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ica in 1829, bringing their parents with them. The father died on the voyage and was
buried at Prescott. The grandmother spent her last days in Pultneyville with her chil-
dren. John Pallister learned the trade of shoemaker in England. He worked at the
trade in Pultneyville till 1867, when he retired and lived with his children until his
death. December 29, 1879. Mrs. Pallister died in February, 1870. Her parents, John
and Sarah (Leadly) Wake, came from their native country in 1831, bringing a family
of four sons and five daughters. One daughter, Elizabeth, died in England. They
first came to Pultneyville, but settled west of Williamson. Mr. Wake was born in
November, 1771, in Yorkshire, England, and his wife in 1778. They were married in
1803, and he was a farmer in England. Albert A. Pallister commenced his career as a
shoemaker, and with the exception of one year on the ocean in a whaling steamer, has
followed that business. He is now engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes in



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Pultneyville, also carries a fine stock. He is also in partnership with his brother, Mer-
vin, in the lumber business at Pultneyville, carrying a large stock of lumber, posts,
shingles, lath, brick, etc. They are proprietors of the vessel ''Fred L. Wells," which
sails from Pultneyville. In 1879 he married Elizabeth, widow of Philip Robinson, and
daughter of Hamilton Cooper. She has one son and one daughter, Gertrude and Clif-
ford.

Patten, Silas (deceased), was born in Newburg, Orange county, November 19, 1788,
and came to Phelps in 1792 with his father, John Patten, moved into the town of
Lyons in 1795 and settled on lot 20. His opportunities for education were limited.
At the age of twenty-five he married Mrs. Phoebe Williams, daughter of Samuel Row-
land, who died in 1850. In 1854 he married second Bridget, daughter of Michael
Dwyer, and they were the parents of ten children, of whom but one is now living,
Mrs. Mary Teller, who married Arthur D. Teller, of Lyons, and who are the parents of
one daughter, Agnes M. Teller. Silas Patten was one of the earliest settlers in Wayne
county, taking up large tracts of land from the United States Government. He soon
occupied a prominent place in his town, being a liberal supporter of educational and
religious institutions. He died January 12, 1882, at ninety-three years of age, mourned
by his family and regretted by a large circle of friends.

Quackenbush, Mrs. Elizabeth, was born in Aurelius, Cayuga county, August 25, 1820,
and is the daughter of Albigence and Phoebe (Clark) Munroe, whose children were :
Albigence, jr., born March 22, 1822, died at Chattanooga February 1, 1874; Maria
Matthews, born May 15, 1837, now living at Rochester; Elizabeth, as above, who mar-
ried July 4, 1837, Abram Quackenbush, of Seneca Falls. He was born at Leroy Sep-
tember 22, 1816, and was by trade a tanner and currier, but went to California in 1850,
where he followed gold mining for three years. He came to Savannah in 1853, where
they have since resided continuously. Their children are : George, born December 13,
1840 ; Rugene, born in 1842, died in 1878 ; Catharine, born October 17, 1844, now a
widow, living with her mother ; and Maria, born April 28, 1860, now the wife of Ed-
ward Rutledge, of Syracuse. Mr. Quackenbush was attacked with epilepsy in 1875,
since which time his powers of mind and body have greatly weakened.

Paine, William T., was born in Lyons July 14, 1836. His father, Thomas, was a
native of Kent, England, and came to the United States 1822, when he was ten years
of age. He married Naomi, daughter of Richard Thomas, of Kent, England. William
T. was educated in the common schools, to which he added through life by reading and
close observation. After leaving school he associated in general merchandise business
at Alloway, and which he has carried on for the past forty-seven years. In 1873 he
bought the Alloway Hotel property. At the age of forty-one he married Mary,
daughter of John Gorsline, and they are the parents of three children : Edward. Ed-
win and Ina. Our subject takes a prominent part in the events of the town.

