BIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY SKETCHES

for the

TOWN OF CAPE VINCENT

from The Growth of a Century

by JOHN A. HADDOCK, 1895


These biographies and family sketches are copied exactly as found. Undoubtedly there will be minor variations found in later research.


FREDERICK A. FOLGER

Frederick A. Folger was born in Nantucket, in 1809, and at the age of 14, came with his father, Captain Matthew Folger, to Cape Vincent. But little is to be ascertained concerning his boyhood days from childhood up to 14 years of age; but from the fact that his father was a "sea captain," and that in those days the whole trade was the absorbing business of Nantucket, it is more than likely that Captain Matthew Folger was one of those adventurous spirits who helped to make the American whale fisherman known in every quarter of the globe; and to establish his fame on the highest pinnacle, for adventurous daring, supreme courage in time of danger, and for a power of endurance unequaled; to which may be added a degree of intelligence not usual to those of other nations.

Be this as it may, the young Frederick possessed many, if not all of these traits to a degree that goes far to fully establish much that enthusiastic devotees of heredity claim for it. At the time of his arrival at the village of Cape Vincent, it was just fairly recovering from the enervating effects of the War of 1812-15, and beginning to show some indications that it might in a few years become a prosperous town. Its educational advantages were not great, but such as they were, they were fully improved by this lad, who early showed signs of a natural aptitude for the acquirement of knowledge, far above the average; and in fact, throughout his whole life he gave evidence of a great love for intellectual pursuits, especially along the line of poetical composition--as some fugitive pieces from his facile pen, which are yet in existence, will abundantly prove. In those days, however, writing poetry was not an available method of winning wealth nor anything else, beyond a mere local renown; and so the young man took up more profitable employment. With true "down East" instincts, he was a born speculator; that is to say he had the instincts of trade, he was quick to see in which direction an opening lay, or in what occupation he was most likely to realize the greatest profit with the quickest returns; and so, when he was ready to assume the responsibility of engaging in business for himself, he began the slaughtering of beeves for market. At this time it was a profitable trade, and the young man made a success of the business. In view of his parentage, and what must have been his childhood associations in Nantucket, that Mecca of seamen, it would have been strange if the young Frederick had not himself had something to do with ships and shipping. Accordingly, at one time we find him in command of a small sloop, trading between Cape Vincent and Gananoque, at which port the farmers found their best wheat market, because of the flouring mills which were erected there at an early date.

Connected with this trade, Captain Hinckley, of Cape Vincent, now a very old gentleman, relates, with great glee, a story about Mr Folger. Captain Hinckley was also engaged at the same time in trading between the same places, and on one occasion when returning from Gananoque, very early in the morning, they tied up on the shore of Carleton Island, built a fire, and set about preparing breakfast. Mr Folger was not only fond of pancakes, but prided himself on his skill in preparing them for the table; and he proposed having some for breakfast. Turning a barrel bottom side up, he placed a pan thereon, mixed his batter, put the requisite quantity in the frying pain, and held it over the fire to bake, boasting, at the same time, of his skill in tossing them up when ready to turn, and catching them in the pan with the unbaked side down. This time he was too eager, and instead of catching the half baked disk in the pain, he caught it on his bare wrists, when, giving one yell of pain, he plunged at full length into the river, satisfied for once that his usual skill had failed him. They had pancakes for breakfast, however, though the narrator failed to state whether or not they were turned with a curve toss and caught on the fly.

Speaking of the "curve," brings to mind what is said of Mr Folger by one who knew him well in his younger days. It seems that he was exceedingly fond of sports requiring skill and dexterity, rather than mere brute force. As a rifle-shot, he was seldom excelled. It was his custom, when slaughtering beeves, to shoot them in the centre of the little curl of hair in the forehead, a spot which he never failed to hit. Another of his favorite sports was ball playing, especially the old time game of base-ball. Whether he was the inventor of the "curve throw" or not, it was a fact attested by many, that he would so throw the ball that it would almost reach the batter's club, when it would take a sudden curve upward, while the unlucky batter struck beneath it. Saturdays were generally devoted to base ball; and no matter how busy the season, every one left work to go to town to see the game, for which sides had chosen the previous Saturday, the losing party to pay the eggnogg or a supper. Mr Folger finally built a tavern on the corner of Market and Broadway, having a restaurant in the basement now occupied as a beer saloon. He was also a speculator in village lots to some extent with the late Hon. Charles Smith.

