Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
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William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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FLOWER. This name is of French origin. It comes to America through England. Persons known by the name of Floier held large possessions in Devonshire, England, immediately after the conquest. One of the ancestors of the family herein traced, Captain William Floier, was born near the city of Exeter, England, in 1450, and accompanied the army of King Edward IV, in the descent on France in 1490. He married Phillipa Brooke and became later a resident of Willston, Dorsetshire. Of his three sons, William, born 1530, married Elizabeth Kirk.

(I) From this marriage descended Lamrock Flower, the progenitor of the American branch of the family. He was born in Whitwell, Rutlandshire, England. The date of his emigration is not known, but he settled, in 1685, at Hartford, Connecticut, where he died in 1716. He was the father of eight children.

(II) Lamrock (2), second child and eldest son of Lamrock (1) Flower, was born at Hartford, March 25, 1689. He had a daughter and a son.

(III) Elijah, son of Lamrock (2) Flower, was born April 15, 1717, at Hartford, where, in 1742, he married Abigail Seymour, by whom he had six children.

(IV) George, son of Elijah Flower, was born at Hartford, April 26, 1760. He married Roxaline Crowe, and soon after the birth of his son George moved to Oak Hill, Greene County, New York. He was the father of ten children.

(V) Nathan Munroe, seventh child of George flower, born at Oak Hill, December 14, 1796, was married in Springfield, New York, to Mary Ann, daughter of Philip Boyle, of Cherry Valley, New York. Mr. Boyle was a native of Ireland, coming to this country in his childhood, where in due time he engaged in extensive contract work, being one of the contractors of the first water works in New York City. After his death the family moved to Springfield, New York. Soon after his marriage Nathan M. Flower took up his residence in Theresa, Jefferson County, where he erected a cloth mill, and the business prospered under his intelligent management. 

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For many years he was a justice of the peace at Theresa, and during his residence there one of the most active members of the Presbyterian Church. He died April 4, 1843, in his forty-seventh year. Of the nine children born to Nathan M. and Mary Ann flower, seven were living at the date of his untimely death, the eldest being but fifteen, the youngest, Anson R., having been born in June, 1843, two months after the death of his father. Mrs. Flower made a brave and successful struggle to rear her family into meritorious manhood and womanhood. Her children, all born in Theresa, were: 1. Roxaline, March 15, 1826. 2. Nathan Monroe, January 21, 1828. 3. George Walton, August 5, 1830. 4. Orville Ranney, January 12, 1833. 5. Roswell Pettibone, mentioned below. 6. Marcus, August 11, 1837. 7. John Davison, April 10, 1830. 8. Anson Ranney, June 20, 1843.

(VI) Hon. Roswell P., son of Nathan M. Flower, one of the most masterly of the brilliant statesmen who have adorned the high office of governor of the state of New York, was born at Theresa, Jefferson County, August 8, 1835, died at Eastport, Long Island, May 12, 1899. He came of an excellent ancestry, from which he derived superb physical vigor, and sterling principles, and he forged his own character in that white heat of poverty and necessity which consumes all dross and leaves a perfect metal. He was left fatherless at the tender age of eight years. As a lad he worked at wool picking, in a brickyard, and upon a farm. He attended school as he could and was diligent in his studies as he was industrious in his labors, and graduated in the high school course when eighteen years old. He was for some time a teacher ina district school, acquitting himself most creditably and conquering the respect of his pupils when they were disposed to resent the authority of so young a master. He made his home with his sister's husband, Silas L. George, a merchant, who boarded him and paid him a monthly wage of five dollars for his services. He was afterward a clerk in the post office at Watertown. He was closely economical and saving; and in a few years had accumulated a little fortune of a thousand dollars. This he invested ina jewelry and brokerage business, which he successfully conducted until 1869. In which year he removed to New York City, having been made executor of the estate of his deceased brother-in-law, Henry Keep. In this important trust he displayed the finest executive and financial ability, and the estate quadrupled in value under his management. In 1871 he became a member of the banking and brokerage firm of Benedict, flower & Company, from which he retired in 1875 to become senior member of the banking firm of R. P. Flower & Company. He was also officially connected with various corporations, and was a trustee and honorary vice-president of the Colonial Trust Company, a trustee of the Metropolitan Trust Company, and a director in the Corn Exchange Bank, the National Surety Company, the Untied States Casualty Company, the People's Gas Light & Coke Company, of gas companies in Chicago, and of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company. He retained a home in his native village, with whose interests he never ceased to be actively and usefully identified.

