Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 124-130

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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HEATON. James Heaton, immigrant ancestor of many of the old New England families of this surname, was born in England in 1633, died in New Haven, Connecticut, October 16, 1712. He settled in New Haven and was ensign of the train band. He had large tracts of land granted by the colony. He was sent by the town to Boston to treat with Mr. Joshua Moody, in 1684; held important offices; took the oath of fidelity in 1654; and was for many years a prominent citizen. He married, November 20, 1662, Sarah, daughter of Rev. Nicholas Street, of Taunton and New Haven. Joseph and Nathaniel Heaton, his descendants, moved from Hamden, Connecticut, where many of the Heatons lived, to Hanover, New Hampshire, Ebenezer Heaton and Jonathan Heaton of this family also settled in Grafton County, New Hampshire. This was near Canann, New Hampshire.

(I) John Heaton, doubtless a descendant of James Heaton, of New Haven was a private from "Colrain or Shelburne," Massachusetts, in Captain Hugh McClellan's Colerain company, Colonel Samuel Williams' regiment, in 1775. He was also second lieutenant in the Eighth Company, Fifth Hampshire County Regiment, in 1780, in the Revolution. Moses Heaton, of the adjacent town of Charlemont, also in the Revolution, may have been a brother. The name Eaton was used frequently interchangeably for Heaton. Ensign James Eaton was the only head of family spelled either Eaton or Heaton in Shelburne in 1790, according to the federal census. There was a John Heaton, of Pelham, but his name should have been spelled Eaton.

(II) Lucius, son of John Heaton, was born in Shelburne, Massachusetts, according to the Stearns genealogy, May 20, 1780. He lived for a time in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire, but finally settled in Chazy, Clinton County, New York, where he took up a tract of land in the eastern part of the town, cleared it and built his house. He followed farming there the remainder of his life. He married, March 8, 1804, Laura, born July 8, 1785, died January 6, 1858, daughter of Asa and Phebe Stearns (see Stearns V). Children, all born at Chazy: 1. Parley, born February 13, 1803, died November 28, 1851; married Orpha Ransom, born February 13, 1814, died September 20, 1883; children: i. Amelia, married Charles O. Barber, ii. Cordelia, married Darius W. Marsh. 2. Paschal, November 3, 1806. 3. Amanda (twin), October 17, 1809; married Stephen Smith. 4. Miranda (twin), October 17, 1809, died July 16, 1826. 5. Child, died in infancy. 6. Rufus, born November 10, 1813; died unmarried, July 23, 1900. 7. Elial W., July 10, 1816. 8. Lucy, October 3, 1818, died March 17, 1865; married John H. Phinney. 9. Achsah, September 6, 1820, died unmarried. 10. John, July 6, 1822, mentioned below. 11. Cordelia L., January 13, 1825, died young. 12. Harriet, July 30, 1827, died July 15, 1861; married Dr. James Fulton, of Beekmanton, New York.

(III) John, son of Lucius Heaton, was born in Chazy, July 6, 1822, died March 23, 1885. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and followed farming there during his active life. In politics he was a Democrat, in religion Presbyterian. He married, November 8, 1848, Hannah L., born in Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York, May 8, 1828, died at Chazy, June 22, 1898, daughter of Willis and Almira (Hulett) Gates. Her parents were married January 12, 1823. Children of John and Hannah L. Heaton: 1. Washington Irving, born August 13, 1849, died unmarried January 20, 1871. 2. Rufus P., June 2, 1855, mentioned below. 3. Lucy, October 17, 1863, died January 25, 1872.

(IV) Rufus P., son of John Heaton, was born at Chazy, June 2, 1855. He was educated there in the public schools and in the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie,

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New York. He then went west and worked in the lumber industry for about two years. He returned to his native town and engaged in farming. He has also dealt in wood, wool, etc., very successfully to the present time. He owns the homestead on which his father lived, containing four hundred acres, and also a farm adjoining. He has a herd of thirty-five cows, and makes a specialty of the dairy business. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of Clinton Lodge, No. 621, Free Masons; Plattsburgh Chapter, Royal arch Masons; De Sota Commandery, Knights Templar, of Plattsburgh; the Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Troy, New York. He is an attendant of the Presbyterian Church of Chazy and was for several years one of its trustees. He married, December 1, 1898, Edith Athalia, born at Chazy, daughter of Dr. Abiatha and Mattie (Adams) Brooks. They have one child, Lucy, born at Chazy, February 10, 1900.

