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reading and observation In 1888 he established a general grocery and mercantile
store at Marengo, and disposing of it in 1891 came to Clyde and remained in busi-
ness one year, and in the fall of the same year came to Lyons and established the
same business in the double stores on the south side, carrying one of the largest and
best selected stocks of fire groceries, dry goods, boots and shoes, rubber goods, in
Wayne county. Our subject is recognized as one of the most energetic and enter-
prising merchants in his town, identified in advancing its best interests and in the
leading events of the day.

Bastian, David, was born in the town of Galen, February 7, 1849. His father,
Michael, came from Alsace. David was educated in the common schools. At the age
of twenty-four he married Magdalena, daughter of George Ehreman, of Lyons, and
they are the parents of four children : Philip A., Helen L., Bertha, and Maud N.
In 1881 in connection with his brother George B., he bought the Walter Aikenhead
property of 320 acres, which they divided, raising hay, grain and stock, making a
specialty of milk dairying, averaging 200 quarts per day. Our subject is one of the
intelligent farmers in his town, identified in advancing its interests.

Boyd, James, is a native of Ireland, born January 6, 1843, and is a son of James and
Catherine Boyd, natives of Ireland. Our subject has two sisters, Margaret, wife of
Samuel Bailey, of Clyde ; and Mary. At the age of thirteen he left his native land,
home and friends, and sailed for America, coming direct to Clyde, where he had an
uncle, making the journey alone. He learned the blacksmith trade, and has followed it
ever since. In 1865 he came to Huron, and in 1891 purchased the farm of 101 acres,
where he now resides. In 1863, he married Dalinda, daughter of Bradley and Sarah
Abies, of Wolcott. He enlisted in Co. G, 9th Heavy Artillery, and served until the close


of the war. He participated in the battles of Cold Harbor, Weldon Railroad, Monocacy,
Cedar Creek, Petersburg, Sailor's Run, and Hatcher's Run. He has reared six children :
Minnie E., wife of Irving Winchell, of Huron ; Jay W., James A., Erne A., Florence,
Leslie, and Clayton, who died aged five years. Mr. Boyd is a member of the G-. A. R.,
Keeslar Post, No. 55, and in politics is a Republican.

Beadle, M. D., was born in this county in 1818, reared on a farm, and in 1839 married
Betsey Doraner, moving to Palmyra in 1860, where he deals in live stock and wool.
Their children are: Frances M., wife of Czar Dunning; George S., and Augustus M.
Both sons reside in Palmyra. The parents of the subject of this sketch were Ira and
Hannah (Langdon) Beadle natives of Washington county, the former dying May 7,
1864, and the latter October 27. 1859, aged seventy-four and fifty-nine years, respect-

Brown, George R., dealer in groceries and provisions, and president of Wayne Build-
ing & Loan Association, is a native of Palmyra, born April 10, 1850. He was educated
in the common schools and took the classical course at the Union school. At the age
of twenty-one he entered the employ of G. N. Crouse & Co., of Syracuse, where he
remained five years. After this he returned to Palmyra, and engaged in the grocery
business with his father, George Brown. The latter was a native of this county.
Since 1888 our subject has conducted the business alone. He is also a director of the
Globe Manufacturing Co. In 1875 he married Harriet E. Barnham, also a native of
this town. Mr. Brown is vestryman of Zion Church.

Bump, William H., was born in Saratoga, May 31, 1830, but in early childhood
moved with his parents to Ontario county, where his father, Charles, died in 1883, and
his mother, Maria Sax, in the same year. The father was a farmer all his life, owning
and residing on one farm in Ontario county over fifty years. Our subject was the old-
est of four children: John H., who lives on the homestead in Ontario county; James
H., who enlisted in the 111th N. Y. Yols. under Colonel Seeley, and July 3, 1863, was
killed in the battle of Gettysburg; Helen A., who married Charles Clark, of Ontario
county, and died in 1882; our subject married February 1, 1854, Sarah E. Cornwell, a
native of Palmyra, and after his marriage farmed fifteen years in this town, then for
two years engaged in the cabinet maker's and undertaker's business. Since 1874 he
has conducted a livery, and also owns a hearse, having attended over 1,600 funerals.
He was trustee of the village, and under-sheriff for three years.

Budd, Thomas, was born in England April 18, 1827, the youngest child of eight
children born to Thomas and Betsey Budd, who lived and died in England. In 1852
subject came to Ontario, and after working by the day, first bought ten acres and now
owns ninety acres and follows general farming and fruit growing, having five acres of
berries. He is a Republican in politics. Mr. Budd married October 1, 1862, Sallie A.
Wilson, of Webster, by whom he has one son, James W. Mrs. Budd was a daughter
of Adolphus and Phiphena Sprague, of Hartford, Conn. Mr. Sprague and wife both
died in Webster, he in 1859 and she in 1863.

