Source: History of Ontario County, New York, with illustrations and family sketches of some of the prominent men and families; edited by George S. Conover, compiled by Lewis Cass Alrich. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co. 1893.
The following 34 Ontario County, New York residents were either born in Wayne County, or had family or business ties to the county. As most of these men were born before 1850, we hope their profiles will be useful to researchers trying to trace families who moved out "West" back into New York State, or family residence prior to Wayne County.
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ADAMS, Judge William H., Canandaigua, was born in Lyons, Wayne county, N.Y., March 27, 1841. He was educated at Walnut Hill School in Geneva, of which the late Rev. Thomas C. Reed was principal. When about eighteen years of age he entered the law office of Smith & Lapham at Canandaigua, where he was studying at the breaking out of the war. In the fall of 1861 he aided in raising a company for the Ninety-eighth N.Y. Vols. and served two years, first as lieutenant then as captain, and as assistant adjutant-general on General De Forrest's staff. At the expiration of his term of service in 1863 he was admitted to the bar, and settled in Canandaigua where he engaged in the practice of his profession. He was for some time in partnership with Hon. Elbridge G. Lapham but upon the election of Mr. Lapham to Congress, this relation was terminated and the business of the firm was continued by Mr. Adams. In the fall of 1887 Mr. Adams was nominated on the Republican ticket for justice of the Supreme Court for the Supreme Judicial District, and was elected over John D. Teller, of Auburn, by a majority of 8,602. Judge Adams married September 27, 1865, Charlotte L., daughter of Hon. E.G. Lapham, and their family consists of two sons: Elbridge L., a practicing lawyer of Rochester, and Lewis H., a coal merchant of Canandaigua.
ALLEN, Ellery G., Farmington, was born in the town of Oppenheim, Fulton county, November 12, 1843, and came to Farmington with his parents July 5, 1848. He was educated in the public schools and Lima Seminary. April 14, 1870, he married Jennie M., daughter of Ichabod W. Briggs of Macedon, Wayne county, and they have six children: Jennie M., George S., Lewis F., Charles E., Willard H., and Carrie B. Mr. Allen has been supervisor of his town six years and chairman of the board one year, justice of the peace eight years, and has had charge and settled up nineteen different estates. Mr. Allen's father, George S., was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county, August 28, 1802. He was educated in the public schools and is a farmer. September 14, 1826, he married Sally Bowen of that county, and had five children: one died in infancy; Lydia J., who married Orlando White; Phoebe B., who married Joseph H. Reynolds; Lewis F., who married December 19, 1873; and Ellery G., His father died February 16, 1874, and his mother June 8, 1885. His grandfather, Daniel L. Allen, was born in Massachusetts, July 31, 1753, and married Lydia Smith, who was born September 29, 1762, and had five children. For his second wife he married her sister, Mary Smith, and had six children. Mrs. Allen's father, Ichabod W. Briggs, was born in Schoharie county, March 24, 1809, and married Sara C. ___ , and had nine children: Albert H., Lottie M., Jennie M., Jeremiah B., Charles M., Kittie S., George O., Ichabod and Margaret (twins). This family is in the fifth generation from George Allen, who came from England in 1635, locating at Weymouth.
BEACH, Arnold W., Bristol, was born in Walworth, Wayne county, August 24, 1831, a son of Amos and Eleanor (Arnold) Beach, who reared four sons and five daughters. Mr. Beach and wife went to Richmond, where he died in 1835. Mrs. Beach then married Leonard Howard and removed to McComb county, Mich., where she died in 1873. Arnold W. Beach was reared by Dr. Daniel Durgan, and received a common school education. February 22, 1855, he married Adeliza M. Codding, a native of Bristol, born December 17, 1832. She is a daughter of Deacon Stephen A. Codding, a son of Faunce and Sallie (Andrews) Codding, early settlers of Bristol. Mr. and Mrs. Codding had four sons and a daughter. He died in Bristol in 1810 at the age of forty, and his wife in Lockport, Ill., at the age of eighty years. Mr. Beach and wife have had three children: Emma C., who died at the age of three years; Hattie M., born July 28, 1865, wife of Luther J. Howe, of Shortsville, and Stephen H., born August 14, 1874. Mr. Beach is a farmer, is a Republican, and has been overseer of the poor six years. He and wife are members of the Congregational church, of which Mr. Beach has been a deacon six years.
