Family History of Northern, NY
Cutter, A. M.
Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam
Wicker appears to be the progenitor of all the Colonial families of New
England bearing this surname. He was born, probably in England as early
as 1690, and settled in Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, as
early as 1720. It is likely that he came with other Englishmen, the
Browns and Southgates, though no documentary evidence is found to prove
the connection between these families. He bought land in Leicester,
February 9, 1732, of Edmund Taylor, adjoining lands of Richard Southgate
and William Brown. There is a tradition that he was descendant through
the wife of a Lemuel Wicker, immigrant, from Mary Chilton,
"Mayflower" ancestor, and John Winslow, of Rochester,
Massachusetts, deeding his rights in Leicester to Winslow August 4,
1732. But Samuel Winslow was not a lineal descendant of John and Mary
Winslow. He and Rebecca quitclaimed the Winslow rights to Rowland
Taylor, January 22, 1732. In 1757 Wicker divided his real estate among
his children, and therefore left no estate to be settled. Presumably he
died soon afterward. He married Rebecca -----------. Children: 1.
Samuel. 2. David. 3. William. 4. Rebecca, born at Leicester, November
25, 1720. 5. Jacob, mentioned below. 6. John, May 2, 1726. 7. James, May
12, 1729. 8. Mercy, February 1, 1740.
(II) Jacob, son of William Wicker, was born at Leicester, January 5, 1723. He resided at Paxton, near Moose Hill, which was originally part of Leicester. He died there in 1789. His widow Abial asked that her son James be appointed administrator, March 30, 1789. He married (intention dated Janaury 15, 1746-47) Abial Washburn, sister of Colonel Seth Washburn, of Leicester. She died June 30, 1812, aged eighty-six. Children: 1. William, born 1747; lived in Hardwick, Worcester County. 2. James, 1750; lived in Hardwick. 3. Reuben, 1756. 4. Susanna, 1756. 5. Luther, 1758. 6. Lemuel, mentioned below. 7. Lucy, 1762. 8. Frederick, 1764.
(III) Dr. Lemuel, son of Jacob Wicker, was born in Paxton, July 8, 1761. He was a soldier in the Revolution in Captain Joshua Whitney's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment, from July 31, 1778, to September 14. He removed soon afterward to Schuylerville, New York, where he was a physician for many years. He removed at Orwell, Vermont, where he also practiced. He died at Orwell, at the age of seventy-seven years. He married Lucy Pendleton. Children: 1. Catherine. 2. Lemuel. 3. Benajah. 4. Charles Frederick, mentioned below. 5. Joseph. 6. Jacob. 7. Thomas. 8. Amelia. 9. Maria.
(IV) Charles Frederick, son of Dr. Lemuel Wicker, was born at Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, March 6, 1790, died at Ticonderoga, New York, August 12, 1867. He removed to Orwell, Vermont, with his parents, and lived there until 1850, when he located in Ticonderoga. He bought a farm and followed agriculture at Ticonderoga. He was a man of unusual practical ability, sound judgment and great foresight, and was successful in business. He married, March 17, 1816, Abigail Nickerson, born at Ticonderoga, in 1795, died there July 2, 1865. Children: 1. Gustavus Nickerson, born Janaury 4, 1817; men-
tioned below. 2. Maria Amanda, August 30, 1819. 3. Charles L., June 6, 1823; a farmer; married June 4, 1847, Ellen Royce.
(V) Gustavus Nickerson, son of Charles Frederick Wicker, was born at Orwell, Vermont, January 4, 1817, died at Ticonderoga, October 12, 1895. He came to Ticonderoga when a young man. He became associated with his father and together they bought several hundred acres of land and carried on farming and horse breeding and trading for many years. In politics he was a Republican and was highway commissioner of the town. In later years he was active in the temperance movement and voted the Prohibitionist ticket. Once he cast the only Prohibition vote in the town. He married, march 1, 1836, Mary Barber, born at Orwell, Vermont, May 22, 1815, died at Ticonderoga, September 19, 1896, daughter of Dr. Joel and Mary (Smith) Barber. Her sister Julia married S. Wright Dunning, of New York City, and her sister Harriet married Rev. Henry Buckley, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Children: 1. Julia S., born November 30, 1830; died July, 1865; married Hiram R. Field; daughter, Lizzie Field. 2. Joel Barber, 1839; a farmer at Upper Falls, Ticonderoga; married Augusta Burnet; had one son, Clarence Baldwin, and three daughters. 3. Mary White, 1843; died 1865; attending Holyoke Seminary at time of her death. 4. Charles Gustavus, mentioned below.
