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History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893 pg 12 - 13


BUCK, Rev. Daniel Dana, Geneva, was born in Lebanon, NH, September 10, 1814.  While yet a child, the family emigrated to the "West'ard," as it was then termed, and settled in Scottsville, a few miles south of Rochester.  When he was 14 years old he was taken into the employ of Mr. John MITCHELL, a merchant in Scottsville, with whom he continued 3 years.  Then he found employment as a clerk in a mercantile house in Rochester for 5 years, when he was licensed to preach by the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Rochester, and was recommended for admission into the General Conference.  According to the usage of the M. E. church, after being on trial for 2 years, he was admitted into full connection, and was ordained as a deacon.  Two years thereafter he was elected to the order of elders, and was ordained as an elder.  Mr. BUCK continued in the regular itinerant ministry, being appointed from year to year to various pastoral charges by the bishops until he had rendered 40 years of effective service.  Feeling then the infirmities of age, and the need to rest and recuperation, with permission of the Conference he retired from the effective ranks, and located his residence in Geneva.  Since making this his home, without a regular pastoral charge, he has been employed much of the time as a temporary pulpit supply for various churches of his own denomination, and also for the Reformed (Dutch) Church, the North Presbyterian Church, and the Baptist Church, in Geneva.  In the spring of 1861 Mr. BUCK was commissioned as chaplain of the 27th Regiment New York State Volunteers, Colonel (afterwards Major-General) SLOCUM commanding.  After about one year in the service, being disabled by malarial diseases, he was honorably discharged from the service.  Mr. BUCK is the author of several volumes, ranging in size from 18mo. to octavo, and has contributed several articles for Quarterly Reviews.  He has published several minor productions, mostly in prose, but some in poetry.  He has been twice honored with the complimentary title of Doctor of Divinity, once by Allegheny College, at Meadville, Penn., and once by the Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomington, Ill.  Mr. BUCK has been twice married; first, in 1837, to Philena ALDRICH, of Rochester, who died in 1869. The next year he was married to Mrs. Lorana ALDRICH, of Rochester.  By his first wife he had a son, Milton Dana, who graduated from Syracuse University in the class of ' 75.  He immediately accepted a call to a professorship in Napa College, an institution belonging to the California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  After two or three years' service in the college, he entered upon what he considered to be his special life work, the regular ministry of the Gospel, and since that time, as pastor or presiding elder, he has been regularly employed in the ministry in that Conference.  Professor BUCK married Martha Ross AMOS, who graduated at Napa College while he was connected with that institution.  They have had four children, only two of whom survive.





History of Ontario Co., NY, Pub 1911, vol. 2, pg 77-78 

Myron M. BUCK was born in Shortsville, Ontario county, New York on January 16, 1835.  His ancestors settled in central New York, when the state was wild and uncultivated, his maternal grandfather Theophilus SHORT, in whose honor Shortsville was named, having been a member of the Old Holland Land Purchase Company and prominent in every way in the affairs of the community.  Attracted by the fertility of the soil in this underdeveloped district, the company purchased a large portion of central NY.  They at once proceeded to establish homes for the pioneers who were the leading spirits.  The venture was a daring one, but it proved so successful that not only did the settles establish homes for themselves, but they were able to leave valuable legacies to their descendants.  

It was there that Myron M. BUCK, founder of one of the largest railroad supply houses in the country, was born and spent his early years.  His education, which was a good one for the time, was receive in the public schools of his district, and at the age of eighteen years he was in a position to make his way in the world.  He traveled extensively through western New York and Canada, locating finally in New York City, where he secured employment in a manufacturing establishment.  He showed great natural aptitude for this line of work, but, as it had always been his ambition to build up a business of his own, it was but natural that he should look farther west as the field best adapted to this idea.  He removed to Chicago, where he spent three years in the acquisition of much valuable knowledge.  In 1858 he went to St. Louis, Missouri, and engaged in the manufacture of car trimmings, and acting on the policy that what a man wants done will he must do himself.  Mr. BUCK gave his personal attention to the superintendence of every detail of his business and was soon the owner as well as manager of a depot for the sale of al kinds of railroad supplies.  This was the first establishment of its kind in the Mississippi Valley and it had held its own during the past 32 years against all competitors.  It attracted attention to St. Louis in a very practical manner during the railroad building period of the seventies, and the amount of business that this industry brought to the city was enormous.  The house is one of the largest in the country, and St. Louis has just cause to be proud of it.  Mr. BUCK had control of a number of immense contracts, all of which were executed without thee slightest inconvenience to those most interested.  He went to the west with the fixed idea of growing up with the country, and he certainly achieved his object.  Although his business interests occupied the greater portion of Mr. BUCK time, he was too broad-minded and unselfish to neglect the welfare of the city in any particular, and was always an important promoter of any movement that would benefit it.  Among the many institutions with which Mr. BUCK was actively connected, and in which he was a director, may be mentioned: The Union Trust Company, Continental National Bank, and the Commercial Bank of St. Louis.  He was also a member of the Mercantile, Noonday, St. Louis Commercial and Fair Grounds Jockey clubs.  Although naturally devoted to the interests of St. Louis, Mr. BUCK did not forget the home of his youthful days.  He was the owner of a very handsome villa in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, NY, where he annually spent several months with his family.  He said .. "A few weeks sojourn in this fragrant valley inspires me with new life and health to enter upon the duties of life once more."

Few men succeeded as signally as Mr. BUCK.  To build up a business such as he owned was a task which not many venture to attempt and in which even fewer would succeed.  He mapped out his ambitions career in his early years, and never swerved from the path he had marked out for himself.  His unflagging industry and unfailing integrity combined with his unusual executive ability enabled him to attain the reputation which was most justly his that of being a self-made man in the best sense of the words and one of whom St. Louis was justly proud.  He died March 30, 1906. 

Mr. BUCK married Velma SAWYER, a native of Orleans, Ontario County, New York, August 12, 1875.  She is the daughter of James Mosley and Anginette (SHORT) SAWYER.  Mr. SAWYER was one of the well-to-do farmers of Ontario county and lived retired for many years.  He died in Michigan, 1889.



