Jefferson County Migrations

MIGRATIONS NO. 78.

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WILLIAM D. FORD was born in Herkimer county or came here early. He was educated at Fairfield Academy, studied law at Herkimer with Gaylord Griswold and Simeon Ford, and came to the bar in 1809. He established himself at Fairfield in the practice of his profession, where he remained until he removed to Watertown nine or ten years later. He was fairly well read as a lawyer and of good mental ability, but was not distinguished as an advocate before either court or jury, although equable and respectable. In politics he was a Democrat and was the recipient of a fair share of political honors from his party. He was a member of Assembly in the years 1816-17-18 from Herkimer county, during the last of which years he moved to Jefferson county and was in the next year elected to Congress. At Watertown he became law partner of David W. Bucklin and the firm carried on a successful practice for some years, until Mr. Ford's death.

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ANSON HARDER was born in Danube, Herkimer Co., NY and moved to Jefferson County where he practiced law.

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GREEN GARDNER, an enterprising Rhode Island Yankee, came into the town (Norway, Herkimer Co., NY) not far from 1796 and bought 200 acres of land southerly from Norway village, and the mill sites on the Manly Brook, a mile south of the village. He erected a sawmill in 1798 and a grist mill and distillery in 1803. About 1809 he sold his farming lands to Henry Tillinghast and Samuel Carpenter, and his mill property to Adam Coppernoll, and removed to Great Bend, Jefferson county. Thomas Manly subsequently purchased the mill property. The mills were in used until 1832 and then abandoned.

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GEORGE C. GARNER of Danube, Herkimer Co., was born in the town of Danube, December 25, 1851. His grandfather, John Garner, settled in Jefferson county, NY. His father, Peter Garner, had a family of four children, three sons and one daughter. George C. Garner married Helen M. Waltmouth; they have no children. Mr. Garner owns 300 acres of land devoted to dairy purposes and about forty head of stock. He is a member of the Grange and has served as excise commissioner of Danube.

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CHARLES B. REDWAY, of German Flats, Herkimer Co., was born in Jefferson county July 21, 1865, but has resided in Ilion about all his life. His father established a dry goods business in Ilion thirty-one years ago, and in 1882 the business went into the hands of Charles B. who has conducted it ever since. His father was Albert P. Redway, and his grandfather was Albert G., a native of Vermont. In 1889, Mr. Redway married Miss Lucy Hakes and they have one child, a daughter. Mr. Redway is an Odd Fellow and a Mason.

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GOULD SILLIMAN resides in Russia, Herkimer Co., NY. He is a farmer but for many years was a contractor and builder of Ilion, and erected buildings in different parts of the county. He was born in Frankfort, April 26, 1834. He went to Winfield about 1850 where he learned the trade. In about 1864 he moved to Ilion, where he followed the same business, and from there went to Russia in 1881, where he now lives. He married Milla A. Hull, by whom he has four children: Frona, Horace G., Edith M. Daniel B. Gould Silliman is a son of Daniel Gould Silliman, born in Danbury, Conn. Who settled in Frankfort about 1830, where he died August 9, 1849, aged 59 years. Mrs. Milla A. Silliman was born in Watertown, Jefferson Co., October 22, 1838, a daughter of Shubal Hull, who died age 34 years. Daniel Gould Silliman, was born in Danbury, Conn., and came here with his father, Benjamin Silliman. The latter married Anna Gould of Connecticut and moved to Delaware Co., NY. Daniel Gould Silliman married Mrs. Polly Brockway, daughter of Luther Cloyce, a native of CT who settled early in Frankfort.

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NELSON W. SHOLES of Winfield, Herkimer co., was born in Jefferson Co., May 22, 1822, a son of Roderick Sholes, who was born in Conn., where he lived until about four years of age, when he came, about 1802, with his mother and one brother and one sister, to Plainfield, Otsego Co., and settled there. He married about 1820 to Zama Cole, a native of Otsego Co., by whom he had four sons and two daughters of whom four survive: Nelson W., Newton, Elijah C., and Julia. Two died, Mary and Roderick. Nelson W. Sholes came to Winfield, Dec. 1, 1858, and married 2 February 1850 to Mrs. Almira M. Bardin, daughter of Ebenezer Morgan. She has one son, Parke M. Bardin. Nelson W. Sholes is a farmer and has been justice here about sixteen years.

