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presidency, and remained a Democrat until 1856. In that year he became a Re-
publican, and voted that ticket until his death. For nearly twenty-five years he
served as a justice of the peace, and was postmaster at Gray's Valley a long period.
Mr. Gray and family were members of the Baptist church, in which he filled the
offices of clerk and deacon for many years.

Lafayette Geay, eldest son of James and Lorena Gray, was bom on the
homestead in Gray's valley, Sullivan township, Tioga county, March 20, 1824. He
obtained a good common school education, and from 1846 to 1855 he taught in the
public schools of the county. Since that time he has devoted his attention to farming,
making dairying a specialty. On October 3, 1847, he married Amanda V. Haven,
of Bradford county, who bore him four children, viz: James E., Wilton D., Mrs.
Alice Rose, and Fred L., a resident of California. Mrs. Gray died February 8.
1887, and he was again married May 19, 1891, to Mrs. Aletta Baker, a daughter of
Laben L. and Nancy Rockwell, of Rutland township. Prior to 1856, Mr. Gray
was a Democrat, since which year he has been an ardent Republican. He filled
the office of school director about nine years, and both he and his family are con-
nected with the Baptist church.

Wilton D. Gray, second son of Lafayette and Amanda V. Gray, was born
in Sullivan township, Tioga county, January 31, 1853, and was reared upon the
homestead faxm. After completing his primary education in the district schools,
he attended the Wellsboro graded schools until 1870, since which time he has de-
voted his attention to farming. He was married October 23, 1878, to Anna Rose,
a daughter of Elliott S. Rose, of Sullivan township, and has two children, viz: Nellie,
born October 9, 1888, and Jessie, March 21, 1893. Mr. Gray is a stanch Republican,
and both he and wife are members of the State Road Baptist church. He is con-
nected with Mainesburg Lodge, No. 754, I. 0. 0. F., and takes a deep interest in



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public affairs. Mr. Gray is recognized as one of the progressive young farmers
of his native township, in which his entire life has been passed.

Paul Cudwoeth was born in Massachusetts, there grew to manhood and mar-
ried Sarah Drinkwater, a native of the same State. Their children were Paul,
ApoUos, Samuel, James, Mollie, who married Hanover Pitts, and Susannah, who
married Noah Eumsey, Sr. Mr. Cudworth removed with his family to Vermont,
remaining there until about 1808, when he came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania,
and settled in Sullivan township. He and wife were pioneers of that locality and
passed the remaining years of their lives in Sullivan.

James Cudwoeth, Se., son of Paul Cudworth, was born in Massachusetts,
August 17, 1795, and came with his parents to Sullivan township, Tioga county,
when about thirteen years old. He served as a drummer boy in the War of 1812.
Soon after arriving at his majority he married Anna Doud, a daughter of Peleg
Doud, one of the pioneers of Sullivan township. She was bom September 17, 1799,
and bore him the following named children: Jerome B., of Mainesburg; Sarah
Ann, widow of Edward A. Fish, of Wellsboro; James and William, both deceased;
Julia Ann, and Paul C, a resident of Michigan. Mr. Cudworth died April 18, 1836,
on the farm now the home of his grandson, James C. Cudworth. His wife died
January 16, 1866.

James Cudwoeth, a son of James Cudworth, Sr., was born m Sullivan town-
ship, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1826, and there grew to manhood.
He obtained very little schooling and spent his early life upon a farm. On May 30,
1849, he married Lydia J. Whitteker, a daughter of Peter Whitteker, of Richmond
township, who became the mother of three children, viz: Julia L., born September
17, 1851, wife of J. W. DeWitt; Virginia L., born October 7, 1853, wife of C. F.
Parkhurst, and James C. Mr. Cudworth removed to Mainesburg in 1885, enter-
ing into partnership with his son-in-law, J. W. DeWitt, in the mercantile business.
He remained in that business until March, 1892, when he sold out and returned
to his farm, where he died, July 16, 1892. His widow resides in Mainesburg. He was
a member of Cherry Flats Baptist church, to which his family also adheres. In
polities, he was a stanch Democrat, and during the Eebellion he gave both time and
money liberally towards raising troops to defend the flag and preserve the Union.

