TOWN OF CONEWANGO

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES FROM: "HISTORICAL GAZETTEER AND BIOGRAPHICAL MEMORIAL of CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, NY, ed by WILLIAM ADAMS, Published 1893
 
 

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History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: ALDRICH, WEBBER, SANDERSON, STANLEY, CHAPIN, WHITFORD, HOLBROOK

Ziba ALDRICH, a native of Richmond, N. H., died in Rutland, Vt., aged eighty-two. His wife was Hannah WEBBER. Abner ALDRICH, their third child, was born in Vermont, May 9, 1782, and removed to Canton, St. Lawrence County, where he died in 1862. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. His wife Betsey was a daughter of Moses SANDERSON, a Revolutionary soldier, and of their seven children Harris was born in Rutland county, Vt., Oct. 31, 1814, and came to Randolph, Aug. 3, 1837. March 8, 1840, he married Diana, daughter of Joseph and Pearl (CHAPIN) STANLEY, of Homer, N. Y. She died Feb 17, 1886. Their children were Pearl A., born Sept, 26, 1841, married David F. WHITFORD, and has one daughter, Cordelia L. (Mrs. Charles HOLBROOK), of Oil City, Pa.; Hartwell B., Jan. 16, 1844; Abner A., June 13, 1848; Estella D., died in 1872; and Kate A., March 4, 1859. Mr. ALDRICH is said to have been the first in Cattaraugus County to apply steam-power to the manufacture of butter and cheese. He has served many years as Justice of the peace, has been school superintendent, was associate justice of the county two years, and has taught at least twenty terms of school. He has been a man of prominence and enterprise, and now, in retired life, carries the esteem and high respect of his fellow townsmen. Abner A. ALDRICH was supervisor of Conewango in 1869.

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Surnames: ALLEN, TOWNSEND, FARNHAM

James ALLEN, son of Joseph and Sarah Ann ALLEN, was born in Rhode Island and came to this town in 1830. He died at Clear Creek on March 2, 1854. His first wife, Hannah TOWNSEND, bore him these children: Ripley T., Sarah A., James P., and Henry. Mr. ALLEN married, second, Terzah TOWNSEND, by whom he had one son, Mason. His third wife was Emily FARNHAM who was the mother of his youngest son; Charles T. Henry ALLEN owns and occupies the paternal homestead.

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Surname: BENSON

Archer BENSON was an early settler of Randolph. A grandson is a general merchant in Conewango.

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Surnames: BAILEY, NOYES, JOHNSON

Joseph BAILEY who was born, lived, and died in Oxford, Vt., left one son, Joseph, who was born June 23, 1800, removed to Black Rock in 1827, and came thence to Conewango in 1826, settling where he still resides (April, 1893). He is a cooper by trade. He married Ann NOYES, whose mother's father, Timothy JOHNSON, was a captain at the battle of Bunker Hill. Their children are James J., Maryam, and Mandana N.

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Surname: BARTON

David BARTON died in Leon about 1830, having come to that town from Massachusetts in 1820. His son Grosvenor located in Conewango the same year and cleared the farm on which he died in 1876. Some of the latter's children still reside on the homestead and in the vicinity.

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Surnames: BENSON, DOREMUS, PIER, FOX, MARTIN

Daniel BENSON came to Conewango from Mendon, N. Y., in 1824. Here he died in 1859. aged ninety years. He was born near Patterson, N. J., and married Rachel DOREMUS, who died in this town in 1838. Their children were Rebecca, John, Jane, Cornelius, Garret, Peter D., and David. David BENSON, a native of New Jersey, was born April 25, 1798, and died in Conewango on Oct. 30, 1870. His wife, Catharine PIER, died in Randolph on Oct. 11, 1882. Their children were Sally A., John D., Rachel J., Caroline A., Rebecca S., Mary C., Lydia L., Ellen A., and Daniel D. The latter was born in Conewango, Jan. 18, 1825, married, Oct 15, 1848, Catharine M. FOX, and had one child, Gary, born May 13, 1852. Gary BENSON married Laura E. MARTIN, Sept. 9, 1874, and resides on the BENSON homestead. The BENSONs have been prominent in local matters.

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Surnames: BIGELOW, SPENCER, WELLS, WOOD, BURT

John BIGELOW, a son of John and a native of Colchester, Conn., died in Conewango on April 14, 1844, coining here in 1834. He was a Revolutionary soldier and for many years a Baptist minister. He married Temperance SPENCER and had born to him these children: Elihu, Temperance, Temperance, 2d, Lucy, Cynthia, Mary, Eunice, John S., and Israel B. John S. BIGELOW was born March 14, 1807. He married Caroline A. WELLS and his children were Wells J., Emmaria, Harriet, Antoinette L., Mary J., Charles A., Francis M., and Amanda H. Mr. BIGELOW died March 26, 1866. Mrs. BIGELOW survives and lives with her daughters Amanda and Harriet. Wells J. BIGELOW, born Nov. 5, 1830, married Laura P. WOOD, and has one daughter, Caroline A. (Mrs. Franklin C. BURT). Mr. BIGELOW owns and operates the Axeville cheese factory, which was built in 1870 by Morgan L. Worden.

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Surnames: BUFFINGTON, CHURCHILL, BALLARD

Hon. William BUFFINGTON, son of William, was born in Cambridge, Washington County, May 31, 1817. William, Sr., came with his family to New Albion (q. v.) in June, 1826, where both he and his wife (Harriet CHURCHILL) died, the former in March, 1858, and the latter in March, 1874. Both were Baptists and highly esteemed citizens. William, Jr., at an early age evinced considerable ability as a scholar, especially as a mathematician, and while young was elected in New Albion inspector of schools and subsequently superintendent of schools five successive terms. In 1849, 1850, and 1857 he represented that town on the Board of Supervisors and in 1857 was elected to the Assembly, being re-elected in 1858, and was chairman of the Committee on Roads and Bridges. First a Whig of the Seward type and afterward and continuously a staunch Republican he represented his district as a delegate to the first Republican convention in 1854, and in 1861 he received the first appointment from Lincoln's cabinet as mail-route agent from Dunkirk to New York city over the Erie railroad. Mr. BUFFINGTON from early manhood took an active and a prominent part in temperance movements and in religious matters, and in all affairs his excellent judgment and influence have carried vast weight and prestige. In Feb., 1850, he married Eleanor BALLARD, who bore him six children. The family came to Conewango several years ago. Mr. BUFFINGTON purchased a farm on Elm creek.

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Surname: CHENEY

Willard CHENEY, after living in Genesee County and later in Chautauqua County, moved to Leon, and finally settled in Conewango, where he died. His son Thomas W. located in Leon in 1818 and died there November 17, 1892. He was a Wesleyan Methodist minister and at one time was presiding elder. Mrs. Willard CHENEY was a niece of General Warren of Revolutionary fame.

