Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 287-296

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
Editorial Supervisor

Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam

 

BURDICK. The Burdick family settled early in Rhode Island. Thence a few generations later several of them moved to New York. In Pawling, Dutchess County, in 1790, Robert, Lewis, Samuel, Mathew, and Amos were heads of families. In Albany in 1790, according to the first federal census, Samuel A., Robert and Mathew, were heads of families. Jonathan Burdick, born 1774, came from Rhode Island to Albany a little later.

(I) Calvin Burdick, of this Rhode Island family, was born in March, 1805, in Columbia County, New York, a son of Matthew and Hannah (Caswell) Burdick. He married Katherine, daughter of John and Margarette (Rowe) Silvernail. She was born January 12, 1807, in Minden, New York, died March 13, 1882. Conradt Silvernail, father of John, had nine children, all of whom lived to be over eighty years of age, furnishing one of the most remarkable cases of longevity in a large family. Calvin Burdick was educated in the common schools and took up farming for his occupation at Tauconic, Columbia County. He was enterprising and progressive, taking advantage of new methods and appliances and always keeping abreast of the times. He came to Lewis County in early life and purchased a farm in the town of Greig, where he spent the remainder of his life and where he died, surrounded by his children, after a long and useful career. October 15, 1875. Children: 1. Hannah Margaret, born November 27, 1826; married Nathan Burdick; died January 28, 1856. 2. Stephen, mentioned below. 3. James, July 19, 1830. 4. Catherine, December 26, 1832; married Frederick Hess; died April 15, 1899. 5. Calvin, January 15, 1835, died April 25, 1890; married Almira Lonas. 6. Mary Elida, February 28, 1838; married Henry L. Beals. 7. Alonzo, February 20, 1840, died March 11, 1892; married Martha Mills. 8. Russell, November 20, 1841; married Ann Dominick. 9. Caswell, July 24, 1843; married Lavina Cole. 10. Delilah, March 25, 1845, died March 25, 1848. 11. Clarke Nelson, September 1, 1848. 12. Lafayette, July 28, 1853; married Abby Wormwood. One other child died young.

(II) Stephen, son of Calvin and Katherine (Silvernail) Burdick was born September 25, 1828, at Tauconic, Columbia County. He attended the public schools, and during his boyhood worked with his father at farming on the homestead. After he came of age he took up a tract of land in Grieg and cleared it. In the course of his work he was associated with a carpenter, from whom he acquired the trade and eventually adopted the trade of millwright. He had charge of the repair work in Pratt's tannery at Grieg, and occasionally his duties called for courage and nerve as well as skill. Once, a fellow-workman, Fayette Harris, was accidentally drawn into the great water wheel and literally torn to pieces. Unassisted by his fellow-workmen, who were made sick and helpless by the sight, Mr. Burdick took the remains from the wheel and remained at his post until they were removed. After the tannery changed hands. Mr. Burdick resigned and returned to his farm, which he has conducted since then with notable success. In politics he is a Republican and he has held various offices of trust and honor in the town.

He married (first) October 27, 1849, Margaret Lonas, of Greig, born August 18, 1827, died March 27, 1890, daughter of Adam Lonas. He married (second) April 29, 1891, Mrs. Charlotte (Ostrander) Burdick, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (smith) Ostrander, and widow of James Forbes Burdick. Philip and Elizabeth Ostrander had eleven children four of whom are living in 1910, namely: Senator J. Ostrander, born October 22, 1836; married Maria Foland and resides at Clemons, New York; Cynthia Ostrander, born august 3, 1838, married Solon C. Stocking, and lives

