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Energetic, enter] )i'ising and liberal in all that pertain
ed to ])iiblic affairs in his neighborhood, he bore even*
more than his share in all tlie labors, expense and
trouble in opening roads, founding schools and.
churches and organizing society in the new country...
.Vll such duties and burthens were performed and
borne by him as labors of love, in which he seemed
to deligiit.

Mrs. Hannah Mason, wife of Jesse Mason, daugh-
ter of llev. John Leland, a Baptist minister, residing
in Orange c(mnty, Va. was born Dec. 18,1778. Mr..
Leland was originally from Mass. AVhile living in
\irginia he bec'ame the intimate friend of President
.lelferson, and it is said Mr. JefTerson derived his first
clear idea of genuine democracy from what lie saw of!"


the working of that principle in a church, of whicli Mr.
Leland was pastor. Miss Leland married Mr. Mason,
in Cheshire, about the }ear ISOO.nioved witli liini to the
west, and as long- as lie lived, proved herself a help-
meet indeed, lull}' sharing and sympathizing with
liim in all the toils, hardsldps and anxieties througli
whicli he passed in a long and activt^ life. She died
January 21, 1807.


" I was horn in Westmort^land, Oneida Co., X. Y.,
January '■>, 1808, and removed witli nn' father, (Jalel»
O. Thurston, to Barre to reside, in the spring of 1814.
My father being a farnu^r, brought me up to la])or in
that honorable calling. I resided with my father, at-
tending school occasionally winters, until I was twen-
ty-two years old, when I bought seventy-six acres of
land, part of lot 1'.), township 15, range 2, in Ban-e.
-on which I resided until A])ril, I860, when I i-emoved
into the village of Albion, where I now reside.

I was married to Miss Julianna Williams, daughter
'of Samuel Williams, of Barre, January 11, 1832. —
She was born in Burlington, Otsego Co., N. Y., A])ril
.5, 1812.

Albion, July, 1807.


Rvd'us Ilallock was born in Richmond, Chittenden
Co., Vt., Nov. 7, 1802. His father was a farmer, and
young Bufus lalxned on his father's farm summers
:a,nd attended school winters.

In February, 181. ">, with his father's family, lie re-
moved to Murray, Orleans Co., N. Y. In 1823, lie
removed with his father's family to Louisville, St.
Lawrence Co., where he resided two years, and then
•mpany of a part of lot two,
townsliip fifteen, range one. on which lie continued to
reside until his death May 16th, 1869. He had four-
teen children, eight of whom survived him. He was
a carpenter and joiner by trade, T)ut the main occu-
pation of his life was farming.

He was of Scotch des(;ent. His grandmother emi-
grated from Scotland and settled on what is known
in liistor}' as the Hasbrouck place, in the South part
of tli(? city of Newburgh, on two hundred and Miy
acres. On this farm Mr. Moses Smith was born, and
on this farm stands the celebrated building known as
'* Wasliington* s Headquarters."'


Anthony Tripj) was born in Providence, Rhode Is-
land, In his childhood he removed with his father" s
family to ('olumT)ia county. N. Y.. where he grew
up to manhood, was mairied and settled. He after-
terwards removed to Delaware county. A^hel'e he re-
sided until he moved to Barre.

In 1811 he cauie to Barre and took up one hundred
acres of land about two miles South of Albion. It
is claimed this wns the first article foi- land issued by


tlie HullMiid C'onijxuiy in Barre. The wai- ])reakiiig
«ut next year lie did not settle on liis land.

In 1817 his eldest son, Sanmel, conimenced clear-
ing this land and l)uilt a log house there, into
which Mr. Tripp moved with his family in 1824, and
where he continued to reside until his dt^ath.

He married Mar}' Brown. Their children were
Samuel; Talitlia, who married Sylvester Patterson;
Stephen R., who married Ruth Mott ; Anthony ; Al-
rah, who married Jane II. Blakely. She was killed
January, 180G, by a chimney and battlement from an
adjoining building falling through the roof of a storc^
in Albion, in which she was trading, crushing hei' to
death. Mary, who married Psaltei- S. Mason. Al-
ineron, wlio marri(>d Sylvia Burns.

aj.lp:x I'oin'Eii.

Allen Porter was born in Fraidvlin county. Mass.,
Ang. 24th, 1795. He married Electa Scott, i)ec. 22d,
1819. In the fall of ISlo he located for himself a
tarni in the town of Barre. upon which lie removed
in March, 1816, and commenced felling the trees, and
on which he has ever since resided.

At the time Mr. Porter came in, not more than fif-
teen families had settled in the i)resent limits (^f

Previous to this time tlip Holland ('om])any had
t'ut out the road from the Oak Orchard Koad to Shel-
by Center, which now passes the County Poor House.
A few lots had been taken but no dwelling had been
erected on the road so cut out in Barre and no set-
tlement had been made in this town south of tlie Pooi-
House Road and west of the Oak Oichard Road.

Mr. Porter remembers hauling wheat raiseil (jn Jiis
farm, to Rochester, and selling it there for thirty-one
rents a bushel, and paying live dollars pei- barrel for


■salt, st'vt'iitcpii cents jxt })()ini(I for nails, and other
^•oocLs ill like pro])ortio]i.

Wliilo Mr. Porter was a \k)\ Jiis fatliei- removed to
Seneca county, X. Y. Allen being yet in liis niinoii-
ty was drafted in tlie war of 1812 and sent to the
frontie]-. He Nolunteered at Bult'alo to go over into
Canada to reinforce our troops in Fort Erie, and was
present in the sortie from that Fort in Sept. 1814. Mr.
Porter has held vjirious offic(^s, civil and military, and
is a well known and much res])ected citi/en.

Kl.J/rit IlAK'l'.

Klizu!" Hart was born in Durham, (Treeiie county,
^^ Y., May 28d, J8(>:!. His father, I)ea. Joseph Hart,
removed to Seneca county, X. Y'.. in 1806. and to
Barre, Orh'ans county, in October, 1812. It was sev-
eral years after he came to Jiarre. Ix'fore any scliool
was o2)ened in his father's neighborhood, and he
never had the lieiietit of mucli instruction in school.
Wliih- j-esiding with liis father he was employed
mainly in dealing uji land and in ]al)or on the farm,
and grew u]) to manhood as other boj^s did in that
new country, without much knowledge of books oi-
business, or of the world beyond the community
where he lived.

About the year 1827 lie was elected nonstable, an
office he held two Aears. His business now called
him to spend much of his time in Albion. He had
iibout five hundred dollars in mon(\>'. His brother
AVilliam had a like sum wliieh he ])ut into Elizurs
hands to use for their Joint beiielit. Kli/ur began to
buy small promissory notes and to L'lid small sums
to smdi customers as applied, and sometimes to re-
lieve debtors in executicms which weic put in his
liands to collect as constable.

About this time his father deeded to his sons Wil-
liam and Kli/ur diic hundred acres of liis farm for


wliicli tlu-y })aitl him live Imiidred dollars. They con-
tiniied joint owners several years when William gave
Kliziir tlie fiv«^ hiindi'ed dollars he had ])nt into his
hands and all th(^ profit he had niad*^ on it for a d

Online LibraryArad ThomasPioneer history of Orleans county, New York. Containing some account of the civil divisions of western New York, with brief biographical notices of early settlers, and of the hardships and privations → online text (page 10 of 32)