Biographies of Monroe County People
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The genealogies on this page came from a newspaper column titled "Early Rochester Family Records" which ran in the Rochester Post-Express from July 9, 1910 to Apr. 13, 1912. The author, Anah Babcock Yates, was one of the founders of the Rochester Historical Society and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was state genealogist of the New York Historical Society for many years. She died in August 1932.

Mrs. Yates was a good genealogist but she didn't include many references. You should check for primary sources to verify this information.

There are 2 scrapbooks with these newspaper columns pasted into them at the Rochester Public Library. One version is online here. It is missing random articles and the last 9 months of articles in the series. It also contains Mrs. Yates' handwritten corrections to the published articles.


Published July 9, 1910


The first of that name in this section was Jehiel Barnard. He also has the distinction of being the first tailor, first man married in Rochester, one of the first five trustees of the village of Rochesterville, member of the first fire company organized, member of the Hamilton Chapter, Masonic, 1821. Mr. Barnard erected in 1812 a building (18x26) which was used successively as tailor shop, shoemaker shop, school and meeting house.

"That tailor shop, what fragrant recollections. The first religious and social center in this city."

Jehiel was born at Nine Partners, Duchess county, N. Y., August 17, 1788. M Delia Scrantom d. of Hamlet Scrantom, October 8, 1815, the first marriage in Rochester. She was born July 30, 1795. He died November 7, 1865, Is buried at Mt. Hope. She died August 6, 1881. Is buried at Mt. Hope.


1. Henry, the first child born in Rochester; of parents married in Rochester, October 8, 1816, d. July 24, 1878, m. first Emily E. Colby, January 5, 1847. She d. May 17, 1863, m. second Mrs. Sarah P. Canfield (now living in Rochester) January 8, 1867. Born July 17, 1827.

2. William Barnard, b. October 28, 1818, d. September 2, 1888 at Dubuque, Iowa, m. Lydia P. Houghton, October 1846 at Avon Springs, N. Y. Mr. (sic.) Barnard is living at Dubuque, Iowa.

3. Delia Barnard, b. April 15, 1821, d. March 11, 1904, at Ogden, m. Orville P. Brigham, January 27, 1842, at Ogden.

4. Jehiel Barnard, Jr., b. January 15, 1824, d. May 13, 1899 at Rochester, m. Francis Farnsworth, September 7, 1855 at Brooklyn, N. Y.

5. George Barnard, b. May 12, 1826, d. Jan. 3, 1882 at Dubuque, Iowa, m. first Emeline Stone at Spencerport, N. Y., second Emma Sage at Lockport, N. Y.

6. Sophronia Barnard, b. November 5, 1828, d. March 2, 1882 at Rochester, m. James D. Brown, April 8, 1850 at Ogden, N. Y. He died in 1907 at Rochester, Monroe Co., N. Y.


1. John Colby Barnard, b. May 26, 1848; unmarried.

2. Henry Barnard, jr., b. February 12, 1850; m. Eugenia Badger Davison, October 9 1872.

3. Elbert J. Barnard, b. January 26, 1855, d. November 16, 1888 at Traxillo, Hondurus.

4. Ella J. Barnard, b. December 8, 1858; living in Rochester.

5. Bertha Barnard, b. January 26, 1860; m. Henry S. Madden, April 18, 1882. They live in Buffalo, N. Y.

7. Emily E. Barnard, b. May 8, 1863; m. James W. Kittrell, January 18, 1893. They live in Catskill, N. Y.


Published July 16, 1910


Judge Moses Chapin, the first of this family in Rochester, was the son of Moses A. and Lucina (Graves) Chapin, of West Springfield, Mass. Born May 2, 1791. Died in Rochester October 8, 1865. Ordained from Yale college 1811. Settled in Rochester, where he practised law. County judge 1826. Elder of the First Presbyterian Church July 18, 1824. A charter trustee and attorney for the Monroe County Savings bank.

He married first Esther Maria Ward, in September 1818, a daughter of Dr. Levi Ward. She was born December 11, 1798, died October 9, 1823. Married second, Mrs. Lucy T. Kibbe, of Canandaigua, widow of Simeon T. Kibbe and daughter of William Barton, of Enfield, Conn. She was born October 18, 1797, died December 4, 1885.


By first wife—

1. Maria Ward, born May 31, 1819; died May 27, 1842. Married Rev. Eli Smith, March 9, 1841.; they went to Beirut, Syria as missionaries of the A. B. C. F. M. She died May 27, 1842, and left one child, Charles Henry, born May 14, 1842.

2. Edward Mercer, born November 10, 1820, died February 21, 1821.

3. Caroline Elizabeth, born on April 27, 1822; died April 1, 1896. Married Rev. D. Chichester; settled in Corning, N. Y. Removed to Wolcott, Wayne county, N. Y. Had four children.

By second wife—

4. Rev. Henry Barton, born on September 14, 1827. Graduated at Yale college and from Union Theological seminary. Settled at Trenton, N. J. Married Harriet A. Smith, of New York city. Now lives in New York city. Had four children.

5. Charles Hall, born January 6, 1830; died March 1882. Married Elizabeth Kidd, of Rochester, N. Y. Had six children.

6. Harriet Ward, born March 1, 1832; died July 24, 1872. Married Rev. C. W. Higgins, of Newfield, N. Y. Had seven children.

(To Be Continued.)

Published July 23, 1910

Captain Silas Nye was born in Hardwick, [handwritten correction: Barnstable], Mass. 1748. Came to Pittsford in 1791, He died November 12, 1812, in his 65th year. Married November 27, 1766, at Hardwick, Mass., Patience Carpenter [handwritten note: daughter of Nathan & Patience Carpenter]. His "consort" was born in 1748 [handwritten correction: April 14, 1744 or 1748 (g. s.)] and died November 18, 1806 in her 59th years. He held a commission in the Revolution and was the first supervisor in that town.


Nathan, born about 1772; supervisor and justice of the peace of Pittsford; married; died.

Silas, jr., married [handwritten note: Sarah, d. Aug. 30, 1840 æ 55]; died [handwritten note: Sept. 1, 1858 æ 77].

Caleb married a daughter of Jesihel Farr.

A daughter who married (?) Beckwith.

A daughter who married Carmi Hart, of Pittsford.


Published July 23, 1910


Louis Chapin, brother of Moses and son of Moses A. and Lucina (Graves) Chapin, was born at West Springfield, Mass., November 3, 1809. He came to Rochester in 1827 and engaged in the manufacture and selling of flour. He was elder in the Second or Brick Presbyterian church, and for several years was president of the Monroe County Savings bank. Died August 1, 1894. Married Mary H. Smith, January 28, 1836, daughter of Dr. James W. and Elizabeth Smith, of Rochester. She was born August 13, 1813, and died December 13, 1837. Married second Rachel L. Shepard, September 1, 1840. She was the daughter of Erastus and Eliza M. Shepard, born November 9, 1818; died August 21, 1898. Erastus Shepard was one of the first publishers of the "Democrat."


1. Edward Dwight, born December 14, 1842. Married Frances Mary Hitchcock, daughter of Coleman and Susan L. Hitchcock, May 29, 1866. She was born February 15, 1843.

2. Louis Shepard, born April 11, 1846. Married Mary Dawson Updike, daughter of Scott W. Updike, September 14, 1870.

3. Mary Smith, born on July 3, 1848; died November 23, 1849.

4. William Wisner, born March 13, 1851. Married Elizabeth Gale Lyon, daughter of Harrison A. Lyon, September 7, 1876.

5. Alice Elizabeth, born August 15, 1853. Married Hon. Henry C. Brewster, October 8, 1876.

Published July 30, 1910


John Ely, born West Sprlngfield, 1735; died August 25, 1815, aged 80. His tomb bears the following inscription:

"Sacred to the memory of Mr. John Ely."
"Rest here my flesh, in this dark tomb
And wait awhile—Jesus will come
And take me above the skies."

March 1st—Dorcas Ely, born September 22, 1735; died July 3. 1777.

March 2d—Widow Abigail (Montague) Chapin, May 13, 1780.


1. Alexander, born January 4. 1763; died June 15, 1848, at Rochester. Buried at Mt. Hope. He enlisted in the Revolutionary war. Was one of Washington's Life Guards. Was present at the execution of Major Andre.

2. Titus, born 1766; died 1834 (unmarried).

3. Horace, born 1768; died 1809. Resided in Philadelphia.

4. Eunice, born 1773; died 1847. Married John Lyman. Lived in Massachusetts.

6. John, born 1782. Married Mary Sexton. Died Guilford, N. Y., 1853.

6. Elisha, born April 27, 1784, of Rochester, N. Y. Died November 23, 1862, Michigan.

7. Hervey, born January 11, 1791, of Rochester, N. Y.; died November 23, 1862, at Rochester.

6. Captain Elisha, born West Springfield, Mass., 1784. Married first, November 11. 1807, Hannah Dickinson. She died in Rochester August 30, 1832, of cholera "induced by her exertions in the care of the poor and destitute during the epidemic of that year." Married second, in Detroit, 1837, Ann Garrison, born New York city, 1799. She died in Marshall, Mich., February 20, 1873.

Elisha and Hervey Ely located in Rochester in 1813. In 1815 Captain Elisha Ely and J. G. Bond organized a company to run a stage between Rochester and Canandaigua, and the mail was carried between the two places twice each week. Elisha Ely published the first Rochester directory in 1827 (the printer was Everard Peck.) He was the first county surrogate. He removed to Michigan in 1833, where he was a member of the legislature and regent of the State university. He died November 23, 1862.


1. Alexander Leiceister, born Pittsfield 1810; died 1848 in Cedar Rapids.

2. Elisha Dickinson, born Hadley 1814; buried in Rochester.

3. Herman Billings, born Rochester, 1815; died 1856 (unmarried.) Was admitted to the bar at Rochester.

4. Caroline, baptized Rochester May 1, 1818: died July 31, 1830 at Rochester.

5. Mary, baptized Rochester January 9, 1820.

6. John Fellows, November 9, 1821. Married Mary Ann Weaver.

7. George Hervy, baptized, Rochester April 20, 1824. Married (first, Hannah Welles, of Penn Yan; second Amelia Ripka).

8. Samuel Partridge, born October 14, 1827. Married Harriet Greenough.

Hervey Ely mills

Hervey Ely, brother of Elisha, born West Springfield, 1791. Married Caroline Partridge July 19, 1820. She died February 21, 1872. They are both buried at Mt. Hope, in 1813 he came to Rochester, bringing men and supplies from Massachusetts and with Elisha erected a sawmill. In 1815 the two Ely brothers and Josiah Bissell, jr., finished the "red mill with four run of stone," afterwards owned by E. S. Beach. He later built a larger mill, which bore his name for many years, and he was long and prominently engaged in that business. He also took an active part in the construction of some of the earliest telegraph lines. He continued in business until 1861, when he retired and died. They had no children of their own.

Published July 30, 1910


In 1840 Edmund Dean established what really was the first theater in Rochester. It was then called Concert hall. on the east side of Exchange street, south of the canal, or what is now Snow's Wire works. "Another story was added to the old building, and it was divided into dress, circle, boxes, pit and a gallery called the family circle." Edmund Dean's wife was Julia Drake, of whom it has been written: "She was the first native-born actress that electrified the western country in 1815."

Their daughter, Julia Dean, who in her time was one of the most beautiful women of the American stage as well as the possessor of talents that afterwards made her one of the greatest of American actresses, made her debut at this theater when but 15 years old. At 25 she married Dr. Arthur Hayne, of the old South Carolina family of that name, and for her second husband James Cooper, of New York. To-day she lies in an unmarked grave in the little county cemetery at Port Jervis, N. Y. At the foot at her grave lies the little child, who was not long enough in this world to need a name. She died in New York in 1866, aged 35, and was transferred to Laurel Grove cemetery, Port Jervis, 1868.

Published August 6, 1910


Orringh Stone house

Stone's Tavern, Brighton, N. Y., where the Marquis De Lafayette, in 1824, Louis Phillippe, the last King of France, 1797, and Aaron and Thomas Burr, 1795, were entertained. Opposite the Council Rock.

Captain Enos Stone Sr., the progenitor, came from Lennox, Mass., to Rochesterville, 1790. He was born in Litchfield, Conn., August 5, 1744, son of Enos and Mary (   ) Stone. He returned to Lennox and did not reside in Brighton until 1816 [handwritten correction: 1815] [handwritten note: Capt. Enos Stone died Sept. 2, 1815], when he came and stayed with his son, Orringh, and died a few years later. He erected a sawmill in 1808 for his son, Enos jr., near the east end of the present aqueduct, which was carried away by a spring flood. Was buried on Revolutionary hill, Mt. Hope.


