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History & Directory of Yates Co., Vol II, Pub 1873, by Stafford C. Cleveland
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Enos ALLEN was born in Vermont in 1775 and married in 1800, Anne E., daughter of William MURRAY. She was born in 1776, was a widow FRENCH, and by her previous husband had one son, Harlow FRENCH, who was born in 1798. The family settled in 1814 on a farm east of Rock Stream, where they remained some years, afterwards moving farther towards the Lake. She died in 1850 and he in 1858. Their children were: Sidney S., Horace, Laura, Electa, Alanson, Ralph, Heman and Albert J.
Harlow FRENCH married Dorcas SWEET. They have resided in Buffalo. Among their descendants is Thomas B. FRENCH, chief Engineer of the Buffalo Fire department.
Sidney S. ALLEN born in 1803 married Richard DUNHAM. Alanson born in 1809 married Rhoda, daughter of Harry CLARK. None of these mentioned in this paragraph have descendants in this county.
Electa born in 1807 married Alfred SOFIELD, a cabinet maker, living between Big Stream and Rock Stream. Their children are Caroline, Harlow, Laura, Mary, Josephine, Harriet and William H. Caroline married Mr. BASSETT and lives in Wisconsin. Laura married Edward, son of Amzi SILSBEE. Mary married William GRISWOLD, a State Senator of Wisconsin. Josephine married Mr. HENDERSON, and lives in Tennesee. Harlow FRENCH was a Union soldier.
Ralph, born in 1811, married in 1841, Sophronia, daughter of Justus JENNY. She was born in 1815. Mr. ALLEN lived chiefly at his father’s home till 1834 and then resided at Buffalo and Black Rock some years, then moved West, and in 1849 returned and bought the Dr. Enos BARNES homestead, “between the streams”. His wife died there in 1868. He is a citizen of sterling worth, and one of the early fruit culturists of the county, as well as a skillful and successful fruit grower. Their children are: George A., William H., Benjamin F. and Edgar D.
Heman born in 1813, married Caroline,
daughter of Calvin P. GAY. They
live now in Geneva, Wisc., and have one daughter, Amelia.
Albert J., born in 1816, is single and resides in Utah.
Ichabod ANDREWS was born in Wallingford, Conn., in 1767 and was a son of Laban ANDREWS and Prudence STANELY, his wife. Laban died at 85 years in 1813. He was a solider of the Revolution. Ichabod married in 1793, Lola, daughter of John TUTTLE of Wallingford. She was born in 1771. They settled in 1813 in Reading, near the Starkey line, and between the New Pre-emption line and the road leading directly south to Dundee. There they remained while they lived. He died in 1840 and she in 1844. Their children were Philo, Sherlock Anson, John T., Lola and Edwin C.
Philo born in 1795, married Clarissa PELTON. He was a physician of good reputation and practiced in Pultney and Kanona and moved to Indiana, where he died in 1847.
Sherlock born in 1796, married in 1821, Pamela, daughter of Reuben THOMAS. They settled on a part of his paternal homestead, and afterwards moved into Starkey, one mile north of his former home, where they still reside. He was formerly supervisor of Reading and is a reputable citizen. Their children are Ichabod, Loretta, Emily C., George P., Marilla and Philo. Ichabod, born in 1821, married Julia, daughter of Thomas CASWELL and has a second wife, Eliza GOODRICH. By the first marriage he has a son, Obed T. Loretta born in 1826, is single. Emily C., born in 1828, married Hiland G. WOLCOTT. George P. died in 1850 at 21 years. Marilla born in 1832, married Nelson LAFEVER . She died in 1863, leaving two children, George and Loretta. Philo, born in 1836, married in 1862 to Harriet LAFEVER. He is a stock dealer and lives in Starkey. Their children are Albert and Emily.
Anson born in 1797, married Sally STREETER. He was a skillful physician. He first practiced at Sodus and returned to North Reading in 1833, where he died in 1846, much lameted (sic).
John T., born in 1803, married Ann Eliza, daughter of Amherst ANDREWS. While a citizen of Reading he served one term as sheriff of Steuben county, having been elected in 1834. Immediately after he was elected to the 25th Congress, representing the 27th district, composed of Steuben and Yates counties, serving one term. He has resided in Dundee about 20 years, a highly respected citizen. He is a member of the mercantile firm of Martin, Vosburg & Co.
Lola born in 1805, married Obed S. THOMAS.
Edwin C., born in 1808, married in 1836, Rosetta, daughter of Elisha WARD. She was born in 1818 and died in 1852. He married in 1855 a second wife, Mary, daughter of John STARKEY, who died in 1861. He resides on his paternal homestead. The children by his first marriage are Lucinda, John T., Mary, Homer and Emma R; by the second marriage, one daughter, Rosetta M. John T., born in 1842 married Arvilla, daughter of Ira RAPLEE. He enlisted in the 179th NYV in 1864 and rose from the ranks to the position of Captain, was engaged in several battles and made a good record as a soldier. He became a lawyer and is now engaged as a furniture dealer, in partnership with Perley P. CURTIS in Penn Yan. Mary, born in 1844 married in 1865 to Lyman BALLARD. He is a furniture dealer at Watkins.
Amherst ANDREWS was a brother of Ichabod ANDREWS and four years younger (1771 – 1857). He married in Columbia county Phebe CADY, and they settled on a farm adjoining on the east, his brother Ichabod’s in 1814, and there resided through life. He died in 1857, at 87 years. Their children were Emeline, Franklin C., Laban S. , Jesse G., Ann Eliza and Aaron C.
Emeline married Minor CULVER. Their children were Sally Maria, Eliza, Phebe, Elizabeth and Lola. Sally Maria was the foster daughter of John T. ANDREWS. She married Hiram FOWLER, resided at Marshall, Michigan, and their children are Ira and Eliza.
Franklin C., married Euphema SMITH of Cohocton and lived on his paternal homestead, where he died in 1861, at aged 56 years. They had a daughter, Sarah, who married Erastus MALTBY. They reside in Corning and have a daughter, Lizzie.
Laban S. married Jane SMITH and died in 1861 at aged 54 years. Their children were Amherst, Emmett, Charles, Ella and Elmer.
Jesse G., born in 1809, married Elizabeth,
daughter of Samuel HARPENDING. They
reside in Dundee, where he is a reputable and wealthy citizen. Ann Eliza is the wife of John T. ANDREWS.
Aaron C., died at age 20 years.
John BAKER was a nephew of Gilbert BAKER of
Milo. He married Sophia LONGCOIR.
They lived in Dundee from 1823 to 1867.
He was a lawyer in justices’ courts and had considerable skill in the
practice. He moved west in 1867 and
died in 1871, at aged 68 years. Their
children were Cornelia, Mary, Andrew J. and Frances.
Cornelia married Solomon TOMPKINS and resides in Elmira.
Mary married Waterman PARKS and lives west. Andrew J. went to sea and was a popular sailor.
He was killed by falling from a mast in New York harbor.
Frances married Mr. BARTHOLOMEW.
