Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 153-161

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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MOORE. Amos Moore, progenitor of this family in this country, settled at Westfield, Massachusetts. He was born November, 1698, according to the vital records of the town of Montgomery, formerly part of Westfield, and died at Montgomery, February 20, 1785. His wife, Martha, we are told, was born in August, 1698. The records state that he was the father of Joel, born September 25, 1744, mentioned below. The wife of a Pliny Moore died there; Pliny may have been another son; the name is contin-

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ued in the family. Abner, Asa, Luke and Roswell, of Westfield, heads of families, in 1790, may also be sons.

(II) Joel, son of Amos Moore, was born September 3, 1744. The family lived at Montgomery, formerly Westfield, later Russell, Massachusetts, in the part set off from Montgomery probably. He died November 1, 1822, at Montgomery, aged seventy-eight years. He married, September 30, 1765, Martha Spring. They were among the first settlers in Montgomery. According to the census of 1790 but two of the name were living in or near Westfield, Joel with three males and two females in his family; Joel Forbush with one male under sixteen and two females. Children: 1. Joel Forbush, born May 25, 1766; married, July 23, 1791, and had a large family at Montgomery. 2. Apollos, mentioned below. 3. Nathaniel, June 20, 1769. 4. Orren, December 11, 1771. 5. John, May 22, 1774. 6. Pliny, August 29, 1776. 7. Samuel, December 5, 1779. 8. Martha, March 17, 1783. 9. Guy (see page 1094 Connecticut Valley History); had Aaron, of Covington, Warren, Wareham, Hiram, Horace, Apollos, of Montgomery. 10. Dorus, had children: i. Julius, of West Stockbridge; ii, Hannah, died young; iii. Zipporah, died young, iv. Armond, married William Squier. 11. Phebe, married Oliver Clark.

(III) Apollos, son of Joel Moore, was born about 1766-67. He was a soldier in the Revolution in 1783, in Captain Ebenezer Smith's (Seventh) company, Colonel Michael Jackson's regiment (Eighth). He removed from Westfield, or Russell, near Springfield, Massachusetts, to Lowville, Lewis County, New York, prior to 1813. He was a carpenter and builder in Massachusetts , and he established a business as manufacturer of blinds, doors and sashes in New York, and in the course of time built up a large trade for that day. He was a Methodist in religion and a Whig and Republican in politics. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-two years. He married (first) Delina. He married (second) October 3, 1805, Philatta, daughter of Samuel Dean, born at Westfield, August 4, 1755, died April 8, 1790. Children of Apollos and Delina Moore: 1. Apollos. 2. Horace, born 1804, died June 1, 1844, drowned in the Connecticut River. Children of Apollos and Philatta Moore: 3. Mary, January 25, 1809, married December 26, 1839, William Ward Nine. 4. Nelson, February 14, 1811; married (first) March 13, 1837, Sarah A. Martin; (second) October 5, 1842, Catharine Jones. 5. Morris D., January 18, 1813; mentioned below. 6. John Milton, January 1, 1815; married, September 7, 1843, Adeline C. Crane. 7. Franklin, November 18, 1818; married, April 6, 1847, Helen G. Johnson. 8., Francis (twin) November 18, 1818.

(IV) Morris D., son of Apollos Moore, was born in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, January 18, 1813. He was educated in the public schools and at Lowville Academy. He learned the carpenter's trade under the instruction of his father, and succeeded to his business as a builder and manufacturer. He built a large and specious factory, having water power, and fitted it with modern machinery. It was located below the present location of the railroad bridge on Mill Creek; he later removed to a factory above the village on Mill Creek, enlarging his facilities and extending his business. He also did a thriving business as a contractor and builder. He was a Republican in politics. He met his death in an accident in his factory, June 4, 1881. He married, September 10, 1840, Electra Stephens, who died March 16, 1858. Children: 1. Julia M., born May 20, 1842; married Louis A. Scott. 2. Charles D., May 12, 1844; married Mary A. Arthur. 3. Clara, died in 1892; aged forty-four years; married John Beattie. 4. Frank D., born October 2, 1851; married Ella Bingham. 5. John D., see forward. 6. Minnie, born March 5, 1855; married Dwight E. Shepherd.

