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grew to manhood, and has always made it his residence. At thirteen years of age
he left school and started in life as a teamster, but since attaining his majority he
has cultivated the homestead farm. For the past thirteen years he has been as-
sociated with his brother, Prince W., in the lumber business. On October 26,
1883, Mr, King married Sarah Partello, a daughter of Stephen and Hannah (Kling)
Partello, of Whitesville, New York. Politically, he is a stanch Republican.

William Howland, eldest son of John and Susannah (Salisbury) Howland,
was bom in Deerfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1814. His
parents were natives of Rhode Island, and among the first settlers of Deerfield
township, and later residents of Westfield. Their children were as follows: Wil-
liam, Hannah, who married Eleazer Seeley; Miriam, who married Samuel Mon-
roe; Polly, who maiTied James Swimelar; Roby, Susan, second wife of Samuel
Monroe, and John. The subject of this sketch cleared and improved a farm on Jemi-
son creek, in Westfield township, now occupied by his widow, and owned by his
son, John M. He married Sarah J. Hoover, a daughter of John and Sarah J. (Al-




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bert) Hoover, January 2, 1840. Her parents were residents of Westfield, whence
they; came from Schoharie county, New York, in 1830. Thirteen children were the
fruits of this union, viz: Melvina, Emily, Miriam, who married Sherwood Hotal-
ing; Sarah J., Polly, who married L. Helmer; John M., Hannah, wife of Dolph Brace;
Susan, Louisa, Samuel, Bemieia, wife of Fred Warner; Theron, and Clara, wife of
Lee Witlers. Mr. Howland was a prominent farmer of his day, and held various
offices in the township. In politics, he was a Eepublican, and a member of the
Baptist church for twenty-three years. He died June 7, 1893.

John Melvin Howland, eldest son of William and Sarah J. Howland, was
bom in Westfield township, Tioga county, May 17, 1849. He attended the com-
mon schools of the district, and since attaining his majority has been extensively
engaged in farming and lumbering, turning out about 2,000,000 feet of lumber
annually. He is the owner of the old homestead in Westfield township, and
also owns a fine farm in Chatham township. Mr. Howland was mar-
ried April 31, 1867, to Jeannette Chapman, a daughter of Andrew and Margaret
(Swimely) Chapman, of Clymer township, and has five children: Lena B., wife of
Henry Spicer; Jennie, wife of Oren Mack; Lewell, who married Ella Mack; Maud,
wife of J. W. Smith, and Zecal. In politics, he is an ardent Democrat; has held
various township offices, and has served as a member of the Democratic county com-
mittee. Mr. Howland is a E. A. M. in the Masonic order.

Melkiee Labae, son of Melkier Labar, a native of France, was bom in 1755,
and settled in Westfield towniihip, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1834, on the
farm now owned and occupied by his son James. His wife was Margaret Jolly,
who became the mother of twelve children, ten of whom grew to manhood and
womanhood, as follows: Catherine, who married Jacob Krantz; Deborah, who
married Elijah Bellews; George, Philinda, who married Morgan Huyler; Matilda,
wife of Samuel Westgate; Priscilla, wife of Allen Brace; Phoebe A., wife of
James Carpenter; John, Mary, wife of Delos Parrish, and James. Mr. Labar died
on the homestead in Westfield township in 1851, at the ripe old age of ninety-six
years.

James Labae, youngest son of Melkier Labar, was bom in Tompkins county,
New York, August 9, 1832, and was about two years old when his parents settled in
Westfield township, Tioga county. He grew to manhood in this county, obtaining
but a limited education in the common schools, and has since lived on the old home-
stead, most of which he cleared from the original forest. He has erected all of the
buildings now upon it, and has owned the farm since 1861. In September, 1863, he
enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, and
participated in the battles of Mine Eun, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and
Petersburg. He was wounded in the last mentioned engagement, in June, 1864,
and was honorably discharged from the service in July, 1865. In 1855 he married
Harriet Hunt, a daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Knapp) Hunt, of Westfield town-
ship, and has two sons: Elvemon and Marion S. Mr. Labar is a Eepublican, in
politics, and is a leading farmer of his township.

