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In politics William H. Tompkins is a Democrat, but
with such standing as a man in the town in which he lives
as to command the support of both parties. He and his
wife both united with the Methodist Episcopal church of
West Granby in the year 1865, and still retain their mem-
bership with that body. His father died in the year 1858,
but his mother still lives, being in her seventy-seventh year.

He has held the ofiice of postmaster for three years, and
was also poor-master of his town.


The subject of this sketch was born in Rutland county,
Vermont, March 7, 1822. He was the son of Ephraim
Whitcomb, of New England parentage, and grandson of
Colonel Elisha Whitcomb, of the war of 1812, and of
English descent.

His father, when Jasper only fourteen years of age, was

killed while engaged in raising a barn. Of his father's
family there were ten children, six by the first wife and
four by the second, he having been married twice.

His fatlier nuirried Miss Olive Harris, daughter of DeacoQ
David Harris, of New England origin, for his first wife.

Jasper H. was the fifth child of the first family. His
father came to Oswego County in the year 1827, and set-
tled on lot 22, buying one hundred and seventy acres, in
company with his brother-in-law. He put up a log cjibin,
and began clearing off his land, making quite large improve-
ments before he was killed.

Jasper H., in after-years, bought the other shares of the
children of his father's estate, and has since resided on the
same farm ; and a reference to the engraving on another
page of this work will show not only the improvement in
agriculture by fields of wheat and tobacco in place of tlie
original forest, but the rude cabin supplanted by the finest
brick farm residence in the town of Granby, as the result
of his ambition and toil.

Since he came in possession of the estate he has from
time to time added some one hundred and forty acres,
which now commands one of the finest locations in this
part of the county.

In the year 1852, January 8, he married Miss Louise
A. Harris, daughter of David and Polly Harris, of New
Hampshire, and of English origin.

or this marriage were born seven children, viz., George
H., Herbert E., Mary L., Frank I., Emma F., James D.,
Charles E., and Fred. E. Whitcomb, all of whom are now
living. The eldest son is a graduate of Union college, New
York, and a practicing physician in Phucnix, Oswego County,
and ranks high not only as a medical man but as a member
of society.

The rest of the children still remain at home. He re-
ceived a very limited education from books while young,
but his success as a business man gives a record showing
that one's education does not all come from books.

Willing to assist others in what he w«s denied of, he has
contributed liberally for the support of schools and church,
and taken all pains to give his children an opportunity to
receive more than a common-school education.

Although his father was a Democrat of the old school,
he cast his first vote for the president of the United States
for James K. Polk ; but, at the next election, being opposed
to the extension of slavery, joined the Free-Soil party, and
latterly merged into the Republican party, where he has
since remained firm to its principles.

He was drafted into the home guards during the late
Rebellion, but never served.

He is now in his fifty-fifth year, and, although in middle
life, ranks as a farmer among the first of Oswego County.

He was the main man in establishing a shipping-post for
produce at South Granby, and as in that, so in all public
enterprises in his vicinity, stands in the front rank.

Jasper II. Whitcomb is very favorably known among his
fellow-men as a man of high morals and integrity ; never
was a seeker of public patronage, but has held some town
ofiSces, and his residence has been the central location for
the polling-place of district No. 2 in his town for the last
twenty years.



The subject of this sketch was born in Ashford, Wind-
ham county, Connecticut, October 20, 1797. His father,
Stephen Wilicox, was also of Now England parentage, and
descended from an English family who early came from
England and settled in the New England States.

There were six children in his father's family, of whom
David was the eldest, and when he was only six months
old his father removed to Marcellus, Onondaga county. New
York, with his wife and son, traveling the entire dis-
tance with an ox-team, being some twenty-one days on the

Coming into a new country be at first rented a piece of
land, but in the course of two years bought seventy-five
acres of timber-land, and in the course of time cleared most
of it of its originjil forest. Brought up to endure the
hardships of real pioneer life, and subject to its privations,
David Wilicox received only a very limited education from
books, but the hardy lessons of economy and labor being
early put into practice, he became successful in business as
life progressed. At the ago of thirty-seven, and in the
year 1834, he removed to the town of Granby, Oswego
County, and settled on the farm where he now resides,
buying then four hundred acres, and since adding to it
some five hundred acres more, — all of which, except one
hundred and forty acres, he has now divided among his

At the age of twenty-five he was married to Miss Sally
Starr, daughter of Ephraim Starr, of New England parents
age. Of this marriage were born ten children, viz., Milo,

George, William, Emmet, Stephen, James, Cyrus C, and
David. There were two daughters, but both died in in-
fancy. Six of these sons are now living, and located near
their father.

