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and followed it many years, doing mostly ornamental work. He enlisted in August,
1862, in Company E, 111th N. Y. Volunteer Infantiy, and was mustered out in 1866,
serving one year after the close of the war. He was mustered in as second lieutenant,
promoted to lieutenant, and finally promoted to captain. Captain Laing was at Harp-
er's Ferry, Alexandria Railroad, Bristol Station, was wounded in the leg and sent home,
but soon returned and was again wounded at Morton's Ford. He was then at Mine
Run and the Wilderness, where he was twice wounded while in command of the regi-
ment. He was then taken to Washington, where he was in the hospital. He was
afterward sent to Annapolis, examined, mustered into the service, and was in command
of the Finley Hospital, and was there when the war closed. He remained until the
soldiers were mustered out and was then transferred to Elmira, N. Y., and was mustered
out in December, 1866. He married in 1846 Julia A. Marshall, a native of Fayette,
Seneca county, by whom he has had three children: Charlie, deceased; Lucy A. and
Charlie. Captain Laing has been inspector of election, town clerk, a member of the
Assembly in 1859, and has been justice of peace sixteen years. He was also justice of
peace four years in Marion. Our subject came to Marion in 1856 and removed to Will-
iamson in 1873, where he has since resided. He spent three years in Auburn, N. Y.,
as a keeper of the prison.

Loveless, Elnather, son of Ransom Loveless of Butler, was born here May 16, 1853.
Educated within the town of his own and his father's birth, he has shut himself with-
in its borders, chiefly engaged in farming. July 22, 1872, he married Ida M., daughter
of J. Adams Lowell of Savannah, of whom he was bereft, June 17, 1894. She was
thirty-nine years of age, and the mother of three children : Winifred, born February 13,
1879, Grace, born March 10, 1881, and Maud, born May 12, 1883.

Loomis, F. M., was born in Rome, Oneida county, April 12, 1841, son of Oscar and
Lucy Loomis, he a native of Onondaga county, and she of Oneida county. They came
to Marion in 1843 and settled on a farm, and finally came to Walworth and settled on
the farm owned by subject, where he died in 1890, aged eighty-two, and his wife in
1891, aged seventy-two. Subject was educated in Walworth Academy and Rochester
Business University. He enlisted in 1863 in Company B, 9th N". Y. Heavy Artillery
and served until the close of the war. He was at Cold Harbor, Winchester, Cedar
Creek, Monocacy, Petersburg, Five Forks and at Lee's Surrender. He was wounded
at Cold Harbor, Monocacy and Petersburg. Mr. Loomis married twice, first Novem-
ber 30, 1864, Alvira M., daughter of Isaac Freer, by whom he had two children :
Arthur D., who married Earna, daughter of Dr. Russell, of Marion, and they have a
son, Russell ; Adella M., at home. Mrs. Loomis died May 22, 1892, and he married
second Margaret T. Clum, a daughter of Ferdinand Clum, who came from Dutchess
county about 1844, and has since lived in the town. His wife is Maria Clum, by whom
he has had four children. Subject is a member of Dwight Post of Sodus G. A. R. Mr.
Loomis was a contractor and builder for fifteen years, and in Marion and Newark was
engaged in the meat business three years. He owns the old homestead of forty-two

Jordan, W. T., the oldest of twelve children, was born in Lyons November 26, 1852.
His father was a native of England, who came to the United States in 1848 and settled
in M'ayne county ; his trade was tailor, and after that he did a good business as butcher,
exchanging his village accumulations for a farm. He lived the later part of his life as
a farmer. His wife was Mary Jane, daughter of William Jones, a native of Wales, who
came to Wayne county in 1831. W. T. Jordan was educated in common schools. At


the age of twenty-six married to Josephine, daughter of Benjamin Bishop, of South
Butler, by whom he has three children: William W., Jay B. and Maud. Me was a
farmer until 1892; he then purchased the property near the Lock Berlin Lock, known
as the Morgan Cookingham property, erected a large fruit evaporator and established
his present business of dealer in provisions, general merchandise, hay, grain and pota-
toes, and evaporating fruit. Our subject is one of the representative men of the town,
taking an active interest in school and the M. E. Church of Lock Berlin.

