Part 4

Biographical information was extracted from R. A. Oakes' 1905 Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York, Volume II by Marilyn Sapienza!

Peres Bradford, was the third son and fourth child of George and Sarah Bradford, born 25 July 1764 in Woodstock, CT. He served for a few months in the Revolutionary Army in place of his oldest brother before he was eighteen years old. After the war he was in Providence, RI where he was in the manufacturing of cards for wool carding. There he married on 9 December 1793 to Sally Newton; they moved to Hartwick, Otsego Co., NY. Sally died there on 25 March 1807 at 40 years and Peres married for his second wife on 6 September 1807 to Polly Nickerson. By his first wife, Sally, he had six children and by Polly nine more. Peres died on 2 August 1847 in Cazenovia, NY at age 83 and was survived by Polly for an additional six years when she died in Watertown, NY.

Gilbert Bradford the seventh son of Peres Bradford and fifth child of the second wife, Polly, was born 8 September 1814 in Hartwick, NY. He learned the card making process from his father. He first located at Clayton but moved to Watertown in the spring of 1838. Watertown offered him more opportunities for mechanical employment and he took charge of the building and repairs of machinery in the Hamilton woolen mills. A series of machinery related employment followed in which he was extremely successful. He married in 1841 to Adeline Thornton; she passed away on 14 March 1874 and he married for his second wife to Myra (Woodward) who was the widow of Ely S. Adams. Gilbert and Myra had a daughter, Sarah Myra, who was born 7 May 1875. Sarah married Dr. F. C. Peterson. Myra Bradford passed away at Watertown on 7 June 1894 at 61 years.

Illustrious Remington, son of Samuel and Almy Remington, was born 27 October 1791 in Warwick, RI. In 1820-22 he became a resident of Manlius NY where he died 12 May 1883 in his ninety-second year. At Cherry Valley he conducted a cotton mill for a number of years but was a ship carpenter by trade. Illustrious married Eunice Denison, daughter of Beebe and Prudence (Holmes) Denison. She was born on 21 July 1791 in Stonington, CT and died 24 June 1870 in Manlius, NY. She was the mother of five children: Nancy, the eldest, was the wife of Hiram Wood and died in Watertown in 1897. Hiram was a resident of Watertown. Robey Caroline became the wife of Nelson Caswell and died in 1903.

Son of Illustrious Remington, was Alfred D., born in Manlius, Onondaga Co., NY on 13 April 1827. He became involved with his father and brother, Hiram, in business ventures.

Charles Rollin Remington, the youngest son of Illustrious and Eunice, was born 18 October 1835 in Manlius. He became the president of the City Ntaional Bank as well as several paper companies. After his graduation from Hobart College in 1854, he began work in the paper mill that was owned and operated by his father and brother in Watertown. Charles R. married on 16 September 1858 to Helen M. Warren, daughter of Gorham Warren of Manlius, NY. Two of their four children were: Charles H. and Marion R. Marion married George B. Kemp of Watertown.

Beebe was the third son of William and Prudence Denison and was born on 1 January 1744. He married on 13 October 1774 to Prudence Holmes who was born 2 November 1755, daughter of Joshua and Prudence (Wheeler) Holmes. Joshua Holmes was a descendant of Robert Holmes of Stonington, CT. Eunice Denison, daughter of Beebe and Prudence, married Illustrious Remington.

Noah was born on 31 May 1858 in Montreal, Canada, son of Theophile and Clotilde (Marcile) Chamberlain, of French descent. Noah's parents died in Montreal at 56 and 43 years respectively. They had a large family but only four of the children grew to maturity. The eldest, Clotilde, married Lewis Dagas and lived at Otter Lake, near Ottawa, Canada. Harriet married John Cumberland and lived at St. Lambert in Quebec Province. Noah, the fourth child mentioned following. Isaac died on 17 June 1887 at 21 years.

Noah remained in Montreal until he was eighteen and in 1876 moved to Carthage in Jefferson Co. He worked for the railroad. He married and was the father of several children. He also learned the trade of carpenter and for 22 years was a contractor and jobber in building. Many of the homes in Carthage were built by him. His attention turned to the building of electric light plants at Adams, Alexandria Bay and Clayton, as well as operation of the plant at Carthage. In 1902 he began construction of cement walks. Noah married on 25 December 1879 to Rosa Kimball. She was born at Redwood, to Neldo and Julia (Mallette) Kimball who were born in Vermont and Canada respectively. The eight children of Noah and Rosa were: Harriet, Frederick, Minnie, Gertrude, Rose, Noah, Wellington and Lillian.

Anson Moody and wife, Candace Carpenter, were among the pioneer settlers of Rodman; they arrived in 1801. Candace Carpenter was the daughter of William Carpenter, born Coventry, CT. Tradition says that Anson Moody and his wife came from Vermont to NY and it is probable that they were married in that state, where William Carpenter lived. Anson's parents died in Hartford, Vermont.

Harry Ogden Hoffman Moody, son of Anson and Candace, was born 15 June 1802 in Rodman. Harry grew up in Rodman and attended school in that place. He married Caroline Ann Bibbins; she was born 19 May 1805 in Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY, daughter of Arthur Bibbins, another early pioneer of Jefferson County. Harry Moody was engaged in farming at Stone Mills in Jefferson but moved after 1830 to Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY. One of his sons, Delano Gibson Moody, later occupied the paternal homestead at Pulaski.

Anson Moody, son of H. O. H. and Caroline A. (Bibbins) Moody, was born 18 October 1827 in Stone Mills and was a small child when his parents moved to Pulaski. He grew up and attended public schools in Pulaska but engaged in farming in Brownville, Jefferson Co., and later enlisted in response to a call for troops in the Civil War. He was in Company H., First NY Heavy Artillery under Joe. Spratt. He died on 17 June 1862 in a hospital in Annapolis as a result of wounds he received in the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia. His wife, Ellen L. McKee was a daughter of Jason and Olive B. (Ransom) McKee. They were the parents of three children: Belle E. became the wife of John R. Easley and Frank M. Moody lived at Newark, NY.

Harry Anson Moody, the youngest child of Anson and Ellen was born 10 September 1858 in Brownville and raised in Watertown. He spent a year on the farm of his grandfather and then entered the dry goods store of A. Bushnell & Company at Watertown where he remained for 12 years. After several positions he became the manager of an F. W. Woolworth store in Rochester. Harry married on 1 September 1887 to Anna B. Douglass, a Pulaski native; she was the daughter of Isaac P. and Martha J. (Moody) Douglass. Harry and Anna were distant relatives. They had a daughter, Dorothy Douglas Moody who was born on 31 August 1895.

William Carpenter was the third son and child of Ebenezer and Eunice (Thompson) Crapenter. He was born in October 1742, probably in Coventry, CT and died 24 December 1814. On 19 February 1767 he married Rachel Badger, who died 30 January 1830 at 83 years. Their children were: William, Rachel, John, Tirzah, Candace, David, Mary and Jerome. Mary married Noah Merwin and lived in Rodman, NY. Candace, the fifth child and third daughter of William and Rachel, was born 15 May 1779 and died 18 November 1828 in Rodman, wife of Anson Moody.
NOTE: See Anson Moody above.

James Outterson was a native of Binghamton, NY and was born 18 October 1858. His grandfather was Andrew Outterson, a native of Scotland. Colonel James T. Outterson, was a well known paper manufacturer in Jefferson Co.

James A. Outterson grew up in Pulaski, Oswego Co., which was the native place of his mother, Frances Elizabeth Jones. A wayward child, he was put to work in a paper mill at Rainbow, CT when he was ten years old, his father being the mill superintendent there at the time. James learned the papermaking business and in June 1884 he rented the paper mill at Fayetteville near Syracuse; at the end of six months the mill was destroyed by fire. In June of 1885 he became associated with two others in the operation of a paper mill and was actively involved with several paper mills in Jefferson County. James married on 28 October 1886 to Eva S. Peck. She was born at Ticonderoga, NY, daughter of Horace and Mary E. (Coburn) Peck of old Crown Point families. Two of the three children of James and Eva were: James Neil and Geraldine Eva. Donald C. died at two years eight months.

