Town of Barrington Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Barrington
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JANYE, George M., a prominent farmer and fruit grower of Barrington, is a native of this town, born March 22, 1818 and a son of Nathan and Margaret (MARRIAN) JAYNE, both natives of Sussex County, NJ, the father having been born in 1792 and the mother in 1795. Nathan was reared on a farm and when a boy came with his parents to New York, where he died; his wife is still living on the homestead at the age of 97 years. George M. was the second in a family of ten children. He married, February 3, 1846, Hester M. WOODRUFF, a native of this county born March 30, 1824. By this union four children have been born, one surviving, Frank B. Mr. JAYNE owns a farm on the lake consisting of 135 acres with 27 acres of grape vineyard. George M. JAYNE died October 7, 1891.
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pioneer was John LAWRENCE, whose name has long been honored in the land,
and whose family is still well represented in Milo.
He was a Quaker from New Bedford, CT, where he became interested in the
preaching and doctrine of the Friend.
His wife, Anna HATHAWAY, was a relative of Thomas HATHAWAY, the
pioneer Friend. John LAWRENCE
himself was a relative of Commodore James LAWRENCE, who distinguished
himself so nobly in the naval annals of the American Revolution.
A ship builder in easy circumstances, it must have been a strong
motive that led him so far into the wilderness with a young family.
After coming here they remained on good terms with the Friend and
her Society, but did not identify themselves fully therewith, in later
years becoming indeed quite lukewarm in that regard.
John LAWRENCE however, always wore the garb and spoke the speech of
the Quakers. He bought for 40
cents an acre, lot 3 in township 7 of the first range, and on the 3rd
day of July, 1789, they erected their tent thereon, and made their home on
the place now owned by Harvey S. EASTON, formerly the farm of James
LAWRENCE. A part of the same
lot is still owned by Melatiah H. LAWRENCE, the grandson of the old
pioneer, who resides on it. The
family lived 6 weeks in their tent, and then moved into a log house.
sober, simple and economical habits of his sect, coupled with industry and
enterprise, he soon became a thrifty and even a wealthy citizen and large
landowner. He started a store
at an early day, perhaps the first in the county, a short distance
northeast of his residence, in a log building.
He built what was long known as the Lawrence Mill on lot 16, the
second or third mill on Keuka Lake outlet.
The same structure has been employed as a distillery for several
years. The house standing
near it was erected by John LAWRENCE, and he lived there a number of
years, keeping his store in a part the building. Afterwards he built a frame house on the present site of
Henry F. HOWE’S fine mansion, on lot 15, where the log store had stood.
The mill proved a lucrative property, and when a rival mill was
constructed a short distance above, he bought it at the extravagant price
of $12,000, to avoid a dreaded competition.
An attempt was made to turn the rival property into a cotton
factory, with quite poor success. John
LAWRENCE was a man of solid character and commanding presence.
His manners were somewhat staid, with an air of austerity, but his
impulses were kind and benevolent. His
wife, who was an excellent pioneer mother, died in 1830, at the age of 75
years. He survived her 3
years, and died at the age of 80 years; residing in his later years with
his daughter, Mrs. Anna KENDIG. Their
children were Melatiah, Mary, Samuel, Reliance, Anna, Olive, John, Sabra
Melatiah, born in 1774, had the advantages of a fair New England education, became a very important aid to his father in his extensive business, and a good businessman on his own account. He married in 1811, Mary ALFORD, widow of Jesse ALFORD, who settled on the farm now owned by Mrs. Stephen H. CLEVELAND, on lot 30 in 1807, and died there in 1810, leaving a daughter, Rebecca. After his marriage, Mr. LAWRENCE lived where the residence of Morris BROWN now stands, on Main street in Penn Yan. There he died in 1824, at the age of 50 years. Their children were, Melatiah H., Judith A., James and Sabra. The family were left the owners of lot 32 in Milo, embracing the most of Penn Yan east of Jacob’s Brook. Some little encumbrance deprived them of part of it, and some is still owned by the daughters. The mother is still living, at the age of 82 years.
Melatiah H. LAWRENCE, born in 1812, married Margaret H., daughter of Isaac BOGART of Dresden and settled on the homestead of his grandfather, where he still resides, an enterprising farmer. His wife died in 1864, at the age of 48 years, leaving four (?) children, Maria, Malatiah H., John B., Margaret V. and James D. Melatiah H. LAWRENCE is a prominent and influential citizen; was a member of Assembly in 1850 and of the Constitutional Convention of 1867. He was the Democratic candidate for Senator in 1851 and 1853, on both occasions receiving much more than his party vote in Yates County and was only defeated by a factional defection of his own party in Tompkins County. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and again in 1864. His daughter, Maria, married James C. WOOD, a lawyer of Jackson, Michigan. Melatiah H. LAWRENCE Jr., born in 1840, entered the army in 1862, as Second Lieutenant, of Co. B., 126th Regiment, NYV. He shared in all the glories and disasters of that regiment, ws severely wounded in the leg at Gettysburg. He is now in the service of the government in the Treasury Department at Washington. John B. is a student at Cornell University.