Governor flower was, during all his active career, one of the most potential political figures in the state. A democrat of the highest stamp of character and ability, he took an earnest part in support of Seymour and Blair in the presidential campaign of 1868. In 1876 he was foremost as organizer of the initial movement which led to the nomination of Samuel J. Tilden for the presidency. At the succeeding election he was elected to the forty-seventh congress from the eleventh New York district, defeating William Waldorf Astor.

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In 1882 he was represented as a candidate for the gubernatorial nomination, and in convention received one hundred and eighty-three votes as again the same number for General William H. Slocum, and sixty-one for Grover Cleveland. At this juncture it became apparent that political necessity demanded a candidate from outside the city of New York, and Mr. Flower withdrew to make way for Mr. Cleveland, who was made the nominee, and then placed upon the highway which led him to the presidency. In the same year Mr. Flower was made chairman of the Democratic Congressional committee. In 1883 he declined a re-nomination to congress, and two years later declined the nomination for lieutenant governorship. In 1888 he was again elected to congress, and the same year he was a delegate-at-large in the Democratic national convention at St. Louis, which nominated Mr. Cleveland for the presidency, and was chairman of the delegation from the state of New York. In the same year he was strongly urged to become a candidate for the lieutenant governorship, but declined for business reasons. In 1889 he was returned to congress by a majority of more than twelve thousand. In 1892 he was prominently mentioned for the presidential nomination. In that year he was elected governor, receiving a majority of nearly fifty thousand over Hon, J. Sloat Fassett. This fine tribute was due, in large degree to his integrity, and his unselfish care for public interests as shown in every instance where a trust was committed to him. His administration was broadly practical and sagacious, and his every act was based upon conservative views and an accurate estimate of conditions and necessities. In congress his conduct was marked by the same high standards. While an ardent subordinate no public interest to partisan ends, and in whatever legislation he advocated or opposed his sole object was the promotion of the welfare of the country and the people. Once, when congratulated upon the excellence of his congressional record, he remarked that whatever of usefulness he had accomplished was due to his constant endeavor to learn as much as any other and, if possible, more, concerning whatever matter was entrusted to a committee of which he was a member. In the fifty-first congress he made an enviable record in championship of a movement for the holding of the Colombian Exposition of 1893 in New York City. He earnestly opposed the McKinley tariff bill and the "force bill" as he did the attempt of the Farmers' Alliance to establish a system of sub-treasuries for the loaning of public funds on field crops, domestic animals, etc. He was a warm advocate of liberal, but well guarded, soldiers' pensions legislation, of the election of postmasters by the people, and of the irrigation of the arid regions of the west.

Governor Flower amassed a large fortune, estimated at about $25,000,000, and in its acquisition no taint of wrong-doing, either in personal or public life, ever detached to him. He was broadly philanthropic, and for many years set apart one-tenth of his income for benevolences, and the sums thus distributed amounted to more than a million dollars. he built the Flower Surgical Hospital in New York City, and with Mrs. Flower, he erected the St. Thomas Parish House in the same city, at Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Street on Second Avenue, for work among the poor. The inspiration for this noble benefaction is told in a memorial tablet bearing the following inscription: "Erected to God by Roswell P. Flower and Sarah M. Flower, in memory of their son, Henry Kepp Flower." Mr. Flower also built, as a memorial to his parents, a Presbyterian Church edifice at Theresa, New York, and he and his brother, Anson R. Flower, of New York City, erected Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church at Watertown, New York. His donations to all manner of charitable and benevolent institutions are accounted for in pervious reference in this narrative. 

