Town of Jerusalem Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Jerusalem
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Arnold, was born in Reading, Steuben County in 1831.
His father, Oliver BABCOCK , was born in Massachusetts, and his mother,
Chole WELLER, in Washington County, NY. They
came to Yates County in 1834. In
1851 Arnold BABCOCK married S. Cornelia STEBBINS, of Rensselaerville, Albany
County, by whom he has four children, viz.: Hattie E., wife of J. V. MASTEN, of
Second Milo; Dr. Marcus E., of Branchport; Dewitt T., a farmer of Jerusalem; and
Minnie H., who lives at home. During
the early part of his life, Arnold BABCOCK was engaged in farming and lumbering.
In 1867, however, he began the cultivation of grapes on the west shore of
the west branch of Lake Keuka, where he now resides.
Orin R., son of Alfred and Moriah, (COWAN) BALDWIN, was born in Italy, NY, July
22, 1845. He was educated at the
common schools and after obtained his majority, removed to Big Rapids, Mich.,
and remained for about twenty years. He
then came to Jerusalem in 1881, and has been farming ever since.
In politics he has been a Democrat.
He married Lydia, daughter of Daniel PARKER, of Big Rapids, Mich., and
they have two children, Gertrude J. and Alfred D.
James A., son of Briggs BELKNAP, was born in Newbury, Orange County, NY, March
16, 1816, and came with his father to Benton County when he was a young man,
remaining there until twenty-five years of age, attending district school during
the winter months. Mr. BELKNAP came
to this town about 1841 and bought a tract of land, having at the time no money.
With energy and determination, he paid for it and now owns a model farm
of 150 acres with about twenty acres in grapes and peaches.
He has been a Republican ever since that party came into existence.
He and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church of Branchport.
June 16, 1842, he married Submit, daughter of Clark GREEN, of this place,
by whom he has the following children: Mary E., who married Morrison L. CHASE;
Adeline, who married Melvin J. DAVIS, Frances A., and Charles G.,
Mrs. BELKNAP died March 19, 1884.
C. C., son of William N., and Huldah A. (GREEN) BENEDICT, was born December 24,
1842 in Jerusalem, was educated at the common schools and lived with his father
on the farm, working also at the wagon making business, until his father’s
death in 1878. Hen then built a
factory for the manufacture of fruit baskets, in which he has had great success.
He also owns a fine fruit farm, which is in fine cultivation.
In politics he is Republican. Though
not a member of any church, his family attend and are members of the
Universalist Church at Branchport, NY. His
first wife was Nancy H. SLINGERTON, of this town, whom he married in February
1873. She died in 1878, leaving one
daughter, Helen I. He married
second, Samantha J. POTTER, and by this marriage has one child, Ethel, aged
Robert C., son of John H. and Lydia A. (MC CANN) BISHOP, was born March 19,
1847, in this town and was educated at Penn Yan Academy.
After finishing his education he taught school throughout this part of
the State for fourteen terms, but his health failing him he learned the
carpenter’s trade, at which he worked for a few years.
He then bought a fruit farm, which he has brought to a fine state of
cultivation. Mr. BISHOP is
independent in politics. He was
elected justice of the peace in 1885, and served for four years, and also
elected supervisor for 1892 by the People’s party.
He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bluff Point, and has
been an active member of the Sunday school
Seth B., son of John H. and Lydia A., (MC CANN) BISHOP, was born February 29.
1852, in this town. He was educated at the common schools and Penn Yan Academy.
After leaving school he learned the carpenter’s and afterward, the
wagonmaker’s trade which he still continues at Bluff Point.
He was appointed postmaster under President CLEVELAND and served four
years. He is now acting as deputy postmaster. Mr. BISHOP married first, Lorinda WILCOX, of this town, who
died fourteen years later. He
married second, Clara A. GRAHAM. In
politics he is a Democrat.
Samuel, son of Elijah and Margaret (SCOTT) BOTSFORD, was born in this town in
1809, and was educated at the common schools of that day. He was a farmer and taught school during the winter months.
