TOWN OF LEON

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

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

History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: ACKLER, RANDALL, FRANKLIN, HUNT

Peter ACKLER, a native of Germany, came to Persia while young and died there at an advanced age. His children were Peter M., Willard, Henry, Roxana, Betsey, and Keziah. Peter M. ACKLER, born in Persia, as were also his brothers and sisters, came to Leon in 1870. He married Mittie RANDALL; children: Albert, Prentice D., Alden, and Eldredge. Mr. ACKLER married, second, Claircena FRANKLIN; children: Earl and Lemuel J. Eldredge ACKLER was born April 8, 1863, and June 25, 1890, married Lucy J. HUNT, of Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: AMADON

Rev. Ezra AMADON was born in Berkshire county, Mass., about 1760 and removed to Bennington county, Vt., about 1800. There he was one of the moving spirits and original founders of the Reformed Methodist denomination in America, establishing a church of that faith at Readsboro in 1814. He came to Leon in February, 1822, and was the first to start the movement for the organization of a Reformed Methodist church in the town, forming a body of that belief in the spring of 1823. He moved to Waupun, Wis., in 1853, where he died about 1860; his family all removed to Wisconsin except Ezra, his son, who died here in 1884, leaving a son, George, now living in Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: BARTON, FAIRFIELD

David BARTON, born in Massachusetts, March 2, 1768, came to Leon at an early day, cleared a farm, and died Feb. 16, 1850. His wife was Susanna FAIRFIELD, a native of Massachusetts, and their children were David J., Grosvenor, Elizabeth B., Susan, Lucinda, Elliburgh, Zenas, Hiram, Thaddeus F., and Laura.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: BARTON

Fry BARTON came to Leon in 1830. He was a son of Benjamin BARTON, a soldier of the Revolution. Fry settled near Leon village, on a farm, and died in 1872. His son Ara was supervisor of the town in 1855 and 1856, and was otherwise prominent in local political and social affairs.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: CANEEN, COOPER

Stephen CANEEN was born in the Isle of Man and came to Black Rock, N. Y., in 1824, where he died. His son Thomas was born in 1826 and came to Leon in 1832, where he married Dolly COOPER, daughter of Elisha COOPER; children: Dr. John E. (see page 141), Rose, and Frank D. Mr. CANEEN has been a general merchant in Leon since 1869. He has held various town offices, being postmaster, assessor, town clerk, and collector several years each, and in 1871 and 1872 represented the town on the Board of Supervisors. His son Frank D. was also supervisor in 1887 and 1888.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: CASTEN, GATES, WHEELER, BEARDSLEY, WAITE, WATSON

James CASTEN was a son of John and Jerusha (GATES) CASTEN. John CASTEN served in the Revolutionary war and by trade was a tailor. He came to Collins, Erie county, where he died in 1843. James CASTEN, his son, was born Sept. 25, 1801. In 1851 he became a resident of Leon and represented the town on the Board of Supervisors in 1857 and 1858. He died on the CASTEN homestead March 3, 1888. Mr. CASTEN married Amanda WHEELER, who was born July 16, 1802, and died Jan. 13, 1887; children: Ann R. (Mrs. S. W. BEARDSLEY), James W., John G., Ira L., Emily A. (Mrs. Butler R. WAITE), Mary J. (Mrs. W. H. WATSON), William H., Eunice, and Stephen W. William H. served in Co. B, 154th N.Y. Vols., and died July 4, 1865. Stephen W. died Oct. 4, 1887, and James W. on Nov. 20, 1889.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: CLARK, HUDSON, MARSH, SHANNON, KELLOGG, HUNT

