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tled in Lyons. He was a cooper by trade, but is now a farmer. July 16, 1859, he
married Catherine Correll, of Huron, and they have had six children: Emma B.,
George P., Carrie S., all deceased ; William L., Daniel L. C. and Belle Y. They reside
at home. George died March 10, 1891 ; Emma B., died October 15,1893; and Carrie
S., July 29, 1867. Mrs. Frey's father, Frederick Correll, was born in Germany and
married Susan Hoover. They had eight sons and three daughter. They came to the
United States in 1841. . He died in 1859, and his wife in 1874. The family are mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church at Fairville.

Finley, Luther, was born in Walworth, Wayne county April 29, 1824. His parents
moved to this town when he was nine years of age. Upon the death of his parents he
came to reside with his sister, where he attended school. At the age of nineteen he
began business on his own account, owning a stage route from Phelps to Palmyra, do-
ing much of the driving and managing of same. At this time he formed a co-partner-
ship with a Mr. Ingersoll in the livery business at Phelps, which continued seven years.
In 1841 he came again to Newark and began to run omnibuses for passengers and bag-
gage to what is now known as the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. station at Newark, carrying
the U. S. mails since he was nineteen, which now extends to three railroad lines and
stations. In 1853 he married Mary W. Gould, of Phelps, Ontario county, and they had
three daughters, Ella S., who married W. W. Wheatly, of New York; Minnie, who
died at the age of two years; and Laura B., who is house- keeper for her father. Mr.
Finley's father, Nathan, was born at the old home in 1793. He married Abigail South-
worth of his native place, and they had four children, Cordelia, Laura, Luther, and Ann
E. He died in 1833 and his wife February 26, 1878.

Frey, Leonard, was born in Wurtemburg. Germany, May 11, 1833. He was edu-
cated in their schools, learned the blacksmith's trade, and came to the United States in
1856. He married twice, first Catrina Roesch of his native place, by whom he had six
children. Two are deceased, the others are : Charles, a produce dealer and married
twice, first Mary Fuller and had two daughters, Ora M. and Lillie; and second Grace
Jenkins; Lois, Leonard, jr., who is a cigar manufacturer and married Betsey Rikeman ;
and Frederick, who is also a cigar maker. Mrs. Frey died April 7, 1888, mourned by a
bereaved husband and family. He married second November 30, 1891, Mrs. Minnie
(Huss) Young. She had three children by her first marriage, Emma, Frederick and
Charles, who died August 30, 1894, aged ten years. Mr. Frey carried on blacksmithing
several years, and has been a hotel keeper thirteen years. He erected a fine hotel at
East Newark last spring, which he is now conducting.

Fisk, H. Hudson, was born in Arcadia, two and one-half miles south of Newark July
19, 1849, was educated in the common and Union Schools and Academy of Newark.
The early part of his life was spent on the homestead farm. He also taught school
several years, and was principal of the Union School and Academy here six years. In
November, 1885, he became a newspaper man, purchasing the Newaik Union, which
he has conducted since with success, as proprietor, editor and publisher. Mr. Fisk's
father, Lonson, was born in Saratoga county February 11, 1811. June 14, 1832, he
married Adelia Wells, of the town of Manchester, who was born March 1, 1812. They
had nine children, George W.. Samuel, Willis P., William H., A. Judson and H. Hudson


(twins), Jennie, Frances A., and Belle. Mr. Fisk died December 19, 1885, and his wife
July 27, 1888. The family came to reside in this town in 1823.