Timothy Leonahd was bom in Mansfield, Massachusetts, July 3, 1757,
a son of Deacon Abiel and Abigail (Elliott) Leonard. His grandfather, Samuel
Leonard, was a son of Thomas Leonard, and a grandson of James Leonard,



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a native of England, who settled at Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1653. James
Leonard was the progenitor of the Leonards of Taunton, and the ancestor of the
Leonards of Tioga county, Pennsylvania. He erected the first forge or furnace
in the Plymouth Colony, which afterwards became the principal one in America.
He and his sons often traded with the Indians, with whom they were on terms of.
friendship, and when King Philip's War broke out, strict orders were given
that the Leonards should not be harmed. Thomas Leonard became a noted phy-
sician; was a major in the militia, a justice of the peace, a church deacon, and
judge of the court of common pleas from 1703 to 1713. Samuel Leonard, his
fourth son, was a man of distinguished piety, and filled the ofiices of deacon in the
church, captain and justice of the peace. Deacon Abiel Leonard, son of Samuel,
was bom February 36, 1710, and died October 37, 1803. But little of his history
is known. Timothy Leonard, the subject of this sketch, married Susannah Presby,
of Taunton, Massachusetts, who bore Mm a family of eight children. He was a
man of strict integrity, earnest piety, and inherited the sterling qualities of his
ancestors, with the exception that he lacked successful financial ability. He died
at Smyrna, New York, July 10, 1830.

Stephen A. Leonaed, son of Timothy and Susannah Leonard, was born in
Saratoga county. New York, September 9, 1798, and in 1836 he settled in "West-

< field township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, on what is now known as the Leonard
homestead. He cleared and improved this farm, and resided there until his death,
which occurred May 4, 1868. On April 36, 1831, he married Penninah TJ. Darrow,
to which union were bom nine children, viz: Lovina H., who married C. Henry
Judd; Sophia, who married Samuel B. Price; Cornelia, who married Darius W.
Nobles; Walter, Timothy E., Peter D., S. Selina, who married Sidney Beach;
Orpha and Delos F. Mr. Leonard was a licensed preacher of the Wesleyan Metho-
dist church, and in politics, a Eepublican.

Petee D. Leonaed, son of Stephen A. lieonard, was bom in Smyrna, Chenango

> county. New York, August 19, 1833, and was four years old when his parents
located in Westfield township, Tioga county, where he grew to manhood. He was
a farmer and manufacturer of cheese, and followed these vocations in .Westfield
and Delmar townships, also in New York, Harrison Valley and North Bingham,
Pennsylvania, finally returning to Westfield, where he continued to reside until his
death, March 30, 1893. Mr. Leonard was twice married. His first marriage
occurred March 14, 1859, to Selina Houghton, who died July 17, 1860. He was
again married December 15, 1863, to Martha Peet, a daughter of Joshua and Eliza-
beth (Allen) Peet, pioneers of Delmar township, Tioga county. To this marriage
were born seven children, four of whom survive, two sons and two daughters.

Geoege Champlin, a native of Charleston, Ehode Island, bom September 39,
1793, was a son of Joshua Champlin, and came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, about
1831. He worked a farm on shares in Deerfield township for one year, and in 1833
he purchased a farm in Harrison township. Potter county, cleared up a part of it,
and resided there fifteen years. In 1837 he returned to Tioga county, and pur-
chased the land in Westfield township now owned by his sons, James and John, upon
which he resided until his death. On January 6, 1832, he married Loncy Works,
a daughter of James and Eachel (Cass) Works, of Otsego county, New York, to



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which union were born eight children, viz: William, Eobert H., Mary M., James,
Emma A., wife of Stephen Sperry; Joseph W., John, and Alpha A., wife of James
E. Dodge.

James Champlin, son of George and Loncy Champlin, was bom in Harrison
township. Potter county, Pennsylsrania, March 13, 1831, and was six years old when
his parents located in Westlield township, Tioga county. He attended the pioneer
schools of his neighborhood in youth, and assisted his father in clearing and im-
proving the old homestead, of which he now owns seventy-eight acres. He also
owns 187 acres adjoining, a good share of which he cleared himself, and erected
thereon all of the buildings. He lived there until 1889, and then removed to
Cowanesque, where he is now enjoying the fruits of his early industry. In 1861
he married Mary Lattimer, a daughter of James and Helen (Haining) Lattimer,
natives of Scotland, who settled in Westfield township in 1853. Her parents died
at the age of eighty-five and seventy-five years, respectively. Mrs. Champlin was
born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, April 10, 1841, and is the mother of five sons, viz:
Harrison, Sherman, Luman, James and Elder, all of whom are dead. The three
eldest and the youngest all died within five weeks with diphtheria, and a strange
coincident is that each died on a Thursday. Mr. Champlin has an adopted daugh-
ter, Hilda. In politics, he is a Democrat, and is- recognized as one of the sub-
stantial citizens of the township.

