Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 241-248

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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GRAVES. The family of Graves is one of the most ancient in England. It went in with the Norman Army, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name has been spelled De Grevis, Greve, Grave, Greaves, Greeves, and Graves. The coat-of-arms" Gules an eagle displayed or ducally crowned argent. Crest: A demi-eagle displayed and erased or enfiled round the body and below the wings by a ducal coronet argent. The English family was represented by many men of honor and distinction.

(I) Thomas Graves was born in England before 1585, and came to New England with his wife Sarah, and five children, all of mature age, the youngest being about sixteen years. they settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where Thomas was a property holder in 1645. He was exempted from training in the militia on account of his age, he being over sixty years old. In September , 1661, he removed to Hatfield, Massachusetts. He died in November, 1682, and his son Isaac was appointed administrator of his estate in Massachusetts and Nathaniel in Connecticut. Children, all born in England: 1. Isaac, mentioned below. 2. John. 3. Samuel. 4. Nathaniel, born about 1629. 5. Elizabeth.

(II) Sergeant Isaac, son of Thomas Graves, was born in England as early as 1620, and came to New England with his father. He settled in Hartford before 1645. He was admitted a freeman, May 16, 1669. He was sergeant of the militia and clerk of the writs for Hatfield, where he removed in 1661. He was killed in the Indian attack on the Hatfield settlement, September 19, 1877. He and his brother John were engaged at the time in shingling John's house. He married Mary, daughter of Richard and Anne Church. Children: 1. Mary, born July 5, 1647; married, January 28, 1665, Eleazer Drary. 2. Isaac, August 22, 1650; died unmarried. 3. Rebecca, July

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3, 1652-53, died unmarried. 4. Samuel, October 1, 1650. 5. Sarah, married, April 27, 1677, Benjamin Barrett. 6. Elizabeth, born March 16, 1661-62; married, 1683, Benjamin Hastings. 7. John, 1664, mentioned below. 8. Hannah, (twin), January 24, 1666; married William Sackett. 9. Jonathan, (twin), January 24, 1666. 10 Mehitable, October 1, 1671; married (first) January 29, 1690, Richard Morton; (second) William Worthington; died March 22, 1742.

(III) John, son of Isaac Graves, was born in 1664. He married, October 26, 1686, at Chelmsford, Sarah, daughter of John Banks. His son Elnathan was appointed administrator of his estate, November 12, 1746. He lived in Hatfield. Children: 1. Isaac, born July 10, 1686. 2. Benjamin, August 12, 1689. 3. Sarah, 1691. 4. Jemima, April 30, 1693; married (first) May 5, 1715, John Graves; (second) March 27, 1720, Eleazer Allis. 5. Mary, November 9, 1596; married (first) July 23, 1719, Jonathan Fray; (second) Eliakim King. 6. Elnathan, August 20, 1690. 7. Hannah, June 4, 1701; married Eleazer King. 8. Eunice, September 29, 1703. 9. Aaron, mentioned below.

(IV) Aaron, son of John Graves, was born February 2, 1707, died in 1788. He resided in that part of Hatfield that was afterward Williamsburg. He was a soldier in the French and Indian War at Fort Massachusetts in 1748. He married Mary, born October 24, 1707, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (White) Wells. Her grandfather Benjamin Waite, was a note Indian fighter. Her mother and other of the family were captured by the Indians and taken to Canada, but were eventually released through the efforts of her father. Children: 1. Jemima, born April 12, 1730. 2. Martha, March 9, 1732. 3. Mary, October 19, 1733. 4. Eunice, November 2, 1735. 5. Beulah, married Asahel Moody. 6. Lucius, born December 19, 1746. 7. Aaron, 1729; mentioned below. 8. Sybil, who was born about 1760. 9. Rebecca, married Elihu Waite.

(V) Aaron (2), son of Aaron (10 Graves, was born at Hatfield, about 1749, died at South Hadley, November 17, 1834. He was a soldier in the Revolution in Captain Moses Montague's company of minutemen, Colonel Ruggles Woodbridge's regiment, on the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1773. He married, May 13, 1773, Sarah Morton, of Hatfield. She died October 11, 1839. Children, born at South Hadley: 1. Sarah, May 10, 1774. 2. Lucius, February 5, 1776. 3. Elijah, July 19, 1778. 4. Aaron, June 21, 1781. 5. Chester, August 25, 1784; mentioned below. 6. Lucinda, April 9, 1786. 7. Theophilus, April 3, 1788. 8. Roswell, May 29, 1790. 9. Jotham, September 9, 1792.