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Surnames: COATES, JARVIS, MERRY, MASON

Daniel COATES, an Englishman by birth, came to Conewango in 1830 and died April 11, 1857. He was a farmer. He married Martha Jarvis, who was born and died in England, being the mother of two children, Nathaniel and Ann. His second wife was Ann MERRY, by whom he had one son, Nathan. Ann COATES, who was born February 9, 1807 married, August 1, 1825, Charles MASON, who died October 2, 1851, from accident. Their children were Martha J., Mary A., Charlotte E., William J., George J., Daniel B. P., and Charles J. Mrs. MASON died Feb. 11, 1893.

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Surnames: COATES, MERRY

Nathaniel COATES, son of Daniel and brother of Mrs. Ann (COATES) MASON, was born in England, October 13, 1809, and died in Chautauqua County in March 1871. His wife was Martha MERRY, who bore him three children Alfred N. (deceased), Thomas D. (deceased), Richard J., William M. (deceased), Elizabeth, James, and Mary S. (deceased). Mrs. COATES died Aug. 15, 1848, and Mr. COATES married, second, Mary MERRY, sister of his first wife, and third Harriet HOUSE. Richard J. COATES, born Nov. 12, 1839, married, January 7, 1869, Julia F. MORGAN, of Conewango. He enlisted Aug. 21, 1861, in Co. I, 49th N. Y. Vols., and was discharged Jan. 6, 1863. He has been supervisor since 1892 and has served as town clerk five terms. Thomas D. COATES served in Co. E, 9th N. Y. Cav., and died from poison at Annapolis, MD., Nov. 4, 1862.

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Surnames: COE, STEWART, FOSTER, LACY, JONES

COE. – John M. STEWART, a native of Williamstown, Mass., settled in Ohio, where he died. He married Electa FOSTER, who bore him these children: Alonzo, Sophia, and Elvira R. The latter married Alfred LACY, who died in Union, WI., aged forty-five. She married, second, Luman COE, who died at the age of about seventy years. Mrs. COE survives her husband and resides in Conewango. Her sister Sophia married Hanson JONES, also of this town.

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Surnames: COREY, FITCH

Benjamin COREY, the father-in-law of one of John A. FITCH's sons, settled in Leon in 1821, moved thence to Rutledge, and died in 1857. He was a pioneer in temperance work in Cattaraugus County and gained a considerable reputation as an abolitionist. .

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Surnames: COWAN, SMITH, SEAGER, METCALF

John COWEN was born in Rhode Island, served in the Revolutionary war, came to Conewango in 1833, and died at the age of ninety-one years. His wife, Olive SMITH, bore him these children: Eddie, John, Arthur F., Sally, Esther, and Waity. Eddie COWEN died in Tolland, Conn. His children were Theodore, Jane, Olive, Sarah, Norman E. G., and John M. John M. COWEN, born December 12, 1826, came to Conewango when six years old. He cleared the farm where he now resides. August 3, 1847, he married Rachel A. SEAGER, by whom he has had these children: Adeline, Josephine W., Salla A., John N., Lester E., Jennie M., Orestus S., and William S. Norman E. G. COWEN, born in Connecticut in 1833, married Hattie A. METCALF, a native of New Albion, and their children are Eddie L., Austin M., Arthur C., and Olive A. He resides on the homestead of his grandfather.

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Surnames: COWAN, HOTCHKISS, MERCHANT, BUSHNELL

Emmett COWAN was born in Jamestown, N. Y., in 1828. His marriage with Harriet HOTCHKISS, of South Valley, bore him these children: Emma, Erie, Irving, Abbie, and Dana A. Mr. COWEN [sic] died in 1868. Dana A. COWAN was born in South Valley, March 4, 1862, and March 4, 1891, he married Stella. daughter of Album and Helen (MERCHANT) BUSHNELL. He is proprietor of the Elm Creek cheese factory.

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Surnames: COWLEY, STEPHENS

Samuel COWLEY, a native of Delaware county and an early settler of Conewango, died Feb. 15, 1845. His wife, Sophronia STEPHENS, died here Sept. 11 1885. They reared a large family, several representatives of whom still reside in town. He was a famous hunter, and in early days killed much large game.

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Surnames: CROOKER, McGLASHAN, CRUMB, PENHOLLOW, BATES, ALDRICH, O'CONNER

Sampson CROOKER was a native of England and for many years a sea captain. He came to Conewango from Greene County in 1818, and with Robert McGLASHAN built the first sawmill in town. With Culver CRUMB he built a saw and grist-mill on Clear creek in 1825, and alone he set out the first orchard and gave the land for the first cemetery in Conewango. His wife Alma was an energetic, hardy pioneer, and braved with undaunted courage the incidents of a frontier life. Their son, Hon. George A. S. CROOKER, is mentioned at length in the chapter on the Bench and Bar. Among the latter's children is S. Deloss, who was born in Conewango, May 4, 1828, married, Sept. 4, 1848, Philena F. PENHOLLOW, daughter of Reuben and Eliza M. (BATES) PENHOLLOW, of Conewango, who bore him two children: Paul D., born Sept. 4, 1849, died Oct. 26, 1852, and Alice I. G., born Feb. 2, 1852, who married, May 14, 1871, Abner ALDRICH, and has these children: Ella, D. Estella, Emir M., Stanley C., Harris, Philena, and Lilly I. Mr. CROOKER has always resided in Conewango. He has served as town clerk and has held other positions of trust. George A. S. CROOKER's second wife was Mary J. O’CONNER, of Albany, by whom he had five children: Minnie, Alma, Georgia, Roderick, and Magdalene.

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Surnames: CURTISS, HART, BATES, DAY

Joseph CURTISS was born in Huntington, Conn., where he died at an advanced age. He was a life-long farmer. His son Joseph came to Cattaraugus county in 1836 and died March 4, 1840. He followed the sea many years. His wife, Mary HART, died January 4, 1837. Their children were George W. John, Clarissa, Mary, Cornelia, 2d, Sarah A., Asa E., and Robert H. The latter was born in Huntington, Conn., September 25, 1832, and now occupies the homestead. January 31, 1850, he married Josephine E., daughter of William and Mariah (BATES) Day, who was born Sept. 24, 1831. Their children are Helen, born Oct. 24, 1850; Frank F., born October 24, 1851; Helen, 2d, born July 14, 1854; Walter E., born March 22, 1856; William R., born Nov. 14, 1857; Frances J., born January 14, 1860; Carrie V., born Sept. 18, 1861; Harland, born Feb. 14, 1866; Lizzie C., born July 31, 1870; Evelin E., born Oct. 14, 1872; and Joseph A., born Aug. 25, 1874. Mr. CURTISS is a farmer in the north part of the town, where he has lived since 1861.

