Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 365-372

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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COX. The ancestor of this family came from England during the early part of the eighteenth century, and settled in Long Island, New York. John Cox, with his brothers and sisters, together with his parents, removed from Long Island to Orange County, New York, when he was two years old, and the people of the name in Orange County are descendants from John Cox and his brothers. Members of the family participated in the struggle for national independence, the War of 1812-1815 and the Civil War of 1861-65.

(I) John Cox was born on Long Island, New York, and removed to Mechanicsville (near Middletown), Orange County, New York. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and the records show that he was a private in Captain Jacob Onderdonk's company, belonging to the regiment of Orange County militia commanded by Colonel Ann Hawkes Hay, and that he performed active service in the Revolutionary War. He married Keziah Thompson Curtis. Children: 1. John. 2. William Thompson.

(II) William Thompson, son of John Cox, was born at Mechanicsville, Orange County, New York, in the latter part of the eighteenth century. He served in the second war with Great Britain, and rendered efficient service. After his discharge from the army he settled in the town of Forestburg, Sullivan County, New York, and his death occurred in the town of Liberty, in the same county, in 1886, at the advanced age of over ninety years. He married Fannie B. Sproat. Children: 1. John I. 2. Henry J. 3. Isaac. 4. Fanny. 5. Abraham.

(III) Abraham, son of William Thompson and Fanny B. (Sproat) Cox, was born in the town of Forestburg, Sullivan County, New York, in 1838. He served in the war of the rebellion (1861-65), being a member of Company A, One Hundred and Forty-third Regiment, New York Volunteers. He resided in the town of Fremont, Sullivan County, New York, and removed to Lewis County, New York, in 1883, where he now resides. He married, at Oxford, New York, Nancy M, Wheeler. Children: 1. Harry W. 2. Mary N.

(IV) Harry W., son of Abraham and Nancy M. (Wheeler) Cox, was born in the town of Fremont, Sullivan County, New York. He graduated from the Lowville Academy in the class of 1893, and afterwards studied law in the office of Merrell, Ryel & Merrell, being admitted to the bar in March, 1901. The junior member of this law firm is now a justice of the supreme court of the fifth judicial district of this state. Mr. Cox, afterwards opened a law office at the village of Lyons Falls, New

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York, devoting himself to the general practice of law. Politically he supports the Republican Party, he is now clerk of the surrogate's court of the county of Lewis, and has been clerk of the village of Lyons Falls for the last eight years. He is a member of Turin Lodge, No. 184, Free and Accepted Masons, and also of the Lowville Club. He attends the Presbyterian Church. He is unmarried.

COX. John Cox was born about 1659, according to a deposition made by him September 18, 1736, that he was about seventy-eight years old. He further states that he was born at the eastward part of New England, and on the eastern side of the Kennebec River, where he lived until driven away by the Indians in 1676. He removed to Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he died, November 23, 1742, in his eighty-fifth year. He was a fisherman and owned land on Squantum Neck, which he bought April 4, 1721, of the selectman of Dorchester. He married (first) Susanna Pope; (second), in Salem, November 6, 1712, Christian Milliken, who died December 17, 1721; (third) Rebecca -------------. The mention of a providential escape of a John Cox, of Dorchester, from the Indians in 1725, probably refers to him. Children, probably all by first wife: 1. Margaret. 2. Mary. 3. Sarah. 4. John. 5. Thankful; all five baptized June 27, 1694. 6. William, born May 27, 1694. 7. James, baptized April 18, 1696. 8. Ebenezer, baptized May 10, 1696; mentioned below. 9. Elizabeth, born August 27, 1697. 10. Thomas, baptized May 9, 1698. 11, Susanna, born November 29, 1698. 12. Joseph, born April 8, 1700. 13. Submit, born September 20, 1703. 14. Benjamin, baptized April 1, 1705.

(II) Ebenezer, son of John Cox, was baptized May 10, 1696. He was a cooper by trade. He "fell or pitched out of a canoe near ye wharf in Dorchester, and was drowned," October 7, 1753. He married November 26, 1719, Thankful, who died December 8, 1751, daughter of Ebenezer and Dorcas Davenport. Children: 1. Mary, born November 2, 1722. 2. Ebenezer, March 13, 1725-26. 3. Christian, March 1, 1727-28; died young. 4. Christian, March 1, 1729-30. 5. Dorcas, August 19, 1733. 6. John, July 29, 1737. 7. Benjamin, mentioned below.