(VI) Chester, son of Aaron (2) Graves, was born at South Hadley, August 25, 1783, died at Martinsburg, New York, July 28 1863. He removed to Martinsburg about 1810, and was a farmer there the remainder of his life. He married (first) October 14, 1802, Obedience Morton, who died at Martinsburg in 1826. He married (second) in 1827, Hannah (Gates) Adams, a widow who died May 9, 1873, aged seventy-seven years. Children born at Hatfield: 1. Lysander, February 13 1803. 2. Philander, July 30, 1805. Born at Martinsburg: 3. Son, born and died October 14, 1807. 4. Alexander, September 9, 1808. 5. Elihu Morton, November 28, 1810. 6. Calvin, May 19, 1814; died July 12, 1814; died July 12, 1814. 7. Giles Wells, September 3, 1815. 8. Ansel NcNiel, April 12, 1818. 9. Melissa, August 28, 1820. 10, Frances Asbury, October 7, 1824. Children of second wife, born at Martinsburg. 11. Chester Gates, September 27, 1828; mentioned below. 12. Sylvester, May 7, 1833; died November 17, 1833. 13. John De Loss, June 8, 1835. 14. Hannah Caroline, July 5, 1837, died July 19, 1841.

(VII) Chester Gates, son of Chester Graves, was born at Martinsburg, New York, September 27, 1828. He was a well-

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to-do farmer, a Republican in politics. He was an upright and highly respected citizen. He lived in his native town. He married, March 15, 1853, Mary Ann, daughter of Henry Peebles, of Martinsburg. She was born October 12, 1831. Children, born at Martinsburg: 1. Emerson Gates, January 2, 1836; married Jennie Brown, and resides at Lowville, New York. 2. Edward Peebles, April 16, 1858, see forward. 3. George Leland, May 6, 1860; married Mary Jones. 4. Burton Morris, November 21, 1863; mentioned below. 5. Mary Ann, April 6, 1865. 6. Harriet Eunice, March 4, 1868; married December 25, 1888, Willard E. Loucks, she died November 18, 1894. 7. Henry P., august 13, 1871, died January 7, 1879. 8. Bennett Chester, April 29, 1874, further mentioned below. Chester G. Graves, died in Lowville, March 4, 1906. His wife, Mary Ann (Peebles) Graves, was born October 12, 1831, at Martinsburg, New York, daughter of Henry and Polly (Coats) Peebles; Henry died January 17, 1874; Polly died January 8, 1892; their children; i. Edward Peebles, born February 12, 1829, ii. Mary Ann Peebles, mentioned above, iii Hannah W. Peebles, February 13, 1834, married Lorenzo Miller, died July 9, 1875, iv. Lewis S. Peebles, November 29, 1836; married Martha Dodge, v. Harriette U., April 27, 1839, died April 12, 1847, vi. Franklin E. Peebles, March 16, 1846, married Amelia Rowsan.

(VIII) Edward Peebles, son of Chester Gates and Mary Ann (Peebles) Graves, was born at Martinsburg, New York, April 16, 1858. He was educated in the public schools, and reared to the life and occupation if a farmer. In 1886 he purchased the farm where he now resides, located near Lowville on the Henderson Harbor Road. He makes dairy farming his specialty, combining with that branch the breeding of thoroughbred Holstein cattle and general stock raising. He thoroughly understands his business and gives it his personal attention. His farm is not only well stocked with graded cattle, but the improvements are in keeping with the prosperous modern farmer. His methods are progressive, modern and successful. He is a courteous, hospitable and highly respected man in his town. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the North Martinsburg Methodist Protestant Church, as are the members of his family. He is a supporter of the Patrons of Husbandry, belonging to Harrisburg Grange. He married, March 8m 1886, Emma J., born September 22, 1862, at Lowville, New York, daughter of Charles and Jane (Plopper) Bickford. Children: 1. Eula H., born September, 1888. 2. Edna C., July 24, 1891. 3. Florence, June 18, 1894. 4. Walter, April 12, 1898, died October 11, 1898. 5. Jay E., January 19, 1899.