(VI) Charles Gustavus, son of Gustavus Nickerson Wicker, was born at Ticonderoga, March 31, 1845, on the farm where his father and grandfather lived. He was educated in the public schools there and has always followed farming for a vocation. He resides on the homestead and makes a specialty of raising the dealing in blooded stock, especially horses. He has some eight hundred acres of land at times has as many as a hundred horses in his stables. He takes high-class horses to board and train, and is considered one of the foremost authorities on horses. He once owned and cared for a noted stallion "Bingen," which sold for $46,000; raised and owned Silver Glow, with a record of 2:12; Potenta, 2:17, and many others, with records better than 2:20. In politics he is a Republican, but he has never sought or held public office. He is a charter member of Mount Defiance Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ticonderoga. In religion he and his family are Episcopalians. He married, December 7, 1871, Frances, born at Ticonderoga, 1851, daughter of Colonel William E. and Amanda (Weed) Calkins. Her father was county clerk of Essex County and member of the assembly of New York in 1876, a prominent and influential citizen. Children; 1. Julia Frances, born March 7, 1877; graduate of Vassar College; lives with her parents. 2. William Gustavus, May 26, 1883; ha a large farm adjoining his father's; married Mildred Hill. Mrs. wicker is a descendant from Elder William Brewster in the tenth generation. The line is as follows: Mrs. Frances (Calkins) wicker (10); William Edward Calkins (9); William Calkins (8); John Prentiss Calkins (7); William Calkins (6); Calkins Turner (5); Lucretia turner (4); Ezekiel Turner (3); Mary (Brewster) Turner (2); Elder William Brewster (1).
GASSER. John Gasser, a representative business man of Lowville, New York, is a descendant of a German ancestry, his parents and grandparents having been natives of Germany. The latter John and Barbara (Farney) Gasser, were the parents of three children, namely: 1. John, born in 1813, a mute. 2. Mary. 3. Peter, see forward. John Gasser (grandfather) died in his native country in 1832; leaving his widow and children in straitened circumstances. Owing to the laws of France, which compelled all young men to enter the Army, Mrs. Gasser, realizing that her dependence must eventually devolve upon her youngest son, Peter, concluded to join a colony from her native country and
emigrate to the United States. Accordingly in 1837 they set sail, and after their arrival here they located in northern New York in the locality known as Castorland, Lewis County. They settled on a tract of heavily timbered land in the town of Grogham, now New Bremen, cleared a farm from the wilderness, and here the widow reared and educated her children, they becoming useful and honored citizens. The affliction of the elder son threw the greater responsibility upon the younger son, Peter, who was born in Alsace, Lorraine, France, November 15, 1825. He was the main support of the home, cultivating the farm until it became most productive, and he succeeded to the ownership of the same whereon his mother, brother and sister resided during their entire lives, realizing some of the comforts of life after having endured the hardships and privations incident to the life of a pioneer. Mrs. Gasser died at the advanced age of nearly one hundred years, retaining her mental and physical facilities until nearly the close of her life.
