JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK


BIOGRAPHIES OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK

Part 9


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 BIOS – OAKES VOL. 2, PART 9:


CARPENTER, JOHN M. of Watertown -

John was the secretary and treasurer of the Excelsior Carriage Co. of Watertown, NY. A native of Watertown, he was born 15 November 1833. His great-grandfather was Calvin Carpenter, his grandfather was William Carpenter, a native of Rhode Island, and his father was Milton Carpenter.

Milton Carpenter, the father, was born in Huntington, Fairfield Co., CT on 17 Feb. 1801, the fourth son in a family of nine children born to William and Charity (Hawley) Carpenter. At age 15, he began learning the tanner and currier's trade, and served three years as an apprentice in New Milford, CT. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he moved to Watertown in Jefferson Co., but found no employment so he went to Kingston, Canada where he remained for three years, working at his trade. He returned to Watertown in 1826. Two years later he entered into a partnership with Mr. Kitts in the manufacture of morocco, and in connection with the business they dealt in wool. A fire destroyed the firm in 1833. In 1856 he went to Warsaw, Wisconsin and was in the carpenter and joiner business during his four year residence there. He returned to Watertown and assisted his son in the operation of a tannery in St. Lawrence County. In 1829, Milton married Rachel Nash of Albany, NY. They were the parents of nine children:

Cyrus
Caroline
John M.
Mary; married a Mr. Lamon
Milton
George
Sidney
Horace
Hattie; married Mr. Ridley of Denver, Colorado

Milton Carpenter died in 1897 at 96 years and Rachel passed away in 1874 at 65 years.

John M., the son, was involved in the Carriage Company and moved the works into the building vacated by the Davis Sewing Machine Co., which was located above the bridge on Sewall's Island. John married on 17 January 1856 to Amanda Jane Graves, daughter of Samuel Graves, of Watertown, NY. They were the parents of five children but only three were mentioned:

Rachel May
Fred M.
John M. Carpenter, Jr.

COLON, WILLIAM of Pierrepont Manor -

William's grandfather was Abram Colon, a Vermont native, who moved early in life to Jefferson Co. He took up a tract of land on the lake shore and married Cena Sherman.

Gideon Colon, son of Abram and Cena (Sherman) Colon was born on 7 December 1826 in Ellisburg Township and was raised on the paternal farm. On reaching manhood, he became a sailor and for 21 years served as a cook on various steamers on the Great Lakes. Latter in life he became a farmer. He married Artimeca, daughter of Alba and Charlotte (Farnam) Collins, who were pioneers of Lyme township, where their daughters were born. Gideon and Artimeca had two children:

William
Ella; married Martin Kibling, a farmer of Ellisburg

William Colon, son of Gideon, was born 17 May 1857 on the family farm. He attended common schools there and was in farming. When his father died, he became owner of the farm. William became the proprietor of the hotel in Pierrepont Manor Station in 1903. He married on 1 January 1879 to Nattie, daughter of Ezra and Mabel (Whaley) Christman, farmers of Ellisburg. Nattie was born 22 December 1856. William and Nattie were the parents of:

Lena May, born 7 August 1882
Leon Lewis, born 23 October 1887

EMMONS, WARD N. of Lorraine -

Ward conducted extensive farming operations at Allendale for almost half a century. He was born in Bishop Street, Henderson, NY on 18 May 1834, son of Ebenezer, Jr. and Chloe (McNitt) Emmons. Ebenezer was born in Kennebec, Maine and Chloe was born in Henderson, NY, daughter of Captain Samuel McNitt.

The grandfather of Ebenezer Emmons, Jr. was killed by Indians in the Revolutionary War, and left a wife and son, Ebenezer. Ebenezer was a devout Christian and sawyer by trade. He married and became the father of Ebenezer Emmons Jr., who married Chloe, and it is said, her father Captain Samuel McNitt, saved the battle of Sackets Harbor on 20 June 1813. General Brown presented him with a sword which is in the National Museum in Washington, D.C.

