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1. Allis, married Charles Hamilton San-
ford, president of the Syracuse Trust
Company, and the Sanford Motor Truck
Company of Syracuse. Mr. and Mrs.
Sanford have three children: Durston,
Charles Hamilton, Jr., and Adele How-

lett Sanford. 2. Alfred Howlett, presi-
dent of the Durston Gear Corporation.
He married Jessie Brumelkamp. 3. Mar-
shall Hurst, vice-president of the Durs-
ton Gear Corporation. He married Har-
riet Francis.

(The Howlett Line)

(I) The Howlett family of Onondaga
county, New York, trace from Parley
Howlett, born in 1754, lived in Shafts-
bury, Vermont. He was a soldier of the
Revolution, enlisting in Captain Isaac
Clark's company of militia, raised to serve
under General Lafayette for the defense
of the frontier and on Lake Champlain.
He served in Captain Bigelow Laurence's
company, Colonel Herrick's regiment, in
1780 and again in 1782. In 1797, Parley
Howlett left his home in Shaftsbury, Ver-
mont, and journeyed westward to Onon-
daga county, New York, where he set-
tled at Onondaga Hollow, but the same
year he moved to what is now known as
Howlett Hill, where he died July 29,
1803 ; and was buried in Howlett Hill
Cemetery. He married Bathsheba Par-
ker, who was born in Connecticut, and
came to Onondaga county with her hus-
band and children and there died in 1837,
aged eighty-six. Five sons and three
daughters were born to Parley and Bath-
sheba (Parker) Howlett, descent follow-
ing in this branch through Parley (2).

(II) Parley (2) Howlett, son of Par-
ley (1) and Bathsheba (Parker) Howlett,
was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont, June
1, 1784, died May 18, 1861, and was
buried in Howlett Hill Cemetery. He
was a boy of seven years when his par-
ents came to Onondaga county, and he
grew to manhood at the Howlett Hill
home farm, his father dying when his son
was nineteen. At the age of twenty-
three, Parley (2) Howlett bought a hun-
dred acres of wild land, which he cleared



and improved, and in 1814 bought two
hundred acres of woodland, which he
also cleared, using the lumber obtained
in building salt manufacturing plants. He
was one of the largest manufacturers
of salt in his section and shipped large
quantities West, boating it down the
river to the lake, thence to Niagara, where
he unloaded into wagons and drove
around the Falls, then re-shipped in lake
vessels to Erie, Ashtabula and Cleveland,
exchanging his salt for horses and cat-
tle which he drove overland to Onon-
daga county, New York. There he fat-
tened and killed the cattle, which he
packed for the Eastern market. After
the Erie canal was finished, he packed
his meat in Syracuse and shipped beef
and pork in barrels via the canal. He
was the first shipper of salt, as shown

York, and died in Syracuse, New York,
at his home on West Genesee street, in
1903. He attended the public schools,
and spent his youth on the farm, but
when old enough to choose a career he
elected a business life and became collec-
tor for the banking firm of Horace &
Hamilton, of Syracuse. In 1842 he
bought his father's interest in the meat
packing business in Geddes, and the fol-
lowing year established a packing house
in Delphi, Indiana, and later another sim-
ilar establishment in Oswego, New York.
In the Oswego business he was associ-
ated with his brother-in-law, Leonard
Ames, the trading as Ames, Howlett &
Company, as bankers, and Howlett, Gard-
ner & Company, as millers. He was also
interested in the firm of Spears, Case &
Company (in mills, elevators and brew-

above, and was also the first shipper of ery), in Delphi. In 1867, he retired from
meat by the route described. He be- the packing business.

came one of the important business men
of his section, and made his home on
the farm which he bought in 1806. Par-
ley Howlett was a Whig in politics, later
a Republican, his strong anti-slavery sen-
timents attracting him to that party. He

