Other Pioneer and Patriot Families
STEPHEN EVITTS, one of the pioneers of Pike, came thereto soon after 1800, locating in the Stevens neighborhood. "He was a man of energy and did his full share in clearing up the wilderness." In May, 1827, while attending a training in Orwell, Nathaniel Platt struck him with a stone, causing his death. He left three sons, Ebenezer, Ralph B. and Harman, and a daughter who married a Mr. Bostwick. Ebenezer married Hannah, daughter of Joseph Bosworth, lived and died in Pike. Ralph B. settled in Lee county, Illinois where he was one of the pioneers. Harman lost his mind and died at Danville.
Chaffee is of English origin, the first of that name coming to America in 1635. Members of different branches of the family settled in Bradford county. Luther located in Orwell, John, Solomon, Comfort, Dexter, Noah, Daniel and Wilder in Warren, and Sullivan in Sheshequin.
Luther Chaffee came from Connecticut to Orwell in or before 1812 and there followed farming and carpentering until his death, 1856, at the age of 69 years. His first wife was Amy Browning by whom he had children, Albert, Samuel, Louis, Eliza, Fanny, Dwight, Ezra, Henry, Cordelia, Andrew, Leander and Olive. He married 2nd, Julia Waterman of North Haven, Conn. Their children were Edward B., Alice E. and Isabell S. (Mrs. Edwin H. Johnson). Alice and Isabell are the only children living. Mrs. Julia Chaffee, b. March 4, 1810, died April 20, 1895 in Sayre.
John Chaffee came to Warren a single man in 1818 and there resided until his death in 1857, being survived by his wife, Fanny, and children, William I., John, Matthew, Jesse M., Abigail M. Hix, Susan, Fanny Dimon, Dexter N., George N. and Charles A.
Comfort B. Chaffee and his brother, Solomon, came from Connecticut to Warren in 1819. Solomon afterwards went to Wisconsin and died there. Comfort, born Nov. 10, 1796, married, Nov. 22, 1818,
Docia, daughter of Wm. Sexton; died March 28, 1878 in Orwell. Their children and marriages follow:
Sarah Jane to Reuben Easterbrook, Orwell;
Jarvis S. to Maria Frost, Orwell;
Nathaniel B. to Tamer Warner, LeRaysville;
Ruth Sophia to Oliver Warner, LeRaysville;
William D. to Mary Upson, Potterville;
Docia A. to Marcus E. Warner;
Solomon A. to Savannah Dunlap, Meshoppen;
Comfort J. to Emily McQuery, Warren;
Tamasin M. to Alva Rogers, Warren.
Noah Chaffee, a soldier of the War of 1812 and son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Chaffee, came from Rhode Island to Warren in 1819. His grandfather, Nathaniel Chaffee, served in the Revolutionary war; enlisted April 19, 1775, serving seven days as a private in Capt. John Lyon's company; subsequently served three enlistments, altogether 9 months and 23 days; discharged July 1, 1779; was at the battle of Lexington. He was the father of twelve children. Noah, born February 22, 1780 at Seekonk, R.I., married Catherine Draper, died April 30, 1869 in Warren; she, born Jany. 14, 1780, died March 28, 1866. After coming to Warren, Mr. Chaffee was (a) farmer and blacksmith. His children were Orville, Samuel B., Albert, Anna, Catherine, Almira and Elsie.
Orville married Amy Lyon and they were the parents of eleven children, followed farming and died, 1888 in his 86th year; she died, 1883 in her 75th year.
Samuel B., b. Nov. 29, 1808, died Oct. 4, 1888 in Warren; married 1st, Oct. 22, 1831, Maria Buffington and had children, Mary E., Martha, Cornelia E., Rufus A., Asenath A.; married 2nd, July 9, 1846, Betsey L. Pendleton and had Cordis M.
Albert married Julia Ward of Warren.
Anna married Samuel McQuery of Warren.
Catherine married Albert Prince of Warren.
Almira married John Chubbuck of Orwell.
Elsie married Job Depew of Orwell.
Dexter Chaffee came to Warren in 1819 but does not appear to have settled permanently. He was of the same family as John and Daniel.
Daniel Chaffee settled in Warren before 1825. Here he continued to reside until his death, 1875. His family consisted of his wife, Lydia and children, Daniel, Jr., Olive Ann, Lavania Tyrrel, Dexter, Preserved B., Laminda B. and Maria F. Pease.
Wilder Chaffee removed with his family from Bristol county, Mass. to Warren in 1832. He was a machinist by trade but pursued farming after coming to the county. His wife was Sabrina Bowen.
Both died in Warren, the former in 1864, aged 68 and the latter in 1889, aged 88 years. Their children were Wilder B., Horace B., William P., Maria E. (Mrs. Geo. Harrington) and Lucy E.
