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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 

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   Nancy CRAPSEY came into Chautauqua Co NY in 1818, at age 19.  She worked at the factory of Hazeltine's in Jamestown and resided in the family of Daniel HAZELTINE until 1823.
   Hiram KINNEY came to Chautauqua in 1820.  For the first 6 months he worked on the farm of Dr. Laban HAZELTINE,  afterwards he was employed in the woolen factory of Daniel Hazeltine.
   In 1823, Hiram KINNEY was married  to Nancy Crapsey at the home of Daniel Hazeltine.  Samuel A. BROWN Esq. performing the ceremony.  This was among the first marriages in Jamestown.  There were present at the wedding, besides, Daniel Hazeltine and his wife, Dr. Laban Hazeltine, and his wife, their son Gilbert,  (age about 6) ,  Judge PRENDERGAST and wife and their son Alexander,  and Robert FALCONER, Esq.  Of Sugar Grove PA,  who carved the turkey, Charles BEMUS and wife and one or two others. Some time after their marriage they removed to Pomfret, but soon returned to Jamestown. 

   When Mrs. Kinney returned to Jamestown she brought with her a set of small sauce dishes.  Her old friend,  Aunt. Nancy Prendergast almost immediately called on her, and Mrs. Kinney exhibited her little dishes. They were the first seen in this town.  Mrs. Prendergast viewed them admiringly, and then reproved Mrs. Kinney for introducing articles of luxury into the town.  "You must remember we are all very poor, and you are setting a bad example to those who are poorer than we."  Mrs. Kinney put away her little dishes and did not exhibit them again for many a day. 

  Of the children of Hiram and Nancy KINNEY, but 3 are living : Judge 
John  J. KINNEY, one of our prominent citizens;  Harriet, wife of one of our principal artists, Mr. J. W. UPHAM, and Hortense, who married Mr. LYNCH and is now residing in Erie PA.

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