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JOHN BELLINGER of Norway, was born in Remsen September 15, 1820. He is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Ingersoll) Bellinger, who reared three children. Mrs. Bellinger died and Mr. Bellinger married Julia Dibble, by whom he had seven children. Jacob Bellinger was born in Oppenheim, and afterwards settled in Bellingertown, in Remsen, the former named in honor of his uncle and father. During the latter years of his life, Mr. Bellinger lived with the subject in Ohio, where he died in 1874. John Bellinger was reared on a farm. His mother died when he was six years of age, and since the age of nine years he has supported himself. In 1848 he married Lydia Anthony, by whom he has three sons and one daughter. Mr. Bellinger owns 130 acres of land and is a Democrat in politics. In 1884, Mrs. Bellinger died and he married Lizzie Mullen of Crogan, Jefferson co. He and wife are members of the M.E. Church.

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HENRY W. HULL, farmer and carpenter of Litchfield, was born in Watertown, Jefferson Co., May 10, 1836, and settled in Litchfield in 1878. He married Eliza M. Jones of this town, by whom he had two children: Herbert H. and Walter A. The former married Kittie, daughter of Benjamin and Jane Richards of Litchfield. Henry Hull is a son of Shubel Hull, a native of Watertown, who married Sophronia Pierce, of Lorraine, Jefferson Co., NY. Mrs. Ella M. Hull is a daughter of William and Elsie Jones of this town. Shubel Hull was a son of John Hull, a mason, contractor and builder, who was a native of Connecticut and settled early in Jefferson Co.

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The following is from the Hull Family in America compiled by Col. Weygant and published by the Hull Family Association-date not given:

JOHN HULL, 1770-1849, of Farmington, Conn., and Loraine, NY, son of JOHN and HANNAH HITCHCOCK HULL, was married 5 Feb. 1793 to MILLA PRATT.
Children:

  1. Eunice Hull b 1794, d 1872; m 1817 Gen. Abner Baker
  2. Oliver Hull b 1799 d 1871; m Esther___
  3. John Hull b 1802 d 1872; m 1836 Hannah Weldon; she was the daughter of William Weldon and Elizabeth Nonie.
    Children:
    1. Frances Elizabeth Hull b 1827
    2. John Boker Hull, M.D., b 1840
    3. Mary Jane Hull b 1843; m Rev. Joseph W. Stewart
    4. Catherine W. Hull b 1845; d 1868
    5. Helena Ann Hull b 1846.
  4. Edwin Hull, b 1805; d 1870; m 1837 Maria Louise Bentley; she was the daughter of John Bentley and wife, Lucy of Loraine, Jeff. Co., NY.
    Children:
    1. Emma Josephine Hull, b 1838.
  5. Nancy Hull b 1808 d 1870; m Joseph Allen of Albion, NY.
    Children:
    1. William Allen of Albion, NY
  6. SHUBAEL HULL b 1811; m SOPHRONIA PRICE (or PIERCE) of Altmar, Oswego Co., NY.
    Children:
    1. Henry W. Hull b 1836
    2. Milla Hull b 1838 m. ___Silliman (see Gould Silliman above)
  7. Sally Ann Hull b 1815 d 1882; m David Bennett of Watertown, NY.
    Children:
    1. Martha Washington Bennett b 1845
    2. David Bohn Bennett b 1848 d 1853

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ALEX L. MORSE, of Dolgeville, was born in Jefferson Co., NY on 12 October 1832. After receiving a good education he learned the trade of saddlery and harness making before his twentieth year, after which he worked as a farrier for a number of years, finally establishing an enterprise in Boston, which he conducted for fifteen years, and where he married Miss Ruth McClean. They have two children, both girls.

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HENRY WALRATH of Litchfield, was born in Jefferson Co., November 23, 1837 and settled in 1838 in the town of Danube. In October 1870, he settled on the farm where he now lives in Litchfield. It is selected as one of the representative farms of the town and he is an excellent farmer. He married Martha Jane Eygbroat of Minden, Montgomery Co. in November, 1859. They have five children: Esther, Hattie, Henry H., Milton and Lester. Henry Walrath is a son of David of this county, who died in Danube in 1848. His wife, Barbara (Bort)Walrath, died August 22, 1882.

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Source: History of Herkimer Co., NY by George A. Hardin, assisted by Frank H. Willard, Syracuse, NY. D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1893.


Information contributed by volunteer Marilyn Sapienza.



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