Ward N. Emmons attended common schools and the seminary at Fulton, NY. In the spring of 1847 he became a sailor on the Great Lakes for 29 years. At the young age of 23, he became a captain of a vessel. In 1859 he settled on the farm of 180 acres. In 1878 he was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff Leonard Seaton, and served in a variety of other public offices. On 25 December 1856, Ward married Lucinda A. McCumber. She was born in Henderson, NY on 5 September 1833, daughter of Jedediah and Betsy (Bell)McCumber. They had two children:

Linnie E., born 19 November 1857; married Frank C. Allen of Allendale, a grandson of General Clark Allen, and a direct descendant of Col. Ethan Allen. They had two children: Minnie E. and Elisha W.

Willis C., born 1 January 1866, died 25 Feb. 1872 at age 6.

Lucinda McCumber Emmons was a descendant of Roger Williams; in 1836 he married Mary, the only daughter of Jedediah McCumber. Betty Stark, wife of Gen. John Stark (Revolutionary fame), was a McCumber and as General Stark was about to engage in battle, he said to his men: “Boys, there are the Redcoats. We must beat them or Betty Stark is widow tonight.” She was not a widow. There were two Stark sisters: Susanna and Mollie.

Mollie Stark married Gilderoy Lord of Watertown, and Susanna married Jedediah McCumber of Ellisburgh. The McCumbers had several children and their first was given the name Jedediah, in the family tradition. This Jedediah married Alice Bigelow in 1802. He was one of the surveyors who ran the road through from Rome to Sackets Harbor. His first son, also named Jedediah, of Henderson was born in 1804 and married Betsey Bell in 1829. She was from a Quaker family in Albany, She died in 1889 at age 81 and a marriage of 61 years. Her husband, Jedediah McCumber, was a clothier, and a trade he practiced until 1837 when he bought a farm and passed there in later life. He died at 96 years. Of their five children:

James
Jedediah
Elizabeth; married O. K. Estes
Lucinda; married Ward N. Emmons, above

WECKESSER, FREDERICK JACOB of Clayton -

Frederick was born in Clayton on 14 November 1867. His parents were Frank Joseph and Susan (Grimm) Weckesser, who were born near Heidelberg, Germany and married in this country. Frank J. was a butcher; he served as a German soldier the the Revolution of 1848. At about 25 years, he came to America and located at Clayton. He then moved to Lafargeville, where he pursued his meat business until his death on 5 October 1887 at age 61. Susan died on 10 May 1886 at 52 years. They were the parents of two sons, John A. became his father's successor in the business in Lafargeville.

Frederick J. grew up in Lafargeville, and attended schools there until age 17. He spent three years with Bush, Bull and Roth, who were large merchants in Watertown. In April 1894, he was employed by Fred M. Kirby, a former resident of Watertown, but then of Wilkes Barre, PA. Frederick's first job was to open a five and ten cent store in Pawtucket, RI, where he was for one year. His next opening was in Baltimore, MD for one year. Eventually, he became a buyer and confidential man at the central office, where he was employed for 11 years. Frederick married on 15 June 1892 to Anna Elizabeth Hammond, born 3 September 1870 in Rutland, NY. She was the daughter of George and Fanny (Sawyer) Hammond, the latter a daughter of Joseph W. Sawyer. Frederick and Anna were the parents of two daughters: Esther Fanny and Marion.

THOMPSON, ARTHUR J. of Alexandria Bay -

Arthur was a member of the firm of William H. Thompson & Sons of Alexandria Bay, NY. He was born 25 December 1857, son of William H. and Sarah (Carter) Thompson, a grandson of Jonathan B. and Sally (Brown) Thompson.

Dr. Ichabod Thompson, the great-grandfather, was born at Colerain, Franklin Co., MA, and for several years practiced medicine at Newville. He suffered a severe cold from exposure in a spring storm and died at 45 years. His wife, Elizabeth (Bruce) Thompson, was born in 1770 in Weathersfield, CT, daughter of a Mr. Bruce, who was a sea captain. After Dr. Thompson died, she was left with seven children, which she raised. Her death occurred in 1838 at 68 years.

