Migrations Part 32:

ALPHEUS RIDGEWAY, who died in Jefferson County in 1892, was the father of four children. ALPHEUS was the son of Rev. ALLEN RIDGEWAY, who came from Highlands on the Hudson River and settled in Wayne County as pastor of a Methodist church. By his first wife, he had nine children; she died and he married second to ALVINA DAVENPORT of Sodus, NY, by whom he also had nine children. He stopped preaching in 1852, bought a farm and went to work at his trade of cooper. He died in 1882 in Boylston, NY. His wife survived him. Source: Oswego County NY Biographic Record

EBENEZER RICE was born and died in Massachusetts at age 82; his son, JONATHAN RICE, was born in Massachusetts and lived to age 81. JONATHAN married LOVINA DOOLITTLE, who was born in Connecticut, and their son, GEORGE E. RICE was born in Wayne County NY on 16 Feb 1840. He was a miller and dealer in flour and feed. He married 6 December 1860 to EUNICE A. BUMPUS of Oneida County, daughter of IRA and HANNAH (BERRY) BUMPUS. Their children were HATTIE L. RICE who married NELSON WEBB of Jefferson County NY and had one son; and LILLY H. who married EUGENE GRANT of Jefferson County, NY. Source: Oswego Co NY Biographic Record

NICHOLAS RHODES was born in France on 15 August 1843, son of NICHOLAS and MARY ANN RHODES. He came to the United States when he was eight years old, with his father, who bought a farm in Jefferson County, NY. His father was one of the early settlers of Jefferson County and remained there twelve years on his first visit. He then returned to France and remained twelve years at which point he returned to Oswego and died in 1893, and his wife in the same year. NICHOLAS was a volunteer in the Civil War, going to the front with the 10th NY Artillery, and served in some of the principal battles of the war, where he received a severe wound at Petersburg. After leaving the army he purchased a farm near Oswego, which he sold and purchased a farm in Parish. He married ROSALIE BARTHOLEMUE and had four children. Source: Oswego Co NY Biographic Record

WELLS STEDMAN was a resident of Redfield NY and was born in 1841 in Florence NY. He married CHARLOTTE TUBBS of North Bay and they had four children. WELLS spent fifteen years on canal and railroad building and was in the mercantile business on Oneida Lake. He conducted a hotel in Jefferson County for two years and in 1884 returned to Redfield.

FRANK A. TUCKER was born in Sandy Creek, NY on 13 Sept 1867, son of MANFRED M. TUCKER, who was born in Oswego County, and married CORNELIA K. TAYLOR. FRED E. TUCKER, brother of FRANK, was drowned at Point Peninsula, Jefferson County, in November 1886 while rescuing shipwrecked sailors.

EZRA S. TALLMAN was a farmer in Oswego County and was born in Herkimer County in 1829. He moved to Jefferson County in 1832 and to Oswego in 1869. He was supervisor at Hannibal from 1879 to 1882 and was also supervisor of the town of Brownville, Jefferson County, for five years. He married in Jefferson County to SOPHIA GREEN and they had two children—IDA and GERTIE. One son, JOHN deceased. EZRA S. TALLMAN was the son of JOHN TALLMAN of Herkimer County who married PHOEBE MATHERS. JOHN was a son of EBENEZER TALLMAN of Herkimer County, NY. He died in Jefferson County in 1863 at 59 years, and his wife, PHEBE, died in December 1860 at 49 years.

VALENTINE TURPINING was born in Oswego County on 10 January 1833, son of VALENTINE and MARY (LADD) TURPENING, both of Herkimer County. The grandfather was a descendant of the Mohawk Dutch; VALENTINE'S father was a farmer and died in Jefferson County NY at age 75. MARY and VALENTINE Sr. had eight children. VALENTINE Jr. was always a farmer and most of his life was spent in Jefferson County. In 1855 he married his first wife, BETSEY PETRIE, who was of Dutch parentage. On 14 November 1893 he married his second wife, CARRIE PETRIE, who was also of Dutch parentage.

