Town of Potter Family Sketches
Yates Co., New York
From the "History of Yates Co., NY", by L.C. Aldrich, published 1892
Family Sketches for Town of Potter
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Samuel, son of Thomas and Hannah (WILLIAMSON) ANDREWS, was born August 5, 1837,
in Spafford, NY and came to this town with his parents when one year old.
He has been a farmer and dealer in agricultural implements nearly all his
life. He was educated at the
district schools. In politics he is a Democrat.
He is a member of Keuka Lodge No. 149, of Penn Yan, NY, IOOF.
He married July 3, 1857, Mary Ann, daughter of Steward WILCOX, of
Jerusalem, and their children are: Flora A., who married Luther Turner and
Steward J. ANDREWS.
Jonathan S., is a descendant of Valentine BARBER, who came from England before
the Revolution and settle in Greene County, NY.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and his son, Jeremiah, came to
Ovid, Seneca County, NY, where he became a captain in the New York State Militia
before the War of 1812. Jeremiah
Jr., his son, was born April 21, 1795 and was drafted in the latter war.
He was at the battle of Fort Niagara under General SCOTT.
After the close of the war he came back to Ovid and married Anna,
daughter of Nicholas VAN ZANDT, a native of New Jersey, in 1813 and came to
Middlesex, now Potter, in 1815, occupying himself with farming for the balance
of his life. He was justice of the
peace for twelve years, assessor for three terms, and was very much respected as
a citizen. He died September 16,
1860. Jonathan S. was born June 29,
1826, in Potter, NY and educated at the common schools of that time. He has been a farmer and mechanic all his life.
In politics he has been a Republican ever since the organization of that
party. He was collector for the
town in 1850 and assessor for about fifteen years.
He and his family are members of the M. E.
Church of Potter Center, NY. Mr.
BARBER married Sarah A., daughter of John PRICE, of Livonia, Livingston County,
NY, October 4, 1848, and they had four children: Adaline, who married James C.
SMITH; Carrie who married Michael BRAGAN; Florella, who married William YAXLEY;
and Cora BARBER. Mr. BARBER still
lives on the old homestead which is in a fine state of cultivation.
W. A. MD, of Rushville, NY, son of William A. and Margaret (DISBRO)
CARSON, was born at Seneca, Ontario County, NY, November 11. 1841.
He was educated at Canandaigua Academy (1858), Genesee Seminary and
College (1859-61) and Albany Medical College (1862-63).
He was formerly a farmer, and is now practicing physician and druggist.
He was resident physician of the Albany Hospital in 1864, chairman of the
Board of Education of Rushville Union School for nine years, and president of
the Yates County Medical Society in 1888. Dr.
CARSON cast his first vote for President LINCOLN in 1864, and has since been a
steadfast Republican. He
was a member of the Board of Supervisors from the town of Potter two terms,
being chairman one year, president of the village of Rushville three terms and
was elected to the Assembly of New York State by a plurality of 1,033, his
opponents being Henry M. HUNTINGTON (Democrat) and John KLINE (Prohibtionist).
The Republican plurality in 1887 was 370.
In the towns of Potter and Middlesex, Mr. CARSON received the largest
vote ever given to any candidate for member of Assembly since the formation of
the towns. He is a member of Rushville Lodge, F. A. M.
He married February 1, 1865, Elizabeth A., daughter C. W. NEWMAN of
Gorham, NY and they have two children, Harriet N. and William A. CARSON Jr.
Warner P., son of Warner and Mary Ann (FERGUSON) COLE, was born August 12, 1835
in Gorham, NY, and one year later his parents came to this town where he was
educated in the district schools and has been a successful farmer.
In politics he is a Republican. December
25, 1859, Mr. COLE married Jane, daughter of Hon. John SOUTHERLAND, of this town
and they have four children: John S., who married Mary CHESBRO; Mary Ann
(deceased); Elmira M, married John S. STOKOE and Martha F.
Harry L., son of John and Susan (SPICER) COVERT, and the fifth of eight
children, was born July 5, 1818. He
was educated at the district schools and is a farmer.
He owns a fine farm near Potter Center.
In politics he is a Republican, but has never aspired to office.
October 11, 1843. He married Martha, daughter of Peter BASCOM, of this
town. They have no children, but
have adopted nine into their home and have lived to see them become useful men
and women in the community.
James, son of Peter J. and Eliza (COVERT) DINEHART, was born October 1, 1836 in
this town. His father, Peter was
born December 11, 1802 in Columbia County, NY, came to this county in 1826 and
died October 15, 1891; mother died November 4, 1891. James was educated at the district schools of the town and
also at Penn Yan, and has been a farmer all his life. He represents some of the largest insurance companies in the
country. In politics a Republican,
he has been commissioner of highways for seven years, which office he holds at
the present time. December 24,
1856, Mr. DINEHART married Elizabeth, daughter of T. Jefferson ANDREWS, of this
town and they have one daughter, Clara.
Peter L., son of Jacob and Rachel (LEDDICK) DINTURFF, was born August 28, 1828
in this town. His father was born
near Harrisburgh, Pa., in 1794 and came to Potter in 1803, where he married
Rachel, daughter of Philip LEDDICK of Fayette, Seneca County, NY.
