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Henet C. Jackson, eldest son of William A. Jackson, was born in Shippen
township, Tioga county, N"ovember 18, 1857. When about two years old his parents
removed to Chatham township, where he was reared to manhood, obtaining a
common school education. He engaged in fanning, and also kept a hotel at Academy
Comers four years. Since 1881 he has been a resident of Deerfield township. In
1880 he married Ellen Mattison, a daughter of Henry and Betsey (Cooper) Mat-
tison, of Chatham township, and has one daughter, Ethel R. In politics, Mr. Jack-
son is a Republican; has served as township supervisor two terms; as constable
six years, and as collector four years. He is a member of the Masonic order, and of
the I. 0. R. M.

John B. Bfsh was bom in the Province of Quebec, Canada, March 36, 1836,
a son of Peter and Julia ( Joard) Bush, both natives of Canada and of French descent.
His paternal grandfather was Jacques Bush, and his maternal grandfather was


Francis Joard, both natives of France. His parents located in Granville, Wash-
ington county, New York, in 1847. His father served in the Union army one year
during the Eebellion, enlisting at Fairfax, Vermont. He died in a hospital at
Washington, D. C, of disease contracted in the service, and is buried at Fairfax.
His mother was born July 13, 1809, in St. Ours, Canada; came to Brookfield town-
ship, Tioga county, in 1866, where she remained until 1885, then returned to
Canada, and died at the residence of her daughter in 1890. The subject of this
sketch was reared in Granville, New York, from the age of eleven years. After
attaining the age of sixteen, he spent three winter terms in a country school, which
was all the educational advantages he ever received. In 1857 he came to Brookfield
township, Tioga county, where he rented a farm one year. In 1858 he purchased
108 acres of land which he cleared and improved, and still owns, and subsequently
added thereto 105 acres adjoining. He later purchased two farms of fifty acres
each in the same township. He resided in Brookfield until 1887, when he pur-
chased the Emmer Bowen farm, in Deerfield township, consisting of 250 acres,
for which he paid $10,500, and upon which he has since lived. During the Ee-
bellion he was drafted, and went to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with the intention
of joining his regiment, but for family reasons subsequently sent a substitute. In
1886 he built a grist-mill at Westfield, Tioga county, at an expense of $10,000,
which he operated one year as a member of the firm of Eichardson & Bush, when he
sold out. The mill was burned in 1891. Mr. Bush was married in 1857, to Sarah
Kilburn, a daughter of Peter and Sophia (Burch) Kilburn, of Brookfield township,
and has four children living, viz: Florence E., wife of Samuel Ludlam; Julius
Edgar, Sarah Ethel and Zadie Evangeline. In politics, Mr. Bush is a Eepublican,
has filled various local oflS^ces, and is a member of Valley Grange.

Charles Metcalf was born in Brookfield township, Tioga county, Pennsyl-
vania, about 1838, a son of Daniel and Hanna (Terwilliger) Metcalf, pioneers of
Brookfield. He was reared to manhood in that township, and then located in Har-
rison township. Potter county, where he cleared and improved a farm, upon which
he resided until his death, at the age of forty-three years. His wife, Cornelia, was
a daughter of Peter and Polly (Young) Manchester, of Westfield township, Tioga
county. They were the parents of seven children, viz: Esther, wife of Henry Eood;
James, Justus, Daniel P., Lydia, Polly, wife of Charles Stephens, and Zoa, wife of
Eufus Camp.

Daniel P. Metcalf, son of Charles Metcalf, was born in Harrison township.
Potter county, July 30, 1861, and was educated in the common schools, Starkey
Seminary, and the State Normal School at Mansfield. He has followed farming as
an occupation, devoting considerable attention to tobacco growing. Since 1870
he has been a resident of Tioga county, and has lived in Deerfield township since
1888, where he owns a fine tobacco farm of 126 acres, known as the Eleazer Seely
farm. Mr. Metcalf was married August 12, 1896, to Caroline M. Wood, a daughter
of Oliver H. Wood, of Deerfield township. He is a member of the P. of H.; is a
Eepublican in politics; has held various local offices, and is now the assessor of Deer-
field township.

