Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 257-265

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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CLEAVELAND. The English surname Cleavand or Cleveland is derived from a place of the same name in the north riding of Yorkshire, where the family has been seated from the time of the Norman Conquest. Tradition, supported by the researches of students and investigators of repute, attribute the founding of the family to Thorkil, who is supposed to have been a Saxon land proprietor, and who, about the time of the conquest, assumed the name of de Cliveland and called himself Thorkil de Cliveland. The Cleaveland genealogy presents the ancient history of the family in detail, but does not assume to determine definitely the English ancestry of the immigrants. It states, however, that the parish records of St. Nicholas, Ipswich, England, show records from 1542 to 1812 of Ipswich Cleavelands, all of whom were without doubt kin to Moses Cleaveland, of Woburn, the immigrant ancestor, and bore the same names as Moses and his immediate descendants. The Cleavelands coat-of-arms is: Or chevron sable and ermine a chevron engrailed and counter charged. Crest: A demi old man proper habited proper, having on a cap gules turned up with a hair front holding in the dexter hand a spearheaded argent, on the top of which is fixed a line proper, passing behind him, and coiled up in the sinister hand. There were other coats-of-arms borne by different branches of

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the family. The family is largely represented in the United States and has had many representatives in history and the professions.

(I) Moses Cleaveland, immigrant ancestor, came when a youth from Ipswich, England, to this country. Tradition says he came in 1635. He was born about 1624 and died at Woburn, Massachusetts, January 8, 1701-02. He married in Woburn, September 26, 1648, Ann Winn, born in Wales or England about 1626. Children, born in Woburn: 1. Moses. 2. Hannah. 3. Aaron. 4. Samuel. 5. Miriam. 6. Joanna. 7. Edward, mentioned below. 8. Josiah. 9. Isaac.

(II) Edward, son of Moses Cleaveland, was born at Woburn, May 20, 1664, died at Pomfret, Connecticut, August, about 1726, or September, 1746. According to tradition, he went in early life from Woburn to Narragansett Bay, and later settled at North Kingston, where the births of his children were recorded in the old town records, which were destroyed by fire in 1870. About 1709 he went with his son Edward to Canterbury, and was a proprietor there in 1710. He married (first) Deliverance Palmer, who died June 7, 1717, daughter of Benjamin Palmer, probably of North Kingston. He married (second) in Canterbury, January 1, 1722, Zeruiah Church, who married (second) probably, Cornelius Whitney. Children, born in North Kingston: 1. Deliverance. 2. Edward. 3. Palmer. 4. Abigail. 5. Isaac. 6. Samuel, mentioned below. 7. Mary. 8. George. 9. Elizabeth.

(III) Samuel, son of Edward Cleaveland, was born about 1700, died at Pomfret, June 11, 1762. He was a farmer at Canterbury and Pomfret. He married at Canterbury, November 12, 1724, Mary, or Betsey Darbe or Derby. Children: 1. Phinehas. 2. James, mentioned below. 3. Curtis. 4. Edward. 5. Mary. 6. Abigail.

(IV) Captain James, son of Samuel Cleaveland, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut, July 3, 1730, and lived at Pomfret, Connecticut. he married there, November 15, 1752, Susannah Hartshorn. Children: 1. James. 2. Frederic, mentioned below. 3. Jabez. 4. Abigail. 5. Susannah. 6. Clarissa.

(V) Frederic, son of Captain James Cleaveland, was born in Pomfret, November 28, 1756, died at Canton, New York, March 7, 1827. He lived in Tolland, Suffield and Wethersfield, Connecticut, removing in 1798 to Winchester, Massachusetts, and in 1820 to Canton, New York. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and is buried with his wife in the Brick Church cemetery in Canton, where gravestones mark their graves. He married at Windham, Connecticut, 1780, Susannah Hill, born at Windham, 1764-5, died at Canton, May 20, 1846, daughter of John and Lucia (Whiting) Hill. Children; 1. Lucia. 2. Pamelia. 3. Rebecca. 4. Susannah. 5. Henrietta. 6. Frederick, mentioned below. 7. Whiting. 8. Warren.

