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History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches

By H. C. Bradsby, 1891

Biographical Sketches pp. 675-684
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the only member of the family that never taught school. After reaching his majority, he farmed for himself, working with his father. On March 2, 1882, he was united in marriage with Elcena, a daughter of Charles and Frances (Chaffee) Dimon, in whose family there were eight children, Mrs. Brown being the fourth; the parents reside in Pike Township. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Brown commenced housekeeping on one of his father's Farms, where they resided for three years, and then came to their present residence. Their union has been blessed with two children: William Irving, born Sept. 19, 1885, and George W., born Sept. 18, 1889. Mr. Brown has 14 cows, 75 sheep, and young cattle; carries on a dairy and is a patron of the Orwell Creamery. The improvements on the farm he occupies were put there by his father; the house was built in 1856, and contains 17 rooms. The family worship at the Methodist Episcopal Church, in politics Mr. Brown is a Republican. He is one of the successful businessman of the County, as was his father who started with 50 acres of land and a log house, and worked his way up, until he is now among the largest land owners of the County; one of its strong, self-made citizens.

R. G. Brown, miller, PO Grover, is a native of Canton Township, this County, born October 15, 1841, a son of Orrin and Nancy (Wright) Brown, natives of Vermont. Orrin Brown is a farmer, residing in Canton Township, is in his 80th year; he is a son of Solomon Brown who was a native of Vermont, and an early settler in Canton Township, near East Canton, where he died. Mrs. Nancy (Wright) Brown died in 1843. R. G. Brown, who was the youngest in order of birth in a family of three sons and one daughter, was reared in Canton Township and received his education in the common schools. He enlisted October 18, 1861, in Company C., 106th PVI, for three years, and participated in the following battles: Fair Oaks, Peninsular Campaign, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg; was slightly wounded at the battle of Antietam, and was mustered out in front of Petersburg October 18, 1864. Returning home, he engaged in the butchering business in Canton, which he followed two years; then worked two years in the Granville Tannery, and one year in the Grover tanneries for Adam Innes. He purchased an interest in the Grover gristmill with E. W. Wolcott, and at the end of one year J. C. Roup succeeded E. W. Wolcott. Ten years after going into the business he bought Mr. Roup’s interests, and in two years he sold to C. A. Innes, and purchased a farm one mile south of Canton where he still resides. He began running the mill for J. H. Eastgate in November 1889. Mr. Brown was married in Canton Township Jan. 26, 1865, to Rebecca, daughter of George and Charlotte (Gregory) Williams, natives of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; she is third in order of birth in a family of nine children, and was born in Canton Township, November 15, 1845. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Women's Relief Corps. Mr. Brown is a member of the G. A. R., Ingram Post No. 91. Politically he is a member of the Republican Party.

T. F. Brown, farmer and stock grower, Wyalusing, was born Sept. 18, 1844, in the "Old Red Tavern," Browntown, lately burned, a son of D. W. Brown, and passed his boyhood on his father's farm in Browntown, where he received the common school education, remaining at home until 18. On March 8, 1864, he enlisted in Company D., 50th PVI, and served until March 3, 1865, when he was discharged with his regiment. He received a gunshot wound in the left-hand in the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, which sent him to the hospital for about 30 days. In the fall of 1864 he again was compelled to go to the hospital, from which he was discharged; he was in all the battles from the Wilderness to Petersburg; after his return from the army he was a clerk in the employ of Stowel and Hazen, Ithaca, New York, one year; then returned to Browntown, where he farmed until October, 1881, when he removed to Elmira until the fall of 1883 was in the drug business with his brother, F. M. Brown, M.D.; then returned to his farm where he has since remained. He has 50 acres of finely improved farmland, which he cultivates and has well stocked with horses and cattle. Mr. Brown was united in marriage, November 16, 1871, with Matilda E. States, daughter of Capt. States (deceased), and by this union there are two children: Ernest L., born May 19, 1873, Theo.Grace, born October 3, 1880. The family worship at the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is superintendent of the Browntown Sunday school; is a charter member of Jackson Post, No. 84, G. A. R., and past commander. He is a Republican and takes an active part in politics, and has filled various town offices.