Judith A. LAWRENCE born in 1815, is the wife of Darius A. OGDEN.
James LAWRENCE, born in 1817, married Mary, daughter of John ARMSTRONG of Milo. They settled on a portion of the John LAWRENCE homestead, where she died in 1858 and he in 1859. Their children were Mary, Alice and Sabra. Mary is the wife of Marsden HENDERSON of Milo. They have two children, Ella and Charles. Alice is the wife of James THAYER of Milo and Sabra resides in the family of her grandfather, John ARMSTRONG, unmarried.
Sabra, daughter of Melatiah LAWRENCE born in 1820, is the wife of Oliver STARK of Penn Yan.
Rebecca ALFORD, half sister to the children of Melatiah LAWRENCE born in 1808, married William L. WAY of Milo.
Samuel LAWRENCE was a leading citizen in the early history of the county and a man of force of character. He was one of the early Supervisors, was a member of the Assembly in 1818, and was appointed Sheriff of Ontario County by Gov. DeWitt CLINTON in 1821, which office he held when Yates county was erected. He married first, Anna, daughter of Widow Susannah CLANFORD of the Friend’s Society. She died early, leaving a daughter, Mary, now the wife of John SQUIER of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Penn Yan. He married a second wife, Polly KIDDER, widow, of Benton. They resided near Penn Yan, where both died. Their children were DeWitt C., Samuel, Ann and Laura. DeWitt C. married Caroline, daughter of Dr. Anthony GAGE. They reside at Washington and have a daughter, Virginia. Samuel married W. Anna CLUTE of Schenectady. He died at Washington, leaving his widow and several children. Ann married John THOMAS and both died at Lansing, Michigan, leaving several children. Larua married Daniel D. VAN ALLEN of Penn Yan. He died on a journey overland to California, his widow resides near San Francisco, with three daughters, Calista, Helen and Augusta.
Mary LAWRENCE married James STOKES of Maryland. He died leaving seven children, Ann, Mary, James, John L., Olive, Elizabeth and Clement. The widow and children returned from Maryland, and finally moved West. Ann married William GRIFFIN and Mary married Asa A. NORTON and both moved to Goshen, Indiana. James married a Miss WEST of Milo and was a shipbuilder at Sandusky, Ohio.
Reliance LAWRENCE was the wife of Joshua WAY.
Anna LAWRENCE married first, Henry TOWNSEND and after his death, Martin KENDIG. They had two children, Martin H. N. and Henry L.
Olive LAWRENCE was the wife of Joel DORMAN.
John LAWRENCE Jr. married Hannah CORWELL in 1817. They lived near the Lawrence Mill and he died in 1833 at the age of 37 years and she in 1860 at the age of 70 years. Their children were, Charles F., Adaline and Ormond. Adaline married Stephen DORMAN. Ormond died unmarried in 1860, at the age of 36 years, leaving a goodly estate. He was a man of good business capacity and had many friends.
Sabra, daughter of John LAWRENCE Sr., was the wife of Abraham TOWNSEND, brother of Henry TOWNSEND.
Silas LAWRENCE married Caroline, daughter of John CORNWELL. They settled on the old John LAWRENCE homestead, where Henry F. HOWE now resides. Their children were Anna, Henry, Elizabeth, Silas and Sabra. Anna married Nathan T. MADDEN. She died in New York leaving three children. He now resides in Hoboken, NJ. Henry married Sarah MACK of Geneva, moved to California and was there employed in the U.S. Mint at San Francisco. They had five children. Elizabeth married Valentine REIMANN, a worthy tradesman and good citizen. They reside at Greenwood, Steuben county. Silas LAWRENCE Jr., married Miss BRIGGS and resides in Milo. Sabra married George LUDLOW of Milo. They reside in Penn Yan and have one child, Lydia.
LEWIS, Dennis, born in Yates County, NY, February 11, 1841, is a son of Merrit C. and Sarah (COYKENDALL) LEWIS; his father came with his parents in 1820 and settled on a farm in Starkey, where he lived until his death in 1883. His widow resides in Reading, aged 83 years. Dennis, the youngest of a family of five children, has followed farming. He married in 1867, Amelia COYKENDALL, by whom he had one son, Firman, born in 1872. Mr. LEWIS enlisted in the late war in 1862, in Co. I, 148th Infantry, under Capt. M. S. HICKS, and served on the Union side until the close of the war. He was in eighteen regular battles, and is a number of skirmishes. Mr. LEWIS is the owner of a farm of ninety-three acres in Barrington.