William CLARK, a soldier in the war of the Revolution, came to Leon in 1831, but one year later removed to Cherry Creek, N. Y., where he died about 1840. His wife was Abigail HUDSON, who died before the family's removal to western New York. His son Hudson, born Jan. 27, 1784, married, in May, 1810, Lucy MARSH, and died in Cherry Creek in 1847. His children were Leonard, Mary, Luther, Betsey, Adolphus, and Rebecca. Leonard CLARK, on Jan. 19, 1832, married Hannah SHANNON, who died March 30, 1862; children: Lucy R., Mariah L., Edward W., James W., and Alexina. Edward W. CLARK married Martha R. KELLOGG; children: Henry E. and Ray Belle. For his second wife he married Annie HUNT; children: Clyde C. and M. Leonard. He enlisted Oct.1, 1861, in Co. K, 64th N. Y. Vols., as a musician. Leonard CLARK served as justice of the peace twelve years.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: COOK, SHAW, WARES, BIERCE, PIERCE

Lemuel COOK, born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., came to Perrysburg in 1837, where he died, as did also his wife, whose maiden name was Phebe SHAW. Their son Noah married Annie, daughter of Rufus WARES, who died in 1881; he is now living in Leon. Children: Phebe, Joel G., Elisha H., Eloda, Myron J., and Marvin W. Myron J. COOK, born in Perrysburg, Dec. 10, 1840, married, March 9, 1870, Melissa, daughter of E. BIERCE (Ed. This may be a misprint for PIERCE); children: Noah C., Annie B., and Marmaduke. Mr. COOK is now a farmer in Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: COOK, PHILLIPS, POTTER

Col. Sylvenus COOK was born in Tinmouth, Vt., and in 1813 came to Collins, Erie county, where he died in 1883. He was an active participant in the old State militia, whence he derived his title, being commissioned colonel of the 198th Regiment along in the thirties. His wife was Nancy PHILLIPS. Their son Chauncey, born Aug. 5, 1840, married Melissa T. POTTER, and died in Leon, Feb. 15, 1891; children: Elmer, Ward A., Eva L., and Elton A.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: COOPER, DYE

Ezra W. COOPER was at the time of his death, which occurred at Gowanda on March 5, 1893, one of the oldest pioneers of Leon, and was a man universally respected. He was supervisor of the town in 1850, 1851, and 1852; he was an upright man, and a Mason in all the name implies. His father, Nathaniel COOPER, came into Leon in 1821 and with Daniel DYE articled the whole of lot 45. He died June 26, 1855. Elisha COOPER, a brother of Nathaniel, was also an early settler of this town, where he died. John COOPER was and for eight years 1834, 1836, 1840-44, and 1853 town supervisor.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: DAMON, WITHINGTON, ALDRICH, FENTON

Edmond DAMON, son of Charles and Lucretia (WITHINGTON) DAMON, was born in Vermont, May 22, 1816, and came to Ellicottville in 1839 and to Conewango in 1854, settling on the farm upon which he now resides. He married Achsah ALDRICH, of Canton, N. Y.; children: Melzer, Arathusa L. (Mrs. William T. FENTON), and Hiram A. Mr. DAMON has been a man of remarkable perseverance and energy. Several of his children are married and have families, and all are highly respected. Hiram A. resides in Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: DUDLEY

Edmund DUDLEY came in the spring of 1819 to Leon, where he died at the age of ninety-two years. He was a wood mechanic and chair maker, and reared a family of seven children, of whom Edward was the first white child born in the town, his birth occurring July 26, 1820. Mr. DUDLEY was the first to article a piece of land in Leon, his selection failing on a part of lot 41, on which he built a shanty. He articled the land of the Holland Land Company in the fall of 1819, at Ellicottville, exchanging for it half a barrel of whisky, which was half the quantity he had with him at the time. He sold his land in 1843 and finally died in Rutledge.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: DURFEE, HOLLMAN, CHENEY, KOUNTZ, HIX, GOODRICH

