Town of Benton Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Benton
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Israel Harrison, was born in Jerusalem, December 3, 1816, his wife, Susan Ann
CLEAVELAND, was born December 19, 1816. They
were married December 26, 1841. Their
children were Israel Carlton, born August 6, 1843, died Apr 13, 1888; John
Cleaveland, born September 15, 1855, died January 9, 1865; and George Benjamin,
born December 24, 1848, married Mary Lloyd, December 9, 1873.
Israel H. ARNOLD was well known in Yates County as a surveyor, a
businessman, and a friend and parent of exceptional worth.
His business life was successful, and at his death, May 25, 1881, he left
a good estate. He came to Benton in
October, 1843. His wife died
February 28, 1861. George Benjamin
ARNOLD, youngest son of Israel H., is the owner and occupant of the Benton home
property on which he has an extensive nursery.
His children are Susan Ann, Maud Lillian, George B., Jr. and Lloyd
George Riggs, son of George and Dolly (WITTER) BARDEN, was born in Benton August
17, 1812. His father was poor, and
as George R. was one of the oldest of thirteen children, he was early put to
work on the farm. At the age of
twenty-five, he married (in 1837), and started for himself on the farm on which
he now lives and of which he is the owner.
His wife was Elmira SUTHERLAND, and their children were Ashley W., Lucy
A., Jennie E. and Theda H. Mrs.
BARDEN died March 17, 1863, and January 31, 1865, Mr. BARDEN married Jane
WILKINSON. He is one of the pioneer
Republicans of Yates County, being a delegate to the first county convention of
that party. In 1859 he was elected
to the Assembly. He and his family
are members of the Baptist Church, of which society he was one of the trustees
for twelve years. He is one of the
deacons at the present time and a member of the pulpit committee.
Llewellyn J., the present school commissioner of Yates County, born in Benton,
April 15, 1853, is the son of Martin W., and Margaret E. BARDEN, and the second
of their ten children. He was
educated in the common schools and at the Penn Yan and Canandaigua Academies.
Later he attended a business college at Rochester.
Commencing at the age of eighteen, Mr. BARDEN taught school for four or
five years, one year being at the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, where in 1874 he
married Jennie E., daughter of George R. BARDEN of Benton.
They have had five children, four of whom are living.
For some years Mr. BARDEN lived at New Haven, Conn., being employed as a
bookkeeper. In 1890 he was elected
county school commissioner.
Alfred S., was born in Columbia County, NY, in 1838, the son of David L. and
Sarah BECKER. The family came to
Benton about 1849 and located where Alfred now resides.
At that time David L. BECKER was married to his second wife.
Alfred was a child by the first marriage.
David married a third wife, and died in Penn Yan in 1875.
At the age of twenty-one, Alfred began working the farm on shares.
In 1863 he married Kate, daughter of William BEST, of Benton, by whom he
had two children, Sarah, wife of Charles F. WALKER, and Edgar L.
Kate (BEST) BECKER, wife of Alfred, died and four years later, Alfred
married Anna DURRY, of Jerusalem. Two
children have been born to the second marriage, Alfred D. and Ralph C. Alfred S. BECKER is one of Bentonís substantial
farmers. He has 125 acres, twelve
of which are in vineyard and six in fruit and berries.
James, born in Seneca, Jefferson County, in 1824, was the son of Alanson and
Eleanor DORMAN, and the seventh of their thirteen children. He was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty-one he
started out to make his own way in life. He
went west to Wisconsin and Iowa, locating in the latter State, but he soon
returned and bought the old Foster WATSON farm, where he has since resided.
On January 13, 1859, Mr. DORMAN married Maria, daughter of Charles AYRES
of Benton. They have two children,
Mary J. and Dennie M., both living at home.
Albert, born in Benton, November 6, 1839, was the fourth of seven children born
to Arthur and Sybil (CONKLIN) EARL, both highly respected residents of Benton,
and both representing an element of pioneership in the town. Arthur EARL was a farmer and Albert was brought up to farm
work. In 1850 his father bought the
place on which Albert now lives. The
latter owns 130 acres near Seneca Lake.
Edwin L., son of the late Jeptha EARL, was born in Benton, NY, January 10, 1838.
He was reared on the farm and is now the owner of 175 acres of excellent
land. At the age of thirty-one he
married Caroline COFFIN, by whom he has had five children: George Jeptha, Henry
Clay, Charles, Eliza and Edwin L., Jr.
Mr. EARL is a Democrat in politics, but takes no active part in town or
county affairs. He has no strong religious preferences, but inclines towards
EDMONDS, Aaron, born in Fairfield County, Conn. In 1797 he married Harriet FOLLIOTT and became a resident of Benton in 1834. His family is as follows: Anna Maria, Sarah, Robert S., and Harriet E. (Last mentioned was born in this town). Robert S. EDMONDS was born April 5, 1830. His life has been devoted to the farm. In 1855 he married Mary, daughter of David BUELL, by whom he had one child. Lillie, wife of John R. GARDNER, of Potter. Mary died in 1860. In 1863 Mr. EDMONDS married Caroline, daughter of Stephen SEAMAN, of Saratoga County. One child, Roberts Lee EDMONDS, has been born to them.