Ulysses Franklin Brown, farmer, Wysox Township, was born in Monroe, this County, March 19, 1830, a son of Ruel R and Eliza (Manderville) Brown, natives of Pennsylvania. In their family there are seven children, of whom the subject of these lines is the eldest. When but a boy Ulysses F. Brown engaged in lumbering, and at 21 had learned the wagon-maker’s trade, which business he followed seven years. On September 13, 1864, he enlisted at Rochester, New York, in the 50th New York Volunteer Engineers, and was later transferred to the 15th New York Volunteer Engineers; was mustered out in June 13, 1865, and returned to his farm where he has since resided. He was married May 14, 1853, to Mary, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Beard) White, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Irish and English descent, respectively. To them were born eight children as follows: Orlando W., born Feb. 24, 1855; Howard S., born Nov. 4, 1856; Mary M., born Jan. 27, 1858; Hattie C., born Feb. 29, 1860; Earnest E., born Jan. 8, 1862; Frankie H., born October 27, 1864; L. V. Veroque, born July 18, 1870, and Etta C., born Jan. 16, 1874. Mr. Brown is a member of Steven’s Post, No. 69, G. A. R., is a Republican and has held the offices of town commissioner and school director.

John L. Brundage, proprietor of the "Brundage House," Sayre, is a native of Orange County, New York, born April 7, 1855; his parents Orsamus C. and Phebe (Kimber) Brundage, were also natives of Orange County; the father, who was a farmer, died in his native home in 1887, in his 87th year; the mother died in 1886 and her 73rd year. The grandfather Kimber was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. John L. Brundage, who is the fifth in a family of seven children, was reared in Orange County, New York, until the age of 16 years, when he enlisted, April 24, 1861, in Company D., 18th New York VI for two years; some of the engagements he participated in were the following: Seven Days fight in the Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg; he was mustered out April 28, 1863; and in October 1864, he reenlisted in Company G. 15th OVVI, and was in Sherman’s March to the Sea. He was mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, in June, 1865, and returned to Orange County, New York, where he remained about a year, and then went to Waverly, New York, where he engaged in the bakery business, and followed that about one year. He engaged in the livery business about a year, then commenced the manufacture of wagons, and followed that business five years, and then farmed for eight years in Tioga County, near Waverly. In 1883 he removed to Sayre, and worked at his trade in the locomotive works about two years, and at building and contracting; he erected a hotel adjoining his dwelling house on Thomas Avenue, which he completed in Feb. 1891; it is 22 by 60 feet in size, three stories in height, containing 17 rooms. Mr. Brundage was married in Sussex County, New Jersey, in 1886, to Miss Cynthia J., daughter of Charles and Mary (Casterline) Newton, natives of New Jersey, but residents of Chemung County, New York. Mrs. Brundage was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, Aug. 21, 1846, and is the eldest in a family of eight daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Brundage are parents of two children, viz.: Charles N. and George A. Mrs. Brundage is a member of Methodist Episcopal Church; Mr. Brundage is a member of the G. A. R., Mallory Post, No. 285, and is Post commander of the Union Veterans Union, of Sayre; is also a member of the Patriotic Order Sons of America, and Sexennial League. He has served one term as school director in Tioga County, New York, and was deputy postmaster at Wells Corners, Orange County, New York, four years. In politics Mr. Brundage is a Republican.

G. C. Bruster, druggist, Sayre, is a native of Waverly, New York, and was born October 3, 1862, a son of George N. and Rosannah H., (Ellison) Bruster, natives of Tioga County, New York. The father was a mechanic, and died in Waverly in 1871, and his 46th year; the mother resides in Waverly. G. C. Bruster, who was the youngest in a family of three boys, was reared in Waverly, and received his education in the public schools. At the age of 16 he began clerking in a drugstore, which he followed until 1884, when he engaged in the drug business in Waverly, and then came to Sayre in the spring of 1886, and commenced in the same line. He was married in Waverly, in 1886, to Miss Hattie E., daughter of Albert and Frances (Penney) Mullock, natives of Orange County, New York. She is the eldest in a family of four girls, and was born in Waverly, April 19, 1864. To Mr. and Mr. Bruster were born two children -- -- Ralph and Ethylen. The family are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Bruster is a member of the Iron Hall, Sexennial League, and International Fraternal Alliance. In politics is a Republican.

