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History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 193
TAFT, Capt. Robert, West Bloomfield, the largest landholder of West Bloomfield, was a native of Uxbridge, Mass., and bought of Phelps & Gorham seventeen lots, fourteen of which were one mile square, and three over one mile by half a mile. The deed signed in Boston bore date of February 20, 1790, the consideration being $654, and in that year Mr. TAFT settled on his land and built his home, where his grandson, William P., now lives. During succeeding years Captain TAFT acquired several other lots from Oliver PHELPS and others, and some of "Frederick TAFT, Gentlemen, of Uxbridge," by whom the lands were surveyed, though it was not often that he resided here. Robert TAFT first built a log house, and in 1801 built the brick portion of the house now occupied by William P., the stone portion being added by his son, Chapin, about 1836. The children of Capt. Robert TAFT were as follows: Josiah, Jesse, Robert second, Bezaleel, Chapin, Maria, Lydia, Nabby, Hannah. Maria married Abner PECK before 1815, their daughters being Louisa, Caroline, and Mary Jane. Hannah married William PITTS of Honeoye. Myron L. of this town is a grandson of Josiah, and Elvira L. of Elmira a granddaughter. Lewis H. TAFT and Royal of Le Roy are sons of Robert second, and Mrs. Myron SHEPARD and Mrs. Chloe THOMAS are daughters. Mrs. Charles R. CASE of Allen's Hill (Chloe Joan) is a daughter of Bezaleel, and a son, Robert 3d, is in San Jose, Cal. William P. and Caleb of this town are sons of Chapin. Royal WHEELOCK is a grandson of Lydia, who married Royal WHEELOCK, and the venerable Nancy PECK of this village, now 97 years of age, is the daughter of Lydia and Royal WHEELOCK. Robert T. LEACH of this village is a son of Nabby, who married Clement LEACH. Henry SHELTON, of New York city, and Frederick SHELTON, of Silver City, NM, are grandsons of Jesse.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 191
TAY, Hinckley, Farmington, was born in the town of Concord, NH, October 10, 1822, and came to this State with his parents when he was two years old. He was educated in the common schools, and came to Farmington in 1839, and has always followed farming. He has just been re-elected poor-master the 23rd term. He has married twice: first, in 1850, Mary LAPHAM, and had one daughter, Mary, who married John BURNS. Mrs. TAY died in 1864, and he married second, March 10, 1872, Sarah E., daughter of Cornelius and Mercy JOHNSON of this town. They had two children: Harriet E. and Walter H., both residing at home. Mr. TAY's father was born in New Hampshire, and married Sarah KELLY, and had six children: Howard, Rufus, Albert, Francis, Harriet, and Hinckley. His mother died in 1844. Mrs. TAY's father, Cornelius JOHNSON, was born in this town in 1814, and was a farmer. In 1845 he married Mercy DEITS, and had five children: Sarah E., John W., George A., Ella E., and Carrie. Mrs. TAY's grandfather, Daniel DEITS, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mr. TAY's grandfather, Ebenezer KELLY, was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The ancestry of the family is English, German, and Irish.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 185
TAYLOR, Henry R., Clifton Springs, was born in Benton, Yates county, January 23, 1830. His father was William, son of James, a native of County Down, Ireland, who came to America in 1755, at the age of 19 years. He resided in New Windsor, Orange county. In 1776 he enlisted in the army of the Revolution. He was in New York when it was taken by the British. After his enlistment expired he was often engaged as a militiaman for occasional service. He was engaged in the battle of White Plains, and shared in much of the irregular but trying service along the Hudson River. His wife was Elizabeth THOMPSON of Plattskill, NY, whom he married in 1781. William TAYLOR was born in 1793, in Orange county, NY, moved with his father's family to Ontario county in 1818, lived for a short time in the town of Seneca, then moved to the town of Benton; married Margaret COLEMAN in 1821, when they settled in Southwest Benton on a farm where he lived until his death, in 1879. He received a commission as lieutenant in the 42nd Regiment of Infantry from Governor YATES in 1824, and a captain's commission in the 103rd Regiment from Governor Enos THROOP in 1830. Was elected to the office of supervisor for a number of terms and also filled the office of superintendent of the poor for several years. Mr. and Mrs. TAYLOR had born to them 6 sons and one daughter, all of whom are still living except one son who died in infancy. Henry R. TAYLOR, the fourth child, was married October 16, 1860, to Adelia C. BARNES, daughter of James G. BARNES of the town of Seneca. They lived in Benton, one and one-half miles west of Penn Yan, till November, 1871, when they moved to the town of Hopewell, Ontario county, having bought the farm once owned by the late Jesse COST near the north line of the town. He now owns 143 acres and carries on general farming. Mr. and Mrs. TAYLOR have had born to them 7 children: William, Sarah Eliza (deceased), Harry S., Margaretta A., Ralph B. (deceased), John Worth, and Mary C. R. Harry S. graduated at the Albany Normal College in the class of 1890, and Margaretta A. from the Auburn High School in the class of 1890; both are engaged in teaching. Mr. TAYLOR was originally a Seward Whig, hence when the republican party was formed he naturally found his place in that organization and has not missed voting at every general election since he became a voter in 1851. He was elected to the office of justice of the peace in Benton in 1866, and re-elected in 1870; he also held the office of assessor for one term. He is a member of the Hopewell Grange No. 79. He and his family are all members of the Presbyterian church of Shortsville, of which he has been one of the elders for the past 15 years.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 187
TAYLOR, John B., Geneva, was born in the town of Seneca, now Geneva, October 5, 1823. He was educated in the public schools and followed farming. January 3, 1853, he married Lucinda W. SMITH of Waitsfield, Vt., and they had two daughters, Ruth E., a school teacher who resides at home, and Jane E., who died aged four years. Mr. TAYLOR's father, Horace B., was born April 28, 1709, on the lake road in the town. He married Jane BARNES, born February 20, 1803, and they had 8 children: John B., Horace and Jane E. (twins), Elizabeth A., George W., Mary E., Charles W., and Mark S., four survive. Mrs. TAYLOR's father, Ithamar SMITH, was born in Shelburne, Mass., June 6, 1787. October 26, 1817, he married Ruth BARNARD of his native place, and they had 7 children: Chauncey, Selah, who died in infancy; Selah second, Luther L., Lucinda W., Abigail W., and Francis B.
Mrs. TAYLOR's grandfather, Selah SMITH, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mr. TAYLOR's grandfather, John, was one of the early pioneers of this country, coming here at the age of 12 years and passing through Rochester when there were only two log houses there.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 354
George, Geneva, was born in Norfolk, England, March 3, 1830.
He came to the United States with his parents when five years
old, locating in Geneva; was educated in the public schools and
learned the bakery and confectionery business.
