Family History of Northern, NY
Cutter, A. M.
Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam
Merriman was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1533. He had a brother,
Samuel who died young.
(II) Theophilus (2), son of Theophilus (1) Merriman, was born in Maidstone, Kent, between 1573-80. He lived in Canterbury. He married Hannah -----------. Children: 1. Nathaniel. 2. Caleb. 3. Moses.
(III) Nathaniel, son of Theophilus (2) Merriman, was born in Tenderden, Kent, England, June 2, 1613, died in Wallingford, Connecticut, February 23, 1693. He settled in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1663, and was an original settler in Wallingford in 1670. He was captain of troops, 1675; deputy, 1669 to 1685. He married (first) Abigail Olney, in England, in 1649; (second) in 1680, Jane Lines, in Hadley, Massachusetts. Children: 1. John, born September 26, 1651. 2. Hannah, May 16, 1652. 3. Abigail, April 18, 1654. 4. Mamre, July 12, 1657. 5. John, February 28, 1659. 6. Samuel, September 29, 1662. 7. Caleb, May, 1665, mentioned below. 8. Moses, 1667. 9. Elizabeth, September 14, 1669. 10. Anna, died young.
(IV) Caleb, son of Nathaniel Merriman, was born in May, 1665, at Wallingford, and served as deputy to the general court there. He married (first) Mary Preston. Children: 1. Moses, mentioned below. 2. Adoniram, 1690, died, aged eleven. 3 Judith, 1691.
(V) Moses, son of Caleb Merriman, was born at Stratford, Connecticut, June 13, 1689, died there in 1761. There is a tradition in his family that the name was formerly Merrill. According to Dr. John Merriman's record under date of 1809, he married Martha Beach in Guilford, in 1718, and it also records her birth in Bristol,. Connecticut. He was captain of a troop. Another record gives the date of his death as 1751. Children: 1. Benjamin, born August 1, 1720, mentioned below. 2. Ruth, died young. 3. Sarah, died young.
(VI) Benjamin, son of Moses Merriman, was born in Guilford, August 1, 1720. He married, December 23, 1741, Susanna Crittenden, born May 8, 1720, died October 7, 1780. He died August 8, 1813. Children: 1. Amos. 2. Abram, born October 19, 1747. 3. Benjamin.
(vii) Amos, son of Benjamin Merriman, was born in 1742 at Guilford, Connecticut, or vicinity. He and his brothers settled at Richmond, Massachusetts. In Amos, Benjamin, and Abraham were heads of families in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Amos had three males over sixteen, one under that age, and seven females in his family. Amos was a private in the Revolution in Captain Joseph Raymond's Company, Colonel David Rosseter's Regiment, Brigadier-General Fellows' command, in 1780.
(VIII) Amos (2), son of Amos (1) Merriman, was born in Richmond, about 1765. He removed to Springfield, Massachusetts.
(IX) Lyman, son of Amos (2) Merriman, was born in Springfield, September 23, 1790, died in 1868. He settled on a farm in Herkimer, New York, removing about 1820 to Somerville, in St. Lawrence County, New York. He married Sally Hawkins, born February 10, 1795, in Connecticut. Children: 1. Chester T., born in Herkimer, October 30, 1816. 2. Eliza Ann, born in Herkimer, April 2, 1818, married Gilbert Waite, of Somerville. 3. Laura A., born in Somerville, August 15, 1820; married David W. Baldwin. 4. Lyman, mentioned below.
(X) Lyman (2), son of Lyman (1) Merriman, was born in Somerville, May 20, 1823, died December, 1803. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and at Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary. He learned the trade of blacksmith and followed it for a time at Somerville. Then he was clerk, and finally proprietor of a general store in Somerville. In 1865 he settled in Gouverneur where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days. In politics he was first a Whig, later a Republican; in religion he was a Universalist. He married, May 11, 1850, Caroline, born at Somerville, March 18, 1831, died January, 1901, daughter of Orrin and Julianna (McCollum) Freeman. Children: 1. Charles A., mentioned below. 2. Frederic Jay, mentioned below. 3. Minnie J., born March 28, 1859, died July 28, 1870. 4. Chester D., December 11, 1862; lives on the homestead at Gouverneur; married Minnie Carpenter; children: i. Harold, born August 17, 1886; ii. Laura Louise, December 10, 1892; iii. Alice, February 5, 1896; iv. Chester C., August 5, 1897; v. Pauline E., January 30, 1899.