Dr. Enos BARNES was born in Litchfield, Conn., in 1786 and married Rebecca, daughter of Silas WICKES in Hyde Park. He studied medicine in Virginia with his uncle, Dr. BARNES, and was licensed in 1812. In the War of 1812, he entered the army as a substitute, and was soon promoted to the position of Regimental Surgeon. He spent several years in Virginia. In 1815 he came to Rock Stream with his wife and one child, accompanied by his wife’s parents, and her sister, Maria, afterwards the wife of James TAYLOR; also Jonas WICKES and wife and children and David S. and Charles WICKES, sons of Silas. In the same company, Phebe, widow of James WICKS, brother of Silas WICKES and sister of the wife of Silas, (Elizabeth RUSCOE), with her children, James H., Eliza, who married Benjamin CHEEVER, and Harriet, who married John NOYES. Dr. BARNES settled on the place now owned by Ralph ALLEN. In 1819 he had 553 acres of land and with one exception was the largest land holder and tax payer in that part of Reading now embraced in Starkey. The value then was but $2,730 and his tax including $100 of personal estate, was $1,187. The land was originally bought by Silas WICKS, who was a captain in the War of 1812. Dr. BARNES was a farmer and early a fruit grower, and estimable citizen and a physician of good standing. He practiced at Rock Stream about 25 years, when he moved to Geneva and followed his profession there, till his death in 1862. His first wife died in 1832 at 39 years. He had a second wife, Eliza KILPATRICK. The children by the first marriage were: Harry R., Woodruff L., Delia m., Morris T., Charles W., Emma H. Harriet N. and Edmund f.; by the second, Rebecca W. and Enos W.
Harry R., born in 1815, studied medicine with his father, graduated at Geneva in 1842, practiced at Hammondsport, Geneva and Monterey, and is now a practitioner at Rock Stream. He married Jane K. FOLWELL. Their children are Germaine P., Mary A., Jennie M., and Harry R.
Woodruff L., lives in Brooklyn and has been twice married.
Delia M., was the first wife of Dr. Job. S. STEVENS, now a practicing physician of good repute in Milo. Their children are Delia and Woodruff.
Morris T. married Abigail T. daughter of Stephen HURD. He died in New York in 1869. Their children are Emma, Charles and Sallie.
Charles W., married Mary S., daughter of Alonzo SIMMONS. He was for a long time clerk for Alonzo SIMMONS and afterwards a partner of William L. SHARP in trade at Rock Stream. He is now a merchant and grain buyer there on his own account. He is a leading and influential citizen. Their children are Delia M. and Alonzo.
Emma married Julius BANCROFT, and they have one daughter, Emma. Harriet N. married Otis WHITNEY.
Edmund F. BARNES was a telegraphic inventor, and originated important improvements in the art of telegraphing. During the Rebellion he died at Charleston, SC, a partner of the firm Barnes & Zook, telegraphic operators and inventors. Both were Rebel soldiers, and operated the telegraph at Charleston for the confederate government.
Rebecca W. married J. Tilton OTIS, and resides in Starkey.
Enos W., married Sarah, daughter of Reuben S. HURD, and is a joint Editor and proprietor with Henry H. HULL of the Steuben Courier, published at Bath.
David S. WICKES, mentioned in the foregoing history, studied medicine with Dr. Enos BARNES, and was licensed by the Yates County Medical Society. He married Catharine, daughter of Major MARSHALL, and practiced his profession in the town of ORANGE, now Schuyler county.
Charles WICKS married Sarah, daughter of David BECKER.
John NOYES was born at Sharon, Conn., in 1802. He came to Eddytown in 1826, and for a few years was engaged as a merchant. Afterwards he owned the farm now owned and occupied by Peleg BRIGGS, and resided thereon till 1870. He died at Watkins in 1871. He was a prominent citizen of Starkey and held two years the office of supervisor. Their children are Mary, Eliza, Henry T., Sarah, Adaline C., and Milton W. Mary married Cyrus SWARTWOOD and they reside west. Eliza married Dr. William H. FISH of Mecklenburg, Schuyler Co.
Henry T. went to the war as adjutant of the
148th NYV and became Colonel of another regiment before the close of
the war. He married in 1869,
Lucinda, daughter of Jacob P. CHAMBERLAIN of Seneca Falls, where they now
reside. Sarah died single in 1871.
Milton W. is a lawyer at Rochester, where he resides with his mother, and
sister, Adaline C.
David B. BARTHOLOMEW was a native of
Pennsylvania and came to Reading as early as 1816, and built most of the grist
mils thereafter erected on Big Stream, being a millwright of rare skill and
enterprise. His father was a
millwright in Lodi. David B.
BARTHOLMEW is well remembered by most of the older citizens of Starkey.
His residence was about half a mile west of Eddytown.
His business was very extensive and he employed a large number of men.
Mills were built by him in all parts of this region of the country and in
Pennsylvania. In appearance he was
a most remarkable man. His stature
was six feet and one inch, and his weight 300 pounds. His body was perfect in symmetry and his features handsome.
His strength was very great, his ability for work marvelous and his mind
was of no common order. In riding about the country he drove a very large horse, and
a sulky made on purpose, large enough for two common men.
It was an equipage worth of note when he traveled the road.
His wife was Anna, daughter of John MC CONNELL of Starkey.
They moved to Elgin, Ill., in 1858.
Among their children were Fanny, Caroline, Lewis, Warren, Taylor, Alice
Cyrus BATES, son of William BATES and Betsey BURRILL, his wife, was born in 1804 in Spencer near Owego, his parents moved to Benton in 1808. In 1825 he married Mary, daughter of Elihu WHITE of Benton, and Sarah SPRINGSTED, his wife. She was born in the town of Vernon (now Benton) in 1804. they moved the same year to Starkey and settled “between the streams”, below the Eddytown road, buying their farm of David HENDERSON of Milo. There they still reside. He is a Free Methodist and a leading contributor to the support of a society having a meeting house in his vicinity. Their children are Bethyah, Laura, Amanda, Loretta, Rosetta, Orrin, Enoch, Jane, Delia and Charles W.
Bethyah born in 1828, married Anson STICKLES and died west.
Laura born in 1829 married David GREEK. They live in Bradford (Steuben), and their children are Amanda and Cyrus.
Amanda born in 1831, married Daniel DYKEMAN and lives at Reading Center. Their children are Mary, Gertrude, Hubert and Della.
Loretta born in 1833, married William GREEK and lives in Campbelltown. Their children are Olive and one other.
Rosetta born in 1834, married Charles HUMPHREY. They live in Rathboneville, NY and have a daughter, Ella May.
Orrin born in 1846 married Isabel MC MILLAN. They live at Breeseport, Chemung county. Their children are Flora Bell and Georgia.
Enoch born in 1838 married Margaret, daughter of David S. TAYLOR of Penn Yan. They reside in Kansas.
Jane born in 1843, and Charles W., born in 1848, reside single with their parents.
Delia, born in 1845, married Philo DAVIDSON and died early.
Orrin BATES was a soldier of the 126th NYV, served 3 years and was wounded at Gettysburg. William GREEK was a solider of the 107th NYV. Charles HUMPHREY and Philo DAVIDSON were also Union soldiers.
William BATES, the father of Cyrus, was born
in 1761 and his wife in 1765. Their
children were Huldah, Orrin, Clara, Leonard, Truman, Rhoda, Elias, Cyrus and
Josiah. Several of these have
descendants in Yates county. The
mother died in 1841 and the father in 1852, in Benton.
Peter BEAM was from New Jersey, and married there Miss LEWIS. He had a second wife, widow Inscho, whom he also married in New Jersey. He came to the lake county in 1808 and settled on the Micajah SWARTS farm, buying 250 acres, which in 1819 was valued by the assessors at $1,312. He died on that place about 1840. The children by his first marriage were Daniel, Ann, Peter and Jacob (twins), and by the second marriage, Sarah, who was born on the Starkey farm.
Daniel married Sally, sister of Benjamin FORCE of Tyrone. Their children are David, Martura, Amanda and John.
