THE FRIEND'S SOCIETY

Fromthe History and Directory ofYates County - Volume 1, by Stafford C. Cleveland   

 Published 1873    

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Part 4

CHAPTERV   pg 113 - 138

SomeFamilies of the Friendís Society

Thepreceding chapter gives a sketch of the Friendís Society, pruned of alldissenters and seceders.   Thisdoes not include all of that notable emigration that came to found the NewJerusalem, some of whom after arriving here did not remain followers of theFriend.  Most of those originalfounders have representatives both in the Society and out of it.  It remains to trace them, as families, without regard totheir affiliation with the Society, except as coming with it.

 

ThomasHATHAWAY and FAMILY

One ofthe early patriarchs of the Friendís Society, was Thomas HATHAWAY, whobelonged to the committee of pioneer explorers, and was one of the historicalthree, to whom the deed from the State was granted for the 14,040 acres, onwhich the Friendís Settlement was first made. He was a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was an inheritor ofwealth, and had such social connections as led him to the Tory side in theAmerican Revolution.  An elegantprivate residence erected by him in New Bedford, before the Revolution, is stillstanding in its original style.  Hejoined the Friendís Society in 1784, and remained a faithful and devotedmember while he lived.  His son,Thomas, then a lad of 15 years, traveled with the Friend on some of herreligious journeys, riding by her side on horseback. In a journal, still in the possession of his descendants, he recordedproofs of the Friendís industrious study of the Bible, and the interest andattention she excited on the part of many of the foremost people far and near.  When the Friends resolved to form a community by themselves,Thomas HATHAWAY parted with all his property at New Bedford, and came to the NewJerusalem, bringing his four children, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth and Gilbert. His wife had died shortly after the close of the war. He was an active member of the Society, and one of its trusted leaders. He and Benedict ROBINSON purchased, with the advice and concurrence ofthe Friend, township number seven in the second range, of Phelps and Gorham. And it appears that his interest in the Gore, so called, as well as thatof James PARKER, soon passed, or principally so, into the hands of WilliamPOTTER.  He sold most of hisinterest in what is now Jerusalem, to William CARTER for 6,000 pounds, August 4,1793, reserving 5,960 acres, a part of which he had before sold. He commenced the erection of a sawmill on the place now occupied bySimeon COLE, in 1796, having previously erected a log house. Before his mill was finished he contracted a fever and died in 1798, atthe age of 68 years, and his body was placed in the Friendís vault. As one of the early pillars of the Friendís Society, his name wasalways held in reverence by that body of people; and nothing to his reproach hasmingled with the traditions that relate to his name. Thomas and Gilbert, his sons, were active young men in the pioneersettlement and built the first sail boat on Seneca Lake, a vessel in which theytransported supplies for the new settlement. Thomas also built two flat boats to navigate the Mohawk river, andinvented a rack to suspend between two horses, one in advance of the other, totransport merchandise along the Indian trail between Utica and Seneca Lake. By this line much of the goods for the primitive settlement was broughtfor a few years from Albany.

ThomasHATHAWAY Jr., married Mary BOTSFORD, the daughter of Elnathan BOSTFORD, andresided 59 years on his place in Milo, now Torrey, where for a long period hekept the principal public house in all this region. He was a popular public man, a surveyor and an accurate businessman. Many maps, deeds and contracts exist that were drawn in his beautifulhandwriting.  He held variousmilitary commissions, the last, that of Major, being from Governor TOMPKINS, in1810.  He was also one of the threecommissioners, who, by appointment of the Governor, divided the town of Benton,which then included what is now Milo and Torrey, into school districts. His house was the principal place of public resort for a large circuit ofcountry, and town meetings, trainings, and all public gatherings were held therewithin the recollection of many now living.  He died in 1850 at the age of 84 years, and his was the first death underhis roof.  His wife survived him 13 years, and died in 1866, at the age of 96 years.  Shecame to the Friendís Settlement in 1792, a years later than her fatherísfamily, and was married the following year. She was a person of eminent social qualities and remarkable memory. Their seven children were Lucy, George, Susan, Thomas and Gilbert(twins), Mary and Caroline.  Lucymarried Oliver HARTWELL and had four children, Mary, Susan, Caroline and Thomas. George married Louisa MC MATH and had two children, Anna and William. Susan married Henry A. WISNER, a talented young lawyer and a son ofPolydore B. WISNER, a noted lawyer and legislator of Western New York. Their children were Polydore B, Sarah, Henry A. and Frederick. The father died early, and Mrs. WISNER is still a resident of Penn Yan. Her son, Polydore, married Miss HODGE of Trumansburg, and has twochildren.  Sarah married first, Rev.James RICHARDS and for her second husband, M. SHOEMAKER of Jackson, Michigan. A daughter was the fruit o the first marriage and two children of thesubsequent union.   Henry A.WISNER commands the passenger steamer, A. W. Langdon, on Seneca Lake.  He married Eliza, daughter of Hiram BELL, of Dundee and hastwo children Walter H. and Harry.

ThomasHATHAWAY of the third generation, married Mary, the daughter of Samuel HEADLYand their children were Eliza, Antoinette, Elizabeth, Electa and Emma. Eliza married Ezra LONGCOR; Elizabeth married George DOWNEY and both livein Michigan.  Antoinette married James S. TUTTLE and died leaving onechild.  Elect married J. SLAWSON.  Gilbert married Mary, the daughter of Gen. Timothy HURD. Their children are Henry, Rebecca, Timothy, Ann and Frances. Henry married ____, daughter of Benjamin YOUNGS. The others are mostly out of the county.

Marymarried her cousin, Capt. William HATHAWAY Jr., of New Bedford, and has threechildren, William B., Mary and Thomas.  Sheis a person of superior personal endowments, and has written the family history.

Carolinemarried John Tims RAPLEE, and has two daughters, Cornelia and Frances. Cornelia married Otis HAGGERTY and Frances married James C. LANNING. Each has one child.