He was in the employ of Hiram L. SUYDAM
for 18 years, and began business for himself in 1867, which has been
continued with success. March
3, 1852, he married Mary P. EVERED, of
Honeoye Falls. She was
born in Suffolk, England, and came to the United States in 1850.
They have had four children: William
E.; Franklin P., who died in infancy; Charles
E. (died August 19, 1882); and Ida B.
Charles E. married Laura J.
JONES, of Clyde, and they have two daughters: Daisy
I., and Edna M. Ida M.
married Philip R. KIRK, formerly of
Bridgeport, Conn., and they have one daughter, Edith
M. Mr. TAYLOR is
a member of the Old Castle Lodge No. 299 I. O. O. F., and has held
all the offices of that organization.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 354 - 355
TAYLOR, William, Geneva,
was born in Norfolk county, England.
He married Mary BECKET, and they
came to America in 1836, settling in Geneva.
He was a wagon-maker by trade and they had six children.
He died in July, 1888, and his wife in 1836.
George, son of William,
was 6 years of age when his parents came to Geneva.
At the age of 15 years he went to learn the baker's trade,
and in 1867 established a bakery at Geneva, which he has carried on
ever since. He married Mary
EVERETT, and has one child, Ida B.,
wife of P. R. KIRK, who resides in
Geneva. The family are
members of the M. E. church.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 356
TAYLOR, Loren A., West
Bloomfield, was born in Honeoye Falls in 1839.
His father Chester W., came to
West Bloomfield in 1830, and married Emily
SAWDY, of Marathon, Cortland county, and had four children: Loren
A.; Clinton E., a farmer of this town and a soldier in the
Civil War, who was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry; Alfred
L., of Fairport; and one who
died in infancy. Mary
Jane TAYLOR, an adopted daughter, now lives with Loren
A. Chester W. TAYLOR died
in October, 1890. Loren A. was educated in the
common schools and at East Bloomfield Academy, also at Lima
Seminary, and has been engaged in farm produce business for many
years. He has been
justice of the peace for four years.
He was a private in the 148th N. Y. Vols., in the Civil war
and was discharged for disability.
He married, in 1864, Mary E. PARMELEE,
of East Bloomfield.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 501 - 502
TAYLOR, Henry L., A.B.,
A. M., Ph.D., was born in Fort Edward, Washington county, NY, on the
1st of January, 1855. His
father was Rev. Henry B. TAYLOR, A.M.,
the founder and many years the efficient financial agent of Fort
Edward Institute, and institution that has had an excellent
reputation throughout the State.
When the subject of this sketch was about four years of age
his parents moved to Illinois, where they remained until 1864.
They then returned to this State, settling in Clinton county,
where they have since resided.
Henry L. TAYLOR was
educated in the Fort Edward Institute, which he entered at an early
age. This was followed
by a period in the State Normal School at Albany, and after
graduation he taught the sciences in Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham,
Mass. In 1880 he
entered Syracuse University, from which he graduated with honor in
the class of 1884.
Leaving college, Mr. TAYLOR
accepted the principal ship of the Yates Union Free School and
Academy at Chittenango, NY, which position he filled three years,
leaving it to accept the more responsible work of organizing the academicals
department of the Union Free School in Canandaigua.
Since that time he has remained at the head of this school.
In giving to the readers of this volume a brief
record of Doctor TAYLOR's career, it
was not his wish that it should be extended beyond the facts above
noted; but it seems eminently proper to add that at the present time
he occupies a conspicuous position among the advanced and
progressive educators of this State.
In the organization of the department over which he now
presides, he exhibited executive ability of a commendable order, and
his practical labors since that time have produced results which
give the school a high reputation and gain for him the full
approbation of the Board of Education.
History of Ontario Co., NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. II, pg. 51 - 52
Fayette TAYLOR, one of the youngest members of the farming fraternity in Geneva, Ontario county, New York, is not by any means the least of those to be considered when the value of practical and progressive methods is taken into consideration. Those farmers who are ready and willing to adopt the modern and scientific methods of cultivating the soil whenever these methods can be readily adopted are the ones whose farms produce the largest crops in proportion to the acreage under cultivation, and it is these farmers who raise the general prosperity of the country, which depends in great measure on successful and well gathered harvests. One of the best representatives of this class is Fayette TAYLOR.
He was born in Yates county, New York, July 15, 1874 and was educated in the public and high schools of Geneva. His early years, during his spare hours and during the summer vacations, were spent in assisting his father on the family homestead, and in this practical manner he obtained a thorough knowledge of all the details connected wit the proper management of the land which it might be his later fortune to possess. He commenced farming on his own account in 1901, and in 1904 purchased a farm of one hundred acres, which he as brought to such a state of cultivation that it is considered one of the show places of its kind in the section. It is not only beautiful to look at but is tilled in such a manner as to throw off a very satisfactory yearly profit, and the dwelling and outbuildings are always in the finest possible condition. This is a condition, which after all, is a matter of economy, as every practical farmer recognizes, and to this class, Mr. TAYLOR most certainly belongs. He has planted a large number of fruit trees, which are in fine condition and it is his ultimate ambition to devote his entire time and attention to the growing of fruit, to which Ontario county is admirably adapted. In spite of the demands made upon him by the personal supervision he exercises in the cultivation of his land, Mr. TAYLOR finds time and attention to devote to considering the questions of public affairs, and so active and beneficial has been the interest he has taken in the affairs of the community that his fellow citizens have recognized it by electing him to public office. In 1909 he was elected as one of the assessors of the town, to serve a term of four years, and it is confidently predicted that this is but the forerunner of higher honors which his townsmen are willing and anxious to bestow upon him. As a member of the Republican party, he has been an earnest worker in its interests. His church affiliations are with the Presbyterian Church, and he is a member of the Grange, and the Independent Order of the Odd Fellow.
Mr. TAYLOR married June 21, 1904, Inez E., born in Penn Yan, Yates county, New York, September 23, 1874, daughter of James KELLAM, who is a carriage painter of Paterson, New Jersey. Children: Marjorie F., Clarence B. and Wilbur K.
of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. I, pg. 119
Henry W. TAYLOR, of the Vice Presidents and a speaker at the original Anti-Nebraska meeting, in Canandaigua, February 28, 1854. Born February 2, 1796, at Deerfield, Mass., and became a resident of Ontario county in 1816. He was a Member of the New York Assembly in 1837. 1838, 1839 and 1840. Removed to Michigan in 1840; a member of Michigan Senate in 1846. Returned to Canandaigua in 1848, Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 1850; County Judge, 1858-1860. Originally a Whig, then a republican. Died in Canandaigua, December 17, 1888.
