had under his immediate supervision from 
eight hundred to twelve hundred men, com- 
posed of nearly every nationality. Not only 
did he employ these men, making out his own 
payrolls, and paying each man individually 
in cash himself, his payrolls running from 
$20,000 to $30,000 per month, but in addition 
to this, he boarded and lodged the entire num- 
ber. The rare ability which it was necessary 
to display to deal with so large a number of 
men of dififerent nationalities is almost incon- 
ceivable, and yet so well did he do this that he 
won the friendship of nearly every man em- 
ployed by him, and when he had finished the 
work, a gala was inaugurated, and upon this 
occasion he was presented by his employees 
with a magnificent diamond ring as a token 
of their esteem and appreciation. 

He has always taken a very active part in 
everything connected with the development of 
Hamburg, and has been largely interested in 
The Hamburg Canning Company, of which 
he has been president the last eight years, 
and is still serving in this capacity. He is 
also one of the directors of the Bank of Ham- 
burg. In addition to his other enterprises, he 
has also taken an active part in real estate 
matters, and has built for rent and sale twen- 
ty-eight houses in the town of Hamburg. 

In 1906 he retired from all active partici- 
pation in business of any kind, although he 
still acts as president of The Hamburg Can- 
ning Company, and director of bank. 1908 
and 1909 he spent in travel, visiting Europe 
and the scenes of his father's early life, spend- 
ing the year abroad. The following year he 
toured the northwest, visiting Seattle, Yellow- 
stone Park and other points of unusual inter- 
est. He is a Democrat in politics, and in 1909 
was elected supervisor representing Hamburg. 
He has since served in this capacity as a credit 
to the town and with honor to himself. He 
is a member of the Masonic Order, belonging 
to Hamburg Lodge, No. 625, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons ; Salamanca Chapter, No. 266, 
Royal Arch Masons ; Bufifalo Commandery, 
No. 62, Knights Templar, and Ismailia Tem- 
ple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also 
holds the thirty-two degrees of the Ancient 
Accepted Scottish Rite, belonging to Bufifalo 
Consistory. He is also a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. 

He married Louise, born in Hamburg, 
daughter of George M. and Harriet (De 
Wight) Pierce. Children: i. Harriet, born 

August 12, 1883, died 1884. 2. Charles B., 
born February 15, 1885; member of Fish & 
Kronenberg, hardware merchants, Hamburg, 
New York ; married Ethel Crooker and has 
Helene, born December 29, 191 1. 3. William 
H., born February 25, 1893. 

The Lakin family of Jamestown, 
LAKIN Chautauqua county, New York, 

is one of the early representative 
families of the country, among whom have 
been found many persons prominent in politi- 
cal and public affairs, and many intermar- 
riages with other leading families of the 
times. The Lakins are of old Massachusetts 
stock, who later moved to the state of Ver- 
mont, and then to Chautauqua county, New 

(I) Luther Lakin died at Sherman, New 
York, July 15, 1864. He married, in 1825, at 
Livonia, New York, Theodosia, born Novem- 
ber 20, 1788, daughter of Ephraim and Ruth 
Lawrence. She died in December, 1869. 
Children: i. Henry O., of whom further. 2. 
Edward L., born July 2, 1832, at Ashville, 
New York; married (first), at Sheridan, New 
York, January 9, 1856, Mary P. Robinson ; 
married (second), at Sherman, New York, 
January 10, 1859, Martha E. Miller, and had 
two children : Allena M., born December 9, 
1859; and Mary S., born September 7, 1861. 
Edward L. Lakin was a prominent physician, 
practicing his profession in Sherman, and 
later on became a prominent druggist in 

(II) Henry O., son of Luther and Theo- 
dosia (Lawrence) Lakin, was born at West- 
field, New York, September 30, 1826, died 
July 17, 1884. He was educated at Mayville, 
Westfield, and Meadville, Pennsylvania, grad- 
uating from college at the latter place. He 
then studied law with Judge Lewis, of Pana- 
ma, and began practice in that place with 
John H. Pray. Coming to Jamestown in 1859, 
he formed a partnership with John F. Smith, 
which continued until 1861, when he went 
into partnership with H. C. Hubbell, and 
afterwards with Judge J. L. Ingersoll. At 
the dissolution of the firm Mr. Lakin re- 
mained alone, until in 1877 he associated him- 
self with Frank E. Session, admitting E. 
Woodbury into the partnership during the 
same year. In 1864 Mr. Lakin was state 
librarian of the legislature at Albany, New 
York, and upon the death of Theodore F. 



Brown, in 1866, he was appointed by Gov- 
ernor R. E. Eenton, surrogate of Chautauqua 
county for the remainder of the term, being- 
elected also for the succeeding term. In 
1 881 he was appointed county judge, by Gov- 
ernor Cornell, in place of Judge Grosvenor, 
deceased ; and filled the office for the remain- 
der of that year and the year following. At 
the annual meeting, in January, 1883, of the 
Eirst National Bank of Corry, Pennsylvania, 
he was elected president of that institution, 
holding the office until failing health com- 
})elled him in June, 1884, to tender his resig- 
nation. Judge Lakin was held in high esteem 
not only because of his legal ability, but for 
his upright and honorable life. He was a 
member and one of the trustees of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, a member of the Chau- 
tauqua Council of the Royal Arcanum, and of 
Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Eree and Ac- 
cepted Masons. His death, July 17, 1884, was- 
a great loss to the commimity ; he was buried 
in Lakeview cemetery, Jamestown, New York. 

Judge Lakin married, June 10, 1850, at 
Panama, New York, Elizabeth Steward, born 
at Panama, July 20, 1826, died April 6, "191 1, 
daughter of John and Eunice (Wilcocks) 
Steward. One child, Luther Steward, of 
whom further. 

(HI) Luther Steward, only child of Henry 
O. and Elizabeth (Steward) Lakin, was born 
at Panama, New York, May 10, 1852. He 
was educated at Jamestown Academy. Ered- 
erick Normal, and Poughkeepsie Military 
Academy, followed by a commercial and busi- 
ness course at Buffalo, New York. His early 
life was passed in Jamestown, New York, and 
he began his business career as a clerk in a 
store ; after this he conducted a grocery en- 
terprise for about five years, discontinuing for 
the manufacture of furniture, lounges, tables, 
etc., and embarking upon various other manu- 
facturing enterprises. He has been extensively 
engaged in lumbering in Elk and Forest coun- 
ties, Pennsylvania, and in other places, and 
for the past several years he has interested 
himself in real estate in Jamestown. He is 
very active in politics in his city, being a 
prominent member of the Republican party, 
rnd has served as alderman and in other offi- 
rial capacities. He is a member of the 
Knights of the Maccabees. 

}.!r. Lakin married, at Jamestown, January 
7fS, 1876, Ellen Eliza, born at Sugar Grove. 
^i"ay 10, 1853, daughter of Jeremiah and 

Sarah C. (Jackson) Andrews. Mrs. Lakin is 
a woman of exceptional education, having 
graduated at the Jamestown high school, af- 
terwards taking up the study of languages 
with a private tutor at Buffalo ; for over fif- 
teen years she taught languages and other 
branches in the Jamestown high school. She 
takes a very active part in the work of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, of which she is 
a member, and belongs to the Clotho Society 
of that body. She is also a member of the 
Browning and Avon clubs, and of the Attic 
Circle, Y. W. C. A., Y. M. C. A. and C. L. S. 
C. work. Mr. and Mrs. Lakin have two sons : 
I. Henry J., born April 14, 1877 ; he received a 
good education in the schools of Jamestown 
and Batavia, New York, and though heavily 
handicapped by poor eyesight, has good busi- 
ness ability, assisting his brother, who is coun- 
ty clerk. He is a Republican in politics, and at- 
tends the Methodist Episcopal church ; he re- 
sides at home and is unmarried. 2. Luther S. 
Jr.. born August 27, 1878; he was educated 
at the Jamestown high school, taking up the 
study of law at Buffalo University and at 
Albany University. He read law early in 
life with the Hon. John G. Wicks, and at the 
age of twenty-one entered political circles ; 
when twenty-three years of age he was elected 
supervisor of the third and sixth wards of 
Jamestown, being reelected, and serving in 
all four terms, when he resigned, owing to his 
election as county clerk in November, 1909, 
the position which he now holds. He also 
served as game warden of Chautauqua county. 
Mr. Lakin is a member of the following so- 
cieties : L O. O. F., O. O. O., K. O. T. M., and 
Eagles ; he is a Republican in his political con- 
victions ; he resides at home, being unmarried. 

(The Lawrence Line). 

This name is now almost universally writ- 
ten Lawrence, and not Laurence or Lawrance, 
as was formerly the case ; the derivation of 
the name is from the latin word, Laurus, Lau- 
rentius, and the signification is, "flourishing 
like a bay tree." The lineal ancestry of this 
stock of Lawrences in America, numerous in 
New England and other parts of this country, 
has been very satisfactorily ascertained. As 
traced and determined, it originates in and is 
derived from one Robert Lawrence, of Lan- 
cashire. England, born probably as early as 
A. D. 1 150, and the ancestor of the earliest 
families of the name in England. Attending 



his sovereign, Richard Coeur de Lion, in the 
Wars of the Crusades, he distinguished him- 
self in the Siege of Acre, and was knighted 
"Sir Robert of Ashton Hall," obtaining for 
his arms, "Argent, a cross raguly gules," 
A. D. 1 191 ; "raguly," or "raguled," indicating 
a tree from which the branches have been 
rudely lopped. The immediate successor of 
Sir Robert, of Ashton Hall, was his son, Sir 
Robert, who was succeeded in his turn by his 
son, James Lawrence, who, it is said, married, 
in 1252, Matilda de Washington, an heiress, 
daughter of John de Washington ; a son b\- 
this marriage, John Lawrence, succeeded 
James of Ashton Hall, and is said to have 
been living in the thirty-seventh year of Henry 
HL Respecting the names "Lawrence" and 
"Washington," it may be noted that Lawrence 
Washington, a brother of the first president 
of the United States, was one of the earliest 
proprietors of Mount V^ernon. John Law- 
rence was succeeded by his son, of the same 
name ; in the sixth generation we have another 
Sir Robert, whose third son, William, fought 
under the Lancastrian banner at St. Alban's, 
in 1455, and having fallen there, was buried 
in the Abbey ; in the seventh generation, an- 
other Sir Robert, whose grandson, John Law- 
rence, commanded a wing of the English army 
under Lord Stanley, in the battle of Flodden 
Field ; and so on down through the genera- 
tions to the sixteenth, when we come to 
Henry Lawrence, of Wisset, the father of 
John Lawrence, who came to America. 

(I) John Lawrence, the immigrant ances- 
tor, was the son of Henry and Mary Law- 
rence, born at Wisset, England, and baptized 
October 8, 1609. He came to New England 
and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. He 
was admitted a freeman, April 17, 1637, when 
about twenty-eight years old ; though it will 
be seen by the early Massachusetts records 
that the freeman's oath was given at first to 
males of only sixteen years. February 28, 
1636, he received three acres of land, his 
share of a grant then made to the townsmen, 
a hundred and six in number. In 1650 he 
bought of the town fifteen hundred acres of 
common land (called King's Common). 
Though a large landholder for the times, he 
is said to have carried on the business of a 
carpenter both in Watertown and Boston. He 
removed to Groton, as is determined by vari- 
ous facts and dates, and as one of the original 
proprietors, he owned "a twenty acre right" : 

the sale of his lands and mansion-house in 
Watertown was made in 1662. In December 
of the same year, it appears by the records 
of Groton, "meet men were found amongst 
the inhabitants," of whom "John Lawrence" 
was one, "who were chosen selectmen." He 
was evidently a man of some intelligence and 
influence, and held a good place in the public 

He died in Groton, July 11, 1667. 
leaving his sons Nathaniel and Joseph, and 
his wife Susanna, executors of his will. The 
will was witnessed by Samuel Willard and 
William Lakin, called his "loving friends." 

John Lawrence married (first) Elisabeth 

, who died in Groton, August 29, 1663. 

He married (second) Susanna, daughter of 
William Batchelder, of Charlestown. Novem- 
ber 2, 1664; she survived him, dying July 8, 
1668, in Charlestown. Children by first wife: 
I. John, born March 14, 1636. 2. Nathaniel, 
born October 15, 1639. 3. Joseph, born March. 
1642, died May, 1642. 4. Joseph, born May 
30. 1643; niarried, probably in 1670-71, Re- 
becca ; had daughter Rebecca, bap- 
tized in the First Church, Boston, February, 
1679-80. He was admitted a freeman, May 
15, 1672 ; appointed an executor of his father's 
estate and held lands in Groton. 5. Jonathan, 
buried April 6. 1648. 6. Mary, born July 16, 
1645. 7- Peleg, mentioned below. 8. Enoch, 
born March 5, 1648-49. 9. Samuel, married, 
probably, September 14, 1682, Rebecca Lucn, 
of Charlestown ; removed to Connecticut. 10. 
Isaac, married, April 19, 1682, Abigail Bel- 
lows, born in Concord. May 6, 1661, who 
through her mother, Mary Woods Bellows, 
became heir with her husband, of an uncle, 
Deacon Isaac Woods, of Marlborough. Isaac 
Lawrence lived for a time in Norwich, Con- 
necticut. II. Elisabeth, born May 9, 1655, in 
Boston. 12. Jonathan, born in Watertown; 
probably married, November 5, 1677, Rebecca 
Rutter, of Cambridge; died in 1725, leaving 
no issue. Left by will to the town of Groton, 
"One hundred pounds towards the purchasing 
and procuring a good meeting-house bell, and 
putting it up" ; it was voted "that the name 
of Lieutenant Jonathan Lawrence be set there- 
on." He also left forty pounds and twenty 
pounds respectively for silver church vessels 
for the service, and for minister's salary. 13. 
Zechariah, born March 9, 1658-59, in Water- 
town ; he was a mariner and lived probably 
in Boston. Children bv second wife: i. Abi- 



gail, born January 9, 1666, in Groton. 2. Su- 
sanna, born July 3, 1667, in Groton. 

(II) Peleg", son of John Lawrence, was 
born January 10, 1646-47, lived at Groton, 
where he died in 1692, aged forty-five years. 
He married, in 1668, Elizabeth Morse, born 
September i, 1647. Children, born at Gro- 
ton: I. Elizabeth, born January 9, 1669. 2. 
Samuel, born October 16, 1671 ; supposed to 
have lived in Sherburne; died March, 1712, 
in Killingly, Connecticut, leaving Abigail, a 
widow. 3. Eleazer, mentioned below. 4. Jon- 
athan, born March 29, 1679; probably married 

Abigail ; lived in Sherburne ; had a son, 

Jonathan, born 171 1. 5. Abigail, born Octo- 
ber 6, 1 68 1. 6. Jeremiah, born January 3, 
1686-87, died April 26, 1687. 7. Joseph, born 
June 12, 1688; went to Connecticut before 
1712, and settled in Plainfield. 8. Daniel. 9. 

(III) Eleazer, son of Peleg Lawrence, was 
born February 28, 1674. He lived in Groton, 
where his children were born, also in Little- 
ton, and a short while in Pepperell, dying 
March 9, 1754, aged eighty years. He was 
.known as Major Lawrence. He married 

Mary , born about 1679, died June 29, 

1761, in the eighty-second year of her age; 
children: I. Elizabeth, born February 28, 
1699 ; married Buttrick ; and died, leav- 
ing children and heirs. 2. Peleg, mentioned 
below. 3. Jonathan, born October 4, 1703. 4. 
David, born December 26, 1705. 5. Mary, 
married Fletcher. 6. Sarah. 7. Sam- 
uel, born May 2, 17 14. 8. Experience, born 
June 22, 1719; married Jabez Keep. 9. Pru- 
dence, born April 7, 1722. 10. Eleazer (may 
have been fifth child). 

(IV) Peleg (2), son of Eleazer Lawrence, 
was born June i, 1701. He was dismissed 
from the Church of Groton, First Parish, and 
signed the covenant of the church in the 
West Parish, January, 1746-47; the parish 
voted him one of a committee of two to con- 
sider a place for the meeting-house. He was 
chosen a deacon, August 23, 1754; died July 
27, 1757, in his fifty-seventh year. He mar- 
ried Ruth , who died September 4, 

1757, aged about fifty-seven years. Children: 
I. Oliver, born March 18, 1728, in Groton. 2. 
Ruth, born January 28, 1730. 3. Mary, born 
]\Iarch 23, 1733. 4. Ephraim, mentioned be- 
low. 5. Asa, born June 14, 1737. 6. Sarah, 
born July 24, 1739, died July 24, 1757, in 

(V) Ephraim, son of Peleg (2) Lawrence, 
was born March 31, 1735, and was known as 
Dr. Ephraim Lawrence. He married (first) 
Anna Fisk, March 3, 1768; she died June 12, 
1774, aged twenty-seven years. He married 

(second) Ruth . Children by first wife: 

I. Ebenezer, born January 9, 1770. 2. Anna, 
born July 26, 1772. Children by second wife: 
I. Ruth, born April 8, 1777; married Elijah 
Smith, of New Ipswich. 2. Sarah, born April 
18, 1779, died December 16, same year. 3. 
George W., born October i, 1780; married 
Dorcas True ; died in Charlestown, New 
Hampshire. 4. Sarah, born August 28, 1782, 
died 1832. 5. Mary Emerson, born November 
27, 1784; married Luther Lakin; died in Troy, 
New York, 1824. 6. Theodosia, born Novem- 
ber 20, 1788; married, at Livonia, New York, 
Luther Lakin, in 1825 ; after his death, July 
15, 1864, resided in Jamestown, New York 
(see Lakin I). 

(The Andrews Line). 

The progenitors of the Andrews family in 
America came from Ireland, Richard (i) and 
Susanna (Kelly) Andrews, the grandparents 
of Mrs. Luther S. Lakin, coming from that 
country and settling first at Peterboro, Can- 
ada, their eldest son, Jeremiah, being then 
nineteen years of age : later they removed with 
their children to Jamestown, New York. 
Richard Andrews was a shoemaker by trade, 
and later a merchant in his native land ; he 
retired from business upon coming to Amer- 
ica, and while a resident of Jamestown was 
a member of the Episcopal church. He and 
his wife, who lived to a good old age, are 
buried in Buffalo, New York. They had 
seven children : Jeremiah, mentioned below ; 
William, deceased ; Eliza, Ellen, Frances, 
Anna, Richard Jr., died young. 

(II) Jeremiah Andrews, M. D., son of 
Richard and Susanna (Kelly) Andrews, and 
father of Mrs. Luther S. Lakin, was born 
near the city of Dublin, in Ireland, in the year 
1 8 10, where he lived until he was nineteen 
years of age, and acquired the foundation of 
his education. He then came to America with 
his father and mother and the remainder of 
the children, settling with them at Peterboro, 
Canada, and coming on later to Jamestown, 
New York. His first work in this country 
was in the humble capacity of carpenter and 
joiner ; he then turned his attention to medi- 
cine, which he read with Dr. Noah Weld, 



afterward attending the Buffalo Medical Col- 
lege. During the civil war he was appointed 
surgeon, joining his regiment at Harrisburg, 
from which place he proceeded by boat to the 
seat of war. The vessel to which he was as- 
signed was burned, and he went ashore at 
Newbern, North Carolina, where he was taken 
with fever and sent to the hospital. The first 
practice of his profession was at Panama, 
New York, later at Sugar Grove, Pennsyl- 
vania ; in 1863 he located finally in Jamestown, 
New York, where he continued practice up to 
the time of his death, becoming a prominent 
physician, and well known and influential in 
the community. He became a leading mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church and 
very active in its affairs ; in politics he was an 
adherent of the Republican party. He died in 
Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4, 1877. 

Dr. Andrews married (first) Delilah, sister 
of DeForest Weld, a sketch of the Weld fam- 
ily appearing elsewhere in this work. There 
were two children by this union: i. Wesley 
R., born December 23, 1837, died February 5, 
1910; was a soldier in the civil war and much 
interested in affairs in Pennsylvania ; was 
chairman of the Republican central committee 
of the state and was secretary of the senate 
committee and on postoffice and post roads ; 
he was also private secretary of Senator Pen- 
rose. 2. William H., born in 1839; he first 
served as clerk in Jamestown, later became a 
successful merchant and had dry goods stores 
in Meadville and Titusville, Pennsylvania, 
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, 
and was also an oil producer ; was several 
times a state senator, and later went to New 
Mexico, where he built a railroad ; was terri- 
torial congressman, and after working twenty 
years succeeded in having New Mexico ad- 
mitted as a state. 

Dr. Andrews married (second) Sarah 
Clark Jackson, born in Evans, Erie county, 
New York, in 1821, died in May, 1891, daugh- 
ter of Gilbert Jackson, born in Genesee county. 
New York, in 1810, died about 1890, at Silver 
Creek, New York ; and granddaughter of 
Samuel Jackson, born in Onondaga county, 
New York, in 1774, who later settled in 
Orange county. New York, where he reared 
a large family. Gilbert Jackson had four chil- 
dren : Oscar, Miranda, Caroline, Sarah C, 
who became the second wife of Dr. Andrews. 
Dr. Andrews' children by his second, marriage 
were: i. Ellen Eliza, born May 10, 1853; 

wife of Luther S. Lakin, as previously shown. 
2. Charles J., born in 1855, died January i, 
1908 ; married Jennie, daughter of Richard 
Hazeltine. 3. Delia M., born March 5, 1858; 
married E. T. White. 

(Vni) Fayette G. Leet, son of 
LEET F'ranklin (q. v.) and Sally (Sum- 
ner) Leet, was born at Leet's 
Point, now Point Chautauqua, May 15, 1847. 
His early life was spent on the old Leet 
homestead, his education being acquired at 
the public schools and at Ellington Academy. 
After his education was completed, he fol- 
lowed the vocation of farmer, continuing thus 
until the year 1893. After his marriage in 
1869, he removed from the old homestead 
to Stockton, where he farmed for four years ; 
after this removed to EUery, where he re- 
mained for four years ; then to EUicott, re- 
maining six years, to Hornell, remaining for 
one year, then to Cattaraugus county, to Ran- 
dolph, to Conewango, to Levant, and finally 
to Jamestown, where in 1893 he embarked in 
the bakery business. At the present time he 
is employed in the Salisbury Wheel Works in 
this city. In politics he is a Republican, and 
is a member of the Methodist church. Mr. 
Leet married, June 30, 1869, Helen D., born 
at Clear Creek, New York, September 30, 
1847, daughter of James and Cynthia D. 
(Jackson) Olds. Their children : i. Martha 
D., born May 19, 1871, died April 8, 1903; 
married William D. Blaisdell, and had three 
children: Helen C, Moneta (married), and 
Odis L. Blaisdell. 2. Frank F., of whom fur- 
ther. 3. Merton D., born August 27, 1883, 
died March 26, 1894. 

(IX) Frank F., son of Fayette G. and Helen 
D. (Olds) Leet, was born in Stockton town- 
ship, Chautauqua county. New York, Febru- 
ary 27, 1873. His education was conducted 
at the country schools, at Ellington Academy, 
at Chamberlain Institute, Randolph, New 
York, and finally at the Jamestown Business 
College. He lived on the farm until he was 
twenty years of age, at which time he came 
to Jamestown and became bookkeeper for the 
firm of F. N. Stearns, where he remained for 
a year. He then became bookkeeper for the 
White Sewing Machine Company and was 
promoted to the post of assistant manager, and 
later to that of manager, of the Bradford of- 
fice and territory. He continued with the 
company in this capacity until they closed 



their small ofifices throughout the United 
States ; he, however, remained in Bradford, 
Pennsylvania, for another year, in the em- 
ploy of the American Express Company. 

After this he came to Jamestown and en- 
gaged in the bakery business with his father 
for a period of two years. He then entered 
the studio of A. N. Camp, one of the leading 
photographers of Western New York, where 
he spent six years ; at the expiration of which 
time he removed to Randolph, New York, 
where he established a studio on his own ac- 
count, and conducted a very successful busi- 
ness for three years and a half. Disposing 
of his interest in this, he went to New York 
City and took a special course of instruction 
in the art of photography ; he then returned 
to Jamestown and opened a studio in the 
Fenton Building, on the corner of Main and 
Second streets, where he has ever since con- 
ducted one of the largest establishments of 
its kind. The work turned out by the studio 
is of the highest grade and embraces all kinds 
of photography ; individual portraits, groups, 
views, public gatherings, residences, etc., a 
specialty being made of flashlight views. The 
instruments in use are of the most approved 
and modern type, among which is an appar- 
atus capable of making panoramic photo- 
graphs of practically any size. Mr. Leet has 
on display at his galleries a view which he 
made on the lake, showing a section of coun- 
try forty miles in extent and a sky line of one 
hundred and twenty-five miles. The apparatus 
by which this was made will also take a view 
describing a complete circle. Landscapes, ex- 
pert illustrations of real estate for sale, con- 
struction work, farm and city property views, 
exterior and interior views of stores, offices 
and factories, and photographs of furniture 
and machinery, are among the many kinds of 
work upon which Mr. Leet has built his repu- 
tation which, as an expert professional pho- 
tographer, is unsurpassed in this section. 

In the year 1893, in November, Mr. Leet 
enlisted in the Thirteenth Company of the Na- 
tional Guard of New York, at Jamestown, and 
served as a private for five years.. In his 
political opinions he is an ardent Republican ; 
he is a member of the First Methodist Church 
of Jamestown and very active in its service. 
\A'hile he was a resident of Randolph he 
served as steward of the church there, and as 
superintendent of its Sunday school : the 
church was burned during: his residence in that 

town, and he and his wife were largely in- 
strumental in its rebuilding, doing good work 
in holding the congregation together until the 
new structure was erected. 

Mr. Leet married, July 31, 1895, Emma A., 
born in Conewango, Cattaraugus county. New 
York, July 9, 1871, daughter of William A. 
and Mary (Mason) Shannon. They have 
two sons: i. Arthur F.. born at Jamestown, 
New York, November 4, 1899. 2. Ernest D., 
born at Jamestown, November 9, 1901. The 
Leet family reside at No. 525 East Fifth 
street, Jamestown, and have a wide circle of 
friends and accpiaintances. 

(The Olds Family). 

The Old family in America trace their an- 
cestry back to William Old or Wold, of 
Staunton, England, who in 1522 married 
Elizabeth Rvton. The name was orginally 
Wold, then Old, Olde, Ould. or Aulde, indif- 
ferently. The letter "s" was added to the sur- 
name after the immigration to America. The 
coat-of-arms of the family is : Gules, a lion 
statant, proper, on a mount, vert. 

The Old family in England were mostly yeo- 
man farmers, living on their own estates. Fol- 
lowing William Old (Wold), of Staunton, 
England, 1522, came Richard Old (Wold), of 
Sherborne, Dorset, England, who married 
Agnes Courtney, died in 1566; then Bartholo- 
mew Old (Wold), of Sherborne, 1594, who 
married Margaret Churchill, great-aunt of the 
Duke of Marlborough ; then William Old 
(Ould), of Sherborne, born 1592. who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Greensmith : then John Old 
(Okie), born 1615. at Sherborne, died at Hill- 
field. England. 1682. married Gatherest ; 

he had five children, of whom Andrew Old 
or Ould emigrated to Ireland and founded the 
Irish branch of the family, who still spell their 
name "Ould." Robert Old (Ould). a younger 
son of John Old, was born in England in 
1645. "^'^^"^l January 16. 1728, in America. He 
was the immigrant ancestor of the family in 
this countrv, and was known as Dr. Robert 

He came over from England in 1669. and 
settled at Windsor. Connecticut ; he was, in 
1670. one of the first five proprietors of Suf- 
field. Connecticut. In the year that he came 
to America he married, at Windsor, his first 
wife, Susannah Hanford, or Hosford. who 
died January 6. 1688. Their children were: 
I. Robert, born October 9, 1670. 2. Jonathan, 



born January 4, 1672, died December 19, 1696. 
3. Mindwell, born February 4, 1674. 4. Han- 
ford, born March 24. 1677. 5. William (first) 
born February 7, 1679, died August 24, 1680. 
6. William (second) born August 28, 168 — , 
died September 21, 1749. 7. Ebenezer, born 
December 22, 1681, died December 30, 1681. 
8. Susannah, born October 21, 1683. On April 

1, 1689. Robert Old married his second wife, 
Dorothy Granger, born February 17, 1665. 
Their children were: i. John, born January 
II, 1691. 2. Ebenezer, born January 22, 1693. 
3. Josiah, born March 4, 1695, died Decem- 
ber 28, 1712. 4. Jonathan, born June 8, 1698. 
5. Nathan, born March 2, 1702. 6. Joseph, 
born February 3, 170 — . 

From these children of Robert Old the 
present Olds families are descended, the form 
of the name changing in the later generations 
from Old to Olds. Among these descendants 
was James Olds, son of Jeremiah and Betsey 
Olds, and the father of Helen D. Olds, who 
married Fayette G. Leet. James Olds was 
born in 181 1, died in 1886; in his early life he 
was a hotel keeper at Olds Corners, Cone- 
wango valley, Chautauqua county, New York, 
becoming in later years a farmer, his last resi- 
dence being on a farm near Ellington, New 
York. In politics he was a Republican. He 
married Cynthia D. Jackson, born in 181 1, 
died in 1902 at the age of ninety-one years. 
Their children: i. Horace P., of Falconer. 

2. Sophia K., married Whitcom Mather. 3. 
Flelen D., married Fayette G. Leet (see Leet 
\Tn ). 4. Betsey D., married Wales D. Shep- 

The Lillibridge family, 
LILLIBRIDGE represented in the pres- 
ent generation by Frank 
G. Lillibridge, of Jamestown, have been resi- 
dents of the state of New York for several 
generations, fulfilling well their part in public 
and private aiTairs. 

(I) Samuel Lillibridge, the first of the line 
herein recorded of whom we have informa- 
tion, was a native of New York state. He 
was a farmer by occupation, a member of the 
Baptist church, and a Whig in politics. He 
married, in the village of Whitehall, New- 
York. Julia Knowles, and among their chil- 
dren was George, see forward. 

(H) George, son of Samuel and Julia 
(Knowles) Lillibridge, was born at Whitehall, 
New York, July 6, 1833. died at Jamestown, 

New York, March 8, 1910. At an early date 
he removed to Pennsylvania with his parents, 
and was there reared and educated. Upon at- 
taining young manhood he engaged in mercan- 
tile pursuits, and in due course of time became 
one of the successful merchants of the village 
of Little Cooley, Crawford county, Pennsyl- 
vania, and was largely instrumental in build- 
ing up of the vicinity. He erected a substantial 
brick business block in that town, also two 
fine houses for dwelling purposes. He was 
also interested in mercantile business at Union 
City, Pennsylvania, at one time owning and 
conducting an extensive store there. Subse- 
quently he renioved to Jamestown. New York, 
leased property on Second street, which he 
greatly improved and then disposed of, and 
then purchased property at the corner of 
Washington and West Third streets and, al- 
though he labored under great difficulty, 
erected the Lillibridge Block, which is an or- 
nament and credit to the city. He was an 
industrious and persistent worker, atteu'led 
strictly to his own ail'airs, and was devoted 
to his family. In early life he manifested a 
keen interest in church work, and later be- 
came a member of the Baptist church, to 
which he devoted both time and means. He 
married, at Richmond, Pennsylvania, Polly 
Melissa, daughter of Asel and Rosina (Cha- 
pin ) Hamilton. Children: Ella G., married 
Alfred D. Darling, of Jamestown (see Darl- 
ing I\') ; Emma B., a resident of Jamestown; 
Arthur, died at the age of twenty-one ; Pearl 
May. died young; Frank G.. see forward. 

The death of Mr. Lillibridge was mourned 
by a wide circle of friends. The funeral ser- 
vices were held in the Masonic rooms in the 
Prendergast Block, the Rev. James G. Town- 
send ofiiciating. The services were conducted 
by Worshipful Master Roland K. Mason, 
Past Masters John C. Mason and H. R. Wi- 
ley ; and Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 145. Free 
and Accepted Masons, of which Air. Lilli- 
bridge was a member, attended in a body. 
The pallbearers were members of the lodge. 

(Ill) Frank G., son of George and Polly 
Melissa (Hamilton) Lillibridge. was liorn in 
the village of Little Cooley, Crawford county, 
Pennsylvania, August 12. 1879. When he 
was three years of age his parents removed 
to Jamestown, New York, and he received 
his education in the public schools of that 
city. For a number of years he was in his 
father's em])loy. and upon attaining the age 



of twenty-two years became an employee of 
E. H. Warren, proprietor of a laundry, and 
there acquired a practical knowledge of that 
line of work, but later resigned in order to 
devote his entire time and attention to his 
father's affairs. Since the death of his father 
he has been engaged in the management of 
the estate, which consists of property inhab- 
ited by twenty-six tenants. He is one of 
the enterprising and influential residents of 
Jamestown, highly respected and esteemed by 
all who have the honor of his acquaintance. 
He is independent in politics, casting his vote 
for the man best qualified in his estimation 
for the position to be filled. 

The Darling family, members 
DARLIXG of which are now living' in 

Chautauqua county and also 
other districts in Western New York, trace 
their lineage back to the state of Massachu- 

(I) Amasa Darling was a native of Massa- 
chusetts, as was also his father, who was a 
sea captain, commanding a sailing vessel 
which ran to the West Indies. In early man- 
hood Amasa Darling removed to the state of 
New York and settled in Genesee county, near 
Utica. He followed the occupation of farm- 
ing. He married and had children : Amasa 
P., of whom further ; Charles ; John, who re- 
sided near Boston. 

(II) Amasa P., son of Amasa Darling, was 
born in Alassachusetts, about 1790, died in 
1852. He was a mason by trade, and also 
followed the occupation of farming. He 
owned and resided on a farm near Utica, 
Genesee county. New York. He removed to 
Cattaraugus county, where he purchased a 
farm and also worked at his trade. He en- 
listed from Genesee county in the war of 
1812, and carried (riding on horseback) or- 
ders for General Scott and General Wood. 
He married Polly Gibbs, a native of Gene- 
see county. New York, born December 6, 
1796, died at the age of eighty-nine years, 
daughter of Lowell Gibbs, an Englishman by 
birth, a carpenter by trade, and who in later 
life returned to his native land. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Darling: Charles, died young; 
Hattie, died young : Sarah, William, John, 
Amasa, Horace. Mary. Louis, Charles H., of 
whom further. 

(III) Charles H.. son of Amasa P. Darl- 
ing, was born in the town of Napoli, Catta- 

raugus county, New York, September 10, 
1835. Lie began his active career as a farmer, 
leaving home at the age of twenty-three. He 
married and removed to Chautauqua county, 
New York, locating on a farm in the town 
of Harmony. He enlisted September 4, 1862 
in Company H., One Hundred and Fifty- 
fourth Regiment, New York Volunteers, as a 
private, and during his service was stricken 
with a paralytic stroke and sent home. While 
thus afflicted the war closed and for that rea- 
son he did not receive his discharge until the 
year 1889, when he received an honorable dis- 
charge. He resumed his farming operations 
after the war, purchasing a farm consisting 
of forty-two acres in the town of Carroll. La- 
ter he moved to Corry, Pennsylvania, where 
he engaged in contracting and building. From 
there he returned to Chautauqua county, New 
York, and has been a resident of Jamestown 
and vicinity since 1867. and has been engaged 
in real estate speculations. He was a mem- 
ber of the Royal Templars for twenty-two 
years. He is a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, and a Republican in poli- 
tics. He served as clerk of the school board 
in the town of Carroll for a number of years. 

He married (first) March 2, 1858, Phebe 
Jane Hunt, born in Chautauqua county, New 
York, December 22, 1835, died in December, 
1869, daughter of Stephen Hunt. Children: 
Otis, a resident of Celoron ; Adie, deceased; 
Alfred D., of whom further; Albert Byron, 
deceased. He married (second) 1870, Liz- 
zie, daughter of Francis Blanchard. Children : 
Charles ; Llelen, married Grant Lusk. 

(IV) Alfred D., son of Charles H. Darl- 
ing, was reared and educated in his native 
town, and has followed the occupation of 
farming throughout his active career, devot- 
ing- considerable time to the care of horses, 
he being particularly interested in that ani- 
mal. In politics he is an Independent. He 
is thrifty and industrious, energetic and ca- 
pable, and commands the respect of all with 
whom he is brought in contact. He married, 
December 16. 1884, Ella G.. born May 9, 1862, 
daughter of George and Polly Melissa (Ham- 
ilton ) Lillibridge (see Lillibridge II). They 
have one child. Burt Earl, born July 29. 1887. 

This family is of Welsh 

GEORGIA origin, established in this 

country about the time of the 

revolution, or a little earlier. The first Amer- 



ican settlement was in the New England 
states. The earliest record that we find of 
the name is in the Connecticut revolutionary 
records. Simon Georgia was a member, Feb- 
ruary I, 1783, of the Second Regiment, Con- 
necticut Line, Captain Kimberley's company ; 
his residence is not given, and this company 
had members from widely scattered parts of 
the state. Nor is it certain where he stands 
in the family, but it is believed that all of 
this name are related and descended from the 
same immigrant ancestor or from two immi- 
grant brothers. The Connecticut Revolu- 
tionary records contain also two entries of 
earlier date which, despite diversity of spell- 
ing, may refer to the same man. The earlier 
of these gives the residence of "Simeon Gor- 
goy," who enlisted February 7, 1777, as New 
London. This name was in Colonel Seth 
Warner's regiment, which served at Benning- 
ton and Saratoga. According to family tra- 
dition the immigrant ancestor or one of the 
two brothers, after living in America for a 
long time, became homesick, told his family 
that he was going back to Wales, and started 
out with his weaver's shuttle in his hand, and 
was never heard of again. 

(I) William Georgia, the first member of 
this family of whom we have definite infor- 
mation, perhaps the immigrant, married Sa- 
rah Cable, who was born in January, 1748, 
and died November 23, 1818, buried in New- 
field cemetery, Tompkins county. New York. 
Children: Elijah B., born October i, 1779; 
William, born January 21, 1781 : Alma: Aliles, 
of whom further. 

(II) Miles, son of William and Sarah (Ca- 
ble) Georgia, was born May 31, 1785. It 
seems probable that the father perhaps hav- 
ing died or returned to Wales, the family 
moved while he was still young to Tompkins 
county. New York ; Miles at a later time lived 
in Michigan. He married Sally North, born 
June 21, 1788, died October 3, 1833. Chil- 
dren: I. Saloma, born June 2"] , 1807, died 
March 27, 1844 - married Asahel B. Stilson. 
2. Willis, of whom further. 3. Polly, born 
October 24, 1810; married Seymour A. Seely. 
4. Harmon, born June 2}^, 1812: married 

Martha . 5. IMiles, born December 25. 

1814. 6. Alma, born November 14. 1816; 
married Philander Foster. 7. Orson, born 
November 18, 1818. 8. Orrin, born April 5, 

1819 ; married Susan . 9. Niles, born 

January 28, 1822; married Cordelia H. . 

10. Elijah B., born October 7, 1823, died De- 
cember i^,, 1886: married Elizabeth Butts. 

11. William, born January 10, 1825. 12. Sally, 
born August 10, 1826: married Charles Bel- 
lows. 13. David, born Januar)- 16. 1828; 
married Lorania . 14. Homer, ])orn July 

I. 1833- 

(III) Willis, son of Miles and Sally 
(North) Georgia, was born January 4, 1809, 
died at State Line Mills, McKean county, 
Pennsylvania, May 23, 1892. He was a lum- 
berman, and spent his life mostly in Chemung 
an 1 Tioga counties. New York : among his 
places of residence were \'anetten and Spen- 
cer. He took tracts of timber lands, ran saw 
mills, cleared and sold the lumber. He was 
always a hard worker and prospered. He 
was a Whig in politics, and a Baptist in re- 
ligion. He married Clarinda Wilson, born 
April 5, 1810, died April 9, 1880. Children: 
Harrison W., of whom further: Albert W., 
born August 28, 1831, died February 28. 1904; 
Harriet B., May 20, 1833; Louisa C, April 
3, 1835, married Mark Dearborn, lives at Wa- 
verly, Tioga county. New York ; Beers P., 
April 3, 1839. died June 15, 1839; George F., 
June 30, 1841 ; Mary A., January 23, 1842, 
died May 30, 1850; Saloma, September 13, 
1844, died August 26, 1903 : Bennett W., May 
7, 1846; Samuel E., August 15, 1848: Ar- 
minda B., May 5, 185 1 : Luna A., April 10. 
1853, married George W. Ketcham, lives at 
Lockwood, New York. 

(IV) Harrison W., son of Willis and Cla- 
rinda (Wilson) Georgia, was born at New- 
field, Tompkins county. New York, October 
14, 1829, and died at State Line Mills, June 
I, 1906. He attended the district school, and 
afterwards learned lumbering and farming 
with his father. After this he moved to Roar- 
ing Branch, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. 
He cut the logs and skidded them to the mill, 
as a jobber, for Harvey Thornton, and 
Charles S. Green, of Roaring Branch. Penn- 
sylvania. He was a bright and active man. 
Though drafted for the civil war, he was re- 
fused. He was a member of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows, and a Republican 
in politics. He was also a deacon in the Bap- 
tist church. He married, October i, 1851, 
Almira M. Brooks, born August 13, 1832, 
died February 18, 1898, daughter of Zebulon 
and Amanda (Bull) Brooks. Her father was 
born in 1805, died July 4. 1872: her mother 
was born in 1806. died May 28. 1879. Chil- 



dren: i. Elnora, born May 28, 1853; mar- 
ried, March 14, 1893, Ransford Jones. 2. 
Wilson Edwin, born May 24, 1855, died 
March 15, 1859. 3- Mary E., born July 3, 
1857; married, March 25, 1883, William W. 
Hicks; child: William W. Jr., married Louise 
Fleming, and their children are : Leonard 
Barton, and Richard William. Mrs. Hicks 
lives at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 4. Wil- 
lis Zebulon, of whom further. 5. Edward 
Brooks, born April 19, i860, died October i, 
i860. 6. Maria L., born July i, 1861 ; mar- 
ried (second) June i, 1881, Julius P. Ayles- 
worth. 7. Clara A., born September 23, 1864; 
married (second) William J. Hazen ; lives at 

(V) Willis Zebulon, son of Harrison \\'. 
and Almira M. (Brooks) Georgia, was born 
at Vanetten, New York, November 3, 1858. 
When he was ten years old his parents took 
him to Roaring Branch, and later to Carpen- 
ter's, where he remained until he was fifteen 
years of age, when the family removed to 

He attended the public school and the 
Lycoming Normal School at Muncy. in the 
meantime teaching school and working in the 
lumber mills with his father. He saved money 
and in the winter of 1880 went to Smethport, 
Pennsylvania, with his father, who had a con- 
tract to operate the saw mill owned by BuUis 
Brothers. He worked in the mills as well as 
in the various camps of this firm, scaling logs, 
and performed other work connected with the 
lumber business. In the spring of 1887 he 
moved to Bullis Mills, where he entered the 
general store of Stickney & Company. He 
also kept the books for the Georgia & Ayles- 
worth Manufacturing Company, dealers in 
lumber, being secretary of that concern. In 
1888 he was appointed station agent and tele- 
graph operator for the old B. N. Y. & P. 
railroad, and held this until after the Penn- 
sylvania took the system, resigning in 1902 
to devote his entire time to his own business. 
He was appointed postmaster of State Line 
Mills by President Cleveland, a position he 
held up to 1908. when the office was closed. 
He bought out Stickney & Company and took 
two partners in the general merchandise busi- 
ness, under the firm name of Georgia & Com- 
pany. In 1900 he bought out his partners in 
the store, but later he closed out this business 
to give his attention to other lines which he 
had taken up. Buyin*^ stock in the Eklred 

Powder Company, he acquired considerable 
interest and finally bought the entire issue of 
stock, which he sold April 15, 1909, to the 
Dupont Powder Company. This plant manu- 
factured nitro-glycerine and dynamite, the 
first of which was used in shooting oil wells. 
He was one of the largest and best known 
manufacturers of high explosives in the Brad- 
ford field, and from 1902 to 1909 was en- 
gaged in shooting oil and gas wells in both 
this and the Allegany fields, with factory, 
warehouse, docks and offices at State Line 
Mills and branch offices with shooters at Brad- 
ford and Bolivar. He then went into the 
Buckhannon Chemical Company, of Olean, 
Cattaraugus county. New York, of which he 
is secretary and treasurer ; the works are at 
Chemical, West Virginia, and are devoted to 
the manufacture of wood alcohol, acetate of 
lime, and charcoal. He has also large lumber 

His fraternal orders are Olean Lodge, 
No. 252, Free and Accepted Masons ; Olean 
Chapter, No. 150, Royal Arch Masons; 
Fraternal Union of Anointed High Priests of 
the State of New York ; Olean Council, No. 
33, Royal and Select Masters ; St. John's 
Commandery, No. 24, Knights Templar, of 
Olean; Ismailia Temple. A. A. O. N. M. S. 
Oasis, of Bufifalo ; the Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite bodies. Valley of Buftalo and 
\'alley of Olean; Olean Lodge, No. 471, In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, and the 
Smethport Encampment, No. 273. He is a 
Republican in politics, and in 1909 was can- 
didate for mayor in Olean. He is a Baptist 
in religion, and is president of the board of 
trustees. On November i, 1907, he moved 
to Olean, No. 205 East State street, where he 
has a fine residence. 

He married (first) December 2/, 1882, Ro- 
setta, born February 2, i860, died October 21, 
1897, daughter of Joseph and Henrietta 
(Montgomery) Shoemaker, of Muncy, Ly- 
coming county, Pennsylvania ; married (sec- 
ond) November 23, 1898, Mary Jane Shoe- 
maker, born May 25, 1866, sister of his first 
wife. Children, all by first marriage: i. 
Cora Lee, born October 28. 1883. 2. Willis 
Scudder, born May 23, 1887 ; he is in business 
at St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, with his father, 
in the firm of W. Z. Georgia & Son, gro- 
ceries and meats. 3. Edith May, born August 
12. 1892. 



The name Andrews is the 
ANDREWS modern Enghsh form of the 
Latin Andreas, which signi- 
fies "a man." Some authorities say the sur- 
names Andrews, Andros, Andreas, Andrus, 
Andrieux and Andre are derivations of the 
BibHcal name Andrew. The family has been 
prominent in England since the days of the 
Norman conquest. The American ancestor 
of the Andrews family of Cattaraugus county, 
New York, is John Andrus (xA-udrews) who 
came from England in 1640, and in 1672 was 
one of the eighty-four proprietors of the an- 
cient town "Tunxis," afterward Farming- 
towne, now Farmington, Connecticut. He is 
believed to have been born in the county of 
Essex, England. Hinman says he was of 
Hartford, Connecticut, and died in 1681. His 
wife was Mary, died 1694. Sons : Benjamin, 
John, Abraham, Daniel and Joseph ; his 

daughters were : Mary, married Barnes ; 

Hannah, married Richards ; Rachel, mar- 
ried Buck. 

(H) Daniel, son of John and Mary An- 
drews, was born 1649, died in Farmington, 
Connecticut, April 6. 1731. He was one of the 
six original proprietors in 1672 ; had a divi- 
sion of the land; was town officer in 1702, 
and one of the large land owners of the town. 
He married and had issue. 

(HI) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) An- 
drews, was born in 1672, died 1748. He re- 
moved to Wethersfield, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried, in 1707, Mabel Gofl^e, a descendant of 
William Goffe, the regicide judge. 

(IV) Joseph, son of Daniel (2) and Ma- 
bel (Goffe) Andrews, was born 171 1, died 
about 1747. He resided in Glastonbury, Con- 
necticut. He married and had issue. 

(V) Joseph (2) son of Joseph (i) An- 
drews, was born in 1745. He was a soldier 
of the revolution; served as corporal. Ninth 
Company, Second Regiment, Connecticut 
Line, from May ii, to December 17, 1775; 
served as private in Captain Champion's com- 
pany, Third Regiment, Connecticut Line, from 
May 26, 1777, to January i, 1778. He died 
in 1837. He married and had issue. 

(VI) George, fourth son of Joseph (2) 
Andrews, was born in 1780. He removed in 
181 5 to Knowlesville. New York, where he 
died in 1861. He married and had issue. 

(VII) Willis 'SI., second son of George 
Andrews, was born in Glastonbury, Connec- 
ticut, February 7, 1806, died September 3, 

1870. In 18 1 5 his father settled in Knowles- 
ville, New York, and in 1829, Willis M., in 
company with Samuel, brother of Horace 
Wells, the pioneer, settled at East Otto. Cat- 
taraugus county. About 1832 he built a house 
and shop at East Otto Corners, where he car- 
ried on shoemaking, later purchasing a farm 
near "the corners," which he cultivated until 
1864, when he removed to the town of Catta- 
raugus, where he died. He married, January 
I, 1832, in Cattaraugus, Mariette Bonesteel, 
born in Worcester, New York, January 8, 
18 10. In 1828 she came with her parents to 
East Otto, where prior to her marriage she 
taught the public school. She survived her 
husband until November, 1891. Children: i. 
George W., born in East Otto. November 12, 
1832 ; married, April 13, 1856, Ellen Pratt ; 
children : TuUy, Annie L., Walton F., Cris- 
sey. 2. Jerome A., of whom further. 3. Ed- 
son Alfred, born August 8, 1845, at East Otto ; 
enlisted as sergeant in One Hundred and Sev- 
enty-ninth Regiment. New York \'olunteers, 
April II, 1864; he was taken prisoner at the 
time of the great mine explosion in front of 
Petersburg, and died of starvation and ex- 
posure in the prison pen at Danville, Vir- 
ginia, January 11, 1865; just before his en- 
listment he married Ellen, daughter of Alan- 
son King, of Ashford. New York. 4. Eva 
A., born October 28, 1857; niarried Olin G. 
Rich, of Cattaraugus, later of Buffalo. New 

(VIII) Jerome A., second son of Willis M. 
and Mariette (Bonesteel) Andrews, was born 
at East Otto, Cattaraugus county. New York, 
January 6, 1839. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools and remained with his father on 
the farm until May, 1861, when he enlisted 
in Company I, Thirty-seventh Regiment, New 
York Volunteers, with which company and 
regiment he served as private and sergeant 
two years. He enlisted a second time in 1865 
and was commissioned first lieutenant. The 
following is a copy of the letter received by 
Lieutenant Andrews : 

State of New York, 

Executive Department. 
Albany, June 5th, 1865. ^ 
Lieutenant : 

Herewith enclosed is a commission of First Lieu- 
tenant in the 194th Regiment Infantry New York 
Volunteers, conferred upon you by the Honorable 
R. E. Fenton, Governor of this State. 

Notwithstanding the exigenci' requiring your serv- 
ice again on the field has passed, happily, away, the 
Governor remembering your devoted and gallant 



conduct for two years in the 37th Regt. Infantry, 
N. Y. Vols, and your more recent service in aiding 
to raise the first named Regiment, the Governor 
wishes to recognize your personal gallantry in the 
field, your fidelity and patriotism in defence of all 
that is dear to American citizens in the preservation 
of our National Union. 

With this, accept the personal good wishes of, 
Truly your friend, 

John Manley, 
Col. & Military Sec'y- 
1ST Lieutenant Jerome A. Andrews^ 
194th N. Y. Vols., 

New York. 

He saw hard .service and fully upheld the 
family honor as a good man and a good sol- 

After the close of the war he engaged in 
general merchandising with his brother, 
George W., as Andrews Brothers, at East 
Otto, continuing until 1869, when he engaged 
in the same business with Eugene Bonesteel, 
under the name of J. A. Andrews Company, at 
New Albion, where he was also postmaster. 
Later he removed to Cattaraugus, where he 
was in the same business as J. A. Andrews & 
Company, until destroyed by fire. He settled in 
Salamanca in 1891, where he purchased a half 
interest in the hardware business of J. A. 
Stevens, the firm name being Stevens & An- 
drews. Later S. S. Laing purchased Mr. 
Stevens' interest and the firm of Laing & An- 
drews continued until 1893, when he admitted 
his son, Bret L., to a partnership under the 
firm name of J. A. Andrews & Son. The 
firm carries a complete line of all kinds of 
hardware, builders' and plumbers' supplies, 
vehicles of all kinds, guns and sporting goods. 
Both members of the firm stand high in public 
esteem, and conduct their business along the 
most approved modern lines. Jerome A. An- 
drews is prominent in the circles of the Grand 
Armv of the Republic, and has been several 
times commander of the E. A. Andrews Post, 
which was named for his brother, and is a 
frequent delegate to state and national en- 

He married, September 23, 1868, Emma, 
daughter of Linus Lattin, of Mansfield, New 
York. Children: i. Bret L., of whom 
further. 2. Neil W., born December 2J, 1874 ; 
married Eloise Potter ; they had children : 
Jerome, born December 16, 1906; Walton, 
born February 21, 1908, and Margaret, born 
February 2, 1910. 3. Max, born July 4, 1884; 
married Sophia Torge. 

(IX) Bret L., eldest son of Jerome A. and 
Emma (Lattin) Andrews, was born in New 
Albion, Cattaraugus county, New York, Feb- 
ruary 3, 187 1. He was educated in the public 
schools, and has been engaged in mercantile 
life ever since his school days ended. He was 
a clerk in the firm of Laing & Andrews, and 
when Mr. Laing retired became the junior 
member of J. A. Andrews & Son, one of the 
leading firms of Salamanca. He has served 
four terms as supervisor. He is a member of 
Cattaraugus Lodge. Free and Accepted Ala- 
sons ; Salamanca Chapter, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons, past eminent commander of Salamanca 
Commandery, Knights Templar, and a noble 
of Ismailia Temple, Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine. His other fraternal orders : The 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and 
Knights of Pythias. He married. January 28, 
1893, Fannie Benson, born in (Cattaraugus 
village, July 30, 1871. daughter of A. T. and 
Mary Benson, whose other children are : Eliz- 
abeth, married Frank Weidner, children : 
Grace, married Harry Kellogg, and William ; 
Nellie, married Frank Batxer. child Mary 
Louise ; Charles, died at the age of twenty. 
Children of Bret L., and Fannie (Benson) 
Andrews : Leland, born November 12, 1893 - 
Edward, December 9, 1894. 

The name, whether spelled 
BARROWS Barrus. Barrows, Barrowe 
or Barrow, from Barrow, a 
mound, or borough, a town, is of the family 
that lived in Yarmouth, England, before 1637. 
Out of the family was sent to New England 
in 1637 the immigrant ancestor of the name 
of Barrus or Barrows in America, in the per- 
son of John Barrows. 

(I) John Barrows was born in England in 
1609, and he left Yarmouth, England, at the 
age of twenty-eight, with his wife Anne, and 
settled in Salem, Alassachusetts Bay Colony. 
John and Anne Barrows received grants of 
land in Salem in 1637. and were inhabitants 
of that town for twenty-eight years, and all 
their children were born there. They re- 
moved to Plymouth before 1665, and John, 
the immigrant, died there in 1692. His will 
shows that he left a second wife younger than 
himself, and four sons : Robert, of whom 
further; Joshua, Benjamin, who lived in Attle- 
boro : and Ebenezer, who lived in Cumberland, 
Rhode Island ; also two daughters, Mary and 



(II) Robert, eldest son of John and Anne 
Barrows, was born in Salem, ^Massachusetts 
Bay Colony, removed with his father to Ply- 
mouth, and had by his tirst wife, Ruth , 

four children : John, born 1667, died in Ply- 
mouth, 1720; George, of whom further; Sam- 
uel, born 1672, died in ]\Iiddleboro. 1755; ^le- 
hitable, married Adam Wright. Robert Bar- 
rows married (second) Lydia Dunham, and 
had children: Robert, born 1689, died in 
Mansfield. Connecticut, 1779: Thankful, born 
1692, married Isaac King: Elisha, born 1695, 
died in Rochester, ^Massachusetts, 1767; 
Thomas, born 1697, died in ^lansfield ; Lydia, 
born 1699, married Thomas Branch. 

(III) George, second son of Robert and 
Ruth Barrows, was born in Plymouth, Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1670. He was a successful com- 
missioner in treating- with the Indians, and by 
his skill he kept their good will and secured 
peace to the early settlers. This service se- 
cured to him the title of "Captain George." 
He was a large land holder, and had a large 
family. His eldest son Peleg received the 
homestead now located in the town of Carver, 
and which was still in the possession of the 
family in 1880. Peleg's son Joseph removed 
to Maine, and was the ancestor of Judge W. 
C. Barrus, and Hon. George B. Barrows, 
president of the Maine senate, and of Rev. 
C. D. Barrows, of Lowell. ^Massachusetts. 
Samuel, son of Captain George, was called 
Samuel Jr. to distinguish him from his uncle 
Deacon Samuel (1672-1755). 

(I\^) The American record of this family 
as collected and verified by R. J. Barrows, of 
Jamestown, begins with John Barrows and his 
wife, Jemima Barrows, who were of English 
derivation, and were among the early settlers 
of Colerain, Massachusetts. 

(V ) Abner Barrows, son of John and Je- 
mima Barrows, was born in Colerain, August 
I, 1770. He came with his parents in early 
life from JMassachusetts to Luzerne, Warren 
county. New York, and settling there became 
a farmer. There he lived until his death in 


He married (first) April 17, 1793, Lucy 
Call, born June 30. 1774. Children: Isaac, 
born February 2^. 1794; John, ]May i, 
1798: Stephen. January 7, 1800; Phoebe, De- 
cember 18, 1801 : Levi, of whom further; 
Mercy, November 19, 1806. died young; 
Mercy, February 24, 181 1; Rufus, July 15, 
1815. Mr. Barrows married (second) May 

26, 1828, Irene Crannell, who died lune 13, 

(VI) Levi, son of Abner and Lucy (Call) 
Barrows, was born in Luzerne, March 26, 
1804, arid was educated in the schools of that 
place. There he remained until in his young 
manhood he went to Glens Falls, New York. 
\Miile there, November 7, 1823, he was com- 
missioned by Governor Joseph C. Yates as 
ensign of militia, a rank corresponding to the 
present rank of lieutenant. He was then nine- 
teen years of age. July 30, 1827, he received 
a commission from Governor De Witt Clin- 
ton in the same service as captain. He went 
from Luzerne to Chautauqua county in 1832, 
and purchased land in the town of Stockton 
in that county, cut down the timber, built a 
log cabin, and cleared a small tract, which 
he planted in grain the same season. In his 
youth he had assisted his father, who was a 
farmer. Levi gained his experience as a saw- 
yer from his employer, Mr. Rogers, of Lu- 
zerne. He was induced to settle in James- 
town, by his brother-in-law. Smith A. Brown. 
With Mr. Brown he was partner in the Dexter 
IMill. They contracted later with the firm of 
Scott & Rogers, and, after six years with 
them, bought the Rogers interest. This was 
about the year 1838. Scott & Barrows were 
engaged in lumbering and the manufacture of 
sash and blinds, shipping their product down 
the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, as the custom 
was then, by rafts and flat boats. They were 
veiy successful, and gradually acquired con- 
siderable land. In 1856 they dissolved part- 
nership and divided their possessions. Mr. 
Scott took the landed estate they owned, and 
Mr. Barrows the mill business, associating 
with himself in that venture his sons. Ransom 
J. and Henry R., which partnership continued 
until March 10, 1863, when the elder Barrows 

He married (first) July 6, 1828, at Luzerne, 
Abigail Putnam Ransom, daughter of Jona- 
than and Mary (Nichol) Ransom. Children: 
Mary Jane, born April 12, 1829 ; ]Maria 
Louise, iMarch 30, 1830; Ransom J., of whom 
further; Sally Ann, June 5, 1834: Henry 
Rogers, January 30, 1836; ]\Iercy, Novem- 
ber 9, 1838; Melissa, June 26, 1840; Orton, 
September 23, 1844; Levi Edwin, April 26, 
1846. Levi Barrows married (second) Sally 
E. Canfield, born April 15, 1810, a sister of 
the first wife. Children: Antoinette, born 
July 26, 1848, deceased; Herbert L. and Al- 



bert A., twins, born November i, 1850, both 
now living. The father died March 10, 1863. 

Levi Barrows was a man of business, prop- 
erty and influence, and the holder of a num- 
ber of public offices. At the time of his death 
he was serving as justice of the peace. He 
was long a trustee of the village of James- 
town, and had also served as poor master. 
He was foreman of one of the first fire 
companies of Jamestown. In early life he 
subscribed to Democratic doctrines, but later 
became an old-line \\'hig. His religious faith 
was the Presbyterian ; he was a deacon of that 
church for many years. When he died he 
was buried in Lakeview cemetery, of which 
institution he had been a trustee. 

(Vn) Ransom J. Barrows, only survivor 
of the family of Levi Barrows by his first 
wife, Abigail Putnam (Ransom) Barrows, 
was born in Luzerne, Warren county, August 
24, 183 1. He was an infant in arms when 
his parents came to Jamestown, and he has 
lived there ever since. He attended public 
school there as a boy in "the old cooper shop," 
then went to the Jamestown Academy and one 
term at Westfield Academy, then returned and 
attended Jamestown Academy. He began his 
business career in his father's sash factory. 
In 1856 he and his brother Henry became 
partners in it, and so continued until his 
father's death, when Ransom J. bought out 
his brother. He conducted the establishment 
thereafter with great success, making improve- 
ments and introducing new machinery, for 
seventeen years, and then sold out. In 1873 
he went into the retail paint business, in which 
he remained for ten years. Then he was in 
the lumber business, and finally withdrew 
practically from active business alTairs. 

Mr. Barrows married (first) Mary Jane 
Putnam, at Stockton, New York, December 
12, 1854; she was born September 10, 1832, 
and dieci August 10, 1859, daughter of Union 
and Clarinda (Fross) Putnam. Children: i. 
Jennie M.. wife of Marion P. Hatch, of Buf- 
falo, New York. 2. Minnie, wife of Dr. Will- 
iam M. Bemus, of Jamestown. His grand- 
children are Mason B. Hatch, son of his 
daughter Jennie, and Selden Barrows and 
William M., children of his daughter Min- 
nie. The two children of Mason B. Hatch 
(Elizabeth and Philip) are his great-grand- 
children. Ransom J. Barrows married (sec- 
ond) Ellen Adelaide, daughter of Deacon 
John C. and Olive (Jones) Breed, March 7, 

1861. Mr. Barrows married (third) Mi- 
nerva C. W'illiams, September 24, 1873. Chil- 
dren : I. Ellen Abigail, born May 10, 1875, 
wife of Erwin D. Shearman, of Jamestown, 
and mother of Alton Barrows Shearman and 
Ransom E. Shearman. 2. Elma M., born De- 
cember 26, 1877, wife of Floyd P. Almy, of 
Jamestown ; they have one child, Ruth Bar- 
rows Almy. 3. Ransom Jay Barrows, men- 
tioned below. 

Mr. Ransom J. Barrows, Sr., has been sec- 
retary to the commissioners of navigation on 
Chautauqua Lake since 1897. He has been 
highway conmiissioner nine years. He is now 
(1912), serving his third year as president of 
the Exempt Firemen's Association. He was 
one of the organizers of the first Union school 
in Jamestown, and served on the board of 
education nine years. He is treasurer of the 
Chautauqua County Historical Society. He 
is the oldest Jamestown member of Alt. AIo- 
riah Lodge, No. 145. Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, and its oldest living member. Politi- 
cally, Mr. Barrows is attached to the Repub- 
lican party. 

(VHI) Ransom Jay Barrows, son of Ran- 
som J. and Minerva C. (Williams) Barrows, 
was born in Jamestown, New York, May 11, 
1879, was educated there, and has been a resi- 
dent of Jamestown all his life. He is secre- 
tary of the Philo Burt Manufacturing Com- 
pany of that city. He is a member of Mt. 
Moriah Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, 
the same lodge to which his father belongs ; 
of Western Chapter, No. 67, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons ; of Jamestown Commandery, No. 61, 
Knights Templars, of which body he is past 
commander ; of Buffalo Consistory, Ancient 
Accepted Scottish Rite, and of the Ancient 
Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine 
of that city. He is a member and ex-fore- 
man of Ellicott Hook and Ladder Company. 
He is a Republican in politics, and a veteran 
of the Spanish war. He enlisted at James- 
town, in May, 1898, in the 113th New York 
Regiment, and again at Buffalo in Company 
E. 65th Regiment, L'^nited States Volunteers. 
He was discharged from service, November 
17, 1898. 

The Frank family of Chautau- 

FRANK qua county, New York, descend 

from one of the old German 

families of Pennsylvania, although this branch 

of the family early settled in New York state. 



The emigrant came from Germany and was 
a true type of the thrifty German emigrant. 

(I) Henry Frank and his brother Christo- 
pher came from Germany together, landed at 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, settled near that 
city and remained there for a number of years. 
This was about 1740. They were well-to-do 
farmers, and prior to the revolution removed 
to New York state, settling in the Mohawk 
valley, at I'^rankfort, Herkimer county, on the 
banks of the Alohawk river. There may have 
been others of the name earlier settled there, 
which accounts for the name Frankfort. 
Henry Frank married and had sons : Henry, 
Lawrence and Jacob, all of whom served in the 
revolutionary war, Henry and Jacob being 
killed. His daughters were Eve and Alary, 
twins, and Margaret. Eve married John 
Frank, a kinsman. Mary married a Mr. My- 
ers and had a son John, an early settler of 
the town of Carroll. D'uring the French and 
Indian war the wife of Henry Frank was cap- 
tured by the Indians with her children and 
carried away captive to Canada. The twin 
sisters were then ten years of age. Eve was 
kept in captivity three years. Alary a year 
longer. At the time of the capture Airs. 
Frank had a son Lawrence, eighteen months 
old, whom she was obliged to carry and 
march as rapidly as the remainder of the party 
or have the baby killed. WHiether the family 
were ever re-united does not appear, only the 
facts of the return of the twins being given. 
John Frank, of another family, was captured 
at the same time. Later he was a soldier of 
the revolution and again captured, but es- 

(II) Lawrence, son of Henry Frank, was 
born in Frankfort, Herkimer county. New 
York. October, 1749. He was carried away 
by the Iniians when an infant, as stated, later 
was returned. He was a farmer, and served 
in liie revolutionary war. In 1777 he was 
captured by the Indians and Tories and car- 
ried to Quebec, where he was held prisoner 
three years and three months. He then re- 
turned to Herkimer county, later settling in 
the town of Busti, Chautauqua count}. New 
York-, where he died April 13, 1813. He mar- 
ried, in Frankfort, New York, Mary Myers, 
born in Germany in 1753, came when young 
to America with her parents, and died in 
Chautauqua county. New York, December, 
1831. Children: Lawrence, died in Herki- 
mer county; Margaret, married a kinsman; 

Stephen Frank, and died in Ohio ; Elizabeth ; 
Peter, died in Ohio; Henry L.. married Mar- 
garet Damont and removetl to Kirkland 
county, Ohio, where both died ; John L., of 
whom further ; Michael ; Joseph, born Octo- 
ber 2, 1796; Matthew, born Deceiul)er 22, 

(HI) John L., son of Lawrence and Marv 
(Myers) Frank, was born in Frankfort, Her- 
kimer county, New^ York, November 29, 1786, 
died at Husti Corners, July 4, 1875. He was 
reared a farmer, and in 181 1, over a century 
ago, removed to Chautauqua county where 
he settled in the town of Busti, lot si.xty-two, 
township one, range eleven, later removed to 
lot six, range twelve, same township. He 
was a man respected by the entire community. 
He was a devout Christian and an earnest 
worker in the church. He was one of the 
fourteen original members of the First Bap- 
tist Church, established in Busti. and was al- 
ways active and prominent in its atTairs. ?Iis 
old family Bible, j^ublished in 1810, now 
owned by his grandson, A\'arren A. Frank, 
has the family records written by himself 
with the old style goose quill pen. He mar- 
ried Lucretia Chapman, born March 25, 1791, 
died March 14, T874. Four of their children 
died in infancy: the others are: i. Michael 
C, born October 24. 1808 : married Sally 
Sherwin ; children : John S., Harriet E.. Mary 
J., Matthew, Alice, Electa, Adelai'e. 2. Al- 
mira, born Jnly 18, 1810; married Ransom 
Burroughs ; both deceased. 3. Charles, born 
July 22, 1812; married Alary Woodin. 4. 
Alonzo, September 6, 1815; married Jane 
W'oodin, and resides at Blockville. New York; 
children: Lavant, Harriet M.. Jane, Ophelia. 
5. Alary Jane, born April 22. 1819; married 
Jacob Chambers and resides at Pine (^rove, 
Pennsylvania. 6. Harriet M.. June i, 1821, 
deceased ; married Denison Palmer. 7. Lo- 
zenzo, born October 6, 1823 ; married Melissa 
Barnes: children: West, Sidnev, Clare. 8. 
Davis, of whom further. 9. Alarietta, born 
December 13, 1830: married Samuel Smith; 
children: Levant and Frank. 10. Ariel, mar- 
ried Alargaret Stewart : children : Emmet and 
Frederick Stewart. 

iW) Davis, son of John L. Frank, was 
born in Busti, Chautauqua county. New York. 
He moved to Sugar Grove, Warren county, 
Pennsylvania, but later settled in Busti. 
where he followed farming the remainder of 
his days. In politics he was a Democrat. He 



was held in high esteem by his neighbors as 
a hard-working, honorable man and a good 
friend. He married (first) Alvira Brown; 
(second) Elizabeth Brown. Children: Theo- 
dore, George, Dwight, Davis, of whom 
further : Laverne, Duane. De Etta, Earl. 

(\") Dwight Davis, son of Davis and his 
second wife, Elizabeth (Brown) Frank, was 
born at Sugar Grove, Warren county, Penn- 
sylvania. February 27, 1856. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, anil began busi- 
ness life as a shoemaker in Busti. a trade at 
which he worked several years. Fie settled 
in Jamestown, New York, about 1880, and 
established in the general teaming business. 
He has proven a very energetic, capable man 
of business and has succeeded. He keeps 
from six to eight teams constantly employed 
in his various operations and has also a good 
cattle buying and shipping business. He pur- 
chased his home at No. 283^^ Main street, 
where he now resides. He is a Republican 
in politics. He married, July 2. 1876, at Busti, 
Esther Lucina Trask, born at Open Meadows, 
New York. July 9, 1856, daughter of Augus- 
tus M. and Adeline (Way) Trask. Mrs. 
Frank is a member of the Baptist church. 
Her father, Augustus M. Trask, was a native 
of Open ?\Jeadows. In 1859 he came to 
Busti, following his trade of cooper at Busti 
Corners. He died December 29, 1898, aged 
seventy-seven years. He married Adeline 
Way. born April, 1824, died December 6. 
1892. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Trask: i. 
Eugene, born April 23, 1848 ; married Chris- 
tine Johnson and resides in Jamestown. 2. 
Evaline. married Harrison Devereaux, whom 
she survives with four children. 3. Agnes, 
unmarried, a resident of Jamestow-n. 4. 
Esther Lucina, married D'wight Davis Frank. 
5. Aaron, of h'armington, Pennsylvania ; 
married Lulu Gage. Children of Dwight Da- 
vis and Esther Lucina Frank: i. Glen Aaron, 
born April 20, 1878: educated in the public 
school ; studied law with A. C. Pickard ; ad- 
mitted to the bar. now a practicing lawyer of 
Jamestown, with offices in the Gokey block. 
He married Ora Post and has a son. Nixon 
Leverne. 2. Henrw born May i, 1879; gradu- 
ate of Jamestown high school ; now with the 
Clark Hardware Company of Jamestown. He 
married Rose ]\Iullen ; children : Lucille. El- 
nora, deceased ; Frances, twin of Elnora. 3. 
Meta, born June 2. 1880: graduate of James- 
town high school : married Edward Olstrom, 

of Jamestown ; children : Alarvin D. and Ray- 
mond E. 

Captain Solomon Dow, son of Rich- 
DO\V ard and Elizabeth (Clough) Dow, 

was born about 1766, died near 
Batavia, New York, 1822. "He was a man 
of large physique, austere in manner, a 
man of strong common sense and a leader 
of strong men in a way, not in politics, 
however. Was high in Masonry, master of 
Hartland Lodge, and I think a member of the 
IJatavia Lodge. He was not a church mem- 
ber, but was a Universalist in belief, prized 
education and virtue and was a great lover 
of books." He was a farmer, first in New 
Hampshire, later at Hartland, Vermont, and 
in Genesee county. New York ; also engaged 
in the cooper business. He was a man of 
some means and willing to help his less fortu- 
nate neighbors. He was known as Captain 
Solomon, although Albert G. in his "Recol- 
lections" does not allude to his title. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of James Buzzell, of 
IjOw, New Hampshire. Children: Sarah, 
Mary, Richard. Eliza, Caroline, Nancy, Han- 
nah, Albert Gallatin, Amos and Phoebe. The 
daughters were all women of culture, pre- 
pared for teachers, and all at one time or an- 
other taught school. Mrs. Dow survived her 
husband and married (second) Rev. Mr. 
Gross, a Universalist minister, editor of a re- 
ligious paper, conducted a school for lads and 
prepared young men for colleg'e. She died 
at Clarence, New York, in the autumn of 
1826, aged fifty-four years. 

Amos, son of Captain Solomon and Eliza- 
beth (Buzzell) Dow, was born at Plainfield, 
New Hampshire. May 22, 181 1, died April 25, 
1903. He was twelve years of age when 
his father died and then went to live with 
his uncle, Martin Montgomery, a sub- 
stantial farmer and large landowner, of At- 
tica, New York. When he grew up he learned 
the shoemaker's trade and the art of tanning 
leather. He removed in manhood to Silver 
Creek, Chautauqua county. New York, where 
he bought a tannery, and established a gen- 
eral store. He prospered in business and in 
1855 removed to East Randolph, New York, 
where he continued in mercantile life until 
1880. He purchased the present bank build- 
ing in East Randolph, in 1874, but two years 
previous to this date had entered the banking 
business by buying out the Thomas J. Cham- 

'.y^od S)i 




beiiain Bank, and began conducting the pri- 
vate banking house of Amos Dow, to which 
he admitted his son Charles as a partner. The 
latter sold out to Seth W. Thompson, and the 
firm was known as Dow & Thompson until 
1 88 1, from this time until 1891 the bank was 
conducted by Amos Dow, he having bought 
Thompson's interests, and then the People's 
State Bank bought the business, Amos Dow 
still holding stock in the concern. He was a 
capable man of business and a wise, conser- 
vative financier. He inherited the family 
characteristics of thrift, energy and industry, 
prospered in all his undertakings and held a 
leading position in his community. He was 
supervisor from East Randolph and secured 
from the board proper recognition of his town. 
In religion he was a Universalist ; in politics 
a Whig and later a Republican. 

He married, in 1838, Eliza Ann Gates, born 
October 2, 1816, died February 23, 1895. 
Children: i. Frank, born at Silver Creek, 
New York, September i. 1839, died there 
1865 ; he served in the civil war as private 
in the Ninth Regiment, New York Cavalry ; 
married Anna Sawyer. 2. Rollin, born March 
31, 1846. died in East Randolph, March 18, 
1908 : was a merchant of East Randolph ; 
married. December 11, 1867, Nellie M. Gates; 
children : i. Dora, married Edwin Robbins, 
of Cortland, New York. ii. Frances, now of 
Homer, New York; married (first) Ward 
Snyder; (second) E. P. Nicholas. 3. Helen, 
born October 22, 1848 ; married S. G. Jones 
and resides in Tacoma, Washington ; children : 
i. Harold D. ii. Lucretia, married William 
Ross. 4. Charles, of whom further. 5. Har- 
riet, born September 3, i860 ; married John 
F., son of Seth \Y. Thompson, of Jamestown. 
New York. 

Charles, youngest son of Amos and 
Eliza Ann (Gates) Dow, was born at Silver 
Creek, Chautauqua county. New York, De- 
cember 12, 1850. In 1855 his parents re- 
moved to East Randolph, New York, where 
he received his early education. He then pre- 
pared for college at Chamberlain Institute, of 
which he is a graduate, class of 1870. He 
then entered Williams College, but poor health 
prevented his finishing his college course. He 
spent two years with Warren Dow in Detroit, 
Michigan, engaged in the manufacture of 
wire cloth, screens and hardware. In 1872 
he returned to East Randolph, where for two 
years he was cashier and partner in the bank- 

ing house of Amos Dow. In 1874 he re- 
signed his position and went to Minnesota 
where he had interests in wheat elevators, as 
junior of the firm of Hurd & Dow. Later 
he operated a spice mill in Detroit, Michigan, 
in connection with a wholesale tea, coffee and 
spice business. Closing out his Detroit busi- 
ness he joined his cousin, Warren Dow, in 
Bradford, Pennsylvania (then the center of 
the oil industry) in the banking house of Dow 
& Company. He was later in Florida and 
Cuba until 1878. He returned to Bradford, 
Pennsylvania, and entered the oil business as 
a producer, remaining there until 1884, then 
entered the bank as cashier for Amos Dow, 
but resigned in 1888, and was succeeded as 
cashier by his brother Rollin. In 1882, in con- 
nection with his brother, Rollin Dow, he 
started the banking house of Dow Brothers, 
in Richburg. and purchased three hundred 
acres of oil bearing land which developed some 
good and profitable wells. He then located 
in the oil business at Warren, Pennsylvania. 
He was one of the charter members of the 
Bradford Oil Exchange and a large operator. 
After spending some time in business with 
his father at East Randolph, he went to New 
York City, where he entered the Gansevoort 
Bank as bookkeeper and became later assist- 
ant cashier. In 1889 he went to Michigan 
to care for his father's business interests, re- 
maining there until 1891, when he returned 
to New York City and entered the employ of 
the Bell Telephone Company. His familiarity 
with accounts led to three promotions while 
in their service. He was next in Buft'alo, 
New York, with the Maltbie Chemical Com- 
pany ; then in Lansing, Michigan, where he 
purchased, improved and conducted the Hotel 
Grand, until 1906. He has since his father'^s 
death been settling the estate and arranging 
his aft'airs. He resides in East Randolph, un- 
married. He is a Republican in politics. 

This is an old English 
BEAUCHAMP family that trace their 

English ancestry to John 
Beauchamp, of Burnham, England, who died 
in 1637. 

(II) John (2) son of John (i) I'.eau- 
champ, died in 1662. 

(III) Joseph, son of John (2) Beauchamp, 
died in 1690. 

(IV) Joseph (2) son of Joseph (i) Beau- 
champ, was born in 1641, died 1716: he set- 



tied at Burrington, which was the family 
home until the immigration to the United 

(V) Richard, son of Joseph (2) Beau- 
champ, was born in 1683. 

(VI) James, son of Richard Beauchamp, 
was born July 18, 1729. 

(\'II) John (3) son of James Beauchamp, 
was born "January 15, 1765, in Somersetshire, 
England, died July 11. 1856. He was a highly 
educated man, and conducted a noted board- 
ing school. He married Elizabeth Martin, 
May 21, 1795: she died July 5. 1836. Chil- 
dren: John, born May 20, 1796; Jane Eliz- 
abeth. August 20, 1797: William Millett, of 
whom further: Mary Ann, died in infancy; 
Marv Ann (2). born February 23, 1804. 

(Vni) William Millett. son of John (3) 
Beauchamp, was born at West Pennard, Eng- 
land, April 6. 1799, died August 28, 1867. 
He was a man of education and culture, and 
the founder of this branch of the family in 
the United States. He settled in ( )range 
county, Xew York, in 1829, the year of his 
immigration. In 1831 he removed to Skanea- 
teles, Onondaga county. New York, where 
he founded and published the Skaneateles 
Democrat in 1840. He also engaged in the 
nursery business and was the first to experi- 
ment in raising teasels in Xew York state, 
and thereby creating a new industry in his 
town. He married. May 4, 1824, Mary Jay, 
born in Somersetshire. England. Eebruary i, 
1800, died at Skaneateles, New York, April 
28, 1859. Children: Mary Elizabeth, born 
in Butleigh, England. June 14, 1825 ; Maria, 
born at W'edmore. England, February 2^, 
1827: William ^lartin. of whom further: 
John Alfred, born at Skaneateles. New York. 
"March 4, 1833: Sarah Anne, born July 31, 
1836. Marv (Jay) Beauchamp was a daugh- 
ter of James Jay, born in Redrush Parish, 
Cornwall. Engfand. in 1766, died in Marcellus. 
Nev,' York, Ai>ril 24, 1845. He was a min- 
ister of the Wesleyan Methodist church. He 
married, in Somersetshire, England. Mary 
Smith, born January 31, 1769, died July 18, 
1850. Children: Anna, Mary, married Will- 
iam AL Beauchamp : ]\Iaria, Elizabeth, Jo- 
seph. William Henry. 

(IX) Rev. William Alartin Beauchamp, 
son of William Millett and Alary (Jay) Beau- 
champ. was born in Coldenham. Orange 
county. New York, on the Governor Colden 
estate, March 25, 1830. He was educated in 

public and private schools, Skaneateles Acad- 
emy, and was graduated from De Lancey 
School of Divinity (an adjunct of Hobart Col- 
lege) class of 1862. He was his father's as- 
sistant in a book store, bindery and printing 
office at Skaneateles, mastering most of the 
details of these. He also was associated with 
him in the nursery business, and learned in 
addition the trade of carriage painter. After 
acknowledging his call to the ministry he took 
full courses at the School of Divinity, before 
mentioned, and September 21, 1862, was or- 
dained deacon, and in 1863 a priest of the 
Protestant Episcopal church. He was first 
placed in charge of Calvary Church at North- 
ville, Cayuga county, New York, and in 1865 
became rector of Grace Church, Baldvvins- 
ville. New York, where he remained over 
thirty-five years the beloved rector of that 
congregation. During these years he was led 
into the study of Natural History and Arch- 
aeology, which so held him that he has made 
it a lifelong study, his natural artistic ability 
enabling him to make his own drawings and 
sketches of noted local relics and objects. In 
his archaeological study, research and explor- 
ation he has accumulated a collection of about 
fifteen thousand original drawings. His early 
training in the printing office has enabled him 
to be of the greatest assistance to editors and 
publishers in their work, as well as in the 
works he has himself published. He had 
taken a great interest in all that pertains to 
the American Indian, especially the Onondaga 
tribe that still exists in Onondaga county, and 
by whom he had been adopted. He is the au- 
thor of two works of great merit and interest 
that are standard authorities, "The Iroquois 
Trail" and "New York Indian Names," and 
as New York state archaeologist, has pub- 
lished thirteen illustrated bulletins on the an- 
tiquities of New York. His work on "The 
Revolutionary Soldiers of Onondaga County" 
is just ready for the press (1912). 

He is well known and highly honored in 
scientific societies, many of which have elected 
him to honorary membership. He has been 
])resident of the Onondaga Academy of Sci- 
ence, fellow of the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science, vice-president of 
the Onondaga County Historical Society, one 
of the examining chaplains of the Diocese of 
Central New York from 1884. He has been 
an officer and contributor to the American 
Folk Lore Society, and vice-president, honor- 



ary and corresponding member of many other 
scientific societies. For several years he has 
been president of the Syracnse Clerical Club. 
He is also interested in the work of the Ma- 
sonic order. Is past hig-h priest of Riverside 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and thereby a 
member of the Grand Chapter of New York 
State. He has filled other offices in both 
lodge and chapter. In 1886 Hobart College 
conferred upon him the degree of Sacrae 
Theologiae Doctor. He is a Republican in 
politics, and in the pursuit of his archaeologi- 
cal work has been sworn into ofiice as an aid 
to obtaining privileges to explore, where a 
private citizen could not gain admission. 

He married, November 26, 1857, at Ra- 
venna, Ohio, Sarah Carter, born in Ravenna, 
July 3. 1835, daughter of Howard and Ach- 
sah (Rouse) Carter. Howard Carter was a 
farmer. His children are : Whiting, Ellen, 
Sarah and Charlotte. Children of Rev. ^^'ill- 
iam and Sarah (Carter) Beauchamp : i. \'ir- 
ginia. born in Skaneateles, New York, Sep- 
tember 2T,, 1858; graduate of Michigan Uni- 
versity. 2. Ellen, born in Skaneateles, De- 
cember 8, 1861 ; graduate of Pratt Institute, 
Brooklyn, now an instructor in drawing. 3. 
Howard Carter, born in Ravenna. Ohio, Octo- 
ber 7, 1865 ; graduate of Cornell University, 
class of 1888; now editor and publisher of the 
Advance, Jonesboro. Tennessee : married L. 
Frances Weed and has Elizabeth, born May 
21, 1894. 4. Grace, born in Baldwinsville, 
New York, March 21, 1874: married James 
Street Lodder, and has William Beauchamp, 
born ]Mav 12, icjio. 

Lewis Nichols, born June 12, 
NICHOLS 1773. the progenitor of the 

Cattaraugus county family, 
came to Concord, Erie county. New York, in 
1818, from Scipio, Cayuga county. He located 
in Concord at the point known as Nichols 
Corners, where he lived until his death, in 
1862. He was a prosperous farmer, a Whig 
and a member of the ^lethodist Episcopal 

He married Betsey Hovell, born July 18, 
1774, died 1854. Children: Abijah, born 
March 5, 1792; Lucy, March 9, 1794; Polly, 
July 3, 1796; Sally, September 3, 1798: Isaac, 
March 12, 1801 : Betsey, April 29, 1803; Da- 
vid, May 28, 1805; Lewis, February 14, 1808; 
Aner, April 28, 1810; John, of whom further; 
Nancy, September 5, 1820. 

(II) John, tenth child of Lewis Nichols, 
was born in Cayuga county. New York, Au- 
gust II, 1817, died October 5, 1875. He was 
a farmer of Concord, Erie county. New York, 
a Republican, and a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. He married Clarinda 
Richardson, born in Concord, July 10, 1822, 
daughter of Jeremiah Richardson, born De- 
cember 30, 1796, at Newport, New Hamp- 
shire. Children : Betsey, Charles H., Carlos 
J. and Lawrence B., of whom further. 

(HI) Lawrence Byron, youngest son of 
John Nichols, was born in Concord, Erie 
county, New York, January 20, 1859. He 
was educated in the public school and at Grif- 
fith Institute, Springville, New York. He en- 
gaged in the drug business in Springville for 
five years, and in February, 1886, located in 
Ellicottville, Cattaraugus county, where he en- 
gaged in the insurance business, which he 
still continues. He is a Republican in politics ; 
was supervisor of the town of Ellicottville 
and for sixteen years justice of the peace. 
He is a member of the Masonic Order, Lodge 
No. 307, Ellicottville, and of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. 

He married, at Olean, New York, Septem- 
ber 22. 1880, Addie L. Davis, born at Win- 
nebago, Illinois, January i, 1859, daughter of 
David J. and Sarah M. Davis. Child, Arthur 
Lyle, born July 15, 1881 ; educated in the pub- 
lic school and Jamestown Business College ; 
now freight agent for the Buffalo, Rochester 
& Pittsburgh railroad, at Ellicottville. He 
married, December 16, 1908, Clara Koelsch, 
of Buffalo. 

This family is of English an- 
ANSLEY cestry, the first record being 
found of them in Pike county, 

(I) Hudson Ansley was a resident of Pike 
county, Pennsylvania, and with his wife came 
to Collins, Erie county. New York, between 
1825 and 1830. He purchased the only "clear- 
ing" then made in that section and there 
reared a large family, which were given all 
the educational advantages possible in that 
day and section. He married (first) Maria 
Heaton, who bore him : George, William, 
Heaton, Hudson, Joseph, Ann. Mary, Laura. 
He married a second wife who bore him two 

(II) Hudson (2) son of Hudson (i) and 
Maria (Heaton) Ansley, was born in Collins, 



Erie county. New York. January 15, 1838. 
He was educated in the district public school 
and the academies of Gowanda and Fredonia. 
He taught in the district schools for five years, 
then decided upon the profession of law, and 
in i860 began study with the law firm of 
Torrance & Allen, of Gowanda. He con- 
tinued with them until his admission to the 
bar, June. 1863. While a law student he dis- 
continued his studies in 1861 and devoted him- 
self to procuring the enlistment of volunteers 
for the Union army. He attended many war 
meetings, at all of which he was an earnest 
speaker, and his zeal inspired others and 
many recruits were secured through his ef- 
forts. October 18, 1861, he was enrolled in 
the Sixty-fourth Regiment, New York Infan- 
try, and later was commissioned regimental 
hospital steward, serving until honorably dis- 
charged, March, 1862. After his admission 
to the bar he formed, in July, 1863, a partner- 
ship with his former instructor, Henry F. Al- 
len, of Gowanda, continuing until April, 1864, 
when he removed to Salamanca, where he has 
since been constantly engaged in the practice 
of his profession. He practiced alone until 
1872 when he formed a partnership with Oli- 
ver S. Vreeland, which continued until 1879. 
He then became associated with Carey D. Da- 
vie in a law partnership which continued until 
the spring of 1890. The firm of Ansley & 
Spencer (John J. Spencer) was formed in 

1891, continuing until September 15, 1902, 
when George H. Ansley was admitted to the 
firm. In 1904 Mr. Spencer withdrew. 

Besides his always large private practice, Mr. 
Ansley has held important public positions. In 
October, 1879, after the death of James D. 
Mc\'ay, surrogate of Cattaraugus county, he 
was appointed by Governor Lucius Robinson 
to fill out the unexpired term. In 1882 he was 
appointed by Governor Grover Cleveland, at- 
torney for the Seneca Indians, holding until 

1892. His legal career has been a highly suc- 
cessful one, and no man ever stood higher in 
the estimation of the Cattaraugus county bar 
than he. His practice has been conducted on 
a high plane and his record is an enviable one. 
Learned in the law and skillful in its applica- 
tion, he prosecutes his cases with consummate 
skill, yet is always courteous and mindful of 
the ethics of his profession and of the rights 
of his opponents. He has important business 
interests outside of his profession. He is 
president of the Salamanca Veneer Panel 

Company, attorney and director of the Sala- 
manca Building and Loan Association and 
director of the First National Bank of Sala- 
manca. His life has been an active one and 
in living it he has harmed no man in order 
to succeed himself. Politically Mr. Ansley 
has always been a loyal Democrat. He has 
attained high rank in the councils of his party 
and has been an untiring worker for party 
success. He was a member of the state com- 
mittee in 1885-88, was a delegate to the "Anti 
Snapper" convention at Saratoga, New York, 
delegate to the national convention in Chi- 
cago, in June, 1892 (that nominated Grover 
Cleveland ) and a frequent delegate to county, 
district and state conventions. He served as 
trustee of the village of Gowanda, 1863-64, 
supervisor representing Salamanca, 1866-67- 
68-69-80-81-91, was appointed postmaster of 
Salamanca, July i, 1893, holding four years. 
His public, like his private career, has been 
an honorable one, each obligation to the public 
having been faithfully met. 

In Free Masonry he has had an honored 
career. He is past master of Cattaraugus 
Lodge, No. 239, having held the office of mas- 
ter through seven reelections. He is past 
high priest of Salamanca Chapter, No. 266, 
Royal Arch ]\Iasons, having held the office 
of high priest two terms. He is also a Knight 
Templar of Salamanca Commandery, No. 62. 
Mr. Ansley enjoys the social side of life and 
possesses a host of warm friends who speak 
of him in the most complimentary terms. In 
1880 he toured Europe, visiting Great Brit- 
ain and all parts of the Continent. In 1889 he 
visited the island of Cuba and in 1891 visited 
''Old ^lexico." While many of the cares of 
his profession and business have been sur- 
rendered, he is yet actively engaged, and while 
the enthusiasm of youth has departed, the 
calm, mature judgment that has succeeded it 
more than compensates. 

He married, November 4, 1863 Elzina Jane, 
born March 30, 1839, daughter of Zalmon 
Hanford, born August 9, 1807, died January 
15, 1893, married, April 13, 1834, Belinda 
Southworth. Her grandfather, Alexander 
Flanford, married, November i, 1787, Lydia 
Tuttle, of Manlius, New York. Ten children : 
Leander, born August 2, 1788 ; Philo, Janu- 
ary I, 1791 ; Sophie, December 25, 1792; Al- 
mina, March 24, 1794; Keziah. June 25, 1799; 
Zerua. February 6, 1801 ; Clarissa, April 4, 
1803: Alexander, May 11, 1805; Zalmon, Au- 



gust 9, 1807; William, July 18, 1812. Chil- 
dren of Zalmon and Belinda Hanford : George 
A., born April 6, 1835, •^li^^' ^^73'' Lavina 
Adelaide, born August 15. 1836. died Febru- 
ary 5, 191 1 ; Elzina Jane, married Hudson (2) 
Ansley ; child, George H. Belinda South- 
worth, wife of Zalmon Hanford, was third of 
the fifteen children of Edward and Huldah 
(Stevens) Southworth : Beriah. born August 
28, 1809, died October 2^,, 1809; Lucretia, 
March 13, 181 1, died April 23, 1896; Belinda, 
September 9, 1812, died April 23, 1896; Lu- 
cinda, March 15, 1814, died May 11, 1836; 
Edward, April 17, 1816, died June 16, 1890; 
Samuel, March 27, 1818, died March 27, 1838; 
Joshua, March 31, 1820; Isaac, July 13, 1822, 
died September 23, 1875 5 Sarah Ann, October 
23, 1824, died November 8, 1864; James, 
March 9, 1827, died October 17, 1879; Louisa, 
twin of James; Thomas, February 28, 1829, 
died April 4, 1848: Alonzo, May 29. 1831, 
died October 9, 1831 ; ^^lelissa, twin of Alon- 
zo; Wallace, May 31, 1833. 

(HI) George Hanford, only son of Hudson 
(2) and Elzina Jane (Hanford) Ansley, was 
born in Salamanca, New York, December 14, 
1875. He was early educated in the public 
school, prepared for college, entered Williams 
College, from whence he was graduated A. B., 
class of 1899. He then entered Columbia 
University Law School, receiving his degree 
of LL.B. with the class of 1902. In the same 
year he was admitted to the New York bar 
and became a member of the Salamanca law 
firm of Ansley & Spencer. The latter with- 
drew in 1904 and father and son then formed 
the firm of Ansley & Ansley, which still con- 
tinues in successful general practice. Both 
are members of the Cattaraugus County Bar 
Association, and in 191 1 George H. Ansley 
was elected president of the association. 
George H. Ansley is a director of the Sala- 
manca Loan and Building Association, village 
attorney, 1908-09-11, chairman of the Demo- 
cratic county committee and interested in all 
that pertains to the welfare of his village. He 
is a member of the Masonic order, and is a 
warden of the Episcopal church. He married, 
October 18, 1906, Charlotte Fish, born Au- 
gust 14, 1881 ; child. Charles Hudson, born 
April 24, 1908. 

This familv is derived from 

GOODWIN staunch old English stock, the 

progenitor of the name in 

America having been born and reared in Eng- 
land. His name was Richard Goodwin and he 
had two brothers, the eldest of whom settled on 
the ancestral estate in England. The younger 
brother was a sea captain and on one of his 
voyages came to America, settling in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania ; a number of his de- 
scendants are now residents of western Penn- 
sylvania. Richard Goodwin came to Amer- 
ica as a young man, in the latter part of the 
eighteenth century, and settled in New Hamp- 
shire. He was a shipwright and carpenter, 
and shortly after coming to this country he 
plastered and shingled Dartmouth College. 
He married Elizabeth Flanders, of South 
Hampton,^ New Hampshire. Mrs. Goodwin 
had two brothers who served in the revolu- 
tionary war ; one was killed in that struggle 
but the other, John Flanders, survived the 
many engagements in which he participated 
and returned home. Children; i. Richard, 
mentioned below. 2. Dr. Ezra, settled in 
Tompkins county. New York, where he built 
up a large medical practice and where he re- 
sided until his death. 3. Esther, married 
John F~arnam and lived across the river from 
her old home in New Hampshire. When her 
eldest child was three weeks old she wanted 
to go home to visit her parents but as the 
spring freshet was on she could not cross the 
ford. Undismayed, however, she carefully 
wrapped up the infant and swam her horse 
across the stream, reaching home in good 
shape. 4. Ruth, married Biga Bruce. 

(II) Richard (2) son of Richard (i) and 
Elizabeth (Flanders) Goodwin, was born in 
Rockingham county, New Hampshire. He 
was a lumberman and farmer by occupation, 
and came to New York state when it was a 
howling wilderness inhabited by wild beasts. 
Fie purchased land, amounting to five hun- 
dred acres, in Cattaraugus county, from the 
Holland Land Company, and there erected a 
little log house and began the arduous task 
of clearing and cultivating his estate. He 
was a Whig in his political convictions, and 
in religious matters was a staunch member 
of the Baptist church. He married Ruth P. 
Sanborn. Children ; Mark S., born July 27. 
1807; Eliza, February 15, 1809; Daniel. 
Alarch 15, 1811; Laura, January 17, 1813; 
Augustus Colson, mentioned below ; Richard, 
June 27, 1835. 

(III) Augustus Colson. son of Richard 
(2) and Ruth P. (Sanborn) Goodwin, was 



born in Conewan^go, Cattaraugus county, New 
York, June 20, 1827. He was reared and edu- 
cated on the old homestead farm, and after 
attaining" years of maturity was engaged in 
farming on that estate until February, 1902, 
when he retired from business life and re- 
moved to Jamestown, New York, where he 
has since resided. He is Republican in poli- 
tics and during his career has been the effi- 
cient incumbent of a number of important 
township offices, including that of township 
assessor. He is a devout ]\Iethodist in his re- 
ligious belief. He married (first) at East 
Randolph, New York, October 23, 1850, Julia 
Ann Ireland, born March 17, 1828, at Rush, 
Monroe county. New York. She died Feb- 
ruary 9. 1874. Her parents were Nathaniel 
and Mary (Cook) Ireland, the former of 
whom was of Welsh descent. There were 
thirteen children in the Ireland family. He 
married (second) Polly (Wilcox) Bennett. 
Children by first wife: Mary E., born j\larch 
18, 1853, married William Kirk and they re- 
side on the old homestead; Elmer F., born 
June 5, 1857, died in the fall of 1878; Perry 
W^ilber, mentioned below ; Richard \'ernon, 
born October 24, 1862, is a resident of Tarpon 
Springs, Florida, where he is superintendent 
of a silica mine. 

(IV) Perry Wilber, son of Augustus Col- 
son and Julia Ann (Ireland) Goodwin, was 
born on the old homestead in Conewango, 
Cattaraugus county, New York, August 16, 
i860. He was reared on the farm, in the 
work and management of which he early be- 
gan to assist his father, and his education was 
obtained in the neighboring district schools. 
When eighteen years of age, in 1878, he came 
to Jamestown with the intention of working 
for one month for the Lakeview Cemetery 
Company. Becoming installed as an emjoloye 
for that company he continued as such until 
1S98, when he was made assistant superin- 
tendent and sexton. On August 3, 1907, he 
was made general superintendent and a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees of the company, 
which important positions he retains at the 
present time (1912). In 1878 the Lakeview 
Cemetery Company consisted of thirty-five 
acres; now it has one hundred and seventy- 
five acres and is considered one of the finest 
cemeteries in the entire state of New York. 

Mr. Goodwin, in connection with his work, 
has traveled throughout the country, visiting 
many of the cemeteries of the largest cities. 

and he may be said to be one of the best in- 
formed men in the United States on the sub- 
ject of caring for the departed ones. He is 
a hard-working, conscientious, liberal-minded 
man, honest and straightforward in all his 
dealings, and as such commands the unalloyed 
confidence and esteem of his fellowmen. He 
is the owner of a large amount of valuable 
real estate and residences in Jamestown ; is a 
director in the Farmers & Mechanics Bank of 
Jamestown ; a director in the National Bank 
of Falconer ; and a director in the Crown 
Metal Construction Company of Jamestown. 
He is a member of the Buitalo Street Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church, and is president of the 
board of trustees of that organization. In a 
fraternal way he is affiliated with Ellicott 
Lodge, Xo. 221, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, having passed through the official 
chairs of that body three dift'erent times. In 
politics he is a stalwart Republican. 

He married, September 29, 1880, at James- 
town. New York, Jennie L. Bull, whose birth 
occurred at Poland, Chautauqua county. New 
York. July 15, 1859. She is a daughter of 
Abraham and Lucy (Cassort) Bull, and has 
two sisters and one brother, namely : Nellie 
A., Lucy Z. and Clyde. Child of Mr. and 
Mrs. Goodwin : Frank Perry, mentioned be- 

(V) Dr. Frank Perry Goodwin, son of 
Perry Wilber and Jennie L. (Bull) Goodwin, 
was born at Jamestown, New York, i\ugust 
30, 1882. He was graduated from the James- 
town high school as a member of the class of 
1900, and four years later was graduated from 
the University of Cornell, with the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts. In 1906 he completed the 
Cornell medical course and since that time 
has been engaged in the practice of his pro- 
fession at Jamestown, where he is achieving 
prominence as a physician. He is a member 
of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and 
a member of Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 145, 
Free and Accepted Masons. He married, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1909, Inez C. Knowlton. 

The prosperity of the state of 
WAFFLE New York, especially in agri- 
cultural lines, is largely owing 
to the excellent work accomplished by the 
early settlers. Notably is this the case in Cen- 
tral and Western New York, where the set- 
tlers known as the "Mohawk Dutch" had their 
headquarters in the Mohawk valley, from 



which they obtained their designation. Among 
these settlers was the Wavle family, among 
whose descendants is the Rev. Albert Edward 
Wafifle. While the original form of spelling 
has been retained by the majority of the de- 
scendants, the name is prononnced Waffle. It 
is a matter much to be regretted that so few 
of the earlier records of this section have been 
preserved, but it may be stated as a fact that 
the Waffle family originally came from Hol- 
land, and followed agricultural pursuits in 
this country. The grandfather of Dr. Waffle 
was thus engaged, and was the father of 
George, see forward. Andrew, John, Joseph 
and two daughters. 

(II) George Walfle, mentioned above, was 
born at Palatine Bridge, New York, Septem- 
ber 9. 1808, died at Elm \'alley, New York, 
September, 1884. During his entire active 
life he was engaged in farming in Allegany 
and Steuben counties. New York, where he 
gave his political support to the Democratic 
party, while he made no profession of religion. 
He married, at Scio, New York, December 25. 
1842. Betsey Knight, born in that town, April 
20, 1820. daughter of Samuel and Sarah 
f^Millard) Knight, the latter of Welsh extrac- 
tion, the former of English descent, and a 
resident of Connecticut until he removed to 
Scio. New York. The children of George 
and Betsey ( Knight ) Waffle were : Anna 
Bell, born at Scio. New York, January, 1843 • 
Albert Edward, see forward ; Samuel George, 
born at Troupsburg, New York, May, 1848: 
Sarah. Troupsburg, 1850; Andrew, born at 
Elm \'alley. New York, 1856; and Florence 
Janet, Elm Vallev, lulv 18, i860. 