A Republican in politics, he was prominent in town and county affairs,
was supervisor of Jerusalem for four terms, and clerk of Yates County for one
term. Mr. BOTSFORD married Esther
C., daughter of Levi and Mariah SPANGLER, of this town, and they have four
children; Frank, who married Myrtie
(who died June 26, 1890), daughter of Dr. J. C. WIGHTMAN, of Branchport, NY;
Walter (deceased); Mary, who married George D. VAIL of this town, and Dr. Wade
H. BOTSFORD, who lives in Dresden, NY. Frank
now owns the old homestead and carries on farming and fruit growing.
His mother lives with him.
Robert Mc Dowell, born in 1811, married Mary H., daughter of Elisha LUTHER in
1840 and lived on the Friend’s Tract, lot 44 Guernsey Survey, in Jerusalem.
His wife died in 1866, aged forty-five.
Their children were: Sidney
(deceased), Barrett A., Martha, Tompkins W., Charles, Albert, Ellen M., and
Fred. Albert Boyd was born April 14, 1854, was educated at the
district schools and has been a farmer and fruit grower. He was in partnership with his father-in-law, under the firm
name of Paris & Boyd, in the manufacture of fruit baskets, for several
years,, but sold out and now devotes his time to farming and fruit raising.
He owns a fine farm near Branchport.
In politics he is a Republican. He
married Hattie, daughter of David H. PARIS, of Branchport, on May 14, 1879, and
their children are Mabel, Willie, David, Helen and Mary (twins) and Florence
Hon. Everett, son of J. Warren and Rosalia BROWN, was born in Italy, NY, on
October 19, 1850, but came to Jerusalem with his parents when a child, where he
attended school in his early years, going afterward to Penn Yan to attend the
academy. His occupation has been
that of a farmer and a fruit grower. In
politics he is Republican, having been very prominent in his town, county and
State. Mr. BROWN was presidential
elector at Albany, NY, in 1888 and was elected representative to the Assembly of
New York in 1890, and again in 1891. He
is a member of Milo Lodge, F.A.M. and Minnesetah Lodge, No. 234, L. of P., of
Penn Yan. December 25, 1870, he
married Mary E. CAIRNES, of Jerusalem, NY, and their children are Nellie May and
George H., son of Richard A., and Judith (WEST) BROWN, was born March 3, 1841,
and was educated at the common schools and Penn Yan Academy. Mr. BROWN is a farmer and fruit grower. He married a daughter of Isaac PALMANTEER, of Steuben County,
NY and their children are: Mary J., Addie M., Franklin D., and George H. Jr.
Mr. BROWN is a Democrat in politics.
J. Warren, was born in Jerusalem, June 16, 1826, and was educated at the common
schools of that time. He possessed
great natural ability and endowments, and these were enriched by learning and
years of experience. In politics a
Republican, he always too an active interest and part in the affairs of the town
and county. He has held the
following offices in this town: Supervisor, town superintendent of schools and
school commissioner of Yates County. Mr.
BROWN was modest and unobtrusive, dignified and courteous in manner and was well
know throughout the county. He
married Mrs. Rosalia A. PAYNE, July 14, 1850 and they had two sons, Everett, who
married Mary E., daughter of Charles CAIRNS of this town; and Frank, who married
a daughter of John H. BISHOP of Jerusalem.
Dr. Wynans, was born in Florida, NY, in 1799, a son of William T., and grandson
of Adjutant William BUSH, who served in the Revolutionary army. Dr. BUSH graduated in the medical college in Barclay street,
New York City. In 1824 he married
Julia Ann LOOMIS, of Coventry, Conn. In
1825 they removed to Vienna, now Phelps, where Dr. BUSH began practice as a
physician. In 1832
they removed to Branchport, where he remained until his death, March 14,
1889, in his 90th year. Their
children were: Elliott N., who was
killed at Guntown, Miss., while in command of his regiment; Henry M., who died
at Montgomery, Ala., in February 1889; Irene, wife of Prof. S. W. CLARK, the
noted teacher and author of grammars, living now at Spencerport, NY; Caroline
was married at Brachpoirt to Rev. H. H. JESSUP, D.D., went to Beirut, Syria, and
dying on the home voyage in 1863, was buried at Alexandria, Egypt; Ellen, wife
of R. W. HOPKINS, of Prattsburgh, NY; Harlan Page; Frances, wife of Rev. E. H.