Filkins, William J., was born in Columbia county, August 8, 1818. His father was
Jacob Filkins, a son of Isaac, a native of Holland, who came to America soon after the
close of the Revolution, and settled in Rensselaer county, N. Y. Langdon and John,
sons of Isaac, served in the war of 1812, one of them being a captain. Jacob came
from Columbia county in 1821 to Yates county, settling in Benton, and the next year
moved to Barrington, where he remained until 1828, then came to Wayne county,
buying a farm in the town of Sodus, and becoming one of the most prosperous farmers
in the town. He died in Sodus in 1854. He was a man of strict integrity and of sound
judgment, taking an active part in political affairs and holding various offices in the
town. He married Sarah Stinehart, and their children were : Elizabeth, who married
Madison Stever, of Arcadia; Catharine, who married Peter A. Whitbeck, of Arcadia ;
Alonzo, who settled in Montgomery, 111.; Francis, who settled in Phelps, where he died
June 23, 1889 ; Edwin B. Filkins was born in Columbia county in 1826, settled on the
homestead in Sodus, and married Elizabeth A., daughter of James S. R. Sanford, of
Palmyra, and they had two children : Chloe, who married Irving Waterbury, of Newark ;
and Louisa, who died in early womanhood ; William J. Filkins settled in Sodus, near
the old home, and married Mary, daughter of George Van Hoesen, of Arcadia. Their
children are : G-eorge H., of Lyons, who married Hannah Mackey ; Caroline, wife of Dr.
T. L. St. John, of Center Brunswick, Rensselaer county ; William F., of Sodus ; and
Emma E., wife of Herbert Lincoln, of Arcadia. William J. has always taken a prom-
inent part in local politics, and has served as superintendent of schools for two years,
as teacher for seven terms, assessor, overseer of the poor, etc. He is a prominent and
active member of the M. E. church of Sodus, with which he has been connected for
over forty years. He is also a charter member of the Grange at Sodus, of which he has
been lecturer and master. For several years he was a director of the Fire Relief Associa-
tion of Wayne county.

Fleming, William, was born in Dansville, Pa., August 8, 1815, and came to this town
with his parents at the age of seven years. His education was obtained in the common
schools, and he has had several occupations, but has followed farming and fruit-growing
chiefly. In 1837 he married Catherine Rowe, of this town, who died in 1872. For his
second wife he married Mrs. Louisa M. Morgan, who died in 1874. His third marriage
was in 1875, to Mrs. Evelin Hooker, of Lyons, and they have one daughter, Clara M.,
who married Charles Daley, of Syracuse. Mr. Fleming has resided in this town seventy-
two years. Mrs. Fleming's first husband was Thomas Hooker, of Lyons, who enlisted
immediately after his marriage in Company D, 111th N. Y. Vols., and died in Ander-
sonville prison in 1864.

Emery, Walter, the first of the family to settle in Wayne county, came from Penn-
sylvania to Huron in 1832 and engaged in farming. He afterward removed to Sodus
and was manager of the Shaker tract for several years. He now resides at Alton.
He was deputy sheriff under Sheriff Paddock, and for six years highway commissioner.
He is a leading member and one of the founders of the M. E. church at Alton. He
married Arloa Craig, and they have two sons, George, and Charles, who resides at
Alton and was postmaster there during Harrison's administration. He has taught school
at Alton since 1885, and married Ada Bockhoven. George has been principally eDgaged
in teaching, having taught every winter since 1869, twenty-three consecutive terms at
Alton. Since 1885 he has been principal of the school at Sodus Point. He was ap-
pointed postmaster at Alton in 1877, and held the same for eight years, assessor one
term, justice of the peace since 1878. He was deputy sheriff during Parshali's term,
and in 1885 was a prominent candidate for county superintendent of the poor. In
1893 he was appointed clerk of the Legislative Investigating Committee at Albany, and


in 1890 was appointed inspector of customs at Sodus Point, which office he held until
1894. For seven years he was in the mercantile trade at Alton. He is a member of
Sodus Sodus Lodge No. 504, I. 0. 0. F., and married Alice Philo, of Sodus.