Colonel James was born 6 November 1836 at Poquonock, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT, where his father was a superintendent of a paper mill. His grandfather, Andrew Outterson was the only son of a miller who lived in northern Scotland. Andrew received an excellent education and spoke seven languages; he also became an expert in the art of making paper and spent five years in the United States, after his son immigrated, being among the first to color paper in America. His descendants kept a letter written by him on a composite sheet showing the fourteen colors he made. From the United States he went to Germany, where he taught the coloring of paper and died there. His widow survived for some years and lived with her son, James, in Ireland. After her death, James came to America. Her maiden name was Isabella Thompson and she and Andrew were the parents of six children: Andrew, the eldest; Mary, the second married Richard Brooks and lived in Rainbow, CT; James lived in the same locality and was killed by cars near Richland, NY while en route to visit relatives in Jefferson County; John, who lived and died in CT; Jane, wife of John West, lived in Lynn, MA; Elsie who died at 14 years.

Andrew, the son of Andrew and Isabella Outterson, was born 14 November 1895 near Edinburgh, Scotland and turned his attention to paper making. As a young man he was employed in that business in Ireland, where he married in Dublin to Elizabeth Josephine Carroll, the youngest of 15 children of Joseph and Bridget Carroll. Joseph Carroll was the foreman of one paper mill there for 20 years. In 1834 Andrew Outterson came to America and was joined by his family 18 months later. He began as a superintendent of the Hudson mills in Manchester CT and served in many others, eventually becoming the owner of mills in Dansville and Pulaski, NY. When he retired to Watertown, NY he later died at Lyonsdale, Lewis Co., NY on 5 February 1888 at 83 years. His wife died on 10 March 1881 in Pennsylvania but both were buried in Pulaski, NY. Of their 13 children, six were born in Ireland. Two of the older children died in childhood. Of the eleven who grew to maturity, the eldest, Andrew, lived at various points in Connecticut and NY and lived in Port Leyden. Joseph died in February 1904 at Syracuse. Isabella was the widow of Eugene Lane and lived in Watertown, NY. Mary married Orrin Redway and lived in Boise, Idaho. Eliza lived in Pulaski and married Thomas Wallace. James T., the sixth. William of Pulaski. John Simon Harrison the eighth child died soon after the Civil War from the effects of a wound. Frank was a resident of Carthage, NY. Charles, a paper maker, lived in Holyoke, MA. Caroline married William Nye and lived in Syracuse, NY.

James T. Outterson came with his parents to NY before he was ten years old. He followed the family footsteps and became a paper maker. He moved to Brownville with his sons in 1886. During the Civil War, Col. Outterson recruited a company which went out in 1864 as part of the One Hundred and Eighty-Fourth Regiment of NY Infantry, under his command as captain. He was married three times. His first wedding occurred in 1856 when he married Frances Jones, a native of Pulaski and daughter of Chauncey and Susan Jones. Frances died in 1878 and in 1880 James married Margaret Weaver, who was born at Sandy Hill, NY and died in February 1890. The third marriage was in 1896 when he married Eudora Pelton of Chautauqua Co., NY. James and Frances had five children: Chauncey R., the first, died at 17. James A.; Charles, a resident of Stroudsburg, PA; Frances Mabel who married W. H. Monty of Albany; Catherine who married Alvin Bernier of NY City. They also had an adopted daughter, Blanche, who lived with her foster parents.

Jesse was born 14 March 1821 at Berne, Albany Co., NY, son of Chester and Sally (Gallup) Willes. Sally was of Dutch ancestry, born in Berne, Albany Co., where she married Chester. Chester was an early resident of Carthage, and came from Dexter, where he was engaged in the manufacture of axes. At age 18, Jesse E. Willes, went to Antwerp, Jefferson Co., where he learned the trade of blacksmith under a Mr. Hill, until he was 21. There he met and married Betsey Seymour, daughter of a native Scotchman, Asher Seymour, in 1844. She was born 22 August 1822 in Antwerp and died 16 November 1875. They had a son, Franklin Eugene Willes, a businessman of Evansville, Indiana. Jesse E. Willes operated a blacksmith shop at Somerville, St. Lawrence Co, for two years and then moved to Antwerp in Jefferson, where he continued smithing for several years. He finally traded his shop for a farm which he conducted until 1861 when he sold out and moved to Carthage, NY.

Early in 1862 he enlisted as a soldier and raised a company of men but he personally was rejected because of physical disability. He was appointed as regimental quartermaster with the rank of captain and on 24 June 1864 was sent to Keokuk, Iowa where he remained until February 1866; it was there that he closed the military post after the war and received his discharge at that date. In February 1869 he was appointed postmaster at Carthage and held the position for 12 years. On 20 October 1884, his home and all of his papers were destroyed in a great fire but in the following year he built a home, later occupied by his widow. He also built the first brick block in Carthage He served in various political positions. On 23 December 1876 he married Mary E. Miller, a native of Morristown, NY. She was the daughter of Paschal and Emily (Canfield) Miller.

Paschal Miller was born 10 October 1797 and died 8 August 1846, son of Rev. Alexander Miller of Hackensack, New Jersey. Rev. Miller married on 26 April 1786 to Elizabeth Ayers, went to Albany Co., NY and moved from there to Ogdensburgh, NY in 1810. Emily Canfield was the daughter of John and Rebecca (Smith) Canfield of Sandisfield, MA. She was born 8 August 1814 in Copenhagen, NY and married Paschal Miller on 23 July 1838. She died 9 April 1892 at Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., NY at 76 years. After Mr. Miller died, she married John Griffin. Rebecca, third child and second daughter of Stephen and Sarah Smith, married John Canfield; she as born 14 April 1775 in Sandisfield.

John was born in Adams, Jefferson Co., NY on 14 March 1849. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, he learned telegraphy and became an expert operator, wrote for newspapers on political subjects and became actively interested in politics. He worked with various political figures and went to Washington as secretary to the Hon. Thomas L. James, who became postmaster-general in the cabinet of President Garfield in 1881.

John's Dutch ancestors arrived in New Amsterdam from Holland in 1630. His great-great-grandfather, Henry Van Wormer married Catalina Brower, who was descended in a direct line from the Rev. Everardus Bogardus and the famous Anneke Jans. His great-grandfather married Polly Oller. One of the numerous children of Jacob Van Wormer and Polly Oller was Abraham, born 1789. He went to Jefferson Co. as a soldier during the War of 1812. Early in 1815, he married Clarissa Richardson and settled in Ellisburg. Clarissa Richardson was a daughter of Rufus Richardson and Sarah Holden of Barrie, MA.

Rufus Van Wormer married Eunice M. Bullock of S. Trenton, Oneida Co., NY, where her father, Royal Bullock, a native of Guilford, Wyndham Co, VT, settled in 1804. Her mother was Eunice Pennell, whose father, Andrew W. Pennell, emigrated from Halifax, VT to Belleville, Jefferson Co., NY in 1805. Rufus Richardson Van Wormer and Eunice M. Bullock were the parents of John Rufus Van Wormer.

