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Columbia county about 1845, and settling in the south part of Sodus. He married
Elizabeth Miller, and their children were Harmon J., who settled in Illinois, and after-
ward in Texas ; Leonard lived and died in Sodus. He served through the Civil War ;
Samuel died in early manhood ; Catherine, who married Freeman Hawver and settled
in Marion; Sarah married Joseph Breggsand settled in Michigan; Lydia married John
Simmons and settled in Illinois; Jane married Andrew French and settled in South
Dakota; Mary marrie I Horace Gilbert, and settled in Marion. Jacob M. Snyder for
many years during his early life was engaged in teaching, later engaged in farming which
he followed the remainder of his life. He married Julia A. Miller, and they had three
children : Charles, who died in infancy ; Frank M., who settled on the homestead and
is engaged in farming. He married Helen Sauer; Leslie M. was a school teacher for
several years and then engaged in farming, purchasing a farm southwest of Sodus vil-
lage. He is a member of Sodus Grange. He married Nettie D., daughter of William
H. Tincklepaugh of Sodus, and they have one son, Kenneth E. Jacob M. Snyder died
in 1892.

Smith, Daniel P., was born on the old homestead in the southwest part of Arcadia
November 23, 1842. He was educated in the district schools and the Union School and
Academy of Newark, and has always followed farming. November 15, 1876, he mar-
ried Emma L. Fisk of this town, and they had two children William P., born Septem-
ber 9, 1878, and Leslie E., born May 25, 1887. Mrs. Smith was born September 26,
1849, and died July 4, 1891, mourned by a bereaved husband and children. Mr. Smith's
father, Daniel, was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county March 18, 1802. September 23,
1836, he married Deborah Vary of his native county, born October 9, 1809, and settled
here the same year. They have had two children, Esther S. and Daniel P. He died
April 7, 1874, and his wife March 3, 1887. Shis family located here fifty-eight years
ago. Mr. Smith's grandfather, Conradt Smith, was one of the earliest settlers in the
State. The ancestry of the family is German and Welsh.

Sherman, Charles B., born in Phelps, Ontario county, December 21, 1804, was a son of
John and Chloe (Dickenson) Sherman, natives of Massachusetts who were early set-
tlers of Phelps, and came to Rose Valley in an early day where they died. Mr. Sher-
man served in the Revolutionary War. Father of subject was a child when he came to
Rose. He was a farmer and at his death owned 111 acres, where the family now re-
side, and the farm is now carried on by Ezra A. Sherman. His first wife was Lucinda
Allen, by whom he had five sons and one daughter. His second wife was Charlotte
Tyler, a native of Oneida county and daughter of Chester and Harriet Strong ; he was
a native of Bridgeport, Conn. They came to Oneida in an early day where Mr. Tyler
died, and his wife died in Hannibalville. Mr. Sherman and second wife had three chil-
dren : Chester, who married Harriet Kimberly of Auburn, by whom he has one daugh-
ter, Marion C. He was educated in Auburn Academy and Rochester Business College,
from which he graduated May 9, 1885. He is now clerk of the revision of the pensions
at Washington, D. C, resigning the office of assessor of Rose when he received the ap-
pointment; Ezra A., born in Rose January 7, 1866, and educated at the Union Schools


of Rose. He is a farmer and makes a specialty of breeding Hambletonian horses, and
at present owns Ezra A., who has a record of 232 -J-. Mr. Sherman has been town
clerk one term ; and HattieE., wife of Manley G. Fowler of Rochester.

