Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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MERRELL. The name Merrell was formerly generally spelled Merrills in New England records where it also appeared as Merrolds, Merril, etc. it is stated that Nathaniel Merrell, ancestor of the family here described, was in Ipswich, as early as 1633, and that in 1634-5 he removed to Newbury. He and his brother John were undoubtedly from England, but it has not been determined from what part. The five sons of Nathaniel had twenty-two sons, so that the family had a good representation from an early date; most of the sons of Nathaniel remained in Massachusetts, but one of them removed to Connecticut, and founded a family which became very numerous there, and in the church records at Hartford this name appeared at one time oftener than any other name. Many of the family have made names for themselves in their service to the country, from early times to the present.

(I) Nathaniel Merrill, born about 1610, received a rant of land in Newbury in that portion known as "The Neck", south of the Parker river, his brother John having been one of the first grantees of the town. he died march 16, 1654-5. He was married, probably in England, and his wife's Christian name was Susannah, though her surname is unknown. Some genealogists give it as Jordan, but this is erroneous, as she marred for her second husband Stephan Jordan. Many genealogists believe her to have been Susannah Wilterton, or Wolterton, as the oldest son of Nathaniel went to Hartford, Connecticut with Gregory Wilterton, who in his will left him most of his property, and this act would seem to indicate that Gregory Wilterton was his relative, and probably an uncle. Nathaniel had children as follows: 1. John, born in 1635. 2. Abraham, 1637. 3. Nathaniel, 1638. 4. Susannah, 1640. 5. Daniel, August 20, 1642. 6. Abel, February 20, 1643-4.

(II) Deacon John, oldest son of Nathaniel and Susannah Merrell, was born in 1635, and died in Hartford, Connecticut, July 18, 1712, at which time he had eight sons living. He appears in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1657, and he and his wife appear soon after as members of the Second Congregational Church; he was made freeman in 1658. John Merrell received a fair amount of property by the will of Gregory Wilterton, or Wolterton, who has no family, and may have been John's uncle. In July, 1658, John Merrill married Sarah, daughter of John Watson, one of the first proprietors of Hartford. Children: 1. Sarah, born September 19, 1664. 2. Nathaniel, January 15, 1666-7. 3. John. 4. Abraham, December 21, 1670. 5. Daniel, June 15, 1673. 6. Wilterton, June 28, 1675. 7. Susannah, May 20, 1677. 8. Abel, January 25, 1679. 9. Isaac, March 11, 1681-82. 10. Jacob, March 27, 1686.

(III) John (2), second son of John (1) and Sarah (Watson) Merrill, was born April 7, 1669, at Hartford, Connecticut, and died in 1748, in West Hartford. He married, September 289, 1694, Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah (Lyman) Marsh, and their children were: 1. John, born September

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29, 1695. 2. Sarah, January 13, 1697. 3. Ebenezer, December 18, 1698. 4. Nathaniel. 5. Anne, November 16, 1704. 6. Benjamin. 6. Caleb, July 14, 1707. 7. Lydia, November 24, 1719. 8. Elizabeth. 9. Aaron, 1711. 10, Cyprian, 1713.

(IV) Nathaniel (2), third son of John (2) and Sarah (Marsh) Merrell, born July 15, 1702, at Hartford, lived at Waterbury, Connecticut, where he died October 28, 1772. He married, November 16, 1729, Esther, daughter of Dr. Ephraim and Esther (Richards) Warner, of Waterbury, who died June 2, 1795, aged eighty-eight years. Children: 1. Sarah. 2. Ephraim, born October 9, 1733. 3. Caleb. 4. David, 1742. 5. John, 1744.

(V) Caleb, second son of Nathaniel (2) and Esther (Warner) Merrell, was born October 26, 1735, and died May 3, 1812. He married, November 5, 1753, Susannah, daughter of Edmund and Hannah Tompkins born in 1734. Her father, Edmund Tompkins, was a son of Nathaniel of Eastchester, New York, son of Nathaniel, son of John, of Concord, Massachusetts in 1640, and Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1644. Edmund Tompkins died June 30, 1783, and his wife died April 9, 1780. He was a distant cousin of Daniel D. Tompkins, governor of New York from 1809-16, who afterwards became vice-president of the United States. Caleb Merrell's children were: Ichabod, born June 17, 1754; Nathaniel; Rachel, born January 30, 1759; Elijah Tompkins, June 26, 1761; Esther, April 1, 1764; Asar, July 8, died August 15, 1766; Susa, May 7, 1769; Sarah, June 7, 1771; Caleb, November 20, 1773; and Lydia.

