R. B. Bentley, Co. K, 114th N. Y. I. - Died July 29, 1863. Harvey Clark, " " - Died Sept. 19, 1863. Charles Knight, " " - Died Dec. 17, 1863. Harvey Daley, " " - Died March 22, 1864. Lucian F. Barnard, " " - Killed April 9, 1864. W. E. Savage, " " - Died Oct. 27, 1864. Charles Gorton, " " - " Dec. 3, 1864. Giles E. Woodin, " " - Abel P. Pangborn, " " - " Sept. 17, 1864. Oliver M. Slocum, " " - " Mar. 19, 1887. Chauncey J. Cook, " " - " Dec. 13, 1895.
Corporal Marco P. Crandall, Co. C, 114th N. Y. I. Enlisted in DeRuyter, buried in New Woodstock cemetery in 1900.
Henry A. Evarts, Co. K, 114th N. Y. I. Died in Erieville.
Henry A. Gifford, Co. K, 114th N. Y. I. Died suddenly of malarial fever September 20, 1863.
Willard M. Hudson, Co. K, 114th.
Harvey B. Chapman, Co. F, 179th Reg't. N. Y. S. V.
Enlisted at Trumansburg. Wounded in battle at Petersburg, gun shot wound in right leg, and canister shot wound in left leg.
Died December 15, 1899.
John Manchester enlisted at Syracuse in the Old Twelfth N. Y., and has a bronze medal with the inscription on the face: "First Volunteer Regiment Organized in 1861, in the State of New York." On the reverse side the battles in which the regiment participated are given as follows: Blackburn's Ford, First Bull Run, Yorktown, Hanover Court House, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg.
Herrick Nichols, enlisted at Fabius in the 149th Regiment, N. Y. Vol., Co. E. He was shot in the right lung at Chancellorsville, Va. He was afterward in the following battles: Resaca, Ga., Dallas, Kenesaw Mt., Kulps House, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, Savannah, Campaign of the Carolinas, Averysboro, Bentonville, Bennet's House.
The New Woodstock Lodge, No. 151, A. O. U. W., was organized December, 1878. The charter members were: N. P. Warner, T. F. Huntley, S. P. Bulkley, E. R. Cunningham, M. C. Wood, E. B. Smith, W. H. Freeborn, C. A. Lownsberry, R. J. Sunderlin, R. Morse, C. A. Fox, M. O. Smith, E. D. Hulbert, C. M. Lownsberry, C. K. Underwood, and Lester LaMunion. The present membership is forty.
Bowman Stanley, of Cazenovia, G. S. Poole, Dr. William Davis, and H. B. Chapman were members of the Woodstock lodge at the time of their death, and their families each received an insurance of $2,000. Dr. N. P. Warner and T. F. Huntley were members of lodges in Syracuse at the time of their death.
New Woodstock tent No. 324, Knights of the Maccabees of the World was instituted by Deputy Grt. Commander Porter, of Syracuse, N. Y., September 21, 1894, with sixteen sir knights. The first officers were:
Past Commander, - - - - H. A. Brown Commander, - - - - - F. W. Tucker Lieutenant Commander, - - - - John Dixon Record Keeper, - - - - - S. H. Stevens Finance Keeper, - - - - - A. B. Maxson Chaplain, - - - - - R. H. Wood Physician, - - - - - S. H. Stevens Sergeant, - - - - - George Hitchcock Master at arms, - - - - - Ed. Chapman 1st Master of Guards, - - - - J. J. Pratt 2nd Master of Guards, - - - - Evan Roberts Sentinel, - - - - - George Morgan Picket, - - - - - L. E. JonesIn March, 1899, they moved into rooms over Jaquith & Miller's store, corner of Main and Mill streets. Reviews are held on the second and fourth Monday evenings each month.
The order has continued to grow and now has a membership roll of seventy-five composed of prominent citizens. There have been no deaths from this tent. The following Sir knights have drawn from the sick and accidental funds: A. S. Preston, Fred Henry, G. P. Byer, E. L. Cook, Milton Jeffrey, Fred Daniels, George Barrett and Frank Wortley. Total amount drawn $393.57. The present officers are as follows:
Past Commander, - - - - - E. E. Cummings Commander, - - - - - Ivan Hunt Lieutenant, - - - - - A. S. Preston Record Keeper, - - - - - F. L. Cunningham Finance Keeper, - - - - - F. L. Hunt Chaplain, - - - - - Rev. S. S. Pratt Physician, - - - - - D. Parker, M. D. Sergeant, - - - - - Lorell LaMunion Master at arms, - - - - - D. D. Perry 1st Master of Guards, - - - - W. S. Frizell 2nd Master of Guards, - - - - Milton Jeffry Sentinel, - - - - - Emmett Freeborn Picket, - - - - - Ora Boyd ( C. B. Hugg Trustees, - - - - - < C. A. Lamb ( F. W. Tucker
The family of Frizelle was among the early settlers of New Woodstock. The head of this family was Samuel, direct decendant of James Frizelle, who settled in Massachusetts when twenty-six. Hume's History of England relates that Cromwell, commander of the English army under King Charles, sent four or five hundred Scotch prisoners to Boston, Mass. Among them were two brothers, James and Samuel Frizelle. The elder brother, James, was the ancestor of Samuel, of New Woodstock, the line being as follows: James Frizelle, born 1626, settled in Roxbury, Mass., now part of Boston, in 1652, and died in 1716. His son, James, born 1658, died 1748. His son, James, had a son, Samuel, born 1742, who, with his wife, took letters from the church in Woodstock, Vermont, to Brimfield, Massachusetts, where they resided during their lifetime, and where Samuel, an early settler of New Woodstock, was born in 1769. He moved in 1793 to New Woodstock, N. Y. In 1799 he married Polly Tiffney, their home being three-fourths of a mile south of New Woodstock on the place which still bears the name of the Frizelle farm. Their son, Horace, and family lived in Syracuse. Erasmus resided on the old farm. Daniel also made New Woodstock his home during his life. Then daughters were born to Samuel and Polly Frizelle, three of whom married three brothers, Ensign, Orange and Rodney Hill. Orange Hill married for his third wife another of the Frizelle sisters, Mrs. Percy Chapman, of Syracuse.
Mary Frizelle became Mrs. Litchfield of Cazenovia. Caroline married Mr. Rice, and lived in Aurora, Illinois. Julia, the youngest one, married John Loomis and lived several years in New Woodstock, afterward moving to Independence, Iowa. Their two children were Lewis and Gertrude. After the death of the latter, Mrs.Loomis became a homeopathic physician, locating at Colorado Springs, where she built, and with the aid of her husband, successfully conducted a sanitarium until her death.
Erasmus Frizelle, born in 1801, continued living in the old place, caring for his parents during the last years of their lives. He married Sarah Sawyer in 1829. They had sons, Electus L., Erasmus Bert, and Ensign Hill, and daughters, Elizabeth, Elzina, Emma, and Ella. Electus L. married Emma Hackett, and in 1861 moved to Iowa, later to Nevada, Mo., where they now reside. Erasmus Burt married Margarite Torrey, and resides in Sterling, Kansas. Ensign Hill is unmarried and resides in the far west. Elizabeth married J. C. Ransier. Elzina married A. E. Stewart, and later, J. M. Sparling. Emma died in 1881. Ella married J. Hammant, and later, G. Thomas Fleming, of Buffalo where they now reside.
In 1861, Erasmus Frizelle sold the old Frizelle homestead where he and all his children were born, and moved to Independence, Iowa, where his wife died in 1878, and in 1883 he died at the age of eighty-two.
Daniel, the youngest son of Samuel Frizelle, was born in 1818. He married Fannie, daughter of Wm. T. Richmond. Their home was in Delphi four years. They then returned to New Woodstock where they lived the remainder of their lives. They had four children, Minnie, now Mrs. Peters, Wm. S., both of whom reside in New Woodstock. Albert, of Syracuse, and Fannie, who died in infancy. Mr. Frizelle learned the trade of mason. He served as deputy postmaster during Wm. T. Richmond's incumbency, and was justice of the peace sixteen years. He became the owner of the old Frizelle farm, and his death occurred there. His wife died a few years later.
James Frizelle, brother of the pioneer, Samuel, lived in the barn meeting house when it was burned. He had a saw mill on the left side of the road to Floodport, just below the bridge. His children were Amanda [Wheeler], Sumner and Sally Frizelle. Clinton Wheeler and family are the only descendants.
Among the earliest settlers of the town of Cazenovia was Bishop Tucker, who came from Mansfield, New Jersey, about the year 1798. He brought with him one daughter, Amie, and four sons, Thomas, John, Aaron, and William Wilson. Mr. Tucker's wife was Sarah Wilson, many of whose relatives are now living in the town of Lincklaen. Chenango Co. Mr. Tucker was a cotemporary of Col. Lincklaen, and one of his sons, Wm. Wilson, carried the hod when the Lincklaen mansion, now standing at the south end of the lake, was built. Bishop Tucker settled on a road north of Ed. Damon's that came out near Belmont school house, now closed. His four sons all lived near him, John and Aaron on the turnpike road farther east, Thomas on a cross road leading north toward Cazenovia. William W., lived on the old homestead until his death. Hebert Webber, great-grandson of Bishop Tucker, now owns the farms originally owned by Thomas and Aaron Tucker.
As the custom was in those days, all Bishop Tucker's children married. As the Tuckers were a very conscientious as well as fashionable people, they all religiously kept the commandment God gave to man to multiply and replenish the earth. Amie married Jedediah Allen, by whom she had a family of eight. Jedediah, William, Thomas, Samuel, Henry, Elizabeth, and Betsey. Thomas Tucker married Hannah Webster and had a family of seven children. Pamela, married Carlos Lacy, George married Alice Ackley, Jeremy, married sisters, Philetta and Mary Ann Hatch; Andrew married Polly Leary. Louisa was the wife of Winthrop Webber; Wilhelmina, wife of John Fuller; Hannah married Wm. Ham and Ellen was the wife of E. W. Gunn.
John Tucker married Graticy Gilbert and had a family of four children. Elsena, wife of Ed. Morse, Alonzo, who married Selecta Matthews, Milton, married Lydia Eestes, and Theodore, who married Mrs. Anna Cadogan.
Aaron Tucker married Mary Sweetland and had a family of five. Bishop who went west with the Beebes when young. Joseph who married Electa Billings, Eleazer, who married Mary Murch, Rebecca, who married John Reeve, and Sarah, who married Silas Reeve.
Last of Bishop Tucker's family, but not least, was Wm. W. Tucker, who married Polly Dunbar, and had a family of ten children, nine of whom grew to maturity. Wilson died when three years old. Tryphena never married. Lovina married John Estes. Jacob married Lucy Knapp. John married Lydia Knapp, James married Louise Estes, Jeremiah D. married Almeda Tourtelot, Philemon married Viola Blair, Wm. Wallace married in California, and Emily M. married Wallace Smith. Thus have three generations lived, and most have passed away, who participated in the early scences and incidents of Cazenovia. Of Bishop Tucker's children, there are none living. Of his grandchildren, there are but three, Jeremiah D., of Valpairaiso, Ind., Wm. Wallace, of Santa Cruz, Cal., sons of Wm. W. Tucker, and Theodore, son of John Tucker. He with Frank Tucker, son of Jeremy, and great-grandson of Bishop Tucker, are the only ones left in their native town --- two lone sentinels, watching over the city of their departed dead. Frank Tucker's children and Herbert Webber's are the fifth generation of Tuckers. Iva and Camilla Hugg, represent the sixth generation, living in New Woodstock.