Briggs, John, was born in Cortland county, August 8, 1834, son of Jonathan and
Emaline (Baker) Briggs, he a native of Rhode Island, born October 3, 1811, and she of
Connecticut, born May 12, 1811, Their children are: John, Caroline, George, Birney,
Luman, Lyman, Elbert, and Sophia, human married Ellen Doremus, and Lyman mar-
ried Helen Doremus, twin brothers marrying twin sisters. The paternal grandfather of
subject was John Briggs, a native of Rhode Island, who in 1814 came to Cortland
county, where he died. His wife was Margaret Jones, a native of Rhode Island, who
died in Cortland. Father of subject came to Rose and settled on the farm owned by
our subject, where he died. He was one of the leading farmers of the town, and at his
death owned 150 acres.. He died July 18, 1881, and his wife August 1, 1891. Their
children were: Birney, a carpenter of Rochester. His wife is Anna Terry, and they
have three sons and two daughters; Caroline, wife of William Niles, of Rose Valley,
by whom she has two children ; Elbert, resides in the town of Lyons; and George, who
died aged twenty-five years. Subject was ten years old when he came to Rose, and
except twenty-three years in Huron, has always resided here. He now owns about 300
acres in the towns of Huron and Rose, and follows general farming. He was assessor
two terms in Huron, and is a member of the Huron Grange No. 124. He married in
1861 Sarah J. Otto, a native of Huron, born October 4, 1841, daughter of Samuel and
Eliza (Miller) Otto. Mr. Briggs and wife have three children : Eliza L., wife of Nathan
Turner, of Sodus, by whom she has three children: Benjamin B., Hazel A., and Bessie
0. ; M. Olive, wife of Thomas B. Welch, a hardware merchant of North Rose, and they
have one child, Harold J. ; and Jonathan F., at home.

Scott, William W., was born a slave in Sullivan county, Tenn., about 1842, and is
one of twelve children of Frank Scott, who died a slave. He was owned by four
different masters, and at one time was sold for $1,100. He did many heroic acts during
the war, and many a Union soldier he fed from his master's larder in 1863. He led a
large number of slaves in an escape to the Union lines. He was a soldier for eleven
months, captured and re-captured several times. In 1864 he came to Sheffield, Mass.,
and engaged as laborer in a marble quarry, being unusually intelligent was made second
foreman and timekeeper, and two years later engaged as charcoal burner in Mount
Washington. He was there told of a State farther North called York, where he decided
to go and wended his way north to Hudson. Later he went to Lyons, where he was
employed by Dr. Bottom, thence to Sodus, and in 1871 came to Huron, where he mar-
ried Nancy, daughter of Lewis Samson, a farmer in Huron, who was a slave in his
early days. His wife was Elizabeth Brigg, whom he married in 1842. Mrs. Scott was
born in the town of Galen. Mr. and Mrs. Scott have three children : Lewis, born
February, 1872 ; Finley, born in 1879, and Fred, born in 1886. Subject and wife are
members of the Royal Templars of Temperance of Huron. They own the farm of
fifty-six acres formerly owned by Mrs. Scott's father.

Wilson, Gorham J., born in Savannah, March 7, 1856, is the eldest son of George R,
and Mary (Gorham) Wilson, now residents of South Butler. After leaving school he
engaged in farming and teaching five years, and in January, 1881, established with
Yiele Mead a general store business at South Butler, the co-partnership now being
Wilson & Mitchell. December 29, 1881, he married Carrie A., daughter of Mrs. Harriett
Newton, of Savannah, and their children are: Florence E., born May 25, 1883; Hattie
A., born October 16, 1885; and Newton G., born March 5, 1891. Mr. Wilson is an


unassuming gentleman of genial manners, whom to know is to admire. From 1890 to
1893 inclusive he represented his town on the Board of Supervisors as an exponent of
Republican principles.

