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when she died. Her instniction to her children was of the
highest type of morality and Christianity, and her pure ex-
ample and unspotted life leave their imprint on the minds
and character of her offspring. She died March 11, 1869.
Mr. Pierce lived to see four generations in his own family ;
he was a man of hardy constitution at first, and active as a
business man, but after a life of care and toil he died in his
ninetieth year, in the year 1875, January ]0.





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HISTORY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.



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WILLIAM B. GAYLORD,

the subject of this sketch, was born in New Lisbon, Otsego
county, New York, in the year 1814, being the son of
Minor Gaylord, who was of New England parentage, born
in Connecticut, and of EngUsh d&sceut from William Gay-
lord, who emigrated from England at an early day, and
obtained his land from the Indians. The grandfather of
William B. Gaylord was captain of a company in the French
and Engli.sh war. His father removed from Connecticut,
and settled in Otsego county as early !is 1810, and after-
wards returned to his native place, and married Miss West,
of which marriage were born two children. Tiie mother
dying, he afterwards married Miss Elizabeth Burr, of New
England parentage. Coming back to New York State,
where he had previously purchased a farm, commenced
clearing off the forest, and began farming. Of this mar-
riage were born five children, of which the subject of this
sketch was the eldest son. The family resided in Otsego
county some twenty years, and then removed to Lafayette,
Onondaga county, 1830, and again engaged in farming.
Remaining there only six years, the family then came to
the town of Granby, Oswego County, and settled on lot
No. 21, a part of which is now occupied and owned by
William B. Gaylord, an engraving of which will be seen
in another part of this work, showing the improvement in
agriculture during his day, and the result of his ambition
and labor.

At the age of twenty-five years he married Miss Harriet
Tator, daughter of Frederick I. Tator, whose parents were
natives of Dutchess county, New York, and of German
descent.

Of this marriage were born seven children, viz., Johial
A., Mary Frances, James M., Edwin P., Lydia Ann, Willis
C, William F. Gaylord, all of whom are now living, and
the four eldest married and settled as farmers. The other
three live at home with their parents.

Among the most enterprising farmers of Granby town-
.ship is found William B. Gaylord, engaging largely in
raising hops and tobacco as specialties, but keeping a small
dairy on the farm, most of which he cleared of its original
forest, and now has in a high state of cultivation.

Taking an active part in politics, he has been identified
with the Democratic party since he first had a vote, but
always weighing the man by the platform upon which he
stands, or the principles he represents. He has received on
several occasions the suffrages of his townsmen, and held
the ofiBces of .supervisor, commissioner of schools, and as-
sessor.

Receiving suflficient education to become a teacher in his
younger days, he has always been favorable to the advance-
ment of education in the country.

Now, in the sixt3'-fourth year of his age, William B.
Gaylord is classified with the representative families of the
town of Granby, and has contributed largely to the interests
of good society wherever his duty has called him, and now
past the meridian of life, he and his wife live to enjoy the
result of many years of toil and labor, surrounded with duti-
ful children, who appreciate the remembrance of a loving
mother and a kind father upon the pages of history, which
they have assisted with others to make.



JACKSON REYNOLDS.

The subject of this sketch was born in Weslclicstor
county. New York, April 10, 181G. He was the son of
Eli Reynolds, of Connecticut, and whoso forefathers were
of English birth on the father's side, but of Dutch descent
on the mother's. His father having been married twice,
he was the only child by the second marriage, his mother's
name being Hester Lent, daughter of Borden Lent, who
was a guide in Gorierul WashingUni's army during the
Revolutionary war. l$y the first marriage of his father to
Miss Vermiliar, daughter of Isaac Vermiliar, a soldier of
the Revolutionary war, were born three children, viz., Is;uic,
John, and Julia ; the first two being dead. Julia resides
at Glenham, Dutchess county, and is the widow of Henry
Atwood.

