Part 8
Wayne County, N.Y.

Contributed by Allyn Hess Perry, from papers at the Office of the County Historian.

The Commercial Press was a monthly newspaper from Pultneyville, Town of Williamson. The Office of the County Historian has a small bundle of issues. A small part of the paper was devoted to Personal Items, listing various names of people from the area.

There is some fascinating reading about the Lake Ontario shipping trade in the 1860s, and neat ads for businessess from all over the place in these papers. There was quite a schedule of ships from Pultneyville to Charlotte to Toronto, naming ships and captains (the new ferry runs between Charlotte/Rochester and Toronto.) Not to be ignored in this paper are the railroad schedules, with stops in Palmyra, Oswego, Syracuse. And the Pultneyville & Palmyra Stage. "Leave daily at 6:45am - Arriving at 7:30pm connection at Palmyra with the N.Y.C.R. Road, Going West at 9:46a.m. and 4:20p.m. Going East at 11:20a.m. and 4:20p.m." The obits aren't detailed but give such an essence of the way life was. Spellings and misspellings are exactly as in the original paper.

Allyn Hess Perry
Co-coordinator, Wayne County NYGenWeb
July 2004

March 1864
April 1864
May 1864
June 1864
July 1864
August 1864


March 1864


Sodus, N.Y. Jan., 1864

Mr. Editor;

Upon Christmas eve., all the religious bodies had Christmas Trees for their several Sunday Schools, making glad the hearts of many. The Wayne Co., Convocation, was opened here Tuesday eve., Jan. 12, and at Sodus Point, Wednesday morning, and at St. John's Chapel, Williamson, in the evening. Excellent sermons were preached. Four Elders were present, Rev. J.E. Battia, B.D.W.W. Montgomery, P.T. Babbit and J. Leach. The next meeting is at Newark. Donations have been held on the 30, 19, and 27, inst. Orsemus Johnson has sold to Whitbeck, and has bought out George Wood, who has bought out Amos Case, who has bought out J.W. Collins, who we understand is going west; Joseph Proseus has sold out and going west; John White, has sold out to W. Shaver, who has sold out to M.W. Miller. Dr. Austin has a large singing school, D. Clark is a capital hand to bind periodicals, magazines &c. Oren Gaylord is a good hand to keep clocks in order; W.O. Winters, has moved over on to South Street, Cornelius Johnson, late of the U.S.A. has moved from South Sodus, to Rotterdam Avenue. W.H.H.


"The rebellion is about played out" - has been the rounds of all the Journals, until the people have lost all confidence in what they read in all of our public prints. But it is certain now, and is soon to be realized by us all. When the Southern Press talk as they now do, and have done for some time past by denouncing "Jeff" in unmistakable language - when they have to send one after another farther south to keep them from deserting to our lines, it shows conclusively that there is something "rotten in Denmark."

The people of the loyal states must be prepared to hear at any time, that this cursed rebellion has collapsed, and not one of the great leading scoundrels of the rebellious states can be found on this continent.


-John Teats, arrived home on a few days furlough Feb. 3.

-Wm. H. Rogers, arrived home from New York, Feb. 6th.

-Joseph Gazlay, has so far recovered his health as to be out again.

-Dr. A.G. Austin, has a fine Singing School at Williamson, over 80 scholars.

-Ebenezer Davis of Ontario, was burried at this place, on Sunday, February 7th.

-Good luck & Stonechest, of Sodus, had their Auction, Saturday, Feb. 13th.

-Clark Mason, our County Clerk, has appointed Pardon Durfee, of Marion, as his Deputy.

-Rev. Edgar Galloway and Wife, and Mr. Israel Springer, of Marion, were in town Feb. 11th.

-Judge Cowles, has appointed appointed J.H. Camp, Esq. Of Lyons, as his Deputy Surrogate, at that place.

-Col. Corning, of Palmyra, addressed a War Meeting at this place, on Saturday eve., Feb. 13.

-Ethan Enos, of this town, Died on Friday Feb. 12, aged 74 years, and was burried Sunday the 14.

-Charles and Edward Hill, have sold out their Sash, Door and Blind factory, in this place, and have gone to Albany.

-Wm. J. Wilcox, Ticket Agt. Of the "Ontario Steamboat Co.," at Rochester, was in town Jan. 22 and returned the 27.

-Mrs. M. Frinck, of Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in town Feb. 3, stoping while here at her brothers Z. Burnell.

-Lieut. Joseph Jackson, has re-enlisted for the war, and is in town recruiting for the 111th Reg. "Jo" is bullet proof.

-Cornelius Brewer, has hauled his vessel out the "Petrel," and is putting a piece in her centre of about fifteen feet.

-Hon. T.M. Pomeroy, M.C., from this district, will please accept our thanks for "M'Lellan's Report" that we have received.

-Dr. H.R. Moses, of Sodus, has been very sick at Centreville, Va., but has so far recovered that he will start for home in a few days.