(XI) Charles Adelbert, son of Lyman (2) Merriman, was born in Somerville, February 26, 1851. He received is education in the common schools and at Wesleyan Seminary at Gouverneur. He began his career as bookkeeper for Copley A. Nott, of Watertown, New York. Subsequently he engaged in the insurance business on his own account at Ogdenburg, New York. He represented the New York Life Insurance Company as general agent for ten years, and a number of the leading fie insurance companies, which he continues to represented at the present time. He was one of the founders of the Edgar A. Newell company, and has been treasurer of the corporation from the first. His home is in Ogdensburg. He is a director of the Business men's Association and chairman of the committee on transportation. He is a member of Acacian Lodge, No. 705, Free and Accepted Masons; of Ogdensburg Chapter, No. 63, Royal Arch Masons; of Ogdensburg Commandery, No. 54, Knights Templar, and of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown, New York. He is a Republican and has served as supervisor, representing ward one of Ogdensburg in the board. He and his family attend the Episcopal Church. He married, May 11, 1881, Cora A., born January 10, 1857, daughter of Gates and Roxanna (Clements) Curtis, of Ogdensburg. Children: 1. Minnie C., born July 20, 1882; graduate from Miss Baird's School for Girls, Norwalk, Connecticut. 2. David C., November 3, 1889, attended Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Virginia; also, Phillips-Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. 3. Lyman Gates, October 6, 1895.
(XI) Frederic Jay, son of Lyman (20 Merriman, was born in Somerville, July 9, 1856. His boyhood was spent in the towns of Rossie, and Gouverneur, whither his parents moved when he was seven years old. He attended the public schools at Gouverneur and the Wesleyan Seminary. At the age of nineteen he became a school teacher. When he came of age he began the study of law in the office of McCartin & Williams, of Watertown, and continued as clerk and student for four years and a half. He was admitted to the Bar January 9, 1880. He was law clerk for H. M. Wilbur, practicing also on his won account for a year and a half, and later with Henry M. Purcell, the city recorder, for a similar period. He opened an office in Madrid, New York, in 1884, and has practiced there since then. He is a Republican, and has been prominent in public life. He was clerk of the committee of printing, and of the committee on militia of the New York assembly in 1870. He was appointed September 1, 1890, by A. von Landburg, deputy collector of internal revenue for the third division of the twenty-first district consisting of the counties of Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis, an office he filled to the satisfaction of both public and government, with great credit to himself. He was supervisor of the town of Madrid for five years. He was appointed postmaster at Madrid, April 15, 1902, re-appointed February 5, 1905, and April 27, 1909, and during this time has raised the office from fourth to third class and established the rural free delivery for the county districts. He is president of the board of education, and has been for nine years a school trustee. He helped to incorporate the Madrid Woolen Mills in 1893, and is secretary of the corporation. He was one of the founders and is now a director of the Madrid Bank. He incorporated the Madrid Telephone Company in 1906, and was president of the corporation until it was sold to the Bell Telephone Company. He is also president of the Dr. William Fly and Insect Destroyer Manufacturing Company, incorporated in 1907, and secretary of the Wright Convertible Chair Company, organized in 1909. He is a retired member of the state militia, having served five years in the Thirty-ninth Separate Company, attaining the rank of corporal. He is a member of Acacian Lodge, No. 705, Free and Accepted Masons; of Ogdensburg Chapter, No. 63, Royal Arch Masons; of Ogdensburg Commandery, No. 54, Knights Templar; Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown; also of St. Lawrence Lodge of Perfection, Order of the Eastern Star; of the Independent Order of Foresters of Madrid; of Aurega Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Rebekah Lodge. He married, September 2, 1886, Edith F., born July 8, 1864, daughter of Oliver C. and Adeline Viles Robinson, of Madrid; graduate of Madrid high school. They have one daughter, Jessica Viles, born at Madrid, May 23, 1890, graduate of the Madrid high school, and of St. Lawrence University.