Ann married John MAGEE and early settler of Starkey. They emigrated to Ohio many years ago.
Peter Jr., married first, Jane SMITH. They lived on the Old Pre-emption Line, northwest of Dundee, where his first wife died. He had a second wife, widow GASKILL. He died at aged 74 years in 1865. The children by the first marriage were John, Lewis, Martin, Alice, Jane G., Anson and Alanson (twins) and Byron; by the second, Micajah, Susan and Mary. John married Louisa, daughter of Jacob CARPENTER. Lewis married Mary, daughter of George PLUMMER. They live on the George PLUMMER homestead and their children are Hannah, George and Isabel. Martin married Nancy, daughter of Miles TERRILL. Their children are Dennis, Charles, Edward, Byron and Fred. Alice married James FITZ SIMMONS. Anson married Eliza, daughter of John COMPTON. He is a druggist at Dundee. Alanson married Frances DURKEY and lives at Springport, Cayuga Co. They have a daughter, Carrie. Byron was a soldier of Co. B., 126th NYV and died in the service.
Jacob married Mary ROSS. They settled in Canadice, Ontario C., and finally moved to Michigan. Their son, Stephen, is a farmer in Starkey.
Sarah married Micajah, son of Tewalt SWARTS
2nd. They resided on her
paternal homestead many years, and finally moved to Dundee, where he died and
she still lives. Their children
were Mary Ann, Tewalt and Clarrissa. Mary
Ann is the wife of Stephen CHUBB of Himrods.
Tewalt married Huldah, daughter of Luther HAIR.
Clarrissa married Warren DUNN, a blacksmith of Dundee, and they have a
William BEARD settled in Reading in 1805 near where the Starkey railway station is located. He was born in New Jersey in 1760 and married there, Margaret BLAIN. He died in 1830 and was buried at Starkey Corners. She died in Allegany Co. in 1861, upwards of 90 years. Their children were Richard, John, Aaron, Joseph, William, Polly, Betsey, Mercy and Nancy.
Richard born in 1781 in Sussex Co., NJ, married there in 1802 to Susan SMITH. She was born in 1786. They moved to Reading in 1809 and settled at Shannontown. She died in 1861 and he is still living in Dundee, with his daughter, Mary Ann, living single in Dundee. He was a solider of Capt. Timothy HURD’S Company in 1813. Their children were Margaret, Effa, Maria, Susan, John K. and Mary Ann. Margaret married George HIMROD of Seneca Co. Effa married Apollos GARRISON and moved west. Maria married Bradner ELLIS. Susan married Lyman DODGE. John K. died a young man.
John, son of William, died a young man.
Aaron married Temperance, daughter of John MC CONNELL. They live in the town of Orange.
Joseph married Anna CRAWFORD and lives in Allegany Co.
William married Emeline, daughter of John L. MILLARD.
Polly was the wife of John SUTPHEN of Milo.
Betsey married John MARGERSON. Lydia died a young woman.
Mary married William ROYCE of Ovid.
Nancy married John AYRES.
Hiram BELL was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1786 and a son of William BELL and Rebecca BELL, his wife. He came single to what was afterwards known as Harpending’s Corners in 1811, and pursued his trade as a tanner and currier. The tannery was erected by one POTTER, and stood near Big Stream at the southern extremity of Dundee. From 1814 and onward it was owned and operated by Hiram BELL. In 1813 he married in the town of Seneca, Mary, daughter of John RIPPEY and Poily, his wife. She was born in 1788. He lived in Dundee and kept his own house, dying in 1871, owning a fine estate. His wife died in 1863. He has long been a leading Presbyterian. Their children were Martha E., Mary Ann, Rebecca, Caroline and Adaline (twins), Joseph and Priscilla (twins) and Eliza.
Martha E. born in 1816 married James HOLDERN. They have a son, Hiram and live in Elmira. Mary Ann died young.
Rebecca born in 1821, was the first wife of Seymour HURD.
Caroline born in 1824, died at aged 21 years.
Adaline was the wife of Richard LANNING.
Joseph born in 1826, married Frances, daughter of Joseph B. GANO, and died in 1871 at 44 years. Their children are Mary, Charles and Fanny.
Priscilla married George W. HORN. They reside in Dundee and he is a commercial agent in New York. Their children are Isabel and Caroline.
Eliza born in 1833 married Henry A. WISNER, Captain of a passenger steamer on Seneca Lake.
The father of Hiram BELL died a resident of
Benton on the George WHEELER farm.
Clark BELL was born Mar 12, 1832 at Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY and removed to Hammondsport in 1837. He was a law student with Harlow L. COMSTOCK late County Judge of Wyoming county and also with Morris BORWN, formerly of Hammondsport and more recently resident of Penn Yan. He was admitted to the bar in 1854. During several years he was Superintendent of Common Schools in Urbana, and Postmaster there under the administration of LINCOLN, while David MC MASTER was County Judge of Steuben County, he was Assistant District Attorney. In politics he took an active part, and for several years was Chairman of the Republican Central Committee of the county. In December 1861, he took up his residence in Bath, and formed a co-partnership with Guy H. MC MASTER, since County Judge, succeeding in the firm Ex-Lieutenant Governor Robert CAMPBELL, who retired from active practice. The new firm at once entered on a large and successful business. Mr. BELL was called to New York by the offer of the attorneyship of the Pacific Railroad, then in its inception, and was actively engaged for that enterprise at Washington during the Congressional sessions of 1863 and 1864, in obtaining the legislation under which the work was completed. In the autumn of 1864 he removed to New York, and has since served as attorney for that company and has been connected with many important railway cases as counsel.
In 1866 he purchased a county seat in Starkey, near Dundee, of Mr. GAYLORD brother in law of the US Senator POMEROY of Kansas. This place is the summer residence of his family. It is a fine situation and has been handsomely improved and embellished by Mr. BELL.
In 1868 he visited Europe, and sketches of travel from his pen have appeared in many widely circulated journals. His articles on vine culture in Europe were very widely copied and received highly flattering notices form the press.
He married in September 1851, a grand
daughter of John TAYLOR of Starkey.
Ephraim BENNETT was an early settler
locating a short distance north of where stood the old Andrew RAPLEE tavern,
near the rivulet that runs through Dundee empting into Big Stream Creek.
It is supposed he settled there about 1803, and from him, Bennett’s
Settlement took its name, after some dispute as to whether it should be called
Bennett’s or Shoemaker’s Settlement. This
title was long applied to the neighborhood extending from Bring Stream, or the
south line of Dundee, northward to Watkins’ Location.
Ephraim BENNETT has a son, Jonathan.
Both moved away from the town at an early date.
Rev. Samuel BIGELOW was born in Tyringham, Mass, in 1763, and was the son of Rev. Samuel BIGELOW, also a Baptist clergyman. His wife, Elizabeth FULLER was born at the same place in 1765. They were married in 1782. He was a Revolutionary soldier. They came to Reading and settled near Quick’s patent, on the Bennett’s Settlement road in 1811. About 1818 they moved to Tyrone, not far from Starkey, where his wife died in 1837 and he in 1842, at the house of his daughter, Rocksina. He continued to preach in Starkey and Barrington long after his removal from the town. His ministry commenced at the age of 20, and was kept up until about six months before his death. He was an effective preacher, gaining many converts, and officiating at very numerous weddings and funerals in Starkey, during a considerable period of its history. Their children were Mary, Elizabeth, Hopestill, Niram, Silana, John W., Samuel L., James W., Rocksina, and Asa Barney. Mary and Elizabeth married and had families not resident here.
