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.
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..
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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