MURPHY. The family of Murphy of Copenhagen and Lewis County, New York, was founded by John Murphy, one of the most indomitable, energetic, deserving Irishmen that ever landed on our shores, and his wife, Julia Quinn Murphy, who shared with him the hardships of an emigrant pioneer.
John Murphy was the son of a well-to-do Irish farmer, and one of a family of four sons and two daughters. These sons at one time owned a good deal of property in Ireland, but got into litigation, which consumed a large part of it. John was a native of county Meath, Ireland, where he married Julia Quinn, and had children: 1. Philip. 2. Mary. 3. Nancy. 4. Patrick. 5. John. He sailed from Dublin for the Untied States, April 30, 1830, on the ship, "Hope of Harrington," with 812 other emigrants. They landed in New York and, proceeding northward, settled in Carthage, Lewis County, New York, where he arrived July 2, 1830, his earthly possessions consisting of $1.50 in cash. But he had a stout heart and was full of energy and ambition. He obtained work as a farm hand on the farm then known as the McAllen and Snell, now as the Dyder farm, at $8 per month, and after his day's work was done would go out nights and thresh grain for the neighboring farmers, using the old-time flail. He continued this laborious life for eight years, practicing the strictest economy. The pair of Irish brogans he brought with him were carefully treasured during the warmer months and did winter service for four years. A pound of tea (cost $2) was so sparingly used that it lasted seven months. During the eight years as a farm laborer he only lost seven days. He and his wife were devout Catholics, and walked the nine miles to church in Carthage every Sunday morning, she wearing the calico dress bought on Saturday, made up by her own skillful hands, and doing duty for many following Sundays. At the end of eight years his $1.50 had considerably increased. He had supported his family, had $360 in cash, two young cows, a calf and an ox. He now had a start in the world; he invested his money in a small farm of about fifty acres near Copenhagen, which he cultivated and added to little by little until he owned seven hundred acres of improved land, with stock and farm fixtures. His success was ever fairly and honestly earned, John Murphy's was. He died March 17, 1876. Julia, his wife, died April 24, 1805. They are buried in the cemetery at Carthage.
(II) Philip, son of John and Julia (Quinn) Murphy, was born in county Meath, Ireland, December 11, 1822, died January 26, 1905. He was brought to Lewis County, New York, by his parents in 1830, and shared with them the toil and privations of the years already described. After leaving the homestead he settled in the town of Harrisburg, Lewis County, where he owned a farm and lived until his death. He was a Catholic in religion and a Democrat in politics. He married, October 24, 1849, Catherine McDonald, born in county Queens, Ireland, September 4, 1823. Children: 1. Julia A., born July 17, 1850. 2. Mary J., August 16, 1851. 3. Jane E., August 26, 1852, married Edward Carroll. 4. John P., see forward. 5. Philip B., March 11, 1862. 6. William C., February 10, 1865, died January 29, 1906.
(III) John Patrick, eldest son and fourth child of Philip and Catherine (McDonald) Murphy, was born in Harrisburg, Lewis County, New York, April 16, 1857. He received a good education in the public schools and Lowville Academy. He was reared to farm labor, and on arriving at manhood adopted it as his permanent occupation. He is a dairy farmer of Harrisburg town, and owns an interest ina farm of 372 acres on which he maintains a herd of one hundred fine Ayrshire cattle. He is successful and prosperous in business, well known and respected throughout the county. He is an active worker in the Democratic party, and whenever he has solicited the votes of his county friends and neighbors has always met hearty support. He was assessor of the town of Harrisburg in 1884, and in 1890 was the candidate of his party for sheriff of Lewis County. He was elected and served his term. In 1907 he was the successful candidate for supervisor, and again elected in 1909, making three terms in the office he now occupies. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, Copenhagen Grange, and a communicant of the Catholic Church of Copenhagen. Mr. Murphy is unmarried.
