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History& Directory of Yates Co., Vol 1, Pub 1873, by Stafford C. Cleveland  Pg172 - 345 

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ALLEN   pg 332 – 334

GideonALLEN was a native of New Jersey, a nephew of Col. Ethan ALLEN of Revolutionaryfame, and was married in Orange county, NY, to Sophronia AYRES in 1797. Samuel, their oldest son, was born in 1799. Gideon ALLEN was a miller, came to Penn Yan in 1810 and was the firstmiller in the mill built by Abraham WAGENER, on the north side of the outlet,where the mill of Casner & Scheet now stands. In less than a year he died of typhoid fever, leaving six children,Samuel, Catharine, David, Abigail, Martha and Gideon, the last born a few weeksafter the death of the father.  Themother kept the family together, and moving into what is now Benton, reared themin a highly creditable manner by the aide of the elder children. The oldest, now Col. Samuel ALLEN, went to service at the age of 12years, and worked five years for Levi BENTON Sr., at three dollars a month. Mr. BENTON paid him better than the contract required and Col. ALLENholds his old employer in the highest esteem and regards him as a man of greatpersonal worth.  After serving histime with Mr. BENTON, he learned the trade of chair maker with Joseph SAFFORD ofPenn Yan.  Afterwards he worked witha Scotchman, named ROBINSON, as a carpenter and joiner, which trade he followedfor eighteen years.   He workedwith Miles LEFEVER, in the erection of the Court House and jail in Penn Yan, andalso in the construction of the Presbyterian church in Penn Yan. When 25 years old, he married Charity PERKINS.  They have four children, Smith, Valentine, Catharine andMary.  Smith married Nancy, daughterof Josiah VOAK, and resides in Benton.  Valentinemarried Harriet WADDELL and lives on the homestead. He as a solider in the 11th PA cavalry and served for years inthe war of the rebellion, a large part of the time on patrol duty in EastVirginia, under Col. SPEER.  Hisduties were difficult and dangerous, and he was engaged in many criticalskirmished, but no large battles.  Catharineis unmarried.  Mary married WilburSHARPSTIEN, a farmer of Cayuga county. 

Catharine,daughter of Gideon ALLEN, married James MC CARTER and moved to Reading, PA,where she died. 

Davidmarried Elizabeth, daughter of Clark WINANS, and moved to Ohio, thence to Iowa.

Abigailmarried Granville HAWKES and moved to Ohio, thence to Michigan. Martha died single at 22 years.

Gideonmarried Laura SNOOK, and moved to Ohio.  Hewas an accomplished architect and supplied the design for the State capitol atColumbus, Ohio.

Col.Samuel ALLEN, the only representative of the original family left in Yatescounty, bought a farm on lot 65, in northwest Benton, near Ferguson’s Corners,where he has resided for 54 years.  Hismother made her home with him till she died in 1847 at the age of 75 years. Like her, Col. ALLEN has always been a universalist in his religiousfaith.  He aided in building aUniversalist church at Rushville and in former years sometimes attended meetingsthere.  He was supervisor of Bentonin 1860 and has held the office of assessor sixteen years. In the old rifle corps, he rose from the rank of sergeant, to be colonelof the regiment, which embraced the county of Yates. Col. ALLEN states that heremembers hearing James PARKER preach, when a Universalist at Benton Centre, andat Truman SPENCER’S and always taught him a man of much ability. 

Col.ALLEN states that he is the first man that held a cast iron plow west of CayugaLake.  It was one of WOOD’S patentmanufactured at Aurora.  One TOWSLEY,the real inventor of the plow, was an acquaintance of Levi BENTON Sr., and athis request, Mr. BENTON went to Aurora and brought home one of the plows, in1815, the first they informed him, that came west of the Lake. Col. ALLEN was then a lad in the employ of Mr. BENTON. Soon afterwards, Mr. BENTON brought a number of these plows to thatneighborhood and they were sold to most of the principal farmers thereabouts. They were steel point and sold at the price of $25. Even at that price, the farmers were not slow to learn that they were agreat improvement on the old “Bull Plow”.


ANGUS   pg 181-184

Charles WILLIAMSON never failed to engage hisbrother Scotchmen in his employ when opportunity offered, and seldom made amistake in so doing.  He employed WaterANGUS to build his mill at Hopeton.  Theyoung Scot was a millwright who had been but a short time in America, havinglanded in New York in 1793.  Helived at Hopeton, and worked for Captain WILLIAMSON there and at Bathtill 1800, when he bought a farm of 114 acres of Benjamin BARTON, onwhich he settled the next year.  Hewent to New York once with a sleigh to get castings for the Hopeton mill. His son, John, relates among reminiscences given by Mr. ANGUS,that of a bear hunt, in which he and his neighbor, with several dogs, chased abear up the Kashong creek to Bellona, through the saw mill and was only divertedfrom running into a house by a woman in the door.  He ran a mile or two further before he took refuge in a tree. They killed this one and the dogs treed another, which they shot atsixteen times ineffectually, and only secured by cutting down the tree. Walter ANGUS was noted for fruit grafting and for having the bestapples in any of the orchards of his day.  Onone occasion he took a single bushel of his greenings to the Salt Works atSyracuse, and received quite a load of salt for them. He lived on his farm till 1855, when he sold it to his son, David.  He went afterwards to Michigan and lived with his daughter, Agnes,for one year and died there in the ninety-first year of his age. He was buried on the old farm where he had lived over half a century. His wife was a Miss DAVIS, (Fanny Davis) who died in 1855 at theage of seventy-eight.  They had tenchildren, Lydia 1st, Lydia 2nd, Ann, Mary, David,Charles, John, Andrew, Agnes and Maria. The first two died in infancy as did the forth. 

Ann married Elijah SHAW and lived and died inBarry, Orleans County, NY, without children. 

David, the fifth child, was born in 1800. He married Mary BURGE, lived for a time in Hornby, Steuben county,and afterwards in Benton.  He was acarpenter and builder of threshing machines. He owned one half the Bellona mill property a number of years, and hadcharge of it.  For some years he wasa miller at Branchport.  He finallybuilt a steamboat at west Dresden, on a plan of his own invention, which did notprove successful.  His childrenwere: Phebe J., Andrew B., Delia D., Elihu W., Maria E., Mellissa, David H.,William H., Jonathan and Aner.  PhoebeJ. married first, Barney CAMPBELL and afterwards, on his decease, JohnAMES.  She had two children bythe first marriage, Mortimer and William, and four by the second. They live now in Indiana.  AndrewB. has been three times married, has one child, lives near Buffalo. His first two wives were Mary Ann and Susan SLINGERLAND, sisters,and his third wife, Louisa PEARCE, the mother of his child. Delia D. married John WHITE, lives in Buffalo and has 3 or4 children.  Maria married ArthurTUCKER and lives in Indiana.  Melissamarried a Mr. BARTHOLOMEW, has one child and lives in West Dresden. Jonathan died a young man, and David and Williamdied young.  Aner is notmarried. 

Charles ANGUS, born 1802, married Mary,daughter of Thomas BARNES.  Theirchildren were: George W., Maria E., Mary J., Charles T., and William D. He was a farmer in Benton, many years a deacon in the Baptist church, anddied in 1854.  His sons, George W. and William D., live on the farmwith their mother, and are not married.  MariaE. married James DORMAN, and lives on a place near her father’s oldhome.  Charles T. was avolunteer in the 50th NY Regiment of Engineers and served throughmost of the late war.  He married JennieNARES of Geneva, has one child and lives near his brothers. 

John ANGUS, born 1804, married Deborah M. SMALLEY,of New Jersey.  He is a joiner andhas made that his avocation through life.  Heresides now in the town of Seneca.  Hischildren are: Andrew A., Walter W., Ellen M., Phoebe A., Mary E., Luther W.,Jane S. and Julia E. 

Walter W., now thirty-nine, became deaf at the ageof seven, by reason of scarlet fever.  Helearned the language of mutes in New York, taught there several years,afterwards in Michigan, and is now a teacher in the state Institution for thedeaf and dumb in Indiana.  PhoebeA. lives at home, unmarried.  LutherW., enlisted in 1861, at the age of 20, in the 74th NYvolunteers, was in nearly all the great battles of the Army of the Potomac, andwas wounded at Gettysburg.  JaneS. married Anthony JACKSON of Seneca, and has two children, Minnieand George Walter.  Julia E.lives with her father, unmarried. 

Andrew ANGUS died in 1828, at the age of twenty-two. 

Agnes, born in 1809, married Horace G. HOLCOMB,lives in Michigan and has two children, Walter and Isabella, eachof whom has been married and each has one child. 

Maria died at eighteen, in 1831. 

Agnes ANGUS, the sister of Walter ANGUS,married Angus MC DONALD, and has one daughter, Agnes. On the death of her parents, her uncle Walter sent for her and had herbrought to this country.  Shemarried Cornelius HOOD of Seneca Falls, and had a daughter Agnes,and two sons, one of whom is supposed to have died in a rebel prison. David, a younger brother of Walter ANGUS, married a MissDOWNS and had ten children.  Amongtheir names are Euphemia, Margaret, Janette, Mary, Agnes, Ann and Maria,twins, William and Isabella.  Onthe death of their mother, they were also sent for by their uncle, WalterANGUS, and brought from Scotland.  Themost of the family are in Minnesota.  Euphemia,Margaret and Ann are deceased.


BALDWIN  pg 196 - 197

Daniel BALDWIN married Anna PECK of Benton,and settled at Italy Hill, where both died. Their children were Alfred, George, Amanda and Julia. George married Mary TAYLOR and resides in Gorham. Julia married Thomas SANDERS of Jerusalem, where they reside. Amanda married O. GUERNSEY of Jerusalem and emigrated toCalifornia.  

Alfred BALDWIN was a physician, and long a prominentcitizen of Benton.  He was a man ofstrict integrity and noted for his settled disbelief in revealed religion. He married Mary JACOBUS, and settled on a portion of the GeorgeWHEELER farm, on lot 57.  Hiswife died leaving one son, Mason L., and his subsequently married NancyWHITEHEAD of Saratoga, who survives him. He died in 1865, in the 70th year of his age. Mason L. BALDWIN married Catharine, daughter of JacobMESEROLE, and resides on the homestead. He has been Assistant U.S. Assessor several years, and is now engaged inbanking in Penn Yan.  They have onechild, Mary T. 

Delorville BALDWIN married Lydia, daughter ofNathan WHEELER, and emigrate to Lake county, Illinois.  Eliza married Sherwood S. BALL of Penn Yan,where she died without children.  Emelinemarried Peter C. ANDERSON and they reside on the Jacob BALDWINfarm in Benton.  Their children are,Mary T., Isadore A. and Charles A.  Huldahdied unmarried. 


BALDWIN 219 –220

PhilemonBALDWIN (wife was Ester) was a miller and a farmer, and engaged somewhat in bothvocations.  He settled at an earlyperiod on Fist street, and on what afterwards became the WEED farm. He was a man of shrewd and pointed wit, and greatly addicted to jokes andsarcasms.  He was a lover of fun andjoviality and was regarded as a man of more than average intelligence andremarkable for quick perception and keen repartee. The naming of Penn Yan is attributed to him. It was a vexed question for some time, and other names came near beingfastened on the nascent village.  Finallyon one occasion, when the congregated wisdom of the place had grown somewhatmellow over the subject, as the liquor flowed and the discussion warmed, BALDWINsaid, “Let it be called Pang Yang.”  Thiswas deemed a compromise by the Pennsylvanians and Yankees of the locality, andthough received with repugnance at first, was finally adopted after beingimproved into Penn Yan.  Mr. BALDWINwhile living one year at the foot of Keuka Lake, killed 25 bears, mostly in thelake while they were crossing from one side to the other and many deer besides. His children were: Asa, Philemon H., Amos, Caleb, Rune, George, Mary,Sally Ann, Elizabeth and Esther, only one of whom, Mrs. Mary CHISSOM, nowremains in the county.  His son,Philemon H., was for several years a steamboat captain on Keuka Lake. He died in Penn Yan about 15 years ago.


BARDEN    Pg. 184 -194

Otis BARDEN, then a young man ofnineteen, and his brother, Thomas, six years older, in the autumn of1789, journeyed on foot form their home in Attleborough, Massachusetts, to thewilderness of the then far west, arriving at Caleb BENTON’s saw mill,September 29th.  Thomashad served in the war of the Revolution, on the side of liberty, as had hisbrother George, his father and grandfather, the latter having been killedin battle.  His brother Georgealso died in the service.  Theyworked for Dr. BENTON and aided in getting out the lumber for the GenevaHotel, completed by Charles WILLIAMSON in 1794. Having the first choice, they selected places to suit themselves, andbought land of Dr. BENTON – Otis on lot 50 in number eight and Thomasnear by in number nine.  Theircommencement is so well described by their family historian, Dr. Henry BARDEN,that we copy from him. 

“In North Benton the surface of the land was rolling andwatered with brooks and springs, the ridges of gravel or loam soil, some clay,interspersed with intervals of flat lands of much soil; a heavy, tall growth oftimer, consisting largely of sugar maple, oak, elm, ash, basswood, beach,hickory, etc., with thick undergrowth, some swamp white oak that would hew from60 to 65 feet, and basswood from three to four feet through, were specimens ofthe vast woodlands that determined their choice in selecting farms. 

In 1789 they struck the first blow and made the firstclearing for their future home, changed works with each other in chopping downthe heavy woods and clearing the lands, kept bachelor’s hall, and ground andpounded their corn to samp on the top of a stump.  “Samp and milk”, and “milk and samp”, were principalarticles in their bill of fare, and “they used to take a dish of samp and milkvery often, about every log, when they got on a large tree,” as they said whenrecounting their early toils.  