John DURFEE was born near Providence, R. I., and for a time was a resident of Tolland, Conn., and of Schoharie county, N. Y. He subsequently removed to Chautauqua county, where he died in 1817. His children were Robert, Rhoda, Abner, John, David, Zephaniah, and Otis L. Robert DURFEE came to Mayville, N. Y., in 1812, removing thence to Leon in 1819 where he cleared a farm and died in December, 1859. He was in the War of 1812. Otis L. DURFEE came to this town in 1820, but subsequently removed to Pennsylvania and became a Baptist clergyman. Robert married Betsey HOLLMAN, who bore him one daughter, Abigail; his second wife was Polly CHENEY, who died in Leon in 1840, his children by her being Edwin C., Willard P., Cornelia M., and Elvira L. Edwin C. DURFEE was born Dec. 20, 1819, and married Mary Ann KOUNTZ, who was born Aug. 1, 1822; children: Robert E., Mary H., Helen, Charles E., and Bertha. Mr. DURFEE is one of the oldest and most respected residents of the county. He was especially active in the cause of the soldiers and their widows of the Revolutionary and Mexican wars and the War of 1812, and prior to 1860 procured many bounties and pensions for those in the western part of the county. In politics he has been prominent, serving his town in several minor capacities and as supervisor in 1862, 1863, and 1864. He was influential in securing recruits for the town's quota in the Rebellion, and during most of the time since the war he has filled the office of justice of the peace. He is a land surveyor and farmer, and resides on the homestead.

Abner DURFEE, son of John, came to Leon in 1848, settling on a farm where he died Sept. 1, 1866. His wife was Ellathear HIX, who died in 1849; children: Chase, Coomer, Olive, Abner, Melinda, Joseph, Nancy, and Joseph P. Joseph P. DURFEE, born April 12, 1820, married, in 1857, Cybelia C. GOODRICH, and their children are Seymour, Eliza, Elmer, Mary, Chloe, Edwin, and Ada. Mr. DURFEE was a prominent farmer and resident of Leon; living on the farm where he settled in 1848, where he died Feb. 13, 1893.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: DYE, WELLS, HODGES

George W. DYE, son of Elisha, married, Nov. 25, 1865, Mrs. Lucinda WELLS, daughter of Abram HODGES (q. v.), who survives him, his death occurring in Leon, July 19, 1880. He enlisted in the 9th N. Y. Cav. in the Rebellion. His children were Elmer, Nettie G., Mary B., Blanch, Hattie, and Herman.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: FAIRBANKS, CHAPMAN, BLANCHARD, LOWRY, JOHNSON

John FAIRBANKS, a native of Berkshire county, Mass., and a resident of Vermont and of Pompey, N. Y., came to Conewango as a farmer and died about 1836. His children were Joshua, John, Ellis, Caleb, Theophilus, Freeman, Freeborn, Fletcher, Elijah J., Joseph, Alfred, Experience, and Susan. Caleb married Rhoda CHAPMAN and both died in Wisconsin; children: Elmer, Caleb, Ellis, Esther, Rosanna, and Josephine. Of these, Ellis FAIRBANKS was born in Leon, Feb. 5, 1824; he married Lucinda J. BLANCHARD and has one daughter, Julia, who married George LOWRY and has a son, Emory; she married, second, Ezra JOHNSON. Ellis FAIRBANKS resides on the homestead in Leon. Caleb was one of the first settlers at Leon Center. The family for generations have evinced considerable skill as wood mechanics and builders.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: FANCHER, MILLS, HUBBELL

Capt. William FANCHER was born June 1, 1823, at German Flats, N. Y., and was a son of Enos FANCHER, a farmer and blacksmith who died soon after William's birth. The son became a blacksmith and July 13, 1841, enlisted in the regular army for five years, being discharged in July, 1846, as first sergeant of Co. F, 2d U. S. Inf. During this period he served in Florida and in the Mexican war and also as recruiting officer of the U. S. army. He re-enlisted in the navy and served in the foreign service, and was discharged in 1850, after which he was a short time in the customs house. In 1851 he came to Leon to work for his brother, John FANCHER, as a blacksmith, and soon afterward the two purchased a farm. Captain FANCHER, in Sept., 1852, married Lydia, daughter of Thomas MILLS; children: Evangeline (Mrs. A. A. HUBBELL) and Albert T. The latter was supervisor of Leon in 1883, 1884, and 1885. Mr. FANCHER enlisted Sept. 13, 1861, as captain of Co. K, 64th N. Y. Vols., and served until March, 1862, when he was taken sick with typhoid fever, returned home, and died May 24, 1862.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: FRANKLIN

