JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


BIOGRAPHIES OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

Part 11


Biographical information was extracted from R. A. Oakes' 1905 Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York, Volume II by Marilyn Sapienza!


JEFFERSON CO. NY BIOGRAPHIES, VOLUME 2 OAKES – Part 11

DOLAN, JAMES of Watertown -

James was a prominent and influential citizen of Watertown, NY. He was one of the best known Civil War veterans in northern NY, remembered by old soldiers as one of their best friends in getting recognition from the government for their services. Born at Ballyshannon, Ireland on 15 July 1840, he came to Canada at age six, with his family, and they settled in Belleville.

When James was 14 he left home and went to Sackets Harbor, and then to Adams, NY. He worked there for two or three years and attended school In 1856-7 he worked with Asa Lyons to learn the mason's trade, with attention to fancy brick laying. On 3 May 1861, James entered the Civil War at Adams as a member of Company G of the 35th Regiment, NY Volunteer Infantry. He was made sergeant and later quartermaster-sergeant. His term of service expired at Elmira, NY on 5 June 1863 and he re-enlisted at Denmark, Lewis Co, on 20 December 1863 in Co. H., 13th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery. He was mustered into service on 4 January 1864 and served until the close of the war, discharged on 18 July 1865 at Norfolk, Virginia, as quartermaster-sergeant in the last regiment. He was absent from company as a guide on General French's staff at the Battle of Fredricksburg, VA from 12 Dec. 1862 until December 16 of that year. He held the position of aide on the staff of General Hancock in the latter part of the war.

At the conclusion of the war he associated with Asa Lyons, who was then a prominent contractor of Adams. Lyons built the chain of government lighthouses from NY to the Florida coast. Because Dolan was an exceptionally skilled workman and performed much of the finer work on those buildings he spent a number of winters in the south. After this work was completed, he took a course in Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, NY, graduated and remained there in the capacity of penmanship teacher. He then moved to New York City where he remained for several years and during that period pursued one course of medical lectures in Bellevue Hospital. An old head wound received in boyhood from the kick of a horse, menaced his sight and he was advised to locate elsewhere. At that time he moved to Watertown, NY and accepted a position in the pension office of Edgar North. It was there that he studied pension laws and when Mr. North retired in 1886, James continued the business. He supplied a valuable service to the soldiers who needed help in securing their pensions, patents and other business. James was prominent in the activities of the GAR, and was in various organizations.

In Adams, NY, James married Mrs. Mary Rasay, who was the mother, by a former marriage of four children:

Rev. C. E. S. Rasay of Little Falls
Mrs. E. S. Willard of Watertown
G. F. Rasay of Dayton, Ohio
Mrs. F. Haskin of Fulton

James died on 15 July 1903 at the Albany Hospital where he underwent a surgical operation. The remains were brought to Watertown for interment.

LORD, CHESTER SANDERS of Adams -

The Rev. Edward Lord, son of Chester Webster Lord, was born in Danby, NY on 29 March 1821 and graduated in Williams College in 1843 and from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1846. He married Mary Jane Sanders of Williamstown, MA, daughter of Anthony and Selinda Sanders of Rhode Island. He was the pastor of churches in Romulus, NY, Fulton, NY and Adams, NY and Metuchen, NJ and served as chaplain of the 110th Regiment NY State Volunteers in the Civil War. He was at the siege of Port Hudson.

His son was Chester S. Lord born in Romulus, NY on 18 March 1850. From there his parents moved to Fulton, NY and then to Adams, NY. Chester attended various institutes and although he entered Hamilton College in 1869 he did not graduate. In 1870 he began working on a newspaper as associate editor of the Oswego Advertiser; from there he went to New York and joined the staff of the NY Sun in 1871. In 1877 he purchased the Syracuse Standard and served as editor for six weeks and then sold out and returned to the Sun in NY. In 1880 he was made managing editor. Chester served in various offices and organizations. In 1871 he married Katherine M. Bates of Adams, NY. She was the daughter of Nahum and Mary Bates, residents of Jefferson County.

Their children were:

Kenneth born 1879; member of the staff of the Sun newspaper
Richard born 1882 circulation manager of the Sun newspaper

NOTE: There is extensive ancestral information on this family in Oakes Vol. 2

QUENCER, JACOB of Watertown -

Jacob came from Baden Germany in 1846 with a wife and five sons. He was a native of Baden and so was his wife, Katharine Ohnsmann. She was the daughter of Thomas Ohnsman. The Quencers came directly to Jefferson Co. and lived for a time in Lafargeville in a log house. In January 1851 Jacob settled in Watertown. He died on 23 July 1892 and his wife on 25 March 1870. He operated a bakery in partnership with sons Jacob and Lewis. Their additional sons were Charles F. and Sebastian.

Julius August Quencer, the youngest son of Jacob, was born 18 December 1843 near Heidelberg in Baden, Germany and was age 3 when his parents arrived in July 1846. He attended Watertown schools until age 16 and was then apprenticed to a cigarmaker in the spring of 1859, becoming a master of the trade before his military service in the Civil War as a member of Co. A, 10th NY Heavy Artillery, for three years. On his return to Watertown in 1865, Julius continued his trade as a journeyman until 1872, when he began the manufacture of cigars on his own, and which he continued for eight years. In 1880 he opened a cafe. He held various public offices in Watertown. Julius married in September 1866 to Elmira Benore, daughter of John and Angeline (Fext) Benore, of French extraction. Angeline was a native of Montreal, Quebec. Elmira Benore was born on 30 July 1844 in Watertown.

Julius and Almira had these children:

William J.
Albert B.
Jane I
Clinton A.

All of the sons lived in New York City and Jane married Dr. George B. Parker, a well known dentist of Watertown.