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Surnames: DARLING, MORETON, SAUNDERS, HOLLISTER, WORDING

Benjamin DARLING, born in Rutland, Vt. Nov. 8, 1782, came into the town of Conewango in 1821 and died in April 1861. He married Maria MORETON, who died January 18, 1848, their children being Betsey M., Huldah Ezra, Polly Ann, Benjamin S., and Christiana. Benjamin S. DARLING was born July 7, 1819, and married, February 3, 1844, Sally SAUNDERS, who bore him these children: Polly A., Sally M., Saloma D., Charles B., Thomas J., Titus S., James B., Ada C., Ezra I., Frances P., and Myrta M. James B. DARLING was born March 15, 1857. Nov. 12, 1879, he married Effie S. HOLLISTER, and his children are Ezra B. and Effie M. Titus S. DARLING, who was born March 4, 1855, married Ada L. WORDING Dec. 25, 1877, and has one son, Cleveland S.

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Surnames: DOCKSTADER, VAN DE WALKER, VEEDER, SEARLES, FOX, COWAN

George Adam DOCKSTADER, son of Nicholas and Dorcas (VAN DE WALKER) DOCKSTADER, was born in Johnstown, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1775. Nicholas DOCKSTADER was a native of Montgomery county, where he died in 1830. He was a German by birth, a farmer by occupation, and a Revolutionary soldier from patriotism. George A. DOCKSTADER came to Conewango in 1834, was the first permanent settler on the DOCKSTADER farm, and removed to Montgomery county, where he died July 26, 1870. He was a very prominent and enterprising pioneer, and possessed untiring energy and much native ability. He married Sarah VEEDER, who died here in Oct., 1855, having borne him these children: Catharine, Anna, Adam, Sarah, A. V., and Alida. Adam DOCKSTADER was born Nov. 27, 1806, married, Feb. 22, 1827, Angelica SEARLES, and had born to him children as follows: Dennis, Sarah J., Anna M., Alida C., and George A. The latter was born Dec. 31, 1827, and married, April 28, 1869, A. Alida FOX, by whom he had three children: Annie. K. (Mrs. Orestus S. COWEN), Sarah, and Georgie A. Not only the paternal ancestors of the DOCKSTADER family but the maternal ancestry as well were prominent in Revolutionary times.

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Surnames: ELLSWORTH, DAY, JENKES, GARDNER

Stiles B. ELLSWORTH, son of Benjamin, was born in Ellington, N. Y., Feb. 6, 1832. Benjamin ELLSWORTH was born in East Windsor, Conn., Dec. 25, 1793, and died in Conewango, Nov. 8, 1871. His wife, Calista DAY, was a daughter of Judge DAY, of Vermont, and their children were M. Eliza, Stiles B., and Florence A. Mr. ELLSWORTH came to this town from Chautauqua County in 1840, and was a farmer by occupation. Stiles B. ELLSWORTH finished his rudimentary education at Fredonia Academy and devoted much of his life to the practice of civil engineering. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. K, 154th N. Y, Vols., and at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, was three times wounded. Being left on the field for dead he laid there four days and was finally taken by the Confederates, being subsequently exchanged and promoted first lieutenant. Jan. 1, 1856, he married Victoria JENKS, who died Aug. 13, 1867. He married, second, Oct. 14, 1869, Betsey M. GARDNER. Mr. ELLSWORTH was supervisor of Conewango in 1882, 1883, and 1884.

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Surnames: FISHER, SMITH, STANLEY

Simeon FISHER, son of Simeon and Lucy FISHER, was born in Windham county, Vt., came to Poland, Chautauqua county, in 1831, and thence to Randolph in 1840, where he died at the age of seventy-two. Simeon FISHER, Sr., was a Revolutionary soldier, as were also two brothers, while Simeon, Jr., served three months as a musician in the War of 1812. Simeon FISHER, Jr., married Lucy SMITH, who bore him nine children: Lucy C., Palena, Lewis, Ebenezer, Rosella, Carmelia, Lucy, Olive (deceased), and Vilando. The latter was born in Windham county, Vt., Jan. 22, 1820, came to Randolph in 1837, and married, Aug. 11, 1842, Betsey STANLEY, who was-born in March, 1821, and died in Conewango in 1881. Their children were Diana (deceased), Luceba, and Mary. Mr. FISHER is a chair and cabinetmaker by trade, a farmer by occupation, and has voted at every election since 1842.

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Surname: FITCH

Eseck FITCH came to Leon in 1845 and died there ten years later. His son John A., born in 1805, came to Conewango in 1831. Both had large families and were prominent in town affairs. John A. FITCH was an indefatigable temperance worker and eminent as a local abolitionist.

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Surnames: FRISBIE, BROWN, NEWCOMB, NOYES, BAILEY

George FRISBIE was born in Litchfield, Conn., and came to Conewango in February 1832, clearing the farm on which he died February 25, 1868, aged eighty-five. He married Filena BROWN, and their children were Orator K. and Charles R. Orator K., born Aug. 27, 1823, married Aurilla NEWCOMB, had children George, Roxana, Charles, Maxa, Ellen, Flora, and Nelson, and died in Conewango in April, 1869. Charles R. FRISBIE, born Dec. 20, 1826, married Mandana, daughter of Joseph and Ann (NOYES) BAILEY, and has had born to him four children: Mary Ann, Ettie E., and Melvin and Melvina (twins).

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Surnames: FULLER, GREENWOOD, McGLASHAN, FARMER

David FULLER was born in Dover, Mass., was a farmer, and died here at an advanced age. His son Joseph, who died in Shrewsbury, Vt. in 1845, married Achsah GREENWOOD , who was born Dec. 16, 1778. Their children were Charles, Greenwood, Joseph, Achsah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Daniel. Daniel FULLER was born in Shrewsbury, Vt., March 18, 1823, came to Conewango in 1855, and purchased the Charles McGLASHAN farm, where he now resides. His wife, Harriet M. FARMER, whom he married Feb. 21, 1859, died July 13, 1886. Their children were Henry E., born Nov. 29, 1859, died Sept. 4, 1872; Achsali H., born July 29, 1861, died Oct. 28, 1872; Frank D., born Sept. 22, 1865; Flora, born Oct. 24, 1870; and Hattie M., born Feb. 3, 1872, died Oct. 28, 1872. Mr. FULLER is a farmer and has been justice of the peace eight years.

