Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 393-401

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
Editorial Supervisor

Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam


INMAN. The first Inman in America was undoubtedly Edward, who settled in providence, Rhode Island, as early as 1646; was included in the list of freemen there in 1665; and in the following year took the oath of allegiance to the King. By his wife Barbara he had John and Edward, and perhaps other children. The Inmans of Clinton County, mentioned below, sprung from an old Saratoga County family, which, in all probability, descended from the Rhode Island settler.

(I) Daniel Inman, great-grandfather of Curtis E. and Grace E. Inman of Plattsburgh, was living in Galway, Saratoga County, New York, during the first quarter of the last century, and may therefore be regarded as one of the early residents of that town.

(II) John Y., son of Daniel Inman, was born in Galway, and in young manhood served an apprenticeship at the cooper's trade. After following that occupation in Galway as a journeyman for a number of years, he was for short time located in Lansingburgh, and removing to Ticonderoga he established an extensive cooperage business in that town. He subsequently removed to Ballston Spa, where he continued in the same line of business, and resided in that village until his death, at the age of sixty-three years. He married Mary S. Weeden, a native of Massachusetts. She survived her husband, spending the sunset period of her life wit her only son, Alvin L. Inman, in Plattsburgh, and passing away at the age of seventy-four years in 1888. Children: 1. Alvin Leander, who will be again referred to. 2. Sarah M., married (first) David R. Smith of Ticonderoga; (second) Moses Rose of Ballston. 3. Susan M., married Robert Edwards, of Saratoga. The others died in infancy.

(III) Alvin Leander, son of John Y. and Mary S. (Weeden) Inman, was born in Galway, July 25, 1840. When fifteen years old he had acquired a good education in the public schools of Lansingburgh and Ticonderoga, and immediately after leaving school he began his business training as clerk in a general store at Hague, on Lake George. A year later he accepted a clerkship in the mercantile establishment of John Simons at Shelburn, Vermont, where he remained for a period of six years, obtaining in the school of practice experience, a good knowledge of general business, which afterward proved advantageous in forwarding his advancement. From Shelburn he went to Burlington, Vermont, where for the ensuing six years he was employed as bookkeeper by the Champlian Transportation Company, and, having proved himself a capable, trustworthy young man, he was, at the expiration of that time, advanced to the responsible position of general superintendent. This position he retained for seven years, directing the company's affairs in a most satisfactory manner, and developing executive ability of a high order. In 1875, Mr. Inman accepted the position of general manager of the Crown Point Iron Company, and removed to that historic lo-

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cality. In 1881 he became connected with the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company, in a similar capacity, still retaining, however, his position with the Crown Point Company, and he continued to manage the affairs of both of these enterprises until 1892, when he resigned in order to engage in business for himself. In the latter year he established himself ina wholesale and retail grocery trade at Plattsburgh, opening the Plattsburgh Supply Store, and rapidly building up an extensive mercantile enterprise. The still further development of this business, which in the short space of two years had attained large proportions, was suddenly terminated by his death, October 18, 1804, and his passing away while at the zenith of a most prosperous and useful career was the cause of general regret. He was one of the organizers of the Plattsburgh Light, Heat and Power Company, serving as its president for a number of years, and at the time of his death was a member of its board of directors. He was also a director of the Champlain Transportation Company and vice-president of the Iron National Bank, now the Plattsburgh National Bank. During his connection with the Chateaugay Iron Company the Chateaugay railway was extended from the company's mines at Lyon Mountain to Saranac Lake, thus opening the great north woods section to summer tourists. In politics he was originally a Democrat, but differed with that party's attitude on the tariff question, and in 1887 became a Republican. For sometime he served upon the board of education and also upon the board of water commissioners, and although his public services were limited, they nevertheless proved exceedingly valuable to the community. He was highly esteemed in social circles and was prominent in the Masonic order.

Mr. Inman married, January 18, 1865, Miss Mary E. Pattridge, born in South Burlington, Vermont, November 4, 1845, died December 20, 1891, daughter of Curtis J. and Helen Maria (Pierson) Pattridge. Children: 1. Curtis E., mentioned below. 2. Grace Edith, born at Crown Point, September 15, 1870, is unmarried and resides in Plattsburgh. 3. John A., born at Crown Point, May 27, 1880. The late Mrs. Mary E. Inman's ancestors settled in the Green Mountain state prior to the Revolutionary War. Those on the maternal side, the Piersons, went there from New Jersey, and her line of descent from the immigrant is as follows: (N. B.--In the early New Jersey records the name is written Peirson. The present form of spelling appears to have been adopted during the third generation of the family in America).