(V) John D., son of Morris D. Moore,

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was born at Lowville, New York, May 15, 1853. He was educated in the public schools and Lowville Academy. He was deputy postmaster for eight years, and then for twelve years was a druggist. He then became associated with his brothers in the manufacture of doors, blinds and sash under the firm name of M. D. Moore Sons. In 1896 he engaged in the fire and life insurance business. In 1903 his son, J. Yale, was admitted as partner under the firm name of J. D. Moore & Son. He was for a number of years chief engineer of the Lowville fire department. He is a Republican. He married, May 15, 1879, Deck M., born December 31, 1855, daughter of Flavius M. and Elvira E. (Henry) Arthur, and grand-daughter of Elisha and Martha (Moore) Arthur. Flavius M. Arthur was born November 10, 1815, died June 23, 1898; he was a farmer; he married, October 10, 1843, Elvira E. Henry, who died June 3, 1885. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur: 1. Mary A., born September 17, 1844; married Charles D. Moore, brother of John D. Moore, mentioned above. 2. Elvira E., September 18, 1847; married Wallace T. Brooks, died January 20, 1900. 3. Emma M., April 6, 1852; married William H. Morrison., 4. Deck M., aforementioned as the wife of John D. Moore. 5. Harriet A., September 24, 1861; married J. Leonard Bush; died June 14, 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Moore have one son, J. Yale, bon February 27, 1882; educated at Lowville Academy; associated in business with his father; married, May 19, 1906, Flora Caroline, daughter of Philip Keiner, of Baltimore, Maryland.

GOWDY. Samuel Gowdy was the progenitor of this family. He settled in Enfield, Connecticut, where the family has been numerous and influential. He was born about 1710, probably in the north of Ireland, descended from Scotch ancestry. Another Gowdy family located at the time of the Scotch-Irish immigration, 1720-50, in South Carolina. The name is not common, either in Scotland or Ireland, and it is likely that all of the name are rather nearly related. A Gowdy family came before 1756 to Abbeville, South Carolina. In 1790 there was one Gowdy family in Virginia, another in Pennsylvania. John Gowdy, of Powhatan County, Virginia, had two whites and no blacks in his family; Samuel Gowdy had two males over sixteen; two under that age and four females in his family, living in Aberdeen County, Pennsylvania, where many Scotch Presbyterians settled. Clinton Gowdy, a prominent lawyer of Springfield, Massachusetts, is descended from a Tennessee branch of the Virginia family mentioned.

(I) Samuel Gowdy, of Enfield, was a soldier in the French and Indian Wars, Third Company, First Regiment, General Phinehas Lyman, from March 9, 10 to December 1, 1757. This record may possibly belong to his son of the same name. His son Samuel administered his estate, being appointed by the probate court, August 5, 1767, probably about a month after his father's death.

(II) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (12) Gowdy, was born in 1738, and probably came with his parents to Enfield when a young child. He died there November 16, 1812, aged seventy-four years. his father was living in 1765, for the records call him "Jr." at that time. He, or his son of the same name, served in the Revolution in 1779-80 in the Continental Army in the Second Regiment under Colonel Zebulon Butler, Alexander and John Gowdy, also in the Revolution, appear to be his brothers. He had in his family, in 1790, according to the first Federal census, two males over sixteen and three females. Robert and William also had families in Enfield; Robert was his son, William doubtless his nephew. He married, October 23, 1759, Abiah, daughter of Henry Pease, of Enfield. Children, born at Enfield: 1. Samuel, June 10, 1760, mentioned below. 2. Hill, February 13, 17634;

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Served in the Revolution. 3. Robert, July 24, 1765. 4. Abiah, January 8, 1768. 5. Mehitable, June 17, 1770. 6. Daniel, died in 1854, aged about eighty-three years. 7. Mehitable, May 2, 1778.

