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Families of Wells, Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
By J. Kelsey Jones - 2010 Edition

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(Fairbanks to Fries)


Sarah wife of James Farley d. 12 June 1848 69y 8m 24d (ts) Mosherville Cemetery.


Thomas Ferguson b. 30 July 1788 Orange County, New York m. Mar 1808 at Minisink, Hannah Horton b. 16 Jan 1786. Soldier, War of 1812, enlisting 18 Aug 1814 discharged 27 Nov 1814. Removed from Sussex County, New Jersey to southeastern Wells and first appears on the 1838 assessment list of Wells. Sons, Alfred and Henry evidently preceded them as they both appear on the 1836 assessment list. Enumerated with son Alfred and family in Wells in 1860. Thomas d. 17 Mar 1867 (ts) 1868 (pension file) 79y (ts) and Hannah d. 8 Mar 1878 91y (ts) Baptist Hill Cemetery. Bradford Argus, Towanda, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1878 relates Hannah d. Wells age 92.

1.  Alfred Ferguson b. 1809 Orange County, New York.
2.  Henry Ferguson b. c. 1811.
3.  Uriah Ferguson b. June 1813 Orange County, New York
4.  Levi Ferguson b. 19 Dec 1815 Orange County.
5.  William H. Ferguson b. 1818.
6.  Calvin G. Ferguson b. c. 1820 m. Sally Martin.
7.  Julia Ferguson b. 8 Oct 1822 m. Charles Colony as his second wife.
8.  Thomas Ferguson b. c. 1825, single.
9.  Phebe A. Ferguson b. 2 June 1828.

FERGUSON - On April 25th, 1903, occurred the death of Mrs. Julia Ferguson Colony of Troy, relict of Charles Colony, Sen. Mrs. Colony was born in New Jersey on October 8, 1822, and was the daughter of Thomas Ferguson, who emigrated from New Jersey some seventy years ago, and settled at Rowley Corners in the township of Wells, PA, where he and his wife spent the balance of their days. Mr. Ferguson's family consisted of six sons and two daughters. Of these Deacon Uriah Ferguson of Austinville and William Ferguson of Caton, NY, survive. Charles Colony, husband of the deceased, and their family, resided in Troy a number of years during the 40's. He died at Austinville thirty-nine years ago. Their children were William, residing in Mansfield, Charles in Elmira and Thomas in Troy, the last with whom she lived and in whose home she died. The daughters were Mrs. John Hunt, deceased, and a daughter who died at an early age. Mrs. Colony was a member of the Universalist church, as was her husband in his lifetime, and was highly esteemed by those who knew her. Funeral services wre held from the home on the 30th inst., and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. T. A. Hughes, pastor of the Troy Baptist church, assisted by Rev. T. Mitchell. The burial took place in Oak Hill cemetery.

Second Generation:
1.  Alfred Ferguson b. 1809 m. Elizabeth Carmichael b. c. 1813 New Jersey. Alfred appears on the 1836 assessment list of Wells. Enumerated in Southport, Chemung County, New York in 1880. Alfred Ferguson d. yesterday at the state line age 72 (Bradford Argus, Towanda, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1881). Elizabeth d. age 86 at home of daughter, Jennie at the state line, town of Southport, buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

William H. Ferguson b. c. 1836, resided Elmira, New York.
Jennie Ferguson b. 24 Oct 1839 m. Rev. John VanKirk.
Coleson E. Ferguson b. 7 June 1843, Methodist minister resided Elmira, New York vicinity during pastorates, d. 17 June 1913 708 West Water Street, Elmira buried Pine Valley, New York
Hannah Ferguson b. c. 1853 m. James Irving, resided Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania and Binghamton, New York in 1913.

2.  Henry Ferguson b. c. 1812 m. Dorothy Carmichael and he first appears on the 1836 assessment list of Wells.

3.  Uriah Ferguson b. June 1813 appears on the 1839 and 1840 assessment list of Wells as single, m. c. 1842 Sally Watkins b. June 1824 daughter of Daniel Watkins and Philaria Budd. Enumerated in Columbia Township in 1850 and 1860, farmer; Columbia Township in 1870, retired grocer; Covington, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1880, farmer. Enumerated in household of son Grant in Columbia Township, Bradford County in 1900, Sally mother of six children, five living. Uriah was living at Austinville, Columbia Township in 1903 when his sister Julia died.

Herbert M. Ferguson b. c. 1844 clerk in grocery in 1870 residing with parents.
Levi Ferguson b. c. 1847 clerk in grocery in 1870 residing with parents.
Janette Ferguson b. c. 1851 m. 21 Nov 1869 Charles Bell Hulslander.
Abraham Ferguson b. c. 1859.
Byron Ferguson b. c. 1860.
Emma Ferguson b. c. 1862, music teacher in 1880 residing with parents.
Grant Ferguson b. Apr 1868.

4.  Levi Ferguson b. 19 Dec 1815 m. Amy Utter b. 12 Feb 1815 New Jersey. Enumerated Southport, Chemung County, New York in 1850, mason. In the 1865 state census of Southport, mason, Amy mother of 11 children. Enumerated in Covington, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1870, brick mason. Enumeratd in Covington in 1880, farmer, Amy unable to write. Levi d. 1885 (ts) and Amy d. 1897 (ts) Old Settlers Cemetery, Covington, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Uriah Ferguson b. c. 1836 enumerated with wife and daughter in Covington in 1880, stone mason.
Julia Ann Ferguson b. c. 1838 New York m. 20 July 1864 (Southport marriage record) Alexander Barden. Julia was enumerated in her parent’s household in 1870.
Hannah C. Ferguson b. c. 1841 m. a Pierce.
Phebe J. Ferguson b. c. 1843 New York enumerated with parents in 1880.
John H. Ferguson b. c. 1845.
Alfred Ferguson b. 30 July 1847 New York m. Julia Ett Leonard b. 4 Oct 1852 Wells Township daughter of William Henry Leonard and Clarissa Ann Peterson and he d. 9 Sept 1907 Webb Mills, Chemung County, New York.
Levi Ferguson b. 13 July 1850 d. 21 Dec 1851 (ts) Pine City Cemetery.
Sarah E. Ferguson b. 13 Sept 1852 d. 7 Apr 1853 (ts) Pine City Cemetery.
Franklin C. Ferguson b. 1854 Pennsylvania.
Monroe Ferguson b. c. 1856 Pennsylvania d. Apr 1881 age 25.
Marcus Ferguson b. 14 July 1860 d. 24 Mar 1863 (ts) Pine City Cemetery.

DIED Roe Ferguson, Covingston, Saturday, 22 years, son of Levi Ferguson, fell off wagon (Mansfield Advertister, April 27, 1881).

5.  William H. Ferguson b. 1818 m. Mary Uzella Leonard b. 1831 daughter of Abraham Leonard and Sarah Ann Smith and step daughter of Truman B. Warner, Sarah having m. Truman as his second wife. Enumerated in Southport, Chemung County, New York in 1860, farmer. Enumerated in Caton, Steuben County, New York in 1870 and 1880, farmer. Residing Caton in 1903 when sister Julia died. William d. 1904 (ts) and Uzella d. 1904 (ts) Webb Mills Cemetery, town of Southport, Chemung County, New York.

Edgar Ferguson b. c. 1853.
Alice Ferguson b. c. 1856.
Emma Ferguson b. c. 1858.
Ida Ferguson b. c. 1864.
Minnie Ferguson b. c. 1866.
Truman Ferguson b. c. 1873.

9.  Phebe A. Ferguson b. 2 June 1828 m. Nelson Wolfe as his second wife. Nelson b. 11 Aug 1813/15 Columbia township, son of Michael Wolfe and Elizabeth Furman. Nelson m. (1)Cecelia C. Edwards of Columbia township daughter of Sarah Edwards and step daughter of Joseph H. DeWitt and she d. 22 Dec 1880 62y 2m 3d (ts) Coryland Cemetery. Nelson d. 5 Feb 1897 and Phebe d. 5 Oct 1898 (ts) Coryland Cemetery.

Alfred Ferguson d. Friday last in Columbia township, age 25, suicide (Bradford Argus, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, June 24, 1869).

Elijah Ferguson b. c. 1801 New York state and wife, Elizabeth “Betsey” b. c. 1802 New York state enumerated 1850 census of Wells. Elijah d. 2 May 1889 87y and Betsey d. 17 Feb 1888 85y (ts) Webb Mills Cemetery, town of Southport, Chemung County, New York. They had six sons in the Civil War, one died Saulsbury prison.

1.  Minor W. Ferguson b. c. 1820 m. Amarilla Beers.
2.  Julia A. Ferguson b. c. 1832 New York m. Andrew Jackson Stafford.
3.  Edward Ferguson b. c. 1834 New York.
4.  Charles A. Ferguson b. 20 Sept 1836 New York served in Company H, 45th PA Regiment during Civil War, m. 7 Mar 1866 Anna VanKuren of South Creek Township and he d. 14 May 1902 buried Lower Gillett Cemetery, South Creek Township.
5.  William C. Ferguson b. 1838 New York d. 1899 (ts). Wife, Jerusha b. 1842 d. 1907 (ts) Webb Mills Cemetery.
6.  Christopher Ferguson b. c. 1842 Pennsylvania.
7.  James Ferguson b. c. 1844 Pennsylvania.