-Jeremiah Clark, of Marion, was burried Sunday, Jan. 31. He had the "Inflamation on the Lungs," and was sick but a short time.

-Wm. Smelt, Supt. Of the Pages of the House of Representatives, will please accept our thanks for Pub. Documents received.

-Mr. Gildersleeve and Wife of Penn Yan, N.Y. arrived in town Jan. 23. Stopping while here at Alfred Allen's. They returned the 25th.

-W.B. Phelps, Chief Clerk, of the "Ontario Steam-boat Company" at Oswego, was in town Jan. 29, on his way to Buffalo and the Falls.

-Joseph Mason, has put Steam Power in the "Curtis' Furnace," in this village and is a running it on his own account and doing good business.

-Henry W. Jackson - son of the late Thomas Jackson, of Williamson - has gone into the store of John Reynolds, the place left vacant by Woodhull.

-Hon. S.C. Cuyler and Wife, arrived at home from Washington, D.C., on Monday Feb. 8, and left for Rochester, the 15th, to be absent about two weeks.

-Rev. A. Spencer, Presbyterian Minister at the ridge - Williamson - had a Donation, which was held at the Brick Church, Wednesday evening, Feb. 17th.

-Bryam J. Woodhull, left for Baltimore, Md. Jan. 27, to enter upon his new duties, as clerk of the Steamer Ceres, in the U.S. Navy. She was to sail Feb. 10.

-Hiram Reynolds, of Mt. Upton, N.Y. and son of Sullivan Reynolds, has been on a short visit to Michigan, stopping here on his return, and left for home Feb. 8th.

-Noble P. Trowbridge sold his farm - the one formerly owned by Wm. Northrop - to A. Cuvalier - consideration $2150. Mr. T. moves to Newark, in this County.

-Robert J. Elton, on the Stephen Richardson farm, half a mile east of Williamson Corners, has his Auction on Saturday, Feb. 20. He is to move west this spring.

-Capt. B.B. Brewer, of Chicago, arrived here Feb. 11th, and will remain until the opening of Navigation, to take the Schr. "Glen Cuyler" up through the Lakes.

-John S. Todd, has sold his vessel the "Glen Cuyler," to a Chicago firm - consideration $1550. She will be taken from this port as soon as the Welland Canal is opened.

-Capt. Thomas Royce's Son, Joel Norton's Son, Mr. Tufts Son and Clark Carpenter's Son, enlisted at the war meeting held at this place on Saturday evening, Feb. 13th.

-Mrs. John Britton, of this town, has prepared for market with her own hands, the past fall, over 1700 lbs. Of Dried Apples, becides doing all of the other duties connected with the house.

-Hon. Lemuel Durfee, Member of the House, from this Assembly District, and Hon. O. Archer, of Palmyra, will please accept our thanks for the attention paid to us while in Albany a short time since.


April 1864


-On the evening of the 19th of March 1864, Mr. William Waters, closed his eyes upon the bright seenes of this life, to awaken no more upon this side of the grade; that so coldly awaits the comeing of all the living. He was one of those hardy and adventurous Pioneers who made the first opening in the vast wilderness that then bordered the shores of Lake Ontario; but is now the abode of thousands of happy denizens who have no realizing sense of the privations, sufferings, toil, and self denials, of those brace men and women, who so valiantly laid the foundations of their prosperity and happiness. The subject of this notice was born in Yorkshire, England; and imigrated to America in 1804, and adjourned for a season in Geneva, Ontario Co., N.Y. In 1806 he came to the town of Williamson, and wending his way through the unbroken forest, till he at length found a spot suitable for a residence for one of his indomitable resolution: purchased a lot and settled on the wild shore of the lake, where he built a log cabin, and commenced the life of an independent farmer; which he pursued successfully till competency and old age invited him to retire from the cares of business. Though an alien by birth, he was an American at heart, and supported with becoming zeal and firmness the Republican instutions of his adopted country.

He was highly respected, held several important offices in the town; reared a large family most of whome are living, respected and esteemed; and died at the advanced age of 84 years.


-Married March 15th, by Rev. H.T. Giles, at the house of the brides father in Sodus, Mr. Asbury W. Shipley, of Williamson, to Miss. Phebey Howcroft.

This couple will please accept our sincere thanks; and we with them much joy for the future. (Ed)


The boys of the 98th Regiment N.Y.V. Volunteers, had a grand Ball on Wednesday evening March 23, at this place, about sixty couples were present. The boys belonging to the Reg., behaved themselves like gentlemen; and had it not been for some outsiders that crooked their elbow quite so often, it would have been better; aside from this, it was the largest and finest party that has been here for years.

The Leap-Year Party.

The Ladies of this village had a leap-year party, on Monday evening March 14th, at the Hotel of Joseph Gazlay. Every thing passed of pleasantly, and as the boys say "didn't cost us a red."

Our Town Election.