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg 21 - 22


BUELL, Augustus, East Bloomfield, was born January 31, 1824, a son of Timothy, who was also a son of Timothy, a Revolutionary soldier from Goshen, Conn., who was twice married.  In 1792 he came to East Bloomfield, and was an organizer and deacon of the Congregational church.  He reared 6 children: Jonathan, Timothy, Theron, Eben, Eunice and Lucy.  He died in 1849, aged 93 years.  His son Timothy, was born in Connecticut in 1790, and came with his parents in 1792 to East Bloomfield, where he owned a homestead.  He served as assemblyman in 1845, and as supervisor many years.  He was also captain of militia, and died aged eighty-three.  He married Lucy, daughter of Daniel and Aurelia (DOWD) RICE, and had 8 children, four sons and four daughters.  His wife died 12 days after her husband, at the age of 79 years.  Augustus was reared on a farm and received a district and academical education, at the age of 21, beginning for himself.  In 1850 he bought his present residence, together with his brother, and later bought out the latter's share.  He is a Republican in politics.  He has been three times married.  His first wife was Electa GAUSS, by whom he had 6 children, two surviving to adult age:  Timothy, who died aged 27, and Arthur.  His wife died in 1872, and he married second, Mary, daughter of William CONKLIN, by whom he had 3 children: William C., Lucy R., and Caroline L.  His second wife died in 1885, and he married, third, Mary H., daughter of Henry SHAW.  Subject has been connected for 42 years with the Congregational church.




History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg  28


BUELL, Charles, East Bloomfield, was born where he now resides, June 14, 1829.  His father was Timothy, son of Timothy, who came from Goshen, Conn., in 1792, and died here in 1849, aged over 92 years.  His first wife was Olive NORTON, by whom he had these children: Jonathan, Timothy (Jr.), Eben, Theron, Lucy and Eunice.  He married second, Charity NORTON, by whom he had no children.  The father (Timothy Jr.) of our subject was born in Connecticut in 1792, came to Bloomfield, and died in January, 1873.  He  was a republican, and served as assemblyman and supervisor.  He was a director of the Ontaio and Livingston Insurance Company, and was a progressive and enterprising citizen.  He married Lucy, daughter of Daniel and Aurelia (DOWD) RICE, and they had these children: Frederick, Augustus, Charles, John (who enlisted in Company B, 85th New York Volunteers; he was taken prisoner at Plymouth, NC, in 1864, and died in Andersonville prison September 7, 1864; he [John] was a sergeant), Olive, Caroline, Alice and Ellen.  Charles received a district school and academic education, and at the age of 21 began life for himself.  He has always lived on the homestead, and owns 143 acres.  He is a republican in politics.  His wife was Anna DUNN, born in Attica, by whom he has four children: Kezzie, wife of Dr. John H. JEWETT; John L., Harry C. and Florence.  Subject's mother died two weeks after her husband.




History of Ontario County, NY  Pub. 1911, Vol. 2, pg 354-356 

The earliest record of this family is in 1270, when one William de BEULE witnessed a charter granted by Henry III, for the protection of ambassadors.  In 1327 the king sent a petition to the Court of Room by our beloved Water deBEULE.  In 1373, John de BEULE was appointed by the king to be a commander of Calais in France, with the title Captain of Calais, with supreme power, both civil and criminal, and authorized him to conclude a truce with the enjoys of Charles, King of France.  From this time, through the reigns of the first three Edwards, the BUELLS held offices of honor and trust.  In the Rolls of Hundreds, of England, made by George III in 1812, is contained an account of members of the BUELL family as holding manors and public offices in many of the counties of England. 

The BUELL coat of arms has upon its shield three disks, which in heraldry indicate the number of crusades in which the family had been represented.   Also, as its crest, a winged horse rampant, upon an ermine trimmed cap, and carrying in its mouth an olive branch.  The ermine trimmed cap was in early days given to untitled men, but only in acknowledgment of distinguished service.  The olive branch is a symbol of diplomatic service.  Motto: Prodesse quam conspici.  We read in ancient records that one Robert BUELE was made knight of the shire for Huntingdonshire in 1440 under Henry IV.  Descending two hundred years through a like of knights and baronets to 1610 there was born:

(I)                         William BUELL in Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England, the ancestor of all of that name in America, who died at Windsor, November 23, 1681.  He sailed from Plymouth, England, March 31, 1630 in the company conducted by Rev. John WAREHAM, on the ship, Mary and John, and landed at Nantasket, Boston Bay, May 30.  He settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and five years later became one of the proprietors of the new settlement at Windsor.  After residing these five years he married Mary ____.  Their children: Samuel, see forward, Peter, and there may have been others.

(II)                     Samuel, son of William and Mary BUELL, was born at Windsor in 1641, and later became one of the founders of Killingsworth.  He held an umber of public offices, was a man of large property and is on town records as a gentleman.  He married, 1661 to Deborah GRISWOLD of Windsor.  He had seven sons and five daughters, of whom Mary and Hannah married Henry and Joseph PORTER, and settled at Niagara, western New York.

(III)                John, son of Samuel and Deborah (GRISWOLD) BUELL, was born February 1671 and appears on the records as deacon and captain.  He was one of the petitioners in May 1719 for the settlement of what is now Litchfield.  After his marriage he removed to Lebanon, Connecticut where he became a deacon of the church.  He married Mary LOOMIS.  His eldest daughter married Lieutenant John MARSH of Hartford.

(IV)                    Jonathan, son of John and Mary (LOOMIS) BUELL, was born at Lebanon, December 13, 1717 and he and his wife are buried at Goshen.  He served in the Revolution, and was known as Captain Jonathan.  He came to Litchfield with his father in 1720, and when the town of Goshen was laid out it was found that the line of division between it and Litchfield ran through his house, and he and his wife became members of the church at Goshen.  They had ten children, among whom were: Jonathan Jr., served in the Revolution; Timothy, see forward.

