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the corn the year before, many children starved to death,
after living for some time upon berries, leaves, and roots, and
what could be obtained, he himself working four days for
one-half bushel of poor corn, which he kept to feed his
children upon, living himself upon milk and greens for the
space of three weeks, chopping during the same time. At
the age of twenty-three years he married Miss Hannah
Richmond, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, daughter of Abiath
Richmond, January 13, 1813, at New Lebanon, New York.
Of this marriage were born seven children, viz., John,
Sarah, Andrus, Chauncey, Lewis, Geo. G., and Ira P. Ives.
Of these all are now living except Lewis, who died at the
age of twenty-nine, in the year 1854.

Hand in hand he and his faithful wife labored to bring
up their children, teaching them how to labor and the neces-

sity of industry, giving each one an opportunity of receiving
the foundation of an English education. The mother, al-
ways consistent in her views of right and wrong, was very
careful in the early training of her children, instructing them
in what would make them good members of society. She
united with the Methodist Episcopal church when about
twenty-four years old, and was afterwards baptized, and as
long as she was able, and for more than forty years, took
an active part in doing all .she could to promote the inter-
ests of religion in the vicinity. She died November 22,

Early in life, and before he became of age, he united
with the Methodist Episcopal church, and in after-years
took a very active part in not only church but Sunday-
school work, being class-leader, steward, and Sunday-school
superintendent at the same time. He contributed liberally
towards building four different churches, and for the support
of the gospel.

Belonging to the old Whig party in early life, he natu-
rally joined the Republican party upon its formation, op-
posed the bondage of men, firm to the principles of the
constitution and laws of his country, having voted for over
sixty years, easting his firet vote for presddent of the United
States in the year 1812.

Ira Ives, like many of the early pioneers, by his industry
and economy many years ago had accumulated a large
property, and after distributing liberally to each of his
children is still in possession of suflScient for his earthly
wants. He now resides with his youngest son, Ira P. Ives,
who owns the original farm first settled by his father upon
coming to Volney township, and, as he now reaches the eve
of life, an honorable old age, in his eighty-sixth year, he
has placed himself in the hands of a kind .son and daughter-
in-law, who contribute to his comfort and happiness iu hia
declining years.






Among Oswego County's pioneer prouiinont men, and the
oldest settler in tlie town of Volney, is Thomas Hubbard,
now in his eighty-eighth year, and residing on the farm
cleared by his own hands, beginning in the year 1812. He
is the son of Rev. Thomas Hubbard, of Connecticut, of
English descent, and who married Miss Lueretia Kimbly,
whose forefathers were also of English origin. His father
had twelve children, of whom he was the fourth child.
When the family was small they removed to New Durham,
New York, where the subject of this sketch was born, in
the year 1790. The father soon removed again to Massa-
chusetts, and followed the business of a tanner and currier.

After some twenty years, the son came to Camden, New
York, but remaining only nine months, removed to Oswego
County (then called Oneida county) in the year 1811, and
settled in the course of the year upon lots 64 and 65, 15th
township, where he now resides surrounded with the result
of his ambition and toil. Before leaving Massachusetts he
married Miss Charilla Gaylord, daughter of Ira Gaylord,
of Connecticut, of English descent, in the year 1811. Of
this marriage were born Thomas M , Ira G., Mary Ann,
George W., and Catheiine A. Hubbard.

Of these children all are living except Mary Ann, who
died January, 1875. The mother of these children, after a
life of toil and hardship coincident with the early history of
the county, devoted to the full welfare of her family, careful
in the religious instruction of her children and the highest
moral training, lived to an advanced age, seeing her oflFspring
grow up to mature years and become respectable members
of society. She died in the year 1863, at the age of
seventy-three years.

Coming into the county the year before the beginning
of the late war of 1812, he stood a minute-man at home at
first, and afterwards assisted in defending Henderson's
harbor against the attacks of the British Afterwards he
aisisted Colonel Gasper in forming a new company of light
infantry, and ranked first as ensign, then as lieutenant.

and afterwards as captain, taking an active part in military
matters until his age released him from such duties.