(I) James Peirson, born in England about the year 1699, was left an orphan in his boyhood, and at the age of sixteen years was sent to America by his unscrupulous relatives in order that they might usurp his inheritance. His earliest recollections were of living ina fine house in luxury with his father, an old man, and his mother, who was much younger, there being one or more sisters much older then himself, but no brother; of the death of his parents, and of being taken by his relatives to farmhouse in Wales for his health, whence, after some time, he was conveyed by an uncle, or brother-in-law, to a ship bound for America. Upon his arrival the shipmaster, in order to secure his passage money, apprenticed him to a man in New Jersey, with whom he remained during his minority. After his majority he settled in, or near, Newark, but later removed to Hanover, New Jersey, and acquired considerable property. It was his intention to return to England for the purpose of recovering his inheritance, but as he grew older his interest in that direction waned, and he at length decided to send his eldest son, Moses, when of age. The latter never undertook the mission. James Pierson married Esther Williams. His will, which was made in Hanover, New Jersey, September 3, 1761, provided for his wife and four daughters, and bequeathed the remainder of his estate to his

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son, Moses. Children: 1. Moses. 2. Ruth. 3. Hannah. 4. Martha. 5. Esther.

(II) Moses, only son of James and Esther (Williams) Pierson, was born in Newark New Jersey, October 17, 1733. He resided in Parsippany, New Jersey, until obliged to dispose of his property in order to liquidate a debt incurred by his father for the benefit of a son-in-law, and purchasing a tract of wild land at Shelburne, Vermont, containing one thousand acres or more, he and his family settled there in 1770. During the Revolutionary War his family were exposed to the depredations of Tories and Indians, and, after a desperate attack upon the house, in which their assailants were temporarily driven away, later going to Rutland. His sons Ziba and Uzal, aged seventeen and fifteen respectively, were captured by the Indians and taken to Montreal, but succeeded in making their escape and finally rejoined their parents after a forty days' journey through the woods. After the close of hostilities, Moses Peirson and his family returned to their home in Shelburne and proceeded with the clearing and improving of their large estate, a considerable portion of which was brought to a good state of fertility. At one time four sons and three daughters occupied the farms which had been allotted them from the original tract. Moses Peirson died in Shelburne, February 28, 1805. He married March 27, 1754, in New Jersey, Rachel Smith, born October 13, 1735, died March 22, 1813. During the attack upon the house mentioned above, she was confined to her bed with an infant, but she preserved her self-possession, although for several hours the battle raged fiercely within a few feet of her room, and she escaped unhurt. Children: 1. James. 2. Sarah. 3. Zillah. 4. Ziba. 5. Uzal. 6. William. 7. Hannah./ 8. Samuel 9. Martha. 10. Rhoda. Eight were born in New Jersey, and the others in Shelburne.

(III) Uzal, third son and fifth child of Moses and Rachel (Smith) Peirson, was born at Parsippany, New Jersey, May 4, 1763. At the age of seven years he accompanied his parents to their new home on the frontier, and shared in their hardships and vicissitudes. Having survived the terrible ordeal, previously mentioned he took kindly to the life of a pioneer, and after the close of the Revolutionary War, receiving his portion of his family estate in Shelburne, he reside there for the remainder of his life, which terminated January 11, 1830. He married Dorcas Frisbie, born June 10, 1767; died May 22, 1848. Children: 1. John. 2. Uzal. 3. Edward. 4. Betsey. 5. Mary. 6. Marcia. 7. Smith Frisbie. 8. Hiram. 9. Lucina.

