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were appointed, and it was voted to raise by
tax a sum twice the amount apportioned by
the state. John Holcomb, Byram C.reen and
W'illiam Wickham were elected the first school
commissioners, and the inspectors were Enoch
Moore, Thaddeus Bancroft. William N. Lum-
mis, William Danforth. Daniel Arms and
Peter Failing.

At a special meeting held at the house of
Daniel Arms, in Sodus, September i. 1814. the
following were chosen: Ephraim Coon, Esq.,
to preside: John Fellows and William N.
Lummis. clerks. The war of 1812 was being
fought at the time, and among the resolutions
adopted was the following:

"Rpsolved. That William N. Lummi?. William
Wickliam. John Fellows. Thomas Wafer and .\sher
Doolittle he a Committee of Safety for the town of
Sodus. Resolved, That a notice signed by a ma-
jority of the Committee, giving notice of the an-
proairh of the enemv. he deemed sufficient to justify
.said official act. Resolved, That the Committee of
Safety offer a subscription paper to the good people
of the town of Sodus for the purpose of obtaining
funds for the defense of said town, and that such
subscrintion shall be demanded onlv in case of the
enemv's obtaining command of Lake Ontario. '

Upon the records of Dwight Post, Grand
.'\rmy of the Republic, made for the purpose
of decoration, we find the name of William
N. Lummis as a .soldier of the war of t8i2.
When the British made their attack upon
Sodtis, his house was one of those destroyed
by fire. When he died there, .April 16, 1833,



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his remains were interred at that place, but
in May, 1910^ they were removed, with those
of his two infant sons, to the cemetery at
Rose, Wayne county. New York, at the in-
stance of his grandson, Benjamin R. Lummis,
of New York City. In the local newspaper,
The Herald, at the time of the removal of
these remains, it is stated of Dr. William N.
Lummis that "he took up one thousand acres
of land on both sides of Sodus Bay, intending
to establish an old English tenantry farm. On
his estate he organized the first postoffice at
Lumisville, and was appointed its first post-
master."

The military history of William N. Lummis
is as follows : In order to enable the inhabi-
tants in the exposed frontier places, like the
little village of Sodus, in the Oswego Military
District on Lake Ontario, to defend them-
selves. Governor Daniel D. Tompkin.'^ author-
ized Major-General Amos Hall, commanding
the Seventh Division, to issue muskets and ac-
coutrements to the inhabitants, which was ac-
cordingly done, and the residents of Sodus
were supplied with arms to meet any attack.
On the evening of June 15. 1813, the British
squadron on Lake Ontario, under Commodore
Sir Tames Lucas Yeo, arrived off the Genesee
river, and sent an armed detachment to the
villaee of Charlotte, at the head of navigation
on that river, whence it carried off a large
quantity of stores. The next day the squad-
ron started eastward, evidentlv intent on fur-
ther incursions, and appeared off Sodus Bay.
on Fridav. July 18. 1813. Brigadier-General
William Burnet, commanding the district, hav-
ing on the evening of the 15th received infor-
mation that the British had landed at Genesee
river, ordered into service the Seventv-first
Reeiment New York State Militia Infantrv,
under Lieuteanant-Colonel Commandant Phil-
etus Swift, and part of the Militia Rifle Bat-
talion in the county, under Commandant Elihu
Raneer, but they did not arrive until a little
after sunrise on Monday morning, June 21.
On the evening: of Saturday, Tune iq, i8i.'^.
a partv of about one hundred officers and
men. fully armed, from the British squadron,
landed at Sodus Point for the purpose of de-
stroving the public stores, which had been re-
moved, however. Brieadier-General Burnet
Tiad notified the inhabitants of .Sodus of the
expected inva



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