Hopestill married Charlotte BATES of Conner, Mass and lived in that State till 1828 when he moved to Penn Yan. He finally died quite old, near Albany in 1869. He had a son, Artemas, who became eminent as a teacher and a man of learning. He is married and pursues his vocation in Mass.
Niram married Abigail YEOMAND in Ohio, and died here. He had a daughter, Climena.
Silana married Nathan HEMINGWAY. They had a large family and died in Tompkins county.
John W. married Mary, daughter of Daniel SHANNON. They settled in Starkey and finally lived in Tyrone. Their children are Elizabeth, Electa, Cornelia, Catharine, Rachel, George, Lydia A. and John. Elizabeth married Cornelius BODINE and lived in Barrington. Electa married Peter HOUCK. Their son, Lorenzo, married Margelia, daughter of Morris HUTCHES. Caroline married Philemon BISHOP. They had a son Charles, who married Lois, daughter of Samuel V. MILLER. Catharine married James VAN GORDEN. Rachel married Henry STEDWELL. They have a daughter, Josephine. George married Susan FROST. They have a daughter, Cleida. Lydia A. married James HAVENS of Starkey. John married Sarah, daughter of John SWARTS. They have a son, Fred.
Samuel L., born in Whitehall, NY, in 1797, was a carpenter. His wife was Catharine VAN GORDEN, born in 1795, in New Paltz, NY. They were married in Bennett’s Settlement in 1814. Her father was a pioneer in Bennett’s Settlement, residing on the MC KNIGHT’S location. Samuel L. BIGELOW and wife commenced their married life in Eddytown. He built and lived in all the houses from the store, now occupied by Mr. MILLSPAUGH, around to and including the Isaac P. SEYMOUR residence. He moved in 1832 to the hollow where the Friend’s Mill was originally erected and lived there nearly 20 years. He built ten locks in that vicinity on the Crooked Lake Canal. He also owned and operated the mill property there. About 1848 he moved to Michigan where his wife died in 1865 at aged 70 years, and he in 1867 at the same age. He was a man of no small degree of enterprise. Their children were Niram, Levi, Decatur, Eliza, James, Samuel L., Abraham and Julia. Niram born in 1814, married Corinne, daughter of John R. STANFORD in 1837. They reside near the oil mill, where his father resided many years. Their children have been Samuel L., Stanford, Francis, Corinne, John W., Clinton and Rose S. Samuel L. died in 1856 at aged 19 years. Stanford born in 1841, was a Union soldier of the 14th NY Heavy Artillery, and was killed before Petersburg, in 1865. Francis, born in 1844, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1863, was on the blockading ship, Brittania off Wilmington, NC, for 13 months. He is now a clerk in the U.S. Express office in San Francisco. Corinne married Alpha O. DUNNING, and lives in Torrey. Their children are Frank, Lillie V, and Rose F. The others are with their parents. Levi, son of Samuel L. BIGELOW Sr., married Lucy, daughter of Ira FISHER. They live in Chicago and have four children. The remaining children of Samuel L. BIGELOW Sr. reside in Michigan. Samuel L. BIGELOW Jr., is a Methodist clergyman at Sumner, Michigan.
Rocksina born in 1803, at Front Ann, married Jesse W., WELLS. They had no children and became the foster parents of Abigail COMPTON and Rho D. LUDLOW. Abigail married Robert W. BROWN and lives at Royal Oak, Michigan. Jessie W. WELLS died in 1865 and his widow became the second wife of Peter SWARTS of Dundee.
Asa Barney BIGELOW born in 1805 married Lora TOMPKINS. They moved to Michigan.
James BIGELOW married Leah VAN GORDEN.
They have a large family and live in Tyrone.
Robert BIGGER was from Northumberland, PA
and made his home in Eddy Settlement in 1803.
His wife was Sarah BARTON. They
moved at a later period near the old tavern stand of John J. SMITH and thence to
Wayne, where both died in old age. Their
daughter, Emily, married James, son of Samuel MC FARREN of Benton.
Andrew BOOTH was born in Old Stamford, Conn., in 1747. He married Jerusha KIRBY of Woodstock, Conn., born in 1745. They moved soon after to Sandgate, VT, where they settled on a farm and nine children were born to them, Joseph, Louis, Reuben, Roger, Andrew, Mabel, Eden, Lucinda and Polly. The parents and five children became residents of Yates county, Andrew, Mabel, Lucinda, Eden and Polly. They came to the ten town of Reading, in 1803, and settled on a part of the farm since constituting what is known as the Gen. Timothy HURD farm. He died in 1827, aged 80 years, and she in 1835 at the age of 90 years.
Andrew BOOTH Jr., born in 1775, married Hester HURD in 1800. She was born at Sandgate, VT in 1779. They came to Starkey in 1810 and settled west of Eddytown on a farm known as the Eddy farm. In about two years after they sold out, and purchased what was known ahs the Abner HURD farm. Mrs. BOOTH died in 1842 leaving six children, Spencer, Harriet, Eliza, Perlina, Harvey K. and Marshall H.
Spencer was born in 1801. He married Susan C. KIDDER (step-daughter of the late Samuel LAWRENCE) in 1831. They lived in Penn Yan a few years, he engaging in mercantile and other business as one of the firm of Ellsworth & Booth. In 1832 they moved to Branchport, where the business was continued under the firm name of S. Booth & Co.,; the firm being the leading spirits in starting and building up that village. Mr. BOOTH continued the business of the firm until 1842, then in his own name, and that of S. Booth & Son till 1865. Mrs. BOOTH died in 1843, leaving five children, William S., Susan V., James H., Mary A. and Calista A.
Mr. BOOTH married a second wife, Mrs. Sophronia HOPKINS, widow of Rev. John HOPKINS, of Hornellsville. She was a Miss BANGS of Marcellus, Onondaga Co., They moved to Syracuse in 1866 and now reside there. They have one child, Walter H. Mrs. BOOTH had by her first marriage, three children, who became members of the BOOTH family, Harriet E., Mary E. and Robert P. William S. married Frances, daughter of Robert FERRIET, of Dundee, in 1800, and they reside there. Susan V. married Pratt HAMILTON of Richmond, Ill, where they reside. Their children are, Frederick B. and Paul H. Calista A. married Robert B. BOYD of Branchport and they reside at East Saginaw. James, unmarried, resides at East Saginaw, and is a partner in the mercantile firm of Boyd & Booth. Mary F., died single in 1857, aged 20 years. Walter H., married Mary, daughter of Ambrose F. STARK, late of Penn Yan. They reside at Florence, NJ, and he is as a merchant. He was a volunteer in the late war of the Rebellion, in the 10th Wisconsin Regiment, serving as Quartermaster. He was subsequently Paymaster, remaining in that station during the war. He then located at Hornellsville. Mary E. HOPKINS married S. Clinton STEARSN of Joliet, Ill, and they reside there. He is a merchant. Their children are Kitty, Harry and Robert B. Robert P. HOPKINS, unmarried, resides at Bannock city, Montana. He is a miner.
Harriet BOOTH was the wife of Leveret GABRIEL of Starkey. Eliza BOOTH married Harvey G. STAFFORD of Starkey.
Perlina BOOTH married Coe S. REEDER of Starkey and they now reside at Richmond, Ill. He is a cabinet maker. They have two children, Andrew and Elizabeth.
Harvey K. married Mary BROWN of Starkey, and they emigrated early to Illinois. They reside at Richmond in that State with their family. He is a farmer.
Marshall H. married Louisa HUDON of Starkey and they reside at Richmond, Ill. He is a merchant.