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at Jordan, New York; Charlotte Ostrander, mentioned above; Francis Burdette Ostrander, married Rosalie Eaton. Jacob Ostrander, father of Philip, was married to Elizabeth Foland, June 1, 1804. Philip Ostrander was born June 10, 1806, in Columbia County, New York; was a contractor on public works, and among other large contracts had that for building the aqueduct across the Seneca River at Montezuma, also short sections of the Black River and Erie Canals. Mr. Ostrander lost his life by the explosion of a steam boiler while engaged in hauling earth for the banks of a canal he was building. Elizabeth Smith was the daughter of Isaac and Audra (Condon) Smith, pioneers of Madison county, New York, coming from Vermont in an ox-cart, after the fashion of the early settles, and locating on the banks of Oneida Creek, at a time when the Indians were still infesting the country and jeopardizing the lives and property of the settlers. Children of Stephen and Margaret (Lonas) Burdick: 1. Sarah Jane, born September 5, 1850; married, November 11, 1860, Frank Wormwood, resides at Greig. 2. Emma A., April 27, 1853; married, September 13, 1874, Cyrus Peebles. 3. Lyman, October 25, 1855; married May Wilder; resides at Watson, New York. 4. Franklin, October 17, 1857, died February 3, 1862. 5. Kate May, September 16, 1865; married, January 26, 1887, Frank A. Miller. 6. Arthur S., May 11, 1867; married, June 16, 1907, Pearl Stiles.

TATE. This surname is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon personal name, Tate. The Tait family may have had the same origin. As early as the eleventh century Tait was in use as a personal name in Norway. The coat-of-arms of the Tate family was derived from Sir John Tate, Lord Mayor of London in 1496, younger brother of Sir Robert Tate, Lord Mayor of London in 1488, and are described: an arm embowed and couped at the shoulder vested per pale gules and or, holding in the hand proper a pine branch of the second. Motto: Thincke and Thanke, (Burke), This is the only recognized Tate coat-of-arms. Several families spelling the name Tait also have armorials, however.

(I) Robert Tate purchased the family seat called Bank House, of the Duke of Northumberland, and the family has since resided there. He was at one time secretary to Lord Percy. The estate descended to his son, John, mentioned below.

(II) John, son of Robert Tate, was born about 1760, at Allenwick, Northumberland county, England, and inherited the man house call Bank House. He lived and died there. The estate would have been inherited by his son Robert had he not chosen to make his home in the United States. Instead, however, it passed down to another son.

(III) Robert (2), son of John Tate, was born at Bank House, Allenwick, Northumberland, December 28, 1785, and died June 21, 1855, at Waddington, New York. He came to this country with his family in 1818 and proceeded up the St. Lawrence River in boats drawn by oxen, after the primitive fashion of the pioneer days. He located at Madrid, New York, and immediately began to survey the surrounding country into township sites. As a youth he was midshipman in the British Navy, but resigned to adopt the profession of civil engineering, which he followed in England, and afterward in this country. In 1828 he made a survey of St. Lawrence County, New York, and drew the first map. He also made the first actual survey of the valley of Ogdensburg, New York. He was much employed as a surveyor in Waddington and vicinity. He married Eleanor Ord, born at Waddington, December 4, 1792, died at Waddington, April 14, 1839. Children: 1. Margarite, born in England. 2. John W., born in England. 3. Thomas Bell, mentioned below. 4. Ellen, born in Ogdensburg, New York.

(IV) Thomas Bell, son of Robert (2)