He married Miss Laura Breck, a sister of Mr. Breck, of the well-known firm of Calvin & Breck, and sister to Mr Calvin's second wife. The fruits of this union were Benjamin W., Henry M., Fred A., Helen, Hattie, Mamie and Etta. The sons are too widely and favorably known to need further mention here. It was their misfortune that their father died when they were very young, and at a time when the guidance of such a father would have been a priceless boon. He died on the 28th of September, 1851, aged 42 years. He was cut off in the very prime of manhood, beloved by all, mourned by all. When Cape Vincent was taken from Lyme and erected into a town in 1849, he was the first and only choice of the people for their supervisor. Kindhearted, affable, polite, agreeable, he was popular with all classes. Quick-witted, he had no equal at repartee; and yet so acute his perceptions and gentle his nature, that his keenest shafts, pierced they never so deeply, begot nothing but love and admiration in the breast of the wounded.

His early demise was not only a great loss to his family, but if such a thing were possible, greater to the community in which he lived. As one who knew him well said to the writer: "What a pity it is that Cape Vincent did not have a hundred such men."

FROM THE WATERTOWN JEFFERSONIAN
Died, on the 28th of September, at Cape Vincent, in the 43d year of his age, F.A. Folger, Esq. the idol of his family, the ornament of the social circle, the useful citizen, the benefactor of the poor, the friend of man.

Cut off in the midst of his years and his labors for the public good, his death will be universally and deeply deplored.

The following, copied from a Nantucket newspaper, shows the ancient renown of the Folgers, who seem to have been related to the celebrated Dr Benjamin Franklin: Considering its position, writes a correspondent of the New York Post, Nantucket has been wonderfully prolific of great men and women. Among the first families on the island were the Macys. The Folgers are another noteworthy race. The only child of "Peter Foulger," born after his removal from Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket, was Abiah, who, in her young maidenhood, removed to Boston and married Jonah Franklin, the tallow chandler. The fifteenth child by this marriage was Benjamin Franklin, the philosopher. The mother, in talent and worth, is said to have been every way worthy of her illustrious son. Another member of this family was Charles J. Folger, the present secretary of the treasury, who was born in Nantucket, in a house which stood on the site of the present Sherburne House, on Orange street. The Coffins, famous in naval annals, are a numerous family on the island. Lucretia Mott was born at Nantucket in 1793. Phoebe A Hanford is a native of Siasconset; Gen. George N. Macy, of the late war; the Rev Dr F.C. Ewer, of New York; the Mitchells, mathematicians and astronomers, and scores of other men and women who have gained honorable positions in the professions figured in these reminiscences.


NATHANIEL CARVER

John Carver landed from the Mayflower, and among the Pilgrim band who thanked God for their preservation, he knelt on Plymouth rock. In time he became the first Governor of the Colony of Massachusetts. The Carver family grew and multiplied, a grandson, Dr. Eleazer Carver, settling in Marshfield, neighbor to Daniel Webster. The doctor had a son, Nathaniel, who seems to have been fully endowed with the Yankee spirit of push and unrest; and withal, he seems to have been to some extent the unruly member of the flock, or to put it mildly, not so fully imbued with the Puritan notions of the day as should have been the case, or might have been looked for in one of his ancestral descent. At all events the young Nathaniel wandered into the South, where he spent many years in varying fortunes. He was very ingenious, and at one time devoted much attention to the cotton-gin as invented by Eli Whitney, an improvement on which he finally invented, taking out the first patent ever issued for "an improvement in cotton-gins." With the usual fate of inventors, however, Mr Carver grew poorer, while those who had the capital to invest in his improvements grew wealthy, and finally he left the South in disgust, and straying finally into Northern New York, settled on the shore of the St Lawrence, sometime in the thirties. Here he married Sarah Jane, daughter of Samuel Britton, of whom mention has already been made, by whom he had three children, Nathaniel Eleazer, who graduated at Bridgewater, Mass. Normal Institute, and is now in Wisconsin; Sarah (Britton), who is now the wife of James H .Fox, Esq., of Clayton, and Lizzie M., who married Capt Myron W Gotham. Nathaniel Carver died in 1849, and was buried close to the shore of the St Lawrence river, of which he was often enthusiastic in his praise. Some years later, through the efforts of his daughter, Mrs James Fox, his remains were removed to the little cemetery at Sand Bay, where, with a modest stone at their head, placed there by the hands of a loving daughter, they now rest, a broken link of a long chain of Puritan ancestry, whose blood, however mixed, has been the predominating strain, whose influence has been strongest felt in the growth, training and development of the American Nation. Peace to his ashes.