1. Orringh (or Orange) Stone was born 1766; died April 2, 1839. (Gravestone Records.) Brighton cemetery. Married Elizabeth Maybee, of Penfield. She died on January 11, 1814, in her 41st year. (G. S. records.) His will probated, 1839, mentions a second wife, Lavina —— [handwritten note: Enos Stone married Mrs. Lavina S. Riley at Brighton May 1820 by Rev. Solomon Allen].


1. Orringh jr. born 1808; drowned at Conneaut, Ohio, 1834.

2. Enos, born November 17, 1810. Removed to California; died 1889. Had several daughters.

3. Sally, wife of Enoch Hubbard, of Fulton, N. Y.

4. Olive, wife of Orson West, Albion, Mich.

5. Malana, wife of Granville Beardslee, Marshall, Mich.

6. Elizabeth, wife of Bronson K. Hatch.

7. Harriet, wife of Charles Hagaman.

8. Caroline, wife of Frederick Kingsbury, Marshall, Mich.

9. Eliza.

Orange Stone settled in Brighton in 1790, four miles from the Genesee river, on what is now East avenue, near the "Rock and Tree," opening a "house of entertainment" or tavern, for all who came this way, and became well known to travelers, hunters and Indian traders.

William F. Peck, in his "Landmarks of Monroe County," page 67 says: "The big rock and tree that still remains on East Avenue, the only landmark now in the county that is directly connected with Indian Councils, some of which are known to have been held at that spot."

II — Colonel Enos Stone jr., brother of Orringh, born 1778, at Lenox, Mass., settled in 1810. Built on the east side of the River — St. Paul near Court atreets—the first framed dwelling in Rochester. Died May 4, 1850, aged 72; at Rochester. Married Clarissa, daughter of Bryant Stoddard, born Litchfield, Ct., June 24, 1774. She died [handwritten note: 1850 (Mt. Hope)].

The first directory gives his residence as Fifth ward,—Main street—and says: "The center of the village, east of the river was part of the farm of Enos Stone."

Colonel Enos Stone's will mentions the following children:

1. James S., born May 4, 1810, died at Charlotte, 1892 age 82.

2. Robert, born ——; married. Had a daughter, Emily.

3. Clarissa, born ——; married.

4. Louisa P., born ——. Married William C. Storrs, of Rochester.

5. Mary, born ——. Married George Wales.

Published October 1, 1910


J. A. S.—The following was copied from the records at Lennox library, Mass.; Enos Stone was born in Litchfield, Conn., August 5, 1744, and was in Lennox as early as 1771. He signed the non-consumption agreement in 1774; represented the town in the General Court for three years and held various town offices; was a captain in the Twelfth Massachusetts regiment from the 1st of January, 1777, but being taken prisoner at Hubbardton July 7, 1777, and not exchanged, was obliged to retire from the army. Captain Stone was a leading citizen of Lennox for many years. He removed to Rochester, N, Y., in 1815, where he had large landed interests and where his sons had previously settled and where he died September 2, 1815.

Published August 6, 1910

Jonah Brown, M. D., born in Hillsdale, N. Y., May 1, 1789 (son of Aaron Brown, born, Windsor, Ct., December 7, 1758, and died at Hillsdale, March 11, 1838, aged 79, and Elizabeth Gillett, born, Windsor, Ct., March 12, 1763, daughter of Captain Jonah Gillett. She died in Hillsdale, June 7, 1824.) Dr. Brown was the first physician at Rochesterville, N. Y., from 1813-28. He removed to Morgan, Ohio, but returned to Rochester in 1834. He died after 1870. Married Huldah Strong, April 18, 1816. She was the daughter of King and Hannah (Noble) Strong, of Pittsford. She taught the first school opened in Rochester—1813.


1. George, born, January 22, 1817; died 1818.

2. Edwin Noble, born November 7, 1819, a farmer near Rochester, unmarried. Died, October 13, 1864.

3. John Strong, born November 1, 1821.

4. Electa Lomyra, born February 10, 1824, married William Weddle, of Rochester. She died, January 14, 1862.

5. Tirzah Maria, born May 24, 1824, married Dr. George W. Peer [handwritten note: Dec. 8, 1854], of Rochester. [handwritten note: Dr. Geo. Washington Peer born in Williamson, Wayne Co. March 16, 1820 (son of Abraham Peer born in Pequonick, Morris Co., N. J. Aug. 7, 1777, (son of John Peer) & Mary Cogswell b. in R. I. Oct. 6, 1795, whom he mar. in Williamson, Sept. 26, 1812 & who died there March 19, 1863. He died Nov. 23, 1850.) A physician at Rochester and had one child Geo. Edwin, b. Rochester, June 17, 1857.]


Published Aug. 13, 1910

Bardwell Family.

The Bardwell family in England was of high and ancient lineage, having a title and honorable mention. The significance of the name Bardwell is well barred, that is safe secure or bear the well, and the motto is "nee aspera terrent"—"we fear no danger."

In one of the north windows of the Bardwell church, Suffolk, England, is a figure representing Sir William de Bardwell. born in 1367, in armor, kneeling with lance in hand and shield on arm; and in one of the finest examples as well as one of the best preserved of the ancient windows extant.

Sergeant Robert Bardwell, born in London, 1647, was the first member of this family coming to this country. He settled in Massachusetts in 1670 and because of his activity in King Philip's Indian war his descendants were granted large tract of land at the Bardwell Ferry, Connecticut river. Married Mrs. Mary (Gull) Foote in 1676 and settled at Hatfield, Mass. Died 1726.

Thomas Bardwell was the seventh child of Robert Bardwell, born at Hatfield December 8, 1691, married Sarah Belden June 27, 1722. He died February 8, 1781, in the old homestead in Deerfield, owned until recently his great-granddaughter, Mrs. Kate Allen.

John Bardwell, the fifth child of Thomas Bardwell, born April 5, 1735, married in 1765 Mercy Sheldon and settled in the old homestead. He was first lieutenant in th company of Deerfield Minute Men, was wounded in the leg at the battle of Bunker Hill and crippled for life.

Reuben Bardwell, the first child of Thomas Bardwell, was. born April 18, 1760, and married Sally Smead, December 30, 1792. He settled in Conway and was for many years a member of the Massachusetts legislature; he removed to Phelps, N. Y., in 1807, and later to Rochester, bringing with him his slaves. Some of the older citizens can even now recall old Caesar, the iast of these slaves, always standing during prayer in the gallery of the old First Presbyterian church. Mr Bardwell bought largely of land adjoining Oliver Culver's at the head of Irondequoit bay and in 1820 purchased for $300 two acres of land in the block just beyond the Second Baptist church on North avenue, where he erected the first residence built on that thoroughfare north of Main street, all of the studding being of black walnut, now ninety years old. This place is still among the very best preserved of the old homes of Rochester. Mr. Bardwell, his children and his grand children, three generations, have been members of the First Presbyterian church. None of his children are living, although some will recall his sons, Butler and Edward Bardwell, and his daughters, Louisa S. Burke and Jane M. Hall. The former the mother of Louise and Sally M. Hall.

Mrs. Freeman Clarke one time remarked to a member of this family; "When I wanted to visit my schoolmate, Louisa, the old squire's daughter on North street, I was never allowed to pass through the forest between our home, near the corner St. Paul street and Mortimer street, and her home, without my brothers or the hired man, for fear of Indians, a small band of the Senecas living at that time in this wood; the last of them dying in Mr. Bardwell's stables.

Published Aug. 20, 1910

West Family.

I. Daniel West, born August 1, 1780, at Lee, Mass.

II. Ira West, born May 24, 1786, at Lee, Mass.

They were the sons of Daniel and Elizabeth (Tracy) West, who removed from Lennox, Mass. to Sherburne, N. Y., 1802. Daniel and Ira came to Brighton in (?).

I. Deacon Daniel married Anna Gates, August 28, 1804. They had a son, Charles Henry, of Brighton. Daniel D. and his widow married (second) Elihue Case. He was deacon of the First Presbyterian church.

II. Colonel Ira West married Eliza Stone, February, 1816. She was the daughter of Isaac and Patty (Priest) Stone; born, 1800, at Guilford, Conn. and died 1859. He was the first merchant in Brighton, then removed to Rochester, his store being located about where Scrantom & Wetmore's are on State street. Colonel in the War of 1812. He died April, 1832, was interred in the "Old Buffalo or West cemetery," and then removed to Mt. Hope.


1. William, born 1817, married Harriet West.

2. Mary, born 1819, married Joseph Bingham. She died, 1851.

3. Daniel, born 1821, died October 17, 1873 (unmarried).

4. Julia Maria, born March 4, 1822, married Charles Perkins Bissell, of Hartford, Conn. She died August 15, 1881.

A son, West Bissell, born 1858, marred Matilda Machold and resided in Hoboken, N. J.

5. Seth, died in infancy.

6. Martha, born April 5, 1830, married Cyrus Yale jr.

7. Della Bishop, born March 30, 1832; married Manton Marble in Rochester, 1864. Manton Marble was editor of the New York "World" from 1860 to 1879. Mrs. Marble died June 17, 1868, leaving two children.

1. Lieutenant Frank Marble.

2. Della West Marble, who lived at Bedford, N. Y.

Published September 24, 1910

Stone, Minerva, daughter of Isaac and Patty (Priest) Stone, baptized May 3, 1818; married William Curry.

Mary, daughter of Isaac and Patty, baptized May 3, 1811 (first white child born in Rochester) married John Fellows Buck, and died 1867.

Isaac lived on the east side of the river, where Cook's Opera house now stands. (M. S. B.)


Published Aug. 20, 1910


Captain Henry Gale, died August 13, 1836, aged 86.

Captain Henry Gale was the nephew of Lieutenant Isaac Gale, and was born in Sutton, Mass., March 22, 1750. He married Elizabeth Drury, January 16, 1772 at Worchester, Mass. He responded to the Lexington Alarm, April 1775 as a private in Capt. John Crowell's company, and marched to Cambridge. In 1777 he was in Colonel Cushing's regiment and participated at the surrender of General Burgoyne. In 1779 he removed to Barre, Vt. and a little later to Brighton, N. Y., where he died at the home of his son, Tustus [sic.] Gale, August 13, 1836. He was buried in the old Baptist grounds at Pittsford, but these were later converted into a gravel pit, and he was removed to the "New cemetery," at Pittsford. His wife died July 13, 1826. aged 69.


1. Lucy, born January 20, 1772; died 1773.

2. Ebenezer Brooks, born November 10, 1773, a prominent man of Barre, Vt., died September 13, 1846.

3. Brooks, born 1802.

4. Thomas Drury, born on December 3, 1778; died October 19, 1850.

5. Henry, born October 26, 1781, married Sally (?); died July 31, 1829.

6. Sampson, born February 19, 1786; died July 23, 1836.

7. Justus W., born February 20, 1788; married Philinda Root; died January 12, 1865.

8. Josiah, born July 5, 1792; died September 24, 1831.

9. Jonathan, born January, 1790; died at Pittsford (?).

Published Aug. 27, 1910


To Ebenezer Allen, better known as "Indian Allen," belongs the distinction of being the first permanent white settler, with a family, ——. Who his parents were is mere conjecture, but that he belonged to the family of Chief Justice William Allen, of Pennsylvania, seems quite certain. There is on record a deed of land from William Allen, son of the chief justice, to Isaac and Ebenezer Allen in Trenton, N, J., and another from Isaac and Ebenezer to William Allen, for land in Philadelphia county. As Ebenezer sent two of his progeny to Trenton to be educated and a son to Philadelphia, and made frequent pilgrimages himself to Philadelphia for goods, it seems quite evident that he bad connections in both places.

The entire Allen family were avowed loyalists. The much discussed, original "one hundred acre tract" was given to Ebenezer by Oliver Phelps, of the Phelps & Gorham Purchase company, in consideration of which he was to erect a saw and grist mill at the Genesee Falls. The 100-acre lot was to commence at the center of the mill and extend an equal distance up and down the river, then far enough west to contain the given amount in a square form. Ebenezer became acquainted with the Seneca Indians during their incursions against the white settlements on the Suequehannah River and from his intimate associations with them was dubbed "Indian Allen." He was greatly disliked by the white settlers, but whatever his faults and vices, and they were many and varied, he will still go down to posterity as Rochester's first settled inhabitant, first mill builder and first miller.

In 1789 he built the sawmill and November 12th and 13th of the same year the grist mill was commenced. Indian runners were sent out; (he usually had a dozen or more at work for him and in return supplied them and their families with everything required, including "firewater"), to invite every white man in the valley to the "raising." The entire party that assembled numbered fourteen. Rum was procured from a trading boat at the mouth of the river and all hands made merry.