(VI) Frederick (2), son of Frederick (1) Cleaveland, was born at Suffield, Connecticut, April 5, 1791, died at Hartland, New York, 1866. He was a builder and general mechanic, and made the wood-work for use in making plows, and also made wooden plows. He married (first) at Canton, November 30, 1817, Cynthia Nash (see Nash V). He married a second and also a third wife. Children of first wife, born in Canton: 1. Erin, December 23, 1818. 2. Francis, August 2, 1822. 3. Mary Pamelia, September 11, 1824. 4. Martha Maria, November 17, 1826. 5. Gilbert, February 2, 1829. 6. John Hill, March 29, 1831. 7. Clarissa Lorinda, June 3, 1832. 8. Richard Henry, September 10, 1836. 9. Albert Corse, May 17, 1839. 10. Susannah, 1853.

(VII) Francis, son of Frederick (20 Cleaveland, was born August 2, 1822, died at Canton, April 25, 1880. He was educated in the public schools, and then went to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he learned the stone cutter's trade. After a time he went into business in Boston, owning a market for produce. He finally returned to Canton and shipped butter, eggs and produce to the Boston market. In politics he

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was a Republican, and he was a member of the Sons of Temperance. He married in Russell, New York, March 29, 1854, Harriet Emeline, born at Pamelia, New York, April 12, 1827, daughter of Samuel and Nancy Ellsworth. Children: 1. Frank Nash, born March 6, 1855, mentioned below. 2. Rollin Ellsworth, February 13, 1857, in the commission business; married Jennie Ryther. 3. Helen Eugenia, March 12, 1859.

(VIII) Frank Nash, son of Francis Cleaveland, was born March 6, 1855. After attending the public schools and graduating from St. Lawrence University, 1877, where he received the degree of A.B. and A.M., he began the study of law in the office of William A. Cook, of Canton, and was admitted to the bar in 1879. For two years he practiced his profession at Morristown, New York, and then opened an office in Canton, where he has since remained, making a specialty of real estate business and the searching of titles. He was deputy county clerk from 1885 to 1889. He is secretariat of the board of trustees of St. Lawrence University, and a member of Beta Theta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, Greek letter societies. He married, December 16, 1889, Sarah Abbie, born in Marietta, Ohio, daughter of Rev. Paul Raymond and Abbie (Weaver) Kendall. Her father was born in Phillipston, Massachusetts, and was first president of Lombard University in Illinois. They have one child, Dorothy Kendall, born January 30, 1891, a student at St. Lawrence University.

Sarah Abbie (Kendall) Cleaveland, wife of Frank Nash Cleaveland, is a descendant of "Mayflower" ancestry. Her grandparents were Paul Raymond and Jane (Nickerson) Kendall, of Phillipston, Massachusetts. Jane was daughter of Captain Nathan Nickerson and grand-daughter of Seth and Mary (Smith) Nickerson, grandson of Mark and Jane (Prence) Snow, great-grandson of Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow. Constance was the daughter of Stephen Hopkins, who came in the "Mayflower", and Jane Prence was daughter of Governor Thomas Prence and Mary, daughter of William Collier, of Plymouth. Elizabeth (Mayo) Nickerson, wife of Ebenezer Nickerson, was daughter of John and Hannah (Freeman) Mayo, granddaughter of John and Mercy (Prence) Freeman. Mercy was daughter of Governor Prence by his first wife, patience (Brewster), daughter of Elder William Brewster, who came in the "Mayflower". Patience Brewster came on the ship "Ann"; Governor Prence on the ship "Fortune" in 1621.

(The Nash Line),

Thomas Nash, immigrant ancestor, was born in England and came to America with his wife and five children with the party of Rev. John Davenport, sailing July 26, 1637, in the ship "Hector", or its companion ship. The Davenport party sailed from Boston again March 16, 1638, and settled in New Haven, Connecticut. There is a family tradition that Thomas Nash came from Lancaster, England. The settlers of Guilford seem to have attempted to get the New Haven blacksmith away, for he was one of the signers of the Guilford compact, June 1, 1638. But he settled at New Haven, and was admitted a freeman September 1, 1640. He was the blacksmith and goldsmith for the settlers, and the sixteen muskets owned by the town were placed in his care. He lived at what is now the corner of Court Street and Orange Temple, New Haven. He died May 12, 1658. He married Margery, daughter of Nicholas Baker, of Hertfordshire, England. Children: 1. Mary, married Roger Allen. 2. John, a captain. 3. Sarah, married Robert Talmage. 4. Sergeant Joseph, of Hartford. 5. Timothy, mentioned below.