(Contributed by Jeremiah D. Tucker, son of Wm. W. Tucker.)
Early in 1800, Rinaldo, Chandler, Elisha and John Webber settled in New Woodstock. They were sons of Samuel Webber of Hampshire Co., Mass., who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and a member of Col. Elisha Porter's Hampshire County regiment.
Rinaldo Webber was also a soldier in the Revolution and was wounded. It has been impossible to ascertain the name of his wife. For many years he lived just across the road from the old red schoolhouse in New Woodstock. His sons were Arceual, Seth, Rinaldo and Morris.
Chandler Webber married Beulah Coy. His sons were Erastus, Ezra, who married Mary Gleason, Hudson and Winthrop. The daughters were Patty, Minda and Semira (Leary.)
Before coming to New Woodstock, Elisha married Polly Parker, a native of New Hampshire. Their sons were Chandler, Clement, Allen and Lester. Their daughters were Almina, who married Nathan Judson, Arethusa, who married William Moffett, Keziah, who married Parmenas Ainsworth, Delotia, who married Aaron Van Antwerp, and Dorinda, who married William Hall.
John Webber married Betsey Parker, a sister of Polly. Their sons were Grafton, Parker, and John Alden. The daughters were Caroline, Delotia and Diantha. The Webbers were all farmers except John, who was a stone mason and did much of the mason work in the early days of the town. John, with his family, removed to Michigan in 1837.
All of the above named are dead except John Alden Webber, who is still living at Alma, near Lansing, Mich. He married for his first wife Harriet Gleason, daughter of Artemas and Harriet Gleason, who once lived in the Dr. Moffett house. The Gleasons were from Bennington, Vt.
Polly, the wife of Elisha Webber, was a woman of excellent education, having been a teacher before her marriage, and was well-versed in history. It was her custom to amuse and instruct her children and grandchildren by singing to them legends of the trials and adventures of the Revolutionary times. She was an authority upon the medicinal properties of herbs, roots and barks, and in early days, when physicians were few, she was often called to attend sick neighbors with excellent success. She was kind-hearted, and invariably refused compensation.
The Webbers were all Baptists, and Elisha was for many years deacon in the church at New Woodstock. Until the anti-slavery agitation of the '40's all were Democrats except Elisha; then all became Free Soilers, and finally drifted into the Republican party.
There are none of the descendants of the family who bear the name of Webber now living at New Woodstock or vicinity except Ed., grandson of Elisha, and Herbert, grandson of Chandler, with their children.
Elisha Webber, born 1777, married Polly Parker in 1802, and soon after left Massachusetts, coming to New Woodstock with an ox team. He purchased fifty acres of land, principally timber, of Samuel Frizell, paying about ten dollars per acre. He followed farming in New Woodstock, although a powder maker by trade, and it is said he felled some of the trees on his farm and made charcoal for powder of them toward paing for his place. Mr. and Mrs. Webber had six sons and five daughters. Norman Lester Webber, the ninth child and youngest son, was the last survivor. Mr. Webber was born on his father's farm and lived there until at the age of forty-eight, he bought a farm north of Cazenovia, moving there in 1866. He served as deacon of the First and Second Baptist churches of Cazenovia, over forty years. He was twice married. Prenellipa Scott left one son, Elisha. Mr. Webber's second wife, who is still living, was Jane Ackley, daughter of Chauncey and Lucinda [Irish] Ackley, of Lincklaen. Their children were James C., who married Cora, daughter of Luther Hunt, and who with their two children, live on the Cazenovia farm; Mary A., who died when six years old, and Lucian A., who married in 1883, Hattie L., daughter of David and Angeline Miller of Otisco, N. Y. Lucian died at the age of twenty-six, in Elmira. His wife survives him and is now one of the first trained nurses in New York city.
Abial Ainsworth was a son of Nathan Ainsworth, who was born at Woodstock, Conn., in 1740. A Revolutionary soldier, he was captured and died a prisoner in the hands of the British on ship board in New York in 1776 or 1777. Abial was born at Woodstock, Conn., on May 10, 1777. In 1800 he removed from Woodstock, Conn., to New Woodstock, N. Y., and on Jan. 1, 1806, was there married to Artemesia Stowell, who was born at Woodstock, Conn., Nov. 9, 1784.
He purchased real estate in that neighborhood and was soon afterward elected deacon of the Baptist church, in which capacity he acted for many years. He was a man of great decision of character and of very great general information, and occupied such a position in society that his opinions upon general subjects were much respected and had great influence upon the people of that community.
He was the father of the following children: Sophronia, born Oct. 21, 1806, married to Harry Sackett, Oct. 31, 1833, died about 1869 at Manlius, N. Y.; Parmenas, born April 2, 1808, died in 1901 near New Woodstock; Walter, born Jan. 14, 1810, died at Albion, N. Y., in 1881; Abial Leroy, born Feb. 9, 1812, died at Whitesville, N. Y., July 15, 1890; Soranus Corbin, born at New Woodstock, Jan. 22, 1814, died Feb. 8, 1888, was an able and successful minister in the Baptist church; Spencer Seth, born Oct. 8, 1816, died April 28, 1899, was a graduate of Madison University, and was a minister in the Baptist church until 1856, when he removed to West Union, Iowa, studied and practiced law for some time and afterward established Ainsworth's grammar school at West Union; Amelia M., born Jan. 24, 1830, died at Manlius, N. Y., Jan. 6, 1892, graduated from Oneida Conference Seminary, in 1856 married Jewett Dunbar of Buffalo, who was an intimate friend of Grover Cleveland, whom she and her husband often entertained at dinner parties.
One incident in the early life of Parmenas Ainsworth may be of interest. He had invited Charlotte Smith, afterward Mrs. Merrill, to attend a dance at Shed's Corners, but his father, on account of his objection to dances, refused to let him have a horse to take her there. Mr. Ainsworth informed Miss Smith of the situation of affairs, and informed her that he had a bull that drove very well in the hills and if she would consent, he would hitch him in and take her. She agreed and they attended the dance that way.
The decendants of the foregoing are scattered all over the country. Lucian L., son of Parmenas Ainsworth, is now at West Union, Iowa, and has five children, who, with their children are located near him. Walter C. Ainsworth is located at St. Louis Park, Minn.; his other children are located near New Woodstock, and are Lucretia, wife of Henry Judd, Harriet C., wife of Augustus B. Judd, and Ella K., wife of Frank Soule; Abial Leroy left several children, all of whom are located at Whitesville, Alleghany Co., N. Y., excepting Willard C., who, in 1856, located near Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and has a large family, all of whom are pleasantly situated, and Amelia, wife of James M. Elmore, located near New Woodstock. Of Soranus Ainsworth's children, Spencer M., died in Alabama, his widow and children now living in Austin, Texas; Herman Reeve Ainsworth is a successful physician at Addison, N. Y.; Caroline Maria married George H. Arnold, of Cortland, N. Y., who was a member of the legislature of New York, and a prominent man in business circles at that place. Elbert Augustus is a physician at West Union, Iowa, with a lucrative and successful practice; Ellen Augusta married P. W. Harring in 1876, and is now a widow, residing at Addison, N. Y.
In compliance with a request for a personal sketch, Lucian L. Ainsworth writes as follows:
"I was born June 21, 1831, at the home of my grandfather, Deacon Elisha Webber, about one mile south of New Woodstock, on the farm now owned by Mr. Shattuck. The first school I attended was in 1837, taught in the old red school house by Jane Smith, afterward Mrs. John Underwood. There was little in my life different from the other boys in the neighborhood. I always had an established credit with Philetus Lathrop, Esquire. When I was only ten or eleven years old he trusted me for candy to the amount of from five to ten cents at a time, and I always paid him promptly. The first algebra I ever had I bought of George Russell for seventy-five cents, and paid him in installments of from a sixpence to a shilling at a time.
My mother died in October, 1847, and that same winter I taught school as an assistant with George Scott in the old academy for a few months, when Scott's health failing, the school was abandoned and I attended school the balance of the winter at the old school house. Henry W. Slocum, afterward General Slocum, was the teacher. Subsequently I attended school for several terms at Oneida Conference Seminary at Cazenovia. In 1849 I taught my first term of district school in the district on the Ridge Road, about two miles north of Cazenovia village. Afterward I taught at several places. In 1853 I began reading law with Miner Sloan at DeRuyter, and was admitted to practice at the general term of the supreme court in Morrisville in 1854. In the winter of '54 and '55, I taught a select school in the old academy at New Woodstock, two terms. The first term I boarded with Wells Richmond, and the second term with Asa Merrill, who lived in the house now occupied by Mrs. R. W. Richmond. During most of the time after I was fifteen years old until I commenced reading law, I worked on the farm summers.
April 29, 1855, I left New Woodstock to seek a location in the west. Came first to Belvidere, Ill., where I remained for a few months, and from there came to West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa, where I am still located. Have been fairly successful in practice. I represented the county in the state senate from 1860 to 1864; the house of representatives from 1872 to 1874. In 1874 was elected representative in the 44th congress from the 3rd congressional district of Iowa. Declined a re-election upon the expiration of that term, and returned to the practice of law, which I have ever since pursued. Became a Master Mason in 1856, Royal Arch Mason in 1860, and a Knight Templar in 1875.
Have taken considerable interest in educational matters. Been a member of the school board of West Union. Am now and for nearly twenty years have been, one of the trustees of the upper Iowa University, the leading educational institution in northern Iowa. I was married to Margaret E. McCool, December 8, 1859. She was born in Lewisburg, Penn., October 20, 1833. There have been born to us six children, five of whom are living, four sons and one daughter, one son dying Aug. 6, 1868, at the age of one year and eleven months. My children are all married, and I have seven grandchildren. Like David B. Hill, 'I am a Democrat,' and always have been."
Dr. Coy was a teacher in New Woodstock about 1835. L. L. Ainsworth, then a small lad, attended school. One day the teacher saw him crying bitterly. Laying his hand on the boy's head he inquired what was the matter. The lad replied, "I am so lonesome, there are so many folks here." Look below the surface and note the truth contained in his words. Who has not felt alone with multitudes about?
Jabez Corbin, born in 1667, is the first ancestor of the family whom we can trace. He married Mary Morris. His son, Deacon Ebenezer Corbin, 1706-1775, was the father of Silas Corbin, who with his wife, Anna, and daughters, Tryphena and Eunice, came to "Woodstock Settlement" in 1806. Two sons preceded him:---Ebenezer, who was here as early as 1800 with his wife, Martha Howe, commonly called "Aunt Patty," and Luther, who was here in 1801. Another son, Henry, and his wife, whose maiden name was Betsey Corbin, came in 1811. In 1814 a daughter, Beulah and her husband, Ezra Lyon, came. A son, Samuel, also became a resident. All the family were from Woodstock, Conn. Ebenezer Corbin lived about a mile north of West Woodstock Corners, on the farm now owned by Mrs. P. S. Buell. The place possesses historic interest aside from being the home of a pioneer, as the first conference on religious matters was held there Dec. 8, 1800, and from that meeting the First Baptist Church of Cazenovia, [Woodstock Settlement,] was organized, June 17, 1801.
Ebenezer Corbin had eight children, five daughters and three sons, only one of whom is living, Rev. Wm. Doliver Corbin.