Brown, R. K., born in Monroe county July 28, 1825, is the ninth of a family of eleven
children of Daniel and Margaret (Kennedy) Brown, the former a native of Connecticut,
and the latter of Penfield. Mr. Brown came to Monroe county in 1804, where he died
in 1834, and his wife the same year. Subject was reared on a farm, educated in Marion
and Macedcn Academies, has been principally engaged in farming, and taught school
fourteen winters. Mr. Brown has been captain of a boat on the Erie Canal three sum-
mers. He is a Republican, and has been assessor and justice of the peace. He married
Mary J., daughter of John and Esther Horton, who settled in Phelps. They came
from Kinderhook and settled on a farm in Ontario in an early day, where he died in
1860 and his wife in 1882. Subject and wife have had three children: Myron H.,


(deceased), Hattie A., wife of Alfred M. Mead, and they have three children : Edgar
K., Dora and Mary E., and Evaline, deceased. Subject is a farmer, owns 118 acres of
land, follows general farming, and has seven acres of apples and small fruit.

Barnsdale, Thomas, was born in England, coming to America in 1854 with his
parents, Thomas and Jane Barnsdale. They had four children. By his first wife Sarah,
he also had four children, she being the mother of our subject. Mr. Barnsdale was a
farmer by occupation, and died in Ontario, his widow now residing in Rochester.
Thomas was twenty years of age when he came to this town, and settled on the place
he now owns, which comprises sixteen acres in the village of Ontario. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, and cast his first vote for Abraham Lmcoln. He follows general farm-
ing, and has about four acres devoted to apple culture.

Bullock, F. L., senior member of the firm of Bullock & Coleman, merchant millers, of
South Butler, was born March 8, 1868, in the town of Butler. Educated at Red Creek
Academy, his business life began in April, 1893, when the co-partnership was formed
with C. A. Coleman. His wife, to whom he was married April 21, 1892, is Julia,
daughter of the late Dr. Pasco. A young man of excellent habits, and business ability,
and with hosts of friends wherever known, his future deserves a large measure of

Beal, Emery, of Macedon, was born in this town April 20, 1836. His father was
Seth Beal, born in the town of Palmyra, now Macedon. He was a farmer by occupa-
tion and settled on the place now owned by our subject. The father of Seth was
Leonard, a native of Massachusetts, who was one of the first settlers in this locality,
and his father was Seth Beal. The mother of our subject was Hannah Reed, of Mac-
edon, who had twelve children, ten now living. Emery has followed agriculture all his
life, excepting the time spent in the army, which was from August, 1862, to March,
1865. He participated in numerous battles, and was among those who captured the
gunboat " Cotton " at Fort Bislane. He never received a wound during the service.
In 1874 he married Rose E. Smith and they have had three children : Charles, Frank,
and Willis, and one daughter, Dora, deceased. Our subject is a G. A. B. man, and has
served as collector and commissioner of highways, being a Democrat.

Brooks, Benjamin, was born in England, July 12, 1818, and came to Clyde in 1831,
where he settled. His father, Thomas, followed boating three years, and soon acquired
real estate and engaged in farming. He died in 1863, aged seventy-three years. Ben-
jamin was educated in the common schools. In 1863 he inherited the homestead and
the Stephen Smith property of 235 acres. He sold the Smith property, and now has
170 acres of some of the best land in Wayne county, raising fruit, hay, grain and
stock. At the age of twenty-five he married Lydia Ann, daughter of William Hopkins,
and they have six children : Thomas Buell, Arthur, Mary, Fanny, and Emma. Our
subject is one of the representative farmers in his town, taking an active interest in ed-
ucational and religious matters, giving his service to build the cemetery in 1832.

