Charles E. (Charles Elliott) Fitch.

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son, Abraham Grant, was born January
22, 1779, in Watertown, and married in
Chelsea, Massachusetts, May 28, 1807,
Margaret Cheever, born there 1783, bap-
tized July 13 of that year, seventh daugh-
ter of Joshua and Abigail (Eustis)
Cheever, descended from Ezekiel Chee-
ver, a pioneer settler of Boston, Massa-
chusetts. Ezekiel Cheever was born
January 26, 1615, in London, and in 1637
came to Boston, where he was the famous
schoolmaster of the Boston Latin School.
He removed, in 1638, to New Haven,
afterwards to Ipswich, Massachusetts,
where he was living in 1650, to Charles-
town in November, 1661, and returned ten
years later to Boston, where he died
August 21, 1708. He was an interesting
figure in the early history of the colonies,
and is the subject of a volume recently
published by President Eliot of Harvard
University. He married (second) No-
vember 18, 1652, Ellen, a sister of Captain
Thomas Lothrop, of Beverly. She died
September 10, 1706. His fifth son and
fourth child of his second wife, Ellen
(Lothrop) Cheever, was the Rev. Thomas
Cheever, who was born August 23, 1658,
in Ipswich, graduated from Harvard in
1677, was admitted to the First church at
Boston in 1680, and took the freeman's
oath there October 13 of that year. He
began preaching at Maiden in 1679, and
was ordained there July 27, 1681, as a
colleague of Rev. Michael Wigglesworth.
Later he was a teacher, and subsequently
pastor of the church at Rumney Marsh
(now Chelsea), where he was ordained
October 19, 1715, as the first minister,
and continued in service until 1747. At
his death in November, 1749, he was the



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oldest living graduate of Harvard. He
married Sarah, daughter of James Bill,
Sr. Their youngest child, Nathan
Cheever, born March i6, 1694, in Boston,
was constable and selectman of Chelsea,
a member of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company of Boston, and died
September 30, 1774. He married (second)
in Boston, February 17, 1738, Anna,
vindow of Nathan Fuller, and daughter of
Samuel Burrill, of Lynn. She died No-
vember ID, 1740. He had a son Nathan
by his first marriage, and the only child
of the second marriage was Joshua
Cheever, born October 10, 1740, in Chel-
sea, died January 15, 1813. He is called
gentleman in the records, and left a per-
sonal estate valued at $5,478.50. He
married in Chelsea, May 8, 1765, Abigail
Eustis, born 1745-46, died in February,
1809, in Chelsea. Their seventh daugh-
ter and ninth child, Margaret, born 1783,
as above noted, became the wife of Abra-
ham Grant.

(IX) Waldo Grant Morse, son of
Adolphus and Mary Elizabeth (Grant)
Morse, was born March 13, 1859, in
Rochester, New York, where he was
educated in its schools and the Univer-
sity of Rochester. He was admitted to
the bar in 1884. Since 1888 he has been
actively engaged in the practice of his
profession in New York City, with office
on Wall street. While conducting a large
practice, Mr. Morse has always found
time to devote to the public interest, and
is very earnest in his labors with pen and
voice in behalf of American progress. He
was appointed by Governor Levi P. Alor-
ton, of New York, a member of the Pali-
sade Commission, established under legis-
lation which he framed, and drew the Pali-
sades National Preservation bills which
were passed by the Legislatures of New
York and New Jersej^ and his work has
been largely instrumental in preserving
the great natural beauties of Hudson river



scenery. Mr. Morse is a member of the
committee of the Scenic and Historic
Preservation Society, in charge of the
preservation of the highlands of the Hud-
son. He was the second president, and
is now a director of the Morse Society,
incorporated under the laws of the State
of New York, engaged in the publication
of a history of the great Morse family.
He is president of the National Editorial
Service, Incorporated ; vice-president of
the State Bank of Seneca Falls, New
York ; director of and counsel for the
Sonora Phonograph Corporation ; coun-
sellor and treasurer of the American
Academy of Jurisprudence ; life member
of Council of National Advisors, and
chairman of the Division of American
Jurisprudence of the National Highways
Association, and member of the follow-
ing: American Bar Association, Ameri-
can Academy of Politics and Social
Science, American Association for the
Advancement of Science, New York State
Bar Association, Association of the Bar
of the City of New York, New York
County Lawyers' Association, Westches-
ter County Bar Association, Society of
Colonial Wars. Sons of the Revolution,
Society for the Promotion of Training for
the Public Service, National Municipal
League, Lawyers Club, Bankers Club,
Reform, Club, Quill Club, Press Club,
Amackkassin Club, Hudson River Coun-
try Club, Wykagyl Country Club, Cham-
ber of Commerce of the United States,
Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, National
Municipal League, and National Eco-
nomic League.

As a member of the National Editorial
Faculty Mr. Morse has written signed
editorials dealing with legal and govern-
mental questions which have been of
great value in moulding public opinion
and directing the thought of the Ameri-
can people toward the best means of
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welfare. These have been widely pub-
lished throughout the land. The follow-
ing are the closing paragraphs of one
upon "Government by Commission :"

Adam, broadly delegated to replenish the
earth and subdue it, held the first commission.
The earth having become replenished, there-
upon Moses, Saul, Solomon and the others,
made, adjudicated and executed laws, all with
ample sanction and authorization. But the earth
as a whole still remained to be and was sub-
dued, though as to Who or What has been back
of Menes and Rameses Second, Nebuchadnez-
zar, Phillip and Alexander, Caesar and Nero,
Genghis Kahn, the Manchus, the Romanoffs,
and the rest, we may have our doubts, but still
they were commissioners — all true commission-
ers — in all things except the name. What is
the logical ending of the road upon which we
have apparently set our feet? Are we to go
forward, allowing our legislatures to add im-
possible tasks to their unfulfilled duties and then
delegate to commissioners not only their own
powers but others, rewarding each failure with
greater extension of powers and the authority
to lay heavier penalties? Not until the millen-
nium can government by commission be one of
equity and justice, but then we shall need no
rulers.