William Julius, the oldest son, was born 11 September 1867 in Watertown where he attended public schools until he was 15. He entered the store of Paddock and Hermes, druggists of Watertown, and served and three and one-half year apprenticeship to the business. Then he spent a year in the store of Homer A. Rice in the druggist business but in 1887 he went to New York City and took a two year course in the NY College of Pharmacy where he graduated in 1889. For one year he worked in the lab of Roosevelt Hospital. His next step was the purchase of a drug store at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Fifty-seventh St. The drug store was very popular and complete and included in 1897 a branch of the NY Post Office. In 1893 William married Mary A. Byrne, a NY City native. She was the daughter of James R. and Catherine A. Byrne, of Irish American descent.

Albert Benore Quencer, the second son of Julius and Almira, was born 17 November 1869 in Watertown where he received his primary education. He graduated from the high school in 1888 as salutatorian of his class and entered Cornell University where he graduated with a BA in 1892. On 1 March 1893 he went to NY and was employed by New York Central Railroad Co., as stenographer in its legal department. At night he attended the NY Law School and graduated with his Bachelor of Laws in 1896. He was admitted to the bar immediately and continued in the legal department of the railroad. On 24 January 1901 he married Rita Moore, a native of NY. She was the granddaughter of D. C. Moore and Margaret Bower; the former of Irish birth and the latter of English birth.

They were the parents of three children:

Myra Moore
Edgar Benor
Arthur Bower

Clinton August, the youngest son of Julius and Almira, was born 12 October 1873 in Watertown and graduated there from the high school in 1892. He took up stenography in the Northern Business College at Watertown and employed in the office of the Watertown Spring Wagon Company for a year and one-half. His employment subsequently with with several railroads and Fred M. Kirby in the five and ten cents stores.

Sebastian, the fourth son of Jacob and Katherine Quencer, was born 12 April 1842 near Heidelberg, in Baden, Germany and was four years old when his parents came to America. He grew up in Lafargeville and Watertown where he attended schools. As a young man, he went to Milwaukee, WI and was later employed in NY City. For 20 years he was a salesman in the dry goods house of Cook & Cadwell in Watertown. In 1886 he opened a clothing store in Watertown with Charles La Barge; he partner for brief periods with others but then alone in business in his own store. He continued there until his death on 8 February 1898. On 29 June 1865 he married Elizabeth Benore. She was born 29 June 1842, a daughter of John and Angeline Benore, above.

Their children were:

Grace Elizabeth; married Edward Carleton Britcher, an attorney of Syracuse, NY
Wallace Sebastian, a jeweler in Watertown
John Jacob

John Jacob Quencer was a successful lawyer of NY City and the youngest son of Sebastian and Eizabeth. He was born 24 September 1872 in Watertown where he attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1890, valedictorian of his class. He spent two years in the office of Farwell & Rhines, who were large millers of Watertown. Then he went to NY City in June 1892 and took a position as student and clerk in the office of Lamb, Osborne and Petty, prominent attorneys. In the fall of that year he entered the NY Law School and graduated in June 1894 with an LLB. He was admitted to the bar in 1895 and continued working with his former employers until 1897 as managing clerk. John opened an independent practice in 1897 and located on Broadway in NY. On 29 June 1899 he married Caroline Isadora MacAlpine, a native of Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY. She was the daughter of John and Susan (MacArthur) MacAlpine of Scotch ancestry.

They had a son, Kenneth Carleton, born 5 January 1902.

BINGHAM, ISAAC S. of Watertown -

Isaac was the son of Oliver Bingham and was born 18 March 1819 in Canjoharie, NY and educated at Cazanovia Seminary where he graduated about 1839. He was a Methodist Episcopal clergyman. His first station was at Pamelia and then at Carthage, Syracus, Watertown, Adams, Rome and Fulton. After serving at these places he was elected editor of the Northern Christian Advocate at Auburn, which he filled for four years. He returned to preach in Watertown. He preached at Lowville and Herkimer where he died in 1893. He married in Lowville to Jane Mills, daughter of Timothy and Catherine Mills, natives of the Mohawk Valley. Timothy was a large farmer; he made the first brick in Lewis County and it was there in 1821 that daughter, Jane, was born.

Timothy and Catherine Mills were the parents of seven children:

Susan; married a Mr. Morris and settled at Princeton, Illinois
Roxana married Charles Chase
Deloss spent his life at Lowville
Dwight; lived at Lowville
Jane, above, who married Isaac Bingham; graduate of Lowville Academy; died 1895
Maria married N. B. Foot and lived at Rome, NY
Melissa married W. R. Adams, a graduate of Union College and principal of Lowville Academy for 40 years; died at 80 years

Rev. Isaac S. and Jane Mills Bingham were buried at Watertown, NY. Their children were:

Charles D.; mayor of Watertown
Wilbur F.
Frank M; of Watertown
Jennie M; teacher in Fults Inst. At Herkimer
Mary S. wife of J. H. Myers, Methodist clergyman at Malone, NY

Wilbur Fisk Bingham was born 27 March 1851 at Syracuse, NY. He attended Falley Seminary in Fulton where he graduated in 1869. He was employed at the Empire State Life Ins. Co. in Watertown, NY as a clerk. He joined various other insurance companies and in 1890 was assistant secretary of the Sun Ins. Office. Wilbur was a member of many fraternal organizations. In 1873 he married in Watertown to Sarina S. Holden. She was the daughter of Christopher A. and Lucy (Sibley) Holden of Watertown. The Holdens were formerly of Bennington, VT.

Children of Wibur and Sabrina Bingham were:

Anson H.; a graduate of the NY Homeopathic College, and physician in NY City
Isaac S., an artist, designer of posters, with a prominent NY printing company

NOTT, CLAUDE REUBEN of Watertown

Claude was the son of Reuben Nott, whose father was supposed to have been named Theodore. Reuben was born 19 June 1798 and died in Watertown, NY on 31 August 1863. His wife was Olive Bailey, a Windsor, Vermont native; she was born 15 May 1802 and died 23 December 1895. They married in Antwerp, NY and lived several years at Somerville, where Reuben farmed on a large scale. He dealt largely in cattle. The farm was located on the St. Lawrence side of the county line and he served as county sheriff there in 1853. In 1861 he took over the management of the American House in Watertown, where he was assisted by his son and after his death, one of the sons continued the operation.