Otis revisited his New England home and returnedwith his brother James.  Hisarrival is stated in his journal, - via, “Dayton to No. 8, thence to No. 9 inthe first range, where I got home, Feb 21, 1792.” In the mean time his brotherThomas had happily found a helpmate, and was married to Olive BENTON,a worthy daughter of Levi BENTON, February 2nd, 1792. Polly BENTON, an elder sister of Olive’s, married EzekielCROCKER in 1791.  This was thefirst marriage in the town, and it was often said at the time and afterwards,“that everybody in town was at the wedding.” 

It was a valuable discovery in those early days, that“blazed trees” showed not only the landmarks, but the path that led from oneneighbor to another, and by the light of these, Otis often found his wayto the Friend’s Settlement and made the acquaintance of James PARKERand his amiable daughters.  Whatcame of that happy adventure and acquaintance is duly recorded in the earlychronicles of the following year, viz.: that in January the faithful Elizabethbecame his wife – “Fly to the desert, fly with me.” 

But the poetry of desert life was never fullyrealized, until they occupied the log cabin 12 x 12 feet square, in the clearingon the south 100 acres of lot No. 50.  Adelightful spot, hemmed in on all sides by a dense living forest, the song ofwild birds, the swift foot of the deer, with an occasional glance from old Bruinto break the monotony, constituted their daily surroundings, and their morningor evening calls. 

They bought, at Geneva, March 10, 1793 of CaptainTimothyALLEN, one pot, fourteen shillings; tea kettle, twelve shillings; brokenkettle, four shillings; skillet, three shillings, sixpence; bowl, two shillingsand began housekeeping in their solitary log cabin, two or three miles distantthrough the woods, to their nearest neighbors, Levi BENTON, Thomas BARDEN,Truman SPENCER and Caleb RICE, toward Geneva.  The next year they built a larger log house on the north bankof the brook opposite the cabin (which stood for nearly twenty years after, andmuch respected, though rather dilapidated), next another house of hewn logs, twostories high, was added to the south side and extended to the brink of the hill,with a space of ten or twelve feet between the houses, which was enclosed andserved as entry, or hall, with a double door on the east side, and a west doorto the deep cool well about ten feet distant from the door, with the iron boundbucket hanging in the curb at the end of a long pole and sweep that overlookedthe premises. 

Still an additional log room was annexed to the first onthe north side, and afterwards a house on the west side of the two-story housewas built.  By the time the logmansion began to present an aspect as a model of the rustic architecture of thetimes; the doves cooed and built their nests in the sunny end of the garret, thebees hummed and swarmed in the door-yard and garden, the children played on theside of the hill and gathered wild flowers and touch-me-nots on the banks of thebrook; while currants, cherries, apples, rareripes and grapes were yieldingtheir abundance in this fruitful Eden. 

New settlers yearly came in.  Enterprising men stimulated with hope and working withcourage, took hold.  The farmingoperations went bravely on. The women were equally, if not more prompt andskillful in their department; never were neighbors so kind and happy. 

In some few years the forests were transformed, as if bymagic, to cultivated fields, waving with grain, and orchards bending with fruit;diligent and fair hands had planted seeds that budded and blossomed in thewilderness in common with the native stock; a healthy generation of children hadsprung up. 

Dyer WOODWORTH owned the farm and lived in a loghouse situated a few feet in front of the present residence of Homer MARINER,and his shop was four or five rods to the south of his house.  

Dennis DEAN was the first schoolmaster and taught inthe Tubbs log schoolhouse in 1803. The first school mistress was Clarry SMITH,who taught in Dyer WOODWORTH’s blacksmith shop, fitted up in the summerof 1802. 

Otis BARDEN took an active part in the earlymilitary organizations, and as Sergeant received orders from Lieutenant TrumanSPENCER to warn all the men within his bounds to appear at the house of JohnCROW, in Geneva, on the twelfth day of June, 1799, “complete in arms asthe law directs.:  Thomas BARDENwas Captain.  Under a Lieutenant’scommission, he received the following note:

LieutenantOtis BARDEN: - You are hereby notified to appear at Powell's Hotel, Geneva, onWednesday, the 5th instnat, precisely at one o'clock p.m. in uniform and withside arms, for military improvement, and have with you your commission.

By order of Lieut. ColonelJoseph HALL, Adj.,       dated Phelps, October 2, 1805. 

He was promoted to the rank of Captain, but resigned infavor of his neighbor, Stephen WILCOX. 

The north 100 acres of lot No. 50, was purchased by hiswife of Dr. BENTON for $300, November 14, 1805, and they added otherfarms until they found themselves owners of about 600 acres. 

The following names of inhabitants were taken about 1804,by Otis BARDEN, overseer of the highway, extending form the north townline, below the center road to the road running east from Benton Centre, by LeviBENTON’s and were mostly the first settlers and purchases of the farms: 

Joseph RICHIE, Joseph COREY, Rilish WOODWORTH, DyerWOODWORTH, Elisha SMITH, Elihu WHITE, Timothy GOFF, Silas H. MAPES, AbrahamFLORENCE, James SPRINGSTEAD, Jesse LAMEREAUX, Isaac HORTON, Stephen WILCOX, EnosTUBBS, Lyman TUBBS, Joseph SMITH, Richard WOOD, James DAVISON, ArtemedorusWOODWORTH. 

Sluman and John WATTLE previously owned thefarm of Joseph RICHIE in 1802.  itis now owned and occupied by John W. WILLIAMS. 

Preserving industry and economy, with a desire to helpthose needing assistance, were the strong traits of Otis BARDEN’scharacter.  Many a poor family founda house and support in his employ, and some even grew forehanded in working hislands.  He lived in the days flushedwith cider, cherry bounce, pure rye and good cheer generally, and neighborsparticipated freely thereof for years.  But when the Reform came, the decanters and glasses were graduallycleared from the board, and there is not a member of his family at this day butwhat is strictly temperance, and for many years before his death, he adhered tothe principles and practice of temperance. 

During the years of 1818 and 1819, he built his largemansion east of the old site, to be nearer the road, which still stands. Some three or four years previous to his decease, he divided andapportioned all his real estate among his children; granting and conveying toeach their portions by his warrantee deed, which deed were confirmed after hisdeath by a decree in chancery.  

He (Otis BARDEN) died in January 1832, at the age of sixty-two, and elderJohn GOFF preached his funeral discourse. He was kind, affectionate and just in his relations as husband, fatherand citizen, and respected by all.  Hisever faithful and aged wife, survived him upwards of twenty years, and died in1855 at the age of 62. 

They had eleven children, who all lived to adult age, viz.:Betsey, Sally, Charlotte, Susan, Otis, James P., Henry, Ira P., William M.,Eleanor C. and Lois E.  

Betsey was born December 16, 1793 and is single; sheresides on the homestead, which she owns in common with her sister Mrs. SusanCARPENTER.  She remembers eventsof that early day.  Sally remainedsingle.  She died in 1849, agedfifty-four years. 

Charlotte was born June 17, 1799. She married Aaron DEXTER, merchant. They moved to Albany, and thence to New York. He purchased and removed with his family on the homestead in Benton,thence to Elmira, NY, where he died October 20, 1865. They had three children: Hamilton P., Caroline E., and John M.   Mrs. DEXTER, Caroline and John M., reside at Elmira, NY; HamiltonP. in New Jersey. 

Susan was born March 14, 1801. She married George CARPENTER, son of Daniel CARPENTER ofOntario County.  They have nochildren.  They moved to Greece, NY,where he died May 2, 1864.  Mrs.CARPENTER removed to Benton, and resides on the homestead with her sister Betsey. 

Otis was born January 28, 1803. He was a farmer; he married Cata BUTLER, daughter of StephenBUTLER of Perinton, NY, October 25, 1827. The resided on the homestead andhad eight children: Willard F., Orin, Stephen B., Otis, Catharine, Henry P.,Elizabeth and Myron.  Otis, Catharine and Myron died when young. He moved withhis family to Eureka, Wis., where they now reside. Orin BARDEN was a member of a Wisconsin regiment and participatedin numerous engagements in the southwest, during the rebellion.  

James P., was born November 4, 1804. He was a farmer.  He married Charlotte C. GAGE, daughter of Isaac D.GAGE of Benton, April 14, 1827, and resided in Benton.  They have two children, Almeda and Melvin G.  Hemoved with his family to Jerusalem, NY, thence to his residence near Havana, NY,where they now reside. 

Henry was born September 11, 1806. He is a practicing physician and surgeon, a pupil of Prof. ValentineMOTT, and a graduate in medicine and surgery at the college of Physiciansand Surgeons of the University of this State. He has held office under the state and general governments, but hasdevoted his life ably and successfully to the improvement of popular medicine,in establishing a system of protective and curative specifics. He married Caroline PURDY, daughter of Stephen PURDY, March26, 1836.  They have two children, HelenJ. and W. Wallace, the last a graduate in medicine and surgery at theEclectic Medical College of Philadelphia, in 1867; and also of the HomoeopathicMedical College of Philadelphia, in 1869.  Theyreside in Penn Yan. 

Ira P., was born October 17, 1808. He was a farmer and married Susan, daughter of Samuel HANLEY,of Hector, NY, and resided in Benton.  Theyhad one child, Elizabeth.  Theymoved to Hector.  Elizabethsurvives both her parents.  Shemarried Reading B. LEFFERTS, and resides in Penn Yan. 

William M., was born February 14, 1812, and marriedOlive,daughter of Samuel HANELY of Hector. They resided in Benton and had six children:  John M., Oliver P., Aaron, Levi and Louisa, twins, and SamuelH.  Olive and three of herchildren died while living in Benton.  Hemoved with the remainder of his family, John M., Oliver P. and Samuel H.,to Mansfield, Pa., where he is a practicing Homeopathic physician of goodstanding. 

Oliver P. has an honorable war record. He enlisted in Co. F., 11th Regiment, Pa. V. Cavalry andserved during a three years’ term.  Heis a graduate of the Homeopathic Medical College of Philadelphia. He and his brother, John, are practicing physicians in Tiogacounty, Pa. 

Eleanor C., was born February 10, 1815, and marriedDanielRYAL of Milo, a farmer; moved to Farmington, Michigan, thence to Milo, NY,and occupied her residence on the PRENTISS farm. She had one child, Otis B., who died in his infancy in 1840. He was adopted and brought up by his aunts Betsey and SallyBARDEN and Mrs. Carpenter to adult age. He enlisted in Co. I, 148th Regiment NY Volunteers, and diedin the service at Yorktown in 1863, aged twenty-three. He was beloved by his comrades and officers, who sent his body to hisnorthern home for burial.  Rev. FrederickSTARR, Jr. preached the funeral discourse, and a long procession of friendsand neighbors followed his remains to the grave, his coffin draped with thenational flag. 

Lois E. was born February 14, 1817. She married Henry H. GAGE, a farmer. 

Capt. Thomas BARDEN, who married Olive BENTON,as before stated, February 2, 1792, had the following children: Thomas 4th,Ezekiel C., Levi, Otis B., Olive, Isaac, Richard and Polly. Thomas 4th served in a Calvary regiment in the War of1812, making four generations of Thomas BARDENS that resisted Britishaggression.  Capt. Thomas BARDENwas killed on the 11th of June, 1813, by one John DECKER, ablacksmith, of Potter Centre, at or a little north of the Old Castle, on hismarch from the lines with his company, in Major HUIE’s regiment. In the hurry and crowding of the march, the horse of Capt. BARDEN,pressed and jostled DECKER.  Fearingthat DECKER might think it intentional, he rode back, dismounted hishorse, and while putting out his hand with an apology for the collision, DECKERdealt him a violent blow under the left ear and felled him dead at his feet. DECKER was tried for murder, at Canandaigua and convicted ofmanslaughter and sentenced to State Prison for a term of four years. Thomas 4th, Levi and Otis reside on the homestead inNo. 9. 

Susannah remained in New England, and marriedNebadiahSMITH. 

James BARDEN married Olive WOLCOTT, a sisterof Elisha and Walter WOLCOTT, and resided in Seneca. They had four children: Chauncey, Olive, Harriet and James. Harriet is the only survivor.  Shemarried Samuel WHEELER, son of George WHEELER of Benton, andresides in Green Valley, Sonoma county, California. In the fall of 1807, Olive, relict of James BARDEN marriedfor her second husband, Dr. Erastus B. WOODWORTH. 

Thomas BARDEN and his wife, the father and mother ofOtis, afterwards emigrated to this country with the remainder of theirchildren: Sylvanus, Milly, Eunice, Lois and George. They prepared two ox-sleds of capacious dimensions in which they packedtheir household goods.  They putbefore each sled a yoke of large oxen, and one horse before each yoke as leader. They arrived with much joy and cordial welcome at the home of their son, Otis,in March 1799.  A new log house wassoon built on a lot of fifty acres, appropriated by their son Thomas astheir homestead, on the north side of his lot, and they all moved there. 

Sylvanus married Patty ATWATER, and residedon the homestead.  They had onechild, Sylvanus Perry, who owns and occupies the homestead. 

Milly married Rufus SMITH of Seneca, a farmerand had sons and daughters. 

Eunice married Elijah WITTER of Seneca,Ontario county, who owned the mills north of Bethel. 

Lois married Calvin BENTON, a son of LeviBENTON. 

George BARDEN was born February 26, 1788, and namedafter his brother, who died as before stated, and came with his father to thetown of Seneca, NY in 1799.  InAugust 1808, he married Dolly WITTER, daughter of Elijah WITTER ofSeneca.  She was born at Lackawaxen,Pa., February 22, 1780, and in 1810 they moved on the farm where they nowreside, in the town of Benton, it being the south half of lot No. 49. 

Here they raised their large family of thirteen children,all of whom reached adult age: Dolly, Hannah, George R., Elizabeth, Sylvanus,James, Levi, Philo, Lucy A., Minerva, Mary J., Martin W., and Tilson C.JAMES, Philo and Lucy died single. 

Dolly married George WHITNEY of Seneca andemigrated to Wheatland, Michigan, where they now reside, with their family: Jane,Barden, Emma and Levi M. 