(VIII) Burton Morris, son of Chester Gates Graves, was born at Martinsburg, New York, November 21, 1863. He was educated in the public schools and at Martin's Institute. After leaving school he continued to work on his father's farm until he came of age. Then he learned the business of cheese making, and for seventeen years was engaged in business as a cheese manufacturer, owning and operating from time to tome some of the best cheese factories in Lewis County. He has the distinction of winning a medal and diploma for the manufacture of the most perfect cheese from the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. In 1903 Mr. Graves, in partnership with his brother, Emerson G., purchased in the village of Lowville the old-established furniture and undertaking business of George J. Haberer. In 1905 Emerson G. Graves sold his share in the business to Andrew F. Coughlin, and since then the firm name has been Graves & Coughlin. The furniture business was established by John Conover, and has flourished for many years. Mr. Graves is one of the best known funeral directors in northern New York, and his firm has one of the most elaborate and complete equipments for the undertaking

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business. In a business way Mr. Graves has always been highly successful. In politics he is a Republican, though inclined to independence in municipal politics. He is a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Lowville Lodge, No. 759, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

He married, April 23, 1889, Marie Augustine Scherer, born July 25, 1867, at Lorraine, France, daughter of Jacob and Marion (Kline) Scherer. Jacob Scherer was born in France, November 12, 1823, died in Lowville, November 6. 1909, son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Kirch) Scherer. Marion (Kline) Scherer was born June 24, 1829, died at Lowville, January 3, 1906. She was a daughter of Nicholas and Marion (Koenig) Kline. Mrs. Graves came to this country with her parents in August, 1872. She was educated at Lowville Academy, and was a successful teacher for six years previous to her marriage.

(VIII) Bennett Chester, son of Chester Gates Graves, was born at Martinsburg, New York, April 29, 1874. He was educated in the public schools. After leaving school he assisted his father on the farm until he came of age, and afterward was associated with his father in business. In 1898 he learned the business of making cheese, and in the following year began to operate a factory for the manufacture of cheese near Lowville, New York. The venture was successful until 1902, when the Standard Milk Company of New York City established a milk station near the factory and bought the product of the farmers and made the operation of the cheese factory impracticable. Mr. graves became the local manager for the milk company and later took charge of a creamery belonging to this company at Castorland, whither he removed in 1903. In 1905 the creamery became the property of David Laemmle, of New York City, but Mr. Graves continued as manager. Fancy creamery butter is manufactured, and Mr. Graves is recognized as an authority and expert in butter-making. He is held in high esteem, both by employer and employees, and has the confidence of the patrons of the concern. In politics he is a Republican. He and his family attend the Methodist Church.

He married, at Martinsburg, New York, February 14, 1900, Mae E., born December 9, 1876, daughter of Arthur D. and Narcissa (Johnson) Goodrich. Her father was born October 12, 1850, son of Sylvanus and Orrilla (Arthur) Goodrich. Sylvanus Goodrich was born in 1815, son of James and Elida (Wadley) Goodrich, and died in February, 1864. Orrilla (Arthur) Goodrich died April 9, 1887. James Goodrich was born in Connecticut and was one of the early settlers of Lewis County, New York. Sylvanus Goodrich married (first) Lurinda Arthur and had Horace S., born in 1845, and Charles M., born May 7, 1847. Sylvanus married (second) Orrilla Arthur, sister of his first wife, and had Arthur D. Goodrich. Narcissa (Johnson) Goodrich was daughter of Josiah and Charlotte (Stanford) Johnson, and was born August 13, 1805, one of nine children. Children of Bennett C. and Mar E. Graves: 1. Harold A., born April 9, 1901. 2. Hazel E., April 6, 1902.

RYEL. A diligent research of the early New York records fails to discover the immigrant ancestor of the Ryel mentioned in this article. They were of Dutchess County in the Revolutionary War period and at least one of them was a participant in the struggle for national independence. Speaking of the Ryels and Ryals in general it has been suggested that the original spelling of their surnames may have been Royal, and considering the fact that the orthography of so many of our family names has been changed through incorrect spelling it must be admitted that there is some credence to be placed in that suggestion.

