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6, 1854, at Canton, Bradford county, to Cordelia Packard, a daughter of Silas
Packard. She was bom in Bradford county, October 10, 1833, and became the
mother of six children, viz: Herman F., James E., Niles E., Rose B., wife of Parshall
E. Wilcox; Millie A., who died at the age of seventeen, and John M. The five
surviving children are residents of Middlebury township. Mrs. Bryant died Feb-
ruary 8, 1881. His third wife was Sophia Scofield, nee Beach. Mr. Bryant died
April 19, 1892. His widow resides in Middlebury township.


James E. BeyanTj second son of Hiram Bryant, and grandson of James Bryant,
was bom on the homestead farm in Middlebury township, Tioga county, November
17, 1857. When fifteen years old he began working out as a farm hand, which he
continued until his twenty-fourth year. He then rented a place in Farmington
township, and at the end of one year bought out the other heirs to the old home-
stead, and now owns 150 acres of well-improved land. On November 13, 1881, he
married Alice 0. Mies, a daughter of Wallace Niles, of Middlebury township, and
has two children, Olaf Gr. and Alaf G. Mrs. Bryant was a member of the Free Will
Baptist church. She died June 29, 1895. Mr. Bryant is a member of the K. 0. T.
M., and in politics, a Eepublican.

NiLES Emmee Bbtant, third son of Hiram Bryant, was born in Middlebury
township, Tioga county, June 33, 1859. He worked at home until twenty-two years
of age, and then found employment in the lumber woods. In the spring of 1885 he
bought his present farm of 213 acres, a short distance north of Holiday, upon which
he has since lived. On September 16, 1885, he married EUa Archer, a daughter of
William Archer, of Middlebury township, and had one son, who died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryant are members of the Free Will Baptist church, also of the Patrons
of Husbandry. In politics, he supports the Eepublican party.

Ekastus Niles, Sk., third son of Nathan and Irene Mies, was bom in Connec-
ticut, November 5, 1787, and was about nine years old when the family came to
Tioga county. He remained with his parents in Tioga township up to 1820, when
he and his brother Aaron located in Middlebury township, purchasing a part of the
original Strawbridge warrant. He at once began the work of clearing and improv-
ing his land, which is now owned by his son, Erastus M. He married Permelia
Ferry, a daughter of Ebenezer Ferry, a pioneer of Tioga township, who bore him a
family of seven children, viz: Aurilla, widow of Nathan T. West, of Middlebury; Mary,
wife of Philander West, of the same township; Erasmus W., deceased; Nathan H.,
of Charleston township; Elvira, deceased wife of Harrison Combs; Cordelia, de-
ceased wife of Eichard M. Kinney, and Annetta, wife of Green Smith, of Middlebuiy.
Mrs. Mies died in 1837, and he was again married, to Mrs. Austania Hutchinson,
nee Morse, who became the mother of four children, as follows: James Homer, of
Middlebury; Helen D., wife of D. P. Herrington, of Charleston; Dora, deceased
wife of Harrison Combs, and Erastus M., of Middlebury. Mr. Mies died on his
farm in Middlebury township, July 24, 1877, in the ninetieth year of his age.

James Homee Niles, eldest child of Erastus and Austania Mies, was bom at
Mies Valley, Tioga county, January 7, 1839. He was reared on the homestead, and
remained with his parents until twenty years of age, when he began in life for him-
self. For a short time he worked as a teamster at Niles Valley, and later followed
the same business at Salamanca, New York. Eetuming home, he went to Virginia
in 1860, where he found employment as a railroad brakesman for six months. He
again came home, but soon after went to Washington, D. C, and entered the govern-
ment service as a member of a construction corps, and was sent to Tennessee, and
later to Atlanta, Georgia. In the fall of 1864 he returned to Tioga county, and the
following spring located on his present farm, then owned by his father. Here he
erected a log house and followed farming one year. At the end of this time he moved
to Niles Valley, bought a home and worked as a millwright for fifteen years at that