BRIGADIER GEN. DELOS B. SACKET

Brigadier Gen. Delos B. Sacket was the son of Dr. Gideon S. Sacket, a prominent physician of Cape Vincent in an early day. He was born in 1822, and at first attended the common schools of the village, but later attended the celebrated school in New York, taught by Hyacinthe Peugnet, a distinguished Frenchman, whose home was in Cape Vincent. He was one of those who fled from France on the downfall of the First Napoleon. Here the young student became a ripe French and Spanish scholar, in company with many young Cubans and rich planters' sons from the Southern States. At this school young Beauregard, afterward a distinguished Confederate general, got his rudiments of military tactics and his knowledge of fencing, spending his vacation at one time in Cape Vincent, to keep up his practice with the foils at his teacher's home, in company with a dozen or more young Cubans. Later on, our general in embryo, secured an appointment to the Military Academy and from that time his biography is a matter of record. Graduating fairly in the class of '45, he was brevetted 2nd lieutenant of the 2nd Dragoons, then the elite of the army, on the 1st of July, 1845, and was made full 2nd lieutenant of the same regiment on the 30th of June, 1846; and promoted to be a 1st lieutenant of the 1st Dragoons on the 27th of December, 1848. He was again promoted to a captaincy in the 1st Cavalry, on the 3rd of March, 1855; major, January 31, 1861, and lieutenant-colonel of the 5th Cavalry, May 3, 1861. He was appointed on the staff of the army to the grade of colonel and inspector- general, October 1, 1861, and filled that position with great credit until long after the close of the war. In 1881 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general, and became the head of the Inspector-General's department. He was several times brevetted for gallant and meritorious service. His first brevet was that of 1st lieutenant for gallant and meritorious service. His first brevet was that of 1st lieutenant for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, where he followed the gallant May, in the memorable charge of the 2nd Dragoons upon the Mexican artillery and the capture of the Mexican General La Vega. Again, he was brevetted brigadier general for gallant and meritorious service in the field during the Rebellion, March 13, 1865, and on the same day to brevet major general of the USA, for like services. He was a brave and efficient officer, and esteemed by all. Among his old friends and neighbors at Cape Vincent, he was idolized. Simple and unassuming in his manners, he was the friend of rich and poor alike, and every one was pleased when it was known that the "General" would pass even a small part of the season in his elegant summer home in the village. His death took place in Washington, in 1885, and his remains were brought to Cape Vincent for interment in the cemetery of St John's (Episcopal) church. He left a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters, to mourn his loss. One daughter is married and resides in the Northwest, and the remainder of the family usually spend their summers at Cape Vincent, where the memory of the distinguished husband and father will ever be cherished in the community where he was born.


LIST OF SOLDIERS

The following are names of soldiers of Cape Vincent who served in the Union army, and the list is believed to be nearly correct. Many of them are dead:

H.F. Rogers,
M.B. Ladd,
Robert Percy,
Samuel White,
James McKee, James Brown,
J.G. Roseboom,
Henry Huck,
John Cleene,
Jacob Miller,
Joseph Hibbard,
Joseph Majo,
Thomas Hudson,
Albert Lee,
John O'Connor,
E. Brooker,
Samuel Hubbard,
H.M. Downey,
J.F. Ackerline,
Patrick Ryan,
Jno. H. Moore,
William Cary,
Patrick Ryan,
William Barup,
James Rachford,
Alex. Delmars,
John Rinagle,
A.G. Rogers,
Lorenzo Dodge,
Francis Bailey,
John Miller,
George Darby,
Nelson Swartwout,
L. Swartwout,
Joseph Zeron,
O. Stowell,
Frank Goulding,
Jabez Bullis,
A. Hurlburt,
Sidney Ainsworth,
J.B. Esseltyn,
R.W. King,
Horace Smith,
Joseph Albecker,
Sidney Ainsworth,
B.B. Offin,
Peter Hose,
Norman Ross,
William Betts,
James Rachford,
B. Harrington,
A.D. Shaw,
Thomas Cameron,
Erasmus Watkins,
John Whiting,
A .Pettet,
Peter Delmars,
R. Chapman,
Joseph Chapman,
H.D. Chapman,
Merrit Sperry,
A.K. Tuttle,
G.W. Pratt,
M.B. Ladd,
Orrin Rice,
Phillip Gates,
F.B. Smith,
James Knight,
W.H. Powers,
Alex. Ladd,
Alonzo Walrath,
Watson Walrath,
Joseph White,
C.R. Robinson,
F. Whittemore,
William Betts,
John O'Connor,
Charles A. Briggs,
Andrew Miller,
Chas. Clark,
Phillip Monroe,
Thomas Maloney,
William Warren,
Orville Fish,
T.E. Briggs,
H. or M. Perego,
John Reff,
Jude Loilet,
George Faker,
Andrew Faker,
John Woolover,
Sebastian Gregor,
Joseph Welch,
J. Graham,
E.F. Morrison,
A. Morrison,
Peter Sheldon,
Ransom Campbell,
Delos Arnold,
I. Griffin,
Austin Horr,
Austin M. Horr,
Ed Garland,
Louis Mentz,
James Webber,
Joseph Bedford,
Robert Carrigan,
Charles Elsworth,
Don A Freeman,
J.N. Forton,
Sweetin Miller,
Richard E. Keys,
John Shareman,
Louis Lafleur,
Bruce Cough,
William Karney,
William McKendry,
Marshall S.B. Pringle,
William Hill,
James Ratican,
Samuel Blair,
Thomas Connely,
Patrick Scheedy,
Joseph Trimble,
James Wall,
Jethro Worden,
John Hair,
James Griffin,
Peter Carrol,
George Frasier,
Howard Roseboom,
Jno Shaffer,
Henry Zimmerman,
James Easterly,
Fred G Shaffer,
Geo. Montney,
U.M. Burnett,
Isaac T. Cross,
B.F. Cross,
Joseph Lovell,
Z.P. Briggs,
J.W. Pool,
John O'Connor,
Charles A. Briggs,
Albert Briggs,
Robert Burgiss,
John Armstrong,
Jacob Bassa,
John D. Clark,
C. Clark,
Henry Bechut,
George Jondeo,
W. Tanson,
George Doty,
W.E. Franklin,
Joseph Rouse,
Gilbert Chapman,
G.W. Pratt,
James P. Rector,
George Lince,
J.P. Lince,
W.S. Carlisle,
George Rinagle,
Michael Reff,
Frank Favrie,
E.Dezongremel,
Augustus Roats,
William Anthony,
Charles Judd,
A Hollenbeck,
John Smitling,
Charles Warren,
Timothy Farlick,
W.A. Farlick,
E Cornwell,
Arthur White,
Horace Ingerson,
Thomas Cameron,
Horace Dodge,
B.B. Braun,
O.B. Cadwell,
Louis Ruso,
Benjamin Akin,
Carl Britzki,
W.H. Bush,
Amasa Bass,
Elisha L Dodge,
John Donahue,
E. Dugal,
Jacob Folen,
Frank Favry,
Joseph Fyrle,
David Forton,
Barney Hazer,
Louis P Jodwine,
E Lawrence,
Asa Lanphear,
James Lawrence,
Fred Marks,
N. McCarty,
Ira C. Nicols,
Albert Percy,
Alfred Pluche,
G.H. Reade,
Henry S Simmons,
B.L. Seeley,
Samuel Woolover,
Col AD Shaw, our distinguished citizen, eminent public speaker and grand, good soldier, was the first man to enlist from Cape Vincent in Co A, 35th NY Vol Infantry, May, 1861.