STRATTON of Branchport, NY; Robert P. and Julia G, the latter being Mrs. S. C.
BRADLEY, of Kings Ferry, NY. All
the sons of Dr. BUSH were soldiers in the Union army.
Harlan P. BUSH was born in 1837, and received his education at the
district schools and Cortland Academy. In
politics, he as always been a Republican. Mr. BUSH has been a teacher for a number of years, was school
commissioner from 1881 to 1884 and is also a successful farmer.
He was a soldier in the 15th NY Engineers, and was present at
the surrender of Lee. He married Samantha L. INGRAM*, in 1863, and their children
are: Fred W., Warner C., Ralph E., Irene, Charlotte L. and Mabel.
Robert P. BUSH is a physician of Horseheads, and is now serving his
seventh term as member of Assembly from Chemung.
He is Speaker of the House.
Thomas W., son of James B., and Nellie (HOUGHTALING) CAMPBELL, was born in this
town, May 22, 1856, and was educated at the common schools and Starkey Seminary,
after which he taught school for about six years. He now owns a large farm in the western part of the town.
In politics he is a Republican, and was justice of the peace, and justice
of sessions two terms each, and was elected supervisor at the last election.
Mr. CAMPBELL is a contributor to the Penn Yan papers. In 1882 he married Mary, daughter of Oscar CONLEY, of this
town, and they have one child, Edna, eight years old.
Samuel P. son of William and Elizabeth H. CARVEY, was born in Goshen, Orange
County, NY, July 19, 1814. In 1821
he came with his parents to Milo Center, this county, with a team, where they
remained for two years, and then removed to Jerusalem.
Samuel P. lived with his father until he reached his majority.
He never attended school after twelve years of age.
He hired out to one of the neighbors for thirteen dollars a month and
afterwards cut cord wood for twenty-five cents per cord.
His first purchase of land was made in the town of Italy, for which he
paid five dollars per acre. About
this time he learned the trade of cooper, working at it for thirteen years,
using the timber on his land, which was the only way he had of securing the
necessaries of life at that time. By
his energy and perseverance he now owns 517 acres of land, all in good state of
cultivation. He has always voted
with the Democratic party. Mr.
CARVEY married first, Hannah, daughter of Giles ROBISON, of Springport, NY, and
their children were Emily j., Charles (deceased), and Lewis.
Mrs. CARVEY died March 31, 1848. For
his second wife, he married Phear, daughter of Abram YOUNGS, of this town, and
his children by this union are John, Emma, Wilcox, Judson, and Alice.
John V., was born in Sussex County, NJ, September 23, 1839, where the first
seven years of his life were passed. In
1846 he came to New York State with his parents, locating in the town of Pultney,
Steuben County, where he resided until 1863, when he came to Bluff Point.
In the autumn of 1863 he united in marriage with Nancy A. DYKMAN.
One child was born to them,, Ida L., who is now the wife of S. H. VROOMAN,
of Penn Yan. After the death of his
wife, Mr. CASTERLINE again wedded, this time to Miss Bertha HAIGHT.
Two daughters were the fruit of this union. After his second bereavement he married Sarah FULKERSON, of
Big Flats. Three more daughters
have been added to the family circle, Stella B., Susie C., and Nellie S.
In the spring of 1891, Mr. CASTERLINE and family united with the Free
Baptist Church at Keuka College. He
is a most successful fruit grower and now owns a fine fruit farm on the east
branch of Lake Keuka. In politics
he is a staunch Democrat.
Elisha, son of Rowland and Mary (INGRAM) CHAMPLIN, was born in this town,
October 20, 1843, was educated at the district school and has been a farmer all
his life. He resides on a portion
of the homestead, a fine farm in the western part of this town.
Mr. CHAMPLIN has always voted the Democratic ticket.
He married Sarah, daughter of William and Melissa (GENUNG)
SISSON, of Italy, NY and they have two children, Mary S., who died aged
thirteen, and Charles Gardner CHAMPLIN.