(III) Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) Gowdy, was born in Enfield, June 10, 1760, died April 19, 1840. He was a soldier in the Revolution in 1780 from Connecticut, and was one of the guards of Major Andre at the time of his execution. He married, at Enfield, January 29, 1784, Alice Gleason. The town records (p. 1193) give an account of his wages as a soldier in the Revolution. He moved about 1803 to Lewis County, New York, and settled there in the town of Martinsburg, then a wilderness. He built his log house and cleared a farm. He owned two hundred and fifty acres of land, and in course of time his was recognized as the finest farm in that section.

(IV) Norman, youngest of seven children of Samuel (3) Gowdy, was born at Enfield, Connecticut, June, 1801. He attended the district schools and the Academy at Martinsburg. He worked with his father on the homestead in his youth and continued with him afterwards, succeeding eventually to the place. He was acknowledged to be one of the most progressive and successful farmer in the county. He was possessed of more than ordinary ability, and many of his younger and less successful neighbors came to him for advice. He came to have a large and useful influence in the town. He was of dignified bearing, but kindly manners, and won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was one of the founders of the Lewis County Agricultural Association and took a keen interest in its welfare. He did not lack an interest in politics and public affairs, but declined to accept public affairs, but declined to accept public office of any kind. During the Civil War he retired from the active management of his farm and made his home in the village of Lowville, devoting his time to the management of his real estate and other investments. In politics he was originally an old line Whig, but after the Republican party was formed he supported its candidates and principles and wielded a large influence in its councils. He was a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church. He gave freely of his wealth and contributed to a variety of charitable organizations. He was for many years one of the leading men of the county. He died September 1, 1876. He married in 1831, Julia (Sackett) Buell, daughter of Roland and Olive Buell. Her family came to Lewis County when she was but three years old. She died in 1890.

REED. The Reed family was founded in Lewis County, New York, by John Reed, who came there from Montgomery County in the year 1806. The name of his father (who was the emigrant) is lost, although some detail of his life and tragic death has been preserved. John Reed's grandparents sailed for the America colonies with their son, John reed's father, and on the voyage they both died and were buried at sea. The boy was cared for by a German family, who took him with them to their home in Maryland, where he grew up. Later his foster parents removed to Palatine, Montgomery County, New York, taking the boy with them. He subsequently married a German girl and reared a family, among whom was John, see forward. During the Revolutionary War the parents of John Reed, with other neighbors, would seek safety in the fort at Stone Arabia whenever there was a raid of the Tories and Indians. The last year of the war, everything being quiet, no Tories or Indians having been seen for several weeks, the parents of John Reed went out to their farm, some three miles from the fort, to pull their crop of flax. While they were at work they were surprised by the Indians, scalped and killed. Upon their not returning at sundown, their son John, a soldier at the fort, aged seventeen, went in search of them and found them both dead

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in the field. He carried them into the house remained with them until morning, and then went back to the fort for assistance. Returning later with help he buried his parents in the orchard on the old farm.

(II) John Reed, son of the parents above referred to, after the close of the war married and settled on the old home farm in Palatine, residing there until 1806, when he migrated to Lewis County, New York, following the trail of blazed trees, and settled on the farm now owned by his great-grandson, Charles S. Reed, of Lowville. There were but few settlers in the county at that time, and the place was a perfect wilderness. He cleared a farm and there reared his children, namely: 1. William, born December 6, 1789. 2. Peter, see forward. 3. George, January 2, 1793. 4. Polly, September 19, 1794 5. Hannah, October 4, 1706. 6. Henry, March 27, 1798. 7. Catherine, October 29, 1800. 8. Elizabeth, May 28, 1802. 9. Margaret, June 11, 1804. 10. Jacob, August 10, 1806. 11. Dolly, May 15, 1808. 12. Solomon, October 10, 1810. John Reed, father of these children, died at an advanced age.