The run of stones for the mill were made from boulders found on the surface of the ground near the mill and with the assistance of his Indian helpers Ebenezer himself cut and dressed them. The mill stood halfway between the present aqueduct and Graves street, where is now the Aqueduct building, and was destroyed by fire in 1807, the stones having been sold in 1804 and removed to a mill on Allen's creek in Brighton. Their stay here was short, for in two years they were again sold and carried to a mill on Irondequoit creek, then in a few years to Henrietta, to be placed in a horseĀ­mill. Captain Enos Blossom and Isaac Barnes purchased them in 1825 for a grist mill on the west bank of Allen's creek, a short distance from East avenue. In 1837 these old stones, past grinding, were taken by Mr, Barnes to his home and used as doorsteps, and there they rested until 1869, when, through the combined efforts of Lorenzo Ely, Oliver Culver, Isaac Barnes and the Junior Pioneer society, a petition was presented to the Board of Supervisors of Monroe county who resolved that "the Junior Pioneer society have leave to place in the rear of the Court house a pair of mill stones said to have been the first ever used in the county.

The stones were placed directly in front of the First Presbyterian church and on them a wooden, iron sundial made by Rev. Joseph Penney, the second pastor of that church. At the building of the new City hall the the sundial was taken away and the stones became the foundation for two lamp posts at the entrance. After a varied career, lasting a century, Mr. Foster Warner found a final resting place for them in the hall of the Court house on the second landing, and they have been appropriately marked by the Rochester Historical society.

Ebenezer Allen married first a "Seneca squaw" named Sally, by whom he had two daughters, Mary, born in 1780; Chloe, born March 5, 1782. He sent them to Trenton, N. J., to be educated. He married. second Lucy Chapman, and had one son, named Seneca Allen, who was sent to school at Philadelphia Married third a half-breed daughter of Captain Sunfish. Married fourth, Millie McGregor, daughter of an English Tory, by whom he bad six children.

In 1797 he moved to Delaware—town on the De Trench, in Upper Canada, and died in 1814, leaving two white widows and one squaw. His will makes no mention of any but his wife Millie. and her children. Ebenezer had a sister, who married Christopher Dugan, an English officer, and he had charge of the mills after Ebenezer moved away, and has been called by one historian the second family of Rochester.

About 1820 Seneca Allen, the son of Ebenezer, paid a visit to Rochester and put in a claim for his mother's right of dower in the 100-acre tract. How it was settled or what came of his visit, remains untold.

Published September 3, 1910

Eagle HotelAt the corner of Main and State streets, where Powers block now stands, was erected the first house on the west side of the river. The lot originally belonged to Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, who sold it to Henry Skinner, of Geneseo, and he built the house for Hamlet Srantom. In 1818 this house was removed to the rear of the lot for a stable, and Dr. Azel Ensworth, who had formerly conducted a tavern at Palmyra, built the "Ensworth house," the precursor of "The Eagle Hotel." The attic of this house was our first public hall, and in 1921 was "opened up as an elegant museum, consisting of thirty-four elegant wax figures, two elegant organs," etc. The first concert heard in Rochester was in this attic-hall, given by Philip Phillips. Russell Ensworth, son of Dr. Azel, was the landlord in 1827. In 1829 this building was removed and replaced by the Eagle hotel, and for nearly forty years was well and favorably known throughout the country—the last landlord being S. D. Walbridge, who closed its doors to the public the 11th of February, 1865.

Dr. Azel Ensworth was born in Canterbury, Conn., December 22, 1759. He removed to Wayne county in 1792, and died in Buffalo May 5, 1854. Married first, Sarah Rogers, September 15, 1785, a sister of Judge William Rogers, of Palmyra. She died September 9, 1824. Married second, Betsey Johnston, April 8, 1826. She died August 16, 1840.


1. Maria, who married Hubbard Hall in 1813.

2. Sophronia, who married Benjamin Campbell, February 5, 1823.

3. Russell, who married Ann —— and died 1834.

Published November 19, 1910


Dr Azel Ensworth's daughters married John Shethar, Benjamin Campbell and Rufus Meech. He also had a son George who removed to New York.

Published September 3, 1910


Benjamin Campbell was the son of James and Elizabeth Campbell, born in Voluntown, Conn., December 14, 1790. Married first, Aseneth Campbell, of Lebanon, Conn., April 8, 183. She died at Rush, N. Y., June 18, 1820. Married second, Sophronia Ensworth, February 5, 1823. She died. Mr. Campbell died at Buffalo. In 1821 he purchased a lot on the corner of South Fitzhugh and Troup streets and built the fine old colonial house now occupied by Mr. Whittlesey.

Issue of First Wife.

1. Mary Elizabeth, born May 15, 1818; married Humphrey B. Sherman in May, 1833.

2. Aseneth Narcissa, born April 11, 1820; married Elisha Ely, May 29, 1848.

Issue by Second Wife.

3. Francis Maria, born July 17, 1826; died March 6, 1901. Married John Hubbell, of Buffalo, October 9, 1850.


Published September 3, 1910


Jonathan Lyon, born in Greenwich, Conn., November 14, 1728. Died in Bedford, N. Y., in 1787. Married Anne, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Smith) Miller, of New Castle.


Isaac, born at Bedford, N. Y., in 1772; died at Rush. N. Y., September 19, 1857. Married Mercy Armstrong; in 1791. She was born in New Bedford March 17, 1772; died May 7, 1836. She is buried at Ballston, N. Y., where Isaac located before coming to Rush.


Harrison Armstrong, b. Burnthills, Ballston, September 13 1815; died at Brighton October 17, 1900. Married Fanny Minerva Gale, September 23, 1851. She was born November 9, 1823, the daughter of Justus and Philinda (Root) Gale.


1. Lizzy Gale Lyon, who married William Wisner Chapin.

2. Edmund Lyon, who married Carolyn H. Talcott.

Published September 10, 1910


Hincher Family.

The first recorded settlement in the town of Greece, village of Charlotte, was made by William Hincher, August, 1791. The name has been variously spelled Henshaw (in the early records), Hensher, Hinshaw 300 years ago, and by this branch Hincher. The first mention of this name is Thomas Henshaw in Woburn, Mass.. "Record" in a "list for the meetin' house," 1672. He married September 24, 1677, Hannah, daughter of Moses Cleveland. He was a soldier in King Philip's war and was wounded and left for dead by the Indians, but lived an invalid until January 16, 1699.


1. Elizabeth, born July 30, 1678, married John Mansel [handwritten note: his 2nd wife], June 3, 1701.

2. Thomas second, born November 17, 1680, married Mary Brooks, May 26, 1712. [handwritten note: died at Woburn Sept. 11, 1726 æ 45]

3. Hannah, born May 21, 1683, married Thomas Leffingwell, [handwritten note: May 20,] 1706.

4. William, born November 25, 1685, at Woburn, Mass.

5. Samuel, born March 13, 1688, married Mrs. Abigail (Benjamin) Remick. [handwritten note: Died 1756.]

6. Ebenezer, born March 1, 1691, married Mary Sweetser.

Thomas second, born 1680, married Mary Brooks (born April 1, 1688, daughter of John and Mary (Richardson) Brooks. He died at Woburn, September 11, 1726, aged 45.


1. William, born December 21, 1715, died September 10 [handwritten correction: 7], 1801, married first at Woburn, Mass., Priscilla Read, of Cambridge, March 8, 1739. She died November 24, 1748. [handwritten notes: Brookfield Vital Records. Abigail Henshaw, daughter of Wm. & Priscilla marr. Capt. Jos. Richardson, of Genesee country, Aug. 3, 1786.]

Married second Ruth Wilcox. He was a man of wealth and influence, (N. E. Gen. Reg. XIV, p. 185, etc.) [handwritten note: Ruth Wilcox died June 13, 1813.] They had ten children—their second:

William jr., born May 9, 1742 (Brookfield records). Married first Ruth Bollinger, of Brimfield, Mass. Married second Mehitable Moffet, May 9, 1771. intentions published 1770. She was born 1746, and died April 12, 1839, aged 93

Issue by Second Wife
(Brookfield Vital Records.)

1. Mehitable, born February 22, 1772, married Thomas Lee (second marriage west of the river at Pittsford).

2. Mary (Polly), born March 10, 1774, married Bartholomew Maybee, went to Ohio.

3. Sarah, born August 25, 1776, married Abel Rowe, of Parma [see correction below].

4. Chloe, born June 7, 1778, married Stephen Lusk. He died 1814, aged 66. [see correction below].

5, William, born April 17, 1780, married Lucretia (?) [handwritten note: Granger]. She died September 28, 1849, aged 62. He removed to Alleghany county. [handwritten note: He died at Andover, N. Y. May 8, 1868.]

6, Persis, born May 3, 1782, married Captain Jonathan Leonard, of Parma.

7. Amy, born April 16, 1784, married (?) Clement, of Cleveland, Ohio.

8. Hannah, born September 26, 1786, married Donald McKenzie, of Caledonia.

William Hincher was a genuine pioneer. He was a soldier in the Revolution, from Brookfield, and a supporter of Daniel Shay's during the Massachusetts Rebellion. In 1791 he purchased one-eighth of the second township west of the Genesee, at the mouth of the river, 672 acres, at 2 shillings 6 pence an acre. He built a hut, roofed with wild grass, in 1792, and continued to live there until 1802, when he erected a log house near the site of the old lighthouse, built in 1818. He supported his large family by carrying on a traffic with boatmen and Indians, in skins, fish and other articles, and lived to see a family of seven daughters become the wives of other pioneers and settled in their own homes, before he passed away. He died at Charlotte, June 21, 1817, in his seventy-sixth year.

"Death is a debt to Nature due
Which I have paid and so must you."

Published September 24, 1910.


Hincher, Sarah not Chloe married Stephen Lusk. She was born August 25, 1776. Married first (?) Davis of Charlotte. By her first husband she had one son, Franklin Davis, born September 20, 1797, died October 14, 1871. Married second, Stephen Lusk, of Pittsford, 1801. She was Stephen's second wife, his first, Chloe Boardman, who died 1799, leaving a daughter, Elizabeth, who died April 27, 1807, aged 17.

[Handwritten note: Chloe Hincher perhaps married Abel Rowe of Parma.]


Published September 10, 1910

Edmund Wilcox, son of Thomas Wilcox, born Oct. 7, 1748. Married Elizabeth Scrantom daughter of Captain Ichabod Scramtom (in French war) December 20, 1769. He died May 7, 1795, aged 47. She died in Bergen, N. Y., August 26, 1813, aged 66. They had ten children all born in Madison, Conn., and all died young except the following:

I. Pitman, born September 22, 1770, died July 13, 1828, aged 58, at Bergen. Married Elizabeth Wilcox. Removed to Riga, N. Y., 1810, then to Bergen, where he was deacon and one of the founders of the First Congregational church, organized west of the Genesee river.


1. Thomas Frederick, born ?,

2. Abel Edwin, born August 12, 1801.

3. Edmund, born June, 1803.

4. Herman, born December 25, 1805.

5. Pitman, born January, 1811.

6. Noyes, born November, 1812, died 1819.

II. Captain Austin, born August 18, 1779, married Clarissa Nettleton, of Killingworth, March 27, 1805. Removed to Bergen, 1815.


1. Chloe, born May 11, 1806.

2. Polly, born May 17, 1808.

3. Clarissa, born April 28, 1810.

4. Austin S., born April 22, 1812.

5. Elizabeth, born May 27, 1814.

6. Harriet Adelia, born January 31, 1817.

7. William Seward, born April 25, 1819.

8. Henry H., born October 24, 1822.

III. Lieutenant Hamilton, born February 27, 1786. In the War of 1812, and in the battle with the British troops at Buffalo, December 30, 1813, was wounded and died January 27, 1814.

IV. Elizabeth A., born March 21, 1788, married Rev. Josiah Pierson, of Bergen, November 2, 1816. He died January 11, 1826. One child, Rev. Hamilton Wilcox, of Louisville, Ky., born September 22, 1817, graduated from Union college in 1848.

Published September 17, 1910


The Pioneer Lawyer.

John Mastick, born 1780, was the son of (?) and Mary (?) Mastick. He married Catharine Berry, daughter of Gilbert R. Berry, the first settler of Avon. Gilbert Berry married a daughter of (?) Wemple, the Indian trader, who was located at the mouth of the Genesee river, 1789. Mr. Berry's other daughters married George Hosmer. of Avon; E. Clark Hickok, of Batavia, and George A. Tiffany, of Canandaigua.

John studied law with George Hosmer, of Avon, was admitted to the bar and commenced his practice at Charlotteburg (now Charlotte) previous to 1811. During the War of 1812 he removed to Rochester and opened an office in a small wooden building on Carroll (now State) street, near the Elwood building. He was the first and then only lawyer in Monroe county. His wife was admitted to the First Presbyterian church from the Avon church, September 7, 1817. His will, dated October 28, 1826, mentions his mother, Mary Mastick, of Grafton, Windham county, Vt.; "Catharine, my wife, now deceased;" Abigail Cleveland, Catharine Tiffany, daughter of George, of Avon; Cousin Luke Putnam. of Grafton, Vt.; two nephews, sons of Luke Whitcomb, and "Harvey Allen, the young man brought up by me." He died October 25, 1827. His funeral was held from St. Luke's church and he was buried in the Buffalo or West cemetery. When the removals were made he was interred in Mt. Hope, "Buffalo ground."