James FRANKLIN and his son James, Jr., were the first permanent settlers in the town of Leon, coming here from Monroe county in Sept., 1818. They located on lot 50 and erected thereon the first log house in town. Both died here and left many descendants.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: GREEN, NILES, VINING

Dr. John GREEN was a son of Asahel GREEN, who served as lieutenant and afterward as captain in the Revolutionary war and died in Washington county, N. Y., of which county Dr. John was a native. He moved to Leon in 1847 and married Sally NILES, by whom he had children: Hannah, Lucy J., Sally Ann, Christina, William, Ransom, Asahel, and John C. John C. GREEN, born May 21, 1830, married Melissa VINING, who has borne him these children: Esther A., Rosa, Ellen, Mary, Franklin B., Henry, Clayton, Herbert, Deidrick, David, and Oren. Mr. GREEN enlisted in Co. K, 154th N. Y. Vols., and was discharged June 27, 1865. He held several town offices, among them being constable, collector, and postmaster; he was also deputy sheriff of Cattaraugus county. He died in April, 1893.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: HODGES, HAZZARD, DYE, WELLS

Abram HODGES, son of John, was born in New England and came to Collins, N. Y., with his father at an early day. He removed to Leon in 1848 and died here in 1881. His wife, Rebecca, daughter of Hiram HAZZARD, also died in this town; children: George, Hiram, Rebecca, Riley, William, Amanda, Caroline, Eliza J., and Lucinda, now the widow of George W. DYE (q. v.). Lucinda HODGES was born in Collins February 7, 1839, and Dec. 29, 1857, married Albert W. WELLS, of Leon, who died of fever in Fairfax hospital, Va., April 22, 1862. He served in Co. K, 64th N. Y. Vols., enlisting in the fall of 1861. They had one daughter, Jennie A.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: HUNT, REED, MURDOCK

Capt. Horatio N. HUNT is a son of Sherebiah and Annie (REED) HUNT, and was born in Hamilton, N. Y., Aug. 23, 1826. He married Catharine J. MURDOCK on Feb. 21, 1844, who was born March 11, 1826, and came to Leon in 1847, where he is one of the oldest and most respected residents. Children: Francelia, Ella M., Zylphianna, Everett H., and Mary E. Mr. HUNT was prominent in organizing the first company of soldiers from Leon for the Rebellion and was commissioned its first lieutenant, being promoted captain May 11, 1862, and major before the close of the war.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: INGERSOLL

Josephus INGERSOLL, son of Francis (died June 2, 1830) and Rachel (died June 29, 1846) INGERSOLL, was born in Tioga county June 12, 1799, and came to Leon about 1823. He removed to Dayton in 1848, where he died. His son Hermon V. was for three years -- 1867, 1868, and 1874 -- supervisor of Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: KELLY, GRIFFIN, SMITH, SHELMADINE

Eber KELLY came to Leon in 1828, settling, on a farm on Town hill, where he died. His wife was Sally GRIFFIN, who bore him these children: Benjamin, Freeman, and Harriet. Benjamin KELLY came to this town with his father and died here in 1843. He married Avis SMITH, of New Albion; children: Harriet, Eber E., Clinton D., Clarissa, Harriet, 2d, and Caroline. Clinton D., born Dec. 13, 1841, married, July 1, 1868, Lizzie SHELMADINE and their children are Benjamin, Alice, Rollin, George, and Clinton D. Mr. KELLY enlisted Sept. 28, 1861, in Co. B, 64th N. Y. Vols., and was discharged Sept. 28, 1864. Eber KELLY served in the 9th Cav. from 1864 until June, 1865.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: KIERSTEAD