Jonathan B. Thompson, the grandfather, was born in Hartford, Washington Co., NY on 13 September 1798. He was raised in Herkimer Co., where the family was among the pioneer settlers in that region. He settled between Redwood and Theresa in 1828, and later moved to Plessis, where he was engaged in the wagon making business and organized the Farmers Cooperative Mercantile Store. The last 37 years of his life were spent on a farm of 150 acres, known as Thompson Brothers Farm. On 12 September 1830 he married at Carthage, NY, to Sally Brown. She was born in Fort Ann, NY, daughter of Elisha Brown, who conducted a hotel in Carthage for a number of years and who died in Fort Ann. They had three children, one being William H. Thompson. Jonathan B. died at the age of 83 years.

William H. Thompson, the father, was born at Plessis, NY on 21 December 1831. He attended local schools and Lafargeville Academy. After his schooling he began buying cattle and farm products until 1868 when he located in Alexandria, and began the business of hardware, plumbing and gas fitting, along with steamboat repair. He also had a 150 acre farm and built several dwellings in Alexandria Bay. He was active in various public offices and lodges. In 1852 he married Sarah Carter, daughter of Rev. James Carter, and they had three children:

George D.; married Mary (Hall) Thompson
Carrie May Thompson
Arthur J.
Rosalie L.; married James P. Thompson

Rev. James Carter died at age 90 years. He came from Boston to Alexandria Bay and in addition to his pastoral duties was a shoemaker and farmer. His wife was Abiah (Macomber) Carter. They were the parents of seven children but only two are mentioned:

Mrs. W. B. Walton of Alexandria Bay
Mrs. William H. Thompson of Alexandria Bay

Arthur J. Thompson, son of William H. and Sarah, attended the commons schools and Adams Academy. He worked in his father's store and worked his way up to a partnership. He was a member of the fire department and served as engineer for a number of years. On 9 October 1883, he married Flora E. Thomson, daughter of Andrew Thomson. They had two children but one is mentioned:

Sarah W. born 1896

Andrew Thomson, father of Flora, was also the father of one son, Clarence S. Thomson.

CARTER, ZINA ROSCOE of Orleans -

Zina was the eldest child of Bonajah and Isabel (Cole) Carter; he was born 23 October 1846 in the Town of Orleans in the neighborhood known as Carter Street. He remained in Orleans until age 17 and where he attended schools. At 17 he went to Chicago and the following spring went on the lakes as a sailor, under his uncle, Captain William Sheeley.

In March 1867, before he was of a legal age, he rented a farm near Wheaton and labored for five years and went to Chicago in the fall of 1871 where he opened a grocery store and also began buying and selling grain for the market. After four years he let the grocery trade go and began a business in the handling of grain. In 1875, his brother, James B. Carter, became a partner in the business and in 1882 they built a large elevator adjoining the right of way of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad at West Sixteenth Street. He served in a variety of public offices and on the Chicago Board of Trade. He married in the fall of 1868 to Mary L. Wheedon, born in Washington Co., NY, daughter of John Wheedon, and reared in Wisconsin. She died in 1874 and left a daughter, Helen, who married Dr. George McConnell of Chicago. In 1878, Zina married Emma Dennis, a native of Orleans, NY. From Zina's second marriage, these children:

Mildred
Roscoe

NOTE: Mrs. Carter's brother was Captain Albert Dennis, who lost a foot at the Battle of Williamsburg during the Civil War and was subsequently assessor of Orleans.