BEAM, Smith A., East Bloomfield, a native of Sodus, Wayne county, was born in 1835. He is one of eight children of John and Margaret (Delong) Beam, natives of Connecticut, who in an early day settled on a farm in Sodus, Wayne county, where Mr. Beam died in 1885, while on a visit to his son, Smith A. The latter was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. In 1861 he married Hester A. Black, a native of Smithfield, and daughter of Loring Black, and they have one child, Loring J., born August 5, 1872, in Canandaigua. He received a common school education, and is engaged in farming. Mr. Beam also has an adopted daughter, Louise Setz, whose parents were John and Barbara Setz, of Churchville. She is a milliner. In 1865 Mr. Beam went to Canandaigua, where he resided six years, the moved to East Bloomfield and purchased sixty-four acres. This he afterwards sold, and in 1880 bought the farm now owned by the family, where Mr. Beam remained until his death, November 12, 1892. He was a Democrat, and he and his wife were members of the Baptist church of Canandaigua.
BEAN, John E., Geneva - This widely known and esteemed attorney was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1824. At the age of twelve he came to this country and became a resident of Sodus, in Wayne county. There he lived four years, and in 1841 was in the Union School at Geneva. In 1846 he graduated from the Geneva College. He read law with B. Slosson, and was admitted to all New York State courts in 1849, and has practiced at Geneva since. In 1864 he was admitted to practice in the United States District and Circuit courts. He has held the office of justice of the peace several terms and acted as police justice in Geneva. In 1840 he joined the Geneva fire department. In 1851 he received his commission as captain from Governor Hunt in the Fifty-fifth Regiment of the New York militia, and in 1853 another commission from Governor Seymour. In 1856 he was elected major of Fifty-ninth Regiment, Seventh Division of the New York State militia, receiving his commission from Governor Clark. At the beginning of the war he was inspector of troops at Geneva. In his early life he taught school several terms under a State certificate. In 1849 he married Miss Van Vorhis. Shunning the life of a politician, he has devoted himself with great success to his profession.
BOSTWICK, George W., Geneva, was born in Newark, Wayne county, November 9, 1835, and fitted for college at Macedon Academy. In 1863 he enlisted in Company D, Ninety-seventh N.Y. Vols, and was mustered out in August, 1865. After the war he engaged in farming four years, then in the insurance business five years. He also taught high school twelve years. In 1887 he was admitted to the bar, and has practiced since. In 1884 he married Isabel, daughter of James Lewis. Zadoc, grandfather of George W., settled four miles south of Geneva about 1800 and cleared a farm. After fourteen years he settled in Newark, Wayne county. He had these children; Heman (father of George W.), David P., Lucy, Matilda, Nellie, and Polly. Heman was born in Geneva, and was ten years old when his father moved to Newark. He married Lois Daggett, and lived at Newark until 1850, then lived in several different places in Wayne county. In 1873 he moved to Geneva, where he died January 24, 1876, and his wife June 12, 1890. They have five sons and four daughters.
COE, John S., Canandaigua. Mr. Coe is of English origin. His ancestor in America was Robert Coe, born in the county of Suffolk, Eng., who together with his wife Anna and his three sons, John, Robert and Benjamin, sailed from Ipswich, Eng., in the ship Francis, John Cutting, master, April 10, 1634; landed in Boston in the June following, and first settled in Watertown near Boston and subsequently settled in Wethersfield county, Conn. His branch of the family settled at what is called South Farms, near Middletown, Conn., long before the Revolutionary War; and the old homestead bought by his great-grandfather, Jesse Coe, when Connecticut was a colony, and is still owned in the family. His grandfather, Jesse Coe, emigrated to Mount Washington, Berkshire county, Mass., early and became a large landholder there, where his father, William S. Coe, was born. He married Catharine Vosburg of Columbia county in this State, and moved to Verona, Oneida county, where Mr. Coe was born, and while very young his parents moved to Galen, Wayne county, where his father died when he was only six and one half years old, at which time he was thrown upon his own resources. He came to Phelps in his early teens and partially fitted for college at the Phelps Union and Classical School under the tuition of that celebrated teacher, Prof. Lewis Peck, and finished his preparatory course at the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima and subsequently graduated at Union College and the Albany Law School. He was at one time the principal of the Clyde High School and the Phelps Union and Classical School. He raised and commanded as captain, Company B., One Hundred and Eleventh Regt., N.Y.S. Vols. in the late Rebellion. In 1865 he went to Canandaigua and studied in the law office of Messrs. Lapham & Adams, and has practiced his profession in Canandaigua ever since. He married Miss Addie A. Titus of Phelps in 1868 by whom he has one daughter, Mabel C., the wife of Dr. Frederick E. McClellan, also of Canandaigua. Mr. Coe is now serving his third term as a justice of the peace, each time being elected by large majorities. He is thoroughly devoted to his business and is noted for his energy and perseverance, and is one of the best known men in Ontario county.