Bennett, John A., was born in Williamson, November 22, 1834. He is the ninth
child of a family of thirteen children of John and Jane Nason Bennett, who came to
Williamson when eleven years old with his parents. John Bennett was a farmer and
mechanic, and died in 1865 aged seventy- five years. Our subject learned the cooper's
trade when fifteen years of age, and also worked at the carpenter's trade for about
fifteen years, and then dressed tools in a blacksmith shop for three years, after which
he purchased a grist mill at Beaver Creek and followed milling for seven years. He
again followed the carpenter's trade for three years and in 1893 came to the village of
Ontario Center, where he at present keeps a meat market. He owns a place near Fur-
naceville, where he raises fruit. He is a member of Ontario Grange. In 1859 he mar-
ried Anna Maria Truax, of Williamson, a daughter of Jacob Truax, and one of eight-


een children. Mr. Bennett and wife have two children : Olive, who died in infancy,
Claud F., born January 16, 1874, educated at the common schools and now resides at

Booth, Charles R., a very estimable young farmer of Huron, born in the house he
now owns October 29, 1867, is a son of Zenas H. Booth, also born in Huron June 16,
1831, was a blacksmith and farmer. His wife was Marian Morey, born in Rose in
March, 1834, and their children are : Josephine D., born August 15, 1856; Manvill J., born
in November, 1857 ; Edmund D., born in January, 1861, and Charles Z. Zenas H.
and wife died in 1877 and 1878 respectively. Subject was educated in Wolcott School.
In 1888 he purchased the homestead, where he has since resided. In 1889 he married
Susan, daughter of Henry McMillan, and they have one child, Hazel, born in May,
1892. Subject is a member of the Farmers' Alliance.

Boss, Cornelius, born in Sodus April 6, 1856, is the fifth of nine children of Isaac
and Sarah (Dedee) Boss, natives of Holland, who came to America in 1854 and settled
in Williamson on a farm. He bought a farm in Sodus where he resided till 1865, when
he went to Michigan for a year. He returned to Sodus, again buying a farm, which he
sold and bought the farm, a part of which is now owned by our subject. He died
April 3, 1887, and his wife March 28, 1880. Subject was reared on a farm, and edu
cated in Sodus and Marion. He married April 7, 1880, Annie, daughter of Frank and
Mary (Lawrence) Leroy, natives of Holland. Mr. and Mrs. Boss have one son and one
daughter, Frank O, born September 6, 1866, and Jessie. Mr. Leroy died in 1866, and
Mrs. Leroy resides in Marion. Mr. Boss has always been engaged in farming, and
makes a specialty of fruit growinsr. He is a member of the Grange, and is also a mem-
ber of the Security Tent K. 0. T^M.

Baker, Edward, Macedon, was born in England July 22, 1852, son of John Baker,
who was born February 23, 1827, who is a farmer. Subject was fourteen years of age
when he came with his parents to this county. The other children of the family were
Daniel, Sarah A., Charlotte and Ellen. Our subject now owns a fine farm, from which
he produces grain in abundance. He was educated in the common schools, and married
January 13, 1886, Harriet E. Holloway.

Boynton, Frank M., was born in Ontario in 1850, one of four children of Lorenzo S.
and Philura (Maine) Boynton, he a native of Walworth, born January 2, 1816, and she
of Connecticut, born April 18, 1813. Mr. Boynton was reared and educated in Wal-
worth and always followed farming. He came to Ontario about 1845, and owned a
farm of eighty acres. He died September 12, 1884, and his wife July 26, 1858. His
father, Jonathan, was born August 10, 1779, and was one of the first settlers of Wal-
worth, where he died March 28, 1845. Frank M. was educated in the common schools
and Walworth Academy, also the Jonesville Union School of Michigan. He has always
followed farming, and now owns the homestead place, devoting some attention to fruit
raising. He has a fine place and is one of the leading men of the town. He is a
Republican and a member of the Grange. In 1878 he married Maggie A., daughter
of Robert and Jane (Walton) Franks, who both died in Walworth. Lorenzo S.
Boynton was twice married, his second wife having been Lenora Wheeler, daughter of
Ralph and Lucy (Ray) Lovejoy. She resides in Ontario.

Blackmore, H. F., came to America when six years of age from London, England,
where he was born in 1841. When the first call for volunteer soldiers was made in
1861 he was a student at Weedsport and promptly entered the service of his adopted
country, enlisting in Company C, 75th N. Y. S. Vols., afterward the 75th New York
Veteran Battalion. He was an active participant in the La Fourche, Port Hudson, and
Red River campaigns, his brigade being always at the front. He was also engaged in
the battle of Winchester and Fisher's Hill, at the latter receiving a severe wound


which confined him to the hospital five months, at the end of which period, August 30,
1865 he was mustered out at Savannah, G-a. Mr. Blackmore's wife was Emma Rising,
of Auburn, N. Y., and they were married October 7, 1884. Since the war he has filled
the position of keeper at Auburn eight years, and has held various offices of trust at
Wolcott, where he is highly esteemed.

