Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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DONNELLY. Among the representative and influential citizens of Lewis County, New York, who by dint of indefatigable work, a determination to succeed in whatever they undertake, integrity of character, and a resolute purpose, have made a mark in the sphere in which they move, may be

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mentioned James Joseph Donnelly, sheriff of Lewis County. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 1861, a son of Terrence and Bridget (McCallough) Donnelly. Terrence Donnelly was born in Dongan, now Tyrone County, Ireland, January 1, 1840; his father died in Ireland, and in 1850, when ten years old, he accompanied his mother and sister to the United States, locating in Philadelphia, where he worked ina store, and at various occupations. He married Bridget McCallough, whom bore him six children: 1. James Joseph. 2. Ella. 3. Annie. 4. Mary. 5. Katherine. 6. Sarah. Mrs. Donnelly died in 1905.

James Joseph Donnelly was reared in Philadelphia, attended the public schools and worked at various occupations until sixteen years of age,, when he removed to Northern New York, securing employment ina brickyard and later on the canal, his remuneration being five dollars per month, and he retained the latter occupation for a period of ten years. He also was employed in a hotel and in the lumber woods during the winter season. For a time he was a resident of Potsdam, New York, and during his residence there joined the I. O. O. F., and to that order and association with its members he owes much of his education and the ambition to rise above the life of a day laborer, and he is now one of the honored and prominent members of that order. Subsequently, he located in Lowville, New York, and in 1897 established a line of hacks, which he has conducted successfully up to the present time (1910). He takes an active interest in the political affairs of his adopted city, his vote being cast for the candidates of the Democratic party, by whom he was nominated for the office of constable of Lowville, in which capacity he rendered such faithful service that he was again nominated for public office, this time for the office of sheriff of Lewis County, 1908, receiving a majority of three hundred and fifty-six votes over the Republican candidate, which was an eloquent testimonial to his capability, and demonstrated the esteem in which he was held by his fellow citizen and constituents. Mr. Donnelly was one of the organizers of Lowville Lodge, No. 159, I. O. O. F., of which he is a past noble grand. He served as grand marshal of the Grand Lodge of Jefferson District, No. 2, for two years, also as district deputy, from which office he retired in 1909. He also holds membership in the ancient Order of Foresters, having passed through all the chairs, and he is held in high esteem by the members of both organizations. He is an excellent example of a self-made man, has risen from an humble position to one of prominence, commanding respect in the business, political and fraternal circles in which he moves.

Mr. Donnelly married, January 1, 1880, Elizabeth Abrams, born in Greig, new York, May 17, 1873, daughter of George Abrams, who came to New York state from Canada. Children; 1. James, born November 26, 1892, died in infancy. 2. Anna, February 2, 1894. 3. Gerald, August 7, 1897. 4. James, December 15, 1899. 5. Ruth, April 6, 1905. 6. Leon Hally, October 6, 1909. Mr. Donnelly and his family are attendants of the Roman Catholic Church.

TEDMAN. Levi Tedman settled in Lanesborough, Hampden County, Massachusetts. About 1819 he removed to what was then the frontier in the Black River country and settled on a heavily wooded farm near West Martinsburg. He cleared a small farm and made his home there for a time. Afterward he had another farm in Martinsburg. He died there at the age of fifty-nine years. He married Rhoda Jamison. Children: 1. George. 2. Levi, mentioned below. 3. Robert. 4. Ethan. 5. James. 6. Albert. 7. Rhoda. 8. Jerusha.

(II) Levi (2), son of Levi (1) Tedman, was born at Lanesborough, Massachusetts, April 3, 1812. He went to northern New

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York with the family when a young boy and was brought up on his father's farm in Martinsburg. He attended the public schools, and when his father died, though he was then only a youth, he took charge of the farm and conducted it for the family. In addition to farming he followed the trade of butcher. He removed from the farm after a time, and made his home in the village of Martinsburg. He was overseer of the poor of the town of Martinsburg for seventeen years and was coroner of the county. In politics he was a Republican. He was a prominent Methodist and a trustee of the church. He married (first) Sarah Ross; (second) Rachel Seward, born at Otsego County, New York, daughter of Swain Seward, of the same family as Secretary William H. Seward. He died in 1872; his wife at Fort Collins, Colorado. Children of first wife: 1. Almira, married (first) Solomon Kelum; (second) John Baler; now living in Pullman, Washington. Two others died in childhood. Children of second wife: 2. Ferdinand L. 3. Boliver Z. 4. Herbert Eugene. 5. Edith Elnora, married Samuel Moore.

