Yates County, New York
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from History of Yates Co., by L. C. Aldrich,
499 - 50
499 - 501
Stephen, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fishkill, Dutchess
County, NY, September 17, 1787. Although
a native of Dutchess County, yet through a residence of more than forty
years in the town of Benton, he has endeared to himself his friends and
neighbors, and all with whom he had intercourse, by his honest, upright
and conscientious dealings. Being
scrupulously nice that every one with whom he dealt should have perfect
justice done him, he was soon regarded as one of the safest and best of
men to adjust difficulties and differences that arise between man and
man in their strife after the things of the world.
Hence, his counsels were sought and listened to, and appreciated
for their justice, impartiality, and conciliatory bearings.
Peace and good neighborhood he always regarded of far more value
than pecuniary considerations, whenever his own interests were
HAIGHT, his wife was born in Putnam County, NY, December 12, 1791; they
were married December 20, 1810. In
1812 he came to what is now Yates County, and purchased the farm of
Martin KENDIG, about a mile southeast of Bellona, in this State.
It was a spot “beautiful for situation,” overlooking Seneca
Lake, where in 1813, he came with his wife and commenced farming on the
farm now owned and occupied by his grad daughter, Helen J. B., wife of
Cornelius S. VAN WYCK, of Dutchess County, and where he was a successful
farmer, and died on the farm he originally purchased, at he age of
sixty-five years, leaving to his children about 300 acres of land.
Stephen PURDY died on January 4, 1853, leaving Susan, his wife
and five children him surviving. Susan,
his wife died at the “old homestead”, March 30, 1882 in the
ninety-first year of her age.
the eldest, married Anson C. LOOMIS, of Phelps, NY, who died in 1856,
leaving Maria, his wife, who died in 1883.
Their children were Van Wyck, William H., and Lafayette.
H. PURDY, his son, married first, Harriet PEMBROKE; she died leaving one
child, a daughter, Jane A., now the wife of George H. BANKS; his second
wife was Mary A. LEWIS, who died, leaving one child, a son, Stewart L.
PURDY; he married Josephine B., the daughter of H. Spencer BARNES, who
now resides whit his father, James H. PURDY, on a part of the original
homestead of Stephen PURDY.
married Henry BARDEN, M.D. They
settled in Penn Yan, Yates county, where he became greatly respected as
a man, and in his profession, and died in 1871, leaving his wife,
Caroline, and two children, a daughter, Helen J., and one Son.
W.W. BARDEN, M.D., now occupying his father’s place and
profession in Penn Yan; the wife now residing with her daughter at the
original homestead of Stephen PURDY.
A., married Charles VAN VOORHEES, of Dutchess County, and remained on
the homestead until her death in 1866, leaving no children.
F., the youngest child, married Justus B. JOHNSON, of Seneca Falls,
where he was a successful business man, and during his later years was a
successful banker, accumulating a fine property.
His death occurred in 1885.
from History of Yates Co., by L. C. Aldrich,
59 - 61
59 - 61
the month of October 1784, the treaty at Fort Stanwix was held. On the part of the United States there were present
Commissioners Oliver Wolcott, Richard Butler, and Arthur Lee, while the
celebrated Frenchman, Marquis de Lafayettte, was with them in the
capacity of interested spectator. The
Indians were also present, being represented by chiefs and sachems. The proceedings of this first grand council had no special
relation to the lands of this locality, but at the meeting there was
brought into prominent notice one who is claimed to have been, and
beyond question was, a native of the territory afterward erected into
Yates County. The personage
was the famous Red Jacket, who, though a youth at the time of the
council, afterward became a conspicuous figure in the frequent treaty
meetings. Upon the occasion
above referred to, Red Jacket was bitterly opposed to making any
concessions whatever to the whites and openly advocated a renewal of the
war. But in this effort Red
Jacket was opposed by the noted war chief, Cornplanter, and the council
of the latter prevailed, with the result of a treating fixing the
western boundry of the territory to be considered as belonging to the
the Seneca name of the chief, was born near Branchport on the western
arm of Ogoyago Lake, but as to the date of his birth, there appears to
be no record, nor is it know who of the Senecas were his parents. At the time of the treaty at Fort Stanwix the chief was a
young man and had just been elevate to the position he held.
He was the recognized orator of his tribe, not even second to the
eloquent Cornplanter, but the latter held pre-eminence, was a warrior of
mature years and one who had carved his way to fame among his people
through the cruel and merciless slaughter of white men, women and
children. As a speaker for
his tribe and nation Saygoyewatha stood without a peer.
Indeed so powerful was his speech at the treaty ground that
Levasseur, the French writer who derived his information from Lafayette,
said of him: “ His speech was a masterpiece, and every warrior who
heard him was carried away with his eloquence. “.
Jacket had, when a youth, heard a number of prominent speakers among the
Indians, and he determined to and did instruct himself in the art of
oratory; and his first or maiden effort was made on the occasion
referred to, and that brought to him the name of Sagoyewatha, “The
Keeper Awake,” or literally, “he keeps them awake,” as more
descriptive of his oratorical powers.
But among the whites he was generally called by the ridiculous
appellation of Red Jacket, a name which he transmitted to his
too, had been an actor in the boarder wars, but had won no laurels in
them. Brant and Cornplanter
both hated him, declaring that he was both coward and traitor; but
theirs was the hatred of envy and jealousy.
They were accustomed to tell of the time when he made a glowing
speech urging the Senecas to battle, but while the conflict was going on
was discovered cutting up the cow of another Indian, which he had
killed. After that he was
frequently called “The Cow Killer”, a name which was inserted in two
or three public documents, but afterward crossed out and “Red
treason with which he was charged seems to have consisted in making
several efforts for peace during Sullivan’s campaign without the
sanction of the war chiefs. At
one time he is said to have secretly sent a runner to the American camp
inviting a flag of truce. Brant
heard of this and had the unlucky messenger intercepted and killed.
Probably some of the stories
of his timidity and treachery are false, but there were many of
them and all pointed the same way.
Notwithstanding all this was the charm of his eloquence, and such
the clearness of his intellect, that he rapidly gained in influence and
was made a chief, that is a civil chief, or counselor of the sachems.
the beginning of the Revolution he was a youth of about twenty. The British officers had been attracted by his intelligence
and frequently employed him as messenger, for which he was well
qualified by his fleetness of foot and shrewdness of mind.
They compensated him by a succession of red jackets, in which he
took great pride and from which he derived his name. In later years, Red Jacket had risen to a high position,
being mentioned by Proctor as “the great speaker and a prince of the
Turtle tribe.: As a matter
of fact, however, he belonged to the Wolf clan.
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