Below we give the candidates of the two tickets that were presented at our spring election, with the number of votes that each received. The whole number of votes polled were 438, being 21 less than last spring, with an increased majority of 66 for the "Republican Union Ticket."

Rep. Dem.

For Supervisor.

Benjamin J. Hance. 272. Scott Ledyard. 161.

For Town Clerk,

William H. Todd. 275.James M. Hinolf. 161.

For Justice of the Peace,

George W. Miller. 243. S.S. Poppino. 182.

For Assessor,

Charles Bennett. 276. Josiah Bruno. 158.

For Commissioner of Highways,

Noah Elton. 274. Livinnes Bureman. 159.

For Overseer of the Poor,

Thomas J. Peer. 273. Philaster Miller. 160.

For Collector,

Charles Robison. 276. Geo. W. Calhoun. 158.

For Constables,

Charles Robison. 276. Geo. W. Calhoun. 158.

Amasa O. Miller. 272. Joseph Mason. 158.

For Inspectors of Election Dist. No. 1.

Charles P. Moody. 272. James Bureman. 159.

Caleb E. Congdon. 272. Ebinezer Harris. 160.

For Inspectors of Election Dist. No. 2.

Ledyard S. Cuyler. 275. John W. Burtis. 159.

Job Ridgway. 275. Arnold Dunning. 157.


The vote on the Proposed Amendment allowing Soldiers the privelage of voting, stood as follows:

For the Amendment - 134

Against the Amendment -

Two Democrats voted against it, one cast his ballot for Seymour, and the other for McClellan.


Jefferson Sherman, the School Commissioner of the Second Assembly District of Wayne Co., will hold Town Examinations as follows:

Williamson Corners, Monday April 4; Ontario, Tuesday April 5; Palmyra, Thursday April 7th; Macedon, Friday April 8; Arcadia, Monday April 11; Walworth, Wednesday April 13; Marion, Thursday, April 14.

-Mr. John Reynolds, has been confined to the house about ten days with the Inflamatory Rheumatism; and is slowly recovering.


-Hon. S.C. Cuyler and Wife arrived home March 2.

-Mrs. Mariah Frinck left for Brooklyn, N.Y. March 7th.

-Geo. E. Curliss and Wife arrived from Buffalo March 8th.

-David Horner on the Widow Hanby farm, had an Auction March 5th.

-Judson N. Pond, of Marion, died on Thurs. March 10th, aged 67 years.

-James Tassell has leased John VanWinckles farm, on the east town line.

-Byron - son of C. Brewer, was married to Robt. Teter's Daughter.

-Dr. D.C. Higgins arrived in town Mar. 16th to remain through the summer.

-Robert Tetor has sold his farm to Edward Fisher - consideration $2600.

-Lieut. Chauncy Fish arrived in town on a short furlough March 17th.

-Abm. Vergouwe has purchased 25 acres of land of Richard Pallister - consideration $1250.

-Z. Burnell and J. Henry Gloyd, of this village, have left for New York to go into the U.S. Navy.

-E.C. Brooks, formerly of Norwich, N.Y., is now with Case & Mann Rochester. He was in town March 4.

-Charles Milliman has moved on to John N. Brownell's farm, (formerly owned by Lyman Milliman.)

-John N. Brownell, Esq. of this town was married Feb. 24th to Richard Britton's daughter of Williamson.

-Richard Pallister has sold his farm and purchased William Grangers, located on the Bear Swamp Road.

-Cornelius Deright has rented his farm and is going to Rochester to live, his Auction came off March 24th.

-Dr. Butterfield of Syracuse, paid us a flying visit a short time since; and he and his wife returned March 12.

-Wm. H. Rogers has sold Durfee E. Wilcox 50 acres of land adjoining the Steam Mill - consideration $1800.

-Geo. B. Redfield, proprietor of "Ayers Hotel" Rochester, will please accept our thanks for a copy of the N.Y. State Directory.

-Wm. Gowthrop, of this town died at Red Wing, Minn., Feb. 28th; and his body was sent here for interment, arriving March 10.

-Mrs. Thos. Granger, living on the east town line died on Monday night March 7th, and was buried Wednesday the 9th.

-David V. Lacy of our village, has been offered $12000 for his share of an Oil Well, at Oil Creek, Pa., which he refused.

-Joshua Granger has sold the farm he bought of Benj. Burden, to Jno Overslaw; and moves to this village about the first of April.

-Cornelius Brewer has sold his farm on the west town line, to Smith Pratt; who, we understand has sold to David B. Reed.

-Wm. R. Liddle has sold to Oliver White, a building lot, north of the Deacon Pepper house in this village, where he intends to reside.

-James Shipley has bought E.J. Royce's house and lot in this village - known as the Jerrolleman property - consideration $1600.

-Albert S. Todd has closed his school in this District; and gave an exhibition March 18, which was well attended, and gave universal satisfaction.