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point. In 1880, his father having previously died and left him his present home-
stead, he sold his property in Niles Valley and located on the farm, where he erected
a fine residence in 1882. Mr. Niles was married March 5, 1865, to Emily L. Bene-
dict, a daughter of Marcus Benedict, of Eichmond township. She was bom August
23, 1842, and has one daughter, Clara A., wife of W. W. Stevens, of Parmington.
The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics, ad-
herents of the Democratic party. Mr. Niles has filled the office of school director one
term, and is also a member of the I. 0. 0. P., and the Patrons of Husbandry.

Eeastus M. Niles, youngest child of Erastus and Austania Niles was bom on
his present homestead, in Middlebury township, Tioga county, March 8, 1846. He
was educated in the common schools, and has devoted his entire attention to culti-
vating the home farm at Niles Valley, which embraces 130 acres of well-improved
land. He married Jane Prench, a daughter of Moses Prench, of Middlebury tovm-
ship, and has two children, Marion P. and Angle. Politically, Mr. Niles is a stanch
Democrat, and is recognized as one of the prominent farmers of his native township.

Erasmus W. Niles, eldest son of Erastus Niles, Sr., was bom in Niles Valley,
Middlebury township, in May, 1827, and followed farming and lumbering all his life.
He was well known among the lumbermen of Tioga county, and did a great deal of
rafting down the Susquehanna river. In 1851 he married Catherine Backus, of
Charleston township, who bore him the following children: Erastus, of Charleston;
Parmelia Alvaretta, wife of Eeuben Maynard, of Elk township; Annetta Louisa,
wife of George Jackson, of Middlebury; Almeda, wife of H. T. Eoe, of the same
township; Nathan B., deceased; Alice Aurilla, wife of Edie Bryant, of Middlebury;
Catherine, wife of J. E. Jackson, also a resident of Middlebury; Wallace L., of
Chatham; Emma E., deceased, and Geary, who resides in Middlebury. Mr. Niles
died April 9, 1871, and his wife, November 23, 1893. In politics, a Eepublican,
he served as supervisor of Middlebury township fourteen terms.

Eeastus Niles, eldest child of Erasmus "W. Niles, was bom on the homestead
in Middlebury township, Tioga county, Pebruary 20, 1853, and has always followed
farming and lumbering. He removed from his native township to Charleston town-
ship, where he purchased his present farm. On March 3, 1882, he married Ella
Guerin, a daughter of Edward Guerin, of Charleston, who has borne him three
children: Harry E., Nathan L., deceased, and James Erastus. Mr. Niles is a Ee-
publican, and is now serving on the school board. He is also connected with the
I. 0. 0. P. and the K. 0. T. M.

SoLOMOisr Westbeook was born in Chemung county, New York, March 1,
1795, there grew to manhood, and served in the War of 1813. A few years later he
came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and purchased a farm on the Cowanesque
river, some three miles west of Lawrenceville, in Lawrence township. Two years
afterwards he sold this and removed to Middlebury township, where he bought
seventy-five acres of land near Holiday. Here he resided until his death, August 1,
1863. He was married at Tioga, in 1823, to Betsey E. Prutsman, a daughter of Jacob
and Mary Pmtsman, who came from Easton, Pennsylvania, to Tioga county in the
fall of 1804. She was bom near Easton, March 3, 1803, and by her marriage to
Solomon Westbrook became the mother of seven children, viz: Mary, born March
30, 1824, and died July 2, 1835; John A., born Pebruary 10, 1826, who resides in


Middlebury township; Albert H., bom May 8, 1828, and died ia 1883; William J.,
bom August 13, 1830, and died in 1878; Jacob H., bom October 18, 1832, a farmer
of Tioga township; Theresa A., bom July 27, 1834, wife of George Stevens, of
Galeton, and Abram L., a resident of Middlebury township. Mrs. Westbrook died
on March 3, 1883.