(III) Rev. Albert Edward Waffle, D. D.. 
eldest son of George and Betsey (Knight) 
\\'affle, was born in Troupsburg, Steuben 
county, New York, November 14, 1846. 
His elementary education was acquired in 
the public schools of his district and he then 
became a student at the Alfred University, 
Alfred, Allegany county, New York. Subse- 
quently he matriculated at ]\Iadison (now Col- 
gate) University, from which he was gradu- 
ated in 1872, and finally pursued his theologi- 
cal studies at the Hamilton (now Colgate) 
Theological Seminary. The last named insti- 
tution bestowed the degree of Doctor of Di- 
vinity upon Dr. Waffle in 1892. For some 
years Dr. Waffle was engaged in teaching in 
the jiublic schools, and was ordained as minis- 
ter in T873. He has been eminently success- 

ful in the profession he has made the princi- 
pal work of his life, and has officiated as fol- 
lows: Baptist churches at New Brunswick, 
Xew Jersey, 1873-80 ; Lewisburg, Pennsvl- 
vania, 1880-84; Bay City, Michigan, 1885-88; 
Jamestown, New York. 1888-95 : Albion. New 
York, 1895-1905 ; Woodstock, Ontario. Can- 
ada, 1905-08. Since the last mentioned year 
he has served as a minister at large of the 
Baptist church in various churches, and has 
also been extensively engaged in literary work. 
During his residence in Lewisburg, Dr. Waf- 
fle served as professor of rhetoric and logic 
at the Lewisburg (now Bucknell) University. 
Among the published works of Dr. Waffle may 
be mentioned : "The Lord's Day," 1885, 
which was awarded a prize of one thorisand 
dollars : "The Interpreter with his Bible," 
1892; "Christianity and Property." 1896; 
"The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth," 1902. 
In the edition of 1912 of "Who's Who in 
America," a sketch of Dr. Waffle will appear. 
He has never been connected with any secret 
society with the exception of the Delta Kappa 
Epsilon fraternity while at college. Lie is, 
however, a leading member of two literary 
clubs — The Albion (New York) Historical 
Club, and the Albion Historical Conversation 
Club, holding the office of president in the 

Dr. Waffle was married at Hamilton, New 
York, June 19, 1873, to Mary Rebecca Har- 
vey, born at Manlius, New York. August i, 
1848, and they have one child, Albert Harvey, 
born March 16, 1893. "^'^'ho is now a student 
at Colgate University. ]\lrs. ^^'affle is the 
daughter of Hezekiah and Luc}' Waitstill 
(Loomis) Harvey, the former a doctor of di- 
vinity in the Baptist denomination and a pro- 
fessor at Colgate Theological Seminary, where 
he was dean of the faculty at the time of his 

George Potter, the immigrant 
POTTER of this family, and several oth- 
ers of the same surname, set- 
tled early in Rhode Island. He was born in 
England. He died soon after 1638. it is sup- 
posed, as no further record of him has been 
found. His widow married Nicholas Niles. 
Potter was admitted an inhabitant of the 
Island of Aquidneck in 1638. He and twenty- 
eight others signed the following compact, 
dated April 30. 1639 : "We whose names are 
underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the 



legal subjects of His Majesty King Charles, 
and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into 
a civil body politicke, unto his laws according 
to matters of Justice." Nathaniel Potter, 
probably his brother, signed the same com- 

(II) Abel, only known child of George 
Potter, was doubtless born in England about 
1638. His father-in-law (stepfather), Nicho- 
las Niles, bound him out to William Baul- 
stone for the term of eig;hteen years. The 
town approved the contract "for the better 
security of Mr. Baulstone." (He may have 
been three years old at the time, but probably 
older, for the boy "gave his consent," so his 
apprenticeship extended until after he came 
of age. ) He and Nathaniel Potter confirmed 
a deed, September 5, 1664, of eig-ht acres that 
had once been in their father's possession, said 
deed having been made by Samuel Wilbur to 
John Tripp, shaft carpenter. May 7, 1663. I'y 
father's possession the respective fathers of 
each is meant. Nathaniel was son of Nathan- 
iel. Abel I'otter bought land of John Read, 
for £36, a right in Mashantatack, at Dart- 
mouth, Massachusetts, May 3, 1667. He antl 
his wife Rachel, of Mashantatack, sold sixty 
acres and commoning near Pawtucket Falls 
to Joseph Henckes, said land formerly belong- 
ing to her grandfather, Ezekiel Holliman, the 
deed being dated at Providence, October 10, 
167 1. He was admitted a freeman May i, 
1677. He sold land October 6. 1682 to Roger 
P.urlingame for two pounds. Plis will was 
dated January 14, 1692, and proved March 9, 
following. His wife Rachel was executor. 
He bequeathed to son George "sixty acres 
where he has made preparation for building," 
and various other property, he paying his sis- 
ter Mary five pounds. He directed his wife 
to divide the rest of the estate among the chil- 
dren, excepting George and Stephen. The 
latter was bequeathed, at the death of the wife, 
all the homestead, paying to his sister Mary 
five pounds, and the sons Abel and Benjamin 
were to pay Mary five pounds within two 
years after they became of age. The will of 
the widow Rachel was dated November 23, 
1724, her sons Ichabod and Job executors. She 
bequeathed to sons Abel, Benjamin and Ste- 
phen and John ; to daughter Mary. Ichabod 
and Job had lands at ?\lashantatack. Abel 
married, November 16. 1669. Rachel W'arner, 
who died November 9, 1724., daughter of 
John and Priscilla fHolliman) Warner. Chil- 

dren, born at Warwick, Rhode Island : George, 
^lay 3, 1712; John, mentioned below; Abel, 
January i, 1713: Benjamin, married Sarah 
Lock wood ; Alary, married Hugh Stone ; Ste- 
phen ; Ichabod ; Job, married Meribah Carter. 

(III) John, son of Abel Potter, was born 
at Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1680, and died 
aged ninety. He married, February 19, 1702, 
Rachel, daughter of John Dearborn. Chil- 
t'ren, Ijorn at Coventry, Rhode Island: John 
Jr., Jul}' 8, 1703; Susanna, January 11, 1705; 
Elizabeth, May 18, 1709; Mary, December 29, 
171 1 ; William; Abel; Joseph, mentioned be- 

(IV) Joseph, son of John Potter, was born 
at Coventry, Rhode Island, in 1715, and died 
ill 1785. He married, September 11. 1742, 
I'reelove Bennett, born 1723, died 1824. aged 
one hundred years. Children, born at Coven- 
try: Samuel, May 24, 1745: John, July 28, 
1747; Mary, May 28, 1750; George, Decem- 
ber 31. 1753; Mercy, March 13, 1756; Ruth; 
Rowland ; Hannah ; Ephraim, mentioned be- 
low ; Betsey ; Gilbert. 

(A") Ephraim, son of Joseph Potter, was 
born at Coventry. July 14, 1760, and died 
August 8, 1832. He married, in 1781, Eliza- 
beth Parker. He was a farmer at Eloyd, New 
York. Children, born at Eloyd: Catharine, 
March 12, 1782, died August 30, 1861 ; 
Thomas, January 28, 1784. died October i, 
1849; Esther, August 28, 1786, died May 27,, 
1823; Cynthia, September 22, 1788, died 
March 2, 1867: Charles. October 16. 1792. 
died May 20, 1839 ; Stephen, July 19, 1795, 
died 1798: George. October 18. 1797, died 
April 26, 1869 ! John E., mentioned below ; 
Jonathan, July 4, 1803, died 1805 ; Green, De- 
cember 18, 1807, died ]\Iarch i. 1869. 

(\T) John E., son of Ephraim Potter, was 
born at Floyd, New York, January 9, 1801, 
and died March 21, 1880. He was educated in 
the public schools of his native town, learned 
the trade of tanner, and afterward owned a 
tannery at Orwell, Oswego county. New York. 
He married, in 1820. Jane Davis, born in 
1802, died in 1885, daughter of Nathaniel and 
Jane Davis. Children, born at Floyd: i. Da- 
vid Van Ness, April 24, 182 1 ; married Nancy 
AT. Angell. 2. Roxanna, October 31, 1822; 
married Orrin Beadle. 3. \\"illiam, February 
28, 1825, died October 18, 1829. 4. Nathaniel 
E., February 14, 1826. died September 14, 
1827. 5. Alexander, September 15, 1827; 
married (first) Martha P. Wardwell, (second) 



Marion Robbins. Born at Orwell : 6. Charles, 
April 30, 1830; died T'ebruary 16, 1857. 7. 
Albert J., mentioned below. 8. Latham D., 
March 28. 1839 ; married Martha A. Doan. 
9. Mary E., May 21, 1841, died October 17, 
1845. 10- Alarshall D., July i, 1843; married 
Mary Greenwood. 11. Ellen M., May 18, 
1846; married Henry J. Pennock. 

(X'll) Albert J., son of John E. Potter, was 
born at Orwell, New York, September 7, 1833, 
and has always lived in that town. He was 
educated in the pul)lic schools, and learned 
the trade of carj)enter when a young man. 
During- most of his active life he has been 
a farmer. He is now living in Orwell. Dur- 
ing the civil war he enlisted in Company C, 
iioth New York Regiment, \'olunteer Infan- 
try, and served to the end of the war. He 
has been active in public affairs and has served 
on the board of education. In politics he is a 
Prohibitionist, and in religion he is a Congre- 
gationalist. He is a member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic of Orwell, in which 
he has held the principal offices, and about 
which he has recently written a book. Pie is 
one of the most prominent and influential 
citizens of the town, and is highly respected 
by all his townsmen. He married, September 
7, 1856, Alary M. Damon, born in 1832. daugh- 
ter of Daniel and Polly ( Balch ) Da- 
mon. Children, born in Orwell. New 
York: I. Genevieve, December 13, 1857; 
married, September 5, 1877, DeEorest 
J., son of Julius Augustus and Eliza 
Ann ( Porter ) Howlett. 2. Cora Albertine, 
November 18, 1862, died September 29, 1864. 
3. Llewellyn„ December 27, 1868; married 
Adelaide Washburn; children: Glenn, Mar- 
jorie and Mary, all living at Orwell. 4. Clar- 
ence A., mentioned below. 

(\III) Dr. Clarence A. Potter, son of Al- 
bert J. Potter, was born October 11, 1874, 
at Orwell, New York. Pie attended the pub- 
lic schools of his native town and the Pulaski 
high school and academy. He studied his pro- 
fession in the New York Homoeopathic Medi- 
cal College, from which he was graduated in 
1897 with the degree of doctor of medicine. 
He made a specialty of mental and nervous 
diseases, and after graduation became an in- 
terne in the insane hospital at ]\Iiddletown. 
under Selden H. Talcott, the well known and 
famous expert. In Eebruary, 1899, he was 
appointed assistant physician of the State 
Asylum for the Insane at Gowanda, New 

York, and in 1904 was promoted to assistant 
superintendent, and he has filled that position 
with skill and ability to the present time. He 
is a member of the homoeopathic county, state 
and national medical organizations. He is a 
prominent Eree Mason, and at the present 
time is master of the Phoenix Lodge, No. 262, 
of Gowanda, which is building a temple for 
its future home. He is also a member of Go- 
wanda Chapter, No. 36, Royal Arch Masons; 
of Salamanca Commandery, No. 62, Knights 
Templar; and of Ismailia Temple, Mystic 
Shrine, of Buffalo, New York ; of the Go- 
wanda Club, and other organizations. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. He is a vestryman 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Go- 
wanda. Dr. Potter is well known in business 
and social life, and popular with all classes 
in the community. 

He married, October 9, 1902, Caroline, 
daughter of Charles B. and Mary (Hill) 
Hibbard, of Sandy Creek, New York. She 
had one sister, Cornelia. Dr. and Mrs. Pot- 
ter have no children. 

Claude Edgar Strong, an en- 
STRONG terprising and infiuential citi- 
zen of Jamestown, is a repre- 
sentative of a family that has long made its 
home in New ^'ork state, active and promi- 
nent in the affairs of the communities wherein 
the dift'erent members resided, gaining and 
retaining the respect and confidence ui the 
people by their upright characters and consci- 
entious methods of performing the tasks al- 
lotted to them. 

( I ) Gilbert Strong, the first of the family of 
whom we have definite information. wa> l^orn 
about 1769, in Chenango county. New York, 
from whence he reuK^ved in 1818, settling 
upon the highway between Sinclairville and 
Gerry, where he resided many years. He mar- 
ried, and among his children was Horace, see 

(II) Horace, son of Gilbert Strong, was 
born December 6, 179 1. in Connecticut. He 
attended the district school. In 1820. accom- 
panied by his wife, he removed to (jerry, 
Chautauqua county, New York, the journey 
being made with an ox team, which was a 
tedious proceeding, they being three weeks 
on the way. He married, December 24. 1817, 
at Columbus, Chenango county. New York, 
Polly Carter, and among their cliildren was 
John, see forward. 



( HI ) Jfihn, son of Horace Strong, was born 
in (ierr\-, Chantauqua county, New York, 
March i. 1825. He was reared and educated 
there, and his entire Hfe was spent there. The 
principal manufacturing estabhshment in Gerry 
is the Strong- \'eneer Company, which was 
organized by John Strong and his son, iiur- 
dette Edgar, and which is stiU in successful op- 
eration. Many years ago large tracts of land 
in the vicinity of Gerry and Charlotte were 
covered with timber suitable for veneer pur-, but this has been all used up and it 
now has to be shipped in from Canada. Michi- 
gan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and also from 
other states. 

The Strongs, father and son, used the tirst 
machine made for the purpose of manufactur- 
ing veneer : this machine was driven by two 
horses hitched to a sweep, going round and 
round. In those days veneers brought a good 
price, certain kinds as high as ten. twelve and 
fourteen cents per foot. In 1893 a new anrl 
modern factory was erected, and the same 
vear destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt at once. 
In the old days two logs cut in the forenoon 
and as many in the afternoon was a big day's 
work, but with the advent of steam power 
and modern machinery this was increased to 
seventy-five or eighty logs, a vast difference. 
For some years past the Strong Veneer Com- 
pany has made a specialty of birdseye maple 
veneer, but this is now becoming very scarce. 
and there are few veneer companies that pro- 
duce this particular wood satisfactorily, but 
having been in the business for so many years, 
this companv has the respect and confidence of 
the trade in general, anrl produce birdseye ve- 
neer whiter and put up in better shape than 
anv other concern in the country. Mr. Strong- 
was a Methodist in his religious belief, and 
a Republican in politics. 

Mr. Strong married Emily A. Wilson, who 
bore him two children : Burdette Edgar, see 
forward: Nellie A., married George Griffith, 
of Jamestown, New York. ]Mrs. Strong was 
a granddaughter of the Rev. Jonathan Wilson, 
wdio was born at Colerain, Massachusetts, 
April 12. 1777, came to Chautauqua county. 
New York, as a missionary in 1818 from 
Shaftsburv, Vermont ; he organized a number 
of churches, among which were the first Bap- 
tist churches of Sinclairville and Mayville. 
He was a minister for fifty-eight years, bap- 
tized by immersion thirteen hundred and nine- 
t\-two persons, preached about nine thousand 

sermons, in ten different states, and traveled 
seventy-five thousand miles. 

(IV) Burdette Edgar, son of John Strong, 
was born in Gerry, Chautauqua county, New 
York, March 16. 1852. He was reared and 
educated in his native city, and upon attaining 
suitable age engaged in business with his 
father, continuing until the death of his father, 
since which time he has managed the business 
alone, retaining the high reputation established 
so many years ago (see paragraph of father 
for particulars of business). Mr. Strong is 
scrupulously honorable in all his dealings, and 
is an honor to the great commercial world, 
as well as a credit to the mercantile community 
in which he resides. He is public-spirited and 
progressive, and is ever forward in encourag- 
ing enterprises which can in any way advance 
the interests of Gerry. He is a member of 
the Methodist church, and his allegiance is 
given to the Republican party. 

Mr. Strong married, September 26, 1874, 
Mary Selina Gardner, born June 3, 1854, at 
Gerry, New York, died November 10, 1891, 
daughter of John and Selina (Pratt) Gard- 
ner, the former of whom was a minister of 
the Methodist denomination, and a Republican 
in politics ; he was twice married, having five 
children by his first wife, namely : George, 
John. Reuben. Elizabeth and Sarah, and by 
ills second wife. Selina (Pratt) Gardner, two 
children : ]Mary Selina, above mentioned, and 
Jessie Rice Palmeter. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Strong: i. Bertice Floyd, born July 20, 
1875 : married Hettie Fisk. 2. Claude Edgar, 
see forward. 3. Mabel Selina, born February 
28, 1879: married Harry Clemenger. 4. Ethel 
Mae, born August 3, 1882 ; married Ora Cad- 
well. 5. Horace John, born August 23, 1884, 
died December 10, 1904. 6. and 7. Benton 
Wilson and Beulah Pratt, twins, born April 
2, 1 89 1, died in infancy. 8. Clarence Burdette, 
born January 16, 1893. 9- Plii'ip Gardner, 
born September 13, 1901. 

(\') Claude Edgar, .son of Burdette Edgar 
Strong, was born in Gerry. Chautauqua coun- 
tv. New York, April 20. 1877. He obtained 
an excellent education by attendance at Gerry 
high school. A. M. Chesbrough Seminary, 
North Chili, New York, Jamestown high 
school, and Fredonia Normal. Fredonia, New 
York, graduating from the last named with 
class of 1898. During his business career he 
has served in the capacity of instructor in in- 
strumental music : IxDokkeeper for the Strong 



A'eneer Company. Gerry ; stockkeeper for 
Jamestown Panel & A'eneer Company, James- 
town ; bookkeeper for National Furniture 
Company, Jamestown, and at the present time 
(1912) bookkeeper for the Pearl City Veneer 
Company. Mr. Strong is a member of Mt. 
Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Accepted 
Masons, Jamestown, and Tent No. 45, of the 
]\Iaccabees, Gerry. He adheres to the princi- 
ples of the Republican party. 

Mr. Strong married, June 8, 1899, at Fre- 
donia, New York, Lina Mae Hickey, born x^u- 
gust 2, 1880, at Brandt, Erie county, New 
York, the ceremony being performed by the 
Rev. E. P. Cleveland, pastor of the First Pres- 
byterian Church, Fredonia, where they were 
both members of the church choir. Mrs. Strong- 
is a daughter of John and Ann Maria (Ham- 
mond) Hickey, who are the parents of two 
other children, as follows : Franklin Flickey. 
married Belle Sherer, and Harry B., married 
Matie Roberts. John Hickey was born in 
Dublin, Ireland : he is a retired farmer ; he 
served as a soldier in the civil war. Company 
B, Sixty-fourth Regiment, New York Volun- 
teers ; served as a private three years, and was 
wounded at Fair Oaks and Fredericksburg. 
His wife, Ann Maria (Hammond) Hickey. 
was born in Brandt, Erie county, New York, 
and is a descendant of Paul Hammond, a sol- 
dier of the revolution. Mr. and Mrs. Strong 
reside in Jamestown, where they enjoy the 
acquaintance of a wide circle of friends. 

The name Davis, which is of 

DAVIS \\'elsh origin, is derived from 

Dav}', a variation of David. In 

the formation of the patronymic, Davidson 

became in many cases Davison, or simply 


(I) The American ancestor of this branch 
of the family is Dolor Davis, one of the promi- 
nent pioneers of New England. He married, 
in county Kent, England, March 29, 1624, 
Margery, daughter of Richard Willard, yeo- 
man, of that county. She was baptized at 
Horsemonden. Kent, November 7, 1602, and 
died before 1667. Accompanied by his wife, 
three children, and Simon Willard, his wife's 
brother. Dolor Davis came to New England 
and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prior 
to August 4. 1634. Simon Willard became 
one of the founders of Lancaster. Massachu- 
setts ; was captain of foot in 1646, major in 
1654, and at his death in 1673 "the colony lost 

one of its most distinguished members." Do- 
lor Davis was a carpenter and master builder. 
He received his first grant of land in Cam- 
bridge, June 4, 1635, and others later. He 
removed to Duxbury, August 5, 1638-39; was 
made a freeman and granted land there in 
1640. He was in Barnstable in 1643, ^^^d ad- 
mitted a freeman there June 2, 1646. He 
held several public offices in Barnstable, in- 
cluding surveyor of highways and constable. 
He and his wife were dismissed from the 
Duxbury to the Barnstable church, August 27, 
1648. In 1656 he left Plymouth colony, and 
returned to Massachusetts bay, purchasing in 
Concord one hundred and fifty acres of land, 
with a house thereon. In 1666 he returned to 
Barnstable, where he died June, 1676. His 
will was proved July 2, 1673. It mentions 
sons, Simon and Samuel, as already having 
their portions ; his eldest son, John ; son-in- 
law Lewis, and Mary, his wife ; daughter, 
Ruth Hall. Children, first three born in Eng- 
land : John, who received the Concord home- 
stead by his father's will ; Mary, Elizabeth, 
Lieutenant Simon, Samuel, Ruth. 

(II) Samuel, son of Dolor Davis, was born 
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1635. He was 
admitted a freeman, March 21, 1689-90, and 
settled in that part of Concord that became 
Bedford, his farm lying on the back road from 
Concord to Bedford. He divided his real es- 
tate among his sons before his death, deeding 
to each his share. Fie married (first), at 
Lynn, January 11, 1666, Mary Meadowes, who 
died at Concord, October 3, 1710. He mar- 
ried (second), October 18, 1711. Ruth Taylor, 
who died August 6, 1720. Children : Mercy, 
Samuel, of whom further ; Daniel, Mary, Elea- 
zer. Lieutenant Simon, Stephen. 

(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) Da- 
vis, was born at Concord, Massachusetts, June 
21, 1669. He resided at Bedford and Chelms- 
ford, being also one of the early proprietors 
of Townsend. He married (first), March 2, 
1697, Abigail Read, who died January 13. 
1709. He married (second), about 1710, 
Mary Law. Children of first wife : Abigail, 
Mary, Samuel, of whom further: Jacob, Ste- 
phen, John. Children of second wife : Lydia, 
Martha, Deliverance. 

(IV) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Davis, 
was born at Bedford, Massachusetts. October 
3, 1703. He settled at Lunenburg, where he 
was fence viewer, 1731-36, and hog reeve. 
1733. By trade he was a carpenter. He mar- 



ried (first). Sarah ; (second) January 

13, 1746-47, at Lunenburg, Rebecca Larkin, of 
Groton. He died in 1775, leaving a widow 
Margaret. Children : Samuel, died young ; 
Sarah, Samuel, Joseph, of whom further ; Sub- 
mit, Hannah. 

(V) Joseph, son of Samuel (3) Davis, was 
born at Lunenburg, May 20, 1738. He was a 
soldier in the revolution, in Captain Samuel 
Stone's company of minute-men, Colonel Wil- 
liam Prescott's regiment, at Lexington, April, 
1775, and he was in the Ashby company in 1776, 
serving in New York state. He settled in 
Townsend, in the part set ofif as Ashby, and 
head of a family, reported in the census of 
Ashby. He was the only Davis in Ashby, the 
head af a family, reported in the census of 
1790. when he had three sons under sixteen 
and five females in his family. Some of his 
sons may have left town before that date. He 
was probably the Joseph whose intentions of 
marriage were published with Elizabeth Fos- 
ter at Lunenburg. October 22, 1757, and mar- 
ried, November 8, 1757. He married (sec- 
ond ) , at Ashby, by Samuel Dix, Sarah Camp- 
bell, of Townsend, on February 14, 1769. The 
names of all his children are not known. He 
removed to Maine and spent his last years on 
a farm there. Children : David, of whom 
further ; Daniel, recorded at Ashby, 1782 ; 
Reuben, at Ashby, December 23, 1783; Bet- 
sey, September 22, 1786; Rebecca, June 2, 
1789; Polly, September 9, 1791. 

(\T) David, son of Joseph Davis, was born 
about 1760, at Townsend or vicinity. Al- 
though some of his children are said to have 
been born at Ashby, his name does not appear 
on the records. He went to Vermont, prob- 
ablv before 1790. Children: Reuben. Polly, 
Heald, born in Ashby, 1792, died in i860, in 
Lubec, Maine, settled in Lubec, in 1818, and 
served in the war of 1812, married Mary 
Barnes : Suel, of whom further ; Hiram ; Da- 
vid ; Abner. a soldier in the war of 1812, re- 
moved after the war to western Illinois. 

(VH) Suel, son of David Davis, was born 
April 13. 1798, died in Somerset, Niagara 
county, New York, September 28, 1872. He 
resided in Vermont, where he learned the 
blacksmiths' trade, and later settled at Pom- 
pev Hill, Onondaga county. New York, where 
he had a shop and followed his trade. He 
was next in Richville, New York, where he 
went with his brother Hiram, and between 
1830 and 1835 removed to Niagara county. 

settling at Reynales Basin, near Gasport. He 
continued there for many years, spending his 
last years with his son in Somerset. He mar- 
ried, October 29, 1821, Lucy Wheeler, born 
October 5, 1792, died ^larch 27, i860, at 
Reynales Basin. Children : Charles C, of 
whom further; Edwin, born 1824, deceased. 

(VHI) Charles C, eldest son of Suel and 
Lucy (Wheeler) Davis, was born November 
6, 1822, at Pompey Hill, Onondaga county, 
New York. He attended the Pompey schools 
until he was ten years of age, when his par- 
ents removed to Reynales Basin, Niagara 
county. He finished his school years there, 
and became his father's assistant in the black- 
smith shop, continuing until 1871. He was a 
most excellent smith, and well known among 
the farmers. In 187 1 he purchased the old 
Morgan Van Wagoner farm of two hundred 
and fifty acres, lying on the Lake road in the 
town of Somerset, where he lived until his 
death, April 4, 1903. He was an attendant of 
the Presbyterian church, and a Republican in 
politics. He married, August 19, 1852, Sarah 
Brooks, of Albany county. New York, died 
February 22, 1879. Children : S. Delos, of 
whom further ; John E., born May 3, i860, at 
Reynales Basin, died August 22, 1872, at 
Somerset, New York. 

(IX) S. Delos, eldest son of Charles C. and 
Sarah ( Brooks ) Davis, was born at Reynales 
Basin, Niagara county. New York, May 9, 
1853. He was educated in the public schools 
of his district and Lockport imion school. Af- 
ter finishing his studies he became his father's 
farm assistant, and on the death of the latter 
came into possession of the home farm of two 
hundred and fifty acres. Mr. Davis devotes 
ninety acres of this to fruit, having fifty acres 
of apple and forty acres of peach trees, all in 
fine bearing condition. He is a prosperous 
modern farmer, and has an estate that speaks 
the quality of its owner. He is a Republican, 
and in 1902 was appointed postmaster of Bar- 
ker by President Roosevelt for a four 3^ears' 
term. He is an active party worker, and fre- 
quently represents his town in state and county 
conventions. He is a member of Somerset 
Lodge. No. 696, Free and Accepted Masons, 
and actively interested in all that pertains to 
the welfare of his community. 

He married (first), September 6, 1881, 
Helen, born November 14. 1853. died April 4, 
1902. daughter of Stephen and Phcebe 
(Prime) Mead. He married (second), June 



8. 1904, Catherine Weaver, of Lockport, born 
March i, 1870, daughter of Georg-e and Mary 
(Wihiams) \\'eaver, and granddaughter of 
John Weaver, of Lockport and Rochester, 
New York. She is a descendant of Baron 
Von Sitler. of eastern Prussia, Germany, 
whose son Dietrich settled in Pennsylvania, 
and was the founder of the German Lutheran 
church of that state. 

Many settlers of this name ar- 
BRE\A'ER rived in New England prior to 
1700. There is nothing yet 
found that connects this branch of the Brew- 
ers with the early immigration. The family has 
been eminent in the United States in law. 
business and medicine. The earliest record 
of this line is of Ebenezer Brewer, of New 
Hampshire, who was believed to have been a 
son of Thomas Brewer, a ship builder and ship 
chandler of Boston. 

(II) Ebenezer Brewer was an ol^cer of the 
New Hampshire militia. Pay roll of field and 
stafif officers of Colonel Wait's battalion in 
service to November 30. 1781 : "Ebenezer 
Brewer^ sergeant major" received pay for 
272 days' service. May 3 — November 30 ( see 
Vermont Rolls, p. 522). "Mason's History of 
Windsor County. Vermont," says : "During 
the remainder of the war the militia of Wind- 
sor were perpetually on the alert and were fre- 
quently called into service, under Captain 
(also Colonel) Wait; they were of the troops 
that beat back the British and Indians from 
the northern frontier, etc." He remained 
loyal to his king and early in the revolutionary 
struggle moved with other loyalists to Sidney, 
Cape Breton, where he remained until after 


It is said that he returned to the L ni- 
ted States where he died before 1800. Family 
tradition invests him with the military title 
of colonel of the New Hampshire militia, and 
a portrait of him preserved in the family shows 
him in military garb. There was a Colonel 
Brewer, of New Hampshire, who fought with 
the colonists. Ebenezer Brewer must have 
been a very young man at the breaking out 
of the revolutionary war and the probability 
seems strong that his military service was of 
short duration, and his title gained in the 
service of his king prior to the revolution, 
and his rank may have been lower than col- 
onel. Alany officers of the colonial army 
would not fight against their king nor against 

their neighbors and became voluntary exiles, 
as did Ebenezer Brewer. 

He married Mary, born between 1772 and 
1775, third daughter and child of Colonel Jon- 
athan and Thankful (Sherman) Chase, par- 
ents of five children : Prudence, married Na- 
thaniel Hall ; Elizabeth, married Dr. Nathan 
Smith ; Mary, married Ebenezer Brewer ; two 
sons, died in infancy. The town of Cornish. 
New Hampshire, was settled by two brothers, 
Moses and Samuel Chase, and Dyer Spalding, 
in 1767. Colonel Jonathan Chase, son of Sam- 
uel Chase, no doubt, settled there at about 
the same time. He died in Cornish, January 
14, 1800, and is no doubt buried there. He 
was appointed colonel by the fourth provincial 
congress (Vermont), August 30, 1775, and 
was holding that rank at Burgoyne's surren- 
der. Mary (Chase) Brewer was a descendant 
of Aquilla Chase, from whom comes the illus- 
trious Chase family, of New England, the 
best known member of which perhaps was 
Salmon P. Chase, chief justice of the supreme 
court of the United States. A portrait of 
Mary (Chase) Brewer, by Stuart, shows a 
stately figure with the air and dress of an 
American lady of the revolutionary period. 

(HI) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i) 
Brewer, was born at Sidney, Cape Breton, 
1789. His parents dying when he was quite 
young, he was reared in the home of a rela- 
tive of his mother, in Henniker, New Plamp- 
shire, where he remained until his fourteenth 
year. He was then entered as an apprentice 
with a shipping house in Boston, Massa- 
chusetts, engaged in the grocery trade. 
Here he remained until attaining his ma- 
jority. He developed good business ca- 
pacity in his mercantile life, which was 
closed by his enlistment during the war 
of 1812 in a regiment of light infantry with 
marching orders for the Lake Champlain re- 
gion. His life as a soldier was uneventful, 
though its close was signalized by a duel at 
Burlington. Vermont, bloodless in its result, 
and had no more result than hastening his 
departure over the mountains to New Hamp- 
shire. He settled at Keene, where with sev- 
eral others he established a glass works, a. 
business that soon went to wreck. While in 
Keene he was captain of the "Ashuelot Cav- 
alry" and was often thereafter known as ''Cap- 
tain Brewer." During this period of his life 
he married and moved later with his family to 
Mclndoe's Falls, a small hamlet in Vermont 



on the Connecticut river. Here he began 
work in earnest, kept a public house, made 
potash, ran a small store, taking contracts for 
carrying the mails and finally engaged ex- 
tensively in lumbering, which afterward be- 
came his sole business. He was senior part- 
ner of Brewer, Gilchrist & Company, cutting 
and manufacturing lumber, taking it to the 
headwaters of the Connecticut and Mclndoe's 
Falls and then floating it to Hartford, Con- 
necticut, for a market. He acquired consid- 
erable wealth, becoming president of the Wells 
River Bank and participating in all matters 
of public interest. About 1838 Brewer, Gil- 
christ & Company purchased a tract of sev- 
eral thousand acres of timber lands near Ti- 
tusville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, with 
the purpose of manufacturing lumber for the 
Pittsburgh market. The death of one of the 
firm rendered it expedient for one of the part- 
ners to be on the ground, and about 1840 he 
removed with his family to Titusville, taking 
personal charge of the Pennsylvania business. 
The timber lands on the Connecticut becoming 
exhausted, the whole business of the firm was 
soon after moved to Titusville and the Oil 
Creek valley, where the new firm. Brewer, 
Watson & Company, established a large and 
successful business in lumber and merchan- 
dise. Though there were repeated changes in 
the firm Mr. Brewer always remained the sen- 
ior partner. He remained at Titusville about 
ten years, then established a lumber yard at 
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, now a part of 
Pittsburgh and known as the "North Side." 
The Titusville plant and business was sold 
about i860 and he never afterward engaged 
in any business requiring his personal atten- 
tion. ' He profited greatly by the discovery 
of petroleum which added largely to his for- 
tune. He removed, later in life, to Haysville 
(Sewicklv), where he died October 18, 1870. 
During his residence in Allegheny City he 
was constantly in the public view. When 
Pittsburgh was threatened by a raid in 1864 
he was prominent in raising means for the 
protection of the city, and one of the forts 
constructed was called "Fort Brewer," in rec- 
ognition of his patriotic service. It was dur- 
ing this period that St. Andrew's Episcopal 
Church was erected, in order, as Mr. Brewer 
expressed it, "that Pittsburgh should have a 
church large enough and broad enough for 
the expression of sympathy for the Union." 
He headed the subscription list with a gift 

of twenty thousand dollars and the building 
hastened to completion. A'olumes could be 
written concerning the wonderful character 
and personality of Mr. Brewer. He grew 
from a rather reckless youth to a man whose 
well balanced character was the admiration of 
all. He was to Pittsburgh what Air. Peabody 
was to London and no man within the city 
did more for the relief of the poor. After 
providing for his own his large fortune was 
divided among religious, charitable and phil- 
anthropic institutions. St. Andrew's Church, 
of which he was senior warden, was especially 

He married, in Windsor. \^ermont, January 
22, 1817, Julia Emerson, born there April i, 
1794, daughter of William Emerson. She 
was a loving, guiding influence in his life and 
contributed a great deal to the upbuilding of 
his naturally strong character. Children: i. 
Mary Elizabeth, born 1818. died 1851; mar- 
ried Rev. John Mattocks, a minister of the 
Presbyterian church. 2. Francis Beattie, of 
whom further. 3. Julia Frances, born 1824, 
died 1855 ; married Benjamin Palmer, M. D. 
4. Helen Malonia, born 1825, died 1828. 5. 
George Emerson, 1829, died 1880. 6. William 
Emerson, born 1837, died 1842. 

(IV) Dr. Francis Beattie Brewer, son of 
Ebenezer (2) Brewer, was born in Keene, 
New Hampshire, October 8, 1820, died July 
29, 1892. He prepared for college at New- 
bury Seminary, Vermont, and Meriden Acad- 
emy, New Hampshire, later entering Dart- 
mouth College, from whence he was gradu- 
ated in 1843. He chose the profession of 
medicine and after a course of lectures at 
Hanover, New Hampshire, completed his stud- 
ies with Dr. Gerhard, of Philadelphia, and in 
1846 received from Dartmouth Medical Col- 
lege his degree of M. D. He began the prac- 
tice of his profession at Barnet, Vermont, 
where his boyhood days had been spent. In 
1849 'i6 located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
where he continued in practice until 185 1. 
In the latter year he moved to Titusville, Penn- 
sylvania, where he engaged with his father 
and brother in lumbering and merchandising, 
as a member of the firm of Brewer, Watson 
& Company. They owned several thousand 
acres of timber land on Oil creek and its trib- 
utaries, which they rapidly cleared and con- 
verted into lumber. On their lands was an 
old Indian oil well. Dr. Brewer conceived 
the idea of using oil from this spring for an 



illuminant and lubricant. He worked a pump 
in this well and used the oil for these jmr- 
poses in the lumber mills. This was years 
before Colonel Drake put down the first oil 
well, and entitles Dr. Brewer to the claim of 
being among" the very first to direct attention 
to the value of petroleum and to move in an 
enterprise to develop its production. The first 
oil lease on record was made July 4, 1853, 
between Brewer Watson & Company and J. 
D. Augier. The first oil company organized 
was "The Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company" 
in 1854, of which Dr. Brewer was an incorpo- 
rator and a director. The company operated 
on the lands of Brewer, Watson & Company. 
Colonel Drake did not sink his well until Au- 
gust, 1859. Dr. Brewer was really the pioneer 
oil man. and the firm of Brewer, Watson & 
Company was the first to introduce petroleum 
in large quantities. They expended $750,- 
000 in barrels before they realized a dollar, 
but later reaped an abundant financial harvest. 

In 1861 Dr. Brewer moved his residence to 
\\'estfiel(l, Chautauc^ua county. New York, 
where he at once became identified with the 
business interests. He purchased consider- 
able farm arid village property, and in 1864 
joined with others in organizing the First 
National Bank of Westfield, of which he was 
the first president for ten years and a director 
the remainder of his life. In 1864 he joined 
in jrganizing the Townsend Manufacturing 
Company, in 1865 '^^'^s chosen president, and 
in 1870, b.aving become sole proprietor, the 
name was changed to the Westfield Lock 

Jn 1864 he volunteered his service as 
surgeon in the army, but being incapacitated 
for hard field work he was sent in 1865 by 
Governor Fenton to the Army of the Potomac 
as military state agent with the rank of ma- 
jor. He was on duty in the Carolinas and in 
the hospitals of Annapolis and Washington, 
looking after the condition and needs of the 
wounded soldiers from New York state. His 
public career was honorable and useful. In 
1868 he was elected supervisor and for ten 
years served upon the board, three years as 
chairman. During this period he was also 
president of the village of Westfield. In 1872 
he was a delegate to the Repul^lican conven- 
tion at Philadelphia that nominated General 
Grant for the presidency. In 1873-74 he rep- 
resented the first assembly district in the state 
legislature, serving both years on the ways 

and means committee. In 1874 he was ap- 
pionted by President Grant government-direc- 
tor of the Union Pacific railroad, which office 
he also held under President Hayes. In 1881- 
82 he was a manager of the Buffalo State In- 
sane Hospital, appointed by Governor Cornell, 
and in 1886 was re-appointed by Governor 
Hill. In 1882 he was elected to the forty- 
eighth congress from the thirty-third district, 
comprising Chautauqua and Cattaraugus coun- 
ties. During his term he served on the com- 
mittee on pensions. He was formerly a Whig, 
but later gave strong allegiance to the Repub- 
lican party. He was a member of the Masonic 
order, and while at college became a rnm- 
municant of the Baptist church, a faith he 
ever adhered to. He was public-spirited and 
aided all enterprises that promised the ad- 
vancement of town interests. While he never 
sought office he never refused to serve his 
fellow-citizens as long as health permitted. 
Like his honored father his charities were 
numberless, and so thoroughly was he honored 
and respected that on the day of his funeral 
all the business houses of Westfield were 

Notwithstanding the just pride Dr. Brewer 
felt at the many marks of confidence which 
showed the esteem in which he was held by 
his fellows he ever regarded the ten years 
spent in Titusville prior to coming to Chau- 
tauqua county as the most conspicuous period 
of his service to science and civilization. His 
conception of the vast possibilities of petro- 
leum, which up to that time he alone seems 
to have grasped, was a source of great wealth 
to the nation. When chemical experts re- 
ported on the value of the oil submitted by 
him as samples, while unanimous as to its 
value, all declared it could not be found in 
paying quantities. Here Dr. Brewer's scien- 
tific knowledge and careful observation led 
him to an entirely ditTerent conclusion. His 
positive statement and indisputable argument, 
together with a large consignment of the oil 
itself gathered from the Indian oil spring 
convinced the New York gentlemen he was 
trying to interest that it could be found in 
abundance and that a fortune awaited their 
investment. In December, 1854, articles of 
incorporation were filed by the Pennsylvania 
Rock Oil Company with the recorder of New 
York City, and through the instrumentality of 
this company the dream of Dr. Brewer and 
his associates of placing a valuable and inex- 



haustible commodity on the markets of the 
world, was realized. 

He married, in Haverhill, New Hampshire, 
July 20, 1848, Susan Hooper Rood, born in 
Gilmanton, New Hampshire, August 20, 1828, 
died in Westfield, New York, December 11, 
1896, daughter of Rev. Herman Rood, a min- 
ister of the Congregational church and a pro- 
fessor of learning. Children: i. Eben, born 
in Barnet, Vermont, May 14, 1849, died in 
Cuba, West Indies, June 14, 1898; he married 
Mrs. Elizabeth (Courtright) Lowry; no chil- 
dren. 2. Francis B., of whom further. 3. 
Frances Moody, twin of Francis B., was born 
in Titusville, Pennsylvania, October 16. 1852, 
died April 16, 1886; she married, June 29, 
1875, William C. Fitch, of Buffalo, New 
York ; children : i. Francis Brewer, born 
April 15, 1876, died June 2, 1900. ii. Roger 
Stanley, born July 31, 1877, now captain in 
the United States regular army ; he married 
Ella Hill, of Danbury, Connecticut ; no chil- 
dren, iii. Frances Elizabeth, born October 
25, 1882. married Roy S. Pattison : child. Free- 
man, born August 8, 1910. 4. Dr. George Em- 
erson, born in Westfield, New York, July 28, 
1861 ; graduate of Hamilton College and of 
the medical department of Harvard Uni- 
versity ; now practicing his profession in New 
York City and associated with Columbia Uni- 
versity and the staff of Roosevelt Hospital. 
He married Effie L. Brown ; children : Leigh- 
ton, born December 27, 1895, and George 
Emerson Jr., November 13, 1899. Susan 
Hooper (Rood) Brewer descended on pater- 
nal lines from a Scotch ancestor and on the 
maternal side from Welsh. Her great-grand- 
father, Azariah Rood, was a deacon of the 
Congregational church of Lanesboro. Massa- 
chusetts. His son, Thomas D. Rood, mar- 
ried Sarah Bradley, of New Haven, Connecti- 
cut. Their son. Rev. Herman Rood, D. D., 
married Frances Susan Moody, born 1799, 
died 1875. Their daughter, Susan Hooper 
married Dr. Francis B. Brewer. 

(V) Francis Beattie (2), son of Dr. Francis 
Beattie (i) Brewer, was born in Titusville,, 
Pennsylvania, October 16, 1852. He attended 
school in Titusville, Westfield Academy, Union 
School and Saunders Institute in Philadelphia ; 
entered Cornell University, class of 1873, re- 
maining for two years ; prepared for classical 
course with H. S. Dana, of Woodstock, Ver- 
mont; entered Dartmouth College, class of 
1877, one year, and was at Yale, same class, 

part of the year. After finishing his studies 
he clerked for a hardware firm in Chicago 
and was connected with the office of the Erie, 
Pennsylvania "Morning Dispatch." From 
1878 to 1882 he was in the book business in 
Erie, junior of the firm of Allen & Brewer. 
After a short time as clerk and travelling 
salesman he became, in 1883. engaged in lum- 
ber, drainage and farm work at Ottawa Sta- 
tion, Ottawa county, Michigan. After re- 
claiming large tracts of swamp land his con- 
nection was broken by the death of his father. 
He then returned to Westfield, which has since 
been his home. He is a member of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Westfield, and a Re- 
publican in politics. 

He married, October 16, 1890, at Erie, 
Pennsylvania, Caroline Elizabeth Selden, born 
there February 2^, 1855, daughter of Samuel 
Selden, born in Erie, 1821, died 1881, a manu- 
facturer. He married Mary Caroline Perkins, 
born in Athens, Ohio, 182 1, daughter of Dr. 
Chauncey Fitch and Lydia (Lord) Perkins, 
both of Connecticut. Children : Mary Lydia, 
born 1852; Caroline Elizabeth, 1855; Edward 
Perkins, 1858; Charles Card, 1861 ; Samuel 
Fellows, 1864. Samuel Selden was a son of 
George Selden, born in Hadlyme. Connecticut, 
who married Elizabeth Card, of Troy, New 
York. George was a son of Samuel Selden, 
of Connecticut, a lieutenant in the revolution, 
son of Captain Samuel, who also served with 
Connecticut troops in that war. Children of 
Francis B. and Caroline E. Brewer: i. George 
Selden, born in Erie, Pennsylvania, October 8, 
1891 ; graduate of Westfield high school, class 
of 191 1 ; now a student at Oberlin Conserva- 
tory of Music. 2. Francis, born in Westfield. 
New York, August 5, 1893. 3- Selden, born 
in Westfield. December 17, 1896; student with 
his brother at Westfield high school. 

This name came to the United 
FORNESS States from Germany, which 

country had long been the 
family home. The original settler of the 
family was John Forness, who came at an 
early day. 

(il) Joseph, son of John Forness, was born 
in Elso,' Germany, in 1802. He came to the 
United States and settled on a farm in Erie 
county, New York, five miles from Buffalo. 
He served in the Black Hawk war and re- 
ceived a soldier's warrant for one hundred and 
sixtv acres of land. In 1854 he located in 




the town of Allegany, Cattaraugus county. 
New York. He was a member of the German 
Catholic church and a Democrat. He married, 
in Buffalo, in 1836. .Tina Bart, born in Ger- 
many in 1812. Children, all born in Buffalo 
except the last : Barbara, 1837 ; John, 1840 ; 
Frederick W., of whom further; Joseph, 1845 '• 
Mary, 1847; Theresa, 1849; Anthony, 185 1 ; 
Victor, 1853 ; Peter, born in Allegany, 1855. 
(HI) Frederick W., son of Joseph For- 
ness, was born in Buft'alo, New York, in 1843. 
He was educated in the public and parochial 
schools. He was eleven years old when his 
father moved to the farm in Allegany, where 
he grew to manhood, working on the farm 
and in the lumber woods. In 1863 he enlisted 
in Company A, One Hundred and Eighty- 
eighth Regiment, New York Volunteer In- 
fantry, Colonel McMahon, attached to the 
Fourth Brigade. General Griffin ; Fifth Army 
Corps, General Warren, Army of the Poto- 
mac. He served throughout the entire war 
and was on the firing line at Appomattox 
when General Lee surrendered. He was hon- 
orably discharged September 20, 1865. ^" 
1908, at the great parade in Salamanca, Mr. 
Forness represented an army surgeon on the 
float showing an old-time recruiting officer 
examining candidates for enlistment. It was 
one of the most striking features of the 
parade. After the war was over he returned 
to Allegany county and engaged in lumbering 
for a time. After his marriage he entered 
the employ of the Singer Sewing Machine 
Compan}-, and for thirty-seven years repre- 
sented them in Cattaraugus county. In 1909 
he engaged in the automobile business with 
his son. He has been very successful in his 
business enterprises, and is a highly regarded 
man of his town. Politically a Democrat. Mr. 
Forness has represented his town and party 
four years as commissioner of highways, 
twelve years as commissioner of excise and 
five 3'ears as school trustee. He is a member 
of tile Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. 
and Post No. 565, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, of Allegany, of which he was senior 

He married, in Allegany in 1866, Mary 
Reller. born in Hamburg, Erie county. New 
York, in 1846. Children: i. Caroline, born 
1869; married, in 1892. Lewis Rietz ; children: 

Raymond, born 1893, and — , 1895. 2. 

Frederick W., of whom further. 3. Frank A., 
of whom further. 4. Charles, born 1875 ; mar- 

ried May Hirt; children: Geneva, Herbert 
and Ruth. 5. Andrew, born 1877; married 
Grace Stickle, of Salamanca. 6. Emeline, born 
1879; married, 1902, Frank Carls, of Alle- 
gany ; children : Harold and Rosemond. 7. 
Mae, born 1882; married, 1906, Charles Die- 
terman : children : Dorothy and Charles. 8. 
Harriet, born 1885 ; married, 1910, George 
Stein. 9. Colletta, born 1887. 

(IV) Frederick W. (2), eldest son of Fred- 
erick W. (i) Forness, was born in Allegany, 
Cattaraugus county. New York, December 20, 

He was educated in the district school 
and at St. Bonaventure College. After com- 
pleting his studies he learned the trade of 
marble cutter. After working at this he estab- 
lished a marble yard at the village of Alle- 
gany, where he had a very successful and 
profitable business which he sold in 1902. He 
has a garage in the village, and buys, sells and 
exchanges automobiles, and also a garage and 
the largest automobile agency in Olean, selling 
one hundred and twelve cars in 191 1. He is 
also a member of the firm of Forness Brothers 
of Salamanca, New York. He is of the 
young, progressive, public- spirited type of 
citizen, always ready to lend a hand in all 
charitable and public affairs. He has been 
very successful in business, but his success 
has been earned by hard work, untiring energy 
and a strict adherence to upright, honorable 
business principles. He is an enthusiastic 
horseman and delights in the ownership of 
several speedy travellers, four of his children 
being supplied with saddle horses, and each 
being an expert rider. He has served the 
village of Allegany three terms as president. 
twice being the nominee of both tickets, his 
first election being on the ticket of the Peo- 
ple's party. During his administration the 
village system of water supply was installed 
and many miles of concrete sidewalk laid. He 
also lent his influence and aid to the establish- 
ment of the "state highway'' between Allegany 
and Olean, a great boom to the farmers and 
horsemen of' that section of the country. He 
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows and of the Knights of Columbus, also 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 
Olean. In politics he is an Independent, sup- 
porting the candidates that best represent his 

He married, January i, 1894, Bird ]\Ierrill. 
Children : Emily Marguerite, Marion Belle, 



Doris Winifred, Bessie Kathleen, Robert Mer- 
rill and Francis- 

(IV) Frank A., second son of Frederick 
W. ( I ) Forness, was born in Allegany, Cattar- 
augus county, New York, April 2, 1875. He 
was educated in the public schools, and after 
completing his years of study began learning 
the marble cutting trade, working for a short 
time only. He was a hustling, energetic busi- 
ness lad and at the age of fourteen, in 1889, 
was engaged with his father and brother in 
the music business, with stores in Olean and 
Salamanca. The firm was Forness & Sons. 
He continued in the music store until 1897, 
when he went to Northern Pennsylvania to 
engage in the oil business. He returned to 
Cattaraugus county in 1898, and with his 
brother Frederick W. as partner openel a 
piano and music store at Salamanca, Xew 
York, trading as Forness Brothers. His store 
is completely fitted and stocked with the lead- 
ing makes of all kinds of musical instruments, 
having also repair and tuning departments. He 
has of late taken the selling agency of some 
of the leading makes of automobiles and has 
been successful in placing many cars on the 
road. He is a member of the Roman Catho- 
lic church and of the fraternal orders : 
Knights of Columbus, Benevolent and Protec- 
tive C)rder of Flks, Royal Arcanum, Moose 
and the Knights of the Maccabees. Politically 
he is a Democrat. He inherits the Forness 
push and energy and while still young in years 
is considered one of the successful business 
men of his village, now serving as a village 
trustee. He has earned the respect of his 
associates and conducts his business on the 
principle of the "square deal." 

He married, November 20, 1901, Jessie M. 
Wheeler, born May 6, 1878, only child of Or- 
ville F. and Ann (Ouigley) Wheeler. Child: 
Gerald B., born August 20, 1902. 

The ancestor of the Sigel family 
SIGEL of Olean was William Sigel. a 
German farmer, who lived in 
Wurtemberg, German}', during the early part 
of the last century, and whose son. John Ja- 
cob, is mentioned below. 

(H) John Jacob, son of \\'illiam Sigel. was 
born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in the year 
1834. Fie was reared and educated in his na- 
tive land, and there learned the trade of in- 
terior decorator. He came to the United 
States in 1854, when twenty years of age, and 

contracted at his trade, becoming very success- 
ful and a master of the art of interior deco- 
ration, making his residence in Bufilalo, New 
York. He married Julia, daughter of An- 
drew Klocke, of Prussia, having first met her 
on the voyage over from Germany. Children : 
I. John, married, Louise Wertzel ; children: 
W'illiam, Fred, Carrie, Josephine. 2. Jose- 
phine, married Edward Sturm ; children : Ed- 
ward, Henry, Jacob, Tillie, Julia. 3. Cather- 
ine, married (Jehard Thurman ; child, Ger- 
trude. 4. Henry, mentioned below. 5. Louie, 
married Anna Fitzpatrick ; children : Morgan 
and Alleen. 6. Casper, married Minnie Piatt; 
children : ( jlen and Genevieve. 7. Annie, 
married Dascom Allen ; children : Claude and 

(Ill) Henry, son of John Jacob and Julia 
( Klocke) Sigel, was born in BuiTalo, New 
York, March 2, 1863. He received his educa- 
tion in the public schools of that city and 
at St. Mary's parochial school. He began his 
active business career as a cash boy in a de- 
partment store. He later learned the trade of 
undertaker, in which line of work he was en- 
gaged in Olean for seven years, from 1880 
to 1887. Among other things he is interested 
in the operating and producing of oil in the 
Pennsylvania fields, and is actively connected 
with the Pittsljurgh, Shawmut & Northern rail- 
road in the ca|)acity of claim, real estate and 
tax agent. In the year 1907 he organized the 
Olean Brewing Company, erecting a fine brew- 
erv and manufacturing a high grade of goods 
for the local trade. The officers of the com- 
pany are as follows : Henry Sigel, president ; 
John T. Howard, vice-president ; Joseph Kaye, 
treasurer; Colonel J. M. Homer, secretary. 
The company has a capital of $150,000 and 
the plant occupies extensive buildings at Barry 
and Green streets, constructed of Shawmut 
pressed brick, and covering about two and a 
half acres. The office building is entirely sep- 
arate and is elegantly furnished. The brew- 
ery, one of the finest in the country, is fitted 
with the most modern machinery and is oper- 
ated bv electricity and gas ; there is a modern 
ice plant with a capacity of eighty tons a day, 
finely equipped to supply the commercial and 
familv trade. In connection with the brewing 
plant is a thoroughly appointed bottling estab- 
lishment and when in full operation the works 
have a capacity of thirty thousand barrels of 
"Olean Beer," as it is known. The establish- 
ment is under the supervision of Colonel James 



10/ I 

M. Homer as manager, and Brewmaster Con- 
rad Buehl, who has been engaged in this busi- 
ness for nearly twenty years, and whose father 
before him was an expert in the art of beer 
making. From thirty to forty skilled men are 
employed under them, and in the manufacture 
of the product only the best of malt, hops and 
rice are used, and the purest of water and 
yeast. The result is a beer of the highest pos- 
sible quality, pure, wholesome and delicately 
flavored. All of the officers of the company 
are men of prominence and high social stand- 
ing in the community, closely identified with 
the commercial, financial and i)ublic life of 
the city. 

Mr. Sigel took up his residence in Olean, 
New York, in 1878, and for many years has 
been active and prominent in its public af- 
fairs. In 1887 he became connected with the 
police department, remaining until 189 1, when 
he was appointed by W. B. Hughes to the 
position of under-sherifl:', and he acted in this 
capacity up to 1894, when he was the candidate 
for the office of sheriff and was elected, serv- 
ing from 1895 to 1898, and at the expiration 
of this term he again became under-sheriif", 
under W. H. Hazard. He discharged the 
duties of the office of sheriff with fidelity and 
impartiality, year by year constantly growing 
in public estimation. At the age of twenty- 
one years he attended the state convention at 
Bufifalo as delegate and voted for Warner J. 
]\Iiller for governor, and also acted in the 
same capacity in the convention that nominated 
Theodore Roosevelt for the governorship. He 
is an ardent advocate of the principles of Re- 
publicanism, and is an earnest and consistent 
member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. 

Mr. Sigel is one of the most substantial and 
enterprising citizens of Olean, wielding an 
influence for good in the community. By his 
own honorable exertions and moral attributes, 
he carved out for himself friends, affluence 
and position, and by the strength and force 
of his own character has overcome obstacles 
which to others less hopeful and less cour- 
ageous would seem unsurmountable. His 
mind is ever occupied with projects for the 
advancement and welfare of his adopted city. 
Fortified with a keen, resourceful mind, ex- 
cellent judgment and rare foresight, his en- 
ergy is inexhaustible. Scrupulously honorable 
in all his dealings with mankind, he bears a 
reputation for public and private integrity, 
and being sociable and genial, he has a wide 

circle of friends. He responds liberally to all 
calls for charity, giving of his time and means 
for the alleviation of distress. When he en- 
lists in a cause he never withdraws from the 
conflict until the trouble ends, and it is due 
to his force and resource very largely that 
the vaccination trouble in Olean was brought 
to a close. He could occupy a prominent posi- 
tion in political leadership were he so disposed, 
but he would rather devote his time and atten- 
tion to other lines of activity. 

Mr. Sigel married, August 19, 1884. Mary 
E. Lang, born August 10, 1864, daughter of 
Nicolas and Phillysine Lang. Children: Clara 
Frances. Florence Marie, Dolores Marie. 

The name of Eaton is of Welsh 
EATON and Saxon origin and is a place 
name. In Welsh "Aw" means 
water and "Twyn," a small hill ; Awtyn, pro- 
nounced Eyton, "a small hillock near the 
water." In Saxon "Ea" means water and 
"Ton" town. The name of the family is 
spelled in various ways : Eton, Etton, Eyton 
and Eaton in the early days, but the latter 
spelling became generally used several genera- 
tions before the first of the family came to 
America. The coat-of-arms of the English 
family is : Azure fret on a field. Crest : An 
eagle's head erased sable in the mouth a sprig 
\ert. Motto: I'incit Omnia Veritas." 

( I ) Banqui Thane, of Lochabar, A. D. 1000. 
(II) Fleance, son of Banqui, married Guenta 
Princess, of North Wales. (Ill) Alan Fitz 

Alan married Amiera . (IV) William 

Fitz Alan married Isabel de Say. (V) Robert 
de Eaton was son of William Fitz Alan. (VI) 
Peter de Eaton was son of Robert de Eaton. 
(ATI) Sir Peter de Eaton married Alice 
. (VIII) William Eaton married Ma- 
tilda . (IX) Sir Peter de Eaton mar- 
ried Margery . (X) Peter de Eaton 

was son of Sir Peter de Eaton. (XI) John 
Eaton was son of Peter de Eaton. (XII) 
Peter de Eaton was son of John Eaton. 
(XIII) Humphrey Eaton was son of Peter 
de Eaton. (XI\^) Georgius Eaton was son 
of Humphrey Eaton. (XV) Sir Nicholas 
Eaton, son of Georgius, married Katerina 
Talbott. (XVI) Louis Eaton, son of Sir 
Nicholas, married Anna Savage. (XVII) 
Henry Eaton, son of Louis, married Jane Cres- 
sett. (XVIII) William (2) Eaton was son 
of Henry Eaton. 

(XIX) William (3), son of A\'ilJiam (2) 



Eaton, married Jane Hnssey. He died before 
1584, and his widow died that year, leaving 
a will dated August 2-], 1584, and proved De- 
cember 29, following. She left instructions to 
be buried in the church yard of St. James, 
at Dover, England, where the family lived. 
She named her son-in-law, James Huggenson, 
executor, and gave directions for the educa- 
tion of her sons John, Peter, and Nicholas, 
and her eldest son, William. One of the 

daughters married Allen, and Barbara 

Allen administered her father's estate a few 
months after her mother's death. 

(XX) Nicholas (2), son of William (3) 
Eaton, was born in 1573. In 1603 he was 
keeper of the church yard of the church of 
St. Mary the Virgin in Dover, England, and 
probably for many years after, until his death 
in 1636-37. He was buried in the church of 
St. Mary the Virgin. From a record in the 
Herald's Visitation of Kent in 1619, it is found 
that Nicholas was a curate of Dover in 1619. 
and doubtless he had been mayor of the town. 
He was a merchant. He married ( first ) , No- 
vember 2, 1596, Katherine Master, and (sec- 
ond) in 1626, Mrs. Joan Gibbs, widow of 
John Gibbs, who died at St. Margaret's, Can- 
terbury, July 26, 1626, and daughter of 

Tidderman, of Dover. She was buried April 
14, 1635. Children, born at Dover, with dates 
of baptism: John. 1599, died young; William, 
January 9, 1602 ; Elizabeth, February 10, 1603. 
died in childhood ; Jane, March 28, 1606 ; John, 
mentioned below ; Captain Nicholas. October 
II, 1612; Thomas, Februarv 20, 1613, died 

(XXI) John (2), son of Nicholas (2) Ea- 
ton, was baptized in Dover, England. August 
21, 161 1. He was the immigrant ancestor. 
He received a bequest of ten pounds from his 
stepmother's will, dated April 10, 1635. He 
is believed to have come with others of the 
family on the ship "Elizabeth and Ann" in 
April, 1635. He settled first in Watertown. 
jNIassachusetts, where he was a proprietor, and 
where. May 25, 1636, he was admitted a free- 
man. He removed to Dedham a year later 
and was a proprietor there in 1637. He had 
grants of land at Watertown in July, 1636, and 
February 28, 1636-37-38. He joined the Ded- 
ham church in 1641 and signed the famous 
covenant there. He bought the rights of 
Thomas Hastings when he went to Dedham. 
May II, 1637. He was first present at the 
Dedham town meeting, November 28, 1637, 

although he was one of a committee in 1637 
to cut pines for the meeting house. He helped 
build the first foot bridge across the Charles 
river. He was on a committee to lay out land 
for settlers and survey highways. He was 
wood reeve for several years, and in 1647 he 
had to decide who were behind on the highway 
work. In 1650 he was on the committee to 
repair the foot bridge. He had numerous 
grants of land. He married, in England, Abi- 
gail Damon or Damant, who had two children, 
John and Jane, by her previous marriage. He 
died November 17, 1658. His will was dated 
November 2, 1658, and proved December 16, 
1658. Children : Mary, baptized in Dover, 
England, March 20, 1630-31 ; John, baptized 
in Dover, England, October i, 1633, died there, 
buried January 27. 1734; Thomas, born in 
England, 1634; John, mentioned below; Abi- 
gail, born in Dedham, January 6, 1640; Ja- 
cob, born in Dedham, June 8, 1642, died March 
20, 1646. 

(XXII) John (3), son of John (2) Eaton, 
was born probably in 1636 in Watertown, Mas- 
sachusetts. He inherited the homestead at 

Dedham. He married Alice , who died 

May 8, 1694. Children: John, born July 15, 
1665, died October 15, 1665; John, September 
17, 1671 ; Thomas, July 23, 1675 ; William, 
mentioned below; Judith, September 17, 1679, 
died April 26. 1780 ; Jonathan, September 3. 
1681 ; David, March 8, 1683, died March 28, 
1683 ; Ebenezer, Mav 3, 1687, died Mav 23, 

(XXIII) William (4), son of John (3) Ea- 
ton, was born August 11, 1677, died April 3. 
1 7 18. He owned two farms on Dedham 
Island, which his father and grandfather 
had owned, and he also had large tracts of 
land in Needham Great Plain and along the 
borders of Rosemary Brook. In 171 1 Need- 
ham was set ofT from Dedham, and his name 
was on the tax list of Needham in 1712 for 
those lands, but he always lived in Dedham. 
When his estate was settled, his eldest son, 
William, received the Dedham lands, and Jo- 
siah and Jeremiah received the Needham lands. 
The inventory of his estate was taken, June 
23, 1728, and June 28. 1728, his widow 
Mary, settled his estate. He married, April 

27, 1704, ^Nlary, born in Dedham, November 

28, 1685, died in 1751, daughter of Comfort 
and Mary Starr. Her will was dated April 
14, 1746, and proved August 6, 1751. Chil- 
dren : William, mentioned below ; Mary, born 



December 3, 1706; Josiah, April 4, 171 1; Sa- 
rah, August 24, 1713 ; Jeremiah, Alarch 4, 
1716; Abiel, August 11, 17 18. 

(XXIV) WiUiam (5), son of \\'iniam (4) 
Eaton, was born February 11, 1705, at Ded- 
ham, died March 22, 175 1. He inherited his 
father's homestead and probably lived there 
all his life. He married, February 15, 1738, 
Abigail, born December 21, 1718, daughter of 
Ebenezer and Abigail Brackett, of Dedham. 
She married (second) Stephen Fales, May 
20, 1754 (Stephen Eaton's widow, according 
to Dedham records, but Professor Daniel C. 
Eaton, of New Haven, Connecticut, gives it 
as William's widow). William Eaton was 
forty-six years of age at his death ; his widow 
was administratrix of his estate. Children, 
born at Dedham : William, mentioned below ; 
Abigail, born September 4, 1740, died Novem- 
ber 21, 1748. 

(XXV) William (6) son of William (5) 
Eaton, was born in Dedham, December 31, 
1738. He lived for about ten years after 
his marriage at Dedham and then moved to 
Lancaster, Massachusetts, thence to X'ermont. 
He finally settled in Springfield, Otsego 
county. New York, where he died. Fie sold 
the farms when he left Dedham. According 
to the town records his wife's name was Sa- 
rah, while the church and land records call 
her Mary. Very likely the marriage at King's 
Chapel, Boston, December 18, 1760, of Will- 
iam Eaton and Mary Thorp was a record of 
this William. Children, first five born in Ded- 
ham : Mary, October 16, 1761 ; Abigail, 
September 5, 1763; William, October, 1765; 
Asa, baptized December 6, 1787; Joseph, born 
January 29, 1770; Jesse, mentioned below; 
Samuel ; John. William Eaton served in the 
revolution in the Needham Company under 
Captain Robert Smith, Colonel William 
Heath's regiment, April 19, 1775 ; also in Cap- 
tain Solomon Stuart's company. Colonel Josiah 
Whitney's regiment, August 21, 1777. His 
son William served in the revolution from 
Ashby, Massachusetts. 

(XXVI) Jesse, son of William (6) Eaton, 
was born August 2}^, ^7/4. died in Cuba, 
Allegany county. New York. He settled first 
in Charlotte, \>rmont, where he lived until 
his removal to Rome, Oneida county. New 
York, before 1808. He lived in Oneida county 
until 1825, when he moved to Cuba, New 
York. He was a tailor. He married, Janu- 
ary 16, 1799, Sarah Barbour, born near Paris, 

France. Children: Harriet, Levi, George, 
Caleb, Alarenus, mentioned below ; Ebenezer, 
Jesse, Sarah, Charles. 

(XXVII) Marenus, son of Jesse Eaton, 
was born in Rome, New York, March 15, 
1808, died February, 1861. He was seven- 
teen years of age when his father came to 
Cuba, Allegany county, where he grew to 
manhood and married. He learned the black- 
smith's trade at which he worked for several 
years. He then became interested in the 
transportation business, acting as agent for 
steamboat companies, and the New York Cen- 
tral and Michigan Central railroads. He was 
colonel of the local militia regiment that made 
the old "training days" so glorious, but his 
actual military service was confined to quell- 
ing some trouble with the English of Buft'alo, 
in 1 83 1. He was a leading Democrat, and 
held in high regard in his town. He married, 
in 1826, Laura Scott, born November 15, 
1810, died September 23, 1896. Children: 
I. George, married Angeline Beebe ; child 
Eugenia, married W. H. Merritt ; child, 
George Eaton. 2. Mary Jane, married John 
Barnett. 3. Laura, married John Brooks; 
child, Charles C, married Bessie Brown; 
child, Clifford B. 4. Marenus, married Lu- 
cretia Wilcox ; children : Walter, Jesse, Eu- 
gene, Arthur. 5. Charles, married Clara Mon- 
tayne ; children : Imogene, married j\Iason 
Freeman : Charles, Frank, Laura, Kathryn, 
Mary. 6. Elizabeth, married Q. P. Vaughan ; 
children : Shirley, Percy, Robert. 7. Char- 
lotte, married George Weeks ; children : Eliz- 
abeth and Robert. 8. Augustus Tiffany, men- 
tioned below. 

(XXVHI) Augustus Tift'any, youngest 
child and fourth son of Marenus Eaton, was 
born in Cuba, Allegany county. New York, 
Alay 17, 1849. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools, and although but a boy twice en- 
listed in the regiment, being recruited for 
service in the civil war, each time being pre- 
vented by his mother from consummating 
his desire. In 1863 ^e ran away from, home, 
and for four years battled for himself in vari- 
ous parts of the country, gaining an experi- 
ence that developed his character and turned 
his steps homeward in 1867. On his return 
he secured a position with the Cuba Banking 
Company, which maintained a branch bank 
at Olean, known as the "Bank of Olean," and 
in 1870 Mr. Eaton came to that bank as teller 
and assistant cashier. In 1871 the bank was 



chartered as the First National Bank of Cle- 
an, business commencing on the arrival of 
the charter, September 15, 187 1. He was suc- 
cessively bookkeeper, teller and assistant 
cashier until 1886, when he succeeded L. F. 
La^vton as cashier, a position he yet holds 
(1912). The bank has had a most successful 
career and it is to the practical business abil- 
ity and wide popularity of Mr. Eaton that 
this success is in a large measure due. He 
has large business interests outside the bank, 
and has given much of his time to public af- 
fairs. He was trustee of the old village of 
Olean for years, and president in 1884-85 ; 
treasurer of the school board for many years ; 
treasurer of the city several terms, and is 
president and member of the executive com- 
mittee of the chamber of commerce. In Free 
Masonry he has taken all degrees of the York 
Rite ; he is a thirty-second degree Mason of 
the Scottish Rite and a "Shriner" of Ismailia 
Temple, Buffalo. He is a member of the 
Rochester, New York Consistory, treasurer of 
the Masonic Temple Association since its or- 
ganization in 1892 ; has been treasurer of the 
Commandery for several terms, and is treas- 
urer of nearly all the Masonic bodies of 
Olean. He is a charter member of Olean 
Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, organized March 4, 1891, and belongs 
to other social and fraternal societies. He 
is highly regarded, not only in business cir- 
cles, but as a good citizen, friend and 

He married, October 18, 1871, Harriet 
Keller, born September 17, 1851. Children, 
born in Olean: i. Louis, January 27, 1873, 
died May i, 1893. 2. George, November 19, 
1876; married, January i, 1900, Jeannette 
McCorry ; children: Aline ^L, born August 
16, 1901, and Janet, May 4. 1907. 3. Tif- 
fany A., June 3, 1889. 

John Leonard was of Knole, 

LEONARD county Kent, England. He 
was born in 1479, and died in 
1556; there is no further record of him. 

(H) John (2) son of John (i ) Leonard, 
was also of Knole, county Kent ; he was 
born in 1508, died in 1590. 

(HI) Samson, son of John (2) Leonard, 
was the eleventh Baron of Dacre. Fie was 
born in 1545. died in 161 5. He married Lady 
JNIargaret Fienes. 

(IV) Sir Henry Leonard, son of Samson 

Leonard, was the twelfth Baron of Dacre. 
He was born in 1569. He married Lady 
Chrisogona, daughter of Sir Richard Baker, 
of Sissinghurst, county Kent, England. 

(V) Richard, son of Sir Henry Leonard, 
was thirteenth Baron of Dacre, seated at 
Chevening. He died in 1630. He married 
(first) Lady Anne, daughter of Sir Arthur 
Throckmorton. He married (second) Dor- 
othy, daughter of Dudley, Lord North. 

(VI) Thomas, son of Richard Leonard, 
was of Pontypool, Wales. He had sons : 
Henry, James, mentioned below, and Philip. 

(VII) James, son of Thomas Leonard, of 
Pontypool, Wales, was born in Great Britain, 
and came to America about 1645. He settled 
first in Lynn and later in Taunton, Massa- 
chusetts. He was one of the founders of the 
iron works in Saugus, near Lynn, the first 
iron works in America. In 1653 he and his 
brother Henry were engaged in the manufac- 
ture of iron in Taunton. He died in 1691. 
He was a great friend of King Philip, the 
famous Indian, who used to shoot wild birds 
at Fowling Pond, ^which Was on James's 
property ; James often entertained him at his 
house, and when the town was burned, his 
house was spared by the Indians. Children: 
Thomas, mentioned below ; James, born about 
1643; Abigail, married John Kingsley, of 
Milton; Rebecca, married, September 2, 1678, 
Isaac Chapman, of Barnstable ; Joseph, born 
about 1655 ; Benjamin, married, January 15, 
1678-79, Sarah Thresher; Hannah, married, 
January 24. 1677-78, Isaac Deane ; Uriah, 
born July 10, 1662. 

(\TII) Hon. Thomas (2) Leonard, son of 
James and Margaret Leonard, was born Au- 
gust 3, 1641, at Pontypool, Monmouthshire, 
Wales, died November 21, 17 13. He was "a 
distinguished character," and held the office 
of justice of the peace, and also was judge 
of the court. He was a physician, and had 
the title of major, and also was town clerk 
and deacon. In an old file of the "Boston 
News Letter" from 1710 to 1715, between 
the dates November 30 and December 7, 1713, 
is an elegy in memory of Major Thomas 
Leonard, written by Rev. Samuel Danforth, 
of Taunton. On the upper part of the sheet 
is an engraving about two inches wide, show- 
ing a skeleton, holding the scythe of time, and 
on each side is an hour-glass, about half-way 
from the skeleton to the border, with extended 
wines on each side ; there is a skull and cross- 



bones in each upper corner, and on each side 
of the skeleton are white spaces bearing the 
words. "Memento Mori," and "Remember 
Death :" under the hour-glass on the left side 
are six pallbearers bearing a coffin, followed 
by mourners, and on the other corner are a 
spade and pickaxe crossed and a coffin on a 
stand. The following verses are some taken 
from the elegy, and give some of his biog- 
raphy : 

"Let's first remark that GOD should him incline 
In's early days to try with all his might 
For skill to Write and Cypher, in a time 

When other Youths such learning did but 
Yet he redeemed his time most carefully 
And made in's Learning, good proficiency. 

GOD bless'd his Care and Pains, that he at- 

With little help from others, useful skill 
Wherein he outshone others, that he gained 

Preferment in the Town, Esteem, good Will; 
From meaner Posts made gradual Ascent 
To offices of Trust, Care and Moment. 

In Medicine he practised his skill 

Expending Time and Money in the Cure 

Of sick and Wounded, with Compassion still. 
Thus did the Love of all to him procure; 

Many Confess, his kindness did abound 

By helpfulness unto his Neighbors round. 

For many Years, the chief Affairs in Town 

Prudential, he managed carefully 
W^ith good Acceptance, unto his Renown 

Oerformed his Trust in all things faithfully; 
So that the Governor did him prefer 
In Military Trusts a part to bear; 

And in the Civil Government he stood 
Commissioned to Punich Vice and Sin. 

For many Years; His Care and Prudence good 
And Faithfulness were well displayed therein. 

He always showed Pacifick disposition. 

Trying to end all jarr's by Compositiin. 

His famous crowning work was His great Care 
That Gospel Worship, Gospel Ministry 

In Norton, Dighton, Other Places near 
On good Foundations might Settled be. 

He joyed in Hope, that now were laid Founda- 

Of Piety for many Generations. 

Moestus Composuit. Samuel Danforth. 

He married, August 21, 1662, Mary, daugh- 
ter of George Watson, of Plymouth. Massa- 
chuetts. Children, names and dates of birth 
taken from the family Bible belonging to 
Thomas, printed in 1599 at London: Mary, 
born August 2, 1663 '- Thomas. January 22, 
1665-66; John, May 18, 1668; George, April 

18. 1671; Samuel, February i, 1673-74; El- 
kanah, mentioned below; James, December 
17, 1679, tlied May 8, 1682; Daughter, born 
and died April 10, 1682; Phebe, March 3, 
1684, died July 15, 1685; Elizabeth, July 15, 

(IX) Lieutenant Elkanah Leonard, son of 
Hon Thomas (2) and Mary (Watson) Leon- 
ard, was born May 15, 1677, died December 30, 

1714. When he was but twenty-three or 
twenty-four years of age, his father put him 
in charge of a forge on Trout brook, Mid- 
dleboro, Massachusetts, which he had built. 
He held the office of selectman as early as 
1709. He was lieutenant in the military com- 
pany and agent of the town in various affairs, 
also carrying on his own farming and deal- 
ing in real estate. 

He married, March 25, 1703, Charity, 
daughter of Henry Plodges (see Hodges H). 
Children: Elkanah, born December 15, 1703, 
died July 24, 1777, at Middleboro, where he 
was the second lawyer, and a very prominent 
man, having been in the general court for 
years, a selectman, and major of the First 
Regiment of Plymouth Colony Militia ; Jo- 
seph, mentioned below ; Rebecca, born Febru- 
ary 24, 1706; Abiah, April 30, 1707; Simeon, 
January 9, 1708-09; Jemima, May 20, 1710; 
Zebulon, January 15, 1711-12: Timothy, April 
29, 1713, died June i, 1715 : Henry, April 14, 
1714, died May 29, 1714, at Middleboro; 
Thomas, April 20, 1715, died May i, 1715, 
at Middleboro; Charity Perkins, December 
6, 1724, at Norwich, Connecticut. 

(X) Captain Joseph Leonard, son of Lieu- 
tenant Elkanah Leonard, was l)orn April 9, 
1705, at Middleboro, and died there in 1775. 
He was first captain of the Fourth Company. 
He married (first) April 9, 1725, Hannah, 
daughter of Samuel Pratt, of Middleboro. 
He married (second) November 18, 173 1, 
Fear, daughter of Nathaniel and Jane (Flow- 
land) Southworth, of Middleboro. He had a 
son, Joseph, mentioned below. 

(XI) Lieutenant Joseph (2) Leonard, son 
of Captain Joseph (i) and Fear (South- 
worth) Leonard, was born July 29, 1732, 
died November 2, 1788. He married. May 7, 
1752, Abigail Raymond, born C)ctober 3, 1733, 
died July 15, 18 10, daughter of Barnabas and 
Alice (Bent) Raymond. He had a son Noah, 
mentioned below. 

(XH) Noah, son of Lieutenant Joseph 
Leonard, was born in 1754. died about 1845. 



in Oneida county. New York. He was a 
soldier from ]\liddleboro in Colonel Benja- 
min Tupper's regiment in 1780-81 for twenty 
months and seven days. Intentions of mar- 
riage published November 11, 1787, and mar- 
ried. February 13, 1788, MehitalDle Richmond, 
born at Taunton, Massachusetts, died at Au- 
gusta, Oneida county. New York, a daugh- 
ter of Isaac Richmond, son of Edward Rich- 
mond, son of Edward Richmond, son of John 
Richmond, son of John Richmond, immigrant 
ancestor. Children, born at Middleboro : 
Simeon, Isaac, Richmond, mentioned below ; 
Noah Jr., Otis, Harry and Abigail. 

(XIII) Isaac Richmond, son of Noah 
Leonard, was born at Middleboro, Plymouth 
county, Massachusetts, April 22, 1794, died 
February 26, 1864. at Dayton, New York. 
He married, December 8, 1817, Lucy Man- 
chester, born in Petersburg, Rhode Island, 
September 30, 1798, died October 6, 1853, 
daughter of Archibald ^Manchester, whose an- 
cestors were of Rhode Island. Among their 
children was Joseph Nelson, mentioned be- 

( XI\' ) Joseph Nelson, son of Isaac Rich- 
mond Leonard, was born at Smithfield, Madi- 
son county. New York, July 27, 1820, died 
April 4, 1910, at Dayton. He was educated 
in the public schools. In 1830 he went from 
Perr}sburg, New York, to Dayton in that 
state. He followed farming for an occupa- 
tion. In politics he was a Whig ; in religion 
a Methodist. He married, September 8, 1847, 
Maryette, born 1830, died June 4, 1905, 
daughter of Hiram Edgerton ( see Edgerton 
III). Among their children was Irving 
Richmond, mentioned below. 

(X\') Irving Richmond, son of Joseph 
Nelson Leonard, was born in Dayton, New 
York, September 3. 1853. He attended the 
public schools of his native town and the 
Forestville Academy. After leaving school 
he began to read law in the office of Allen 
& Thrasher at Dayton, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1877. In 1878 he began to prac- 
tice law in partnership with Joseph M. Cong- 
don. After this firm was dissolved, he prac- 
ticed alone for a time and then became a 
partner of Judge Thrasher, continuing in this 
relation for a period of twenty-one years up 
to the death of Judge Thrasher. February i. 
191 1, since which time he has been alone. 
After Winfield S. Thrasher and I. R. Leonard 
had been engaged in business together for 

nearly twenty years, they discovered that their 
families intermarried about 1650. being the 
marriage of Sarah Thrasher to Benjamin 
Leonard, in Massachusetts. INIr. Leonard has 
always taken an active part in public afifairs. 
He served the town as justice of the peace 
and has been supervisor of the town since 
1898. For three years he was president of 
the incorporated village of Gowanda. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. He is active in the 
Presbyterian church, of which he was a trus- 
tee for a number of years. He is a Free Ma- 
son and has served two terms as worshipful 
master of Phcenix Lodge. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Gowanda Club and a charter mem- 
ber of Cattaraugus County Historical Soci- 
ety. He married. June 21. 1882, Emma M., 
daughter of Nicholas Schaack, of Gowanda. 
Child, John Schaack, mentioned below. 

(X\'I) John Schaack, son of Irving Rich- 
mond Leonard, was born in Gowanda, New 
York, November 2, 1892, now a student in 
the engineering department of the University 
of Michigan at Ann Arbor, class of 1915. 

(The Hodges Line). 

(I) William Hodges, immigrant ancestor, 
was doubtless born in England, died April 2, 
1654, at Taunton, Massachusetts. He was 
very likely the "William Hedges" who was 
appointed on the jury at the court in Salem, 
^Massachusetts, ]March 27, 1638, though this 
may have been the William Hodges, of Lynn. 
His name is on the second list of the early 
settlers of Taunton. The first record of him 
is in August, 1643, in the list of males above 
sixteen and below sixty years of age. able to 
bear arms. On March 24. 1643-44. the town 
voted that a cartway be made in the woods 
near the land of William Hodges, William 
Evans and Aaron Knapp. On October 4, 
1648, at the Plymouth court, he was accused 
of trading shot with the Indians, but was 
cleared of the accusation. He was pro- 
pounded freeman, June 6, 1649, ^"d admitted 
freeman, June 5. 1651. being also appointed 
constable of Taunton at the same time. He 
was on the grand jury, June 2, 1652, and on 
a coroner's jury, August 2, 1653. at Ply- 
mouth. He was one of the original stock- 
holders of the Taunton Iron Works, and he 
seems to have owned much property. The 
inventory was filed March 15. 1654-55. He 
married, Mary, born about 1628-30, died af- 
ter 1700, daughter of Henry and Mary An- 



drews, of Taunton. She married (second) 
1655, Peter Pitts, of Taunton, who died 1692 
or 1693. Henry Andrews was one of the lirst 
seven freemen of Taunton, one of the first 
two deputies to the general court, 1639, deputy 
also in 1643-44-47-49 ; one of the first stock- 
holders of the Taunton Iron Works, and in 
other ways a prominent man in the town ; he 
died in 1633. Children of Air. and Mrs. 
Hodges, born in 'i aunton : John; Henry, 
mentioned below. 

(H) Henry, son of \\ illiam Hodges, was 
born in 1652, at Taunton, died there Septem- 
ber 30, 1717, aged sixty-five years, and was 
buried in the "Neck of Land 1 Jurying 
Ground," where his gravestone may still be 
seen. Pie lived "within a few yards of the 
place where a red school house stood in 1820. 
At that time there were some indications on 
the surface of the spot where the cellar had 
been." He was a leading man in the settle- 
ment, holding town offices for many years. 
He was captain of the military company, and 
was a deacon and presiding elder of the 
church, occupying, it is said, a seat in the pul- 
pit with Rev. Samuel Danforth. He owned 
much real estate, and was administrator of 
a large number of estates. bTom his promi- 
nence in the allotment of lands it would seem 
he was a surveyor. He was on a coroner's 
jury held at Plymouth, October 30, 1678, 
and on the grand jury, June 6, 1683; in 1681 
he was constable at Taunton ; he was select- 
man for twenty-eight years, 1687 to 1701, 
1703 to 1709, 171 1 to 1717. His name ap- 
pears, April 8, 1682, in the roster of the Third 
Squadron of the military company ordered 
to bring arms to church on Sundays. He 
was elected ensign of the Thirst Military Com- 
pany in March, 1690, when the town was 
greatly excited over the question as to who 
should command the company. Before 1703 
the Second Military Company was organized, 
and he was its first captain, and retained com- 
mand until 1 7 14. He was a subscriber to 
the fund for thS Canada expedition of 1690, 
under Sir William Phipp. When the north 
precinct of Taunton was established he flo- 
nated land as an inducement for a minister 
to settle in the new parish. He was a share- 
holder in the first Taunton Iron Works. 

He married . Children, born in 1'aun- 

ton : Mary, February 3, 1675-76; Esther, 
February 17, 1677-78; AX'illiam, March 18, 
1679-80; Charity, April 2, 1682, married 

(first) March 25, 1703, Lieutenant Elkanah 
Leonard (see Leonard iX), married (second) 
December 17, 1722, Jabez I'erkins, of Nor- 
wich, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Perkins; 
John, 1684; Henry, 1685 or 1686; Joseph, 
1688 or 1689; Benjamin, about 1691 ; Eph- 
raim, about 1693; Elizabeth; Abigail. 

(The Edgerton Line). 

The Edgerton family of Connecticut is 
descended from Richard Edgerton, who was 
an early settler of Norwich, Connecticut. 
He married, at Saybrook, Connecticut, April 
7, 1653, Mary Sylvester, and they had three 
daughters there before 1659. I"' November, 
1659, he had a house lot at Norwich, where 
he was afterward a proprietor, townsman and 
constable, and where he died in March, 1692. 
He had sons: John, born June 12, 1662, mar- 
ried Mary Reynolds ; Richard, married Eliz- 
abeth Scudder ; Samuel, married Alice Rip- 
ley ; Joseph, a planter of Lebanon. 

I'Tom Connecticut many of the family went 
to X'ermont in later generations. Eleazer, 
Jacob, Jedediah and John Edgerton were in 
the revolution from X^ermont, and in 1790 
Asa, Ezra, Jacob, Jedediah, Oliver, Simeon, 
William and Roswell were the heads of Ed- 
gerton families in \'ermont. 

(I ) Captain Daniel Edgerton, a descendant 
of Richard Edgerton, came with his family 
from Saybrook, Connecticut, and settled in 
Tinmouth, \ermont, about 1780. He died in 
Tinmouth. February 24, 1783, of small-pox, 
and was buried there, his headstone being 
moved to Wallingford cemetery about one 
hundred years after he died. The family 
moved to Wallingford, \'ermont, soon after 
his death. He married, November 8, 1764, 
Mary Douglas, who was an aunt of Senator 
Stephen A. Douglas. Children : Phebe, born 
December 6, 1765, married Samuel McClure; 
Daniel, April 12, 1768, married Betsey Fargo; 
Robert, April 15, 1770, married Anna Bull ; 
Isaac, July 11, 1772, unmarried; Philip, men- 
tioned below ; Mary ; Sarah. 

(II) Philip, son of Captain Daniel Edger- 
ton. was born ( )ctober i, 1774, and doubt- 
less died about 1863. He married (first) 
Mary Hall, whose brother, Mosely Hall, mar- 
ried Mary Edgerton, Philip's sister. He mar- 
ried (second) Narcissa (Dsborne. Children: 
Isaac, born December 4, 1797; Hiram, men- 
tioned below ; Philip Jr. : Edmund, Julv 28. 
1S04; Edwin. February 26, 1808; Benjamin, 



December 28, 1811; Laura, August 28, 1815; 
Julius, June 29, 1819. 

(Ill)" Hiram, son of Philip and Mary 
(Hall) Edgerton, was born at Wallingford, 
Vermont, July 28, 1800, died May, 187 1. He 
married (first) Louisa Pomeroy, (second) 
Mary Ann Judd. Children by first wife : 
]\laryette, born 1830, died June 4, 1905, mar- 
ried Joseph Nelson Leonard (see Leonard 
XIV) ; Cordelia, married Robert W. Marshall, 
now living at North East, Pennsylvania ; La- 
vinia, married Martin Merrifield, died about 
1906; Daniel G., lived at Carbondale, Colo- 
rado. Children by second wife : Dexter, died 
in infancy; George D. ; Edmund A., all de- 

This branch of the Miller fam- 
MILLER ily descends from John Miller, 
who came from Stroudsburg, 
Germany, in 1747, settling in Northumber- 
land county, Pennsylvania. He served in the 
revolutionary war under the command of 
General Washington, and was engaged at the 
battle of Trenton and Monmouth. He mar- 
ried and had a son John, mentioned below. 

(II) John (2) son of John (i) Miller, was 
born in Northumberland county, Pennsyl- 
vania, and was killed by a falling horse, in 
1818. He was a farmer and a lumberman. 
In the war of 1812 he served with Pennsyl- 
vania troops. He married and reared nine 
children : Peter, James, John, Frederick, 
Mary, Abraham, Susanna, Polly, Mary. 

(HI) Abraham, son of John (2) Miller, 
was born in Plamilton township, Northum- 
berland county, Pennsylvania, died in Hins- 
dale, New York, August, 1906. He settled 
in Hinsdale, New York, in 1824, where he 
followed farming and lumbering. He was 
captain of an independent rifle company, a 
Whig in politics and a member of the Bap- 
tist church. He married, December, 1842. 
Vesta Ann, daughter of Julian and Sarah 
(Pitt) Underwood, of Massachusetts. Chil- 
dren: I. Laurentius Yates, of whom further. 

2. Lorentus, deceased, married and had issue. 

3. Henry C, died at the age of twenty-eight 
years. 4. Sarah Helen, married (first) Ed- 
gar Norton ; children : Frederick and Clair ; 
married (second) Merritt A. Guile. 5. Vesta, 
married Nelson Marsh ; children : Sarah and 

(IV) Laurentius Yates, eldest son of Abra- 
ham Miller, was born December 9, 1843. 

He was educated in the public schools, and 
during his boy and early manhood worked 
on the farm, in a saw mill and on lumber 
rafts. When the civil war broke out he was 
anxious to enlist and offered his services to 
the recruiting officer of the Ninth Regiment, 
New York Cavalry. His size decided against 
him. He then tried to enlist in the One Hun- 
dred and Twenty-ninth New York Infantry, 
but was again refused enlistment on account 
of his small stature. One of his uncles had 
served in the United States navy during the 
Mexican war and he was told that he could 
enlist in the navy if he would go to the 
Brooklyn navy yard. Laurentius Y. then 
worked for his father during the days and 
for others until midnight, saving every cent 
toward fare to Brooklyn, then $12.50. He 
finally secured the required amount, and hav- 
ing obtained his mother's permission made the 
journey to Brooklyn, where he enlisted in the 
navy, August 18, 1863, being then under 
twenty years of age. He was rated as "lands- 
man" and assigned to the barque "Circas- 
sian," propelled by both steam and sails. She 
was a cruiser, employed between New York 
and the West Indies. His next ship was the 
frigate "New Hampshire," on which he served 
as "ordinary seaman." The "New Hamp- 
shire" was stationed at Port Royal, South 
Carolina. His next assignment was to the 
double end gunboat "Commodore McDon- 
ough" that later sank in a storm off Cape 
Hatteras. On her he saw active service at 
Stone river. Fort Prendell, Secessionville, 
James Island, and was in action three days 
and nights on the Kiawa river. At Light 
House inlet she narrowly escaped capture. 
He was then transferred to the "Philadel- 
phia" and was finally honorably discharged at 
the Washington navy yard, August 31, 1865, 
with the rating of "ordinary seaman." 

After the war he returned home, worked 
in a saw mill until March 19, 1866, on which 
date he left New York harbor on a converted 
man-of-war, the "Santiago de Cuba," bound 
for the gold fields of Montana by way of the 
.Isthmus and San Francisco. In June, 1866, 
he reached San Francisco, going from there 
to Portland, Oregon, thence to Walla Walla, 
Oregon, thence by pack train over the moun- 
tains to the Blackfoot gold field. In August, 
1866. he arrived at Bear Gulch without a cent. 
From there he forded the ]\Iissouri river and 
reached Henderson Gulch, where he remained 



one month, working at four dollars per day. 
He then started to reach Helena, one hundred 
and fifty miles away, the road an Indian trail 
and he alone. The second day out he ran into 
a camp of Flat Head Indians who fortunately 
proved friendly and gave him buffalo meat. 
He spent the next five years at Confederate 
Gulch, mining during the summers, hunting 
and trapping in the winters. He experienced 
much trouble from the hostile Blackfeet and 
Sioux Indians, who would steal his traps and 
game. The settlers had several severe skir- 
mishes and once were entirely surrounded. 

In 1871 j\Ir. Miller returned home and 
was married. The following April he re- 
turned to Montana, remaining two years. He 
again returned to New York where he had 
left his wife, and for the first time saw his 
son, Thornton A., then over a year old. He 
again returned to Confederate Gulch, going 
thence to Phillipsburg, and to the Race Track 
diggings, where he trapped and mined. He 
had encounters with the Indians and with the 
beasts of the mountains, but always came off 
safely. After time spent in Colorado and the 
Black Hills, quartz mining, he returned again 
to his family. In 1884 he took an extended 
trip up the Yellowstone river as far as Fort 
Benton, buying furs and buffalo skins of the 
Indians and traders, shipping his purchases 
to New York City. The following year he 
made the same trip. In 1885 he went to Bill- 
ings and Livingston, Montana, purchasing 
land in both places along the route of the 
Northern Pacific railroad, disposing of the 
same after a few years, at a fair profit. In 
1886 he returned east, still engaging in fur 
buying. In 1892 he located in Olean, New 
York, where he purchased property and estab- 
lished the firm of L. Y. Miller & Sons, deal- 
ers in fruit and all kinds of country produce, 
hides, furs, skins, wool, etc. His sons, Henry 
C. and Elmer W., were admitted on attain- 
ing their majority. Mr. Miller's years of 
western experience cover the period, 1866-86, 
during which conditions existed which have 
now passed away forever. Where then roved 
the Indians and the buffalo are now railroads, 
villages and cultivated fields. A later devel- 
opment brought the cow boy and the desper- 
ado, now also almost a thing of the past. 
These years of toil, hardship and danger left 
him with undaunted courage and a rich fund 
of interesting recollection. His fur purchas- 
ing expeditions took him through not only 

personal danger but brought him in contact 
with the wily, unscrupulous white trader and 
his not less wily red brother, always on the 
lookout for the best end of the bargain. This 
school of training developed all his powers 
and left him the strong, fearless, energetic 
man found in active business to-day, carrying 
his sixty-eight years, erect and vigorous. He 
belongs to lodge, chapter and commandery of 
the Masonic Order; was commander of G..D. 
Bayard Post, No. 222, Grand Army of the 
Republic; for fifteen years has been on the 
staff" of the national commander and for six 
years a delegate to the national encampment. 
He is president of the Republican Club of 
Olean, and while living in Hinsdale served 
seven successive terms as supervisor. He is 
president of the Cattaraugus County Veter- 
ans' Association ; member of the Park Club 
and of the Presbyterian church of Olean. 

He married, March 15, 1871, EveHne A. 
Wasson, born March 23, 1850. Children: i. 
Thornton A., born December 7, 187 1 ; mar- 
ried Mable Crawford; children: Flarold W., 
Genella, Guynett, Marion. 2. Henry C, born 
March 23, 1876; married. May 2^, 1898, 
Grace Howard, born August 18, 1876; chil- 
dren: S. Howard, born September 23, 1900; 
Faith, December 24, 1902. 3. Elmer W., born 
July 22, 1878; married Beulah Johnson, born 
March 26, 1880; child, Josephine, born No- 
vember 9, 1904. 4. Arthur G. 

Charles Bemis Coyle, an enter- 
COYLE prising and energetic citizen of 

Jamestown, noted for his busi- 
ness sagacity and acumen, is a worthy de- 
scendant (on the paternal side) of an English 
and Irish ancestry, and (on the maternal side) 
of a New England ancestry, members of this 
family settling there in the early part of its 
history and bearing well their part in the vari- 
ous walks of life. 

(I) Cornelius T. Coyle, father of Charles 
B. Coyle, was a resident of North Carolina. 
He enlisted in the civil war and was 
wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. 
After the close of the war he followed the 
occupation of farming, deriving therefrom a 
goodly livelihood. He married Rosalie R., 
daughter of Charles F. and Minnie (Roberts) 

(II) Charles Bemis, son of Cornelius T. 
and Rosalie R. (Bemis) Coyle, was born in 
Greenville, Madison county, Florida, October 



14. 1876. He was reared on his father's 
farm, and attended the schools in the neigh- 
borhood of his home. Being left an orphan 
at the age of twelve, he went to live with an 
uncle, John J. Coyle, D.D.S., who was for- 
merly dean of the Baltimore Medical College, 
and during the one and one-half years he 
remained with him he attended school for one 
year. He then went to West Virginia and 
worked for another uncle, George F. Coyle, 
proprietor of a dry goods store in Charles- 
ton, remaining with him for a period of five 
vears, after which he entered the employ of a 
grocery firm, but this was of short duration. 
At the age of eighteen he came to New York 
City and engaged in the real estate business 
on his own account, along general lines, and 
after considerable perseverance and persistent 
labor attained the position of city appraiser. 
In 1901 he took a short vacation, spending 
the time in the south, during which time he 
met the lady who became his wife and whom 
he married after an acquaintance of ten days, 
and upon his return to New York, accom- 
panied by his wife, again engaged in the real 
estate business and was eminently successful 
until the panic of 1907 when, like so many 
other business men, he lost everything he had 
accumulated. Upon the reorganization of the 
Borough Bank of Brooklyn, Mr. Coyle was 
given charge of the real estate and apprais- 
ing departments of the institution, which had 
charge of about one million and a half dol- 
lars' worth of real estate, and this Mr. Coyle 
tried to liquidate for them. The bank failed 
again in 1910, and Mr. Coyle then organized 
the Crescent Mortgage Company, a New 
York corporation, but shortly afterward, tir- 
ing of the strenuous life of the metropolis, 
he removed to Jamestown, New York, where 
he opened a branch office, which he conducted 
successfully up to 1912, when he purchased 
the interests of the other members of the 
Crescent Mortgage Company and is now re- 
organizing as a local company. Mr. Coyle's 
life has been an active one, and his special 
line of work has added to the general wealth 
and welfare of his adopted city. He is a Re- 
publican in politics, and in 19 12 was elected 
as a delegate to the Republican state conven- 
tion at Rochester, New York. 

Mr. Coyle married, September 19, 1901, 
Blanche E. Stansbury, of Richmond. Virginia, 
daughter of George A. and Georgina 
(Grimes) Stansbury. Children: Blanche 

Evelyn, born July 22, 1904: Kenyon Bemis, 
]\lay 22, 1906; Charles Bemis Jr., April 3, 

J. George Quirin, father of 
OUIRIN \\'illiam C. A. Quirin, was born 

in A\'esthoffen, Alsace, then 
France, now in Germany, and died at Olean, 
New York, April i, 1907. He came to the 
United States in 1852. and became an appren- 
tice in the calf skin shop of Mercer in Cam- 
bridge, ^Massachusetts. He then removed to 
Iowa, where he was engaged in the business 
of tanning until 1867. He returned to the 
east with his brothers, Philip and Jacob, and 
in June, 1869, together with them, purchased 
the tannery of the late Colonel William Ran- 
som at Tioga Center, New York, and con- 
verted it into an upper leather tannery under 
the firm name of J. G. Quirin & Company. 
They gave employment to from one hundred 
to one hundred and fifty men in the tanning 
of wax calf, and were connected with Will- 
iam C. Quirin & Company, of Boston. The 
latter firm had a currying shop on Longwood 
avenue, Roxbury, ^Massachusetts, where two 
hundred men were employed in finishing the 
product of the tannery. At that time they 
were the largest manufacturers of wax calf 
skins in the country and produced skins of 
as superior quality to the French calf skins 
then in such demand. In 1887 both firms went 
into liquidation. J. George Quirin retired 
from active business life, and spent the re- 
mainder of his life on his farm in summer 
and with his sons at Olean in winter. The 
other members of the firm had all died be- 
fore, Philip in 1 87 1, Jacob in 1880, and Will- 
iam, of Boston, in 190 1. Mr. Quirin wrote 
a number of articles on the manufacture of 
leather, which appeared in the Shoe and 
Leather Reporter, 1867-69. principally on 
■'mill stuffing." Pie had been one of the first 
operators of a stuffing mill when in the em- 
ployment of Mr. Hofi^man in Somerville or 
Cambridge, between 1852 and 1858. 

Pie married Madeline Bernhardt. Chil- 
dren : William C. A., mentioned below ; 
Emill J. F., born February 21, 1855: George 
L. A., married Celia F. Sewell : Frederick, 
died young ; Edward N.. married Edna L. 
Farle : Charles N., unmarried; Lydia E.. mar- 
ried Edward Muller ; Albert, deceased ; Frank 
J., married Elma Brimdage : Carrie L., de- 
ceased ; Angelica F., unmarried : lohn. 

fUU IJOtVVu^^ — ) 



(II) William C. A., son of J. George 
Quirin, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 
March 11, 1854. His early education was 
received in the public schools of that city and 
in Owego, New York, after which he spent 
two years in study in France and Germany. 
On his return to this country he entered the 
employ of his father in the large tannery at 
Tioga Center, New York. He mastered the 
business and laid the foundation of his future 
business success in this line of work. He is 
the owner of one of the largest and best 
equipped tanneries in the United States. It 
occupies sixteen acres at Olean, New York, 
and the plant comprises some twenty build- 
ings having the most modern machinery and 
employing one hundred and fifty skilled la- 
borers. A railroad siding facilitates the ship- 
ment of freight over the Pennsylvania rail- 
road, and another connects with the Pittsburg, 
Shawmut & Northern railroad. At the 
Quirin tannery the finest grade of glove and 
satin grade leather, kangaroo calf, dongola, 
enameled leather, vegetable and chrome tan- 
nage for fine shoes. The business was es- 
tablished in 1887, and at the outset the tan- 
nery used about fifty hides a day. At the 
present time (1912) twelve hundred hides are 
used daily. The product is shipped to Boston 
and thence distributed to customers in all parts 
of the world. The disposal of the by-pro- 
ducts of the factory are interesting. The 
tan bark after it has been used to make leather 
is used for fuel ; the hair for manufacturing 
blankets ; warps for ingrain carpet, and the 
scraps of leather are sold for shoe stock. 

Mr. Quirin is progressive, enterprising and 
practical, and enjoys the confidence and es- 
teem of the entire community. He is a direc- 
tor and president of the Olean Building and 
Loan Association ; trustee of Olean Public 
Library nine years ; chairman of the building 
committee of the present fine building ; one 
of the water commissioners, appointed in 
1907 and reappointed since : treasurer of the 
Olean Water Board ; treasurer of the Buck- 
hannon Chemical Company of West Virginia : 
treasurer of the Quirin Leather Press Com- 
pany of Olean. He is also popular in social 
life, and is a member of a number of clubs. 
In religion he is a Baptist, and in politics is 
a Republican. 

