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Grillett. David (?) Sweet lived here at an early day, and kept
a tavern about 1805-6, in a small frame building. At that
time there was no regular road through to Boonville. Elec-
tions were held at this place in the early days of the town,
when three days were spent in receiving votes, some of the
electors living so far away, and the roads being so nearly
impassable in the spring, that they could not. all reach the
polls the same day.

is located in the north part of town, and at present in
charge of John D. Grems.

Among those to whom we are indebted for information
in this town are Squire Utley, David Brill, Milton Brayton,
William Floyd, the pastors of churches, and numerous
members of their flocks, and others.


was born in Middletown, Conn., March 2, 1746, and mar-
ried Anna Markham, Jan. 10, 1771. He had nine chil-
dren, — Anna, Obadiah, Jeptha, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel,
Mary, Timothy, and Belah. He settled in Whitesboro',
Oneida Co., in 1791, and died in February, 1829 ; his
wife died previously. Jeptha Brainard, son of Jeptha
Brainard, Sr., was born, Nov. 4, 1774, in Middletown,
Conn., and settled in Oneida County with his parents in
1791. He married Miss Catherine Comstock, a native of
Massachusetts, Aug. 14, 1802. She was born Aug. 20,
1778. By this union nine children were born, namely,
Anna, Evelina, Catherine, Edwin, Daniel, Pamelia, Wealthy,
William, and Jeptha, of whom four are now living, — Mrs.
P. Eames, a daughter, is now residing in Lee, while the
other three are in Illinois. Jeptha Brainard was a farmer,
and reared a family to industry and economy, and promi-
nent among this family may be mentioned Dr. Daniel
Brainard, formerly of Rush Medical College, Chicago, and
who died suddenly of cholera, after giving a lecture on the
same subject. Mr. J. Brainard was a Jackson Democrat.
Ho and his wife, though not members of any denomina-
tion, rather inclined towards the Friends' Society. He
died Oct. 4, 1852, and his wife died March 16, 1856,
and both were buried in Sand Flat Cemetery in this town.
This biography is given by a daughter, Mrs. Pamelia Eames,
in memory of her parents.

The early ancestry of this family has been recorded in
another part of this volume. This gentleman has made
his family's name one to be proud of, and the honor he has
attached to it will live in the memory of the American
citizen for years and years to come. He was born in
the town of Western, Oneida Co., Jan. 16, 1814, being
the eldest of thirteen children of Joseph and Catherine
(" Wager") Halleok. At the age of fifteen he ran away
from home, and was sent by his mother's brother, David

Wager, of Utica, to school at Fairfield, Herkimer Co. ; he
subsequently entered the Union College at Schenectady,
and in 1835 he went to the military school at West Point,
where he graduated in 1839 ; after which he served for a
year as assistant professor of engineering, and until 1845
as assistant engineer upon the fortifications in the harbor



of New York. In that year he was sent by government
to study the principal military establishments in Europe.
In November, 1847, he was breveted captain for gallant
conduct in the Mexican war. In 1846 he was ordered to
California, where he served in various military and civil
capacities. He was Secretary of State of the Province of
California during its military government from 1847 to
1849 ; he was also a member of the convention to form,
and one of the committee to draft, the State constitution of
California ; also director-general of the New Almaden quick-
silver mines. He resigned his commission in August, 1854,
and entered upon the practice of law in San Francisco,
which business was attended with success. He was also
president of a railroad. On the outbreak of the civil war
he was appointed major-general in the Uuited States Army,
and was soon after placed in command of the military de-
partment of the West, his headquarters being at St. Louis.
He directed the military operations in the West, and took
the command in the field during the Corinth campaign in
the spring and early summer of 1862. In July, 1862, he
was called to Washington, and appointed general-in-chief
of all the armies of the United States, superseding General
George B. McClellan, a position which he held till March
12, 1864, Grant being then made lieutenant-general. Hal-
leck received the appointment of chief-of-staff to the army,
which he held till April, 1865, when he was placed in com-
mand of the military division of the James,.his headquarters
being at Richmond. In the following August he was trans-
ferred to the division of the Pacific, and in March, 1869,
to that of the South, his headquarters being at Louisville,
Ky., where he died of a fever, Jan. 9, 1872 j he was buried