(IV) Uzal, second child of Uzal and Dorcas (Frisbie) Peirson, was born November 7, 1791; died August 2, 1872; married November 10, 1813, Polly Smith, born September 14, 1793, died June 1, 1848. Children: 1. Hanson c., born October 8, 1814; died June 12, 1848, at Tyler, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Comstock, September 12, 1844. She died September 2, 1842; child: George. 2. Addie A., born at Shelburne, Vermont, December 4, 1816; died October 16, 1863; married Oscar L. Holabird of Shelburne; seven children. 3. Helen Maria, born March 30, 1819; married December 11, 1844, Curtis J. Pattridge. Children: Mary E., mentioned below, Hanson C., born December 24, 1847, Frank S., born June 29, 1850, George P. born December 6, 1852, Fanny C., born April 11, 1855, died May 17, 1858, Clara H., born April 26, 1860. 4. Edward, born August 15, 1821. 5. Jane, born July 3, 1823; married December 28, 1846, George J. Pattridge; resides at Shelburne, eight children. 6. Mary R., born October 26, 1825; died July 3, 1864, married December 10, 1849, Enos Peterson; seven children. 7. Cornelia, born June 27, 1828; died March 27, 1832; at Shelburne. 8. Allen Smith, born December 18, 1830; died March 27, 1832. 9. Cornelia, born August 8, 1833; still living; married Horace R. Nash of Burlington, Vermont; no children.

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10. John Henry, born October 6, 1838; married April 18, 1864, Eleanor L. Lawton, one son.

(IV) Curtis E. Inman, eldest child of Alvin L. ad Mary E. (Pattridge) Inman, was born at Burlington, Vermont, November 8, 1865. Having concluded his attendance at St. Paul's School, concord, New Hampshire, at the age of sixteen yeas, he entered the employ of the Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company as a bookkeeper. Four years later he became head bookkeeper for the Crown Point Iron Company, and continued in that capacity until 1893, when he resigned his position to engage in business with his father. Succeeding to the management of his father's entire business n 1894, he carried it on successfully for some time, but finally withdrew in order to accept the appointment of cashier of the City National Bank, Plattsburgh, and has retained that position to the present time. In 1907 he was elected treasurer of Clinton County, and is till serving in that capacity. He married, March 8, 1894, Miss Ida C. Greene, of Crown Point, daughter of Walter E. and Adeline (Clark) Greene. Children: 1. Alvin W., born February 26, 1895. 2. Edna Adeline, born June 16, 1897. 3. Helen Elizabeth, born June 12, 1899.

HART. The surname Hart is common in England, Ireland and Scotland, and is spelled in various ways--Hart, Heart, Harte, and Hearte. At least six immigrants of the name were in New England before 1650.

(I) Deacon Stephen Hart, immigrant ancestor of this branch of the family, was born about 1605, at Braintree, county Essex, England. He came to New England about 1632, and was a proprietor of Cambridge in 1633. He was admitted a freeman May 14, 1634. In 1635 he sold his Cambridge property and removed to Hartford with Rev. Mr. Hooker's company, and was one of the original proprietor's of that place. His house lot was on the west side of what is now Front Street, near Morgan Street, and there is a tradition that the town was named from the ford he discovered and used in crossing the Connecticut River at a low stage of the water, and so from Hart's Ford it became Hartford. It is said that he and others were on a hunting expedition on Talcot's mountain and discovered the Farmington River valley, then inhabited by the Tunxis, a powerful tribe of Indians. The settlers made a bargain with the Indians and some of them settled there. Stephen Hart became on of the original proprietor's of Tunxis, later Farmington, in 1672. He was deputy to the general curt in 1647, and for fifteen sessions, with one exception, and in 1653 was commissioner for the town of Farmington to aid in impressing men for the Army. He was chosen the first deacon of the church there, and was one of the seven pillars of the church. His house lot was the largest in Farmington, situated on the west side of Main Street, opposite the meeting house, and contained fifteen acres. This large lot was granted him as an inducement to erect a mill, to be perpetuated and kept running. His will was dated March 16, 1682-83. He died in March --, 1682-83. He married (first) -------------; (second) Margaret, widow of Arthur Smith. She survived him and died in 1693. Children, all by first wife: 1. Sarah, married, November 20, 1644, Thomas Porter. 2. Mary, married John Lee and Jedediah Strong. 3. John, married -----------------. 4. Steven. 5. Mehitable, married John Cole. 6. Thomas, mentioned below.