^Ir. Quirin married, June 3, 1880, Libbie 
Dean, of Walworth, New York, born Alarch 
4. 1858, died September 12, 1889, daughter 

of Franklyn S. Dean. Children: Madeline, 
born December i, 1884; Ezela, July 27, 1887. 

Rev. Truman Horton Perkins 
PERKINS was born December 30, 1835, 
died April 11, 1884. He had 
a brother, Spicer M. Perkins, of Buft"alo, 
New York. His brother, Alfred D. Perkins, 
died at Minden, Minnesota. Two sisters died 
young. His mother, Eliza Ann (Horton) 
Perkins, was a daughter of Truman and Bet- 
sey (Carr) Horton. Truman Horton Perkins 
was educated for the ministry and received 
his degree from the Northwestern Univer- 
sity at Evanston, Illinois. He spent his youth 
in Erie county, New York, and taught school 
there to aid in paying for his education. He 
was for a time a student at Griffiths Institute, 
Springville, New York, where he completed 
his preparation for college. After graduat- 
ing from college he joined the Genesee Con- 
ference of the Methodist Episcopal church 
and had pastorates at Utica, Marilla, Alex- 
ander and Groveland, New York. He was 
a member of the lodge of Free and Accepted 
Masons of Attica, New York. In politics he 
was a Republican. He was a gifted preacher, 
a kindly, gentle, attractive personality, up- 
right and conscientious, faithful to every duty 
of his great profession. 

He married at Evanston, Illinois, Septem- 
ber 24, 1871, Carrie lone Andrews, born at 
Bennington, Vermont, November 21, 1852, 
daughter of Dr. David and Betsey (Wait) 
Andrews. Her father resided at Lunenburg, 
\'ermont, where he was in general practice, 
and afterward at Brant, Erie county, Western 
New York, where he practiced for many years 
and where he died at the age of sixty years ; 
he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church ; had a son, Dr. Joseph Andrews, a 
physician at Winfield, Kansas, where he died 
in 1877; Dr. David Andrews married (first j 
, (second) Betsey (Wait) Spencer, wi- 
dow of Osborn Spencer ; she was born De- 
cember II, 1823, in Hebron, W^ashington 
county, New York, daughter of Lee and Lydia 
(Stearns) Wait. Mrs. Perkins was the only 
child. Rev. Truman Horton Perkins had one 
son, Darwin Clure, mentioned below. 

(II) Dr. Darwin Clure Perkins, son of 
Rev. Truman Horton Perkins, was born at 
Alexander, Genesee county. New York, July 
28, 1879. He attended the public schools of 
his native town, and graduated from the Alex- 



ander high school in the class of 1895. He 
entered Cornell University and was gradu- 
ated in 1895 with the degree of Bachelor of 
Arts. He was a student in the Honueopathic 
College and Flower Hospital, New York, from 
1904 to 1906, and he received degree of Doc- 
tor of Medicine from the Homoeopathic Col- 
lege. He began to practice at Jamestown in 
1906, opening offices at 405-407 Chadakoin 
Building, and has continued in practice there 
to the present time. He has taken a position 
of leadership in his profession in his city. 
He is a member of the Chautauqua County 
Medical Society and the New York State 
Medical Society. He purchased the house at 
803 Lafayette street, where he resided, and 
in 1911-12 he erected the "Dorion," a large 
and commodious brick apartment house, three 
stories high, containing seven apartments, one 
of which he occupies. His family attends the 
Presbyterian church. In politics he is a Re- 

He married, at Penbrook, New York, No- 
vember 17. 1901, Margaret Zwetsch, born 
June 27, 1878. daughter of Philip and Sarah 
Margaret (Weimer ) Zwetsch. Children, born 
in Jamestown, New York : Dorothy Evelyn, 
June 27, 1907 ; Margaret lone, October 22, 

This is one of the surnames 
GARDNER derived from an occupation 
and is found in many forms 
of spelling, Gardiner and Gardner being the 
most frequent. The name is characteristic 
of the middle counties of England and oc- 
curs in both forms in southern and central 
Scotland, especially in Perthshire. The fam- 
ily is exceedingly numerous in the United 
States. They have been prominent in the 
history of New York from an early period. 
George Gardner was an assistant justice of 
the court, 1771. Powell Gardner held the 
same office from 1802 to 181 5. Stow Gard- 
ner was attorney general, 1853. They have 
had representatives in the state legislature and 
on the field and staff. Joshua Gardner was 
"one of the first settlers of the town of Ste- 
phentown, then Albany county." 

The family was founded in America by 
Thomas Gardner, who came to Salem, Massa- 
chusetts. 1624, from Dorsetshire, England. 
He is known as the founder of the Salem 
branch. George Gardner was among the first 
settlers of Rhode Island as early as 1638. He 

came from England and is believed to be the 
founder of the New York family. He mar- 
ried (first ) Herodias, widow of John Hicks, 
who died in Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1679; 
(second) Lydia Ballon. Each wife bore him 
seven children. The connection is not plain 
between the Rhode Island ancestor and the 
Cattaraugus county family on account of 
breaks in the family records. 

(I) William Gardner was a resident of 
Wayne county. New York, where others of 
his family had settled. He was later a set- 
tler in Cattaraugus county. New York, where 
he engaged in farming. He married a first 
wife who bore him eight children. He mar- 
ried (second) Susan Smith. Children by sec- 
ond marriage : George, William, James, Su- 
san, Caleb Smith. 

(II) Caleb Smith, son of William and Su- 
san (Smith) Gardner, was born October 3, 
1822, died June, 1904. He married, July 25, 
1861, Rachel Ann ?\Iaybee, born April 4, 1840, 
daughter of Harmon Maybee. born 1818, died 
1901, married Elizabeth Rowland; children: 
Nicholas, married Abbie Dow : Rachel Ann, 
married Caleb Smith Gardner ; John T., mar- 
ried Louise Luke : Clementina, married Red- 
mond Thomas, and Hiram, married Anna 

. Elizabeth was a daughter of Anderson 

Rowland. Harmon was a son of Jeremiah 
and Rachel Maybee. Children of Caleb Smith 
Gardner: i. Frank Harmon, born February 
3, 1862. died June 6, 1902 : married, October 
28. 1884, Anna Coyle. born June 3, 1864; 
children : Edna May, born October 9. 1885 ; 
.Stella A., June 21, 1888; Frances E., Novem- 
ber 29, 1891 ; Fred C, November 28, 1893. 
2. Susan Elizabeth, born January 7, 1864; 
married, June 26, 1895, William A. Sprague. 
born December 5, 1856. 3. Fred Wesley, of 
whom further. 4. Edith May, born March 
6, 1876, died 1885. 5. Edward Smith, born 
March 27, 1882. 

(III) Fred \\'esley. son of Caleb Smith 
and Rachel Ann (Maybee) Gardner, was born 
August 29, 1867. He was educated in the 
public schools, and began business life as a 
cash boy in the store of \\'illiam J. Fish, at 
Salamanca. He was only in that position for 
a short time when he decided to learn the 
trade of printer. He entered in January, 1882, 
the office of Perrin & Webber, where he thor- 
oughly mastered the printers art. He received 
several promotions in pay and rank, continu- 
ing in their employ until 1890. He then went 



to Washington where he was appointed to 
a position in the government printing office. 
He remained two years, resigned and went 
to Rochester. New York, where he was chief 
proofreader on the Denwcraf and L hroiiiclc. 
In 1900 he resigned and settled in Salamanca, 
New York, where h.e purchased the mercan- 
tile business of Mr. Ellsworth. He later 
formed a ])artnership with Eugene B. Se- 
near, and as Senear & Gardner, opened "The 
Fair," a mercantile house devoted to general 
merchandise, except groceries and provisions. 
The hrm has been a very successful one and 
commands a generous patronage. Mr. Gard- 
ner is a member of Cattaraugus Lodge, No. 
239, l-'ree and Accepted Masons ; Salamanca 
Chapter, No. 266, Royal Arch Masons ; Sala- 
manca Commandery, No. 62, Knights Temp- 
lar, in which he holds the office of captain 
general. Is also a Knight of Pythias. He 
is very popular among his townsmen and has 
a host of warm friends. He is a Republican 
in politics ; w^as president of the village cor- 
poration one vear and town clerk four terms 
of two years each. He belongs to the Bap- 
tist church. 

He married, August 2<j, 1888, Carrie Eve- 
lina, born September 14, 1869, daughter of 
W^arren W. and Elmira ( Crandall ) Wellman. 
Children of Warren W. Wellman: i. Alice 
Leonora, married, 1885, Eugene Barker Se- 
near: children: Raymond, born November 5, 
1886: I'rancis, November 21. 1889. 2. Carrie 
Evelina, married Frederick W. Gardner. 3. 
Grace Luella. married Ward V>. Baldwin; 
children: Marjorie and Dorothea. Children 
of I'>ed W. and Carrie Evelina Gardner: 
Victor Warren, born June 5, 1889: W'illiam 
Frederick, August 17, 1903. 

The Reed family of Dunkirk, New 

REED York, descend from John Reed, 

who was a boat builder and a 

sailor on the Great Lakes. He married Nancy 

and had a son. William A., of whom 


(II) Captain William A. Reed, son of 
John and Nancy Reed, followed in the foot- 
steps of his father and became a sailor on 
the lakes, rising to the rank of captain. He 
was also a boat builder. He married Alfrida 
Allen. Children: i. Alvah H., married Nel- 
lie Clark ; children : Clark and Alice. 2. Will- 
iam A., married Agnes Lott, of Canada. 3. 
Daniel A., of whom further. 

(Ill J Daniel A., youngest sou of Captain 
William A. and Alfrida (Allen) Reed, was 
born in Sheridan, New York, September 15, 
1876. He was educated in the public schools 
of Sheridan, later attended Silver Creek high 
scIkjoI, and in 1896 entered Cornell Univer- 
sity (Law School) from whence he was gra- 
duated in 1899 with the degree of LL. B. He 
returned for a post-graduate course of one 
year, and in 1900 was admitted to the New 
York bar. Mr. Reed made an enviable repu- 
tation at Cornell, both in scholarship and ath- 
letics. He earned the Cornell championship 
and the record for heavy weight lifting and 
the heavy weight wrestling championship of 
the university. He was a member of the Uni- 
versity baseball team and for two years was 
coach for the team. His ability as a coach 
was so noticeable that he was in demand by 
other colleges and universities. He coached 
the team of Cincinnati University two years, 
Pennsylvania State College one year and 
Georgetown College, Kentucky, for a time. 
In 1910 he formed a partnership with RoUin 
M. Snow, of Dunkirk, and established a law 
practice in that city. His legal ability at- 
tracted the attention of state officials and he 
was appointed attorney of the state excise de- 
partment, at Albany, a position he held sev- 
eral years. He is now in the practice of his 
profession at Dunkirk. 

He is a member of the Adelti Ki fraternity 
and of the Quill and Dagger Society, of Cor- 
nell. He belongs to Irondequoit Lodge, No. 
301, b'ree and Accepted Masons, the Young 
Men's Christian Association, of which he was 
president in 1903, and of the Dunkirk Club. 
In jDolitics he is a Republican and a recog- 
nized leader of the party in northern I'hau- 
tauqua count}'. 

Mr. Reed married Georgia Tichner ; chil- 
dren, born in Dunkirk. New York : William 
Tichner, July 27,, 1906; Ruth, October 24, 

Whether this n;ime 
SHUTTLE WORTH is derived from the 

weaver's art does 
not appear, but true it is that many genera- 
tions of the family in England were expert 
weavers of carpets and rugs, in fact it was 
a family trade. One branch of the family 
from Yorkshire, England, came to the I'nited 
States in 1875 under contract with .\. T. 
Stewart, of New York, then th.e ■"merchant 



prince," he to supply mill and machinery and 
to dispose of their entire output. The branch 
herein recorded seem to have followed other 
lines of activity, the progenitor being a farmer 
of Witham, Essex, England. His son Charles 
is the founder. 

(II) Charles Shuttleworth was born in the 
county of Essex, parish of Witham, England. 
February 8, 1799. died in Springville, Erie 
county. New York, February 21, 1854. He 
learned the trade of miller. In 1832 he came 
to the Cnited States, landing in New York 
City, August 21. He followed his trade in 
different parts of the United States, finally, 
about 1846, settling at Springville, where he 
followed milling until his death. He always 
remained a loyal citizen of England, never 
becoming a naturalized citizen of the United 
States. He was a member of the Episcopal 
church both in England and the United States. 
He married, March 26, 1821, in England, Julia 
Anna Barnard, a sister of Captain Barnard, 
in command of one of the large English war 
ships. She was born July 16, 1799. Chil- 
dren: I. Harriet, born April 4, 1822, died 
June 16, 1905; married, October 9, 1842, Jef- 
ferson A. Robinson ; no issue. 2. Elizabeth, 
born June 25, 1823, died 1896; married, No- 
vember 9, 1842, James Corbet ; no issue. 3. 
Jane, born September 11, 1824, died 1907; 
married, July 7. 1844, Jacob Baker. 4. Han- 
nah, born November 19, 1825, died March 
14, 1841 : unmarried. 5. ]\lary Louisa, born 
August 17, 1827, died February 12, 1877; 
married William Barckley : children : Han- 
nah, married William Brush, deceased, and 

. 6. Charles John, of whom further. 7. 

Julia Emma, born September 11, 1840, died 
June 2, 1890 ; married a j\Ir. Gilmore and 
has three daughters living in the west. 

(III ) Charles John, the first American l:)()rn 
child of Charles Shuttleworth, was born in 
Vernon, Oneida county. New York, Decem- 
ber 17, 1834. He was educated in the public 
schools and lived in Springville, New York, 
from the date of the family settlement there 
until 1896, a period of about half a century. 
He was engaged in the milling business, but 
also owned a foundry and machine shops, 
which burned in 1874, and dealt largely in 
real estate in and around Springville. In 
1896 he moved to Niagara Falls, New York, 
where he was in charge of machine shops and 
of the city water works for some time. In 
1901 he came to Ikift'alo, where he has been 

variously employed in draughting plans for 
machinery and other mechanical work ; was 
in charge of the Josiah Ross shops for a time 
and built the lighting' plant for the East Au- 
rora Electric Light Company. In 1877 he 
invented and patented a bolt for bolting flour 
and in 1878 organized a company for its 
manufacture. This company was a very suc- 
cessful one until the introduction of the rol- 
ler process of making- flour, which could not 
be treated by the process. He has been a 
member of the Masonic Order for half a cen- 
tury, and is a Republican in politics. While 
living in the town of Concord (Springville) 
he was town clerk and collector of taxes sev- 
eral terms. 

He married, October 25. 1859, Eliza Han- 
nah Holland, born June 28, 1837, died Sep- 
tember 14, 191 1, at Buffalo, one of the ten 
children of George Holland, of Springville. 
Children: i. Elizabeth, married (first) Sam- 
uel W. Eddy; child, Ruth; married (second) 
John P. Fiske ; child, Helen. 2. Charles R., 
married Mabel Jackson ; children : Margaret, 
Marian, John, (Jack). 3. Luther J., of whom 
further. 4. Mabel B. 5. Maleska G., mar- 
ried F. W. Street : child, Eliza Hannah. 6. 
James E., married Jessie Wilson. 

(1\') Luther J., second son of Charles John 
Shuttleworth, was born in Springville, Erie 
county. New York, August 11, 1865. He was 
educated in the public schools and at Griffith 
Institute. He learned the trade of machinist 
and later engaged in the foundry and machine 
business. After several years he retired from 
this and has since been engaged in contract- 
ing and building. He owns and operates a 
large planing mill where he does all his own 
mill work, and a lumber yard. He has erected 
many of the handsome houses and public 
buildings of the villa'i^e and in Western New 
York, and in 19 10 built the present station 
of the Buft'alo, Rochester & Pittsburgh rail- 
road in Springville. He is a Republican in 
politics : was elected supervisor in 1904 but 
resigned on his election to the state assembly, 
in 1906 and in 1907, serving three terms in 
that body of lawmakers. He is past master 
of Springville Lodge, No. 351, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons; past high priest of Spring- 
ville Chapter, No. 275, Royal Arch Masons; 
member of Salamanca Commandery, No. 62, 
Knights Templar, and a thirty-second degree 
Mason of Buft"alo Consistory, Ancient Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite : also a Noble of the Mys- 

^uf/ieH A. ^nutfiemoittA 



tic Shrine, Ismailia Temple, Buffalo, also a 
member of Western New York Past Masters 
Association. ]\Ir. Shuttleworth is also affil- 
iated with Springville Lodge, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. 

He married, September 17, 1891, Esther 
Reese, born September 20. 1867, daughter of 
John W. Reese, of Freedom, New York, 
whose other child, Ellen, married Arthur Ev- 
erett, of Castile, New York, and has a son 
Harry. Children of Luther J. Shuttleworth: 
Esther, born August 20, 1892; Richard Reese, 
December 13, 1895 : Doris, September 4, 1898. 

There are two distinct families 
OPDYKE of Opdyke in the United States 

tracing from the earliest pe- 
riod in New Amsterdam. One of these is 
of pure German descent, springing from Gys- 
bert Op d Dyck (as he signed himself) who 
occupied high position in the Dutch West In- 
dia Company and in the early government of 
New Amsterdam under the Dutch occupation. 
He was eighth in descent from Op Den Dyck, 
born 1297. Magistrate of Wesel, a town on 
the right bank of the Rhine in the province 
of Rhenish, Prussia, Germany. This family 
settled in Holland and were, no doubt, related 
to the branch mentioned hereafter. The other 
family descend from Louris Jansen Opdyck, 
a Hollander. The family in Jamestown, New 
York, herein traced, descend from this Dutch 
emigrant. Beyond the indisputable fact that 
he was a Hollander, nothing can be told of 
him prior to his appearance in New Nether- 
land, prior to 1653. 

Louris Jansen Opdyck was born in Holland, 
later than 1600 and prior to 1620. He mar- 
ried Christina and came to New Nether- 
land prior to 1653, in which year he owned 
a residence in Albany and bought a lot at 
Gravesend, Long Island ; resided in Graves- 
end in 1655 and in New York, 1656-57; died 
in 1659 at Gravesend. The Albany county 
records of 1654 are missing, as all those of 
the churches at Albany and Long Island be- 
fore 1660, therefore the part of Holland from 
which he came has not been ascertained. He 
wrote his name according to Dutch usage, 
Louris Jansen, meaning Louris, son of Jan. 
He was a well educated man and was pos- 
sessed of some means on coming to America. 
He continued up the Hudson to Fort Orange 
(Albany) wdiere he engaged in the fur trade. 
His house lot, corner of Broadwav and State 

street, now faces the postoffice in the very 
heart of the business center of Albany. The 
records show his later residence in Graves- 
end and New Amsterdam (New York). He 
left three sons : Peter, Otto, Johannes. 

(II) Johannes, son of Louris Jansen Op- 
dyck, was born 1651, died at Hopewell, New 
Jersey, April, 1729. His mother Christina 
married a second husband, Lourens Peter- 
sen, and the family selling their Gravesend 
farm removed to Dutch Kills (Newtown) 
where Johannes lived until his removal to 
New Jersey, in 1697. ^^ was a prosperous 
farmer, married, with a large family, when 
in 1697 l""^ moved to New Jersey, settling in 
wdiat was then Burlington county, close to 
what is now Lawrenceville. Mercer county, 
New Jersey. Johannes later purchased thir- 
teen hundred acres which included the site 
of the present village of Pennington, noted 
for many generations as the home of Penning- 
ton Seminary of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. He made other purchases which were 
deeded to Johannes Louwrensen Op Dyck. 
His Pennington purchase he sold for two hun- 
dred dollars, double what it cost him. He 
owned lands in Trenton, Hopewell and in 
other places, and during his thirty-two years' 
residence in New Jersey he was one of the 
heaviest dealers in real estate. February 12, 
1729, he made his will in Hopewell, leaving 
his property to be ecjually divided among his 
eight children then living. Two months later 
he died. His will is now preserved with a 
few others of that period in the vaults of the 
state house at Trenton. His burial place is 
unknown, as is that of his wife Katherine. 
Children: i. Tryntje, married Enoch An- 
drus, and lived at Trenton, New Jersey. 2. 
Engeltje. married Joshua Anderson, and lived 
at Maidenhead, New Jersey. 3. Annetje, 
married Cornelus Anderson, and lived at 
Hopewell, New Jersey. 4. Lawrence, married 

Agnes and lived at Maidenhead, New 

Jersey. 5. Albert, of w'hom further. 6. A 
son, born about 1720. 7. Bartholomew, lived 
at Maidenhead. 

(HI) Albert, son of Johannes Opdyck, was 
born at Dutch Kills, New York, about 1685, 
died at Maidenhead, New Jersey, 1752. His 
will, made May 7, 1752, was probated Au- 
gust, 1752. He resided the greater part of 
his life in Hopewell township. New Jersey, 
although removing to ^laidenhead a short 
time before his death. He is of special inter- 



est because he alone of all the immediate 
descendants of the original Opdyck settlers 
retained the Opdyck spelling, which the others 
changed to Updike. Albert's four sons are 
then the ancestors of all the Opdyckes, Op- 
dykes and Obdykes in the United States. He, 
however, departed from the family religious 
faith and became a member of the Llaptist 
church. His wife was named Elizabeth. Chil- 
dren : I. John, born 1710, died 1777; married 
jMargaret Green ; he was a merchant of Am- 
well, Hunterdon county. New Jerse\'. 2. 
Joshua, of whom further. 3. William, born 
1715, died 1789; married Nancy Carpenter; he 
was a farmer of Maidenhead, New jersey. 4. 
Benjamin, born 1721, died 1807; married 

Joanna ; he was a farmer of Bethlehem, 

New Jersey. 5. Sarah, born 1724, died 1804, 
unmarried. 6. Catherine. 7. h'rank. 8. Han- 

(I\') Joshua Opdyke (as he wrote it) sec- 
ond son of Albert Opdyck, was born in Hope- 
well township, Hunterdon county. New Jer- 
sey, about 1713. died 1789. Although the sec- 
ond son he inherited a double portion under 
his father's will. He settled away from the 
family home in Amwell, on the ridge that di- 
vides the water shed of the Delaware and 
Raritan rivers. He had the great love for 
the soil and purchased warrants for fractional 
parts of allotments from the Quaker "pro- 
prietors,"" and under these were surveyed and 
assigned to him lands in Hunterdon, Morris 
and Sussex counties. He also received two 
hundred and ninety-eight acres from his wife's 
father, and purchased three hundred and 
twenty acres in Sussex. It is not recorded 
that he ever sold more than one of the ten 
tracts he owned and it is known that he gave 
a farm to each of his children, during his 
lifetime or at his death. His home-tead was 
a tract of five hundred acres in the Amwell 
forest that later became Kingwood. He built 
there first a log house and lived therein until 
he cleared off the heavy timber from some 
of his land, then built a stone house that is 
yet standing. He adhered to the Baptist 
church which his father had joined long be- 
fore in Hopewell. He is said to have been 
the leading spirit in founding the old school 
Baptist church at Baptistown, near his farm. 
Upon the old records of this church Joshua 
appears as a deacon and he or his sons fre- 
quently presided at the church meetings. In 
1789 iie was a delegate from Kingwood to 

the Baptist convention at Philadelphia. He 
was a tall, well proportioned man of remark- 
ably cheerful and even temper, but firm and 
resolute. When the British and Hessians 
were committing depredations on the peaceful 
inhabitants of Hunterdon county, a report 
came that a band of the hated troopers were 
approaching Kingwood. Joshua loaded four 
guns and concealed himself along the road in- 
tending to fire them rapidly and create the 
impression that a squad was firing; but the 
troop turned out to be American soldiers. His 
two sons served in the continental army, as 
did six sons of his brother. 

He married, in 1738, Ann, daughter of 
Samuel Green, the surveyor. Children : i. 
Richard, born about 1740, died 1825; mar- 
ried (first) Grace Thacher ; (second) Diana 
B. Sutton. He was a farmer and justice of 
the peace of Kingwood, New Jersey. He 
held the latter ofiice forty years and sat for 
eleven years on the bench of the court of 
common pleas. He was intensely patriotic and 
served well the colonial cause. He was famil- 
iarl}' known as "Squire Richard," was tall, 
dignified and reserved, wearing knee breeches 
and his hair in a bag, walking lame from a 
white swelling. 2. Luther, of whom further. 
3. Sarah, married Thomas Allen, a farmer 
of Sussex county. New Jersey. 4. Elizabeth, 
married Samuel Hill, a farmer of Sussex 

county. 5. Margaret, married Glover, a 

farmer of Sussex county. 6. Frances, born 
1757, died 1809; married (first) John Hoag- 
land; (second) Ambrose Bancroft. 7. Han- 
nah, born 1760, died 182 1 ; married John 
Britton, a farmer of Kingwood. 8. Cather- 
ine, married Aaron \'an Syckel, a farmer of 
Hunterdon county. 

(V) Luther Opdycke (as he wrote, it) son 
of Joshua Opdyke. was born March 29, 1750, 
died 1838. He lived to be eighty-eight years 
of age, and three of his sons passed the age 
of eighty. The county and state records pre- 
serve his doings for a period of sixty years. 
He was justice of the peace for fifty years, 
and it is said that no decision of his was ever 
reversed. A great part of the time he was 
associate judge in the court of common pleas 
of Hunterdon county, or in the surrogate 
court. He was repeatedly chosen freeholder, 
and continually administrator or guardian of 
persons and estates. He was always called 
"Squire Luther" and never addressed other- 
wise after acquiring that title. He was a regu- 



larly commissioned ensign and served through 
the greater part of the revolutionary war, 
seeing his full share of hard service and actual 
fighting. His father gave him two hundred 
acres of the old homestead farm, where 
"Squire Luther" built in 1770 "the old red 
house" in which all his children were born 
and in which four generations of his family 
lived. He gave this farm to his son George 
upon the latter "s marriage, and in 1800 built 
the stone house, barn and mill at Nississacka- 
way, in Alexandria, where he continued to live 
until his death in 1838. He was a strong char- 
acter. He owned five or six farms ; owned and 
ran two mills and a distillery ; married three 
waves, and was on occasion a Baptist preacher. 
He gave or devised a farm to each of his sons 
and bequeathed property to his daughters. 
He was a deacon of the old Baptistown Bap- 
tist Church and always gave out the hymns 
sometimes preached there but more often at 
the Locktown church. He was a solidly built, 
square shouldered man, not quite six feet tall, 
weighing one hundred and eighty-five pounds 
and dressed in the old fashioned short clothes. 
His family Bible, yet preserved, has the entries 
all written by himself and shows a neat, rapid 

He married (first) Gertrude Hall, who was 
the mother of all his children. She was a 
daughter of Theodore Hall, born in England, 
settled near Philadelphia; married, in 1729, 
Gertrude Gordon and moved to Kingwood 
in 1757 and engaged in milling on the west 
bank of the Delaware. He was drowned by 
the upsetting of his canoe while crossing the 
river during a freshet. His wife died in 
1805, aged ninety-five years. He married 
(second) a widow, Mrs. Ruth Sinclair, who 
died in 1835. He married (third) Mary Dal- 
rymple. Children: i. George, of whom 
further. 2. Joseph, born 1775, died 1855 ; 
married Fanny Britton ; he was a farmer of 
Kingwood, New Jersey. 3. Rebecca, born 
1779; married Samuel Jones, a farmer of Ca- 
yuga county. New York. 4. Amos, born 1781, 
died 1864 ; married Rebecca Bellis ; they were 
both noted for their deep piety; he was a 
farmer of Everittstown, New Jersey. 5. Lu- 
ther, born 1784, died 1867; married Phoebe 
Bellis. He moved in December, 1830, to Ca- 
yuga county. New York, driving through the 
Pennsylvania woods with the snow two feet 
deep. The next spring he moved to the town 
of Favette, Seneca countv, where he bought 

two hundred and twenty acres, built a log 
house and cleared a farm. He died at the 
age of eighty-three years and is buried with 
his wife in Waterloo cemetery. 6. Gertrude, 
born 1788 ; married Stofifel Snyder, of Wilkes 
Barre, Pennsylvania. 7. Hall, born 1792, died 
1844 ; married Anne Hortman ; he inherited 
the stone house and mill at Nississackaway, 
where he lived and died. He owned several 
farms and held the office of freeholder. 

(VI) George, eldest son of "Squire Lu- 
ther" ( )pdycke, was born in "the old red house" 
his father built in 1770 on the Kingwood farm, 
December 6, 1773, died June 15, 1851. Llis 
tombstone stands in the old Baptistown 
graveyard, where are the graves of his father, 
grandfather and of his wife Mary. He was 
a man of contented disposition, with a keen 
interest in passing events but with no eager- 
ness to take a leading hand in public affairs. 
His neighbors held him in great respect and 
said that "he knew more than all the school- 
masters." He was almost six feet tall, 
weighed one hundred and eighty pounds, had 
a well built figure and was a fine looking man. 
He was an excellent sportsman and loved to 
"bark" a gray squirrel with his rifle. He in- 
herited "the old red house" and two hundred 
acres of land on which he spent a quiet, peace- 
ful life. He enrolled in 1793 with the Hun- 
terdon militia ; was school trustee in King- 
wood ; overseer of the poor ; assessor, and 
served on the grand jury. 

He married, 1796, May Stout, in the Bap- 
tistown church. She was a daughter of Ree- 
der Stout, who was the handsomest man of his 
day, in Kingwood. Reeder Stout was a de- 
scendant of Richard Stout and Penelope Van 
Princes. He was born in Nottinghamshire, 
England, son of John Stout. Penelope \''an 
Princes was born at Amsterdam, Holland ; 
came to America ; was wrecked at Sandy 
Hook, safely landed but was attacked by In- 
dians, cruelly wounded and left for dead. She 
was rescued days later after great sufifering 
and taken to New York where she married 
Richard Stout (her second- husband ) and 
lived to the great age of one hundred and ten 
years, the mother of ten children, of whom 
the seventh son was David, born 1669, in 
^liddleton. New Jersey; moved in 1725 to 
Hunterdon county ; married Rebecca Ashton. 
Their son Joseph, born 1698, settled in New 
Brunswick, New Jersey, married ?\lartha Ree- 
der. Their son, Reeder, died aged eighty- 



three years. He married Hannah Kenney, 
of French descent. Their daughter. Mary 
Stout, married George Opdycke. Children : 
I. Joseph, born 1797, died 1875 ; married EHza 
Housel ; he was a farmer of Kingwood. 2. 
Sarah, born 1799, died 1835 ; married Christie 
Little, a miller and farmer of Pittstown, New 
Jersey. 3. Elizabeth, born 1800, died 1877; 
married John Matthews, a farmer of Alt. 
Pleasant, New Jersey. 4. John, born 1802, 
died 1 87 1. He settled in Richland county, 
Ohio, where he was a prosperous farmer and 
stock grower. He stood six feet three inches 
and was never thrown but defeated many a 
professional wrestler. He never kept a lock 
or bolt on house or barn. He married Esther 
Little. 5. Gertrude, born 1804, died 1877; 
married Moses Heath, a farmer of Kingwood. 
6. George, of whom further. 7. Nancy, born 
181 1, ■ married John D. Scott, a merchant of 
New York City. 8. Fanny, born 1815; mar- 
ried James Carroll, a farmer of Hunterdon 
county. 9. Horatio, born 1815 ; married Ca- 
therine E. Robeson. He was a farmer of 
Kingwood, later of Fairfax county, Virginia, 
where his farm lay in the track of the move- 
ments of both armies during the civil war. 
Just before the first battle of Bull Run his 
wheat, which was in stack, was used by the 
L'nion army for bedding their horses. After 
the battle he was seized by southern soldiers, 
but released through the kindness of an offi- 
cer who knew him. At the second battle of 
Bull Run a confederate battery was placed 
near his buildings which were shot to pieces 
and finally burned by the Union troops. He 
returned to New Jersey in 1862 and bought 
a farm in Kingwood. 10. Stout, born 18 16, 
died 1854; unmarried; he was a merchant of 
New York City. 

(VH) George (2) Opdyke, third son of 
George ( i ) Opdyske, was born in Kingwood. 
Hunterdon county. New Jersey, December 7, 
1805. He was born in "the old red house" 
built by his grandfather, and spent his early 
life on the farm. His usual team was a pair 
of }'oung bulls and he was an expert with 
the rifle. When he was but sixteen years old 
he was made schoolmaster and taught his for- 
mer classmates who obeyed him very well af- 
ter he had flogged them into submission, 
having arranged with his elder brother for 
support in case of necessity. At the age of 
eighteen he entered the country store in Bap- 
tistown, as clerk, saved his earnings and at 

the age of twenty persuaded a boyhood friend 
to go west. Each borrowed five hundred dol- 
lars from friends and by river, canal and lake 
made their way to Cleveland, Ohio. Here the 
young partners established a grocery store 
with some success, clearing one thousand dol- 
lars the first year, although compelled to as- 
sume and complete a canal building contract 
in order to secure pay for groceries sold the 
construction gangs. Here Mr. Opdyke con- 
tracted typhoid fever, nearly lost his life and 
was permanently weakened in constitution. 
Deeming Cleveland "too slow" (being then 
little more than a frontier trading post) the 
partners sold out and went south finallv lo- 
cating in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they 
opened a clothing store, manufacturing their 
own goods. The first year the business 
showed a profit of six thousand dollars and 
rapidly increased thereafter. He remained 
five years in New Orleans, laying the foun- 
dation of his fortune, and also acquired the 
finished southern courtesy of manner for 
which he was remarkable in after life. In 
1829 he made a trip to New Jersey, returning 
with his bride. In 1832 he closed out his busi- 
ness in New Orleans and moved to New York 
City, locating in the same business in Cherry 
street, later in Nassau street, opposite the old 
Dutch church. His residence was in Domin- 
ick street, then a good residence street. He 
continued in successful business for several 
years, then changed to dry goods and import- 
ing. He made frequent trips to Europe on 
business, never failing to include in his trips 
the Rhine and Switzerland with their inspir- 
ing scenery. In 1837, when the first railroad 
from New York City was built to Newark, 
New Jersey, he purchased twenty acres of 
land on the heights overlooking Newark and 
New York bays. Here he built, improved 
and made his residence for fifteen years. It 
was during this period that his mental devel- 
opment was most pronounced and rapid. Dur- 
ing the few hours of wholesale business in the 
city he was the model merchant, a close buyer 
and a keen judge of men, surrounding himself 
with successful young salesmen whom he re- 
warded with an interest in the business, keep- 
ing his own firm hand on the helm. As soon 
as he left his office for the day business was 
banished from his mind. On arriving at his 
Newark home the remaining da}'light hours 
were spent with his famil}', discussing with 
his children the subjects of their studies, quot- 



ing' the poets, conversing" in Spanish and 
French, or playing the flute. The evenings 
were spent in solitary communion with his 
books. He reviewed his English studies, stud- 
ied closely history, logic, philosophy, litera- 
ture and the sciences, and studied them so 
thoroughly that his knowledge seemed to be- 
come a part of him. The writings of Jeremy 
Bentham, Jefferson, Mil and Comte were his 
especial pleasure. He became an accomplished 
scholar and a deep thinker. The most learned 
men sought his society. In his favorite sum- 
mer resort, Schooley's Alountain. he was a 
choice spirit and an authority among the 
group of statesmen, scientists and men of 
letters who discussed serious questions all day 
long under the tall trees. During" this same 
period of fifteen years the commercial ahihty 
of this many-sided man made him a million- 

It was during" this period that he wrote his 
work on "Political Economy," published in 
1 85 1. This work found great favor among 
the most profound students of the subject, 
even with John Stuart Alill, but it was in ad- 
vance of the times and too terse to be gener- 
ally appreciated. In it he discussed the theory 
of wages, the value of land and other ques- 
tions, advancing" many theories that have 
since become accepted doctrines. Among 
these was his views on an "Inconvertible Pa- 
per Money," wherein he advanced, recom- 
mended and described our present national 
currency fourteen years in advance, although 
his plan made the issue proportional to popu- 
lation and by constitutional amendment guard- 
ed against an increased ratio. In the same 
work, thirteen years before the war, he dis- 
cussed the question of slavery, with which 
his southern residence had rendered him fa- 
miliar and to which he was unalterably op- 
posed. His chapter on free trade is a logical 
argument as close and strong as a demonstra- 
tion in Euclid and one that has never been 
refuted, but his views were then and still are 
in advance of our country. In 1854 he 
moved his residence back to New York City, 
which was ever afterward his home. His time 
was thereafter more and more devoted to the 
public good, although he often regretted 
abandoning his studies. 

He became president of one of the largest 
New York banks and director of several in- 
surance companies, where he was always a 
watchful, often a controlling power. For 

twenty-two years (1858-80) he was a mem- 
ber, and for eight years (1867-75) vice-presi- 
dent of the chamber of commerce, where he 
was often the first to call attention to matters 
of public interest and was usually selected to 
memorialize congress or to visit Washington 
in person. At the time of the financial panic 
of 1857 'le exerted himself to bring about a 
concerted movement of the banks of New 
York City to restore confidence. As a result 
a board of currency was organized and an 
investigation made by the leading bankers 
into economic questions, suggesting action 
that still influences the administration of the 
banks of the country. Although a Democrat 
he was opposed to the extension of slavery, 
but he took no active part in politics until 
1848, when he was a delegate from New Jer- 
sey to the convention in Buffalo, New York, 
which organized the Free Soil party. He 
served with Salmon P. Chase on the famous 
committee on resolutions. To strengthen the 
cause in New Jersey he allowed his name to 
be used as a candidate for congress on the 
Free Soil ticket. He was thus one of the 
earliest and most active pioneers of the Re- 
publican party. In 1856 he supported Gen- 
eral Fremont for the presidency and was de- 
feated for the assembly from the Murray 
Hill district. Two years later he was elected 
from the same district to the assembly, where 
he was prominent in the opposition to schemes 
of plunder attempted to be forced through 
the legislature. In 1859 he was defeated for 
mayor of New York City by the Democratic 
candidate, Fernando Wood. In i860 he was 
one of the delegates to the Republican na- 
tional convention at Chicago and one of the 
most effective workers for the nomination of 
Abraham Lincoln for president. He and Da- 
vid Dudley Field cooperated with Horace 
Greeley to defeat the nomination of AVilliam 
H. Seward and finally effected the combina- 
tion that nominated Lincoln. Mr. Opdyke 
contributed twenty thousand dollars to hel]* 
defray the expenses of Mr. Lincoln's cam- 
paign, and after the inauguration the presi- 
dent offered him the position of collector of 
the port of New York, which was declined. 
The first public action taken at New York 
City in support of the national government 
upon the outbreak of the civil war was that 
of the chamber of commerce upon the reso- 
lutions proposed by Mr. Opdyke at its meet- 
ing held April 19, 1861. That was the begin- 



ning of his untiring patriotic labor which 
continued throughout the war, during which 
he gave freely of his time and means. 

In the fall of 1861 he was elected mayor 
of New York City, holding through the event- 
ful years, 1861-63. As mayor he was active 
in raising and forwarding troops to the seat 
of war. When the "Merrimac" threatened 
the cities of the north with destruction he 
called a meeting of prominent merchants at 
his residence and made plans for the defense 
of the city, but the victory of the "Monitor" 
over his dreaded antagonist removed that dan- 
ger. It was during his administration as 
mayor that the draft riots occurred in New 
York City. He had protested to Secretary 
Stanton against removing every regiment of 
National Guard from the city, but in vain. 
He was advised by friends to leave the city 
until the excitement should subside, but he 
refused. He called to his aid the heads of 
the police and militia, the governor of the 
state and General Wood, with his few soldiers 
in the harbor and the marines in the navy 
yard. With this small force used to good 
advantage a bold front was constantly main- 
tained, while the mayor telegraphed to Sec- 
retary Stanton, demanding the return of some 
of the city regiments. Three days of terror 
passed, during which the streets of New York 
were as silent as though the city were struck 
by a plague, except where the mob raged, 
plundered, burned and murdered. Mr. Op- 
dyke's factory at Second avenue and Twenty- 
first street was destroyed. His residence at 
79 Fifth avenue was twice attacked. Mrs. 
Opdyke escaped only through the next house 
to a carriage which the driver ran at full 
gallop to evade the howling mob. On the 
evening of the third day three regiments ar- 
rived from the seat of war, four more came 
the following day and the city was saved. 
During four days the mayor labored twenty 
hours out of each twenty-four, directing or 
advising every movement of his forces and 
assuming all responsibility. At the height of 
the riot, to appease the mob, the board of al- 
dermen unanimously voted $2,500,000 for the 
relief of those drafted. As mayor he refused 
to approve the ordinance, declaring the riot- 
ers should be conquered, not conciliated. This 
action excited alarm at the time, but later was 
unanimously approved. In 1867-68 he was 
a delegate to the constitutional convention 
that revised the constitution of New York 

state. Here he found work congenial to his 
tastes and he rendered valuable service, par- 
ticularly on the articles relating to canals, the 
public schools and to the government of cities. 

In 1867 he retired from the dry goods busi- 
ness and established a banking house with his 
sons as partners. The firm advanced funds 
to build more than one thousand miles of 
railroad in different parts of the country. 
When the panic of 1873 occurred most of 
the banking houses that had made such ad- 
vances went under. A morning paper an- 
nounced the failure of George Opdyke & 
Sons, which caused a run of one day, dur- 
ing which he paid out half a million dollars. 
But he weathered the storm as he had those 
of 1837 and 1857. It was one of his proudest 
boasts that he had never suspended payment 
during his business career of half a century, 
although he had seen most of his competitors 
do so. His wonderful foresight enabled him 
to see and prepare for a financial storm in 
advance. He, however, deliberately sacri- 
ficed a large part of his fortune to sustain 
the railroads, whose bonds had been sold 
through him to the public, also making fur- 
ther large loans, not as a safe financial trans- 
action, but from a high sense of business hon- 
or. The last few years of his life he retired 
from public activity, but continued his fre- 
quent contributions to the public press on im- 
portant public questions and still devoted him- 
self to the private interests of his less fortu- 
nate friends. He worked until the last, al- 
though weakened by an attack of pneumonia, 
dying June 12, 1880, at the age of seventy- 
five years. 

He was by conviction a Unitarian, but at- 
tended the Reformed Dutch church, of which 
his wife was a member. He never attacked 
or defended a church creed, but he always 
rebuked those who scoffed at the Bible. "Be 
it inspired or not," he would reply, "you and 
I can do no better than follow the teachings 
of Christ." He was tolerant of all things but 
intolerance. He was perhaps most widely 
known as the only Republican mayor New 
York City had ever had and as so loyally exe- 
cuting this important trust during the most 
exciting period of that city's history. Yet to 
himself and his friends this period of his 
career was not of overshadowing importance. 
He only did his duty, as he always did, but 
he disliked public life because " it showed him 
the worst side of men." He impressed all 


109 1 

who met him, so thorough yet so simple, so 
stern yet so gentle, so keen yet so honest, so 
burdened with cares yet so open to enjoy- 
ment. Even the common council liked him 
though he scourged them with his repeated 
vetoes. Modest in manner and gentle in 
voice, he had the courage of his convictions. 
Profound and abstruse he had yet an incisive 
wit which once floored even Horace Greeley 
and always discomtitted lawyers in cross ex- 
aminations. He was a student of finance, yet 
an ardent lover of poets. Fatigued with 
great public questions he would seek rest in 
chess and whist. In politics he believed in 
parties but his party must adhere to the right. 
Violently opposed to human slavery and one 
of the founders of the Republican party, yet 
he made the longest speech of his career at 
a meeting of the Union League Club, of New 
York, against a recommendation to congress 
to give the ballot to the freedman. Greeted 
at first by groans he soon gained respectful 
hearing and demonstrated from history and 
physiology the utter unfitness of the freed- 
man for present citizenship. To those who 
came to him after the meeting and said he 
was right but the excitement of the meeting 
prevented their supporting his solitary dis- 
senting vote, he said: "You are a pack of 
cowards." He was devoted to justice and 
right and blazed in indignation at the wrong- 
doer. Yet he was the best and often the last 
friend of the weak and erring. He was proud 
of his Dutch ancestry. "The Dutch," he de- 
clared, "have been the bravest and the most 
honest of all nations." "Self-made men" are 
not rare in our time and country. Among 
merchants, scholars or statesmen George Op- 
dyke was a notable instance of eminence in 
all three of these classes at once. That at 
the same time he excelled also in simplicity, in 
purity and in humanity was a marvel to all 
who knew him. In person he was five feet 
eleven inches in height, spare and graceful, 
with strong but handsome features. In all 
his habits he was as moderate and regular as 
though in training. 

He married, September 26, 1829. Elizabeth 
H. Strycker, a descendant of Jan Strycker 
who was born in Holland in 161 5, emigrated 
from Ruinen, province of Drenthe, to New 
Amsterdam, in 1652, with his wife, Lambertje 
Leubring, and six children ; settled at Flat- 
bush, Long Island, in 1654; was representa- 
tive in 1664 from Midwout to the Landtag 

at New Amsterdam ; was chief magistrate of 
Flatbush nearly twenty years, and in 1675 
paid the heaviest taxes in the place. His son, 
Pieter Strycker, was high sheriff of King's 
county. New York, 1683; judge in 1720-22; 
militia captain at Flatbush ; bought four thou- 
sand acres on Millstone river. New jersey, in 
1710, and married Annetje Barends. Ilis son, 
Jan Strycker, was a sachem of Tammany So- 
ciety of New York, and married Margaret 
Schenck. His son. Jacobus, moved from Flat- 
bush to Franklin township, Somerset county, 
New Jersey, about 1762, and lost much prop- 
erty by the depreciation of continental money. 

He married Jannette • . His son, Peter 

Strycker, was a farmer of Hunterdon county, 
New Jersey. His wife was Keziah Davis. 
His daughter, Elizabeth Hall Strycker, mar- 
ried George Opdyke. She had twice refused 
the handsome, but awkward country clerk 
and the Cleveland storekeeper, but the per- 
sistence of the New Orleans merchant won 
her consent. His after success was perhaps 
in a large measure due to her loving helpful- 
ness. Her portrait, as painted in 1834, shows 
the quaint costume of that day. Children : 

1. Emmeline, born in 1833, died August 18, 
1908 ; married Edward C. Strobell, a merchant 
of New York City. 

2. Mary E., born in 1834, died August 14, 
1907 ; married George W. Farlee, a lawyer 
and banker, of New York City ; child, Lily, 
married Dr. Charles L. Dana, of New York 
City ; children : Bessie, married Edward A. 
Sheppard, and Ella C, both living in New 
York City. 

3. William S., born in New York City in 
1836; was graduated in 1856 from the Col- 
lege of the City of New York, as valedic- 
torian ; spent two years in Europe and at- 
tended law lectures at Heidelberg University ; 
studied at the law schools of Albany and New 
York City and was admitted to the New York 
bar in i860, and has since that time been an 
active, prominent member in continuous prac- 
tice. He was a member of the New York 
City common council in 1864; one of the state 
assembly, 1875, and a member of the council 
of New York University. He married, in 
1863, Margaret E., daughter of Dr. Alfred 
C. Post, LL.D., president of the faculty of 
the New York University Medical College. 
Son, Alfred C. P. Opdyke. 

4. Charles Wilson, born in New York City, 
1838; was graduated from the University of 



the City of New York, at the age of eighteen 
years, dehvering the Latin oration. He spent 
two years in Europe and devoted much time 
to the study of the continental languages ; 
studied at the law schools of Albany and New 
York City University. Broken health com- 
pelled him to abandon study in 1861. He 
purchased a farm at Asbury, in the Musconel- 
cong \ alley, New Jersey, and made himself a 
practical farmer for three years, thus recover- 
ing his health sufficiently to enter the dry 
goods importing house of his father, in 1865. 
His health again compelled him to give up 
business, in 1867, when he again visited Eu- 
rope. From 1869 to 1879 he was actuary 
and secretary of the Standard Life Insurance 
Company. From 1872 to 1878, member of 
the New York banking house of George Op- 
flvke & Company (or Sons): spent 1878-80 
at St. Louis, Missouri, in the interest of in- 
vestments in railroads, mines and lands in 
the west; returned in 1880 to the banking 
house in New York City, which he relin- 
quished in 1881. After that date, he was en- 
gaged in the reorganization of several rail- 
roads and as joint executor of his father's 
estate. He was greatly interested in his fam- 
ily history and while in Europe made exhaus- 
tive research to establish the early German 
and Dutch lines of Op Den Dyck and the Den 
Dycks. of Holland. In 1889 he published the 
Opdyke (ienealogy from which this record 
has been compiled. He married (first), in 
1862 Jane W. Creveling, of Asbury, New 
Jersey, a descendant of Johannes, born 1706, 
died 1782, and Catherine Creveling, both of 
Woverlingen, Holland, who were married in 
1737 and were among the earliest settlers of 
the Musconelcong valley, in New Jersey. 
Their son, Jacob Creveling. born 1755, died 
1820, married Christina H^dely. born 1762, 
died 1833. Their son, Samuel Creveling, 
born 1796, died 1880, married Abigail Warne, 
born 1800. died 1863 (daughter of John 
Warne. a revolutionary soldier). Their 
daughter, Jane W. Creveling, married Charles 
Wilson Opdyke, who married (second) Percy 
S., daughter of John N. Wheeler, of Chicago, 
and Louisa Smith, a descendant of Henry 
Bartle from Holland and Elizabeth White 
from England. Children of first marriage : 
Annie, born 1862: Edwin, 1866: Rali)h. 1869. 
Child of second marriage: Ethel, 1879. 
Charles W. Opdyke died ?\ larch 9, 1907. 
5. George Francis, of whom further. 

6. Henry B., born in Newark. New Jersey, 
in 1841 : was graduated from the University 
of the City of New York, in i8()0; entered 
his father's dry goods importing house, and 
in 1864 became a member of the dry goods 
commission house of Kendall, Cleveland & 
Opd}ke. and in 1867 ^^ Kendall, Opdyke & 
Company. From 1870 to 1877 ^^g was a mem- 
ber of the banking firm of George Opdyke & 
Company, when he retired from business. He 
married, in 1868, Miriam B. Wdiiton, of Wor- 
cester. Massachusetts. Children : Henry, 
born 1870; Howard, 1872; Agnes, 1876. 

(VTII) George Francis, third son of 
George (2) and Elizabeth H. (Strycker) Op- 
dyke. was born at Newark, New Jersey,, 
(Clinton Place), March 22, 1840. He was 
educated in the Newark schools, which he at- 
tended until he was fourteen years of age, 
then his father moved to New York City, 
where he completed his studies. At the age 
of seventeen years he entered the dry goods 
importing house of his father and in 1869 
became a member of the banking house of 
George Opdyke & Company at its organiza- 
tion, continuing until its dissolution by the 
death of George Opdyke, senior, in 1880. In 
1873 Mr. Opdyke went abroad, spending a 
year in European countries. On his return 
he again joined his father in business. In 
1881 he established the banking house of Op- 
dyke & Comiiany. continuing until 1885. when 
he retired. lie had a natural aptitude for 
the banking business and established an envi- 
able reputation as a wise, conservative finan- 
cier and a safe guide in matters pertaining to 
finance. Schooled in the methods that made 
his father's name a synonym for security, he 
established for himself a name scarcely ex- 
celled in his day in banking circles. In 1881 
he moved his residence from New York City 
to Plainfield. New Jersey, where he lived after 
his retirement until 1909. when climatic con- 
ditions induced him to come to Western New 
York. He selected a location on Lakeview 
avenue, Jamestown, where he purchased a 
residence and now resides (1911). He pos- 
sesses manv of the characteristics of his hon- 
ored father, one of which is his quality of 
making and retaining friends. Flis delight is 
in his friends, and his books, of which he has 
a choice collection. He is a man of wide 
reading and study, proud of his ancestry, and 
has built a character consistent with the high 
ideals of his sire. He is a member of the 

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Baptist church with which he has been con- 
nected since 1884. He is an advocate of Pro- 
hibition and acts with the party poHtically. 

He married, in Xew York City, March i, 
1 88 1, Ida Reed, born in that city (7 West 
Twenty-second street), November 20. 1852, 
daughter of Ahuet and Lena ( \'an Deusen ) 
Reed. Children: 1. Wilbur Francis, born in 
Plainfield, L^iion county. New Jersey, No- 
vember 29, 1 88 1 ; his early studies at Plain- 
field and in the Aloravian Boys" School at 
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, showed an aptitude 
along" the lines of chemistry and the natural 
sciences. He later took special courses at 
Colorado College. Colorado Springs, Colo- 
rado, and at Nevada State University, Reno, 
Nevada. After extensive travel he married, 
at Jamestown, New' York, December 26, 1907, 
Lulu Estella, daughter of b'rank W. Cheney, 
whose family has been identified with the de- 
velopment of Chautauc|ua county since pioneer 
days. After a year spent in the South, they 
returned to Jamestown, where they now re- 
side. Children : George Francis, born in Ly- 
ons, Georgia, November 21, 1908: Frank 
Wilbur, born in Jamestown, New York, Jan- 
uary 7, 191 1. 2. Dorothea Van Deusen, born 
in Plainfield, Union county. New Jersey, 
?\Iarch 31, 1889. Throughout her school life 
she was a conscientious student and usually 
stood on the honor line. Ijeloved by her 
teachers and companions she finished her stud- 
ies in the Moravian College, Salem, North 
Carolina. .Always guided by high ideals, loy- 
ally devoted to her family and church, look- 
ing eagerly forward to a life of consecrated 
usefulness, lovely and accomplished, she was 
called higher, April 20, 1910. 


(Gift of God) 

This is your Birthday, my Darling, 
The first you have been with God. 
For you the Peace of the "pure in heart, 
For me the chastening rod. 

Would I call you back, my Daughter, 
Were it mine to still my pain; 
Could I let the ceaseless heartache 
Interfere with your great gain? 

Through these dreary months of winter 
You have walked the streets of gold. 
Safe guarded from pain and sorrow 
In the shelter of God's fold. 

Last year you had gems and blusli roses. 
Twenty-one of the fairest that grew. 
Each one for a year, my Precious, 
All tenderly chosen for you. 

The dreams that I dreampt then are l^rnken, 
Shattered and shivered and dead. 
Yet you are alive in the summer land. 
Forever at home with our Lord. 

There is many a "box of spikenard" 
That just lacks the opening key, 
And it may be this year of anguish 
Will unlock some sad heart to me. 

The heart of somebody's daughter. 
Just as full of warm trust as your heart. 
As dainty, as winsome and loving — 
But stained by a traitor's dart. 

There are wee ones, bereft of a mother 
Neglected and helpless and weak. 
The babies you yearned for so deeply 
Are waiting for some love to seek. 

I must walk all alone — but upward 
Mid the flint in the rocky road. 
Grateful at least in the knowledge 
You are happily safe with God. 

Thank Him! I know you are happy. 
With a surety not born of earth. 
You are happy and gently singing 
With a rippling tilt of mirth. 

Ye.s — your tirst birthday in Heaven — 
My Girlie's best gift this first day 
Is to turn my life grief into service 
For the weary who stumble and stray. 

Your birthday will not be ciuite iiappy 
If "Mother" is not counted a part. 
God grant me today a comforting ray 
Of your Paradise Peace in my heart. 

(Tlie \'an Deusen Line). 

This old Dutch name is derived from a 
hamlet of about five hun h-ed ])eople in Xoord 
lirabant, in the Netherlands, called Deursen. 
the immigrant ancestor of the familv came 
from Deursen ( \'an Deursen ) and thus the 
use of the surname arose, as is the ca-e with 
a multitude of Dutch families in this country. 
Previous to arrival in America ever\- Dutch- 
man was called by the baptismal name of his 
father with "sen" added and it was a uni- 
versal custom for one hundred and fifty years 
to use the father's name as a middle name 
amou':;- the Dutch families. This usage has 
made it possible to trace man\' lines that 
would otherwise be undiscoverable. 

(F) Abraham \'an Deusen came from Hol- 
land, probably in his old age, as five of his 
sons settled in this countrv about the middle 



of the seventeenth century. 'I'hey were : 
Isaac, ]\relchert, Tennis or Alatthens, Jacob, 

(II) Tennis or Matthens, son of Abraham 
Van Deusen, resided in Beverwyck (Albany), 
where he was the owner of a lot from 1656 
to 1667. This had a frontage of thirty-five 
feet on Broadway extending" back to James 
street. At a sale in Albany, July 5, 1664, he 
purchased a cow for one hundred and eight- 
een dorins. He was still living in Albany in 
1700 : no record of his death appears. His 
wife bore the name of Helena and they had 
children: Lysbet, Robert, Tryntje, Jan, 
Isaac. Helena. 

(Ill ) Robert, eldest son of Tennis or Mat- 
thens and Helena \'an Deusen, was a resi- 
dent of Claverack, Columbia county. New 
York, in 1720, and probably spent most of his 
life in that town. He married (first), about 
1689, Cornelia, daughter of ]\Iartin Cornells 
and Maritie Van Buren, who probably died 
before 1718. He married (second) August 
21, 1718, Gertruyd Van I'enthuysen. Chil- 
dren : Johannes, Mattheus, Marten, Tobias, 
Robert. ' 

( ly ) Tobias, fourth son of Robert and 
Cornelia (A'an Buren) \^an Deusen, was bap- 
tized .\ugust 16, 1696, and resided in Clave- 
rack. New York, where his will was made 
January 15, 1772. . He married, at Johnstown, 
in the town of Livingston, Columbia county. 
New York, March 21, 1723, Ariaantie Mul- 
ler, of Claverack: Children: Robert, Cor- 
nells. Johannes Heyltje. Cornelia, Ariaantie. 
Tobias, Maria. 

(\' ) Robert (2), eldest child of Tobias and 
Ariaantie (Muller) \'an Deusen, was baptized 
February 12, 1726, in Johnstown, New \'ork. 
He resided in the town of Claverack near 
Rathborn's wadding factory. He was an offi- 
cer in the revolutionary war. He married 
IMarytje Ostrander and had children : Adam, 
Tryntje, Cornelia, .Ariaantie. baptized at 
Claverack: Heyltjcn, baptized at Johnstown; 
Cornells, at Kinderhook ; Johannes, at Clave- 

(\1) Johannes or John, youngest child of 
Robert (2) and Marytje (Ostrander) Van 
Deusen, was born June 15, 1779. at Clave- 
rack. and baptized there August 8th of that 
year. He was early thrown upon his own 
resources, and become one of the successful 
business men and leading citizens of Colum- 
bia county. He began the mercantile Imsi- 

ness in an old shop at Johnstown in the town 
of Livingston, and about 1800 built a store 
in which he conducted business forty years. 
At one time he had a partner named Forest 
and in 1830 business was conducted by Van 
Deusen & Reed. In 1820 he owned and oper- 
ated what was known as the "Good Hope" 
flour mills, later known as the Bingham Mills, 
and was an extensive dealer for many years 
in real estate. He was a man of sound judg- 
ment and unspotted integrity, and because of 
his consequent success in business it seemed 
as if money always stuck to him and he was 
called by the nickname "Johnny Wax." He 
served as town clerk of Livingston, 1805-12; 
was supervisor 1812-20, and in 1823 was 
elected a member of the state assembly. His 
chief amusement was horseback riding and 
he became a very skilled horseman and made 
a fine figure on horseback ; he served as an 
officer in the cavalry division of the militia 
for man\- years. He was a director of the 
National Hudson River Bank at Hudson, of 
which he was one of the organizers. In 1842 
he removed to a farm at Greenport, Columbia 
county, where he died May 26. 1863. near 
the close of his eighty-fourth year. He was 
an active member of the Dutch Reformed 
church in which he served many years as 
treasurer. He married (first), December 7, 
1800, Lena, daughter of Peter and Christina 
( \'an Loon) Fonda, born July 17, 1782, died 
January 11, 1813. He married (second), 
March 3, 1814, Anna Maria Elting. who died 
September 29, 1816. He married (third). 
June 17, 1817, Ann Maria Whitlock, born 
November 6, 1790. Children of first mar- 
riage : Rachel, born November 2, 1803 ; Jane 
Maria, October 17, 1805 : Evelina, January 4, 
181 1 : Lena, December 30, 1812. Children 
of second marriage : Cathalina ; Peter, born 
September 21, 1816, married Susan Livington 
and resided at Hudson. Children of third 
marriage : Mary Cornelia, l>orn August 4, 
1818; John, March 5, 1820; Harmon, August 
10, 1824. 

(\'II) Lena, fourth daughter of John and 
Lena (Fonda) A^an Deusen, was born De- 
cember 30, 18 1 2. She married, September 7, 
1 83 1, Almet Reed, and died in 1894. Almet 
Reed was born April i, 18 10. at Coxsackie, 
Greene county, New York, died in New York 
City, in February, 1880. Children: i. Ed- 
gar, married Sarah W^alsh, of Ithaca, New 
York, and had children: Anna, Alice and 



Sarah. The last died in infancy and the oth- 
ers married successively a Frenchman named 
Gibert. 2. Helen Emma, born about 1833, 
died October 13, 191 1; married Cornelius 
Smith Mitchell, son of Samuel L. Mitchell, of 
New York, and had children : Neil R., Helen 
and Edith; Neil R. married Agnes Lewis; the 
elder daughter became the wife of Dr. Jack- 
son, of New York City, and the junior of 
Henry Prellwitz, a native of Germany. 3. 
John, born April 26. 1838 ; married Mary 
Louise, daughter of Samuel L. Mitchell, of 
New York; they had daughters, Marie and 
Alice ; the former died in Paris and is buried 
in Pere la Chaise cemetery. 4. Roswell, died 
in infancy. 5. Ida, born November 20, 1852; 
married, March i, 1881, George Francis Op- 
dyke, of New York (see Opdyke VHI). 

The Ferris family in America 
FERRIS was originally from Leicester- 
shire, England, and descended 
from the house of Ferriers (also written Fer- 
ren, Ferreis and Ferris), the first member 
of which in England was Henry de Feriers, 
son of Guillaume de Feriers, master of the 
house of the Duke of Normandy, who ob- 
tained from \\'illiam the Conqueror large 
grants of land in the counties of Stafford, 
Derby and Leicester. It is said he took an 
active part in the battle of Hastings, having 
come to England in the train of the Con- 
queror. William Ferers, early of Derby, was 
a descendant and bore arms : "Gules : seven 
mascles, or, a canton ermine." The American 
family bears : "Gules, a fleur de lis, or, a can- 
ton ermine with a crescent for difference." 

Several of the name Ferris settled in New 
England at an early day. Jaff'rey Ferris 
came from England to Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, where he was admitted a freeman. 
May 6. 1635. Hfe went with the Watertown 
pioneers to Wethersfield, Connecticut. He 
remained there a few years, then went with 
the first colony to Stamford, Connecticut, 
and received ten acres of land in the first divi- 
sion in 1640. In 1656 he was one of the 
eleven men, of Greenwich, Connecticut, who 
petitioned to be accepted under the jurisdic- 
tion of the New Haven colony. Tradition 
tells us that his first wife was of noble birth, 
marrying against the wishes of her family. 
He married (second), shortly before her 
death, Susannah, widow of Robert Lockwood. 
She died December 23, 1660. His third wife 

was Judy Burns, who thus signed her name 
in receipting for her portion of the estate, 
March 6, 1667. His will was proved at Fair- 
field, Connecticut, January 6, 1664, bequeath- 
ing to wife Judy; son James; step-children, 
Jonathan and Mary Lockwood; son Peter's 
three children ; son Joseph's two children ; 
also giving ten pounds each to four boys that 
he brought up. Children: John, of whom 
further; Peter, born July 5, 1654, married 
Elizabeth Reynolds; Joseph, born September 
20, 1657, married Ruth Knapp ; James, lived 
in Greenwich. 

John, son of Jaffrey Ferris, was born in 
Leicestershire, England, about 1630. He set- 
tled in Westchester, New York, in 1654, and 
was one of the original patentees. Bolton's 
history states that he came to Westchester 
from Fairfield, Connecticut, and was one of 
the ten proprietors of Throckmorton's Neck 
(now Throg's Neckj, purchased of Thomas 
Pell, in 1667. He receipted for his share 
of his father's estate, July 16, 1705. His 
father and brothers, according to this docu- 
ment, lived at Greenwich, Fairfield county, 
Connecticut. Their names are spelled Feris, 
while his is spelled Ferris. He lived to a 
great age and was a member of the Society 
of Friends in his later years. His will, dated 
May 9, 1713, proved 1715, bequeathed to his 
son Peter, houses and lands in Westchester. 
Sons: John, Samuel, James and Jonathan. 
Daughters : Phebe Bartling, Hannah Mott, 
Martha and Sarah Ferris. 

In 1665 Isaac, James and Benjamin Ferris 
obtained a grant of land from King Charles 
and came' from Leicestershire, England, to 
Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. They 
were, no doubt, relatives of Jaff'rey Ferris, 
the families in later days always claiming re- 
lationship. While the records do not estab- 
lish the fact, there is little doubt that Sylvanus 
Ferris, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was a 
direct descendant of Jaffrey Ferris, who was 
the first of the name in that section. The 
definite record begins with Sylvanus. 

(I) Sylvanus Ferris was born in Green- 
wich, Connecticut, August 10, 173", died Jan- 
uary 12, 1824. He married Mary Mead, also 
born in Greenwich, September 30, 1743, died 
July 12, 1822. They lived in their native 
town, prosperous and happy until the outbreak 
of the revolution, when Sylvanus, espousing 
the cause of freedom, became obnoxious to 
his Tory neighbors. He enlisted and served 



in the expedition against Crown Point and 
Ticonderoga. He was persecuted to such an 
extent in Greenwich that he sold out what the 
Tories and cowboys had left him, and on May 
26, 1788, purchased from Eli Randall the farm 
in Westchester, New York, later owned by 
Dr. Lawson. He moved his family there and 
at once began farming and keeping a country 
inn. The house was known to travelers as an 
inn until 1818. Mrs. Ferris, with saddle bags 
filled with stockings of her own and neigh- 
bors" knitting, made annual visits to New 
York City on horseback, disposed of the goods 
and purchased such articles as they needed 
and brought what she could home with her. 
On one of these visits she pulled a sprout 
from one of the black walnut trees north of 
Harlem bridge for a whip ; when she reached 
home she planted it, and the immense tree 
that grew from it was one of the striking 
features of the old homestead a century later 
(perhaps is yet). A grandson of Sylvanus 
Ferris, writing of him in 1890 (the writer be- 
ing then seventy-nine), says: 

"I well remember our grandfather, Sylvanus Fer- 
ris, how he looked, his habits, etc. He was tall 
and straight with a full head of white hair, always 
wearing a smooth shaven face, spry and active until 
within a few days of his death. He was much re- 
spected by his neighbors and had many friends. He 
was dignified in appearance, though social and 
friendly with all. He was a Presbyterian, always 
attending church, though four miles away; al- 
ways faithful to family prayers night and morn- 
ing; always standing when he prayed or asked 
blessing at the table, his family and guests 
also standing. He was a man of even dispo- 
sition, always happy and delighted in making- 
others so. He was a tailor by trade, 'but did not 
work at it while I knew him, but always cut and 
made his own clothes. He did not work hard, 
having good boys to do the work for him. I well 
remember when a boy hearing grandfather tell of 
his trials and experiences during the revolution : 
how his Tory neighbors stole everything they could 
lay their hands on. He had sold many things and 
had quite a pot of money, which he buried, but it 
was found and taken from him. One night they 
came with a British officer, who was on horseback, 
made him get up and saddle and bridle his horse, 
after which they rode away with it. One of his 
neighbors, in his will made years afterward, directed 
that Sylvanus Ferris should be paid with interest 
the price of an ox he had stolen from him." 

Children of Sylvanus and Mary (Mead) 
Ferris: i. Henry, born March 10, 1764, died 
March 25, 1808. 2. Molly, born August 14, 
1766, died September 13, 1840; married 
Henry Hays ; lived and died in Galway, Sara- 
toga county, New York ; children : Tames, 

Henry, William. Isaac. Polly, Ann, Rebecca. 
3. Hannah, born October 27,, 1768, died 
October 24, 1846; married Abraham 
Raymond ; lived and died in Charlton, New 
York: children: Harvey, Abraham, Letty, 
Harriet. 4. Sylvanus. of whom further. 5. 
Sarah, born February 17, 1776, died July 2^, 
1857: married William ]\Iorgan ; lived and 
died in Wilton, Connecticut : children : Will- 
iam, Henry. Laura, Charles, Abraham. 6. 
Elizabetli, died young. 7. Gideon, born De- 
cember 27,, 1780, died November 6, 1861 ; 
lived and died on the old homestead ; married 
Lois Boughton ; children : Helena, Cyrus 
Mead. Elizabeth. 8. James, born April 18, 
1783, died 3ilay 20. 1857: lived at Walton, 
Connecticut, and in Ohio: married (first) S. 
Keller: (second) Nancy Smith; child, by first 
wife: E. Keller: children by second wife: 
Sally, Petsey, Abby. Harriet. Amanda. De- 
scendants live in Ohio, Plinois and Missouri, 
9. Betsey, born March" 6. 1785. died January 
28, 1863: married Joseph Darling: lived at 
Reading. Connecticut, and ^Maryland, where 
they died : children : Henry, Sally, Aaron. 

This indenture, made this 25th day of Novem- 
ber, A. D., 1815, between Amos Brownson. Syl- 
vanus Ferris, Rowland Sears, Josiah Smith, 
James Norton, and Thomas Manley of the Nor- 
way Caverly Society of the first part and Syl- 
vanus Ferris of the second part, 

Witnesseth: that the parties of the first part 
for and in consideration of the sum of one hun- 
dred and eighty seven dollars and fifty cents to 
them paid by the said party of the second part, 
having bargained, sold, assigned, transferred, and 
by these presents do bargain, sell, assign, trans- 
fer and deliver unto the said party of the second 
part, his heirs and assigns forever, a Pew or Seat 
number 7 on the ground floor of the new Church 
lately erected in Norway. To have and to hold 
the same unto the said party of the second part, 
his heirs and assigns forever; upon condition 
nevertheless, that the seat is only to be improved 
or occupied as a pew or Seat for persons to sit 
in during attendance on such Divine Worship 
as shall from time to time be permitted to be 
holden in said church. 

In testimony whereof, the parties of the first 
part have hereunto affixed tlieir seal and sub- 
scribed their names the day and year first above 

Amos Brownson, 
Thomas Manley, 
Josiah Smith, 
James Norton. 
Sylvanus Ferris, 


Received South Salem this 23d day of June, 

1824. of Gideon Ferris, executor of the last will 

and testament of Sylvanus Ferris, late of South 

Salem, county of Westchester, deceased, the sum 



of two hundred and four dollars and fifty cents 

in full of legacies bequeathed to Sylvanus Ferris 

of Norway, county of Herkimer, in and by the 

last will and testament of said Sylvanus Ferris 


$204.50. Sylvanus Ferris. 

(11) Sylvanus (2) son of Sylvanus (i) 
and ]\Iary (Mead) Ferris, was born March 5, 
1773, died July 23, 1857. He removed to Nor- 
way, New York, thence to Galesburg, Illinois, 
where he died. He married Sally Olmsted. 
Sylvanus Western, born June 30, 1799, died 
September 30, 1887; Nathan ( )lmsted, Febru- 
ary II, 1801, died November 19, 1850; Sally 
]\Iaria, September 18, 1803, died April 26, 1804; 
Timothy Harvey, of whom further; William 
Mead, November, 1807, died October 18, 
1883; Henry, October 18, 1809, died April 15, 
1891 : Laura, December 16, 181 1, died Febru- 
ary 23, 1831; Harriet Newel, June 2t,, 1816, 
died December 12, 185 1 ; George Washing- 
ton Gale, May 11, 1818, died April 20, 1895. 

(HI) Timothy Harvey, son of Sylvanus 
(2) and Sally (Olmsted) Ferris, was born 
October 20, 1805, in Norway, Herkimer 
county, New York, died June 20, 1891. He 
settled in the town of Russia, Herkimer 
county. New York, where he engaged in agri- 
culture. He married, February 18, 1830, in 
Norway, Eliza Ann Salisbury, born June 
19, 1809, in Norway. New York. Chil- 
dren: Sarah Maria, born November 29. 
1830, in Norway ; James Harvey, of whom 
further; Harriet Newel. November. 1835. 
Norway ; Frances Matilda. June 24, 1838. Rus- 
sia ; Charles Sylvanus, November 28, 1840, 
Russia; Stella Eliza, August 3, 1843, Russia; 
Franklyn Stanton, August 26, 1846, Russia. 

(ly) James Harvey, son of Timothy Har- 
vey and Eliza Ann ( Salisbury ) Ferris, was 
born in 1833, died 1885. He was educated 
in the public schools of Fairfield, New York, 
where he lived until 1869, when he came to 
Cattaraugus county. New York, settling in 
the town of Farmersville. He was a farmer 
and a man well esteemed. He was a member 
of the Masonic fraternity and a Republican. 
He married Frances Terry. Children: i. 
\\'illiam H., married Cora Robley. 2. Frances 
died at the age of thirty-three ; married El- 
mer AlcWall ; children : Harold, Francis, Mar- 
jorie. 3. George \\'ashington Gale, of whom 
further. 4. Hermon R.. died at the age of 
twenty-nine years ; lived in Colorado ten years 
prior to his death. 

(V) George W. G., son of James Harvey 

and Frances (Terry) L^rris, was born in 
Farmersville, Cattaraugus county, New York, 
September 29, 1871. He was educated in the 
public school and Ten Broeck Academy, class 
of 1892. On embarking in business life for 
himself he cam€ to Franklinville, where in 
association with his brother, William H., he 
purchased the drug store of William Ely, 
and carried on business under the firm name 
of h^rris & Ferris. In 1904 he purchased 
the mill property of G. C. Ames and organized 
the Empire Manufacturing Company, of 
which he is secretary and treasurer. He also 
organized the Franklinville Electric Light 
Comj)any, operated by the same power. Fie 
is also vice-president of the Union National 
Bank and a trustee of the Duer Canning 
Company. Mr. Ferris figures prominently in 
the public afifairs of his town and county. He 
is a trustee of the village corporation of 
Franklinville, and in 1907 was chosen treas- 
urer of Cattaraugus county. His administra- 
tion of the finances of the county was so sat- 
isfactory to the voters that in 1910 he was 
nominated and elected for a second term of 
three years. He is a member and trustee of 
the Presbyterian church, member of Lodge 
No. 636, Free and Accepted Masons, and po- 
litically a Republican. He married. May 27, 
1896, Helen E. Robley, sister of Cora, wife 
of \\'illiam H. Ferris. 

Thomas Scovell, the first of 
SCO\'ELL the line here under considera- 
tion, was a soldier of the revo- 
lution, serving at Ticonderoga. He married 
and had a son Thomas, of whom further. 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Sco- 
vell. lived, at least as early as 1779 and as 
late as 1781, at Lempster, Chester (now Sul- 
livan county), New Hampshire. Later he set- 
tled about two miles east of the village of Or- 
well, Addison county, \'ermont. Here, with 
others, he entered into a mercantile business, 
which failed. He was a soldier of the revolu- 
tion, and served at Ticonderoga. He married 
Rachel, born September 16, 1753, daughter 
of Josiah and Rachel (Cole) Boardman. She 
married (first) November 9, 1775, Hezekiah 
Wilcox, who died September 11, 1776; a son 
by the first marriage was born exactl\- a month 
after his father's death. Children of Thomas 
(2) and Rachel (Boardman-Wilcox) Scovell: 
josiah Boardman, of whom further. 

(III) Josiah Boardman, son of Thomas (2) 

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and Rachel (Boardman-Wilcox) Scovell, was 
a farmer and breeder of merino sheep at Or- 
well. In the war of 1812 he served in the 
battle of Plattsburg and elsewhere on the 
northern frontier. In 1836 he settled in Nia- 
gara county. New York. He married, in Ver- 
mont, Anna, only daughter of John and Ca- 
therine (Weaver) Saxe, who had several sons, 
and of whose sons one, Peter, was father of 
John G. Saxe, the poet. Among the children 
of Josiah Boardman and Anna (Saxe) Sco- 
vell was Oliver Perry, of whom further. 

(IV) Oliver Perry, son of Josiah Board- 
man and Anna (Saxe) Scovell, was born at 
Orwell, March 24, 1820. In 1836 he came 
with his parents to Cambria, Niagara county, 
New York. In 1841 and 1842 he was clear- 
ing a new farm in the woods of Eaton county, 
[Michigan. The next two years he was in Or- 
leans county. New York ; for six years, from 
the spring of 1845, he was in New York City, 
as agent for a line of boats on the Erie canal ; 
for two years he was in Boston, in similar 
work; in the summer of 1853 he was traveling 
agent for the Albany & Rutland railroad. In 
i860 he was elected a member of the New 
York legislature. During the drafts he was 
provost marshal of the county, and he held 
several other offices under the village of Lew- 
iston and the nation. Besides these public 
offices he was director and vice-president of 
the Lake Ontario Shore railroad (now the 
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg). For over 
forty years he has been elder, treasurer and 
clerk of the session of the Presbyterian 

Pie married (first) at Lewiston, in 1846, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Leonard Shepherd, 
of Lewiston. who died in 1854; (second) Eliz- 
abeth, daughter of Philo Jewett, of Wey- 
bridge, \>rmont. Children: i. Anna Saxe. 
died in infancy. 2. Oliver Perry, born June 
3, 1859, died September 22, 1881, while a stu- 
dent at Oberlin College. 3. Elizabeth Eddy, 
born October 12, 1861, died December 13, 
1876. 4. Philo Jewett. born May 17, 1865 ; 
attendant of Oberlin College, specializing in 
music. 5. Josiah Boardman. of whom further. 

(V) Josiah Boardman (2) youngest child 
of Oliver Perry Scovell, was born in Lewis- 
ton, New York, December i, 1869. He gra- 
duated from Lockport union school and Cor- 
nell LTniversity, Law Department, 1891, LL. B. 
He was admitted to the New York bar in Oc- 
tober, 1892. Until 1894 he was engaged with 

the West Publishing Company, a legal pub- 
lishing house, during which period he edited 
thirty volumes of "Federal Cases," spending 
his summers in St. Paul, Minnesota, his win- 
ters at Washington, D. C. In 1894 he began 
the practice of law in Buffalo, continuing un- 
til 191 1, when he moved to Niagara Falls, 
New York, where he is largely interested in 
the development and use of Niagara power. 
He is a lawyer of high repute, thoroughly 
versed in corporation and international law, in 
United States court practice and in general 
legal procedure. In 1902 he assisted in the 
reorganization of the Columbia National 
Bank, serving the same two years as director. 
He is on the directorate of several manufac- 
turing and business corporations, also serving 
several of them as secretary and treasurer. 
He is deeply immersed in business and a man 
thoroughly capable both in and outside his 
profession. He is an independent Democrat 
in politics, and since 1897 an elder of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, also active 
and interested in Sunday school work. He 
is a member of the Erie County, New York 
State and American Bar associations ; mem- 
ber of the American Library Association ; life 
member of the Lewiston Free Library Asso- 
ciation, which he served five years as presi- 
dent, and five years as treasurer, donating the 
library building; member of Sigma Chi and 
Phi Delta Phi, Cornell Alumni Association ; 
member of Buffalo Historical Society, and 
P)uft'alo Society of Natural Sciences. His 
clubs are the Buffalo, Ellicott and Lawyers', 
of Buffalo, was president of the Liberal Club 
of Buffalo, and is affiliated with clubs of To- 
ronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Winnipeg, Ca- 
nada ; New York City, Washington, and Lon- 
don, England. 

He married, January 16, 1909, at Lewiston, 
New York, Rhoda Ann. daughter of George 
H. and Margaret (McLean) Godfrey, of 
Lewiston. She is a graduate of Niagara Falls 
high school and Elmira College. They have 
one child, Margaret Elizabeth, born at "Fair- 
banks," in Lewiston, December 17, 191 1. 

Hon. James Jefferson Myers, 
MYERS son of Robert and Sabra (Ste- 
vens) Myers, was born in 
Frewsburg, Chautauqua county. Western New 
York, November 20, 1842. He comes of old 
Mohawk Dutch ancestry through the paternal 
Mayers and Van Valkenburg families and of 



Puritan stock through the maternal Stevens 
and Tracy Hnes. His gTandj^arents on l)oth 
sides were among the pioneer settlers in West- 
ern New York, and he still owns the farm 
which his father's father bought of the Hol- 
land Land Company early in the nineteenth 

He received his early education in the pub- 
lic schools of his native town and at Fredonia 
and Rand(jl])h academies, both in Western 
New York, tie entered Harvard College in 
1865 and Avas graduated with the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts in the class of 1869. Wdiile 
preparing for college, he spent a portion of 
the time each year in lumbering on the Alle- 
gheny river and tMi the ( )hio river, making 
long trips b\- raft, thus building up a strong 
physic|ue and acquiring a thorough knowledge 
of the country and of human nature. In col- 
lege he won distinction for scholarship, taking 
the Boylston prize for elocution two successive 
years, and he was also prominent in athletics, 
rowing in his class crew several years. He 
studied for his profession in the Harvard Law 
School, from which he was graduated with 
the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1872, hav- 
ing spent a year abroad and having taught 
mathematics in the college one year while a 
law student. He was admitted to the bar of 
Suffolk county in the summer of 1872, but 
before he began to practice there he served 
an apprenticeship of one year as clerk in a 
New York City law office. In the autumn of 
1874, in partnership with J. B. Warner he 
began to practice in Boston, and since then he 
has been in active practice there. His office 
at present is at 53 State street. Mr. Myers 
ranks easily among the foremost lawyers of 

Mr. Myers has had a career of high distinc- 
tion in public life. In politics he is a Republi- 
can of large influence, and he has been for 
many years a prominent figure in Massachu- 
setts politics. In 1892 he was elected to the 
general court of Massachusetts from the first 
Middlesex representative district, and he was 
re-elected from year to year until 1904. In 
1893 he served on the committees on rules, 
on elections, and on probate and insolvency, 
and became a recognized leader in committee 
room and on the floor of the house. He took 
a conspicuous part in some of the most no- 
table debates of the session, and was instru- 
mental in securing much important legislation. 
He was the chief champion of the bill creating 

a connnission to inquire into the Xorwegian 
lu|Uor s}-stem, and was one of the mo>t eliec- 
tive supporters of the Metropolitan ])arks l)ill. 
>]!oke in favor of the measure to ]jniiect ihc 
interests of the Commonwealth in the I'ilch- 
burg railroad case, and for the bill to abolish 
double taxation, and was one of the active 
members in the Bay State gas investigation, 
ore of the most important acts of that legis- 
lature. He also assisted in securing the aj)- 
pdintment of a special committee on revision 
of the corporation laws, to sit during the re- 
cess, and as a member of this committee took 
a leading part in its work and in the prepara- 
tion of its report. In the legislature of 1894 
he was house chairman of the special commit- 
tee on the revision of corporation laws, and 
a member of the committees on the judiciary 
and on rules, and was especially active in pro- 
curing legislation to prevent the watering of 
stocks of quasi-public corporations, such as 
gas, electric lighting, water, telephone, tele- 
graph and railroad companies. He also had a 
hand in drafting a municiijal conduit bill, au- 
thorizing any municipality to construct con- 
duits for electric wires in its own streets, but 
this measure was defeated. In the legislature 
of 1895 he was appointed house chairman of 
the committee on the judiciary and remained 
a member of the committee on rules and as 
a matter of course took a leading part in the 
laborious work of that committee during the 
session. Again in 1896 he was chairman of 
the committee on rules and also of judiciary, 
and during the next three years he held these 
places of leadership. In 1899 he held these 
chairmanships and also served on the special 
committee on the reception of President Mc- 
Kinley. He was elected speaker of the house 
in 1900 by a virtually unanimous vote, and 
re-elected speaker in 1901-02-03. He was 
chairman of the committee on rules and house 
chairman in 190 1 of the joint special commit- 
tee on the revision of the public statutes, a 
work of vast importance. As speaker he came 
to the position with superlj natural gifts and 
an unexcelled legislative training and experi- 
ence. No speaker in recent years filled the 
high office with greater ability and distinction. 
Through the legislative sessions while he was 
speaker, he guided the body over which he 
presided with consummate skill and tact, and 
took a prominent part in the enactment of 
much wise and beneficient legislation. It was 
to the great regret of a multitude of friends. 



whose confidence and admiration he had won 
during" his pubhc service, that he did not seek 
higher honors after retiring from the speak- 

In Cambridge, where he has resided for 
many years at 3 Wadsworth House, he has 
kept in close touch with the social and civic 
life. For many years he was a member of 
the executive committee of the Cambridge 
Civil Service Reform Association, treasurer 
for a number of years of the Cambridge 
branch of the Indian Rights Association, 
treasurer of the citizens' committee for rais- 
ing funds for the public library, and he was 
president of the Library Hall Association in 
1892. He has been president of the Colonial 
Club of Cambridge, and is a member of the 
Citizens' Trade Association and a trustee of 
the Prospect Union. 

He has various business connections outside 
of his profession, and is a director of the Cam- 
bridge Trust Company and of the Walworth 
Manufacturing Company of Boston. He is a 
member of various social and political organ- 
izations : The Massachusetts Republican Club, 
the Middlesex Club, the Massachusetts Re- 
form Club, the ]\Iiddlesex Bar Association, 
the National Geographic Society, the Massa- 
chusetts Civil Service Association, the Eco- 
nomic Club, the Cambridge Historical Society, 
the Massachusetts Forestry Society, the 
Hooker Memorial Association, of the Union 
University, St. Botolph, Merchants, Twen- 
tieth Century, Massachusetts, and Oakley 
Country clubs, of Boston, of the Cambridge 
and Colonial clubs of Cambridge, and of the 
Harvard, University and Zeta Psi clubs of 
New York City. He is a member of the Ala- 
sonic fraternity. 

James Brooks, the first of the 
BROOKS line herein mentioned of whom 

we have definite information, 
was born in Haddam, Connecticut,, in Novem- 
ber, 1758, died December 30, 1832, in Carlisle 
township, Lorain county, Ohio, aged seventy- 
four years. He served seven years in the re- 
volutionary war, being a soldier in the Con- 
necticut line, from which he was transferred 
to the commander-in-chief's guard, otherwise 
known as the Washington Life Guard. He 
wintered at Valley Forge. He was taken 
prisoner five times, was never exchanged, but 
made his escape every time. Once, when on 
a prison ship, in New York harbor, after 

they had gotten out into the sound, he crawled 
through the port hole and swam seven miles 
to Long Island. He had been a sea captain, 
was a powerful man and a good swimmer. 
He married, April 15, 1782, at Haddam, Con- 
necticut, Lydia, born December 2, 1763, on 
Long Island, died in La Porte. Lorain county, 
Ohio, December 3, 1847, aged eighty-four 
years, daughter of Samuel King. They were 
members of the Congregational church in 

(II) Hezekiah, son of James and Lydia 
(King) Brooks, was born in Haddam, Con- 
necticut, April 10, 1 79 1, died January 24, 
1862, in Carlisle, Ohio. He was a mechanic 
and spent the winters of 1813-14-15 in South 
Carolina constructing "cotton gins." He, ac- 
companied by his wife and three children, 
Martin Luther, Ann Hopkins and Hannah 
Miller, removed to the "Western Reserve" in 
Ohio, in 1818, a journey of six weeks' dura- 
tion, with an ox team, and settled in the town- 
ship of Carlisle, Lorain county, among the 
first settlers in New Connecticut, as that region 
was called, enduring all the hardships of pion- 
eer life in the then wilderness. He was a man 
of considerable executive ability, and inter- 
ested in all that made for the welfare of the 
people. He was greatly interested in educa- 
tional work, a generous contributor to the 
building of Oberlin College, in which his fam- 
ily of ten children received their education. 
He was an ardent anti-slavery man and his 
home was a refuge for those of the colored 
race who attempted to escape from bondage 
to freedom. He and his family were mem- 
bers of the Congregational church. He mar- 
ried, March 11. 1812. Hannah, born in Ber- 
lin, Connecticut, April 22, 1793, daughter of 
Phineas and Hannah (!\liller) Johnson; she 
died in Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 1880, aged 
eighty-seven years, three months. 

(III) Dr. James (2) Brooks, son of Heze- 
kiah and Hannah (Johnson) Brooks, was born 
in Carlisle, Lorain county, Ohio, April 6, 
1823. He received his literary education in 
Oberlin College, and later was a student in 
the medical department of the Western Re- 
serve College at Cleveland, Ohio, from which 
he graduated in February, 1846. He settled 
in Ellington. Chautauqua county. New York, 
May 6. 1846, where he practiced his profes- 
sion for half a century and resided for sixty- 
four years. He married. May 29, 1848, at 
Randoph. Cattaraugus county. 'New York, 


I lOI 

Melvina, born in IMt. Holly, \'ermont, May 
19, 183 1, daughter of Hartwell and Hannah 
(Aldrich) Bent, who removed to Randolph 
when she was four years of age. She is now 
living- in Ellington, which has been her home 
since marriage (see Bent). The family are 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
Children: i. James Casper, born April 25, 
1849, was killed in a railroad accident, Sep- 
tember 26, 1883, aged thirty-four years ; he 
was a civil engineer ; married. September 9, 
1874, Delora, daughter of Captain Julius B. 
and Caroline A. Maltbie, of Gowanda, New 
York : one child, Harry Birdsey Brooks. 2. 
Melvin Main, born July 14, 1851, died in El- 
lington, New York, January 11. 1895, aged 
forty-four years ; was a civil engineer ; was 
superintendent of the construction of several 
railroads, and had charge of several gas plants 
in Ohio, Indiana, and Jamestown, New York ; 
married, in September, 1876, Kate Josephine 
Morgan, of Fort Edward, New York ; chil- 
dren : Mabelle Morgan Brooks, born June 10, 
1877; Kate Melvina Brooks, born June 13, 
1880, and James Arthur Brooks, born August 
26, 1885. accidentally killed while hunting, 
July 25, 1899. 3. John Marvin, see forward. 
(I\') Dr. John Marvin Brooks, son of Dr. 
James (2) and Melvina (Bent) Brooks, was 
born December 19, 1856. in Ellington, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York. He received his 
early education in the schools of Ellington, 
and pursued his preliminary studies in medi- 
cine under the guidance of his uncle. Dr. M. 
L. Brooks, of Cleveland, Ohio. Subsequently 
he entered the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Wooster, Ohio, graduating in 1881, 
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Im- 
mediately after graduation Dr. Brooks re- 
turned to Ellington and entered upon the ac- 
tive practice of his profession. He .spent the 
winter of 1894-95 in New York City, pursu- 
ing a post-graduate course, afterward settling 
in Jamestown, where he has long occupied an 
enviable position in the ranks of his profes- 
sional brethren, being generally regarded as 
one of the foremost physicians of Western 
New York. The professional career of Dr. 
Brooks covers a period of thirty-one years, 
including thirteen years at Ellington, the time 
passed in New York City in post-graduate 
studies, and seventeen years at Jamestown, a 
period filled with tireless endeavor, steady 
progress and w^ell earned appreciation and re- 
ward. He is a member of the American Aledi- 

cal Association, the Jamestown Medical Soci- 
ety and the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks of Jamestown. His political affilia- 
tions are with the Republicans. 

Dr. Brooks married (first) March 12, 1884, 
E. Bessie, daughter of Morris and Mary Jane 
(Hooper) Cook, of Gerry, New York, and 
they became the parents of two daughters: 
Mary Kate, born July 29, 1897; Lillian Em- 
ily, October 28, 1899. Mrs. Brooks died Au- 
gust 14, 1901, and Dr. Brooks married (sec- 
ond) July 4, 1910, Mrs. Rosabel (Peterson) 
Pratt, daughter of Simeon and Augusta 
(Chapman) Peterson. Mrs. Brooks was born 
July 17, 1872, in Gerry, New York, is a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church, and for a 
number of years sang in the choirs of Presby- 
terian and Methodist Episcopal churches. 

(The Bent Line ). 

John Bent, the progenitor of this branch 
of the family, came to this country from Pen- 
ton, Grafton, England, in 1638. and his de- 
scendants have filled well their parts in all 
walks of life. He was a resident of Sud- 
bury, and was one of Major Simon Willard's 
troopers in the expedition against Minigset 
in November, 1654. Twenty-one descendants 
of John Bent served in the wars between 1654 
and 177 1 ; twenty-three descendants served in 
the revolutionary war of seven years, among 
whom was Silas Bent, of Rutland, commis- 
sioned lieutenant-colonel of the Seventh Regi- 
ment, Massachusetts Militia, July i, 1781, and 
six other descendants were commissioned in 
Massachusetts militia from 1781 to 1824: 
thirty-nine descendants enlisted in the civil 
war ; nineteen of his descendants were college 
graduates ; eleven clergymen ; nine physicians : 
eight lawyers ; and twenty-eight were members 
of the state legislatures, among whom was 
Charles Bent, first governor of New Mexico, 
appointed September 22, 1846, by S. \\ . 
Kearny, brigadier-general of the United States 

(I) David Bent, a descendant of John 
Bent, aforementioned, was born in Rutland, 
Massachusetts, April 3, 1756, died in Mt. 
Holly, Vermont, January i, 1832, aged sev- 
entv-five years. He was a farmer by occupa- 
tion. He started for Cambridge at the Jiead 
of his company, with Colonel Nathaniel Spar- 
hawk's regiment, as soon as the news of the 
battle of Lexington was received. He saw 
some service in the latter part of the revolu- 

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tion (October, 1781) in Captain John Spoor's 
company, Colonel John Ashley's regiment, 
that marched to Stillwater. He moved, about 
1776, from Rutland to Templeton, Massachu- 
setts, and thence, about 1786, with his brother- 
in-law, Joseph Green, to ^It. Holly, \^ermont, 
where he was one of the first settlers. Mt. 
Holly, which was incorporated in 1792, lies 
in a depression of the Green Mountains, about 
fifteen miles southeast of Rutland, and was 
the old stage road from Boston to Rutland 
and the north. He served as town clerk of 
Mt. Holly in 1797. He married, April 26, 
1775, Phebe. born November 5, 1756, died 
April 15, 1848, aged ninety-one years, daugh- 
ter of John and Elizabeth (Earle) Whitte- 
more, of Paxton, Massachusetts, and a de- 
scendant of Thomas Whittemore, who settled 
in Charlestown (the part now Everett) Mas- 
sachusetts, in 1645. Mr. and Mrs. Bent were 
the parents of fourteen children, six sons and 
eight daughters, among whom was David, see 

(H) David (2) son of David (i) Bent, 
was born October 23, 1780, in Templeton, 
Massachusetts, died in Cavendish, Vermont, 
in December, 1859, aged seventy-nine years. 
Pie accompanied his parents to Mt. Holly, 
Vermont, was reared and educated there, and 
followed the occupation of farming there for 
many years. He was a member of the Bap- 
tist church, and a generous and highly re- 
spected citizen. He married (first) in 1800, 
Lucy Fletcher, who died about 1807, aged 
twenty-four years; married (second) Lydia 
Bemis. Children of first wife : Dalmanntha, 
born August 5, 1801 ; Hartwell, see forward; 
Betsey, born May 7, 1805 ; Robinson, born 
about 1807, moved in 1835 fi'om X'ermont to 
New York, and five years later to Wisconsin, 
lived near Jamesville, married Esther Pierce, 
and they had four children. Children of sec- 
ond wife : Samuel Walker ; Elvira, married 
Sinclair, of Mt. Holly, Vermont ; Cor- 
liss H., died unmarried, went west in 1845, 
and drove a stage for S. Bent Walker, and 
was killed by being thrown from his stage ; 
Mark Cole, bom in Mt. Holly, 1825, went 
west in 1852, settled in Wisconsin, died un- 

(IH) Hartwell, son of David (2) Bent, 
was born in Mt. Holly, Vermont, May 28, 
1803, died in Randolph, New York, May 2. 
1844, aged nearly forty-one years. He was 
a merchant in Mt. Holly for several vears 

before removing to Randolph, New York, 
where he took up his residence on September 
30, 1835, a"<^l purchased a farm, on which he 
resided for two years, when he rebuilt and 
opened a public house (Union House) in Oc- 
tober, 1838, and which he conducted the last 
six years of his life. He was a man of enter- 
prise, public-spirited, engaging in business 
that would build up the town and give aid to 
all. He with Thomas B. Walker, of EUicott- 
ville, owned and conducted the old stage route 
from Ellicottville to Jamestown, where, with 
coach and four horses, the mail and passengers 
were carried each day on the old stage route, 
east and west, from 1838 to 1844. H^e held 
office of deputy sherifif of Cattaraugus county 
for several years, also held town offices. He 
was largely interested in the Holland Land 
Company of that day. 

He married, in Shrewsbury, Rutland county, 
\ermont, March 12, 1829, Hannah, born in 
Shrewsbury, March 25, 1807, died in Ran- 
dolph, August II, 1842, eldest daughter of 
Abner and Betsey (Sanderson) Aldrich. 
Children, born in Mt. Holly: i. Elizabeth, 
born and died February 2, 1830. 2. Melvina, 
born May 19, 183 1 ; married Dr. James 
Brooks (see Brooks HI). 3. Betsey, born 
September 29, 1832. 4. Horace Aldrich, born 
June 14, 1834, died May 21, 1862, from in- 
juries received in a railroad accident at Sala- 
manca, New Y^ork. Children, born in Ran- 
dolph : 5. Diana Hannah, born March 31, 
1840; living in Randolph, New Y^ork ; mar- 
ried, January 29, 1861, George S. Jones; 
children : Frank H. Jones, born September 
21, 1863, a printer in Washington, D. C. ; mar- 
ried and has two children ; (ilenn C. Jones, 
born November 27, 1865, a real estate agent 
in Chicago, Illinois, married and has one 
child; Anna M. Jones, born June 28, 1868, 
married and has one child ; George Hartwell 
Jones, born April 20. 1871. graduate of Buf- 
falo University, and a druggist in Dunkirk, 
New Y'ork, married and has one child. 6. 
Hartwell Jr., iDorn A])ril 22, 1842, died lune 
20, 1842. 

James Tapp, the English ances- 
TAPP tor of this family, was born in 
London, England, in 1810, and died 
in 1881. He was a shoemaker by trade and 
kept a shoe store in London. Fourteen chil- 
dren, three of whom died in infancy, the 
others were : John R., deceased ; C^ieorge W.. 



deceased ; Julia, deceased ; William Henry, of 
whom further : Martha, deceased ; Thomas 
P)., of Farmersville, New York; Albert P., 
deceased ; Anna, of Churchill ; Joseph D., de- 
ceased. James, Georg-e W., William H., 
Thomas P., Anna and Joseph D. came to the 
United States. 

(IP) William Henry, fourth son of James 
Tapp, was born in London, England, in 1839, 
died in 1904. In the year 1854, at the age of 
fifteen, he came to this country, crossing- in a 
sailing vessel, and joined his brother who had 
arrived some time previously, at Rushford, 
New York. In August, 1861, he enlisted in 
the Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry ; was 
taken prisoner at the battle of Bull Run : he 
re-enlisted in the Second Ignited States Artil- 
lery, B. & L., was taken prisoner again and 
was sent to Washington Territory, to guard 
the Indians. He was discharged in Febru- 
ary, 1867. .-^fter having served in the army 
in all for a period of six years, he returned 
from his western service to Rushford, New 
York, and bought for himself a farm of one 
hundred acres in Farmersville. Here he en- 
gaged for awhile in farming, but was taken 
sick as a result of sunstroke, and spent some 
time in the Buffalo Hospital. L^pon being re- 
stored to health he left that institution and 
settled at Hardys Corners. He was a memb.e- 
of Woodruff Post, Grand Army of the Re- 
public, and was a Republican in politics ; he 
belonged to the Baptist church. 

In 1868 he married Mary Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Mary (Moore) Agatt, who 
had nine children: Mary Elizabeth, Sarah 
Jane, Phoebe, Martha, Lottie, William J., 
John Luke, Henry G. and Thomas. Thomas 
Agatt. the father, was a farmer. Mr. and 
Mrs. Tapp had three children: i. Mertie May, 
born September 21, 1871 ; married, February 
25, 1890, Ernest Pratt, and had two children: 
Roy, born in November. 1899, and Evelyn, 
born March 6, 1907. 2. William James, of 
whom further. 3. Fred H., born December 
16, 1878; married, October 21, 1906. Mildred 
Stevens; one child Gertrude, born August 5, 

(Ill) William James, son of William 
Henry and IMary Elizabeth (Agatt) Tapp, 
was born February 17, 1873. He attended the 
public schools. At the age of twelve years he 
began working on the farm during the sum- 
mer and attending school during the winter, 
continuing thus until he was nineteen vears 

of age ; he then helped his father, also going 
out to work. F"or a year he was employed 
in a cheese manufacturing business, and then 
for another year in the oil business at Deer 
Creek, engaging in the latter business also 
at Salt Rising. After this he went to West 
Virginia in company with Martin O'Connor, 
and bought oil land in Hancock county. He 
then came back to Cattaraugus county, New 
York, buying leases on lands at Knapp Creek, 
on which there were twenty-nine wells. This 
he retained for eight years and then sold his 
interests at a great advance, having bought 
this property for twelve thousand dollars and 
selling for twenty-five thousand dollars. Af- 
ter this he came to Olean, New York, buy- 
ing houses, finishing and selling them ; and 
at Portville he invested in seventeen acres for 
a private home where he now resides. He 
is interested in the Ann Oil Company of 
West \'"irginia. which has eleven wells, pump- 
ing free, and also in the Kinley Company 
which he operates at Knapp Creek. He is 
a genial man, well known in the community 
and possessing the esteem of all among whom 
he moves, and by his industry and native 
shrewdness has accumulated for himself con- 
siderable means. He is a member of the Re- 
publican party, and a trustee of the Metho- 
dist church. 