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It is to be added that, while governor of New York, in 1893, there arose urgent necessity for the purchase of Fire Island as a state quarantine station. There were no available public funds, and Governor Flower, unhesitatingly advanced the amount needed, $210,000. That he was afterward reimbursed by act of the legislature is o way detracts from the merit of his act.

Governor flower was essentially a self-made man, and in large degree he was self-educated. He was a man of broad knowledge, not alone in the fields of finance and politics, but in literature and the arts. His city residence in Fifth Avenue, New York City, and his summer house at Watertown were both eloquent in their furnishings and contents, of his refined taste. His library was rich in the choicest of literature, particularly of Americana, and he was the owner of a large mass of valuable autographic relics of all the presidents of the Untied States, from Washington down to this own day. In recognition of his high attainments and signally useful public services Lawrence University in 1893 conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Governor Flower married, in 1859, Sarah M., daughter of Norris M. Woodruff, of Watertown, New York, a lady of beautiful character, who was her husband's active ally in all benevolent and charitable works. Three children were born to them, of whom a son and a daughter are deceased. The living child is Emma Gertrude, who is now the wife of J. B. Taylor, of Watertown, New York.

KINGSBURY. This is an ancient name in England, where, as the name of a place, it is found as early as the days of the Saxon kings. The Manor of Kingsbury, in the hundred of Caishoe, country Herts, was so termed from the Saxon kings who were the ancient possessors thereof, and often resided and kept their court there; among whom Bertulph, King of the Meicians, celebrated a parliamentary council there Friday after Easter in the year 851. The first of the name known to history of Gilbert de Kingsbury, who was incumbent of St. Peter's Church, Kingsbury, Warwickshire, about 1300. He probably derived his surname from the place. There was a family named Kingsbury in county Dorset, England, who bore for a coat-of-arms "Azure a chevron or between two doves in chief proper and a serpent in base of the last." Crest: "Wybern vert." Motto: "Pruden et innocens." The English records show a greater variety of spelling than even those of New England: Kingsburie, Kingsborough, Kingsberry, Kingsbeary and Kingsborrowe being a few of the variations. The Connecticut family use a final "e", the tradition being that owing to a quarrel, two Kingsbury brothers would not even spell their names alike. The name is distinguished in American records, where the trust and confidence inspired by their lives have led to long continued terms in church and state. They have been represented in every way in which the country has ever been concerned. Many fought in the French and Indian Wars. Fifty of the descendants of Henry Kingsbury fought in the Revolution, and in the Civil War they were found wearing both the blue and the gray. they were supporters of the early church, and it is written of Deacon Joseph, of Enfield, Connecticut, that he "was a strict supporter of the good old ways of Puritans in their most early days." Pluck was added to their other virtues, as shown by James Kingsbury, the first white settler of Cleveland, Ohio, who with his family suffered untold hardships. The first Kingsbury in New England was Henry Kingsbury, who came in the "Talbot," one of the ships in Governor Winthrop's fleet in 1630. It is most probable that he returned to England. No relationship is shown with the following:

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I. Henry Kingsbury was at Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638. There are numerous land transactions on the records of Ipswich and Haverhill covering the years, 1648 to 1687, when his estate was appraised. In 1669 he deposed in court that he was fifty-four years of age, which places his birth in 1615. He finally settled in Haverhill, where he died October 1, 1687. There was a relationship existing between the Gage and Kingsbury families, but it is not known whether Henry married a age, or John Gage married a Kingsbury. Susanna, wife of Henry Kingsbury, died in Haverhill, February 21, 1679. Children: 1. John, of Newbury, married Elizabeth, daughter of Matthais Bulton, of Ipswich; two children. 2. Ephraim, killed by the Indians, May 2, 1676; he is believed to have been the first person in Haverhill slain by the Indians in King Philip's War; there is no record of his having married. 3. James, of Plainfield, Connecticut, married Sarah, another daughter of Matthias Bulton; six children. 4. Samuel, of Haverhill, born 1649; married Huldah, daughter of George And Joanna (Davis) Corliss; two children. 5. Thomas, of Plainfield, Connecticut; married Deborah, daughter of George and Joanna (Davis) Corliss, and widow of Thomas Eastman; and had two children, Thomas and Mehitable, both killed by Indians in the attack on Haverhill in 1697, and at a later prior he appears to have been taken captive and carried away by the Indians and kept by them for a long time. After his return from captivity the proprietors of Plainfield presented him with a tract of land "that he may have wherewithal to live comfortably amongst us." 6. Deacon Joseph (see forward). 7. Susanna, married John Pike, of Newbury, son of Captain John and Mary Pike. He was representative and deputy sheriff, and was killed by the Indians, September 4, 1694, at Amesbury, while on his way to Haverhill. Her grandson, Rev. James Pike, was the first minister of Somersworth, New Hampshire, and had a son, Nicholas Pike, who was the author of "Pike's Arithmetic."

(II) Deacon Joseph, sixth child and son of Henry and Susanna Kingsbury of Haverhill, born in 1656, was known as Joseph of Norwich West Farms, Connecticut. He took the oath of allegiance November 28, 1677; was sergeant of the train band, constable, tithing man, selectman, viewer of fences, and appears to have been a surveyor. He was bookkeeper for Captain Simon Wainwright, a merchant of Haverhill, when the captain was killed by the Indians and his house burned in 1708. He removed with his family to Norwich, Connecticut, in 1708, settling in that part called West Farms, now Franklin. He purchased land and erected a home. This property continued in the Kingsbury name until 1870, when it was bought by John G. Cooley, who married a daughter of Colonel Thomas H. C. Kingsbury, heirs keeping the land in the family if not in the name. He was a pillar of the church at West Farms, where he and his wife were admitted by letter from the church at Haverhill. He was one of the first two deacons chosen October 8, 1718. He was appointed ensign of the train band in 1719, and lieutenant, October, 1727. He died April 9, 1741, in his eighty-fifth year. He married, April 2, 1679, Love, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hutchins) Ayer of Haverhill, born April 15, 1663, died at Norwich, Connecticut, April 24, 1735, after a married life of fifty-six years. Their tombstones may be seen in the old burying ground in Franklin, Connecticut. Children: 1. Captain Joseph (see forward). 2. Captain Nathaniel, married Hannah Dennison, sister of his brother Joseph's wife, and had fourteen children. He was captain of the northeast train band of Windham, Connecticut. 3. Elizabeth, died in infancy. 4. Mary, married (first) Stephen Bingham. 5. Elizabeth (2), born October 16, 1693l married Samuel Ashley; seven children. 6. Susanna, married Jonathan Ladd; ten children. 