When Luther Corbin, (1775,) came from Connecticut in 1801, he brought his extra clothing in a handkerchief. Having only 25 cents in money, he got trusted for an axe, Isaac Morse becoming security. He located on the farm now owned by Jarvis Pratt, and after preparing his home went back to Connecticut, returning here in 1803 with his bride, whose maiden name was Olive Stowell. Their children, nine in number were Soramus, who was killed in Coxsackie; Samantha, [Kenyon;] Anna [Morsel]; Eunice [Kerr;] Philetta, Calvin, Lucius, who married Charlotte Holmes; Samuel, and Mary [Morse Peckham.] Lucius and Samuel bought the farm of their father, Samuel afterward owning it alone. He sold it to Perry Lewis of DeRuyter in 1866, bought and moved to the place on Mill street where he now lives.
Henry Corbin and his wife, Betsey, had six children:---Rev. Wm. Corbin, Tryphena [Marsh;] Lucretia [Reeves;] Emily [Tenney;] Moses and Dr. Zenas Corbin. The last of the family, Mrs. Lucretia Corbin Reeves, died in this village, Feb. 1, 1901, at the age of eighty-five. She died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Nancy Powell.
Silas Corbin, already mentioned as having come here in 1806, died in 1814. His widow lived on the place now owned by F. C. Covil. Her son, Samuel, and daughter, Tryphena, neither of whom married, tenderly cared for her until her death, which occurred in 1844 and is thus described in an article written by her granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Moffett, entitled, "The Two Funerals," a part of which we quote. "On the third Lord's Day of November, 1844, at one o'clock, p. m., the measured tolls of the church bell announced the approach of a long procession from the west, following a hearse, bearing the withered remains of an aged disciple of the Savior. It was Sister Anna Corbin, who died in the 98th year of her age. At the early age of thirteen she was baptized, and lived, an ornament to the Christian name, about eighty-five years. Without any bodily disease, but simply of old age, she calmly fell asleep, and entered the rest of Heaven. Half an hour later, a procession from the east appeared, following the remains of a lady aged twenty years, who died of consumption. She was a daughter of the late David Taber, and the wife of Wm. Coe, of Madison. The two coffins were placed on the table in front of the pulpit, and an appropriate discourse was preached by the pastor, Rev. Daniel Putnam, from II Tim., IV., 6 to a crowded audience. After the services at the church and graveyard, all were dismissed and returned to their homes to reflect upon, and not soon to forget the two funerals. "Mrs. Anna Corbin is the next oldest person buried in the New Woodstock cemetery.
From correspondence obtained of Mr. Samuel Healey, Town Clerk of Dudley, Mass., and with persons in Connecticut, we learn that "The Corbins were fighters." Fifteen members of the Corbin family were soldiers of the Revolutionary war. They all hailed from Dudley, Mass., and Woodstock, Windham Co., Conn., the latter place at that time being a part of the colony of Massachusetts. All are buried near the home of their youthful days.
The only Corbin now living here is Samuel. His first wife was Charlotte Stowell. His present wife is Myra Stevens Corbin. A son, Charles, lives in Corydon, Iowa.
When in 1793 Colonel John Lincklaen made his memorable trip to the foot of Cazenovia lake to "spy out the land" he was accompanied as teamster by a young Rhode Islander named Gideon Freeborn. This young man was one of five brothers named Robert, Gideon, David, Noel and Stephen, who were subsequently pioneers of New Woodstock and vicinity and from whom all by the name of Freeborn in New York state are descended. They themselves were of Puritan ancestry, the fifth in line of descent from William Freebourne, an Englishman who came to the Massachusetts colony only fourteen years after the landing of the Pilgrims. He sailed form Ipswich, England, April 30, 1634, in the ship Francis with his wife, Mary, his little daughters Mary and Sarah, and a man servant. They settled at Boston, then a little settlement which had been in existence only four years. Freebourne joined the church at Boston and soon became a supporter of John Wheelright and Anne Hutchinson, who were preaching a liberality of conscience extremely distasteful to the governing powers of the church and colony. In 1637, the discussion reached such an acute stage that, on the 20th of November of that year, Freebourne and eighteen others were warned to "deliver up all guns, pistols, swords, powder, shot, etc., because the opinions and revelations of Mr. Wheelright and Mrs. Hutchinson have seduced and led into dangerous error many of the people here in New England." They were commanded to leave the colony and in the spring of 1638 they followed after Roger Williams, who had been exiled the autumn previous. They traveled through the Indian country to the Island of Aquidneck, in Narragansett Bay, where they purchased land of the Indians and founded a "bodie politick" the corner stone of which was absolute liberty of conscience; and to their credit be it said that the colony of Rhode Island, which they thus founded, has ever been, above all American commonwealths - not even excepting Pennsylvania under William Penn, --- the one where men were free to hold such religious beliefs as their consciences dictated.
William Freebourne lived the remainder of his days in Rhode Island, dying April 28, 1670, aged 80 years. He had one son, Gideon. The latter spent his life in Rhode Island, accumulating a large property, and disposing at his death of over 2,000 acres of land. He was a Quaker and some of his holdings of real estate were in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was twice married. There were six daughters by the first wife and three daughters and three sons by the second. One of these sons, born April 29, 1684, was named Gideon. He was also twice married. A large family blessed the first union, but there was one child only, a son named Robert, by the second. He was born Nov. 11, 1734, and became the father of a large family, of whom the five who came to New Woodstock were members.
Of the five sons, Gideon settled on the place now owned by W. J. Coulter near Constine Bridge. He married Polly Bush. Their children were Rodman, Fanny, Sally and Mary. Rodman married Priscilla Morse, daughter of Isaac Morse, and moved to Allegany county. Fanny married George Turner. Mary married in Allegany county and Sally remained unmarried.
David Freeborn also settled near Constine Bridge on the farm now owned by Henry Scott. He had one daughter and two sons, none of whom remained in this section.
Robert Freeborn settled near Union and died early. He left five children, all of whom settled away from Woodstock.
Noel Freeborn lived near Constine on the farm now owned by Thomas Merriam. He married Anna Tabor and they had four children, all of whom went west. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, saw service at Sackett's Harbor, and died as a result of his army experience.
Stephen Freeborn, the youngest of the brothers, was the ancestor of all those by the name of Freeborn now living in Woodstock or vicinity. He was born May 16, 1776. It is not known at what time he came from Rhode Island, but it was very soon after the country hereabouts was opened up for settlement. He married Lucy White, daughter of Joseph White, a revolutionary soldier, who had moved from Connecticut by ox team about the time the Freeborns came. He died May 29, 1852. Their children were Rowena, Solomon, Hannah, Mary, Hester Ursula, Stephen Van Rennselaer, Sarah, Leonard W., Laura Adaline, Euphrasia Jane and Patrick Henry. Of these, Sarah and Euphrasia Jane died while young women. Rowena and Hannah did not marry. Solomon married Lydia Ann Brown and removed to Allegany county. Mary married Aram Stone of Nelson. Hester Ursula married Christopher Abbott of Eaton, removed to Michigan and from thence to Ohio. Laura Adaline married Monroe Ferry and moved to Wyoming county. Patrick Henry married Louisa Bateman and went to Allegany county.
Stephen Van Rennselaer was born April 30, 1815. He married Silence Hatch of Nelson, and died June 15th, 1875. Their children were Benjamin Stephen, who was killed by lightning when only 21; Lucy Alice, who married Lyman H. Slocum and died leaving one daughter, Sarah, now Mrs. Roy Scott; Sarah Lovisa, who died as a young woman; twin daughters, Ella and Emma, who died when 15 and 17 years of age; William H. who married Harriet Huntley, and who is now an extensive dealer in live stock, resident in New Woodstock. They have three children, Jennie H., Newell V., now a merchant at Erieville, and Alice Lillian, recently married to Harman K. Stoddard. Newell V. Freeborn married Jennie Seaver of Erieville and has one child.
Leonard W. Freeborn was born May 27, 1819, in the house still standing on the farm owned by the late Roy Scott near Constine Bridge. When twelve years of age he moved with his parents to a farm near Erieville, where he remained until his marriage. He married Ruby Louisa Morse, daughter of Gershom Morse, April 18, 1847. He worked a place in partnership with Edward Thurber one year, then went back to Erieville for three years, after which he bought the Stowell place, one and a half miles south of Woodstock. This was his home for fifteen years. In 1866 he purchased the farm where he now lives, a mile north of Woodstock. In addition to the carrying on of a large farm he was for years an extensive dealer in butter and cheese. Mr. and Mrs. Freeborn had nine children: Mary L., Frank L., John C., N. Etta, Gardiner M., George R. (who died in infancy,) Emmett D., Dora L., and Ella J. Of these, Mary married E. S. Damon, and has two sons, Frank L. and Edwin Glen. John married Harriet E. Barnard and has four children, Estella L., Gurdin B., Eudora Irene and Leonard Walter. Etta married Lyman H. Slocum. They have had five children; Hattie Louisa, who died in infancy, Lyman Dean, Etta Louise, Dora Lois, and J. Leslie. Louise died in September, 1901. Gardiner married Etta Cunningham (who died in 1900) and has three children, Lena U., Leonard E., and Lucina Athalene. Emmett married a distant cousin, Ella Freeborn, January 6, 1897. She died May 3, 1897, and he afterward married in March, 1899, Emma Steiner. Dora married J. A. Loyster, of Cazenovia. Ella married Lucian A. Judd and lives in New Woodstock.
Among the early settlers in New Woodstock was Marvel Daniel Underwood from Woodstock, Connecticut, where his family had lived for two generations before him, coming thence from Watertown, Massachusetts, where the ancestor of the family settled shortly after the landing of the Pilgrims. Marvel Underwood was the second son of Daniel Underwood and was born in Woodstock Feb. 15, 1773. He came to New Woodstock about 1800, and first lived on the "Fisk farm" on the west street, building the house there, and afterward lived at "Bull's Corners" in a house subsequently owned by Columbus Barrett. After his son, Marcus, was married, he repaired the house opposite his son's place, and lived there until his death. He was a carpenter by trade, and constructed a number of the buildings about New Woodstock, including the old Baptist church, of which he was a constituent member. He was the first church clerk, serving as such nearly nine years, from 1801 till 1810. Although reared in the Puritan faith of New England, he was not wholly in sympathy with the Calvanistic faith, more severe in those days than now. He was musical in his tastes, and led the singing for a long time in the church. He was a strong Mason, and Master of a lodge, and after the excitement of the Morgan episode, did not meet with the members of his craft in Central New York, for fear of the excitement of those times. He served as a captain in the war of 1812. He married Betsey Lyon, another of the early settlers from Woodstock. His wife bore him eight children, two of whom died in infancy, and a third in her young womanhood. The oldest daughter, Almira, married Eliakim Clark, who also served in the war of 1812. His daughter, Artemisia, was the wife of Columbus Barrett, who lived many years after her death at West Woodstock. His daughter, Keziah, married Eli Wood, who lived many years in New Woodstock, and afterwards removed with his family to Michigan.
Marcus Lyon Underwood, [1807-1878] was the oldest son of Marvel, and lived all his life on a large dairy farm just above West Woodstock. He was a prominent man of affairs in his town, held various offices up to Supervisor and was a useful member of the Methodist church, where he sang for many years in the choir. He left two sons by his first marriage to Huldah Wallis, and two by his second marriage to Lucretia A. Lacy. They all removed from New Woodstock, two of them to the west. His son, Charles Kingsley Underwood, lived on his father's place for a time, was afterward sheriff of the county, and is now in business in Syracuse, N. Y.