Charles H. Ferguson b. c. 1809 New York state and wife, Almira b. New York state enumerated 1840 census of Wells and he first appears on the 1840 assessment list of Wells. William Ferguson, age 63, b. New York state residing with family in 1850.

1.  Hiram Ferguson b. New York.
2.  David N. Ferguson b. c. 1835 New York.
3.  Minerva Ferguson b. c. 1839 Pennsylvania.
4.  George W. Ferguson b. c. 1841 Pennsylvania.
5.  Rachel Ferguson b. c. 1842 Pennsylvania.
6.  Elizabeth Ferguson b. c. 1845 Pennsylvania.
7.  Frances A. Ferguson b. c. 1848 Pennsylvania.

Warren Ferguson b. c. 1830 Pennsylvania and wife, Ann b. c. 1835 Pennsylvania enumerated 1860 census of Wells.

1.  Dazell Ferguson (female) b. c. 1854 Pennsylvania.
2.  Etta Ferguson b. c. 1857 Pennsylvania.

Edward Ferguson m. in Columbia township at George Corey Esq., Amelia A. Doland (Bradford Argus, Towanda, Pennsylvania, July 11, 1878).


Peter Ferris b. 29 Jan 1777 Fairfield, Connecticut son of Peter Ferris (b. c. 1742 Greenwich, Connecticut d. 1795 Salem, Westchester County, New York) and second wife Hannah Benedict m. 1797 in Vermont, Olive Mervin b. c. 1774. Enumerated in Panton, Addison County, Vermont in 1800 and 1810. Enumerated in Genoa, Cayuga County, New York in 1820. Peter first appears on the 1829 (compiled fall of 1828) assessment list of Wells. On the 1830 assessment list of Wells the names of both Peter and Joel Ferris appear and in 1831 there is a notation that Joel had removed from the township. Peter Ferris (spelled Faris) was age 60 and under age 70 on the 1830 census enumeration of Wells. Peter last appears on the 1834 assessment list of Wells. Peter and Olive were both living in 1840 and enumerated in the 1840 census of South Creek Township. Peter evidently deceased in the 1840’s and Olive was enumerated with son George and his family in Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1850, age 76.

1.  Amanda Ferris b. 10 July 1797 Vermont m. Obadiah Brown, Jr.
2.  Alma Ferris b. 4 Sept 1799 Vermont.
3.  Peter Ferris, Jr., b. c. 1801 Vermont.
4.  Joel Ferris b. c. 1803/4 Vermont.
5.  Albert Ferris b. 1806 Ferrisburg, Vermont.
6.  Eliza Ferris b. 1812.
7.  Huldah Olive Ferris b. 1816 New York.
8.  George Washington Ferris b. 30 Apr 1819 Hector, Tompkins (now Schuyler) County, New York.

Second Generation:
2.  Alma Ferris b. 4 Sept 1799 m. Samuel Durant b. 29 Nov 1794 Framfield Parish, Sussex, England. John d. 17 Jan 1880 and Alma d. 1 Mar 1880 Marion, Kansas.

Seth Durant.
John Durant b. 31 May 1823 Cayuga County, New York.
James Durant b. Aug 1826 Cayuga County.
Maria L. Durant b. 4 June 1828 London, Ontario, Canada.
William Durant b. 1832 London, Ontario.
Sarah Durant b. 1834 London, Ontario.
Columbia Durant (twin) b. 1836 London, Ontario.
Columbus Durant (twin) b. 1836 London, Ontario.
Jane Durant b. 1840 Jackson County, Iowa.
Benjamin Durant b. 23 Mar 1846 Jackson County.
Emily Durant b. 1848 Jackson County.

3.  Peter Ferris, Jr., b. c. 1801 m. Elizabeth Foster, known as Betsey. Peter enumerated with a family in Wells Township in 1830 but does not appear in any of the assessment lists or later census records and is presumed to have removed from the area.

4.  Joel Ferris b. c. 1803/4 m. Clarissa Barber. Joel first appears on the 1830 assessment list of Wells, which was compiled in the fall of 1829. On the 1831 assessment list (compiled late fall of 1830) of Wells is a notation they removed from the township. They removed to neighboring Columbia Township and were enumerated there in 1830 with one male child and one female child, both under age five. Clarissa d. 26 Nov 1833 27y 6m (ts) Wolfe Settlement Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Joel m. (2)Sarah Bailey. In the 1835 assessment list of Wells, Joel had returned. In the 1837 assessment list he transfered his property to Aaron Burr. On the 1840 assessment list is the notation “moved out.” Enumerated in Troy Township in 1840. Enumerated in Columbia Township in 1850, farmer.

Children of Joel and Clarissa:
Mary Elizabeth Ferris b. 30 Dec 1825 Corning, New York m. 28 Sept 1848 by Rev. Riggs, Hiram West of Columbia Township.
Franklin Ferris b. c. 1827 enumerated 1850 census of Athens, Bradford County m. Mary Jane Relyea.
Alvin Ferris b. c. 1829.
Erastus Ferris b. c. 1831 enumerated 1850 census of Athens.
William Ferris b. c. 1832.

Children of Joel and Sarah:
Ernest Ferris b. c. 1836.
Amanda Alma Ferris b. c. 1838 d. 8 Mar 1843 4y (ts) Wolfe Settlement Cemetery.
Eliza Ann Ferris b. 1840 d. 3 Mar 1843 2y 4m 3d (ts) Wolfe Settlement Cemetery.
Joel E. Ferris b. 4 Dec 1842, served Civil War, m. Hannah J. Robyler, removed to Elmira, New York where Joel d. 3 Nov 1918 buried Woodlawn Cemetery.

5.  Albert Ferris b. 1806 m. Fidelia Weeks and was enumerated in the 1840 census of Columbia Township, Bradford County with two males under age five, a male of age ten and under age fifteen, aand three females of age five and under age ten.

Samantha Ferris.
Clarinda Ferris.
Jane Ferris.
Ereifil Ferris.
Flora Ferris.
Newton Ferris.
Theodore Ferris.

6.  Eliza Ferris b. 1812 m. John Henyon. Enumerated in Hector, Tompkins (now Schuyler) County, New York in 1830.

Squire Henyon.
Mary Jane Henyon.
Albert Henyon.
Smith Henyon.

7.  Huldah Olive Ferris b. 1816 m. in Wells, Cornelius Furman son of John Furman and Betsy Bogart of Columbia Township. Enumerated in Columbia Township in 1840 and Springfield Township in 1850. Olive d. 1856 37y (ts) Wellsburg Cemetery, Town of Ashland, Chemung County, New York. Her marker is broken and laying on the ground and the entire marker was not transcribed.

Elizabeth Furman b. c. 1832.
Harriet Furman b. c. 1833.
John Furman b. c. 1835.
Eliza Furman b. c. 1836.
Nancy Furman b. c. 1838.
Mary Furman b. c. 1840.
William Furman b. c. 1842.
Frances Furman b. c. 1844.

8.  George Washington Ferris b. 30 Apr 1819 m. Louisa Cosby b. 28 Oct 1821 Newkirk, New York. They resided in South Creek Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and then removed to Troy, same county and were enumerated in Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1850. They removed to Quincy, Illinois in the early 1850’s.

Hudson Ferris b. 10 Aug 1843 South Creek.
Mary Ferris b. 22 Jan 1845 Troy m. at Quincy, Illinois, Samuel Pirverly.
Olive Ferris b. 19 Mar 1846 Athens m. 1868 at Chicago, Illinois, Samuel E. Rimsey.
Emma Ferris b. c. 1848.
Annie Ferris b. 5 May 1856 Quincy, Illinois m. Dec 1887 at Chicago, Joseph Roakley.
Orr Ferris b. 1857 Quincy.
Charles Ferris b. 1858 Quincy.
Ren Ferris (twin) b. 4 Mar 1860 Quincy m. Emma Atlhow.
Ruth Ferris (twin) b. 4 Mar 1860 Quincy.
Benjamin Franklin Ferris b. 11 Feb 1866/69 Quincy m. 1 Feb 1887 at Chicago, Illinois, Mary Penny.

Harriet Ferris, age 34, enumerated 1850 census of Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.


James Field b. c. 1814 Ireland and wife, Abby J., b. c. 1830 New York state enumerated 1850 census of Wells.

1.  Julia Ann Field b. c. 1849 New York.


D. Finch residing northern Wells, 1858 map.


John Fitzsimmons b. c. 1791 son of Robert Fitzsimmons and Mary Layton had a wife Jane b. 1792. John first appears on the 1835 assessment list of Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and appears on the 1836 (compiled fall of 1835) assessment list, but then removed from the township. Jane d. 21 Apr 1836 44y 2m 15d (ts) Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Town of Southport, Chemung County, New York. Jane was removed to Fitzsimmons Cemetery from Wisner Park Burying Ground in Elmira when the interments were removed from that burial ground. John was not enumerated in Wells in 1840. John m. 2 Nov 1845 (Elmira Gazette, November 6, 1845) Alice Beers, often known as Elsie, of Elmira b. c. 1807-8 New York daughter of Henry Beers. Enumerated in Deerfield Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1850, farmer, age 53 with Alice and children George and Jane. Returned to Wells and resided on west side of main road in the Seeley Creek Valley on the farm one fourth mile south of the state line where the road forks, which was formally owned by H. T. Benedict and prior to that by William R. Knapp. Enumerated in Wells in 1860, farmer, age 70, with Alice and children George and Jane in household. H. T. Benedict and wife conveyed to John Fitzsimmons the farm in Wells on 1 May 1870 (Liber 112:25). John, age 77, Alice, Jane, and Rachel Fitzsimmons (sister), age 74, enumerated in Wells in 1870. Alice d. 16 Jan 1887 Wells (Bradford County Estate 4295). Joseph H. Beers, brother, administrator of her estate. Charles O’Hanlon, administrator of Jane Fitzsimmons estate conveyed property to his brother Dr. George O’Hanlon, 17 Dec 1888 (Liber 180:391).

