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

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SHAW  pg 223 – 225

JeremiahSHAW was a native of England, and came to this country in 1760 with twobrothers, one of whom died on the passage. He married and settled near Sheshequin, Pennsylvania; was a Captain inthe Revolution and is supposed to have participated in Sullivan’s campaignagainst the Indians.  He lived to agreat age and several of his children have reached the longevity of nearly onehundred years.  His descendants arestill numerous where he first settled, and it is said that at the secondelection of Abraham LINCOLN, there were 21 of his sons, grandsons and greatgrandsons, who voted for LINCOLN at the same poll or in the near vicinity.

Hisfamily consisted of five sons and four daughters, but three of whom, Benjamin,Jeremiah and Hannah, wife of Hezekiah TOWNSEND, the pioneer blacksmith, becamecitizens of Yates county.  Benjaminmarried Margaret, sister of John POWELL of Dutchess county, at Sheshequin, andcame to this county in 1805.  Theylocated first on the farm now owned by Caleb HAZEN, just east of LawrenceTOWNSEND’S, where he worked as a blacksmith, and subsequently purchased theplace known as the GRISWOLD farm, between the South Centre road and Flat street,where he died in 1827, leaving three children and his widow, who died in 1866.  Their children were Orrin, Eliza M. and Stephen P. 

Orrinmarried Adela A., daughter of Robert PATTERSON, and settled on the PTTERSONhomestead farm, where they still reside, and together with their son, own mostof the original farm.  They have hadtwo children, Wilson B. and Charles B.  Thefirst was a promising boy who had died at 18 years.  Charles B. married Ellen REED of Hammondsport; was forseveral years very popular and successful as a teacher, especially at Honesdale,Pennsylvania, where he was for a considerable period, principal of a gradedschool of several hundred pupils.  Heis now the agent of the Northern Central Railway at Penn Yan.

ElizaM., married Elijah G. SIMONDS of Vermont, settled in Benton, and now reside atMilo Centre.  They have threechildren, William G., Susan F. and Margaret. William G. married Hannah MANGUS and lives at Northville, Michigan. Susan married John R. DAVIS of Milo and lives at Manistee, Michigan. Margaret married Joseph WOLFE and resides at Milo Centre.

JeremiahSHAW, born in 1780, married Betsey FITCH of Sheshequin. They settled on what was known as  theRYRES’ tract in Milo, where they lived about fifteen years, and as much longerin Barrington, whence they removed to Gorham where he died in 1843 and she in1848, leaving eight children: Theresa, Fitch, Lydia, Lucy, Gore, Laura, Guy,Martha and Edgar.  Theresa marredJob PIERCE of Middlesex, and died there without surviving children. Fitch married Mary KINNEY of Benton and emigrated to Battle Creek,Michigan.  Their children areCharles and Mary.  Lydia died singleand Lucy married Stephen FERGUSON of Gorham, where they reside. Their children are George, Ellen, Charles, Gertrude, Frank, Monroe andAdelbert.  Gore SHAW married AdalineBEACON of Jerusalem, and settled at Hornellsville, where she died leaving threechildren, Olive, Laura and Cornelia.  Lauramarried Hiram THOMSON and settled in Constantine, Michigan, where she diedleaving two children, Josephine and Adelaide.

GuySHAW born in Barrington in 1820, married Laura L., daughter of John PEARCE ofMiddlesex.  They lived for a time inGorham, from whence they moved to Benton, afterwards to Middlesex, and finallyback to Benton, where they now reside on the original Thomas LEE farm, lot 23,where the old three story house built by Thomas LEE stood, and where one of theearliest stores in Yates county was opened, before there was one in Penn Yan. The original mansion was erected with three stories; it is said to afforda place in the third story for a Masonic Lodge Room, and it was here that theold Vernon Lodge was organized in 1809, and held its meetings for many years. The farm is noted for its fertility and beauty, and the place was long apoint for public gatherings of various kinds, such as general trainings andhorse races.  The first race coursein the county was on these premises, where there were annual races continuingthree days, while they were occupied by Samuel WISE; and some of these raceswere memorable trials of equine speed.  Manyof the best horses of the times tried their powers on this course, among whichwere Sleepy John, Lady Vixen and other eminent racers. These races were in their glory from about 1825 to 1832, and drewtogether great crowds of people of all classes, and especially the leadingsportsman from long distances.

Mr.SHAW had erected a new mansion of modern and attractive style in place of theold, and improved and enlarged the farm buildings.  He is an enterprising farmer, and in 1868 made sales of hisfarm products to the amount of $4,700.  In1863 Mr. SHAW represented Yates county in the Assembly. They have three children, Wealthy, Elizabeth and Marvin B.

Wealthy,the daughter of Jeremiah SHAW, married Orris B. WAGER of Gorham, and emigratedto Constantine, Michigan, where they reside. They have four children, Floyd, Annette, Edgar and Luella.

EdgarSHAW is by profession a lawyer. He married Clarissa BROWN of Middlesex, andemigrated to Iowa.  They have fivechildren.


SHERLAND   pg 344

Thefirst settler on the farm now owned and occupied by William TAYLOR, on thePottertown road in southwest Benton, was James SHERLAND. He was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1785, and married there, MariaMOORE.  They moved to Chenangocounty in 1812 and a year later to Penn Yan. In 1814 they moved into the woods at Benton, where the family remainedtill 1825, when they removed to Wheeler,  Steubencounty, and afterwards to Indiana, where James SHERLAND still lives, at the ageof 85 years.  His first wife died inBenton, in 1816, leaving four children, William H., Nancy M., Nathaniel M. andLuther M.  He married a second wife,Lydia, daughter of Martin BROWN Sr., of Benton.

WilliamH. SHERLAND, the oldest son, born in Massachusetts in 1806, married Ann g. MCLEAN.  He is a skillful mechanic andinventor, and ingenious artificer in wood, and a successful grape grower. They have resided on lot 23, in NO. 8, on the Penn Yan and Dresden road,since 1832.  They have two children,George F. and Charlotte E.  Theydaughter is the wife of David S. KIDDER and they have three children, Samuel,Betsey and Anna.

NancyM. SHERLAND married John WAGENER and moved to Pennsylvania. Nathaniel M. and Luther M. were both early pioneers of California, fromwhence Luther M. returned with a fortune, married and settled at South Bend,Indiana, where he died. 


SIMMONS   pg 330 – 332

HenrySIMMONS was born at Taghkanick, near Copake, Columbia county, in 1780 andmarried Elizabeth BOGERT of the same place in 1800.  They came to this county about 1804 and lived one or twoyears on the farm of Robert CHISSOM, where Penn Yan now stands. They then purchased 240 acres, which afterwards became the farm of Col.William CARROLL.  His wife failing in health, they returned to Columbia countyin1808, and she died there, leaving three children, William H., Catharine andPeter.  Mr. SIMMONS married a secondwife, Hannah, daughter of Andrew RECTOR Sr., and in 1810 returned to Penn Yan. At first he worked the SPEELMAN farm, north of the Centre, but afterwardspurchased a farm of 120 acres near his first purchase, and at the Crank fourcorners, from which a few acres immediately at the corners were sold to GarnetCRANK, who established his blacksmith shop there at an early day, and stillresides there.  This farm was thenentirely new, except that a small house had been erected and a few acres aboutit partially cleared.  Here HenrySIMMONS died in 1858, at the age of 80 years, and his wife in 1862, aged 82years.  Their children were Andrew, Betsey, Sylvester and Mary.

WilliamH. SIMMONS, born in 1801, of the first marriage at Copake, married Catharine,daughter of Andrew RECTOR, Sr. They finally settled on the premises where theynow reside, near Potter Centre.  Theirchildren are: Charity, Justus M., Christiana E., Henry M., Catharine A., JamesM. and Charles M.

Charity,born in 1823, married Samuel VAN ZANDT.  JustusM., died single in 1850 at the age of 25 years. Christina, born in 1827, married Samuel C., son of Samuel BOOTS. They reside on the BOOTS homestead In Potter, and have a daughter, Mary.  Henry M., born in 1829, died of lockjaw in 1847. Catharine A., born in 1837, married in 1868, John H. PRICE of Livonia,Livingston county, NY.  They now reside in Springwater, Livingston county. Their children are: George E., Dexter E. and Leola B. James M., born in 1839, married Frances E. HOTCHKISS in 1861. They reside with his father.  CharlesM., born in 1848, married in 1869, Alice E., daughter of John S. KNAPP of PennYan.

CatharineSIMMONS, born in 1803, married George LOWN of Columbia Co. They lived first in Benton, then Potter and afterwards removed toYpsilanti, Michigan in 1853, where they reside. They have one son, Henry, who married in Potter, Amanda STEARNS, who diedthere, leaving two sons, Edwin and Worthy. They went to Wayne, Michigan with their father, who married a secondwife, Delia BARBER of Cattaraugus Co.  Thereare two children of the second marriage, Irene and George.

PeterSIMMONS born in 1803, married Sally PERRY of Benton, and moved to Independence,Allegheny county, where she died leaving four children, William, Charles H.,Joseph P. and Deliverance.  Hemarried a second wife, Cynthia LILLY, of Independence. They reside at Greenwood, Steuben county and their children are Leonard,Peter, Wilbur, Lafayette, Elizabeth and Tryphena.

AndrewSIMMONS born of the second marriage,  marriedHannah, daughter of Baltus WHEELER of Benton. They settled at Naples where hedied, leaving fur children, Henry, William, Jane and Delilah.

BetseySIMMONS became the second wife of Clinton CHRYSLER of Benton, and resided inthat town, where he died, leaving three children, Henrietta, Marietta andHannah.  Marietta married David L.BECKER Jr., and resides in Benton.

SylvesterSIMMONS married Harriet, daughter of Anthony TRIMMER Jr., of Benton. They now reside in South Milo, near Chubb Hollow and have one son, JustusM.

MarySIMMONS married James, a son of Thomas CARROLL of Benton. They settled on theSIMMONS family homestead, where she died, leaving a daughter, Emma. He married a second wife, Jane, daughter of Andrew SIMMONS. She died leaving one son, James.  Mr.CARROLL married a third wife, Rhoda WEED of Flat Street, Benton. The mother of James CARROLL is now the wife of Henry BROWN of BentonCentre.


SMITH   pg 335 – 336

Itwas in 1812 that James SMITH and his family moved from Goshen, Orange county andsettled on the farm on which he lived and died on lots 59 and 60. The land is now occupied by Henry and David MC ALPINE, and FrederickSPOONER was the first settler of this place. The family arrived at their new home in the Spring, and were delighted bythe gorgeous bloom of peach trees, which spangled the road sites with objects ofbeauty most refreshing to the wearied travelers. The peach trees in those daysseldom failed to yield them delicious fruit. Mr. SMITH paid from six to eighteen dollars per acre for his land, andfinally owned 300 acres, and one of the best farms in the county. He was drafted in the War of 1812, and supplied a substitute, but whenthe British landed at Sodus, he shouldered his gun and went with many of hisneighbors to meet the foe.  Whenthey reached Sodus, they found the enemy had decamped, and they were soondischarged. 

Mr.SMITH and his family cleared up the fine homestead and gained a good competence. He delighted in a good horse, a fancy which reappeared in his son Job T.  His wife Ruth, died in 1820 and he survived till 1861, dyingat the age of 80 years.  Theirchildren were, Job T., Julia Ann, Mary, Sophia H., Emily T. and Susan T.

JobT., (born abt. 1818) married Olive D., daughter of Henry TOWNSEND and resided inPenn Yan.  Both are deceased. Their children are: Susan A., Olive T. and Eva S. Susan A. is the wife of Capt. Edward E. ROOT, formerly of Penn Yan, nowof Kansas.  Capt ROOT performed brave and honorable service in the war,and was captain of Company I, 33rd regiment, the first raised in PennYan in 1861.  They have one child. Olive T. married Theodore O. HAMLIN, a prominent merchant of the firm ofHamlin and Sons, Penn Yan.  Eva a boarding school student, at Pelham Priorty, New Rochelle, NY

JuliaAnn SMITH is the wife of Edward J. FOWLE.  Theywere married in the Spring of 1827, Mr. FOWLE being then the publisher of the YatesRepublican.  They have had threedaughters, Ruth Ann, Sophia, and Julia S., who died young. Ruth Ann is the wife of John J. WISE and Sophia is the wife of Joshua L.ANDREWS, a farmer in Milo. 

MarySMITH married Nelson TUNNICLIFF of Penn Yan. Mr. TUNNICLIFF, was for many years in partnership with John d. STEWART,heavily engaged in selling merchandise in Penn Yan and an extensive dealer inproduce.  They still reside in PennYan, and have two sons, John James and George. James married Kate L. BURROS of Gambia, Ohio, and is a prominent lawyerof the firm of Frost & Tunnicliff at Galesburg, Illinois. George is appointment clerk for Gov. John T. HOFFMAN, in the ExecutiveChamber at Albany.

SophiaH., was the first wife of Eli SHELDON.