The Historian finds it very difficult to prepare rolls of Union soldiers that are entirely reliable. Such as they are, we present them, and if any veteran is unmentioned he can charge it to his own inattention in neglecting to have his record right at GAR headquarters.

The death rate of Cape Vincent is but 8 per thousand, being the lowest in the State, as per report of the Health Commissioners of the State.

MAJOR JAMES HERVEY DURHAM

Major James Hervey Durham is the youngest son of John Perrin Durham, who came from County Durham, in the north of England, with his father William Egbert of Durham, just at the close of the Revolution, at the age of two years. William E was a major in the British army, but becoming disgusted with the license given to the Indians to murder and scalp their prisoners, he threw up his commission, returned to England, and finally emigrated to the Untied States. John P became first an ensign in the Fraser rifles, and finally a major in that noted regiment. James H Durham, the subject of this sketch, was born in Syracuse, NY, Dec 17, 1821, and in 1831 went with his parents into the wilds of Ohio, on a farm five miles from the nearest inhabitant. He attended the district schools for a time, then the seminary at Norwalk, O, Baldwin Institute, Berea, O, and Oberlin College. He entered the 2nd Dragoons USA, in 1849, serving up to the breaking out of the Rebellion. He was a member of B Co, Capt Blake, 9th Indiana Vols, under Colonel, afterward Gen Robert H Milroy, in the first three months' campaign in West Virginia. He reported to Gen George B McClellan at Grafton, West Va, and was sent by him on important scouting service; was in the battles of Phillipi, at Laural Hill, and Carrick's Ford. At the close of the three months' campaign, he was appointed by Gov Oliver P Morton to the command of a camp near Indianapolis, and finally went to the front as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 33rd Indiana Volunteers, Col Coburn. Resigning from that command at the end of eighteen months' service, he became major of cavalry, and later was connected with the artillery of the 23rd Corps, under Gen Schofield. He was once in Libby prison, and the Andersonville stockade 15 days. He participated in several of the hardest-fought battles of the war, and was several times wounded. He has an honorable discharge and is a pensioner. He is the author of our history of Cape Vincent but not of this sketch. JAH


FAMILY SKETCHES.