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(III) Captain Joseph, eldest child of Deacon Joseph and Love (Ayer) Kingsbury, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, June 22, 1682, died December 1, 1757. He came with his father in June, 1708, to Norwich West Farms, where he was admitted to the church by letter January 4, 1718. He was chosen deacon February 20, 1735, and was one of the pillars of the church. He was appointed ensign of the train band in 1721, lieutenant in 1729, captain in 1748. He was selectman of Norwich in 1723, and deputy to the general assembly in 1731-34-38-39 and 1742. He was one of the committee appointed by the general assembly in 1739 "to repair to the society on the east side of the great river in Hartford and to affix a place for the new meeting house thereon." In his will Captain Joseph mentions his "loving and faithful wife Ruth" and his children and grandchildren. He left his two slaves, "Cuff and Phillis," to his wife Ruth. She gave them their freedom in 1773. The two ex-slaves removed to Tolland, where in 1793 they became a charge on the town, which brought suit again Ebenezer Kingsbury, as executor of his mother's estate, to make him support them, under the statute requiring all masters or owners who set slaves free to provide for their support if they should ever come to want. The town won the suit. It was stated in the testimony that Ruth Kingsbury left a clear estate of five hundred pounds. Captain Joseph Kingsbury married, February 5, 1706, Ruth daughter of John and Ruth (Ayer) Dennison, of Ipswich, Massachusetts; she was born June 7, 1686, died May 6, 1779, aged ninety-three years. Her tombstone in Franklin burying-ground adds, "she left five children, sixty-one grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and fifteen great-great-grandchildren." Captain Joseph has a suitable stone and lies by her side, his name cut in the stone, :Kingsbury," Hers, Kingsbury." Children, all born at West Farms: 1 Ephraim (see forward). 2. Hannah, married Captain Jacob Hyde; nine children. 3. Love, married Josiah Backus; eight children. 4. Ruth, married Joshua Edgerton; twelve children. 5. Captain Joseph (2), deputy to the general court 1756; married Deliverance Squire; eleven children. 6. Captain Ebenezer, married Priscilla, daughter of his uncle, Nathaniel Kingsbury. (It is said she read the Bible through before marrying, to see if there was anything to forbid cousins marrying). He was deacon of the church and deputy to the general court from Coventry, Connecticut, eighteen terms from 1754-1780. He was lieutenant of the Ninth Company, Fifth Regiment, 1753; captain, October, 1760. At a critical time during the Revolution he returned on a Saturday from the general assembly to work for the soldiers. His son Joseph moulded bullets from the lead clockweights, while Priscilla baked biscuits, both on the Sabbath. Sand bags were substituted for lead in the family clock, and on Monday he returned to his post of duty with his saddle bags balanced, food on one side for the patriot soldiers, bullets on the other for their enemies. He died in Coventry, September 6, 1800, aged eighty-three years. Priscilla, his wife, died January 3, 1805, aged 83. Children: 7. Eleazer, married (first) Jabez Backus, (second) Ebenezer Baldwin; six children. Her eldest son, Jabez Backus, was father of Rev. Azel Backus, D. D., first president of Hamilton College, New York. Their youngest son, Rev. Charles Backus, was an accomplished scholar, a distinguished divine and a noted pulpit orator. 9. Grace, died unmarried. 10. Daniel, was a selectman of Norwich, and held other town offices; married Abigail Barstow, and had five children. His widow married David Longbottom. 11. Talitha, married Zacchues Waldo, of Scotland. Child, Daniel, served in the Revolution, captured and imprisoned in the Sugar House, New York; studied for the ministry, and was in that work for many years,; elected chaplain of National House of Representative, 1856, and in 1857, being at the time ninety-four or ninety-five years of age, with faculties unimpaired; preached his last sermon after entering on his one hundred and second year. He died July 30, 1864, aged 101 years, 10 months, 20 days. 12. Irene, died unmarried. 13. Nathaniel, married Sarah Hill; three children.

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(IV) Captain Ephraim, eldest son of Captain Joseph and Ruth (Dennison) Kingsbury, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, (all his brothers and sisters were born in West Farms). January 4, 1707, died November 17, 1772. He was ensign of the Third Company in Norwich, 1737; lieutenant, 1746; deacon of the Norwich West Farms church, 1770-72. He married, July 3, 1728, Martha Smith, born in Norwich, November 26, 1710, died October 24, 1771, daughter of Captain Obadiah and Martha Abell Smith. Children: 1. Asa (see forward). 2. Absalom, a soldier of the Revolution; married (first) Rebecca Rust, (second) Mrs. Abigail Wilson; a prominent citizen of Alstead, New Hampshire; selectman, justice of the peace, town clerk and treasurer; Republican in the legislature; ten children. 3. Martha, married Amariah Rockwell; eight children. 4. Doctor Obadiah, practiced medicine in his native town, and was the first president of the Connecticut Medical Society. He was deacon of the church, and married Sarah Kingsbury; four children. 5. Irene, married (first) Amos Avery; child: Amos. 6. Ephraim (2), removed to Coventry after his marriage, and built a house in the west part of the town, on what is now the road to Rockville. Here he lived sixty-five years, and it was occupied by his descendants until September 1, 1893. The house was in course of erection in April, 1776, when the news came of the battle of Lexington; the floor was being laid in the kitchen, but the boards were dropped, and Ephraim, with all his workmen, joined in the march to Boston. The next year the house was completed, and the figures 1776 can still be seen on a brick in the front of the chimney. He continued in the service and was ensign in the Third Battalion Connecticut Troops. He was representative to the general court from Coventry from 1780 to 1790, inclusive; 1796-97-98. He married Phoebe, daughter of Major John and Phebe (Hyde) French; six children. 7. Talitha, married Joseph Rust; six children. 8. Anna, born November 17, 1742. 9. Joshua, died at sea.