Among the old men of this county few, if any, can look
back upon ,i life of so much hard labor as David Wilicox, —
having cleared of the original forest, and caused to be
cleared, some five hundred acres of land.

The mother of these children was an example of high
moral worth and true womanhood to all who knew her,
although obliged to leave her children while some were
quite young. She died about the year 1857.

Originally a Federal, afterwards a Whig, and latterly
a Republican, and at times casting his vote for men in the
opposite party, when their principles advocated coincided
with his views of right, but never took a very active part
in politics.

In his earlier days David Wilicox did much to support
educational interests in his vicinity, often paying the taxes
of the poor from his own funds.

Like many other men who were and are now the bone
and frame-work of the country, he now lives, in his
eightieth year, one of the few old living landmarks of our
country's pioneers, surrounded with kind children to smooth
his pathway as his time of release from earth draws near, —
having led a life of integrity and uprightness of character,
honored by all who knew him, — and at the writing of this
brief sketch bids fair for more years of usefulness to his



The subject of this sketch was horn in Washington
county, New York, May 13, 1839. He was the son of
Smith and Sarah Shattuck, now residing in the town of
Hannibal, Oswego County, but natives of the State of Con-
necticut. His father and motlier came to Onondaga county
in 1840, and settled in the town of Lysander, having five
children, viz., Lurett, Juliett, William, Sarah, and Dan S.
Shattuck. After removing to New York State they had
three more children, viz., Caroline, Nat, and Desire. All
of the children are now living.

The parents remained in Lysander only one year, and
removed to the town of Ira, Cayuga county, and engaged
in the occupation of fiirming, and in the year 18G3 removed
to the town of Hannibal, Oswego County, where they now

Dan S. Shattuck, fifth child, remained at home until of
age, engaged with his father as a farmer. At the age of
twenty-two years he married Miss Amanda Osborn, daugh-
ter of Leonard Osborn, of Cayuga county, and formerly of
Connecticut, whose forefathers were among the early set-
tlors of that State, and of English descent. She was born
December 21, 1838. Mr. and Mrs. Shattuck have one
child, viz., Verner W. Shattuck.

Dan S. Shattuck commenced farming in Cayuga county,
in the town of Ira, but remained there only four years, and
removed to Bowen's Corners, in the town of Granby, Os-
wego County, 1864, and settled on lot No. 11, remaining
only six years ; removed to the place where he now resides,
consisting of two hundred and nine acres, on lot No. 5.
An engraving of his farm and residence, showing his pros-
perity in business as the result of a life of industry, will be
seen on another page of this work.

Although only in middle life, he ranks among the repre-
sentative farmers of his town. While at his father's home
he enjoyed liberal means for obtaining an education from
books, and spent some time in teaching.

Like his forefathers, who were among the standard-
bearers of the old Whig party, he accepts the Republican
platform of to-day.

He and his wife, before they were married, and in early
life, united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and re-
main members of that body, contributing liberally for the
support of both church and school, and taking an active
part in the work of Sabbath-school instruction in the
vicinity in which they live.


The subject of this sketch was born in Norwich, Che-
nango county. New York, June 22, 1800. He was the
son of Asher French, who was a native of Connecticut, and parentage was of English origin. Asher and Joanna
French had a family of eight children, of whom Calvin
was the second son. His father died before he was thirteen
years of age, and in the year 1812; and, as in the early
times of our country's history means for securing property
or getting an education were very limited, it was so with

this family. During the time after his father died and
before becoming of age, he worked out and earned money
to enable him to su])iiort his mother, whom he continued to
care for up to the time of her death, which took place
about 1850.

