Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 571-577

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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PEEBLES. Sanford S. Peebles, son of John Peebles IV, (q.v.), was born August 18, 1793. He settled at Martinsburg, New York. he married Sally Bowen. Children: 1. Woolsey. 2. Deborah. 3. Morris. 4. Duane. 5. Samantha. 6. George. 7. Henry.

(VI) Woolsey, son of Sanford S. Peebles, was born November 21, 1818, at Martinsburg. He died July 2, 1888. He lived at that town and was a farmer. He married Harriet Gould. Children, born at Martinsburg: 1. Cyrus J., mentioned below. 2. Duane A., June 4, 1861; married Addie Rose Phillips, in November, 1875. 3. S. Cornelia, December 9, 1855; married, December 24, 1879, Norman Greene. 4. Alice M., July 2, 1860; married Judson Damuth; she died September 2, 1892.

(VII) Cyrus J., son of Woolsey Peebles, was born at Martinsburg, November 28, 1849. He attended the public schools of his native town, the Martins Institute and the Lowville Academy, and afterward for several years taught in the public schools. Eventually he settled on the homestead, however, and has conducted it with notable success to the present time. "The Maples," as the farm is called, is advantageously situated in the town of Martinsburg, within a short distance of the railroad station, and is well cultivated and very productive. Mr. Peebles makes his dairy a specialty and devotes his attention to raising Holsteins. He is one of the best known and most successful farmers in this section. In politics he is a Republican, and a man of influence in party and town affairs. In religion he is a Methodist.

Mr. Peebles married, September 15, 1874, Emma A. Burdick, daughter of Stephen and Margaret (Lonas) Burdick. Children: 1. Elsie L., born March 15, 1876, died July 7, 1878. 2. Hattie Mae.

GOULD. John Gould, said to have been born in England, settled in New Britain, Connecticut. He married Catherine Lewis, who was also of English ancestry.

(II) John (2), son of John (1) Gould, was born at New Britain, Connecticut. He was left an orphan at the age of nine years, and when a young boy went to sea as a cabin boy, following the sea fro twelve years. After his marriage he located at Harrisburg, Lewis County, New York, then almost a wilderness, cleared land and followed a farmer's life. He was a Whig in politics until that party was broken up, afterwards being a Republican. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Church. He married Persis Johnson, a resident of Oswego County, New York. Children: 2. Seth P. 2. John. 3. Horace W. 4. Adeline. 5. George Washington, who is mentioned below. 6. Harriet.

(III) Gorge Washington, son of John (2) Gould, was born at Harrisburg, New York, March 20, 1827. He followed the trade of machinist for several years and in later life was a farmer. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church. He was interested in public affairs and held various town offices in Watson. He was a Republican. He married, April 11, 1848, at Martinsburg, New York, Mary Ann Clobridge, born July 6, 1831, at Turin, New York, daughter of John and Charlotte (Case) Clobridge, granddaughter of Christopher Columbus Clobridge, who came from Ireland, a soldier in the British army under Burgoyne, deserted and joined the American army under Washington. At the close of the Revolution, he married Hannah Burk and followed the occupation of farmer in Connecticut. Children, four born at Harrisville, three youngest at Watson: 1. Sarah Georgietta, born September 11, 1849. 2. George Hudson, November 8, 1851, mentioned below. 3. Lewis Johnson, November 27, 1854. 4. Cassius Emm, July 9, 1858. 5. Sanford P., born May 30, 1865. 6. Emily J., July 3, 1868. 7. Persis E., July 11, 1878.

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(IV) George Hudson, son of George Washington Gould, was born in Harrisburg, Lewis County, New York, November 8, 1851. He attended the district schools, and the Martin Institute for a year while Professor Harry C. Northam was principal. After leaving school he helped his father on the farm for several years. In 1874 he began to teach school and continued most of the time until 1883, when he engaged in business as a lumber contractor and jobber. In addition to this business he has also conducted a large farm and bought and sold lumber. He has been successful in business. In politics he is a Republican. From 1901 to 1908 he was supervisor of the town of Watson. He held at other times various town offices, and possesses a great influence in his party. He has been a member of Petrie's Corner Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, since 1890, and was master for two years. He is also a member of Lowville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. He is an able, aggressive business man, honest, upright and just in his dealings, a popular influential citizen. He married, at Lowville, October 22, 1877, Mary A., born in Watson, September 6, 1856, daughter of Richard and Mary (Rowland) Shaw. She had sisters: 1. Emma Augusta, 2. Cynthia Eveline; brothers, 3. Emmett James, and 4. Richard F. Shaw. Children of George Hudson Gould: 1. Milton Marverse, born July 4, 1879; educated in the common schools and in Utica Business College; a lumber man; married Nettie M. Saunders; children: i. Mary Etta, ii. Lumilla M. and iii. Faith H. 2. Lillian Marion, born February 9, 1881; married Jonas Ebersol, a farmer; they have no children. 3. Gertrude Mabel, January 24, 1887; married Robert Oudekirk, a lumberman; she attended school at Lowville and was valedictorian of the class of 1905.