Mabel was the wife of Gen. Timothy HURD.
Lucinda was the wife of Reuben ROYCE.
Eden BOOTH married Sally BIGGER. Theirs was the first wedding in Starkey. They were little folks, being small of stature, but their marriage was a great event.
Polly married Mr. JENKINS of Starkey, and moved to Wilkesparre, PA, where he died leaving a family of several children. His widow is now living at Pittston, PA.
Andrew BOOTH Jr. is said to be still living
in Illinois, his age approaching near a century.
His wife had a brother, Moses HURD, who settled south of Rock Stream in
1810 on lot 8, of Watson’s Purchase. His
wife was Anna, daughter of Capt. Simeon HURD and Sarah his wife.
“Capt. Sim” came about 1807 and also lived in Rock Stream.
He was a Captain in the Revolutionary army.
The children of Moses and Anna HURD, were Sarah, Emily, Eunice and Reuben
S. Sarah married Mr. HAUSE and lives at Elmira.
Emily married Eliphalet STOCUM and lives at Elmira.
Their children are Hector and Ann. Eunice
married Daniel FOWLE. They reside
at Watkins. Reuben S. married
Sarah, daughter of Henry OSMAN.
Jacob Y. CARPENTER was a son of Hope CARPENTER and was born in Sussex Co., NJ in 1790. He married Mary HELMS, a native of Pennsylvania. They settled east of the PIERCE neighborhood in 1819, where they remained through life. He died in 1851 and his wife survives, residing with Horatio L. PIERCE. Their children were: Dorothea E., Mary J., Charles H., Louisa M., Lydia, Tacey Ann, Sarah, Benjamin, Henry H. and Edward M.
Dorothea E. born Jan 1, 1820, married Horatio L. PIERCE.
Mary J., born in 1821 married in 1849, Lyman KENDALL. They now live at Tyrone and have a daughter, Irva.
Charles H., born in 1824, married Harriet, daughter of Thomas DRAKE of Reading. They live in Starkey and have a son, Charles.
Louisa M. born in 1826 married John BEAM. They live on the David B. BARTHOLOMEW place in Starkey.
Lydia and Tacey Ann live single in the city of New York.
Sarah married Martin D. ELLIS.
Benjamin was a solider in the Company of Captain Herschell W. PIERCE and was killed in the first day’s battle at Gettysburg.
Henry H. is single, living at Portland, Oregon.
Edward M. married Martha, daughter of Dennis
W. DISBROW, resides near Big Stream Point, and has three children, Benjamin,
Wortman and Cora.
Samuel CHAMBERS was a native of Pennsylvania. His wife was Hannah VAN ZANDT, daughter of Bernardus VAN ZANDT of Ovid, now Lodi. They came to the Lake Country in 1803 and settled first on the Phillip’s Location, moving thence to a place on Owen’s Patent, and later to a farm on Mc Knight’s Location and later just east of the Gore, about two miles southwest of Eddytown where he died in 1832. His wife died at the same place, ten years later. He was a quiet, unobtrusive farmer and a good citizen. Their children were William, Christopher, Eleanor, Thomas, Barns, Jones, Delilah, Lydia, Lucinda, Hannah and Jedediah. William married Polly, daughter of Andrew EDGARTON. He is still living at Rock Stream.
Christopher married Phebe ALLEN ad resided in Starkey. Their children were: Daniel, Hannah L., Elizabeth A., Sarah J., Samuel, Eliza L., Ruth and Charles. Daniel married Lucinda LAWRENCE and moved West. Hannah L. married James MISNER. Their children were Mary Jane and Jacob. Mr. MISNER is dead and Mary Jane died a young woman. Elizabeth A. married David PERRY, son of Thomas PERRY of Tyrone. Their children are Mary and Thomas. Sarah Jane married James ROCKWELL. Their children are Hermon, Sarah J., Nathan and Walon. Samuel is in California. Ruth married Barna SPEERS. Charles is single.
Thomas married Betsey, daughter of William SMITH. They still reside in Starkey. Their children are William, Lucinda, Harmon, Mary, Myron, Wakeman, Warren and Dorliska. William and Harmon were Union soldiers.
Barns married Martha CROCKER. They had two children, Oliver and William.
James married Abigail BRINK and died of cholera in Cincinnati.
Delilah married Christopher S. SHARPE, and died in 1844.
Lydia married Whiton BRINK.
Lucinda married Peter MC CONNELL Jr. of Tyrone. They have a daughter, Lucinda.
Jedediah married Catharine SMITH and resides
Benjamin CHEEVER was born in 1791 in
Brookfield, Mass and married Eliza, daughter of James WICKES.
She was born 1804. They were
married at Rock Stream, at the residence of Dr. BARNES, she being a cousin of
Mrs. BARNES. He came to Eddytonw in
1818, was a merchant and for 20 years was the principal businessman in town.
He had a ashery which stood in the brook near Isaac LANNING’S.
His store was opposite the J.J. Pease stand.
The same building is now in part he residence of Prof. Edmund CHADWICK.
Mr. CHEEVER in 1829 built a grist mill on the little stream running
through the hollow near the residence of Peleg BRIGGS, but on the opposite
corner. There was neither
sufficient water nor sufficient
fall to operate the mill and the enterprise was a failure.
Mr. CHEEVER has a distillery, was interested in a line of stages running
from Elmira to Geneva, was a cattle drover, colonel of the Light Infantry, and
deacon of the Presbyterian church. Harvey
G. STAFFORD for some time a clerk with Mr. CHEEVER, became his partner and they
did a thrifty business some years. CHEEVER
sold to STAFFORD and retired on a farm near Rock Stream and lived there till his
death in 1856. His wife died in
1843 and he had a second wife, Olive Maria, daughter of Augustus ELY of Hector.
After his death, she became the wife of Rev. C. C. CARR of Horseheads.
Elisha CLARK was a native of Connecticut and was born in 1773. He married Phebe FINCH in his native state. They settled on lot 8, of the Potter Location, probably as early as 1808, and subsequently traded with Alfred RICH for his farm at Eddytown, now owned and occupied by Peleg BRIGGS. They lived in Eddytown till they sold their farm there to John NOYES, when they moved to Potter and later to Jerusalem, residing on the place now known as the John WILLET place. There his wife died in 1838. He then moved to Ovid, where he married widow Abigail MEAD. He finally died in 1853, at the house of James H. FRENCH in Benton. His children were Henry, Roswell, Lavina, Margaret, Sarah, Elisha, Charlotte, Julia and Raleigh.
Henry born in 1790, married Matilda, sister of Hiram BELL, the Dundee Pioneer, and was the original setter on the place long occupied by Calvin HUSON in “Beartown”. They afterwards lived in Eddytown. Their children were Letitia, Margaret, Clinton and William. Letitia born in1817, married William C. NEWMANS, who learned with Isaac LANNING the trade of blacksmith. He is now a Druggist at Waukegan, Illinois. Margaret, born in 1819, married James MEAD of Ovid and died in that place a years after his marriage. Clinton, born in 1821 was a tailor. He went South and was not thereafter heard from. William born in 1825, died in 1867 in Illinois, where he had a family. The mother of this family died in 1859, at the residence of her daughter, Letitia, and the father is still living in the same place.