At the age of twenty he married Miss Eunice Stanton,
daughter of Daniel Stanton, a native of Massachusetts, and
of English descent. This was in the year 1820. Of this
marriage were born Eliza M., Enistus D., Asher D., Martha
E., and Calvin W. French.

All of these children are living except Erastus D., who
died in 1853, and Martha A., who died in 185G.

Eliza married Cyrus S. Hall, lives at Granby Centre, and
has three children.

Asher D. resides at home with his father, and is an

Calvin W. French carries on his father's farm, and carea
for him in his declining years. He married Miss Cynthia
Cary, daughter of William Gary, of Albany, New York,
whose ancestors were of birth. He has one daughter
living, named Cora E. In the year 1821 Calvin French,
his wife, and mother, came and settled on lot No. 73, in
the town of Granby, Oswego County, buying twenty-five
acres of timber-land at first, but had not one dollar to pay
for it with. For the first five years he lived in a log house,
previously erected on the lot, and at the end of that time
he built a frame house on the spot where he now resides,
which has since been .supplanted by another and more com-
modious one, an engraving of which will be seen in another
part of this work.

He and his wife encountered all the hardships of pioneer
life, added to their fii-st from time to time, and
cleared off its original forest until they had one hundred
and twenty-five acres, which may now be seen with fruit-
bearing trees of over half a century old, and the results of
a life of hard labor.

Only receiving a limited education himself, he has given
his children the advantages of competent teachers in the
common school and in the seminary at Fulton.

At the age of thirty-one he united with the
church, his wife connecting herself with that body about
two years after ; since which time he has remained stead-
fast to its principles, consistent in his views of religion,
giving as liberally as his means would afford for the support
of church and school. The wife and mother, after a life of
industry and anxiety for the moral and religious training of
her children, died May 2, 1877, at the age of seventy-three,
respected and honored by all who know her; hospitable
and generous.

In politics Calvin French is a Republican, originally a
Democrat ; but at the breaking out of the Rebellion of
18t)l stood firm for the union of the States and the eman-
cipation of the slave, looking upon the rights of men as
equal in nature, but unequal by the acts of men.

He is now in his .seventy-eighth year, having been born
with the eighteenth century; and as his sun sets in the
horizon of life, although active and with a prospect of many
years to come, still looks to the end of life's journey as only
a little way, being surrounded with the results of a life of
labor, and cared for by a kind son and daughter.



The subject of this sketch was born in the town of
Cicero, Onondaga county, New York, April 25, 1832. He
was the son of Noah Merriam, who was a descendant of
Nathan Merriam, of New England origin, and of Scotch
and Welsh descent. His father, at the age of fifteen years,
came from Delaware county to Onondaga county in the
year 1820, and was one of the pioneers of the town of
Cicero. He was a farmer by occupation, had seven children,
all of whom are now living, and of whom H. H. Merriam
was the eldest son. He lived with his father until twenty-
one years old, and at the age of twenty-three years married
Miss Isabella McLeish, daughter of William McLeish, of
Scotch birth, her mother being of Dutch descent.

To Mr. and Mrs. Merriam were born William, Harvey,
Elsie, Lizzie, Noah, and Mary. All of these are now living,
except William and Harvey, who were drowned in Lake
Neatawanta, December 17, 1870, taking from a happy
and genial home two very promising boys, aged four-
teen and twelve years. Both boys were members of the
Presbyterian Sunday-school, and the eldest, William, was
a student at Falley seminary, and stood high up in his
classes. Tills melancholy accident cast a gloom over the
community, and chilled a father's and mother's heart for-

In politics Mr. Merriam is a conservative Republican,
never taking a very active part in political matters.