Peter was educated at the common schools of this town and has been a
successful farmer. In politics he
has been a Republican, and has always taken an active interest in the welfare of
his native town. He has served on
the Board of Supervisors for two terms, 1870-71 and has been assessor of the
town of Potter for the last five years, and holds that office at the present
time. He and his family are members
of the M. E. Church at Rushville, NY. Mr.
DINTURFF married Emeline, daughter of Ira HUBBARD, of Alvin, NY, November 13,
1849, and their children are: Ella, who married Charles CHAPIN of Gorham, NY;
Nettie, who married Thomas M. CHADWICK of Eddytown, NY, and Nora B. DINTURFF.
GARDNER, John R., son of Peleg and Nancy (HAVENS) GARDNER, was born December 28, 1852, in this town and receive his education at the district schools and Penn Yan Academy, since which time he has occupied himself with farming. He has also taken an active part in the affairs of this native town, and has held the office of supervisor two terms, and was a delegate to Saratoga, NY, at the time of the nomination of Mr. DAVENPORT for governor. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Penn Yan. He married Lillie, daughter of Robert EDMOND, of Benton, NY., and they have three children, Robert E., Irving Scott and Hiram Albert GARDNER.
George S., son of Darius and Cynthia (TAYLOR) GOODRICH, was born October 17,
1855 in Hume Allegany County, NY, and was educated in the common schools,
Canandaigua Academy and Williams University at Rochester, NY. He came to Potter, NY in 1877 and is a successful farmer.
A Republican in politics, he has taken an active part in the affairs of
his adopted town, of which Mr. GOODRICH is now serving his second term as
supervisor. He married Mary A.,
daughter of Oliver UNDERWOOD (August 15, 1877), who was a very successful farmer
of this town. They have two
children, Oliver D., and Emily M.
Charles, son of John and Nancy (PAYNE) HALL, was born December 27, 1831 in this
town, and was educated at the common school.
He has always lived in this town with the exception of about three years
spent in California. In politics a
Republican, he has been assessor of this town for the last twenty years.
He owns a fine farm near the center of Potter.
March 16, 1859, he married Hannah, daughter of Hamilton and Mary BRIGGS
(descendants of Peleg and Nicholas BRIGGS, who were among the first settlers of
the county). Their children are
Willett B., who married Alice L. CONLEY; Stella M., Flora, John B., Lora and
Frank C., son of John F. and Ann Eliza (THOMAS) HOBART, was born January 16,
1837, in Potter, NY, and was educated at Franklin Academy at Prattsburg, NY and
Ann Arbor, Mich. After finishing
his education he taught school during the winters and worked on a farm during
the summer months, for a number of years, after which he went to Jackson, Mich.,
where he remained about two years. He
then returned to Potter and engaged in the mercantile business at Potter Center,
for about fifteen years, when after a long and successful business, he retired.
He is a Republican and has been justice of the peace for twelve years.
Mr. HOBART married first, Harriet R., daughter of George G. WYMAN on
October 14, 1861. She died January
2, 1889 and he married second, Delia A., daughter of Orville H. MYERS, of
Jackson, Mich., on January 21, 1891. They
are members of the M. E. Church at Potter.
Melville W., son of Joseph L. and Eleanor (BOULUNGA) Hobart, was born June 11,
1834, and is still living on the old homestead.
He received his education at Starkey Seminary and Penn Yan Academy and
has been a farmer all his life. In
politics he is a Republican. Mr.
HOBART is a member of Milo Lodge, No. 108 of Penn Yan, NY. He married Helen M., daughter of John H. GLEASON, of this
town, by whom he had seven daughters: Harriet, who married Seward ROBINSON of
this town; Lulu (deceased) who married Daniel SUTTON; May, Eleanor M., Maud,
Clara Louise (deceased) and Bessie HOBART.
Alfred, son of George and Jane (HORNER) INGRAM, was born July 18, 1826 in Scawby,
Lincolnshire, England and was educated at the common schools of that country.
He landed at New York City, January 19, 1851, and came to Benton, Yates
County, where he remained for about five years, and from there he went to
Prattsburg, NY and came from there to Potter in 1864, where he bought a farm,
and has been a successful farmer. Mr.
INGRAM is a Republican and has been assessor for this town for three years.
He married first, Sarah, daughter of Robert HOWLATT, of Messingham,
Lincolnshire, England, May 22, 1850 and they had two children, George R., who
married Emily E. UNDERWOOD; and Martha Jane, who married John D. LITTLE, and
resides at Morley, Mich. Mrs.
INGRAM died October 10, 1850. Mr.
INGRAM married second, Catharine E., daughter of Peter BASCOM, May 5, 1859.
George R., son of Alfred and Sarah (HULLETT) INGRAM, was born December 15, 1852
in Benton, NY and was educated at the district schools and Penn Yan Academy.
He came to Potter in 1865, and is a successful farmer.
In politics he is a Republican, and is justice of the peace of this town. He married Emma A., daughter of William H. UNDERWOOD, of this
town, March 24, 1874, and by this union the following children have been born:
Clarence Ward (deceased), William H., Oliver, and George INGRAM.
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