Sullivan Chaffee, a soldier of the War of 1812, removed with his family from Greene county, N.Y. to Sheshequin in 1839. He married Catherine G. Deyeo. The former died in
1846 in his 61st year and the latter in 1861, aged 69 years. Their children were Charles, John, Elizabeth (1st Mrs. W. W. Kinney, 2nd, Mrs. David Barnes), George, Matilda (Mrs. Geo. Smith), Rhoda (Mrs. Daniel Horton), Harriet (Mrs. Eleazer Horton), Abigail (Mrs. Harry Smith), Juliette, Sidney and Sally Maria (Mrs. Lewis Horton).
Ansel Tillotson, a native of Connecticut, located in LeRoy in or before 1818, where he engaged in farming and blacksmithing. He married Anna, daughter of Abraham Parkhurst (p. 271); died 1872 in LeRoy. Their children and marriages follow:
William to Mary Wilcox, LeRoy;
Philetus to Lovina Hoagland, Fox, Sullivan Co.;
Mary Ann to Lewis Wilcox, LeRoy;
Jerusha Caroline to Lewis Wilcox, being 2nd wife;
Rhoda Rowena to LeRoy Holcomb, LeRoy;
Eliza to Benjamin Joseph Hoagland, LeRoy;
Ansel to Sallie Smith, LeRoy.
James Martin, a native of Rhode Island, born July 13, 1787, removed to Halifax, Vt., where, 1809, he married Lydia Bullock, sister of Dr. Darius Bullock (p. 153). In 1820 Mr. Martin purchased a farm on the line between Smithfield and Springfield and came with his family from Halifax to the latter township. Here he lived and engaged in farming until his death, March 13, 1868. He was a man who exercised a splendid influence in the community and reared a notable family. His wife, b. Sept. 20, 1789, died August 9, 1844. Their children were Eliza, Susan A., Hariette Maria, James F., Darius Bullock, Stephen Henry, Albert William, Simeon (died in infancy), Mary Ellen, Edward Orlando and Charles Cyril. Hariette M., Darius B. and Edward O. died unmarried.
Eliza married Harry L. Bird of Smithfield.
Susan A. married Elijah Selden Tracy of Smithfield.
James F. married Cordelia Meeker of Potter County.
Stephen H. married Alice Barnhart.
Albert W. married Emorette Hale, Smithfield.
Mary E. married Hollis Hale.
Charles C. married Mary A. Read of Troy, N.Y. He became one of the most celebrated engineers of the country and directed the entire construction of the great East River or Brooklyn Bridge--one of the most remarkable pieces of mechanical skill and ingenuity of the century.
After having graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute he filled many important positions as a civil engineer, his crowning achievement being the Brooklyn Bridge, whose superintendent he was many years after its completion. Mr. Martin died a few years ago in New York city at the age of 72 years.
The Pomeroys have traced their ancestry to the time of William the Conqueror. Eltweed Pomeroy came from England in 1630, first settling at Dorchester, Mass., and later in Windsor, Conn. He was the father of Joseph, who had a son Noah, who was the father of Daniel; Daniel married Naomi Kibbs and had a son Eleazer who married Priscilla Kingsbury. Two of the sons of the latter were Isaac N. and Ebenezer who settled in Troy, Bradford county.
Isaac N. Pomeroy was born March 28, 1791 at Coventry, Tolland county, Conn. In 1818 he came to Troy and in company with his brother, Ebenezer, engaged in the manufacture of cloth which he followed very successfully for ten years. He farmed ten years and then purchased the Eagle hotel, a celebrated hostelry, which he conducted twenty years. He was extensively connected for many years with staging and bridge building. He invested largely in village property, imparting by means of his excellent business talents and liberality, a stimulus to Troy that will long be gratefully remembered. He took an active interest in military affairs and was promoted to the rank of colonel. "Colonel Pomeroy was very sociable and fond of jokes. The old settlers speak of his stories and anecdotes as being racy and spiced with a plentiful amount of wit and humor. Few men have left the impress of their lives and characters upon the community where they resided more forcibly and indelibly than he, or have been more just in their business transactions." His death occurred, May 30, 1861, at Troy. Colonel Pomeroy married first, Dec. 8, 1813, Anna O. Kingsbury and had children, Sibyl K., Daniel F., Eleazer, Horace, Samuel W., Laura A. and Charlotte Eliza (Mrs. Chas. C. Paine); married second, March 17, 1832, Maria A. Merrick unto whom were born Newton M. and Anna M.; married third, Oct. 9, 1839, Lucinda W. Merrick, their children being Solomon, Henrietta B. (Mrs. Geo. B. Davidson) and George H.