Hannah married William L. MITCHEL, of Bentonand resides at Bellona.  They haveno children. 

George R. married Elmira SOUTHERLAND ofPotter, daughter of James SOUTHERLAND. They settled in Benton, where he now lives, and where she died, leavingfour children: Ashley R., Lucy, Jennie and Theda H. Mr. BARDEN marriedfor his second wife, Jennie WILKINSON of Penn Yan. George R. BARDEN represented the county in the Legislature in thesession of 1860. 

Elizabeth married William NICHOLS of Seneca. They settled in Benton, where he died, leaving his widow and fourchildren: Marian B., Mary E., Hannah and George. 

Sylvanus married Jane HEDGES of Barrington,and settled in Seneca, where she died leaving five children: James, George,Alice, William and John J.  Mr. B.married a sister of his first wife, Lucinda. 

Levi married Jane CORNING of Ohio, andsettled at Portage City, Wisconsin.  Theyhave three children, Willie, Mary E. and Marshal, twins.  

Minerva married John W. MAPES of Gorham, NY,where they settled.  They have twochildren, Ella and Arley. 

Mary J. married William BARNES of Seneca, andresides on the BARNES homestead.  Theyhave four children: Grace, Albert W., Arthur L. and Freddie C. 

Martin W. married Margaret BRICE of Gorham,NY.  They reside on the BARDENhomestead in Benton, and have seven children: Leolan P., Llewellyn J., ArcheyB., Cassie L., Jennie, Delfield and Lilly. 

Tilson C., married Ruth, daughter of SamuelG. GAGE.  They emigrated toPortage City, Wis., where she died without children. He joined the 2nd Regiment of Michigan Volunteers and servedthrough the war, being promoted from Lieutenant to Colonel, Judge Advocate,etc., and was commissioned in the regular army as Major at the close of the war. He now resides in Texas, where he is engaged in his profession as alawyer, and is judge of the court of his locality. For his second wife he married Eva LOUIS of Chicago. 

TheBARDEN family is a numerous one, and was so at an early day. It is said that many years ago the BARDENS joined farms in Senecaand Benton for more than three miles in extent on the roads.



Mrs. Elizabeth BARDEN - In the subject of this illustration we have an excellentrepresentative of the pioneer women; more than that she represents in herancestry as the daughter of James PARKER, a conspicuous force in thepioneer movement, and of the early period of the Friend’s society - in herdescendants a very prominent Benton family. She was of Rhode Island birth and training, a model of the industriousand thrifty housewife, and possessed of sound religious and moralcharacteristics.  It was her lot tofind, with her sisters, a home in the Friend’s settlement at a very earlyperiod, and soon after to be wedded to Otis BARDEN, a young pioneer justopening to the sunlight a home in the dense forests of township number eight inthe first range of Phelps and Gorham’s purchase.  How well this home was established from humble beginnings,and enlarged to competence and independence, is eloquently described by her son,Dr. Henry BARDEN, in the text accompanying the portrait. It is due to the good sense of the Doctor, and his profound regard forhis excellent mother, together with his high appreciation of local historicalrecords, that the fine portrait of his mother graces this work. There ought to have been several of her contemporaries to represent thefeminine element of the pioneer period.  Nobetter class of women ever labored in the cause of civilization.  It was theirs to meet great hardships with heroic patience,and to preserve, amid their trying labors and severe privations, the sweetamenities of live, and the blessing of pure moral sentiments to restrain viceand license.  The daughters of JamesPARKER were all good women in the best and broadest sense of the word, anddid well their part in the several allotments of life, which fell to them. They deserve, with all the admirable women of their period, to be held inlong and grateful remembrance. 


BELLKNAP   pg 322

BriggsBELLKNAP settled in 1819 where his son, Isaac J. BELLKNAP now resides, inSouthwest Benton, on lot 112.  Hebought the land of one CIYLER, and it was then all forest, except three acres. Mr. BELLKNAP was captain of a sloop on the Hudson River and had notprevious been a farmer.  He married Miama DRAKE, of Orange county, and they camethrough he “Beech Woods,” a journey of ten days, bringing their family andpossessions in a lumber wagon.  Mr.BELLKNAP was a good citizen and a good parent, and his wife, who was one of theearly members of the Presbyterian Church in Benton, was a truly excellent woman. They went six miles to attend church in the coldest weather, and wouldremain at two services neither of them brief, in a meetinghouse, not warmed withfire.  It is not strange that such amother impressed her religious convictions on her children. The father died in 1841, at the age of 59 years, and the mother in 1863at the age of 73 years.  Theirchildren were: Lydia, Francis A., James A., Sarah A., Mary E., Isaac J. andGeorge

Lydia,the eldest, married Ira BARBER, a brother of Jeremiah BARBER of Potter. Francis A. married Robert P. SHEPHERD and resides on a part of theoriginal homestead.  They have threechildren, Sarah A., George B. and Stephen C. Sarah A. is the wife of William LARZELERE of Jerusalem.

JamesA. is a prominent, energetic farmer of Jerusalem. He married Submit C. GREEN of that town.  Their children are: Mary E., Adaline B., Charles C. andFrancis A.  Mary E. married MorrisonCHASE, a school teacher of Jerusalem, and they have one child, Submit. Adaline married Melmonth DAVIS, a carpenter of Jerusalem and they haveone child. 

IsaacJ., a substantial farmer and good citizen, and his sister, Sarah A., bothsingle, retain the old home, which belonged to the family for fifty years. Mary and George died early.


BENTON  pg 263 – 270

TheNew York Lessee Company had its origin and principal seat of operations atHudson, NY.  Caleb BENTON, of thatplace, was one of its most prominent and efficient members and managers, andthrough his patronage and influence, his cousin, Levi BENTON, became a settleron the territory that finally fell into the possession of that ambitiousorganization of land speculators.  Thefirst man that made an English white man’s home in No. 8, first range, andeastward to Seneca Lake, was Levi BENTON, who came from Cannan, Connecticut,where he married Molly WOODWORTH, a daughter of the elder Abner WOODWORTH of ourhistory.  Levi Jr., the oldest oftheir sons, was about 18 years old, when in 1789 they came to the Geneseecountry, and erected their log house, on lot 37, in No. 8. To conceive that they were there far beyond even the borders of civilizedlife, on ground still trodden by the Red Men, and hundreds of miles beyond theline of their savage warfare, which but a short period before had reddened theborder with slaughter and destruction, the wrongs and enmities of which werestill cherished by the sanguinary warriors of the forest; to conceive that forhundreds of miles in every direction, from the spot where their home was fixed,there was absolutely little more than the dark overhanging woods, just beginningin a few directions, and at wide intervals to be dotted by the intruding cabinsof the pioneers, is to gains some perception of the strong courage and resolutefaith which inspired Levi BENTON and his family to make their residence at thattime, near the center of No. 8.  Kanadesagawas but an Indian trading post, the Friends were just rallying near City Hill,Caleb BENTON was erecting his sawmill where Bellona stands, and all the rest wasthe vision of hope.  But it was ahope born of well grounded confidence, in the fertility of the country, and itsmanifold allurements to the hardy sons of the Atlantic border.

LeviBENTON was a man worthy of high regard.  Hischaracter was a personification of genial manliness.  David B. BUEL, who knew him, in a communication to the YatesCounty Historical Society, gave the following picture of this worthy pioneer: “Esq. BENTON was of medium hight, stout build, square features, witheven rows of good teeth, fitting squarely together; he had lost one eye. He was cheerful and industrious and constitutionally benevolent; had akeen relish for a good joke, a loud and hearty laugh, which his family of foursons and five daughters, inherited from him. Through the long and misty past, I can best recollect Esq. BENTON as Ihave so often seen him with his long ox-whip at the side of two good yoke ofoxen before the plow, with a loud “haw buck”.  His motto seemed to be to either hold or drive.” Mr. BUEL very happily proceeds, “ As a just tribute to the memory ofMrs. BENTON, the write will bear witness that she was in all respects a goodpattern of New England housekeeper.  Thefamily was large, the farm and business were large, and all were trained up inthe strictest habits of industry and economy. Her form and feathers are engraved on my memory. Her cheerful smiles of welcome were brighter than the heavy gold beadsshe wore.  All were happy in the aidand comfort she bestowed.  Nor wasshe entirely singular in this regard, for how many homes are held in lastingremembrance by their association with the presiding angel of the homestead. Their house was for many years one of the social centers of that part ofJerusalem, afterwards, Vernon.  Religiousmeetings of the Methodists and Universalists were occasionally held there. The 4th of July celebrations were held at their house andbarns.  In the broad shade of thebutternut trees that stood in the rear of the barns the long tables ofrefreshments were spread, and the orations delivered – the platoons of musketswere fired in honor of the patriotic toasts that were drank, and at evening anice contra-dance to the music of the shrill fife or violin was enjoyed, and“all went marry as a marriage bell.”

Inthe Miscellaneous records of Ontario county, there is this entry “UniversalionSociety of Vernon, “ organized 1808, Trustees, Levi BENTON of Vernon, JoshuaVAN FLEET, Farmington, Seldon WILLIAMS, Augusta, George HOSMER, Hartford, MartinDUDLEY and Samuel GOULD, Canandaigua, Samuel BABCOCK, Gorham. This would seem to have covered a large share of Ontario county, yet Itwas called the Society of Vernon and Levi BENTON was the first named trustee,showing that there was its principal focus.  This society afterwards had a church in Gorham, and long maintained animportant influence in Bento, where its impress is still palpable. Not only as first corners in the land, but as people of more than commonusefulness, intelligence and moral worth, were Levi BENTONS’S family held inhigh esteem.  The sons and daughterswere all men and women of more than average character and capacity. Levi BENTON was Supervisor of Jerusalem in 1800, and was Justice of thePeace several years.  As commissioner of highways, he aided in laying out most ofthe principal roads in what is now Benton and Milo.  His son, Joseph, surveyed many of them.  It seems sad that this venerated pioneer felt impelled in hisold age to leave the town to which he had given his name, and move to a stillfarther western home.  He was ledinto embarrassment by becoming surety in compliance with his too greatgenerosity of feeling, and in 1816 sold out his beautiful Benton home, andemigrated to Indiana, where he and his wife died a few years later, upwards of70 years.  The dust of this noblepair should have reposed in Benton soil, in the cemetery which he set apart forpublic use on his own farm, instead of a far distant state. They have a lasting monument in the name which the people so wisely andjustly conferred on No. 8. 

Theirchildren were Polly, Olive, Levi, Luther, Calvin, Joseph, Nancy, Hannah andRuby.  Polly married Ezekiel CROOKERin 1791, the first wedding in town.  Shebecame a widow at an early period, and afterwards married Ezra RICE. She died at Prattsburg, and Mr. RICE subsequently married her sister,Nancy, widow of John RIGGS.  DavidH. BUELL, who learned the alphabet, under the tuition of Ezra RICE, says of himthat “he was a man of marked ability, that he taught a good winter school, wasa good teacher of music, a good church chorister in the log house or barn, andlater a good Justice of the Peace.  Light,firm and agile, in person he was expert in various kinds of labor, and a goodman in sickness.  Mr. and Mrs. RICE(Polly) were renowned for Biblical knowledge as well as for controversialtalents, both being good speakers.  Theright passage seemed always to flow from their lips at the right time. In those days religious discussion was inevitable and irrepressible, farmore than political questions of the present day.”

OliveBENTON married Thomas, brother of Otis BARDEN, February 21, 1792. Their oldest son, Thomas BARDEN, was born in the first house built byCaleb BENTON, where Bellona stands, in 1793. He still survives with a good degree of bodily and mental vigor, and fromhim many particulars of early history, near Bellona, have been gleaned. Hannah married Robert HAVENS, and moved to Franklin county, Indiana.

JosephBENTON, born in 1783, was a man of ability and a surveyor.  He married a Miss REYNOLDS of Benton, and moved to Franklincounty, Southern Indiana, in 1815.  Hisoldest son, Mortimer M., studied law in Cincinnati, became eminent in hisprofession and settled at Covington, Kentucky, where he resides, a wealthycitizen and the president of a railway company.  One of his brothers, John, it is said, because adistinguished physician at Covington.  JosephBENTON is still living at the age of 87 years, with his son, Mortimer. Little more is know of this family by their relatives in this region. Luther BENTON went to sea and was not afterwards heard from. Calvin married Lois, a sister of Otis and Thomas BARDEN, and resided inSeneca, where they have two sons, Alva and Abner.  She died early and he afterwards married a sister of Enos T.HARFORD of Benton, and moved to Indiana, finally settling in the northern partof the State.  Ruby, the youngest ofthe family, married Dr. WEBB, a practicing physician of Benton, who basely lefther, and went to Ohio.  Shed died inBenton some years after.

LeviBENTON Jr., inherited the noble qualities of his father, and was a man ofsuperior mechanical ability.  Beforethe family came to Jerusalem he had learned the trade of millwright, which washis principal business through life.  Hehad an iron constitution and was a model of sobriety, integrity and industry. Yet it was not his to accumulate property, and he died poor. He married Nancy, daughter of James PARKER, January 24, 1796. His wife was one of those excellent Rhode Island daughters, whosenumerous children rise up and call them blessed.  Their first house, built by himself, was where the residenceof John W. MC ALPINE now stands, just opposite his father’s home, and was madeof white wood plank, three inches thick, laid up lie a log house with thecorners dove tailed, a very becoming structure and a neat house. Moses HULL bought that house in 1810, and moved it near Benton Centre.  David H. BUELL finally took it down and has some of the plank forscaffolding in his barn to this day.  In the pursuit of his trade, Mr. BENTON moved from place to place, wherehe had jobs of mill building, and he accordingly resided at Perry, Wyomingcounty, Forestville, Chautauqua county, Bethel, Ontario county and other places,and finally died at Honeoye Falls, NY in 1850, about 79 years old. His wife died at Forestville in 1829, and he afterwards married a widow,whose name has not appeared in these researches, who survived him. He built a sawmill in North Benton, a gristmill at Bethel, and one of hisenterprises was the construction of a stave factory on the Keuka Outlet, justbelow Penn Yan, near the present location of the paper mill of William H. FOX,which has long since disappeared.  Themachinery of this stave factory was ingenious and effective for its purpose, andwas one of the inventions of his son, Ezra. Their children were Henry Parker, Ezra Rice, Luther B., Hiram, Olive,Ruby and Eliza. 

