Otsego Town, Otsego, NY
Childs & Warren Biographies


Was born in the town of Exeter, Otsego Co., April 27, 1810, being the fifth child of Elisha and Nancy Childs. About the year 18800 his parents, who were natives of Connecticut, settled in Exeter, Otsego Co., NY, where all their children were born, - - six sons and four daughters.  His father was one of the founders of the Congregational Church of Exeter.  His mother was also a member.

Mr. Childs has been twice married. His first wife was Diantha Cushman, daughter of David and Hettie Cushman, of Exeter. Their marriage occurred Oct. 7, 1847. No children by this marriage. His wife died Aug. 22, 1859. His second marriage was July 3, 1866, to Augusta Thorpe, daughter of Henry and Mary Thorpe. Mrs. Childs was born in the town of Butternuts, Otsego Co., Jan. 5, 1841. They have one child, Helen Augusta, born Feb. 14, 1868.

Mr. Childs was bred a farmer. In the year, 1833 he came to Oaksville, and served four years as clerk in a sore. Then went to Vanhornsville, Herkimer Co., N.Y.and assisted Elias Braman in starting a cotton-manufactory. He remained there three years. In 1840 he returned to Oaksville and became part owner in the manufacture of cotton goods, in calico printing, with Russell Williams. After five years of successful business he sold his interest to Mr. Williams and went into the commission business, handling wool, cotton, and produce. At the expiration of several years, the failure of Colonel Williams threw the mill back into his hands, and he sold to Rufus Steer. He has continued the commission business and farming till the present time. Mr. Childs is Republican in politics, and has held various offices of public trust; was postmaster for many years, director in the Otsego County agricultural society, director of the C. & S. railroad since its organization, and railroad commissioner for the town of Otsego for four or five years.


Julius Warren, father of William K. Warren, the second child of Darius and Mary Warren, was born June 28, 1786. Darius Warren settled in the town of Otsego, on the farm now owned and occupied by Russell Warren, in1787, among its first settlers. Julius married Anna Webster in 1787, by whom he had two children, Francis E. and Erastus W., latter a farmer in the town of Otsego. His wife died Sept. 25, 1821, and subsequently he married Abigail Cook. William K. is the only child by his marriage. After his marriage in 1806 he purchased and settled on what is known as the "Dora Allen" farm, now owned by Menzo Hoke. In 1816 he sold it and settled on the place still owned and occupied by his son, the subject of this sketch. He died Aug. 2, 1866, having lived more then ten years beyond the allotted period of life. His wife survived him about seven years. She died Jan. 18, 1872, at the advanced age of eighty-five years.

William Kendrick Warren was born Dec. 15, 1824. He still owns and occupies the home of his birth. He was married, Feb. 15, 1849, to Ruth Janette Miller, daughter of William and Betsey miller, of Columbia, Herkimer Co., N. Y. Mrs. Warren was born Oct. 1, 1826. Their only child is Augusta M. Warren, born Nov. 14, 1849, who since the death of her mother, which occurred March 19, 1870, has kept house for her father.

Mr. Warren in politics is a Republican. He has been a member of the First Baptist church since 1842. His wife was a member of the same church from the time of her marriage till her death. The daughter is also a member.

An incident related by Mr. Warren forcibly illustrates the wide contrast in the circumstances of the present and early times. He states that at one time provisions had run so low in the family that his grandfather, Darius, walked twenty-seven miles to Canajoharie, where he bought and had ground a bushel of wheat, and brought it home on his back.

*The History of Otsego, NY, by Duane Hamilton Hurd, 1878

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

Original website created by Debbie Axtman

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