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Mrs. Allen Benton, who was born in the
town of East Haddam, Conn., was a daughter
of Abraham Willey, one of the original set-
tlers of this county, he having established
himself at Benton's Corners in 1809, and
with the other pioneers of the place endured
all the hardships and privations that accom-
pany life in an undeveloped country. He
bought a tract of wild land, and devoted his
energies to its improvement, with resolution
and pluck overcoming all obstacles in his
way. On the farm which he cleared, watch-
ing with gratification its change from a tim-
ber-covered land, the resort of Indians and

wild beasts, to a rich and grain-yielding farm,
he lived for many years a useful and valued
member of the community. He spent his
last days in Ira, dying there in 1841. Mr.
and Mrs. Allen Benton reared a family of five
children, namely: Heman, who lives in the
town of Ira; Allen R., a resident of Indiana;
Mrs. Matilda W. Shepherd, of Connecticut;
Charles D., of Ira; and James D., who died
at the age of fifty-five years.

Charles D. Benton acquired the rudiments
of his education in the district schools of Ira,
and subsequently pursued his studies for two
terms at the Fulton Academy. In common
with other farmers' sons, he early obtained
practical experience in the different branches
of agriculture, and at the age of twenty-two
years began life on his own accounts. He
was more fortunate than most country youths ;
for he was the recipient of a substantial leg-
acy, his aunt having willed to him one hun-
dred and fifty acres of land. On this he
began his agricultural career, having since
successfully carried on farming and stock-
raising on quite an extensive scale. He is
a worthy representative of the prosperous
farmers of this vicinity, and has been conspic-
uously identified with the best interests of the
town and county. He is a man of unusual
intelligence, one who reads the papers and
has a good knowledge of affairs; and his es-
timable character, as well as his capacity, has
given him an important place among his fel-
low-townsmen. He is a Republican from
conviction, and has served most creditably as
Assessor for several years. He belongs to



the Farmers' Grange, No. 592, of Ira; and
he and his wife are valuable members of the
Church of the Disciples.

On December 19, 1853, Mr. Benton was
united in marriage to Asenath M. Noble, who
was born in Cato, June 5, 1834, being a
daughter of William B. and Amelia Noble,
neither of whom is now living. Mr. Noble,
who was a pioneer merchant of Cato, died in
Syracuse, at the age of seventy-six years, and
his wife when forty years old. They reared
a family of five children, of whom four are
now living. Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Ben-
ton have two children: Alice, the widow of
Clarence Dickinson; and James N. — both
living at home with their parents. The
domestic life of the family in their commo-
dious residence, which was built in 1879, is
one of comfort and happiness, augmented by
the esteem and confidence of their many
friends and acquaintances.

Those to whom Mr. Benton's face is famil-
iar will not need the evidence of his name to
identify his portrait on another page.

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/gURTIS C. RUMSEY, a prominent
V J[ stage-route owner of Port Byron, was

" born in the town of Victory, April

26, 1835, son of Calvin and Sophronia (Enos)
Rumsey. The father was also a native of
Victory, born in 1807, and was a son of
Joseph Rumsey, who was one of the early set-
tlers of the town, having come there when it
was a wilderness. Sophronia Enos was born
at Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y., in 181 1,

and was brought by her parents to Victory in
1817. Her father, Roswell Enos, was born
in 1787 at what is now Binghamton. He
was a Justice of the Peace and member of
the Assembly from this county. Calvin
Rumsey died April 29, 1848, leaving two
children: Curtis C. ; and Sarah S., wife of
Dr. C. C. Cady, of Sennett Corners.

Curtis C. Rumsey was educated in Victory
at the village school. His father dying early,
he went to work when he was fifteen years old,
driving a stage, his first route being from
Victory to Oswego, making the trip in one
day. He continued on that route for two
years, afterward for seven years driving from
Victory to Auburn. This continued until his
marriage on September 10, 1856, to Miss
Emily B. Ketchum, of Mentz, when he re-
moved to Sennett, and engaged in farming for
two years. Later he moved to Weedsport,
and bought a stage route from Auburn to
Meridian, driving from Weedsport to Auburn.
He sold the route after a successful run of one
year, and, going thence to Montezuma, en-
gaged in farming for fifteen years. He then
bought the 'bus route to the railway station,
subsequently purchasing the daily route from
Spring Lake to Auburn, which he has suc-
cessfully conducted for nine years, keeping
from seventeen to twenty horses in the ser-
vice, the old farm at Montezuma being also
retained. Mr. Rumsey is a member of Port
Byron Lodge, No. 100, A. F. & A. M.