Jackson Reynolds, during his early days, had little oppor-
tunity for an education, and as soon as he was old enough,
after being in the employ of Brouson & Crocker, boating
on the Oswego and Erie canal, purchased a boat for him-
self and commenced transporting wood to Syracuse and salt
back to Oswego. When he was nineteen years old, in the
year 1835, he came with his father to Oswego County, and
settled in the town of Granby, on lot No. 4.'), where he
now resides. His father bought one hundred acres, a tim-
ber lot, and with his son began clearing off the original
forest. After nine years the father died (1844), leaving the
son and mother to take care of the property. The son
bought the shares of the heirs of his father's estate, and
has since cleared and made tillable a large part of the farm,
building a fine farm residence, and surrounding it with
fruit-growing and ornamental trees, an engraving of which
may be seen on another page of this work, as the result of
his ambition and toil, together with the portraits of himself
and wife. At the age of twenty-five he married Miss
Charlotte Hewitt, daughter of Christopher Hewitt, a native
of Connecticut, of English descent, her mother being of
Welsh birth. Miss Charlotte Hewitt was born in Saratoga
county, February 17, 1813, in the second frame house
erected in that county, and built by her grandfather, who
was a major under General Washington in the Revolutionary
war. To Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds were born two children,
both of whom died in infancy. By a life of industry and
economy they have acquired a fine property, and now having
passed the meridian of life, live to enjoy the result and
fruits of their labors.

Jackson Reynolds united with the Presbyterian church
of Fulton, New York, some twenty years ago, and still
remains a member of that body.

His father belonged to the Democratic party, and he,
on arriving at the proper age to use tlie right of suffrage,
although opposed to slavery, adopted the balance of the
Democratic platform, and has since been connected with
that party.

He is classed among the pioneer representative families
of Oswego County, and has always been identified with
every interest in his town and neighborhood that liad for
its object the enlightenment of the people and the further-
ance of principles of right.

He has been connected with the public interests of his
town as commi.ssioner of highwa^sand auditiir,and is known



HISTOKY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.



by his fellow-men as an example of integrity and stability.
His mother died January, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds are among those families of the
town of Granby who are its bone and sinew, without which
society would lose all its highest interests, and the town be
a blank in the county.



MORGAN BLAKEMAN.

The subject of this sketch was born in the town of Berne,
Albany county, March 26, in the year 1813. He was the
twelfth child of a family of fourteen children of Simeon
Blakeman, a native of Connecticut, and of English descent,
from three bi-others who came from England and settled in
the east about the time of the landing of the Pilgrims at
Plymouth. The father came from Connecticut to Albany
county, and afterwards married Miss Lydia Fuller, daughter
of William Fuller, of Dutch descent. Morgan Blakeman
was hired out by his mother when only thirteen years old
(his father having died).

At the age of twenty-five he married Miss Lydia Baker,
daughter of John and Susan Baker, of New England
descent.

After two years, and in the year 1837, he, his wife,
and one child, came by canal and settled in the town of
Granby, on lot No. 30, buying ninety-six acres of timber-
land. Remained on his farm for about fifteen years, and
cleared off nearly all the timber and erected buildings.

In the year 1852 he moved again and settled on the same
lot, buying seventy acres, and made considerable improve-
ments ; remained some fifteen years, and removed again,
and settled on lot No. 29, in same town, where he now
resides. An engraving of his residence and surroundings,
together with portraits of himself and wife, will be seen in
another part of this work.

To Mr. and Mrs. Blakeman were born ten children, viz. :
John, Sarah, Cynthia, Elizabeth, Aaron, Susan, George,
Lydia, Lydia E., and Lois. All of these children are now
living except Lydia, who died in infancy. The mother
of these children early in life united with the Baptist
church, remained firm to its doctrines, careful in the moral
training and religious instruction of her children, an ex-
ample of true womanhood, and died October 11, 1855. He
married fur his second wife Mrs. Cofiin, daughter of John
H. Lamson, of Lysander, Onondaga county, and widow of
the late Enoch Cofiin, of the same place, in the year 1864.

Morgan Blakeman is now in his sixty-fifth year, having
led a life of activity as a farmer, and now, having passed
the meridian of life, is surrounded by the result of his
labor, and has accumulated a fine property.

He has taken an active part in the political matters of
his town, but never desired any office, and is a member of
the Democratic party.