James C. Cudwoeth was bom in Sullivan township, Tioga county, May 3,
1863, on the farm which he now owns and resides upon. He attended the district
schools in boyhood, and afterwards the State Normal School at Mansfield. After
working on the homestead farm five years, he formed a partnership with J. W. De-
Witt and engaged in merchandising at Mainesburg, which business he followed for
two years. In 1886 he purchased the old homestead, and has since given his attention
to agriculture. He makes a specialty of dairying, keeps from twenty to twenty-five
cows, and is one of the partners in the Mainesburg Co-operative Creamery. Mr.
Cudworth was married May 12, 1882, to Grace D. Maine, a daughter of Dr. G. D.
Maine, of Mainesburg, and has two children, Katie E. and Charles J. He is an
ardent Democrat, and has filled the office of school director. In religion, he is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Mainesburg, to which society his
family also belong, and is held in high esteem by his neighbors.

Peleg Doud, a native of Hubbaidton, Vermont, came to Tioga county, Penn-



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sylvania, about 1808 or 1809, and settled in Sullivan township. He was married in
Vermont to Isabella Rumsey, to which union were bom ten children, eight in Ver-
mont and two in Sullivan township, viz: Millie, who died in youth; Sally, who
married John Gray; Betsey, who married Roswell Webster; Lorena, who married
James Gray; Anna, who married James Cudworth, Sr.; Lurancy, who married
Levi Eexford; Philemon, Munson, Peleg W. and Eipley H. Mrs. Doud died in
1814. Her husband survived until about 1840, dying at a ripe old age. Mr.
Doud was one of the first settlers in Sullivan township. For many years he was
a deacon in the Baptist church and services were often held at his house. In
politics, he was a Whig.

Rev. Peleg W. Doud was bom in Sullivan township, Tioga county. May 29,
1810, a son of Peleg Doud. He was reared on the farm and obtained his education
in the common schools. For many years he was a minister of the Free Will Baptist
church, and also a member of the church board of officers. On December 35, 1 833,
he married Amanda R. Packard, a daughter of John and Rebecca Packard, of Sul-
livan township. Five children were born to this union, viz: Warren, Hobart R.,
Omer P., Annie, and Helen, wife of I)aniel F. Rumsey. Mrs. Doud died June 9, 1893.
Her mother, now in her 103nd year, resides in Covington township. Mr. Doud
makes his home with his son-in-law, Daniel F. Rumsey, of Sullivan. In early life
he was a Whig, but has been a Republican since the organization of that party. He
is now one of the oldest living persons bom in Tioga county.

Russell Rose was one of the first settlers in what is now Ward township, Tioga
county, Pennsylvania. He was born in Connecticut, June 11, 1753. Little is known
of his eaxly life, but at the age of twenty-three he enlisted in the Continental army
and served throughout that struggle for liberty. While in camp at Valley Forge
he was promoted to serve as an aide on Washington's staff, and did good and eflBcient
service. After the war was over he returned to Connecticut, where he married
Phoebe Orvis, who bore him two children, Achsah and Phoebe. Mrs. Rose died in
November, 1786, and in March, 1788, he married Lydia Orvis. She was bom in
Norfolk, Connecticut, March 30, 1764, and became the mother of eight children,
as follows: Daniel, Sophronia, Rexford, Crippin, Enos, Rebecca, the widow of John
Packard, who now resides in Covington, Tioga county, at the extraordinary age of
101, being the only survivor of the family; Lydia, and Phoebe. Mr. Rose and family
came from Connecticut to Tioga county in 1807, and located in the midst of an
unbroken forest, in what is now Ward township, but soon afterward removed to
Sullivan township, and settled on the State road. With the assistance of his children,
he rapidly cleared off quite a snug little farm, and at his death, June 1, 1830, he
was one of the best known men in the county. In polities, he was originally a
Federalist, and afterwards cast his fortunes with the Whig party. Both he and
wife were members of the Baptist church. She survived her husband over a quarter
of a century, dying June 3, 1857. It is stated of Mr. Rose that during President
Monroe's administration, he went afoot to Washington, D. C, to see why his pension
had been withheld from him. On his arrival the officer in charge said he could not
attend to his case until the next day, but Mr. Rose threatening to go to the President
direct, he promptly rectified the matter, and the old veteran returned home as he
had gone, arriving there none the worse for his long tramp.



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Daniel Kose, eldest son of Eussell and Lydia Rose, was born in Norfolk,
Connecticut, May 16, 1789, and there grew to manhood. He came to Tioga county,
Pennsylvania, two years after his father, and settled in the eastern part of Sullivan
township, on what is now the State road. He enlisted in the War of 1812, and
served until May, 1814, when he returned to his home in Tioga county. In Sep-
tember, 1814, he married Sally Elliott, a daughter of Nathaniel Elliott, of Coving-
ton, Tioga county. She taught the first school opened in Eichmond township.
Eight children were born to this marriage, viz: James M., Elliott S., Mrs. Sally Ely,
Russell B., Mrs. Clarissa Wheeler, Daniel, Enos, and one that died in early youth.
Of these Elliott S. and Russell B. are living. The family were connected with the
State Road Baptist church, in which faith the parents lived and died. In politics,
Mr. Rose was an enthusiastic Whig, and a great admirer of Henry Clay. He died
February 4, 1853, in his sixty-third year. His wife survived him over eighteen
years, dying August 36, 1870, in the seventy-eighth year of her age.

