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Charles and Elizabeth. He too was a railroad man and came to the United States be-
fore 1852. He died, aged fifty-two, and his wife still survives, living at the old home
in Syracuse. Mr. White is a member of the Catholic Benevolent Legion.

Weinman, Jacob, was born in Rhinefaltz, Germany, September 7, 1832, educated in
their schools and worked at various occupations. May 13, 1859, he married Catherine
Mencner of his native place, and they have had "eight children : Jacob, jr., who is a
farmer in Clifton, Ontario county, and married Emma Fresch of Newark, by whom he
has three children: Carrie M., Carl F. and Ruth E; Philip is a farmer in Phelps, Ontario
county. He married Julia Werner and has one son, John P.; Frederick is a carpenter
and builder in Newark, and married Neilie Fresch; Theresa M. and Julia A. reside at
home ; Elizabeth C. died in infancy ; Lon also died at the age of two years ; and Chris-
tian was killed on the West Shore railroad near his home at the age of fourteen. They
came to the United States in 1871. Mrs. Weinman died in 1885, mourned by a bereaved
husband and family. Mr. Weinman and family are members of the German Evangelical
Church of Newark, and the family have resided on their farm twenty years.

West, George H. ; was born about two miles east of Newark, November 19, 1840. He
married twice, first, Mary L. Lee of Newark, by whom he had two children, K. Eudora
and Charles E., who married January 13, 1886, Harriet E. Richmond of Newark, and
has three children : Mary A., Mabel E., and Ada B. Mrs. West died October 16, 1892,
and Mr. West married, second, March 7, 1894, Lizzie S. Yeo, of Phelps, Ontario county.
Mrs. West was born near Le Roy, Genesee county. Mr. West's father, Matthew W.,
was born near Fairville, this town, June 18, 1818, and was a farmer. February 5, 1839,
he married Mary Hughes of this town, formerly of Vermont, and they had five chil-
dren ; George H., as above noted ; S. Maria, Catherine, Emma J. and Lewis G., who
married Effie M. Lake of Marbletown, of the south part of the town of Arcadia. They
have two children Edward W. and Ethel. Mathew W. West died March 4, 1874,
mourned by a bereaved wife and family. His father, Moses, was a soldier in the War
of 1812, and some members of the family were in the late war. Mrs. George H. West's
father was born in Lincolnshire, England, September 28, 1814, and came to the United
States when a young man, locating at Mount Morris, Livingston county. He married
twice, first, Mary Stillson, sister of Judge Norton's wife, by whom he had four children :
Arthur E., Frank S., M. Ella and Lizzie S. Mrs. Yeo died April 12, 1860, and he mar-
ried in 1866 Adaline Knapp. Mr. Yeo died April 25, 1893, and his wife in 1892. The
family resided in Le Roy for a time, also in Phelps, Ontario county, for twenty-eight
years. Mr. West is a member of the official board of the M. E. Church.

Welch, T. B., a native of Rose, was born February 18, 1864, son of William and Mary



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(Powers) Welch, natives of Ireland ; he was born March 25, 1821, and she was born
April 25, 1829. They came to Rose in 1849, where he died May 15, 1883, and his wife
July 15, 1892. He owned seventy acres at his death. Subject was educated in Rose
Union School and Sodus Academy, from which he graduated in 1886. foilowed teaching
two years and then engaged in the hardware business in North Rose in partnership
with his brother, J. J. Welch, born August 29, 1867. He learned the tinner's trade at
the age of eighteen, which he followed in Clyde and Rochester until he formed a part-
nershiy with his brother. They occupy a two story building 56 x 22 feet, and have had
a successful business. S bject was appointed justice of the peace to fill a vacancy of
H. E. Scutt in 1892, and re-elected in 1893. He was postmaster at North Rose in 1888,
and was again appointed December 27, 1893. Mr. Welch married February 10, 1891,
M. Olive Briggs a native of Huron, and daughter of John and Sarah Briggs. They
have had one son, Harold J. W. The firm is known as Welch Bros., and they also own
a farm of eighty-five acres, part of the Sheer farm.