CLEVELAND, MERRITT ANDRUS of Brockport, NY and Ottawa, Ontario -

Merritt was born at East Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., on 27 August 1849, son of Philander Blodgett Cleveland. During his boyhood, Merritt worked on his father's farm and attended schools in Hounsfield, Brownville, Dexter and Watertown until 1869. In the year following, he joined the civil engineering corps of the Carthage, Watertown and Sacketts Harbor Railraod, where he was employed in constructing the railroad and later was employed by the Clayton and Theresa Railroad and by the Watertown Water Works, and in the city engineer's office. He made his residence in Watertown and part of the time in Clayton until 1872. His employment included railroads in Ontario, Canada and railroads west of Jefferson in the state of New York. His firm, Hunter, Murray & Cleveland, built part of the Welland Canal in Canada. Merritt was involved in mammoth enterprises both in Canada and New York that undoubtedly contributed to the commercial interests of the Great Lakes Region. On 20 May 1875, Merritt married at Sodus, NY to Ellen Elizabeth Smith. She was born 24 July 1857 in Sodus, the daughter of Orril and Caroline (Prosser) Smith. They had four children:

Milo L. born 21 January 1879 in Port Colborne
Helen Louise born 4 April 1880 in Port Colborne
Harold born 24 June 1885 in Brockport, NY
Florence Murray born 2 February 1893 in Brockport

PHILLIPS, HORACE A. of Clayton -

Horace was born on 1 November 1851 on the family farm in Clayton. He was the son of Andrew and Almeta M. (Ingerson) Phillips, a grandson of Louis and Elizabeth (McCombs) Phillips and a great-grandson of John and Sophronia Phillips.

John Phillips, the great grandfather, lived in Johnstown, NY for many years but moved to Pamelia and was numbered among the pioneer settlers of that section. The farm he carved out of the wilderness was brought into cultivation and John lived there until a few years prior to his death, at age 76. At the time of is death, he lived with his son, Benjamin. He and his wife, Sophronia, were the parents of five children:

John
Louis
Nancy
Betsy
Benjamin.

Louis Phillips, the grandfather, was born and spent his early years in Johnstown, NY. In 1835 he accompanied his father to Pamelia, and after a short time located in Perch River for four years. He finally settled in the town of Lyme near the home of Horace A. Phillips. The record shows he made a clearing and built a log house, tilled the land and married Elizabeth McCombs. She was the daughter of John and Magdalena (Frank) McCombs of Utica, NY.

John Frank was a judge and the village of Frankfort near Utica, NY was named in honor of him, as he came to that section as a pioneer and helped in the early development of the county. The Franks have 15 children, 11 of whom reached maturity. Mrs. Frank died at age 76.

Louis Phillips and wife Elizabeth were the parents of eleven children:

Mary; died at age 88
John died at 84 years
Sophia died at age 80
Andrew, father of Horace A. Phillips, lived beyond 83 years
Sally died at 76 years
Benjamin; became a resident of Michigan
Catherine married James Rice of Dexter, NY
Caroline married Manuel Grower
Charles became a resident of Michigan
Hiram, resided near Horace A. Phillips
Thomas J. became a resident of Cape Vincent
Louis was age 76 when he died and Elizabeth was age 75.

Andrew Phillips, the father of Horace, was born 17 March 1822 and raised on a farm, educated in the common schools and was devoted to farming. In 1850 he purchased 20 acres near the home of Horace A. Phillips. On 15 October 1846, Andrew married Almeta M. Ingerson. She was born in LeRay, NY, one of six children born to Darwin Ingerson. Andrew and Almeta were the parents of:

Helen, born 30 December 1847; died 4 August 1892
Horace A.
Martha; married William Enders of Mannsville. Their children were Etsey and Ray Enders
Hattie, born 25 June 1860; married John Garland of St. Lawrence Co.; child Myrtle Garland

Almeta Phillips died 20 July 1864.

NOTE: Darwin Ingerson, father of Almeta, was a mechanic; for years he was in the custom house of Cape Vincent. His death occurred on 3 July 1876.

Horace A. Phillips, the only son of Andrew and Almeta, farmed with his father and added to the original 20 acre purchase with a total of 357 acres. Horace was active in political affairs and was a member of several fraternal organizations. On 1 November 1882, Horace married Ida Mary Vincent. She was born 15 January 1860 in Clayton, NY, daughter of Leonard and Mary (Johnson) Vincent.