Elliott S. Rose, second son of Daniel and Sally Rose, was bom in Sullivan
township, Tioga county, June 18, 1817. He attended the district schools in boy-
hood, obtaining but a limited education, and later engaged in farming, which, with
the exception of about twenty years spent in buying and selling cattle, he made his
life vocation, his specialty being dairying and sheep raising. Mr. Rose was married
October 38, 1841, to Laura A. Morgan, a daughter of Dennis and Betsey (Black)
Morgan, natives of Blanford, Massachusetts. She was bom in Blanford, February
2, 1834, and was only eight years old when her parents settled in Sullivan township,
Tioga county. She is the mother of four children, all of whom are living, viz:
William Pembrooke, Warren D., Anna, wife of Wilton D. Gray, and Morgan E.
Mr. Rose is a leading member of the State Road Baptist church, and has been an
officer in that body for many years. He was originally a Whig, casting his first
vote for William Henry Harrison for president in 1840, and when the Republican
party was organized he became one of its most enthusiastic workers. He served
as auditor and constable for many years. On October 38, 1891, Mr. and Mrs. Rose
celebrated their golden wedding, and it is said by one who was there, that "a more
pleasant and happy couple could not be found in Tioga county." Mr. Rose can
look back with pardonable pride on a successful business career and a life filled with
good deeds and kind actions.

William Pembkooke Rose was born on the old homestead in Sullivan township,
Tioga county, December 4, 1846, and is the eldest child of Elliott S. and Laura A.
Rose. After completing the common school course, he attended the State Normal
School at Mansfield until 1865. He then entered the Commercial College at Bing-
hamton. New York, from which he was graduated February 3, 1867, thus complet-
ing his education. In 1869-70, he conducted a store at Fall Brook, Tioga county.
He afterwards returned to the farm in Sullivan township, on which he remained untU
1886, when he and M. F. Rose purchased a store in Mainesburg, and carried on the
mercantile business there for six years. After retiring from that business, he and
his brother, Warren D., under the firm name of Rose Brothers, commenced buying
and shipping to the eastern markets hay, grain and all kinds of farm produce, in
which they have been highly successful and still continue. Mr. Rose was married
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township, Tioga county, and has one son, Elmer N. Mr. Eose and wife are members
of the Baptist church, in which he fills the office of clerk. He is a stanch Ee-
publican, and has held nearly eTery office in Mainesburg at difEerent periods, includ-
ing the office of postmaster during Harrison's administration. He is one of the
oldest members and Past Grands of Mainesburg Lodge, No. 754, I. 0. 0. F., is
recognized as a substantial and successful business man, and is held in high esteem
by the best people of the community.

"Waeeen D. Eose, second son of Elliott S. and Laura A. Eose, was bom in
Sullivan township, Tioga county, February 3, 1850, and grew to manhood upou the
homestead farm. He obtained a common school education, later attended the State
Normal School at Mansfield, and began teaching when but sixteen years of age,
following that vocation in Sullivan township six years. In the meantime he devoted
some attention to his farm duties, and also began buying and shipping live stock.
He subsequently entered into partnership with his brother, William P., for the
purpose of buying farmers' produce, in which line they have done a very large busi-
ness, being to-day among the extensive dealers in the county. Warren D. has also
been a successful live-stock buyer for twenty-five years. Mr. Eose was married
October 22, 1872, to Alice Gray, only daughter of Lafayette Gray, of Sullivan town-
ship, and has four children: Edith, a graduate of the State Normal School at
Mansfield, in the class of 1895, who is now engaged in teaching; Fred E., Warren
Gray, and an infant son. Mr. Eose is a stanch Eepublican, and has served as town-
ship treasurer for several years. He and family are adherents of the State Eoad
Baptist church, in which he fills the office of trustee. He is looked upon as one of
the most energetic and worthy citizens of his native township.