EmilyT. married Augustus STEWART, then a merchant of Penn Yan, now a farmer inBenton, on Flat street, where Perley DEAN was the original settler. She is dead.  Their children were, Frederick, Helen, George and Henry Clay. Frederick married Hattie SMITH of Syracuse. She died leaving a daughter, Hattie. Frederick is a dentist at Ithaca.  Helenand Henry Clay reside on the homestead with their father, and the daughter ofFrederick. 

SusanT. SMITH was an engaging young lady, died in 1839, at the age of 19 years.



Elijah SPENCER - On of the justly honored names in the annals of Yatescounty, is that of Elijah SPENCER.  Inhis lifetime he received frequent expressions of the high esteem of his fellowcitizens and the confidence they reposed in him. He began life with empty hands, accepting hard labor as his means oflivelihood.  With vigorousresolution and robust energy, he overcame all the difficulties that obstructedhis advancement.  He wrought his wayby simple industry, and in official station served the people with the samefidelity that hr regarded his own interests. He belonged to the period when honorable service was the rule in publiclife, and mercenary aims the rare exception, and even in that time his publiccareer was one to be mentioned with special respect. Mr. SPENCER was a leading citizen and belonged to a family ofexceptional strength and ability as well as social prominence. His brother, Captain Truman SPENCER was not one of the first settlers of Benton, but for a long period one of its first citizens. And the brothers, Martin, Horace, James, Simeon, and Justus P.,were all men of more than common ability and force of character.  The sisters too, were women of exceptional worth. James SPENCER who was Supervisor of Jerusalem in 1797 may have beenthe father, rather than the brother of Elijah SPENCER, as stated on page260, and the latter hypothesis is the most probable. The portrait of Elijah SPENCER is engraved from a photograph takenrather late in life, and the effort to relieve the features a trifle from themarks of age and infirmity, has perhaps, been rather too successful. He was, till past middle age, a man of remarkably fresh and youthfulappearance and his portrait, painted on ivory while he was a member of Congress,depicts him with a clear and ruddy countenance and a luxuriant head of brightred hair.  The later picture has beefollowed in the production of the portrait presented in this work. The SPENCER family once so numerous in Yates county, still hasnumerous descendants, but in the male line has for its only adultrepresentatives, George W. SPENCER, the present County Clerk, and NewtonB. SPENCER, Printer and Editor of Penn Yan.


SPENCERS    pg 250 – 262

Oneof the earliest and most important families who peopled Yates county, was thatof James SPENCER, whose descendants have been numerous and some of themconspicuous and eminent citizens.  TheSPENCER family is of Welsh origin.  Theirprogenitor came to this country in 1650, and settled in East Haddam,Connecticut.  James SPENCER movedfrom there to Columbia county, NY.  Heand his wife, Anna, were the parents of twelve children, and his sister, SarahSPENCER, married Ephraim KIDDER, from which pair the KIDDER family of Yatescounty have descended.  The childrenof James and Anna SPENCER were: David, Truman, James, Martin, Elijah, Abner,Justus P., Simeon, Rhoda, Lovina, Anna and Angelina. David did not come to this country. Truman, at the age of 17, became a soldier of the Revolution, and for hisservices in that arduous struggle, received a pension during the later years ofhis life.  His wife was LoisPATTISON, and in 1788, when he was 24 years old, and she 19 years, they set outfor the Genesee country, inspired with that noble courage which made themprosperous and successful pioneers; though their resources were little more thantheir own healthful energies and buoyant hopes. He brought his wife and her father and mother as far as Newtown, wherethey remained till the spring of 1789.  Inthe meantime, he came on with his knapsack to township No. 8, first range, andselected his farm which he purchased, it is ascertained, of Levi BENTON, on lot13, for fifty cents per acre.  Thenext spring they moved on it.   Comingdown Seneca Lake in a boat to Norris’ Landing, they found some sort ofconveyance thence to Levi BENTON’S, something more than a mile west of theirown premises.  It is hardlyconceivable how they could have reached Mr. BENTON’S by that route at thattime, as there was no sort of a road, unless the tracks of surveyors had openedsome lines that could be followed through the dense undergrowth. They reached Mr. BENTON’S just before nightfall, and remained under hisroof the first night.  The next day,Mr. BENTON sent his sons to assist Mr. SPENCER to put up a cabin. They erected a rude log structure, making use of split basswood for afloor, and basswood bark for a roof.  This dwelling stood about two rods north of the present house, on thepremises ever since known as Spencer’s Corners.  At this time there were but two other families in what is nowBenton; that of Levi BENTON and the family that resided at Dr. BENTON’Ssawmill, where it was pretty certain there was one, though not the Doctorhimself.  There was a dense forestin every direction, full of wild animals, and little familiar to any humanpresence except that of red men.

JamesPATTISON, the father of Mrs. SPENCER, after viewing the premises with his son inlaw, selected a place for his final repose, now a little west of Pre-emptionroad, and south of the house, which was long used as a family burying ground.  He cheered them with words that seemed to have a prophetic inspiration,assuring them that “they would live to see the country cleared and thicklysettled, and a church on either side of them.” How literally his prediction was fulfilled, will be realized by all whoremember the old Baptist church northeast of Benton Centre, and the oldPresbyterian Church on the ridge, east of Spencer’s Corners. The old man died in the autumn of 1792, at the age of 77 years. His wife, Betsey PATTISON, 13 years his junior, was a woman of greatenergy, whose precept and example gave life and encouragement, not only to herown family, but all the surrounding pioneer settlers. She had courage, knowledge, experience and address, which made her one ofthe most useful residents of the region just peopling with new beginners. In the absence of professional doctors, she was widely employed as aphysician and midwife.  She was assuccessful and no doubt as useful as the most accomplished graduates of theschools, and being a skillful and sensible horseback rider, made her visitspromptly, while her fee, of one dollar, was adapted to the slender purse of theearly settler.  If any ambitious andtalented young woman waits for a precedent before engaging in a profession towhich her sex is admirably adapted, she will find in this worthy pioneer motheran example which sets the argument of propriety forever at rest, and a sanctionthree generations ago by an excellent community of New England people. Mrs. PATTISON died in 1821, at the age of 93 years.

Theybrought provisions and clothing, which would have sufficed until they could havereplenished their stock form their own land, but Mr. BENTON, whose supplies wereshort, prevailed on Mr. SPENCER to divide with him, taking what he received as apayment on the land.  This reducedtheir resources so much, that in the early summer of 1790, they had nothing leftfor food except a few nubbins of corn raised the previous years by scratchingwith a hoe, among the stumps.  In this straight, Mr. SPENCER went on foot to a Mr. STEVENS,about one mile and a half west of Geneva, of whom he bought one bushel of cornfor which he paid a French crown.  Hecarried it home by a path married by blazed trees through the woods and fromthence to Smith’s Mill on Keuka Outlet.  Inrecounting afterwards the story of this dearly earned corn meal, he related thaton returning home with his corn, he sat down on a log to rest, and while waitingthere saw some rinds of pork thrown away by other travelers who had eaten alunch on the same spot.  These hepicked up and ate, as he always said with more relish than anything he had evereaten before or after.  While he wason this trip for corn, Mrs. PATTISON gathered up the nubbins of corn, washed offthe smoke stains and parched the corn for coffee, which they drank. These famishing times were in marked contrast with the generous abundancewhich afterwards crowned their board, when scores at a time were fed at theirtable.

Anearly and valuable acquisition was a fine sow, which ranging in the woods nearby, was one day attacked by a huge bear. The terrified squeal of the hog soondrew her owner to the spot.  Heshouted, waved his hat, and made such demonstrations as attracted Bruin’sattention for a moment, and the hog was not slow to improve the diversion bymaking a sally for home.  Her ownercovered the retreat, and the bear followed so closely after, as to tear away oneof his coat skirts, but concluded to retreat in time without securing anyfurther spoil. 

Onone occasion, an Indian stole his iron kettle in which he boiled his maple sapfor sugar making, and carrying it to the Kashong Flats, hid it. Procuring the company of Samuel JAYNE Sr., Captain SPENCER went toKashong, and after diligent search, found the kettle buried in the mud, much tothe chagrin of the felonious red skin, and the merriment of the other Indianswho ridiculed the thief for his lack of craft in hiding his booty.

Mrs.SPENCER would occasionally go on horseback to visit the family of Samuel TAYLOR,living about one mile north of Kashong, where the lake road now runs. She followed an Indian trail, which ran to Kashong, crossing the premisesnow occupied by Samuel JAYNE.  Often,as the shades of evening gathered on her return, the wolves would keep even withher up the ravine of the Kashong, which she could well understand by theirdismal howl.  This was an escort not unlikely to make a solitary womannervous, and anxious, to say the least.

Thedeed of Truman SPENCER’S land was executed in 1792, signed by Levi BENTON,witnessed by Martin SPENCER and Seba SQUIERS, and acknowledged in 1807 beforeJohn NICHOLAS.

Theirfirst child, David, was born September 8, 1790 and was, beyond all doubt, thefirst white child born in Benton, if not in Yates county. He died of “canker rash,” March 18, 1793. The father road to Geneva for a physician, but when he returned, thechild was dead.  The inscription onthe headstone of his grave, denoting his age and date of decease, proves thedate of his birth. 

LeviBENTON Jr., was the mechanic who framed Truman SPENCER’S first barn, and atthe supper when the barn was raised, every man, woman and child, in what is nowBenton, was present.  So few werethe inhabitants that they had great difficulty in getting up the frame. These early difficulties were rapidly vanquished, and they lived towitness great changes.  Mr. SPENCER was soon followed to his new home by his parentsand all his brothers and sisters, but one. Offices, civil and military were conferred upon him. He was elected a captain in the militia and was ever afterwards calledCaptain SPENCER.  At the secondelection of JACKSON in 1832, he was one of the Presidential electors. When Martin VAN BUREN visited Geneva, on his tour through the State,while President, he was stationed in front of the old Geneva Hotel to receivethe usually introductions.  CaptainSPENCER’S name being announced, the President recognized him at once. “Ah!”, said he, “one of the old Electors.”  Mr. VAN BUREN was chosen Vice President by the ElectoralCollege of 1832.

Mr.SPENCER and his wife made their first visit to their old home in Columbiacounty, in the fall of 1804, going on horseback.  While absent, their youngest child, James, died of croup. He was a little prattler of 18 months, whose loss was a sore afflictionto them. 

CaptainSPENCER was an ardent politician, and made it a point to be the first man tovote on election days.  Theliberties he had fought for, he was eager to maintain. He and his brother, Elijah, were much attached to each other, but inJackson times, they differed politically and their differences were sometimesacrimonious.  He opened a publichouse at an early period, and there for many years the Benton town meetings andother public gatherings were held.

Thechildren of this family, other than those already mentioned, were Nancy, DavidP., Laura and Olive.  Mrs. SPENCERdied in 1830 at the age of 62 years.  Heafterwards married Martha, widow of George WHEELER, Jr., daughter of EliphaletHULL.  His death occurred in April1840, at the age of 76 years.  Hisname should be held in honorable memory, as one of the first and mostdistinguished pioneers of this county.  Agraceful obituary notice was penned by Elijah SPENCER on his death, andpublished in the Yates County Whig of that date.

Nancy,the oldest daughter, born in 1792, married Henry, son of Elijah KELSEY ofBenton, and settled near the homestead.  Theirchildren were Caroline, George W., Charles R., Heth, Arabell, Olive, Laura andMyron.  Charles R. married ElizabethSAWYER.  They had a son, Charles,with whom the mother now lives in Michigan.  Heth married Olive BARDEN of Seneca.  Their children are George and Sarah.  His widow married John WILLIAMS of Seneca, where the childrenreside.  Arabell, the only survivorof her mother’s family, married William SCOON of Seneca, where they nowreside.  Their children are MargaretA., Charles K., Helen A., Laura J. and William.

DavidP., born in 1795, married Abigail WOOD of Bellona, and their children were:Truman, Isabell, Thomas, Lois, Andrew J., Augusta and Herman. They emigrated to Michigan.  Trumanmarried Susan A. FISHER of Benton, and afterwards moved to Ingham county,Michigan.  Their children are Charles, George D. and James H. Isabell married Emory LAMB of Benton, and moved to Carrol county,Illinois.  Their children areTheresa, Susan, Lucy, Bellina, Joanna and Laura. Thomas married Caroline DENNISON of Torrey, and resides at Oakes Corners,Ontario county.  Their children areGeorge E. and Mary.  Lois marriedParshal P. PETTENGILL of Torrey.  They moved to Ingham county, Michigan and their children areJohn, Isabell and Catharine A.  AndrewJ. married Harriet GAGE of Phelps, NY and moved to Ingham county, Michigan. Their children are Mary Jane and Laura. The widow of David P. SPENCER still survives in Michigan. She is a daughter of Thomas WOOD, who moved from Ulster county in 1808,and bought a farm of LOUGHEAD, at Bellona. At that time there were but three families in Bellona; the LOUGHEADS, J.REYNOLDS and John CARR.