History of Ontario Co., NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. II, pg. 53
Rev. Livingston L. TAYLOR, who enjoys a well earned reputation as a forcible and eloquent preacher, and whose live is a consistent and unvarying example of the doctrines he preaches, is the son of William J. R. TAYLOR, D. D. and Maria L. (COWENHOVEN) TAYLOR.
Rev. Livingston L. TAYLOR was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 1860. His education has been a varied and thorough on as the following named institutions: Newark Academy, Newark, New Jersey; Rutgers College, form which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1881, and which conferred the degree of Master of Arts in 1884; Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church at New Brunswick, New Jersey, form which he was graduated in the class of 1884. He served as assistant in the Collegiate Reformed Church of New York City, 1884-87; pastor of the Reformed Church, Port Jervis, New York, 1887-91; pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1891-94; Plymouth Congregational Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1894-1900; Puritan Congregational Church, Brooklyn, New York, 1901-07; since 1907, he as officiated as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Canandaigua. His political affiliations are with the Republicans.
Mr. TAYLOR married in Newark, New Jersey, May 21, 1885, Mary, daughter of Judge Caleb S. TITSWORTH. Children: Mary Livingston, Margaret, Frances and Prudence.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 188 - 189
TEECE, Thomas, Gorham, a native of Shropshire, England, was born July 18, 1847, one of 9 children of James and Jane TEECE of that place. His father was a farmer, and died in January, 1851. His mother is still living near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. At 12 years old, Thomas was apprenticed to the dry goods trade for four years, afterwards living on the farm. In the spring of 1870 he came to America, being 22 years old, and lived near Gorham and Hall's Corners for five years. In 1875 he married Eleanor, daughter of James and Mary WATKINS, of Steuben county. Mr. and Mrs. WATKINS came to this country from Monmouthshire, England, in 1845, and lived in Steuben county. Mr. WATKINS died in May, 1891, and his wife is July 1887. Mr. and Mrs. TEECE have had 7 children, all of whom are living: Mary J., James H., Mertie, Minnie, Nellie, Sarah B. and Maud E. In 1875 Mr. TEECE went to Steuben county where he purchased a farm of 52 acres, and farmed it 11 years there. In 1886 he came back to Ontario county and worked a farm on shares near Hall's Corners. In 1890 he purchased a farm of 115 acres near Gorham village, where he now lives. He is a republican in politics, and a member of Stanley Grange No. 284. Mrs. TEECE is a Baptist, but the family attend and support the Presbyterian church.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 189
TELLIER, J. S. Naples, editor of the Naples Record. This gentleman is a self-made man, having started out in life for himself at the age of 15 years, and has made his own way in the world. He has been for the past six years editor and proprietor of the Record, well known throughout the country as a live and enterprising independent newspaper.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Mecosta Co., MI pg 272-273 pub 1883 contributed by Judith Ancell
C. Terrill, M.D., was born in Plymouth, Wayne Co., Mich.,
Terrill was born,
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 355
Hopewell, was born in Canandaigua, October 14, 1842, a son of Alonzo
THATCHER, who removed to Hillsdale county, Mich., where Lester
was educated. In 1864 he returned to Hopewell, and in 1865 married Lorada
FRESHOUR, born in Hopewell in 1840, a daughter of William,
son of John FRESHOUR.
Her father was born in Hopewell in 1813, and married Mahetable
PENN, a distant relative of William
PENN. Mr. FRESHOUR and
wife had three daughters: Mary
(deceased) wife of Augustus T. SMITH; Hester
A., wife of Edward WRIGHT, of
Canandaigua; and Lorada.
Mr. FRESHOUR was one of the leading farmers of
Hopewell, and was assessor several years.
He died in 1891 and his wife in 1856.
Lester THATCHER and wife have
had three children: Hettie E., wife of Charles
H. ROCKEFELLER, a farmer of Gorham, Angie
L. (deceased); and Sylvia E., at
THATCHER is a republican in politics, and has been highway
commissioner three years. He
is a member of Hopewell Grange No. 454.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 355 - 356
Hopewell, was born in Hopewell, Ontario county, July 1816, is a son
of Israel THATCHER, of Massachusetts,
who came to Hopewell in 1808, and here spent the remainder of his
days. His wife was Delight
LITCHFIELD, by whom he had five sons and five daughters.
He died in February, 1866, and his wife in 1856.
Alonzo THATCHER was reared on a
farm, and married in 1840 Hannah E. PURDY,
a native of Yates county, born in 1822.
Her parents were Francis and Annie
(GRIFFITH) PURDY, who had one son and four daughters. Mr. PURDY was an early settler
of Canandaigua. Mr.
THATCHER and wife have had three sons and two daughters, two
of whom are living: Lester, and Annie
J., wife of Asa F. MILES, a son
of Amasa, who was a son of
Thomas MILES, born in Massachusetts, who settled in Hopewell
in 1802, and died September 12, 1842.
Amasa MILES was born in Hopewell
in 1812. His wife was Fidelia
ROOT, by whom he had twelve children.
He died in July, 1888, and his wife died in May of that year.
Mr. MILES and wife have one
child, Mary J. He is a member of Canandaigua Grange No. 138; of Canandaigua
Lodge No. 294 F. & A. M., and Excelsior Chapter No. 166 R. A. M.
He has been Master of Ceremony in the Blue Lodge, and Master
of Third Vail in the Chapter. Alonzo THATCHER is a republican,
and a member of Canandaigua Grange No. 158.