PHILO WHEELER was born in the town of Rodman, Jefferson County, on 25 June 1824. He learned the trade of blacksmithing in his native place, and served seven years of apprenticeship. He moved to Oswego County where he remained for over forty years. On 29 Sept. 1846 he married LOUISE LEWIS and they had a daughter, AUGUSTA, wife of EDWARD WEED of Oswego City. After his wife died, PHILO married MAHALA ROSS on 12 September 1883. PHILO was the son of HENRY WHEELER and LUCY (BARNETT) WHELLER, natives of New England. HENRY WHEELER was a participant in the War of 1812 at Sackett's Harbor.

ALONZO STEVENS was born in Ellisburg, Jefferson County on 6 August 1824, the only son of HIRAM and MARY (BLANCHARD) STEVENS, whose parents were farmers at Mannsville. HIRAM STEVENS died in 1830 at 65, and his wife died in 1842. ALONZO began business as a farm hand and then owned a farm at Sandy Creek. In 1849 he married Miss L. SMITH, daughter of LUTHER and LOVE SMITH of Pulaski who were deceased.

JAMES W. STOUT was born in Brownville, Jefferson County on 30 August 1840, son of WILLIAM L. STOUT who was born in Connecticut on 12 April 1790 and came to Jefferson County after the War of 1812. He served as a corporal in that war. A cooper by trade, which business he followed for some years, was followed by farming. WILLIAM died in Jefferson County at 79 years. On 30 March 1808 he married MARY LANE who died at age 85 and by whom he had three children. JAMES W. moved to Albion in 1870 and took up lumbering but later engaged in the meat business, following butchering for some time. He served as postmaster of Sand Bank and other public offices. JAMES married twice, the second wife being EMILY RICH, whom he married in 1867 and by whom he had three children.

ISAAC N. SCRAM was born in Jefferson County NY on 17 July 1845, son of MICHAEL and PAMELIA (FREDENBURG) SCRAM, who came from Saratoga County to Jefferson County. MICHAEL SCRAM moved to Oswego County when ISAAC was nine years old. PAMELIA died in 1893 at 74 years. They had three sons. ISAAC married in 1868 to FRANCES EATON of Oswego and had three children.

NELSON E. SMITH was born in Jefferson County in 1850 to ALFRED and MARY C. SMITH. ALFRED died in Jefferson County in 1872 and MARY C. moved to Oswego to live with NELSON. NELSON moved to Oswego County in 1871 and then located in New Haven where he marketed agricultural and farm products. He married in 1890 to LIZZIE McKINSTRY and had two children.

HARRY C. SMITH was born in Oswego Co. on 10 April 1867, son of FREDERICK S. and JENNIE (TURNER) SMITH. JENNIE was born in Lansingburg, NY. FREDERICK was born in Jefferson County NY, and both were of Scotch descent. HARRY C. opened a cigar, tobacco and bicycle store on W. First Street in Oswego. He married GRACE YOUNG, daughter of Rev. WILLIAM and MARY YOUNG of Oswego, and had one child.

WILLIAM STEVENS was a native of Jefferson County NY, born in 1828. He was raised there on a farm and moved to Mexico NY in 1836. He lived in the town of New Haven after 1845. In 1864 he enlisted in the Civil war and served to the close of the war. In 1866 he married MINERVA DICKENSON and had one child. WILLIAM STEVENS'S parents were ZADOK and ABIGAIL (PARKER) STEVENS, natives of New Hampshire and Massachusetts respectively. ZADOK died in Oswego County in 1858 and ABIGAIL in 1887.

STEPHEN STOCKWELL was a soldier in the War of 1812 and married LUCY BISHOP. He settled in Niagara County NY and was a farmer. RALPH STOCKWELL, son of STEPHEN was born in Jefferson County NY and married MARY JANE STREETER and farmed. By 1844 RALPH and MARY JANE had moved to Wilson, Niagara County, NY where their son Hon. JAMES K. STOCKWELL was born.

HENRY H. LYMAN was born in Lorraine, Jefferson County NY on 15 April 1841, the son of SILAS LYMAN, who came to the Black River Country (which was the west then) from Vermont, with his father in 1796. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 in the old Floodwood Militia, in which he was later commissioned captain by Gov. Clinton and colonel by Governor Yates. All of the male members of this branch of the LYMAN family were heavily involved in military careers which began during the Revolutionary War.

Sources: Landmarks of Oswego co NY edited by John C. Churchill, Syracuse, NY, published 1895.

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