Village of Penn Yan Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Village of Penn Yan
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William W., M.D., born in Penn Yan, January 1845, read medicine with his father,
Henry BARDEN; graduated from Pennsylvania Homoeopathic College in 1869, after
which he located in Penn Yan, where he has practiced since. Married in 1882, Cornelia MC CARTEY of Penn Yan.
Henry, son of Otis, was born in Benton in 1806.
He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1833, and
began practice in his native town, continuing there for several years, locating
finally in Penn Yan about 1840 where he died in 1873. He married Caroline PURDY of Benton, by whom he had two
children, Helen, wife of Cornelius S. VAN WYCK, who resides in Benton and W.W.,
a physician who resides in Penn Yan.
George, born in Albany County, became a resident of Penn Yan when about
twenty-four years of age. He was
employed by Timothy BRIGDEN in a carriage shop which stood where the present
large Beebe factory is now located. In
1872 the plant burned, after which Mr. BEEBE bought the land and erected new
buildings. For a time, W. H.
WHITFIELD was a partner in the business of carriage manufacturing.
The firm of Beebe, Whitfield & Co., continued eleven years and then
dissolved, Mr. BEEBEE since conducting the business.
His chief manufactures are carriages and speeding carts.
He furnishes employment to about twenty-five hands. The works are in Jacob street in Penn Yan village.
In 1862 George BEEBE enlisted in Company B., 148th NY
Volunteer Infantry, and served three years.
In March, 1857, at Mohawk, NY, he married Ann Eliza WOOLEVER, by whom he
had two sons. Ann E. BEEBEE died in
1878. In 1879 he married Susan M.
NELSON of Little Falls. One child has been born on this marriage.
George A., born in Bergen County, N J, March 31, 1856. When twelve years of age, his father, Morris COMINGS, moved
to Penn Yan. George attended the
common schools of Penn Yan, Cook and Geneva Academies, and in 1883 he married
Eda L. SHEPHERD, of Rochester, by whom he had one son, Jesse A.
George A. taught school three years and was clerk for Morgan &
Perkins for ten years. In March 1891, he opened a coal yard under the firm name
of Shepherd-Comings Coal Co., on Jackson and Shepherd streets.
Jacob, a native of Penn Yan, came to Potter about 1800, being one of the
pioneers of that town. He was a
farmer and had twelve children, of whom four sons and one daughter survive.
John L., the third child, was born November 27, 1821 and was educated at
the common schools of his native town. He
married Lucy THOMAS, of Potter, by whom he had five children, two deceased.
He was engaged in farming until 1849, when he removed to Italy, and
carried on a sawmill for two years. In
1851 he moved to Middlesex and carried on farming there until 1871, when he was
elected sheriff of Yates County. He
then removed to Penn Yan, where he has since resided. He was road commissioner three years in Middlesex, was
assessor six years, supervisor two years, has been six years assessor in Penn
Yan corporation, was vice-president of Yates County Bank four years, and is a
member of the firm of Dintruff & Dwelle, wool dealers – the largest in
Yates County. Mr. DINTRUFF has been
in the brininess thirty-five years.
Dr. Charles E., son of Dr. Guy L., was born in Italy, NY, April 3, 1864.
Both his father and grandfather Elisha, were also physicians.
His early education was attained in the schools of Penn Yan.
He read medicine with Dr. Nathan JACOBSON, and in 1887 he graduated from
Syracuse Medical College. He ten
spent two years in Europe, where he was a student in the Universities of
Heidelberg and Vienna, at the former place being under the tutelage of Prof.
ARNOLD. Dr. DOUBLEDAY opened an
office in Penn Yan in April 1890. He
has done much work with the microscope.
During his vacations he spent considerable time traveling in different
parts of Europe. Dr. DOUBLEDAY has
been health officer of the village of Penn Yan.
He has attained eminence and honor even thus early in his chosen
profession and bears with modesty and becoming dignity the mantles descended
from father and grandfather.
Capt. Alexander H., son of Philip L., was born October 18, 1832 in Starkey.
He was educated at the common schools and served several years as clerk
in the hotels in Penn Yan, Canandaigua and Geneva and fifteen years in Kansas
City. In 1861 he enlisted in
Company H., 33rd NY Volunteers, from Geneva.
He enlisted as a private; at the organization was made second lieutenant
and at the organization of the regiment was made first lieutenant, May 25, 1861.
After nine months’ service he was promoted to captain, June 24, 1862.
He was captured at Williamsburgh, NC, May 5, 1862 and after three and a
half months of imprisonment was exchanged.