Rowland, son of George W., and Araminta (HENDERSON) CHAMPLIN, was born March 21,
1847, and was educated at the common schools.
He has been a farmer all his life. In
politics he is a Republican. He
enlisted in January 1864, in Co. A., 50th NY engineers and wet to
Washington D.C., and from there to City Point, Va..
He was mustered out June 13, 1865. He
married Sarah J., daughter of Thomas DINEHART, of Potter, NY, and they have had
three children, Ella, George (deceased) and Peter CHAMPLIN.
Erastus, son of Erastus and Lois (DICKSON) COLE, was born April 29, 1820, in
this town, was educated at the common school and has always been a farmer.
He married Sarah, daughter of Henry LARZELERE, and had four children,
viz.: Mary; Ella, who died in December 1859; George H., and Ward I.
Mr. COLE has a fine fruit and vineyard farm in this town.
In politics he is a Republican. He
and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Kinney’s
Corners, of which he is one of the trustees.
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Family. Achilles, son of Samuel
COMSTOCK, was born in Connecticut in 1757.
He was a soldier in the Revolution and one of the Rangers employed in the
irregular warfare of the borders, which was fought with thrilling excitements.
The Tories and refugees were accustomed to drive away the cows and other
stock, and this property was carefully watched to save it from pillaging bands. To thwart these bands, led to many daring adventures and
narrow escapes, in which Mr. COMSTOCK was a participant. After the close of the war, Achilles married Sarah, daughter
of Elnathan BOTSFORD, Sr., and they had one son, Israel, and two daughters,
Apphia ad Martha. The family came
to the New Jerusalem in 1767 in company with the BOTSFORD family.
They made a purchase in 1799 of 400 acres on the north side of the
Friend’s estate in Jerusalem, which was a strip of land two miles long and 100
rods wide. Their title to this land
was involved in the long litigation which commenced in 1811 and ended in 1828,
and which caused them much trouble and anxious suspense as well as expenditure
of money. Mr. COMSTOCK was a
prominent citizen, and most of the time in the early years from 1803 to 1815,
held some office in the town. He
was an early adherent of the Methodists and his wife was a member of the
Friend’s Society. He died in
1832, aged seventy-five years, a much respected citizen. His wife died in 1845, aged seventy-nine, an exemplary and
devoted Christian. Their daughters
belonged to the sisterhood of the Friend’s Society. Israel COMSTOCK was born in Warington, Litchfield Co., Conn.,
in 1794. In 1800 he removed with
his father to Jerusalem, and on the same farm were he died, over sixty-five
years later. He distinctly
recollected his first visit to Penn Yan, which then had but two houses in it,
probably in 1798 or 1799. He for
many years held various town offices, the duties of which he discharged with
integrity and fidelity. He was
always a liberal and progressive man, and at the time of his death was president
of the Yates County Historical Society. He
was deeply interested in the objects of that organization, and resolutions
expressive of high respect for his memory were published by the society.
Few men were better acquainted with the men who filled a place in the
events which transpired in our early annals, and his many contributions were
always welcomed, as an addition to the history of times now fading fast from the
minds of men. For thirty-four years
he was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and most of the time an
official and leading member. His integrity was the key to his whole character, for it
produced that scrupulous fidelity to his trust and industry in its discharge
which caused him to be respected and honored by his fellow citizens.
He married in 1821, Jane, daughter of Thomas SUTTON, of Jerusalem.
She was born in Eversham, Burlington County, NJ, February 25, 1799. She lived on the farm where they first settled about
sixty-two years ago and her life covered mostly the entire history of this
county, from the time it was an unbroken wilderness.
She endured all the hardships and privations incident to a new country,
and being possessed of a strong mind and good judgment, she took a deep interest
in everything calculated to benefit her family or society in general.
She was for sixty-two years, a faithful and consistent member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Israel
COMSTOCK died in January 1866, aged seventy-one years, and Jane, his wife, died
October 2, 1884, aged eighty-six years. They
had three children, Botsford A., John J. and Sarah S.
Botsford A. COMSTOCK was born on the homestead, November 12, 1823, and is
well know throughout the county. He
held the office of justice of the peace in his native town for twenty years.
