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From Clayton, W. Woodford's History of Steuben County, New York, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia : Lewis, Peck & Co., 1879 (Philadelphia : Press of J. B. Lippincott)


Willis J. Savory

The great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch came from England. He married an Irish lady; they settled in Tolland Co., Conn., and had several sons.

Willis J., son of Ira and Lovina Richardson Savory, was born in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., N.Y., Nov. 28, 1807. Ira Savory was a native of Tolland Co., Conn., born Aug. 7, 1776; married Lovina Richardson, of the same county, about 1802. Mrs. L. Savory was born Feb. 20, 1783. They had twelve children, of whom Willis J. is the third. Ira Savory settled in Onondaga County previous to his marriage and remained on a farm until 1818, when he located in Campbell on the "Granger Farm;" remained some three years; then spent two years on Ralph Babcock's farm; then settled at Painted Post, and continued to follow his chosen profession as farmer. He died Feb. 9, 1842. His wife died Oct. 29, 1864.

Willis J. settled in Steuben County with his parents in 1818. Mr. Savory remained with his father till he was twenty-one years of age; then he commenced to work for Gen. F. E. Erwin for eight dollars a month; worked seven years in the Erwin family. In the mean time he had purchased a farm of one hundred acres of land in Catlin, Chemung Co., N. Y., and had it paid for. He married Nancy Wilty [Welty], daughter of Jacob and Barbara Wilty [Welty] of Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1836. She was born Oct. 3, 1809, and died Jan. 21, 1875. Of this union nine children were born, viz.: Mary, John W., Charles, Sarah, John (2d); Ann E., James W., W. R., and Martha. All are dead save James W. and Martha.

Mr. Savory removed to his farm in Chemung County soon after marriage, and built a house and remained one year, when he finally settled at Painted Post, in 1838. He kept public-house some eight years; was on his farm one year; then purchased the hotel property known as the "Erwin House," which he had formerly kept. He was engaged as hotel-keeper some twenty years. He sold his hotel in January, 1870, and located at his present home, which he had purchased in 1867.

Mr. Savory has been engaged as farmer and hotel-keeper through his active life. He retired from business in 1870. He married his present wife, Mrs. Catharine Platt, widow of Thomas V. Platt, of Dutchess Co., N.Y., Dec. 30, 1875. Mr. Savory has been a life-long Democrat.