Marvel Underwood's youngest son was John Lincklaen Underwood, [1809-1860.] He lived for a time after his marriage in the house formerly occupied by his father, and opposite that of his brother, Marcus. He thence removed to the village, where he opened the mills and lived on Mill street. In the spring of 1854 he purchased a farm a half mile west of what was afterward known as Webster Station, where he lived until his early death at 51. Like his brother Marcus, he was a fine singer, and for many years sang in the choir of the Methodist church, of which he was a member, and a consistent Christian. Like his brother, he was a Whig, and afterward a Republican in politics, casting his last vote for Abraham Lincoln, shortly before his death. He married Jane H. Smith, daughter of William and Sally Dean [Pollard] Smith. His family continued to live at the "Number Nine" farm until 1874, when they removed to Syracuse, where his daughter Sara, for many years a teacher, is now living with her mother, now nearly eighty-three years of age. His oldest son, Edward Everett Underwood, born at the West Woodstock place, was in the United States service throughout the Civil war, was in numerous battles, including the famous Seven Day's Fight before Richmond, and was wounded in the battles of Malvern Hill, Gaines' Mill, and Chancellorsville. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he has long been connected with the Department of City Works in the office of the Chief Engineer. Lucien Marcus Underwood; the youngest of the family of John L. Underwood, was born at the house on Mill street in the village, and has been for many years engaged in teaching. At present he is Professor of Botany in Columbia University, New York city.
Marvel Daniel Underwood died October 23, 1835, and, with his wife, two sons and three daughters, is buried in the village cemetery. With Marvel Underwood others of his family came early to New Woodstock. Among these was his younger brother, Abishai, whose wife, Ruby, is buried in the cemetery. He removed early to Chautauqua county where he had a large family, and later in life married a third time and removed to Waushara, Wisconsin, where he died in 1852. Three sisters of Marvel and Abishai also came to New Woodstock about the same time. Lucy, who married Oliver Bugbee; Ruth, who married Stephen Chaffee; and Elizabeth, who married Solomon Mirick, whose family afterward removed to Wayne county.
An uncle of Marvel Underwood, Lemuel Underwood by name, also came to New Woodstock, and settled on the hill beyond the Moffett place. His sons all died in early life, but two of his daughters, both of whom married Stewarts, lived for a time in New Woodstock. Lemuel Underwood's third wife was Mrs. Susan Parr, more familiarly known as "Aunt Susy," who lived until 1875. A sister of Lemuel Underwood, Marsilva, married Moses Bugbee, also a resident of this town. Another sister, Olive, married Elisha Gage, ancestor of the Gage family of West Woodstock, who came to the town in 1803.
The Lyons are of English parentage and commencing with Wm. Lyon of Heston, England, born about 1585, the lineal descent and history is as follows. Wm. Lyon, son of Wm. Lyon, [I] was born in Heston, England, in 1620. Left the Thames on the ship, Hopewell, Sept. 11, 1635, in charge of Isaac Heath and family. They reached Roxbury, Mass., 1635, and settled there. In 1646 Wm. married Sarah Ruggles, daughter of John Ruggles Esq. of Nazing, England. Esq. was an honorable title in England. Wm. and Sarah were acquainted in England. On coming to America, the boy and girl friendship terminated in marriage. In 1646, Wm. was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, the oldest and most aristocratic military organization in the United States, and the second oldest company in the world. Seven children were born to them. John, the eldest, was baptized April 10, 1647, probably when seven days old. The others were Thomas, Samuel, William, Joseph, Sarah and Jonathan. All were baptized in their first year. In 1665, Wm. senior was admitted to full connection in Apostle Eliot's church. In 1686, he went, with his sons, Wm. Jr., Thomas and Joseph, their families, and nearly forty other families to West Roxbury, then said to be in Massachusetts, and had land allotted to them. This was afterward found to be in Connecticut, and is now called Woodstock. The father soon returned to Roxbury, and there died in 1692. He was buried in the Eustis burying ground, corner of Eustis and Washington streets, Boston, in the same ground where Eliot, the "Apostle to the Indians" is buried. His son John and his wife both died on the same day and were buried in one grave, in Roxbury, Jan. 15, 1702. Their son, Wm., born 1675, married Deborah Colborn; who died in Woodstock, Conn., 1699. He then married Martha Morris. A son, Aaron, born 1706, was slain by an Indian enemy, in 1746. Aaron's son, Ezra, born 1744, married Sara Corbin, a granddaughter of Jabez Corbin. They had seven children: Chloe, 1772, Orinda, 1773, Betsey, 1774, Ezra, 1776, Sabra, 1778, Phebe, 1780, and Marcus, 1783. Betsey married Marvel Underwood, who came to New Woodstock as early as 1800. Her youngest brother Marcus, came here on horseback from Woodstock, Conn., in 1804 or 1805 to visit her and his Corbin relatives. On his way back, he was murdered by two Irishmen, Dominick Daley and James Halligan. One account says his body was th(r)own into the Chickopee river. If so, it was afterward found, as the following, taken from his tombstone shows: "Here lies buried the body of Marcus Lyon, who was murdered in Wilbraham, Mass., Nov. 9, 1805, in the 23rd year of his age.
"My soul is gone to worlds unknown Reader I speak to the Prepare for death while you have breath prepare to follow me By bloody men brot to my end no warning did I have I've bid Adieu to all below Layd in this Silent grave."
The two murderers were tired, convicted and hanged, principally on the evidence of Marvel Underwood, who identified the money in their possession as some that the murdered man had. Miss Ann Lyon, then less than three years old, remembered seeing her father weep bitterly on receiving the news of his brother's death.
Sabra Lyon, a sister of Betsey Underwood, in 1821 married Willis Moffet, a pioneer. Pheobe married Thomas Merrick. Ezra Lyon, Jr., son of Ezra and Sabra Corbin Lyon, married his cousin, a daughter of Silas and Anna Corbin. They had six children, four of whom were born in Woodstock, Conn., Ann Fisk, 1803; Mary, 1806; Marcus, 1810, and Silas 1813. The family came here in 1814 when Silas Corbin Lyon was not over one year old. They settled on a small farm, Ezra Lyon building the old red house on the place where Jerman Morse's farm house now stands. Ezra Lyon, being a cooper, worked at his trade. He had been a merchant in Woodstock, Conn., but had failed through the sudden ending of the war of 1812, leaving him with a stock of goods which had been purchased at war prices. So he migrated to the then new settlement in New York State. Two children were born here, Sarah, who lived a little over three years, and George Clinton Lyon, who died of consumption in 1849, aged 29 years. Ezra Lyon's oldest son, Marcus, married Emily Hibbard and lived in Liverpool, near Syracuse. Ann Fisk Lyon never married, but is remembered for her devotion to others, and her consistent Christian life. Her sister Mary married Wm. Moffett and is also remembered as having much of the same sweet Christian spirit as Ann. Silas Corbin Lyon married Susan Holmes, born 1816, near Shed's Corners, town of DeRuyter, N. Y. Her father was Isaac Holmes, and her mother was Elizabeth Gardner, sister of Dwight, Timothy and Susan Gardner. The Holmes and Gardner families came from Massachusetts. Susan Gardner, a sister, remained in Mass., marrying Abner Hitchcock, of Ware, Mass., and had twelve children, a number of whom are living.
Mr. and Mrs. Silas Lyon has three children. Charlotte Helen, 1843, Henry Corbin, 1847, were born on Elder John Peck's farm. Marcus Holmes Lyon was born on the Marcus Underwood farm opposite where Frank Tucker now lives. Henry Corbin Lyon of Boston, Mass., is the only one of the family now living. A sister of Mrs. Susan Lyon, Charlotte Holmes, married Lucius Corbin, son of Luther Corbin, a pioneer.
Daniel Lyon, a brother of Aaron Lyon, of the fifth generation, was in the Revolution, and was one of the Boston Tea Party, helping destroy the tea on the third and last ship. Another distant relation, Asahel Lyon, was one of the soldiers at the battle of Bunker Hill from Connecticut. His name is on the bronze tablet set up in Charlestown, Mass., just below the Bunker Hill monument. Bellevue street in Roxbury, where the old family homestead stood, was formerly called Lyon street.
The Lyon ancestry extends over a period of more than three hundred years giving the American ancestry in an unbroken line two hundred sixty-six years.
Henry Corbin Lyon, the only surviving member of Silas Lyon's family, was a graduate of Colgate University with the expectation of devoting his life to the Baptist ministry. The failure of his health making this impossible, he conducted a hotel in the Adirondacks for a time, subsequently entering the employ of Raymond and Whitcomb, in the tourist travel business. In this capacity he has accomplished much in the way of travel, having crossed the continent no less than twenty-eight times from east to west, an equal number from west to east making fifty-six times. He has been from San Francisco to Honolulu seven times, each time visiting the volcano Kilauea. He has made one trip to Alaska and one to Yosemite Valley, to the Yellowstone National Park many times, and has traveled over three thousand miles in old Mexico, going south nearly to Vera Cruz. Mr. Lyon has made three trips to Europe, and has been in every state in the Union except Arkansas and South Dakota. He has been twice to the Bahama Islands and once to the island of Jamica, and has also been repeately to Lake St. John and the Saguenay River in Canada.
Dr. Joseph Moffett, 1740-1802, of Brimfield, Mass., was a Revolutionary soldier, serving under Washington in the Braddock campaign and also as sergeant major, helping to put down an insurrection in 1784. Dr. Moffett was twice married. His first wife Margaret, 1740-1771, was a daughter of Ichabod, son of Thomas Bliss, one of the few in Brimfield who held negro slaves. Some of her ancestors are reported to have been great friends of Oliver Cromwell. They were married in 1762, and their four children were Lewis, 1764, a Revolutionary soldier; Tabitha, 1765-1767; Joseph, Jr., 1761, and Willis, 1770. The four children of Joseph Moffett, Jr., and Lois Haynes were Chester, 1775-1861; Lois, 1776; Tabby, 1780-1858, and Alvin, 1785. Joseph, Jr., and Willis came as pioneers to New Woodstock. A deed recorded in the county clerk's office at Norwich, N. Y., shows that Willis Moffett purchased 150 acres of land, September 1, 1803, paying $450. Survey was made by Nathan Locke in 1793, and map of said survey filed in county clerk's office of Herkimer, afterward Oneida county. September 19, 1803, 20 acres of the above land was sold to Benjamin Virgil for $100. The balance of the farm was known as Moffett Hill and remained in possession of the family nearly eighty years, being sold March 1, 1883. The first wife of Willis Moffett was Sally Smith, of Brimfield, 1767-1820, a sister of the pioneers, David, Jonathan and Wm. Smith. His second wife was Sabra Lyon, to whom he was married Sunday, January 28, 1821, by John Peck, V. D. M.
By the first marriage there were nine children. Margaret, who died in infancy; Lois, 1795, married Perry Childs, and Benjamin Holmes; Reuben, 1797-1863, married twice; Theresa, 1799-1894, married Lyman Bugbee in 1825; Jairus, 1801-1879, married Sophronia Brainard, and second, Almira Brainard. Romeyn Moffett, a prominent business man of Erie, Pa., is a son of Jairus Moffett.
The sixth child of Willis and Sally Moffett, and the first one born in New Woodstock, was Sarah, 1804. She married Dr. L. Z. Haven, and in 1834, having the pioneer instincts and western fever, Dr. Haven drove with his wife in a covered wagon to Chicago, the trip taking six weeks. Their home was in a log cabin, and Mrs. Haven often related her experience with wolves near the cabin door on the spot where the Sherman house now stands. They remained in Chicago a short time, then moved to Joliet, and after a time, returned to Utica, N. Y., where they lived until they again went to Chicago for a permanent home. Dr. Haven was a well known authority on various scientific subjects and, owing to that fact, Mrs. Haven frequently entertained leading scientists, including Professors Agassiz, Hitchcock, Grey, and O. M. Fowler. "Grandma Haven" died at the home of her son, E. P. Haven, in Chicago, in the ninety-first year of her age, retaining her keen intellect to the last.