It seems strange that John Mastick should have owned at one time the original tract of land that is now Mt. Hope cemetery; but the deeds remain to show that in 1821 he purchased the land from Eli Stillson, and resold it to Silas Andrus, of Hartford, Conn., and now he is lying there in public ground, Rochester's first lawyer.

A small stone marked in memory of John Mastick, who died in 1827, aged 47. By his side, Catherine Masti— (the rest is illegible).

Published September 24, 1910

Mastick, Catharine Bery, wife of John Mastick, was the daughter of Maria Wemple and Gilbert R. Bery,

Maria Wemple was the daughter of Hendrick Wemple. (Avon)

Published October 8, 1910


Parentage at John Mastick.

The town clerk of Grafton. Vt., J. Henry Stowell, has very kindly send the following Information regarding John Mastick's father and mother, which was omitted in the article two weeks ago.

"Children of Joseph and Mary Mastick. Said Mastick born in the state of Massachusetts, June 19, 1753. Said Mastick died in this town, October 1, 1786. Said Mary, born at Harvard, Mass., June 19, 1760. John Mastick, son to he above parents, born in Rockingham, in this state, January 25, 1779-80. Sally Mastick, daughter to the above born in this town, March 20, 1781 and died January 29, 1814. Polly Mastick, daughter to the above born in this town, August 19, 1784, died March 9, 1811. January 31, 1814, then recorded the above.

"Attest Peter Whitcomb Town Clerk."

Luke Whitcomb married Sally Mastick, September 25. 1813, at Grafton. In the Revolutionary war records of Massachusetts, is found the following: Joseph Mastick from Weston "Guarding British Troops at Cambridge." In marriages at Winchendon, Mass, Joseph. Mastick and Mary Putnam, September 14, 1779. Hannah Mastick and Edward Putnam, September 28, 1779, John Mastick's will made in Rochester, October 28, 1826, mentions Cousin Luke Putnam and two nephews sons of Luke Whitcomb.

Published (date unknown but probably around 1937)

It was also decided at last night's meeting to appoint a committee of five to report on what action should be taken by the Bar Association in the centennial celebration to be held in honor of the founding of Rochester, and also to report on the suggestion which bas been made that a memorial tablet he erected over the grave of John Mastic, in Mt. Hope cemetery, Mr. Mastic was the first attorney to practice in Rochester, and for a number of years he was the only lawyer in the town. He was buried in the old cemetery on the site of the present City Hospital, but later the remains were transferred to Mt. Hope.


Published September 17, 1910


Oliver Culver came to the Genesee country in March, 1796 from Oswell, Vt., but did not settle until 1800 when he purchased a farm in Brighton and died. He erected a tavern on the Rochester and Penfield road about three-quarters of a mile west of Brighton, where he also built and ran a distillery and another at Stoneburner's north of his residence. In 1822 when the Erie canal was completed as far as Rochester, Oliver Culver constructed a packet boat at Brighton, which was the first one built so far west and the fourth one ever put on the canal. He was supervisor from 1838 to 41-44. He married Alice, daughter of John Ray, of Pittsford, and became a permanent resident of Brighton in 1805. He buried two sons. His only daughter, Caroline Cornelia, is now Mrs. Lorenzo Douglas Ely, of Brighton.

Lorenzo Douglas Ely, of Brighton, born 1809, died 1881, son of Denison and Phebe (Lay) Ely. Married Caroline Cornelia Culver, born in Rochester in 1818, daughter of Oliver and Alice (Ray) Culver.


1. Oliver Culver, born 1842.

2. Alice Elizabeth, horn 1844.

3. Caroline Cornelia, born 1847, died 1848.

4. Lorenzo Douglas, horn 1850.

5. Cornelia , born 1859.

Published September 24, 1910


Joseph Spencer was the son of Isaac second and Lucretia (Colt) Spencer, of Hartford, Conn., married November 15, 1781, and grandson of General Joseph of the American Revolution, born December 29, 1789. Isaac was state treasurer seventeen years. Joseph graduated from Yale in 1811, when he was but 18 years old. He commenced the practice of law in Rochester in 1816, a pioneer lawyer. Was at one time state senator. He married Elizabeth Selden, daughter of Calvin and Phebe (Ely) Selden, of Lyme, Conn., September 24, 1818. She was born 1796. For her second husband she married General Amos H. Eaton, U. S. A., in 1831, and died 1868. She lived for several years in Geneseo with her brother-in-law, Major William H. Spencer.

"Joseph Spencer was possessed of fine talents, with the promise of professional success and eminence." He died May 2, 1823, at Albany, leaving one daughter, Elizabeth, born December 5, 1819. She married Elisha Colt, of Hartford.


Published September 24, 1910

Babbitt—Edward Bobit (Plymouth Records) of Taunton, Mass., about 1643. In court 1649. Married in Boston, July 7, 1653, Sarah, a daughter of Miles Tarne.


I. Edward, born July 15, 1655.

II. Sarah, born March 20, 1657; married Samuel Pitts March 25, 1680.

III. Hannah, born March 9, 1660.

IV. Damaris, born September 15, 1663.

V. Elkanah (a daughter) born December 15, 1665.

VI. Dorcas, born January 20, 1666; died 1674.

VII. Esther, born April 15, 1669.

VIII. Ruth, born August 7, 1671.

IX. Deliverence, born December 15, 1673.

Administration granted widow, Sarah, March 6, 1676-7. "Eldest son double portion (Vol. 3, p. 56, Plymouth county wills) other children equal shares." Edward was slain by the Indians and buried near the spot where he fell. His headstone may be seen by the side of the road, near Taunton, near the bridge on the Berkley side of the river. The rude inscription is scarcely visible, "E. Bobbet, killed June, 1676."

I.—Edward, born July 15, 1655, died 1727 (Taunton Records). Married first, Abigail, daughter of John and Sarah (Walker) Tisdale February 1, 1683. (John Tisdale was also killed by the Indians at Taunton 1676). Married second, Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail (Harvey) Thayer, of Taunton, December 20, 1698. His will, dated February 5, 1727, spells his name "Babit." The name is found quite frequently in Taunton Records spelled Babbitt, Babit, Bobit and Bobbitt.

The following was found on Norton, Mass. Records:

Dr. Nathan Babit, Revolutionary war. Married Anna Newcomb, had son, Nathan, born Norton, Mass., February 12, 1787; died at Beloit, Wis., March 11, 1867. Went to Westmoreland 1790. Married Eunice, daughter of Edmund Brewster, of Westmoreland.

Published September 24, 1910


Rev. David Ely, born June 7, 1749, died 1816 (not the same family as Elisha and Harvey Ely). Married 1777 Hepzibah Mills. She died 1803. Married second, Anna Curtis. She died 1849.


I. Hepzibah, born October 23, 1778, died 1864, married Gold S. Silliman.

II. David born 1780, died 1857, married Priscilla Sturges, of Fairfield, Conn.

III. Elisha, born 1782, died 1846, married Eloise Curtis.

IV. May, born 1785, died 1871, married John McGregor.

V. Isaac Mills, born 1787, died 1845.

Issue of David and Priscilla (Sturges) Ely.

1. Dr, William Watson, of Rochester, born April 30, 1812, at Fairfield. Conn. Married Sarah Ann Allen. Died March 27, 1879. Graduated at Yale Medical college 1834. Came to Rochester about 1840. His sons, Dr. William S. Ely and Joseph Ely. The University of Rochester conferred upon him its highest degree.

2. Harriet Mills, born 1813, died 1816.

3. Elizabeth Miller, born 1815, died 1842.

4. Isaac Mills, born 1819, died 1880, married 1868 Harriet Eliza Rogers.

5. David Judson, born 1820, died 1905.

6. Jonathan Sturges, born 1822, died 1890. Married first, Euphemia Graham Hicks, 1855. Married second, Susan DeLafield Munson, 1866.

7. Priscilla Sturges, born 1826.

Issue of Elisha, born 1782, at Huntington. Conn., (brother of David) died 1846, married 1815, Eloise Curtis. She was born 1782, died 1863; daughter of Henry Curtis and Anna (Tomlinson) Curtis.

1. Louisa Maria, born 1815, died 1842. married Robert D. Gardiner.

2. David Henry, born 1819, died 1841, married Anna F. Seagrove.

3. Elisha, born 1819, married Asenath Narcissa Campbell.

4. John McGregor, born 1822, died 1849, married Emily Punderson.

5. Harriet, born 1824, died 1849.

6. George Mills, born 1827, died 1858.

7. Edward, born 1830, married 1854, Esther Bowditch.

8. Douglas, born 1833, married 1859, Mary Jane Howell.

9. Oliver Curtis, born 1836.


Published September 24, 1910


Ezra Strong, M. D.. was born in Warren, Conn., August 21, 1777, married Betsey Dunning, 1798. She was born September 19, 1777, in Warren, Conn. They removed to Scipio, N. Y., 1799, to Rochester 1821, when he died. "In the faith of Christ" September 12, 1846, aged 69. She died March 19, 1852.


I. Myron Strong, born July 13, 1800, married January 4, 1827, Jane Hopkins. A merchant in Rochester and deacon in the First Baptist church for more than twenty years.

II. Clarissa, born September 7, 1807, married Dr. John J. Treat.

III. Alvah, born July 18, 1809. married Catharine Hopkins, December 16, 1834. He was associate publisher and proprietor of the Rochester "Democrat" from its commencement, 1834, to 1664, when he retired. Deacon in the First Baptist church for more than twenty years. His children:

1. Rev, Augustus Hopkins, born August 3, 1836, married Harriet Louise Savage, November 6. 1861. Graduated at Yale, 1857. President of the Rochester Theological seminary.

2. Henry Alvah, born August 30, 1838. Married first, Helen Phebe Griffin, August 3, 1859. She died January 5, 1904. Married second, Hattie Corrin Lockwood, June 14, 1905. Born October 24, 1862.

3. Kate, born August 11, 1842. married Lieutenant John Sidney Munn, September 17, 1859.

4. Belle Alice, born January 29, 1848, married Dr. Henry S. Miller, May 15, 1872.

IV. Ezra, born August 30, 1811, died Rochester, August 4, 1824.

V. William Reed, born May 12, 1817. Married first, Elsie Jane Brewster, December 16, 1841; died 1908. She died Rochester, December 16, 1842. Married second. Mrs. Jane Eliza (Davis) Martin, August 31, 1854.

Published October 1, 1910


Children of Thomas and Thankful Blossom.

1. Enos, born August 18, 1750.

2. Thomas, born March 11, 1753.

3. Thankful, born January 6. 1756; married John Howes April 30, 1773.

4. Sarah, born July 13, 1758.

5. Eza (sic.), born May 10, 1761; removed to Lennox.

This family lived at East Demus [handwritten correction: Dennis], near the Baker's Pond. (The above was copied from town clerk's records at Yarmouth, Mass.)

5. Captain Ezra married Mehitable Foster, born July 20, 1762. She died in Brighton May 16, 1834. (Grave stone record.) He resided first in Lennox, Mass. and removed to Brighton. N. Y., in 1808, where he opened the first tavern. Died April 3, 1821.


1. Sally, born April 3, 1781; died July 30, 1823. unmarried.

2. Fanny, born September 4, 1782; married Elijah Gates and died in Lee, Mass.

3. Thomas, born in Hardwick, Mass., October 11, 1784; died in Brighton December 10, 1844. Married first Hannah Yale May 25, 1803, only daughter of Justus and Margaret (Tracy) Yale, born at Lee. Mass., August 25. 1783. She died July 4, 1841. Married second, Laura Washburn. He erected the first house in Brighton. Was supervisor in 1827.


1. Elisha Yale, born October 22, 1811, at Lennox, Mass. Died in Brighton in 1892. He married, first, Harriet M. Lander, born in 1815, died in 1842. He married, second, Maria S. [handwritten note: Sarah, sister of Ruth] Cowles in 1844.

2. Frances Augusta, born August 22, 1812; married Timothy Chapman and had one daughter, Mary, who married George W. Sill and lives in New Jersey.

4. Thankful, born February 10, 1787: married Levi Hoyt, of Brighton.

5. Benjamin, born February 14. 1790, died July 31. 1866. He married his cousin, Mehitable Foster. Was postmaster at Brighton thirty years. In early days he carried the mail from Canandaigua to Rochester on horseback. Had a daughter, Maria, who married Thomas C. Bates, and their daughter, Mary, married Dr. Porter Farley. A son. Freeman, who married Catherine Beckwith.