Abeam L. Westbeook, youngest child of Solomon Westbrook, was bom in
Middlebury township, Tioga county, October 18, 1836. He obtained a common
school education, and remained at home until his father's death. He then bought*
. out the other heirs and became the owner of the old homestead. He subsequently
purchased 135 acres adjoining, and later a farm of 130 acres, a short distance north
of the home farm, upon which he resides, but cultivates both places. Mr. West-
brook was married in 1875, to Miss Mary Harris, who bore him one son. Boy S.
Mrs. Westbrook died in 1877. Mr. Westbrook is a member of the Patrons of Hus-
bandry, and in politics, a Eepublican. By rigid industry and close attention to his
business, he has accumulated through the passing years a large property, and is
to-day one of the leading farmers of his native township.

Thomas Leete was born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, in 1790, and was
a sailor in early life. He came to Tioga county early in the present century, and
located on a farm in Middlebury township, where he cleared and improved a 100-
acre tract, on which he resided up to his death. He possessed a good education,
and a fair knowledge of surveying, which business he followed for many years. His
wife, Sallie, was a daughter of Sala Cole, and bore him six children, viz: Fannie M.,
wife of James McWhorter, of Middlebury; Alfred and Clark, both farmers of that
township; Orpha, wife of A. B. Eundall, of Mansfield; Katharine, deceased wife of
Waldo White, and Helen E., deceased wife of William A. Mitchell. Mr. Leete died
April 38, 1868, and his wife, N'ovember 3, 1876, aged seventy-two years.

Claek Leete was bom in Middlebury township, Tioga county, March 25, 1837,
a son of Thomas Leete. He obtained a limited education in the district schools of
his native township, entering the lumber woods when he was sixteen years old,
which business he followed for twenty years. In 1872 he purchased the Dunham
farm, which he traded two years later for his present homestead. In 1883 he bought
another farm of 135 acres, northwest of Hammond, and now cultivates both. On
October 34, 1860, he married Sally, a daughter of Abram and Catherine (Cole)
Adams, to which union have been bom five children, viz: Arthur A., Albert and
George W., all deceased; Frederick H. and Frank T. Mr. Leete is a member of the
I. 0. 0. P., and in polities, a stanch Eepublican.

Elphetts Button was one of the early settlers of Tioga county, Pennsylvania,
Ifaving located in Middlebury township about 1830. He wa¬Ђ bom Febmary 7,
1787, and died March 36, 1870, in the eighty-fourth year of his age. He married
Betsey Hill, to which union were bom the following children: Jehiel, Jefferson and
Charles, all deceased; William, a resident of Keeneyville; Hiram, a farmer of Mid-
dlebury township; Ealph, deceased; Polly, widow of P. Y. Houghtaling; Harvey,
a retired farmer; Henry, Alonzo and Melissa, all of whom are dead, and Miles, a
resident of Homellsville, New York. Mrs. Button died March 30, 1869, aged eighty

Haevet Button- was bom in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, July 19, 1827,
eighth child of Elpheus and Betsey Button. He attended the pioneer schools of his


neighborhood, and subsequently engaged in farming, which he followed until 1890.
He then sold his farm to his son, Charley B., and now lives with his son, Ellis P.,
in Chatham township. He married Emily Hamm, in 1853, and has three children,
viz: Marshall, of Chatham township; Charley B., of Middlebury, and Ellis P., a resi-
dent of Chatham. Mrs. Button died on June 21, 1889, in her fifty-eighth year.

