Thomas Warner, a native of Connecticut, who had served his country in the struggle for Independence, removed from Schuyler county, N.Y. to Wells township about 1823. Here he continued to reside until his death, March, 1840, aged 84 years. His remains rest in the Coryland cemetery. He had seven children as follows: Truman B. married Mabel Leonard, settled in Wells and died there; Hiram married Adelia Wright located in Columbia and died there; James married Mahala Frost, lived and died in Wells; Jeris married Jane Roushy of Tioga county, N.Y.; Ruth married Amos Baker of Tioga county, Pa.; Horace; Joseph.
Ebenezer Cory, a native of Vermont, who had served his country in the struggle for Independence, settled in Columbia township in 1814. His record of service is contained in his affidavit of Sept. 11, 1820 asking for the benefits of a pension as follows: "That he the said Ebenezer Cory, aged 66 years, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war in the company commanded by Capt. Wm. H. Ballard of Colonel Brooks' regiment, the 7th Massachusetts; that he has no trade, follows farming chiefly, but from age and bodily infirmity is almost unable to pursue said occupation; has living with him his wife, Joanna, aged 65 years and infirm like himself, and also a son, Ebenezer, aged 33 years, totally helpless from palsy." Mr. Cory died in Columbia but when and where he is buried, we are unable to state. In 1840 his wife was living with her son, Ebenezer, and drew a widow's pension.
John Budd, a native of Maine and ship-builder by trade, came to Columbia township, 1816 and settled permanently. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary war and his record of service is given in his affidavit of May 10, 1830 as follows: "That he the said John Budd, aged 67 years, resident in Columbia township, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war, enlisting as a private at Crampon, Dutchess county, N.Y., 1779, in Captain Post's company of infantry in Colonel Shepard's regiment and General Glover's brigade of the Massachusetts line; that he continued to serve in said regiment for the term of one year when he was honorably discharged at Peekskill, N.Y.; that he also served occasionally in the militia and was in the battle of White Plains and at the taking of Fort Montgomery; trade and occupation has been that of a carpenter but has been unable to work for several years by reason of rheumatism; family consists of himself and wife, aged 55 years, who has unusual health."
Mr. Budd was given a pension. He died June 19, 1845, aged 83 years upon his farm in Columbia and was there inhumed in the family plot. His wife, Polly, died Dec. 25, 1841, aged 66 years. Their children were Polly, Philaria, Albion, Thomas, Helon and Achsah, who married as follows: Polly to Phineas Clark; Philaria to Daniel Watkins; Achsah to William Smith; Helon to Adelia Ingalls; Albion to 1st Aminta, daughter of Peter Gernert and had children, Anna (Mrs. Stephen Wilbur), Emma (Mrs. John Van Wirt), Albion, Harriet (Mrs. Frank Parsons), Deborah and Loudon; married 2nd Celestia Parsons and had children, Mary (Mrs. Willard Harris) and Sophia. Mr. Budd died, 1856, aged 58 years.
William Salisbury, a native of Boston, born 1758, was one of the party who assisted in destroying the tea on British vessels in Boston harbor in 1773. He early joined the patriot army and was in Montgomery's expedition against Canada. He participated in the assault on Quebec, where Montgomery was killed. In after years when describing this engagement, he was wont to repeat the words of encouragement which he heard Montgomery give to his troops. After the war he became a Baptist minister and about 1824 came to Springfield township, where some of the family had previously settled. He preached in Springfield and at Wellsburg, N.Y. His death occurred, 1844 and his remains rest in the Leona cemetery. His wife was Hannah Brown by whom he had children, William, Charles, Seth, Hannah, Lydia, Fanny, Mary and Betsy. William died in Georgia, unmarried; Charles and Lydia, unmarried, died in Springfield; Seth married Lydia Hill, aunt of Governor Hill of N.Y. He studied medicine and practiced many years at Smithfield. In 1845 he was appointed State Librarian by Governor Shunk and served four years. A few years before his death, he moved to Wellsburg, N.Y. where he was postmaster. Hannah married William Grace (p. 102) and died in Springfield. Fanny married Chauncy Guthrie of Chenango county, N.Y., died in Springfield. Mary married Dr. W. K. Hopkins of New York state. Betsy married Hosea Marsh of Phelps, N.Y.
Warren Brown, who had married Ruth, daughter of Joseph Kinney of Sheshequin, located at Towanda about 1817. He built what was known as the "County House" and for a time kept hotel. From 1826 to '30, he was commissioners' clerk. In the 1830's, he removed to Illinois with his family.
Dr. John N. Weston, a native of Norwich, Conn., born Feb. 12, 1794, made his advent into Bradford county in the winter of 1813-14, instructing in the art of penmanship, but remained only until the following spring.
Afterwards, he studied medicine and began practicing at Huntington, Pa., where in 1822 he was joined in marriage with Miss Mary Dodson, a distant relative of Benjamin Franklin. In the autumn of 1823 Dr. Weston came to Towanda "where he soon acquired an extensive practice and a large circle of personal friends, which his amenity of manners in all his personal and professional intercourse was well calculated to increase. Wholly unselfish in his disposition, instead of coldly performing his professional duties, it seemed rather a work of love for him, to alleviate the ills of others. He never spared his strength or health, or avoided exposure to wet or cold, when a suffering patient needed his aid--never refusing to attend a call when able to reach his patient. It may be safely said that there has seldom been a physician more attentive to his patients, more kind and prudent and withal more successful." In 1842 Dr. Weston was made the Whig candidate for sheriff and his great personal popularity won him the election over Chester Thomas, the celebrated politician, who was the Democratic and majority candidate. His death occurred in Towanda, March 12, 1848. Mrs. Weston survived her husband half a century, dying at a very advanced age. Their children were Mary (Mrs. O. D. Bartlett); Eliza (Mrs. T. F. Madill); Martha, never married; Henry who practiced dentistry in Towanda and Philadelphia; Dorsey practiced law in Wisconsin, served in the Civil War, spent his last years in Monroe.