6. Daniel, born June 25, 1792, died May 8, 1814, at Lennox, unmarried. On a roadside monument at Lee, Mass., is the following: "On this spot was found (the lifeless corpse of} Mr. Daniel Blossom, of Lennox, son of Captain Ezra and Mrs. Mehitable Blossom on the 8th day of May, 1814, in the 22d year of his age. Walking here alone he was suddenly called into eternity without any earthly friend to console him in his last moments or to close his dying eyes. Reader! Pause and consider the vast importance of being always prepared to meet thy God; For thou knowest not the time, nor the place, nor the manner of death."

7. Betsey, born September 12, 1794, died June 10, 1795.

8. Betsey, again, born May 10, 1796, died February 25, 1798.

9. Mary (called Polly), born February 21, 1799; married William C. Bloss and died in 1879.

10. Lucinda P., born May 25, 1801, died September 29, 1883. She married one of Rochester's early lawyers, Anson House, who died August 15, 1864, leaving a daughter, Sarah, who married (?) Van Epps, Mrs. House witnessed the first deed recorded in Monroe county.

11. David F., born September 30, 1803, died March 25, 1807.

12. Mehitable, born January 27, 1808, died 1860. Married, first, Henry Culver. Married, second, S. Haskins.

13. Sally, born in 1811, died in 1823. (Gravestone record).


Information wanted of the following:

Deacon Benjamin Blossom, died September 12, 1827, aged 39.

Jane, his wife, died May 17, 1857, aged 67.

Children of Above.

1. Enos, baptized September 19, 1820. Married Harriet Hull. He was killed at Carr's Rock, April 15, 1868. His widow married, second, William M. Post, and died October 2, 1885, aged 88.

2. Nathan H., baptized September 19, 1820. Married Mary A. Marette. He died March 28, 1859, aged 44. She died in 1896, aged 76.

3. William, baptized in First Presbyterian church June 10, 1821. Died at Dayton, O., June 6, 1861.

Whose children were Jerusha, Mary, Laura, Hannah and Eliza Blossom?

Published October 1, 1910


Roger Alling was born in Kempston, Bedford, England. Emigrated to New Haven then to Quinnias, in 1638; died there in 1674.

Oldest son, Samuel first, born in New Haven in 1645, died in 1709.

Samuel second, born in New Haven in 1668, moved to Newark. N. J., in 1701, died in Newark in 1735.

Samuel, son of Samuel third, born in New Haven in 1698, died in Newark in 1793.

John. son of Samuel, born in Newark in 1723, died in Newark in 1753.

John, son of John, born in Newark in 1746, died in Newark in 1795.

Young Stephen, son of John, born in Newark in 1775, died in Sodus, N. Y., in 1831.

Stephen Young, son of Young Stephen, born in Milton, N. Y., in 1807, died in Rochester, N. Y., December 18, 1891. Married Sarah Maria Mackaye October 21, 1829, born Argyle, N. Y., January 3, 1808, died December 31, 1904. Seven children issue of the marriage of Stephen Young Alling and Sarah Maria Mackaye. All born in Rochester, N. Y.

1. William Cory, born July 29, 1832, died August 9, 1832.

2. Frances J., born July 21, 1832, died June 1, 1886.

3. Martha A., born August 13, 1824, died July 19, 1885. Married Horace F. Bush, October 6, 1859 (one son, Frederick Morison Bush, born October 20, 1863.)

4. James Morison, born July 12. 1837, died September 3, 1895, in London, England. Married Elizabeth Richmond Spencer October 18, 1862. (One son, Rev. Stephen Howard Alling, born January 11, 1870.)

5. Mary A., born March 13, 1842, died May 29, 1842.

6. Millicent Backus, born March 20, 1845.

7. Arthur Kenneth Young, born August 6, 1849.


Published October 1, 1910


First Judge of Monroe County.

Judge Ashley Samson was the son of Daniel and Betsy (Gilbert) Samson. He was born in Cornwall, Vt., March 9, 1790. He graduated at Middlebury. He was preceptor of an academy in Ballston, where he studied law with Colonel Samuel Young in 1812 to 1817. In 1817 in partnership with Simon Stone second, of Pittsford. In 1819 removed to Rochester, where he resided until his death November 12, 1857. In 1823 he was appointed the first judge of Monroe county; resigned in 1825; was reappointed in 1838 and held this office until 1843. He was an early justice of the peace in Brighton; was representative in the legislature from Monroe in 1844. He married, first, Naomi Gregory, and about a fortnight before his death Mrs. Maria Bryan, widow of Jacob B. Bryan, of Penfield. She died April 30, 1869, aged 72. He left no issue.

"In person he bore a marked resemblance to Jackson and Calhoun. He was a learned and acute lawyer, a man of rare intellect and severe critical judgment." For many years elder in the First Presbyterian church. Sabbath school superintendent, 1829 to 1831. An ardent advocate of temperance and in the early movements of 1827-29 formed the first temperance society in Western New York.

Published October 8, 1910


Captain Theolphilius Cutler was the son of Captain Benoni Cutler, born at Killingly, Conn., August 17, 1827. Married Laurana Leavens December 16, 1763. She died February, 1823. He served in the French and Indian war. Was captain of the militia at Killingly at the commencement of the Revolution, 1775. In the spring of 1784 he settled at Guildham, Vt., and died, 1807, at Northumberland, N. H.

Jeremiah, his son, was born May 5, 1792, in Northumberlad, N. H. received at Guildhall, Vt., an academic education. In 1815 he removed to Lima, N. Y. He married Pamelia E. Kelsey, of Storkey, Yates county, April 27, 1820, and removed to Buffalo, but in 1824 came to Rochester as deputy county clerk for Monroe county, a position he held for the remarkable time of six years. He died January 11, 1883. He was one of the earliest members of the First Presbyterian church. "His long years of service and his extensive acquaintance, coupled with his own good qualities, cannot fall to make him over remembered as a public official, who served faithfully to the last and passed his life in service to the people."


1. William K., born March 3, 1824; died in California.

2. James B., born September 17, 1826. He removed to Washington, where he was clerk in the adjutant-general's office.

3. Harriet N., born August 21, 1828.

4. Charles S., born September 18, 1830.

5. Emily, born September 5, 1832.

6. Alexander K., born August 25, 1837. Served as captain in the 108th Regiment, New York volunteers. He was in the battle at Antietam and after which he resigned and was later appointed assistant quartermaster in U. S. A. service. This position he also resigned in 1863. He married in 1867 or 1868; Maria, daughter of Henry O'Reilly; and resided in Rochester until his death, in 1881.


Published October 8, 1910


Rev. Azel Backus, D. D. was the eldest child of Jabez and Deborah (Fanning) Backus, of Norwich "West Farm" now Franklin, Ct., and a nephew of Rev. Dr. Charles Backus (Yale, 1769), born October 13, 1765. Five years later his father died and he went to live with his Uncle Charles. [handwritten note: Deborah Fanning, b. March 9, 1745. Married 1st April 4, 1764 Jabez Backus, son of Jabez & Eunice (Kingsbury), of Bozrah, Ct., b. Jan. 23, 1741/2. He died Bozrah, Feb. 20, 1770. Deborah marr. 2nd March 25, 1772, Wm. Fish. She died Rochester, Dec. 1820 æ 75.] When he was seventeen he went to Somers to finish his preparation for college, and there became for the first time the subject of religious impressions. He graduated from Yale, 1787. Married in Wethersfield, Ct., Mellicent, daughter of Josiah Deming. February 7, 1791. She died October 23, 1833, aged 87. After his marriage he was in charge of a grammar school in Wethersfield, later studied theology with his uncle, and was licensed to preach June 1, 1790. Removed to Bethlehem, Ct., to supply the pulpit of the Congregational church and was ordained its pastor April 6, 1791. Princeton college honored him with the Degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1810. In 1812 he was elected first president of Hamilton college. He died December 9, 1817, aged 52. [handwritten note: Fanny Genealogy says he died Oct. 26, 1816.] His son Dr. Frederick F. Backus, was born June 15, 1794. Graduated from Yale, 1813. Licensed to practice, 1815. Married, Rebecca Ann Fitzhugh, daughter of Colonel William, 1818 [handwritten note: Oct. 28, 1818]. Removed to Rochester, 1816. Was state senator, 1844 to 1847. [handwritten note: Also a member of convention that revised the constitution of N. Y. State, 1846.] Died in Rochester, November 5th, 1858. For ten years after the incorporation of the village of Rochester he was city treasurer. He was choir leader in the First Presbyterian church for a great many years.


1. Frederick William, [handwritten note: born Aug. 16, 1819], baptized May, 1821; died 1864 or 1865, a soldier. Married Emily Montgomery, [handwritten note: dau. of H. of Rochester, 1854].

2. Wealthy Ann, [handwritten note: born Aug. 21, 1821,] baptized October 14, 1821; married Henry J. Brent, [handwritten note: March 3, 1854]; died in Dresden, Germany.

3. Robert, baptized August 24, 1822 died young [handwritten note: 1824].

4. Gerit Smith, [handwritten note: born March 5, 1825], baptized June 11, 1825; married Fanny Johnston, [handwritten note: dau. of John Johnston of Geneva.]; died in Lima, Peru. [handwritten note: No issue.]

[handwritten note: 5. Chester, b. 1826, d. 1842.]

6. Dr Azel, baptized [handwritten correction: born] May 8, 1828; married Mary J. Ogden, of Pittsburg, in 1857.

7. Henry Martin, [handwritten note: born Feb. 7,] baptized July 4, 1830; unmarried; died in Peru.

In a letter written August 12, 1843, to a Yale alumn', he says: "Tell my friends that I came to this place in the spring of 1816, soon after finishing my medical studies. It then numbered 350 inhabitants, now 23,000 or more. I was married in 1818 and have five children living. Have adhered to the steady habits of my forefathers in New England and am a reluctant believer in new theories of religion, morals, government, medicine, etc."

Published October 8, 1910


Hon Augustus G. Dauby, was born in Mansfield, Mass., December 17, 1795. His father was a Frenchman and accompanied LaFayette to this country during the Revolutionary war. His boyhood was passed in Whitestown, Oneida county, and in 1810 he was apprenticed to Ira Merrill in the office of the Utica "Patriot." He came to Rochester in 1816 when the population consisted of about 300 persons, bringing with him a "Ramage Press and some other materials," established and printed the first weekly paper called the "Gazette," which he continued to publish until 1821, when he disposed of it to Levi W. and Derrick Sibley. After the organization of Monroe county, 1821, the title of the paper was changed to the "Monroe Republican" and continued as such until 1827. Mr. Dauby was the first man who was made a Mason in Rochester, May 22, 1829, he was appointed post-master of Utica, his incumbency lasting twenty years through the administration of four different presidents. He was a controlling power in the democratic party of Oneida county, and was one of those who early worn for Utica its political eminence. He was one of the first presidents of the Oneida bank and remained a director up to the time of his death November 27, 1876.


Published October 8, 1910


Rev. Thomas Hanford is mentioned in Cotton Mather's list of Students of Divinity who came from England and finished their education in the colonies. Rev. Thomas was at Scituate, 1643. He commenced preaching in 1652, was ordained in 1654 and died in 1693, after laboring in the ministry most forty-one years. Admitted freeman of Massachusetts 1650. Removed to Norwalk, Conn, 1653; was the first Presbyterian minister of Norwalk. He married first, Hannah, daughter of Thomas Newberry. She died in 1660, leaving no children. He married second, October 22, 1661, Mary Miles Ince, daughter of Richard Miles and widow of Jonathan Ince, the New Haven scholar. She died Septemver 12, 1739, aged 100.


I. Theophilus, born July 29, 1662.

II. Mary, born November 30, 1663.

III. Hannah, born June 28, 1665, married Joseph Platt, was his second wife; died January 26, 1704.

IV. Elizabeth, born January 9, 1666.

V. Thomas, born July 18, 1668. He was chosen schoolmaster February 1, 1692, at Norwalk. He married Hannah (?). She died December 28, 1745, aged 69, He died June 7, 1742.


1. Thomas, jr., who married --?-- and had two sons, Thomas and Gershom, who went to North Salem, Westchester county, N. Y.

2. Catharine.

3. Hannah.

4. Sarah.

5. Elnathan, born January 23, 1709,

There may be others, but do not find them in Norwalk records.

Gershom, of North Salem, N. Y., married --?-- and had:

1. Gershom, jr., who married --?--.

2. Lewis.

3. John.

4. Josiah.

6. Thomas.

6. Nehemiah.

7. Stephen.

Published October 15, 1910

Warham Whitney Mills


John Whitney, son of Joshua and Mehitable (Wilson) Whitney, was born in Leicester, Mass., May 5, 1751. Married Rachel Hiscock; born 1760, died 1824. He resided at Westfield, Mass. for two years and then removed to Hoboken, N. J. He served one year in the Revolutionary war, and was present at the surrender of Burgoyne. Died in Rochester, September 19, 1828.