JOHN B. GRAPOTTE John B Grapotte was born in Champlette, France, in 1826, came with his father, Augustus Grapotte, to the United States. The family bought and settled upon a farm in LeRay, where they continued to reside until the death of the father. John B, the subject of this sketch, being desirous of learning a trade, chose that of a painter, which he learned of William Casse, Sr, at Evans Mills, in 1848-9, working a part of the time in Syracuse. In 1850 he opened a shop in Cape Vincent, which he ran for about five years. He was married to Rosalia Cocagne in 1851, and in 1855 went into a hotel at Cape Vincent, which he kept for five years, purchasing a hotel at Three Mile Bay, in 1860. He kept this house five years, and then returned to Cape Vincent, where he entered into partnership with R.J. Smith in the drug and grocery business, selling out in 1868 to Dr. Bushnell and E.C. Kelsey, and opening a general store, which he kept for 31 years, and finally sold out to his son, John H., who still continues the business. Mr Grapotte has always been a prominent citizen, having been a trustee and president of the village, and president for several years of the Cape Vincent Agricultural Society.


CHARLES B. CAREY was born in Richland, NY. In 1847 he removed to the town of Lyme, and thence to Cape Vincent in 1866, locating at St Lawrence, where he keeps a general store, and for several years has been the postmaster. He married Miss Lydia Tarbell, of Cape Vincent, and has raised an interesting and accomplished family of daughters. Mr Carey is a musical composer of much talent, and some of his compositions are meeting with great favor with the public. Prompt to aid in everything that tends to elevate and better his kind, Mr Carey is a good citizen, and an acquisition to the community in which he lives.


JOHN G. ROSEBOOM is the son of John H. Roseboom, of Amsterdam, NY. He was born in Albany, to which city his father had removed. The family came to Cape Vincent in 1851. John G. was a soldier in the Union army, having enlisted in D company, 122d NY Vols. He participated in the battle of the Wilderness, was wounded and taken prisoner, May 5, 1864, and confined in the Andersonville Stockade, where he remained several months; from there he was taken to Millen Stockade, and was one of the last squad released from that prison and forwarded to Savannah, where he was paroled Dec 5, 1864. He first heard of Lee's surrender at Fortress Monroe, while on his way to join his regiment at or near City Point. Mr. Roseboom has been for many years a hardware merchant in Cape Vincent, where he married, and has raised an interesting family. He has been once the president and several time a trustee of the village.

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HORACE C. STOEL was born in Houndsfield. He is the son of William Stoel, who for many years was a hotel-keeper at Stowell's Corners. The family came to Cape Vincent when Horace was but 12 years of age, and settled on what is now the Charles Gozier farm, where the lad was initiated into the mysteries of farm-life, in the meantime picking up all the knowledge he could at the district school. In 1852 he fully satisfied his desire for travel by a trip to California in search of gold. On his return he purchased the farm where he now resides, and which he has made a model. He married Miss Anna Irving; daughter of James Irving, Esq. They have six children, four sons and two daughters. Mr. Stoel has now two farms, one of 115 acres, the other 202 acres. He has in the past engaged quite largely in stock raising; some extra fine cattle and horses being the result. For six years he was one of the town assessors and president of the Cape Vincent Agricultural Society for several years. He has been a successful farmer, and enjoys the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens. .


FRED STOWELL is a son of Horace T. It will be noticed that he has adopted the more modern English way of spelling the name, Stowell, rather than the old Huguenot Stoel, to which his father rigidly adheres. Fred was born in Cape Vincent, raised on a farm, educated at the district school, and at Ives and Cazenovia seminaries, and at the Albany Law school, reading law in the office of Porter and Walts, Watertown. Spending a few years in the West, he returned to Cape Vincent, and has now settled down to the practice of his profession in which those who best know him prophesy that he will achieve success. .


SIDNEY S. BLOCK is the only son of Sigmund Block and Lucy (Niles) Block, of Cape Vincent. Sigmund Block, new deceased, was born in Tloss, Germany, in 1812, and in 1846 came to Cape Vincent. He was an active merchant for 44 years, retiring for some years before his death. Sidney S. was brought up to mercantile pursuits, educated at the Cape Vincent schools, became a telegraph operator, and an insurance agent, and is now cashier and principal stockholder in the Bank of Cape Vincent.


HANDLEY N. BUSHNELL, M.D., is a son of Dr. Handley Bushnell, who resided in Cape Vincent at the time of his death, an able and prominent physician. Handley N. has practiced medicine successfully for many years, besides carrying on a large drug business. His recent discoveries in the way of new remedies, are not only making him known throughout the country, but are proving very remunerative, because of their popularity.


JOHN F. CONSTANCE JR is a son of Lawrence Constance, Jr, who was a native of Germany, and who came to Cape Vincent in 1840, locating in the French Settlement with his parents. John F. early evinced a taste for business, and on the death of his brother-in-law, the lamented Alfred E. Gregor, who was a clothing merchant, he took charge of the business to settle up the estate on behalf of his sister, and finally purchasing the stock, he began business for himself, in which he has proved successful, and won for himself a position among the best merchants of the village.


