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of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. I, pg. 145
nephew of Major General Jeremiah
WADSWORTH of the Continental army, was born in Durham, Conn.,
April 20, 1768; settled at Geneseo, then called Big Tree, in 1790,
as the manager of a large tract of land owned by his uncle; the
ancestor of all the Wadsworths
now living in the Genesee valley; died at Geneseo in 1844.
of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. I, pg. 224
younger brother of James WADSWORTH,
and associated with him in the management of their uncle's estate in
the Genesee county, was born in Durham, Connecticut; settled at Big
Tree on the Genesee, in
1790; one of the first vice presidents of the Ontario County
Agricultural Society; a Brigadier General of Volunteers in the War
of 1812. He died in
Geneseo in 1833.
WAITE, D. Byron, Canadice, was born near his present residence in Canadice, February 29, 1828. His father, Capt. Benjamin G. WAITE, was born in Petersbury, NY, April 27, 1793. He was with the 86th New York Volunteers in the War of 1812, under General BROWN on the northern frontier in this State. He married Mary ODELL, sister of the late Mrs. Lydia BAXTER, the poet, and her grandfather, Abbott, fell in the Revolutionary War. Captain B. WAITE died in Canadice, January 27, 1861. Peleg, grandfather of our subject, was born in West Greenwich, RI, in 1761, and his wife was Mary GREENE, whose father was a cousin of Gen. Nathaniel GREENE of Revolutionary fame. Peleg was a descendant in the 5th generation of Thomas of Portsmouth, RI, who came from England in 1634 to Boston, and went to Portsmouth in 1639. D. Byron was educated at Alfred Seminary, Clinton Liberal Institute, and at the National Law School at Ballston, and was admitted to the bar at Canton, NY, in 1850. He went to Council Bluffs, Ia., the same year, and was readmitted in that State. In 1852 he was elected district attorney of Mills county. He practiced but a short time, when he retired permanently. He was then engaged in the service of the American Fur Company, and in crossing emigrants for the Council Bluffs Ferry Company, and for two years traveled in the wilds of Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota, buying and collecting furs. In 1853 he returned to his native town, and was elected justice of the peace, an office he has held longer than any other incumbent in the town, but was never an aspirant for any office whatever. In 1855 he married Harriet M., daughter of Maurice BROWN, an attorney at Springwater. He removed to Hastings, Minn., but owing to the ill health of his parents he returned a year later, and has resided here ever since. He has had four children: Byron Audubon, Genevra, Buretta, and Gates Percival. The two sons are at Kettle Falls, Wash. His wife died in 1869, and he married second Amanda M. COLVIN, widow of the Rev. W. W. COLVIN, a Methodist clergyman. Early in life Mr. WAITE was a teacher in the common schools. He has devoted considerable time to collecting and writing local history, and has collected and classified the botanical subjects of his native town. He is a member of the "Ornithologists' Union," and is now engaged in writing the botanical and bird history of Canadice. In politics he is a republican, but often votes for a competent honest Democrat rather than for a republican of poorer qualifications. His father, Captain WAITE, had four sons and two daughters, of whom D. Byron and Edwin G. are living of the sons. The latter was born in 1824 in Granville, Washington county, before the family came to this town. He went to California as a gold hunter in 1849, and has been a member of both branches of the State Legislature there, county treasurer of Nevada county, and during four administrations was naval officer of San Francisco, and after that chief clerk in the Mint. He is now secretary of state of California.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 359
WALMSLEY, Dr. Robert W.,
Canandaigua, was born in Dubuque, Ia., and when but three years of
age his parents moved south. Mr.
WALMSLEY is a graduate of the University of Louisiana, from
which he received his degree of M. D.
His classical education was received at the University of
Virginia and Randolph Macon College. He practiced five years in New York city, and then located in
1885 in Canandaigua, where he has ever since controlled a large
WALMSLEY married in 1881 Philadelphia,
daughter of Dr. C. C. BEARD of New
Orleans. She was the
granddaughter of Captain Thomas Stuart
MONTEITH, who was one of the earliest settlers of this
section, coming to Canandaigua in 1832.
Dr. WALMSLEY has one child, Gratia
Stuart. He is a
member of the Ontario County Medical Society of the Society of
Physicians of the village, and is surgeon of the village police
commissioners, the first incumbent of the office, newly created.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 213
WALTER, William W., Hopewell, was born in Kent county, England, June 20, 1837, the day Queen Victoria ascended the throne. He is the youngest of 9 children of James and Frances (FRIDAY) WALTER, natives of England. In 1853 Mr. WALTER came to America and resided with his children (who had previously emigrated) until his death in February, 1867. At the age of 9 years, William began to support himself by working on a farm. At the age of 15 years he came to America, where he continued farm work and also attended school in Madison county. He afterwards taught school two years. In 1861, he enlisted in the 1st N. Y. Engineer Regiment, and served three years. In November, 1864, he received his discharge, and returned to Syracuse, where he engaged in the butcher business one year, also taught school in the towns of Onondaga and La Fayette a number of terms. He then purchased a farm near Syracuse, where he resided until 1874, when he bought 60 acres known as the PARKUS farm in Hopewell. He makes a specialty of dairying, and in politics is a republican. In 1865 Mr. WALTER married Mary R. GRIGGS, a native of Stockbridge, and the youngest of 6 children of J. C. and Polly (CARBIN) GRIGGS, natives of Tolland county, Conn. Mr. WALTERS and wife have these children: Herbert E., Edwin O. (died in infancy), and Arthur J.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 200
WALTON, Eldreth A., Geneva, was born in Westfield, Mass., in 1860. He received an academic education, and was in the ice business one year. He has been in the service of the American and the United States Express Companies 8 years, in various positions from messenger to agent in full charge in Geneva four years. In 1886 he became an active member of a company which organized the Ontario Mutual Accident Company, also was one of the organizers of the People's Building, Loan and Savings Association, which has been a success from the beginning. In 1891 he with others organized the Torrey Park Land Company, which has accomplished much in the development and prosperity of the northern part of the village. He is also one of the promoters of the Geneva Surface Street Railway Company, which will soon be in successful operation. He is president of the Geneva Driving Club, and is one of the police commissioners. In 1884 he married Elfreda B. COVERT, a daughter of Gene A. Mr. WALTON is one of the directors of the Geneva Medical and Surgical College, founded by the late John V. DITMAR.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 211 - 212