His son, Warham Whitney, born in Massachusetts April 27, 1786, married Nancy Mordoff June 30, 1811. She was born February 2, 1792, and died October 21, 1843. He died March 14, 1840. Resided at Plymouth, Verona and Rochester, N. Y. He erected at the second falls in 1826, what was known as the Whitney Mills, with five pair of stones. His farm on Jay street is known as the Whitney tract. Was trustee of the village, 1821-22-24.


I. Caroline, born Plymouth, August 28, 1812; married General John Williams June 19, 1833. She died December 23, 1836.

II. Olive, born in Verona, June 19, 1814; married General John Williams January 2, 1840. She died August 24, 1867.

III. Lois Ann, born October 8, 1816; married Hon. Samuel George Andrews, mayor of Rochester, May 19, 1842.

IV. George Jay, born January 26, 1819; married Julia Bullard.

V. James Mordoff, born, Rochester, February 24, 1821; married Martha Louise Pond, of Brockport, September 7, 1852. He died May 24, 1893.

VI. Laura Jane, born 1824; married Colonel DeLancey Floyd Jones June 18, 1852. She died 1852.

VII. Wilson, born 1826; died 1834.

Published October 15, 1910


General John Williams was born at Utica January 7, 1807, and was the son of Daniel and Mary (Elliott) Williams, (Daniel was born, 1762, and died October 11, 1810. His wife was born July 11, 1775; died June 11, 1860.) He married first, Caroline Whitney, June 19, 1844. She died December 23, 1836. He married second, Olive Whitney, January 2, 1840. She died August 24, 1867. (His wives were sisters, daughters of Warham Whitney.)


I. Edward Warham, born October 20, 1840; married Agnes E. Mudgett, June 18, 1863. He died March 25, 1893.

II. George Daniel, born February 22, 1843; married Georgiana A. Stillson; died June 28, 1880.

III. Whitney, born August 6, 1845. Married Ednia Hinkston February 2, 1876.

General Williams was one of Rochester's most distinguished and representative men. He came here in 1824, and was a partner with Mr. Whitney in the "Whitney Mills." Was mayor in 1843; elected to congress in 1854; city treasurer three terms, and held many other positions of trust and honor.

His military career commenced in 1827 as paymaster of the First Regiment of Riflemen of the state and his commission was signed by Governor DeWitt Clinton.

In 1838 the Williams Light Infantry was organized, and was known as The Company of Western New York, The parade grounds were on Brown's square and Jones Common, and the company was famous for balls held in the Eagle Tavern. They were organized as a State Battalion of Artillery in 1839 and the commission of major was given Mr. Williams. The company was disbanded in 1849, and Major Williams was appointed brigadier-general of the Twenty-fifth brigade in 1862. Later he was made major-general of the Seventh division, and was in command until his death March 23, 1875.

Published October 15, 1910



Captain Silas Nye, of Pittsford, born at Barnstable, Mass., December 27, 1744 was the son of Caleb Nye, born at Sandwich. Mass., June 28, 1704, married Hannah, daughter of Benjamin and Lydia (Crocker) Bodfish, October 28, 1731. She was born February 12, 1712, at Barnstable and died March 7, 1779. In 1736 Caleb removed to Barnstable, and in 1756 to Hardwick. His will dated Hardwick, December 13, 1775, proved June 5, 1787. Captain Silas Nye married at Hardwick, November 27, 1766, Patience, daughter of Nathan and Patience (——) Carpenter. She was born April 14, 1744, according to Hardwick records, but her grave stone at Pittsford says she died November 18, 1806, in her 59th year. He served in the Revolution as follows: Corporal, Captain John Black's company, Colonel Jonathan Brewer's Regiment, muster roll dated August 1, 1775. Enlisted April 20, 1775, served three months and thirteen days. from Barre. A petition signed by Captain Silas and others belonging to Captain Black's company, Colonel Brewer's Regiment, asking for allowance for articles lost in battle at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Said Nye claimed compensation for loss of "One great coat," allowed by resolve of May 10, 1776. Also in Colonel Job Cushing's Regiment, enlisted July 28, 1777, discharged August 29, 1777, served one month, seven days, and five days travel included. The company marched to Bennington to reinforce army under General Stark. Also Captain Benjamin Nye's company, enlisted September 26, 1888, discharged October 18, 1777, served twenty-nine days, including travel home. He marched under command of Major Jonas Wilder to reinforce the Northern army for thirty days. Residence, Barre. After the close of the war he removed to Salem, Washington county, New York state, and in 1791 to Pittsford, where he died November 12, 1812, during the typhoid fever epidemic. He was the first supervisor of Monroe county—1796; and also served, 97 and 99.

The first sermon preached in Pittsford was on the Nye farm in the open by James K. Guernsey (not a regular clergyman, however).


1. Sarah, born January 13, 1768, at Hardwick, Mass. Married Carmi Hart.

2. Hannah, November 22, 1769, at Hardwick, Mass. Married (?) Beckwith.

3. Nathan, born January 5, 1772, at Hardwick, Mass. Married (?).

4. Caleb, born July 5, 1774, at Pittsford. Married (?) Farr.

5. Prudence, born September, 1776, at Pittsford. Married Alexander Dunn. He died.

6. Silas, jr., born December 1, 1780, at Pittsford.

7. Amos, born July 31, 1781; died April 9, 1789.

III. "Squire" Nathan, born 1772, at Pittsford; died February 15, 1859. Married, first, Cynthia (?). She died April 26, 1814, age 39. Second, Martha (?). She died March 26, 1870. He was assessor, 1814, supervisor, 1815-16, justice of the peace for thirty years. His sons removed to Cacomb county, Michigan. He built the first distillery in the county, about 1804; much of the whisky being traded with the Indians for furs.


1. Heman, born about 1812. Married about 1834, Mary Ann, daughter of Nathaniel Garvin, of Rush.

2. Albert, born (?). Unmarried.

3. Nathan, born (?).

4. Jefferson, born June 9, 1802; died in Michigan May 3, 1856.

5. Alvin E., born (?); married Sylvia (?). Removed to Michigan.

6. Merana N., born in Penfield, September 23, 1816. Married Elvah F. Pierce and lived in Centerville, Mich.

7. Delora, married William Myers; no issue.

8. Manilla, died young.

9. Alvin E., born March 24, 1831. Married Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua and Jane (Pugsley) Fowler, October 20, 1857. She was born November 10, 1837, and died June 22, 1881; age 44, and he died July 3, 1908; age 77.

IV. Captain Caleb served as captain in the War of 1812, and had command of a battalion in Colonel Caleb Hopkin's company regiment at the battle at the mouth of the Genesee. Married (?), daughter of (?) Farr. His family removed to Macomb county, Michigan.


1. Horatio.

2. Mark

3. Oliver, born in Penfield. Married Mary Waite. Removed to Attica, His son, William, was born in Pittsford, August 11, 1829. In Company A, Third New York Cavalry, and died at the Soldiers Home in Bath.

4. Caleb, jr.

5. Cuyler.

VI. Silas, jr., born 1780; died September 1, 1858, at Pittsford. Married Sarah Stone. She died August 30, 1840, age 55.


1. Veline, married Ira Mann.

2. Lorin, born 1809; married Eliza Huntington, daughter of Samuel. She died June 16, 1904, age 85. He died September 19, 1881, age 72.

3. Cynthia, married Fayette L. Robinson ("Yankee Robinson"). She died June 15, 1840. She was his first wife.

4. Hiram, born 1803; died March 23, 1870, age 67. Unmarried.

5. Sarah, married Ira Clark.

Published October 22, 1910


William Buell, born on England about 1610. First at Dorchester, Mass., was an early settler of Windsor, Conn., and died November 16, 1681. He married Mary —?—, November 18, 1649. She died September 1, 1684. Samuel, their eldest son, was born September 2, 1641. Married Deborah, daughter of Edward Griswold, November 18, 1662. He removed to Killingworth, Conn. and was one of the founders of the town, and justice of peace in 1716. He died July 11, 1720. His wife died February 7, 1719. Their fifth child was Deacon John, born February, 1671, died April 9, 1746. Married Mary Porter Loomis, of Windsor, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Porter) Loomis, November 20, 1695. She died November 4, 1768, aged 90 or 95. Epitaph of Litchfield:

"Here lies the body of Mrs. Mary, wife of Dr. John Buel, Esq. She died November 4, 1768, aged 90, having had thirteen children, 101 grandchildren, 274 great-grandchildren, twenty-two great-great-grandchildren: total 410; 336 survived."

They had thirteen children, all born at Lebanon, Conn. Their son, Captain Jonathan Buel, was the eleventh child, born at Lebanon, Conn., December 13, 1717; died at Goshen, Conn., August 20, 1796. Married Lydia Landon, of Southampton, L. I., December 10, 1741. She died June, 1812, aged 90, He was captain of West company, Goshen, Conn., lieutenant in 1759. In Captain King's company in 1761 and also served in the war of the Revolution.

Their son, Deacon Timothy, born at Goshen, Conn., May 3, 1757; married Olive, youngest daughter of Colonel Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Norton. of Goshen, Conn. He removed to East Bloomfield, February 1, 1799, and died there January 26, 1850. The original land purchased by him is still occupied by his descendants.

Issue all born in Goshen, Conn.

I. Lucy, born April 7, 1778.

II. Eunice, born August 11, 1780.

III. Jonathan, born October 11, 1784, died April 15, 1864.

IV. Theron, born May 22, 1789.

V. Timothy, born December 8, 1791.

VI. Eben Norton, born April 8, 1798.

III. Jonathan, born 1784, removed with his parents to East Bloomfield, where he died April 15, 1864. Married Sally Rice, of East Bloomfield. She was born May 10, 1789, and died November 29, 1845


I. Mortimer, born November 17, 1808, died January 27, 1885.

II. Pomeroy Baldwin (unmarried).

III. Henry, married Sarah Mather, died 1910.

IV. Anna (unmarried).

V. Mary Saxton, married E. F. Wilson.

VI. Emily, married —?— L. Wilson.

I. Mortimer, born 1808, died January 22, 1885, at Rochester. Married Edna, daughter of Jared and Olive (Stone) Boughton o "Boughton Hill," Victor, N. Y. She was born December 25, 1812, and died February 16, 1906.


I. Katherine, married Samuel Collins Hart of Canandaigua.

II. Augusta, married Martin W, Cooke of Rochester.

III. Arthur Stone, died unmarried.

IV. Albert Mortimer, died unmarried.

V. Walter, died unmarried.

VI. Dr. Jason W., married Mabel E. Roberts of Rochester.

VI. Eben Norton, son of Deacon Timothy and Olive Buell, born 1798. Removed with his father to East Blooomfield. Married in Rochester October 4, 1825 to Rebecca Root, of Rochester, by the Rev. Comfort Williams. They came to Rochester 1835.


I. George C. Buell, born October 12, 1822, married first Elizabeth Bloss.


1. George Clifford, married Gertrude A. Ackerman, of Chicago.

2. Edward.

3. Mary Blossom, married William Holt Averill, of Rochester. Married second, Alice Ely, daughter of Lorenzo D. Ely, of Rochester.

4. Ely, married Lulu MacAllaster, of Rochester.

5. Henry Douglas, married Cornelia Robinson.

6. Alice Ray, married Rev. Du Bois Schanck Morris, October 11, 1910.

II. Wealthy A. Buell, born January 28, 1825, married Henry Haight, of San Francisco, where she died.

III. Mary S., born June 25, 1827. Married D. Bethune Duffield, of Detroit.

IV. Henry Tryon, born January 12, 1830.

Published October 29, 1910


Deacon Paul Peck, born in Essex county, England, in 1608; came to America in 1635. Remained in Boston a year and then removed to Hartford with Rev. Thomas Hooker and his friends. Named in list of proprietors in 1639. He was a prominent man and deacon in the Congregational church. There is a square in Hartford now known as "Peck's Lot." He died December 23, 1695, His will mentions wife Martha. His son, Samuel, was born in 1647 and resided in West Hartford, where he died January 10, 1696. He married Elizabeth Bayse. Samuel, 2d, was born in West Hartford in 1672 and settled in Berlin, Conn. He died December 9, 1765. Married Abigail, daughter of Joseph Collier, May 6, 1701. She died October 28, 1742.

Their Son.

Abijah, born December 28, 1709; resided in Berlin, Conn., where he died March 13, 1797. Married Abigail Galpin, of Middletown, Conn., June 10, 1742. She died July 21, 1775.