Gilbert,the brother of Thomas HATHAYWAY Jr., married Mary, the daughter of Richard HURDof Rock Stream.  He was a large landowner, and for many years kept a public house at Rock Stream, formerly know asHurdís Corners.  It was a popularresort for a long period, and the Military Musters known as General Trainings,were sometimes held there.  Mr.HATHAWAY lived to be 87 years old.  Hischildren were Gilbert Jr., Deborah, Bradford G.H., Richard H., Maria andCharles.

GilbertJr., married a daughter of Allen BOARDMAN and had a farm of 500 acres inBarrington, when he died.  Hischildren were: Roderick N., Mortimer H., Adelaide, Allen and Edward. Adelaide married Joseph L. BELLIS of Eddytown.  All of them are said to be prosperously situated at the westand their mother, with them. 

Deborahwas the first wife of George W. SIMMONS, a noted merchant at Dundee, RockStream, Big Stream, Eddytown and finally at Dresden, where he died. Mr. SIMMONS was a man of great force and energy of character, and did alarge amount of business.  Hischildren are John, Mary E. and George.  Johndied during the war; Mary E. married William NEWCOMB and lives at Rock Stream;George A. is the active General Agent of the Habenemann Life Insurance Company.

BradfordG. H., married Catharine SHEARS, and resides at Rock Stream.  He is a remarkably ingenious inventor and patentee ofnumerous machines, especially Reapers, Mowers and Threshers.  His children are, Mary, Estella M., George M. and Frank. Mary married James ARCHER and lives at Rock Stream. The others are single.

RichardH., married first, Mary, daughter of John HETFIELD of Rock Stream. He formerly resided at Rock Stream and Penn Yan and now resides in Torreyon a farm.  He has a second wife,Mary HIGLEY, daughter of the late Elijah HIGLEY, of Penn Yan. The children are, Thomas B., Hannah A., Gertrude and Deborah, by thefirst marriage, and Albert W., by the second. Frances B. married Alonzo S. NICHOLS and lives in Michigan. Hannah A. married William BAKER, and lives in Rochester.

Mariamarried Abner GILBERT and died early, leaving no children.  She was distinguished both for personal beauty and excellenceof heart, and was much lamented.

Charlesmarried Ann BASIL, lives at Rock Stream and has three children, Charles, Thomasand Mary.

Thisconcludes a brief sketch of one of the most famous families of the pioneerclass.

 

JamesPARKER  pg 117 - 119

One ofthe principal spirits engaged in the great enterprise of founding the newcommunity of Friends, was James PARKER.  Hewas a man of great energy of character, religious excitability and liberalviews.  He was a native of SouthKingston, Rhode Island.  His father,George PARKER, and his mother, Catharine COLE, were from London. James was their seventh child.  Theyhad but one younger, who became Sir Peter PARKER, of the British Navy, and withthe rank of Admiral, commanded the fleet which attacked Charleston withoutsuccess, early in the Revolutionary War.  Whilehe was earning his advancement among the English nobility in the service of thecrown, his brother, James PARKER, was Captain of a military company in RhodeIsland, employed in the cause of Colonial Independence.  James was a staunch Whig, and although of a Quaker family,deed the case of the Colonies worth fighting for. He became early and enthusiastically identified with the Society and theaims of the Universal Friend.  Latein the same year (1787), that the committee of exploration visited this region,he was at Niagara, negotiating for land with the Canadian branch of the LesseeCompany.  He was here again the nextyear when the GARTER was sent off to him from the east side of township numbersever, first range, on behalf of the Society; and in 1789 he came on with hischildren, his wife, having previously died. The application to the Land office for the territory finally granted tothe Society in the name of PARKER, POTTER and HATHAWAY, was in the name of JamesPARKER and his associates, a settlement of Friends.

On anold map of the Gore, in the writerís possession, James PARKERíS place. (413acres), was a little eastward of SMITH'S. Millsand his first residence was in a log house on the road to Norrisí Landing. He afterwards erected a fine framed house, near the outlet and close bythe location of the large mill he built about 1816, where he also had a sawmill.  The mill was situated wherethe Henderson mill is now.   Mr. PARKERíS mill was in after years destroyed by afire, and his house is no longer standing. The first Justice of the Peace, in what is now Yates County, was JamesPARKER, and probably the first west of Seneca Lake. In 1793, a party of three young couples from Ovid to find a Justice ofthe Peace to marry them, and James PARKER was the magistrate that performed theceremony.  The last of that weddingparty, Abram A. COVERT, was still quite recently among the living. Mr. PARKER held the office of Justice of the Pease by appointment of theGovernor, for several years, and his docket, still in the hands of his grandson,Dr. Henry BARDEN, shows that suing was a very popular employment of the peoplein those days, though it would appear that few of the prosecutions resulted intrials.  The separation of JamesPARKER from the Friendís Society, occurred very early in the history of thenew settlement, and whatever its cause, was the root of much hostility andill-feelings between the seceding and adhering portions of that community. For about 20 years there after, Mr. PARKER was identified with the FreeWill Baptists, and a popular and influential preacher in that denomination. Upon his revolt from the doctrine of eternal punishment, they withdrewtheir fellowship from him, and in his last years he was a member of theMethodist church.  His deathoccurred in 1829, at the age of nearly 86 years, and he was buried in the familyburying ground of Otis BARDEN (his son in law), in Benton. (buried in Bellona Cemetery).

JamesPARKJER was a man of ability and a natural leader among men, and it is much tohis credit, that the embittered controversies and animosities growing out of hischanged attitude toward the Friend, did not chill the warmth of his heart nordiminish his faith in human nature.  Heled an industrious, cheerful, ambitious life to the end.  His first wife, and the mother of his children, wasElizabeth, sister of Ezekiel SHEARMAN, the original explorer of the country, andfather of Bartleson SHEARMAN of Jerusalem. Their seven children were: Henry, Mary, Alice, Oliver, Elizabeth, Nancyand Catharine.  Henry died young;Mary became the wife of Griffin B. HAZARD; Alice of Thomas PRENTISS; Elizabethof Otis BARDEN; Nancy of Levi BENTON Jr.; Catharine of James WHITNEY ofHopewell.  Oliver married hiscousin, Hannah SHEARMAN, and had a large family of children.  He resided on the Gore for a time, and afterwards in Barrington, fromwhence he removed to Steuben county.  The PRENTISS family were connected with James PARKER in the erection ofthe large mill before alluded to, which proved a disastrous enterprise,financially.  One of the sons,Oliver PRENTISS, a member of the celebrated Shaker Society, at Mt. Lebanon, NY,has recently written a number of interesting sketches of early history in thiscounty for the Yates County Chronicle.  Theyafford evidence that the ancestral fire had not expired. James PARKER married for his second wife, Esther WHITNEY, the mother ofJonas WHITNEY.  After her death, hemarried a third wife, Miriam, the widow of Jonathan HAZARD, and sister of ReubenGAGE.   She survived him anddrew his Revolutionary pension till her death. Numerous descendants of James PARKER will be noticed in coming chapters,as connected with the families to which they belong.  