(V)                         Captain Timothy BUELL, son of Jonathan BUELL, was born at Goshen, May 3, 1757.  He served in the Revolution and in May 1794 was appointed captain of the 4th company of militia, 35th regiment, Connecticut.  In February 1799 he removed with his to East Bloomfield.  He married, 1777 at Goshen, Connecticut to Olive, daughter of Colonel Ebenezer NORTON.  Children all born in Goshen were: Lucy, married (first) Daniel STEELE, (second) Bayze BAKER; Eunice married (first) Azael SPRAGUE, (second) Thomas KELLOGG; Jonathan, see forward; Theron married Love Lee, daughter of Rev. Aaron COLLINS; Timothy, see forward; Eben Norton married Rebecca, daughter of Jesse ROOT of Hartford, Connecticut.

(VI)                    Jonathan (2), son of Captain Timothy and Olive (NORTON) BUELL, served as sheriff of the county and as a member of the assembly, and died in 1865.  Her married (first) Sally, who died in 1845, daughter of Daniel and Aurelia (DOWD) RICE; (second) to Mrs. Caroline (BUELL) ROBINSON.  Children: Mortimer, see forward; Pomery Baldwin; Henry married Sarah MATHER of Richmond; Sally Ann; Mary Saxton. 

Mortimer, son of Jonathan (2) and Sally (RICE) BUELL, was born in East Bloomfield November 11, 1808, and died in Rochester, January 27, 1885.  He married at Victor, New York, Edna, daughter of Jared and Olive (STONE) BOUGHTON.  Children: Pomery Birdseye; Katharine Maria, see forward; Augusta Williams married Martin W. COOKE; Arthur Stone; Albert Mortimer, died of disease contracted in military service; Jesse W., a physician in Rochester, married M. E. CAREY, died February 7, 1911; Walter, famous as an editor and historical writer. 

Katharine Maria, daughter of Mortimer and Edna (BOUGHTON) BUELL, was born in East Bloomfield, May 20, 1838.  She married Samuel Collins HART. 

Timothy, son of Captain Timothy (1) and Olive (NORTON) BUELL, was born in Goshen, Connecticut, December 8, 1791, died in East Bloomfield January 16, 1873.  He resided on the Buell homestead.  He married Lucy, daughter of Daniel RICE.  Children born in East Bloomfield: 1.Olive, born August 30, 1815, married Frederick MUNSON; 2. Caroline, born May 8, 1817, died October 19, 1891; 3. Frederick born April 29, 1819, died in Buffalo 1894, married in 1844 to Eliza STORRS; 4. Charles, born March 17, 1821, died 1822; 5. Augustus born January 31, 1824, married (first) Electa GAUSS; their children: Timothy 3rd born in East Bloomfield on May 30, 1856, married 1881 Alsada MOTT and died 1895; Lucy Electra, died in infancy; Mary Eliza, died in infancy; Arthur born August 31, 1864, married Alice A. WHEELER of East Bloomfield; Amelia, born 1866 died in infancy; Augustus married (second) Mary A. CONKLIN and their children: William Conklin married in 1907 to May ARNOLD and in 1906 bought the homestead of Charles BUELL and resides there; Lucy Rice; Caroline Louise, married in 1910 to Henry C. ARNOLD and resides in East Bloomfield; 6. Alice born 1826 resides in East Bloomfield; 7. Charles, born June 14, 1829 lived at the homestead in East Bloomfield but sold it in 1906 to William son of Augustus X. BUELL, and moved to Canandaigua, married 1858 to Anna DUNN and their children: John Livingston, born October 6, 1864; Kezzie born in East Bloomfield 1859, married 1884 to Dr. John H. JEWETT of Canandaigua; Harry Chapin born in East Bloomfield, January 7, 1867, physician of Canandaigua, NY, married Augusta TABER on June 27, 1905; Florence Davis born in East Bloomfield, resides in Canandaigua; 8. Ellen, born January 1, 1832, died at East Bloomfield, May 15,1885 and married in 1857 to Rev. Alexander MC GLASHEN, who died at St. Catharine's, Ontario, on September 9, 1867 and their surviving children: Henry Stoddard born 1863 resides in East Bloomfield; Archibald Alexander, born 1867, A. B. Amherst, M.A. Columbia, L. L. B. Columbia Law School, a lawyer in New York City. 9. John, born June 24, 1834, died September 18, 1864 at Andersonville Prison, Georgia; he enlisted in 1861 and was taken prisoner at Plymouth, North Carolina,  April 20, 1864.  (See section on Military - Civil War)


History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg 20 - 21


BURCH, Birdsey Hawley, Canadice, was born in Salisbury, Litchfield county, Conn., September 30, 1831.  His father, John I., was of English descent, and a native of Rhode Island.  He married Fidelia RACE, and came to Canadice in 1842.  Of their 8 children four are now living: Henry, of Newark, NJ; Laura, widow of G. GIBBS, of Wassaic, NY; Thomas, who lives in Union Springs, but whose business is in Syracuse; Sabrina E., wife of Albert STONE, of New York; and Birdsey H., who was educated at Claverack, near Hudson, and at the schools here.  He married in 1859 Alvira ADAMS, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte ADAMS, and they have one son, Marcus Bronson, born in 1861, now a billing clerk in the employ of the D. L. & W. R. R. Co. at Dansville, NY.  He married Delta, daughter of D. S. and Mary BEAM.  Mr. BURCH has 116 acres in his farm on the east side of Canadice Lake, and has for 3 years been engaged in buying and shipping hay to New York and New England.  He has served as commissioner of highways and collector, and was supervisor in 1886-87, being a Democrat in politics.  The children of Joseph and Charlotte ADAMS are:  Hester Ann SPAULDING, who lives in Michigan; Margaret SNOOK, who lives in California; and Alvira, wife of Mr. BURCH.  