COE, William W., Canandaigua, was born in Galen, Wayne county, February 28, 1841, a son of William W., a farmer of that town, and a native of Berkshire county, Mass., where he was born April 30, 1810. He moved into New York State while a young man and located in Galen, where he followed farming until his death, November 9, 1840. He married Catherine Vosburgh (who survives him, aged eighty-three years), and five children, four of whom still live. William W. spent his early life in the town of his birth. He was educated in Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, and his first occupation was as clerk in J.C. Atkins's grocery at Clyde. He was with him three years, then spent three years with P.G. Dennison in his dry goods store. January 1, 1862, Mr. Coe came to Canandaigua and engaged in the insurance business, which has been very successful by dint of hard work, and careful attention. He represented three of the best companies in the country in fire insurance, besides his life and accident company. He is also notary public and agent for steamship tickets. Mr. Coe married March 23, 1865, Emma P. Clarke, of Clyde, who lived but five months. He married second in November, 1869, Caroline, daughter of Albert Sheldon, the merchant, and they have two children: Iva May, and Charles Albert, now in his fifteenth year. Mr. Coe is a member of Canandaigua Lodge No. 294, of which he is junior deacon.
DAVIS, Fayette W., Gorham, was born in Little Falls June 4, 1852, son of J.H. Davis, mentioned elsewhere in this work. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Canandaigua Academy. At the age of seventeen he came to Ontario county with his parents. His wife is Eliza Lookup, a native of Marion, Wayne county, born June 5, 1837. Their children are: Clara H., Arthur G., Josiah H., Ethel M., and Myrtle H. Mr. Davis was traveling salesman for nursery stock and also for the Singer Sewing Machine Company for several years. In 1886 he purchased the farm he now owns and of later years has been a farmer. He is a Republican in politics and is a Free Mason. The parents of Mrs. Davis were William and Eliza (Garlock) Lookup, natives of Marion, Wayne county, who had two sons and two daughters. Mr. Lookup was a farmer by occupation. Mrs. Lookup died in 1857. [Note: the date of birth of wife Eliza Lookup is 1837 in the book. Father Josiah H. Davis is written up in the following profile of Fred H. Davis.]
DAVIS, Fred H., Gorham, was born in Thurston, Steuben county, in 1867. His father was H.C. Davis, a native of Little Falls, who married a Miss Moffitt, of Utica. They had two sons and four daughters. The father of H.C. was Josiah H., a native of Norway, Herkimer county, born July 18, 1807, and he was a son of Joseph, a native of Long Island, born in 1774, who married Betsey Halleck, and had seven sons and seven daughters. He came to Norway in 1800, and in 1859 moved to Cortland, where he died in 1867. He was drafted in the War of 1812. Josiah H. Davis married, August 29, 1832, Hopeful Jefferds, a native of Ohio, N.Y., born October 2, 1811. Her father was Obadiah, who married Rebecca Fox and had three sons and four daughters. Mr. Jefferds was in the War of 1812, and died in Ohio. Josiah H. and wife had twelve children, of whom ten survive. In 1868 he came to Gorham. He is a Republican, and for many years has been a deacon in the Congregational church at Reed's Corners. Fred H. Davis is a young man of more than ordinary ability. He was reared on a farm, and when a boy attended the district schools. He has been very industrious and given himself a thorough education, first taking a course in Canandaigua Academy, and graduating from Hamilton College in June, 1891. He is now assistant principal of the school at Lyons, Wayne county.
GILLETTE, John, Canandaigua, was born at Palmyra, Wayne county, in November 1839, a son of John Gillette, a farmer of that town where the early life of our subject was spent. He prepared for college at the Palmyra Classical Union School. After leaving school he entered the office of Aldrich & McClouth, of Palmyra, to study law. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1863, and immediately opened an office in Canandaigua, where he began practicing, and has ever since been here. He has built up an enviable reputation as a learned counsellor and brilliant speaker. He has never taken any active interest in politics outside of the interest all Republicans have in the success of the party ticket.