John N. KIERSTEAD, served on Long Island in the War of 1812 and came to this town in 1823, where he died in 1879, being at the time of his death one of the oldest residents in Leon. He has several descendants living in town.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: KYSOR, SWEET, SYCKLES, MOSHER, LONGCORE

Charles D. KYSOR born in Vermont, came to Leon in 1830 and cleared a farm on what is known as KYSOR hill. He married Sally SWEET and died in 1889; children: John, Perry O., Ezra, Archibald, Amos, and Nicholas. His second wife was Polly SYCKLES who bore him two children, Lois and Robert. Perry O. KYSOR a native of Vermont, was two years old when his parents came to Leon. He married Caroline MOSHER, daughter of Benjamin MOSHER; children: Charles, Sarah, Frank, Alice, George, Maude, and Willis P. Willis P. KYSOR was born on KYSOR hill Dec. 5, 1860, and Dec. 11, 1882, he married Lettie E. LONGCORE; children: Alice M., Beulah J., Gilbert W., and Harley P. Mr. KYSOR is a progressive farmer and a dealer in cattle.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: MOSHER, ELLIS, BURROUGHS, HORTH

John MOSHER was an early settler in New Albion, where he died in 1875. Lizzie, his wife, bore him six children, viz.: George H., William P., Mary Ann, Cordelia, Alfred P., and Reuben H. Mr. MOSHER was supervisor of New Albion in 1851 and 1852, and as a citizen and neighbor was highly respected. William P. MOSHER, born May 23, 1812, married Elizabeth ELLIS, who died Dec. 10, 1889; children: Albert H., Eva J., William E., and Francis A. The latter was born July 12, 1847. In 1865 he married Patheria BURROUGHS, of New Albion, and their children are Emma J., Grace M., and German E. A Republican in politics Mr. MOSHER was supervisor of the town of New Albion in 1884 and 1885 and of Leon in 1892 and 1893. In these and in other official capacities he has served with signal ability. Eva J. MOSHER married De Heart HORTH in 1884 and resides in Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: MURDOCK, ROSS

William R. MURDOCK, son of William, is of Scotch descent and was born Jan. 27, 1829. He married, in 1857, Sarah J. ROSS, who was born in 1833; children: Gertrude, Frank W.; George M., and Alice M. Mr. MURDOCK has taught school twenty-one years, has served efficiently in official capacities, and is a writer of considerable ability.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: NOYES, JOHNSON

Dudley NOYES, of Revolutionary service, came to Leon in 1829 and died here in 1845; his wife was Sally JOHNSON, who died in 1850. Their son, Johnson NOYES, born Jan. 26, 1788, started the first store in the town, opening it at "Leon Mills" in 1827. He also run a distillery, the first one in Leon.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: POTTER, WAITE, COOK

William POTTER, a native of Hoosick, N. Y., came to Leon while a young man and married Basebee WAITE; children: Butler, Mary J., Allen, Melissa T (Mrs. Chauncey COOK, q. v.), Mercy, George, Silas, and Peter. Mr. POTTER died in East Leon, March 8, 1875.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: ROCKWELL, SYKES, ODELL, KILLBORN

Enoch E. ROCKWELL, son of Joseph and Betsey (SYKES) ROCKWELL, was born in Hanover, Chautauqua county, May 6, 1834. In 1858 he married Sarah K. ODELL and their children were Eli, William A., and Merton J. The last named was born May 5, 1863, and is a farmer in Leon. Mrs. Sarah K. ROCKWELL is a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (KILLBORN) ODELL.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: ROSS, LEWIS, SAUNDERS

