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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Jerome B., son of John and Lydia (TRIPP) MACE, was born September 29, 1845,
Jerome B. being the sixth child. His
brothers and sisters were Hiram G., John C., Cyrus (deceased), James R., Leroy
and Caroline. Jerome was educated at the common schools, was brought up on
the farm and has always followed the farmer’s life, in which he has been
successful. In politics he is
Republican January 30, 1876, he
married Mary Eva, daughter of Nathaniel G., and Mary (BITLEY) HIBBARD, of this
town, and they have one child, Howard J., born March 30, 1878.
George W., son of Garret and Laura (CLARK) MARTIN was born June 6, 1825, in this
town, and was educated at the common schools.
He has been a farmer and fruit grower all his life. In politics a Republican, Mr. MARTIN has been commissioner of
highways of this town two terms, 1877-78. He
married Emily, daughter of Oren STEBBINS of Potter, NY.
Their children are E. Clark, Charles E. (deceased) and Oren S.
La Fayette, son of John, was born in Dutchess County, NY, in 1825 and the same
year his father came to the town of Jerusalem, and purchased a large tract of
land, converting it into a valuable farm, a portion of which is still in the
MERRITT family. Of nine children,
only one brother, Van Rensselaer is living, a resident of Missouri, and two
sisters, Mrs. TEATS and Mrs. DAVIS, of Penn Yan are living. In 1859, Mr. MERRITT married Hannah BENNETT of Milo.
By this marriage there was one son, Elmer, who resides with his mother on
the farm. Mr. MERRITT was honest,
honorable and kind. He had a lively sense of the beautiful and orderly, as one
could see by a visit to his farm and fruit orchard.
He had first refuted to cultivate the grape, because they were converted
into wine, but when the market brought them for table use, he began their
cultivation. When it was
proposed to found a college on the lake, he was one of its enthusiastic
supporters. In 1836 he joined the
Wesleyan Church of Penn Yan, and was a member until the church disbaned. Sometime afterwards he united with the M. E. Church, of which
he was a member until he died.
John A., son of Smith M. MILLER, was born in Poundridge, Westchester County, NY,
March 9, 1835. When eight years of
age, his father moved to Pultney, Steuben County, NY.
In 1850, John A. came to Branchport, and learned the blacksmith’s trade
of D. H. BENNETT, and has been a resident of the town ever since.
He married Elizabeth A. DURHAM, of this town and has six children living.
He has carried on the blacksmithing business since 1856.
J. C., M.D., for twenty-five years the leading photographer of Penn Yan, was
born in Orange County in 1823. At
an early age his parents moved to Onondaga County, where he entered the Central
Medical College of Syracuse, and graduated from the same in 1849.
For fifty-two years in connection whit his other business, he was a
prominent and successful physician. In
1859 he came to Penn Yan, and having a knowledge of the daguerrean business,
opened a gallery for that purpose, daguerrotypes and ambrotypes being the only
pictures made in those days, outside of the large cities.
Dr. MILLS was the first to introduce photographs to the people of Yates
County. He retired from business in
1882; the last few years of his life being spent in Florida, where he died April
History and Directory of Yates County, New
York by Stafford C. Cleveland.
History of Yates County, Page 464-465 (excerpt) this information contributed by: Jackie Bunnell ~ Ogden
Mary, daughter of Daniel Brown, Jr., born in 1818*, married Mordecai Ogden, of Penn Yan. They subsequently moved to Elmira where he was largely interested in real estate, and where he died. Their children were Alfred B., J Lorimer, and Louise. Mrs. Ogden resides with her brother Alfred Brown, at Penn Yan. Alfred B. married Sarah Carpenter, of Missouri, and resides in the city of New York. J. Lorimer married Josephine Goundry, of Dresden, and resides at Penn Yan. They have a daughter Mary. Louise married Smith H. Mallory, son of Smith L. Mallory, former Sheriff of Yates County. They reside at Chariton, Iowa, and have one daughter, Jessie. (* actually born 1808; she died 8/6/1892; aged 82y per Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan. )
Additional information: (sources: LDS 1870/1880 NY Census )
Mordecai Ogden was born 1798 in Penn Yan, Yates Co., NY; spouse Mary Brown was born in Jerusalem Twp., Yates Co. Their son, Alfred B. Ogden, born 1833/34 in Yates Co., and spouse Sarah Carpenter, had two known children, Addie, born 1856, and Samuel B., born 1860. The family relocated to New York City about 1869 where Alfred pursued a career in architecture. He died Dec. 25, 1895 in NYC.