WARFIELD, Zadock, Hopewell, was born in 1808, February 15, in Montgomery county, Md., and came to this State in 1828. He married Chloe, second daughter of Leonard KNAPP, December 20, 1832. He was the fourth child of Zadock and Rachel WARFIELD. His grandfather, Birce WARFIELD, was born in Anna Arundel Co., Md., and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He gave his sword to his grandson at the age of six years, being in his, Zadock's, possession up to April, 1893, when he transferred it to H. J. WARFIELD, of Mason, Mich. This was the wish of his grandfather that it be handed down from one generation to another, as long as there was a WARFIELD left, or to coming posterity. Zadock WARFIELD Jr., moved from his native State to the town of Manchester with his parents at the age of 20 years, living with his father until he married, and soon after moved to the town of Hopewell, where he has since lived at the old homestead, 57 years. In the spring of 1893 he moved to Shortsville; is now living with his daughters, his wife having crossed the river August 17, 1889, in her 77th year. They lived to celebrate their golden wedding, December 20, 1882. Eight children blessed this union, all of whom are now living: Leonard K., Mary E., Clementine, Louesa J., Zadock W., Henry J., Eugene E., and Isabell C. Nineteen grandchildren were born to them, all but one (a twin babe) lived to bless this union, and three great-grandchildren are now living. Mr. WARFIELD is a republican, he was also a devout Methodist, as also his wife, and endured the hardships of pioneer life. He lived to see the dense forest exchanged far out to fertile fields.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 217 - 218
WARFIELD, William H., Canandaigua, was born in Canandaigua April 8, 1835. The family is of English extraction, and were early settlers of Maryland. The father, William, was born in Montgomery county, Maryland, where William was reared and educated in the common schools. In 1828 the family came to Ontario county and settled in Manchester, where his father died in 1847. In 1834 William bought 114 acres in Canandaigua, where he died in 1881. He was an enthusiastic republican, and was one of the strong old-fashioned Methodists. He had many friends and few enemies. He married in 1831 Lucinda, daughter of Leonard KNAPP of Hopewell, by whom he had two children: Susan C., who married John H. JONES of Hopewell, removed to Michigan where she died November 3, 1886; and William H. Mr. WARFIELD is a republican, and was justice of the peace of the town of Farmington, NY, from January, 1864, until 1881. In 1872 he was elected justice of sessions and re-elected in 1873, and has held some of the minor town offices. He has been secretary of the Ontario County Agricultural Society for nine years, and is a member, trustee and treasurer of the Methodist Church. He married June 8, 1859, Anna Eliza, daughter of Daniel and Lydia L. (BROWN) SMITH, of Farmington. They have two children: Dora A., wife of Justin E. NEWMAN of Canandaigua; and Edith L., who lives at home.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 206 - 208
Lewis was soon taken with the disease and died, and the shroud secured for his father was used for him. He left four sons and three daughters, who reached maturity.
A notable event in the family history occurred during the War of 1812. Under the call for volunteers to repel the enemy at the invasion of Buffalo, Jesse WARNER Jr., with Washington MOORE, his brother William and others, responded. Instead of repelling the invasion the little army was defeated, and made its escape as best it could. During the retreat many of the volunteers were shot by the Indians concealed in the woods along the route. Jesse was shot in the hip, and he carried the ball through life. Being so seriously wounded that he could not escape, he was captured by the Indians, and though the blood was gushing from the wound into his boot he strove to walk without limping, believing that his captors would have killed and scalped him had they known he was so seriously wounded. They took his new hat and coat and gave him in return an old conical hat and an old gray frock coat, both of which he brought home with him, and they were retained many years in the family as mementoes of the event. He was taken to Canada and confined in the upper story of a block-house near the Niagara River, under guard. He and a son of Judge BARKER tore their blankets into strips to form a rope, by which they let themselves down to the ground. The alarm was soon given, but they were not pursued, as evidently it was supposed they would not undertake the hazardous crossing of the river. This, however, they did by tying rails together with their strips of blanket, making a frail raft, upon which they floated and paddled down and across the river, through floating cakes of ice, landing two or three miles below the point of starting, nearly opposite the British fort on the other side. No grass grew under their feet as they hastened homeward, Jesse to joyfully meet his young wife and two children and rejoicing friends. Washington MOORE while running from the battle-ground with his gun in his right hand in a horizontal position, was shot through the wrist, causing him to drop his gun; he did not stop to pick it up, but hastened on and finally reached his home. Esquire William MOORE (father of Wm. A. MOORE, attorney and counselor-at-law, of Detroit, Mich., escaped without a scratch.) He was a member of the first Constitutional Convention of Michigan, and was also a member of the Legislature of that State. Another incident of the family history was the tragic death of Oliver WARNER. He started on a visit to his native town of Conway about 1825. While traveling by stage coach in the vicinity where he was born, a shower came up and the stage halted at a country tavern while the passengers sought the shelter of the hostelry until the shower should pass. During the storm lightning struck the house and instantly killed Oliver WARNER and another. The sad event was a severe shock to his wife and family of 6 sons and 2 daughters. He was buried there at the time, and the next winter his brothers John and Jesse went with horses and sleigh and brought the body home, and it was buried in Orleans cemetery, where his widow long since was laid by his side. John WARNER was bound an apprentice to the tanner's trade at the time his father came to this county, consequently he did not come with the rest of the family, but remained to finish his trade, and came four or five years later, about 1800. He married Susan POST, who came from Southampton, near the east end of Long Island. He built a tannery and made leather, boots and shoes for people even miles away, and after12 years bought the farm where his son Ulysses now lives, and built thereon the two-story brick house now occupied by the latter. There, from about 1812, he kept a tavern, furnishing accommodations to the teamsters who for many years carted goods from Albany to Buffalo with six and eight-horse teams. The Tonawanda and Oneida Indians, in their visits back and forth, often put up at this tavern, sleeping in the bar-room, shed and horse barn, and Ulysses remembers having to step over them to get upstairs to bed. In religion most of Jesse WARNER's children were Baptists; John and Jesse, however, were Universalists.