-Capt. Russell Smith and family of Oswego, arrived in town Feb. 25th. He will leave for Cleveland, Ohio, March 31, to take charge of the Propeller "Ackron," of the N.T. Co.

-Mr. Ogden Tillotson of Sodus, son of Wm. And Mr. Jas. P. Tillotson of Clyde, son of Geo. T. Sodus, have received the appointment from Supt. Throop, as Pursers on the Steamers belonging to the "Ontario Steamboat Co."

-Geo. F. Dunning writing from Orion, Mich., says he likes the country there very much, but thinks they have some cold weather; as the Thermometer stood on New years day, from 17 to 27 degrees below Zero. Winter Apples keep as well there as in N.Y., state.

-Wm. O. Duval, of Port Byron, N.Y. having been a confirmed Infidel in regard to a future state for a number of years, has, we understand renounced it. Gov. ? You must have had some strong evidences somewhere in regard to that "Thumb." Let us hear from you.

-L. Whitney has exchanged his farm (Hiram Gallop place) for the Hotel property in this village, owned by Joseph Gazlay; and possession to be given the first of April. The party of the first part receiving $1300. The former had his Auction Mar. 26th, the latter will have his April 2.

-B. Todd's Sons of this place have dissolved partner-ship; Mr. John S. Todd having sold out his interest to Mr. Alfred Allen. The new firm will be: Powers & Allen; Mr. J. Haven Powers retaining his interest in the store. It is the intention of the new firm to buy all kinds of country produce, a new enterprise that is very much needed in the village.


May 1864


Death of Carlo.

Written for Charley H. Reynolds

The curse that Adams race befel

For tasteing the forbidden tree,

Brought Death upon the Dogs, as well

As poor depraved humanity.

Hence "Carlo" tho' he never heard

The truth proclaimed to erring mortals,

Has fallen before the avenging sword

And pass'd through Deaths forbidding portals.

Poor "Carlo!" Doubtless he had sin'd

Enough to fix his fate for certain;

He growled sometimes, tho' oftener grinn'd

And oftener still was quite diverting.

Did he love pleasure? That's a sin,

And every sin almost is pleasure,

And he who would enjoyment win

Is damn'd of course beyond all measure,

Said "Carlo" was a happy dog

So he could find enough good feeding,

He care but little for a hog

Nor was he for disturbance breeding.

He loved his friends - His "Charley" best

Of all; because his hand caressed him;

But he is dead - He's gone to rest,

And never knew how much we miss'd him.


J.M. Reynolds,


Your welcome little journal was received by me a few days since, and I am glad to say that I read its colums with a good deal of interest. You have my best wishes for the future; and may success crown all your efforts. We have had some very bad weather here for the past few days; snow fell on the 22, to a foot and a half deep, which the citizens say they have never seen before for a number of years. The Michigan Boys enjoyed it with pleasure, as they were continually snowballing until it was all gone. We are building a bridge in front of Chattanooga across the Tennessee River. I should be more happy to give you a glowing account, had I time.

Respectfully Yours

Edward L.W. Baker

Co. B, 1st Michigan Vol.


The Sword at the fair in New York, was won by Gen. Grant over Gen. M'Clellan, by 15000 majority.


-Capt. J.H. Ledyard, Wife and Child, arrived in town April 9th.

-Edward Pallister's Wife died April 7th, and was burried at this place the 9th.

-James Middleton of Ontario, has sold his farm to Aldrich Thayer, consideration, $6500.

-Wm. Waters' property was apprized April 19th, by H.M. Griffen and John S. Todd.

-James Shipley has left the farm, and moved into the village. Asbury will stay on the farm.

-Geo. Cotrell, son of Joseph, has just returned home, having been absent for a number of years.

-Mrs. Sally Melvin, 76 years old arrived in town April 7th, stopping while here at J. Reynolds.

-Geo. W. White, has rented the house south of Williamson, formerly occupied by A.H. Stoddard.

-Geo. Maines formerly with A.S. Woodworth at Baldwinsvile, N.Y. is now with Willis Gaylord at Sodus.

-Geo. Timmons has sold his farm of 40 acres on the east town line to John Robine, consideration, $1400.

-Capt. A.A. Holling and John Sheffield Jr. start for Idaho, May 1st, in company with others from Charlotte.

-John Mason has sold his farm of 67 acres, on the west town line to Mr. Bostwick, Consideration $2600.

-Samuel Howell has sold his house and lot, in the western part of the town, to Josias VanWood consideration $850.

-B. Todd's property was apprized April 16th by T. Scott Ledyard and Alfred Allen; The Auction came off April 23.

-Powers & Allen commenced business under their new partnership, in the Dry Goods and Produce business, April 1st.

-Matthias Hoot's property was appraised April 18th, by John S. Todd and Joshua Granger, the Auction came off the 26th.

-Daniel Decker Died of Consumption of the lungs, April 18th, at his Mothers residence in Ontario, He was 31 years old.