Eggleston, Henry, was born in Phelps, March 22, 1842, and received his education in
the common schools and the Union School of Phelps. April 22, 1861, he enlisted in
Company H, 33d N. Y. Inf., and May 5, 1862, was taken prisoner and sent to Libby
Prison, from which he was paroled on March 22, and honorably discharged from the
service. About 1865 the family moved to the town of Arcadia, and January 11, 1867,
he married Helen Daniels, of Arcadia, by whom he has two children, George W., and
Lillian. The former is a clerk in the wholesale department of Barnes, Hengerer& Co.,
of Buffalo, and the latter has for the past three years been in the employ of the First
National Bank of Newark, first as clerk, then assistant cashier, and on December 1,
1893, she was appointed notary public by Governor Flower. Chauncey, father of Mr.
Eggleston, was born January 11, 1811, and married Betsey Greer, of Cayuga county.
Of their nine children seven survived: Casadana, Henry, Jesse W., Parmelia, Oliver A,
Minnie, and Marshall The father died in 1889, and his widow survives, residing with
her son. Mrs. Eggleston is a daughter of George W. Daniels, born in Arcadia in 1823,
who married Rhoda Ennis, by whom he had two children, Hiram and Helen. He died
in 1876. Elisha Eggleston, our subject's grandfather, served in the Revolution. Henry
Eggleston is a member of the G. A. R., Vosburg Post, and Mrs. Eggleston is a charter
member of the Woman's Relief Corps.

Drake, Harry R., was born in East Newark, N.Y., April 20, 1851, was educated in
the Union School and Academy, and taught school for several years. He has also been
engaged in the grocery trade, and is now a manufacturer of eyelet ended wood pulp
butter dishes, paper boxes, egg case fillers, etc. In 1870 he married Eliza Mumford, and
had one daughter, Frances E., now Mrs. L. G. Baldwin, of Newark. Mrs. Drake died
in 1874, and he married, in 1880, Mary A. Fowlerton, of Wolcott. They have two
sons: Albert R. and Charles H. Mr. Drake's father, Leroy, was born in the town of
Lyons, July 20, 1829, and during his later years sold canal supplies at the upper lock.
He married Eliza D. Lamereaux, of East Newark, and they had two sons : Harry R.,
and Nelson D. Mr. Drake died in 1864, and his widow married, second, Frank H.
Spoor, who is now an engineer, and was a soldier in the late war, having enlisted in
1861 in the Sturgis Rifles, in Chicago, 111. He was honorably discharged in 1865, at
the close of the war. after having been twice wounded. Mrs. Spoors sister, Sally
Lamereaux, married Reuben Berry, who was born in Columbia county, and came here
with his parents when two years old. In early life he was a farmer, and earned a com-
petency. Both he and wife are living, and devote their time to many kind deeds,
smoothing the way for those less fortunately situated than they are, Aunt Sally's name
being a household word in town. The Lamereaux family are of French extraction,
having descended from the Huguenots, who came here in the seventeenth century.

Dillenbeck, John, was born in Steuben county, N. Y., December 4, 1838, and moved
here in 1856, and the family two years later. He was educated in the public schools
and became clerk in a general store. In 1868 he began business for himself, having
bought his brother Adam's general store at East Newark. He also has a farm and is
building a modern malt house with a capacity of 100,000 bushels. He has been post-
master thirty years, also president of the village one year. He was married twice,
first, in 1866, to Ella Todd, of Albany, who died in 1868, and in 1869 he married
Augusta Belden, of Arcadia. They had one son, John A., jr., who died at the age of
four years. Mr. Dillenbeck's father was Michael, born in Palatine, Montgomery
county, in 1806. He was a farmer, hotel keeper, and contractor and builder. He
married Phoebe Neir, of that county, and they had seven children : Michael, who died
in infancy; Henry, Joshua, Margaret. Adam, John, as above, and Arie. Mr. Dillen-


beck died about the year 1840, and his wife in 1887. The ancestry of this family is
German and Scotch.