(III) Captain Benjamin, son of Ebenezer Cox, was born November 3 and baptized November 9, 1740. In 1757 Ebenezer Crowell, of Wrentham, gunsmith, was appointed his guardian. He removed to Hardwick from Wrentham about 1760. He was in the French and Indian War as private in Captain Ebenezer Cox's company in 1758, as sergeant in 1759 and as ensign in 1760. He removed to Barnard, Vermont, about 1777, where he became one of the most active citizens. He was chosen captain of militia in the Revolution, and in 1780 was in command of a company at a fort in Bethel. He was justice of the peace and representative. He died September 25, 1788. He married, October 15, 1761, Jerusha, daughter of Richard and Jerusha George. Children; 1. George, born July 31, 1762. 2. Jerusha, February 16, 1764. 3. Benjamin, August 13, 1766. 4. Ebenezer, November 28, 1768. 5. Philena, June 1, 1771. 6. Charles, Octobers 18, 1773; mentioned below. 7. Lucinda, January 26, 1776. 8. Thomas, August 20, 1778. 9. Fanny, November 30, 1783.

(IV) Charles, son of Captain Benjamin Cox, was born October 18, 1773, in Hardwick, Vermont, died in Potsdam. He kept a general store in Barnard, Vermont, for a time. He married (first) Susannah, born in Pomfret, Vermont, 1782, died there October 13, 1807, daughter of Thomas Swift. He married (second) Jane Peggy Swift, who died in Potsdam, September 19, 1838, aged fifty-four, sister of his first wife. Child of first wife: 1. Susanna. Children of second wife: 2. Paulina, born Judy 14, 1810; married

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Hubbard Hathaway, of Potsdam. 3. Charles, mentioned below.

(V) Charles (2) son of Charles (1) Cox, was born January 2, 1813, in Potsdam, New York, died there June 13, 1887. His father died when he was an infant, and he went with his mother to Pomfret, Vermont, where he spent his youth. When he was about fourteen years old he returned to Potsdam and lived with his uncle, Thomas Cox, a fur dealer. For a short time he worked for Zenas Clark in a dry goods store, and later went into the dry goods business in the firm of Cox & Herrick. His son was later admitted as a partner, the firm name becoming Cox, Herrick & Company. About 1873 he retired from the firm and devoted his attention to stone quarries in Potsdam in which he was interested. He was a Democrat in politics and in religion an Episcopalian. He married (first) Cynthia Burton; (second) in 1843, Martha Jane McCrea, born in Fort Covington, New York, 1819, daughter of John and Harriet McCrea. She is still living. Child of first wife: 1. Charles, born May 1, 1840. By second wife: 2. Dr. Henry M., June 6, 1845; died 1904; prominent physician in New York City, member of the health department. 3. Alice C., May 4, 1847, died February 7, 1899; married Leonard Ames, of Oswego, April 20, 1870. 4. James A., mentioned below. (See McCrea).

(VI) James A., son of Charles (2) Cox, was born in Potsdam, New York, November 28, 1850. He was educated at the St. Lawrence Academy and the Poughkeepsie Military Academy. He began his business career in New York City, where for two years he was a clerk ina jobbing house. In 1873 he returned to his native town and was admitted to partnership in his father's firm under the name of Cox, Herrick & Company. The partnership continued thus until the death of the father in 1887, when the name became Cox & Herrick. Mr. Herrick died January 13, 1889, and the business was continued by Mr. Cox. In 1885 he built a three-story building at 5 and 7 Market Street, in which the business has since then been conducted. A very extensive and flourishing business was enjoyed by Mr. Cox, who retired from business in October, 1908. He is a director of the People's National Bank of Potsdam and of the Thatcher Manufacturing Company. He is independent in politics. He is a member of Raquette River Lodge, No. 213, Free Masons; of St. Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Potsdam; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knight Templar, of Canton; of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown; and of the thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Masonry, Syracuse.

In religion he is an Episcopalian. He married, July 12, 1888, Alice A. Heath, of Watertown, daughter of Charles and Martha Heath. Mrs. Cox is the mother of one daughter, Lula L.

McCREA. The McCrea family lived in Galloway, Scotland, and is of ancient lineage. The name is also spelled McCrae.

(I) William McCrea was born in Scotland in 1688, and came to America, settling in Delaware. He had a son James, mentioned below.

(II) Rev. James McCrea, son of William McCrea, was born in 1710, died May 10, 1769. He was a Presbyterian clergyman at Lumington, New Jersey. He married, in 1745, Mary Graham, who died September 17, 1753. Children: 1. John, mentioned below. 2. James. 3. Samuel. 4. Mary. 5. Jane, killed by the Indians at fort Edward, Sunday, July 27, 1777.