HoLLiSTEE Bakee, born in Eochester, New York, in 1816, a millwright by
trade, settled in "Westfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1839, and
erected one of the first grist-mills in that locality. He afterwards lived on Pine
creek for a time and later worked in a foundry and machine shop at Otsego, New
York. In 1849 he returned to Westfield and built a foundry, which he operated
until the sixties, when it was burned down. In 1865, in company with his son
Albert, he rebuilt on the same site, and began the manufacture of carriages and
wagons, which they manufactured four years, when the structure was again burned.
Nothing daunted, they rebuilt and carried on the works for a short time and then
sold out. Mr. Baker has since been engaged in farming. He married Dorlesca
Phillips, a daughter of Eichard and Amity Phillips, of Westfield, to which union
were born six children, viz: Albert, Victoria, wife of Dr. Frank Buck; Cecil
E., Viola, wife of E. M. Baker; Effie, wife of Herbert E. Baker, and Ora E. Mrs.
Baker died November 10, 1888, aged sixty-six years. Mr. Baker has been rather
independent in politics, and has filled the oifice of assessor.

Albeht Bakee, eldest son of Hollister Baker, was born in Westfield, Penn-
sylvania, June 16, 1842. He attended the public schools in boyhood, and later
Eastman's Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Being a natural mechanic,
he adapted himself to the machinist's trade, though for some years prior to the
Civil War he worked at cajpentering. On May 30, 1861, he enlisted in Company
A, First Eifle Eegiment, Thirteenth Pennsylvania EeseiTe, widely known as the
Bucktail regiment, and participated in fifteen battles and skirmishes. He lost his
left arm at South Mountain, September 15, 1862, and was honorably' discharged
November 26, following. From 1865 to 1869, he was engaged in business with his
father in Westfield, and later studied civil engineering. In May, 1880, he em-
barked in business for himself in Westfield, where he has since successfuUv carried



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on a foundry, machine and general repair shop. Mr. Baker was married in 1864,
to Sellie Smith, a daughter of E. G. and Betsey (Burdic) Smith, of Sabinsyille,
Tioga county, and has three children: Ilba, wife of Emil Buhr; Vida, wife of
Edward Ladd, and Klein D. In politics, Mr. Baker is independent, and has held
various local offices.

Newbuky Cloos, Sk., a native of the Mohawk valley. New York, came with
his father, Eeuben Cloos, a native of Scotland, to the Cowanesque valley in 1807,
and settled in what is now Deerfield township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where
he cleared and improved a farm. The records show that he acquired title to his
land on January 1, 1808. He was twice married. His first wife, Esther Short, was
the mother of eleven children, as follows: Eeuben, Polly, who married George Parker;
Abel, Matilda, whose first husband was William Falkner, and second husband,
Barney Daniels; Sophia, who married Charles Avery, an early settler of Chatham
township; Hannaii, who became the mfe of Daniel D. Church; Armon, David,
Ambrose, Newbury, and Esther, who married Henry P. Daniels, all of whom are
dead except Mrs. Daniels. Mrs. Cloos died October 2, 1839, and her husband mar-
ried Mrs. Patty P. Eeynolds, who survived him three months. He died May 7,
1853, in his eighty-first year, and his wife, Patty P., August 7, following, in the
eighty-third year of her age.

David Cloos, a son of Newbury and Esther Cloos, was born in Deerfield town-
ship, Tioga county, March 7, 1809, and was reared on the old homestead. He
cleared and improved a farm in his native township, and in December, 1840, removed
to Westfield township, where, with the exception of two years that he occupied
the old homestead in Deerfield, he resided until his death, July 12, 1863. From
December, 1840, to April, 1847, he was proprietor of a hotel in Westfield, after
which period he devoted his whole attention to farming. He married Maria Sweet,
of Deerfield township, who bore him twelve children, eleven of whom grew to
maturity, viz: Ambrose, Noah, Marietta, wife of Elias H. Clark; Amelia, wife of
Eobert E. Parshall; Matilda, wife of Albert W. Potter; A. Byron, Bernard, Burnett,
Marie, wife of G. A. King, and Cora, wife of George Trim.