HenryP., born December 2, 1796, relates that his education commenced in the firstschoolhouse erected at Benton Centre, which he describes as built of splitbasswood logs with the split side inward, the cracks filled with chinks anddaubed with untempered mortar. This at that time was the style of the besthouses, not framed.  He proceeds:“Those split logs had begun to season-crack before I commenced my educationalcareer and at that time we had a pedagogue who used to keep me with others ofthe little A-be-ab scholars, a good part of the time on a bench against thewall, with the hair of the head wedged into the cracks of the logs to keep usout of mischief.  As near as I cannow recollect, I made little to no progress under this teacher, but did betterafterwards when my uncle Ezra RICE, and others had charge of the school.”

Heafterwards, while attending a mill, built by his father at Perry, studiedgrammar, having the best of all teaching, where there is will, and penetrationof mind, because self-taught.  Theburning of a schoolhouse with his books and instruments did not deter him frombecoming an accomplished surveyor.  In1819 he went down the Ohio River, met his grandparents and other relatives inIndiana, soon joined a party of surveyors and spent five years in thatemployment.  He aided in the surveyof some of the large national reserves in Indiana, and finally while engaged insubdividing townships, during a rainy season, was attacked with fever, onehundred miles from any settlement.  Byriding a pack horse, tow to five miles a day, he finally reached friends andassistance and recovered.  Afterteaching school a few months he returned to his native state, and was employedfourteen years on the Erie Railway as a surveyor. His computation of areas, whit plans and descriptions of lands, taken forthe road, were copied into the title deeds of the company.  He resides at Elmira and although in his 74thyear, takes the highest pride in his accuracy and skill as a surveyor. He declares if he cannot make a survey close to the nine hundred andninety-nine thousandth part of an inch, he cannot sleep nights; and adds thatthough he has to use both hands to wield the pen, because his right hand wasdisabled by being run over by a hand-car, he writes better than he did before. In 1841 he married Clarrissa T., daughter of Andrews A. NORTON, ofAngelica.  Their children have beenfour, Henry Norton, Levi and a daughter and son who died young. Henry Norton fell at the battle of Fair Oaks, in 1864, and Ezra Leviserved a full enlistment in the war, and is now a druggist in Albany.

EzraRice BENTON, born in 1801, was an eminent millwright, built some of the bestflouring mills at the west, invented much valuable machinery and patented aWorld Challenging Bran Duster, which proved a lucrative invention, and made himindependent.  He married Jane LOKINin 1827, and she died 10 years later, leaving two children, William W. and ElizaAnn.  The son (William W.) died single, and the daughter (Eliza) married a man ofwealth and influence, and is the mother of an interesting family in Michigan. Ezra R. BENTON married a second wife, Martha HOLLIDAY, of Cleveland,Ohio, who survives him. 

HiramBENTON, born at Bethel, in 1807, was a young man of promise, who taught schooland studied medicine, and was cut off by pulmonary disease at the age of 23years.  Olive, also born in Bethel,in 1809, married Reuben GRISWOLD at Forestville, NY. He died, leaving her with two young sons, Leverett and Walter, whom sheeducates by her own exertions.  Leverettis a noted machinist In the city of New York, and Walter is a competent civilengineer, who has done considerable service in that capacity for the USGovernment, and has retired from business on Grand Island in Niagara River. The mother resides at Westfield, and is again married.

RubyBENTON, born at Bethel in 1813, married James HARRINGTON at Forestville. He is a tanner and boot and shoe dealer. They reside at Westfield, NY, and are the parents of three daughters,Anna, Ammie E. and Amelia.  Annabecame the wife of Jefferson FRASER, then of Elmira, and died a few monthsafter. Mr. FRASER subsequently married Ammie E., the second daughter in 1855 andthey have an interesting family of children, Arthur C., Anna M., George H. andCharles K.  they reside in Brooklyn,and Mr. FRASER is a noted and successful patent solicitor and a man ofcultivated artistic tastes.  Ameliamarried George W. HOLT, a wealthy citizen of Buffalo, and resides in affluentcircumstances at Westfield, NY.  Theyhave one surviving child, William Elijah.

Eliza,the youngest daughter of Levi BENTON, Jr., born in 1816, married Greene ISHAM ofWestfield, who died, leaving a son and daughter.

LutherB. BENTON, (son of Levi Jr.) born in 1804, was like most of his family, aningenious mechanic and inventor, a man of acute intelligence, amiable characterand industrious life.  He marriedHenrietta LAKE, and resided during the later period of his life, a milesoutheast of Penn Yan, where he and his son in law, William H. OLIN, cultivateda nursery, and established a fruit plantation of considerable value.  He died in 1865. Their children are Mary and James F. Mary is the wife of William H. OLIN, a fruit culturist, and a man of wideand varied information.   They have one son, Benton. James F. BENTON, who is the only representative of the family name leftin Yates county, is also an inventor, showing that he inherits the ruling traitof the BENTON blood.  He hasinvented a new form of landside for a plow, which is regarded as a usefulimprovement on that valuable implement.  Hemarried Elizabeth LOVEJOY, and they reside in Penn Yan. 


BOYD  pg 299

Robert,Lewis, and Phebe were children of Ebenezer BOYD, of Kent, Putnam county, andcame to this county in 1814 and located in Benton. Robert BOYD married Anna, daughter of John RANDALL. They settled in Benton about one mile east of Penn Yan, on lot 48, wherehe died.  They had three children,Salina, Pamelia and Merritt.  Salinadied single.  Pamelia married SamuelF. CURTIS.  Merritt Married MaryJane, daughter of Henry TOWNSEND and settled on the homestead, where he died.  His widow married James ARMSTRONG.

LewisBOYD married Sophia CUSHMAN, a sister of Mrs. Jonathan KETCHUM, and settled onPre-emption road and finally in 1834, emigrates to Washtenaw Co., Michigan,where he died in 1848, and where his widow had since died. Their children are: Emeline, Harvey, Phebe A., Mial, George, Sarah,Ebenezer, Robert, Almira, Mina and Adaline. 

PhebeBOYD married Archibald CRAWFOIRD.  Theysettled in Benton.  He died leavingseveral children: Coleman, Maria, Susan, Lewis, Barger and Sarah. The widow married a second husband, Nathaniel HUSON of Starkey, and thefather of Dr. Richard HUSON, of Lawrence, Kansas. He is dead and his widow still survives.


BROWN  pg 306 – 310

Elisha,Daniel and Martin BROWN were three of seven sons of Elisha BROWN, who were bornin Bolton, Connecticut, whence their family moved to Vermont, where their fatherdied in 1802, at the age of 79 years.  ElishaJr., and Daniel were soldiers of the Revolution.  They emigrated quite early from Vermont to Newtown, where inApril 1790, Elisha Jr. married Jemima, sister of Perley DEAN. In February 1793, they moved to Benton, then Jerusalem, and settled firston lot 31, on land now occupied by Jacob WATSON, afterwards a little west ofBenton Centre, on land now owned by Dr. John L. CLEVELAND. He was a mechanic, and assisted Levi BENTON Jr., in the construction ofseveral mills, built at an early period about the country. He was also employed by the POTTERS, and was an industrious and usefulman.  He died in 1815, at the age of67 years.  His wife died in 1819, atthe age of 48 years.  Their childrenwere: Pamela, Almira, Polly, Tamasin, Sarah, Harriet, Ephraim and Elisha. Pamela became the wife of Luther WINANTS. Almira married Daniel VAN  TYNE. He was a prosperous merchant at Cleveland, Ohio, from whence he moved toRacine, Wis., where he died, leaving three children: Ann Eliza, William andKate.  Polly married Peter MOON andresides in Penn Yan, with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph HOLIDAY. Tamasin married William MOON, a nephew of Peter, and lives west, a widow. Sarah married Jonathan RUSSEL and is a widow at Marietta, Onondaga Co.,NY.  Harriet married Robert MEAD, anephew of Daniel VAN TYNE.  He hasalso been a businessman of note, and resides in Racine, Wis.  They have two children, Frank and Ann.  Ephraim died single.  Elishamarried Margaret, sister of Daniel VAN TYNE and died in Ohio in 1869, at the ageof 59 years, leaving no children.

DanielBROWN born in 1750, married Anna HALL at Newton and moved to Benton (thenJerusalem) in 1797, settling on the place now owned by Mrs. Susan C. SHERMAN onFlat street, lot 39.  Daniel BROWNwas employed many years as a mail and newspaper carrier, having a route thatextended from Geneva and Canandaigua, to Bath. As this was the only means of circulating intelligence for many years,his weekly advent in each neighborhood with the local papers, with news perhapsa month old, was a event of the greatest importance. He carried the Geneva Gazette and Ontario Repository, through what is nowYates county; his package consisting most largely of the Gazette. He was also constable and collector of the town many years. He and his wife both died on their homestead, leaving five children:Samuel S., Eunice, Olive, Clorinda and Eliza. Samuel S. married Elizabeth NEWMAN of Benton. He was a captain of militia, and was familiarly known as “Capt. SamBROWN.”  He was a good citizen anddied very suddenly in Penn Yan, about 15 years ago (abt. 1855) and his widow andfour children have moved west.  Eunicebecame the wife of William RIGGS and moved to Monroe, Michigan.  Olive resides at Monroe, Michigan, single. Clorinda married Isaac NEWTON of Vermont and moved to Cattaraugus Co.,NY, where he died leaving several children. Eliza died single, in Benton.

MartinBROWN, born in 1761, married at the age of 19, to Sarah HAMMOND of Windsor Co.,Vermont.  He came to Vernon in 1803and purchased 107 acres of land on Flat Street, lot 41, of Elisha WOODWORTH, atnine dollars per acre, now the south part of John MERRIFIELD’S estate. He put up a log cabin and accompanied by his brother Elisha, returned toVermont for his family and effects.  Withtwo loaded wagons, one drawn by three horses and the other by two pairs of oxen,and driving six cows and thirty sheep, they started on the first day of June,1803 and in 26 days, arrived at their log cabin on Flat street. Their domicile, until the following winter, had neither door, window nor chimney, and only some loose boards for a floor. There they lived and aided in the steady work of pioneer improvementuntil Mr. BROWN died in 1824, at the age of 63 years. His wife survived him till 1852, dying at the age of 88 years.  Their children who reached adult age, were Ebenezer, WilliamS., Martin, Daniel Deborah, Lora, Lydia and Emma.

Ebenezermarried Hannah SHAY, and resided for a considerable period in Penn Yan. He was the sheriff of Yates county one term, to which office he waselected in 1825 and postmaster at Penn Yan several years. He emigrated to Goshen, Indiana, where he died in 1853, leaving fourdaughters, who reside there: Sarah, Emma, Henrietta and Jannet. 

WilliamS. married Eliza SWEET, of Benton and emigrated to Plymouth, Indiana where hiswidow survives, with three children, Charlotte, Martin and Hatley N.

MartinJr., married Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew RECTOR, of Benton in 1824. They had four children: Charles H., Andrew M., Charity, C. and Calista E. In 1849 he married a second wife, Mary Finger; and in 1859 a third, EphaMILLSPUAGH.  He has always residedin Benton, where he has been a useful and respected citizen and survives at theage of 68 years.  He has fillednumerous offices in his town, and was eight years a Justice of the Peace. He resides in southwest Benton, where Clark WINANS was the originalsettler, on lot 83, though he lived about 30 years on Flat street. His son Charles H., married Lydia WAGNER of Benton. They reside at Ada, Kent Co., Mich., and have two children, Eleanor A.and Haley N.  Andrew M. marriedCaroline BENEDICT of Jerusalem, where they reside. Charity C. married Jacob SCHENCK, of Potter and resides at Ada, Kent Co.,Mich.  Their children are Martin,Fred, Eleanor and Elizabeth.  Calistamarried Jacob N. JONES of Benton, where they reside.  Their children are: Hannah E., Mary E., Flora J., Alice andNames M.

Danieldied single, while on a journey west, at Cleveland. Cause unknown.

Deborahmarried Bela RICHARDS, who came with her father’s family from Vermont. They lived on Flat street, on land now belonging to the KETCHUM estate. He died wile on a journey west to view the country, and his widow residesin Jerusalem.  Their children were:Maria, Sarah, Eliza and Almena.  Sarahmarried Augustus L. COOKINGHAM of Jerusalem. They have four children: Marietta, Dallas M., Eliza and John P. Dallas M. married Nancy ROBINSON of Middlesex and resides in that town. Eliza RICHARDS married Abraham BEYEA and resides at Tyrone, NY. Their children are: Frank, Fanny and one more. Almena married Alexander KEECH, of Jerusalem, and resides at Rockford,Michigan.   They have two children. Maria married Milton S. BUELL, adopted son of Cyrus BUELL of Benton andsettled on Bluff Point where he died leaving three children, Ann, Helen andFrank.  Ann married Perry DAINS, ofJerusalem, where they reside.  Helenmarried Augustus A. CHIDSEY, a printer of Penn Yan.  They reside at Detroit and have one child, Charles. Frank died single.

Loramarried John L. LEWIS the early and highly distinguished school teacher.

Lydiabecame the second wife of James SHERLAND, the father of William H. SHERLAND, nowresiding in Benton.  They emigratedto Plymouth, Indiana, where she died, leaving four children: Ebenezer, George,Madama and Sarah.

Emmamarried James WEED. He died without children and she married Andrew LAMERAUX. They now reside in Michigan.