Ebenezer Pomeroy, brother of Isaac N., also came to Troy in 1818. For a number of years in company with his brother, he conducted the carding and cloth dressing works near Long's mills. He afterwards purchased land in the vicinity which he cleared and improved and occupied until his death in 1867 at the age of 73 years. His wife was Laura Brewster by whom he had ten children: Edwin S., Emily
(Mrs. Volney M. Long), Kingsbury, Fayette, Augustus, Chauncey N., Sibyl M. (Mrs. E. B. Parsons), Mary, Frances (Mrs. W. B. Hoff) and C. Burton.
Lyon--Dr. Daniel Lyon practiced medicine in Chenango county, N.Y. He married Elizabeth Noble and had children, Daniel, Truxton, Randolph, Marcus, Sally (Mrs. Sherman Havens), Cynthia (Mrs. Isaac Huyck) and Laura (Mrs. Ross). Dr. Lyon was accidentally drowned in 1808. The family moved to Monroe in 1821 where Mrs. Lyon died in 1851, aged 76 years.
Daniel, born Sept. 22, 1794 at Oxford, N.Y., came to Monroe in 1821 to ply his trade of millwright and bridge-builder. He was an expert mechanic and put up many of the best mills and bridges in this section of country. He was a talented musician, not only the chief violinist at the parties when old Monroe was young, but could play the fife and flute well. Taking an active interest in military affairs he was commissioned captain and known as Captain Lyon in his last years. He died upon his farm in Monroe, 1849. Captain Lyon married Eliza Lewis (b. Oct. 17, 1799, died 1852) of Tioga county, N.Y. Their children and marriages follow: Sophia to Orlando N. Salisbury; Eugenia to George Smith; Eliza to Wm. B. Dodge; Otis P. to Loretta Lawrence; Samuel to Eliza Dodge; Daniel to Ella Salisbury; Theodore B. to Eliza Northrup; Augusta to Orson A. Baldwin.
Truxton came to Monroe, 1821, and for some years engaged in the carding and fulling business. He afterwards went West, made money, became a member of the State legislature, but lost his life and property during the Civil War. He had married Olive, daughter of Benjamin Lewis. Their children were Dr. Randolph, William, James W. and Cordelia (Mrs. J. L. Rockwell). Mrs. Lewis married for her second husband Josiah Haines and had children, Ward, George B. and Oscar.
Thomas Lewis, a native of Lebanon county, who was a cabinet-maker, located in Monroe, 1822. He established himself on the South Branch and supplied the people for miles around with spinning-wheels, chairs and bedsteads. He pursued this vocation until old age and was popularly known as "Uncle Tommy." His death occurred Jany. 27, 1854, aged 74 years. He married Charlotte Hughes who died Nov. 27, 1850 in her 73rd year. Their children were Mary (Mrs. Joseph Brown), Robert, Charlotte, Margaret (Mrs. James DeWitt), James H., Joseph, Moses M., Nancy (Mrs. John Edsall) and Ellen.
Libeus Marcy, a native of Connecticut, born June 19, 1793, came to Monroe in 1822. For a number of years he engaged in lumbering then gave attention to the improvement of his farm. He was true hearted,
noted for his industry and honesty and in every respect a worthful citizen. His demise occurred Feby. 28, 1877. He married first Lucy, daughter of Solomon Keeler, and had a son, Charles. His second wife was Mary, daughter of Peter Edsall; she, b. Feby. 6, 1799, died Nov. 2, 1875. Their children were Lyman, Moses M., Eliza J. (Mrs. Lewis Botree), Hiram, Solon and Vinson. The three last named were soldiers in the Civil War.
Judah Benjamin, a shoemaker by occupation, who had served in the Revolutionary war, came with the first settlers to Wyalusing. After some years, he moved to Pike township where he purchased a piece of land, which he and his wife, Susannah, in 1829 deeded to Gould H. Lewis. Mr. Benjamin was a pensioner but when and where he died we are not informed. We conjecture that his last days were spent in either Herrick or Orwell. He had a daughter, Polly, who married Ephraim Platt. Edwin and Isaac Benjamin of Orwell evidently were of his family.
Goodenough is of English origin. Ithamar Goodenough was commissioned a lieutenant in the American army but commanded a company under Col. Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge in the 25th regiment of foot in the Continental army, 1775, and was at the taking of Burgoyne. He died at Guilford, Vt. at the age of 63. His son Artemas married Margaret Magoon and settled in Brookfield, N.Y., where both died, the former at the age of 84 and the latter at 90 years. They had four children, Artemas, Eliza, Jared Downing and Asenath.