Dewey, James S., was born in Chittenango, Madison county, September 6, 1835,
and was educated in the public schools. He moved with his parents to Waterloo,
Seneca county, when a boy, and was a wagon wheel finisher by occupation. He en-
listed twice, first April 26, 1861, in Company G, 33d Inf., N. Y. S. Vols, serving two
years. After his discharge in June, 1863, he re-enlisted in Company K, 1st Veteran
Cavalry, N.Y.S.Vols., and participated in all the battles, was honorably discharged July
20, 1865, at Camp Piatt, West Virginia. In July, 1863, he married Helen Baber, of
Waterloo, and they have two daughters: Haitie L. and Bertha R. Mr. Dewey's
father, Henry, was born in Wellsville, Oneida county, in 1811. He married twice, first,
Mary Ann Sherman, of his native place, and they had one son, James S. r as above.
Mrs. Dewey died and he married again and moved to Waterloo. Mr. Dewey's grand-
father, Sherman, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Dewey is assistant
engineer in the State Custodial Asylum at Newark, and a member of Vosburg Post
No. 99, G.A.R., department of New York.

Dickson, William, was born in Hopewell, Ontario county, was educated in the com-
mon schools, and is a farmer. December 19, 1863, he enlisted in Company F, 2d
Mounted Rifles, N.Y.S.Vols , was wounded before Petersburg and wounded a second
time in the explosion of the mine, losing his right arm. In March, 1867, he married
Christina Weaver, of this town, and they have two children: Etta, who married
Franklin W. Rasch ; and William T., a farmer with his father. Mrs. Dickson's father,
Jacob Weaver, was born in Halltown Springs, Dutchess county, in 1812, and came to
Sodus with his parents when a boy. He married Sylvanna Hiscroadt, of his native
county, and they had eight children : Homer, Lydia, Lewis, Christina, as above ; Esther,
Jacob, and twins not named. Mrs. Dickson's brother, Lewis, was a soldier in Company
F., 2d Mounted Rifles, and died in the service at City Point. Mr. Weaver died March
16, 1890, and his wife March 3, 1886. Mr. Dickson was honorably discharged from
Mount Pleasant Hospital, Washington, D.C., February 17, 1865. He is a member of
Vosburg PostlSlo. 99, G.A.R., department of New York. William T. is a member of
E. K. Burnham Camp No. 14, S.O.V., Newark. The ancestry of the family is Scotch
and German

Dufloo, William, was born in Holland in 1850, son of William, sr., who came to
America in 1852 and settled in New Jersey, where he lived until 1857, when he came
to Rochester and the following year settled in Sodus, where he died in 1868. He
married Catherine Israel, and their children were : Catherine, who married Charles
Shepard, of Sodus; Frances, who married Peter Clicqumnoi, of Williamson; Sarah,
who married Josiah Buckler, of Sodus ; Josephine, who married William Harris, of
Lyons ; Bigelow, who is a farmer in Sodus, he married Emma Weeks ; Delia, who mar-
ried John Nolan, of Pennsylvania, and resides at Groton, N.Y.; and William who is a
farmer. He is a member of Sodus Lodge No. 392, F. & A. M., and Sodus Grange.
He married, December 25, 1871, Magdalene Buckler, and their children are: Willis
W. ; Elizabeth, Ada B., Florence C. and J. Roscoe.

De Right, Samuel H., was born in Williamson, Wayne county, October 13, 1849.
Edwin De Right, his father, was a native of Holland and came to America about 1840
and settled in the town of Williamson. He is a prosperous and thrifty farmer, owning
a farm of 280 acres. About 1880 he settled in Marion where he died in 1891. He was
a prominent member of the Presbyterian church of Marion. He married Margaret Laco
and their children were : Adrian, who settled on the homestead and was engaged in
farming until 1893, when he settled in Williamson village. He married Mary Leroy ;
Harmon M., wno married Mary De Lass ; Daniel, who settled in Marion and is a farmer.
He married Libbie Brown ; Jesse B., who is a carpenter and builder in Williamson and


married Sarah Hise ; Henry, who settled in Marion and is a farmer; and Samuel H.,
who settled in Sodus in 1868 and in 1873 purchased the James Case farm north of Sodus
village ; and is one of the thrifty and enterprising farmers of the town. He is a mem-
ber of Sodus Lodge No. 392, F. & A. M., Sodus Grange and the Sodus Presbyterian
church. He married in 1871 Mary J. Qbine, and their children are : Maggie M., Katie
B., Nellie and Samuel J.