BUELL  pg 207 - 213

WilliamBUELL, who emigrated from England, and landed at Dorchester, Massachusetts in1630, is said to be the common ancestor of all the BUELLS in this country. Samuel BUELL Sr., the Benton pioneer, was of the fifth generation from Williamof Dorchester.  He was born atHebron, Connecticut, in 1740, was a solider in the French war and captain of amilitia company in the Revolution, called out for the public defence in thevicinity of Fort Edward.  His son,Cyrus BUELL, at the age of 15 years, was serving as a solider within Fort Annwhen it fell into the hands of the British. The young prisoner was taken to Canada, spent a winter among the Indians,and fell into the hands of a British officer, who kept him three years atMontreal and Quebec, and sent him to school. At the end of the war he returned to his father’s family at FortEdward.  The family then removed tothe Susquehanna valley, stopping one winter on Schoharie creek.  Cyrus BUELL built the first cabin at Great Bend. A freshet swept away his corn the first years year, and he then removedto Unadilla.  In 1792 the familycame with that of Eliphalet HULL and Ezra COLE to this county, an settled aroundthe center of township NO. 8; Cyrus BUELL and his young wife on lot 115, and hisfather with the residue of the family, on lots 78 and 76, where Henry C. COLLINnow resides.  There, Samuel BUEL Sr. died, seventeen years later in 1809,at the aged of 69 years.  His firstwife was Sarah, daughter of Peleg HOLMES of Kent, Litchfield county,Connecticut.  She died at FortEdward in 1772, at the age of 30 years, leaving six children: Sarah, born inConnecticut in 1761, and Samuel, Cyrus, Paulina, Betsey and Ichabod, born atFort Edward, the latter the same month that his mother died.  The second wife was Susan MORES, and the children of thismarriage were: Henry, Catharine, Anna, Hannah, Esther, Artemas, Mary andMatilda.  The birth of Matilda BUELLin September 1792, was among the first in that town.

SarahBUELL, the oldest of the children, married Amaziah PHILLIPS, an settled inCayuga county about 1792.

SamuelBUELL Jr., married Jerusha GRISWOLD, and settled on the west part of lot 115. The store of Oliver P. GUTHRIE stands on a corner of his farm. In 1816 they removed to Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana, with theirseven children: Elias, Anna, Henry, Mary, Eliza, Cyrus and Samuel.

CyrusBUELL, who married Sarah HULL, October 1, 1791, settled immediately on thearrival of the little colony, on the spot where David H. BUELL now resides onlot 115.  They lived till theapproach of cold weather in a hastily erected bark cabin. Then a good log house was built, which afforded them a comfortableresidence more than twenty years.  Ithad a good shingle roof, nailed on, and glass windows. The glass and nails were happily brought with them, and these wereunusual luxuries for the period.  In1814, the present mansion of David H. BUELL was erected on nearly the sameground where the log house and bark cabin stood. Here Cyrus BUELL died in 1835, at the age of 70 years, and his wife in1866, at the precise age of 91 and one half years. Their only child was David H. BUELL, born September 3, 1795, and nowliving at the age of 74 years.  Heis one of a very small number native to this county born before the close of the18th century, and few now living represent so worthily and perfectlythe early life of Yates county.  Hisresidence on the same spot where his father settled in the unbroken thickets ofa dense wilderness in 1792, illustrates that noble principle of socialcontinuity which imparts the greatest value and power to all human society. It represents permanence and stability, as opposed to that ever changingdispersive tendency so common to American life, and so hurtful to the bestfeatures of social growth.  We findtoo few examples of this family and local continuity in Yates county history. David H. BUELL is the President of the Yates County Historical Society,worthily and wisely chosen.  He is apersonal embodiment of a large scope of early history. His mind is a valuable magazine of facts and his memory is seldom atfault in regard to early events that came within his knowledge, and fwappreciate so well the value of historical accuracy, and the wrong of allowingoblivious to cover, past redemption, the pioneer history of our locality.  Mr. BUELL has in his house a fine black walnut book case madefrom a tree of this father’s planting.  Inthe fall of 1792, when they drew home form Kashong the corn planted the Springbefore, they threw in some black walnuts.  From one of these grew the tree, which stood 67 years nearthe residence of Mr. BUELL.  Itbegan to decay, and he had it cut down, and a bookcase made from the lumber inmemory of his father, and the tree he planted so early in the settlement of thecounty.

Whenthe company came from Unadilla, one of the most precious boxes of their baggagecontained 600 young apple trees, all of which were planted out, and became in afew years a source of luxury and income.  Acider mill was erected at an early date, and people came from far and near, andespecially from the hills of Steuben for supplies of apples and cider. Men that could not pay with money, would pay in labor for the cherishedfruits of the orchard.  Some ofthose trees are still standing on Mr. BUELL’S farm.

Thecharacter of the forest no doubt impressed the early settlers with the highquality of the soil that produced it.  Mr.BUELL still has 20 acres of original wood divested of its undergrowth, and finertimber cannot be found.  The talltrees running from 60 to 80 feet, with trunks almost as large as at the base,indicate a remarkable soil for trees to grow in. The prevalence of the Sugar Maple, made the sugar making business everyrecurring spring, imperative, and never to be omitted until more recent years.

Thecattle during the early years, found their living in the woods in summer and atthe first subsisted chiefly on browse in the winter. Every settler knew his own cowbell and many of them were very clear andsweet toned bells on those days.  Mr.BUELL says that his father often traced his cattle a long distance in the woodsby the sound of his bell, and that he sometimes heard and distinguished it asfar as three or four miles. 

GeorgeBENNETT, who married Betsey BUELL, settled where Samuel B. GAVE now lives, andwas an excellent blacksmith and manufactured theses bells of all sizes, and ofthe most superior quality.  No suchbells are to be had now. 

DavidH. BUELL married Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua ANDREWS. Their children were: Sarah E., Anna M., Mary A., Emily and Cyrus. He had a second wife, Margaret, daughter of Stephen A. WOLCOTT of LeRoy. 

Ofhis children, Mary married Robert S. EMONDS, and died leaving one child,Elizabeth.  Cyrus married Elizabeth,daughter of Caleb J. LEGG and both died without children. Mr. BUELL was elected County Clerk in 1843 and filled the office oneterm.  In early life, he and hiscousin, Gideon WOLCOTT, and some of their associates, were accomplishedmusicians, playing on the fife and clarionet with remarkable skill. He was a Fife Major in the old 42nd Regiment of Militia, towhich office he was appointed by Colonel James BOGERT.  They afterwards joined Captain George SHEARMAN’S famous company ofcavalry, where they played on the clarionet. It was their pride to attend the grand reception given to LA FAYETTE atGeneva in 1825, where they were highly complimented.  The full band was David H. BUELL, Gideon WOLCOTT, MordecaiOGDEN, Erastus B. WOLCOTT, Nathaniel FINCH, bugler, and George W. WOLCOTT, keybugler.  Their palying waseverywhere praised as the best anywhere known. Mr. BUELL’S family represents the culture and advance of the times.  The homestead is a delightful place, and the ancient domicileis the abode of kind and cheerful inmates, who regale their friends withartistic music and intelligent conversation, affording the visitor pleasingrecollections of this life of change, hurry, toil and too often bluffhospitality.

PaulinaBUELL married John COLEMAN, and settled in St. Lawrence county, NY.

BetseyBUELL married George BENNETT, and they, after a short residence where Samuel B.GAGE resides, moved to Aurelius, Cayuga county, where she died about 1805. The husband and family subsequently removed to Switzerland county,Indiana.

IchabodBUELL was born July 10, 1772.  Hemarried Phoebe BUTLER and settled on a portion of the homestead, where theyremained till 1837, when they moved to Jerusalem. Their children were John, Samuel, Robert, Lorenzo, Sally, Huldah, Harrietand Matilda.  John moved toPennsylvania and died at Altoona, PA in 1867, leaving a widow and family.

Samuelborn November 30, 1800, married Jane A MUNGER of Jerusalem in 1837. He kept a public house for some time in Shearman’s Hollow, andafterwards returned to Benton, where he has held office of constable for manyyears and has long been known throughout the county in that capacity, havingdone a large share of the business for the Penn Yan magistrates. He is usuallyso much a popular favorite that little if any opposition is made to him. 

Robertborn in 1802, married Phoebe DREW in 1843. He was 12 years a Justice of the Peace in Benton, residing at Penn Yan;and moved to Plainfield, Michigan, where he died in 1854, leaving no children. 

Lorenzoborn 1807, married Amy WIDNER of Chili, NY in 1838.  They lived in this county till 1853, when the emigrated toHowell, Michigan, where she died leaving three children: Huldah, Henry C. andDewitt C.  Polly married MichaelFISHER and lived in Gorham, removing to Michigan in 1835.  They have a large family. 

Sallymarried Selah RANDOLPH of Clarkson, NY, settled in Benton and afterwards inPotter, where she died leaving several children, among whom were: Jane, Sarah,Harriet and John.  Huldah marriedJames MILHOLLON, settled in Benton, and moved to Michigan in 1836 with threechildren.  Harriet married James T.PEARCE of Jerusalem and afterward moved to Penn Yan where her husband died in1863, leaving one daughter, Sarah, who married A. SHEPHERD of Jerusalem. Matilda married James C. DENIO of Perry, Shiawassee county, Michigan.

HenryBUELL died young at Unadilla.

CatherineBUELL married William HILTON Jr., and settled on the north part of the HILTONhomestead, now the property of Dr. John L. CLEVELAND, where he died leaving fivesons (HILTON): Orman, Samuel Artemas, Berget and Ariel. She afterwards married Clark HILTON, a brother of her first husband, andmoved to Clarence, Erie County.  Theyhad several daughters by the second marriage.

ANNABUELL married Russel YOUGNS of Benton and settled on a new farm in Benton about1801, where he died in 1832, leaving six children: Alma, Polly, Maria, Milan,Oliver and Fanny.  Alma died youngand Polly became the wife of Ezekiel CLARK of Jerusalem.  Maria married John W. CORNWELL, a tailor, of Benton andsettled near the homestead, where he died, leaving his widow and two children,John and Ann.  Milan YOUNGS isunmarried and resides with his mother on the homestead. Oliver married Miss SCOTT of Seneca, and emigrated to Wisconsin. Fanny married Samuel H. CHAPMAN and resides on the YOUNGS homestead. He is a school teacher of note and 30 years experience, and the presentCrier of the Yates County Courts.  Theirchildren have been: Charles E., Mary Jane, Henry O., Alson, Russel, Eugene andFred.  Charles was a soldier of Co.I, 33rd Regiment, NY Volunteers and died in a hospital, September 5,1862.  Henry O. died young and Alsonis a teacher in Penn Yan Academy. 

HannahBUELL married Newell MOUTN and settled in Clarence, Erie Co., NY. Esther BUELL married Mr. FRENCH and also settled in Clarence, Erie Co.,NY.  Mary BUELL married LutherYOUNGS and likewise settled in Clarence.  MatildaBUELL, one of the first born of Benton, married Levi BUNNELL and settled inClarence. 

ArtemasBUELL married Mary, daughter of Seth HULL and settled on the BUELL homestead,about 1800, near the present residence of Henry C. COLLIN. In 1816 they emigrated to Ellery, Chautauqua county, an subsequentlyremoved to Sugar Grove, Warren county, Pennsylvania, where he died and severalof the family still reside.


BUSH  pg 314-315

LodowickBUSH, born in 1762, married in 1787, Laney VISSHEE, who was born in 1771. They were natives of New Jersey and had fourteen children, twelve of whombecame adults and nine were married.  Theywere: Margaret, Bernard, Peter, John L., Andrew, Francis C, Hannah, Catharine,Henry, Mary, David and Maria Jane.  Theywere all born in New Jersey, near Bergen and in 1817 came to this county, andlocated where Bernard BUSH now lives, near the old Presbyterian Meeting House.  The father bought about 600 acres of land, intending onehundred for each son.  Hesubsequently moved to a farm on the Pre-emption road, where he built a sawmilland made other improvements.  Herehis son John L. BUSH settled and resided while he lived. The parents finally removed to Romulus, Seneca county, where they diedwithin a few weeks of each other in 1839.  Margaret,born in 1788, married Albert VAN WINKLE of New Jersey, where he died. She afterwards resided with her parents. She had three children, none of whom survive.

Bernard,born in 1790, married Mary FORSHEE, of New Jersey.  They settled on the first home of LODOWICK, in Benton, wherehe resides a widower.  Theirchildren were: Ellen, John, Peter and Rebecca. Ellen married Palmer ELLIUS, residing in Torrey. John married Huldah BENEDICT and resides in Milo. Peter married Julina HALL and resides in Potter. Rebecca married Joseph MAPES and resides on the homestead.

Peter,born in 1794, married Ellen DENNISTON of Geneva, where they reside. They have three children, Alexander H., Hannah and Caroline. Alexander H., was a volunteer in the 126th regiment and diedwhile they were encamped at Chicago. 

JohnL., born in 1797, married Hannah H. CODDINGTON, of Benton, and settled on thepaternal farm on the Pre-emption road, where he died in 1865. Their children were: Mary, Benjamin, Stephen, Catharine, Sarah, CharlesD. and George.  Mary married Henry L. GREEN and resides at Baltimore. Benjamin married Margaret TURNER of Benton and resides near the oldhomestead.  They have two children,Elizabeth and Harriet.  Stephenmarried Elizabeth TURNER, and resides at Baltimore. Charles D. married Martha LYNN of Newburg, NY. They reside in Benton, near the homestead, and have one child, Bell. George married Althea ROSENKRANS of Benton, and emigrated to Fowlerville,Michigan.  They have one child,Helen.  Catharine and Sarah aresingle, and reside with their mother, at Bellona. 

Andrew,born in 1799, married Elizabeth ACKERMAN of New Jersey. She died in Benton leaving three sons, James, Peter and one other. He married a second wife, and emigrated to Salone, Michigan, where heresides with a third wife, Elizabeth CARBON of Fayette, NY. There is one daughter, Francis, by the second marriage, and two children,Andrew and Elizabeth by the third.