Phillips, Clark, was born in Schodack, Rensselaer county, eleven miles east of Al-
bany, August 5, 1817. He was educated in the district schools and Nassau Academy,
with such men as John A. Griswold, Dr. Herrick and Hugh and Robert McClellah. In
his early manhood he was a farmer in his native county. He came to this country
with his parents in 1835, and was a farmer with his father, and succeeded to the farm.
He married twice ; first, September 30, 1840, Irene G. Pitts, of Chatham, Columbia
county, and they had three daughters, Mary E., Frances E., and Emma L., the young-
est died in infancy, Mary E. married Chester Ellinwood of the town of Rose, this
county, and they had five children, two daughters and three sons : Irene P., who died
at the age of seventeen ; Mary L, John C, Chester and Robert survive. Mrs. Phillips
died August 10, 1879, mourned by a bereaved husband and many friends.! He mar-
ried second, May 3, 1882, Mrs. Lizzie M. Holman, nee Sanford, of North Adams, Mass.
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Mr. Phillips was appointed postmaster at Newark March 14, 1872, under President
Grant's administration, serving about six years. He was appointed railway commis-
sioner in 1870, also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sodus Point and South-
ern Railway (now the Northern Central). He has been superintendent of the Sunday
school of the First Baptist church in Newark thirty-two years, and is trustee and clerk
of that church. Mr. Phillips's father, John, was born in Dutchess county, February 20,
1774, and married Esther Warring, who was born September 13, 1776. They had six
children : Phoebe, Joseph, Daniel, John, James and Clark. John Phillips, sr., died
December 9, 1860, and his wife February 20, 1864.

Peer, T. J., M. D., was born in Williamson, March 9, 1843, a son of John H. and
Harriet R. (Adams) Peer. The father was a native of Williamson and a son of Abram
Peer, of New Jersey, who was one of Williamson's first settlers. John H. came to
Ontario at the age of about sixty, where has since resided and followed farming. He
is now seventy-eight years of age, and his wife seventy-six. Our subject was educated
in the academy at Sodus, and read medicine with Dr. A. G. Austin, of Williamson,
with whom he remained four years. He attended the medical department of the Uni-
versity at Ann Arbor (1862-63) and in 1865 located in Ontario, where he has since had
a successful practice. Later he entered the Hahnemann Medical College at Chicago,
from which he graduated in 1871. He is a Republican, and has taken an active part in
the political affairs of his town and county, having been United States pension ex-
aminer five years. In 1866 he married Augusta Boynton, a daughter of L. S. Boyn-
ton.

Putney, Hubbard W., was born in Hampshire county, Mass., March 28, 1819, end
came to Lyons in 1840, and established the wire cloth industry in all its branches,
making the different grades of fanning mill wire cloth a specialty. In 1842 he com-
menced to manufacture fanning mills, and at different times opened branch offices in
Amsterdam, Hudson, Poughkeepsie and Nyack, N. Y., also Williamsport and North-
umberland, Pa., and Washington, New Jersey. In 1872 he erected the brick block in
Lyons known as the Putney block, and where he has carried on business for the past
fifty-four years. At twenty-four years of age he married Clara A. Wilds, of Litchfield,
Conn., and they have three sons: Cassius H, Edwin B. and George E. He is a Re-
peblican in politics, and has been assessor, road commissioner, trustee and a member
and trustee of the M. E. Church for forty-four years. Subject is one of the oldest
manufacturers in Wayne county, identified in the leading events of the day, and of
sterling worth and integrity, whose life has proven his word to be as good as his bond.

Putnam & Co., J, H, manufacturers of barrels and staves at Wolcott, have their
factory located upon Lake avenue, near the railroad. This plant is a branch having its
central business at Wayne Center. There are also branch shops at Savannah, Lyons,
Sodus and Clyde for the manufacture of barrels, and Mr. Putnam is largely interested
in mills located in Ohio and in Michigan, holding valuable, exclusive patents for special
machinery for crozing and chamfering staves. The works at Wolcott have a capacilty
of one thousand barrels per diem, and are under the management of Mr. L. D. Sopher,
a gentleman of wide experience and ability.

Pickering, William, was born in England, June 29, 1858, coming to this country in
1870, and settled in Sodus. For seven years he worked at farming by the month, then
rented farms and worked for himself. Nine years ago, in 1885, he bought the Robert
Hale place, consisting of 114 acres. In 1876 he married Harriet Briggs, of Arcadia,
and they are the parents of four children : Willie J., George A., May N. and Harry
C, all living at home and attending school. Mr. Pickering is a Democrat.

Palmer, L. H., was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, January 31, 1835. His
father, Jonathan Palmer, came to Lyons in 1844, and purchased a farm north of Lyons.



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He was a very prominent man in the town and at one time held office as supervisor.
L. H. Palmer was educated in Lyons Union School and Lima Seminary, after which
he entered the employ of Herrick & Co., of Albany. He remained with them till 1861
and then moved to Newark. In 1865 he came to Clyde and in company with S. H.
Briggs established the Briggs & Palmer Bank, which continued up to 1880, when the
bank was reorganized, and is now known as the Briggs National Bank. Mr. Palmer
married Louisa M. Briggs, and they are the parents of these children : Edwin B.,
Louis R., of Baltimore, Briggs S., Mrs. Olive Miller, of Brooklyn, May L. and Anna R.