(III) Colonel John McCrea, son of Rev. James McCrea, was a graduate of Princeton in 1762. He studied law and was admitted to practice at Albany, New York, in 1763. He settled in Northumberland, Saratoga district, new York, where he was living at the time the Revolution broke out. He enlisted for the war, and was commissioned colonel in the thirteenth regiment of infan-

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try from Saratoga, district of Albany County, October 20, 1775. He remained at his home until the near approach of Burgoyne's army rendered his further stay dangerous, when he removed to Albany and resided until his house was burned in 1781; at the time of the great fire. He then removed to Salem, New York, in 1783. He was clerk of Washington County from April 16, 1785, to February 24, 1797. He died at Lisbon, St Lawrence County, about 1811. He married (first) in 1766, Eva Buckman, who died in 1780; (second) Eleanor, daughter of John McNaughton. He had several children, among them John, mentioned below.

(IV) John (2), son of Colonel John (1) McCrea, settled in Fort Covington, New York, and died in 1863. He married twice, and ha three sons and a daughter. Among his children was John, mentioned below.

(V) John (3), son of John (2) McCrea, was born at Fort Coventry, New York, 1788, died at Potsdam, New York, September 23, 1872, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Cox. He married Harriet Bronson, who died at Potsdam, September 24, 1874, aged eighty-three years. He had a daughter Martha Jane, born at Fort Covington, May 15, 1819, named in memory of Jane McCrea, who was killed by the Indians during the Revolution. She married, in 1843, Charles Cox, of Potsdam, born 1813, died 1887. The other children were: 1. Henry. 2. James. 3. Ebenezer. 4. Harriet, married a Mr. Foster, 5./ Louisa, married a Mr. Raff.

REED. The father of Jonathan Reed, progenitor of the branch of the Reed family now under consideration, was one of four brothers that came to this country from their home in England. His wife, Mary Reed, born April 27, 1784, bore him three children: 1. Hiram, June 1, 1810. 2. Arley Maryette, born 1812; married a Miss Austin; has a son, Horatio Austin, living in Potsdam. 3. David, see forward.

David, son of Jonathan and Mary Reed, was born in Vermont, March 5, 1814, shortly before the death of his father, and died in Norwood, New York, June, 1882. He lived in Messena as a child, but later removed to Norwood, where he received his education. He was a farmer and speculator, dealt in live stock, and the later years of his life were devoted to the raising of farm products. He was a Congregationalist in religion, and a Republican in politics. He married Mary Ann Pelton, of Madrid, New York, born June 17, 1821, died April 19, 1899, daughter of Elisha and Mahala (Brentwell) Pelton. Children: 1. Rollin David, see forward. 2. Frederick Bailey, deceased. 3. Minerva M., married Reuben Haggett, deceased. 4. F. B. ---------. Deceased. 5. George L., married Bertha Emery; daughter, Myrtle. 6. Henry W., deceased. 7. Carrie A., married Dr. W. H. Parker, of Ocean Park.

(III) Rollin David, son of David and Mary Ann (Pelton) Reed, was born in Norwood, Mew York, august 12, 1850. He was educated in the schools o his native town, worked n farm until twenty-two years of age, and then engaged in business in the manufacturing of doors, sash and blinds, and house finish, and has followed the same for thirty-six years, meeting with well-merited success. A few years ago the business was incorporated under the name of the Norwood Manufacturing Company, of which Mr. Reed is a director and manager. He has served in the capacity of director in the Norwood Building and Loan Association since its organization; served on board of trustees of village for four years; was president of the village for three years; now member of water board. He is a Congregationalist in religion, a Republican

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in politics, and a member of What Cheer Loge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Norwood. He married, December, 1878, Jane A. Munson, of Stockholm, New York, daughter of Henry and Sarah A. (Smith) Munson. They had one child who died in infancy.

STRONG. In the early annals of New England this family has borne a reputation for strength of character, as well as physical vigor. Having borne no inconsiderable part in the settlement and development of the United States, its members are still sustaining the virtues which made their ancestors useful in their several sphere.

Rev. Salmon Strong, grandfather of the Strong family now living in Ogdensburg, was a direct descendent in the seventh generation of Elder John Strong, of North Hampton, first American ancestor who was born in 1605, in Taunton, England, and in company with one hundred and forty persons sailed from Plymouth, March 20, 1630, in the "Mary and John," and after a voyage of seventy days handed in the new world seeking religious liberty. Salmon was the fourth son of Selah Strong, a Revolutionary soldier, and was born in Durham, New York, March 23, 1790. He graduated from Williams College in 1812 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1818. He married, April 14, 1821, Rachel Kellogg, in Clinton, New York; children: 1. Rev. Addison Kellogg. 2. Edward Kellogg. 3. Theodore Baldwin.