1.  son b. 1821-25.
2.  son b. 1821-25.
3.  son b. 1826-30.
4. George H. Fitzsimmons b. c. 1831 New York.
5.  Jane Fitzsimmons b. 1834 New York d. 18 May 1885 Wells. Will (Bradford County Estate 4283) dated 14 Apr 1885 Wells bequeathed entire estate to step mother Elsie Fitzsimmons and at her decease to brother George Fitzsimmons “who is now abroad” if he should return within twelve years from the date hereof and if he does not estate to Charles O’Hanlon and George O’Hanlon.


John Fleming b. c. 1828 New York state, blacksmith, and wife, Maria J., b. c. 1830 New York state enumerated 1850 census of Wells. Polly Fleming, age 46, b. New York, also in household.

1.  Wallace Fleming b. c. 1844 New York.
2.  Cecelia Fleming b. 1850 Pennsylvania.


Peter Price French b. 15 Oct 1762 Ripton Parish, Huntington (now Shelton), Fairfield County, Connecticut baptised 3 Apr 1763 St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Huntington son of Thomas French and Abigail Mallory m. 20 Oct 1782 in Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, Lucy Benedict b. 24 May 1760 New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut daughter of Jonathan Benedict. In 1783 they removed from Vermont to Hampton, Washington, County, New York and purchased 400 acres. Peter opened a tavern in 1783 and the first store with Samuel Beaman. They lived north of Hampton Corners and were one mile north of the bridge. He was trustee of Washington Salem Academy. In 1792 he was supervisor of the town. In 1793 he was captain of the militia light infantry. Lucy d. 23 Nov 1793 Hampton. Peter m. 6 July 1795 in Hampton, Washington County, New York, (2)Jerusha Dart b. 17 Apr 1772 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut and she d. 13 Nov 1798 Hampton. Peter m. 22 Mar 1799 in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, (3)Sarah Sterne b. 25 July 1777 Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire daughter of Dr. Thomas Sterne and Sarah Gleason. Enumerated in Washington County, New York in 1800. Peter served in the militia of Washington County.

Washington County
In 1803 a paper was laid before the Council, attested by the affidavit of Solomon Baker to be a true copy of a petition addressed to the Council of Appointment, subscribed by Elkanah Day, late a lieutenant colonel commandant of a regiment of militia in the county of Washington, by Peter. P. French, first major, John West, an ensign, and David Carswell, adjutant, in the said regiment, and by Casparus Baine, a captain, and John Beatty, a lieutenant, in the regiment of militia lately commanded by David Thomas, esquire, and several other persons; and among other things, prayhing the restoration of John Wiliams to the command of the brigade, and arrainging the conduct of the late Council, and requesting, if the prayer of their petition could not be granted, that they might be gratified in accompanying their brother officers in their removal from military services – whereupon, Resolved, that the request of said Peter P. French, John West, David Carswell, Casparus Baine and John Beatty be granted, and that their said petition be considered as an irregular resignation and as such be accepted accordingly.

Enumerated in Washington County in 1810 and 1820. Peter and Sarah are related to have arrived in the summer of 1824 to Wells from Hampton, Washington County, New York and located at what is now Mosherville where the Odd Fellows Hall is. Peter first appears on the 1825 assessment list, which would indicate he was living in Wells in 1824. Peter is related to have built a sawmill in 1824, the first erected in the township. In 1838, Peter diposed of his mill and gave his full attention to farming. Peter and son, James petitioned for the establishment of a mail line from Elmira to Mansfield, which was granted. The post office was established in 1825 as French Mills with James French as postmaster. French Mills changed to Wells in 1869 and later to Mosherville. Will of Peter dated 17 Jan 1841 Wells (Bradford County Probate file 385) named beloved wife, Sarah, all her jewels and wearing apparel with one bed and bedding, then same divided equally between two daughters; real estate sold and one third of all proceeds for maintenance of wife with interest paid semi-annually as long as she remains my widow; to heirs of Hiram French, my dec’d son, $1 in addtion to what the said Hiram received in his lifetime; to heirs of Charity Streeter, $1 in addition to what she received in her lifetime; to she whose maiden name was Anna Streeter I give $25 as a mark of my esteem and consideration of her service during her residence in my family; to grandson Peter Price French son of Seabury G. French, $50 put at interest until age 21 when same shall be paid to him; remainder divided between children James S. French, George W. French, Seabury G. French, William Henry French, Lyman French, Mary Ann Brownell and Charlotte Wylie, deducting the following sums in consideration of what they have received, James $500, George $400, Seabury $200, William H., the obligation which he holds against me, Mary A Brownell $30, Charlotte Wylie $25. Executors, son James S. French, son in law William P. Wylie and friend Hiram B. Roberts of Jackson, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Witnessed by Alex Roy and William H. Roy. Probate filed 12 Jan 1842 and inventory filed 25 Jan 1842 by David Griswold, Jr., and Zenas Roberts. Peter d. 26 Dec 1841 79y 2m 11d (ts and Elmira Gazette). The records of Trinity Church of Elmira, New York relate that “Major Peter P. French of Wells, Pa., died at 79y 3m, communicant of church, buried Dec 28, 1841.” Sarah d. 14 Mar 1847 69y 7m 20d (ts and Elmira Gazette, March 25, 1847) at the home of daughter Mary Ann buried Mosherville Cemetery with Peter. Son, Lyman occupied the family farm situated in the valley on the north edge of the village.

Peter’s Day Book is in possession of the Bradford County Historical Society and is first dated Hampton 25 August 1818.

At his residence in Wells, Tioga (misprint and should read Bradford) Co., Pa., on the 26th of December last, Maj. Peter P. French, in the 80th year of his age. Maj. French was born in Chatford (misprint and probably was meant to read Hartford) Co., October 1762 . . . removed at an early age to Vermont where he lived during the Revolutionary War . . . a “Minute Man” (Elmira Gazette, January 13, 1842).

Children of Peter and Lucy:
1.  Charity French b. 16 June 1783 Hampton, Washington County, New York.
2.  Clara French b. 30 May 1785 Hampton d. 7 Feb 1786 Hampton.

Child of Peter and Jerusha:
3.  Hiram P. French b. 2 Mar 1797 Hampton.

Children of Peter and Sarah:
4.  James Sterne French b. 8 Dec 1800 Hampton.
5.  Seabury George French b. 8 Sept 1802 Hampton.
6.  George Washington French b. 20 Mar 1804 Hampton.
7.  Mary Ann French b. 9 June 1806 Hampton m. 3 Nov 1831 John Brownell.
8.  William Henry French b. 1 Apr 1808 Hampton.
9.  Harvey French b. 15 June 1811 Hampton d. 29 Mar 1812 Hampton.
10.  Charlotte L. French b. 4 Jan 1813 Hampton m. 12 Oct 1831 William Pease Wiley.
11.  Lyman French b. 4 Nov 1815 Hampton.
12.  Sarah Elizabeth French b. 26 Feb 1818 Hampton d. 15 Aug 1820 Hampton.

Second Generation:
1.  Charity French, known as Charry, b. 16 June 1783 m. 13 Oct 1805 Lemuel Streator (sometimes Streeter) b. 14 Nov 1787 son of John Streator. Enumerated in Washington County, New York in 1810. Removed to Orwell, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Lemuel elected sheriff, 1818; county commissioner, 1821; representative, 1823, 24, 25. Charry d. 5 Aug 1824 42y (ts) buried Wysox Cemetery, Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. While attending 1825-26 session of legislature, Lemuel d. suddenly, buried Harrisburg. A special election was held 7 Feb 1826 to fill his vacany. They left three children, Price F. age 20, Lemuel W. age 14, and Harriet age 12 in 1826.

13.  Price F. Streator b. c. 1806 resided Monroe Township in 1830.
14.  daughter b. c. 1808-10 living 1810 and 1820 census enumerations.
15.  Lemuel W. Streator b. 1812.
16.  Harriet Streator b. 1814 was of Monroe Township when she m. 25 Dec 1834 (Bradford County marriage by Justice E. S. Goodrich) Barunk Denny.

3.  Hiram P. French b. 2 Mar 1797 m. 12 Dec 1819 Ann Eliza Beaman. Enumerated in Hampton, Washington County, New York in 1820. Hiram d. 21 June 1838 Hampton. Two children in 1820 census.