In 1845 he moved to Hillsdale county, Mich., and there lived
19 years, then returning to Hopewell, where he has since resided.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 188
THAYER, C. C., Clifton Springs, was born in Dana, Mass., January 11, 1840. He prepared for Amherst College at Monson Academy, Mass., in 1861, just at the breaking out of the Civil War, but instead of entering college he enlisted in the 10th Massachusetts Militia (three months' service), after which he returned to West Warren, Mass., where he conducted a mission work, out of which he returned to West Warren, Mass., where he conducted a mission work, out of which there afterwards grew a self-supporting church. By the advice of some of the directors and professors of Amherst College, he entered the Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. After one year, and under a special order of General GRANT, he entered the army of the Southwest for hospital service, and remained three and one-half years, when he re-entered the Chicago Theological Seminary and graduated in the regular course in 1867. The same year he married Miss Mary F. SPENCER, of Ripon College, Wis., and the following spring went under appointment of the "American Board" to the "Central Turkey Mission," Asia, and was stationed at old Antioch. In 1871 he was voted by his mission from Antioch to Aintab for the purpose of starting the Aintah College, and in connection with his associate, Rev. Henry MARDEN, gathered and trained the first class for the college. After six months of sickness, he returned to America in June, 1873, and after three and one-half years of ill-health he entered Rush Medical College and graduated in 1878. While pursuing his medical course he was called to take the practice of a former professor in the college, whose health had failed, where he remained for three years, when he was invited to the practice of medicine in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, where he remained 6 years, when he resigned and opened a successful practice in Minneapolis, Minn., where he lived four and one-half years, till recalled to the Clifton Springs Sanitarium as the chief physician. Dr. THAYER has a daughter in Ripon College, Wis., and a son in Lima Academy, NY, both born in Turkey.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 191
THOMAS, Samuel B., Gorham, was born in Jerusalem, Yates county, December 30, 1847. His father, David A., was a son of Judge David THOMAS, of Scipio, who married a Miss ALLEN and had 10 children. He was one of the leading men of the county, and was associate judge of Yates county several years. David A. was born in Scipio in 1816. He was a great reader. His wife was Hannah S. WYMAN, and to them were born five sons and four daughters. For many years they resided at Potter Centre. His death occurred July, 1886. Mrs. THOMAS now resides at Rushville. Samuel B. was educated in the common schools, and December 16, 1873, married Cornelia YOUNG, a native of Jerusalem, born September 5, 1848. For 25 years he has lived in Gorham, and for 19 years has resided on the YOUNG homestead. In politics he is a Democrat. The father of Mrs. THOMAS was Abraham YOUNG, son of Jacob YOUNG, who married in Albany county Elizabeth HENRY, by whom he had a son and two daughters. Mr. YOUNG came to Gorham about 1812, but later moved to Yates county, and died in 1836. His wife died in 1848. Abraham YOUNG was born in 1799. He married first, April 18, 1821, Almira ROBINSON, and had 4 sons and 5 daughters. November 10, 1837, Mrs. YOUNG died, and September 20, 1839, he married Samantha Porter REED, by whom he had two sons and two daughters. He died December 28, 1885, and his wife died July 8, 1892.
of Ontario County, NY, published 1878, pg. 246
THOMAS, son of David C. THOMAS,
was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts, April 16, 1804.
His father's family consisted of four sons, viz: David,
born September 16, 1892; William,
April 16, 1894; Lowell B., December
25, 1806; Zimri D., September 16,
THOMAS, whose name appears at the head of this sketch, was
married to Anna ABBEY in March,
1824. They had eleven
children, viz: Nathan W., born
February 25, 1825. Anna,
born November 5, 1826; died July 4, 1851.
Sally, born September 17,
1828; married James REED; and died
January 15, 1850, leaving one child, Mrs.
Horace CASE of Bristol.
Olive, born November 20,
1830; died March 16, 1850. William,
born April 7, 1833. David,
born June 15, 1835. Melvina
A., born September 22, 1837. Mary
A., born January 15, 1840; died in Alton, Ill., September 12,
L., born May 10, 8142; died February 36, 1843.
Lucy L., born January 8,
1844; married W. H. DUSENBERRY.
George W., born August 12, 1846; died in February,
THOMAS settled in the town of Seneca, Ontario County, in
1809, and upon the death of his mother, in about the year 1814, he
went to reside with Mr. Nathan WHITNEY.
Soon after his marriage he moved to Bristol, where he
articled a tract of land, and remained about eight years, when he
disposed of his land and made an extended tour through the western
country, and finally returning to Bristol, bought a farm near his
original purchase, upon which he resided until 1870.
November 19, 1866, Mrs. THOMAS
died; and on November 18 of the following year, Mr.
THOMAS married Mrs. Mary WALES,
his present wife.
Mr. THOMAS resides at Baptist Hill, in the town of Bristol, and is well preserved for one who has passed threescore years and ten. At thirteen years of age he was a "drummer boy" in a company under the command of Joel A. WHITNEY, and, at the early age of 16 years, was drum major of the regiment. He was fond of music and the common sports of the day. He was celebrated as a violinist and a wrestler, and in the latter capacity, was champion of the country round about, although weighing but one hundred and twenty pounds. When but 12 years old he was a crack shot, and in later years devoted much of his time to deer hunting. He has been chosen to may official positions within the give of his townsmen, among which may be mentioned those of justice of the peace, assessor, and commissioner of highways. In the latter capacity he has served for the long period of twenty-seven years. He was originally a Whig; but, since the organization of the republican party, as been a Democrat. In religious matters he is liberal. Though never having learned the carpenter's trade, yet he has done much of that kind of business, in the construction of mills, factories, etc. Mr. THOMAS is one of the progressive agriculturists of the county, and has transformed a barren tract to one of the most productive farms of which old Ontario can so truthfully boast. For the above memoir we are indebted to Mr. GRAVES, of Bristol.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 353
THOMPSON, George T.,
Canandaigua, was born in Canandaigua January 8, 1854, a son of
Thomas, a carpenter of this town.
He was educated in the common schools and the academy under Professors
CLARKE and HALSEY, and his first business venture was in
1870, when he engaged with S. S. BERGHER,
and in 1876 he went in partnership with him in the manufacture of
sash, blinds and doors. This
partnership lasted until the spring of 1885, when he bought out the
interest of Mr. BERGHER, and has since
conducted the business alone. In
1890 he added the handling and dealing in lumber, buying out the
yard of E. O. WADER.
In 1890-91 he was one of the village trustees.
He married in 1879 Louise M.,
daughter of Edward PARRISH, of
Canandaigua, and their union has been blessed by two sons,
Arthur E. and Carl G. Mr.
and Mrs. THOMPSON are members of St. John's Episcopal church,
of which he is a vestryman.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 356 - 357
THOMPSON Sr., William,
Gorham, was born in Murrayshire, Scotland, April 16, 1818, a son of John
and Janette (MILNE) THOMPSON also natives of Murrayshire, who
had 8 sons and 3 daughters.
John was a farmer and
died in Scotland in 1860, and his wife December 22, 1883, aged 90
years. William THOMPSON was reared on a
farm and educated in the common schools.
He married Mary, a daughter of John
and Mary (SOUTHERLAND) FRAZER, natives of Scotland, who had
10 children. The
children of Mr. THOMPSON are: Jessie,
wife of Joel BISHOP, and has four
children; John, married Sophia
HARTMAN and resides in Auburn; William,
married Isabelle ROBSON; Mary, a
teacher at Clifton Springs; Jean T.,
married M. H. NELSON and has two
children; and George who works his
father's farm. In 1858 Mr.
THOMPSON came to Canada and spent one year.
He next spent one year in Wisconsin, and then came east and
followed the milling business nine years in East Palmyra, Macedon,
and Manchester Centre. In
1868 he purchased the farm he now owns in Gorham.
In 1881 he built a fine house and has made many improvements.
He is a republican. Mr.
THOMPSON has three brothers in America and one in Scotland.