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LOOMIS, Morris, born April 22, 1831, is a son of Gideon and Lydia (BARNES) LOOMIS, and grandson of Thomas LOOMIS, who settled in this county in 1814. The father of Morris was born in Hillsdale, this State, February 20, 1800. A farmer by occupation, he married in 1820 Lydia BARNES, and they had eight children, six sons and two daughters, four surviving. The father died in 1854, and the mother in 1848. They were members of the Baptist Church. Morris LOOMIS was reared on a farm in Barrington. He married July 16, 1854, Candice, daughter of Samuel VANCE, a pioneer settler of Yates County. Nine children have been born of this union, seven sons and two daughters, six of whom survive, viz.: Samuel, Dorcilla, wife of B.S. PULNER; Melvin, Marilla, wife of S. B. MILLER; Huldah and Luella. Mr. LOOMIS was assessor of Barrington one term, served as overseer of the poor two terms. He has a farm of 132 acres and is a member of the Farmers’ Alliance.
LORD, Benjamin M., eldest son of Ebenezer and Mary LORD, was born in Ballston, NY, in 1801 and came with his parents to Barrington in 1825, where he engaged in teaching and farming. In 1827 he married Elizabeth FLEMING, a native of New Jersey, by whom he had six children: Rachel, who married Horace KENYON; Mary, wife of Albert OVENSHIRE; Elizabeth, widow of Theron WHEELER (all of Barrington); Kate, wife of Emmett SHEPARD of Saratoga County, died in 1859; Charles B., died in Starkey in 1891; and George P. resides in Dundee. Benjamin M. LORD died in 1858 and his wife in 1873.
LORD, Ebenezer, wife and eight children, removed to Barrington from Saratoga County about 1825, where he purchased a large farm and settled his children about him. For many years he and his sons were actively identified with the development and improvement of the town, but removals and death have wrought their changes until not one of the name remains in the place.
LOSEY, Henry S., is a farmer of Starkey and a native of New Jersey, was born April 16, 1835. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (SMITH) LOSEY, farmers and both natives of New Jersey, from which state, Mr. LOSEY came with his parents to New York, when a small boy. Both parents are now deceased. Henry S. is the third son of family of seven children, four of whom are surviving. He married, March 14, 1853, Sarah J. Putman, a native of New Jersey, born April 4, 1835. By that marriage three children were born, viz.: Charles W., Amelia, wife of Elie W. PARKER , and Edward. Mr. LOSEY’s wife died October 14, 1873, and he married second, Miss Lois E. PRICE, of Schuyler County, October 22, 1881, born March 8, 1848. Mr. LOSEY served one term as assessor of Starkey, in 1877 as overseer of the poor, and three years as commissioner. He has a farm of eighty-three acres located four miles southwest of Dundee.
MC INTIRE, Archibald, a farmer of Barrington, and native of Yates County, was born July 21, 1831, a son of Archibald and Esther (THOMPSON) MC INTIRE, who was both born in Columbia County, NY and were the parents of seven children, two of whom survive, our subject and a sister, Mrs. Esther FREEMAN. The father was a farmer and moved from Columbia County to Yates County in 1816, where he lived until his death in 1859. The mother died in 1863. Mr. MC INTIRE was reared on a farm, and was married in 1866 to Satie BAIN. Three children have been born to them, Bell, John L., and Sarah A.. Mr. MC INTIRE owns a farm consisting of 110 acres, with six acres of grape vineyard.
MEEKS, Joseph D., a farmer of Barrington, was born in Tompkins County, February 4, 1841, and is a son of Elias and Elizabeth (WAKEMAN) MEEKS (natives of Tompkins and Steuben Counties), and of their four children, two are now living, Abigail and Joseph. The father was a farmer and was overseer of the poor in Barrington for one term. His wife died in 1844 and he married second, Mary BASSETT, by whom he had three children, Neoma, Martha, and Viola. They reside in Barrington. Joseph D. MEEKS married in 1863, Levica, daughter of Samuel and Mehetibel WILLIAMS, and they have six children, viz.: Elmer, Hattie, wife of Myron CLARK; Laura, wife of Charles ALLEN; Frank; Anna and Gracie. Mr. MEEKS came with his parents from Tompkins County to Yates County in 1856. He has been tax collector of Barrington four terms. He owns a farm of 96 acres, with ten acres of vineyard land. Will ship fifteen tons of grapes this year. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.