During his whole life he followed the occupation of a
farmer, and in his day chopped and cleared some two hun-
dred acres of timber land, — a record of labor that few in
the history of the county have, and probably not another
in this county. Wich a constitution strong and vigorous
at first, he has, by welt-grounded habits, ret!(ined the vigor
of youth to his present time, and, at his advanced age,
stands as erect as a boy, and promises many years of

As early as 1817 he connected himself with the Method-
ist Episcopal church, remaining a member of that body
until 18(51. He always contributed largely to the building
of churches and the encouragement of education in the
vicinity, — assisting in the erection of the first log school-
house in his neighborhood. A Jeffersonian Democrat of
the old school, he never took a very active part in politics,
but at all times used the ballot with consideration, looking
rather to measures than to men.

In the year 1864 he married Mrs. Keeler, widow of the
late Horaces. Keeler, and daughter of Rev. Charles L.
Webb, of Lafayette, Onondaga county, whose parents were
of English descent. Although younger in years, she shares
his toil and contributes to the happiness of an honorable
old age. On the pages of history few have a record of so
many years as Thomas Hubbard ; a life of labor, yet
crowned with prosperity.

The sons, catching the ambition and zeal of the father,
are all successful business men. Thomas M. is a farmer
near Grand Haven, Michigan, and a clergyman of the
Methodist Episcopal church. Ira G. is a farmer in Elkhart,
Indiana, and has accumulated a large property. George
W., the third son, resides in the town of his birth and near
his father, and is a farmer and mason. Catharine A. Hub-
bard married Mr. Hiram L. Hart, formerly a merchant, but
now a farmer near Oswego city.






The subject of this sketch was born in Greene county,
New York, at Coxsackie, March 4, 1795. He was the
son of John Wilber, a native of Dutchess county, New
York, and grandson of Christopher Wilber, of New Eng-
land parentage, and whose forefathers are supposed to have
emigrated to America from England at an early day. Of
his father's family there were seven children, viz., Mittie,
Christopher, Walter, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah, and John.
These children, like nearly all in the early history of our
country, had very limited opportunities for obtaining an

When Walter was twelve years old his mother died, — his
father dying in the year 1803, four years before her death,
— leaving the children orphans. Walter, at the ago of thir-
teen, went to learn the clothier's trade, but stayed only one
year ; then lived with his uncle on a farm for four years,
and learned the harness trade during the next four years.
At the age of nineteen he was drafted to serve in the war
of 1812, and, under Captains Noble and Baker, assisted in
defending the frontier of Long Island the attacks
of the British. At the close of the war he was honorably
discharged, and is now among the few living old men as
pensioners of that war.

At the age of twenty-two — January 12, 1817 — he mar-
ried Miss Rhoda Stevens, daughter of Reuben Stevens, of
New England birth (Connecticut), and a lineal descendant
of one of two brothers who emigrated from England and
settled in Connecticut about the time of the landing of the

He followed farming and worked at the harness trade
until the year 1837, when he, his wife, and eight chil-
dren — viz., Sarah, John, William, Edward, Reuben,
Walter T., Mary F., and Christopher C. — removed from
Greene county and settled in the town of New Haven, Os-
wego County, and after two years located a timber-lot of
fifty-three acres, chopped and cleared off the original forest
from most of it. and resided there until the year 1869, when
he came to the town of Volney, near Volney Centre, where
he now resides with his wife, — he in his eighty-third year,
and she in her seventy-fifth year. After removing to New
Haven township two more children were born, viz., Ira and

Rhoda Ann. All of the children are living except two.
John enlisted in the late rebellion, and served two years, —
then re-enlisted, and in the battle of Cold Harbor was shot.
Rhoda Ann died at the age of three years.

Sarah married Caleb Carr; are farmers; reside in the
town of Scriba, and have five children, — Mary Jane, Sarah,
Edward, Albert, and Clarence.

William married Miss Orilla Green for his first wife ;
resides in the town of Scriba ; have one daughter, named
Emma. His wife dying, he married for his second wife
Miss Elizabeth Fox.

Edward married Miss Lucina Cook ; have two children,
viz., Addie and Walter; and reside in Fulton.

Reuben married Miss Phebe Hart.son ; have four chil-
dren, viz., Rhoda Ann, Ida, Frederick, and Carrie; and
reside in Michigan.