Jared Downing Goodenough was born March 7, 1792 at Guilford, Vt. From 1817 to 1822, he was in the employ of the North American Fur Company with headquarters at St. Louis. He made frequent trips by boat up the Illinois river, purchasing furs and skins of the Indians, whose language he acquired and spoke it fluently. On account of fever and ague he was compelled to return East. He remained for a time at Oxford, N.Y., whence he came to Towanda in 1824. His trade was that of saddler and harness maker in which line of business and general merchandising he engaged many years after locating in Towanda. He was a justice of the peace 17 years and always an active and enterprising citizen, doing whatever he might to enhance the growth and prosperity of the village. His death occurred Jan. 6, 1874. In 1825 Mr. Goodenough married Sibyl, daughter of Daniel Brown of Wyalusing. She survived her husband a dozen years, dying at the age of 83. Their children were Emeline (Mrs. Isaac Lamoreaux), Ida (Mrs. Arthur Peterson), Charles, Henry, Noble (died in boyhood) and Orrin D., who was a very clever writer and spent fifty years of his life in the printing office.
The Bartletts are of Norman origin, their history dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, in whose army one of them was knighted. Ebenezer Bartlett was a Revolutionary patriot and among the freemen who struck the first blow for liberty at Lexington.
Daniel Bartlett, son of Ebenezer, was born March 9, 1783, in Massachusetts. He married Jane, sister of George Scott (p. 67) and through the importunity of his brother-in-law removed with his family from Berkshire county, Mass., to Towanda in 1824. He purchased the "Tiger Hotel," a famous hostelry, which he conducted till about 1840, then retired from active life. Mr. Bartlett was noted for his generosity and true kindness of heart. He died May 6, 1864 in Towanda. His wife, born June 13, 1791, died Nov. 27, 1871. Their children were Orrin D., Harriet A. (Mrs. Uriah Scott), Eliza Jane (Scott) and Charlotte. Orrin D., b. Aug. 30, 1814, was one of the prominent businessmen and useful citizens of Towanda; he married 1st, Mary Weston, 2nd Sarah F. Tracy; died Jan. 20, 1887; children, Rev. Franklin W., Dr. Henry A., Charles G., Mary F. (Mrs. E. O. Macfarlane), Harriet (Mrs. Walter G. Tracy) and Cora (Mrs. Norman Eichlenberger).
Bull Brothers, James Perry, David M. and George H., were prominent in the early political affairs of the county. They were sons of Nathan Bull who removed from Saybrook, Conn. to Ohio but afterwards came to Towanda and died there.
Col. James P. Bull came to Towanda from Ohio in 1823, purchased and edited the Bradford Settler, the organ of the Democratic party. He was a man of marked ability, an able editor, a leader in politics, ranking only second to Gen. Samuel McKean. In fact he and General McKean controlled the politics of the Democratic party in the county for some time. For awhile he held a clerkship in the Treasury Department at Washington and was county treasurer, 1827-'28. He took an active interest in military affairs and was commissioned colonel in the 15th regiment. Colonel Bull died in Towanda, June 29, 1842, aged 39 years, 10 months and 20 days. He married Ann E. Wallace, sister of Mrs. Ellis Lewis of Williamsport. Their children were Wallace, Ann, James, Lewis and George. The only daughter, Ann, became the wife of O. H. Platt, U.S. Senator from Conn. George was an eminent lawyer in Philadelphia and a member of the legislature. Mrs. Bull lived with her daughter in Connecticut and died there.
David M. Bull was an assistant editor on the Bradford Settler, merchant, mail contractor and county treasurer, 1835 to '38. During the Rebellion, he was a sutler in the Union army and for three months a prisoner in Libby. Later he was given a position in the Custom House at New Orleans where he died.
He married 1st, Sophronia Patrick of Wysox, 2nd, Martha J. McCauley of Washington, D.C.
George H. Bull came from Elmira to Towanda in 1826. He was merchant, justice of the peace, farmer, county commissioner and miller at the mouth of Towanda Creek. Of somewhat stern appearance, he is remembered for his integrity, good judgment and a lively appreciation of wit and humor. His last years were passed at Newark, N.J. He was twice married and had a large family of children.
Solomon Keeler of Hudson, N.Y. came to Monroe in 1818, locating on the Marcy place where he died, 1824. His wife, Lucy, died in Towanda, July 24, 1845, aged 79 years, 4 months and 20 days. Of their children: Lucy married Libeus Marcy of Monroe; Nehemiah J., b. April 1, 1804, married Helen Taylor, died Feby. 13, 1882 in Towanda; William, b. July 1, 1818, married Celinda Watts, (was) for fifty years a house and sign painter in Towanda and a noted violinist; died Nov. 8, 1890.