(V) Captain Asa, eldest son of Ephraim (1) and Martha (Smith) Kingsbury, was born in Norwich West Farms April 7, 1729, and died September 5, 1775. He was ensign of the West Farms train band, 1772; lieutenant, 1774, lieutenant in command of a Norwich Company at the "Lexington Alarm"; was commissioned captain of a company in Colonel Jedediah Huntington's regiment, July 6, 1775, but his death in the following September, "while on the march to Roxbury to join the American army" cut short his career at the age of 47 years. He married, May 12, 1756, Sarah, daughter of Christopher and Abigail (Abell) Huntington. She was born April 27, 1730. Children: 1. Asa (see forward). 2. Sarah, married Dudley Tracy, a member of the Connecticut legislature; ten children. 3. Eunice, married Josiah Griswold. 4. Lucy, married ---------- Clark.

(VI) Asa (2), eldest son of Captain Asa and Sarah (Huntington) Kingsbury, was born at Franklin (West Farms), March 12, 1757. He enlisted at Norwich, in November or December, 1776, for three months' service under Captain Ebenezer Lothrop in colonel John Ely's Regiment, spending most of his enlistment in or near Providence, Rhode Island. He enlisted a second time as sergeant under Captain Palmer, of Stonington, serving on the Connecticut Coast six months. He served two other short terms. He was a millwright by trade, removed to Lebanon, Connecticut, later to Turin, New Boonville, Oneida County, New York, where he died March 13, 1839. He married Lurena Hartschorn, in Franklin Connecticut, January 30, 1783. She died June 2, 1835, at the age of 73 years. Both are buried at Paines Hollow, New York, about five miles south of Mohawk. 

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Children: 1. Clara, born December 2, 1783, died May 9, 1790. 2. Joseph, born May 8, 1785. 3. Hezekiah, living in Hebron, Connecticut, in 1809; served in the War of 1812 as private in Captain Samuel West's Company; removed to Delta, New York; left five children. 4. Asa (3), married, 1820, Polly foster, of Meridan, Connecticut. it is stated b y some that he was in the navy during the War of 1812, and was with Lawrence on the "Hornet," and with him when he was killed on the "Constitution." He removed to Turin, New York, thence to Ottawa, Illinois in the early day of that state, and built the first chain of mills through the section southwest of Chicago. He had eight children. 5. Flavel Clark, served in the War of 1812 in Captain Samuel West's Company at New London; was of Coventry, 1817; later settled in or near Utica, New York, where he was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He married Tryphena Holmes; eight children. His widow married Martin Barnes, of Turin, New York. 6. Lurena, married Lemuel Swift. They settled on a farm at German Flats, six miles from Herkimer, New York, afterwards at Paine's Hollow, and in Herkimer. Her parents were living with her when they died. They had six children; only one, William Anson Swift, married and had issue. 7. John, (see forward). 8. Charles Backus, marred Ruana Barnes, removed in 1856 to Delavan, Walworth county, Wisconsin; master mechanic and builder. They had eleven children. 9. William, married (first) Eliza Barnes., (second) Mary Evans.