Edward Kellogg, second son of Rev. Salmon Strong, was born in Aurora, New York, January 5, 1826, and graduated from Hamilton College. He married, July 8, 1852, Elizabeth Fine, of Ogdensburg, daughter of Judge John Fine, who was a prominent pioneer citizen of St. Lawrence County. He was born August 26, 1794, in New York, and entered Columbia College in 1805, graduating in 1809, taking the second honor of his class, at the age of fifteen years. He studied law four years with P. W. cliff and one year with George Washington Strong, afterward taking one year of law lectures at Litchfield, Connecticut. In 1815 he settled at Ogdensburg, and became a law partner of Louis Hasbrouck, this relation continuing until the death of the latter in 1834. In 1824, Mr. Fine was appointed the first judge of the county and filled the position until March, 1839. He then resigned to enter upon the duties of representative in Congress. On the expiration of his tern he was again appointed first judge, and held the office until it was abolished by the new constitution if 1847. Only three of his decisions were reversed in a service of eighteen years on the bench. In 1848 he was elected state senator, and introduced and aided in the passage of laws to protect the rights of married women in property, and to punish seduction, which are still upon the statute books. He received the degree of Master of Arts from Columbia College in 1812, and of Doctor of Laws from Hamilton College in 1850. In 1852 he published, chiefly for the benefit of his sons, a volume of lectures on law, which has received high praise from authorities on that subject. From 1821 to 1833 he served as treasurer of St. Lawrence County, and was candidate for supreme judge, in 1847-49. He was active in founding and supporting the County Bible Society, and was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg, and an elder during his life. He was the grandson of John peter Zenger, one of the first printers in New York, and whose trial in 1734 for libel became a national question, and is said to have resulted in the establishment of the principle of the "free press." One of the interesting floats in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, in 1909 was that of John Peter Zenger and his celebrated trial. John Fine married Martha, daughter of Colonel Francis Gurney, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a prominent citizen of that city and

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a Revolutionary officer. Edward Kellogg Strong died in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 13, 1863, leaving his wife and six infant children: 1. John Fine. 2. Addison Kellogg. 3. Thomas Fine. 4. Gurnuy Salmon. 5. Edward Lambert. 6. Charlotte Howard, to care for and educate. Mrs. Strong died in Ogdensburg, march 24, 1903. She was a very remarkable woman; reared in luxury, educated in private schools in Philadelphia, she devoted her life to the care of education of her children, and the result is shown in their lives.

John Fine, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, April 15, 1853, educated in the public schools of the city of Ogdensburg and Syracuse University. He early became identified with the large hardware company of C.A. Davis & Company, and on arriving of age was taken into partnership. He died July 2, 1874.

Addison Kellogg, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, November 3, 1854, and educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg. He entered the employ of the Ogdensburg Bank at an early age, and for over thirty years past has been connected with that strong financial institution.

Thomas Fine, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born in Cincinnati., Ohio, October 1, 1856, educated in the public schools of Ogdensburg, and died in Ogdensburg, February 5, 1910. For over thirty-four years he was actively connected with Skillings, Whitneys & Barnes Lumber Company, the largest industry in that city. Entering the office as a clerk he soon displayed such marked business ability that he advanced step by step until at the time of his death he was the general manager of that large corporation. He took rank as one of the leading men in the commercial and social life of the city. .

Gurney salmon, son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born in Ogdensburg, February 19, 1858, graduated from Hamilton College, and for years past has held a responsible position in the sub-treasury in New York City.

Edward Lambert, youngest son of Edward Kellogg Strong, was born December 17, 1859, in Detroit, and graduated from the high school of Ogdensburg. He studied law with Arnold E. Smith, and Vary and Stone and was admitted to the bar in 1882. For twenty years he continued actively in the practice of his profession at Ogdensburg. Becoming interested in the George Hall Coal Company, he retired from general practice in 1902, and is now a director and officer of that company. He is a member of the board of education and a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church. September 5, 1888, he married Frances Gualdo, daughter of Lieutenant William and Frances Gualdo (Peters) Greeley. She is a granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Hewlett R. Peters, who was born at Hempstead, Long Island, descended from the well-known Long Island families, a graduate of Columbia or Kings College, came to Ogdensburg a young man about 1840 as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church and spent his life in that work. A man of scholarly attainments and pronounced opinions, though exceedingly broad-minded and noted for his wit and geniality as well as his good works. She is a great-granddaughter of Colonel Jacob Ford, of Morristown, New Jersey, whose home was the headquarters of Washington during the Revolution. (The Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1910), contains a very voluminous narrative of the Ford family.)