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Surnames: GARDNER, MORTON, CROSSFIELD

George GARDNER, son of George and Huldah GARDNER, was born in Lunenburgh, Mass., and came to Conewango in 1830, where he died in 1854. He married Rebecca MORTON, a native of Massachusetts, and their children were George, Harry, Morton, Daniel W., Stephen, Huldah, Aurilla, and Christianna. George, Jr., was born in Woodstock, Vt., Jan. 7, 1812, and Dec. 14, 1842, married Lorena CROSSFIELD. Their children are Emma, born Sept. 18, 1845; Frank, born May 12, 1847; John, born Jan. 22, 1849; George D., born Oct. 6, 1856; and Dr. Will F. (see page 121). 

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Surnames: GARDNER, WHITE, CROSSFIELD, COOPER

Daniel W. GARDNER, a son of George and a native of Woodstock, Vt., came to this town with his father in 1830 and died Oct. 31, 1861. He served as constable and collector for sixteen consecutive years and was deputy sheriff under George WHITE. He married Laura CROSSFIELD, who was born in 1816 and died in 1872. Their children were Christiana D., Betsey M., Edwin S., Julia A., Marcus M., Edna R., Martha F., and Dana W. Marcus M. GARDNER was born April 13, 1847, and married, Jan. 1, 1868, Emma J., daughter of Silas COOPER. Their children are Mary G., Martha A., Maud L., Daniel D., and Bessie E. Mr. GARDNER conducts the Conewango cheese factory.

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Surnames: GROVER, WYLLYS, MILLIMAN, STEBBINS, STEWART

Daniel GROVER, a native of Connecticut, came at an early day to Conewango and died here at a good old age, as did also his wife. Of his four children Lewis was born in this town and died here in 1862. He married Abigail, daughter of Rufus WYLLYS, and their children were Elijah, Mason, Alvin, Alonzo, Mary, De Heart, Deloss, William, Elisha, Sophia, and Gustavus. The latter was born February 23, 1841. October 7, 1861, he married Hannah E MILLIMAN, who has borne him three children, Frank, Jennie J., and Charles M. Mr. GROVER enlisted Oct 7, 1861, in Co. K, 64th N. Y. Vols. participated in the battles of Fair Oaks, Williamsburg, Second Bull Run, and Portsmouth, being wounded at the latter engagement, and was discharged May 5, 1863. Deloss GROVER enlisted in the same company and regiment and died in 1872. William GROVER served in a regiment of New York heavy artillery. Frank GROVER, son of Gustavus, married Ida, daughter of Gordon and Abigail STEBBINS. Jennie GROVER married Joseph C. STEWART, Jan. 24, 1888.

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Surnames: HALL, ARNOLD, ELLWORTH, FRANKLIN, BLANCHARD, FLENTJE, DAY

Joseph K. HALL was an early settler of Leon. Both he and his wife, Nancy ARNOLD, died there. Their children were Nancy C., Joseph, Abner, Elvira, Frederick, Chauncey C., Harvey, Charles, and Harrison. Chauncey C. HALL, born April 7, 1818, came to Leon in 1847, and June 24, 1856, married Eliza, daughter of Benjamin ELLSWORTH, of Conewango, their children being Jennie C., Ralph N., Henry E., Kate F., Stiles C., and Frank H. Mr. HALL was a carpenter by trade. His second wife was Sarah FRANKLIN, by whom he had children Anice, Maud E., and Warren A. Anice married Washington BLANCHARD, of Leon, and has two children. Maud E. (Mrs. Herman FLENTJE) lives in Winona, Minn. Mrs. Eliza (ELLSWORTH) HALL survives her husband, residing in Conewango village. Her father, Benjamin ELLSWORTH, served in the War of 1812, came to Chautauqua County from Connecticut on foot, and removed in 1839 to Conewango. He donated for the purpose the land where the Presbyterian Church now stands, and both he and his wife, Calista DAY, were instrumental in the organization of the society and the erection of the edifice.

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Surnames: HALL, HOLLISTER

Rev. Edwin HALL, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Conewango, was born in Middlebury, Vt., Aug. 1, 1829. The most of his early life was spent in Norwalk, Conn., where his father, Rev. Edwin HALL, D.D., was pastor of the First Congregational church from 1832 to 1855. Thence his father removed to Auburn, N. Y., where he was professor of theology in the Theological Seminary from 1855 to 1876. He died at Auburn in 1877. His mother, Fanny (HOLLISTER), died in 1885. Mr. HALL came to Conewango in Jan. 1890.

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Surnames: HAMMOND, TALBOT

Joseph HAMMOND was born in Rhode Island in 1767, removed to Chenango county in 1800, and came to this town in 1830, where he died in 1848, and where his wife, Anna TALBOT, died in 1836. They reared several children.

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Surnames: HARRIS, WHITMORE, FISHER, CLARK, HARRIS

William HARRIS, son of Jonathan, was born in Elba, N. Y., in 1803, and removed in 1864 to this town, where he died. His wife was Marilla WHITMORE, who bore him these children: Sumner, Eliza, Lyman F., Levi, George, and Samantha, of whom Lyman F. HARRIS, born July 18, 1832, married, Aug. 26, 1856, Matilda FISHER, and their children are Mary and Burdette (killed Dec. 20, 1886). Mary married Melvin, son of Warren and Jane (CLARK) HARRIS, of Napoli, Jan. 18, 1882.

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Surnames: HILL, KENNICUTT, HUBBELL

Levi HILL early cleared a farm in New Albion, where he died in 1862. His children were Gardner, Jerome, Emma, and Alexander. Gardner HILL died in New Albion, March 1, 1854. By his wife Matilda, daughter of John A. and Sophronia KENNICUTT, he had these children: Leroy, Lucius D., Ellen, and Gardner. Lucius D. HILL was born March 5, 1849, and married, Dec. 30, 1870, Alma M. HUBBELL, of Leon, who has borne him children as follows: Rolland S., born Oct, 21, 1871; Eva, born Feb. 1, 1873, died June 30, 1883; Emma M., born Nov. 22, 1877; Ray C., born Oct. 19, 1879; and Addie H., born Aug. 13, 1883. Mr. HILL has served as justice of the peace, notary public, and town clerk, and is a general merchant.

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Surnames: HILLS, WATKINS, WINSHIP

Calvin HILLS was born in New England, Sept. 16, 1799, came to Conewango in 1832, and ran the first carding-mill and cloth-dressing establishment in the town. He cleared a farm on which he died Oct. 9, 1889. His wife was Mary F., daughter of Lyman and Abigail WATKINS, and their children were Emily, Edwin F., Charles S., Mary F. (Mrs. W. H. WINSHIP), William G., and Ellen C. The three sons served in the Rebellion and were honorably discharged.