Capt. James Bryant is a prominent manufacturer in the borough of Towanda. In peace and in war this gentleman's name is indelibly inscribed upon the records of his County and country. He is a New Yorker by birth, born July 20, 1833, a son of Daniel Bryant, a family of Scotch Irish decent; the father was a skilled blacksmith by trade. Capt. James Bryant was reared in his native Columbia County, and was orphaned when a tender child, and found himself alone to do battle with the cold and cheerless world; but this strong Scotch Irish blood stood to lad well in hand, and he battled nobly with cold and hunger, and when he was 17 years old found himself as an apprentice to the wagon-maker’s trade, serving three years; then worked at it as a journeyman, and the Civil War found him at his bench, but of the first to volunteer as a private in the mustering squadron, and from private, by hard, meritorious service, he rose, step-by-step, to a Captaincy Company G., Fifth New York C., in the three years; service. He was under fire 200 times, and in the fiercest of the carnage of Chancellorsville, Antietam, Gettysburg, and many other sanguinary fields. His horse was killed under him at Hagerstown, and he was taken prisoner, May 17, 1864, at Poe River, Virginia, and was sent to Gordonsville, Virginia, and had a taste of nearly all the horrors of prisons in the South; finally was sent to Macon, Georgia, but taking desperate chances, he escaped in wandered by the dead of night, in hunger and terrible exposures, for many weary miles, but was recaptured and returned to the prison pens. Not crushed, though dreadfully sore of heart, he watched his opportunity and again made his escaped, and fortunately, this time, blind chance led him to the lines of the Union Army, and he was saved, and the model skeleton was nursed back to life and, in time, mustered out of the service. During his entire service he kept a diary of his personal movements, which was taken from him when a prisoner, but it afterward fell into the hands of another soldier, who carefully preserved it and returned it to its owner, when he met him at the general muster out at Washington. In the language of Horace Greeley, this little morceau will in the long future furnish some "mighty interesting reading." His discharge bears date Feb. 1, 1865, when he returned to his native place, and, in 1867, he came to Towanda to make his permanent home. He purchased a small wagon shop and commenced the manufacture of vehicles in a small way, but has rapidly increased the trade and shop facilities, and now it is one of the prominent institutions of the borough, turning out all kinds of carriages, wagons, sleighs, carts, and road wagons, and has from 10 to 25 employees. Capt. Bryant was united in marriage at Kinderhook, New York, April 17, 1855, to Margaret N. Peer, whose people are of Dutch descent, and their children are as follows: May (Mrs. Charles Armstrong); Charles, who is one of the firm; Catherine (wife of Jesse June, a civil engineer of the Lehigh Railroad), and Nellie. The family are Presbyterians. Capt. Bryant was Burgess and Councilman of Towanda from 1872 to 1877, and is a prominent member of the G. A. R., Watson Post, No. 68, and has filled nearly all its offices. Politically he votes the Republican ticket.

Abram Buchanan, Farmer, PO Austinville, was born in Frankfort Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, Sept. 5, 1828, and is a son of Henry and Eliza (Brink) Buchanan. He was reared in his native County, in 1850 located in Wells Township, this County, where he resided until 1870, when he removed to Columbia Township, to the farm he now occupies, and where he has since resided. In 1856 he married Margaret, daughter of Andrew P. and Anna (Case) Bowman, formerly of New Jersey, and pioneers of Wells Township. To Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan have been born three children: Irwin, Gertrude (Mrs. Clinton A. Wolf) and Andrew Bowman. Mr. Buchanan is a prominent and representative citizen of Columbia Township, as well as a leading farmer and dairyman, and raises very fine horses. Politically he is a Democrat.