4.  James Sterne French b. 8 Dec 1800 was listed as single on the 1825 assessment list of Wells. James is related to have taught school near Mosherville at Deacon Waldron's log house. In the 1826, 1827, and 1828 assesment lists he is identified with sawmill operations. James m. 10 Apr 1828 at Southport, Chemung County, New York, Martha M. B. Cadnor b. 20 Mar 1810. A post office had been established as French Mills (later became Mosherville) and appears in a national directory of post offices in 1828, James S. French, post master.  In the 1830 assessment of Wells, James was an innkeeper and had transfered property to Ithamar Judson and removed from the township before the 1830 census enumeration. Enumerated in Southport, Chemung County, New York in 1830. James S. French enumerated in 1835 in Southport with one male (James) and one female (Martha) in household. There was also a James French with two males and one female in the household in the 1835 census of Southport. Enumerated in Elmira, New York in 1860, grocer. Resided Towanda, Pennsylvania in 1872 when brother Seabury died. Enumerated in Elmira in 1880, treasurer for Mechanics Savings Bank. James d. 4 May 1881 80y 4m 27d (cemetery record and Elmira City Death record) at 501 East Market Street. Martha d. 15 May 1894 84y 1m 26d (cemetery record). Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. No children.

5.  Seabury George French b. 8 Sept 1802 was listed as single on the 1825 assessment list of Wells m. 8 Sept 1825 at Southport, Chemung County, New York by Rev. Simeon R. Jones, Emma Anna Smith b. 10 Mar 1807 daughter of Solomon Little Smith and Julia Seeley of Southport, Chemung County, New York. In the early assessment lists Seabury was identified with sawmill operations and then turned his attention to farming. In Nov 1869 Seabury contributed $10 to a fund to remove the Presbyterian Church at the state line to French Mills (now Mosherville). Seabury d. 18 Oct 1872 (ts). Emma renounced her right to administer the estate of her husband and requested Charles Sheive and Levi B. Sheive, dated 23 Nov 1872 (Bradford County Probate file 2446). Emma d. 5 July 1889 (ts) buried with Seabury in Mosherville Cemetery.

17.  Frances Helen French b. 22 Sept 1826 Wells.
18.  William Seabury French b. 25 July 1828 Wells.
19.  Julia Smith French b. 14 Sept 1830 Wells.
20.  Henry Case French b. 17 May 1832 Wells.
21.  Solomon Smith French b. 27 Feb 1835 Wells.
22.  Peter Price French b. 12 Mar 1838 Wells.
23.  Harriet Smith French b. 13 Nov 1839 Wells.
24.  George Washington French b. c. 1846 Wells.
25.  Mary Ann French b. 1849 Wells.

6.  George Washington French b. 20 Mar 1804 acquired a patent of 400 acres on 30 Oct 1835 that had been surveyed 14 Sept 1832. This was a tract in the area of Roaring Run Road between Ayers Corners and the Coryland Road. George m. 25 Mar 1838 (Elmira Gazette, March 31, 1838) in Starkey, Yates, County, New York, Mrs. Letitia Reeder of Starkey b. 3 Jan 1803 Romulus, Seneca County, New York and the mother of three children from her first marriage. Letitia d. 13 Oct 1878 and George d. 1 May 1885 Geneva, Ontario County, New York.

26.  Lyman P. French.
27.  Albert French.

8.  William Henry French b. 1 Apr 1808 m. 5 Oct 1831 (Elmira Gazette, October 15, 1831) at Starkey, Yates County, New York, Eliza Harrison of Starkey b. 28 Aug 1806. Resided Mosherville and then removed to Geneva, New York. He had a second wife Ann. William d. 23 Sept 1887 Rochester, Monroe County, New York.

11.  Lyman French b. 4 Nov 1815 first appears on the 1836 assessment list of Wells. On the 1838 assessment list he is refered to as a single freeman, but not in later assessment lists. Enumerated in 1850, age 33, in the household of James Osgood. Lyman m. 27 Mar 1858 Catherine Mosher b. 25 Mar 1824 who had first married a White and daughter of Humphrey Mosher and Abigail Coonley. Lyman occupied the farm of his parents. In the 1860 census enumeration there was a Flora French, age 14, in their household, presumed to be a daughter of Lyman or Catherine. Lyman d. 1890 (ts) Mosherville Cemetery. Catherine d. Colfax, Whitman County, Washington.

Lyman French for many years a prominent farmer and resident of Wells, Pa., has disposed of his farm and will go to Kansas to live in his daughter's family (Elmira Advertiser, Elmira, New York, June 3, 1887).

28.  Winifred Alida French, often known as Fannie, b. 22 Apr 1862 Wells.
29.  Sarah Elizabeth French b. 16 Sept 1866 Wells.

Third Generation:
17.  Frances Helen French b. 22 Sept 1826 m. 3 July 1844 Charles Sheive b. 9 June 1820 son of John Sheive and Amelia Bodder of Jackson township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Helen d. 18 Oct 1889 Seeley Creek, Chemung County, New York.

Judson E. Sheive b. 20 July 1847 Daggett Mills, Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
Charles Henry Sheive b. 19 June 1850 Daggett Mills m. Salina Stillwell (2)Julia Cole.
George William Sheive b. 28 Mar 1854 Daggett Mills.
Emma Jane Sheive b. 24 Mar 1858 Daggett Mills m. Albert Hosmer Baker (2)Morgan A. Rugar.
Wallace E. Sheive b. 7 Oct 1860 Daggett Mills.
Seabury French Sheive b. 20 Apr 1863 Daggett Mills.
Hammond Matthews Sheive b. 6 Sept 1864 Daggett Mills m. Maud Alice Baxter.

18.  William Seabury French b. 25 July 1828 was of Wells when he m. 28 Dec 1854 (Elmira Gazette, January 11, 1855) Eveline Lathrop of Jerusalem, Chemung County, New York b. 17 Dec 1832.  Eveline d. 24 Mar 1864 buried Wellsburg Cemetery, Wellsburg, New York. William m. 15 Mar 1865 (2)Lucy Ann Lucas b. 30 June 1838 daughter of Uriah Lucas and Lucy H. Potter of Wells and  widow of Jonas A. Dans. William d. 16 May 1896 Wellsburg, New York. Lucy d. 25 Dec 1912  Elmira buried with William in Ashland Cemetery, Wellsburg.

Children of William and Eveline born Wellsburg:
Harriet Lathrop French b. 16 Jan 1856 d. 11 Oct 1861 5y 8m 26d (ts) Wellsburg Cemetery.
James Henry French b. 29 Jan 1858 d. 2 Nov 1858 9m 3d (ts) Mosherville Cemetery.
Susan Eveline French b. 12 May 1859 d. 23 Nov 1861 2y 2m 11d (ts) Wellsburg Cemetery. Age at death would not compute to 12 May 1859 but 12 May 1859 is the date from the family record.
Joseph H. French b. 2 June 1861 d. 13 Oct 1861 4m 11d (ts) Wellsburg Cemetery.
Emma Smith French b. 18 Jan 1863 d. 24 Mar 1864 (ts) Ashland Cemetery.

Children of Jonas and Lucy:
Forrest Dans b. 1861.
Floyd Dans b. 1862.

Children of William and Lucy born Wellsburg:
Martha Cordelia French b. 25 Dec 1866 m. Jonathan Brown Day.
Henry Lucas French b. 16 Sept 1868 m. Agnes Marie Gilmore (2)Margaret Lamere.
Emma Smith French b. 8 Feb 1871 m. Edward Seymour Houck.
Fannie Vidian French b. 15 Aug 1873 m. Charles Atherton Holly.
Forrest Uriah French (twin) b. 23 Nov 1876 d. 1891 (ts) Ashland Cemetery.
Florence Lucy French (twin) b. 23 Nov 1876 m. George Frederick Sauer.
Albert Baker French b. 11 Oct 1883 m. Nellie May Saunders.

19.  Julia Smith French b. 14 Sept 1830 m. 8 June 1848 George Carpenter and (2)Joseph Mapes and she d. 24 Apr 1908 (ts) Elmira Heights, New York buried Daggett Cemetery, Daggett, Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

Mary Ann Carpenter b. 18 Nov 1849 Wells m. Nathaniel McConnell.
Viola Carpenter b. 31 Jan 1856 Wells m. Warren Cronk.
Smith French Carpenter b. 22 May 1863 Wells m. Jane Phebe Lain.

20.  Henry Case French b. 17 May 1832 m. 7 Oct 1858 in Elmira, New York, Mary Ann Strong b. 8 Mar 1838 Wells. Possibly he is the Henry French included on 1851 military roll of Southport, Chemung County, New York. Farmer in Wells. Enumerated in Wells in 1860 with Julia Ann French, age 6, in household. Henry d. 22 June 1914 (ts) and Mary Ann d. 8 May 1916 (ts) Mosherville Cemetery.

Helen Maria French b. 13 Aug 1861 m. 9 Nov 1882 Frank Henry Seelye b. 21 Apr 1859 Mainesburg, Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania son of George Seelye. They removed to South Dakota. Helen d. 29 Jan 1908 Rochester, Minnesota buried Mosherville Cemetery (see obituary below). Frank d. 9 June 1930 Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Frank Henry Seelye, Jr., b: 2 May 1885 Wells, Anna Belle Seelye b. 30 July 1886 Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, George Washington Seelye b. 20 Sept 1890 Elmira, New York, Raymond Henry Seelye b. 10 Feb 1892 Wells.
Emma Rebecca French b. 23 Feb 1864 m. 14 Jan 1885 Charles Voorhees, Jr., son of Dr. Charles Voorhees and Julia Ann Shepard, resided Philadelphia.
Harriet Ann French b. 12 May 1868 m. 25 Aug 1886 David Hammond Ryon.
Ada Lucretia French b. 31 July 1870 m. 26 Dec 1891 Freeman Chester Garrison and 18 Dec 1918 (2)Anson Garrison.
Mary Arbelle French b. 5 Nov 1874/5 m. 20 June 1896 Eugene Patrick Slocum, she sued for divorce Apr 1906 and she d. 23 July 1941 (ts) Mosherville Cemetery.