 

THEMALIN FAMILY   pg 120 Ė 121

The MALIN family were fromPhiladelphia, and there came here Elijah, Rachel, Margaret, Enoch, Mary, Johnand Abigail.  Of these, Rachel andMargaret became members of the Friendís family, where they lived and died,devoted to the Friend, and faithful, personal and doctrinal adherents. They were women of attractive presence, mild and gentle manners and kindhearts.

Abigail lived unmarried and didnot come to Jerusalem till sometime after the decease of the Friend, butafterwards lived there with her sisters, dying at 80 years of age. 

Elijah married Deborah, thewidow of Benajah BOTSFORD, and youngest sister of the Friend. He was a skillful carpenter and built the Friendís house, which stillstands in Torrey.  He was for someyears an inmate of the Friendís family.  Afterhis marriage to Deborah, they had a place on the north border of the Friendíspremises in the valley, where they lived to be aged persons. Fifty acres now owned by Moses HARTWELL was willed to him by Deborah, whowas his aunt, Moses being a son of Elizabeth HARTWELL, another sister of theFriend.

Enoch married Eliza RICHARDS,the only daughter of Sarah RICHARDS, who eloped from the Friendís house in thehour of meeting, making her exit through a window, to become his wife. Enochtoo, was a carpenter and mill builder and erected the first mill in Penn Yan bycontract with Lewis BIRDSALL, and for him. At an early period he kept a tavern for a time in a log building about amiles north of the HATHAWAY place, in what is now Torrey. He died in Canada long before the lawsuits were ended, which grew out ofthe sales he and his wife made of the Friendís domain, claiming the right ofinheritance from Elizaís mother, who owned the property in trust for theFriend.  Eliza also died early inOhio, and they left two sons, David and Avery.

John MALIN, another brother,came about 1820, and he too was an ingenious worker in wood. He had two sons and two daughters.  Thesons were George W. and David.  GeorgeW. was a physician.  He marriedRosetta HYERS from New Jersey, and practiced medicine in Jerusalem, livingseveral years where William BLANSHARD now resides. David became a distinguished minister of the Presbyterian faith andmarried a daughter of Judge PORTER of Prattsburg.  Both George and David reside now in Philadelphia. The daughters of John were Rebecca and Sarah.  Rebeccamarried William S. HUDSON, lately deceased, of Benton, leaving four children,Susan, Margaret, Mary and William.  Sarahmarried John GARDNER, of Potter, and left one daughter, Sarah, now married toNewton G. GENUNG.

Mary MALIN married a man by thename of HOPKINS, and bore him two children, a daughter Mary and a son James.  She married for a second husband, James BEAUMONT and herchildren by the second marriage, were Joseph H. BEAUMONT of Penn Yan, Sarah, thewife of Elijah SPENCER and George, who lived unmarried.  Mary, her daughter, by the first marriage, became the wife ofJacob RENNSELAER, whose daughter, Mary Ann RENNSELAER, married George CLARK.

Elizabeth MALIN married ThomasCLARK; they were not among the first comers, but arrived about 1795. CLARK was a superior mechanic, and the builder of the Friendís house inJerusalem.  He settled at Hopeton,where he purchased a village lot, and moved from there after he finished theFriendís house, about 1815, to Eddytown. They had two daughters, Nancy and Rachael, and one son, Thomas. Nancy married John J. SMITH, a wealthy resident of Hopeton, who moved toStarkey.  Rachael married HenryBROWN, a brother of James BROWN Jr., of the Friendís Society. They had a daughter Zeruah and a son Harrison. Zeruah married Anthony RYAL of Torrey. Harrison lives in Jerusalem.  ThomasCLARK Jr., married Jane PLUMMER of Starkey and moved West.

A few of the descendants of Maryand Elizabeth MALIN are all that remain of that rather remarkable family inYates County.

 

THE BOTSFORDS   pg 122 - 124

Three brothers, Elnathan,Jonathan and Abel BOTSFORD, were among the earliest settlers of the FriendísSociety, coming in 1789.  Elnathanwas a British solider in the French war previous to the Revolution, but was astaunch defender of the Colonial cause when the time of separation from Englandarrived.  He was also a veryprominent and influential member of the Society, which sought to build a newsocial system in the western wilderness.  Hemarried Lucy, the sister of Asahel STONE Sr., and had six children Ė Benajah,Sarah, Mary, Lucy, Ruth and Elnathan.  Heand his brother, Jonathan, had a large farm on the Gore, some part of which isnow known as the EMBREE farm.  ElnathanJr., his son, came with the first company of settlers and remained over thefirst winter, when he went back to New Milford for the rest of the family.

In the spring of 1798, ElnathanJr., his brother Benajah and his brother in law, Achilles COMSTOCK agreed withCharles WILLIAMSON for a tract of land near the present site of Dundee. They built a log house and chopped a large fallow before the land wassurveyed.  The surveyors, in runningthe line of lots, placed the corners of the four lots about the middle of theirfallow, two of the lots belonging on one location and two on another. The fire in the meantime broke out in the woods, burned over their fallowand burnt up their house and its contents. They then went to Jerusalem and made that purchase of Enoch and ElizaMALIN, of a strip of land on the north side of the Friendís domain, 100 rodswide and two miles long (400 acres), out of which grew the long and embitteredlitigation, which has been described in a preceding chapter and which resultedin sustaining their title and confirming that of the Friend to the rest of herlands.  Elnathan BOTSFORD and hisfamily were by this unfortunate issue forever alienated from the Friend andsundered from the Society, a loss of grave importance.