NOTE: Leonard Johnson Vincent was born 4 December 1822 and spent his early years in Clayton. He was a farmer and purchased a farm near the village of Clayton. He married first to Mary Johnson, born in Depauville, NY. Their children were:

Dr. W. A. Vincent of Three Mile Bay, born 6 July 1858
Ida Mary

Leonard Vincent married second to Carrie Ross of Three Mile Bay and the couple had ten children.

Horace A. Phillips and wife Carrie were the parents of two children:

Ernest Ford born 2 September 1883; died 5 March at age 19 of appendicitis
Blanche Estelle, born 26 December 1896 at St. Lawrence

HOLMES, ALFRED A. of Redwood -

Alfred was born in Schenectady Co., NY on 9 May 1834 and was a son of Thomas and Ann Milner Holmes.

Alfred's father, Thomas Holmes, was a native of Staffordshire, England, where he was reared, educated and married. In 1831, with wife Ann Milner Holmes and eight children, he came to the United States and settled first in Albany Co., NY. He moved to Schenectady Co., where he was a prominent farmer and stock dealer. Thomas and Ann were the parents of 11 children, eight of them born in England. Anna Maria; married Alexander Sproul of Schenectady; died 1904 at 89 years

Thomas
John
Pamelia
Catherine J.; lived with her sister, Selina, in Montgomery Co., NY
Selina; married James Filkins
William G.
Ann
Mary Eleanor; died in infancy
Alfred A.
Eliza; married James Harden of Duanesburg, NY

Thomas Holmes died in Duanesburg, NY at 76 years and his wife passed away there at age 89.

Alfred A. attended common schools of Schenectady. In 1856 he settled in Philadelphia, NY and for six years was a member of the firm of Holmes & Schofield. In 1862 he moved to Theresa where he engaged in general merchandise business under the firm name of A. A. Holmes & Co. In 1864 he became a resident of Redwood, and purchased the business of M. W. & G. T. White, which he conducted for a quarter of a century and then disposed of to his sons, Fred T. and Wallace Holmes. Credit should be given to Mr. Holmes in the building of the Morristown & Black River Railroad. In 1878, Alfred purchased a number of farms which he operated on shares and in 1905 was the owner of four farms of two hundred acres each, with a total of 80-90 cows. He also operated the Redwood grist mill which was formerly owned by H. S. White. Alfred also engaged in the manufacture of limburger cheese.

In connection with Anson Harder, Mr. Holmes purchased the passenger steamboat known as the “Island Bell” which made daily trips on the St. Lawrence River between Clayton and Ogdensburg, a distance of 50 miles. His sons, Wallace W. and Gilbert operated the steamboat. Alfred was the director of the Thousand Island Bank at Alexandria Bay and was a principal stockholder in the Watertown Sand Brick Co. near Watertown, NY. In 1859, Alfred married Sarah A. Waite, one of a number of children born to Thomas Waite of Pamelia, N.

The mentioned children of Thomas Waite were:

Jeremiah, a resident of Pamelia
William H., a resident of Watertown
Mrs. Dexter W. Havens of Watertown
Sarah A. wife of Alfred A. Holmes

Thomas Waite died in 1868 at 68 years, and his wife at 69 years.

Children of Alfred Holmes and Sarah were:

Fred T., born at Philadelphia, NY on 31 October 1859; partnerships with father and brother in the business. Fred died by an accident on 18 January 1899. In 1887 he married Mary C. Ahles, daughter of C. Ahles. Their children were: Alfred Raymond, De Etta Holmes
Jennie; died early in life
De Etta; died early in life
Addie W.; lived with her parents
Wallace W.
Sarah; died 30 July 1902 at wife of Fred D. Yoste of Theresa, NY and mother of one child, Sarah Holmes Yoste
Gilbert N.; a partner with his brother, Wallace W. in the management of the steamer above; married Florence N. Salsbury; one child: Francis M. Holmes

In the fall of 1892, Alfred A. Holmes and his wife and daughters took a trip to Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales, and spent 58 days aboard ship, spent the winter abroad and returned home the following summer.