Ulysses WARNER, son of John, and who now occupies his father's homestead, in addition to the preceding interesting account of his ancestors, thus speaks of himself: "I dislike to write about myself; besides, I have not had a very eventful life or a very brilliant history. I was born on the 7th of May, 1812, while our nation was struggling with Great Britain to obtain or retain free trade and sailors' rights on the high seas. I had good common school advantages and the benefit of some excellent select schools, with such teachers as Judge Richard MARVIN, of Chautauqua, and John L. MOORE, oldest son of Esquire William MOORE. I married on the 10th of December, 1835, Mary Ann RICE, daughter of Elder Caleb RICE, whose mother was the sister of the eccentric Rev. John LELAND of New England fame. She died in 1842, leaving one son, still surviving. I married second Eliza Ann JONES, on the 23rd of March, 1843, a daughter of the late Thomas C. JONES, of Hopewell, by whom we have 7 sons and 4 daughters, all now living, making twelve for me, my present wife having lost two twin boys. I was brought up on a farm and in a tavern. There used to be martial music and very much patriotism when I was a boy; many and many company trainings---barefoots (infantry) and independent rifle corps---have met at our house to exercise in military tactics, to show to the world that no people could successfully invade us or tread on our toes unless they expected to be immediately annihilated; and many roast turkeys and pigs, and rice puddings, etc., have they partaken of without being molested by any foreign or domestic foe. I said above that I was a farmer, but at maturity my brother older had learned the tanning and currying trade at Medina. I joined with him and erected a tannery and shoe shop in Orleans and run it about 15 years; following this, I was in the dry goods and grocery business three or four years; then I moved on to the home farm, where I still reside, and have worked hard and long to raise and educate my children, and have taught them, I hope, to be honest and truthful, which would have a tendency to make them respectable. In my younger days I was a Universalist, and think that faith is the nearest right of any. In politics I was a Democrat until during the great Rebellion, when LINCOLN was crossing that boisterous stream, I voted for him the second time he was elected; since then I have supported the Republican party. As a Democrat I was elected justice of the peace at the age of 21 years, and held the office for more than 30 years, to about the close of the war. The majority of the electors being Democrat, and I having committed the 'unpardonable sin', in their opinion, when I voted to sanction a more vigorous prosecution of the war and that it was not a failure, I was deemed unfit of incompetent to hold the office any longer, and they have me the cold shoulder, and with a united push shoved me off their platform---without any regard for past service---although the result of a free ballot and honest count. During the time I held that office I was selected and served three or four years on the bench with circuit and county judges for the trial of criminals in the Oyer and Terminer and Sessions. I was elected to and served in the State Legislature in the year 1859."
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 215
WARNER, Henry D., Phelps, was born on the Hiram WARNER homestead in Phelps, he being one of four children of Hiram and Mary (KNAPP) WARNER, both of whom were born in the town of Hopewell. The grandfather, Rufus, came from Conway, Mass., and settled in Hopewell in early life. Henry D. married in January, 1875, Frances B. SPEAR, of Clifton Springs, a daughter of James and Mary (BAGGERLY) SPEAR, whose ancestors were Maryland people. They have three children: Belle, Earle, Spear, and Theodore Henry. The farms of Mr. WARNER comprise 205 acres, used for grain and general crops, with fifteen acres of orchard.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 255
Hopewell, was born in Hopewell, November 21, 1824.
His father was Oliver, son of
Elijah, a native of Conway, Mass., who had seven sons and one
daughter. About 1800 he
came to Phelps, where he (Elijah)
spent the remainder of his life.
Oliver WARNER was born in
Massachusetts, December 28, 1782.
When a young man he came to Hopewell and located on 300 acres
of land, where he lived and died.
His wife was Lucinda RICE, a
native of Conway, Mass., born October 7, 1783.
To them were born seven sons and two daughters.
Mr. WARNER was drafted in the
War of 1812. His death was caused by a stroke of lightning while on a
visit to his native place. Milton
WARNER was four years old when his father died and he resided
with his mother until 24, when he married, after which his mother
resided with him until her death in 1869.
Mr. WARNER was educated in
common schools and Canandaigua Academy.
His wife is Margaret KNAPP, a
native of Hopewell, and daughter of Halstead
KNAPP, whose father, David KNAPP,
came from Harveston, Rockland county, and settled in Hopewell.
Mr. WARNER is a Democrat, and
has been assessor one term, and inspector of elections.
He is a member of Hopewell Grange No. 79.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 358
WARNER, Henry D.,
Phelps, was born on the Harner WARNER
homestead in Phelps, he being one of four children of Hiram
and Mary (KNAPP) WARNER, both of whom were born in the town
of Hopewell. The
grandfather, Rufus, came from Conway, Mass., and settled in Hopewell
in early life. Henry
D. married in January 1875, Frances B.
SPEAR, of Clifton Springs, in Manchester, a daughter of James
and Mary (BAGGERLEY) SPEAR, whose ancestors were Maryland
people. They have three
children: Bell, Earl S., and Theodore Henry.
The farms of Mr. WARNER
comprises 205 acres, used for grain and general crops, with 15 acres
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 358
WARNER, Rufus, Phelps,
was born in Hopewell, February 26, 1833, son of Hiram
and Mary Jane (KNAPP) WARNER, both natives of Hopewell.
The grandfather, Rufus WARNER,
was born in Conway, Mass., and came to Hopewell when a young man, he
being one of the early settlers.
Hiram, the father, always lived and died in Ontario county. Rufus
WARNER married in February, 1860, Charlotte
W. RICE, of Michigan, daughter of Horace
and Julia (WHEAT) RICE. They have four children: Henry
Rice, Elmer Everett, Frank Wheat, and Morris E.