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Tate, was born in Allenwick, county Northumberland, August 21, 1814, and died August, 1804. He attended the public schools, and was especially proficient in mathematics. When he was only ten years old he began to assist his father in surveying, carrying the chain, and quickly acquired a knowledge of the profession. He helped his father make the survey of Ogdensburg, in 1823, and lived to see the wilderness transformed into a flourishing city. he bought an interest in an iron mine at Hermon, New York, when a young man, and for eight years devoted himself chiefly to the manufacture of iron there. He continued to practice the profession of civil engineer, however, and rose to high rank as a railroad engineer. He had charge of surveying and building the first line of railroad through Canada, called the St. Lawrence and Lake Huron Railroad. In 1854 he had charge of the construction of the Brighton Railroad, now a branch of the Grand Trunk Railroad. He was chief engineer of the railroad from Potsdam Junction to Potsdam, and also of the Morristown branch. He was distinguished also in military life. He entered the National Guard of the State of New York and served six years. In 1834 he raised a uniformed light infantry company and was elected captain, receiving his appointment and commission from Governor W. L. Marcy. He was major of his regiment one year and lieutenant-colonel two years in the One Hundred and Fifty-third New York Regiment. His commissions were signed by Governor Seward. There is still preserved his sword with a bit of moldering crepe attached which he carried at the time of President William Henry Harrison's death. He was president of a court martial of the One Hundred and fifty-third when he was but twenty-one years old. Colonel Tate's long life was crowded full of useful achievements and public service. He takes a high rank among the builders of the commonwealth in this section. As citizen, soldier, engineer, manufacturer, he performed his tasks and fulfilled his duties with zeal and ability. His sterling integrity and strong character won for him the esteem and admiration of all who knew him. Perhaps no man in the country in his generation developed greater traits and accomplished more in the various lines of activity in which he was prominent.

He married, June 13, 1855, Adeline Hull, born March 1, 1829, died July 16, 1872, daughter of Charles and Jane (Frasier) Hull, of Ogdensburg. He married (second), December 8, 1886, Sarah E. Flagg, who died in July, 1904. Children: 1. Ellen N., born May, 1858; married W. t. Easton, attorney at Leamington, Ontario; children: i. Tate, ii. Cathleen, iii. Helen Easton. 2. George Alfred, mentioned below.

(V) George Alfred, son of Thomas Bell Tate, was born in Ogdensburg, New York, August 17, 1856. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and studied civil, mechanical and steam engineering, and learned much from association with his father, who he assisted in his surveying. He helped to make the survey for the Utica Railroad and also of the Ogdensburg & Morristown Railroad. For the past fifteen years he has devoted himself chiefly to municipal engineering, and for the past ten years has fixed all the grades for streets, sidewalks and sewers in Ogdensburg. In politics he is Democrat, in religion Episcopalian. He is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees.

He married, January 24, 1793, Bertha Eugenia Sterling, born July 21, 1874, daughter of John M. Sterling, of Ogdensburg. Children; 1. Ellen A., born July 14, 1895. 2. Bertha Eugenie, March 15, 1898. 3. George Sterling, September 16, 1906. 4. Marion, July 20, 1909.

SNELL. Most of the colonial families of the name of Snell, and probably all of them, are descended from John Snell, who came from England to Weymouth, Massachusetts. He

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was a shipwright in Boston. His wife Philippa died there, and he married Hannah, daughter of James Smith, of Weymouth. He died November 27, 1668, leaving a will in which he bequeaths to wife Hannah and four children; son, John to be brought up by his father-in-law, James Smith, and mother-in-law (parents of Snell's second wife) Jane Smith; Susanna and youngest daughter Jane by wife; Hannah by his master and Mrs. Timothy Prout, Sen., money to be sent to his brother, Symon Snell, of London, England. Children: 1. Susanna, born June 21, 1650. 2. Anna, January 2, 1661. 3. John, October 9, 1663. 4. Philippa, October 10, 1663. 5. Simon, August 22, 1667. Descendants have been numerous in Weymouth, Bridgewater and vicinity, in Ware and North Brookfield, Massachusetts.

The relationship of the Mohawk Valley Snells has not been established on account of the deficiencies of records. It is known that the Snell family came before the Revolution and had a grant of three thousand acres of land near what is now Little Falls, then Tryon County, now Herkimer County, in the Mohawk Valley. Five generations have lived on this original grant and the name is still common in that section. The family was numbers in John, Jr., John F., John J., John P., Nicholas, peter, Selfrinus, Thomas Jacob, Nicholas and Jacob were heads of families in 1790, and also John, John J. and John S. Snell, all of Palatine town, or Otsego, New York. the names indicate that the family had Dutch blood in its veins, perhaps by intermarriage with the Palatines of the Mohawk Valley. According to the family tradition there were nine brothers among the ancestors from Snell Bush under General Herkimer at the battle of Oriskany in the Revolution. The record appears to corroborate the tradition, though the exact names of these soldiers are not known.