(VI) Nathaniel (3), second son of Caleb and Susannah (Tompkins) Merrell, was born March 25, 1756, at Waterbury, Connecticut, and died in Jefferson, Schoharie County, New York, in 1823. He emigrated with his family to New York, probably after the Revolutionary War, in which he served. He married, October 4, 1781, Omner or Honor, daughter of Jacob Dowd, who died in June, 1796, and he married (second), August 10, 1795, Mary Pardee. By his first marriage his children were: 1. Chloe, born January 25, 1782. 2. Caleb, November 7, 1783. 3. Chester, May 15, 1786. 4. Mary, February 29, died December 9, 1788. 5. Seth. 6. Jared. 7. Erastus, and 8. Mark. By his second marriage his children were: 10. Ebenezer Pardee, born October 6, 1797, and 11. John, April 22, 1800.

(VII) Seth, third son of Nathaniel (3) and Honor (Dowd) Merrell, was born December 25, 1789, and died at Copenhagen, New York, December 31, 1852. He married, Mabel, daughter of John and Susanna (Thorp) Sanford, who died at Lowville, New York, September 1, 1862. Her father, John Sanford, was son of John Sanford, a native of England, and was born at North Haven, Connecticut. John Sanford, Jr., had one son, John, who lived and died in Waterbury, Connecticut, and four daughters, Malinda, Lola, Sally, and Susanna. His wife was a daughter of Amos Thorp, a Revolutionary soldier, who was killed in battle. Mabel Sanford married Seth Merrell October 12, 1812, and their children were: 1, Lorenzo D., died at Richmond, Kentucky, September 18, 1852. 2. Jared Lewis, died November 17, 1877, at Copenhagen, New York. 3. Eliada Sanford. 4. Chloe, Mrs. Robb. 5. Nathaniel A., of De Witt, Iowa. John Sanford, father of Mabel, has one brother, Eliada, who lived and died in his household, and one sister, Mabel.

(VIII) Honorable Eliada Sanford, third son of Seth and Mabel (Sanford) Merrell, was born November 21, 1820, at Jefferson, Schoharie County, New York, and died at Lowville, New York, July 4, 1898. He removed with his parents to Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York, in 1826, and there attended the public schools. He assisted his father with the work of the farm and spent six winters teaching school. He received his further education in Denmark High School, Lowville Academy, Black

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River Literary School and the Religious Institute, of Watertown, New York, after which he read law in the offices of Ruger & Moore, of Watertown; Dayan & Parrish, of Lowville, and Hon. Francis Seger, of Lyon Falls. In May, 1846, Mr. Merrell was admitted to the bar as attorney-at-law and solicitor in chancery, having received his education mainly on his own efforts. In 1852 he was elected district attorney, and in 1855 Mr. Merrell was elected to the office of judge and surrogate of Lewis County, was re-elected in 1880, and served until January 1, 1887. From the time of attaining his majority, Hon. Eliada S. Merrell was a supporter of the Democratic Party, and he always took an active part in public affairs. He was greatly interested in the cause of progress and growth in the community and became a prominent and influential citizen. He made a place for himself among the members of his profession and his fellow citizens, and was genuinely mourned at his decease.

Eliada S. Merrell married, June 17, 1850, Emeline A., daughter of John and Phoebe (Keene) Clark, and their children were: 1. Lorenzo Eliada, born June 9, 1851, died May 20, 1862, in Lowville. 2. Edgar Sanford Keene (see forward).

