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the name of Simmons & Silliman, they built and operated the axe
factory so long and widely known as the Simmons axe factory. After
remaining in this connection for several years he sold out his interest
and purchased a veneer mill owned by Hawes & Baker. Just before his
death he sold this property. He died June 29th, 1844, leaving him
surviving, his widow Clarissa, and son Horace B (both living 1876),
four other children having previously died. Levi Silliman was one
whose record is not found among those conspicuous in position among
their fellow men, but few had more implicitly the confidence and esteem
of the entire community where he lived. He was one gifted with great
mechanical ability, and was often consulted by both practical and
scientific men, and his opinions, especially when experience and study
had been added to his natural powers, were sought and valued by many
whose names stand high in the history of mechanical inventions
and skill. In all subjects affecting the community where he lived,
although never obtruding himself upon the public notice, his wise
counsel and discriminating judgment were sought and he never hesi
tated either to speak or act his convictions. He was an active, earnest,
humble Christian, and his religion, underlying every motive and action,
made him what he was. To him perhaps more than any other, was
due the organization of the Presbyterian church in this city, and the
fostering care which nurtured it in its infancy. He always bore it on
his heart and aided to hold it up by constant devotion and liberality,
and when he heard the summons, " The Master is come and calleth
for thee," he was ready to meet Him, and rest from his labors. * *



April 7, Henry Winans, aged 58. Mr. Winans was the father of
W. H S. Winans, editor of the Cohoes Advertiser.

May 5, Amos Russell Gay, aged 37.


Jan. 4, John Jackson, aged 78. Mr. J. was a native of Glasgow,
Scotland, and an old resident of Cohoes.

April 8, Thomas Boley, aged 44.

April 19, Reuben P. White, son of Dea. R. White, aged 34.

June 18, James Harris, aged 69.

June 20, Jacob Vanderwerken, aged 72. Mr. V. was born in Sara
toga Co., on the 16th day of December, 1777. He moved to Cohoea
in 1823, where he resided until his death. He was well known as a
charitable, public spirited citizen and was identified with the early
history of the place and many of its improvements. Few residents of
the village had a larger circle of acquaintances.

Aug. 14, William Martin, aged 41.

Nov. 9, James Yale, aged 88. Mr. Y was a revolutionary soldier
and also served in the war of 1812. He left a widow about the same
age, 10 children and 23 grand-children.


Mardi 10, George W. Miller, aged 42.

March 15, John B. Harrison, aged 48. Mr. Harrison was for many
years the collector of the village taxes and was much respected in the

April 9, James Dodge, aged 63.

Sept. 23, Philip Badgley, aged 27.

Nov. 27, Joseph A. Worden, aged 65.

Dec. 30, Samuel Ketchel, aged 42.

Feb. 3, at Caledonia Springs, county of Prescott, Canada West,
David Wilkinson, aged 81. Mr. Wilkinson was born in Smithfield,
R. I., Jan. 5th, 1771. He was the third son of Oziel Wilkinson who
was a lineal descendant from Lawrence Wilkinson who came from
England and settled in the town of Providence, R. I., in 1645. Oziel
Wilkinson had five sons : Abraham, Isaac, David, Daniel and Smith ;
all of whom like himself, were bred to the blacksmith s trade. David
Wilkinson, with his father, removed to Pawtucket in 1783. From
his earliest boyhood he had been engaged in the manufacture or
supervision of machinery, and his abilities in this direction enabled
him while yet a young man to take a prominent position among the
business men of Pawtucket. In 1789, Samuel Slater, the father of cot
ton manufacture in this country, came over from England, and two
years later married Miss Hannah Wilkinson, sister of David Wilkinson,
and at this time commenced the intimate business relations between
the latter and Mr. Slater which continued for a number of years. Mr.
Wilkinson then devoted his attention to the production of machinery
for the manufacture of cotton and not only the extensive mills in
Rhode Island, but most of those throughout the country were fitted
out from his machine shop in Pawtucket. He was the originator of
many improvements with which his name was never associated. As
he said himself, " I was always too much engaged in various business


to look after and make profit out of my inventions ; other people, I hope,
have gained something by them."