Wilson, Ephraim B., was born in Connecticut, November 12, 1809, son of Jonathan
and Demaris (Wimsil) Wilson, who came to Wayne county when E. B. was about two
years of age, they being pioneers of the county. They resided at various places in the
county and were farmers by occupation. Their last days were spent in Galen, where
Mr. Wilson and his wife died. Our subject was reared on a farm, coming to Rose when
the country was new. He has cleared ninety-five acres and made many improvements,
besides rearing a family of four sons and six daughters, two of the latter now deceased.
He married Celesta Flint of Rose. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are active members of the
Presbyterian Church, and strong temperance advocates. They are also members of the
Clyde Grange.

Whitney, the late William, was born in Ulster county October 15, 1820, and came
to Western New York with his parents when he was eleven years of age. He was
educated in the schools of that day, in Fairport High School and Genesee Wesleyan
Seminary at Lima, N. Y. He was always a farmer. January 24, 1844, he married
Jane Nichols, of Fairport, formerly of Rensselaer county, and they had two children :
Mary E., who married Merian Filkins and had one daughter Jessie, who is a student in
Genesee State Normal School. Mrs. Filkins died May 3, 1879; and Estella M., who
married Robert Mitchell of the town of Huron, formerly of Sodus, March 15, 1893.
Mr. Mitchell runs the farm, and is trustee of the school in his district. Mr. Whitney
died January 4, 1892. The family resided in Fairport, Monroe county, twenty-five
years, and also in Arcadia many years. Mrs. Whitney's father, Elijah Nichols, was
born in Rensselaer county in 1786. He married Marie Filkins, and had the following
children : William, Betsey, Polly, Jane, Elijah, jr., John, Trowbridge, Robert and
Sarah. He died August 22, 1864, and his wife August 9, 1855. Mr. Whitney's father,
Jesse, was born at the old home in Ulster county, and married Emeline Simpkins, by
whom he had six children: William, as above; Loring, Eliza J., Sarah A., Albert and
Mary. He died August 27, 1876, and his wife several years before.

Waters, John, the pioneer of the family in Wayne county, was of German descent,
George Waters, his grandfather, having come from Germany in an early day, and set-
tled at Pine Plains, N. Y. John Waters served in the war of 1812. He came to
Wayne county in 1833 with his sons George, William, Henry and John, and settled in
Sodus, purchasing 300 acres of land near Joy, there being only a small clearing on it
with a log house. John Waters, sr., married Elizabeth Rarrick. The sons were all
farmers, John settled in Sodus, and married Jennie Ireland; George died at Joy on the
homestead. He married Lydia Jaqua; William resides in Newark, and married Abbie
Bishop. Henry Waters went to Albany in 1845 and studied law for a time, but
abandoning that he engaged in the drover business, and for many years was an exten-
sive dealer, buying and shipping to New York markets. In 1864 he purchased a farm
west of Joy near the the town line, and has since been engaged in farming. He served



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one term as justice of the peace. Although never admitted to the bar, he practiced suc-
cessfully injustice court for many years. He married Margaret Murphy, and their
children are: Josephine (Mrs. John Crosby) and Lillian, (Mrs. John Constantabouver).

Van Slyck, Charles, was born in Sodus in 1859, and is a son of James, whose father,
Isaac Van Slyck, was the pioneer of the family in this county. The latter married
first Elizabeth Van Duzer, and their children were: Peter, James, John, William, Mar-
garet, Sophronia, and Hannah. He married second Hannah Bain. Of his children,
John settled near Albany, where he died ; William moved to Coldwater, Mich.; Mar-
garet, married Wesley Wilbur and settled at Palmyra ; Sophronia married Hugh Wil-
son, and settled at Sodus; Hannah married Darius Kettle, and moved to Coldwater,
Mich.; James Van Slyck spent his life in Sodus, and was a farmer. He was a man of
quiet tastes, and never sought political honors. He married Olive Ellrington, and their
children were: Nellie E. (Mrs. E. J. Harvey), of Coldwater, Mich.; Mary H.; Carrie A.,
who married James Handy, of Sodus; and Charles D., a farmer on the old homestead.
He is a Democrat, and a member of Sodus Grange. His wife was Miss Eva C. Stickney.