(VII) John, seventh child of Asa (2) and Lurena (Hartschorn) Kingsbury, was born May 11, 1799, died in 1864. He was a millwright, contractor and builder, also a manufacturer and inventor. He made the first rotary plane, afterwards known as the "Woodruff." Among his patents was an automatic press about 1849, yet in use, a scroll saw. He was an ardent Abolitionist; a friend of the free school system, in which he took a deep interest, as well as in the National Guard of New York, being captain of a company. He was postmaster, and an organizer of the Baptist church at West Leyden, which he served as clerk. He married, in 1825, in Ava, New York, Rhoda Cornelis Bates, born June, 1807, in Ava, Oneida County, New York, died in Portland, Oregon, daughter of Solomon and Annie (Campbell) Bates. Children: 1. Julia Ann, died 1847. 2. Hezekiah H., see forward. 3. Andrew Bates, veteran of the Civil War, enrolled in Battery A, First Regiment, new York Light Artillery; wounded at Fair Oaks; was superintendent of bridges and buildings on railroads; superintendent of planing mill, Chicago, and an inventor of a crazing machine, malleable iron horse collar, and a scroll saw, for which he received patents. He married (first) Harriet M. Waters, (second) Susan E. Diston. Children by first marriage: 1. Edwin Lemuel and 2. Charlotte; by second marriage, 3. Lamont Diston, 3. Clinton Andrew. 4. Clarence Myron, 5. Lulu Augusta, and 6. George Horn. 4. Solomon Bates, unmarried, of Humboldt, Kansas. 5. Stephen, died young. 6. Celestia Cornelia, married Hiram Crego, of Rome, New York, and had issue. 7. John Terry, born May 6, 1839, a graduate of Union college; enlisted 1861 and served until June, 1865; was captain of artillery. He was division engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad, 1866-69, and a widely known civil engineer of the west. He was engaged in construction and irrigation work. He married Anna Gibson Adams. Children: 1. Clare Cornelia, 2. Tilly Louise, and 3. John Adams, superintendent of schools, Georgetown, Washington. 8. Captain George , born 1841, died in the Army, August, 1864; unmarried. 9. Lewis Malcom, born 1844. He was a Civil War veteran, and died in Mohawk, 1875, unmarried. 10. Delos Devine, born 1845, a Civil War veteran. He resides in North Yakima, Washington. 11. De Witt D., died in boyhood. 12. Alma Augusta, born 1850, married William Dent, of England. They now reside in Seattle, Washington. Children: 1. Mabel Clare, married John Garland Price, attorney of Skagway, Alaska. 2. Rachel. 3. Hawthorne, 4. John Bates, 5. Margaret Hartwell. 13. Mary Lurena, married Warren Ranney, of Mohawk, New York, Children: 1. Alma May. 2. Myron W. 3. Warren K. 4. Ernest Louis. 5. Earle K.

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(VIII) Hezekiah H., second son of John and Rhoda Cornelia (Bates) Kingsbury, was born in Ava, Oneida County, New York, 1830, and died in Little Falls, New York, May 4, 1874. The strong Union sentiments of the father seem to have crystallized in the sons and developed a condition of patriotic feeling that led them all into the ranks of the Union Army. The enlistments of the others are shown in the preceding generation. Hezekiah H. enlisted in Battery A, (Bates Battery), First Regiment, New York Light Artillery. He was sergeant, and was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks, and discharged in 1863. He was for many years in the hotel business in various places as proprietor; the hotel at Little Falls, New York, being his last. He married, October, 1861, Romalda Arabella Heath, born January 12, 1836, in Little Falls, died August 16, 1899, daughter of Henry McLean and Sabina (Caster) Heath. Children: 1. Edward Henry, (see forward). 2. Charles Mortimer, born March 30, 1865, married, December 16, 1896, Sadie Gallraith; resides in New York City. 3. John MacLean, born January 2, 1870. He spent two years at Cornell University, and won a scholarship. He is a department manager for Allis-Chalmers Company, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He married, December 15, 1897, Minnie Esther Thume, born April 21, 1878, in Little Falls, daughter of John Jacob and Lucy (Shipman) Thume.