(II) Captain Thomas Hart, son of Stephen Hart, was born in 1644. He inherited a part of the homestead, and was admitted a freeman in May, 1661. He was ensign of the train band in 1678; lieutenant in 1693; captain, 1695. He was deputy to the general court fourteen years and speaker four years. He served as commissioner and as justice for Hartford County several years, and was a member of the council in 1697. He was one of the most influential men of

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the colony, and often served on important committees. His will was dated in 1721. He died August 27, 1726, and was buried with military honors. He married Ruth Hawkins, born October 24, 1649, at Windsor, daughter of Anthony Hawkins. Her mother was a daughter of Governor Wells. Children: 1. Mary, married Samuel Newell. 2. Margaret, married Asahel Strong. 3. Hawkins, mentioned below. 4. Thomas, baptized April 4, 1680. 5. John, April 12, 1682. 6. Hezekiah, November 23, 1684. 7. Josiah, December 6, 1686.

(III) Lieutenant Hawkins Hart, son of Captain Thomas Hart, was born in 1677, at Farmington. He married (first) September 7, 1701, Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Lathrop) Roys, of Wallingford, Connecticut. she was born April 3, 1683, at Wallingford, and died there January 31, 1733. They lived for a time at Farmington, where their first two children were born. He married (second) January 30, 1734, Mary, widow of --------------- Street, and daughter of Rev. Joseph Elliot, of Guilford, and his second wife, Mary, who was daughter of Hon, Samuel Willys, of Hartford. She was born in 1687, and after the death of her second husband, Hawkins Hart, married (third) Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Killingworth. After his death she married (fourth) ------------- Hooker, of Farmington. She was a granddaughter of Rev. John Elliot, the apostle to the Indians, and the author of a translation of the bible into the Indian language. A copy of this bible was sold in New York City in 1869 for the sum of $1,130. Hawkins Hart lived most of his life on the farm of his first wife's father. He held the military rank of lieutenant. He represented Wallingford in the general court for nine sessions between 1714 and 1732. He died in Wallingford, May 24, 1735. Children; 1. Nathaniel, born 1702, mentioned below. 2. Ruth, August 13, 1704. 3. Child, born September 6, 1706, died September 22, 1706. 4. Hawkins, born March 1, 1708. 5. Sarah, May 21, 1710. 6. Esther, August 12, 1712. 7. Thomas, September 29, 1714. 8. Elizabeth, 1716. 9. Mary, June 21, 1719. 10. Benjamin, January 28, 1722. 11. Child of second wife: 12. Samuel, July 18, 1735.

(IV) Nathaniel, son of Lieutenant Hawkins hart, was born June 13 or 19, 1702, at Farmington. He married, December 21, 1727, Martha, daughter of Captain Stephen Lee, of Farmington, and his wife, Elizabeth (Roys) Lee. She was born February 17, 1701-02, at Farmington, and died before July, 1760. Nathaniel died October 2, 1750, and his widow married (second) Joseph Francis. Children: 1. Nathaniel, born September 5, 1729, mentioned below. 2. Timothy, May 24, 1731. 3. Martha, June 21, 1733. 4. Hawkins, February, 1736. 5. Ebenezer, March 26, 1739. 6. Josiah, February 22, 1741-42. 7. Phebe, April 20, 1746. 8. Esther, married ---------- Curtis.

(V) Captain Nathaniel Hart, son of Nathaniel Hart, was born September 5, 1729, at Wallingford, and married (first) January 23, 1753, Alice, daughter of David and Alice (Case) Hall. She was born September 8, 1731, at Wallingford, and died September 9, 1775. He married (second) February 15, 1778, Phebe, widow of ----------- Johnson. She died September 23, 1803. He removed to Goshen, Connecticut, and lived there with his sons in his old age. He held the military rank of captain. He died about 1810, aged eighty years. Children of first wife: 1. Nathan, born November 8, 1754, died at age of twenty-three. 2. David, born November 22, 1756. 3. Samuel, born September 10, 1758, died November 5, 1763. 4. Sarah, born February 29, 1760. 5. Lois, December 22, 1761. 6. Reuben, July 4, 1763. 7. Lucy, September 29, 1764. 8. Samuel, January 7, 1766. 9. Stephen, June 3, 1767, mentioned below. 10. Ruth, September 27, 1768. 11. Mary, August 7, 1770. 12. Phebe, April 29, 1772. 13. Levi, November 3, 1773. Child of second wife: 14. Alice Hall, born September 6, 1780, died January 19, 1790.