WALTON. The Walton family settled early in New York State. Jacob and John Walton were soldiers in the Revolution from New York State. The New York City family of Waltons was even in colonial days, of great wealth and social standing, and several of the men were distinguished. In 1790 Abraham, Gerard Henry and William Walton were heads of this branch of the family in New York City; Elisha Walton, of Granville, Washington County, had one son under sixteen, and one female, doubtless his wife, in his family.
(I) Oliver Walton, said by family tradition to be of Dutch descent, lived in Essex County, New York, and died in the town of St. Armond, near Bloomingdale. Children: 1. Oliver. 2. Alfred. 3. George. 4. Rufus. 5. Lucinda. 6. Mary.
(II) Rufus, son of Oliver Walton, was born in Keene, Essex County, New York, August 20, 1809, died at Brighton, Franklin County, New York, 1883. He had a common school education. He was a prosperous farmer and lumberman. He spent his last years, after he retired from business, in the homes of his children. He was a Republican in politics and served the town on the board of assessors. He married Jane Rork, born in Ireland, December 10, 1819, died in 1861, daughter of John and Jane Rork. She came to this country with her parents when she was only two years old. Children: 1. Daniel, a soldier in the Civil War. 2. William, killed in the service during the Civil War. 3. John O., mentioned below. 4. Wesley, lives at St. Armond, New York. 5. Joseph Orrin. 6. Margaret Ann. 7. Fannie Amelia, lives at Bloomingdale. Rufus Walton married (second) Mrs. (Russell) Webster, a widow.
(III) John Oliver, son of Rufus Walton, was born in Keene, Essex County, New York, December 22, 1842. He was educated in the public schools of St. Armond's, New York, whither the family moved when he was a child and at the schools in Saranac Lake. In his youth and early manhood he followed farming. Then he learned the trade of mason, and worked as journeyman and master mason in this trade for a period of thirty years, in St. Armond and vicinity. He enlisted from Malone, New York, March 15, 1865, in Company G, One Hundred and Ninety-third Regiment, New York Volunteers, under Captain S. W. Ainsworth. He served on patrol duty and was commissary sergeant on detached duty for six months. He was mustered out at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, January 18, 1866. After the war he settled at St. Armond, and followed his trade. In 1897 he was appointed mail messenger to carry the mail to and from the railroad station at Bloomingdale in the town of St. Armond. In 1907 he resigned and retired from active life, and is now living with his children at Lake Placid, New York. In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Methodist.
He married, September 8, 1864, Sarah A. Mussen, born at Odletown, Canada, June 6, 1844. Children: 1. William Allison, mentioned below. 2. Frank Grant, born at Bloomingdale, New York, January 29, 1867; is in the hardware business at Lake Placid, New York, married Nellie Brown; children: i. John, ii. Francis, iii. William, iv. Donald. 3. Carrie Eveline, born at Bloomingdale, February 11, 1869; married Marian D. Trumbull, a merchant of Saranac Lake, New York. 4. Sarah Gertrude, October 29, 1872; married Roy McNeil, who is in business in Florida; child, Herbert McNeil. 5. Rufus, March 10, 1878, a plumber at Lake Placid; married Lizzie Adams; child, Ruth. 6. John Scott, September 3, 1879; clerk in the Adirondack National Bank at Saranac Lake; married Gertrude Evans, child, Philip. 7. Lillian, April 16, 1882; lives with father at Lake Placid.