(II) Lieutenant timothy, son of Thomas Nash, was born in England, or Leyden, Holland, 1626. He settled with his parents at new Haven, Connecticut, and he was

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there in 1645 and was admitted a freeman March 4, 1654. He learned his father's trade of gunsmith and blacksmith. He removed to Hartford, February 11, 1660-61, and three years later he joined the pioneers at Hadley, Massachusetts. His home lot there was on the west side of what is now Main Street, and was lately owned by Captain Elijah Smith. He became one of the leading citizens of old Hadley; serving on important committees and inmost of the town offices; was a lieutenant of militia; deputy to the general court, 1690-91-95. He died May 13, 1699. He married, 1637, Rebecca, daughter of Rev. Samuel Stone, of Hartford. Children; 1. Rebecca. 2. Samuel. 3. Thomas. 4. Joseph. 5. Timothy. 6. John. 7. Samuel. 8. Hope. 9. Ebenezer. 10. Daniel, mentioned below. 11. Ephraim. 12. Mary.

(III) Daniel, son of Lieutenant Timothy Nash, was born in 1676, in Hadley, or some town where the family was taking refuge from the Indians. He followed his father's trade of blacksmith. His house and shop were on what is now the corner of Bridge and Market Streets, near the Episcopal Church in Northampton. The old house was, at last accounts, still standing. In 1726 he sold his property and settled in the south precinct of Hadley, later removed to the upper Housatonic, now Great Barrington, 1739, and there probably lived the remainder of his days. He was deacon of the Great Barrington Church, having joined it April 26, 1746. He died there, March 10, 1760 (gravestone). He married June 11, 1710, Experience Clark, of Northampton. Children; 1. Sylvanus. 2. Zerviah. 3. Daniel, mentioned below. 4. Experience. 5. Joseph. 6. Onesimus. 7. Jonathan. 8. Rebecca. 9. Josiah. 10. Phineas. .

(IV) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (1) Nash, was born in Northampton, September 13, 1715. He removed to Great Barrington with the family and settled in that part of Deerfield now Greenfield, about the tome of his marriage. He was chosen on the first board of selectmen of Greenfield, July 3, 1753, and also on the committee to supply preaching for the first year; was selectman again in 1758, and afterward; representative to the provincial congress in 1774, convened at Salem, October 7, 1775, and on the committee of safety and correspondence. He was a very corpulent man. The story is told that he was one of the three captors of a counterfeiter during the Revolution, when the patriots were impoverished by British counterfeits of their paper money, but as the jail was full of Tories the judge had to sentence the criminal to a whipping. The other two were easy with their stripes, but Nash laid on heavily, breaking the wretch's skin at every stroke. That counterfeiter was never again seen in Greenfield. Nash's home was first at the centre of Greenfield, later at South Meadows, and the house at last accounts was still standing, about three-quarters of a mile from Nash's mill, on the west side of the road. He married (first) 1741, Abigail Stearns, who died November 26, 1749. He married (second) 1750, Martha Wells. He died July 1, 1790. Children of first wife: 1. Daniel. 2. Experience. 3. Sylvanus. 4. Abigail. Children of second wife: 5. Onesimus, died young. 6. Onesimus. 7. Tubal, mentioned below. 8. Simeon. 9. Joseph. 10. Zenas. 11. Quartus. 12. Joseph. 13. Martha.