Reuben and Olive Nott had the following children:

Cornelia; married William James Comins of Watertown
Olive; died in Watertown unmarried
Christopher and Silas, both in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Sylvester G. of Atlanta, Georgia
Copley A.
James Wallace; a druggist in Watertown
Thedore, a rancher near Denver, Colorado

Copley Alexander Nott, the sixth child of Reuben and Olive Nott, was born 11 October 1837 in the town of Rossie, St. Lawrence Co., NY. He was raised on the family farm and after his father's death he continued the management of the American House in Watertown and subsequently kept a grocery store in Watertown. In 1873, he joined O. G. Staples in the construction of the Thousand Island House at Alexandria Bay, which they conducted jointly and in 1877 Copley sold out to his partner. At the opening of Congress Hall at Syracuse in 1877, Copley was the proprietor and which he continued for 18 years. As a joint proprietor with his son, they were in the Butterfield House in Utica. In 1903 he went to New York City and managed the Hotel Stanley, an apartment house on Forty-seventh Street for one year. He then assisted his son in the management of the Somerset Hotel on that same street. Copley married on 7 October 1863 to Cora A. Clark, a Watertown native. She was the daughter of James and Sabra M. Clark. Their only child was Claude Reuben Nott.

Claude R. Nott was born 18 December 1866 in the American House at Watertown and attended schools in that city. Until 1892 he was associated with his father in the Congress Hall at Syracuse and from 1892 to 1896 manged the Hubbard House at Clayton. For the next five years he managed the Butterfield House in Utica and went to Buffalo and in 1901 during the Pan-American Exposition managed the Buckingham and Marlborough Hotels. Claude went to New York for a year and was at the Park Avenue Hotel. In 1903 he managed the Hotel Somerset, an exclusive apartment hotel in that city. Copley married on 20 June 1900 to Grace Eleanor Slade. She was born 22 November 1877 in Syracuse, daughter of John Benton Slade of Utica.

HAYES, FRANKLIN PIERCE of Watertown -

Franklin was born 27 April 1861 in the town of Lyme. His grandfather was John Hayes and was born in October 1802 in Montgomery Co., NY; John Hayes moved to Lyme in about 1855 where he farmed and where he died in April 1866. His wife, Nancy, was also a native of Montgomery Co., and was born in 1804; her death occurred in October 1864.

The children of John and Nancy Hayes were:

James
Absalom
Irene; married Jackson Gibbins
Solomon
Fidelia; married Harvey Bellinger
John.

Solomon Hayes, the third son, was born 16 July 1832 in Montgomery Co. and died 19 May 1870 in Evans Mills. He came to Jefferson Co. with is father and was a successful farmer in Lyme. In 1865 he purchased a large farm four miles north of Evans Mills in the town of LeRay. He had just retired from farming and had moved to Evans Mills in March, preceding his death. Solomon married in Antwerp in 1860 to Lena Young, daughter of William and Rachel (Augsbury) Young, both old Jefferson Co. families. Lena survived her husband and moved to Cambridge, MA.

Five of their six children were mentioned:

Frank P.
Sophia; lived with her mother
Lena; lived with her mother
Arthur; died in infancy
Arthur again; practiced medicine in Hartford, CT
William; professor of languages at the Univ. of VT in Burlington

Franklin P. Hayes grew up near Evans Mills, on the farm, and attended local schools. When his father died, and Franklin was ten years of age, it led him to seek his own support. At age 15 he clerked at a general store in Evans Mills. After three years he moved to Watertown to seek better training. He took a course in shorthand while he was clerking at a drygoods store and pursued his studies outside of working hours. About the time he reached majority age, he worked in the office of H. H. Babcock Co., a large manufacturer of carriages, and after 17 years became chief assistant to the manger, except for three years when he was manager of the Watertown Spring Wagon Company. In 1899 he went to New York to become manager of the tire department of the NY Belting and Packing Company and remained there until 1903. He married on 9 October 1884 to Celia Victory, a Watertown native, and daughter of Edmund and Emily Victory, formerly of central western NY. Frank and Celia were the parents of two sons: Ralph Victor and Carl Franklin.

PARMELEE, CHARLES LEWIS of Watertown -

Charles was born at Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., NY on 7 March 1864, son of Dr. Simeon Lewis and Sarah (Jones) Pamelee. Dr. Pamelee was the son of Rev. Moses and Hetty (Chapin) Parmelee, born 21 February 1829 at Bangor, Franklin Co., NY. He attended Jericho Academy in Jericho, VT and medical schools at Castleton and Woodstock VT where he graduated from Woodstock in 1853 with his degree in medicine. He began practice at Gouverneur and was there from 1853 to 1876. Near the close of the Civil War, he served as an army physician at the camp of convalescent soldiers at David's Island near New Rochelle, NY. In 1876 he moved to Watertown. He was active in both church and professional organizations. Simeon married Sarah Jones at Gouverneur in 1854. She was the daughter of Elihu Lord and Mary (Gilman) Jones. Elihu Lord was born in Saybrook, CT in 1796 and her mother was born in St. Albans, VT. Sarah's great-grandfather, Caleb Jones, served in the Revolutionary War and captured by the British; he died on board the Jersey Prison Ship in the New York harbor.

Dr. Simeon and Sarah Parmelee were the parents of four children:

Edward J.
Charles L
Harriet; married Rev. B. A. Williamson; died in Watertown in 1899 and left 2 children, Lewis A. Williamson of Watertown and Bessie A. Williamson who lived with her grandmother Pamelee in NY
Ernest Philip

Dr. Simeon Parmelee died at Watertown on 17 April 1881 and was survived by his widow who moved to New York City.

Charles Lewis Parmelee, the second child of Dr. Simeon, attended school at Gouverneur until the removal to Watertown in 1876. He became engaged in the banking profession and then proceeded to Wall Street in NY.