1. Abigail, born February 2, 1744; married Ozias Bronson.

2. Abijah, born July 11, 1747; married first, Lucy Percival; married second, Huldah Boardman; married third, Mrs. Abigail Owen. Removed to New York state in 1812 and died in Cayuga county May 18, 1828.

3. Joseph, born July 6, 1749; died in 1822 unmarried.

4. Anna, born January 21, 1752; married Thomas Thompson; died July 24, 1790, leaving seven children.

5. Jesse, born March 3, 1754.

6. Mercy, born March 29, 1756; married (?) Thompson; died in 1790.

5. Lieutenant Jesse Peck, born in 1754; married Philoma, daughter of Rev. Samuel Cook, born July 14, 1761; died March 16, 1815. He served as lieutenant in Revolutionary war from Connecticut and died in Rochester April 29, 1823.


1. Everard, born November 6, 1792, in Berlin, Conn.

2. Henry, born January 3, 1795; married Jerusha Clark. Was mayor of Hartford.

3. Jesse, born January 19, 1798; married Evelina Hayes, daughter of Colonel Hayes, of Newark.

4. Emily, born March 31, 1802; married Hon. Thomas Kempshall, mayor of Rochester, in 1837. [handwritten notes: Thomas Kempshall d. Jan. 14, bur. Jan. 18, 1865 æ 69. Born in England. Mayor of Rochester 1837. Alderman in the 1st common council. Rep. from N.Y. to the 26th Congress as a Whig. Purchased lot in Mt. Hope in 1839. Emily, his wife, bur. Nov. 30, 1839 æ 37. Lived in St. Paul St. Son, Everard. Son, Henry bur. May 12, 1868 æ 35. Dau., Susan, d. Brooklyn, bur. at Mt. Hope, Aug. 6, 1873 æ 36.]

1. Everard Peck, born in 1792. He married first Chloe Porter at Berlin, Conn., October 12, 1820.


1. Henry Everard, born July 27, 1821, in Ohio; died June 9, 1867.

2. Norman Parker, born April 25, 1823; died June 18, 1849.

3. William Cooke, born May 15, 1825; died July 13, 1826.

4. Emily Kempshall, born May 31, 1827; died November 29, 1856.

5. Charles, born August 18, 1829; died August 12, 1857.

Chloe Porter Peck died December 5, 1830, and he married second Martha Farley, of Waldoboro, Me., September 21, 1836.


1. William Farley Peck, born February 4, 1840; died December 7, 1908. The author of the "History of Rochester" and "Landmarks of Monroe County."

2. Edward Willard, born December 21, 1845.

3. Alice McKeen, born June 25, 1847; died 1848.

Martha Farley Peck died February 16, 1851, and he married third Mrs. Alice Bacon Walker. She died December 2, 1881.

Everard Peck learned the book-binders' trade in Hartford, Conn.; removed to Albany and then to Rochester in 1816. He was one of the five trustees of the village in 1817. He was editor, publisher and printer of the second weekly newspaper, "The Rochester Telegraph," the first number issued July 7, 1818. He also printed the first Rochester directory in 1827. He was prominent in both educational and religious institutions. He continued in the book selling and book-binding business until 1831, when he became vice-president of the Commercial bank, continuing as such until his death on February 9, 1854.


Published October 29, 1910



Israel and Simon Stone came to the Genesee country in the summer of 1789 from Massachusetts and purchased from Phelps & Gorham 13.296 acres of land, including what is now Pittsford. They were to pay eighteen pence an acre "as the land runs." Only thirty dollars was paid, however, and the price of land rapidly advancing, the Phelps & Gorham company were anxious to retain this, so they offered to give them half of the land if they would relinquish the other half, which they did; so for $30 half of the land in Pittsford became the property of Simon and Israel Stone. They selected this spot as being directly on the Indian trail from Avon northward to Irondequoit, and for the existence of a fine spring near which Israel built his home. They at once cleared and planted a few acres of wheat and then returned East to spend the winter. In the following spring Simon returned, bringing his wife and year-old son, Orrin (he died in 1875). The first child born in Pittsford was his son, Alfred, in 1792. (In 1818 he went as a pioneer to Painsville, O.)

Simon built a sawmill in 1794. He was also a nail maker and furnished the boards and nails for the first fame house. In 1818 he was shot in the eye by an "unknown party during a dispute over land" and never recovered his sight. He died April 2, 1838, aged 72; born in 1766.

Simon and Israel in 1794 gave three acres of land "one mile south of the village" for public purposes, and on this was erected the first school house; one continues there to-day, and the old cemetery was laid out, where sleep more pioneers of Monroe county than can be found in any other spot, and in a few years nothing will be left to show the location of their graves, simply for the lack of a little care and attention.

Israel died before 1808 (no records.) [handwritten note: Will probated 1795.] His widow [handwritten note: Lucy] married successively Paul Richardson (an early settler, 1790), S. McClintock and Moses Barr, and as the widow Barr instituted suit in lieu of her dower rights as the widow Stone that caused the good folk of Pittsford much annoyance and resulted in the legislature passing a law requiring widows to make their demands for dower within twenty years after the death of their husbands. She died about 1830 in moderate circumstances.

The Stone family that came in from Washington county soon after 1792 were numerous, among them Aaron, who was overseer of the poor; Deacon Samuel, an original member of the Congregational church in 1809. He was a Revolutionary soldier, although only a young boy at the time. He was born October 7, 1760, and died September 3, 1836, aged 75. His wife, Mrs. Amy Stone, was also an original members of the church in 1809. She was born April 5, 1771, and died December 9, 1816. They had twelve children:

1. Theopilus, born October 19, 1792.

2. Samuel, jr., born July 28, 1794.

3. Simon, born March 11, 1796.

4. Zelotus, born December 18, 1797.

5. Theodore, born April 12, 1800.

6. Amy, born June 25, 1802.

7. Elijah, born August 10, 1804

8. Eben [handwritten correction: Eber], born January 14, 1807.

9. Submit, born January 29, 1809.

10. Betty, born November 4, 1810.

11. Suevetra (?), born September 25, 1812.

12. Samantha, born February 21, 1816.

Simon Stone, 2d, born in Salem, Washington county, March 2, 1786, who died June 26, 1828, at Pittsford, aged 42, was the son of Abner, elder brother of Israel and Simon Stone. He married Sally Gilbert on January 20, 1814, in Pittsford. She was born July 22, 1791, and died August 15, 1843, aged 52. He was supervisor from 1818 to 1826, the first Monroe county clerk in 1821, and an early lawyer of Pittsford.


1. Susan Blackman, born May 5, 1816; died August 3, 1878, unmarried.

2. Elisha Gilbert, born January 20, 1818; died July 24, 1837.

3. Harriet Newell, born January 4, 1820; died May 23, 1897.

4. Cynthia, baptized May 1, 1821; unmarried.

5. Hannah Maria, born September 17, 1824; married Enos Boughton of Pittsford. They had one son, who died in 1910.

(At one day there were five Simon Stones in Pittsford)

Published October 29, 1910


(A. H. B.)—Daniel Dennison Hatch was the son of Major Reuben and Eunice D. Hatch, of Norwich, Vt. Born September 17, 1784; married Fanny Newcomb, born October 31, 1791, He was a merchant in Keene and afterwards in Rochester, N. Y. [handwritten note: lived on Sophia St.], where he died December 17, 1837. He was buried in the old Buffalo Street cemetery, but was removed to Mt. Hope.


1. Fanny Newcomb, born November 19, 1811; married Levi Burnell April 15, 1830. He was born in Chesterfield, Mass., May 27, 1803. They settled first in Rochester, but removed to Ohio.

2. Henry Denison, born December 7, 1815. (I think went to Lockport.)

3. Frederick William, born November 6, 1817; married September 23, 1843, Elizabeth, daughter of James and Sarah Clapp.

4. Maria Allyn, born December 12, 1824; married Riley Bristol November 2, 1843; born 1811, son of Richard and Roxa Bristol, of Harwinton, Conn.

5. Ellen Ann, born December 29, 1826; married October 30, 1846, Walter H. Taylor, of New York city.

6. Emily Stearnes, born September 11, 1831. (I find nothing more of her.)

The birth of Patty Newcomb is recorded born June 1, 1796, who married in Rochester, N. Y., Dr. Martin Johnson, May 14, 1823.


Published October 29, 1910

"Gilmore"—John Gilmore was born March 4, 1795, in Washington county; died in Chili, Monroe county, August 12, 1881. He left a will bearing the date November 21, 1876, leaving no widow, child or descendants. The next of kin mentioned in the petition of William Volke are the heirs of Samuel Gillmore, deceased brother of testator, whose names are as lollows:

Samuel Gillmore, residing at Indian Falls, N. Y.

William Gillmore, residing at Goodland, Ind.

John Gillmore, residing at Hart, Oceans Co., Mich.

Mrs. Mary Ann Bingham, residing at Columbus, Wis.

Mrs. Emeline Sawen, residing at Dansville, Ingham Co., Mich.

Hiram Gillmore, residing at Point Arena, Mendoceno Co., Cal.

James Gillmore, residing at Molana, Clackamas Co., Oregon.

Mrs. Hannah M. Lewis, residing at 384 North Division street, Buffalo, Erie Co., N. Y.

R. F. Gillmore, residing at Town Line, Erie Co., N. Y.

Charles Gillmore, residing at Marshall, Mich.

The heirs of Benjamin Gillmore, deceased are unknown to your petitioner and cannot within a reasonable time be ascertained.

These are all of the heirs-at-law and next of kin of the said testator whose names and places of residence can, after diligent inquiry by your petitioner, be ascertained.

(Signed)   William Volke

September 12, 1881.

A little later may be able to tell you more.

Published October 29, 1910

(E. D.)—Can you give the parents of Lieutenant-Governor Andrew Oliver of Massachusetts?

Andrew Oliver, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, was the second son of Hon. Daniel Oliver, son of Captain Peter Oliver (one of the founders of the old South church in Boston in May, 1669.) He was one of the first merchants in Boston and held may public office—Justice of the Peace, representative, and one of "His Majesty's Council." He married the daughter of Andrew Belcher and had several sons who graduated from Harvard college (records). He died in July, 1732, in the 69th year of his age. In his will he bestowed a large house called the "Spinning School," for which use he designed it, "for the benefit of the poor children, that may learn to read the Scriptures."


Published November 5, 1910


Colonel Josiah Fish, son of John and Deborah Fish, was born in Mendon, Mass., February 11, 1755. He married Elizabeth Hazelton, of Upon, Mass., August 24, 1774. She was the daughter of Colonel John and Jane Wood Hazelton, and was born August 9, 1755. She died in Rochester, N. Y., March, 1798. In 1799 Josiah Fish, married Zeruiah Phelps Holcomb, widow of Eli Holcomb, who was born October 10, 1763. Zeruiah Phelps was born July 5, 1764. She died September 14, 1842. Josiah Fish died in Rochester, N. Y., May 10. 1811.

Copy of certificate of service:
State of Vermont,
Montpelier, August 5, 1893.

"I hereby certify that the following is a correct transcription from the records on file in this office, regarding soldiers who served in the Revolutionary war. Extract:"

"Josiah Fish served as lieutenant from August 2d to November 30, 1780, three months, twenty-seven days, in Captain William Hutchin's company, Major Ebenezer Allen's detachment, in the service of the state of Vermont and received £31, 8, 5. Also served as captain from the beginning of campaign, 1781 to the [illegible] of June, (time not given), in Colonel Samuel Fletcher's battalion, and received £37, 6, 8. And served as captain from July 15th to November 21, 1781, 141 days, under same command and received £47, 0, 0. And served as a captain from September 10th to the 29th, 1782, under same command, 'assisting the sheriff,' and received £1, 11, 0."

"T. S. Peck,

Chidren of Josiah and Elizabeth Hazelton Fish, all born in Townsend, Windham county, Vt.

Hazelton, born September 26, 1775; died, ——, 1786.

Sullivan, born August 3, 1777.

Sophia, born February 21, 1779. Married Frederick Hosmer in Rochester, 1805.

Libbeus, born November 22, 1781. Married Polly Holcomb in Rochester, January 1, 1805.

Philotheta, born October 3, 1783.

Josiah, born November 28, 1787.

Irmi, born ——, 1789.

Elijah Stanton, born February 11, 1791.

Betsey, born ——, 1793; died ——, 1794.

Children of Josiah and Zeruiah Fish, first known births on the site of what is now the city of Rochester:

John, born February 24, 1800. Married Sarah King, 1829, in Batavia. She died September 18, 1862, and he died November 2, 1862. in Chicago, Ill.

Delinda, born October 11, 1802.

Leroy, born November 14, 1804.

George W., born June 6, 1807.

From Phelps and Gorham Purchase.