Jacob S. son of James Sr., and Nancy (BILLINGTON) PARIS, was born February 5,
1828 in Palatine, Montgomery County , NY and went to Wheeler, Steuben County, in
1833, remaining there until February 1845, when he came to Branchport, NY.
Young PARIS was educated at the common schools of that time.
He enlisted in Co. A., 50th NY Engineer Corps, August 31,
1864, remaining in the service until the close of the war.
HE was stationed at Washington, D.C. most of the time. He then returned to this town, and has been a dealer in
general merchandise and a carpenter, for about six years. He is at present, general agent for Conklin & Ellsworth,
coal merchants, at Branchport, NY. In
politics he has always been a Republican. He
has been a supporter of the Universalist Church of Branchport, NY.
Mr. PARIS married on September 25, 1855, Eliza A., daughter of Simeon
DANES, of this town, and they had one child, Fremont, born November 2, 1856, who
was drowned January 2, 1872.
James, son of Davis and Experience (PIERCE) PECKINS, was born in Shrewsbury,
Mass., in 1800 and later came to this town, settling on a farm. Here he married Matilda, daughter of Edward and Mahaliah
BROWNELL of this town. She was born
in Johnstown, NY in 1804 and with her parents came to this town when twelve
years of age. By occupation a
farmer, Mr. PECKINS was also postmaster of this town for one or two terms.
He was a Republican in politics, and he and his family were members of
the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Mr.
PECKINS died April 11, 1874. His
wife is till living on the homestead. Their
children were George B., Edward L., Olive L., Benjamin B. (deceased), Sabrian,
Mary Amanda (deceased), James B., and Oscar F. (deceased).
James, son of William and Mariah (MEE) PEPPER, was born in Wymeswold,
Leicestershire, England, February 28, 1841.
He came to Benton, NY in 1863 and remained there about four years.
He then came to this town and in 1874 bought 100 acres of Bluff Point,
where he ahs been a successful fruit grower.
In politics he is Republican. His
family are members of the M. E. Church at Bluff Point.
He married first, Mary JOYNES, of Nottingham, England and their children
were Annie, who married Cyrus J. THAYER; James H., who married Myrtie E. COLE;
Alonzo, Jessie E. and Mabel. Mrs.
PEPPER died June 20, 1875 and for his second wife, Mr. PEPPER married Celestia
CAMPBELL, of Jerusalem.
Samuel, son of Amos and Abigail (CLARK) PERRY, was born in Jerusalem, October 6,
1824, received his education at the common schools and lived with his father
until twenty-two years of age, at which time he came into possession of a farm
through his father, and since that time has added to his original purchase,
until he now owns 103 acres near Penn Yan, making a fine farm.
Mr. PERRY has taken no active part in politics, though he has nearly
always voted the Democratic ticket, the exceptions being when he cast his vote
for Lincoln and Grant. He married June 1, 1850, Mary E., daughter of Peter J.
DINEHART, of Potter, NY. They had
one daughter, Ann Eliza, born April 221, 1852, and died aged eleven years and
Daniel Jr., son of Daniel and Elizabeth (PERRY) PLAISTED, was born in Milo, NY,
June 15, 1857, educated at Penn Yan Academy and remained on the farm with his
father until 1879. Young PLAISTED
came to this town and purchased a fine farm, with vineyards and other fruits.
He married December 15, 1879, Ada M., daughter of Charles E. BROWN, of
Independence, Allegheny Co., NY. They
have one child, Ernest C., born May 11, 1884.