(III) Peter, son of John Reed, was born at Stone Arabia, Montgomery County, New York, March 6, 1791, died April 16, 1875. He was reared on the frontier farm which he helped to wrest from the forest. He remained with his parents until his marriage, having removed with them to Lewis County at age of fifteen, and then obtained a farm of his own in the neighborhood of Lowville. Here he lived the life of a farmer, and was respected in the community. He married Mary Hurty, whose father died when she was an infant. Her mother married (second) William Shull, who reared the children of her first husband. Mary (Hurty) Reed died August 9, 1866. Children: 1. Sophia. 2. John. 3. Elizabeth. 4. Nelson H., see forward. 5. Daniel, died in infancy.

(IV) Nelson H., son of peter and Mary (Hurty) Reed, was born on the homestead at Lowville, Lewis County, New York, July 11, 1826. He was educated in the public schools of his day, and reared to farm labor. On arriving at manhood he succeeded to the ownership of the house farm, and cared for his parents and sisters. He was a farmer all his days and prospered. He took an interest in town affairs, serving as assessor for nine years. He was clerk of the Baptist Church, member of Lowville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Patrons of Husbandry. Politically he was a Republican. He married, December 25, 1848, Minerva Loomis, born in Chenango County, New York, February 4, 1826, daughter of Asel Loomis, who came from Winstead, Connecticut; she was brought to Deer River, Lewis County, New York, when a child. Children: 1. Charles S., see forward. 2. Willard J., born April 25, 1850; spent his life on the homestead farm; died September 24, 1909. Nelson H. Reed, died December 24, 1880; his wife survived him until 1888.

(V) Charles S., eldest son of Nelson H. and Minerva (Loomis) Reed, was born on the old homestead farm, August 9, 1851. He was educated in the common schools and at Lowville Academy. He was reared on the farm and has always followed that occupation. He succeeded to the ownership of the homestead farm, to which he has added another. He is a Republican in politics, and since 1891 has served as assessor of the town continuously excepting two years. He is now (1910) holding the office. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry. He married, February 11, 1875, Sarah A. Rickard, born in the town of Palatine, Montgomery County, New York, June as, 1853, daughter of Alexander and Eliza (Fuller) Rickard. Children: 1. Jesse, born February 18, 1876; a commercial traveler. 2. Louis S., born October 30, 1877, died December 15, 1898.

KELLY. Few men in Lewis County are better known within its environs, or more extensively beyond, than is Dr. W. A. Kelly, of Lowville, New York. Professionally he is

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esteemed as an active practitioner of distinguished ability and marked success in his chosen avocation. Politically he is widely known in Democratic circles throughout the Empire State as a reliable party man of shrewd native wit and extraordinary political acumen. Socially, he is famous as a right good fellow among a legion of acquaintances and friends.

Dr. Kelly, as he familiarly and generally known, is of Irish parentage and justly takes pride in the fact that he comes of that ancient race which has furnished so many brilliant soldiers, statesmen, diplomatists, journalists, dramatists and poets tot eh English-speaking nations. He is of the first American-born generation of his family, his father, John Kelly, having been born in county Galway, Ireland, in 1822, and his mother, Bridget (Devine) Kelly, in county Westmeath, Ireland, coming to this country while yet a child with an elder sister.

John Kelly, the first of the family in America, seeing on every hand the evidences of oppression and consequent poverty and wretchedness prevalent in his native land, while yet a young man, and becoming impressed with the glowing accounts of political equality and the abundant opportunities to be grasped in the great free country across the sea, felt his ambitions urging him "Westward," to try his fortune in that ample country where the accident of lowly birth did not pinion the wings of those who would rise, and where individual fitness was the main requisite to progress, in any direction. Impelled by such commendable motives he emigrated to the United States, locating first at Bridgeport, Connecticut. Later, however, he removed to Sherburne, Chenango County, New York, and having already by diligence and economy accumulated a modest sum, and being by birth and training a man of the soil, he purchased a farm of his own and henceforward devoted himself to perhaps the most useful, and certainly the most independent of all occupations, that of farming, in which one obtains his sustenance from the virgin soil itself, depending upon no man's convenience and on no man's favor.

