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Wise, Emma IJill, Sarah Graham, and Harriet Briggs, all
of whom were former members of the Methodist Episcopal
church of Fulton.

Mr. Wise was chosen clas.s-lcadcr, and the old red school-
house at the Upper Landing was soon after fitted for a place
of worship, and in the forenoon of July 4, 1869, the house
was dedicated by the Rev. Mr. Selby. In the afternoon"
" he preached and greatly disturbed the devil in the park,"
as the record reads, and in the evening officiated in the
school-house, at which time the church was organized.
Five days thereafter Rev. C. H. Southworth, of the Sus-
quehanna conference of the Free Methodist Church, was
appointed their first pastor.

September 10, 1869, the society was organized under the
corporate name of the " Free Methodist Church of Ful-
ton," with William Jenkins, Alexander Wise, and William
W. Hill as the first board of trustees. On the night of
July 3, 1870, the church building was destroyed by fire.
Rev. C. H. Southworth served the church faithfully, and
in October, 1870, was succeeded by his son. Rev. William
Southworth. January 5, 1871, a new chapel was dedicated.
The Rev. Mr. Southworth was succeeded in 1872 by Rev.
Z. Osborn. The present pastor is Rev. Mr. Whiffin.



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.



L. E. LOOM IS.

The subject of this sketch was born in Wincliester
county, Connecticut, March 19, 1808. He was the fourth
son of Abiel Loomis, and a lineal descendant in the seventh
generation of Joseph Loomis, who was born about the year
1590, and was a woolen-draper in Braintree, Essex county,
England. Sailed from London April 11, 1638, in the ship
" Susan and Ellen," and arrived at Boston July 17, 1638.
He brought with him five sons and three daughters.

His father died when he was only eleven years old, leav-
ing a wife and six children in possession of his property,
which consisted of a tannery and the homestead.

At the age of eighteen he joined his brother Abiel in
New York city, and engaged with him in the hide and
leather trade, soon after engaging in business for himself,
at No. 7 Ferry street, remaining there in trade for some
fifteen years, and was successful.



In the year 1841 he returned to Connecticut to his old
home, and there found his mother, who died the same year,
May 15, 1841. In the year 1842, November 2, he
married Mi.ss Emcline Camp, daughter of Moses Camp, of
New England birth and of English descent. In the year
1845 he, with his wife and two children, Harriet and
Loyd, removed from Connecticut and settled in the village
of Fulton, entering the firm as a partner with Messrs.
Salmon & Fallcy, in the hide and leather trade.

He remained in this firm for a few years, and after Mr.
Falley's death and Mr. Salmon's retiring from it, he took
into partnership with him his brother Alanson, and con-
tinued as a firm until the year 1854, when he gave up his
connection with the business to his brother, after which
time, until his death, April 27, 1876, he was only con-
nected with such business in Fulton as necessity required.
Though not engaged in active business during the last
twenty years of his life, he took a lively interest in what
was transpiring around him. He was a man of careful
judgment, a safe adviser, and a trasted friend. As a busi-
ness man in the early days of his life in Fulton, he stood
among the first, and was esteemed and highly respected not
only for those traits of character which made him a leading
citizen, but as well for the high and pure integrity which
marked his dealings with other men.

To Mr. and Mrs. Loomis were born five children, viz.,
Harriet, Loyd, Huldah, Mary, and Emma. Loyd enlisted
in the One Hundred and Tenth Regiment New York In-
fantry, in 1862, continued in the service as clerk of the
regiment for one year, and died of fever at Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, 1863.

Harriet married Daniel Perkins, an attorney of East
Saginaw, Michigan, 1869, and resides in that place. Hul-
dah married Rev. J E. Richards, of the Congregational
church, and resides at St. John, Michigan. They have two
children, — Anne and Florence. Mary resides at home in
Fulton, New York, and cares for her widowed mother, who
is now in her fifty-ninth year. Emma married Mortimer
Roe, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and resides there ; have one
daughter, named Mary.

In polities Mr. L E. Loomis was a Republican, taking
an active part in political matters in his early life, but in
his latter days paid little attention to such matters except
to cast his vote in his party's interest.



JOHN H. DISTIN. •

The subject of this sketch was born in New Haven
county, Connecticut, March 17, 1813. He was the son
of Joseph Distin, a native of Connecticut, and grandson
of Joseph Distin, who, because he was not the eldest son
and could not inherit his father's estate, emigrated from
England, enlisting on board a British man-of-war, to America
during the Revolutionary war, and served until its close,
but always in sympathy with the Americans. At the close
of the war he settled in Connecticut, having married a Miss
Parker, who.se father was compelled to board him and five
others by the British.



