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History & Directory of Yates Co., Vol 1, Pub 1873, by Stafford C. Cleveland, Pg. 378-447
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PACKARD pg 417
John PACKARD settled on a part of lot 39, South Survey, in 1819. He started a tannery or put down vats outdoors and curried the leather in a part of his dwelling. This was the first enterprise of the kind in town. He sold his place in 1827 to William L. HOBART, who soon erected a large building and ground the bark with water power; PACKARD having done so with a horse and sweep.
Alanson PACKARD, a brother of John, was a cloth-dresser by trade and lives many years in Italy. His wife was Abigail, daughter of Robert GRAHAM. Their children were Lydia L., Jeremiah, Mary A., Thomas B., Sterry, George W. and Otis. Mrs. PACKARD died in Italy in 1839, at the age of 35 years, and he removed to Ohio.
PARISH pg 381
The following brief sketch of the PARISH family is furnished by Seymour H. SUTTON of Naples:
In February 1791, Samuel PARISH, his wife and two sons, Reuben and Levi, were the first to emigrate from Berkshire, Massachusetts to the Genesee country. Coming all the way in the dead of winter through a new and sparsely settled country pathless forests, and untrodden snows, crossing rivers and lakes upon ice, with two ox teams hauling the goods of the family upon ox sled, they arrived late in the still cold evening, hungry and cold, in the Valley of Kojandaga, (meaning at the head of Canandaigua Lake, now Naples) and unyoked their tired oxen to feed on the wild grass, while the pioneers sought shelter in an Indian wigwam, where the dusky savages with sullen silence beheld their white intruders partake of the frozen food that was once warm in the kitchens of Berkshire. Living in the smoky hut until a log house was erected, using the sled boards for a floor and table, and split basswood for a floor while the roof was made of such bark as could be found on dead trees, and split hollow trees. While in their lonely abode, far from friends and neighbors, they were visited by the Indians in great numbers. The tall Indian chief Hointoula, and the venerable ex-chief Canesque, often visited the PARISH family, talking in a language that the pioneers did not understand. The PARISH family endured many hardships and dangers, until other emigrants came on.
Samuel PARISH the great grandfather, had three sons, Reuben, Levi and Elisha, and one daughter, Susannah, who taught the first school in the new settlement.
Elisha PARISH married Louisa WILDER, daughter of Gamaliel WILDER, the first pioneer and proprietor of South Bristol, in Ontario county.
Reuben married a Miss BISHOP, and had four sons, Jeremiah B., Oris, Erastus, and Fielden, and three daughters, Almira, Fanny and Polly. Almira married Lemuel METCALF and Polly married Dr. Dillis NEWCOMB.
Jeremiah B. PARISH married Clarissa (“Clara”), daughter of Col. William CLARK, one of the first settlers and proprietors of the town.
Jeremiah B. PARISH, the subject of this history, was born in Massachusetts in 1785, studied law in Mr. SALTONSTALL’S office in Canandaigua and was a successful school teacher in Middletown, now Naples. He was elected a member of the Assembly, also elected one of the associate judges of Ontario county. He was engaged in the service of his country in the war of 1812 and was a captain of a rifle company after the war.
He had four sons and three daughters. His son, Bishop, removed to Kankakee, Ill., and died there. William and Corydon removed to the same place, and have become wealthy. The other son, Edwin R. PARISH, (b.1818) now lives in the town of Italy, Yates county and is the owner of a large estate of several hundred acres of land. He embarked early, raising the best breeds of sheep that could be obtained in Vermont and elsewhere, and has obtained fabulous prices for his best breeds of sheep in the State and some of the western States. Also the wool grown by him is allowed to be among the best in the Untied States. His sheep barns and shed are elegant in finish and model in construction for convenience and comfort.
The three daughters of Jeremiah B. PARISH were Mary, Emily and Caroline. Mary and Emily were married to gentlemen by the name of HIGGINS; they are both dead. The youngest daughter, Caroline married a Mr. A. J. BYINGTON, and now lives in the village of Naples, NY
Fanny married Tomer STETSON and now lives in Kankakee county, Ill. Oris PARISH removed to Columbia, Ohio, became a lawyer and circuit judge. Erastus PARRISH married Charlotte KENT and removed to Ashtabula county, Ohio. Fielden PARRISH volunteered in the War of 1812. Levi PARISH married Miss DURPHY, had four sons, Hardin, Ephraim, Russel and Levi H. PARISH and four daughters, Laura, Betsey, Chloe and Sylvia.
Levi H. PARISH, son of Levi PARISH, married Mahala LYON. He ws in the War of 1812, was wounded at the battle of Queenston, drew a pension, was a clerk in the P.O. Department in Washington, and died there in 1858 or ’59.