The emigrant, Pennell came to Pelham, MA from Yorkshire, England in 1728. In 1738 with his family, he settled in Colrain, MA in the Connecticut River Valley. In the course of the Revolutionary War a singular coincident occurred: At the battles of Bemis Heights and Stillwater (the Battle of Saratoga), the ancestors of John Rufus Van Wormer, participated: John Pennell, grandfather of his mother who was captain of the Halifax Company of the Cumberland Co., militia, New Hampshire Grants, later Vermont; Shubael Bullock, his mother's great-grandfather, a corporal in the Guilford Company, Cumberland Co. militia; Rufus Richardson, his father's maternal grandfather of Barrie, MA of the Massachusetts Line, and for a brief time a member of Washington's life Guards; Henry Van Wormer, of Schaghticoke, NY, his paternal great-great grandfather, and Jacob Van Wormer, a lieutenant of the Third company of Van Rensselaer's Albany Co., Regiment.
NOTE: the book states that John Rufus Van Wormer was a single man.

The Taggart family was among the leading and prominent families of Jefferson Co., NY. The Hon. William and his son, Henry W., contributed to the distinction that Watertown enjoyed as being an important industrial city in northern NY.

On the paternal side, William was a descendant of Henry Taggart, who immigrated to the United States from the Isle of Man and settled in Newport, RI. He was a wholesale merchant who engaged in the West India trade. His son, Joseph Taggart, was born in Newport, RI and became a pioneer in the Black River Country. He came to the region with his family during the opening years of the nineteenth century and was a farmer in LeRay.

Henry Taggart, son of Joseph, married Julina Dighton, daughter of John Dighton of Oxford, England. John Dighton came to America as a soldier in General Burgoyne's army and after the Battle of Saratoga, deserted and served for some time in the American army during the latter part of the Revolutionary War. He became a resident of Pamelia in Jefferson Co., where he died.

William W. Taggart, fourth child of Henry and Julina, was born in LeRay, NY on 28 Dec. 1825. He attended common schools and academies at Evans Mills, Gouverneur and Watertown. In 1846 he attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where he graduated in 1849. He was admitted to practice law in 1856 and two years later returned to the old farm in LeRay. In 1866 he was one of the organizers of a company that manufactured manila paper, the first enterprise of its kind on the river.

In 1859, William was elected to the assembly and served during the 1860 session; in 1865 he became special surrogate of Jefferson Co. On 19 December 1860 he married Susan S. Lee, daughter of Daniel Lee, a prominent citizen and public official of the county seat. They were the parents of two children: Alice L. who married George C. Sherman, and Henry W. Taggart. Susan, William's wife, died on 20 August 1866.

Henry W. Taggart, the only son of William and Susan, was born in the house where he lived in Watertown, NY. He was actively involved in the paper making business, specializing in the manufacture of manila paper. He married on 28 June 1893 to Anna A. Marcy, daughter of Richard Marcy of Watertown, NY. They had two children: Lydia W. and Mary Lee Taggart.

Dexter was of Watertown, NY, but a native of Evans Mills. He was the son of Dr. Alonzo and Cordelia (Smith) Van Ostrand. Dr. Van Ostrand was an eminent medical practitioner in Troy, Evans Mills and Watertown, NY. Cordelia Smith, his wife, was the daughter of Dr. Smith, an early physician of Evans Mills.

Dexter's education was cut short when at age 15, his father died. Dexter became an employee of the Western Union Telegraph Co., which he continued for a number of years; he became superintendent of the Great Northwestern Telegraph Company, which operated in connection with Western Union. He was also identified with the Bell Telephone company and placed the first telephones in Watertown, NY. In November 1875 he married Agnes Law Phelps, daughter of George b. Phelps of Watertown, NY. Their children were: Agnes and Kate Van Ostrand. Dexter died in his home at Watertown, NY on 4 January 1885.

Daniel Eames, third child and son of Daniel and Mary (Cutler) Eames, was born 11 March 1767 and died 13 September 1855. He married on 19 February 1788 to Molly K. Wright; who was born 7 August 1768 and died 4 February 1842 in her 74th year. They were the parents of thirteen children; ten were sons and two of the boys were twins. The twelfth son, Moses Eames, was a prominent citizen of Watertown and spent considerable time in tracing his ancestry.

Lovett, the youngest of the children of Daniel and Molly (Wright) Eames, was born on 22 September 1810 in Rutland, Jefferson Co. Lovette married on 23 May 1835 to Lucy C. Morgan; she as born 22 June 1811, daughter of the Rev. Elisha Morgan. Lovett died on 6 September 1863; he was a mechanic and inventory and went to Kalamazoo, Michigan but in 1861 moved to Watertown and put in pumping machinery for the waterworks. In that year he bought Beebee's Island where he built his machine shops for the production of his inventions.

Elisha D. Eames, son of Lovett and Lucy C. Morgan Eames, was born on 23 May 1836 in Kalamazoo, MI and educated there. His calling was that of an ironworker and engineer. In 1861 he moved to Watertown with his father, serving as an assistant in the business. He and his brother, Frederick W. Eames, who invented the vacuum brake, worked together. In 1875 the Eames Vacuum Brake Co. incorporated. In 1863, Elisha married Mary Robinson; she died on 1 July 1898. On 17 June 1903, Elisha married Alice Waltz. Alice was born at Lafargeville, daughter of Simeon Waltz and Alice Nash. Mrs. Eames was a noted soprano singer.

Frederick W. Eames, son of Lovette and Lucy C. (Morgan) Eames, and brother of E. D. Eames, was born in November 1843 in Kalamazoo, MI. When the Civil War erupted, Frederick was the second man to enlist in the first company raised in his town. He was mustered out of the Second Michigan Infantry to accept a lieutenancy in another Michigan regiment. In 1863 he was honorably discharged by General Grant from this regiment and appointed aide in the revenue service, serving on the Mississippi River until the close of the war and was subsequently in the United States internal revenue department under President Grant. In 1874 he moved to Watertown with the nucleus of the great invention which was named the Eames Vacuum Brake. On taking possession of the company's works which produced the invention, he was shot on 20 April 1883. His invention went to the New York Air Brake Company. He married in 1870 to Martha Shilling of Michigan. They had two children, but neither survived.

Josiah was the son of Jonathan Nash of Great Barrington MA b 1 Jan. 1748, married 15 Dec. 1773 to RHODA NOBLE of Westfield, MA. Their first seven children were born in Great Barrington. He then removed to Poultney, VT about 1777 where their eighth child, Alice, was born. In 1788 or 89 he moved to Haven, VT where his remaining three children were born; he finally removed to Jefferson County, NY and settled there. Josiah died at Burrville, Jefferson Co., NY on 3 June 1807 and wife, Rhoda Noble Nash died in Watertown on 6 May 1835.

Children of Josiah Nash and Rhoda Noble:

1) Sarah born 22 Sept. 1774 married Samuel Meigs
2) Mary born 19 Sept. 1776 married John Dailey
3) Henry Singer born 18 September 1778, settled at Lafargeville, Jefferson Co., NY
4) Joanna born 17 July 1780 married Luke Noble
5) Rhoda born 28 July 1783 married Thomson Preston
6) Elizabeth born 7 February 1786 married Titus B. Willard
7) Alice born 20 May 1788 married William Smith
8) Josiah born 20 August 1790 settled at Carlisle, Sullivan Co., Indiana
9) Anna Maria born 1 June 1794 married Philo S. Johnson
10) Laura born 30 March 1799 married Thomas Baker

Henry Singer Nash was the son of Josiah Nash of Great Barrington, MA was born 18 Sept. 1788 and married 9 November 1802 to CLARISSA BURR of Burrville, Jefferson Co., NY, who was born 28 March 1784. Their first four children were born in Burrville and the fifth in York, NY. The last two were born at Lafargeville, Jefferson Co., NY.