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Robert F. THOMPSON, a prominent lawyer
and jurist of Ontario county, New York, comes of forebears who were
not only of high character but of lofty position.
His father and three brothers served in the Civil War; his
grandfather and his three brothers, in the War of 1812; and his
great grandfather and great-great-grandfather, in the Revolutionary
Hugh THOMPSON, the
emigrant ancestor of this family, was of Scotch-Irish stock and came
from Londonderry, Ireland, in the eighteenth century, setting in
Derryfield (now Manchester), New Hampshire.
(II) James, son of Hugh
THOMPSON, was born in Derryfield, New Hampshire, November 14,
1758. He served
throughout the Revolutionary struggled in Captain Amos
MORRILLS company, Colonel John STACKS regiment, raised by the state of New Hampshire; he
enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal He also held the
tile of muster master.
Joshua, son of Corporal James
THOMPSON, was born in Norridgewock, Maine, May 10, 1793.
He rendered faithful military service in the War of
He married Marcia CRANE, a
member of the celebrated CRANE family
of Connecticut, and a granddaughter of John
CRANE, one of the signers of the famous fidelity oath,
to the state of Connecticut. He
was the father of 19 children.
Lieutenant Lester P. THOMPSON,
son of Joshua THOMPSON, was born
September 3, 1840, in Lima, New York.
He married and shortly after the birth of his son, Robert
F., he removed to Phelps, New York, where he followed the
occupation of a manufacturer of agricultural implement and resided
there until shortly before his death, April 25, 1889.
He rendered faithful service to his country during the
Rebellion, serving in the 5th and 7th US
Regular Infantry. He
became prominent in Grand Army and political circles; a born leader
of men, he wielded a powerful influence in that great military
organization and in the local political field.
He served at one time as senior vice department commander of
the State of New York, Grand Army of the
He married Sarah Jane, daughter
of William K. and Mary (BUTLER) FOSTER.
Her parents were both native of Kent county, England, and
came to the United States about 1825.
The FOSTER residence was a
safe harbor for escaped slaves making their way to freedom by way of
the underground railway: during slavery days.
Mr. FOSTER was a close friend and confidant of William
Lloyd GARRISON, Wendell PHILLIPS, THOMPSON and other famous
son of Lieutenant Lester P. THOMPSON and
Sarah Jane (FOSTER) THOMPSON, was born in Canandaigua, New
York, July 31, 1870. He received his preliminary school training in Phelps,
followed by a course of study in Canandaigua Academy, from which he
was graduated. He
studied for his chosen profession in the law department of Michigan
University, from which he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws,
and then took a post-graduate course, receiving the Masters
degree in 1893. He was
admitted to the bar, December 1894, in Ontario county, New York, and
at once entered upon practice at Canandaigua.
In 1899 he was elected district attorney, and in this
responsible position gained reputation as a trial lawyer and
advocate of unusual ability. He engaged in law practice in partnership with Frank
A. CHRISTIAN, January 1, 1900, and retired from that office,
December 31, 1905. In
1908, he was unanimously nominated by his party for the office of
county judge, was elected, and is now filling that place.
That he was esteemed fit for the position is evidenced by the
fact that no opposition was arrayed against him and no other
candidate was nominated to contest the place with him, a most
unusual circumstance. In
addition to his professional labors, Judge
THOMPSON devotes much attention to community affairs and is
actively interested in some of the most important institutions.
He is a trustee of the Ontario Orphan Asylum, and at member
of the board of managers of Clark Manor House, and a director in the
Mc Kechnie Bank. He
also rendered efficient service as organizer of The Singers, a local
chorus of 150 voices, which has delighted the music loving public
upon many occasions.
married in Canandaigua, New York, September 8, 1896, Susan
Josephine RUDD, born September 5, 1872, in San Diego,
California, daughter of Charles G. and
Susan (PALMER) RUDD, and granddaughter of Rev.
Charles G. RUDD, for many years pastor of the Baptist Church
at Lyons, New York. Her
father was at one time American consul in South America.
Judge and Mrs. THOMPSON, have
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 188
THOMSON Jr., William, Gorham, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, January 14, 1851, son of William and Mary THOMSON, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Subject was nine years old when he came to America with his parents. He received a common school education, and was taught the milling business, which he followed 8 years, and then learned the carpenter's trade, at which he has since worked. In 1882 he married Isabelle, daughter of James ROBSON, and they had two children, James W. and Robert F., who live at home. Mr. THOMSON is a republican, and was assessor three years. He and family are members of the Presbyterian church at Gorham.
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treasure and manager of the Geneva Preserving Company, is a fine
example of a self made man, in the best sense of the word.
He has gained for himself friends, affluence and position, by
his own honorable exertions and moral attributes and by the strength
and force of his character has been enabled to overcome obstacles,
which, to others less hopeful and courageous, would have seemed
insurmountable. He has
been gifted with a quickness of perception and a fertility of
invention which enable him to carry his projects far on the road to
success, while others meditate upon the manner in which the
enterprise is to be taken in hand.
Thus equipped it is small wonder that Mr.
THORNE has risen to a position which take him into the front
rank of the business men of his town, and has gained for him the
esteem of all who know him.
father of Edwin S. THORNE, was
reared under the strict discipline of the Quaker denomination and
died in 1892. He
married Ann SMITH, who is living
with her son, now at the advanced age of 85 years.
was born in Schoharie county, New York, December 24, 1865.
His education was acquired in the district schools and the
Rensselaerville academy of Albany county, New Your, and he made
excellent use o the opportunities this offered him, a fact which
contributed not a little to his later rise in life, as the habits of
close attention which he had formed in his early youth thus enabled
him to grasp and master the details of his later business
commenced his business career as a farmer, continuing this
employment until 1890, the practical knowledge thus gained proving
of inestimable value to him subsequently, in appraising the
condition and value of crops and it is said that no man in the
entire county has a keener perception of the value of a crop while
it is still on the field. In
1890 he abandoned farming and went to Geneva, Ontario county, NY,
where his business activities have since been concentrated.
He entered the employ of the Geneva Preserving Company, and
his relations with this concern have since continued without
interruption. His first
position with this firm was that of clerk and timekeeper, and his
faithful attention to detail earned for him the commendation of his
superiors and his gradual rise from rank to rank, until he became
treasurer and manager of the concern. This is one of the largest corporations of its kind in the
state of New York. The
yearly output is not less than 225,000 cases, and during the busy
season they employ more that 400 hands in the factory and more than
150 in the field, engaged in the gathering and preparation of fruits
and vegetables of all descriptions.
They use the product of several farms, part of which is grown
by themselves and part by other growers.
Their goods have earned a reputation far and wide and their
shipments are made to all parts of the United States and Canada.