Mr. Tapp married. June 20. 1900, Parma 
Belle, daughter of William P. and Margaret 
(Sindorf) Bowser. Mrs. \\'illiam Tapp's 
father. William P. Bowser, was the son of 
Benjamin Bowser, who was born in Walk 
Chaik. He was a farmer in Kittanning, Wash- 
ington township, Pennsylvania, also followed 
hotel keeping and was for many years turn- 
kev of the jail : was a well known man of 
that town, deacon of the Baptist church, and 
is still living at the age of ninety-four. He 
married (first) Elizabeth . Children: 

Christopher ; Catherine : Ann. married 

Hawks; Rachel, married McGregor; 

William P. (Mrs. Tapp's father). A Tarried 
(second) Catherine Yerty, born in Arm- 
strong county, Pennsylvania. Children: Mcr- 
win, Stephen. Abraham, Sophia. Ellen, Denny. 
Five died in infancy. Mrs. Tapp's mother 
was born in Sherrett. Her father, John Sin- 
dorf, was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 
He was a blacksmith, followed that at Sher- 
rett and in 1875 moved to Du Bois where 
he followed the livery business until his death 
at sixtv-five. He married Isabella Ray, of 

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Torentine, Pennsylvania. Children : John, 
Amelia, Margaret (Mrs. Tapp's mother), 
James, Henry, Herman, Robert, Ray. Four 
died in infancy. The mother of these children 
is still living in Du Bois, at eighty-seven years 
of age. Mr. and Mrs. Bowser have had seven 
children : Parma Belle, Celeste, Clema, Sadie, 
Park, Clarence, Wayne. Mr. Bowser, father 
of Mrs. Tapp, is an oil man of Kittanning, 
Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Tapp have had 
four children : William Wayne, born March 
19, 1903 ; Margaret Elizabeth, July 29, 1905 ; 
Harold Leslie, February 10, 1907 ; Theodore 
Leland, August i, 1910. 

Henry Bull, governor of Rhode 
BULL Island in 1685 and again in 1690, 
and the ancestor of many bearing 
the name, was born in 1609 in England or 
South Wales. Previous to July 17, 1636, he 
entered his name on a volume in Ms. at the 
augmentation office (so called) in London, 
where Rev. Joseph Hunter, one of the record 
commissioners, presided in Rolls Court, West- 
minster Hall, as a passenger to New England 
in the "James," John May, master, and em- 
barked at the port of London after Christ- 
mas, 1634, with forty-three other passengers 
by permission. On May 17, 1637, there was 
a summons of the court of Boston to Henry 
Bull and others to appear. He was one of 
the company who went to Rhode Island in 
1637, and was one of the signers of the con- 
tract for a "Body Politic," as also for the 
purchase of Aquidinick Island of the Indians. 
In 1680 Henry Bull was a deputy to the gen- 
eral assembly, Newport, and again in 1681. 
He died at Newport, 22 of 11 mo., 1693-94 
(Friends' Record) aged eighty-four years, 
"the last man of the first settlers of this Rhode 

Island." He married (first) Elizabeth , 

who died in 1663; married (second) Esther 
daughter of Ralph and Esther (Swift) Al- 
len," 14 of 12 mo., 1664 (Sandwich, Massa- 
chusetts record) ; she died 26 of 12 mo., 1676 
(Portsmouth, Rhode Island record) ; mar- 
ried (third) Anne (Clayton) Easton, widow 
of Governor Easton ; she died in 1707. Chil- 
dren : Jireh, see forward; Daughter, married 
Allen, of Little Compton ; Amey, mar- 
ried Edward Richmond, of Little Compton. 

(II) Jireh, son of Henry Bull, was born at 
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1638. He married 
and had sons: Jireh, see forward; Henry, 
married Ann Cole ; Mary, married John 

Coggeshall; Ephraim, married (first) Mary 
Coggeshall, (second) Hannah Hohvay ; Eze- 
kiel, married Elizabeth . 

(Ill) Jireh (2) son of Jireh (i) Bull, was 
born in 1659, died July 16, 1709. He mar- 
ried Godsgift, daughter of Governor x\rnold. 
Children : Jireh, Benjamin, Benedict, see for- 

(I\') Benedict, son of Jireh (2) Bull, was 
born in 1687. He went to Milford, Connec- 
ticut, 1711-12. He married, December 11, 

17 16, Sybella, daughter of Alexander Bryan 
Jr., of Milford. Children: Benedict, born 

1717, died young; Sybella. born February 14, 

1720; married Hunting; Jireh, see for- 

word ; Benjamin, twin of Jireh, born Octo- 
ber 10, 1721 ; married (first) Esther Bald- 
win ; (second) Anna Piatt; Godsgift, born 
February 24, 1724; Content, born about 1725, 
married Bryan. 

(V) Jireh (3) son of Benedict and Sybella 
(Bryan) Bull, was born October 10, 172 1. He 
married Sybella, daughter of Jere. Peck. 
Children : Jabez Benedict, see forward ; Sibyl, 
baptized January 7, 1750, married Daniel 
Buckingham ; Jireh, Henry, Jeremiah, Abigail, 
Jerusha, Content. 

(VI) Jabez Benedict, son of Jireh (3) and 
Sybella (Peck) Bull, was born January 5, 
1748, in Milford, Connecticut, died December 
25, 1815. He married, December 6, 1770, at 
Milford, Mara Naomi, daughter of Captain 
Richard Bristol. Children, born at Milford: 
I. Benedict, see forward. 2. James, born Oc- 
tober 19, 1772; married Margaret, daughter 
of Dr. Samuel Pond, and died in Milford, 
March 18, 1831. 3. Mara, born October 7, 
1774, died in New Albany, Indiana, July 4, 
1833 ; married Joel Scribner. 4. Jireh. born 
April 7. 1776, died December 31, 1823. 5. 
Richard Bryan, born IMarch 21, 1778, died in 
New York, May 14, 1804, after being absent 
from home four years and five months ; un- 
married. 6. Lucy, born July 21, 1780; mar- 
ried, December 4, 1800, William Atwater. The 
mother of these children died in December, 
1842, at the residence of her son, Benedict, 
in Plymouth, Connecticut, in her eighty-sev- 
enth year. 

(VII) Benedict (2) son of Jabez Benedict 
and Mara Naomi (Bristol) Bull, was born 
July 10, 1771. died September 23, 1852, in 
Plymouth. Connecticut. He married, April 6, 
1800, Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Edward and 
Susan (Whittlesey) Carrington. Children, 


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born at Milford: i. Eliza. December 29. 1800, 
died unmarried in Plymouth. 2. Edward Car- 
rington, April 9, 1802. died April 27, 1845, 
in Orwell, Pennsylvania : married Cynthia 
M. Bronson. 3. Richard Bryan. April 24. 
1803, died Alay 8, 1808, in Milford. 4. Sus- 
anna, April 13, 1804. died July 22, 1854, in 
Vernon, Connecticut : married — — Talcott. 
5. Jabez Benedict, see forward. 6. Isaac Miles, 
August 14. 1807. died September 8. 1884, at 
Cromwell, Connecticut, unmarried. 7. James 
Carrington, ]\Iarch 29, 1809, lived but two 
days. 8. ■Martha, February 2, 1811; married 
Aaron D. Wells and died in Plymouth. 9. 
Henry Carrington, October 29, 1812, died Au- 
gust 24, 1885, in Bunker Hill. Illinois; mar- 
ried but had no issue. Children born at Ply- 
mouth : 10. Mary Bristol, June 27. 1815. died 
there February 27, 1824. 11. William Whit- 
tlesey, November 28, 1816, died there: mar- 
ried twice but had no issue. 12. Esther Car- 
rington, November 14, 1818, died there Octo- 
ber 29, 1856. 13. Elizabeth M., November 
II, 1820, died there Jime 30. 1838. 14. Jireh. 
July 24, 1822, died August 8, 1822. 

(A'lII) Jabez Benedict (2) son of Bene- 
dict (2) and Elizabeth (Carrington) Bull, was 
born in ]\Iilford, Connecticut, August 29, 
1805, died in Buffalo. January 26, 187 1. He 
taught school as a young man in Farming- 
ton, Connecticut, and removed to Buft'alo. 
New York, about 1830. where he spent the 
remainder of his life. He was associated in 
business with George Palmer and Noah H. 
Gardner, operating a tannery at the "Hydrau- 
lics" with store and salesroom on Lloyd street. 
He was president of the Western Savings 
Bank and the Young Men's Association, but 
held no public office. He married. April 12, 
1841. at Litchfield. Connecticut, Sarah Eliz- 
abeth, daughter of James and Sarah (Cooke) 
Butler. Children, born in Buft'alo: i. Alary. 
February 10. 1842. died February 24. 1865. 
unmarried. 2. -Henry, see forward. 3. Ed- 
ward. ]\Iay 28. 1846, died November 18, 1846. 
4. Sarah Elizabeth. September 17, 1847. died 
September 24. 1848. 5. Catherine Maria. De- 
cember 12, 1849, died September 30, 1870, 
unmarried. 6. Elizabeth, September 20, 1853. 
died February 24, 1855. 7. Jeannie. June 4, 
1855 ; unmarried. 8. Charles, see forward. 9. 
Elizabeth Carrington, July 14, 1861. died May 
17. 1897. in Upper Montclair. New Jersey, 

(IX) Henry, son of Jabez Benedict (2) 

and Sarah Elizabeth (Butler) Bull, was born 
in Buft'alo, New York, February 6, 1844. He 
married, June 26, 1872, Frances, daughter of 
Martin and Esther (Charles) Adsit, of Hor- 
nellsville. New York. They now reside in 
Buffalo, where their children were born : Chil- 
dren : I. Henry Adsit, see forward. 2. Rob- 
ert Wilson, born October 13. 1874; married, 
July 25. 1898, Maud, daughter of Jonathan 
and Mary (McCabe) Sayre : now living in 
Kelly, New Mexico. 3. Katherine, born Feb- 
ruary 28, 1877, died ni Washington, D. C, 
March. 1911. unmarried. 

(IX) Charles, third son of Jabez Benedict 
(2) and Sarah Elizabeth (Butler) Bull, was 
born October 27, 1857, in Buft'alo. He at- 
tended the public schools of that city, after 
which he entered Lehigh University, from 
which he graduated in 1878 with the degree 
of mechanical engineer. Shortlv after this 
he became assistant superintendent of a cot- 
ton mill at Woonsocket. Rhode Island, where 
he remained five years. Following this he was 
bursar and assistant librarian of the General 
Theological Seminary of New York City, and 
is now employed by the estate of E. A. Hoff- 
man, of New York City, with office on Broad- 
way. He is a member of the Sigma Phi, a 
college fraternity, and of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church. 

( X ) Henry Adsit, son of Henry and 
Frances (Adsit) Bull, was born in Buffalo. 
New York, May 19, 1873. and is now living 
there. He married. December 7, 1901. Cor- 
nelia Rumsey, daughter of Ansley and Cor- 
nelia (Rumsey) Wilcox. Children: Kather- 
ine, born December 22, 1902 ; Henry Adsit 
Jr., April 4, 1905 : Marian. October 6. 1906. 

William Compton, immigrant 
COMPTON ancestor of the family in 

New Jersey, was an early 
settler at Monmouth. New Jersey. He was 
there in 1667 and paid quit-rent from 1679 
to 1686. He recorded the ear mark for his 
cattle — a half-penny under the left ear — in 

1679. He had land on Shoal Flarbor, Middle- 
town, New Jersey, adjoining John Smith's, in 

1680. He was at Gravesend. Long Island, 
probably before he located permanently at 
Middletown. and in 1677 gave his residence 
as Gravesend in the West Riding of York- 
shire. Long Island. He was constable of 
Gravesend "and a witness in court there in 
1678. He had a grant of two hundred and 



eighty acres, Alay 8, 1679, ^^ Middletown, and 
appears to have removed there about that 

Cornelius Compton, doubtless his son, filed 
his ear mark, July 18, 1702, and his son Cor- 
nelius filed the same, October 2, 1750, a slit 
in the top of the left ear of the animal and 
a half penny under the ear. John Compton, 
son of Cornelius Jr., also lived at Middle- 
town, and filed the same ear mark, December 
28, 177 1. Richard Compton, another son of 
the first settler, appears to have died about 
171 1, as in that year his mark was filed by 
Abram Watson. 

(I) Samuel Compton, several generations 
from William Compton, was born in New Jer- 
sey and came from Newark, in that province, 
bringing his goods and chattels in a wagon 
to Seneca county, New York. He married 
Polly and they had fifteen children : Sam- 
uel, Reuben, James, Jonas, Jacob, Mercy, Har- 
riet, Abner, Benjamin, Polly, Abbie, Mary and 
three died young. 

(H) James, son of Samuel Compton, was 
born in New Jersey, July 9, 1806, died Janu- 
ary 12, 1881, at Middleport, New York. He 
came from New Jersey with his parents and 
settled there. He was a farmer by occupa- 
tion. Later in life he moved to Orleans 
county. New York, and still later to Niagara 
county where he bought a farm. Afterward 
he bought another farm located partly in Or- 
leans and partly in Niagara county. His last 
years were spent on a place in Middleport, 
where he died. In early life he was a Whig, 
afterward a Republican. He married, Septem- 
ber 18. 1825, at Romulus, Seneca county. New 
York, Caroline Bailey, born at South East, 
New York, April 20. 1805, died at Middleport, 
in 1882. Children: Seymour (mentioned be- 
low) ; Eunice T., born November 3, 1828, 
died July 29, 1874; Squire T., born May 31, 
183 1 ; Rachel C, born September 2, 1832, died 
September 11, 1861 ; Nancy, October 19, 1834; 
Samuel, born January 24, 1837; James Jr., 
born September 16, 1846, a Republican in 
politics, clerk of Niagara county, a man of 

(HI) Seymour, son of James Compton, 
was born in Ovid, Seneca county, New York, 
December 2, 1826. He was educated in the 
public schools of Ovid and of Royalton, Ni- 
agara county. New York. He assisted his 
father in the work of the farm until he came 
of age, and then became a farmer on his own 

account, conducting the old Dewey farm in 
the town of Royalton for ten years. After- 
ward he bought a farm of fifty acres, sold 
it after a time, and in 1862 bought the farm 
of one hundred and twenty-six acres, upon 
which he has since lived. It is partly in Or- 
leans and partly in Niagara county. During 
the civil war he supplied horses to the govern- 
ment, and afterward, for twenty-six years, in 
partnership with D. H. Meade, he was a cat- 
tle dealer. At the same time he conducted 
his farm, and in later years he has been asso- 
ciated with his sons in the cattle business. He 
is a member of Cataract Lodge, No. 295, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Middleport, and one 
of the oldest members. In politics he is a 

He married, at Shelby, Orleans county, New 
York, in May, 1847, Catherine Travers, born 
1830, died 1903. Children: i. Seymour, died 
in infancy. 2. Charles, died in infancy. 3. 
Ida, born September 4, 1855 ; married Ed- 
ward Knapp. 4. William, born May i, 1858; 
married Sarah Allen ; children : Zoie Leona 
and Seymour D. 5. Inez, born January 10, 
1863 5 married George Helenbolt. 6. John, 
born August 29, 1870. 

Joseph Compton was born in 
COMPTON Newark, New Jersey, in 
1802, died in 1900 at Middle- 
port, New York, his death being caused by 
injuries by fire. In childhood he was adopted 
by Arunah Bennett, of New Jersey, but re- 
tained the Compton name. When Mr. Ben- 
nett moved to Niagara county the lad came 
with him. They made the journey with ox 
teams and settled on wild timber land near 
the village of Middleport. ]\Ir. Bennett was 
one of the earliest settlers in that section and 
his adopted son experienced all the toil and 
privation of the pioneer. He helped to build 
the log cabin, clear the ground of timber and 
cultivate the fields, wrested foot by foot, acre 
by acre and field by field from the virgin for- 
est. Mr. Bennett was a surveyor and did 
considerable work for the Holland Land Com- 
pany, taking his pay largely in land. As Jo- 
seph Compton grew to manhood he began 
buying land of Mr. Bennett and later became 
a tanner, then a merchant and a manufacturer 
of fan mills. He also carried on farming op- 
erations. In his dififerent business enterprises 
he was very successful and accumulated a 
ffood fortune for his dav. He caught the oil 







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fever, went to Penns}ivania and in oil specu- 
lation lost his money. He came back to jMid- 
dleport and died as stated. He married Bet- 
sey Bennett, born in Lima, New York. Chil- 
dren : Cordelia, married Linus Spaulding ; 
Don Carlos, Arunah, John, James P., of 
whom further : Joseph, Emily, married James 
Watson ; Elizabeth, died youngs ; Wilbur. 

(H) James P., son of Joseph and Betsey 
(Bennett) Compton, was born at Middleport, 
Niagara county. New York, January 12, 1836. 
He was educated in the public schools, and on 
arriving at a suitable age learned the trade 
of tinner, which he followed for several years. 
In i860 he established a hardware and tin- 
ning business at Clifton Springs, New York, 
and was nicely started in business when, in 
1861, he was drafted into the United States 
service, but discharged on account of poor 
teeth. In 1S64 he settled in Canandaigua, 
New York, and for two years engaged in the 
tin and hardware business. In 1866 he re- 
turned to Middleport, engaged in the same 
business (hardware and tinning), and con- 
tinued successfully until 1898, when he retired 
from active business and moved to Medina, 
New York, where he now resides (1912). 
He is a land owner and interested in real es- 
tate outside his private holdings. He is a 
Republican in politics, and an attendant of the 
Episcopal church. He is well known and 
bears an honorable name in his community. 

He married, January i, 1861, Sarah Coo- 
per, born September 15, 1844, died April 13, 
191 1, daughter of William Cooper, of Ge- 
neva, New York. Children: i. Mary Cor- 
delia, born September 28, 1861 ; marriefl 
(first) H. T. Underbill; has daughter. Sata ; 
(second) Joseph Blaba. 2. Linus, born Janu- 
ary 25, 1865 ; now a manufacturer and real 
estate dealer at Rochester, New York ; mar- 
ried Cora Murdock. 3. Florence A., born 
August 18, 1874: married John Sousie, of Me- 
dina; children: James, Alinnie, and Grace 

The Stout family of Schenec- 
STOUT tady. New York, shows in its 

history one of the early instances 
of that intermingling of the English and 
Dutch stocks which afterward became so com- 
mon. No two peoples seem to assimilate more 
freely. They may come together in antagon- 
ism, as in the early days of New York, or as 
at the end of the nineteenth centurv in South 

Africa, yet a few years suffice to show that 
the antagonism is not deeply rooted, and that 
the Dutch easily take their place of honor and 
usefulness in an English community. In this 
family the union occurs in the first genera- 
tion, so that from the very beginning of their 
American history the familv is half l-'n^lish, 
half Dutch. 

(I) Richard Stout, founder of this fam- 
ily, was son of John Stout, a gentleman of 
Nottinghamshire, England ; he died about 
1705, his will having been proved in Octo- 
ber of that year (dated June 9, 1703). When 
quite young, Richard Stout paid his addresses 
to a yi)ung woman of whom his father disap- 
proved. In consequence, he left home and 
entered the British navy. After serving 
seven years on a man-of-war he was dis- 
charged at New Amsterdam, now New York, 
January 25, 1664, and he, with a few others, 
all of Gravesend, made the first purchase of 
land at what is now Monmouth, New Jersey, 
of the Indians. He was one of the twelve 
men named in the Monmouth patent. He 
married, about 1622, Penelope Van Princes. 
A ship from Amsterdam, Holland, on its way 
to New Amsterdam was driven ashore at or 
near Middletown, Monmouth county. New 
Jersey, loaded with passengers. This wom- 
an's husband was killed by the Indians, and 
she was horribly and dangerously wounded, 
but escaped. An Indian found her some days 
later ; taking pity on her, he cured her of her 
injuries, carried her to New Amsterdam, and 
sold her to the Dutch. At New Amsterdam 
Richard Stout and she met, and after their 
marriage they settled near the place where 
the vessel had been wrecked. There were but 
six white families at Middletown in 1648. It 
is said that at her decease in 1712 Penelo])e 
Stout had five hundred descendants. Chil- 
dren of Richard and Penelope (Van Princes) 
Stout: John, born in 1650: married, Janu- 
ary 12, 1671-72, Elizabeth — — ; Richard, 

born in 1655, married Frances : James, 

of whom further; Peter, born in 1658, died in 
1703, married — — BuUen ; Jonathan, born in 
1664, died in March, 1723, married, August 
27, 1685, Ann Bullen; Benjamin; David, born 
in 1669, married, in 1688. Rebecca Ashton ; 
Deliverance, married Throckmorton ; Sa- 
rah, married Pike; Penelope, married 


(II) James, son of Richard and Penelope 
(\'an Princes) Stout, was born in 1656, died 



before 1697. He married Elizabeth . 

Children: Benjamin, of whom further; 
James, married Johanna Johnson ; Joseph ; 

Penelope, married Jewell ; Elizabeth, 

married W^arford ; Mercy, married 

Warner ; Anne, married Cornelius Johnson. 

(III) Benjamin, son of James and Eliz- 
abeth Stout, married Ruth Bogart, of Salem, 

New Jersey. Children : Joseph, married 

HuiT; Benjamin, of whom further; Elizabeth, 
married John Quick ; perhaps also the follow- 
ing : Sarah ; Mary, married — - — Hunt ; Ra- 
chel, married Stephen Howell ; Ruth ; Anne, 
married Abraham Stout. 

(IV) Benjamin (2) son of Benjamin (i) 
and Ruth (Bogart) Stout, married Elizabeth 
Anderson, of Hunterdon county. New Jersey, 
daughter of William Anderson, by whom he 
is said to have had "a great number of chil- 
dren." x-Xmong these was Zebedee, of whom 

{V ) Zebedee, son of Benjamin (2) and 
Elizabeth (Anderson) Stout, was born July 
6, 1770, died March 2t^. 1850. He was known 
as "Colonel." He was a farmer and settled 
on the old homestead, which is in the pos- 
session of the family at the present time. He 
married Eunice Hagaman, of Hunterdon 
county, New Jersey, and came to Olcott, New 
York, in 1815. Children: John, born August 
8, 1798; Francis, June 7, 1800; Benjamin, of 
whom further; Sarah, March 31. 1804; Ar- 
mida, March 31, 1806; Isaac, 1808; Seneca, 
November 14, 18 10. 

(VI) Benjamin (3) son of Zebedee and 
Eunice ( Hagaman ) Stout, was born August 
12, 1802. died April 2, 1882. He resided on 
the Lake road at Olcott, New York, and was 
a farmer by occupation. He married, iNFarch 
27, 1827, Louisa Olmsted, at Newfane. Chil- 
dren : William T., born T^bruary 2, 1828; 
Dexter, June 3, 1829; ]Mariette, April 2t,, 
1831 ; Dolphin E., April 4, 1834; Martin, of 
whom further; Benjamin Frank, b'ebruarv 
18, 1842. 

(VII) Alartin, son of Benjamin (3) and 
Louisa (Olmsted) Stout, was born October 
26, 1839. He resides in Newfane on a portion 
of the old original Stout homestead. He fol- 
lowed agricultural pursuits throughout the ac- 
tive vears of his life, and is now living re- 
tired, enjoying to the full the fruits of well- 
earned labor. He is a Democrat in politics. 
He married, in January, i860, Alice Hearn, 
born in 1838, died 1889. Children: i. Nel- 

lie, born October 29, 1861, died 1910; mar- 
ried J. B. Chapman. 2. ]\Iary, January 17, 
1863. 3- Cicero F., of whom further. 4. 
Benjamin, August 9, 1867; living at Bay City, 
Michigan ; married Jessie Ray ; they have two 
children: Marion and Frank. 5. Seymour 
E., May 3, 1870, died in 1898. 

( \'III ) Cicero F., son of Martin and Alice 
(Hearn) Stout, of Olcott, New York, was 
born at Olcott, New York, May 9, 1865. He 
was educated in the public school, and at 
Wilson union school at Wilson, New York. 
He grew up a farmer, and when starting life 
for himself made nursery and fruit growing 
his s])ecialty. He had a nursery at Olcott un- 
til after his marriage, when he settled on the 
old Burroughs farm belonging to his wife's 
father. He continued in the nursery business 
until the farm was sold. He then purchased 
the old Miller homestead lying along the 
shores of Lake Ontario, at Olcott. In 1899 
he bought part of the Phillips farm, part of 
which he later sold. He retains ninety-two 
acres, forty of which is a thrifty full bearing 
peach orchard. He has been successful in 
business, and occupies an influential position 
in his town. 

Mr. Stout is a member of the Masonic 
order, affiliated with Red Jacket Lodge, at 
Lockport, New York. He is a Prohibitionist 
in politics, and a member of the Universalist 
church. He married, October 4, 1892. at Ol- 
cott, New York, Nettie Burroughs (see Bur- 
roughs II). Children: Alice L., born Octo- 
ber 26, 1893 • Charlotte B., December 23, 

(The Burroughs Line). 

This family name is spelled in a great va- 
riety of ways. Such forms even as Berg, 
Bergo, and Dee Bergo are found in early 
writings. In the fourteenth century there 
were of this name an English secular priest, 
and a monk who wrote some books of travels ; 
in the sixteenth century there was a naviga- 
tor and discoverer of the same name. Many 
of this name and its modern variants served 
in revolutionary troops of New York state ; in 
fact eight are noted in the state revolution- 
ary records, who spelled their name in the 
exact way that this family use. 

( I ) James Burroughs, the first member of 
this family about whom we have definite in- 
formation, died in Wyoming. Wyoming 
county, New York, in i860. He married 
Anne Bates. Children : Calvin M. ; James 



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H.; Charles, of whom further; Anzolette, 
married Wyman Raymond. 

(II) Charles, son of James and Anne 
(Bates) Burroughs, was born June 27, 1824, 
at La Grange, New York, died 1897. He 
was educated in the public school and Alii- 
dlebury Academy, Wyoming village, New 
York. He followed farming for a time with 
his father, then engaged in fire insurance, 
making a specialty of Western New York 
farm property. In 1867 he removed to West- 
ern Iowa, remaining nine years, engaging in 
farming. In 1875 he returned to New York 
state, settling at Olcott, Niagara county, 
where he purchased the old Albright farm of 
seventy-six acres, which he cultivated until his 
death. He was a Whig and a strong Aboli- 
tionist, later a Republican. He belonged to 
the Universalist church. He married Lucetta 
Perry. Their only child, Nettie, married Ci- 
cero F. Stout (see Stout Y^III). 

Patrick Foley, father of Peter C. 

FOLEY Foley, was born in Leitrim 
county, Ireland, landed as an 
emigrant in Montreal. Canada, and at the 
age of fifteen came to this country alone, 
after which he learned the marble working 
trade. He married Catherine Deitrich, born 
in Cologne, Germany, who came to this coun- 
try at the age of eleven with parents and a 
family of twelve children. His surviving 
brothers are Martin, John P. and Henry W. 

Peter C. Foley was born in Poonville, 
Oneida county. New York, October 8, 1862. 
Fie received his education in his native town, 
and then learned the trade of marble cutter 
and worked in various places throughout the 
United States before locating in Olean, New 
York, where he engaged in the marble and 
granite monument business in the spring of 
1886, place of business at that time being lo- 
cated on West State street, near the corner of 
First. The business has continued to the pres- 
ent time, known as Foley Brothers Company, 
of which Peter C. Foley is the sole proprietor. 
The business was started with the assistance 
of one boy that was paid $3.00 per week, and 
there is now employed, and has been for many 
years, from thirty to fifty men, and the pro- 
ducts of this firm are shipped to nearly every 
city and town in Western New York, Penn- 
sylvania and Ohio. Mr. Foley is a Democrat 
in politics and has always taken an active in- 

terest in the aft'airs of his party, and has been 
elected mayor of the city of Olean three times, 
the first time in 1902, the second time in 1909, 
and the third time succeeding himself at the 
election held in 191 1, which ofiicc lie still 

Mr. h'oley has always taken an active in- 
terest in music and musicians, having in his 
early life been a member of the Tenth Kcgi- 
ment r)and, and Albany City Band of Albany, 
New York, and has traveled extensively with 
circus companies and shows, having mastered 
the clarionet, one of the most difiicult of wind 
instruments, studying from early childhood, 
h'or many years he took an active interest in 
( )lean bands, and at one time furnished the 
uniforms and instruments for a band known 
as Foley's Forty-third Separate Company 
Band. Of late years his business required his 
attention and made it necessary to abandon 
what has been a great pleasure to him. Mr. 
Foley is a member of the Citv Club, Country 
Club, Eagles, and also life member of the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 

Mr. Foley married, in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Zoda Coast Faulkner, in the year 1907. 

The name Clark is derived fmni 
CLARK the Latin clericus. This word at 
first meant a person in ( )rders 
( whether 1 ioly Orders or minor orders ) ; 
later anv one who had been educated by the 
clergy; and finalh* any one who could read 
and write. As a surname, Clark or Clarke 
is probably as old as the eleventh century. At 
least one case is recorded where another sur- 
name was changed to Clarke, probably as be- 
ing more honorable. 

Not less than thirty Clark (e) families set- 
tled in New England colonies before 1700; 
there were, in fact, twelve Thomas Clarkes in 
New England between 1623 and 1680. 

A full record of many of the present Clarks. 
including the family now under consideration, 
cannot be given. Nevertheless, the repeated 
occurrence of the <ame. even unusual, chris- 
tian names, and the family tradition of con- 
nection with Rev. John Clarke removes all 
reasonable (Viubt as to the immigrant ances- 
tor. Moreover, this Rev. John Clarke brought 
with him from England a Bible, preservefl to 
the present day. which gives three genera- 
tions before the immigration. The ancestry 
is traced to the parish of W^esthorpe. Suffolk 
countv, England. In the earlier generations. 



as by many of the present-day descendants, 
the name is spelled with the final e. 

(I) John Clarke, of Westhorpe, the first 
member of this family of whom we have 
knowledge, was buried March 3, 1559. Chil- 
dren : John, of whom further ; Thomas, bap- 
tized January 4, 1553, buried May 10, 1588. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Clarke, 
of A\'esthorpe, was baptized February 11, 
1 541, died April 4, 1598. He married Cath- 
erine, daughter of John Cooke, who was bap- 
tized February 12, 1546, died March 27, 1598. 
Children: John, born April 25, 1569, buried 
December 9, 1594; Thomas, of whom further; 
Carewe, baptized August 17, 1572; Christo- 
pher, baptized December 6, 1574; John, bap- 
tized March 17, 1577; Margaret, born June 
8, 1579; Mary, baptized September 21, 1581. 

(III) Thomas, son of John (2) Clarke, of 
Westhorpe. was born November i, 1570, died 
July 29, 1627. He married Rose Herrige or 
Keridge, who died September 19, 1727. Chil- 
dren: I. Margaret, born February i, 1600. 
2. Carewe, February 3, 1602 ; married Datre 

. 3. Thomas, born or baptized March 

31, 1605, died December 2, 1674 ; married Jane 

. 4. Mary, baptized July 17, 1607, died 

in 1648; married John Peckham. 5. Rev. 
John, of whom further. 6. William, baptized 
February 11. 161 1. 7. Joseph, of whom fur- 
ther. Of these children, Carewe, Thomas, 
Mary, John and Joseph all came to America ; 
but of these four sons Joseph only left sur- 
viving issue. 

(TV) Rev. John (3) Clarke, son of Thomas 
and Rose Clarke, the immigrant, was born 
in England. October 8, 1609, died April 20, 
1676. Fie was probably a graduate of Cam- 
bridge University : he was a physician and 
Baptist minister, and had knowledge of Greek, 
Latin, and Hebrew. With his first wife he 
arrived in Boston, in November, 1637. His 
first winter was spent at Exeter. New Hamp- 
shire : in the spring he returned to Boston, and 
associated himself with a colony which settled 
on Conanicut Island, on what is now Ports- 
mouth. Rhode Island. He removed to New- 
port, and in 1644 became pastor of the first 
Baptist church at that place. In 1651 he went 
with Roger Williams to England on matters 
concerning the welfare of the colony, and 
remained twelve years. He was frequently 
the guest of Sir Harry Vane and other lead- 
ing men of the Commonwealth. In 1663 he 
obtained from Kina: Charles II. a most liberal 

charter, which was the basis of the govern- 
ment of Rhode Island until 1843. In June, 
1664, he returned to Rhode Island. Both 
before and after his visit to England, he held 
many offices of high importance and trust. 
Although he was a Baptist, he had a decided 
Calvinistic tendency. He published a concord- 
ance of the Scriptures. He married (first) 
Elizabeth Harges, (second) February i, 1671, 
Jane Fletcher, (third) Sarah Davis. He is 
known to have had a daughter by his second 
wife, but no issue survived him. 

(IV^) Joseph, son of Thomas and Rose 
Clarke, the immigrant, was born in England, 
December 9, 1618, died at Newport, Rhode 
Island, June i, 1694. He must have left Eng- 
land about 1637, and settled immediately in 
Rhode Island, for he was elected an inhabitant 
of the island of Aquidneck in 1638. Alarch 
17, 1641, he was made a freeman. In 1644 
he was one of the original members of the 
Baptist church at Newport, of which his 
brother was made minister. He was men- 
tioned by name in the charter granted by 
King Charles II. He seems to have lived for 
a while at Westerly, but to have returned to 
Newport. He held many important offices 
in the colony. He married twice ; his second 
wife, Margaret, died at Newport, in 1694. 
Children: i. Joseph, born February 11, 1642, 
died January 11, 1726-27; married (first), 
November 16, 1664, Bethiah Hubbard, 
(second) Hannah (Weeden-Clarke) Peck- 
ham. 2. William, died September 30, 
1683 ; married Hannah Weeden. 3. 
Mary, died in 1695 ; married Tobias Saunders. 
4. Sarah, born January 29, 1663 ; married, 
October 11, 1683, Thomas Reynolds. 5. John, 
died April 11, 1704. 6. Susanna. 7. Joshua, 
married Alice Phillips. 8. Thomas, died in 

1705 ; said to have married Elizabeth . 

8. Carew or Cary (he is called by both names ; 
in this family, Carewe, Carew, Carey and Cary 
are to be regarded as the same name) married. 
February 14, 1693, Ann Dyer. 9. Elizabeth. 
Either Susanna or Elizabeth married Rev. 
\\'illiam Peckham. The son Carew or Cary 
had a son, born September 20, 1696, and at 
least three grandsons, bearing forms of this 
name ; it is highly probable that Carey Clark, 
of whom below, was his grandson or great- 

(I) Carey Clark, progenitor of the line 
herein traced, removed from Providence, 
Rhode Island, to the vicinitv of Crooked Lake, 


Genesee (now Yates) county. New York, and 
there passed the remainder of his days. He 
Hved to the patriarchal age of one hundred 
years, and was never sick a day in his life. It 
is said that the day before his death he showed 
his sons how they used to dance an old-fash- 
ioned breakdown. Children: i. Carey, of 
whom further. 2. George, resided in Yates 
county, New York, and raised a family of five 
children: John. George, Orlando, Olive, Azu- 
ba. Of these, Olive married Augustus Moon. 
Azuba married Gideon Moon, and removed 
to Chautauqua county, New York. 3. Thank- 
ful ; married John Bently, a soldier of the rev- 
olution, and lived in Chautauqua county ; they 
had a son Solomon. 4. William, married Cyn- 
thia Moon, and had a son Arvin, who lived 
in Chautauqua county, and whose children 
were : Laura, married Alexander Simmons ; 
William, married Permelia Dunton ; Nicholas, 
married his cousin, Betsey Bentley ; a son, 
married Phoebe, daughter of Benjamin Daw- 
ley. 5. , married a Mr. Dawley, had a 

son Benjamin. 6. Thomas, married and reared 
a large family, including sons Thomas. John, 
and George. Thomas and his sons before the 
war built a sloop to carry passengers and mer- 
chandise into Canada. At the beginning of 
the second war with England they were among 
the blockade-runners. Captain Clark, of Ver- 
mont, supposedly a great-grandson of Thomas 
Clark, aforementioned, ran the warship "Ore- 
gon" from San Francisco down around South 
America in the shortest time on record. It 
was Captain Clark who said he was not afraid 
of the whole Spanish fleet when the war de- 
partment advised him to stop and get more 
help during the recent war with Spain, and 
who, when the battle of Santiago was fought, 
followed the Spanish fleet twenty miles and 
sunk the last ship. Alvin Clark, who built so 
many telescopes for European countries and 
whose last work consisted of a great telescope 
built for the Lick Observatory in California, 
was a descendant in the ninth generation from 
the John Clark who came over in the "May- 
flower." To this worthy ancestor the Clark 
who started the Christian Endeavor likewise 
traced his lineage. 

(II) Carey (2), son of Carey (i) Clark, 
was born at Kingstown, Rhode Island, about 
1765, died in 1857. He was a large, active, 
strong man, and retained his faculties in all 
their vigor to the last. It is said that a few 
months before his death he jumped up and 

hit his feet together like a young boy. He 
removed with his brother Thomas, to Swan- 
ton, Vermont, near the foot of Lake Cham- 
plain. In the war of 1812, when his sons 
\\'illiam and Benoni were drafted to fight at 
Plattsburg, he rowed in a boat to that place 
in order to be on hand if they should be killed 
or wounded, but no harm occurred to the 
yoting soldiers. In 1822 he accompanied his 
son Warren to Ellicott township, Chautauqua 
county, New York, where he settled on heav- 
ily-timbered land ; this he cleared, and it is 
still in the possession of the family. He mar- 
ried (first) in 1791, Dorcas Moon, who died 

in 1810; (second) , who died in 1845; 

she married (first) Williams. Chil- 
dren, all by first wife: i. Lucy. 2. Louis. 
3. William G., born July 22, 1795, died De- 
cember 23, 1861 ; married and had the follow- 
ing children : Lucinda, William A., Mahala, 
Arsula, Melissa, Esther and Gary. 4. Benoni. 

5. Caleb, born January 6, 1799, died Fel)ruary 
14, 1862; married, in 1824. Elizabeth Taylor; 
children: Riley G., Gary D., Phebe, Sylvester, 
Merritt, Nery, Leland. 6. Gary, born January 

6, 1799, died September 3, 1866; children: 
Harriet A., Warren M., William, .Sylvester, 
Lucy, Morgan, Albert, Roxey A. 7. Mary. 
8. Warren, of whom further. 

(III) Warren, son of Carey and Dorcas 
(Moon) Clark, was born at Swanton, April 
II, 1804, died at his home near Jamestown, 
New York, December 10, 1877. He came to 
Chautauqua county with his father and mother 
in 1822, and helped to clear the old home- 
stead. He married. June 24. 182 1. Sibyl, 
daughter of Jonathan Corey, who was born 
at Bennington, \'ermont, March 24, 1791. 
Her father was of Shaftsbury, near Benning- 
ton. The Coreys are an old family in Amer- 
ica, and the resting places of early members 
are marked by stones in the old graveyard 
at Salem, Massachusetts. Children of Jona- 
than Corey: Jonathan. Rufus, Hiram. John, 
Truman, Sibyl, Charlotte. Dennis. Nancy. 
Children of Warren and Sibyl (Corey) 
Clark: i. Mahala, born in 1822, died in 1912. 
2. Marvin Dudley, of whom further. 3. Mi- 
nerva, born in 1826. died in 1869. 4. Charles 
Wesley, born in 1837, married Martha Put- 
nam (see Putnam VIII). Two others who 
did not reach maturity. 

(IV) Marvin Dudley, son of Warren and 
Sibyl (Corey) Clark, was born on the old 
homestead, in the township of Ellicott, Chan- 



tauqua county, New York, July lo, 1824. died 
December 15, 1901. He received a good ele- 
mentary education. Throughout his whole 
active career he followed farming, his estate 
consisting of two hundred and seventy acres 
purchased by his father and grandfather from 
the Holland Land Company. Mr. Clark was 
one of the most successful farmers in Chau- 
tauqua county, and took special interest in 
raising fine stock and high-grade grains. He 
had a tract of fine pine timber, which he 
made into lumber. The present commodious 
residence on the estate, now owned by his 
son Frank, was erected by him. He was a 
Republican ; he attended the Baptist church, 
of which his wife was a member. He mar- 
ried, January i, 1851, Rosina, daughter of 
Rev. Oren and Alvira (Scofield) Putnam, 
who was born at Stockton, Chautauqua coun- 
ty, New York, January 7, 1832, died in Buf- 
falo, May 8. 1909 (see Putnam VHI). Chil- 
dren: I. Cassius Eugene, born November 16, 
1856; married Ida Bowen. and resides at 
Jamestown ; children : Alene and Dudley. 2. 
Frank Marvin, of whom further. 3. Mary 
Rosalind, born February 9, 1872; married 
Eugene D. Smith ; children : Delight, Gladys, 

(V) Frank Marvin, son of Marvin Dudley 
and Rosina (Putnam) Clark, was born on the 
old homestead in the township of Ellicott, near 
Jamestown, April 2, 1863. His early life was 
passed on the farm, and he attended the dis- 
trict schools. At the age of sixteen he came 
to Jamestown, where in June, 1883, he gradu- 
ated from the high school. While attending 
school he was a clerk in the drug store of 
Flenderson & Putnam. In the fall of 1883 
he matriculated in the University of Michigan, 
at Ann Arbor, in the pharmacy department ; he 
graduated in 1885 with the degree of phar- 
maceutical chemist, the highest degree held by 
any druggist in Western New York. He 
holds the first certificate, issued by examina- 
tion by the state board of pharmacy, which 
was granted in Jamestown. After the com- 
pletion of his professional education Mr. Clark 
returned to Jamestown, to the service of his 
old employers, Henderson & Putnam ; he was 
with this firm about five years in all. In No- 
vember, 1886, he formed a partnership with 
Cassius E. Clark and Edward A. Tupper, to 
conduct a general drug store at No. 11 East 
Third street, Jamestown, under the firm name 
of Clark Brothers & Tupper. They removed 

in 1 89 1 to the present store at the corner of 
Third and Main streets. This is one of the 
largest and most thoroughly equipped drug 
stores in the western part of the state ; a gen- 
eral book and stationery business is handled 
in connection with the drug business. Mr. 
Clark purchased his brother's interest in 1902, 
and now conducts the store alone. He has 
another large drug store at Chautauqua, New 
York, and is one of the directors of the Elli- 
cott Drug Company (wholesale), of Buffalo. 
He owns his residence at No. 513 West Third 
street : the old Clark homestead ; a fine sum- 
mer cottage, the "Tngleside," at Lakewood, 
New York ; and another cottage at Allegheny 
Springs, Pennsylvania. He is a member of 
Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 145, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons ; Western Sun Chapter, No. 67. 
Royal Arch Masons ; Jamestown Command- 
ery, No. 61, Knights Templar: the Ancient 
Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic 
Shrine : and the Buft'alo Consistory, Scottish 
Rite Masons. He is a member of the New 
York State Pharmaceutical Association, and 
of the American Microscopical Society. He 
is afiiliated with the Alpha Chapter of the Phi 
Chi, college fraternity, of Ann Arbor, Michi- 
gan. Formerly he was a member of the Thir- 
teenth Separate Companv, New York State 

Mr. Clark married, December 30, 189 1, Ma- 
bel, daughter of John and Mary (Gilhooley) 
Hartan, who was born in Philadelphia, April 
28, 1873; she is a granddaughter of Thomas 
Gilhooley, of New York City. Children: i. 
Donald Marvin, born November 12, 1892, died 
September 22, 1893. 2. Fitzgerald Hartan, 
born April 22, 1894, now attending the high 
school at Jamestown. 

(The Putnam Line). 

The Putnam family of Salem. Massachu- 
setts, and its offshoots, have extended to every 
state of the Union. The family is English in 
origin ; it has also been planted in Canada and 
Australia. The coat-of-arms is thus heraldic- 
ally described : Sable, between eight crosses 
crosslet-fitchee (or crusily-fitchee) argent, a 
stork of the last, beaked and legged gules. 
Crest, a wolf's head, gules. 

(I) John Putnam, of Aston Abbotts, county 
of Bucks, England, the founder of this familv. 
was born about 1580, died at Salem \'illage 
(now Danvers), Massachusetts. December 30, 
1662. He came to New England about 1634. 



and settled on the farm since known as "Oak 
Knoll," at Danvers, where the poet VVhittier 
made his home during his last years. He was 
a farmer, and very prosperous for those times. 
In 1647 h^ was admitted to the church, and 
he was made a freeman in the same year, but 
he was a man of standing in the community 

before that time. He married Priscilla 

(perhaps Gould). Children, baptized at As- 
ton Abbotts: i. Elizabeth, December 20, 
1612. 2. Thomas, of whom further. 3. John, 
July 24, 1617, buried November 5, 1620. 4. 
Nathaniel, October 11, 1619. died July 23, 
1700: married Elizabeth Hutchinson. 5. Sara, 
j\larch 7, 1622-23. 6. Phoebe, July 28, 1624. 
7. John, May 27, 1627, died April 7, 1710. 

( n ) Lieutenant Thomas Putnam, son of 
John and Priscilla Putnam, was baptized at 
Aston Abbotts, England, March 7, 1614-15, 
died at Salem \'illage, May 5, 1686. He had 
a good education, and was wealthy. In 1640 
he was an inhabitant of Lynn, Massachuetts ; 
made a freeman in 1642; selectman in 1643. 
In the last-mentioned year he was admitted 
to the church at Salem. He held several other 
important offices. He married (first), at 
Lynn, August 17, 1643, Ann, daughter of Ed- 
ward and Prudence (Stockton) Holyoke, who 
died September i. 1665: (second) at Salem, 
September 14, 1666, Mary V'eren, who died 
in March, 1694-95. She married (first) Na- 
thaniel Veren, of Salem. Children, all except 
the last by first wife: i. Ann, born June 25, 
1645. ^^i^*^ September 14, 1676; married, Jan- 
uary 18, 1666-67, William Trask. 2. Sarah, 
baptized May 23, 1648. 3. Mary, born August 
17. 1649. 4. Thomas, born January 12, 1652, 
died May 24, 1699: married, September 25, 
1678. Ann Carr. 5. Edward, of whom fur- 
ther. 6. Deliverance, born July 5, 1656; mar- 
ried, April 23, 1685, Jonathan Walcott. 7. 
Elizabeth, born June 30, 1659 ; married Joshua 
Bayley. 8. Prudence, born December 28, 
1661-62; married (first) William Wyman, 
(second) Peter Tufts. 9. Joseph, born Sep- 
tember 14, 1669, '^isd in 1724 or 1725: mar- 
ried. April 21, 1690, Elizabeth Porter; he was 
a strenuous opponent of the witchcraft trials. 

(HI) Deacon Edward Putnam, son of Lieu- 
tenant Thomas and Ann (Holyoke) Putnam, 
was born at Salem Village, July 4, 1654, died 
at Salem Village, March 10, 1747. He was a 
man of good education. He was a deacon of 
the church at Danvers, and figured promi- 
nently in the witchcraft trials. His occupa- 

tion was farming. He married, June 14, 1681, 
Mary Hale. Children: i. Edward, born 
April 29, 1682, died October 23, 1755 ; married 

(first) Sarah , (second) September 3, 

1735, Priscilla (Bradstreet) Jewett, (third), 
February 24, 1736-37, Martha Nurse, (fourth) 
November 29, 1743, Mary Wilkins. 2. Holy- 
oke, born September 28, 1683, died July 3, 
1706. 3. Elisha, of whom further. 4. Jo- 
seph, born November i, 1687; married Lydia 
Flint. 5. Mary, born August 14, 1689; mar- 
ried, January 8, 1713, Thomas Flint. 6. Pru- 
dence, born January 25, 1692 ; married, De- 
cember 3, 1 7 19, William Wyman. 7. Nehe- 
miah, born December 20, 1693. 8. Ezra, born 
April 29, 1696, died October 22, 1747; mar- 
ried, in March, 17 19, Elizabeth Fuller. 9. 
Isaac, born March 14, 1698, died in 1757; 
married, December 20, 1720, Anna Fuller. 10. 
Abigail, baptized May 26, 1700, died in Janu- 
ary, 1764; married, November 11, 1730, Jo- 
seph Fuller. 

(IV) Deacon Elisha Putnam, son of Dea- 
con Edward and Mary (Hale) Putnam, was 
born at Salem Village, November 3, 1685, 
died at Sutton, Massachusetts, June 10, 1745. 
He was a farmer. He was for several years 
a deacon of the church, and he served as town 
clerk, town treasurer, and representative in 
the general court of Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried (first), at Salem, February 10, 1710, Han- 
nah Marble, (second) February 15, 17 13. Su- 
sanna, daughter of Jonathan and Susan 
(Trask) Fuller, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, 
who was born in 1695. Children, all by sec- 
ond wife: I. Elisha, of whom further. 2. 
Hannah, baptized September 8, 1717; married, 
August 18, 1736, Jonathan Dudley. 3. Nehe- 
miah, born March 22, 1719, died November 27. 
1791 ; married, October 5, 1742, Sarah Man- 
ning. 4. Jonathan, born July 19, 1721 ; mar- 
ried, November 3, 1743, Anne (Chase) Stock- 
well. 5. Susanna, baptized September 8, 1723; 
married (first), February 24, 1742, Timothy 
Holton, (second) John Whipple. 6. Mary, 
born June 12, 1725, died April 22, 1736. 7. 
Stephen, born April 4, 1728 ; married. March 
4, 1755, Mary Gibbs. 8. Amos, born July 22, 
1730, died September 17. 181 1 ; married, June 
26, 1760, Sarah Swift. 9. Eunice, born July 
6, 1732. 10. Huldah, born May 25, 1734; 
married Daniel Matthews. 11. Rufus, born 
April 9, 1738, died May 4, 1824 ; married 
(first), in April, 1761, Elizabeth Ayers. (sec- 
ond) January 10, 1765, Persis Rice: he was 

1 1 14 


a general in the revolution, and the leader 
of the first colony which settled in Ohio. 

(V) EHsha (2), son of Elisha (i) and Su- 
sanna (Fuller) P\;tnam, was born at Tops- 
field, Alassachusets, December 2, 1715, died 
at or near Crown Point, New York, in 1758. 
He was at that time a soldier in the provincial 
army, in the campaign against Ticonderoga. 
He married, March 3, 1742, Lydia, daughter 
of Philip and Mary (Follansbee) Chase, who 
was born August 12, 1722. She married (sec- 
ond), May 26, 1762, John Daniels. Children: 
I. Andrew, of whom further. 2. Elisha, born 
December 4, 1745, died May 25, 1784; mar- 
ried, April 2, 1765, Abigail Chamberlain. 3. 
Antipas, born July 24, 1747, died in 1764. 4. 
Jokton, born May i, 1750; married, April 7, 
1770, Anne Harris. 5. Luke, born October 5, 
1755 ; married, November 23, 1786, Mary Put- 
nam. 6. William, born January 7, 1758, died 
July 22, 1818; married, June 25, 1778, Submit 

(VI) Andrew, son of Elisha (2) and Lydia 
(Chase) Putnam, was born at Sutton, Massa- 
chusetts, May 4 or 6, 1742, died at Townsend, 
Massachusetts, aged over seventy years. He 
owned and cultivated a farm at Greenfield, 
and fitted young men for college. About 1794 
he removed to Townsend. He was a fine- 
looking man. six feet two inches in height ; 
his wife was said to be the handsomest girl 
who ever entered Sutton meeting house. He 
married, January 10, 1764, Lucy Parks, of 
Sutton, who (lied at Townsend, aged over 
seventy. Children: i. Lydia, born April 20, 
1765, died March 13, 1787. 2. Eunice, born 
May 25, 1767, died February 8, 182 1 ; married, 

in 1790, Allen. 3. Andrew, of whom 

further. 4. Alalachi, born October 14, 1772, 
died about 1848; married, September 13, 1802, 

Sarah . 5. Sarah, born July 28, 1774, 

died August 30. 1776. 6. Peter, born August 
5, 1776, died February 25, 1847; married 
(first), December 3, 1801, Susanna Keep, 

(second) . 7. Stephen, born April 8, 

1778, died September 2, 1867; married, Jan- 
uary II, 1801, Deborah Egory. 8. David, born 
January 11, 1783, died July 22, 1834; married, 
February 14, 181 1, Orpha Scales. 9. Eliza- 
beth, married Eliphaz Allen. ' 10. Sally, mar- 
ried, February 2, 1808, Isaac Colburn. 11. 
Lucy, married Jeremiah Ball. 12. Mary, born 
April 5, 1789, died October i, 1874; married 
(first), in 1808, John Humphrey, (second) 
July 13, 1843, William Rugg. 

(ATI) Andrew (2), son of Andrew (i) and 
Lucy (Parks) Putnam, was born at Win- 
chester, Massachusetts, March 11, 1769, died 
June 14, 1828. He settled at Stockton, Chau- 
tauqua county, New York. He married, at 
Greenfield, Massachusetts, December 7, 1791, 
Azuba, daughter of Samuel and (An- 
gle) Stanhope, who was born at Northfield, 
Massachusetts, November 25, 1770, died at 
her son Newell's home at Stockton, January 
18. 1864. She was descended from the well 
known Stanhope family. Children: i. Har- 
riet, born October 28, 1792, died October 7, 
1880; married, in February, 1813, Jonathan 
Bugbee ; they settled at Stockton, and had 
seven children, Andrew, Charity, Delight, 
James, Judge, Harriet, Damerras. Judge 
married Mary Ann Flagg, and had Eugene 
and Florence ; Eugene lives on the old home- 
stead ; Florence married Walter B. Horton, 
but died childless. 2. Newell, born February 
28, 1795 ; he came with his father to Stockton, 
where he held several ofiices of trust in the 
town ; he afterward removed to Conneaut, 
Ohio ; he married Tracy Fenner ; his only 
son. Welcome, died at his father's homestead, 
October 28, 1871. 3. Gilbert, born June 21, 
1797, died in 1859; he married Thankful Rog- 
ers ; children : James, George. Calvin, Delos, 
Charles, Worthy, Angeline, Avis, Wealthy. 
Of these, James married Maria Flagg, sister 
of Mrs. Judge Bugbee ; they had one child. 
Major Edgar P. Putnam, of Jamestown, 
whose daughter Pearl is now ?\Irs. Norris, and 
resides at Attica, New York. After the death 
of James Putnam, his wife married Welcome 
Putnam, the son of Newell, by which union 
there were two children, Sumner, postmaster 
at Conneaut, Ohio, and May, the second wife 
of Walter B. Horton ; she has one daughter. 
4. Lovell, born December 4, 1799, died Janu- 
uary 31, 181 5. 5. Hiram, born March 30, 
1802 ; he settled at Ellington in 1823 ; he had 
four children : Olvin, resided on the old home- 
stead ; Azuba : Eveline ; Edwin, resided at 
Clear Creek, died in 1912 at Conewango. 6. 
Olvin, born July 27, 1804, died January 22, 
1863 ; he bought of Jonathan Bugbee the farm 
on which he lived ; children : Alonzo, of Sin- 
clairville, and Mrs. M. L. Ford, of Jamestown. 
7. Oren, of whom further. 8. Royal, born 
June 6, 1809 : he settled on a part of the old 
Putnam homestead : children : Melville and 
Murry (twins). 9. Union, twin of Royal; 
also settled on the old homestead, but after 



ward removed to Rochester, Minnesota ; chil- 
dren, four, of whom only one, Leroy, is living. 
10. Worthy, born October 11, 181 1; he was 
a successful teacher, and afterward superin- 
tendent of schools of Chautaucjua county ; 
later he studied first medicine and then law 
and was admitted to the bar ; removing to 
\"alparaiso, Indiana, he continued the practice 
of law, and also held the chair of elocution 
in the college of \'alparaiso ; he was the author 
of a well known work on elocution. In 1864 
he removed to Barrien Springs, Michigan, 
where he died ; he had two children, Clarence 
and Florence. Florence married Job Barnard, 
a noted lawyer, who is judge of the supreme 
court of the District of Columbia. 

(MIIj Rev. Oren Putnam, son of Andrew 
(2) and Azuba (Stanhope) Putnam, was born 
at Brookfield. Madison county. New York, 
January 5, 1807. "^'^^^ ^^ Ellicott, Chautauqua 
county, at the age of nearly eighty-eight vears. 
He was a Baptist minister, and lived the most 
of his life in Chautauqua county. He settled 
and resided until 1856 near his father-in-law, 
Shadrach Scofield, in the southwest part of 
the townshi]) of Stockton. He set out a large 
orchard, which still bears good fruit. This 
section was "beech and maple" land ; he pro- 
duced quantities of maple sugar and pearlash. 
He also kept a fine dairy and marketed butter 
and cheese. After disposing of this farm he 
resided at various times at Fllington, Frews- 
burg and Sinclairville. Xew York, and finally 
with his daughters, ^Irs. ]\Iarvin D. Clark and 
Mrs. Alvin Shunk. at Ellicott, where he died, 
at the latter's home. 

He married Alvira, daughter of Shadrach 
and Betsey I W'aterbury ) Scofield, who sur- 
vived him about four years, and died at the 
home of her daughter, ]\Irs. C. \\"esley Clark, 
near Fluvanna, Xew York. Shadrach Sco- 
field. Samuel Waterbury. and David Water- 
bury (son of Samuel) came from Saratoga 
county, Xew York, and in 18 10 made the first 
settlement in the southern part of the town- 
ship of Stockton. Samuel Waterbury had 
been a revolutionary soldier : Shadrach Sco- 
field afterward served at Bufi^alo, in the war 
of 18 1 2. Shadrach Scofield owned a consid- 
erable amount of property, and conducted a 
general mercantile business, at what is now 
designated as Denton Corners. He married 
Betsey, daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Sco- 
field) Waterbury: she was, on her mother's 
side, a distant relative. He married (second) 

Airs. Dalrimple, a widow with one child; they 
afterward removed to a place near Janesville, 
Wisconsin, where he died. Children of Shad- 
rach and Betsey (Waterbury) Scofield: i. 
Alvira, born in 1807, died in 1898; she taught 
for some time in one of the first schools in 
the northern part of EUery township : she 
married Rev. Oren Putnam. 2. Polly, married 
Henry LeBarren, of Dewittville, and had Or- 
lando, Betsey, deceased, Hixen, Horace. Or- 
lando has one son, Hixen one daughter, Hor- 
ace three children. Children of Rev. Oren 
and Alvira (Scofield) Putnam: i. Luman. a 
soldier in the civil war ; he married Lavina 
\"anderwark and has children : Mary, Celes- 
tia, Emily, Frank. 2. Betsey Cordelia, mar- 
ried \\'illiam Lee; removed to Cokato, Minne- 
sota : children : Marion, deceased, Fayette, 
Eugene, Marvin, deceased. \'iola, deceased, 
Charles, deceased. James, Edwin. 3. Rosina, 
married Marvin Dudley Clark (see Clark I\' ). 
4. Mary Ann, married Americus Sanders, who 
is now deceased ; she resides at Maynard, 
Iowa; no children. 5. Martha, married 
Charles Wesley Clark, ])rother of Marvin 
Dudley: children: ]\Iyron, married Cora 
Ihompson, and has Lucille. Alta. Irene: De- 
Forest, married Mary Langhenberger, one 
child, Roscoe W. : Almon, married Clara Ma- 
gee, one child. Charles: Minnie, married Da- 
vid Green. 6. Maria, marrietl Alvin Stumk ; 
resides at Ellicott: one child, Bert Clarence, 
married Mertie Brunson, but has no children 

The Seymour familv is one 
SEYMOUR of great antiquity in England. 

The seal on the will of 
Thomas Seymour, eldest son of Richard Sev- 
mour, the first settler of the name in this 
country, bears the impress of two wings con- 
joined in line, the device of the English Sey- 
mours from the time of William de St. Maur. 
of Penhow. .V "Bishop's llible."" printed in 
1584, in the possession of Morris Wosxlruff 
Seymour, of Litchfield, Connecticut, a descen- 
dant of Richard Seymour, has on one of the 
fly leaves a drawing of the arms of the Sev- 
mours of Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, Eng- 
land, viz. : "Two wings conjoined in line" 
quartered with the Royal Arms as granted bv 
Henry \TII. to Edward Seymour, Duke of 
Somerset. Although some authorities dilter. 
it is believed Richard Seymour was the grand- 
son of Sir Edward Lord .Sevmour, a lineal 

II i6 


descendant in the eleventh generation from 
King- Edward III., of England. 

(II J Richard, son of Edward Seymour, 
though not a proprietor, was an early settler 
of Hartford, Connecticut, probably settling- 
there as early as 1639. He held some of the 
town offices but did not long remain there, for 
in June. 1650, his name appears among the 
number who made the agreement with Roger 
Ludlow "For the settlinge and plantinge of 
Xorwalk." He was selectman of Norwalk in 
1655. His will made October 25, 1655, names 
his "Loving wife 2\Iercy" and his three sons 
"John. Zachary and Richard." His will is 
sealed with a small seal engraved with the 
wings "Conjoined in Lure."" His wife Mercy 
survived him and married (second) John 
Steele, one of the foremost men of the colony. 
Children of Richard Seymour: i. Thomas, 
died in Norwalk, 1710. 2. Richard, became 
a leading citizen of the colony, cajitain of 
militia, held many offices and was killed by a 
falling- tree in 1710. 3. John, of whom fur- 
ther. 4. ■Mary. 5. Elizaloeth. 6. Zachary, a 
merchant of Wethersfield, died 1702. 

(III) John, son of Richard Seymour, was 
probably born in Hartford at date unknown. 
He moved to Norwalk with his father and 
then to Farmington with his mother after her 
marriage to John Steele, later returning to 
Hartford, where he appears on the records, 
March 15, 1664, as one of a party, fined ten 
shillings apiece for "their unreasonable con- 
veening themselves together at the house of 
Thomas Bunce. in his and his wife's offence." 
This fixed the date of his marriage prior to 
1664. He was one of the founders of the 
Second Church. "February 12. 1660. where 
he and his wife owned the Covenant" and re- 
ceived into full communion, March 31, 1678. 
He held various offices in the town and owned 
considerable land. He married Mary, daugh- 
ter of John and Margaret (Smith) Watson 
He died prior to August 3, I7n, the date his 
will was probated. Children : John, of whom 
further: Thomas, born March 12, 1669; Mary, 
November, 1670; Zachary, December 22, 1672, 
died }'oung- ; Margaret, July 17. 1674; Richard, 
February 11, 1676: Jonathan, January 10, 
1678: Nathaniel, November 6. 1680; Zachary 
(2), January 10, 1684. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) Seymour, 
was born at Hartford, Connecticut, June 12, 
1666. died there May 17, 1748, and his re- 
mains were interred in the old burying ground 

in the rear of Centre Church. His tombstone, 
a rudely sculptured slab of red sanrlstone, 
bears the following inscription : 'TIere lies 
interred the body of Mr. John Seymour, who 
died May the 17th S. D. 1748 aged eighty four 
years." His widow, Elizabeth, died May 15, 
1754, and lies buried beside him. He married, 
December 19, 1683, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Lieutenant Robert and Susannah (Treat) 
Webster. Her mother, Susannah Treat, was 
a sister of Governor Robert Treat. 

Among the descendants of John Seymour 
n-iay be named : Major Moses Seymour, a 
revolutionary officer of distinction : Thomas 
Seymour, first major of Hartford ; Captain 
Thomas Y. Seymour, a gallant officer of the 
revolution ; Captain Thomas Hart Seymour, 
the "Hero of Chapultepec," minister to Rus- 
sia and governor of Connecticut : Judge Ori- 
gen Storis Seymour, chief justice of the su- 
preme court of Connecticut : Horatio Sey- 
mour, governor of New York, and many, 
man\- others. Children of John (2) Seymour: 
John, born December 25, i6g4; Timothy, 
June 2/, 1696; Daniel. October 20, 1698: Eliz- 
abeth, May I. 1700: Jonathan. March 16, 
1702; Nathaniel, November 17. 1704; Susan- 
nah. April 13. 1706; Margaret. January 20, 
1707 : ZebuldU, May 14, 1709: Moses, of whom 

(X ) Moses, youngest son of John (2) Sey- 
mour, was born at Hartford. Connecticut. 
February 17. 1710-11, died there September 
24, 1795. He married Rachel Goodman, who 
died there July 23, 1763. Children, born at 
Hartford: Sarah, February 16, 1740, died 
1799: Moses, July 23, 1742. a soldier of the 
revolution in the northern army, and present 
at the surrender of Burgoyne ; Rachel, De- 
cember 17. 1744, died July 24. 1794; Dorothy. 
October 13. 1746. died June 5. 1819; Aaron, 
of whom further: Eunice. xA.ugust 7, 1751 ; 
Samuel, January 21, 1754; Catharine, August 
29. 1756, died March 19. 1814. 

(\'I) Aaron, son of Moses Seymour, was 
born in Flartford. Connecticut. ^ larch 4. 1749. 
died 1820. We have no record of his marriage 
or his children, further than he had a son 

(A'll) Allen, son of Aaron Seymour, was 
born in Hartford, Connecticut. 1785. died at 
the age of eighty-three years. In hh early 
years he followed the sea and became cap- 
tain of a deep sea sailing vessel carrying car- 
goes all over the world. Later he left the 



sea and engaged in the cooperage business. 
He moved to Northern New York and settled 
in the town of Luzerne, Warren county, many 
of his kinsmen being residents of that and the 
adjoining county of Saratoga. In 1832 he 
moved to Chautauqua county, New York, 
passing the winter of 1832 in the village of 
Bear Creek, and in April, 1833, settled on a 
tract on the west side of Bear Creek one mile 
from the village of Delanti. This has ever 
since been known as the "Seymour Farm." 
It lies in school district No. 2, better known 
in this day as Stockton of the original tract, 
three hundred and fifty-six acres being yet 
owned by descendants. Dr. Burton W. Sey- 
mour, of Jamestown, New York, and his 
brother, Allen, who owns one hundred acres 
on which he resides. Allen Seymour was a 
member of the Baptist church and a man of 
high standing. He married Patience Bennett, 
who died aged seventy-five years. Children : 
Wilson, died in the east ; Calvin, died in the 
west : William, died in Jamestown, New York ; 
Daniel, died in Virginia ; Warren P., of whom 
further ; Henry, born in Luzerne, New York, 
October 24, 1826, died in Stockton, Chautau- 
qua county. New York ; Jerusha, married Sel- 
leck Weed ; Jane ; Polly, married Anson Bar- 
rows : Julia, married William Gould. 

(\TII) Warren Pulaski, son of Allen Sey- 
mour, was born in Luzerne, Warren county. 
New York, 1820, died 1884. He attended the 
public schools of Luzerne until he was twelve 
years of age, when his parents moved to Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, where he finished 
his studies. He learned the cooper's trade, 
as did all his brothers, and for many years 
he operated a factory for the manufacture of 
tubs and barrels in the town of Stockton. 
Later in life he moved to the old homestead 
farm, about two miles from the village, where 
he passed the remainder of his life. He was 
a very successful manufacturer and farmer, 
owning about three hundrerl and fifty acres 
of land, which formerly was a part of the 
old homestead taken up by his father. He 
raised fine stock in which he took great pride 
and kept his farm always in the best condi- 
tion. He was a Democrat in politics, and a 
member of the Baptist church. He served in 
several town offices and was a strenuous ad- 
vocate of the cause of temperance, lieing a 
member of the Royal Templars, one of the 
early temperance societies. He married Pru- 
dence Morrell. Children: i. Wallace. 2. 

Jeannette, married Hiram D. Hart. 3. Allen 
J., born July 29, 1849, now a resident of 
Stockton. 4. Burton Webb, of whom further. 
5. Ella J., born February 14, 1856, died May 
28, 1910; married Charles C. Todd, and re- 
sides in Stockton, New York ; children : Ma- 
bel and Myrtle. 

(IX) Dr. Burton Webb Seymour, son of 
Warren Pulaski Seymour, was born in the 
town of Stockton, Chautauqua county, New 
York, August 2, 1854. He attended the pub- 
lic schools and was graduated from the high 
school in 1871. His early life was spent on 
the farm, but his desire was for the profes- 
sion of medicine, beginning the reading of 
medical books when but a lad of twelve years. 
He began professional study under Dr. Har- 
rison, continuing" three years, was also a stu- 
dent under Drs. J. J. and D. G. Pickett. Af- 
ter a preparatory course of two years at Buf- 
falo, New York, he entered the medical school 
of the University of Buffalo, from which he 
was graduated M. D., class of 1889. During 
his last year at the university he spent a great 
amount of time in the general hospital study- 
ing diseases and their treatment. In 1884 he 
began the practice of his profession at Stock- 
ton, New York, and built up a large practice 
among the farmers of that town. His health 
would not stand the strain and work incum- 
bent on a country practitioner. He moved to 
the village of Falconer adjacent to Jamestown, 
where he purchased and remodeled a house 
for residence and office combined, at the same 
time establishing an office in Jamestown. In 191 1 
he sold his Falconer residence and purchased 
a home on East Second street, Jamestown, 
where he is now located with home and of- 
fices. Dr. Seymour stands high in his profes- 
sion, and has been very successful in his prac- 
tice. He is a specialist on rupture and dis- 
eases of women and children and in the treat- 
ment of such cases his reputation is wide- 
spread. He is a member of the county and 
state medical associations and interested in 
the work of these societies. He has large 
business interests outside his profession. He 
is one of the proprietors of Forest Park Land 
Company, which has erected over thirty resi- 
dences in Jamestown ; is president of the New 
Oil Company ; was one of the original ])aten- 
tees and owners of the Monroe-Seymour de- 
vice for cleaning oil wells by steam, and inter- 
ested in other enterprises. In early life he 
took a great interest in music, played several 



instruments and was connected with an or- 
chestra. He is a member of Sinclairville 
Lodge, Free and Accepted ]\Iasons, and is a 
Seventh Day Adventist in rehgious faith. 

He married at Niagara Falls, New York, 
June 19, 1895, Clara Sprague, born in Boston, 
New York, November 2, 1866, daughter of 
Edwin and Malinda S. (Berry) Sprague (see 
Sprague J. Child. Burton W., born in Stock- 
ton, March 14, 1901. 

(The Sprague Line). 

The Spragues of Vermont descend from 
William Sprague, born in Upway, England, 
about 1609, died in Hingham, Massachusetts, 
October 26, 1675. In 1629 he settled at 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, and in 1635 mar- 
ried Millicent Fames, removing to Hingham 
in 1636. She died h'ebruary 8, 1695. They 
had ten children, including six sons: An- 
thony. John, Samuel, Jonathan, Jonathan and 
William. The descendants of John, the sec- 
ond son. settled in \ermont. From them came 
Benjamin S]M-ague. grandfather of Mrs. Dr. 
Seymour, of Jamestown. 

Benjamin Sprague was born in X'ermont 
and settled in T^redonia, Chautauqua county. 
New York. He was a carpenter by trade and 
conducted a general contracting and building 
business. He served many years as justice of 
the peace and on the board of education. He 
was prominent in the Universalist church, and 
a Republican in politics, but cast his last vote 
for Governor Cleveland for president when he 
was first a candidate. He died aged alxnit 
eighty-eight years. He married (first) Auda 
Cook. Children: Welcome, Edwin, Calvin, 
Andrew, Clarence and Cordelia. He married 
(second) Samantha 15ull ; no issue. 

Edwin, son of Benjamin Sprague. was born 
at Boston. Erie county. New York, February 
17, 1831, and is now (1911) residing at Stock- 
ton, New York. He received a good education, 
learned the carpenter's trade with his father 
and later blacksmithing at which he worked 
many years. He later became interested in 
the breeding and development of fast horses 
and owned some of the best in Western New 
York. He made his home for many years in 
Fredonia, but since 1894 has been a resident 
of Stockton. He is a Republican in politics, 
and a Seventh Day Adventist in religious be- 
lief. He married, January 4, 1852, Malinda 
Shaw Berry, a devoted Christian and deep 
Bible student, born February 26, 1836, died 

May 29, 1907, daughter of Abiah Berry. Chil- 
dren : I. George W., born August 27, 1853, 
deceased. 2. Lucy A., February 17, 1857; 
married William D. Smith. 3. Bruce O., Sep- 
tember 2. 1859, died 1887. 4. Addie M., Jan- 
uary 7, 1864; married Fred E. Morse. 5. 
Clara : married Dr. Burton Webb Seymour 
( see Seymour IX). 

Writing in her quaint and inter- 
' SMITH esting diary, September 18, 1795, 

Mrs. Elizabeth Drinker, the pret- 
ty Quakeress of Philadelphia, says: "Samuel 
Smith of Bucks County, Samuel Smith of 
Philadelphia and Sally Smith called this morn- 
ing. Those three Smiths are in no way re- 
lated, it is I believe the most common name 
in Europe and North America.'' This comes 
from the fact that it is one of the so-called 
trade names, and every land that has its work- 
ers in iron has its Smith. Many of the Smith 
families of colonial days, even in the same 
locality, were unrelated. The Smith family 
of South Jersey, large and important as it 
was, seems in no way to have been related to 
the "Burlington Smiths" of nearby locality. 
The founder of the South Jersey family set- 
tled in Cape May county, where by gift or 
purchase from King George he secured a large 
tract of land by royal patent.* His descen- 
dants overflowed into the counties of Cumber- 
land and Atlantic, and were as a family vessel 
Iniilders. owners and seafaring men. They 
were seated in the colony prior to the revolu- 
tion and furnished many soldiers to the patriot 
army. William Smith was a lieutenant-col- 
onel in the New Jersey line and there were 
other officers and many privates. 

The first definite record in the branch here- 
in recorded is of Abel Smith, who was born in 
Cape May county. New Jersey, wdiere his 
youth was spent. His parents were land own- 
ers but he did not remain with them. He be- 
came engaged in glass manufacturing, and 
at the time of the second war with Great 
Britain had a prosperous business established 

* Among those who. hy 1696, had obtained land in 
Cape May county, of the West Jersey Society, or 
of the agents of the former proprietor. Dr. Daniel 
Cox, of London, was William Smith, who had one 
hundred and thirty acres. He was in the county 
hy 1694, for h'!^ car mark for cattle was recorded in 
that year. By the end of this century, an Abraham 
Smith was residing in the county ; Richard -Smith 
died in 1713 or 1714, at which time the population 
was about two or three hundred. These may well 
have been father and sons. — Editor. 


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that was swept away during the years 1812- 
14. He removed to Ashtabula county, Ohio, 
about 1830, where for two years he was in 
the iron business. Later he settled in Penn- 
sylvania near the Ohio line, and died at Clark's 
Corners, and is buried there. Abel Smith 
married Elizabeth Applegate, a descendant of 
the Englishman, Thomas Applegate, the first 
of the name to be found in America. Thomas 
Applegate went from England to Holland with 
a party of Englishmen before 1635, came to 
Massachusetts where he was licensed to run 
a ferry between Weymouth and Braintree. He 
does not again appear in Massachusetts rec- 
ords, but was in Rhode Island in 1640, and 
at New Amsterdam, 1641. He secured a pat- 
ent for land at Gravesend, November 12, 1646, 
and appears in many land transfers. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth ]\Iorgan and had a large fam- 
ily. His son, Thomas, married Johanna, 
daughter of Richard Gibbons, who was one 
of the twelve patentees of Middletown. Mon- 
mouth county. New Jersey. Thomas also had 
a tract of farm land in Shrewsbury township. 
His descendants settled in South Jersey and 
in Monmouth county, where they have always 
been among the most prominent in the pro- 
fessions, on the bench and in business. Chil- 
dren of Abel and Elizabeth (Applegate) 
Smith: i. James Plummer, of whom further. 
2. Martha, married Otis Ransom, of Erie, 
Pennsylvania ; her daughter, Esther, married 
Clinton Hoyt, of La Porte, Indiana, and re- 
sides in Oregon ; there are also two sons. 3. 
William G., resides at Clark's Corners, Ashta- 
bula county, Ohio. 

(II) James Plummer, eldest son of Abel 
and Elizabeth (Applegate) Smith, was born 
in Gloucester county. New Jersey, December 
2y, 1818, died in Buffalo, New York, Novem- 
ber 8, 1874. He was educated in the public 
schools, and early engaged with his father in 
the lumber business, running a saw mill. For 
nine years, from 1852 to 1861, he operated 
saw mills at Conneaut, Ohio, then until 1865 
was at Plumb, \^enango county, Pennsylvania, 
where he engaged in the oil business. Fol- 
lowing 1865 he was for two years engaged 
in mining coal at Pulaski, Pennsylvania, and 
then removed to Cleveland, where for one 
year he attempted unsuccessfully to introduce 
a water meter of his own invention. In 1868 
he removed to Buffalo and continued his ef- 
forts. He finally induced William M. Tweed 
to put it in use in New York City, but before 

the machines could be manufactured and in- 
stalled the "Boss" had been dethroned. In 
1868 he incorporated a company to manufac- 
ture the Young America Harvester, an in- 
vention of his brother-in-law, Samuel E. Pad- 
en, but greatly improved by Mr. Smith. This 
machine was far in advance of the times, and 
after trying for three years they abandoned 
the attempt. The harvester headed and 
threshed the grain, delivering to the bag. 
Thousands of similar machines are now in 
use on practically the same plan, but at that 
early day the demand was too small to make 
their manufacture profitable. The company 
had taken over the A'ulcan Iron Works and 
converted them into a harvester factory be- 
fore the final decision to retire was arrived 
at. In 1872 he went with Dr. R. V. Pierce 
as machinist and manager in charge of re- 
constructing the Courter House and convert- 
ing it into the "Invalids' Hotel." Mr. Smith 
was an ardent Republican, a great admirer of 
the Nei^^ York Tribune, and a personal friend 
of its editor, Horace Greeley. He was a 
member of the ^lethodist Episcopal church in 
which his wife was an active worker. 

He married, January 16, 1840, at Conneaut 
Junction, Erie county, Pennsylvania, Louise 
Paden. born in Gibson county, Indiana, ]\Iarch 
24, 1819, died in Buffalo, February 14, 1907. 
Her father, Samuel Paden, was a government 
surveyor and in charge of the laying out and 
platting for settlement the states of Indiana 
and Illinois. Children: i. George Wallace, 
of whom further. 2. Byron Abel, born June 
6, 1843 ; graduate of Philadelphia College, now 
a physician and pharmacist of Erie, Pennsyl- 
vania : he married (first) Salome Griffey; chil- 
dren, Salome and Ray; married (second) Ma- 
ria Griffey, sister of his first wife ; child, Mark. 

3. ^lary Jane, married Dr. Ray Vaughn Pierce. 

4. "Squire" David, born November 20, 1847, 
died September 23, 1849. 5. Lester, born Oc- 
tober 30, 1850, died November 2^, 1893 ; he 
was bookkeeper and accountant for the 
World's Dispensary and Medical Association 
for many years ; later engaged in independent 
newspaper advertising in New York City ; he 
married Nellie Eliza Cash; two children: 
Aland Imogene, married Harris Stoneman 
Williams, an attorney of Buffalo, son of ex- 
Senator Benjamin Williams, and Earl Burt, 
born November 27, 1874, educated in the pub- 
lic schools and business course, was associated 
with his father in advertising business until 



the death of the latter; was connected with 
the advertising department of the World's 
Dispensary and Medical Association until 
1902, manager of the Florodora Tag Company 
until 1904; in 1908 he was with the Morse In- 
ternational Advertising Agency of New York ; 
in 1909 was appointed assistant manager of 
advertising contracts for World's Dispensary 
and Medical Association; unmarried. 6. El- 
mer Stillman, born May 13, 1853; is an in- 
ventor and in business in Bound Brook, New 
Jersey ; he married, Marie Smith ; children : 
Alma, Ilo, Ray Lee. 7. Lee Herbert, of whom 
further. 8. Oakley Ransom, born July 18, 
1859, died August 13, 1873. 9. Twin of Oak- 
ley R., died in infancy. 

(Ill) George Wallace, son of James Plum- 
mer and Louise (Paden) Smith, was born at 
Kingsville, Ashtabula county, Ohio, Novem- 
ber 26, 1840. He was educated in the public 
schools, and associated with his father in the 
saw mill and oil business in Venango county. 
Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United 
States navy at Erie, Pennsylvania, May 26, 
1862. He was first assigned to the United 
States steamship "Michigan," transferred to 
the United States receiving ship "North Caro- 
lina," at Brooklyn Navy Yard, transferred to 
the United States steamship "Norwich," Sep- 
tember, 1862 ; in blockade duty off Charleston 
two months ; blockade duty three months on 
South Carolina coast ; then on blockade duty 
in St. John's river, Florida ; remained there 
until May, 1863 ; then went to Fernandina, 
Florida, then transferred to the United States 
steamship, "James Agger," bound for Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania, where he was honor- 
ably discharged, May 26, 1863. He enlisted 
as "landsman" and was discharged "able sea- 
man." An an inducement to reenlist he was 
offered a non-commissioned officer's position. 
He returned to Venango county. Pennsylvania, 
where with his father he entered into the 
cooperage business and continued for two 
years making oil barrels. He next removed 
to Oil Creek, Pennsylvania, remaining there 
and at Pleasantville until 1868, when he re- 
moved to the state of Iowa. In 1870 he came 
to Buffalo, New York, where he entered the 
employ of Dr. R. V. Pierce, with whom he 
remained thirty-five years as chief engineer 
at the Invalids' Hotel and Surgical Institute. 
He then resigned and retired. Later yielding 
to Dr. Pierce's request he became manager 
of the treatment room. He is a member of 

the Linwood Avenue Alethodist Episcopal 
Church, and a Republican in politics. 

He married. May 3, 1864. Sarah Rebecca, 
born March 21, 1843, died August 20, 1900, 
daughter of David Free, a farmer of Plumb, 
Pennsylvania. Children: i. Louise Euphe- 
mia, married Frank Herbert Grantier ; child, 
Helen Farnham. 2. Cash Paden, born in 
Plumb, Pennsylvania, November 21, 1866, 
died in August, 191 1; educated in the public 
schools of Buffalo and Bryant & Stratton's 
Business College ; clerked in a Buffalo gro- 
cery, 1880-83 ; was for a time with the Good- 
year Lumber Company at Liberty, Pennsyl- 
vania, and in other temporary positions until 
1886 when he returned to the grocery business 
with his old employer, T. S. Dunham ; in 1888 
he entered the shipping department of the 
World's Dispensary and Medical Association, 
and was in their employ in various capacities 
until his death, excepting three and one-half 
years with the Ideal Cash Register Company 
of Bound Brook. New Jersey; he was an in- 
dependent Republican and an active worker. 
3. Bertha Inez, married George M. Eiss. of 
Weisman & Eiss, Broadway Department 
Store : children : Robert M., Norman S., Dor- 

(Ill) Lee Herbert, son of James Plummer 
and Louise (Paden) Smith, was born at Con- 
neaut, Ohio, August 10, 1856. His prepara- 
tory education was obtained in the Conneaut 
schools until arriving at the age of twelve 
years, when the family removed to Buffalo. 
Fie attended the Buft'alo high school and was 
graduated at Buft'alo University, class of 1876. 
He entered Columbia LTniversity, graduating 
from the medical department, ^I. D., class of 
1 88 1. He was graduated with the highest 
honors from the University of Buffalo, taking 
prizes on three subjects and his thesis. He 
began practice in Buff'alo in 1877, ^"<i ^^^^ so 
continued until the present, excepting the time 
spent in a special course of surgery at Colum- 
bia University. He is a specialist in abdomi- 
nal surgery and diseases of the abdomen, to 
which he has devoted himself for the past fif- 
teen years. His work in the operation of lith- 
olapaxy is unsurpassed by any surgeon in the 
United States, and has rendered him famous. 
Out of two hundred and eighty-four opera- 
tions of this character he has had but one 
death. He has also improved the operation 
for rupture by the use of an insoluble suture 
and a small incision so that the patient is re- 




quired to remain but one day in bed. In per- 
forming the latter operation he has never had 
a death. He was chairman of the questions 
committee of the State Board of Medical Ex- 
aminers, been steadily reappointed by the 
Board of Regents of the State of New York 
and has served for over twenty years. He is 
vice-president and director of the World's 
Dispensary and Medical Association, having 
served as director since 1882 and vice-presi- 
dent since 1886. He is also in charge of 
the Invalids' Elotel and Surgical Institute, 
Buffalo. For many years Dr. Smith was presi- 
dent and is now vice-president of the But^alo 
Society of Natural Science and resigned same 
on account of the increasing demands of his 
practice. He has taken a great interest in the 
society and has been useful in extending the 
teaching of Natural Science in the public 
schools. He is a member of the Bufifalo Club, 
which he served as director : also was director 
and treasurer of the Ellicott Club ; was one of 
the organizers and the second president of the 
Automobile Club of Bufifalo, and is a member 
of the ButTalo Yacht Club. His fraternal 
order is the Masonic, belonging to Ancient 
Landmarks Lodge, No. 44. His professional 
societies are: The Western New York Medi- 
cal Society ; New York State Eclectic Society, 
of which he was president one year, and the 
National Eclectic Society. He served as ord- 
nance officer of the Seventy-fourth Regiment, 
New York National Guard, with rank of cap- 
tain. After ten years' service with the regi- 
ment, during which time the rifle team and 
the regimental rifle practice were brought to 
a high degree of efficiency, he was promote 1 
to ordnance officer of the seventh brigade with 
rank of major and is in seniority second in the 
state. He was one of the founders and is a 
director and was president of the Seventy- 
fourth Regiment A'eterans' Association. He 
is a Republican in politics, and a member of 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

He married, October 5, 1880, Cora Emma, 
daughter of Clark D. and Emma (Sleeper) 
Lacy, and granddaughter of John T. Lacy, 
of the American Express Company. Child, 
Herbert Lacy, born May 10, 1888; educated 
in private schools, Heathcote School. Bufifalo, 
and Cornell University ; now with American 
Ball Engine AA^orks, Bound Brook, New Jer- 
sey, in the testing department, an expert in 
testing high speed engines and dynamos. He 
married, March 16, 1910. Zora Reed. 

The Mackirdys formerly be- 
AIcCURDY longed to the tribes which 

possessed the Western Is- 
lands of Scotland. These original inhabitants 
belonged to the Albanichs. From the Nor- 
wegian invasion in 880, they were under Scan- 
dinavian rule to the end of the Scandinavian 
occupation. The Mackirdys were early pos- 
sessors of lands on the island of Bute. There 
is a tradition that one of the family was made 
a Cardinal. 

The iMcCurdys. McCredies, and others of 
similar names are supposed to form branches 
of this ancient family. At the present day 
they are scattered over various parts of Scot- 
land, Ireland, England, Canada and the 
I'nited States. It is said that soon after the 
middle of the seventeenth century five broth- 
ers, on account of religious persecution, left 
Scotland, crossed in an open boat, and settled 
in the northern part of Ireland. In Ireland 
the revolution of 1688 soon caused them fur- 
ther troubles. ]\lcCurdys have come to Am- 
erica at various times. The ancestries of 
those now living of this name are often not 
clear : a probably correct line to James Earl 
Spaulding McCurdy is as follows : 

(I) Alexander McCurdy, immigrant, was 
born in Ulster, Ireland, in 1744. died near 
Livermore, Westmoreland county, Pennsyl- 
vania, about 1838. Coming to America in 
1756, he settled first in what is now Indiana 
county. Pennsylvania ; he afterward lived near 
the Salt Works on the Conemaugh river. He 
served in the revolution, in Captain ^Matthew 
Scott's company. Thirteenth Pennsylvania 
Regiment, and was wounded in both arms at 
Yorktown. For a short time he accompanied 
his son Samuel in the war of 1812, and was 
employed in training soldiers in military ex- 
ercises. He possessed considerable wealth, 
was a noted musician, and was well known for 
his knowledge of the Scriptures. He married, 
about 1785, Jane Heridenon. Children: Wil- 
liam, of whom further: Alexander H.. born 
in 1794, died in 1851, married, about 1820, 
Mary Doty: Andrew. Samuel. Keziah, Ann, 

(II) \\'illiam, son of Alexander and Jane 
(Heridenon) McCurdy, was a farmer, and 
lived near Livermore, Pennsylvania. He mar- 
ried . Child, Thomas Alexander, of 

\\hom further. 

(III) Rev. Thomas Alexander McCurdy, 
son of William McCurdy, was born in west- 

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ern Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wash- 
ington and Jefferson College with the degree 
of A. B. He studied theology at Allegheny 
Seminary, Pennsylvania, and is a Presbyterian 
minister. He received from Washington and 
Jefferson College the degrees of D. D. and 
LL. D. He has had charges in Ohio, at 
Wellsville, Steubenville and Wooster. In 
1885 Macalester College was opened in St. 
Paul, Minnesota, and Dr. ]\IcCurdy was its 
president. He became pastor, in 1890, of the 
First Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois, and 
in 1896 of the Central Presbyterian Church, 
Wilmington. Delaware. Ten years after this 
his health failed and he went to North Da- 
kota to live. He is now residing at Alandan, 
in that state, and has charge of the First 
Presbyterian Church. In the civil war he 
served as a chaplain from Pennsylvania. He 
married Elizabeth Smith Woodend, who died 
February 21, 1906. Children: Paul Erskine, 
living in Philadelphia, a graduate of Macales- 
ter, A. P)., 1889; Allen Woodend, born June 
23, 1874. a graduate of Amherst. A. B., 1893. 
has done graduate work at Princeton, now 
minister of the Alorningside Presbyterian 
Church, New York City ; Earl Spaulding, of 
whom further; Elliott Steele, born June 5, 
1882. graduate of the Columbia School of 
Mines, with the degree of M. E., living at 
Amador City. California, where he is a min- 
ing engineer. 

(IV) Earl Spaulding, son of Rev. Thomas 
Alexander and Elizabeth Smith (Woodend) 
jVlcCurdy, was born at Wooster, Ohio. June 
29, 1878. He attended the public schools at 
Peoria, and graduated from the hit^h school 
in 1896. For five years he was in a national 
bank in Philadelphia. In 1901 he went to 
Tennessee and traveled as special agent for 
eastern capitalists in buying and selling pro]j- 
erties. He came to Buffalo in 1906, and deals 
in investments, including stocks and bonds. 
He is a member of the Buft'alo. Saturn, Buf- 
falo Country and Automobile clubs. He is a 
member of the Westminster Presbyterian 
Church. He married, October 18, 1905, Hel- 
en, daughter of William G. and Sally (Worth ) 
Pennypacker, of Wilmington, Delaware. 

The family of Gift'ord is of 
GIFFORD high antiquity and was seated 

at Honfleur, Normandy, three 
centuries before the conquest of England by 
Duke William (the Conqueror). At the bat- 

tle of Hastings in 1066 "Sire Rundolph de 
Gifforde" was one of the Conqueror's stand- 
ard bearers, and was rewarded by him with 
estates in Somersetshire and Cheshire, which 
were created into a barony, from which his 
descendants had summons to parliament. In 
the reign of King Henry II., Sir Peter Gif- 
ford married Alice, daughter and heiress of 
Sir Grey de Corbuchin. with whom he had 
the Lordship of Chillington in Cheshire, 
which was the seats of the Dukes of Buck- 
ingham of this family. Sir Stephen Gifford 
was one of the barons accompanying Richard 
Coeur de Lion to the Holy Land, and was 
killed at the siege of Jerusalem ; his son, Sir 
Stephen (2), was also wounded there. The 
family enjoyed great distinction at the Eng- 
lish court for several centuries, and at one 
time five peerages existed in the family name. 
Baron George Gifford was made Earl of 
Buckingham by King Henry V., but joining 
the house of York against that of Lancaster 
during the "War of the Roses," and being one 
of the prime favorites of King Edward V., 
he was created Duke of Buckingham and mar- 
ried the Princess Maude Plantagenet, cousin 
of the king. His son, George Gifford, Duke 
of Buckingham, was one of the favorites of 
the Duke of Gloucester, afterward King Rich- 
ard III. and being detected by that tyrant in 
the act of corresponding with the Earl of 
Richmond (Henry VTI.) he was attainted of 
high treason and beheaded by Richard's or- 
de'rs. The duke left several small children, 
but as they had been deprived of their lands 
and titles, the king, Henry VII., found it 
more convenient not to restore them, and 
Humphrey Stafford, a powerful noble, hav- 
ing married the oldest daughter of Henry, 
was created by him Duke of Buckingham. 
The Stafford s followed the fate of their ma- 
ternal ancestor and the grandson of Hum- 
phrey was beheaded, and his family deprived 
of their vast estates. Of the sons of the last 
George Gifford, Duke of Buckingham. George 
continued the first line and continually solici- 
ted the Crown and Parliament for his restora- 
tion, but from the powerful opposition of his 
brother-in-law (Stafford) was always de- 
feated. The Giffords in the reign of King 
Henry VIII. and Queens M-ary and Elizabeth. 
uneff>ctually put their claims before the Eng- 
lish Parliament, never, however, successfully. 
In the reign of James I.. Sir Ambrose Gifford 
claimed before" the House of Peers to be 


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Duke of Buckingham, and in the second year 
of the reign of Charles I. his claims were dis- 
allowed on account of his poverty. Walter 
Gifford, the son of Sir Ambrose, emigrated 
from England to Massachusetts Bay Colony 
in 1630, and was the progenitor of the Ameri- 
can branch of this ancient family. 

Noted descendants of this family are the 
celebrated critic, Sir John Gifford and Lord 
Gifford, Amster of the Rolls, who prosecuted, 
while attorney general of England, the wife 
of George IV. (Queen Caroline) upon a 
charge of high crimes and misdemeanors. 
Coat-of-arms : Gules, three lions passant : 
Argent : Crest, an arm couped above the el- 
bow, vested or charged with two bars wavy 
azure, cuff'ed white, holding in the hand a 
stag's head cabossed, gules. Motto: "Noth- 
ing without the Divinity." 

So far as is known, no one has been able 
to trace the descendants of Walter Gifford, 
son of Sir Ambrose, who is mentioned in the 
foregoing genealogy as having emigrated from 
England to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. 

(I) The first Gift'ord whose line of geneal- 
ogy we are able to trace in this country is 
William Giff'ord. who according to "Hunting- 
ton's History of Stamford, Connecticut," was 
before the court of that settlement in 1647. 
The sentence of the court against him was 
that he be whipped at the court's discretion 
and banished. The supposition is that this 
William Gifford is the same William Gifford 
we find in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and a 
member of the grand inquest at Plymouth in 
1650. He continued to reside in Sandwich un- 
til his death with the exception of five years 
between 1665-70, when he. with George Allen 
and the sons of Peter Gaunt, all of Sandwich, 
together with others, were first proprietors of 
and settled Monmouth, New Jersey, having 
purchased the land of the Indians and to whom 
the Monmouth Patent was granted, April 8, 
1665. They being adherents to the Quaker 
faith, suffered severely by fines and vexatious 
suits, both in Massachusetts and New Jersey. 
William Gifford owned land in Massachusetts, 
Rhode Island and Connecticut. His Massa- 
chusetts possessions consisted of lands in 
Sandwich, Falmouth and Dartmouth. The 
facsimile of deed accompanying this volume 
represents a forty-acre parcel purchased of a 
Suckanessett (Falmouth) Indian named Job 
Attukkoo, July 24, 1673. He gave by will 
to his sons Jonathan and James lands in Fal- 

mouth, Massachusetts. He also deeded to his 
sons Robert and Christopher lands in Dart- 
mouth, Massachusetts, both of whom erected 
homesteads upon their estates. Robert con- 
tinued to live in Dartmouth, while Christo- 
pher moved later to Little Compton, Rhode 
Island. Both have many descendants now 
living in southern Massachusetts and Rhode 
Island. William probably deeded his Connec- 
ticut lands to his son John, who gave by will 
one hundred acres in the colony of Connecti- 
cut to his son Samuel, and two hundred acres 
to his grandsons. He died April 9, 1687. 

The foregoing is borrowed from the "Gif- 
ford Genealogy" published by Harry E. Gif- 
ford. of Wollaston, Massachusetts, March 5, 

The following, also taken from the same 
genealogy, is a copy of the Indian deed pre- 
viously mentioned. A photographic copy of 
the original deed is in the possession of Mrs. 
Alice Gifford Hayward, of Jamestown, N. Y. 

To all people to who these presents shall come 
Job Natantero Indian of Suckanessett in the Gov- 
ernment of New Plymouth sendeth greet, etc. Know 
yee that I the said Job Natantero alias Natankoo 
for and in consideration of forty acres of upland in 
exchange given me and nine pounds and fifteen 
shillings to me in hand paid by William Gifford of 
Sandwich in the government aforesaid whereof and 
wherewith I do acknowledge myself fully satisfied 
and paid and thereof and of every part and parcel 
thereof do for myself my heirs executors and ad- 
ministrators exonerate acquitt and discharge him 
the said William Gifford his heirs executors admin- 
istrators and every one of them forever b}' these 
presents have freely and absolutely given granted 
bargained sold enfeofed and confirmed and by these 
presents do give grant bargain sell enfeofe and con- 
firm unto him the said William Gifford his heirs 
and Assigns for ever all that my parcell of land left 
by my father Thomas Noontakoo to me and my 
brother James whose interest I have bought as per 
deed under his hand dated 20 of March 1671 or 72 
appeareth lying and being at Suckanessett aforesaid 
at a place called Sepuissett containing forty acres 
be it more or less as it was laid out by some of ye 
Inhabitants there viz. seven score and ten rods in 
length and forty five rods in breadth abutting west- 
erly by ye marsh, easterly, northerly and southerly 
upon the Commons together with all the privilages 
profits and appurtenances what govern thereunto 
belonging unto him the said William Gifford his 
heirs and Assigns and to the only proper use and 
behoof of him the said William Gifford his heirs 
and Assigns forever with warranties against all 
people whatsoever forever by or under me the said 
Job or James my brother aforesaid, mine or his 
heirs or Assigns claiming any right title use or in- 
terest of or into the said bargained premises or any 
part or parcell thereof And I the said Job do for 
myself my heirs, executors and administrators. Gov- 

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enant and grant to and with ye said William Gif- 
ford his heirs and Assigns that at ye time of en- 
sealing and delivery of these presents I have full 
power just right and lawful authority to give grant 
bargain and confirm all the said premises in and by 
these presents mentioned to be given granted bar- 
gained and confirmed or intended to be granted, 
bargained and confirmed according to the true 
intent and meaning of the presents in manner 
and form aforesaid and that it may and shall be 
lawful to and for ye said William Gififord his 
heirs and Assigns by themselves or their attor- 
ney to enroll or record these presents or cause 
them to be enrolled or recorded in his Majesty's 
Court of A'ew Plymouth or any other place of 
Records according to the usual custom and order 
of recording evidences in such case provided. In 
witness whereof I the said Jacob Nootenko have 
hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of 
July Anno Dom one thousand six hundred sev- 
enty and three. 
Signed Sealed and Delivered 
in presence of Thos. Huskins. 

Barnabas Cothier. 

The within mentioned Job 
appeared and acknowledged 
these presents to be his act and 
deed the date above said be- 
fore me. 

Thos. Hinckley, Ass'tt 
pen Job Attukkoo (Seal) 

(II) Robert, son of William Gififord, was 
born 1660, died 1730. He married Sarah, 
datighter of Stephen and Mary (Briggs) 
Wing ; she was born February 2, 1658, died 
1725. They moved to Dartmouth. ]\Iassachu- 

(III) Jeremiah, son of Robert Gififord, 
was born 1682. died January 15, 1771. He 
married Mary Wright, who died March 12. 

(I\') Peleg. son of Jeremiah Gififord, was 
born December, 17 19. He married. February 
19. 1740. Alice Cornell, born March 14, 1726, 
died r8ii. 

( \' ) Calel), son of Peleg Gififord, was born 
October 14, 1764, died January 10. 1832. He 
moved from Dartmouth to Cambridge, New 
York, in 1790, where he lived until his death. 
He married. Jedida Cushman, who was o^ 
the sixth generation from Robert Cushman, 
who hired the "Mayflower." She died Oc- 
tober 7 or 8, 1848, at Albany. New York, bur- 
ied at Easton. Children: Alden, Gideon. 
Isaac. Theron. IMary. Calista. 

(YI) Gideon, son of Caleb Gififord, was 
born April 18, 1789, at Cambridge. New 
York, died March 29. 1855. at Jamestown, 
New York. He married, in Cambridge. May 
26, 18 10, Millicent Cornell, born January 28, 
1792. at Cambridge. New York, died July 30. 

1866, at Jamestown, New York. They are 
both buried in Lakeview cemetery, Jamestown, 
New York. Gideon Gififord and family moved 
in 1828, with an ox team from Cambridge, 
Washington county, New York, to Chautau- 
qua county, New York, where he bought a 
large tract of land lying between Jamestown 
and Lakewood. He was a civil engineer, and 
surveyed much of the land in that part of the 
county. He and his wife, Millicent (Cornell) 
Gillord, were of the Quaker faith, his mother 
being a Quaker ])reacher. He was a cousin 
of Liucretia Mott. who became famous not 
only as a Quaker preacher, but as an Aboli- 
tionist and an advocate of woman's sufifrage. 
Mrs. Mott visited him at one time after he 
luoved to Chautauqua county. Children : 

1. Alice, born April 28. 181 1. died Decem- 
ber 2. 1890; married Simeon Bentley, born 
b^bruary 22, 1813, died August 7, 1880. 

2. Cyrus, born 1813. died 1832. 

3. Daniel, born December 2, 1815, died 
January 31, 1889; married Ann M. Sherman, 
born April 3. 1820, died February, 1885. 
Children : i. George Winslow, born August 
31, 1842, died December. 1906; married. 
March 24, 1869. Anna Bisbee. ii. Charles 
Daniel, born July 16. 1846. died Decernber 18, 
IQ03 ; married, September 22. 1869. Clemen- 
tine J. Hitchcock, and their children are : 
a. Marion H.. married Melville Maltby Martin, 
June 26. 1895 ; child, William Gififord Martin, 
born May 13, 1909 ; b. Elmer C, married Pearl 
E. Terry. September 20, 1899. three children: 
Louise janette. born August 19, 1904; Charles 
Jay. born June 9, 1907: Corydon Daniel, born 
February 15, 1910. 

4. Matthew C. born November 29, 1820, 
died June 2, 1866; married (first) Charlotte 
Cowing, 1841, who died July 9, 1853; child: 
Clara, born 1851. died July 13. 1875; mar- 
ried Ernest Hunt. 1873 : one son Jay, born 
1875. and he had several children. Matthew 
C. married (second) 1857. Charity Hotch- 
kiss. died 1858. Matthew C. married (third) 
1859. Rhoda Cook; one son. Melville, born 
September 24, i860, married (first) Arvilla 
Newhouse. Febrtiary 3. 1881. die! November 
4. 1883: married (second) Melissa Wells. 
January 27. 1887. born January 31. 1863; 
child. Glenn M., born March 21. 1890. 

5. Mary, born 1824, died 1889 ; married 
(fiirst) Richard Stoneman, brother of Gover- 
nor Stoneman. of California; married (sec- 
ond) Stephen Hunt. 1856. Richard Stoneman 



went to California with the forty-niners and 
died there. 

6. jane, horn AJay 17, 1826, (hed June 25, 
1905 ; married Washington Pahiieter, 1846 : 
chil(h-en : i. Wihis (Ja}lord, horn May 13, 
1847. married in Kentucky, at Grassy Lick, 
EHza ilar(hnan. 1868, chilch'en : Frank, John, 
Fannie. Laura, Rezen, Clarence ; ii. Jennie, 
born March 31, 1851. married, in 1878, Osden 
Thayer, children: a. Earl, born March 13, 

1884, married, December i, 1908, , one 

child, Dorthy Ethel, born August 10, 1910, 
died September, iQio; b. Erie, i)orn January 
20, 1886; c. Edna, born March 30, 1888, mar- 
ried, September 1, 1909, Thomas Heald Jr., at 
Jamestown, New York ; one child, \'irginia 
Rae, born September 6, 1910. iii. Frank W., 
born January 26, 1858, married (first) Edith 
Palmeter and had Mabel; married (second) 
Jessie Rice and had Minnie; married (third) 
Hattie h^isher. 