-John O'Dell of Ontario, has sold his farm of 116 acres to J.W. Gates, consideration $3,800. Mr. O. has moved to Webster.

-Wm. Thomas has sold his place, a part of the Silas Anthony farm, to Martin Prentiss, consideration $1250.

-H.J. Woodhull was in the fight at Plymouth, and says that they had a hot time, but did not get a scratch.

-J.E. Shipley, Aaron Pratt, F.P. Rogers, C. C. Eddy and Noah Yale, are the Jurymen from this town to Lyons, April 25th.

-Levi Holland has rented Cornelius Brewer's farm, formerly owned by John Craggs. About 50 acres has been added from the Hallet farm.

-James G. Clark, the Poet and Vocalist, gave one of his popular concerts at this place April 6, to a full house and an appreciative audience.

-Capt. James T. Holling, Mervin Pallister, Wm. Waters and Jack Mason, left for Charlotte, April 14, to put the Schr. Rival in sailing order.

-Richard E. Wilber has sold his farm, located on the Lake Road and four miles west of this village, to Fitch Reed's son. His Auction was April 7th.

-Hiland - son of Geo. D. Phelps, died at the residence of B.C. Fitzhugh, in Milwaukee, April - of Chronic Diarrhoea, contracted while he was in the U.S. Service.

-John Pallister is a going to make decidedly a grand alteration in the appearance of his house on Mill St., by moving it back from the road and grading the hill down.

-Robert Tetor has sold his farm, located on the west town line, 70 acres, to Adrian Fisher. Consideration, $2800. He and his Son have rented the late Lieut. Granger's farm in Sodus.

-Asa H. Stoddard, writing from Cooper, Mich. Says they have had rainy weather this spring; that Wheat looks well; that Peaches are killed by the excessive cold in January; that the town had gone Republican; that the Michigan boys are as brave as any, and for the most part are in the army; and the Girls as fair and as smart as any, and are generally wanting to teach school or get married.

Asa - About the same state of things exist here, especially the last clause. (Ed)


June 1864


-Samuel Calhoun's Wife died April 28th, and was burried May 4th at East Williamson.

-Johnathan Baker, residing on the east town line, died May 3d, and was burried the 6th.

-Miss Nellie Tomkinson of Lyons, is teaching school in this village this summer, and commenced May 2.

-Mr. Hayward of Sodus, has Episcopal services at about this place every Sunday morning, at 10:30 in the Session Room.

-John Rickman formerly a cabinet maker, at this place, now a Dr., west of Rochester, was in town a few days since.

-Miss. M.L. Cuyler arrived from Aurora, on Tuesday May 17th, to spend the summer with her brother - Hon. S.C. Cuyler.

-C. and A. Brewer are to build a small booker for the coming season, suitable for a traider between our side and Canada.

-Dr. A.G. Austin has just returned home from the front, having been in Virginia to assist in amputating the limbs of our brave boys.

-Dr. A.F. Sheldon paid us a flying visit a few days since; but returned after hearing that Gen. Grant had opened a brush with Gen. Lee.

-Dr. L. Reeves has purchased Dr. A.G. Austins house and lot at Williamson, and is practicing medicine in company with Dr. L. Sprague, of that place.

-P.W. Tincklepaugh has leased the "Wood Hotel," at Sodus Point, where he would be pleased to see all of his old friends who may favor him with a call.

-Benj. J. Hance, E.S. Averell and Hon. S.K. Williams, were the Delegates from this Assembly District, to the Union State Convention at Syracuse, Wednesday May 25th.

-John S. Todd is to build a vessel the present season, of about five thousand tons burthen. The keel will be 90 foot long. John Hill, of Sodus Point, is the builder.

-Munson Seeley has sold his farm formerly owned by Amasa O. Miller, to Thomas Seeley, for $4000. Munson has bought seven acres of Seeley, south of Williamson for $1500.

-W.P. Nottingham has sold his fine residence on Main St. in Palmyra, to David P. Sandford. Mr. N. has purchased the Underhill Briggs farm in Macedon, and has taken possession.

-Prof. S.N. Sweet, author of "Sweet's Elocution," a book familiarly known in all of our schools, lectured at this place May 16th on "Oratory." It was amusing as well as instructing.

-Wm. I. Stoughtenburgh has been appointed Administrator of Johnathan Baker's Estate; and the Auction comes off June 9th.

-Leo Miller has been engaged for some time at Detroit, Mich., giving lectures on the War. We saw a short extract of one of his speeches a few days since, it was sharp, spicy, and to the point.

-John Reynolds having very nearly recovered from an attact of the Rheumatism, will, in company with his Wife, start on a visit to Chenango Co., about the first of June, to be absent about three weeks.

-William Hall of Naperville, Ill., died May 7th. Mr. H. imigrated to this country from England to the town of Ontario, when it was comparatively new, thence to Illinois in 1836 or 37, where he died.