He was justice of sessions in this county in 1885-86.
His public career in his native town has been most creditable. He had confided to him the most delicate duties in the
settlement of estates. In these
matters of importance his judgment and advice has been much sought and has
secured the highest respect. For
fifty years he was an active and influential member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church of Potter, and was steward and leader for thirty-four years.
He died September 11, 1886, aged sixty-three years.
John J. COMSTOCK, second son of Israel was born July 30, 1826 and is an
honored and respected citizen, occupying an important position in the town in
which he lives. He resides on part of the old homestead.
He married Mary E., daughter of Robert MILLER of Pultney, and their
children are: Robert J., John A., George P. and Wilbur F. The latter two are
married. Sarah S. COMSTOCK lives on
her farm in Potter and also occupies part of the homestead farm in Jerusalem.
John J., son of Israel and Jane (SUTTON) COMSTOCK, was born July 30, 1826 in
Jerusalem, NY and was educated in
Penn Yan Academy, and has been a farmer in this town ever since.
He has been a Republican ever since the party was organized, and has been
commissioner of highways for three terms and in 1887 was elected justice of the
peace and still holds that office. His
family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He is one of the oldest members of the Milo Lodge, F. and A.M., at Penn
Yan, NY. He married Mary Elizabeth,
daughter of Robert and Susan (WAGNER) MILLER of Pultney, NY. Their children are: Robert I., born March 15, 1855; John A.
born March 26, 1858; George B., born March 26, 1862; and Wilber F., born
November 21, 1863.
Leman, son of Christopher and Abigail (WASHBURNO COREY, was born in Italy, NY,
August 10, 1831, and after the common schools received his education at Ann
Arbor, Mich. After leaving college
he returned to the farm, where he has been very successful, both in Italy and
Jerusalem. In 1877 he purchased
what is know as the SQUIER farm, on the boundary line between Italy and
Jerusalem, which was owned by his wife’s father, Nathaniel, SQUIER.
Mr. COREY married, September 3, 1856, Hannah, daughter of Nathaniel and
Phebe (WELLS) SQUIER, of Jerusalem, NY, and their children are: Harriet D.,
Olivia, who married Dr. John Arden CONLEY, of Middlesex, NY; Carrie P., and
Charles H.S. COREY. In politics Mr. COREY is a Democrat.
Franklin, son of William and Phebe (SWIFT) CULVER, was born April 12, 1816 in
Ledyard, Cayuga County, NY, was educated at the common schools of that time and
came with his parents to this town in 1836, and has been a farmer all his life.
In politics a Democrat, he has been commissioner of highways one term,
and assessor of this town four years. He
married Harriet, daughter of Capt. John PHELPS, of Bradford, Steuben County, NY,
and they had ten children: Angeline and Mary Jane (deceased); John, who married
Mary CUMMINGS; Amanda M., who married Hiram COLE; Julia, who married Benjamin
EGGLESTON; Frank, Harriet and William (deceased); Fed, and Vincent, who
married Carrie RACE. First
wife died in 1868; married Almeda HEWITT, widow of Lucius HEWITT in 1871.
Edgar E., son of Joseph and Rachel (CORWIN) DAVIS, was born April 12, 1839.
He has three brothers: Miles A., who lives at Havana, NY; Melvin J., and
George D., who lives in this town. Edgar
was educated at the district schools, learned the carpenter’s trade, but
afterwards went to farming and has been a farmer ever since.
In politics Mr. DAVIS is a Republican, and he has been assessor of
Jerusalem for three years. He
married Frances L., daughter of Cyrus SHERWOOD, of this town, and their children
are: Florence L., Clarence C. N., John Clinton, and Harriet Jane, all of whom
Watkin, is a descendant from Thomas and Eleanor DAVIS; they were born in Wales
and came to America in 1800. They
settled at Newport, Herkimer County, NY, with their family of three sons and two
daughters. Thomas, the father of
our subject, came to Benton, Yates County, NY in 1814. He married Irene PERRY, a widow born in 1774, whose maiden
name was WATKINS and who was also a native of Wales. They settled on a farm abut one mile west of Penn Yan, where
they were original settlers. Their
children were Hannah, James T., Stephen N., Mary J., Watkin and Eleanor.