His father dying when he was only eleven years of age,
his opportunities for an education from books were very
limited ; but his success in acquiring property, his repre-
sentative character as a man, by all who know him, have
gained for him the reputation of an honorable man.



ASA PHILLIPS.

Identified with the pioneer history of Oswego County
far more than in name was the late Asa Phillips. He was
the principal germ of the village of Phillipsville, located on
the west side of the Oswego river, now called Oswego Falls,
in the town of Granby, and may justly be called the patron
and founder of that prosperous village. Thus prominently
identified with the early history of that part of the county
where he spent most of his life, a biography of him demands
a place in this history.



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Asa Phillips was great-grandson of Michael and Freelove
Phillips, grandson of Elijah and Rhoda Phillips, and second
son of Rev. Asa Phillips, of English descent, who married
Miss Anna Works, daughter of Inglesby Works.

He was born in Ashford, Windham county, Connecticut,
January 12, 1794. About this time his father removed to
Marcellus Hills, Onondaga county. New York, purchased a
farm, and settled down with his family. By economy and
energy he not only provided a comfortable living, but gave
his children a liberal education, sending his eldest son to
college. The father died in 1813, at the age of forty-four
years. After a few years Asa Phillips bought the other
children's shares of their father's estate. In 1816 he came
to Geddes, Onondaga county, bought a large interest in the
salt-works, shipping and transporting his own salt to Albany
and other places. He soon conceived the idea that the
great water-power at Oswego falls would give greater scope
for his operations, and removed there in 1824, then only a
wilderness with one log house. He at once built a shingle-
factory, several saw-mills, blacksmith-shop, and dwelling-
houses for his men, and soon after built a very large hotel
(1828), which remained until 1868, and was burned.

The canal being completed in the year 1830, he put packet-
boats on it, and carried on trade for several years. He at first
bought a mile square tract of land, — a soldier's right, — but




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afterwards disposed of it by sale in New York. Afterwards
purchased another hirge tract of land on the opposite side of
the river, divided it into lots and sold, where a larjie part of
the village of Fulton is now located. His ambition for
enterprise and speculation increasing, he went to New York,
engaged in banking and speculation, which proved unprofit-
able. Returning to Fulton, New York, in the jear 1S44,
he began again at the bottom of business, not weighed
down with reverses, and by undaunted ambition and energy
soon began to control operations in business circles, and was
again in possession of a large property.

Often opposed by strong men in matters of public interest,
yet his resolution, firmness, and good judgment led others to
seek his counsel.

In politics, first a Whig, afterwards a Republican, he
stood in the front rank ; considered principles rather than
men ; never consented to take a public office, although often
solicited. He was a warm supporter of the constitution
and laws of our country, and lived to .see the bane of the
Republic, slavery, abolished.

He was consistent in bis views of religion and education,
and always gave liberally for the support of both, having
built the first school-house at Oswego Falls, and employed
a teacher at his own expense.

He married Miss Polly Barnes, of Johnstown, New York,
January, 1815, and of this marriage were born two daugh-
ters, Julia A. and Ordelia Phillips, the second one dying in
the year ] 842. After a life of active toil and an almost un-
paralleled record as a pioneer, he died in the year 1865, aged
seventy-two, his wife dying some four weeks before, aged
also seventy-two years, leaving his property with his only
surviving and eldest daughter, Mrs. Julia A. Broadweil, a
lady of good executive ability and high culture.



SETH PAINE.



The subject of this sketch was born in Herkimer county,
in the year 1797 ; his father being a native of Connecticut,
and of English descent. At the age of twenty-five, in the
year 1822, he married Lucy Brewster, whose parentage
was also of New England origin, and who was born in 1801 ;
she being the daughter of Frederick Brewster, who was a
lineal descendant, in the sixth generation, from Rev. Wil-
liam Brewster, who came with the Puritan fathers from
England in the ''Mayflower" December 11, 1620, and
settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and afterwards remov-
ing to the State of Connecticut in the year 1648. Seth
Paine, while quite young, came to Onondaga county. New
York, with his mother, his father having been killed before
they removed, about three years, by the falling of a tree.
The mother and son settled in Camillus, the mother having
been married again to Mordecai Ellis before they removed.
He lived at home with his step-father for a few years, and
at the age of twenty started for himself; took charge of
Judge Geddes' farm while he was surveying for the Erie
canal ; engaged in boating when the canal was finished,
1833-34. He, at the age of thirty-four, and in the year
1831, came to Oswego County and settled on lot No. 24
in the town of Granby, buying some one hundred and



eighty-two acres of timber land, a large part of which he
cleared himself

He is justly clas.sified among the pioneers of the county,
locating first in a rude cabin, but the next year built the
house where he spent the remainder of his days, an engrav-
ing of which will be seen between his and his wife's por-
traits in another part of this work.