One of the best known and most widely used of Mr. Wilkinson s
inventions was the sliding lathe, invented in 1798, for which he re
ceived no adequate compensation until 1848, when congress, recog
nizing the justice of his claims on the country, voted him an appropria
tion of $10,000, " as a remuneration to him for the benefit accruing to
the public service from the use of the principle of the guage and sliding
lathe of which he was the inventor," (Report of Com., on Military
Affairs, March 28, 1848)

In 1829, having suffered severe reverses, Mr. Wilkinson was com
pelled to give up his business, and in 1831, at the earnest solicitation
of the Cohoes Company, came to Cohoes. His part in the early history
of this place has been elsewhere spoken of. To show the estimation
in which he was held in Rhode Island, the following may be quoted :
" David Wilkinson became a machinist of great skill and carried on
the business in an extensive manner. He is a man of great enterprise
and judgment, and his failure in 1829 was very much regretted. The
capitalists of Rhode Island ought not to have allowed David Wilkinson
to leave the state. But he is now planted at Cohoes Falls, and that
place has already felt the benefit of his business talents, and his ardent
zeal in internal improvement " (History of Cotton Manufacture,
Philadelphia, 1836.)

Mr. Wilkinson did not long remain in active business in Cohoes.
He had much to call him away, and in his later years, was here only
at intervals. The following, giving an account of some of the enter-

g rises in which he was engaged, is from a letter written by him in
ec., 1846 : " The prospects at Cohoes were flattering for a time. But
nullification, Loco-focory, Jacksonism, free trade, and such abomina
tions, killed the new village just born. Europeans who were applying
for water power at Cohoes at this time went away, saying, now we
were going to have free trade ; they could do their work cheaper at
ome than they could in this country and they would build their
factories there. W T e were compelled now to get our living where we
could, to go abroad if we could not get work at home. I went to work
on the Delaware and Raritan Canal, in New Jersey ; then on the St.
Lawrence improvements in Canada ; then to Ohio on the Sandy and
Beaver Canal ; then to the new wire biidge on the Ottawa River, at
Bytown, Canada, and Virginia. Wherever I could find anything to
do, I went."

He was born and bred up in the faith of the Quakers, and always had
a great respect for them. In mid life he connected himself with the
Episcopal church, of which he was ever after a most active member.
He was one of the principal founders of St. Paul s church, in Paw-
tucket, and one of its largest supporters for years. At Wilkinsonville,
Sutton, Mass., where he afterwards had large interests, he built a
church, and e-upported a minister at his own expense ; and on coming
to Cohoes, his first achievement was the establishment of St. John s
church, of which he and Mr. Howe were the principal founders. He
was an active Mason, and one of the founders of Union Lodge, Paw-
tucket, besides being chiefly instrumental in the establishment of the
Cohoes Lodge, in 1846. He was a man of sterling integrity of cha
racter, and commanded the respect and affection of a very large circle


of friends. His remains were brought to Cohoes, and the funeral took
place from St. John s church, Feb. llth.

Feb. 6, M. C. Kirnan, aged 35.

March 24, Evart A. Lansing, aged 62. Mr. Lansing wasnn old resi
dent of the Boght one of a family of six children, of whom two sur
vived him. In his death the community lost an honest and conscien
tious citizen, the Dutch church of Cohoes a judicious counsellor and
an active, zealous member.

April 28, Paul Weidman, aged 30.

May 15, James Abel, aged 54.

July 2, Franklin Waring, aged 38. Mr. W. was for a number of
years one of the leading merchants of the place.

Nov. 17, E. D. Gill, foreman in Miles White s axe factory, aged 45.

Dec. 25, Baltheus Simmons, aged 52.

Jan. 16, Joshua Bailey, Sen., a revolutionary soldier and father of
Joshua and Timothy Bailey, aged 90. Mr. B. was born in East Hamp
ton, Conn., in 1763, removed to Meredith, Delaware Co., N. Y.,in 1803,
and lived in a log cabin seven years, enduring the hardships and pri
vations incident to the life of a pioneer. He removed from Meredith
to Cohoes, in 1835, where he continued to reside with his sou Joshua
until the day of his death.