Elnathan BOTSFORD Sr., was oneof the venerated patriarchs of the land and his name is held in high regard byhis descendants.  He was hale andcheerful and a great favorite with his grandchildren. His later years were passed in Jerusalem, where he died at the age of 88years, after sustaining a very active and prominent part in the early settlementof this country.  His son, Benajah,married Deborah WILKINSON, the youngest sister of the Friend, and died in 1801by falling from a load of hay.  Hisdaughter, Sarah, married Achilles COMSTOCK; Mary married Thomas HATHAWAY Jr.;Lucy married Stephen, a brother of the Friend.

Elnathan Jr. married his cousinAurelia, the daughter of Asahel STONE Sr. His children were Anna, Lucy, Aurelia,Lorenzo and Elnathan.  Anna marriedDaniel SUTTON of Benton; Lucy married Amos GENUNG and has one son, Newton G. (1850census has a son Harrison, aged 13y); Aurelia married James OLNEY and hastwo children, Lucy Ann and Floyd; Lorenzo married Elizabeth, daughter of BaltusWHEELER, and has two children, Ashael to Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel KEECHand Martha Jane, to Edwin THOMAS, both of Jerusalem.

Elnathan BOTSFORD of the 3rdgeneration, married Mary, the daughter of Baltus WHEELER, and has three sons,Arestes, Miles and Millard.

Ruth, the fourth daughter ofElnathan BOTSFORD Sr., married first, Daniel COMSTOCK, brother of Achilles, andhad a son, Daniel, who died in Texas.  Hersecond husband was Rufus GALE, who lived first in Middlesex and afterwards,West.

Jonathan BOTSFORD, of theoriginal family, had two sons and four daughters. Elizabeth, one of the daughters, married Abel HUNT, son of the elder AdamHUNT.  Abigail married JacobNICHOLS; Achsa married John SUPPLEE; Peace married John FITZWATER. Of the sons, Jonathan died young and Elijah married Margaret SCOTT, whostill survives at the age of 96 years.  Elijahhad two sons, Elijah B. and Samuel; the first was an indefatigable traveler, anddied of cholera in 1832 at Plaquemine, on the Mississippi river. Samuel married Hester SPANGLER and has three children. He is a prominent citizen of Jerusalem and was elected County Clerk in1864, and served a term in that office.  Hismother, almost a centenarian, still recounts the early incidents of the newsettlement.  She came in 1790 withher mother and sister, Orhpa, and a company which included Adam HUNT, IsaacNICHOLS, Silas SPINK, Seth JONES, Nicholas BRIGGS, John BRIGGS, and EstherBRIGGS.  Silas SPINK and IsaacNICHOLS, she says, were expert rowers and it too 20 days to reach Geneva fromSchenectady.  Mrs. BOTSFORD made herhusband a coat the year they were married, carding the wool herself, spinningand weaving the year and coloring the cloth. It was sent to Geneva for fulling.  Hersister, Orpha, who was one of the earliest school teachers, married Perley GATESand died at the age of 97 years.  Herhusband was one of the steadfast FRIENDS, like his father before him, and a veryworthy man.  He died in 1829,upwards of 60 years. 

Abel BOTSFORD had a fine estatenext to the Friendís place, in what is now Torrey, where he died in 1817, aman of wealth.  The inventory of hispersonal property, made by George SISOON and James BROWN Jr., was over $3,500 inthe moderate valuations of that day.  AbleBOSTFORD had no living descendants except those of his daughter Mary, whomarried Robert BUCKLEY, whose son, Samuel Botsford BUCKLEY, is the present StateGeologist of Texas.

 

 ASAHELSTONE   PG 124 -125

Asahel STONE was from NewMilford, in Connecticut.  He asmarried to Anna SHSERWOOD in 1780.  Shedied in 1852 at the age of 92, and he in 1833, at the age of 75 years. They early became members of the Friendís Society. He was one who came with the first company of settlers, and helped toclear the ground for the first crop of wheat, and brought his wife and threechildren in 1789.  Mr. STONE was oneof the pillars in the Society, firm and steadfast through life, was a speaker inthe meetings and a man highly regarded by his fellow men. His children were Aurelia, Mary and Asahel. The youngest was named by the Friend after her father and grandfather.  After a few years residence in the Friendís Settlement, Mr.STONE bought a farm in what is now Potter, which he subsequently sold to AbrahamLAIN, and since known as the LAIN farm.  Hethen returned to his former home near Seneca Lake, and after a few years,settled on a homestead about a mile south of Yatesville, and east of theFriendís premises, where he died.  Mrs.STONE did not adhere to the Friends in her later years. 

Aurelia, their eldest daughter,married Elnathan BOTSFORD Jr.  Theysettled on the homestead of his father in Jerusalem, where she still resides, awidow, at the age of 89 years, with her son in law, Amos GENUNG. Her memory is retentive and her mind clear and active. Aside from deafness, she appears to be in full enjoyment of her naturalpowers, and full of interesting recollections.

Mary married Dr. Nathan L.KIDDER of Benton, and still lives a widow at the age of 87 year, on what isknown as the Dr. KIDDER farm, enjoying great physical and mental vigor for heryears.

Asahel STONE Jr., marriedRebecca, the daughter of Southmit (?) GUERNSEY of Gorham. They settled in Italy Hollow, where he built the first saw and gristmill. He was the first Supervisor of Italy. After selling out there, he built mils at Naples, where he pursued anactive business for some years, when he sold to James L. MONIER and returned tothe old homestead in Jerusalem.  Finallyhe emigrated to Athens, Michigan, where he was an extensive and successfulfarmer.  He left three daughters, all of whom reside in Michigan.  Ann married Alfred HOLCOMB of Naples; Sabra, Benjamin FERRIS of Naples;Laura, Norton HOBART, a son of Baxter HOBART of Yatesville. 