His marriage with Bridget Devine was a peculiarly happy one. These two alien compatriots meeting in the land of their adoptions were quite naturally attracted to one another by the many bonds of sympathy between them. Now ere they long in discovering mutual interests and congenial tastes, and their marriage was soon consummated. This union resulted in the birth of four children, all sons. They were: 1. John D. 2. Thomas R. 3. James J. 4. William a. Kelly, the last named the subject of this sketch. The father and mother prospered materially, and, being laudably ambitious for the future of their children, they educated them for professional careers. The father died in 1872, at the age of fifty-five years. The faithful, loving wife and mother survived him eighteen years, then followed him to that "undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns."

Of their children the eldest born, John D. Kelly, is now a practicing physician of new Haven, Connecticut, with an extensive and lucrative practice. Thomas and James, however, have quitted this world's toils, neither having lived to realize the full fruition of their early endeavors.

William A. Kelly, youngest son of John and Bridget (Devine) Kelly, was born at Sherburne, Chenango County, New York, February 2, 1856. He was educated in the common schools, and at Sat. Michael's college, Toronto, Dominion of Canada. Upon finished his studies at St. Michael's College he came to Rome, Oneida County, New York, where he immediately began a course of technical training to prepare himself for the professional of dentistry. A diligent and painstaking student, he in the due time thoroughly mastered the details and essentials of dental surgery, and in 1887 successfully passed the requirements of the boar of state examines with conspicuous merit and received his diploma as a duly accredited Doc-

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tor of Dental Surgery. He at once began the active practice of his profession in Adams, New York, in company with Dr. M. D. Mandeville. He continued with Dr. Mandeville in Adams for about two years, meantime becoming remarkably proficient in his profession and gaining a host of friends and admirers. However, he was ambitious to commence the practice of his profession independently, and accordingly in 1879 he left Adams and located in the flourishing little village of Lowville, county seat of Lewis County, New York, where he has ever since been actively and with marked success engaged in its pursuit. By his skill, careful workmanship and strict honesty, and scarcely less by his personal suavity of manner, he soon gained the confidence of all with whom he came in contact and established a large and lucrative practice, and by close application to business, frugality, caring investment of his earnings and painstaking stewardship he had accumulated a considerable property, and while yet in his prime is accounted one of the wealthiest and most substantial citizens of the village.

Dr. Kelly is an illustrious example of the successful self-made man. He came to Lewis County thirty-one years ago a young man with no capital, save his sterling character, his professional ability and his earnest purpose, yet to-day he is widely known as a man of affairs, of varied and extensive interests, a rich man and a man of position and influence in the community, and he is respected and esteemed throughout the entire county for what he is, and what he is he has made himself by his unaided personal effort and worth. His business connections include many enterprises. He is till actively engaged in the practice of his profession and has a numerous clientele in whose affections he is firmly established. He is a stockholder and director in the Black River National Bank of Lowville, an institution whose resources and stability are beyond cavil; a director in the Asbestos Burial Casket Company of Lowville, with whose interests he has been closely identified for years, and toward whose present prosperity he has largely contributed; in the Lowville and Beaver River Railroad, of which he is one of the promoters; and is vice-president of the Black River Telephone Company. He is one of the trustees of the Lowville Academy, and takes a profound interest in the welfare of that venerable institution of learning. He is a member of the Lowville Lodge, No. 134, F. and A. M., and of the Lowville Club.

In politics he is a staunch old line Democrat and has always taken a prominent leading part in the councils of that party. He has always loyalty supported the regular candidates of his party and has contributed liberally ina material way to their success as well as by active and zealous work in their behalf. Indeed instances might perhaps be cited in which that success was due in a not inconsiderable measure to his unflagging zeal and strenuous efforts.