FrancesC., born in 1801, married John VAN GIESON of Varick, NY and emigrated to LodiPlains, Mich., where both died, leaving seven children: Andrew, John, Peter,Catharine, Henry, Jane and Mary A.

Hannahmarried David DENNISON and lived in Orleans Co., NY.

Henry,born in 1808, married Margaretta LACEY of Benton, and emigrated to CottageGrove, Wis., where they reside.  Theirchildren are: Asahel, Adnerson, Silas, Mary and Dora.

Davidborn in 1813, married Rachel, daughter of William MC LEAN of Benton, (now Torrey)and emigrated to State Line, Indiana, where he die and his family resides. Their children are, William, Hatley, Peter and Harriet. Catharine and Maria Jane are unmarried and reside at Geneva. 


CHISSOM pg 217 – 218

Thepioneer settled on Head street was Robert CHISSOM, a native of Dover, Dutchesscounty.  He married Susan, daughterof George WHEELER Sr., and located where Dr. Uri JUDD lived many years, now theresidence of Stephen B. AYRES.  Therethey erected a log house, which became a tavern as soon as such a house wasneeded, and very naturally started a distillery.  He died on the day of the great eclipse in (June 16) 1806, at the age of 35 years. Their children were Catharine, Peter, Ephraim, Hannah and George.

Petermarried Elizabeth BALDWIN and emigrated to Indiana.  Ephraim married Sally MILLS and settled in Cameron, Steubencounty. George married Ruth WILLIAMSON and also settled in Cameron.

Hannahmarried William, a son of Judge Arnold POTTER, who died early, and shesubsequently married Fisher W. HEWSON, and returned to the CHISSOM familyhomestead, where she still lives, surviving her second husband. Her children are: George A., Robert C., and Susan A., all by the secondmarriage.

GeorgeA. HEWSON is a physician of Penn Yan.  Hemarried Sabra, daughter of John ELLSWORTH.  Robert C., has been admitted as a lawyer, but does notpractice, is unmarried and resides with his mother on the homestead in aresidence a few rods west of the place where the log house of Robert CHISSOM waserected in 1792, in the midst of an unbroken wilderness. Susan A., married Lyman W. GAGE, formerly a railway conductor, and now ofthe firm of Armstrong & Gage, hardware merchants of Penn Yan.

Catharinemarried Horatio CRANE of Hartford, Connecticut, and settled in Penn Yan on thehomestead.  He died at Benton Centrein 1867.  Their children were: Alma,George, Charles, William and Wemple H., all of whom reside in Michigan exceptWemple H., who is a physician, heretofore of extended practice, but now a farmeron the old Elisha WOLCOTT place, lately owned by George S. WHEELER, whosedaughter, Dorcas E., is his wife.  Heis a valued and prominent citizen.

Mrs.Catharine CRANE, now residing with her son, Dr. CRANE, was the oldest of RobertCHISSOM’S children, and the first white child born within the boundaries ofPenn Yan.  She is now 76 years old. She relates that her father’s residence was a double log house, with ahall in the center large enough for setting a table. He afterwards erected a frame part in the rear. He obtained some lumber at Dr. BENTON’S sawmill to make a shanty tolive in while putting up his log houses.  Blanketswere tacked over the windows before sash and glass were put in. One night a wolf put his paws on the window sill and pushed his nozzleagainst the blankets but did not push his way in.  In the absence of better vehicles, the early settlers madewhat they called drays.  This rigwas a sapling with a crotch and boards fastened across the extended branches,with the single end fastened in the ring of the ox yoke, they were ready to goto mill or elsewhere as might be required. Mrs. CRANE states that bears were very numerous and no less than fiftywere killed in one season around the lower part of Keuka Lake.  Her father and Nathan WHEELER killed one in Sheppard’sGully that weighed 500 lbs.  Shesays the first dry goods she ever saw were in the store of John LAWRENCE, whereher father sent her on horseback for a loaf of sugar. The first General Training was at her father’s house in 1803. The field where they trained extended from Main street to Sucker Brookand south to about the south line of the Academy lot. Some two or three hundred people were present including women andchildren.  They trained all day witha slender supply and quality of music, and some stayed and trained all night. One, Colonel FRENCH commanded.

Moses,an older brother of Robert CHISSOM, was a native of Columbia county, born in1764 and came to this county at the age of 30 years, a single ma.  Heowned 20 acres of land on lot 45, which was afterwards purchased by JosephKETCHAM and became the nucleus of his large estate. He purchased of James SCOFIELD in 1801. 50 acres more, afterwardsembraced in the Samuel RANDALL farm on lot 62. In 1800 he married Mary, daughter of Philemon BALDWIN Sr., then living atthe foot of Keuka Lake.  She wasthen 17 years and still survives with the living and enjoys remarkable healthand vigor.  Her husband died in1840, at the age of 76 years.  About1806 they moved to the premises now occupied and owned by their son, PhilemonCHISSOM on the South Centre road, on lot 59. They had eleven children, eight of whom reached adult age: Robert,Israel, Philemon, Samuel, Rachel, John, Aloah B. and Lester B. Robert married first, Amanda WAGENER and they had two children, Hannahand James H. His second wife was Louisa MC CANN.  He died at Kinney’s Corners, leaving his widow and twochildren, of the second marriage, Mary and Henrietta.

Israelis a physician and resides in Italy.  Hiswife was Jane B. MC CALLUP of Hammondsport. They have a daughter, Mary E., who married Samuel HAYES of Italy, andemigrated west.

Philemonis a bachelor, with whom his mother resides on the homestead, which is owned byhim.

Samuelmarried Margaret WARD of Rochester.  Theyhave two daughters, Mary E. and Sarah A.

Rachelmarried Daniel B. TUTHILL, the present Superintendent of the Poor of Yatescounty.  They reside in Jerusalemand have two children, Mary J. and George M.

AlvahB. married Margaret HOFFMAN of Indiana, resides at Kinney’s Corners, and hasthree children, Israel B., Jennie C. and John M.

LesterB. married Mary J., daughter of Elipha PECKINS and resides in Benton. Their children are Philemon and Charles E.


CLEVELAND  pg 206 - 207

Dr. CLEVELAND was born September 21, 1792 inSchoharie county, NY an came to Penn Yan in 1814, where he taught the firstselect school and soon resumed the study of medicine under Dr. Joshua LEE. Hehad previously studied with another physician.  After receiving hisdiploma, he married Sabra, daughter of Ezra COLE, and began his practice atEddytown, early in 1816.  They remained there two years and moved to BentonCentre, where he was a popular practitioner for a long period, and acquired aconsiderable estate in land.  He was acting Under Sheriff under SamuelLAWRENCE, who was Sheriff of Ontario County when Yates was set off, andsubsequently served as Associate Judge of the Yates County Courts for 9 years,by appointment of Governors MARCY and BOUCK.  His wife died in 1855 at theaged of 59 years, on the premises where she was born.  Four of theirchildren reached adult age and were  married.  

Susan married Israel H. ARNOLD. Charles D married Louisa A., daughter of John PAYNE of Potter, and livesWest.  They have five children: John W., Caroline, Charles, Catharine andMyron C.  

John W. was a successful school teacher and enlistedin the army on the first call when the rebellion broke out.  He made an honorablerecord as a soldier, and died of disease contracted in the service, January 7,1864.  

Caroline M. CLEVELAND married Myron COLE.Mary C. married Erasmus D. LEWIS.  They have one child, Sabra. 

Dr. CLEVELAND married a second wife, CarolineLEWIS of Geneva, and resides now in that village.  He has long been a firmadherent of the Methodist church.  He relates that among the pupils of hisPenn Yan school, still living, are George and Charles C. SHEPPARD, CharlesWAGENER and James Dwight MORGAN.  He has been a very firm Democraticpolitician all his life. 


COLE  Pg 203 - 306

Ezra COLE was born April 26, 1751 inLitchfield, Connecticut and married the sister of Jared PATCHEN, December 21,1774.  They and their children were of the little colony of settlers whocame from Unandilla in 1792.  It is said that Ezra COLE, who was at thattime an itinerant minister of the Methodist church, had gained some previousknowledge of the country and set on foot the expedition. They settled on lot113, at the centre of No. 8, and he became the proprietor of four or 500 acresof land.  He built a respectable log house at first, a little west on thenorthwest corner, which he opened as a public house before 1800.  In 1804he built a frame house 30 by 40 feet, two stories high, with four large roomsbelow, and two above, besides a long ball room the whole length of the house,which was located a few rods west of the corners, on the north side of theroad.  The building had a large wing and wood house.  Here Ezra COLEflourished as dispenser of refreshments for man and beast, till his death in1821, at the age of 70 years.  He did not, however , abide with thechurch. 

Their children were: Matthew, Delilah, Lois,Nathan P., Daniel, Asa, Smith M., Sabra and Ezra.  On the last two wereborn after they settled in Benton (then Jerusalem).  Matthew married MarthaGREGORY, a widow, in 1797; her maiden name was WHITEHEAD.  They settled onthe homestead north of the Centre, where they died; she March 2, 1841, aged 74and he, May 6, 1841, aged 65 years.  They had two children, Martha andPolly.  Martha became the wife of the late Samuel G. GAGE, and Pollymarried Anthony H. LEWIS of Benton, sill residing on the old homestead, theparents of a large family. 

Their children are Lucy Jane, Louise, Martha,Erasmus D., George, Charles, Mary and Myron.  Lucy Jane married Norman, sonof Ezra Cole Jr., and was his second wife.  He and his oldest son werekilled by Indians on a buffalo hunt in Kansas, leaving her a widow with onechild, a son.  

Louise married Mr. SMALLEY and has severalchildren.  Martha married Daniel MILLSPAUGH, a merchant of Benton Centre. Erasmus D. married Charlotte, daughter of Dr. John L. CLEVELAND.  Georgemarried Martha MOTT of Montezuma.  They have three children: Elizabeth,Charles and Clarence.  

Charles is unmarried and Mary is dead. Myron married Jane BEDELL.  They have one child, Estella, and reside on thehomestead.

Delilah COLE married Jonathan BATEMAN andsettled at Lodi, Seneca county, where he died in 1806, leaving four children,Fletcher, Nancy, Amy and John.  She subsequently married William PETTIT ofBenton and settled near Bellona.  They had three sons, Warren, Paris andNorman. 

Lois COLE married Lewis MORRIS in1800.  They moved to Indiana where he died and she afterwards removed toNankin, Michigan, where she still lives at the age of 80 years.  Herchildren are David, Delilah, Polly, Robert, Sabra, James and Fanny.

Nathan P. COLE was a prominent and activecitizen in his day, and married Sally, daughter of Elisha WOODWORTH, in1808.  They settled on part of the homestead next south of Matthew, wherethey lived and died; she in 1844 at the age of 61 years and he in 1852 at theage of 70 years.  Their children were Elisha W., Caroline, Pamela,Elizabeth W., John B., Polly and Platt.   Elisha W., married LouisaVAN TUYL of Waterloo and resides in Chicago.  Caroline is dead and Pamelais unmarried.  Elizabeth W., married Abraham W. SHEARMAN of Milo. John B. died single.  Polly married Josiah ELLIOTT and resides at UnionCity, Iowa.  They have three children.  Platt married Martha SCOTT andmoved to Elmira, where he died in 1862, leaving his widow and one son, Ross.

Daniel COLE died singe, at the age of 56years in 1840.

Asa COLE ws born May 25, 1788.  Hemarried Sally SPRAGUE of Benton, December 31, 1810.  They settled on Headstreet in Penn Yan, where the Birdsall Machine Shop now stands, and where he wasengaged in keeping a hotel and staging for many years.  He was identifiedwith the activities of the village when Head street was Penn Yan, and stages werethe chief means of traveling.  He maintained a high character as a businessman and finally moved on a farm a short distance north on the Benton Centreroad, where his wife died in 1836, leaving one son, Myron.  Subsequently hemarried Lydia FRANCIS, a widow, whose maiden name was WILKINSON.  They hadone son, Richard F.  Mr. COLE died in 1860 at the age of 72 years. For several years he ws President of the Yates County Bank.  As a prominentmember of the Methodist church, he was noted for benevolence and sympathy withall religious and philanthropic movements.  His widow scurvies and resideswith her son.  Myron married Susan, daughter of Morris F. SHEPPARD, whodied without children.  His second wife is Caroline, daughter of Dr. JohnL. CLEVELAND.  They reside in Elmira and have two children, John A. andSabra C.  Richard F. married Mary J. LAZEAR of Barrington and resides onthe homestead.  

Smith M. COLE married Betsey SCOFIELD ofBenton.  They settled in Penn Yan, and for many years kept a tavern wherethe present tavern is kept, and afterwards on Flat street, on the place now ownedby Charles B. SHAW, and where he died in 1864, at the age of 74 years.  Hewas a unique and rather remarkable character.  For keeping a tavern he hada singular proneness, and yet no man detested the taste of liquor or the smellof tobacco more than he.  A low drunkard or smoker was his horror, and he alwaysrefused to sell liquor to an intoxicated person.  Yet he seemed to preferto associate himself with the class most addicted to these evils, and theirinfluence doubtlessly poisoned his life.  He was remarkable for hisaccurate and almost encyclopedic memory of all early events in thisregion.  His wife survives him.  They had three children, Matthew,Harriet and Calvin.  The daughter died young.  Matthew married SusanCRAWFORD of Penn Yan and has long resided in Iowa.  Calvin emigrated whileyoung to Warsaw, Illinois, where he resides. 

Sarah COLE married Dr. John L. CLEVELAND.

Ezra COLE Jr., was born in 1799.  He marriedBetsey MAKER of Benton in 1818, and emigrated to Three Rivers, Michigan, wherethey reside.  They have five children: Herman H., Norman, Susan and Lydia.