Frank H., son of Isaac and Sarah (STEWART) PURDY, was born in this town, April
19, 1839. He received his education
at the common schools and Penn Yan Academy, after which he returned to the farm,
where he as been very successful in raising of fruit, especially grapes, of
which he as a fine vineyard on the road from Penn Yan to Branchport.
In politics he is a Farmers; Alliance, was elected as the first president
of Yates County Farmers’ Alliance, re-elected and holds that position at
present. Mr. PURDEY and wife attend
the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at Branchport. He
married November 3, 1863, Emma C. HUSTED, of Potter, NY.
Isaac S., was born in Dutchess County, NY, moved with his family to this county
in 1827, and settled in the western part of the town of Jerusalem.
He married Ann, daughter of Thomas OWEN, of Westchester County, NY.
His son Joseph, was born March 13, 1825 in Dutchess County, NY, but came
with his parents when two years old, to this county.
He had one brother, Thomas O., and one sister, Sarah A. They remained on that farm about six years, then sold out and
removed to the eastern part of the same town in1833, where they have since
resided. Isaac S. PURDY died
February 14, 1876, and Ann his wife, on April 10 of the same year.
Mr. PURDY was educated at the Penn Yan schools and has always been a
farmer. He is a Republican in
politics and has been supervisor two terms, 1880-81 and also inspector several
times. His family are members of
the Baptist Church at Penn Yan. He
married Margaret E. daughter of Thomas BENNETT, of Benton, NY, and their
children are: Ella; John, who married Jessie MAC KAY of Penn Yan; Ida G, married
William C. MILLS of Chicago; Thomas B. (deceased); Mary C., of Brooklyn; George
O.; Ann; Agnes; Isaac Seymour; Charles M.; and Henry Clinton.
Edward N., son of R. Selden and Frances Theresa (CAMMANN) ROSE, was born in this
town, May 1, 1856, was educated at the common schools of the town and has always
been a Democrat in politics. He has
held the office of supervisor two terms and town clerk one term, although the
town is Republican by a large majority. Mr.
ROSE lives with his mother on the old homestead.
John, son of James and Mary Ann (WILLIAMS) SANDERSON, was born in County Cavan,
Ireland, July 6, 1838, and came to this country April 30, 1859, settling in
Bath, NY. He enlisted in August
1862, in the 161st NY Regt. And participated in the following
engagements: Store Plains, Port Hudson, Donalsonville, Sabine Pass, Sabine Cross
Roads, Pleasant Hill, Spanish Fort and Mobile.
During his last year in the army, he was made sergeant-major of the
regiment and never missed a day’s duty during his entire service.
He received his discharge September 20, 1865.
He then came to this town and purchased a vineyard of fifteen acres on
the west branch of Keuka Lake, which he has brought to a fine state of
cultivation. He married Eliza,
daughter of Lewis LONGWELL, of Urbana, NY, and their children were as follows:
James B., Oliver R., and Edward L. His
first wife died April 14, 1875, and he married, secondly, Emily L. RAZY, of this
town, and by this union there are five children: Marion, Ida J., Margaret, Anna
R. and John R.
Urial W., son of Bartleson and Hannah (POTTER) SHEARMAN, was born in this town
May 7, 1847. He had one sister,
Josephine (deceased), who married Charles E. HEWEY, and one brother, Charles S.,
who died aged nine years. Mr.
SHEARMAN has always been Republican in politics.
He resides on the old homestead in what is known as “Shearman’s
Hollow”. He married first,
Frances WATKINS, by whom he had one child, Willie A.
He married second Harriet COREY, of this town.
Cyrus, son of Daniel and Jane (CHASE) SHERWOOD, was born June 26, 1827, in this
town, was educated at the common schools. When a young man he was engaged in getting out heavy timber
for ship building, following that occupation for about twenty seven years.
