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was a. panther on his track. It followed him to the
clearing. The man was much exhausted when he
came in. He was an old hunter and said he knew it
was a panther. The men all came in Saturday after-
noon. The iSabbath was as well kept in 18()U as in
bS(j8. We were seldom witlnnit »nangelical ])reacli-
ing. We had one close communion Ba])tist Kldei-.
some Methodists and some Presbyterians. All could
sing the good old tunes and sing them with a will. The
year ]8(H> was productive and healtliy. In 181(»,
about July 2(>th. we had a frost that killed most of the
wheat and corn. Tlie fall of 1811 was very sickly.
Thei'e were se\('ra1 families settled at Sandy Oreek
village. They were all sick. We made up a load of
some six or seven and went down to hel}) them. I
never saw m) ha])]»y a com]^any. We cairied two
hjads of necessaries and staid two Light^ and when
some of them got so thev euuld take care of the
others we h4t for home.

I used to have many hard and hinesome rides
through the woods on horseback. One very daik
night I had been to Dr. Ward's after medicine, ("om-
ino- h(mie I lost mv road an2, aged 82 years. 1 am tli^*
yonngest of my brothervS. all of vvhoiiiai'e living.

Tliei-e are, or were, no incidents in my eai'ly liirttor\'
or tliat of my brothers, not common to all the early
settlers in This vicinity, except I thought we managed
to be a littk^ ])oorer than an\' bod\' else. My father
had th(^ misfortune of liaving two ti'ades, that of a
farmer and . he married Parmelia Palmer, who
was born in Windhajii, Oct.Hd, 1780. The}^ removed
to Otsego county. X. Y.. in 1812, where he worked at
farming until 1817. when he removed to Henrietta,
M(mro(? Co.. N. Y.. and fi'om thence to the town of
15[irre in 1884.

Mr. Church was a (hMuociar in ])olitics and took a
d(M3]) and active interest in his ])arty. As United
Wtates Marshal he took the census of Monroe county
in 1880, and «»f Oi leans county in 1840, He was
I*ost Master at South Bari-e foi' twenty years.

Mrs. Churcli died Dec. 7, 18(51, and Mr. Church
Dec. 10th, 18(>8. They weie ])jirents of John P.
(Miurch. who died while C(»untv Clei-k of Orleans





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-county, ill December, 1808, and of Hon. Sanford E.
Chureli, present Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals
'-of tlie State ( )f New York. '

WILLIAIM P.KADXEK.

William Bradner removed to the town ot (laines
from Palmyra, N, Y. Soon after he bought of Mr.
McCollister the article for lot thirty -five, on the East
side of Main street in Albion, and took a deed from
the Holland Company for 266 1-2 acres, December 3,
1819. His brother, Joel Bradner, took a deed from
the Company for ninety- two acres lying on the south-
west corner of said lot thirtj'-five. William Bradner
sold one hundred acres of tlie north-west ])art of his
tract April 22nd, 1822, to Tngersoll, Smith & Buck-
ley.

A. HYDK COLK.

Hon. AhiK^ron Hyde Cole was born at Lavanna,
'Cayuga county, N. Y., April 20th, 1798. His pa-
rents removed to Auburn in 1807, and there he pre-
pared for college and entered tlie Sophomore class in
Union College in ISlo. Among liis classmates were
(xeorge W. Doane, lateBisho}) of New Jersey, Alonzo
Potter, late 13ishop of Pennsylvania, Dr. Hickok,
late President of Union Colk^ge, and William H.
Seward, late (xovernor of New York, Senator, &:c.
He remained in college two years and then left with-
out conqJeting his college course, in consequence of
the death of his mother, and other changes in his
father's family.

In the tall of 1817, he entered the law office of
Judge JoseiJi L. Richardson, then first Judge of
•Cayuga county, as a student. He was admitted At-
torney in the Supreme ('ourt in his twenty-first year
and formed a partnership with Judge Richardson in
practice. A few months afterwards he dissolved with
Judge Richardson and entei-ed into partn(>rshi]i to



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piac'ti(.'e law witli Mr. (ifeorgr W. Fleiniiig, AfU;r
being at Seneca Falls for Ji time, they removed Ur
Albion in the spring of 1825. where the}- practiced
law together till 1832. After dissolving with Mr,
Fleming, Mr. Cole was for sonu' years in practice of
law with his In-other. Hon. Dan 11. Cole.

Ml-. Cole served seventeen years as a Justice of the
Peace of the town of Barre, and transacted an ira-
niense anionnt of official bnsiness.

In No\eniber, 1847, he was elected member of tht»
Senate of the State of Xew York, where he served one
term of two years and declined a re-election. After-
leaving th(^ S(Miate he resnmed his law practice iii
Albion, bnt a large amount of business (^oming into-
his hands as executor in the settlement



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