(V) Milton M., son of George Hudson and Mary A. (Shaw) Gould, was born in the town of Watson, Lewis County, New York, July 4, 1879. He was educated in the public schools, and at Utica, New York, Business College. After leaving school he assisted his father with his farm labor for a time, then engaged with Theo. B. Bosslin, an extensive lumber dealer of Crogham, New York, to become foreman of one of his lumber camps. He remained with Mr. Bosslin for several years, and became an expert lumberman. About 1904 he began business for himself, his first contract being to cut, skid and put in the stream several thousand cords of pulp logs. This venture was a financial success and encouraged him to continue. He later entered into partnership with his father, George Hudson Gould, who was a successful jobber and contractor. The firm soon gained a strong foothold in the lumber business, where they are highly regarded. Mr. Gould is a most courteous gentleman and thorough man of business. His standing is high among the solid influential men of his county and town. He is an active Republican, and interested in all that concerns the welfare of his town. he is a member of the Methodist Church, Lowville Lodge, No. 134, F. and A. M.; Lowville chapter, No. 253, R. A. M. He married Nettie M. Saunders, December 26, 1900, daughter of Augustus and Harriet (Van Atta) Saunders. Children: 1. Mary Etta, born august 20, 1901. 2. Lumilla M., December 12, 1903. 3. Faith H., September 20, 1907.

MARTIN. It is the generally accepted belief that this surname originated with St. Martin, the son of a Roman military tribune, who was born about A. D. 316 in that part of ancient Panonia, which is the modern Hungary, and figured as one of the early exponents of Christianity in Western Europe. The name itself indicates no particular nationality, but is to be found in nearly every country in Europe. The name of Martin was brought into England by several followers of the Norman conqueror, whose names are recorded in the roll of Battle Abbey, and among them are those of "Le Sire de S. Martin," and Martin of Tours. The Somersetshire family, from which some of the American Martins are descended, dates its origin in England from the Norman Conquest. The name appears in the early records of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Virginia, and is variously spelled: Martin, Marten, Marteen, Martain, Marttin, and Mortine. Robert Martin, an immigrant from England, settled in New Haven, Connecticut, prior to 1655, and Samuel Martin, who came over about 1650, settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The Plattsburgh family, mentioned below, is undoubtedly descended from one of these immigrants.

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(I) Isaiah Martin was born on South Hero Islet, Vermont, in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and resided there his entire life. He was the son of an early settled at South Hero who went there from Connecticut and cleared a farm from the wilderness. Information at hand states that this settler as wounded while serving in the Revolutionary War, and that he carried a British bullet in his body for the remainder of his life. He was twice married, and the maiden surname of his wife, who was some years his senior, was Harrington. Both died at the age of sixty-seven years. His children, all of his first union were: 1. Levi, born in 1800. 2. Miner, 1801. 3. Lewis. 4. Andrew. 5. Phebe. 6. Lura. 7. Caroline. 8. Mariette.

(II) Miner, son of Isaiah martin, was born at South Hero in 1801. He resided in his native town until thirty-two years old, when he purchased a farm in Plattsburgh, situated at Cumberland Head and containing one hundred acres. He subsequently added twenty-five acres of adjoining land and demonstrated the fact that general farming could be made a very profitable occupation. He was not only identified with the agricultural interests of Plattsburgh, but became a prominent factor in public affairs as well, serving with ability as an assessor and member of the school board for a number of years, and in various other ways he made himself useful to his fellow townsmen. In politics he was originally a Whig, but united with the Republican Party at its formation and vigorously supported its principles for the remainder of his life. Miner martin died in Plattsburgh in 1868. He married Mallah Wheeler, born in Fairfax, Vermont, in 1808, died in 1875. Four children, all born at Cumberland Head, and the only survivor is Ansel Sherman, a brief biography of whom follows.