(The Stearns Line).

The Stearns family is of old English origin, and the name is well known in Nottingham, Berks, Norfolk, Hertford, Suffolk and Cambridge counties. The name has been variously spelled Sternes, Sterns, Starnes, Sterne, in England. Stearns is the form used by the American family. The coat-of-arms: Or, a chevron between three crosses flory sable. Crest: a cock starling proper. These arms were used by an old family in Watertown, Massachusetts. The family has been prominent. Richard Steren was Archbishop of York. There is a family tradition that three brothers, Daniel, Isaac and Shubael, came from England to America in 1630 and settled near Watertown; that Daniel died soon afterward, unmarried, and the other two brought their families with them. Shubael died leaving two sons, Charles and Nathaniel, eight or ten years old, who were brought up by their uncle Isaac. The fact that Charles Stearns was left ten pounds by Isaac, who called him "kinsman," and that Isaac, Charles and Nathaniel named their sons John, Isaac and Samuel, would tend to bear out the tradition. It is certain that there were three immigrants of the name, probably brothers; Isaac of Watertown, Charles, kinsman (probably nephew), of Isaac, and Nathaniel of Dedham.

(I) Charles Stearns, immigrant ancestor of this branch of the family, came to new England, May 6, 1646, and settled in Watertown. He bought, march 15, 1648, of Edward Lamb, of Watertown, a house and eight acres of land, and three or four lots; and the same day he bought from John Fisher six acres of upland. He was elected January 6, 1680-81, constable and tax gatherer of Watertown, but refused to take the oath, and the same year sold his land in Watertown to his son Samuel. Soon after this he and son Shubael moved to Lynn End, now Lynnfield, Massachusetts. One Samuel Hosier bequeathed to him ten pounds. He married (first) Hannah ----------, who died June 30, 1650, at Watertown, and was buried July 2, 1650. He married (second) June 22, 1654, Rebecca, daughter of John and Rebecca Gibson, of Cambridge. She was admitted a member of the Watertown Church in February, 1658-59. The births of the first two children are recorded in Cambridge. Children: 1. Samuel. born June 2, 1650; settled in Watertown. 2. Shubael, September 20, 1655; went on the Narragansett expedition. 3. John, January 24, 1657; mentioned below. 4. Isaac, 1658; settled in Salem. 5. Charles, slain in the King's service before 1695. 6. Rebecca, 1661; married Thomas Train, of Watertown. 7. Martha, married -------- Hutchinson. :

(II) John, son of Charles Stearns, was born January 24, 1657, died February 22, 1722. He was a housewright by trade, and resided in Lexington, although the birth of the first child was recorded in Watertown. The five eldest children were baptized at Watertown, by Rev. John Bailey, June 22, 1690l and the next seven by Rev. Mr. An-

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geer at Weston or the Second church, Watertown. The two youngest children are records at Lexington. He married (first) Judith, born May 12, 1660, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Crispe) Lawrence. He married (second) April 2, 1713, Mary, born July 10, 1663, daughter of Richard and Mary (Brooks) Narcross, of Watertown. Children: Rebecca, born March 21, 1683. 2. Judith. 3. Sarah. 4. George (twin), 1688. 5. Benjamin (twin) 1688. 6. John, 1692; mentioned below. 7. Captain Thomas, 1694. 8. Daniel, 1695. 9. Isaac, 1697. 10. Mary. 11. Elizabeth. 12. Abigail, May 12, 1700, in Lexington. 13. Charles, October 20, 1702, in Lexington.