 

RICHARD SMITH AND HISDESCENDANTS   pg 125 Ė 128

Richard SMITH was a native ofGroton, Connecticut.  His wife wasElizabeth ALLEN, descended from a family of that name who landed in the MayFlower on Plymouth Rock in 1620.  Mr.SMITH became early identified with the Friend and the Society, and came with theearliest emigration to the New Jerusalem, leaving his family and possessions tounite his destines with his religious brethren. The first gristmill as well as the first sawmill was in part his propertywhen first built, and his labor and means contributed largely to their erection. A memorandum in the old family Bible read as follows: ď4thof July, 1790.  I have this daycompleted my gristmill and have ground ten bushels of Rye.Ē Again, ďJuly 5.  I havethis day ground ten bushels of wheat, n the same having been raised in theimmediate neighborhood last years, (1789)Ē

His children were Russell, Davidand Jonathan, twins, Avery and Sarah.  Whenabout 14 years of age, Avery suddenly left the homestead in Connecticut, andunknown to his family, found his way to the home of his father, who, on hisapplication for work, hired him without knowing him to be his own son. He soon influenced the other members of the family to join the father,and after 10 years of separation, they were thenceforward residents here. The oldest son, Russell, died in Connecticut and Jonathan was drowned ina tan vat.  The house ofFriend SMITH, as he was usually called, was a little west of the Mills on thenorth side of the stream.  HannahBALDWIN and others of the Society kept house for him during the early years. A fine property consisting of mills, tannery and real estate, inheritedfrom wealthy ancestors, was disposed of when they came here. Of the children who came, David died early of what was called yellowfever, and his is one of the earliest graves in the Penn Yan cemetery.   His headstone reads, ďBorn 1778, died 1805.Ē 

Avery, who was two yearsyounger, married Lament, the daughter of David WAGENER, some years his junior.  He settled at the mill and from that time had chief charge ofthe property, consisting of the mills and about 200 acres of land adjoining. The father, who remained a steadfast and Faithful Friend to the last,lived in the same log house he first built, nearly forty years. Both parents resided with the son at the time of their decease, his housebeing on the hill just above and south of the mils. Richard SMITH died in 1836, at the age of 90 years, and his wife in 1838,at the age of 84 years.  In 181,Avery SMITH sold the mill property to James LEE, and took up his residence onthe opposite farm, known as the Griffin B. HAZARD place. Avery smith held the rank of Colonel in the War of 1812, and served withthe 103rd Regiment, under General Hugh BRADY, through the war. Joshua LEE was Surgeon of this regiment and Jeremiah B. ANDREWS, anattendant.  In 1826, Avery SMITHrepresented Yates county in the Assembly, and he was always a prominent andinfluential citizen.  His familynumbered twelve children. 

Elizabeth A. became the wife ofWilliam ARMSTRONG.  She is now awidow at her home in the town of Seneca, Ontario county, and has three children,Berian, Rebecca and William.  DavidW. married Sarah A., the daughter of George V. HAZARD of Milo, and is a farmerin Jerusalem.  His children areElizabeth, Frank, Sarah, Avery and Anna.

Richard M. is a well knowncitizen of Penn Yan, and has  beenemployed as a subordinate and principal in the United States Indian Agency inMichigan for nearly 20 years, and until a recent date, where his work hasgreatly tended to the protection and regeneration of the natives. Mr. SMITHmarried Elizabeth A. BEACH of New Windsor, Orange county, and settled in PennYan, where they have since resided.  Theirchildren are Helen Augusta, the wife of Charles STROWBRIDGE and Mary CASTNER.

Rebecca W. married Zenas P. WISEof Benton, where she died, leaving one daughter, since dead. Jackson J. married and resides in Minnesota, near St. Anthony. Sarah L. married Thomas BRIGGS of Milo and died, leaving no children. Avery A. is a resident of Eugene City, Oregon, where he married.  George S. emigrate to Texas, Rachel J. married Mr. DUNN ofDundee, and went to Kansas.  CharlesT. also married and went to Kansas.

Sarah, the only daughter ofRichard SMITH the elder, was born January 15, 1780; married in 1803, James LEE,the brother of Dr. Joshua LEE.  Shebecame the mother of a large family and died in 1858, at the age of 77 years. 

 

BROWN FAMILY  pg 128 Ė 129

Benjamin BROWN Sr., came fromNew London, Connecticut with the earliest settlers and with a large family andlocated just eastward of the Friendís house in the original settlement, wherehe lived and died very aged before the close of the last century. Among his brothers were James, Micajah, Elijah and Daniel, all earlysettlers.  Among his children wereBenjamin, Sarah, Catharine, Desiah and Frances.  The father ws one of the best of men, and was held in highestimation.  He was one of thedevout and abiding Friends.

Benjamin Jr. married Penelope,the daughter of Judge William POTTER.  Theyhad one child, Penelope, who became the wife of Israel ARNOLD.

Sarah became the wife of ArnoldPOTTER, the most distinguished of William POTTERíS sons. She and her husband were both early disciples of the Friend, and belongedto her retinue on her first visit to Philadelphia. The wife remained a faithful and firm adherent while she lived, and herhusband fell off the early schism in the new settlement.

Catharine was the wife of DavidFISH, the Nimrod of the New Jerusalem.  Hewas celebrated for hunting and fishing and it is said built upwards of 30 hutsin the woods, and about the lake and streams of the new settlement, for hisconvenience in the pursuits, which absorbed his principal attention.  He had followed the life of a sailor and has been termedďCommodore FISH.Ē  The childrenof his family were Daniel, David and Charlotte. It is said some of their descendants still live in Torrey.

Desiah was the wife of RowsPERRY in Middlesex.

Frances married her cousin,Joshua BROWN of Potter, a brother of James BROWN Jr.,

The children of James BROWN Sr.,were Joshua and Jesse (twins), James Jr., George and Henry. Jesse married a daughter of David CULBER of Culverstown, at the head ofSeneca Lake, and lived in Benton where he has descendants.