Van Tassel, Philip, was born in the town of Austerlitz, Columbia county, May 27,
1820, and at the age of seven years was thrown on his own resources. He followed
farming ten years, and was a hotel keeper for the same period, also following droving
and speculating several years. October 14, 1839, he married Catharine Messenger, of
Washington, Mass., by whom he had six sons: William H., George W., Thomas M.,
John E., Francis and Philip. William H. was elected sheriff of Columbia county ;
George W. was killed by a horse falling on him. Thomas M. died young. John E.
resides in Sullivan county. Francis married Cora Wood, and lives in Newark. Philip
married Flora Tillottson, who died, leaving four children. He resides on the home
farm. This family came to reside in this town in 1865, and Mr. Van Tassel retired
from active business in 1888, and has since resided in the village. William, father of
our subject, was born in Hillsdale, Columbia county, in 1788, and married Catharine
Holsapple, of his native place, by whom he had seven childien : Maria, Martin, Fred-
erick, William, Philip, Harriet, and Sarah. Mr. Van Tassel died in 1834, and his wife
in 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Van Tassel are members of the M. E. Church, of which he is
steward.

Vosburgh, William, son of Jacob, came from Dutchess county about 1845, and set-
tled in the northeast corner of Sodus on the lake road, purchasing a farm of 250 acres,
and was an extensive farmer. He married first Henrietta Trumper and second Eliza-
beth Trowbridge, and their children were : Jacob, Anna E., Margaret, Sarah C, Mary
E., Eunice, who died in infancy, Emma and Antoinette. Anna E. married Robert Wat-
son ; Margaret married Thomas Youmans; Sarah C. married Wesley T. Jolly; Mary
E. married Rowland Smith; Antoinette married Henry Toor; Jacob settled on the
homestead and is a farmer. He taught school for several years during the winter. He
married Catherine Youmans of Sodus, and they have five children : William, Edith A.,
Wesley, Henrietta and George Y.

Vosburg, Rev. Robert T., was born in Milwaukee. Wis., April 19, 1868. When a
child, his father, who was a minister, received a call to preach in New York city. Mr.
Vosburg was educated in the common schools of Rochester, five years in Wagner
College in that city and three years in the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary
at Mount Airy, Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1892 and began to preach in
Newark July 1, 1892, in Zion Lutheran church. May 17, 1893, he married Salome
Hungerer, of Lyons, and they have one daughter, Magdalene E. Mr. Vosburg's father,
George, was born in Madgeburg, Germany, August 26, 1835. He was educated at
Madgeburg Gymnasium, studied at Friedrechs University, at Hall Wurtenburg, also at
the University of Tuebingen, and completed his theological studies at the University of
Erlangerin in March, 1860, and taught at a ladies' seminary two years. In 1863 he was
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sent to the United States as a missionary, locating and preaching in many places in
Wisconsin. In February, 1867, he married Emily, daughter of Rev. George Kinne,
of Rochester, and they had three sons: Robert T., George, and Gustave. He died
and his widow now resides in Rochester.

Van Marter, David, father of Mrs. William J. Holland, was born in Arcadia April 19,
1819, was educated in the public schools, and in early life was a cooper, later taking
up farming. October 30, 1853, he married Elizabeth J. Baldwin, of Lyons, by whom he
had two children: Mary, who died in her ninth year, and Jennie M. Mr. Van Master
died February 4, 1881, and his wife died September 20, 1889. Jennie M. married,
September 16, 1890, William J. Holland, of Fairville, and they have two children:
Viola M., and D. Cole. The family are nicely situated on the Van Marter homestead.
Mr. Holland's father, Thomas, was born about 1836, in England, and married Mary S.
West, of Michigan, formerly of England. Their six children were: Mary A., William
James, Sarah S., Helen D. A., who died young, Henry K., and Emma J. Both parents
reside in Fairville.