(III) Ferdinand L., son of Levi 920 Tedman, was born in Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York, May 25, 1846. He was educated in the public and select schools of his native town. He worked on his father's farm during his boyhood and youth, and when he married he settled on the homestead which he conducted until 1889. He then engaged in the grain and feed business at Lowville. After two years he devoted his attention to buying and selling horses. In 1890 he formed a partnership with Eugene Arthur under the firm name of Arthur & Tedman, dealing in grain, flour, feed and other farmers' supplies. After six years of successful business, Mr. Tedman withdrew from the firm and he was not in active business again until April 1909, when the Arthur Grain & Coal Company was incorporated. This is a large and growing concern. Mr. Tedman has been uniformly successful in his business ventures and commands the confidence and esteem of all who know him. He is generous with his means and contributes to the various charities of the town, befriending the unfortunate and needy whenever the opportunity offers. He has shown his public spirit from time to time and has lent his aid to every project intended to benefit and improve the municipality. His recreation has been in traveling and he had made a number of extended trips through the western states. He has been assessor and member of the local board of health. He is a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons. In religions he is a Methodist; in politics a Republican. He married, April 11, 1871, Amy A., born at Martinsburg, March 12, 1849, daughter of De Grasse and Charlotte (Crosby) Seymore. They had one daughter, Myrtle E., who died aged eleven years.

GRAHAM. William Graham, the earliest member of the family here under consideration of whom we have definite information, was a native of Ireland, in which country his entire life was spent. He was a manufacturer of cotton goods, from which occupation he derived a goodly competence for his declining years in addition to a comfortable livelihood for his family. He married (first) Agnes Welch, who bore him three children: 1. John, see forward. 2. Sarah. 3. William, who came to America and died at Beaver Falls, New York. He married (second) Phena Morrow. William Graham died at the age of fifty-five years.

(II) John, son of William and Agnes (Welch) Graham, was born in county Down, Ireland, August, 1844. He received a limited education in the schools of his day, and was reared to farming pursuits in his native land. In 1866, when twenty-two years of age, he emigrated to the Untied States, landing in Portland, Maine, from

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whence he came directly to New York City, where for a period of three months he was employed as a dyer and bleacher of cotton goods, a trade he had learned previous to his emigration. After resigning his position, he removed to Lewis county, New York, locating in the town of New Bremen, where he obtained employment in the tanning business, which was a prominent industry in that locality at that time. He followed that line of work from 1866 to 1900, a period of thirty-four years, and during that time, by the exercise of thrift and frugality, accumulated sufficient capital to purchase a farm, to which he removed in 1900, and there he and his wife are spending their declining years, enjoying the fruit of their previous labor, and honored and respected by all with whom they are brought in contact. Mr. Graham is a member and steward of the Methodist Episcopal church; a Republican in politics, and for nine years served in the capacity of assessor of his town. He is a member of new Bremen Grange, No. 558, Patrons of Husbandry. In 1868 he was married to Celestia, born in Lewis County, New York, daughter of John Wakefield, a representative of an old Lewis county family. Five children were born of this marriage, two of whom are living, namely: 1. William J., see forward. 2. Mary, wife of Rev. C. N. Wallace, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church; resides in Forestport, New York.