Walter 'I'T married Miss Arville Parkhurst ; have three
children, viz., Charles, Jessie, and Bertha ; reside in the
town of Volney.

Mary F. married Seeber Keller; had three children, viz.,
Walter J., Byron S., and Josie. She is now a widow, and
resides in Fulton.

Christopher C. married Miss Rose Lester ; have one
child, George ; and reside in Jersey City.

Ira married Arville Pollock ; have four children, viz.,
Nellie, Carrie, Frederick, and Robert. They reside in the
city of Syracuse.

Walter Wilber has been a life-long Democrat, and identi-
fied with liis party as one of its old land-marks.

His wife united with the Christian church when only
nineteen years of age, but now is a member of the Congrc-
gationalist church.

Walter Wilber has always supported church and school
interests, and contributed liberally for all interests looking
to the advancement of the education of the rising genera-
tion, and now, almost at the end of life's journey, — having
lived to see four generations of his own family, — he is able
to look back through over three-quarters of a century, and
see the various changes in our country's history during that
time. He is among the repre.sentative pioneers in the
State, as well as in the county of Oswego.






ranks aiiionp; the proniinont pioneer men of O.swego County,
being of Welsh extraction, and descended from one of three
brothers who, at a very early day, settled in the State of
Vermont. Caleb Pratt, father of Timothy, fought in the
battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary war, but
being accidentally wounded with a scythe by a man sitting
by the roadside, was unable to take further part in his
country's cause for freedom. Caleb Pratt, in 1792, re-
moved from Vermont, and settled in the town of Manlius,
Onondaga County, and engaged in the occupation of farm-
ing. He married Miss Loly Lewis, daughter of Nicholas
Lewis, of English parentage, about the year 1783. Of a
family of eight children, Timothy was the eldest son, and
was born in the year 1790, and is, therefore, now in his
eighty-seventh year.

In the year 1814 he married Miss Hannah Raynor,
daughter of James Raynor, of Pompey, New York, and
formerly of Long Island.

To Mr. and Mrs. Pratt were born four children, viz. :
Phebe Ann, John W., Charles L., and Maria Jane. The
last of these died in the year 1854. He followed the busi-
ness of forming while he resided in Onondaga county. In
the year 1833 he, with his family, removed to the town of
Volney, Oswego County (having during the previous four
years lived in Madi.son county), erected a grist-mill, and

commenced the milling business. The country was new
and covered with timber, and business very light in that
direction. He first started the manufacture of linseed
oil, engaged largely in sawing, and turned out about one
million feet of lumber per year. He also carried on an
extensive business for an early day in boating and boat-
building, transporting flour from Oswego and salt from
Syracuse to Albany. He was one of a few of the enter-
prising business men of the early days of the county, and
generally successful in business, accumulated quite a large
property ; after distributing among his children liberally, he
has sufficient for his old age. In very early life he, at the
age of fifteen years, united with the Methodist Episcopal
church, and from that time has contributed liberally, not
only to his own, but for other churches. He was one of
the leading donors to the Falley seminary, and officiated as
its superintendent fur six years. Occupying a prominent
position in financial circles, he has been connected as director
of the Citizens' National bank of Fulton for the last twenty

His son, John W. Pratt, is among the most enterprising
business men of the day, and resides in Fulton, New York.
An engraving of his residence will be seen on the op-
posite page of this work, under the portraits of himself
and wife.

John W. Fratt.

Mrs. John W. Fratt.


Still living in the village of Fulton, New York, and
among its earl)' pioneers and prominent men, is Aaron G.
Fish, now in his eighty-third year, and almost through his
entire life so closely associated with the growth and pros-
perity of that part of the county that a brief sketch of
his history will be welcome to many who will peruse the
history of Oswego County after he has gone to his long

He was the son of Aaron and Anna Fish, of English
descent, and born in Groton, New London, Connecticut,
July 24, 1794. While only seven years of age his father
removed to Massachusetts with his family, consisting of
himself, wife, and eleven children, he being the sixth child.
His father being a poor man, and surrounded by a large
family, by his labor as a tailor was very much limited in
means to give them an early education, barely struggling
along and supplying the necessaries of life.

