CHARLES H. CROSS
Charles H. Cross, son of Moulton Cross, was
born in Hamilton, Madison county, January 1, 1807. He was the eldest in a
family of fourteen children who came with his father in 1814 to Pulaski. His
father located upon a tract of land embracing three hundred acres, four miles
from the village of Pulaski. He was a miller, and also assisted in erecting numerous saw-mills in this vicinity. The subject of this sketch received the
advantages of a common school education, and in the year 1827 entered into the
business of surveying lands, and in 1850 was appointed agent of the “Pierpont
Estate,” representing about one hundred thousand acres of lands in the
counties of Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego, with the office at Pulaski.
October 11. 1842, he united in marriage with Melissa
Lane, daughter of Gilbert Lane, born
November 18, 1817. Their family has consisted of five children, four of whom are
living, viz., Albert H., Gilbert L., Sylvia L., wife of
John Shea, and Martha L., all residents of Pulaski.
In all matters pertaining to the public welfare, Mr.
Cross has ever manifested a lively interest. He assisted in the
organization, location, and construction of the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburgh
railroad, and also of the Syracuse Northern, and was a director in each. During
the twenty-seven years of his administration as land agent he has settled
thousands of families, and contributed largely to the general prosperity and
development of the various towns. Though his duties have been arduous, and he
has now reached the scriptural age of threescore and ten, he is possessed of
much of the vigor and ambition of youth. He is a churchman and a communicant of
the Episcopal church at Pulaski. Politically, he is a Democrat.
ROBERT LEROY INGERSOLL
Robert L. Ingersoll is a native of New Berlin, Chenango county, where he
was born June 5, 1819. He came into the town of Albion with his father, Ebenezer
Ingersoll, in 1830. Like many of the prominent and successful business
men of today, Mr. Ingersoll received the rudiments
of his education at the district school, and although the educational advantages
of those early days were meagre, still he succeeded well in his studies and
subsequently entered the Mexico academy, where he pursued his studies with
diligence and attention, and succeeded in acquiring an education that well
fitted him for his subsequent business career. At the close of his school days
he purchased “his time” of his father, - seven months for the sum of fifty
dollars, - and commenced business for himself.
He formed a co-partnership with Elijah Shumway
in the manufacture of carriages at
Sandy Creek, and subsequently purchased his partner’s interest, and
business about five years, and then removed to the village of Pulaski and
established a carriage manufactory. He conducted this business until 1872, when
he disposed of it to Ingersoll & Suydam.
In 1854 he established the Pulaski bank and assumed its presidency, in which
capacity he officiated until 1862, when the institution was discontinued. He
then organized the R. L. Ingersoll & Co.’s bank, and has since been
actively engaged in the banking business.
In 1842 he united in marriage with Caroline E. Clark,
a native of Jefferson county.
Their family consists of six children, viz., Leroy,
George D., Anna A., Frank D., Fred B., Maud. George D. resides in
this town; Anna A., wife of Frank
Dimock, resides in Quincy, Illinois; Frank D.
in Michigan; Fred B. in St. Catherines,
Canada; Maud is unmarried.
Mr. Ingersoll is a positive character. While he
is kind and considerate to those with whom he has business relations, still,
when once determined upon a course, he never casts a backward glance, but
pursues it to a successful termination. Though differing with many in various
matters, they give him credit for honesty of purpose. The element of invincible
determination is prominent in the character of Mr.
Ingersoll. Though he has no petty controversies, still in his long
business career he has become involved in heavy litigations, but never had a
judgment entered against him. His line of conduct has been, - “Beware of
entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, bear’t that th’ opposed may beware of
His friends find in him a warm associate, and those with whom he may chance
be opposed a “foeman worthy of their steel.” Politically he is a
Democrat, and a vigorous and uncompromising exponent of the principles of that
party. Mr. Ingersoll is essentially a self-made
man, and has through his own individual efforts become one of the substantial
men of the county.
DOANE, was born June 10, 1807, in Litchfield, Herkimer county, New York.