Samuel Ludlam was born in Eoseboom, Otsego county. New York, January
30, 1859, a son of Samuel and Martha (Barber) Ludlam, natives of Derbyshire,


England, who came to the United States about 1835, and located in Otsego
county, New York, where the father engaged in farming. In 1867 he removed to
Charleston township, Tioga county, purchased a farm, and resided thereon up to
his death, January 27, 1884, aged seventy-six years. His wife died February 4,
1883, aged seventy years. They reared a family of nine children, viz: Mary A.,
wife of Joseph Webb; Martha, wife of George Neal; Henry, who died of disease
while a soldier in the late war; George, John, Lucy, wife of George Wingate;
Elizabeth, deceased; Thomas and Samuel. The subject of this sketch was seven
years old when his parents came to Tioga county, and has always followed farming
as an occupation. He lived in Charleston township from 1866 to 1884, and then
engaged in agricultural pursuits in Osceola, later went to Nelson, and in 1890
located upon his present farm in Deerfield, which he purchased in 1893. Mr.
Ludlam has been twice married. His iirst wife was Huldah Monroe, a daughter
of Levi G. and Cynthia (Pease) Monroe, of Potter county, whom he married June
17, 1886, and who bore him three children, viz: Lewis L., Lawrence and Laura,
the last two being twins. His second wife, whom he married April 3, 1893, was
Florence E. Bush, a daughter of John B. and Sarah (Kilburn) Bush, of Deerfield.
Mr. Ludlam is a member of the Grange, in politics, a Eepublican, and has filled the
office of township auditor.

Henet Cubban was born in Chanceford, York county, Pennsylvania, March
jO, 1807, a son of Samuel and Mary Curran. He was reared in his native county,
snd about 1838 came to Tioga county, where he worked in the lumber woods and
in the spring rafted lumber down the Susquehanna to his home. On October 13,
1830, he married Mrs. SaUy Parker, a daughter of David Short, a pioneer of Deer-
field township, Tioga county, and the same year settled on his wife's farm in
Chatham township. He cleared and improved it, and resided there until his death,
October 6, 1855. Ten children were born of his marriage to Mrs. Parker, as follows:
Elias, Margaret, who married W. W. Beach; Melissa, who married Orange G. John-
son; Ira, Ann, who married Samuel M. Strawn; Emily A., who married Benjamin
F. Westbrook; George W., Clarissa, wife of Samuel P. King; Esther, wife of C.
E. Beach, and Henry.

Geoege W. Ctjeean, son of Henry Curran, was born on the old homestead in
Chatham township, Tioga county, July 33, 1844, obtained a common school educa-
tion, and resided on the home farm, which he still owns, until 1891. In that year
he removed to Knoxville. He has always followed farming as a vocation, and for
eight years made cattle droving a specialty, buying for the lower Pennsylvania
markets. Besides the old homestead of 113 acres, he also owns a 100-acre farm
adjoining. He served in Company G, Two Hundred and Seventh Pennsylvania
Volunteers, and participated in the battles of Port Steadman and Petersburg, his
company being in the front line during the latter engagement. He was honorably
discharged June 5, 1865. Mr. Curran married Hattie M. Westbrook, a daughter
of George and Lovisa (Taylor) Westbrook, of Middlebury township, September 1,
1867. After the death of Elias Curran and wife, they reared and educated his
brother's three children, viz: Frankie M., wife of Frank C. Teaehman; Samuel, and
Nettie, wife of George H. Bloom. They have also an adopted son, Fred. In poli-
tics, Mr. Curran is a Eepublican, and is a member of the K. of H. and the G. A. E.