Stephen Wilson, a native of Vermont, who was the first settler in Bridgewater township and one of the early commissioners of Susquehanna county, sold or traded properties with Zachariah Price and came to Wysox in 1819. In 1823 he removed to Allegheny county, N.Y. where he died April 15, 1848, aged 76 years.
Robert Moore, the first settler on Moore's Hill in Ulster and from whom the hill takes its name, came with his wife and two children from Williamsport, Pa. in 1821. Upon locating in the wilderness, he cut the first tree on his farm and erected a log house for his family. He was without means and his privations and hardships were many. After years of toil when he had begun to live in comfort, his house took fire and was destroyed together with everything, including clothing. Without a shilling in money, the family lived in the barn for a time and began the struggle over again. In time, however, with the assistance of his sons Mr. Moore cleared a large farm and spent his closing years in peace and plenty. He died June 12, 1863 in his 77th year, and his wife, Mary, in 1868, aged 78 years. Their children were Ethan B., Abraham G., Mrs. Jane Hovey, Mrs. Julia Ann Brooks, Mrs. Sarah
Pettes, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary, the last named dying in childhood.
Simeon Rockwell, born Sept. 2, 1793 near New London, Conn., after serving with the Connecticut troops in the War of 1812, came to Rome township, 1815. In those days, it was long before news reached the people and Mr. Rockwell used to relate that all the towns through which he passed on his westward journey, "were illuminated in commemoration of peace." Upon locating in Rome, Mr. Rockwell at first worked at cabinet-making and then engaged in farming which he followed till the close of his life. Nov. 23, 1817, he married Catherine, daughter of Henry Lent, who was reared by her aunt, Mrs. Godfrey Vought. Mr. Rockwell was a man of energy, successful in his business undertakings and accumulated a considerable property. He died Oct. 7, 1854, and his wife, born Dec. 25, 1798, died Feb. 25, 1880. Their children and marriages follow: Deborah to Danford Chaffee; Henry D. to Clarissa Allis; Margaret to George Vincent; Almira to Dr. Enoch Towner; Catharine died in childhood; Fernando C. to 1st Mary Ennis, to 2nd Margaret Weller; Arthur L. to Mary J. Beers; Simeon G. to Chloe Dimock; William P. to Frances M. High. Three of the brothers, Fernando, Simeon and William were soldiers in the Civil War.
Alexander Howden, a weaver by occupation, who had served in the American army five years, spent his last days in Athens. In his affidavit of Sept. 11, 1820 he sets forth as follows: "He the said Alexander Howden, aged 73 years, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war as follows; that he enlisted as a private soldier at Peekskill under Captain Lewis in a regiment commanded by Colonel Owen in the Continental establishment and continued in the service 5 years and was discharged at Greenish, R.I.; that he was in the engagements at Long Island, White Plains, Red Bank, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, and at Newport under Sullivan; that he is a weaver and has a wife 78 years old." It appears that Mr. Howden lived in Athens township, east of the river above the narrows. His first wife having died, in 1830 he married "Old Mother Northrup" as she was known, then 98 years old and he 83. Mr. Howden died at Athens about 1833.
Solomon Talladay, a native of Connecticut, served in the Revolutionary war as a private 9 months, active service, in the 5th regiment of New York state troops, commanded by Col. Lewis Dubois under Captain Rosencrans. He was in General Sullivan's campaign against the Indians, 1779, and received a wound in one of his legs. After the war he appears to have lived at different places, finally moving from
near Canandaigua, N.Y. in the 1820's to Athens, where he continued to reside until his death, Feb. 14, 1839, aged 81 years. He was buried with military honors, "a salute of musketry being fired over his grave" in the Village cemetery at Athens. Mr. Talladay married Chloe Couch, their children being, Cynthia, who married and removed West; Arletta Lucretia married Samuel Northrup and resided in Athens; Polly married Joseph Barber of Corning, N.Y.; John lived in Corning. He was a soldier in the Civil War and is the only case we have of a father being in the war of '76 and son in war of 1861 to '65.
Peck -- This family was of the old English gentry. Joseph Peck, the founder of the family in America, "with three sons, one daughter, two men-servants and two maid-servants, emigrated from Ipswich, 1638 and settled at Hingham, R.I."
Hezekiah Peck, a descendant of Joseph, came from Warren, R.I. to Smithfield, 1817, purchased the Zephaniah Eames improvements and engaged in farming. He was a man of sterling character. At his death in 1854, he was survived by his wife, Abigail, and children, Sally G. (Mrs. Waldron), William, Hezekiah Mason and Peleg.
William settled in Iowa.
Peleg, b. December, 1798, married Nov. 3, 1821, Lydia C. Hunter, settled in Columbia, engaged in farming and lumbering, died Feb. 22, 1875. Their children were Hezekiah, Peleg, Francis, Thomas, George M., Abbie E. and Mrs. Josephine Mosher.