SANDIFORTH, LEWIS WATSON of Watertown -

A son of one of the pioneer businessmen of Watertown, Lewis was born 2 July 1838 in Watertown. His grandfather was Daniel W. Sandiforth, son of a sea captain, born and raised near Liverpool. The sea captain was lost on one of his voyages to the East Indies. Daniel was born 22 June 1758 in England and died 15 August 1837 at the home of his son in Watertown. He was buried in the old cemetery on the Sackets Harbor Road. Wife, Sarah, was born 28 September 1761 and died 27 May 1813 in Litchfield, CT where they then resided. After the death of his wife, Daniel moved to Utica, N Y and then moved to Watertown. Daniel and Sarah had one son and seven daughters.

Lewis Rupert, their only son, was born 30 December 1799 in Litchfield . He was apprenticed to Samuel Stocking who was a hatter and furrier and connected to the Astor Fur Company. After completion of his apprenticeship, Lewis opened a hat factory in Watertown on Factory Street in partnership with a Marvin. Marvin sold his interest to Henry Willis and it became Sandiforth and Willis. Lewis had invested heavily in lots and sections in Chicago and in the spring of 1847 he headed west. He traveled by boat from Buffalo and took agricultural implements; during the season he produced a large crop of wheat and corn. In the meantime, his family was at Utica and he returned to that city in the autumn. During the winter he became ill and died on 20 May 1848 and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica. Lewis married Hannah Wright, a daughter of Joseph and ____(Gilbert) Wright, of Wright's Settlement near Rome, NY. Mrs. Sandiforth died in 1867 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After Lewis died Hannah married Horace Clark, a druggist of Watertown and they went west. Hannah had moved to Watertown, NY as a young girl, with her uncle, Marinus Gilbert. The Gilbert sons were well known citizens of early Watertown. Lewis Rupert and Hannah Sandiforth were the parents of a son and daughter. The daughter became the wife of Horace E. Clark, son of her stepfather, and lived in Faribault, MN.

Lewis W. Sandiforth attended the Black River Institute in Watertown and later the John Street School in Utica. He left school at age 17 and entered Goulding's machine shop at Watertown to learn a trade. He was injured on the job and while recovered he worked in the Black River Bank. He worked as a chainman on the survey for the Rome, Watertown & Cape Vincent Railroad. Eventually he became the runner of trains and a substitute conductor which led to his appointment as a regular conductor, a job he continued for 14 years. He took over the management of the Danbury & Norwalk Railroad on 1 Jan. 1877. On 18 October 1865 he married Mollie O. Knox. She was the daughter of Isaac Knox of Rome, NY.

They had two daughters:

Blanche S.; married George W. Draper of New York City
Louis S.; married Paul Rifflard and lived with her sister

MARTIN, JOHN PARKER of Champion -

Joel Lakin Martin was the son of Cyrus and Charlotte (Brigham) Martin, born 7 September 1803 in Colerain, MA and died in Utica, NY about 1860. He settled in Martinsburg, Lewis Co., and kept a store in Champion for many years. In 1833 he married in Denmark, Lewis Co., to Sally Cottrell. She was born there about 1815 and died in 1851.

Children of Joel and Sally Parker:

Almira C.; married C. H. Dickinson and lived Edgerton, WI
Azubah A.; married J. P. Adams of Lowville, NY
Henry; lived in Castorland, Lewis Co., NY
Gardner C.
Elta M.; married John M. Black and lived in Augusta, Kansas
Ida E.; married a man named Scales in Waterloo, Iowa.
May; married Charles Johnson and lived near Carthage, NY
Lillie; married Charles Paul and lived near Evans Mills
Eva; married S. W. Merrill of Carthage

Gardner C. Parker, son of Joel, was born in 1843 in Martinsburg and followed his father in the mercantile business in Champion. In the fall of 1870 he moved to Watertown and was in the retail shoe business. In 1877 he went west for a year and then returned to Watertown, where he became a traveling salesman for a shoe manufacturer. He died at Watertown at his home on Sterling Street on 3 April 1897. He married on 27 May 1868 to Celia Waite; she was born in Champion on 2 January 1846.

John Parker Martin, the only child of Gardner and Celia, was born 13 August 1870 in Champion. He attended public schools in Watertown and graduated from the high school there in 1888. He then took up the study of stenography, attended Hamilton College and graduated in the classical course in 1892. Three years later his alma mater gave him the degree of A.M. He began reading law with Hannibal Smith and became a reporter for the county court of Jefferson County. He continued in that position until January 1896 when he was induced by Justice Pardon C. Williams to go to New York City and become a reporter for the Supreme Court of the state. A membership in many fraternal and professional organizations in the state are credited to him. He married on 16 September 1896 to Flora Tilden; she was born in Watertown, NY, daughter of John M. and Harriet (Kelsey) Tilden of that city. John and Flora had two children: John Tilden Waite, born 3 January 1898 and Mabel, born 10 March 1904.

WAITE, DORASTUS of Champion -

Dorastus Waite was the son of Richard and Submit (Thomas) Waite, born 22 August 1776 in Whtingham, VT. He died 19 August 1857 in Champion. As an early settler of that town he married Mary McNitt, daughter of another early settler and they had ten children. After her death he married Melinda Canfield and they had two children: Rufus and Genevieve.

Children by Mary McNitt were:

Melinda
Matilda
Lemira
Mary Ann
Dorastus
John T.
James
Sarah
Lorantin

John Thomas Waite, son of Dorastus and Mary, was born 14 April 1814 in Champion where he lived all of his life and where he died on 11 October 1879. He married Diantha Harris; she was born 1 September 18820 in Champion. They had two daughters: Sarah J. and Celia L. Sarah married S. D. Pryor and Celia married Gardner C. Martin and lived in Watertown. NOTE: See Oakes Vol. 2 for extensive early lineages of both Parker and Waite families.