Henry married Rachel CLARK, aniece of Rachel MALIN, and is now an aged resident of Benton. His second wife was Elizabeth CARROL. Of his first wifeís children, Zeruah married Anthony RYAL and had fourchildren, Lucy A., Rachel, Mary and John H. Lucy A. married William KRESS and Rachel married Starkey KRESS. Both live in Reading.  JohnH. is married and lives in Torrey.

Henry H., the son of HenryBROWN, married Amanda HAZELTON, and they reside in Jerusalem. They have four children, Maria, Henry, Mary and Oliver. Henry H. had a second wife.  Hisdaughter Mary married Peter BLAKESLY.

James BROWN Jr., the Friend, wasborn in Connecticut in 1776.  Fromabout 1810 till long after the decease of the Friend, he was superintendent ofthe estate and a member of the household.  Hisoldest daughter, Margaret, is the wife of Charles L. TOWNSEND of Jerusalem.

George, the brother of JamesBROWN Jr., married Martha LUTHER, and settled on the homestead in Benton, whereshe died, leaving two children, Cephas and Anna. He then married Sarah, the sister of Dr. Nathan KIDDER of Benton, anddied leaving three children by the second marriage, Dennis, Anna and Martha. Cephas and Darius emigrated to Coldwater, Michigan.

 

 

BARNES FAMILY  pg 129 Ė 132 

Samuel BARNES was of Puritandescent, the third in the genealogical lines of the same name, and a Connecticutfarmer when he and his family united with the Friendís Society. His wife was Abigail DAINS, sister of the DAINS brothers of theFriendís Society.  Their eldestson, Parmelee, came to the New Jerusalem with the settlers in 1789, and Elizur,the next son, in 1791.  The parentscame with the remaining children, Julius, Samuel and Henry, in March 1793, witha sleigh and horses, driven by Daniel, a son of Eleazer INGHRAHAM, by was ofAlbany, a journey of 16 days.  Theycontracted for land of Charles WILLIAMSON, near Himrods, where they cleared 22acres, and remained till 1800, when they sold out and removed to Jerusalem. They took up a home in what was then a dense wilderness, on the ďAsaRICHARDíS lot,Ē where the wild animals made it very difficult for years torear those of the domestic species.  Afterclearing a little space, they moved on a homestead near by of 21 acres, deededto his parents by the elder son, Parmalee BARNES. Here the father died in 1809 at the age of 86 years. His wife, a most estimable matron, died in 1842, at the age of 92 years.

Parmalee BARNES died in 1820without children.  His widow marriedPeter KINNEY of Benton, whose son, Jonathan KINNEY married Almira, a daughter ofSamuel BARNES Jr. 

Elizur BARNES marriedExperience, a daughter of Nathaniel INGRAHAM and lived in Jerusalem, west ofLarzelereís Hollow, where he died.  Hiswidow still survives at the age of 86 years. Their children were Huldah, Amy, Mary and Ira. Huldah became the second wife of Jesse DAVIS; Amy married Cornelius VANSCOY. The others died unmarried.

Julius BARNES became the thirdhusband of Mrs. Keturah UPDEGROVE and had two children, Alvira and Samuel.  Alivra was a school teacher nearly forty years ago inJerusalem and Italy, and still lives, unmarried. Samuel married Saloma TORRANCE and moved to Wisconsin. Two of his sons were killed in battles of the Rebellion, fighting for theUnion.

Samuel BARNES Jr., marriedRachel MEEK, sister of Charles MEEK, and lived and died on a farm of 110 acres,a mile west of Larzelereís in Jerusalem, bought of Jacob WAGENER. His children were Abigail, James, Almira, Mary Ann, George, Daniel D. andRosetta.  Abigail married first,Lewis FINCH, and still lives in Pultney with John WATEROUS, her second husband. James married Submit ROGERS and lives in Allegany county. Almria is the widow of Jonathan KINNEY, before mentioned, and has fivechildren, Elizabeth, Samuel, James, Henry and Melancthon KINNEY. Of these, Elizabeth is the wife of John H. ROBSON of Geneva; Jane ofGeorge HUIE of Seneca, and Charles married Eliza MC GONEGAL of Geneva. Mary Ann, the fourth child of Samuel BARNES, married Peter FINGER, afarmer of Jerusalem and has one son and one daughter. George and Samuel are unmarried and David D. married Margaret, daughterof John G. LOWN of Jerusalem and lives in southwest Benton. They have two children.  Rosettamarried Andrew FINGER of Benton, and they have three children. Mary Ann, Almira and Rosetta have been school teachers of Yates county.

Henry BARNES, the youngest ofthe original family, is now 80 years old.  Hewas born and reared in the midst of the Friendís Society, and has been true tohis early education.  For 68 years,he has led a religious life in conformity to the doctrine and precepts of theFriend, with whom he was a favorite from a child. He was a member of the Friendís household for many years, and regardedthat place as his home, until counsels not congenial to his view, obtained aninfluence there.  In early life hewas a farmer and a cooper.  In 1814he settled with Abraham DOX, at Hopeton, for 1,600 flour barrels he had made forhim.  He commenced school teachingin 1823, almost wholly self-prepared, having enjoyed but 15 weeks schooling inhis childhood.  He proved a verycompetent and popular teacher and taught thirty terms of school in Jerusalem,Milo, Potter, Benton and Italy, the last one a very successful term in Italy, atthe age of 76 years.  Twelve yearshe served as Inspector of Schools in Jerusalem, and once as Town Superintendentin Wheeler, where he resided 12 years.  Hewas accurate, painstaking and conscientious in all his labors. He was married at the age of 46 years, to Sarah WHITNEY, sister of Dr.David WHITNEY of Jerusalem, and after her decease, to Elizabeth MILLS, the widowof David MILLS of Benton, who also died several years ago, leaving him nochildren.  He has led a devout,upright and industrious life, and now in his 81st year, is a subjectof remarkable interest as the last male survivor of the remarkable Society ofthe Public Universal Friends, and the only one now competent to give a clearaccount of its history from personal experience and observation. His excellent memory and conscientious statements, have added greatly infurnishing information for this work.  