Watkin DAVIS was born March 31, 1819 and was educated at the common
schools of that time and was brought up on the farm and has been a successful
farmer in the town of Jerusalem. He
also owns a fine orange grove in Deleon springs, Volusia County, Florida, where
he spends the winter months. He has
been a breeder of short-horn Durham cattle. In politics he has always been an
ardent supporter of the Republican party and has been supervisor of Jerusalem
two terms and justice of the peace for about twelve years.
He and his family are members of the Baptist Church of Penn Yan, NY. Mr.
DAVIS married for his first wife, Emeline BEARD, February 10, 1847, and they had
three children, Ida, born December 27, 1837, married Clark C. DILDINE of
Hammondspoirt, NY; James Watkin, born May 23, 1862;
John Stephen, born March 14, 1864, married Lavina P., daughter of John
POWELL of Rock Island County, Ills., and they have one son, Watkin Powell DAVIS;
Emeline, died March 20, 1885. Mr.
DAVIS married for the second time, Mary E., widow of Major BIERS, of this town,
April 6, 1887.
Albert E., son of Benjamin, who married for his first wife. Eliza RANDOLPH; they
had four children: Sarah M., Elizabeth, Jeptha, and Mary J. and for his second
wife, he married Fannie MARRINER, of Benton, NY, and they had four children:
Amanda M., William M., Albert E. and Persis.
Albert E. was born January 30, 1844, in Torrey, NY.
He was educated at the common schools and at Penn Yan Academy.
After leaving school he went to work on a farm in Livingston County, NY
and remained there until he enlisted in the service of his country, December
1862. He entered Co. I., 148th
Regiment, and was in the Army of the Potomac.
He was at the battles of Fortress Monroe, Drury’s Bluff, Cold Harbor,
Petersburg, and was at Richmond at the time of General Lee’s surrender.
He was mustered out in 1865 at the close of the war.
Returning to this town he purchased a farm which he has greatly improved. He is a Republican in politics.
Mr. DEAN married Sarah Jane, daughter of Davis BERGSTRESSER, of Potter,
NY, and they have three children: Nora J., Clarhes and Lizzie, all living.
Julius Z., son of Alexander and Lois (GRISWOLD) DEAN, was born in Italy, NY,
July 9, 1831, and was the eldest of the children of whom the others were: Ezra
V., Sarah M., Abraham V. (deceased); Dianthum M., Elizabeth and Loie A.
Julius was educated at the common schools.
He has been a farmer all his life, and in politics is a Republican.
He and his family are members of the M. E. Church of Branchport, NYL.
Mr. DEAN married Harriet, daughter of Chester TINNEY, of this town,
January 1, 1855. Their children are Alice Alida, who married James CORWIN;
Carrie E., who married Edwin SQUIER; and Minnie M., who lives with her parents.
John A., (b. 1807) is a descendant on the maternal side of Abiel CARPENTER, who
served in the Revolutionary War and was at the battle of Bunker Hill; on the
paternal side, of Alexander ENOS, of Connecticut.
He is the son of Newton and Mercy ENOS, and was born in Canton, NY.
At an early day they settled at Hoosick Falls, NY, remaining there a few
years, then removed to Whitestown, NY. They
had eight sons and three daughters, John A., being the eldest child.
He lived with his father until eighteen years of age, then went as an
apprentice to a tanner and currier at Marcellus, NY.
While he was there General LA FAYETTE and his son came to that place and
young Enos shook hands with the distinguished guests. From there, Mr. ENOS came to Jerusalem, NY, and bought a farm
on which he still lives. He has
been a very successful farmer. In
politics he is a Democrat. He
married first, Mary Ann, daughter of Hull SHEPPARD of Skaneateles, NY, who died
in 1880. They had two sons, Isaac
Newton, who died when six years old, and George A., who died in 1880, aged
forty-eight years. For his second
wife, Mr. ENOS married Mariah, daughter of Albert COWEN of this town.
John, son of Barney and Ann (FARREL) FINNIGAN, was born in Pultney, NY, was
educated at the common schools and lived on the farm until the war, when he
enlisted in Co. I, 34th NY Regt. In April 1861.