(V( Tubal, son of Daniel (20 Nash, was born in Greenfield, October 31, 1754. He was an officer on the government's side during Shay's Rebellion. He was a respectable and worthy citizen. Late in life, with most of his family, he removed to Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York, where he died October 20, 1816. He married, September 17, 1778, Mary Corse, born January 15, 1756, died at Canton, January 30, 1839. Children; 1. Calvin, born June 16, 1779; settled in Canton. 2. Onesimus, December 17, 1780; settled in Greenfield. 3. Martha, August 17, 1782, died December 18, 1789. 4. Mary, August 28, 1784. 5. Robert, February 28, 1786; died June 22 following. 6. Robert, November 23, 1787. 7. Martha, April 24, 1790. 8. Harriet, December 13,

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1791. 9. Richard, February 6, 1794. 10. Cynthia, July 12, 1790; married Frederick Cleaveland. (See Cleaveland VI). 11. Thankful, January 10, 1799.

MANLEY. William Manley, immigrant ancestor was probably of Scotch ancestry. His family belonged to the old Presbyterian Church in Boston and his children were married by Ralph Manley, minister of Boston. A Ralph Manley, according to Savage, came with Governor Winthrop to Boston and died at Charleston, September 16, 1630, but we find no trace of his family, if he had any. Yet the Manley family appears to have located in Boston and Charlestown a generation later. There was another William Manley at Weymouth, Massachusetts, whose son William settled at Easton. William, of Boston, married Phebe -----------, perhaps second. He was admitted a freeman of Boston in 1690. Children: 1. William, who died in 1732 in Boston, leaving a will from which the writer has been able to trace the genealogy of the family; mentions his wife Sarah as if she were not his first; William married at Boston, January 16, 1722, Sarah Daniels. (A William married, December 19, 1720, at Boston, Mary Tolman, of Dorchester); bequeathed to poor of the new South Brick Church; to John Cranston, son of Lydia Cranston; "to his brother Lazarus of Coventry, Connecticut, and son William of Wethersfield to be equally divided all his real and personal estate"; to cousin Elizabeth Haley, wife of William Haley (sic) of Sudbury, cooper. (Vol. 30, 0. 31). 2. Lazarus, mentioned below. 3. John (?), married at Boston, August 16, 1716, Elizabeth Barber. 4. Thomas, (?), married at Dorchester, January 16, 1725-36, Elizabeth Hixson. 5. Phebe, born September 1, 1685, died young. 6. Phebe, born at Boston, November 29, 1687, married in the Presbyterian Church, Boston, April 27, 1710, Joseph Fosdick, of Charleston, who was a witness to the will of William Manley, Jr. 7. Mary, born September 11, 1689, died September 22, following.

(II) Lazarus, son of William Manley, was born probably at Boston about 1675. He lived at Charleston and Boston. Married at Charleston, February 26, 1700-01, Sarah Hartshorn. He was a millwright by trade. He was an early settler at Coventry, Connecticut, and was living there at the time his brother's will was made in 1732. Children: 1. William, born January 30, 1703-04, mentioned below. 2. Lazarus, born at Boston, March 17, 1705; settled at Coventry; married, October 3, 1740, Hannah Clark. 3. George, of Coventry, married, November 8, 1733, Elizabeth Turner. (See p. 39 Boston Records; also Coventry records). Other children are mentioned, not by name, however, in the will of William Manley, mentioned above.

(III) William (2), son of Lazarus Manley, was born in Boston, January 30, 1703-04. He settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and married at Charlestown, May 25, 1727, Mary Carter, died at Windsor, in June, 1786. He was admitted to the Charlestown Church, July 18, 1725. He was called deacon in the records. About 1730 he went to Connecticut. He went to Windsor and was admitted to the church, March 3, 1744-45. He died at Windsor, November 11, 1788. Children: 1. Mary, born March 29, 1729, at Charlestown. 2. William, Wethersfield, March 14, 1730; married, October 9, 1752, Mary Burr. 3. Margaret, November 26, 1732. 4. George, December 25, 1735; mentioned below. 5. Ebenezer, November 5, 1737.