Helen French Seeley was born on Jusdon Hill in Wells, Pa., Aug. 13th 1860, and died Jan. 29th, 1908 at the hospital in Rochester, Minn. Helen French was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in her early childhood and always took an active part in church work. When the writer was pastor of the charge Mrs. Seeley was the leading member if the Judson Hill church. Nearly three years ago M. and Mrs. F. H. Seeley and family moved West. Mrs. Seeley's health had been failing since last July. January 19th she went to the hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she lived but fifteen hours after an operation. The funeral was held in the church at Wells, Pa., Feb 3d, 1908 at 2 p.m. The services were conducted by her former pastor, Rev. K. M. Walker, now of Wellsburg, N. Y., assisted by Rev. M. D. Foster, pastor of the church, and Rev. J. W. Miller, pastor of the M. E. church in Millerton. Mrs. LeRoy Ayers, of Job's Corners and Mrs. A. E. Barnhart, of Bulk Head, N. Y., sang three selections. The church was filled to the doors, which speaks of the many friends the deceased has in her old home. Burial was at Wells, Pa. Deceased is survived by her husband, Frank H. Seeley, two sons, Henry Seeley and George Seeley, all of Rockford, Iowa. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. French, of Wells, Pa., and four sisters; Mrs. Chas. Voorhess, of Philadelphia, Mrs. D. H. Ryon, of Corning, N. Y., Mrs. F. C. Garrison, of Job's Corners and Miss Bella French, of Wells, Pa., also survive her (obituary).

21.  Solomon Smith French b. 27 Feb 1835 m. Mary Elizabeth Mitchell b. 1834 daughter of Rachel Mitchell and she d. 1896 (ts). Solomon m. (2)Rosanna F. Havens daughter of Darius and Susannah Havens and widow of Lewis M. Wright. Obituary of Rose in Troy Gazette, October 13, 1921. Solomon d. 5 Feb 1922 buried with Mary in Mosherville Cemetery.

22.  Peter Price French b. 12 Mar 1838 enlisted Sept 1862 during the Civil War, served 161st Regiment 16th Cavalry, wounded, confined in Libby Prison, m. 11 Aug 1872 Nancy McKay b. 15 Aug 1847  Dramore, County Down, Ireland. Farmer in Wells at Judson Hill, occupying the place improved by Levi Adams, until 1893 when they removed to Elmira, New York. Nancy d. 17 June 1904 Elmira and  Peter d. 12 June 1921 Elmira.

Uriah Smith French b. 2 June 1873 Wells m. 22 Apr 1902 Sarah Conevery.
Henry Thomas French b. 30 Oct 1876 Wells m. 1 May 1905 Treva Ella Davis, resided Elmira, New York.
Jermone Judd French b. 24 May 1887 Wells m. 22 June 1910 Clara Gertrude Wickham, resided Elmira, New York.

23.  Harriet Smith French b. 13 Nov 1839 m. 9 Apr 1863 in Wells, George Leland Goodrich b. 22 Aug 1836 d. 26 Feb 1898 Owego and Harriet d. 2 Nov 1904 Owego, New York.

Emma May Goodrich b. 3 Aug 1865.
Harry Alanson Goodrich b. 27 Sept 1876 m. Mabel Emma Holly.

24.  George Washington French b. c. 1846, served in Civil War, m. Sarah Elizabeth Doland b. 1846. Farmer in Wells until 1886 when they removed to Elmira, New York. George d. 26 Mar 1913 and Sarah d. 4 Aug 1913 buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

William Smith French b. 1 Apr 1868 Wells m. 5 July 1900 Caroline Jacoby.
Malvena French b. 12 Feb 1870 Wells m. 23 Jan 1890 Fred James Lain.
Lillian French b. 14 Nov 1875 Wells m. 24 Dec 1891 Leroy Evander Brown and she d. 3 dec 1919 Elmira, New York.

26.  Lyman P. French.

Catherine French b. 17 June 1884.
Mary L. French b. 5 Nov 1888.

28.  Winifred Alida French, often known as Fannie, b. 22 Apr 1862, teacher, m. 13 Oct 1886 in Wells Township, William A. Plummer of Wichita, Kansas, real estate owner, b. c. 1847 son of G. W. and Mary S. Plummer.

William H. French b. 27 May 1828 Michigan and wife Viletta b. 14 Mar 1827 New Jersey were m. c. 1857 (1900 census). Enumerated in Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900, farmer. William d. 21 Apr 1909 (ts) and Viletta d. 25 Dec 1911 (ts) Judson Hill Cemetery..

Mrs. Violetta French, of Jackson Center, died on Dec. 25, at the home of her son, Charles French, on Judson Hill, aged about eighty-six years. The funeral was held Wednesday at 2 p.m.; burial in the Judson Hill cemetery (Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1912).

1.  Henry J. French b. c. 1859 Pennsylvania.
2.  Charles R. French b. Jan 1862 Pennsylvania m. Anna Moore b. June 1870 daughter of Horace D. Moore and Elizabeth Cook. Enumerated Rutland in 1900, Charles a teacher.
3.  Robert French b. c. 1866 Pennsylvania.

September 5, 1882
In the Court of Common Pleas, divorces were granted in the following cases:
Henry J. French vs. Carrie D. French


James Fries (often Frease and Friese in early records) b. c. 1774-5 is perhaps the Jacobus (German and Dutch version of James) Fries b. 4 May 1775 baptised 11 June 1775 (Knowlton German Church record, Knowlton, Warren County, New Jersey) son of Martinus Fries and his wife Jannetje Winterstein, m. Margaretha Scharlotta Kuhl (Margaret Kuhl and sometimes Cool in records) b. 28 Feb 1783 baptised 27 Apr 1783 (Knowlton German Church record) daughter of Wilhelm Kuhl and wife Esther Maria. Will of William Cool of Knowlton dated 6 Jan 1815 named among his children Margaret Frees. James enumerated in Roxbury, Morris County, New Jersey in 1830 as James Freese with one male of age five and under age ten (b. 1821-25), one male of age ten and under age fifteen (b. 1816-20), two males of age fifteen and under age twenty (b. 1811-15), one male of age twenty and under age thirty (b. 1801-10), one male of age fifty and under age sixty (b. 1771-80), one female of age ten and under age fifteen (b. 1816-20), two females of age fifteen and under age twenty (b. 1811-15), two females of age twenty and under age thirty (b. 1801-10), and one female of age forty and under age fifty (b. 1781-90). They removed to Wells in 1836 settling near Aspinwall (now Coryland). James, Margaret, and Margaret Fries became members of the Presbyterian Church at Aspinwall in 1836. James first appears on the 1837 assessment list of Wells, which was compiled in the fall of 1836. In 1837 James was chosen elder of the church and served three years. Martin, James, Lydia, and Elizabeth Fries became members of the Presbyterian Church in 1838. Enumerated in Wells in 1840 with one male of age fifteen and under age twenty (b. 1821-25), two males of age twenty and under age thirty (b. 1811-20), one male of age sixty and under age seventy (b. 1771-80), one female of age fifteen and under age twenty (b. 1821-25), one female of age twenty and under age thirty (b. 1811-20), and one female of age fifty and under age sixty (b. 1781-90). In the 1850 census enumeration James was age 75. James Fries d. 24 Apr 1851 (ts) and Margaret d. 13 Sept 1853 70y 6m 16d (ts) Coryland Cemetery. Will of James dated 16 Jan 1847 (Bradford County probate 774) Wells; wife, Margaret, entire estate after debts and after her decease $150 to grandson Abraham Fries when 21; son, Martin Fries, $25; son, David B. Fries, $75; daughter, Ann Lewis, $15; daughter, Margaret Wolfe, $25; daughter, Lydia S. Taylor, $30; daughter, Elizabeth Fries, $75. Residue and remainder equally divided among children, Jacob Fries, Martin Fries, David B. Fries, Ann Lewis, Margaret Wolfe, Lydia S. Taylor, Elizabeth Fries, and Maria J. Fries. Wife, Executor. Witnesses, Horace Dunning and J. M. Edsall. Filed 23 May 1851. Inventory filed 6 June 1851 made by J. M. Edsall and George Sheive. Margaret signed by mark.

1.  Ann Fries b. c. 1804 m. Dennis Lewis.
2.  Margaret Fries b. 8 Nov 1808 m. Renselear Wolfe.
3.  Jacob Fries b. 4 Feb 1812 Sussex County, New Jersey.
4.  Elizabeth Fries b. c. 1813, single in 1850, age 37; resided with brother David in 1870 and 1880, single, d. 5 (death record) 15 (Bradford Star, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, August 25, 1898)
Aug 1898 at the County Home, buried Gillett (Bradford County death record).
5.  James M. Fries (twin) b. 12 Feb 1815.
6.  Mariah Jane Fries (twin) b. 15 Feb 1815.
7.  Martin Fries b. c. 1817.
8.  Lydia Shakelton Fries b. 6 Nov 1818 Knowlton, Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey.
9.  David B. Fries b. 12 Sept 1821.
10.  Catherine Fries b. 24 July 1822.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fries d. Aug 15th Wells age 86 (Bradford Star, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, August 25, 1898).