(vi) Stephen, son of Captain Nathaniel hart, was born June 3, 1767, at Walling-

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ford. He removed to Turin, Black River country, now Lewis County, New York, and died there in 1857. He cleared his farm in the wilderness, and it has remained in possession of his descendants to the present time, and the house that he built is occupied by George F. Hart, subject of this sketch. He married Eunice Seymour, of another old Connecticut family. Children: 1. Jeremiah, born May 29, 1791, died January 30, 1821. 2. Martin, born October 30, 1792, died May 24, 1879. 3. Seymour, born August 5, 1794, died November 16, 1835 4. & 5. Twins, born June 28, 1796, died July, 1796. 6. Melinda, born September 5, 1797, died May 9, 1839. 7. Eliza, born august 26, 1799, died August 30, 1850. 8. Sylvester, born September 27, 1803, died April 13, 1874. 9. Anson, born January 10, 1809, died November, 1880.

(VII) Sylvester, son of Stephen hart, was born September 27, 1803, in Turin, New York. He was educated there in the district schools. He learned the trade of millwright and followed it many years. he was a Republican in politics and a Methodist in religion. He married Abigail Seymour. Children, born at Turin: 1. Helen M., January 20, 1831, died January 23, 1834. 1, Anson, April 8, 1832, died April 25, 1832. 3. Helen, born January 29, 1834. 4. Stephen, January 30, 1836, mentioned below. 5. Dempster, September 24, 1839. 6. Mary, March 14, 1841, died October 18, 1841. 7. Laura, born May 8, 1843. 8. Abigail, February 10, 1845.

(VIII) Stephen, son of Sylvester Hart, was born at Turin, New York, January 30, 1836; died May 30, 1907. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. He learned the trade of carpenter and made it his occupation and business. He was a Republican in politics, and held various offices of trust in the town, including that of assessor. In religions he was a Methodist. He married, June 3, 1868, at Collinsville, Margarette Newman. Children: 1. William S., born April 26, 1869; married Ella Edgerton. 2. George Ferris, born June 2, 1873; mentioned below. 3. Mary L., born July 14, 1875; married J. Berton Crofoot. 4. Flora A., born February 20, 1877; married Emmett Plato. 5. Carlos D., born January 18, 1882; married Nettie Lee.

(IX) George Ferris, son of Stephen Hart, was born at Turin, June 2, 1873, and was educated there in the public schools. He is engaged in farming on the old Hart homestead, which has been in the family since the first settlement of the town, comprising about a hundred acres of land and having an excellent dairy of twenty cows or more. In politics Mr. Hart is a Republican, and he has served the town on the board of assessors. He is a member of Turin Lodge, of Free Masons; of Turin Lodge, Patrons of Husbandry, and of Neptune Engine Company of Turin. In religion he is a Presbyterian. He married, January 8, 1896, Clara Cornish, born at Turin, January 8, 1874, daughter of Dr. Harris J. and Julia (Rea) Cornish.

LANSING. The Lansing family of Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York, descend from representatives of two distinct nationalities, English and Dutch, and date to almost the earliest settlement of American by emigrants from these two nations. The paternal line Lansing dates to about the year 1650, in New Amsterdam; the maternal line, Cornwell, to the Puritan settlement of Massachusetts Bay colony prior to 1633. Representatives of both families have served in every war fought on American soil since these dates and the doors of every patriotic order in the land, that bases membership upon colonial residence or military service, open wide for the admission of a Lansing or a Cornwell. The Lansing descent is in direct male line, the present being the ninth generation. The Cornwell descent was in direct male succession for six generations. In the seventh generation Almira Smith Cornwell married William J. Lansing of the eighth generation of Lansings. The maternal antedates the paternal line in Amer-

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ica about twenty years. the children and grandchildren of the above marriage bring the descent down to the present family in Copenhagen, New York, and the year 1910.

(I) William Cornwell, born in England, emigrated to America prior to the year 1633. How much earlier cannot be stated; the earliest record of him is on the records of the church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he and his wife Joan joined the church in 1633. In 1638 he removed to Hartford, Connecticut, where his name stands third on a list of the early inhabitants, and in February, 1639, he is recorded as sergeant-at-arms of the general court. William Cornwell was one of the seventy-seven soldiers (forty-eight of whom were of Hartford and vicinity) who nearly exterminated the Pequot Indians tribe at Mystic, Connecticut. In 1650 he removed to Middletown, Connecticut, where he owned a tract of land containing twelve hundred acres. In 1654 he was deputy to the general court from Middletown; in 1664 deputy and constable, and n 1665 again deputy. He died in Middletown, February 21, 1678.