DAVIS, FRANCIS WILLIAM of Champion -

Francis was an eminent member of the medical profession who practiced in New York City. He as born in Champion on 17 September 1862, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Richards) Davis. Although they had four children, Francis was the only survivor. Richard Davis was a native England, born 1821. Their son, Francis, was engaged in many medical societies in both New York City and Jefferson County fraternal organizations. He married on 1 June 1895 to Emma Schultz, daughter of Christian Schultz, a jeweler on Sixth Avenue in New York.

PRENTICE FAMILY -

See Oakes Vol. 2 for extensive early lineages of this family. It is not clear how they were associated with Jefferson Co., NY except through the Greene family following.

GREENE, MARION W. of Adams Centre -

Marion W. Greene was the sixth child of George Saunders and Amelia (Masson) Greene, born 3 June 1838 in Scott, NY and died 20 August 1875 in Adams Centre. She married in Scott, NY on 11 January 1863 to Rev. Asa B. Prentice of Utica, Wisconsin, son of Allen and Eliza (Babcock) Prentice of Dakota, Wisconsin, born 29 July 1838. (See Prentice lineage quoted above). Marion was a teacher and before her marriage a preceptress in Albion Wisconsin Academy. One of her Prentice children, Mary Louise, died at 21 months. Lucy A. married Alfred Stillman of Leonardsville, NY. The Prentice sons were Henry W., a dentist and Alfred C. M. D., both of New York City.

Charles Greene was the sixth child of Charles and Waite (Bailey) Greene, born 10 October 1778 probably in West Greenwich, RI and died at the home of his son in Adams Center on 9 May 1878. With his brothers he moved to Berlin, NY in 1779 and from there to Unadilla, NY. He returned to Berlin after five years and in 1805 moved to Adams where he cleared land and farmed until his later years. He married first in 1796 to Anna Crandall; she died six years later without issue.

His second wife on 5 November 1803, was Amy Sheldon, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Moore) Sheldon of Rhode Island. She as born 2 September 1788 in Rensselaer County, and they had the following children:

Annie
Thomas
Eliza
Riley W.
Lucretia
Celia
Rosannah
Keziah
Maxon S.
Monroe A.
Leander R.
Cinderella B.

It is said that Charles was most charitable and made a home for some 20 children besides his own.

Cinderella B., the youngest child of Charles and Amy, was born 14 June 1833 and married Samuel A. Bates of Hounsfield, son of a pioneer settler of the county.

MANNFILLE, GEORGE PITT of Jefferson Co. and New York City -

Addison Manville, son of David Manville, Jr., was born about 1782 and was a pioneer settler of Jefferson Co. He served in Captain Palmer's Co. of Horse in the War of 1812. In 1844 he moved from Depauville to Fond du Lac, WI and later to Sheboygan in that state until 1876 when he moved to Jefferson County to perfect his pension papers. While staying at the home of his son in Adams, he suffered a fall and it caused his death on 17 April 1877. He married Salome (Calkins) and she was a widow of Sherman when they married.

Marquis de La Grange Manville, son of Addison and Salome, was born 4 July 1831 on a farm near Lafargeville and remained there until about age 13 when his parents moved to Wisconsin. He remained in Jefferson Co., and became a carriage trimmer and harness maker until he took up the study of dentistry. He was in practice before the Civil War at Smithville and where he resided until after the war. In 1862 he enlisted as a soldier in Company I, 10th NY Heavy Artillery, and served until the close of the war. He resumed his dental practice at Smithville and Sackets Harbor and moved to Adams in 1869. He was a member of fraternal organizations and served in public offices, and was the elected president in 1897 of Adams Village. In 1852 he married Elizabeth, daughter of John Lee Hall, and had one child. Elizabeth died in 1864 and Marquis married for his second wife, Sarah M., daughter of Russell M. Jones.

Their son, George P. Manville, was born 3 December 1863 at Smithville and reared in Adams. In 1884 he went to New York where he entered the NY Dental College and graduated there in March 1886. In the fall of that year he opened his practice at Camden, NY and associated with his father at Adams for 12 years. In August 1901 he went to NY and associated with Arthur G. Rouse in their practice on Fifth Avenue and Forty-fifth Street. He was a member of various fraternal organizations and professional dental associations in both Jefferson Co. and New York City. On 6 June 1886 he married Ella M. Huffstater, daughter of James H. and Anna Huffstater of Ellisburg where she was born.

Children of George and Ella were:

Marion Elizabeth; married John P. Badger, Jr. of Malone, NY
Harry H.

HALPIN, WILLIAM HENRY of Watertown -

William was born in Watertown, NY on 2 December 1867. His parents were Robert and Margaret (Welch) Halpin. Robert was a native of St. Lawrence, Jefferson Co., and Margaret of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence Co. Margaret's grandfather, Louis Kennedy, chopped down the first trees in Ogdensburg. Her father, Louis Welch, was killed as an American soldier in the Mexican War.

Robert Halpin was born in Depeyster, St. Lawrence Co. and was a farmer near the town of Oswegachie. He was the son of Henry Halpin, a farmer, who came from Kings County, Ireland. Henry's wife, Ellen, was a native of Ireland and they married in New York State.

William H. Halpin, their son, was in the real estate business and purchased tracts of land in New Jersey. He opened an office in New York City, dealing in both real estate and insurance. He married on 20 May 1897 to Mary Broderick, a native of New York City, daughter of Irish parents.

BAGLEY, HON. GEORGE AUGUSTUS of Watertown -

George was born on 22 July 1826 in Watertown, son of Bernard and Zurviah (Gates) Bagley.

Bernard Bagley was born in Durham, Greene Co., NY on 5 November 1791 and moved from there to Jefferson County in 1812. He engaged in teaching school and building roads in Antwerp, In 1816 he moved to Watertown and began reading law with Charles E. Clarke; he was admitted to the Jefferson Co. Bar in 1826. Prior to his law career he was a surveyor. He served as a member of the legislature and was in trusteeships for the Jefferson Co. Savings Bank, and the North Watertown Rural Cemetery (1838). He married Zurviah Gates, daughter of Jacob and Zurviah (Harris) Gates and died at his home in Watertown on 26 June 1878.