(II) Peter Gasser (father) received a common school education, but he improved every opportunity for learning and became a linguist, speaking English, French and German fluently. His youth was spent in assisting in clearing and improving the farm, and in this manner he acquired habits of thrift and industry which were useful to him in after life. After attaining manhood, in connection with his farming pursuits, he engaged extensively in the lumber business at Beaver Falls and Naunburg, in which enterprise he was eminently successful. He acquired a certain amount of property, but owing to his generous disposition and confidence in human nature, he met with serious losses, being induced to endorse notes and use his credit for the benefit of his friends, so that from a financial standpoint he was a poor man at the time of his death, leaving his family in limited means, but rich in the remembrance of his kind and generous nature. He was strictly honest in all his dealings, and won the confidence and esteem of all who came in contact with him. He was a practical veterinary surgeon, and was a lover and owner of fine horses. He was a Baptist in religion and a Democrat in politics. He married in Grogham, New York, Katherine, born in Metz, Germany, 1829, daughter of John and Katherine (Keefer) Schwendy, natives of Germany. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gasser, five of whom died in early life, namely: 1. Norman. 2. Mary. 3. Katherine. 4. Matilda, and 5. Barbara. The other children were: 6. Joseph, married Mary Hodges; resides in Waterbury, Connecticut. 7. Priscilla, married William D. Hilts; she is now deceased, also her child. 8. Samuel, died from the effects of an accidental gunshot would received while in the Adirondack Mountains; he was unmarried. 9. Sarah, married Harvey A Stoddard, of Beaver Falls, New York; children: i. Gertrude, married William Ebersol, of Beaver Falls, New York, ii. Inez, iii. Leon, iv. Child, died in infancy. 10. Alpheus G., a commercial traveler; resides in Lowville; married Emma L. Wallace. 11. Louisa, married William Honer, of Beaver Falls, New York; had two children, one now living, Leona. 12. Timothy, an optician and jeweler of Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York; married Mary Reed, of Lowville; children: Raymond and Walter John. 13. John, see forward. Mr. Gasser, the father of these children, died at Beaver Falls, New York, February 7, 1895; his wife died March 21, 1873.
(III) John, son of Peter and Katherine (Schwendy) Gasser, was born in Naumburg, Lewis County, New York, May 7, 1866. He attended the public schools, acquiring a practical education. On September 1, 1881, when fifteen years of age, he accepted a clerkship in the hardware store of W. L. Boshart, remaining until January 1, 1882, when his employer sold out the business. He then entered the employ of V. L. Water & Company, proprietors of a
dry goods store, January 22, 1882, and remained with them until January 1, 1892,. When he went to Chicago, Illinois, and became a traveling salesman Bush, Simmons & Company, serving in that capacity for a short period of time, traveling through Illinois and Wisconsin. After severing his connection with that firm he entered the employ of the firm of Seigel & Cooper as assistant buyer. On January 1, 1893, he returned to New York State, locating in Lowville, and formed a partnership with W. J. Graham, establishing their present dry goods business under the firm name of Graham & Gasser, which has proved a most successful and remunerative enterprise. By means of honest dealings, with their patrons and close attention to the details of their trade, they have built up one of the largest concerns in their line in Lewis County, and are recognized among the substantial and leading firms in their section of the state. To the success of the firm, Mr. Gasser has contributed his full share of effort, and both partners take commendable pride in their success.
Mr. Gasser is what may well be termed a self-made man, rising step by step from a humble position to one of influence and power in the business world, his success being due largely to his own exertions. Mr. Gasser is a Republican in politics, but has never held or sought public office, preferring to devote his time and energy to his business. He is a member of Lowville Lodge, No. 134, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Citizens' Club of Lowville. Mr. Gasser married, October 2, 1901, Jennie Elizabeth, born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, April 26, 1882, daughter of W. Evan and Sinah (Roberts) Jones, the former of whom was born in North Wales and the latter in Wales. Children: 1. John Ralph, born April 13, 1903. 2. Sinah Katherine, June 10, 1905. 3. Dorothy Louise, February 19, 1907. The family attends the Presbyterian Church of which Mrs. Gasser is a member.
BEERS. The Beers family originated, it appears, at Westcliff, county Kent, England, at what was called Bere's Court; William De Bere, of Bere's Court, was bailiff of Dover about 1275. Nicholas De Bere held the Manor of Bere's court in the twentieth year of the reign of Henry III. The ancestry of the American family of Beers has been traced to martin De Bere, of Rochester, county Kent, England, who was living in 1486; married a daughter of Thomas Nyssell, of Wortham, England. From them to the fifth generation was Captain Richard Bere, born 1607, son of John and Mary (Selby) Bere. His father was of Gravesend, his mother of Yorkshire. Captain Bere (Beer or Beers) came to America in 1635 and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, representing that town in the general court for thirteen years; was captain of his company in King Philip's War, and was killed at Westfield, September 4, 1675, in an Indian fight.