Chaeley B. Button, a son of Harvey Button, and grandson of Elpheus Button,
was bom in Middlebury township, Tioga county, August 36, 1859. He worked on
the home farm until his twenty-fourth year, and then found employment in the
Mies Valley tannery four years. He later followed lumbering one year, and in
March, 1890, purchased the old homestead of eighty acres from his father. He cul-
tivated this farm two years, and then went to Newark, New Jersey, where he was em-
ployed for two years in a retail grain and feed store. At the end of this time he
returned to his farm in Middlebury, and has since devoted his attention to agri-
culture. On July 21, 1883, Mr. Button married Helen L. Brown, a daughter of
Orlando and Jane A. (Marvin) Brown. Her father was bom in Tompkins county,
New York, in 1839, came to Tioga county in 1853, and followed stationary en-
gineering and farming to the time of his death. Her mother reared three children,
viz: Helen L., Lillie A., wife of E. B. Chambers, of Newark, New Jersey, and H.
Arthur, the last of whom resides with his mother in Middlebury township. To Mr.
and Mrs. Button has been bom one child. Alma L., who died in infancy. They have
an adopted son, George H. White, b6m April 6, 1884. They axe members of the
Methodist Episcopal church, and also of the K. & L. 0. T. M. Mr. Button is also
connected with the I. 0. 0. P., and the P. of H., and in politics, a supporter of the
Eepublican party.

S.ALA Cole was born in Windham, Vermont, there grew to manhood and mar-
ried Sallie Stevens, who bore him seven children, six of whom grew to maturity,
viz: Heber, Maria, Adaline, Sallie> Catherine and A. Clark. In the summer of
1834 the family came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and settled on a farm near
Hammond, in Middlebury township. Here Mr. Cole and wife passed the remain-
ing years of their lives.

Heber Cole, eldest child of Sala and Sallie Cole, was bom in Windham, Ver-
mont, September 13, 1803, there grew to maturity, and in February, 1834, came
to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, preceding the other members of the family a few
months. He worked three years for fifty acres of timber land, on which he located,
clearing and improving what is now known as the Cole homestead. On April 17,
1836, he married Louisa Stevens, a daughter of Martin and Polly Stevens. She
was bom in Vermont, May 13, 1813, and became the mother of six children, viz:
Celestia M., bom February 9, 1837, and died August 35, 1858; George L., born
December 25, 1838, a farmer in Middlebury; Oscar E., born May 10, 1841, and
died May 5, 1864; Katie, who died in infancy; Eveline S., born July 2, 1843, and
died November 14, 1848, and Delia E., born August 8, 1849, wife of W. D. Sim-
mons, of Middlebury township. Mrs. Cole died on November 17, 1863, and April
16, 1865, he married Mrs. Charlotte Welch. Mr. Cole followed farming all his life,
and died on his farm in Middlebury, August 24, 1891. His widow resides in Tioga.
In politics, a Eepublican, he was collector of the township in 1840, and was a liberal,
active and successful man.


Geoege L. Cole was born on his present farm at Hammond, in Middlebury
township, Tioga county, December 35, 1838, obtained a common school education,
and has always followed farming. June 4, 1864, he married Laura A. White, a
daughter of George White, of Farmington township, to which union have been
bom three children, viz: Oscar E., a farmer of Middlebury; Celestia M., and Katie
L., both of whom died in 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Cole are members of the First Baptist
church, at Hammond, in which he fills the office of deacon. Politically, he is a
Eepublican. He owns a farm of 130 acres one mile north of the old homestead,-
which is cultivated by his son, and is one of the successful farmers of his native

Ebbnezek Feeey, a native of Massachusetts, whose ancestors came from Eng-
land to America at an early day, was one of the first settlers of Tioga county, Penn-
sylvania. He served in the Wax of 1812, from Massachusetts, and in 1818 purchased
a farm near Tioga, in Tioga township, where he resided up to' 1839. He then sold his
farm and removed to Charleston township, where he and wife both died at a ripe
old age. He married a Miss Bruce, of Massachusetts, and they were the parents of
seven children, all of whom axe dead, viz: Yalona, Permelia, Louisa, Fidelia, Sally,
Chauncey and Charles.