April 9, Philip Vosburgh, aged 22.

July 31st, John B. Vanderwerken, aged 43. Mr. V. was a son of
Jacob Vanderwerken and succeeded to the business so many years
conducted by him at the corner of Mohawk and Oneida streets, which
he retained until he was appointed gate keeper of the Watervliet turn
pike Co., between West Troy and Albany, in which he was a leading
stockholder. He held the position until his death.


July 26, Dewitt D. Slocum, aged 21.

Sept. 27, John D. Perry, aged 72.

Oct. 16, James Manton, aged about 28.

Oct. 27, Alexander Ten Eyck, aged 32.

March 16, William Pundison Mansfield, aged 80. Mr. Mansfield
was born at New Haven, Conn., in 1775, moved with his father s family
to Litchfield, South Farms, and was educated at Morris Academy.
He subsequently went into mercantile business in Kent, Litchfield Co.,
where he remained until about 1833, when he came to Saratoga Co.,
Northside. He married in Kent, Sally, daughter of Bradley Mills,
and of four children born there, Mrs. Hugh White and L. W. Mans
field are the only survivors the other children, a brother and sister,
having died at the old home in the Housatonic Valley a few years be
fore the family left it for their new home in this state, and here also,
the mother of these children died in Feb., 1842. This family, in both
branches, and their own kindred before them, as far back as is known
to the writer of this sketch, were all brought up in the faith and
practice of the Congregational church, and all who have departed this
life died in that faith. Mr. M. was a man of remarkable firmness of
character and firmness of principle and of most unquestioned integrity
in all his dealings, both with others and with himself. *


April 12, Asahel Goffe, father of Demas and Augustus J. Qoffe,
aged 74.

May 24, William H. Vanderwerken, aged 25.

June 3, In Bellevue Hospital, New York, H. N. Pettis, aged 44.

July 22, Samuel Stiles, aged 35.

Sept. 11, in Picton, Canada West, Charles O Brien, of Cohoes, asred

Sept. 20, Milton, son of Joshua Bailey, aged 28. Mr. B. was secre
tary of the Bailey Manufacturing Co.

Oct. 14, Christopher White, aged 43.

Oct. 16, Nathaniel Selleck, aged 68.

Dec. 3d, in St. Louis, Mo., Charles H., son of Guy Blakeley, aged 24.


April 27, Nicholas W. Smith, aged 26.

May 4, Norton T. Raynsford, aged 39.

^ Aug. 15, W r m. J. Clements, for many years the efficient clerk of the
Cohoes Co., aged about 35 years.

Sept, 27, in Meriden, Ct. , Elias Howell, only son of Dea. Maltby
Howell, aged 44.

Nov. 28, Patrick Me Entee, merchant, aged about 60.


Jan. 28, in Albany, Dr. C. F. Goss, formerly a resident of Cohoes,
aged 41.

Feb. 3d, in Richmond, Va., William Brooks, printer, formerly of
Cohoes, aged 21.

Feb 13, Chas. F. Ferguson, aged 28.

Feb. 19, at the Boght," Cornelius V. Fonda, aged 17.

March 10, Liddell Peverly, foreman of the Cohoes Iron Foundery,
aged 37 years.

March 23, Jonathan Hastings, aged 35 years.

June 8, in Shaftsbury, Vt., Benjamin Hutchins, formerly a resident of
Cohoes, aged 32 years. He was for some time clerk of the village, and
occupied other positions of trust.