(III) John (2), son of John (1) Stearns, was born in 1692, and baptized May 11, 1701. He was a blacksmith at Lexington. AS early as 1722 he moved to Worcester, where he purchased, May 20, 1717, fifty-one acres of land of Ephraim Curtis, of Sudbury, for fifty pounds with all the rights. This farm adjoined land of Obadiah Ward and Daniel Heyward. He was captain of a company of Rangers in 1748, and served against the Indians. He was living in 1762. He married, August 10,m 1715, Deliverance, born September 22, 1695, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Flagg) Bigelow. Children, born at Worcester, except the two eldest, who were baptized at the church in the west precinct of Watertown: 1. John, baptized March 31, 1717. 2. Jotham, baptized June 22, 1718. 3. Samuel, born 1720, mentioned below. 4. Isaac, 1728; married Katherine Crosby, and Elizabeth Roberts. 5. Katherine, married May 23, 1774, William Griggs. 6. William, 1732. 7. Deliverance, married December 25, 1750, Elisha Hedge, Jr. 8. Increase, 1738. 9. Daniel. 10. Bezeleel. 1. Sarah, July 17, 1750l married Benjamin Leathe, of Grafton.

(IV) Samuel, son of Captain John (2) Stearns, was born in 1720, died March 17, 1776. He served in Captain Samuel Warren's company in 1757. He married (first) August 19, 1752, Jemima Hoyt, of Monaddock, born December 25, 1729. He married (second) (intentions dated November 27), 1762, Sarah Ann Grover, of Grafton. She administered his estate and died April 9, 1777. Children: 1. Samuel, born 1754. 2. Daniel, 1756. 3. Asa, July 30, 1758; mentioned below. 4. Jemima, 1760; married David Dudley. 5. Solomon, 1763. 6. Shadrach, 1766, of Poultney, Vermont. 7. Benjamin, 1769; resides in Vermont. 8. Moses, 1771. 9. Betsey, 1773, 10. Phebe.

(V) Asa, son of Samuel Stearns, was born July 30, 1758. He enlisted in colonel Ward's regiment and afterwards for three years in Colonel Cilley's New Hampshire regiment and never lost a day from wounds or sickness. He was at the capture of Burgoyne, took part in the battle of Monmouth and was with General Sullivan in the Wyoming Valley and endured great suffering. He was also at sea on a privateer during the Revolution and helped in the capture of the "Hannah," a ship richly laden with merchandise, taken into New Haven. He settled for a time at Claremont, New Hampshire. He married (first) March 25, 1784, Lucy, born March 30, 1764, daughter of Lieutenant Elijah Cady, of Wethersfield, Cavendish, Moretown, Waterbury and Benson, Vermont. His wife died August, 1825, at Benson, from injuries received by being thrown from a carriage. He afterward located at Chazy, New York. He married (second) Mrs. Phebe Dunham, who died in March, 1849, and he lived afterward with his daughter, Mrs. Heaton, until he died February 2, 1852. Children: 1. Laura, born July 8, 1785, in Wethersfield; married Lucius Heaton. (See Heaton II). 2. Zebrina, 1786, at Wethersfield. 3. Abigail, married Martin Root. 4. Sena married John Cannon. 5. James, 1792, of Chazy. 6. Lucy,

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Married, in 1814, Selding Patee, of Watertown. 7. Sydney, born at Moretown, went to Indiana. 8. Candace, married William Richards, of Burlington. 9. Harriet, married, in 1821, Elijah Knox. 10, Asa H., born June 22, 1804. 11. Elijah Cady, April 29, 1805. 12. Curtis, April 22, 1810.

WHITESIDE. The surname Whiteside was doubtless derived from an English place name. The Irish branch of the family is the most prominent, however. A branch located early in the Protestant settlement of Ulster province, and in 1890 was numerous in counties Armagh and Antrim. The coat-of-arms was granted to Rev. John Whiteside, vicar of Scarborough, York, elder son of Rev. William Whiteside, head master of the Rathmines Collegiate School of Dublin, the grandson of William Whiteside, of Londonderry, Ireland. Right Hon, James Whiteside, brother of Rev. John Whiteside, was Lord chief Justice of Ireland in 1866. The arms; Ermine a rose gules seeded or barded vert on a chief of the second a tower of the third. Crest: A demi-lion rampant per fess argent and gules in the dexter paw a rose of the second seed or slipped and barded vert.