Hezekiah M. married, Sept. 26, 1821, Ruth, daughter of Benjamin Hale, and engaged in farming, milling and manufacturing in Smithfield. Mrs. Peck died, 1867 and he in 1872. Their children were Frances C. (Mrs. George White), Mary W. (Mrs. Clark M. Stanley), Sophia C. (Mrs. J. H. Shoemaker), George S., William A. and Benjamin M. The sons were all soldiers in the Civil War and men of mark. George S. was captain of Company G, 57th P. V., mechanic and dentist; William A. was a noted surgeon in the army and afterwards an eminent lawyer; Benjamin M. see below:
Benjamin M. Peck, son of Hezekiah M. and Ruth (Hale) Peck and the 11th judge of Bradford county, was born October 5, 1838 in Smithfield. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, the East Smithfield academy and the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute at Towanda. In 1858 he began reading law with Col. Elhanan Smith of Towanda and was admitted to practice in the several courts of Bradford county in September, 1860. He immediately opened an office at the county seat and was actively engaged in his profession until August, 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Company B, 141st P.V. However, upon the organization of the company, he was made 1st sergeant and inside of nine months was its commanding officer. He was with his company from Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville and performed his part with great credit and bravery.
(Photo Portrait of Benjamin M. Peck)
(On) May 3, 1863, on that part of the Chancellorsville battlefield, known as Hazel Grove, he was severely wounded by a minie ball, which passed through his neck and shoulder, just missing his spinal column and jugular vein. As soon as his wound would admit, he left the hospital, went to the front and on July 7, '63, took command of his company. In the Wilderness campaign, he distinguished himself in heroic deeds. At Spotsylvania, May 12, '64, just in the gray of the morning, the enemy were surprised and 4,000 of their number taken prisoner. Here it was that Captain Peck rushed upon a rebel officer and made him surrender without ceremony. Having taken his sword and revolver (a Colt's six-shooter, all the chambers of which were loaded) the rebel colonel, as was thought at that time, was ordered to the rear. Subsequent investigation determined that the officer captured by Captain Peck was either Major General Edward Johnson or Brigadier General George H. Stuart of the Confederate army. Captain Peck remained with his command until Oct. 4, '64 when he was detailed to command the 1st Battalion of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters (Berdan's). January 14, '65 he was appointed by Maj. Gen. Humphreys assistant commissary of musters of the 3rd Division, 2nd Army corps on the staff of Maj. Gen. G. Mott and remained in this position until mustered out, May 28, '65.
At the close of the war, Captain Peck returned to Towanda and resumed the practice of his profession. In 1872 he was elected prothonotary of Bradford county and re-elected to the same office in 1875, proving an efficient and popular officer. He was a director, vice president and president of the Citizens National Bank. In 1879 he formed a co-partnership with D'Alanson Overton, which continued till 1891. In 1890 he was the fusion candidate for President Judge and, after the most spirited political contest in the history of the county, was elected. Judge Morrow, having died a few days before the expiration of his term, Mr. Peck was appointed to fill the vacancy, his term commencing on the 5th of January following. He at once entered upon his duties and threw himself into his work with great vigor. He was making a splendid record as judge until 1896 when he was seized with a peculiar malady which gradually tore down his fine constitution. He consulted the most eminent physicians in the country and while his energy and pride would not let him yield, there was no hope. The disease became deeper seated and every relapse left him much weaker, till death at last claimed its victim, September 9, 1899.
Judge Peck was a true patriot. He loved his country and though entitled to a large pension would never accept one. He delighted to talk with "his boys" over their war experiences, and they loved and esteemed him, as a father his son. Only ten days before his death, in paying tribute to the memory of his dear old commander, he said: "General Madill has only preceded us, for in a short time we must all follow." Prophetic words, for sure enough, he was the next to answer the summons of the Great Commander. Judge Peck was a man of noble traits of character. In the language of one who knew him long and intimately -- "he was one of nature's noblemen." Many hearts were gladdened by his acts of charity and good advice. He was a Christian both by example and precept. Always conscientious, if he made a mistake, it was of judgment, not of heart. Early in life he joined the Methodist Episcopal church, was an active worker and one of the most liberal contributors. For years he served in the capacity of trustee, class leader and Sunday school superintendent. Judge Peck was truly a noble man and those who knew him best loved him most. In 1863 he was joined in marriage with Miss Sarah H. Watkins of Athens, who, with a son and a daughter, survives (1914).
Other Early Columbia Settlers -- William Rose from Vermont located in the town about 1800. In 1815 he transferred his title to Martin Rose. Samuel Baldwin was a settler in or before 1807. He purchased Drinker lands and became a thrifty pioneer. Other Baldwins, evidently of the same family, in Columbia, 1820, were John, Rufus and Thomas. James Lamb, a Scotchman, who had married Sarah Oaks, came in 1808. He subsequently moved to LeRoy where he died, 1853, survived by children, Charles H., Mrs. Mary Mallory, Mattie Rebecca (Mrs. Benj. S. Tears), Mrs. Sally Parkhurst and Mrs. Saloma Hammond. Solomon Hakes was in the town before 1812. Others of this family were Beebe, David, James and Solomon S. Hakes. Ami Collins and Harvey Harris came as settlers in 1812, and Cornelius and Nicholas Mosher in 1816. Dr. Stephen Fowler, for many years an eminent and successful practitioner, located in the town, 1815. Ebenezer Smith, a shoemaker, who had married Polly Pattee, moved from Vermont to Columbia, 1819. Here he died, 1842, aged 71 and his wife, 1855, aged 84 years. Their children were Nancy (Mrs. John Lilley), Dummer and Thomas.
Jared Norton was a descendant of the Nortons who came from England and settled in Connecticut in Colonial days. He and one brother served in the Revolutionary war in a company commanded by a Captain Norton. In 1828 Mr. Norton removed to Bradford county, spending his last days with his daughter, Mrs. Griffin in Sheshequin. Under date of March 1, 1831 a pension certificate was issued to him bearing the signatures of Lewis Cass, secretary of war and J. L. Edwards, commissioner of pensions. He passed away June 2, 1842, aged 85 years and 6 months, and his remains repose in the Sheshequin cemetery. Mr. Norton had married in Connecticut a Miss Bidlack by whom he had the following children: Sarah, b. Oct. 2, 1788, married Reuben Griffin, died in Sheshequin; Abigail, b. Feb. 11, 1791, married a Mr. Bishop; John B., b. Dec. 25, 1793; Lucretia, b. March 26, 1799, married Wm. Verbeck, died in Wisconsin; William, b. Dec. 25, 1801, married Sarah Verbeck.