"Colonel Josiah Fish, the early supervisor of the wide region of Northampton, purchased a farm at the mouth of Black Creek on the Genesee river, 1795. They went to board with Sprague, who was then in charge of Allan Mill at the Falls. In November, 1796. Mr. Williamson hired Colonel Fish to take charge of the Allan Mill and the family moved down in the Falls." He remained in charge of the mill until 1804, when he moved back to his farm, so his son John, born February 24, 1800, must have been born in the old Ebenezer Allan Mill.

The following was copied from a family Bible in possession of one of the descendants of Colonel Fish:

Josiah Fish, born February 11, 1755.

Elizabeth Hazelton, born August 9, 1755; married August 24, 1774.

Elizabeth Fish, born March, 1798.

Zeruiah Phelps, born July 5, 1764; married, 1799.

Josiah Fish died May 10, 18 11.

Lebbius FishLebbius Fish married Polly Holcomb in Rochester, January 1, 1805. She was the daughter of Eli and Zeruiah (Phelps) Holcomb and was born December 24, 1787. She died in Batavia, May 16, 1829. He married (second) Rebecca Carter Vaughn, February 17, 1830. He died in Batavia, June 28, 1859. She died in Jackson, Mich. His eldest son, John, was born in Rochester (then Mill Town), January 10, 1806. His other children born in Batavia where he had removed.

From the original manuscript.

Letter written by Libbeus Fish November 24, 1850, to O. Turner, esq.;

"Dear Sir—In reply to your letter of October 26th, I will state, from the best of my recollection, the events about which you enquire. My father, Josiah Fish, was born in Mendon, Mass., February 11, 1755. He moved while young to Townsend, Windham county, Vt. From thence he emigrated with his family in 1796 to the then wilderness and settled on a farm at the mouth of Black Creek, about six miles above the falls of the Genesee. He had previously visited that country and in spring 1795 he took me with him. I was at the time 13 years old. We made the journey on horseback. We crossed the Green mountains at Manchester, the North river at Stillwater—my father pointing out to me Burgoyne's headquarters, the points occupied by the different armies and place of the surrender. I think my father must have been present at the surrender. We struck the Mohawk at, or near, the Lime Kilns, followed up the north bank and crossed at Whitestown. After leaving Whitestown we found but few inhabitants and no roads that had been done.

"At Cayuga lake was a family at each side, who kept a small sailboat for a ferry. We arrived at the Genesee river in ten days, at the place called Canawagus, where the village of Avon now stands. Here we put up with Gilbert R. Perry, who kept a tavern, store and ferry. My father bought his farm perfectly wild, of Charles Williamson, agent of the Pultney estate. He then took me with him and we began work upon the farm. We cut some poles and branches of trees with which we built a lodge and encamped on the farm. He obtained from Peter Shaeffer the use of two yoke of oxen and a plow and broke up four or five acres of the flats—on which there was no timber—and planted it with Indian corn. At this time there were but six families between Canawagus and the mouth of Genesee river, to wit: Jeremiah Olmstead, Christpher Dugan, Mr. Utley, Isaac Scott and Mr. Shaeffer. 'Allen's Mill' at the falls was then vacant, Allen's brother-in-law, Dugan, had moved away previous to 1795, and Mr. Sprague went to the Falls in August to take care of the mill and we boarded with them some time. Sprague was poor and our living pretty hard. Bread was very inferior and not always to be had, they had no meat of any kind but wild, and that consisted mainly of raccoon. It was raccoon for breakfast, coon for dinner and the same for supper. We had no vegetables or sauce of any kind, no milk or butter. The only eatable beside coon meat was coon cake, made after the following recipe. 'Take what flour you have mix with water, shorten with coon oil and fry in coon fat.' For drink we had nothing better than warm river water. I began having ague in July and had it hard every day without intermission until winter, and I became so excessively bloated that all thought I had dropsy, In November my father harvested his corn, which proved a full crop, and returned to Vermont for the rest of his family consisting of his wife, two daughters and three sons. They arrived in February in sleighs and we all went to the farm to live. My father had previously put up the body of a log house and got some Indians to cover it with bark. It had neither floor, door, window or chimney. We lived in this hut until the following November. Early in the summer all the family, excepting father and myself, were taken sick and we suffered many hardships.

"Our nearest neighbor was Joseph Morgan, five miles up the river. The next nearest was Mr. Hincher, at the mouth of the river. On quitting the hut in November we went to the Falls and took charge of Allen's Mill. I well remember that on the way to the Falls we met a detachment of United States troops on their way to take possession of Fort Niagara. They had come on the lake as far as mouth of the river, when a violent snow-storm compelled them to land and follow an Indian trail on foot through the wilderness.

"Our situation in the mill was not much better than at the farm. We had two small rooms, partitioned off in the mill to live in—partitions were of rough boards, there was no place for a fire. The windows were without glass but supplied with close shutters, so that when we shut out the storm and wind, we also excluded light. There was a little slab-covered shanty three or four rods distant, which we used for a kitchen and where we could warm ourselves in the day time. We lived in this way about a year, when my father built a log house against a perpendicular ledge of rocks, one ledge was about ten feet high and made one side of the house, serving at the same time for the back to the fire place. In this house we lived more comfortably; but, having room for only two beds in it, a part of the family continued sleeping in the mill. Soon after we moved to the mill, a family by the name of Atchison arrived on their way to Braddock's Bay, where they settled, being the first family settled west of the river, about twelve miles west of it, and about six miles from the lake.

"Soon after Messrs, Granger, King and Kent commenced a settlement four miles below the mill; since called "King's Landing" and "Hanford Landing." This must have been in 1797 or 1798. My mother died in 1798, aged 43 years. In February, 1800, my father had a son by his second wife, who is now living in Chicago, Ill. In 1806 I had a son born there, who is now living in this village,

My father was agent of O. Phelps, for the sale of lands in the township at the Falls, for several years. He was justice of the peace and supervisor of the town for years when the town extended from the Genesee river west to the Pennsylvania line, having the whole western part of the state under the jurisdiction. The county seat was at Canandaigua. In the fall of 1798 I was with my father at Niagara on business, when a suit was brought before him by the officers of the garrison, against a man named McBride, for selling whisky to the soldiers without license. Court was held at Lewiston.

"In 1804 my father moved upon his farm at Black Creek, remaining there three or four years, when he sold the farm and bought one on the Ridge road, about ten miles west of the river. After making some improvements he sold again and bought another lot a mile or two farther west, where he resided until the time of his death in 1811. He was buried at King's Landing. He was 56 years old when he died. In 1804 I bought a ninety-acre lot, next below the 'mill lot' at the Falls, and built a small log house in 1806. I moved to the Black Creek farm and in the fall of the same year I moved to Batavia, where I resided until 1839, when I came to this village. I have often heard my father speak of the battles of the Revolution. He was with the Continental troops on Lake Champlain. I have heard him speak of being sent with a flag of truce, but I cannot recall the occasion. I have seen in his possession considerable Continental money. At the time we first went to the Genesee river there were but few Indian inhabiting the country. I recollect one family who lived near Braddock's Bay. The Indian's name was Charles. He was a trapper of the Tuscarora tribe. He was very successful in taking furs, which he carried and sold to Mr. Hincher at the mouth of the river. He was ordinarily temperate and industrious. He would not touch a drop of liquor until he sold his furs and received his pay in coin. Then he would commence drinking whisky and drink until his money was all gone, and then go home and remain sober until he collected another good lot of furs. On one occasion, in winter after selling his furs and drinking as usual, he and his wife returned to their lodge and were seated by their fire when they became crazy from the effects of the whisky. They thought they could see "Old Hincher" up in the tree tops and in their fright the Indian sprang into his canoe and paddled across the bay about four miles, to the house of Mr Atchinson. In the course of the night he cut his throat with a razor, but the wound being soon well dressed did not prove mortal. He was then removed to Canandaigua and placed in charge of the Indian agent. Early in the following spring (1798), he came to my father's to get assistance to help find his wife. My father went with him to their old camping ground; they found the body of the Indian woman in a reedy swamp about one hundred rods from the camp. In her fright she had taken up a pack of clothes and furs which were found near her body.

"I have hastily related such incidents as a occurred to my mind. If you can find anything to aid you in your work 1 can only say you the welcome to use it.

"L. Fish."

Published November 5, 1910


(Dr Hubbard, Hornell, N. Y.)

I. William Hubbard came from Northumberland county, England, to Dorchester, Mass., and applied to be made freeman, 1630. In 1635 or 1838 he removed to Windsor, Conn. Wife's name unknown. He died in 1694 at Northampton, Mass.

II. John, his son, born (?); married in 1671, Mary Baker. She died, 1707, and he died 1713.

III. John jr., born 1676; died 1737; married Ruth ——. She died March 27, 1720.

IV. Daniel, born Westfield, Mass., 1714. At his mother's death he was adopted by Thomas and Mary (Hubberd) Ponder. He married Naomi Root, 1736. Removed to Pittsfield, Mass., 1759. He spelled his name Hubbard and was known as Captain Daniel Hubbard. He served in the Revolutionary war and was a surveyor; one of the original members of the Pittsfield church, organized in 1763. Died of camp fever December 19, 1777. His wife died January 29, 1800, age 82. A marble shaft to their memory in "Saints Rest," Pittsfield cemetery, bears the following:

" They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they are not divided."

V. Zadoc, born in Westfield, Mass., 1749; died in Aurora, N. Y., 1814; married Lois Pomeroy. He resided in Pittsfield, Lanesboro, Lennox, Mass., and Lisle, N. Y.


1. Zadoc, born 1773; died 1827; married 1795, Polly Blossom.

2. Nathan, born Lanesboro, Mass., February, 1775; died in Middlebury, Vt., 1813. Married in Lennox, Mass., Alma Belding. He was a surveyor, merchant and lumberman. His children: (a) Franklin Belding, born October 21, 1801; married 1828, Marie E. Seymour. He died March 1, 1865, at Mercer, Pa. (b) Chauncey Pomeroy, born Pittsfield, Mass., November 17, 1803; married May Wells. (c) Fanny Belding, born December — 1805; died May 28, 1857, in Batavia, N. Y.; married Dr Ezra Gleason. (d) Nathan, born March, 1813, in Battle Creek, Mich.

Dr. Ezra and Fanny Belden (Hubbard) Gleason's Issue.

I. Caroline Hubbard was born in Boston, Mass., September 22, 1832; married in Rochester, February 11, 1851, Henry Belden, born in LeRoy, N. Y., October 17, 1832. He died in New York city, 1902. She died in Rochester, 1869.


Henry R. Belden, born, Rochester, January 21, 1858.

Gertrude Belden, born, Rochester, December 21, 1860.

II. Frances M., born in Mercer, Pa., March 1, 1834; married in Rochester, November 22, 1854, Hon. William F. Poole, LL.D., born in Salem, Mass., December 24, 1821. Author of Poole's Index; librarian in Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago.

III. Alma B., born Boston, Mass., August 22, 1838; died Boston, January, 1905; married, October 7, 1856, William Goodrich, a merchant of Rochester, born Wethersfield, Conn., December 8, 1829; died, Rochester, January 16, 1859, He was the son of William and Sally (Whitmore) Goodrich.


Published November 12, 1910


Luther Tucker was born at Brandon, Vt., May 7, 1802, the son of Stephen and Olive (Green) Tucker. He married first at Rochester, November 19, 1827, Naomi Sparhawk, born in Vermont, October 19, 1807, died in Rochester, N. Y., August 4, 1832, a daughter of Deacon Ebenezer and Azuba (Jefferson) Sparhawk. He married second his first wife's sister, Mary, October 14, 1833. She was born September 23, 1805, and died in Albany March 8, 1844. He married third Margaret Lucinda Smith June 8, 1846. She died at Albany August 26, 1893. Luther Tucker was apprenticed to Timothy Strong, of Middlebury, Vt., in 1815 to learn the printing business. He removed to Palmyra in 1817. In 1826 he removed to Rochester and established the Rochester "Daily Advertiser" the first daily paper west of Albany (now the "Union and Advertiser.") He also in 1831 established the "Genesee Farmer," which periodical was the ancestor of "The Country Gentleman," first published in Albany by him in 1853. His children born in Rochester:

1. Charles Henry, born December 1, 1828; died here August 9, 1832.

2. Julia Naomi, born January 16, 1832; died in Albany December 2, 1881.

3. Luther Henry, born October 19, 1834; died in Albany February 23, 1897.

4. Mary Louisa, born November 15, 1836; married John Stuart Porter May 8, 1855.

5. Samuel Sparhawk, born March 13, 1839; died in 1839.

6. Martha Ellen, born January 19, 1842; died in Albany in 1843.

7. Frances Laura, born February 4, 1844; died in 1845 at Albany.

8. Gilbert Milligan, born in Albany August 26, 1847.

9. Willis Gaylord, born in Albany October 31, 1849.


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