7. Walter Cornell, mentioned below. 

8. Cyrus Frisbee, born August 11, 1832, 
died September 19, 1864; he went to Ken- 
tucky before the war to teach school ; he mar- 
ried Sarah Ann Hardnian. ];orn December 10, 
1836, died Alarch 24, 1898; children; i. 
F>ank, torn September 19, 1856, married 
Kate Genung, children: llessie, Clara, born 
June 27, 1881. married, June ij , 191 i, Adolph 
^^ oodward ; Dimple Estelle. l)orn January 21, 
1884; Arthur Henr\ , born Se]Jtember 7, 1893. 
ii. Edwin Pendleton, born ( )ctober 24. 1859. 
died A]>ril 14, i89f), married Lettie Ann 
Wade, July 11, 1883; child, hA^a Anna, born 
May 27, 1884, married. May i, 1902, Will- 
iam Mark, children; I^thel Gifford, born July 
4, 1903, and Rosa Payne. February 12, 1907. 
iii. Mary Alice, born February ij , 1858, died 
r'ebruarv i, 1895. iv. Lizzie Ann, born A]>ril 
4, 1862, married John Wade, August i^, 1882. 
children ; Eda May Wade, born August 9, 
1883; .Alillard Gifford, April 28, 1885 ;' Elmer 
J., January 4, 1887 ; Cyrus David, August 
15, 1890; Leo Weaver, September 5, 1892, 
died September 10, 1892; Arvilla Hargrove, 
December 22, 1901 ; Millard G.. married 
Gladys Eunice Aliles, June 20, 1906; Elmer 
J., married Marjorie Jenner, August 31, 1909. 

(YIL) Walter Cornell, son of Gideon and 
Millicent (Cornell) Gifford, was born near 
Jamestown, New York, May 8, 1829, died in 
Jamestown, August 10, 1909. He was reared 
on the farm of his father and was educated 
in the schools of his town. He married at 

the age of twenty-three years and was a Chau- 
tauqua county farmer, well known and pros- 
perous until years warned him that his active 
work was finished. Fie then retired to James- 
town, New York, where his last years were 
spent. He had an active public life, and in 
the order of Patrons of Husbandry and in 
the state legislature made his worth known, 
and demonstrated once again that the farm 
produces our great men. \A"hen the grange 
was first organized he at once associated with 
the movement, believing that it meant nothing 
but good for the farmer. He with his wife 
became charter members of Union Grange, 
No. 2-14, 'I'T^l from that time until his death 
was an earnest, active member and official. 
He became county deputy, and in that office 
organized fourteen subordinate granges. Flis 
worth was so capably demonstrated in county 
work that he was elected to the different of- 
fices of the State (jrange and finally master 
of the state, a position he worthily filled for 
four years. While master of the .State 
Grange he visited ncarl_\- every county in the 
state and organized several I'omona Granges. 
During hi^ administration the paying mem- 
bership in the state was nearly doubled. 
Chiefiv through the warm advocacy of his 
manv grange friends he was nominated for 
the state assembh- in 1890. and was elected, 
succeeding h'rederick Xixon. At this time he 
was master of the State (irange and was the 
recognized leader in all matters of legisla- 
tion aft'ecting the interests of the farmers of 
the state, and he was looked up to Ijy the 
leaders of the part_\- and by the farmers them- 
selves as the special representative of the 
latter as well as the representative of his 
own constituency in Chautaucjua county. He 
served on the committees ; Public lands and 
forestrv, agriculture and taxation and was a 
member of the New York state tax commis- 
sion. Though the Republicans were in a 
minorit\- at that time in the house, he suc- 
ceeded in carrying thrrmgh a bill, authoriz- 
ing women to vote for school commissioners, 
under which women have gained increased 
influence in school aft'airs. He secured an 
amendment to the insurance law exempting 
co-operative fire insurance companies from 
the provision of the standard policy law, also 
legislation forbidding tlie adulteration of ma- 
ple sugar and maple syrup. He was active 
in defeating the local, option tax bill, de- 
signed to secure the exemption of personal 



property from taxation. Mr. Giliord was 
elected for a second term b}- an increased 
plurality and again served with honor and 
credit. From 1877 to 1891 he was secretary 
of the Chautauqua County Patrons Fire Re- 
lief Association and for a number of years 
was secretary of the New York Association 
of Co-operative I'ire Insurance Companies. 
For four seasons he was in charge of the 
Grange Building at Chautauqua, assisted by 
his wife. He was delegate many times to the 
National Grange and introduced in that body 
some valuable legislation. After his retire- 
ment to Jamestown he retained his keen in- 
terest in public aiifairs and regularly attended 
the meetings of Union Grange as long as 
health permitted. To the very end of his 
long and useful life he enjoyed the confidence 
and esteem of his fellows, and passed away 
in the consciousness of a life well spent. He 
was a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church of Jamestown, and lived a life in con- 
formity with his profession. He was always 
a Republican in politics, but never surrend- 
ered his independence and often supported 
nominees of opposite faith. 

He married. March 18, 1852. Eliza Cor- 
nelia Robertson, born at EUicottville, Catta- 
raugus county. New York, August 4, 1830, 
died May 9, 191 1, at Jamestown. Both are 
buried in Lakeview cemetery at Jamestown. 
Thev passed a happy married life of fifty- 
eight vears together, and March 18, 1902. 
celebratefl their golden wedding at the Gif- 
iov(\ homestead in Chautauqua county, when 
one hundred and fifty cherished friends 
brought congratulations, good wishes and 
man\- more substantial tokens of their es- 
teem. Children: i. Clarence E.. born April 
18, 1853, on farm in township of Busti, Chau- 
tauqua county. New York, near Jamestown, 
died January 22, 1909; he inherited a love 
for mathematics and surveying from his 
grandfather, Gideon Giiiford. and a mechani- 
cal and inventive genius from his father. Very 
earlv in life the family called him "the Tin- 
ker." and the house was strewn with batteries, 
telephones and telegraph instruments. He 
built, and with Robert N. ^Marvin, owned the 
first telephone exchange in Jamestown. La- 
ter he was connected with the telei)hone, elec- 
tric lighting, and street car service of several 
large "cities. In Bufi^alo he was known as Dr. 
Gifford. because the men said he could doc- 
tor up anything that was out of rig about the 

street car system. He made a number of im- 
portant discoveries in the electrical world. He 
was by invitation a member of the American 
Institute of Electrical Engineers, at that time 
limited to a membership of six hundred and 
has read papers at their national conventions, 
lie was a contributor to several electrical 
journals and a great student in his chosen pro- 
fession. He was educated at Cornell Uni- 
versity. He married (first) August 10, 1881, 
L. Adelaide Kent, in the village of Busti, 
born 1858, died 1885. both buried at James- 
town; no children; married (second) October 
28, 1889, at Aliens ville. Pennsylvania, Jennie 
Keim ; no children. 2. Mary, born June, 1855. 
died August 16. 187 1. 3. Willie, born Janu- 
ary 27, 1857, died May 12. 1882. 4. Milli- 
cent Cornell, born July 9, i860; graduated 
from the Jamestown high school, class of 
1878. and, when only eighteen years and 
three months old. went to Chittenango, Madi- 
son county. New York, to act as principal of 
the grammar school. Four years later, Oct- 
tober 18, 1882, she was married to Henry 
Bradford Jenkins, and for a number of years 
lived in New York. From there she and her 
husband with their two children, Alice E. and 
Frances Louise, moved to Dumont, New Jer- 
sey, twelve miles from New York City, on the 
West Shore road. Here their son, Henry B. 
Jr., was born. ]\Irs. Jenkins has always been 
verv active in the church and social life of 
Dumont, and has been for a number of years 
president of the Home Missionary Society 
for Bergen county. New Jersey. She is a 
member of the Reformed church. Her hus- 
band is a vestryman of the Episcopal church 
in Bergenfield. Mr. Jenkins is a hay and 
grain commission merchant of New York 
City, and is a direct descendant of Governor 
Bradford, of Massachusetts ; he was born 
June 15, 1849. Children: Alice Elizabeth, 
born October 21, 1884; Frances Louise, born 
October 26, 1889; Henry Bradford Jr.. born 
March 8, 1894. 5. Alice Bently. born Octo- 
ber 29, 1866; was educated in the Jamestown 
schools and afterward studied art at Cooper 
LTnion. New York City. She is a member of 
the First Methodist Church of Jamestown, a 
member of both the Home and Foreign so- 
cieties, and of the Woman's Christian Tem- 
perance Union where she has done her best 
work. For a number of years she served as 
countv and local secretary of the Loyal Tem- 
perance Legion, and has given much time and 


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thought to the teaching of temperance in the 
Sunday schools of the city. She married, at 
Jamestown, July 10, 1889, Orin B. Hayvvard, 
born January 12, 1864; they have one son, 
Walter Gifford Hayward, born October 12, 
1 89 1. Mr. Hayward is a member of the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church as is also their 
only son. Mr. Hayward is also an Odd Fel- 
low. Walter Gififord Hayward is at present 
(191 1) in his freshman year in the medical 
school, University of Buffalo. 6. Fannie S., 
born July 12, 1870, died February 18, 1888. 

Eliza Cornelia (Robertson) Gifford, wife 
of Walter Cornell Gifford, was born on a 
farm near the village of EUicottville, Catta- 
raugus county, New York, August 4, 1830, 
died May 9, 191 1, daughter of Henry Clark 
ancl Ursula (Alaltby) Robertson, both natives 
of Connecticut, and both brought at an early 
age to New York state by their parents, he 
to Madison, she to Oneida county. They 
came to Cattaraugus county in 1820, and 
were among the pioneers of that section. 
Both were school teachers and all their five 
children followed that profession. Eliza C. 
began teaching" when still lacking three months 
of being fifteen years of age. Her salary 
was one dollar per week and "board around." 
From that time until her marriage she either 
attended school as a pupil or was engaged in 
teaching. In that day there was but one col- 
lege open to girls (Oberlin, Ohio) the district 
school being the only opportunity she had to 
acquire an education, except two terms at a 
private school taught by the wife of a Presby- 
terian minister, Rev. Sylvester Cowles, at El- 
licottville, and later two terms at the old 
Jamestown Academy, with E. A. Dickinson 
as principal, and Harriet Hazeltine, precep- 
tress. The limitations which custom and opin- 
ion in those days set for girls were much less 
liberal than at present, and many things which 
were highly improper then for a girl could be 
done by the opposite sex without question. 
Many things that a girl can now do with per- 
fect propriety then earned only opprobrium 
and such terms as "unladylike," "romp" or 
"tomboy." As a young girl she often puz- 
zled her head why so much more was expected 
of a girl, especially in morals, and decided in 
her own mind that there should be one stand- 
ard of morality for both sexes. The newspa- 
pers that came to her home sometimes con- 
tained articles on "Woman's Rights," but al- 
most always such articles were disparaging 

and often contemptuous. Women who took 
any part with such ideas were called "Screech- 
ers" or "Strong Minded," etc. On reflection 
the young girl decided it better to be called 
strong minded than the opposite, and at her 
first opportunity became identified with the 
equal suft'rage movement, and equal rights in 
the home, in church and in state, believing 
that humanity can never be capable of its 
greatest achievements until the wife and 
mother takes her proper place beside her hus- 
band, his co-equal anfl helpmate. When the 
grange came to bless the agricultural commun- 
ity, she with her husband lost no time in iden- 
tifying herself with the movement, and 
together, in 1873, they became charter mem- 
bers of Union Grange, No. 244, of James- 
town. In its organization not only the oppor- 
tunity but especial chance for a broader out- 
look for the farmer's wife was given, and 
she often remarked that "the women of the 
farm need the associations which the grange 
affords them more than the men, for her life 
is necessarily more secluded and often iso- 
lated." At the first session of the National 
Grange which she attended at Atlanta, Geor- 
gia, in 1890, her husband then being master 
of New York State Grange, which made her 
a delegate to the National Grange also, she 
introduced a resolution which declared the 
National Grange to be in favor of the "ballot 
for women." As one of the fundamental 
principles of the order is equal rights for both 
sexes, this proposition would seem but the 
legitimate sequence of such teaching, and al- 
though the grange has since declared in favor 
of equal suffrage it met at this time with such 
violent opposition, particularly from southern 
representatives, that the resolution was af- 
terward defeated. A motion, however, pre- 
vailed to print five thousand copies of her 
preamble and resolution for distribution 
among the various granges of the nation, 
which was done. Mrs. Gifford continued an 
active, earnest worker in the grange for many 
years. She introduced, in 1881. in the New 
York State Grange, the first suffrage resolu- 
tion ever brought before that body, and was 
the author of the memorial in favor of en- 
franchising woman, which was adopted by the 
State Grange and submitted to the constitu- 
tional convention of 1894. She held the office 
of master of Union Grange and that of mas- 
ter of Chautauqua County Pomona Grange, 
She was for many years a frequent contributor 

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to the press, chiefly in advocacy of "Equal 
Rights," believing" the press to be the surest, 
speediest way to gain the public ear. She 
was also active and useful in the special work 
of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. 
For many years she held the office of county 
superintendent of franchise ; she was also 
state superintendent of legislative work for 
the New York State Woman's Sufifrage As- 
sociation. She and her husband were in per- 
fect accord in her work and labored together 
for the public good. In common with most 
women of the farm her life was a busy one, 
and as she said "with some clouds and more 
sunshine."' Her later years were spent in 
the companionship of her daughter Alice, 
(Mrs. Orin B. Havward) of Jamestown, New 

Ursula (Maltby) Robertson, mother of Mrs. 
Gifford, was a double cousin of Lorenzo Dow, 
the eccentric pioneer preacher, her mother be- 
ing Asenith Dow, sister of Lorenzo Dow's 
father, whose wife was sister of her father, 
Mr. Maltby. Ursula Maltby was born May 
25. 1799. died August 24, 1876; married 
Clark Robertson, born April 26, 1799, died 
March 26, 1886. Had born to them six chil- 
dren of whom Mrs. Gifford was the last to 
survive. Children: i. Mary R., wife of Dr. 
Moore, of Manlius, New York ; one son, 
Frank R. Moore, of Brooklyn, at one time 
receiver of customs for the Eastern port of 
New York, afterward principal of the Brook- 
lyn commercial high school and a lifelong 
educator. 2. Amerette, wife of Ephraim Hud- 
son : children : i. Julia, married Sidney Har- 
son ; several children and grandchildren 
living in and near Ellicottville, New York ; 
ii. Flora, married Truman Hinman, had Ar- 
thur and Charles ; iii. Erma, born May 22, 
1866, married (first) Erie Sherman, had Gil- 
bert; married (second) Smith, lives at 

present time (1911) in North Yacama, state 
of Washington ; they have three children ; 
iv. Eva, twin sister of Erma, married Elmer 
Eddy, has two children. 3. Eliza C, afore- 
mentioned as wife of Walter C. Gifford. 4. 
xMbert, married Lucinda Smith ; children : 
Robert Clark, Edith Agnes, Dr. R. Smith. 
5. Frances, married Myron Sherman. To 
them were born Edward Humphry, Edith 
and Mabel. Edward H. married Florence 
Shaver; children: Arthur, born April, 1884; 
Louise and Gertrude. 

The Caleb Gifford branch have several in- 

teresting lines of ancestry, one tracing 
through Jeremiah Gift'ord who married Mary 
Wright of the fourth generation from Fran- 
cis Cook, of the "Mayflower." Another 
through Jedida Cushman, wife of Caleb Gif- 
ford, sixth generation from Robert Cushman 
who hired the "Mayflower" and to Mary 
Allerton who came over in the "Mayflower" 
and was the wife of Elder Thomas Cushman, 
son of Robert Cushman, and still another 
through the same source which traces back 
fifteen generations to Thomas Sherman, of 
Suffolk county, England, who died March 16, 


Thus this branch of the family traces three 
lines to the Pilgrim Fathers and one to the 
middle of the fifteenth century in old Eng- 

The father of Alillicent Cornell, wife of 
Gideon Gifford, was captain of a whaling 
vessel and left the seas about the time of the 
revolutionary war. 

(The Cook Line). 

(I) Francis Cook, born 1577, died April 4, 
1663; resided at Plymouth; married Hester 

(H) Hester Cook, died June 18, 1666; 
married, November 21, 1644, Richard Wright, 
born 1608, died June 9, 1691. 

(HI) Adam Wright, born 1645, died Sep- 
tember 20, 1724; married for second wife 
Mahiable Barrows. 

(IV) Mary Wright, died March 12, 1780; 
married Jeremiah Clifford (see Gifford III). 

(The Cushman Line). 

(I) Robert Cushman, father of Elder 
Thomas Cushman. 

(II) Elder Thomas Cushman, born in 
England. i(3o8, married Mary Allerton, born 
in Holland, 1616; she was the daughter of 
Isaac Allerton, who came over in the "May- 
flower" and was for many years lieutenant- 
governor of the colony. 

(III) Eleazer, son of Elder Thomas Cush- 
man, born February 2, 1656, married Eliza- 
beth Coombs. 

(IV) James, son of Eleazer Cushman, mar- 
ried (name of wife not given). 

(V) Ebenezer, son of James Cushman, 
born January 27, 1727, married Zurviah 

(VI) Jedida, daughter of Ebenezer Cush- 
man, married Caleb Gifford (see Gifford Y). 


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(The Sherman Line). 

(Ij Thomas Sherman, of Suffolk, England, 
died A'larch 16, 1564. 

(II) Henry, son of Thomas Sherman, born 
in 1520, married Agnes Butler. 

(III) Henry (2), son of Henry (i) Sher- 
man, died 1610 ; married Susan Hills. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Henry (2) Sherman, 
born 1573, married Phillis Ward. 

(V) Phillip, son of Samuel Sherman, came 
from England in 1633, settling in Roxbury, 
Massachusetts, afterward moving to Rhode 
Island. He left the Congregational church 
and united with the Society of Friends. He 
died 1686. He was called the Hon. Phillip 
Sherman. He married Sarah Odding. 

(VI) John, son of Phillip Sherman, mar- 
ried Sarah Spooner. 

(VII) Phillip (2), son of John Sherman, 
born 1676, died 1740; married Hannah Wil- 

(ATII) Jacob, son of Phillip (2) Sherman, 
born April 9, 1708; married August 29, 1729, 
Mary Ellis. 

(IX) Zurviah, daughter of Jacob Sher- 
man, married Ebenezer Cushman. 

(X) Jedida, daughter of Ebenezer Cush- 
man, became the wife of Caleb Gifford (see 
Gift'ord IV). 

(The Cornell Line). 

(1) ^Matthew Cornell, born November 11, 
1745. The place of his birth is not known. 
At the age of twenty-nine or thirty and at 
the commencement of the revolutionary war 
his family was living at Ponegansett, Bristol 
county, Massachusetts. He was a seafaring 
man and captain of a whaler, was captured 
by a British cruiser in 1776 or 1777, and 
confined on board a British prison ship lying in 
the harbor of New York. After suffering every- 
thing but death from hunger and malaria (and 
history says 12,000 prisoners died in these 
horrible prison ships), he was released in 
1778 or 1779, and after recovering from the 
eft'ects of imprisonment, he lived a short time 
in Ponegansett, whence he emigrated with his 
wife and one or two children to Easton, 
Washington county, about the year 1780. 
There were but one or two houses where the 
city of Troy now stands. The road from 
Albany to Troy lay through fields and gates. 
The vessels of that time stopped at Albany 
altogether. After a residence of about nine 
vears in Easton he moved to Cambridge and 

settled on the farm (1870) now owned by 
Gerritt Fort, where he acquired a respectable 
property, and reared a family of seven chil- 
dren, and departed this life March 4, 1807, 
in his sixty-third year. He had one brother 
who died in Easton, the father of Walter La- 
tham, Wanton, etc. His wife's mother. Amy 
Shrieve, whose family name was Head, was 
a Presbyterian and a native of Seconnett (an 
Indian name) now called Little Compton. 
Her husband, Daniel Shrieve, was drowned 
by the swamping of a fishing boat in Buz- 
zards Bay on the coast of Massachusetts. 
Amy Shrieve was buried in Cambridge in a 
burying ground on the farm now (1870) 
owned by Elliott Lee. Daniel and Amy 
Shrieve left seven children, Daniel, Abigail, 
Mary, Elizabeth, Christopher, Ruth and (jod- 
frey. Elizabeth was the wife of Matthew 
Cornell. They both embraced the Quaker 
faith, and their remains rest in the Quaker 
burying ground in Easton, Washington 
county, New York. 

He married Elizabeth Shrieve, born No- 
vember 23, 1750, died April 9, 1829. They 
were married about the year 1774. Children: 
Amy, born December 11, 1774, died Septem- 
ber 16, 1814; Elizabeth, February 19, 1778, 
died July 6, 1806; John, June 24, 1780, died 
May 15, 1839; Walter, August 24, 1782, died 
March 4, 1833 ; Hannah, September 10, 1784, 
died August 15, 182 1 ; Matthew, March 22, 
1787, died January 29, 1854; George, Sep- 
tember 13, 1790; Millicent, June 28, 1792, died 
July 30, 1886; married. May 26, 1810, Gideon 
GifTord (see Gifford VI). 

Above facts are taken from papers in pos- 
session of Zina Cornell, South Cambridge, 
Washington county. 

A very interesting and valuable document 
which is in the possession of Mrs. Alice (Gif- 
ford) Hay ward is a legal manifesto signed 
July 19, 1776, by her great grandfather, Mat- 
thew Cornell, and by the governor of the 
Island of St. Eustatia. This document sets 
forth the reasons why as captain of the ship 
he was forced to sell. The paper is some- 
what torn and portions are gone but it reads 
with the exception of a few words as fol- 
lows (The spelling and capitals are the same 
as in the original) : 

St. Eustatia, 

July 19, 1776. 
Be it known to all Whom this may Concern that 
we Matthew Cornell and George Whippy late Mas- 



ters of the Ship Jacob (?) and Brig. George Who 
Arrived at this Island on the 20th day of June 1776 
from a Whahng Voyage, which our protest more 
fuley Explains we the Deponants Maketh Oath and 
Solemnly Deposeth that we waited with great Ex- 
pectations of hearing from our owners before we 
offred our Vessles and Cargoes for sale which we 
did not do Until th 29th Day of June 1776 that on 
that day his Britamuck Magestys ship of Warr the 
Pomona Cap Eastwood which then lay at harbor in 
the Road. Wrote to his honor the Govournor of 
this Island and made a Demand of our Vessels and 
Cargoes, also that of and some Phil- 
adelphia Vessels at Anchor in the Road, as being 
the property of people in Rebellion (being the 
by the S. Capt. Eastwood) his Re- 
quest was denied however we were advised by all 
Means to Unbend our Sails and Land our Cargoes 
which we did without Delay and further it was the 
opinion of most people here, we ought for the In- 
terest of our owners to Sell our Vessels and Car- 
goes and that from the Critical Circumstances of 
the Unhappy affair between Great Britain and the 
Colonies and the Actual risk of being made prison- 
ers of it if we attempted to move out of the Road, 
and also the farther actual Risk of the Hurricanes 
which we must be exposed to did we Lay here Dur- 
ing the Months of July, Aug. and Sept. — the 15th 
Oct furthermore we have the Greatest Reason to 
Suspect the aforesaid Capt Eastwood was Deter- 
mined to take our Vessels as His ship the Pomona 
was Cruising off this Road Continually after the 
Govornor Denied Delivering up our Vessels and 
Cargoes. We might write much more but farther 
at present the Deponants Saith not in Testimony 
where of we have set our hand and seal this day 

Matthew Cornell 
George Whippye 

Obadiah Rogers 

Ebenezer Eblan (?) 

Before the Honble Mraham Heyliger Govonor 
over the Islands St. Eustatia, Saba and St. Martin. 

Per.sonally appeared before me Matthew Cornell 
and George Whippye Marriners 

and further the Deponants Saith not swore to he- 
fore me the 20th July 1776 and given from under 
our hand and the seal of Government 

Signed Mr. m Heyliger. 

The seal of the government i.s also affixed 
in red wax. 

As the records show Matthew Cornell left 
the seas before 1 780, at which time he immi- 
ijrated with his wife and one or more chil- 
dren to Easton, Washington county. New 
York, as before stated. At one time (date 
tinknown) he brought two exquisite china 
punch bowls from China. One of these was 
for many years in the possession of the 
Whiteside family on Chautauqua Lake, but 
as all the family have passed away some one 
else now has it in keeping. The other and 
by far the handsomer of the two came through 
Millicent (Cornell) Gififord to her son. Wal- 

ter Cornell Gifford, and is now in the pos- 
session of his daughter, Millicent Cornell 
(Gifford) Jenkins, of Dumont, New Jersey. 
^Irs. Hay ward has three other interesting 
papers, one an announcement of the death of 
Mr. W. Cornell, member of the assembly in 
Albany. This Mr. W. Cornell was Walter 
Cornell, born Aiugust 24, 1782, died March 
4. 1833, son of Tvlatthew Cornell, and brother 
of Millicent (Cornell) Gifford. His nephew 
and namesake, Walter Cornell Gifford, fol- 
lowed in the footsteps of his uncle and served 
the Second Chautauqua District two terms in 
the assembly beginning 1890. This docu- 
ment is printed in gold on green satin. The 
second one is the original deed given by the 
Holland Land Company to Gideon Gifford 
the 8th of June, 1829, and the third a descrip- 
tion of the Cushman monument at Burial Hill, 
Plvmouth, Massachusetts. 

The lineage of a very lai"ge 
PUTNAM part of Putnams of New Eng- 
land is traced to John Putnam, 
the immigrant, the ancestor of several promi- 
nent citizens of the early days of Massachu- 
setts. The name comes from Ptittenham, a 
place in England, and this perhaps from the 
Flemish word putte, "a well," plural putten, 
and ham, signifying a "home," and the whole 
indicating a settlement by a well. Some four 
or five years after the settlement of Salem. 
Massachusetts, it became necessary to extend 
the area of the town in order to accomm.odate 
a large number of immigrants who were de- 
sirous of locating within its jurisdiction, and, 
as a consequence, farming communities wee 
established at various points, some of them 
being a considerable distance from the center 
of population. Several families newly arrived 
from England founded a settlement which 
they called Salem Village, and the place was 
known as such for more than a hundred years. 
It is now called Danvers. Among the original 
settlers of Salem Village was John Putnam. 
He was the American progenitor of the Put- 
nams in New England, and among his de- 
scendants were the distinguished revolution- 
ary generals, Lsrael and Rufus Putnam. ]\Iuch 
valuable information relative to the early his- 
torv of the family is to be found in the "Es- 
sex Institute Collection." In common with 
most of the inhabitants, they suffered from 
the witchcraft delusion, but were not seriously 



(I) The first ancestor of whom definite 
knowledge is obtainable is Rodger, a tenant 
of Puttenham in loSO. 

(II) The second generation is represented 
by Galo. of the same local it}-. 

(III) Richard, born 1154, died 1189, pre- 
sented the living of the church of Puttenham 
to the prior and canons of Ashby. 

(I\') Simon de Puttenham was a knight of 
Herts in 1 199. 

(V) Ralph de Puttenham. a juryman, in 
1 199, held a knight's fee in Puttenham of the 
honor of Leicester in 1210-12. 

( \T ) William de I'uttenham is the next in 

(\TI) John de Puttenham was lord of the 
manor of Puttenham in 1291. and was a son 
of William. His wife. "Lady of Puttenham, 
held half a knight's fee in Puttenham of the 
honor of Wallingford. in 1303." 

(VTII) Sir Roger de Puttenham. son of 
the Lady of Puttenham. was born prior to 
1272. and with his wife, Alina, had a grant 
of lands in Penne in 1315. He was sheriff of 
Herts in 1322, in which year he supported 
Edward H. against the Mortimers. His wife, 
perhaps identical with Helen, is called a 
daughter of John Spigornel, and was married 
( second ) to Thomas de la Hay, king's com- 
missioner, knight of the shire, in 1337, who 
held Puttenham with reversion to the heirs of 
Rodger Puttenham. and land in Penne in rij^ht 
of his wife. 

(IX) Sir Rodger de Puttenham was par- 
doned by the king in 1338. probably on ac- 
count of some political oft'ense. The next 
year he was a follower of Sir John de Molyns, 
and was a knight of the shire from 1355 to 
1374. He had a grant of remainder after the 
death of Christian Berdolfe, of the manor of 
Long Marston, in 1370-71. He had a second 
wife, Marjorie. in 1370. 

( X ) Robert, son of Sir Rodger de Putten- 
ham, in 1346, held part of a knight's fee in 
Marston, which the Lady of Puttenham held. 
He was living in 1356. 

(XI) William, son of Robert de Putten- 
ham, of Puttenham and Penne. was commis- 
sioner of the peace for Herts in 1377, and 
was called "of Berk Hampstead." He was 
sergeant-at-arms in 1376. He married Mar- 
garet, daughter of John de Warbleton, who 
died in 1375. when his estates of Warbleton, 
Sherfield. etc., passed to the Putnams. Thev 
had children: Henrv, Robert and William. 

(XII) llenr}', son of William and Mar- 
garet (Warbleton) de Puttenham, was nearly 
sixty years of age in 1468. and died |ul\ 6, 
1473. He married Elizabeth, widow of lef- 
frey (ioodluck, who died in i486, and was 
probably his second wife. 

(XIII) William, eldest son of Henry Put- 
tenham, was in possession of Puttenham, 
Penne, Sherfield and other estates. He was 
buried in London, anil his will was ])ro\e(i 
July 2T^, 1492. He married Anne, daughter 
of John Hampden, of Hamjxlen, who was 
Hving in 1486. They had sons: Sir ( ieorge. 
TlKjmas and Nicholas. 

(XIV) Nicholas, third son of William and 
Anne (Hampden) Puttenham, of Penne, in 
1534. bore the same arms as his elder brother. 
Sir George. He had sons : John and Henrv. 

( X\'") Henry, younger son of Nicholas i\it- 
nam. was named in the will of his brother 
John, in 1526. 

( X\'I ) Richard, son of Henry Putnam, was 
of Eddelsboro in 1524, and owned land in 
Slapton. His will was proved February 26, 
1557. and he left a widow Joan. He had sons: 
Harry and John. 

(X\'1I) John, second son of Richard and 
Joan Putnam, of Wingrave and Slapton, was 
buried October 2, 1573. and his will was 
proved November 14 following. His wife. 
Margaret, was buried January zj, 1568. They 
had sons: Nicholas. Richard, Thomas and 

(X\TII) Nicholas, eldest son of John an<l 
Margaret Putnam, of Wingrave and Stukeley. 
died before September 27. 1598. on which date 
his will was proved. His wife. Margaret, was 
a daughter of John Goodspeed. She married 
(second), in 1614. William Huxley, and died 
January 8. 1619. They had children: John, 
Anne. Elizabeth. Thomas and Richard. 

(I) John, eldest son of Nicholas and Mar- 
garet (Goodspeed) Putnam, was of the nine- 
teenth generation in the English line, and the 
first of the American line. He was born 
about 1580, and died suddenly in Salem \'il- 
lage, now Danvers, Massachusetts, December 
30, 1662, aged about eighty years. It is known 
that he was a resident of Aston .Abbotts. Eng- 
land, as late as 1627. as the date of the l)ap- 
tism of the youngest son shows, but just when 
he came to New England is not known. Fam- 
il\- tradition is responsible for the date 1634, 
and the tradition is known to have been in the 
familv over one hundred and fiftv years. In 

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1 64 1, new style, John Putnam was granted 
land in Salem. He was a farmer, and exceed- 
ingly well oft for those times. He wrote a 
fair hand, as deeds on file show. In these 
deeds he styled himself "yeoman" ; once, in 
1655, "husbandman." His land amounted to 
two hundred and fifty acres, and was situated 
between Davenport's hill and Potter's hill. 
John Putnam was admitted to the church in 
1647, six years later than his wife, and was 
also a freeman the same year. The town of 
Salem in 1644 voted that a patrol of two men 
be appointed each Lord's day to walk forth 
during worship and take notice of such who 
did not attend service and who were idle, etc., 
and to present such cases to the magistrate ; 
all of those appointed were men of standing in 
the community. For the ninth day John Put- 
nam and John Hathorne were appointed. The 
following account of the death of John Put- 
nam was written in 1733 by his grandson, Ed- 
ward : "He ate his supper, went to prayer 
with his family and died before he went to 
sleep." He married, in England, Priscilla 
(perhaps Gould), who was admitted to the 
church in Salem in 1641. Their children, bap- 
tized at Aston Abbotts, were : Elizabeth ; 
Thomas, grandfather of General Israel Put- 
nam, of the revolutionary war ; John ; Nathan- 
iel ; Sara ; Phoebe and John. 

(II) Nathaniel, third son of John and Pris- 
cilla Putnam, was baptized at Aston Abbotts, 
October 11, 1619, and died at Salem Village, 
July 23, 1700. He was a man of considerable 
landed property ; his wife brought him sev- 
enty-five acres additional, and on this tract he 
built his house and established himself. Part 
of his property has remained uninterruptedly 
in the family. It is now better known as the 
"old Judge Putnam place." He was consta- 
ble in 1656, and afterwards deputy to the 
general court, 1690-91, selectman, and always 
at the front on all local questions, whether 
pertaining to politics, religious afifairs, or other 
town matters. "He had great business activ- 
ity and ability, and was a person of extraordi- 
nary powers of mind, of great energy and skill 
in the management of afifairs, and of singular 
sagacity, acumen and quickness of perception. 
He left a large estate." Nathaniel Putnam 
was one of the principals in the great lawsuit 
concerning the ownership of the Bishop farm. 
His action in this matter was merely to pre- 
vent the attempt of Zerubabel Endicott to 
push the bounds of the Bishop grant over his 

land. The case was a long and complicated 
afifair, and was at last settled to the satisfac- 
tion of Allen and Putnam in 1683. December 
10, 1688, Lieutenant Nathaniel Putnam was 
one of the four messengers sent to Rev. Sam- 
uel Parris to obtain his reply to the call of the 
parish. Parris was afterwards installed as 
the minister of the parish, and four years later 
completely deceived Mr. Putnam in regard to 
the witchcraft delusion. That he honestly be- 
lieved in witchcraft and in the statements of 
the afiflicted girls, there seems to be no doubt ; 
that he was not inclined to be severe is evident, 
and his goodness of character shows forth in 
marked contrast with the almost bitter feeling 
shown by many of those concerned. He lived 
to see the mistake he had made. That he 
should have believed in the delusion is not 
strange, for belief in witchcraft was then all 
but universal. The physicians and ministers 
called upon to examine the girls, who pre- 
tended to be bewitched, agreed that such was 
the fact. Upham states that ninety-nine out 
of every hundred in Salem believed that such 
was the case. There can be no doubt that 
the expressed opinion of a man like Nathan- 
iel Putnam must have influenced scores of 
his neighbors. His eldest brother had been 
dead seven years, and he had succeeded to 
the position as head of the great Putnam 
family with its connections. He was known 
as "Landlord Putnam," a term given for many 
years to the oldest living member of the fam- 
ily. He saw the family of his brother, Thomas 
Putnam, afflicted, and, being an upright and 
honest man himself, believed in the disordered 
imaginings of his grandniece, Ann. These are 
powerful reasons to account for his belief 
and actions. The following extract from Up- 
ham brings out the better side of his charac- 
ter : 

"Entire confidence was felt by all in his judg- 
ment, and deservedly. But he was a strong re- 
ligionist, a life-long member of the church, and ex- 
tremely strenuous and zealous in his ecclesiastical 
relations. He was getting to be an old man, and 
Air. Parris had wholly succeeded in obtaining, for 
the time, possession of his feelings, sympathy and 
zeal in the management of the church, and secured 
his full co-operation in the witchcraft prosecutions. 
He had been led by Parris to take the very front 
in the proceedings. But even Nathaniel Putnam 
could not stand by in silence and see Rebecca Nurse 
sacrificed. A curious paper written by him is among 
those which have been preserved : 'Nathaniel Put- 
nam, senior, being desired by Francis Nurse, Sr., to 
give information of what I could say concerning his 
wife's life and conversation, I, the above said, have 



known this aforesaid woman forty j-ears, and what 
I have observed of her, human frailties excepted, 
her Hfe and conversation liave been to her profes- 
sion, and she hath brought up a great family of 
children and educated them well, so that there is 
in some of them apparent savor of godliness. I 
have known her to differ with neighbors, but I 
never knew or heard of any that did accuse her of 
what she is now charged with.' " 

In 1694 Nathaniel and John Ptitnam testi- 
fied to having Hved in the village since 1641. 
Nathaniel married, in Salem, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Richard and Alice (Bosworth) Htitch- 
inson, of Salem \'illage. She was born Au- 
gust 20, and baptized at Arnold, England, 
August 30, 1629, and died June 24, 1688. In 
1648 both Nathaniel and his wife Elizabeth 
were admitted to the church in Salem. Their 
children, all born in Salem, were: Samuel, 
Nathaniel, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Benjamin 
and Mary. 

(III) Captain Benjamin Putnam, son of 
Nathaniel Putnam (q. v.), was born in Salem 
Village, December 24. 1664, and died there, 
about 1715. He was a prominent man in Sa- 
lem, and held many town offices: tythingman. 
1695-96; constable and collector, 1700; select- 
man, 1707-13. He was constantly chosen ty- 
thingman and surveyor of highways, and was 
frequently on the grand and petit juries. De- 
cember 30, 1709, he was chosen deacon of the 
Salem church. He had the title of "Mr." and 
held the positions of lieutenant and captain, 
1706-11. He married, August 25, 1685, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Thomas Putnam. On the 
Salem records, however, it is stated that the 
name of his first wife was Hannah. She died 
December 21, 1705, and he married (second), 
Julv I, 1706, Sarah Holton. Benjamin Put- 
nam is often mentioned in the diary of Rev. 
Joseph Green and July 25, 1713, is reported 
therein to be very sick. He died in 17 14 or 
1715. His will is dated October 28, 1706, and 
proved April 25. 1715. Children: Josiah, 
baptized at Salem, October 2, 1687, probably 
died young; Nathaniel, mentioned below; Tar- 
rant, born April 12, 1688; Elizabeth, January 
8, 1690; Benjamin, January 8, 1692-93; Ste- 
phen. October 27, 1694; Daniel, November 12, 
1696; Israel, August 22, 1699; Cornelius, Sep- 
tember 3. 1702. 

(IV) Deacon Nathaniel (2) Putnam, son of 
Captain Benjamin Putnam, was born in Sa- 
lem Village, August 25, 1686, died October 21, 
1754. He married there, June 4, 1709, Han- 
nah Roberts, who died about 1763. He was 

a farmer by occupation, and lived in Danvers, 
and perhaps part of his life in North Reading. 
He was elected deacon of the First Church in 
Danvers, November 15, 1731. Children, born 
in Salem Village : Nathaniel, baptized Octo- 
ber I, 1710, died March 4, 1711; Jacob, born 
March 9, 1711-12, mentioned below; Nathan- 
iel, April 4, 1714, died February 11, 1720; 
Sarah, June i, 1716, unmarried in 1763; Ar- 
chelaus. May 29, 1718: Ephraim, died about 
1759; married, April 12, 1739, Mehitable Put- 
nam ; Ephraim, February 10, 1719-20, died 
November 13, 1777; married Sarah Crane; 
Hannah, March 4, 1721-22, died 1802; mar- 
ried, October 22, 1746, Solomon Hutchinson; 
Nathaniel, May 28, 1724, died July, 1763; 
married, February 6, 1744, Abigail Wilkins ; 
Mehitable, February 26, 1726-27, married 

Reuben Harriman ; Keziah, married 


(V) Jacob, son of Deacon Nathaniel Put- 
nam, was born in Salem X'illage, March 9, 
1711-12, died in Wilton, New Hampshire, Feb- 
ruary 10, 1781. He married (first), at Sa- 
lem, July, 1735, Susanna Harriman. of Dan- 
vers; (second) Susanna Styles, who died 
January 27, 1776; (third) Patience, mentioned 
in his will, proved February 28, 178 1. He 
was a pioneer settler of Salem, Canada, now 
Wilton. New Hampshire, which was a grant 
of land to soldiers under Sir William Phipps 
in the Canada Expedition of 1690. The grant 
was made in 1735, and Jacob Putnam was 
there as early as 1738. In June, 1739, he and 
his brother Ephraim, and John Dale, made the 
first settlement. He built a house of two stor- 
ies in front and one in back, the remains of 
which could be seen in 1889. For the first 
three years of his residence there, his wife 
was the only woman who resided permanently 
in the town. During one winter the depth of 
snow and distance from neighbors were so 
great that she saw no one outside her imme- 
diate family for six months. It is said that 
Jacob, together with his brothers. Ephraim 
and Nathaniel, after living for some years in 
Wilton, found the Indians troublesome, and 
returned to Danvers for a time, afterwards 
settling again in the former place. Jacob was 
a man of great industry, and beside carry- 
ing on a farm operated a sawmill. In his 
old age he employed himself in making cans. 
Children, the first four born at Salem, the 
next fotir at Wilton: Sarah. June 28. 1736, 
married Jonathan Cram, of Wilton ; Nathan- 

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iel, April 24, 1738, mentioned below ; Philip, 
March 4, 1739-40, died young; Stephen, Sep- 
tember 24, 1 741, died June 29, 1812, married 
Olive Varnum ; Philip, March, 1742, died Oc- 
tober 10, 1810, married (first), June 19, 1764, 
Abigail Jaquith ; (second) January 10, 1767, 
Hannah Jacques; Joseph, February 28, 1744, 
died November 17, 1826, married, 1763, Ali- 
riam Hamblett ; Mehitable, December 25, 1745, 
died January 20, 1800, married Daniel Holt ; 
Jacob, November 15, 1747, died June 2, 1821, 
married (first), 1770, Abigail Burnap; (sec- 
ond) 1813, Mrs. Lucy Spoffard ; Archelaus, 
October 15, 1749, died October 22, 1816, mar- 
ried Mary Nichols; Caleb, March 20, 1751, 

died in the army, 1776, married Amy ; 

Elizabeth, April 15, 1753, married, November 
26, 1778, Jacob Hardy, of Alexandria; Peter, 
January 8, 1756, died July 3, 1776, in the army 
during the Ticonderoga campaign. 

(VI) Nathaniel, son of Jacob Putnam, was 
born in Dan vers, April 24, 1738, died in Wil- 
ton, New Hampshire, May 20, 1790. He mar- 
ried (first), December 2. 1762, Alary Eastman, 
of Hampstead, New Hampshire, who died De- 
cember 28, 1777. He married (second), Sep- 
tember, 1778, Mary Snow. Children by first 
wife: Peter, born November 29, 1763; Eli- 
phalet, January 23, 1766, died February 24 or 
25, 1826; Jonathan, December i, 1767, died 
September 29, 1770; Jonathan. July 29, 1770. 
died October 27, 1839: Elizabeth, April 25, 
1772, died December, 1845 • married, Febru- 
ary 22, 1798, Joseph Dodge; Philip, March 15, 
1775; Mary, September 13, 1777, unmarried. 
Children by second wife: Phebe Snow, June 
27j 1779. flied December 14, 1786; Hannah, 
October 24, 1780, died May 29, 1854; mar- 
ried, November 30, 1797, Selah Severance; 
Calvin, mentioned below ; Abigail Fox, July 
9, 1785, died August 7, 1846; married David 

(VH) Calvin, son of Nathaniel Putnam, 
was born in \\'ilton. New Hampshire, June 8, 
1782, died in Truxton, New York, May 9, 
1857. He married (first) Chloe Chapin, who 
died August 22. 1818, aged thirty-six years: 
(second) Amy Clark, who died July 10, 1875. 
Children bv first wife: i. Abigail S.. born 
at Heath, New Hampshire, in 1804, died in 
Ohio. 2. Eliphalet Fox, May 24, 1807, died 
March 11, 1882; married (first). May 12, 
1834, Persis K. Buell ; no children: (second) 
in 1837, Betsey Freeman Buell, a sister of for- 
mer wife ; children : Kendrick W.,horn Sejitem- 

ber 29, 1838, died February 10, 1839; Ken- 
drick S., March i, 1840, a resident of Rome, 
New York; Persis K., May 13, 1842, died 
March 27, 1867; Cassius M., August 14, 1845, 
died Januar)' 23, 1846; Cassius B., May x. 
1847, <^'cd December 7, 1866; married 
(third), July 4, 1857, Jane Conklin ; by third 
wife, Frederick H., born January 30, i860. 3. 
Chloe Ann, born July, 1818, died February 
27, 1819. Children by second wife: 4. Clark 
S., born in 1819, died in March, 1865. in 
France. 5. Harlow C, born in August, 1822, 
died March 18, 1888. 6. Abigail Snow, born 
September 20, 1825, died August 20, 1898; 
married Rufus H. Chapin. 7. William Wal- 
lace, mentioned below. 8. Orlando M., l)om 
June 3, 1831, died July i, 1883. 9. Mary E., 
born in 1833, ^^^^^ J^ 1840. 10. Persis 
born in November, 1836, died young. ii. 
Susan O., born in 1839, died in May, 1880. 

(\'ni) William Wallace, son of Calvin 
Putnam, was born in Truxton, New York, 
April 5, 1828, died there in the same house 
in which he was born, April 10, 1896. He 
married, October 6, 1852, Philinda Pierce, 
born April 2^. 1829, died April 2, 1891, daugh- 
ter of Judah and Polly Pierce. Children, born 
at Truxton : Frederick W'allace, mentioned 
below ; John P., born September 4. i860, died 
August 19, 1878. 

(IN) Dr. Frederick W. Putnam, son of 
William Wallace Putnam, was born in Trux- 
ton, New York, October 12, 1856. He at- 
tended the public schools of his native town 
and Homer Academy, from which he gradu- 
ated in 1876. He began the study of medi- 
cine in the office of Dr. H. C. Hendrick, of 
AIcGrawville, New York, and afterward took 
the regular course at the University Medical 
College of the City of Nevv York. He gradu- 
ated in 1880, and at once began practice at 
Binghamton. New York, where he has since 
resided and continued activity in practice. He 
is a member of. the Broome County Medical 
resided and continued actively in practice. He 
is also a member of the Binghamton Academy 
of Medicine, and of the New York State Med- 
ical Association, of which he was vice-presi- 
dent in 1894. From 1882 to 1884 he was 
school commissioner of the city of Bingham- 
ton. In politics he is a Republican, and in 
religion a Presbyterian. 

Dr. Putnam is very active in the Masonic 
fraternity, having attained the thirty-third 
degree. He is a past high priest of Bingham- 


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ton Chapter, No. 139, Royal Arch Masons; a 
past master of the Cryptic Rite; a past com- 
mander of ]\Ialta Commandery, No. 21, 
Knights Templar ; past commander-in-chief of 
the Consistory ; and is also past patron of Ot- 
seningo Chapter, No. 14, Order of the Eastern 
Star. For the past fourteen years he has 
written the reviews in the Grand Chapter of 
the State. Dr. Putnam is an enthusiast in the 
collection of antiquities. In June, 1908, Ham- 
ilton College conferred upon him the honor- 
ary degree of Master of Arts. His library 
contains nearly ten thousand volumes, including 
many rare copies, some of which cannot be 
duplicated ; two thousand volumes relate to 
Masonry and kindred orders ; in this part of 
the collection are a large number of scarce 
items and a few of excessive rarity. One 
book appears to be the only one in this coun- 
try, and of another English title, only two 
others of which are known on this side of 
the Atlantic. He has an excellent collection 
of titles relating to Hamilton College, among 
which may be mentioned several verv rare 
pamphlets, a few of which are not owned 
by the college ; manuscript sermons by Dr. 
Hall of the class of 1820, Albert Barnes, 
the great Bible commentator, president Hen- 
ry Davis, and the baccalaureate sermon 
in manuscript by President Samuel ^\^ 
Fischer to the class of 1865. There are 
also autograph letters by the Hon. Ger- 
rit Smith, Hon. Lewis Cass, Daniel Hunt- 
ington, Charles Dudley Warner. Daniel S. 
Dickinson and others. He has numerous 
scrapbooks containing much that is valuable, 
and a multitude of manuscripts of great in- 
terest to the antiquarian. His collection of 
titles relating to Alexander Hamilton is very 
complete, beginning with 1784, and among 
which are the following : first. Observations 
on Certain Documents Contained in the His- 
tory of the United States for 1796 (a copy 
of the so-called suppressed edition) ; second, 
"The Hamiltoniad," September, 1804 ; third, 
Caleneaus" collections in 1804, on the death of 
Hamilton ; fourth. Letters to A. Hamilton ; 
fifth, Propositions of Hamilton in the conven- 
tion for establishing a constitutional govern- 
ment for the LTnited States in 1802 ; sixth. 
Eulogy on Hamilton by H. G. Otis in 1804; 
seventh. Discourse on Hamilton by Eliphalet 
Nott in 1804: eighth. Oration on Hamilton by 
J. M. Mason, D: D., 1804 : ninth. Letters from 
Hamilton concerning public conduct of John 

Adams in 1800 ; tenth. Reply to above by a 
citizen of New York in 1800; eleventh, Letter 
to Hamilton, occasioned by his letter to Presi- 
dent Adams ; twelfth. Letters in reply to "Pa- 
cificus" on the President's proclamation of 
neutrality ; thirteenth, American Dialogues of 
the Dead, Washington Hamilton and Amase, 
in 1814; fourteenth. Autograph letter by 
Hamilton, dated December 21, 179 1, and one 
in third person by ^Irs. Hamilton. 

The collection includes an interesting vol- 
ume of manuscript of date of 1783. bound in 
vellum called a 'A'irginia Crop Book" ; this is 
filled with data relating to the age and local- 
ity. Another interesting sample is a complete 
file of the early Paine political pamphlets in 

Dr. Putnam's library includes two hundred 
volumes from the Roycroft Press, manv of 
which are embellished in the beautiful hand 
work for which that press is noted, and many 
samples from the Mosher, Caxton, Torch, 
Ballantyne, Elston, Chiswick, and the cele- 
brated Kelmscott Press. He has a very com- 
plete file of Boston Artillery sermons from 
1 75 1 to date, in originals, and a very credit- 
able collection of Boston Fourth of July ora- 
tions for over a century, and a complete file 
of the March 5th orations, from 1770 to 1783. 
There is a fair collection on Mormonism, with 
a copy of the third edition of the l)Ook of 
Mormons, 1840. Another example is the ex- 
tremely rare New England Primer with the 
woodcut of Hancock. He has nearly two 
hundred sermons and orations on the death 
of Lincoln. 

Dr. Putnam married, ]\Iarch 18, 1880, at 
Newark Valley, New York, M. Elizabeth 
Tubbs, born July 29, 1858, at Prescott, Wis- 
consin, daughter of ?\Ioses N. and Juliette D. 
Tubbs. Moses N. Tubbs was a photographer, 
and followed his calling many years at Pres- 
cott, and later at various places in the state of 
New York, and is now living at ]\Ioravia, New 

The surname Waters is of 
WATERS Norman origin, and from the 

earliest times has been in use 
in England. Robert Watter, or Waters, of 
Cundall, an eminent merchant of York, was 
twice mayor thereof, 1591 and 1603, and died 
May 12. 1612. His ancestor, Richard Watyr, 
a merchant of York, was sheriff in 143 1, Lord 
Mayor, 1436 and 145 1, and member of Parlia- 



ment in 1434. The Waters coat-of-arms, 
which is used by descendants of Richard Wat- 
ers, is described by Burke: Waters (York 
Herald temp. Richard no:) Sable on a fesse 
wavy argent, between three swans of the sec- 
ond, two bars wavy, argent. Crest: a demi- 
talbot argent in the mouth an arrow gules. 
Motto : Toujours Fidele. Richard Waters was 
baptized at St. Botolph, Aldersgate, England, 
March 3, 1604, son of James and Phebe Wat- 
ers, of London ; settled in Salem, Massachu- 
setts, and has many descendants. Lawrence 
Waters settled as early as 1636 in Watertown, 
Massachusetts, and removed to Lancaster, 
Massachusetts. His son, Jacob, lived in 
Charlestown, and it is believed that John, son 
of Adam and grandson of Jacob, settled at 
Hoosick, New York, where some of the family 
mentioned below settled. Descendants of 
Adam are living at Lowville, New York. An- 
thony Waters settled before 1663 in Hemp- 
stead, Long Island; Bevil Waters, Taefore 1669, 
at Hartford, Connecticut. 

The early settlers of this surname at Col- 
chester, Connecticut, are believed to have 
come from Massachusetts, but the records do 
not furnish us proof of their former place of 
residence. John Waters was a settler and pro- 
prietor of Colchester before February 17, 
1703, when he shared in a second division of 
the common lands (pp. 41 and 114 "Hist, of 
Colchester"). Samuel Waters, presumably son 
of this first pioneer, John Waters, was a pro- 
prietor of Colchester, and is described as "of 
Hebron, alias Colchester." meaning that he 
had lived in both towns. It seems that the 
town of Colchester, sued him to recover lands 
he had in his possession and this suit was 
pending in 1718-19 (p. 118 "History of Col- 
chester"), when the records refer to a com- 
mittee in charge of the litigation. The town 
must have won the suit or perhaps a similar 
suit, for in 1716 (p. 143) land recovered of 
Samuel Waters is mentioned. But the town 
of Colchester afterward granted land to Sam- 
uel Waters, of Hebron, twelve acres on the 
line between Colchester and Hebron, being 
land "which he now hath under cultivation." 

William Waters, probably another son of 
John Waters, married, at Colchester, Janu- 
arv 13. 1725, Margaret Hills, and had a son, 
Joseph, born June 2, 1726. 

We know that Mary Bigelow, born July 31, 
17 19, married a Waters, and that from her 
surname Bigelow Waters, mentionetl below, 

took his name. The only one of the family men- 
tioned in Colchester appearing to be of a suit- 
able age to marry Mary Bigelow was Lazarus 
Waters, who was second lieutenant of a com- 
pany from Lebanon and Colchester under 
Captain Daniel Dewey, of Lebanon, of which 
Bigelow Waters was a private. Lazarus Wat- 
ers appears to have died or moved from this 
section before 1787, when the tax rolls of Col- 
chester show that Theodore, Henry and Tim- 
othy were taxpayers (p. 153). It is presumed 
that these were sons of Lazarus, but possibly 
they were nephews. The census of 1790 is 
missing for Colchester, but in the adjacent 
town of Lebanon we find Aaron Waters hav- 
ing three males over sixteen, three under 
that age and three females in his family. 

(I) Colonel Bigelow Waters, son of (prob- 
ably. Lieutenant Lazarus and Mary (Bige- 
low) W^aters, of Colchester, Connecticut, was 
born December 21, 1760 (see Bigelow III). 
He was a soldier in the revolution in the com- 
pany of Captain Daniel Dewey, of Lebanon, 
and of Lazarus Waters, of Colchester, in 
1778. In 1790 he was living at Hoosick, Al- 
bany county. New York. In the first federal 
census of that year he has in liis family two 
males over sixteen, besides himself and wife. 
In the same town we find Adam \\"aters, men- 
tioned above, having two males over sixteen 
and two females in his family, and Oliver 
Waters, with two sons under sixteen and 
three females. The relationship of these three 
is not known to the writer, but it is likely 
that they were brothers. Bigelow Waters was 
in later life colonel in the New York militia. 
He settled in Madison county. New York, and 
died there June 29, 1833. He married, No- 
vember 25. 1786, Esther Gardner, born March 
23, 1766, died September 27, 1835. In the 
Gardner Genealogy he is called of Colchester 
(see Gardner V). Children of Colonel Bige- 
low Waters: i. Gardner, born August 29, 
1787, died December 16, 1866. 2. Henry, Au- 
gust 21, 1789, died September 29, 1858. 3. 
Fannie, May 6. 1792, died June 23, 1862. 4. 
Bulkley. mentioned below. 5. Esther, March 
21, 1797, died April 23, 1876. 6. Sophronia. 
luly 30, 1799, died November 27, 1800. 7. 
Sophronia, November 10, 1801, died ]March 6, 
1844. 8. Eliza, March 24, 1804. 

(II) Bulkley Waters, named doubtless for 
his Bulkley ancestry, son of Colonel Bigelow 
Waters, was born in Sherburne, Chenango 
county, October 30, 1794, died in Sydenham. 



Ontario, Canada, June 3, 1881. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and learned the 
tanner's trade. He went to Canada when a 
young- man and settled at Sydenham, where 
he owned a tannery and water privilege, and 
there spent the remainder of his life. He was 
a prominent citizen, and for some years was 
a magistrate. In politics he belonged to what 
was then known as the Reform party. In re- 
ligion he was an Episcopalian, and an active 
member of the church. 

He married. February i, 1821, Elizabeth 
Dickey, born in Chenango county, New York, 
in 1798, of Scotch ancestry, died in Canada, 
January 18, 1886, daughter of Captain Adam 
Dickey, whose ancestors were among the 
Scotch-Irish settlers at Londonderry, New 
Hampshire. Children: i. William Dulkley. 
born January i, 1824, died March 29, 1824. 

2. Nelson Henry, April 29, 1825, deceased. 

3. Lorena [Minerva. January 24, 1827. died 
December 29, 1905 ; married Nelson Amy. 4. 
Wallace Danton, mentioned below. 5. Frank- 
lin Greenwood, November 11, 1832, died Au- 
gust 17, 1861. 6. Nancy ^lary, June 2^. 1837, 
married William Evans, and lives in Elgin, 

(Ill) Wallace Danton, son of Bulkley ^^'at- 
ers, was born in Ernestown, Ontario, Canada, 
Mav 21, 1829. He received his early educa- 
tion in Sydenham, Ontario province, where his 
parents located when he was a young child. 
He worked at farming and in his father's 
tannery during his boyhood and youth. Af- 
terward he owned a stage line and carried 
the government mails, also operating extensive 
lumbering and mining interests. About 1886 
he came to Cortland, New York, where he has 
resided since. He was in the trucking and 
teaming business in Cortland for many years, 
retiring from active life in January, 191 1. 
In politics he is a Republican : in religion a 

He married Lauretta ^IcPherson. born in 
Belleville, Canada. April 15, 1832, died in 
Cortland, New York, June 24, 1909, daughter 
of ^lalcolm and [Margaret (Sharp) [McPher- 
son. Children: i. William Wallace, died in 
infancy. 2. Caroline Adelia, married C. A. 
Finch, of Cortland. 3. William Wallace, Jan- 
uary II. 1858, lives at Barneville, New York; 
married Charlotte Slack ; children : Loretta 
M. ; Mabel, married Albert Williams and has 
a son, Wallace Waters Williams. 4. David 
Franklin, mentioned below. S- Tames Edgar, 

March 19, 1862, died August 2, 1862. 6. 
Lewis Edgar, March 25, 1863, ^^ves at York, 
Pennsylvania ; married Mary Campbell, who 
died March 28, 1911 ; children: Wallace, Ed- 
gar, Bessie, Charlotte and Charles. 7. Nelson 
Henry, mentioned below. 8. Catherine Eliza- 
beth Josephine. August 7, 1870, mentioned be- 

(IV) David Franklin, son of Wallace Dan- 
ton Waters, was born in Sydenham, Ontario, 
Canada, November 30, i860. He received his 
education in the public schools of his native 
town and at the business college at Belleville, 
Ontario. He came to New York state in 
1884 and was for a time in the grocery busi- 
ness in Syracuse. Since 1885 he has been 
engaged in various manufacturing enterprises 
of Cortland. New York. For ten years he 
was superintendent of the fire alarm system 
of Cortland. Since 1906 he has been super- 
intendent of the Cortland Skirt Company. He 
is a member of Vesta Lodge, Odd Fellows, of 
Cortland ; also of the Encampment and Can- 
ton and Rebekah Lodge ; member of the Alac- 
cabees, and of Cortland Lodge, Knights of 
Pythias, of Cortland. He is a member of the 
Episcopal church, and in politics he is a Re- 

Fie married, December 25, 1898, M. Alice 
Webster, born in Onondaga county. New 
York, near Baldwinville, daughter of Willis 
and Mary (Blanchard) Webster. They have 
one child, Alice Lorena, born November 15, 

(IV) Nelson Henry, son of Wallace Danton 
Waters, was born in Sydenham, county of 
Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, September i, 

Fie received his education in his native 
town. When he was sixteen years old he 
located in the town of Cortland. New York, 
where he afterward engaged in business as 
a dealer in men's furnishings and clothing. 
For a number of years he was employed by 
the Gillette Shirt Company. In 1907 he was 
one of the organizers of the Cortland Skirt 
Company and from the first has been presi- 
dent and manager of the concern. The com- 
pany had besides an extensive plant at Cort- 
land, which in July, 191 1, was removed to 
Binghamton, New York. He is a member of 
Homer Lodge, Free Masons ; of Royal Arch 
Chapter, of Cortlandville ; of Knights Temp- 
lar, of Cortland. He is a communicant of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church of Cortland, 

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and for a number of years has been vestry- 

He married, September 30, 1889, Louise 
Sarepta, daughter of Stilhvell Mudge and 
Harriet AmeHa (Eggleston) Benjamin, of 
Cortland. Children: i. Stillwell Benjamin, 
born February 19, 1891, assistant manager of 
the Binghamton plant of the Cortland Skirt 
Company. 2. Harriet Louise, born June 11. 
1894. 3. Helena Elizabeth, November 22, 

(IV) Catherine Elizabeth Josephine, daugh- 
ter of Wallace Danton Waters, was born in 
Sydenham, Ontario, Canada, August 7, 1870. 
She married, March i, 1904, Willis L. Starks, 
born in Rossie, St. Lawrence county. New 
York, March 3, 1874, son of Chauncey A. and 
Nancy Maria (Ellsworth) Starks. Mr. Starks 
was formerly for several years employed in 
various paper mills in Watertown, New York, 
but for several years has been with the Cort- 
land Skirt Company of Cortland, as shipping- 

(The Bigelow Line). 
(I) John Bigelow, immigrant ancestor, is 
believed to have come from England, but the 
variations of spelling at the time of his emi- 
gration to New England make it difficult to 
trace this name, which was spelled according 
to the fancy of the writers. He was born 
in 1617, and came to America before 1642. 
The first mention of his name on the records 
is found in Watertown, Massachusetts, on the 
occasion of his marriage, which was the first 
recorded in that town, September 20. 1642, to 
Mary, daughter of John and Margaret War- 
ren. He took the oath of fidelity there in 
1652, and was admitted a freeman, April 18, 
1690. He was a blacksmith by trade, and 
was allowed certain timber by the town for 
the building of his forge. He was highway 
surveyor in 1652 and 1660; constable, 1663, 
and selectman, 1665-70-71. Llis homestead 
consisted of six acres. He married (second), 
October 2, 1694, Sarah, daughter of Joseph 
Bemis, of Watertown. He died Jul\- 14, 1703. 
His will was dated January 4, 1703. and 
proved July 23, 1703. Children of first wife, 
born in Watertown: John, October 2", 1643: 
Jonathan, December 11, 1646; Mary, March 
14, 1648; Daniel, December i, 1650; Samuel, 
October 28, 1653; Joshua, November 5, 1655; 
Elizabeth, June 15, 1657: Sary, Se]:itember 
29, 1659: James, married three times and 
lived in Watertown: Martha, April t, 1662; 

Abigail, February 4, 1664; Hannah, March 4, 
1666, died March 8, 1666; Son, born and died 
December 18, 1667. 

(H) Samuel, son of John Bigelow, was 
born in Watertown, October 28, 1653. He 
married, June 3, 1674, Mary, daughter of 
Thomas and Mary Flagg, born January 14, 
1658, died September 7, 1720. He was a 
prominent man in Watertown and was an inn- 
holder, licensed as such from 1702 to 1716. 
He was a representative to the general court, 
1708-09-10. His will was dated September 
30, 1720, and proved February 21, 1731. Chil- 
dren, born in Watertown : John, May 9, 1675 ; 
Mary, September 12, 1677; Samuel, Septem- 
ber 18, 1679 ' Sarah, October i, 1681 : Thomas, 
October 24, 1683 ; Mercy, supposed to have 
been the Martha who was recorded as born 
April 4, 1686; Abigail, May 7, 1687; Hannah, 
married. May 24, 1711, Daniel Warren; Isaac, 
born May 19. 1691, mentioned below; Deliv- 
erance, September 22, 1695. 

(Ill) Sergeant Isaac Bigelow, son of Sam- 
uel Bigelow, was born in Watertown. March 
or May 19, 169 1. Lie married, December 29, 
1709, Mary Bond, of Watertown. She died 
July 9, 1775. Shortly after his marriage, 
he removed to Colchester, Connecticut, and 
bought land there. May 23. 1712. He was a 
military man of considerable prominence, and 
was commissioned sergeant by the governor 
in 1744. He died in Colchester, September 
II, 1 75 1, and left an estate valued at two 
thousand and eighty-seven pounds, eleven shil- 
lings, nine pence. Children, born in Colches- 
ter": Mercy, July 22,, 1711, died young; Isaac, 
May 4, 1713 ; Mercy, February 4, 1715 ; Mary, 
July 31, 1 7 19, married Lazarus Waters (see 
Waters I) ; Hannah, October 2, 1721 ; Abigail, 
April 13, 1723; Samuel, December 21, 1724, 
died June 5. 1745. unmarried; Sarah, died 
young; Sarah, June 27, 1727; Lydia. April 
22, 1729. died May 16, 1745 ; Elisha, April 14, 

173 T- 

( riie Gardner Lme). 

(I) Lion Gardner, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England, about 1599, died in East 
Hampton, New York, in 1663. Before com- 
ing to America, in 1635, he had seen military 
service in Holland with the English army, as 
"an engineer and master of works of fortifica- 
tions in the legers of the Prince of Orange in 
the Low Countries." While there he accepted 
a position to go to New England to construct 
works of fortification and command them. He 


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contracted with the company that engaged 
him, for one hundred pounds a year, for a 
term of four years ; he was to serve only in 
the "drawing, ordering and making of a city, 
towns and forts of defence," under the im- 
mediate direction of John Winthrop, the 
younger, and he and his family were to be fur- 
nished transportation and subsistence free. 

He sailed, probably from Rotterdam, July 
10, 1635. in the bark, "Batcheller," and, ac- 
cording to the journal of Governor Winthrop, 
of Massachusetts, landed at Boston, November 
28, 1635. He remained for some little time 
in Boston, and during his stay was engaged 
to complete the fortifications on Fort Hill. 
About the same time the "Magistrates of the 
Bay" desired him to visit Salem, for the pur- 
pose of seeing if it was fit for fortification. 
This he did, and upon his return told the 
magistrates that the people in Salem were 
more in danger of starvation than of any "for- 
eign, potent enemy," and to defer works of 
that kind for the present. He concluded his 
own account of the affair thus : "And they 
liked my saying well." 

Early in the following spring he continued 
his journey to Connecticut, where John Win- 
throp, the younger, had commission from 
Lords Say, Brooke and other prominent men 
in England, to begin a plantation and to be 
governor of it. Winthrop's advance party had 
already taken possession of a point of land 
near the mouth of the Connecticut, and here 
Gardner landed early in the spring of 1636, 
probably in March. He constructed a fort 
with ditch and palisade, which was the first 
fortification erected in New England. It was 
named Saybrooke, in honor of Lords Say 
and Brooke. During the next few years the 
settlers had much trouble with the Indians, 
and many skirmishes, in which Gardner took 
a prominent part. Their most famous encoun- 
ter was with the Pequots in 1637, when com- 
bined forces from A-Iassachusetts and Connec- 
ticut, with Mason, Gardner and LTnderhill in 
command, succeeded in nearly exterminating 
the latter tribe of Indians. 

In the summer of 1639, Gardner's engage- 
ment with the Saybrooke Company ended, and 
he removed to a large island east of Long 
Island sound, which he had secured from the 
Indians by a deed of purchase. May 3, 1639. 
Subsequently he procured a grant of the same 
island from an agent of the Earl of Stirling, 
the srrantee of the Kino: of England, ^larch 

10, 1639-40. He took with him his family, 
and a number of men from the Saybrooke for 
farmers, and these formed, it is said, the 
earliest English settlement within the present 
limits of the state of New York. He formed 
here a friendship with the great Indian chief, 
Wyandanch, of the Montauks, which endured 
all his life and was of untold benefit to him 
and other English settlers. 

In 1649 Gardner became one of the original 
purchasers of about thirty thousand acres of 
land for the settlement of East Hampton, and 
in 1653 he removed there with his family. His 
residence there on the east side of tlie main 
street is still owned by a descendant. In 1655, 
and again in 1657, he, with others, were ap- 
pointed a committee to visit Hartford and 
treat with the authorities about placing East 
Hampton under the protection of Connecticut. 
In 1658 he became one of the purchasers in 
the original conveyance from the Indians of 
nine thousand acres of land on Montauk Point. 

In return for Gardner's efforts in redeem- 
ing from her captors a daughter of Wyan- 
danch, the latter presented to him, July 14, 
1659, a free gift of land, the original deed 
for which is now in possession of tlie Long 
Island Historical Society. That same year 
he was prosecuted before the magistrates of 
East Hampton by certain English captors of 
a Dutch vessel, for retaking the vessel at his 
island, but the case was never tried. He died 
late in the year 1663, one of the prominent 
figures of early colonial history of New Eng- 

In -addition to his military and his execu- 
tive ability, he possessed considerable literary 
talent. His "Relation of the Pequot Wars," 
and 'Tetters to John Winthrop Jr.," were dis- 
covered in manuscript form and published 
in 1833, and 1865, respectively. 

He married, abotit the time of his contract 
to come to America, Mary, daughter of De- 
rike Wilemson, of the city of Woerdon, Hol- 
land. She accompanied him, shared with him 
the dangers and privations of the life at Say- 
brooke Eort, and died in 1665, aged sixty- 
four, at East Hampton. Children, the first 
two born at Saybrooke: David, April 29, 
1636, the first child born of English parents in 
Connecticut; Mary, August 30, 1638, married 
Jeremiah Conkling, of East Hampton, son of 
Ananias Conkling, the immigrant ancestor of 
the Conkling family of New York, including 
judge Alfred Conkling, his sons, Hon. Roscoe 

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Conkling- and Colonel Frederick A. Conkling ; 
Elizabeth. September 14. 1641. 

( llj David, son of Lion Gardner, was born 
in Saybrooke Fort, April 29, 1636, died July 
10. 1689. at Hartford, Connecticut. About 
1656 he visited England, it is supposed to be 
educated. While there he married, June 4, 
1657. ^iary Leringman, widow, of the parish 
of St. Margaret, in the city of Westminster, 
England. He was back in East Hampton, 
June 10. 1658, on which date his name occurs 
in the records of that town as a witness. His 
father died in 1663, and by his will left his 
entire estate to his wife. His mother left to 
David, however, the Island of Wight during 
his life. In 1664 the English dispossessed the 
Dutch at New Netherlands, and proceeded 
to issue new patents to the townships and in- 
dividuals who held large tracts of land. In 
compliance with this order, David Gardner 
applied for and obtained, October 5, 1665, a 
new grant for the island, and September 11, 
1686, a confirmatory grant, reciting all former 
grants and confirming them, and making the 
island into "one lordship and manor of Gardi- 
ner's Island." He appears to have been a 
prominent landholder also in Southold, and 
was once a resident there. He died in Hart- 
ford, while attending the general assembly 
of the colony of Connecticut, in behalf of the 
east-end towns of Long Island. He was in- 
terre'l in the burying ground of Center Church 
and his tombstone is still standing there. 
Children, order of birth not known : John, 
April 19. 1 661. mentioned below : David ; Lion ; 
Elizabeth, married James Parshall, of South- 
old, sometimes called "Gent of the Isle of 

(Ill) John, son of David Gardner, was 
born April 19. 1661, died at Groton, Connecti- 
cut, June 25, 1738, h)- accident, causerl by a 
fall from a horse. He married (first) Mary, 
daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Ludlam) 
King, of Southold, l)()rn 1670. died Julv 4, 

1707. He married (second), September 2, 

1708, Sarah, daughter of John and Elizabeth 
(Douglass) Chandler, of \\'oodstock, Connec- 
ticut, and widow of William Coit, of New 
London, died July 3, 171 1. He married 
(third) Elizabeth, daughter of John Allyn, 
who was a son of Matthew Allyn, an early 
settler of Hartford, and widow of Alexander 
Allen, of Windsor, Connecticut. She died 
on Gardner's Island, and was buried there, 
date unknown. He married ( fourth), October 

4, 1733, Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen 
Hedges, and widow of Daniel Osborne, of 
East Hampton. She died May 19, 1747. He 
came into possession of Gardner's Island on 
the death of his father, by entail. He and 
his brother, Lion, appear as witnesses, De- 
cember 27, 1676, to the deed of confirmation 
of the patentees of Southold, and July 2, 1690, 
he and his brothers, David and Lion, appear 
in a deed of settlement, as heirs to the estate 
of their father. He also appears as a grantor 
in several deeds of land. He quit-claimed to 
his aunt, Mary (Gardner) Conkling, all the 
land willed by his grandmother, Mary Gard- 
ner, to the first named Mary. 

There is a strong tradition in the family 
that during the proprietorship of John the 
island was surprised by a visit from the notor- 
ious Captain Kidd, but the only authentic ac- 
count of such an event is found in a docu- 
ment which contains a verbatim report of 
John Gardner's testimony taken before a 
board of government commissioners at Bos- 
ton, dated July 17, 1699. 

John Gardner is described as "a hearty, ac- 
tive, robust man ; generous and upright ; sober 
at home but jovial abroad, and swore some- 
times : always kept his chaplain ; he was a 
good farmer and made great improvements on 
the island ; he made a great deal of money, al- 
though a high liver, and had a great deal to do 
for his four wives' connections ; he had an 
expensive family of children ; he gave them, 
for those times, large portions." He was in- 
terred in the old burying grountl at New Lon- 
don, and a brownstone slab, supported by six 
ornamented stone pillars, marks his grave. 
On top of the slab, on a square piece of blue 
slate-stone, is engraved a coat-of-arms with a 
lettered inscription. 

Children of first wife, birth dates not cer- 
tain: David, January 3, 1691 : John, 1693; 
Samuel, 1695; Joseph, April 22, 1697, men- 
tioned below; Hannah, December 11, 1699; 
]\lary, September i, 1702; Elizabeth, married 
Thomas Greene, son of Nathaniel and Ann 
(Gold) Greene, of Boston: children of second 
wife: Jonathan, born 1709; Sarah, 1710. 

(I\^j Joseph, son of John Gardner, was 
born April 22, 1697. He married, October i, 
1729, Sarah, born January- 8, 1699-1700, 
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Pinney) 
Grant, granddaughter of Tahan and Hannah 
(Palmer) Grant, great-granddaughter of Mat- 
thew and Susannah Grant, the English immi- 



grant, who settled first in Dorchester, Massa- 
chnsetts, and afterwards in Windsor, Con- 
necticut. General U. S. Grant was of this 
same family, descended from Samuel, next 
older brother of Tahan, mentioned above, 
Samuel, Noah, Noah, Noah, and Jesse Root 
Grant, his father. Joseph Gardner settled in 
Groton, Connecticut, and was a farmer and 
trader by occupation. In 17 19 a brig was 
built for him at Coit's ship yard in New Lon- 
don. His father deeded to him a valuable 
farm in Groton, March ij , 1733. He die(l in 
Groton, .May 15, 1752, and his wife, also in 
Groton, September 17, 1754. On the inscrip- 
tion on his gravestone he is called captain. 
Children: Mary, August 30, 1730: John, Sep- 
tember 25, 1732; Joseph, died aged fifteen 
months, nine days ; Jonathan, died Decemjjer, 
1737, aged eight months, ten days ; Sarah, died 
February, 1739, aged twenty-four days; Will- 
iam, mentioned below. 

(\') William, son of Joseph (iardner. was 
born September 5, 1741, died at Chenango 
Forks, New York, March 31, 1800. He mar- 
ried, April 6, 1 761, Esther, daughter of Dan- 
iel and Esther Denison, of Stonington, Con- 
necticut, born October 17, 1743, died at (Che- 
nango Forks, May 21, 1824. He went to sea 
when a young man. After his marriage he 
lived in Stonington, and about 1793 removed 
to Chenango Forks, where he spent the re- 
mainder of his life. Children, born in Sto- 
nington: Joseph, July 28, 1762, died young; 
Sarah, December 28, 1763; Esther, March 2^,, 
1766, married Bigelow Waters (see Waters 
I ) ; Joseph, February 9, 1768; Hannah, March 
21, 1770; Daniel Denison, March 28, 1773; 
Henry, F"ebruary 13, 1775 ; Isaac, May 22, 
1784; William, July 3, 1787. 

Robert Lang, immigrant ancestor, 
LANG is thought to have been born in 

Scotland about 1645 '^^'^^ to have 
removed to England, where he married, it is 
thought, before coming to America. He set- 
tled at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was 
known as "The Fisherman of the Isle of 
Shoals." In 1670 the names of Robert Lang 
and his family appeared on a list of members 
of the Portsmouth Church. According to the 
records in the war department at Washington, 
Robert Lang furnished a man and team to 
work on the old Fort Constitution at Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire, in 1690, and liis son 
John received pay for the service. He died 

February i(j, 17 15, and the probate records of 
his estate are shown in Vol. D. now at the 
New Hampshire State Library, Concord. He 
had sons : Stephen, mentioned below ; Na- 
thaniel, Robert, John. 

(II) Ste])hen, son of Robert Lang, was 
Ixjrn aliout idj^. Flis name is found in the 
public records as early as 1699 i" a list of 
church members of the Portsmouth Church. 
He was living at Sagamore Creek ( Ports- 
mouth ) in 1734. He was a shipwright. He 

married . Children: i. Stephen. 

born 1703, died 1790; married Elizabeth Rice. 
2. Samuel, mentioned below. 3. Thomas. 4. 
William, married Sarah P.ennett. 5. Deliver- 
ance, married Nathaniel Nelson. 6. Sarah, 
married Nathaniel Muchmore. 7. Abigail. 
married Abraham Elliot. 

(HI) Samuel, son of Stephen Lang, wa> 
born about 1715. and died in 1799, aged 
eighty-four years. In 1736 he and his brother 
1 homas bought two acres of land on Saga- 
more Creek, adjoining their father's place. 
Samuel sold his share of this j^ropert}' to 
Thomas, Ma_\- 11, 1750, and is supposed to 
have left the locality at that time. Samuel 
was a shipwright. He married Mary Sher- 
born. They had a son Samuel, mentioned be- 
low, and probably a son \A^illiam. 

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel ( i ) Lang, 
was born at Portsmouth in 1754. died in Batli, 
New Hampshire, November 8, 1829. He set- 
tled in Bath, was deacon of the First Congre- 
gational Church there, and is mentioned in the 
town history as being noted for his "adapta- 
bility in prayers." He married, at Haverhill. 
New Hampshire, April 30, 1778, Susan Sal- 
ter, born in Boston in 1755, died in Bath. Oc- 
tober 5, 1843. Children: i. Jacob Hurd, born 
February 29, 1779, died at Charleston. \'or- 
mont, in 1862: married. May 19, 1808. Sarali 
Sherborn. 2. William, born August 24, 1780. 
died in infancy. 3. Sherborn, born Fel)ruar\' 
25, 1782, died in Bath in 1859; married. 
March 4, 1816. Mehitable Ricker, born in 
Newbury. Vermont. April 5. 1797, died De- 
cember 24, 1865. 4. Samuel, mentioned below. 
5. Mary (Polly), born May 22. 1786, died in 
1844 at Bath ; married Ebenezer Ricker. 6. 
Anna Salter, born June 26, 1788, died at AVar- 
ren. New Hampshire, in 1873 : married Charles 
Abbott. 7. Hannah, born in 1790, died in in- 
fancy. 8. William, born March 21, 1792, died 
in Concord, New Hampshire, in 1875 > married 
(first), March 14, 1822, Martha (Thild : (sec- 

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ond) January i, 1833, Susan Child. 9. Henry 
Hancock, born in 1794. died at Bath, New 
Hampshire, August 19, 1865 ; married Lucia 
Child. 10. Hannah B., born in 1795, died in 
1865 at Bath. 11. John, born in 1798, died in 
Calais, Maine. 

(\') Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Lang, 
was born in Bath, New Hampshire, March 9, 
1784, died in Palmyra, Maine, March 4, 1879, 
nearly ninety-five years old. In 1803, when 
he was nineteen years old, he left home and 
settled on a farm, three-fourths of a mile from 
the village of Palmyra, where he lived the 
remainder of his life. He married, in 1808, 
Sally Smith, born in Concord, Massachusetts, 
in December, 1792, died in Palmyra, Maine, 
March 21, 1857. daughter of Captain Isaac 
Smith, born at Concord, Massachusetts, in 
December, 1754, of English parentage. Ca]> 
tain Smith was the first white man to spend 
the winter farther north than Augusta, on the 
Kennebec river. Children of Samuel Lang, 
born at Palmyra: 1. Rev. John Sherborn, 
born March 13, 1810; a minister of the Chris- 
tian church ; married , and had eight 

children. 2. Mary Sherborn, born March 2, 
1812; married, June 7, 1831, William Ste- 
phens, of Dixmont, and had three children. 
3. Dona Zaida, born June 24, 18 14, died in 
1887; married, November 14, 1836, Alvin 
Mann, and had seven children. 4. Sarah, born 
July 31, 18 16, died in Canada, August 10, 
1850; married, June 18, 1850, Henry Dear- 
born. 5. Susan Salter, born February 14, 
1821, died February 4, 1899; married, in 1842, 
Alfred Elliot, of Monroe, and had five chil- 
dren. 6. William, born March 15, 1824, died 
May 9, 1837. 7. Alfred H., born March 3, 
1826, died in Placerville, California, January 
5, 1852; married, January 14, 1849, Mary L. 
Lancy, and had one son, Alfred H. 8. Rev. 
Samuel Salter, born January 22. 1827, died in 
Palmyra, Maine, February 2, 1897; was a 
Methodist Episcopal clergyman ; married, Sep- 
tember 22, 1845, Sarah J. Burgess, and had 
one son, Gershom Burgess. 9. Peter H., born 
February 25, 1828, died July i, 1903: held 
various town offices and was representative 
to the state legislature ; member of the Society 
of Friends; married, February 20, 1852, 
Nancy E. Farnham and had five children, to. 
Andrew Jackson, mentioned below. 11. Luvia 
Childs, born January 7, 1833; married. May 
21, 1849, Nalium L. Hayden, who died July 
7, 1876; they had six children. 

(VI) Andrew Jackson, son of Samuel (3) 
Lang, was born in Palmyra, Maine, September 
3, 1831, died in Waverly, New York, August 
22, 1870. He was graduated from Union Col- 
lege, class of 1856. He married, April 9, 
1857, Elvira Lyford, born at St. Albans, 
Maine, February 21, 1834, died at Waverly, 
New York, December 20, 19 10, daughter of 
Albert and Phebe (Bates) Lyford (see Ly- 
ford VI). Children: i. Louis Jay, born at 
Waverly, December 18, 1859 ; married, De- 
cember 24, 1883, Clara Terhune, of Brooklyn, 
New York. 2. Percy Lyford, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Gertrude Josephine, born at Waverly, 
March 3, 1870, died January 31, 1871. 

(VII) Percy Lyford, son of Andrew Jack- 
son Lang, was born in Waverly, Tioga county, 
New York, June 8, 1861. He attended the 
public schools of his native town, the Elmira 
Free Academy, from which he was graduated 
in 1879, and Hillsdale College, Michigan. He 
became afterward a student in Williston Sem- 
inary at Easthampton, Massachusetts. He 
entered Yale College and was graduated with 
the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1885. 
He then started in business at Waverly in 
partnership with James A. Clark, under the 
firm name of Clark & Lang, dealers in hard- 
ware. In 1887 he sold out his share in the 
business, and in February of that year became 
assistant cashier of the First National Bank 
of Waverly. In 1891 he was made cashier, 
and he has held that position to the present 
time. He has taken a lively interest in pub- 
lic affairs. He was appointed loan commis- 
sioner of Tioga county by Governor Levi P. 
Morton, and in 1897 he was appointed by 
Governor Frank S. Black one of the managers 
of the Craig Colony at Sonyea. New York, 
and he is president of the board of managers. 
He has been a member of the board of educa- 
tion. He has financial interests in many other 
lines of business. He is a member of VVaverly 
Lodge, No. 407, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
of Cayuta Chapter, No. 245, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons, of Waverly, New York ; of St. Omar 
Commandery, Knights Templar, of Elmira ; 
Otseningo Bodies, Ancient Accepted Scottish 
Rite, of Binghamton : Kalurah Temple, Mys- 
tic Shrine, of Binghamton. He is also a mem- 
ber of Manoca Lodge, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows. No. 219, and of Lodge No. 
1039, Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks. He is a member of the Presbyterian 
Church, of Waverly, New York; Elmira City 



Club ; Elmira Country Club ; Quarry Glen 
Country Club ; Susquewanda Country Club, 
and Rapshaw Fishing Club. 

He married (first), November i8, 1885, 
Alice Smith Johnson, born at x\nsonia, Con- 
necticut. July 12. i860, died in Waverly, Au- 
gust 7. 1903, daughter of Nathan S. and Bes- 
sie (Cable) Johnson. He married (second), 
September i, 1906, Mrs. Alarie Louise Hos- 
kins King, born in Owego, New York, April 
8, 1867. Children, all by first wife: i. Ger- 
trude Adele, born November 10, 1886; mar- 
ried E. Barton Hall, of Waverly ; children : 
Percy Lang Hall and E. Barton Hall Jr. 2. 
Alice Marion, born December 13, 1888; a 
graduate of Wellesley College. 3. Helen Ly- 
ford, born 1893, died in' 1900. 4. Percy Ly- 
ford Jr., born June 25, 1898. 

(The Lyford Line). 

(I) Francis Lyford, immigrant ancestor, 
was in Boston, Massachusetts, as early as 
1667. He owned land on the water front, and 
was called a mariner. He removed to Exeter, 
New Hampshire, about 1689, when he sold his 
Boston estate to the father of his first wife. 
He bought a farm in Exeter and was select- 
man in 1689-90. He received a grant of two 
hundred acres in 1698. He served in King 
William's war from February 6 to March 5, 
1696, in Captain Kinsley Hall's company of 
militia in Exeter. He was commander of the 
sloop "Elizabeth" of Exeter. He was chosen 
constable in 1709, but "being acc'ted \'ery in- 
firm by sundr}- ailments, whereby he seems 
very unfit for that service," another was 
chosen in his place. His will was dated De- 
cember 17, 1723, proved September 2, 1724. 
He married (first) in Boston, about June, 
1671, Elizabeth, born November 6, 1646, 
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith. He 
married (second) in Exeter, New Hampshire, 
November 21. 1681, Rebecca, daughter of 
Rev. Samuel Dudley, and granddaughter of 
(]iovernor Thomas Dudley. Children of first 
wife: Thomas, born March 25, 1672: Eliza- 
beth, July 19, 1673: Francis. Children of 
second wife: Stephen, mentioned below: Ann, 
married Timothy Leavitt : Deborah, married 

FoUett : Rebecca, married Har- 

dv : Sarah, married John Folsom ; AFarv, mar- 
ried Hall. 

(H) Stephen, son of Francis Lyford, was 
born in Exeter, New Hampshire, died Decem- 
ber 20, 1774. He received a grant of one 

hundred acres in Exeter. He was selectman 
in 1734. His will was dated ^Lirch 23, 1773, 
and proved January 13, 1774. His estate was 
appraised at fifteen hundred and seventy-five 
pounds, ten shillings and nine pence, and com- 
prised, among other items, a negro woman, 
value ten ])ounds, and a negro girl (Nance), 
value thirty pounds. He married, at Exeter, 
Sarah Leavitt, who died October 13, 1781. 
daughter of Moses and Dorothy (Dudley) 
Leavitt. Children : Biley, mentioned below : 
Stephen, born April 12. 1723, in Newmarket, 
New Hampshire ; Moses : Samuel, died Feb- 
ruary 8, 1788, unmarried : Francis : Theophi- 
lus, died January 31, 1796, married Lois 
James : Betsey, married Joshua Wiggin, of 
Stratham, New Hampshire. 

(HI) Biley, son of Stephen Lyford, was 
born at Exeter, New Hampshire, in 17 16, died 
at Brentwood, February 10, 1792. He was in 
the revolution in Colonel Nicholas Gilman's 
regiment of militia. September 12, 1777, and 
in Captain Porter Kimball's company. Colonel 
Stephen Evans" regiment, at Saratoga, in 
September, 1777. In his will he says: "My 
will is that my two negroes shall live with any 
of my children they see fit or otherwise to 
have their freedom as they choose." He leaves 
Molly and Judith each one hundred Spanish 
milled dollars. His estate was valued at one 
thousand, eight hundred and twenty-five 
pounds, seven shillings, five pence. He mar- 
ried, August 25, 1743, Judith, born February 
18, 1717, died 1789, daughter of Thomas Wil- 
son. Children: Rebecca, born July 26, 1744; 
Dorothy. September 5, 1746; Alice, baptized 
June 26, 1748, died July 3. 1748; Mary, born 
August 10, 1749: Alice (Elsey), April 19, 
1751 ; Anne, July 13, 1753 : Biley Dudley, men- 
tioned below; Sarah, February 22, 1757: Ju- 
dith, March 29, 1760: John, August 12, 1762. 

(I\') Biley Dudley, son of Biley Lyford, 
was born October 19. 1755. died April 16, 
1830. at Fremont, New Hampshire. He mar- 
ried (first) Mary Robinson, and ('second) 
Dorothy Blake, born April 4, 1770, died April 
9, 1835. Child of first wife: John, mentioned 
below. Children of second wife : Dudley, 
born October 14, 1793; James, February 25, 
1795: Ezekiel, November 24, 1796; Mary, 
September 27, 1798: Epaphras Kibby, July 21, 
1800; Henry, July 31. 1803; Washington, 
March 10, 1805; Dorothy, June 6, i8ro. 

(V) John, son of Biley Dudley Lyford, was 
born January i, 1782, died at St. Albans, 

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Maine, January i, 1854. He married (first) 
Marian Rowe, of Brentwood, New Hamp- 
shire. He married (second), March 2, 1817, 
Abigail (Foggj Baine, widow of WilHam 
Baine. She was born June 10, 1792, at Ray- 
mond, New Hampshire, died December 20, 
1878, daughter of Samuel and Ruth (Lane) 
Fogg. Children of first wife : Biley, born 
at St. Albans, January 22, 1805 ; Mary, at St. 
Albans, November 30, 1807; Albert, mentioned 
below; Dolly, at Brentwood, January 16, 1812. 
Children of second wife : John Fogg, born 
February 17, 1818; James Robinson, April 10, 
1819; William King, August 13, 1820, died 
January 12, 1836; Maria Rowe, November 13, 
1821, died June 21, 1840; Pamelia, January 5, 
1823; Sullivan, May 25, 1824; Abigail, De- 
cember 27, 1825; Frances H., July 7, 1828; 
Samuel Fogg, May 15, 1830; Lois Ann, Feb- 
ruary 5, 1832; Sarah W., July 4, 1836. 

(VI) Albert, son of John Lyford, was born 
June 26, 1810, at St. Albans, Maine, died at 
Waterville, Maine, September 13, 1867. He 
married, January i, 1833, Phebe Bates, of 
Fairfield, Maine. Children: i. Elvira, born 
February 21, 1834; married, April 9, 1857, 
Andrew Jackson Lang, and died in Waverly, 
New York, December 20, 1910 (see Lang VT) . 
2. William Albert, March 20, 1836, died July 
17, 1846. 3. ■ Louisa Stuart, November 20, 
1837. 4. Sarah Abigail, October 5, 1839, died 
May 7, 1840. 5. Anne Maria, May 27, 1842. 
6. Charles Franklin, January 15, 1844, at 
Waterville, Maine, died December, 1862. 7. 
James Monroe, November 5, 1845, '^t Water- 
erville. 8. Frederick Eugene, January 26. 
1853, at Waterville. 

The name of Higgins. known 
HIGGINS in New England from the 

earliest colonial days, was well 
established in the first generation on American 
soil. It was a sturdy stock, and intermarried 
with families of similar qualities and worth. 
The early generations were inured to hard- 
ships in their struggle with nature ; were per- 
severingly industrious, and self-trained to the 
use of tools. They developed splendid phy- 
siques, were of a deeply religious nature, and 
their excellent traits have been transmitted to 
their descendants to the present day. 

(I) Richard Higgins, the inmiigrant ances- 
tor, was in Plymouth, IMassachusetts, as early 
as 1633, when his name appears on the list 
of taxpayers. He was a tailor by trade ; was 

admitted a freeman in 1634: was one of the 
first seven settlers and founders of Eastham, 
Massachusetts, in 1644: was selectman of 
Eastham for three years and deputy to the 
general court in 1649-61-67. In 1670 he re- 
moved to Piscataway, New Jersey, and died 
there in 1675. He married (first), Novem- 
ber 23, 1634, Lydia, daughter of Edward 
Chandler, of Scituate, Massachusetts ; ( sec- 
ond), Mary Yates, widow of John Yates, of 
Duxbury. Children of first wife : Jonathan, 
born July, 1637; Benjamin, mentioned below. 
Children of second wife: Mary, September 
27, 1652: Elizabeth, October 20, 1654; Will- 
iam, December 15, 1655; Jedediah. March 5. 
1657: Zerviah, June, 1658; Thomas, January, 
1661 ; Lydia, July, 1664. 

(II) Benjamin, son of Richard Higgins, 
was born in Plymouth, Jul\' 6, 1640, and died 
March 14, 1691. He settled in Eastham, and 
in 1675 applied to the court for land in the 
right of his father. He married, December 
24, 1661, Lydia, daughter of Edward Bangs, 
who came from England in the ship "Ann," in 
1623. Children, born at Eastham: Ichabod. 
November 14, 1662: Richard, October 15, 
1664; John, November 20, 1666; Joshua, Oc- 
tober I, 1668: Lydia, Ma}-. 1670: Isaac, Au- 
gust 31, 1672; Benjamin, June 14, 1674; 
Samuel, mentioned l)elow ; Ijenjamin, Septem- 
ber 15, 1(58 1. 

(III) Samuel, son of Benjamin Higgins, 
was born at Eastham, Massachusetts, March 
7, 1676-77. He married there, Hannah, 
daughter of Isaac and Mary ( Payne) Cole. 

(IV) Israel, son of Samuel Higgins, was 
born at Eastham, April 26, 1706. He married 
Ruth Brown, and had ten children, the first 
five of whom were born at Eastham, the rest 
at Chatham, Connecticut, whither he moved in 

(V) Sylvanus, son of Israel Higgins, was 
born at Eastham, June 8. 1735, and died at 
Chatham, Connecticut. He married, July 2. 
1757, Lucy Stocking, of Middle Haddam, 
Middlesex county. Connecticut. They had six 
children, all born in Connecticut. 

(VI) James, son of Sylvanus Higgins, was 
born in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, May 3, 
1761 (or 1766-67, as given by some other rec- 
ords) : died in Madison county. New York, 
September i, 1827. He removed to Hamilton, 
Madison county. New York, in 18 10. and 
opened the first cabinetmaker's shop in that 
town in the same vear, and continued to fol- 


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low his trade until 1825. when he sold his busi- 
ness to Erastus Wheeler. He was one of the 
first settlers and founders of the town. He 
erected a brick house on Aladison street in 
Hamilton, and afterward kept a hotel in East 
Hamilton, New York, and conducted a tan- 
nery at Earlville, New York, and was engaged 
in the tannery business at the time of his 
death. He married (first). May 10, 1789 or 
1790, Lydia Smith, who died June i, 1816; 
(second) in Enfield, Connecticut, February 21, 
1819, Betsey Collins, who died in 1838, de- 
scendant of one of the early settlers of En- 
field. Children by first wife: i. Sophia, born 

May I, 1791 ; married Beckwith. 2. 

Justin, December 21, 1792; died February 17, 
1825. 3. Eliza, October 3, 1793; died. August 
7, 1818; married John C. Clark. 4. Lucy S. 
H., born August 28, 1795 ; died September 30, 
1872; married Thomas Greenly. 5. Sylvester 
Wesley, born March 29, 1798. 6. James, April 
6, died May 10, 1802. 7. James William, born 
July 21, 1803. 8. Mary Ann, September 7, 
1804; married Joseph Rockwell. 9. Francois 
De Nogue, mentioned below. 10. Harriet 
Maria, born October 19, 1813. Children by 
second wife: 11. Betsey Collins, born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1822, died November 5, 1910; mar- 
ried Greenleaf. 

(VH) Rev. Francois De Nogue Higgins, 
son of James Higgins, was born in Middle 
Haddam, Connecticut, March 20, 1808, died 
in Bouckville, IMadison county. New York, 
August 21, 1873. ^^ came to Madison county. 
New York, with his parents, when he was two 
years of age. He received a common school 
education. He learned the trade of cabinet- 
maker and worked with his father when a 
young man. He prepared himself for the 
ministry, and at the age of twenty-two }'ears 
was licensed to preach in the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. When a young man he was a 
member of the state militia, and held the 
commission of captain of his company. He 
went west for a time and owned land there. 
He preached in various towns in Madison 
county. He was pastor of the Methodist 
Church at Brookfield in 1838-39 ; New Ber- 
lin, 1840-41; Exeter, 1842; Westford, 1843- 
44; Otego, 1845, Plymouth, 1846-47; Earl- 
ville, 1849-50; Guilford, 1851-52; Morrisville, 
1854; Pratt's Hollow, 1855; Plymouth, 1856; 
Earlville, 1857-58; Hamilton, 1859-60; Lud- 
lowville, 1862 ; New York Mills, 1863 ; Oris- 
kany Falls, 1864. During the later years of 

his life he retired from the ministry and kept 
a general store at Madison village for five 
years. Then he sold his business and removed 
from Madison to Bouckville, where he passed 
the last years of his life, and where he died. 
He is buried at Hubbardville. He married 
(first) Sarah Parlin ; (second) Lucy Etta 
Hendrick, born August 4, 1830, died Au- 
gust, 1882, daughter of Jesse and Lydia Hen- 
drick. Children by the first wife: i. Annette. 
2. Sarah Amelia, married H. J. House. Chil- 
dren by second wife: 3. Francis Wesley. 4. 
Louis Jesse, born at Poolville, New York, Jan- 
uary 10, 1859, lives in Cortland, New York; 
an artist by profession; married, 1885, Carrie 
E. Kingman, of Cincinnatus ; children : Henry 
K., born July 13, 1888, married, December 21, 
1910, Ethel Lette, of Cortland; Jessie Pamelia, 
April II, 189 1 ; Frances Maria, December 3, 
1892, died December 4, 1892; Mary Ethel, 
November 8, 1894; Lucy Hendrick, May 11, 
1898, died February 2, 1901 ; Eunice Louise, 
March 11, 1900. 

(VTH) Dr. Francis Wesley Higgins, son of 
Rev. Francois De Nogue Higgins, was born in 
Plymouth, Chenango county. New York, Feb- 
ruary 7, 1857, and died in Cortland, December 
18, 1903. After he was fourteen years old 
he supported himself by farm work, by teach- 
ing school, and working as clerk in a general 
store, until he was prepared to practice medi- 
cine. He began to study medicine under the 
instruction of Dr. H. C. Hendrick, of Mc- 
Graw, New York, and attended lectures in 
the Medical School of Michigan University, 
Ann Arbor, and in the Medical School of the 
University of New York, from which he was 
graduated in 188 1 with the degree of M. D. 
He began to practice medicine in the same 
year in association with Dr. J. C. Nelson, of 
Truxton, New York. After remaining there 
for nearly five years, he came to Chemung, 
Chemung county. New York, where he prac- 
ticed a year and a half. From early in 1887 
until his death he was practicing in Cortland, 
New York. In preparation for his specialty, 
he had taken post-graduate courses on diseases 
of the eye, ear and throat in the hospitals of 
New York and Philadelphia, and also spent 
two months in London in the summer of 1894, 
working in hospitals under the instruction of 
eminent specialists. He was a member of the 
Cortland County Medical Society, of which 
he was secretary from 1888 to 1892 and presi- 
dent in 1901 ; of the Medical Society of Cen- 

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tral New York, of which he was president for 
a time : and of the American Medical Associa- 
tion. He was the founder of the Science Club 
of Cortland, and its first president. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican, and in 1895 he was 
president of the incorporated village, the last 
president before Cortland became a city. He 
was a prominent member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, and for several years su- 
perintendent of the Sunday school. He was a 
member of Cortlandville Lodge, No. 470, Free 
Masons : of Chapter No. 194, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons : of Cortland Commandery, No. 50, 
Knights Templar, and of Keturah Temple, 
Mystic Shrine, of Binghamton. 

He married, November 26, 1879, Kittie M., 
daughter of Moses Gage and Polly (Doud) 
Smith, of ^NIcGraw, New York (see Smith). 
Children: i. Reuben Paul, M. D., mentioned 
below. 2. Max Smith, born June 22, 1882; 
a mechanical engineer. New York City. 3. 
George Hendrick. July 8, 1886; a mechanical 
engineer. 4. Winifred Amelia. [March 17, 

(IX) Dr. Reuben Paul Higgins, son of Dr. 
Francis Wesley Higgins, was born in Mc- 
Graw, New York, September 27, 1880. He 
attended the public school and the State Nor- 
mal School at Cortland, then entered Cornell 
University, from, which he was graduated in 
1902, and studied for his profession at Johns 
Hopkins University, receiving his degree as 
M. D. in 1905. He succeeded to his father's 
practice in Cortland. He has been a member 
of the board of education of the city for six 
years. He is a member of the Presbyterian 
church : of Cortlandville Lodge of Free Ma- 
sons ; of Cortland Chapter. No. 194. Royal 
Arch Masons, and of Cortland Commandery. 
No. 50. Knights Templar. 

He married, October 28. 1908. Mabel Aroa 
Brewer, born August 21, 1879. daughter of 
Edward Hill and Eda Arva (Ainslie) Brewer, 
of Cortland. They have one child, Elizabeth 
Brewer, born April 21, 19 10. 

Hugh Chaplin, the immigrant 
CHAPLIN ancestor, is saifl to have been 

born May 22. 1603, '^"^^ ^"^'^^ 
buried March 22, 1653. He was the son of 
Ebenezer Chaplin, who was born May 10, 
1572, who was son of Jeremiah Chaplin, who 
was born August 4. 1541, of Bradford. Eng- 
land. He was a freeman of Rowley, Massa- 
chusetts, 1642, and had a house on Bradford 

street in 1643. He brought over with him 
his wnfe Elizabeth, who survived him, and 
married (second), December 9, 1656. Nicho- 
las Jackson. His will was dated March 15, 
1654. proved March 31. 1657. Children: 
John, born August 26. 1^)43. buried Septem- 
iDer 6. 1660; Joseph, mentioned below; 
Thomas, born September 2, 1648, buried June 
21, 1660; Jonathan, December 10, 1651, bur- 
ied November 24. 1649. 