I. Peter Ryel was born in Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, July 25, 1759' settled in Hillsdale, Columbia County, prior to 1796; and died December 29, 1843. He was undoubtedly the Peter Ryel or Ryal mentioned in the anew York Revolutionary war rolls as having served in Colonel Brinkerhoff's New York Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, during the years 1779-80. Information at hand states that he participated in the battle of Monmouth, and as that engagement took place June 18, 1778, it would appear that he was enrolled in the Continental Army previous to 1779. There is another record in the same rolls showing that one Peter Royal served as a private in Captain Abraham Ricker's company; also designated the Colonel's Company, Second new York Regiment, commanded by Colonel Philip Cortlandt. He enlisted August 5, 1778, to serve nine months, and was discharged February 17, 1779. Peter Ryel married Mehitable Washburn, born in Sing Sing, New York, December 2, 1761, died August 26, 1857; daughter of Isaac and Hannah (Lovejoy) Washburn. Isaac Washburn was a member of the Society of Friends. Hannah Lovejoy, his wife, was either born in England, or of English parentage. The Washburns resided in Tarrytown and their house was among those visited by the Continental soldiers in their search for Major Andre, the British spy.

A painstaking examination of every available reference work on record bearing upon the Washburns of American fails to disclose with certainty the early ancestry of this branch of the Washburn family, nor is the writer able to discover the parents of Isaac, the father of Mehitable. "Schaaf's history of Westchester County, New York," states that a Washburn family came from Jamaica, Long Island, previous to the Revolutionary War and settled in Newcastle, that county. the head of this family was John Washburn. Early Long Island records state that William, Daniel and John Washburn acquired land there as early as 1653. Although their names do not again appear in those records, they undoubtedly left posterity, and John Washburn, who went from Jamaica to Westchester County, was probably one of them. Another family of this name were residing at Mt. Pleasant, Westchester County, in 1775. Some of these Washburns, if not all, were Quakers. It is the general; belief that the Washburns of America are all descended from John Washburn, an immigrant from England, who settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts, in 1632. There is, however, no evidence to show that the three Long Island landowners, mentioned above, were related to the Duxbury settler. Possibly Isaac Washburn was a son of John of Jamaica, but there seems to be no record to prove it.

Children of Peter and Mehitable (Washburn) Ryel were: 1. Andrew, born August 11, 1782; died November 14, 1867. 2. Isaac, November 22, 1874; died November 24, 1858. 3. Hannah, April 22, 1787; died about 1871. 4. John B., May 8, 1790; died June 12, 1870. 5. Peter, May 3, 1792; died February 12, 1877 (all born in Fishkill). 6. Margaret, December 13, 1796.; died June 22, 1857. 7. Mehitable, April 22, 1799; died July 17, 1876. 8. David D., August 24, 1801; died March 20, 1849. 9. Charles W., January 5, 1804, died July 30, 1877. 10. Hiram C., see forward. (These children were born in Hillsdale).

(II) Hiram C., youngest child of Peter and Mehitable (Washburn) Ryel, was born in Hillsdale, June 1, 1807; died in Copenhagen, New York, February 18, 1887. He married Nancy Cook, and reside in Copenhagen, New York. Nancy Cook was born at Palatine Bridge, New York, January 23, 1810; died January 10, 1856. Her father, Rudolph Cook, who was of Mohawk Dutch descent, moved from Palatine Bridge to Copenhagen about the year 1815. He married Catherine Mellin, whose father was an immigrant from Ireland. Hiram C. and Nancy (Cook) Ryel had children: 1. Peter C., born October 25, 1835. 2. Sally, June 28, 1837; married Allen Sheldon. 3. Edmond G., June 29, 1839. 4. Hiram Henry, see forward.