Willis Moffet, Jr., was born in 1806. Emily, 1808-1862, was married to Ralph Bell in 1828. A more extended account of her is included in the Bell sketch.
William, the ninth and youngest child of Willis and Sally Moffett, was born in 1811 and died in 1892. His father died in 1845 aged seventy years. Wm. remained at home living on the "Moffett Hill" farm until it was sold in 1883. He passed the remaining nine years of his life in the village of New Woodstock. He married Arethusa Webber in 1833. There were four children, Norman L., 1834-1846; Jane E., 1836, burned to death in 1848; Dwight E., 1839, now in Corning, Iowa, who has six daughters; Silas L., 1841, Australia. He has one son in St. Paul, Minn., the other in Canastota, N. Y.
In 1842 Mr. Moffett married Mary Lyon. Two sons were born to them. Elbert Willis, 1846, who married Rosa Morley, daughter of the late Rev. Butler Morley, a former pastor of the New Woodstock Baptist church. They reside in Fayetteville, N. Y. and have one daughter, Ella B. Moffett of New York City. The other son, George, married Anna Corbin, a daughter of Luther and Charlotte Holmes Corbin. They live in New Woodstock, and have one daughter, Ethel Moffett.
Joseph Moffett was a graduate of Dartmouth College, acquiring distinction as a student and as a military cadet being elected captain of a company of college cadets, which was considered a great honor at that time. He afterward studied medicine, coming to New Woodstock as early as 1810. The history of Madison and Chenango states that he is thought to be the first physician who practiced here. The Dr. Moffett house is the one now owned by Fenton Maine. Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Collins also lived there, as well as Jonathan Shed, Frank Burgess, Benjamin Hatch, and Ezra Webber.
Dr. Moffett, Jr., married Polly Sargent. They had eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Four of the children were born in New Woodstock. A son, Charles D., was the father of John F. Moffett of Watertown, N. Y.
The Moffett sketch would not be complete if Tabitha Moffett Brown were not mentioned. She was the daughter of Joseph and Lois Moffett, half sister of Willis and Joseph, Jr. Born in Brimfield in 1780, at the age of nineteen she married Rev. Clark Brown of Stonington, Conn. They removed to Maryland where she was left a widow with three children. She taught school there eight years, supporting and educating her children. The family removed to Missouri and from there Mrs. Brown, in 1848, at the age of sixty-six, with her children and grandchildren went to Tualatin Plains, now Forest Grove, Oregon, enduring many hardships on the journey. She assisted in founding the Tualatin Academy, giving a lot and five hundred dollars earned by herself toward the work. She subsequently gave a bell to the Congregational church in that town, and just before her death in May, 1858 gave her own house and lot to the Pacific University, whose humble beginning was a log schoolhouse, then an academy and finally a college.
Phineas Bell was born March 1, 1761. He served as a minute man in Sussex County, New Jersey, militia. He enlisted when sixteen years old as a private in Captain Henry Luce's company, New Jersey Continental Line. He was taken prisoner at Bergen Point, 1779, and was confined in the old sugar house, New York, about eight months. He was then carried to the hospital, which was the Friend meeting house, where he spent the remainder of his time, ten months and twenty days, until exchanged. He was transferred and took part in the following battles:
Brandywine, Delaware, 1777.
Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1777.
Monmouth, New Jersey, 1778.
Yorktown, Virginia, 1781.
He was also present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, October 19, 1781. He was discharged at York, Pennsylvania, in 1783. Mr. Bell married Sarah Rockwell, March, 1795. He died in Westmoreland, Oneida County, in 1845. His son, Ralph Bell, was born in Westmoreland, in 1806 and married Emily Moffett of New Woodstock in 1828, moving to Perry, N. Y., where he manufactured wagons. In 1836 he took his family and household goods overland to Chicago. Not liking that then unhealthy locality, he again started the "prairie schooner" westward, locating upon one hundred sixty acres of government land, upon a part of which the village of Tonica now stands. He helped build a mill and remained there two years. Because of continued illness in his family, Colonel Bell decided to return to New York, coming first to Perry, then, about 1837, to New Woodstock. He manufactured carriages in New Woodstock until 1863, when he removed to Webster City, Iowa, where he died in 1897, aged ninety-one. His wife and two daughters, Elizabeth Bell and Harriet Bell, wife of D. D. Chase, died several years before he did. A son, J. M. Bell, of Winona, Minn., died in December, 1900.
The surviving children are Mrs. S. E. Morse of New Woodstock, R. P. Bell of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mrs. J. H. Andrews, of Boone, Iowa, and Mrs. L. L. Estes, of Webster City, Iowa.
Silas E. Morse was a prominent business man of New Woodstock for nearly sixty years. He was born in Wallingford, Conn., in 1824, moving with his father to Union in 1834. When twelve years old, he went to New Woodstock to witness the raising of the M. E. church, a circumstance which he did not forget, as he was that day treated to a new pair of shoes, in those days an event of rare occurrence. He came to New Woodstock to work about 1840, serving an apprenticeship of three years at his trade of wagon and carriage making with Ralph Bell. He afterward became Mr. Bell's partner, and succeeded to the business in 1847. In later years he had as partners, J. L. Savage, Compton Ferguson, and Eastus Seymour.
In 1851 Mr. Morse married Sarah, daughter of Ralph Bell. They had one daughter, now Mrs. R. L. Miller.
Mr. Morse once served as postmaster of the village, and was for many years trustee of the Baptist church, of the cemetery association, and also school trustee. He was largely instrumental in building up the west end of Main street, erecting four dwellings himself, and two with J. L. Savage who was his partner at that time. He also added to the carriage shops and repaired and moved the Cleveland house to its present site. It is now used as a market.
He was always ready with money and influence to further the business interests of the place, and kept his business running constantly until his death in 1899, having several men in his employ for periods of from twenty to forty years. He became owner of the Bell House, which was the first hotel in New Woodstock. It is now owned and occupied by Mrs. Morse, and by Mr. and Mrs. Miller and their daughter Bell.
John Savage with his wife and five children, ranging in age from two to ten years, came in 1800, with an ox team from Vermont to New Woodstock. Mr. Savage was a sailor in early life; later he became a carpenter and joiner. Soon after he came to New Woodstock, probably having purchased land on contract. He built a log house which was still standing within the remembrance of some of his grandchildren. In 1807, a deed was given him by Frederick Brim, of one hundred fifty acres of land in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars. The land now owned by Joseph Coley, above the cheese factory, was the northern boundary. John Savage owned all the land south of that boundary between the east and west roads to Cazenovia, as far as Main street in the village of New Woodstock.
Mr. Savage gave the land, once covered with maple trees and constituting his "sugar bush," as the site for the Baptist church. He also gave the older part of the cemetery in consideration of help in clearing the remaining land. His wife, Elizabeth, was the first secretary of the Baptist Mite Society, formed in 1812. Mrs. Savage died in 1826.
John Savage, in the latter years of his life, spent much time in trapping and fishing. He died in 1851, aged eighty-eight.
Mr. Savage's three sons were John, Seth, and William. John and Seth were in the war of 1812. The daughters were Betsey [Greenman,] Julia, who married Artemas Gleason, and Harriet, the only child born in New Woodstock, who married Orrin Hendee.
John Savage, Jr., is buried in the Lyon cemetery in Nelson, N. Y., and is the only one of the six children not buried in New Woodstock. His only surviving child is Mrs. Ellen Bump, who lives in her father's old home at Constine Bridge.
Seth, born in 1792 at Bellows Falls, Vermont, lived at Union. His farm is now owned by John Fuggle. Mr. Savage was the father of ten children. His first wife, Almira Gleason, was the mother of five, of whom Lucia Morris, of Dixon, Illinois, is the only one living. Emily Elmore was Mr. Savage's second wife. Her surviving children are Almira Hill of Delphi, N. Y., and George Savage. Ellen, who died a few years since, was the wife of James R. Fenner, of Delphi.
William, usually called "Deacon" Savage, was born in 1794. He married Almira Damon. He owned the farm which he sold to William Holmes, and which was brought by Lester LaMunion in 1866. The place in Floodport also belonged to him which is now owned by Mrs. Louisa Drake. Later in life Mr. Savage moved into the village of New Woodstock, owning the place that is now the Baptist parsonage. At one time he was employed as stone cutter on the Erie Canal.
William Savage had seven children. The oldest, James LeRoy, was a mechanic and always lived in New Woodstock. He was a partner of S. E. Morse in the carriage business and was with him instrumental in building up the southwest part of the village. He was also one of the partners in the Glove Factory when in was in operation. He died in 1891. His wife was Elizabeth Perkins, of Cazenovia. Mrs. Savage now lives with their only child, Irving A. Savage of Syracuse, N. Y.
The other children of William Savage were Julia, Elizabeth [Tabor] Crandall, Delana [Holmes] [Davis,] Lucretia [Slocum,] W. Evans Savage, who died during the Civil war from wounds received in battle, and Caroline, the only surviving child, who married Henry Everts of Erieville, N. Y., and now resides in Hamilton.
John Savage, senior, gave his nephew, Roswell Savage, an acre of land north of where Fred Mann now lives, in payment for a pair of boots. Roswell Savage built a tannery on that plot of ground. The tannery was afterward moved, however, southwest on the West Woodstock road and converted into a cider mill. Roswell Savage bought of his uncle the northwest corner of Main street, and built the house afterward owned by Conrad Cook, later by Elluria Curtis, and now by Mrs. Chatfield. Mr. Savage's children were Seth, Enoch, Polly, and Sarah Ann [Adams.] The last mentioned now resides in Cuba, N. Y.
Gardner Greenman, born in Stephentown, N. Y., in 1794, was married in Cazenovia in 1816, to Betsey Savage, born in Rockingham, Vt., in 1797. They had eight children. Deloss, Edwin and Seth were born in DeRuyter; Julia [Card], born in New Woodstock; Malvina A., born in Antwerp, died in New Woodstock in 1847; Louise M., Marietta C., and Harrison H., were born in New Woodstock. Gardner Greenman died in New Woodstock in 1858. His wife, who is remembered for her efficiency in church work, died in Shabbona, Ill., in 1873.
Deloss married Clarissa Smith, of Cazenovia, and has two children, Mrs. Hutchins, of Cazenovia, and Mrs. Barber, of Fenner, with whom he lives. Edwin died in 1876 in Pontiac, Ill. He married Maria Griggs, of Cazenovia. Seth married Eliza Sweetland, of Cazenovia, and died in 1881. Their children live in Cazenovia. Louise M., married Harrison L. Wheat, and lives in Skiana, Ind. Marietta married Jeremiah D. Tucker and lives in Valparaiso, Ind. Harrison married Lizzie E. Earl, of Metamore, Ill., and died in Valparaiso, Ind., in 1878.
Captain John Hendee, born 1770, was of English parentage and came to New Woodstock from Ashfield, Conn., 1806, locating on Hendee Hill, about one and a half miles north of the village, on the west road to Cazenovia. He was married four times and was the father of thirteen children, five of whom died when young. The first wife, Lucy Martin, had no children. Annis Russ-Hendee's children were Lucy, John, William, Orrin, and Annis. Lucy married Alvah Holmes and was the mother of William, who married Delana Savage, Polly [Scott Hunt], Annis, Sylvanus, and Charles. John lived to be nearly ninety-eight. William settled in Ohio. Orrin, born 1798, in Connecticut, married Harriet, daughter of John Savage, and lived at Shed's Corners many years. They had seven children, Elizabeth, [Colwell], living in Sherburne; John, who died; Alpheus, who married Julia deClercq and is the only grandson of Captain John Hendee now living in New Woodstock; William, who lives in Syracuse, Helen, who died, Mary [Northrup], living in Norwich, and Cornelia, who died in 1845.