He enlisted in August 1862, in Co. A, 126th Regt. NY Vols.,
and went to Harper’s Ferry, Va., where he was captured and sent to Chicago,
but was soon exchanged and then went to Union Mills, Va., and was mustered out
at Bailey’s Cross Roads, Va. Returning
thence to this town, he has been a farmer ever since.
He is a Republican in politics. He
married Jane, daughter of Jesse C. GRANT, of Thurston, Steuben County, NY, in
1851. Their children are Frances
L., who married Edgar E. DAVIS; Chapman D., who married Maggie S., daughter of
Matthew HENDERSON, they have one son, James H. SHERWOOD, born July 10, 1886;
Carrie E. (deceased), who married Frank L. JOHSON, by whom he had one child,
Henry Rose, son of Samuel and Susan (ROSE) SILL, was born in Geneva, NY.
His mother died when he was four years of age, and his uncle, Henry ROSE,
of this town, adopted and educated him at Geneva, NY.
Mr. SILL then returned and remained on the farm with his uncle until Mr.
ROSE died. Mr. SILL now owns the
old homestead, which is one of the finest farms in Jerusalem and is stocked with
fine graded horses and cattle. He
is a Republican, was elected supervisor two terms, 1889 & 1890, and has
always taken an active part in the affairs of the town.
He is a member of Milo Lodge F.A.M. of Penn Yan, NY.
May 5, 1880, he married Mary Ida, daughter of Charles STEBBINS, of
Branchport, NY, and their children are Henry Rose, Elizabeth Nelson and Mary
Cornelia. Mr. SILL and his family
are members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Branchport, NY.
Jonathan, one of the sons of George SISSON, of the Friend’s society, was a
cavalry soldier under Aaron REMER in the War of 1812, for which he received a
warrant of 160 acres of land. He
married Catharine VOSBINER, of Milo. In
1827 they removed to Jerusalem, and both died in 1857, he at the age of seventy
three and his wife aged seventy. Their
children were William, George, Joshua, David, Harrison, and Bethany.
William Married Melissa, daughter of William GENUNG; George is a resident
of Addison, NY; Joshua died in 1867, unmarried at the age of forty six; David
married Charlotte, daughter of Zachariah COONS, of Jerusalem.
He died in California in 1850, leaving one daughter, Bethany, who married
James A. COLE, and has two children, Fred G. and Glennis B.
Harrison SISSON born in 1829, married in 1852, Charlotte, widow of his
brother, David. They have one son,
David H., who married Sarah P. MILLER and has four children, Jeptha P., Irene
M., Harry G. and Clarence D.
SMITH, Eberly E., son of Morgan and Annis (JOHNSON) SMITH, was born May 5, 1843, at Penn Yan, NY, was educated at the common schools and lived with his father until about twenty-four years of age. His father, Morgan SMITH, came to Jerusalem and purchased a farm of 168 acres in the western part of town, when Eberle was ten years of age. Twenty-four years ago the latter bought the farm of 168 acres of his father, near his first purchase, but not joining, making 368 acres. Mr. SMITH has always been a Republican in politics, and he is now a member of the Farmers’ Alliance. While not a member of any religious denomination, both he and his family attend the Baptist Church at Italy Hill. October 17, 1867, he married Alice A., daughter of Chester STODDARD, of this town. Their children are Chester M., Grace S., Edna , Edwin and Eben (twins), the latter deceased.
Nat, son of Ezra and Helen (KENNEDY) SQUIER, was born December 10, 1859, in
Italy, NY, was educated at the common schools and at Franklin Academy, at
Prattsburg, NY. Soon after
finishing his education he began teaching school, and for three years he has
been principal of Branchport Schools. He
also owns a fine fruit farm at Larzelere Corners, in this town.
He is a Prohibitionist in politics.
Mr. SQUIER, married Margaret A., daughter of Perry and Jane (MUNGER)
ADAMS, of this town and they have four children: Perry Albert, Lloyd, Ezra and
Joseph G., son of James and Desire (GOODSELL) STEVER, was born May 4,
1842, in this town, was educated at the district schools and under the tutorship
of Prof. N.W. AYER, of Penn Yann, NY. After
leaving school he went on to the farm
and has been very successful in that industry.