Snyder, Eli, was born in Sodus in 1831, and is a son of Peter and grandson of John
Snyder, of Montgomery county. Peter came from Columbia county to Oswego about
1820, and about 1824 purchased a farm in the southwest part of Sodus, where he re-
moved. He was a prominent member of the Christian church of Marion. In 1874 he
settled in that village, where he died in 1881. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John
Beam, one of the early settlers of Sodus, and their children were: Peter, jr., George,
Eli, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, and Mahala. Peter settled in Sodus and later in
Palmyra, where he died. He married Jane Welcher; George settled in Marion, and
married Hannah Covey ; Sarah married Isaac Stone ; Mary married Abijah White ;
Elizabeth married Sylvester Campbell ; Ann married Mark Johnson ; Mahala married
Lorenzo French. Eli Snyder has always lived in Sodus and is an enterprising farmer.
He is a member of Sodus Grange and the Christian church of Marion. He married
Louisa Adams, of Marion, and they have one son, Frank E., of Newark, who married
Lizzie Bowen.

Snyder, George, was born in Sodus in 1829, son of Samuel, who was a son of John
Snyder, a resident of Montgomery county. His ancestors came from Germany. Samuel
and Peter, sons of John, came to Sodus about 1824, and took up farms in the southwest
part of the town. Benjamin, another brother, settled in Sodus in 1855, where he died.
He married Betsey Lovell. Two sons survive him, John Snyder, of Joy, and Esmond,
of Williamson. Peter married Betsey Beam. Samuel Snyder married Mary Borden,
by whom he had eight children : Emeline, Ann, Eliza, Stephen B., George, Charles,
Albert, and Edward. Emeline married Orvilla Carpenter, of Sodus ; Ann married
Horace Dennison and settled in Michigan ; Eliza married Henry Husted and settled in
Michigan ; Stephen B. settled first in Sodus and afterward in Marion. He married
Celia Welcher ; Charles settled in Sodus, removing later to Michigan, where he died ;
Albeit and Edward both settled in Michigan. George Snyder has always lived in
Sodus, and follows farming. He is a member of Sodus Grange. He married Mary
Briggs, and their children are: Mattie (Mrs. Samuel Thorn, of Syracuse) and Irving J.,
of Marion.

Snow, Lorenzo M., a native of Hamilton, Madison county, was born October 29,
1828, son of Nathan and Hannah (Groves) Snow, he a native of Plainfield, Mass., born
May 26, 1790, and she of Whitesboro, Oneida county, born February 13, 1791. Abijah
Snow, grandfather of subject, was a pioneer of Hamilton, settling there in 1802. He
was a blacksmith by trade and owned a farm of 120 acres, which was afterward owned
and improved by his son. Nathan. Nathan Snow was a farmer of Hamilton, where he
lived, and died July 17, 1852. and his wife February 20, 1875. Mr. Snow was a very
active member and liberal contributor to the Congregational church. Lorenzo M. was
reared on the farm and has always followed farming. He purchased the old homestead,
where he remained till 1855, when he came to Rose and bought the farm he now owns
of 256 acres, 160 of which he has cleared. Mr. Snow has erected a fine large dwelling
and excellent out-houses. His specialty is thoroughbred Jersey cattle and Hambletonian
horses. September 1, 1858, he married Harriet L., daughter of Norman Sexton and
Sarah A. (Crofford) Sexton, of Smyrna, Chenango county. Mr. Sexton was a native of
Milford, Conn., and Mrs. Sexton of Johnstown, N. Y. He was a farmer at Smyrna, and
the grandfather, Elijah, was a pioneer of the county. Norman Sexton died in January,
1874, and his wife, who spent her last days with Mr. and Mrs. Snow, died June 8,

See, Myron, was born on the homestead near Fairville, May 31, 1843, was educated
in the district schools and was a carpenter by occupation until the accidental death of