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Surnames: HOLLISTER, HOLDEN, FOSTER, MORGAN

William HOLLISTER, son of William, was born in Weathersfield, Conn., Jan. 15, 1763, married Rachel HOLDEN, removed to Granville, N. Y., where he erected a tannery, and in 1833 came to Conewango, where he died. His children were Ann, Sarah, Emma, Melissa, and William. The latter was born Aug. 31, 1792, came to Conewango in 1831, and built and for many years conducted the first tannery in the town. He married Laura FOSTER and their children were William H., Edward, Norman, and James H. James H. HOLLISTER, born Dec. 10, 1824, married, Dec. 10, 1846, Cornelia L. MORGAN, by whom he has children as follows: Mary L., Emma M., Edward M., James T., and Fanny C. Mr. HOLLISTER has been prominent in town affairs and resides on the homestead. William H. HOLLISTER was born in Granville, December 16, 1815, and died at Conewango on March 8, 1893. He was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, for twenty-four years its ruling elder, and for thirty years superintendent of the Sunday school. A man of great activity he was an indefatigable worker and lived a life worthy of imitation.

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Surname: HOPKINS

Jacob I. HOPKINS came to Conewango as a farmer and died in 1878. His father was for many years a sea captain and finally died in Cooperstown. A son of Jacob I. is a blacksmith in this town.

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Surnames: HUNTINGTON, METCALF, SPRAGUE, KEENE, TUTTLE, GORDON

John HUNTINGTON, born in Vermont, Aug. 20, 1775, was a soldier in the War of 1812, was a ship-carpenter by trade, and came to Conewango in 1824, dying here March 24, 1858. His wife, Betsey METCALF, was born May 5, 1780, and died April 20, 1862. Their children were Arnold, born June 28, 1801; Charles, Nov. 4, 1802; Amos, April 7, 1804; George, Oct. 10, 1805; Hiram, April 25, 1808; Trumbull, March 14, 1810; David, June 27, 1812; Emily, Sept. 2, 1814; Nancy, June 14, 1816; Mary, May 9, 1819; Henry, May 14, 1820; Almeda, Aug. 11, 1823; and Horace, 1826. Horace HUNTINGTON married, May 12, 1849, Samantha C., daughter of Asa R. and Emily (SPRAGUE) KEENE. Their children are Mary, Charles M., Frank D., and Almeda. Charles M. HUNTINGTON was born Feb. 14, 1864. Frank D., born April 4, 1867, died April 3, 1870. Almeda, born June 1, 1869, died May 8, 1882. Mary, born March 25, 1859, married Charles L. TUTTLE, and has one son, Clair, born March 8, 1892. David HUNTINGTON married, Jan. 21, 1839, Adaline GORDON, of Rushford, N. Y., and died in Conewango, Aug. 24, 1886. Their children were Loraine E., Mary J., Charles D., Ellen L., and Ina G. Mr. HUNTINGTON was town supervisor in 1872.

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Surnames: KAISER, SAUNDERS, CARR

George KAISER, son of Hartman, Jr., and a native of Germany, being born there May 20, 1829, came to Conewango in 1840, married Alzina SAUNDERS, of this town, and has had born to him two children: Jennie A. (Mrs. Adello CARR) and Nellie E. C. Mr. KAISER is a farmer on the SAUNDERS farm.

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Surnames: KINNEY, GALLOP, SPICER, COWAN

Alfred A. KINNEY, son of John and Lucy (GALLOP) KINNEY, was born in Connecticut, March 23, 1808. He settled in Conewango in May 1832, and cleared the farm where he died Oct. 14, 1882. His wife,, Athelia SPICER, bore him these children: Lucy E., Eunice E., Matilda, Sarah J., Sally Ann, Olivia A., Christiana, and Alfred, and died June 4, 1882, aged eighty-one. Alfred KINNEY was born Oct. 4, 1836, and married, April 17, 1877, Flora B., daughter of Elisha and Mary J. COWEN. He is a farmer on the KINNEY homestead.

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Surnames: KESSLER, DOLE

Daniel KESSLER came to Conewango in 1859. He was born in Saxony.Germany, December 14, 1841, a son of George and Caroline KESSLER, and married, April 18, 1873, Mary B., daughter of Alonzo and Jane DOLE. Their children are Carrie J., Maud E., Alonzo, and Lida E. Mr. KESSLER cleared the farm on which he resides.

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Surnames: KNAPP, WEAVER, JENKS

Mrs. Cynthia A. KNAPP. – Christopher WEAVER, a native of Rhode Island, was killed by an accident. His son William, born in Rhode Island, Feb. 22, 1801, came to Otsego county and thence to Cherry Creek, N. Y., where he died in 1880. His children were Betsey A., Cynthia A., Electa, Oscar, Abner W., Laura, and Mary W. Cynthia A. WEAVER was born July 20, 1820, married, April 13, 1840, Bucklin JENKS, and had born to her two children, William L. and Leafy A., both deceased. Her second husband was lra, son of Elijah KNAPP, who died September 9, 1891. Mrs. KNAPP survives him and resides in Conewango village. Mr. JENKS held several town offices.

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Surnames: LAMPER, BROWN, YOUNG, PRITCHARD, FARNSWORTH

James LAMPER, son of James and Sarah (BROWN) LAMPER and grandson of Benjamin, was born in New Hampshire, April 23, 1798, and came to Randolph in the fall of 1829. James LAMPER was for thirty years a sea captain. Two brothers, Benjamin and Asa, served seven years in the Revolutionary war and participated at the battle of Bunker Hill. James LAMPER, Jr., removed to Conewango in the spring of 1830, and cleared the farm on which he died Feb. 5, 1848. His wife, Mary YOUNG, who died Sept. 25, 1865, bore him these children: Alexander, Susan M., Sarah, William, Delia, Mary, Julia, and Alonzo S. Alonzo S. LAMPER, born June 1, 1826, married Huldah PRITCHARD, by whom he had five children – Acta M., Myron C., Susie B., Charles C., and James J. Mr. LAMPER was for six years county superintendent of the poor, thirteen years local assessor, and since 1887 town overseer of the poor. Alexander LAMPER married Sylvia FARNSWORTH, of Dayton, had one son, Edward A., who was born in Conewango, and now resides in Minnesota.

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Surnames: LEACH, GOODIER, SEEKINS

Joseph LEACH was born in Herkimer county and came to Ellington, Chautauqua county, where he cleared a farm and died in 1844. His wife was Betsey GOODIER and his children were Aaron, Alma, and Joseph G. Joseph G. LEACH was born Dec. 9, 1828, and married, June 27, 1856, Angeline, daughter of Amos LEACH, by whom he had two children, Aaron (deceased) and Alice, who married Manley A. SEEKINS, March 4, 1878, and has four children – Marian, Myra A., J. Ray, and Guy M. Joseph G. built in 1882 the steam saw-mill in Conewango which he now owns. He is also a farmer.