In 1852, Mr. Howlett was elected a di-
rector of the Salt Springs Bank, of Syra-
cuse, and in January, 1859, was chosen
vice-president and acting cashier. In
1860, he was made president of the bank
and in 1865 the institution was reorgan-

died on his farm home, aged seventy- i ze d as the Salt Springs National Bank,

Alfred A. Howlett, president. He held
that important position from January 3,
1860, until January 11, 1897, then re-
signed. He was also president of the
New York Brick & Paving Company,
vice-president of the Bartels Brewing
Company, and had many other interests,
for he was a man of great energy and
progressive spirit. He was one of the
incorporators, a member of the first
board of directors, and later president of
the Syracuse & Chenango Valley Rail-
road ; was president of the Syracuse Gas
Light Company ; director of the old Syr-
acuse Water Company for forty-two
years ; director of the Syracuse & Brew-

six years, eleven months and eighteen

On July 2, 1805, Parley Howlett mar-
ried Phoebe Robbins, born in 1789, died
December 17, 1831, and buried at How-
lett Hill. They were the parents of
eleven children : Solomon R., Horatio
C, Myron P., Letitia E., Jane M., Parley
(3), Alfred Adolphus, of further mention,
Celestia S., Daniel, Francis C, and Je-

(Ill) Alfred Adolphus Howlett, sev-
enth child of Parley (2) and Phoebe
(Robbins) Howlett, was born February
17, 1821, on the Howlett homestead on
Howlett Hill in Onondaga countv, New



erton Plank Road Company, and vice- meline, Dorothy, Harlow, George, Che-
president of the Charlestovvn, Santa Fe ney, Edwin, Harriet, Henry, died young ;
& Northern Railroad. In 1880, he was Leonard, Minerva, of whom further.
elected trustee-at-large of Syracuse Uni- Henry (2), and Milton,
versity, and served as a trustee of the (III) Minerva, the youngest daughter,
Onondaga County Orphan Asylum. married Alfred Adolphus Howlett, (q. v.),
Alfred A. Howlett married, in Mex- their daughter. Augusta Adele, married
ico, Oswego county, New York, June J- Frank Durston ; their daughter Allis
19, 1844, Minerva Ames, born in Mex- married Charles Hamilton Sanford.
ico, died in Syracuse in 1898, daughter

of Leonard Ames. Mr. and Mrs. How- LOCKE, Hersey Goodwin,
lett were the parents of two children :
Alfred Ames, an important business man

Specialist in Neurotic and Psychiatric Diseases.

of Syracuse, died February 8, 1904, aged For nearl - v twenty-five of his years,

forty-three ; Augusta Adele, died Janu- slxt - v ' Dn Locke P ractic ed his profession
ary 7, 1896, wife of J. Frank Durston, in Syracuse, New York, becoming closely

(q- v.).

(The Ames Line)

entwined in the affections of a very large
proportion of all with whom he came in
contact. He was a skilled therapeutist,

(I) Cheney Ames, of Litchfield, Con- but in the latter years he devoted his
necticut, married, February 23, 1775, splendid talents, his sympathies and his
Hannah Rowleson, and they were the professional enthusiasm to diseases of
parents of seven children, the eldest a the mind and nerves. As a specialist in
son, Leonard, of further mention. neurotic and psychiatric diseases, he at-

(II) Leonard Ames, son of Cheney tained a distinction that was steadily
and Hannah (Rowleson) Ames, was increasing, and his contemporaries rec-
born in Litchfield, Connecticut, April ognized his extraordinary skill and abil-
25, 1776, and grew t.o youthful manhood ity in those two baffling, elusive and per-
in the town of his birth. Later, he was plexing classes of human ailments which
residing at Mud Lake in Delaware coun- above all others call for great patience,
ty, New York, leaving there in 1804, deep sympathy, cheerfulness and tact on
and going to Mexico, Oswego county, the part of the physician. These quali-
New York, driving through with an ox- ties Dr. Locke possessed, and they won-
team, blazing his way through, to him, derfully supplemented his learning and
an unknown country. In Mexico he skill.

