Town of Milo Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Milo
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Gilbert, was born in Covert, Seneca County, NY in June 1839 and came with his
fatherís family to Milo in 1831. They
settled on the Thomas BENNETT farm on the east road, and here Gilbert has ever
since lived. Thomas BAXTER, his
father, died here in March 1864. In
October 1852, Gilbert married Emeline TITUS of Milo, by whom he had seven
children, six of whom are living, viz.: Gilbert C., Ella, Lida, George, William
and M. Louise.
Garrett Ayers, born in Sullivan County, Pa., September 5, 1846, was a son of
James and Catherine BIGGER. At the
age of twelve he came to live with Garrett AYERS in Milo, where he was brought
up to farm work. About twenty-five
years ago Mr. BIGGER purchased the Adam STRUBLE farm, but bought his present
place in 1877. It is devoted
principally to fruit and grape growing. In
1868 he married Mary M. LONGOR. They
have no children. Both are members
of the Baptist Church. In politics
Mr. BIGGER is a Republican, and in 1888 he was elected as such to the office of
justice of the peace.
Theodore, was born in the town of Milo, October 5, 1828.
He was the youngest of the seven children of Cornelius and Phebe
(CORNWELL) BOGART. His early
education was acquired in the common schools of the town. His first business venture was the manufacture of fanning
mills in Penn Yan, Bath and Perry, New York State.
Afterwards he did a large business in company with Adam OLIVER, of
Ingersoll, Canada, in the manufacture and sale of these celebrated mills.
He also sold the famous Seth THOMAS Clocks in Canada.
In his business enterprises, Mr. BOGART has been fairly successful, and
has acquired a comfortable competency. He
married Mary A., daughter of Daniel BRENNAN in 1863, and they had two children,
Josephine and Louise both of whom are living.
Mrs. BOGART died in 1874. Theodore
BOGART has been for years a prominent figure in Yates County politics, and is
recognized as one of the stalwart Republican leaders in the county seat. In 1858 Mr. BOGART was elected collector of the town of Milo
and was supervisor of the same town four terms, as well be seen by reference to
the successions in the history of Yates County, published by honorable S.C.
CLEVELAND. In the fall of 1873 he
was elected sheriff of Yates County and served one full term of three years.
Mr. BOGART is recognized as a man of the strictest integrity, a true
friend Ė careful in all his business relations, and is justly esteemed by his
Ethan, born in Erie County, NY, about 1822, married Eliza FINCH of Milo, by whom
he had two children, Martin and Zalmuna. In
1862 Mr. BRAGG enlisted in the 126th NY Volunteers and was discharged
with his regiment. Zalmuna BRAGG,
born March 27, 1857 in Milo, was educated in the public schools and in Starkey
Seminary and Oberlin College. August
20, 1885, he married Ida A., daughter of Sanford KRISS, of Starkey.
Mr. BRAGG is a farmer and fruit grower.
His maternal grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812.
William W., was a son of John BUXTON, Jr., and the grandson of John Sr., the
latter one of the pioneers of Milo. William
W. was born in Milo, August 9 ,1837. He
started out in life with a determination to possess a thorough education, but
financial reverses coming to his father changed his plans and compelled his
return to the farm. He exhibited a
remarkable inclination and taste for geology and mineralogy, and in these fields
he has indulged so far as time would permit. His chief occupation is farming and fruit and grape growing.
In 1861, Mr. BUXTON married Sarah C. BABCOCK, by whom he has two
children, John G., and Watts. The
latter died in infancy.
T. Apoleon, born in Leon, Cattaraugus County, NY, March 16, 1830, was educated
in the public schools and graduated from Oberlin College, June 12, 1851.
He married Julia R. TOWERS of Conewango, NY.
She was born April 9, 1829. They
had five children: Louis A., Julia E., Willis, Francis and George B.
Louis A. CHENEY was born April 29, 1852 at Leon, NY.
He is a fruit grower and apiarist. March
5, 1875 he married Ida J., daughter of Samuel P. BRYANT of Covington, Tioga
County, Pa. They have one daughter,
Mabel, living, born February 5, 1889.
Ira, became a resident of Himrods in Yates County, in 1887 but was a native of
Steuben County, NY, being born at Bradford in 1845.
He was a farmer. In 1862 he
enlisted in Company D, 161st NY Volunteers, and served three years
and three months. He was scalded on
a gunboat and made prisoner at Sabine Pass.