Annis Hendee married Conrad Cook. Her children were Enos and Chauncey.
John Hendee's children by Esther Twist, the third wife, were Eliza and Alpheus. His last wife was a widow, Polly Dryer. She was the mother of Julia, who married John Ferguson.
Captain Hendee died in 1824 and his widow married Consider Amsden. Mrs. Amsden was only thirteen when she was married to Mr. Dryer.
William Thurber was one of the first settlers in New Woodstock. He came here from Connecticut and settled a part of the farm now owned by Lorell Thurber, the land probably taken from the Holland Land Company. William Thurber was born June 9, 1774. He married Roxy White, September 19, 1802. Three children were born to them: Edward, June 12, 1804; Mary, October 6, 1806; Lydia, May 3, 1809.
Edward Thurber was married to Maria Bond, July 2, 1829. They had two children: Jennett M. April 12, 1830; John E., April 30, 1843.
John E. Thurber married Sarah J. Ferguson, June 30, 1874. One child, Lorell F. was born June 21, 1875.
Lorell F. Thurber was married to Carrie F. Main February 5, 1896. They have two children --- Gladys W., Dec. 1, 1896; Cecil J., Dec. 29, 1898. These two children are the fourth generation born on the farm, and the fifth generation to live there. Edward Thurber spent all his life, with the exception of eight years, on this farm where he was born in a log house.
William Thurber died Nov. 9, 1857. Roxy Thurber died January 11, 1851. Edward Thurber died Aug. 26, 1892. Maria Thurber died July 3, 1863. Jennett Thurber died September 8, 1874. John E. Thurber died in Eldorado, Kansas, March 30, 1881.
John and Compton Ferguson were born in the north of Ireland and came to this country about 1838, settling near Amsterdam, N. Y., and coming to DeRuyter a year or two later. They were both blacksmiths by trade. Compton came to New Woodstock in 1846, and went into business in a shop standing where the hardware store now stands. This shop was burned in 1849, so he went into the shop on DeRuyter street. John came to New Woodstock in 1848 and went into business with Compton. They remained together until 1864, when John put up a shop which is now the upright part of the Methodist parsonage. He worked there until he enlisted in the Civil war in the 2nd N. Y., Cav., at the last call for troops. Compton also enlisted at the same time. After their return, neither was well enough to work at his trade. John was in a meat market for a time also in the grocery with O. S. Smith. In the year 1871, May 18th, he was appointed postmaster and remained so until his death. For a number of years he had a grocery store in connection with the postoffice in the building now occupied by Wm. Huntley's hardware store, the office afterward being moved into the Jaquith block, where it was at the time he died.
John bought the house now owned by Andrew McCoy, of John Loomis when it was first built, and lived there until 1866 when he sold it to R. J. Sunderlin. John Ferguson was born October 12, 1813, and died January 25, 1890. His first wife was Olivia Reed of DeRuyter. One child was born to them July 12, 1847. Emma S. was married to H. C. Stowell Feb. 14, 1867, and died February 11, 1869. Mr. Ferguson was married to Julia M. Hendee October 6, 1852. Three children were born to them. Hattie M., born June 11, 1853, died October 1, 1854, Sarah J. born June 21, 1855, married John E. Thurber June 30, 1874; Kittie L., born September 17, 1866, married Ernest E. Poole September 20, 1888; Mrs. Julia M. Ferguson died July 17, 1888.
Compton Ferguson was in business with S. E. Morse for a time, afterward being on the road for seventeen years as a commercial traveler, representing a glove firm in Gloversville, also the Standard Wagon Co., of Cortland. He owned and lived in the house now owned by Mrs. James Allen for a long time, moving to Rome in 1872. He was born March 12, 1823, and died December 7, 1898. He married Sarah F. Allen of DeRuyter, October 11, 1844. One child was born to them: Jennie E., March 13, 1850; married to C. A. Nicholson of Rome, November 30, 1871, died February 2, 1877.
Two brothers, Nathaniel and Willard Carpenter, came from Woodstock, Conn., in 1802 or 1803. Nathaniel lived at West Woodstock. He was the second landlord in the tavern on the hill and was, at one time, the sawyer in Jacob Post's mill. He was, also, a blacksmith and carpenter. He married Lucy, sister of Salmon Gage. They had ten children, Elisha, Luther, Gilbert, Otis, Major, Lucy, Emmeline, Silura, Anna, and Nancy. Mr. Carpenter and most of his family finally settled in Pompey.
Silura was the third child, and the only one born in Woodstock. The snow was so deep on her birthday, May 5, 1807, that the roads had to be ploughed. She married for her first husband Curtis Griffith, and had three children. The son died in infancy.
Her second husband was Harvey Allen. She survived him many years, living with her daughter, Acta until 1898, when she died at the age of ninety-one. She perfectly understood the almost lost art of carding, spinning and weaving. When Cleveland was president, Mrs. Cleveland owned a black dog that was at one time in Cazenovia. While there it was sheared, and Mrs. Allen took some of the hair, carded and spun it, and knit a pair of gloves which she sent to Mr. Cleveland. She received a personal reply, and a present of five dollars from him. Her daughter, Acta Griffith, married the late Thomas Eastman, who worked for John C. Loomis in the tannery at Floodport, and afterward for the Worlock brothers. They have been residents of New Woodstock more than fifty years. Their four children are Delana, Mann Barrett, Elisha, who married Eva Hubbard and lives in Binghamton, Dwight M., of Rome, and Sarah Clancy of Cortland.
Capt. Willard Carpenter, called captain because he was commander of a state militia company, was born in 1780. His first wife was Hannah Keeney. They had twelve children; Ezekiel, David D., Amanda [Ainsworth,] Sarah [Cole Thomas,] Mary [Ainsworth,] Lucy, who died. Hiram, who married a Conable, is eighty-two years old and lives in Webster City, Iowa; Celestia [Post,] mother of Charles, Marbia [Pratt,] Ella [Thompson,] and William; Fannie, Erastus, living in Iowa; Julia, and Ardelia [Sholes,] who lives in Hampton, Iowa.
Ezekiel was married three times and lived at West Woodstock in the old tavern on the hill. He kept a grocery on the southwest corner of the road, and in his later years in the basement of the old tavern. He made matches in square blocks, using a knife to make the divisions between the matches. His first wife, the mother of eight children, was Sarah Marie Davis. The children were Lyman, Calvin, Albert, John, Adelbert, James, Ada, [McKevitt] and Cornelia [Worlock.] The youngest child, James, was killed at the battle of Bull Run.
Willard Carpenter lived about thirty years on the hill farm now in the possession of Deloss Burdick. About 1854 he moved on the Jedediah Morse farm where Isaac Morse first lived. Mr. Carpenter died there in 1859. His second wife was Thedy Dewey [Cole,] a sister of his first wife and a widow with one son, Elijah Cole, who married his cousin Sarah. Their daughter Amanda married William Estes. Both died several years ago. Their children were Nellie [Poyle] of Morrisville, the twins Frank and Fred of Ilion, who is a carriage manufacturer, and George of Norwich.
John Peck1, born in Stamford, N. Y., September 11, 1780, went with his father to Chenango Valley in 1795 and there married Sarah Ferris, daughter of Israel Ferris, August 20, 1801. He commenced preaching early in life, and in 1804, settled in Cazenovia, N. Y., as a Baptist minister, and there resided until his death. He was a distinguished minister in his denomination, among the foremost in its religious and benevolent enterprises. His wife, born May 7, 1784, died in Cazenovia, September 21, 1847. He died December 15, 1849 in New York City, being there as agent for the Home Mission Society. "Elder" Peck's home from 1842 to 1849 was in New Woodstock village in the house now owned by F. C. Covil.
His children were Darius, born in Norwich, Chenango County, N. Y., June 15, 1802. He prepared for college under Rev. Daniel Hascall and Mr. Zenas Morse, Principal of Hamilton Academy, N. Y., and entered the Sophomore class of Hamilton College, N. Y., at which he graduated in 1825. He settled as a lawyer in Hudson, N. Y. He was appointed by the Governor and Senate of New York, as Recorder of the City of Hudson. He was for several years Superintendent of Schools and Master of Chancery. He was also appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Columbia, N. Y. He was married to Harriet M. Hudson, of Troy, N. Y., September 12, 1836, who died April 18, 1863.
Mary Peck was born in Norwich, N. Y., January 25, 1804. She married John Fiske, of Cazenovia, September 30, 1821, died in Cazenovia, December 10, 1855. John, born in Cazenovia, N. Y., April 11, 1808, died February 16, 1810. Philetus, born in Cazenovia, November 28, 1809. He graduated from Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute, in 1838, was ordained in March, 1839, and in June settled with the church in Owego, N. Y. He died of Malignant Dysentery, October 6, 1847. He was a devoted pastor, an instructive and earnest preacher, and was distinguished for his benevolence, frankness, sound judgment, executive ability and decision of character. He married Nancy Morse, daughter of Isaac Morse, May 30, 1831. Julia, born in Cazenovia, March 13, 1816, married Wm. M. Pratt, August 22, 1839, died in Crawfordsville, Indiana, October 14, 1839. Linus M., born in Cazenovia, February 3, 1818. He entered Hamilton College in September, 1838, graduated July 1841, receiving one of the highest honors of his class. He was licensed to preach in August, 1844. After a regular course at Hamilton Theological Institution of two years, he graduated in October, 1846. He was called to the pastorate of the Baptist church in Hamilton, N. Y. He died October 4, 1847, of Malignant Dysentery. He naturally possessed a vigorous and logical mind with superior powers of analysis. He was kind hearted, zealous, and laborious, an excellent public speaker, distinguished for his chaste and manly eloquence. He married Cordelia C. Kendrick, youngest daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Kendrick of Hamilton, N. Y.
Joseph Coley, born in 1765 in London, England, was a jeweler's son. The family came to Johnstown, N. Y., when Joseph was eight years old. When twenty-one he married Mary Willess and lived a few years in Saratoga, then moved to DeRuyter, purchasing a farm which included DeRuyter Springs. While in DeRuyter he acted as the agent of John Lincklaen and sold land to the Friends.
In 1806 Mr. Coley moved to New Woodstock, locating on land now owned by Leonard Freeborn. He lived in a log house at the foot of the hill east of where John Freeborn now lives. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1810, organized a church in the town of Eaton in1816, becoming its first pastor. In educational and revival work he was associated with Elders Peck, Bennett and Kendrick.
He was a preacher of unusual power, a man of positive convictions, fearless and outspoken in whatever he believed to be the truth. He possessed a voice of wonderful depth and fullness, and was a fluent speaker, using no notes.
Elder Coley had ten children. One died when his DeRuyter log house was burned. The remaining nine were Willess, who went west and died near Loamis; Betsey (Johnson), Patty (Goodell), Nancy (Perkins), Clarissa (Sexton), William, J. Madison, and Hubbard, who died at the age of sixteen.
J. Madison Coley, born in 1806, followed in his father's footsteps and became a Baptist preacher. He received a college education, attending Madison, now Colgate University, and afterward going to Newton, Massachusetts. He was ordained at Charlemont, Mass., and was pastor of nine churches. One of the number was the First Baptist church of Albany. While pastor there, he baptized four hundred persons. The later years of his life were spent in the west. He died in San Jose, Cal.