Silas Washburn, a native of Vermont, who as a young man was a sailor, served his country in the struggle for Independence. Some of his family, having found their way into Bradford county, after the death of his wife, he came also, settling in Windham township. Here he continued to reside until his death, about 1837, aged over 80 years. His remains repose in the Windham cemetery. He had the following children: Isaiah married and lived in Windham, died Sept. 17, 1856 in his 79th year; Betsey never married, kept house for her father;
Percilla married Abel Cheney and lived in Windham; Sally married Ziba Hotchkiss of Windham; Abial also married and lived in Windham; Polly.
Reuben, Charles and Ellery never came to Bradford county to reside.
John Cornelius Vancise was born in Holland, 1756. When about 8 years of age, his parents being dead, he and a brother were brought to America by friends. His early life was spent in the vicinity of Schoharie. Upon the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, he immediately joined the American army and served seven years in the struggle for Independence. He fought at Bunker Hill, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, crossed the Delaware with Washington and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. At the battle of Monmouth he was badly wounded in the right leg below the knee. In his old age he enjoyed recounting his war experiences, always speaking of Washington with the greatest reverence. Mr. Vancise was a weaver by occupation, skilled in the art and wove many fancy articles. He married Deborah Murray, an Irish woman, and removed to Masonville, N.Y. They had six children, John, Simon, Samuel, Abraham, Peggy and Nancy. John and Simon were soldiers in the War of 1812. Samuel and Abraham settled in Sheshequin, where the father came also and spent his last days. As the result of his wounds, he lost nearly all use of his legs and went about on crutches. The government gave him a pension of $96 per year. He died Oct. 30, 1849, aged 93 years and his remains rest in the Sheshequin cemetery. In the Civil War, nine sons of Abraham and three sons of Samuel served the Union--the former being the most notable record in the county.
Edward Griffin, a millwright, joined the Gore settlement in Sheshequin, 1818, afterwards locating at North Rome, where he built a grist-mill on Bullard Creek with a single run of stone. He also manufactured "bull" plows. He left before 1835 when the mill passed into other hands.
David Weed came to the Sheshequin neighborhood in 1819 and soon after located at North Rome. He was a man of many peculiarities, deliberate and grave, which won him the appellation of "Deacon" Weed. Another fad was his deer-skin dress which he generally wore. He tended mill for Griffin, also had a lathe and manufactured butter ladles and wooden bowls. He had three children: James who married 1st Lucretia Gore and 2nd a Miss Hoagland; Perry married a Miss Cooley and removed to Pine Valley, N.Y.; Lovina died in 1849, aged 35, unmarried.
Warren Gillett, a native of Granville, Mass. and a brother of Dr. Zadoc Gillett, joined his brother in Sheshequin, 1819. He had received an excellent education and for eight years taught school in the city of New York. He cared for his aged parents and, after the death of his father, the old farm was sold to furnish means to purchase "cheap, rich lands in the new country of the West." His aged mother, Rebecca, came to Sheshequin with him. Mr. Gillett was born May 12, 1784, married Martha Ensley, July 29, 1809, died in Sheshequin, Sept. 29, 1840; his wife, born Feb. 22, 1781, died Aug. 4, 1855.
Children and marriages follow:
Lewis Bachus, b. May 12, 1812, married Jemima Shores, d. Dec. 17, 1893;
Warren Ensley, b. July 8, 1814, married Sarah E. Townsend, d. Sept. 9, 1897;
Martha Emaline, b. Jan. 14, 1817, married Hiram Saunders, d. Aug. 16, 1848;
Darwin Tyron, b. Aug. 15, 1821, married Viana Kilmer, d. March 22, 1882;
Rossetter, b. Feb. 20, 1826, married Mary A. Townsend, d. Jan. 19, 1905.
Rev. Hezekiah West came into the county, locating at South Hill in Orwell about 1813. He was a noted Baptist preacher, being an active worker in the surrounding country for 30 years, until his death in the 1840's.
Asa Hickok, a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner, settled in Warren township, where he died March 23, 1836. He was inhumed at Cadis. After his death, his wife, Esther, was given a widow's pension. She died April 28, 1844, aged 85 years. Two children are remembered -- Reuben and Louisa (or Lois).
Robert Potter, the only Revolutionary soldier buried in Albany township, came from the Lake country in the state of New York, with his son-in-law, Maltiah Hatch to Albany about 1820. His record of service is given in his affidavit of Sept. 12, 1820 as follows: "That in the first part of the year 1775 he enlisted as a private in the company of Capt. James Chapman in a regiment commanded by Col. John Tyler of the Connecticut line and served 12 months when he was discharged at Peekskill, N.Y.; that his family consists of himself 71 years old; profession has been farming, but now, not being able to labor for his support." He died in Albany and was inhumed in Wilcox cemetery. Three of his daughters married, respectively, Maltiah Hatch, John Nichols and Reynolds Babcock.
John Haxton, a native of New York state, located in Canton township in or before 1813. He married Eliza, daughter of James M. Daugherty of Towanda. They had children, Harriet (Mrs. Allen), James, Hiram, Eliza Ann (Mrs. Frank Gorham), Pearl (married Maria Sands), Sumner, Sabran (Mrs. Luke Gorham), Mary Ann (Mrs. DuBois),
Nancy (Mrs. Winters), Elsie (Mrs. Jones), Alice (Mrs. Atherton) and John. Mr. and Mrs. Haxton spent their last years in Illinois.
