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two days after he had received his death wound, his
spirit passed awa\- from earth at a farm house where he
had been carried by his devoted followers.

On July 3. 1S4S. he married Julia .\. Jeffords, a daugh-
ter of John and Phoebe i,\\"ood) JefTords. To Col. and
Mrs. Carpenter were born three children: i. Belle E.,
wife of Theodore E. Grandin, whose biographical record
precedes this. 2. Franc C, who married (first) Henry
Charles Blanchard. and (second) Frederick A. Bright-
man. (See following sketches'). 3. .-Vddie J., who mar-
ried \V. P. Frink.

In religious affiliation. Col. Carpenter was a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church and was a sincere
Christian. Politically he was a Republican, but never
cared for o/nce. Col. Elial Foote Carpenter was endowed
with those qualities which naturally constitute men lead-
ers, and by sturdy observation and careful examinatioi,
and application 01 principles he greatly overcame all the
disadvantages which he confronted, and made his life
useful and honorable, and his death universally mourned
and regretted. This is a splendid ideal. For years, to the
best of his ability and according to the light God gave
him. Col. Carpenter tried to follow it. Will men say as
much of the rest of us when we lay down our burdens'
.•\nd, if they should, should we not gladly admit that he
was one of the first to follow it, and by the fame he won
and the example he set put us on the way?



HENRY CHARLES BLANCHARD— The Blanch-
ard family herein reviewed came to Western New York
from the State of Xew Hampshire about 1824, and
arrived in the town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county, ten
yc-ars later. .\mos Blanchard, the founder, was born in
.•\ntrim, \. H., in 1799. died June 16, 1891. at his farm
in Ellicott. Upon coming to Western Xew York in 1824,
he ."iettlcd in Erie county, at .•\urora, there residing until
i8j4. when he moved to Chautauciua county, purchasing
a large farm in the town of Ellicrtt, and for over half
a centur>' devoted himself to its improvement and culti-
vation. He was a Democrat in politics, and an official
memb'T of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestowti.
He married Eunice Flint anfl they v/ere the parents of
seven sons and a daughter. Amos Bl.-inchard was a son
of Caleb Blanrhard, also born in the "Granite Slate," in
the villag<- of .'\ntrim. where his life v.-as passed as
farmer and merchant. .Amos Blanchard lived to the great
at'f of ninety-two years, and of these years sixty-seven
w'-T" <.;Knt in W'-stern New York, fifty-seven being
sixTt in the town of Ellicott.

H'ury CTiarl's Blanchard, .son of Amos and Eunice
f Flint) Blanchard, was born in Aurora, Eric county,
N'. Y., Jan. i;;. i8r', died Aug. 27, i88t, in Jamestown,
and i^ buried in l-akeview Cemetery. He studied mcdi-
cir<? imd'T Dr. Gray, of Jamestown, and later ent'-red
Dartmouth College, whence he was graduated. After
rfceivintf hii 'Ufrnc he bf-fan prartirc at Aurora, N. Y.,
but not lontf afterwards located in Buffalo, N. Y., where



he successfully practiced his profession for twenty years.
He flien returned to Jamestown, opening an office at No.
210 West Third street, his residence being on Chandler
street. He became a well known, influential citizen of
Jamestown and was regarded as a skilled and successful
physician.

During the Civil War, Dr. Blanchard offered his serv-
ices to the government and served with distinction as a
surgeon, attaining the rank of lieutenant-cclonel and
later colonel of his regiment, the 78th New York. Dur-
ing the war he served his country in many hard- fought
battles, and in one of the battles toward the end of the
war he was wounded ; later received his honorable dis-
cliarge from the service. He was a Democrat in politics,
and a Presbyterian in religion. Among his professional
brethren and friends, his standing was high, his intel-
lectual attainments and ability as a physician being
recognized, and as a soldier he was one of the bravest
of the brave.

Col. Blanchard married (first) Caroline Lamson, ot
Detroit, who died a year after her marriage. He mar-
ried (second) in June, iSSo, at Jamestown, Franc C. Car-
penter, daughter of Col. Elial Foote Carpenter, and sis-
ter of Mrs. Belle Grandin and Mrs. W. P. Frink, of
Jamestown. Col. Elial Foote Carpenter was lieutenant-
colonel of the ii2th Regiment, New York Volunteer
Infantry, and at the battle of Proctor's Creek was mor-
tally wounded and died the following night. May 8, 1864.
Col. and Mrs. Blanchard were the parents of Henry
Charles (2), of whom further.