GREENE, Henry, was born in Rochester, Monroe county, January 21, 1841, and moved with his parents to Macedon, Wayne county, in 1846. He was educated in the public schools and Macedon Academy, and for some years was a carpenter and joiner, and now a farmer. He has been highway commissioner twelve years, collector one year, and filled a vacancy for supervisor part of a term. December 17, 1873, he married Cynthia A., only child of Isaac L. and Sarah D. Carpenter, at Macedon Centre. They have had three children: Carrie E., who died at the age of twenty months; George W., and Joseph, who reside with their parents. Mr. Greene's father, Joseph, was born in the State of Rhode Island, on the Island of Canonicut in Jamestown, January 28, 1806, and came with his parents to Cayuga county, this State, when he was four years old, and resided there until 1827, when he went to Rochester. June 2, 1831, he married Rosanna Banker, formerly of Ghent, Columbia county, who was born August 26, 1812. They had five children: Sarah A., Edwin, Henry, William, and Charles A. The ancestry of the family is English. One, John Greene, came to the United States, and was associated with Roger Williams in the Providence purchase of 1636. Mrs. Greene's father, Isaac L. Carpenter, was born in Dutchess county, February 22, 1812, and was educated in the common schools. November 16, 1836, he married Sarah D. Cornwell, of Henrietta, formerly of Westchester county, and had one daughter. The ancestry of the family is English, Welsh and French.
HATHAWAY, Joseph P., Farmington, was born on the old Hathaway homestead in Farmington, August 31, 1833. He was educated in the district schools and in the Canandaigua Academy, and is now a farmer. February 20, 1861, he married Ellen A., second daughter of Arnold A. and Maria Bristol, of Macedon, Wayne county, and they have three children, as follows: Elizabeth, who married Andrew J. Hamm, of Macedon, Wayne county; Arnold B., a farmer with his father; and Ellen, who married Charles C. Gunnison. Mrs. Hathaway died June 12, 1874, and he married second, September 25, 1878, Mrs. Helena Beach, of Victor. Perez, father of Joseph P. Hathaway, was born on the old homestead July 12, 1805. He was educated in the district schools, and March 7, 1822, married Hannah Lapham, by whom he had four children: Elizabeth C., who died in her eleventh year; Joseph P., Ann M., who married George Collins, and Rebecca J., who died in 1873. Mr. Hathaway's grandfather, Isaac, was the pioneer of the family in this town. He was born in Rhode Island, October 28, 1755, and in 1784 married Jemima Comstock, of Rhode Island, by whom he had two children, Isaac and Otis. Soon after their marriage his wife rode horseback from there here, and used a poplar sprout as a whip; on arriving home she planted the whip by their log house, which has since grown into a large tree. She died in 1793. For his second wife he married, May 4, 1794, Elizabeth Richmond, formerly of Connecticut, and they had four children: Sylvester R., Charles, Phoebe and Perez. The family were of the Friends' faith. The fifth generation is now residing on the farm, a granddaughter of Joseph P. Hathaway. The first settler of the family bought 600 acres on these four corners, aboaut 240 acres of which is still in possession of the descendants of the family.
HERENDEEN, Wilkinson A., Farmington, was born Jan. 29, 1835. He was educated in the public schools, and has followed farming. February 10, 1858, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Alanson and Elizabeth Goodnow, of Ontario, Wayne county. They have had four children: Edward J., who died in his twenty-first year; Charles W., who married Mary A. Tuttle, of this town, and had four children: Elizabeth, Mabel, Edward W. and Ruth C.; Harriet E. and Florence E. are residing at home with their parents. Mr. Herendeen's father, Edward, was born in the southeast part of the town February 10, 1785, and was a farmer. He was county superintendent of the poor seventeen years. March 8, 1821, he married Harriet Cudworth, of the town of Bristol. They had eleven children: G. Maria, Lydia S., Nathaniel C., Mary E., Huldah A., Wilkinson, who died young, Wilkinson A., Welcome D., Gideon D., Edward F., and Henry M., who died in infancy; Mary also died when she was thirteen years old. Mr. Herendeen's grandfather, Welcome, was born in the town of Smithfield, R.I., and went with his father to Adams, Mass., in 1769, then to Farmington in 1790. He married Elizabeth Durphy, of Palmyra, and had five children: Edward, Gideon, Anna, Huldah and Durphy. His great-grandfather, Nathan, was born in the town of Cumberland, R.I., in 1741. He was the father of Welcome, who went with him to Massachusetts, and he traded his property in the above place for 1,000 acres in Farmington, and came with his family here in 1790. Mrs. Herendeen's father, Alanson Goodnow, was born May 24, 1796. May 8, 1822, he married Elizabeth Stewart, of Niagara, Upper Canada. They had ten children: Miranda, Charles, Alanson jr., William, Willis, Andrew J., Elizabeth E., Truman W., Josephus and Lucius. Mr. Herendeen's grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. The ancestry of the family is Danish.