Jacob Headley, born at Morristown, N.J., February, 1763, served in the Revolutionary war as follows: In the winter of 1776-'77 served one month as a private in Capt. David Bates' company, Morris county, N.J. Militia; spring of 1777 served one month in Sergeants Guards; June, 1777 enlisted and served six months under Capt. Jonas Ward and one month under Capt. Josiah Hall; also served six months as a private under Capt. Stephen Baldwin in the Morris county Militia. Mr. Headley was a cousin of Phineas Camp Headley and J. T. Headley, the historians.
He married Hannah Hinds and had children: Betsy who married Wanton Westgate and lived in Granville township; Hannah married Daniel Steele; Mercy married a Mr. Fuller.
Mr. Headley spent his last years with his daughter, Mrs. Westgate, in Granville, where he died Dec. 15, 1835, aged nearly 73 years. His remains rest in the Granville Center cemetery.
Brooks -- The founder of the family in America was Thomas Brooks who had a house at New London, Conn. in 1659 and was one of the proprietors of Haddam in 1662. He married Alice Spencer. They had a son Thomas who married and also had a son Thomas. Thomas (3rd) married and had a son Thomas. Thomas (4th) married and had sons Charles, Thomas, David and Joseph.
Joseph Brooks, born 1765 at Haddam, Conn., removed to West Springfield, Mass., thence to Springfield township, Bradford county about 1817. He was a tanner, which occupation, with the making of harnesses, he pursued after coming to Springfield, where he died Oct. 10, 1836. He married, Feb. 14, 1787, Jemima Shaylor, who died in 1795. They had children, Rebecca, Catharine, Wakeman and Jemima; he married, 2nd, Aug. 12, 1795, Martha Hubbard by whom he had children, Joseph, Mary, David, Chauncey, James and Edwin.
Rebecca, b. Feb. 14, 1788, married a Mr. Hubbard, had a large family, died in Springfield.
Wakeman, b. July 14, 1792, married Caroline M. Rogers, lived and died in Springfield.
Joseph, b. Sept. 5, 1796, married Sally Minier of Ulster and had children, William, John and Sarah (Mrs. Geo. Walker).
David, b. Oct. 27, 1802, married Maria Grace and had a large family, was accidentally drowned in Doane's mill-pond.
Chauncey, b. Feb. 10, 1804, married, June 10, 1836, Betsy Grace, d. March 31, 1879; children, Jane (Mrs. Andrew J. Teeter), Perry C. and Joseph.
James, b. June 28, 1810, lived in Springfield. Four of his sons, Justus, Philander, Waldo and Wallace were soldiers in the Civil War.
Lebbeus Smith came from Connecticut to Pike township in 1811. He cleared and improved a fine farm where he died Jan. 17, 1873 in his 85th year. He married, March 20, 1812, Betsy Gregory and had children, Augustus S., Eliza A., Alonzo and Harriet M.
Abraham Waltman came from Huntington, Pa. to Albany township, 1819 and worked upon the turnpike. He married Roxanna, daughter of Daniel Miller and took up a farm on Waltman Hill, where he died Dec. 21, 1863 in his 63rd year; children were Daniel, Hannah, Joseph, Alvin, Sylvenus, Mary, William and Sarah.
Maltiah Hatch came from the Lake country, N.Y. to Albany township, 1820, locating on what has since been known as Hatch Hill. He gained a reputation as a "flax-swingler" and was of much service to the people in preparing the raw material for the spinning wheel. He was an enthusiastic Methodist. He married a daughter of Robert Potter and had children, Calvin, John, James, Douglass, Amanda and Marium.
Dyer Ormsby, born Jan. 18, 1794 in Windham county, Conn., came to Albany township in 1819. He was a worthful citizen and Albany's first justice of the peace. He married, March 25, 1819, Charlotte, daughter of Freeman Wilcox; died Oct. 11, 1873. Their children were Philinda (Mrs. Isaac Wilcox), Lorena (Mrs. J. C. Tice), Sally (Mrs. Lucius Rice), Judson, Charlotte (Mrs. John Campbell), Daniel, John, Martin, Sevellon and Marinda (Mrs. Geo. Simons).
Gustavius Ellsworth located on upper Sugar Creek in or before 1804. Here he died summer of 1813, survived by his wife, Kezia and children, Gustavius, Jr., Joseph, Keziah, Elizabeth, Diadema, Ruth, Deborah and Lydia. Joel Stevens and Elisha Rich were chosen administrators of his estate.
Simeon King, while a resident of Massachusetts, enlisted December, 1776 as a private in the company of Samuel Bartlett under Col. James Wesson of the Massachusetts troops and served two years. He re-enlisted in August, 1780 in Col. Henry Jackson's Mass. regiment and served an additional two years. He participated in the battles of Stillwater and Monmouth. Prior to 1819, he removed to Tioga county, Pa. and afterwards to Springfield, Bradford county, where he died June 23, 1844 in his 87th year. He was given a pension which after his death was continued to his wife Achsah.
Seth Ward, a native of England, came from Massachusetts to Smithfield, 1811. Here he lived eight years then moved to Ridgebury and finally to Tioga county, Pa. His daughter Lucy married Sarles Barrett, a soldier (in the) War of 1812. She was the mother of a large family, lived to (a) remarkable old age and died in Wells township.
Nathan Alvord came from Vermont to Columbia township, 1818. He died in 1846. Among his children were Nathan, Jr., Samuel E., Mary (Mrs. Rufus Rockwell) and Royal S. The last named married Jemima Hugg, was the father of 13 children, one of whom was Stephen W. Alvord, for half a century prominent in newspaper work.