Hale, J. A., was born in Wolcott, N. Y., August 13, 1842, and was the son of 0. H.
and Lamira Hale, who reared a family of four sons and seven daughters. Our subject
is not only a builder by trade but the architect of his own destinies, and a citizen who
commands the respect of all who know him. For several years past he has been con-
nected with a Rochester milling company, building flouring mills. He is a staunch
Republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for president. He was for
several years a member of the Board of Education of Leavenworth Institute, located in
Wolcott village, where all his children were educated. On March 2, 1865, he married
Esther M., daughter of Patrick and Emeline Casey, who is the mother of four children.
Fred. G. Hale was born in Wolcott, Ojtober 20, 1866, who after completing his educa-
tion learned the millwright's trade and traveled through the western States, building
flouring mills. In November, 1891, he went to Campeachey, Mexico, and built a large
mill for cutting Spanish cedar and mahogany. Returning to the United States in July,
1892, took up his residence in Jersey city, N. J., where he now has the supervision of a
flouring mill. Frank A. Hale was born September 3, 1867, who after completing his
education learned the tinner's trade. In 1891 he with a party of six young men went
to the State of Washington to find for themselves homes on the Pacific coast, but soon
made up their minds that Wayne county, N. Y., had a more healthful climate and re-
turned thither in 1892, and is now connected with the firm of Kelley <fe Son, hardware
merchants in Wolcott, N. Y. Ida B. Hale was born in Wolcott, June )8, 1870, and
died September 13, 1887. Nellie M. Hale was born October 17, 1876, and died June 4,

Garratt, Richard, was born in Westchester county May 1, 1824, son of Richard and
Annie (Hallack) Garratt, natives of Long Island, who came to Galen in 1838, and died
in Long Island. The paternal grandfather of subject was in the Revolutionary War, as
was also the maternal grandfather. The father of subject was in the war of 1812. Sub-
ject was reared on Long Island and educated in the common schools- He has always
been a farmer and has cleared the land he owns, and about 200 acres of other land in
the county. He owns twenty-eight acres. Mr. Garratt enlisted in 1862 in the 9th Ar-
tillery and served seven months. He married in 184"6 Frances L., daughter of Solomon
and Sarah R (Ryan) Smith, in Huron, by whom he has had two daughters : Sarah, wife
of Frank Jones, and has three sons and one daughter, who is now a widow and resides
in Rose ; and Mary E., wife of Michael Fisher, of Clyde. She died in 1887, leaving one
son and three daughters. The family is of English descent, and date their ancestry to
three brothers, who came to America during the Revolutionary War. The Hallacks are
of Welsh descent, and settled at Stony Brook, L. I.

Tinckelpaugh, William H., was born in Sodus, May 27, 1827, a son of Adam, a native
of Columbia county, who came in 1811 to Wayne county and located in Marion, being
at this time in early youth. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and on arriving at
manhood he bought a tract of land west of Sodus village and south of the " rtdge," the
whole of it being dense forest. Building a log cabin he began clearing up the land,
which he sold four years later. He was a man of push and enterprise, and became -a
prominent and prosperous farmer, taking an active part in political affairs. He was an
influential member of the Presbyterian church of Sodus, was colonel of the old Rifle
Regiment, and took great interest in military affairs. He married Harriet Ailing, of
Sodus, and their children were : Amanda, Charles, William H., Harriet J., Myron Oscar,
Manha, and Delia. Adam Tinckelpaugh died April 4, 1863. William H., with the ex-
ception of six years, which were spent in Williamson, has always lived in Sodus. From
1857 to 1877 he was in the mercantile trade at Joy, with which exception he has fol-
lowed farming. " He is a leading member of the Presbyterian church of Joy, a member


of the Masonic Lodge at Sodus, and Zenobia Commandery No. 41 of Palmyra. He
married Sarah M. Nash, of Williamson, and they have had these children : Martha J.,
now Mrs. Samuel E. Allen, of Sodus ; Mettie D., now Mrs. Leslie M. Snyder, of Sodus ;
and Adella M., who died unmarried.