LEVI ROUSSEAU is the son of Cyrille Rousseau, who was a native of Canada, but who came to Cape Vincent, where he yet resides. Levi was born and raised in Cape Vincent, and received his education in the village schools. A lover of horses from his childhood, he has, since old enough to handle them, been more or less a dealer in them. He is now the proprietor of the livery stable in the village, and the owner of some speedy trotters. Mr Rousseau is also a constable of the town, and one of its most efficient officers.


JAMES L. DUNNING is a son of Eli L Dunning, who was a native of Connecticut, and a soldier in the War of 1812. His grandfather was Luther Dunning, a captain in the War of the Revolution. James E., the subject of this sketch, was born in Amsterdam, NY, May 12, 1834, and with his parents came to Cape Vincent in 1835. He was raised on a farm, and gained his education in the common schools. In 1857 he married Miss Julia B. Cary, and they have one son and three daughters: Claude C., of El Paso, Texas, Maggie E., Nora M. and Inez M., who is deceased. Mr Dunning is the present postmaster of Cape Vincent, in which office, with the very efficient aid of his accomplished daughters, he has succeeded admirably in giving satisfaction to the public.


JOSEPH C. GREGOR is the son of Charles Gregor, deceased. He was born in Chicago, and came to Cape Vincent at nine years of age, and began work in the clothing store of his uncle, Alfred E. Gregor, now deceased, where he staid several years. After the death of his uncle, he entered into partnership with Frank Dezengremel, Esq., in the grocery business, and at the end of two years purchased the entire interest. With the business in his own in his own hands, the young merchant made a success from the start, constantly increasing the extent of his trade until burned out in the disastrous fire of September 24, 1894. Nothing daunted, he has again begun business in a new store on the same site, which is in every way a model. Always noted for the style and quality of his goods, Mr Gregor proposes to fully sustain his reputation; and he is prepared to supply the wants of the people along many lines not usually found in stores of the kind. Here will be found the finest grades of fishing tackle and sportsmen's supplies, and fancy goods of every description, besides all the best standard groceries known to the trade. Mr Gregor has very recently taken an accomplished partner, in the person of Miss Elizabeth Kanaley, of Clayton, on which he is yet receiving the congratulations of his many friends. May the partnership be long and happy.


PETER GARLOCH is a son of Peter Garloch, deceased, a native of Germany, who came to Cape Vincent in 1856. Mr Garloch is a prosperous boot and shoe merchant, of Cape Vincent. He married Miss Nellie Ewings, of Kemptville, Ont, and they have a family of interesting children.


ADAM I. CRATSENBURG is a son of John A. and grandson of Adam Cratsenburg, a soldier of the Revolution. He was born in Johnstown, NY, April 6, 1817, and came to Cape Vincent as keeper of Tibbett's Point light, in 1866. He married Miss Mary Grems, of Minden, Montgomery county, NY, by whom he had 11 children. Mr Cratsenburg served two years in Company I, 35th NY Infantry, and re-enlisted in Company M, 15th NY Heavy Artillery. He was in the battles of Rappahannock Station, Cold Harbor, Spottsulvania, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Antietam and South Mountain. On the 2nd of June, 1864, he was wounded, lost an arm, was captured and confined in Libby Prison two months and 11 days. He was honorably discharged January 20, 1865.


RICHARD A. DAVIS is the only son of Henry S. Davis, deceased. He was born in Montgomery county, and in 1873 came to Cape Vincent, where he now resides. He married Miss Lydia Brook, of Belleville, Ont, by whom he has four children. Mr Davis was a sergeant in Company H, 11th US Infantry during the late rebellion. He took part in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, in front of Petersburg and before Richmond, in one of which he was wounded. At the close of hostilities he was of some time in charge of one of the supply stations in Richmond. He now deals in real estate in Cape Vincent, makes collections, and is a successful practitioner in the Justice's Court.


CHRISTOPHER CLARK is a son of John D. Clark, deceased. He is a native of Cape Vincent, and the proprietor of a livery stable, besides carrying on a large teaming business. He married Miss Arzelia Brougham, by whom he has several children. He served during the late war in Co M, 10th NYHA for three years and was honorably discharged. He was wounded at Fort Richmond, and at the time of Lee's surrender, he was a wound-dresser in the hospital at Washington.


E. CARLOS KELSEY is a son of Eli Kelsey, who settled in Cape Vincent in 1808. Carlos was born in Cape Vincent, and educated in district schools. He married Miss Anna M. Preston, daughter of Rev J.B. Preston, a prominent Presbyterian clergyman. They have three children: Louis Preston, Laura A. and Mary M. Louis P. is a book-keeper for the Detroit Stove Works. Miss Laura A., an accomplished young lady, a graduate of the Oxford (O.) Female College; Miss Mary M. has partially completed her studies in a celebrated school for young ladies in Detroit. Mr Kelsey has for many years done a large business in both fire and life insurance. The author is indebted to him for valuable information.