There also came to Columbia in 1818, Philip Slade from Bristol, Mass., who married Laura, daughter of David Watkins; Peleg Peckham from Rehoboth, Mass., being followed by his brothers, Kingsley and Stephen.
Thomas Williams emigrated, 1819 from Washington, Mass. to Canton township, where he settled in the wilderness and suffered all the privations and hardships incident to pioneer life. He died, 1859, survived by his wife Rebecca and children, Isaac, Bromley, Roderick, Perez (deceased), Thomas, George, Emily (Mrs. John Batton) and Maria (Mrs. John D. Jones). Thomas, Jr. was a noted hunter and is said to have cleared more acres of land than any other man in Canton. He married 1st Amy Bagley and 2nd Susan Andrus.
Caleb White, a native of Connecticut, who had served his country in the struggle for Independence, spent his last days in Granville township, where he was an early settler. He had married Chloe Hamilton and had the following children: Silas married Charlotte Blodgett; Melinda to Nathan C. Ballard; Lucy to a Mr. Palmer; Chloe to a Mr. Parker; Sally to a Mr. Taff; Artemisa (or "Harty") to James H. Ross; Sylvia to Alanson Worden and David (?). The patriot father drew a pension in his closing years, died in 1848 and was buried at Granville Center.
John and Nathan Newman, brothers, with two yoke of oxen and a horse, emigrated from Rhode Island to Warren township, 1818. Here they carved out homes in the wilderness and died. John married Sarah Taft and had one son, Henry T.; he died March 20, 1863 and his wife, May 16, 1869. Nathan died Nov. 11, 1878 survived by his wife Permelia and children, Cordelia, Emojane and Jesse A.
Benjamin Lewis, who had served his country in the Revolutionary war, spent his last days in Monroe township. He drew a pension, died at Greenwood and was inhumed at Cole's. His daughter Olive
married 1st Truxton Lyon and 2nd Josiah Haines, a soldier (in the) War of 1812. Benjamin was a brother of James Lewis (I--198) who was captured by the Indians and held three years.
Ebenezer Herrick, a native of Preston, Conn., born Dec. 10, 1766, who served in the Revolutionary war at the age of 10 years as a member of Capt. Joseph Boardman's company, 8th Conn. Militia, and afterwards in the War of 1812, came to Towanda about 1820 and plied his trade of blacksmithing on the Turnpike. After several years he removed to Chenango Forks, N.Y., where he died June 3, 1842. He married 1st Polly Lamb of Stonington, Conn., and had a son Nathan; married 2nd Phoebe (Wolfe) Steele of Tioga county, N.Y., and had two children: Minerva, b. July 9, 1823, married Julius Burress Allen, d. March 14, 1891; Caroline Lois, b. March 9, 1826, married Wm. Johnson, living (1914) in Nebraska.
Elihu Buttles with his wife and nine children emigrated, winter of 1817-'18, from Connecticut to Orwell township. He settled at South Hill, put up a factory and engaged in the manufacture of wooden dishes. He died in 1823 and was successful in the business by his son Jarvis who occupied the homestead until his death, Oct. 5, 1890, aged 90 years. Jarvis married 1st, Oct. 21, 1828, Alma Cowdrey, and had children, Otis J., Lester F., Emily J. (Mrs. LeRoy Hathaway), Harlow J., Samuel F., Eliza M. (Mrs. Thomas Smith), Julianna and Elizabeth A. (Mrs. G. M. Prince); married 2nd, March 7, 1848, Sarah Ann Horton, their children being Levisa (Mrs. Jason Forbes) and Elihu.
John Anthony in his affidavit of Sept. 11, 1820 sets forth as follows: "That he the said John Anthony of Athens township, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war, enlisting as a private under Captain Yates, Col. Van Shoick's regiment and served 9 months; enlisted again under Captain Fink in the same regiment and served 5 months; enlisted a third time under Captain Austin, Colonel Gainesworth's regiment and served till the close of the war; occupation, a farmer; family, a wife 84 years old, lame and infirm." Mr. Anthony lived in the Athens neighborhood east of the river. When and where he died or anything further concerning his history or family, we have been unable to learn.
William S. Hutchinson emigrated with his wife and five children from Vermont to Pike township, settling near LeRaysville, 1818. One of his sons, William, married Electa Seymour, was the father of eight children and lived to (a) very advanced age; another son, David B., married Lydia Ide and also resided in Pike.
Leonard Streevy, a German, who had married Betsy, daughter of Daniel Heverly, joined the settlement of the latter in Overton, 1820, coming from Lehigh county. He was the third settler in the town. He made the first improvements on the farm now owned and occupied by his grandson, Edward Streevy. After the death of his wife in 1827, Mr. Streevy returned to Lehigh county, part of the family remaining. He was twice married, there being two sons and two daughters by the first, and three sons and eight daughters from marriage with Betsy Heverly. Two sons of the latter spent their days in Overton:
Isaac married Elizabeth Ruth, occupied the homestead and was a noted and worthful pioneer; died Sept. 24, 1880 aged 75 years. His wife, never to be forgotten for her many kindly deeds, died Aug. 10, 1886, aged 86. Their children were Thomas, Phian (Mrs. Peter Sherman), John and Edward.
John was the pioneer mechanic and violinist of the neighborhood; married Mary Staley, who died Dec. 16, 1855, aged 42, and he, Dec. 31, 1881 in his 68th year. Their children were Alfred, Wilson, Henry, William, Charles, Elizabeth (Mrs. Geo. Essenwine) and Mary Ann. Four of the sons, Alfred, Henry, William and Charles were soldiers in the Civil War.