Before removing from Onondaga county with liis family he
came to what is known as Horse-shoe dam, in the town of
Granby, and built a saw-mill, in company with his brother-
in-law, William S. Geer. He, in the year 1S12, unlisted
in the military service, and was engaged in defending the
frontier at Oswego and other points against the attacks of
the British, receiving afterwards title and land-warrant, — a
soldier's claim ; was promoted to the office of captain of the
State militia. In politics he was originally a Whig, and
upon the formation of the Republican party joined its ranks,
remaining firm to its principles through his life, and voting
for every president of the United States from the time of
casting his first vote, regarding the right of suffrage a boon
conferred upon every American citizen ; was school-super-
intendent, and held town offices, never soliciting an ofSce ;
held in high estimation by his fellow-men.

At an early period in his married life he and his wife con-
nected themselves with the Baptist church of Jacksonville,
Onondaga county, taking a very active part in the interests
of that body, having held the office of deacon in the church
for many years before his death. He was a warm sup-
porter of the common schools of his town, and ready to
contribute liberally to advance education about him, not
having enjoyed the highest privileges himself while young.
He was especially interested in Bible history and chro-
nology, and to those subjects he addressed all the energies
of his determined mind more like a student than like a
laboring farmer. His researches were well repaid by the
amount and kind of knowledge which he secured. He
wrote an article on the subject of Northern-lights, which
was generally received as giving a very correct theory and
the result of much study and thought.

To him and his wife were born three children, viz., Lucy
G., Clarissa S., and Oliver Paine. Of these, Clarissa S.
married Marshall Hale, of Pha'nix, Oswego County, and
had one child, named Oliver A. Hale, who resides with his
father in San Jose, California. The mother died June 3,
1852, at his father's house, at the age of twenty-four years.

Lucy G. married Charles S. Fuller July 8, 1845. To
them was born one daughter, Clarissa P. Fuller, who married
Mr. Wm. G. Betts in 1875, and resides with her parents.

Oliver Paine married Miss Sarah E. Works, daughter
of Andrew Works, of Oswego County, in 1864. Of this
marriage were born two children, viz., Fred. Brewster and
Clara E. Paine.

At the death of Seth Paine, October 30, 1860, his son
Oliver came into pos,session of his father's estate, and now
hiis erected one of the finest residences in the town of
Granby, an engraving of which, showing the result of his
ambition and energy, may be seen under his father's and
mother's portraits, contrasting as the picture does the rude
structure of a halfcentury ago with the enterprise and
thrift of the present generation.



HISTORY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.





AARON STRANAHAN.



MRS. AARON STRANAHAN.



AARON STRANAHAN



was born in Columbia county, New York, in the town of
Chatham, October 18, 1807, being a son of Aaron Stran-
ahan, grandson of John Stranahan, and great-grandson of
James Stranahan, who emigrated from Ireland in the year
1725, and settled in Rhode Island.

Aaron Stranahan, the father of the subject of this
sketch, was a farmer by occupation, and had a family of
seven children, of which Aaron, Jr., was the third son.

Means for obtaining a good education from books being
very limited, he only received instruction sufiScient to be
able to read and write very poorly, but his success in after-
life shows clearly that one's education does not all come
from books.

Brought up to the occupation of a farmer, he has mainly
followed it through life. At the age of nineteen years he
removed to Onondaga county from Herkimer (his father
having previously removed to that county), and engaged
in farming and teaming. In the year 1830 he came to
Oswego County, and settled in the town of Granby, in
which town he has since resided, buying various pieces of
timber-lots, clearing oflF the timber and making the land
tillable, and in all has cleared and caused to be cleared
several hundred acres, engaging very largely in the lumber
trade and wood business, delivering to Salt Point.