(IV) George, son of William (2) Manley, was born in Windsor, December 25, 1735. He went to Windsor with his father. He and his brother William were of Simsbury, Connecticut, in 1756, when William Manley, called of No. 3 (Sandisfield, Massachusetts) in the deed received a deed from Elisha Kilborn of "Number 3" for land at Sandisfield, eighty acres in the first division, lot 28; thirty-five acres in lot 29. George

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Manley witnessed this deed at Simsbury, April 27, 1756, and doubtless lived there. William Manley may have been the father, rather than the brother, however. William bought of Josiah Jones for two hundred and fifty pounds, April 4, 1765, lots 62, 67 and 69 and other land in Sandisfield. These deeds were the key to the discovery of the Manley ancestry. George Manley married at Windsor, October 9, 1752, Mary Burr. The Manleys flourished in Sandisfield. In 1790 George had a family of eight according to the federal census. Two sons were over sixteen, two under that age and a number of them were married. William had three over sixteen in his family and four females. The sons of John and George married and heads of families in 1790 were: John, William, Luther, Flavel and Daniel.

(V) Rev. George (2), son of George (1) Manley, was born at Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, about 1775.

(VI) Rev. George (3) Manley, son or nephew of George (2) Manley, was born in Sandisfield, about 1800. He was a clergyman. He married Esther Smith, born in Berkshire County, probably at Sandisfield, died at De Kalb, New York, July 13, 1837. They went from Massachusetts to Brick Chapel, New York, then settled at De Kalb. He died less than two months before his wife, May 17, 1837. Children: 1. Allen Smith. 2. Rev. Elizur N. 3. Frutilla. 4. Gilbert B., mentioned below. 5. Harriet.

(VII) Gilbert B., son of Rev. George (3) Manley, was born at Johnstown, Fulton County, New York, December 1, 1829, died in Canton, New York, July 28, 1900. Both parents died when he was only seven years old and he was adopted by Moses Huntley, of Potsdam. He attended the public schools and fitted for college at the old St. Lawrence Academy. He entered Williams College in 1853 and was graduated in the class of 1857. President Garfield was a classmate. During the next sixteen years he taught school in various towns in this section of the state. In 1873 he bought the St. Lawrence Plaindealer, a newspaper of Canton, New York, of Colonel S. B. Remington, and conducted it until the time of his death, in 1900. He was an able writer and made his paper one of the most influential and important in this section of the state. In politics he was a Republican, and he was for many years a leader in his party. He was a prominent member for many years president of the board of trustees and an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Canton. He married, in 1856, Martha L., born in Massena, New York, daughter of Ephraim Hyde, a native of Monson, Massachusetts, and Harriet (Green) Hyde, a native of Mount Holly, Vermont. Children: 1. Ada L., born September 2, 1857; married Rollin E. Summer, of Potsdam, publisher of the St. Lawrence Herald; child Ruth Summer. 2. Williston, April 15, 1861; mentioned below. 3. Mark, September 8, 1868; a physician in Brooklyn, New York.

(VIII) Williston, son of Gilbert B. Manley, was born in Northampton, April 15, 1864. He attended the public schools of Canton and entered St. Lawrence University of that town, graduating in the class of 1888. He began newspaper work in his youth on his father's paper, and after graduation was associated with his father in the management of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer and of the printing business connected with the publication of the newspaper. Since 1900 he has been the owner and editor of the Plaindealer and has maintained its standing and prestige. He is a Republican in politics. He is secretary and treasurer of the Alumni Association of St. Lawrence University. He is a member of the St. Lawrence Lodge, No. 111, Free and Accepted Masons, of Canton; of St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons, of Canton; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knights Templar, of Canton. He is a member also of the Canton Lodge of Odd Fellows, and the Beta theta Pi College fraternity, of which he was district chief for twelve years after graduation.

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He married, in 1891, Mary Louise, daughter of Rev. Dr. Isaac M. and Alymra C. (Church) Atwood. Her mother was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. Dr. Atwood was president of the Theological School of St. Lawrence University, at Canton, and is now general secretary of the Universalist denomination in the United States, with headquarters at Rochester, New York. Children, born at Canton: 1. Elaine, May 22, 1892. 2. Atwood, October 31, 1893.

SANFORD. The Sanford family of England and America is descended from Thomas de Sanford, a Norman follower of William the Conqueror. His name appears in the Battle Abbey Roll. He held the manors of Sandford and Rothal and the former manor is still in the possession of descendants. Coat-of-arms: Quarterly first and fourth per chevron sable and ermine in chief two boar's heads couped close or, second and third quarterly or fease indented azure and ermine. Crest: A falcon with wings endorsed preying on a partridge proper. Motto: Nee Temer Nee Timide.