Van Dusen, Richard, was born in Marion, Wayne county, was educated in the com-
mon school and has taught school fifteen years, three of which he taught in the Union
School of Palmyra. For the past thirteen years he has been conducting a fruit farm
near Marbletown. August 10, 1886, he married Elizabeth Reutchler, of East Newark,
and they have one daughter, Mary E., who is a student. Mr. Van Dusen's father,
Hiram, was born in Berkshire county, Mass., June 27. 1799. The family moved to
Columbia county when he was a boy, where he was educated in the schools of his day.
June 30, 1816, he married Maria Crandall, of his native county, and they had eleven
children : Maria, Hannah, William, Henry J., Lucinda, Catherine, John EL, Margaret,
Stephen, Hannah, 2d, and Richard. Mr. Van Dusen died hi 1866, and his wife April
17, 1850. Subject's grandfather, William, was born September 6, 1772. He married
Hannah Spencer and had seven children. Mrs. Richard Van Dusen's father, John
Reutschler, was born in Germany. He married Mary Schwartz, of his native place,
and came to the United States, locating in East Newark. They had seven children.
Mr. Van Dusen was elected assessor in 1892 and is trustee of the district school. He
is also a member of Newark Lodge No. 83, F. & A. M., and is a member of the
Knights of Honor.

Thurston, Albert L., was born in St. Lawrence county October 10, 1848, and was
educated in the district schools. He has been in the employ of the West Shore Rail-
road Company three years as brakeman and conductor, and has been cooper and
engineer. December 25, 1873, he married Susan Hildrith, and they have had six chil-
dren : Warren, Jesse G., Albert, Arvilla M., Frank L., and George R., who died aged
twenty-two years. Mr. Thurston's father, Daniel, was born at the old home in 1822.
He was educated in the schools of his day, and was a cooper by trade. He married
Sarah Herriman, of his native country, and they have two children : Albert L, as
above, and Harriet A. Mr. Thurston come to reside with his son in 1892. He en-
listed in Company G, 106th Inf., N. Y. S. Vols., was wounded, and honorably dis-
charged June 22, 1865. He was a member of Vosburg Post No. 99, G. A. R., depart-
ment of New York, and died October 19, 1892. Mr. Thurston is engineer in the
electric light and water works at Newark, and his son, Warren, is one of the assistants.
Mr. Thurston is a member of Newark Lodge No. 83, F. & A. M., Newark Chapter No.
117, R. A. M., Zenobia Commandery No. 41, K. T., and of N. A. S. E. No. 43.

Thompson, S. P., was born in Rose, April 26, 1845, son of Robert R. and Elizabeth
(Fulton) Thompson, he a native of Saratoga, born in 1821, and she of Sodus. The
paternal grandfather of subject was Ezekiel, who came to Huron, being one of the first
settlers and afterwards on the farm where our subject now resides, where he died. He
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and died in 1889. Our subject was reared on a farm, and at the age of fifteen enlisted
in Company C, 8th N. Y. Cavalry, and served four years, and nine months in Anderson-
ville. He was with the 8th Cavalry in every engagement, until he was captured twenty
miles south of Richmond, at Stony Creek, June 29, 1864. He was in the regiment who
fired the first shot at Gettysburg. At the close of the war he returned to Rose, and
except five years on the Erie Canal, where he owned a boat and followed boating., has
resided in Rose. He is a farmer, has followed threshing twenty years, and now owns
fifty acres in Rose and one hundred acres in Sodus. Mr. Thompson has been highway
commissioner six years. He is a member of John Sherman Post No. 401. He married
Emily Burns, a native of Rose, and daughter of William and Jane Burns, early settlers
in the town, where they died. Mr. Thompson and wife have two sons, James P., and
Robert L., at home.