Chauncet Feeey was bom in Massachusetts, April 3, 1800, ajid was the
eldest son of Ebenezer Ferry. He was eighteen years old when the family came
to Tioga county, and having received a good education in his native State, fol-
lowed school teaching in this county for several yeaxs. He later purchased a farm
in Sullivan township, cultivated it for a few years, and then sold out and bought
one in Middlebury township. Soon after he sold this also and purchased a property
in Tioga township, whence he removed into Charleston township, where he bonght
quite a large tract of land. His wife, Stella, was a daughter of Samuel Van Gorder,
of Lawrence township, and bore him a family of eight children, viz: Catherine,
deceased wife of Alfred Sehieflelin; Charles D., a farmer of Charleston; Sarah, wife
of James Mack, of Elmira, New York; Mary, deceased wife of George Kohler;
Eobert B., of Middlebury; Hannah, wife of Dennis Gorsline, of Kansas; Elizabeth,
wife of Theodore Wright, of Philadelphia, and one that died in infancy. The
parents spent the remaining years of their lives in Charleston township, botii dying
on the old homestead.

EoBEET Betjce Fbeey wbs bom near Tioga, Tioga county, August 8, 1838,
youngest son of Chauncey Ferry. He worked at home until twenty-one years of age,
and then found employment in the lumber woods until the breaking out of the
war. On September 17, 1861, he enlisted at Wellsboro, in Company L, Second
Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served in many of the fiercest battles of the war, such as
Standaxdville, Rappahannock Station, Second Bull Eun, Brandy Station, German-
town, Gettysburg, Aldee, Middleburgh, Mine Eun, Wilderness, Siege of Peters-
burg, etc. His horse was shot from under him June 23, 18G3, near Middleburgh, and
he was severely injured by the fall. He was successively promoted to first duty
sergeant, orderly sergeant, second lieutenant, and captain. In the spring of 1863
he was detaailed as guide for the Seventh Michigan Cavalry, and was discharged at
Brandy Station, December 16, 1863. He re-enlisted the following day in his old
company, and served until mustered out,, Jime 26, 1865. Eeturning to his home in


Tioga county, he cultivated a rented farm for a short time, and then bought one on
Losey creek, in Middlebury township. After living upon it three yeaj^, he sold it
and purchased a farm in Eiehmond township, which he cultivated four years.
Selling out he went to Kansas, but returned to this county at the end of a year,
and worked rented farms for eight years. In the spring of 1890 he bought his
present home at Mies Valley, where he makes a specialty of tobacco growing. Mr.
Ferry was married February 1, 1866, to Flora Wilson, a daughter of Luther and
Amarett (Upton) "Wilson. She was born at Stoddard, New Hampshire, April 28,
1841, and has three children, viz: Leon B., an attorney at Wellsboro; Ealph W., a
medical student, and Clive C. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church,
and in polities support the Republican party. Mr. Ferry is a member of the K. of
H., and the G. A. E.

Reuben Towee Palmee was bom in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, in 1814,
a son of Abram and Hannah Palmer. His father was a native of Vermont, whence
he removed to Bradford county at an early day, coming to Tioga county about 1830
and locating on a faim in Middlebury township, where both he and wife died. They
were the parents of thirteen children, Eeuben T. being the eighth in the family.
He was reared on a farm, and first came to Tioga county in boyhood to bum char-
coal. In 1835 he purchased a farm in Middlebury township, and henceforth de-
voted his attention to agriculture. He subsequently mairied Mary Ayres, a daughter
of Marcus Ayres, of Bradford county, lived in that county for a short period, and
then took up his residence on his farm in Middlebiiry. Nine children were bom to
Eeuben T. and Mary Palmer, as follows: Otis G., a resident of Michigan; Chauncey
King, deceased; Addie, wife of William Carr, of Michigan; Delila, deceased wife of
William Holt; Emma, wife of James Shutter, of Tioga township; Hannah, de-
ceased; Alzuma, wife of Silas Holt, of Canton, New York; Lueian B., of Farming-
ton township, and Laura, wife of Orson Daggett. Mr. Palmer died March 31, 1898.
His widow is in her eightieth year, having been born September 11, 1817.

