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whom are dead.

Sleeman Shtjmway, only son of Peter Shumway, was bom in Massachusetts,
April 10, 1797, and was eight years old when his parents came to Tioga coiinty.
His subsequent life was spent on the old homestead on Shumway Hill, in Charles-
ton. He married Desdemona Whitmore, of that township, and reared the follow-
ing children: Joseph, deceased; Peter, a resident of Wisconsin; Luther, of Charles-
ton to-vvnship; William P., also a resident of Charleston, and Hiram, who lives in
Wisconsin. Mr. Shumway died on his farm May 3, 1864, and his wife April 11,
1882, aged eighty-eight years and five months.

William P. Shumway was born in Charleston township, Tioga county, April
9, 1833, a son of Sleeman and grandson of Peter Shumway. He received a common
school education; was reared on the homestead farm, and has made agriculture his
life vocation, being to-day one of the successful farmers of his township. On April



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15, 1847, he married Maiy Bacon, a daughter of Elmer and Mary Bacon, early set-
tlers of Charleston. She was born November 3, 1828, and became the mother of
seven children, viz: Ellen, wife of Elbert Johnson, of Coming; George, Arthur
and Peter E., all residents of Wellsboro; Mary, who died April 33, 1877; Clarence
and Clara, twins, the former a resident of Coming and the latter of Wellsboro.
Mrs. Shumway died September 12, 1877. Februarj' 32, 1882, Mr. Shumway mar-
ried Lucretia Austin, a daughter of Nelson and Lydia Austin, of Charleston. Po-
litically, he is a Eepublican, and has served as treasurer and supervisor in his town-
ship.

Joseph Thompson was bom in Stonington, Connecticut, January 5, 1757, and
was the youngest son of a family of eighteen children, consisting of twelve sons
and six daughters. He was reared to manhood in his native State and served in the
Eevolutionary War. He later removed to Otsego county, New York, where he
married Catherine Coates, who bore him five children, viz: Joseph, Alanson,
Lucretia, who married James Kimball, an early hotel-keeper of Wellsboro; Cynthia,
Lorinda, who became the wife of Col. Hiram Freeborn, for many years a prominent
business man of Knoxville, and Alden, who settled in Charleston township. Mr.
Thompson came to Tioga county before 1820 and made his home with his children,
some of whom had preceded him, settling on Shumway Hill, in Charleston town-
ship. He died November 23, 1842, aged eighty-five years, ten months and eighteen
days, and was buried in the old cemetery at Wellsboro.

Alden Thompson, youngest son of Joseph Thompson, was bom in Otsego
county, New York, December 18, 1794. When about nineteen years of age he
came to Tioga county, but did not locate permanently until after his majority,
when he bought eighty-seven acres of land on Shum.way Hill, in Charleston town-
ship, containing a small clearing. This tra^t he afterwards added to until he was
the owner of 200 acres. He passed through the experiences of pioneer life, and by
rigid industry became a prosperous farmer. Mr. Thompson was married about
1820, to Lucretia Shumway, a daughter of Peter Shumway, a Revolutionary soldier
and the first settler on Sh vim way Hill. Two children were bom to them, viz:
Charles K., for many years a well-known physician of Wellsboro, and Darwin, now
a resident of the same place. Mr. Thompson died March 7, 1872, and his wife
May 5, 1872.

Darwin Thompson, youngest son of Alden Thompson, and grandson of Joseph
Thompson, was born on the old homestead in Charleston township, August 28,.
1839. He was educated in the common schools and at Wellsboro Academy, and
made farming his life vocation. He resided in Charleston township until 1888,
when he removed to Michigan, remaining there one year. Eetuming to Tioga,
county, he located in Wellsboro, where he still resides, but continues to carry on his
farm of 200 acres in Charleston. Mr. Thompson was married December 6, 1864,
to Adeline Warner, a daughter of Bostwick and Priscilla Warner, of Chenango-
county, New York. She died April 6, 1865. On January 21, 1874, he married
Mrs. Ellen Kriner, widow of Darius Kriner, of Delmar, who has borne him two
children, viz: Lucretia E. and Viola F. In politics, Mr. Thompson is a Republi-
can, has filled the office of school director, and was for eight years clerk of Charles-
ton township.