-Cyrus Newell of Sodus Centre, wishes to sell his Tannery; any information in regard to it addressed to the subscriber will receive due attention. This is a good chance for one wishing to go into business, as the terms are easy.

-Oliver Cromwell Potter, of the firm of Kenyon Potter & Co., Druggists, Syracuse, N.Y. gave us a splendid ride on the track a few days ago after a five year old. He will lead them all after a while, for he has the speed in him.

-The 'Old Subscriber," Henry Ward Jr., is still at Seneca Falls, as Ticket Agent of the N.Y. C. R. Road, of which we had the pleasure of a short but very pleasant interview in his Office about the 27th of May, and was looking well.

-Charles H. Smith, son of Robert Smith, of this town, and a Freight Conductor on the New York Central Road, was accidentally killed at Syracuse, on Thursday morning, May 26th, as he was making up his train in the yard. He was standing conversing with a person, when a car was backed down striking him in the back, and at the same time throwing him across the track, and the wheels running over him, severing one of his limbs from his body, he lived but a short time was brought home and burried on Sunday the 29. Charley was a steady and industrious young man, and would soon been promoted to a passenger conductor.

-Myron Nichols of Williamson, lost his Daughter Ellen, April 54th, aged 13 years old

She sweetly sleeps beneath the ground,

Her lovely form by death is bound,

She heeds no sound; nor can she wake

'Till God the chains of death shall break.

Her previous words ring in our ears,

While to our mind her form appears,

At midnight we dream we hear -

But we awake - and all is drear.

Yet all is right, our father gave

And he hath taken, he will save,

That lovely flower he'll plant all fair

In his own garden soon with care.

Hattie Tomkinson.

-Mrs. Wm. Gowthrop has returned home in company with her son Wm. from Indiana.


July 1864








Arrangements are being made to celebrate the Fourth of July at this place, provided Superintendent Throop, has the Steamer Cataract ready in time, in which case due notice will be given from this Office, and in the County and Rochester papers. Should the weather prove favorable on that day we can look for a rush.


It is the duty of all Town Assessors after this, to take down all the deaths that have occurred in the family up to Dec. 31, of each year, age, complexion, birth, &c., &c. This is undoubtedly done for the purpose of seeing if they do their duty in making out the assessment roll.


-Mrs. A.A. Cornwall 5th, of Alex. Bay N.Y. arrived on Str. Bay State, June 11.

-Richard E. Wilbur, has moved in to the village, and occupies the late Bethel Todd's residence.

-Dr. D.S. Beardsley arrived home June 17th having been absent on a visit to Conn., and New Jersey.

-John F. Gramkee was Married on Saturday eve, June 17th, to Mrs. Jennie Burley, both of this place.

-Daniel T. Grandine was taken a prisoner of war, at the battle of the "Wilderness," and is now in the hands of the rebels.

-Elias Durfee, of Marion, was burried June 3. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss.

-David S. Mack is now stationed at Jacksonville, Fla., to tend to the Rebs. In that locality in case he is attacked from that point.

-L. Whitney, has a dance at his Hotel in this village July 4th. Music - Maj. J.H. Gilberts full Band. All are invited to attend.

-Prof. F.F. Hoecker, of Bath N.Y., was in town a few days since, and we had the pleasure of listening to some fine music on the Piano.

-Capt. E.H. Todd, will be receiving fresh White Fish from Canada; by steamer direct from Kingston every day, and will be sold cheap.

-Mrs. George H. Gazlay, of Calafornia, arrived in town May 31st, on her way to Adrian in Mich., on a visit her fathers, Daniel Poppinoe.

-Myron, (son of William Okeeffe, Williamson) has been home on a visit. He runs an Engine on the Michigan Central Rail Road, and is well liked by the Company.

-John Gates, of Sodus, was accidently thrown from his horse not long since, which laid him up for several days, but was able to work on the road all the while. John? the Cars are the safest.

-Maj. Barry of Brockport, N.Y. and formerly of the Potomac Army, arrived in town May 30, and left the 31st, stopping while here at U.S.P. Collector of Customs residence, Hon. S.C. Cuyler.

-Capt. Wm. Morley lost his vessel, the "Col. A.B. Williams," on Lake Huron, Monday night, June 6th, by colliding with the Bark Twilight. All on board were saved, the vessel was insured.

-Simeon Miller, south of Williamson, was burried on Sunday June 6th. The funeral services were held in his front yard, and was filled to an overflowing. Rev. Northway preached on the occasion.

-Capt. T. Gregory, of the 6th Art., died at his residence in Ontario, June 23, from a wound received in the army.

-Horrace M. Tobey and Wife, of Waterloo, N.Y., (formerly of Dutchess Co.,) are at H.M. Griffens on a visit, arriving June 22.

-Mrs. Peter VanDriest, (formerly Ester Ann Waters,) and Peter Wilson, both of Adrian Mich. Arrived in town May 28th. The former will leave for home July 23, the latter went back on the first of the month.