(II) Joseph, son of Hugh Chaplin, was 
born February 11. 1646. and married, Feb- 
ruary 21, 1671-72. Elizabeth, daughter of 
Twiford and Mary \\>st. then of Rowley. 
She was buried October 12. 1702. He died 
April 17. 1705. His will, dated April 
13, 1705. proved ^lay 7. 1705, men- 
tioned sons Joseph. John and Jeremiah, 
daughter Elizabeth, and son, Joseph's uncle, 
Nathaniel \\'est. Children : Joseph, born 

April 4. 1673, married Mehitable ; 

John, October 26, 1674, married Margaret 
Boynton ; Jonathan, baptized April 15, 1677, 
died before 1705 : Jeremiah, mentioned below : 
Elizabeth, SeptemlDer 20, 1682, married, No- 
vember 25. 1708. John Searle. 

( III ) Captain Jeremiah Chaplin, son of 
Joseph Chaplin, was born July 2^, 1680. and 
died DecemlDer 17, 1765. He married, Febru- 
ary 28, 1703-04, Ann, daughter of Joseph Kil- 
burn. She died August 24. 1751. aged seven- 
ty-one years. Children: .Mercy, born April 
3, 1705, married. ^larch 15. 1724-25, Solo- 
mon Nelson; Jonathan, baptized February 16. 
1706-07; married, September 2, 1730. Sarah 
Boynton, who died j\Iarch 19. 1784, aged 
seventy-five years ; Mary, baptized August 14, 
1709, married, December 23. 1736, Jonathan 
Harriman ; Mehitable, baptized October 14, 
171 1, died October 31, 171 1 ; Joseph, baptized 
January 13, 1712-13. died February 28, 1712- 
13; David, baptized June 13. 1714, married, 
January 10, 1737-38, Alary, daughter of Jona- 
than and Sarah (Wheeler) Bradstreet. died 
in 1775 at Lunenburg (had four children, born 
at Lunenburg); Joseph, mentioned below; 
Daniel, baptized April 5. 1719. died April 16. 
1719; Ebenezer, baptized July 3, 1720, mar- 
ried, January 5, 1744, Rebecca Poor, of New- 
bury, who died December 25, 1763, aged forty- 
two years; Ann, baptized October 15, 1721. 
married, October 19. 1743, Thomas Burpee, 
of Lancaster; Elizabeth, baptized March 17, 
1722-23, died May 3. 1723 ; Jeremiah, baptized 
January 3, 1724-25, died July 4, 1736; Eliza- 



beth, baptized April 20, 1729; Sarah, died July 
2"] , 1780. aged fifty years, unmarried ; Lucy, 
died July 4, 1736, aged three years. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Jeremiah Chaplin, 
was baptized January 13, 1716-17. and mar- 
ried December i, 1747 (probably), Sarah See- 
ton. He settled in Lunenburg, Worcester 
county, Massachusetts, and was surveyor of 
that town in 1755, and held other town offices. 
His will, dated May 2^ , 1790, at Leominster, 
bequeathed to wife Sarah, children Joseph and 
Mary, grandchildren Sarah and Eunice ^^'el- 
man, and son-in-law James Lawson. Chil- 
dren, born in Lunenburg: Mary, August ij, 
1748; Anna, jMay 14, 1753; Sarah, September 
10, 1758; Joseph, October 17, 1760. 

(V) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) Chap- 
lin, was born in Lunenburg, October 17, 1760. 
He was a soldier in the revolution, from Lun- 
enburg and was called Jr. Another Joseph 
Chaplin in the revolution was the son of his 
uncle, David Chaplin. Joseph Jr. was a fifer 
in Captain Robert Longley's company. Colonel 
Asa Whitcomb's regiment, in 1775 ; fifer again 
in 1777. He enlisted July 26. 1777, in Cap- 
tain Elias Pratt's company, and served five 
months and four days in the Rhode Island 
campaign. He was a fifer in Captain Thomas 
Fish's companv, Colonel Nathan Tyler's regi- 
ment, July 2}y to December 25, 1779, at Rhode 
Island, and in Captain Jonathan Sibley's com- 
pany. Colonel Luke Drury's regiment, in 1781. 
He was acting wagoner at (ireeuwich from 
December, 1778, to August, 1779, and from 
January i, 1780, to June, 1780, was at Camp 
Robinson Farms and West Point. His resi- 
dence is given as both Lunenburg and Ward 
(now Auburn) in 1780, and his age nineteen, 
his height five feet three inches, and he served 
from July, 1780, to December 23, under Cap- 
tain George Webb. He married, in Worcester 
county, Abigail Kingsley. He and his wife 
"Xabba" (Abigail) deeded land (mortgage) 
to Ephraim Whitney and others in 1797. 
They were called of Lancaster, in December, 
1797, when they deeded land to William Long- 
ley, of Shirley. Soon afterwards he removed 
to Coxsackie, Albany county. New York. He 
was one of the pioneers at Virgil, New York, 
driving an ox-cart loaded with his family and 
household goods through the wilderness. He 
contracted with the state of New York- to 
build a road through to Cayuga Dridge, and 
while engaged in this work he was drowned 
at Coxsackie, April 16, 1812, by falling from 

a boat. Children : Benjamin Franklin, men- 
tioned below; Joseph, Daniel, Ruth and Mary 

( \'I ) llenjamin I<"ranklin, son of Joseph (3) 
Chaplin, was born in X'irgil. New York, l-'eb- 
ruary 22, 1799, the first white child born there, 
and (lied October 28, 1882. He married, No- 
vember 20, 1819, Lucy Holden, born Janu- 
ary 7, 1801, in Kennebunk, Maine, died in 
X'irgil. New ^'ork, February 8, 1877. daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Emma Flolden. Chil- 
dren: George H.. born May 9, 1821, lives 
in Cortland; Walter L., mentioned below. 

(X'll) Walter L., son of Benjamin Frank- 
lin Chaplin, was born in X'irgil, New York, 
May 2, 1823, and died September 23, 1899. 
He was educated in the public schools, and 
followed the profession of surveyor and civil 
engineer, b'or many years he had charge of 
the aft'airs of Mr. Messenger, of Messengcr- 
ville, in the town of \'irgil. He married 
(first), ( )ctober 28, 1849, Abigail Shevalier ; 
(second) Camilla Gault ; (third) Rhoda Darl- 
ing Shevalier. Children by first wife: Sarah 
Ella, married Clinton Johnson, of Marathon ; 
Benjamin F'ranklin, mentioned below ; Anna, 
died young ; Arthur L. Children of the third 
wife: Camilla G., married George Hallen- 
beck, of Cortland, New York; Grace M., 
married Charles Barry, of .Messengerville ; 
Walter L., lives in Bangor. Pennsylvania, 
married bdorence L. Keller, of Bangor. Penn- 

(\'III) Benjamin Franklin (2), son of 
Walter L. Chajjlin, was born in Messenger- 
ville, town of N'irgil, New York, in May, 
1854, and tlied December 9. 1908. He was 
educated in tlie public schools of his native 
town. He was a farmer all his active life, 
much engaged in the raising of thorough- 
bred horses and dealing in cattle au'! hoi>es 
and other live stock. He married. Decemlier 
3, 1873, Ellen B. Jennings, born at Marathon, 
New York, August 21, 1856. died Septemlx-r 
I. 1898, daughter of Rufus D. and hdlen 1). 
(Eley) Jennings. Children: Harry West- 
over, mentioned below: Anna !'>., born \])ril 
25, 1876, married January 1, 1907. Harr\- T. 
\'ail, druggist, of Cortland. New ^'ork. 

(IX) Harr\- W'estover. son of Penjamin 
Franklin (2) Chaplin, was born October 31. 
1874, at Messengerville, in the town of \'ir- 
gil. New York. He received his early edu- 
cation in the public schools of his native town 
and of Cortland. New York. Since 1888 he 

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has resided in Cortland. For a number of 
years he was employed liy Holden & Com- 
pany, coal dealers, and from 1888 to 1902 he 
was in partnership with Mr. Holden, under 
the firm name of S. j\I. Holden & Company. 
Since 1902 he has been in partnership with 
Henry L. Peckham, under the firm name of 
Chaplin & Peckham. 1 he firm does an ex- 
tensive business in coal, wood, cement, roof- 
ing, fertilizers, mill feeds, grain of all kinds, 
and shingles. They have at 2"] Squires street, 
Cortland, an admirabl\' equipped plant. The 
firm also has an otifice at 41 ^Nlain street. 

Mr. Chaplin is a member of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks of Cortland. 
He married. December 31. 1895, Anna L. 
Muncy, daughter of Myron J. and Addie 
(Burdick) Munc\', of Cortland county. New 
York. ]\lr. and Airs. Chaplin have had -two 
sons: ]^Iyron Benjamin, born September 30, 
1896; Harry, born July 29, 1911, died July 
29, i<;ii. 

John Reed, immigrant ancestor, 
REED was born in Cornwall. JLngland, in 
1633, and he and W illiam Reed 
came to Norwalk, Connecticut, in i'"\S5-56. 
where he died in 1730. He was in Cromwell's 
army, and at the Restoration came to Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island, and about 1684 settled in 
Norwalk, at what is now Rowayton. His farm 
was situated on the place which is now Sam- 
uel Richard Weed's summer home. His .sons, 
John, John Jr. and Thomas Reed, had house 
lots in Norwalk i:ieforc 1700. He married 
(first) Mrs. Ann Derby, of Providence, 
Rhode Island, widow of Francis Derby, who 

died in 1663. He married (second) 

Scofield. Children : John ; Thomas, men- 
tioned below; William, died young; Mary, 

married David Tuttle ; Abigail, married 

Croyer : Nathan, died young. 

(II) Thomas, son of John Reed, was born 
in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1672, died Octo- 
ber 9. 1757. He married. May 9, 1694. Mary, 
daughter of Lieutenant John and Mar\- ( Bene- 
dict ) Olmstead. Children: Mary, born May 
2, 1695; Eunice. February 26, 169*^. married 
Jonathan Beer; Thomas, May 7, 1690; John, 
mentioned below; Elizabeth, October 7, 1703; 
Ann, July 6, 1706, died young ; Temperance, 
October 15. 1708; Elias, March 10, 171 t ; Na- 
than, August 13, 1713. 

(III) John (2) son of Thomas Reed, was 
born August 7, 170T, died in 1786. He mar- 

ried, August 20, 1730, Desire Tuttle Todd. 
Children: John, Josiah, mentioned below; 
Ithiel ; Jonathan. 

(IV) Josiah, son of John (2) Reed, was 
born in 1732. He married, Decemljer 20, 1752, 
Sybil Baldwin. Children: Anne, married 
Warren ; Josiah, mentioned below ; Ith- 
iel. Jonathan, Abigail, Baldwin, Asenath, 

(\ ) Josiah (2), son of Josiah (i) Reed. 
was born October 28, 1754, in Norwalk, died 
November 30, 181 5, and was buried in Salis- 
bury, Connecticut. He served in the revolu- 
tion. He married, April 18, 1775. Elizabeth 
Marvin, born February 14, 1754, in Sharon. 
Connecticut, died February ], 1839. Children: 
Josiah Marvin, mentioned below ; Silas, 
Chauncy, Charles, Susan, Betsey, Mary, 
Lydia. Luther. 

(M) Josiah Marvin, son of Josiah (2) 
Reed, was born January 11, 1776. in Salis- 
bury, Connecticut, died June 23, 1863. ^"^^ 
married, October 22, 1799, Diadama Bradley, 
and she died January 13, 1828. Children: 
William Bradley, mentioned below : Edward 
L., Edgar J., Alanson, Newton J., Charles, 
Sarah, married Ebenezer Orvin : Mary Ann, 
married Horace Kilsey. 

(ATI) William Bradley, son of Josiah Mar- 
vin Reed, was born in North East, New York, 
March 3, 1804, died Deceml)er 26, 1864, i" 
Lakeville, Salisbury, Connecticut. He owned 
and operated iron ore mines in North East, 
New York, and also on Mt. Rigi. He mar- 
ried Mary Ann Dakin, born in Millerton, New 
York, August 2, 1806, died at Lakeville, Jan- 
uary 7, 1876, daughter of Jacob Dakin. Chil- 
dren : George, born March 10, 1829, died De- 
cember 29, 1849; Marvin, May 10, 1831, died 
April 7, 1908 ; Jacob Dakin, mentioned below : 
Mary Frances, October 13, 1837, died Janu- 
ary 10, 1888, married John O. Hill, June 24, 
T863. '^"fl lie flied August 28, 1893 ; William 
Edmund, May 6, 1843, ^^^^^ J^^ilv, 1900, in 
Norwich, New York. 

f\ III) Jacob Dakin, son of William Brad- 
ley Reed, was born in Amenia, New York. 
August 8, 1834, died in Norwich, New York, 
October 22, 1904. For many years he was 
in the produce business and was a large 
dealer in butter and cheese. For twenty years 
he was a buyer of hops for the llilmanns of 
New York, and was active in business up to 
the time of his death. He lived in Norwich 
for thirty years. He married (first) Decem- 


1 149 

ber 6, 1859, Harriet Randall; (second) Feb- 
ruary 12, 1873, Ettie Phebe Rowe, who died 
in 1880; (third) J- Vernette Tanner. Child 
by first wife: William Bradley, born May 11, 
1868, died ^lay 13, 1868. Child by second 
marriage; John O. Hill, mentioned below. 

(IX) John 0. Hill, son of Jacob Dakin 
Reed, was born at Norwich, New York, Feb- 
ruary 28, 1880. He attended the public 
schools of his native town and the Norwich 
high school, and was graduated from the 
Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, 
New York, in 1900. Since then he has been 
active in business and public affairs. Fie was 
elected president of the incorporated village of 
Norwich in March, 1907, and re-elected in 
1908-09-10, making one of the most efficient 
and successful chief magistrates that has been 
at the head of the municipal corporation. In 
politics he is a Republican, but he has shown 
during his public career that he has the confi- 
dence and support of good citizens, regardless 
of party affiliations. To an unusual degree he 
has won the popular support and esteem, and 
his influence has always been exerted to pro- 
mote the best interests of the community. He 
is a member of the board of education ; a direc- 
tor of the National Bank of Norwich ; of the 
Norwich Knitting Company ; trustee and an 
active member of the First Baptist Church ; 
member of the Alert Hose Company and a 
loyal supporter of the fire department of the 
village ; director of the Chenango County Ag- 
ricultural Association. He holds extensive 
real estate interests that occupy a large share 
of his time and attention. He belongs also 
to the Benevolent and Protective Order of 

He married, April 16, 1903, Gertrude Louise 
Nash, of Pooleville, New York, daughter of 
George Elijah and Henrietta ( Richmond ) 
Nash (see Nash VIII). 

(Royal Lineage of Reed). 

(I) Charlemagne, Emperor of the West, 
born A. D., 742. (11) Louis L. rill) Charles 
II. (IV) Louis II. (\') Charles III. (VI) 
Louis IV. (VII) Charles, Duke of Lorraine. 
(VIII) Gerberge. (IX) Lambert III. (X) 
Henry II. (XI) Godfred I. (XII) Adeli- 
cia. (XIII) William, second Earl of Arun- 
del. (XIV) William, third Earl of Arundel. 
(XV) Lady Mabel d'Alluni. (XVl) Emma 
de Tatteshall. (XVII) Sir Hugh de Caillv. 
(XA'III) Sir William de Caillv. (XIX) 

John de Cailly. (XX) John Cayley. (XXI) 
William Cayley. (XXII) Jennett Cayley. 
(XXIII) John Lake. (XXIV) John Lake. 

(XXV) Lancelot Lake, of Normanton. 

(XXVI) John Lake, of Normanton. 

(XXVII) Lancelot Lake, of Normanton. 

(XXVIII) John Lake, of Erbv. (XXIX) 
Richard Lake, of Erby. (XXX) John Lake, 
of Erby. (XXXI) Hannah Lake, married 
Captain John Gallup Jr., of Stonington. Con- 
necticut. (XXXII) John Gallup, married 
Elizabeth Hanis. (XXXIII) Captain John 
Gallui), married Elizabeth Wheeler, of Sto- 
nington, Connecticut. (XXXIV) Martha (jal- 
lup, married Thomas Douglass. (XXXV) 
Mary Douglass, married Ezra Clark. 
(XXX\ I) Olive Clark, married Jacob Dakin. 
Their daughter. Mary Ann Dakin, married 
William Bradley Reed (see Reed \'II). 

(The Nash Lme). 

(I) James Nash, immigrant ancestor, was 
born in England and settled early at Wey- 
mouth, Massachusetts, probably in 1638. He 
was a shoemaker by trade and a yeoman. He 
was admitted a freeman in May. 1645, 'I'lfl 
was a town officer in 1648. He sold land and 
a wharf in Boston, January 29, 1651, and was 
deput\- to the general court from Weymouth 
in 1655-62-67. His estate was administered 
bv his sons. John, of Boston, a cooper, and 
Jacob, of Weymouth, appointed December 31, 
1680. He had "water works" at Marshfield 

in 1 65 1. He married Alice . Children: 

John, whose wife Mary died in Weymouth. 
October 8, 1662 ; Jacob, mentioned below : 

(II) Lieutenant Jacob Nash, son of James 
Nash, was born about 1640. died March 13, 
1717-18. He settled at Weymouth and was 
admitted a freeman in 1686. He married .\bi- 

gail . Children, born at \^^eymouth : 

Jacob, December 4. 1667; Joseph. October 11, 
1669: John, mentioned below: Abigail, Au- 
gust 17, 1673; Mary. March 20, 1675, married 
Samuel Porter; Thomas. January ri, 1681 ; 
Benjamin. iNIarch 24, 1685: Alice, 1686. mar- 
ried William Reed : James, settled in Abing- 
ton ; Sarah, married Samuel Pool (the last two 
on authority of "Hobart's History of Abing- 

(HI) Sergeant John Nash, son of Lieuten- 
ant Jacob Nash, was born at Weymouth, Oc- 
tober 8, 1671. His wife Mary died Decemlier 
10. 1730. Children, born at Weymouth : Mary, 



September 21. 1695; Jacob, mentioned below; 
Jonathan, AJarch 17, 171 1; Uavid, Jnly 27,, 


(IV) Jacob (2), son of Sergeant John 
Nash, was born at Weymouth, May 29, 1697. 
He married . Children, born at Wey- 
mouth : Sarah, October 29, 1722; Mary, Sep- 
tember 29, 1724: Jacob, November 2, 1727, 
married Margaret Higgins ; Abigail, August 
8. 1729; Thomas, June 11, 1732, died in Wey- 
mouth, married Elizabeth Vining ; Rachel, 
October 4, 1734; Elijah, mentioned below; 
Joshua, November 14, 1745. 

(.V) Elijah, son of Jacob (2) Nash, was 
born at Weymouth, Eebruary 2, 1737. He 
was a soldier in the revolution from Wey- 
mouth in Captain Joseph Trufant's company. 
Colonel Josiah Whiting's regiment, in 1776- 
yy, on guard duty on the coast at Hvdl. 
About 1777 he removed to Plaintield, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1790. according to the first federal 
census, he was at Plainfield,and had in his fam- 
ily two males over sixteen, one under that age 
and six females. He married, at Weymouth, 
February 7. 1760, Hannah Thayer. Children: 

1. Jacob, born 1760-61, was a soldier in the 
revolution in 1775; again in 1778 from Plain- 
field, when he gave his age as seventeen years ; 
in 1790 he was the only head of family of this 
surname in Plainfield, except Elijah, and had 
two females (see p. 164, Plainfield History). 

2. Elijah, born about 1775; came from Plain- 
field, Massachusetts, to New York in 1797. 

3. Thomas, mentioned below. 

( \'I ) Thomas, son of Elijah Nash, was 
born in Plainfield, Plampshire county, Massa- 
chusetts, March 24, 1788. He married 

and among his children was Elijah V., men- 
tioned below. 

(\TI) Elijah ¥., son of Thomas Nash, was 
born in 1 lamilton. New York, December 11, 
1814, died in 1884. He married (first), No- 
vember 24, 1836, Lucina P.lanfling, who died 
May 28, 1877. Children: Ccorge Elijah, 
mentioned below; Charles W., born Jime 14, 
1842; Almeron T., born August 14, 1844, died 
June 1, 1902. Married (second). December 
II, 1877, Elmira Eangdon, who died in Sep- 
tember, KJII. 

(A 111) (ieorge Elijah, son of Elijah F. 
Nash, was born August 16. 1838, died August 
18, 1909. He married Henrietta Richmond, 
born December 18, 1840, died December 14, 
1905. Their daughter, Gertrude Louise, mar- 
ried John O. Hilf Reed (see Reed IX). 

(Ill) Henrv Patrick, son of 
PATRICK Robert Patrick (q. v.), was 
born in Stillwater, Saratoga 
county, New York, August 26, 1791, died in 
Cuyler, New York. October 8, 1862. He was 
educated in the public schools, and followed 
farming for his principal occupation, but was 
also a shoemaker and tanner. He held the 
offices of road commissioner and of deputy 
sheriiT. He married, April 7, 18 16, Clarissa 
Keeler, born February 24, 1795, at Poland, 
X'ermont, died at Cuyler, May 20, 1880. Chil- 
dren: Julianna, born April i, 1817, died April 
25, 1865; George Henry, November 8, 1818; 
Halsey S., May 27, 1820, died September 21, 
1886; Eliza, February 24, 1822, died Febru- 
ary, 1881 ; Clarissa Cordelia, May 9, 1826; 
Charlotte Sophia, August 9, 1827, died Au- 
gust 19, 1888; DeWitt Milton, mentioned be- 
low-; Harvey Devillo, born June 15, 1834, 
died July 28, 1842; Joseph Keeler. July 2y, 
1836, died August 15, 1842. 

(IV) DeWitt Milton, son of Henry Pat- 
rick, was born in Cuyler, New York, August 
28, 1828. died September 19. 1902. He re- 
ceived a common school education in the pub- 
lic schools, and followed farming most of 
his life in what is now the town of Cuyler, 
then a part of Truxton. For a year or two 
he lived in the west and followed farming in 
Illinois. He returned to Cuyler in 1856. His 
farm there comprised five hundred acres of 
land. In 1877 he retired from active business, 
and removed to a small place in the village of 
Truxton, where he spent the last twelve years 
of his life. In politics he was a Republican. 
He served as road commissioner both in Cuy- 
ler and Truxton townships. He married, 
March 20, 1849, Sabra Risley, born in the 
town of Cuyler, then Truxton, New York, 
r\Iarch 20, 1825, daughter of Waite and Polly 
(Couch) Risley (see Risley \T). Children: 
I. Allette P).. born May 20. 1850; married 
Albert Stevens, a miller of Truxton ; their 
son, Fred D., married \'era Stewart and has 
a son Gerald. 2. Otis D.. mentioned below. 
(\') Otis Dwight, son of DeWitt Milton 
Patrick, was born in Bonus, Boone county, 
Illinois, December 5, 1855. He came to Cuy- 
ler, New York, with his parents when he was 
one vear old, and attended the public schools 
there, the State Normal School at Cortland, 
and the Eastman Business College at Pough- 
keepsie, New York, from which he was gradu- 
ated in the class of 1876. After working for 



a time as clerk in a Truxton store and for two 
years on his father's farm, in 1880 he en- 
gaged in business in partnership with Frank 
L. Hilton, of Truxton. under the tirm name 
of Hilton & Patrick, as general merchants. 
In 1890 he bought the interests of his partner 
and continued in business alone for a year, 
when he sold the store, and. in partnership 
with Air. Hilton, under the name of Hilton & 
Patrick Company, engaged in the wholesale 
produce business at Cuyler. The firm has 
been prosperous and stands high in the esti- 
niation of the community. 

Mr. Patrick also transacts a general insur- 
ance business and holds a commission as notary 
public. He is financially interested also in 
the Bryant Furniture Company, and is secre- 
tary and manager of the Truxton & Cuyler 
Telephone Company. The firm bought the 
hotel property and converted it into store 
buildings and in 1892 established the Truxton 
Last Company. He has always taken an in- 
terest in town affairs and politics, and is an 
influential Republican. He was for two years 
town clerk and for six years county clerk. He 
is a member of Cortlandville Lodge, No. 470, 
Free and Accepted Masons, of Cortland ; the 
Royal Arch Masons, of Cortland ; the Knights 
Templar, of Cortland ; Katurah Temple, Mys- 
tic Shrine, of Binghamton, and of the Benevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks, of Cort- 
land. He attends the Methodist Episcopal 

He married. February 11, 1880, Louise F. 
Kenney, of Truxton, daughter of Oscar J. 
and Submit (Lewis) Kenney. Children; i. 
Josephine Louise, born February, 1888; mar- 
ried Charles McGraw, manufacturer, of Mc- 
Graw, New York. 2. Donald DeWitt, born 
April 21, 1895. 

(The Risley Line). 

(I) Richard Risley. American immigrant, 
is believed to have descended from the Ris- 
levs, of Lancashire, England. The surname 
is spelled Rysley, Wrisley, and in various 
other ways in the ancient records. The coat- 
of-arms of the Lancashire family is described : 
Argent an eagle sable preying upon an infant 
swaddled gules, bended argent. Crest : An 
oak tree sable, thereon a raven perched proper. 
The name de Rysley is found before 1326 in 
Lancashire. The family is thought to be of 
Norse origin, though doubtless the English 
branch came with the Norman conquerors. 

He came to this country in the ship "Griffin," 
sailing from Downs, July 15, 1633, when 
about twenty years old, and landed at Boston, 
September 4, 1633. He settled with Hook- 
er's colony in Cambridge, and went with them 
to Hartford, of which he thus became one of 
the founders. He died at Hockanum, Con- 
necticut, in October, 1648. His land was on 
the south side of Little river on the west side 
of a road running from George Steele's mill 
on Little river south to the Great swamp. He 
served under Major John Mason in the Pe- 

cpmt war in 1637. He married Mary , 

and she married (second) Will Hills, of Hart- 
ford. Children : Child, whose name is not 
known; Sarah; Samuel, baptized November i. 
1645 ; Richard, mentioned below. 

(H) Richard (2), son of Richard (i) Ris- 
ley. was born in Hartford and baptized Au- 
gust 2. 1648. He was prominent in Hock- 
anum for seventy-five years, and owned much 
land: was admitted a freeman in 1669; was 
fence viewer for the east side in 1687-88- 
92-93-94-95-97-98. He and his wife were 
members of the Hartford Church, and three 
of their children, whose names are obliterated, 
were baptized in May, 1687. Children, born 
at Hartford : John ; Samuel, mentioned be- 
low ; Thomas, dietl in New Jersey : Nathaniel, 
Jonathan, Richard, Jeremiah, Charles, Mary, 
"baptized April 23, 1693, and Hannah, bap- 
tized April 12, 1695. 

(HI) Samuel, son of Richard (2) Risley, 
was born about 1680. He was a freeman be- 
fore December 2^,, 1703: fence viewer for 
Hockanum, 1703-07-12. In 1713 he moved to 
(jlastonbury. He deeded land to his sons and 
bequeathed more in his will dated ^lay 9, 
1752, and proved April 6, 1756. He married, 
August I, 1704, Rebecca Gaines. Children: 
Samuel, Richard, David, Job, mentioned be- 
low ; Oliver, Thomas, Rebecca, Ruth, Sarah. 

(IV) Job, son of Samuel Risley. was born 
in 1714 at Glastonbury, died in 1798. He was 
a soldier in the revolution in 1777. He mar- 
ried (first) Mary Bidwell, who died April 15. 
1742; married (second) Beriah Fox, born 
1721, died Julv 2, 181 1. Children by second 
wife: John, born March 3. 1743: Reuben, 
mentioned below: Benjamin, September 26, 
1747; Beriah, November 21, 1749; Noah, No- 
vember 21, 1752: Mary, June 30, 1754: Es- 
ther, March 5, 1756; Samuel, October 21, 
1759: George,'^ March 21, 1762: Joseph, July 
30, 1765 : Abigail. 



(V) Reuben, son of Job Risley, was born 
June 5, 1745, at Glastonbury, died in 181 1. 
He was a soldier in the revolution from Con- 
necticut in 1777, third corporal under Lieu- 
tenant Andrus, Sixth Company, Sixth Regi- 
ment of Militia. He married, April 14, 1768, 
Mercy Miller, born 1735, died June 23, 1817. 
Children: Reuben, 1769; Mercy, 1771 : 
Susie, 1773 ; Waite, mentioned below ; Jemi- 
ma, 1777; Roxie, 1779; Noah, 1781 ; Roger 
E., 1784; Content, 1786: Truman, 1788, died 
young; Truman, September, 1790. 

(VI) Waite, son of Reuben Risley, 
was born in 1775. The records of his family 
are very incomplete. He married Polly 
Couch. Two of his children were: Reuben, 
born 1809, married Harriet M. Andrews : Sa- 
bra, born March 20, 1825, married DeWitt 
M. Patrick (see Patrick IV). 

Deacon Thomas Loring, immi- 
LORING grant ancestor, came from Ax- 
minster, Devonshire, England, 
December 22, 1634, with his wife and two 
sons, and settled in Dorchester, Massachu- 
setts, in 1635, and later at Hingham, Massa- 
chuetts, where he was a deacon of the church 
of which Rev. Mr. Peter Hobart was the 
pastor. In 1641, when Hull was made a town- 
ship, he and his family were among the first 
to settle there, and there they lived the re- 
mainder of their lives. He married Jane 
Newton. Children : Thomas, mentioned be- 
low ; John, born at Axminster, Devonshire, 
England, December 22, 1630; Isaac, baptized 
January 20, 1639, died February 9, 1639 ; Jo- 
siah, born 1637 and baptized January 9, 164.2: 
Joshua, baptized January 9, 1643, '^i^d in in- 
fancy; Benjamin, baptized November 19, 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Deacon Thomas 
(i) Loring, was born in England about 1629. 
He was made freeman in 1673 ^"^^ was select- 
man of Hull, Massachusetts, in 167 1 and 1675. 
His will, dated December 24, 1678, was proved 
March 12, 1679, and his heirs divided the 
property, November 7, 1702, the estate being- 
appraised at six hundred and forty-five 
pounds. On June 26, 1674, Thomas and John 
Loring, husbandmen, received a lot from 
Governor Leverett, of Boston, situated at the 
south end of Boston, embracing Pine street, 
"45 feet in breadth, and 200 feet in length. 
bounded on the west with the new highway 
leading to Roxburv, on the south by the land 

of Daniel Turrellsen, which was formerly Mr. 
Coleburn's, on the east by the old highway 
on the seaside, and on the north by the high- 
way laid out by the said Leverett between his 
parcel of land and the land of Peter Bennett, 
together with all the rights of the said Lever- 
ett south upon the fiats to the eastward of 
said land 45 feet in breadth down to the low 
water mark." 

Hon. William Gushing, a descendant of this 
branch of the Loring family, was first chief 
justice of Massachusetts in 1781, nominated 
by Washington as successor of William Jay 
in the United States Court ; he was the most 
famous of all the Cushings ; it has been said 
that the "Gushing family has furnished more 
judicial ofiicers for the state and union than 
any other which exists." 

Thomas Loring married Hannah, daughter 
of Nicholas Jacob, of Hingham, December 13, 
1657. She married (second) Captain Stephen 
French, of Weymouth, and she died October 
20, 1720. Children : Hannah, born August 9, 
1664, married Rev. Jeremiah Gushing, of Scit- 
uate, in 1685 ; Thomas, mentioned below ; De- 
borah. March 15, 1668, married Hon John 
Gushing, of Scituate ; David, September 15, 
1671, settled at Barnstable; Caleb, June 9, 
1674, settled at Plymouth ; Abigail, February 
5, 1676, died February i, 1678. 

(Ill) Lieutenant Thomas (3) Loring, son 
of Thomas (2) Loring, was born July 29, 
1667. In 1702 he purchased an estate in Dux- 
bury, [Massachusetts : in 1710 he had forty 
acres of common lands from the town, and in 
1712 a grant of one hundred and fifty-six 

In March, 1694, he was on the grand 
jury in the trial of an Indian, who was con- 
victed of murder and sentenced to death. In 
1710 he was town treasurer; in 1714 was se- 
lectman; in 1717 was deputy to the general 
court, and probably the second of the name 
ever in the legislature. He died at Duxbury, 
December 5, 1718, and his heirs settled the 
estate, January 28, 1724. According to the 
inventory of his estate he had three negroes 
valued at one hundred pounds, an estate val- 
ued at five hundred pounds, and a farm in 
Bridgewater. His widow died November 30, 
1755, age seventy-eight. He married, April 
19, 1699, Deborah, daughter of Hon. 
John Gushing, of Scituate. Children: Thom- 
as, Toshua, Nathaniel, mentioned below ; Ben- 
jamin, born October 12. 1708; Hannah, De- 



borah. married, February 18, 1728, Sylvester 
Richmond, of Little Compton, Rhode Island. 

(IV) Nathaniel, son of Lieutenant Thomas 
(3) Loring, was born August 21, 1704. He 
married, 1736, Priscilla Bailey, and settled at 
Pembroke, Massachusetts. Children : Debo- 
rah, born June 3, 1738 ; William, mentioned 
below: Nathaniel. January 20, 1743; Sarah, 
June 17, 1746: Abigail, March 15, 1749; Han- 
nah, February 18, 1751 ; Priscilla. July 21, 


(V) William, son of Nathaniel Lormg, was 
born October 11, 1741, died October 18, 1815. 
In 1776 he served in Lieutenant Joshua Al- 
den's company, Colonel Mitchell's regiment, 
on the alarm of Bristol, Rhode Island. He 
lived in Duxbury. He married, January 8, 
1767, Althea Alden, born September 5. 1735, 
died April 2, 1820, daughter of Captain Sam- 
uel Alden, and a descendant of John and 
Priscilla (Mullen ) Alden, of the "Mayflower." 
Children : William, mentioned below ; George, 
born February 2, 1770; Ichabod, April 14, 
1772; Joshua, December 5, 1774; Samuel, No- 
vember 3, 1775; Alden, 1780; Sophia, 1783; 
Clarissa, 1785 ; Bailey, December 10, 1786. 

(VI) William (2), son of William (i) 
Loring, was born at Duxbury, May 9, 1768, 
died in Duxbury. He was a justice of the 
peace. In 1798 excise duty was levied on his 
carriage. He married Judith Little, of Pem- 
broke, Massachusetts, December t8, 1794. 
Children, born at Duxbury : William Little, 
mentioned below ; Judith, born October 1 1 , 
1801, married George B. Standish ; Emeline, 
January 8, 1806, married Alfred Rogers, of 
an ancient family which possessed large tracts 
of land in Pembroke and Marshfield ; Bailey 
Hall, June 2, 1809. 

(VII) Dr. William Little Loring, son of 
William (2) Loring. was born June 15, 1796, 
at Duxbury, died at his father's house in Dux- 
bury, July 2, 1842. He was graduated from 
Harvard College in 18 19, and was a physician. 
He lived at Springfield, Massachusetts. He 
married Lucy W. Smith, of Hanover, ]\Iassa- 
chusetts, born November 12, 1796, died May 
12, i860. Children: i. Benjamin W., men- 
tioned below. 2. Lucy W., born 1822, died 
in Scranton, Pennsylvania ; married Rev. 
Samuel Logan, a Presbyterian clergyman. 3. 
Ruth, went to San Francisco in May, 1850. 
4. Maria F., born 1826: married James Cars- 
well, of Barstow, Georgia. 5. Bailey H., born 
1828, died in California. 6. Georgia Eliza, 

born 1834, died in Scranton; married Rev. 
Henry Van Nuys, pastor of First Presby- 
terian Church at Goshen, Indiana. 7. Sophia 
B., born 1836; lives in Barstow, Georgia; 
married Rev. Dr. William Taylor, a Presby- 
terian clergyman at Mt. Jackson, Pennsyl- 
vania, and she has been a missionary to Syria. 
(\ HI) Lieutenant Benjamin William Lor- 
ing, son of Dr. William Little Loring, was 
born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, October 19, 
1821, died in Owego, New York, December 
5, 1902. He served in the civil war for five 
years in the volunteer navy for the mainte- 
nance of the L'nion. He was acting master at 
first and then promoted to the rank of lieu- 
tenant for gallant services. The late Pear- 
Admiral John Rodgers, who commanded the 
gunboat "Galena" on the James river, re- 
ported to the navy department upon the four- 
hour action of that vessel at six hundred yards 
with Fort Darling, May 15, 1862, as follows: 
"Acting Master Benj. W. Loring handled his 
division with great bravery. The port side 
of his after gun was three times manned 
afresh, all the men having been twice either 
killed or disabled." Captain Rodgers was 
transferred to the new^ monitor "Weehawken" 
in 1863, and at his request Lieutenant Loring 
was also transferred. On April 7, on the occa- 
sion of the first attack on Fort Sumter, the 
"Weehawd<en'' led the line of battle. Lieuten- 
ant Loring, who was in charge of the turret 
('ivision, sighted the first shot fired at that fort- 
ification after the Confederate possession. The 
turret of the "Weehawken" showed signs of 
disarrangement during this action, and Lieu- 
tenant Loring went out in the midst of shot 
and shell to find out the cause. He found a 
rope jammed by the enemy's shot between the 
turret base and its rim. He tried in vain to 
dislodge the rope, and finally passed an end 
of it into the turret, where it was released by 
means of a short tackle. He was the inventor 
of two improvements which made the inter- 
vals between discharges of the guns two and 
one-half minutes, instead of seven minutes, 
making one monitor do the work done before 
by three. On June 17 in Warsaw sound, 
Georgia, he sighted five shots at the Confed- 
erate ram, "Atlanta," which was a counterpart 
of the historic "Merrimac," and four of them 
struck vital places and brought down her flag 
in five minutes from the opening round. The 
"Atlanta" intended to raise the blockade, 
sweep the coast, the Potomac river, and an- 

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chor before Washington. Admiral Dupont 
reported on this action saying: "I cannot close 
this despatch without calling the attention of 
the department to the coolness and gallantry 
of Acting Master Benj. W. Loring, especially 
recommended by Capt. Rodgers. I trust the 
department will consider his services worthy 
of consideration." On September 8, 1863, the 
"Weehawken" grounded under the walls of 
Sumter and at low tide her hull was exposed. 
It drew a terrible fire from several Confeder- 
ate batteries on Sullivan's Island. The "Wee- 
hawken"' beat to quarters and engaged Fort 
Moultrie exclusively, Lieutenant Loring sight- 
ing the guns. His second fifteen-inch shell 
entered an embrasure, dismounting a Colum- 
biad, killing sixteen men and wounding twelve 
others. At high tide the vessel floated, all 
the time exposed to the continuous fire from 
the Confederate batteries. Lieutenant Lor- 
ing, then executive officer, directed operations 
from the turret top. The following are ex- 
tracts from a letter by Admiral Rodgers. now 
on file in the navy department: "I wish to 
recommend to your favorable notice. Acting 
Master I'enj. W. Loring, who was with me on 
James River in the 'Galena" and who at my 
request was ordered to the 'Weehawken." I 
have a very high appreciation of Mr. Loring"s 
merit as an oiTficer. He is brave, cool, per- 
fectly temperate in conduct and habits, atten- 
tive to his duty and ready with ingenious de- 
vices to meet any unexpected difficult}'. In 
case the service should be permanently aug- 
mented from the volunteer navy, I do not 
know a man who would do more credit to the 

Lieutenant Loring preferred not to enter 
the regular navy, however. In 1864 he was 
captured and for six months endured the hor- 
rors of a rebel stockade in Texas, of a county 
jail and other detestable places used for pris- 
oners of war, where half his fellow-^orisoners 
lost their lives. He kept his health and was 
subjected to special attention to insure his 
safekeejiing. He was once tied with cords. 
He was kept in the guard house at night with 
a special sentry standing over him, threaten- 
ing him with death, and he was cast into a 
dungeon with ball and chain, like a convicted 
felon in medieval ages. Twice he escaped. 
The second attempt was made in November, 
1864, and in twenty-five days he covered five 
hundred miles in the pathless Texas wilder- 
ness, guided only by the sun. During twenty- 

one days he waded in water from ankle to 
waist depth in a Hat, overflowed country, 
flooded by ten days of constant rain, day and 
night. He had to swim sometimes, often 
breaking the ice from the surface. He rafted 
across rivers and bayous. Slowly and pain- 
fully he made his way through the swamps 
and canebrake in eastern Texas and western 
Louisiana, subsisting mainly on parched corn 
until he reached the Union lines at Brashier, 
now Alorgan, Louisiana. He was in a pitiful 
condition. Every toenail was worn or torn 
from his feet, which were a mass of blisters, 
and his constitution was irreparably injured. 
At the close of the war Lieutenant Loring 
entered the revenue cutter service and attained 
the rank of first lieutenant. When ordered 
before the examining board for promotion to 
the rank of captain, he failed to meet the 
physical rec[uirements and was placed on wait- 
ing orders. A special bill in the fifty-fifth con- 
gress to allow his promotion passed the sen- 
ate. May 20, 1897, but did not pass the house, 
and he was retired with the rank of lieutenant. 
He was in the audience of Ford's Theatre the 
night that Lincoln was assassinated there, and 
was one of the four men who carried the 
wounded president to the house in which he 

He married, August 2, 1866, Nellie Cohoon, 
born February, 1842, in Madison, Lake county, 
Ohio, daughter of Frederick and Nancy (Car- 
penter) Cohoon. Her parents were natives of 
Hartford, Connecticut. Children: 1. Benja- 
min W., mentioned below. 2. John Alden, 
born March 6, 1871, a naturalist; was field 
naturalist with Colonel Roosevelt on his Afri- 
can expedition for the Smithsonian Institu- 
tion ; has been connected with the LTnited 
States Biological Survey, Smithsonian Insti- 
tution and New York Zoological Society, and 
in various capacities as naturalist. ; has trav- 
eled in every state and territory in the United 
States, and in Europe, Asia and Africa. He 
was sent by the American Bison Society to 
Oklahoma and South Dakota to select suitable 
locations for two national buffalo preserves. 
He is a member of the Biological Society of 
Washington, American Ornithologist Union, 
Camp Fire Club of America, and American 
Bison Society. 3. I'essie Logan, born June 12, 
1877, died October 19, 1880. 4. Nano Glad- 
den, born April 17, 1879. 5. Infant son, born 
August 15, 1869, died ( )ctober 5, 1869. 

(IX) Benjamin William (2), son of Lieu- 



tenant Benjamin William (i) Loring, was 
born in North Adams, Massachusetts, May 
lo, 1867. He attended the public schools of 
Owego, New York, and was graduated from 
the Owego Free Academy in 1886. He be- 
gan the study of law in the office of Judge 
Charles E. Parker, of Owego, and he was 
afterward a student in the office of S. J. 
O'Hart. He was admitted to the bar in No- 
vember, 1889, at Syracuse, and since then has 
been in general practice at Owego. His of- 
fice all this time has been in the Old Owego 
Free Academy, in the same room in which 
he went to school in his youth. Fie has taken 
an active part in public affairs, and is a prom- 
inent Republican. He was justice of the ses- 
sions one year, police justice twelve years, 
justice of the peace eighteen years, and served 
the incorporated village as clerk for five years. 
He is a member of Sasana Loft Tribe, Im- 
proved Order of Red Men, and of Smith 
Camp, Sons of Veterans, of Halsey Valley, 
New York. 

He married, April 21, 1897, Marie de Belle- 
rive, daughter of Dr. Edward A. and Mary 
(Camp) Mayor, of Owego. Children: Lina 
Maria, born March 9, 1907 ; Priscilla Aklen, 
April 20, 19 10. 

This name is of Scotch origin, 
SMYTH and is of comparatively recent 
importation to this country, hav- 
ing come by way of Ireland, where so many 
of the Scotch blood have grown up to be- 
come, later, American citizens. The family 
herein described was early located in south- 
ern New York, where it still has numerous 
able representatives. 

(I) Alexander Smyth, born in the latter 
half of the eighteenth century, was of Scotch 
ancestry, and resided in county Derry, Irc- 
lanfl, where his ancestors took part in the 
famous defense of Londonderry in 1689-90, 
being among the supporters of the Prince 
of Orange, later King William, who sup- 
planted the Catholic rule in Ireland by that 
of the Protestant. He died in Aghadocy, Ire- 
land, November 5. 1851. He married Jenny 
W^ilson, also descended from Scotch ances- 
tors, who were among the defenders of Lon- 
donderry. Both were buried at Garvagh. They 
had six children: i. James. 2. Catherine, 
married William Boyd, of Drummern. Ire- 
land. 3. ^lary, wife of James Smith, of 
Brooklyn, New York. 4. x\lexander, many 

_\ears master mechanic of the Pennsylvania 
railroad, died in Titusville, Pennsylvania. 5. 
William, mentioned below. 6. Jane. 

(II) William, third son of Alexander and 
Jenny (Wilson) Smyth, was born June 19, 
1819. in the town of Garvagh, county Derry, 
Ireland, and received a thorough classical edu- 
cation, after which he entered the Royal 
Academic Institute at Belfast, from which he 
was graduated in 1842, taking second honors 
in the Greek and moral philosophy classes. 
Subsequently he spent two years at Edinburgh 
University, under the tutelage of the noted 
Rev. Dr. Chalmers, and graduated in Divinity 
from there. For three succeeding years he 
was employed as a private tutor, and after 
this was principal of a classical school of 
county Derry. Having decided to settle in 
America, he sailed from Glasgow, Scotland, 
in 1847, in the ship "Warren," Captain Stan- 
ton, commander. After a voyage of six weeks 
and three days he arrived in New York, No- 
vember 27, of that year, and after a short 
time was employed in newspaper work on the 
Nezv York Sun and Nezc York Obseri'er. Fie 
settled at Owego, New York, March 4, 1848, 
and was engaged by the trustees of Owego 
Academy as principal. Entering upon this 
position, April 12, 1848, he continued until 
June, 1854. when he resigned on account of 
ill health. The most successful period in the 
history of the academy was that under his 
administration, when the management found 
it necessary to add three departments and six 
assistants were employed, with an average at- 
tendance of two hundred and fifty pupils. In 
company with others, Mr. Smyth purchased 
the Ozccgo Adi'ertiser in 1853, and the name 
was changed to the Southern Tier Times, the 
first number under that name being published 
June 2, 1853. Later Mr. Smyth purchased the 
interests of his associates and became sole 
owner and proprietor, issuing the first number 
under this condition, June 29. 1854. The 
name of the paper was changed to the O^c'ri^o 
Times, June 7, 1855. In 1872 ^Ir. Smyth ad- 
mitted his son, William A. Sm}th. as partner, 
and from that time to the present the paper 
has been published under the name of Will- 
iam Smyth & Son. In 1857 the senior was 
elected school commissioner of Tioga county 
and re-elected in i860 by a majority of one 
thousand and twelve votes. In the same year 
he was appointed village clerk ; served in 
1863-64 as trustee of the village and was presi- 



•dent from 1865 to 1867. In the latter year 
he was appointed justice of the peace, and 
in 1872 represented Tioga county in the as- 
sembly. In December of that year he was 
appointed deputy superintendent of the state 
insurance department, which office he held 
three years, being acting superintendent for 
one year, following the resignation of O. W. 
Chapman. During his incumbency a rigid 
examination of insurance companies was be- 
gun and resulted in the indictment of the offi- 
cers of the Security Life Insurance Company 
of New York. Pending their examination 
frauds were discovered and Acting Superin- 
tendent Smyth energetically pressed the case, 
securing the indictment and conviction of its 
president, this being the first instance in the 
history of life insurance in this state where 
the president of a company was convicted. 

Mr. Smyth always took a commendable in- 
terest in the material development of the vil- 
lage of Owego, and many improvements were 
consummated during the time he served as 
president. Among these may be mentioned 
the purchase of the first steam fire engine. 
In 1862-63-64, he was chief engineer of the 
village fire department, wdiich organization 
owes much of its present efficiency to his en- 
ergy and enterprise. In 1881 he was elected 
president of the village for the fourth time, 
and during this term he secured a free bridge 
across the Susquehanna river. This had ex- 
iste;l as a toll bridge for a period of fifty 
years, and was one of the greatest obstruc- 
tions to the material ])rogress of the village 
and its growth in population. With the assis- 
tance of many of the most progressive citi- 
zens, he succeeded in completing a fund of 
twenty-five thousand dollars in cash, or equiv- 
alent securities, which was paid to the bridge 
company on the last day of his term, securing 
therebv a warranty deed to the town of 
Owego. Mr. Smyth was active and efficient 
in bringing about the organization of the Re- 
publican party in the state. He was chair- 
man of the Whig delegation from Tioga 
county at the Syracuse convention in 1S56. and 
with Hon. John A. King, president of that 
convention, marched from Corinthian Hall to 
\\'hiting Hall, where a coml)ination of the 
Free Soil Democrats and Anti-Slavery Whigs 
resulted in the birth of the Republican party. 
On December 16, 1884, j\lr. Smyth was ap- 
pointed by President Harrison postmaster of 
Owego, and held this position four years. In 

1890 he was delegated by Secretary Folger to 
locate the government building in Buffalo. He 
died in Owego, September 2~ , 1898, in his 
eightieth year. 

Mr. Smyth married, in Ireland, 1847, ]klar- 
tha, daughter of Daniel Stuart Mackay, Esq., 
of Moss Side, county Antrim, who was a large 
lanl holder and linen manufacturer: was 
grand master of Orangemen of the north of 
Ireland. She was born July 12, 1826, and 
died in Owego, New York, Alay 26, 1882. 
Children: i. Wilhelmina Wilson, born May 
5, 1850. 2. William Alexander, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Laura A., born April 12, 1854: be- 
can.e the wife of H. \V. Childs, of Syracuse. 
4. Zaidee A'., June 15, 1856: married George 
A. Morris, of Syracuse. 5. Eleanor J., Oc- 
tober 15, 1858: married Eranklin Fishier, of 
Es^ex Junction, X'ermont. 6. James W., Feb- 
ruary 4, 1861 ; resides in New York City. 7. 
Martha E., October 6, 1863, died August i, 
1908. 8. Corinne Mackay, November 8, 1865 : 
wife of William E. Bergin, of Toledo. Ohio. 

(Hi) W^illiam Alexander, eldest son of 
William and Martha (Mackay) Smyth, was 
born March 14, 1852, in Owego, New York, 
where most of his life has been passed. 
His education was supplied by the public 
schools of his native village and the city of 
Syracuse. For a period of three years, in 
early life, he was engaged in the drug busi- 
ness, and in 1872 became identified with the 
Oi^'ego Times, founded by his father eighteen 
years previously, and soon after the death of 
the latter in 1898, he became sole owner and 
proprietor of that journal. b~or many years 
he had been a partner in its publication and 
still retains the firm name of \\'illiam Smyth 
& Son. From early manhood he has been 
identified with the Republican party, taking 
an active part in its councils and workings. 
For the past twenty-five years he has been a 
delegate to every state convention of the party 
and was a delegate from the twenty-sixth 
New^ York district in two national conventions. 
He has been chairman of the Republican 
county committee of Tioga for twenty-three 
years : is a member of the Republican Club of 
the City of New York, and exerts a wide in- 
fluence in political matters throughout the 
state. He was appointed postmaster of 
Owego, May 26, 1897, by President McKin- 
le}- : December 17, 1901, Idv I'resident Roose- 
velt: December 13. 1905, by President Roose- 
velt : December 16, 1909, by President \\'ill- 



iam H. Taft. Like his father he has always 
been interested in the growth and progress of 
his home town ; is a director of the Owego 
National i3ank and the Owego Light & Power 
Company. He is a member of the New York 
State Press Association, of which he was 
president in 1902, and a member of the New 
York Republican Editorial Association, of 
which he was presitlent in 1904. He was one 
of the founders of the Business Men's Asso- 
ciation of Owego and was its president four 
years. He has taken much interest in the 
work of fraternal societies ; he is a member 
of h>iendship Lodge, No. 153, Eree and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Owego; New Jerusalem 
Chapter, No. 47, Royal Arch Masons ; Malta 
Commandery, No. 21, Knights Templar, of 
Bing'hamton ; Otseningo llodies, .Vncient Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Juris- 
diction, U. S. A., Valley of Binghamton ; Ka- 
lurah Temple, Ancient Arabic Nobles of the 
Mystic Shrine, and Sasana Loft Tribe, Im- 
proved Order of Red Men. 

He married, December 21, 1877, h^anny 
Louise Bristol, of "Glen Mary," Tioga county. 
New York, daughter of Wheeler H. and 
Mary (Worthington) Bristol. Their son, 
Stuart Worthington Smyth, horn March 22, 
1879, in Owegcj, was educated at the Owego 
Academy and is associate editor of the Owciio 

The surname Tuthill is spelled 
TUTHILL also TotylTotehill, and Tuttle, 
and is derived from tot-hill, a 
mound. Ulonietield, the historian of Norfolk, 
has written of several tumuli near Thetford, 
Norfolk, England, the largest of which is 
called tut-hill. These were doubtless raised 
by the Danes to cover their dead after the 
battle with King Edmund, A. D. 871. The 
arms of the Norfolk family are : ( )r, on a 
chevron azure, three crescents argent. Crest : 
A leopard passant, sable, crowned or, on a 
mound vert. The arms are on the tomb of 
Elizabeth, wife of Sir Roger Dalyson,. and 
daughter of William Tuthill, in Trowse-with- 
Newton, Norfolkshire. England ; she died 
September 27, 1585. aged eighteen. She was 
granddaughter of John Tuthill, of .Saxling- 
ham. father of Henry, mentioned below. 

(I) Henry, son of John Tuthill, was born 
in 1580. He lived in Tharston, county Nor- 
folk, England. He married Alice Cooch. 
His will, dated March 20, 1618, proverl April 

20, 1 619, in England, mentions his father, 
John Gooch, Margaret Rau, mother-in-law, 
Ann Woodyard, a relative, John, a brother, 
wife .Alice, and children. He was Inn-ied 
March 26, 1618. Children, baptismal dates: 
John, October 25, 1607; William, Octol^er 29, 
1609; Henr}-, mentioned below; Alice, Sep- 
tember 24, 1O14; Elizabeth, March 9. khO. 

(11) Henr\' (2), son of Henry (i) J'ut- 
hill, was baptized June 28, 1612, in Tharston, 
England. He married, in England, Bridget 

. who came with him to America, and 

married (second) William Wells, Gentleman, 
of Southold, New York. Henry Tuthill set- 
tled in Hingham, Massachusetts. He had a 
planting lot at Broad Cove in 1O35. and a 
house lot in 1637. Gushing says that he came 
from Norfolkshire to New Hingham in i')37. 
He was made freeman in March. 1638, and 
was constable in 1640. June 20. 1638, he sold 
his lot in Hingham and moved doubtless to 
Southold. He died before 1650, and his wife 
also died before 1650. Children: John, men- 
tioned below; Elizabeth; Nathaniel; Daniel 
(probably) t)aptize(l in Hingham, Massachu- 
setts, August 30, 1640. 

(IH) John, son of Henry (2) Tuthill, was 
born July 16, 1635, and died at Southold, Xew 
York, October 12, 1717. He married there 
(tirst), I'ebniary 17, i'>57. Deliverance, 
daughter of William and Doroth\- (Hayne?) 
Kinge ; she was baptized at Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, August 31, 1641, and died at South- 
old, January 25, 1688-89, aged forty-nine \ears. 
He married (second). May 28, 1690, .^arah, 
probabK' widow of Thomas Young, and 
daughter of John l-'rost ; she died Xoxember 
8, 1727. lie owned much land at Southold. 
Children by first wife : John, mentioned be- 
low ; Elizabeth. ])orn April 19, 1661: Henry, 
he May i, 1665; Hannah, November 7, iOf)7: 
Abigail. October 17, \(\~o\ Dorothw ncto])er 
16, 1673, died b^ebruar}- 24, 1674: Deii\'er- 
ance, August 2, '^('^'J'J . die 1 September 17, 
1683: Daniel, January 2t^. 1670: Xatlrmiel. 
November 10, 1683; daughter of second wife: 
Mary, died Januar}- 11, 1698-00. ^'^^^\ about 
eight years. 

"(IV) John (2), son of John (i) Tuthill, 
was born February 14, 1658, at Southold. and 
died November 21. 1754. He was a land- 
owner at Southold Town. He was a justice 
of the peace, a commissioner to lay out the 
King's highway, the first ]mblic road from 
Brooklvn to Easthampton, a member of the 



New York provincial assembly. 1693-98, and 
sheriff. He married, in 1^383 or earlier, Me- 
hitable Wells, born in 1666. She died Au- 
gust 26, 1742. Children, perhaps not in or- 
der of birth: John, born in 1683; James, 
mentioned below; Mary, born 1687; Joshua, 
1690 : Dorothy, perhaps in 1692 ; Daniel ; Free- 
gift, mentioned below ; Hannah, perhaps, for 
either she or her niece Hannah, daughter of 
John Tuthill, married Xoah Tuthill in 1738. 

(\) Freegift. son of John (2) Tuthill. 
was born in Southold Town. August 8, 1698, 
died in Goshen, New York, September. 1765. 
He married in June, 1727, Abigail Goldsmith. 
His will is recorded in Albany, and also in 
New York City. He lived in Brookhaven, 
Long Island, and in the precinct of New 
Windsor. New York. Children : Abigail ; 
Nathaniel, born in Brookhaven, January 17, 
1730: Joshua: Freegift. 

( \' ) James, son of John (2) Tuthill, and 
brother of Freegift Tuthill, received by the 
will of his brother John half of Dayton's 
right in Brookhaven in 1721. He married, in 
Long Island, and after 1741. but before 1749, 
removed to Orange county. New York. Chil- 
dren : Daniel, born in Suffolk county in 1722, 
died at Goshen, New York, soon after Feb- 
ruary 23, 1761, the date of his will; James, 
lived at New Windsor, Orange county ; Ben- 
jamin ; and perhaps others. 

{Vl) Richard J\I. Tuthill was the son of 
one of the two brothers or cousins, mentioned 
above. As far as possible, the Orange county 
branch has been given in full, but the records 
are lacking to show the parentage of Richard 
M. In 1790, the first federal census shows 
that John Tuthill was of New Cornwall and 
had in his family one son under sixteen and 
two females; Susannah (widow of Daniel) 
was the head of another family, and Daniel, 
doubtless Daniel Jr., had three males over 
sixteen, one under sixteen and two females 
in his family, all at New Cornwall, Orange 
county. The history of Orange county states 
that James was a proprietor of New Windsor 
in 1751-52. Freegift Tuthill was prominent 
in the county ; member of the Westtown Turn- 
pike Company in 1812, residing in Minisink. 
Jonathan Tuthill was living in Minisink in 
1810, as was also John in district No. 15. 
Richard M. Tuthill, of Minisink, represented 
his district in the state assembly in 1845 and 
afterward ; was deputy sheriff of Orange 
countv. The Orange countv familv was well 

represented in the revolution by Lieutenant 
John, Lieutenant Azariah, Nathaniel, Will- 
iam, Joshua, Jonathan. Lieutenant Benjamin 
and Francis Tuthill. 

Richard M. Tuthill was born in Orange 
county. New York, May 24, 1776, died in 
Minisink, in that county, August 6, 1863. 
He was a farmer by occupation and lived in 
Minisink, near Unionville. He married Sarah 
■, born December 20, 1784, died Septem- 
ber 5, 1859. Children: i. Delilah, born May 
6. 1804. died June 2, 1836. 2. Richard Mont- 
gomery, April 19, 1806, died August 6. i860. 
3. \\'illiam, November 29. 1808, died May 25, 
1828. 4. Keziah, July 11, 1809, died April 15, 
1875. 5- Lewis, born February 24, 1812, died 
October 24, 1877. 6. Demon C, mentioned 
below. 7. Robert, January 31, 182 1. 8. 
Henry, October 5, 1824. 

(VII) Demon C, son of Richard M. Tut- 
hill, was born April 4, 1815, in Minisink, New 
York, died in Owego, New York, November 
21. 1893. He received a common school edu- 
cation in his native town, and during his long 
and eventful life followed various occupations. 
For a time he was a general merchant and 
afterward was in the employ of the Erie Rail- 
road Company as baggagemaster at Middle- 
town and Hornellsville, New York, and road 
agent on the Susquehanna division of that 
railroad. In 1855 he came to Owego, where 
in partnership with his son, Benjamin D. Tut- 
hill, he was in business as a general mer- 
chant until 1882, when he retired from active 
life and made his home in Owego until he 
died. He was an active and useful member 
of the Baptist church. In politics he was a 
Republican. He married, February 10, 1838, 
Sarah Doty, born at Minisink. February 9, 
1819, died November 14, 1893, daughter of 
Benjamin Doty (see Doty YII). Children: 
Benjamin Doty, mentioned below ; Ransom 
H.. born August 28, 1840. died December 23, 
1858; DeWitt. born July 17, 1843. 

(VIII) Benjamin Doty, son of Demon C. 
Tuthill. was born in Deckertown, New Jer- 
sey, just over the line from Unionville. New 
York. April 17, 1839. He attended the pub- 
lic schools of Goshen, Yliddletown, Hornells- 
ville. and Owego, New York, whither he 
came with his parents when he was about 
sixteen years old. He worked at railroading 
for a time, was clerk in a store, and eventual- 
ly engaged in business as a general merchant 
in partnership with his father under the firm 


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name of D. C. Tuthill & Son. The firm con- 
tinned until 1882, when his father retired and 
the partnership was dissolved. In 1895 he or- 
ganized the Farmers' and Builders' Supply 
Company of Owego, of which he has since 
been treasurer and manager. This has be- 
come a large and prosperous concern. He is 
a member of Tioga Lodge, Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows, of Owego. In religion 
he is a Baptist ; in politics, a Republican. 

He married. January 7, 1867, Louise A. 
]Miller, born February 20. 1846, in Smith- 
boro, Tioga county, New York, daughter of 
Alpeus Harrison and Deborah (Smith) Mil- 
ler. Children: i. Ransom H., born May 
2, 1869, died August 7, 1898; married Flor- 
ence Lamb ; child, Grace Adelaide. 2. Ed- 
ward W., born December 8, 1874; associated 
in business with his father in the Farmers' 
and Builders' Supply Company ; married, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1899. Lulu Welch, of Owego, 
daughter of David and Sarah (Morton) 
Welch ; children : Louise, born October 5, 
1902; David, August 7, 1905. 

(The Doty Line). 

In the early records the name Doty is 
spelled Dotey, Dotie, Dottey and Dote. At 
times the spelling Doughty is used, although 
it does not belong to the family, and the 
Doughty family is of a dififerent origin. 

(I) Samuel Doty, son of Edward and Faith 
(Clarke) Doty, was born at Plymouth, on the 
High Clifif, probably in 1643. '^^"^^ fii'st men- 
tion of him on record is January i. 1667-68, 
at Plymouth, when he was on a coroner's 
jury in an inquest on a child kept by John 
Smalley Sr., of Eastham. on Cape Cod, which 
had been found dead in the woods. On July 
16, 1668, he conveyed land in Dartmouth, 
which he had inherited from his father, to 
Benajah Dunham. He lived in Eastham at 
that time. In "Freeman's History of Cape 
Cod." there is a record: 'Tn the year 1669, 
a vessel was cast ashore on Cape Cod, and a 
controversy arose between Thos. More, the 
claimant and owner of the cargo, and Sam- 
uel Doty and others of Eastham, in regard 
to salvage ; and agreement was finally con- 
cluded October 29th. 1669, and sanctioned 
by the Court." Another record says: "14th 
2d month 1668 Thomas More's vessel cast 
away at Cape Cod in ye storm wrin 4 persons 
perished and much wealth was lost." On Oc- 
tober 29, 1669, there is a record of a trans- 

action between More and Doty regarding the 
wreck. The next mention found of Samuel 
Doty is in Piscataway, Middlesex county. 
New Jersey, where in 1675 he was appointed 
lieutenant of the military company of New 
Piscataway. In 1678 he took out a marriage 
license. He was on the list of freeholders 
in 1682, and from 1678 to 1696 his name is 
on several deeds as a purchaser of lands in 
the vicinity. In 1707 a congregation of Sev- 
enth Day Baptists was formed in Piscataway, 
and he and his son joined the congregation. 
His will was dated September 18, 1715, and 
proved November 8, 1715, and in it he be- 
queathed most of his property to his wife, 
who was executrix. He married, November 
15, 1678, Jane Harmon. Children, born at 
Piscataway: Samuel, August 2j, 1679; 
Sarah, March 2, 1681-82; Isaac, August 12, 
1683 ; Edward, May 14, 1685 : James, Sep- 
tember 17, 1686; Jonathan, February 24, 
1687-88; Benjamin, mentioned below; Eliza- 
beth, February 26, 1695 ; Joseph, October 30, 
1696; Daniel, March 9, 1701-02; Margaret, 
March 5, 1704-05 ; (The next two are found 
on the town register.) John, born probably 
about 1680; Nathaniel, born probably about 

(II) Benjamin, son of Samuel Doty, was 
born at Piscataway, New Jersey. May 14, 
1691, died at Princeton, New Jersey, in 1746. 
In 1725 he was living in Burlington county. 
New Jersey. On March 20, 1739. he was ap- 
pointed guardian of Samuel Stockton, an 
orphan aged fifteen. His will was dated 
March 11, 1746, and in it he calls himself 
"victualler," and leaves his property to his 
wife and son Benjamin. He married Abigail 
Whitehead, who was born at Jamaica, New 
York, daughter of Jonathan Whitehead. She 
married (second) Thomas Leonard. Chil- 
dren: Benjamin, mentioned below; Susan- 
nah, Hannah, Deborah. 

(III) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) 
Doty, was born probably in Middlesex 
county. New Jersey, about 1710-13. On Oc- 
tober 8, 1725, Jonathan Whitehead deeded to 
his grandson, Benjamin, land in ^Minisink 
in counties of Ulster and Orange. In the 
years 1778 and 1779 he gave other deeds of 
land to Andrew Clark McNish, Berzalael 
Seely, and to John Everett. He married Ra- 
chel in Middlesex county. On Febru- 
ary 13, 1747-48, he and Lydia Mundin were 
licensed to marry, so she may have been his 



second wife. Child, Benjamin, mentioned be- 

(IV) Benjamin (3), son of Benjamin (2) 
Doty, was born probably in Middlesex county, 
Ne\v Jersey, about 1735-40. Although it has 
been thought that this Benjamin lived in the 
east, there seems evidence enough to prove 
that he was surely son of the above Benjamin. 
In 1800 he was living at Wantage, Sussex 
county, New Jersey. From 1765 to 1779 he 
was in Minisink, living on the land given him 
by his great-grandfather, Jonathan White- 
head. In 1802 Mary and Isaac Doty were 
made administrators of his estate. Mary was 
doubtless his widow, and Isaac was his son. 
Children, born probably in Orange county, 
New York: Isaac, born about 1760; Benja- 
min, about 1761 ; Abner, mentioned below ; 
Nathaniel, about 1770; Archelous ; John; 
Timothy, November 9, 1777; Ephraim, 1781 ; 
Willet : Jacob : Mary ; Sarah ; Phebe. 

(V) Abner, son of Benjamin (3) Doty, 
was born probably in Orange county, New 
York, about 1763 or earlier. He married, in 
New Milford, New York, about 1785, Sarah 
Baker, who was born probably in Burling- 
ham, New York. She married (second) 
Daniel Winfield, probably son of Abraham 
Winfield. Children: Catharine, Rachel, 
Thomas, Benjamin, mentioned below. 

(VI) Benjamin (4), son of Abner Doty, 
was born in Orange county. New York, Au- 
gust 27. 1792, died January 5, 1870. He lived 
in Minisink, New York, until 1849, and then 
moved to a place near Owego, New York, 
where he died. He married (first) in Orange 
county. New York, Charlotte, daughter of 
Isaac Wilcox. He married (second) Susan 
Van Tuyl. He married (third) Jane Winfield. 
Children by first wife : Abner, Isaac Wilcox, 
Stewart, Bradner P., married (first) Keziah 
Tuthill and (second) Anna M. liarrison ; 
Sarah, married Demon C. Tuthill (see Tuthill 

The Wallace family is one 
A\'ALLACE of the most ancient and dis- 
tinguished in Scotch history. 
From a branch of this family that settled with 
the Scotch in Ulster, in the North of Ire- 
land, said to be descended from the famous 
Sir William Wallace, the pioneer of this 
family came. 

(I) Robert Wallace and his family were 
probably among the Scotch-Irish who came 

in great numbers to New England between 
1718 and 1750. He was in Hartford, Con- 
necticut, before 1738. He deeded land there 
to his son William, in 1738, and to John, April 
17, 1741. He died in 1741. His will was 
dated October 2, 1741, and proved February 
2, 1742. His wife, Elizabeth, was executrix 
and he bequeathed to the following children : 
John, mentioned below ; William, of Hart- 
ford ; Margaret, whom he describes as then in 
Ireland, her bequest to be valid if she comes 
over ; Elizabeth ; j\Iary ; James, who had all 
the real estate not already given ; the sons 
John and William filed notice of contest. 
William was of Hartford, and John of Bed- 
ford, Hampshire county (now Granville, 

(II) John Wallace or Wallis, as the name 
was more often spelled in his day, son of 
Robert Wallace, was born about 1715. He 
was a witness to the will of Samuel Hall, of 
Middletown, x^pril 26, 1739. He settled in 
Granville, Massachusetts, when a young man 
(see V^ol. Ill, Hartford probate records, p. 


(III) John (2) \\ allace, believed to be son 

of John (i) Wallace or Wallis, was grandson 
of Robert Wallace, of Hartford. With his 
brothers Elijah, Nathaniel and Daniel, he 
came to Hoosick, Rensselaer county. New . 
York, before 1790. According to the federal 1 
census of that year, John Wallace, of Hoosick, 
had three males over sixteen, three under that 
age and seven females in his family. Elijah 
had four sons under sixteen and three 
females ; Daniel had three males over sixteen, 
four under sixteen and six females. John 
Wallace married Dorothy Doubleday. Chil- 
dren : Asahel, David, mentioned below ; Mary, 
John, Mercy, Daniel, Mehitable, Lucy. 

(IV) David, son of John (2) Wallace, was 
born June 8, 1781, died August 2, 1846. He 
was a farmer at Hoosick. He married Abi- 
gail Wallace, his cousin, born April 6, 1789, 
died August i, 1844, daughter of Daniel and 
Lovisa (Chase) Wallace. Children, born at 
Hoosick: i. Minerva, October 30, 1809, died 
April 13, 1891. 2. Lovisa. ]\Iarch 27, 181 1. 
died April i, 1813. 3. Lyman, mentioned be- 
low. 4. Ann Jane, March 28, 1814, died De- 
cember 14, 1857. 5. Harvey. November 29, 
1815, died December 15, 1857. 6. Angeline, 
June 15, 1817, died March 11. 1837. 7. Dar- 
win, October 9, 18 18, died September 10, 
1889. 8. Mary, April 19, 1820, died October 



28, 1894. 9. David. Alarch 13, 1822, died 
April 30, 1895. 10. jMartha, February 11, 
1825, died November 28, 1877. 11. Charles, 
May 10, 1827, died May 8, 1887. 12. Alvin, 
June 7, 183 1. 13. Marion, June 16, 1833. 

(V) Lyman, son of David Wallace, was 
born at Hoosick, New York, October 9, 1812, 
died October 18, 1872, in Cortland, New York. 
In his younger days he followed farming, and 
he also learned the trade of carpenter. He 
came to Groton, Tompkins county. New York, 
in 1854, and followed his trade as carpenter 
and builder. In 1857 he removed to Cort- 
land, where he continued in business as a 
builder to the time of his death. He married, 
December 28, 184 1, Caroline Ann Ford, born 
in Williamstown, Massachusetts, April 28, 
1821, died February 10, 1882, in Cortland, 
daughter of Anson and Marcia (Talmage) 
Ford. Children, born in Hoosick: i. Marcia, 
December 30, 1842, lives in Cortland. 2. Da- 
vid Ford, June 23, 1845, <^'is<^ October 7, 1910; 
was a merchant in Cortland, New York, for 
many years; married, April 5, 1870, Mary, 
daughter of Seneca and Emily (Gray) Ma- 
han, of Virgil. New York, and had a daugh- 
ter, Leah, who married Enos Mellon, and a 
daughter, Louisa, who married Arthur Rob- 
inson. 3. William, September 15, 1847, died 
April 6, 1854. 4. Henry, February 25, 1850, 
died April 28, 1887. 5. James Herbert, men- 
tioned below. 6. Ada J., ]\Iarch 8, 1856, lives 
in Cortland. 

(VI) James Herbert, son of Lyman Wal- 
lace, was born in Hoosick, New York, Au- 
gust 3, 1853. He came with his parents to 
Cortland when he was four years old. He 
was educated in the public schools, and has 
always made his home in the town of Cort- 
land. For many years he was a manufacturer 
of confectionery there. He later went to 
New York, where he conducted business until 
188 1. In 1890 he returned to Cortland and 
was one of the founders of the Cortland Forg- 
ing Company ; in 1899 he founded the Wal- 
lace Wall Paper Company, and since 1907 
he has been inspector of the state department 
of highways, holding office under civil service 
regulations. He has served the incorporated 
village as trustee, and the city as an alderman. 
In politics he is a Democrat ; in religion a 
Presbyterian. He married, Mav 20, 1884, 
Clara O., born February 2, i860, daughter of 
James P. and Ophelia C. (Raker) Hotchkiss, 
of Cortland. Children : Grace, born lune 

5, 1885; Florence, April 7, 1891 ; Gladys, lune 
2, 1897. 

Henry Baldwin, the immi- 
BALDWIN grant ancestor, came very 

likely from Devonshire, Eng- 
land, and was one of the first settlers of 
Woburn, in that part now known as North 
Woburn. In 1661 he built here "the palatial 
house," which is still one of the most im- 
posing in the town, and which, with some 
changes and occasional improvements, has 
been owned and occupied by descendants for 
six generations, and is now the oldest dwell- 
ing in Woburn. In 1820 the house looked 
practically as it looks now. The north chnn- 
ney, put up by George R. Baldwin, was said 
to be the first "single flue" chimney in the 
country. Fie designed the chimney caps and 
built a small addition on the rear of the 
house. On the south, between the house and 
the canal, was formerly a beautiful garden 
with walks and trees, but all traces of it have 
disappeared. Henry Baldwin was a sergeant 
of the Woburn militia from 1672 to 1685, 
and deacon of the First Church, Woburn, 
from 1686 until his death. He died February 

14, 1697-8. He married, November i, 1649, 
Phebe, eldest daughter of Ezekiel and Su- 
sanna Richardson ; she was baptized at Bos- 
ton, June 3, 1632, and died September 13, 
17 16. In his will, proved April 4, 1698, he 
mentioned his wife Phebe, sons Henry, Dan- 
iel, Timothy and Benjamin, his "son" Israel 
Walker, husband of his daughter Susanna, 
and his grandson Israel Walker, his "son" 
Samuel Richardson, husband of his daughter 
Phebe, and grandson Zachariah Richardson, 
and his two daughters Abigail and Ruth 
Baldwin. Children : Susanna, born August 
30, 1650, died September 28, 165 1 ; Susanna, 
born July 25, 1652; Phebe, September 7, 
1654: John, October 28, 1656: Daniel, March 

15, 1658-9; Timothy, May 27, 1661 : Mary, 
July 19, 1663, died January 8, 1663-4: Henry, 
November 15, 1664: Abigail, August 30, 
1667: Ruth, July 31, 1670: Benjamin, men- 
tioned below. 

(II) Benjamin, son of Henry Baldwin, 
was born January 20, 1672-3, in Woburn, 
^Massachusetts. He settled in Canterbury, 
Connecticut, about 1700. and died there in 
1759. He married Hannah White. Children: 
John, mentioned below : Benjamin, born 
about 1700: Daniel, 1705; Ebenezer, 1707, 



said to have died young; Timothy, 1709; 
Patience, 171 1; Henry, 1713; Hannah, 171 5, 
died young. 

(HI) John, son of Benjamin Baldwin, 
was born in May, 1697, in Canterbury, Con- 
necticut, where he hved all his life. It is said 
by Dr. Elijah, of Canterbury, that some of 
his descendants are in the vicinity, and that 
some went to Addison, Tioga county, New 
York. Children : Ebenezer ; William ; Isaac, 
mentioned below ; James. (Worcester manu- 
script says that he was a doctor, and had 
two daughters.) 

(IV) Isaac, son of John Baldwin, was born 
June 12, 1730, in Canterbury, Connecticut, 
and died in Elmira, Chemung county. New 
York, June 9, 1791. He lived in Norwich, 
Connecticut, for a time, and prior to 1774 re- 
moved to Exeter, in the upper part of the 
Wyoming valley, Pennsylvania, as in that year 
his name appears in a list of the surveyors of 
highways there. The family remained in the 
Wyoming valley during the massacres of the 
revolutionary period, removing thence in 1785 
to what is now Lowman, New York. Isaac 
Baldwin was one of the first settlers in Che- 
mung valley, and when afterward other set- 
tlers arrived, Mr. Baldwin is recorded as in 
possession of 600 acres of the most fertile 
and productive land in the valley. His prop- 
erty was situate in the vicinity of the New- 
town battle-ground of 1779, and now com- 
prises several excellent farms owned by the 
Lowman family, its assignees or descendants, 
near the mouth of Baldwin creek, in the town 
of Ashland. Isaac Baldwin had eight sons, 
six of whom came to the Chemung Valley. 
The father and all eight sons took part in the 
revolution, serving in the Continental army. 
Some of them were with General Sullivan in 
the campaign against the Indians in 1779. 
Rufus Baldwin, one of the sons, is said to 
have killed the first Indian slain in that cam- 
paign. Thomas, another son, was a sergeant 
in Sullivan's army, and was wounded at the 
battle of Newtown. Vine, son of Thomas, 
is said to have been the first white child born 
west of the Alleghany Mountains. 

Isaac Baldwin married. November 16. 1751, 
Patience Rathbun. born September 13. 1734. 
in Exeter, Providence county, Rhode Island, 
died in Southport, Chemung county. New 
York. July 24, 1823. Children: i. Rufus. 
born in Connecticut. March 8. 1753. died June 
30, 1834. 2. Thomas, born February 23, 1755, 

died January 14, 1810, at Elmira. 3. Water- 
man, mentioned below. 4. Afifa, December 14, 
1759, died A/farch 15, 1832, in Pennsylvania; 

married (first) Jenkins, who was killed 

in the Pennanite war; (second) Colonel John 
Franklin; (third) Judge Harding, of Penn- 
sylvania. 5. Adah, born October 31, 1762, 
died March i, 1845, ^t Southport; married 

(first) Gangig", who was drowned in 

Baldwin creek ; (second) William Jenkins. 6. 
Isaac, born January 8, 1765, died November 
21, 1 815, at Elmira. 7. William, born Au- 
gust 26. 1767, died June 25. 1842, at Elmira. 
8. Henry, born February 27, 1769, died April 
29, 1813, at Southport. 9. Polly, born August 
3, 1772, died November 21, 1828, in Ohio; 
married Anthony Lowe. 10. Silas, born 
March 12, 1775 ; died December 12, 1809, at 
Elmira. 11. Ichabod, born October 26, 1777; 
died January 17, 1835, killed in a mill that he 
owned at Penn Yan, New York. 

(V) Waterman, son of Isaac Baldwin, 
was born January 8, 1757. at Norwich, Con- 
necticut, and died April 21, 1810, at Elmira, 
New York. He was the most noted of the 
sons of Isaac. He served with great distinc- 
tion as captain in the revolutionary war, un- 
der the immediate eye of Washington, of 
whom he was a personal and intimate friend. 
He possessed a silver-mounted saddle that 
was given him by officers of the army, and 
a horse called "Roanoke." which performed 
some remarkable feats. He was also a close 
friend of the famous Indian chief, Corn- 
planter, and was made Indian agent of Corn- 
planter's village. He married Celinda Burn- 

(VI) Colonel Henry Baldwin, only son of 
Waterman Baldwin, was born in (ihemung 
county, New York, near Elmira, in 1788. and 
died in Southport, in that county, January 4, 
1861, aged seventy-two years four months and 
nine days. He followed farming for his oc- 
cupation. He lived for a time in Groton, 
Connecticut, but returned to his native place 
and died there. He was prominent in the 
New York state militia and became colonel 
of his regiment. He had one son Francis 
Henrv, whose mother's name has not been 
preserved. Colonel Baldwin married (second) 
Zina Jenkins, who died May 24, 1872, aged 
eighty vears ten months twelve days, daugh- 
ter of Wilkes Jenkins. She had no children. 

(VII) Francis Henry, son of Colonel 
Henry Baldwin, was born in Groton, Con- 


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necticut, July 4, 1813, and died at Waverly. 
New York. April 28. 1890. He went to Che- 
mung county with his father, and in 1845 ''^" 
moved to Waverly, where he spent the re- 
mainder of his life. In 1852 he founded the 
newspaper. The Waverly Adiocate, and con- 
ducted it until i860. He was one of the first 
hoard of trustees of the village of Waverly 
in 1854. He married. April 5, 1837. Sarah 
Jenkins, of Southport. Chemung county, horn 
January 29, 1820, died September 12. 1898. 
daughter of Jonathan and Nancy Jenkins. 
Children: i. \'ida C. horn March 26. 1839. 
died May 16, 19 10. at Washington, D. C. 2. 
Hug'h J., mentioned below. 3. Arthusa M.. 
born December 7. 1843. died August 20. 1867. 
4. Candace L.. born August 13, 1848. died 
August I. 1880, at Hartford, Connecticut: 
married Otis P.. Skinner. 5. Sarah F., horn 
October 19, 1850, died July 28, 1879, at 
Easton, Pennsylvania : married James K. 
Dawes. 6. Albert B., of whom further. 7. 
Francis Henry. Jr., ])orn March 27, 1856, 
died April 10, 1896, in Ikitfalo. New York: 
married Nellie Day : children : Charles Day. 
Hugh Jenkins and Francis Henry. 

(Vni) Hugh Jenkins, son of Francis 
Henry Baldwin, was born at Southport, Che- 
mung county. June 4. 1841. and died at Wa- 
verly, January 7, 1907. When he was four 
years old his parents moved to Waverly, and 
he attended the public schools there. Wdien 
he was fifteen years ohl he became a stuflent 
in the Collegiate Institute at Towanda, Penn- 
sylvania, but returned to Waverly when the 
old academy was opened, and completed his 
course there, one of a class of twelve pre- 
paring for college. Acting by the advice of 
Principal A. J. Lang, he taught school in 
the winter of 1859 at North Barton, hut the 
civil war changed his plans for further study. 
He was among the first to enlist in April, 
1861, and went immediately to the front with 
Company E, 23d New York Regiment, Volun- 
teer Infantry. This regiment saw hard ser- 
vice, and Mr. Baldwin took part in the battles 
of Rappahannock, South Mountain, Antietam 
Creek, Fredericksburg", Chancellorsville and 
the Second Bull Run. besides many minor en- 
gagements. He was a good soldier, a born 
fighter, and he won promotion. His com- 
mission as second lieutenant and first lieu- 
tenant were signed by Governor Morgan, and 
as captain by Governor Seymour. 

At the expiration of his term of enlistment 

he returned to Waverly and engaged in busi- 
ness. He conducted a mercantile business on 
llroad street, giving up this business to Ije- 
come secretary and superintendent of the pa- 
per mills at North Waverly. In 187 1 he 
helped organize the companies that built the 
old opera house and the Tioga Hotel, and 
su])erinten!ied the erection of both these build- 
ings. He afterward went to Buffalo to take 
charge of the lumber business of C. A. Blake, 
the chief stockholder in the Tioga House. 
I'.ut Mr. Blake failed at the end of a year, and 
Mr. Baldwin bought his stock in trade in 1876 
and engaged in the lumber business on his 
own account, in Waverly, continuing until he 
died, although for a number of years the 
active management of his aft'airs was en- 
trusted to his son, Harry C. l]aldwin. Mr. 
Baldwin was also financially interested in 
other local enterprises. Public-spirited and 
having at heart the best interests of the vil- 
lage, he was an important factor in its devel- 
opment and prosperity. He served five terms 
as ])resident of the incorporated village, and 
planned and supervised many of the public 
improvements. The building of the village 
hall was a notable achievement of his admin- 
istration, and many of the important streets 
were ])aved under his direction. In politics 
he was a Republican of wide influence, and 
for many years was a member of the Repul> 
lican Club of New Yqrk. He was a promin- 
ent member of W. C. FIull Post, Grand Army 
of the Republic, and of the Military Order. 
Loyal Legion, Commandery of the State of 
New York. In private life, Mr. Baldwin was 
unostentatious, a genial and wholesouled man. 
Charitable and kindly, he was a friend of 
the needy and unfortunate, and made friends 
in all classes and ages. In his later years his 
health was not good, but his death was sud- 
den. He was able to be about the streets as 
usual a few days before he died, and he died 
while sleeping. He attended the Episcopal 
church of Waverly. The Waverly Free Press. 
at the time of his death, said editorially : 
"The sudden death of Hugh J. Baldwin takes 
from Waverly one of its foremost citizens. A 
man of much mental force and marked ability, 
he was one of its most active business men 
and played a big part in the development and 
progress of the village. Few men here were 
more widely known and few will be more sin- 
cerely mourned. Many will remember him as 
a gallant soldier, many as an able man of af- 

1 164 


fairs, and many more as a courteous gentle- 
man, a kind friend and a genial companion." 

He married, September 12, 1866, Charlotte 
Elizabeth Coulter, born January 28, 1844, in 
Unionville, Orange county. New York, 
daughter of J. T. W. Coulter and Julia 
(Bailey) Coulter. Children: i. Walter Hull, 
born March i, 1868: an official of the Adams- 
Westlake Company of Chicago, manufactur- 
ers of railroad and steamship hardware ; re- 
sides in Highland Park; married Mary C. 
Crook, of Baltimore, Maryland ; children : 
George Crook, Seward Henry and Hugh 
Jenkins. 2-3. Seward, and Harry Coulter, 
both mentioned below. 

(IX) Seward, son of Hugh Jenkins Bald- 
win, was born in Monticello, New York, No- 
vember 23. 1870. He attended the public 
schools of Waverly, and was graduated from 
Cornell University. He is now secretary and 
treasurer of the Lawrence Letts Elbow Manu- 
facturing Company, of which his father was 
one of the founders and president. He is a 
director of the First National Bank of Sayre, 
Pennsylvania, and was one of its incorpora- 
tors. He is a member of the Waverly Build- 
ing and Loan Association. In politics he is 
a Republican, and he has been a trustee of 
the village of Waverly and member of the 
Board of Education. He is an active mem- 
ber and trustee of the Presbyterian church ; 
member of Masonic lodge and chapter of ^^^a- 
verlv ; of the Alpha Delta Phi of Cornell, and 
of the Alpha Delta Phi Club of New York 
City. He married, January 4, 1899, Mabel 
Gillan, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 
daughter of William Rush and Lucy (Win- 
ger) Gillan. Children : Ruth Elizabeth, 
born October 14, 1899; Seward, Jr., Septem- 
ber 9, 1906. 

(IX) Harry Coulter, brother of Seward 
Baldwin, was born in Waverly, December 8, 
1875. He attended the public schools of his 
native town and Cornell University, from 
which he was graduated. He became asso- 
ciated with his father in the manufacture of 
lumber at Waverly, and was admitted to 
partnership. In 1898 the firm name became 
H. I. Baldwin & Son, and for a number of 
years prior to his father's death he had entire 
charge of the business and is now the sole 
proprietor. He is a member of the lodges of 
Free Masons and Odd Fellows of Waverly, 
and an elder of the Presbyterian Church. In 
politics he is a Republican. He married. Oc- 

tober 14, 1908, Mary Atwood Hilton, daugh- 
ter of Dr. William M. and Mary (Atwood) 
Hilton of Waverly. They have one child, 
Waterman Hilton, born November 20, 1909. 

(VIII) Albert Blair, brother of Hugh Jen- 
kins Baldwin, was born in Waverly, New 
York, September 15, 1852. He attended the 
Waverly Institute, but on account of his 
father meeting with reverses, was obliged to 
leave school when quite young to help sup- 
port the family. He began his career as clerk 
in a grocery store, delivering goods with a 
cart within a radius of two miles. A few 
years later he took - a position in the Erie 
freight office. In 1880 he entered the employ 
of the government in a clerical position at 
Hartford, Connecticut, where were manufac- 
tured stamped envelopes. He resigned this 
position after five years and returned to the 
employ of the Erie railroad as billing clerk. 
After a year in this position he engaged in 
the retail shoe business in Waverly, and for 
sixteen years carried on this business. For 
the past eight years he has been a traveling 
salesman. He resides in Waverly in the 
house in which he was born, which he pur- 
chased of his mother some years before her 
death. This is one of the first frame houses 
built in the town. Mr. Baldwin is a self- 
made man, starting in life in boyhood and 
winning his way without aid from any source. 
In politics he is an independent Republican. 
He is a communicant of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church, and for fifteen years was war- 
den and is now president of the Men's Club 
of that church. 

He married, July 10, 1878, Mattie B. Kin- 
ney, born in Sheshequin, Pennsylvania, April 
II, 1855, daughter of Newton and Juliette 
(Thomes) Kinney of Waverly, New York. 
They have one daughter, Mabel, born Au- 
gust 29, 1879, married June 19. 1907, Stuart 
B. Macafee, of Athens, Pennsylvania. Mr. 
and Mrs. Macafee have one child, Juliet, 
born October 12, 1908. 

This early New England 
HOLLISTER family has contributed 

many useful citizens to 
various states of the Union, and was promin- 
ently identified with the early settlement of 
Central New York. It has been chiefly iden- 
tified with agriculture and the mechanical 
arts, but has contributed many useful citizens 
in various walks of life. 


1 165 

(I) Lieutenant John HoUister was the an- 
cestor of the American family and was born 
in England in 1608. He came to this country 
about 1642, and was admitted a freeman at 
Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1643, being 
thereafter an active and useful citizen of that 
town and the Connecticut colony. One histo- 
rian says he settled in South Glastonbury in 
1634, and that the place of his birth was Glas- 
tonbury, England. It is supposed that he 
sailed from Bristol, England. He was prob- 
ably of a good family and was well educated 
for his time. His name first appears in the 
annals of the Connecticut colony as juror of 
the particular court held March 2, 1642, and 
he was deputy from Wethersfield to the gen- 
eral court in 1644: again in April, 1645, ^'""^^ 
represented the town many times thereafter 
until 1656. His name appears as a juror in 
June, 1645, ^nd with several others he was 
appointed from \\'ethersfield, October 3, 1654, 
to join with the deputy governor to raise men 
at Wethersfield for an expedition (probably 
against the Indians). He was appointed with 
others by the general court in I'ebruary, 1656, 
to give "The best and safe advice to the In- 
dians if they agree to meet and should crave 
their advice." In March, 1658-59, he was 
lieutenant and appealed to the general court 
as to the charges of the Wethersfield church 
against him from which he had been excom- 
municated. The difiference was settled by the 
court and he was appointed collector at 
Wethersfield, March 14, 1660. He was a 
large land owner, especially in that portion of 
the town lying on the east side of the Conn- 
ecticut river, now known as Glastonbury. He 
married Joanna, daughter of Richard and Jo- 
anna Treat. She survived him and is men- 
tioned in his will. He died in April, 1665, in 
Wethersfield, and his widow in October, 1694. 
Children : Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Joseph, 
Lazarus, Mary, Sarah, Stephen. 

(II) John (2), eldest son of Lieutenant 
John (i) and Joanna (Treat) tlollister, was 
born about 1644, in Wethersfield, and died in 
Glastonbury, November 24. 171 1. For some 
years he was engaged in the noted law suit 
between Hollister and Buckley over the boun- 
dry line of certain lands, which trial resulted 
in the resurvey of all the lots from the Hart- 
ford line to Nayaug by order of the general 
court, the records of which are preserved in 
the archives of the state. He married, No- 
vember 20, 1667, Sarah, daughter of William 

and Sarah (Marvin) Goodrich. Children: 
John, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth (died 
young), David, Ephraim. Charles. Elizabeth, 

(III) Thomas, second son of John (2 ) and 
Sarah (Goodrich) Hollister, was born June 
14, 1672, in Glastonbury, died there, October 
12, 1 74 1. In the town records he is called 
"The Weaver," and he was deacon of the 
Glastonbury church. He married Dorothy, 
born about 1677, died October 5, 1741. daugh- 
ter of Joseph Hills of Glastonbury. Chil- 
dren: Josiah. Dorothy, Gershom, Charles, 
Elizabeth. Anna, died young ; Thomas, Ruth, 
Rachel. Hannah, Eunice. Susannah. Elisha. 

(IV) Josiah, eldest son of Thomas and 
Dorothy (Hills) Hollister, was born June 7, 
1696. in Glastonbury, where he died, Janu- 
^O' 3' 1749- Ii^ 1742 he bought land in 
Sharon, Connecticut, and perhaps lived there 
for some time, although he was buried in the 
old South Yard in Glastonbury. He married, 
January 18, 1718. Martha, daughter of Will- 
iam Miller, of Glastonbury, who died there, 
July 12. 1777, aged seventy-nine years. Chil- 
dren: Josiah, Lazarus, Samuel. Amos, Elijah. 

(V) Amos, fourth son of Josiah and 
Martha (Miller) Hollister, was born May 5, 
1726, in Glastonbury, died November 6, 1786, 
in that town, where he probably passed his 
life. He married, April zy, 1749, Bathsheba. 
daughter of David and Charity (Hollister) 
Wadsworth. born June 20. 1728, died May i, 
1808. almost eighty years old. Children: 
Bathsheba. Esther, died young; Esther. Da- 
vid, Prudence. Ashbel, Jeannette. Amos. 
Martha. Amelia. Josiah. 

(VL) Ashbel. second son of Amos and 
Bathsheba (Wadsworth) Hollister, was born 
March 4, 1759, in Glastonbury, died May 4, 
1840, in Pawlet, Vermont. He was a soldier 
under Kosciusko in the revolution, and set- 
tled at Pawlet in 178 1. He married. Janu- 
ary 10. 1790. Mary Pepper, born March 19, 
1766, died March 14, 1848. Children: Ash- 
bel, Woodbridge. Orange. David. Algernon, 
Sidney. Horace, Harvey. Mary. Iliel. 

(VII) David, fourth son of Ashbel and 
Mary (Pepper) Hollister, was born March 
19, 1794, in Pawlet, died in Truxton, New 
York, April 30, 1853. In 1833-34 he removed 
to Cincinnatus, New York, and later to Trux- 
ton. where he died. He married. June 17, 
18 19, Sarah Zilpha Brooks, born January i. 
1800, in Pawlet, died June 16, 1882, in her 



eighty-third year. Children: Theron N., 
born 1821, died 1888; Mary E., born 1824, 
married PHny Ayer, and died in 1890; Julia 
E., died in childhood; Harvey David, men- 
tioned below. 

(A^III) EJarvey David, youngest child of 
David and Sarah Zilpha (Brooks) Hollister, 
was born March 27, 1835, in Cincinnatus, 
died in Cortland, January 12, 1907. He at- 
tended the schools of his native town, and 
subsequently was a student in the Homer 
Academy at Homer, New York, and became 
an educator, making teaching his life work. 
Eor more than thirty-five years he was an 
instructor in various towns of Cortland count}- 
and Central New York. His religious affilia- 
tions were with the Presbyterian church, of 
which he was a member. He married, Ma}- 
I. 1856, Martha Elizabeth Thompson, Ijorn 
June 24, 1839, in New Berlin, New York, died 
February i, 1909, daughter of Peter and 
Sarah (King) Thompson. Children: i. 
Herbert Thompson, born July 12, 1858, in the 
town of Taylor, New York, died April 29, 
1892. He was the founder of the hardware 
and plumbing business now carried on under 
the name of the Hollister Hardware & Plumb- 
ing Company. He married, June 15, 1881, 
Mary Seaman, of Virgil, New York, daughter 
of Avery J. and Eanny B. (Morse) Seaman. 
Children : Mabel Claridine, born June 24, 
1882, died March, 1883. Grace Magee, May 
8, 1886, died February 16, 1887. Eanny 
Martha, Eebruary 27, 1892. 2. Sarah Zilpha, 
born March 27, i860, died before one year old. 
3. ]\Iarcia E., January i, 1862, became the 
wife of ^^'. J. Buchanan, of McGraw. 4. 
Theron Norton, mentioned below. 5. Harlan 
P., June 6, 1867, in McGraw ; conducts a bak- 
ery business in Cortland. He married, De- 
cember 3, 1884, Ella E., daughter of William 
and Lydia Maria (Brown) Gross, of Smith- 
ville. New York. They have an only son, 
Floyd Harlan, born June 26, 1886, married. 
May 29, 1905, Harriet Cecil Smith, and has 
three children : Sheldon Delroy, born June 
29. 1907; Duane Augustus, Februarv 21, 
1909; Harriet Evelyn, April 10, 1910. 6. 
William King, mentioned below. 7. Fred Ar- 
thur, June 6, 1873, in Deruyter, New York ; 
is treasurer of the Cortland Baking Companv, 
of Cortland. He married, June 17, 1896, Ar- 
delle S., daughter of Luther and Sarah Ar- 
delle (Kinney) Heath. They have three chil- 
dren : Eloise Ruth, born November 28, 1897 ; 

Helen Heath, August 16, 1899; Robert 
Charles, July 4, 1901. 8. ]\Iary Weeks, Au- 
gust 5, 1876; she married Ered E Graham, 
of Cortland, September 30. 1896, and died 
January 31, 1905. 9. Harvey Dell, born July 
iG, 1879, in Deruyter; is vice-president of the 
Cortland Baking Company. He married, De- 
cember 15, 1900, Cora B.. daughter of Syl- 
xester D. and Cora ( Boyd ) Armstrong, of 
C(»rry, Pennsylvania. They have three chil- 
dren : Dell de Forest, born ^March 21, 1902; 
Lawrence Sylvester, March 19, 1903 ; Boyd 
Thompson. February 20, 1908. 10. George 
mentioned below. 

( rX) Theron Norton, second son of Har- 
\-t}- David and Martha E. (Thompson) Hol- 
lister, was born July 4, 1864, in jMcGraw, 
New York. He was educated in the public 
schools of Truxton and Deruyter, New 
^'(>rk. Eor several years he was engaged in 
the dry goods business with the W^arren Tan- 
ner Company of Cortland, and in 1902 
formed a partnership with his brother, Will- 
iani K. Hollister, under the name of Hollis- 
ter Hardware &: Plumbing Company, and has 
continued in that line of business to the pres- 
ent time. Under the industrious care of its 
proprietors the business has flourished and 
Mr. Hollister has made extensive investments 
in real estate. He is a member of Cortland- 
ville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; 
Royal Arch Chapter ; Knights Templar ; Ka- 
lurah Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Binghamton. 
He is also afifiliated with the local lodge of 
the Independent Order of ( )dd [^'ellows, and 
is a member of the Episcopal church. He 
married, November ly , 1906, ILar.nah Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Charles and ^Margaret (Ca- 
ruthers) Turner, the former a native of 
Philadelphia, and the latter of Carlisle. Eng- 

(IX) \\'illiam King, fourth «on of Har- 
vey David and Martha E. (Thompson) Hol- 
lister, was born February 13, 1870, in Trux- 
ton, New York. He received such education 
as the common schools afforded. At the age 
of fifteen years he entered the omploy of his 
brother. Herbert T. Hollister, in Cortland, 
where he learned the plumbing trade, and 
subsequently worked at this and the tinning 
business with various firms for several years. 
\n 1896 he entered into partnersliip with Law- 
rence S. Cramer, under the firm name of 
Cramer & Elollister, located at No. 19 Rail- 
road street, Cortland, dealers in hardware. 


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plumbers and steam fitters supplies. This 
partnership was succeeded in 1902 by the Hol- 
lister Brothers, Theron N. and William K., 
under the style of the Hollister Hardware & 
Plumbing Company, as above noted. Mr. 
Hollister has been closely attentive to his 
business, and has secured the rewards belong- 
ing' to industry and upright business methods. 
He married, ]\Iarch 2, 1898, ]\laude La \'erne 
Loucks, born June 8, 1876, in Cortland, 
daughter of George Addison and Harriet 
(Monroe) Loucks. Children: Lillian Har- 
riet, born May 31, 1899; Edgar Pierce. Octo- 
ber 2.2, 1900 ; Herbert Le Roy, December 15, 
1901 ; Gladys Arlene, January 18. 1903 ; Mil- 
dred La Verne, April 5, 1904; Kenneth Al- 
bert, April I, 1905; Margie May, June 10, 
1906; Dorothy Louise, July 25. 1908: Charles 
Ivan, November 6, 1909, died March 20. 1910; 
Pearne Harvey, April 27, 191 1. 

(IX) George, youngest child of Harvey 
David and Martha E. (Thompson) Hollister, 
was born October 4, 1883, in McGraw. He 
received his education in the Cortland high 
school and Normal School. For some years 
he was employed with the Warren Tanner 
dry goods establishment of Cortland, and 
when the Hollister Hardware & Plumbing 
Company was formed in 1902, he engaged 
with that concern, and has thus continued 
since. He is a shrewd and competent busi- 
ness man, and has contributed his share to the 
commercial success of the concern. He is a 
member of the United Commercial Travelers 
of Cortland. He married, July 31, 1905. 
Anna, daughter of Charles and Bridget (Col- 
lins) Kelly. Children: Margaret Marcella, 
born February 20, 1907. died six days later ; 
Georgianna and Elizabeth ^lay (twins) born 
June II, 1911. 

The origin of this familv 
CUMMINGS is uncertain : the name was 

taken from the town of 
Comines, near Lille, on the frontier between 
France and Belgium. Various traditions ac- 
count for earlier origin of the family, but all 
of them are entitled to no more credit than 
mere traditions. The name has been vari- 
ously spelled Comines, Comynges, Comyns. 
Comings, Comyn, Cumings and Cummungs. 
Tradition states that the emigrant ancestor of 
this family descended from "Red Cumin." of 
Badenoch in the southeastern district of Iver- 
nessshire, a wild mountainous country pre- 

senting wide stretches of bleak moorland. 
Here the clan flourished from 1080 to 1330, 
and then began to decline. According to the 
Chronicle of Melrose, the first of the name 
who immigrated permanently was slain with 
Malcom HI., at Alnwick, in 1093, leaving two 
sons, John and William. From John all the 
Cumins in Scotland are said to be descended. 
Sir John, the Red Cumin of Comyn, was the 
first Lord of Badenoch, and in 1240 was an 
ambassador from Alexander II. to Louis IX. 
of France. His son John, called the Black 
Lord of Badenoch, was not inferior to any 
subject in Scotland for wealth and power, and 
was one of those who vowed to support 
Queen Margaret, daughter of Alexander III. 
in her title to the crown of Scotland. At her 
death he became a competitor for the crown 
of Scotland, "as a son and heir of John who 
was son and heir of Donald, King of Scot- 
land." The son of this Lord, called in turn 
the Red Cumin, was the last Lord of Bade- 
noch of the surname of Cumin. In 1335 a 
number of the Cumin clan were slain in the 
feudal battle of Calbleau, in Glenwick. where 
a stone now marks the spot. The badge of 
the clan, in Gaelic, was "Lus Mhic Cuiminn," 
in English, the Cummin plant. 

