Town of Italy Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Italy
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CLARK, Harvey M., son of Joel M. and Lucelia (FOSGATE) CLARK, was born June 8, 1850, in this town and was educated at the district schools. He learned the cabinet-makerís trade and carried on that business for about twelve years, and followed the carpenterís trade several years, since which time he has been a farmer. Mr. CLARK has been prominent in the affairs of this town, has served as town clerk for three years, and supervisor for two terms. In politics he is a staunch Republican. He married Hattie R., daughter of Albert DURHAM, of Jerusalem, NY and they have three children: Mary A. Cora E. and Ward L. CLARK.
FOX, James, was born in Vermont and married Jane DEAN and settled in this town in 1813. He was the first militia captain in the town, and was always known as Captain FOX. He as a school t4eacher, and held various town offices. He died in 1868, aged eighty-two. His wife died in 1852. They had nine sons, Thomas J., James L., Amos D., William H., Ira S., Lewis M., Alden D., Charles H., Jeremiah F. and Elmer. Mr. FOX was educated at the district schools commenced life as a school teacher, taught thirteen terms; attended school at Franklin Academy two terms, and two terms, and two terms at other graded schools. He has been a farmer all his life. In politics he is a Republican, and has taken an active interest in the affairs of his town and county. He has held many offices in his town, including that of town clerk for a number of years, town superintendent of schools for two terms, county clerk one term (1868-70), supervisor nine terms and has held by appointment the office of postmaster for a number of years. He was also enrolling officer through the late war.
KENNEDY, David, son of John and Jane (CARSON) Kennedy, was born October 12, 1839, at Guelph, Canada, and came with his parents to this town in 1841. He was educated at the common schools and has been a farmer all his life. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. KENNEDY has always taken an active interest in the affairs of the town, and has been supervisor two terms. He enlisted September 2, 1864 in co. C., 188th Regiment, NY Infantry, and was in the battles of Hatcherís Run, Five Forks, Petersburg, Va and was at Appomattox at the time of General Leeís surrender. He was mustered out July 1, 1865. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander MC MICHAEL, of Prattsburg, NY. They have six children, viz.: George M., Jennie Grace, Mary B., Jessie A., Arthur and Walter, all living. Mr. KENNEDY is one of the loan commissioners of the county.
KENNEDY, William A., son of John and Jane (CARSON) KENNEDY, was born in Italy, NY, April 2, 1851. He was educated at the common schools of this town and Scottsville, NY. Mr. KENNEDY has been a manufacturer nearly ever since he left school, and he is carrying on at the present time the manufacture of fruit baskets at Italy Hill, under the firm name of Kennedy & Pulver, and they also do custom milling business at the same place. In politics, Mr. KENNEDY is a Prohibitionists, and is a member of Royal Templars of Temperance. He and his family are members of the M.E. Church of this place. He married Ella, daughter of Jerome and Mary (NEFF) DOUBLEDAY, of Starkey, NY, November 7, 1872, and by this union there are two children, Jerome D. and Livonia A. KENNEDY.
PRESTON, George l., was born at Canisteo, Steuben County, NY, April 18, 1861. He was the only son of Elisha W. and Martha J. PRESTON, who still resides at Canisteo. He received his early training from the district schools and Canisteo academy, and began the study of medicine in 1879, attending college in buffalo during the winter of 1880-81, and completing his study at the Eclectic Medical College of the city of New York, where he graduated in the spring of 1882. He commenced the practice of his profession at West Almond, remaining there but a few months, when he came to Italy in November 1882, where he has since resided with the exception of the winter of 1885-86, which was spent at the Post Graduate Medical School of New York. He married Carrie A., daughter of Daniel and Rosina JAMISON, March 7, 1888. Mrs. PRESTON was born at Canisteo, on June 15, 1862, and received her education in the Canisteo Academy. They have one son, J. Louis PRESTON, born February 5, 1889. Mr. PRESTONís political views have always been Republican, and he was honored by his party with the office of coroner November 3, 1891.
PULVER, George, son of Peter and Lavina (CONKLIN) PULVER, was born July 2, 1826, in Jerusalem. He was educated at the common schools and has been a successful farmer. In politics he is a Prohibitionist. He and his family are members of the M. E. Church at Italy Hill, and he is also trustee of the same church. Mr. PULVER married first, Eliza E., daughter of William CROSBY, of Benton, NY, by whom he had two children, Frank and Crosby, both deceased. Mrs. PULVER died in 1862, and he married second, Nancy, daughter of William GRISWOLD, of this town, and they have six children: Willard W., Morris E., John M., Peter D., Alice M. and Cornelia, all living.
ROBSON, A. Flag, was born in Italy, NY, February 8, 1857. His father, Thomas S. ROBSON, was born in Italy, NY, February 2, 1812, where he lived until his death, November 13, 1878; his father Andrew ROBSON, being one of the earliest settlers in town. Thomas S., married Abigail P. HODGE, who was born February 9, 1818, and died April 11, 1881. A. Flag ROBSON was educated in the public schools and at Eastmanís National Business College at Poughkeepsie, NY, where he graduated in the spring of 1874. He was town clerk several years prior to 1885, and supervisor of the town of Italy during the years 1885 and 1886, and has been postmaster at the Italy post office continuously since February 13, 1879, to the present, (January 1892). Mr. ROBSON married November 22, 1881, Mary P. NEGUS, daughter of Rev. C. R. and Mary A. NEGUS, who was born at Taberg, Oneida County, NY, January 1, 1858. He has been in the mercantile business at Italy, NY since 1874. In politics Mr. ROBSON is a Republican.
WHITE, Josiah, was born in Saratoga County, NY in 1810 and came to Branchport in 1835, engaged in lumbering on what is known as the Beddoe tract, and later moved to the west part of Jerusalem, where he now resides. Mr. WHITE has held many offices of public trust, among them being town supervisor. He married Miss Sally LOOMIS in 1837, and they had two sons, of whom Ezra, who resides in Poughkeepsie, NY, was president of Eastmanís college for many years. He also had many city offices. Ransom resides in San Francisco, Cal., and is interested in the insurance business. After the death of his first wife, Mr. WHITE married in 1851, Miss Elizabeth LOOMIS, by whom he had two children, Otto L. and Jennie. Otto L. resides on the farm; Jennie married George MC KAY and resides in Jerusalem on the place known as the Loomis farm.
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