-Capt. H.N. Throop was home a short time since, the Steamers will commence their Daily trips July 5th, leaving this port daily at 12:30 P.M. arriving in Toronto and Ogdensburgh the next morning, and Montreal the same evening.

-E.R. Woodhull, H.M. Griffen, J.S. Todd, Charles P. Moody, Adrian Coppen John, Charles Milliman, and Jacob Millham, were drawn as the Jurymen from this town, for the County Court now in session. The first person above named was excused on account of his age, the second one was released for deafness, and the third one was for a f-o-w-l stomach.

-Dr. A.G. Austin, of Williamson, assisted by Dr. T.G. Peer, Jr., (his partner) performed May 9th, one of the most critical and scientific operations in surgery, by removing an encisted tumor, from the left side of the face and orbate of the eye, on the person of Miss. Susan Wemesfelder, and we understand she is getting along well. Dr. A., understands the science of Surgery as well as the practice of Medicine.

-Hon. Byram Green, of Sodus, prepared the following toasts, were read and drank, at Pultneyville, July 4th, 1834.

THE DAY - May its anniversary be celebrated by american freeman, with patriotic cheer, so long as trees grow and waters run.

THE HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION - We see with pleasure what they have performed, an empire founded, and a republic begun.

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNION - The most perfect form of government devised by human wisdom, the greatest barrier against tyranny and oppression; may it be sustained now and forever by the friends of freedom.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY - The laurel wreath entwined around his brow shall never fade.

THOS. JEFFERSON, THE AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE - Long may his memory on our hearts abide, long may his precepts all of our councils guide.

JOHN ADAMS, THE MAN WHO SUSTAINED THE DECLARATION IN DEBATE - "Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my heart and my hand to sustain that declaration."

The President and Vice President of the United States; and the Gov. of this state, was then drank to, when the following toast were read, the whole congregation rose, and drank standing: -

General Le'Fayette, the Philanthropist, the Patriot and the Hero has fallen. - America mourns the loss of her best Europien friend.

The Star Spangled Banner - May it forever wave, over every Ocean Lake and Sea, the ensign of american liberty and glory.

The Fair Sex - The determined foes of nullification, the constant friend of union.

Slavery - The darkest stain on the american character, may it be wiped off, at such a time and in such a manner, as shall produce the least aggregate of human misery.


August 1864


Alasco W. Higgins was born in Pultneyville in the County of Wayne, N.Y., which was his residence "till the day of his death - He entered the army of the U.S. as a volunteer of the State of New York, about the commencement of the present year, and was detailed as a clerk in the Mustering and Disbursing office at Auburn, during the winter, and until the troops were ordered to the Potomac, when he joined his Reg. The 111th N.Y.S. Vol, and though he had never before had the advantages of drill, yet followed the fortunes of the indomitable Grant, in all the fatigue marches, toilsome labors, privations and deadly conflicts of that irresistible army of heroes; unharmed and unsubdued in spirit, till the 17th of June; when he fell in an assault upon the enemies fortifications before Petersburgh; having his left thigh broken by a musket ball. On that bloody field of Battle, during the long and dreary night, he lay, screened only by a small ridge of ground, barely sufficient to protect him from the missles of the desperate foe - behind which he was enabled to crawl - patiently waiting for some returning soldier to help him beyond the reach of bullets, bombs, and other death-dealing messengers, which the ingenuity of man has invented to destroy his kind, and which were constantly falling around, or flying over him. Many returning soldiers passed by him during the night; all were willing to stop and give him drink from their canteens, but none could take him away. At length the long looked for morning came, and with it a Company of Garabaldies, who carried him back beyond the reach of guns, and gave him over to the tender mercies of the Surgeons, who deemed it his only chance for recovery, to submit to amputation. His leg was accordingly severed from his body about eight inches below his hip, and after lying on the field three days and nights, he was carried in an ambulance to City Point; there placed upon the deck of a Steamer and transferred to Harewood Hospital at Washington, where he patiently bore his sufferings; and heroically the loss of his limb; until that deadly scourge of the hospital, the "Pyacraia," a fever caused by the absorption of pus from festering wounds; and is always fatal; prostrated his noble powers, and consigned that brave heart, which the toils and hazards of war had failed to do. Thus are passing away the brave youth whom nature designed to fill the places of their retiring fathers; thus, is the strength of the nation wasting away. How long will it be so? How long before the madness of man will discover the folly and inhumanity of war and lay aside the weapons of death, and cultivate once more the arts of Peace? It is enough to give one a sickening sense of the horrors of war, to go through our Hospitals, and contemplate the manly forms that lie there stretched out on their pallets of straw, suffering heroically; uncomplainingly suffering; from wounds of every conceivable form, that the most fervid fancy can immagine. Far, far, from friends, from all the endearments of home; they silently await the coming of that long distant, lingering hour, when this bloody feud shall permit them to once more embrace the loved ones left behind. To many it will never come. Their grave will be on the far off Potomac, or in some other distant land; where the tears of weeping Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives and children, so dearly loved, can never reach their hollowed places. He who called forth these thoughts, died in the Hospital at the seat of Government, on the 11th of July 1864, aged 27 years, leaving a wife and child, an aged and stricken father, and many dear friends to mourn his loss. He was an only son, an only child - The last one of a family of four children.