 

DAINS FAMILY  pg 132 Ė 135

Jonathan, Castle, Jesse, Ephraimand Abigail DAINS were a family of Connecticut birth, who came to the NewJerusalem with the earliest pioneers and all but Ephraim were at first of theFriendís Society.  Their fatherwas Henry DAINS, who married Margaret BATES of Rhode Island and this matronlived to be 100 years old.  Abigail,her daughter, became the wife of Samuel BARNS Sr., of the Friendís Society andthe mother of the BARNES family.

Jonathan DAINS married MaryGREEN of Connecticut, and had six children, Margaret, Francis, Lavina, Stephen,Jonathan and Mary. The father, who was an industrious man and useful citizen,died in Jerusalem, in the 93rd year of his age, a firm adherent ofthe Friend to the last.  The oldestdaughter, Margaret, married John WESTON of Connecticut and lived to be 86 yearsold.  Francis was never married.  Lavina lived unmarried and was an exemplary member of the Friendísfamily.  She died in 1850 at the ageof 86 years. Stephen, after the loss of his first wife, who was the mother of adaughter, Eliza, that died a young woman, married Rachel FITZWATER. They had several children and removed to Michigan where he died advancedin years. 

George DAINS of Jerusalem, is ason of Stephen DAINS.  Georgemarried Mary HOPKINS, and for his second wife, Elizabeth HOPKINS, and has fourchildren.  Mary DAINS, the youngestof the children of Jonathan DAINS Sr., married Ephraim KINNEY and settled inPotter, afterwards going west.

Jonathan DAINS Jr., marriedNancy MC GRAW, and had eight children, John, Jesse, Francis, Cyrus, Orilla,Perry, Richard and Ezra.  Of these,John married Catharine SAUNDERS of Jerusalem, and has two sons and one daughter.  Jesse, who also resided in Jerusalem, married Chloe STARK and diedleaving two daughters.  Francis, whois a well know shoemaker in Penn Yan, married Mary Jane LEWIS, daughter ofGeorge LEWIS who established the Seneca Patriot, a newspaper at Ovid, in 1815,and has two children, Henry Clay and Libbie. Henry Clay is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, anda Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Artillery service.  Libbie is the wife of Francis M. GIFFORD.  Cyrus DAINS married Jane STOUT of Potter, is a merchant atPotter Center, and has one child, a daughter. Orilla married Joseph BARRETT of Jerusalem, and has three children, oneof whom, George, perished in the rebel prison at Andersonville. Perry DAINS is a thrifty gardener of Penn Yan. He married Ann SHERRATT and has no children. Richard is another shoemaker of Penn Yan. He married Sarah TUCKER and has one daughter. Ezra is also married and resides in Michigan.

Castle DAINS married JoannaBARMAN in the state of Connecticut.  Heas a Revolutionary soldier, and in the census of 1840 was returned as 91 yearsold.   He died three yearslater, at the age of 94 years.  Hewas a carpenter and made ox yokes and plows. He and his brother, Jonathan, were both very ingenious mechanics, thelatter being a tanner; and they were both noted cattle and horse doctors. Castle was also famous for his efficiency in curing the bites ofrattlesnakes, which he did by means of some plant known to him which grew in thewoods.  His children were, Salmon,Elizabeth, Abel, Saloma and Simeon.  Salmonleft home about the age of 25, and it was reported that he was seized in NewYork by the Press Gang and forced on board a British Man of War. He was not afterwards heard from.  Elizabethmarried Benjamin DURHAM, celebrated as an excellent millwright of the earlydays.  Their descendants arenumerous in Jerusalem.  Abel DAINSmarried Mrs. Clarissa BAKER, who had been Clarissa BELLONGE, and had four sons,not known to the writer.  Salomamarried William TORRANCE.  They haveseveral children and live in Steuben county. Simeon married Kitty BELLONGE, and lives, advanced in years, atBranchport.  He has had a largefamily, few of whom are known to reside in Yates county. One of his sons died from service in the war of the rebellion. A daughter, Eliza, married first, Chester LAMB, and for a second husband,James PARIS, lately deceased. 

Jesse DAINS married ChloeTHOMPSON of Connecticut.  He was ashoemaker and a farmer and lived in Milo.  Formany years he did the shoemaking for the Friendís family, and was a superiorworkman.  He and his family did notadhere to the Friendís Society after the divisions occurred in the Friendíssettlement.  His children wereDavid, Jesse, Orilla, Therza and Eli.

David married Sarah, a sister ofAaron REMER, and his children were Mahala, Rebecca, Thompson, Richmond, AbramR., Chloe, Jane, Esther and Bryant.  Mahalamarried Silas RIDER.  Rebeccamarried Arnold RAPLEE, near Himrods, and has two daughters living, Susan andSarah.  Thompson married SusanPETERS and lives in New Jersey.  Richmondmarried Polly BURTCH, resides in Torrey, and has four children, Antoinette,Clarissa, Francis and Clark.  AbramR. married Matilda TAYLOR, resides in Torrey and has four daughters.  Chloe married Mryon H. DURHAM of Jerusalem. Jane married Andrew HEWITT and lives west with two children. Esther died single.  Byrantwas a solder in the army of the Union during the late war, and died in theservice.

Jesse DAINS Jr., married Mary, asister of George and Benjamin YOUNGS, and had the following children: Avery,Josephus, Nancy, George, Aaron, Mary and Fanny.  Avery married and took up his residence west, as did Josephus.  Nancy married Alexander HODGE, and lives in Italy Hollow. George married Eliza, daughter of Samuel HEADLY. Mary is the widow of the late Stephen H. CLEVELAND of Milo. Fanny died single.  Orillamarried Ezra RAPLEE, lives at Himrods and has five children, all of whom aremarried.  Therza died young.  Eli resides in Pennsylvania. Aaron married Achsa, a sister of Timothy SUPPLEE, resides at Himrods andhas a family of children. 

Ephraim DAINS was not of theFriendís Society.  He married JaneSTEDMAN and was a farmer and hunter.  Hewas celebrated for deer and wolf hunting and among his children were, Henry,Ira, Samuel, Orpha and others.  Thewhole family emigrated west, many years ago.

This is a brief sketch of one ofthe most extensive of the early families, and an important one in the earlyhistory of the country. 