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HUBBARD. Noahiah Hubbard, immigrant ancestor, came to American with his two brothers in the eighteenth century, and settled in Sheffield, Massachusetts. He fought in the French and Indian War on the English side and also in the Revolution, together with two of his sons. His service in the Revolution was as follows: Captain Downing's Company, colonel Ashley's regiment, for three years; captain Moses Ashley's company, Colonel Joseph Vose's regiment, at Peekskill, in 1779; in Captain Hancock's company, Colonel Vose's regiment, from January 1, to September 26, 1780. John Hubbard, also from Sheffield, and a brother, was a minute-man in 1775, and a lieutenant in Captain William Bacon's company. He was evidently aged at this time, as there is no service recorded for him after October 6, 1775. One of the sons of Noahiah Hubbard was taken prisoner by the English and held as a war prisoner on an old prison ship. Noadiah Hubbard married, 1765, Eunice Ward, and removed to Champion, Herkimer County, New York. Children: 1. Samuel, mentioned below. 2. Hiram. 3. Ward. 4. Horace. 5. Maria. 6. Cornelia. 7. Mary. 8. Parnell. 9. Augustus.

(II) Samuel, son of Noadiah Hubbard, was born February 23, 1767. He married Mary Barrett. Children: 1. Barrett, mentioned below. 2. Jeremiah. 3. Samuel. 4. Emily. 5. Louis. 6. Mary. 7. Sophia.

(III) Barrett, son of Samuel Hubbard, was born May 14, 1788, at White hall, died may 14, 1868. He married Rachael Ingalls, born January 20, 1797, died December 17, 1871. Children: 1. Sheldon. 2. Benjamin F., mentioned below. 3. Samuel B.

(IV) Benjamin F., son of Barrett Hubbard, was born November 19, 1837, at Cape Vincent, New York. He married Margaret E., born April 18, 1837, at Boonsville, New York, daughter of John D. and Margaret E. (Nestle) Clark. Her father, John D. Clark, was born in Schenectady, New York. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Clark: 1. Margaret E., mentioned above. 2. John D. 3. Rachel A. 4. Sophia. 5. Henry. 6. William D. 7. Joel. 8. Frederick. 9. Mary. 10. Charles. 11. Christopher. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard: 1. Mattie, married Hubert Granger. 2. George S., mentioned below.

(V) George S., son of Benjamin F. Hubbard, was born August 14, 1857, at Cape Vincent, Jefferson county, New York. He was educated in the common schools, and after leaving school assisted his father in the management of his farm. When the latter disposed of the arm, and removed tot he village of Copenhagen, the son, George S., accompanied him, and was engaged with him for several years in the truck and market gardening business. While a resident of Copenhagen, Mr. Hubbard was police constable. In 1900 he was appointed under sheriff of Lewis County by George Curtiss, and held the position for three years. At that same time he removed to Lowville, and was chief of police of the latter town for three years. In the fall of 1905, at the Lewis County Republican convention, he received the unanimous nomination of the convention for sheriff of Lewis County, the only candidate who ever received that honor. He was elected by a plurality of about one thousand, though a Democrat had been elected by a small majority three years before. He was a competent and painstaking officer and fulfilled the duties of the office to the general satisfaction of all concerned. He received many compliments from judges, holding courts in the county, for the order which he maintained in the courtroom during trials. While he was keeper of the county jail, cleanliness and order were features of that institution. In preserving the peace and in searching for and arresting criminals, Mr. Hubbard was very successful, and few of the latter succeeded in evading arrest during his term. In politics he was, as has been stated, a Republican. He is a member of Orient Lodge, No. 238, Free and Accepted Masons, Copenhagen; Lowville Lodge, No.

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759, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a lover of music, and a member of the Lowville Band. For seven years he was trustee of Copenhagen village. After his term of office as sheriff expired, he purchased an elegant home in Lowville, where he and his family live.

He married, December 28, 1879, at Barnes Corner, new York, Jennie, born November 9, 1861, daughter of Milo R. and Delia (Woodard) Green. Her father, Milo R. Green, was born January 4, 1830, at Rochester, New York, son of David and Elizabeth (Hatch) Green. Her mother, Delia (Woodard) Green, was born May 19, 1838, at Watertown, daughter of James and Sally (Streeter) Woodard. Children: 1. Floyd, born October 12, 1880; died April 9, 1900. 2. Child, died in infancy.


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