Trowbridge, Theodore B., was born in Susquehanna county, Pa,, December 23, 1837,
came to Wayne county in 1860, and settled in Sodus, southeast of Sodus Centre, where
he engaged in farming. He was commissioner of highways from 1876 to 1888, and was
under sheriff in 1892, and in 1893 under Sheriff Thornton. He is a member of Sodus
Lodge No. 392, F. & A. M., and is a charter member of Wallington Grange. He mar-
ried in 1862 Emily, daughter of Durfee Wilcox, of Sodus, and their children are Melvin
C. and Maud Emma (Mrs. William Sherman, of Allegan, Mich.) Durfee Wilcox was
born in Palmyra in 1809, and died in Sodus in 1893. He was a son of Captain William
Wilcox, who came from Rhode Island about 1790 and settled in Palmyra. He was cap-
tain of a cavalry company in the days of the old militia. He married Ruth Durfee and
they had twelve children. Durfee Wilcox, their son, came to Sodus in 1828, and set-
tled north of Alton. Later he settled on the large farm south of Sodus Centre, where
he resided until his death. He held numerous positions of trust and honor, among which
were supervisor two years during the war, assessor several years, and for twelve years
county superintendent of the poor. He married Samantha Wells, and they had five
children: Louisa M., who died at the age of seventeen ; John M. and Stephen D., who
are farmers in Sodus ; Emity J. (Mrs. Theodore B. Trowbridge, of Sodus) ; and William
J., of California.

Espenscheid, Nicholas, was born in Sodus, May 31, 1851, and is a son of Adam H.
Espenscheid, who, with his brothers Philip and Frederick, came from Germany in 1835.
Philip and Frederick settled in Williamsport, Pa., Adam H. settled in Sodus and was a
farmer. He married Barbara, daughter of John Espenscheid, of Sodus. He came from
Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, in 1834, and settled in Sodus, purchasing a farm one-half
mile north of Alton, and was a prosperous farmer. He was a distiller in the old coun-
try, and carried on the business to some extent after coming to this country. His chil-
dren were John, Carl, Lawrence, Andrew, Nicholas, Philip, Louis, and Barbara. John
settled in Galen and was a farmer; he married Mary Eicb. Carl settled in Peoria, 111.,
where he died; he married Sally Rumage. Lawrence settled on the homestead and is
a farmer; he married Diantha Van Etten. Andrew settled at' Alton, is a harnessmaker
and married Catherine Roy. Nicholas settled in New York city, and is engaged in the
hatting business. Philip settled in California, where he died young. Barbara married
Adam H. Espenscheid, and their children were Nicholas and Frederick.

Jeffers, Henry, was born in Rose April 26, 1850, son of Robert N., a son of Nathan
Jeffers. Robert N. was born April 26, 1820, in Rose, was always a farmer and stock
dealer, owned 341 acres at his death and was one of the wealthiest men in Rose. He
married twice, first Maria Winchell, by whom he had four children : Henry and Hen-
rietta (twins). Lana and Robert, who died, aged four years. Mrs. Jeffers died in 1863,
and Mr. Jeffers married Sarah Holbrook, who resides \\n Rose Valley. Mr. Jeffers died
June 11, 1893. Subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, has
always followed farming, and except six years in Butler has lived in Rose, and owns
the old homestead of 160 acres. He married in 1876 Mary J. Haviland, a native of
Rose, by whom he has had two children : Robert, who died in infancy, and Burton H.,
born November 2, 1883.