Children of Henry Singer Nash and Clarissa Burr:

1) John B. born 21 Oct. 1803, settled Pawpaw, Van Buren Co., Michigan
2) Jael A. born 3 April 1806, married Asa Bacon of Lafargeville
3) Josiah L. born 10 April 1808, settled at Lafargeville
4) Henry M. born 3 November 1811 settled at Crown Point, Lake Co., Iowa
5) Elizabeth born 4 May 1816, married Erastus Wright at Depauville, NY
6) Alice M. born 8 September 1821 married Simeon Waltz of Lafargeville
7) Clara A., born 16 September 1826, resided Depauville, NY

Alice M. Nash, daughter of Henry Singer Nash, born 8 September 1821; married 22 February 1849 to Simeon Waltz of Lafargeville, he born 22 July 1822, d 13 July 1861 at 39 yrs in Orleans.

Children of Alice M. Nash and Simeon Waltz:

1) Amelia Maria born Orleans NY 29 March 1850
2) Alice bc 1857, married Elisha D. Eames on 17 June 1903 as his second wife

WALTZ, AMELIA MARIE, daughter of Simeon Waltz and Alice M. Nash married ALEXANDER BAIN born 1843 in Canada.

Children of Amelia M. Waltz and Alexander Bain:

1) Jennie born 1880
2) Eleanor born 28 August 1885; died 16 Feb. 1980 in California.

Isaac Kendall was born at Enosburg Falls, Vermont in April 1775. His father was one of the historic Green Mountain Boys. In 1795, Isaac moved to Jefferson County, and made the journey from Vermont by ox cart. In Jefferson County he became a carpenter but spent his spare hours with music. The charts were his own and the songs - music and words - were his own compositions. In 1797 he married Suzanne Goodale of Plymouth, MA origin and they had: Charles, born 1799, an early minister of the county who died 1884; Almira, born 1801 who taught the first school in Clayton, NY; Lorinda born 1802; Milo born 1809, whose son was an accomplished musician, a teacher and composer - he played before Queen Victoria and received from the royal hand a gold bugle; Aldridge Stetson born 1813; Katherine born 1815 who married David Alvord of Florida.

In 1813, Isaac Kendall was taken prisoner by the British and make a prisoner in the tower at Kingston, Canada with Gus Stetson. They escaped on a raft made of the floor of an unused cabin they found and paddled across the foot of Lake Ontario to freedom. Isaac passed his last days in Clayton, NY where he died at age 95.

Captain Aldridge Stetson Kendall, the fifth child, born 1813, spent his life in the Thousand Islands. He was raised in Clayton and Pamelia, where he received a common education. At an early age he followed the river and did so for sixty years. He purchased land when the Islands were in their primitive state He died 31 October 1890 at the Kendall homestead. He was married twice; from his first marriage: Mrs. Sarah Van Cowghnett of Clayton, NY; Mrs. Merritt Gurnsey of Clayton; Captain Eli Kendall. From his second marriage to Zuba, daughter of Solomon Gotham and Elizabeth King. Gotham children: Permilia who married David Rhines; Maria; Rebecca who married William Latimer; Mary; Martha who married Warren Howe; Fidilla who married James Howe of Michigan; Zuba who married Capt. Aldridge Stetson Kendall; Byron who served in the Civil War and was shot at Richmond, Virginia; Francis F., who served and fell at Petersburg, Virginia at 20 years. Elizabeth King Gotham, mother of the above children, died at the home of Captain Aldridge Stetson Kendall in 1890 at 82 years.

Zuba Gotham, seventh child, was born at Depauville, NY on 16 May 1835. She was a niece of Colonel Gotham of Sackets Harbor and cousin of statesman, Roscoe Conklin, and her husband a cousin of the authoress, Louise Chandler Moulton. She lived at Red Gables with her two youngest sons, Grant and Bird, and her daughter, Miss Bell, and granddaughter, Ethel.

Captain Aldridge Stetson Kendall and Zuba Gotham were the parents of five sons and five daughters: Aldridge; Mary Augusta who married Lucius Hutchinson, a boat builder in Clayton, NY; Ida May, wife of Captain Josiah McAvoy, a masterly pilot on the St. Lawrence; Frank; Zuba Alveretta who married William Ward Hutchinson of Grindstone Island; Charles Henry; Nellie M. who married Hon. Joseph McCormic Brazier, supervisor of the City of Poughkeepsie; Cora Isabell; Grant; Bird.

Ida May Kendall, who married Captain Josiah William McAvoy, had the following children: Ethel Belle; Karl Kendall; Byron Gotham; Charles Henry; Zuba; Ruth; Josiah William.

Etta Kendall who married William Ward Hutchinson, had one child, Winifred, who was known as "the fairy".

Nellie M. Kendall, the seventh child, married on 8 Sept. 1897 to Hon. Joseph M. Brazier. She was the authoress of several poems.

For 75 years the name of Kendall was associated with the navigation of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. For 25 years, Captain Kendall of Clayton sustained that reputation. He was born in Clayton on 10 December 1851, the eldest child of Captain Aldridge S. and Zuba (Gotham) Kendall. His early navigation experience earned him an appointment as first officer and pilot when he was 21 years of age. (NOTE: Oakes gives an extensive account of the various vessels Captain Kendall piloted.) On 16 July 1876, he married Victoria C. Bearup of Cape Vincent, daughter of Joseph Bearup, born in Clayton.

Jacob Bearup was the son of Andrew Bearup, a pioneer settler of Jefferson Co., who located in Plessis and later went with the 49ers to California; returned east and then to California where he died at 90 years. Joseph Bearup was a carpenter in Cape Vincent for some years and later went to River View, where he died in January 1904 at 82 years.

Joseph Bearup married Mary Hazzard who was born in Pamelia, NY. They were the parents of eight children of whom seven are mentioned: George M., a farmer in Cape Vincent; William A., a gardener near Syracuse, NY who served in the Civil War; Emily J. who married Jonas Couch of Watertown, NY; Victoria C., wife of Captain Aldridge Kendall; Clinton who lived in Syracuse, NY; Dr. Anson A. of Carlsberg, NM; Hattie M. who married Fred J. Morgan of Detroit, MI. The mother of these children died in 1900 at age 74.

Captain Aldridge and Victor C. (Bearup) Kendall were the parents of four children and two were mentioned: Clarence L, a steamboat captain on the river; Florence L. who married Herbert W. Rogers of Watertown, NY.

Frank was a well known pilot on the St. Lawrence River, one of the Kendall brothers. He was born on Grindstone Island on 21 October 1858. He married on 12 May 1888 to Adelaide Birdsall, who as born in Fenton, Michigan, daughter of Maurice and Jane (Bailey) Birdsall.

Maurice Birdsall was a son of James Birdsall, who was the surrogate of Chenango County, NY and member of the fourteenth Congress, representing the Fifteenth New York District and also member of assembly in 1827. He married Rizpah Steere, who was born in Gloucester, RI. They had 12 children. Only two were mentioned as survivors in 1904: Mrs. Elizabeth Henry and Mrs. Rizpah Kellogg, both residents of San Francisco, CA. James Birdsall died in Flint, Michigan at 80 years and his wife at the age of 78. Maurice Birdsall was born in Norwich, Chenango Co., NY and as a young man went west with a brother; they were in the mercantile business. He died at 62. His wife, Jane (Bailey) Birdsall was still alive in 1904 and was 71 years. Jane was born in Fishkill Landing, NY, daughter of Abraham Bailey and Susan Larned. They went to Michigan and became pioneer farmers of Genesee County. Maurice and Jane were the parents of eight children: six were living in California and one in Heidelberg, Germany. Of the eight children, Adelaide, married Captain Frank Kendall and lived in Clayton, NY.

Charles was also of Clayton, NY, born in that town on 4 February 1863, son of Captain Aldridge Stetson and Zuba (Gotham) Kendall. He married on 6 August 1895 to Sarah J. Potter and they had two children: William Horace and Adelaid Maryen Kendall. Sarah Potter was born on Grindstone Island, daughter of Orlando and Eleanor (Miller) Potter. Orlando Potter was the son of Dr. William and Elizabeth (Bushnell) Potter. Their children were:

Dr. William
Dr. Hanley
Julia, who drowned at 14 years.