Benjamin Van Dusen was born in Maryland, Otsego county. New York, in
1806, a son of Jacob Van Dusen, whose ancestors were natives of Holland. He
grew to manhood in his native county, and came to Chatham township, Tioga
county, Pennsylvania, in 1831, took up 150 acres of land, which he cleared and im-
proved, and resided there until 1869. In that year he removed to Cattaraugus
county. New York, where he died soon after at the age of sixty-three. His wife
was Jerusha Lee, a daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Butts) Lee, of Chatham town-
ship. Daniel Lee was a Eevolutionary soldier and a relative of the Lee family of
Virginia. She bore him a family of ten children, viz: Clarissa, Emily, who married
Morris Seeley; Daniel, Jacob, Charles H., Mary, wife of William Townsend; Ben-
jamin, Jerusha, wife of H. P. Daniels; James and Amelia, wife of Frank Godfrey.

Chaklbs H. Van Dtjsen, son of Benjamin Van Dusen, was bom on the old
homestead in Chatham township, Tioga county, August 35, 1837. He received
a good common school education, and taught school one term in Charleston town-
ship. He clerked for two years in a store at Wellsboro. In October, 1861, he en-
listed in Company C, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was honorably discharged
from the service in June, 1863. On his return home he engaged in farming in
Chatham township, which business he still continues, though he has resided in
Knoxville borough since 1893. Mr. Van Dusen married Sallie A. Owlett, a daughter
of Gilbert B. and Martha (Pope) Owlett, of Chatham township, January 17, 1866,
and has three children: Kate, wife of Eugene Sprague; Claribel, wife of Harley R.
Pride, and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Van Dusen are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church, and in politics, he is a Republican. He has held nearly all the minor o;ffices
of both Chatham and Deerfield townships, and is connected with the P. of H., K. of
H., and the G. A. R.


Jonathan Seamans, a native of Foster, Providence county, Rhode Island,
born April 19, 1794, was a son of Israel Seamans, and a grandson of Thomas Sea-
mans, who served as a major in the Revolution. Jonathan came to Westfield town-
ship, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1817, and settled on land now owned by Hol-
lister Baker, in Westfield borough. In 1848 he removed to the land still owned
by his sons, where he spent the remaining years of his life, dying August 15, 1867.
He married Rebecca Tuttle, September 38, 1819. She was a daughter of Ayers
Tuttle, who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill, and was bom in Catherine,
Tompkins county. New York, May 16, 1803. She came with her parents to what is
now Westfield township, Tioga county, in 1809, where she resided up to her death,
September 16, 1873. Thirteen children were the fruits of this union, twelve of
whom grew to maturity, viz: Polly R., who married Levi Scott; Eliza P., who
married William Morris; Hannah L., who married Aurora Streeter; Israel A.,
William Orville, Eli B., Chloe L., who married John Potter; Lorania L., who mar-
ried Frank Cowles; Sheldon Alonzo, Loren B., John M. and Milo P. The family is
one of the oldest and best known in the county, and are eamest supporters of the
principles and measures of the Republican party. Numerous descendants of
Jonathan Seamans are living in Tioga county, and many of them are among the
enterprising citizens of the community which he helped to found.


William Oeville Seamans, son of Jonathan and Eebeeca Seamans, was born
in Westfield township, Tioga county, May 6, 1839, and has spent his entire life in the
same. He cleared and improved a farm of seventy acres, and is one of the repre-
sentative farmers of his native township. On April 17, 1853, he married Julett
Thompson, a daughter of Demarous L. and Philadelphia (Rowell) Thompson, of
"Westfield. Her father was a soldier in the War of 1813, and wa^ stationed at
Saekett's Harbor. Her grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. Mr. and Mrs.
Seamans are among the well-known people of Westfield, and give an earnest support
to every worthy object. In politics, he is a stanch adherent of the Eepublican party.