Laura,born in 1798, married James BARNES JR., of Seneca.  She still survives with her natural powers of body and mindwell preserved.  Their children are:Herman S., Augustus T., Mary E., and Charles P. Herman S., is a prominent citizen of Torrey.  He married Deborah GOUNDRY of Torrey.  Their children are: Wellington A., Josephine, James F. andMargaret.  Augustus T. marriedAmelia SCOTT of Seneca.  They haveone son, Clarence Eugene.  Mary E.married William T. BEATTIE of Seneca.  Theirchildren are Charles A., Laura, Mary and Herbert.  Charles P. married first, Sarah HEWLETT of Benton, and asecond wife, Esther HOPE of Benton.  Theyreside in Seneca and have one child, Gertrude.

Olive,(the youngest daughter of Capt. SPENCER) born Jan 1, 1800, married David BARNES,brother of James.  Their childrenwere Martha and James W., neither of whom survives. James Warren raised a company of volunteers during the rebellion andserved as a captain for some time.  Hereturned home and died of camp fever near the close of the war. His wife was Caroline JOHNSON of Benton. He left one child, Martha Lucinda.  Martha, only daughter of David and Olive, married Martin R. GAGE ofBenton, and moved to Iowa, where she died.

ElijahSPENCER, then 15 years old, came with his parents (James & Anna) and therest of the family to Benton, then Jerusalem, in 1791.The family located on whatis now known as the Phelps farm, where the father died in 1805, at the age of 70years, and the mother in 1806, at the age of 64 years. Elijah was early inured to all the hardships of pioneer life. On one occasion, he and one of his brothers when searching for the cowswere lost, and too refuge at nightfall in one of the huts of David FISH, on theOutlet of Keuka Lake, not far from Hopeton (not yet founded). The night seemed long and the found it impossible to sleep. So they concluded to go home at all hazards, and proceeded to the lake,which they followed to Kashong, and thence found their way home by an Indiantrail early in the morning.  In hisearly manhood, Elijah SPENCER was an enterprising laborer and for some yearscleared land by the acre for the early settlers. In 1808, at the age of 32 years, he married Sarah BEAUMONT, a niece ofRachel and Margaret MALIN, who was ten years younger. They settled on lot 21 in No. 8, where they remained through life. 

Mr.(Elijah) SPENCER early became a prominent and influential citizen, enjoyed thefullest confidence of the people, and was frequently called to important publicstations.  He was Supervisor ofBenton, then including Milo and Torrey, in 1810, if not earlier. That year the county bounty for wolves was ten dollars, and Mr.SPENCER’S allowance for his services as Supervisor, was $28. In 1811, Elijah SPENCER was again Supervisor, and the wolf and pantherbounty was $15.  He had $33 for his services. He was Supervisor in 1812-13-14, and again in 1816-17-18. In 1818 he was chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Ontario county. That year, Milo was set off from Benton, and Elijah SPENCER was the firstSupervisor of Benton as thus formed; and after Yates county was set off fromOntario, he was again Supervisor in 1826-27-28. In 1819 he was one of the seven members representing Ontario county inthe Assembly.  In the SeventeenthCongress (1821), he and William B. ROCHESTER, represented the 21stdistrict of this State, embracing all the State west of Seneca Lake, exceptSteuben county.  Finally, in 1846,he was honored with a seat in the State Constitutional convention of that year. His name was always a tower of strength with the people. It had been the lot of few citizens to be so much favored by publichonors, and few men have so well deserved them by lives of equal probity andusefulness.  He transformed hishomestead from total wilderness to a beautiful and productive farm, accumulateda good estate, and died in 1832, at the age of 76 years. His wife died in 1856 at the age of 70 years.  Their children were: Harriet, Mary, James, Caroline, GeorgeW., Benjamin, Elijah P. and Sarah Jane, twins.

Harrietbecame the second wife of Thomas H. LOCKE and died in 1858 at the age of 48years, leaving one son, Charles S.  Mr.LOCKE still resides in Penn Yan, is a book binder and Justice of the Peace ofBenton.  Various other offices havebeen held by him.  He has adaughter, Cornelia, by his first marriage, who resides with her father. 

Mary,born in 1814, married Henry C. WHEELER.  Theynow reside in Chicago.  Theirchildren are E. Spencer, Frank and Carrie.

Jamesdied unmarried in 1849, at the age of 33 years.  Caroline died single in 1851, at the age of 33 years.

GeorgeW., born in 1821, married Elizabeth M., daughter of Ephraim WHEELER, in 1852. She died in 1860, leaving one son, Frank Elijah. In 1862 Mr. SPENCER married Mary E., also a daughter of Ephraim WHEELER,and they have one son, Charles P.  Theyreside on the paternal homestead, which has always been retained by the family. George W. is a prominent and much respected citizen.

BenjaminF. died single in 1855, at the age of 31 years.

ElijahP. married Elizabeth HYER of Philadelphia in 1852, where he died in 1860, at theage of 34 years, leaving three children: Alexander H., Beaumont and Annie. 

SarahJ. married John MC NIEL of Penn Yan, and died soon after in 1856, at the age of30 years.

Martin,brother of Truman and Elijah SPENCER, married Sybil, daughter of StephenRICHMOND of Columbia county.  Theirchildren were Rhoda, Truman, Eliza Ann, Horace, Martin, Corintha, Theresa andLouise.  The father of this familycame here when young, but returned to Columbia county and married and diedthere.  The children all came here,except Rhoda.  Truman Jr., marriedChristina BECKER in Columbian county, moved to Prattsburgh and thence to PennYan, where he died in 1839, leaving two sons and two daughters, now living atClyde, NY.

Horacewas a Baptist clergyman, who preached at Reed’s Corners in Gorham and otherplaces.  He died leaving threechildren, Emily, Newton B. and Caroline.  Emilydied a young woman.  Newton B., iseditor and co-proprietor with Harrison DE LONG of the Pomeroy, (Ohio) Crescent. Caroline lives with her uncle, Edwin WILLAIAMS at Galva, Ill. He married Margaret BEYEA of Penn Yan. Their children are Albert and Martin. 

ElizaAnn married Henry HICKS, in Columbia county. He was a native of Long Island and moved to this county in 1833.  Helived some time on Bluff Point, and about twenty years owned and occupied thefarm first settled by Levi BENTON, Sr., at the intersection of Flat street andthe east Centre Road in Benton. He is now a prominent citizen of Penn Yan, andhas a second wife, Marietta, daughter of Jonathan WHITAKER. The surviving children of the first marriage are: Mary Elizabeth, MartinS., Cordelia, Henry Augustus, George N., Ellen R., James E., Alice and Maleen. Mary Elizabeth married Andrew CHAPMAN of Benton. Their children are: Ida, Eddington, Hobart, Henry and Grace. Martin S., married Ellen TALMADGE of Massachusetts. He was captain of company B in the 148th Regiment, andperformed honorable service in the war of the Rebellion. Cordelia married ThomasB. MORRELL of Williamsburg, NY, who died there leaving one child, Cornelia M. Mrs. MORRELL resides in Penn Yan.  HenryAugustus married Lucy, daughter of John O’BRIEN, of Penn Yan. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battery ofWisconsin Volunteers during the war, and served in the Southwest. George N. married Lucy Sophia, daughter of Elisha H. HUNTINGTON, of PennYan.  Ellen married Daniel ADAMS ofNew York, a leather dealer residing at South Orange, New Jersey. James E. is unmarried.  Alicemarried Emile A. RIEGE, a merchant of Williamsburg, NY. They have one child.  Maleenis unmarried.  The children of HenryHICKS by the second marriage, are Ruth Ann, William J. and Henrietta.

MartinSPENCER Jr., married Jane Ann, sister of A. J. KNEELAND. They were for many years, estimable residents of Penn Yan. They now reside at Galva, Illinois, and have one son, Judson.

Corinthamarried Edson WILLIAMS, and resides at Galva, Illinois, and Theresa marriedEdwin BROWN, a Baptist preacher, and resides also at Galva.

Lauramarried Morris M. FORD, for many years a successful merchant in Penn Yan, andnow a prosperous citizen of Galva, Illinois. They have three surviving children: Florence, Jane and Dyer.

JamesSpencer Jr., married Lizzie PHILIPS and died in 1801, leaving no children. He was Supervisor of Jerusalem (then embracing Milo and Benton) asappears from old records of 1797.

AbnerSPENCER married Hannah MACOMBER.  Theyhad two children, Ceressa and Chester. They moved early from Benton and settledin the Black River region.

SimeonSPENCER married Martha, daughter of Elijah TOWNSEND, lived with his father onthe old Phelps place in Benton, and died in a few months after his marriage in1805.  He had a posthumous child,named Lydia, who became the wife of Aaron F. CARPENTER and the mother of a largefirmly, in Westchester county.  Thewidow of Simeon SPENCER became the second wife of Abraham PROSSER and stepmotherof David B. PROSSER, of Penn Yan.

JustusP. SPENCER born in 1774, was an active and conspicuous citizen during the earlyyears of the new settlement.  At theage of 23, he married Ruth PRICHARD, of the Friend’s Society, thirteen yearshis senior.  She ws born in 1761, inRhode Island, was an early and firm adherent of the Universal Friend, and forsome time her secretary and amanuensis.  Shewas a woman of intelligence and devoted piety, and for many years was asuccessful school teacher.  Herhandwriting was clear, and beautiful and resembled that of Sarah RICHARDS somuch, that an attempt was made it the litigation relating to the Friend’sestate in Jerusalem, to prove that certain memorandums signed by Sarah RICHARDShad been fabricated by Ruth PRITCHARD.  Allthe evidence we have relating to her character renders it quite certain that shewas incapable of any such fraud.  If her marriage was opposed to any injunction of the Friend,it did not interrupt their harmonious relations, as she continued a steadfastFriend, and an attendant of the Friend’s meeting.  They resided in Penn Yan, where she taught school after hermarriage for many years.  She diedin 1816 leaving two daughters, Almira S. and Ruth.  Almira S. married Samuel DANFORTH and died in 1830 at the ageof 32 years, leaving one son, Augustus, who followed ocean-life for many years,and once sailed round the globe.  Hewas a gallant soldier in the Mexican war, during which he suffered indescribablehardships.  He afterwards went west,and is supposed to be dead.

RuthSPENCER, born in 1800, married Joseph SHEPHERD in 1826. They had one son, J. Wesley SHEPHERD, who resides on the old homestead inJerusalem, a thrifty and intelligent farmer. He married Mary L., daughter of Thomas BLANSETT and they have twosurviving children, Ella J. and Minnie A.  JosephSHEPHERD died in 1831 and his widow survived him 29 years, dying in 1860.

JustusP. SPENCER married a second wife, Betsey CRAWFORD, a widow, and they removed toOakland county, Michigan in 1831, where he died in 1850, at the age of 74 years. They had two children, Norman C. and Mary Jane.

RhodaSPENCER married Roswell WOODWORTH, and lived in Columbia county.

AnnSPENCER married Nathaniel FRISBIE, and they resided in Benton. Their children were Phillip, Sophronia, James, Laura and Martin. All the survivors moved to Michigan many years ago.

Angelinadied in 1801, unmarried.

Ofthis extensive family it only remains to speak of Lovina, who married LumanPHELPS.  He became the owner of thehomestead where the family of James SPENCER Sr., settled in Benton, which isstill known as the Phelps farm, but kept a public house many years in Penn Yan,where the machine shop of H. Birdsall, Son & Co. now stands. He was a prominent and influential citizen, and died in 1823, at the ageof 55 years.  His widow survived himtwenty years.  Their children were:Mary, Rhoda, Angelina, Thomas J. and David L. Mary married John BROOKS, who was several years a merchant in Penn Yanand moved to the town of Richmond, Ontario county, where he died. Rhoda died single.  Angelinamarried Lewis VANDERLIP, a tailor of Penn Yan, who died at Toledo, Ohio. Their children were: Lewis N., Sarah E., Thomas J., Mary J. and Lovina P. Lewis N. was a lawyer, and married Sarah C. CORNWELL. He died at Havana, NY at the age of 27 years, leaving one son, CharlesC., now an active mercantile clerk in Penn Yan. Sarah E. died single at 21 years.  ThomasJ. married Albina, daughter of Jesse T. GAGE, and is a resident of Penn Yan. Mary J. Married first, Patrick H. GRAHAM of Rochester. They had two children, Edward and Nora, of whom Nora alone survives. The second husband of Mary is James GRAHAM, brother of the first husband. They reside in Rochester.  LovinaP. died in 1856, at 21 years.   LauraS. is married to Michael RAY, of Rochester and died about one year after hermarriage.