(III) Ansel Sherman, son of Miner and Mallah (Wheeler) Martin, was born in Plattsburgh, April 17, 1839. He received an excellent education, having pursued courses at the academy and high school in Plattsburgh, and after the completion of his studies he became a valuable assistant to his father in cultivating the homestead farm, adopting that honorable occupation with an energy and enthusiasm which is always productive of substantial success. At his father's death he succeeded to the possession of the property, and it may be truthfully said that he also inherited many of his father's prominent characteristics, particularly the progressive tendencies and thrift, for which his predecessor was noted. He has always kept his land up to a high standard of fertility by availing himself of improved agricultural methods and machinery, and both the quantity and quality of his products amply attest the efficacy of applying advanced ideas in the treatment of the soil. Some twelve years ago he purchased the farm lying just south of the homestead, comprising one hundred and fifteen acres and possessing historic associations, as it was the home of General Benjamin Mooers during the War of 1812-15. Removing to this farm he has ever since resided there, but still owns the homestead farm, together with other property in the immediate vicinity. Mr. Martin cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and gas ever since acted with the Republican party in politics. 

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While deeply interested in the welfare of the community he has never aspired to political prominence, although frequently solicited to accept nominations to important public offices, but he has invariably declined. He has, however, been actively concerned in forwarding the interests of public education at Cumberland Head for many years, serving as trustee of the school and contributing liberally toward its support. He is a member of the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry, is public-spirited whenever occasion demands, and is regarded as one of Plattsburgh's substantial and influential citizens.

September 20, 1866, Mr. Martin was married in Plattsburgh to Hattie Elizabeth Weaver, his wife. She was born in Schuyler Falls, New York, adopted daughter pf Benjamin Weaver, and died in 1884. His second wife, whom he married in Holyoke, Massachusetts, February 11,.1895, was Louise Furness, born in Malone, Franklin County, New York, daughter of Henry and Almira (Case) Furness. His children, all of his first union, are: 1. Frederick L., born January 5, 1868; married Bessie Allen and has one son, Herbert. 2. Ellen Louise, July 31, 1869; married E. J. Parmenter and has one child, Elijah. 3. Albert Sherman, January 4, 1873; married (first) Margaret Hopkins, one son, Lawrence; married (second) Bertha Smith, one son, Lester. 4. Mary Phebe, December 20, 1879; married George Staves; two children, Quentin and Alice. 5. Alice, January 6, 1884, now the widow of Wallace Hall.

MARTIN. The founding of the Martin family of Lewis County, New York, herein recorded, was accompanied by a tinge of romance, probably often duplicated in the settlement of all new countries. John Martin, the founder, was born in 1790, in county Meath, Ireland, near Dublin. In 1848 a party of emigrants from his neighborhood were starting for the United States, and among them his sweetheart. John Martin went to Dublin to see them on board ship, but when the hour of parting came could not endure the sorrow, so sailed with them. He landed at Quebec, Canada, where he married the girl who had drawn him so far from home and kindred, Ellen Connell. They settled, after some drifting around, in the town of Wilna, Jefferson County, New York, where they lived on a farm and reared a family of eight children: 1. Mary. 2. Thomas. 3. Ann. 4. Margaret. 5. James. 6. Rosana. 7. Michael. 8. Ellen. John Martin lived a long and useful life that ended in December, 1882, after he had attained the great age of Ninety-two years.

(II) Thomas, son of John and Ellen (Connell) Martin, was born in the town of Wilna, Jefferson County, New York, about 1820, died January 16, 1905. He was educated in the public school located on his father's farm. It was the usual pioneer building made of logs and simple of furniture. He obtained a good education there, and after leaving school was employed at home in farm labor. He worked at different occupations, was saving of his earnings, and in course of time he and his brother bought a large farm in the town of Wilna. They divided the property equally, each having a good sized farm as his share. He lived on and cultivated his farm until his death. He married Nancy Commins, January 1, 1854. She was born March 14, 1835, daughter of Richard and Johanna (Mahar) Commins. Richard Commins was born in county Waterford, Ireland, where he married. Soon afterward he emigrated to Canada, landing at Quebec, where he remained a few years. In 1845 he removed to Carthage, Jefferson County, New York, where he established himself and worked at this trade of blacksmith. Children: 1. Anastatia. 2. Nancy. 3. Thomas. 4. Margaret. 5. Richard. 6. Patrick. 7. Mary. 8. Peter. Richard Commins was unexcelled as a smith, that trade having descended through six generations of his family, father teaching the trade to son.