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg 18


BURGDORF, J. M., Clifton Springs, was born at Honeoye Falls, January 3, 1855.  He was the son of the Rev. J. C. BURGDORF, who was preaching there at that time, but subsequently moved to Yellow Springs, O., Newark, Wayne county, Rural Grove, Montgomery county, Union Springs, Cayuga county, where he finished his ministry.  After retiring he finally settled in Clifton Springs, where he died on April 30, 1889, and was buried there.  J. M. BURGDORF began business in Newark, Wayne county, where he lived in 1876, when he married Miss Lottie, youngest daughter of William WAYNE, of Clifton Springs.  In 1877 he established himself in the furniture and undertaking business in this village, and has so won the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens that his trade has assumed large and prosperous proportions, despite the fact that his establishment was completely consumed by fire in 1882, causing a heavy loss to him on account of small insurance and the burning of books.  In 1888 he erected his present spacious salesrooms, consisting of three floors 40x90 feet.  His thorough business qualifications caused him to make a special study of the embalming of the dead, and in this work he is rated among the best.  He has received many very complimentary letters from noted and wealthy people of all parts of the United States, who were obliged to call upon him in the capacity of undertaker to conduct the preservation and distant transit necessary to the removal of deceased friends, whose cases have been among the incurable at the Sanitarium, to their far away homes.  He is considered one of the most energetic and influential members of the community in which he lives, is connected with the Legion of Honor, A. O. U. W., and K. of P.  Mr. and Mrs. BURGDORF have had two daughters, Mae and Belle.





History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg  26

BURNETT, Jean La Rue, was born January 10, 1871, in Canandaigua where he has since resided.  He began his education in the Union School of that village, supplementing it with a course in the Canandaigua Academy where he prepared for college, graduating from the institution in 1889.  He commenced the study of law and afterwards entered the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, by which institution he was graduated in 1892 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He early displayed journalistic and literary genius, and for several years has been a versatile contributor of both verse and prose to periodicals in every section of the United States, having been actively connected with numerous prominent journals in the capacity of general staff correspondent.  Mr. BURNETT has always been an enthusiastic republican in politics and was one of the five originators of the scheme for the organization of the American Collegiate Republican League, with a membership of over 60,000, which gained national reputation for its influence exerted in the presidential campaign of 1892.  He received the honor of being selected by the organization to act as toast master upon the occasion of its first annual banquet held at Ann Arbor on May 17, 1892, in honor of many distinguished guests among whom were General Russell A. ALGER, of Michigan; Hon. J. Sloat FASSETT, of New York; Hon. William McKINLEY, of Ohio; Hon. John M. THURSTON, of Nebraska; Hon. William E. MASON, of Illinois, and many others.  It was upon this occasion that his eloquent introductory address and felicitous remarks in presenting the speakers brought him conspicuously to the notice of General ALGER and Governor MC KINLEY, and when the national campaign opened, upon the recommendation of these gentlemen, the State Committee of New York appointed the subject of this sketch one of its regular speakers, and during the canvass he delivered addresses in various parts of the State, gaining a name as an orator of marked ability.  He was the youngest speaker upon the stump in New York during this campaign.  He was examined before the Supreme Court of Michigan and admitted to practice January 15, 1892.  He was admitted to the bar of New York March 30, 1893.



History of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. I, pg.  172 

Jean LaRue BURNETT was born in Canandaigua in 1871; studied law with Hon. Walter H. KNAPP; admitted to the bar in 1892; Member of Assembly from Ontario county, from January 1, 1899, to the time of his death, which occurred in Albany, February 26, 1907.  



History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. II, pg. 419 - 420

Jean La Rue BURNETT, whose early death was greatly deplored, and whose career as a lawyer and statesman had shown much promise for the future, was a son of Perrine BURNETT, a veteran of the Civil War, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (MEAD) BURNETT.  Perrine BURNETT married Harriet E., daughter of Edwin and Eliza (BARTO) ROWLEY.  Edwin ROWLEY was a son of Judah ROWLEY, a pioneer of Ontario county. 

Jean La Rue BURNETT was born in Canandaigua, Ontario county, New York, January 10, 1871, died in Albany, New York, February 27, 1907.  He was a student at the Union School and at Canandaigua Academy, from which he was graduated in 1889.  He then commenced reading law and later became a student in the law department of the University of Michigan, and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1892.  He was unusually gifted with journalistic and literary genius and was a contributor in both prose and verse to periodicals in all parts of the United States.  He passed the examination of the supreme court of Michigan and was admitted to practice in January 1892, and to the bar of New York, March 30, 1893.  His political affiliations were with the republican party, and he was one of the five organizers of the American Collegiate Republican League, which gained national reputation for the influence it exerted in the presidential campaign of 1892.  He was honored by that organization by being selected as its toastmaster on the occasion of its first annual banquet, and the eloquence of his introductory address brought him so conspicuously to the notice of Governor ALGER and Governor McKINLEY that when the national campaign opened, upon the recommendation of these gentlemen, the state committee of New York appointed Mr. BURNETT as one of its regular speakers, and his subsequent address gained for him a name as an orator of marked ability.  He was chief clerk of the assembly revision committee, and in 1898 was elected member of assembly and was continuously re-elected to that office, which he held at the time of his death.  The fact that Mr. BURNETT was nine times nominated and elected with practical unanimity to the assembly, a record never before approached by a representative of Ontario county in that body, evidences better than words the esteem in which he was held by the people who knew him best. 

Mr. BURNETT married Margaret, daughter of John and Harriet A. (JARVIS) GILLETTE, of Canandaigua, New York.  Two children:  Margaret, born April 8, 1903; Jean Le Rue, February 26, 1907.



History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol II, pg. 434 - 435 

The first member of this family of whom we have definite information is Thomas BURNETTE, who married Mary WOODIN.  Among their children was Hiram, referred to below. 

     ( II ) Hiram, son of Thomas and Mary (WOODIN) BURNETTE, was born in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, died March 29, 1893.  He was a farmer and a member of the local Masonic lodge.  He was also a member of the Universalist church and took a great interest in its affairs, being instrumental in building their new church at Newark, New York, of which he was a trustee.  He married (first) Mary RUPERTS and (second) Eliza Ann, daughter of Milton PARSONS, of Columbia county, New York, who died January 13, 1910.  Children by first marriage: Andrew J. and Mary L.  Children by second marriage:  Ada A., married Charles E. KELLY, of Newark, New York; Milton T., died in 1892, married Margaret Van EETTON; Jennie E.; Ulysses Grant, referred to below; Frank H., referred to below. 