ThomasJ. PHELPS was killed in 1816, by a tornado, which passed over Benton one summerday, prostrating trees and carrying destruction in its path. The young man was returning home from the farm in company with JonathanCOLEMAN of Jerusalem. They were struck down by a falling tree, and COLEMAN was able withreturning consciousness to extricated himself, but could not relieve hiscompanion who was held down by a limb which had struck his head. He ran for help and a party was soon raised that carried the suffererhome alive.  Dr.Joshua LEE was sent for and by relays of horses a physician arrived from Genevain three hours. The skull was badly crushed, and the surgeon could do nothing to save thelife of the young man, who shortly died. This catastrophe caused a great sensation at the time, more probably thana railway crash in these days that should destroy a dozen lives. David L. PHELPS owned the homestead and married Mary, widow of LewisCRAWFORD. He died in 1859, at the age of 50 years.


SQUIER      Pg. XI 

Nathaineil SQUIER - Slender opportunities of early culture do not repress thebetter aspirations in every case, nor quench the ambition to excel in thehonorable struggles of life.  NathanielSQUIER was one of a large family whose chief inheritance was poverty and itshard conditions.  Means of educationand culture were scanty, almost wholly absent in the surroundings of his earlylife.  While his father was a man ofeasy and passive nature with little ambition to strive for better conditions oflife, his mother, a woman of the kindest attentions was zealous to elevate thelot of her family and secure their moral and social improvement, but shestruggled against the fate of adverse circumstances.  She died of consumption in Benton, in 1826, at fifty-two andher husband nine years later in Michigan, whither the family had moved. There two of the sisters are still living. Nathaniel SQUIER never had any school education, but the winterafter gaining his majority, he took to the study of arithmetic, and made aconquest of the old Daboll textbook in 31 days. The next winter he studied grammar, and then taught school severalwinters following.  While young hestated that he scarcely ever had a pair of shoes, and almost invariably wentwith bare feet, especially during the milder months of the year. The first pair of shoes he ever had, he says, were made by a localMethodist minister, called “Thundering Mars,” who went from house to houseshoemaking.  Shooting was as greatan accomplishment then as now, and in his younger days could out-shoot any andall competitors with whom he tested his marksmanship.  He could also excel in most of the rougher sports, and gamblewith such dexterity that he was never worsted in games of chance. All these diversions he resolutely put aside when he assumed the soberbusiness of life.   

Among the friends of his early days, he mentionsEdwardHALL of Seneca, with high respect.  Whenhe went to Italy Hill in 1833, the land was nearly all covered by its nativeforest, and was so heavily timbered with pine, that had it been left standing itwould now have been worth $200 an acre.  One TYLER kept a tavern there and was a tenant of AbrahamMAXFIELD.  The amount of workaccomplished in getting out lumber and clearing the land was prodigious. Withhis adroitness for management, and the influence inspired by his generosity ofcharacter, Nathaniel SQUIER soon became a leading citizen of his town,and his alliance was sought by those who bore away in county affairs. No one could be more skillful nor more successful in keeping the upperhand in that wrestle of tact and strategy known as local politics; reticent andcautious in his steps, his purposes were accomplished befo9re his opponents wereawake to the occasion.  In 1852 hewas chosen sheriff, and thereafter was les active in political contests, thoughfrequently taking a part to help old friends or gratify some feeling other thangeneral politics.  Naturally socialand sympathetic and endowed with a strong sense of justice, Nathaniel SQUIERis a character worthy of study, and entitled to earnest respect. His native shrewdness gives him a ready insight into the character andmotives of others, and his lenient feeling leads him to a kindly judgment of hisfellow men.  Kind himself, he warmlyappreciates kind treatment from those who grant him aid or favor, and what israre in men of advanced years, he has a generous and comprehensive sympathy withhuman nature.  He speaks in highterms of William M. OLIVER, Eli SHELDON, and Abraham V. HARPENDING, menwhose friendship he tested, and who in all pecuniary transactions gave him hisown time and terms, and trusted implicitly, as did Martin GAGE, to hisintegrity and memory of facts.  Thoughhe has rounded off his three score and ten, he is still robust and in the fullenjoyment of his faculties.  After alife of much severe toil and many embarrassments it is pleasant to see that heis still taking life zestfully, and finding genuine enjoyment in the care of hisbroad acres and his fine wooled sheep.  Thepast he lives over with serene satisfaction, and finds the present cheerful andhappy.


TAYLOR   pg 319 – 321

JamesTAYLOR was a native of Ireland, born in County Down, and came in 1755 at 19years of age, to America.  Heresided in the town of New Windsor, Orange county, and enlisted in 1776 in thearmy of the Revolution.  He was inNew York, when the city was captured by the British. After his enlistment expired, he was often engaged as a militiaman foroccasional service.  He was in theengagement at the battle of White Plains and shared in much of the irregular buttrying service along the Hudson River.  Althoughentitled to a pension, and in moderate circumstances, he never applied for it. The poverty of the nation deterred many of the old patriots from askingthat just recognition of their services.  Afterhis death, his widow presented his claims, which were at once allowed andafforded her a small income in the closing years of her life. His wife was Elizabeth THOMPSON, of Plattskill, NY and they were marriedin 1781.  Their family of eightchildren, were born in Orange county.  Theywere: Joseph, Ann, Hannah, Mary, Elsie, William, Margaret and Alva. In 1816 they came to Ontario county, leaving behind Ann and Mary, whowere married and remained in Orange county. They stopped in Seneca, and the following spring moved into Benton. In 1821 they took up their residence in South West Benton, on lot 112,where they remained till the parents died. The father died in 1832, and the mother in 1840. Their son, Joseph, died single in 1831 and Hannah, one of the daughters,died single at an advanced age.

Elsiemarried Gillett KELSEY, a son of Elijah KESLEY of Benton, in 1819, and settledin Benton, where she died leaving five children, Elijah, Ann E., Helen M., JamesF. and Alexander.  Elijah marriedLucretia STANTON of Prattsburg, and emigrated to Michigan about 1867, with theirfamily.  Ann E. married Edward R.BRIGGS of Benton.  Helen M. issingle.  James F. emigrated toHavana, Illinois, where he married Lucinda CONNET. They have two children, James and Fanny. He has been highly successful in business; has become a leading railroadman in that locality and is Vice President and principal manager of the Peoria,Pekin and Jacksonville Railroad.  Alexandermarried Georgiana GROTT of Butler, Wayne county and resides on the homestead inWest Benton.

WilliamTAYLOR, born in 1793, married Margaret, daughter of John COLEMAN of Benton, in1821, her age being 23 years.  Theysettled where they still reside, on the Potter road, on lot 87, never havingmoved except from the old house to the new. They have enjoyed the prosperity that is the natural fruit of industriouslives and frugal habits, and have the satisfaction of seeing their childreninheritors of the paternal virtues.  Theirchildren are: Charles W., James F., Sarah E., Henry R., John C. and William M. Charles W. married Francis, daughter of Abraham RAPELYEA of Senecacounty, and is a prosperous farmer and esteemed citizen of Jerusalem. Their children are, Sarah Loraine, Harriet N., and Mary Agnes.

JamesF. married Mary A., daughter of William L. PORTER of Penn Yan. He is pastor of the Congregational Church at Saugatuck, Allegan county,Michigan.  They have two children,William A. and Grace M.  Sarahmarried Firman R. RAPELYEA of Farmer, Seneca county, a brother to the wife ofCharles W. TAYLOR.  They reside nearBellona.  Their children are: HelenL., Kitty R., Elizabeth T. and James F.  HenryR. married Adelia C., daughter of James G. BARNES, of Seneca. They reside near the family homestead in Benton, and their children are:Sarah E., Henry S., Margaret A. and Ralph B.  John C. married Sarah J. MC CARRICK of Prattsburg. They settled at Groton, Tompkins county, where she died, leaving onechild, George W.  He is pastor ofthe Congregational church at Groton.  WilliamM. married Mary E., daughter of col. William CARROLL of Benton, and resides onthe homestead.  James F. and John C.are both Graduates of Union College.

Margaretmarried Moses L. RUGAR of Benton, and resides on the Thomas RUGAR farm inPotter.  Their children are: FrancisH., Lewis M. and Mary E.  Francis H.married Elizabeth BEERS of Danby, Tompkins county, and emigrated to Galesburg,Illinois, where he was a merchant.  Hewas a quarter-master in the army, through the war, and died at Nashville in1865, before being discharged.  LewisM. married Mary COMSTOCK at Galensburg, Illinois, and resides at Potter. His children are: Margaret, Francis, Cornelia and Moses L. Mary E. married Milton, son of Isaac LAIN of Potter, and resides near theIsaac LAIN homestead. 

AlvaTAYLOR married Artelissa, daughter of William GENUNG of Jerusalem. They settled on the homestead of James TAYLOR in Benton, where they stillreside.  They have three children,Sarah J., Mary E. and William J.  SarahJ. is the wife of Myron PECKENS.  WilliamJ. married Harriet, daughter of Elnathan R. HUNT.


TOWNSEND   pg 344 - 345

Anearly improvement, made by David SQUIER, on lot 86 in Benton, was bought by JohnR. TOWNSEND, the father of Thomas M. TOWNSEND, now a prosperous farmer residingon lot 85, on the Potter road and also owning the land of his father’s firstpurchase.  John R. and his brother,Thomas TOWNSEND, came to Benton about 1811 from Greene county.  Thomas sold out and moved west in a few years, and John R. died in 1825,at that age of 40 years.  His wife,who was Abagail MEAD of Greene county, is still living with her children, at theage of 78 years.  Their childrenwere Amanda, Hannah, Philinda, Susan, Thomas M. and Deborah L. 

Amandamarried Joseph MERRITT and moved to Illinois about 1850.  Their children are Emerson, Abagail, Jane, Huldah, Phlinda, Electa,Daniel, Stephen and Edwin.  The mother died a few years since.

Hannahmarried Sheldon W. MUNGER, a tailor, residing in Penn Yan. Their children are, John, Deloss, Amanda, Mary and George. John is married and resides in Chicago and George is married and residesin Buffalo.

Philindamarried Edward DAVIS of Pultney.  Theyreside near Rochester and have six children, William, John, Albert, Sarah,Rosetta and Susan.

SusanTOWNSEND married John WIXSON, a farmer of Wayne, Steuben county. Their children are Florence and Clarence.

ThomasM. TOWNSEND, born in 1821, married Sarah, daughter of Abram RAPELYEA, of Farmer,Seneca county.    He has afarm of 280 acres, including the premises first owned by his father and hisuncle, Thomas TOWNSEND.  Theirchildren are: Abram R., Sarah A. and Thomas I. Abram R. is a student at Cornell University. 

DeborahL. is the wife of John P. SCOFIELD of Benton. Their children are Arthur, Herbert and Hattie.


TOWNSEND   pg 270 – 274

Oneof the earliest and most noted public houses in this region was that of Capt.Lawrence TOWNSEND, a short distance east of Penn Yan, and just beyond the lateresidence of Amzi BRUEN.  Thattavern was a famous resort and a central place for town meetings and all publicgatherings long before Penn Yan had its beginning or a name in the land. 

LawrenceTOWNSEND was born in Greenbush, near Albany, in 1740.  He married Phebe GREEN, a cousin of the celebrated Gen. GREENof Revolutionary fame, in 1767.  Hewas a Captain in the army of the Revolution, and achieved distinction as asoldier by bravery, at the battle of Stillwater. He was at Saratoga whey BURGOYNE surrendered, andhad charge of a portion of the prisoners, some of whom he took to his own home,and kept there till they were exchanged.  Whenthe war closed he returned to his farm and was successful in his agriculturalpursuits.  (book cuts off ofone subject and starts on another) 

In1790, having six children, he resolved on emigrating to the West. Leaving his family, he came to Lake Country, as this was then called,bought a large tract of land in the district of Jerusalem, a part of lot 48 oftownship No. 8, and a part on lot No. 17 of township No. 7. He built a log house near the center of this tract on the presentroadside, south of the cemetery, on the corner next to the BOYD farm, made alittle clearing, sowed some wheat, and returned to his eastern home. 

Thefollowing winter, John, his oldest son, went forward with the household goods,and the family soon followed to their new home in the wilderness. Their way was on the line of Indian settlements, with bears and wolves onevery hand.  The traveling was not of the most inviting character. At Geneva there was nothing but two or three log shanty in the woods. It is hard to imagine how utterly wild and forbidding was the wintrylandscape that met the vision of these pioneers on their entrance to this nowbeautiful and cultivated land.

Thefirst parading down on the site of Penn Yan was by the Captain’s peacocks. They would stray down in the valley, and there remain contented untildriven home. A few years after he came, and when settlers were more numerous, hebuilt a public house, the first after that of David WAGENER near Smith’sMills.  It stood across the roadfrom his old log house, a trifle east of the HazenCemetery. Here was the center of public business for many years. The Captain drew his supplies for his tavern from Albany, and this housein its day was a popular resort.  Dr.Calvin FARGO made his home there for a long time. Dr. HENRY of Geneva, used to come there and spend several days at a time. A few old pear trees still remain, that were planted by the Captain’sown hand; but there is little else except the headstones in the adjoiningcemetery to remind his descendants of his pioneer labors. Mrs. TOWNSEND was a kind and benevolent woman. Their children were John, Anna, Henry, Phebe, Jarius and Abraham. 