(III) William J., son of John and Celestia (Wakefield) Graham, was born in the town of New Bremen, Lewis County, New York, November 18, 1868. His early education was acquired in the district school, and this was supplemented by attendance at the Lowville Academy. Upon the completion of his studies, he turned his attention to farming, continuing along that line for three years. At the age of seventeen he entered the employ of the United States Leather Company, in the capacity of clerk in their store, remaining for a short period of time. He then took up his residence in Lowville and entered the employ of Stoddard & Bateman, dry goods mechanist, with whom he remained for four years, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the business in all its details, which was of great value to him in his later career. In the spring of 1893 in company with John Gasser, he purchased an interest in the dry goods store of D. E. Shepherd, and later the two partners, Messrs. Graham and Gasser, purchased the entire stock and became one of ht leading firms in that line in Northern New York, conducting business under the style of Graham & Gasser. Hey are thoroughly reliable business men, conscientious in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities, courteous and considerate in their treatment of their patrons, and thus fully deserve the success which has crowned their efforts. Apart from his business life, Mr. Graham is a man whom all respect and esteem, whose personality has won for him a host of friends and acquaintances who appreciate him at his true worth. He attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, casts his vote for the candidates of the Republican party, and holds membership in the Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Lowville club. Mr. Graham married, November 29, 1894, Mary Ella, daughter of David D. Roberts, of Utica, New York. One son, David Roberts Graham, born May 8, 1902.

EVANS. Roland Evans, a representative citizen of Martinsburg, now living retired, enjoying the fruit of a long life of usefulness and activity, is a native of Meirionthdd, North Wales, born May 4, 1836, son of Roland and Ann (Jones) Evans.

In 1849 Roland Evans, Sr., accompanied by his wife and six children, emigrated to the United States, sailing on the vessel, "Jamestown," May 6, 1849, landing June 11, 1849. They located in New York State, where the town of Hinkley now stands, and remained one year, Mr. Evans

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being employed in the old Hinkley mill. He them took up his residence in Turin, Lewis County, New York, where he was employed as a laborer by the day, and there reared and educated his children. Late in life he removed to Martinsburg, where his death occurred November 19, 1870, and that of his wife December 16, 1872. Their children were: 1. Ann, born October 31, 1832; married E. C. Budds. 2. Roland, see forward. 3. William, November 9, 1833; was killed in an accident at Lowville, New York. 4. David, September 10, 1841. 5. Catherine, February 23, 1844; married S. Miller Benedict. 6. Margaret, June 15, 1846, died young. 7. Jane, Trenton, New York, November 29, 1849. 8. Rebecca, Turin, New York, November 7, 1852; married Charles S. Mereness. 9. John, born June 2, 1856. Mr. Evans was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Republican in politics.

Roland (2), oldest son and second child of Roland (2) and Ann (Jones) Evans, was fourteen years of age when his parents came to the Untied States. he gained a practical education in the common schools, and his first employment was in the town of Prospect, New York, his remuneration being one dollar per month and board. For several years he followed agricultural pursuits, and then located on a farm at Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York, making a specialty of dairying, in which particular line he was eminently successful. He not only gained a comfortable livelihood for his family, but was enabled to accumulate a competence adequate for the support of himself and wife when the time should come for then to rest from their labors, this fact probing conclusively that he is a man of sound judgment and rare foresight. He has taken an active interest in community affairs, and has been chosen to serve in the capacity if highway commissioner and supervisor. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party, and he is a member of the Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons. Mr. Evans married, September 13, 1865, Mary, born in Martinsburg, New York, May 13, 1841, daughter of Samuel and Lucy (Babcock) Peebles. Children: 1. Minnie, born June 29, 1870; married L. W. Shevalier. 2. Lydia, December 19, 1873. Miller B., June 5, 1876; married Ella Keough. 4. Roland Fay, September 29, 1878. Samuel Peebles, father of Mrs. Evans, was born in New Salem, New York, March 30, 1799, died June 16, 1860, son of John Peebles, born in New Salem, New York, December 31, 1764, married Deborah Safford, born in Stonington, Connecticut, April 20, 1771. Lucy (Babcock) Peebles, wife of Samuel Peebles, was born January 25, 1807, died June 2, 1882. Samuel and Lucy (Babcock) Peebles had children: 1. Oliver. 2. Orin. 3. Lucinda. 4. Augusta. 5. Amos. 6. David. 7. Mary. 8. Martha. 9. Albert.