In politics he is a Democrat. He
married Mary, daughter of Andrew CORYELL, of Pultney, NY, March 27, 1872. Mrs. STEVER is a member of the Presbyterian Church of
Leonard., son of James and Desire (GOODSELL) STEVER, was born March 24, 1831 in
Columbia County, NY, and came to this town when eighteen months old.
He was educated in the district schools and Franklin Academy at
Prattsburgh, NY. He lived with his
father until twenty-four years of age and went to Pultney, Steuben County, NY
and purchased a farm for himself, remaining there two years, then traded his
farm for one in the southern part of this town and after residing there two
years, sold the farm. Most of his
time up to the year 1868 was spent on the Samuel S. ELLSWORTH farm until the
purchase of the farm where he now lives, which is in a fine state of
cultivation. He is a Democrat in
politics. Both he and his family
are members of the Universalist Church of Branchport, NY.
He married Susan, daughter of Robert and Susan (WAGENER) MILLER, of
Pultney, NY, and their children are Laura Jane, born November 15, 1856, married
Jasper C. SHULL, of Branchport; Elbert Miller STEVER, born March 31, 1864,
married Lena E. PARIS, October 30, 1889 and in the mercantile business with his
father-in-law, in Branchport; Fred, born July 28, 1866, lives with his parents.
Harlan Page, son of Joseph G. and Rebecca (MAHAN) STURDEVANT, was born March 1,
1838, in Prattsburgh, NY, was educated at the common schools and Prattsburgh
Academy and was brought up on a farm, learning the lumber business with his
father. When the war broke out he
enlisted in Co. E., 101 Regiment NY Infantry, and went on garrison duty at
Washington, DC. He was with General
KEARNEY’s Division in the Virginia campaign, and was captured at
Chancellorsville, and kept about ten days; was exchanged and went back to his
regiment, but was captured a second time June 1, 1864 and taken to Andersonville
and Millen, where he was held prisoner until November 20.
His term of enlistment had expired during his imprisonment, and eh was
mustered out in New York City, January 30, 1864.
He then came home and for occupation purchased an interest in the
vineyard lands on the east hill of Bluff Point, with G. W. NICHOLS and Rev.
Stephen VORHIS, owning now two thirds of this beautiful vineyard, which
comprises fifty two acres. Mr.
STURDEVANT is a member of the GAR at Pultney, NY.
He and his family are members of the Baptist Church of Wayne, NY.
February 15, 1886, he married Ella A. WILLIAMS, a widow and daughter of
Anson HILL. She had one child by
her first husband, Guy WILLIAMS, and by her second marriage has a daughter,
Celia A. STURDEVANT.
Ransford C., son of Jonas and Catharine (CRAMER) TIMMERMAN, was born April 15,
1840 at St. Johnsville, Herkimer County, NY.
In 1849 he went to Jasper, Steuben County, NY, and was educated at the
district schools of that place. He
enlisted at Rome, NY, in Co. I., 81st regiment, NY Vol., on November
28, 1861, and went into the army of the Potomac with Gen. George B. MC CLELLAN
in command. Participated in the
Peninsular campaign, was taken sick at Yorktown, recovered and rejoined the
regiment on Mc CLELLAN’s retreat from Fair Oaks. From there he went into South Carolina, under command of
General HUNTER, to join in the siege of Charleston, thence back to Newbern, NC,
where he took part in the Trenton raid, NC, and the battled at Norhtwest
Landing, Va. While there, he
re-enlisted for three years or until the close of the war in the same company
and regiment. For a short time
afterwards he was in the army of the James under General BUTLER, but was
transferred and was in the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., and on June 3, 1864, he
lost his left arm. He was then sent
to the hospital at Alexandria, VA., and from there to Fort Schuyler, East River,
New York City, where he was mustered out October 26, 1864.