(IX) Edgar Sanford Keene, son of Hon Eliada Sanford and Emeline A. (Clark) Merrell, was born in Lowville, Lewis County, New York, May 21, 1865. He attended Lowville Academy, graduating in June, 1884, and St. Lawrence University, graduating in June, 1887. He read law in the office of Merrell & Ryel, and was admitted to the bar in November, 1889. He became the junior partner in the firm of Merrell, Ryal & Merrell, January 1, 1890. They continued business under that style until the death of Hon. E. A. Merrell, July 4, 1898, when the firm was changed to that of Ryel & Merrell, and so continued until January 1, 1903. During his connection with the bar he enjoyed a distinctively representative clientage in his native village and district, and his career was distinguished by unswerving integrity and a masterful grasp of every problem that presented itself for solution. At the fall election of 1902 Mr. Merrell was elected as the Democratic candidate to the office of county judge and surrogate, and his administration of the duties of the office was so eminently satisfactory to his constituents and the people at large that he was re-elected in November, 1908, his opponent being the nominee of both the Prohibitionist and Republican parties. At the November election of 1909 he received the nomination of the Democratic convention as candidate for the office of justice of the supreme court of New York from the fifth judicial district and although the district was formerly Republican by twenty-five thousand, Judge Merrell was elected b y a large majority over the Republican candidate. This fact proves conclusively the estimation and esteem in which he is held by he people and the personal popularity he enjoys. In addition to the duties of the high political offices h has filled, Judge Merrell is serving in the capacity of vice-president of the Black River National Bank of Lowville, and as trustee of the Lowville Academy. He is a member of the Lowville Lodge, No. 134, F. and A. M., having joined in 1887; Beta theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa college fraternities and the Lowville Club.

Judge Merrell married, September 22, 1891, Johanna F. Voshage. Children: 1. Charlotte Emeline, born August 9, 1891. 2. Nathaniel Eliada, April 16, 1896.

STEENBURG. Ransell Steenburg was native of Grand Isle, Vermont, a descendant of German ancestors. He learned the trade of carpentry and worked at farming in his youth. When a young man he settled in Bangor, New York, and cleared a farm of wild land. he and two sons served in a

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New York Regiment in the Civil War. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church. He died at Bangor at the age of seventy-four years. He married Louisa Fosburg, who was born in Canada. Children: 1. Wells. 2. Daniel. 3. William b., mentioned below. 4. Standish, served in the Civil War.

(II) William B., son of Ransell Steenburg, was born in Bangor, New York, in 1844, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He was brought up on his father's farm, but left home at the age of seventeen years to enlist in the Civil War. He as in Company E, Sixtieth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, Army of the Potomac, and took part in many hard-fought battles. He marched with Sherman through Georgia. At the close of the war he went west for two years and for a time was employed as a traveling salesman. He was a hotel proprietor two years and conducted a drug store for six years. Since then he has been a general merchant at Bangor and in 1909 he succeeded his son as postmaster there. He has held many other offices of trust and honor. He was constable, town clerk, and for twelve years supervisor of the town of Bangor. He is a member and has been commander of the Grand Army Post; member of North Bangor Lodge, No. 556, Free and Accepted Masons; of the Northern Constellation Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Franklin Commandery, No. 60, Knights Templar, Media Temple, Mystic Shrine. He and his family attend the Methodist Church. In politics he is a Republican. He married (first) Maggie Watterson, of Mennesberg, Canada. She died April 21, 1877. He married (second) Elizabeth Reid. Children of first wife: 1. Jennie, born November 21, 1868; married Albert E. Russell, of Ogdensburg. 2. Frank, mentioned below. Children of second wife: 3. Adelbert, died December 18, 1889, aged twelve years. 4. Jessie, died April, 1905, aged twenty years. 5. Bernice, born January 209, 1890.

(III) Frank, son of William B. Steenberg, was born in Bangor, New York, December 13, 1870. He was educated in the public schools. For a time he was a clerk in the sheriff's office, then he spent a year and a half in the west. In 1891, in partnership with his father, he engaged in business in Bangor, New York, as a general merchant. The firm has been very successful. Mr. Steenberg has been active and prominent in politics. He is a Republican and one of the leaders in county affairs. He was postmaster of Bangor for a number of years; was supervisor of census in 1900; in 1903 was elected sheriff of Franklin County for three years; in 1908 he was elected for another term. He attends the Methodist Church. He is a member of the Maccabees; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; North Bangor Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is past master; North Constellation Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Franklin Commandery, Knights Templar; Karnack Temple, Mythic Shine; Ancient Order of Foresters. He married, December 12, 1892, Irene Whitney, of Moira, Franklin County, New York, daughter of Edward A. and Mary (Ford) Whitney. Children: 1. Marjorie, (win), born October 10, 1893. 2. Marguerite, (twin), October 10, 1893. 3. Watterson, February 7, 1895.

TURNER. Captain William H. turner was born in Boston. He rose to the rank of master mariner and engaged in the coasting trade. He was lost at sea in 1812. He married Marcy Risley, of an old Connecticut family, born at Glastonbury, Connecticut. Richard Risley, immigrant, came from England about 1633, and settled first in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but went to Hartford wit Hooker and was one of the founders of that town, in 1637. Children, born at Glastonbury, Connecticut: 1. William H., Jr. 2. Chauncy. 3. James B. 4. Alanson. 5. Robert, mentioned below. 6. Sanford. 7. George.