Ambeose Close, originally spelled "Cloos," is the eldest son of David and
Maria Cloos. He was bom in Deerfield township, Tioga coimty, March 4, 1835,
and came to Westfield with his parents when but five years of age. He was reared
in Westfield, and educated at the Union Academy and Alfred University. For
twenty years he was engaged in the mercantile business at Westfield, and three and
a half years at Elkland, and for forty years he has been more or less engaged in farm-
ing. Mr. Close was married March 12, 1861, to Ann V. Secord, a daughter of Gil-
bert S. and Sophia (Marsh) Secord, of Westfield, who bore him one son, Eoy, who
died February 2, 1881, in his fifteenth year. Mrs. Close died November 9, 1891,
aged fifty-nine years. She was an attendant of the Universalist church, a charitable
and kind neighbor, and a good wife and mother, who enjoyed the love and esteem
of all who knew her. Mr. Close has liberally supported the churches of Westfield,
more especially the Universalist church. He is an ardent Eepubliean, has been
burgess of Westfield for several terms, and has also filled other local offices. He
is recognized as one of the representative citizens of the borough, in which the
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Daniel McNaughton, M. D., a son of Malcomb and Christie McNaughton,
was a native of Howard, Steuben county, 'New York, and of Scotch descent. He
studied medicine in Eoehester, New York, and in 1845 began the practice of his
profession at Westfield, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where he resided until his
death, which occvirred December 34, 1883, aged sixty-five years. He always took an
active part in public affairs, was a stanch Eepublican from the organization of that
party, and was appointed postmaster of Westfield in 1861, which position he filled
until 1873, when he resigned to take his seat as associate judge of Tioga county.
He filled the latter office one term, and was then elected a justice of the peace for
Westfield borough. Dr. McNaughton's wife was Ann Gray, a daughter of Abiathar
and Amelia Gray, of Howard, New York. She bore him a family of three children,
viz: Niles Wesley, Francis D., and Helen M., wife of B. E. Close. As a physician.
Dr. McNaughton became prominent among his professional brethren of Tioga and
adjoining counties, and as a citizen he was identified with the growth and progress
of his adopted home for nearly forty years.

NiLES Wesley McNaughton, eldest son of Dr. Daniel McNaughton, was bom
in Westfield, Pennsylvania, September 4, 1845, and was reared in his native town.
He was educated in the public schools and at Union Academy, Academy Corners,
and at seventeen years of age began clerking in a drug store, which business he
followed as clerk and proprietor from 1863 until 1893. During the incumbency
of his father as postmaster of Westfield, he filled the position of assistant, and during
President Grant's first administration he was appointed postmaster of Westfield,
which position he filled continuously until the fall of 1885. Like his father, he
is a stanch Eepublican, and gives his earnest support to the principles and measures
of his party. In 1867 he married Emma L. Larrison, a daughter of William and
Sarah (Stryker) Larrison, of Clymer township, Tioga county. Mr. McNaughton
is a member of Westfield Lodge, No. 477, F. & A. M., Westfield Chapter, No. 365,
and Tyagaghton Commandery, No. 38, of Wellsboro, in all of which he takes an
active interest.

William Simmons was bom in Benton, Yates county. New York, December
13, 1837, eldest son of Peter and Sarah (Perry) Simmons. His paternal grand-
father, Joseph Simmons, was a pioneer of Yates county, where his father was born.
Peter Simmons was twice married. His first wife, Sarah Perry, bore him four
children, viz: William, Joseph P., Charles H., and Delia, who married Alvah
Hurlbut. His second wife, Cynthia Lilley, became the mother of six children, as
follows: Leonard, Peter, Wilbert, Lafayette, Triphena, and Elizabeth, who mar-
ried William Wood. When the subject of this sketch was a child his parents moved
to Independence, Allegany county, New York, and a few years later to West Union,
Steuben county. In 1845 he came to Westfield, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where
he became a clerk in the store of Eussell & Hunt, then in charge of Eichard Krusen.
About five years later he formed a partnership with Mr. Krusen, and they carried
on business in the original store building for two years. In 1855 he purchased a
part of the farm in Westfield borough on which he now resides, and has made addi-
tional purchases from time to time, erected a commodious residence, and made many
other improvements. Mr. Simmons has been connected with the mercantile busi-
ness more or less for a number of years. He was a member of the firm of E. E. &



910 HISTORY OF TIOGA COUNTY.

вЦ†William Simmons, of Westfield, for about seven years, and carried on the business
for two years alone after his son's death. He has since devoted his principal atten-
tion to his farm. On November 3, 1850, he married Annice C. Boardman, a daugh-
ter of Elkanah and Clarissa C. (Benedict) Boaxdman, of Otsego county. New York.
Five sons were born to this union, as follows: Esson E., born January 26, 1852, who
married Addie L. Smith, and died November 26, 1882; Charles B., bom January
19, 1862, who married Lena R. Patten, and lives in Westfield; Prank W., born
March 6, 1864, a resident of Buenos Ayres, South America; Pred P., born April
29, 1867, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, who married Ida Louns-
bery, ajid Arthur J., bom May 27, 1869, a resident of "Westfield. They have also
reared an adopted daughter, Mrs. Henry Hyde, of Groton, New York. The family
are adherents of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics, support the
Eepublican party.