James Hogeboom, who was of German descent, was born Feb. 22, 1786 at the foothills of the Green mountains in Vermont. He served in the War of 1812 then learned the trade of miller which he followed most of his life. He drifted into New York state where Nov. 3, 1816 he married Mahala Wells. Coming to Bradford county, he located near Merryall
but afterwards purchased a farm in Tuscarora and died there, March 4, 1871. "He was an Abolitionist, an earnest Christian and a strong advocate of temperance." His wife, b. Oct. 1, 1798, died Oct. 12, 1874; both inhumed in Ackley cemetery, Spring Hill. They had two children: Lorenzo Harris who married Sarah Owen and Mary Louisa, married Vincent Owen.
John Lewis of the parish Bachelor, Wales, married May 31, 1811, Anne Rees of the same parish. In 1821 Mr. Lewis came to America with his wife and four children. He landed in New York at which place he was met by Wm. Gibson who had gone from Ulster to bring the family in with a one-horse wagon. The children took turns in walking the entire distance. Mr. Lewis followed the occupation of repairing farm implements, carrying a kit of tools from farm to farm and doing the necessary work on the premises. In 1826 he purchased a farm on Moore's Hill and there resided until his death, Dec. 1, 1853, aged 66 years. His wife died Sept. 20, 1868, aged 83 years. Their children were John, Anne, (Mrs. Wm. Wright), Mary (Mrs. David Bevan), Lewis, Evan, Thomas (died young) and Elizabeth (Mrs. Stephen Bennett). The second child, Mrs. Anne Wright, born October 12, 1813, a most remarkable woman over 101 years old, is living and in good health.
Illustration of Mrs. Anne Lewis Wright at 100 Years.
Patrick Higgins, a native of Connecticut and a soldier of the War of 1812, came to Ulster in 1824. He was a shoemaker by occupation, a trade he followed in connection with making improvements upon a farm which he had purchased. His son, James H., who was a soldier in the Mexican war, afterwards occupied the place. Mr. Higgins died Dec. 29, 1865, aged 69 and his wife Mary, Nov. 13, 1870, aged 71 years. They had six children.
The Plowmans were English people who came first to Philadelphia, where they remained for a time, then in 1824 removed to Ulster. The family consisted of Henry and Cornelius Plowman, brothers, Mrs. Charlotte Hale, a sister, and Mrs. Susannah Durdle, their mother.
Henry Plowman married Mary Longlay, a French girl in Philadelphia. Upon locating in Ulster, he first engaged as an innkeeper. He afterwards purchased a farm. In consequence of lameness he was unable to do hard labor and in 1834 was appointed a justice of the peace. He died in 1836, aged 44, survived by his wife and a son, William.
Cornelius Plowman married Mary Porter in Philadelphia. He purchased land on Moore's Hill which he sold in 1835 and removed to Illinois. Finding it unhealthy there after two years, he returned to Ulster and purchased another farm. His wife died in 1845 and he afterwards married Elizabeth Noble. By his former marriage he had four children:
Charlotte who married and removed to Iowa; Emily married Morris Clair of East Smithfield; Thomas became a noted architect in Philadelphia; George was a contractor and builder in Philadelphia. Mr. Plowman died, 1872, in Smithfield, aged 76 years.
Mrs. Susannah Durdle, the mother, who had been twice married and survived both her husbands, died at Ulster in 1834, aged 77 years. Her daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Hale, married Thomas Overton, being his third wife. After his death, she married Richard Videon of Covington, Tioga county, where she died, aged about 70 years.
Cyrel Fairman was among the people from the East who settled in Smithfield, 1814. Here he engaged in farming and died, 1871, survived by his second wife Lucy and children, William, Sarah Ann, Edmond and Erastus (deceased).
Edmund Hill, a carpenter by occupation, came from Southern New York to Sheshequin in 1821. In 1845 he was elected a justice of the peace and was familiarly known as Squire Hill. In faith he was a Universalist, in politics a Whig. He married Sarah, daughter of Josiah Marshall. He died July 31, 1856 in his 59th year and his wife, Oct. 23, 1878, aged nearly 80 years. Their children were Eliza M. (Mrs. James Sherwood), William K. and Emily R.
David Brown came to Sheshequin in or before 1821. He was quite a noted bee-keeper. He was twice married and had a large family. Of his children, Avery, Asa, William, Ruel, Joseph, Franklin, David, Porter, Philander, Lydia, Margaret and Betsy are remembered. His first wife was an Avery, sister of Mrs. Obadiah Gore. In 1840, Mr. Brown sold out and removed to Groton, N.Y.