(II) Robert, son of Captain William H. Turner, was born at Glastonbury, 1804. He

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was educated in the common schools, and began when a boy to follow the seas. When he was twenty-three years old he went to Winchester, New Hampshire, to enter the employ of his elder brothers, who were engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods in that town. In 1841 he removed to New York State and located in the town of Vienna, Oneida County, and for three years manufactured woolens there. He then removed to Stockbridge, Madison County, New York, and continued in the same line of business until 1865. Then he located at Dexter, Michigan, and carried on woolen manufacture until 1874, when he retired. He then made his home at Saginaw, Michigan, where he resided the remainder of his life. His death in May, 1893, was caused by an accident. He married, 1831, Coraline, born at Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, 1808, daughter of Seth and Susannah (Cheney) Ellis. The Cheney family has been prominent in New England from the first settlement. Children: 1. Henry E., mentioned below. 2. Helen, widow of William W. Whedon, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 3. Susanna W., widow of Rev. Edwin Spence, of Ann Arbor. 4. Sarah C., married Charles H. Holland, of Saginaw. 5. Child, died aged two years.

(III) Hon. Henry E., son of Robert Turner, was born at Winchester, New Hampshire, April 1, 1833. He attended the district schools in his youth and worked at home on his father's farm and in his father's factory during the summer months. In 1849-51 he was a student at a select school and at the old Clinton Liberal Institute, of which Dr. Thomas J. Sawyer was master. He began to teach school when a mere youth and took up the study of law. He became a law student in the office of Gardner & Morse, of Lockport, New York. In August following he entered the Albany Law School and at the end of his first term was one of ten out of a class of eighteen who passed the examination and were admitted to the bar, December 1, 1855. He continued in the law school, however, taking a special course. Later in the year he became clerk for the county judge, with office at Lowville. He opened an office at Lowville, September 1, 1856, and began the general practice of law. He was a Republican and during the campaign of 1856 gave his earnest support to Fremont and Dayton. He was unexpectedly nominated for the office of district attorney and to his own surprise was elected. In the three years of his term he failed to secure a conviction in the cases he tried in but one case. In 1859 he was elected county judge and was at this time the youngest man on the bench in New York State. While serving his term as judge the Civil War appealed to his patriotism and he decided to go to the front. He aided in raising the First New York Light Artillery Regiment and was chosen lieutenant-colonel. He sent his resignation of the office of county judge to the governor of the state and it was refused. Judge turner was given, instead, a leave of absence from the army in order to hold court during the next term. He had had military training as a private in the Lowville Company of the National Guard, in which he enlisted in 1858, becoming captain in 1860. He was with his regiment in the winter of 18612-62 in Washington and Maryland. In March, 1862, he was given command of the reserve and light artillery depot for the Army of the Potomac near Washington, and for his efficient service received the special commendation of General Barry, chief of artillery, Army of the Potomac. On account of continued ill health he resigned his commission in the Army, April 30, 1862, and his illness lasted during the entire summer following. In the winter of 1864, he again entered the service as captain of Company H, Twenty-sixth New York Cavalry. In April, 1865, he was ordered to hold his command in readiness to join General Sheridan in Texas, but subsequently was order to Madison barracks, where he and his command were mustered out July 10. 1865. On the recom-