Remaining in Massachusetts for fifteen years, the mother
dying in that State in the year 1814, the father, with one
daughter and his son, Aaron G. Fish, came to Fulton, New
York, in the year 1817. Afterwards another daughter —
Mrs. Eliza Spencer — removed to this county.

Aanin G., upon reaching Fulton, at once leased the New
York S. mills and carried on the business of manufacturing
flour for the next five years. Purchasing some machinery,
he began manufacturing woolen fabrics, at which business
he continued for some twenty-eight years, and a part of this
time carried on farming on one hundred acres of land where
a part of the village of Fulton is now located. He again
engaged in the manufacture of flour, but more extensively,
in the Volney mills, wholesaling his flour. In this enter-
prise he was unsuccessful at the end of about five years.
Having been appointed superintendent of the Oswego canal
by the canal board, in the year 1847, he gave the work al-
most his entire attention for the two years he held the
oifice. Being rising fifty years of age, the balance of the
time he has been able to do business during his life he has
engaged in farming and also the manufacture of cloth.

A life-long Democrat, he took an active part in matters


of town and county. Held li

n the estimation of his
IS several times elected to ofliees of rosponsi-
iaility and trust, being supervisor for some five years, and
justice of the peace and police justice for twenty years.
Going to the polls to cast his first vote in the year 1815,
he has not neglected this important duty of every Ameri-
can citizen, but continued regularly, easting his last vote in
the village of Fulton, in the' spring of 1877, of which he
was the first president. He was appointed loan commis-
sioner for Oswego County, for one term, by Governor
Marcy. Not disregarding the place of the dead, he always
took a great interest in beautifying the grounds, and has
done very much to add to the interest now to be seen in
visiting the Mount Adna cemetery.

Quite. early in life, in 1820, Etioch Ferris, engaged in
missionary work in this county, baptized him, and he es-
poused the Baptist faith, continuing the balance of hw life
a member of that body, always assisting liberally to secure
to others what he thought he himself possessed, and always
largely interested in the education of the youth of the
country. In June, before he removed to Oswego County,
he was married to Miss Lucy Ann Phelps, of Westfield,
Mas.sachusetts, and daughter of Eber Phel])S, of English
descent. Of this marriage were born Lucy Ann, Eber
Phelps, Lucy Aim, Eliza, Harriet L., and Andrew Jackson
Fish. Of these children two have died, — the eldest and
youngest, — viz., Lucy Ann and Andrew Jackson.

The mother, having espoused the cause of Christianity
at the same time as her liusband, remains still a member of
the Baptist church, and is now in her eighty-second year.
Firmly believing in a future reward, she very carefully
taught her children lessons of morality and of the necessity
of a life of purity. She still lives to see the fruits of her
in.struction, and her children respected and prominent
members of .society, the daughters living in the same village
with their parents, administering to their wanta as their
sun sets in the western horizon, and the only surviving .son
being a forwarding merchant in New York city and a suc-
cessful business man.



The subject of this sketch was born at Castleton, Rut-
land county, Vermont, on March 28, 1794, being the
seventh son of a family of eleven children. His lather,
Da-vid Patterson, was a lineaJ descendant of Sbubael Patter-
son, who emigrated from England about four years before
the commencement of the Revolutionary war, and served
seven years in that war. His mother was of Irish descent,
from the Heath family, who emigrated to this country in
an early day. His father was a tinner by trade, and on
account of having so large a family was obliged to leave Lis
children to depend upon themselves at early ages.

Lyman Patterson, at the age of twenty-one years, mar-
ried Miss Almira Tuttle, daughter of Joseph Tuttle, of
English descent. The next year he, with his wife and one
child, removed from Vermont and settled in the town of
Volney, Oswego County, having been eighteen days on the
road, traveling with an ox-team, and when he arrived had
eighteen cents in money.

Coming here in the year 1816, he settled near Fulton
village, where he purchased seventy acres of timber-laud,
and began clearing off the forest.

When a boy he learned the art of painting, and as soon
as the people became suflSciently able to have buildings put
up good enough, he resumed his old trade, painting the
first house in the now thriving village of Fulton.