his brother, September 9, 1867, when he became a farmer in the place of his brother.
He married twice, first in 1861, Emily F. Warfield, of this town, by whom he had one
daughter, Minnie L., who married Edward H. Schwab, of this town, and they have one
daughter, Mary E. Mrs. See died in 1865, and he married second, September 29, 1868,
Adelaide Southworth, of Manchester, Ontario county. They have one daughter, Eva B.,
residing at home. Mr. See's father, John, was born in Rensselaer county, December 1
1799, and left home when young. He married twice, first, Eve Turner, and had seven
children, three of whom are deceased; Marvin, Jerome, Myron, and Mary A., now Mrs.
Riggs. of Lockport. Mrs. See died March 2, 1874, and he married second, Maria
Roberts, of Palmyra. He died April 22, 1883, his wife survives. Mrs. See's father,
George W. Soverhill, was born in Dutchess county in 1814, and came to Purington,
Monroe county, with his parents when a boy. He married Sarah McNutt, of Ontario,
and they had four children : Eleanor, Adelaide, Lucy, and Mary. He had married
previously to Arabella Counant, and had one daughter, Laura. Mr. Southworth still
survives, aged eighty years.

Sentell, Edward W., the first of the family in Wayne county, was born June 25, 1806,
and was a native of Nova Scotia. About 1822 he came to Geneva and became a con-
tractor and builder. About 1828, with a Mr. Barclay, he secured the contract for the
building of the first pier constructed at Sodus Point. Later he purchased the Loomis
property at Maxwell's Mill, including a farm, saw mill, and grist mill, and removed
there. He carried on the milling business until 1855. He was enterprising and public
spirited, and was identified with the best interests of the town. In 1857 he was a
member of the General Assembly. He was a prominent member of the Sodus M. E.
church for over forty years. He was railroad commissioner from the building of the
Sodus Point and Southern Railroad until his death, September 19, 1892. He was for
many years a prominent member and officer of the State militia. He married, in 1830,
Deborah, daughter of Samuel Harvey, and their children were: Sarah A., who died in
childhood; William H., Edward H, Catherine L., Charles M., Jennie D., Mary A., and
John C, who died in early manhood. William H. enlisted in 1861 in the 44th N. Y.
Infantry. In 1862 he was transferred to the 160th N. Y. Infantry, with the rank of
major, and served until the fall of 1864, when he resigned. He died in Sodus in 1888,
unmarried. Catherine L. married Abraham B. Gibbs, of Sodus ; Jennie D. married
Hiram West and settled at Groton, S. D.: Mary married Charles Terpning, of New
York; Charles M. enlisted in 1862 in the 11th N. Y. Infantry, and served till the close
of the war. He is a member of Dwight Post, G. A. R., of Sodus and was a charter
member of Sodus Lodge, 1.0. 0. F. He has been collector and highway commissioner
of the town. He married Jennie Hewson, of Sodus, and their children are : Jennie
D. and William E. Edward H. Sentell enlisted in 1862 in the 160th N. Y. Infantry
as second lieutenant and was promoted to first lieutenant. He was wounded at the
battle of Cedar Creek October 19, 1864, and was mustered out April 5, 1865. From
1868 to 1872 he was engaged in the produce busines. In the latter year he settled
at Sodus Point and built a planing mill and dock, and for several years carried on
that business. Selling out this business he built a warehouse and a fruit evaporator,
and engaged in the produce business and coal and lumber. In 1876 he engaged in
the mercantile trade, which he has since carried on. He takes an active part in party
affairs, and was elected supervisor in 1890-91. He is a member of Dwight Post,
G. A. R. He married Fannie, daughter of John Preston, of Sodus, and they have
one daughter, Mary.

Seymour, Morris J., was born in Sodus, on the farm he now occupies, Decembea
24, 1840, a son of Orson, born in 1801, who is a son of Ebenezer, who came from
Pompey, Onondaga county, about 1808 and settled at Palmyra. They removed to
Williamson and soon after to the town of Sodus. Ebenezer married Jemima Wilbur,
and their children were: Va'da, Sidney (deceased), Orson, who died in 1875; Delmar,


Harland, Morris (deceased), Orlando, Jennette, Mary A., and Therese. Morris J.
Seymour resides on the homestead and is a farmer. In 1862 lie enlisted in the 160th
N.Y. Infantry and served until the close of the war. He was wounded at the battle
of Winchester. He is a member of Dwight Post, G-. A. R., of Sodus, and is president
of the Republican Club of Sodus. He married, in 1870, Hannah Burt, of Washington