Thereafter he was confined in the rebel prisons at Husted, Hemstead and
Tyler for eleven months before being exchanged. He then rejoined his command and completed his term.
In 1866 Mr. CHUBBS married Rebecca DICKINSON, by whom he has two
children. Since living at Himrods,
he has devoted his time to speculation.
William, born in Ireland, March 6, 1841, came to America with his parents in
1851, and first Located in Bradford, Steuben County, NY.
He then lived with Daniel WASHBURN in Altay, Schuyler County, NY, one
year and six months, and the resided with his uncle, William R. BASKINS in
Starkey, until he was twenty one years old.
He then came to Milo and worked for George L. JONES.
September 4, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 148th Infantry
Volunteers, and participated in the battles of Chapinís Farm and Fair Oaks.
In the latter fight he was captured with fifty-six others of his regiment
and taken to Libby Prison, where he remained until February 22, 1865, and was
then taken to Raleigh, where he was paroled and sent to Wilimington,
NC, where he and others were turned over to the United States authorities
and sent to Annapolis, MD. He was
discharged July 19, 1865 at Elmira, NY. December
30, 1865, he married a daughter of Henry SPEARS, of Tyrone, Schuyler County, NY.
They have two children, Eva and William.
David E., the proprietor of the popular resort known as the ďArkĒ was born
in Cleveland, Ohio in 1842. At the
outbreak of the late war he was in the south and was conscripted into the
Confederate service. After three
years he deserted and acme into the Union camp.
He was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness.
He afterward resided in Wayne County, Michigan, and came to New York
State in 1876. In 1880 he purchased
the ďArkĒ property from Calvin CARPENTER, remodeled it and improved it, and
made it the popular resort that it is. The
mineral springs here have become almost famous.
Homer W., was born in Painted Post, Steuben County, NY, March 4, 1814, was
educated in the public schools and was a farmer by occupation. January 17, 1839, he married Mary A., daughter of Russell A.
HUNT, by whom he had five children: Rebekah A., Theron T. who married Carrie A.
HOLDEN and resides in Chicago, Ill.; Florence H., who married Thomas ELLIS and
lives in Watkins, NY; Willis C., Carrabel, who married S. Frank SWARTHOUT and
resides in Milo. Rebekah A. and
Willis C. are unmarried and remain at the homestead with their mother.
Mr. DUNN is a successful farmer, giving particular attention to breeding
John C., was born in Ulster County, NY, October 28 ,1816, a son of Abram and
Mary FIERO. In April 1842, he came
to Milo Center with a stock of goods, and started in trade. He was in business here for six years, when he moved
to Cass County, Mich., where he kept a store for three years.
Returning thence to Milo, Mr. FIERO bought the old Abel HUNT farm, on
which he has since lived in comfort and quiet.
On the 14th of February, 1844 in Milo, he married Mary A.,
daughter of William W. ASPELL. Five
children have been born of this marriage: William H., Frank J., John A., Helen
and Etta. John C. FIEROI is one of
the strong Republicans of Milo, but of late years he has taken no active part in
politics. He was assessor of the
town for three years.
Emmett, born in Dundee, June 7, 1850, was the son of Joseph and Adaline (READER)
GANO, and the youngest of six children. Emmett
was reared on his fatherís farm, and at the age of twenty started out for
himself. In 1874 he bought from
Penfield MULFORD, 124 acres of land in Milo, one of the best and most pleasantly
situated tracts in the town. On
this property, Mr. GANO has made material changes and improvements and now has
ten acres of vineyard, six acres of berries, fourteen acres of apple orchard,
and between 400 and 500 peach trees. On
June 12, 1888, he married Ruth Ann, daughter of Henry and Marietta HICKS, of
Penn Yan, NY. Mr. GANO and
his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan.
The Family. Mary REYNOLDS
married George GARDNER of North Kingston, R.I.
She was a firm believer in the doctrines of Jemima WILKINSON, and one of
her most faithful followers. Leaving
her husband behind she brought her children, Dorcas, Abner and George and
settled near the Friendís residence on the west shore of Seneca Lake. Dorcas GARDNER, born in 1779, married Eleazer INGHAM Jr., and
their children were John, Abigail, Mary, George, Rhoda, Rachel and Nancy.