Mr. WARNER has lived in Phelps since he was three
years of age. His farm
of 114 acres produces mostly wheat, barley, oats, potatoes and corn.
He has also a fine apple orchard.
History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub 1911, Vol II, pg. 437 - 440
The WARNERS of New
England are principally descended from three heads, never as yet
connected on this side of the water, though very likely all of one
family in England in times remote.
These heads were: Andrew, one line of whose descendants are herein traced.
William, of Ipswich,
Massachusetts, from Boxtet county, Essex, England, whose
descendants, like those of Andrew, are widely scattered throughout
the United States.
John, of Farmington,
Connecticut, ancestor of Colonel Seth WARNER,
of Revolutionary fame, and of a long line of WARNERS
who settled in Litchfield county.
In Virginia, was Colonel Augustine
WARNER, whose daughter Mildred became
the wife of Lawrence WASHINGTON and
grandmother of George WASHINGTON.
Many prominent Southern families are of this blood.
( I ) Andrew, son of John
WARNER, of Hatfield, England, was born there in 1595.
He came to America in 1630 and in 1632 was a resident of
Cambridge, Massachusetts. He
removed to Hartford, Connecticut, with the party of original
proprietors, and was chosen deacon of the First church there,
October, 1633. He held
this office continuously until 1660, when, owing to an unhappy and
protracted quarrel in the church, he removed with others of the
church to Hadley, Massachusetts.
An agreement to go was signed "at
Goodman WARD'S House in Hartford, April 18, 1659," among
them being Andrew WARNER. He was living in Hatfield, October 8, 1660, as a meeting was
held at his house there on that date, which passed resolutions of
government. This was
the beginning of the settlement.
He later was an early settler of Hadley, Massachusetts, where
he died. The name of
his first wife, who was the mother of all his children, is unknown.
He married (second) in 1659, before leaving Hartford, Esther,
widow of Thomas SELDEN, who survived
him until 1693. Children:
1. Andrew, married Rebecca
FLETCHER and died in Middletown, Connecticut, January 26,
1681. 2. Robert,
married (first) Elizabeth GRANT;
(second) Mrs. Deliverance ROCKWELL; he
died in Middletown, April 10, 1690. 3. Jacob, married (first) Rebecca
______; (second) Elizabeth GOODMAN; he
died September or November 29, 1711. 4. Daniel, of further mention.
5. Isaac, married Sarah
BOLTWOOD; he died 1691.
6. Ruth, living in 1677, and was
presented to the court on the charge of wearing silk.
7. A daughter,
married John or Daniel PRATT.
married (first) John STEEL; (second) William
9. John, lived in Middletown,
( II ) Daniel, son of Andrew
WARNER, "the Emigrant," died April 30, 1692.
He may have lived for a time at Milford, but later was a
resident of Middletown, Connecticut.
He married (first) Mary _____, who
died September 19, 1672; married (second) April 1, 1674, Martha,
daughter of Robert BOLTWOOD, sister of Sarah
BOLTWOOD, wife of his brother Isaac.
She died September 22, 1710.
Children: 1. Mary,
married Mary HUBBARD.
3. Sarah, born November 25,
1665, married Isaac SHELDON.
4. Andrew, born June 24, 1667.
5. Anna, November 17, 1669,
married Isaac HUBBARD.
6. Mary, born September 19,
1672, married Samuel SHELDON.
7. Hannah, born January 24,
1675, married Samuel INGRAM.
8. John, died aged 38 years.
9. Abraham, born December 20,
1678. 10. Samuel, of further mention.
11. Ebenezer, born November 5,
1681, married Ruth ELY.
12. Mehitable, October 1, 1683,
married Preserved CLAPP.
13. Elizabeth, married, December
26, 1705, Thomas WELLS. 14. Esther,
born December 15, 1686, married Samuel HENRY.
15. Martha, born April 3, 1688,
died November 25, 1689. 16.
Nathaniel, born October 15, 1690.
( III ) Samuel, tenth child of Daniel
and Martha (BOLTWOOD) WARNER, was born April 13, 1680.
He married (first) May 1, 1715, Hannah
SACKETT; married (second) Elizabeth,
daughter of Joseph MORTON.
Rebecca, born May 6, 1716.
2. Jesse, May 6, 1718.
3. Samuel, October 27, 1722.
4. Nathan, no further record.
5. David, born February 15,
December 12, 1733. 7.
Hannah, died in infancy.
8. Elizabeth, married
Israel CHAPIN. 9. Abraham, lost
at sea. 10.
Sarah, married Elijah WAITE.
( IV ) Jesse, son of Samuel
and Hannah (SACKETT) WARNER, was born May 6, 1718.
He resided in Belchertown and Conway, Massachusetts.
He married Miriam SMITH, born
October 30, 1718. Children:
1. Elisha, born April 1, 1740.
2. Hannah, August 28, 1741.
3. Miriam, July 21, 1743.
4. Rebecca, September 16, 1745.
5. Jesse ( 2 ), of further
mention. 6. Philotheta,
born February 21, 1749.
( V ) Jesse ( 2 ), son of Jesse ( 1 ) and Miriam (SMITH) WARNER, was born in Conway, Massachusetts, February 1, 1747, died in Orleans county, New York, October, 1833, aged 86 years. He, no doubt, served in the war of the Revolution, but Massachusetts records give four of the name Jesse WARNER who served, and he cannot be positively identified. Twelve pages of "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution" are required to register the names and services of WARNERS in the Revolution from Massachusetts alone ( volume XVI ). In 1796 he settled on what was afterward known as Warner Hill, two miles east of the village of Orleans in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, where he resided until his death. He was a rigid Baptist and fond of theological argument, and very positive that his belief only was orthodox. In 1812, when an epidemic of fever swept the country he was sorely stricken and so near death that his son Lewis measured him and went to Geneva (the nearest point) to obtain a shroud. On his return with it his father was on the road to recovery, while Lewis himself was stricken and died, the shroud being used for him, instead of his father.
WARRENER, born September 14, 1745, at Longmeadow, Hampden
county, Massachusetts. Children:
1. Elijah, born 1770, settled in
Ontario county. 2.