Samuel B., son of Samuel G. and Martha (COLE) GAGE, was born in Benton, November
23, 1834. The old Gage farm was
formerly known as the GILETTE place, and came to Samuel B., upon the fatherís
death. It contains about 150 acres.
MR. GAGE married in 1853, Lois Ann BUNNETT, of Benton, by whom he had
three children, S. Granger, Ida and Arthur.
Mrs. GAGE died in 1888. Mr.
GAGE is one of the leading Republicans of Benton.
For two terms he had the office of supervisor.
Once he was the nominee of his party for sheriff but was defeated. In 1890 he held the office of road commissioner.
Thomas, born in Somersetshire, England, March 1, 1835, came to the United States
at the age of twenty years, residing for a short time in Cayuga County and then
coming to Benton, Yates County where he has since lived. In 1865 he bought the
REMER farm of 100 acres, in Benton near Penn Yan, on which he has some of the
best farm buildings in the township. Mr.
GRISTOCK is generous and public spirited. His
wife was Sarah HURFORD, an English lady, by whom he has had three children:
Thomas J., now living in Michigan; Ella, wife of Frank KIPP, of Torrey; and
Frederick W., who assists his father on the farm.
Henry, was born in Somersetshire, England in 1832, the son of James and Lydia
HURFORD. Henry came to the United
States in 1853, when for several months he worked out by the month in Penn Yan
and elsewhere. In 1866 he bought
the John LAPHAM fifty-acre farm, where he now resides.
In 1853 Mr. HURFORD married Eliza GRISTOCK, by whom he had two children.
Henry HURFORD takes an active interest in the affairs of his town.
He is a firm Republican and is now serving his third term as assessor.
William, was born in Somersetshire, England, in December 1845, the younger of
nine children of James and Lydia HURFORD. He
came to this county in 1853 and began work as a laborer.
In 1858 he bought the Lemuel SPRAGUE farm of eighty acres, near
Spencerís Corners in Benton, and this he had increased to 100 acres.
In 1861 Mr. HURFORD married Julia A HOLDEN, of Penn Yan, by which
marriage these children have been born: Charles,
Harry W., Bradley C. and Perley. William
HURFORD has been a successful farmer and a generous provider for his family.
He has started his sons in business.
Harrison, was born in Milo, March 22, 1814, the son of James and Betsey HYATT of
that town. At the age of
twenty-six, Harrison started out to work by the mouth, continuing for five
years, when he bought the farm in Benton where he now resides. He has been twice married, his first wife being Hannah
SCHOFIELD, who died January 3, 1887. He
married second Eliza SCHOFIELD, in October the same year.
Thomas J., was born in Cayuga County, NY, April 27, 1811.
When two years of age his father, Joseph C., moved to Starkey, and he
(Thomas) remained there until 1840, when he came to Benton.
In 1834 he married Sarah A. AYERS of Starkey, by whom he had five
children. He died May 28, 1882, and
his wife October 17, 1890. Charles
G., the oldest son, was born October 5, 1835.
On December 4, 1866, he married Emma J. MORGAN, by whom he has two
children, Hattie A. and George W. His
wife died February 7, 1877. Mr.
LEWIS is a farmer. May 16,
1861, he enlisted in Co. F., 23rd NY Infantry and served ten months,
being discharged March 1, 1862, for disability.
He re-enlisted August 10, 1863, and was mustered out at Petersburg, VA,
June 27, 1865.
Thomas J., a native of Cayuga County, came to Starkey in 1812 and to Benton in
1840. His wife, whom he married in
Starkey, was Sally Ann AYERS, and their children were Charles G., Agnes A.,
Wilson A., Eli and Frank E. Thomas
J. died in May 1882 and his wife in October 1890.
Charles G., Wilson A. and Eli served in the war of 1861-65.
Wilson A. died in Knoxville, Tenn, in the Army.
Eli was born in October 1840. He
was educated in the common schools and in Penn Yan and Dundee Academies.
Eli LEWIS enlisted at Washington, D.C., in 1863 in an engineer corps.
After two months
home and in the fall re-enlisted in Co. H. 58th NY Volunteers,
Infantry. He was sergeant, and was
mustered out at the end of his term of service.
December 24, 1873, he married Sarah C., daughter of Joshua WASHBURN,
Gorham, Ontario County. He is a
farmer by occupation and is living on the farm he bought in 1873.
LLOYD, Charles, was born in Cheshire, England in 1820. About 1837 he came to America and located in the town of Benton, where he engaged in farming. November 12, 1857, he married Emily Stanton HOLMES, and they had one child, Mary E., who resides here. Mr. LLOYD died October 9, 1879, and his wife in 1883. Norman Holmes, son of Joshua, was born in 1820. He married Norah A. STANTON, daughter of Benjamin STANTON and had one child, Harriet E. He died January 20, 1853.
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