Laura PARRISH married Calvin CLARK, a celebrated hunter, having once shot a panther with the last ball he had, in the town of Italy. Betsey PARISH married Jacob B. SUTTON, who volunteered in the War of 1812 and held office a long time in the town of Naples. Chloe PARISH married Eli WATKINS. Sylvia PARISH married Eli BROWN, a celebrated school teacher, and lives West.
Edwin R. PARISH (b. 1818), the principal representative of the family in Yates county, is the owner of 1,000 acres of land in the town of Italy, bordering on Naples, and is one of the most thoroughly enterprising men in the country. As a stock grower, he has few equals. His work is not only personally superintended by himself, but engaged in with his own hands, It consequently moves with expedition and efficiency. His lands overlook the valley of Naples, and include a beautiful view of Canandaigua Lake. (1860 census – Edwin 42y, Matilda 43y, Wm. S. 18y, Schuyler 15y, Emily 13y) (His wife is Matilda S. PARKHURST; in 1880 census, she aged 64y; he aged 62y) (Edwin R, Dec 6 or 16, 1818 - May 3, 1900)
PARSONS pg 406
Thadeus PARSONS settled on lot 11, North Survey in 1809 and lived there many years, when he sold it to his son, Alanson L., who afterwards sold it to Charles H. GREEN and he to Washington GRAHAM, by whom it was again sold to its present owner, Jacob SMITH. Warham PARSONS, the father of Thadeus, came to the town with his son, and resided with him while he lived. Thadeus PARSONS is still living, in the town of Phelps. His wife was Sophia READ and their children were: Alanson L., Elisha, Orrin, Elzor B., Truman R. Franklin, Emeline, Angeline and Caroline. Alanson married a daughter of John GREEN. Elisha married Sally PHELPS and they reside in Wayne county. Franklin died in Italy, unmarried. Emeline married Charles BELL and died on the birth of a daughter. Caroline died unmarried.
PELTON pg 433
Alfred PELTON came soon after HOWARD and ARNOLD left and occupied the same land till 1846, when it became the property of Martin GAGE.
PIERCE pg 413
Elisha PIERCE settled on lot 3, south Survey (Italy Hill) in 1816, and remained there till 1823. He sold it to Moses LOCKE who lived on it till 1828, and sod it to Dr. Elisha DOUBLEDAY. Mr. PIERCE was a constable many years in Italy.
PORTER pg 385
Alexander PORTER settled on lot No. 15, North Survey, in 1794, where he lived till 1808, when he moved to Middlesex, where he resided many years, and again moved to Naples, where he died.
PULVER pg 429
John PULVER (b 1815) came into Italy about
1840 with his father (Peter Sr.). He
bought lot 28, North Survey, and afterwards parts of lots 27 and 32, marking a
homestead of about 300 acres. He
died in 1869. His wife was Mary
FITZWATER. Their children were
Janette, Alvira, Nelson and George. Janette
married Isaac WILCOX and has two children.
She is his second wife. Alivra
married Oscar CONLEY. They have two
children, Mary and Freddie. The
others are single. His property was
divided during his lifetime. He was
a man of remarkable thrift.
Peter PULVER junior, (b. 1818) brother of
John, also came with his father and purchased lot 36, North Survey, formerly
belonging to William C. KEECH. He
still resides on it. Peter PULVER
Jr., married Jane HARRIS. Their
children are William (b 1849), James, Francis J., Elias, Alice (b 1860), and
Ida. They are all single.
The farm belonging to Peter PULVER contains about 300 acres, upon which
he has built a fine mansion.
George PULVER, another brother, purchased
lot 10, North Survey, of Thomas GRIFFITHS.
It previously belonged to Martin GAGE.
Mr. PULVER still resides on it. The
PULVER brothers are noted as quiet and industrious citizens, diligent and
prosperous. George married first,
Eliza CROSBY, and second, Nancy GRISWOLD. (1860
census: Geo. 32y, Eliza 33y, Frank 1y) (1870 census: Geo 43y, Nancy D. 27y,
Willard W. 5y, Morris E. 3y)Two sons by the second marriage survive, Willard and
RAZEE pg 411
Rufus RAZEE settled on a part of lot 42,
North Survey in 1814. He was a
small, lithe and irascible man, concerning whom many anecdotes are rife.
He was plaintiff in a lawsuit, in which occurred the firs jury trial in
Italy. Israel MEAD, the defendant,
was charged with killing the plaintiff’s horse.
Asahel STONE Jr., was the justice before whom the trial took place.
This was in 1816 and every freeholder in town, twelve in all, was
summoned and in attendance. The
jurors drawn and sworn, were Jabez METCALF, Henry ROFF Jr., Elias LEE, Silas
CROUCH, Edward LOW and Benjamin BARTLETT. It was proved that on a certain night,
defendant and others watched at a deer lick, and that during the night,
defendant discharged his gun at something he heard, but found nothing as the
effect of his shot. It was also
proved that the horse in question was found shot and dead near the deer lick.