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Surnames: LIMBOCKER, STEPHENS, EDWARDS

Uriah LIMBOCKER was for many years a Wesleyan Methodist minister. Born in Conesus, N. Y., he came to Leon and removed finally to Michigan, where he died June 20, 1883. His son Gardner was born in Conesus, April 20, 1828, came to Leon with his parents, and subsequently removed to Conewango, where he died in 1853. He married Harriet STEPHENS, of this town, who bore him one son, Gardner A., July 29, 1853. Mrs. LIMBOCKER survives her husband and resides with her only son. Gardner A. LIMBOCKER married Mattie EDWARDS, Feb. 8, 1870, and their children are George R. and Lloyd L. He is a farmer on the STEPHENS farm.

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Surnames: LOOP, WINTER, COWEN

David LOOP was born and died in Columbia county. He participated in the War of 1812. His son David, born in Dover, N. Y., in 1810, came to Conewango in 1840, cleared three farms, and for many years operated the HOLDRIDGE mills at East Randolph. He died in 1880. He married Mary WINTER, who died March 29, 1890. Their children were Moses W., Charlotte, Mary, Edward, Thomas, and David. David LOOP, Jr., born May 8, 1850, married, July 4, 1873, Sally A., daughter of John and Rachel COWEN, and their children are Claude A., Josephine, and Mary R. He owns and occupies the homestead farm, and under the firm name of SNOW & LOOP conducts a saw-mill in the southeast part of the town.

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Surnames: MASON, PERRY, WATKINS, HILLS

Charles MASON, son of William, Jr., and Mary (PERRY) MASON, both natives of England, was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1800, came to Conewango in 1830, and was killed by an accident in 1851. His son Daniel B. P., born Feb. 27, 1844, married, Nov. 26, 1879, Ellen C., daughter of Calvin and Mary (WATKINS) HILLS, and they have one child, Flora E.

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Surnames: MASON, SEAGER, COWEN

George J. MASON, son of Charles and Ann MASON, married Josephine W., daughter of John and Rachel (SEAGER) COWEN, of Conewango, and their children are Amy L., Jessie, Mattie, and Mabel. Mr. MASON enlisted in 1862 in Co. K, 154th N. Y. Vols., and served until the war closed, participating in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Mission Ridge, and in Sherman's march to the sea.

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Surnames: McELWAINE, FISH, MILKS, POOL

Timothy McELWAIN, son of Roger and a native of Massachusetts, removed to Erie County in 1818 and to this town in 1843, dying here in 1877. His wife was Mariah FISH, who died here the same year. Their children were Reuben, Samuel, Clarinda, Benjamin, and Heman. Reuben McELWAIN, born April 1, 1824, married Mary G. CHAMPLAIN, who bore him these children: William H., John A., Clara W., Grant, and Earl. William McELWAIN married Anna L. MILKS and has seven children: Robert L., Mary A., Albert D., Bennie C., Jessie E., Hattie, and Hettie. Clara W. McELWAIN married Alanson A. POOL and died Oct. 21, 1890, leaving two children, Bessie E. and Claude.

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Surnames: METCALF, WALDRON, FOX, SMITH

The METCALF family. – John WALDRON, a German by birth, was born in Auburn, N. Y., in 1827, and is now a resident of Arkansas. His wife was Elmir FOX, who died in 1886, and of their children Ida married William METCALF, Nov. 7, 1881, who died January 19, 1882. He was a son of Henry and Julietta (SMITH) METCALF. Their children were Coila E. and Raymond D. Mrs. METCALF resides on the FOX farm, which was cleared by George FOX.

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Surnames: METCALF, CHAMPLAIN, MOORE

Jotham H. METCALF. – Asa CHAMPLAIN, a native of Stonington, R. I., where he died, had five children, of whom Robert came to New Albion, where he died in 1850. His wife was Polly MOORE and his children were William M., Hannah, Lydia, Robert, Sarah, Jessie, George, Dudley, and Armenia. The latter was born Jan. 21, 1821, married Jotham H. METCALF, Jan. 9, 1840, and resides on the homestead. Their children were Leroy C., Harriet, Eveline, Arvilla, and Mary. Mr. METCALF died in 1884.

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Surnames: MERCHANT, STANNARD, WOOD, DELAND, JOHNSON

Amos MERCHANT was born in Cazenovia, N. Y., and came to Napoli, where he died in 1881, aged eighty-four. His wife, Almira STANNARD, died in Napoli at the age of sixty-five. Their children were Warren W., Truman, Reuben, Chester, Miranda, Alzina, and Betsey. Warren W. MERCHANT was born in Napoli in 1827 and came to Conewango in 1849. He is a farmer. He married Mehitable, daughter of Thomas and Deborah WOOD, who died in 1863. Their children were Charles T., born May 14, 1844; Lafayette, born in August 1848; Ella D., born Aug. 10, 1852; Austin, born in 1856; and Adelbert, born in 1861. Charles T. MERCHANT married Ella D. DELAND, by whom he has one daughter, Hattie A. The latter married John JOHNSON and has two children.

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Surnames: MOREY, FORWARD, TEN EYCK, TRAVIS

Samuel MOREY, a Revolutionary soldier, was an early settler of Otto and died there in 1874. His wife, Electa FORWARD, who died in Otto in 1876, bore him these children: Stillman, Phebe, Sarah, Samuel, Clarissa, and George. Stillman MOREY was born Nov. 17,1817, moved to Mansfield in 1856, and thence to Oregon in 1888. His son Levi E., now a resident of Conewango, was born in Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., May 7, 1847, married, Sept. 16, 1866, Nellie, daughter of John and Annie M. (TEN EYCK) TRAVIS, of Mansfield, and has children as follows: Effie A., Etta L., and Ladore E. Levi E. MOREY enlisted at the age of seventeen in Co. K, 9th N. Y. Cav., and served to the close of the war, participating in nineteen engagements.

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Surnames: OTIS, BACOCK, WALKER, HEATH

Justin OTIS came to this town in 1860 and died in East Randolph on Nov. 22, 1882. Born in Colchester, Conn., March 23, 1798, he married Minerva BABCOCK, and has had these children: George, Norman G., Patty, Harrison G., and Mary A. Norman G. OTIS, born in Perry, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1849, married Eliza C. WALKER, who bore him one daughter, Lucy, and died Jan. 30, 1854. His second marriage was with Louisa HEATH, by whom he has children as follows: Bennie C. (deceased), Norman E., George H, and Mettie. Mr. OTIS was census enumerator for the town in 1880. He is now a farmer and a retired merchant and miller.

