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Janette Sanderson ; John A., married, Mary Powers;
Arvilla, married Egbert B. Simonds ; and AndreAv L.,
married Jennie Bartsom. Jacob A. Zimmerman, died
December Gth, 1864. .

John Grinnell was born in Edinburgh, Saratoga
Connt}^, December 4th, 1796.

His father, Josiali Grinnell, was a native of Rhode
Island. He settled in Saratoga county and removed
from there to Oneida county, where he died.

John Grinnell purchased a farm in Barre, in 1820,
on which in the fall of that year he built a log
house into which he moved in April, 1821. He cleared
Ms farm and resided there till 1854, when he moved
to Shelby.

He was three times married. First, to Roxana
Kirkham; second, to Lucy Babcock ; she died Janu-
ary 25th, 1846 ; third, to Mrs. Julia Ann Abbott, Oc-
tober 27th, 1847.

His children, Oyrene and Daniel, are dead. Paul,
married Sarah Butler ; Peter, married Eliza Berry ;
Lyman, married Leonoi-a Rooker ; Andrew J., mar-
ried Mary Rodman ; J. Wesley, married Alice
Haines ; Mahala, married William J. Cakhvell ;
Harley, married Maria Kelsey ; John Jr., married
Margaret Root ; Ella J., married Frederick Hop-
kins.

His brothers, Ezra, Major and Amos, and his sis-
ters, Betsey, wife of Alanson Tinkham ; Eliza, wife
of William Tyler ; Chloe, wife of Relly Tinkham,
and Anna, wife of Weston Wetherby, all settled



400 PIONEEK HISTORY

in Orleans county soon aftej- Mr. Jolm Grrinnell.
came in.

These families so early settled here, have been
prosperous in business. Being upright in purpose,
and honorable in character, they have become
among the most respected families in the county.




CHAPTER XXIX.

THE TOWX OF YATKH.

Formerly called Northton — George Ilousemau — Discouragement to
Early Settlement — First Deed — Tappan's Tavern — Liquor Soki—
First Marriage — First Death — First Store — First Sawmill — Beskr
Story — Preserved Grcenman — Anecdotes of tirst Justice — Yates
Center — First Post Ofllce — Peter Saxe — Names of First Settlers
along Range Line Road — Vilhige of Lyndonville — Biographies ot
Early Settlors.



- A.TES Avas formed from Iiid we could not kee]) do-
mestic aninuds.

In the summer of 1800 or "7, my fathei- got a cow
from Canada, but tht- following tall she was killed
by wolves.

Our (dotliing Avas made from hemp of our own rais-
ing. We could not raise flax on account of the rust
that destroyed the tibrc.

For several years we had no l^oots or shoes for
want of material to make them.

My father built the first frame barn in what is now
Orleans county. The lumber and nails he brought
from Canada.

Turner, in his history of the Holland Purchase, is
in erroi- when he says that " James Mather binlt the
first franii" bai-ii, and got part of his lumber from



OF orlt-;axs coujnty. 409

Dunham's inill."" Our burn was built before Uun-
liam's sawmill Avas built. The barn was torn down
by Daniel Gates twenty-two or twenty-three years
since, who then owned the place, and some of the
flooring- can now be seen on the premises. Thvy
were split and hewn from whitewood logs. The nails
used were all wrought nails.

In Sej>tember, 181-1, my father and myself being
the only ones in our family liable to do military-
duty, were ordered to meet at Batavia, and go
from there to Buffalo to serve in the United States
army, in the war then being carried on against Great
Britain.

On our arrival at Bufialo, there was a call made
for volunteers to go to Fort Erie, under General Por-
ter, to take the British batteries that were then be-
seiging Fort Erie. My father and myself volunteered
and went over and assisted in taking the batteries
and capturing some live hundred prisoners. 'I'his
was on the 17th of September, 1814. After this w



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