Second Generation:
3.  Jacob Fries b. 4 Feb 1812 m. 1839 Catherine Besley b. 4 Apr 1814 daughter of Oliver Besley and Rhoda Westbrook of Columbia Township. Jacob first appears on the 1838 assessment list of Wells. Enumerated in Columbia Township, Bradford County in 1850, farmer. Catharine d. 6 June 1877 (ts). Jacob m. 14 July 1883 (Bradford Reporter, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 26, 1883) at Aspinwall (now Coryland), Wells Township, (2)Mary C. Califf of Athens. Jacob d. 13 Sept 1897 (ts and Bradford County death record) of old age, buried with Catherine in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy, Pennsylvania. No children.

Will of Jacob dated 22 Mar 1889 Columbia Township, directed body to be buried in Glenwood Cemetery according to rites and ceremonies of Baptist Church; $100 to Glenwood Cemetery Association for perpetual care of lot; if personal property insufficient for payment of debts, sale of lot on south side of road leading from Columbia Cross Roads to Austinville and lot of sixty acres in Columbia Township; farm consisting of two lots of fifty and eighty acres in Columbia Township if all debts are paid to Minnie M. Carnwright wife of Edward Carnwright and after her death to her daughter Ruth Carnwright and any other children that might be born to Minnie; another lot of sixty acres to Minnie Carnwright; bed spread made by first wife before our marriage on which her name is woven to Minnie Carnwright; remainder of estate sold and proceeds to Minnie M. Carnwright. No provision is made for my wife Mary C. Fries having been made a separation and filed in Bradford County. Executors, D. D. Brace and Clarence E. Peckham. Admitted to probate 23 Sept 1897 proof having been made that Jacob Fries d. 12 Sept 1897 at his residence (File 6243).

Jacob Fries died Sept 13th Columbia Cross Roads age 86, born New Jersey, survived by wife and two adopted sons (Bradford Star, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, September 20, 1897).

Jacob Fries died Sept 13th Columbia Cross Roads m. 1839 Katie Besley m. 2nd Mary Califf who survives. Survived by 2 adopted children Abram Fries and Mrs. Edward Carnwright. Buried Glenwood Cemetery, Troy (Bradford Journal, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, September 30, 1897).

Jacob Fries died at Columbia X Roads Sept. 13, 1897 aged 85 yrs, 9 mos & 7 days. Mr. Fries was the son of James Fries and was born in Sussex Co., N.J. In 1837 his father moved from New Jersey and  settled near Aspinwall Corners in Wells Township, Pa. He brought his entire family with him, consisting of 4 sons and 7 daughters, except 2 dau. who died in childhood. The only surviving member of the family at the present time is Miss Eliz. Fries who lives not far from Gillett, aged 87 years. In 1839 Mr. Fries married Katie Besley who died some years ago. Subsequent to the death of his first wife, he married Miss Mary Califf of Smithfield, who survives him. In 1845 he settled on a farm about 1 mile west of Col. X Roads on which or near which he lived most of the time till his decease. He leaves two adopted children Abraham Fries and Minnie Cooper, now Mrs. Edmond Carnwright at whose home he died. Mr. Fries was 52 years a Disciple of Christ, having been brought to a knowledge of the truth, as it is in Jesus, under the ministry of Elder Mansfield. He was a man of faith and prayer and died trusting only in Christ for salvation. His funeral was held from the church in Col. X Roads on the 15th instant his former pastor Rev. T. Mitchell officiating assisted by Rev. Burrell of Sylvania. Text Genesis 47th P 8 and 9th verses. The interment was in Glenwood Cem. Troy where he had erected a fine monument in anticipation of his decease (September 25, 1897).

5.  James M. Fries b. 12 Feb 1815 (ts) first appears on the 1838 assessment list of Wells as a single freeman and was listed as single in 1839 and 1840. James m. Sophia M. Besley b. 31 July 1818 daughter of Oliver Besley and Rhoda Westbrook of Columbia Township. James d. 29 May 1844 (ts) and Sophia d. 6 Feb 1882 (ts) Fries Cemetery, Columbia Township.

10.  Abraham Fries b. 28 Aug 1841 Wells Township.

6.  Mariah Jane Fries b. 15 Feb 1815 (ts) is called Maria Fries in the Will of her father dated 1847, m. after that date and before the 1850 census enumeration, Charles Rogers Bassett b. 3 Aug 1808 Smithfield Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania son of John Bassett and Clarissa Kellogg baptized 22 Mar 1815 Smithfield Congregational Church. Enumerated in Troy Township, Bradford County in 1850, peddler, with a son Charles Bassett, age 8 in the household who was perhaps a son of a first marriage of Charles. Charles, Maria, and two sons enumerated in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois in July 1860, wagon maker. Maria also enumerated as a tailoress and single in June 1860 in Troy Borough, Bradford County, having resumed her given name of Fries. Maria became a member of the Presbyterian Church at Troy in August 1862. Enumerated as a tailoress in 1870 in Smithfield township; housekeeper in 1880, d. 1 Mar 1891 (ts and affidavit of death) Union Cemetery, Smithfield.

 Charles m. 3 Nov 1864 (Illinois marriage record) in Knox County, Illinois, Catherine Walters b. c. 1820 Delaware. Charles and Catherine and sons Barclay and Norman were enumerated in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois in 1870, Charles working in a wagon shop. Charles, widower, and son Barclay enumerated in Biggsville, Henderson County, Illinois in 1880, wagon makers.

In the name of God Amen I Mariah Jane Fries of the Township of Smithfield, County of Bradford and State of Pennsylvania being in good health of body and of sound and disposing mind & memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner following what is to say. First, I order that all my just debts be paid. Funeral expenses and charges of proving this my last will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied. Second, I give & bequeath to my sons Barclay B. Bassett and Norman C. Bassett each five dollars. Third, I give & bequeath to my niece Mary Mosier all of my wearing apparel, beds and bedding and household goods. If the said Mary Mosier shall not be living at the time of my decease, the aforesaid wearing apparel, bedding and household goods are to go to the daughters of Martin Fries equally share & share. Fourth, I direct that my real estate be sold for cash and all of my judgements, notes and effects whatsoever be collected by my executors as soon as may be found convenient. Fifth, I direct that my executors cause to be erected a fine monument at my grave and the same surrounded by a good iron fence. Sixth. I give and bequeath what may be left from the sall of my effects, after paying former expenses & bequests to the Congregational Church Foreign Missionary Fund – and I do hereby nominate and constitute and appoint Wm. H. Phelps and A. S. Newman of Smithfield, Bradford County, Pa., executors of this my last will hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time hereto made and declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness the said testator has to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of September A. D. 1890.
              Mariah X Fries

Inventory taken 13 Mar and filed 21 Mar 1891,which consisted of a house and lot valued at $125.00, numerous household items and notes payable to her estate totaling $1,734.57 (Bradford County probate 4997).

Miss Fries died yesterday East Smithfield (Reporter Journal, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, March 5, 1891).

11.  Barclay Bassett b. c. 1853 Pennsylvania.
12.  Norman Chancy Bassett b. c. 1855 Pennsylvania.

7.  Martin Fries b. c. 1817 m. 1850 Mary Wood b. c. 1833-35 New York daughter of Josiah Wood and Miriam Bixby. Martin and Mary may have m. between 29 Oct and 2 Nov 1850 when they are both enumerated in the household of his parents at the former date and she as Mary Wood and a few days later Martin and Mary are enumerated in their own household, the census enumerator relating they were married within the census year. Martin, farmer, in 1850 census enumeration of Wells Township. Martin appears on the 1851 assessment list of Wells with 20 improved acres, 54 unimproved acres, 1 horse, 5 cows; 1852 with 20 improved acres, 54 unimproved acres, 2 horses, 3 cows, 2 yoke of oxen; 1853 with 5 cows, 2 yoke of stags and 1 yoke of stags, no real estate; 1854, 3 horses, 1 ox, 5 cows, no real estate. In 1855 Martin appears on the Columbia Township assessment list with 40 improved acres, 40 unimproved acres, 2 horses, and 5 cows. Martin appears every year thereafter with acreage fluctuating and with horses, cattle and or oxen. Enumerated in Columbia Township in 1860, farmer. On an 1864 federal excise tax list, Martin was a butcher, address Columbia. In the 1866 assessment list of Columbia, Martin was assessed for a house for the first time, indicating they resided in a log structure or leased a house before that. On an 1866 federal excise tax list, Martin was a “peddler 2nd class” with an address of Sylvania and a tax due of $10.42. On the 1867 assessment list Martin was assessed for 40 improved acres, 34 unimproved acres, 1 house, 2 horses, 7 cows. In 1868 assessed for 1 horse and 1 cow, having disposed of real estate in Nov 1866 and Aug 1867. Martin again appears in the Wells assessment of 1869 and 1870 with one cow. Martin was enumerated in Wells in 1870, residing with brother David, farm laborer. Martin does not appear in Wells assessment lists after 1870. Mary signed both the Nov 1866 and Aug 1867 deeds, but is not found in the 1870 census enumeration. Some of their children are found in various households in Bradford and Tioga Counties. Mary is related to have d. 1876 (papers of Miriam Wood Jones family - sister of Mary). The 1894 and 1895 Chicago Directory list Martin and daughter Ida residing at 5 Lincoln Avenue. Martin d. 2 Jan 1896 78 years (death certificate), 5 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, farmer, four years in state, buried Rose Hill Cemetery (death certificate).