PFISTER. John Pfister, a prominent citizen of Lowville, New York, was born in Wesenbach, Baden, Germany, July 29, 1830, son of Michalel George Pfisterer; the final two letters of the name were dropped by the American branch of the family. Michalel George Pfisterer was a blacksmith and farmer, owing a well-cultivated farm. He married Eva Katherine Floor, and they were parents of four sons and one daughter, namely: 1. Michael. 2. Henry. 3. Leonard. 4. John. 5. Elizabeth. The father of these children died in 1841, and in September, 1845, the mother, accompanied by her children and the wife, Mary, of her son Michael, emigrated to America on the ship "Argo"; after a voyage of thirty-eight days they landed in New York in the latter part of November; having letters of introduction to Edward Bossinger, a prominent flour merchant of New York, who introduced them to Dr. Bintse, who assisted the family in locating in Watertown, New York. Before leaving Germany the sons were granted permission by the courts to leave the country and were

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exempted from military duty. Michael, the eldest son, engaged in the manufacture of wagons and carriage; during the Civil War he was a member of the Twentieth New York cavalry as regimental horse-shoer. He reared a family of two sons and two daughters; he died at Watertown, December 4, 1893, aged eighty years. Henry, the second son, worked at various occupations, was a musician, and never married. He died at Watertown, April 2, 1899, aged eighty years. Leonard, the third son, engaged in dairying; he married, and had four sons and one daughter. John, the fourth son, is mentioned at length below. Elizabeth, the only daughter, married a Mr. Stutz, and died in Oswego, New York, October 12, 1852, aged twenty-eight years. the mother of these children made her home for many years with her son, John; she died June 11, 1882, aged ninety-two years, seven months and ten days; buried in the rural Cemetery at Lowville.

John Pfister was reared was reared and educated in his native country, remaining there until fifteen years of age. After his arrival in this country he worked in Watertown and attended school for a short time. He then worked on a farm for Walter Collins in Jefferson County for a year. During this time Mr. Collins was elected sheriff of the county, and John Pfister entered the employ of a widow, Mrs. Pierce, with whom he remained six months. He then entered the hardware store and tin shop of D. D. Otis, and served an apprenticeship of four years. On attaining his majority he worked as a journeyman for one year for Mr. Otis. In 1852 he located in Lewis County and entered the employ of Smith Douglas & Company in the hardware business, remaining s short time, after which he returned to Watertown and worked for a Mr. Stanley for a time. September 1, 1853, he removed to Lowville and formed a partnership with Moses N. Smith, his former employer, under the firm name of M. N. Smith & Company, and this connection continued for three years. October 1, 1856, the firm of Pfister & Boshort was formed, conducting a hardware and tinware business, where the drug store of Horace Bush & Son now stands. After a [period of three years Mr. Pfister purchased his partner's interest and conducted business alone until October 1, 1860, when he formed a partnership with G. W. Fowler under the firm name of Pfister & Fowler, which continued until March 20, 1865. During this time Mr. Pfister purchased the building of John O'Donnell, where the Fowler Bros.' hardware store is now located. He sold this building to G. W. Fowler, and his interest in the business to Charles H. Curtis. May 1, 1866, Mr. Pfister engaged in the hardware business with Albert J. Dayan under the firm name of Pfister & Dayan, and purchased the building corner of Dayan and State Streets. This firm continued for eight years. During this time, in June, 1866, Mr. Pfister began the building of a foundry and machine shop on Valley Street and the business was conducted under the name of Pfister & Richter one year, and was succeeded by Pfister & Powell. At the end of the year Mr. Richter purchased his partner's interest and he conducted an extensive business for twenty years. August 18, 1874, the firm of Pfister & Dayan sold their hardware business to G. D. Boshort. In 1876 the store building burned down, and the firm sold the lot to Amos D. Smiley. In 1887 Mr. Pfister sold his machine shop to Hughes & Horton, and retired from active business. In 1872-73 he built a flouring mill near the lower bridge, which is now burned down.

In 1865 Mr. Pfister became one of the stockholders and a director of the First national Bank of Lowville, and a portion if the time has served as vice-president. He served in the capacity of trustee in the village of 1870, and as president of the Presbyterian Church, and politically a Republican. He has always been classed among the energetic, public-spirited and representative citizens of Lowville, and he has enjoyed ina large degree the esteem and confidence of his business associates and acquaintances.