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James Gillis Daett was bom in Charleston township, Tioga county, Penn-
sylvania, June 6, 1833, a son of James and Mary (Gillis) Dartt, pioneers of that
township. He was educated in the public schools, and has devoted his entire life
to agricultural pursuits. On March 23, 1843, he married Emily Tipple, of Verona,
Oneida county. New York, who became the mother of ten children, as follows:
Ella, wife of David Dockstetter, of Charleston township; David, deceased; Clarinda,
deceased wife of James K. Austin; Robert, a physician of Belief onte, recently
deceased; Ondlle, a farmer of Charleston; Alice, wife of Edwin Winters, of the
same township; Fannie, wife of James K. Austin, Charleston; Emily, wife of Vine
Losey, of Charleston; Effie, wife of Edward Eleitz, also of Charleston, and Sadie,
who lives at home. Mrs. Dartt died August 35, 1893. In politics, Mr. Dartt is a
Eepublican; has been a school director for several terms, and was appointed post-
master at Charleston under President Lincoln's administration, which office he
filled continuously up to 1894, receiving in his final settlement with the United
States government a check for two cents, being the amount- due him to balance his
account. This is said to have been one of the smallest checks ever drawn in the
United States.

Caleb Austin, a native of New England, was one of the early settlers of
Charleston township, Tioga county, locating on the land now occupied by the poor
farm, about the beginning of the present century. He m.arried Clarissa Peterson,
who bore him nine children, named as follows: Caroline, deceased wife of James
Kimball, of Wellsboro; Adeline, deceased wife of Rudolph Christenot; Emily, who
married Luman Fenton, of Cherry Flats; Charles, a farmer in Charleston township;
Nelson, deceased; Angeline, deceased wife of Col. Alanson E. Niles; Nathan, de-
ceased; Ruth, wife of John Doumaux, and Benjamin, deceased. Mr. Austin and
wife spent their declining years in Charleston township, and died upon the old
homestead.

Chaeles Austin was born in Charleston township, Tioga county, August 15,
18].5, a son of Caleb Austin. He attended the subscription schools of pioneer days,
and worked on the homestead farm for his parents until he reached the age of
twenty-eight years. He then bought a farm in Charleston township, on a part
of which he now resides, and has devoted his entire attention to agriculture. He
married Sarah Losinger, of Wellsboro, who bore him seven children, viz: Dwight,
deceased; Hiram J., S. C. and C. N., all of whom are farmers in Charleston town-
ship; Clarissa, wife of Joshua Atherton; Mary Josephine, wife of George Wilkinson,,
and Sarah Angeline, deceased. Mrs. Austin died upon the homestead farm, where
her husband now resides.

C. N. Austin, youngest son of Charles Austin, and grandson of Caleb Austin,
was born in Charleston township, Tioga county, December 33, 1855. He attended
the common schools of his native township, and assisted his parents on the farm until
twenty-four years of age, when he began life for himself. In 1881 he bought his
present place of seventy-five acres, where he has since continued in agricultural pur-
suits. November 31, 1879, Mr. Austin married Rosella Wilkinson, a daughter of
William Wilkinson, of Charleston township, and has two children, Blaine Dwight
and Mary A. In polities, a Eepublican, he has filled several local offices, and is also
a member of the Patrons of Husbandry.



768 HISTOKT OF TIOGA COUNTY.



NoBMAN Rockwell, a native of Vermont, was an early settler of Tioga county,
Pennsylvania. He located at Cherry Flats, where he operated a general store, and
was made postmaster at that point when the office was established, which position
he filled for twenty-five years. He died at his home in 1883, leaving three children,
viz: Levi E., a farmer of Sullivan township; Silas S., of Charleston, and Amy E.,
wife of Jerome B. Potter, of Washing-ton, D. C.