     ( III ) Ulysses Grant, son of Hiram and Eliza Ann (PARSONS) BURNETTE, was born in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, October 1, 1865, and is now living there.  He received his education in the Union school of Phelps, and then worked a farm for twenty years.  In 1907 he came to the village of Phelps, where he engaged in the coal and produce business with Charles D. WHITE, under the firm name of White & Burnette.  He was road commissioner for three years.  He is a member of Sincerity Lodge, No. 200, Free and Accepted Masons, and at one time master of the lodge; also a member of Geneva Chapter, No. 36, Royal Arch Masons; of Geneva Commandery, No. 29, Knights Templar; of Damascus Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and of Wide Awake Grange, No. 447.  He is an attendant of the Universalist church.  In political belief he is a Republican.  He married, in March, 1890,  Anna May, daughter of Horton and Mary E. CROSBY.  One son, Robert CROSBY, born February 1, 1903, married Marion CAVES

     ( III ) Frank H., son of Hiram and Eliza Ann (PARSONS) BURNETTE, was born in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, March 21, 1867, and is now living there.  He was educated in the district school and in Cornell University.  For eighteen years he was engaged in the state experimental work, having charge of the horticultural work in Louisiana until 1907.  In that year he returned to the town of Phelps, where he is engaged in farming.  He is a member of the American Pomological Society; a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the National Geographical Society, of Washington, D. C.; and of the National Nut Growers' Society.  He is a member of the Universalist church of Newark, New York.  He married, in 1898, Elvira M., daughter of George L. RICE, who died in 1899.


History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg  28


BURRELL, T. J. and George, proprietors of Shepherd's Mill at East Bloomfield, came from near Toronto, Canada.  In 1870 they purchased the property where they now live, and have since carried on a very successful business.  They use the roller process, and the capacity of the mill is forty barrels a day.  They do a large business in exchange and feed grinding.  George BURRELL was born in Canada, and after coming to East Bloomfield married Lydia DIBBLE, a native of that place and daughter of Alanson DIBBLE.  To Mr. BURRELL and wife were born one son and one daughter:  George A. and Marcia A.  The latter died at the age of 4 years.  George A. is at present attending the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary.  Mrs. BURRELL and son are members of the M. E. church.  Mr. BURRELL enlisted in 108th New York Volunteers in 1862, and after serving about two years received his discharge on account of disability.  He and his brother, T. J., are republicans.  



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg  273

BURRELL, Edward, Seneca, was born on his grandparent's homestead, upon which he resides, near Halls Corners, April 29, 1825. He was educated in the schools of his day and has followed farming.  June 7, 1869, he married Elizabeth PARKER of Oswego, Kendall Co., ILL and they have 2 sons: Edward P. & Thomas W., both well educated and farmers with their father.  Mr. BURRELL'S father, Thomas, was born in Northumberland, England in 1796, and came to the United States with his father, when he was but 4 years old, locating here in September 1800.  His mother was dead.  He was educated in the schools of that early day, was a farmer, and married Mary HALL, formerly of England, coming here in 1801. They had 7 children, 5 now living: Elizabeth, who married Alexander TURNBULL; Edward, Catherine A.,, who married John C. WILSON; Margaret, died; Roger H., who married Barbara KENNEDY and resides in Monroe county; and Thomas D., who married Violet A. DIXON, also resides in Monroe county and Mary Jane, dead.  Mr. BURRELL's grandfather, Edward, was born at the old homestead in England, Sept 15, 1763.  He had married twice, first Elizabeth DIXON, by whom he had 2 children, Thomas and Margaret.  She died in England and he married 2nd, Deborah WOOD, of Hall's Corners, and had 3 children: Jane, Dorothy and Catherine.  Mr. BURRELL's father was one of the elders in the Presbyterian church at Seneca.  Both himself and wife are members of the same church.




History of Ontario County, NY and Its People, published 1911, pg 112

T. William BURRELL belongs to that class of citizens who have been generally overlooked by the biographers of modern times in favor of those whose paths in life lie in the learned professions. Yet it is a fact that no class is more worthy of the respect and esteem of all their fellows than those who labor earnestly to bring from the earth the best that it can yield, and improve and advance the methods of cultivation. The BURRELL family has been engaged in agricultural pursuits for many generations and came to this country in the eighteenth century from Northumberland county, England.

Thomas BURRELL, grandfather of T. William BURRELL, came to this country with his father, Edward BURRELL, September, 1800, when he was but four years of age. Seneca township, Ontario county, New York, was decided upon as a suitable location for a family home, and the homestead has been in the possession of the family since 1801. It consists of one hundred and seventy-five acres of land, the greater part of which is now being cultivated.

Edward, Son of Thomas BURRELL, was born on the homestead in 1825, and after the land had passed into his possession made the improvements which the times and conditions warranted. He married Elizabeth PARKER, who was also of English descent. He died in 1907, while his wife passed away in 1902. Children: T. William, see forward, and Edward P.

T. William, son of Edward and Elizabeth (PARKER) BURRELL, was born on the family homestead, November 8, 1872. His education was acquired in the district schools, and was supplemented by a course at Canandaigua Academy. While still attending school he assisted in the farm labors during the summer vacations and during all his spare hours, and thus acquired a thorough knowledge of all the details connected with the successful management of a farm. This knowledge he has put to the best practical use, has continued to follow up all the later improvements in this field, and is ever ready to give a fair and unbiased trial to any new device or invention which has been developed. Scientific farming has been a great interest for him and he has been successful in the experiments he has made in this direction. Mr. BURRELL is a quiet and unassuming man, modest and retiring in his demeanor, yet he takes an active interest in all the matters that concern the welfare of the community and gives his earnest support to the republican party. He is a member of the No. 9 Presbyterian Church. Mr. BURRELL is unmarried.



History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub 1911, Vol II, pg. 222 - 224  

William Matthews BURT, the first member of this family of whom we have definite information, lived at Maiden Earleigh, county Berks, England.  At one time he served as member of Parliament for Reading, and later he was appointed captain-general and governor of the Leeward Islands.  His daughter Louisa, married Sir Richard Massey HANSARD of Merkin House. 