(I) Thomas Sanford, American immigrant, was probably the son of Anthony and Joan Sanford, of Stratford, England, grandson of Raul of Stow, Gloucestershire. He was born in England about 1610, died in October, 1681. He married (first) Dorothy Meadows, daughter of Henry of Stow. He came to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1631; was in Dorchester in 1634 and in Milford in 1639. He married (second) Sarah -----------, who died in 1681. He left an estate of four hundred and fifty pounds. Children: q. Ezekiel, born 1635. 2. Sarah, 1637. 3. Mary, January 16, 1641. 4. Samuel, April 30, 1643. 5. Thomas, December, 1644. 6. Ephraim, May 17, 1646. 7. Elizabeth, August 27, 1648; married, October 21, 1669, Obadiah Allyn.

(II) Ephraim, son of Thomas Sanford, was born May 17, 1646. He settled at Milford, Connecticut, and died there. He was a witness to the will of Benjamin Fenn, of Dorchester, and Milford, in 1672. He married, in 1669, at New Haven, Mary, daughter of Thomas Powell. His estate was divided by the court, November 16, 1692, among the children and widow. Children; 1. Samuel. 2. Ephraim. 3. Thomas. 4. Nathaniel. 5. Zechariah.

(III) Samuel, son of Ephraim Sanford, was born at Milford, about 1675. He had a son Joseph, mentioned below.

(IV) Joseph, son of Samuel Sanford, was born about 1710. He settled in Litchfield, Connecticut, and married Mary Clark. Children, born in Litchfield: 1. Hannah, 1729; married Ephraim Harrison. 2. Oliver, August 22, 1732. 3. Jonah, August 1, 1735, mentioned below. 4. Mary, October 4, 1739. 5. Joseph, Jr., July 28, 1745.

(V) Jonah, son of Joseph Sanford, was born in Litchfield, now Morris, August 1, 1735, died January 21, 1817, at an advanced age. He served in the Revolution in Captain Jesse Curtis' company, Colonel Hooker's Regiment, Wolcott's Brigade, at Barracks No. 3, Peekskill, and was also commissioned an ensign. He married, December 7, 1757, Rhoda Woodruff, who died July 11, 1809. Children, born at Litchfield: 1. Joseph 2d., April, 1758. 2. Benjamin, 1761, mentioned below. 3. Clark, July 10, 1764. 4. Rhoda Pamelia, April 27, 1768. 5. Jonah, January 27, 1773, died August 28, 1906. 6. Simeon, May 6, 1775.

(VI) Benjamin, son of Jonah Sanford, was born in Litchfield, June 4, 1761. He removed to Cornwall, Vermont, in 1785, and died there July 1, 1833. He was a farmer and a man of position and good standing. He was a member of the Legislature in 1805-06-21-23-26. He was justice of the peace for many years. He married Sarah Marsh, of Litchfield, who died February 28, 1818, aged fifty-two. Children: 1. Orman, died March 3, 1790. 2. Daniel. 3. Pamelia, married Edmond Hill. 4. Ozias. 5. John, inherited the homestead.

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6. Benjamin, settled in Hopkinton. 7. Sarah Ann, died March, 1808. 8. Mary Ann. 9. Josephus, died 1813. 10. Julia. 11. Betsy. 12. Jonah, mentioned below.