(I) John Snell, probably son of John Snell, and grandson of one of the first settlers at Snell Bush, Little Falls, New York, was born at Snell Bush in 1796. He came to Lewis County with his parents when he was a young man. He was educated in the common schools, and then devoted his life mainly to farming. He was at one time captain of a company in the state militia. After his marriage he settled on a farm in Denmark, New York, cleared the same and erected a house and barns. He married Margaret Goutermont. Children: 1. Silas, born 1830. 2. Mary, 1832, died in 1876. 3. Eva, 1836, died 1859. 4. Philena, 1838, died February 26, 1842. 5. Enos, mentioned below. 6. Philip, 1843, died 1892.

(II) Enos, son of John Snell, was born January 21, 1841, at Denmark, New York, and was educated there in the public schools. He was employed on neighboring farms when a young man. Soon after he came of age, he enlisted in company A, One Hundred and Eighty-sixth Regiment, New York volunteers, and served to the end of the Civil War. Then he purchased a farm at Harrisburg, New York, and conducted it for a time. He sold it and bought another at Lowville; this farm is located on the East road, overlooking the Black River Valley. He conducted this farm for many years and prospered. Having earned a period of rest and leisure by a long and laborious life, he retired a few years ago to a pleasant home in Castorland village, where he now lives. In politics he is a Republican; in religion a member of the Baptist Church.

He married, at Copenhagen, New York, Mary V., daughter of Elisha and Lucia (Watson) Carter. Elisha and Lucia Carter had children: 1. Lucius Carter, born September, 1839. 2. Harrison Carter, August, 1841. 3. Mary V. Carter, June 9, 1843. 4. Madison Carter, March, 1848. 5. Irena Carter, April, 1850. 6. Eva D. Carter, August, 1859. 7. Emma C. Carter, January, 1862. 8., Olive J.

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Carter, December, 1860. Enos and Mary V. Snell had one child, Eva, born October 4, 1870, died April 18, 1909; married, December 9, 1896, Ernest Buxton; children: 1. W. Stewart Buxton, born February 9, 1808. 2. Jesse Ernest Buxton, September 15, 1899. 3. Edith Ardell Buxton, July 13, 1902.

Madison Carter, third son of Elisha and Lucia Carter, married, March 26, 1878, Cora Connelly; children i. Clarence I., born February 9, 1879, married Ada Joy Nelson, born July , 1881, ii. Ada E., September 17, 1883. Eva D. Carter, third daughter of Elisha and Lucia Carter, married Chauncey Wilcox, at Lowville, March 24, 1886, children: i. Ethyel Wilcox, born January 17, 1887, ii. De Vene Wilcox, December 13, 1891, died September 22, 1892, iii. Roscoe J. Wilcox, April 2, 1894. Emma C. Carter, fourth daughter of Elisha and Lucia Carter, married John b. Schantz, February 29, 1888, at Lowville, New York: children: i. Clinton H. Schantz, born April 30, 1889, ii. Mildred M. Schantz, April 15, 1892, iii. Marion R. Schantz, January 18, 1900.

NORTHAM. Samuel Northam, the first of the family of the branch here under consideration, emigrated from England in 1708, settling in the town of Colchester, Connecticut, where he was respected and esteemed for his many excellent qualities. He married, and was the father of three sons, namely: John, Jonathan and Charles.