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Thomas and Nancy (Commins) Martin had children: 1. John T., see forward. 2. Richard, born July 15, 1858; married, June 1894, Carrie Lyons. 3. Patrick, born January 11, 1862, died February 7, 1884. 4. William, born August, 1865, died August 12, 18782. 5. Edward, born May 22, 1868; married Adah De Temple. 6. Frederick, born July 31, 1870; married, June 22, 1898, Grace Hines. 7. Emmet Augustus, born January 23, 1876; married, June 27, 1906, Catherine Karnally. 8. Mary, born July 6, 1878; married, January 13, 1904, Charles Bullis.

(III) John T., eldest son and child of Thomas and Nancy (Commins) Martin, was born in the town of Wilna, Jefferson County, New York, October 1, 1855. He was educated in the public schools and reared on the home farm, where he grew to manhood. In 1875 he engaged with Joseph C. Otis, a farmer of Lewis County, with whom he remained several years. In 1881 he purchased a productive farm in the town of Denmark, Lewis county, located near the village of Denmark, which he has since then very successfully operated. He makes a specialty of dairy and poultry farming, having a choice herd of graded Holstein cattle, and for the latter branch a large flock of "White Leghorns." Mr. Martin is modern in his methods of conducting business, and has made his life a success. His strict integrity and manly, upright life has earned him the respect and confidence of his neighbors. He is an active member of the Denmark Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, having held the office of master, overseer, treasurer, and insurance director. He is also a member of Lewis County Pomona Grange. He is a director of the "Crown Brand" Milk Company of Denmark, a flourishing industry. Politically he is a Democrat, and a member of St. James' Church, Carthage, New York. He married, April 20, 1881, Maryette, born January 1, 1853, daughter of Edmund and Delaney (Dingman) Leonard. Edmund Leonard was born in the town of Harrisburg, Lewis County, New York, July 14, 1826, died March 30, 1903; married Delaney Dingman, born in Lowville, New York, January 16, 1817, died February 13, 1890. Children: 1. Genio, born November 2, 1848; married, in 1891, Mary Dolton; children: i. Anna D., born September 14, 1892, ii. Agatha, born December 25, 1893, iii. Mary (Dalton) Leonard died April 5, 1896. 2. Vivaldia George, born January 29, 1851, died April 1, 1854. 3. Maryetta. Edmund Leonard owned and operated one of the finest farms in the county. He was a son of Edward and Annie (Risnee) Leonard. His wife Delaney was the daughter of William and Polly (Lawrence) Dingman. The Dingmans were among the very earliest settlers of Lewis County, New York.

HIRSCHEY. The first member of the family here under consideration of whom we have definite information was John Hirschey, born at Huisuig, France, 1789, married Barbara Guirich, a native of Braudenfingen, France, who bore him seven children, three of whom died before attaining maturity. Children: 1. Joseph, December 10, 1810. 2. John, January 3, 1812. 3. Christian, April 3, 1814, see forward. 4. Michael, December 27, 1815. 5. Anna, September 6, 1817. 6. John, August 20, 1819. 7. Peter, 1821.

(II) Christian, son of John and Barbara (Guirich) Hirschey, the founder of the family in America, was born in France, April 3, 1814. When a youth he emigrated to American, and being favorably impressed with the country and its possibilities, returned to his native land for his bride, Mary Farney, whom he married in France, he at the age of nineteen and she at the age of fifteen. In 1833 they returned to this country, and established a home in what was then a new country, northern New York, settling in that part known in France as the Castorland, which was then a wilderness, but is now the town of New Bremen, and they cleared the farm on Beach Hill, now occupied by Nathan J. Hirschey, a son, and here they reared a family of six sons, and four daughters, of whom five sons and two daughters are now living (1910). 

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There they laid the foundation for lives of usefulness, thrift and enterprise. They built wisely and well, for the name of Hirschey is a synonym of honesty, integrity, progressiveness and citizenship. The privations of those early days are well known to those familiar with the early history of northern New York, yet these young people overcame all obstacles and developed into successful farmers, which vocation their descendants have continued and in which they have achieved similar success. The town of New Bremen was formed from the towns of Croghan and Watson, March 31, 1848, fifteen years after Mr. and Mrs. Hirschey founded their home on Beach Hill. The town of Croghan was founded in 1841; the town of Watson was taken from Leyden, March 30, 1821, embracing all of Lewis County on the east side of Black River. When this town was organized there were forty-four families in all that territory, and only four hundred and eighty-one acres of improved land, one hundred and fifteen head of cattle, eighteen horses and one hundred and seven sheep within its borders. Mr. Hirschey died in 1898, and his wife in 1895. Children: 1. John, born March 4, 1836; married, February 10, 1867, Margaret Schloof. 2. Jacob, April 1, 1838, died January 21, 1865. 3. Christian, see forward. 4. Jonathan, May 28, 1844, married, August 17, 1873, Anna Virkler, cousin of the wife of his brother Joseph. 5. Kate, May 20, 1846, died April 23, 1902; married a Mr. Breham. 6. Joseph, June 28, 1848; married, March 5, 1876, Anna Virkler. 7. Rachel, August 5, 1854; married, December 22, 1878, Joseph Virkler. 8. Maria A., April 15, 1857; married, August 13, 1885, Christopher Schantz. 9. Barbara, September 5, 1859, died January 13, 1885; married Christopher Schantz as his first wife. 10. Nathan J., August 25, 1861; married, October 1, 1885, Louise Schwendy.