Schaich, George, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 16, 1859, where he
was educated, and learned the business of nurseryman and gardener at what we would
call the experiment station, at Hohenheim, Germany, from which he received a cer-
tificate of efficiency, the highest in the class of thirty six. He came to the United
States September 13, 1883, locating in Rochester, where he served Elwanger & Barry
eight years. January 1, 1891, he came to the State Custodial Asylum, where he
occupies the position of gardener and florist Since he came here he has made much
improvement, especially in landscape gardening. May 21, 1885, he married Jennie E.
Hess, a native of Germany, and they have had two children: Emily, who died aged
eight months, and George, born May 4, 1888. William, father of our subject, was
born at the old home in Germany in 1832 and married Catrina Haussler, of his native
place. Their children were: George, Barbara, Catrina, Mary, and two who died
young. Conrad Hess, father of Mrs. Schaich, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany,
about 1826, and married Rose Hoss, of the same place. They have had seven chil-
dren : Mary, Jenny, Gotlieb, Charles, Caroline, and two who died young. Both parents
are dead.

Schwartz Franklin, was born in Mecklenburg Germany, October 5, 1834, and came
with his parents to the United States when he was eighteen years old, locating in the
town of Arcadia. February 27, 1858, he married Dora Hyman formerly of Germany,
and they had ten children: Charles J., born December 6, 1858; Louisa, born April 14,
1862 ; Dora K.. born October 11, 1864 ; Emma H, born October 31, 1866; Frances D.,
born October 27, 1868 ; Henry F., born September 23, 1870; William J., born October
7, 1872; Carrie H., born April 20, 1875; Maude L., born September 20, 1877; and
Frederick W., born May 22, 1880. Mrs. Schwartz's father, John Hyman, was born in
Hanover, Germany, in 1794 He married Dora Frol of his native place, and they had
six children : Henry, John, Christopher, William, Charles and Dora. Mr. Hyman died
in 1857, and his wife October 2, 1874. Mr. Schwartz ha* resided in his present home
since 1865.

Schwartz, Charles J., was born in Arcadia December 6, 1858, was educated in the
common schools, and has always been a farmer. He was elected road commissioner in
1891, and re-elected in 1893. February 17, 1881, he married Louisa Lux of this town,
and they have two daughters: Grace M. and Luwella. Mrs. Schwartz's father, George
Lux, was born in Alsace, Germany, in 1816 and came to the United States when a young
man, locating in Clyde. In October, 1844, he married Catherine Lape, who was born
in Paltz, Germany, and they had three children : J. George, Philip H, and Louise.
They have resided on this farm since 1865. Mr. Lux died in 1875, mourned by a
bereaved wife and children. Mr. Schwartz is salesman and agent for mowers and

Rupert, Conrad, was born in Hessia, Germany, August 10, 1838. He was educated
in their public schools and academy, and began college work. He came with his
parents to the United States and located in Albany. November 18, 1862, he enlisted
in Co. K, 177th Inf., N. Y. S. Vols., was honorably discharged September 10, 1863. He
then went to New Jersey and bought a farm in Somerset county. March 15, 1866, he
married Anna M., daughter of George W. Barclow of that county, and they had four
children : Henry L., William B., George O, and Edith M. Henry L. is an attorney-at-
law and notary, public, and married Effe, daughter of Henry V. D. Garrison of Naw


Jersey. They have two children : Anna M., and Stephen E. William B. is a book-
keeper in Kinney & Garrison's manufactory of sash, doors, blinds, etc. ; George C.
resides at home assisting his father ; Edith M. is a student at the academy. Mr. Rupert
came to East Newark in the spring of 1886, purchased property here, and is doing a
fine business in produce and coal. His father, Henry, was born at the old home in
Germany in 1806, married Catherine Stone and had four children : Conrad, Henry,
Anna and Kate. He is a member of Newark Lodge No. 83, F. & A. M., also of the
A. O. U. W., No. 116 and of the K. 0. T. M., No. 115, and of Vosburg Post No. 99,
G. A. R., Department of New York. He is a Democrat.