Mrs. Rumsey was born August 14, 1840,
in the town of Covert, Tompkins County,
and is the daughter of George M. and Jane B.



(Filkins) Ketchum. Her father was born in
Orange County, New York, but spent his
early life in Starkey, Yates County. He
there married Miss Filkins, and afterward
moved to Tompkins County, where he was
engaged in farming four years. He then
went to Montezuma, and finally to Mentz,
Cayuga County. At the present time he
makes his home with his son-in-law. Mrs.
Ketchum died July i, 1864, leaving two chil-
dren — Emily B. and Elizabeth, wife of
Moses Cornwell, of Winona, Minn. Mr. and
Mrs. Rumsey have one child — Mary, wife of
John B. Haight, of Port Byron. She is the
mother of two children — Gracia and Curtis
J. Haight.

Mr. Rumsey is a member of the Baptist
church, and his wife of the Methodist Epis-
copal church. They have a very pleasant
home, which they built in 1879. Both Mr.
and Mrs C. C. Rumsey are held in the
highest respect and esteem. They have
travelled quite extensively in their native
country, having been several times to the
State of Minnesota, and also having visited
the Columbian Exposition and seen the
wonders of the "White City," and have thus
gained considerable experience of the out-
side world, essentially broadening their views


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[EREMIAH D. LONG, one of the lead-
ing grocerymen of the city of Auburn,
with store at 151 State Street, was
born August 10, 1849, in County Limerick,
Ireland. He was brought to Auburn by his

parents, Bartholomew and Mary (Quaid)
Long. He was but eighteen months old, the
father making his home in this city until his
death, which took place June 16, 1888. Mrs.
Long died about eighteen years before her
husband, in i860. A family of four children
were born to them, all of whom are residents
of Auburn, namely: Jeremiah D., the subject
of this sketch; Ellen, wife of Patrick Quirk;
Hannah; and Mary. The family are mem-
bers of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Jeremiah D. Long was educated in the
public schools of this city, and afterward
served an apprenticeship with John Curtis,
where the Osborne House now stands. In
1876 he started in business for himself, com-
mencing first in a small way on Van Auden
Street, where he continued until 1879, when
he moved to his present location, and soon
after bought the fine brick block built by
Colonel Carpenter. His business increasing
rapidly, Mr. Long has been compelled twice
to build an addition to his store, which now
has a depth of ninety-eight feet, also using
the second floor as a store-room. In addition
to his large grocery business, which employs
five clerks, he is largely interested in real
estate, having built two good dwelling-houses,
besides buying others. His business has pre-
cluded him from being an aspirant for public

Mr. Long is a member of St. Mary's Church
and Catholic Mutual Benefit Association.
He was married October 30, 1876, to Miss
Mary A. Burns, of Bay City, Mich. Six chil-
dren have blessed this union; namely, Ger-



trude, B. Frank, Nellie, Bernardine, Mary,
and Joseph. Mr. Long built a pleasant
residence on Seymour Street, which he has
occupied since his marriage. By his own
efforts he has established his business and
present standing in society, and is now reck-
oned among the most successful merchants of
the city of Auburn.


LEN D. FLINN occupies a position

\[^_|_ in the front rank among the breeders
of fine stock in this section of the country,
making a specialty of raising trotting horses.
That success has crowned his intelligent
efforts need not be told to those who have
watched the growth and progress of his busi-
ness, the size and character of his excellent
stud being a credit to his knowledge, foresight,
and judicious management of his interests.

His mother, Mrs. Mary J. Flinn, widow of
the late Samuel Flinn, is descended from a
prominent New England family, her grand-
father, Elijah Perry, having been a native of
Connecticut. He passed the earlier part of
his life in that State, whence at a later period
he emigrated to this county, becoming a pio-
neer of Fleming. He made the trip across
the country with a team, bringing his family
with him, and, after arriving in Fleming,
bought a large tract of land, which he im-
proved, continuing in agricultural pursuits
until his death. He married Lois Wilkinson,
of Connecticut; and they reared six children
— Ira, Eliza, Orange, Truman, William, and

William Perry, the fifth of these children,
was an infant when his parents brought him
to Fleming, and consequently had no recol-
lections of any other home. He attended the
pioneer schools of the town, between sessions
helping his father on the farm. In this man-
ner he became accustomed to the labors at-
tendant upon a farm life, and remained on
the homestead, performing his full share of
the work, until his marriage, at the age of
twenty-two years. Then, buying a farm in
Fleming, he continued in his chosen occupa-
tion, and remained a resident of that town
during his life. The maiden name of his
wife was Mary White. She was a daughter
of Jonas and Anna (Russell) White, of Au-
burn; and to them were born three children:
A. Eliza; Harriet Janet; and Mary Jane,
Mrs. Flinn. Eliza married John Gildersleeve,
of Scipio, and has one child, Frank. Harriet
married Henry Van Arsdale, and has three
children — William, Kate, and Fred.