(IX) Edward Henry, eldest son of Hezekiah H. and Romalda A. (Heath) Kingsbury, was born December 16, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of Little Falls. His business career began as a clerk in a mercantile house, where he continued four years. The following ten years were spent as chief accountant in two of the manufacturing houses of little Falls--E. B. Waite & Company and P. W. Casler & Company. He was for several years a member of the firm of Heath & Kingsbury, lumber and planing mill business, purchasing the P. W. Casler business. In 1886 he became accountant for Andrew Little Lumber, Gravel and Planing Mill Company, and in 1905 became manager of the plant. For seventeen years he was actively interested in the volunteer fire department, of which he became assistant chief engineer, serving as such for nine years, and is a life member of the Tri-County Firemen's Association. He is a Democrat in politics. He served as assessor and town clerk in 1890-91; he was elected mayor of Little Falls in 1900, holding the office by successive re-election until 1903, in which year he was re-nominated but declined the honor. It was while serving in the capacity of mayor that the Utica and Mohawk Valley electric railway was built, and he was influential in securing the double tracking of the line through West Main Street, which proposition was fought quite bitterly, but the opposition was finally overcome, and the wisdom granting the franchise fully established. The systematic paving of the streets was also inaugurated during his terms of office as mayor. He is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Kingsbury married (first) February 10, 1886, Frances Orendorf, born December, 1857, died 1893, daughter of John and Mary Orendorf. They had one child, Gladys, born November 7, 1893. He married (second) October 19, 1904, Eva, daughter of James and Mary Cross, of Victoria Square, Ontario, Canada.

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William Heath came from London, England, in the ship "Lion," in 1632. He was deputy for Roxbury and "an able, godly and faithful brother," says Elliot, in his entry on the church record. He married Mary Bartholomew. Heath was of Newbury, Massachusetts, and had a son John born August 15, 1643, who removed to Haverhill, where he married Sarah, daughter of William Partridge, of Salisbury, and had a son Bartholomew. 

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There is no relationship between William of Roxbury and Bartholomew of Newbury. Bartholomew, son of John, was born about 1685, and is supposed to have been father of Bartholomew of Sharon, Connecticut, born 1710, died February 11, 1789. His wife was Mehitable Fuller, and they had issue. Their progeny settled in New Hampshire and New York state, but cannot be definitely traced until Hezekiah, grandson of Bartholomew of Sharon, born at Sharon, about 1759, died at Springfield, New York, July 18, 1823. He married Dorothy McLean, born at Ancram, New York, December 23, 1763, died at German Flats, New York, November 1, 1801. Child: 1. Henry Heath, born at Egremont, Massachusetts, November 17, 1789, died at Little Falls, New York, February 21, 1875. He married, May 13, 1810, Mary Casler. Child: Henry McLean Heath, who was father of Romalda Arabella Heath, wife of Hezekiah H. Kingsbury, and mother of Edward H. Kingsbury, of Little Falls, New York.

(The Casler Line)

The Casler Family descends from the old Dutch family of Herkimer, George (Jurgh) Herkimer, and wife, who emigrated from the Palatinate of the Rhine in 1721. Their son, Johan Jost Herkimer, with wife, Catherine, came with them in 1721 with the third emigrated of Palatinates, settling at German flats. They had thirteen children, of whom the eldest Nicholas, born 1728, was the gallant Nicholas Herkimer, who at the battle of Oriskany, during the Revolution, gave up his life in defense of his country. The eighth child of Johan Jost Herkimer was Delia, who married Colonel Peter Bellinger, who was killed At Oriskany, with his brother, General Nicholas, brothers-in-law Lieutenant Warmuth and Warner Tygert. Another brother-in-law, George Henry Bell, was taken prisoner. They had four children. Gertrude Bellinger, the eldest daughter, born 1762, died 1831, married Nicholas Casler. Child, Mary, wife of Henry McLean Heath.


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