His father, John Doane, was a soldier
in the Revolutionary War; enlisted immediately after the battle of
Bunker Hill, and served during the war. He was a prisoner eighteen months in a
prison-ship in New York harbor. The parents moved from Connecticut about 1798,
and eventually settled in Litchfield, Herkimer county, New York.
Their children were six sons and two daughters, four of whom are surviving,
Mrs. Olivia Mason, residing in Pulaski; Isaac
in Port Ontario; Harvey, in Michigan,
and (Ira), the subject of our sketch.
Captain Doane was married October 24, 1830, to Audria
Vorce. Seven children
were born to them, only two of whom are living: a son, Helon
F., and daughter Martha A., wife of L.
D. Potter, son of John E. Potter. A
son, Henry G. Doane, was a member of the Thirty-fifth
Regiment New York Volunteers, and died at Elmira, New York. His wife died
June, 1853, and he married to Julia Vorce January
22, 1854, cousin of his first wife, and daughter of Colonel
The early years of Captain Doane’s life were
spent as a farmer, about twelve years as a carpenter and joiner, the latter
years as a merchant in Pulaski, and later still operating in timber lands. He
has been called to fill various offices of public trust: president of the
village, collector, jailer, and under-sheriff, and inspector of customs in New
York City, may be mentioned among them.
A life-long Democrat, Captain Doane voted
for General Jackson and for the
Democratic candidate at every presidential election since. He built
the house he occupies in 1865, and at the enjoyment of a competency, the result of years
of hard labor, and the friendship and esteem of the entire community.
JAMES N. BETTS,
M. D. - Oswego County is noted for the proficiency and
high standard of its medical men, and none occupy a more deserved popular position in the profession
than Dr. James N. Betts, of Pulaski. A residence of nearly a quarter of a century there,
during which time he has been in the active practice of his profession, has fully demonstrated
his general worth, and assigned him a conspicuous place on the pages of history.
James N., son of Silas and Janette (Wheeler)
Betts, was born in the town of
Oxford, Chenango county, New York, April 2, 1822. He was the second
of a family of four children, and remained a member of it until he completed his fourteenth
year, when he left the parental roof, and went out in “the wide, wide world” to
do for himself, and since that time has relied entirely upon his own resources. He received
an academic education, and before graduating had chosen his profession, - namely,
that of a doctor. In order to meet the necessary expenses for the prosecution of his medical
studies he was compelled to teach school for several years. He then entered the Worcester
medical college, at Worcester, Massachusetts, and from there went to the Syracuse
medical college, from which he latter graduated with honors. After graduating
he was engaged in the manufacture of medicine, and at the same time published the Syracuse
In December, 1843, Dr. Betts was married to
Miss Sarah M., daughter of Jesse
Burrows, Esq., of Coventry, Chenango county, New York. In 1855 he disposed
property and business in Syracuse and removed to Pulaski, where he
established himself in the practice of his profession, and has since devoted his entire
attention to it. He has been eminently successful. He holds diplomas from the Medical University
of Philadelphia, from the Syracuse medical college, and from the Eclectic
medical college of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1875 he was strongly urged to accept the enviable
position of the chair of surgery in the American medical college of St. Louis, Missouri,
but his extensive practice, home standing, and business interests debarred him from accepting
the honor, much to the disappointment of the faculty.
The doctor has taken a deep interest in the
educational affairs of Pulaski. He has
been a member of the board of education since 1855, with the exception
of one year, in which he was supervisor. In politics he is a Democrat of the good old
Jeffersonian school. He is an earnest and consistent member of the political party whose
principles he has espoused.
The doctor has three boys: the elder, Albert
F., is a well known merchant, at
Pulaski; the second son, James H., is traveling; whilst
the younger, George W., has
adopted the profession of his worthy father, and is now completing
his medical education at the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, connected with which is
one of the best medical colleges in the country.
Dr. Betts is a gentleman well and favorably
known, and one who is very highly
respected and esteemed. He possesses the necessary qualifications of
the physician other than knowledge, - geniality of disposition, and firmness blended with
kindness and compassion. In his domestic relations he is kind and affectionate,
a good husband, father, and friend, and in every sense a worthy citizen.