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mendation of General John A. Dix, under whom Judge Turner had served, he was tendered a captain's commission in the regular Army, but he declined. After the war he resumed the practice of law in Lowville. In 1870 though he declined to be a candidate, he was nominated and elected district attorney. During the term of office he tried more cases than any predecessor in the same period of time. He was elected from the eighteenth district, comprising Lewis and Jefferson Counties, to the state senate for the term beginning January 1, 1878. He was appointed to the judiciary committee and was also chairman of the committee on military affairs and for the committee on privileges and elections. His work as a legislator was untiring and efficient. He received the formal thanks of the New York Chamber of Commerce and the New York Board of Trade and Transportation and of the student of the Law School of New York City for his efforts in behalf of good government in matters in which those organizations were especially interested. Largely through his efforts the Soldiers' Home at Bath, New York, was established. During his second winter at Albany, he introduced and carried through a bill to appropriate $300,000 to equip the National Guard of the state with overcoats, knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, blankets and tentage. His interest in military affairs did not cease with the close of the war. He was appointed inspector with the rank of Lieutenant-colonel on the staff of the major general commanding the Fourth Division; was promoted in 1871 to the rank of colonel, serving as assistant adjutant general. In 1881 he was elected a member of the board of regents of the State University, serving until April, 1904, when he declined to become a candidate for re-election. In 1886 he was again elected county judge of Lewis County and he continued on the bench until January 1, 1903. In June, 1901, the degree of LL.D. was conferred upon Judge Turner by Alfred University. In September, 1882, he joined the Grand Army of the Republic, and was elected commander of Post No. 200, of Lowville, and with the single exception of the year 1889 he has served in this office by annual re-election to the present time. He was adjutant general of the Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. He has been a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, since 1859; of Lowville Chapter, No. 293, Royal Arch Masons, since May, 1868. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Judge turner's law partner is Frank Bowman and the present firm name is Turner & Bowman. He married, in January, 1857, Amanda L., born 1939, daughter of W. W. Hill and grand-daughter of Ebenezer Hill, one of the first settles of Lowville. Mrs. Turner was an amiable and gifted woman, an artist of rare ability. She died May 25, 1894. Children: 1. William Henry Allison, born December, 1858, died May 25, 1900; educated at Lowville Academy, Hungerford institute at Adams and at the Albany Medical College; practiced medicine at Denmark, Lewis County, for a time; removed to Wisconsin, where he practiced successfully until his death. 2. Edith L., September 15, 1861; married Daniel J. Dorance, of Camden, New York, cashier of the First National Bank; children: John Gordon, Neil H. and Henry T. Dorance. 3. Cornelia A., May 12, 1965; resides at home with her father. 4. September 7, 1872, married Edgar A. Barrell, of New Bedford, Massachusetts; child, Edgar A. Barrell, Jr.

LANPHER. George Lanpher, an immigrant ancestor, came to Westerly, Rhode Island, as early as 1669. The place and date of his birth are not known. April 19, 1669, he bought land in Westerly of John Clarke. May 17, 1671, he took the oath of allegiance to Rhode Island. Under date of March 2, 1678, Samuel Hubbard writes: "Then we went to the waterside at the mill, then Brother Hiscock baptized George Lan-

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phear, he came out rejoicing, his wife went into the water, was faint-hearted and came out unbaptized." September 17, 1679, he took a second oath of allegiance. In July, 1704, he had two hundred acres of land laid out. He married ----------------. He died October 6, 1731. Children: 1. Mary, died 1727. 2. Shadrach, died January 29, 1728-9. 3. John, mentioned below. 4. Theodosius, died 1749. 5. Seth, died 1725. 6. ------------, daughter. 7. Sarah. married March 21, 1707-08

(II) John, son of George Lanpher, married Ruth, who died in 1730. He died in 1757. His will was proved may 30, 1757. To his wife he left "what household goods she needs," her choice of a room, and maintenance while a widow. To his son John he left twenty-five acres of land; to son Daniel, forty-six acres, and house; to sons Ames and Nathan the rest of the land which he had from his father. To daughters Anna Lewis, Ruth Shaw, Experience Satterly, Mary, patience and Keziah Lanpher, five pounds each. Children: 1. L. John. 2. Daniel. 3. Ames. 4. Nathan, mentioned below. 5. Anna. 6. Ruth. 7. Experience. 8. Mary. 9. Patience. 10. Keziah.

(III) Nathan, son of John Lanpher, was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, about 1715. He married (first), at Westerly, (by elder John Maxson), June 22, 1739, Mary Langworthy. He married (second), at Hopkinton, near Westerly (by Joshua Clark), Anna or Amma Champlain. Children, born at Westerly; by first wife: 1. Mary, April 5, 1740. 2. Nathan, February 18, 1742, married Amey ------------. 3. Elisha, January 21, 1744. 4. Jonathan, April 19, 1748. 5. Langworthy, February 5, 1753. 6. Amey, March 20, 1755. Children of second wife: 7. Patience, May 26, 1760. 8. Paul (twin), February 25, 1762, settled with is brother Pardon in Lewis County, new York, and married a sister of Pardon's wife; served in the War of 1812; mentioned below. 9. PARDON (TWIN) February 25, 1762. 10. Anna, February 26, 1767. 11. Maxson, December 5, 1769. 12. Catherine, November 9, 1779 (?),

(IV) Paul, son of Nathan Lanpher, was born at Westerly, Rhode Island, February 25, 1762, and died May 1, 1836. He went with his twin brother Pardon to Lewis County, New York, in 1801, and settled in the town of Lowville. He married, February 18, 1770, Elizabeth Barry, born December 30, 1770, died December 7, 1858, sister of the wife of his brother Pardon. He was a farmer, and served in the War of 1812. Children: 1. Abel, born at Westerly, January 25, 1790, died in his ninety-fourth birthday. 2. Clark, born at Westerly, April 27, 1791. 3. Susannah, born March 27, 1795. 4. Paul B. 5. Jonathan, mentioned below.