13.  Lorena J. Fries b. 28 May 1851.
14.  Lydia Fries b. c. 1853.
15.  Martin Fries b. c. 1855.
16.  Mary E. Fries b. c. 1856.
17.  Ida M. Fries b. c. 1857.
18.  Francis/Frances Fries b. 1860 enumerated as a male in 1860 census enumeration and as a female in Richmond Township, Tioga County in 1870 in a Clark household, next to another Clark household where her sister Ida was residing.
19.  William Tracy Fries b. 2 Mar 1864.

8.  Lydia Shakelton Fries b. 6 Nov 1818 m. 1843 Bascom Taylor b. 3 Aug 1814 Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pennsylvania son of John Taylor and Deborah Buck. Farmer, resided Wyalusing. Bascom d. 7 Apr 1872 57 8m 4d (ts) Pittston, Pennsylvania where he had gone on business. Lydia d. 25 Feb 1892 73y 3m 19d (ts) Wyalusing buried with Bascom in Wyalusing Cemetery.

Mrs. Lydia Taylor, another of the old residents of Wyalusing passed away. She was the widow of  Bascom Taylor and died of pneumonia at her home last Thursday night, Feb. 25, 1892. Her death was quiet and peaceful - she passed away as one falling asleep, without a struggle or murmur. Mrs. Lydia Shakelton Taylor was born Nov. 6th, 1818, at Knowlton, Sussex county, NJ. She was the daughter of James Fries, a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church, who moved to Troy, PA, sometime previous to 1843, in which year she was wedded to Bascom Taylor, of this place, who died in 1872. Mrs. Taylor was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church since a child and her husband was a ruling elder in the Second Presbyterian church at this place. She was a woman of noted thrifty and industrious habits, a most excellent and loving wife and mother, and greatly respected. Five sons survive and mourn their loss, viz: Samuel F., of Gravity, IA; J. V., of this place; Rev. J. B., of Walnut, IA; Frank F., of Gravity, IA; and Alton, youngest son, who resided with her. The funeral was held on Monday, Feb. 29th, at 2 o'clock p.m. Services were held in the old Presbyterian church, Rev. S. F. Colt preaching a touching and eloquent sermon. The remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining, beside those of her husband. The funeral was very largely attended. The pall-bearers were six nephews of Mrs. Taylor, viz: Mr. Fries of Columbia Cross Roads, Gordon Taylor of Towanda, Geo. Taylor of Laceyville, John Taylor of Spring Hill, H. B. Gaylord and J. R. Taylor of Wyalusing. When Rev. S. F. Colt was a young minister and preached here nearly fifty years ago, he met Mrs. Taylor as a bride and helped welcome her to her new home; and after the flight of so many years, with the burden of their sorrows and the light of their joy, he spoke the last sad farewell over her inanimate form (obituary).

20.  Samuel F. C. Taylor b. 27 Oct 1844.
21.  Justus Vinnette Taylor b. 14 June 1848.
22.  John Bascom Taylor b. 1 Jan 1852.
23.  Frances F. Taylor b. 24 Mar 1859.
24.  Alton S. Taylor b. 22 Jan 1863.

9.  David B. Fries b. 12 Sept 1821 m. Sophia Hammond b. May c. 1832-33 (census, age at death) 1835 (1900 census) New York daughter of Stephen Hammond and Adaline Farber of South Creek Township. Resided on the farm settled by his parents in Wells Township. David d. 6 Jan 1894 70y (ts) Canaseraga, New York. His date of birth would indicate he was older than 70 years when he died.

Will of David B. Friese dated 6 Dec 1893 Wells; wife, Sophia, one half of personal property and use and income of one half of real estate; sister, Elizabeth Friese $500; Abram Friese $500; Helen Ann Brown $500; remainder of real and personal property divided among Lydia Killgore, Mary Moshier, James Lewis, Jacob Wolfe, James Wolfe, and to the children of my sister Lydia Taylor deceased. Executors, wife Sophia Friese and friends Alfred Hammond and H. Cory Brown. Admitted to probate 22 Jan 1894 (File 5561).

Sophia was enumerated in South Creek Township in 1900 in household of brother Alfred Hammond. Sophia d. 6 June 1917 84y (ts) buried with David in Coryland Cemetery.

Will of Sophia Fries dated 8 Feb 1913 Wells; nephews Fred Hammond, Willliam Hammond, Herbert Hammond and nieces Mary Miller, Sophia Johnson, and Del Searles the sum of $2,000 each. Remainder of estate to niece Helen A. Brown wife of H. Cory Brown. Executors, H. Cory Brown and wife Helen A. Brown. Probated 21 June 1917 (File 10359).

Sophia Friese wife of late David Friese d. June 6 at Coryland, age 84 (Bradford Star, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Thursday, June 14, 1917). David has a Bradford County probate – file 5561 and Sophia – file 10359.

25.  Harriet Fries b. 1855 d. 11 July 1866 10y 10m 19d (ts) Coryland Cemetery.

Third Generation:
10.  Abraham Fries b. 28 Aug 1841 m. 1862 Margaret McClelland b. Feb 1840 daughter of Peter McClelland and Barbara Gernert. Farmer, resided Columbia Township. Margaret d. 1919 (ts) and Abraham d. 1925 (ts) Fries Cemetery. Abraham has a Bradford County probate file 12375.

Abraham Fries d. Jan 7th Columbia Cross Roads, buried family cemetery on Fries Farm. Two daus survive Mrs. Ransom Cornell and Mrs. Floyd Bullock (Troy Gazette Register, Troy, Pennsylvania, Thursday, January 15, 1925).

Barbara S. Fries b. 6 Nov 1863 d. 17 Aug 1866 (ts) Glenwood Cemetery, Troy.
Catherine Fries b. Nov 1866 m. c. 1887 Ransom K. Cornell and she d. 1931 (ts) Fries Cemetery.
Cora Blanche Fries b. June 1874 m. E. Floyd Bullock.

11.  Barclay Bassett b. c. 1853 was enumerated in the household of his father in Biggsville, Henderson County, Illinois in 1880, wagonmaker, m. 20 Apr 1881 (Illinois marriage record) in Henderson County, Caroline H. Schultz.

12.  Norman C. Bassett b. c. 1855 m. 25 Apr 1888 (Illinois marriage record) in Cook County, Illinois, Laura H. Besler b. 18 Nov 1860 (ts) 1861 (1900 census) Illinois daughter of John D. Besler and Anna Chopin. Laura and son John were enumerated with her parents in 1900 at 4424 Ellis Avenue, Chicago. Laura d. 6 Apr 1908 (ts) and Norman d. 1911 (ts) Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. His marker inscribed 1853 for a date of birth.

John Besler Bassett b. 17 Jan 1889 Chicago, Illinois, graduated 1911 University of Illinois, m. 11 Oct 1911 at Brookline, Massachusetts, Dorothea Shepard b. 20 Aug 1888 Brookline, Massachusetts daughter of Otis Atherton Shepard and Susan Leinow Loring Gaut. Enumerated Front Avenue, Eastchester, Westchester County, New York in 1920, electrical engineer. Enumerated 132 Grandview Avenue, Rye, Westchester County, New York in 1930, electrical engineer public utitlity. Daughter Susan Bassett b. c. 1921 Massachusetts. Removed to  Oakland and Piedmont, California where John d. Nov 1984 (social security death register).

13.  Lorena J. Fries b. 28 May 1851 m. 16 Oct 1868 (civil war pension application and Northern Tier Gazette, Troy, Pennsylvania, October 22, 1868) at Troy, Pennsylvania, Sylvester A. Weaver as his second wife. Sylvester b. 16 July 1833/34 son of John Weaver and Elizabeth Connoughl. Sylvester m. c. 1862 Emma Jane Wheeler. Sylvester served in the Civil War in Company B, 14th US Infantry and was wounded at Bull Run in 1862. Emma d. c. Sept 1867 Tozers Bridge, Athens Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Enumerated Covington, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1870, farm laborer; Blossburg, Tioga County in 1880, laborer; 88 Briggs Avenue, Buffalo, New York in 1900, teamster; residing 2820 East 28th Avenue, Denver, Colorado in 1910 with daughter Alla and family. Sylvester d. 22 Feb 1913 Chicago, Illinois buried Elmlawn Cemetery, Kenmore, Erie County, New York. Lorena was residing 1812 Grand Avenue, Davenport, Iowa in the 1920 census enumeration with daughter Alla and her husband George S. Clarke. Lorena was residing with daughter Alla in 1930 at 1812 Grand Avenue, Davenport, d. 26 Oct 1930 interred 29 Oct 1930 Elmlawn Cemetery.