July 6, Dr. Henry Adams (father of Hon. Chas. H. Adams), aged
70 years. Dr. Adams was born in Coxsackie, N. Y. , on July 6, 1787,
and had thus just completed, on the day of his death, three score and
ten. He made profession of religion under the ministry of the Rev.
Dr. Livingston, and was for many years an active and useful member
of the church in Coxsackie, until about 1849, he removed to Cohoes,
where he connected himself with the Dutch church. At the time of
his death he was an acting elder; an office which for many years he
had held in the churches of his earlier and later affection. In his
profession, by his kind and sympathizing manner, he gathered around
him the affection and confidence of those to whom he ministered, and
won for himself the title of the " beloved physician." He was buried
in the family burial place at Coxsackie.

Dec. 20, Thomas Brown, aged 62.

March 8, Douw Vanden burgh, aged 86.

March 1, Daniel Nugent, aged 47.

March 20, in East Paw Paw, De Kalb Co., 111., John Lansing, father
of Deacons Jacob I. and Thomas Lansing, of this city.


June 20, James Barclay, aged 36.

Aug. 19, in Dubuque, Iowa, E. H. Johnston, aged 39. Mr. J. was for
some time principal of the Depot school in the 2d ward, but resigned
about 1851. The Galena Daily Courier in noticing his death said :
" In the death of Mr. Johnston, our city has lost a most valuable citizen
and an estimable man. He came to Galena in October, 1855, and as
sumed charge of the Institute, which he conducted successfully up to
the present time. Possessed of considerable experience as a teacher,
great energy, and devoted to his calling, under his auspices the Insti
tute became at once flourishing. Mr. Johnston was a native of Sydney,
Delaware Co., N. Y."

Sept. 20, Garret R, Lansing, aged 45.

Nov. 2, in La Crosse, Wis., Henry, son of Paschal Brooks, M.D.,
aged 25. For several years Mr. Brooks, with his brother Thomas, was
engaged in the drug business.

Nov. 30, at Toboga, in the bay of Panama, Henry E. La Salle, first
telegraphic operator in Cohoes.

Dec. 3, John Eastwood, aged 43. Mr. E. was a prominent fireman
and an influential member of the masonic fraternity.

Dec. 6, William Dickey, aged 52. Mr. D. was well known as aeon-
tractor and prominent citizen of the 3d ward.

Dec. 14, By accident at D. Simmons & Go s axe factory, Thomas
Golden, aged 45.

Dec. 31, Robert Leckie, father of William Leckie, Esq., aged 68.
Mr. L, was one of the earliest settlers in Cohoes.


Jan. 28, in Charleston, S. C., David Warren Leland, aged 64.

March 11, Henry L. Landon, M.D., aged about 35. Dr. L. had been
for many years a resident of the place and as a citizen had been closely
identified with every enterprise that had for its object the welfare
and prosperity of the village. For a long time he had been president
of the village, and had held other important offices of trust. As a
public official he discharged his duties faithfully and conscientiously.
From the Cataract of March 19, 1859, is taken the following notice
of his funeral : " The funeral of Dr Henry L. Landon, which took place
in this village on Sunday afternoon last, was one of the largest gather
ings of the kind ever witnessed in the village. Besides our citizens,
who attended en masse, there were large numbers of the friends and
acquaintances of Dr. L. from abroad, together with delegations of the
masonic fraternity from Watertbrd, Lansingburg, Troy and Albany.
An eloquent and impressive discourse was delivered by Rev. C. N.
Waldron, from Isaiah 38 : 10 : I am deprived of the residue of my
years. After the services at the church, the body was taken to the
Waterford cemetery, where the masonic rites were conducted by Past
Master Geer, of King Solomon s Lodge, assisted by Worshipful Master
Ball, of Mount Zion s Lodge, Troy."

March 17, Jacob Upham, aged 53. Mr. U. had been for several
years an overseer in the Ogden Mills.

May 3, James Groves, aged 28

Sept. 11, Henry Lyons, aged 40.

Sept. 22, John Downs, aged 41.

Nov. 19, Matthew Fitzpatrick. aged 53. He was one of the oldest
and most enterprising residents of the 3d ward, and took a leading
part in local affairs.


Dec. 4, Owen Sweeney, aged 36.

Dec. 6, Isaac Fonda, aged 80.


Feb. 12, Stephen P. Van Woert, aged 40.