The jury found no cause of action.
REED pg 413 – 414
Truman REED, born in Windsor, Mass.; in 1790 settled on lot 3, North Survey in 1815 and still resides on a portion of the same land in 1870. His first wife was Sally, daughter of John and Sally BROWN. They were married in 1821. They made their home in the woods when they first settled in Italy. There was no road through the Hollow, except as the brush had been cut away and the trees blazed. A road had been partly cut through by Charles WILLIAMSON, who had designed to make a highway in that direction from Bath to Canandaigua and Geneva, and after a part of the work had been accomplished abandoned the project. The Indians made their annual hunting visits to that locality, some years after Mr. REED settled there. He states that one day they came to his place with five young wolves they had just caught east of his house, for which they obtained a large bounty. It was impossible for some time to keep sheep, and the second season he settled there, a bear came down from the hill and carried off a hog. It was also a remarkable locality for rattlesnakes, large numbers of them being killed every year. They are now nearly extinct. Mr. REED and his family supported themselves by the most unremitting industry and careful economy.
His father, Joshua REED came with him, and died in Italy at the age of 65 years (abt 1817). He was the second person buried in the cemetery in Italy Hollow. (Truman 1790 – Dec 1872)
Truman REED’S mother, Judith, also died in Italy in 1821, at the age of 65 years. She was one of the constituent members of the Baptist Church organized in Italy Hollow in 1816. Mr. REED was a member of the first grand jury called in Yates county. He was also a constable before the town was set off from Naples. He has always been an estimable citizen. He married a second wife, Rebecca HENNEBERG in 1842. The children of his first marriage were Wealthy, Clarissa, Calvin B. and Mary; and by the second marriage, Jane and Henry F. Wealthy married James STEBBINS of Middlesex. Clarissa married George W. GREEN of Middlesex. Calvin B. married Miss REYNOLDS and lives in Michigan. Mary married George HUTNER and resides in Italy. Jane married Harvey STORM and resides in Naples. Henry T. is married and occupies the homestead with his father.
Henry HENNEBERG, father of Mrs. Truman REED, was born in Dutchess county in 1780 and resides in the family of his daughter, at the age of 90 years. He states that he saw the first steamboat of Robert FULTON, launched in 1801. He had the yellow fever in 1804, and came to this county with Dr. Uri JUDD in 1820. His mental powers are well preserved and he still leads an industrious life.
Josiah REED, a brother of Truman, and youngest son of Joshua REED, settled on a portion of lot No. 4, North Survey in 1814. After living there many years he sold his farm and moved to Potter in 1851, where he died in 1859 at the age of 63 years. His wife was Betsey, a sister of Henry ROFF Jr. They were married in 1818, and she died in 1864, at the age of 63 years. They had 13 children, eleven of whom reached adult age: Harriet N., Eliza, Caroline, Josiah, Austin, Almon, Alanson, Laura C., Janette, Emma and Frank M. Harriet married William S. BOSTWICK of Potter in 1839. They moved to Clifton Springs in 1864, where she died in 1868, just 29 years from the day of her marriage.
Eliza married Robert MERRIFIELD, late a resident of Benton, and now of Niles, Michigan. Caroline married William E. JOHNSON of Michigan, now residing at Addison, Steuben Co., NY.
Josiah REED Jr. married Mrs. Mary FINCH in 1866 and lives in Potter. Austin REED married Elizabeth IRWIN, of Niles, Michigan, in 1851 and resides in Potter. Almon REED married Harriet, daughter of Moses A. LEGG of Torrey, in 1853 and resides in that town. Alanson married Emma W. IRWIN of Niles, Michigan in 1856, lived in Potter till 1866 and then moved to Torrey where he died in 1869.
Laura married Sanford G. STROWBRIDGE of Potter, in 1858 and resides in that town. Janette married George IRWIN of Berrien, Michigan, where they live. Emma married Benjamin GLEASON of Potter in 1861, and died there in 1869. Frank M, the youngest daughter, is still single.
ROBSON pg 386 Italy Hollow
Andrew ROBSON was a native of England and married Phillis STRAUGHAN. They both came across the ocean in the same vessel while children, but were not aware of the fact till many years later. They settled on lot 38, North Survey, in 1806 and their deed for the lot bears date in 1809. He died there in 1852 (Feb 8th), at the age of 73, and his wife in 1865 at the age of 75. The old homestead is still owned by their son, Joseph S. ROBSON. Their children were fourteen in number and thirteen of them in 1870 are still among the living, probably an example without parallel in Yates county. Their names are Nancy, Thomas S. (b 1813), Robert (b 1815), Mary, Timothy, Helen, Hanna, Amy, James, David, Joseph S. (b 1827), Charles, Jane and Ann Grace. Nancy married Asahel HARRIS. They settled in Goshen, Stark county, Ill., five miles distant from all neighbors, where they now have a homestead of 640 acres, in a rich community, besides owning much other land in Kansas and Missouri. They have 11 children, Joseph, James, Isaac Charles, Almeron, Thomas, Phillis, George, Mary, David and DeWitt.