Eva Weaver b. c. 1869 Pennsylvania d. 1871 buried Blossburg.
Alla Viola Weaver b. 5 Feb 1872 Pennsylvania m. c. 1892 George S. Clarke b. Apr 1862 New York. Resided 88 Briggs Avenue, Buffalo, New York in 1900 with her parents, George a wood pattern maker. Enumerated 2820 East 28th Avenue, Denver, Colorado in 1910, George a pattern maker – motor works. Enumerated 1812 Grand Avenue, Davenport, Iowa in 1920, George a mechanical draughtman. George d. 30 May 1927 buried Elmlawn Cemetery, Kenmore, New York. Alla was residing 1812 Grand Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, in 1930, mother Lorena residing with her. Alla m. (2)Zurickey and she d. 2 July 1941 buried with her husband and parents Elmlawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York. Son, Harold E. Clarke b. 25 June 1893 Pennsylvania (census) or Buffalo, New York (World War I draft registration) was drafted 5 June 1917 during World War One, residence at 1710 Grand Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, worked at Rock Island Federal Arsenal at time of draft as skilled laborer, single. Harold m. 1917 Norma A. Langmann b. 16 Jan 1893 Iowa daughter of Otto Langmann and Jessie Hansen. Harold, Norma, and Jessie were enumerated at 2707 Iowa Street, Davenport, Iowa in 1920, Harold an assistant inspector at Rock Island Arsenal. Enumerated at same address in 1930, Harold a foreman in a farm machinery factory. Norma d. 30 Dec 1939. Harold d. Jan 1961 (social security death register).

16.  Mary E. Fries b. c. 1856 was enumerated in a Bowman household in Wells Township in 1870, named in the Will of aunt Maria Fries dated 1890 as Mary Mosier. In the 1880 census enumeration of Tioga Township, Tioga County there was a Marshall Mosher, age 25, laborer, unable to read and write, born PA, with wife Mary, age 23, unable to read and write, born PA, and daughter Anna, age 8, born PA. Marshall and Mary were enumerated in Lawrence Township, Tioga County in 1900, Marshall b. Mar 1848, age 52, married 28 years, laborer; Mary, wife, b. Aug 1850, age 49, m. 28 years, mother of 2 children, 2 living. Enumerated in Newfield, Tompkins County, New York in 1910, fireman in saw mill, 3 children, 2 living.

Anna Moshier b. c. 1872 Pennsylvania.

17.  Ida M. Fries b. c. 1857 enumerated in Richmond Township, Tioga County in 1870 in a Clark household, was enumerated at same address as her father in Chicago in 1894 and 1895, m. 28 Aug 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, Charles L. Brenn. Enumerated in Chicago, Illinois in 1920 residing 117 Clarkson Court. Ida d. 16 Nov 1920 Chicago (Illinois death record) buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago on lot with brother William.

19.  William Tracy Fries b. 2 Mar 1864 removed to the Chicago, Illinois area and an 1888 voter registration card indicates William was residing at Lakeview (became part of Chicago in July ’89) and had resided in the state of Illinois for two years. William m. 22 Mar 1904 Jessie Elma Noack b. 20 Aug 1877 Moscow, Pennsylvania. Enumerated 2014 Eastwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois in 1910, cigar store clerk. William d. 24 Dec 1917 (death record lists parents as Martin Fries and Mary Wood). Jessie d. 30 July 1958.

Mildred Lorene Fries b. 8 Oct 1904 d. 19 Feb 1905 buried Sandwich, Illinois.
William Gordon Fries b. c. 1908 buried Rose Hill Cemetery.
Helen Marion Fries b. 29 Dec 1909 m. 14 July 1927 in Chicago, Lawrence Carl Wagenknecht b. 16 Sept 1903. Helen d. 9 June 1973 Flushing, Michigan buried Culver, Indiana. Children: Lawrence Charles b. 5 June 1929, Joyce Annette b. 16 Sept 1931, Lois Ruth b. 27 Mar 1935, and Judith Helen b. 25 July 1942.

20.  Samuel F. C. Taylor b. 27 Oct 1844 and brothers Frank and Alton were enumerated in Gravity, Washington Township, Taylor County, Iowa in the 1885 state census, merchants. Samuel and brother Frank operated a general grocery store, which they sold when they began a general merchandise store which was very successful. Samuel m. 29 Jan 1889 in Topeka, Kansas, Marian E. VanNice b. 5 Feb 1864 Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois daughter of Peter Thomas VanNice and Sarah Duncan. Samuel continued to operate the store after Frank’s death. Enumerated in Gravity in 1900 and 1910, general merchant. Enumerated in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa in 1920. Marian d. 1925 and Samuel d. 9 Jan 1827.

Ruth R. Taylor b. 22 June 1890 Gravity, Taylor County, Iowa.

21.  Justus Vinnette Taylor b. 14 June 1848 m. 26 Oct 1880 Sarah Adelia Lewis b. 10 Mar 1857. Farmer, resided Wyalusing. Sarah d. 18 May 1895 (ts) and Justus d. 17 Apr 1933 (ts) Wyalusing Cemetery.

Bascom A. Taylor b. 22 Sept 1881 m. 26 Oct 1911 d. July 1968 Wyalusing.
Justus Vinnette Taylor Jr., b. Jan 1883 m. Harriet Howard b. 1885 and he d. 1955 and Harriet d. 1975 (ts) Wyalusing Cemetery.
Virgilia A. Taylor Feb 1885 m. R. G. C. Jones.
Clinton L. Taylor b. Oct 1886.
Sarah E. Taylor b. Jan 1890 d. 1988 (ts) Wyalusing Cemetery.

22.  John Bascom Taylor b. 1 Jan 1852 m. India Belle Michael b. 14 Sept 1864. John d. May 1937 and India d. 1966.

23.  Frances F. Taylor b. 24 Mar 1859 was enumerated in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa in 1880, bookkeeper. Enumerated with brothers Samuel and Alton in Gravity, Washington, Township, Taylor County, Iowa in the 1885 state census, merchants. Frank m. Ida F. Davis b. Jan 1867 Iowa. Frank and brother Samuel had a grocery store, which they sold when they started a general merchandise store. Frank d. 9 Mar 1893 buried Gravity Cemetery the second person buried there. Ida enumerated in Gravity, Washington Township, Taylor, Iowa in 1900, widow. Ida m. (2) Charles E. Martin b. 1864. Enumerated on Adams Street, Gravity in 1920. Ida d. 1947 (ts) and Charles d. 1950 (ts) buried Gravity Cemetery.

Audrey B. Taylor b. May 1890, single, d. 1943 (ts) Gravity Cemetery.

24.  Alton S. Taylor b. 22 Jan 1863 was in Iowa when he was enumerated in the 1885 state census of Gravity, Washington, Township, Taylor County, Iowa with brothers Samuel and Frank, all merchants. He returned to Wyalusing. Alton m. 22 Aug 1893 Lydia H. Stalford b. June 1863 m. c. 1893 were enumerated in Wyalusing in 1900, 1910, and 1920, farmer. Alton d. 20 May 1947.

Ralph Sherman Taylor b. 8 Jan 1895, bank cashier in Smithfield Township in 1920.
Marguerite Taylor b. Dec 1897, teacher in high school in 1920.
Robert Alton Taylor (twin) b. 12 Mar 1902 (Bradford County birth record).
John Stalford Taylor (twin) b. 12 Mar 1902 (Bradford County birth record).

Ralph Taylor Dies Suddenly – The entire community was shocked by the death Monday about 5:30 AM of Ralph Taylor, 67, of 34 Sherwood St. Mr. Taylor had been taken to the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, in the Mansfield Ambulance about 10:30 PM the previous evening, suffering from a heart attack. Mr. Taylor was president of the First National Bank in Mansfield. A native of Wyalusing, Mr. Taylor was graduated from the Wyalusing High School and began his banking career in the former Mechanics National Bank in Sayre. Following his service in World War I, he returned to Sayre and soon thereafter was offered a position with the First National Bank at East Smithfield. He was made a cashier of that bank when only 20 years old. Mr. Taylor was married to the former Marie Carman of Sayre on Oct. 20, 1921. He came to Mansfield as cashier in the First National Bank in August 1933, and served from that time as a civic and community leader. During World War II Mr. Taylor was chairman of three successful bond drives. He was a member of the nominating committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and a past chairman of the Tioga-Potter Bankers Association. He was chairman and director of the Mansfield Community Chest for more than 20 years. Mr. Taylor was a past president of the Corey Creek Golf Club and for many years was a member of the Mansfield Presbyterian Church and past president of the Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Mansfield Salvation Army Unit. The banker was instrumental in the building of the Mansfield bank from a half-million-dollar business in 1933, to an institution with resources of more than $5 million today (1962). Mr. Taylor was made executive vice president of the bank in January of 1954 and supervised the renovation and modernization of the bank. Mr. Taylor was named president of the bank in January 1961. Mr. Taylor was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Zebulun Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and of the Williamsport Consistory. Mr. Taylor was also a member of Austin-Cox Post, American Legion of Mansfield (Mansfield Advertiser, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, May 16,1962).

Ralph Taylor, 67, of Mansfield, died Monday, May 14, 1962. He was president and director of the First National Bank of Mansfield for 29 years and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield. Survived by wife, Mrs. Marie Carman Taylor; son, John C. of Waterloo; daughters, Miss Jane Taylor of Endwell and Miss Ann Taylor at home; 2 grandchildren; brother, Robert A. Taylor of Emporium, PA. Body at Shaw & Robena Funeral Home with calling hours on Wednesday after 4 PM. Funeral service in the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield Thursday at 2 PM, the Rev. William McElwain officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield (Mansfield Advertiser, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, May 16, 1962).

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