Morgan E. Eose, youngest son of Elliott S. Eose, was born on the homestead
in Sullivan township, Tioga county, February 36, 1859. After completing a com-
mon school education, he took a course in the State Normal School at Mansfield, and
then settled down to farm life. He manages about 400 acres of land, including his
father's homestead, and has devoted much time to stock raising. He is also engaged
in business in Mansfield, as a dealer in coal, wood and builders' supplies. On De-
cember 30, 1882, he married Nellie Miller, a daughter of Darwin D. Miller, of Sulli-
van township, and has one daughter, Edna. He and wife are members of the State
Eoad Baptist church, in which he has been superintendent of the Sabbath-school
for several years. In politics, Mr. Eose is a Eepublican, and is one of the progressive
farmers of Sullivan township.

Dennis Morgan was bom in Blanford, Hampden county, Massachusetts, in
1801, a son of Simeon and Elizabeth (Sewell) Morgan, of the same State. His farther
was a native of Wales, and a farmer by occupation. He followed his son to Tioga
county, Pennsylvania, where he died at the age of seventy-four years. In 1832
Dennis Morgan came to Sullivan township, Tioga county, where he bought a farm
of 100 acres, which he cleared and improved. He married Betsey Black, a native of
Massachusetts, bom in 1801. She bore him three daughters and one son, named
as follows: Laura Ann, wife of Elliott S. Eose; Jane E., who married Eussell B.
Eose; Maryett, who married D. D. Miller, and Fordyce S. Mr. Morgan and wife
were members of the Baptist church, and died in that faith. He took a deep interest
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in church work and acted as clerk for many years. In politics, he was a Whig. He
was captain of a local militia company, and was a man of soldiery bearing.

Noah Eumsey, Sh., was born in Fairfield. Connecticut. March 20. 1768. and
was a son of Isaac Eumsey. His grandfather, Joseph Rumsey, was a son of Robert
Eumsey, a grandson of William Rumsey, and a great-grandson of Robert Rumsey, Sr.,
who settled in Connecticut in 1645. Noah grew to manhood in his native county,
and married Susannah Cudworth, who bore him a family of twelve children, eleven
of whom grew to maturity, as follows: Mrs. Sally Austin, Aaron, Noah, Mrs.
Deziah Grandy, Leander D., Orlando S., Jesse C, Mrs. Olivia DeWitt, Joseph,
Ameda and Abigail, all of whom are dead. Mr. Rumsey came from Hubbardton,
Vermont, to Sullivan township, Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1807. He built
the first grist-mill in this section of the county, on the site of Mainesburg, which
he operated for a few years and then sold it. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat, but
took no active interest in public affairs. He died May 19, 1839, and his wife twelve
or fifteen years later, leaving numerous descendants.

Aaeon Rumsey, oldest son of Noah Rumsey, Sr., was born in Hubbardton, Ver-
mont, April 7, 1803, and was four years old when his parents settled in Sullivan
township, Tioga county. Here he grew to manhood, assisting his parents in clearing
the farm and enduring the hardships of pioneer life. On April 27, 1837, he married
Orilla Pairchild, a native of Connecticut, born August 15, 1815, to which union
were bom the following children: Adelaide, deceased wife of Lewis B. Lucas; Jesse,
of Sullivan township; Adalena, wife of Capt. Homer J. Ripley; Adaline M., who lives
with her mother on the old homestead; Ameda S., wife of Volney Ripley; Martha M.,
deceased; Emery J. and Daniel F., both residents of Sullivan; Julia Ann, wife of Ros-
well P. Ripley, and Fremont, deceased. Mr. Rumsey was prominent in the early
militia, in which he held the rank of major. He was a stanch Republican, in
politics, and filled several local offices. During his early manhood he followed
lumbering as an occupation, and was one of the prosperous farmers and leading
citizens of his township. He died July 11, 1886.

Emeky J. Rumsey was bo^m in Sullivan to'wnship, Tioga county, July 14,
1852, and is the second youngest son of Aaron Rumsey, and grandson of Noah
Rumsey, Sr. After completing a common school course, he spent two terms in the
State Normal School at Mansfield. He then engaged in clerking in the only general
store in Mainesburg at that time, which he followed one year, and then removed
to the farm upon which he has since liv.ed, located three miles east of Mainesburg.
On December 17, 1879, he married Ella Reynolds, a daughter of Thomas Reynolds,
of Sullivan township. Both he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church of Mainesburg, and he is connected with Mainesburg Grange. Mr. Eumsey
is an imswerving Republican, and firmly believes in the principles of that party,
especially the doctrine of high protection for American industries.

Noah Rumsey, Jh., was bom in Hubbardton, Vermont, August 4, 1805, and
was but two years old when his parents settled in Sullivan township, Tioga county.
Here he grew to manhood assisting his parents in the home duties and undergoing
the trials and hardships incident to pioneer days. On February 20, 1834, he mar-
ried Sally A. Gitchell, of Sullivan township, who became the mother of twelve
children, viz: Mrs. Mary Miller, Charles M., Mrs. Olivia Jones, deceased; Josepli B.,
and David N., the last deceased; Mrs. Elizabeth Lovell, Aaron L., Mrs. Ro&ina D.