In the year 1834, having sold his farm, he removed to
Fulton, where he has since resided, following the business
of a painter, and at the same time carrying on farming as
long as his age would permit.

He is now in his eighty-fifth year, and still possesses the
activity of a much younger man. Always temperate in his
habits, by judicious management and economy he accumu-
lated property sufficient for his support and comfort through

life. He stands among the living pioneers of Oswego

In the year 1826 he and his wife united with the
Methodist Episcopal church of Fulton. His wife, two
I years after, died. He has continued a member of that
body to the present time, always contributing for the build-
ing of churches and the support of education ; willing to
assist others to receive what he could only obtain by priva-
tion and endurance.

In the year 1830 he married Miss Graty Perkins, and of
this marriage was born one son, Sylvanus, who lived to be
about thirty-seven years of age, and died 1872. This wife
died in the year 1836. In the year 1838 he again married,
taking for his third wife Miss Polly Jeficrs. Of this mar-
riage was born one son, Orson, who was drowned at the
age of six years, in the year 1848.

The children of the first family were Almira, George H.,
and William D. Patterson. All of them are now living.
Almira resides in Jersey City, having married Mr. Ellis
Eddy, and has three children. George H. resides in Ful-
ton, and has three children ; and William D. Patterson,
who married Miss Adeliu L. Keeler, has three children,
Hattie A., Helen L., and William H., all residing at home,
in the village of Fulton, and whose residence is shown upon
the opposite page.

In politics Lyman Patterson is a Democrat, and always
stood firm to the principles of his party. Coming into the
county as one of its first settlers, he has lived to see the
original forests cleared ofl', tlie improvement in agriculture,
and the rude log cabins supplanted with fine residences
surrounded with lawn and shrub, and now resides with his
son, William D. Patterson, whose family contributes to his
happiness and comfort in his old age.


Mrs. Holsey Hubbard-

Among the pioneers of Oswego County was Holsey
Hubbard, ninth child of a family of twelve children of Rev.
Thomas Hubbard, of Connecticut, He was born in Pitts-
field, Massachusetts, December 4, 1801, his father having
removed to that State previous to Holsey's birth, and after
having spent some time in New Durham, New York. His
father followed the business of a tanner and currier, spend-
ing the most of his time during the winter months as a
minister of the gospel.

In the year 1818, Rev. Thomas Hubbard, with the balance
of his family (not already removed), came and settled in
Oswego County, in the town of Volney, settling first near
Hubbard's Corners. Lived in Fulton until the completion
of the canal in 1830, and then settled on a farm near Ful-
ton with his son Holsey. The farm is now owned by his
granddaughter, Mrs. Julia B. Nichols, who bought the
shares of the heirs of her father's estate.

Holsey Hubbard was seventeen years old when he came
to the town of Volney ; learned shoemaking from his father,
and worked at his trade until the year 1830.

At the age of twenty-four, and in the year 1826, he
married Miss Rachel Hugunin, daughter of Abram Hugu-
nin, of Montgomery county, town of Root, whose wife was
own cousin of Martin Van Buren, one of the presidents of
the United States.

Holsey's father lived with him on the farm until his
death, on Januarj' 7, 1850, having lived to be eighty-six
years of age, and was ordained a deacon in the Methodist
Episcopal church, in the year 1806, by Francis Asbury, the
first American Methodist bishop.

To Mr. and Mrs. Holsey Hubbard were born six children,
viz., Horace Holsey, Lucretia K., Thomas J., Leonard H.,

Eber G., and Julia B. Hubbard. All are living except
Leonard H., who died in 1863, aged thirty years.

Horace H. resides in San Francisco, is unmarried, and
is a practicing physician, standing high in his profession.

Lucretia K. married George V. Wolvin ; resides in the
town of Hannibal ; has one child, named George Holsey.

Thomas J. is in charge of a mine in California,, and is

Eber G. married Miss Grace Newman for his second wife,
having previously married Mrs. Mary Ann Birdseye, who
died in 1874. He resides in the village of Fulton.

Julia B, married Clark Nichols, of Madison county, New
York, son of William Nichols, of American birth, April,
1873. They are farmers, and in remembrance of kind
parents place an engraving of the father and a biography
of his life upon the pages of history, in remembrance of one

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