Sarah Potter Kendall died in 1871.

Orlando Potter, father of Sarah, was born in Gananoque Canada where he attended school until he reached majority. He then moved to Grindstone Island and purchased a 250 acre farm. There he married Eleanor Miller who was born in Corsican, Canada, daughter of Martin Miller. Martin Miller was born in Franklin Co., NY; he was a carpenter and contractor for many years and went to California in the early history of gold mining but after three years he returned east and did carpentry and contracting in connection with running vessels on the Great Lakes. The vessels he was in business with took grain and other staples to all points around the Great Lakes. Later, he settled on Grindstone Island and died there at 84 years. Martin Miller was the father of three children: George H., Sarah Jane, and Eleanor who married Orlando Potter.

Dr. Adams was a successful physician and surgeon of Carthage, NY. A native of Jefferson County, he was born 24 February 1868 in Martinsburg, Lewis Co., NY. His great grandfather, Joseph Adams, came from England, and was for a short time a resident of Champion in Jefferson Co, and a farmer. He married in the United States and lived in many localities but died on Long Island, NY.

William Adams, son of Joseph Adams, married Hannah Gates, a native of Windsor, Vermont. She was the daughter of Abraham and ____Rumry Gates. William died in Genesee, NY in 1825 at about 30 years.

William Adams, son of William and Hannah Gates Adams, was born 23 August 1824 in Champion. After the death of his father, he returned to Champion with his mother. Hannah married a Mr. Graves and went to live in Martinsburg. During the Civil War, William was in the employ of Sydney Sylvester, who operated a sawmill and store in Martinsburg. He also served as captain of state militia, his commission dated 20 July 1850, and signed by Washington Hunt, governor, and L. Ward Smith, adjutant general.

William, son of William and Hannah, was married three times: His first wife was Ann L. Bingham, born October 1824 in W. Martinsburg. She died in April, 1865. Her son, Isaac Bingham Adams, was the proprietor of a stove and tin store in Rome, NY. The second wife was Mary Johnston, of Scotch-Irish descent on the paternal side, and Irish on the maternal side. She was left an orphan in early outh and was reared in Highmarket, Lewis Co., NY. She died in September, 1876. For his third wife, William married Ida Dugas, who was born in St. Johns Province of Quebec, daughter of Leon and Aurelia (Holmes) Dugas.

Aurelia Holmes Dugas was the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Louise (de Palteault) Holmes of English and Canadian birth respectively. Mary Louise's father came from France to Canada. Leon Dugas was a son of Pierre and Anna (Aeillat) Dugas. Peter (or Pierre) Dugas was a son of Jacques Dugas who lived to 111 years, nine months, 11 days.

Charles Francis, son of William and Mary (Johnston) Adams attended schools and moved to Carthage, NY at age 19. He clerked in stores and began medical studies at Bellevue Hospital Medical College in NY where he graduated in 1893. He began his practice at Carthage in both medicine and surgery. He married on 4 September 1895 to Edith Farrar, daughter of Harvey D. Farrar of West Carthage. They had one son, William Darwin Adams, born 21 September 1897.

Edward was of Watertown, NY and was born in Lewis County in February 1843. At age five he moved with his parents to Watertown, NY where he was educated and attended public schools. Upon his employment with A. M. Utley, a merchant for whom he worked for ten years, he opened a dry goods store in San Francisco, CA in 1861. After three years, he returned to Watertown and entered the grocery business. In 1873 he sold out and partnered with Spratt to form a hardware business. Edward was employed in various posts and political offices in Jefferson County.

John was referred to as the captain of industry, having served as secretary and treasurer of the New York Air Brake Co., the offices located at 66 Broadway in NY City. John's lineage begins with:

SHUURMAN, JACOBUS, who settled on Three Mile River near New Brunswick, NY in 1720-21. His wife, Antje Terhoun, was a daughter of Albert Terhoun of Flatbush, Long Island. Their children were: Ann, Jacoba, Margaret, John, Ferdinand, Jacob and Albertus.

Jacoba, daughter of Jacobus and Antje, was baptized on 2 February 1724 and died before 1760. She married Archibald Thompson, of Scotch ancestry of Perth-Amboy. Children of the couple: John, George, Anna and Jacob.

Captain John Thompson, the eldest child of Archibald and Jacoba Thompson, was married on 30 June 1760 to Jane, daughter of Pieter and Antje (De Riemeer) Strycker. Both he and his wife were members of the church on 2 October 1772. In 1767, John was the only navigator between Amboy and New York and in 1775 commanded a packet that made regular trips between those two points. He served as first lieutenant of John Lyle's Company, Third Regiment of Middlesex Co., in the Revolutionary War and was one of the British captives confined in the Sugar Hill prison in New York. Their children were all born in New Brunswick, NJ: Peter, Margaret, Archibald, Jane, John, Anne, Elizabeth, Isaac, George and Philip.

Dr. John Thompson, the fifth child and third son of Captain John and Antje Thompason was baptized 23 July 1775, and died 11 July 1850. He married on 13 April 1798 to Mary Lyell, daughter of Thomas Lyell, a sea captain and descendant from a settler at Perth Amboy in 1697. Mary died in February 1853 at 78 years and four months. Dr. Thompson graduated from Queen's College in 1794 and in 1798 occupied lands that belonged to his father's estate in Aalplatz, Schenectady County, NY.

Thomas Lyell Thompson, son of Dr. John and Mary, was born 20 March 1799 near Schenectady where he died in 1851. He was the postmaster of that city and a respected citizen. His wife was Helen Coolidge, daughter of Daniel Coolidge, a banker and prominent citizen of Poughkeepsie, NY. Daniel Coolidge's mother was a member of the Van Rensselaer family of Albany who were extensive land owners in the Hudson River Valley. Daniel Coolidge was said to have built the first brick house in Poughkeepsie, NY.

John C. Thompson, son of Thomas L. and Helen Coolidge Thompson was born in Schenectady, NY on 15 April 1845; his father died when he was six years of age. He attended various public schools and took a position in Cooper's general merchandise business in Watertown, NY. John left Watertown and went to West Virginia where he worked for a salt and coal mine company and at age 19 was appointed superintendent at a salary of five thousand dollars a year. His ambition took him to Cincinnati and a position in a commission house after which he opened a wholesale grocery business in Mobile; it is said that he made and lost a fortune in two years. Wending his way through various insurance companies he became the manager of the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts with headquarters in Boston. The Eames Vacuum Brake Company had been organized in 1876 but it had been poorly managed and in 1884 its affairs were at a very low point. Thompson saw possibilities and bought a controlling interest in the business and changed the name to the New York Air Brake Company. It was under his management that all the buildings in the Watertown plant were constructed. At that time, 1,500 men worked in the plant and the company operated a large plant in Russia. The product was used globally wherever railroads were in operation. He married Julia Boyer, whose father, Joseph Boyer, was born in France. Joseph Boyer was a lawyer and at one time private secretary to Joseph Bonaparte as well as to La Ray de Chaumont, the owner of several large tracts of land in northern New York.

This biography begins with the Johnston family, among the most prominent pioneer families in Jefferson Co. William Johnston was in Jefferson in 1812, born in Lower Canada in 1782. He became an employe of the United States government during the War of 1812 and later became involved in the movement of 1837 to overthrow the Canadian government. William was a friend of William Lyon McKensie, a leader of the Reform party of Canada and the two men decided that Canada should be freed from British rule. They fortified themselves on one of the Thousand Island that was within the Jefferson County boundary line. Johnston's daughter, Kate (Katherine) was their provision and supply contact. He declared war with a manifesto. Their efforts were unsuccessful but after the war, friends gave Kate a canoe and an ebony paddle with a silver plate of appreciation which passed to her son, W. W. Hawes.