William ROSS, a native of Oneida county, came to New Albion soon after his marriage and died there at the age of sixty years. His children were Welcome, Willard, Lovisa, Sarah, and Franklin. The latter was born June 12, 1809, and died May 28, 1890. He married Lydia LEWIS, of Rutledge, who died in Conewango in March, 1892; children: Lovisa, William J., Welcome F., Lydia, Walter H., Martha, Marcia, and Frankie. Walter H. ROSS, born in New Albion in 1848, married, in 1874, Elnora R. SAUNDERS, who was born in Otto in 1855; they have one daughter, Mildred B. William J. and Welcome F. ROSS served in the Rebellion in Co. F, 154th N. Y. Vols.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: SHANNON, CHAPMAN

Samuel SHANNON, a son of Samuel, who served in the Revolution, was born in Vermont, came to Leon among the early settlers, and died here at the age of seventy-five years. His children were Sally, George, Bishop, Lorenzo, Harlow, Sally, 2d, Hannah, Alvira, and Serena. Lorenzo SHANNON was born in Vermont, and coming to Leon when an infant he made this town his lifelong home, dying here in 1880. He was thoroughly identified with the best interests of the community and was ever a welcome visitor to the homes of a large number of friends. Mr. SHANNON married Martha A. CHAPMAN, who Survives him, and who bore him these children: William B., Cyrus E., Theodocia A., Emory L., George A., and Kittie B.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surname: SHANNON

Hon. Edgar SHANNON was one of the most prominent men the town of Leon ever claimed as a citizen. In politics he was a Republican, and his influence in councils and conventions was both sought and feared. He held many public offices and served his constituents with honor and fidelity. He was supervisor of Leon in 1869, 1870, 1873, 1881, and 1882, holding the position at the time of his death; he served two terms (1876 and 1877) in the State Legislature. He was virtually banker for the town and a man whose counsel was wise and discreet. He was a member of the Masons, of the United Workmen, and of Post No. 310, G. A. R. Mr. SHANNON enlisted Aug. 1, 1862, in Co. B, 154th N. Y. Vols., rose to the rank of first lieutenant, and was discharged June 23, 1865. He died in Leon, Dec. 28, 1882.

He sleeps 'neath the clods of the valley at rest,

From war's mingled strife and commotion;

No sorrow can rend his sightless breast,

Nor wake his patriot devotion.

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History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

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Surnames: SMITH, BURCHARD, TOWN, WAUTENPAUGH, GRIFFITH

Alvah SMITH was an early settler of New Albion, where he cleared a farm, and where he died in 1842. He married Clarissa BURCHARD, who died in 1858; children: Charles, Amos, Lois, Amy, Avis, and Nancy. Charles SMITH came to Leon from New Albion, cleared a farm, and died in 1879. He married Sarah TOWN, who died in Machias in 1876; children: Lovisa, Caroline, Amos S., Henry W., Leroy, Monroe J., Matthew B., Royal R., Frank, Sarah, and Fred. Amos S. SMITH, born Sept. 2, 1838, married Janette M. WAUTENPAUGH of Conewango; children: Martha C., Clara A., Alvah A., Margaret M. (Mrs. John GRIFFITH), Bertha M., and Merrick B. Mr. SMITH served in Co. B, 64th N. Y. Vol. Inf., and re-enlisted in Co. K, 9th N. Y. Cav., serving in all twenty-seven months. Henry W. SMITH, brother of Amos S., served in Co. B, 64th N. Y. Vols., and died in May, 1868.

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Bio from:

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

History of the Town of Leon Chapter XXXIII (33)

Pages 757 & 758

Surname: TRUMBULL

Rev. Jonathan J. TRUMBULL, son of Jonathan, who served in the Revolutionary war, came into Leon from Erie county and was one of the earliest pastors of the Baptist church in the town. He finally died in the barracks at Sacket's Harbor while in the U. S. service. Several of his descendants have been worthy residents of the county; his grandson, the son of Henry J. -- Claude C., -- is the present keeper of the alms house at Machias, while Henry J. himself is serving his second term as county superintendent of the poor, having been supervisor of Leon in 1878, 1879, 1880, and 1886. Henry J. and several of his brothers were soldiers in the Rebellion.

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