William Walker, a native of Connecticut and millwright by occupation, located at Ulster where he pursued his calling for half a century. He had married Amanda Granger, their children being George, William, Edward, Cynthia (Mrs. Aaron Peckham) and Mary (Mrs. Rogers). Mr. Walker, b. May 13, 1790, d. Dec. 18, 1877; his wife, b. May 17, 1788, d. Feb. 6, 1876.
William Gibson, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, who had immigrated to this country, 1818, came to Ulster in 1820 and in company with John Gilmour, also a Scotchman, purchased of Thomas Overton 412 acres of land in the south-eastern part of the town. After them, many other Scotch people came to Ulster, forming a settlement of much interest and distinction. Mr. Gibson occupied the lands along the river and carried on a somewhat extensive business for the times. He manufactured lumber, having a mill on the river and another near the line in Smithfield. He had a hotel, known as the "Mountain House," kept store and run a distillery. In addition, he had considerable land under his control, and was one of the busy and prosperous men of the locality. He died Oct. 18, 1858, aged 65 years, and his wife, Jane, Oct. 25, 1872, aged 77 years. They had no children.
Andrew Gibson followed his brother, William, to Ulster and continued to reside in the town until his death, Jan. 26, 1859, aged 68 years.
His wife, Jane, died April 3, 1877, aged 79 years. Their children were Allen, Elizabeth (Mrs. Chas. McMorran), Ann (Mrs. John T. Howie), Janet and Sarah.
William and James Gibson, nephews of William, joined their uncle at Ulster, who gave them a tract of land on the edge of Smithfield which they occupied. William married Mary McMorran. They had four daughters: Mary (Mrs. Edwin Wilkinson), Janet, Maggie (Mrs. Wm. Hemenway) and Sarah. Mr. Gibson died Aug. 31, 1869, aged 64 years, and his wife, June 23, 1886, aged 70 years. James was a bachelor and lived with his brother. He died June 17, 1878, aged 67 years.
John Gilmour, who came to Ulster in 1820, settled on the hills back from the river. He continued to make improvements on his tract until March 18, 1847, when he was accidentally killed by falling from a heavy wagon which passed over him. He was in his 57th year. His wife, Jane, died Sept. 29, 1860, aged 70 years. Their children were Agnes (Mrs. Morgan Waters), Mary (Mrs. H. L. Rehbein), John, William, Andrew and Thomas.
James Dobson (Dabson), who had married Esther, sister of John, Thomas and Isaac Bull, came to Wysox in 1819 and settled in the hollow back of the Webb place. He died in 1821, aged 33 years, leaving sons, John, Hiram, Ebenezer and James, and a daughter, Esther. His widow removed to Michigan where she died.
Abraham Parkhurst, born Feb. 14, 1755 in Boston, Mass., enlisted April 29, 1775 as a private under Capt. Abijah Childs in the regiment of Colonel Gardner, 8-months' men with the American army at the siege of Boston, and was regularly discharged Oct. 6, 1775. After the war, he married Ruth Spencer of Suffield, Conn., and in 1811 emigrated with his family to Bradford county, settling in Granville township. He purchased lands and began improvements but did not long survive after taking up his home in the wilderness. In the winter of 1814-'15, an epidemic prevailed in the settlement and among those who lost their lives were Mr. Parkhurst and two of his sons, Asa and Luther, the father dying March 16, 1815. He was inhumed on the "old Bailey place" where he had settled. Other of his sons were Philetus, Elam, Isaac and Harvey.
Philetus became a somewhat noted Methodist preacher, continuing in the ministry until his death, 1827. In his will, his wife, Polly, mother, Ruth, brothers, Elam and Isaac, Anna Tillotson, Sally Pratt, Lucy Hagan and Mariah Parkhurst (evidently sisters) are named as beneficiaries.
Elam married Susannah, daughter of Benjamin Saxton. He died in LeRoy, 1870, survived by his wife and children, Henry S., Charles S., Hiram S., Sabrina S. (Foss), Polly E. (Wilcox), Susannah and Julia.
Capt. Abraham Whitaker, a soldier of the Revolution, born 1764, emigrated with his family from Vermont to Warren township, 1815, settling next the Susquehanna county line. With him came Henry, Hugh and Abraham Whitaker, Jr. Captain Whitaker spent his last days with his son Henry in Warren where he died after 1840.
Abraham, Jr. married Catharine, daughter of Robert Sleeper, died in 1869, survived by his wife and children, Abram, Harrison and Sarah P.
Henry died in Warren, 1858 and letters on his estate were granted James G. Whitaker.
John Wheaton came from Rhode Island to Warren township, 1815. Here he took up a farm in the wilderness and died, 1839. His wife was Sally French, by whom he had eight children. One of their sons, Samuel, married Mary Abell, lived and died in Warren; they had eight children. Another son, Frederick, married Susan Humphrey and had one child, Seymour M.
Robert Sleeper, who had served in the Revolutionary war under Capt. Robert Pike of the Rhode Island troops, in 1818, emigrated from Vermont to Warren township, bringing his family and effects on wagons drawn by two yoke of oxen. He took up a farm in a deeply wooded country and was a faithful and heroic pioneer. He was a noted hunter and killed the last panther seen in that section. His wife was Catherine Fox, who died in 1850, aged 81; he died, also, 1850, aged 88 years; both inhumed in the Sleeper cemetery in Warren. Their ten children and marriages follow: Joseph, unmarried, died, 1814 of fever contracted while in service, War of 1812; Benjamin married Sarah Sleeper of Vermont; Catherine married Abraham Whitaker, Jr. of Warren; Robert married Jane Eaton of Vermont; John married Abigail Lathrop and had children, Charles J., John F. and Caroline (Mrs. James A. Nichols); Sarah married Abner Bowen; Charles married Mary Wilson; Polly died unmarried; Betsy married Caleb Brown; Josephus married 1st Mariah Bowen and had children, Catherine, Olive, George B., Thomas J., David A., Laura, Robert F. and James D.; married 2nd, Mary E. Bowen, sister of his first wife, and had children, William and Mabel.