(I) James Beers or Bere, was also of the fifth generation from Nicholas de Bere. He resided at Gravesend, England, and died there before 1635. His widow Hester, however was living in 1635, the same year in which her two sons, Anthony and James, came with their uncle, Richard Beers, to America.
(II) James (2) beers, son of James (1) Beers, or Beres, was born at Gravesend, England. He came with his uncle, Richard Beers, and his brother Anthony to Watertown. In 1637 he and his brother settled at Fairfield, Connecticut, and two years later he purchased a house there. He was for a time at Sasquag, now Southport. He had eight acres of land given him by the Indians on the present site of the Congregational Church in 1669. He had eighteen acres confirmed to him on the west side of the river. he was admitted a freemen in 1654. He died in 1694. His will is dated November 14, 1694. He married Abigail -------------. Children: 1.. Joseph, mentioned be-
low. 2. Martha, married Joseph Bulkeley. 3. Deborah, married Samuel Hull. 4. Elizabeth, married John Darling. 5. James.
(III) Joseph, son of James (2) Beers, was born about 1660 and died in 1697. He left a good estate. He married Abigail ------------. Children, born at Fairfield: 1. Joseph, mentioned below. 2. Abigail, April 24, 1692. 3. James. Probably others.
(IV) Joseph (20, son of Joseph (1) Beers, was born March 16, 1686. He removed to Stratford about 1722 and bought of Nathan Beers, of Middletown, August 4, 1722, a house, shop and lot of land there. He married, March 6, 1722, Sarah, daughter of James Clarke, of Stratford. Children: 1. Ephraim, mentioned below. 2. Mary, born November 20, 1725.
(V) Ephraim, son of Joseph (2) Beers, was born June 22, 1723. He married Elizabeth ----------------. Children: 1. Isaac, born October 1764. 2. John Benjamin, mentioned below.
(VI) John Benjamin, son of Ephraim Beers, was born March 1, 1770. He married ----------------. Child: Henry, mentioned below.
(VII) Henry, son of John Benjamin Beers, lived in Broad Albin, Fulton County, New York, where he carried on a hardware business for many years. He married Dorcas Fullerton. Children: 1. Elizabeth. 2. Mary A. 3. William, H., mentioned below.
(VIII) William H., son of Henry Beers, was born December, 1858, in Galway, New York, died October, 1898, in Ticonderoga, New York. He received a common school education, and learned the trade of tinsmith. He was in business with his father at Broad Albin until they were burned out. He then removed to Glens Falls, where he worked at the trade of tinsmith, and also of plumber. He served in the Civil War from 1862 to 1865, in the quartermaster's department, Company B, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment, New York Volunteers. He was a Republican in politics, and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Broad Albin, past master of the lodge; also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Saratoga. He married, 1867, Alice L., daughter of Hiram and Mariah (Foster) Hall, born in 1849, at Senaca Falls, New York, now living n Ticonderoga. Children: 1. George Hall, mentioned below. 2. Olive Bell, born November 1, 1869. 3. Frank N., deceased. 4. Cora A., deceased. 5. Charles E. 1877; teller in bank in Ticonderoga.
(IX) George Hall, son of William H. Beers, was born September 23, 1868, at Broad Albin, Fulton County, New York. He was educated in Saratoga public schools and graduated from the high school there in 1888. He then attended the College of Physician and Surgeons in New York, and graduated in 1891. He located first in Saratoga Springs, 1891, and remained there two years. He was then in South Hartford, New York, for two and one-half years, and at Glens Falls, New York, for one year. He came to Ticonderoga, in 1896, and has lived there since. He is the village health officer. He has been a member of the American Medical Association and of Warren County Medical society. He is also a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons; Carillon Chapter, No. 290, Royal Arch Masons; Ethan Allen Lodge, No. 630, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ticonderoga; of Maccabees, and of the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Congregationalist. He married, in 1900, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert R. and Mary (Wells) Stevenson, of Moriah, New York. Children: 1. Georgia Frances, born March 28, 1905; died September 16, 1906. 2. Mary Elizabeth, May 23, 1907.