(II) Jonathan, son of Samuel Northam, was born in the town of Colchester, Connecticut, June 8, 1725, died May 8, 1807. He married, March 31, 1754, Anna Williams, who died October 15, 1826, aged ninety-two years. Children: 1. Samuel, born January 25, 1755, died May 2, 1834. 2. Jonathan, April 10, 1756, died February 5, 1840. 3. Eunice, September 25, 1757, died October 25, 1831. 4. Anna, June 15, 1759, died September 15, 1831. 5. Russell, February 15, 1761, died November 9, 1778. 6. Louis, February 7, 1763, died July 30, 1830. 7. Lucy, October 31, 1746, died July 26, 1851. 8. Asa, October 27, 1766, died November 6, 1855. 9. Charles, July 18, 1768, died March 8, 1852. 10. Eli, June 2, 1770, died August 31, 1857. 11. Polly, August 9, 1772, died July 10, 1833. 12. Dolly, February 19, 1775, died May 8, 1817. 13. Dudley, March 5, 1777, died November 4, 1778.

(III) Samuel, eldest son of Jonathan and Anna (Williams) Northam, was born Janaury 25, 1755, died May 2, 1834. He settled in Leyden, Lewis County, New York, in 1807, removing thence from Haddam, Connecticut, with an ox team drawing a cart, whereon was all the household goods, the family usually walking; the trip at that time requiring about six weeks to make it. He settled on a farm there, which was nearly all woodland at that time. With the assistance of his sons he cleared off a considerable portion of the farm, cultivating and managing it as long as he was able to work. He was twenty years of age when the Revolutionary War commenced; he participated as a private for several years, but there is no record of the battles he took part in; the stories of that struggle related to his children and grandchildren were full of incidents of the terrible scenes he passed through during those days of army life. He married, about 1780, Hannah Clark, who died December 23, 1823, at the age of eighty. After her death he lived with his son Samuel on the old farm till his death, which occurred May 2, 1834, aged seventy-nine years. Children: 1. Russell. 2. Sally. 3 Dudley. 4. Erastus. 5. Samuel.

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) and Hannah (Clark) Northam, was born In Haddam, Connecticut, February 19, 1789, died in Leyden, New York, April 30, 1873. He acquired in the common schools of that day an education which enabled him to become a teacher, in which capacity he served for several years, during the winter season and conducted the farm during the summer months, acquiring thereby a comfortable

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competence. For a year or more he was a soldier in the War of 1812, stationed at Sacketts Harbor, and was there at the time of the building of the warship "New Orleans", which, though unfinished, remained at its stocks at Sacketts Harbor for many years, a souvenir of the War of 1812. On February 23, 1820, De Witt Clinton, then governor of the state of New York, issued a certificate of appointment, in which the following words occur: "We, reposing especial trust and confidence, as well in your patriotism, conduct and loyalty, as in your faithful service, have appointed and constituted, and by these presents do appoint and constitute you, the said Samuel Northam, Jun., captain of a company in the 46th regiment of infantry of our said state." After describing manner of procedure the certificate was signed by De Witt Clinton, Governor and Joseph C. Yates, Secretary. Mr. Northam was frequently elected to town office, the most important one being supervisor of his town, and he performed his duties to the satisfaction of his constituents. He was admirably adapted to settling disputes between neighbors, a position which he was frequently called to fill, and the outcome of which was generally satisfactory. He married, in 1811, Melynda Bailey, whose family emigrated from Middletown, Connecticut. she was a daughter of Abijah Bailey, born 1756, and Hannah, his wife, born 1761, and they were the parents of ten children, as follows: 1. Elias, born 1787. 2. Cyrus, 1789, died 1795. 3. Melynda, 1791. 4. Comfort, 1793. 5. Halsey, 1795. 6. Lucretia, 1797. 7. Roxana, 1709. 8. Cyrus, 1801. 9. & 10. Edwin and Edward, twins, 1805. Children of Samuel and Melynda (Bailey) Northam: 1. Fidelia, born August 5, 1812, died May 12, 1889. 2. Newton E., December 30, 1816, died Janaury 7, 1885. 3. George, November 26, 1820, died August 18, 1890. 4. Charles C., February 18, 1823, died September 12, 1893. 5. Henry C. December 23, 1826.