Roswell born in 1795, married in 1818, Nancy NEWMAN. They lived some time in Reading and afterwards many years on the John WILLET farm in Jerusalem. His wife died in 1854 aged 56 years, and he in 1857. He was a man of honest and irreproachable and the same can be said of his brother, Henry. Their children were: Elisha, Julia, Charlotte, and Roswell H. Elisha born in Reading in 1820, married in 1844, Triphena P. daughter of Reuben DEL:ANO. She was born in 1825. They lived many years in Jerusalem, and now reside in Penn Yan. Their children are William H., Elizabeth and Martin J. William H., born in 1845, married in 1868, Susan HOPE, and resides in Jerusalem. Julia, born in 1823 married in 1844, William H. STARK. Charlotte born in 1826, married in 1854, Ira COREY. They live in Jerusalem and have three children, Alice, Hattie and Oliver. Roswell H., born in 1831, married Almira FINCH. They live in Putlney and have two children, Ward and Frank.
Lavina married Seymour YOUNGS in Starkey and finally moved to Michigan. Their children are Phebe Ann, Tamsey Maria, Margaret, Mary, Roswell C. and one other.
Margaret married James H. FRENCH, a stone mason. They lived early and long in Eddytown and moved from there to Benton Center. Their children were Julia and Raleigh. Julia was first, the second wife of Jabez S. SODEN and afterwards married his brother, John. Raleigh left home at 22 years and was no more heard from.
Sarah married Abraham ELLSWORTH of Naples. They had a daughter, Charlotte, who was the wife of Joseph ARDEN, a shoemaker, formerly resident in Penn Yan.
Elisha CLARK Jr., born in 1801, married Sophia BLISS, was a carpenter, lived in Penn Yan and died in 1867.
Charlotte married first, Hiram DUNN and her second husband was Philander MOON. Her children by the first marriage were Dudley M., Charles, Rebecca and Elisha C.
Julia married Electrus PITCHER in Michigan. Their children are Roswell C., Eugene and Elizabeth.
Raleigh married Thankful COLE in Potter. They moved to Michigan and their children were Jerome, Elisha, and a daughter.
Elisha CLARK, the elder, had two brothers, Phineas and William, both of whom became residents of Eddy settlement, as early as 1803. Phineas bought the premises first settled by William EDDY, and after a few years moved away. William bought in 1803 the land on “Lamb’s Run”, now lying between Starkey Corners and the NC Railway Station. His first wife was a daughter of John SEARS; his second, the widow of Benjamin FRENCH; and his third, Clara RICH, also her third marriage. He was 2nd Lieutenant in the Co. of Capt. Timothy HURD in the War of 1812. He was made Captain of the same company in 1814. He moved to Canada in later years and died there during the “Patriot war”.
The father of these three brothers, was a
Baptist minister who lived in Ovid and was the first man who endeavored to
benefit this new community by religious preaching.
He came over occasionally on this mission previous to 1805.
John COE was a native of New England and came to Reading in 1810 from Johnson’s Settlement, now in the town of Catharine, Schuyler county. His wife died there just before he moved to Reading. He died in Eddytown in 1816. He was a land agent for the parties represented by the PUMPELLYS of Owego, preceding them. The company gave him the farm where Dennis W. DISBROW now resides near Eddytown, then occupied by one KEELER. Their children were Lucy, Pamelia, Patty and John. Lucy had a first and second husband. The last was Mr. JOHNSON. Pamelia married Reuben HILL Jr., a blacksmith. They resided one mile south of Eddytown and he was many years Constable, collector and Deputy Sheriff. Patty married Mr. KELLOGG, who built a mill on Big Stream. John married and lived as a blacksmith in Dundee.
Reuben Hill Sr. and James SEAMAN were
brothers in law, and settled in Shannontown at an early day.
They afterwards moved to Reading and died there.
James SEAMAN was the father or Orison SEAMAN, who married Sarah, daughter
of Samuel KRESS Sr.
Gamaliel D. CONKLIN was a native of Orange
Co., and was born in 1791. He was a
son of Isaac CONKLIN and Catharine VAN DUSER, his wife.
In the War of 1812, he enlisted in the regular army for five years and
served the full term. In 1817, he
came to Phelps and there married in 1819, Elizabeth, daughter of Moses
ELLSWORTH. He was a chair maker and
soon after his marriage established a shop at Starkey Corners. After 13 years residence there he moved to Tyrone, and died
there in 1860. His wife is still
living. Their children were George,
Catharine, William E., Martha j., Aaron B., Joseph G. and Orilla.
Samuel CONKLIN was born in Orange Co., in 1800 and was a brother of Gamaliel D. CONKLIN. He married in 1823, Esther, daughter of Robert FERRIER. He was a stone mason and wrought at his trade in Eddytown, where he located soon after his marriage. Some years later he bought a farm on the old Pre-emption Line, in the northwest part of town. There he died in 1868. His wife survives him, at the age of 74 years, in 1872. Their children were: Robert F., Thomas J., Mary Ann, Wilmore and Sarah.
Robert F. born in 1824, married Emily A., daughter of David SEAMANS, and is a farmer in Milo on the Charles LEE farm.
Thomas J., born in 1826, married Mary Ann, daughter of Henry TITSWORTH. They reside on and own the Calvin HUSON place near Dundee.
Mary Ann, born in 1828, married John C. SHANNON. Their daughter, Mary E., is the wife of Lucius P., son of George WAGENER.
Wilmore, born in 1830, married Amelia WILCOX of Orange County. They reside in Starkey and their children are William, Hester and Emma.
Sarah, born in 1836, married William T. BEAUMONT.
Henry CONKLIN, a brother of Gamaliel D. and Samuel, lived many years as bachelor in Starkey, a wagon maker, finally moving west. He was born in 1795.
Shadrach, another of the brothers, married Jane CLARK of Tyrone, and lives in that town. He was born in 1798.
Julia CONKLIN, a sister of these brothers,
born in 1807, lives single in Starkey.
John O. COOK was born in New Jersey in 1789. He came with his mother, a widow, about 1808 and bought a homestead of wild land about one mile and a half directly south of Dundee, on which he lived the remainder of his days. His father was Daniel COOK, born in 1739 and his mother was Rebecca OWEN, born in 1748. The other members of Daniel COOK’S family settled about Geneva and among his descendants was Charles A. COOK, former cashier and President of the old Bank of Geneva. John O. COOK married in 1811, Phebe, daughter of Hezekiah TOWNSEND of Milo. She was born in 1791. He was a leading citizen and prominent member of the Presbyterian Church at Dundee. His first wife died in 1823 and he about 1833. Their children were Ezra D., Hannah M., Caroline R., and Daniel. He married a second wife, Nancy, daughter of John PLUMMER. Their children were Phebe, Charles A., Harriet and John P.
Ezra D., born in 1812, married first, Sarah L., daughter of Deacon Aaron PORTER in 1835. She was born in 1812 and died in 1843, and he married again in 1849, Mary J., daughter of Alanson GABRIEL. She was born in 1825. He lived and died in 1871, on the paternal homestead. He was a citizen of worth, and an Elder in the Presbyterian church at Dundee. The children by his first marriage were: Henry P., Mary F., Foster P, and Ezra D.; by the second marriage, Hermon C., and Vinnie M. Henry P. was killed at 26 years, a Sergeant-Major at the battle of Gettysburg. Mary F., married Aruna C. COLTON. They live in Illinois and have a daughter, Edith. Foster P. died at 27 years in 1868, of debility produced by service in the army. He was a Lieutenant of the 148th NYV. Ezra D., died at 23 years, in 1866.
Hannah M., born in 1814, was the first wife of Davis FRASER.
Caroline R., born in 1818, married Rev. Martin WHEELER, a Methodist clergyman. They have a surviving son, William A. residing in Elgin, Ill. She died in 1852.