Mary J. Perry, youngest child of William
and Mary Perry, was reared to maturity in the
home of her parents, who gave her good edu-
cational advantages, sending her to the acad-
emy at Auburn after she had completed her
studies in the district school. Her mother,
who was an exceptionally fine housekeeper,
gave her a practical training in the domestic
arts, well fitting her for the position which
she afterward occupied as the head of her hus-
band's household. In 1855 she became the
wife of Samuel Flinn, a son of Peter and
Castilla (Richardson) Flinn, natives of
Rochester, N.Y. Samuel Flinn was a farmer



by occupation; and after marriage he lived on
the homestead of his father, later becoming
the owner. Here he engaged in general agri-
culture, carrying it on most successfully until
his death, which occurred in 1873. He was
a citizen of irreproachable character, and al-
ways stood high in the estimation of the com-
munity as an honorable, upright, and trust-
worthy man, a devoted husband, and an
affectionate father. In politics he was an
uncompromising Democrat, as are his sons.
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Flinn
three children were born: Marion P., who
died at the age of four years; Glen D. ; and
Edward R., born January 11, 1867.

Glen D. Flinn was born on November 23,
i860, in the town of Springport, Cayuga
County, where he gleaned his education, first
treading the paths of knowledge in its public
schools, and afterward attending the Friends'
Academy. Reared on the paternal home-
stead, he early turned his attention to agri-
cultural pursuits, working on the home farm
until 1888. Three years prior to this time,
however, Mr. Flinn, who had always been in-
terested in the raising of fine stock, formed a
partnership with J. B. Burlew, and made a
specialty of raising blooded horses, the part-
nership continuing until 1893, when Mr.
Flinn assumed full charge of the business.
He has raised many noted trotting horses,
among them being: Tina B., sold to J. E.
Thayer, of Boston; Consolation, the first
three-year-old with a record of 2.29 and 2.30
in the county; Gold Boy, 2.23!; Burlew
Honey Bee, 2.26i; Lady Bug, 2.26; and

Sunshine, 2.30^ — all of which have come
into prominent notice in the horse world.
Mr. Flinn, who trains and drives his own
horses, has no superior on the track in hand-
ling the ribbons — a fact which is recognized,
and which accounts for much of his success.

In 1887 Mr. Flinn was united in marriage
with Minnie L. Capen, the daughter of
Luman and Theresa (Lowry) Capen, of
Springport; and to gladden their hearts and
enliven their pleasant home two children have
been born — Marion J. and Glen C. Mr.
Flinn and his estimable wife are people of
high social consideration in the community
where they have so long lived, their genial
courtesy and generous hospitality attracting a
large circle of friends. The beautiful home
in which they entertain their numerous guests
was built in 1887, and is a credit to their ex-
cellent taste, and an ornament to the neigh-
borhood. The substantial barn, one hundred
feet by forty feet, built at the same time, was
destroyed on June 16, 1892, but was rebuilt
the same year. Mr. Flinn is a stanch Demo-
crat politically, and has served as Trustee in
his school district for four terms. He is a
Mason, being a member of Warren Lodge,
No. 147, A. F. & A. M.


ILLIAM R. TRYON, a well-known
ident of Fleming, Cayuga
County, N.Y., was born in the town of
Owasco, in this county, December 12, 18 19.
His father, Levi S. Tryon, was a native of
Connecticut, but came to this State when



quite young, and engaged in farming, and also
worked at his trade of clothier in the town of
Clarksville, Cayuga County. He afterward
purchased a mill at Owasco, which he con-
ducted with marked success until he attained
the age of sixty-five years, when he sold the
mill to the Owasco Canal Company, reserving
the right to use the property for a time. He
then purchased a tract of laiid, about one hun-
dred acres in area, and farmed the same until
his death, which took place in his eighty-
third year. Levi S. Tryon was married to
Miss Z. Hayden, by whom he had ten chil-
dren, four sons and six daughters; namely,
Dennis, Levi, Emily, Susan, Sally, Mary,
Hannah, William R., Betsy, and Horatio.