In the year 1870 Mr. and Mrs. Merriam both united
with the Presbyterian church at Fulton, still remaining
members of that body. By occupation he is a farmer.
Having come from Cicero in the year 1865, he located on
parts of lots 8 and 9, in the town of Granby, a compara-
tively unsettled farm, and, with progressive energy and
judicious management, has his lands under a good state of
cultivation, and an engraving of his residence and farm may
be seen on another page of this work as the result of his

His advantages for obtaining an education while young
were very limited, but his perseverance has gained him a
not unenviable reputation as a careful business man. He
has been one of the executive committee of the Oswego
Falls agricultural society for ten years, and is now its

He ranks among the enterprising farmers of his town, a
man of great activity, honored and respected by his fellow-


was born in Greene county. New York, in 1782 ; was the
son of Nathaniel Palmer, of New England parentage and
of English descent. Nathaniel was a blacksmith by trade,
was of a family of children all of whom served in the Revo-
lutionary war of 1776. He made a large chain and stretched
it across the Hudson river to prevent the British from
coming up the river. He had a family of eleven children,
of whom John was the second son.

John also learned the trade of a blacksmith with his
father, and served in the war of 1812.

At the age of thirty-four, and in the year 1816, he

came to the town of Lysander, Onondaga county, and set-
tled on lot No. 36, buying a timber-lot of fifty acres. Built
a log house, and began clearing off' the forest. He was one
of the pioneers of that county and town, and endured the
privations coincident with the early settlers, denying him-
self the common comforts of life, and one summer lived
on leeks and berries. This was in the year 1816. (The
frost had killed all the corn the year before.) He re-
mained on the same farm for twenty-five years, and in the
same town until the year 1849, when he removed into the
town of Granby, Oswego County, and settled on lot No.
38, where he now resides with his son, W. W. Palmer, Esq.,
in his ninety-fifth year. An engraved portrait of him
will be seen on another page of this work, above the en-
graving of his son's residence.

At the age of twenty-one he married Miss Lucinda
Jumph, of Dutch descent. Of this marriage were born seven
children, Reuben, Levi, Peter, Edwin, Elizabeth, William,
and Jennett. Of these, four are living. Reuben died in
1840 ; Edwin died in 1832 ; Jennett died in infancy.

John Palmer united with the Baptist church in the town
of Lysander over sixty-five years ago, and stood prominently
identified with that body, having held the oflice of deacon
for some forty years, and now lives, a monument of the
church's history, a righteous and honorable old age. His
wife united with the church at the same time, and, after
living a life of devotion to the church and her family, died
in 1857.

Learning from the father habits of industry and economy,
the sons are among the successful business men of Oswego
and Onondaga counties.

In politics John Palmer has been a life-long Democrat,
casting his last vote, in his ninety-fourth year, for president
of the United States.

His youngest son, William W. Palmer, Esq., married
Miss Pamelia L. Palmer, daughter of Behm Palmer, of
Lysander, Onondaga county. She is of English descent.
They have four children, viz., Edward W., Frederick W.,
Clara Belle, and Clarence D. Palmer. All live at home.
The two eldest sons have been students of Falley seminary.
The eldest, Edward W., has given considerable attention to
surveying and school work as a teacher. The second son,
Frederick W., has also taught school one term. William
W. Palmer is numbered among the intelligent and judicious
farmers of Oswego County, and is held in high esteem by
his fellow-townsmen, having been elected several terms suc-
cessively as justice of the peace.


The subject of this sketch was born in the town of
Winchester, Massachusetts, in the year 1792, October 9.
He was the son of John Hutchins, of New England parents
age, and supposed to be of English descent. He was second
son of a family of fifteen children, — ten of the first family,
and five of the second. His father moved first to the State
of Vermont, thence to Cayuga county, New York (now
Seneca county), and settled in the town of Junius, remain-
ing there four years. In the year 1808 he removed to the



town of Granby, Oswego County, and bought two hundred
acres of timber-land on lot No. 11, and eoninieneed clearing
it. He, in the year 1818, removed to the town of Oswego,
and afterwards to the State of Ohio, where he died.

David Hutchins remained in the town of Granby, enlisted
in the war of 1812, and served three and a half years in
the Twenty-third Regiment United States infantry ; was
transferred at close of war to Second Regiment light in-
fantry, under Colonel Bjady, Company H, Captain North,
and was discharged August, 1816, under law of Congress
giving permission to any soldier to furnish a substitute to
fulfill term of five years and go home.