Chauncey King Palmer, second son of Eeuben T. Palmer, and grandson of
Abram Palmer, was bom in Granville, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, December
13, 1840. He was reaped in Middlebury township, obtained a common school edu-
cation, and when eighteen years old went into the lumber woods as a teamster. He
was later employed as a farm hand until the breaking out of the war. April 32,
1861, he enlisted in Company H, Sixth Pennsylvania Eeeerve, imder Capt. Julius
Sherwood, and participated in. the following battles: Ball's BlufE, Drainsville,
Seven Days Fight before Eiehmond, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Second Bull Eun, and Gettysburg. He was wounded at Antietaotn, and was finally
discharged at Washington, D. C, July 28, 1864. Eetuming home he was unable
to work for two' years because of sickness contracted in the army. In May, 1875,
he purchased a farm of 115 acres, northeast of Keeneyville, on which he resided
until his death, November 30, 1896. Mr. Palmer was married May 10, 1881, to
Jane Cloos, a daughter of Newbury Cloos, Jr., of Middlebury township, and left
one son, Harry N. Politically, he was a Eepublican, and in religion, a zealous
member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was also a member of Alfred
Toles Post, G. A. E., and of Middlebury Grange, and was highly respected by the
community in which the greater portion of his life was spent.


Maetin Stevens was born in Warwick, Franklin county, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 8, IT're. His father, Martin Stevens, came with two brothers from England
to America prior to the Eevolution and located in Ehode Island, whence he re-
moved to Massachusetts. His mother, Deborah, was a native of the latter State,
where she met and married Martin Stevens, Sr. The subject of this sketch followed
milling in his native State, and came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1837,
locating on a farm a short distance above Tioga village. Three years later he re-
moved to Middlebury township, and purchased a portion of the present Stevens
farm, to which he subsequently added by purchase. He was married in 1798, to
Polly Gale, a native of Warwick, Massachusetts, born February 18, 1777. Eleven
children were bom to this union, viz: Emory, Polly, Sally, MeUnda, Martin, Abram,
Louisa, Daniel G., Ezra I., Alvira M. and Clarissa P., all of whom axe dead except
Alvira M., widow of Dr. Joel Rose. The parents died upon the old homestead in
Middlebury township.

Daniel G. Stevens was bom in Townsend, Windham county, Vermont, July
10, 1816, son of Martin Stevens, and came to Tioga county with his parents when
about eleven years old. He received a good common school education, and fol-
lowed teaching for a time. He worked upon the home farm for some years, and
later engaged extensively in lumbering, but in later life became a farmer. He was
a good business man, and was fairly successful. In politics, a Eepublican, he filled
all of the township offices at different periods, and served one term as county com-
missioner. He was also a very active member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and a
stockholder in the Wellsboro and Tioga plank road. Mr. Stevens was married Octo-
ber 9, 1845, to Eveline Dunham, of Albany, 'New York, bom January 15, 1820. Five
children were the fruits of this union, viz: Horace L., of Middlebury; Clara M.,
widow of J. 0. W. Bailey, of Mansfield; Walter B.-, and Adele L., both of whom died
in early youth, and Ada B., wife of John A. McLean, of Hammond. Mr. Stevens
died on May 28, 1875, and his wife, September 13, 1895. '

Hoeace Leeoy Stevens, oldest child of Daniel G. Stevens, was born on his
present farm ia Middlebury township, December 19, 1847. After attending the
district schools of his native township, he entered the State Normal School of
Mansfield, and later Clinton Liberal Institute, Clinton, New York. He has always
remained on the homestead farm, and at his father's death purchased the interest of
the other heirs. This farm origiually embraced 520 acres, of which he has since
sold 290 acres. At one time he devoted his attention to hop growing, but it proved

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