Their son, George, studied law in his father's office and was admitted to practice before he attained his majority age. He abandoned his legal training and instead in 1853 entered into partnership with Edmund Q. Sewall and George Goulding, a business known as Bagley & Sewall Machine Works. The business was an outgrowth of the foundry and machine shop established by George Goulding in 1823. The plant was located on Sewall's Island, covered almost two acres of land and employed more than 400 men. George served in political offices in Watertown and was a member of the 44th and 45th Congresses. In 1858 he married Sabine P. Clark. She was the daughter of Colonel Ambrose W. Clark.

Their children were:

Jessie; married Virgil K. Kellog
Carrie; married Stuart D. Lansing
Madaline
Ambrose Bagley; associated in his father's businessmen

WEBSTER, WALTER L. of Clayton -

Walter L. Webster was the son of William and Patience E. (Connors) Webster, born in Landsdowne, Canada on 30 July 1871. He was employed in Clayton, NY where he worked for W. A. Webster as a bookkeeper. He then worked for the First National Bank of Clayton. From there he worked for a brokerage firm on Wall Street in New York City. On 5 March 1900 he married Gertrude H. Rees. She was the daughter of Captain William and Cornelia J. (Angel) Rees of Clayton, NY. Captain Rees was a lake captain and served as such about the time of the Civil War. He died in 1900 and his wife survived him. They had one child, Rees.

NOTE: See Oakes Vol. 2 for extensive early lineage information on the Webster family in Canada and elsewhere.

HUBBARD, ELIJAH of West Carthage -

Elijah Hubbard was the son of Elijah and Abigail (Clapp) Hubbard, born in New Lebanaon, NY about 1799. He lived there until old date and was engaged in shoemaking. His first wife was Zilpah Northrup who died at about age 40 in New Lebanon and he then married Eliza B. Dixon. She died in 1870 at age 70 in West Carthage. Elijah died in Carthage in January 1871 at 72 years.

George Northrup Hubbard, their only child who lived to maturity, was born January 1826 in New Lebanon. He studied medicine for one year with Dr. Dwight Wright of New Lebanon and attended Albany Medical College. To defray his expenses for medical training he opened a select school at Antwerp which led to the establishment of Ives Seminary, a noted prep school. After he left Antwerp, he completed his medical studies at Albany Medical College where he graduated in 1854. He practiced at Harrisville, Natural Bridge and in 1862 at Carthage. Dr. Hubbard married in 1850 at Wilna to Amelia Ellen Osborn, born 2 March 1825 in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was a daughter of Jonathan and Amelia (Van Duersen) Osborn. When Amelia was age 17, her parents moved from NJ to Wilna, where her father farmed. He died there on 28 February 1857 at 65 years. All of his older children died in childhood. Amelia Osborn Hubbard died in September 1880 in Carthage.

Ann Judson, the second; married Solomon Slater and died in Tyringhm, MA 8 June 1884
Spencer Cone Osborn, farmer of Wilna, died Lincoln, Nebraska
Abram Coles Osborn, Doctor of Divinity and president of Benedict College, an institution for the education of colored people at Columbia, SC, which was maintained by the Baptist Home Missionary Society
Thomas Ward Osborn; died NY City 1899
Mary Elizabeth; married Dr. S. L. Merrill of Carthage

Dr. George N. Hubbard and his wife were the parents of three sons and one daughter, two of whom died in childhood:

George Elijah; born 28 Feb. 1857; died 18 March 1893 in NY City
Dwight L. Hubbard, born 28 August 1860 in Natural Bridge; became a doctor in NY City became a teacher in various medical schools; married on 31 March 1887 to Amelia O. Slater. She was born 18 July 1861 in Wilna, daughter of Solomon Garfield and Anna Judson (Osborn) Slater of that town.

Solomon Slater was a son of Captain Eber Slater of Tyringham, MA, and his wife, Salome Garfield.

Children of Dr. Dwight and Amelia were:

Dwight Gerald
Judson Slater
Marion

YORK, WILLIAM of Philadelphia, NY -

William was a pioneer settler of Philadelphia; he was born in 1795 in Galway, Saratoga Co., NY. In 1815 he married Prudencia Danforth. She was born 4 August 1800 in Albany Co., NY. In 1829, William located to Philadelphia and built a log house; he lived on the farm that he cleared until his death. Prudencia surived him by many years and was on the homestead until her demise on 16 August 1883.

Children of William and Prudencia were:

Stephen V. R.; died at age 17
Francis D.; died in Philadelphia in 1883
Mary; married Harlow Frink of Philadelphia and after his death married Albert Allen; died at the home of her son in California
William J.
Eliza; married Daniel H. Schofield of Philadelphia
Stephen, again; died at 18
Eunice; married Dexter Bennett and lived Philadelphia
Francis; married Hannah Heyworth and died in Philadelphia

William James York, was born 21 June 1833 in Philadelphia where he attended public schools and the Fairfield Seminary. He spent a couple of years building bridges in the west and a short time farmed and kept a hotel at Redwood. Subsequently he became the proprietor of the Philadelphia grist mill in partnership with Henry D. Ford, a business they operated for ten years. His main activity became a dealer in livestock. It was that business that endowed him with a nickname of “Chuck”. He died 19 July 1904 at his home in Philadelphia at a little over 71 years. In the spring of 1862 he married Margaret M. Mosher. She was the daughter of Cyrus and Julia A. (Coon) Mosher. Cyrus was a native of Stillwater, Saratoga Co. and Julia of Whtiesboro, Oneida Co., NY. Margaret M. Mosher was born 30 January 1842 in Philadelphia.