(I) Phineas Whiteside, doubtless related to William Whiteside, of Londonderry, lived at Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland. He was born in 1716, and came with the Scotch-Irish pioneers to Pennsylvania, making his home at what is now Strasburg, Lancaster County, which w as largely settled by the Scotch-Irish, as the people from the north of Ireland were called. In 1764 and again in `1766 Rev. john Cuthbertson, who was the apostle and missionary of the Covenant Church, went to New York State to visit the new churches. On these trips, he was accompanied by Phineas Whiteside, who was a ruling elder of the church. On the last trip Phineas leased fourteen hundred acres of land, and soon afterward removed there with his family, settling in Cambridge, Washington County. He was a well educated and influential man. During the Revolution he was an earnest and prominent Whig and assisted the American government with his services and resources. He died in 1793. He married January 9, 1752, Ann Cooper. His epitaph reads: "Phineas Whiteside, born 1716, died 1793. He was by birth an Hibernian. He saw this and many parts of America a wilderness. He saw Columbia struggling for liberty, in which he took an active part. He saw her victorious.

"Full ripe in virtue as in age,
For endless bliss he quits this stage."

Children: 1. John, mentioned below. 2. William, born March 22, 1754; married Lois Freeman. 3. Peter, married Anne Robertson. 4. Thomas, married Elizabeth Cramer. 5. Ann, married John Cochrane. 6. Edward, married Ann French. 7. Oliver, Married Susanna Prendergast.

(II) John, son of Phineas Whiteside, was born December 8, 1752, at Strasbourg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Cambridge with his parents and acquired a tract of some fourteen hundred acres of land there. To each of his children he bequeathed a farm of two hundred acres. He married Margaret Robertson. Children, born at Cambridge: 1. Elizabeth, April 29, 1781; died October 28, 1798. 2. Phineas, March 30, 1783; died April 3, 1813. 3. Thomas John, May 9, 1785; mentioned below. 4. Ann, September 3, 1787. 5. Robertson, November 18, 1789. 6. Catherine, August 6, 1793. 7. Child.

(III) Thomas John, son of John Whiteside, was born in Cambridge, May 9, 1785. He removed to Troy, New York, where he engaged in the dry good business. He left Troy and lived for a time at Sacketts Harbor, New York, but decided to return to Troy. On his way he visited Judge Pliny Moore at Champlain, New York, and was induced to locate in that town. He established a store there and engaged extensively

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in the lumber business. He also manufactured flax and was highly successful in all his business ventures. He was a substantial and prosperous citizen, highly respected and valued in the community, of large and wholesome influence. He married, February 2, 1815, in Champlain, Sophia, daughter of Judge Pliny Moore. She was born September 12, 1792, died April 10, 1831. He died April 9, 1860. Children: 1. John Henry, born 'February 19, 1816; mentioned below. 2. Martha Corbin, September 12, 1817; married, September 12, 1839, Luzerne Rae. 3. Margaret Robertson, April 10, 1822, died in February, 1890, married, October 11, 1848, Samuel Wilbur, of Old Chatham, New York. 4. Alexander, November 14, 1825; married, August, 1871, Eleanor Ann Shattuck, of Boston.