HICKS, Charles M., Gorham, is a native of Macedon, Wayne county, born June, 1838. His father, Joshua, was a son of Simeon, a native of Long Island, who moved to Wayne county in an early day and there owned a large farm. His wife was a Miss Clifford, and they had two sons and one daughter. They died in Macedon. Joshua was a prominent citizen of that place, a manufacturer of fanning mills and a farmer, and a well informed man and a great reader. He was twice married; first to a Miss Frye, of Montgomery county, by whom he had two sons and one daughter; and second to Analine (Mapes) Stearns, by whom he had one child, Charles M. Joshua Hicks was killed by a team of horses in 1833. Mrs. Hicks was a daughter of Israel Mapes, a native of Coxsackie. Mrs. Hicks died October 16, 1874. Charles M. was educated in Walworth Academy, has always been a great reader, and is a well informed man. He was first engaged for about six years in the nursery business with T.G. Yeomans, of Walworth. In 1861 he came to Gorham with his mother. He now owns a farm of 280 acres, known as the Stearns homestead, on which he has made many improvements, including forty acres of orchards He has always given liberally to the public. He is a Republican in politics.
HOCROFT, Morris R., Gorham, was born in Sodus, March 10, 1862, one of two sons and a daughter of George and Lucy (Lund) Hocroft, he a native of Leeds, England, and she of Sodus. Mr. Hocroft has retired from active life. His father was Robert, a native of Leeds, England, who came to America in 1823 and settled at Lyons, Wayne county. He had five daughters and two sons and died in 1873. Subject was reared on a farm and educated in Sodus Academy. For some time he followed carpentry in Rochester. In 1877 he began evaporating apples in Wayne county, and followed that business until 1886, when he came to Gorham and purchased a farm of 130 acres, and continued in the same business, evaporating 10,000 bushels yearly. This concern has a capacity of 200 bushels a day. In 1886 Mr. Hocroft married Sarah Welburn, a native of Sodus, born 1865, and a daughter of George and Mary Welburn, of Sodus. Mr. Hocroft is a Republican, and his wife is a member of the Episcopal church.
HOWE, M.D., William A., Phelps, was born in Phelps, September 11, 1862, one of seven children of John Q. and Nancy A. (Griffith) Howe. John Q., the father, was born in Arcadia, Wayne county, in 1818; came to Phelps when a boy and spent his life in the town, engaging for more than forty-five years in the active practice of medicine. Thomas Howe, the grandfather, was born in Vermont, and came to this State and settled about the beginning of the century, his ancestors coming from Vermont from England early in the seventeenth century. William A., married, May 17, 1892, Elizabeth M., daughter of Samuel S. and Frances (Bellamy) Partridge, of Phelps. They have one child, Margaret Partridge, born April 5, 1893. He graduated from the Phelps Union and Classical School in 1882; entered Hobart College in the fall of the same year, and graduated there in 1885. He then entered Columbia Medical College, New York, graduating in 1888, since which time he has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Phelps.
MEAD, Alfred M., Victor, was born at Macedon Centre, Wayne county, November 21, 1856. He was educated in the public schools, and graduated from the Macedon Academy. He studied medicine in, and graduated from, the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, practicing successfully in the town of Victor since 1880. April 6, 1881, he married Hattie A., daughter of Robert K. and Mary Brown, of Union Hall, Wayne County. They have three children: Edgar R., Dora E. and M. Evelyn. The father of Alfred, John G., was born in Dutchess county, and was a farmer. He married Emma Cookingham, of his native county, and they had three children: Edgar, who married Alice Smith, and had two children: Louie and Alvin; Alfred M., and E. Louise, who married Dr. Charles Briggs, of Fairport. She died in March, 1881. Dr. Mead is a member of the Ontario County Medical Society, and of the Methodist church, and was coroner of Ontario county two terms.
MELLEN, John W., Geneva, was born in Clyde, Wayne county, April 21, 1861. The family came to Geneva about the year 1873. He was educated in the public schools and Hobart College, where he took the classical course. At the end of three years he left on account of failing health, and has held the position of cashier in Samuel Southworth's bank for several years. He was elected town clerk in 1892 and re-elected in 1893. He was appointed clerk of the Board of Education, on which he has served three years. September 16, 1891, he married S. Georgiana Dininny, of Addison, Steuben county, and they have one son, John D., born November 11, 1892. Mr. Mellen's father, James P., was born in Hudson, Columbia county, and married Maria Rose, of Clyde. They have seven children, as follows: Charles R., Sarah, James, John W., Mary R., Catharine and Arthur H., Mrs. Mellen's father, John W. Dininny, was born in Oneonta, Otsego county, in 1822, and is an attorney. He married Sarah Coburn, and they had four children: Harper J., William D., Carleton V. and S. Georgiana. Mr. Dininny served as colonel of the One Hundred Forty-first N.Y. Vols., but had to resign by order of the regimental surgeon, by reason of impaired vision, which is he continued in service would lead to total blindness.