William Coley was born in 1804. He learned the trade of harness making of Hammond Short, of DeRuyter, but, preferring farm life, he bought the farm of Coley Hill, opposite his father's. He married Louisa, daughter of William Sims, one of the early pioneers of Cazenovia. In 1845 Elder Coley's wife died, after which until his death in 1856 at the age of ninety-one, he lived in the family of his son, William. When Elder Coley was past ninety, and had forgotten almost everything except the bible and a covenant-keeping God, he came out of his room one evening with a cane in each hand, to see if it was eight o'clock, his usual bed-time. A visitor, Rev. George Scott, of Nebraska, once a resident of the family, said to him, "Grandpa, how do you do?" After a time he realized who was speaking to him, and answered, "God is taking the pins out of this old frame of mine, one by one, and in a little while I shall tumble to pieces and drop into my grave." He said no more, looked at the clock and returned to his room. He died within the year.
Mr. and Mrs. William Coley spent most of their lives on their farm. The last few years they resided in the village of New Woodstock, where they both died in 1879. Their children were Ellen M., and Joseph W. Ellen lived with her parents during their lifetime, and afterward in her brother's family until her death in 1889. Joseph W. Coley married Helen Wellington, of Cazenovia, and lived for a time on a part of the farm formerly owned by his grandfather. He afterward sold it to Leonard Freeborn, and now owns and occupies the farm which was his father's and which is one of the finest in the vicinity. He has a dairy of fine, full-blooded Holsteins. His houses on both farms have been destroyed by fire, but, in each case, another and a better dwelling soon occupied the old site.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coley are Harrison W., a lawyer in Oneida, N. Y., and Addie Louise, who is with her parents. Harrison W. owns the Gilbert Jenkins farm near Webster's Station and the Fiske farm at West Woodstock. He has made extensive repairs on both places and they are model farms.
Thomas Stanton, born 1615, embarked in 1635 from London, England, on the merchantman, Bonaventura, for Virginia. He went to Boston in 1636 and became Indian interpreter for Gov. Winthrop with the Nahantic Sachem. In the Pequot war 1636-37 his bravery is mentioned and his services as interpreter recorded as invaluable. As Interpreter General of the New England Colonies from 1636 to 1670, his name is connected with almost every Indian transaction on record. About 1637 he married Ann, daughter of Dr. Thomas Lord, who received in 1632 the first medical license given in the New England Colonies. Their first home was in New Hartford, Conn., on the site now occupied by the large factory buildings of Jewell's Leather Belting Company. In 1649 Thomas Stanton received a grant of six acres of land from the General Courts, and was the first white inhabitant on the Paukatuck River where he established a trading house. In 1652 he received three hundred acres next to his former grant and in 1667 two hundred fifty acres for his services to the colony. He served as County Commissioner and Judge twelve consecutive years and was a member of the Connecticut General Assembly seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Stanton removed to Stonington, Conn., in 1658, where they permanently remained. They had six sons and four daughters. The sons inherited their father's ability to speak Indian dialects and were much in demand as interpreters, one of them acting in that capacity in King Phillip's war. From the Pequot war in 1636 to the civil war the Stanton family has been well represented among its country's defenders.
Oliver Stanton of the sixth generation, born 1780, imitating the example of his illustrious ancestor, left his home in Stonington, Conn., early in the nineteenth century, making the long trip to New Woodstock, N. Y., by ox team. He took up a tract of land located on what is known as the Stanton and Moffett Hill, and also at one time owned land in the village of New Woodstock. His first wife, Cynthia Underwood, died in 1806 at New Woodstock leaving one son, Oliver, who married Sophia Bugbee. In 1827 he moved to Medina and died there in 1869. In 1807 Mr. Stanton married Rhoda Underwood of Woodstock, Conn. They died in 1854.
They had a family of five children. The daughter, Cynthia born in 1820, who married Benjamin Baum, at one time a merchant in New Woodstock, is now living in Syracuse with her son, Dr. H. C. Baum. The four sons were Alvin, born in1809, who located near DeRuyter; Charles, born in 1824, who never married; Wm. B., born 1817, who was in the mercantile business with B. W. Baum in New Woodstock, afterward removed to Syracuse and died there. The second son, Schuyler V., born in 1812, became the owner of his father's farm, and always lived in New Woodstock. He married Huldah Martin in 1848. Mrs. Stanton died in 1871. Mr. Stanton survived her twenty years. They had three sons, Oliver, now a resident of DeRuyter; Charles a prosperous merchant in Westerly, R. I., and J. Albert, the second son, born in 1850, who owns the original farm of his grandfather, which with the additions made, now consists of nearly three hundred acres.
The outlook obtained from climbing Stanton Hill well repays the effort made. Looking northeast one gets a fine bird's-eye view of New Woodstock in the Valley. On a clear day, Cazenovia Lake, seven miles away, and Oneida Lake, thirty miles distant, may be seen with the naked eye. Turning then to the immediate surroundings, it is evident that Mr. Stanton is a practical, progressive farmer. This is shown in part by his model barn, one of the finest in the county, fitted up with all modern conveniences. He keeps a dairy varying from forty to forty-five cows, besides a variety of young stock. He has been salesman of the New Woodstock cheese factory for several years, and is one of the D. L. & W. representatives of the Board of Directors of the F. S. M. P. A. Mr. Stanton was assessor of the first election district of Cazenovia six years. In 1870, he married Carrie E., only child of M. W. Richmond. They have one son, Edwin M. Stanton, of DeRuyter.
John Morse Stanton, brother of Oliver Stanton, born in Monson, Conn., came to New Woodstock in 1820. In 1827 he married Elvira Martin. He was a school-teacher and book seller. He died in 1839; his wife, in 1848. They had three sons and two daughters. The second son, James, born 1830, was a sailor until 1853. At that time he married Janette Pattison, of Cazenovia, and a few year later entered the ministry in the M. E. church. They moved to Florida in 1888.
Gideon Anthony, a Revolutionary soldier, came from Rhode Island in 1806, locating between the farms now owned by Seymour Holmes and Mrs. C. H. Perkins. His only child married John Estes, and he adopted and brought with him Joseph, the oldest grandchild, then six years old. A few years later, Mrs. Estes' husband dying, she came to New Woodstock with the remainder of her children, Gideon, Daniel, James, John, William, Patience, Cynthia, and Eliza. Joseph married Sarah Bond, lived for a time in Madison, N. Y., then in Juddville and finally east of New Woodstock, toward Shed's Corners. His youngest daughter, Sarah Northrup, now lives on the place. Hiram Estes lives in New Woodstock, Cornelia and Louisa died several years ago.
Gideon, the second son, settled in Delphi, N. Y. His son, Charles, resides in Greene. Mary married and lives in Pompey Hollow.
Daniel married and made his home in Utica.
James married Nancy Moore. Their home was on the eastern part of what is now Warren Lee's farm. Their children were Levi, Nelson, Lewis L., Mary and Cynthia. All are dead except Lewis L., who lives in Webster City, Iowa.
John married Jane Allen, Tryphena Tucker, and Lucretia Allen. His children were Dwight, who married Sarah Kinney and lives in Shed's Corners, Cynthia Tucker, William, Amanda Cole, and Gideon, who lives in the west, and who married Charlotte Lyon for his first wife. John became the owner of his grandfather's place.
Patience and Cynthia were the first and second wives of Darius Bond.
Eliza married Horace Burdick, of DeRuyter.
Gideon Anthony had a pension, and, being able to live on the proceeds of his farm, he saved his pension money in silver dollars, putting it in a chest until it amounted to six hundred silver dollars. He left a will, giving to his grandson, Joseph Estes, six acres of land and one-third of the pension money. The remaining two-thirds of the money was given to his grandsons, James and Gideon Estes. His farm, aside from the six acres, he left to John Estes. His clothing was to be given to his great grandchildren, Hiram and Levi Estes, a suit of Revolutionary clothes becoming Hiram's. Mr. Anthony died in 1841, and is buried in the Lyon cemetery at Nelson.
"The Scott family whose life interests were largely identified with New Woodstock, were of Scotch-Irish origin. Thomas Scott, my grandfather, lived and reared his family in the town of St. Charles, Donegall, Ireland. Four of his sons, William, James, George and Samuel, came to this country very near the beginning of the last century. They all settled in Madison county, William, James and George on farms in Nelson, a few miles east of "Woodstock." Samuel, being but a boy then, lived with my father, and "worked out."
In a few years William moved with his family to Albany, and died soon after, leaving a family of eleven sons. I don't know what became of them. James spent much of his life in that vicinity and finally moved to Westfield, in Chautauqua Co. I remember him as a white-haired old man. There were several sons and a daughter in the family. Samuel, after a few years, became foreman on General Ledyard's large farm at Cazenovia. While there he married Rozina Chapin, and soon settled on a small farm near Constine Bridge, where he lived a long and successful life. Though not without faults, he was honored and respected by all who knew him. He died on his eighty-sixth birthday, leaving to all his children good homes surrounding the old homestead. Most of them, so far as I know, live there now.
George, the father of the Woodstock family of Scotts, married Lydia, sister of John Holmes, father of John and Edward Holmes, of Cazenovia. He remained on the old farm some three miles east of the village, until his death, caused by a log rolling on him in 1824. This sudden event was a terrible blow to the family. His right arm was crushed and soon mortified, and six days closed the scene, and left my mother with the children, eight of us, Samuel, Sabrina (Slocum), Jane (Hunt), Jedediah, Katherine (Judson), Thomas, George, and Nellie (Webber), ranging all the way from two months to sixteen years. To say we were poor, very poor, hardly tells it. God only know the extremity of our poverty. I remember scenes in our experience which my lips have never told and my pen shall never write. Our mother --- yes, she was a MOTHER. I don't know how to write the name large enough. To write it in gold and surround with it earth's richest and rarest gems would not be sufficient. What she endured for us can never be told. It is an honor to have descended from such a mother. Every remembrance of her is precious to me. The detail of our lives would take too much space, and if written would be of little interest to any one.
As to myself, being the only survivor of the family, for it is now thirty years since the last one was taken, it will not be out of place for me to say that in the summer of 1851, I received an appointment as a missionary from the American Baptist Home Mission society, and immediately settled in Maquoketu, Jackson Co, Iowa. The next year my wife, a dear girl of eighteen years, cast her lot with me, and for forty years was a noble sharer and helper in everthing I had to do. May 22, 1892, the Master called her home. To me her memory is precious. I am now seventy-nine years old, and have a good home in the family of my youngest son, with whom I expect to remain till my summons comes. I have three sons and one daughter, none of whom have ever dishonored the name.
Thomas Pollard came in 1692 from Coventry, England to Billerica, twenty miles north-west of Boston, Mass. The same year he married his cousin, Mary Farmer. They had five daughters and ten sons. The fourth son, John, was the grandfather of Jonathan Pollard, born 1759, who came to Cazenovia from New Braintree, Mass., in 1803, accompanied by his wife, Kezia [Hayward,] and eight children. Four more children were born in New York state. Mr. Pollard first lived near what is now called Delphi Station, on the farm afterward called the Lacy place, then the John Post and Gilbert Ackley place, and is now the home of Gardner Freeborn. His last home was southeast of New Woodstock on the road to Sheds Corners. The place is now owned by John Manchester. Intermediate owners have been Ardath Blair, Richard Acker and George Daniel. The apple trees on the hill side were bought with the proceeds of Mrs. Pollard's loom.