In the year 1829 he married Miss Mercia Eggleston,
daughter of Paul W. Eggleston, who was of English de-
scent, and of New England parentage. Of this marriage
were born eleven children, six of whom died in infancy.
The second daughter, Elsey, died at the age of twenty-
three years, in the year 1864, having married Mr. Isaac
Dann ; they lived in California at the time of her de-
cease, she, with her two children, having been burned to
death in their own house at the time of its destruction by



The names of the surviving children are Adeline J.,
Smith N., Gipson, and Luvilla. The eldest is in Cali-
fornia; Smith N. resides in the town of Granby, near
his father ; Gipson lives near his father, and carries on
his father's fiirm, looking after his every want in his de-
clining years, and as his sun sets in the horizon of life.

The daughter, Luvilla, now Mrs. Cooper, resides in the
town of Hannibal, in this county.

Learning early in life from the father the secret of suc-
cess as business men, the sons stand among the first farmers
of the town and county in which they reside.

The mother ,_ now in her seventy-second year, has lived
to see her children grow up and ripen into manhood and
womanhood ; a woman of high moral culture, and always
caring for the needy and helpless.

Aaron Stranahan was first identified with the Whig
party, casting his first vote for Henry Clay, for president
of the United States. At the formation of the Republican
party he joined its ranks, and has never swerved from its
principles, at all times asking of his party to put forward
its best men, looking to the representative principles held
by the man as sufl[icient guarantee to command his vote.

He now resides on the homestead (an engraving of which
will be seen on the opposite page) where he has lived for
some twenty-five years, having accumulated sufficient of
this world's goods to place his children in comfortable cir-
cumstances, and have enough left to supply the comforts of
life during the balance of his days here.

He has willingly supported the cause of education in the
vicinity, and only asks that inasmuch as means are pro-
vided for the education of all, let all be educated.

Very few men have spent so long a life of activity and
usefulness as has the subject of this sketch, and he now lives
to see the results and fruits of some of his labor.



HISTORY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.



WILLIAM H. TOMPKINS
was born in Saratoga county, New York, January 23, 1823.
He was the son of Benjamin Tompkins, of Greene county,
New York, of New England parentage and of English
descent. His father, in the year 1827, moved from Sara-
toga county, and settled in Jacksonville, Onondaga county,
having at that time two children, of whom William H.
Tompkins was the eldest. In the year 1835 the father,
with his family, which at that time consisted of himself,
wife, and four children, viz., William H., Israel, Phebe, and
Charles, all of whom are now living, removed from Onon-
diiga county, and settled in the town of Granby, on lot No.
17, on Oswego river. His father followed the occupation
of a farmer, and was among the pioneers of this State, but
not so early in this county as many. He gave his children
only a limited opportunity for obtaining an education, but
all that his means would aflFord at that time.

William H. was reared upon a farm, and accustomed to
the hardships coincident with clearing oflF the forest and
making the land tillable. At the age of twenty-five years,
and in the year 1848, he married Miss Harriet Emeny,
daughter of James Emeny, who emigrated from England
in the year 1831, and settled in Herkimer county, and
after ten years came to Oswego County with a family of two
children, of whom Harriet was the eldest, and was born
January 28, 1823. To Mr. and Mrs. William H. Tomp-
kins were born two children, Daniel James and Hattie E.
The father, by a life of great industry and activity, has
accumulated a fine property, making a specialty of fine
stock-raising, and as an example of his ambition will be
seen an engraving of his intended new residence on another
page of this work. He is classed among the most enter-
prising farmers of the town of Granby.

His son, Daniel James, after receiving the advantages of
a common school, first graduated at the Falley seminary, at
Fulton, and in the class of 1875 graduated at Cornell uni-
versity, Ithaca, New York, and has now connected himself
with the law firm of Pratt, Garfield & Brown, in the city
of Syracuse. As a mark of his ability and standing, he
represented the university of which he is a graduate, in
New York, at the inter-collegiate oratorical contest, and



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