Chapman, William A., was born in Onondaga county, September 13, 1827, a son of
Simeon B. Chapman, who was a native of Connecticut, coming to Onondaga county in
1806, at the age of twelve years. He there took up farming, where he owned 300
acres, and died in this county at the age of seventy-two. In 1821 he married Hulda A.
Beach, of Onondaga county, and of their eight children our subject was the third.
William A. has spent his life in farming, and now owns 111 acres of cleared land. He
makes a specialty of sheep raising, and also owns some blooded stock in Merino sheep.
In 1885 he married Jane Moses, and they have had five children, one being deceased,
Mrs. Sawyer. Mr. Chapman is a Republican.

Champlin, George W., was born in Sodus in 1817, and is a son of Charles Champlin.
They trace their ancestry back to Colonel Champlin, who came from France in an early
day and settled in New England. Charles Champlin came from Vermont about 1815
and took up 100 acres of land southeast of Sodus Centre. He died in 1819. He mar-
ried Eunice Abbey, and had four children : John, who died in Sodus unmarried ; Charles,
who settled at Williamsonville, Erie county, where he died leaving two sons, Charles and
John, both of whom are physicians ; George W. and William, who are farmers and
settled on the homestead. William married first Caroline Johnson and they had two
sons George and Frank ; and second Sarah Whiting, by whom he also had two sons
John and Willis. George W. Champlin married Mary, daughter of Jonas Whiting, and
their children are: William W., Ella A. (Mrs. W. A. Thorne, of Rochester, N. Y.) ;
Jennie E., Edwin A., who settled in Charlotte, N. Y. ; and Charles E. Jonas Whiting,
the first of the family in Wayne county, was a son of John Whiting whose father came
from England. Jonn Whiting settled in Phelps in an early day. Jonas came to Huron
about 1825, and purchasing a farm erected a saw mill and cloth dressing establishment,
which he carried on for many years. Later in life he settled in Sodus, where he died.
He married Sarah A. Guest and their children were : Mary, who married George W.
Champlin, of Sodus ; Caroline, who married James Hewson, of Huron ; William settled
at Wallington, and for many years was in the mercantile trade, and with Lewis Bates
was engaged for a time in the produce business. He died in 1873 ; John and Jonas
both died in the army during the Rebellion ; Charles settled at Geneva ; Sarah married
William Champlin, of Sodus ; Cordelia married William McDowell, and Elizabeth mar-
ried G. Washington Dennis.

Cull, William C, was born in Arcadia, January 28, 1836, was educated in the com-
mon schools, and is one of the town's best farmers. He married twice, first Celia Krune
formerly of Columbia county, who died November 26, 1867, and December 15, 1869, he
married second Mrs. Phoebe (Penoyer) Wilcox, of this town, formerly of Columbia
county. They have three children : Adelbert P., who is the farmer at home ; Herschel
J., who is a student in the Cazenovia Seminary, and Eunice M. Mrs. Cull had one
daughter by her first husband, Louisa M., who is a dressmaker at Sodus. Mr. Cull's
father, Charles, was born in Tusksbury, England, May 24, 1799, and was a carpenter
and joiner by occupation. November 4, 1820, he married Mary M. Buckle in Worcester,
England, and they had six children : Charles, Thomas, Mary M., James, Philip T., and
William O, as above. The family came to the United States as early as 1832. He died
February 26, 1879, and his wife October 8, 1881, aged eighty-eight" years. Mr. Cull is
the only survivor of his father's family. Mrs. Cull's father, John Penoyer, was born in
Columbia county May 5, 1802. He married Eunice Sims, of his native place, by whom
he had five children. The ancestry of this family is English, Scotch and Dutch.