(I) Deacon Isaac Cummings is supposed 
to have come from England to America in 
1627, and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. 
He was the first Cummings known to have 
immigrated to New England. In a deposition 
made by him in March, 1666, he gave his age 
as sixty-five years, establishing his birth in 
1601. The probate records of Essex county 
contain a copy of his last will and testament, 
dated "8th of 3d Mth., 1667," also inventory 
filed "This 22 Maye 1667," and his will was 
probated June 14, 1667, thus establishing his 
death between "8th of 3d Mth. and Maye 
22, 1677;" of his wife we know nothing ex- 
cept that she died before him, no mention 
being made of her in his will ; he left four 
children. The first mention in Essex county 
of Isaac Cummings is in the entry made by 
the town clerk of Watertown, where his name 
appears in the records of land grants as re- 
ceiving a grant of thirty-five acres in the ear- 
liest generation land grants in 1636, called the 
"Great Dividens." Also we find a record 
made by the town clerk of Ipswich showing 
that he owned a planting lot near Reedy 
Marsh in that town previous to July 25, 1638. 
On the 9th of the second month, 1639. he 



also owned a house lot in Ipswich village, 
on the street called the eastern end, next to 
the lot owned by Rev. Nathaniel Rogers. He 
was a commoner in 1639, and the same year 
sold land near the highway leading to Jef- 
frey's Neck. He also possessed in 1639 a 
farm partly in Ipswich and partly in Tops- 
field. He was made a freeman. May 18, 1642, 
and was a proprietor in Watertown the same 
year, and at Topsfield afterwards where he 
was one of thirty commoners. As an Ips- 
wich commoner, he was one of those "that 
have right of commonage there last of the 
last month, 1641." On the first day of the 
second month, 1652, Isaac Cummings for 
thirty pounds bought of Samuel Symonds one 
hundred and fifty acres of land in Topsfield. 
Other records in Essex county show that he 
was defendant in the suit brought by John 
Fuller, March 28, 1654; that he was a witness 
against William Duglas in March, 1656; that 
he was sued for debt by Jerobabell Phillips, 
of Ipswich, March, 1657. That he was plain- 
tiff in the case. December 31, 1656, against 
John Fuller for damage done in his corn by 
swine belonging to said Fuller ; and that he 
was grand juryman in 1675, and moderator 
of the town meeting in 1676. He was deacon 
of the church in Topsfield for many years. 
His children were : John. Isaac, Elizabeth, 

(II) John, eldest child of Deacon Isaac 
Cummings, was born in 1630, died December 
I, 1700. By the terms of his father's will 
he received the homestead consisting of forty 
acres with house, barns, orchards and fences, 
and in 1680 sold same to Edward Nealand 
(Kneeland). About 1658 he removed to Hox- 
ford. In 1673 he was made a freeman. He 
and his wife were members of the church in 
Topsfield, December 7, 1685, when the church 
"voted dismission to John Cummings with- 
out commendation and dismissed his wife with 
commendation to the church to be shortly 
gathered at Dunstable." He removed with 
his family to Dunstable about 1680, where he 
was one of the first settlers. He was a select- 
man in 1682, and a member of the church in 
1684. He married Sarah, daughter of Ensign 
Thomas and Alice (French) Howlett, of Ips- 
wich. She died December 7, 1700, just six 
days after the death of her husband. Their 
children were: John, Thomas, Nathaniel, 
Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Ebenezer, William, 
Eleazer, Benjamin, Samuel. 

(IIIj John (2), eldest son of John (i) 
and Sarah (Howlett) Cummings, was born 
in Boxford in 1657, and lived in Dunstable. 
He married, September 15, 1680, Elizabeth 
Kinsley, born in Braintree. November 22, 
1657, daughter of Samuel and Hannah 
(Bracket) Kinslex. The\- settled on the Na- 
thaniel Cutler place in the south part of 
Nashua, where the wife was killed by Indi- 
ans, July 3, 1706, and he was wounded, hav- 
ing his arm broken, but escaped to a swamp 
about half a mile south, and near the present 
state line, where he remained in hiding over 
night and then made his escape to the "Fare- 
well block house." His children were: John, 
Samuel, Elizabeth, Hannah, Ebenezer, Anna, 
Lydia, William. 

(IV^) Deacon John (3) Cummings, eldest 
child of John (2) and Elizabeth (Kinsley) 
Cummings, was born July 7, 1682, died April 
-/• 1759- He was an original member of the 
church in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and the 
first deacon, to which office he was elected 
December 3, 1727. He was moderator of the 
first town meeting, was chosen selectman, and 
was town clerk in 1736. His farm included 
the land around Westford railroad station, on 
both sides of the track, and is now partly oc- 
cupied by one of his descendants. He mar- 
ried, October 3, 1705, Elizabeth Adams, of 
Chelmsford, born April 26, 1680, died April 
30, 1759, daughter of Peletiah and Ruth 
Adams. Their children were : Elizabeth, 
Mary, John, William, Thomas, Abigail, Sam- 
uel, Ephraim, Bridget, Ebenezer. 

(V) William, second son of Deacon John 
(3) and Elizabeth (Adams) Cummings, was 
born July 29, 1712, in Chelmsford, and lived 
in the region known as "One pine hill." 
There was a long dispute between Hollis and 
Dunstable as to whether the people residing 
there should belong to one or the other of 
the towns, and in 1763 it was added to Hollis. 
Seven of William Cummings' children are 
recorded in Groton. He was in West Dun- 
stable precinct in 1744, and was chosen dea- 
con of the church there in 1745. He was 
ensign in the company commanded by Cap- 
tain Peter Powers in the war of 1755. His 
intention of marriage was published July 12, 
1734, to Lucy Colburn, of Dunstable. In 
1770 Samuel Tarbell was made guardian over 
Caleb, son of William Cummings, of Dun- 
stable, then over fourteen years old, from 
which it would seem that Caleb belongs 


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among- his children. Others recorded are : 
Ebenezer. Lucy, Bridget. PhiHp, Rebecca. 

(YI) PhiHp, second son of W'ilHam and 
Lucy (Colburn) Cummings, was born No- 
vember 26. 1745 : recorded in Groton. and 
died March 29, 1826, in Homer, Cortland 
county. New York, at the home of his son 
William, and was buried there, but his body 
w^as afterwards removed to Sully, Xew York. 
He was in the revolutionary army from Hol- 
lis in 1775, and resided in Peterborough, New 
Hampshire, for some time thereafter. About 
1805 he removed to Cortland county, New- 
York. He married Mary Carter, born No- 
vember 15. 1751, died October 2, 1815. Chil- 
dren : Philip, Thomas, Edward, Caleb, 
Joshua, Mary, Lucy, Rebecca, Leonard, 
A\' illiam, died young" ; William, Betsy. 

(VH) Edward, third son of Philip and 
Mary (Carter) Cummings, was born Novem- 
ber 17, 1774. in Hollis, died July 6, 1846, in 
Preble, New York. He removed to that town 
in 1804. and settled on lot 59, purchasing 
one hundred acres in the wilderness. He 
built a log house with basswood slabs for 
floor, and the chest in which he brought his 
goods served as a table. It is said that he 
had only one plate and knife and fork each 
for himself, wife and one child. The farm 
on which he settled is now owned by a grand- 
son. He married (first) November 17, 1801. 
Sally Farr. born October 9, 1784, died Octo- 
ber 12, 1826. He married (second) August 
19. 1829, Abigail Robertson, born December 
I, 1799. died July 14, 1846. Children: Polly, 
Silas, Harriet. Sally, Celona, William, Ches- 
ter, Edward, Harvey, Lucinda. Lucy Ann, 
John B., James. 

(\'HI) Silas, eldest son of Edward and 
Sally (Farr) Cummings, was born August 7, 
1804. in Preble, New York. He married 
(first) January 26. 1830, Jane Duncan, and 
on November 22, 183 1, a daughter Elizabeth 
Jane was born to them. The mother died 
June 25, 1832, and Silas Cummings married 
(second) Amanda Taggart. November 8. 
1832. Five more children were born of this 
union: Samuel Edward. Mary Eliza, Daniel 
Miller, John Newton, Harlan Page. His 
second wife died June 5, 1841. On February 
23, 1842, he married (third) Emily Plobart, 
born October 10, 1813. Five more children 
were born to them : Ann Augusta, Francina 
Celona, Amelia Homer, Emily Hobart, Jo- 
seph Hobart. Silas Cummings died Septem- 

ber 4, 1875, having spent his entire life as a 
farmer on the farm next adjoining on the 
south the original one hundred acres pur- 
chased by his father when coming into the 
country to settle. 

(IX) Samuel Edward, eldest son of Silas 
and Amanda (Taggart) Cummings, was 
born March 22, 1834. He married. January 
27- 1859, Mary E. Highmoor. Son: Silas 

(X) Silas Highmoor. son of Samuel Ed- 
ward and Mary E. (Highmoor) Cummings, 
was born January 30, i8(5i. He married, De- 
cember 23, 1885, at Cortland, New York, 
Mary F. Burst. He is now a resident of 
Brookh-n, New York. 

The surname Roberson is 
ROBERSON identical with Robertson. 
The Westchester county, 
New York, family of Robertson originally 
settled in Connecticut. John Roberson was 
in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1677. William 
Robertson, born about 1720. in Fairfield 
county, Connecticut, it is believed came from 
Greenville, Connecticut, to Bedford, West- 
chester county, in 1744, and bought the Daniel 
Merritt farm in that town. History says that 
the Robertson family of Bedford were of 
Scotch origin. 

Jabez Robert.son. son of William, was 
born about 1750. By his second wife he had 
Jabez, born August 22, 1787: Laurence and 
Henry, twins, born November 30 and De- 
cember I, 1 79 1, respectively. Henry married 
Huldah H. Fanton and was father of Hon. 
William H. Robertson, for many years the 
Republican leader of Westchester county. 

With the Robertson family the Delavans 
appear to have intermarried, whence the name 
Delavan ' Roberson, mentioned below. We 
find the Delavan family first at Norwalk, 
Connecticut. John Delavan married, at Nor- 
wich, January 5. 1748-49, Mary Hait, and 
had a son. Jolin, born October 21, 1750. Tim- 
othv Delavan, doubtless a brother of John, 
married. February 23, i/SJS^^ i" Norwalk, 
Hannah Bouton, and had children: Timothy, 
born May 27, 1738; Abraham, September 8, 
1739; Mathew, December 20, 1741 ; John, 
lanuary 30, 1743-44; Nathaniel, September 14, 
'1746: Samuel, March 23, 1752. The entire 
familv moved to North Salem, New York, 
the historv of which mentions the following 
children: 'Timothy, Nathaniel, John, Corne- 

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lius, Daniel, Abraham, Stephen and Mathew. 
Of these, six sons were born at Stamford, 
and the dates given are from the town 

In 1790, the first federal census shows that 
\\'illiam Robertson was living at Bedford, 
\\'estchester county, and had in his family 
three females ; Jabez Robertson had in his 
family two males over sixteen, one under six- 
teen and six females. The town and family 
records are wanting and full details of the 
early generations have not been found, al- 
though a careful search has been made. The 
descendants of William Robertson in West- 
chester country are unable to give the name 
of Delavan Roberson's father. 

(I) Delavan Roberson, undoubtedly a de- 
scendant of the Robertson and Delavan fam- 
ilies of Westchester county, described above, 
was born July 25, 1792, died January 11, 
1861. He married Abigail Ferguson, born 
January 4, 1795, died November 8, 1871. 
Children: i. Reuben, born May 25, 1813, 
died in September, 1881 ; married Lodema 
Prindle and had children : William, Louis, 
Theron, Mary, George, Jane and Edwin. 2. 
Samuel, born April 6, 181 5, died May 27, 
1897: married Margaret Martin, May 25, 
1837, and had children : Theodore M., Sam- 
uel D., William J., Martha A., Fremont D., 
Mary Jane and Margaret A. 3. William H., 
born March 21, 1819, died July 13, 1904; 
married (first) Martha; (second) Sarah 
Cleveland. June 17, 1857; (third) Mrs. 
Louisa Ward, about 1879; children: William 
C, born July 13, 1858; Sarah T., born Octo- 
ber 2, 1861 ; Emma G.. born March 12, 1866. 
4. Elbert, born March 21, 1823, died March 
13, 1895 ; married Sarah Maria Requa, born 
July 23, 1826 ; had children : Elbert, Ed- 
mund, Alfonso, Josephine and Francis A. 5. 
Isaac, born July 19, 1825, died April 5, 1890; 
married Mary Bookstaver, and had a daugh- 
ter, Kate. 6. John, born May 21, 1827, died 
June 27, 1895 : married Mary Jane Watts, in 
April, 1869, and had a daughter, Kitty. 7. 
Sarah Jane, born June 17, 1829, died March 
27, 1901 ; married, September 25, 185 1, Phil- 
lip T. Deyo. 8. Alonzo, mentioned below. 9. 
Lodima, born August 2, 1833, died June 29, 
1908; married (first) Peter Ransom; (sec- 
ond) Samuel R. Benedict, and had child, Wil- 
bur R. Benedict, born October 14, i860. 

(II) Alonzo, son of Delavan Roberson, 
was born October 9, 1831, died June 15, 1899. 

He had a common school education, and 
learned the trade of carpenter. For some 
years he was employed in the old Marsh & 
Gilbert planing mill on Chenango street, 
Binghamton, whither he came in 1853. Af- 
ter Marsh & Gilbert retired from business, 
Mr. Roberson bought the property and car- 
ried on the mill with notable success. In 
1892 he built a new and larger mill to accom- 
modate his business and ceased to operate the 
old mill. The new plant is on the western 
border of the city of Binghamton, and is ad- 
mirably equipped to manufacture sash, doors, 
blinds and builders' finish. In 1882 his son, 
Alonzo, Jr., was admitted to partnership, and 
he has continued the business since the death 
of his father in the spring of 1899. Mr. Rob- 
erson took a keen interest in public affairs 
and was honored with various offices of trust 
and responsibility. In 1876 he was elected 
alderman of the city of Binghamton, and he 
served in 1876-77. In 1884 he was again 
elected alderman and could have been nomin- 
ated and elected mayor if he had consented, 
but he was not ambitious for political honors 
and he repeatedly declined to become a candi- 
date for mayor. At the time of his death he 
was vice-president of the People's Bank. He 
was one of the most active, progressive and 
useful citizens, of wide influence, sterling 
character and absolute integrity in all the re- 
lations of life. In religion a Methodist, mem- 
ber of "Centenary Church." and in politics he 
was a Democrat. 

He married (first) February 10, 1853, Ly- 
dia Titus, born April 23, 1830, daughter of 
James and Hannah Titus. She died June 26, 
1866. He married (second) September 13, 
1870, Sarah Eliza Dunk, born June 4, 1845, 
daughter of Alfred and Mary (Allen) (Bal- 
lard) Dunk. Children, all by first wife: i. 
Anna Frances, born November 23, 1853, died 
January 31, 1854. 2. Alonzo, mentioned be- 
low. 3. Lydia Rosella, born June 9, 1866, died 
in infancy. 

(Ill) Alonzo (2), son of Alonzo (i) Rob- 
erson, was born in Binghamton, New York, 
November 16, 1861. He attended the public 
schools of his native city. At the age of six- 
teen he began to work for his father and 
was associated in business with him as long 
as he lived. He became a partner of his 
father as soon as he was of age under the 
firm name of A. Roberson & Son. After the 
senior partner died the business was incorpor- 



ated under the same name with Mr. Roberson 
as president. He is one of the most substan- 
tial business men of the city. In rehgion, a 
Presbyterian, and in pohtics a Democrat. He 
is a member of the Binghamton Ch:b, the 
Mercantile-Press Club and the Binghamton 
Country Club, and is vice-president of the 
Broome County Trust Company. He mar- 
ried, December 4, 1887, Margaret Hays, born 
November 25, 1866, daughter of Andrew and 
Hannah C. (Ring) Hays. 

The Richer and Richter families 
RICHER are identical. The early history 

of the family in this country 
dates back to colonial times. It is thought 
that the original settlers were Nicholas and 
Michael Richter, who were living in 1790, 
according to the first federal census. There 
were just four of this surname in New York 
state at that time, and it seems probable that 
if these two were not the only original settlers 
the family would have been more numerous. 
Nicholas Richter had two males over sixteen 
in his family, and five females, and was liv- 
ing at Duanesburg, Albany county. New 
York. He was father or brother of Michael 
Richter, of the same town, who had four 
males over sixteen, three under that age, and 
six females in his family. This Michael 
must have been born about 1730, and if he 
were the son of Nicholas, the latter would be 
at least seventy-five years in 1790. But there 
was another Michael in Rensselaerville, Al- 
bany county, in 1790. having one son under 
sixteen and four females in his family. It 
seems more likely that Nicholas was brother 
of Michael first mentioned, and Michael had 
a son of the same name. There was another 
Nicholas in 1790 in Palatine, Montgomery 
county, New York, doubtless related and 
probably son of Nicholas of Albany county. 

(I) Nicholas Richer, son of Nicholas or 
Michael Richter, mentioned above, was born 
in 1772, probably at Berlin, Rensselaer county. 
New York, where he lived in his youth. In 
1800 he located at Columbus, New York, 
where he, died November i, 1829, aged fifty- 
seven years. He married Annie Wilcox, of 
the old Rhode Island family of that surname. 
He was a substantial citizen, a farmer du ring- 
all his active life. Children : Nicholas ; John, 
mentioned below ; Randall, died July 12, 1866, 
aged sixty-three years: Anson, died January 
28, 1855, aged forty-nine years. 

(II) John, son of Nicholas Richer, was 
born in Rensselaer county. New York, Febru- 
ary 9, 1799, and died at Columbus, New York, 
June II, 1881. He came when a young child 
to Columbus with his parents, and through a 
long, active and useful life followed farming 
in that town. He married, September 17, 
1820, Juliana Lottridge, born April 5, 1804, 
died November 30, 1884, daughter of John 
and Polly (Reed) Lottridge. Children: i. 
Adelia, born February 28, 1822; died March 
19- ^^73'- married Israel Schofield. 2. 
Nicholas, mentioned below. 3. Adeline, born 
March 2, 1832 ; married Harlow Lamb. 4. 
Mary, born April 7, 1834; dicfl March 29, 
1888: married Lewis White. 5. John Leland, 
born March 15, 1847; hves on the homestead 
at Columbus; married. August 4, 1881, Liz- 
zie Fleacock, and has son, Linn, born Novem- 
ber 9, 1882. 6. Juba Adelaide, born January 
10, 1849; married Lewis E. Simons; lives 
in Columbus. 

(HI) Nicholas (2), son of John Richer, 
was born at Columbus, April 11, 1827, and 
received his early education there in the pub- 
lic schools. 

He has followed farming all his ac- 
tive life and has been also engaged in the 
manufacture of butter and cheese. In manu- 
facturing he began in a modest way with a 
cheese factory in the town of Columbus, and 
as his business grew he added to his facili- 
ties by enlarging his original plant and erect- 
ing new factories in other places, until in the 
course of time he was the owner of no less 
than fourteen creameries and cheese factories 
in Columbus, Brookfield, Edmeston and 
Bridgewater, New York, and he was also a 
partner in the ownership of a general store 
in Columbus. Since 1891 he has made his 
home in New Berlin, with his son. He in- 
vested extensively in real estate, and owns 
six large farms in Chenango county, all in 
the highest state of cultivation. In all these 
varied lines of activity he displayed the 
same activity and sagacity, and took rank 
among the foremost business men of the 
community. He was enterprising but not 
speculative in his business methods. Through- 
out his life he has enjoyed the fullest measure 
of confidence and respect from his townsmen. 
In politics he is a Republican. He married 
(first) March 6. 1855. Ann F. Whitmore, of 
Columbus. New York, daughter of Luther 
and Elsie (Perkins) \\'hitmore, and sister of 



George B. Whitmore (see Whitmore). They 
had one son, Irving' L.. mentioned below. 

(IVj Irving L., son of Nicholas (2) 
Richer, was born November 21, 1858, in Co- 
lumbus, New York, and was educated there 
in the public schools and at New Berlin 
Academy, and at Eastman Business College, 
P'oughkeepsie, New York, from which he 
was graduated in 1878. He became immedi- 
ately afterward a dealer in general merchan- 
dise at Columbus, where he continued in busi- 
ness until 1886. Since then he has been a 
dealer in grain and feed at New Berlin, New 
York. His business was established by 
Church, Morgan & Company, and was after- 
ward conducted by the firm of Morris 
Brothers & Kimball. Mr. Richer first pur- 
chased the interests of Morris Brothers, and 
later bought out the Kimball share. It is 
the oldest concern in this line of business in 
the town. He also deals in coal, plaster, ce- 
ment, etc., and has a cold storage plant. He 
has been active in public affairs, and assisted 
in every project for the welfare of the city. 
Mainly through his efforts the New Berlin 
Light & Power Company was organized in 
1889, and he has been director and manager 
from the beginning. He formerly held a 
quarter interest in the Norwich Produce 
Company, and he has branch stores in South 
Edmeston and West Edmeston, dealing in 
flour, feed and grain. In politics Mr. Richer 
is a Republican, and he has been a member 
of the town board four years, one term as 
town clerk, another as supervisor. He ranks 
among the foremost men of business in the 
communit}'. His success has been won by 
hard work, persistent industry and enterprise. 
His business methods have been characterized 
by uprightness and integritv, high jnirpose, 
and conscientiousness in all his dealings. He 
commands the highest respect and esteem of 
his neighbors not only for his personal quali- 
ties and manly character, Init for a fine public 
spirit and a willingness to ccx^perate in ev- 
ery movement intended to uplift and help 
the community. In religion he is an Episco- 

He married, June 21, 1882, Elvira D. Wil- 
cox, of Columbus, New York, daughter of 
Lewis and Helen (Waters) Wilcox. Her 
father was a son of Isaiah and l'oll\- Ann 
(Lottridge) Wilcox. William Lottridge, 
father of Polly Ann, was a lu'other of lohn 
Lottridge, and both came from All)any in 

1799, settled at Columbus, and have numer- 
ous descendants in this vicinity. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Richer: i. Winifred Lillian, 
born April, 1883 ; married Rufus C. Beards- 
ley, of Cleveland, Ohio, hydraulic and elec- 
trical engineer ; children : Ruthven and 
Richer, twins, born 1904 ; John Calhoun, born 
July, 1909. 2. Marjorie Ann, born 1887; 
married Charles Mitchell, of New Berlin. 3. 
John I., born January, 1894. 

(The Wliitniore Line). 

(VII) Luther, son of Samuel Whitmore 
(q. v.), was born in 1792, in Columbus town- 
ship. He received his education in the dis- 
trict schools, and at Eairfield Academy, from 
which he was graduated in 18 15. For a while 
he was clerk in a store near his home, and 
also a surveyor. He was a finely educated 
man for the times, and taught in the district 
schools when a young man. He owned a farm 
of one hundred and thirty acres next to his 
father's farm of one hundred acres, and later 
he owned both farms. He was very success- 
ful in farming, and became a large property 
owner. Late in life he retired from active 
work and lived at Columbus Center, where 
he died at the age of seventy-six years. In 
politics he was a W'hig and Republican, and 
was very prominent and active, and during his 
life there were few years when he did not 
hold some public ofiice. He married Elsie 
I'erkins. who lived to be eighty-five years 
of age. She was daughter of Daniel Per- 
kins, an early settler of Shawler Creek, near 
the Great Western turnpike. Children: i. 
Samuel, a farmer of Chenango county. 2. 
Daniel E., leading citizen of Marathon vil- 
lage, Cortland county. New York, in the 
wholesale produce business connected with 
G. B. Wliitmore & Company. 3. Ann F., 
married Nicholas Richer (see Richer). 4. 
Augustus C, farmer in state of Wisconsin. 5. 
John L.. prominent physician and pharmacist 
in Minnesota. 6. George B.. mentioned be- 
low. 7. Llenry J., teacher in Minnesota and 
later a merchant. 8. Lee H., in business in 
Minnesota. 9. Alice, married Andrew Robin- 
son, a stone mason, of Chenango county. 

(VIII) Hon. George B. Whitmore, son of 
Luther Whitmore, was born in Columbus, 
Chenango county, New York, June 29, 
1834. He was educated in the district schools 
and in the academy, intending at first to be a 
teacher. He next learned the carpenter's 


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trade and for some years carried on a very 
successful contracting business. He secured 
capital enough to start in the produce and 
commission business and gave up the other 
line of work. lie had headquarters of the 
wholesale produce business at New iierlin 
and Edmeston. For a time he shipped only 
to New York City, and soon gained the con- 
fidence and good will of all who had business 
with him. He established his business in 
New York City in 1869, at S(j and 91 War- 
ren street. For the first five years he had a 
partner, but he bought him out and for nearly 
ten years continued alone. His fine business 
ability and energy brought him a very large 
trade, and operations were extended to many 
places. He soon became a formidable rival 
of the largest and oldest firms of the kind in 
the city. He became very wealthy through 
his foresight and work, as he was careful 
rather than too hasty in advancing his tracle. 
In July, 1885, he admitted his nephew, D. \\\ 
W'hitmore, son of Hon. Daniel E. Wdiitmore, 
of Alarathon, into the firm, and the name be- 
came G. B. Whitmore & Company. Later a 
younger brother of D. W. Whitmore, D. L. 
Whitmore, became a partner, but the firm 
name remained the same. The firm now 
continues to do an enormous amount of busi- 
ness in general farm produce, handling more 
cheese than any other commission house in 
New York. 

Hon. George B. Whitmore is distinctly a 
self-made man, and has made the most of his 
opportunities in every way. He became one 
of the most prominent and wealthy men in 
Chenango county. For fifteen years he lived 
in Brooklyn, but later returned to Chenango 
county, living in Sherburne. In religion he 
is an Episcopalian, being a warden of the 
church. He purchased the M. L. Harvery 
property of two acres on Main street and built 
a very handsome house there, furnished with 
good taste. The artistic arrangement of the 
grounds with fountain, shrubbery and flower 
beds, brings pleasure to all who see them. 
He owns much real estate in Sherburne and 
nearby towns. In politics he is a Republican, 
and has held many offices. He has served 
as president of the village corporation from 
1886 to 1891. and for two terms was super- 
visor of the town, and chairman one of the 
terms. In 1885 he received a plurality of 
1. 130 votes for the office of representative of 
Chenango county to the state assembly. In 

the assembly he was a member of the commit- 
tee on banks, and chairman of the committee 
of charitable and religious societies. He has 
been chairman of the county committee and 
also has held many other offices. 

He married Alarian, daughter of Frederick 
Furman, and they have one child, ^larian O., 
who is an accomplished artist and very popu- 
lar with her friends. 

Wyatt A. Allen lived in Dryden. 
-VLLEN Tompkins county. New York. 

He married (first) Green, 

and (second) Hulda Hait. Children by first 
wife: George R., mentioned below; Hamil- 
ton, married Flelen Becker ; Flarlow, married 
Sally Ford ; Harriet, married Asa Benham ; 
Marietta, unmarried. Children by second 
wife : Caroline, Amanda, Betsey. 

(II) George Riley, son of Wyatt A. Allen, 
was born in 1813, in Dryden, and died there 
March 15, 1845, aged thirty-two years. He 
was a farmer in Dryden all his life. He mar- 
ried Sarah Ann Benham, born in Marcellus, 
New York, September i, 1814, died in Octo- 
ber, 1889, daughter of Isaac B. Benham, who 
married (first) Sally A. Baker, and had chil- 
dren: Rev. John B., Rev. Asa B., Alanson, 
Allen, Eunice; he married (second) Olive 
Baker, and had children : Sarah Ann and 
Mary Lane: he married (third) Matilda 
Holmes, and had children : Isaac, David, Rev. 
James W, who lives in Syracuse, Matilda, 
Charlotte and Elizabeth. Children of George 
Riley Allen: (ieorge Frank (mentioned be- 
low) ; Adelaide, married Harvey Smith, of 
Auburn, New York. 

(III) George Frank, son of George Riley 
Allen, was born in Virgil, Cortland county. 
New York, in 1838, and lives now at Slater- 
ville Springs, New York. Fle lived the 
greater part of his life in Tompkins county. 
He had a farm near Auburn for a short time, 
and later had one near Ludlowville, Tompkins 
county. He removed to Slaterville Springs in 
1906. In politics he is a Republican, and has 
served as collector and trustee of the town. 
In religion he is a Methodist and has always 
been active in church work. He was steward 
and superintendent of the Sunday school at 
Ludlowville. He married Julia Ann, daugh- 
ter of Henry and Julia Ann (Bloom) Bower. 
Julia Ann Bloom came from Germany. Chil- 
dren : Anna Augusta, born June 10, 1871. 
married Rev. W^illiam Wallace Ketchum and 

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they have a son, Albert Allen Ketchum ; Paul 
Riley (mentioned below). 

(IV) Rev. Paul Riley Allen, son of George 
Frank Allen, was born in Lansingville, Tomp- 
kins county, New York, May 6, 1876. He 
received his education in the public schools, 
in Cazenovia Seminary and New York Uni- 
versity. He also attended the Drew Theolog- 
ical Seminary, from which he was graduated 
in 1902, and the Hartford Theological Semi- 
nary, post-graduate. During these theologi- 
cal courses he was preaching all the time, and 
in 1901 received deacon's orders in the Metho- 
dist Conference at Hoboken, New Jersey, be- 
fore he attended the Hartford Theological 
Seminary. He was ordained to preach in the 
Congregational church at Cambridge, Wash- 
ington county. New York. December 2, 1902, 
and remained there for two years. He then 
went to Corning, New York, where he re- 
mained for three years. In 1907 he came to 
Norwich, New York, as pastor of the Con- 
gregational church, and has remained there 
since then. He is a member of Norwich 
Lodge, No. 302, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
of Harmony Chapter, No. 151, Royal Arch 
Masons, and of Norwich Commandery, No. 
51. Knights Templar, of Norwich. 

He married (first), 1899, Anna Barber Par- 
ker, born in Coventry, Chenango county. New 
Y'ork, June 2, 1874. died in Norwich, April 
4, 1 9 10, daughter of Peter H. and Addie 
(Pearsall) Parker (see Parker HI). Child: 
Elizabeth Pauline, born in Coventry, August 
2, 1902. He married (second), July 26, 191 1, 
Gertrude Hicks, of Norwich, daughter of 
Judge John H. and Fannie F. (Hawkins) 

(The Parker Line). 

William Parker, immigrant ancestor, came 
from England in 1633, perhaps with Thomas 
Wiggin, in the ship "James," to Dover, New 
Hampshire. In Hotten's "History of Ameri- 
can Emigrants," on May 21, 1635, William 
Parker and IMargaret Pritchard, both seven- 
teen years of age, were passengers on the ship 
"Matthew" from London to St. Christophers, 
which was a small island in the West Indies. 
This William Parker may have been the an- 
cestor, for in 1635 ^ Dutch ship brought salt 
and tobacco from there to Marblehead and 
there were English passengers aboard the 
ship. William Parker and his wife may have 
come then, arriving in Hartford in 1636, at 
Avhich time he was an original proprietor there. 

In 1633 "the Bristol men had sold their in- 
terest in Piscataqua to the Lords Say and 
Brooke, George Wyllys, and William Whiting, 
who continued Thomas Wiggin their agent." 
He had a home lot on what is now Trumbull 
street, in 1639. He moved to Saybrook about 
1639, and owned much land there, as well as 
in Hebron. The land in Hebron he had re- 
ceived by the will of Joshua, third son of Un- 
cas. In 1666, in the division of upland in 
East Hartford, he had thirty-six acres, which 
he sold, and in 1674 he also sold land which 
he received in the division on the west side of 
Hartford. In 1673, after several grants to 
those who served in the Pequot war, his son 
William received a grant of one hundred 
acres, confirming a grant which had "slipt re- 
cording," so it is probable that he served in 
the Pequot war. He was prominent in public 
life, holding several town ofifices. He was 
often on important town committees, and was 
deputy to the general court at the special ses- 
sion of 1652, and at the May sessions of 1679 
and 1681, and the October sessions of 1678- 

He married (first), about 1636, Margery 

, who died December 6, 1680. She may 

have been a ward or relative of William Whit- 
ing, for he left her ten pounds in his will. He 
married (second), before 1682, Elizabeth 
Pratt, widow of Lieutenant William Pratt. He 
died at Saybrook, December 28, 1686. Chil- 
dren : I. Sarah, born about October 29, 1637, 
in Hartford; married, in 1662, Joseph, son of 
Deacon William Peck, of New Haven ; lived 
in Lyme, where they have many descendants ; 
children: Sarah, Joseph, Elizabeth, Deborah, 
Hannah, Ruth, Samuel, Joseph. 2. Joseph, 
born March, 1639-40, died aged twenty weeks. 
3. John, born February i, 1641-42, at Hart- 
ford ; a proprietor of Saybrook ; prominent in 
public affairs and gunner and master of the 
great artillery at Saybrook Fort, November 
30, 1683, and had charge of fort during An- 
dres's regime; married, December 24, 1666, 
Mary, daughter of Thomas Buckingham, of 
Milford ; died 1706; had children: John, De- 
borah, Ebenezer and Samuel. 4. Ruth, born 
June I, 1643, ^t Hartford; married William 
Barber, about 1663, and had children : Ruth, 
Elizabeth, George, Deborah, Martha, Hannah, 
Abigail. William. 5. William, born midsum- 
mer, 1645, at Saybrook; married (first), about 

1672, Cora , and (second), September 

7, 1676, Lydia Brown, who died in 1728; he 


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died August 20, 1725 ; was deacon, and promi- 
nent in town affairs ; their children were : WiU- 
iam, born 1673, Lydia, 1690. 6. Joseph, born 
February, 1647-48, at Saybrook ; married 
(first), June 3, 1673, Hannah Gillbord (Gil- 
bert) ; (second) Mary • ; died in 1725; 

children by first wife: Joseph, Jonathan, 
Sarah and Hannah, twins, who died the same 
day, 1676, Hannah, Margery, born and died 
1681, Margery, Matthew and Jonathan. 7. 
Margaret, born at Saybrook, about 1650; mar- 
ried, 1671, Joseph, son of Lieutenant William 
and Elizabeth (Clark) Pratt; died before 1686, 
children : Joseph, William, Sarah, Experience, 
Margaret. 8. Jonathan, born February, 1652- 
53, died before 1683. 9. David, born Febru- 
ary, 1656, at Saybrook; served in Indian wars 
in his youth and received serious wounds 
which troubled him through life ; died in 
1723. 10. Deborah, born ■March, 1658, died 
before 1683. 

(I) Simeon Parker, of this Saybrook fam- 
ily, was born in Saybrook, now Chester, Con- 

(H) Joel, son of Simeon Parker, settled in 
New York, removing from Chester, Connecti- 

(HI) Peter H., son of Joel Parker, married 
Addie Pearsall. Their daughter, Anna Bar- 
ber, born at Coventry, Chenango county. New 
York, June 2, 1874, died in Norwich, April 4, 
19 10, married Rev. Paul Riley Allen (see Al- 
len IV). 

Anthony Annable, the immi- 
ANNABEL grant ancestor, came over in 

the ship "Anne" in 1623. Fie 
settled first in Plymouth, where he lived until 
1634, removing then to Scituate, Massachu- 
setts, where he was one of the founders of the 
town and church. He was called "Goodman" 
Annable, and was "most useful in church and 
State." For thirteen years he was deputy to 
the colony court. He was a Puritan in re- 
ligion, and was respected for his sound judg- 
ment and Christian character. He lived in the 
colony fifty-one years, dying in 1674, and was 
said to be seventy-five years old at his death. 
He married (first) Jane , who was bur- 
ied December 13, 1643; (second), March 3, 
1644-45, ^^''1'' Clarke (Ann Elocke, according 
to some authorities), and she was buried May 
16, 165 1. He married (third) Ann or Han- 
nah Barker, who was buried March 16, 1658. 
He spelled his name Annable, and in the rec- 

ords it was spelled also Anable, Anible, Anni- 
ble and Anniball. Some families spell it Han- 
nable and Hannibal. Children by first wife: 
Sarah, born 1622, in England ; Hannah, born 
at Plymouth, Massachusetts, about 1625; Su- 
sannah, about 1630. Children by second wife: 
Daughter, died in infancy, buried April 8, 
1635 ; Deborah, baptized May 7, 1637, in Scit- 
uate ; Samuel, mentioned below ; Ezekiel, bap- 
tized April 29, 1649. Child by third wife: De- 
sire, baptized October 16, 1653. 

(II) Samuel, son of Anthony Annable, was 
born January 22, 1646, and died in 1678. He 
married, June i, 1667, Mehitable. daughter 
of Thomas Allyn of Barnstable, Massachu- 
setts. She married (second), May 6, 1683, 
Cornelius Briggs, of Scituate. Children : 
Samuel, born July 14, 1669; Hannah, March 
16, 1672, died August, 1672; John, mentioned 
below : Anna, March 4, 1676. 

(III) John, son of Samuel Annable, was 
born July 19, 1673. He married, June 16, 
1692, Experience Taylor, born 1672, daughter 
of Edward and Mary (Merks) Taylor. Chil- 
dren: Samuel, born September 3, 1693; Me- 
hitable, September 28, 1695 ; John, April, 1697, 
died May, 1697; John, May 3, 1698: Mary, 
December, 1704; Cornelius, mentioned below; 
Abigail, April 30, 1710. 

(IV) Cornelius, son of John Annable, was 
born November 3, 1704, and lived in Milling- 
ton, East Haddam, in 1728, and was living 

there in 1747. He married Experience . 

Children: Anne, born February 23, 1729, at 
East Haddam; Mehitable, September 4, 173 1 ; 
Susanna, April 28, 1733; Cornelius, mentioned 
below; Ansel, June 29, 1737; Elijah, June 27, 
1741 ; John, April 18, 1744: Temperance, 
April 15, 1747. 

(V) Cornelius (2), son of Cornelius (r) 
xA.nnable, was born April 28, 1736, and prob- 
ably died before 1790, as none of his name 
is found in the census in 1790. In 17QO 
we find Antoni Anebal in Fairfield. Connecti- 
cut, and Ebenezer Anebal at Huntington, near 
Fairfield. Anson x-\nabal had a family at He- 
bron, Tolland county, and Abraham Anable at 
Haddam, Middlesex county. John and Joseph 
Hannibal were reported from East Haddam. 
In 1790, in the Massachusetts census, we also 
find a few of the family, under various spell- 
ings ; Samuel, Jacob. William. Lieutenant Ed- 
ward, and Isaac. Samuel and Edward were 
of Ashfield, and of this branch of the family. 
In the revolution, according to the Massachu- 



setts records, Edward of Ashfield, Isaac of 
Dartmouth, John of Ipswich, Joseph of New- 
buryport, Wilham of Rochester, Robert of 
Chelsea, and Isaac of Oxford, were soldiers. 
Joseph, Job and Isaac were in Connecticut 
regiments. In 1790 there were a few already 
located in New York state, doubtless also of 
this family. Cornelius married, at East Had- 
dam, November 10, 1760, Lucy Green. 

(M) Cornelius (3), son of Cornelius (2) 
Annabie, was born in 1777, probably at East 
Haddam, Connecticut, and died in Howard, 
Steuben county, New York. In early life he 
was a seafaring- man. He lived first in Onon- 
daga county and later in Steuben county, New 
York. He married, in 1809, in Groton, Con- 
necticut, Abigail Lankton. Children : Will- 
iam, born in Groton, May 18, 1810; John, in 
Groton, 1812; Caleb, mentioned below; Fred- 
erick L.. mentioned below ; Lydia, born at 
Pompey, New York, August 9. 1822. 

( A'll ) Frederick L., son of Cornelius (3) 
Annabie, was born November 30, 18 17, at 
Fabius. Onondaga county. New York, and 
died August 20, 1896, in Howard, New York. 
He was a farmer. He served as trustee of 
public schools and in various other town of- 
fices, road commissioner, etc. He married 
(first), in 1844, Sarah Edgett (second), July 
4, 1849, Margaret Woods, born in Mount Joy, 
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, 1828, daugh- 
ter of William and Margaret (Ronaldson) 
Woods, both born in Dublin, Ireland. Chil- 
dren, born in Howard: i. Charles E., men- 
tioned below. 2. Lydia J., June 30, 1852 ; mar- 
ried Lancelot Dawson, of Howard. 3. Sarah 
E.. November 11, 1854; married John Van 
Housen, of Chicago. 4. William H., May 
30, 1857 ; farmer in Howard. 5. Frederick C, 
of whom further. 6. Floyd A., October 11, 
1863, died July 31, 1911; married, February 
22, 1887, Emma Edgett; children: Lawrence; 
Florence L., June 23, 1891 ; Margaret A., May 
13, 1894; Martha P., August 13, 1896; Sarah 
R., December 13. 1898. 7. Mary A., March 9, 
1865 : married William McChesney, of Avoca, 
New York. 8. Catharine, August 5, 1868, died 
1895 : married Richard Willis. 

(VIII) Dr. Charles Edward Annabel, son 
of Frederick L. Annabie, was born in the town 
of Howard. Steuben county. New York, No- 
vember 7, 1 85 1. He attended the public 
schools, in which he prepared for college, and 
entered Cornell University, from which he 
was g-raduated with the degree of bachelor 

of arts in 1867. He studied his profession in 
the University of New York and received his 
degree as doctor of medicine in 1871. He 
located at Cameron, New York, where he was 
in general practice for a number of years, and 
thence to Elmira, New York, where he prac- 
ticed for ten years. Since 1893 he has been 
located at Waverly, New York. He is a mem- 
ber of the Chemung and Steuben County Med- 
ical societies, the New York State Medical 
Society and the American ]\Iedical Association 
He is a member of Ivy Lodge of Free Ma- 
sons, of Elmira. In religion he is a Metho- 
dist, and in politics a Republican. He mar- 
ried (first) Clementina Hallet, born at Cam- 
eron, New York, daughter of Nathaniel Hal- 
let. He married (second), October 18, 1899, 
Mary Decker Holmes, of Standing Stone, 
Pennsylvania, born December 6, 1870, daugh- 
ter of Edward and Anna (Ennis) Decker. 
Child by first wife: Fannie, married James 
McCready, editor of paper in St. Johns, N. 
B. ; they have one child, John. Child by sec- 
ond wife: Edward Lincoln, born February 
12, 1908. 

(VIII) Dr. Frederick Cornelius Annabel, 
son of Frederick L. Annabie. was born in 
January, i860, in Howard, Steuben county, 
New York. He attended the public schools 
of his native town and studied medicine at 
the New York University, from which he re- 
ceived the degree of doctor of medicine in 
1889. He located first in the town of Cam- 
eron, Steuben county, and in the fall of 1890 
came to the city of Elmira to practice, where 
he has since practiced and won high rank in 
his profession. He is a member of the Che- 
mung County Medical Society, the Elmira 
Academy of Medicine, the New York State 
Medical Association and the American Medi- 
cal Association. He was commissioned by 
Governor Roosevelt, in 1900, coroner of the 
county to fill a vacancy, and at the end of his 
term was nominated by the Republican county 
convention and afterward elected coroner for 
three years. At the end of that term he was 
re-elected and served in all seven years in 
this office. He was appointed in 1900 to the 
medical stafif of the Arnot Ogden ^Memorial 
Hospital of Elmira, and filled that position 
until 1908, when he went on the staft of 
surgeons and has continued to the present 
time. For four years he was health officer 
of the town of Elmira. He is medical ex- 
aminer of the Provident Life and Trust In- 


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surance Company of Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania; the Alanhattan Life Insurance Com- 
pany of New York ; the Union Central In- 
surance Company of Cincinnati ; the Canada 
Life Assurance Company of Toronto, Canada, 
and of other companies. In politics he is a 
Republican ; in religion a Presbyterian. He 
married, November 25, 1893, Bertha Kath- 
arine Dixon, born in Pennsylvania, daughter 
of William Johnstone and Sarah C. (Wieder- 
man) Dixon, of Northumberland county, 
Pennsvlvania. Thev have no children. 

(VII) Caleb Annabel, son 
ANNABEL of Cornelius (3) Annable 

(q. V.) was born in Still- 
water, New York, March 7, 181 5, died in 
Cameron, Steuben county, New York, May 3, 
1908. He was an early settler of Steuben 
county, and was a farmer by occupation. He 
married Harriet Roosa, born in Canisteo, New 
York, October 12, 1822, died December 6, 
1892, daughter of Minna S. and Mira Roosa. 
Children: i. Andrew, mentioned below. 2. 
Mary Jane, born April i, 1847; married 
George Bundy, of Bath, New York. 3. Al- 
bert, born November 8, 1850, died April 18, 
1903. 4. Ida, born August 4, 1857, died April 
15, 1901 ; married Daniel Collins. 

(VIII) Andrew, son of Caleb Annabel, 
was born in Howard. Steuben county, New 
York, June 20, 1845, and now lives in Cam- 
eron, New York. He received a common 
school education, and is a farmer by occupa- 
tion. He has always resided in Steuben 

county, and has served several times as high- 
way commissioner, and also as vice-president 
of the Agricultural Society of Steuben 
county. He married, July i, 1866, Amanda 
French, of Cameron, New York, born June 
4, 1850, in Cameron, daughter of John and 
Mary J. (Overhisen) French. Children: i. 
Nettie, born October 12, 1867, died Decem- 
ber 17, 1871. 2. Charles Caleb, mentioned 
below. 3. Bert D., born March 23, 1876; 
United States mail carrier at Cameron. 

(IX) Charles Caleb, son of Andrew x-Xnua- 
bel, was born in Cameron, Steuben county. 
New York, December 9, 1872. He attended 
the public schools of his native town and 
the high school at Bath, New York. He en- 
tered the Law School of Union University, 
from which he was graduated in 1901. He 
was admitted to the bar in July following 
and was a law clerk in Buffalo for a short 

period of time, and afterward in Judge Par- 
ker's office at Bath, New York. Since 1903 
he has practiced law at Waverly, New York, 
and he has taken a prominent position among 
the lawyers of the county. He is a member 
of the Presbyterian church, and of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, of Waverly. 
Mr. Annabel married, March, 1904, Flora 
Lang, of Waverly, daughter of Frank Nesbit 
and Rose (Shackelton) Lang, and grand- 
daughter of John Lang, of Baltimore, whose 
father was a native of Scotland and whose 
mother was from France. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Annabel: Bernetta, born March, 
1905; Alton, January 3, 191 1. 

The Buly, Buley or Bulyea fam- 
BULEY ily appears in the public records 
in Westchester and Ulster coun- 
ties. New York, in 1763. John Bulyea, of 
Phillipsburg, Westchester county, New York, 
made his will March 18, 1763, bequeathing to 
wife Elinor and sons Robert and Henry. He 
must have had a son John also, for Robert 
Bulyea died in 1766, and his brother John 
was appointed administrator, November 4, 
1766. This John Buley (also spelled Bullyea 
and Bulyea) was a son-in-law of Samuel and 
Alice Davenport, of North Castle, Westches- 
ter county. Samuel Davenport's will, dated 
February 25, 1773, mentions him, and Alice 
Davenport in her will, dated March, 1775, 
mentions daughter Rachel, wife of John Bull- 
yea. John was the only one of the name in 
the census of 1790, except Benjamin, men- 
tioned below. He was living at Mount Pleas- 
ant, Westchester county, and had in his fam- 
ily two males over sixteen and two under that 
age and six females. A search of all the Ul- 
ster, Westchester and New York probate rec- 
ords fails to reveal another trace of 
the family. 

(I) Benjamin Buley, doubtless related to 
the Bulyeas of Westchester county, men- 
tioned above, settled in Marbletown, Ulster 
county. He lived to a great age, tradition 
says one hundred and three years. He was 
a soldier in the revolution in General Marinus 
Willett's levies, 1781-82. His name does not 
appear in the lists of settlers and other rec- 
ords of Marbletown, though he may have been 
in Ulster county some years before the war. 
In 1790 the first federal census shows that he 
was the only man of the name reported in 
New York state under the spelling Buly or 



Buley. He had one son under sixteen and 
one female in his family, indicating that he 
was a young man. In 1803 he was on the 
Marbletown jury list, and in 181 1 was on the 
tax list of that town. Children: Jacob or 
Jacobus, was on the tax list of 181 1 at Mar- 
bletown ; Abraham C, mentioned below. Per- 
haps other children. 

(II) Abraham C, son of Benjamin Buley, 
was born in ]\Iarbletown, Ulster county, New 
York, May 4, 1804. died in Sayre, Pennsyl- 
vania, March 20, 1888. He was educated in 
the public schools, and learned the trade of 
shoemaker. About 1828 he located at Ithaca, 
Tompkins county, and lived in that county 
until the spring of 1850, when he removed to 
the town of Chemung, Chemung county, 
where he followed his trade for many years. 
Eventually he ,removed to Waverly, New 
York, and for three years made his home 
with his son Joseph. His last years were 
spent in the home of his son, Cornelius L. 
Buley, at Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was bur- 
ied, however, in Waverly, New York, in the 
Forest Home cemetery. 

He married, April 22, 1832, Hannah Mas- 
terson. born October 5, 1803, died in Waverly, 
July 3, 1894. Children: i. James D., born 
December 14, 1833, died March 11, 1909. 2. 
Joseph Myron, mentioned below. 3. Cornelius 
L., born 1844, died 191 1. 4. Cornelia, twin 
of Cornelius L., died in infancy. 

(HI) Joseph Myron, son of Abraham C. 
Buley. was born July 26, 1836, in Danby, 
Tompkins county, New York, died February 
13, 1898, at Waverly, New York. He re- 
ceived his early education in the public schools 
at Danby. He learned the trade of black- 
smith and followed it in Chemung, Owego 
and Waverly, New York. During part of 
his life he was a journeyman and for many 
years he was in business on his own account. 
He married, in Tioga, New York, June 5, 
1867, Amanda A. Quimby, born in Monroe- 
ton, Pennsylvania, July 25, 1849, and is now 
living at Waverly, a daughter of John L. and 
Anna (Harris) Quimby. Her father was 
born in Sullivan county. New York, Febru- 
ary 28, 1807, son of Solomon Quimby ; her 
mother, Anna Harris Quimby, was born in 
Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1806. 
Children of Joseph M. and Amanda A. Buley: 
I. Louis J., mentioned below. 2. Joseph 
M., born February 13, 1870: married Nora 
McCutchins ; children : Victor, Louis, Hilton 

Clifford and Juanita. 3. Harry, born Septem- 
ber 28, 1872, died February 20, 1875. 

(IV) Louis John Buley, son of Joseph 
Myron Buley, was born February 9, 1869, at 
Waverly. He was educated there in the pub- 
lic schools, and afterward became a clerk in 
the office of the Wells-Fargo Express Com- 
pany in Waverly and continued in that em- 
ployment until 1888. He resigned to take a 
position in the Citizens' Bank as clerk and 
bookkeeper, January 8, 1888, and since 1895 
he has been assistant cashier of this institu- 
tion. He is active in public affairs, a Demo- 
crat in politics, and treasurer of the village 
of Waverly. He is a member of the volunteer 
fire department, treasurer of the Tioga Hose 
Company and was formerly foreman. He is 
a member of the Presbyterian Church of Wa- 
verly, and of Waverly Lodge, No. 407, Free 
and Accepted Masons. 

He married, September 11, 1901, Edith A., 
daughter of Lorenzo and Mary (Wood) Rog- 
ers, of Nichols, New York. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Buley : John Quimby, died in in- 
fancy, and Theodore Louis, born January 8, 

Captain William Raymond, 
RAYMOND immigrant ancestor, was 

from Essex county, Eng- 
land, and came to New England, "about the 
year 1652," according to his own testimony, 
given in the Essex court, December 28. 1697. 
His father was William Raymond, the "Stew- 
ard," and his uncle, Richard Raymond, was a 
prominent pioneer in Salem, ^Massachusetts. 
According to his testimony of 1697, he was 
born about 1637. He lived in Beverly, Massa- 

In 1675 he was in the Narragan- 
sett fight in King Philip's war, and in 1683 
was appointed by the general court lieutenant- 
commander of the Beverly and Wenham 
troops ; he also commanded a company in the 
unfortunate Phipps expedition against Canada 
in 1690. In 1685-86 he was deputy to the 
general court. He died January 29, 1709. He 
married (first) Hannah Bishop, born April 
12, 1646, daughter of Edward Bishop. He 
married (second) Ruth, daughter of Isaac 
Hull, of Beverly. Children of first wife: 
William, mentioned below : Edward, baptized 
July 12. 1668; George, baptized October 30, 
1670; Hannah, baptized May 18, 1673: /\bi- 
gail, baptized July 23, 1676. Children of sec- 


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ond wife: Mary, born ]\[ay 2, 1682; Ruth, 
born 1690; Ebenezer, born 1691. 

(II) William (2), son of Captain William 
(i) Raymond, was born at Salem or I^everly, 
Massachusetts, about 1666, and was killed in 
January, 1701, b\- the fall of a tree. He was 
a witness in a witchcraft case in Salem and 
seems not to have been one of the deluded 
ones. He married Mary, daughter of John 
Kettle, of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Chil- 
dren, born at Beverly: Mary, May 16, 1688, 
died January 20, 1689; William, I-'ebruary 11, 
1690; Daniel, November 25, 1691 : Paul, men- 
tioned below. 

(III) Lieutenant Paul Raymond, son of 
William (2) Raymond, was born at lieverly, 
January 22. 1695, died in 1759. He was a 
lieutenant in a military company. He mar- 
ried, February 28, 1717, Tabitha, daughter 
of Freeborn Balch. They were dismissed 
from the First Church of Salem to the church 
at Bedford, ]\Iassachusetts, April 4, 1736. The 
first five children were born at Salem and 
baptized in the First church there, and others 
were born at Bedford. Children : Elizabeth, 
baptized April 9, 1721 ; ]ylary, baptized March 
10, 1723 : William, mentioned below : Edward, 
baptized December 17, 1728: I'aul, baptized 
May 17, 1730; Lucy, born August 7, 1737; 
Nathan, born I'^bruary 29, 1740: Tabitha, 
born September 19, 1743. 

(IV) William (3), son of Lieutenant Paul 
Raymond, was born July 30, 1725, died De- 
cember 2, 1780. He lived at Holden and for 
a time at P'rinceton, Massachusetts. He mar- 
ried, October 9, 1744, at Bedford, Alercy Da- 
vis, born July 2^,, 1725, died P'ebruary 4, 
1810, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Hub- 
bard) Davis, and a descendant of Dolor Da- 
vis. Children, born at Bedford: Mary, ]\Iay 
10. 1746; Mercy, October 2, 1747; VVilliam, 
September 20, 1749: Hannah, August 19, 
1751. Born at Holden: Betty, May 6, 1753: 
Lucy, February 6, 1755 : Amos, mentioned be- 
low ; Tabitha, October 28, 1759: Lois, Janu- 
ary 2, 1762; Daniel, February i, 1764; Asa, 
January i, 1766; Lydia, May 26, 1768: Persis, 
November 9, 1770: Child, 1772. 

(V) Amos, son of William (3) Raymond, 
was born in Holden, March 23, 1757. He 
served in the revolution, enlisting Alay 30, 
1775. He married Alice, daughter of Peter 
and Alice (Greenleaf ) Joslyn. of Boston. 
Massachusetts. Children : Alice, born at 
Holden, October 8, 1780; Betty, October i, 

1784; William Greenleaf, mentioned below; 
Mary, November 16, 1789, at Holden. 

(\'I) William Greenleaf, son of Amos 
Raymond, was born in Worcester, Alassachu- 
setts, (Jctober 13, 1786. In 1816 he came to 
Berkshire, Tioga county. New York, with 
ox team and wagon, and settled there. 

(VII) William P., son of William Green- 
leaf Raymond, was born in Hinsdale, Massa- 
chusetts, May 23, 1814, died in Owego, New 
York, March 4, 1877. He came to Berk- 
shire, New York, with his parents when two 
years of age. In 1835 he went to Bingham- 
ton. New York, and in 1836 settled in 
Owego, New York, where he was a farmer 
and a hotel man, keeping the Tioga House, in 
C)wego. He was a member of the assembly 
before the civil war. He married. February 
20, 1836, Elizabeth Searles, of Newbury, New 
York; she was born June 13. 1815. Children: 
William Byron, living in ( Jwego ; Chauncey 
Lyman, mentioned below ; Charles, lives in 
California, has children: Charles and Mary; 
Mary, lives in Elmira, New York, married 
(first) Charles Goodrich (second), John 
Frazur, and (third) Lewis H. Merchant. 
M. D. 

(\TII) Chauncey Lyman, son of William 
P. Raymond, was born in Owego, New York, 
December 18, 1840. died May 17, 1902. Fie 
was educated in the public schools and ai 
Owego Academy. For some time he was in 
the hotel business, being proprietor of the 
Ahwaga House. Later he engaged in the 
grocery business in Owego, and kept it up to 
the time of his death. He was an attendant 
of the Presbyterian church. He married, in 
1868, Mary Frances Ogden, born in Owego, 
August 17, 1847, daughter of Vv''alter and 
Mary (Stroup) Ogden. Child. William Wal- 
ter, mentioned below. 

(IN) William Walter, son of Chauncy Lv- 
man Raymond, was born in Owego. Tioga 
county. New York, March 9, 1870. He at- 
tended the public schools of his native town. 
In 1883 he started upon his business career 
as clerk in his father's store, and he continued 
in the grocery business until 1902. Since then 
he has been with the Standard Butter Com- 
])any. of which he has been secretary since 
1910. He is also secretar\- of the National 
Casein Company of Owego ; director of the 
Tioga National Bank ; member of Owego 
Lodge. No. 1039, Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks, and an elder of the Presby- 



terian church of Tioga. In poHtics he is a 
RepubHcan, and in 19 12 was elected super- 
visor of the village of Owego. 

He married, June 12, 1895, Anna Goodrich, 
daughter of Abram Chase and Sarah Fran- 
cis (Fruman) Thompson. They have one 
child, Sarah Thompson, born June 3, 1896. 

John Anthony Beck, immigrant 
RECK ancestor, came from an old and 
prominent family in Germany. 
The name is thought to have been spelled 
Roeck originally. He was second cousin to 
King George of Sweden. He was born in 
Iseinah, Germany, and came to America be- 
fore the revolution, settling in the Mohawk 
valley. He was a well-educated man and a 
fine scholar. Some of the towns in the ^lo- 
hawk valley were named by him. For forty 
years he led the choir in the Lutheran church 
in Palatine, New York, He was a tailor by 
trade, doing fashionable tailoring and cutting. 
He died at Palatine, about 1847, aged ninety 
years. He married Mary N^ellis. Children : 
William, mentioned below ; John : George ; 
Lewis : Benjamin ; Mary, married Peter 

( n ) William, son of John Anthony Beck, 
was born in Palatine, New York, died at 
Evans Mills, Jefferson county. New York, 
aged eighty-four years. He moved to North- 
ern New York, at an early time, and lived 
there the remainder of his life. He was a 
farmer, blacksmith, and wood worker, and a 
natural mechanic. Fie and his four brothers 
served in the war of 1812. He married (first) 
Mary, daughter of John I. and Mary (Snits) 
Shultz, of Fort Plain, New York ; John I. 
Shultz served in the revolution, and was with 
Burgoyne at the battle of Saratoga. He mar- 
ried (second) Phebe Goodenough. Children, 
by first wife: i. Phebe. 2. Anthony. 3. 
Aaron. 4. Mary. 5. William. 6. Amy. 7. 
Edward Schultz, mentioned below. 8. Lucin- 

da, married Blodgett, of Chicago. 9. 

John Henry, served in the civil war ; lives in 
Wayland, Michigan. By second wife : 10. 
Ephraim, served in the civil war ; was post- 
master at Oneida, New York. 11. Lewis W.. 
a physician; lives in Los Angeles, California. 
12. Franklin H., died in Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia ; was a Methodist clergyman, and su- 
perintendent of Soldiers' Home. 13. Chloe. 
14. James, lives in San Diego, California; 
served in the civil war ; is an orange grower. 

15. Laura. 16. Fannie. 17. Albert, fruit 
grower in California ; served in the civil war. 

(Ill) Edward Schultz, son of William 
Beck, was born November 25, 1823, at Fort 
Plain, Mohawk valley, New Y^ork. He re- 
ceived his education in the Fort Plain schools, 
and Rochester University, from which he 
was graduated in 1842. He always has been 
a teacher, and even now gives private lessons 
in Owego, New York, where he is living. 
I'^or many years he taught school in Mont- 
gomery county. New York, and later in Tioga 
county. New York. During the civil war he 
taught school in Candor, New York. Later 
he moved to Owego, where he has lived for 
man}' years. He is an unusually fine scholar, 
and has kept all of his faculties to a remark- 
able degree. 1 here are few who could etiual 
his record of over fifty years in teaching 
school. Although he is almost ninety years 
of age, he is still active and alert, and is a true 
ty})e of old-fashioned courtesy. Because of 
lack of time, he has never entered political 
life except to serve as town collector; at one 
time he was nominated as candidate for the 

He married, November 7, 1847, Sabrina 
Embody, who was born in Canajoharie, 
Montgomery county. New York. November 
20, 1830. She was a daughter of Abraham 
and Mary (Reagles) Embod}' ; Abraham was 
born in Mendon, New York, in 1790, and died 
in 1849, son of Henry Embodee, who was 
born in France and married Leah Countr}-- 
man ; Henry came to America before the revo- 
lution ; he was in the service as quartermas- 
ter : the name was spelled Embodee in France. 
Children: i. Ellen Jane, born June 11, 1849, 
died 1852. 2. George P.. June 22, 1854. 3. 
Charles Fremont, March 21. 1856; a tobacco 
grower in Owego, New York ; married Lucy 
Howe and has children: Louis M., Ethel M., 
Orpha S.. Leslie, Theola R., Alberta E. 4. 
Edward S. Jr., May 22, 1862 ; a physician in 
Owego ; married Josephine Ohlman, and they 
had one child, Beatrice, who died in infancy. 
5. Frank, mentioned below. 6. Lewis A., De- 
cember 6, 1868, died 1893. 7. Ella Sabrina, 
June 30, 1871 ; married Mark E. Wood. 

(I\^) Frank, son of Edward Schultz Beck, 
was born in Candor, New York, April 9. 
1867. He received his education in the 
schools of Owego, New York, and then stud- 
ied law in the offices of Judge Charles E. 
Parker and of Sears & Lynch, of Owego. In 



April, 1888, he was admitted to the bar at 
Utica, New York. For eleven years he 
worked as clerk for Judge Charles E. Parker 
when the latter was on the appellate bench, 
though he also practiced law during these 
years. He has always practiced in Owego. 
In 1894-96 he was town clerk ; has been school 
commissioner of Owego ; in 1909 was elected 
district attorney, and he still holds that posi- 
tion. He is a member of Ahwaga Lodge, No. 
587, Free and Accepted Masons, and has been 
master of the lodge two terms ; member of 
New Jerusalem Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; 
of Ahwaga Tribe, No. 40, Improved Order 
of Red Men ; member of the Fire Company, 
and of the State Bar Association. 

He married, November 6, 1889. Anna 
Christina Rafif, born in Owego, daughter of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Weidman) Raff, both 
of whom came from Wurtemburg, Germany. 
They came in 1855 on their wedding trip, 
and lived for a year and a half in New York 
City ; they moved then to Scranton, Pennsyl- 
vania, where they lived for four years, finally 
coming to Owego, New York ; Joseph Raff 
was a brother of Joachim Raff, the famous 
German composer. Children of Mr. and Mrs. 
Beck : Florence Elthea. Sarah Rowena, Mar- 
guerite Matilda, Frances Shultz. 

Nathan Pembleton. the 
PEMBLETON first of the name in this 

country, was born as 
early as 1760 and settled at New Cornwall, 
now the town of Monroe, Orange county. 
New York. According to the first federal 
census, taken in 1790, he had in his family 
three males under sixteen, three females and 
himself. The name does not appear in the 
New York Revolutionary Rolls. Nathan was 
doubtless the father of John, mentioned be- 

(II) John, presumably son of Nathan Pem- 
bleton, was born in England, and came with 
the immigrant ancestor, settling in Orange 

county. New York. He married 

Smith. Children : Smith, Polly, Julia, 
Charles, mentioned below ; Emery. 

(III) Charles, son of John Pembleton, was 
born May 9, 181 5, at Monroe, Orange county. 
New York, died October 17, 1896, at East 
Waverly, New York, where he came when 
he was about fifteen years of age. He was a 
farmer. He married, December 5, 1838, 
Amanda, born August 12, 1819. died July 10, 

1902, daughter of John Ellis. Children: 
Emily Jane, born December 8, 1839, died 
April 25, 1903; William Henry, May 4, 1841, 
died June 15, 1843; John Ellis, mentioned be- 
low; Samuel, born C)ctober i. 1846, died Feb- 
ruary 9, 1892. 

(IV) John Ellis, son of Charles Pembleton, 
was born November 2, 1842, in Waverly, 
Tioga county, New York, and died at Tioga 
Center, New York, December 25, 1896. He 
received his education in the public schools 
of Waverly and at Lowell's Commercial 
School at Binghamton, New YcM'k. For a 
number of years he was su]jerintendent of 
Shepard's Paper Mills at Waverly. and later 
worked as teller in the Mrst National l*>ank at 
Waverly. In 1881 he moved to Tioga Center, 
where he was engaged in the lumber business 
and in farming, being active in this work un- 
til his death. He was prominent in church 
life, being superintendent of the Sunday 
school in Waverly, and was on the board of 
trustees of the Methodist church in Tioga 
Center. He was a member of the Free and 
Accepted Masons, at Waverly. He married, 
1872, Emma R., born in Tioga Center in 
1845, daughter of John Gilbert and Sally (La 
Mont) Smith. She married (second) Will- 
iam E. Knight, and is now living at Tioga 
Center. Children : Emily Ruth, born Oc- 
tober I, 1877; married George C. Bladworth, 
and they have Emily Ruth and George C. Jr. ; 
John Gilbert, mentioned below ; Mary F., 
married Herbert L. Ellsworth, deceased, and 
has son Robert L. 

(V^) John Gilbert, son of John Ellis Pem- 
bleton, was born in Waverly, New York, July 
8, 1880. He came with his parents to Tioga 
Center, New York, when he was a year old, 
and he attended the pul)lic schools there, and 
the Hudson River Institute at Claverack, New 
York, entering Syracuse L^niversity, from 
which he was graduated in the class of 1903 
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He 
studied law in the office of Judge George F. 
Andrews, of Owego, New York, and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in January, 1906. Since 
1907 he has practiced law in Owego, and in 
addition to his profession has large agricul- 
tural interests. His farm comprises several 
hundred acres, and is a model stock farm. 
Mr. Pembleton makes a specialty of breeding 
and raising Holstein cattle. Mr. Pembleton is 
a member of Smithboro Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Smithboro ; Royal Arch 



Masons, of Owego : Tioga Lodge. Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows, of Smithboro, 
and of the college fraternity Delta Kappa Ep- 
silon. He is a communicant of the Alethodist 
Episcopal church, one of the stewards and 
member of the board of trustees. In politics 
he is a Republican. He was supervisor of 
the town of Tioga in 1904-05 ; supervisor of 
the census in 19 10 for the fourteenth district 
of New York, and in 191 1 was elected to the 
New York assembly. 

Mr. Pembleton married, December 27, 
191 1, Julia, daughter of Orin Leroy and Ber- 
tie ( Sw ank ) Haverly, of Athens, Pennsyl- 

Edward Hilton, one of the 
HILTON pioneers in New Hampshire, 

was born in England. He 
came with his brother William, and Mr. Da- 
vid Thompson, all fishmongers from London, 
to begin a plantation at Piscataqua in 1623. 
They settled at Dover Neck, seven miles from 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They were 
sent over by the proprietor of Laconia, not 
only to fish, but to plant vineyards, discover 
mines, etc. He was in business in London, 
and continued the sale and shipment in New 

He was the leader of the little plan- 
tation and received the patent for the 
land, the Squamscott Patent, as it was called, 
including what are now known as Dover, Dur- 
ham, Stratham. and parts of Newington and 
Greenland, etc. In 1642 he was appointed 
by the Massachusetts Bay government one of 
the local associate justices of the court, sit- 
ting with the magistrates on the highest ques- 
tions and acting by themselves in cases not 
beyond certain Hmits, and because of this of- 
fice was exempt from taxation in 1669. He 
also held many other public offices. As early 
as December, 1639, he was settled in Exeter, 
where he had a large grant of land in what is 
now South Newfields. He was selectman 
there from 1645 nearly every year up to 1652, 
and in 1657 was on the committee of two 
from Exeter to meet the committee from 
Dover to settle the bounds between the towns. 
He has been called "The Father of New^ 
Hampshire." He died early in 1671. He 
married (second) Jane ( Shepley ) Treworgie, 
daughter of Hon. Alexander Shepley, agent 
of Sir Ferclinando Gorges in Maine; she was 
widow of James Treworgie, of Kittery, 

Maine. The name of his first wife is not 
knov^n. Children, by first wife : Edward, 
mentioned below ; Captain William, born 
about 1628; Samuel; Charles; daughter, mar- 
ried Christopher Palmer ; daughter, married 
Henry Moulton. 

(II) Edward (2), son of Edward (i) Hil- 
ton, was born in 1626, in Dover, New Hamp- 
shire. He moved to Exeter. He made a 
large purchase of Nadononamin, or John 
Johnson, sagamore of Washuck, who "as well 
for the love he bore the English generally 
and especially Edward Hilton of Piscataqua, 
eldest son of Edward Hilton of the same Pis- 
cataqua, gentleman, and for divers other rea- 
sonable causes and considerations deeded all 
his lands between the two branches of the 
Lampreel River, called Washucke river about 
six miles and a neck of land reserving half if 
need be of convenient planting land during 
grantor's life." This land is believed to be 
in the present towns of Newmarket, Epping 
and Lee, New Hampshire. He married Ann 
Dudley, born October 16, 1641, at Salisbury, 
Massachusetts, daughter of Rev. Samuel Dud- 
ley, of Exeter, New Hampshire, and grand- 
daughter of Governor Thomas Dudley, of 
the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His mother, 
]\Iary ( Winthrop ) Dudley, w-as daughter of 
Governor John Winthrop, second governor 
of Massachusetts Bay. Edward Hilton died 
April 28, 1699. Children : Winthrop, born 
about 1 67 1, prominent in civil and military 
afi:'airs, and judge of court of common pleas; 
Dudley; Joseph, born about 1681 ; Jane; Ann. 
mentioned below; Mary; Sobriety. 

(III) Ann, daughter of Edward (2) Hil- 
ton, married her cousin, Richard Hilton, son 
of William and Rebecca Hilton. Children, 
])robably born in Exeter : Edward, mentioned 
below ; Richard, Benjamin, Samuel, William. 

(IV) Edward (3), son of Richard Hilton, 
was born in Exeter about 1700, died in 1776. 

He married Elizabeth . They had a 

son Josiah, mentioned below^ 

( \' ) Josiah, son of Edward (3) Hilton, was 
born November 6, 1724, at Newmarket, New 
Hampshire. He married, at Newmarket. 
March 4. 1756. Sarah Marston Ames. Chil- 
dren : Colonel Richard. Edw^ard. Betsey, 
married Smart ; Marv, married 

Brackett ; Love, married 


(VI) Winthrop. son of Josiah Hilton, was 
born in Exeter, New Hampshire, about 1760. 
He married, at Exeter, November 7, 1788, 


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Hepsibah Dockum. Amoni^" their children 
was Josiah, mentioned below. 

(VII) Josiah (2), son of Winthrop Hilton, 
was born in Fairfax, Vermont. November 28, 
1790, died at Hornby, Steuben county, New 
York. He was a farmer. He married Mary 
Northaway. Children : Rensselaer ; John C, 

mentioned below : Charlotte, married 

White ; Henry. 

(X'lII) John C, son of Josiah (2) Hilton, 
was born in Fairfax, Vermont, August 20, 
1815, died at Beaver Dam, Schuyler county, 
New York, November 19, 1891. He was edu- 
cated in the district schools, and followed 
farming for a number of years in Steuben 
county. He married Polly Coye, born No- 
vember 20, 1814, died October 31. 1886. 
Children: i. Josiah, born June 19. 1841 : a 
farmer of Big Flats, New York. 2. Sylvester 
B., born December 30, 1844 (twin), died Oc- 
tober 2, 1896; served in the civil war. 3. 
Sylvinia, born December 30, 1844 (twin). 
died May 6, 1864: married Sylvester B. Rog- 
ers. 4. Judson J., born November 23, 1845. 
5. Willard M. (twin), mentioned below. 6. 
Willis Northaway, born July 28, 1850 (twin), 
traveling salesman in Elmira, New York ; 
married Mav E. Coe, and has one daughter. 
Rena H. 

(IN) Willard :M., son of John C. Hilton, 
was born at Orange. Steuben county. New 
York, July 28, 1850. He received his early 
education in the public schools and at the 
academy at Red Creek, Wayne county. New 
A^ork. He entered the Homeopathic Medical 
College at Cleveland, Ohio, and was graduated 
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 
1877, from the New York Homeopathic Medi- 
cal College. During the next two years he 
practiced medicine at \'anetten, New York, 
and since 1879 has been in general practice 
at Waverly. New York. He is director and 
national medical examiner of the National 
Protective Legion, having offices at Waverly, 
New York, and he is one of the founders of 
that institution. He is also an official exami- 
ner of the United States navy. He is a 
member of the Interstate Homeopathic ?\Iedi- 
cal Society ; of the Southern Tier Medical 
Society and the Valley Academy of Medicine. 
He is a member of Waverly Lodge, No. 407. 
Free and Accepted Masons, of Waverly ; of 
Waverly Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and 
of Owego Lodge. Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. He is a prominent member 

of the Presbyterian church, of which he has 
been an elder for twenty-five years. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. 

He married, August 15, 1877, Mary, daugh- 
ter of William and Mary (Smith) Atwood, 
of Union Springs, New York. Children: 1. 
William Atwood, born June 27, 1879 ; gradu- 
ate of Cornell University with the degrees of 
B. S. and Ph. B., and now an instructor in 
the University of Minnesota. 2. Mame At- 
wood, born May 18. 1884; graduate of El- 
mira College ; married Harry C. Baldwin, of 
\\'averly, and has one son, Waterman Hilton 
Baldwin. 3. John Gray, born August 24, 

Asa Shepard was one of the 
SHEPARD pioneers of Oneida county, 
New York. He settled near 
Sauquoit in the spring of 1789, and after- 
ward lived in New Hartford in that county. 
He was a farmer. He was twice married. 
The name of his first wife is not known. His 
second wife was Elizabeth Gilbert, a widow. 
Children : Frederick, William. Jared, Martha, 
Ira, mentioned below. 

(II) Ira, son of Asa and Elizabeth (Gil- 
bert) Shepard, was born at New Hartforrl, 
Oneida county. New York, June 19, 1807, 
died September 7, 1895. He was educated in 
the public schools, and learned the trade of 
millwright. In later years he became the 
owner of the Lenox Mills, near Wempsville, 
in Madison county, and he conducted them 
successfully for many years. In 1873 he re- 
moved to the city of Oneida. For several 
years he owned and operated a flouring mill ; 
this mill was burned, and having an interest 
in the malting business, he devoted the re- 
mainder of his active business life to that line 
of work. He was an able and highly re- 
spected business man, quiet and domestic in 
his tastes, dividing his time almost exclusively 
between his office and home. In religion he 
was a member of the Presbyterian church, 
and in politics a Republican. 

He married, in 183 1, Mary Avery, born 
in Paris, New York, now Clayville, Oneida 
county. New York, daughter of Colonel Gar- 
diner 'and Betsev (Sage) Avery. She died 
Julv I, 1870. Children of ^vlr. and Mrs. 
Shepard: i. Mary Elizabeth, married (first) 
James J. Stewart; children: Fannie A. and 
Robert Duff Stewart: married (second) T. F. 
Hand; she died October 14, 1891. 2. Susan 



Maria, married John Ould ; children: Harris 
Truscott, Sophia Stewart and John Avery 
Ould; Mrs. Ould died in September, 1881. 
3. Sophia Cornelia, married Frank M. Nich- 
ols; children: Frank Clarke and x-Xlbert 
Spencer Nichols; she died in 1889. 4. Julia 
Avery, resides in Oneida, New York; is a 
member of Shenandoah Chapter, Daughters 
of American Revolution, and was vice-regent 
three years. 5. Lyman Gardiner, died in 
1874, leaving one son, Ira Dunlap, who has 
two children. 

The surname Fenderson 
FENDERSON is identical with Finlay- 
son, an ancient Scotch 
surname. The family was seated very early 
in Perthshire, Scotland. During the persecu- 
tion of the Scotch Covenanters by the Eng- 
lish about 1680, James Finlayson, of New Kil- 
patrick, Lennoxshire. Scotland, was banished 
with many hundred others (see p. 253, Vol. 
II, Hanna's Scotch-Irish). According to the 
history of Parsonfield. Maine, where a branch 
of the family was living at last accounts, the 
name of the immigrant ancestor in this coun- 
try was Samuel, but no record of him has 
been found by the writer. 

(I) Nathaniel Finlayson, or Fenderson, as 
the name is now spelled, married, at Scarbor- 
ough, Maine, November 24, 1743. He was 
presumably a son of Samuel, the immigrant. 
Frances Finlayson, doubtless a sister of Na- 
thaniel, married at Scarborough, August 25. 
1 73 1, John Babb (see manuscript records of 
Scarborough church at New England His- 
toric-Genealogical Society). This Nathaniel 
was living in Scarborough in 1790, when ac- 
cording to the first federal census, he had 
two males over sixteen and two females in 
his family. His son, Nathaniel Jr., had at 
that time three sons over sixteen, and four 
under that age, and four females. Felatiah, 
a son or grandson, had one son under six- 
teen and two grandsons. John, son of Na- 
thaniel, was born at Scarborough, July 15, 
1756, married Sarah Kenny, of Saco, re- 
moved to Parsonfield in 1796 and died there, 
June 24. 1852. Children of John : Polly, 
Nathan, Nathaniel, John, married Hannah 
Perry and settled at East Machias ; Edward 
and Sally. We find Nathaniel a witness to 
the will of Stephen Munson, September 11, 
175 1, a resident of Scarborough, and again, 
April T, 1756, witness to the will of Job Bur- 

nam. \\'illiam and John of Scarborough were 
soldiers in the revolution; also Pelatiah, and 
Wallis, who must have been a grandson of 
Nathaniel. In the revolutionary record it ap- 
pears that John served part of the time for 
Marblehead, Massachusetts, indicating that 
the family lived there at some time. Doubt- 
less the first generations were mariners. 
William Fenderson was one of the captors 
of the British ship "Margaretta" during the 
revolution (p. 13, Maine Hist. Society, V^ol. 
2 Second Series). 

(III) John Fenderson, grandson of Na- 
thaniel Fenderson, was born in the vicinity 
of Scarborough, if not in that town, and died 
at Oldtown, Maine, about 1848. The family 
was doubtless Scotch-Irish, coming among 
the early settlers from Ulster province, Ire- 
land. John Fenderson married Dolly Crox- 
ford, of Oldtown, Maine. She died at or 
near Owego, New York, in 1858. Children: 
Wilmot, Ivory (a name found also in the Par- 
sonfield branch), Ann, Sally, John, mentioned 
below ; Caroline, Keziah, Lydia, William, 
George and W^ashington (twins), and Isaiah, 
who died at or near Tioga Center. William 
died at or near Granville, Iowa ; George was 
killed on the railroad at Centerville, Corning, 
New York, December, 1859. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) Fender- 
son, was born in Maine, near or at Oldtown, 
about 1810, and died in a drowning accident 
at Hyats Ferry, near Owego, New York, 
April 7, 1877. He came to New York state 
in 1836 and located at Owego, where he run 
by the thousand a saw mill at the village of 
Canawana, and carried on an extensive lum- 
ber business for six years. Afterwards he run 
a mill for John Dubois at Cascade township, 
Pennsylvania, three years, and in 1851 built for 
himself a steam mill near Owego. but failed 
in business in 1858. Pie married Lucy Clem- 
ents, born in Oldtown, Maine, about 18 14, 
died in the town of Nichols, New York, in 
1898, daughter of Prentice Clements, who 
was captain of a company taking part in the 
war of 1812. Children: i. Tisdale Dean, 
died in the service in the civil war. 2. Fran- 
cis M., born in ]\laine, also served in the 
civil war ; now living at Williamsport, Penn- 
sylvania. 3. John, mentioned below. 4. Au- 
relia, born in Owego. 5. Massenillo, born in 
Owego ; served in the civil war ; resides in 
W^illiamsport, Pennsylvania. 6. Lucy, born in 
Cascade, Pennsylvania, lives at \A'^est Lake, 


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Louisiana. 7. Lamartine, born in Cascade. 
Pennsylvania, died during the civil war. 8. 
Albertine. 9. Josephina. 10. Alary L., born 
in the town of Nichols, New York; all three 
died in 1854 in Owego within three days of 
each other, all in childhood. 11. Mary N., 
born in Owego. 1854; married R. N. Perry, 
of Syracuse, New York. 12. Josephine, born 
1856 in Owego. 13. Albertine, born 1858 in 
Owego, died at Waverly, New York. March, 

(V) John (3), son of John (2) Fenderson, 
was born in Owego, New York, April 4. 
1841. He was educated in the public schools 
of his native town and county. For a num- 
ber of years he lived in Nichols, New York, 
and owned and conducted a grist and saw 
mill. He has been in the lumber business all 
his active life. He was for fifteen years 
president and general manager of the John 
Fenderson Lumber Company, engaged in the 
lumber business in Canada. He spent five 
years in the Adirondack Mountains, New 
York, in the lumber business, and he owns 
about eight hundred and fifty acres of tim- 
ber land in the state of \^irginia. He has 
bought recently a tract of sixteen hundred 
acres of timber land near Washington, D. C. 
For many years, however, he has made his 
home in Owego. He is interested in public 
afifairs in that town and has been commis- 
sioner of highways. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat. He is a member of Lodge No. 153, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Owego. 

He married (first), November 9, 1862. 
Catherine L. Ford, born July 30, 1846, in 
Tioga county, New York, died January 13, 

1909. daughter of George L. and Mary Ann 
Ford. He married (second), January 15, 

19 10, Louise, widow of Edward Greenidge. 
Children, all by first wife: i. George L., 
born November 17, 1865 : a farmer and lum- 
berman of Nichols, New York ; married Nel- 
lie Seymour and has one daughter, Blanche. 
2. Stella A., born September 10, 1867: mar- 
ried Floyd Anthony, now with Siegel Cooper 
Company, New York. 3. Katy Belle, born 
October 2, 1869, died February 27, 1899: 
married Fred Ingersoll, of Nichols, and had 
one child, Bernice. 4. Mary A., born Sep- 
tember, 1873 ; married H. B. Richardson, of 
Hornell, New York. 5. Charles L., born 
March 29, 1876; is general manager of the 
manufacturing of lumber for John Fender- 
son Lumber Company in Canada. 6. Perry 

G., born May 17, 1886. 7. John AT., born 
March 7, 1888. 

Samuel Packard, immigrant 
I'ACKARD ancestor, came to New Eng- 
land with his wife and one 
child in the ship "Diligent," of Ipswich, John 
Martin, master, in 1638. He came from 
\\'indham, a small hamlet near Hingham, 
county Norfolk. England. He settled in 
Hingham, Massachusetts, and removed about 
1660 to Bridgewater. He held office there in 
1664, and was licensed to keep an ordinary in 
1670. Flis sons, and probably he himself, 
were soldiers under Captain Benjamin Churcb 
in King Philip's war in 1675-76. His will 
was dated 1684. Children : Elizabeth, born 
probably in England ; Samuel Jr., born in 
Hingham ; Zaccheus, mentioned below ; 
Thomas, born in Hingham ; John, born in 
Hingham ; Nathaniel ; Alary ; Hannah : Israel : 
Joel ; Deborah ; Deliverance. 

(II) Zaccheus, son of Samuel Packard, 
was born in Hingham, and died in Bridge- 
water, August 3, 1723. He married Sarah, 
daughter of John Howard, of West Bridge- 
water. Children, born in Bridgewater : 
Israel, April 27, 1680; Sarah, August 19, 
1682; Jonathan, December 7, 1684; David, 
February 11, 1687, mentioned below: Solo- 
mon, Alarch 20, 1689; Deacon James, June 2, 
1691 : Zaccheus Jr., September 4, 1693: John, 
October 8, 1695 : Captain Abiel. April 29, 

(III) David, son of Zaccheus Packard, was 
born February 11, 1687, died in 1755. He 
married Hannah, daughter of John Ames, in 
1712, and she died aged sixty-seven. Chil- 
dren: David, born 1713; William, born 1715 ; 
Hannah, 1718: Isaac, 1720: Mary, 1722; Ebe- 
nezer, 1724, mentioned below: Abiah, 1727: 
Mehitable, 1730; James, 1734. 

(IV) Ebenezer, son of David Packard, was 
born in 1724, died in 1803. He married, 1746, 
Sarah, daughter of Aiark Perkins; she died 
in 1810. Children: Alice, born 1747: Ebe- 
nezer, mentioned below; Eunice, 1750: Jonas, 
1752; Adin, 1754; Alathew, 1756: Eliphalet, 
1758: Robert, 1760: Joel, 1762: Lot: Noah 
and Joseph. 

(V) Deacon Ebenezer (2) Packard, son of 
Ebenezer (i) Packard, was born at Bridge- 
water, in 1749. He was a soldier in the revo- 
lution in 1777. He or his son was in the 
Tenth Company, Plymouth county, and served 



at Ticonderoga. Ebenezer Packard sent a 
man for "Joel" in December, 1777. Joel was 
a brother of Ebenezer Jr. Ebenezer Packard 
was deacon of the church and a prominent 
citizen of Bridgewater. He married (first), 
in 1774, Mary," daughter of Nathaniel Rey- 
nolds ; (second) in 1781, Content Harlow. 
Children by first wife: Mehitable, born 1774; 
Philip, 1776; Mary, 1778. Children by sec- 
ond wife: Sarah, 1781 ; Ebenezer, 1783; Sil- 
vester, 1785; Rhoda, 1788; Ansel, mentioned 
below ; Charles, 1792 : Content. 

(VI) Ansel, son of Deacon Ebenezer (2) 
Packard, was born in Bridgewater in 1789. 
He settled in Bainbridge, New York. He 
married Sarah Monfort, of Harpersfield, New 
York. Children: Peter M. ; Mary, married 
R. Porter Putnam, of PortervjUe, California ; 
Anna P., lives in Bainbridge, New York, mar- 
ried D. C. Scott, deceased ; Stephen S., lived 
in Covington, Pennsylvania ; George, died in 
California ; Almira, married Eli Soctwell, of 
Hammonton, New Jersey. 

(VH) Peter Monfort, son of Ansel Pack- 
ard, was born in Bainbridge, New York, De- 
cember 3, 1819, died in Cowanesque, Pennsyl- 
vania, February 10, 1903, at the home of his 
daughter, Mrs. Isabelle (Packard) Strang. 
He was educated in the common schools of 
his native town. When a young man he en- 
gaged in the hotel business, and conducted a 
stage line, which was the most extensive in 
that part of the state. He kept a hundred 
horses, and covered much of the territory in 
the Susquehanna and Chenango valleys. His 
business continued to grow until the advent 
of the railroads between Albany and Bing- 
hamton. Thereupon he abandoned some of 
the lines and for a time, before the railroads 
came, owned stage lines to Westfield, Penn- 
sylvania. For many years he was proprietor 
of the hotel that formerly stood on the site 
now occupied by the rectory of St. Peter's 
Church. He spent most of his life in Bain- 
bridge. He was a useful citizen, highly es- 
teemed for his liberality, kindness of heart 
and upright life. 

He married, September 22, 1845, Sarah 
Jane Wiley, born in Utica, New York, June 
10, 1817, died at Oxford, New York, March 
13, 1895, daughter of Jonathan P. Wiley, of 
Brownsville, New York, who stood high in 
Masonry in the state. Children, born at Bain- 
bridge : Albert Lewis, July 5, 1847, died Au- 
gust 5, 1862; Peter Wiley, May 24, 1849, <lied 

Alay 13, 1908; Georgianna Ida, June i, 1851, 
died April 3, 1852 ; Joseph Edwm, mentioned 
below; Isabelle Emma, born August 28, 1856, 
married A. B. Strang, of Greene, New York ; 
Fannie Louise, July 27, 1858, died October 
31, 1910, married G. H. Simmons. 

(VHI) Joseph Edwin, son of Peter Mon- 
fort Packard, was born in Bainbridge, De- 
cember 12, 1854. He attended the public 
schools of his native town and Sidney, New 
York. In 1873 he came to Oxford as clerk 
in the bank and he has resided in Oxford 
since that time. In winter he resides at Bing- 
hamton. He retired from business several 
years ago. He is a member of Oxford Lodge, 
No. 175, Free and Accepted Masons, and of 
Oxford Chapter, No. 254, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons. He is a communicant of the Protestant 
Episcopal church and for fifteen years was 

He married, January 17, 1881, Catharine 
Odessa Sands, of Oxford. New York, daugh- 
ter of Dr. William G. and S. Eliza (Mygatt) 
Sands. Her mother was a sister of the late 
Henry R. Mygatt, a noted lawyer and promi- 
nent citizen of Oxford, New York. Dr. W'ill- 
iam G. Sands was a son of Obadiah and Eliza- 
beth (Teed) Sands. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Packard, all born at Oxford : Edith 
Sands, May 28, 1885 ; Henry Mygatt, Septem- 
ber 25, 1886, died July 7, 1893 ; William Guth- 
rie, October 13, 1889; Katherine Odessa, Sep- 
tember 19, 1890. 

John Tobin was born in Ireland. 
TOBIN He settled in Lincklaen, Che- 
nango county. New York, and 
followed farming all his active life. Children : 
Edward, Daniel, John, mentioned below ; 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) Tobin, was 
born in Lincklaen, Chenango county, New 
York, died at Auburn, New York, in 1902. 
He lived most of his life, however, in his 
native town, where he was educated in the 
public schools and where he followed farming. 
He was a man of upright character and a 
useful citizen. He married Mary Lonergan, 
of Cuyler, New York, daughter of James 
Lonergan. She died about 1898 in Lincklaen. 
Their children: i. Edward, lives in the west. 
2. James. 3. John, lives in New York City. 
4. Daniel, died young. 5. Joseph, married 
Anna Gardner; now a farmer in Lincklaen, 
New York. 6. George Leo. mentioned below. 



7. Patrick, a carpenter in Chittenango, New 
York. 8. Mary, married Oscar Yeager. 9. 
Anna, married 15irn Cardner, of Cuyler, New- 
York. 10. Nellie. 11. Margarite, married 
Merrill Stewart, of Deruyter, New York. 12. 
Florence, married Ralph Porter ; resides at 

(Ill) George Leo, son of John (2) Tobin, 
was born at Lincklaen, Chenango county, 
New York, June 15, 1885. He received his 
early education there in the public schools. 
In his boyhood and youth he worked on a 
farm and afterward at Cuyler for a time in a 
milk station. He engaged in business on his 
own account as a general merchant at Cuyler 
in 1907, and has built up a flourishing trade. 
In religion he is a Roman Catholic and in 
politics he is a Republican. He married, De- 
cember 23, 1905, Pearl Torry, of Deruyter, 
New York, born February 20, 1884, at Cuyler, 
daughter of Ezra and Maggie (Steele) Torry. 
They have one child, Hilda, born July 3, 1910. 

The name of Lewis, sometimes 
LEWIS spelled Lewes, has had many dis- 
tinguished representatives in this 
country. The family is numerous and an- 
cient, both north and south. Robert Lewis, 
of Hradmockshire, Wales, emigrated to 
Gloucester county, \Trginia, in 1640. He had 
a large grant of land from the Crown, and 
from him have sprung different families of 
Lewises all over the country. Samuel Gilford 
Lewis was a major on General Washington's 
staff, and distinguished himself at the battle 
of Germantown, Pennsylvania. His descend- 
ants lived at Washington, D. C, and at St. 
Louis, where they were known as editors, 
judges and surgeons. George Lewis, of Ply- 
mouth, afterwards at Scituate, Massachusetts, 
where he joined the church, September 20, 
1635, came from East Greenwich in Kent be- 
fore 1633. Edmund Lewis, of Lynn, Massa- 
chusetts, was first at Watertown, and came 
over from England in 1634. John Lewis 
settled at Westerly, Rhode Island, as early 
as 1660. Dr. William Jerauld Lewis, presi- 
dent of the American Society of Microscop- 
ists, is descended from the Connecticut and 
Rhode Island families. In 1834 thirteen of 
the Lewis name had been graduated from 
Harvard, and thirty-four from other New 
England colleges. 

(I) Edmund Lewis sailed April 10, 1634, 
from Ipswich, England, with his wife, Mary, 

aged thirty-two years, son John, three years, 
and Thomas, nine months old, in the ship 
■"Elizabeth" commanded by William Andrews. 
He settled first at Watertown, Massachusetts, 
where he shared in the first division of lands, 
and had several subsequent grants, receiving 
lot No. 26 of thirty acres, July 25, 1636; 
lot No. 82 of five acres, February 28, 1637; 
lot No. 61 of five acres, June 16, of the same 
year, and another grant of six acres, April 
9, 1638. He resided on the east side of Lex- 
ington street, and had one hundred acres of 
upland beside numerous small parcels. He 
was admitted a freeman. May 24, 1636; was 
selectman in 1638, and appointed on a com- 
mittee to lay out the farms near the Dedham 
line, October 14, of that year. It is supposed 
that he had been a sailor as the inventory of 
his property included a cutlass and he seems 
to have been very fond of the water, for 
though he had a good estate in Watertown, 
he removed between 1639 ^"^ 1642 to Lynn, 
Massachusetts, where he purchased forty acres 
on the shore. He died there in January, 1650, 
and the inventory of his estate showed a value 
of one hundred and twenty-two pounds, seven 
shillings and six pence. His name is perpet- 
uated in the name of Lewis street which ad- 
joins his property at Wood-End, Lynn. Chil- 
dren : John, Thomas, James, Nathaniel, a 
child which lived but twenty hours ; Joseph, 
and probably Benjamin. All of these except 
the first two were born in this country. 

(II) Thomas, second son of Edmund and 
Mary Lewis, was born in 1633, in England, 
and resided in early life in Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, whence he removed in 1661-62 to North- 
ampton, Massachusetts. There he sold a lot 
of four acres in 1667. He was chosen to as- 
sist in building a mill, August 27, 1666, and 
soon after this removed to Swansea, Massa- 
chusetts, where he was admitted an inhabitant, 
December i, 1669, and granted twelve acres 
of land. Here he was elected selectman, May 
21, 1672, and was placed in the second rank 
of proprietors, who were divided into three 
classes, according to the amount of their own- 
ership in the town. He was probably in 
Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1681, and was taxed 
in Mendon, Massachusetts, 1691-92-93. He 
was elected selectman, May i, 1693, but de- 
clined to serve, and was still there in 1696. 
In 1692 and 1701 he sold land in Bristol, and 
died in that town, April 26, 1709. He mar- 
ried, November 11, 1659, Hannah, daughter 



of Edward and Joan JJaker. She survived him 
more than seven years, dying January 17, 
1717. Children: Edward, Hannah, i\iary, 
Esther, Thomas, died young, Thomas, EHza- 
beth, Persithe, Samuel, Hepsebah, Joseph, De- 

(III) Joseph, fifth son of Thomas and 
Hannah (Baker) Lewis, was born May 13, 
1677, in Swansea. Massachusetts, died Alay 
2/, 1742, in Haddam, Connecticut, where he 
settled before i/2^. He married Elizabeth, 
daughter of John and Sarah Birge, of Bris- 
tol, Rhode Island, and had children: Sarah, 
Elizabeth, Rebecca, Hannah, Deborah, John. 

(IV) John, youngest child of Joseph and 
Elizabeth ( Birge) Lewis, was born April 14, 
1723, in Haddam, Connecticut, and died in 
Saybrook, Connecticut. August 9, 1801. He 
resided in Haddam until after 1762, and prob- 
ably removed to Saybrook in old age to join 
his children. He married, June i, 1744, in 

Haddam, Deborah , born 1723, died 

February i, 18 13, in her ninetieth year. Her 
family name is not preserved. Children : Jo- 
seph, John, Simon, Samuel, Mary, Andrew ; 
died young, Andrew, Sarah, John, Abner. 

(\') Joseph (2), eldest child of John and 
Deborah Lewis, was born March 24, 1745, 
in Haddam, and was an early settler in Cherry 
\'alley. New York, said by tradition to have 
moved thither from Vermont, which is cjuite 
possible, and even probable, though it is cer- 
tain that he remained but a short time in Ver- 
mont. Lie was in New York before 1790, 
as indicated by the census, being then in Ste- 
phentown, where his family included two 
males over sixteen years of age, three under 
that age, and three females. He married while 
residing in Rensselaer county, and soon after 
the revolution settled at or near Chenango 
Point, at Kattelville, Broome county. New 
York, and lived there the remainder of his 
life, dying in 1834. His wife survived him 
less than one year. No record of her name 
can be found. He was pious and exceptionally 
zealous in religious practices, having a re- 
treat near his dwelling to which he resorted 
daily for prayer, and it is said that the turf 
on which he knelt was worn bare by constant 
use. He had five children, three of whom 
were: Spencer; Daniel, who lived at Bing- 
hamton. New York ; Nicholas, mentioned be- 

(VI) Nicholas, son of Joseph (2) Lewis, 
was born at Kattelville. Broome countv. New 

York, Lebruar}- 22, 1785, died at Chenango 
Forks, New York, July 23, 1871. He \vas 
educated in the public schools. Like his 
father, he was extremely pious and a devout 
Aiethodist. In 1854 he was ordained as a 
local preacher by Bishop James, and for half 
a century he was active in preaching and 
other good works in the Methodist denomina- 
tion. Lie was a cooper by trade, and for many 
years was in business at Chenango Forks, 
New York. He was of remarkable physique, 
and enjoyed good health to a great age. Even 
when he was eighty years old he used to walk 
si.x or eight miles to preach, and often deliv- 
ered three sermons in one day. His descend- 
ants were active in the service in the civil war ; 
three sons, fifteen grandsons, one great-grand- 
son, and two sons-in-law were in the service, 
and all returned to their homes with the ex- 
ception of one son, Dennis, who was shot at 
Antietam, and a son-in-law, who died in An- 
dersonville prison. 

He married, in 1804, Mary, born February 

6, 1788, daughter of Silas and Mary Hall. 
Children: i. Calvin Pardy, born June 29, 
1805, at Hamilton, New York, died July 2^. 
1848. 2. Leonard, February 18, 1807, died 
November 23, 1863; married Sally Palmer, of 
Kattelville, New York; had Samuel, Sarah. 
Joshua, Charles, Olive, William, Julius, Leon- 
ard. 3. Rhoda, July 21, 1809. 4. George 
Washington, February 15, 1812, died May 
12, 1886, at Elgin, Illinois. ;. Mary, Febru- 
ary 6, 1814, died September, 1888. 6. Salmon, 
mentioned below. 7. Electa, October 1 1 , 
1818. 8. Laura, April 13, 1821. 9. Sally 
Ann, October 11, 1823, died November 22. 
1842. 10. Jennie H., October 9, 1826, died 
September 17, 1862. 11. Rachel, January 16, 
1830, died April 20, i860. 12. Phebe, Tulv 

7, 1834, died March 18, 1886. 

(VII) Salmon, son of Nicholas Lewis, was 
born in Chenango Forks, Broome county. New 
York, June 11, 1816, died January 20, 1900, 
in Pleasantville, Pennsylvania, and was buried 
at Chenango Forks, New York. He received 
a common school education. In 1849 ^^^ 
joined the gold seekers and went to Califor- 
nia, sailing around Cape Horn. After return- 
ing from California he engaged in the hard- 
ware business in Chenango Forks, New York. 
After the death of his first wife, and marriage 
to his second wife, he removed to Friendship, 
Allegany county. New York, in autumn of 
1853, and entered the hardware business. 