Eli B. Seamaks, son of Jonathan and Eebeeca Seamans, was bom in West-
field township, Tioga county, August 33, 1831, was reared upon the homestead
farm, and attended the public schools in boyhood. On attaining his majority he
engaged in farming, and owns fifty acres of his father's farm, and 100 acres ad-
ditional, most of which he has cleared and improved. In April, 1861, he enlisted
for the Three Months' service, in the famous Bucktail regiment, and on May 3, of
the same year, he re-enlisted for three years, in Company A, of the same regiment,
known as the First Pennsylvania Eifies. He was in the battles of Drainsville,
Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, and Charles City
Cross Eoads, and was wounded in the last engagement, in three places, June 30,
1863. He was there taken prisoner and sent to Libby prison. After four months
he was paroled and sent to Davis Island Hospital, where he remained four months,
and was then detailed for garrison duty at Fort Hamilton, and assisted in putting
down the New York riots of July, 1863. In September, 1863, he rejoined his regi-
ment at Culpepper, Virginia, and took part in the battles of Mine Eun, Wilderness,
Spottsylvania, North Anna and Bethesda Church. On June 14, 1864, he was
honorably discharged from the service at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and re-
turned to his home in Tioga county. Mr. Seamans was married July 3, 1865, to
Maria McMines, a daughter of William and Olive (Tubbs) McMines, of Westfield,
who has borne him four children: Jennie, William, Albert and Justus. Mr. Sea-
mans is a member of Babeock Post, No. 358, G. A. E., of Westfield, and in politics,
lie is a Eepublican. ,

Sheldon Alonzo Seamans, fourth son of Jonathan and Eebeeca Seamans,
was born in Westfield township, Tioga county, February 15, 1839. He grew to
manhood beneath the parental roof, and obtained his education in the common
schools. He has been engaged in farming since attaining his majority, and owns
and occupies a part of the old homestead, cleared and improved by his father. For
upwards of thirty years he has also followed lumbering in connection with farming.
From 1857 to 1865, he was connected with the leading lumber firm of Salamanca,
New York, but since the latter year he has resided permanently on his farm. Mr.
Seamans was married December 3, 1867, to Susan G. Boileau, a daughter of Daniel
E. and Betsey Boileau, of Centre county, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two
children: Daniel Eay, and Edna Eebeeca. In politics, he is a Democrat, and has
held various local offices in his township. He is a member of Eulalia Grange, No.
1088, of Westfield, and is recognized as one of the foremost and enterprising citizens
of the community.

Stephen Pottee, a native of Ehode Island, bom in 1789, came to Tioga


county, Pennsylvania, in company with a party of settlers from his State, in 1817,
and later cut a road through the forest from the site of Westfield borough to that of
Potter Brook. Here he located in 1818, and cleared a farm of 135 acres. The vil-
lage of Potter Brook stands on a part of the old homestead, the remaining thirty-
five acres being owned by his son, George W. Mr. Potter was a stonemason and
bricklayer, and followed that business for many years. It is said that he laid every
stone in the front portion of the court house at WeUsboro. He learned his trade in
Ehode Island, serving seven years' apprenticeship. He married Matilda Aldrich,
to which union were born the following children: Sarah Ann, who married Charles
H. Metcalf; Elizabeth, who married David Taylor; Stephen, who married Olive
"Wood; Jonathan, who married Hannah Brooks; Mary Adelcy, who rdarried I. C.
Thompson; Matilda, who married Calvin Brooks; William, who remained single;
John, who married Chloe Seamans; George W., a resident of "Westfield township,
and Benjamin Franklin, who married Amanda Mack, entered the Union army, and
died in Andersonville prison. Mr. Potter was a member of the Free "Will Baptist
church, and an adherent of the Eepubliean party. He died April 9, 1875, in his
eighty-seventh year. His wife died August 36, 1874, in the eighty-second year of
her age.