Bradway, A. J., only son of the late William Bradway, was born at Victory, Cayuga
county, June 1, 1839. A sister, Hannah, now Mrs. Uelmer, lives in Wisconsin. A.J.
Bradway came to Wayne county in 1S64 on his return from the war, in which he had
seen three years' service as a member of Company E, 13th Mich. Vol. Infantry. For
many years he operated a saw mill at South Butler, also manufacturing butter tubs,
barrels, and cooper's materials. More recently he has been engaged in farming in
Wolcott. He has served as collector, constable, and deputy sheriff. November 5,
1859, he married Mary A. Wheeler, of Hannibal, Cayuga county, and has one daughter,
Emma, born August 11, 1860.

Brooks, Alfred, son of Augustus R. Brooks, of Cato, Cayuga county, was born in
1834, and when seventeen years of age came to Wolcott, where his parents were en-
gaged in farming, and where he now pursues the same avocation, devoting his atten-
tion chiefly to small fruits. His wife is Mary A., daughter of H. B. Carr, of Wolcott,
and they have two children : Deborah, wife of D. F. Lockwood, of Lyons ; and Laura
Frances, who died at fourteen years of age.

Bourne. W. E., was born in Lyons September 9, 1863. His father, James, came
from England and settled in Lyons. He married Ann Lee, of England.' He died in
1891 at seventy-six years of age. W. E. Bourne was educated in Lyons Union School,
after which he entered the employ of E. B. Price & Son, grocers, and after several
years of experience in business, in 1894 purchased a half interest with W. M. Young,
carrying the largest and most complete stock of books, stationery, toys, confectionery,
baby carriages, and office supplies in Wayne county. At the age of twenty-five he
married Mary A., daughter of Arthur M. Sunderlin. Our subject is recognized as one
of the most energetic merchants in his town, identified in advancing its best interests
and in the leading events of the day.

Burnett, A. E., was born in Phelps, Ontario county, April 29, 1852, was educated at
Phelps Union school and finished at Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie. After
leaving school he returned to his father's farm two years, and in 1876 came to Lyons
and established himself in the grocery and general produce business in the same loca-
tion he now occupies. In 1888 he established a coal and wood yard, handling 3,000
tons per year. At the age of twenty-two he married Laura J., daughter of Levi Lane,
of Lyons, and they are the parents of one daughter, Frances H. He is a Republican in
politics, and held the office of supervisor in 1889, 1891, 1892, and 1893, being the first
Republican elected in ten years, and the only one that held the office for four terms
since the foundation of the party. Our subject is one of the leading business men in
his town, identified in advancing its best interests and of recognized character and
sterling worth.

Avery, A. G., was born in Lyons November 28, 1826. His father, Cyrus, came to
Lyons in 1814 and the following year purchased part of the King estate of 150 acres,
which is well known as the Avery homestead, and is now in possession of his son. It
has been in the family eighty years. After a few years Cyrus sent for his father, Benja-
man, who was a Revolutionary soldier. Enlisting at the age of eighteen under General
Arnold, he took part in the storming of Quebec, also served under General Anthony
Wayne and passed the winter with the Continental Army at Valley Forge, serving un-
til the close of the war. He received an honorable discharge at the close of the war.
Being destitute he was granted a pension by the United States Government. He died


May 4, 1843, at the house of his son Cyrus, aged eighty-five years. Cyrus Avery mar-
ried Parthenia Skilton, of Watertown, Conn., and they were the parents of three
children, two of whom are living : Mrs. John C. Bishop, and A. G. Avery. A. G. was
educated in the common schools, to which he has added through life by reading and
close observation. At the age of forty-two he married Beulah, daughter of B. F. Clark,
of Sodus Center, and who were the parents of two children : Saxon G., and Anna E.
Saxon G. died at the age of eighteen, a young man of brilliant attainments. Our sub-
ject is one of the intelligent farmers of his town, raising hay, grain and, stock. Conserva-
tive and independent in character he is recognized as a man of sterling integrity and
moral worth.

Arnold, George H. (deceased), was born at Kichmond, Ontario county May 24,
1830. He was educated at Lima, at the age of twenty-two graduated from the law
school at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and soon after located in Lyons and commenced the
practice of law in the office of Smith & Cornwall. By force of character, moral worth,
and animated by the high standard he ever strove to attain, he soon made his mark
among the members of his profession and was recognized as a man whose integrity was
unimpeachable. At the age of thirty he married Mary A., daughter of Deacon Newell
Taft, and they are the parents of two daughters : Annie L., and Mary A. He died
July 2, 1867, aged thirty-seven years, striving through his last few hours to soften tbe
blow for those he loved so dearly, assuring them that with him all was well.