Daniel COOK born in 1820, married Hannah, daughter of William PLUMMER. This family resides in California and their children are Delilah and Owen.
Phebe T. died at aged 16 years. Charles born in 1825, died at 18 years. Harriet born in 1827, became the second wife of George ROBERTS. They reside at Big Stream Point and have a daughter, Adaline.
John P. born in 1831, married Ann, daughter of David N. GARDINER. They reside on the Alanson GABRIEL farm, and their children are Franklin P., Lizzie and John.
Samuel CORYELL was an early resident in Bennett’s Settlement and the father in law of Alfred GOODWIN.
Emanuel COYKENDALL was a native of New Jersey, and married Mary, sister of Adam STRUBLE. In 1803, they settled on the farm next west that of Micajah SWARTS, and on the opposite side of the road. There they remained through life, dying in advanced age. Their children were Henry, Squier, Joel, Milton, William, Jotham, Charity and Mary Ann.
Henry married Polly, daughter of Peter WALLING. Their children were Emanuel, Walling, Sally Maria and Catharine. Squier married Anna LONGCOR. They lived between Bennett’s Settlement and the Old Pre-emption Line, near Samuel WALLING’S. He died in 1863 and his wife survives. Their children are Eliza, Harrison, Catharine, Mary Jane, Emanuel, Anthony and Ezra (twins) and Henry. Eliza is the wife of James WILSON. Harrison born in 1825, married in 1846, Lydia, daughter of Abel TRASK and Rebecca BRIGGS, his wife. They live west of Shannontown, near New Pre-emption Line. He is an active citizen, a grain thresher and a sportsman. Their children are Eliza A. and Ward A. Catharine born in 1823, married in 1854, Josiah DAVIS. Mary Jane died in 1846 at aged 19 years. Emanuel born in 1829, married Zeruah, daughter of John MAWNEY. They have a daughter, Cora. Anthony born in 1833, married Ruth Ann, daughter of James M. WESTCOTT, and has a son, Squier. His twin brother died at aged 17 years. Henry born in 1835, married Susan MILLER and retains his paternal homestead. They have a son, Harry.
Joel married Sally, daughter of Joseph C. LEWIS.
Milton married Catharine, daughter of Melvin SCHENCK.
William married Clarissa HULBURT and their children were Milton, Robert, Austin, Jeremiah, Henry, Susan Ann and Sarah.
Jotham married Maria, daughter of Capt. Frederick HAINES. They live in Springwater, NY and their children are Lydia, Charles, Coe, Mary, Polly and Sarah.
Charity born in 1799, married Levi W. ELLIS.
Joel COYKENDALL was a brother of Emanuel,
and came earlier into the Lake Country, settling on the summit between Himrods
and Dundee, and on the place since
known as the George SWARTS farm. His
wife was Margaret, sister of Adam STRUBLE.
After residing in Starkey till 1830, they moved to Canadice, where he
died about 12 years later. His wife
died in Michigan many years later. Their
children were Mary, Betsey, Charity, John, Sally, Daniel, Catharine, Madison and
Ira CRANDALL was born at Johnstown, NY in 1785. His parents were John CRANDALL and Polly KEELER, his wife. He married in 1806, experience, daughter of Dr. Jacob PEASE. They were married at Chenango, NY and came to Reading, now Starkey, in 1809. They bought the place then occupied by Dr. PEASE. They afterwards sold that place and bought a farm on Big Stream. He also bought in 1818, a part of the mill property then owned by James ACKERSON. They mill was built in 1807 by John WICKHAM and William MURRAY and was the first gristmill built on Big Stream. A sawmill was built at the same place, somewhat later. David PETERSON became a joint owner with Ira CARNADALL, of this mill property and the situation was long known as Crandall & Peterson’s Mills. There have been at this point a gristmill, sawmill, turning lathe, cider mill, gun shop and stave machine. All that is left now is the sawmill and stave machine. Crandall & Peterson were partners about 40 years in conducting the gristmill and sawmill and never had a word of disagreement. Their partnership was only severed by death. They were honest, unselfish and true-hearted men and good citizens. Ira CRANDALL died in 1860 and his wife is still living a vigorous and competent woman. Their children were Francis, John, Amanda, Maria, William, Azariah, Louisa and Reid.
Francis, born in 1807, married Amelia, daughter of Nathaniel RUSCO. They lived in Starkey some years and finally in Steuben county. Their children are Albert, Harriet, Emily, Matilda, Louisa, George, John, Sara and Mary Jane. John died a solider of the Union Army. Albert married Mary, daughter of Capt. David WILKINS of Starkey.
John born in 1811, married in 1834, Eunice COVERT of Starkey. They finally moved to Michigan. Their children are Edward, George, Mary, Augustus, William, Francis and Ada. George was killed in battle, a Union soldier.
Amanda born in 1813, married in 1830, Watson GILLETT of Starkey. She died in Michigan in 1856. Their children are Ira, Reid, Huldah, Mary, John and Oliver.
Maria born in 1816, married Benjamin BROWN and died in 1863 in Michigan.
William born in 1819, married Margaret SNOOK, lived many years in Starkey and now resides at Watkins. He is a man superior personal worth. Their children are Mary and Jason.
Azariah born in 1821, married in 1846, Mary Jane, daughter of Thomas S. PAGE. He died in 1861 in Steuben county, leaving a son, Edward.
Louisa born in 1824, married in 1844, Ralph SMITH of Reading. He is a partner of William CRANDALL in a box factory at Watkins.
Reid born in 1828, married in 1849, Jane,
daughter of Lewis DAVIDSON. She was
born in 1830. They reside near his
paternal homestead, and he is a substantial citizen of the town.
They have a son, Ira L.
Dr. Jonathan CURRAN became a resident of
Eddy Settlement about 1811 and resided in a double hewed log house, which the
Baptists had erected for one of their early preachers, Elder Abner GRIFFIN.
He remained there several years, moved thence to Newark, NY and in 1829
to Pultney. In 1836 he moved to
Cold Water, Michigan where he died in 1842.
His wife was Mary, daughter of Nicholas GULICK of Lodi and she is still
living at Cold Water. Their children were Darwin, Jerome, Eliza and Homer.
Israel DAVIDSON born in Sussex county, NJ in 1786, married there, Martha VAN HOUTEN. They came to Ithaca and thence in 1810 to Bennett’s Settlement, locating on the farm directly west of Andrew RAPLEE. His wife died there in 1820. His second wife was Luna ADSIT. They moved in 1856 to Hector where he died in 1859. Their children by the first marriage were Rachel, Maria, Gardner and Jane.
Rachel married David WOOD. Maria married Roswell HURD, son of Aaron HURD. Jane married Richard ANDREWS of Hector. They have a family of children, some of whom are teachers of more than ordinary merit.
William DAVIDSON, the father of Israel,
settled in 1810 on the old Pre-emption Line, a short distance south of Starkey.
His wife was Ruth GARDNER. He
died in 1832 at 73 years, and she in 1837, at 75 years.
Their children were David, Rachel, Israel, Lewis, Peter, Henry and
Catharine. Lewis born in
1795, married Jemima GANNON in 1818. She
was born in 1797. They were married
by Richard LANNING. They are still
living at Rock Stream. They had a
numerous family. One is the wife of
Reid CRANDALL, and another is the wife of John W. OSMAN.