built a log cabin and cleared a farm, Dr. Locke viewed his specialty, as far

coming to considerable prominence in as it was concerned with mental dis-

town affairs. He prospered and on the eases, as a branch of the public service,

home farm built a stone house in which He planned broadly for the establish-

was held the first quarterly meeting of ment of a psychopathic hospital in Syra-

the Methodist church of Mexico. He cuse, which he conducted for the obser-

served in the War of 1812. vation and provisional treatment of vic-

Leonard Ames married, January 1, tims of incipient mental ailments in the

1796, Minerva Peck, and they were the hope of saving them from confinement

parents of thirteen children: Orson, Em- in State hospitals. To this charity he



gave close attention for a long time, be-
ing paid but a trifling sum by the city,
a sum which a surgeon of his rank in
the profession would have been paid for
a single operation. In other ways Dr.
Locke contributed valuable time and la-
bor to educate and enlighten people con-
cerning mental and nervous diseases, be-
ing tireless in that role.

The many patients whom he served
for all purposes as a family doctor found
in him an always ready, resourceful, and
highly competent medical advisor and
attendant ; they, best of all except his
fellow doctors, discerning in him the at-

grandson of Merivill Locke, an early set-
tler in Virginia. John Donaldson (2)
Locke settled in Oldham county, Ken-
tucky, and there owned a large planta-
tion, later moving to Louisville, Ken-
tucky, with his family. He married, May
2, 183S, Harriet Locke, who was born in
Billerica, Middlesex county, Massachu-
setts, November 12, 1807, daughter of
Judge Joseph and Lydia (Goodwin)
Locke, her father a judge of the Court
of Quarter Session for Middlesex coun-
ty, her mother a daughter of General
Nathaniel and Molly (Jackson) Good-
win. General Nathaniel Goodwin was

tributes which made him a splendid re- a captain of Cambridge and Boston, was
liance in cases of impaired nervous or-
ganizations and of distraught mentality.
Few doctors knew better than he how
to help their patients with good cheer
and encouragement while applying their
healing art.

in the Rhode Island expedition of 1778,
and later was commissioned general
of Massachusetts militia. He was
of Plymouth, Massachusetts, son
of Nathaniel and Lydia (LeBaron)
Goodwin, his mother a granddaughter

Personally Dr. Locke was a man of of Dr. Francis LeBaron, the famous phy-

singularly engaging attributes, cordial,
quick-witted, a lover of humor, original
in his thinking, deeply read in literature,
a keen observer, and a searching analyst
of men and events. As a physician he

sician of the Plymouth Colony.

Judge Joseph Locke was a son of Cap-
tain Jonathan and Mary Haven (Nich-
ols) Locke, his father a sergeant in the
French and Indian War, serving at Ti-

held the confidence of his patients not conderoga and Crown Point in 1758 and
alone by his skill but by his broad sym- 1759, gaining his title — Captain — as an
pathy. A lover of nature, his pleasure officer of Massachusetts militia during

after each busy day was in fine weather
months to repair to his Marcellus home
and enjoy the beauties of that region.
It was in that beautiful home that he
was stricken with the illness that quick-
ly ended his useful career.

Hersey Goodwin Locke was a son of
Joseph Henry and Fannie Buckminster
(Churchill) Locke, grandson of John
Donaldson (2) Locke, a planter of Old-
ham county, Kentucky, born August 1,
1781, in Jefferson county, Virginia; great-
grandson of John Donaldson (1) and
Ann (Bates) Locke, and great-great-

the Revolution. John Donaldson (2)
and Harriet (Locke) Locke were the
parents of: Julia Dalton, born March 20,
1839, died January 29, 1842; Joseph Hen-
ry, of further mention; Lydia, born Feb-
ruary 1, 1843.