Henry Charles (2) Blanchard was born in James-
town, N. Y., Jidy 4, 1 881, died in Paris, Okla., Sept. i,
1913- He completed public school courses of study with
graduation from Jamestown High School, and entered
Hobart College, whence he was graduated with honors.
Deciding upon his profession, he entered Rensselaer
Polytechnic School, Troy, N. Y., whence he was gradu-
ated C. E. For eight years after graduation he was
engaged in professional work in Jamestown in connec-
tion with the city engineering department. During a part
of that ix?riod he was engaged in the survey of the rail-
way between Jamestown, N. Y., and Warren, Pa. He
was also engaged on the survey for the steamboat land-
ings in the city and along the lake. He closed his work
in Jamestown and went West, being for a time in Coffey-
ville, Kan., going thence to Fort Smith in 1907, then
accepting a position as assistant to the city engineer in
charge of street paving. Two years later (1900) he
accepted the call of the city engineer of Hugo. Okla.,
and there continued until his passing away.

In Hugo, Mr. Blanchard with Hiram Phillips, a con-
sulting engineer of St. Louis, laid the broad plan of the
city's splendid water works system, and it is due to Mr.
Blanchard's untiring activity, his tact and ability, that
the city has its water plant, for opposition was strong
and at times oidy his coolness and wise counsel prevented
an overthrow of all his plans. The plant was finally
completed at a cost of $265,000. He al.so built for Hugo
a .$75,000 sewer system, and seven miles of paved streets,
costing $200,000, making Hugo the best paved city in
Oklahoma. This completed his life work, but in Hugo
these public works stand as momnnents to his ability
and faithfulness. He was ill but a few weeks; an opera-
tion becoming necessary, he was taken to the Aiken Hos-



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pital in Paris, Okla., and there died. He was brought
to Jamestown and laid at rest in Lakeview Cemetery. He
was a moniber of the Benevolent and Protective Order ot
Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Free and
Accepted Masons.

Col. Blanchard (as he was always called) married, in
April, 1910, Helen Reinbold, at her home in Wichita,
Kan. They were the parents of two children, Helen and
Jane. Said the Hugo "Daily Husonian :"

Should a stranger have asked in Hugo what man is
best beloved bv his friends the answer would have
been "Colonel" Blanchard. With his sunny smile, his
cheerful greeting, a meeting with him on the street
was like a rav of sunshine. Open and above board in
all his dealings the respect ot all was his, faithful and
true to his task, giving his ail to his work, admira-
tion of the man's character was involuntary. A faith-
ful husband, a loving son, a devoted father, in his
home life he was an example to be followed.

Mr. Blanchard's mother, Mrs. Frederick A. Brightman,
of Jamestown, N. Y., was with her son at the last, and
with her daughter-in-law brought his body to James-
town for burial.

Mrs. Franc C. (Carpenter) Blanchard, widow of Col.
Henry C. Blanchard, M. D., survived her husband and
married (second) June 23, 1900, in Jamestown, N. Y.,
Frederick Allen Brightman, born in Clymer, Chautauqua
county, N. Y., son of Joseph and Priscilla (Allen)
Brightman.



FREDERICK A. BRIGHTMAN was educated in
the public schools of Panama, Chautauqua county, N. Y.,
at Fredonia State Normal School, and Albany Law
School. He taught school in Chautauqua county for
several years after graduation from "Normal." He then
began the study of law under the preceptorship of Wal-
ter Loran Sessions, an eminent Chautauquan, then prac-
ticing in Panama. After his admission to the New York
bar, he began practice in Panama as a partner with Mr.
Sessions under the firm name Sessions & Brightman.
Later, when Mr. Brightman located in Jamestown, he
practiced his profession with A. C. Pickard as partner
and later with D. D. Dorns. Finally Mr. Brightman
abandoned the practice of law, and for seventeen years
was connected with the Art Metal Construction Company
of Jamestown. He is now and for several years has been
associated with the American Express Company in
Jamestown. He is a Republican in politics, a member of
the Methodist Episcopal church, and the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows.



MARVIN N. EVERETT— The name Everett is
derived, according to two noted authorities on English
nomenclature, Bardsley and Harrison, from old Eng-
lish, French and Teutonic word forms, the former trans-
lating them as boar plus brave, the latter as boar plus
counsel. The name was originally doubtless a descriptive
title designating its bearer as the possessor of staunch,
aggressive courage or keen sagacity. The first form was
Everard, the next change Evered, and then the final
"d" was sharpened into "t" in Everett. A distinguished
record in civil, military, and religious callings has been
written in the family name in England, and its Ameri-
can history dates from 1636. when Richard Everett
founded a numerous progeny in New England. The



Everett family herein mentioned, however, records its
first annals in this country at a later period, through
John Everett, though its origin traces back to the same
common ancestor in England.