August 27, William Penfold, aged 57.

Oct. 22, Nathaniel Wilder, aged 71.

Nov. 1, Jonathan Wightman, aged 69. Mr. Wightman, as a
member of the firm of Wightman and Youmans, was for some years
prominently connected with the manufacturing interests of Cohoes, and
was universally respected.

Nov. 6, James Maitland, aged about 60.

Nov. 10, Octavius Cole, aged 50.

Nov. 14, Aaron L. Ferguson, aged 69. Mr. F., was for many years
identified with the business interests of Cohoes, as a contractor and

Nov. 20, Jeremiah Houlihan, aged 68.

Dec. 29, Daniel Simmons, aged 58. Mr. Simmons was one of the
first to engage in business in Cohoes, and to his industry and enter
prise the place is largely indebted for its reputation as a manufacturing
town. Beginning in a small way the manufacture of axes and edge
tools in 1835, he, in a few years, succeeded in building up an establish
ment which was one of the most important of its kind in the country,
and in gaining a widespread reputation for energy and ability. The
main facts in regard to the connection of Mr. S. with the business
history of Cohoes, have been elsewhere mentioned.


Jan. 1st, John R. Bullock, aged 54. Mr. B. was for many years a
resident of the village and was frequently selected by his fellow citizens
to represent them in official positions.

Jan. 21, Christopher C. Stow, aged 26.

March 12, Origen Orcutt, aged 64.

April 20, William H. Mead, aged 31.

June 13, John Vandercook, aged 30.

July 3d, Jenks Brown, aged 50. Mr. B. was for several years agent
of the Ogden Mills, and in 1859 was president of the village. He died
in Indian Orchard, Mass.

July , Jesse D. Van Hagen, aged 22. Mr. V. H. was a member of
Co. K, 34th N. Y. Vols., and was killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, Va.

Nov. 14, John Mclntosh, aged 57.

Jan. 22, A. C. Byrant, aged 46. Mr. B. was a foreman in D. Sim
mons & Co s axe factory and was widely known and respected.

Feb. 12, William Orelup, Sen., aged 69. Mr. O. had been identified
with the interests of Cohoes since its settlement and was known as an
enterprising citizen and a prominent member of the M . E. church.

Feb. 27, George M. Howes, aged about 32. Mr. H. was for a long
time the only news dealer in the place.

March 10th, Dr. J. H. Tripp, aged 45.

April , in West Troy, N. Y., Supply F. Wilson, for several years a
justice of the peace in Cohoes and a leading politician of the town.

May 31, James Galbraith, killed in battle at Seven Pines, near



Aug. 30, Leonard G. Fletcher, aged about 22. This young man was
a member of Capt. J. L. Yates Co., 22d Reg t, N. Y. Vols. He was en
gaged in the battle before Sharpsburg, Md., and from the fact that no
tidings were subsequently heard of his fate, it is probable that he there
lost his life.

Sept. 4, William Osterhout, aged 44. He was a foreman in D. Sim
mons & Co s axe factory, a skillful mechanic and a well known citizen.

Sept. , James Young, a private in Capt. Win. Shannon s company,
113th Reg t, died in the hospital at Georgetown, D. C.

Sept. 17, William Orelup, Jr., aged about 45 years. Mr. 0. was a
member of the Board of Education and a director in the Bank of Cohoes
at the time of his death. During a long residence in Cohoes he held
many public positions and was much respected as a citizen.

Sept. , in England, Dr. Blake, for a few years medical practitioner
in Cohoes.

Sept. 19, in Newark, Licking Co., Ohio, Col. George I. Abbott, aged
about 50. Col. Abbott was one of the earliest citizens of Cohoes and
a charter member of Cohoes Lodge, F. & A. M. He lis remembered
as a gentleman of quiet, unobtrusive manners and possessed of those
genial qualities which render a man a true friend and good citizen.

Sept. 22, in hospital, at Washington, D. C. , William Long of
bilious fever. Mr. Long was a member of Capt. Wm. Shannon s com
pany, 113th Reg t, N. Y. Vols.