Johnmarried Hannah, daughter of Randolph FOX, a wealthy farmer of Penn Flats. They had eleven children: Phebe, Stephen, Elizabeth, Pamela, Obadiah,Nancy, Hannah, John, Cyrenus, Mary Ann and Emma. Phebe marred Christopher CHASE, and resides in Jerusalem. Stephen married Abigail ROSS and lives in Iowa. Their children are Pamela, Marietta, John, Charles and Hobart. Elizabeth married George CONKLIN and resides in Italy. Their children are: George L., Caroline, Almina, Philo H. and Perceival. Caroline married Alonzo FESSENDEN and lives in Naples, NY.  Obadiah TOWNSEND married Eleanor MC AULEY of Seneca, and resides inMichigan.  Their children are:William, Charles, George and Jane.

Nancy(dau of John & Hannah) married John BROWN and lives in Prattsburg. Their children are: Arnold, Harriet, Sarah, Mary Jane, Charles, James andFran.  Charles is married. Arnold was a soldier and was killed in one of the battles of theWilderness.  Hannah married JamesEMORY and lives in Illinois.  Johnmarried Mahala, daughter of Sewell SHATTUCK, and resides in Jerusalem. They have one son, William Henry.  Cyrenusmarried Mary Jane, daughter of Amos PERRY of Jerusalem, where they reside. Mary Ann married Charles HEYDECKER and lives in Illinois. Emma married John JOHNSON of Penn Yan and their children are Mary andAlice.  Anna died in her 20thyear, unmarried.

HenryTOWNSEND, born in 1781, married Anna, daughter of John LAWRENCE Sr., of Milo. They resided where Major George A. SHEPHERD now lives on lot 16 in Milo. He was an enterprising and prosperous citizen, and bid fair to become aman of large wealth, but died in 1821, at the age of 40 years. His death was the result of an injury received on the highway, by beingthrown out of his wagon.  His wifeafterwards became the second wife of Martin KENDIG Jr., and died in 1860, at the age of 74 years.  Thechildren of Henry TOWNSEND were: John, Lawrence, Sabra, George N., Reliance W.,Mary Jane and Olive D. 

JohnL., born in 1804, married Susan, daughter of Martin KENDIG, Jr. Their children were: Leah Ann, Nancy, Sarah and Ada. Leah Ann died young.  Nancymarried John L. MERCER, a merchant of New York. Sarah married Mr. HART of Chicago.  Adais single.  Sabra TOWNSEND, born in1806, married Dikens CHASE of Jerusalem, and both are dead, leaving nodescendants.  Reliance W., was bornin 1812, married Ludlow E. LAPHAM, in 1830 and died in 1855. George N. died at Peoria, Illinois in 1838, at the age of 23 years,unmarried.  Mary Jane, born in 1817,married Merritt BOYD of Benton, who died leaving no children. She subsequently married James ARMSTRONG, now a hardware merchant of thefirm of Armstrong & Gage, and a leading citizen of Penn Yan. Their surviving children are Fred S. and H. Kendig. Fred S., is a graduate of Genesee College.  Olive D. TOWNSEND, born in 1819, married Job T. SMITH in 1838and died in 1854.

PhebeTOWNSEND was the wife of Aaron REMER.

Abrahammarried Sabra, daughter of John LAWRENCE Sr. Their children were: Anna, Mary,James, Watson L., and Joel, who died at 21 years.  Anna was the wife of Benjamin M. REMER.  Mary married William H. LAMPORT, late sheriff of Ontariocounty, and one of its foremost citizens.  Theirchildren are: Charles, William, Cornelia and Caroline. Charles married Susan LAMPORT, his cousin, and is a prosperous merchantin New York.  William was a soldierin the 126th Regiment, and died in service in 1862. Cornelia married Edward C. HUNTINGTON of Penn Yan, who died at Galesburg,Illinois, leaving his widow and a daughter, Gertrude. James H., is single and lives in Jerusalem.  Watson L. TOWNSEND married Arabelle CRANE of Penn Yan, and resides inPultney.  Their children were:George A., Elizabeth E. and Sophia I.  GeorgeA. married Louisa V. BREEMER and resides in Steuben county. They have one child, Charles.  ElizabethE., married Edwin Am AMSBURY, a machinist of Penn Yan. Their children are George T. and Fred G. Sophia I. Married Jason T. PARKER of Pultney. Their children are Edwin L. and Harry.

CaptainLawrence TOWNSEND died in 1821, in the 81st year of his age. His son, John, who has numerous descendants in Jerusalem and Italy,resided on Head street, and at one time kept a public house where Luman PHELPSafterwards was an innkeeper.  Abraham TOWNSEND resided on what is now known as the Boydfarm, a little west of his father’s place in Benton.


TRIMMER   pg 300 – 302

Duringthe last year or two of the eighteenth century, there came a colony of settlersfrom Pennsylvania, who located in East Benton, some of them, in what now isTorrey. Among them was Anthony TRIMMER, who was descended from Scotch or Irishpeople who had settled an early colony in Northumberland county, Pa. His wife was Sarah HOWARD, a sister of Thomas HOWARD, also an earlysettler and noted citizen, who resided about one mile north of Hopeton. The ARMSTRONGS, HARTS, MC LEANS, HOWARDS and TRIMMERS were all members ofthe same colony.  The TRIMMER familylocated on a farm, earn the old Presbyterian Church, where they continued untilthe parents died.  Anthony TRIMMERdied in 1838, at the age of 84 years, and his wife in 1832, at the age of 73years.  Their children were David,Isaiah, Betsey, Amy, Epenetus, Anthony, Polly, Sally and Thomas.  David married Susan READING, who died in Benton. He married a second wife, Mary KELLY, a widow, and moved to Kent Co.,Michigan, where they reside.  Isaiahmarried in Benton, and moved to Northeastern Ohio. His children are Chester, Frances and Amy.

Betsey married Frederick BACKENTOSE, atailor of Geneva.  He died thereleaving three children, Frederick, Eliza and Sally. She married a second husband, Leonard SMITH of Seneca, of whom she wasthe second wife.  Their childrenwere: George, Hiram and others.  Theyafterwards moved to Angelica, where both died. 

Amy was the first wife of Leonard SMTIH ofSeneca. 

Epenetusmarried Rebecca, daughter of William ELLIS, and settled on the TRIMMER familyhomestead, where he died.  Theirchildren were: Jemima, Mary, Ellsworth, Eliza, Sally, Thomas, William and Ruth. Jemima married Aaron E. SWARTHOUT, son of John SWARTHOUT. They reside on and own the old TRIMMER homestead, and have one son, Ray. Mary married Vincent SWARTHOUT, a son of Anthony, and resides in Torrey. He is a farmer.  Ellsworthmarried Ellen PERINE, and resides in Dresden. They have a son named Ellsworth.  Elizais the wife of Luther HARRIS, a resident of Dresden, and a boat builder andfarmer.  Their children are Ella andWilliam.  Sally married LewisCUDDEBACK, a carpenter at Dresden.  Theirchildren are Vincent and Ida.  Thomasdied single, at the age of 18 year. 

Williammarried Mary HARRIS, of Dresden and resides there.  They have one son, Epenetus. Ruth died single at eighteen years. 

AnthonyTRIMMER Jr., (born 1787) married Anna (b 1796), daughter of John GANUNG (andEsther RANDALL) of Benton.  He wasconstable and collector of that town many years, and was crier of the courts inYates county, from the organization of the county (1823) for a period of about20 years.  His immediate successorin that office was John D. WOLCOTT.  Theirchildren are Betsey, John C., Harriet, George, Edward M., Rebecca E., Mary H.,William h., Charles M. and Anna E.  Betseymarried Joshua SWAN of Canadice, NY, where they reside. Their children are Albert and Rosetta. John C. married Mary BALDWIN of Lapeer, Mich., and resides in Benton. They have one child, Anna E.  Harrietmarried Sylvester SIMMONS, now residing in Milo. George married Sarah SWAN of Canadice, where they settled and where hedied.  Edward M. married EllenPATTEN of Richmond, Ontario county, and resides in that town.  Their children are: Ida M., Charles and Horace P. Rebecca E. married Van Rensselaer VAN SCOY, of Milo. They reside in Benton.  MaryH. is the wife of William T. REMER.  WilliamH., married Emeline GOULD of Richmond, Ontario Co., where they now live  Their children are: William, Alice and Fanny. Charles M. married Rosetta LUNDY of Canada. They reside in Rockton, Ill, and have two children. Anna E. married Niel GOULD, of Richmond, Ontario Co. They have two children. 

Pollymarried William GATES who was a merchant at Spencer’s Corners. He died leaving two daughters, Sally and Amy. Mrs. GATES died in Orleans, NY.  Sallymarried William LAMB of Benton.  Theyreside at Orleans, Ontario county.  Theirchildren are Epenetus, Isadore, Austin, Avery, Gena and Charles. Amy married William MOSIER, son of Davison MOSIER, of Milo. They reside in Iowa, and their children are Harvey, Mary, John andDavison.

SallyTRIMMER married Horace GAGE, son of Reuben GAGE of Benton. They reside in Michigan, and their children are Anthony, Heman and Azuba.

ThomasTRIMMER never married, and was for many years celebrated in Benton as a schoolteacher.  He was one of the earlypupils of John L. LEWIS.  His deathoccurred in 1858. at the age of 57 years.


 TUBBS& HARFORD    pg 286– 288

EnosTUBBS was a native of Connecticut, and a solider of the Revolution. He married Molly EARL, a sister of Jephthah EARL Sr., and settled for atime at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.  Theycame to what is now Benton almost as early as Levi BENTON, and purchased a farmof 100 acres on lot 31, where Mrs. TUBBS died in 1815, at the age of 53 years. He married a second wife, Sarah, widow of James JACKSON of Seneca. She died in 1861 in Benton, at the age of 90 years, leaving no children.(Enos died 1838).  The children bythe first marriage were: Lyman, Anna, Semantha, Amos, Roswell, Dorcas, Roxa andAlpha. 

Lymanmarried Phoebe SPRINGSTEAD of Benton and settled for a time on part of thehomestead, and afterwards emigrated to St. Joseph, Michigan. Their children were Ethalinda, Delia, Nelson and Lyman. Ethalinda married George, son of Zachariah WHEELER, and Delia married Mr.GALLAHGER of Benton

AnnaTUBBS married Joshua SMITH of Seneca, and settled there, but afterwardsemigrated to Ohio, near Cleveland.  Theyhad several children. 

Semanthamarried Ayers RAYMOND of Benton, and settled at Benton Centre where he died,leaving two children: Charlotte and Ayers. She married next, Mr. HOPKINS and settled on the lake road in Barrington,where they kept a tavern several years and finally emigrated with their familyand her’s to St. Joseph, Michigan. 

Amosdid not marry.  In the War of 1812,he volunteered as a substitute for his uncle, William EARL, and belonged to arifle corps.  He was sent, alongwith his cousin, as sharp shooters to guard against Indian scouts at the battleof Queeston Hights, and fell, mortally wounded, by the shot of an Indian, whofell the same instant from the well aimed rifle of his cousin, who stood by hisside. 

Roswellmarried Sally SACKETT and settled on a farm now owned and occupied by Robert N.MC FARREN, then owned by William EARL.  Hedied while on a journey of observation at the west, leaving his widow and onechild, Alvira. 

Dorcasmarried Ziba, son of Joseph SMITH of Benton and finally emigrated to St. Joseph,Michigan.  They had two sons,Conklin and Amos.

Roxamarried Colville PEARCE of Benton and emigrate to Ohio, near Cleveland.

Alphamarried Jane LOW of Benton, settled on the TUBBS homestead, and subsequentlymoved to St. Joseph, Michigan.

TheTUBBS family were among the primitive settlers of Benton, and improved a finefarm, which put them in good circumstances. In his old age, the father followed his children, who had gone to St.Joseph, Michigan, and died there quite aged. The farm is now mostly owned by Jacob WATSON.

EnosT. HARFORD was an adopted son of Enos TUBBS, was reared with the family and isnot its only representative in this county. He still resides in the immediate neighborhood of the TUBBS homestead, onlot 33.  Mr. HARFORD married SallyJACKSON, daughter of Enos TUBBS’ second wife. Their children are: Diana J., Marcus H., Sarah E., Calvin J., Susan C.,Richard J., Francis A. and Charles.

DianaJ., married Philip SCHUYLER of Benton and settled at Mitchelville, Steubencounty, where he was accidentally killed.  Hiswidow and one child, Sarah E., reside in Benton. 

MarcusH., married Mary BARNES of Benton, and resides at Bellona. They have eight children: Armeda J., Eunice M., Horace E., Frank, Walter,George, Lillie E. and Bertha L.  SarahE. is single.

CalvinJ. married Susan BAKER of Benton and resides in that town. They have two children: John and Jay C.

Susanmarried David, son of Murray GAGE, and they reside in Benton. Richard J., married Mary E. HOOSE of Prattsburg,and resides at Bellona. Their children are Minnie J., Ida May, Alice and JamesH.