He was in Libby prison twenty days, then taken to Salisbury, where he was
paroled. On September 13, 1887 he
married Ida WAGONER THOMPSON, widow of Nelson Thompson and daughter of George
Charles, was born at Canandaigua, May 13, 1829. His father was Joseph ELMENDORF, well known as one of the
early businessmen of the little village. His
mother was Catharine (CHITTENDEN) ELMENDORF.
They came to Canandaigua from Durham, Greene County, NY.
Charles was the eldest of three children, viz.: Charles, William and
Eliza. His father was a dentist and
to this occupation Charles was brought up and educated by his father, and was
associated with him until the death of the former in December 1871.
In September 1863, Charles ELMEMDORF made an extensive trip to Nicaragua
and California, being away nineteen months.
In April 1865 he returned to Penn Yan, where he has since been engaged in
dentistry. For a time, when about
twenty-one years of age, Dr. ELMENDORF practiced at Rushville, remaining there
about a year. From Rushville he
went to Jefferson – now Watkins, Schuyler County, NY – where he practiced
dentistry about two years, when he returned to Penn Yan.
He is a prominent Odd Fellow, having passed the chair of N.G. and is also
P.C.P. of Penn Yan Encampment, I.O.O.F.
He is a P.M. of the local lodge of the A.O.U.W.
In politics he is a Republican, and in religion a Free thinker.
He says he “never ‘took any stock’ in the supernatural religion of
any church or sect,” believing “that just, charitable moral conduct toward
his fellow-men is all that is necessary to become acceptable to any of the
William Hoyt was born near Bellona, June 22, 1810.
His wife, Abigail Reed FARGO was born April 7, 1810.
They were married February 9, 1832.
William GAGE’s father, Reuben GAGE, was born in Dutchess County, NY.
At the age of sixteen, William learned the trade of carriage maker at
Penn Yan, at which he worked several years in various places.
He later purchased the KIPP farm in Benton and became a farmer.
About ten years ago he bought the STEWART place on Flat street where he
now resides. Mr. GAGE is the owner
of more than 200 acres of land.
Robert C., a solid businessman and an enthusiastic supporter of the Greenback
party, was born in Milo in 1831, the son of Fisher W. and Hannah (CHISSOM)
HEWSON. He read law with Franklin
& Van Allen, and with Van Buren & Prosser, and was admitted to the bar.
He practiced but little, however, having a stronger interest for other
pursuits. His business life has
been devoted to lumbering mainly, and fruit growing.
About 1880 he started the evaporator at the “head of the street,” and
in 1890 established the feeder mill on sucker Brook.
In 1888 Mr. HEWSON married Lue A., (Lulu born 1861) daughter of
Haverly BROOKS of Auburn. Mr. HEWSON’s mother was one of the first settlers in Penn
Hopestill R., was born in Tioga County, Pa., August 1, 1835, the eldest son and
child of Samuel and Sarah (BEECHER) PHILLIPS.
Samuel was a dentist. After
his (H.R.'s) elementary education was acquired he made a study of dental surgery
under his father’s instruction. Later
he attended the lectures of the Baltimore Dental College.
In 1857 he commenced professional work at Winchester, Va., and there he
was at the outbreak of the war in 1861. His
professional interests being such that he could not leave at the time, he
voluntarily enlisted as private, but was promoted to the lieutenancy of Co., K,
the 10th Virginia cavalry, and served until July 2, 1863, when he was
captured at Gettysburg by the Union troops, and thereafter held at Johnson’s
Island in Lake Erie. After his
release, Lieutenant PHILLIPS resumed the profession of dentistry successively at
a southern city in Tioga County, Pa., at Bath, NY and finally at Penn Yan in
1887, where he has since remained, occupying commodious and elegantly equipped
offices. Associated with him in
business is his son-in-law, Robert S. WREAN, under the firm name of H.R.
Phillips & Wrean. Dr. PHILLIPS
is genial and companionable. He is
something of a sportsman, fishing, hunting and yachting being his chief
recreations. His yacht, The
Thistle, is one of the staunchest and fleetest on Lake Keuka. The wife of Dr. PHILLIPS is Pamelia Ann REDNOR, of Potter
County, Pa. They have five
Charles, the genial proprietor of the Central House in Penn Yan, was born in
Glasgow, Scotland, in 1831, and in 1846 came to America with his father and
step-mother, making the entire distance from his home to Penn Yan by water.
He learned the painter’s trade and worked at it several years, and
afterward read law with A.V. HARPENDING for a time, but did not continue the
study. In 1860 he bought a part of
the property now covered by his hotel and soon after made other purchases.
In 1862 he helped to raise a company for the Rebellion, and was mustered
in it October 1862, he taking a commission as second lieutenant of Co. C., 44th
NY Volunteers Infantry, “Ellsworth’s Avengers”.
He was mustered out in 1864, with the rank of brevet-captain.