  

LUTHER FAMILY  pg 135 Ė 136

Elizabeth LUTHER came from RhodeIsland with the first settlers of the New Jerusalem, accompanied by herchildren, Sheffield, Reuben, Beloved, Elisha, Jonathan, Mary, Bethany andMartha.  She was a woman of excellent character, a devoted Friend anda good mother.  The family lived atfirst in the Friendís Settlement and afterwards in Jerusalem. Sheffield married and lived on the Gore, where he died an aged and muchrespected man.  Reuben was nevermarried but lived with his mother and died in advanced age, a highly respectedFriend.  Beloved was another man ofsterling character and a firm Friend.  Hemarried Sarah, a daughter of Lydia WOOD.  Theirchildren were Peleg, Stephen and Lydia.  Ofthem, Stephen and Lydia died before reaching middle life; and of Peleg, littleis known. 

Elisha LUTHER married first,Elizabeth, a daughter of Jedediah HOLMES, and they had two children, a son and adaughter.  The daughter marriedAaron VAN MARTER and lives in Hector, Schuyler county. For his second wife, Elisha married Sidna BARRETT, a widow and the motherof Azor BARRETT of Jerusalem.  Bythis marriage there were five children, David, Deborah, Mary, John and ElishaJr.  David married Eliza SMALLEY andmoved to Michigan.  Deborah becamethe wife of Jeremiah S. BURTCH of Jerusalem; and Mary, the wife of Mc DowellBOYD of Jerusalem, and died in 1867.  Shewas the mother of five sons and two daughters.

John LUTHER married Mary, thedaughter of George BRIGGS of Potter, and lives in Jerusalem on his fatheríshomestead.  They have two children,Elisha and Sarah.  Elisha married aMiss ELVOY and lives in Chicago with three children. Sarah is the wife of Charles WATEROUS and resides in Jerusalem.

Jonathan LUTHER went to the westmany years ago, and Mary married Reuben HUDSON; was a firm Friend and died onher homestead in Jerusalem.  Bethanywas the wife of George SISSON, a very worthy woman and the mother of a largefamily.  Martha married George, thebrother of James BROWN Jr., of the Friendís Society, and had two children,Cephas, a wagon maker, and a very lovely daughter, who died at the age of 10years.

The original LUTHER family,except Jonathan, were all members of the Friendís Society and exemplarypeople, whose lives were a credit to their religious pretensions. 

 

THE INGRAHAMS  pg 136 Ė 138

Twobrothers, Elisha and Eleazer INGRAHAM, and their cousin, Nathaniel, were amongthe early settlers of the Friendís Society. They were all married and had families. And lived in the Friendíssettlement.  Elishaís childrenwere Jerusha, Asa and Lament.  Theparents died when Lament was an infant, and she was reared in the family ofAsahel STONE Sr.   She marriedfirst, William PARCE, and after his death, Daniel SUTTON. They both live now in Jerusalem at an advanced age. Asa lived with theFriend till he grew up, learned the shoemakerís trade and moved to Canada.

EleazerINGRAHAMíS children were Daniel, Philo, Eleazer Jr., John, Abigail, Lydia,Rachel, Lament and Patience.  Danielmobbed the BARNES family to the Friendís settlement, but never came here tolive.  Philo married early and wentto the Wabash region.  Eleazer Jr.,married Dorcas GARDNER, sister of George and Abner, of the original family, andsettled in Pultney, where they reared a large family. He died at a very great age.  Oneof his daughters married Rowland CHAMPLIN Jr., and reared a large family inJerusalem.  Another daughter ofEleazer Jr. married John SISSON, a grandson of George SISSON.  They live now at Branchport.

Johnmarried Anna UPDEGROVE, sister to the wife of Jonathan DAVIS.  They had one son who married Esther BOYD, and reared afamily, some of whom now live in Jerusalem. Among the names of Johnís children are Elisha, Mary Ann, Semantha,Rachel and Eleanor.  Three of thedaughters are school  teachers.

Rachelstill lives, one of the last of the Friends, at the age of 88 years.

Lamentmarried Samuel DAVIS, son of Malachi DAVIS.

Patiencemarried Asa BROWN, son of Micajah BROWN.

NathanielINGRAHAM lived at first in the Friendís Settlement, and afterwards on WestHill in Jerusalem.  His childrenwere Mary, Huldah, Chloe, Nathaniel, Solomon, David and Experience. The descendants are mostly out of the county. The father was a good man and a staunch Friend.

Hisdaughter, Experience, became the wife of Elizur BARNES and still survives, awidow, at the age of 86 years, one of the three remaining members of theFriendís Society. 

 

 

Amongthe early Friends, were two or three families of the name GUERNSEY, of whomlittle trace seems left.  DanielGUERNSEY was an important surveyor, and surveyed township number sever, secondrange, into lots and made the first map of that township for Benedict ROBINSONand Thomas HATHAWAY.  DanielGUERNSEY went west in 1812.  SouthmitGUERNSEY settled near Rushville, and had a son whom he named Raphael; andRaphael had a son Elijah, who married a daughter of Elijah HARTWELL. WilliamGUERNSEY settled in Potter at an early day. A daughter of his was an early school teacher. Little more is now known of the GURENSEYS.

 

JedediahHOLMES was an important member of the first settlement and a man of someproperty.  His wife was the firstthat died, (Abigail) and hers was the first grave in the City Hill cemetery. They had no board of which to make a coffin, and were obliged to hollowout a log for that use, first splitting off a slab, which was afterwards laid onfor the coffin lid.  Elizabeth, the daughter of Jedediah HOLMES, was the firstwife of Elisha LUTHER.  Mary,another daughter, is named among the devoted sisterhood.

WilliamROBINSON was one of the Friends who came from Pennsylvania. At first he lived at John SUPPLEEíS and made the first Fanning Mill inthe Friendís Settlement, which was consequently the first in the country. He was always a single man; lived afterwards with William DAVIS inJerusalem, and was the first person buried in the Friendís burying ground.  That burial occurred in 1806.  Thenext, was that of Mary, the wife of Jonathan DAINS Sr. 

 

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