(V) Henry C., son of Samuel (2) and Melynda (Bailey) Northam, is the only member of the family now living (1910). His early life was spent at home, attending the public school during the summer months until ten years of age, after which he worked on a farm in summer, attending school four month in the winter. At the age of nineteen he commenced teaching in the so-called district schools, attending Lowville Academy two terms, spring and fall, for four years, teaching during the winter, and working about forty days in haying time, earning money to pay tuition and board while attending the academy. During his course of study at Lowville Academy he taught the public school at Beach's Bridge for five consecutive winters. In the spring of 1852 he went to Oceanport, near Long Branch, New Jersey, teaching the school there for four years, at the expiration of which time he returned to Port Leyden, New York, and established the Port Leyden Institute, which he conducted four years. In 1860 he was elected school commissioner for the first school commissioner district of Lewis County, which office he filled for two terms of three years each. At the close of the term of office, 1866, he was employed by the superintendent of schools or the state of New York, Hon, Victor M. Rice, to conduct teacher's institutes in several counties of the state, and for thirty consecutive years he has been engaged in the institute work, averaging from twelve to twenty weeks each, having been in all the counties of the state except four, and in many of them several times. In 1878 he published a book on civics, entitled "Northam's Civil Government of the Empire State for Schools", which became the leading book on that subject, remaining so for many years, being used in nearly all the public schools of the state. Later he published a book entitled "Helps in History", giving various plans for teaching history, which had quite a large circulation. His later years have been devoted to the revision of

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these books and keeping them before the public. More than sixty years of his life have been spent in connection with public schools, with which he is thoroughly familiar, keeping pace with all the changes that have occurred in the excellent educational system that prevails in that section.

Mr. Northam married (first) October 28, 1851, Mary Armida, daughter of Joseph and Amy Garmon, of Watson, New York. She died August 20, 1878. Married (second) April 10, 1882, Mrs. Eliza Buell, who died September 13, 1893. Married (third) October 24, 1900, Mrs. Sarah J. Bennett, who died July 30, 1901. Children of first wife: 1. Frank H., born July 8, 1854, died September 6, 1855. 2. Emma F., September 26, 1856, died Janaury 26, 1867. 3. Florence A., August 15, 1862.

(VI) Florence A., daughter of Henry C. and Mary Armida (Garmon) Northam, was born August 15, 1862. She was educated in the public schools and Lowville Academy. She has spent her entire life in Lewis county, New York. Her mother died when she was sixteen years old, and the entire charge of the home devolved upon her young shoulders, which work was satisfactorily performed by her for four years, at the same time attending school, until Mrs. Buell, whom her father afterward married, became the housekeeper. She married, April 15, 1885, John E. Haberer, who was one of the largest furniture manufacturers in northern new York, and since then has resided in Lowville. Mr. Haberer died November 23, 1908. Their children are: 1. H. Northam, born Janaury 18, 1886. 2. A. Muriel, August 18, 1887. 3. Theodore Edward, died December 5, 1898. 4. Henry Edward, died February 24, 1901.

(The Collins Line).

There were numerous immigrants bearing this name early in Massachusetts. Robert Collins, of Ipswich, and Haverhill, was a leading citizen in that locality, and Benjamin Collins, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, was probably his brother. Edward and John Collins were also early in the county, the latter settling in Boston and the former in Cambridge. Descendants of these immigrants have borne their proper share in the settlement and development of this country, especially in New England, and have been identified with religious, civil and military affairs. Among them were pioneers in this state, and one, general Oliver Collins, performed valuable service in the Revolution and the War of 1812.

(I) John Collins was located in Massachusetts Bay Colony as early as 1640, in which year he had a grant of land in Braintree, representing a family of three heads. He was an active citizen of Boston, was admitted to the church there April 4, 1646, and subscribed to the freeman's oath in that place May 6, following. He was a shoemaker and tanner by occupation. He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. He died at Boston, March 21, 1670. He had a wife, Susannah, and children: 1. John. 2. Susannah. 3. Thomas. 4. Elizabeth. The elder daughter became the wife of Thomas Walker, of Boston.