He then settled on lot 16, a part of which belonged to
his father, and remained there until 1835. He then bought
forty-eight acres on same lot, on which he afterwards built
a small frame house, an engraving of which will be seen on
another page of this work, and on same page with an en-
graving of a fine brick residence erected by his son, L. H.
Hutchins, showing the progressive prosperity of the fiimily.
He made additions of fifty acres to his original farm after
a time. In the year 1829 he married Miss Electa Finch,
daughter of Henry Finch, of English descent, and son of
a Revolutionary soldier.

To them were born three children, Almira, Lewis H.,
and Lucretia Arminda. The eldest of these, Almira, died
in 1860. The second daughter married Chauncey B.
Hannum, of Granby ; they now reside in Michigan, and are

The only son, Lewis H., took charge of his father's estate
about five years before his death, and now resides upon the
old homestead. He married Miss Eliza F. Harris, daughter
of John H. Harris, of Granby, of English and German
descent, and have one child named Genevera Elnetta.

David Hutchins at the formation of the Democratic party
joined its ranks; was a Republican in 1872, remaining so
until his death.

He willingly supported schools ; having a very limited
opportunity for an education in his early days, he appre-
ciated the value of the same to the rising generation.

He died November 25, 1873, aged eighty-one years.
His wife died March 29, 1876, aged sixty-nine years. She
belonged to the Episcopal church, and was a member of
that body for fifty years, and took an active part in that
church as long as she was able. She was an example of
true womanhood, and gave her children the strictest moral
and religious training.

He never sought public oflSce, and was satisfied with the
common walks of life. He was the oldest male settler of
the town when he died, and had lived in the town longer
than any man at the time of his death.

Always very active in business and temperate in his
habits, he lived to see very many changes in the county,
being among the pioneers, and living to see the fourth gen-
eration from the settlement of the early fathers.


The subject of this sketch was born in Greene county.

New York, January 24, 1813. He was the son of Richard

Reynolds, who married Miss Cynthia Kimball, and settled

in Greene county, afterwards removing to Oswego County,
thence to Onond.tga county, where he settled on a six-hun-
dred-acre lot near Lampson's depot. Remaining there until
1829, he, with his family of twelve children, moved ag-ain
to Oswego County, and settled on lot 33, in the town of
Granby, buying two hundred acres, clearing off a part of
its original forest. He remained on this farm until his
death in the year 1856. His wife died in 1850.

Jesse was the sixth child and second son, and received
no assistance from his parents pecuniarily, and had very
little opportunity to get even a common-school education.

Before he was of age he aided his father in jiaying for
his farm, which was reduced to fifty acres by sales from the
original purchase.

At the age of twenty-two he married Miss Lucy Vickery,
daughter of Thomas and Roxa Vickery, of English descent,
who were among the first settlers in the town of Schroeppel.
She was born September 17, 1814.

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have six children, viz. : Welling-
ton J., Adelphia, Hulbert H., Willden J., Dora A., and
Francis Marion.

Wellington J. married Miss Ada De Bois ; have two
children, and live in Jackson, Michigan.

Adelphia married Theodore Doyle; have two children,
and live in Mexico, Oswego County.

Hulbert H. married Miss Amanda Council ; have two
children, and reside in Phoenix.

Willden J. married Miss Ida White ; have one son, and
reside near his father.

Dora A. m.arried Rev. W. Irving Carrier; have two
children, and reside in the town of Volney.

Francis Marion married jMiss Louisa Miller, and resides
in New Haven, Oswego County.

Jesse Reynolds added from time to time to his father's
first purchase (which he bought of him) some hundred
acres, cleared the greater part of it of its original forest,
erected a fine residence and commodious barns, and now
may be seen on another page of this work an engraving of
the result of a life of labor and economy.

For forty-two years Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have, unas-
sisted, step by step, secured one of the most beautiful loca-
tions for a homestead in Oswego County, and now are en-
abled to look around them and see ornamental and fruit-
growing trees of more than a half-century's growth.

Jesse Reynolds is classed among the representative men
of his town, an intelligent and judicious farmer, and respected

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