     ( I ) Jonathan BURT, a descendant of William Matthews BURT, and the founder of the family at present under consideration, was born in county Berks, England, August 25, 1768 and died in Brattleboro, Vermont.  For the greater part of his life, he was an English sea captain.  He married Bathsheba ______, who was born August 10, 1773.  Children:  Erastus, born January 7, 1795; Ebenezer, born August 23, 1796; David W., born July 31, 1800; Susanna, born April 7, 1802; Jonathan, referred to below; Hollis, born March 24, 1809; Abigail, born March 14, 1815. 

     ( II ) Jonathan ( 2 ), son of Jonathan ( 1 ) and Bathsheba BURT, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, October 4, 1804, and died in Phelps, Ontario county, New York, January 14, 1885.  He received his early education in the public schools of Brattleboro, and then determining to study medicine, he earned the money to pay for his professional education by teaching school and acting as clerk in the office of a stage-coach company.  He graduated from the Geneva Medical College and then settled down to the practice of his profession in Phelps, New York, where he became one of the representative men of the town, and for over half a century was known as one of the best medical practitioners of that region of the state.  For many years he was a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church of Phelps.  He married, February 28, 1832, Mary Ann, daughter of Ziba and Orinda ( HOWE ) HARRIS, who was born in Newtown, Connecticut, August 11, 1812.  She was a niece of Colonel Samuel HOWE.  Children:  George M., born February 22, 1833, died February 4, 1834; Erasmus D., born February 2, 1835, died January 20, 1908; Sarah Maria, born June 17, 1843; Charles Harris, referred to below. 

     ( III ) Charles HARRIS, son of Dr. Jonathan ( 2 ) and Mary Ann ( HARRIS ) BURT, was born in Phelps, Ontario county, New York, January 16, 1857, and is now living in that place.  After graduating from the high school in Phelps and the Canandaigua Academy, he became a certified accountant and soon became recognized as an expert in his business in that part of the country.  In 1896 he became one of the incorporators of the Zenith Foundry Company, and in 1907 was placed in charge of the company's office.  In September, 1910 he resigned this position, owing to his election by the creditors of the W. B. Hotchkiss Bank, as their trustee in bankruptcy to wind up the affairs of that institution.  Mr. BURT is a member and past master of Sincerity Lodge, No. 200, Free and Accepted Masons, of Phelps, New York, of Geneva Chapter, No. 36, Royal Arch Masons; of Geneva Commandery, No. 29, Knights Templar; and of Damascus Temple of Rochester, of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  In 1889 he was district deputy grand master for the 31st district.  He married, in 1886, Ina, daughter of F. D. VANDERHOOF.  Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. BURT took up their residence for a while in New York City, where Mrs. BURT entered the Women's Medical College and New York Infirmary, from which she graduated in 1893 with the degree of M. D.  They then returned to Phelps, where Mrs. BURT has since built up for herself a large and lucrative practice, and has for some time been serving as health officer of the village, she being one of two women who ever held the office in the state of New York.  Child:  Mae Armeda, born March 27, 1888; graduated cum laude, from Elmira College in June 1910.



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg  271

BURTIS, Charles B., Phelps, was born in New York city, February 17, 1825, a son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Palmer) BURTIS.  The grandfather was John BURTIS of Long Island.  He was for 12 years superintendent at Bellevue Hospital, and drew the plans and superintended the work on the first building on Blackwell's Island.  Charles B., married October 6, 1846, Catherine GRANGE, sister of General Gordon GRANGE.  They had 4 children, Arthur B., Emma J., Henry B. and Clara T., wife of Rev. C. F. PORTER.  Henry B. was born at Oakes Corners, July 29, 1860.  He is the managing partner of the A. B. Curtis & Bros. fruit and stock farm at Oaks' Corners.  The buildings were erected in 1887, and are a credit to the town as well as to the proprietors.  They have about 30 head of horses and colts, and their enterprise is in a flourishing condition.



History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub 1911, Vol. II, pg. 472 - 477

Pietro Caesar Alberto, the pioneer ancestor of Arthur Benjamin BURTIS, of Oaks Corners, New York, from Venice, Italy, records his arrival in New Amsterdam in the Council Minutes of the West India Company, December, 1638, by entering a complaint against the skipper of the ship "Love."  It is also recorded that in the year 1635 this same skipper (David Pieterson DE VRIES, of Hoorn) had threatened to leave Pietro C. ALBERTO at Cayenne and Virginia. The register of the provincial secretary records a contract between Pietro C. ALBERTO and Peter MONFOORT to build a house and make a plantation, December 15, 1639.  In 1642 he connected himself with the First Dutch church of Nieuw Amsterdam, and on August 24, 1642, was betrothed to Indith Ians MANJE, daughter of Van MANJE from New Kirk, Flanders.  Pietro C. ALBERTO lived at this time on the Heesen Gracht, now Broad street, New York, and owned a tobacco plantation at the Wallabout for which he received a grant from Governor KIEFT, June 17, 1643. It comprised the land now lying between Clermont and Hampdon avenues, the site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  After his death it was sold to Ian DARMEN, in 1686.  The burial place of Pietro C. ALBERTO is not known, but was probably in Nieuw Amsterdam, as his eldest daughter was living on Beaver street, between Broad and William streets.  Children of Pietro C. and Indith (MANJE) ALBERTO, baptized in Dutch church in New Amsterdam, were:  Ian, August 30, 1643; Marta, May 7, 1645; Aert (Arthur), April 14, 1647; Marie, June 27, 1649; Francyntie, April 2, 1651; William, March 31, 1654; Francyn, May 3, 1656. 

     ( I ) Arthur ALBERTO, from whom the branch of the family herein recorded descended, built a house in Hempstead, Long Island, in 1680, which stood until 1892, when it was torn down.  Of the farm of 52 acres, where he lived until 1692, only the burying ground and a few acres remain.  Five generations of the family are buried there, and living descendants of the name in the seventh generation are still there.  He married Elizabeth, daughter of James WAY, an English Quaker originally from Somersetshire.  The WAY family appear upon the records there in 1400.  James WAY died in 1695, a just man, a loyal Englishman, and an Orthodox Quaker of great wealth.  Of the seven children mentioned in the will of Arthur ALBERTO, James, born in 1682-83, seemed to have lived and died in Hempstead, Long Island, and John, through whom the line descends. 