Mr. Pfister married, October 21, 1859, Emily J. Winchall, born in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York, August 19, 1834. Children: 1. Carrie, married Dr. Howard J. Crosby, of Hiscock, South Dakota, now in Los Angeles, California, and has three children: Roy, Flory, and Kay Crosby. 2. Manford J., now living and conducting business at Great Bend, Jefferson county, new York; married Margaret Barrett, and has two children: Growine and Wilhelmina Pfister. 3. Minnie, married Jesse J. Kellogg (see Kellogg family). 4. Fay B., a florist of Lowville; married Emma Martz, June 30, 1909.

STODDARD. Anthony Stoddard, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, and settled early at Boston, Massachusetts. He was admitted to the Boston Church, September 28, 1639, and made a freeman May 13, 1640. He was deputy to the general court in 1650 and held various town offices. He married (first) Mary, whom the Stoddard genealogy states to have been the daughter of Mr. Emanuel Downing, and she may be the "kinswoman to Governor John Winthrop," who was admitted to the Church of Boston, September, 1633. He married (second) august 24, 1647, or soon after this, Barbara Clapp, of Venn Ottery, England, widow of Joseph Weld, of Roxbury, Massachusetts. she was received into the church of Boston from Roxbury, December 25, 1647; she died April 15, 1655. He married (third) Christian --------------. Children: 1. Benjamin, baptized August 23, 1643, aged about eleven days. 2. Solomon, baptized October 1, 1643, aged about four days. 3. Samson, born December 3, 1645. 4. Grace, baptized July 16, 1648, aged about two days. 5. Samuel, baptized January 20, 1649, aged about six days. 6. Simeon, baptized May 25, 1651. 7. Sarah, born October 21, 1652. 8. Stephen, baptized January 8, 1653. 9. Anthony, born June 16, 1656. 10. Christian, born March 22, 1658. 11. Lydia, March 27, 1660. 12. Joseph, born and died December, 1661. 13. John, born April 22, 1663. 14. Ebenezer, July 1, 1664. 15. Dorothy, November 24, 1665. 16. Mary, March 25, 1668. 17. Jane, July 29, 1660.

(II) Samson, son of Anthony Stoddard, was born December 3, 1645. He married Susanna -----------. Children: 1. Samson, graduate of Harvard College, in 1701. 2. Anthony, born May 24, 1672. 3. Martha, June 13, 1678. 4. Christian, May 11, 1680. And others.

(III) Eliezer, son or nephew of Samson Stoddard, is first found of record at Newton, Massachusetts, a town adjoining Roxbury, where the Stoddards lived and the records of which are destroyed. Captain Astor Stoddard (Stodder as the name of all of the family was commonly spelled down to recent times) also lived in Newton, and died there May 21, 1793, aged eighty-six;' his wife Ruth, died July 14, 1794, aged eighty-three. He was doubtless related to Eliezer Stoddard.

Eliezer Stoddard married, January 1, 1718-19, Susanna, born at Newton, January 1, 1696-97, daughter of Andrew and Susan Hall. Andrew Hall may have been son of an Andrew Hall, of Boston, a mariner, in 1677. Andrew Hall came, it is known, to the south part of Newton in 1695 and bought a farm of Thomas Wiswall. Children, born at Newton: 1. Eliezer, March 11, 1719. 2. Ebenezer, March 8, 1721; settled in Windham County, Connecticut, ancestor of many in Pomfret, Connecticut, and Vermont. 3. Phineas, February 27, 1723; settled at Durham, Maine; died in 1810; married Betsey Alley. 4. David, November 27, 1726; mentioned below. 5. Daniel, (either twin of David or the name is a mis-reading of the records by someone).

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6. Susanna, April 1, 1729. 7. Joshua, April 3, 1732, died at Westminster, Vermont.