HISTORY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.



His father removed from Connecticut with his wife and
four children, and settled in Greene county, New York,
in 1813, bought a farm and settled on it, but was unsuc-
cessfiil.

At the age of twelve years, John H., third child, came
with his father to Oneida county, his father carrying on
his trade of wagon-making, and continuing in that business
until 1856. The son, at the age of twenty-four, and in the
year 1835, came to the town of Volney, Oswego County,
and settled, after four years, upon lot 62, buying ninety-six
acres, upon which were some improvements, where he now
resides, surrounded with the result of a life of labor and
toil.

At the age of twenty-six, October 12, 1839, he married
Mrs. Harriet Markham, widow of the late Charles H. Mark-
ham, and daughter of Rev. Thomas Hubbard, of Connecti-
cut, of English descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Distin were
born three children, viz. : Harriet E., Josephine A., and
John W. Distin. All are living.

Harriet E. married Captain Henry H. Hubbard, an en-
listed soldier of the war of 1861, and who served until its
close, being in some fourteen battles. His health became
impaired, finally, through fatigue and privation, never re-
ceiving only a slight wound in the heel during the entire
time. He died June 23, 1868. His widow, having a large
experience as a teacher before she was married, has, since
the death of her husband, resumed that profession. She is
a graduate of the Albany Normal school. She had one
daughter, Jessie G., who died March 20, 1874, aged five
years.

Josephine A. married Hanford Lindsley, of Fulton, and
now lives in Jersey City. They have two children living,
— Clarence E. and a baby, — two having died, named Edson
H. and Orville E.

John W. married Miss Elizabeth T. Kellogg, daughter
of Erastus W. Kellogg, of the town of Volney, December
7, 1869. They have one daughter, Rhoda E., now in her
fifth year. The mother died April 20, 1874. John W.
married for his second wife Miss Sarah J. Van Valken-
burgh, daughter of Solomon Van Valkenburgh, of the town
of Volney.

John W. Distin, before he was eighteen years old, en-
listed in the war of the Rebellion, in 1864, and served until
the close of the war ; was in the battle of Cedar Creek,
belonged to Company A, One Hundred and Eighty-fourth
regiment. New York State Volunteers, under Major-General
P. H. Sheridan, commanding department Shenandoah Val-
ley, and was regularly discharged.

John H. Distin united with the Methodist Episcopal
church at the age of thirty-four years, taking an active
part as a member of that body in church and Sunday-
school work, alwaj's contributing for the .support of church
and school. His wife united with the same church at
the early age of fifteen years, and now, in her seventy-
second year, remains steadfast to its principles, having
given great care in the moral and religious instruction of
her children.

He is numbered among the men of integrity and upright-
ness of character of his town. Originally a Democrat,
upon the formation of the Republican party he became a



member of that party, and remains steadfast to its principles
and platform. He is now in his sixty-fifth year, having
been a farmer and dairyman from his first settlement in the
town. An engraving of his residence and surroundings
will be found on another page of this work, under the por-
traits of himself and wife. His father and mother remained
in Oneida county until the year 1856, and since that time
have been cared for by their son John H. at his home.
The father died at the age of eighty-two years, and in the
year 1865, and his mother at the age of ninety-two, and in
the year 1875.



ELIAS THOMAS.



The subject of this sketch was born in Herkimer county.
New York, in the year 1802. His father was of New
England parentage, being born in the State of Connecticut,
and of English descent. The occupation of his father was
that of a farmer, and, having a large family of eleven chil-
dren, he taught all his sons the secret for obtaining wealth,
as in after-years they grew up, and each by economy and
perseverance became successful business men, accumulating
large properties.

l]lias Thomas was the fourth son, and at the age of
twenty-five years came to the town of Volney (now Schroep-
pel) and settled on lots 12 and 26, buying one hundred
and forty-four acres of land, and chopped and cleared the
most of it himself In the year 1827 he married Miss
Electa Griffith, daughter of Barnabas GriflSth, of Herkimer
county, whose parentage was also English. She came to
this new county the next year after he did, and began the
hardy task with him of cutting out of the unbroken forest
a home.

To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were born Calvin Monroe,
Electa Jane, Burr E., and Esther Thomas. Of these chil-
dren both sons are dead, Calvin IMonroe dying at the age
of twenty-four years, and Burr E. dying at the age of
thirty-four years. Electa Jane married Dr. G. W. Snider,
of Scriba Corners, and Esther married J. J. Coit, a farmer,
who resides in the town of Volney.