FREDERICK G. SHAFER is a son of William Shafer, a native of Nida, Germany, who came to this country in 1831, locating on a farm in Cape Vincent. Frederick G. was raised on a farm, and received his education in the common schools; he became one of Cape Vincent's prominent and successful farmers. He married Miss Frank Frazell, and they have two daughters, Nettie and Elsie, the former recently married. Mr. Shafer has lately gone into general merchandizing, and bids fair to be success in his new line of business.


ELISHA WARREN, from Massachussetts, came to Houndsfield, where he located on a farm among the early settlers of the town, and there remained until his death. He married Lydia Potter, of Houndsfield, and, of his eight children, Rensselaer removed to Henderson, where he died at the age of 39 years. He married Charlotte, daughter of Dr. David and Hannah (Sherwood) Dickerson of Redfield, Oswego Co., NY, and their children were Glorian C., Marion A., Lafayette M., Oscar M., Antoinette A., and George W. The latter, who was born in Hounsfield, came to Cape Vincent in 1852 at the age of 51, engaging in the mercantile trade which he continued for over 20 years. He married Mary A Forsyth, of Cape Vincent, daughter of John W and Sarah (Rogers) Forsyth, and their children are Charlotte M., Sarah C., George R. and Jennie A. He was elected and served as Town Clerk three years, having the support of both political parties; was commissioned in 1867 by Governor Fenton Adjutant of 36th Regiment National Guard, State of New York, with rank of First Lieutenant. In 1873 he engaged in the lumber trade in Canada, which was continued for four years; after which he became connected with the United States customs service as Inspector of Bonded Merchandise for two years, and was then appointed by President Hayes Collector of Customs for the District of Cape Vincent, NY, for four years from March, 1879. He was re-appointed by President Arthur for another term of four years, which he served in full, the last two years being under President Cleveland. He then re-engaged in his former occupation, and is now doing a successful business in general merchandise in the village of Cape Vincent. During the Rebellion Mr Warren was chairman of the War Committee of town of Cape Vincent, for the purpose of securing volunteers and supplying wants of soldiers' families that might be in need.


ABNER ROGERS, a native of West Springfield, died at Cape Vincent, NY, in 1875, in his 79th year. He moved to that place (then Gravelly Point), with his father's family in 1809, and remained until 1813. During the first year of the War of 1812, he was a member of an independent rifle company, and did good service at Sackets Harbor and other points on the frontier. At the end of that year he returned to his old home, and apprenticing himself to his "Uncle Hosea" Bliss, he learned the blacksmith trade, then married Laura Wolcott, and managed a shop for himself, in which he labored until 1835, when, with his family, which had been increased by three boys, he again moved to Cape Vincent, where he took up a tract of land at the foot of Lake Ontario, which was then a primitive forest, and by dint of an industry that never tired and a constitution of iron, chopped, cleared, built, fenced, cultivated and beautified it, so that he obtained a competency and a delightful home. He is mentioned in the West Springfield centennial proceedings as "the famous drummer and blacksmith who went to the Black River country in Northern New York." For many years he attended the "general trainings" and Fourth of July celebrations, always taking a place in the band with his drum. On these occasions, even after he had reached his three score-and-ten, his step was wonderfully elastic, and his eye burned with the fire of youth. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and died, as he lived, a good man. His son, Augustus, occupies the old home in Cape Vincent.


JOHN H. NIMS was born at Fort Ann, NY, and in 1823 came to Cape Vincent. He married Abigail, daughter of William and Sally (Boutwell) Brown, of Orleans, and his children are Frances E., Annette L., Sarah S., William A. and Charles W. He married for his second wife Miss Almira Robinson of Cape Vincent. He has resided at his present location on road 54 for 31 years.


GEORGE LANIGER was born in Cape Vincent, where he married Jane, daughter of John B. and Margaret (Coenaire) Brunot, by whom he has two children, George B and Eva A, and is a farmer on road 14, corner 19, in this town.


WILLIAM MAJO was born in St Jacobs, Canada, and in 1825 came to this town. He married Mary Butler, and their children are Bruce, Albert C., William M., Natilla L. and Mary F., and he is a farmer on Carleton Island, where he has resided 35 years. Albert C. Majo married Mary E Parsons, of Muskegon, Mich, where he now resides. He has three children.


JOHN ARMSTRONG born in this town, married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Hannah (Moore) Stowell, by whom he had five children, viz: William, Annie, Robert, Brayton and Charles. He is now a farmer on road 49, where he has resided 18 years. He has the confidence of his townsmen, and has held the office of assessor for six years. His son Charles is a general merchant at Cape Vincent village, of the firm of Burdic & Armstrong.