Silas S. Eockwell was born at Cherry Flats, Tioga county, and is a son of
Norman Rockwell. He was reared on a farm, and obtained his education in the
common schools. In early manhood he engaged in stock dealing for several years,
was later deputy sheriff under Jerome B. Potter, and has since devoted his atten-
tion to farming in Charleston township. He married Alice Harkness, a native of
New York state, to which union have been born the following children: May R.,
wife of F. A. Halstead, of Elizabeth, New Jersey; Frank H., a lawyer of "Wellsboro;
Rose S., wife of S. F. Mclnroy, of Middlebury, Tioga county, and Minnie A., who
lives at home.

Albert F. Packard, merchant. Cherry Plats, was born July 31, 1839, in Sulli-
van township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, a son of John and Rebecca (Rose)
Packard, the former a native of Massachusetts, and the latter of Connecticut. He
was educated in the common schools of Mainesburg, and at the age of eighteen com-
menced teaching. At the end of one year he went to Ohio, where he remained
two years, then returned to Tioga county and engaged in farming near Mainesburg.
On August 2, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth
Pennsylvania Volunteers, and pai-ticipated in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancel-
lorsville, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, and several other minor engagements, and
was honorably discharged from the service at Chambersburg Hospital, July 3, 1865.
Returning to Tioga county, he engaged in various occupations up to 1892, when
he opened a general store at Cherry Flats, in Charleston township, where he has
since carried on a prosperous business. Mr. Packard was married April 15, 1861,
to Miss Mary R. Hubbell, of Monroeville, Huron county, Ohio, to which union have
been bom six children, viz: Mattie, wife of George Hall, of Shippen township;
Francis, of Delmar; Herbert A., of Elmira, New York; Cora, wife of John C.
Secor, postmaster at Cherry Flats; Anna R., and Clara M. In politics, Mr. Packard
is a Prohibitionist, and has filled the offices of township clerk and school director,
also county auditor one term. He is a member of the G. A. R., the I. 0. 0. F., and
the Patrons of Husbandry, in all of which he takes an active interest.

James H. Smith was bom in Delaware county, New York, April 15, 1801, a
son of Peter and Abigail (Cleveland) Smith. Peter Smith was born December 25,
1743, and died January 15, 1843. He was the father of seventeen children, several
of whom were soldiers in the War of 1813. James H. was educated in the common
schools of his native county, and learned the trade of a cloth dresser. In 1827
he came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and after a short stay on Pine creek, located
in Charleston township, but followed his trade in Wellsboro and Mansfield for
years. He married Sallie Button, a native of Otsego county. New York, who bore
him five children, viz: James E., deceased; John E., and Jason E., both farmers
of Charleston township; Jane E., deceased, and Nancy L. Mr. Smith died June 9,



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1878, and his wife, January 31, 1877. They were members of the Free Will Bap-
tist church, and in politics he was a Eepublican.

Jason E. Smith was born in Mansfield, Tioga county, July 3, 1831, a son of
James H. and Sallie Smith. He obtained a common school education, and has
followed farming since early manhood, now residing on a farm of 335 acres in
Charleston township, a part of which was purchased by his father. Mr. Smith was
married October 18, 1858, to Mary A. Wilbur, a daughter of David and Anna
(Havens) Wilbur, and a native of Hector township. Potter county, Pennsylvania.
They have two children living, Jennie A., and G-eorge C, a farmer of Charleston.
Their oldest child, Charles H., bom November 29, 1859, died May 10, 1864. In
politics, a Eepublican, Mr. Smith has filled the office of township treasurer two
terms. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry^ and is one of the most sub-
stantial farmers in his section of the county.