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Surnames: PHILLIPS, McINTYRE, HITCHCOCK, TORRENCE, MASON, MARVIN, HALL

Isaac PHILLIPS was born in Brookfield, Madison county, and came to Villenova, N. Y., where he died in 1872. His wife, Diantha McINTYRE, who died Feb. 9, 1864, bore him twelve children, of whom William P. was born in Brookfield, Oct. 12, 1814, removed to Chautauqua county in 1835, cleared several farms, came to Conewango in April, 1869, and died here April 14, 1884. He married, July 28, 1844, Lorinda, daughter of Timothy and Zurvina (HITCHCOCK) TORRENCE, of Randolph. She was born Nov. 20, 1824. Their children were Mandana M., born Nov. 8, 1845, died in infancy; Adelaide, born June 21, 1848; Marvin W., born July 12, 1851; Oliver H., born Sept. 1, 1853; Charles, born Feb. 13, 1856; Moses, born Oct. 13, 1859, died Feb. 7, 1864; Lee S., born May 29, 1862; and Nellie E., born April 14, 1864. Mr. PHILLIPS was an industrious man and a highly respected citizen. Adelaide PHILLIPS married Charles J. MASON and their children are Mertie J., Alta L., Annie M. and Lynn P. Marvin W. PHILLIPS married Jennie C. HALL and has had two children: Claude (deceased) and Ethel. Oliver H. PHILLIPS married Ettie WATKINS, of East Randolph.

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Surname: POPE

Elnathan POPE came to Conewango in 1828 and died in Wisconsin in 1865. His father, Nathaniel, was a Revolutionary soldier. He cleared what is known as the POPE farm, and before moving west left several descendants. It was in honor of this family that the POPE postoffice was named.

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Surnames: PRITCHARD, CHAPMAN

Jeremiah PRITCHARD was a son of John, who served in the Revolution and died in Madison county, N. Y. Jeremiah located in Conewango in 1847, cleared three farms, and died in 1874. His daughter Mary E. married Welcome CHAPMAN, who settled in Leon at an early age, moved thence to Conewango, and died Nov. 29, 1892. For twenty years Mr. CHAPMAN was a member of the Presbyterian Church and during his whole life was a farmer.

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Surnames: PROSSER, SEAGER, McKEEVER

Potter A. PROSSER, twin brother of Amos P., born in Livonia, N. Y., came to Conewango among the early settlers, cleared a farm, and died in 1890. His wife, Eliza, bore him six children, of whom Andrew R., a native of Livonia, came to this town with his parents, and finally removed to Cold Spring, where he now resides. His wife, Caroline SEAGER, died in 1887. Their children were Charlotte A. Micah, Aurora, and Anson S. Anson S. PROSSER was born in Conewango, Sept. 13, 1849, married, April 12, 1885, Susan McKEEVER, of Cold Spring, and has two children: Andrew C., born April 29, 1888, and May, born Oct 31, 1891. Mr. PROSSER is a farmer on the John Benson farm.

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Surnames: RICE, HENDERSON

Chester RICE became a resident of Conewango in 1835 and died here on the farm, which he cleared in 1862. His wife, Dorothy HENDERSON, died in 1882. Both were hard workers and reared a family of sturdy children.

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Surnames: ROBINSON, SLADE, BENSON

Elijah ROBINSON, son of Ex-Governor ROBINSON, was born in Bennington, Vt., married Experience SLADE, had three children, and died there, aged twenty-eight. His son Elijah, who was born in Bennington, Jan. 20, 1812, came to Conewango in 1846, cleared a farm, kept hotel, and died May 27, 1886. He married Mary D. BENSON, who was the mother of his children: Francis E., C. Janette, Edwin E., John C., Robert E., Mary S., and F. Eugene. John I. BENSON, father of Mrs. Mary D. ROBINSON, served in the War of 1812, came to Conewango in 1847, and died Jan. 13, 1889. His wife Alice, a native of Washington county, died in this town in 1887. Mrs. ROBINSON still survives.

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Surnames: ROSS, ELLSWORTH, CONGDON

Reuben ROSS was a soldier in the War of 1812, a pensioner, and died at Arkwright, Chautauqua county, after living in Conewango twenty years. Of his children Zenas, Wilber, and Edwin, Wilber was born in Leon, April 11, 1830, married Frances A., daughter of Benjamin and Calista ELLSWORTH, of Rutledge, and has had nine children: Ida, Benjamin E., Willard, Micah, Eva E., Harriet C., Willie, Herbert, and Susan. Benjamin E. ROSS married Kate CONGDON, of Napoli, has one, son, Leo C., and is a farmer with his father.

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Surname: SAUNDERS

Charles SAUNDERS, son of Hezekiah, came to Conewango about 1830, cleared a farm, and died here in 1876. One of his sons has been a merchant in Clear Creek for twenty-five years.

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Surnames: SCHULZ, FELTSNER, WORDEN

Sabastian SCHULZ, born in Solson, Germany, in 1817, came to Conewango in 1851. He married Amelia FELTSNER and their children are Ann, Eliza, Frank, Charles, Frederick, and Ada. Frank SCHULZ was born June 3, 1854. Dec. 25, 1877, he married Ida L. WORDEN, of Randolph, and has three children: Iva I., Goldie, and Floyd F. Mr. SCHULZ is a farmer.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surname: SCOTT

William SCOTT was born in Franklinville and moved to Versailles, where he was killed by a stone falling from a-bridge he was building. His father was a, native of Germany. One of his sons has resided in Conewango forty years.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: SEAGER, GRAHAM, HARMON, HILDUM

Anson G. SEAGER, son of Micah, Jr., and Lois (GRAHAM) SEAGER, was born in 1805. The family were early settlers in Phelps, Ontario County, coming there from Connecticut, where Anson G. was born. In 1833 he removed to this town and cleared the farm he still occupies. He has held several town offices, among them being that of justice of the peace for sixteen years. His wife was Aurora HARMON, who died April 4, 1891. Their children were Caroline, Charlotte, Delia, William M., and Micah. William M. SEAGER, born March 22, 1835, married Martha E. HILDUM, who is the mother of his children Charles H., Edwin W., and Fred L. Edwin Brennan, an adopted son of Anson G. SEAGER, was born in Randolph, July 28, 1842, served in the Civil war as a lieutenant of artillery, and for twelve years has been a customs officer in New York city.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: SMITH, EDWARDS, ROWE, MAYO, OSBORNE, KNAPP, LINDSLEY, ROBERTS, BUSHNELL, BIGELOW