Arms — Gules, a chevron paly of eight or and azure,
between three mullets argent; a bordure wavy of the
second.

Crest — A griffin's head sable erased gules charged
with three barrulets, that in the middle argent, the
other two or, over all a pallet wavy ermine.

Motto — Festina lente.

(I) The first generation of this line of the Everett
family of whom there is record extant was a Rev.
Everett, a Presbyterian minister of England, who re-
mained in that country all of his life. The name of
John is a tradition in the family, and it is probable that
this was the name he bore. He was the father of an
only child, John Everett, the immigrant ancestor, who
came to this country about 1770.

(II) John Everett, founder of his line in America,
was a young man of venturesome spirit and independ-
ent nature and did not come kindly under the strong
religious discipline of his father, the Rev. Everett. Con-
sequently, in early young manhood, he came to America
with two other youths of his own age, arriving in New
York about 1770. He followed the Hudson river north-
ward, and settled in Saratoga county, N. Y., this being
the first definite location of this branch of the Everett
family in America. According to family history, he
was a Revolutionary soldier, and fought in the Ameri-
can army in battles and campaigns in the neighborhood
of his home. Records show that John Everett is listed
as a private in Col. Malcom's regiment and in the Third
Regiment of Orange County Militia during the Revolu-
tionary War. John Everett married, and had two sons :
John, of whom further; and Daniel.

(III) John (2) Everett, son of John (i) Everett, the
immigrant ancestor, was born about 1795, in Saratoga
county, N. Y. He became a manufacturer of measures,
and his products were periodically shipped down the
Hudson river to New York City, where they were sold
in the open market. He was the owner of a substantial
business, and acquired title to considerable land in Sara-
toga county; two parcels were deeded to him in 1820
and 1836. He remained in Saratoga county many years,
then moved to Fulton county, N. Y., locating at Cran-
berry Creek, where he died at the age of fifty-five years.

Mr. Everett married, in Saratoga county, N. Y., about
1822-23, Elizabeth Walker, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. The
first pioneer families of Dutchess county, N. Y., in-
cluded the Walker family, the members of which were
well known and highly respected. Elizabeth (\^'alker)
Everett was a devout Christian, finding in religious
work and belief the inspiration for a life that, at its
best, lacked many of the comforts and pleasures of the
present day. To her family she was devotion itself,
and to them she transmitted her many excellent quali-
ties of mind and heart, a strong intellectuality, a love
of literature, and reverence for the word of God. She
was an ideal homemaker, spun the family garments, and
performed much of the work of the house herself, mak-
ing it a place where her family, relatives and their
friends, loved to gather. She died in 1881, at Falconer,
N. Y., where she had come is later years with her chil-
dren. John and Elizabeth (Walker) Everett were the



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parents of eight children, as follows: i. John, of whom
further. 2. Marvin X.. of whom further. 3. Benjamin,
died at the age of seventeen years. 4. Nelson, died at
the age of lifteen years. 5. Miranda, died at the age
of eighteen years. 6. Washington, married Alary
Adams ; he was a farmer by occupation, and also was
a Civil War veteran. 7. William, died at the age of
twenty-one years. 8. Melvin, a carpenter by trade, and
the only sur\-iving member of the family: he resides
at Falconer. X. Y., and is unmarried.

(W) John (3) Everett, son of John (2) and Eliza-
beth (,\Valker"l Everett, was born in Saratoga county,
X'. Y.. Feb. 18. 1S25. He worked at home with his
father. like his brother, Marvin X\, and when a yotmg
man removed to Chautauqua county, X^. Y. He became
a builder of fiat boats, in association with his brother,
Marvin X.. on whicli they shipped various cargoes down
the .\llegheny river to the Ohio river, thence to Pitts-
burgh. Pa., where their products were sold in the mar-
ket. He prospered in this enterprise, and later became
a manufacturer of sash and doors, and one of the most
prominent citizens of Falconer, N. Y.

Nfr. Everett married Elizabeth Yaw. and to them were
born the following children : Martha F., w'ho became
the wife of Jackson C. Meridith, a business man of
Jamestown : Walter R.. whose sketch follows ; John. Jr.,
married Jennie Young, by whom he liad three children.