     ( II ) John Alburtis, son of Arthur and Elizabeth (WAY) ALBERTO, was born in 1688-89.  He was appointed commissioner of highways in 1701, and in 1719 was oppressed by the English justices, HUNT and CORNELL as is proven by the affidavits of his friends and neighbors.  He lived to be a very old man, and because of his great age his family remained upon Long Island during the occupancy of the British instead of taking shelter elsewhere.  He married Elizabeth, daughter of Christian SNEDIKER, of Jamaica, Long Island.  The baptisms of their ten children are recorded in the Reformed Dutch church of Jamaica.  The sons were all remarkable for their size and strength. 

     ( III ) John ( 2 ) ALBURTIS, son of John ( I ) and Elizabeth (SNEDIKER) ALBURTIS, was baptized in Jamaica, June 13, 1713.  He was an elder in the Presbyterian church founded in 1644 in Hempstead, Long Island, called by its minister, "Christ's First Church in America."  He built a chapel on his farm at Foster's Meadow in 1770 which was occupied by the British troops during the Revolution, as well as the meeting house in the village.  The chapel was moved to the village and the timber used to make tents for the British troops, and the meeting house was used as a stable for horses.  He married the widow of his cousin, Arthur ALBURTIS, Mary ATER.  Their son John, also served as elder in this church, and the names of John BURTIS Sr. and John BURTIS Jr. are on the training list of the district of Cow Neck and Great Neck.  These three Johns, grandfather, father and son, one aged 88, one 63 and one 27, were rebel patriots. 

     ( IV ) John ( 3 ) BURTIS, son of John ( 2 ) and Mary (ATER) ALBURTIS or BURTIS, was born in 1749.  He was appointed commissioner of the district of Cow Neck, October 4, 1775.  The brief record of his service in the patriot army was:  "He was stationed part of the time on the shores of Cow and Great Neck and part of the time at the New York Ferry," his duty being to cover the retreat of the army that crossed in the merciful fog of the night of August 29, 1776, in the very face of the enemy.  He married, in 1773, Sarah, daughter of Thomas FOSTER, of Hempstead, Long Island, a determined Whig.  Thomas FOSTER'S sons, Nathaniel and Solomon, resisted the attempt of an English officer and his men to carry off their cousin; a soldier was killed in the melee and the two Fosters were tried for murder, condemned, but finally ransomed by payment of a large sum of money.  This happened while the British had possession of Long Island, and while the regiment to which this officer belonged was quartered at Foster's Meadow on the BURTIS farm and occupying the old ALBURTIS house. 

     ( V ) Arthur BURTIS, born at Foster's Meadow, Long Island, July 12, 1778, is set down as the eldest son of John ( 3 ) and Sarah (FOSTER) BURTIS.  He came to New York from Hempstead, Long Island, in 1798.  He lived for many years on the corner of Broome street and the Bowery.  He was a member of the common council representing the eighth ward from 1813 to 1816.  He remained in New York until 1831, when his health failing he purchased a farm near Geneva, New York, to which he removed in 1832, and where he died January 9, 1833.  During his residence in the city of New York, over thirty years, he devoted himself to the poor of the city.  He made a study of conditions of the insane poor of Europe and America, and corresponded with eminent philanthropists on method and systems of relief.  Nearest his heart was the education, compulsory if need be, of the children of the poor and their separation from evil surroundings.  He was one of the founders of the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents and of the House of Refuge, and one of the original stockholders and board of managers of the New York high school in 1824-25.  He resigned from the board of Commissioners of Public Charities in March, 1831, having held the office of general superintendent, and having had charge of all the public charities institutions of New York for many years.  The first suggestion of a house for juvenile delinquents came from him, and upon his advice, and through his instrumentality, Blackwell's Island was purchased for the city.  He was a large-hearted and philanthropic man.  He was a charter member of Tammany Hall when it was an Agricultural Society.  He had a large experience of men and affairs, and in his judgment the men of greatest influence in public life were lawyers, and his great desire was that his son Arthur should become a power in the world for good. 

Arthur BURTIS married (first), in 1799, Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac HENDRICKSON, of Hempstead.  She died in 1802, leaving one son, Thomas, born in 1800, died in 1829, having been twice married, leaving one daughter, who died in 1850, unmarried.  

Mr. BURTIS married (second) in 1804, Elizabeth, daughter of Drake PALMER, of Mamaronock, Long Island.  This second wife was truly a Daughter of the Revolution, being born in February, 1782, while her parents were living at Mamaronock, near New Rochelle, while the English were still in possession of New York.  Drake PALMER was blind and when medicines or provisions were needed for the family his wife, Abigail (BROWN) PALMER, was obliged to take a trip to the city, going on horseback wearing a scarlet cloak with a hood.  It was a ride of twenty miles, and the country swarmed with soldiers.  She brought her family through these perilous days, and lived to the great age of one hundred and two years.  Her daughter Elizabeth, wife of Arthur BURTIS, who was no discredit to her parentage.  In 1799, when yellow fever raged in New York, she proved herself a "St. Elizabeth", brave, loving, faithfully administering to the wants of the sick and dying.  She lived to be eighty-one years old, was the honored mother of a large family, and is buried at Phelps, Ontario county, New York. 

     ( VI ) Arthur ( 2 ) BURTIS, eldest son of Arthur ( I ) and Elizabeth (PALMER) BURTIS, was born in 1807 in his parents' home on the shore of the East River, which was the home of Lindley MURRAY at the time of the Revolution.  After two years at Columbia, Arthur BURTIS completed his college course at Union, now Hobart College, Geneva, New York.  He was organizer of the first secret college fraternity in the United States, Kappa Alpha.  He then entered the law office of James Otis MORSE, of Cherry Valley, and afterwards that of Hugh MAXWELL and later of Kent & Foote, of New York, where he enjoyed the instruction of Chancellor Kent.  He left the study of law before being admitted to the bar and entered Princeton Seminary.  There and subsequently at Auburn, New York, he qualified for the ministry.  For 30 years he held pastorates in Buffalo, New York, then accepted the chair of Greek Literature in Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, but his death occurred six months later.  He married Grace Ewing PHILLIPS, of Boston, Massachusetts.  Children:  Morse, of Brooklyn; Arthur, paymaster inspector of United States Navy; Peter, of Buffalo; Mary Elizabeth, residing in Buffalo, New York; Grace Phillips; Jeanie, wife of Rev. E. C. LAWRENCE. 