He was in the Army of the Potomac under Gen. Mc CLELLAN and was in the
battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, where he was wounded in the left arm, Fair
Oakes and Savage Station. He was
mustered out of the service in 1863. After
his term expired he went to Salamanca, NY, and engaged in the lumber business,
remaining there two years. He then
came to this town and opened a blacksmith shop at Kinney’s Corners, but soon
after engaged in farming and fruit raising in this town, in which he has been
successful. Mr. FINNIGAN was
elected supervisor for one term, and is the present overseer of highways in this
place. He married Rebecca, daughter
of John C. FITZWATER, of this town, and they have two children, Ella and Carrie.
In politics Mr. FINNIGAN is a Democrat.
John, a native of Yorkshire, England, came to Geneva, NY, about 1835.
He resided there five years, then settled in Jerusalem, where he lived
until his death in 1881. Of his six children four survive: John Jr., was born in 1838
and married Elizabeth, daughter of Benona PEARCE, by whom he had four children,
two of whom are living, Jennie E. and Edwin B.
Mr. GELDER has a farm of 140 acres and a grape vineyard of twenty acres.
He has served as assessor one year.
Mr. GELDER owns the farm where his father settled over fifty years ago.
Robert, was one of the early setters of the town of Starkey, Yates County, and
made the first clearing on the farm where he settled.
He was the father of ten children; one son, Ezra, born in 1812, was a
native of that town. He married
Eliza A. TOMER, of Pultney, and moved to a farm in Jerusalem, where he died.
They had four children, two of whom survive, Elwyn and Mary, wife of E.G.
CLARK. Ezra died in 1874 and his
wife in 1858. Elwyn HAIRE was born
July 31, 1846, and married Malinda CHASE, of this town, by whom he had four
children, Walter L., Ann Eliza, Jennie R., and Vernon W.
Elwyn and wife are members of the M. E. Church at Branchport, of which
church Mr. HAIRE is steward, having served in that capacity since 1874.
James K, son of John and Abigail (BROWN) HARRIS, the youngest of eleven
children, was born December 8, 1845, in this town, was educated in the district
schools of Jerusalem and has been a farmer all his life.
In politics he is an Independent. He
married Mary, daughter of Moses and Honor HARTWELL, of this town, and they live
on the HARTWELL homestead in the northern part of the town, and have two
children, Grace E., and Charles E., both living.
George G., son of Cephas and Hezekiah (EDSON) HAYES, was born December 25, 1819
in Prattsburgh, NY. His education
was at the common schools. At the
age of twenty he began farming and lumbering at Prattsburgh. After a few years
he removed to Geneva, NY, but remained there only a year, returning to his
native town where he remained four years, and from there he removed to Italy,
NY, and bought a farm of 500 acres and brought the greater part of it to
cultivation. In 1871 he removed to
Jerusalem, near Penn Yan and bought a small fruit farm, where he is enjoying his
later days in retirement. In
politics Mr. HAYES is a Republican. His
first wife was Lucinda BURKE, who lived about four years.
He married second, Eleanor ROBSON, who died aged sixty-one years.
By this union there were three sons, Warren H., a successful architect,
residing in Minneapolis, Minn.; Charles, died aged sixteen and George R., who
lives in York, Pa. For his
third wife, Mr. HAYES married Jennie, daughter of Thomas GELDER, of Italy, NY,
and they have two children, Bertha Salena and Guy G. HAYES.
George W., son of George and Margaret (HOFFSTATER) HECK, was born December 28,
1839 in this town. He was educated
at the common schools and worked on the farm until the outbreak of the war, when
he enlisted March 10, 1864, in Co. F., 179th NY Vols.
He was in the Army of the Potomac under Gen. BURNSIDE’S command, and
participated in the engagement at Petersburgh, at the mine explosion, Reams’s
Station, Popular Spring Grove and Hatcher’s Run.
He was mustered out on June 8, 1865, at Alexandria, Va.
He is a member of the G.A.R. post at Penn Yan, NY.
He is now owner of a fine fruit farm on Bluff Point.