As soon as he had his land sulEciently cleared he began
to keep a dairy, making butter and cheese, and from that
time has been engaged more or less in this work, keeping
at times as high as one hundred cows, paying particular at^
tention to thoroughbred stock. Fortunate in business, he
has accumulated a large property, and now lives at the age
of seventy-four years to enjoy the fruits of his toil, and
look back upon a life of labor, yet of pleasure.

At the age of twenty-five years he united with the Bap-
tist church, having at a very early age given his heart to
God, and at the same time his wife united with the church,
and both from that time to the present have remained firm
members of that body, not only devoting their time and
talent to the work, but assisting very liberally in supporting
missionary enterprise and building churches and schools in
the vicinity where they reside ; and to such families belong
the honor of Our fine church edifices, the establishment of
schools, and the present state of society.





El/as Thomas.



Mrs Eli AS Thomas.




I^ESIDENCE or ELIAS THOMAS, Volncy CcNjEif,Osw£oo CoJY




RESIDENCE of Dr.CHARLES &. BACON, Ho.33 Oneid^Si, Fulton , Hew Yofik .



HISTORY OF OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK.



243



He was connected with the militia of the State as lieu-
tenant first, and afterwards as captain.

In politics he is a Republican, dating back to the old
Whig party for his first interest in political matters, having
held several oflBces of responsibility and trust in the town
where he resides, and was commissioner in its early days,
and assisted in laying out nearly all of the roads in it.

He stood among the fir.st to join the temperance cause,
refusing first to furnish liquor in the erection of a barn,
as was customary in those days, but gave them luncheon
instead. Such examples of consistency of principle and
opposition to custom are infrer|ucnt, but have characterized
the life of Elias Thomas, who is now spending the eve of
life at an honorable old age.



CHARLES G. BACON, M.D.

The subject of this sketch was born in Trenton, Oneida
county, New York, October 20, 1814. He was the son of
Heman Bacon, a native of the same county. His grand-
father was of New England birth and of English descent,
and at the close of the Revolutionary war had removed
from Massachusetts and settled in Whitestown, New York,
having lost a right arm through au injury received in his
right hand in the battle of Bunker Hill.

The grandfather died suddenly on the 4th of July, aged
ninety years ; and on that day was preparing to visit an
old comrade of the Revolution, Mr. Gun, who was sick,
and died the same day, and also intended to attend the
annual celebration of the birth of independence, so heartily
observed at that time.

In 1815, Heman Bacon, with his wife and son Charles
(being the eldestj, removed to the then far west, Steuben
county, where he and his family suffered for several years
with malarial diseases. In the year 1822 the family re-
turned to Oneida county, and settled at Rem.sen, and began
clearing off the original forest from their farm and making
the land tillable.

Here the subject of this memoir worked with his father
and two of his brothers. He, however, improved the ad-
vantages of the district school, and received very much in-
struction from his father, who was a scholar for his day. It
was at this time that he conceived the idea of leading a pro-
fessional life, but, on account of the limited means of his
father (for parents had pecuniary interests in their children
in those day.s), he purchased his time from the age of fifteen
of his father, and with endurance, ambition, and economy,
characteristic of many of the boys of his day, he worked at
low wages by the month on a farm summers, and spent his
winters in school at the best institutions of learning within
his reach, at times doing chores for his board, until he was
enabled to engage as a teacher in some of the most promi-
nent schools of Ontario and Onondaga counties. He was
a student in the Russia academy, Herkimer county, Steuben
academy, and Syracuse high schools.

When twenty-three years of ago he gave his entire time
to the study of medicine and surgery, and was a student of



Dr. N. R. Tefi't, of Onondaga, who, having charge of the
county poor-house, gave his student superior advantages in
the practical part of his studies.

In 1840 he attended the Albany medical college, and
received in 1841 a license from the New York State medi-
cal society to practice medicine and surgery. The same
year he entered the ofl5ce of Drs. Clary & Smith, of Syra-
cuse, but remained only a few months, and during the same
year came to Fulton, 0.swcgo County, and entered upon the
practice of his profession, where he still remains, having,
through a term of thirty-six years, been (|uite successful
in his profession and a prominent member of society, but
has accumulated very little property. An engraving of his
residence, under his portrait, will be found on another page
of this work.

Self-reliant through life, charitable to those in need of his
services yet struggling in poverty, always ready to engage
in any enterprise looking to the educational or religious
interests of society. Dr. Bacon is to-day classed among the
representative men of the medical fraternity.

In 1842 he became a member of the Oswego County
medical society, and the same year he received a commis-
sion from Wm. H. Seward, governor of the St



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