(IV) John Henry, son of Thomas John Whiteside, was born in Champlain, February 19, 1816, died October 27, 1895, in his native town. With his brother Alexander he continued the flax business established by their father and also the general store and lumbering. In 1870 they erected a mill for the manufacture of straw board and conducted it successfully until 1886, when they retired. The business as passed into the hands of his sons, Frank and John Robertson. John H. Whiteside was active in public affairs and distinguished for his public spirit. He gave freely of his time and means to further objects of public interest, and to promote the public welfare. He was instrumental in incorporating Glenwood Cemetery, which is most beautifully located, and he took a keen personal interest in supervising the arrangement and laying out of the grounds. He was a prime mover in the organization of the First National Bank, of Champlain, and was a director as long as he lived. In politics he was a Republican, and during the civil war was a firm Unionist. He married, August 26, 1846, Catherine Wetmore, of Fishkill, New York, born august 15, 1822, died October 5, 1900, daughter of William H. and Sarah Ann (Brinckerhoff) Wetmore. Children; 1. Sarah Wetmore, born May 26, 1847; married October 20, 1870, Francis C. Brown; children: Francis, Catherine, Edward, Margarette, John and Eleanor Brown. 2. Thomas, may 12, 1849; died December 29, 1861. 3. William Henry, November 21, 1850; died April 12, 1866. 4. Frank, August 26, 1852; mentioned below. 5. Mary Lizzie, October 12, 1857. 6. John Robertson, October 28, 1859; married, October 28, 1897, Ethel D'Arcy Boulton, at Highland Park, Illinois; children: born at Champlain: John Robertson, Jr., October 9, 1901; George D'Arcy, March 1, 1904.

(V) Frank, son of John Henry Whiteside, was born at Champlain, August 26, 1862, died October 27, 1895. He was educated there in the public schools and at Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Massachusetts. He and his brother John R. succeeded to the straw board business established by their father and uncle. He had learned the business thoroughly when a young man, and it was continued wit success until on account of the scarcity of straw, as the farmers ceased to raise grain, the mill was closed. He and his brother own the power plant that supplies the water system for the village of Champlain, and each follows farming to some extent. Frank Whiteside became a director of the First National Bank of Champlain before his father died, and he has continued in that office to the present time, and since 1887 he has been vice-president. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and is a very much respected and esteemed citizen of his native town.

CLOUGH. John Clough, immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1613. He was twenty-two years old when he sailed from England for America in 1635 April 11, in the ship "Elizabeth." The name for many generations has been variously spelled, Clow, Clough, pronounced to rhyme with "how," Cluff and Cluffe, pronounced as written.

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The established spelling Clough seems to be the proper way.

John Clough deposed in 1691 that his age was seventy-seven years, thus substantiating the approximate date of his birth obtained at emigration. He may have lived at Boston for a time, but it is difficult to prove whether John Clough of the Boston records is John of Watertown or John of Salisbury. John Watertown was a tailor. The John Clough oft his pedigree settled in Salisbury, was a proprietor there as early as 1639, and a house carpenter by trade. He had a second grant of land in 1640, and others later. He was admitted a freeman May 18, 1642, and took the oath of fidelity, 1650, and was a commoner an taxpayer 1650. The general court granted to John Clough, then of Boston, a lot of land at Salisbury (see Hoyt's families) March 13, 1638-39, the record stating that he had served his master four years, indicating that he was either apprenticed to learn his trade of carpenter or was bound out for a term--a common way of paying passage money. Or he may have been a prisoner of war. It seems most likely that he was apprenticed at Boston in some family that he knew in England and with whom he came to this country. He must have been counted a desirable citizen even as a young man, or he would not have been granted land by the general court. He died July 26, 1691, and his will was proved November 3, following. He made bequests to his wife Martha; sons, John, Samuel and Thomas; son-in-law Daniel Merrill; daughters Elizabeth Horne and Sarah Merrill; the children of daughter Martha, wife of Cornelius page, late of Andover, and other grandchildren. He married (first) Jane --------------, who died January 16, 1679. He married (second) January 15, 1686, Martha Cilley, or Sibley. Children of John and Jane Clough: 1. Elizabeth, born December 16, 1642; married ---------- Horne. 2 Mary, July 30, 1644; died before her father. 3. Sarah, June 28, 1646; married May 14, 1667, Daniel, son of Nathaniel Merrill. 4. John, March 9, 1648-49; married, November 13, 1674, Mercy Page. 5. Thomas, May 29, 1651. 6. Martha, March 22, 16544. 7. Samuel, February 20, 1656-57; married, August 31, 1679, Elizabeth Brown.