FrancisA. was a volunteer in Co. A., 126th Regiment, shared the perils andhardships of that regiment, and finally died in the hospital at Union Mills,Virginia, January 10, 1863.   CharlesA., is single, residing with his parents.

TheTUBBS and HARFORDS were near neighbors and friends of Elder John GOUGH. All of their marriage ceremonies and funeral services were performed byhim while he remained in Benton. 

Mrs.HARFORD says that she well remembers many of those occasions, and that the Elderoccupied from ¾ of an hour to a full hour at a wedding, and tow hours at afuneral.  


WATSON   pg 343

RobertWATSON was an early settler in the town of Seneca.  He was an Englishman and was born in Northumberland in 1768. His wife, Jane SINCLAIR, was native to the same place, born in 1766. They were married in 1790 and afterwards emigrated direct to the farmwhere their subsequent lives were spent, about one mile and a half north of theBenton line, on the first road eastward of Benton Centre, leading north. He diedat the age of 73 years, and his wife at the age of 90 years. Six of their children were born in England and three in America. They were Jacob and Sarah, twins, Isabella, James, Robert, Foster S.,Jacob, Ebenezer and Joseph.  Of thisfamily, but two became residents of Yates county. The eldest son, Jacob was killed when a child, by the fall of a tree anda subsequent son took the same name.

FosterS. WATSON, born in England in 1801, married Jane a. WALKER of Caledonia, NY in1838.  she was a native of Delawarecounty and was of Scotch descent.  Theyfirst settled near Seneca Lake and subsequently moved to his present home on lot35.  They have no survivingchildren. 

JacobWATSON, born in 1804, married Maria SHAW of Caledonia, NY, in 1834. They first settled on the farm now owned by George MC MASTER, andafterwards at their present home on lot 31, where Elisha BROWN was the originalsettler, about one mile north of his brother. Their children are: William, Henry, James, Samuel and Jane, two of whomare married.  William married Ann E.LITCHFIELD, daughter of Rev. Daniel W. LITCHFIELD, at one time pastor of theBaptist Church at Benton Centre.  Theyreside near and north of the paternal homestead in Benton, and have fourchildren, Franklin, Harriet, Albert and Clement. Henry WATSON married Elizabeth BUSHNELL of Columbia county, NY. Theyreside at Barrington. 

JosephWATSON married Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua MEAD, of Benton. They reside on and own the original WATSON homestead in Seneca. They have one surviving child, Phebe Ann.


WEED  pg  230

JohnWEED came to this county in 1808.  Hehad previously married Rhoda ANDERSON, and their five sons were all born atWalkill, Orange county.  Theysettled where the family homestead remains on Flat street.  John, the oldest son, died single at 21 years.

Williammarried Harriet GAMBEE and settled on the north part of the homestead, where hedied in 1868, leaving six children: Bradley S., John, Charles, Margaret, Georgeand Rhoda.  Margaret married TobiasSOUTERHLAND and resides in Benton.  Rhodamarried James CARROL and also resides in Benton. 

Hirammarried Julia FARGO and settled on the south part of the homestead, where hedied in 1865, leaving his widow and two daughters, Rhoda A. and Ruth T. Rhoda A. first married William H. CLAWSON and resides at Harrisburg,Texas.  Ruth T. married TobiasHOLLOWAY of Toledo, Ohio, and resided on the homestead in Benton, where he died. Charles married Ellen TUELL of Penn Yan, where she still resides.

Jamesmarried Emma, daughter of Martin Brown Jr., of Benton, and settled in Italy,where he died.  Thomas died single,at 21 years.  The wife of John WEEDdied in 1818 and in 1820 he married Anna GAMBEE, widow, of Benton  He died in 1832.



WHEELER   pg 197 - 200

Eleanor WHEELER married Jabez CARD of Potter,and both are deceased without children. 

Ephraim WHEELER married Fanny, daughter of JoshuaBROWN of Potter, and settled on the Brown homestead. Their children are, Martha E., Horace B., James H., George C.,Francis, Charles W., Joshua B., Edwin G. and Mary E.  Martha E. married George W. SPENCER, and after her decease, Marybecame the second wife of Mr. Spencer.  HoraceB. married Elizabeth, daughter of Silas LACEY. They reside on the Brown WHEELER homestead in Potter, and have twochildren, Glennis and Bradley.  JamesH. married Janett BOSWELL of Jerusalem, and settled on the homesteadin Potter, where he died leaving one child, Daniel W.  George C. resides at Bloomsburg, Indiana. Francis J., married Bertrim SEMPLE of Oxford, Indiana,where she died leaving no children.  CharlesW. resides in Iowa.  Joshua B.resides in Coldwater, Michigan, unmarried. Edwin G. resides on the homestead in Potter, unmarried. 

Samuel WHEELER married Harriet BARDEN,daughter of Olive WOLCOTT and her first husband and James BARDEN,and stepdaughter of Dr. Erastus WOODWORTH, They lived in Benton for atime and emigrated to Michigan, and thence to California, where they reside. Their children are Sarah, George and Erastus. 

Henry C. WHEELER married Mary, daughter of ElijahSPENCER, engaged for some time in the book trade in Penn Yan, was CountySuperintendent of Schools several years, and a farmer. He finally emigrated to Minnesota and moved thence to Chicago, where theyreside.  Their children are E.Spencer, Frank and Caroline.  Frankis married and was connected with the army during the rebellion, and engaged inthe recent Indian campaigns. 

Catharine WHEELER married Alva BUCKBEE ofBenton.  He died, leaving onedaughter, and his widow married for her second husband, Stephen, a son ofPeleg BRIGGS of Potter.  Pelegand Stephen BRIGGS were born of the second marriage. 

Martha WHEELER married Mr. CRITTENDEN, andmoved to Allegany county, from whence, after his death, she has removed toVirginia, near Alexandria with her family. 

George WHEELER Jr., when married, was a man of theworld.  His wife led him to think ofreligion, and he was converted and became an ardent Methodist and defender ofthe faith with tongue, heart and soul, and especially against the Unitarianheresies of a certain brother, Reuben FINLEY, who, though a Methodist,leaned toward the Unitarian interpretation of the mysteries of the Godhead. He ultimately became a local preacher, and for many years officiated inthe neighborhoods about, in barns, private houses and elsewhere, ascircumstances demanded.  Was activein causing to be erected the first Methodist Meeting House built exclusively forthat purpose, within the bounds of this county. It was located on his homestead farm, near the Elisha WOLCOTTresidence, on the road running west from the South Centre road, a short distancewest of the schoolhouse that used to stand on the three corners. 

It remained a standing monument of Mr. WHEELER’sand his neighbor’s energies and devotion to the Christian cause for manyyears.  It was a frame building,clapboarded and rudely seated, without steeple, paint, lath or plaster and nomeans of warming, except through the use of coals in iron kettles dispersedabout the floor.  It was furnishedwith a pulpit of remarkable altitude, but circumscribed in dimensions, which wasreached by a straight, narrow stairway from each side, representing the“straight and narrow path”, doubtless, while it was surrounding by acircular chancel for penitents and members to kneel and pray for and receiveblessings.  Robert PATTERSON was the architect and builder in1807. 

A circumstance occurred during one of the many excitingseasons this house and neighborhood were blessed with, and still remembered bythe believing faithful, and runs in this wise: A worthy brother, Rev. SamuelROWLEY, was holding forth in strains of exuberant exhortation to thesurrounding mourners, such ecstatic visions of the future, that he became sospiritually and ethereal, during one of the singing intervals as at a singleimpulse, to leap over the high from of the pulpit and land in the midst of thevocal group surrounding the alter below, without the least harm to himself orothers, and at once joined with them in raising the choral strains to thehighest pitch. 

Richard H. WILLIAMS, who contributes this paragraph,says he will remembers this old house, as it stood vacant long after it wasabandoned as a place of worship, and its shelly, dilapidated character, and alsoseeing Dr. Erastus B. WOLCOTT, ( who was an expert with a bow and arrow),shoot a blunt or square ended arrow through its siding from a bow once belongingto the celebrated Indian Chief RED JACKET, a distance of twenty rods. 

This bow was lost in the burning of the residence ofGeorgeW. WOLCOTT, of Barrington.  Itdoubtless was one of the most remarkable and powerful articles of the kind, andit is well authenticated that it was long the prized and favorite bow of thatnoted chief, and that with it he had slain many a deer and other large wildgame, even to the buffalo.  The woodof which it was made was of the most dense and perfect hickory, and of markedand unusual weight.  The bow wasbacked with sinew from the back of the deer, the most ingeniously and perfectlyattached to the wood, and in such manner as to add to it all the elasticity andstrength of that material, while the union of the wood and sinew was perfect andeven closer than the natural bark.  

Thus is this brief note do we transmit to posterity fourimportant and well-authenticated facts.  George WHEELER Jr.’S Christian energy and devotion; theold and first Methodist Meeting House, with some of its leading incidents andspiritual scenes; the remarkable bow of RED JACKET, the more remarkableIndian Chief, and the consummate skill of Dr. WOLCOTT in the use of thebow – for it may be remarked and remembered, that not one man in a thousandcould draw that bow to it’s maximum power; to which should be added theremarkable feat of muscular Christianity here related.  


WHEELER pg 214 – 216

Oneof the earliest Benton pioneers, who is represented by a numerous line ofdescendants, was George WHEELER Sr. He and his wife, Catharine LYON, werenatives of Dutchess county, and of the same age, the birthday of one beingChristmas and the other New Years. He died in 1824 at the age of 79 years andshe three years later.  He purchasedat an early day lot 37 of township 7, first range, 276 acres, the northwestcorner lot of Milo, embracing so much of Penn Yan as lies north of the Keukaoutlet and west of a line nearly coincident with Benham and Sheppard streets. This tract he gave or sold to his two sons in law, Robert CHISSOM andJames SCOFIELD, who settled on it in 1791. CHISSOM had the northwest and southeast quarters of the lot, and SCOFIELDthe southwest and northeast quarters; and theirs is the first recorded title ofthe land on which Penn Yan stands. 

GeorgeWHEELER himself was one of the settlers of Benton in 1791. He was a quiet man and became a large land owner, giving each of hischildren farms of liberal dimensions.  Fromold maps of No. 8, it would appear that he owned lots 57, 42 and 45 of thattownship.  Some of his earlypurchases cost him but fifty cents per acre. Two of his sons, Ephraim and Samuel, young lads, died in 1791 of what wascalled Canker Rash.  Theywere the first calls of mortality among the settlers of that town, and wereburied on the premises of Levi BENTON, where the cemetery, east of Benton Centre,still remains.  The other childrenof the WHEELER family were: Eleanor, George Jr., Nathan, Susan, Margaret andZachariah.  Eleanor married JamesSMITH and remained at Greenbush, NY

GeorgeJr., married Martha HULL, and settled on the south half of lot 57, and hisdescendants are included in the HULL family record.  He was noted as a preacher.

Nathanmarried Mary SHERMAN of Utica, and settled on the north half of lot 57, whereshe died, leaving two children, George S. and Elizabeth. His second wife was Betsey MILLER, a widow. He died and his widow emigrated West with several children. Lydia the oldest daughter of the second marriage became the wife ofDelorville BALDWIN. George S. WHEELER married Elizabeth, daughter of Griffin B.HAZARD.  They settled in Benton,where she died, leaving one surviving daughter, Dorcas, the wife of Dr. WempleII CRANE.  The second wife of Mr.WHEELER was Jane SCOTT, who left three children, Hadley, Arthur and Scott. His third wife was widow MIDDLETON, with whom he emigrated to Michigan.

ElizabethWHEELER married Henry SAYRE of Benton. They settled in Starkey where he died. Their children were Job, Nathan, Mary, George, and Henry. Job married Ann REYNOLDS of Starkey; Nathan married Emeline SICKLES ofBarrington; Mary married Asbury HARPENDING of Dundee. George married Harriet GIFFORD of Dundee and moved to New York, where hedied leaving one son, Wheeler.  Henrymarried Mary, daughter of William S. HUDSON of Benton. They reside in Starkey and have two children, William and Ferdinand. Susan WHEELER married Robert CHISSOM.

MargaretWHEELER married James SCOFIELD of Hillsdale, Columbia county. They first built a small log house near the little brook running throughthe Penn Yan cemetery.  One of the apple trees that sprang from seeds planted by him,is still in the field a little west of Sucker Brook.  They removed soon after to the farm in Benton, since known asthe Samuel RANDALL farm, now owned by the Joseph KETCHAM family. From there theyremoved to the locality where Rochester now stands, and left there because theland was poor and the place unhealthy, going first to Chautauqua county andthence to Ohio and finally to Illinois.  Theirchildren were: Elizabeth, Samuel, Phoebe, James, George, William, Hiram,Catharine, Robert and Margaret.  Jamesis a Baptist minister at Bristol, Illinois, and the father of Gen. John M.SCOFIELD, a distinguished soldier during the rebellion and late Secretary ofWar.  WHEELER, another son of JamesSCOFIELD Jr., was a Brigadier General during the war, and Charles, another son,is now a Cadet at West Point.  