Jeffers, George, was born in Lyons August 22, 1846, a son of Nathan and Sallie

Dunmore) Jeffers, he a native of Johnstown and she of Pleasant Valley, born in April,

1808. They came to Lyons in 1816 and finally came to Rose and settled on the farm

owned by our subject, where he died in 1853, and his wife resides in Rose Valley. Mr.

Jeffers was in the war of 1812. By a previous marriage to Eleanor Vandercook he had


ten children. Subject was reared on a farm, educated in the common schools, and has
always been engaged in farming, except one year in Pennsylvania in the oil regions.
He added to the old homestead forty acres, and now owns 100 acres and follows gen-
eral farming. Mr. Jeffers has been collector four terms, constable twelve terms and
deputy sheriff twelve years. He married in 1874 Eliza Mitchell, whose father was one
of the first settlers. Subject and wife have three children : Willard G., Frank W. and
May L.

Rogers, Erastus, was born March 14, 1815, and died December 5, 1881, in Sodus.
His father was Gabriel Rogers, born in 1776, who settled in South Sodus at an early
day, and married Hannah Clark; their children were: Bartlett, James, Jerry and Eras-
tus. The latter settled in South Sodus in early life and moved to Sodus Point in 1852,
where he held the office of collector through two administrations ; he moved to Sodus
in 1862, where he resided until his death. He was a leading man in the affairs of his
town, where he filled' many local offices, and was prominent in his business pursuits.
He married Cornelia A. Gardiner, of Sag Harbor, L. I., in 1855, and they had four
children : J. Franklin and Harry G., who settled in Aurora, 111., in 1892, engaged in
mercantile pursuits, Kate S. (Mrs. Carlton L. Gaylord), of Sodus, and Bertie, who died
in childhood.

Bates, Lewis (deceased), was born August 13, 1819, in Saratoga county, and was a
son of Daniel P. Bates, who settled near Sodus Center about 1826 and later near Sodus
Point. He married Jane Van Cott, and their children were: Esther, who married Ira
Powers and settled at Geneva, N. Y.; Ann, who married George Sergeant and settled
in Sodus; Almira, who married Francis Doville, of Sodus; John, who settled in Sodus
and is a wealthy farmer, and Lewis, who early in life was a sailor on the lakes, was a
captain and owner of various vessels, later engaging in the mercantile trade at Sodus
Point, which he carried on for ten or twelve years. About 1863 he purchased a farm
on the lake road, west of the Point, where he lived until his death in 1893. He took
an active part in political affairs, and was supervisor of Sodus several years. He mar-
ried in 1851 Martha A., daughter of Henry Finch, of Sodus, and their children were :
Danipl P., who is a farmer in Sodus, and married Jane Knapp ; Frances A., who is un-
married and resides on the homestead; Lawrence A., who lives in Pine Valley,
Chemung county, and married Kate Farrell; A. Bonaparte, who is a farmer in Sodus,
and married Mary Comstock ; Edward L., unmarried, who resides on the homestead ;
Anna M., who married Franklin A. Palmer, resides in Erie, Pa; David R., unmarried,
who resides on the homestead, and De Grape, unmarried, who resides on the home-

Fish, Harry S., son of Isaac and Polly Rice Fish, was born in Williamson, N. Y., No-
vember 24, 1811. Isaac Fish and wife came from Massachusetts and resided in Will-
iamson until their decease. Harry S. Fish was brought up on a farm and educated in
the common schools. He has always been engaged in farming, and is recognized as one
of the most successful farmers in his town. He was always fond of fine horses and
raised many. He has been highway commissioner of his town. He is a member of the
W. M. church, and is a Republican in politics. He married Polly Maria Russell, January
29, 1835, from which marriage he had five children: Isaac N., Daniel R., Julia M., Selby
S., and Carlton B. Mrs. Fish was a member of the W. M church, was born June 3, 1816,
and died December 2, 1845. Mr. Fish subsequently married Fanny Maria Stewart, Oc-
tober 15, 1846, who was a member of the W. M. church, and was born January 9, 1817,
and died January 13, 1893. From this marriage there were four children: Harriet A.,
Timothy S., William G, and Sarah L. Selby S.. Carlton B.. and Timothy S. Fish en-
listed in the United States service early in the Rebellion of 1861-65, and served until
honorably discharged therefrom. William Stewart, father of Fanny Maria Stewart Fish,
was a Scotchman by birth. Soon after his arrival in America war was declared against
England. Young Stewart entered the Continental army and served seven years in the


war. Harriet A. is the only child who remains at home to care for her invalid father
and aid him in his business transactions.