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Bardwell, Elmina, deceased; Eli G. and two that died in infancy. Like his father,
he was a stanch Democrat, and both he and wife were members of Cherry Flats
Baptist church. Mr. Eumsey died November 34, 1859, and his wife, March 21,
1887, aged seventy-four years.

Chaeles M. Eumsey, eldest son of Noah Eumsey, Jr., was bom in Sullivan
township, Tioga county, July 30, 1837, and was reared upon the homestead farm.
On November 1, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry.
At Lebanon, Virginia, May 5, 1862, his horse was shot from under him, and in falling
broke several of his ribs. He was so severely injured that he was coinflned to the
hospital three months, and never fully recovered. During his confinement in the
hospital, he was taken prisoner, but was paroled the following day. Upon leaving
the hospital he was on detached duty, as clerk to the division commissary, and was
finally discharged from the service November 1, 1864. Eetuming to his home in
Sullivan township, he resumed farming, which occupation he has followed up to the
present. Mr. Eumsey was married March 27, 1866, to Matilda A. GifEord, a daughter
of William Gifford, of Eichmond township. Three children were born to this union,
one of whom died in infancy, the others being as follows: Clark, bom January
9, 1871, married Daisy Levalley, of Covington, November 16, 1892, and had one
child, Matilda, and died February 18, 1894; and Ealph, born February 9, 1873, who
died March 4, 1874. Mrs. Eumsey died May 30, 1884, and he was again married
February 17, 1886, to Angeline Ely, a daughter of Frederick and Sally Ely, of
Charleston township. Mr. Eumsey is an ardent Democrat, and served as county
commissioner one term. He also filled the offices of supervisor, constable and collector
of his township. He and family are members of the Disciples church, of Maines-
burg, and he is connected with Mansfield Post, No. 48, G. A. E., and Sullivan
Grange, No. 84, P. of H.

John Maine was bom in Scipio, New York, November 29, 1779, and came to
Tioga county,, Pennsylvania, in early manhood, locating in Lawrence township.
About 1825 he setted near the site of Mainesburg, which village was named in his
honor. He was a miller by trade, and always followed that business or farming. On
December 25, 1808, he married Nancy Spencer, a daughter of Uriah Spencer, to
which union were bom fourteen children, viz: Alexander, Horace S., Mrs. Celia Eose,
Samuel, Harriet, Uriah E., a resident of Missouri; Mrs. Deborah Phelps, Andrew J.,
George D., Mrs. Fannie A. Green, Edwin E., Mrs. Sarah Eichards, a resident of
Nelson, Tioga county; Eleanor M. and Charles E. Of this large family only three
are living, Uriah E., Edwin E. and Mrs. Sarah Eichards. Mr. Maine was a
Democrat in early manhood, subsequently joined the Free Soil party, and later en-
tered the Eepublican ranks. Both he and wife were members of the Baptist church,
and he was also connected with the Masonic order. Mr. Maine died December 17,
1857, and his wife, September 21, 1873.

Geohge D. Maine, physician and surgeon, sixth son of John and Nancy Maine,
was bom in Sullivan township, Tioga county, July 24, 1826. He attended the dis-
trict schools in boyhood, was a student at the old Troy Academy, and afteirwards en-
tered the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, from which institution
he graduated in the class of 1860. He commenced practice at Austinville, and one
year later located in Mainesburg, Tioga county, where he continued in the active



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duties of his profession for thirty-six years. When the call for troops came, Dr.
Maine enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninety-second Pennsylvania Volunteers,
and served as assistant surgeon of that regiment until mustered out, in August,
1865, when he resumed his practice at Maineshurg. Dr. Maine married Jane E.
Gregory, of Elmira, ITew York, and reared two daughters, both married: Mrs. Kate
M. Holcomb, and Mrs. Grace D. Cudworth. Mrs. Maiae died in Philadelphia,
January 2, 1896, where she had gone for the purpose of having an operation per-
formed. In politics, Dr. Maine was a stanch Eepublican, and firm in. the support
of the principles and measures of that party. He also belonged to the I. 0. 0. P.
for many years. But his principal attention was devoted to his professional duties,
in which he was very successful. Through the passing years he won the confidence
and esteem of the community, both as a physician and a citizen, and was recognized
as a man of high honor and strict integrity. He died at his home in Maineshurg,



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