Alderman, George F., of Macedon, was born in Leicestershire, England, January 15,
1848, and came to America in 1863, where he worked for a number of years, both by
the month and farming on shares. He then bought a farm of eighty acres, and started
for himself. This farm he still owns, and follows general farming. He married in
England Sarah A. Beck, and they had two children : Born in England, Harriet and
Arthur, and since coming here they have reared six,*as follows; William, Bertha,
Frederick, Florence, Nellie and Ray. The children have all had a good common school
education, and Harriet has attended school at Palmyra. Mr. Alderman is a Republican
in politics, and is a school trustee.

Althen, Daniel, was born in Lyons January 13, 1840. His father, Philip, came from
Bavaria, on the Rhine, in 1835, settled at Lyons, and was a clothier and merchant tailor
by profession. He died in October, 1886, aged seventy-six years. Daniel was edu-
cated in the common school, to which he has added through life by reading and close
observation. In 1856 he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and remained six years. In 1862
he returned to Lyons, and established his present business of dealer in fine groceries
and fruits. At the age of twenty-one he married Lena, daughter of Frederick Studer,
and they are the parents of two children : Mrs. Bertha Damon, of Rochester, and May
F. Our subject is one of the oldest merchants in town. In 1886 he built the brick
block now occupied by him in his business.

Seager, Asher W., was born in Rose May 9, 1843, son of David J. and Hannah War-
ner, he a native of Connecticut, born December 19, 1808, and she of Sodus. born
July 16, 1811. The paternal grandfather of subject was John N. Seager, a native of
Connecticut and one of the early settlers of Huron, where he died. The maternal
grandfather of subject was Asher Warner, who settled in Sodus early and was killed at
Sodus Point during the War of 1812. The father of subject first settled in Huron in
1825, and on the farm our subject owns in 1837. Mrs. Seager died in 1892, and Mr.
Seager resides in Rose. Our subject was reared on a farm and educated at Wayne
Center. He has followed farming, owns seventy-seven acres, making a specialty of
raising pepermint, in which industry he has been very successful. Mr. Seager has been
highway commissioner nine years and assessor six years. He married twice, first in
1869 Mary J. Wicks a native of Rose and daughter of Caleb Wicks. She died Decem-
ber 1, 1890, and he married in 1892 Elizabeth, daughter of John Klippel, of Lyons.


Mr. Seager is a member of Rose Lodge No. 590 F. and A. M., and also of Sherman Post,
No. 401. He enlisted August 19, 1862, in Company D, 9th Heavy Artillery, and served
nearly three years. He was at Cold Harbor, Monocacy, Winchester, Cedar Creek, in
front of Petersburg and at Sayler Creek.

Miller, George F., was born in Lyons November 1, 1866. His father, George F..
born October 13, 1836, came from Germany and married Rosina Englehardt. He died
July 28, 1886, at forty-nine years of age. He established a bakery and confectionery
business which has been carried on by the family for twenty-five years, being now con-
ducted by his son. It is one of the largest in that line in the town, comprising a full
line of confectionery, toys, etc., and making a specialty of fresh bakery merchandise.

Hickok, Eugene, was born in Genoa April 5, 1835, a son of William and Sophia C.
(Gunn) Hickok, of New England stock, but the mother was of Scotch descent. The
grandparents were Moses and Zesvia (Felton) Hickok, who ware early settlers of
Wayne county but natives of New England. William Hickok was a wheelwright by
trade, at which he worked for a number of years in Genoa. He then came to Huron,
being one of the earliest settlers there, bought a farm, cleared a home, and worked at
his trade. He sold out, came to Rose and bought a farm where they resided until their
death. Mr. Hickok died in 1871 and his wife in 1881. Subject was reared on the
farm, and with the exception of four years in grocery business, has been engaged in
farming. He now has 135 acres, and makes a specialty of dairying. In 1863 he mar-
ried Narcissa M., daughter of Oliver C. and Jane T. Colvin of Butler, by whom he has
had two children.: Horton E., born April 14, 1868, wko died January 9, 1888; and A.
Jennie, born November 25, 1869, married in 1888, and died in 1889, leaving one daugh-
ter, Musetta A. Barless. who lives with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok. Mr.
Hickok is a member of Rose Lodge No. 590 F. & A. M., also of Clyde Grange
No. 33.

Fish, Harry, was born in Williamson, 1812. He is a son of Isaac and Polly Fish,
early settlers of Williamson, where they lived and died. Harry S. Fish was reared on
a farm and educated in the common schools. He has always been engaged in farming

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