Ellinwood, E. Chester, was born in Rose, July 6, 1838, son of Chester and Sophronia
(Allen) Ellinwood. The father was a native of Brookline, Vt, and she a native of Mas-
sachusetts. The paternal grandparents were Jonathan and Naomi (Weeks) EllinAvood,
and Ezra Allen and Lucy (Kellogg) Allen. The former were natives of Vermont, and
the latter of Massa n husetts. Chester Ellinwood was a soldier of the war of 1812. He
and his wife, Sophronia, were married in 1816, and settled upon a large farm one mile
east of Rose Valley, and here they reared a family of six children : Ensign W., Charlotte
M., Lucy, Lemira, Mary A., Charles J., and E. Chester. He was a successful and well-
to-do farmer of his time, and lived to be eighty- five years old. E. Chester, the young-
est of the family, and the subject of this sketch, received a liberal education at the Rose
Valley School, the Clyde High School, and Fort Plain Seminary. He studied law in the
office of Judge Norton at Newark, and here he sought and won the heart and hand of
Mary E., who was the accomplished daughter of Clark and Irene Phillips, of Arcadia.
They were married September 3, 1867. Among the important results of this union five
children were added : Irene P. (who died at the age of fourteen years), Mary, Louise,
John C, Chester, and Robert E. Louisa is now a teacher in the Clyde High School,
John a teacher in his home district, and Chester and Robert are among his pupils. Mr.
Ellinwood owns and resides upon a large farm situated midway between Rose and Wol-
cott, and a very pleasant home it is with its surroundings and attractions. He enjoys
the charms around his fireside of a devoted wife and happy children. In politics he is a
Democrat, attends with his family the Baptist church, and is a member of the Wolcott
Grange. He has been supervisor of his town two terms.

Graham, Archibald M., was born in the town of Rose, December 15, 1856, son of
Henry Graham, a prominent man in his town. He was a farmer and blacksmith, buy-
ing a tract of land a mile square of the original purchasers of the tract. He died in 1878
aged seventy-seven years. Our subject was educated in the common schools, Clyde
High School, and Red Creek Seminary, and took a business course at Bryant &Stratton
College at Syracuse, after which he entered the employ of Gurney, Streeter & Co. In
1877 he established a drug store with J. H. Childs, which he sold out in 1879. and then
engaged in the boot and shoe business. In 1888 he purchased the W. H. & C. F. Groes-
beck's warehouse and flouring plant, making a specialty of fine grades of flour, having
an output of 150 barrels per day. At the age of twenty-one he married Rose E. Case,
daughter of Harvey Case, by whom he has one daughter, Louise R. Our subject is one
of the conservative men of the town, filling the office of trustee, also trustee of the
school for eight years, president of the village in 1893, and is identified in advancing the
best interests of the day.

Redman, Abraham, was born in Camillus in 1822, and is a son of Isaac and grandson
of Abraham. Isaac Redman came to Wayne county about 1834, and settled in the east
part of the town of Sodus, south of the ridge, and took up eighty acres, where he spent
the remainder of his life. He married Rebecca Pitts, and their children were : Abram,
Betsey, Michael, Mary, and Sarah J. Abram settled in Sodus. He is a carpenter by
trade, and during the earlier years of his life followed that business. He afterward set-
tled on the Ridge road, near the west line of the town, and is engaged in farming. He

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