William R., the third son and eighth child
of his parents, was reared and received his
early education in the town of Owasco, but
since the age of seventeen has been a resident
of Fleming. He looked after his father's
farm until he was twenty-eight years of age,
at which time he married Miss Esther Greg-
ory, when he settled on a neighboring farm.
Miss Gregory was born in 1828, and was a
daughter of Zadoc and Marilla (Day) Gregory.

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Tryon have had
four children — Howard, Oscar, Grace, and
Jennie. Mr. Tryon has been a Republican
since the formation of the party, and is a sup-
porter of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He has never occupied any public office,
being too busy looking after his well-kept
farm to aspire to any public position. He
has always been a busy man, and is still re-
markably hale and active for one of his years,

and is known all over the county as a man of
the strictest honor and integrity.

SCAR TRYON, attorney and coun-
sellor -at - law of No. 51 Genesee
Street, Auburn, N.Y., was born in
the town of Fleming, Cayuga County, August
II, 185s, and is the son of William R. and
Esther O. (Gregory) Tryon. The father was
engaged in farming, and was a native of
Owasco, in this county, where he was born on
December 11, 1819. William's father, Levi
S. Tyron, came to this county from Connect-
icut, at the beginning of the present century,
and started the first woollen-mills in the
county. He occupied the position of Justice
of the Peace for the town of Owasco, which
was then called Aurelius. He raised a fam-
ily of eight children, as follows: Dennis;
William R. ; Horatio S. ; Emily, wife of
David Hamilton; Susan, wife of John Wat-
kins, who was associated with Mr. Tryon in
the manufacture of woollens; Sara L., wife of
William Ocobock, for a long time a resident
of Auburn; Mary, wife of Austin Haines;
and Betsy, wife of Erastus Strong, of Virgil,
N.Y. William R., the father of Oscar
Tryon, remained at the woollen-mills for
some time, afterward moving to the town of
Fleming, where he still resides. He has
been a Justice of the Peace for eight years,
and is a Republican in politics, but has never
been an aspirant for public office. Miss Es-
ther O. Gregory, whom he married, was the
daughter of Zadoc Gregory, of Fleming, and



was born in that town in 1829. Four chil-
dren were the fruit of their union, namely :
Howard, who is now a successful farmer;
Oscar Tryon; Grace M. ; and Jennie.

Oscar Tryon received his first schooling at
the town of Fleming and the Auburn Acad-
emy, graduating from the latter in the class
of 1878. In the fall of the same year he took
a course of study in the Bryant & Stratton
Business College, Buffalo, N.Y., and the fol-
lowing year worked on a farm. In January,
1880, he began the study of law with Frank
D. Wright, Esq., of Auburn, and after four
years' diligent study was admitted to the bar
by examination held at Rochester in' October,
1884. He located his office for practice at
No. 85 Genesee Street, Auburn, and has been
eminently successful in the prosecution of
his professional duties. During his years of
study he was Court Crier, and also Special
Deputy County Clerk, under the Hon. B. M.
Wilcox. Mr. Tryon has also been a candi-
date for the office of District Attorney.

Mr. Tryon was married to Miss Catherine
Myer, of this city, on September 26, 1888;
and they have one child, a daughter Olive.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Tryon are supporters of the
Second Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs.
Tryon has long been a member.

'ARON BOWEN, a highly respected
member of the farming community of
the town of Fleming, may well be
venerated as one of the pioneers of Cayuga
County, having resided here since 18 10,

when, at the tender age of fifteen months, he
was brought here by his parents. He was
born among the rugged hills of Cheshire,
Berkshire County, Mass., December 15, 1808,
a son of Seth Bowen, of that town, and a
grandson of Aaron Bowen, who was born in
New England, of Welsh ancestry. The
grandfather was a farmer in his New England
home, and for many years pursued his peace-
ful but laborious occupation in the quiet town
of Cheshire. In 18 10 the elder Bowen, ac-
companied by his family, emigrated to this
county, and, buying a tract of land in the
town of Fleming, here engaged in general
farming until called to his long rest, when
seventy-eight years of age. He was twice
married, his first wife, whose maiden name
was Lucy May, bearing him four children,
one of whom was the father of the subject of
this sketch.