EoBEET H. Pbatt was born in Ninevah, Broome county, New York, September
14, 1791, and was there reared and educated. He came with his family to Tioga
county, Pennsylvania, in February, 1833, and located on Marsh creek, in Shippen
township, removing three years later to the vicinity of Whitneyville, Charleston
township. He made farming his principal occupation, but was also a pilot on the
Susquehanna river. He married Elmina Stowell, bom in Broome county. New
York, March 10, 1802, to which union were born the following children: Eiley E.,
a resident of Iowa; Edwin, of Mansfield; Luman, deceased; Lura, deceased wife of
John Jennings; Mary Ann, deceased wife of George Parker; Jerusha, deceased
wife of Mr. Abrams; Lewis, a resident of Binghamton, New York; Sallie, deceased
wife of Edgar 'Grinnell; Sarah, deceased wife of Maxwell Conable; Jane, wife of
Andrew J. Patchen, of Lawrence township; Emily, deceased wife of Albert Avery;
Olive A., deceased wife of Albert Dartt, and Eobert Vine, a resident of Jefferson
county. After residing near Whitneyville five years, Mr. Pratt removed into Eieh-
mond township, where he and wife spent the remaining years of their lives. She
died on February 13, 1860, and her husband, July 33, 1884, in his ninety-third year.

Edwin Peatt, second son of Eobert H. Pratt, was born in Ninevah, New York,
August 13, 1839, and was four years old when his parents came to Tioga county.
Here he grew to manhood, and attended the common schools during his boyhood
days. He was married November 20, 1851, to Martha Wilcox, a daughter of Joseph
and Eunice (Douglass) Wilcox, of East Charleston, to which union have been bom
six children, viz: Carrie, widow of A. A. Perry; Emma A., wife of Otis Eice; Helen
Maria, wife of Clark Kingsley; Arthur S., Fred. H. and Frank L. Mr. Pratt
followed farming in Charleston township until 1860, when he removed to Eich-
mond township, where he has since resided. In polities, a stanch Eepublican, he
voted for John C. Fremont in 1856, and has since given his support to every presi-
dential candidate of his party.

Ahthue S. Peatt, son of Edwin Pratt, and grandson of Eobert H. Pratt,
was bom in Eichmond township, Tioga county, May 33, 1860. He was reared
upon the homestead, and obtained his education in the common schools and at the
State Normal, in Mansfield. He remained at home until his majority, and then
went to Morris, where he was engaged in lumbering three years. Eetuming to
Eichmond, he worked on a farm for two years, and in 1885 purchased his present

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770 HISTOBT OF TIOGA COUNTY.

farm of eighty-six acres in Charleston township. Mr. Pratt was married May

19, 1886, to Miss Clara Mckson, of Charleston. He is a member of the Patrons
of Husbandry, and in politics, a Kepublican.