Thomas S. married late in life to Abigail HODGE and they have one son, Flagg. (1860 census – Thomas S. 47y, Abigail 42y, Andrew 3y, Thomas 1y) (1870 census – Thomas S. 58y, Abagal P 52y, Andrew F. 13y)
Marry married first, Rufus P. COWING, and they had one son, Warren, now living in Lucas county, Iowa. Mr. COWING died in 1849 at Toulon, Illinois and his widow married in 1852, Henry A. METCALF, son of Jabez METCALF. They reside at Hall’s Corners, Ontario county and have one child, Alice.
Helen married George G. HAYES, and they reside on a portion of the old homestead. Their surviving children are Warren H. and Roy.
Hannah married Daniel HOWARD, and they reside at Watkins, NY. Their children are two daughters. (1860 census - Daniel 42y, Hannah 38y, Mary 11y, Alice 10y)
Robert (b1815) married first, Theresa Maria KIPP. She died in 1865, at the age of 49, and has one surviving son, Seward. Mr. ROBSON married a second wife, Almira KIPP (1870 census as Amanda M. 53y), cousin of his first wife. He is a man of acute intelligence, noted as a bee culturist, nurseryman and grape grower.
Amy V. married Alden D. FOX, the present county clerk. (1870 census – Alden D 42y, Amy V. 44y, Anna A 13y, Elmer E. 8y)
James married Mary MATHEWS in 1848. They reside in Illinois and have a large family.
David married Sarah JOHNSON. She died leaving one daughter, residing with her father at Watkins.
Joseph S. married Elizabeth WILLAIMSON. Their children are Emma o., Andrew, Alice, Isabella, Grace A. and Elizabeth. Emma O. is the wife of Robert KENNEDY.
Charles married Esther WILLIAMSON. They reside in Illinois.
Jane B. (b. 1834), married George GEER. They live in Italy and their children are: Charles M., Mary Jane, George LeRoy, Emma F., Hubert D., Nettie and William B.
Ann Grace (b 1838) married Champion K. GREEN, and they live at Saxon, Henry county, Illinois (1860 still in Italy, NY) (1870 census children listed as: Charles M 15y, Ellen 11y, Wm. S. 7y)
SCOFIELD pg 409
James SCOFIELD settled on lot 3, South Survey [Italy Hill], in 1812 and lived there four years, when he sold his place and purchased of Robert STRAUGHAN a part of lot 34, North Survey, where he erected a framed house which is still standing and is known as the “Scofield House”. He was a Methodist and the grandfather of Major General John M. SCOFIED, late Secretary of War. In 1819 he sold his place to Andrew ROBSON, and moved away.
SCOTT pg 387-388
In 1809, Nathan SCOTT settled on lot No. 30, North Survey, which he owned till 1814, when he sold to Henry ROFF Jr. Nathan SCOTT, born in Peterborough, NH in 1782, was a remarkable example of Yankee pluck and perseverance. Born with club feet, he found it difficult to walk, yet he made his way on foot to the Genesee country and by his unaided industry, achieved a home and independence for his family. With rare generosity he gave up to an elder brother, his parental inheritance, to enable that brother to gain a collegiate education and enter the profession of law. The early death of his brother left him empty handed, and he was robbed of a little store of cash that he had when he reached his new home. In 1812 he married Lucy GRAHAM, sister of John GRAHAM Jr., and Mrs. Daniel SMITH. The ceremony was performed by George GREEN, of Potter, then Middlesex. After 1814, they resided on lot 42, of the North Survey, where he died in 1864 at the age of 82 years. His widow still resides on and owns the place, now at the age of 82 years. Their children were William, James, John, Sarah, Frank, Mary Ann, Azubah, Franklin, Nancy, Henry and Robert.
William is a prominent citizen of Italy; is a merchant in Italy Hollow, and postmaster. Her married first, Fanny M. GEER, who died in 1847, and his second wife was Sophronia E. FISH. By the first wife, there were two daughters, Marian and Lucy; and by the second, two daughters, Frances M. and Sarah Jane. Marian died young, and Lucy married Charles H. GROW and resides on the homestead with her grandmother.
James died at Sacramento, California in 1849.
Sarah, who never married, died in 1868. Her father’s property was willed to her, possession to follow her mother’s death. She left her inheritance to her sister, Azubah, who with her mother, still occupies the property.
John marred Cornelia KIPP, who died in Naples, leaving three children. He still resides in Naples.
Franklin is unmarried, and resides with his mother.
Nancy died at 21, and Robert and Henry in infancy.