William and Margaret were the parents of:

Leslie C.
Nelli L.; married J. Frank Larue, a well known attorney of Philadelphia

Leslie C. York attended Philadelphia and Redwood schools. He was a newsboy on the steamer Faxton on the St. Lawrence River and for three years in the general store of A. A. Holmes in Redwood, then for two years in the store of W. G. Holmes in Philadelphia. After a year in the dry goods store of A. Busnell & Co. of Watertown, he returned to Philadelphia and clerked for two years in the store of D. H. Schofield. At about 21 years he went to Sherburn in Chenango Co. where he opened a general store in partnership with Elwood R. Failing of Leraysville. York sold out and went to NY City in 1889. He became involved in the insurance business. He married on 21 December 1892 to Elizabeth Failing Reade. She was born in Redwood, daughter of Joseph W. and Ellen M. (Failing) Reade, natives of Jefferson Co. They had two children: Natalie Louise and Marguerite Reade.

PORTER, WILL ROSWELL of Watertown -

Will was the youngest son of Ora B. and Caroline E. (Gibson) Porter, born 12 May 1868 in Norwood, NY. There he attended public schools and after a short say in West Camden, went to Theresa where he was employed in a chair factory for several years. He perfected himself in mechanical drawing and engineering. The Theresa plant was destroyed by fire and he became unemployed. In 1891, Will went to Watertown where he was employed for five years by the New York Air Brake Co. The next endeavor was with the Barnes Cycle Co. at Syracuse, where he was in charge of the tool room. He worked for several companies, and became assistant master mechanic of the S. S. White Dental Mfg. Co, the larges maker of dental instruments in the world at that time. Will married on 11 June 1889 at Theresa to Della Devendorf; she was born 7 May 1871 in Theresa. Her parents were Willard L. and Nancy E. (Stearns) Devendorf, her mother being the daughter of Lyman Stearns. The Porters lost their first child, Gage, at 16 months. Their daughter, Esther Irene, was born 6 March 1899.

Abram Devendorf came to Pamelia Fourt Corners as a young man and there married on 4 March 1845 to Alvira Mattoon. Their two children born to them in Pamelia were:

Willard L. born 3 Jan. 1846
Matilda, born 23 May 1847

Willard L. Devendorf was a soldier in the Civil War and served from 23 August 1862 to 17 June 1865 in Co. C, 1st NY Light Artillery. On 24 December 1866 he married Nancy E. Stearns, born 28 March 1842. Four of their six children were mentioned:

Della D; married W. R. Porter
Sallie S; married C. P. Barber of Schenectady NY
Willard L., Jr. of Syracuse
Grace N. with her parents in Theresa.

STEARNS, LEVI of Felt's Mills -

Levi was the son of Aaron and Esther (Glazier) Stearns, born 29 December 1767 in Walpole, NH. He married Eunice Hill of Ackworth, NH and she died before 1798. On 18 February 1798 he married Keziah Wetherbee, born 27 September 1774 in Lunenburg, MA. Her parents were Ephraim and Keziah Wetherbee. Levi Stearns and Eunice Hill had one child from their marriage: John Glazier Stearns born 1795. He died about 1870 in Utica, NY. Levi and his second wife were the parents of 11 children. Levi, a pioneer of Felt's Mills, located there prior to 1809 and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He died 15 November 1857 in Theresa.

Lyman, son of Levi, was born 19 Feb. 1809 at Felt's Mills and died 24 May 1887 in Theresa. He married on 18 July 1830 in W. Theresa to Sallie Mason. They were the parents of eight children, all born in Theresa.

Julia Maria; married Daniel Ladd and died in Theresa in 1899
Nancy E.; married Willard L. Devendorf of Theresa
John G.; born 11 May 1835; married Angeline R. Herrick and left two sons: Egbert and Fred farmers of Redwood and Felt's Mills John G. Stearns was in the Civil War and died 6 December 1864 from an illness contracted in the military service.

HUBBARD, NOADIAH of Champion -

Noadiah was the eldest child of Noadiah and Phoebe (Fairchild) Hubbard, and was born 11 October 1765 in Middletown, CT. His mother's first husband and eldest son were lost at sea. In 1791 he left the paternal home and went to Whitestown, NY and in November 1799 to Champion. On his first social visit to his native place in the winter of 1793-4, he married on 30 January 1794 to Eunice Ward. They were the parents of 11 children, nine of whom grew to maturity. Noadiah deceased on 12 June 1859 and his wife Eunice, on 3 November 1849. Of their children:

Hiram born 30 Oct. 1794; died 6 April 1888
Infant born and died 18 August 1795
Ward born 26 Sept. 1796; died 13 March 1890
Horace born 1 Sept. 1799 died 10 March 1863
Maria born 23 May 1802; died 28 March 1839
Cornelia born 4 Oct. 1804; died 17 Nov. 1885
Mary Ann born 16 Aug. 1806; died 1891
Augustus, first, born 23 Oct. 1808 died 1810
Parnelle Fairchild born 27 March 1811 died 21 March 1897
Augustus, second, born 5 January 1813; died 16 October 1838
Frederick William born 11 June 1815; died 28 Sept. 1882

Frederick W. Hubbard, the youngest child of Judge Noadiah Hubbard of Champion, read law with Lansing and Sherman, his brothers-in-law, and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He formed a co-partnership with his cousin J. H. Dutton and their firm was Hubbard & Dutton; later with his nephew, Stephen J. Hubbard. He was elected a justice of the Supreme Court and on 1 January 1852 took his seat on the bench for eight years. He moved his business offices to NY City where he passed away on 28 September 1882. He married on 16 January 1840.

MOORE, ANDREW J. of Adams -

Andrew was an attorney in New York City. He was born in Adams, Jeff. Co., in October 1849. His father was Joel Moore, a native of Saratoga Co. His mother, Marinda Holloway, was a native of Jefferson Co., daughter of Samuel Holloway, he being a native of England and a successful farmer.

Joel Moore and Marinda were the parents of five children. Joel died in 1869 and Marinda in 1888.

Andrew Joel Moore decided upon a legal course and was admitted to the bar in 1873 in Oswego, NY. He practiced in Watertown. With his brother, Anson B. Moore who was also an attorney, they moved to NY City and opened the firm of Moore and Moore. The brother died in 1891 and Andrew practiced solo. In October 1883 Andrew married Helen Banister, daughter of Wayne Banister. Her father was a prominent merchant of Watertown for more than 50 years. Andrew and Helen had two children: Minola and Zylphia Helen. Minola died at four years.