MOORE, William S., Geneva, son of William B. and Cornelia (Atwater) Moore, was born in Arcadia, Wayne county, August 18, 1857. He was educated at Geneva Union School and Rochester Free Academy, graduating from the latter in 1877. He read law with Seth H. Terry and Homer H. Woodward of Rochester, and was admitted to the bar in April, 1880, at Rochester. He opened an office at East Bloomfield in June, 1880, where he continued to practice law until February, 1891, when he removed to Geneva, where he is now engaged in active practice. On July 11, 1883, he married Luella Freer of East Bloomfield, by whom he has one child, Minnie. William B. Moore died January 2, 1866, in Wayne county, and his widow married Maruc Ansley, and resides in Geneva. He is a nurseryman and fruit grower. William B. Moore had three children: William S., Frederick H. and Clinton B., Frederick died in October, 1886, at Los Angeles, California. Clinton is a nurseryman and fruit grower, residing with his parents in Geneva.
NORRIS, A.M., J. Carlton, Canandaigua, was born in Palmyra on the farm settled by his grandfather, Silas, and owned at the present time by his father, Jacob. The early life of our subject was spent in the town of his birth, where he received his first education in the district school and at the Marion Collegiate Institute. In 1866 he entered Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass., where he remained two years. In 1873 he became principal of Walworth Academy, and filled that position until coming to Canandaigua Academy in the fall of 1885. The patronage of the academy has greatly increased under his management and he has now over 100 students under his care. (See history of academy). Prof. Norris married in 1872 Julia Helen, daughter of J. D. Bennett, esq., of Walworth, by whom he has one son, now in his eighteenth year. Prof. Norris is one of the board of police commissioners of Canandaigua, a deacon in the Congregational church, and a member of Walworth Lodge No. 254 F. & A.M. [Note: click on his name to go to photo and more info about Mr. Norris.]
PARR, William E., Naples, son of John Parr (deceased), was born in Lyons, Wayne county, October 18, 1875. Came to Naples when two years old, where he has since resided. He attended school at the academy, and his occupation was grape culture. He worked at carpentry several years. He lives on Mount Pleasant street with his mother and two sisters in a Queen Anne cottage of unique architecture, which he designed and constructed himself. He is now employed at the Middlesex Valley railroad station.
PATTERSON, Wilson Howell, Richmond, was born in Newark, Wayne county, October 13, 1850. His father, George, a native of County Fermaunnagh, Ireland, was born Julyl 28, 1812. He emigrated to this country with his father, Daniel, in 1823. George followed shoemaking for several years, then engaged in farming. He came first to Livingston county, and then to Richmond in 1867, and setled where his son Wilson now resides. He married Elizabeth Carrier, of Colerain, Mass., who was born in 1815. They had seven children: Sarah Jane, James Henry, Margaret E., Wilson H., George H. (deceased), Mary Ellen, George Edward. Mr. Patterson died in 1872, aged sixty years, and his wife in 1882, aged sixty-seven. Wilson H. was educated at Newark Union Free School and Academy. He married in 1874, Gertrude E. Allen, of Calhoun county, Mich., daughter of Almond and Lucy Ann (Powell) Allen. They have five children: Frank A., born August 14, 1878; Robert M., born March 8, 1882; Elizabeth G., born April 16, 1885; Lyra Carson, born September 27, 1890; and Glenn Wilson, born February 6, 1893. Mrs. Patterson's father was born in Albany and her mother in Livonia, Livingston county. Mr. Patteson's farm consists of 160 acres, and he makes hay a specialty.
PRESTON, William, Gorham, was born in Yorkshire, England, May 21, 1843. He is a son of Richard and Sarah (Robinson) Preston, of Yorkshire, England, whether they died. They had six children. William was reared by his grandfather, Thomas Robinson, a carpenter and farmer of England. Wm. Preston & Co. owned a factory at Lyons, Wayne county, where Mr. Johnson is at present engaged in the manufacture of tile. In 1874 William sold his interest in the firm and came to Gorham, where he purchased the David Wilkie Tile Factory, which he now owns, and also 100 acres of land upon which he erected a fine dwelling. He averages 600,000 tile annually. In 1873 he married Mary Worthington, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Townsend) Worthington of England, who have three sons and three daughters. They came to Lyons in 1857 and here the father died. Mr. Preston and wife have six children: Edward T., Fannie E. (deceased), Charlie H., George W., Frederick W., and one who died young. Mr. Preston is a Democrat. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. Stanley Lodge No. 434.