HOWARD. The name of Howard is one of the most famous in the annals of English chivalry, has for a period of six hundred years
been prominently identified with the nobility and was borne by several Dukes of Norfolk. Its ancient forms of spelling were Haward and Hereward. According to Burke's "Heraldic Register" the present form of spelling originated with William Howard, a learned and revered judge in the reign of King Edward I. Sir Robert Howard, knight, a descendant of the judge, married Margaret, eldest daughter of Thomas de Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, and great-granddaughter and heiress of Thomas Plantagenet, surnamed De Brotherton, eldest son of King Edward I, by the latter's second wife Margaret, a daughter of Philip the Hardy of France. John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, the "Jockey of Norfolk" mentioned by Shakespeare, fell in the battle of Bosworth field (1485) while defending to the last extremity the lost cause of his sovereign, Richard III. His son, Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey and afterwards Duke of Norfolk, distinguished himself at the battle of Flodden (1513), and the latter's eldest son, Henry (1516-46), also Earl of Surrey, was one of his most noted poets and polite writers of his age. The name in the early New England records is subjected to several changes in its orthography, such as Hayward, Haward and Heywood. There were several immigrants bearing the name in New England before 1650. Nathaniel and Robert Howard were among the early residents of Dorcester, and William Howard as a in Salem as early as 1640. John and James Hayward (Howard) came from England in the ship "Planter," 1634 and 1635, both giving their ages as twenty-two years, and both hailing from Steppey Parish, London. James was in Charlestown in 1636, and was a proprietor of Woburn. The Howards in American, as well as in the mother country, are descendants of William, the jurist.
(I) John Howard came from England, and resided for a time in Duxbury, some authorities saying he lived in the family of Miles Standish. He was listed among those able to bear arms there in 1643, and was among the original proprietors and settlers of Bridgewater, locating in what is now West Bridgewater, in 1651. His descendants occupied the same plantation as late as 1840. He subscribed to the oath of fidelity in 1657, was ensign in 1664, and lieutenant in 1689, selectman in 1678, deputy the same year and 1683. He wrote his name Haward, and this form was kept by some of his descendants until after 1700, about which year he died. He was appointed to keep order in the church in 1670, and his descendants continued in similar service until after 1800. He married Martha, daughter of Thomas Hayward; children: John, James, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Sarah, Bethiah and Ephraim.
(II) Major Jonathan, third son of John and Martha (Hayward) Howard, was a resident of Bridgewater, and received a share of land in 1685. He inherited forty-five acres where he lived and also acquired other lots, and his estate was settled in 1739. He was active in church matters, and was appointed to keep order in the gallery in 1694. He married (first) January 8, 1689, Susanna, daughter of Rev. James Keith, who provably died in the same year. He married (second) about 1692, Sarah Dean. Children: 1. Jonathan. 2. Joshua. 3. Susanna. 4. Ebenezer. 5. Seth. 6. Abiel. 7. Sarah. 8. Henry. 9. Keziah.
(III) Ebenezer, third son of Jonathan and Sarah (Dean) Howard, was born January 10, 1700, in Bridgewater, and died in 1786, in the same town. He married, December 31, 1730, Catherine, daughter of Israel and Katherine (Bird) Dean born February 10, 1708-97,(?) died 1802. Six of their children appear of record: 1. Ebenezer, died young. 2. Catherine. 3. Silence. 4. Sarah. 5. Jonathan. 6. Mehitable. There was probably a second Ebenezer.
(IV) Ebenezer (2), supposedly a son of Ebenezer (1) and Catherine (Dean) Howard, was born 1734, and nothing appears to show his early life. He was a resident
of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, before 1780, and died there "if old age," June 1, 1816, "aged eighty-two." No record of his marriage appears, but family records show that the following was his son.