Peer, Barton P., was born in Williamson, March 20, 1828, the son of Thomas and
Emily Pratt Peer, he born in New Jersey, December 2, 1800, and she in Williamson.
February 22, 1806. The father of Thomas Peer was Abram, a native of New Jersey,
who came to Williamson in 1809. Thomas was a farmer, and died in 1875. Our
subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Walworth
Academy, and studied dentistry with Dr. D. J. Peer, and finished his education in
this line at Menervia Medical College. In 1852 he went to Palmyra and practiced
there until 1856, when he came to his father's farm and then practiced his profession,
and in 1875 he came to the village of Williamson, and purchased twenty-one acres,
off of which Elm street has been principally built. Mr. Peer has been assessor, in-
spector of election, justice of the peace, and notary public for eight years. He is a
member af Pultneyville Lodge No. 159, F. & A. M., and of the Williamson Grange No.
338. September 2, 1848, he married Loraine Merrill, of Madison county, and they have
had two children : Duane, who died at the age of twenty-two months ; and Ellen
Isabelle, who died at the age of four years. This family is of Holland descent, and
trace their ancestry to three brothers coming from Holland in 1776, one of whom was
the father of John Peer, and the great-grandfather of our subject.

Plyte, Isaac, was born in Holland, April 24, 1823. He is the youngest of the five
children of John and Anna Miller Plyte, natives of Holland. Their father died in Hol-
land, and the mother in Williamson in 1871. Our subject came to America in 1846, and
settled on a farm in Williamson, and he now owns 150 acres of land. He is a Re-
publican in politics. In 1846 he married Matilda Ver Dow, a native of Holland, and
daughter of Lucas and Matilda Berdine Ver Dow. Mr. Plyte and wife have had these
children : John, who married Amanda Englison, of Marion ; Peter married Kate Van
Bortle in 1880, and has four children ; Matilda married Abram Collier in 1881, and they
have had these children; Annie, at home; Joan, wife of John Van Bortle; Diana, de-
ceased, was the wife of William Van Holde, and had one daughter, Clara ; Isaac mar-
ried Susa Collier in 1886 ; Alice, wife of Marinus Braser. a farmer of Williamson, they
have one daughter.

Paddock, W. W., has been for nearly forty years the leading dealer in hardware
and kindred goods in Wolcott. He was born June 6, 1832, at Vienna, Oneida county,
N. Y., and in 1850 began his business career with Bradish & Brown at Lyons. For
seven years their trusted employee, he then formed a copartnership with S. H. Foster,
at that time practically founding the large business now conducted under the firm
name of Paddock & Son. In 1871 he built the store which he now occupies at No. 14
Main street, and in 1891 his son, William H., then twenty-five years old, became a part-
ner in the bnsiness.

Paget, Tom, was born December 1, 1836, in Knightley, Yorkshire, England, and is the
oldest living child of William and Mary Blakeley Paget, natives of Yorkshire, England,
and who came to America in 1849, and there lived and died. Our subject was reared
in Lyons, and in 1853 went to Canada, and on February 1, 1859, he returned to Lyons.
In 1868 he went to Sodus, and in 1879 he came to Williamson, and has since resided
here on his farm of thirty- one acres. He also has thirteen acres near here. He has
twenty-two acres of berries and other small fruits. Mr. Paget is a Democrat, a mem-



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ber of A. O. U. W., and the Select Knights. September 26, 1859, he married Mary
Jones, of Gloucestershire, England, who came to Canada with her parents, and they
both died there. Mr. and Mrs. Paget have had ten children : Sallie, Thomas W.
(deceased), Mary A. (deceased), Martha J. (deceased), Tom (deceased)/Alfred J., Fran-
cis (deceased), Joseph H., Elmer, and Hannah (deceased). Mr. Paget was a carriage
maker until he came to Williamson, and worked at Sodus with J. W. Stuver for seven
years.

