1898 Biographies

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CLARK L. WEBB

    CLARK L. WEBB, the well known proprietor of the Central Restaurant of Oxford, N.Y., was born in Smithville, Chenango County, N. Y. June 21, 1858. He is a son of John S. and Mary A. (Davis) Webb and a grandson of Merritt Webb.

    Merritt Web was born in Smithville, and there farmed during his active life. He earned an ample competency and spent the latter years of his life in retirement at Oxford. He was united in marriage with Eliza Baldwin, a native of Smithville, by whom he had twelve children. They all grew to maturity and were a credit to the various communities in which they lived; their records are as follows: Harriet married Harvey Knickerbocker of Smithville; John S. was united in marriage with Mary A. Davis of Smithville; George was married to Mary Hunt of Wausau, Wis.; Roxanna became the wife of Andrus Crumb of Preston, Chenango County, N.Y.: Andrew, deceased; Jane is the widow of Hiram Lewis of Oxford; Sarah is the wife of Thomas B. Harris of Oxford; Ellen is deceased; Mary; Frank, who married Irene Bartoo of Greene; Charles was united in marriage with Clara Thompson of McDonough; and Angeline became the wife of S. Moore of Oxford. Religiously, the family favored the Universalist Church.

    John S. Webb, who is now enjoying a comfortable competency, obtained by his own industry and superior business qualifications, is one of the old an reliable citizens of the county. He was born and reared on a farm at Smithville, receiving his education in the common schools. It was but natural that he took up the occupation of his father and followed it for so many years. He owns a farm six and a half miles from the village of Oxford, and there hi was engaged in general farming and stock raising until 1890, when he retired to the home of his son in Oxford, but still owns the farm. He formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Mary A. Davis, daughter of Solomon Davis of Smithville, and one child was born to make their home happy, namely: Clark L., the subject of this biography. Mr. Webb is a member of the Universalist Church, and is a regular attendant. Politically, he is an active member of the Republican party, but has never accepted office, preferring rather the life of a private citizen.

    Clark L. Webb was mentally equipped for life's battles in the public schools of Smithville. Upon leaving school he became clerk in the restaurant of Arvine Lewis and remained with him two years. He took a liking to this line of business and being a man of careful habits, he saved enough money to buy out his former employer. That he thoroughly understands his business, is demonstrated by the fact that he was successful from the start. He also deals in ice, being the only dealer in that commodity in the village. He has the patronage of the people and has been decidedly prosperous. He bottles and sells carbonated drinks in connection with his restaurant. He is still a young man and the manner in which he has conducted his affairs in the past points to a brilliant future.

    He was united in marriage with Miss Minnie V. Loomis of Smithville and one daughter Berth A., has blessed this union. Mrs. Webb and daughter are members of the Episcopal Church, while Mr. Webb is liberal in his views on religion. Socially, his is a member of the Kenotah Lodge, No. 105, I. O. R. M. of Oxford.

Source: page 124
Transcibed by Ann Hopkins, Feb., 2008


STEPHEN K. WILLCOX

    Chenango County is indeed fortunate in possessing a public officer of such efficiency and general executive ability as Mr. Willcox, who as county treasurer, has charge of all the various funds, and see to the collection of the taxes. As a prominent and influential member of the Republican party, he has held the office e by suffrage of the citizens of the county since 1893 and has proved himself a thoroughly capable as well as zealous, public officer. Although his public duties are somewhat onerous and exacting in their nature, he yet finds time by employing dispatch in his labors, to oversee and care for his stock farm in Smyrna township, where his home has always been and where he was born August 10, 1858. Mr. Willcox is a son of Thomas L. and Catherine (Stover) Willcox, grandson of Lillibridge and Annie (Hoxie) Willcox and great-grandson of Hopson Willcox.

    The ancestors of Hopson Willcox date back to the year 1638 to Edward Willcox of Portsmouth and Kingston, Rhode Island Colony, who had about that time a trading house at Narragansett, which he conducted with Roger Williams, the founder of the colony. The names of the men, who span the years from 1638 to about 1739 when Hopson Willcox was born in Exeter, RI. Are unfortunately not know to the writer of this biography but they can be found in the town records of Rhode Island. Hopson Willcox came to Chenango County with his sons in 1795 to locate a home for the family and chose a river farm in the town of Smyrna; he purchased a tract of about 100 acres where Melvin Willcox now lives. The remainder of the family, with the exception of two girls, who remained in the state of their birth, came to Chenango County in 1798. There were eight children in the family and the names of the six who came to Chenango County were as follows: Robert; Russell; Lillibridge; John; Hazard; and Betsey. Hopson Willcox lived to be eighty-three years old, dying in 1822.

    Bridge Willcox was born in Richmond, R.I, and brought his wife to the new home in Chenango Co. in 1798 settling on the homestead, where the subject of this personal history now lives. With a view to permanent occupancy of the land, and to the needs of the new country, he brought with him from Rhode Island apple seeds and raised seedling trees, which he set out in orchards for himself and for his neighbors. The family clung to their Quaker customs and beliefs long after coming to this district, but gradually they drifted into other denominations. Hopson Willcox had been in his day quite a preacher in the Quaker Church. Lillibridge Willcox cleared a good farm and gave every evidence of being a man of progress and advanced ideas on all subjects. He lived to be eighty years old, dying in 1853 while his wife attained the age of seventy-seven, her death taking place in 1858.

    Our subject's father, Thomas L. Willcox was born September 21, 1803, in a log cabin on the farm in Smyrna, where he always resided; he was the second of seven children and outlived the rest of the family. He was one of the prominent men of his town, and his death, which occurred January 13, 1884, was mourned by all his fellow citizens. He was a good and just man, with a stainless record for just dealing. In 1846 he was united in marriage with Catherine Stover, daughter of William and Betsey(Elwood) Stover. William Stover was born in Dutchess County, N.Y. in 1765 and departed his live in Smyrna township, this county in 1841. His first wife, Elizabeth Hollenbeck, bore him these children; Mary; Adam; Betsy Asenath; Samuel; Hannah; Jemima; and William. Two years after his first wife's death, he married in 1808, Betsy Elwood and reared these children: Susan, the wife of Russell Wilcox; Lydia, who married Alfred Seymour; Benjamin; Ruth, who became the helpmeet of Jarvis Pike; John A.; Catherine, our subject's mother; and Richard Elwood. William Stover purchased a tract of land, 400 acres in extent, in the town of Smyrna then Sherburne and there took up and followed agricultural pursuits. He was a well-educated man, could speak German fluently and looked up to by his neighbors. He was a charitable person, a devout Christian, and an eloquent speaker. The following children were born to our subject's parents: Anna E., the esteemed wife of Benjamin J. Cone of Columbia, N.Y. -she died in November 1882; Arthur L. who married Delephine R. Dimmick, and lives on a farm adjoining our subject's; Stephen K., the subject of this sketch; and William R. , once principal of the Webster union Free School, Monroe County, N.Y. and now an attorney at law, No. 32 Nassau Street, New York City. Mrs. Catherine (Stover) Willcox, our subject's mother resides with him.

    Stephen K. Willcox received his education in the district schools and in Eastman's Business College. At his father's death he inherited the homestead, which he had been managing for a few years, himself and now owns one of the best dairy firms in the town of Smyrna. For some years he has had it stocked with blooded Devonshire cattle and milks some twenty-five cows. He has a flock of 100 fine bread sheep. He has also made a specialty of raising single comb White Leghorns and has some of the finest poultry in the state.

Source: page 280
Transcibed by Ann Hopkins, May 22, 2005


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