George Billings was a resident of Sheshequin in 1822. He had children, Alphonso, Leonard, Olive (Mrs. Isaac Elliot), Emily (Mrs. George Horton) and Eunice (Mrs. Wm. Patterson). For his second wife he married Lydia Horton, widow of Rev. David S. Blackman.
Aaron French located at Ghent in Sheshequin, 1823. His wife was Mary Myers, and their children, Sarah (1st, Mrs. Joseph E. Skinner, 2nd, Mrs. Merritt Middaugh), Esther (Mrs. John Sheeler), Margaret (Mrs. James Culver), Naomi (Mrs. John Tompkins), Catherine (Mrs. Archibald Sheeler), Walter, Abisha and Aaron. Mr. French died January 1, 1851, aged nearly 84 years and his wife, Dec. 6, 1863, in her 86th year.
Eli Morris, a native of Greene county, N.Y., born Aug. 10, 1769, removed with his family to Rome township, 1825. Here he cleared and improved a farm and died Nov. 6,
1854. He married, September 1804, Ruth Bartow (b. July 16, 1782, d. May 5, 1865). Their children and marriages follow:
Alanson to Polly Gordon, Standing Stone;
Sally died in childhood;
Charles E. removed to Buffalo in young manhood;
Jeremiah married Polly Eiklor, Rome;
Betsey married Peter Vought, Rome;
William married Lorena Post, Sheshequin;
Levi died in childhood;
Ursing married John Chandler, Sheshequin;
Nacom H. died in Rome;
Sally married 1st Nathan Hill, 2nd Wm. Sheeler.
Eliphalet Ward came from Connecticut to upper Sugar Creek in or before 1812. He was a son of a patriot of the Revolution and himself a soldier in the War of 1812. He settled near Alba and engaged in farming until his death, 1865, in his 76th year. His wife was Polly Case, born in Vermont. She died, 1876, in her 84th year. In his will, Mr. Ward provided for his wife and surviving children: Orrin P. (a member of F., 11th P. V. Cavalry, Civil War), Samuel C., Jane Scott, Lydia Boyce, Lucinda Patrick and Nancy Tuttle.
Elihu Newbery, a journeying blacksmith, stopped in Towanda and opened a shop in 1819. He subsequently moved to Troy where he pursued his trade, acquired a fine fortune and was one of the leading men of the town. He married Jane, daughter of John and Rebecca (McKean) Dobbins (I--211); their children being Lucy J. (Mrs. Sylvanus Eastabrooks), George N., Mary E. (Mrs. E. S. M. Hill), William P. and Benjamin F. George N. was one of Troy's most successful business men and wealthy citizens.
William Briggs was a lineal descendant of John Briggs, a warm personal friend of Governor Winthrop, who came from England to America in 1635. Some of John's descendants settled near Schenectady where William was born March 10, 1794.
The latter in 1816 found his way into Bradford county and (on) January 18, 1817 was united in marriage with Maria, daughter of William Witter and Rebecca Spalding (I--161) of Sheshequin. In the early 1820's he opened an inn in Athens, which in the days of the stage coach, became far famed as "Brigg's Tavern." Mr. Briggs sold and in the 1840's came to Towanda, where for many years he conducted a popular hostelry on Park street. He had a wide acquaintance, was a man of splendid information and an old-time gentleman. He died April 6, 1865. His wife, born October 4, 1796, died March 1, 1857. Their children and marriages follow:
Emily married, April 19, 1838, Elisha Satterlee, Jr.
Maria married, Feb. 28, 1843, Thomas Woodruff.
Rebecca married, Dec. 10, 1838, James R. Langford.
Harriet married, June 13, 1839, Lemuel Perry.
Ruth A. married, Jan. 19, 1843, Elhanan Smith.
Elizabeth married, Nov. 24, 1846, Newell C. Tomkins.
Frances married, May 13, 1856, George Hodges.
William Spalding never married, was a distinguished member of Company F., 6th Penna Reserves, Civil War, died many years ago at Grand Rapids, Michigan.
William Patton, a native of Mifflin county and lawyer by profession, came to Towanda in 1823. He was a magistrate and held at successive periods clerkships in the State Senate and in the U.S. war and navy departments, the general land office and also in the U.S. Senate, serving in the last body for more than 25 years. He was active in the State militia and promoted to the rank of major-general, being popularly known as General Patton. He was prominent in temperance work and the County Historical Society. General Patton married 1st, Eliza, daughter of Reuben Hale and had children: Joseph G. and Phoebe Ann (Mrs. J. J. Griffith); married 2nd, Mrs. Ann J. Gai of Washington, D.C.; he died Oct. 10, 1877, in Towanda in his 79th year.