Peank W. Simmons, a son of "William Simmons, was bom. in Oswayo, Potter
county, March 6, 1864. He attended the common schools of "Westfield and grad-
uated at the State Normal School, Mansfield, in the class of 1882. He then entered
the law office of Maj. George "W. Merrick, of Wellsboro, but was compelled to dis-
continue his law studies because of failing eye-sight. He later became book-keeper
in the office of H. H. Craxy & Company, tanners, of Westfield, and subsequently went
to Salamanca, New York, to fill the position of general business manager for the same
people, under the firm name of James Horton & Company. In July, 1894, he was
sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the United States Leather Company, as super-
intendent of two tanneries in Tennessee, onfe in Georgia, and one in Kentucky. In
March, 1895, he was sent by the same company to Buenos Ayres, to represent them
in South America, where he is at present living. Mr. Simmons was married Januaiy
10, 1892, to Pannie "W. Seidler, of Leroy, New York, who accompanied him to the
southern hemisphere.

Ahthue J. Simmons, youngest son of "William Simmons, was bom in "Westfield,
Tioga county. May 27, 1869, and was educated in the "Westfield public schools. He
later found employment in the tannery of H. H. Crary & Company for a short
time, and then went to Salamanca, New York, where he filled the position of
book-keeper in the tannery office for some two years. Returning to Tioga county,
he became book-keeper in the tannery office at Tioga. In July, 1893, he was ap-
pointed traveling auditor of the United States Leather Company, for the tanneries
controlled by that company in New York, "Wisconsin and Maine, which position he
still occupies, though making his home with his parents in "Westfield.

Lyman Tkemain was born in Connecticut, October 29, 1786, a son of Julius
and Lucy Tremain. His father was a son of Joseph and Mary (Shapley) Tremain,
and grandson of Joseph and Eliza Tremain, who came from England to America
in 1666, and settled at New London, Connecticut. Their grandson, Gaines Tre-
main, was a soldier in the Revolution. Lyman Tremain was a pioneer of Lawrence
township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where he improved a farm, and died in
Westfield, January 13, 1864. He was married January 16, 1811, to Sophia Mer-
sereau. She was bom August 24, 1786, and died August 10, 1880. They were the
parents of seven children, as follows: Edward, Julius, John M., Joshua, Martin,
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John M. Tremain, third son of Lyman and Sophia Tremain, was born Decem-
ber 2, 1816, was reared on a farm, and commenced life for himself at Lindley,
Steuben county, New York. He was a pioneer of Lawrence township, Tioga
county, where he cleared and improved a farm. In 1858 he removed to Westfield,
and died in that borough, January 15, 1878, in his sixty-second year. He was twice
married, his first wife being Abigail B. Goodwin, of Lowell, Massachusetts, who
bore him ten children, namely: Almira M., who married Orson Bdgcomb; Seth
K., Lyman J., John A., Gilbert H., Warren H., Abigail, who married George W.
Neely; Orrin A., Maria L., who married Eobert Walker, and Theodore M. His
second wife was Mrs. Betsy Whipple, nee Pierce, of Westfield, who bore him two
children, Willis J. and Luther D. Sis of his sons by his first marriage served in
the Eebellion, namely: Seth K., Lyman J., who is supposed to have been killed in
the war; John A., who was killed at Gettysburg; Gilbert H., Warren H., and Orrin
A. Mr. Tremain was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics,
an ardent Bepublican.

Gilbert H. Tremain, fourth son of John M. and Abigail Tremain, was bom
in Lindley, Steuben county, Xew York, December 26, 1843, and is of the sixth
generation from Joseph and Eliza Tremain, who settled at New London, Connecti-
cut. He was reared in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and was educated in the com-
mon schools. He enlisted in Company D., One Hundred and Forty-first New York
Volunteers, August 14, 1862, and served in the battles of Lookout Mountain, Mis-
sionary Eidge, Dalton, Einggold, Tunnel Hill, Eesaca and other engagements. He
was Avounded at Eesaea May 15, 1864, and was honorably discharged from the ser-
vice May 27, 1865. On his return home he engaged in lumbering up to 1873; later
served as constable and collector of Westfield, and in 1882 was appointed agent
for the Addison and Pennsylvania Eailroad Company at Westfield, which position
he s^jll occupies. Mr. Tremain was man-ied May 26, 1869, to Adelia, a daughter
of James and Louisa (Hoover) King, of Westfield. He is a member of Babcock
Post, No. 258, G. A. E., of Westfield; also of Westfield Lodge, No. 477, P. & A.



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