Toor, Charles H., was born in Sodus, January 18, 1845, and is a son of John Toor,
who came from England about 1830, and settled in Gorham, Ontario county, where he
lived until 1839, when he removed to Sodus, purchasing a farm in the northwest part of
the town and was a successful farmer. He was a leading member of the Centenary
M. E. church of Sodus. He married Sarah Box, and their children were: Sarah A.,
George, Thomas, Charles H., and William. Charles H. settled in Sodus and is a thrifty
farmer. For many years he taught school during the winter. He is a member of Sodus
Grange. He married in 1872 Mary Wilkes, and their children were: Frank W. and
Mary A. Mrs. Toor died in 1882, and in 1884 he married Lizzie Welburn, and they
have one son, George C.

Turner, Nathan M., was born in Sodus in 1855, and is a son of Benjamin Turner, who
came from Yorkshire, England, in 1849, and settled in Lyons, and in the spring of 1850
purchased the farm of Jesse H. Green northwest of Sodus village, where he spent the
remainder of his life. He died in January, 1877. He was an enterprising and thrifty
farmer and acquired a compe'ence. He married Ann Watson, and their children were :
Ann, who married John Toor, of Sodas ; Joseph, who settled in Northern Michigan,
where he died in 1875 ; Elizabeth, who married George Toor ; William, who settled in
Sodus. He married Emma C. Baldwin ; Mary, who married Thomas Toor (deceased);
Rachel, who married Richard Toor ; Stephen G., who resides in Sodus ; Nathan M.,
who resides on the homestead and is a farmer. He is a strong Democrat, and in 1894
was the candidate of his party for supervisor. He married in 1885 Eliza L. Briggs, of
Huron, N. Y., and their children are: Sarah, Isabel (deceased); Benjamin B., Hazel A.,
and Bessie 0.

Tiffany, George W., was born at Green River, Columbia county, February 18, 1844,
and came to Ontario county with his parents when he was three years of age. He was
educated in the public schools and has always followed farming. He has also had
charge of and settled several estates. January 24, 1868, he married Theresa Coons, of
the town of Arcadia, and they have one daughter, Iva T., who is a student. Mr.
Tiffany's father, Lamont, was born at Austerlitz, Columbia county, in 1808, and married
Sophia Clark, of that county. They had ten children : Charles L., Jane, Esther M.,
George W., as noted, Edward D., Louis R., Florence A., Sophia E., Millie E., and AnnaB.
He died in 1869, and his wife May 4, 1877. Mrs. Tiffany's father. Alexander Coons,
was born at Red Hook, Dutchess county, July 4, 1812. He was educated in the schools
of his day, and always followed farming. April 10, 1845, he married Deborah E.
Ackley, of Newark, formerly of Sing Sing, Westchester county. They had two
children, one who died in infancy, and Theresa, as above. The family came to Newark
in November, 1849. He died in 1887, and his widow resides with her daughter, Mrs.
Tiffany. Mr. Tiffany is a member of Newark Grange.

Sherman, the late Levi, was born in Rensselaer county, February 19, 1819. He was
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he married Angeline, daughter of James and Hannah (Gifford) Aikin of his native
county. She was born April 15, 181G. They had three children : Deborah G., Justus
H. A , and Hannah J. Deborah G. married Sidney Murphy of Washington county,
and they have five sons : Clarence B., Pardon C, William E., and Myron E. Justus
H. A. married Hattie Doolittle of that county, and they had seven children: Minnie A.,
Levi W., Myrtle, Mabel, Ina, Gracie and Edward. Hannah J. married Andrew Pratt
of Washington county, and they had five children : Gracie, George L., Ira J., Angie and
Eva. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman came to Newark from Washington county in 1864. Mr.
Sherman died December 20, 1887. Mrs. Sherman's father, James Aikin, was born at the
old home in 1702. He was educated in the schools of his day, and was a farmer and
lumber merchant. He married Hannah Gifford of his own county, and they had fifteen
children : Angeline, Justus, Elihu G., James, Nathaniel, Lafayette, Gifford, Sarah C,
Patience, Elizabeth, Abigail H., Deborah and Louisa. He died in 1848, and his wife in
1881. Mrs. Sherman is a bright active business lady. The family is of the Friends de-
nomination.