Pierce, Eugene Herbert, was born in Huron, May 31, 1850, a son of John Pierce, of
Yorkshire, England, born in 1817, who came in 1826 with his parents, John and Eliza-
beth (Barker) Pierce, to Wayne county. Here, in 1860, John bought the farm of 103
acres, where his son Eugene now resides, and here he spent quietly the remainder of
his life. He was one of the first to vote the Abolition ticket in this town. He married
Matilda B., daughter of Ahiel and Diantha Guthrie, born in Sodus, February 10, 1823.
They had three children: Matilda B., wife of Daniel W. Gibbs, of Sodus; Eugene H.,
and Lyman C, who is now a teacher in New York. Mr. Pierce died in March, 1894,
aged seventy- six years, and his wife in 1876, aged fifty-three. John Pierce, the grand-
father, after some years' residence in this and Ontario counties, removed with his wife
to Wisconsin, whence they went to Iowa, where they both died. Their children were:
John, William, Thomas, Jane, Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, Harrison, and Deborah. Ahiel
Guthrie was of Scotch ancestry, and spent most of his life as a school teacher. His par-
ents died when he was a youth, and he had one sister, younger, who died when five
years of age. His wife was Diantha Bockas Bullock, and they were married in 1818.
They lived first in Montgomery county, then removed to Sodus, and afterwards to
Huron, this county, where they settled on the farm now owned by our subject. The
grandfather died March 7, 1851, and the grandmother January 30, 1873. E. H. Pierce
was reared to farm life, and was educated in Wolcott Union School and Sodus Acad-
emy. He has spent m^st of his life on the farm with his father, engaged in general
work together with fruit raising. In 1877 he married Emily S. Overton, daughter of
Sheldon R. and Catharine Overton, of Wolcott. She was born in Huron in 1847, one
of seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce have bad two children : John H., born January
4, 1883; and Anna E., born July 21, 1889. Mr. Pierce is a Republican, and has served
as assessor five years.

Porter, George E., M.D., was born in Hartford, Vt., June 8, 1867. His father, W.
B., was one of the leading farmers in his town. George E. was educated in New
Hampshire Agricultural College and Mechanic Arts, located at Hanover, from which he
graduated in 1888, receiving the degree of B.S. He then entered the Dartmouth Medi-
cal College, graduating in 1891, first locating in Chatham, Mass., and came to Wayne
county in 1893. He engaged in general practice. At the age of twenty-one he mar-
ried Mary J., daughter of Nahum G. Turner, and they have two children, Laura May
and Clara L. Our subject is a member of the Massachusetts General Medical Society,
and is recognized as a man of ability in his profession.

Palmer, Oscar, born in Ontario, May 5, 1844, was a son of Rensselaer and Mary
(Miller) Palmer, both natives of Wayne county, he born in 1803, and she in 1807. He
died in 1881, and his wife in 1890. A brother of our subject, John Palmer, enlisted
in September, 1863, in the 97th New York Infantry, and was killed at the battle of the
Wilderness. Oscar was educated at Macedon and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary. He
was engaged in teaching for a while, then in the mercantile business at Lakeside, being
the first to carry on the business there. He gave up that business and purchased a farm
on the Lake road, where he has since resided, engaged in general farming and fruit
raising. The house is known as the Palmer house, and they entertain a high class of
boarders from the city during the summer months. October 14, 1869, he married
Amelia A. Botsford, daughter of Henry and Diana (Foster) Botsford, he a native of
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two sons : Myron B., born August 27, 1873, now in State Normal School at Geneseo ;
and Howard L., born December 23, 1879. Mr. Palmer was a soldier in the late war, a
member of the 8th New York Cavalry, went in 1864, and remained until the close of
the war. He was in Sheridan's division under Custer, and was wounded at Five Forks.
In politics Mr. Palmer is a Republican, and is now justice of the peace. He has been
notary public a good many years.

Pound, Charles Edward, born July 15, 1868, is the only son of Edward H. Pound,
born in Farmington, Ontario county, N. Y., February 9, 1828, and Lucy Pease Pound,
born in Ontario, Wayne county, N. Y., April 23, 1835. His grandfather, Nathan K.
Pound, was born in New Jersey, January 18, 1798, and carne to Ontario in March, 1835,
purchasing a farm, where he resided until his death in 1882. He had four sons : Addison
S., Edward H., Jacob M., and Stephen B. Edward H. Pound early engaged in farm-
ing, bought the homestead in 1878, and there resided until his death in June, 1893.
His wife is now living at Ontario Corners. Charles E. was educated at the Walworth
and Canandaigua Academies, and has always been a farmer, residing on the homestead,
which he now owns. He has 192 acres, and carries on general farming and stock
raising. In November, 1891, he married Lizzie, the adopted daughter of Amos and
Dorcas Woodhams, and they have one child, Norma May, born November 30, 1893.
Mr. Pound attends the M. E. Church.

Quereau, William, one of Huron's representative men, was born in Cayuga in 1847,
son of William Quereau, a native of Westchester county, N. Y., born in 1819, whose
father was John Quereau, a farmer in Cayuga county. William, father of our subject,
came to Wolcott in 1850, and was prominently identified in the politics of his county.
His wife was Mrs. Sabra (Myers) Lewis. Our subject began for himself when twenty-
one years of age, and in 1883 purchased his present farm, his principal crops being fruit
and gram. From 1888 to 1890 he served as under-sheriff of Wayne county, from 1887
to 1890 as commissioner of highways, and was re-elected to the same office from 1892
to 1896, constable two years, and collector one year. In 1868 he married Minnie A.,
daughter of Watson and Harriet Dowd, of Huron, born in 1852. Their children are :
Sabra A., born in February, 1873 ; Elliott, born in June, 1875 ; Rosa W., born Septem-
ber, 1886 ; and Ray D., born in January, 1890.

