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Pioneer 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

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peck measure. I don't recollect the number of

At another time h(^ paid Elijah Bent twenty-five
cents a pound for pork.

By the first of June in the year vre came, we had driv-
en the woods back from the house in one direction
thirty or forty rods. The brush was burned off and
the ground planted with corn among the logs. This
was in 181G, known as ' the cold season,' when snow
fell in every month in the year but two, with frost
every month. Consequently we raised but little
corn, and even that was saved in an unmatured
condition. We were, however, with much care, able
to make passable meal from some of it.

The little wheat sown the fall before yielded boun-


tifully, l3ut tlit^ suppl}^ not being eqnal to the demand,
owing to tlie large emigration of people into the
country, scarcity and high prices pi-evailed hefore
the next harvest.

With no small a supply to be obtained, roads so
new and rough, ])riees high, settlers poor, and their
best and almost only means of conveyance an ox
team, it is no wonder much suffering and want pre-

My father Jiad one liorse, and he assumed the office
of commissary of subsistence in ])art, for the whole
settlement, and acted as mill boy for the family-
He would ride al)Out the countrj^ to find grain, some-
times getting a grist near Batavia, the next on the
Ridge Road, between home and Rochester. Not-
withstanding my fathi^rs faithful efforts, we would
sometimes come sliort tor food, then our good mother
would put us on 'half i-ations.'

At one time our supplies were completely exhauH-
ted. We had been expecting our fatlier home all day,
^vitll his bushel grist perhaps, but he did not come
and we went nearly supperless to bed, expecting he-
would arrive before morning.

Morning came but fatliei- did not. ^ye hoped he
would conu^ soon, and took our axes and went to
work, but our axes were unusually Iwany. Faint
and slow wei'e the blows we struck that morning.
While w\ 1
have, in conunon with mankind, diank of the cap of
affliction, perhaps more deeply- than many others.
I have been called to mourn over tlie graves of two
loved companions and four children, from a faTuily of

I now reside with my third wife, in West Shelb^',
and preach every Sunday at the Christian Church in


Barre, N. Y,, where I have laboi-ecl in tlie ministry,
more or less, for fifty years.

West Shelby, May. 18G8.


DaA'id BurroDghs was born near Trenton, !N"ew Jer-
sey, and died iii the town of Slielby, Orleans Co.,
N. Y., in 1822, aged 46 years.

Mr. Burronglis removed to Ovid, Seneca county,
about the yeRi' 1798, where he resided, working a
farm and keeping hotel until the year 1818, when he
removed to Shelby, and settled on a farm about two
miles south-west from kshelby Center.

Mr. Burroughs took first rank among his towns-
men for his capacit}^ and intelligence. He was the
first Supervisor of Shelby, while it belonged to Gen-
esee county, and was apjDointed jugtice of the peace
about the year 1820, an ofiice he held till his death.
He was a member of the Convention tliat framed the
Constitution for the State in tlie yeai" 1821. He took
an ai'ticle of his farm from the Holland Company a
year or two before lie moved his family to Shelby.
He had a few acres cleared and a log house built,
ready for his family when they came in. He left
two sons, I. K. Burroughs, formerly a merchant and
business man in Medina, where he now resides,
and Hon. Silas M. Burroughs, who began life for
himself as a merchant. He afterwards abandoned
merchandise for the practice of law. He represented
the county of Orleans four years in the lower House,
in the legislature of the State, and was twice elected
member of Congress, and died before tlu,^ end of his
second term. He also resided in Medina.

DAuiLs SOUTH woirni.
Datiws Soutl) worth was born in l^almyra, N. Y..,


March IStli, 1800. He worked some at the trade of a
carpenter while a minor, but since the year 1825, he
has made that his principal business.

He married Mercy Mason, daughter of James
Mason, of Millville, in Shelby, where lie has ever
since resided. They have four children, Elvira A.,
Albert, Dexter L., and George J. H., all now liv-


Newman Curtis was born in Dalton, Massachu-
setts, September 9th, 1797.

He married Maria Van Bergen, of Kattskill, N. Y.,
June 9th, 1818. In September, 1824, he settled on a
farm in Shelby, one mile south of I^.Iillville. Mr.
Curtis had fourteen children, eight sons and six
daughters, all of whom lived to become men and wo-
men, and all of whom received their education at
Millville Academy.

In 1854 Mr. Curtis sold his farm in Shelby and re-
moved to the town of Independence, i]i Iowa, where
he purchased two hundred and fifty acres for his own
farm, and located a large quantity of wild land of
the Government, for his children. Mr, Curtis became
wealthy from the rise in the value of these lands,
and the practice of industry and economy. He died
in the year 1858. His widow and twelve children
survived him. -

IIOIIATIO N. iii:w3:s.

Horatio N. Hewes settled in Shelby in the year
1825, as a partner in business with L. A. G. B.
Grant. He was engaged in selling goods, running
mills, and dealing in produce v>dth Mr. Grant for
some years, and after that became a large contractor
to do j)ublic work, and had large jobs of work on
the Erie canal. He removed to Medina to reside


about the year 1854, where he died June 17th,

He was an energetic business man, and was exten-
sively known in this part of the State. He married
a danghter of Col. A. A. Ellicott.

LAxnjrop A. (;. li. gkant.

Lathrop A. Gf. B. Grant settled in SlieUn' about
the 3-ear 1824, as a merchant. He married a daugh-
ter of Col. A. A. Ellicott.

Mr. Grant gradually extended his business opera-
tions, and at length became a large dealer in farmer's

About the year 1851 he built the large stone mills
at Shelby Center, and run them for a time. He was
an active and inlliiential man in public affairs of his
town and county, and was the representative of Or-
leans county in the State legislature in 1820, being
the first member e'h-cted after the county was organ-

Twelve or ilfteen years ag'O he sold out his property
in Shelby, and removed to Oswego, N. Y., where he
has since resided engaged in extensive business.


Andrew A. Ellicott was l)orn in Lancaster, Penn-

He married Sarah A. AVilliams, of Elizabethtown,
New Jersey. He came to Batavia in May, 18013.

In July, 1817, he removed to Shelby, Orleans coun-
ty, where his uncle, Joseph Ellicott, had given him
eight liundred acres of land, which included the
water power at Shelley Center. He settled at Shelby
Center, wheic he built mills, officiated as Justice of
the peace, and ])ostmast

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