Stuart, John E., was born in Greene county, N. Y., August 6, 1843. The family at
an early day moved to Syracuse, N. Y., where our subject was educated in the high
school. He then iearned the jeweler and watch trade, and came to Newark in 1864.
Hs followed the jeweler's trade twenty years, doing a vtry prosperous trade here. He
was in company with his brother, Charles W., in the nursery business several years.
He erected the building Mr. Robinson now occupies and carried on the business until
1880. In 1884 the Stuart Manufacturing Co. was organized to manufacture advertising
specialties. This factory was burned in 1886. Mr. Stuart has devoted his time to sev-
eral inventions, many of which are manufactured in Syracuse. He is serving his second
term as president of Newark village, being elected in January, 1894. June 7, 1871, he
married Sarah E. Reed of Newark, and they had three children : Harvey R., Am ie R.,
and Marguerite, all students in the Union School Academy here.

Soverhill, the late Charles W., was born in the town of Arcadia September 7, 1840.
His education was obtained in the common schools, and he finished at the High school
of Clifton Springs, afterwards taking up farming. November 20, 1862, he married
Jennie Turnbull, and had by her two children : Robert M. and K. Isabel, both of whom
reside at home. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Soverhill enlisted in the 17th Inf., N.Y.
Yols., and was honorably discharged for disability in September, 1861. He died April
20, 1892, deeply mourned by family and friends. Mrs. Soverhill's father, Robert Turn-
bull, was born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1797 and came to this country in 1801, first
locating on the Hudson River. He married Catherine Morrison, of Hudson. After
living in Montgomery county five years they came to Arcadia, then to Lyons. Their six
children were James, Eleanor. Mary E., William M., Gertrude A., and L. Jennie.
Mr. Turnbull died September 18, 1889, and his wife in 1880. The ancestry of this
family is Scotch on both sides.

Sauer, Martin, was born in Germany near Bingen on the Rhine, came to America in
1834, and settled in the south part of Sudus. Two brothers, Christopher and John,
came about the same time, all settling in the same part of the town. Christopher re-
moved to Illinois about 1860. John Sauer purchased a large farm and was one of the
prosperous farmers of the town. He married Eva Lang, and their children were John,
Henry J., Christiana, Mary and George, all of whom reside in Sodus. Martin Sauer
purchased a large tract of land, and by industry has become one of the most prominent
and wealthy farmers in the town. He married Caroline Lang, and their children are
Henry, who settled in Arcadia and is a farmer. He married Mary Sauer; Caroline,
who married Nicholas Espenschied, of Sodus; Barbara; William, Jacob and Charles of
Sodus; Catherine, who married Adam Fry, of East Palmyra, and Margaret, who mar-
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Spear, Mahlon, was born in Phelps, Ontario county, in 1845, a son of William, whose
father, William, was a pioneer of Wayne county. He came from New England as
early as 1808, settled in Arcadia and was a farmer. He married Rachel Cook, and they
had one son William, jr. He settled in Phelps but in 1853 settled in the south part of
Sodus, and was one of the most successful and prosperous farmers in the town. He
married Louise Lewis and they had one son, Mahlon, our subject. He settled on the
homestead, and is one of the most prominent and extensive farmers of the town. He
is a member of Sodus Lodge No. 392 F. & A. M., Sodus Chapter and Zenobia Com-
mandary. He married in 1884 Frances A. Olmstead, and they have two children, Helen
M. and Louise F.

Snyder, Henry J., was the first of the family to settle in Wayne county, coming from