(III) Christian (2), son of Christian (1) and Mary (Farney) Hirschey, was born in New Bremen, New York, June 10, 1842. He was educated in the common schools, and upon attaining manhood, engaged in farming, which occupation he followed for about sixteen years. He then disposed of his farm and engaged in the manufacture of cheese at Beaver Falls, New York, which line of work he followed successfully until 1909, when he disposed of his factories and retired from active business. He is a man of integrity and honor, upright and honest in all his dealings, and his active career was well worthy of emulation. He is a consistent member of the Evangelical Baptist Church, in the work of which he has taken an active part. He married at Croghan, new York, 1872, Wilhelmina, born in Prussia, may 22, 1843, daughter of Karl F. Bachman, who, accompanied by his wife, and infant daughter, Wilhelmina, three months old, came to America from his native land, Prussia. Mr. and Mrs. Bachman had six children: 1. Wilhelmina, above mentioned. 2. Charles F. 3. Frederick Egbert. 4. Gottleib F. 5. Sarah F. 6. Nancy, deceased. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hirschey: 1. Samuel L., see forward. 2. Sarah B., born May 1, 1876. 3. Minnie M., December 18, 1877. 4. Urban C., April 17, 1881. Mrs. Hirschey died in 1907.

(IV) Samuel L., son of Christian (2) and Wilhelmina (Bachman) Hirschey, was born at Beaver Falls, New York, July 16, 1874. He attended the common schools of his native town, and upon the completion of his studies, assisted his father in the manufacture of cheese, remaining thus employed for a short period of time. he then worked for a short time ina paper mill at Beaver Falls, but not being favorably impressed with that occupation, resigned his position, and once more engaged in the cheese business, operating factories and having charge of milk stations for a period of about nine years.

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In his early manhood, Mr. Hirschey was deeply interested in what was then a novel way of hatching eggs; an incubator, never having seen anything of the kind, but felt hat a more practical and convenient way was needed. The first incubator was rather a crude affair, but since then he has remodeled and improved upon it, and now his ideas are perfected. In the year 1901-02 patents were granted in the United States and Canada, and machines were exhibited at the Pan-American Exhibition at buffalo in the summer of 1901. Mr. Hirschey personally attended the exhibition and made demonstrations of what his machines would do, and was much gratified that the highest award of merit was placed on his machine. Mr. Hirschey's ingenuity was further recognized when the great Industrial Exhibition that was held at Toronto, Canada, 1902, awarded him first prize. For several years his chicken machinery , known as the "Climax," has secured the highest award in the competitions and they are indorsed by experimental colleges. Both "Incubators" and "Brooders" when stamped with "Climax" are known from coast to coast, having patrons in every state in the Union, as well as in Canada. In 1904 the Climax Incubator & Brooder Company was organized by Mr. Hirschey; a large building was erected and properly equipped with the special machinery necessary, at Castorland, New York. The business was a success from the start, and it has continued to prosper with each succeeding year. In connections with the incubator and brooder industry the company has now a large force of employees at work in their factory making folding pasteboard boxes, used as florist, millinery and hat boxes, and this branch of the business has been very successful. In all his enterprises Mr. Hirschey has met with a large degree of success, this being due to his ingenious nature, coupled with a bright, active mind, inherent honesty, and a courteous, friendly manner, which draws men to him. Mr. Hirschey married (first) October 21, 1898, Carrie A., born at Croghan, New York, February 22, 1869, died May 26, 1902, daughter of Darius and Elizabeth (Snell) Bent, of Castorland, New York. They had one child, who died in infancy. Mrs. Hirschey died May 26, 1902. He married (second) September 28, 1905, at Nambrugh, Anna L., born November 1, 1881, daughter of Henry E. and Anna (Farney) Einbeck. Children: 1. Naomi Wilhelmina, born January 31, 1907. 2. Malcolm E., April 4, 1909.


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