MILLER, John B., a prominent farmer of Barrington, is a native of Yates County, and was born May 3, 1821, a son of Daniel (born in Seneca County, NY) MILLER, who were the parents of nine children, four of whom are now living. Daniel MILLER learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed in the early part of his life. He moved from Seneca County to Yates County in 1817, and turned his attention to farming, which he followed until his death in 1871. His wife died in 1876. Both were members of the Baptist Church. John B., was educated in the district schools of Barrington, and married in 1850 to Cynthia, daughter of Gilbert BAKER, by whom he had seven children, six surviving, viz.: Ida, wife of Dr. HORTON; Byron E.; Willie L.; Minnie M., wife of Dr. COTTRELL; Elmer S. and Glenn W. He owns two farms in Barrington, one of 150 acres and one of 180 acres, and lives two miles west of Dundee. Mr. MILLER was town assessor for three terms.
POWLISON, Newton, of Barrington, a native of Troy, Pa., was born June 7, 1842, a son of Edward and Pluma (MERRITT) POWLISON, the former of New Jersey, the latter of Pennsylvania. Edward POWLISON was a wagon-maker by trade. He was married in Pa. And had one son, Newton. He moved from Pa. To New York in 1851 and settled in Dundee, where he worked at his trade until his death in 1863. His widow still survives him and is living with her son. Newton POWLISON married in 1862, Franklin COONS, born in June 1844. He owns a farm of 96 acres at Barrington, and both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.
RAPALEE, Daniel, a farmer of Barrington, was born there March 25, 1843, and is a son of Joshua and Elizabeth (WALKER) RAPALEE. Mr. RAPALKEE was educated in the public schools of Dundee. He was married in this county in 1866 to Frances SNOOKS, by whom he had three children, two of whom survive, viz.: Dora O., and Edith L. Mr. RAPALEE owns a good farm of 115 acres.
RAPALEE, George W., a farmer and native of Barrington, born July 24, 1845, is a son of Joshua and Betsey J. (WELKER) RAPALEE. The father was born in 1806, and moved with his parents to Seneca, when a boy. He was four times married and was the father of eleven children, being also a successful farmer and stock dealer. He died August 31, 1888. His wife, Betsey, died about 1854. George W., was reared on a farm, received a common business education in Barrington district schools, and was married January 19, 1869, to Lydia D. PULVER, a native of Luzerne County, Pa. Born February 28, 1852. They had four children, three of whom are now living, viz.: Milton L., Homer D. and Ross R. Mr. RAPALEE is the owner of 180 acres of farm land, where he now lives, five miles northwest of Dundee.
RAPALEE, Mrs. Lucinda, widow of the late Clinton RAPALEE, who was killed May 13, 1890, is a daughter of Peter I. And Elizabeth (SNYDER) MILLIS, who moved from Columbia, Dutchess County, to Yates County, NY, in 1815. Their children were Morris born in 1810; Alvin, born in 1811; Cornelia born in 1817; Hiram born in 1819; Andrew born in 1820; Henry born in 1821; Eliza A., born in 1823; Sarah J. born in 1825; Lucinda born in 1827; Almira born in 1829; Hawley born in 1833; and Horace, who died in infancy. The parents of these children came to Yates County when there were but few settlers in the place, buying a farm in Barrington, adjoining Milo, which they cleared and where Mr. SNYDER remained until his death, February 25, 1870. He was born February 15, 1785. Elizabeth SNYDER, his wife, remained with her children and died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Benjamin HUNT, in Michigan, aged ninety-four years. Lucinda SNYDER, married Clinton RAPALEE, February 19, 1850, and had six children; Morris, born February 16, 1851; Daniel P., born November 11, 1852; Elmer D., born October 6, 1854; Hugh M., born September 5, 1858; John C., born February 22, 1862; and Libbie D., born August 4, 1869. The second son, Daniel, was killed almost instantly, December 13, 1862, by being thrown from a horse, his foot hanging in the stirrup, and the horse crushing his skull with his foot.
SNOOK Oliver, of Barrington, was born in Sussex County, NJ, November 21, 1824, a son of William and Mary (LONTZ) SNOOK, and came with his parents to New York in 1837. William SNOOK died September 30, 1840, aged fifty-five years; and his wife died October 30, 1849. He was one of a family of eight children, of whom four survive. The father was a farmer and stock dealer in his later years, and a hotel keeper in early life, at Sussex County, NJ. Oliver was reared on a farm, receiving a common school education. He married in Barrington, September 18, 1844 to Miss Mary A. DISBROW, by whom he had five children, viz.: Lorenzo D., Lyman W., Alanson, Watson J., and William O. Mr. SNOOK owns a farm of 124 acres with some tree acres of raspberries. His wife died June 26, 1891.
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