Joseph Henry Locke was born at the
Locke plantation in Oldham county,
Kentucky, February 21, 1841. He mar-
ried Fannie Buckminster Churchill, and
at the close of the Civil War moved with
his family to Boston, Massachusetts.
They were the parents of Dr. Hersey
Goodwin Locke.



Such were the splendid antecedants of
Hersey Goodwin Locke, born at the
Locke plantation in Oldham county,
Kentucky (also the birthplace of his
father) August 19, 1863, died at Syra-
cuse Memorial Hospital, Syracuse, New
York, October 6, 1922, and was buried
in Highland Cemetery, Marcellus, Onon-
daga county, New York. In 1865 his
parents moved to Boston, Massachusetts,
and there he was educated in Boston
Latin School, The Hopkinson School and
Harvard University, receiving from the
last named institution the degree A.M..
in course, having previously studied at
Heidelburg University.

Choosing medicine as his life work,
the young man spent some time in med-
ical study at Harvard, then transferred
to the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons, Columbia University, whence he
was graduated M.D., class of 1887. He
won an internship at the New York City
Hospital in competitive tests, and later
was interne at Roosevelt Hospital, New
York. After a post-graduate course of
study abroad, Dr. Locke practiced medi-
cine in New York City until 1895, and
in that year accepted appointment as res-
ident physician at Glen Springs Sanato-
rium at Watkins, New York, where he
remained three years. In 1898 he moved
to Syracuse, New York, and there prac-
ticed until his passing, twenty-four years
later. During all these years Dr. Locke
practiced privately both along general
lines and as a specialist in diseases of
mental and nervous troubles. In public
he was known as a lecturer on phycho-
therapy, Syracuse College of Medicine,
1908; assistant professor of psychiatry
and psycho-therapy; and later was made
a full professor of neuro-psychiatry ; was
neurologist and psychiatrist to Syracuse
Memorial Hospital, and to Syracuse Free

Dispensary; founder of the Psychopathic
Hospital and for many years was in
charge of that institution; neurologist to
the Hospital of the Good Shepherd ; con-
sulting neurologist of the Syracuse Clin-
ic, and widely known throughout New
York State as an expert in medico- legal
cases. For years he was consulting neu-
rologist and psychiatrist to St. Lawrence
State Hospital, Ogdensburg, and during
the World War, 1917-18, served as con-
tract surgeon at Camp Syracuse.

He took a deep interest in sub-normal
children, and several years prior to his
death started a movement to procure bet-
ter educational facilities for their educa-
tion, happily being able to accomplish a
great deal toward that end. During his
career he prepared and read many pa-
pers on mental and nervous diseases,
many of these having been printed and
re-printed, and given wide circulation.
He was a Fellow of the New York Acad-
emy of Medicine ; member of Syracuse
Academy of Medicine ; Onondaga Coun-
ty Medical Society ; New York State
Medical Society; the American Medical
Association ; and the American Society
for Psychical Research.

Dr. Locke married, March 1, 1902,
Mrs. Julia (Williams) Emory, widow of
Dennis McCarthy Emory, and daughter
of Judge D. S. Williams, of Ocala, Flor-
ida. Mrs. Locke survives her husband
with three daughters : Anne LeBaron,
wife of Burton Friend White, Jr., and
resides in New York City; Misses Dor-
othy Donaldson and Julia Townsend
Locke. The family home is No. 807 Lodi
street, the summer home at Marcellus,
Xew York.



The term "the heritage of the past" be-



comes more than a phrase when the an-
nals of those years give forth records
of such interest and inspiration as that
of the life of Smith T. Woolworth. A
descendant of an early and worthy Amer-
ican family, his life was not one of stir-
ring incidents, but was a career filled
with responsibilities ably borne, obliga-
tions conscientiously discharged, duty
faithfully performed, all while deriving
from life its fullest enjoyments and while
receiving the merited esteem and respect
of his fellows.