Like his ancestors, Mr. Pollard was a cooper by trade. He died in 1821. After his death his wife lived with her daughter, Sally, then with her son, Otis, until 1832, after that time until her death in 1843, with her daughter, Isabella. Mr. and Mrs. Pollard are buried in the New Woodstock cemetery.
Mr. Pollard was a Revolutionary soldier. He was wounded at the battle of Guilford Court House, and left unconscious on the field. When consciousness returned, discovering that the flies had laid their eggs in his wound, he vigorously removed their larvae with his jack-knife. Thomas Pollard, the first American ancestor, served in the Indian wars in 1706. Other ancestors were in the French and Indian war; eight descendents were in the Revolutionary war, and the first man to fall at Bunker Hill was a member of the Pollard family.
The eight daughters of Jonathan Pollard were Achsah, who married Sylvenus Merrick, and spent a part of her life in Syracuse. Her husband was prominent in the famous Jerry Rescue case in 1851. Their descendants are the Merricks of Syracuse, well known contractors and builders of brick residences. One of their daughters married Ansel Kinne, principal of various schools in Syracuse from 1855 to 1863 and from 1866 to 1890.
Zilpha Pollard married Dyer Lamb, [see sketch]. Sally Dean Pollard was eight years old when her parents came to New Woodstock from Massachusetts. When twenty-two she married William Smith, a farmer and distiller at New Woodstock. He served a short time in the war of 1812. Three of their children died in infancy. The other three were Jane, Harriet, who died in 1880, and Electa. Mrs. Smith, or "Aunt Sally," as she was familiarly called, depended on her own exertions for the support of herself and children. She possessed remarkable executive ability, originality, and quickness in repartee. With unwearied perseverance she toiled and gave each of her daughters a good education. Electa married Rev. Charles Blakeslee, and is still living. The eldest daughter, Jane, married John Underwood, and lived in New Woodstock and Cazenovia until 1874, then moved to Syracuse where she died during the present year, 1901, at the age of 83. She possessed a remarkable memory, and much of the data of the present history is due to her aid in supplying important items. Well versed in chemistry and other branches, she was a successful teacher in the old red school house in 1837.
Persis Pollard first married Charles Farnham of New York City, and second, Judah Simonds, of East Wilson. She was the last of her generation, dying in 1890, in her ninety-second year. Polly Pollard was born in 1801, died in 1826.
Isabella Pollard spent her girlhood in the family of Luke May, and married Fletcher Billings, a carriage maker, residing in Rippleton. She died in 1886. Her youngest child, George Billings, and family still reside in the old home. In a sketch written by Mrs. Billings' daughter, the late Mrs. Susan Ackerman, she alludes to her mother's loving care of her own four children, of three motherless children, of four nieces, and several other children, all taken into her home, cared for and sent to school.
Melina, the seventh daughter, married Oliver Bird, of Port Gibson, and died in 1854. Urvilla Pollard was born in New Woodstock in 1810. She married in 1828 D. J. Gregory of New York City. In 1847, Horace Williams of Cazenovia. She died in 1858. Her two daughters, Ellen and Anan, spent several years with their aunt, Mrs. Billings.
The four sons of Jonathan and Kezia Pollard were Franklin, who died in infancy, Otis, Calvin, and John. Otis and Calvin became architects and builders in New York City. The former was stricken with partial paralysis in 1856, and lived with his sister, Mrs. Billings, from that time until his death in 1870, at the age of seventy-seven.
When the Baptist church in New Woodstock was built in 1815, Calvin Pollard, then eighteen, made a drawing of it, putting in every rafter and other details. He died in 1850 when only fifty-three, yet he had realized the dream of his youth and had become a skillful architect. He designed and built the City Hall, in Brooklyn, the Custom House on Wall Street, N. Y., the Astor House, Broadway, and the Tombs. One of his children was Miss Josephine Pollard, the late gifted hymn writer and poet in New York City.
John Pollard, unlike his brothers who were men of large physique, was a man of slender figure. In early life he was a wood carver in Albany. When more than eighty years of age, he came to New Woodstock to visit the scenes of his childhood. While here he gave lessons in drawing with an ability and originality that only his pupils can appreciate.
The ancient military spirit animated the later generations of the Pollard family. At the beginning of the civil war, there were eight in whose veins flowed the blood of Jonathan Pollard, that responded to the nation's call for help, and served in the rank and file of the army.
Dr. Lamb, of Palmerston, was one of the earliest physicians in this part of the town. He died February, 1813, and is buried in the cemetery at Union. Dr. Lamb had a large nose, and a tradition is told in the family that he and a doctor from Cazenovia also having a large nose met on a narrow plank crossing a stream. In order to cross safely Dr. Lamb suggested that they turn their noses away from each other, which they did.
Dr. Lamb had five sons, Dyer, Reuben, Harvey, Jabez and Philip, also three daughters, Sally Catherina and Rebecca. His son, Dyer, was born in Palmerston, Mass., in 1786, was a farmer and carpenter, learning his trade of Marvel Underwood. In 1806 he built Hunt and Bishop's grist mill at Georgetown. He assisted in building the historic house on Muller Hill and the Baptist churches at Delphi and New Woodstock. Dyer Lamb married Zilpha Pollard, of New Woodstock, in 1811. Mrs. Lamb is remembered as a woman of determined, resolute character and specially gifted in prayer. Their first home was on "Lamb Hill," now called "Clark's" or "Fairbank's Hill." They afterward lived where Ezekiel Harris now lives; Mr. Lamb managing the saw-mill for Mr. Pierce.
The children of Dyer and Zilpha Lamb were Randolph, 1812; Admiral, 1813; Wilson, 1816; Delancy, 1819; Persis, 1823; Madison, 1829, and Lewis, 1835. Randolph married a daughter of James Randall, of Shed's Corners. Their two children were Henry D. and Amelia E. The latter was at one time a teacher in Syracuse. She was graduated from Syracuse Medical College in 1878 and is now practicing medicine in Syracuse. She married, in 1868 Edward Dann, of New Haven, Conn., who died in 1869. In 1886 she married Andrew J. DeMott, of Syracuse.
Dyer Lamb died in 1870, his wife in 1872. Their last years were spent in the home of their son, Wilson H., more familiarly known as Deacon Lamb. He married in 1842, Lucinda, daughter of Dwight Gardner, of Shed's Corners. Their home for many years was the farm southeast of New Woodstock purchased of David Smith, Jr. Wilson Lamb died in 1892. His wife is still living on the farm with their only child, Calvin A. Lamb, who was born in 1845. In 1873 Calvin Lamb married Ellen Webber, who died in 1893. In 1897 he married Maud Wilbur, of Fenner, N. Y. Their children are Fordyce W. and Amelia Isabel. Mr. Lamb belongs to the K. O. T. M. and is also a member of the New Woodstock Grange.
The Abotts were among the earliest settlers of New Woodstock. Jared Abott, born May 1, 1801, married Mary Moore, Jan. _____. Three children were born to them, Mary Elizabeth, 1826; Charles J., 1830, and Lucy Ann, 1835. Mary E. married M. D. Gage, Aug. 14, 1856. Their five children were Mary Ella, 1858; Sarah Emma, 1859; Hattie Louie, 1862; Charles Albert, 1866, and Alvin Clifford, 1870. Mrs. Gage died Jan. 8, 1895.
Charles J. married Eliza J. Abott in 1856. They have one son, C. Milford. Their home was New Woodstock for several years, but they now reside in Clifford, Oswego Co., N. Y.
Lucy Ann married Simeon Pearse. They had two children, Mary Eliza, born 1858, died 1896, and Warren M., born 1861. Mr. Pearse died in 1896.
Jared Abbott's first wife died in 1852. In 1854 he married Philena Abbott. Mr. Abbott died in 1876, his wife surviving him three years.
Willard Abbott, born 1774, married Nancy Childs, and had five children: Adolphus, born 1803, died 1852; Melissa Cotes, 1802-1853; Rosina Crandall, 1805-1877; Erastus, 1807-1880; Elisha Litchfield, 1809-1854.
Erastus married Betsey Card in 1828, and was a life-long prominent resident of New Woodstock. Their children were Eliza J. [Abbott,] and Julia, who married George Alvord, and has one daughter, Luella B.
Elisha Litchfield Abbott was born in New Woodstock, Oct. 23, 1809. At the age of twenty-two he was baptized by Elder Peck and became a member of the Baptist church. He attended Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute, [now Colgate University.] In 1832 he was licensed by the church at New Woodstock to, "improve his gifts wherever God in His Providence should open the door." In 1835 he was ordained and appointed missionary to Burmah. Ann Gardner, whom he married in Tavoy, in 1837 after both had been on the mission field two years, was also a member of the church at New Woodstock, being baptized in 1826. It is related that a short time before they left for Burmah, a reception was held for them at the home of Miss Gardner's parents, where Fred Slocum now lives. Also that the Sunday before they sailed, they visited Arcenal Webber, who then kept the toll gate which stood where E. Damon now lives, Mr. Vinton and his promised wife being present, who were also going as missionaries. While there they sang the hymn beginning,
Mr. and Mrs. Abbott were very successful in their work and much beloved by the people among whom they labored. They established a mission station at Sandoway, Province of Arakan, in 1840. Their achievements form an interesting part of the history of early missions. Mrs. Abbott died from heart disease at Sandoway, Jan. 27, 1845, and in November, 1845, Mr. Abbott returned to America with his two little boys. Elder Peck met him in New York, and they embraced each other with tears of joy.
In August, 1847, Mr. Abbott returned to Sandoway, the New Woodstock Baptist "Dorcas and Lois Society" furnishing $66.00 for his outfit. In 1853, on account of failing health, he was again obliged to sail for the United States. Great sorrow was manifested in Arakan at his departure, throngs of Karens and others following him about, uttering the lament, "We shall die in our longing for our teacher, Abbott." He lived for a year and a half among his friends, and died at Fulton, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1854. At his request he was buried at New Woodstock among his kindred. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at New Woodstock, December 20, Rev. John Fulton, the pastor, preaching on the occasion, with closing remarks by Rev. Lewis Leonard, of Cazenovia, and Rev. Mr. Simmons, of Fulton.
A fine monument of red granite was erected by the sons of the man whose name he bore, Hon. Elisha Litchfield. The following is a copy of the inscription upon it:
Died, December 3, 1854, aged 45 years.
"His works do follow him."
Mr. Abbott's sons are living, Willard, the older, in Ohio, and Frank, in Buffalo, N. Y.
Eliphet Elmore and his wife, Mabel Pitkin, were natives of Connecticut, settling in New York about 1800 on what is still known as the Elmore farm. Mr. Elmore was twice married, and had eleven children. The first five, Horace, Emily [Savage], Diana [Hill], Pitkin and Madison were born in the log house which was on the farm when Mr. Elmore purchased it. He afterward built a house farther east on that part of the farm whose subsequent owners were Mr. Bissell and John Fuller.
Mr. Elmore died in 1850. It is recorded that he joined the Baptist church in New Woodstock in 1808. In after years several of his sons and daughters united with the same church among them being Madison Elmore.
In 1841, a part of his father's farm was purchased by Madison Elmore, who married Clymena E. Thrasher. He afterward purchased of Mr. Fuller the remainder of the original farm. He died in 1885, leaving one son, James, who married Amelia M. Ainsworth in 1871, and resides in the house his father built, in the same spot where James' grandfather first settled.
Mr. and Mrs. James Elmore have had five children. The two sons died in infancy; their daughters are Clymena E., Mary S., and Mabel A.
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