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(III) Hiram Henry, youngest child of Hiram C. and Nancy (Cook) Ryel, was born in Copenhagen, May 16, 1842; died July 1, 1906. He studied preliminarily in the public schools and was graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, in 1864. In reference to his record as a student Professor J. W. Clapp, of the St. Lawrence University faculty, said: "Ryel was the best mathematician we ever had. He had a good record for scholarship and was the first student to be graduated from the college of Letters and Science." After graduation he acted for a time as deputy clerk of Lewis County under R. L. Rogers; was subsequently employed to index the records of the county clerk's office; and the system inaugurated by him for this purpose is still retained. Having studied law in the office of Judge E. S. Merrell he was admitted to the bar in 1874, and accepting the appointment of surrogate's clerk he served in that capacity with marked ability for twelve years. Upon relinquishing his clerkship he entered into partnership with his preceptor, Judge Merrell, of Lowville, under the firm name of Merrell & Ryel, and by the subsequent admission of he senior partner's son, E. S. K. Merrell, the firm became known as Merrell, Ryel & Merrell. This law firm was one of the most prominent in the county and transacted a large general law business. He was widely and favorably known throughout the entire community as a lawyer of great ability and unimpeachable integrity, and his death was universally deplored. Mr. Ryel was elected district attorney in 1887 and re-elected in 1891. In addition to his law practice he took considerable interest in outside affairs, especially in matters relative to finance, and was a stockholder in the First National Bank of Utica. He was a Master Mason, affiliating with Lowville Lodge, No. 134. He was a member of the Lewis County Bar Association, and at a special meeting of that body assembled for the purpose of paying tribute to his memory, Judge Merrell spoke as follows: "I had known him intimately since 1874 when he became a member of my family, and recall vividly the assistance he has been to me. He was an honest man. I used to think that a little more aggression on his part would better him financially at least, but that wasn't his way. He seemed always to try to keep people out of law suits. He was a great help to my father in his office. It is a peculiar circumstance that in all the time we have been associated we never had one word of difference. This was due to no virtue on my part, but to his forbearance. He is cut off at a time of life when he was financially fitted to enjoy it. You all respected his industry and his knowledge of law. He was more of a student then any man I have ever known. He was a useful man in the community. He will be missed by a great many. I cannot begin to express the respect I had for Mr. Ryel."

On October 8, 1878, Mr. Ryel was united in marriage with Sarah Glenn, born March 1, 1855; died in Lowville October 16, 1907 (see forward). Children: 1. Emma Nancy, born May 7, 1879; graduated from the Lowville Academy in 1898, and subsequently from its teacher's training class; taught school three years; graduated from the Oswego Business College in 1903; acted as her father's stenographer until his death and is now employed in the county clerk's office. 2. Sarah Catherine, born June 22, 1881; graduated from the Lowville Academy in 1899, and from the teacher's training class in 1900; is now teaching in the public schools of Lowville. 3. Bertha Belle, born March 15, 1887; died November 8, of that year. 4. Mabel Glenn, born December 13, 1890; is not attending the Lowville Academy and will graduate with the class of 1910. 5. Gertrude Korleen, born June 11, 1895.

Sarah (Glenn) Ryel was a daughter of John and Sarah (Stewart) Glenn. John Glenn was born in Belfast, Ireland, May 12, 1820. Emigrating to America when a young

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man he was for a number of years associated with his brother William in the lumber business, and then engaged in farming in the town of Watson, New York. He died in Lowville, August 29, 1900. Sarah (Stewart) Glenn, his wife, who was born in Belfast, Ireland, in December, 1819, came to America at the age of twenty, and for several years resided in Troy, New York. Her children are: 1. William, born February 14, 1847; died December 21, 1904. 2. Joseph, born July 25, 1848; died March 18, 1877. 3. Margaret, born May 25, 1851; died in infancy. 4. Jane, born August 30, 1853; died January 5, 1894. 5. Sarah, who became the wife of Hiram H. Ryel, as previously stated. 6 and 7. Thomas and Samuel, twins, born March 15, 1858, the first named of whom died March 26, 1900. 8. Margaret, born November 10, 1861, now wife of Henry Wetmore.

HIGBY. Edward Higby or Higbee, immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled as early as 1648 in New London, Connecticut. He sold his home and lot there September 7, 1649, for five bushels of what and a dog. He had a deed October 15, 1664, from Seankeet, Indian Sachem, of Hartford, for land adjoining Jonathan Gilbert's at Hartford. In 1666 he was free of taxes by vote of the court for making and maintaining the way over Pilgrim's Harbor. He was an innkeeper at Middletown, Connecticut, in 1874, and soon afterward went to Jamaica, Long Island. He was probably living at Huntington, Long Island, in 1683, and afterward was there as late as 1709. His wife, Lydia joined the church at Middletown, September 20, 1674, coming thither from the First Church at Hartford, and with six children was dismissed to the church at Jamaica, October 14, 1677. He was a brother-in-law of Jeremiah Adams, son of John Adams, grandson of Jeremy Adams, according to a power of attorney given by Adams to Higby, February, 1696-97, and filed at Hartford. (See Hartford Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 268.)