Professionally he is a man of fine instincts and genuinely considerate of both his patients and his colleagues. Personally he is large-hearted man of affable manner and convivial habit, popular with all who have enjoyed his hospitality or who own the pleasure of his acquaintance. And in his civic relations he is a distinguished example of what every right-minded member of a community should be, a progressive, public-spirited citizen, deeply interest ed in every project to the advantage of his home town and always generous in his support of what he conceives to be its best interests.

He married, June 17, 1884, Mary L., daughter of William B. Buckley, of Cape Vincent, New York. Mrs. Kelly comes of an old New England family, is a woman of peculiarly gracious manner, refinement and wide culture, and is persona grata among a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Both are closely affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Church of Lowville, of which Dr., Kelly is a vestryman and generous supporter.

They have a beautiful and spacious home

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on Trinity Avenue, which he erected upon his marriage, and whose well kept lawns and artistic ensemble make it one of the handsomest residences in the village.

STILES. The Stiles family is of Anglo-Saxon origin. They resided in the southeast part of England in the present counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent, Essex, Sussex, and Northhampton, the portion originally conquered by hordes of Jutes, Eagles and Saxons, 449-450. The name is taken from a place name and is spelled Stile, Style or Stiles. Some of the English families trace a lineage to William Style, Esq., county Suffolk, who died in 1500. The English family includes many noble and distinguished men and various branches from the earliest times have had coat-of-arms.

(I) Robert Stiles was undoubtedly born in England. He settled in Boxford, Massachusetts. He is said to have emigrated from Yorkshire. He owned a farm of two hundred and fifty acres with buildings in Rowley village, which was afterwards called Boxford. His residence was near the present East Parish village. He was taxpayer from 1670 to 1664, and in 1666-67 he drew more land. The town of Boxford was established in 1685. Robert Stiles was constable in 1688. He married, October 4, 1660, Elizabeth Frye, born in England, 1637, daughter of John and Anna Frye, of Andover, Massachusetts. According to the Boxford records, Robert Stiles had a second wife, also named Elizabeth, who survived him. He died July 30, 1690. His wife Elizabeth administered his estate. She was admitted to the church, February 21, 1703, at Boxford. Children; 1. John, born at Rowley Village, June of January 30, 1661. 2. Elizabeth, March 16, 1662; married, July 8, 1700, and left a large family of children and descendants. 3. Sarah, January 31 (probably 1664), died February 7, 1664. 4. Abigail, February 16, 1666; probably married as second wife, Zaccheus Curtis, who died in 1712. 5. Ebenezer, February 20, 1669-70; married Dorothy Dalton. 6. Sarah, October 20, 1672; admitted to the church in Boxford, June 27, 1703. 7. Robert, November 15, 1673, married Ruth Bridges. 8. Eunice, married Robert Willis. 9. Timothy, October 1, 1678; married Hannah Foster. 10. Samuel, mentioned below.

(II) Samuel, son of Robert Stiles, was born at Rowley, Massachusetts, May 20, 1682. He removed to Lebanon, Connecticut, soon after May 14, 1714, the date of his last transaction of record at Rowley. He bought land in 1718, at Lebanon. His sons owned land in Windham, Connecticut, 1730-39. He married (first) May 2, 1703, Elizabeth Cary, probably daughter of Abigail Cary. He married, (second) Abigail Pendleton. Children, of whom the first six were born in Boxford: 1. Moses, February 10, 1704-05. 2. Tabitha, July 4, 1706. 3. Isaac, May 20, 1708. 4. Elizabeth, June 8, 1710. 5. Samuel, March 19, 1712. 6. Robert, April 6, 1714, mentioned below. 7. William, died in the Revolutionary Service. 8. John, married Lucy Johnson. 9. Israel, married Anna Johnson.