He has always been a Republican in politics and has been assessor of this
town for a number of years, holding this office at the present time.
He married Rosalinda, daughter of John SHEPPARD, of this town, and they
have one child, Nellie G.
George W., son of Walter P. and Rachel (CLARK) HOBART, was born April 13, 1844,
in Potter, NY. And was educated at the common schools and enlisted at Penn Yan,
August 30, 1862 in the 44th Regt. NY Infantry.
He participated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Rappahoannock Station, Mine Run, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Laurel Hill.
At the latter place he was wounded in the head and hip joint on May 8,
1864 and was also wounded in the thigh at Gettysburg, Pa, on July 2, 1863.
Mr. HOBART had been supervisor of this town for one term, and for two
terms has been commander of Post 93, G.A.R. at Penn Yan, NY.
He married October 4, 1869, Sarah Adelaide, daughter of James T. DAVIS,
and their children are Mary Lucile, Grace Aneata, Castella Nette, and Julia.
Mr. HOBART is a Republican in politics and both he and his family are
members of the M. E. Church of Yatesville, NY.
He is one of the successful farmers of Jerusalem.
William T., son of Aaron and Lucy (THOMAS) HURD, was born in Reading, NY,
December 13, 1835. He was educated
at the common schools and Dundee Academy. After
leaving school he came to Jerusalem and remained a short time.
He then went to Watkins, NY, and erected a planing-mill and box factory,
remaining about three years. Mr.
HURD then returned to this town and purchased a farm of 130 acres in the western
part of the town. This he converted
into a model farm. In politics Mr.
HURD is Republican, and has always taken an active part in the affairs of his
adopted town, having been supervisor of Jerusalem in the years 1875-76 and 1882.
Mr. HURD is a self made man, and one of sterling integrity.
He and his family are members of the M. E. Church of Branchport. He married Phebe, daughter of William P. and Betsey A.
(TOWNSEND) HIBBARD, a native of this town.
Their children were Fred H., who died aged four years; Herbert, who died
aged two years; Schuyler H., Gertrude P., William P. and Hattie L. HURD.
The last four are living with their parents.
Benjamin, son of Elisha and Charlotte (KNICKERBOCKER) KINYOUN, was born February
10, 1822, in Pine Plains, Dutchess County, NY.
He came to this town in 1842 and settled on Bluff Point, where he has
been a successful farmer and fruit grower.
He owns 210 acres of highly cultivated land. In politics he is a Republican.
He married Lucy H., daughter of John and Lucy (STANLEY) MANGAS, who was
born in Lenawee County, Mich., July 28, 1830.
Their children were: Charles B., Mary E., who died aged twenty-four;
Eugene E., Homer L., Eva, who died aged four; Leroy M., Edward F. and John
William B., son of Henry and Rebecca (DURHAM) LARZELERE, was born January 27,
1831 in Jerusalem, NY. He was
educated at the common schools and lives with his father until he was twenty-on
years of age, when he went to Wisconsin. After
returning to his native State, he enlisted in Co., F., 179th NY
Regt., which went into the Virginia campaign, and was under command of General
BURNSIDE. His company was in the
front at the siege of Petersburg, and after three days fighting and the mine
explosion, which occurred July 30, 1864, there were but nine men left of this
company, which a few months before had mustered eighty-three men.
Mr. LARZELERE was at the battles of Cold Harbor, Reams Station, Va,
Poplar Spring Grove, Hatcher’s Run, the final taking of Petersburg, and the
surrender of Lee’s army near Appomattox.
He was mustered out June 8, 1865 at Alexandria, Va.
Returning to Ontario County, NY, he then bought a farm, where he remained
ten years. Selling his farm, he
removed to Kansas, but meeting with misfortune, he woo returned to his native
State and in 1879 came to Jerusalem again, purchasing a vineyard farm of
thirty-two acres. Mr. LARZELERE
married Sarah A., daughter of Robert P. and Frances (BELKNAPP) SHEPPARD, of
Italy, NY and their children are Helen M, Florence A. (deceased), Herman G. and
Herbert L. (twins), who now reside in Rochester, NY; and Adelia May.
by Dianne Thomas
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