Robinson, Calib R., was born in Fairville, October 19, 1840. He was educated in the
district schools there and completed his education in the union school and academy at
Newark in 1860. For twenty years he taught school winters and worked on a farm in
the summer. March 10, 1864 he married Mary Sayles and to them was born one son,
Charles E., who is now postal clerk on the route from Buffalo to Albany. Mr. Robin-
son came to reside in Newark in 1885 and has been baggage master at the West Shore
R. R. station ever since. He is a member of the Knights of Maccabees. Mr. Robinson's
father, George E. Robinson, was born in Massachusetts in 1813, and came here with his
parents in 1816. His occupation was farming. He married Sarah Yan Ostrand and
they were the parents of six children : Calib R., as above mentioned ; George N., who
died at thirteen years; Manly S. who died aged seven; Abram and a baby girl who
diee in infancy (twins) ; and Douglas H. He retired from farming in 1857 and was
elected justice of the peace holding that office for twenty years. After the death of his
wife in 1888, he left Fairville and eame to Newark to reside. He died in 1890. Mr.
Robinson's grandfather, Calib Robinson, was one of the old pioneers of the town, cutting
a road through the woods from Newark to Fairville in 1816.

Richards, Sidney S., was born in the town of Harrisburgh, Lewis county, May 8,
1839. He was reared on a farm and educated in district schools. He learned the art
of photography, and at the age of twenty-one he moved to Bellville, in Jefferson
county. In 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 10th Heavy Artillery, N. Y. Volunteers, and
was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He then located in Carthage, and
then in various places until 1880, when he came to Newark. Here he followed his
chosen profession and purchased the gallery of A. F. Brooks. In 1866 he was married
to Louisa Sanders of Carthage, and they have two daughters, viz.: Mary A. and Alice
E. Mary A. was educated in the Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and is now a
teacher in the Academy of Newark. Alice E. married Lewis C. Sanford of Newark, a
traveling salesman. Mr. Richards' father, David Richards, was born in 1804. He
married Eliza D. Stoddard of Lewis county, and the following children were born to
them : Edward J., Sidney S. (above noted), and Adelia C. He is dead, but his wife is
still living. Mr. Sidney Richards is an honored member of the Vosburg Post, No. 99,
G. A. R., Department of New York, and has held the the position of commander and
quartermaster. He and family are members of the First Baptist Church here, Mr.
Richard also being deacon of that church.

Ream, Fred, was born in Strausburg, Germany, January 4, 1840. He is a son of
Peter and Lena (Strang) Ream, natives of Germany, who emigrated to America in
1849 and settled near Lyons. From there he removed to Rose, and finally settled in
Rochester, where he died in 1891. His wife still survives and resides with her daugh-
ter, Mrs. I, Boyce. The maternal grandfather, George Strang, was a prominent man
of Lemberg, Germany, and was treasurer and county clerk under Napoleon during the
French Revolution. Our subject has always followed farming. He now owns 100
acres, and carries on general farming. In 1867 he married Lena, daughter of Squire
Mitchell of Rose, by whom he has two daughters : Allie F. and Edie M. Mr. Ream
has held the office of commissioner and collector, and at present is elected justice of the


peace. He is a member of Clyde Grange, and they attend and support the M. E.

Riggs, Prine, was born in Sodus in 1841, son of John, whose father, John, sr., was
one of the early settlers of Wayne county. His children were Prine. John, Lydia,
William, Phineas, Aaron, Joseph and Delila. Prine Riggs settled in Sodus, where he
died. He married Eliza King. Lydia married Fred Dennis; William settled in Sodus
and afterwards in Rose ; Phineas settled in Sodus Center, where he died ;
Aaron settled in Galen ; Delila married Marshall Braman and settled in Michigan.
John Riggs settled in the south part of Sodus and was a farmer. He married Lavina
Lane, and their children were: Lavina L., who married Ira Penoyer; John B., who
settled in Illinois, entered the army on the opening of the Rebellion, and died in the
service; Levi, who settled in the southwest and engaged in railroading; Rensselaer,
who settled in Illinois. Prine Riggs is one of the enterprising farmers of the town.
In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army, and served until the close of the war. After
the war he spent several years in Illinois. In 1893 Mr. Riggs was elected commissioner
of highways, is a member of Sodus Lodge, No. 392, F. & A. M., and Sodus Grange.
He married Eliza Shaw, and they have two sons : Lyman W. and Bert P.