William Johnson married Ann Randolph, who was born in 1784 and they had seven children:

James J.
Maria who married Mr. Reed of Detroit, Michigan
Napoleon B.
Kate (Katherine) who married Charles L. Hawes
Stephen D. of Clayton, NY
William J.

Of this family, John Johnston was born in Watertown, NY in 1816. In 1834 he moved to Clayton. In his early days he would row a boat for a dollar per day. Eventually he opened a small store on James Street in Clayton. Because the steamship wharf was in the rear of the store, his business did very well. He married in 1845 to Emily Jane Hawes, a daughter of William W. and Ann (Whitney) Hawes, and a sister of Charles L. Hawes. Emily was born 15 September 1815 and, like her parents, she was born in Canada.

The Hawes family was also of Canadian ancestry and from the early days of Jefferson County, they were represented. William W. Hawes was born in Canada and came to the United States at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He married Ann Whitney, who was also born in Canada. They had three daughters and a son:

Harriet born 1812
Julia Ann born 1814
Emily Jane born 1817 married John Johnston
Charles L.

Charles L. Hawes was born in Canada and moved to Jefferson Co., with his parents when very young. Charles and his wife became the parents of five children:

W. W. Hawes of Clayton
Kate, who died in childhood
Jennie, a widow and resident of Brooklyn, NY
Josephine who married John Unser of Carthage, NY
Mrs. Anna Belle Jones, a widow

The Fiske family in America has a long and well-known reputation as far in the past as 1655. Amos Fiske was born in Wendall, MA on 26 May 1780. In 1807 he married in Trenton, NY to Mary Hubbard. She was born 26 August 1789 in Middletown, CT. Amos moved to Erie, PA and from there in 1810 to Ashtabula, Ohio where he took up land. The city is now on that land. In 1833 he was a member of the Ohio state legislature; he died in 1836. Amos and Mary were the parents of eleven children. Isaac Hubbard Fiske was the oldest son.

Isaac was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on 9 October 1811 and when his father died, he took over the various business enterprises of his father. In 1841 he moved to Watertown, NY and opened a mercantile business with his father-in-law. Isaac also went into business with Samuel F. Bates and they operated a tannery on Newell Street; they ran a boot and shoe store also. Isaac was also involved with the Hunt and Wiggins Co., a clothing manufacturer, of which he was a partner. He served in a number of public offices and was one of the electors for the state of New York in 1860. He died on 1 February 1877. In 1836 he married Mary Safford. Their four children were:

John S. of Alassio, Italy
Susan M. who married John C. Knowlton
Isaac R
Mary H. of Watertown

Mary was the daughter of Dr. John Safford who in 1807 moved from Salem, NY to Martinsburg, where he practiced. In 1826 he moved to Watertown. Mary Safford's mother was a daughter of General Walter Martin, one of the noted pioneers of the north county. Walter Martin was the son of Captain Adam Martin, born Sturbridge, MA on 15 Dec. 1764. Adam lived for a short time in Salem, NY and then moved to the Black River Country of Jefferson Co. in 1801. He bought of James Constable eight thousand acres of land, which included the east subdivision of the Boylston tract. Adam was a brigadier general and served on the frontier in 1814.

Jabez was a resident of Watertown, and a pioneer of the town. He was born 1 August 1777 in Lebanon, CT. As a young man he went west and lived for a short time in Oneida Co., NY. He married in Paris, Oneida Co., on 24 July 1800 to Hannah Hungerford. Hannah was born 13 September 1777 in Farmington, CT and died 16 October 1826 in Watertown. Jabez moved to Turin, Lewis County, where he made potash for the market, which was the chief cash producing industry of the early pioneers.

In 1805 Jabez lived in Watertown at Burr's Mills, which was then a wilderness. He built and operated a grist mill on the north side of the river and opened a general store. He owned large amounts of land and village lots and built additional houses on his residential street. His final years were spent at the home of his daughter who was the wife of Major Henry Smith, at Monroe, Michigan; Jabez died there on 10 December 1847. Of his 13 children, five grew to maturity:

Gusatvus A.; settled in Cleveland, OH and died Oconomowoc, WI
Elvira Lorraine, wife of Major Henry Smith of the US Army
Evalina born 1 July 1806 at Burrville; married Adriel Ely
Jabez; married a daughter of Judge Egbert Ten Eyck and died of consumption in Jacksonville, Florida
Morris died of consumption in Dayton, Ohio

Joseph Allen was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Seabury Allen; he was born at Wesport, MA on 14 November 1758. Daniel was born 1729 and married Elizabeth Seabury in 1751; he died in 1822.

Children of Daniel and Elizabeth Seabury Allen were:

Mary (Mrs. Cornwell)
Rhoda (Mrs. Macomber)
Ruth (Mrs. Shearman)

Joseph Allen was apprenticed to a blacksmith for four years and as a young man worked at vessel blacksmithing in Providence, RI. He was a minuteman for two years and nine months during the Revolutionary War. On 27 June 1784 Joseph married Prudence Earl at Dartmouth, MA. Prudence was born 14 January 1768, daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Brightman Earl, descendants of Ralph Earle who came from England circa 1634 and settled in Rhode Island. Prudence had three brothers: James, Najor and Arnold.

After Joseph and Prudence married, they lived in Dartmouth, MA until 1793; they moved to Galway, Saratoga Co., NY where Joseph owned a farm and worked as a smith. In the fall of 1804 they moved to Ellisburg where he bought 320 acres at Bear Creek and built the first house there including the smith shop. It was a wilderness. At that time, Joel Brown, who married the oldest daughter of Joseph Allen, was living two miles north of Bear Creek on what eventually became the Adams Road. Joseph Allen moved to Bear Creek in March 1805 with Arnold and Pardon Earl. After settling in, Joseph built an addition on his house and opened an inn. Elihu Allen, a son, followed in his father's footsteps, and became a smith. Joseph donated land for a public burial ground and about 1818 built a hotel. He operated the public house until 1823, and was succeeded by Joel Brown. Joseph moved to a corner house that he bought of Oliver N. Snow and lived there until his death on 23 September 1838. He served as a town supervisor. Prudence died on 27 December 1843.

They were the parents of ten children:

Nancy born 1785; married Joel Brown in 1803 and died in 1844
James born 1786 died 1788
Betsey born 1788; married Henry King, 1809 and died 1871
Joseph born 1791 married Phebe Williams 1829 and died 1864
John born 1793; married Melissa Dewey 1823 and died 1876
Rhoda born 1795; married Roswell Marsh 1834 and died 1835 at Hebron, Ohio
Harvey born 1798; married Lucy N. Freeman 1826 and died 1879
Ruth born 1802 married S. J. Stebbins 1826 and died 1838
Elihu born 1806 married Almira Andrus 1839 and died 1886
Hiram born 1810 married Fanny Taylor 1837 and died 1891

Eight of the children were buried in the village cemetery. It is said that Joseph Allen, the father, was of medium stature, even temperament and much respected. He was by religion a Restorationist. One of his rules was never to sue to collect a debt. In 1840, a post office was established at Bear Creek with the name of Pierrepont Manor and hence was known by that name.

Archie Ryder was an attorney in Watertown and prominent in political circles. He ancestry traces to Massachusetts but the family was probably of Welsh origin.

Joseph Ryder was the son of David and Esther (Jocelyn) Ryder; he was born in December 1780 in Boston and married Mary Hill. She was of the same family as David B. Hill, former NY governor. Joseph died in 1871 at 91 years, one month.