(IV) David, son of Eliezer Stoddard, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, November 27, 1726. He came to chesterfield, New Hampshire, about 1767, and settled on the farm lately owned by Truman A. Stoddard. He may have gone with his brothers to Windham County, Connecticut, before coming to Chesterfield. There is no trace of the family at Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts, whence the Chesterfield history suggests they came. Phineas was at Woodstock for a time. David was a soldier in the Revolution, third Sergeant in the summer of 1775 in Captain Reid's regiment, and was paid four dollars for a coat. The Chesterfield historian states that he was in the battle of Bennington, and died on the way home from the Army. He may have volunteered in a company of which no payroll has been saved, of a company that asked no pay. (See New Hamp. State Papers, vol. xiv., pages 84 and 199). He was selectman of Chesterfield in 1771-72. He married Joanna --------------. Children: 1. Eliezer, (named for his grandfather), married, in 1778, Alice Coburn; he was also a soldier in the Revolution. 2. Lemuel, mentioned below. 3. David, born 1754; married Sarah French. 4. Abigail, married Shadrach Herrick, died March 26, 1835. 5. Samuel, May 11, 1767. 6. Asa, August 27, 1770. 7. Joseph, December 30, 1771.

(V) Lemuel, son of David Stoddard, was born at Chesterfield, about 1752. He was a soldier of the Revolution among the reinforcements of the northern army from New Hampshire in 1777. He was in Captain Nichols' regiment, at the battle of Dummerston, Vermont, and in northern New Hampshire, and died at a great age at Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Children; 1. Asa. 2. Calvin. 3. Erastus, lived in Boston, and was living in 1846. 4. Jacob A., mentioned below. 5. Elsie, married Luke bond and lived in Vermont.

(VI) Jacob C., son of Lemuel Stoddard, was born at Westfield, New Hampshire, October 15, 1707. He settled at Dummerston, and lived about seven miles from Brattleborough, Vermont. He died in Lowville, New York, the middle of September, 1892. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He removed Ellisburg, Jefferson County, New York, in 1830, and thence to New Bremen, Lewis County, same state, and in 1844, to Lowville. He was an itinerant merchant or "tin peddler" in common parlance. He was also a well-to-do farmer, making a specialty of sheep raising. He was a faithful and zealous member of the Methodist church. In politics he was Republican. He married (first) Nancy Jane Whitman. He married (second) Miranda Warren, who died in April, 1871, daughter of Silas Warren of the same family of General Joseph Warren, of Revolutionary fame. Children of first wife: 1. Nancy Jane. 2. James Luther, child, died in infancy. Children of second wife; 3. Mercy E. 4. Jacob N. 5. Hiram W. 6. Rosetta M. 7. Elliott M., mentioned below. 8. Mary J.

(VII) Elliott M., son of Jacob A. Stoddard, was born in Lowville, New York, September 21, 1848, and was educated there in the public schools. He engaged in the business of manufacturing brick and in farming in his native town. He was appointed a patrolman on the police force of New York City, February 26, 1873, and served faithfully for a period of twenty years. Upon his own application he was retired February 28, 1893, and since then has made his home in Martinsburg, New York, devoting his attention to the management of his property. He has served the town as town clerk, and at the present time is a justice of the peace and by virtue of that office a member of the town board. He is a member of the Turin Lodge, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons. In religion he is a Methodist, and in politics an uncompromising Republican.

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SHELDON. Isaac Sheldon, doubtless a relative of several other immigrants of this name, came when a young man to Windsor, Connecticut, and was given permission to keep house with Samuel Rockwell. He bought the Peter Tilton lot, Windsor. He had sons, John and Isaac, the last named mentioned below.

(II) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (1) Sheldon, was born about 1620. He married, in 1654, Mary Woodford. Children; 1. Mary, 1654. 2. Isaac, 1656. 3. John, 1658. 4. Thomas, 1661. 5. Ruth, 1663. 6. Thankful (twin of Ruth) 1663. 7. Mindwell, 1666. 8. Joseph, 1668. 9. Hannah, 1670. 10. Eleazer, 1672, died young. 11. Samuel, 1675. 12. Ebenezer, 1677. 13. Mercy, 1681.