Jacobus S. DEMOREST was born in Warwick, Orange county in 1786 and married in 1807, Catharine VANDEVOORT, who was born in Rockland county in 1785. They came to this county in 1814 and settled on section 9, of the Watson’s purchase, on Rock Stream Creek, where they continued to reside until his death in 1847. His wife is still living in Starkey, quite vigorous in bodily and mental powers. They were Presbyterians and people of good repute. Their children were Festus, Elsie, George W., Margaret M., James A., Leah Ann, Catharine M. and Harry T.
Festus born in 1808, studied medicine with Dr. Enos BARNES at Rock Stream and was licensed to Practice in 1834 by the Yates County Medical Society. He married the same year, Rosetta, Sister of Henry A. BRUNER. After practicing in several places, hi is now located at Rock Stream. Their children are: Garrett V., George M. and Henry. Garrett V. and Henry live in Kansas. George M. was a Union solider of the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves. His father, Dr. DEMOREST was also a Union solider.
Elsie, born in 1810, married Joel WRIGHT. They live in Starkey, where he is a thrifty resident. He came from Sharon, Conn., and has lived in Starkey since about 1826.
George W., born in 1812, married Eliza, daughter of Sylvester WELLES and niece of Judge Henry WELLES. Their children are Harriet and George.
Margaret M., born in 1813 and James A., born in 1816, live single on the paternal homestead.
Leah Ann born in 1819, married Peter MC KEY of Chemung county. He represented the county in the Assembly in 1845, afterwards moved to Starkey and was a Supervisor of that town in 1856. Their children are: James A., Eliza C., Margaret A., Mary M., Helen J. and Alice J.
Catharine M., born in 1823 is single, and Harry T. born in 1825 died in 1849.
The mother of Mrs. Jacobus S. DEMORESET,
Mrs. Garrett VANDERVOORT (Leah ACKERMAN), died at the residence of her daughter
in 1849 aged 92 years.
Oliver DENISON was a son of Dr. Benjamin A.
DENISON of New Hampshire and Mary MORSE, his wife.
He was born in 1807 at Royalton, VT.
While a lad he found his way to Pennsylvania, and learned his trade as a
Printer under James CATLIN of Montrose, and Davis DIMMOCN and George FULLER,
publishers of that State. He
married in 1830 at Mill Creek, Tioga Co., PA, Laura, daughter of Rev. Elisha
BOOTH and Jane TOMPKINS, his wife. In
the capacity as a Printer, he reached Dundee in 1842, and aided in establishing
and printing the Record under the auspices of his brother in law, Gifford
J. BOOTH. Most of the time since he
has bee Foreman of the same office, or Printer in the office, and remains there
still. He has been a sober,
industrious and reliable workman. Their
children are: William O., Charles, Benjamin A., Edward A., George, Helen,
Clarissa and Eliza. William married
Ruth R. CARR of Elmira, and is a clerk in the Post Office Department at
Washington. Charles married Lydia
Ann PADDOCK and was killed while a Union soldier at Dallas, Georgia, in 1864.
Benjamin A., was a Union soldier and lives single, in Virginia.
Edward A. married Caroline A., daughter of George S. PROSSER and lives in
Torrey. George lives single at
Dundee. Helen married Jesse J.
PADDOCK, Clarissa married George SHEFFIELD, Eliza married Rufus ALDERMAN and all
reside in Dundee.
Daniel DE WITT was of French lineage, and a descendant of the great Dutch Admiral of that name. He was born in Sussex Co., NJ in 1760, and was a cousin of Simeon DE WITT of Ithaca, many years Surveyor-General of this State. He married Eleanor STULL of New Jersey in 1779, emigrated to Newtown at an early day and moved thence to a place on the DeWitt Patent in Starkey, now occupied by Harrison SHANNON, in 1801. The De Witt Patent was a tract owned by the Surveyor-General, through whose influence it is most probable that Daniel DE WITT settled thereon. He came there with a commission as justice of the Peace, no doubt procured by his influential relative, and for some years was the only magistrate in that part of Frederickstown. His house was the home of the early missionaries passing through the country. Both he and his wife were persons of good education. They had inherited wealth, but investments in continental money had impoverished them. He and Philemon E. FRENCH, Commissioner of Highways, laid out the road “running south and north along Seneca Lake, called the Lake Road, February 4, 1807”. Isaac ANDREWS was the surveyor. Daniel DE WITT died in 1808, his wife in 1831. Their children were John, Jane, Mary, James and Betsey.
John DE WITT married Sally, daughter of Hope CARPENTER. He was one of the earliest pioneers, familiar with the days when deerskins were tanned for breeches and the cattle kept alive by cutting down trees for browse. He related that on one occasion the cattle came home in a terrible fright when it was discovered that one of the cows had a wild cat on her back. The cat was soon dispatched and the cow saved. John DE WITT was one of the soldiers of Capt. Timothy HURD’S Company in the War of 1812, and served his full term. Nearly forty years he was a farmer in Starkey, and he finally moved to the vicinity of Bath, where he died, 70 years old. His children were Harriet, Daniel, Mary, Hope, Benjamin, William M., Henry, John and Jacob.
Jane married James DE PUY of New Jersey in 1810. They lived many years in Starkey. Their children were Moses, Ellen, John, William Harrison, and Aaron Remer (twins). Moses lives in Vineland. John and Aaron R. reside at Bath. William H. lives in the city of New York, is a highly popular Methodist minister, and one of the editors of the Christian Advocate.
Mary born in 1790, was the wife of Dr. John WARNER.
James married Mary MC CUMBER. He was severely wounded in Canada, in the War of 1812, and has long received a pension for his patriotic services. He is still living in Chemung county, 78 years old in 1871.
Betsey married William FITZSIMMONS, and after a few years, moved away to Chemung county, where she died. Their children are Mary Jane, Sally Ann, Hannah, Martha, Minerva, Ellen and William.
The children of Daniel DE WITT attained the
average age of 70 years.
Philip L. DRAKE is a native of New Jersey and was born in 1797. He was a son of Gershum DRAKE and Martha LEAKE, his wife. He was bred a shoemaker, married in New Jersey, in 1810 to Sarah, daughter of Alexander HUSTON. He moved to Hector in 1819 and then to Reading in 1821, settling at Starkey Corners. For one year he was engaged in the shoe business, and the next years run a ferry across Seneca Lake, from Shannon’s Point to Fawcett’s, competing with Goodwin’s Ferry. He then returned to his trade. About 1830 he kept a tavern at Eddytown, at the north end of the village, also later at the shout end; then kept a tavern several years at Milo Center; next had a farm near Himrods; went from there to Savona, and now lives on a farm of his own, long occupied by James W. HENDERSON. He married in 1820, a second wife, Rebecca BROWN who died in 1828. He next married Susan, daughter of Peter GABRIEL and widow of James ROYCE. She died in 1830 at age 33 years. His fourth wife is Maria, daughter of Reuben ROYCE. She was born in 1807 and was married in 1830. His children by his first marriage, were Martha and Mary (twins); by the second marriage, one son, William B.; by the fourth, Alexander h., Lucinda R., Reuben R., Charles, Frank G., Dennis R. and James H. Mary died at 13 years. Martha is the wife of James W. HENDERSON. William B. born in 1822, died at New Orleans in 1853.
Alexander H. was a captain of the Union Army, going from Geneva, where he now resides. Lucinda R. married John m. CLAWSON, a tanner of Campbell, Steuben Co. He was a Lieutenant in the Union service. They have a son, Charles.
Reuben R., Charles and James H., reside with
their parents. Frank G. is at
Portland, Oregon. Dennis R. DRAKE ,
married Belinda, daughter of Rev. Silas HAWLEY.
They reside at Kansas City and he is a local newspaper Editor.
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