     ( VI ) Sarah BURTIS, eldest daughter of Arthur ( I ) and Elizabeth (PALMER) BURTIS, married before the family left New York, Francis WINDSOR, a native of England, and a member of an honored family.  He was a school teacher.  Children:  Lloyd, Mary, Charles Windsor.  The descendants of this branch of the family reside in Hornell, NY. 

     ( VI ) Armenia BURTIS, second daughter of Arthur ( I ) and Elizabeth (PALMER) BURTIS, married Catlin WEBSTER, and for many years they lived on the third of the farm which was her portion of her father's estate at Oaks Corners, New York. 

     ( VI ) Sylvanus BURTIS, second son of Arthur ( I ) and Elizabeth (PALMER) BURTIS, was a boy of fourteen when his father died.  He attended school at Cherry Valley.  After his return home he managed the farm.  He was an ideal country gentleman.  He married Elizabeth POST, whose family is well known in Ontario county, living north of Oaks Corners.  They had one son, Sylvanus Jr., with whom the father lives in California, being 92 years old. 

     ( VI ) Charles BURTIS, youngest child of Arthur ( I ) and Elizabeth (PALMER) BURTIS, was born February 17, 1825.  He resided with his mother in the old homestead.  At the marriage of his brother Sylvanus he removed to the east third of the farm, where he erected a house for himself and bride.  He married, October 6, 1846, Catherine, daughter of Gaius GRANGER and sister of General Gordon GRANGER, who was graduated from West Point in 1845.  He served through the Mexican and the Civil wars; he was a natural soldier; he knew not fear; he did not fight for glory or rank but for the pure love of it, and he left a name and record of which all who bear his name may be proud.  Of the seven children of Charles and Catherine (GRANGER) BURTIS four are living, three of whom reside in Ontario county:  Arthur Benjamin, see forward; Emma J., resides in Phelps, New York; Henry Baldwin, married Serena NEWTON, daughter of Scoville and Emma DE ETTE (NEWTON) SHEAR; children:  Emma DE ETTE, Charles Henry, Clara Elema, Catherine Louise; the family reside at Oaks Corners, Henry B. BURTIS being connected with DILMAN Brothers; Clara T., married Rev. Charles F. PORTER, son of Rev. Jermain PORTER, D. D.; children:  Jermain, Katherine, Arthur Bodine; they reside in Albany, New York. 

     ( VII ) Arthur Benjamin BURTIS, son of Charles and Catherine (GRANGER) BURTIS, is the owner of the Alberta Stock and Fruit Farm at Oaks Corners, New York, and vice-president and general manager of the Monolith Carbon Paint Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He married, in 1896, Louise, daughter of Elias RIGGS and Emma A. (TAYLOR) MONFORT, of Cincinnati, Ohio.



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893  pg 23


BUSH, Peter L., Geneva, was born in Bergen county, NJ, May 22, 1794, and his wife, Eleanor Visher DENNISTON, was born on Long Island, October 29, 1811.  Peter L. BUSH came to Seneca county at an early day, where his first wife died, and thereafter, March 22, 1838, he married Eleanor V. DENNISTON, as is above stated.  The children of the second marriage were:  Alexander H., who was a soldier in the 126th NY Vols., and who was taken prisoner in July, 1862, but after being exchanged he died November 6, 1862, at Camp Douglass, Chicago, IL.; Hannah Louisa, who married first Dr. Andrew ALLEMAN, and second, Martin R. ROMAINE; and Carrie E., who became the wife of Ashland C. WHEELER.  Peter L. BUSH was a substantial and successful farmer.  He went to Geneva in the spring of 1863, where he afterward lived a retired life to the time of his death, June 2, 1878.  His wife died March 7, 1890.  Captain Ashland C. WHEELER enlisted in August, 1861; was sergeant in Company E, 97th Vols., but for meritorious services was appointed second lieutenant August 20, 1863, and thence to captain of Company B, December 1, 1864.  He was discharged July 18, 1865.  He was a successful merchant for nine years.  He married Carrie E. WHEELER April 16, 1873, and died January 24, 1884.  




History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 245

BUSH, Osband T., Canandaigua, was born in Barrington, Yates county, February 1, 1829.  His father, Cornelius T., was a native of Ulster county, and when subject was but ten years of age his parents moved into Ontario county, locating in Canadice.  He assisted on his father's farm until twenty-one years of age, when he took his father's farm to work on shares for a number of years.  In 1857 he bought a farm in Canadice, and has since owned different farms.  In 1867 he moved to Grass Lake, Jackson county, Mich., where he bought a farm of 140 acres, and conducted it for 13 years.  While there he was a trustee of the Methodist church.  He returned to Ontario county in April, 1879, and bought his present farm in Canandaigua.  He has since sold 30 acres, and the balance has set out to grapes, peaches and pears.  In 1892 he shipped 66 tons of grapes.  The most of Mr. BUSH's immense crop is shipped to Boston, although a market can be found in almost any city.  He married in 1850 Phoebe Ann JACKMAN, of Canadice, and they had four children: Luva, wife of Scott WINFIELD, of Michigan; Esther, wife of Albert LUCAS, of Canandaigua; Scott Bush, of Canandaigua; and Carrie, wife of McClellan TOWNSEND, of Canandaigua.  Mrs. BUSH died in 1872, and he afterwards married Lucy, daughter of Edward LOW, of Yates county, and they have had two daughters, Janie E. and Sarah Addie, students in Lima Seminary.



History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 271

BUTLER, W. K., Geneva, son of William M., was born in Covert, Seneca county, June 26, 1850.  He received a common school education, and when 15 years old went to learn the carpenter's trade.  In 1878 he commenced contracting and building, drawing his own plans.  He now employs 25 hands and has a sash and blind factory.  He built the Western Hose Company's building at Willard Asylum.  He has taught 16 terms of school. In 1872 he married Cornelia, daughter of Theodore SWAN, and has 4 children.  


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