JEFFERSON COUNTY NEW YORK

PIONEER WILLLIAM ANTHONY FAMILY


1. WILLIAM ANTHONY was born 23 October 1807 in Rhode Island. His date of birth was obtained by subtracting lifespan from death date on grave inscription. It matches age and birth state given in censuses 1850, 60, 70, 80. His middle name may have been "Henry" per oral remembrance but not confirmed by known record. Occupation listed as farmer all his life. His family was listed in the 1840 and 1850 census in the Town of Leray, Jefferson County, New York. William Anthony's family 1840 census listing also had a third girl born between 1830 and 1835, not identified, in addition to CAROLINE and JANE known from 1850 census, another man in his 30s in addition to WILLIAM and a woman in her 50s. By the 1850 census, the unnamed persons were gone from the household. Within two years after the death of his first wife, WILLIAM ANTHONY remarried.

By the 1860 census, WILLIAM and ANNIE ANTHONY had moved from Jefferson County to Union Springs, Springport Township, Cayuga County, New York with children ISABELl, ELISA, WILSON, GEORGE, ALFRED, MARY A. and WILLIAM HENRY Henry. ISABEL and ELISA ANTHONY were listed as being milliners by occupation. Also in Union Springs in the 1860 count were ANTHONYS who may have been older children no longer living with the family. MARTHA E. ANTHONY, 18, the right age to be WILLIAM and MARY ANN'S MARTHA, was a common school teacher, enumerated with a David Davis, farmer.

The Cayuga County Business Directory of 1868 lists William Anthony as a farmer with 168 acres

WASHINGTON ANTHONY became a meat merchant in Union Springs.

There was a W. DANIEL ANTHONY in Union Springs who married a woman named MARY, had a daughter named MARGIE about 1874 and died about 1878 or 9.

A possible additional child of WILLIAM and ANN ELIZA: a RICHARD ANTHONY died on April 6, 1869 at age 3yr 10mo 18da which would have made his date of birth May 12, 1865. He was buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Union Springs, New York and WILLIAM ANTHONY was buried nearby years later and listed in cemetery records in what appears to be a family grouping, the two names together. However, young RICHARD was born and died betwen censuses and it is not known to what family he belonged.

William Henry the elder died May 26, 1892. The inscription on his grave at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Union Springs, New York gives his lifespan as "84yr 7mo 3 da".

He married (1) about 1830

MARY ANN (---), who was born 1808 or 1809 in New York. She died March 15, 1851 at age 42 years 3 months, and was buried in the Evans Mills Old Cemetery in LeRay township.

Children by MARY ANN, all born in New York State, ANTHONY:

 +      2       i   CAROLINE ANTHONY b 1830 or 1831

        3      ii    WASHINGTON ANTHONY b1833 or 1834

        4      iii    JANE ANTHONY b 1835 or 1836

        5      iv    ISABELLA ANTHONY b 1836 or 1837

        6      v    DANIEL ANTHONY b 1838 or 1839

        7      vi    ELIZA ANN ANTHONY b 1839 or 1840

        8      vii    MARTHA ANTHONY b 1841 or 1842

        9      viii    WILSON ANTHONY b 1844 or 1845

      10      ix    GEORGE ANTHONY b 1846 or 1847

      11      x    ALFRED ANTHONY b 1838 or 1839

WILLIAM ANTHONY m (2)

ANN ELIZA ANDERSON, b 22 Dec 1814 New York State. She was listed in the 1850 Jefferson County Census as living alone in Le Ray Township

Children with ANN ELIZA (ANDERSON) ANTHONY:

      12      i    MARY A. ANTHONY b 17 Feb 1854 m DAVID F. SHANK. d 17 July 1919

+    13      ii    WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY b 12 Sep 1858

A possible additional child of WILLIAM and ANN ELIZA: a RICHARD ANTHONY died on April 6, 1869 at age 3yr 10mo 18da which would have made his date of birth May 12, 1865. He was buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Union Springs, New York and WILLIAM ANTHONY was buried nearby years later and listed in cemetery records in what appears to be a family grouping, the two names together. However, young RICHARD was born and died betwen censuses and it is not known to what family he belonged.

12. MARY A. ANTHONY was buried at Old Quaker Cemetery, Cayuga County. Her stone says wife of DAVID died July 17, 1919, next to his grave.

She m

DAVID F. SHANK

13. WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY married "in presence of Mr. and Mrs. H. MOSHER, Wesley Mason minister" (Anthony family Bible record) Mason was pastor of the First Society of the M.E. (Methodist Episcopal) Church in Union Springs. Within a year of his father's death, WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY moved to Webster, Texas where he was to work building an electric power line, taking his family with him: wife ANNA DEE, sons STANLEY D. and LANSING, baby daughter MARGARET, and his widowed mother ANN ELIZA. WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY died in Texas after only two years, Oct.24, 1895 and his mother died Sept.26, 1898, leaving ANNA DEE a widow alone with three children. MARGARET and LANSING died without ever marrying.

But Stanley D. Anthony married Lois Jones, a woman who had been abadoned by her first husband with three young children. And Stanley and Lois had a family in Genoa, Texas with six more children, some two dozen grandchildren (including this researcher) and many great and great-great grandchildren,

He m 27 Dec 1881 in Union Springs

ANNA DEE MOSHER, b 24 Mar 1863, daughter of DANIEL MOSHER and MARGARET ANN SLEIGHTt. ANNA was a descendent of Mayflower colonists John Cooke and Richard Warren, according to "Descendants of Hugh Mosher and Rebecca Maxson through Seven Generations" compiled by Mildred (Mosher) Chamberlain and Laura (McGaffey) Clarenbach.

A family story that was passed down from ANNA DEE MOSHER through her granddaughter CLARA ANTHONY BROWNE to ANTHONY greatgrandchildren including this researcher: ANNA DEE MOSHER was going to a lecture on woman suffrage to be given by Susan B. Anthony in Union Springs about 1880. She was told Susan B. would be staying with Anthony relatives and she should meet a good-looking eligible young man in the ANTHONY family. She met WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY as a result and they were married. Whether Susan B.Anthony was actually related to this WILLIAM ANTHONY is not documented. It appears she couldn't have been closer than a fourth cousin. Perhaps that is close enough for someone working for a Cause and trying to find a place to stay while stretching funds as far as they will go!

Elements from the names of the two great woman suffragists of the time were joined in the name of WILLIAM HENRY and ANNA DEE ANTHONY'S fourth child, MERRITT CADIE ANTHONY. "MERRITT" was the name of Susan B. Anthony's youngest brother, "CADIE" came from the middle name of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the ANTHONY name came from the marriage.

Children, ANTHONY:

+     14      i    STANLEY DANIEL ANTHONY 1883 - 1965

      15      ii   LANSING MOSHER ANTHONY 1886 - 1918

      16      iii   WILLIAM HENRY ANTHONY 1888-1888

      17      iv   MERRITT CADIE ANTHONY 1891 - 1891

      18      v   MARGARET ELIZA ANTHONY 1892 - 1908

14. STANLEY DANIEL ANTHONY was born July 29,1883 and died September 4, 1965

He married

LOIS JONES, a woman who had been abadoned by her first husband with three young children. STANLEY and LOIS had a family in Genoa, Texas with six more children, some two dozen grandchildren (including this researcher) and many great and great-great grandchildren.


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