HOLMES, WALLACE W. of Redwood -

Wallace was the second son of Alfred A. and Sarah A. Waite Holmes, born in Redwood, NY on 8 March 1869. He received an excellent education and clerked in his father's store at the age of 19. When the father retired, the brothers purchased the business of their father. Wallace was active in the steamboat business and a prominent member of several fraternal organizations. On 27 April 1892 he married Jennie Snell. She was born in Theresa, NY, daughter of Gideon Snell. Gideon operated a grist mill and was a member of the firm of Snell & Makepeace. Jennie was one of two children born to Gideon, the other being Dr. Snell of Theresa.

Wallace Holmes and Jennie were the parents of:

Marion
Gladys
Douglass
Dorothy Holmes

ADAMS, CHARLES S. of Watertown -

Charles was a native of Watertown where he was born 27 April 1863, the son of George and Isabella M. (Skinner) Adams. His father was an Englishman who came to the United States in early manhood and located in Watertown where he engaged in the mercantile business. Mrs. Adams was a daughter of Austin R. Skinner, a brass founder, who conducted a foundry in Watertown for many years.

Charles was associated with A. W. Munk and others in organizing a joint stock company for the publication of the Daily Standard newspaper. Prior newspaper ventures had serious financial loss so the new effort was difficult to launch. At the same time as the newspaper venture, Charles was the local editor of the Watertown Weekly Post. On 21 March 1894 he saw the initial number of the Watertown Daily Standard printed from equipment obtained from the Associated Press. He wore two hats, both as writer and manager. He served in various public offices and fraternal organizations. On 1 October 1885 he married Myrta E. Reed, a native of Jefferson County. She was one of six children of Gratton H. Reed, a merchant tailor. Her mother died at 86 years.

Myrta died in January 1898, leaving two children: Kenneth R. and Doris R. Charles Adams married second on 2 June 1899 to Charlotte E. Orcott, born Owego, NY, daughter of Isaac D. Orcott, a master mechanic on the Erie Railroad. Isaac died in 1899 and was the father of three children:

Orcott children:
Mrs. H. W. Beardsley of Buffalo, NY
Charlotte, wife of Charles S. Adams
Mrs. George S. Truman of Owego, NY (mother of these children lived with this daughter)

GALLUP, FRANK AMNER of Watertown -

David Budlong Gallup, son of William and Lucy Gallup, was born in Cassville, NY on 24 May 1832. He married Elizabeth Amner on 5 October 1862. Their son, Frank Amner Gallup was born in Cassville on 13 September 1863 on the family farm. He was in graduate studies at the University of Chicago and traveled extensively in Europe. In 1902 he became the director of the Greek and Latin Deparment of the Packer Institute. In 1904 he went to Watertown, NY to become the editor of The Watertown Standard newspaper. He authored several textbooks and also lectured on Greek and Italian subject. NOTE: There is a lengthy history of the Gallup families in Volume 2 of Oakes that may be of interest to families with the Gallup surname.

CARTER, HERBERT DeWYANE of Watertown -

Herbert was a native of Watertown, born there on 16 October 1860, son of Hubbard E. Carter, who died before Herbert was four years old. Herbert's grandfather, Earle Carter, was said to have been a native of Orleans Co., NY before moving to Watertown. His wife was Paulina Franklin, a native of Herkimer County. They were the parents of 12 children, all except the first three born in Watertown:

Franklin
Sarah
Hubbard E.
James
Charles
Pliny
Webster
Philo
Frederick
Esther
Mary
Francis

Hubbard Earle Carter was born in Orleans Co., and grew up in Watertown. He married Fanny Porter Rugg, a native of Rutland, NY and they had four children:

Ermina; married Bryant Streeter and lived in Watertown
Frank; died 27 October 1877 at age 30
Ernest; died at 9 years
Herbert D.