The corporation is capitalized at 100,000; Irving
ROUSE of Rochester, President; Henry
A. WHEAT of Geneva, vice president;
Beekman E. ROUSE of Geneva, secretary; and Mr.
THORNE, treasurer and manager.
Edwin S. THORNE is also one
of the five directors and a large stockholder of the firm.
Arthur C. REDNER, also a director, and Mr.
THORNE are the only active members of the corporation.
The plant covers an area of about 3 acres and is equipped
with all the latest improvements and appliances of this line of
industry. A purchase
has recently been made of the preserving plant at Waterloo, NY,
which is being operated in connection with the plant in Geneva, Mr.
THORNE acting as manager of both places.
He finds little time to devote to politics, but takes a
lively interest in all matters concerning the public welfare, and is
an adherent of the republican party.
His religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian church,
and he is a member of the Kanadasaga Club and the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks.
married June 15, 1893, Caroline, born in Albany county, NY, July 24,
1869, daughter of Robert SHERMAN.
They have one child, Robert
SHERMAN, born April 26, 1894, at present a student in the
Geneva high school.
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the biography of an individual, form his activity in public measures, is the
richest vein of historic truth. Such
is the case as regards Azel THROOP, youngest
son of a family of nine children. His
father, Benjamin THROOP, Esq., was born
October 8, 1754, at Lebanon, Windham County, Connecticut, and was married May 4,
1775, to Rachel BROWN.
He resided in the place of his nativity till 1801, when, having exchanged
his farm for a tract of above five hundred acres of the Phelps and Gorham
purchase, located in what is now the town of Manchester, he bade adieu to the
scenes of youth and manhood, and accompanied by his family, set out for his
future and remote home. The
journey, which was tedious and tiresome, was made in April, 1802, and his
location was in the heart of a forest, three miles either direction to the
nearest neighbor. The Indians had their homes upon the purchase, and in later
years shared the hospitalities of the family. The family consisted of the parents, five sons and four
daughters. All save one - who died
in infancy, reached maturity. Two
sons became seafaring men, and two followed farming upon portions of the
original farm. The daughters, with
one exception, eventually found homes in the west, where their descendants are
worthy citizens. Six of the eight
children were professed and consistent Christians. The mother was a remarkable student of the holy Scriptures,
and when 80 years of age could recall verses and chapters of that sacred
THROOP was regarded as an honest, upright man, to whom the call of the
distressed was never uttered in vain. His
death took place January 17, 1842, in his 88th year.
His wife survived till July 3, 1851, when she too "crossed the
river" when in her 99th year.
For 67 years,, in harmony and conjugal felicity, this aged
couple had traversed life's pathway together, and then the "golden chain
was loosed." One by one, son
and daughter followed them, till but the subject of this record survives.
THROOP was born
January 28, 1792, and therefore came west when a boy of ten years.
He is now (October, 1876) in his 85th year.
His school-days were mainly those passed in his native town of Lebanon,
Connecticut, yet his attainments qualified him for teaching.
Several winters were passed as a school-master, and the office of school
inspector was, later held. He was
married on May 20, 1819, to Fanny VAN DUSEN, who
is still living, aged seventy-six. In
politics, Azel THROOPS, early joined the school
of Jefferson, later became a Whig, and upon the disruption of that party and the
formation of the Republican organization, espoused the cause of the latter, and
continues to set with that party. Hi
has not been an aspirant for office, preferring rather the quiet seclusion of
the farm and of home. Early
enrolled a member of the Baptist church, he was long both chorister and deacon
of the Second Baptist church of Phelps, of which Rev.
William ROE (familiarly known as Elder ROE) was then pastor. Himself and wife are yet members of the same church, though
prevented by the infirmities of age from an attendance upon its ministrations.
THROOP has through
life been a man on constant, untiring industry, a citizen peaceable and
pleasant. He has never, as
plaintiff or defendant, been engaged in a lawsuit, and has ever been averse to
contention and a promoter of kindly feelings.
and industrious, himself and wife have reared and educated a large family, and
given them a fair start in life. He
has heard the calls of charity, and responded to the claims of Christian
benevolence with judgment and discrimination.
THROOP had for years desired to see the
centennial birthday of the nation, and has been gratified. Seven years since, the fiftieth anniversary of his wedding
day was passed with his wife and family with quiet pleasure.
nine children, five sons and four daughters, all save one, who died in infancy,
reached maturity. Two daughters
have passed away. A son farms the
old homestead, two others are engaged in business in Chicago, one is a physician
in New York, and the fifth is connected with the postal department of the
government. The venerable father
and mother, in retrospection, behold a life of virtue, industry, and religion,
while they contemplate the future with the simple, abiding faith known only to
the followers of the Christian religion.
History of Ontario County, NY published 1893, pg 184 - 185
The THROOP Family, Manchester - Early in the year 1802, Benjamin THROOP exchanged his farm in Lebanon, Windham county, Conn., for a tract containing 512 acres in the northeast portion of what is now Manchester. This tract was a portion of the original Phelps & Gorham purchase and had been previously sold by the men so prominently identified with the early history of Ontario county to parties in Connecticut, with whom the exchange was made by Mr. THROOP. During the autumn of the same year, Mr. THROOP, having completed the necessary arrangements and bidden goodbye to his New England home, set out for his destination in what was then an almost unbroken wilderness. The method of transpiration was the most common at that time, and consisted of an ox team with a single house as a "leader", attached to a heavy wagon, and with two or three such teams, Mr. THROOP, at the age of 48, with his wife, three sons and four daughters and with such household goods as could be most conveniently transported, set out upon his long, wearisome journey. Many incidents of the journey were of much interest that cannot here be mentioned. Reaching their destination, about the middle of November and finding it then too late to build even a comfortable log cabin, the first winter in the "Genesee country", was spent by the family in a portion of the house of Thomas ROGERS, also a settler from New England, who had preceded Mr. THROOP by 3 or 4 years, and had therefore become quite comfortably located. This hospitality, so common at that early day, was thoroughly appreciated by Mr. THROOP, and a warm friendship existed between the families during the lifetime of the older members. In the succeeding spring a log house was erected on the spot now occupied by the residence of J. Allen THROOP, and in 1816 the structure now constituting the "upright" of said residence was built. When Mr. THROOP first came to this place, it was about the center of a six mile woods, the first house in the direction of Palmyra being that of Thomas ROGERS, already