He afterward spent one year in the quartermaster’s department at
Elmira. He came to this town in
1865 and has been engaged in farming and fruit growing. In politics he is a Republican.
He is a member of Henry C. Lyon Post, No. 535, GAR.
AT Pultney, NY, November 7, 1865, he married Agnes E., daughter of John
MITCHELL, of Branchport, NY, and their children are Lee M. (deceased), Grace A.
and Harold M.
Benajah, son of Meli and Lydia (OVENSHIRE) TODD, was born March 17, 1829 in
Barrington, NY. One year later he
came to this town with his parents. He
was educated at the common schools and has been a farmer all his life.
In politics he was a Republican. He
and his family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Branchport, and
he was one of the trustees for many years.
June 10, 1849, he married Ann Jennette, daughter of Gilbert LAMB, and
they had one daughter, Emma A., who married Phineas TYLER, of Branchport, a
solider in the late Rebellion, who lost an arm at the battle of the Wilderness.
They had one adopted son, Charles H. BEADEN TODD, who married Lucinda
SHEPARD, and also a granddaughter, Anna M. TYLER, whom they reared.
She married John L. LAFLER, and they reside on the farm with Mrs. TODD.
Benajah TODD died May 2, 1885.
Charles E., son of Charles J., and Catherine (CASTNER) TOWNSEND, was born April
9, 1848, in Torrey, and received his education in the common schools of the
town. He enlisted in the general
service of the United States at Buffalo, NY, February 7, 1866, and went to
Richmond, VA, where he was in the paymaster’s service for about eighteen
months. He then went to Mississippi
and was mustered out at Grenada, that State, February 7, 1869.
He returned to this county and was appointed keeper of the Yates County
almshouse, which position he filled at different times for nine years and is the
present incumbent. In politics he is a Republican.
He married February 22, 1871, Nancy E., daughter of W. J. SMITH of
Dresden, NY, and their children are Maude E., Fred W., and Ada M., who died aged
Joseph R., was born in Jerusalem, Ontario County, NY, in the year 1815.
In the year 1843 he united in marriage with Miss Eliza RUNNER, of
Jerusalem, Yates County, NY. By this union, three children were born to them.
The only surviving child is J. Wilber, who was born March 24, 1848.
In the year of 1871 he united in marriage with Miss Delight C. ANDRUS, of
Jerusalem, Yates County, NY, born March 4, 1851.
By this union five children were born to them, viz.: Hermon R., born in
1872; Florence E., and Flora L., born in 1875; Myrtie A., born in 1877, and
Addie C. born in 1879. In the year
1888, death entered the home of Mr. TOWNSEND, tearing from his embrace his
companion with whom he had commenced the voyage of live seventeen years before.
Mrs. TOWNSEND was deeply mourned, not only by her family, but also by a
wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Branchport, a
consistent Christian, a devoted wife, and loving mother.
In 1890, Mr. TOWNSEND married Belle, sister of his former wife.
Bell was born in 1857; she is a consistent Christian, a member of the
Methodist Church of Branchport. She
is a devoted wife, a kind and affectionate mother; one child born to them who
died in infancy. Mr. TOWNSEND owns
a fine farm of 150 acres. The
family are members of the M. E. Church of Branchport.
TUYL, William F., son of Silas H. and Mariah F. (RANDOLPH) VAN TUYL, was born
October 23, 1838, was educated at the common schools and select school in Penn
Yan, under the tutorship of Prof. N. W. AYER, and after finishing his education,
he taught school in different places for about fifteen years. He was school commissioner of Yates County from 1876 to 1882.
Mr. VAN TUYL was one of the first to develop the grape product, planting
his vineyard in 1861 on Lake Keuka, and he has lived to see it one of the
leading industries of the county. Mr.
VAN TUYL is a Republican in politics. In
the year 1867 he married Miss Sarah M. DEAN, and their children are, J. Ernest
and Nellie G. They are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.