Sept. 29, in hospital at Washington, D. C., Lieut. Hiram Clute, of
Co. A, 22d Reg t, N. Y. Vols. Lt. Clute was wounded in the foot at
one of the battles before Manassas. He lay five days upon the battle
field and his limb was not operated upon until he had been in the
hospital two days more. An obituary in the Cataract said : " Thus
ends the career of as brave a soldier and as true a man as ever met
death upon the battle field. He was idolized by his company and re
spected by the regiment to which he belonged, as well as in the com
munity in which he has long resided. He leaves a wife and two
children to mourn his loss."

Oct. 17, Peter M. Smith, aged 23. Mr. S. was acting village libra
rian in 1861.

Nov. 16, Dea. Maltby Howell, aged 77.

Nov. 28, William B. Hitchcock, aged 77.

Jan. 5, William Padley, aged 51.

Feb. 27, John J. Swartz, aged 58.

Feb. 27, Samuel Maitland, aged 25.

March 31, Michael Farrelly, aged 79.

May 8, George E. Van Vliet, aged 24. Mr. V. V. was a member of
Co. H, 177th Reg t, N. Y. Vols. " He was a young man of great pro
mise. He had finished his course of study at Burr Seminary, Man
chester, and was about to enter Hamilton College, to prepare for the
ministry, when he felt it to be his duty to enlist in the service of his

July 1, Lemuel Scott, aged 40.

June 18, killed, at the siege of Port Hudson, John Me Gaffin, in the
20th year of his age. The following concerning Mr. McG. appeared
in the Cataract : " There are very few of those who have left our vil
lage for the scene of conflict, who were so well known and esteemed as
the subject of this notice. He was a youth of great promise. His


mind was naturally of a studious, inquiring disposition, which was
strengthened by intellectual training, and adorned by the graces of
the Holy Spirit. In the 15th year of his age he made profession of
his faith in Christ, uniting with the Reformed Dutch church in this
village, and was soon after led to commence his preparation for preach
ing the Gospel. He was a member* of the junior class in Rutgers
College, when at the call of his country, he bid farewell for a season
to the endearments of his home and the attractions of his studies, and
enlisted for nine months as a private in the 177th Reg t, of this state.
He stood up manfully in the place of honor and peril ; in the forepart
of the battle he met with a soldier s death, and has found in a far dis
tant state, a soldier s grave. His death has made another vacant place
in the home he loved so well, and has filled with sadness the hearts of
a large circle of friends he had gathered around him in this community."

June 16, Robert Taylor, age unknown. He was a member of the
175th Reg t, N. Y. Vols., and was wounded in the engagement before
Port Hudson, from the effects of which he died in hospital at Baton
Rouge. He was a brother of John Taylor of this place.

July 2, killed, at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., Lieut. Thomas
Walters, of the 97th Reg t, N. Y. Vols.

July 2, William H. Cranston, aged 26. He enlisted as a private in
Co. A, 76th N. Y. Vols. , and was killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa.

July 2, Edward Greason, aged 31. He was born at Hyde, Cheshire,
England, and enlisted from Cohoes in Co. A, 76th N. Y. Vols. He was
wounded in the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., after which he was missing.
It is supposed he died on the field and was buried by the enemy.

July 2, killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., John Wood, John
Brierly, Louis Toronto, Hugh Loughry, Wesley Brodt and Wesley
Tompkins, ages unknown. These young men were all members of
the 76th Reg t, N. Y. Vols.

July 16, James Durham, aged 30, a member of the 3d Reg t N. Y.

July 22, John N. Meads, aged 65.

July 26, Daniel Ball, aged 80.

July 22, in Nantasket, Mass., William W. Kendrick, ^formerly of
Cohoes, aged 43. Mr. K. was a brother-in-law of Col. Isaac Quack-
en bush.

Aug. 4, from wounds received in the battle at Gettysburg, Pa.
Philip Keeler, of the 50th Reg t N. Y. Vols.

August , from malaria in the swamps of Bonnet Carre, La., Robt

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