Lewis, born 1772, died young.
3. Rufus, of further mention.
4. Jesse, ( 3 ), a soldier of
the War of 1812; shot in the hip, captured by the Indians, taken to
Canada, made his escape and returned home.
5. John, came to Ontario county
in 1800; was a tanner, had a tannery in Phelps, manufactured boots
and shoes, and kept a tavern for the accommodation of teamsters with
their six and eight horse teams engaged in the transportation of
freight between Albany and Buffalo.
6. Oliver, killed by a stroke of
( 4 ), born 1786, died in Ontario county, 1812-13.
8. Lucinda, born 1796, married a
( VI ) Rufus, son of Jesse
( 2 ) and Sarah (WARRENER) WARNER,
was born in Conway, Massachusetts, in 1775, died in Ontario county,
New York. He came to
the town of Phelps, Ontario county, with his father in 1796, and
later settled in the town of Hopewell, same county, where he engaged
in farming. He married ____
RICE, a sister of "Elder Caleb
RICE," whose mother was a sister of Rev. John
LELAND, of New England fame.
sons and two daughters.
( VII ) Hiram, son of Rufus
and _____ (RICE) WARNER, was born in the town of Hopewell,
Ontario county, New York, May, 1808, died October, 1884.
He settled in the town of Phelps, same county, in 1836,
purchased a farm and built the residence which is yet occupied by
the family. He was a
republican and held several of the town offices.
While many of the descendants of Jesse
WARNER have been Baptists, this branch belongs to the
Methodist Episcopal church. He
married Mary Jane KNAPP, born 1809,
died April, 1889. Children:
1. Maria, married Robert
2. Mary Jane, married Edward
ALDRICH. 3. Rufus,
born February 26, 1833, married Charlotte
4. Henry D., of further
( VIII ) Henry D., youngest
child of Hiram and Mary Jane (KNAPP) WARNER,
was born in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York, June 17,
1844, died June 4, 1908. He
was a prosperous farmer, owning 205 acres and an orchard of fifteen
acres. He was a
republican in politics, and a member of the Universalist faith.
He married, January, 1875, Frances
Belle SPEAR, of Maryland ancestry, daughter of James
Allen and Mary (BAGGERLY) SPEAR, of Clifton Springs, in the
town of Manchester, Ontario county, New York.
Children: 1. Belle
W., married Charles J. CARR, of
Dayton, Ohio. 2. Earle
S., of further mention.
3. Theodore Henry, born May 16,
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 360
WARTH, Samuel, Geneva,
was born in the city of New York, on July 9, 1832.
He was the son of Conrad and Margaret
WARTH, who came to Geneva in 1851, bringing two of their
children: John S. and Samuel.
The latter is the only survivor of the family now in Geneva,
and although he began life with but little encouraging prospects, he
is now a leading grocer of Geneva and a successful business man.
His wife was Margaret E. EVERSON,
by whom he has had three children, only one of whom, however, is now
living. In politics Mr.
WARTH is a Democrat, but not active.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 210
WASHBURN, Charles W., Gorham, was born in Gorham on the farm now owned by the Joshua WASHBURN estate. He is a son of Joshua, a son of Isaac, a native of Herkimer county and one of the pioneers of Gorham, settling near Rushville in an early day, where he lived and died. Joshua was born in Gorham in 1802. His first wife was Christine WAGNER, and they had three children. His second wife was Phoebe KETCHIM of Pittstown, Rensselaer county, born in 1815. She was one of 12 children of Joseph and Ollie (VENESSE) KETCHIM. By the second marriage Mr. WASHBURN had five sons and two daughters. He was poor-master and assessor many years, and owned 124 acres at his death, April 11, 1879. Charles W. was reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools. Farming has been his life occupation. He is a Democrat, and a member of Reed's Corners Grange and Rushville Masonic Lodge, also a member of Reed's Corners Agricultural Society and Rushville Agricultural Society.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 212 - 213
WASHBURN, John W., Gorham, was born on the farm he now owns January 15, 1829. His father was Richard, a son of Isaac and Sarah WASHBURN, of Eastern, who had 8 children. About 1809 the latter settled in Gorham on the farm now owned by Mr. THOMAS, where he died. His family, except one son that died in the West, live in Gorham and Canandaigua. Richard WASHBURN was born in Eastern as was also his wife, Elizabeth FRANCISCO. Richard WASHBURN and wife have four sons and four daughters, of whom two are living: John W., and Mrs. Emeline KETCHAM. About 1811 Mr. WASHBURN settled on 80 acres of the Phelps and Gorham purchase. He was a Whig in politics and was highway commissioner a number of years. He died in Gorham, June 22, 1868, and his wife in 1855. John W. was educated in the common schools and in Rushville Academy. February 16, 1871, he married Mary C., daughter of George Y. DAINES, a native of Torrey, who now resides at Dresden at the age of 83 years. Her grandfather was Jesse DAINES, an early settler of Torrey. Mr. WASHBURN has always been a farmer and has dealt extensively in sheep. He is a Democrat in politics, has been commissioner of highways six years in succession, and is now assessor. He is a member of Rushville Lodge No. 377 F. & A. M., and he and family attend and support the M. E. Church at Rushville, NY.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 208-209
WATSON, Grove R., Geneva, was born in the town of Seneca, Ontario county, November 26, 1868, was educated in the common schools of Geneva, and is associated with William WILSON in the nursery business, under the firm name of William Wilson & Co., of Geneva. Mr. WATSON's father, John, was born in the town of Benton, Yates county, was a farmer by occupation, and married Mary WHEDON of the town of Seneca. They had two children: Grove R. and Margaret R., who died at the age of 7 years. Mr. WATSON's father died in 1874, and his mother in 1882. Mr. WATSON is a member of the Knights of Pythias, also of the Algonquin Club. Some of his ancestors were in the Revolutionary war.
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich,
pub 1893, pg 358 - 359
WEBB, George Nelson,
West Bloomfield, was born in West Bloomfield, April 15, 1838.