-Robert Atkinson, of Freeport, Ill., died at his residence, on the 22d, of June last, in his 72d year, of typhoid neumonia. Mr. Atkinson was formerly a resident of this village, and went west about twenty-five years ago, where he has lived up to the time of his death.


-John Gage Sen. Died in Ontario, December 10, '63 in his 78th year.

-James Barker died in Ontario, January 28, 1864 in his 71st year.

-Chauncey Fish had had two sons wounded in the late battles before Richmond.

-Mrs. R.A. Moses, of Rochester, (formerly of this village,) is at her fathers on a visit.

-Louisa - daughter of Ambrose and Margaret Gage, of Ontario - died April 18th, aged 6 years 1 month and 8 days.

-William Danforth Esq. Of this town, died at his residence, after a short illness, July 1st, and was burried the 3.

-John Reynolds and Wife, have been absent about three weeks, on a visiting tour through Chenango and Otsego County.

-Miss Etta B. (daughter of H.M. Griffen, of this place,) has been sick with a Billious Fever, but is now convalescent.

-Capt. Derick Hamelinck, has been home on a furlough, having received a flesh wound, at the battle of Cold Harbor, June 4th.

-Capt. E.H. Todd has just received a vessel load of those fine White Fish from Canada, and they are splendid lot.

-J.W. Powers is now collecting up a drove of Sheep, either for the New York market or the "Western Reserve College."

-Mrs. Philander B. Royce of this place, has been absent several days on a visit to Watertown, N.Y., and returned July 26th.

-Mrs. Capt. Thomas Royce and Child, is now in town, spending the summer months at Philander B. Royce's.

-Robert N. (son of Waters Shipley,) and of the 9th N.Y. Artillery, has been missing for some time, and is supposed to be a prisoner.

-Paymaster William W. Woodhull's Wife and Child, of Maryland, is in town spending a few weeks at her fathers - E.R. Woodhull.

-Hon. A.B. Williams will please accept our thanks for a Copy of the "Diplomatic Correspondence," that we have received.

-Dr. D.C. Higgins has just returned home from Washington, D.C., where he has been attending to his sick son in the Hospital.

-Mrs. Lawrence, of Skeneateles, N.Y., and Hon. Ezra Duell's Daughter, of Cortland, N.Y., have been spending a few days at the Hon S.C. Cuylers.

-Capt. J.H. Ledyard's Wife and Child, arrived in town July 18, and are stopping at the "Lake Cottage," the residence of her father, Samuel Ledyard Esq.

-Lieut. David S. Mack, located at Jacksonville, Fla., is now in the Hospital at Augusta Ga. But is expected to be with this Company again in a short time.

-S.M. Grannis, formerly of the "Amphions," will give a concert in this village in a few days, but the day is not yet known. The Bills are now here waiting his orders.

-Dr. L.S. Sprague, has, we have been informed, lost two or three horses, having been poisoned. Such fellows should be ferrited out and brought to their senses.

-James Hawley and Wife of Dixon, Ill., (and formerly from this section,) were in town a few days since. He is now Clerk of that County, and we consider him a first class man for that place.

-Dr. A.G. Austin and Wife, of Williamson have been down to the "Thousand Islands" on a fishing tour, and brought back with them some fine fish, of which we can vouch for as being good.

-Holling and Allen of this place, have been painting up their vessel at this port, and she left for Cleveland, July 16th with aload of Pig Iron. She is commanded by Wm. Leaver, and he is called a first class man.

-E.W. Capron and Daughter - Editor of the "West Branch Bulletin," Williamsport, Pa., called on us a few days since. Eliab is a fine fellow, as well as an intelligent man, and understands the duties in knowing how to conduct a paper.

-John S. Todd is now crowing his vessel through to completion; and we have lately come to the conclusion to call her a five thousand bushel vessel, instead of "five thousand tons," as our June No., had it. "Van?" you can alter your remarks accordingly.

-Miss Emma and Georgia Allen - daughters of Alfred Allen, of this village - have returned from school; the former from the "Marion Collegiate Institute," the latter, from the "Brockport Seminary," Brockport, N.Y., both having received their Diploma and Gold Medal.

-Mr. Isaac Streight writing from Hastings, Minn., says the Wheat and Oat crop in that section is very light, Grass is poor, Corn and Potatoes look well, and that they have had some fine showers of late, but as a general thing, has been very dry over twenty months. Wheat is worth about $1.45, Oats 80 cts, Potatoes 50 cts, Butter 30 cts, Eggs 15 cts, and that the River is falling, and business dull.

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