(II) John, son of William Cornwell, was a sergeant in the militia at Middletown.

(III) Benjamin, son of John Cornwell, was born in 1688, died in 1754. He was one of the fourteen volunteers who went with the colonial forces of the British Army from Middletown for the invasion of Canada, during the war with France. he was an exceedingly wealthy man for his day, leaving an estate inventoried at nine thousand pounds.

(IV) Cornelius, son of Benjamin Cornwell, was born in 1722; was a lieutenant of militia and served in the French and Indian War; was at the siege of Quebec under General Wolfe.

(V) Ashbel, son of Lieutenant Cornelius Cornwell, was born at Middletown, Connecticut, in 1754. He was a private in the Revolutionary army; fought at Bunker Hill; served with Arnold in the expedition against Montreal; was captain in the War of 1812 and marched with his Middletown company to Sacketts Harbor, New York.

(VI) Ashbel (2), son of Captain Ashbel (1) Cornwell, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1784, died July 24, 1868, at Broadalbin, New York.

(VII) Almira Smith, daughter of Ashbel (2) Cornwell, was born in Broadalbin, New York august 12, 1819, in Broadalbin, New York, August 12, 1819, died August 16, 1892, at Johnstown, New York. January 20, 1842, she married (first) William J. Lansing; married (second) John D. Loud, of Copenhagen, New York; married (third) James Newton, of Broadalbin, New York.

The name Lansing has had various spellings, the most common of which is here used. The founder of the Lansing family in America was Gerrit Frederick Lansing, son of Frederick Lansing, of Hassel, province of Overyssel, Holland. Gerrick Lansing came to America with his three sons and three daughters, landing at New Amsterdam, about 1650, Peter Stuyvesant then being governor under authority of the Dutch government. He was later of Rensselaerwyck (Albany), where the family acquired large holdings of land, a great deal of it yet in the family. From the first settlement to the present they have been a prominent and wealthy family, large land-owners, patriotic soldiers, and gifted professional men, shrewd and capable in business. Fifteen years after New York passed from the Dutch to English control, prior to October 3, 1679, he died in Albany. His children, all born in Holland, were: 1. Gerrit. 2. Hendric G. 3. Johannes. 4. Alltje. 5. Gysbertje. 6. Hiletje.

(II) Hendrick G., son of the founder, was born in Holland (at Hassel it is believed). He married and had: 1. Libitje. 2. Jacob H. 3. Hendrick (2). 4. Alida. 5. Maria.

(III) Jacob H., son of Hendrick G. Lansing, married, September 27, 1710, Helena, daughter of Frans Janse and Alida Pruyn. Children: 1. Aida. 2. Hendrick. 3. Elizabeth.

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4. Franciscus. 5. Gerrit. 6. Jacob J. 7. Anntje. 8. Johannes. 9. Abraham. 10. Isaac.

(IV) Hendrick, son of Jacob H. and Helena (Pruyn) Lansing, was baptized December 1, 1703; he married, February 23, 1735, Annetje, daughter of Isaac Onderdonk and his wife Mayke Van Nes. Children: 1. Lena. 2. Isaac. 3. Jacob. 4. Mayke. He married (second) 1749, Anna, daughter of Abraham and Nettie Onderdonk; child by second wife: Abraham.

(V) Jacob, son of Hendrick and Annetje (Onderdonk) Lansing, was baptized April 4, 1742. He married, about 1763, Maria, baptized October 19, 1744, daughter of Johannes and Helena (Fonda) Onderdonk. Children: 1. Annatie. 2. Maria. 3. Elizabeth. 4. Elizabeth (2). 5. William.

(VI) William, son of Jacob and Maria (Onderdonk) Lansing, was born May 12, 1774, died January 23, 1853. He married Alida Fonda, born March 28, 1775, died March 10, 1858; both are buried at Mayfield, New York. Children: 1. Jacob W. 2. Henrietta. 3. Abram Fonda. 4. Isaac W. 5. Maria. 6. Douw Fonda. 7. Sarah Ann. 8. William.