Reynolds, Frank L., was born at Sodus Center in 1859, and is a son of Lewis, whose
father was Nehemiah Reynolds. He came from Argyle, Washington county, with
Thomas Reynolds, his father, in 1806 and settled in the town of Lyons. Nehemiah
Reynolds was a large and prosperous farmer. With Dr. Elisha Mather he purchased
the grist and saw mill at Sodus Center, and for many years carried on that business.
Upon the loss of the property by fire he purchased the site and rebuilt the present mill,
which subsequently became the property of his son Lewis, who continued the business
for many years. Nehemiah married Sarah Rogers, and their children were Sally, Clark,
Cynthia, Lewis, George, Nehemiah, Eli and Polly. Sally married Horace Brown of
Lyons ; Clark settled in Lyons ; Cynthia married John Merchant of Lyons ; George
settled in Michigan ; Nehemiah settled in Lyons and was a farmer ; Eli settled in Sodus
and is a farmer; Polly is deceased. Lewis Reynolds settled at Sodus- Center, where he
died. He married first Rhoda, daughter of Peleg Randall of Lyons, and second Cath-
erine Fries. They had one son, Frank L., our subject. He has been since 1890 the
proprietor of South Sodus Hotel, and is a member of Humanity Lodge 406, F. & A. M.
of Lyons. He married Minnie E. Garlick, by whom he has one son, Lewis.

Rodwell, William, was born in Lincolnshire, England, December 25, 1844. In 1870,
with his mother, brother, and sister, he came to America, and has resided in Eastern
Wayne since that time. His mother now lives in Clyde with his brother. Mr. Rod-
well engaged in farming early in the seventies and was the pioneer in steam thresh-
ing. He run the first steam thresher in Wayne county, the engine having been built
by his brother at Wood s foundry in Clyde. Mr. Rodwell and his brother were en-
gaged in threshing about eighteen years. In 1882 he bought the farm where he now
resides and carries on general farming-. From 1886 to 1892 Mr. Rodwell run a mint
distillery, also growing peppermint in considerable quantities. In March, 1894, Mr.
Rodwell married Helen Woodworth, of Galen. Miss Woodworth was a successful
teacher in Wayne county for about thirteen years.

Richmond, Charles E., was born in Hoosick, Rensselaer county. November 28, 1836.
His education was obtained in the district schools, and he has always followed farm-
ing. Mr. Richmond's father, Edward H., was born in Minerva, Essex county, in 1805.
He was educated in the schools of his day, followed the wagon business for some time,
was a hotel keeper twelve years and afterward a farmer. October 15, 1835, he mar-
ried Mary Ann Ostrander, of Hoosick, by whom he had two children: Charles E., as
above, and Justin M., who died February 19, 1856. The family came to this homestead
in this town in 1857. Mr. Richmond's father died February 7, 1891, and his mother
March 20 1890.' Mr. Rifhmond has resided here nearly thirty-seven years.


Robinson, Thomas, the first of the family in Wayne county, came from England in
1815 and settled in Sodus, taking up a farm half a mile north of Wallington, where he
spent his life, cleared up the land, and became a prosperous farmer. He was a
prominent and influential memeber of St. John's Episcopal church of Sodus. He mar-
ried Susanna Richardson, and died in 1890. Their children were: Ann, Thomas, and
Mary A., who died in childhood; Elizabeth, who married Townley Hopkins, of Sodus-

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