(VII) Colonel Jonah (2), son of Benjamin Sanford, was born at Cornwall, Vermont, December 31, 1790. He attended the district school when young. Afterward he went to Hopkinton, New York, and cleared a piece of forest land for a farm. He settled there permanently in 1815. During the War of 1812 he enlisted and served a short time in the Army of the Vergennes, and was also a volunteer in the battle of Plattsburgh, September 11, 1814. In 1818 he was appointed justice of the peace, and held the position for twenty-two years, almost without a break. He took up the study of law, and became one of the ablest practitioners in the county. He was a born debater, logical in reasoning, combative and fearless, and a tireless fighter. He was supervisor of the town from 1823 to 1826, and held other minor offices. In 1827 he was appointed commissioner to lay our the Port Kent road through fifty miles of wilderness. He was a member of the assembly in 1829-30, and a member of the second session of the twenty-first congress from December, 1830, to March, 1831, to fill an unexpired term of Silas Wright. He was active in the state militia, and in 1827 was commissioned captain of a volunteer company of cavalry. In 1828-29 he was lieutenant-colonel, and the two following years colonel. In 1832-33 he was brigadier-general of the state militia. In 1831 he was appointed judge of the court of common pleas, holding that position six years. In 1846 he was a member of the state convention to revise the state constitution. He was an active Democrat until 1856, when he became a loyal Republican, on account of the slavery issue. In 1861 he set out to raise a regiment for the Civil War, and in December had achieved his object, and the regiment went to Potsdam for drill. Colonel Sanford went to the front in February, 1862, at the head of his regiment. he accompanied the regiment to the banks of the James River, where his advanced age, seventy-two years, and ill health compelled him to return home.

He married (first) march 14, 1811, Abigail, born January 20, 1793, died December 15, 1842, daughter of Rev. Henry Greene, of Cornwall. He married (second) September 22, 1845, Harriet E. Barney, born December 2, 1812, died February 9, 1898. Children of first wife: 1. . Ozias, born September 18, 1812. 2. Calista, July 3, 1814. 3. Henry B., July 22, 1816. 4. Pamelia, July 2, 1819. 5. Jonah, October 24, 1821, mentioned below. 6. Abigail, February 11, 1823. 7. Cordelia, June 29, 1825. 8. Silas W., February 11, 1829. 9. Celestia B., March 29, 1813. 10. Rollin O., November 29, 1837. By second wife: 11. Simeon H., April 3, 1847. 12. Harriet Barney, March 4, 1850. 13. Twin son, 1853, died young. 14. Twin daughter, died young.

(VIII) Hon, Jonah (30, son of Judge Jonah (20 Sanford, was born October 24, 1821, died October 19, 1886, in Hopkinton, New York. He had charge of his father's farm until 1849 when he bought a small farm which was later owned by Thomas Conlin. In 1833 they moved to the farm west of his father's where he lived the remainder of his life. From about 1863 to 1872 he carried on a potato starch factory with much success. He was justice in 1853; assistant assessor of internal revenue from 1862 to 1872; supervisor 1869 to 1873; member of assembly 1874-74; supervisor 1876 to 1885; chairman of the board for the years 1878-79. In the latter year he

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was presented with a gold-mounted cane by the members of the board. He was very fond of athletic sports, and, though he was ill with diabetes for the last seven years of his life, he would wrestle with nay man, and was never thrown. He was full of fun and had a ready wit, which he enjoyed using as often as an occasion presented itself. His success in business was unusually uniform, and his judgment in business ventures was almost unerring. He married, February 17, 1847, Clarinda Risdon, born June 23, 1822, died October 19, 1893. Children; 1. Carlton Elisha, December 31, 1847. 2. Silas Harmon, March 9, 1849. 3. Alice Clarinda, May 15, 1852. 4. Herbert Jonah, mentioned below.

(IX) Herbert Jonah, son of Hon. Jonah (3) Sanford, was born April 1, 1861, in Hopkinton, New York. He was educated in the public schools of that town and at Lawrenceville Academy. From 1883 to 1886 he was engaged with several partners in the lumber business at Parishville, New York, under the firm of Clark, Sanford & Company. He was a general manager at Parishville from 1886 to 1903, when he bought the coal, feed, and grain business of L. J. Robinson, of Potsdam Clothing Manufacturing Company. He is an active member and trustee of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican; in 1910 was elected trustee of Potsdam village.

Mr. Sanford married, June 28, 1882, Bertha Olivia, born March 21, 1862, daughter of Varick and charlotte Chittenden. Children; 1. Son, born July 15, 1884, died September 6, 1884. 2. Alice Edna, December 23, 1887. 3. Floyd H., January 5, 1891, died October 6, 1891. 4. Varick Risdon, February 2, 1898.


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