Children of Joseph and Esther were:

David born 13 January 1804 in Boston
Clark born 4 May 1805 in Vermont
Benjamin born 31 December 1806 in Vermont
Mary born 19 December 1808 in Milford, Oswego Co NY
Joseph born 22 December 1810 in Milford
Betsey born 6 May 1813 in Chaumont, NY
Louise born 23 June 1815
John born 25 May 1817
Ellis born 28 January 1819

David, the eldest child, was about nine years of age when his parents settled in Lyme, Jefferson Co. He grew up there and farmed in that town. He married first to Alzada Bacon of Watertown and they had three children: Celestia, Van Buren and Duane. David's second wife was Annah Jackson and they had five children: Lucina, James, Emily, Ellis and Dallas (twins). Annah Jackson of Onondaga was a granddaughter of Stephen and Ann (Davis) Jackson. Stephen was a farmer and woolen manufacturer of Delphi Flats, NY. He served for seven years as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Stephen and Ann had sons, James and William.

James Jackson, son of Stephen and Ann, was a farmer in Onondaga Valley, NY and died in Syracuse. He married Tryphene Howe and they were the parents of Annah Jackson who married David Ryder. Tryphene Howe as the daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Rose) Howe of New Haven, CT.

Dallas Ryder, son of David and Annah (Jackson) Ryder, was born 28 April 1845 in Lyme and was just sixteen when the Civil War began. He enlisted as a soldier on 18 October 1861 at Watertown and served as a private in Company B of the Thirty-fifth Regiment, NY Volunteers, known as the Jefferson Co. regiment. He served 22 months in the field at was in the battles of Manassas Junction, Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, White Sulphur Springs, the second Bull Run and South Mountain. After the War was over, Dallas returned to Lyme and took residence at Three Mile Bay. He was employed as a captain on the Anchor Line of steamers which sailed between Buffalo and Duluth and Chicago. Dallas married Ann Janette, daughter of Aura and Lois Janette Wilson of Lyme.

Aura Wilson was born 10 October 1817 and was an early resident of Ellisburgh and then moved to Lyme. He was both blacksmith and shipwright and became the owner of a fleet of fishing boats. His brothers, William, John and Hiram, were also residents of Jefferson Co. Aura married Louisa Geanet Fenton who was born 1 October 1822 and died 18 February 1857. She was the daughter of Eleazur Fenton, a farmer of Lyme, and his wife, Loraina Townsend. After Louisa died, Aura married Harriet Newel Buchanan; their son was William Alexander Wilson, a resident of Watertown. Aura died at 63 years. Children of his first marriage to Louisa were: Helen M., wife of George Perry of Oswego, NY; Cecelia who married Henry Swackhammer; Delmetia who married Charles Eigenbrodt of St. Johnsville, NY; Ann Janette who married Dallas Ryder, and Alice Jane who died young.

Dallas and Ann Janette (Wilson) Ryder had three children: Willie, the eldest; Archie C. and Myrtle Annah.

Archie C. Ryder was born 23 October 1873 in Three Mile Bay where he attended schools and the Adams Collegiate Institute. He entered the Buffalo Law school and graduated in 1898 and admitted to the bar in 1899. He enlisted as a soldier at the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Archie married on 26 August 1903 to Emma L. Resseguie, daughter of David and Lovina (Hunt) Resseguie of Sulphur Springs in the Town of Hounsfield.

Milon was an assessor in the town of Champion, as well as being a prosperous farmer. He was a native of Jefferson County, born 15 April 1846 in the town of Philadelphia to Perry and Margaret Baker, who were born in Russia, Herkimer Co., NY. Margaret, his mother, was the daughter of Nathaniel Tompkins who was a prominent Herkimer Co. farmer.

Perry Baker was born 25 March 1822, the only son of his father's family to strike out from the native locality. About 1844 he moved to Philadelphia, NY, and bought land which he farmed until his death on 20 April 1857. One of his other enterprises was the buying and selling of stock; he would purchase cattle and horses in Canada and sell them in Philadelphia. He would also drive stock to New England, selling to farmers along the road. Margaret was born 9 May 1825 and died 9 June 1895. Perry and Margaret were the parents of two children: Milon and Emily Jane, who married Elisha Shurtleff of Philadelphia.

Milon grew up in Philadelphia and was eleven years of age when his father died. He lived on the homestead until 1898 when he sold it and moved to his farm in Champion. He cultivated and maintained a small dairy. On 29 October, 1868 he married Catherine Strickland, born in Philadelphia, daughter of John and Lucy (Freeman) Strickland. John Strickland was a prosperous farmer. Catherine's grandfather, John Strickland was among the first settlers in Philadelphia, NY.

John and Lucy (Freeman) Strickland were the parents of these children:

George, a resident of Philadelphia
Caroline, wife of Charles Roberts
Charles, a resident of Deer River
Catherine A., married Milon Baker
Pitt, a resident of Philadelphia
Martha, married Dr. D. F. Lucas and lived in Brooklyn, NY
John, a resident of Wilna
Miles, a resident of Mendon, Michigan
Lucy, died in infancy

NOTE: Mrs. Baker had two half brothers: Albert, who drowned in the winter of 1903 and Everitt, resident of California.

Milon and Catherine (Strickland) Baker had two children: Margaret, who married William Lovejoy who was a Philadelphia hardware merchant, and Perry who married Carrie Baxter, a native of Philadelphia, on 28 October 1903.

The founder of this family in Jefferson Co., NY, was Austin Cadwell; he was born 28 May 1786 either in or near Granby, CT. He married on 3 October 1806 to Anna, whose surname was not given. It was after 1815 that Austin Cadwell located in Brownville, NY where he conducted a foundry and also the town where he was buried.

Children of Austin and Anna Cadwell:

Austin Edson born 12 June 1808
Anna Eveline, born 3 December 1809
Mercy Paritta born 7 October 1811
Kellogg Holcomb born 7 March 1813
James Smith born 17 November 1815
Edmund Jay born 2 February 1819
Annis Adeline born 26 September 1823
Rowland Pettibone born 24 December 1825

James Smith Cadwell, fifth child above, was born in Granby and educated in Brownville, NY. He learned the trade of baker/confectioner, and became an expert. He conducted his business for seven years at Ogdensburgh and then went to Belleville Canada in 1848. He remained there until 1855 when he returned to Watertown and continued his bakery until age 72 when he died. He invented the first cracker making machine. He invested in real estate, opened streets, built houses, developed the second ward of Watertown and was a public spirited citizen of the town. He married on 25 February 1838 to Huldah Hills Whitcomb, born in Granville, Washington Co., NY on 8 March 1820, daughter of Rev. Lewis and Elmira (Hills) Whitcomb.

Rev. Lewis Whitcomb was born 10 April 1800 in Windsor VT and Elmira was born 8 September 1802 in Hartford, Washington Co., NY. Elmira Hills was the daughter of Jesse Hills, born Hartford, CT and died E. Hartford on 7 January 1859. His wife was Huldah Standish, a direct descendant of Captain Miles Standish of Mayflower fame, through William, son of Miles. Jesse Hills was a son of Nathan Hills, a soldier in the Revolution, who enlisted on 12 February 1778 and was promoted to corporal on 1 September 1780. He served in the First Regiment CT Line from 1781 to 1783, until December 31 of the latter year; he died in the army of smallpox. His service record is on page 175 of Connecticut War of the Revolution in the military division of the State capitol at Hartford, CT.

Children of Nathan Hills were:


Jesse Hills moved to E. Hartford, NY where he married Huldah Standish: their three children: Elmira, Maria and Julia. Children of Rev. Lewis and Elmira (Hills) Whitcomb were Huldah Hills and Lucy Elmira.