Isaac SMITH, son of Isaac, was born Nov. 1, 1791, in Milford, Conn. He came to this State in the spring of 1814, married Elizabeth, daughter of Alanson and Elizabeth EDWARDS, of Skaneateles, NY, April 1, 1817, and in 1827 removed to Napoli, then little more than a wilderness. They built a log house and commenced farming, where they remained until 1865, when they moved to Conewango to live with their son Thaddeus. Elizabeth SMITH died April 9, 1866, at the age of sixty-nine years; Isaac SMITH died Feb. 20, 1883. They were members of the Presbyterian Church. The eldest son, Edward SMITH, was born Dec. 30, 1817, and married, April 4, 1847, Eveline ROWE; James Henry SMITH, born April 18, 1819, married Sarah MAYO, June 10, 1844; William Clark SMITH, born April 16, 1821, married Mary Ann OSBORNE, Aug. 28, 1853; a son born April 30, 1823, died same day; Elizabeth SMITH, born Aug. 9, 1824, married Stephen C. KNAPP, June 15, 1846; Ann SMITH, born Feb. 27, 1828, married Harvey LINDSLEY; Melissa Edwards SMITH, born Aug. 20, 1830, married Albert ROBERTS, Oct. 14, 1850; Cynthia SMITH, born Aug. 21, 1832, married Elias BUSHNELL; and Thaddeus C. SMITH, born Aug. 15, 1836, married Mary J. BIGELOW, Nov. 29, 1864, and has had two children – Frank Clayton SMITH, born Sept. 8, 1865, died Sept. 15, 1889, and Ralph Bigelow SMITH, born March 15, 1868. Edward SMITH is a prominent school teacher in Syracuse, NY., having been superintendent of the city schools twenty-three years.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: SNOW, HOVEY, HUESTON, BENEDICT

Nathan SNOW, a native of Connecticut, came to Conewango in 1828. Serving as a captain in the War of 1812 he was at the burning of Buffalo in 1814, and after his settlement here died upon the farm which he cleared. His wife, Laura HOVEY, also died here, after bearing him these children: William D., Sewell H., Chauncey A., Orey, Edward, Melvin, Alvira, and Lucelia. Melvin SNOW owns and occupies the homestead. He was born March 8, 1831. July 1, 1857, he married Mariah HUESTON, by whom he has had two children: Ella G. and Clarence A. Ella G. married Hiram BENEDICT, of East Randolph, in 1881, and has one son, Leo. Orey SNOW served in the late war.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: SPEAR, CLARK, ROSS, BARTON

David Clark SPEAR, son of David and Mary (CLARK) SPEAR, was born in Hartford, Conn., March 9, 1802, came to Ellington, Chautauqua county, among the early settlers, cleared a farm, and finally removed to Iowa. His son William D., born April 25, 1827, married, Nov. 17, 1850, Edna M., daughter of Grosvenor and Charlotte (ROSS) BARTON, of Conewango (see also Leon), and has had born to him these children: Charlotte, William G., and Karl E. Mr. SPEAR is a farmer and manufacturer of grain cradles in Conewango.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

Page 522

Surnames: STEVES, JONES, STANLEY, FISHER

John STEVES was a farmer in Leon for many years. He was born in Onondaga county in 1818 and married Rachel JONES, who died in 1889. Their children were George G., Francis M., Jeremiah, Fred E., Allen M., Marshall, Charles, Clara, Alice, Estella F., Rose M., Ruth, Elmer, and John H. The latter was born Aug. 14, 1853, married, July 4, 1877. Mary A., daughter of Vilando and Betsey (STANLEY) FISHER, of Conewango, and is now a farmer on the FISHER farm. Joseph STANLEY was an early settler in Conewango.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

Pages 522 & 523

Surname: THACHER

Cyrus THACHER came to Conewango in 1823 and was the first merchant in Clear Creek, of which place be was postmaster, holding the position there and at Seeleysburg and Conewango in all twenty-seven years. Born in Vermont in 1802 he died here August 3, 1892. He was a very active man and up to the date of his death possessed a remarkably attentive memory. His son Charles C. is now postmaster and a general merchant at Conewango village.

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History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: TOWERS, SEAGER, SLYKER

Lucas TOWERS, a native of Schaghticoke, N. Y., died in Conewango in 1853. His wife Rachel bore him these children: Jared, Mary, and John. The latter was born in Syracuse and died here aged 44 years. He married Clarinda SEAGER, who died in 1891. Their children were Jane, Mary, Rachel, Clarissa, Levi, and John H. John H. TOWERS was born Dec. 8, 1832, and married, Dec. 25, 1859, Mary SLYKER. Their children are Cora, Lena, Ida, Ada, John, Daniel, and Grace.

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History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: WATSON, WILCOX, WOODMANSEE, ELLSWORTH, HALL

John A. WATSON, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (WILCOX) WATSON, early settlers in Ellington, Chautauqua county, was born in Rensselaer county, Oct. 29, 1831, came to Conewango from Ellington in 1879, and is now a wood mechanic and farmer residing in Rutledge. He married, Oct. 13, 1856, Fidelia WOODMANSEE, by whom he has had children as follows: John S., Daniel, Permelia, and Mattie M. Daniel WATSON married Kate F., daughter of Chauncey and Eliza (ELLSWORTH) HALL. They conduct a millinery store in Conewango.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: WATTENPAUGH, RICHMOND, BROWN

Andrew WATTENPAUGH, a native of Germany, was a soldier in the Revolution, and died in Troy, N. Y. His son John married Amorilla RICHMOND, who died in Dayton in 1848. Their children were Emeline, George, Louisa, William, Filena, Cordelia, Andrew, and Merrick. Merrick WATTENPAUGH, born May 28, 1816, married, Jan. 13, 1854, Margaret J. BROWN, and has six children: Janette, Sarah J., George, Frank J., Emogene, and Ann M. Born in 1816 he is doubtless the second oldest living native of the county.

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History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surname: WILEY

Daniel T. WILEY settled in New Albion in 1865 and died in Conewango in 1890. He was a son of John WILEY and was born near Gloversville in 1813. His son James F., a farmer in town, has taught over thirty terms of school.

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History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: WINSHIP, LATHROP, WATKINS, HILLS

William H. WINSHIP, son of Isaac and Augusta (LATHROP) WINSHIP, was born Nov. 1, 1936, came to Conewango in 1856, and Oct. 17, 1857, married Mary F., daughter of Calvin and Mary F. (WATKINS) HILLS, and they have one son, Charles H., of Fremont, Neb. The children of Isaac and Augusta WINSHIP were Rossa R., William H., and Albert E.

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Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893

History of the Town of Conewango – Chapter XXII (22)

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Surnames: WYLLYS, McHURON, DANA

Mara WYLLYS, who was born in Chesterfield, Mass., came to Conewango in 1820, cleared a farm, and eventually removed to Ohio, where he died. His wife, Maria McHURON, bore him children as follows: Rufus, Silance, Miriam, Lyman, Elijah, and Maria. Rufus WYLLYS was born in Massachusetts in 1780, came to this town with his father in 1820, and died here in 1871. He married Freedom DANA and his children were Abigail, Lucretia, Rufus, Russell, John, Wealthy, Silance, and Elijah. Silance WYLLYS occupies the homestead.
 
 

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