Hubbard Earle Carter died on 13 July 1864 at 46 years and his widow died at 85 years in August 1903.

Herbert D. Carter grew up in Watertown where he attended public schools. He learned the telegraph operation and became an operator in the Montreal Telegraph Co. and then as an operator and clerk in the freight office of the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad at Watertown. He remained with the company when its offices were moved to Oswego and eventually became chief clerk of the general freight office. In 1888 he went to Williamsort, PA as a clerk in the freight office of the Pennsylvania Railway, for two years and then to Philadelphia where he was chief clerk in the general freight office of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. He continued in various positions until he was appointed general freight agent of the West Shore Road on 1 July 1904. Herbert was a member of various fraternal organizations. He married on 15 December 1880 in Watertown to Emma Louise Brown, born 11 October 1859 in Dalton, MA. She was the daughter of Charles and Martha Brown, both of English birth. Children of Herbert and Emma Louise Carter were:

Frances Edna
Jesse Clare
Herbert Sage
Sidney Thomas
Florence Mabel

RADIGAN, JOSEPH HENRY of Rutland -

Joseph was a native of Croghan, Lewis Co., NY, born there on 17 December 1875 to William and Maria (McDermott) Radigan. William was born in County Roscommon, Ireland and emigrated to the US in 1858, settling in Sullivan Co., NY. He moved to Croghan in 1862 and to Rutland, Jefferson Co. in 1880 where in 1905 he was 78 years. He was both farmer and tanner. His wife, Maria, daughter of William McDermott, was a renowned lecturer on religious subjects and a member of the Catholic Church. She died in 1890. They were the parents of seven children:

Elizabeth; married John Colligan and lived in Rutland
John T. of Sandy Creek, NY
William, a policeman in NY
Mary
Mrs. Daniel Radigan of Monticello, NY
Edward Harvey on the old homestead in Croghan.

Joseph H., the youngest child, was educated in the schools of Croghan, and Watertown. In 1892 he began his legal studies with George H. Cobb in Watertown and three years later went to New York City and worked in the office of Senator Thomas C. O'Sullivan. He continued his legal studies at night in the New York Law School. In 1898 he was admitted to the bar of New York and became a very successful trial lawyer. He was a member of various fraternal and professional organizations.

MOORE, ROBERT MARTIN of Evans Mills -

Robert, an attorney in New York City and Malone, was born in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada on 3 July 1864. He was the son of James N. and Margaret (Martin) Moore. James N. Moore was a descendant of Scotch ancestry, a blacksmith by trade, and one he followed in Evans Mills, Jefferson Co. when he moved from Canada in 1868. His wife, Margaret Moore, was the daughter of Robert Martin and they had four children:

Robert M.
Curtis B.
Mary
Nellie, married William M. Simmons

Margaret died in 1868, survived by her husband who died on a train from heart failure as it entered Grand Central Station in New York while on his way to visit his son in 1904.

Robert M. Moore attended the local schools of Evans Mills and pursued advanced studies in Watertown where he graduated in 1887. He taught school in Dexter and also at Natural Bridge to pay for his advanced legal studies. His legal studies in law at Watertown were with Judge Watson M. Rogers and Robert was admitted to the bar in 1890. He moved to Malone, NY and entered into various partnerships in legal firms. In 1900 he moved to New York City and was with Cantwell & Moore, general practitioners. In December 1891, Robert married Frances P. Bigelow, daughter of La Fayette Bigelow of Watertown. They had two children: Louise and La Fayette.

BLANCHARD, JAMES ARMSTRONG of Henderson -

James was a justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and a son of Jefferson County His family on the paternal side was French and came to America through England, where many of the Huguenots had fled from persecution in their native country.