Denison a. Lockwood was born in Greenwich, Fairfield county, Connecticut,
February 8, 1811, a son of Denison and Sally (King) Lockwood, the former a native
of Connecticut, and the latter of Ehode Island. He was reared in his native town,
and at the age of seventeen went to K'ew York City, where he clerked in a store one
year. He then entered the employ of the North Kiyer Steamboat Company, as engi-
neer on the steamers Constitution, Ohio and Swallow, plying the Hudson river,
which business he followed nine years. At the end of this period he went to Buffalo
and put in the propelling machinery for the Wisconsin, a lake boat, and continued
on her as engineer from 1838 to 1843, when he returned to New York and entered
the employ of the West Point Foundry Company as mechanical engineer. He filled
this position five years, going to Detroit in 1847 with the Fashion engine
from New York to superintend the construction of the machinery for the Fashion,
then being built at Detroit. He next became engineer of the Sultana, plying
between Buffalo and Chicago. In 1849 he went to California, via Cape Horn, where
he was engaged in mining and in constructing mining machinery and putting up
quicksilver machines for two years. He later accepted a position as engineer on
the Panama, but when he reached the Isthmus of Panama, he resigned, and crossed
the Isthmus on a mule to the mouth of Chagres river, whence he proceeded to New
York, as assistant engineer of the Georgia. He was subsequently engineer on the
following boats, all plying between New York and South America: Northern Light,
Star of the West, Eldorado, and Empire City, and also on the Oregon, a river boat.
In December, 1861, he enlisted at the Kittery Navy Yard, Maine, in the United
States navy, as first assistant engineer on the United States man-of-war, Sacra-
mento, which proceeded to Wilmington, North Carolina, as a part of the blockade
fleet. Later he was sent on board the ironclad Sagus, operating on the James
river. Having received a serious injury, from which he has never fully recovered,
he was found un£t for duty and sent to Portsmouth Hospital, which closed his
career in the navy. In the meantime Mr. Lockwood had purchased a farm in
Charleston township, Tioga county, embracing 100 acres, in 1837, and lived upon
it when not engaged on duty. On October 20, 1837, he married Margaret Berard,
of New York City, who became the mother of one daughter, Amelia Gertrude,
widow of Darius W. Smith, of Charleston township. Mrs. Lockwood died March

20, 1885. In politics, Mr. Lockwood is a Eepublican.

Dan p. Webstee was born in Connecticut, September 12, 1812, and was there
reared and educated. He learned the carpenter's trade in his native State, and sub-
sequently came to Tioga county and settled in Charleston township. He pur-
chased one hundred acres of land and followed lumbering and farming in connec-
tion vrith his trade until a short time before his death. He married Lydia Ives, a
daughter of Eoswell Ives, of Middlehury township. Eleven children were the
fruits of this union, viz: Lucy, deceased; Olive, wife of Thomas Lester, of Charles-
ton; Frances, wife of J. B. Doane, of Cayuga county, New York; Harley B., who
enlisted in Company K, Two Hundred and Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers and
was killed near Eichmond, Virginia, a few days before Lee's surrender; Eoswell I.,



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who served in the same company, and now resides in Ward township; Janette, wife
of Lewis Kohler, of Eichmond township; Delphene, deceased wife of Henry Crit-
tenden, of Eichmond; Newell P., of Charleston; Dan F., of Middlebury; Gilbert
G., of Eichmond, and one that died in early youth. Mrs. Webster died in 1866,
aged forty-nine years.

Newell P. Webster, son of Dan P. and Lydia Webster, was bom on his
present homestead in Charleston township, Tioga county, February 2, 1851. He
was reared on the farm, and attended the district schools in boyhood. He worked
on the farm with his father until 1871, when the latter retired, and Newell P.
bought the place. On April 35, 1871, he married Annie Neal, a daughter of
Joseph Neal, of Charleston, and has two children, Stella and Gertrude. Mr.
Webster is a member of the I. 0. 0. P. and the P. of H., and politically, an adherent
of the Eepublican party.

Jacob Ingeeick was born in New York City, September 38, 1804, a son of
John and Harriet E. Ingeriek. He obtained a meager education, and when four-
teen years of age he went to Eockland, Sullivan county, New York, where he
learned the carpenter's trade. In 1830 he located in Eutland township, Tioga
county, Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade ten years, and then removed
to Charleston township. Here he spent the remaining years of his life, dying
June 15, 1890, in the eighty-sixth year of his age. He married Hannah M. How-
land, a native of Sullivan county. New York, who became the mother of four chil-
dren, viz: Hannah, deceased; Elmer, deceased; John W., of Steuben county, New
York, and George H., deceased. Mr. Ingeriek was a local minister in the Free Will
Baptist church, to which faith his wife also belonged. She died in 1876, aged
seventy-two years.