(I) Peter Clough, a descendant of John Clough in the fifth or sixth generation, settled like many others of his descendants in New Hampshire. Many of them lived at Henniker, Weare and in the vicinity of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He settled afterward in Vermont, and died there February 3, 1845. He married (first) September 11, 1808, Polly Tower. He married (second) August 12, 1821, Hannah Perham. Children of first wife: 1. Charles. 2. David. W. 3. John Henry. 4. William (mentioned below). 5. Fanny. 6. Adeline. Children of second wife: 7. Harry. 8. George. 9. Mary. 10. Eliza. His widow lived after his death at Townsend, Vermont.

(II) William, son of Peter Clough, was born Westminster, Vermont, February 11, 1813, died January 28, 1901. He moved with his parents to Malone, Franklin County, New York, when he was twelve years old. He had a common school education. At the age of eighteen he came to Peru, Clinton County, New York, and established a furniture store. He was a cabinet-maker, having learned his trade from his father. He built up a large and flourishing trade and continued in business with much success until in 1895 he retired, selling his business to his two sons, Franklin H., and Leslie M. Clough. In politics he was Republican, in religion, a Methodist. He married (first) Cynthia Garlick; (second) December 30, 1857, Amarilla, born April 4, 1830, at Isle La Motte, Vermont, daughter of Jeremiah and Speedis (Holcomb) Cooper. Children of first wife: 1. Martha, married Robert Day; had no children. 2. Mary, married Earl Olcott; had no children. 3. Albert, enlisted in the Civil War from Plattsburgh and died in the service. Children of

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Second wife: 4. William E., born October 27, 1858, at Peru; married, January 7, 1883, at West Chazy, New York, Cornie E., daughter of Hiram Clark, of West Chazy; children: i. Bessie L., born July 6, 1891, ii. Ruth M., October 18, 1897, iii. Mahlon C., December 20, 1904, iv. Harold C., (twin), December 20, 1904. 5. Franklin H., November 12, 1864; mentioned below. 6. Leslie M., December 29, 1869; mentioned below. 7. Jesse, April 27, 1873l married Mrs. Emily Clark, of Peru; have no children.

(III) Franklin H., son of William Clough, was born in Peru, November 12, 1864, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He was clerk in his father's store from an early age until 1895, when in partnership with his brother, Leslie M., he succeeded his father and they have continued together with the greatest success ever since. In addition to his mercantile business he has filled the office of deputy collector of customs in the Champlain district and has resided at Rouse's Point since October 16, 1901. He was supervisor of Peru for six years (1896-1901) and is well known throughout the county. He is a member of the Ausable River Lodge, Free and Accepted Mason, of Keeseville; Plattsburgh Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; De Soto Commandery and Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Troy, and has held various offices in these Masonic bodies from time to time. In religion he is a Methodist.

Franklin H. Clough, married, December 22, 1886, Nellie C. Lewis, of Peru, born June 28, 1869, daughter of Eli and Elizabeth (Finn) Lewis. Children, born at Peru; 1. Claudia, July 7, 1893. 2. Frances Maud, June 13, 1896. 3. Marion (twin), November 14, 1900. 4. Mildred (twin) November 14, 1900.

(III) Leslie M., son of William Clough, was born December 29, 1869. He attended the public schools of Peru and Plattsburgh and graduated from the Plattsburgh high school. He was clerk in his father's store for a number of years, and in 1895 with his brother, Franklin H., succeeded to the business under the name of Clough Brothers. He is a member of Au Sable Lodge, Free Masons, of Keeseville; Plattsburgh Chapter, De Soto Commandery, and Oriental Temple. In politics he is a Republican, in religion a Methodist. He married, August 31, 1892, in Peru, Carrie, born in Peru, daughter of Andrew and Clara (Meed) Craig. Her father was born in Beekmanton, New York, her mother in Canada, daughter of Francis Meed, of Vermont and Canada. Children: 1. Corinne A., born September 10, 1894. 2. Kenneth, June 28, 1902.


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