(1) The history of his line of the
family of Woolworth begins with Rich-
ard Woolworth, who settled at Newbury,
Massachusetts, in 1678, marrying Han-
nah Huggins, of that place, on Christmas
Eve of the same year. The record of
his marriage spells his name Woolery,
and other records of the same town spell
it Woolworth. Richard Woolworth had
taken the oath of allegiance at Ipswich
when he arrived at Newbury, and was
then thirty years old. Among the eighty-
four passengers of the "Plain Joan," who
landed in Virginia, May 15, 1635, was
Richard Wooley, born in 1600, and as
it is known that many persons came to
New England by way of Virginia there
is reasonable basis for the supposition
that Richard Woolworth, of Newbury,
was a son of Richard Woolworth, of Vir-
ginia, the termination "worth" signify-
ing a court, farm, island or other place
of possession, having possibly been
adopted upon receipt of a grant of land.
On August 10, 1680, Richard Woolworth
received a grant of land, among one hun-
dred persons, in the southeastern part
of Southold, then a part of Massachu-
setts, now Suffield, Connecticut, and on
the record of this grant the name is
spelled Wooley. He took up his resi-
dence upon this land at once, and died


there, December 20, 1696, the death of
his wife having occurred October 19,

(II) Richard (2) Woolworth, only son
of Richard (1) and Hannah Woolworth,
was born in Southold, Massachusetts,
(later Suffield) born December 6, 1687.
He married, September 15, 1714, Eliza-
beth Hall, of Taunton, Massachusetts.

(III) Timothy Woolworth, third son
and fifth child of Richard (2) and Eliza-
beth (Hall) Woolworth, was born in Suf-
field, Connecticut, May 17, 1722. He mar-
ried there, June 3, 1747, Mercy Olds.

(IV) Phineas Woolworth, son of
Timothy and Mercy (Olds) Woolworth,
was born in Suffield, October 31, 1754,
and it was he who founded the line in
New York State, settling in Pinckney,
Lewis county. He was a successful far-
mer. With four of his brothers he par-
ticipated in the battles of Lexington and
Bunker Hill, and otherwise supported
the Colonial cause in the field. After
serving in the alarm party, he was one
of twenty-three men to respond first
from Suffield under command of Captain
Nathaniel Hayden, enlisting in the Tenth
Company, May 13, 1775, and being dis-
charged December 17, 1775. He married
Mercy Sheldon.

(V) Thaddeus Woolworth, son of
Phineas Woolworth, the Revolutionary
soldier, and Mercy (Sheldon) Wool-
worth, his wife, was born in Suffield,
Connecticut, in 1782, and accompanied
his father to New York State. He found
his bride in Massachusetts, and on Feb-
ruary 6, 1808, married Hannah Palmer,
of Southwick, Massachusetts (a town ad-
joining Suffield), their marriage per-
formed in Suffield to avoid the delay re-
quired by the laws of Massachusetts.
They lived on a farm at Pinckney, New
York, where Thaddeus Woolworth's


death occurred in March, 1852, his widow
surviving him until July, 1864.

(VI) Gilbert Enoch Woolworth,
fourth son and seventh child of Thad-
deus and Hannah (Palmer) Woolworth,
was born in Pinckney, New York, March
18, 1821, and died March 14, 1891, strick-
en suddenly. He was educated in his
birthplace, Pinckney, and became a pros-
perous farmer and cattle dealers, operat-
ing farms and a jurist mill at Deer River
for several years. His popularity among
his fellows was evidenced by his election
to several public offices, including super-
visor and sheriff, and in 1865 he moved to
Watertown, there continuing extensive
cattle dealings and for a time conducting
his farms and mill. He married (first)
Elizabeth Smith, born June 25, 1797, died
in 1854, daughter of David and Pamela
(Waldo) Smith. Child, Smith Thaddeus,
of whom further. He married (second)
Mary E. White, of Taberg, Oneida coun-
ty, New York, daughter of Israel and
Abigail F. (Taft) White. There were
two children of the second marriage.