(V) Jothan, son of Ebenezer (2) Howard, was born about 1776, in Sturbridge, and settled about 1806, in Craftsbury, Vermont, where he was a pioneer. Colonel Ebenezer Crafts of Sturbridge, located at Craftsbury in 1791, and induced others from his home town to remove thither. Jothan Howard had just made a nice beginning in the preparation of a home, when he was overtaken by death in 1813. He married, in Sturbridge, January 24, 1799, Sarah Coburn, whose birth does not appear on the records of that town, though the family was well represented there. They had children, probably all born in Sturbridge: 1. Grosvenor T. 2. Stillman. #. Clementina. 4. Horace.
(VI) Grosvenor Tarbill, eldest child of Jothan and Sarah (Coburn) Howard, was born June 10, 1799, in Sturbridge, and was six years old when he went with his parents to Craftsbury. There he spent his youth and early manhood, receiving the limited education afforded by pioneer schools. He was only seven years old at the time of his father's death, and was early accustomed to labor for his own support. He acquired the trade of blacksmith, and early in life settled at Heuvelton, St. Lawrence County, New York, where he became a useful and respected citizen. He conducted a shop, and served many years as justice of the peace, and otherwise exerted an influence in the community. He married Louisa White, born April 25, 1792, in Barre, Massachusetts, daughter of Ebenezer white, of Craftsbury, and died March 11, 1878, in Heuvelton. Her husband survived her more than seven years, and died May 15, 1885, at Heuvelton. Children: 1. Nelson White. 2. Virginia. 3. Dustin R.
(VII) Nelson white, eldest child of Grosvenor T. and Louisa (White) Howard, was born April 10, 1823, in Craftsbury, and died in Ogdensburg, New York, March 23, 1903, near the close of his eightieth year. When a child he was taken to Heuvelton by his parents, and he attended the local schools and Gouverneur Seminary. He received his medical training at the College of Physician and surgeons, Philadelphia, and engaged in practice at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for three or four years. Not liking the profession, he abandoned practice and returned to New York and located in Ogdensburg in 1862. For ten years or more he was superintendent of the city schools, and for many years he acted as supply agent of the Northern Transportation Company. He filled clerical positions with the Skillings, Whitney & Barnes Lumber Company, and with the George Hall Coal Company, and was active up to the day of his death. A Democrat in political principle, he took an active interest in local affairs and served as assistant postmaster in his early years. Though not actively identified with any church, he was a diligent student of the Bible, and his conduct was guided by the highest moral principles. He was a much-respected citizen, and died greatly regretted by the community. He married, May 14, 1851, Adeline Childs, born November 9, 1827, died May 3, 1902, daughter of Jonathan Childs of Troy, New York. Children: 1. Grosvenor, born January 13, 1855, now deceased; he was many years traffic manager of the Canadian pacific Car and Transfer Company; married May Greene. 2. Jonathan C., mentioned below. 3. Mary Louisa, died in childhood.
(VIII) Jonathan Childs, second child of Nelson W. and Adeline (Childs) Howard, was born September 16, 1860, in Heuvelton, and was educated in the schools of Ogdensburg and Potsdam Normal School. In 1878 he was employed in the Importers and Traders Bank of New York City, and continued in this position one year. He was then offered a position with the George Hall Coal
Company, with which he has been identified since 1880. His thorough business methods, his industry and capability, have carried him forward until now he serves as vice-president and treasurer in several business enterprises, being a director of the St. Lawrence County Savings Bank; treasurer of the St. Lawrence Marine Railway Company; vice-president of Fitzgibbon Boiler Company; and treasurer of the George Hall Coal Company, limited, of Montreal, Canada. Mr. Howard is a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church, and acts politically with the Democratic Party. He married, February 14, 1884, Charlotte Maria Strong, daughter of Edward K. Strong, of Clinton, New York (See Strong Viii). Children: 1. Nelson W., born December 3, 1884. 2. Edward K., May 14, 1890. 3. Louisa, November 13, 1897. 4. Thomas French, November 26, 1902. The eldest was graduated from Cornell University in 1907, and is now mechanical superintendent of the George Hall Coal Company. The second is employed by the Fitzgibbon Boiler Company.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910
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