mentioned, while the nearest neighbor in the opposite direction was also 3 miles distant. In that early day, Geneva, 16 miles distant, contained the government land office and one, at least, of the few banking institutions in the state. As a consequence much travel to and from Geneva took place and as a further consequence even the original log houses became the stopping place of settlers from the more northern towns, while en route to Geneva, and also for numerous travelers, who, having reached this point at or near nightfall, hesitated to again plunge into the depths of the forest, and sought entertainment for both man and beast at the THROOP residence. As. Mr. THROOP could not turn a deaf ear to these applications, and as the calls became more and more frequent, a "public house" was opened and maintained for 30 years, at first in the log structure and later in the more modern building erected in 1816. The THROOP House became also a favorite stopping place for the red man when on his migratory expeditions between the Oneida and Tonawanda reservations. One one occasion a party of 18 or 20, including squaws and papooses, rested for the night on the bar room floor. Within the recollection of the writer, these traveling bands of Indians were common, and as the squaw invariably carried the papoose, seated on a piece of tough bark attached to a belt passing over the shoulder and in front of the forehead, while the husband and father carried only his bow and arrows, a vivid and lasting impression was made thereby. For many years these friendly relations between Mr. THROOP and his dusky brethren were maintained. Many events in connection with these early times of a romantic and stirring nature came to the knowledge of the writer, and among these the loss of children in the forest and the subsequent search by the entire neighborhood with guns, horns and dogs, was always a source of much interest as related by a revered and honored grandfather. The story of the depredations committed by bears, wolves, foxes, etc., with the methods adopted for their capture, originated from the same source. Benjamin THROOP was of Scotch descent, a participant in the stirring events of the Revolutionary War and a relative in a direct line of Governor Enos T. THROOP. He was of a kindly genial disposition and died in 1842 in his 88th years. His wife, a woman remarkable, alike for her great fortitude, decision of character and intimate knowledge of current political history, followed him in 1851, at the age of almost 100 years. Her memory was remarkable and till past her 80th year, she could repeat verbatim entire chapters from the Bible. The late Azel THROOP inherited what had become the THROOP homestead, was a pensioner of the War of 1812 and died in March, 1878, aged 86 years. His wife, Fanny VAN DUSEN, survived him four years (1882) and died at the age of 84 years. Among the enterprising and intelligent citizens of New York, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, are many of the descendants of Benjamin and Rachel THROOP, while on the the spot where the grandfather first set foot nearly 100 years ago, lives J. Allen THROOP, eldest son of Azel THROOP. The present owner of the "old homestead" is the father of 4 sons and a daughter, is a progressive farmer, proud of his calling, a staunch Republican, proud of his party and its history, and an intensely loyal American citizen, proud of the country of his birth.
History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol II, pg. 440 - 444
founder of this family, emigrated from England to Barnstable,
Massachusetts, in the first half of the seventeenth century, and
died in Bristol, Rhode Island, of which he was one of the original
settlers, December 4, 1704. He
was grand-juryman at Barnstable in 1680, and the same year went to
Bristol, being the first of the settlers to travel thither,
overland, a team transporting his family in an ox cart.
He was surveyor of highways at Bristol in 1683, selectman in
1689, grand-juryman in 1690, and representative of the town in 1691.
He married, in Barnstable, May 4, 1666, Mary, daughter of Ralph
and Lydia (WILLIS or WELLES) CHAPMAN, of Marshfield,
Massachusetts, who was born October 31, 1643, and died in Bristol,
in June, 1732. Her
father emigrated in the "Elizabeth" from London, in 1635,
aged twenty years, a "ship-carpenter from Southwark in
married, November 23, 1642, and died about 1672.
His daughter Sarah married William
NORCUTT; his son Isaac married Sarah,
daughter of James LEONARD; his son
Ralph, who settled at Newport, Rhode Island, married (third) Mary,
daughter of Governor CLARKE of that
colony. This family
should not be confounded with the CHAPMANS
of Saybrook, Connecticut, with whom they have no connection.
Children of William and Mary (CHAPMAN)
THROOPE: 1. Mary,
born April 6, 1667, married, November 4, 1686, John
born about 1669, died June 14, 1729; married, March 31, 1695,
Jonathan PECK. 3.
Daniel, referred to below.
4. John, born about 1676, died
January 25, 1772; married (first) November 25, 1697, Rebecca
SMITH, and (second) in October, 1732, Susannah
TAYLOR. 5. William,
born about 1678-79, married, March 20, 1698-99, Martha
COLYN or COLYE. 6.
Thomas, born about 1681, died September 18, 1756; married
(first) November 18, 1702, Abigail WARE, and
(second) in April, 1742, Zipporah, daughter
or widow of Samuel MANN.
7. Mercy. 8.
Lidiah, born July 15, 1686.
( II ) Daniel, son of William
and Mary (CHAPMAN) THROOPE, was born about 1670.
He married (first) at Bristol, Rhode Island, August 23, 1689,
Dorcas, daughter of Jacob
and Ann (WITT) Barney, and granddaughter of
John WITT, of Lynn, Massachusetts, who was born at Salem,
Massachusetts, April 22, 1671, died in Bristol, Rhode Island,
September 19, 1697. He
married (second) at Bristol, January 5, 1698, Deborah
married (third) between March 23, 1712-13, and June 3, 1713, Deborah,
daughter of Samuel and Deborah (TUCKER)
CHURCH, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, and widow of Samuel
GRAY, who died March 23, 1712-13, and whom she married, July
13, 1699. She was born
about 1672. Children,
three by first and four by second marriage:
1. Mary, born October 31, 1691,
died April 11, 1696.
Dorcas, born December 3, 1693.
3. William, born September 30,
1695, buried March 28, 1696.
Mercy, born October 14, 1698.
5. Samuel, born April 25, 1700,
died in 1726; married, May 23, 1722, Dorothy,
daughter of Samuel and Deborah (CHURCH) GRAY,
Deborah, born March 17, 1702, married, December 3, 1724, Samuel
WILLIAMS, of the family of the Rev.
Solomon WILLIAMS and William WILLIAMS, signer of the
Declaration of Independence. 7.
Submit, born December 25, 1706, married, June 3, 1725, Samuel
MURDOCKE. 8. Daniel,
referred to below.
born February 26, 1716-17, died May 4, 1799; married, March 20,
1740, Deborah BUELL.
( III ) Daniel ( 2 ), son of
Daniel ( 1 ) and Deborah (CHURCH-GRAY)
THROOPE, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, July 31, 1715,
died in Lebanon, Connecticut, December 27, 1771.
He was quartermaster at Lebanon in 1741, selectman from 1750
to 1766, and captain of the train band in 1751.
He and his first wife owned covenant in the Lebanon church,
February 18, 1739, and their gravestones are in the oldest cemetery
in the town. He married
(first) at Bristol, Rhode Island, October 27, 1737, Susanna
CARY, who died November 20, 1754, in her 38th year. The CARYS of Bristol,
Bridgewater and Charlestown came originally from Bristol, England,
where William CARY, sheriff and mayor,
died in 1575. He had a
grant of arms as of the CAREYs (CAREWS) of
Somersetshire and Devon. This
Bristol (England) family was the one that intermarried with the SAROPES
and FAIRFAXES of Virginia.