(VII) Smith Thaddeus Woolworth,
in whose memory this review is dedi-
cated, son of Gilbert Enoch and Eliza-
beth (Smith) Woolworth, was born in
Pinckney, Lewis county, New York,
February 14, 1849, died in Watertown,
Xew York, August 15, 1907, and is bur
ied in the Brookside Cemetery at Water-
town. The public schools of Martins-
burg and Deer River gave him his edu-
cational training in his early youth, this
study supplemented by attendance at the
Lowville Academy, after which he
worked with his father until 1864, when
his banking career began. In this year
he entered the bank at Carthage, New
York, and in August, 1865, he came to
Watertown and became a member of the
staff of C. G. Harger & Son. Here he

remained until 1869, when considerations
of health compelled him to resign his po-
sition, after which he spent a short time
in a newspaper office before returning
to financial connection in the bank of
George F. Paddock & Company. In De-
cember, 1869, he was appointed a teller
in the Jefferson County National Bank,
succeeding one year later to the office
of cashier, which he filled until his death.
From his youth he was the possessor of
an acutely developed financial sense, and
he won not only the sincere regard of
his fellow officials but high appreciation
among the banking fraternity and the
public. For a period of ten years he dis-
charged the duties of receiver, and in
this time, among other important affairs,
brought to a close the business of the
Homestead Fire Insurance Company of
Watertown. The following is quoted
from an editorial tribute which appeared
in a local journal at the time of Mr.
Woolworth's death :

He has followed the banking business nearly all
his life, and his unswerving rectitude, unfailing
courtesy, and wide acquaintance rendered his serv-
ices especially valuable to the financial institutions
he has served. For nearly forty years he has been
i onnected with the Jefferson County National
Hank, nearly all that long period as cashier. The
many patrons of that time-honored institution had
come to regard Mr. Woolworth as a personal friend,
through their business dealing with him so many
years. In many ways Mr. Woolworth has been
prominently identified with the city's interests, and
in all the positions in which he has been placed
he has exhibited the same faithfulness to duty.

Mr. Woolworth's identification with
public affairs, although his financial ca-
reer was in reality a public service, in-
cluded the incumbency of numerous of-
fices, including the Hoard of Education,
the Hoard of Public Safety, and the
Board of Public Works, and, a Democrat
in a Republican stronghold, he was his
parly's unsuccessful nominee for mayor.



alderman, county treasurer, and con- Onondaga, New York, bar, was taken
gressman. He was the first president of from the scene of his labors and suc-
tne Jeriersonian Club, the leading Demo- cesses just at the time when his learning,
cratic organization ot the county and the devotion and ability were bringing him
pioneer political organization of Water- the reward of a profession which gen-
town, this body having launched the erously compensates her worthy sons,
boom of Roswell P. Flower for gover- So, too, his son, Parker Dickson Buck, a

young man of 21, was taken at the be-
ginning of his career, a second lieutenant
of the Aviation Corps, United States
Army. A son, Henry Bennett (2), Buck,

nor. He was a trustee and president of
the Union Club of Watertown, a trus-
tee of the City Hospital, and a widely
known Mason, having served as treasurer
and recorder of his lodge, also affiliating survives his father and brother.

with the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows and the Knights of Pythias. His
church was All Souls Universalist, which
he served as treasurer and trustee, its
liberal tenets indicative of the tolerance
and generosity he felt and displayed to-
ward men in all relations of life.

Mr. Woolworth married, July 21, 1873,
Anne Wilhelmina Clark, daughter of
William H. Clark, of Washington, D. C,
a descendant of English ancestry. Mrs.
Woolworth has long been an active par-
ticipant in religious and charitable work,
has been a member of the executive com-
mittee of the Auxiliary Board of the City
Hospital, and a director and president of
the Ladies' Board in charge of the Jef-
ferson County Orphans' Home for sev-

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