(I\') Marvin X. Everett, son of John (2) and Eliz-
abeth (Walker) Everett, was born at Maxon Hill, Sara-
toga county, X. Y., March 24, 1828, and died in James-
t''Wn, X. Y., Feb. 4, 1909, aged eighty 3'ears, eleven
months and twenty days, and was buried in Lakeview
Cemeter>-. His youth was passed in Saratoga county,
in association with his father, who was a manufacturer
of measures. In 1850, at the age of twenty-two years,
the young man left home and made his way westward,
finally locating at Worksburg, now Falconer, Chau-
tauqua county. X. Y. There, with his brother John
he engaged in the building of flat boats, which they
loader! with produce and sent down the .-Mlegheny river
to Pittsburgh. In 1854 he sold his business interests
at Falconer to his brother, and spent the following six
years in the .'^tate of California, as a millwright in
Sacramento, and later located in Trinity county, where
he became a successful gold miner. In i860 he returned
to Chautauqua county, N. Y., and bought a large farm
in the town of Gerry, which he owned and conducted
for five years. In 186^ he married, and later went W'ejt
on account of his wife's health, locating in Kansas.
There Mr. Everett iKjuglit considerable land, and also
f ngagod in the brokerage business in Minneapolis, Kan.
.Xftrr spending two years in Kansas, he again returned
to Chautauqua county, locating in the town of Gerry.

.^fter the death of his wife he made his home in Fal-
coner, where he married again, in [875, and in 1881
built a fine residence in Falconer, which he occupied
until i8';5, then moved to Jamestown. In 1887 Mr.
E\-crctt drew plans and built the Hotel Everett on West
First 'trect, Jamestown, at a cost of $50,000. This was
a stib^ilantial building of brick and stone, five stf^rics
in h'ight, W'll apiKjinted, and one of the leading hotels
in its day. He contimied owner of the hotel until 1892,
when he sold it and retired from active business.

Mr. Everett was very fond of mechanical work, a
genius in many ways, fond of scientific studies, and a



constant reader. He also at one time had quite an ex-
tensive apiary, and was deeply interested in bee culture,
to whicli he devoted much time and study. Strictly
temperate himself, he strongly advocated the cause of
temperance in the most pronounced way, and to his in-
terest and generosity the building of the First Metho-
dist Church of Falconer is due. The beautiful house on
Main street. Falconer, was sold by Mr. Everett in 1895,
and a residence established at No, 105 West Second
street, Jamestown, where he resided until his death. He
was a Republican in politics, and strictly adhered to the
policies of his party. He was ever interested in the
welfare of the community and gave much of his time
and material assistance to public-spirited movements.

Mr. Everett married (first) June 23, 1S66, Emily J.
Perry, daughter of Ebenezer and Susan (Coil) Perry.
He married (second) March 3, 1875, Viola D. Oburg,
daughter of Oscar and Bebe (Wellman) Oburg, of
Ashville, Chautauqua county, N. Y. Mrs. Everett sur-
vives her husband, a woman of forceful character, busi-
ness ability, and womanly virtues. She was always a
true partner and helpmate, and of real assistance to her
husband in his business undertakings. When his health
failed she assumed the management of the Hotel Everett
and so continued until that property was sold. In 1908
she occupied the Marvin House of twenty-one rooms,
and in 1909 she bought the property from the heirs of
the Isabelle Marvin estate and has since operated it with
success. She also built, adjoining the Marvin House,
a three-story brick block, the first story now occupied
by tlie American Railway Express Company and the
Williamson Veneer Company'. The upper stories con-
stitute the Lawrence Hotel. In addition to these prop-
erties, Mrs. Everett is the owner of other valuable real
estate in Jamestown, where she is known and recog-
nized as a woman of rare executive ability. She is of
deeply charitable impulse, and interested in all public
movements for the good of her community. She has a
host of friends and is highly esteemed. Mr. and Mrs.
Everett were without children.