(III) Ebenezer, son of Isaac (2) Sheldon, was born 1677, died 1755. He married Mary Hunt, who died in 1767, aged eighty-eight. Children: 1. Ebenezer, born 1702; killed by Indians, 1794. 2. Miriam, 1704; married Nathaniel Strong. 3. Noah, 1706l of Southampton. 4. Stephen, mentioned below. 5. Katherine, 1711, died young. 6. Adam, 1713. 7. Israel, 1715, of Southampton. 8. Thomas, 1716, of Berkshire, Massachusetts. 9. Hester, 1719. 10. Elias, 1721. 11. Jemima, 1722, died 1794. 12, Mary, 1724.

(IV) Stephen, son of Ebenezer Sheldon, was born at Southampton, 1709, died 1781. He married Thankful King. Children: 1. Ebenezer, mentioned below. 2. Stephen, 1739, of Southampton. 3. Esther, 1742. 4. Joseph, 1744. 5. Thankful, 1748. 6. Emma, 1752. 7. Simeon, 1755, soldier in Revolution.

(V) Captain Ebenezer (2), son of Stephen Sheldon, was born in 1738, at Southampton. He married Esther Strong. Children, born at Southampton: 1. Arctas, 1764. 2. Sabrina, 1766, settled at Meadville, Pennsylvania. 3. Ebenezer. 4. Esther, of Southampton. 5. Joseph, mentioned below. 6. Horatio, 1775. 8. Sophia, 1777, of Norwich, Massachusetts. 9. Sally, 1779.

(VI) Joseph, son of Captain Ebenezer (2) Sheldon, was born 1773 in Southampton., Connecticut, and came to New York in 1802, living at Martinsburg, Lewis County. He removed to Antwerp after his second marriage. His homestead was mile and a half from Lowville. He cleared a farm in the wilderness and kept the first hotel in this section. In religion he was a Methodist; in politics an old-line Whig. He married Mary, daughter of Richard and Hannah (Bradford) Arthur. She was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, and came to Lewis County with her mother's family in 1802. Children: 1. Mary, born 1798; married Joseph Green, of Hounsfield. 2. Ira, mentioned below. 3. Ansel, born 1803; settled at Denmark. 4. Edmund, 1807; lived at Denmark. 5. Albert, 1809; lived at Pitkin, New York. 6. Emily, 1811; lived at Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, New York. 7. Bradford, 1813; died young. 8. Angeline, 1817. 9. Appolonia, 1819. 10. Sarah Ann, 1823.

(VII) Ira, son of Joseph Sheldon, was born in 1802 at Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York. He was brought up on a farm and educated in the public schools. When a young man he aught school in the winter months and farmed in the summer. In 1830 he settled on the farm where his son Abial B., now lives, clearing it and making it valuable and productive. He lived there during the remainder of his life. He was a Methodist in religion and a Whig in politics. He died in 1856. He married, in 1830, Fannie, died in 1875, daughter of Abial Bingham, who came from Montgomery County, New York, to Lewis County. the Bingham family is one of the old colonial Connecticut families. Children of Ira and Fannie (Bingham) Sheldon: 1. Sarah M. 2. Hon. Cyrus L. 3. Abial B. 4. Warren F. 5. Mary. 6. Rev. Henry C., of the Boston theological Seminary. 7. Emma J.

(VIII) Abial B., son of Ira Sheldon, was

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born in Martinsburg, on the Sheldon homestead, June 27, 1838. He attended the district schools and Lowville Academy. While a student at the academy he missed neither chapel nor recitation during the five terms there, walking daily a mile and a half in all kinds of weather and traveling. He settled on the homestead, to which he succeeded as owner, and he has conducted it with notable success for more than half a century. Although he has reached the age when many farmers feel obliged to retire, he continues to manage the farm and in winter often is without help. In politics he is a staunch Republican, having voted for every Republican candidate for president since the party was organized. He was supervisor of the town of Martinsburg for eight years and has held the office of district clerk for forty-nine years. This office has been held by one of the Sheldon family continuously for more than ninety years. Mr. Sheldon is an active and consistent member of the Methodist church and has been class leader and steward for thirty-five years. he is also treasurer of the mission and has attended every missionary meeting for twenty-nine years. He is a member of the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He married, February 22, 1870, Mary E., born at Harrisburg, New York, March 14, 1833, daughter of Henry and Polly (Stoddard) Humphrey.


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