Geoege W. Pottee, the only surviving son of Stephen and Matilda Potter,
was born on the homestead at Potter Brook, Tioga county, February 14, 1835, and
obtained his education in the common schools and at Union Academy. On at-
taining his majority, he worked for a short time at the mason's trade, and afterwards
worked as a carpenter for fifteen years. He next engaged in farming, and has
since operated a planing, shingle, feed and carding-mill. In 1863 he enlisted in
Company D, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers, was taken
prisoner at the battle of Fredericksburg, and was confined in Libby prison about one
month. From there he was sent to Camp Parole, Annapolis, Maryland, where he
remained some five months, and was honorably discharged at Harrisburg after ten
months' service. Mr. Potter has been married three times. His first wife was Mary
L. Mulford, a daughter of Edward Mulford, whom he married January 1, 1869.
She bore him three children: ISTewell, Eddie and Frank, and died July 13, 1883. His
second wife was Emma E. Baker, a daughter of Harrison Baker, whom he married
January 1, 1885. She became the mother of three children, viz: Lena, Leon and
IN'ellie. He was again married July 20, 1895, to Mrs. Sarah E. Ordiway, widow of
John Ordiway, and a daughter of Edwin Manning. She has one daughter by her
former marriage, Ola Ordiway, now eighteen years of age. Mr. Potter is a Eepub-
liean, in politics, and a member of the G. A. E.

James King, Se., a pioneer of AVestfield tovmship, Tioga county, and a son of
James and Ehoda (Allen) King, was born in Providence, Ehode Island, March 38,
1765. His father was bom in December, 1731, and died December 16, 1818. The
family traces its ancestry back to James King, who came from England to America
and settled in Ehode Island. His son James married a Miss Clark, and reared two
sons and several daughters. The sons were David and James. The former never
married, but James married Ehoda Allen, and reared seven children, as follows:
Keziah, Ehoda, Phoebe, James, Sarah, Amy and Eachel. The subject of this
sketch settled on the farm in "Westfield borough, now owned by C. E. Krusen, in


1835. He cleared and improved this property and at his death was buried thereon.
He introduced and used the first cow stancheons in the county, and was quite a pros-
perous farmer. He married Eoby Howland, born March 9, 1769, who became the
mother of thirteen children, viz: Prince, Allen, Eddy, Ozial H., Sarah, who married
Christopher Sayles; John, James, Keziah, who married Joel Crandall; Willaxd
H., Hannah, who married Stephen Partello; Eoby, who married James Calkins;
Adriel and Almon. There was also a half brother, Stephen, who was older than
Prince. Mr. King died November 13, 1844, in the eightieth year of his age, and
his wife, Eoby, November 3, 1836, in her sixty-eighth year.

Peince King, eldest son of James and Eoby (Howland) King, was born in Bur-
rUlville, Providence county, Ehode Island, June 30, 1789. In 1815 he came to
Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and in 1831 settled on Jemison creek, in Westfield
township. Here he cleared and improved a farm, upon which he died October 14,
1871, at the age of eighty-two years. He married Sally Seelye, a daughter of Eben-
ezer Seelye, a Eevolutionary soldier and a pioneer of Deerfield township. She was
bom May 4, 1800, the first white female child bom in Deerfield, and died April 38,
1845. Ten children were the fruits of this union, viz: James, Allen, Julius S., Eoby,
who married Eufus A. Stanton; Ozial H., Ebenezer, deceased; Friendship P., who
married Squire Southworth; Mary S., who married Ethan Taft, and died May 26,
1894, in Midland, Michigan; Prince W. and "Willard A. Mr. King was a carpenter,
and followed his trade in connection with farroing. Originally a Democrat, he
was a Eepublican from the organization of that party. He was called upon many
times to fill various township ofi&ces, and was drawn as a jur5rman in the courts at
Wellsboro twenty-one years in succession. Mr. King was a great bible student, led
an exemplary life, and was highly respected by his friends and neighbors.