(\") Walter R. Everitt, son of John (3) and Eliza-
beth (Yaw) Everett, the former spelling his name
"Everitt" and the latter "Everett," was born March
16, 1855, in Falconer, Chautauqua county, N. Y. He
was educated in the common schools in Falconer and
Jamestown High School. At the age of twenty years
he went to the State of Kansas, remaining for a year
on account of poor health, then returned East, going to
Bradford, Pa., where he engaged in the wagon manu-
facturing business with a Mr. Larson. In those days
there were no pipe lines to convey the crude oil found
in the oil fields about Bradford and wagon making was
an allied industry, thus the wagons made by Mr. Everitt
were used to transjKirt oil to market. A few years were
si)ent here and then he returned to his native town, Fal-
ctmer, where he assumed the management of the affairs
of his father's estate. In 1887 he built a large ware-
house and grist mill in P'alconer and took in as a part-
ner, Wellington Warner. .'Xfter Mr. Warner's death in
i8()(;, Mr. Everitt sold the mill and retired from active
business life. He lived retired in I'alconer until the
latter part of I'JOS, when he went to San Diego, Cal.,
to benefit his health, remaining a year and a half; he
then came East to look after some of his interests. He
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was seemingly improved by travel and change of climate;
in 1908 he became connected with a biological station at
La Jolla in a minor position. This station has since be-
come the Scripps Institution for Biological Research of
the University of California. Here Mr. Everitt acquired
much knowledge, training and experience in the study
of biology, his duties at La Jolla being to collect and
care for molluscs, fish and various other marine ani-
mals. In the course of time it was recommended by Dr.
Ritter, who was director of the station, that Mr. Everitt
be transferred to the University at Berkeley. The
recommendation was accepted by the faculty and subse-
quently he was with the department of zoology for
several years. During his residence in California he
made a large personal collection of things pertaining
to biology and one of the finest assortments of sea shells
known in this country. The shells are now being prepared
and will be presented presently to the University of Cali-
fornia as the Walter R. Everitt collection. In 191 1 he
returned a third time to Falconer and remained eight
years, until Nov. 30, 1919, when most of his interests
here were settled. He then decided to go to La Jolla,
Ca!.. established a home and spend the remainder of his
life. His health was apparently good and improved
from its condition in earlier life, and his sudden death
from heart trouble came as a great shock to his wife,
relatives and friends, Sept. 30, 1920, and later he was
laid at rest in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, N. Y.

Mr. Everitt was a man of retired nature and did not
indulge in fraternal or club life, being a great lover of
the home. His recreation was one of study, being a con-
stant reader. He did considerable research work during
his leisure moments in the study and collection of marine
life. He was a true student of nature, very fond of
travel, and a keen observer, .Another of his favorite
pastimes was to care for his garden, in which he did
much to develop horticulture and agriculture. He was
a strong advocate of outdoor life, as has been shown by
his outdoor activities. In politics he was affiliated with
the Republican party, but independent and progressive
with his vote, and in religion, while he was not a mem-
ber of anv church, he most devotedly lived a Christian
life.

Mr. Everitt married (first) in 1895, Catherine Cryan,
of Dunkirk, N. Y. ; she died in IQ02. He married (sec-
ond) in 1920, Mrs. Ada (Pew) Mayo, of Helena, Mont.,
daughter of George W. Pew. Mr. Pew was a graduate
of Cornell LTniversity and held life certificates as a
teacher in the States of New York, Wisconsin and
Iowa.

(The Oburg Line).

The name Oburg is one of old origin in Sweden, and
many people bearing it are of high station in life ; this
is evidenced by the fact that several of Sweden's fore-
most citizens bear this name.

Oburg (Oberg) Arms — Or. two lozenges conjoined in
fesse sable.

Crest — Out of a tube or three peacock plumes proper,
charged witli two lozenges of the shield.

Supporters — Two lions rampant reguardant or.

The life of Oscar Oburg, in which this narrative chiefly
deals, is one which bears out the traditions of the Oburg
family. This line-of the Oburg family of Sweden was
founded in the United States by Peter Oburg, who was
bom near Stockholm, Sweden, and lived there until 1849,



when he and his family emigrated to America, arriving
at New York City. From New York City he came to
Chautauqua county, N. Y., by the way of Buffalo and
Dunkirk, thence to Jamestown, mostly by boat and stage
coach.

^Ir. Oburg married, in his native land, Margaret
, and to them were born five children before com-
ing here: I. Caroline, married John Anderson, and they
lived near Sugar Grove, Pa., later at Red Wing, Minn.,
where they died. 2. Mary, died young, unmarried. 3.

Pontius, married Mary ; they went to Indiana,

where both died at an early age. 4. Oscar, of whom

further. 5. Frank, married Eliza ; he went to

Peoria, 111. ; during the Civil War he enlisted in the
army, sersdng for four years, taking part in many im-
portant battles.

Oscar Oburg, son of Peter and Margaret Oburg, was
bora Feb. 25, 1833. near Stockholm, Sweden. At the
age of sixteen he came to this country with his parents,
and upon his arrival in Jamestown, N. Y., he found em-
ployment at the old Shaw Hotel in this city, which was
located at the corner of Main and West Third streets,



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