SHEPHERD pg 432
James SHEPHERD settled on a part of lot 17, North Survey, in 1835 and continues to reside there, having added to his original purchase. He is a native of England and a citizen of enterprise and personal worth. A son of his was killed by an injury caused by a threshing machine in 1860. His sons are worthy, industrious and prosperous citizens.
SLAUGHTER pg 102
James SLAUGHTER settled on the east part of lot 11, South Survey in 1812, and lived there till 1820. He sold to Thomas SMITH, a colored man, who died suddenly in 1823, and whose body was “snatched” by the physicians and was proved by opening his grave.
SMITH pg 412-413
William E. SMITH settled on a part of lot 29, North Survey, in 1813. His wife was Margaret, daughter of Rufus EDSON Sr. After his death she married Moses BARDEEN.
William SMITH came from Vermont, but was a native if Hartford, CT. He settled first in Prattsburg, came into Italy in 1814 and settled on lot 29, South Survey. He was the father of Daniel, Chester, William E., Newman S., Abagail and Sally. He lived with his son Daniel, till his death.
Daniel SMITH came into Italy with his father, and took title to a part of lot 29, South Survey. His wife was Nancy, daughter of John GRAHAM Sr. He sold his place to Newton BAXTER and purchased the farm owned by Robert TAIT, where he resided till his death. His widow still occupies the farm. He was commissioner of highways and supervisor of Italy many years. Their children were Olive P, Henry W., and Elisha D. Olive P. married Pharez CLARK and had two children, Lucy and Daniel C. She died in Italy in 1854. Henry W. SMITH married first, Ann MARKHAM and she bore him two children. She died in Rushville in 1868. He married a second wife, Miss BORDEN. He is a homeopathic physician, and resides again in Italy Hollow, after several years residence at Rushville. Elisha D. married Helen HENDERSON, who died in 1866. He married a second wife, Miss ROWELL and they have one child. He is also a practicing homeopathic physician.
Chester SMITH settled in Italy with his father, and lived on a part of lot 30, South Survey. His wife was Lora, daughter of Thomas TREAT and she survived her husband many years, residing where they first settled. Their daughter, Sally, married a Mr. WHEATON and died in Prattsburg. Clarissa, another daughter, married Charles W. BROWN residing at Dresden in this county. They have three children. Emily, another daughter, married Andrew J. BARKER, a son of Orlando BARKER. She was the mother of three children and died in Italy. Mary Jane, the fourth daughter married Andrew J. FERGUSON. They reside in Torrey and have had three children.
Newman S. SMITH married Eunice BLACKMAN and both died in ITALY. Their children were George E. and Reuben B. George E., married and died in Michigan, and his brother went to Illinois with his mother’s family.
Abagail SMITH married a Mr. LATIMORE.
Sally, the remaining sister, married a Mr. PROUTY. They live in Ontario county and have several children.
SPRAGUE pg 384
Seth SPRAGUE settled on lot No. 2, Slot’s survey, in 1793 and remained till 1805. His daughter Olive, was the first white child born within the boundaries of Italy. He sold his place to Mr. CONE, by whom it was sold to Jason WATKINS. Isaac WHITNEY settled on lot 4, Slot’s survey in 1800 and moved away in 1806.
SQUIER pg 426
Joseph SQUIER settled on lot 28, South Survey, in 1822, where he remained a few years. In 1830 the land was purchased by Lewis V. ALBRO, who lived on it till his death in 1844. It is still the property of his widow and children.
The first wife of Mr. ALBRO was Miss SHAW. She died in 1840. His second wife was Lois, daughter of William GUERNSEY, of Potter. Emily, a daughter by the first marriage, became the wife of Oscar BURNETT, and died in Italy in 1860. Mary VELIETTE, a daughter by the second marriage, became the wife of Charles GROW and still resides in Italy. Mr. ALBRO and his wife, Lois, were both early school teachers in Italy.
Heman SQUIER settled in 1810 on lot 10, North Survey and remained there till 1832, when the place passed into the hands of his son Gideon, from whom it passed to others. Heman SQUIER was the father of Heman SQUIER Jr, for many years, Justice of the Peace at Kinney’s Corners in Jerusalem.
SQUIER Pg. 430 - 432
Seba and David SQUIER were brothers and among the earlier settlers of the town of Seneca. They were natives of Connecticut, where David was born in 1772. Seba came first to the Genesee country, by way of the Susquehanna and Chemung Valleys when there was but a single settler on the route; and he a short distance below Newtown (now Elmira). He settled a short distance from Kanandesaga, afterwards Geneva, and the first road cut in his vicinity was from Geneva southwest, four miles to his house. He attended the raising of the first mill erected by the Friends, coming through the woods a distance of twelve miles to be present on that occasion. He was one of the first town officers elected in Seneca and died in that town a few years ago, over ninety years old.