Jesse Edsell (amended from page 76), a native of Orange county, N.Y., born March 11, 1783, came with his brother, Samuel, to Pike township in or before 1802. He was a man of considerable importance in the early history of the town and married Sept. 28, 1803, Polly, daughter of Andrew Canfield, a Revolutionary soldier. He died Oct. 4, 1855 on the homestead at Prattville. His wife, born Feb. 10, 1784, in Litchfield county, Conn., was a remarkable woman. She taught the first school in an old saw-mill in the Van Guilder neighborhood; there was a big rock nearby and when the days were pleasant, the children
prevailed on the teacher to keep school on the rock, over which they made a bower of limbs and brush. Mrs. Edsell was an expert weaver. After arriving at the age of 80 years, she wove in a single year 800 yards of cloth besides spinning 50 pounds of flax. For 73 years she was a faithful and devoted member of the M. E. church. Her death occurred July 13, 1877 in her 94th year. The children of Jesse and Polly Edsell were as follows:
Betsey, b. May 16, 1806, married Jeremiah Canfield, died Jan. 5, 1874 at Prattville.
Samuel Homer, b. Jan. 1809, married Mary Lewis, died in Pike.
Eunice, b. July 28, 1810, married Levi Lewis, brother of Mary, died in LeRaysville.
Wilson C., b. July 8, 1814, married 1st Julia Clock of Oberlin, Ohio; married 2nd, Clara Hughes of Otsego, Mich. He went West in 1835 and through his own efforts became a
man of means and prominence. He was called to various positions of honor and served three terms as state senator. He died Aug. 12, 1900 at Otsego, Mich.
Amanda, b. March 14, 1817, married Wm. Ellsworth of LeRaysville, died April 16, 1891.
Polly Julia, b. May 26, 1819, married Phineas Hager at Otsego, Mich.; died June 22, 1856 in LeRaysville.
Salome, b. Oct. 19, 1821, married Levi Light, died at Prattville.
Sally Eliza, b. May 26, 1824, died in girlhood.
Stephen F., b. Sept. 28, 1826, married and died in Pike, Oct. 5, 1912.
Other children were born but died in infancy.
Samuel Edsell was associated with his brother and died on the homestead at Prattville, March 2, 1859, aged 75 years. He was married and these children are remembered:
Jackson, who became a physician and made a European trip;
Grant, a school teacher; and
Elizabeth, who died in Pike unmarried.
Thomas Monro (Monroe) removed with his family from Bristol, R.I. to Columbia in 1823. He engaged in farming until his death in 1836. His wife was Sibyl Borden by whom he had children: Sally (Mrs. Henry Card), Thomas B., William, Mary T., George, Abram, Peter, Sibyl (Mrs. James Metler), Bateman, John and James -- all of whom grew to maturity.
The Montanyes were originally Huguenots. They fled from France to Holland at the time of the massacre of St. Bartholomew and came from Holland with the Dutch in the early settlement of New Amsterdam
and took a prominent part in founding what is now New York city. One of the family was a governor of New Amsterdam and others held high positions of trust in both church and state. Joseph de la Montanye for many years lived at Stroudsburg, Pa. He was frequently employed by General Washington during the Revolutionary war as bearer of dispatches and in other confidential relations. He died at Union, N.Y. His son, Abraham, was the father of Joseph and Elijah who settled in Towanda.
Joseph de la Montanye, born Nov. 12, 1802, came from Owego, N.Y. to Towanda in the early 1820's as a clerk for Gurdon Hewitt. He subsequently formed a partnership with Nathaniel N. Betts, Sr., and engaged in trade at the corner of Main and Court street. In
1848, Mr. Montanye erected a brick building on the same site, and for more than fifty years did business on the same ground. After Mr. Betts, his brother, Elijah, was associated with him several years. Mr. Montanye was a very excellent citizen and had a wide circle of admiring friends. He died May 18, 1880 in Towanda. He married Maria, daughter of Abner C. Rockwell (p. 3); she, b. Sept. 29, 1809, died Aug. 31, 1881. Their children were Joseph, Frank, George and Lester.
Elijah de la Montanye, born Sept. 12, 1812, followed his brother to Towanda and for a number of years was associated with him. He was also alone in the mercantile trade and had a second store at Monroeton. In addition to the sale of goods, he did quite an extensive lumbering business on Towanda Creek. Mr. Montanye was a wide-awake business man, kind and affable. His frank and genial manner, his hearty greeting and his cordial grasp, won the affection and secured the friendship of all who met him. His demise occurred May 7, 1863. He married Celinda E., daughter of Ezekiel Griffis (p. 158); she, b. April 5, 1817, died Feb. 19, 1893. They had two children: Eliza (Mrs. D'A. Overton) and Rosalthe, died in childhood.