Carpenter, Orville, was born in Sodus in 1820. and is a son of Silas Carpenter,, whose
father came from Germany aud settled at Oppenheim, Rensselaer county. In 1812
Silas Carpenter removed to Wayne county and settled in Marion, where he purchased
a tract of land. He soon removed to Sodus, settling north of the Ridge and a year or
two later took up a farm south of the Ridge, where he spent the remainder of his life.
He married Phoebe, daughter of Edward Penny, a Revolutionary soldier, and their
children were Asahel, who settled in Pennsylvania; Edward, who removed to Michi-
gan early in life ; Minerva, who married Nelson Winston and settled in Pennsylvania;
Robert settled in Sodus and is a farmer. He married Betsey Brown ; Charles settled
on the homestead and was a farmer. He married Bathia Skinkle ; Harriet married
Charles Allen of Sodus ; Phoebe married a Mr. Skidmore and settled in Michigan ;
Cornelia married a Mr. Johnson and also settled in Michigan. Orville Carpenter settled
in Sodus where he has always lived. He has held the office of poormaster, has been
for over forty years a member of the Christian Church of Marion, and is a member of
the Sodus Grange. He married Emeline, daughter of Samuel Snyder of Sodus, and
they had two children Francis E. and Mary, Mrs. James Town of Sodus.

Cullen, Thomas, was born in Ireland in 1832, and came to Galen when about twenty-
one years of age. He owned several farms in Rose, and finally settled on the farm
where the family now reside in 1870, where he died in 1884. He married in Galen
Mary Dunn a native of Ireland, by whom he has eight children, of whom four are liv-
ing : Thomas, born in 1867, educated in the common schools and follows farming ; Will-
iam, born February 28, 1869, educated in the common schools and Rochester Business
College. He is a farmer and resides at home ; John, born July 3, 1871, educated in the
common schools and resides at home. The family owns 100 acres, and follows general

Cronise, John S., was born in Arcadia, May 22, 1825, was educated in the Union
School and the Academy, and his early life was spent on his father's farm till the age
of twenty, when he went to Virginia, and managed a general store for his cousin in
Martinsburg, and another in Shepardstown. Returning to his native county he became
a clerk for Remsen and Polemus, of Lyons, remaining four years. In 1854 he opened
a hardware store at Newark, in company with A. T. Cressy, the firm being Cressy &
Cronise, which continued nine years. His wife's father, Joseph A. Miller, bought Mr.
Cressy 's interest, and the firm became Miller & Cronise. In 1884 the business was sold
to Frank Garlock, and he then retired from active business. In 1853 Mr. Cronise mar-
ried Maria A. Miller. Their children were : Mary L., Florence M., Joseph A., and two
who died in infancy. Mrs. Cronise died March 28, 1877, and he married, second, Anna
A. Reed, of Newark. Henry, his father, was born in Frederick City, Md., July 20,
1789. and came here at an early day. Their mode of conueyance was a covered wagon
and a team, and Mr. Cronise carried a rifle and hunted, thus furnishing provisions for
his family along the route. His marriage occurred February 14, 1813, to Polly Sover
hill, of this town, by whom he had eight children: John 1st, who died aged eight;
Sally M., Simon, Henry, Susan E., John S., Catharine R., deceased, and Samuel. He
died June 16, 1870, and his wife June 6, 1877.

Crothers, Charles L., is a son of the late Lyman Crothers, who was born in Phelps,
March 23, 1814, educated in the common schools, and married, January 12, 1858, S.
Jane Ridley, of the town of Phelps, by whom he had five children : Clara, Charles L.,
Elmer, Homer A. and Mary A. Charles married Jennie Nicholoy, of Newark ; Mary
married William McCoy, of Syracuse. Lyman's father, William, was born in Scot-
land in 1784 and came to the United States at the age of thirteen. He married Eunice
Dunham, formerly of Massachusetts, and they had six children : Louisa, Lyman,
Sophia, Amanda, Oliver and Albert. Mrs. Crothers'sfather,Elihu Ridley, was also born
in the town of Phelps about 1810, and married Betsey Harmon of his native town, by

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