John Plum enlisted at New Lebanon, N.Y., April 1781, as a private under Capt. Silas Gray in Col. M. Willett's regiment of N.Y. troops and served nine months. He married Feb. 20, 1783, Tryphena Hunt and was living at Greenwich, N.Y. in 1818. He was given
a pension for his services and in the 1820's removed to Windham, Bradford county. His residence was on Babcock Hill where he died and was pensioned as his widow. They left children.
Newton W. Harvey, the first permanent settler of Armenia township, came thereto in 1822. He cleared and improved a fine farm and accumulated considerable property. He died, 1868. By his wife, Ann, he had children, Nathaniel, Marcus, Isaac, Titus, Darius, James, Mrs. Hepsubeth Button, Mrs. Beulah Avery, Ann (Mrs. Moses Soper), Jane A. (Mrs. Nelson N. Rumsey) and Mrs. Sarah Moore.
Israel Pierce, a native of Rehoboth, Mass., who had served under General Sullivan in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary war, removed to Columbia township in 1830. Here he died, 1838, aged 78 years. His wife, Hannah, died, 1839. Their son, Israel, who was a soldier, War of 1812, came to Columbia, 1831. He married Polly Walker and had sons Walker and Israel A.; died at Troy, 1862, aged 75 years.
Richard Cooper, resident of Wells township, in his affidavit of Sept. 11, 1820, sets forth as follows: "That he the said Richard Cooper, aged 75 years, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war, enlisting under Capt. Amos Hutchins at Haverstraw, N.Y. for three years about May 14, 1778; that he served in the regiment commanded by Colonel Dubois and was regularly discharged May 14, 1781; that he has no family whatsoever and from advanced age he is incapable of supporting himself without the aid of his country; that he used to work in a forge but his eyesight became so bad that he could not pursue it for a living and has lost the sight of one eye altogether." Of this patriot we have no further information.
Jacob Scouten, a native of New England, served his country in both the Revolutionary war and War of 1812. He married Charlotte Roberts and settled near the headwaters of Harvey's Lake in Wyoming county, where he engaged in farming. He was a noted hunter and taught all his sons how to use the rifle with skill. The old patriot spent the last years of his life with children in Burlington township where he died March 15, 1842, aged 87 years. His remains rest in the Mountain Lake cemetery. Jacob and Charlotte Scouten were the parents of 14 children, seven of whom grew up as follows:
Matthias married Abbie Evans and had seven daughters and a son, Lewis, who was killed in the Civil War;
William married and had two daughters and three sons, Major, Solomon and Wakely W., the last two being soldiers in the Civil War;
Lucy married Peter Thompson of Luzerne county and had four daughters and two sons;
Lucinda married William Nichols and lived in Burlington township;
Betsy died unmarried in Ohio;
Anna married William Fox of Luzerne county;
Charles R. was the pioneer of Mountain Lake, where he settled, 1833, when there was only one family between him and Towanda, and none on the other side nearer than Burlington village. For forty years, he carried on lumbering in connection with farming. He became an ardent lover of hunting and trapping, which he pursued as opportunity afforded, with profit and success, until he was 75 years old. He married Chloe Robinson of Mehoopany and had three daughters and five sons--Charles W. being a soldier in the Civil War. Mr. Scouten died July 26, 1900, aged 92 years.
Rufus M. Cooley, a shoemaker, came to Sheshequin in or before 1818. He married Mary, widow of Smith Horton and daughter of Elijah M. Horton, and settled at Ghent. He had children, Abigail, Elijah, Eliza, Polly and Jackson. In the latter part of the 1830's, he sold his improvements and with two yoke of oxen and a wagon emigrated West with his family.
Andrew Delpuech, a French gentleman of culture, who sought a retreat for pleasure and recreation, in the course of his travels found his way into Sheshequin, 1819. He and one Theodore Audra purchased 125 acres of land along the river. Audra sold to Mr. Delpuech and removed from the town in 1821. The same year, Mr. Delpuech sold a two-thirds interest to Francis Joseph Pesse, lately from Switzerland, and Joseph Menardi, lately from Coni in Piedmont, Europe. By the conditions of the sale, the three gentlemen formed themselves into an association for mutual benefits.
James Dickey, born Aug. 13, 1755 at Londonderry, N.H., enlisted in the American army, 1775, as a private in the company of Capt. Reuben Dow under Col. Wm. Prescott of the Massachusetts line and served six weeks. In January, 1776, he re-enlisted in the same regiments under Capt. Noah Wooster and served an additional term of six weeks. In June, 1776, he again enlisted in the company of Capt. David Emerson under Colonel Wingate of the Massachusetts line and served five months. Mr. Dickey found his way into Bradford county
in the early 1820's, first stopping at Wyalusing. March 12, 1827 he was united in marriage with Mary Magdalena Mosier of Dushore and in the latter part of the 1830's removed from Wyalusing to Towanda. Sept. 13, 1832, he made application for a pension which was granted, and the benefits thereof continued to his widow after his death. "The old hero walked about with a cane and always wore a tow apron, covering his chest and legs to his knees. He was very fond of children and the little folks were wont to gather about him, listen to his stories and receive gifts of peanuts and candy." He died Jan. 6, 1844 in Towanda and his wife, April 4, 1887 in her 78th year. They had one child, Eliza, who died in infancy; all inhumed in Riverside cemetery.