(IV) William Allison, son of John Oliver Walton, was born at Bloomingdale, New York, January 11, 1865. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. When thirteen years old he started to learn he trade of tinsmith in the employ of R. H. McIntyre, with whom he continued as apprentice and journeyman for about eight years. He had stores in Bloomingdale and Saranac Lake. In 1889, in partnership with Michael J. Callanan, he formed the firm of Walton & Callanan, which bought the stores of Mr. McIntyre. In 1894, after five years of prosperous business, George Starks was admitted to the firm and after that all the business of the firm was done at Saranac Lake in the store now occupied by the Adirondack Hardware Company. The firm name was changed to Walton, Starks & company, and in 1900, after Mr. Walton sold his interest, the name became Starks & Callanan. Mr. Walton then entered partnership with H. H. Tousley and bought the block on Main Streets where his business is now located. For six years the firm continued as Walton & Tousley, and in 1906 the business was incorporated, and is now Walton & Tousley, Inc., Mr. Walton being president and general manager. The firm deals in hardware, plumbing and heating. In political ties Mr. Walton is a Republican, and he is active and influential in public affairs. For five years in succession he was town clerk; for four years he was supervisor of the town, and he has been a member of the village board of trustees. He was for four years a member of the board of water commissioners of the village. He is an appraiser of the building and Loan association. He belongs to White Face Mountains Lodge, F. A. M., of Saranac Lake. He is active and prominent in the Methodist church and secretary of the society. He married in 1889, Jennie S., born in Ray Brook, daughter of Duncan and Lydia (Ames) Cameron. Children: 1. Michael, died in childhood. 2. Marjorie, died in infancy. 3. Nathalie, born at Saranac Lake, June, 1899.
KOSTER. William Koster, or Coster, as the name was also spelled, born in New York City, 1810, was a paper manufacturer. He settled in Lee, Massachusetts, 1841, and was a partner in the firm of Sturges & Coster, which built a paper mill and operated it about three years at Lee. The firm sold it to Orton Heath. He died at Palmer, Massachusetts, 1857. He married Elizabeth Ann Greenleaf. Among their children were: 1. John S., mentioned below. 2. William, born at Lee, February 2, 1843.
(II) John S., son of William Koster, or Coster, was born at Lee, Massachusetts, June 21, 1841. He attended the public schools in his native town, and early in life learned the trade of papermaking in his father's mill. For a time he worked in a newspaper office at Springfield, Massachusetts, but soon returned to assist his father in the paper mill. After his father died he accepted the position of foreman in the Seymour Paper Company mills at Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Thence he went to Palmer, Massachusetts, to take a better position, and he was working there when the Civil War broke out. He was one of the first to enlist. He went to the front and fought bravely in the Twenty-first Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Infantry. He took part in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged to the battle of Cold Harbor, June 2, 1864. He was badly wounded in the body and his right arm was shattered by a bullet in that fight; his arm was amputated. He was honored with the commission of Major by Governor John A. Andrew. He was a government officer for several years at the port of Boston, and superintendent of a paper mill at Lancaster, New Hampshire. In 1876 he came to Lyonsdale, Lewis County, New York, as business manage of the Herkimer Paper Company mills at Kosterville on Moose River and was a stockholder in the company.
In politics he was a Republican. He was a presidential elector in 1888 and messenger to the United States Court. In 1896-97 he represented his district in the assembly of the state of New York. He was department commander of New York Grand Army of the Republic, 1903-04. He married, April 6, 1856, Mary L., born in New York City, February 7, 1847, daughter of Owen Kinzey, of New York City. Children: 1. Minnie e., born January 27, 1866. 2. George Edmond, April 27, 1869, mentioned below. 3. J. Everett, Somerville, Massachusetts, March 11, 1871. 4. Grace B., Lancaster, New Hampshire, April 19, 1873. 5. Irene L., Lyons Falls, New York, December 1, 1882.
(III) George Edmond, son of John S. Koster, was born at Somerville, Massachusetts, April 27, 1869. He attended the public schools, the Ives Seminary at Antwerp, New York, and the Lake Cayuga Military Academy at Aurora. When he was about eighteen years old, he entered the employ of the Herkimer Paper Company at Lyons falls. After the mill had been acquired by the International Paper Company, Mr. Koster became superintendent and cashier for the new owners. In June, 1907, the property of the international Paper Company was absorbed by the Gould Paper Company, but Mr. Koster has remained at the head of the business. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of Port Leyden Lodge, No. 669, Free and Accepted Masons; of Lowville Chapter, No. 223, Royal Arch Masons; of Watertown Commandery, No. 11, Knights Templar; of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine. He married, at Camden, New York, December 6, 1893, Clara S. Baker.