Samuel W. Buck, attorney at law, Towanda, was born in Pike Township, this County, June 9, 1855, a son of Perley and Elizabeth (Northrup) Buck. His paternal grandfather, William Buck, a native of New Hampshire, is said to have been one of three original, settlers of what is now LeRaysville, this County, where he cleared and improved the farm, and died. He was the father of nine children, as follows: Matilda (Mrs. George Seymour), Mehitable (Mrs. Eliakim W. Todd), Lydia (Mrs. Simeon Brink), Lyman, William, Samuel, Perley H., Fidelia, and Paulina (Mrs. Albert Cheeseman). Of these, Perley H., who was reared on the old homestead, has always been a farmer in Pike Township, and has resided in LeRaysville since 1867. His wife, Elizabeth, was a daughter of Amos Northrup, at one time a resident of Bradford County, and of Connecticut stock; by her he had six children, viz.: Charlotte E. (Mrs. Martin S. Prentice), George W., Mary F. (Mrs. William J. Davies), Samuel W., Walter P., and Carrie L. (Mrs. Leslie A. Codding, deceased). Samuel W. was reared in his native County, educated at LeRaysville Academy and Union College, and was graduated from the latter in June 1876. He studied law with Davies and Carnochan, of Towanda, and was admitted to the bar in May 1879. He served as deputy treasurer of Bradford County 10 years -- -- from 1882 to 1890 -- -- and Commissioners’ clerk eight years -- -- from 1883 to 1890 -- -- and in 1889 was elected a member of the Board of school directors of Towanda, upon which he is still serving. On February 1, 1891, he entered actively into the practice of law. Mr. Buch married, June 15, 1882, Amelia C., daughter of Henry C. and Agnes C. (Schermerhorn) Glen, of Schenectady, New York, and has two children: Agnes E. and Perley H. Mr. Buck is a member of the Presbyterian Church; he is a Sir Knight Templar, and in politics is a Republican. In 1881 he published a compilation of the "Road Laws, and Laws Relating to Township Officers in Bradford County."

Lundon Budd a prominent farmer and stock dealer, PO Austinville, was born May 30, 1840, in Columbia Township, this County on the farm where he now resides, and is a son of Albion and Aminta (Bernert) Budd; his paternal grandfather, John Budd, a native of Maine and a shipbuilder by trade, was among the pioneers of Columbia Township, settling on the farm now occupied by subject, and died there. By his wife, Polly, he had children as follows: Polly (Mrs. Phenias Clark), Phelina (Mrs. Daniel Watkins), Albion, Thomas and Achah, of whom Albion, father of Lundon Budd cleared and improved most of the old homestead, and resided there until his death in 1856, at the age of 58. He was twice married, first time to Aminta, daughter of Peter and Ann (Budd) Gernert (pioneers of Tioga Point, and later of Columbia Township, and who were natives of Germany), and by her he had six children: Anna (Mrs. Stephen Wilbur), Emma (Mrs. John VanWirt), Albion, Harriet (Mrs. Frank Parsons; has one daughter Harriet), Deborah and Lundon; by his second wife, Celestia Parsons, he had two children: Mary (Mrs. Willard Harris, has one child, Lundon) and Sophia. Mr. Budd was a soldier in the War of 1812, and a pensioner. The subject of this sketch was reared on the old homestead, where, with the exception of seven years, during which he lived in Elmira, he has always resided. He has been a buyer and dealer in stock since 16 years of age. He married Feb. 3, 1866, Catherine, daughter of Andrew and Ann (Case) Bowman, of Wells Township, this County, formerly of Sussex County, New Jersey, and this union has been blessed with four sons: Albion L., Leon W., Andrew Tracy (who died at the age of six years) and Wesley L. (who died in infancy). Mrs. Budd is a member of the Baptist Church. Politically Mr. Budd is a Democrat.

Rufus C. Buffington, farmer and stockmen, South Warren, is a native of Warren Township, and was born on the spot where he resides, Aug. 14, 1820, a son of Benjamin and Experience (Coburn) Buffington, natives of Rhode Island and of English stock. Benjamin's father, Preserved Buffington, married an Arnold, and this old couple had nine children, of whom Benjamin, the second in order of birth, came with his father's family to this County in the first years of this century, and located in Warren Township, where the parents spent the remainder of their lives among the earliest pioneers, of whom they were prominent and efficient factors in building up the new, wild country. The father improved a small farm, and died in 1851, his first wife and helpmate having preceded him to the grave in 1823 (their family numbered five children, of whom Rufus C. was the fourth); his second wife was Rebecca Coburn, who died in 1840; his third marriage was with Charlotte Gridley. Rufus C. Buffington has spent his life on the spot where he was born. He was educated in a limited way in the neighborhood subscription schools, but learned practically and well how to farm, and now has 80 acres finally improved land. He was married in Warren Township, Dec. 24, 1843, to Catherine, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Abell) Wheaton, natives of Rhode Island and of English origin, and to them were born nine children, of whom Catherine was the second (she grew to womanhood in Warren Township, an industrious and frugal farmer’s daughter, and died Dec. 11, 1884, leaving a daughter, Emma E. (Mrs. Judson Murphy, married Jan. 8, 1873); Judson Murphy is the son of John W. and Delphine (Whitaker) Murphy, natives of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively; he was reared in Warren Township, and since his marriage has made

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