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After a time he sold out and engaged in the 
manufacture of oil barrels in Titusville, i Penn- 
sylvania, in April, i860, the family remaining 
in Friendship, New York. He served in the 
state militia when a young man. He married 
(first) December 25, 1838, Alvira Page, who 
died in 1852. He married (second) Novem- 
ber 15, 1853, at Chenango Forks, New York, 
Sarah Welch, born in New Berlin, Chenan- 
go county. New York, January 10, 1822, 
died December 21, 1892, in Cortland, New- 
York, at home of her son, Lynn Ross. She 
was a daughter of A'ine Welch. Her par- 
ents died when she was quite young. Chil- 
dren of first wife: 1. James M., born Feb- 
ruary 9, 1840; a hardware merchant at Jersey 
Shore, Pennsylvania ; married Sarah Schucks, 
of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 2. Abiah L., 
born July 12, 1841 ; lives at Pleasantville, 
Pennsylvania; married Lucien B. Main, of 
Friendship, New York. 3. Jasper Eugene, 
born July 28, 1843, died July 3, 1899, in South 
Bend. Indiana ; married .Agnes Wheeler, of 
South Bend, Indiana. 4. Cassius Clay, born 
September 1, 1845, ^^'^^^^ January 3, 1879, ^^ 
Friendship, New York ; married Ella Higgins, 
of Friendship, New York. 5. Florence Ame- 
lia, born September 28. 1847. died June 5, 
1884, in Centerville, Pennsylvania ; married 
Ashbel Gates Sexton, of Centerville, Pennsyl- 
vania. Children of second wife: f). Lynn 
Ross, mentioned below. 7. lUanche, died in 

(\'III) Lynn Ross, son of Salmon Lewis, 
was born at Friendship, Allegany county. 
New York, January 28, 1858. His schooling 
was rather limited, but he acquired an educa- 
tion largely by private study and contact with 
the world. In May, 1867, he removed with 
his mother to Chenango Forks. His first work 
was that of a driver on the canal, and he 
followed it for five years. He then learned 
the trade of tinsmith. He moved from Che- 
nango Forks, March 2/. 1877, to Marathon, 
New York, where he engaged at his trade 
( tinsmithing ) , remaining there until Novem- 
ber 14, 1881, when he moved to Cortland, New 
York, and accepted a i)osition with Smith & 
Kingsbury, remaining with this firm until 
April, 1884, going with Newkirk & Hulbert, 
and remaining with this firm and their suc- 
cessors until August, 1888. He then pur- 
chased the plumbing and heating business of 
Smith & Bates, which he carried on success- 
fully until 1902, and during this time he in- 

vented and patented the Perfection Milk Cool- 
er, which he manufactured on an extensive 
scale. He also manufactured the Farmer's 
Favorite Feed Cooker. Upon selling out his 
plumbing and heating business he continued 
the manufacture of the feed cooker and milk 
cooler until March, 1907, when he sold his 
interest to Ralph S. Bennett, and the business 
is conducted under the style of the Lewis Alan- 
ufacturing Company. Mr. Lewis then asso- 
ciated himself with Marvin D. Main in the 
manufacture of the Winner Plow Truck. The 
patent was granted on the truck. May 7, 1907; 
they continued until November 1, 1907, when 
Mr. Lewis purchased Mr. Main's interest, and 
since then has manufactured alone, and is tne 
sole owner of the patent. This plow truck 
is the most practical device ever invented for 
holding a walking plow, and is one of the 
most valuable and useful implements a farmer 
ever used, an implement which virtuallv takes 
the place of a sulky plow, and at a big saving 
of expense. The \\'inncr Plow Truck is sold 
through agents, and also direct to the farmers. 
Mr. Lewis is a meml:)er of \ esta Lodge, 
Independent Order of ( )dd Fellows; a mem- 
ber of the official board and president of the 
board of trustees of the Homer Avenue Meth- 
odist Church of Cortland, and a member of the 
Church b'ederation. In politics he i:- a Prohi- 
bitionist. He was elected ma}or uf the city 
of Cortland in Novemlier. igio, and inaugu- 
rated January i. igii. the first prohibition- 
elected ma}'or in any city of New York state. 
At the time of his election the L ortland 
Standard said: ■" because of his aftiliation 
with the Prohibition partx' some (if hi> ad- 
herents of that party will doul)tle>s ex- 
pect the impossible of him in regard to the 
things that are uppermost in their minds, 
and if they expect it they will prob^ 
ably be disappointed. He will not ;iitempt 
the impossible. He i> not a fanatic. e\en on 
prohibition, but he 1)elieves in the enfijrce- 
ment of the law in regard to all thing-, and 
will unquestionably do his best to sei' that 
this is accomplished. He cannot go beyond 
the laws, and will not tr\- to do so. He is 
interested in the welfare of the city oi Port- 
land in every way, and will no doubt do his 
very best, as he sees it. to promote its interests 
along all lines." What his friends said of 
him at the time of candidacy we quote from 
the Cortland Standard of (October 26, 1910. 
"Lynn R. Lewis, our candidate for mayor, has 



been a resident of Cortland for twenty-nine 
years, and a business man and manufacturer 
for twenty-two years. He is therefore well 
known to our citizens, and it is no exaggera- 
tion to say that no man in our community is 
more highly esteemed for his sterling integ- 
rity. He is a man of strong convictions as 
regards right and wrong, and has the courage 
of his convictions, fearless in his advocacy of 
what he believes to be right, always willing 
to come out squarely and define his position 
on any public question. In the event of his 
election we can assure the citizens of this city 
a clean, business-like administration, and a 
scjuare deal for every man, with no special 
privileges granted to any private or corpor- 
ate interests." Through 2^1ayor Lewis's keen 
insight the "Gas Franchise." framed up to 
extort high prices on a twenty-five-year lease, 
was vetoed by him. This is only one of the 
many instances where he has acted most ju- 
diciously in the interest of the people of his 
adopted city. 

He married, December 20, 1882, Emil\', 
born at Cortland, New York, November 6, 
1858, daughter of Philo and Rachel ( Shap- 
ley) Phelps. Children: Paul M., born Jan- 
uary 18. 1886; Ralph Eugene, September 24, 
1892; Florence Emily, November 6, 1893, 
died aged ten months. 

The Diven familv is of Scotch- 
DR'EN Irish ancestry, which played such 

an important part in the colonial 
histor\' of America, and whose sons were 
characterized as "the backbone of Washing- 
ton's army" in the struggle for independence. 

( I ) Alexander Diven came from Tyrone. 
Ireland, and settled in the Cumberland valley, 
Penns}lvania, where are }-et found manv of 
his descendants. He married Margaret (fam- 
ily name unknown ), who was of English birth. 

(II) John, son of Alexander Diven, was 
born in 1752. He was apprenticed to a cab- 
inetmaker in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. When 
the revolutionary war broke out, his master. 
a thorough-going and enthusiastic patriot, 
urged his workmen and apprentices to enter 
the army, and among those who cheerfully 
complied was John Diven. He and his com- 
panions were with Washington at \'allev 
Forge when their term of enlistment expired. 
The day for their discharge arrived, and thev 
were drawn up in line in the presence of their 
general. He spoke to them as few men could 

speak, actually with tears in his eyes, and con- 
cluded by asking that all who would re-enlist 
would step two paces to the front. There 
was a moment's hesitation, and then young 
Diven stepped forward. One followed, then 
another and another, until the entire line 
sprang to the front with a shout. They for- 
got the privations of the camp and their de- 
sire for home in their love for their com- 
mander and his fervent presentation of the 
pressing needs of their country. Their serv- 
ice continued until the glorious victory at 

In 1799 John Diven located in w^hat is now 
Watkins. and the farm which he bought, 
cleared and long occupied is on the hill west of 
the village. He was the first postmaster in that 
locality. He became interested in the Duncan 
islands in the Susquehanna river, a large and 
rich tract of land, the continued possession 
of which would have made him an immensely 
rich man, but there was a Haw in the title 
reaching back to the time of \\ illiam Penn, 
and he could not hold. There was protracted, 
expensive and exhaustive litigation, and in 
the end he lost all and came to Watkins. He 
was twice married, his first wife being of 
the family of Baskins, of Watkins ; they had 
four sons, all of whom went west. John 
Diven married (second) Eleanor Means 
Children : Alexander S., of whom further ; 
Eleanor, Charlotte : Elizabeth, married Rev. 
Daniel Washburn. 

(HI) General Alexander S. Diven, eldest 
child of John and Eleanor (Means) Diven, 
was born in Watkins, New York, February 10, 
1809, died June 11, 1896. He received his 
education in the Penn Yan and Ovid acad- 
emies, after wdiich he commenced the study 
of law with Judge Grey, of Elmira, mean- 
time teaching school to defray his expenses. 
He was admitted to the bar in 1832. He spent 
some time in the office of Fletcher Haight, in 
Rochester, New York, and afterwards con- 
ducted the county clerk's office in Owego. He 
then went to Angelica, Allegan}- county, and 
was there admitted to the bar of the court 
of common pleas. He remained here eleven 
years, for a year and a half in partnership 
with George Miles, who removed to Michigan 
and became a justice of the supreme court 
of that state. For five years General Diven 
was district attorney in Allegany county, 
which then included the cottnty of Livingston. 
In 1845 li^ returned to Elmira to live, and 



that year organized the law firm of Diven, 
Hathaway & Woods, and successfuUy pursued 
professional work until the beginning of the 
civil war. 

He entered early into political life, and was 
an active member of the Republican party 
from its very beginning. He served in the 
New York state senate in 1858-59. In the 
latter year he was the Freesoil candidate for 
governor, and a candidate in the state con- 
vention at the time Judge Henry C. Davies 
was nominated for judge of the court of 
appeals. In i860 he was elected to congress 
from the twenty-seventh congressional dis- 
trict. As a member of the judiciary commit- 
tee and of the house during the early part 
of the rebellion, he was a staunch and devoted 
Unionist, and gave the administration un- 
stinted support. His loyal utterances are a 
matter of record, and the proceedings of the 
twenty-seventh congress bear witness to his 
patriotic devotion. As an anti-slavery man he 
was well known to the public at large, and 
although not an extremist, he gave a cordial 
support to the bill abolishing slavery in the 
District of Columbia. He was the first to 
introduce measures providing for the employ- 
ment of colored troops in the army, draft- 
ing and introducing the first bill on the sub- 

In 1862 Mr. Diven left his seat in con- 
gress to aid with his sword in the suppression 
of the rebellion. He assisted in recruiting the 
One hundred and Seventh Regiment, New 
York Volunteers, and went into service as its 
lieutenant-colonel. August 12th. He distin- 
guished himself in the Virginia campaigns of 
1862-63 by his gallantry and skill. After the 
battle at Antietam he was promoted to colonel, 
and led the regiment at Chancellorsville in 
the first conflict. In May, 1863, he was com- 
missioned adjutant-general with the rank of 
major, and appointed to the charge of the 
rendezvous for troops at Elmira, New York. 
August 30, 1864. he was brevetted brigadier- 
general, and assigned to special duty as as- 
sistant provost marshal general for the west- 
ern district of New York, and subsequently 
appointed to the command of the northern and 
western districts, which he retained until the 
close of the war, performing the duties with 
energy and success. In the spring of 1865, 
the war being over, he returned to civil life. 

In 1844 General Diven became a director of 
the New York & Erie Railroad, and was its 

attorney until 1865, when he was chosen vice- 
president, which position he held for three 
years. During the period from 1844 to 1850 
he was conspicuous for his labors and efiiorts 
to re-establish the waning credit of the road, 
and in raising the necessary millions to pro- 
mote its creation, which he did to completion. 
In 1844 came the crisis in affairs of the Erie. 
The road was built only to Binghamton, funds 
were exhausted, and its ofificials discouraged, 
the fate of this great enterprise being in the 
balance. At a meeting of its directors, held 
in New York City that year, a resolution was 
presented recommending the abandonment of 
the enterprise. Mr. Diven opposed it so 
strongly that his resolution recommending its 
prosecution was submitted, and a new era of 
eft'ort inaugurated, into which Mr. Diven 
threw all its energies and labored zealously 
for years. He drew up the bills passed by 
the legislature in aid of the road; he was in- 
strumental in procuring their passage by the 
legislative body; the first issues of bonds and 
mortgages were drafted by him ; he was com- 
missioner of construction during its building, 
the pay of constructors passing through his 

In 1849 General Diven, while engaged in 
the consolidation of the New York & Erie 
Railroad, became interested in the Chemung 
Railroad, extending from the New York & 
Erie Railroad, near Elmira, to three villages 
of Jeft'erson (now Watkinsj, at the head of 
Seneca Lake. He was a director in the com- 
pany which built this road, which was opened 
in December, 1849, soon after the Erie was 
opened to Elmira, and was operated in con- 
nection with the latter road as a continuous 
line from New York to Jefferson for a couple 
of years and until the completion of the line 
to Dunkirk. Soon after the completion of the 
Chemung Railroad, General Diven became in- 
terested in the construction of a line from its 
northern terminal to Canandaigua. The com- 
pany which controlled the latter road was 
originally chartered as the Canandaigua & 
Corning Railroad Company, for the purpose 
of constructing a railroad from Canandaigua 
to Corning. After the construction of the 
Chemung Railroad the title of the Canan- 
daigua & Corning Company was, by legislative 
enactment, changed to the Canandaigua & El- 
mira Railroad, thus making a continuous line 
of railroad from Elmira to Canandaigua. The 
control for its construction was made with a 

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company of which General Diven was a mem- 

After the completion of this road a still 
farther extension was made by the construc- 
tion of the Canandaigua & Niagara Falls Rail- 
road, which was also constructed by the same 
firm of constructors. The railroad was con- 
structed with a gauge and compared with that 
of the New York & Erie railroad, and formed 
a continuous broad-gauge line from Elmira to 
Niagara Falls. This line from Elmira to Can- 
andaigua is now under the control of the 
Northern Central Railroad Company, and now 
leased by the Pennsylvania railroad. Soon 
after the completion of the road to Canandai- 
gua, General Diven became interested in the 
construction of the Williamsport & Elmira 
railroad, which was originally chartered by the 
legislature of the state of Pennsylvania in 
1832, this being one of the earliest railroad 
charters in the United States. 

As a contractor he was eminently successful. 
In connection with General Thomas Price and 
James P. Kirkwood he contracted for the con- 
struction of the Missouri Pacific railroad, and 
under the firm name of Diven, Stancliit & 
Company engaged in the construction of the 
southwestern branch of that road. He was 
president of the Elmira & Horseheads Street 
Car Company, and was also largely interested 
in the Elmira water works. 

General Diven married, in July, 1834, 
Amanda Beers, born October 22, 181 1, died 
x\ugust 18, 1875, daughter of John and Keziah 
Beers. They had eight children. He married 
(second) 1876, Maria Joy; no issue. 

(IV j George Miles, son of General Alex- 
ander S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, was 
born in Angelica, New York, August 28, 1835, 
died February 3, 1909, in Elmira. He was 
educated at the old Elmira Academy, at a pri- 
vate school in Geneva, New York, and Hamil- 
ton College, from which he was graduated 
with a high standing in the class of 1857. 
He studied law in his father's office and was 
admitted to the bar in Binghamton in 1862. 
For a few years afterwards he was in partner- 
ship with his father, under the firm name of 
A. S. & G. M. Diven & Redfield. For many 
years he was the attorney in this region for 
the Erie railway, and also the legal representa- 
tive of the Northern Central and Lehigh Val- 
ley railroads. He early established a reputa- 
tion as a good and careful lawyer and a sound 
and trustworthy business man. He has had 

the management of matters involving unusu- 
ally large sums of money, and his judgment 
never failed him or found him at fault. Some 
of the largest business enterprises of Elmira, 
in their immature and uncertain beginnings, 
relied with safety upon his advice and judg- 
ment. He was a director of the Erie railway, 
and of the Erie Sleeping Car Company that 
subsequently became a part of the great Pull- 
man system. He was instrumental and in- 
fluential in the reorganization of the rolling 
mills ; managed the affairs of the Water 
Works Compan}' when the change was made 
in its organization ; originated, and through 
most embarrassing surroundings, laid out and 
conducted the street railway ; was foremost 
in the conception and construction of the El- 
mira State Line railroad, now the Tioga 
branch of the Erie ; brought the La France 
Manufacturing Company out of the slough 
into which it had fallen into smooth-sailing 
waters ; and engaged in other but minor mat- 
ters, all, however, making for the interests 
of Elmira. For five terms Mr. Diven was 
president of the board of education of the city 
of Elmira, during which time were initiated 
matters of interest to the growing generations 
of the town, whose influence will be felt far 
in the future. In 1872 he was chosen one of 
the trustees of Hamilton College, his alma 
mater, which office he held for many years. 
In the winter of 1890-91 he was elected presi- 
dent of the New York State Bar Association, 
an honor which of itself measures the high 
standing he had attained in his profession. 

Mr. Diven married, June 3. 1863, Lucy M. 
Brown, born in Clinton, Oneida county. New 
York, in 1833, died September 2, 1888, daugh- 
ter of Alden and ^Minerva (Sanford) Brown. 
Children, born in Elmira. New York: i. 
Josephine, died in 1872, in her ninth year. 2. 
Eugene Diven, born August 25, 1865. He 
graduated from the Lehigh Luiiversity in 1887, 
in the mechanical engineering department, and 
followed his profession for five years at the 
La France Fire Engine Company of Elmira, 
at which time his father being abroad, he be- 
came acting president, continuing in that ca- 
pacity for about one year. In 1893 he went 
to Washingi^ton to perfect himself in the details 
of the patent office, serving there until 1895, 
and during that time studied law at the Na- 
tional LTniversity Law School, taking the de- 
gree of LL.M. He returned to Elmira in 
1895, was admitted to the bar that year, and 


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later became a member of the law tirm of 
Diven & Redfield. In 1898 Air. Redtield re- 
tired, and the tirm name became Diven & 
Diven, the second son of George M. Diven, 
Alexander S. Diven, entering the firm, which 
has continued very successfully ever since. 
The firm makes a specialty of corporation law 
and of trustees of estates, also patent law is 
one of the special features of their practice. 
The firm represent the Lehigh \ alley and 
Northern Central and other railways in a legal 
capacity. Air. Diven was trustee of the Steele 
Memorial Library. In the will of the late 
M. H. Arnot he was named to be one of the 
trustees of the Arnot Art Gallery. He was 
at one time a member of the board of edu- 
cation for the city of Elmira. He was 
a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and 
was at the time of his death, April 29, 191 1, 
president of the local society of that name in 
Elmira. He married, September 10, 1890, 
in Elmira, Jeanette P., youngest daughter of 
John and Elizabeth ( Andrus) Murdoch. Chil- 
dren, born in Elmira: Alexander S. (3), born 
Aiay 26, 1893; Emerson Liscum, April 19, 
1898. 3. Alexander S., born November, 1869; 

married ; children: Irving Booth, born 

June 3, 1903; Lucy, February 10, 1911. 4. 
Alden Brown, born March 4. 1871. 5. Louis, 
born October 5, 1873. 

[lY) Alexander (2), son of General Alex- 
ander S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, was 
born January 22, 1841, died January 25, 1888. 
Early in manhood he was engaged in the old 
Elmira Bank, where his business education 
began under the eye of Lewis J. Standifi:", 
and later became a business man of more than 
ordinary aptitude and sagacity. During the 
civil war he was a paymaster in the army, 
with the rank of major. After the war he 
engaged in business in Towanda, Pennsyl- 
vania, when he was elected chief officer of 
the borough. Returning to Elmira, he took 
an interest in the Water W^orks Company, 
and the two reservoirs in the western j^art 
of the city were built under his supervision. 
The magnitude and excellence of the work' are 
standing monuments to his carefulness and 
judgment. He was a large hearted noble man, 
attracting those closely who came in contact 
with him, and was able in the Democratic city 
of Elmira to be elected its mayor. Republican 
as he was himself, and served as such during 
the terms of 1880-81-82. He married, July 
13, 1864, Anna Z. AlcOuhae, born in Danville, 

Pennsylvania, April 24, 1844, died in Elmira, 
New York, December 6, 1888, daughter of 
John and Azubah (Carpenter) xVicyuhae. 
Children : John McQuhae, died unmarried ; 
George Maxwell, of whom further; Eleanor 
died unmarried. 

(IV) Eugene, son of General Alexander 
S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, was born June 
21, 1843, died September 2, 1888. He re- 
ceived his early education in Elmira and spent 
one year at West Point, but left the academy 
there to join an engineering expedition in 
Mexico in which infiuential friends were in- 
terested. He came home from this to enter 
the army of the Union and was appointed to 
the staff of General Henry W. Slocum, his 
commission being the last one that President 
Lincoln ever signed. He had served on the 
staff of his father as A. A. A. G. Dept. of 
Western N. Y. while General Diven was in 
command of the post at Elmira. After the 
war Eugen Diven engaged in railroad build- 
ing and other business enterprises, was for- 
tunate, and accumulated a competence early 
in life. He was connected with the La France 
Manufacturing Company, and depeatedly rep- 
resented his district in the board of education 
of the city of Elmira. He married, August 
2;^, 1869, Julia, died March 25, 1910, daugh- 
ter of H. M. Partridge. Children: Amanda 
A., married Gordon Buchanan ; Eugenia ; 
Vieva L. 

(IV) May, daughter of General Alexander 
S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, married Ma- 
jor Emerson H. Liscum, deceased, of the regu- 
lar army. 

(IV) Alice, daughter of General Alexan- 
der S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, died un- 
married, March 31, 1875, at Fort Lyon, Colo- 

(IV) John M., son of General Alexander 
S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, was born 
April 24, 1852; resides in Troy, New York; 
married Susan, daughter of Dr. Hepburn, of 
Elmira. Children: John .M. Jr., Alice. 

{IV) Eleanor, daughter of General Alex- 
ander S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, un- 

(IV) Amanda, daughter of General Alex- 
ander S. and Amanda (Beers) Diven, mar- 
ried Henry Cogswell Silsbee. Children: i. 
Eleanor Diven Silsbee, born in New York City, 
December 8, 1881 ; married. September 14. 
1904, George W^arren Wyckoft'; children: 
George W., Henry S., Clinton R. 2. James AI- 

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frecl Silsbee, born in Elmira, New York, Au- 
gust 4, 1883. 

(V) George Maxwell, son of Alexander 
Diven, was born June 7, 1870, in Towanda, 
Pennsylvania. He received his education in 
the public schools of Elmira, New York, and 
on coming to manhood entered the employ 
of the Elmira Water Works, of which he was 
secretary at the time of the change of man- 
agement, or at time the plant changed owners, 
and since then had been retired from mercan- 
tile and manufacturing pursuits, and deals in 
real estate and the management of his own 
property. He is a Republican, and has never 
held any office. He is a member of the Sons 
of the Revolution. He married Cora, daugh- 
ter of Alonzo A. and Eliza (Young) West, of 
Elmira. Children: i. George Maxwell Jr., 
born in Elmira, January 9, 1901. 2. John Mc- 
Ouhae, born June 7, 1904, died June 5, 1905. 

The surname Sawyer was 

SAWYER spelled more commonly Sayer 
in Orange county. New York, 
and that spelling as well as Sawyer, has sur- 
vived to the present day. Sometimes the name 
was spelled Sayre and Sayres and some writ- 
ers state that it is the same as Sears, but it 
is likelv that Sawyer was the original deriva- 
tion from the trade name of the progenitor. 
The lineage here given rests upon genealogical 
matter in various Orange county histories. 

(I) Thomas Sawyer or Sayer, came with 
two brothers, Joseph and James, from Wales 
to America and settled early in New Jersey. 
Thomas Sawyer, of Elizabethtown, New Jer- 
sey, by deed dated 1704, bought of Benjamin 
Parkhurst six acres of land in Orange county, 
near Goshen. This land was lately owned by 
Walter H. Sawyer, a descendant. 

(U) Joseph Sawyer or Sayer, son of 
Thomas Sawyer or Sayer, was one of the first 
settlers in Orange county, New York. He 
had sons : James, mentioned below ; John, Dan- 
iel, Jonathan. 

(HI) James Sawyer or Sayer, son of Jo- 
seph Sawyer or Sayer. was born in 1731, 
died in 1821. He owned four hundred acres 
in the south part of Goshen on the main road 
from Chester to Florida, then in the wilder- 
ness. He built the central part of the house 
now standing. Major James Sawyer lived near 
Goshen in the Drowned Land district, and 
at the time of the revolution o\vned a farm 
there. He was a captain in Colonel ^^^illiam 

Allison's regiment, February 6, 1776, and was 
subsequently appointed quartermaster with the 
rank of major, February 28, 1776, and again 
commissioned February 28, 1778. He was 
with his regiment in the Minisink campaign, 
when according to family tradition he was 
wounded in battle. He also took part in the 
engagements at Forts Clinton and Montgom- 
ery, October 7, 1777, and in the latter fight, 
his son, James Jr., was taken prisoner and 
never returned, dying in captivity. From De- 
cember. 1776, to April, 1778, the regiment 
was called into service twelve times and was 
two hundred and ninety-two days in the field. 

James Sawyer married Elizabeth Bradner 
and had children: James Jr., Benjamin, 
Moses, ]\Iathew, Sarah, Temperance. The 
histor^• of Orange count}- mentions a Benja- 
min Sawyer who resided near Carpenter's 
Point on the Delaware and kept an inn and 
the ferry ; removed to Goshen near Drowned 
Lands and bought a farm later owned by his 
son. This Benjamin, probably son of James, 
had sons John, Moses, General Calvin G., 
born in 1796, and Franklin. According to the 
census of 1790, Benjamin Sawyer was the 
only head of familv at Goshen, having two 
males over sixteen, one under that age and 
four females in his family. In the adjacent 
town of New Cornwall. James Sawyer had 
two males over sixteen, four under that age, 
two females, three slaves, and one other per- 
son in his family. There was a ^Moses Saw- 
yer at Granville, Washington county, having 
four females in his family. 

(IV) Moses, son of Major James Sawyer, 
was born in Orange county. New York. He 
married Eleanor Holly or Hawley. Children 
born near Goshen : Elizabeth, married George 

Jackson ; James ; Mary, married Cav- 

anaugh ; Sally, married James Post ; Ellen, 
married John Smith : Harriet, married 

Thomas; Samuel: Benjamin, mentioned be- 
low : John L. ; Andrew : Charlotte, married 

— King. 

(V) Benjamin, son of ]\Ioses Sawyer, was 
born July 8, 1800, in the Drowned Lands dis- 
trict near Goshen, New York, died in Waver- 
ly. New York, February 12, 1864. In 1834 
he came to the town of Barton, Tioga county, 
New York, from Orange county, carting his 
goods over the rough roads. He located on 
Talmadge Hill, where he resided for a num- 
ber of years. He followed farming and lum- 
bering in partnership with hi? brother, John 



L. Sawyer. Subsequently he moved to Fac- 
toryville, now East V\'averl}', New York. He 
was an active and prominent member of the 
First Presbyterian Lhurch of Waverly from 
the time of its organization and was for many 
years an elder. 

He married (first) February 26, 1825, Eliza- 
beth Johnston, born December 18, 1802, in 
Orange county, New York, died January lO, 
1858, in Waverly. He married (second) 
Mary Wilbur. Children, all by first wife : 
Charles H., mentioned below ; Moses E., born 
September j, 1829, died August 31, 1901 ; 
William A., October 17, 1831, died October 
2^, 1904; Rachel Ann, April 13, 1834, died 
\oung; James M., March 17, 1837, died Feb- 
ruary 12, 1877; f'^hzabeth, September 28, 1840, 
married Amasa Finch, of Waverly, and had 
one daughter, Mary E. Finch. 

(VI) Charles Halstead, son of Benjamin 
Sawyer, was born in Orange county, near 
Goshen, July 2'/, 1827. died in Waverly, April 
16, 1892. He came to the town of liarton 
with his parents in early childhood and was 
educated in the coiumon schools there. He 
followed farming near Waverly, and was in- 
terested in a general business activity. He 
was active in religious work, an elder of the 
Presbyterian church for thirty years. He was 
a leading citizen of the town. He married. 
October 4, 1853, Martha W. Hanna, born July 
19. 1 83 1, in Parton, died July 12, 1906, daugh- 
ter of ( jeorge W. and Catherine ( Wentz ) 
Hanna, granddaughter of John and Margaret 
(McCauly) Hanna. The\' had one son, h'red 
Andrew, mentioned below. 

(A^H) Fred Andrew, son of Charles Hal- 
stead Sawyer, was born in Parton, Tioga 
county, Xew York, October 2^, i860. He 
attended the public schools and the ^^'averly 
high school. He started upon his business 
career in 1875 i" the Citizens Pank, founded 
the year before by J. Theodore Sawyer. He 
was connected with the bank as early as 
1875. but became bookkeeper, September 19, 
1879. He was promoted assistant cashier, 
then cashier, and since January. 191 1, he has 
been president of the bank, succeeding Hon. 
J. Theodore Sawyer after his death. He is 
also a director of the bank and of the Waverly 
\A'ater Company, and director and treasurer 
of the Loomis Opera Company. He has been 
active in public affairs, and for six years was 
a membf^T of the board of education and for 
two years president. He was also treasurer 

of the incorporated village for several years. 
For the past ten years he has been one of 
the trustees of the Presbyterian church. He 
has also taken a keen interest in the \ olun- 
teer I'ire Department of the village, and has 
been its chief engineer, i le is a member of 
the Tioga Hose Company, in which he has 
held in succession the various offices. In poli- 
tics he is a Republican. Pi addition to his 
other business interests he takes pleasure and 
profit in cultivating the farm upon which he 
was born. 

He married, August 19, 1885, Mar_\' Stone 
Aloore, born September 5, 1864, '" \\ a\'erl}-, 
daughter of William E. and Sarah (Stone) 
Moore (^see Moore IX). They have one son, 
Harold Moore, born April 15, 1890, graduate 
of the Waverly high school, class of i<jo6, 
and of Cornell University, class of 191 1. with 
the degree of mechanical engineer : now with 
the Scranton Electrical Compan\- of Scranton. 

(The Moore Line). 

(I) Thomas Moore was born in England 
before i(Soo, died before 1636. He married 

Ann and among their children had a 

daughter Mary, married Joseph Crafton, of 
Salem, Massachusetts ; Thomas, mentioned be- 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) 
Moore, was born in 161 5, died in 1691. He 
married (first) Martha, daughter of Rev. 
Christopher Youngs, who was the founder of 
Southold, Pong Island, and sometimes called 
John in its records. He married ( second ) 
Catherine Wescott. Children, all by first wife : 
Martha, married Captain John Seaman : Han- 
nah, married a Mr. Lyman ; Elizabeth, mar- 
ried a Mr. Grover; Sarah, married Samuel 
Glover; Thomas; Nathaniel, married Sarah 
\^ail ; Benjamin ; Jonathan. 

(III) Thomas ('3). son of Thomas (2) 
^loore. w^as born October 21, 1639, died in 

171 1. He married Mary , and among 

their children was Thomas, mentioned below. 

(lA') Thomas (4), son of Thomas (3) 
Moore, was born in January. 1663, died Decem- 
ber 30, 1738. He married Jane ]\fott, and 
lived at Southold. Long Island. Children : 
Nathaniel. Elisa, Martha, married John Peck : 
David, mentioned below. 

(V) David, son of Thomas (4) Moore, was 
born at Southold. Pong Island, November 2^, 
1713. He married Hepzibah W^ilmot. l:)orn 



April 6, 1715. They settled near Aiicldletown, 
Orange county, New York. Children: David, 
mentioned below; Hepzibah, born December 
12, 1736, married a Mr. Case; Mary, July 7, 
1739, married a Mr. Reeves, died August 6, 
181 1 ; Beulah, October 2, 1741, married a Mr. 
Everet, died July 30, 1807; Deborah, January 
17, 1744, married a Mr. Everet; Wilmot, 
May 28, 1746; John, October 26, 1748; Dan- 
iel, August 26, 1 751; Walters, November 4, 
1754, died May 6,' 1768. 

(VIj David (2), son of David (i) Moore, 
was born December 9, 1734, in Orange county, 
New York. He was on the committee of 
safety during the revolution, and his descend- 
ants are entitled to membership in the Sons 
and Daughters of the American Revolution. 
He married and had children: i. William, 
born February 28, 1766; married (first) Mar- 
tha Smith, died December 28, 1843; married 
(second) Mary (Green) Chapman, daughter 
of Daniel Green. 2. David, born January 21, 
1768, died January 28, 181 2. 3. Wilmot, men- 
tioned below\ 4. Eunice, born November 20, 
1 771, died June 16. 1774. 5. Mary, August 31, 
1773, died May 9. 1843; married Israel Wick- 
ham, July 2, 1793. 6. Lydia, born April 7, 
1775, died November 20, 1848; married John 
Smith, October 21, 1791. 7. Walters, born 
April 29, 1777, died December 23, 1853; mar- 
ried. December 25, 1805, Dolly McCurre. 8. 
Phoebe, born December 25, 1780, died Novem- 
ber 2. 1801. 

(VU) Wilmot, son of David (2) Moore, 
was born December 2, 1769, died May 6, 
1828. He married Azubah Knapp, born De- 
cember 12, 1772, died in February, ii866. 
Children: i. Major Benjamin, born October 
I, 1792, died September 2, 1832; married Ann 
Fullerton. 2. Sally, born September 20, 1794; 
married Lebbius L. Vail ; died September 9, 
1875. 3. Tusten, mentioned below. 4. Eunice, 
born February 27, 1800, died about 1865; 
married Oliver H. Vail, born November 10, 
1797, died February 8, 1856. 5. Harriet, born 
June 9, 1803, died July 5, 1857; married. 1823, 
"Bedford M. Bennett,' died 1835. 6. Abigail, 
born January 16, 1806, died 1891 ; married 
D. S. Dunning, died 1874. 7. Lewis, born 
December 15, 1808, died May 14, 1878: mar- 
ried. 1829, Ann Haight. 8. Emmet, born May 
24, iSti, died 1897; married Harriet L. Dol- 
sen, March 24, 1835. 

(VHT) Tusten, son of Wilmot Moore, was 
born January 29, 1797, at Middletown, New 

York, died April 26, 1864, at Unionville, New 
York. He married Amelia Murray, born Sep- 
tember II, 1802, died September 12, 1882. Chil- 
dren: I. Charles B., born November 14, 1824, 
died March 5, 1892; married Louise E. Cour- 
sen, December 28, 1844. 2. Hiram M., born 
September 23, 182 — , died March 21, 1864; 
married Fannie Smith, September 3, 1849. 
3. Mary A., born April 6, 1826, died October 
2, 1909; married Lewis L. Smith, November 
28, 1842. 4. William Emmet, mentioned be- 

(IX) William Emmet, son of Tusten Moore, 
was born at Franklin, Delaware county, New- 
York, February 20, 1828, now living in Wav- 
erly. New York. He married Sarah (Stone) 
Hotchkiss, born September 14, 1829, died Jan- 
uary 2T,, 191 1, daughter of Luther and Mary 
(Rounds) Stone. Their only child, Mary 
Stone, married Fred Andrew Sawyer (see 
Sawyer VII). 

(V) John L. Sawyer, son of 
SAWYER Moses Sawyer (q. v.), was 
born in Orange county, New 
York, near Goshen, February 9, 181 1, died at 
Waverly, May 31, 1871. With his brothers, 
Benjamin and Samuel, he settled among the 
first in what was afterward the town of Bar- 
ton. Tioga county, New York. These pio- 
neers chose the hill lands for their farms, be- 
cause of the superior timber there. After the 
Erie railroad was built in 1849 ^e located in 
the village of Waverly, and was closely iden- 
tified with its development and growth dur- 
ing the remainder of his life. For many 
years he represented the town in the board 
of supervisors. He married Julina Smith, born 
April 13, 181 3, died in Waverly, March 18. 
1891, daughter of Joseph Smith. Children: 
Henry Merriam, born October 4, 1832. died 
February 20, 1858; Joseph Theodore, men- 
tioned below. 

(VI) Joseph Theodore, son of John L. 
Sawyer, was born on Talmadge Hill in the 
town of Barton, Tioga county. New York, Oc- 
tober 8, 1834, died in Waverly, December 16. 
1910. He attended the public schools and 
was a student for two years at the Farmers' 
Hall Academy at Goshen. As a boy and 
young man he worked on his father's farm 
and engaged in lumbering. In partnership 
with his father he bought timber lands in Can- 
ada, and owned and operated a large plan- 
insr mill and sash and door factorv at the cor- 


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ner of Pennsylvania avenue and Erie street 
in Waverly. He was financially interested also 
in the development of the oil lands in the 
Bradford district of Pennsylvania. In part- 
nership with his father and Ten Eyk DePuy, 
he was the founder of the banking house of 
J. T. Sawyer & Company. The business was 
established in the store at the corner of Broad 
and Fulton streets, afterwards occupied b\- 
H. M. Ferguson & Company. The business 
was sold about 1871 on account of the ill 
health of Air. Sawyer. In 1874, after return- 
ing from a trip abroad, he organized the Citi- 
zens' Bank, of which he became president, 
and continued in office to the time of his 
death. The larger part of his time was de- 
voted to this business, thirty-six years, and 
he built up one of the most substantial and 
prosperous state banks in this section of the 
country. He was well known and highly 
esteemed among the bankers of the state and 
served on the committee which organized the 
present New York State Bankers" Associa- 

Mr. Sawyer also gave his time and sup- 
port to various other enterprises and projects. 
In the seventies he was one of those who 
realized most keenly the need of a municipal 
water supply, and for a long time, in private 
conversation and in public meetings, he advo- 
cated the building of water works. The voters 
of the village were not persuaded, however, 
and in 1877, when further delay seemed un- 
wise, he co-operated with other citizens in 
forming the Waverly Water Works Company, 
of which he was president and treasurer to 
the time of his death. The work of construc- 
tion began in August, 1880, and from that 
time he gave his personal attention to the 
construction and operation of the system. 
Largely through his energy and good sense 
the water works were built and brought to 
the present state of efficiency. For a num- 
ber of years he was director and treasurer of 
the Loomis Opera House Company and treas- 
urer of the Cayuta Land Company. He was 
also a member of the Newtown Battle Chap- 
ter, Sons of the American Revolution of El- 
mira. New York, a society in which he was 
greatly interested, and was member of Em- 
pire State Society, Sons of the American Revo- 
lution of Waverly. 

For many years Mr. Sawyer was active 
in public affairs in the town and county. He 
served as trustee of the incorporated village 

lor several terms and was president of the 
vUlage. For a number of terms he was super- 
visor of the town and of large influence in 
the board of supervisors. He was a member 
of the first board of education of Waverly 
under the present school system. During the 
years 1878-79 he represented Tioga county 
in the assembly at Albany and served as tem- 
porary chairman of that body at the first 
session held in the new capitol. Air. Sawyer 
introduced and secured the enactment of the 
law regulating the election of school trustees. 
A short time after he returned from the legis- 
lature, Air. Sawyer was oft'ered the position of 
superintendent of banks, but he declined this 
flattering offer on account of the demands 
of his own business. In politics he was a 

In charitable matters l\lr. Sawyer was al- 
ways generous, though often his benefactions 
were unknown even to the recipients. He con- 
tributed liberall}- to the Baptist church of 

He traveled extensivel}' in his own 
country and abroad, visiting Alaska, the West 
Indies, South America, Alexico, Egypt and 
the principal European countries. He was a 
shrewd observer and upon his return gave 
numerous talks on his travels. He was a 
prime mover in erecting the Sullivan monti- 
ment at Lowman. At the time of his death 
the Free Press said of him : "In the death 
of Hon. J. T. Sawyer, W'averly loses one who 
has for nearly half a century been one of her 
most prominent business men, one who has 
ever been interested in the progress and de- 
velopment of the village and one whose hon- 
esty and integrity has never been qtiestioned. 
* * * It is hard to estimate the value for 
good of stich a man in the community. His 
great loss will be felt, not only by his family 
and intimate associates, but by the entire com- 
munity, for he was a man of high ideals and 
of the strictest integrity. Waverly has lost 
one of her best citizens and one of her most 
respected business men." 

He married, at Goshen, Connecticut, Octo- 
ber 24, 1872, Alice Lyman, born at Goshen, 
Connecticut, May 15, 1845, daughter of Moses 
and Mary Ann (Holley) Lyman (see Ly- 
man). They had one daughter, Ellen Lyman, 
born at Waverly, Alay 12. 1874; married John 
Floyd Halstead, of Goshen, New York, Jan- 
uarv 17, 1912, a prominent young attorney of 

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(The Lyman Line). 

(I) Alfred the Great, King of England, 
married Ethelbirth, daughter of Earl Ethel- 

(Ilj Edward the Elder was King of Eng- 

(IIIj Edgina, daughter of Edward, married 
Henry de Vermandois. 

(I\') Hubart was Count de Permandois. 

(\') Adela, daughter of Hubart, married 
Hugh ^lagnus, fifth Count de Vermandois, and 
-on of Henry I., King of France. 

(VI) Isabel, daughter of Hugh, married 
Robert, Earl of Millent and Leicester. 

(\'IIj Robert was second Earl of Leices- 

(Mil) Robert, his son, was third Earl of 

(IX) Alargaret, daughter of Robert, mar- 
ried Saier de Ouincy. 

(X) Roger was Earl of Winchester. 

(XI) Elizabeth, daughter of Roger, mar- 
ried Alexander Comyn. 

(XII) Agnes, daughter of Alexander, mar- 
ried Gilbert de Umfraville. 

(XIII) Gilbert de L^ufraville was an infant 
at the death of his father and was made a 
ward of Simon de Alountford, Earl of Leices- 
ter. He was the Earl of Angus, and died in 
1307. He married Matilda, Countess of An- 
gus, a lineal descendant of Malcolm HI., King 
of Scotland. Three of Vlalcolm's sons suc- 
ceeded to the throne. 

( XIV ) Robert de Umfraville, second son 
of Gilbert, had livery of his lands. He was 
one of the governors of Scotland and was a 
member of Parliament under Edward IL, un- 
til the eighteenth year of his reign, when he 
died. He was the second Earl of Angus. 

(X\") Sir Thomas de Umfraville, son of 
Robert, was heir to his half-brother Gilbert, 
and lived at Harbottle. He married Joan, 
daughter of Lord Rodam. 

(XVI) Sir Thomas de L^mfraville was sec- 
ond son and heir to his brother Sir Robert, 
and was living at the time of Henry lY. at 
Kyne. Children : Gilbert, a famous soldier 
in the French wars at the time of Henry IV. 
and v.. slain with Thomas, Duke of Clarence, 
and others; Joanna, mentioned below. 

(XATI) Joanna, daughter of Sir Thomas, 
married Sir Vllliam Lambert, son of Alan 

(XVITI) Robert Lambert, of Owlton, was 
his son. 

(XIX) Henry Lambert, Esq., of Ungar, 
county Essex, was living in the twenty-tifth 
}'ear of the reign of Henry VI. 

(XX) Elizabeth, daughter of Henry, mar- 
ried Thomas Lyman, of Navistoke. 

(XXI) Henry Lyman, of Navistoke, was 
his son. 

(XXII) John, son of Henry Lyman, lived 
at riigh Ungar. 

(XXIII) Henry, son of John Lyman, lived 

at iiigh Ongar. He married Elizabeth 

and had nine children. 

( XXI \' ) Richard, son of Flenry Lyman, was 
born at High Ongar, county Essex, England, 
and baptized October 30, 1580. In 1629 he 
sold to John Gower lands and orchards and 
a garden in Norton Mandeville, in the parish 
of (3ngar, and in August, 1631, embarked 
with his wife and five children on the ship 
"Lyon," for New England. They landed at 
Boston and Richard Lyman settled first at 
Charlestown, and with his wife united with 
the church of which Eliot, the Indian Apostle, 
was pastor. He was admitted a freeman, 
June II, 1635, and in October of the same 
year, joining a party of about a hundred per- 
sons, went to Connecticut and became one of 
the first settlers of Hartford, where he was 
one of the original proprietors in 1636, re- 
ceiving thirtv ])arts of the purchase from the 
Indians. His house was on the south side 
of what is now Puckingham street, the fifth 
lot from Main street, west of the South 
Church. His will was dated April 22, i6-]0, 
and proved January 27, 1642, together with 
that of his wife, who died soon after he died. 
He died in 1640. His name is inscribed on 
a stone column in the rear of the Centre 
Church of Hartford, erected in memory of the 
first settlers of the city. 

He married Sarah, daughter of Roger Os- 
borne, of Halstead, county Kent, England. 
Children : A\"illiam, buried at High Ongar, Au- 
gust 28, 1615: Phillis, baptized September 12, 
1611 ; Richard, baptized July 18, 1613, died 
young; William, baptized September 8. 1616; 
Richard, baptized February 24, 1617; Sarah, 
baptized February 6, 1620; Anne, baptized 
April 12, 1621, died young; John, mentioned 
below ; Robert, born September, 1629. 

(XXV) Lieutenant John Lyman, son of 
Richard Lyman, was born in High Ongar. 
England, and baptized in 1623. He came to 
New England with his parents and married 
Dorcas, daughter of John Plumb, of Bran- 


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ford, Connecticut. Soon afterwards, in 1654, 
he removed to Northampton, Massachusetts, 
where he hved the remainder of his Hfe. He 
was in command of the Northampton sol- 
diers in the Falls fight above Deerfield, May 
18, 1676. The American House, which was 
burned about 1870, stood in front of his house 
lot. He died August 20, 1690, aged sixty- 
seven years, and his gravestone is still stand- 
ing. Children : Elizabeth, born at Branford, 
November 6, 1655; Sarah, at Northampton, 
November 11, 1658; Lieutenant John, August 
I, 1660; Moses, mentioned below; Dorothy, 
June 8, 1665; !Mary, January 2, 1668; Experi- 
ence, January 8, 1670, died young; Joseph, 
February 17, 1671, died 1692; Benjamin. Au- 
gust, 1674; Caleb, September 2, 1678. 

(XNA^I) Moses, son of Lieutenant John Ly- 
man, was born in Northampton, ?\Iassachu- 
setts, February 20, 1662-63. died February 25, 

1 701. He married Ann , said to have 

been from Long Island. His widow married 
(second) Jonathan Rust. Children: Ann, 
born April 3, 1686, died young; IMoses, men- 
tioned below; Hannah, April 2. 1692, died 
young; Martha, June 5, 1694, died young; 
Martha. September. 1695; Bethia, April 2}^, 
1698; Sarah, January- 20, 1700, died young; 
Elias, February, 1701, died young. 

(XXVH) Captain Moses Lyman, son of 
Moses Lyman, was born February 2y, 1689, 
died March 4, 1762. He married. December 13, 

1712, Mindwell Sheldon, who died May 2^^. 
1780, aged eighty-eight. Children; Deacon 
Moses, mentioned below ; Elias, born Septem- 
ber 30. 1715; Theodosia, 1717, died young; 
Phebe, August 20, 1719; Noah, May 25, 1722; 
Rev. Isaac, February 25, 1725; Simeon; Han- 
nah, March 31. 1731 ; Seth. lived in New 
York state; Job, born September 21, 1734. 
was graduated from Yale College in 1756. 

(XXA^III) Deacon ]\Ioses Lj^man, son of 
Captain Moses Lyman, was born October 2, 

1 71 3, died January 6, 1768. He removed to 
Goshen in the fall of 1739 and built a log 
house. Afterward he built a frame house and 
later the brick house occupied by his son 
Moses and grandson Moses. The homestead 
was on Town Hill. He was tax collector and 
treasurer of Guilford in 1739, tithingman in 
1743, grand juror in 1744. member of a com- 
mittee to settle with the new minister in 
1746, elected deacon in 1759 and served until 
he died. He was for many years a magistrate 
and he represented Guilford in the general 

assembly for fourteen sessions. He was an 
exemplary citizen, religious, industrious, lib- 
eral in charity, of sound judgment and a peace- 
maker in the community. He married, March 
24, 1742, Sarah Hay den, born September 17, 
1716, died at Goshen, vVugust 27, 1808. Chil- 
dren, born at Goshen : Colonel Moses, men- 
tioned below ;. Sarah, September 29, 1744, mar- 
ried Rev. Daniel Collins; Anne, March i, 
1746; Samuel, January 25, 1749; Hannah, 
June 25, 1751; Esther, September 16, 1754; 
Fhebe, December 29, 1756. 

( XXIX) Colonel Moses Lyman, son of Dea- 
con Moses Lyman, was born at Guilford, 
March 20, 1743, died there September 29, 
1829. He was in the militia at an early age 
and held every office from corporal to colonel 
in succession. During the revolution he was 
frequently in the army. He was present at 
the surrender of Burgoyne. He was com- 
mander of troops, October 7, 1777, detailed to 
watch Burgoyne, and was the first to inform 
General Gates that the British camp was de- 
serted. In acknowledgment of his service he 
was given the duty of conveying to Washing- 
ton in person the intelligence of the victory 
at Saratoga. He had command of the guard 
over Major Andre during his imprisonment. 
He held many town offices. He lived on the 
homestead and followed farming. He mar- 
ried (first) Ruth, daughter of William Col- 
lins, of Guilford. She died June 8, 1775, and 
his mother cared for the children for twelve 
years. He married (second) the widow of 
Jesse Judd, daughter of Captain Jonathan 
Buell, of Goshen. She died (October 7, 1835. 
Children by first wife, born in Goshen; Moses, 
mentioned below; Daniel, June 11, 1769; Sam- 
uel, July 23. 1770; Erastus, November 1, 
1773. Children by second wife; Mary, June 
-7- ^7^7'- Darius. July 19, 1789. 

(XXX) Colonel Moses Lyman, son of Col- 
onel Moses Lyman, was born at Goshen, April 
16, 1768, died there May 22, 1844. He was 
one of the foremost citizens, of old school 
manners and superior abilities. He was in 
partnership with Elihu Lewis, of Goshen, from 
1793 to 1797. and afterward with his brother, 
Erastus Lyman, until 1827. when they dis- 
solved the firm, and afterward each partner 
cultivated his own farm. He was honored 
with nearly all the town offices and represented 
Goshen manv years in the general assembly. 
He was also a magistrate. He married, Janu- 
ary 21, 1796, Elizabeth, daughter of Ira Buell, 



of Milton Society, Litchfield. Children: Lu- 
cretia, born February 13, 1801, married, Janu- 
ary 18, 1826, Caleb Day, of Catskill, New 
York; Moses, mentioned below. 

(XXXIj Moses Lyman, son of Colonel 
Moses Lyman, was born at Goshen, October 
I, 1810. He was a merchant and manufac- 
turer at Goshen. He married, May 6, 1834, 
Mary Ann HoUey, of Salisbury, Connecticut. 
Children: i. Moses, born at Goshen, August 
20, 1836; married, December 31, 1863, Ellen 
A., daughter of Edwin A. Douglass, of Mauch 
Chunk, at Windsor Locks, Connecticut ; lived 
at Waverly; he graduated from Brown Uni- 
versity in 1858, served in the civil war in 
the Fifteenth Vermont Regiment, 1862-63 ; 
children: Moses, born July 17, 1865, who is 
entitled to membership in the Society of the 
Cincinnati; Isabel, March 2, 1867; Harriet 
Deyton, July 2-], 1870. 2. Mary, born Au- 
gust 15, 1839; married Philip Wells, of Brat- 
tleboro, Vermont, and lives at Amenia, New 
York. 3. Alice, born May 15, 1845; married 
Joseph Theodore Sawyer (see Sawyer VI). 
4. Richard, born June 27, 1848, died December 
24, 1851. 5. HoUey Porter, January 22, 1855, 
died December 5, 1865, from injuries from a 
fall from his horse. 

The emigrant ancestor of the 
BREWER Brewer generations, settling in 

Boston, Roxbury, and Spring- 
field, Massachusetts, came to New England in 
1624. In 1642 a Thomas Brewer was of Ips- 
wich, and in 1652 a Thomas Brewer of Lynn, 
Massachusetts, married Elizabeth Graves. 
This may have been the same Thomas whom 
Hinman says "perhaps" a brother of Daniel 
Brewer (ist). Me that as it may, Thomas 
Brewer, of Lynn, Massachusetts, the ancestor 
of the branch herein recorded, married, De- 
cember 4, 1652, Elizabeth Graves. Children : 
Mary Rebecca ; Mary ; Thomas ; Crispus, "by 
vote of the town had' leave to sit in the pulpit 
on Sundays" ; and John. 

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) and 
Elizabeth (Graves) Brewer, was living in 
Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1672. being then four- 
teen years of age, which would make his birth 
year 1658. He removed from Massachsetts 
to Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he mar- 
ried Sarah , July 13, 1682. Children: 

Mary, born July 28, 1684; Thomas, February 
17, 1687; Hezekiah, February 23, 1690; Sarah, 
December 9, 1692; Joseph, March 20, T6gs; 

Benjamin, August 13, 1697; Daniel, March 
25, 1699; Lydia, July 2'], 1701 ; "Aome" or 
"Naomi," September 28, 1703; Alexander, of 
turther mention. 

(HI) Alexander, youngest child of Thomas 
(2) and Sarah Brewer, was born in Glaston- 
bury, Connecticut, October 5, 1706. He con- 
tinued his residence there throughout life, he 

married Thankful . Children : Thomas, 

Hezekiah, Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel, of whom 
further; Alary, Sarah Goodale, Lydia Love- 
land, and Amy Porter. "Alexander Brewer 
died 1750, and left a widow Thankful." 

(IV) Daniel, son of Alexander and Thank- 
ful Brewer, was born in Glastonbury, Connec- 
ticut, 1738; died November 4, 1823. He re- 
sided at Hartford and East Hartford, Con- 
necticut; married Sarah , born 1737; 

died October 10, 181 1. 

(V) Joseph, son of Daniel and Sarah 
Brewer, was born in Connecticut, near Hart- 
ford, March 2^, 1783; died in Cortland, New 
York, July 8, 1846. He was the founder of 
the family in Cortland, where he settled in 
the year 1820. He was well versed in all 
the details of factory and mill machinery, 
having worked along that line in New Eng- 
land. In Cortland he was in charge of mills 
manufacturing paper. This enterprise was 
started by Nelson Spencer, of Flartford, Con- 
necticut, who purchased the ground at Port 
Watson, in the town of Cortlandville, erected 
the buildings, and founded a large business. 
It was probably through his previous acquaint- 
ance with Mr. Spencer in Hartford that Jo- 
seph Brewer was induced to remove to Cort- 
land and take charge of the paper plant. The 
mill passed into other hands in 1832, when 
Spencer failed, and was sold and resold until 
in 1881 it was purchased by Cooper Brothers 
and converted into a foundry and machine 
shop. Joseph Brewer married, in Connecticut, 
March 30. 1808, Jemima, born Januarv 6, 
1 781, died August 26, 1834, daughter of Tim- 
othy Forbes. Children : Henry, of whom fur- 
ther ; Huldah, born December 29, 1810; Sarah, 
November 15, 1812; Horace, August 13, 1816, 
died December it, i88t ; Mary, born Septem- 
ber t6, 1818; Stephen, January 13, 1822. 

(VI) Henry, eldest son of Joseph and le- 
mima (Forbes) Brewer, was born at East 
Hartford, Connecticut, April 2^, 1809; died 
at Cortland, New York, August 13, 1891. 
He was educated in the schools of East Hart- 
ford and Cortland, coming to the latter town 



with his father in 1820, being then eleven years 
of age. He commenced work in the paper 
mills where his father was superintendent, and 
later learned the harness maker's trade and in 
1834 established shops in Cortland, continuing 
in business there until about 1881, when he 
retired from active business. He was a cap- 
able man of alTairs and prospered. He was 
a well known, highly respected citizen of Cort- 
land, where his busy life was spent. He held 
various positions of trust and honor in the 
town, among them being charter trustee of the 
State Normal School, trustee of Cortland 
Academy, and trustee of Cortland Rural Ceme- 
tery. In religious faith and connection he was 
a Presbyterian, and guided his life in strict 
accordance with his religious profession. In 
political faith he was a Democrat. He mar- 
ried, June 4, 1839. Mary A. Lee, of Lyme, 
Connecticut, born August 14, 18 14, died in 
Cortland, May 9, 1880; daughter of Richard 
Lee of Lyme. Connecticut. Children : Henry 
Lee, born April 27, 1840, died October 7, 
1875 : Charles Forbes, born November 28. 
1842, died April 8, 1859; Richard Wells, born 
January 20, 1848, died September i. 1865; 
Joseph, born July 4. 1849, died March 15, 
1854; Edward Hill, of whom further. 

(VII) Edward Hill, youngest son of Henr\- 
and Mary A. (Lee) Brewer, was born in 
Cortland, New York, September 5, 1851. He 
was educated in the village schools, finishing 
at the Cortland State Normal School. He 
learned his father's trade, and for several 
years was associated with him in business, and 
then started a small shop for the manufacture 
of carriage trimmings. In 1884 he founded 
the Cortland Carriage Goods Company, of 
Cortland, under the firm name of E. H. 
Brewer & Company, incorporated under the 
present name in 1897. Mr. Brewer has al- 
ways given his personal attention to the busi- 
ness both as the head of the oriq:inal firm 
and as the first and only president of the cor- 
poration. His energy and executive ability 
have carried him from the small shop to his 
present position as head and principal owner 
of one of the largest and most important con- 
cerns in the LTnited States, manufacturing car- 
riage and automobile hardware and trimmings. 
The plant in Cortland has a capacity for the 
manufacture of the equipment for fifteen hun- 
dred top-buggies daily, in addition to a great 
quantity of carriage and automobile equip- 
ment. Mr. Brewer is one of Cortland's most 

public spirited citizens, and is interested in 
other important activities in the city and else- 
where. He is vice-president and director of 
the Crandall & Stone Company of Binghani- 
ton, New York; vice-president and director 
of the Cortland Forging Company ; vice-presi- 
dent of the Cortland Co. Traction Co. ; direc- 
tor of the National Bank of Cortland; also 
of the Second National Bank of Cortland; a 
trustee of Rollins College, Winter Park, Flor- 
ida ; president and director of the Cortland 
County Hospital, which owes much to his en- 
ergetic efforts. He is a member of the Pres- 
byterian church, and a Republican in politics. 
He married, October 16, 1878, Eda Aroa, 
daughter of Morris and Phoebe Strong (Pom- 
eroy ) Ainslie, of Onondaga X'alley, New York. 
Children : i. Alabel Aroa, born August 2, 1879; 
graduated from Smith College, class of 1901 ; 
married, October 28, 1908, Dr. R. Paul Hig- 
gins, of Cortland ; child : Elizabeth, born Sep- 
tember 21, 1910. 2. Henry, born January 31, 
1882 ; died January 29, 1883. 3. Edward Ains- 
lie, born January 29, 1883; graduated from 
Yale, class of 1907; treasurer of the Crandall 
& Stone Co., of Binghamton, New York ; mar- 
ried Bess Spaulding. of Binghamton, New 
York, June i, 191 1. 4. Robert Lee, born Sep- 
tember 17, 1884; graduated from Yale, class 
of 1907; sales manager of Cortland Carriage 
Goods Company; married, October 13, 1909, 
Sarah Cornelia Marsellus, of Syracuse, New- 
York; child: Robert Lee {2), born November 
10. 1910. 5. Eda May, born May 8, 1888; 
graduate of Smith College, class of 191 1. 6. 
Donald Ainslie, born October 22, 1892. 7. 
Lee, born March 30, 1894. 

The name Gardner is un- 
GARDNER doubtedly of Latin origin. In 
Latin it is Gordianus, in Ital- 
ian, Gardena, in French, Des Jardine. A 
knight, Des Jardine, came into England with 
William the Conqueror, and the name has 
been known there from that time. 

(I) George Gardner, immigrant ancestor, 
was born about 1601, in England, and came to 
Rhode Island as early as 1638. That same 
year he was admitted an inhabitant of the 
Island of Aquidneck. In 1639 he was free- 
man, in 1641-42 senior sergeant, in 1644 en- 
sign. In 1660, he with others, was witness 
to a deed given by an Indian to several in- 
habitants of Newport, Rhode Island, of land 
which comprised what is now the city of West- 



erly, Rhode Island. October 28, 1662, he was 
commissioner from Newport at a court held 
at Warwick, Rhode Island, and in 1675 he 
was juryman. 

He married, between 1641 and 1645, Hero- 
dias, widow of John Hicks. She was born in 
England and her maiden name was Long. 
She declared before the general assembly of 
Newport that when she was between thirten 
and fourteen years old her father died, and 
she was sent to London, where she married 
privately John Hicks. The marriage took 
place in the under church of Paul's, called St. 
Faith's Church. She then came to New Eng- 
land with her husband and lived for two and 
one-half years at Weymouth, Massachusetts, 
thence coming to Rhode Island. Soon after 
coming to the latter place she and her hus- 
band quarrelled, and he went away to the 
Dutch, taking with him most of her estate, 
which had been sent her by her mother. Her 
mother and brother both lost their lives and 
money in the service of the King. After her 
desertion by John Hicks, she became the wife 
of George Gardner. Testimony as to her mar- 
riage to the latter was given by Robert Stan- 
ton, who declared that one night at his house 
both of them said before him and his wife 
that they did take one the other as man and 
wife. In May, 1658, two years after the ad- 
vent of Mary Fisher and Ann Austin, who 
were the first missionaries of the society of 
Quakers who landed in the colonies, Herodias 
Gardner, with a small child in her arms, left 
her home in Newport and walked sixty miles 
through the wilderness to Weymouth, Massa- 
chusetts, to deliver her testimony. She was 
arrested and taken before Governor Endicott, 
who addressed her in harsh terms, and com- 
manded that she and her attendant should 
each receive ten lashes on their naked backs. 
While this cruel sentence was being inflicted, 
she held her child, and protected it with her 
arms from the lash of the executioner. After 
the whipping, which was with a threefold 
whip of cords, she was kept for fourteen days 
longer in prison. When her sentence was over 
she knelt down and prayed the Lord to for- 
give them. George Gardner died in Kings- 
town, Rhode Island, 1679. Children: Benonv, 
mentioned below ; Henry, George, Nicholas, 
W^illiam, Dorcas, Rebecca, married, as his sec- 
ond wife, John Watson. 

(IT) Benony, son of George Gardner, died 
in 1 73 1. He may have been born about 1647, 

from the fact that in 1727 he gave his age 
in testimony as upwards of ninety. In 167 1 
he took the oath of allegiance. In 1679 he, 
with forty-one others, of Narragansett, signed 
a petition to the King, praying that he would 
"put an end to these differences about the 
government thereof, which has been so fatal 
to the prosperity of the place." He married 

Mary , born 1645, died November 16, 

1739, at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Children: 
.Stephen, mentioned below; Nathaniel, died 
1734; William, born 1671 ; Bridget; Isaac, Jan- 
uary 7, 1687-88. 

(III) Stephen, son of Benony Gardner, was 
born at Kingstown, Rhode Island, in 1667, died 
February 9, 1743, at Bozrah, New London 
county, Connecticut, buried in the Gardner 
burying ground. He moved to Norwich, Con- 
necticut, before 1736, though he was in South 
Kingston in 1731. He owned land at Bozrah, 
Colchester and Montville, Connecticut. He 
bought the Great Pond near Norwich. He 
married, about 1700, Amy Sherman, born Oc- 
tober 25, 1681. Children: 1. Amy, born June 
13, 1701 ; Lydia, October 10, 1702; Stephen, 
February 24, 1704; Benjamin, mentioned be- 
low ; Peregrine, mentioned below ; Daniel, De- 
cember 14, 1709; Sarah, October 25, 1711; 
Hannah, May 2, 1713; Mehitable, May 22, 
1715; Abigail, July 9, 1717; David, June 28, 
1720; Jonathan, April 18, 1724. 

(IV) Benjamin, son of Stephen Gardner, 
was born at South Kingston, Rhode Island, 
April 18. 1706, died in Connecticut in 1776. 
In his will dated February 13, 1762, proved 
May 7, 1776, he bequeathed to Content, his 
wife, and to Ezekiel, Simeon, Margaret Cong- 
don, Benjamin, Sherman, Desire and Content, 
his children. His son Benjamin was a soldier 
in the revolution and appears to have been an 
early settler in Ontario county with Peregrine, 
mentioned below. In 1790 Benjamin Gardner 
at Genesee town, Ontario county. New York, 
had three males over sixteen, one under that 
age and five females in his family. 

(IV) Peregrine, son of Stephen Gardner, 
was born at South Kingston, Rhode Island, 
Januarv 24, 1707. He settled in Montville, 
Connecticut, near Norwich. He married Su- 
sanna, daughter of John and IMary (Hazard) 
Robinson. Children: Stephen, born August i, 
1734; Mary, March 14, 1736; John, May 9, 
1737, married Elizabeth Mumford (he was 
taken prisoner at W^yoming, July 17, 1778, 
loaded with plunder, and when he fell from 



fatigue was tortured to death by the Indiau 
squaws); Peregrine, mentioned below; Ruth, 
October 25, 1742; Robinson, November 27, 
1743: Hannah, December 10, 1745; WiUiam, 
August 13, 1747. 

{V ) Peregrine {2), son of Peregrine (i) 
Gardner, was born at Montvihe, Connecticut, 
March 12, 1739-40. He was a soldier in the 
revolution in the Wyoming Valley Regiment 
in 1777 when he gave his age as thirty-seven 
years, his height five feet, eleven inches. He 
was called of Wyoming (Pennsylvania) and 
of Plainfield, Connecticut, on the rolls of Cap- 
tain Simeon Spaulding's company, most of 
whose men were originally of Norwich and 
vicinit}-. He was in Captain Hyde's regiment 
at times from 1777 to 1781. In 1781 he was 
called of Westmoreland on the roll of Cap- 
tain Spaulding's company of Wyoming \'al- 
ley. He was in the service in 1782-83, and 
doubtless was at the surrender at Yorktown. 
According to the history of Ontario county, 
Benjamin Gardner settled at Canandaigua in 
1789, and one of the first storekeepers was 
Samuel Gardner. 

( A I) Gardner, son of IJenjamin, 

Samuel or Peregrine Gardner, was born prob- 
ably in Connecticut, and settled with his pa- 
rents in Ontario county. New York, before 
1789. Children: John, Malachi, Samuel, 
Charles, mentioned below ; Betsey, Phebe. 

(\'n) Charles, son of Gardner, was 

born in Hopewell, New York, about 1819, died 
in 1883. Both Benjamin and Samuel Gardner 
were early settlers in this town. He was a 
miller by trade. He married INIaria W^ash- 
burn, born in Hopewell, Ontario countv. New 
York, about 1819, died in 1890, daughter of 
Jonathan Washburn. Children: i. Charles, 
lives in Gorham, New York. 2. John, men- 
tioned below. 3. Mary, married Nelson An- 
gell, of Hopewell, New York ; children : Adel- 
bert, Lewis and Clarence G. Angell. 

(A'ni) John, son of Charles Gardner, was 
born in Hopewell, Ontario county. New York, 
April 26, 1854. His education was received in 
the public schools. During his boyhood he 
worked on his father's farm, and he followed 
farming for seven years on his own account. 
Since then he has been a miller. He operated 
a mill for a time at Livonia, New York, and 
for seven years or more at Canandaisua. 
Thence he removed to Baldwinsville, New 
York, and for twenty years was in the milling 
business there. Since 1907 he has had charge 

of the Wickwire Roller Mills at Cortland. In 
politics he is a Democrat. He is a member 
of the Independent Order of Foresters. He 
married, October 30, 1879, ^'^'^ Trembly, born 
in South Bristol, Ontario county, New York, 
daughter of Isaac and Lydia (Green) Trem- 
bly, granddaughter of John Trembly. Lydia 
Green was a daughter of Henry Green, and 
his father, William Green, was a soldier in 
the revolutionary war. Children of John and 
Ida Gardner : i. John Trembly, mentioned be- 
low. 2. Grace, born April 6, 1883, died June, 
1885. 3. Charles Hovey, born April 13, 1885; 
educated in public schools of Baldwinsville, 
New York, graduated from Albany Law 
School, was admitted to the bar in 1907, and 
is now in practice with his brother, in law 
firm of J. T. & C. H. Gardner. 4. Lucas 
Smith, born December 18, 1888; is in employ 
of city engineer. 

(IX) John Trembly, son of John Gardner, 
was born in Livonia, Livingston county, New 
York, July 20, 1880. He attended the Bald- 
winsville public schools, and entered Syracuse 
L^niversity, from which he graduated in 1903, 
in the law department. He was admitted to 
the bar the same year, and during the next 
two years was in the employ of the legal de- 
partment of the Delaware, Lackawanna & 
\\'estern Railroad Company. For three years 
he was manager of the Title Insurance Com- 
pany, with offices in Jamaica, New York, and 
at the same time was financially interested in 
a contracting business. Since 1907 he has 
been engaged in the general practice of law 
at Cortland, New York, in partnership with 
his brother, under the firm name of J. T. & 
C. H. Gardner. He is a member of Seneca 
Lodge, No. 160, Free and Accepted Masons, 
of Baldwinsville, and of the Delta Chi frater- 
nitv. In religion he is a Methodist, and in 
politics a Republican. 

The name of Woodford is 
WOODFORD of English origin and was 
probably adopted as a pa- 
tronymic bv one who lived at a ford in the 
woods. It was prominently identified with 
the first settlement of Massachusetts and Con- 
necticut, and was active in the early settle- 
ment of Central New York. Though not 
numerous in this country, the descendants 
have tvpified the New England character of 
industrv. thrift and moral progress. 

(T) Thomas Woodford was born in Lin- 



colnshire, England, and was among the pio- 
neers at CamDridge, Aiassachusetts. He was 
in Roxbury in 1632, and m 1O33 joined the 
party of Rev. Thomas Hooker, which settled 
in Hartford, where he became one of the 
founders. IJuring his stay there he took an 
active part in the affairs of the colony, serv- 
ing at various times as town crier, fence viewer 
and in other offices. He is mentioned among 
the settlers of Springfield in the compact 
of 1636. In 1654 he was one of the proprie- 
tors of Northampton, Alassachusetts, settling 
there in that year, and died Aiarch 6, 1667. 
His will, executed April 26, 1665, was proved 
twenty days after his death. He married, 
March 4, 1635, IMary Ulott. Children: Han- 
nah, married Samuel Allen ; Joseph, mentioned 
below ; Sarah, married Nehemiah Allen. His 
will also mentions a daughter Alary. 

(H) Joseph, only known son of Thomas 
and Alary (lUott) Woodford, was born in 
Hartford, and in i665 settled at Earmington, 
Connecticut, where he acquired a large tract 
of land and died in 1701. His body was buried 
in what is known as the Cider 15rook cemetery. 
He married Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and 
Reljecca ( Olmstead ) Newell. Children: Alary, 
n^arried Thomas Bird, of Earmington, and 
died in 1723; Rebecca, wife of John Porter; 
Esther, married Samuel Bird, and died in 
1742; Sarah, married Nathan Bird, and died 
in 1750; Hannah, married Thomas North: 
Joseph, mentioned below ; Elizabeth, born 
1A82. married Nathan Cole, of Newington; 
Susan, wife of Deacon Anthon_\- Judd ; Al)igail, 
born 1685, married Caleb Cole, and died in 

(HI) Joseph (2), only son of Joseph ( i ) 
and Rebecca ( Newell ) Woodford, was born 
in 1677, in that part of Earmington, known 
as the Northington Society, now Avon, Con- 
necticut, died in 1760, and was buried in Cider 
Brook cemetery. He settled in the district 
known as Nod, where he owned a large tract 
of land and engaged in agriculture. lie was 
one of the organizers and a prominent mem- 
ber of the Northington Church. He married 
(first) in 1699, Lydia Smith; (second) in 
Simsbury, Eebruary 14, 1745, Widow Sarah 
Garrett, born 1668, died 1769, over one hun- 
dred years old. His first child died an infant 
in 1702. The others were: Lydia. died about 
one year old; Alary died in childhood; Joseph, 
born 1705; Elizabeth, T707, married Thomas 
Case; Mary. 1709, married Isaac North; Re- 

becca, died}oung; Samuel, 1712; Sarah, 1714; 
Rebecca, 171O; John, mentioned below; Su- 
sannah; William, 1722. 

{iV ) John, third son of Joseph (2) and 
Lydia (Smith; Woodford, was born in 1718, 
in Northington, died in 1802 at which time 
the district was known as Avon. He bore the 
military title of captain and was undoubtedly 
a farmer. He married Sarah, daughter of 
Amos and Sarah (Pettibonej Phelps, born 
June 23, 1729, a descendant of William Phelps, 
the first of the family in this country, bap- 
tized at Tewksbury Abbey Church, England, 
August 19, 1599, son of John and Dorothy 
Phelps. Joseph, son of William Phelps, born 
in England in 1629, lived at Dorchester, Alas- 
sachusetts, and Windsor, Connecticut. He 
married (first) September 20, 1660, Hannah, 
daughter of Roger Newton. Joseph (2), son 
of Joseph (I) and Hannah (Newton) Phelps, 
was born August 20, 1667, at Windsor, Con- 
necticut, and married (third) Alary, daughter 
of Richard Case. Amos, son of Joseph (2) 
and Alary (Case) Phelps, was born in 1708, " 
in Simsbur\-, Connecticut, died June 11, 1777. 
He was a soldier of the revolution, serving 
in the l-'ourth Connecticut Regiment in 1776 
for a period of three months. He married, 
July 1, 1/2^,, Sarah Pettibone, and they were 
the i)arents of Sarah, wife of John Woodford. 
Children of Air. and Mrs. \Voodford : John, 
l)orn 1744; Roger, 1746; Ezekiel, 1748, died 
1823; Charles, 1751, died 1819^.; Delightful, 
married a Thompson, died 1855; Bissell, men- 
tioned below; Rosanna, 1757, married Josiah 
Wilcox ; Dorothy, 1758, married Thomas Grid- 
lex ; Levi, 1762; Amos, 1765. 

( \' ) liissell. fifth son of John and Sarah 
(Phelps) Woodford, was born 1754, in Farm- 
incton. Connecticut, died at Candor, New 
^'ork, September 3, 1835. He resided in Con- 
necticut until 1825, when he removed to Can- 
dor to join his children. He was a soldier 
of the revolutionary war and is probably the 
Captain Woodford mentioned in the revolu- 
tionary rolls of that state. He married De- 
lightful Thompson and had children : Cynthia, 
married David Caldwell ; Susan, wife of Mat- 
thew Lewis ; Chauncey, Romeo, Diadama, Ira, 

(VI) Chauncey, eldest son of Bissell and 
Delightful (Thompson) Woodford, was born 
October 14, 1782, in Earmington, Connecticut, 
died June 30, 1856, in Candor, New York. 
He grew up on the home farm in Connecti- 



cut, and settled at Candor in his twenty-sec- 
ond year. He was one of tlie pioneer settlers 
of that town ; he built a log house at \\ est 
Candor, in 1804-05, and later built the large, 
commodious farm house now occupied by his 
grandson, Asahel H. Woodford, at West Can- 
dor. Remarried, November 21, 1803, Nancy, 
daughter of Asa North, of Farmington, born 
June 3, 1785, died February 27, 18OO, in Can- 
dor. Children: i. Asahel, born July 14, 1804, 
died May 12, 1849. -• i^iiiil}'- -^^^y ^-- 1806; 
married Hiram Smith. 3. Diana, December 
18, i8oy; married Ogden Smith. 4. Louisa 
R., February 19, 1815; married Joseph Mat- 
thews. 5. Elbert C. January 8, 1823 ; married 
Sarah Dunham and had children : E. Jerome 
and Emma T., who married C. N. Day. 6. 
George, mentioned below. 

(V'H) George, youngest child of Chauncey 
and Nancy (North) Woodfonl. was born 
April 3, 1826. in West Candor, where he 
passed his life and died December 22. 1896. 
He was born in the house built by his father 
and always lived there. He was a member 
of the state militia in the days before the civil 
war, and during war time he dealt extensively 
in agricultural implements. He was a pro- 
gressive, up-to-date and successful farmer. 
The home farm consisted of some one hundred 
and fifty acres, all cleared by his father and 
himself. He married. May 20. 1847, -Mar}-, 
daughter of William and Hannah ( Tracy ) 
Loring, born June 24, 1824, in East Spencer. 
New York, now living at West Candor. Chil- 
dren : I. Asahel Horace, mentioned below. 
2. Adelaide M., married Charles F. Andrews 
and has a son George, who married Edna 
Bush and has a son Luther. 3. Charles 
George, mentioned below. 

(Vni) Asahel Horace, son of George and 
Mary (Loring) Woodford, was born August 
6, 1 85 1, in West Candor, on the farm cleared 
by his grandfather in the early years of the 
last century, and in the house built by him. 
He received a common school education and 
has always engaged in agriculture with suc- 
cess. By purchase he has added to the an- 
cestral e.state, and is now the owner of several 
hundred acres in and about West Candor. A 
progressive and industrious farmer, the suc- 
cess of his methods is demonstrated bv his 
fine house and farm buildings and the neat 
and thrifty appearance of his farms. He mar- 
ried, October 7, 1875, Harriet Wright, of Oaks 
Corners, Ontario countv. New York, daughter 

of Charles and riiilomela (Cooper) Wriyht. 
They have a daughter Mabel, born k'ebruary 
2, 1880, now a teacher in New Rochelle. New 

( \ 111 ) Charles George, son of George and 
Alary (Loringj Woodford, was born August 
31, 1856, at West Candor, in the house built 
by his grandfather. He was educated in the 
district schools. Candor Academy, and a busi- 
ness college in Binghamton, New \'ork. I'or 
some years he was employed as clerk ni dr_\- 
goods stores at ( )wego and Binghamton, New 
Vork, Ambo}-, Illinois, and A\'averl}-, New 
\\)rk. In 1886 he entered the k'irst National 
Bank in Owego as teller and assistant cashier, 
in which capacities he has continued until the 
present time. A capable and efiicient business 
man. he has been called upon to fill various 
positions of trust and responsibility. After 
serving a term as treasurer of the village of 
Owego he was two successive terms of three 
years each treasurer of the county of Tioga, 
beginning with January, 1906. He is a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church of Owego and 
of the Local Lodge, Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks. He married, February 4, 1883. 
Anna M., born in Owego. daughter of Francis 
and Mary Ann (Elliott) Chitry. This name 
was originally French and spelled Chicatree. 
They have one son, Elliott Woodford, born 
May 16, 1897, in Owego. 

(HI) Eleazer Hill, son of John 
HILL Hill (q.v.). was born at Dorchester, 
Massachusetts, June 29, 1664. He 
settled in Sherborn. Massachusetts, with others 
of the family among the early settlers, and 
was a taxpayer as early as 1684. He drew 
land in Sherborn in 1696 and died prior to 
1730. In 1 71 5 he drew" land in New Sher- 
born, afterward called Douglass, in Worces- 
ter county, Massachusetts, and in 1730 fortx- 
three acres of land in Douglass were drawn in 
his right. His wife Sarah died July 6. i6(j9. 
Children, born at Sherborn : Eleazer. men- 
tioned below; Sarah, November 30, 1690; 
Solomon. December 2/. 1691. 

( I\' ) Dr. Eleazer (2) Hill, son of Eleazer 
( I ) Hill, was born in Sherborn. January i. 
1688. As Eleazer Jr. he drew land in Doug- 
lass in 171 5 and 1730, but he made his home 
in Sherborn and practiced there. He mar- 
ried, August 18, 171 1. . Children, born in 

Sherborn : Asa, February 20. 1712-13 : \\'illiam, 
mentioned below: Joseph. August 23. 17 18: 



Rebecca. March 6, 1721-22, married (first) 
Joseph Cousins, and (second) Patrick Shays, 
October 30, 1765, the father of Daniel Shays, 
who became famous as the leader of Shays' 
Rebellion; Elizabeth, January 30, 1723-24; 
Ruth, February 26, 1726-27; Daniel, February 
22, 1732-33, died September, 1735. 

(\ ) ^^'illiam, son of Dr. Eleazer (2) Hill, 
was born at Sherborn, June 23, 1715. He set- 
tled in his native town. He married there, 
February 19, 1740, Joanna, born August 28, 
1715, daughter of John and Joanna Sawin, of 
Sherborn. Her father was born June 26, 
1689, in Sherborn, son of Thomas Sawin, born 
September 2^, 1657, ^t Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, married Deborah Rice, born Febru- 
ary 14, 1659-60, daughter of Mathew and 
Martha (Lamson) Rice, of Sudbury, grand- 
daughter of the pioneer, Edmund Rice. Thom- 
as Sawin was a millwright on Chestnut 
Brook, Sherborn, where he had a home lot 
assigned to him, May 13, 1679, ^'^d ^^ t)uilt 
the first mill in the town. Afterwards he re- 
moved to the adjoining town of Natick. John 
Sawin, father of Thomas Sawin, was son of 
Robert Sawin, of Boxford, county Suffolk, 
England ; he was a pioneer at Watertown ; 
married Abigail Manning. William Hill died 
in September, 1775. Children of William and 
Joanna (Sawin) Hill, born at Sherborn: Su- 
anna, January 26, 1741-42, died young; Mir- 
iam, February 14, 1743-44; Zedakiah, October 
4, 1746; Daniel, mentioned below; Jesse, No- 
vember 15, 1749; Susanna, about 1756; at Hol- 
liston, formerly part of Sherborn, Joanna. 

(VI) Daniel, son of William Hill, was born 
in Sherborn, May 1, 1748. He was a soldier 
in the revolution, serving in Captain Joseph 
Morse's company. Colonel John Paterson's 
regiment, from April 24 to August 1, 1775. 
credited to the town of Natick, according to 
the official rolls. As the births of some of 
his children were recorded in Natick, he must 
have lived there during the revolution. He 
took part in the battle of Bunker Hill and is 
said to have served several years in the revo- 
lution. He removed to Sangerfield. New 
York, then to New Hartford, New York, and 
finally to the town of Fenner, Madison county, 
in that state, where he spent his last years 
and where he died. He was a farmer. He 
married (first) (intention dated at Natick, 
April 12. 1777) Jane Whitney, of Dedham, 
Massachusetts. He married (second) January 
I, 1785, Alice Gross, born April 8, 1767, of an 

old Cape Cod family, who died April 24, 
1843. Children of first wife: Miriam, born 
xA.pril 22, 1778; Sabry, April 28, 1779; Sarah. 
Children by second wife, born in New York 
state: Stephen, January 31, 1786; Alice, Sep- 
tember 18, 1787, died December 20, 1847; Dan- 
iel, July 16, 1789; Johannah, November 13, 
1791 ; Jabez, November 18, 1794; Polly, Janu- 
ary 11, 1797, died March 24, i860; William, 
January 12, 1799; John, mentioned below; 
Elsie, June 29, 1803; Betsey, April 28, 1805; 
Abigail, July 11, 1808, died February 1, 1842; 
Almira, January 19, 1810. 

(VH) John, son of Daniel Hill, was born 
in New Hartford, Oneida county, New York, 
March 8, 1800. He went with his parents to 
Lenox, Madison county, when he was seven 
years old. He was educated in the district 
schools. In 1824 he married Isyphene Annas 
and moved to a farm that he oyvned in the 
town of Fenner, Madison county. He became 
a well-to-do farmer and prominent citizen. 
He held various offices of trust and honor. He 
was loan commissioner, justice of the peace 
and supervisor of the town. In 1833 he 
bought a country hotel called the Baldwin 
House, on the old stage line from Chittenango 
to the Chenango Valley. In 1837 he bought 
the Oran S. Avery farm in Perryville and the 
Dekeman Mill and moved thither. It has been 
said of him : 

With large natural endowments, a keen, incisive 
intellect united with rare vigor and much natural 
heroism, he was peculiarly fitted to become a leader 
among men, which within his sphere he was. His 
courage and energy were simply wonderful and ir- 
repressible. He was active, full of life, indefatigable 
in labor, honorable in his dealings, prompt and ac- 
curate in his executive ability. Few possessed such 
instructive penetration of character. Men in trouble 
seemed instinctively to turn to Mr. Hill for counsel, 
sympathy and help. A man with ways positive, di- 
rect and unmistakable, he had the capacity to stamp 
his personality upon whomever he came in contact 
with and therefore was widely known throughout 
Aladison county. It was never in his heart to do 
deliberate wrong to anyone and many can testify 
that they have been helped on in their life battle 
by his sympathy and aid. .A.s a father he was emi- 
nently kind and paternal, for his daughter especially, 
he exhibited a love that was chivalrous and beau- 

He was a kind son, caring for his aged 
parents with thoughtful love, in their last 
years. He was prominent in social life, as 
well as in business and politics, and generous 
in his hospitality. His long and useful career 
ended September 23, 1879. 



His wife, Isyphene (Annas) Hill, was a 
daughter of Oliver Annas, who came with 
the pioneers to Nelson, Madison county, from 
Vermont, and afterward bought and cleared 
a farm in Fenner, where Isyphene was born 
June 30, 1806. Oliver Annas married Aphena 
Aldrich, of an old family of Mendon, Worces- 
ter county, Aiassachusetts. Both Annas and 
Aldrich families were Quakers, rigid in prin- 
ciples and of exemplary life. The daughter 
was brought up in the old way, learning to sew, 
spin, weave and make patchwork. She was 
eighteen years old, when she married John 
Hill, September 19, 1824. It has been well 
said of her : 

A true and loving helpmeet to the man with whom 
she chose to walk life's rugged pathway, combining 
a rare sweetness with great firmness of disposition, 
she was a helmet of safety for her somewhat spirited 
family to rely upon, in all differences exercising a 
remarkable wisdom in protecting each from the 
faults and weakness of the other, thereby producing 
a harmony of wliich she was ever the strongest, 
sweetest note. . . . They united in many a noble 
self-sacrifice and gave generously to their family the 
advantages of which they had been deprived, encour- 
aging their improvement with loving admonitions. 

She joined the [Methodist Episcopal church 
at the age of thirteen. She died October 27, 
1887. Children of John and Isyphene Hill: 
I. John W., born August 11, 1825, in Fen- 
ner, Madison county, New York; a lawyer 
and farmer of McPherson, Kansas. 2. Mary 
born December 14, 1826, in Fenner; married 
O. A. Ballon, son of Colonel A. Ballou, No- 
vember 9, 1846, and she died June 9, 1858, 
leaving" a daughter Camilla, who married 
Judge T. W. Harrison, of Grand Island, Ne- 
braska. 3. Mason, born June 18, 1828, in 
Fenner; a lawyer and farmer of Nachotah, 
A\'isconsin. 4. Flaville, born December 14, 
1829, in Fenner: married, January 5, 1853, 
Captain C. P. Morey, a resident of Buffalo, 
New York: she died October 2, 1910. 5. Isy- 
phene, born November 23, 183 1 ; married, 
April 6, 1854, John Haywood, son of William 
Haywood, of Sullivan. 6. Webster, born De- 
cember 7, 1833, in Fenner; a farmer of Perry- 
ville. New York. 7. Nancy, born May 7, 1836, 
in Fenner; married, January 6. 1856, Captain 
H. G. ]\Iorey; died April 5, 1874; resident of 
Buffalo. 8. Norman B.. mentioned below. 9. 
Nellie, born November 21, 1840, in Perryville ; 
married, September 25. i860, M. N. Moot, 
son of Colonel D. B. Moot, of Lenox. 10. 
Rose, born June 10, 1845; married, December 

2, 1863, Oren F. Britt, of Sullivan; died xA.pril 
7, 1879. 

(\III) Norman B., son of John Hill, was 
born in Perryville, New York, January 11, 
1838, died there January 8, 1889. He was 
educated in the public schools, and always fol- 
lowed farming for his occupation. He served 
the town as justice of the peace and super- 
visor and took a prominent part in public af- 
fairs. In religion he was a xMethodist, in 
politics was a Republican. He married, Feb- 
ruary 7, i860, Mary, born September 6, 1840, 
daughter of Smith and Laura (Doxtaderj 
Keyes, of New Boston, New York. Children, 
born at Perryville: i. John, born March i, 
1862; sheriff of Madison county; married 
(first) Inez Hall; (second) Jessie Ransom; 
children by first wife : Irma and Gladys. 2. 
Fred Crosby, mentioned below. 3. Carrie, 
born August 22, 1864; married (first) Elmer 
E. Shaut; (second) Theodore F. Hyatt, of 
Perryville ; child by first marriage, Norma Hill 

(IX) Fred Crosby, son of Norman B. Hill, 
was born in Perryville, Madison county. New 
York, June 28, 1863. He attended the public 
schools and Yates Academy at Chittenango, 
New York, graduating in the class of 1883. 
For one year he taught school in Madison 
county. He assisted his father in the work 
of the farm until he attained the age of 
twenty-one years. In October, 1884, h^ be- 
gan to read law in the office of Judge Parker 
at Owego, New York, and in January, 1885, 
he was appointed clerk of the surrogate's 
court. He was admitted to the bar, Septem- 
ber 22, 1887, and on the first of January 
following he opened an office in Owego for 
general practice. He formed a partnership 
in January, 1900, with John M. Parker under 
the firm name of Hill & Parker and since then 
has continued in practice as senior member of 
this firm. In religion he is a Baptist, in poli- 
tics a Republican, and in 191 1 was made chair- 
man of the Republican county committee of 
Tioga county. 

He married, August 20, 1890, Grace, born 
October 18, 1863, daughter of Joseph and 
Helen (Baldwin) Hibbard. Mn and Mrs. 
Hill have no children. 

England for five hundred years be- 
HYDE fore the first of the Hyde immi- 
grants left their native land to 
make a home in the New World had recorded 



among- the chief actors in her history notable 
men bearing the name of Hyde. Coming down 
to times contemporaneous with the exodus of 
the adventurers bent upon making new homes 
and renewing their fortunes in Massachusetts 
and \irg-inia, we find in Enghsh history that 
Sir Nicholas Hyde was chief justice of the 
King's Bench in 1626; that Sir Robert Hyde 
was chief justice of court of common pleas 
in 1660; and that Sir Edward Hyde, Earl of 
Clarendon, was lord chancellor at the Restora- 
tion, 1660. Sir Edward was grandfather of 
Queen Mary 2d, and of Queen Anne, and of 
Edward Hyde (Lord Granbury). provincial 
governor of New York. 

In the records of Massachusetts and \'ir- 
ginia the name appears variously as Hide, 
Hides and Hyde, and among the immigrant 
progenitors of the different American famil- 
ies we have : Samuel Hyde, who at the age 
of forty-seven embarked at London on the 
ship "Jonathan," in the spring of 1639, for 
New England, settled at New Cambridge 
(Newton) about 1640, and was admitted as a 
freeman, May 2, 1619. He was one of the 
first deacons of the church at Newton, and his 
wife, Temperance, survived him, as did his 
younger brother, Jonathan, who married Mary 
French, and after her death married Mary 
Rediat. Jonathan had nineteen children, and 
was grandfather of Jonathan Hyde, of Pom- 
fret, Connecticut, 1714, who had six sons and 
was the progenitor of most of the Hydes of 
Connecticut, especially of Pomfret and Canter- 
bury. Another progenitor, Humphrey Hyde, 
came from England to Fairfield, Connecticut, 
in 1655, and was an extensive landholder. 
Edward Hyde was born in England about 
1650, and was sent out to North Carolina in 
171 1 as governor of the province; he was in- 
strumental in restoring order between the rival 
governments established in the province, be- 
tween the .\nglican and Quaker factions, and 
by aid of the governor of the province of \^ir- 
ginia, Thomas Corey, the governor, by the will 
of the Quakers, was expelled forcibly, and this 
action, added to his affording protection from 
the Indians through the victory over the Tus- 
caroras near Newberne in 1712, gained him 
much popularity. About 1750 John Hvde came 
from England to Richmond. Virginia, and his 
descendants are found in all the southern 
states. For the purpose of this sketch, how- 
ever, we have to do with William Hyde, who 
appeared in Newton, Massachusetts Bay Col- 

ony, in 1633, and in Hartford Colony in the 
Connecticut valley, m 1030, and his name is 
recorded on a monument erected in the ancient 
burial ground of that city as one 01 the 
original settlers. 

(ij William Hyde, the immigrant last des- 
ignated, had lands granted to him in the Hart- 
ford Colony in 1636, and was probably a mem- 
ber of the party of Rev. Thomas Hooker, who 
migrated from Roxboro and Newton. As to 
the fact of his coming from Newton (or New- 
Cambridge, as the place was first called) where 
the brothers, Samuel and Jonathan Hyde, 
afterwards settled, there is no evidence that 
they were of the same family, although dis- 
tantly related. The relationship cannot be 
fixed, as the ages of the three immigrants 
cannot be definitely fixed. Samuel was forty- 
seven years old before he left England, and 
his brother Jonathan was much _\-ounger, and 
William was old enough to be deacon in the 
church at New Cambridge in 1633; his son 
Thomas was born in Hartford, probably in 
1637, soon after the arrival of his father in 
that place. William Hyde and his family re- 
moved from Hartford to Saybrook, and his 
daughter married there in 1652, and he became 
one of the original proprietors of Norwich 
in 1660, where he was a man of considerable 
importance among the first settlers, and was 
frequently a selectman of the town. He died 
in Norwich, January 6, 1681. The name of 
his wife is unknown. His eldest child, Hes- 
ter, was probably born in England, and she 
was married in Saybrook, as early as 1652. 
to John Post. 

( II ) Samuel, second child and only son 
of William Hyde, the immigrant, was born 
in Hartford Colony, and was married in June, 
1659, to Jane, daughter of Thomas Lee and 
his wife, who bore the surname of Brown. 
This Thomas Lee came from England in 1641 
with his wife and three children, and died 
on the passage, and his widow and children 
settled in Saybrook. one of the children be- 
ing named Thomas, and his sister Sarah mar- 
ried John Large and settled on Long Island. 
Samuel and Jane (Lee) Hyde settled in Nor- 
wich, Connecticut, in 1660. He was a farmer 
and an original settler of Norwich, and his 
daughter Elizabeth was the first white child 
born in the town. He had land assigned to 
him at Norwich West Farms, and died there 
at the age of forty years, in 1677, leaving 
eleven children, and John Berchard became 



their guardian by order of the court. These 
children were aU born in Norwich, Connecti- 
cut, in the following order : Elizabeth, August, 
1660, married Lieutenant Richard Lord; 
Phoebe, January, 1663, married Matthew Gris- 
wold ; Samuel, mentioned below ; John, Decem- 
ber, 1667, married Experience Abel; William, 
January, 1670, married Anne Bushnell ; 
Thomas, July, 1672, married Mary Backus ; 
Sarah, February, 1675, died the same year; 
John, May, 1677. married Elizabeth Bushnell. 

(III) Samuel (2), eldest son of Samuel (i) 
and Jane (Lee) Hyde, was born in Nor- 
wich, Connecticut, in May, 1665. He married, 
December 10, 1690, Elizabeth, daughter of 
John and Sarah Calkins, and granddaughter 
of Hugh and Ann Calkins. Hugh Calkins, 
the immigrant, born in Chepstow, England, 
1600, came from Monmouthshire, England, 
to Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, about 1640, 
resided in Lynn and Gloucester, Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony, removed to New London, 
Connecticut, and finally settled in Norwich, 
Connecticut, in 1660, and represented the town 
in the general court of Connecticut. Samuel 
and Elizabeth ( Calkins ) Hyde lived in Wind- 
ham, Connecticut, tmtil 1700, when they re- 
moved to Lebanon, where he died November 
6. 1742, leaving a widow and ten children. 
The first four of these children were born in 
Windham, and the last six in Lebanon ; Sam- 
uel, September 10, 1691, married Priscilla 
Bradford; Daniel, August 16, 1694, married 
Abigail Wattles: Sarah, December 20, 1696, 
married Ebenezer Brown ; Caleb, April 9, 
1699, married Mary Blackman ; Elizabeth, 
baptized December 12, 1703, married Rev. 
Timothy Collins: Elijah, mentioned below; 
Ebenezer, who was married twice ; Lydia, born 
about 1710, married Jonathan Metcalf ; David, 
baptized March 22, 1719, married Althea 
Bradford ; Anne, who was married twice. 

(IV) Elijah, fourth son of Samuel (2) and 
Elizabeth (Calkins) Hyde, was born in Le- 
banon, Connecticut, 1705. He married (first), 
November 12, 1730, Ruth, daughter of John 
and Elizabeth ( Lefifingwell ) Tracy, of Nor- 
wich, settled at Norwich West Farms, now 
Franklin, Connecticut, and in 1742 removed to 
Lebanon, where his wife died October 15, 
1773, aged sixty-two years. He married (sec- 
ond) Mercy Coleman, a widow, May 3, 1774, 
and she died August 3, 1783, without issue 
by him ; he died at the homestead in Lebanon, 
August 10, 1783. Children of Elijah and Ruth 

(Tracy) Hyde: Andrew, born in Norwich, 
Connecticut, September 10, 1732, married 
Hannah Thomas; Elijah, January 17, 1735, 
married Mary Clark; Eliphalet, May 4, 1737, 
died November 4, 1743; Caleb, mentioned be- 
low; Zina, April 2, 1741; Ruth, January 21, 
1743, died March 29, 1743; Eliphalet, born ui 
Lebanon, Connecticut, May 9, 1744; married 
(first) Naomi Flint, (second) Abigail Wash- 
burn; Moses, September 11, 1751, married 
Sara Dana; Ebenezer, November 26, 1753, 
married Lucy Huntington; Ruth, May 5, 175O, 
married Captain Andrew Huntington. 

(V) Caleb, fourth son of Elijah and Ruth 
(Tracy) Hyde, was born July 29, 1739, at 
Norwich West Farms (now Franklin), died 
December 25, 1820, at Lisle, Broome county, 
New York. In 1769 he settled at Lenox, 
Massachusetts, and took an active part in the 
revolutionary war. The names of himself 
and his brother Moses appear in the proceed- 
ings of a meeting at Lenox in 1774 in oppo- 
sition to British aggressions. As captain of 
a company in Colonel Eaton's regiment, Ca- 
leb Hyde marched May 20, 1775, from Lenox, 
on an alarm at Ticonderoga. In February, 
the following year, he was commissioned 
second major of Colonel B. Symond's second 
Berkshire county regiment of Massachusetts 
militia, and in December, that year, was ap- 
pointed major of the regiment. In April, 
1777, he was commissioned first major of 
Colonel John Brown's third Berkshire county 
regiment of Massachusetts militia, and in the 
following February, was appointed lieutenant- 
colonel of the regiment. He was also lieuten- 
ant-colonel of Colonel David Rossiter's de- 
tachment to reinforce the army under General 
Stark at Saratoga. (Roll dated at Pittsfield. ) 
He was subsequently sherifi:' of Berkshire 
county and removed to Lisle, New York, 
about 1790 (what is now called the Hyde set- 
tlement), and became one of the leading pub- 
lic men of that part of the state. He was 
major general of militia, and was elected 
senator from the western district of New 
York in 1803. In February. 1804, he was 
chosen by the legislature as one of the mem- 
bers of the council of appointment. He mar- 
ried, in 1 76 1, Elizabeth Sacket, born Novem- 
ber, 1742, at Oblong, a niece of Admiral Rich- 
ard Sacket. She died January 6, 1806, and 
he survived her nearly fifteen years. Their 
first children were a pair of twins, born at 
Lebanon, Connecticut, and died unnamed. 



The others were: Charles, Caleb, Chauncey, 
Calvin, Elijah, John, Ebby, Clarissa, Eliza- 
beth, Ruth. Prudence, Harriet, Mehnda. 

(VI) Ebby, seventh son of Caleb and Eli- 
zabeth (Sacket) Hyde, was born January 17, 
1781, at Lenox, died near Marshall, Calhoun 
county, Michigan. He resided for many 
years in Lisle, New York, where he was a 
magistrate and colonel of militia. In 1825 
he removed to Ovid, New York, and eleven 
years later to Fredonia, where he was a 
farmer, and again served as magistrate. He 
removed from Fredonia to Michigan, living 
there for some years before his death. He 
married, September 3, 1804, Elizabeth, born 
March 29, 1782, in Richmond, Massachusetts, 
daughter of Deacon M. and Dorcas (Peck) 
Osborn, of that town. She died August 22, 
1838, at Fredonia. 

(VII) Dr. Frederick Hyde, son of Ebby 
and Elizabeth (Osborn) Hyde, was born 
January 28, 1807, ^t Whitney Point, Broome 
county. New York, died at Cortland, New 
York, October 15, 1887. As a youth Fred- 
erick Hyde attended district school, and be- 
fore the completion of his fifteenth year he 
began teaching such a school. Following this 
he taught school in winter, and attended school 
at other periods of the year, and ultimately 
taught throughout the year. In the winter of 
1831, while teaching, his home was in the fam- 
ily of Dr. Hiram Moe, of Lansing, New York, 
and there he commenced the study of medicine 
which he afterwards pursued in the office of 
Dr. Horace Bronson, of Virgil, Cortland 
county. New York. After attending one 
course of lectures in the Medical College at 
Fairfield. New York, he was licensed by the 
Cortland County Medical Society in 1833 to 
begin practice. He continued his studies, 
however, until the fall of 1835, riding on 
horseback over the hills of Virgil and adjoin- 
ing towns with his preceptor, thus making a 
practical study of his profession. In 1835 he 
returned to Fairfield, took another course of 
lectures, and was graduated in 1836. Soon 
after his graduation he settled in Cortland, 
and entered into partnership with Dr. Miles 
Goodvear, at that time the leading medical 
practitioner of the town, and one of the first 
graduates of Yale Medical School. Dr. Hyde 
occupied various positions of honor and trust, 
both medical and civil. In 1854 he was ap- 
pointed to the chair of obstetrics and medical 
jurisprudence in Geneva Medical College, and 

one year later was transferred to the chair 
of the Principles and Practice of Surgery. 
This position he filled seventeen years, and 
on the establishment of the college of medi- 
cine at Syracuse University in 1872, and the 
abandonment of Geneva ^ledical College, he 
took a similar position in the Syracuse Insti- 
tution, and continued to hold it until the time 
of his death, the later years there being dean 
of the faculty. In 1847 ^^ attended as dele- 
gate the first meeting of the American Medi- 
cal Association, and in 1865 was chosen presi- 
dent of the New York State Medical Society. 
In 1876 he was a delegate to the International 
Medical Congress at Philadelphia, and nine 
years later to the same congress meeting in 
Copenhagen, Denmark, also to the British 
Medical Association at Belfast, Ireland. In 
1887 he attended the International Medical 
Congress at Washington. Dr. Hyde read 
many papers, largely on surgical topics, be- 
fore the various professional societies he at- 
tended. For seventeen years he was president 
of the board of trustees of Cortlandville Acad- 
emy, and after 1876 was president of the local 
board of Cortland Normal School. He was 
president of the Cortland Savings Bank from 
1876 to 1889. 

He married, January 24, 1838, Elvira, old- 
est daughter of Dr. Goodyear. Children : Au- 
gusta and Miles Goodyear. The daughter 
was graduated at ]\Iount Holyoke Seminary 
in 1862, and resided thereafter at Cortland 
until her death in May, 1894. For a number 
of years she taught painting in oils and water 
colors in her native place, and for several 
years prior to her death gave instruction in 
china and tapestry painting. A'arious meri- 
torious productions, testifying to her skill in 
the practice of the art so loved by her, beau- 
tified her Cortland home. 

(VIII) Dr. Miles Goodyear, only son of 
Dr. Frederick and Elvira (Goodyear) Hyde, 
was born in Cortland, and prepared for col- 
lege at the academy in that place. In 1861 
he entered Yale College and four years later 
was graduated with honors from that insti- 
tution ; his rank in scholarship making him a 
member of Phi Beta Kappa. After gradu- 
ating from Yale he studied medicine with his 
father, and received the degree of M. D. from 
Geneva Medical College in 1868. ]Meanwhile 
for a time he had been principal of the acad- 
emy at Moravia. New York. I'pon receiv- 
ing his medical degree he located in Cortland 



for the practice of medicine, and thus con- 
tinued nearly twenty }ears. in 1872 he was 
demonstrator of anatomy in the medical de- 
partment of Syracuse University, in 1871 he 
was appointed adjunct professor of anatomy 
in that institution and held the position four 
years, ultimately resigning as its demands in- 
terfered with his practice, iie was elected 
president of the Cortland County Medical 
Society in 1875, and again the succeeding 
year, and was county delegate to the Ameri- 
can Aiedical Association, i^or a number of 
years he was surgeon for the Utica, ithaca & 
Elmira railroad, and local surgeon of the 
Delaware, Lack:awanna & Western railroad 
for several years. 

He is the author of numerous professional 
papers and one of these "On Preventing the 
Deformity in Certain h>actures of the Hand" 
was published in pamphlet form. Without 
solicitation on his part Dr. Hyde was made 
the candidate of the Democratic party for 
member of assembly from Cortland county in 
1885, but his party bein