DON A. KING - The subject of this sketch traces his lineage
back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when John
King, father of the original settler in this country, of
the same family, was secretary to that distinguished sovereign. A son, names Edward, was
a classmate of John Milton, and was a successful competitor with the illustrious poet for
a class prize. He was subsequently drowned in the Irish sea, and commemorated by Milton in
the poem of “Lycidas.” John King, the ancestor of the family in this country, settled
in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1654. He was from Northampton shire, England.
Don A. King, son of Henry King and
Betsey Allen, was born in Ellisburg,
Jefferson county, March 27, 1820. His mother was a daughter of Joseph
Allen, Esq., the
first settler on “Pierrepont Manor”. His father, Henry King,
from Southampton, Massachusetts, in the year 1806. The subject of this sketch early manifested
a desire for a thorough education, and after pursuing a preparatory course of instruction
entered Union college, and graduated with honor in 1844, in the class with Prof.
Joy, of Columbia college, Governor Alex. H. Rice, William H. H. Moore, James C.
U. S. A., also Generals Frederick and Howard Townsend, of Albany.
His affable manner and studious habits rendered
him esteemed among his associated, and he was elected a member of the “Phi
Beta Kappa” society.
At the close of his collegiate course he chose
the profession of the law, and
commenced his studies with a Mr. Blake, at Cold Spring, opposite West
completed them with Hon. A. Z. McCarty, in 1847, and on the 22d day
of September in that year was admitted to the bar in the city of Poughkeepsie. In 1848
he united in
marriage with Mary Baker, daughter of Thomas C.
Baker, of Pulaski.
consists of four children, viz., Ella M., wife of the
Rev. J. H. Wright,
Delaware county, New York; Katherine D.; Charles B.;
and Sarah Frances. Charles
B., is a graduate of Union college, and is practicing law with his father
In 1848 he formed a co-partnership in the
practice of law with Mr. McCarty,
which existed until 1855. In 1855 he was appointed a director of the
Pulaski bank, and officiated in that capacity until its dissolution. Upon the organization
of R. L. Ingersoll & Co.’s bank he became a partner, and was attorney for the bank until
While he has been actively engaged in the
arduous duties of his profession, he has
bestowed much time and attention upon educational matters, and was
one of the
incorporators of the Pulaski Academy, and has done much towards contributing
Mr. King has never sought for political distinction,
and although a life-long Democrat, one of the leading members of his party
in the county, and a vigorous exponent of its principles, he has labored
rather for that distinction at the bar which comes from years of earnest
application, and justly merits the reputation of ranking among the best
lawyers in this portion of the State. His affable and courteous manner,
sound learning, good judgment, and candor have won for him in a remarkable
degree the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens.
WILLIAM STRONG - Among the prominent pioneers of Redfield township
were Eli and Charlotte (West) Strong, parents of the subject of this sketch,
who came from Connecticut about the year 1790. After remaining nearly a quarter of a century in Redfield
they removed to the town of Orwell, and it was here that William
was born, on the 12th
of February, 1814.
There were five children in the family, of which he was the fourth.
He resided with his father until he was twenty-one years old, when he purchased his father’s
farm, upon which he remained for thirty years.
In 1844 he married Miss Chloe West, from Lee,
Oneida county, New York,
daughter of Ira and Lucy West, by whom he had one child,
wife of Orla Allen, Esq., of Pulaski.
His father was postmaster of Orwell for twenty-four
years, and was a prominent
man in his township generally. In 1867 father and son removed to Pulaski,
father died at the good old age of eighty-six years. He was an influential
member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Orwell, which he assisted to erect. William
received a good common-school education; and has since devoted his
time to farming and the dairy business, and has been quite successful in both branches.
Politically, he is a Democrat, and has held various township offices, among others that
of a supervisor.
Socially, he is a quiet, unassuming man, respected by the people of
the community in
which he resides. In character he is honest and upright, faithful in
the discharge of every duty, and happy in his domestic relations. In fine, he is a good neighbor,
a firm friend, and a worthy citizen.