COLEMAN pg 246 – 247

JohnCOLEMAN was a native of Fishkill, NY and while he was a child, his father, alsoJohn COLEMAN, emigrated to Lycoming, Pennsylvania, where the son at the age of25, married Christiana RINE.  Hecame to this region as an explorer in 1798, and bought 50 acres of what is nowknown as the old PURDY farm, on the second road west of Seneca Lake in Benton,where he built a house and sowed wheat preparatory to bringing his family. The following spring they came, the father driving his yoke of oxen andtwo cows.  From the head of SenecaLake the wife and three young children were rowed down by Moses HALL. A  violent wind made aportion of the voyage terrifying if not perilous to the timid mother.  After one year they sold their first location, and purchasedat what is now Bellona, where their son, Henry R. COLEMAN, now resides. The place then included seventy acres of land, entirely wild. There, John COLEMAN died in 1832, at the age of 62 years, and his wife in1859 at the age of 86 years.  Theirchildren are: John, Margaret, Henry R., Elizabeth, Daniel, Sarah and Charles. 

John,born in 1796, married Julia, daughter of William AUSLEY of Seneca. They settled finally at Perry, Wyoming county, NY, and their children areSarah, Caroline, Mary and George.

Margaret,born in 1797, married William TAYLOR of Benton.

HenryR. COLEMAN, born in 1800, married Caroline SQUIER of Seneca. They settled on theColeman homestead, where she died the mother of six children: Mary C., Charlotte A., Carole E., Henry D., Charles S. and John W.  Mr. COLEMAN’S second wife was Laura MILES, widow, of Millport, NY.  He greatly enlarged the original homestead and improved it. Some of it has been appropriated to village lots in Bellona, andotherwise, sold off.  He has beenidentified with nearly the whole history of Bellona, and has seen the countryaround redeemed from its native wilderness. In fruit culture, he has taken considerable interest, and is noted forhis success in pear growing. 

Mary,Henry’s oldest daughter, married George VOORHEES of Romulus, Seneca county,where they reside.  Their childrenare Caroline A. and Laura J.  Charlottemarried John WILKIE of Seneca.  Theirchildren are Henry D., William C, and Frederick S.  Caroline married Henry MC ALPINE of Benton, and resides onthe James SMITH farm.  Theirchildren are George, Charles and one other. Henry Dwight, a young man of much promise, emigrated to Centre CreekMines, Missouri, where he died in 1868.  CharlesS. resides with his father, unmarried.

Elizabeth,born in 1803, married William BAMBOROUGH of Lyons, NY and lives now in Michigan. Their children are Caroline, Flora, Thomas, Wesley and Daniel.

DanielCOLEMAN, born in 1806, married Esther AUSLEY of Seneca, and located early atJackson, Michigan, where his wife died.  Hemarried a second wife, Miss BLAKE of Livonia, NY in 1836, and was soon afterkilled by the running away of his horse.  He left a fine estate and no children.

Sarah,born in 1808, married James JOHNSON of Benton, emigrated to Indiana, and thenceto Watervliet, Missouri, where he died leaving three children: Christiana,Coleman and Charles H.  She marrieda second husband, Mr. CROSSMAN.

CharlesCOLEMAN, born in 1801, married Mary A. SEELEY of Milo, and settled about onemile southwest of Bellona, on lot No. 3, where he now resides and where his wifedied in 1869.  They had threechildren: George S., Edward and William H. Mr. COLEMAN was elected Justice of the Peace in 1849, and he wasre-elected for his sixth term in the spring of 1869, thus affording the bestproof of the high regard in which he is held by his fellow citizens. His son, George, became a printer and under a strong sense of patrioticduty, enlisted in the 161st NY Volunteers, accompanied the expeditionof Gen. BANKS, in 1864, was wounded at the battle of Sabine Cross Roads andfinally died in hospital at New Orleans, at the age of 21 years. He has a fine monument erected over his grave. Edward married Alice, adopted daughter of Charles COE of Benton, wherethey reside.  They have one child,Mary. 


COLLIN   pg 317 – 318

HenryCOLLIN, born in Dutchess Co., in 1792, married Mary MC ALPINE at Hillsdale, in1814.  She was born in Dutchess Co.,in 1793.  They came to Benton, April26, 1814 and settled on a farm then new, in the pine woods of West Benton. They subsequently moved to the premises originally settled by SamuelBUELL Sr., in 1792, on lot 78, where they remained through life. Mrs. COLLIN died in 1832, and her husband in 1835. Their children were: Harriet A., Henry C. and Emeline.

HarrietA., born in 1816, married Alfred G. BIDWELL of Hillsdale, Columbia Co, NY andresides in Hudson City, New Jersey.  Theyhave several children. 

HenryC. COLLIN, born in 1818, married Maria L. PARK of Burlington, Otsego, Co., NY. They reside on the family homestead, which they own, together with thepremises first settled by the father of Mr. COLLIN. By successful industry, they have added largely to their estate in land,having now 880 acres in Benton.  Mr.COLLIN was born on his present homestead and has always resided there.  His remarkable thrift and pecuniary success is due tounremitting toil and sagacious attention to business, which has borne its usualresult of independence and abundance.  Theyhave eight children and some of their sons have graduated at Yale College, andentered upon successful professional pursuits. Mr. COLLIN is a progressive farmer, and a highly useful and respectedcitizen, and was the supervisor of Benton in 1869-70.

Emelineborn in 1822, married Dr. William W. WELCH of Norfolk, Connecticut and diedthere in 1850, leaving two children.  Hestill resides there.


CROZIER   pg 339 – 342

Onthe 14th of July, 1801, at the end of a voyage of seven weeks fromGlasgow, the families of Thomas ROBINSON, Thomas ROBINSON Jr., John RENWICK,George GRAY, Robert STRAUGHANHAM, Mr. COWIN and Adam CROZIER Sr., landed in NewYork, all but the COWIN family on their way to what has since been known as theEnglish Settlement in the town of Seneca, where they had been preceded two orthree years, by Edward STOKOE, Mathew and John ROBINSON, Edward BURRELL andGeorge RENWICK.  From New York theycontinued their water passage to Albany and after a land carriage toSchenectady, took a boat, which conveyed them in three weeks more to Geneva. Theboat was tediously propelled by poling, except in passing from Wood’s Creek toOneida Lake, and across the lake.  Downthe small stream passing into the lake, they floated by means of dams, whichwere drawn off as each was reached, to make a sufficient volume of water tocarry the boat.  A sail was used tocross the lake, but a storm carried it away and greatly imperiled their lives. But they effected their passage, passed into the Oswego river, thenceinto the Seneca and followed it to Geneva. At Seneca Falls they had to unload their boat and reload above therapids.

AdamCROZIER Sr., was a Scotch shepherd, born in 1751.  He married Isabella RENWICK in 1780.  She was of Scotch and English descent and was born in 1759. After their marriage, they lived in one of the northern counties ofEngland, where six of their children were born. Upon arriving in Seneca, they lived in a house with another family, untila house was provide on what is now the VARTIE farm near Hall’s Corners. Before winter, however, they took up their residence on the farm whereGeorge CROZIER, their son, now lives, in Seneca, and where no improvement hadthen been made.  Their domicile wasa log structure with a hole cut in one side for a door, and another for awindow, which was unprovided with glass.  Thefireplace had no back but the logs.  Thefire was built on the ground, and a stick chimney conducted the some from theupper floor upwards.  In such atenement as this they passed the winter.  Inthe spring, the logs back of the fire were nearly burnt through. How the escaped burning up may well be regarded as a puzzle. In the same house they lived several years, and until the front part ofthe house now standing on the premises was built.

In1817, Adam CROZIER Sr., purchased of Samuel COLT and Ezra COLE, for $1,774, thefarm on lot 51, in Benton, where Adam CROZIER Jr., now lives. After the purchase, John RENWICK and family lived on it, and also GeorgeCROZIER and wife.  Adam CROZIERmoved on it in the spring of 1821, and has since resided there. Adam CROZIER Sr., died in 1829, in his 78th year. His wife survived him till 1853, reaching the remarkable age of 94 years. At the time of her death, her children were all living, the eldest 72years, and the youngest 50 years old.  Theirchildren were: Robert, George, Margaret, Elizabeth, Adam, Isabella, John andEleanor, twins, born in America in 1803.

Robert,the eldest, born in 1781, married Eleanor STOKOE and moved in 1818 to SouthernIndiana, about forty miles below the falls of the Ohio river, accompanied by thefamily of his father in law, Edward STOKOE.  He still lives there, surrounded by numerous descendants tothe third generation.  Two or threeyears after he moved west, he came all the way back on foot to visit hisparents. 

GeorgeCROZIER, born in 1783, married Abagail CRAWFORD, of Saratoga Springs, in 1820,and resides on the old family homestead in Seneca.  They have had eight children: Jefferson, Adam, Elizabeth,Henderson, T. Wilson, George W., and Isabella and Mary Jane. Jefferson, born in 1821, married Helen BLODGETT of Gorham in 1849. They have three sons and two daughters. 

Elizabeth,born in 1825, married James J. MC MASTER of Benton, in 1851, and died in 1869. 

Henderson,born in 1827, married Sarah Ann CLARK of Seneca.  They have three sons and a daughter.   (he is buried in Little Church Cemetery in Seneca, NY)  

T.Wilson, born in 1830, married Matilda FIERO and has one son. George W., born in 1835, died in 1865, from infirmities contracted in thewar.  He was orderly sergeant in Co.L. of Merrill’s Horse, a regiment of dragoons with the army at Little Rock,Arkansas.  Isabella, born in 1837,married Edward S. DIXON of Hall’s Corners, in 1860, and they have three sons. Mary Jane, born in 1840, married Myron C. SOUTHERLAND of Seneca. They have one son, Frank.

Margaret,the eldest daughter of Adam CROZIER Sr., born in 1787, married John CHARLTON. Their children were: Thomas, Elizabeth, Adam, Isabella, John, Margaret,William, Anna and George. 

Thomasmarried Catharine NIXON.  They hadan infant son and the three died within a day or two of each other and all wereburied together.

Elizabethmarried Samuel COOK.  They have sixchildren and reside in Michigan.  Adammarried Anna WESTFALL.  They resideat Battle Creek, Michigan.  Isabellamarried Ezra WILBUR.  They reside inGorham and have one son.  Margaretmarried Alvin MEAD.  They have threedaughters and live in Michigan.  Williammarried Sarah HUTCHINSON in 1869, and lives on the homestead in Seneca. George married Susan YOUNGS.  Theyhave two children, and reside in Gorham.  Theothers died young.

ElizabethCROZIER born in 1793 married Thomas WILSON, of Seneca. Their children are: Sarah, Adam, John, Mary Jane and Isabella. Sarahmarried John WHEELER, and has four children. Adam married Elizabeth COOL and has three children. John married Catharine BURRELL, and has three children. Mary Jane married Edward N. HALL and has four children.  Isabella died in 1845, at the age of 17 years. 

AdamCROZIER, born in 1797, married in 1821, Amy, daughter of Joseph SOUTHERLAND andgranddaughter of that noted pioneer, David SOUTHERLAND of Potter. They have had four children, Elizabeth, John W., David S. and George E. Elizabeth and John W. died in infancy. David S., born in 1826, married Dolly WHITNEY of Seneca Castle in 1844. He resides on the homestead and is a prominent citizen. George E., born in 1833, married Fannie H. BECKER of Benton, in 1855.  They have one son, Frank, born in 1857.  He also resides on the homestead.  The farm on which Adam CROZIER Jr. and his sons live, waswilled to him and his brother, John, in 1829, by their father. Adam bought his brother’s interest for $1,100. When first purchased, 17 acres were partially cleared on the farm. George, John and Adam cleared the first fallow of 17 acres and the restwas mostly done by Adam, who also helped to clear a considerable portion of theoriginal family homestead.

IsabellaCROZIER, born in 1800, married Walter RENWICK. They have two sons, Robert, unmarried and John who married Harriet SEELEYof Allegany county.  They have twodaughters, and all lived in Gorham.

EleanorCROZIER resides in Seneca, unmarried.  JohnCROZIER died in Seneca, unmarried in 1867.


DAVIS   pg 322 – 324

Thomasand Noah DAVIS were sons of Thomas and Eleanor DAVIS, who were born and marriedin Wales, and came to America in 1800.  Theysettled at Newport, Herkimer county, NY, with their family of three sons and twodaughters.  Two of the sons, Thomasand Noah, married wives who were half sisters and came to Benton; Noah in 1813and Thomas in 1814.  Thomas, born in1778, married in 1806, Irene PERRY, a widow, born in 1774 whose maiden name wasWATKINS, and who was also a native of Wales. They settled on the farm now owned by their son, Stephen N. DAVIS, onemile west of Penn Yan, on lot 87, where they were the original settlers. Their children were: Hannah, James T. Stephen N., Mary J., Watkins andEleanor. 

Hannah,born 1808, married George W. HOPKINS.  Theyreside on the farm lately owned by Gideon WOLCOTT, in Jerusalem and theirchildren are Janette, Mariette and Ezra B.  Janette married John JANKINSON of Potter. They have one child, Mettabell.  Mrs.HANKINSON resides with her parents.  Mariettemarried Daniel M. HULSE and resides in Canandaigua. They have two children, Ferdinand and Metta Isabella.  Ezra B. is unmarried.

JamesT. DAVIS, born in 1811, married Nancy MILLSPAUGH of Milo and settled adjoiningthe homestead, where his wife died in 1860, leaving two children, Mary J. andSarah A.  Mary J. is the wife ofWilliam BLANSHARD, a native of England.  Theyreside in Jerusalem, on the farm formerly owned by Dr. George W. MALIN. He is noted for rearing choice thoroughbred stock. They have one child, Eda J.  SarahA. is the wife of George W. HOBART, son of Walter P. HOBART of Potter. They reside in Penn Yan.