(II) John (2), elder son of John (1) and Susannah Collins, was born 1640, probably at Braintree, and died December 10, 1704, in Guilford, Connecticut. He learned his father's trade of shoemaker and tanner, and in 1603 with two of his cousins, sons of Edward Collins, of Cambridge, he removed to Middletown, Connecticut. thence he went to Saybrook, same colony, and was soon after in Branford, where he singed the new plantation covenant in December, 1669. He was in Guilford in 1682 and was appointed in that year to teach the grammar school for a trial term of one-quarter. Evidently his services were satisfactory, as he continued several years in that position. His will was proved January 1, 1705. He married (first) Mary Trowbridge, who died in 1677; married (second) June 2, 1679, Mary, daughter of John Stevens and widow

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of Henry Kingsworth; married (third) March 8, 1699, Dorcas, widow of John Taintor and daughter of Samuel Swain. She survived him and married (third) William wheeler and died in May, 1734. Children, all by first wife: 1. Mary. 2. John. 3. Robert.

(III) Robert, younger son of John (2) and Mary (Trowbridge) Collins, was born 1667, probably in Middletown, died August 20, 1745. He had a house and land at Guilford, valued at twenty-four pounds in 1690, which was probably inherited from his father. He resided in Middletown and Meriden, joining the church of the latter parish, October 22, 1729. This town was not set off from Wallingford until 1805. He married (first) June 24, 1689, Lois Bennett, of Southampton, Long Island, who died in 1704; married (second) June 3, 1707, Eunice, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Foster. Children: 1. Robert, died young. 2. Mary, died young. 3. Thomas. 4. Jonathan. 5. Eunice. 6. Lament. 7. Mary. 8. Robert. 9. Edward,

(IV) Jonathan, third son of Robert and Lois (Bennett) Collins, was born April 28, 1698, probably in Middletown, and resided in that town and in Wallingford. He married (first) May 24, 1725, Mary Whitemore, who died April 21, 1741; married (second) August 22, 1744, Agnes Lynn, who died may 31, 1765. He had a large family, the first four being children of first wife. They were: 1. Lois, died young. 2, Daniel, 3, Burnett. 4. Lois. 5. & 6. Lament and Jonathan, twins, 7. Agnes. 8. Mary. 9. Keturah, died young. 10. Jonathan. 11. Keturah. 12. Levi. 13. Martha. 14. Selden. 15. Oliver.

(V) General Oliver, youngest child of Jonathan and Agnes (Lynn) Collins, was born august 25, 1762, in that part of Wallingford which is now Meriden, and went as a youth to Southwick, Massachusetts, perhaps with his parents. There were others of his name in that town, one being a namesake who served as a Revolutionary soldier. The future general enlisted at Southwick at the age of seventeen years, in 1779, to serve ina Hampshire county regiment in the Continental Army, and appears on the pay roll from November 1, to December 31, 1779. In the description list he is said to have been five feet six inches in height and having light complexion. He also appears as matross in Captain Burbank's company, Colonel John Crane's (artillery) regiment, in same pay account. He was also a private in the Second Company of Colonel Gideon Burt's regiment, which marched to retake Samuel Ely, who had been rescued from Springfield jail, June 12, 1782, and also oppose rioters who assembled at Northampton, June 16, 1782, his service lasting seven days. He returned to Wallingford for a wife, and was married November 5, 1783, to Lois, daughter of Ebenezer Cowles, of Wallingford. She was born May 17, 1761, and died within ten years after marriage. In 1789 he settled in what is now New Hartford, Oneida County, New York, then a part of Whitestown. He was elected collector of that town at the first meeting, July 7, 1789, and was re-elected the following year. His farm was near the middle settlement of New Hartford, where he died August 14, 1838, almost seventy-six years old. Soon after his settlement in Whitestown he was elected captain of the local militia company, and he advanced by rapid promotions until he became brigadier-general. He was in company of the post at Sacketts Harbor in 1814, when a considerable number of his troops from Oneida County deserted on account of the wretched accommodations at the post. On his return to his home he called a trial of the deserters by court martial and they were sentenced to be drummed out of town with their coats turned inside out and to lose all their back pay. A large number of people assembled with the intention of preventing the execution of the sentence upon their relatives and friends. General Collins had anticipated their intentions and procured the attendance of a troop of regular soldiers from the post at Utica, and

