Jefferson County, New York


HISTORY OF RICHLAND COUNTY, WISCONSIN:
Union Publishing Co., Springfield, IL 1884.


MRS. CARRIE M. ATKINS, the proprietor of the hotel at Cazenovia, was born in the town of Orleans, Jefferson Co., NY, and Dec. 7, 1842. She was joined in marriage in 1858 to SANFORD COLLINS. He was born in the town of Orleans in April, 1839. Eight children blessed this union, six of whom are now living--SANFORD, CHLOE L., STURGIS F., BIRNEY A., BURTON and LULA M. He was a machinist by trade, at which he worked in York State until 1867, when he came to Wisconsin and purchased a farm on section 7, town of Ironton, Sauk County. Here he made his home until the time of his death, which occurred Nov. 30, 1874. Her second husband, to whom she was married Oct. 11, 1877, was THORNTON LEE ATKINS. One child, NELLIE MAY, was born. Mr. Atkins as born in the town of Garnavillo, Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1848. His father, whose name was Elial Atkins, was a native of Vermont, settled in Dubuque, Iowa in 1845, and moved from there in 1848 to Garnavillo. In 1852 he went to California, and his wife, with her two children, returned to Vermont and lived there five years, then returned to Garnavillo, where the subject of our sketch grew to manhood. When he was 16 years of age he engaged in the brick city machine shop at Claremont, Iowa and there learned the trade. The past few years he has been engaged as engineer. In the summer of 1883 he rant the engine of the steamer, Red Star, at Minnetonka, in Hennepin Co., Minn.

L. G. THOMAS, one of the well known settlers of the town of Buena Vista, is a native of Jefferson Co., NY, where he was born in 1807, but was reared in Otsego Co., that State...He has been a resident of Buena Vista since 1856, coming here directly from the Empire State...Mrs. Thomas, formerly DOLLY CATLIN, is a native of Massachusetts. They have four children...

ORRIN L. BRITTON, the pioneer settler of Sextonville, was born in Westmoreland, NY, in 1811. When he was twelve years old, his parents moved to Jefferson Co., NY, where they were pioneers. There the subject of this sketch spent his youth and was married in 1830 to ANNIE PRATT, who was born in Jefferson County in 1811. They continued to live in that county until 1844, then moved to Wisconsin, making the journey overland with a pair of horses and wagon. They were six weeks on the road, after which they arrived at the village of Jefferson, Jefferson County. He first rented land a few miles out of town. In the spring of 1845 he bought timber land in the Rock River woods, moved there and cleared a few acres, then sold and hired to E. M. Sexton to drive a peddler's wagon from near Fort Atkinson, which he continued until 1848, at which date he came to Richland County. His wife died in 1857, leaving eight children. He was married again two or three years later to MARY J. RICE. They have one child, and now reside a few miles from Black River Falls, in Jackson County.

F. D. FOWLER, in April, 1867, settled on section 36, town of Richland, having purchased the land in 1865...Mr. Fowler was born in Herkimer co., NY, Jan. 3, 1825...He was married in 1852 to MARIA A. COLE, who was a native of Jefferson Co., NY. In 1855 they came to Wisconsin...

DANIEL SNOW, son of Horatio and Sarah (Cole) Snow, an early settler of Rockbridge, was born in Jefferson Co., NY, July 18,1834. When he was but eight years old, his parents emigrated west and settled in Dodge Co., Wis., where they were among the pioneers. His father purchased land in what is now the town of Emmet, improved a farm and made this his home, until the time of his death. His widow is a resident of Watertown, Jefferson Co., Wis. The subject of our sketch here grew to manhood, receiving his education in the public schools. In December, 1857, in company with his brother, James, he started with an ox team for Richland County. After eight days of travel, they arrived at Rockbridge and entered land on section 1, of that town. They were both single men at this time and kept "old batch" in a log house with a shake roof, which they erected on the southeast of section 1, until 1859. That year, on the 4th of September, Daniel was married to ANNIE, daughter of HENRY and ELIZABETH (ROBINSON) SIMPSON, early settlers of Henrietta. They have six children--William, Victor, Paul, Vira, Scott and Frank. He now owns 165 acres of land, about thirty of which is cleared. He has taken pains to preserve his best timer, and now has some of the most valuable land in this section of the country.


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