StephenN. DAVIS, born in 1814, married Hannah R., daughter of Peleg BRIGGS of Benton. She died and he subsequently married Sarah S. COONS of Jerusalem. They have two sons by the second marriage, Thomas N. and William J. Stephen N. DAVIS owns and resides on the paternal homestead.

MaryJ., born in 1816, married Seth B. BRIGGS, son of Robert BRIGGS of Benton, anddied in 1866.

WatkinsDAVIS, born in 1819, married Emeline, daughter of Joshua BEARD of Milo. They own and reside on the Anna WAGNER homestead in Jerusalem. He is an enterprising farmer, and a noted breeder of short horn cattle. They have three children, Ida J., James and John.

Eleanor,born in 1824, married William J. RECTOR of Benton.

NoahDAVIS, brother of Thomas, born in Wales, September 4, 1792, married at Newport,Hannah EDWARDS, also born in Wales in 1793. They settled in Benton, and afterwards moved to Jerusalem, where he waskeeper of the county poor for several years. Subsequently they removed to Pultney, where they both died, he in 1835and she in 1856. Their children were: Edward, Sarah, Mary and Harriet. Edward, born in 1815, married Philinda TOWNSEND of Benton and resides atParma, Monroe Co., NY.  Theirchildren are, William John, Albert, Sarah, Rosetta and Susan.

Sarah,born in 1816, is the wife of Jephthah A. POTTER.

Mary,born in 1819, married John C. MILLER of Milo and they reside in Branchport.

Hannah,born in 1824, married Ephraim MILLER, of Milo. His wife and two children reside with Japhthah A. POTTER, at Penn Yan. The children are Sarah and Mary.



DEAN   pg 302 – 305

Anothercontributor of Dutchess Co., to Benton, was Benjamin DEAN, who married ZilphaHARRINGTON, of that county, and came from Shepherd’s Creek, PA., in 1798, awidower, locating at first near Norris’ Landing.  Of his family by the first marriage, there were: Eliakim,Zebulon and William and their daughters Abigail, Hannah and Lucy who hadpreceded the father to the Genesee country. He married a second wife, widow Martha BLAKE, at Norris’ Landing, andin 1804 purchased the farm now owed and occupied by George B. STANTON, on lot74, where he died in 1815 at the age of 64 years, leaving by the secondmarriage, one daughter, Polly. The mother died in 1821. Polly DEAN married Benjamin STANTON, of Gorham. They live on the DEAN homestead and had three children, Martha E., GeorgeB. and Mary J.  Martha E. married Norman HOLMES of Benton, who died leavingone daughter, Harriet E.  Shemarried a second husband, Charles LLOYD of English birth.  They have one child, Mary E. and reside on the homestead.

GeorgeB. STANTON married Emeline C. LAMPORT.  Theyhave two children, Richard B. and May C.  May J. married Edwin LAMPORT.

ZebulonDEAN married Sarah, sister of Russell and Elijah BROWN. They settled in East Benton, near Seneca Lake, where their son, DanielDEAN now lives, about two miles north of Hopeton. Their children were: Benjamin, Daniel, John, Alexander and Ira. He married a second wife, Nancy SCRITCHEL and they have seven children:Jarvis, George, Julia, Hannah, Eliza, Zilpha and Sarah.  Zebulon DEAN was a man of note in his day. In 1807, he and his neighbor John MUGG, by mutual concert becamereligious men, and were soon actively engaged as preachers of the Free WillBaptist Faith.  They found theirreward fro their religious labors in the work itself, and the hopes that reachedbeyond the present life.  They wrought wiling with their hands for the daily bread oftheir families, and went long distances to preach on Sunday, without accepting afarthing for their spiritual service.  Theirnames are blended with the organization of numerous churches of that faith inthis and surrounding counties.  Theytraveled in this work as far as Sodus, and at that day their disciples wereneither few nor lacking in zeal; but for some reason, few of these churches areleft in the land.  For 25 or 39years, John MUGG lived in Jerusalem, a little west of Penn Yan. It is said he still lives in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, at the age of nearlyone hundred.  His spiritual brother, Zebulon DEAN, died at the age of 54year, in 1832.  Of his children,Benjamin married Eliza RANDOLPH of Milo.  Shedied leaving four children: Sarah M., Elizabeth, Jephtha F. , and Mary Jane. He married a second wife, Fanny MARRINER, of Benton and moved toJerusalem, where he died in 1869, at the age of 70 years. The children of the second marriage were Amanda, William M., Albert andPersis A.  Persis A. married WilliamGRISWOLD of Jerusalem and they have one child.

DanielDEAN resides on the paternal homestead.  Hemarried Diana LAMB of Benton, and moved to Wayne county, where she died and here-married; afterwards he returned to Yates county. The children of the first marriage were: Hannah F. and Harvey C.; of thesecond, Diana E., Avery C., Jennie S., and Deborah. The land where Daniel DEAN resides, was bought by Zebulong DEAN, ofCharles WILLIAMSON, in 1798.  OfDaniel DEAN’S children: Hannah married Adin GANETT of Chaggrin Falls, Ohio. Harvey C. married Eveline, sister of Charles V. BUSH of Penn Yan. They reside at Benton Centre, and their children are Florence M. andDecora D.  Diana is unmarried. Avery C. married Mary E., daughter of Levi SPEELMAN, of Torrey; Jennie S. married Edwin L. SWARTHOUT, of Torrey, where the reside; and Deborah A.married Charles M. SPEELMAN of Torrey. 

Johnmarried Maria TITUS and resides in Torrey. Their children are: James, Harriet E., Lewis and David.

Alexandermarried Lois GRISWOLD, and resides in Jerusalem.  Their children are: Julius Z., Ezra, Sarah A., Abraham V.,Diantha and Elizabeth.  Ira marriedand emigrated to Louisiana.  Jarvismarried Almira DEAN of Newfield, where they reside. George married Maria HOUGTAILING, and emigrated to California.

Juliamarried James P. WINANTS of Benton.  Theyreside in Potter, and their children are David, Augustus, Orville, Julia A.,Adelia, Adora and Kate.  Davidmarried Hannah CHURCH of Benton, and resides in Steuben county. Augustus was a solider in a western regiment, was taken prisoner atPittsburg Landing, and died in a rebel prison at Macon, Georgia. Orville married Mary BERGSTRESSER of Potter, where they reside. Julia married Sheldon SLAUGTHER of Potter and they reside in that town.

Hannahmarried Russell THURBER of Owego, NY.  Theyreside in Elmira, and have two children, Nancy and Helen. 

Elizamarried Orville ALLERTON, a merchant of Newark, NY.  They have one child, Harry.

Zilphamarried Eliakim BAILEY of Newfield, NY, where she died, leaving two children,Nancy & Helen.

Sarahmarried George CASTERLINE, and emigrated to Warsaw, Wis., where they reside, andhave one child, Margaret.

EliakimDEAN, the eldest brother of Zebulon, was the father of Jefferson DEAN ofNewfield, Tompkins Co., whose daughter, Kate DEAN is a cultivated and notedconcert singer. 

WilliamDEAN, the remaining brother of Zebulon, was a millwright. He went west and remained there several years. Hearing that his brother Zebulon was near death, he came back to see him,but arrived too late.  Fatigue anddepression of mind produced illness, which soon resulted in his burial, by theside of his brother. 


DEAN   pg 305 – 306

Thefirst settler on Flat Street, where Augustus STEWART resides, was Perley DEAN, anative of Ashford, Connecticut, who was a good farmer and an excellent and muchesteemed citizen.  His wife wasAbigail BAXTER, a daughter of Col. BAXTER of Revolutionary fame. They were married in 1788, and shortly made a home at or near Newtown,which they left on account of unhealthiness, and in 1793 located permanently onlot 39, buying the land of Levi BENTON.  Hedied in 1811 and his wife in 1813, after the most discouraging impediments ofpioneer life had been overcome.  Theirchildren were: Arminda, Perley, Leonard, Anna, Betsey and Danford. Arminda married Israel BROWN from Norwich, Vermont. They died in Penn Yan, leaving five children: Amanda, Elia, Oliver, Maryand Abner.  Amanda married Cyrus RUSSEL, and Eliza married WilliamKEELER, and both went west.  Oliveralso married and emigrated to Illinois.  Marymarried a Mr. BARBER, who died at Troy, NY and his widow and children emigratedto Marshall, Michigan.  Abner wasblind, but was educated and intelligent and lived to the age of 32 years, dyingat Marshall, Michigan.

PerleyDEAN Jr., married Phebe, a sister of Israel BROWN.  They emigrated to Tekonsha, Michigan.  They have five children, Eliza, Nelson, Leonard, Chester andJane, all of whom are married, and settled in good circumstances, about theirparents.

Leonardwas a solider through the War of 1812, after which he died at the west, single. Anna married Mr. TUBBS, nephew of Enos TUBBS. They reside at Cleveland, Ohio.

Betseymarried Frederick H. ROHDE, a native of Germany and a shoemaker. They lived ongrounds now occupied by the Penn Yan Academy. He was a good citizen, and died suddenly at Geneva, while there onbusiness, at the age of 52 years.  Hiswidow resides in Penn Yan.  Theirchildren were: Caroline, Lewis S, Henrietta, Adelia, Frederick, Maxwell andJohn.  Caroline married Hugh JOINT,and resides at Oil City, PA.  Henriettadied single.  Lewis S. married HelenMC LEAN of Penn Yan, and she died leaving one child, Carrie.  He married a second wife, Caroline, daughter of Daniel HEDGESof Milo.  They have two survivingchildren, Frank and Spencer.  He isa boot and shoe merchant and manufacturer, of the firm Corey & Rohde, ofPenn Yan, and an exemplary citizen.  Adeliamarried Peter SHAW of New York, and resides in Brooklyn.  They have four children, Christopher, William, Carrie andHetty.  Frederick is single andresides in Australia.  Maxwellmarried Lucy GREEN and is a shoe dealer and manufacturer at Dundee. They have two children, Lucy and Mary. John is a machinist at Owego and married Amelia ROBERTSON of Binghamton. Danford DEAN was a farmer, and died unmarried, in Benton in 1868, about54 years of age.


EARL   Pg. 179 -181 

Jephthah EARL Sr., was from Wilkesbarre, Pa, wherehe married in 1789, Bridget ARTHUR, he being 21 and she 15 years old.   They settled soon after on two hundred acres bought of CharlesWILLIAMSON, about two miles southwest from Geneva, in the town of Seneca. At that time Geneva consisted of a few log habitations, and the youngpioneer followed an Indian trail to his location in the unbroken wilderness. He paid four dollars per acres for his land, and it was a struggle oflong years to accomplish it, as shown by his deed given in 1810 by RobertTROUP, a successor of Mr. WILLIAMSON in the control of the Pultneyestate.  He worked for SamuelLATTA sometimes for four dollars a month, to raise money to make payments. LATTA was deemed a man of great wealth, as he was able to hire,and was estimated as worth three or four thousand dollars. Their family numbered thirteen children, of whom ten reached adult age,viz: Jesse, Clarry, Zeruah, Susan, Fanny and Stephen, twins, Jephthah,Arthur, Matilda and Laura.  Ofthese, only Jesse, Jephthah and Arthur became residents of Yates County. 

In 1821, Jephthah EARL Sr., purchased the millproperty and sixty acres of land at Bellona, which he put in charge of his son Jesse,who had married Janet HOOPER of Seneca. They afterwards purchased a farm east of the mill property, known as theLynn lot, where they removed and remained till 1836, when Jesse disposed of hisinterest to his brother, Jephthah and removed to Michigan, where he andhis wife died, leaving four children, survivors of a family of twelve, SusanJ., Amelia, John and George. 

Jephthah EARL, the present resident at Kashong, wasborn in 1806.  When about seventeen,he came to Bellona and worked on the mill property with is brother Jesse,of which they became joint owners by gift of their father. In 1827 he became sole owner by purchase of his brother. In 1829 he married Eliza HUTCHINSON of Bellona, who was born atChittenango in 1804. They remained at Bellona till 1830, when he sold theproperty there and purchased the farm on which he now resides at Kashong. His original purchase was 210 acres, to which he has added the farmoriginally owned by his brother Jesse, of 125 acres.  These premises were then but little improved, sixty acresonly being cleared, and there was only a log house and frame barn. This barn was one of the oldest if not the first built in the town. He erected a distillery on an extended scale and ran it for severalyears, and also built a storehouse at he Kashong landing and established a grainmarket, which has proved a great benefit to that region. His brother, Arthur, was for several years associated with him inthe distillery and purchase of grain.  Theyhave frequently purchased 75,000 bushels of grain in one season, which has beenshipped at Kashong, and the EARLS have ever been regarded as dealers ofprobity and responsibility. 

The farm is now in a high state of cultivation, wellstocked with cattle and sheep of superior quality, which are fed for the wintermarket, thus consuming the products of the land. The mansion is a fine structure of cobblestone of generous dimensionswithout extravagance.  The barns andoutbuildings are ample, and well provided with all the needed conveniences forstock feeding and protection.  Theyhave had seven children, of whom there survive, George W., Edwin L., and KatyA., all unmarried and residing at the homestead. 

Arthur, the youngest son of the family, born in1810, married Sybil CONKLIN of Canandaigua. She was born in New Jersey in 1825 and died in 1860. His farm was a part of the Barton tract. They had seven children, of whom are now living, Frances A., Jesse,Albert and Dewitt C. The daughter married W. Sterling GUNN, ahardware merchant at Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have two children, Charles and William. 

Arthur EARL has also a highly improved farmproductive of both grain and grass, and devoted largely to the production of thebest grade of fat stock, principally sheep. 

The Kashong place or old Barton farm, is chiefly containedin lots 41 and 44 of Ryckman’s location, but never belonged to Reed or Ryckman,as Barton’s purchase of De Bartzch, was confirmed to him by the State. The word 'Kashong' is said to be of Indian derivation, signifying absenceof frost, or a spot where frost is rare.



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