Returning from the service, Captain KELLEY remodeled his Jacob street
property and opened a hotel. The
buildings were burned in 1872 and at once rebuilt.
The Central House is one of the most popular hostelries of Penn Yan.
In 1876 Mr. KELLEY married Margaret A., daughter of Francis GRAHAM, of
Geneva. Four children have been
born to them, three whom are living.
Clarence H., born in Barrington, June 5, 1846, was the son of Jesse C. and
Rachel M. KNAPP, of that town. His
father was a farmer, and on the farm Clarence was reared and lived until about
twenty-one years of age, when he went to Elmira and was engaged for the next
five years as grocer and fire insurance agent.
Leaving Elmira, Mr. KNAPP went to Addison, and was a furniture dealer and
undertaker for five years. While
residing at this place he began traveling on the road and so continued until the
fall of 1884, when he came to Penn Yan. The
next year he established his present business of furniture and undertaking.
Mr. KNAPP is regarded as one of the enterprising and successful
businessmen of the village. In 1882
he married Ida J. BATES, of Utica. In
politics he is a Republican, but is not active in the party work.
Daniel, son of Isaac and Catherine (SWARTZ) LANNING, was born in Starkey May 16,
1816. At the age of twenty-one
Daniel commenced farming, continuing until 1854.
In 1856 he moved to Penn Yan to assume the office of sheriff, to which he
had been elected the preceding fall by a majority of over 1,600.
Prior to coming to Penn Yan, Mr. LANNING was three years supervisor of
Starkey, and afterwards held the same office three terms in Milo.
He was President Arthur’s appointee to the postmastership at Penn Yan
in 1882 and served four years. He
had also held the office of village trustee and has been otherwise prominently
identified with local and general Republican politics.
His business life has been successful and he is now regarded as one of
the substantial men of the county seat. He
is vice-president of the Yates County National Bank. On December 11, 1836, Daniel LANNING married Mary MYERS,
daughter of Jacob MYERS, by whom he had no children.
Mrs. LANNING died December 21, 1879.
John, a native of New Bedford, Mass., born September 6, 1753, was a ship
builder, and came to Milo in 1789, settling two and one half miles south of Penn
Yan, where he carried on the mercantile business for years. He had four sons and five daughters, most of whom lived and
died in this county. His oldest
son, Melethia, born October 18, 1774 was educated in New Bedford, Mass.
He married in 1810, Mary ALFORD of Milo, by whom he had four children, of
whom Judith A. is the widow of D. OGDEN; and Sabra A. is the widow of Oliver
STARK, and resides in Penn Yan.
VAN BENDER, Joseph, born near Philadelphia, Pa., August 23, 1840, was reared on
a farm and at the age of sixteen commenced work in a store. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. B., 52nd Regiment Pa.
Volunteers, and after a brief service was discharged, with the rank of second
lieutenant. He re-enlisted and
served as first lieutenant of Co. D., 168th PA Volunteers, till the
close of the war. Having studied
medicine before entering the service, he now completed his course and practiced
several years in Wyoming County, before coming to Penn Yan. His medical education was acquired in Baltimore, Buffalo and
New York City, and his practice is after the eclectic school.
LYNN, John, was born in Brockport, NY, April 17, 1827. When six years of age his father died and he came to Dundee to live with his uncle Elisha, where he remained until sixteen years old. He then learned the machinist’s trade, serving four years with John E. BLIVEN, of Dundee. He then came to Penn Yan and worked for E.B. Jones & Co., until 1858. In 1850 he married Susan A. SOUTHERLAND, by whom he had six children. Two are living, Fred H. and Jennie, wife of Charles W. SMITH, of Rochester. Fred H., was born December 25, 1857 and married Alice HUTCHER, of Penn Yan, by whom he has had two children, Bessie and Maithy S. He has been foreman of the Commercial Iron Works since 1885. In the fall of 1858 John LYNN went to Seneca Falls, taking charge of the pump department of Silsby & Co., for nine years. In 1865 his wife died, leaving four children. In 1866 he married Sarah E., a sister of his former wife. By her he has had three children, one of whom is living, Mamie, wife of William WEBBIE of Penn Yan. In 1868 the subject of our sketch went to Pomeroy, Ohio, to take charge of a large manufacturing establishment, but on account of ill health was obliged to return to Penn Yan in 1871, and worked for Whitaker & Brian until the fall of 1872, when he assisted in organizing the Commercial Iron Works, of which he has been superintendent since. William SUTHERLAND, son of John, was born in New Jersey, November 27, 1812, and came to Benton when three years of age. He married Roxanna HENRY of Geneva, and had eight children. He settled in Penn Yan in 1830 and carried on shoemaking until 1888, residing at the present time with his daughter, Mrs. J. LYNN.
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