David SQUIER came two years later than Seba, and married Mercy LAY at Geneva in 1794. They settled about two miles west of Bellona, in Seneca and afterwards he was the first settler in Benton in 1811, on lot 85, where Thomas M. TOWNSEND now resides. Their children were Jesse L., Polly, Ezra, Nathaniel, Judah, Abby, Sally, Albert, Alpha, Thursday and Clarissa.
Jesse L, born in 1795, married Tamar YOUNGS. He spent much of his life in Penn Yan, where in early life he learned the trade of tanner and shoemaker with one BORDWELL, who had a tannery and shop on Jacob’s Brook, near where it is crossed by Clinton street. Their children were William Deloss, Minerva, Murray and Charles Y. Their mother died early and William D. became a clerk with Daniel S. MARSH junior, a merchant of Penn Yan. Subsequently, he was in business as a partner of Stephen B. AYRES, and afterwards of Darius W. ADAMS. He married a daughter of Dr. James HERMANS, of Potter, and died while still a young man. Murray went West and Charles Y. became a printer, and pursued his trade for many years at Syracuse, where he was Foreman in the office of the Syracuse Journal. He was also a soldier of the Federal army during the rebellion. Jesse L. SQUIER died upwards of seventy years old.
Nathaniel SQUIER was born in 1800, in the town of Seneca. He married Phebe WELLS in 1825, and in 1833 they took up their residence at Italy Hill. In the enterprises at Italy Hill, Mr. SQUIER was a partner of Martin GAGE. They bought a large tract of land formerly owned by Philip COOL and others, and also a lot from the Beddoe tract. Mr. SQUIER stats that he took $2,100 of his own money and $7,000 of Mr. GAGE to commence operations, and that there was not ‘the scratch of a pen” between them as a record or memorandum of account. It was several years before they had any settlement, and large transactions in labor and lumber had taken place, and in the meantime Mr. GAGE was stricken with paralysis. He recovered and then finally closed up their accounts in the most amicable manner. Mr. SQUIER had previously made a statement for Samuel G. GAGE, showing the state of their accounts. In Italy Nathaniel SQUIER soon became a leading and influential citizen and a recognized power in the Democratic party in the county. He was repeatedly chosen supervisor of the town and in 1852 was elected sheriff of the county, which office he filled three years. Few men have been equally generous and large hearted in dealing with others who needed air and lenity; and he is highly respected for his kindness and ready sympathy for those who ask for help. His laborious life has not impaired the vigor of his constitution, and at the age of three score years and ten, he is still an able bodied and well-preserved man. Their children have been Henry, Harriet, Ezra, Hannah, and Martin G. Martin died young and Harriet at twenty one, much deplored. Henry, who was Under Sheriff while his father was Sheriff, married Cordelia FRENCH. They reside in Wheeler, Steuben County. Hannah married Leman COREY and they have four children. Ezra married Ellen KENNEDY. They live at Italy Hill and their children are Nathaniel and Jennie.
STANTON pg 428
Sherman STANTON settled on lot 2, North Survey in 1821 and lived there many years. He was an early member of the Baptist Church in Italy Hollow. His daughter became the second wife of Timothy BARNES. Sherman E. STANTON was his son. The father moved to Pennsylvania and there died.
Timothy BARNES purchased in 1818 the saw and gristmills of Asahel STONE junior, and kept them till 1827, when he moved to Sheffield, Pennsylvania, where he died. His first wife, Almira, died in Italy.
STEARNS pg 390
Joshua STEARNS settled on a part of lot 11, North Survey, in 1806, remained there till 1810 then moved to Middlesex. The land then became the property of Thaddeus PARSONS. It is now owned and occupied by Jacob SMITH. Mr. STEARNS, who was a prosaic man, had a vision in his dreams, which occurred three times. A stranger of foreign aspect appeared before him and related how he and others had come from distant climes and buried treasure and built a fort, and returned home to lose their lives. It was said the directions were followed, the fort found on the hill west of Italy Hollow, on ground that bore the outlines of a fort overgrown with trees. They found also a trench and stream of water that had been described. But much digging did not reveal the buried treasure. The fort was probably one of those curious earthworks, which have been found in all parts of the country, and have been refereed by archeologists to a race of people who preceded the Indian occupation. It was located directly west of the residence of Ansel MUMFORD, on lot 21.
STONE pg 413
Holden STONE settled on a part of lot 4, South Survey in 1816 and resided there till his death in 1842, at the age of 76 years. His wife, Sally, remained on the same premises till her death in 1857, at the age of 79 years; their son, Leonard lived on the same land till 1860, when he sold it and moved from the county.
STONE pg 415
Asahel STONE Jr. settled on lot 39, South Survey in 1815, and built the first sawmill and the first gristmill in Italy, in 1817. He sold the property in 1818 to Timothy BURNS who again sold it in 1827 to William L. HOBART. Mr. STONE moved to Naples and lived there several years. He was a son of Asahel STONE of the Friend’s Society, ad was the first supervisor of Italy.