Pierson, Forest R., was born in Tyre, Seneca county, December 6, 1842. He is the
elder son, and now the only one living, of the late Ogden and Julia A. Pierson, who came
to Butler in the spring of 1845, and settled upon a farm near the present village of
South Butler. Forest Pierson's mother died in 1887, when seventy-five years of age,
his father had reached the age of eighty-five, died November 27. 1892. Forest was
identified with the Ninth Artillery during three years in the thick of the Civil War. A
musician and member of Company Gr, and despite the protracted and desperate character
of the service, he escaped physical injury. His wife is Melvina J., daughter of the late
Loami Beadle, of Savannah. They were married February 26, 1873. Of three children
but one daughter living, Alta, born February 23, 1874, and now the wife of Cyrus
Aikins. Asa and Lillie did not survive infancy. Mr. Pierson is a member of the M. E.
Church at Butler Center, and has been superintendent of the Sunday school for the past
seven years, and being deeply interested in all moral reforms, was the first person in the
town of Butler to espouse the cause of Prohibition, and was a candidate on that ticket
for member of assembly for the First District of Wayne county in 1890, and may be
reckoned among the citizens of Butler a representative citizen of that place.

Pallister, Richard, was born in Yorkshire, England, January 6, 1820. He is the
second of four children of Thomas and Mary Pierson Pallister, of England, who came
to Williamson in 1828, and here iived and died; he in 1860, and she in 1841. He was a
farmer by occupation, and a sailor when a young man. Our subject owns fifty-one acres
of land. He is a Prohibitionist, and both he and she are Methodists. In 1846 he mar-



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ried Lovina E., daughter of Glover and Sarah Munson, born in Onondaga county, N. Y.,
July 18, 1826. Mrs. Pallister's parents came to S^dus in 1830, and here her father, Mr.
Munson died in 1883, and his wife in 1832. Mr. Pallisler and wife have had two
children : Mary, the wife of Sidney A. Baker, of Williamson, and they have three
children; and George, who married Louisa Steele, and they have one son.

Rising, Henry C, is a prominent landmark among the farmers of Northern Savannah.
He is the son of Joseph H. Rising, who is also a resident of Savannah, and eighty-
three years of age. Henry C. was born August 4, 1840, at Lorraine, Jefferson county,
N. Y., educated at Watertown, N. Y., at the Jefferson County Institute and Brown's
Commercial School, taught school prior to his marriage, January 1, 1862, to Ellen M.
Chapin, of Worth, Jefferson county, N. Y., by whom he had one child, Grace E., born
May 10, 1870, and who died June 26. 1881. Mr. Rising again married, October 13,
1870, Augusta C. Cooley, of Rodman, Jefferson county, N. Y., who has two children,
Byron O., born November 16, 1873, and Mattie A., born January 13, 1889. He came
to Savannah February 3, 1877, and bought the present homestead and engaged in
farming and fruit growing, is a life-long Republican, now serving his th,ird term as
justice of the peace. He has also been notary public for ten years and for several terms
an associate justice in the Court of Sessions.

Perry, D. H., was born in Oneida county, March 27, 1864. His father, John, was a
native of Switzerland, came to the United States in 1854, and was a farmer by occupa-
tion. D. H. Perry was educated in the common schools, to which he has added through
life by reading and close observation. In 1883 he came to Marengo and followed
farming until 1890, when he established his present business, carrying a large and well
selected stock of general merchandise, being one of the largest dealers in pork, butter,
eggs, and poultry in Wayne county. In 1890 he received the appointment of post-
master, which position he still holds. Our subject is the leading merchant and produce
dealer in the town.

Rising, Joseph H., was born in the south of Jefferson county. N. Y., February 2,
1812, the son of Abner and Jane Rising. He has one sister in Wayne county, Miranda,
widow of Jeremiah Smith, of Wolcott. February 22, 1838, he married Rachael P.
Wakefield, of Watertown, N. Y., born in Vermont in 1814 and who died at Savannah
October 28, 1886. Of her four children one son died in infancy. Byron J. died in
1862, sixteen years of age, and the biography of Henry C. appears elsewhere in this
volume. Alice A., born December 26, 1850, and not married, is a member of her