His father, John, was born in
Lunenburg, Vt., in 1796, and came at the age of 15 years with his
father, Charles, to West Bloomfield.
John WEBB married Nancy
GILLETT, a native of Lynn, Mass., who emigrated when a young
girl with her parents to Detroit.
Her mother was a sister of Reynold
Detroit was captured by the British and Indians in the War of 1812,
she, with others, was made prisoner and held captive about six
months. Later she was
sent to Lima to school, and while there made the acquaintance of her
future husband. They
had six children, who grew to maturity: Mary,
John, Jane, Emily, Gray and Homer, all living.
George worked with his father
and attended the schools until of age.
In 1863 he enlisted in the 148th New York
served until the close of the war, participating in all of the 19
engagements of that regiment. In
1860 he married Mary FITCH of Le Roy,
and they had one son, William, born
September 2, 1861, who lives near by, and is a poultry dealer.
In the spring of 1868 Mr. WEBB
and his brother Homer purchased a half
interest in the drain tile factory at Factory Hollow. He soon after acquired Homer's
interest, and a little later the remaining half of W.
Tack SIVER and he has conducted the business alone, except
for a year or two. Mr.
WEBB averages about 250,000 to 300,000 annually.
His sales are mostly in Ontario, Livingston, Monroe counties.
Mr. WEBB has a farm of
eighty acres in Lima, Livingston county.
of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 208
WEBSTER, Edward B., Geneva, was born in Geneva, September 2, 1844, and was the son of the late Horace WEBSTER, professor of mathematics in Hobart College, and afterwards president of the College of the City of New York. He died in Geneva in 1870, leaving two children: Margaret W., wife of William SLOSSON, and Edward B., the subject of this sketch. In April, 1861, Edward enlisted in the second company of the Seventh Regiment of N. Y. 30 day men, and afterward re-enlisted for three years in Co. E, of the 165th N. Y. Vols. Mr. WEBSTER entered the service as a private, and by promotion was commissioned second lieutenant, first lieutenant and eventually captain of his company, and holding the latter was mustered out during the fall of 1865. Returning to Geneva, Captain WEBSTER engaged in farming for several years, and later became connected with the village gas works. In 1881 he was appointed postmaster at Geneva, and served one term. In 1885 he was elected secretary of the Phillips & Clark Stove Company, a position he still holds. In 1867 Mr. WEBSTER was married to Helen FARR, by whom he has had seven children, six of whom are still living.
History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub 1911, Vol II, pg. 485 - 487
progenitor of this family, settled at Richmond, Rhode Island, soon
after 1700, and as no relationship with the other families of this
name has been established, it is presumed that he was from England.
Children, born in Richmond:
1. John, who lived at Richmond.
2. James, mentioned below.
And several others.
( II ) James, son of John
WEBSTER, was born about 1720, in Richmond, Rhode Island.
He married Hannah WOODMANSEE.
Children, born at Richmond:
Thankful, February 15,
1743; Margaret, December 10, 1744;
Hannah, June 8, 1747; Stephen,
March 17, 1750, settled at Tyringham, Massachusetts, and married Abigail
PARKS, a native of Voluntown, Connecticut; Zerviah,
December 4, 1752; James, September 4,
1755; Jonathan, mentioned below;
Daniel, November 7, 1761; Sarah,
May 21, 1763; Elizabeth, September 25,
( III ) Jonathan, son of James
WEBSTER, was born at Richmond, Rhode Island, April 2, 1758.
After the close of the Revolution he came to Tyringham,
Berkshire county, Massachusetts.
He married Mary ____.
Children, born in Rhode Island:
Elias, born August 21, 1781
(recorded at Tyringham); Hannah, June
13, 1784 (recorded at Tyringham).
Born in Tyringham: James, March 19, 1787; William,
February 2, 1790 (twin); John, twin of
William, mentioned below; Thomas,
June 2, 1792; Jesse, March 11, 1794.
( IV ) John, son of Jonathan
WEBSTER, was born at Tyringham, Massachusetts, February 2,
1790. When a young man
he located at Franklin, Delaware county, New York, and later removed
to Parma, Monroe county, New York.
He married Mary WEBSTER.
He died in 1852 in Spencerport, Monroe county, New York; his
wife Mary died at Victor, New York, in
Freeman, John Riley, Sarah E., Otis A.,
mentioned below; James Myron and Milo C.
( V ) Otis A. (Arnold), son of John
WEBSTER, was born at Franklin, Delaware county, New York,
December, 1828, died in Victor, New York, February, 1891.
He was educated in the public schools, and followed farming
for his occupation. He
removed to North Amherst, Ohio, in 1854, and engaged in the
manufacture of plows, also conducting a farm in that town.
In 1873 he came to Victor, Ontario county, New York, and
settled on a farm at the north end of Brace street, where he lived
until his death. In
politics he was a republican. He
married Cynthia S. WATTLES, in North
Amherst, Ohio, in 1854; she was born in Franklin, Delaware county,
New York, July 17, 1832, and is now living at Victor, New York,
daughter of Ansel F. WATTLES, born at
Franklin, New York, March 4, 1810, a shoemaker and farmer in his
native town, and Susie (REMINGTON) WATTLES,
born December 10, 1814, died January 8, 1853, married, in September,
WATTLES died May 15, 1885.
Children of Mr. and Mrs. WEBSTER:
Milo Freeman, mentioned below, and a daughter and son who
died in childhood.
( VI ) Milo Freeman, son of Otis
A. WEBSTER, was born at North Amherst, Ohio, November 14,
1866. He attended the
public schools of Victor, New York, graduated from Canandaigua
Academy in 1883 and from the College of Agriculture of Cornell
University in 1888. He
is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity of that college.
Since 1889 he has been engaged in farming and fire insurance
at Victor, New York, where he has an excellent farm of 75
acres. In 1888-89
assistant to the secretary of the State Agricultural Society at
Albany, New York. He is
now secretary of the Tompkins County Co-operative Fire Insurance
Company of Ithaca, New York, an office to which he was elected in
1910. From 1900 to 1904 he was secretary of the Baron Steuben
County Fire Insurance Company.