(III) Robert (2), son of Samuel Stiles, was born at Boxford, April 6, 1714, baptized may 14 following. He lived at Tolland, Connecticut. He married, June 30, 1743, Hannah, born December 8, 1719, daughter of George and Hannah (Brown) Bradley. Her parents were married May 7, 1717. Children, born at Tolland: 1. Tabitha, July 13, 1745. 2. John, mentioned below.

(IV) John, son of Robert (2) Stiles, was born at Tolland, Connecticut, September 15, 1749. He married, August 8, 1748, at East Windsor, Connecticut, Jemima Allis, of Bolton Connecticut. Land was laid out to Jemima as a proprietor of Bolton, March 12, 1791, and September 3, 1791. John and Jemima Stiles sold land at Bolton, April 17, 1800, by three conveyances of the same date. In 1808 they removed in the usual

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conveyance the period--an ox-cart--to Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York, where he settled on a farm, and continued to follow farming until a few years before his death, September 23, 1836, aged eighty-seven years. His wife died March 4, 1819, aged sixty-six years. Both are buried at Constableville, Lewis County, New York. Children: 1. Jared, mentioned below. 2. Solomon, married Anna Woodruff. 3. Davis Allis, born at Bolton, Connecticut, April 19, 1792; marred Nancy Wood. 4. Timothy, April 15, 1795; married Elizabeth Johnson.

(V) Jared, son of John Stiles, was born at Tolland, Connecticut, September 15, 1785. He settled at Turin, Lewis County, New York, in 1803, and after eight years moved to Martinsburg and settled on the farm afterward owned by his son Dwight, now owned by his grandson, Eleazer J. Stiles. He died there September 15, 1867. He was a progressive and prosperous farmer and a useful citizen. In religion he was a Methodist. He married, September 11, 1803, Lois Warriner, born November 21, 1786, at Wilbraham, Massachusetts, died April 11, 1884. Children: 1. Belinda, born November 28, 1809, died March 20, 1875; married Jason Farr. 2. Jared, April 6, 1813, died August 30, 1815. 3. Alfred, April, 1815; married Harriet Squires. 5. Mary, July 20, 1817, died September 28, 1834. 6. Anson, March 23, 1820, died May 2, 1820. 7. Dwight, mentioned below.

(VI) Dwight, son of Jared Stiles, was born at Martinsbrug, April 22, 1825. He worked on his father's farm when a boy and attended the district schools. He continued with his father and eventually became the owner of the homestead. He continued the progressive and enterprising methods that had characterized his father; he made his dairy a specialty and became one of the most prominent and successful farmers of this section. His advice was frequently sought and cheerfully given to other farmers and neighbors, and his example was widely followed and his influence was remarkable. He was honored by his townsmen with many offices of trust and responsibility. In politics he was a Republican. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married, January 1, 1851, Lucretia J., born in Martinsburg, June 10, 1828, daughter of Joseph and Eliza (Hubbard) Stanton. Children, born in East Martinsburg: 1. Charles D., October 20, 1851, died October 4, 1875. 2. Augusta L., January 4, 1854; married, February 13, 1879, Charles A. Mills, of Lowville, son of Delos and Permelia Mills; child, Lilah Permelia, December 5, 1888. 3. Eleazer J., mentioned below. 4. Ada A., January 25, 1865; married Daniel W. Finnigan. Children: i. Jessie Irene and ii. Stiles D. Finnigan.

(VII) Eleazer J., son of Dwight Stiles, was born at East Martinsburg, January 27, 1859. He attended the public schools of his native town and the Lowville Academy. He worked on the farm during his young and remained with his father after he came of age. When his father died he succeeded to the homestead. This farm is one of model places of the county. It comprises two hundred acres and supports a herd of forty cows. Like his father and grand-father he has kept pace with the progress of agriculture and provided his farm with the most modern appliances and methods. He has served the towns of Martinsburg as assessor. In politics he is a Republican, in religions a Methodist. He married, October 15, 1890, Mary M., born in New York, May, 1873, daughter of Hiram Gowdy. Child, Dwight E., born December 13, 1895, now a student at Lowville Academy.


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