PURDY, Alex. M., Manchester, was born in Wayne county May 31, 1835. He received a good education in the schools of the vicinity and at the Friends' Boarding School. Mr. Purdy has been engaged in horticultural pursuits and the nursery business for the greater portion of his life. He is also editor of the Fruit Recorder and Evaporator, a publication devoted to these special branches of horticulture. Mr. Purdy possesses a fine farm of 112 acres in close proximity to Palmyra, upon which he has an evaporating plant, and in which he uses large quantities of apples. Alex. M. Purdy married first Mary Reynolds, by whom he had five children, and some time after her decease he married Phoebe J. Dorland, by whom he had four children, seven living and two deceased.
SAWYER, William H., Farmington, was born on the farm where he now resides, October 26, 1834. He was educated in the common schools and Macedon Academy. May 19, 1875, he married Helen J. Pratt of Marion, Wayne county, and they have had three children: Clara A., who is attending school in Palmyra; Henry P., who lives at home, and Howard J., who died at the age of four years. Henry, father of our subject, was also born in Farmington (now Manchester), April 25, 1803. He married Susannah S. Dewey, of his native town, but formerly of Connecticut, who was born September 11,1806, and they had six children, three sons and three daughters: Cornelia, Joseph H., William H., Frances M., Edwin D. and Louisa M. The grandfather, Joseph, was born in Vermont, and came to this State with his parents. He was twice married, first to Desire Root of this State, and second to Anna Coates. Mrs. Helen J. Sawyer died January 20, 1890, mourned by a bereaved family and many friends.
SMITH, Lewis B., Hopewell, was born in Hopewell in February, 1865, a son of D.H. Smith, who was born at Palmyra June 25, 1835. He is a son of Cyrus, whose father, John, came from Maine in 1812 and settled in Hopewell. His wife was Sarah Simith, by whom he had fiive sons and three daughters. Cyrus was born in Maine in 1796 and came to Hopewell with his parents. He married Julia, daughter of Daniel Gates, and they reared a large family. He was a Republicaln and was a justice of the peace in Hopewell. He died in 1868 and his wife in 1881. D.G. Smith was educated in the Palmyra Union School and worked at the trade of carpenter for some time; also in a hub factory for sixteen years at Flint Creek. He is a Republican, and has been assessor three years. He has also been postmaster at Hopewell fifteen years. March 2, 1859, he married Charlotte A. Lewis, born in 1834, daughter of Nathaniel B. Lewis. Mr. Smith and wife have two children: Lewis B. and Katie G., who was born July 30, 1873, and was educated in the Union school at Canandaigua. Subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common school and Canandaigua Academy. He has been a farmer, but the last four years has had a position on the N.C.R.R. [Note: his father is referred to as both "D.G." and "D.H."
STACEY, Edwin, Manchester, was born in East Palmyra, December 28, 1822. In 1856 he bought the farm at Halliday's Corners, from Judson Hoes, and has since conducted it most successfully. Mr. Stacey has been twice married. His first wife was Caroline Luce, and some time after her death he married Martha Jane Hillman. He has one child, being issue of his second wife. Mr. Stacey has served repeatedly as inspector of elections, school trustee, etc., and is much beloved and respected by all. His ancestors originally were from the New England States. They participated in the Revolutionary war, and also that of 1812.
TILDEN, Christopher, Manchester, was born in Charlestown, N.H., April 26, 1827. His father moved to Palmyra early in this century and carried on the stove and tin business for a number of years. In 1844 he moved on the homestead farm of 125 acres in Manchester, which he purchased and of which the subject of this brief sketch inherited a part upon the death of his father. Christopher Tilden lived upon that farm and toiled for many years. There he was married to Marcelline Holmes of Manchester, a descendant of one of Ontario's pioneer families. Finding more land desirable and available Mr. Tilden purchased another farm of 100 acres near Palmyra, upon which he still lives. Mr. Tilden has filled many local and town offices and was a director of the plank road for many years. He enjoys the respect and esteem of all.