In religion he is a Presbyterian; in politics a Republican.
He married, September 24, 1890, Harriet
Amelia WOODS, born at Bath, New York, November 19, 1870,
daughter of Rev. Henry CLAY and Mary M. (SEAVER)
WOODS, of Byron, New York, who was married January 6, 1868,
and had five children: Harriet
Amelia Woods, mentioned above:
William Seaver WOODS, born at
Bath, August 13, 1872; Julia Grace WOODS,
born at Bergen, New York, April 9, 1877; John
Henry Drury WOODS, born at Buffalo, New York, March 30, 1879,
died at Perry, New York, July 9, 1885; Mary
Louise WOODS, born at Somerset, New York, February 27, 1884.
Rev. Henry Clay WOODS was in the
164th New York Infantry Regiment in the Civil
William Watson WOODS, father of Rev.
Henry Clay WOODS, married (first) Harriet
B. DRURY, of Stafford, New York, June 8, 1843, and they had
two children: Henry
Clay, born August 9, 1844, mentioned above, and Clarissa
B. WOODS, born August 30, 1846.
Harriet B. WOODS died January
20, 1863. William
Watson WOODS married (second) October 22, 1863, Eleanor
BLANCHARD and they had one child, Harriet
La Verne, born February 27, 1866.
William Watson WOODS died May 4,
1869. He was a
descendant of Nathaniel WOODS, of
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 213
WELCH, William Harris, Canandaigua, was born in Erie, Pa., December 15, 1862, a son of Edwin H. and Elizabeth H. (FIDLER) WELCH. Edwin H. was born in Johnstown, Pa., and was educated for a civil engineer in the Polytechnic Institute at Troy, NY, and has always followed this profession, with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company much of the time. He is now living at Lock Haven, Pa. He has three children: Lizzie Helena, Paul Herbert, an artist, and William H. The boyhood of the latter was spent in Lock Haven, where his parents moved before he was two years old. He was educated in the common schools and at the State Normal School at Lock Haven, and spent 6 years in study and practice with his father. In the summer of 1879 he was chairman of an engineer corps, which was his first start, and was employed on railroad location and construction work from 1880 to 1885. In February, 1885, he went to Elmira, and in June, 1885, came to Canandaigua, where he has since made his home, holding the position of supervisor of the Canandaigua Division of the Northern Central Railway since September 1, 1891. He married, October 10, 1888, Grace G., daughter of the Hon. John RAINES, and they are the parents of three daughters: Catherine Elizabeth, Edith Helena, and Grace Pauline.
of Ontario Co., NY, Pub 1911, Vol. 2, pg. 39 - 40
was born at Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1862.
He moved from there to Lock Haven with his parents the
following year and was educated in private and public school,
finishing with a special one year
course in the State Normal at
that place in 1879-81. During the next five years he studied and practiced civil
engineering with his father, Edwin H. WELCH
on the Pennsylvania railroad. In
February 1885, he entered the maintenance of way department of the
Northern Central railway at Elmira, as a rodman.
In June of the same year, he came to Canandaigua as assistant
to Supervisor William J. JEUDEVINE. At the death of the latter in 1891 he was appointed
supervisor of the Canandaigua division, which position he still
holds. For a number of
years he acted as village engineer, building a number of the village
sewers and in 1899 the Chapin street brick pavement, the first laid
in the village.
is, on his father's side, a direct descendant of William
BRADFORD, who came over on the Mayflower, in 1620 and Alice
CARPENTER, his wife. His
father is still living and is practicing his profession in Lock
Haven, Pennsylvania. His
mother died in September 1893.
A sister, L. Helen WELCH and
a brother, Paul H. WELCH, are still
living at the old home.
On October 10, 1888, William H. WELCH married Grace, second daughter of the late Hon. John RAINES. They have three daughters, Catherine E., Edith H. and Alice Irene and one son, William H. Jr.
of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. I, pg. 55
Hon. Henry WELLES, who presided at the first term on the "new" court house, Canandaigua, in January, 1859, was born at Kinderhook, NY, October 17, 1794, and died at his home in Penn Yan in 1868. distinguished himself as a soldier in the War of 1812. District Attorney of Steuben county from 1824 to 1829, Supreme Court Justice in the Seventh district from 1847 until his death at his home in Penn Yan, in 1868.
History of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub 1911,
Vol II, pg. 224 - 225
Henri E. WELLS, a veteran of the Civil War and for the past 25 years a resident of
Geneva, has had a varied experience both in business life and the
public service, and although minus an arm, sacrificed in defending
the cause of the Union, he nevertheless succeeded in accumulating a
competency which enabled him to retire from active business pursuits
at a comparatively early age. His
immediate ancestors were among the pioneer settlers of what is now
the middle west.
Samuel WELLS was born in Suffolk county, England.
He was a well known musician who traveled extensively both in
this country and abroad, and for a number of years was engaged in
the book and music business in Portsmouth and Newark, Ohio.
His death occurred in 1879.
He married Emma RAND.
Children: 1. Samuel
Sylvester, born in England; married a niece of General Benjamin
W. BRICE, U. S. A., died leaving a widow and five children.
2. Joshua Rand, died in 1906;
was married and had ten children.
3. Frederick I., born in
Newark, Ohio, in 1840; married and has a family of ten children.
4. Henri E., see forward.
5. Arthur E., born in Newark,
Ohio, in 1845; is married and has four children.
6. Mary, born in Portsmouth,
Ohio; married D. W. HUNT, and has
five children. 7. Sophia J., born in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1847; married Frank
WELLS and has three sons.
A., born in Binghamton, New York, in 1849; married Henry
WELLS and has one child.
9. Ella Louise, born in
Binghamton, New York, in 1851; died young.
Henri E. WELLS, son of Samuel and Emma ( RAND ) WELLS,
was born in Newark, Ohio, September 14, 1843.