Mr. Morse married, in Seneca Falls,
New York, June 22, 1886, Adelaide P.
Cook, daughter of Albert Cook, of that
town. His home is in Yonkers, and
summer residence at Seneca Falls, New
York.



WOODLEY, Alvin Clayton, M. D., C. M.

Physician, Specialist.

After receiving his degree of Doctor of
Medicine, C. M., from Trinity College
of Medicine, Toronto, Canada, in 1886,
Dr. Woodley, after gaining experience
under eminent physicians, came to the
United States and has since operated as
a specialist in the cities of Rochester,
Buffalo and Binghamton. He is a phy-
sician of the old school and keeps abreast
of all medical progress, for he is a tireless
worker notwithstanding the demands of



a large practice, and he continues the
student and investigator.

Alvin Clayton Woodley was born in
Waterford, Province of Ontario, Canada,
December 20, 1861, son of George and
Marietta (Home) Woodley. The Wood-
leys are an old English family often
found as Woodleigh in England, but in
Canada where George Woodley the father
of Dr. Woodley was born, the latter form
of the name is general. George Woodley
was a prosperous agriculturist, and a man
progressive and public-spirited in his
citizenship. He was a deacon of the
Baptist church and active in good works
for many years, until his death in Cali-
fornia in 1901. He had three children,
Dr. Alvin C, of Binghamton ; Clara, wife
of SafTord Kitchen, residing in Blooms-
burg, Canada; Martha (Mattie), wife of
H. A. Horning, also residing in Canada.

Dr. Alvin C. Woodley began his
studies in Grove Union School, continued
them in the Canadian Literary Institute
(now Woodstock College), completed his
studies there, graduating in class of 1881,
then entered Trinity University at
Toronto, Canada. He there completed
a literary course, then entered the medical
department of the university whence he
was graduated as Doctor of Medicine,
C. M. in class of 1886. He had the benefit
of association while a student with the
best physicians and hospital workers,
notably Drs. Emerick, of Waterford, and
Hayes, of Sinco, Ontario. After receiving
his degree he located in Rochester, New
York, practiced there for a time, then
after post-graduate courses in New York
City institutions he opened offices in
Buffalo. In that city he specialized in
diseases of the respiratory organs,
nervous and blood diseases, also main-
taining branch offices in several of the
principal cities of New York State. In
1904 he located in Binghamton, where he
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clientele of the best standing coming
from far and near. He is a hard, con-
scientious worker and has given his best
to his profession. During the summer of
1915 he gave himself much needed re-
laxation and made an extended southern
and western tour. His office is at No. 45
Court street, Binghamton, New York ; his
residence at No. 245 Vestal avenue. Dr.
Woodley has been examining physician
for many of the fraternal insurance
orders, and is a member of the Western
New York Medical Society and the First
Baptist Church of Binghamton.



HONSINGER. Frederick S., M. D.,

Physician, Pnblic-spirited Citizen.

The medical fraternity of Syracuse has
many representatives, yet none who are
more devoted to their profession or are
more earnest in the discharge of profes-
sional duties than Dr. Frederick S. Hon-
singer, who was born in Rome, New
York, January 9, 1874, son of Abram W.
and Welthy B. (Sanford) Honsinger.
The family is of Holland Dutch descent
in the paternal line, and in the maternal
is of English lineage and eligible to mem-
bership in the Society of Mayflower
Descendants.

Dr. Honsinger began the mastery of
those branches of learning which con-
stitute the public school education, and
later he became a student of the academy
in his native city, there pursuing higher
branches of study. With the desire to
become a member of the medical profes-
sion, he matriculated in the Syracuse
University and there pursued both scien-
tific and medical courses and was gradu-
ated with the class of 1898. While pur-
suing his collegiate course he became a
member of the Phi Delta Theta and the
Nu Sigma Nu fraternities. Immediately
following his graduation he filled the
position of interne in St. Joseph's Hos-



pital, during the years 1898-99, and there
added to his theoretical college training
the broad and practical experience that
comes in hospital work. He then opened
an office for the active practice of hi.'%
profession, and in due course of time was
in receipt of an extensive practice which
is increasing steadily, and he has gained
recognition as one of the able and suc-
cessful physicians of Syracuse, and by his
labors, his high professional attainments
and his sterling characteristics has justi-
fied the respect and confidence reposed in
him by the medical fraternity and the
public. He keeps in touch with the most
advanced methods and thoughts of the
day that bear upon his chosen calling by
a thorough course of reading. Dr. Hon-
singer is a very public-spirited man, dis-
playing commendable zeal in the varied
interests of the city. His loyal support
can be counted upon to further all pro-
gressive movements that tend to promote
municipal reform or to advance the up-
building of Syracuse. He casts his vote
for the candidates of the Republican
party, the principles of which he loyally
upholds. He holds membership in Lodge
No. 31, Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks ; in the Citizens' Club, and served
in the capacity of president of the
Anglers' Association, which is the largest
organization of sportsmen in the United
States, banded for the protection of
forests, fish, game, song and insectivorous
birds for the benefit of the public. He
takes a deep interest in this organization
and through his efforts its membership
has been increased from a few hundred
to over two thousand.

Dr. Honsinger married, October 9,
1900, Evalina Vernon, born in Rome,
Italy, August 9, 1876, daughter of Dean
and Emily (Barker) Vernon. They are
the parents of five children : Evalina
Frances, born February 21, 1902; Leroy
Vernon, born September 5, 1906; Helen



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