Vine Baldwin, son of Thomas Baldwin (I--116), the Indian fighter and patriot of the Revolution, located on Bentley Creek in Ridgebury, 1809. He built a grist and saw mill and a distillery, carrying on an extensive business for the times. In 1821 he moved to Troy where he opened a hotel, engaged in merchandising, cattle buying and other business. He was a man of decided push and enterprise and made money. In 1831 he moved to Tioga county and engaged in farming and lumbering. His last days were spent at Chemung where he died June 20, 1873, aged 90 years. Mr. Baldwin married Sally, daughter of
Thomas Burt of Chemung. Their children were Charlotte (Mrs. Geo. Kress), Thomas, Robert C., Vine, Morgan, Miles C., Mary and Martha.
Thomas Ferguson, who was of Scotch-Irish descent, was born July 30, 1788 in Orange county, N.Y. During the War of 1812, he enlisted at Minisink and served under Capt. John Dunning. He removed to Sussex county, N.J., whence he joined the emigration to Bradford county, settling in Wells township. He cleared and improved a fine farm where he died March 17, 1867. He married, March 1808, at Minisink, Hannah Horton, b. Jan. 16, 1786, died in 1876. Their children and marriages follow:
Alfred to Betsey Carmichael;
Henry to Dorothy Carmichael;
Uriah to Sally Watkins;
Levi to Amy Utter;
William to Uzella Warner;
Calvin G. to Sally Martin;
Julia to Charles Colony;
Thomas did not marry;
Phoebe to Nelson Wolfe.
Lemuel S. Ellsworth came to Athens from Wilkes-Barre in 1825. He was a teacher in the old academy, merchant, post-master and dealer in real estate. Enterprising and successful, he was one of the builders of the town. About 1850, he removed to Chicago. He married Caroline Backus and had children, Charlotte, Belle, Frederick, William, Caroline and Julia.
David F. Barstow, a native of Litchfield county, Conn., who had studied law at Albany, N.Y., came to Towanda in 1825. He was a gentleman of letters, a graduate of Union College and began life in Towanda as a teacher. For many years he was a magistrate and did an extensive business in connection with collecting. He also practiced at the bar. In 1838 he was chosen state representative and re-elected in 1839. His demise occurred May 1859, aged 63 years. Mr. Barstow married Amelia A., daughter of Col. Hiram Mix (p. 35), their children being David Henry, Henrietta and Caroline, both the latter being the wife of Dr. T. B. Johnson.
Salmon Sherwood, born May 12, 1769 at Bridgeport, Conn., was in early life a surveyor. While pursuing his vocation in Virginia, he enlisted, 1791, in the U.S. army under Gen. Arthur St. Clair, was in the campaign against the Miami Indians and wounded in the battle of November 4, 1791. In 1793 he re-enlisted and served under Gen. Anthony Wayne, taking part in the battles of Fort Recovery and Falling Timbers. After leaving the army, he was employed by Boone Company of Kentucky as surveyor. Here he married a Miss Stanley who four years later was killed in a massacre. Taking his 3-year old son, he journeyed on horseback to Connecticut, being two months on the trail. Again established in his native state, he was elected several terms to
the legislature and served as a Captain in the War of 1812. In 1817 he moved to Catharine, N.Y., thence to Columbia township in 1836. Here he engaged in farming until his death, Jan. 18, 1853. Mr. Sherwood married about 1797 for his second wife, Phebe Burritt (b. Nov. 6, 1776, d. Jan. 18, 1872) of Bridgeport, Conn. She was a member of the Elihu Burritt family and a woman of great energy and force of character. They reared a notable family as follows:
Steven (by first wife), unmarried, enlisted in the U.S. navy and supposed to have been killed at Tripoli.
Burritt was a physician, married Miss Hinman of Catharine, N.Y., and had two children.
Stanley followed farming, married but had no children.
Sally married Jesse Hitchcock of Catharine, N.Y., mother of five children.
Charles, a lawyer, was U.S. Consul at Messina where he died; married Miranda Sherwood of Bridgeport, Conn.; three children.
George, a mechanic, died unmarried at New Orleans.
James, a farmer in Sheshequin, married Eliza M. Hill; three children.
Henry, a lawyer, married 1st, Hannah Robinson; 2nd, Sarah Allen; 3rd, Lorancia Allen; one son by second wife.
Walter was a graduate of West Point, being a class-mate and intimate friend of Gen. McDowell; was a lieutenant in the U.S. army and killed Dec. 28, 1840 by the Seminoles at Martius Point, Fla.; unmarried.
Rollin, farmer in Illinois, married and left three children.
Phebe married Guy Hinman of Catharine, N.Y.; six children.
Julius, a lawyer, married Juliet Robinson of Wellsboro; one son.