He acquired his education in the public schools, and when
eighteen years old he enlisted at Moline, Illinois, in the
Nineteenth Regiment Illinois Infantry, recruited for service in the Civil
war, and commanded by Colonel TURCHIN,
a Russian. He served with ability in the quartermaster's department,
later was thrown on the battlefield and participated in the battles
of Stone River and Nashville, Tennessee, and having received a
severe wound in the first-named engagement necessitating the
amputation of his arm, he was honorably discharged in 1863.
Returning to Moline, Illinois, he engaged in business.
He was elected town collector, and in 1869 was appointed
postmaster at Moline by President GRANT,
serving in that capacity with credit to himself and satisfaction to
his fellow-townsmen until 1877.
In the latter year he removed to Tampa, Florida, and
purchasing an orange grove he conducted it successfully some nine
years. Returning north
in 1886, he established his residence in Geneva, New York, and
retired permanently from business.
In politics he is an Independent republican.
He attends the Presbyterian church.
Mr. WELLS was married (first), June 14, 1871, in Binghamton, New York, to Miss Anna M. CROSBY; she died April 3, 1888. He married (second) at Tampa, Florida, May 1, 1890, Miss Josephine A. MANY. Children: 1. Lillian Anna, born June 21, 1872, in Moline, Illinois; graduated from the State Normal School at Brockport, New York, and since 1901 has been a missionary in Japan. 2. William Crosby, born August 4, 1873; is married and has two children: Henry and Florence. 3. Florence Lydia, born in Tampa, March 24, 1881; is also a graduate of the State Normal School at Brockport, and went as a missionary to Japan in 1906.
History of Ontario Co, NY & Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. II, pg. 250-251
The surname WESTFALL is of Dutch origin. It was variously spelled Vestvall, Vestval, Westvaal, Westfall, Westfaal, Westpool, Westphoal, Westphall, Westphale, Westphalen, etc.
Juriaen WESTVALL, the immigrant ancestor, was among the earliest settlers of Ulster county, New York, at what is now Esopus, near Kingston. He and twelve others petitioned, August 17, 1659, for a church at Esopus and the petition was granted. He owned lot 25 of the original division of land in 1662 and another grant May 29, 1667. He was a steady, preserving, upright and influential citizen. He married Marretje HANSEN. Their three sons, Johannes, Symon and Niclaes removed to Orange county and were grantees of land at the town of Deerpark in 1696. Between 1737 and 1800 there were in the two churches at Menssinck and Machacheneck, at Deerpark, over seventy heads of families of this surname, descendants of the immigrant. Juriaen died about 1667. Children: Rymerick, married Thomas THEUNISSE QUICK (published December 7, 1672); Johannes, married Maritje JACOBZ COOL, January 28, 1682, at Kingston; Niclaes, married (first) Maria MONTAGNJE, April 21, 1702 and (second) Zara VAN AKEN, October 20, 1712; Abell, baptized September 25, 1661; Symon, baptized September 30, 1663; Elsjen, baptized June 2, 1666.
Cornelius WESTFALL, descendant of Juriaen WESTFALL, was born October 7, 1753, died May 13, 1826. He came from Orange county to Phelps, Ontario county, New York, among the early settlers and took up a very large tract of land. He brought Negro slaves with him to clear the land and work the plantation. In the census of 1790 he was reported in Montgomery county, New York, with two sons under sixteen and one female in his family. In that census there were in Orange county and elsewhere, the following heads of Family: Abraham, Benjamin, Frederick, Jacobus, Johannes, Peter, Petrus, and Simon WESTFALL.
Jacob WESTFALL, son of Cornelius WESTFALL, was born January 28, 1779, died October 13, 1812. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was killed at the battle of Queenstown, in Canada, captain of a company of riflemen. Children: Catherine, August 1, 1799; Cornelius, June 1, 1800; Samuel, mentioned below; Benjamin, April 2, 1804; Albert, May 28, 1806.
Samuel WESTFALL, son of Jacob WESTFALL, was born on the old homestead in Phelps, April 10, 1802. He was educated in the public schools. He was a farmer. He died in 1870. He married Sena CORTRIGHT. Children: Catherine, Alfred, Harriet A. and Benjamin Franklin, mentioned below. (NOTE: All the following buried in Phelps Village Ceme.: Samuel died Feb 21, 1871; Sena born Oct 16, 1805 - Jan 29, 1887; Alfred 1832-1906, husband of Catherine J. MIDDAUGH, 1836- 1860).
Benjamin Franklin WESTFALL, son of Samuel WESTFALL, was born on the homestead at Phelps, August 1, 1837, and was educated there in the district schools. He also followed farming for an occupation. He married Harriet PECK, born March 6, 1836, died October 20, 1896, daughter of Hiram PECK. Children, Jennie B. born January 19, 1866, married John CROSS; and Burton S., mentioned below.
Burton S. WESTFALL, son of Benjamin Franklin WESTFALL, was born on the old farm at Phelps, November 20, 1872, and educated there in the public schools and educated there in the public schools. He worked on the farm during his youth and has continued to follow farming up to the present time. He is a member of Junius Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Maccabees. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religion a Presbyterian. He married January 16, 1895, Hattie PATTEN, daughter of William and Helen PATTEN, of Phelps. Children: Charles Stewart, born June 9, 1898; Leon Alfred, November 8, 1904. (Note: Burton & Hattie are buried in the Phelps Village Ceme.; Leon died Aug 1983 in Newark, Wayne Co., NY per SSDI)
History of Ontario Co, NY, Conover & Aldrich, pub 1893, pg 200
WEYBURN, M. D., Edwin, Geneva, son of Samuel WEYBURN, was born in this county in 1818. He studied medicine with Dr. Jedediah SMITH of Geneva and graduated from the Geneva Medical College about 1850, practicing here until his death in 1879. Henry D., son of Edwin, was born in Geneva in 1845, studied medicine with his father and attended the Geneva Medical College during 1869-70, and in 1876 graduated from the Cincinnati Medical College, and has practiced here ever since. He is a Republican, and has been coroner three years, taking an active interest in politics. Dr. H. D. WEYBURN was in Chicago during 1871-72 and was an eye witness to the great fire. He has practiced in Geneva 21 years.
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