Elizabeth,one of the daughters of James SCOFIELD Sr., married Smith M. COLE, and stillsurvives at the aged of nearly 80 years.  Shecame here before she was six months old, has been an eye witness of all thetransformation that has come since, and is able to give many interestingreminiscences of the early years.  Oneday, going on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. Robert CHISSOM, where Stephen B. AYERSnow resides, she was confronted by a large bear and two cubs. She was startled by a deep growl and turned for home, followed by Bruinwho came very near, but turned back as she sprang, greatly frightened, over afence.  She proceeded home, on theRANDALL farm, and the men and boys with dog and gun, hunted down the old bearand one of the cubs the same day, and the other the next day. She was then fourteen years old.  Sherelates also how one Robert LENNOX lived in a log house on Jacob’s Brook, notfar from the place where the BENHAM house now stands, in Penn Yan.  One day a bear entered their hog pen and commenceddepredations on their only porker.  LENNOXwas frightened, and it is said even climbed a ladder, but the brave little wifeassailed the bear with her frying pan, the first offensive weapon she couldseize, and broke it over his head.  Shesucceeded in driving away the ravenous beast, and long kept the handle of herfrying pan to exhibit as a memento of her prowess.

ZachariahWHEELER married Margaret WEAVER of Deerfield, NY and settled on the place knownas the Asa COLE farm, and afterwards moved to Jerusalem. Their children were: Susan, George, Samuel, Elizabeth and Zachariah. George married Ethalinda, daughter of Lyman TUBBS of Benton and all movedWest. 


WHITAKER    pg 282 – 286

StephenWHITAKER was the owner of an iron forge in New Jersey, which he traded for fivehundred acres of forest land in the town of Jersey, now Bradford, Steubencounty.  He had not seen his land,but attempted to reach it in 1798.  Therebeing no road leading to it, he stopped at Mud Creek and hired a farm one year,and in the autumn came to No. 8 and purchased the premises where hethenceforward resided through life, on lot No. 20, now in Torrey, where he wasthe original settler. He was a man of sterling character, sustaining good moralsand endeavoring to promote religion.  ITwas by his labor and influence that the first Presbyterian church was formed inBenton, from which have descended those at Penn Yan, Bellona and Dresden. He had the highest respect and confidence of his fellow citizens and heldvarious local offices.  His deathoccurred in 1827, at the age of 80 years.  StephenWHITAKER married Susannah WHITE in 1772, Ruth CONKLIN in 1799, Mary, widow ofJohn CROSS in 1803, Agnes VAN COURT, and widow of Daniel POTTER in 1816. The first wife had one child, which died in New Jersey. The second wife was the mother of all his remaining children, as follows:Jonathan, Mary, Deborah, Stephen, Ruth, Isaac, Phoebe and Ann.

JonathanWHITAKER, born in 1780, inherited his father’s virtues and his religioustendencies, and was a citizen of true worth. He was a young man when the family came from New Jersey, and participatedin the arduous labors of pioneer life, working out by the month, clearing land,and putting forth every energy of his life to secure by industry a competenceand honorable independence in the land.  With but six months of early schooling he was yet welleducated for the practical affairs of his day, ready in computation, able towrite a good hand and a competent business man. In 1806 he married Mary BAILEY of Sussex county, New Jersey. They united with the Presbyterian church of Benton in 1825. He was soon made an elder of the church and honored his office over 30years, and until his death in 1856, at the age of 76 years. His name was identified with all the religious and benevolent movementsof his time and he was a man whose life was squared by his principles. He was frequently elected to office in his town and was supervisorseveral times. The implicit trust of his fellow men in his integrity, led himoften to be chosen an arbitrator, referee and administrator, the duties of whichpositions he always discharged with fidelity. Of his iron muscle and unyielding energy, it is related that, when thenearest wheat market was in Mud Creek, he set out on one occasion with 40bushels on a sled drawn by two yoke of oxen. The day proved warm, the sled sunk in the snow and the oxen became sotired and discouraged, that at the foot of a hill they would not draw at all. So he would carry the most of his load up the hill on his shoulder beforehis team would move.  This he wasobliged to repeat several times, and when he reached the mill where he disposedof his grain, he had to carry it again up two flights of stairs to empty it. After all this he received the meager pittance of 25 cents a bushel forhis wheat.  Late in his life there was an attempt made to rob his house. A villain wearing a mask entered the bedroom where he and his agedconsort were sleeping, while a confederate stood at the door. The robber lighted a candle, which awakened Mrs. WHITAKER, and a screamfrom her, awakened her husband, who asked the intruder what he wanted. He replied, money and held a pistol in his hand to enforce his demand. In getting up as if to comply, the room being narrow, the robber wasbacked up to the doorway where he stood, a pistol in one hand and a candle inthe other.  By a sudden movement,Mr. WHITAKER pushed the door against him and shut it, upon which the two insideheld it, against the best efforts of the two outside to crowd it open. The enraged and baffled burglar threatened to shoot and when he found histhreats ineffective, did shoot, the bullet passing through the door between thepair inside.  The noise arousedothers of the household and the scoundrels soon deemed it wise to decamp. It is said that Mrs. WHITAKER never recovered from the shock caused bythis attempted robbery, and that her life was shortened by it. She died in 1854 on her 71st birthday. Their children were: Squier Bailey, Stephen M., Alexander F., William H.,Ephraim M., Ruth Ann, Marietta and George W., who died young.

SquierB., born in 1807, married first, Mercy AMSBURY, second, Lydia C. AMSBURY, andthird, Mary L. OLMSTED.  He has oneson, James S., the child of his second wife, resides on the Old Stephen WHITAKERhomestead and is a useful citizen. 

StephenM., born in 1809, married Mary Ann, daughter of Martin GAGE and resides inGorham.  Their children are: EphraimS., George H., Mary V(irginia)., Stephen E., Emma F. and Hattie L. Ephraim S. married Lizzie THAYER of Ohio. They have one child.  Virginiamarried Dr. Obadiah ROGERS of Gorham.  Theyreside at Charles City, Iowa, and have one child. 

AlexanderF., born in 1811, married Louisa P. TORRANCE. They resided in Benton many years, and now live in Penn Yan. Their surviving children are Helen, Lucinda and Mellville Torrance. Alexander F. WHITAKER was long connected with the Old Rifle Corps underthe military laws, previous to 1849, and attained the rank of Major General inthat finely equipped and will drilled organization. He was raised at one promotion from the rank of Sergeant to LieutenantColonel and from that passed to the highest rank, which he resigned in 1849.

WilliamHarlow, born in 1813, married Ann Eliza MC DOWELL and lives on the old homesteadof Jonathan WHITAKER in Benton.  Theirchildren are William Henry, Jonathan, Augustus, Marietta, Frank, Alice, Kate L.,and Charles F.  William H. marriedEmily A. HEWLETT and resides at Harrisonburg, VA. Their children are Emily A.,Mary L., Mattie and Ella Bertha.  Jonathanmarried Phoebe E., daughter of William WOOLLY of Jamaica, Long Island. Their children are: Clarence A., Cornelia and Anna. Augustus was a soldier of the company of Captain martin S. HICKS, 148thRegiment and died in 1865, of disabilities resulting from the service. 

EphraimM., born in 1816, married Eliza W., daughter of Linus BATES of Benton, andresides in Washington DC.  He was aColonel in the Rifles Corps.  Theyhave had two children, Greenville Adelbert and Herbert B., of whom the first isthe only survivor and is engaged in the book and stationery trade in Washington.

RuthAnn, born in 1818, is unmarried.  Marietta,born in 1820, is the wife of Henry HICKS of Penn Yan. 

Mary,daughter of Stephen WHITAKER, born in 1781, married Moses HALL and lives inGeneva. 

Deborah,born in 1783, married William Roy Jr., and lived in Benton, now Torrey, on thefarm where her son, Charles ROY now resides.

Stephen,born in 1784, married Mary HALL (June 1811), sister of Moses HALL and lived inCleveland, Ohio. 

Ruth,born in 1786, married first, Ephraim MALLORY and lived on the farm where JohnROSS now resides; second, Jacob VANDERVENTER and died where Stephen W.VANDERVENTER now lives, in Torrey. 

Isaac,born in 1792, married Achsa CUSHMAN and lived on the farm where Peter MESEROLEnow lives, for a time, and then moved to Michigan.

Phoebe,born in 1789, married MOSES HALL, after the death of her sister and lived inGeneva.

Anna,born in 1796, married Jonathan A. HALL and lived on the farm where Dr. R.R.C.BORDWELL now lives in Milo.  Theirchildren were: Mary Ann, Deborah, Moses and Stephen C.  Mary Ann married Rev. Luther LITTELL of New Jersey, a Presbyterianclergyman at Goshen, Orange county.  Deborahmarried John, a brother of Luther LITTELL, a farmer at New Providence, NewJersey.  Moses married a Miss CLARK and Stephen C., a sister of thesame lady.  Moses lives atWhitehall, Michigan, and Stephen C. at Muskegon, Michigan, where he is aprosperous and successful man.



WINANTS   pg 310 – 312

JacobWINANTS was from eastern New York and married Rebecca TALMADGE, an aunt ofNathaniel P. TALMADGE, at one time, US Senator for this State. They came to this county in 1800 and settled in east Benton, where hedied in 1814 and she in 1828.   Theyhad eleven children:  James, Josiah,Fanny, Asenath, Abraham, Sybil, Martha, George R. Pamela and Luther. Six of these were never residents here. Fanny married John SUYLANDT of Seneca Falls and emigrated to St. Joseph,Michigan.  Asenath married Col.Thomas LEE of Benton.  Abrahammarried Lucinda KEELER, niece of Dr. Joshua LEE. He died near New York, leaving two children, George and Jane, and hiswidow became the wife of Judge John KNOX of Waterloo, the father of JudgeAddison T and William KNOX. 

GeorgeR. WINANTS married Mary SWARTHOUT of Barrington.   They settled in Potter, near Rushville. He has been a man of prominence in the town and held various civilstations.  Their children are:Marietta, Martha J. and Edward J.  Marietta married Timothy BLODGETT of Potter. Their children are Helen, George and Grace. Martha J., married Henry CHESEBRO, of Naples. They reside on the WINANTS homestead in Potter, and their children areHenry and Mary.  Edward J. marriedBella NOBLE, of Detroit, granddaughter of Col. Thomas LEE. They reside in New York.

LutherWINANTS married Pamela, daughter of Elisha BROWN, of Benton. They were married July 19, 1812.  Hewas in the early years a school teacher, and a shoemaker. They resided in Oneidacounty about ten years and returned in 1823, residing thereafter in Penn Yan,where he died in 1864, at the age of 74 years. He was village clerk eighteen years and at one time Justice of the Peacein Benton.  Their children were: Alvin, Herman H., Mary Ann, George M.,Caroline A., Harvey L., Sarah Jane. Charles V., Margaret M., Roderick N. andSusan S.   Alvin was a lawyer,and for some time a partner of David B. PROSSER. His wife was Sarah A., daughterof Samuel WISE.  He was severalyears in California, and died in Kansas in 1860 at the age of 47 years. His widow married Judge William H. MC GREW, of San Francisco, and residedin that city.  His only son, SamuelN. WINANTS , married Sarah SHUMWAY of San Francisco, and resides there. They have one daughter, Daisy.

HermanH. was a printer, and married Ann BANNISTER of Newark, NY. They had one son, Henry W.   Heafterwards married a widow SEELY, in Pennsylvania and died in Illinois at theage of 47 years.

MaryAnn married Abraham MILLER, a highly respected mechanic of Penn Yan. Their children are, Susan C., Frederick M. and Mary A.

GeorgeM. was a painter, and married Marian A. NASH, of Penn Yan. He died in Louisville, KY, in 1859, leaving a son, George H.

CarolineA., married Homer M. TOWNSEND, and died in 1852, leaving a daughter, Mary Jane,now resident in Penn Yan.

HarveyL., was a printer and editor.  Helearned his trade as a printer with one GILBERT, in Penn Yan and was editor of athird paper in Penn Yan, called the Democratic Organ, in which hisbrother, Alvin, was associated with him.  Theyalso conducted a paper at Newark, NY, for some time. Harvey was afterwards associate editor of the Rochester Advertiser, for abrief period.  He married CorneliaZ., daughter of Stephen ELMENDORF of Penn Yan, and died at Cincinnati in 1866,at the age of 44 years.  His only son, William H., is a bank clerk in Kansas City. He is married and his mother has a home with him. 

SarahJane married James MC LEAN of Benton.  Theylived at Lima, Mich., where she died at 34 years, leaving five children: GeorgeH., Morris L., Fanny C., Sophia S. and Charles J.

CharlesV., was a blacksmith, and married Mary GAY of Aurora NY. He died in California, leaving one daughter, Anna, who married west.