MURRAY. Roswell F. Murray, grandfather of Charles L. Murray, was born about 1822, and lived in Lowville, New York, where he had a book and stationery store. He died in 1905. Children: 1. Carroll J. 2. Herman Roswell. 3. Frank Jennings, born April 30, 1854, mentioned below. 4. Alice M., married John Styles, of Constableville, Lewis County, New York. 5. Howard.
(II) Frank Jennings, son of Roswell F. Murray, was born April 30, 1854, at Lowville, and was educated at Lowville Academy. He worked at farming in his younger days, and went west some time after 1870. Later he located in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was living at the time of his death. He carried in the grocery business, and also dealt in cattle and sheep. In politics he was a republican, and served on the board of alderman several times in Fort Collins. He married, March 11, 1879, Frances A., daughter of Harrison Hammond. She was born October, 1853, in Deer River, died April 12, 1902. He died January 12, 1901. Children: 1. Harrison Hammond, born at Fort Collins, died at the same place, aged nineteen years. 2. Charles Leland, mentioned below.
(III) Charles Leland, son of Frank Jennings Murray, was born at Fort Collins, March 24, 1883. He was educated in the schools of his native town, and in 1901 came east to attend Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He lived in Carthage, New York, for a time and came to Potsdam, New York, in 1904. In 1905 he went into business there, but sold out in 1906, and returned to Fort Collins, where he was in the mercantile business until 1907, when he went back to Potsdam to engage in the meat and provision business. In this latter he has continued since. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of Racquette River Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Potsdam; St. Lawrence Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Potsdam; St. Lawrence Commandery, Knights Templar, Canton; Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown. He is also a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ogdensburg, and the Eagles, of Potsdam. In religion he is an Episcopalian. He married, January 26, 1906, Alice Grace, daughter of Myron H. and Frances Hull Cary, of Canton, New York. Children: 1. Evelyn Frances, born June 24, 1907. 2. Hugh Jennings, June 4, 1909, died September 24, 1909.
SNYDER. Chloda Snyder was a native of Germany. He came, when a young man, to this country and made his home at Croghan, Lewis County, New York. He was a soldier in the Mexican War. He had two sons and a daughter.
(II) John R., son of Chloda Snyder, was born May 3, 1842. He learned the blacksmith trade and followed it for many years at Lowville, New York. He married, May 16, 1865, Harriet L., born at Tylerville, Jefferson County, New York, August 31, 1846, daughter of Isaac and Nancy (Bigelow) Clements. Isaac Clements was born at Baldwin, Vermont, and came to Northern New York when a young man. Mr. Snyder died December 7, 1867, leaving one son, Fay Clements, mentioned below. Mrs. Snyder married (second), May 1, 1873, Hiram C. Oatman, who died March 31, 1903. They had one son, Fred F. Oatman, born May 6, 1874.
(III) Fay Clements, son of John R. and Harriet L. (Clements) Snyder, was born in Lowville, New York, January 18, 1867. His father died when he was eleven months old, and he was thrown upon his own resources early in life. He had a common school education and attended Lowville Academy. When he was fifteen years old he entered the employ of Horace Bush, druggist, of Lowville, continuing for thirteen years. He then engaged in business on his own account, in partnership with D. Dorrence Bronson, buying the drug store of W. H. Morrison. The business was conducted under the firm name of Bronson & Snyder until May 1, 1903, with much success. Since that time, when Mr. Snyder bought the share of his partner, he has conducted the business alone. From a humble beginning, with no advantages, Mr. Snyder has become one of the most influential and substantial business men of the town. In politics he is a staunch Republican, but has never sought public office, but has served as a member of the board of education. He is a member of the Lowville Club. For many years he was a member of the Active Hose Company of Lowville, and now holds an exempt fireman's certificate. He married, June 15, 1892, at Lowville, Hetta M., born in Martinsburg, November 9, 1868, daughter of Halsey E. and Mary (Thankful) Kellogg. (See Kellogg.) They have one child, Dorothy C. K., born at Lowville, February 6, 1893, now a student in Lowville Academy.
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