John E., son of Abraham and Mary (WILCOX) WATKINS, was born in Gorham, Ontario
County, NY, November 13, 1851, was educated at the district schools, except one
term at the Penn Yan Academy. His
father came to this town in the spring of 1853, and bought a farm in the western
part of the town, which John E. now owns. He
has always affiliated with the Republican party. He has served four years as justice of the peace, one term as
supervisor of Jerusalem, and is now superintendent of the poor of Yates County.
He married Emma, daughter of Loren THOMAS, of this town, and they have
four children, Charles M., Edward T., Mina S. and Mary E., all living at home.
Philip Jr., was born in Jerusalem, NY, March 5, 1845, and is the oldest son in a
family of six children of Philip and Maria (VAN GELDER) WHEELER.
His father was a native of Columbia County, NY; his mother was a native
of Sullivan County, NY and his other children were Charles, who died aged
nineteen; Mary, wife of Earl ALLEN of Filmore, NY; Jane, wife of Frank DICKENS,
of Dalton, NY; George, a resident of Jerusalem; and Gertrude, wife of George H.
MOSHER, of Oakland, NY. Mr. WHEELER
received only a common school education and at the age of fifteen years was
apprenticed to learn the trade of carpenter.
He had during his life followed that trade in connection with contracting
for buildings. He married Sarah M.,
daughter of Henry and Emily (TYLER) WALTER.
They have two children, viz.: Charles Henry, a graduate of Syracuse
University and Nellie F. In politics a Republican, he has served as highway
commissioner for a number of terms.
J.C., MD, son of James W. and Esther A. (COLE) WIGHTMAN, was born July 16, 1829
at Rushville, Ontario County, NY. He
began his education at the district schools and Rushville Academy, from there he
went to Madison University, remaining one year, and at Lima Seminary one year.
He then had a private tutor, Prof. BOYD, from Edinboro, Scotland.
After that he went to the American Medical College of Cincinnati, and at
the end of three years, graduated from that institution, after that he attended
different hospitals, trying to learn all he could of his profession, also one
year at the Geneva Medical College, NY. The
doctor came to Branchport in 1857 and began the practice of his profession and
has lived here ever since, where he has successfully built up a large practice.
February 20, 1857, he married Elizabeth M., daughter of Simon S. MERRILL,
of Rushville, NY. Their children
are Myrtie Maud, born November 28, 1857, who married Frank BOTSFORD.
She died June 26, 1890; Fannie, born August 11, 1864, married Edwin E.
EVANS; Merrill J., born January 20, 1866, died May 13, 1875.
WILLIAMS, Hosea, son of Prince and Luna WILLIAMS, was born in Hartford, Conn., July 20, 1792, whence they moved to Exeter, NY, when he was a lad and where he married Sally Lea WESCOTT. She was born August 9, 1793; the date of her marring being February 11, 1819. They had one child, Emily, who married James HARTSHORN. Mrs. WILLIAMS died January 13, 1823 and he married second, on February 26, 1824. Hiley HARTSHORN, born November 26, 1799, moving to Yates County in 1834, and to the farm whereon he died on the 9th of November 1851 and where also Mrs. WILLIAMS died November 26, 1879. The children by this marriage were as follows: Sarah, born January 5, 1826, died March 8, 1845; Adaline, born December 6, 1828, died Oct 8, 1830; James born March 3, 1831; Editha, born August 2, 1833, died November 9, 1860; Lucy born December 10, 1835, died August 13, 1854; Sherman, born June 16, 1838, married Salena ABBOTT on June 16, 1879, and they have one son, Abbott Clark; Abbie, born July 10, 1845. James and his sister Abbie, live on the old homestead, neither being married, and they have a model farm of 122 acres, overlooking Keuka Lake. Mr. And Miss WILLIAMS are not members of any church, but are ever ready to help the needy and deserving. In politics, Mr. WILLIAMS has voted with the Prohibitionists for the past ten years, as he is a firm believer in temperance in all things. William H. HARTSHORN had one son, William Lloyd Garrison HARTSHORN, born December 18, 1831, died Aug 26, 1883, his life having been passed at his home in the city of Flint, Mich.
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