MargaretM., married Ephraim S. FLETCHER, a Methodist preacher, living at South Hansom,Mass.  He is a man of worth, andheld in high esteem.  Their childrenare Albert, Frank and George.

RoderickN., is a printer and remarkable as a rapid compositor. He married Cornelia W. WOOD, of East Mendon, NY, and lives inBloomington, Ill.  Their childrenare Cora and Frank.

Mrs.Pamela WINANS survives at the age of 77 years, with a clear and accuraterecollection of the early years.  Sheattended the school taught by Olivia SMITH, at Benton Centre, and remembers allthe pioneers of No. 8, so few of whom are yet numbered with the living. It was her lot to assist Daniel GOFF, a tailor, who boarded at herfather’s house, in making dress coat, vest and pants, all of pure whitedimity, worn by Master John L. LEWIS, as manager, in a play written by himself,and performed in one of the earliest years of the present century, at the houseof Ezra COLE.  When a few more likeher have passed away, nobody can relate from personal recollection the primitivescenes of this county, then so new, now so old in comparison with the largerportion of our land.


WISE    pg 336-337

SamuelWISE was the son of John WISE, of Columbia county.  He married there, Lovica NEWELL and about 1823 came toBenton, where he bought of Elisha WILLIAMS the old Thomas LEE farm, now owned byGuy SHAW, and resided there about twenty years.  

ZenasP. WISE, his brother, purchased a farm of 150 acres adjoining him on the east. They laid out a fine race course, partly on both farms, which for manyyears was a very popular track and drew multitudes of people on variousoccasions to witness the races, some of which were quite memorable. The house was an important tavern in those days; trainings and othergatherings were often held there.  Afterselling that place, he kept the American Hotel in Penn Yan, about five years,after which he resided on Flat street and finally moved to New York, where hedied at the age of 64 years.  Hischildren were: John J., Adeline, Augustus, Charlotte, Harriet N., Nancy andMary.

JohnJ., kept a hotel in New York for some time. He is now a hardware merchant in Penn Yan, and postmaster. He married Maria, daughter of William H. STARK. She died leaving two children, William and Harriet M. He has a second wife, Ruth Ann, daughter of Edward J. FOWLE, and theyhave a daughter, Sophia.

Adalinemarried Benjamin B. STARK.  Theymoved west, where he died, leaving a large family Augusta married Alvin WINANTS.

Charlottemarried William T. SCOTT, formerly president of the old Bank of Geneva, and nowcashier of the First National Bank of that place.  She died leaving two children, Frances and William.

HarrietN. married Elisha W. FARGO, who is a commission merchant in New York and residesin Brooklyn.  Their children areJulia and George.  Nancy diedunmarried, in Benton.

Marymarried Edwin HYATT, a commission merchant in New York, also residing inBrooklyn.  Their children areHarriet, George and Caroline.


WOLCOTT   pg 201

Hannah WOLCOTT was born August 21, 1800. She married Dr. Mason LAMAN of Benter Centre. He followed his profession a short time, and died leaving one child, Mary,who became the wife of Henry N. WAGENER of Penn Yan. Mrs. LAMAN married a second husband, James MC AULEY ofSeneca and they reside in Barrington.  Theyhave had one child, Margaret, not now living. 

Oliver P. WOLCOTT married Sophia STEWART ofPenn Yan.  He commenced his practiceas a physician, at Warsaw, in Barrington and afterwards removed to Benton Centre,where he had a large practice for seventeen years.  In 1857 he removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his wifedied ten years later. He resides there still, and is eminent in his profession. They have two surviving children, Jane S. and Hubert. The daughter married Joel N. JILLETT of Benton. They reside in Milwaukee and have two children, Frank and Harriet. Hubert married Anna SWIFT of Milwaukee and resides there. 

Erastus B. was born in 1806, also became aphysician, joined the United States Army as Assistant Surgeon, and servedthrough the Cherokee campaigns, was afterwards stationed at Fort Snelling inMinnesota, and for a time at Mackinaw, where he married Jane, daughter of Michael DOUSMAN, long associated with the army and connected with the furtrade, ad one of the founders of the city of Milwaukee, where the Doctor finallylocated.  He has been identifiedwith the growth and prosperity of that city. He is regarded as head of his profession in that State, especially as asurgeon.  During the late war he wasSurgeon General of Wisconsin, and is one of the commissioners for founding andlocating soldiers homes in several of the states.  He is also surgeon in charge of the Wisconsin Soldier’sHome at Milwaukee.  They have twosurviving children, Marian and Douglass. The daughter is the wife of Major YATES of the United States Army,residing at Milwaukee, and in charge of the Soldiers’ Home at that place. The son is unmarried.  JaneDOUSMAN, the first wife of Dr. Erastus B. WOLCOTT, died several yearsago, and he married in 1869, Miss ROSS, a celebrated lady physician ofMilwaukee. 

George W. WOLCOTT was born in 1811. He married Flora SHAW and resides on the homestead in Barrington. He has been an active and successful farmer, and he represented thecounty in the Assembly in 1846.  Theirchildren, are Saxton S., Gurthra, Emma and Arthur. 



General Abner WOODWORTH - One of the most noted families among the earlier residentsof Benton, was that of the WOODWORTHS. They were from Connecticut, and people of sterling worth. Abner WOODWORTH, the grandfather of the late General AbnerWOODWORTH, and two of his sons and two of his daughters, became citizens ofBenton.  The prominent place theyfilled in their days is alluded to in its proper place.  Mollywas the wife of Levi BENTON Sr., and Hannah, of Gideon WOLCOTTSr.   Dyer WOODWORTH was avery useful man in the Barden neighborhood, and Elisha WOODWORTH’sfamily cleared the farm of John MERRIFIELD, on Flat street. They were widely connected with the leading families of Benton. Polly, the oldest daughter, was the wife of Dr. Calvin FARGO,whom she outlived over half a century.  Shedied in 1878, upwards of ninety-six years old, the last of her father’sfamily.  General Abner WOODWORTHreached the age of eighty-three, though during a few of his last years wasconfined to his him by paralysis on one side of his body. He was long a prominent and popular citizen, and genial in his mannersand a man of genuine kindness of heart.  Inthe later period of his life he resided in Penn Yan. His military title was derived from an organization of 1812, kept up tosecure the claims of that class of the public defenders form the State.  In that work General WOODWORTH devoted several of thelater years of his active life.  Asa representative of the country he is well chosen.   Few men in his day were equally well known of all thepeople of the county, and there were very few toward whom there was suchuniversal good will and kindly feeling.  Hisportrait will recall very vividly to many citizens an epoch that is recedinginto the past.  It is by theliberality of our fellow citizens, Samuel S. ELLSWORTH, that General WOODWORTH’Sportrait is numbered among the illustrations of this book. He was the last of his name, and the last of the male line of his familyin the county.


WOODWORTH  pg 226 – 229

AbnerWOODWORTH, born at Little Compton, Massachusetts, in 1725, married at the age of23, Hannah DYER of Norwich, Connecticut, and settled at Salisbury, in thatState, where they reared a family of nine children, of whom Molly, Hannah,Elisha and Dyer, became residents of this county.  The father came here as a widower, and although then about 70years old, made his way on foot carrying a kit of shoemaker’s tools, anddriving a cow.  He lived on Flatstreet, and the last year of his life In the family of his daughter Molly, thewife of Levi BENTON Sr. His death occurred at the age of 84 years, in 1809.

Inthe summer of 1798, Elisha WOODWORTH came on with his two sons, Erastus B. andElijah Jr. and cleared 8 acres on the farm now owned and occupied by JohnMERRIFIELD on lot 41, and sowed it with wheat. He returned in January following and brought his wife and seven remainingchildren, Polly, Sally, Abner, Amy, Ariel, Anna and Amelia. The mother’s name was Ann BRADLEY, a native of Dutchess county. Forfour weeks, while Mr. WOODWORTH and his sons erected a log house, they lived inthe house of Daniel BROWN, whose five children added to the rest, made ahousehold of eighteen.  By the aidof the sawmill in what is now Penn Yan, they were able to floor their new housewith oak plank.  Elisha WOODWORTHdied in 1808, at the age of 57 years, and his wife in 1828, in her 74thyear. 

Polly,the oldest child of Elisha WOODWORTH, married Dr. Calvin FARGO in 1809. He had been several years in the town and was at first a school teacher. He settled on Flat street and practiced as a physician till 1817, and hada very extensive ride, going to all pars of the country from Geneva to Bath. He then moved to Indiana where he died very suddenly in 1818. The family returned, and his widow still survives at the age of 93 years,residing with her daughter, Mrs. Hiram WEED of Benton. Their children were: Hiram S., Russel R., Julia, Elizabeth, Abigail R.,John C. and Elisha W.  

HiramS. FARGO died single in 1830.  RusselR. married Mary, daughter of Hugh CHAPMAN of Ovid, NY and settled in Penn Yan, acooper, where his wife died, leaving two children, Ann and Mary. His second wife was Mary ST. JOHN, a widow of Pultney, where they resideand have one child, Sarah.

RusselR. FARGO was elected Clerk of Yates county in 1846, and served three years. Julia married Hiram WEED of Benton and settled finally on the old JohnWEED homestead in Benton, where he died and his widow still resides. Elizabeth is unmarried and resides with her mother. Abigail R. married William H. GAGE. John C. is a physician, married Irene SMITH, removed finally to CouncilBluffs, Iowa, where she died and he still resides. They had one child, William.  ElishaW. married Harriet N., daughter of Samuel  WISEof Benton, resides in Brooklyn, and is a commission merchant in New York. Their children are Julia and George.

ErastusB. WOODWORTH, born in 1779, was a physician and married Olive, widow of JamesBARDEN, and sister of Elisha and Dr. Walter WOLCOTT.  They settled at Flint Creek, where both died leaving threechildren, John L., hector T. and Asa H., none of whom survive. They were married in 1807, by his father, Elisha WOODWORTH, who was aJustice of the Peace.  Dr. WOODWORTH studied his profession with Dr. Jareb DYER ofMiddlesex, and Dr. GOODWIN of Geneva.  Hewas Surgeon of the old 42nd Regiment of Infantry, on the Staff ofColonel Thomas LEE, his commission bearing date March 27, 1819. His brother Abner, was a captain in the regiment at the same time. Dr. Gavin l. ROSE was Surgeon’s Mate. James BOGERT, famous as the old Editor of the Geneva Gazette, wasLieutenant colonel, and Lansing B. MISNER, a talented young lawyer of Geneva,Adjutant.  Dr. WOODWORTH was himselfJustice of the Peace several years, and Postmaster of Flint Creek for some time.

ElishaWOODWORTH Jr., born in 1781, was an early school teacher in Benton, marriedSarah KELSEY in 1805, and settled on the Pre-emption road near Bellona. Their children are Harriet, Jane, Catharine and Ariel. Harriet is the wife of Edward PERRY of Middlesex. Jane married Rowland PERRY and emigrated to Grad Blanc, Michigan.  Catharine married Mr. BATES of Middlesex and went to GrandBlanc.  Ariel married a sister ofCatharine’s husband (BATES) and also moved to Michigan.

SarahWOODWORTH born in 1783, married Nathan P. COLE of Benton in 1808.

AbnerWOODWORTH 2nd, born in 1785, married in 1816, Isabella BLACK ofSeneca, and settled on the paternal homestead where they resided many years andfinally moved to Penn Yan, where they died within a few weeks of each other in1868, he at the age of 83 and she also quite aged.  He was a genial, social and popular man, was a Justice of thePeace 24 years in Benton, County Clerk three year, elected in 1837 and candidateof the Whig party for Representative in Congress in 1842. In the war of 1812, he was captain of a company drafted from Benton, thenembracing Milo and Torrey.  In laterlife he was active in endeavoring to obtain from the State a proper remunerationfor the soldiers of that war.

ArielWOODWORTH, born in 1787, was a physician, and died single at Canandaigua in1812.

AmyWOODWORTH, born in 1789, married Joseph WILLIAMS and settled at Sodus, NY, whereshe died in 1869, at the age of 80 years.  They had three children, Susan A., Andrew C. Alexander B. andCharles O.

AnnaWOODWORTH born in 1792 married John SHEARMAN of Penn Yan. Pamela, born in 1794, married John MEANS of Seneca and settled in thattown.  Their children are Elizabeth,Ada B. and Francis.

Hannah,daughter of Abner WOOLWORTH first married Gideon WOLCOTT Sr.

DyerWOODWORTH was a blacksmith, and a man of general handicraft. He settled on lot 52, where Homer MARINER now resides. Their children were Mehitable, Hannah, Charity, Almira, Riley andArtemedorus.  Mehitable married Amos, a son of Phliemon BALDWIN of Benton. Hannah married Phillip SHAY of Benton.  Almira married Joseph SHAY, a brother of Phillip. Artemedorus married Polly STULL of Seneca. Riley married Keturah NEWKIRK of Seneca. They all emigrated about 1814 to the west fork of the Whitewater River inIndiana.

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