Abner GARDNER, born in 1781, married Mary, daughter of Rowland CHAMPLIN,
in 1814. Their children were Mary
S., George W., Rowland J. and Abner. The
father died in 1860, the mother in 1858. Mary
S., unmarried, died in 1839; George W., born in 1816, married Mary, daughter of
Daniel HUSTED, resides in Torrey. Their
children are Melville G., married and a prosperous citizen of Michigan; Hannah,
married and living in Michigan; Charles, single, residing with his parents;
Marry, married and at home.
Rowland J., was born in 1821 and married first, Lydia L., daughter of Henry
HUNT. His second wife is Emma,
daughter of Stephen BENNETT. They
reside on lot 21. Mr. GARDNER is a
prominent stock grower and as honored and useful citizen.
Their children are Rowland J., born in 1865; Jonathan J., born in 1867;
Mary L., born in 1870; Lee B., born in 1873; George A., born in 1875; and Emma
D., born in 1877. Rowland J.,
Jonathan J., and Mary L. are married and live near the parental home. Abner GARDNER Jr., born in 1825, married Sarah, daughter of
John STONE. Their children are
Rowland J. 2nd, born in 1850, and Abner Elmer, born in 1862.
Both sons are married and are intelligent, useful citizens.
Intelligence, thrift and hospitality mark all the members of this family
and the hears of these families have all been honored by the suffrages of the
people with positions of trust and honor.
Egbert, born in Putnam County in the town of Southeast, January 5, 1824, was the
son of Edmund and Sarah HAINES. He
lived for a time in Chenego County, but in January 1854, went to Torrey, Yates
County. In 1881 Mr. HAINES bought
an excellent location near Penn Yan, and since that time has made his home at
the latter place. On December 14,
1846, he married Amelia TOWNSEND. They
have no children. Both are members
of the Baptist Church at Benton.
James A., son of Samuel and Henrietta F. HENDERSON, was born in Milo, March 24,
1822. At the age of twenty-eight he
commenced railroading on the Erie and later went to Georgia and Mississippi,
where he was at the commencement of the war.
He was not conscripted into the Confederate service, but stayed south
voluntarily, conducting trains and doing other railroad service under military
authority. In 1863 he returned to
Milo and purchased 137 acres in the south part of the town.
Here he has since lived, devoting his time to agricultural pursuits.
In 1858, At Brooklyn, NY, Mr. HENDERSON married Mary E. ABBEY, by whom he
had four children. In 1871 Mrs.
HENDERSON died and April 3, 1888, Mr. HENDERSON married Mary E., daughter of
John B. was born in the town of Milo on the farm on which he now resides, on
October 5, 1820. He was the son of
Joseph and Eleanor HOLLOWELL, old and highly respected residents.
Joseph was a shoemaker by trade, but took to farming as a more suitable
occupation. Both he and his wife
died on the farm now occupied by John B. The
latter has always lived on this farm, but the improvements he has made have
entirely changed its appearance. John
B. HOLLOWELL married Mercy E. SPRAGUE and to them have been born six children:
Eleanor, De Witt, Olive, John, Alice and Franc.
He is a prominent member, steward and class-leader of the M. E. Church at
Milo Center. In politics he has
been a Republican, but is now a staunch Prohibitionist.
Nelson, was born in Covert, Seneca County, NY, March 2, 1831, the son of Abram
and Mary (SMITH) HYATT, of that place. He
has followed various occupations commencing as school teacher, then as
instructor in music, followed by several years as editor of weekly newspapers
(The Dundee Record, Waterloo Observer and the Ovid Independent),
and at other and intermediate times his favorite calling, that of teaching
music. While connected with the
Dundee Record he studied law in the office of Seeley & Wolcott, and
was admitted to practice in 1857, but has never practiced his profession. About 1875 he came to reside in Milo, just outside the limits
of Penn Yan. Here he has entered
into a fine grape and fruit growing business, together with music teaching.
In 1862, Mr. HAYTT married Celia WRIGHT of Waterloo.
Two children have been born of this marriage.
JONES, Seth Nelson, son of Seth and Rachel (FITZWATER) JONES, was born in August 1833. Both parents were of old pioneer stock in the county, and both were members of respected families. The old JONES home farm is still in the family, the property of Seth N. At eighteen years of ages, S. Nelson started for himself. He worked on the farm summers and taught school winters. About eighteen years ago he came to Himrods, and entering commercial life as the active member in partnership with G. S. AYERS, became a dealer in grain, coal, lumber, seeds and phosphates, doing an extensive and successful business. In 1858 he married Margaret RAPALEE, by whom he has had one child, Herbert A. JONES.