James Smith Cadwell (born 1815 above) and Huldah Hills (Whitcomb) Cadwell were the parents of five children:

Lewis Austin born Ogdensburg, NY on 23 Dec. 1838
Henry Van Rensselaer born Pulaski, NY 3 October 1840
Lucy Elmira born 4 November 1844
James, died in infancy
Huldah Paritta

Huldah Paritta, youngest child of James S. Cadwell and Huldah Hills Whitcomb, was born 5 October 1852 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. In 1873 she married Merritt De Long, born 10 March 1857 in Watertown. They had two sons: John Milton, born 6 September 1874, and Merritte E., who was born 2 February 1878. John Milton DeLong married Harriet O. Fox, a Watertown native, daughter of Frank C. and Rose Fox. Merritt DeLong drowned at age 16.

Ezekiel was the son of Samuel and Sarah Hubbard Andrus, born 1745 in Southington, CT. He married on 26 June 1782 to Martha Munson, daughter of Reuben Munson and lived first in Farmington and later in the town of Bristol or Burlington, then to Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY. One child was born there and the family moved to Utica where Martha died on 20 August 1799 from accidental poisoning. A variety of causes contributed to Ezekiel's loss of property and he moved to the Black River Country to get a new start. In the spring of 1800 he moved to Rutland and lived on a tract of 144 acres. Some of his children came with him and others came in the following summer. He built a log house where he lived until his death on 14 March 1828. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery in Watertown. He had eleven children and was grandfather of 67.

Children of Ezekiel and Martha Andrus:

Samuel and Sally (twins)
Polly, married Warren Spaulding
Phebe D. married Danforth Earl
Lodema and Diadama (twins). Lodema married Frederick Woodruff

Ezekiel, the third son and eighth child of Ezekiel and Martha (Munson) Andrus, was born 17 May 1792 in Farmington, CT and was perhaps eight years old when his father moved to Rutland, NY. He served at Sacketts Harbor in the War of 1812, and at about 21 years located on a farm where his grandson, Elon O. Andrus later lived. He married on 16 January 1816 to Tryphene Gilbert; she was born 24 February 1789 and died 17 July 1872 at 84 years. Ezekiel survived her by seven years and died 5 August 1879 at 88 years.

Children of Ezekiel and Tryphene:

Lodema born 21 Dec. 1816; died 18 March 1841
Diadama born 17 June 1818 and married 13 November 1861 to T. N. Clark; he died 1 July 1893 and she died 23 October 1901.
David, born 24 January 1820, married Fanny Chase on 27 March 1842 and he married second on 1 May 1858 to Roxy Hitchcock. His third wife was Mrs. Amelia (Potter) Boynton whom he married on 29 May 1870. David died on 2 May 1887.
Alcesta G. born 4 February 1824; married 10 Feb. 1847 to Jason B. Johnson; he died 16 October 1891; Alcesta lived in Copenhagen, NY.
Phebe, born 20 December 1826; married 14 May 1851 to Philo C. Scott; she died 13 December 1878.

Stillman Andrus, youngest child of Ezekiel and Tryphena (Gilbert) Andrus was born 8 March 1833 in Rutland, where he attended public schools. He was a very successful farmer. He married first on 29 May 1857 to Araminta J. Rudd, daughter of Nathaniel Rudd. Araminta died in January 1862 and left two sons: William Nye and Elon Oscar. Stillman married second on 15 February 1865 to Mary A. Warner, who was born 30 March 1832, daughter of Deacon Alexander and Urettie (Conklin) Warner. They had a son and daughter: Clinton Ezekiel and Mary Araminta.

Elon Oscar Andrus, the elder son of Stillman and Araminta J. Andrus, was born 27 August 1858 in Rutland and attended public schools. In 1883 he homesteaded and began farming. He was involved in several public affairs and politics. He married on 20 February 1884 to Mary Emma Scanlan, daughter of David and Susan B. (Sullivan) Scanlan. She was born 4 April 1856 in Cape Vincent, NY.

Their children were:

Leland Harrison, born 1 Aug. 1886; died 12 April 1889
Milton Harrison, born 24 June 1891

William Nye Andrus, the second son of Stillman and Araminta J. (Rudd) Andrus, was born 8 September 1860 on the homestead of his grandfather in Rutland. He married Abby M. Woodruff in 1880 and died 18 December 1894. His son, Ulmont Stillman Andrus was born in August 1883 and lived in Chicago.

Clinton Ezekiel Andrus, son of Stillman and Mary (Warner) Andrus, was born 18 May 1866 and educated in the local schools. He lived on the paternal farm until 1883 and then located on a farm near the old home and became a dairy farmer. He married on 14 February 1893 to Anna Josephine Scanlon, daughter of David Scanlon. She was born 9 August 1866 in Cape Vincent.

Their children:

Ross David born 27 August 1896 in Rutland
Florence Marguerite, born 8 April 1900

Mary Araminta, daughter of Stillman and Mary Andrus, was born 30 December 1867 in Rutland and educated in the public schools and Potsdam Normal School. She married on 31 March 1897 to Hiram I. Bronson.

Their children:

Anna Lillian born 24 January 1898
Marcus Edward born 30 March 1901

Elisha Andrus, fourth son and ninth child of Ezekiel and Martha (Munson) Andrus was born 2 June 1794 in Kinderhook, NY; he came to Rutland when he was six. In addition to his farming work he kept a hotel. His married first to Nancy Fish, who was born 1798 in Bozrah, CT, daughter of John Fish. John Fish moved to Bozrah from Bloomfield, Hartford Co., CT. John Fish married Lydia Lathrop who died at age 89 years.

Nancy Fish Andrus died 18 July 1841. Children of Elisha Andrus and Nancy Fish: Ezekiel, Merritt, Munson and Elizabeth. Ezekiel died as a young man and Elizabeth died in Watertown, wife of Hiram Mills; she left two daughters and a son. After Nancy Fish Andrus died, Elisha married twice more but no children were born of either marriage. Elisha died on 15 February 1884.

Merritt Munson Andrus, second son of Elisha and Nancy (Fish) Andrus was born 9 December 1824 in Rutland, NY where he grew up and attended schools. He enter the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. Instead of practicing law he opened a mercantile company with W. N. Woodruff in 1848. Later he partnered with Francis R. Lamon. Merritt died on 18 April 1892. He married on 20 March 1850 to Angelica Dickerson; she was born 6 November 1833 and died 2 December 1897.

Angelica was the daughter of Hannibal S. Dickerson, who was the son of David S. Dickerson. Hannibal was born 27 January 1808 and received his medical diploma in Fairfield, NY on 25 December 1826. He was licensed to practice and did so at Rice's Corners in Watertown where he died on 19 August 1845. His wife, Abi Richardson, was a daughter of Sylvester and Abigail (Scott) Richardson.

The children of Merritt M. and Angelica Andrus were:

Sherwood D.
Seward A. both in business in Chicago, Illinois
Ella A. who married John C. Streeter (her maiden sister, Grace, lived with them)
Maude M., the youngest, married Harry P. Babcock at Watertown, NY

Sherwood Dickerson Andrus, third eldest child of Merritt M. and Angelica Andrus, was born 5 April 1855 in Watertown where he attended public schools. Later he attended Hope College at Holland Michigan. In October 1871 he became a clerk in the Black River Insurance Co. of Watertown and continued there until 1878. At that time he moved to Chicago where he was employed in various merchandising activities and then to Leadville, Colorado for three years. Back to Chicago in May 1883, found him again working for insurance companies.He married on 18 June 1888 to Mrs. Laura J. Stebbins, a native of Troy, NY.

Seward E. Andrus, son of Merritt and Angelica, was born 23 June 1857 in Watertown where he attended public schools and went to work in his father's store where he clerked from age 12 to 15. He then became a clerk in the Black River Insurance Company of Watertown and in the spring of 1893 off to Chicago where he worked for various insurance companies. In 1886 he married Sarah Alton Richardson, a native of Brownville, NY, daughter of James H. and Jane (Alton) Richardson. James H. Richardson was a New York native and Jane was from England.

Biographical information was extracted from R. A. Oakes' 1905 Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York, Volume II by Marilyn Sapienza!

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