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there was no interference with the military authorities. In politics General Collins was an unswerving Democrat. He married (second) March 31, 1793, Betsey Wyman, of Whitestown; she died in abut four years; he married (third) December 27, 1797, Malinda Pierce, of Whitestown, who lived less than a year after; he married (fourth) Janaury 20, 1790, Keturah Kellogg. Children of first wife were: 1. Ira. 2. Ela. 3. Lois. Betsey, daughter of the second wife, became the wife of John P. Converse, of Cayuga. Sarah, daughter of Oliver and Katurah, married James D. Doty, afterward a federal judge, governor and member of congress in Michigan. Eliza married George D. Ruggles, of Lowville, New York. Mary married Dr. Seth Adams of the same place. Alexander Lynn was a judge in Wisconsin. Catherine F. became the wife of Barlow Shackleford, of Green bay, Wisconsin; after his death she married General Julius White, of Chicago, Illinois.

(VI) Ela, son of General Oliver and Lois (Cowles) Collins, was born February 14, 1786, in Meriden, and was a small child when his father settled at New Hartford. He was educated at Hamilton Oneida Academy, now Hamilton College, and studied law with Thomas R. Gould, of Whitesbobo. In 1808 he settled in Lewis County, New York, and commenced the practice of his profession at Lowville. For many years he held the office of district attorney for the county, was elected a member of the assembly in 1814, and was a member of the constitutional convention of 1821. In 1822 he was elected to represent the counties of Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence in the eighteenth congress. As a lawyer Mr. Collins attained a high position, ranking among the first in Northern New York, and continued in practice until his death, which occurred November 23, 1848. He married at Lowville, July 11,m 1811, Maria, daughter of Rev. Isaac Clinton, who settled at Lowville in 1807. Of the eleven children born to this union, five grew to maturity, namely: 1. William. 2. Francis. 3. Isaac Clinton. 4. Emily and 5. Harriet. The sons settled in Cincinnati, Ohio.

(VII) Harriet, youngest child of Ela and Maria (Clinton) Collins, was born September 15, 1833, in Lowville and spent her early life there, attending the Lowville Academy several years. About 1852 she joined her brother sin Cincinnati and finished her education in Mrs. Cox's school in that city. She married, March 7, 1854, at the home of her brother there, John Williamson Herron, of Cincinnati. Children: 1. Emily Collins. 2. Jane Wills. 3. Francis, died in infancy. 4. Helen. 5. Katherine, died young. 6. Maria Clinton. 7. Agnes Lynn, died young. 8. William Collins. 9. John Williamson. 10. Eleanor Freudenburg. 11. Lucy Hayes. The mother died Janaury 25, 1901. Mr. Herron was a law partner of Isaac Collins until the death of the latter in 1879. In 1890 he was appointed United States district Attorney, and later served as a legislator of Ohio. He is still living (1909).

(VIII) Helen, third daughter of John W. and Harriet (Collins) Herron, was born June 2, 1861, in Cincinnati, and had the advantages afforded by the best schools. She has always been an advocate of higher education, and is a woman of marked individuality and great strength of character and independence of mind. She married, June 19, 1886, William Howard Taft, who was elected President of the United States in the fall of 1908. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Moses Hoge, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Zanesville, Ohio, who had performed the same service for her parents thirty-two years before. The summer following her marriage was passed with her husband in Europe, and since that time her principal role has been that of homekeeper. Next to her home and children, her greatest interest centers in her husband's career. Children: 1. Robert Alphonse, born September 8, 1889.

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2. Helen, August 1, 1891. 3. Charles, September 20, 1897.

 

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