(VII) Jacob W., eldest son of William and Alida (Fonda) Lansing, was born in Mayfield, New York, September 7, 1795, died November 5, 1848. He married Helena Wynkoop, born January 13, 1794, died December 23, 1843. They are both buried in Mayfield, New York. Children: 1. John W. 2. Alida M. 3. William J. 4. Abraham J. 5. Isaac J. 6. Harriet A. 7. Sarah J. 8. Helena N. 9. Jacob N. 10. Douw J. 11. James W.

(VIII) William J., third child and second son of Jacob W. and Helena (Wynkoop) Lansing, was born in Johnstown, New York, August 6, 1818, died in Champion, New York, where he is buried, January 29, 1864. He was a successful manufacturer of carriages and wagons, a man of quiet disposition, and sterling integrity. His religious faith was that of his forefathers and he was an exemplary member of the Dutch Reformed Church. He was Whig politically, and when slavery became the rock upon which parties split, he joined the ranks of the Abolitionists, connected himself with the young but powerful Republican party, casting his vote for the first presidential candidate of that party, John C. Fremont, and depositing his last ballot for Abraham Lincoln. He married, may 1, 1842, Almira Smith, daughter of Ashbel Cornwell, (see Cornwell VI and VII). Children: 1. Charles Henry, born in Johnstown, New York, May 20, 1843. 2. Jacob W., born in Johnstown, April 24, 1845, died in Milton, California, in December, 1907. 3. William Lewis, born at Deer River, New York, May 29, 1847. 4. Gerrit Smith, born at Denmark, New York, August 3, 1849. 5. James Albert, born in Montague, New York, October 17, 1851. 6. Edward Cornwell, born in Montague, New York, September 2, 1853; died June 26, 1863. 7. Francis Place, see forward. 8. Eugene Warn, born in Champion, New York, August 26, 1857. 9. Douglass Weight, born February 7, 1860.

(IX) Francis Place, seventh son of William J. and Almira Smith (Cornwell) Lansing, was born in Copenhagen, Lewis County, New York, August 2, 1855. When he was still an infant the family removed to Champion, Jefferson County, New York, where they remained until the death of the father, William J. Lansing, in 1864, when they returned to Copenhagen. Francis P. obtained his early education in the Copenhagen schools. His stepfather, John D. Loud, was a manufacturer of furniture and coffins in Copenhagen, and when the lad reached the age of fourteen he took him into his employ. He was given an opportunity to learn the business in all its detail, and on the death of Mr. Loud, March 17, 1877, Mr. Lansing succeeded him a sole proprietor, continuing as such at the present date, 1910. Under his able, skillful management the business has prospered and expanded, new departments have been added, calling for increased space, until it has grown to be one of the largest of its kind

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in the country. Outside of his stated business, he has many interests. He was one of the promoters of the Carthage & Copenhagen Railroad, and has been secretary of the company since organization to the present time. This road connects with the great New York Central System and has proved an important factor in the development of the section it traverses. He has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of the village, served as president of the village corporation, and for five yeas was town clerk of the town of Denmark, in which Copenhagen is situated. Politically he is a Republican. He is deeply interested in extension and improvement of our Inland Waterway and the preservation of the forests of New York State. He is not only interested, but is thoroughly informed on these subjects and all others affecting the interests and developments of Northern New York. He is a member of the Congregational Church of Copenhagen, with which he ha been connected all his mature life. for thirty-two years he has served as trustee and for several years as superintendent of the Sunday School. His family are also connected with this church., He is connected with the leading fraternal orders of his town; was made a Master Mason of Orient Lodge, No. 238, Free and Accepted Masons, in 1882; is a charter member of Copenhagen Lodge, No. 891, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Copenhagen Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. The same sterling qualities that have made for success in his private business are freely employed for the benefit of these outside interests. His energy and good judgment are used freely for the public good.

He married, February 12, 1878, Harriet Rebecca Reed, of Natural Bridge, Jefferson County, New York, May 6, 1856, daughter of Charles and Ann (Johnson) Reed, and granddaughter of Archibald and Helen (Barr) Johnson, who were born in Scotland, and became early settlers in Lewis County. Archibald Johnson was a rope maker and operated the first rope walk in Lewis County. Children of Francis P. and Harriet Rebecca (Reed) Lansing: 1. Helena Ball, born July 17, 1880. 2. Archibald Johnson, July 24, 1882, died in infancy. 3. Ethel May, December 31, 1886. 4. Stanley Cornwell, August 1, 1895, died September 26, 1897.


Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910

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