TRIMBLE, Robert D., Gorham, was born in Wayne county, November 11, 1840, a son of John and Jane Trimble, natives of Scotland, who had seven sons and two daughters. About 1820 they settled on a farm in Wayne county. The mother died in 1854 and the father in 1867. Robert D. was educated in Auburn High School, and resided in Wayne county until twenty years of age, when he went to Webster and there in 1863 married Frances, daughter of Benjamin H. Randolph, of Monroe county, and they had two daughters, Robertie F., and Ethel L. In 1863 Mr. Trimble enlisted in the First N.Y. Veteran Cavalry, serving two years, and was for eighteen months color bearer. He was at Winchester, Strassburg, Fisher's Hill, New Market, Piedmont, and other skirmishes. At the close of the war he engaged in farming in Webster until 1887 when he purchased 100 acres in Gorham. He is a breeder of Jersey cattle. He deals extensively in apples and in red and black raspberries. He has the only evaporator in the town, and last season evaporated between 5,000 and 10,000 bushels of apples, and from two to three tons of raspberries. Mr. Trimble is a Republican and has been commissioner of highways several terms. He and family are members of the Baptist Church at Middlesex. He was deacon of the Webster Baptist Church for some years. He is a member of the G.A.R. No. 672 at Webster, and of the A.O.U.W. of Rushville.
UTTLEY, William, Canandaigua, was born in Williamson, Wayne county, March 3, 1813. His father (also named William) was born in Maryland in 1776. He conducted a mill in Maryland and when he came to this state first located in Steuben county. William Uttley, sr., died in 1840. He married Hannah, daughter of Mathew Martin of Virginia, who afterwards located in Chapinville. They had nine children, all deceased but William, our subject. When the latter was fourteen years of age he came to Canandaigua, and spent five years with Judge Howell, and was nine years in the employ of Jared Wilson. He worked John Gregg's farm nine years, and in the spring of 1858 bought sixty-six acres of the Gregg farm in Hopewell, and in the fall of 1869 moved to East Bloomfield where he conducted a farm for eighteen months, and then went to Lima, Livingston county. Returning n 1872 he bought a farm of ninety-nine acres in Canandaigua, where he has ever since made his home. Mr. Uttley is a Republican. He married in 1837 Betsey, daughter of Lewis Wicks, of Middlesex, Yates county, and they had eight children, three of whom are living: Jared Wilson, and John Mosher, who conducts the homestead farm, and Margaret, who also lives at home. Mrs. Uttley died August 15, 1888, aged seventy-one years.
VAIL, John P., Geneva, son of James D. and E. (Wyckoff) Vail (who settled in Romulus about 1830), was born August 17, 1836. His father was a farmer and he lived on the farm until twenty years of age. In 1859 he went to Penn Yan, and there learned the art of photography, or the old ambrotype style of taking pictures. In 1860 he opened a gallery in Palmyra and carried on business there for eleven years. He then came to Geneva and engaged in the nursery business for four years. In 1876 he opened his present gallery, where he is doing a fine class of work. He married in 1864 Rose P. Foster, and they have one child, Newton F. Mrs. Vail died October 8, 1878, and he married second, September 17, 1881, Lillie T. Seeley.
WILSON, L. Stanley, Canandaigua, was born in Waterloo, Seneca county, March 9, 1844, a son of Ralph, a native of Wayne county, born in the village of Rose. He married Eleanor E., daughter of Colonel Lucius Stanley of Seneca, and they have four children, of whom subject alone survives. When he was three years old his father died, and Mrs. Wilson went to her father's in Seneca where L. Stanley was reared. He was educated in the common schools and followed farming until about twenty years of age. He then learned the carpenter's trade in which he has ever since been engaged. In 1872 he came to Canandaigua and soon after began contracting. He has made a specialty of jobbing and repair work, has a large line of customers and usually employs from one to six men. He and his family are members of the M.E. Church of this town. He has never been a politician. Mr. Wilson married in 1865 Mary Caroline, daughter of George T. Robertson of Ferguson Corners, Yates county, and they have four children: Philip K., a carpenter of Canandaigua; Minnie M., a dressmaker; Mary C. and L. Stanley, jr., both students.
WOLVEN, John, Phelps, was born in Seneca, November 21, 1841, one of two children the other being Harriet, (widow of J.C. Jackson), of Alexander and Eliza (Townsend) Wolven. Alexander, the father, was born near Saugerties, the mother being a native of Seneca. The grandfather was Levi Wolven. John married, November 22, 1865, Eloise Snyder of Lyons, one of eight children of Philip and Ann Snyder. They have one son, Elmer E., and an adopted daughter, Alice Harmon Wolven. Since 1846 Mr. Wolven has lived on his fine farm of 320 acres which is used for general farming, fruit and mint. He also has a flock of 140 sheep.
[Note: there may have been other personal profiles in this volume with Wayne County connections. The volume used was dilapidated and had pages missing.]
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