Yates County, New York
Early Settlers for the Town of Torrey
From the History of Yates County, NY
published 1892, by L.C. Aldrich
pg 435 - 437
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Settlers of Torrey
family of Benedict ROBINSON was one prominently conspicuous and important in the
Friend’s settlement on Seneca Lake. The
head of this family was not only a pioneer, but is said to have been one of the
commissioners sent to locate a tract for the society’s home, although the name
of Mr. ROBINSON has not been previously mentioned in that connection.
Mr. ROBINSON was also one of the leading men who became alienated from
the society, and from that time forth was in bitter enmity with the Friend’s
doctrine. Benedict ROBINSON died in
1832 and his wife in 1837. The
family home was on the “gore” as it had been commonly known.
The children in the family were Phebe, Daniel A., James C. and Abigail.
1869 Dr. John HATMAKER, at the expense of much time and labor, made and reported
to the Yates County Historical Society, a complete list of the first settlers of
the town of Torrey, together with the names of the person who in 1869 were the
occupants of the lands on which the pioneers located.
The report was as follows: “The south part of what is now the town of
Torrey, on the south side of the stream, was all a part of the John LANSING
Jr.’s location, where small improvements were made by different individuals,
viz.: Elisha BOTSFORD, SHEFFIELD, Elisha and Beloved LUTHER and afterward,
Benedict ROBINSON and William POTTER became owners or agents of the location,
and it was sold to those who made improvements.”
first settlers, with occupants at the time of making the report, 1869, were as
follows *(for brevity, the names of the first settlers are in italics) :
RANDOLPH, Jonathan Lamb, Moses RAPALEE; Jonathan SISSON, George Y.
DAINS; Isaiah YOUNGS, Benjamin YOUNGS; James MEEK, Perry DENNISTON;
Richard HAYES, Henry BROWN; Wright BROWN, Wright BROWN Jr.,; Esther
BRIGGS (or PLANT), Mr. GELDER and Mrs. J. PERRY; Silas HUNT, Dr. E.
S. SMITH; Elsie HAZARD; Russell BUCKLEY and D. W. DOX.
Above the road: Silas HUNT, Uriah Bennett; Jesse DAINS, N.
RAPALEE; George SISSON, --; George & Abner GARDNER, George G.
GARDNER; Sheffield LUTHER, Rufus E. TOWNSEND and Mr. DENISTON; David
KING, Daniel KING, J. BELL And J. BEARD; the Friend’s place, owned
by C. J. TOWNSEND; Abel BOTSFORD, A. Leach and James CLARK; Adam &
John CASTNER, Charles J. TOWNSEND; William & Arnold POTTER, Adam
CLARK; John BRUCE, G. TURNER; Hezekiah TOWNSEND, Allen OWENS; Elijah
MALIN, Samuel EMBREE; Gilbert HATHAWAY, Richard H. HATHAWAY; Thomas
HATHAWAY, Manchester TOWNSEND; John REMER, J.J. & G. B. HAZARD; B.
W. HAZARD, Andrew OLIVER; Benedict ROBINSON, William BENEDICT, P. J.
SEELEY and David HATMAKER; LATIMORE & BIRKETT, A. V. REMER.
of the most historic and sadly interesting situations in the town of Torrey is
that commonly called the City Hill
Cemetery. It is well know that the
Friends intended to not only found a colony and spread their possessions over a
considerable area of country, but it was also their purpose and design to found
and establish a village or city, where should be the chief center of trade for
their community of people. They did
establish a village, and named it Hopeton.
As a necessary adjunct also to this village, and as well of their entire
settlement, they laid out and founded a cemetery for the burial of their dead.
The Friend herself here on many an occasion officiated at a funeral, and
laid peacefully away some of the most devout and worthy members of her flock.
cemetery itself was laid out on an elevated land that too the name of City Hill,
from whence the burial place was likewise named.
It was and is a beautiful situation, about one mile west from the lake.
The first person here buried was the wife of pioneer Jedediah HOLMES, one
of the first comers of the Friend’s society, and one of her most faithful
adherents. To make a coffin or burial casket, a log was hollowed out
after splitting a slab from one side; and being afterward replaced, the slab
served as a cover.
*** Wright BROWN was actually born 1 July 1748 in Ware River Parish, Hampshire Co. MA and died 25 April 1837, making him 89 at the time of his death. On his wife, Bertha's (Bethiah) grave...actually on the tombstone is inscribed 25 (--) 1756 Correction from Sonja Abate
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