(II) John Higby, son of Edward Higby or Higbee, was born about 1658, died about 1688. His inventory was dated December 28, 1688, by John Hall, Francis Whitemore, and Nathaniel Stow. (P. 7, vol ii, Hartford Probate Records) He married Rebecca Treadwell, at Middletown, daughter of Samuel Treadwell, of Fairfield. She died 1707-08, and was succeeded in the administration of her husband's estate by her son Edward, appointed March 1, 1707-08.

(III) Edward (2), son of John Higby was baptized at Middletown, Connecticut, August 24, 1684, and he and wife joined the church there, April 26, 1713. They were dismissed December 19, 1713, to form a new church at Westfield, Connecticut, where he died November 21, 1775, in his ninety-second year. He married Rebecca Wheeler, of Stratfield, now Bridgeport, November 29, 1706. She died October 22, 1772, at Middletown. He appears to have been one of the owners of the Golden Parlour Mining Company of Wallingford, April 27, 1737. Children: 1. John, mentioned below. 2. Daniel, removed to Constableville, Lewis County, New York, with son Daniel.

(IV) John (2), son of Edward (2) Higby, was born at Middletown, July 16, 1707. His will was dated October 8, 1790, proved April 4, 1791. He married Sarah -----------. He resided in Middletown. According to the census of 1790 the heads of family of this surname at Middletown were: Amos, Daniel, David, Ephraim, Jeduthan, Lemuel and Zacheus, all nearly related and some doubtless his sons. In other places in Connecticut were living in 1790 Seth, Samuel, Patience, Job, Cheney, Isaac and Noah Higby. Cheney, David, Elihu, Isaac, Lemuel, Noah, Samuel, and Thomas were soldiers in the Revolution from Connecticut. In 1790 there were of this name twenty or more families in New York State.

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(V) Jeduthan, son of John (2) Higby, was baptized at Middletown, September 17, 1749. In 1790 he had one son under sixteen and two females in his family at Middletown. He was deacon of the church there in 1792. He married Ada Parker. Children: 1. Jeduthan, mentioned below. 2. Solomon,. 3. Eunice.

(VI) Rev. Jeduthan (2), son of Jeduthan (1) Higby, was born about 1775-80. He removed to Lewis County, New York. He married Florinda Ragan. Children: 1. Newton. 2. Harlow, mentioned below. And others.

(VII) Harlow, son of Rev. Jeduthan (2) Higby, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, or vicinity, 1808, and came to Lewis County, New York, where relatives had settled. When a young man he learned the trade of millwright and followed it in his new home. Subsequently he settled on a small farm in the town of Greig, New York, and lived there the remainder of his days. He married Delight, daughter of Samuel and Betsey Slocum, of Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York. Her father died in 1685, aged about ninety years; her mother a few years later. She had brothers: Alvin, Arnold, John, and Sisters: Jane, Clarissa, Laura, Emily, Julia, and Susan Slocum. Children of Harlow and Delight Higby: 1. Harris S., mentioned below. 2. Helen C., married Paul Blade.

(VIII) Harris Slocum, son of Harlow Higby, was born at Turin, Lewis County, New York, July 17, 1838. He was educated in the common schools and at Lowville Academy. After leaving school he entered the employ of Giles Vrooman, a merchant at Lowville, as clerk. He preferred a mechanical trade, however, and was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade. After serving his time, he worked as journeyman for several years. he erected for himself in 1868 the first building in what is now the thriving village of Glenfield, and later built the Higby Hotel, a large and commodious hostelry, which still bears his name. He conducted it for several years, and was popular and prosperous. He became identified with all the other business interests of the village, and to his foresight, good judgment and enterprise are due in large measure, if not entirely, the growth and development of the place. In politics, he was a Democrat, though never seeking public office of any kind. He was a member of the state militia in his younger days. He was a member of Turin Lodge, No. 18, Free and Accepted Masons.

He married, March 14, 1859, Margaret, born at Metz, France, December 6, 1838, daughter of John N. and Ann Duffer. Her father was by occupation a farmer; emigrated to this country in 1853 and settled in New Bremen; died in 1905. Children: 1. H. Louise, born January 27, 1860; married (first) Jefferson M. Burdick, who died February 7, 1892; married (second) December 14, 1904, George W. Smith. 2. Wallace H., February 4, 1867, died May 1, 1879. 3. Harry Spencer, May 14, 1877; died October 4, 1877.


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