James King was bom in Deerfield township, Tioga county, April 9, 1820, a
son of Prince King, and grandson of James King, Sr. His parents removed to
Westfield township the year after his birth, where he grew to manhood. In 1842
he settled on the farm now owned by his sons, Lorenzo K. and Aaron P., cleared
and improved it, and resided there until his death, April 4, 1894. He married
Louisa Hoover, a daughter of John and Sarah J. Hoover. Her parents settled in
Westfield township in 1833, where her father died in February, 1841, and her
mother in June, 1847, aged sixty-three and sixty-six years, respectively. Mrs. King
became the mother of seven children, viz: Sally J., who married Alexander Lattimer;
Amelia, who married Seth Tremain; Adelia, who married G. H. Tremain (Amelia
and Adelia were twins); Sarah M., wife of Charles T. Boom; Ehadetska, Lorenzo
K. and Aaron P. Mrs. King died November 15, 1893, aged sixty-seven years.
Politically, Mr. King was a Eepublican from the organization of that party, prior
to which he was a Democrat, and held various local ofiices in the township. He
was one of the well-known mechanics and bridge builders of "Westfield.

Ehadetska King, son of James and Louisa King, was bom on the homestead
farm, in Westfield township, Tioga county, January 18, 1850, and obtained a common
school education. He is a natural mechanic, and has followed carpentering, bridge
building, and railroad contracting, in connection with farming. He has resided
on his present farm since 1870, and is one of the prosperous citizens of the town-
ship. He married Mary E. Boom, a daughter of John P. Boom, of Knoxville, Tioga


county. Five children were born to this union, three of whom are living, viz: Ef-
fie, wife of Byron Havens; Jay and Bix Gilbert. In politics, Mr. King is a Kepub-
lican, and is one of the progressive citizens of the township.

LoHBNZO K. King was born upon the homestead in Westfield township,
Tioga county. May 13, 1852, a son of James and Louisa King. He was educated in
the common schools and at Mansfield State Normal School; has followed the occu-
pations of farmer, meehamc, teacher and jobber; was clerk in the county commis-
sioners' office at Wellsboro for three years, and served one term as county auditor.
He was one of the chief movers in organizing the Cowanesque Valley Agricultural
Society; was untiring in his efforts to estabUsh it on a firm foundation, and was
its first president. He also started the Breeders' and Dairy Association of Tioga
county, of which he is secretary. He has given considerable effort toward writing for
various publications, aud possesses good literary taste. Mr. King was married April
4, 1885, to Ada E. Haven, a daughter of Solon E. and Amelia A. (Kenyon) Haven,
of "Westfield township. She was born July 15, 1859, in Rutland, Tioga county, and
taught fourteen terms of school. She is the mother of one son, James Eex. In
politics, Mr. King is a Republican, and is one of the enterprising citizens of the

OziAL H. King, son of Prince and Sally King, was born on the old homestead
in Westfield township, Tioga county, November 3, 1829. Heleamed the black-
smith's trade, which he followed forty years in connection with farming and lum-
bering, and has lived on his present farm since 1867. Mr. King was maxried May
13, 1854, to May Elizabeth Carpenter, a daughter of Samuel and Electa (Parker)
Carpenter, of Westfield. She was bom August 27, 1834, and is the mother of eight
children, viz: Amy Celia, born March 16, 1855, wife of Charles W. Bryant; Electa
L., bom August 22, 1857, wife of Darius S. Short; Eddie P., bom September 29,
1859; James Devillo, bom May 12, 1862; Willard H., bom August 12, 1864; Frank
J., bom November 7, 1871; Ward L., bom June 5, 1873, and Earl, bom May 30,
1877, and died July 15, following. In politics, Mr. King is a Republican.

WiLLAED King, the youngest child of Prince and Sally King, was bom on the
old homestead in Westfield township, Tioga county, August 29, 1843. He there

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