Philip Blanchard, son of Thomas and Harriet (Hibbard) Blanchard, was born 9 September 1796 in the same parish as his father. At age 16, he enlisted as a member of a local military company and was soon transferred to a Scotch regiment. This regiment was ordered to America during the War of 1812 and so Philip was stationed in Canada. After seven years of military service he was discharged and moved immediately to Jefferson County where he settled on a farm in the Town of Henderson. He moved in 1854 to Springvale, Fond du Lac Co, WI, where he died 17 September 1860 at age 64. Philip married Catharine Drummond. She was the granddaughter of John Drummond, who came from Scotland some time after the American Revolution and purchased 700 acres of land in Henderson, at the time a pathless wilderness, but having a mile of frontage on Lake Ontario. The land was divided between his two sons—John and Duncan, both of whom lived and died upon it. John returned to Scotland for his bride, Catharine Barrie, a sister of Alexander Barrie, noted educator and author of Edinburgh. He brought her to his home in Henderson in 1798. The Barries were substantial people of the Northern Kingdom and Alexander Barrie left numerous bequests. His brother, William, left 15 pounds to his sister or her heirs in America but it was never claimed.

Catharine Drummond was the first child of John and Catharine (Barrie) Drummond and was born 1 March 1804. She survived her husband for more than a quarter of a century and passed away in Springvale on 17 October 1887. Other children of John Drummond were:

John who died at age 24 unmarried
Christia married James Armstrong and died in Henderson; left children Arthur and Sarah
Charles; went to sea; married in Liverpool and settled in Williamsburg, NY where he raised a large family and died
Sally married Mortimer Main and had a son, Mortimer; after the death of her husband, she married Mr. DeHaven who was the oldest Odd Fellow in the United States at the time of his death in Monroe, Wisconsin. Sally lived in Los Angeles, CA with son, Mortimer.
Margaret married Allen Randall of Clayton and lived in Henderson for some years and then moved to Grand Ledge, Michigan where she died. She left two children: Orcelia and Cynthia who both married and resided in Michigan

Philip and Catharine (Drummond) Blanchard had six children:

Elizabeth; the eldest, taught school in Henderson; married Charles R. Penney and lived in Rosendale, Fond du Lac Co, WI
George W. a retired farmer living in Tracy, MN
Catharine Marie married Fosdick C. Prouty and died in Tracy in 1903
Levi Philip; a Civil War soldier in a Wisconsin regiment, lived in Sprinvale, WI
Charles Drummond Blanchard 5th, a large landholder and stock dealer at Mound City, South Dakota; member of the senate of that state.

James Armstrong Blanchard, youngest child of Philip and Catharine, was born 16 August 1845 in Henderson and was 9 years of age when he went with his parents to Wisconsin. He attended the public schools and in the summer of 1864 he enlisted as a soldier, a member of Company I, Second Regiment Wisconsin Cavalry. They saw hard service in Vicksburg and Yazoo City, and two raids under Grierson between Memphis and Vicksburg. Under General Custer they marched from Alexandria, LA to Austin, Texas. James arrived home in December 1865 in poor health. In the spring of 1866 he entered Ripon College. He took up the study of Latin and Greek and entered the freshman class in the fall of 1867 and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1871. In the fall of 1871 he went to New York and entered Columbia College Law School, and taught school to pursue his law studies. He was admitted to the bar on May 18, 1873. In 1899 he was appointed a judge of the court of general sessions by Governor Roosevelt, an appointment made to fill a vacancy. He lost his re-election bid but was appointed by the supreme court as one of three commissioners, for construction of the Grand Boulevard and Concourse, which took about five years. In August 1900 he was appointed a justice of the supreme court of New York and was elected to that same position for a term of 14 years, in November 1901. James was a member of many fraternal, political and public committees.

He married on 5 May 1881 to Sallie Medbery, born at the summer home of her parents near New Bedford, MA, daughter of Thomas Medbery and Elizabeth Jencks Armington, both of MA. Justice and Mrs. Blanchard had a son, Medbery Blanchard, who attended Harvard University.


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