Asa L., born in Milo, October 11, 1826, and a son of Seth and Rachel JONES, has
always been a farmer, teaching school winters, with few exceptions, form 1847 to
1872. Prior to 1872 he and his
brother, Loring, owned a farm in Starkey. In
politics, Mr. JONES is Independent, taking no practical active part in the
prevailing conduct and management of the different organized parties, but
possessing a lively interest in local, State and national affairs, as becomes
every good citizen.
Josiah, came to the State of New York in 1806, and located near the village of
Himrods. His son, Seth, born August
23, 1786 in east Greenwich, came with his parents from Vermont to Milo when a
young man. February 5, 1823, he
married Rachel, daughter of George FITZWATER of Milo.
She was born December 13, 1796. They
had five children: George L., Asa L., born October 11, 1826; Loring G., born
January 6, 1830, died May 25, 1890; and Allen C.
George L. JONES, born May 11, 1825, was educated in the public schools
and in Starkey Seminary. After a
varied career he settled on a farm and October 1, 1867, he married Mary E.,
daughter of Samuel EMBREE, of Torrey. Allen
C. JONES was born in Milo, November 22, 1835, was educated in the public schools
and is a prosperous farmer. March
6, 1866, he married Eliza, daughter of Moses RAPALEE, of Torrey.
S. Nelson JONES, born August 10, 1833, received an academic education and
is a farmer and grain, coal and lumber dealer. February 4, 1858, he married Margaret, daughter of Miles G.
RAPLEE, of Milo. They had one son,
Herbert A. Mrs. JONES died
April 27, 1883. Herbert A. JONES,
was born October 24, 1860, and was educated in Starkey Seminary.
In 1882 he began farming and the nursery business on the homestead farm,
and has made a successful business in all branches.
December 14, 1881 he married Josephine E., daughter of John H. PLATTMAN
of Bellona. They have had two
children, Leslie Gordon born August 29, 1886 and died June 16, 1891 and Margaret
Maria, born February 17, 1889, now living.
In 1630 there left England for America a colony of farmers under Winthrop
and Salstonstall, and among them were William, Nicholas and Roger KNAPP,
brothers. William located in
Watertown, Mass., in 1630. His children were William, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Judith, John
and James. Nicholas settled at the
same place. By his wife Eleanor he
had seven children: Jonathan, Timothy, Joshua, Caleb, Sarah, Ruth and Hannah.
In 1648 he moved to Stamford, Conn., where he had two children, Moses and
Lydia by his wife, Unity. Robert
located in New Haven and later at Fairfield, Conn., where by his will he
mentions his wife Elizabeth, and children, Jonathan, Josiah, Lydia, Roger, John,
Nathaniel, Eliza and Mary. James
KNAPP came form Dutchess County to Cortland, and thence to Yates County in 1815.
He served in the war of 1776 as drum major for over six years and was in
the Indian raid with General Sullivan in 1779.
He married Lucy C. BALL, by whom he had four children, Anna B., Samuel
C., James A. and Pamelia. The
parents died in 1831, aged respectively sixty-seven and sixty-six years.
James A. KNAPP was born in 1794 and in 1816 married Margaret HELTIBIDAL.
They had nine children, George H., Marsena V.B., Aaron P., Samuel A.,
Mary L., Charles F., Oliver C., William C., and Franklin R.
The latter was born in Penn Yan, June 18, 1844 and was a soldier in the
Union army during the Rebellion. October
2, 1867, he married Frances A., daughter of John and Lucy A. SHEPARD of Milo. She
was born at Reedís Corners, Ontario County, NY.
Her father, John SHEPARD, born in Norfolk, England, came to America in
1838 and located in Gorham, Ontario County, NY.
Mr. SHEPARD moved to Himrods in 1876 and was proprietor of the hotel
which Mr. KNAPP now conducts, for eighteen years.
Andrew, born in Bath, NY, in June 1840, was the youngest son of Orrin and
Rebecca LONGWELL. The father came
to Milo in 1857, settling on the farm on which Andrew LONGWELL now lives, and on
which he died in 1867. The place
descended to him on his paying the interests to other heirs.
In 1867 Mr. LONGWELL married Rebecca MILLER, by whom he had three
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