STRAUGHAN pg 390
Robert STRAUGHAN settled in 1808 on a part of lot 34, North survey. His deed for 80 acres bears date August 1, 1809. He sold his land in 1816 to James SCOFIELD, who built a framed house and resided there till 1819, when he sold it to Andrew ROBSON who remained on it till he died. A part of this land belongs now to Mrs. Daniel SMITH, and the rest to G. G. HAYES. Mrs. STRAUGHAN was a brother of Mrs. Andrew ROBSON. They came from England.
TEALL pg 434
Thomas W. TEALL, a native of England, settled in 1840 on lot 25, North Survey, and has added to his original purchase. He is an industrious citizen and has become somewhat noted as an attorney in Justice’s courts
THOMAS pg 434
Jacob THOMAS settled in 1835 on the east part of lot 29, North Survey, and lived there about ten years when he sold a part of it to Sewall CHAPMAN, who lived on it till 1865. It is now owned by Thomas W. TEALL and Mrs. LAFLER.
TORREY pg 409
Samuel H. TORREY settled on the south half of lot 15, North Survey in 1812 and lived there till 1821. He then moved on lot 45, North Survey, and continued to keep the public house previously kept by Charles GRAVES, with whom he exchanged land. In 1825 he sold the place to Abraham and Michael MAXFIELD. While he owned this place, he sold from it the site of the Baptist church in Italy Hollow, and the Society built on it the house of worship they still occupy. The MAXFIELDS sold the place to PELTON, PELTON to NICERSON and he to Obadiah GEER. It is now owned by his son, George W. GEER.
The wife of Samuel H. TORREY was Mary
STRAUGHAN, sister of Mrs. (Phillis) Andrew ROBSON.
Their children were: Jane, Samuel B., Nicholas, Lucy, Olive and Henry.
Samuel H. TORREY Jr., married Elizabeth, daughter of Michael MAXFIELD.
He represented the western district of Ontario county in the Assembly, in
1868 and ’69.
TOURTELOTTE pg 403
James TOURTELOTTE settled on lot 29, South Survey, in 1818, and resided there many years. His wife Lucy, was a sister of Mrs. William SMITH. Their children were Adam, Lucy and Abraham. Mr. TOURTELOTTE was an excellent nurse, and was long remembered for his care of the sick during an “Epidemic Fever” in 1820. Adam TOURTELOTTE married first, Amy GAY, and his second wife was Miss WING. The children of the first wife were: Joseph, Amos, Lucy and others. There was one child by the second marriage. Joseph, son of Adam TOURTELOTTE, married Almina WOOD. They live at Liberty, NY. Amos married Octavia BARKER and they reside in Italy. Lucy is the second wife of Walter D. GREEN.
Abraham TOURTELOTTE moved away and Lucy married Amos TANNER residing in Steuben county.
Thomas TREAT settled in 1817 on lot 6, North Survey, and moved to Italy Hollow in 1823, settling on lot 25, South Survey, where he lived till 1834. He then sold and moved to Wayne County where he died. He and his wife Rachel were among the first members of the Baptist Church in Italy when first organized.
Mrs. Treat died in 1857 at the age of 86 years. Their daughter Eunice married Worcester BURK. Nancy married a Mr. MACE, who died leaving one son, Thomas T. She married a second husband, Alamander POWERS, and they had a large family and moved to Wisconsin. Lora married Chester SMITH. Lovina and Russel married in Wayne County. Ansel married Sally REYNOLDS. Alva left the town unmarried, and Jared, the oldest son, married early, became a widower, and remained single.
VAN NORDSTRAND pg 435
Abraham I. VAN NORDSTRAND settled in 1832 on
lot 5, Brother’s Survey, and also took a part of lot 10. He cleared the land and lived on it man years, but devoting
his gains to improvements rather than paying for the land, the accumulation of
interest finally compelled him to sell at great loss. He removed from the town about 1855, and his lands became the
property of Henry SQUIER, who sold them to William P. BASSETT.
VAN RIPER pg 430
Garrett VAN RIPER settled on the South part of lot 49, South Survey, in 1830, where he lived till his death. His widow still resides on the same premises at the age of 88. She was widow STRATTON before she married Mr. VAN RIPER, and had two children, Samuel and Sarah by her first marriage. Her children by the second marriage were Jeremiah, Amy, William and Abraham.
Jeremiah married first, Nancy, daughter of John GRAHAM Jr., and their children were Margaret, Mary Jane, James, and Nancy. His second wife was Laurailla, daughter of John FOX, and their children are John E. and Emma. Margaret married Charles PELTON and has two children. Mary Jane married Warren A. WAGNER and has one child. James married Frances HAYNES. The others are unmarried.
Amy VAN RIPER married James TOTTEN. William married Lucinda MANNING. They have several children and live at Liberty, Steuben County. Abraham VAN RIPER married Mary, daughter of Levi S. WOOD. They have a surviving daughter, Jane.