CLEMONS, CALVIN MARTIUS of Champion -

Calvin was born 18 October 1845 in Lyme. His parents were Henry and Rachel (Brothers) Clemons, natives of the state. Henry was born at Johnstown. His grandfather, John Clemons lived all of his life in the Mohawk Valley and two of his sons were mentioned: Henry of Watertown and Oliver of Lyme.

Henry Clemons moved to Lyme before 1840 and then to Pamelia. He was engaged in farming. His wife died about 1893, daughter of John Brothers, another early settler of Jefferson Co. Of their children, five sons and two daughters grew to maturity.

William
Sarah, both of Watertown
Calvin M.
John; contracted mountain fever while in the Civil War and died in 1864 on the day after his arrival home
George; of Watertown
Edmund of Chicago, IL
Alvira Jackson, a widow of Watertown

Calvin M. grew up in Lyme and attended school in Three Mile Bay. In March 1872 with William E. Williams he bought a farm in Champion. He sold his interest and spent three years on a rented farm in the town of Rutland. He married on 16 January 1872 to Sarah Williams, born 9 September 1851 in Manchester, England. Her parents were William E. and Mary Williams, natives of Wales; they came to America in 1857. They first located in Lewis Co., and then to Watertown, where they died. Calvin and Sarah lost one child at about one year. Their other children were:

Helen Alena; married William Freichel and lived in Oswego, NY
Evan Henry
Rachel; lived with her parents

In 1864, Calvin enlisted in Co. H. 186th Regiment, NY Volunteers, and served nine months.

CLARK, WILLIAM of Champion -

William was the son of Stephen Clark, born 3 July 1783 on Clark's Hill in Chatham, CT. He died in Champion in 1850. William and his son, J. Hayden Clark, moved to Jefferson Co. in 1835 and cleared 75 acres on Mrtin Street, where the grandson and great-grandson resided on Lots 2 and 5. William married on 8 May 1809 to Sophronia Post. She was born 14 October 1785 in Chatham and died in 1870 in Champion. Her parents were Joel Post, born 25 March 1753, and Keturah Jones, born 20 January 1763. The Posts were married 30 May 1782 and died in Trenton, Oneida Co., NY. Joel died 14 October 1819 and Keturah on 19 July 1855 at over 90 years. The children of William Clark were:

William Henry born 12 Nov. 1810; lived and died in Pinckney, NY
Thomas Nelson born 26 July 1812 lived in Pinckney and Champion and died 1 July 1893
Sophronia Maria died at 19 days
Sophronia, the second born 22 September 1816; married Orson Stewart

Jedediah Hayden Clark, son of William, was born 2 February 1814 on Clark's Hill and was about 21 years when he moved to Champion. He cared for his parents in their last days and farmed until his death on 23 August 1897, at over 83 years. He married on 3 January 1841 to Maria, daughter of James and Sally (Choat) Fulton. Maria Fulton was born 15 February 1817 in Champion where she died on 10 February 1857. In 1857, Jedediah married Susan (Waldo), widow of John Gates and she died in March 1865. His third wife was Lydia M. Southworth in October 1867. She was born 5 April 1823 in Rutland and survived her husband on the homestead.

Chauncey Hayden Clark, son of Jedediah, was born 2 Feb. 1843 on the farm. In 1865 he bought the farm that adjoined the paternal homestead. He operated a grist mill at Great Bend and was a butcher for the local trade. He married Gertrude Buck, born 3 September 1844 in Champion. Her parents were Theodorus and Harriet (Carter) Buck, who lived and died in that town. Chauncey and Gertrude were the parents of Jay H. and Fred B.

WOOD, DR. GARY H. of Antwerp -

Gary was the grandson of Wheelock Wood, native of Massachusetts who went to Ohio, Herkimer Co, NY where his son, Benjamin F. Wood was born. Benjamin was a minister and married Asenath Barnes. They had four children. In 1865 Rev. Wood was widowed by the death of Asenath.

Their son, Gary H., was born 10 Dec. 1854 in Ohio, Herkimer Co. His first career was as a teacher and later he studied medicine and received his medical degree in June 1877. He opened his practice at Antwerp and where he was a member of several professional and fraternal organizations. On 30 August 1876 he married Mary F. Tamblin of Black River, NY. She was the daughter of Jackson Tamblin, of Rutland, NY who served as justice of the peace and sessions. Dr. and Mrs. Wood had three children:

Ethel May died at 19 months
Lillian A. born 19 October 1884; graduate of Vassar
Isabelle T. born 20 March 1891

SHERMAN, WOOSTER of Watertown -

Wooster was born 28 April 1809 at Newport, NY. His parents were Phineas and Amy (Thornton) Sherman. At 15 years he served as a clerk in the stores of Eli Farwell of Watertown and William S. Ely of Brownville. He began his legal studies at age 16. He became a deputy county clerk and part of the time as clerk of the supreme and county courts. In 1828 he served as clerk of circuit court. In May 1829 he was admitted to the bar. He married on 28 May 1832 to Wealthy S. Dickinson of Northampton, MA. She was born there on 28 August 1812, daughter of Frederick Dicksinon. They had the following children:

William W.; collector of customs at Cape Vincent
Frederick D.; lived in Brooklyn
Emma M.; married Ambrose J. Clark and lived with her son, Wallace S. in Schenectady
Cornelia F.; married Robert M. C. Graham of NY
Henry J. and J. W (twins)
Grace; married Francis E. Hunn of New Haven, CT
Wealthy
John Jay

In the fall of 1841 he established the first private bank. In 1849 he built a handsome residence on Clinton Street where he lived for a quarter of a century. Wooster died in February 1882; his wife preceded him. There are many details of his banking practices and loans extended from his bank in Oakes Vol. 2.


THIS CONCLUDES THE TWO VOLUMES OF OAKES BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL.


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