(V) Jonathan, son of Paul Lanpher, was born at Lowville, New York, August 17, 1806, and died there February 17, 1887. He attended the district schools of his native town and worked during his boyhood on the farm of his father, now owned by Mrs. James Nefsey, a great-grand-daughter of the first settler. He remained in the homestead, caring for his parents, until 1838, when he removed to Champion, Jefferson County, New York, and purchased a farm. In 1847 he sold his property in Jefferson County and bought a farm in Denmark, Lewis County, where he lived the remainder of his life, following farming for an occupation. A son succeeded to this farm. In politics he was an old line Whig originally but a Republican after the breaking-up of the old party lines. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married, April 2, 1837, Elizabeth Bailey Ellsworth, born November 9, 1813, died August, 1903, daughter of Rev. Grove Ellsworth, one of the early settlers of Lewis County. (See Ellsworth). When she was an infant her mother died, and she was brought up by an aunt in Windsor, Connecticut. Children: 1. Eunice P., born July 1, 1838. 2. Harriet L., December 15, 1830. 3. A. Marcellus, mentioned be-

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Low. 4. Ann Eliza, December 22, 1845. 5. Loren Grove, October 2, 1847. 6. Eugene, July 27, 1850. 7. Abner Franklin, July 26, 1854. In 1909 Marcellus and Abner were the only survivors of the family.

(VI) A. Marcellus, son of Jonathan Lanpher, was born in Champion, Jefferson County, New York, September 3, 1843. He was reared on the farm and educated at public, select and commercial schools. He was for a time, a teacher in the public schools of Champion. He enlisted in January, 1864, in Company H, Twenty-sixth Regiment, New York Cavalry, and served until the end of the war. He was honorably discharged from the service July 12, 1865. The following year he spent in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. He began a mercantile career as clerk in the grocery and drug store of Stanford & Lanpher, at Lowville, New York, August 22, 1867, and became a partner in 1875. The firm name was changed to A. M. & H. Lanpher, afterward Lanpher & Stevens. He withdrew from the firm in January, 1889, to undertake his duties as county clerk. He held that office nine consecutive years, being re-elected thrice. When he retired from the office in January, 1898, he entered partnership with Julius Wood in the real estate business under the firm name of the Lowville Real Estate and Loan Agency. This firm had a prosperous business and continued until June 1, 1908, when Mr. Lanpher withdrew to accept the appointment of postmaster at Lowville from President Roosevelt. He has continued in this office and has filled other offices of trust and responsibility. In 1881, he was elected treasurer of the village and overseer of the poor, holding these places for eight years. He attends the Presbyterian Church of Lowville, of which his son Harry is organist. Mr. Lanpher is a prominent Free Mason. For twenty-nine years he was secretary of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, being elected first in 1879, and he is at present treasurer and trustee of the lodge. In 1875-6 he was worshipful master of the lodge; in 1885-6, district deputy grand master. In capitular Masonry he has received high honors. He is past high priest of Lowville Chapter, No. 223, R. A., M., and representative of the grand chapter of Alabama, near the grand chapter of Watertown Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar. He is a comrade of Guilford D. Bailey Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of which for five years he was senior vice-commander. He married, December 13, 1871, Emma A. However, born in Jefferson County, New York, January 24, 1852, daughter of Abram and Eliza (Snyder) Hawver. Abram Hawver was born February 16, 1826, died July 22, 1884; married December 3, 1846, Eliza Snyder, born December 10, 1824, died August 23, 1865. Children: 1. Bertha E., died aged thirty years. 2. Erwin E., born January 28, 1875; married Helen S. Moore, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 5, 1905; a civil engineer, was on the Nicaraugua Canal Survey, and is now on the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, water system. 3. Anna Muriel, born June 1, 1876, married George P. Kalk, of Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1906. 4. Harvey M., born May 13, 1878, clerk in the Lowville postoffice

 

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