VIRGIL pg 386
Jacob VIRGIL settled on lot 7, North Survey, in 1798, remained thereon till 1815 when he sold to William GREEN and moved away
WATKINS pg 380
Jason WATKINS born in Berkshire, Mass., in
1768, settled on lot No. 2 of Slot’s survey in 1807 and died there in 1844.
He married Polly IDE, also a native of Berkshire and she died in 1833, at
the age of 63 years. Their children
were Vesta, Jared and Jason, twins, Lucinda, Polly, Asahel and Orren.
Vest was born in 1792, married Charles CLARK. Jared born in 1794, married Nancy, daughter of William CLARK.
She died at 45 in 1841. Jason
WATKINS Jr., married Electa ABBEY and moved to Michigan.
Lucinda born in 1796, married Pitts PARKER.
Polly born in 1798, was not married.
Asahel born in 1799, married first, Sally CROUCH,
and a second wife, Hannah WING and moved to Michigan.
Orren married first Amanda WING, who died in Italy in 1853.
Their children were Maria, Orrin E., Jane, Vesta and Charles.
Orrin E., married Martha SPRAGUE and resides in Italy.
They have a daughter, Helen Maria and Jane died young.
Vesta married Floyd ROBINSON and they reside in Michigan.
Charles is unmarried and resides with his father, who had a second wife,
Jane KETCHUM, widow, and still resides in Italy.
WHEATON pg 428
Reuben WHEATON settled on lot 18, South Survey, in 1821, buying the land of Christopher COREY. It finally passed to his son, Justus WHEATON, who afterward sold it to his brother, David R. WHEATON, its present owner, who had a son killed in battle while in the Union army during the war of the Rebellion.
WHITNEY pg 379
Fisher WHITNEY settled in 1800 on lot No. 4 of Slot’s survey, where he died in 1805, at the age of 29. His wife was Patty WATKINS and they were married in Partridgefield, Mass in 1799. They had two children, Patty and James.
WHITE came into Italy in 1820, with his father, Nehemiah WHTIE, a very deaf man.
Leonard married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin BARTLETT, and purchased a
large share of lot 12, South Survey, on which he made the first improvement.
He finally sold his farm to William SISSON, who still owns and resides on
it. This lot and lot 13 were taken
by John SMITH, in 1795, when he surveyed the tract.
WILLIAMS the second wife of John MOWER, was a native of Connecticut, born in
1782. Mary Ann, a daughter by the
second marriage, was the wife of Reuben W. SLAYTON.
They were married in 1827. Huldah,
another daughter, born in 1809, married William d. LEE in 1829.
John Warner MOWER married Elizabeth FOLSOM* in 1837.
They have a surviving daughter, Alice.
The third wife of John MOWER was Judith LARNED, widow of Samuel H. TORREY.
[* should be FOLSTON - Margaret]
[* should be FOLSTON - Margaret]
WILLIAMSON pg 435
James G. WILLIAMSON first settled on lot 3, Brother’s Survey. It passed into other hands and a steam saw mill was erected on the place, which had a succession of owners until the timber was mostly sawed and taken off. Mrs. WILLIAMSON still resides in Italy. Their children were Julia Ann, Catharine, Cornelia, Henry and Frank. All but Cornelia are married. Frank lives in Illinois and Henry in Italy.
WING pg 408
Jeduthan WING (b. 1784) settled on the south half of lot 26, North Survey in 1817, where he remained through his life. He died within a few years, while on a visit to his son, Holden T. WING, in Michigan. His widow occupied the places some years later. It is now the home of his son in law, Alvin DEXTER, who married their daughter Margaret, the widow of Orrin CLARK. Sarah, the first wife of Jeduthan WING, died in 1829 at the age of 39 years. His second wife was Mrs. Cyntha ODELL, who died in 1834 at the age of 43 years. His third wife was Mrs. HUBBARD. By the first marriage, the children were: Holden T., Minerva and Jeduthan; and by the third, George, Samuel J., Margaret and Robert. Holden T WING was a prominent citizen of Italy and a candidate in the election of 1844 for Member of Assembly. He was a native of Italy and was one of the early school teachers in that town. His defeat as a candidate for the Assembly was caused by the “Hunker” Democrats, he being an ardent Anti-slavery man. He moved to St. Joseph, Michigan where he is a leading citizen.
WOLVIN pg 432
Levi WOLVIN settled on the south half of lot 17, South Survey in 1830 and lived there many years. After the death of his wife he lived with his son Levi WOLVIN junior, who resided on lot 17, North Survey. The wife of Levi WOLVIN Jr., was a daughter of David ELLIOTT. On this land white wheat was grown that received a first premium at the World’s Fair in London in 1852.
Joseph DE WICK also a native of England, is a recent purchaser of part of lot 16, North Survey, known as “Hall Brothers’ Farm.”
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