Daniel THROOPE married (second) Sarah,
daughter of Deacon Ebenezer HUNTINGTON,
of Norwich, Connecticut, and widow of Simon
HUNTINGTON, whom she married May 15, 1735.
She was born April 28, 1718, died in Lebanon, Connecticut,
November 7, 1791. Children
by first marriage: 1.
Bethia, born December 1, 1738, died July 12, 1779; married,
October 27, 1757, William HUNTINGTON.
2. Daniel, born April 19, 1740,
married, January 31, 1760, Rachel TERRY.
Susannah, born March 18,
1742, married, April 4, 1766, Captain Benjamin
4. Joseph, born December 23,
1748, died April 13, 1830; married, November 8, 1770, Zerviah
referred to below.
( IV ) Benjamin THROOP, son of
Daniel ( 2 ) and Susanna (CARY) THROOPE, was born in Lebanon,
Connecticut, October 8, 1754, died at Palmyra (Port Gibson), Wayne
county, New York, January 17, 1842.
He was named after his maternal grandfather, Deacon Benjamin
CARY. He was one
of the first settlers of Palmyra, and an account of his life was
published in the Shortsville Enterprise in 1903.
In 1801, he purchased, for four dollars an acre, five hundred
and twelve acres of land from Ichabod WARD and
Samuel DORRANCE, mortgages of Phelps and Gorham to whom large
tracts of land were deeded in settlement of debts.
This property was located where the town of Manchester,
Ontario county, New York, now stands.
Benjamin THROOP, who was the
first member of this branch of the family to drop the final
"e" from his name, took his family to this place, in April
1802. It was at that
time virgin forest and his nearest neighbor was three miles distant
and Indians were actually dwelling on his property.
He married, May 4, 1775, Rachel BROWN,
of Lebanon, Connecticut, who was born there, died in Ontario county,
New York, July 3, 1851. Children:
1. Ebenezer, born January 29,
1776, died young. 2. Samuel,
born January 30, 1779, died in 1819; married Ruth
3. Patty or
Martha, born February 18, 1780, died about 1855 at Palatine,
Illinois; married Flavius WATERMAN.
4. Eunice, born March 28, 1783, died in 1852; married Joseph
ADAMS, of East Bloomfield, New York.
5. Benjamin, born March 28,
1784, died about 1834; married Nancy GARDINER.
6. Clarissa, born June 6, 1785, died about 1824 near
Cleveland, Ohio; married Abraham TEACHOUT.
7. Jesse, born August 27, 1787, died about 1858;
married Azubah HOWELL.
8. Azel, referred to below.
9. Lydia, born October 31, 1793,
died about 1872 at Rockford, Illinois; married William
TEACHOUT. 10. A child
died young. 11.
A child killed by accident.
( V ) Azel, son of Benjamin
and Rachel (BROWN) THROOP, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut,
January 28, 1792, died in Ontario county, New York.
He was educated in the Lebanon school, and at home, and later
taught school himself for several winters and was afterwards
inspector and superintendent of schools for a number of years.
He married, May 20, 1819, Fanny,
sister to the Hon. A. L. VAN DUSEN, of
Hillsdale, New York, who was born in 1798.
Lucy Ann, born February 19, 1820, died July 21, 1849;
married, December 22, 1846, D. D. SPRAGUE.
2. Ruth, born July 18, 1821, died July 30, 1821.
3. Elizabeth C., born July 12,
1822, married, October 18, 1841, Stoughton
HAYWARD, of Washington, D. C.
4. Joseph Allen, born February
16, 1827, died July 19, 1897; married (first) Hannah
Jane, daughter of James THOMPSON, of
Homer, Michigan, and (second) Hannah,
daughter of Joseph EDWARDS; children,
one by second marriage: Augustus Thompson, Francis Wayland,
Walter Scott, Benjamin Blackmar, Clara.
5. William Nelson, born April 6, 1829, died July 10,
1887; married, October 27, 1859, Maria F.
6. Augustus Phelps, born August
21, 1832, died November 28, 1907; married, in New York City,
November 23, 1868, Mary Elizabeth,
daughter of James SMILLIE, who was born
in New York City, August 8, 1836; he was for many years a
Homeopathic physician, and lived at 110 East 38th street,
New York City; children:
William SMILLIE, born November 27, 1870, died in July,
1877; Katharine Parker; Frances Elizabeth.
7. Newton Adams, born
April 1, 1835, living in Chicago, Illinois; married, September 18,
1864, Bell H. PIERCE, of Jay, Essex
county, New York; children: Katharine
R., born December 3, 1865; Fanny VAN
DUSEN, born March 28, 1868; Ralph
BUCHANAN, born July 12, 1871; Benjamin
J., married, October 18, 1904, Helen
EVANS, of Circleville, Ohio; Frances
Augusta, born April 17, 1873, married, June 19, 1901, Walter
Harlow DREW; two children: Benjamin Harlow DREW, born
October 3, 1903; Willis Parker DREW,
born November 11, 1905. 8.
Frances Augusta, born June 17, 1837,
died February 19, 1873; married, October 14, 1868, Edgar
W. PIERCE, married in Port Gibson in 1885. 9. Adoniram Judson, referred to
( VI ) Adoniram Judson, son of Azel and Fanny (VAN DUSEN) THROOP, was born in the town of Manchester, Ontario county, New York, November 28, 1844, and is now living at Port Gibson, in the same county. He was educated in the township public schools and the East Bloomfield Academy, and then began working on a farm. After doing this for several years, he was appointed, February 1, 1871, United States postal clerk, and given the run between Syracuse and New York City. In 1901 he was promoted head postal clerk and has held this position ever since. Since his appointment he has traveled as clerk, one million eight hundred and sixty thousand miles. February 1, 1883, he was elected highway commissioner of his town and he is a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church at Port Gibson. He married (first) in 1878, Anna Hamilton COOPER, of Williamson, New York, who died April 16, 1896. He married (second) August 21, 1900, his cousin, Isabel Granger, daughter of William THROOP, of Palmyra, New York. Children, all by first marriage: 1. Beatrice C. 2. Edgar Holling, married (first) December 11, 1904, E. Roosevelt GILBERT, of Oswego, Kansas; she died in October 19, 1905; married (second) January 21, 1911, Lucille A. PIKE, of Lapeer, Michigan. 3. Beulah Belle, married, November 19, 1907, Will Lewis CHANDLER, of Cleveland, Ohio; children: Alfred THROOP CHANDLER, born September 22, 1908; Kennard THROOP CHANDLER, born February 23, 1910.
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