Seth Bowen lived in Massachusetts until
after his marriage, and in 18 10 came with his
parents and his family to this part of the Em-
pire State, making the removal with teams,
the only mode of travelling in those days;
and, the various streams between this county
and Albany not being bridged, he had to ford
them. Albany, one hundred and fifty miles
away, was the nearest market; and for some
years the surplus produce of the farm had to
be teamed there. Auburn was then a small
hamlet with one general store, and known as
Hardenburg's Corners. Seth Bowen bought
eighty acres of land, which are now included
in the homestead of his son Aaron, thirty
acres being then partially cleared, a log

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house and barn constituting the other im-
provements. This humble log structure was
the dwelling-place of the family for some
years, but was subsequently replaced by a
frame house in which Mr. Bowen resided
until his decease, at the age of forty-eight
years. While in his Massachusetts home, he
married Sally Vaughn, a native of Vermont,
who also passed away when in middle life,
dying at the age of forty-six years. Of the
children born of their union nine grew to
maturity; namely, Jemima, Erastus, Aaron,
Lucy, Daniel, Eliza, Polly, Maria, and

Aaron Bowen, the second son of Seth and
Sally, having been so young when he came to
this county, has no remembrance of any other
home, his first recollections being the heavily
timbered land of this vicinity, with here and
there an opening on which stood the log cabin
of some pioneer settler. There were neither
railways nor canals in those days, and few
public highways. The now populous cities
and thriving villages of this locality were
then small hamlets, giving slight indication
of their future growth and prosperity. As he
grew in stature and in years, the lad busied
himself with pioneer labor on the farm; and
his mother and sisters cheerfully performed
their part, carding and spinning and weaving
the cloth from which with their own hands
they fashioned the garments of the entire fam-
ily. At the age of twenty-one years Aaron
began life for himself, even with the world.
He first worked as a farm laborer, receiving
nine dollars a month wages. On the death of

his father he returned to the home farm, and
assumed its management. After having
charge of it for a while, he bought out the
interests of the other heirs to the estate, and
has since resided here. He has carried on
general agriculture with good results, success
crowning all. of his undertakings, and, having
purchased more land, has now a valuable farm
of one hundred and seventy acres, one-half
mile from the town limits.

Mr. Bowen was united in wedlock January
30, 1833, to Mary Ball, who was born in the
town of Fairfield, Herkimer County, N.Y.,
August 25, 1807, being a daughter of Thomas
and Hannah (Ketchum) Ball. She lived but
a few years after her marriage, dying Novem-
ber 16, 1839. On January 26, 1840, Mr.
Bowen married Hannah Ball, a sister of his
first wife. She was born in Sophiasburg,
Prince Edward's County, Can., May i, 1816.
Her father, it is thought, was born in New
York State, a son of Zerubbabel Ball. He
emigrated to Canada, and, after following the
trade of a mason there for some years, re-
turned to this State, and resided in different
localities within its limits. He finally re-
turned to Canada, and there spent his last
years with one of his sons. His wife, for-
merly Hannah Ketchum, was a native of one
of the States, and died in Buffalo.

Into the household of Mr. Bowen five chil-
dren were born, the following being their
record: Seth L. Bowen married Caroline
Pease, and has no children. Mary, who mar-
ried Charles Stephenson, has no children.
Olive married John Reed, and has one child —



Emma. Henry D. married Louisa Lech;
and they have one child — Belle. Winfield
Scott has been twice married, his first wife
having been Josephine Robinson, and his
second, Josephine (Lockwood) Hawley. Mr.
and Mrs. Bowen belong to the Baptist church,
and are ever zealous in all good and chari-
table works, and hold an honored place in the
estimation of their neighbors and friends. In
his early years Mr. Aaron Bowen was a Whig
in politics, but since the organization of the
Republican party has been an ardent sup-
porter of its principles.

T^HARLES L. SWIFT, M.D., one of
I J| the active medical practitioners of the
^ — ^ city of Auburn, N.Y., was born at
Mainetown, Broome County, N.Y., November
28, 1850, son of Alonzo and Amanda L.
(Smith) Swift. Alonzo Swift is a well-
known farmer of Broome County, as was his
father Jesse, who came from New England in
the early days, and took up land where Les-
tershire now stands. The Swift strain is pa-
triotic and military. Jesse Swift was the
son of a veteran of the Revolutionary War;
and he himself served in the War of 18 12
and in the Mexican War. In the war of the

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