Elmee Ingeeick, eldest son of Jacob and Hannah M. Ingeriek, was born in
Eockland, Sullivan county, New York, January 3, 1829, and was about one year
old when his parents came to Tioga county. He was reared in Eutland and
Charleston townships, where he attended the common schools. On January 19,
1853, he married Ellen Benedict, a daughter of Marcus and Lucy (Jennings)
Benedict, of Wells, New York. Eight children were bom to this union, named
as follows: Edgar A., of Wellsboro; George E., of Charleston township; Norman
G., of Amot; Lovella A., wife of Wesley G. Johnson, of Corning, New York;
Orson, deceased; William L., of Charleston; Sadie I., wife of George Avery, and
Olon L. Mr. Ingeriek was a Eepiiblican, and served two terms as a school director.
He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years, and
died in that faith March 13, 1897.

William Adams, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, bom in 1772, was reared
in his native land, and in 1840 immigrated with his family to Pennsylvania, and
settled in Charleston township, Tioga county, purchasing 100 acres of land, now a
part of the Adams farm. To William and Nancy Adams were born six children, viz:
Mary, Joseph, William, John, James and Eobert, all of whom are dead. The
parents spent their declining years in Charleston township, where Mr. Adams died
March 7, 1861, aged eighty-nine years, and his wife, September 20, 1857, aged
eighty-six.

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772 HISTORY OP TIOGA COUNTY.

County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1820, and was twenty years old when the family settled
in Charleston township. After his father's death, Eobert inherited the homestead,
to which he subsequently added by purchase 400 acres. He was a successful and
progressive farmer, and one of the prominent citizens of the township. He mar-
ried Ann Jane Irwin, a native of Ireland, who bore him six children, viz: Eobert
W., deceased; N^ancy, wife of William McEntee, of Fall Brook; Mary, wife of
Edgar A. McEntee, of the same place; Eliza, Erwin J., and Lucinda, wife of Dr.
A. W. Cummings, of Oswayo, Potter county. Mr. Adams died August 16, 1889,
aged sixty-nine years. His widow resides with her son, Erwin J., on the old
homestead.

Ebwin J. Adams, only living son of Eobert Adams, was bom in Charleston
township, Tioga county, on his present farm, August 1, 1865, and obtained a com-
mon school education. At his father's death he took charge of the homestead,
which he has since managed successfully. Mr. Adams was married February 38,
1891, to Eliza Bennett, a daughter of Martin Bennett, of Charleston township, and
has one son, Eobert Erwin. He is a member of the K. of P., and in politics, a stanch
Eepublican.

JoHK C. Jennings was born in Otsego county, New York, in 1811, a son of
Joseph and Lucy (Corbin) Jennings. He was reared in his native State, whence he
came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and purchased a farm in Charleston township,
near the Eichmond township line, where his son, Charles M., now resides. He
was a sawyer by occupation, and worked at that business twelve years in Manchester.
Mr. Jennings was twice married. His first wife, Lois Pratt, of Eichmond township,
died leaving two sons: Eobert P., who died in Washington in 1863, and Joseph E.,
a Union soldier, who died in Andersonville prison in 1863 or 1864. Mr. Jennings
subsequently married Sarah A. Sloat, of Charleston township, who became the
mother of five children, two of whom grew to maturity, viz: Susie M., wife of Mel-
ville Greene, died in March, 1889, and Charles M. Mr. Jennings died in 1883; his
widow died April 11, 1895.

Chaeles M. Jennings, only son of John C. Jennings, was bom on his present
homestead, in Charleston township, Tioga county. May 9, 1859, and attended the
common schools of his neighborhood in youth. He remained with his parents
until the age of twenty-four years, when he went to Madison county, New York,
where he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked there five years. In
1888 he returned to Tioga county, and has since been engaged in farming and
working at his trade. October 20, 1881, he married Emma McLean, a daughter of
Alexander McLean, of Middlebury, and has two children, Eobert and Ealph. Mrs.
Jennings is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics, he is a
Eepublican, and is also connected with the I. 0. 0. P. amd the K. 0. T. M.



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