FRANK WILEY, born in Cape Vincent, married first, Mary, daughter of Edward Ellens, who bore him four children, viz: Josie, May, Gertie and Ernst. By his second wife, Martha, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Lawyer) Shell, he has one daughter, Flora, and they reside on the farm where he was born. Peter Wiley, a farmer, married Mary, daughter of Peter and Mary (Aran) Zimmerman, of this town, and their children are Frances, Eddie, Fred, Ella and Albert.


URIEL M. BURNETT was born in Gouverneur, and in 1839, at the age of 17 years, located in this town on road 4, where he now resides. He married Almira, daughter of Gteorge and Mary (Gordinier) Simmons, of Fredericksburg, Canada, and they have three children, viz; Anna A., Theodore W. and Clarence E. He served in the late war in Co M, 10th New York Heavy Artillery, was disabled, and is now a pensioner.


LOUIS R. DEZENGREMEL was born in this town. He married Esther, daughter of John B and Rose (Cocagne) Grapotte, by whom he has three children, viz: Marion C., Estelle R. and Alfred L. He resides on the homestead farm. Frank Dezengremel, son of Francis P., married Harriet J., daughter of Joseph and Cornelia (Calvin) Crevolin, and their children are: Edna M. and Raymond F. He is a retired merchant at Cape Vincent, where he resides on the homestead. Charles Dezengremel, son of Francis P, married Clarissa A, daughter of Charles A and Genevieve (Brauch) Gosier, and their children are Charles E., Sadie G. and Walter E. and Wallace (twins). He is a farmer.


PETER FRAILEY was born in this town, married Julia, daughter of Christopher and Mary (Barberry) Adams, and thei children are George JW, Malinda C., Frank, Mellford P., Christopher E., Ella N. and Mary B. He is a farmer and miller, and has resided on the homestead farm for 22 years. Mrs Fraley's father, Christopher Adams, a native of Germany, came to this town in 1845. His nine children were Peter H., Christopher, Julia (Mrs Fraley), Mary Ann, Margaret, Katie, Mary B., George and Elizabeth.


BRAINARD RICE married Electa A, daughter of Philetus and Eliza (Holcomb) Judd, their children are Albert E., Charles O., and Jessie A. They reside on the homestead farm.


ANDREW F. McWAYNE was born in Houndsfield in 1820. He married Lorina C., daughter of Daniel T. and Catharine (Dingman) Patterson, and his children are: Ella A., Fred E., Kittie C. and Carrie. He has lived nearly 50 years on road 54. His daughter Kittie C., married Clarence E., a son of James and Mary Wiggins, of Lyme.


ALLEN WILSON was born in LeRay, came to Cape Vincent in 1856, and still resides here. He married Emily I., daughter of Othniel and Louis (Hubbard) Spinning, of this town, and is now a retired farmer.


GEORGE SAUNDERS came from England to Cape Vincent with his parents. He married first, Mary A. Tarrant, and they had three children: William H., Marian E. and Oscar. He married, second, Georgie, daughter of James and Adelia (Fuller) Folger, of Cape Vincent, by whom he has four children, viz: Minnie G., Hiram B., Clara C. and G. Blake. He is now a farmer in this town, where he has resided 21 years. Joseph Saunders was born in England, and came to Cape Vincent with his father. He married Harriet A., daughter of John A. and Clarissa (Hollenbeck) Vincent of this town, by whom he had three children, viz: William and Cora, deceased, and Josephine. He is a resident of Cape Vincent, and has been a lake captain for over years.


JAMES H. TUFT was born in Canada, and came to Cape Vincent in 1871. He married Maria T, daughter of Nicholas and Jane (Servet) Saillet, of this town, and their children are: Annie L., Jennie E., LaFayette E. and Jane T. James H Tuft enlisted in Company A, 8th Ohio Infantry, for three years, or during the war, was honorably discharged, and is now a farmer in this town.


THOMAS W. S. MASSON was born in St Andrews, Scotland, located in Canada in 1827, where he now resides. He married Margaret Greig, who bore him seven children, viz: James, Sarah, Ellen, William, Norman, Stewart and Thomas. The latter was born in Seymour, Northunberland county, Canada, and came to Cape Vincent in 1875, where he has been since located as a physician and surgeon. He grated from Queen's University, at Kingston, Canada, in 1872. He married Mary, daughter of Jeremiah Selter, of Lyme, and they have one son, Jeremiah S. Dr Masson is a very successful practitioner.


DANIEL FITZGERALD was born in Lewis county, and in 1878 removed to Cape Vincent, where he died in 1885, aged 56 years. He married Alice, daughter of John and Mary (Hayes) Kanaley, who bore him seven children, viz: John, Michael, William, Morris, Mary, Eugene and Daniel L. The latter was born in Clayton, and 1877 removed to this town, where he now resides. He married Sophia, daughter of Patrick and Mary (Furlong) Walsh, of Cape Vincent, and they have three children. Mr Fitzgerald has served as supervisor of Cape Vincent, and also president of the village.


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