at Greenwood Cemetery, New York. His wife was Eliza-
beth Hamilton, of New York City. She was a descendant
of Alexander Hamilton. They had but one child, Henry
Wager Halleek, who at the present time is studying law in
New York City. General Halleek not only gained distinc-
tion and renown in the field of battle, but also in that of
literature, being the author of many valuable military and
scientific works, among which may be mentioned " Bitumen,
its Varieties, Properties, and Uses," published in 1841 ;
" Elements of Military Art and Science," in 1846 ; a second
edition of this work was published in 1858, which also
contained critical notes on the Mexican and Crimean wars ;
" The Mining Laws of Spain and Mexico," issued in 1859 ;
a translation with an introduction of " De Fooy on the
Law of Mines," in 1860 ; " International Law, or the
Rules regulating the Intercourse of States in Peace and
War," in 1861 ; a translation with notes of Jomini's " Life
of Napoleon," in 1864 ; and " A Treatise on International
Law and the Laws of War, prepared for the Use of Schools
and Colleges," in 1866. In General Halleck's death the
country lost a good and noble soldier, — one who had in-
scribed his name in the foremost ranks of the nation's
patriots, and nations yet unborn will read of his daring and
chivalrous acts in the late Rebellion with pride and interest,
and his career in life will be a worthy example for them
to follow. Through his individual efibrts he has placed
the laurel wreath of fame and honor around the name of
Helleck, which will remain green for centuries to come.
All honor the brave ! and may his sleep be as peaceful as
his life was made turbulent by cruel war ! A nation mourns
his loss, the people reverence his name, and coming genera-
tions will look back in gratitude and thanksgiving to his
efibrts in keeping our country a whole and united republic.


was born in the town of Western, Oneida Co., Feb. 11,
1814, being the eldest son of David and Laura Hill. His
father emigrated from Guilford, Conn., to that town in
about 1800, where he bought a farm. His father being a
member of the State militia during the war of 1812, he
went to Sacket's Harbor, and his mother went to visit
him, taking her young babe with her, where he was named
by General Van Rensselaer, who commanded the American
forces at that point, Henry Rensselaer Hill. He received a
common-school education, and devoted his time for three
winters in teaching school. He spent his summers in
working on his father's farm until twenty-one years of
age ; after that he worked for two years for his father
by the month, finally taking the farm and working it on
shares. He then, in company with his father, took a
contract on the Black River Canal, which was being built
at that time. His father having borrowed money from him,
was unable to pay. He gave him a deed for the farm,
but his title not being good, Mr. Hill had to perfect it.
He was married Oct. 5, 1836, to Clarissa A., daughter of
Isaac and Laura Clark, who emigrated from Connecticut to
the town of Steuben, where she was born, March 10, 1818.
They never had any children, but have a sister's son,
Charles Annis, living with them. He has always belonged
to the Republican party. Both are members of the Meth-

odist Episcopal Church of Westernville. He is at present
engaged in the manufacture of cheese, in which business
he has been for sixteen years, having erected the third
cheese-factory in the county.

The grandfather of these gentlemen, John Porter, was a
resident of Tolland Co., Conn., where their father, Chester,
was born, Jan. 18, 1785. He was married to Sophia
Wright, a native of that State. In 1808 he emigrated to
Steuben, Oneida Co. Their family consisted of six children,
of whom Chester W. was the eldest, being born in Steuben,
Dec. 18, 1808. Joel was born in the same town, Jan. 3,
1825. They both remained on their father's farm, and ac-
companied him to the town of Western in 1835, and located
on a hundred acres, on which the brothers now reside, and
which they have increased to two hundred and seventy
acres. Their father died Jan. 9, 1845 ; their mother,
March 17, 1849. They both received an academic educa-
tion. Joel is married to Ann A., daughter of Lemuel and
Marcia P. French, who removed to the town of Western
about the year 1837, from Amsterdam, Montgomery Co.,
where she was born, Jan. 2], 1827. Their family consisted
of four children, one of whom died young. Marcia S., born
May 5, 1853, and is married to W. C. Miller, of Columbia
County, and who is fitting himself for a Congregational
minister; Carrie A., born April 14, 1860; Chester Win-
field, Sept. 3, 1861. They both belong to the Repub-
lican party. Joel and his wife are members of the First
Methodist Episcopal Church of Western. The portraits
of these two gentlemen, with a view of their home, appears
in another part of this work.

The first settlers of this family in the town of Western
was Levi White, who, in company with his son, Otis, came
to this county in 1795, from the State of Connecticut;
they both died in 1813. Moses Y., the eldest son of Otis
and Mercy White, was born in the town of Western in
1796, and was married, December 1, 1819, to Phoebe, daugh-
ter of Otis and Phoebe Phillips, she being born in the
town of Adams, Berkshire Co., Mass., Nov. 12, 1802.
Their family consisted of eleven children, one of whom
died in infancy. Mercy, born Oct. 7, 1820, and was mar-
ried to Edwin Brainard, Dec. 21, 1842; she resides at
present in Illinois. OtU P., born March 19, 1822. Orson,
Dec. 9, 1823, died in California, near Stockton, Oct. 28,
1853. Juliana, born Jan. 29, 1826. Phoebe R., Feb. 25,
1828. Israel, May 9, 1830 ; was married to Ellen, daughter
of Joseph and Mary Leverette, Oct. 27, 1861, she being
a native of Quincy, 111. Their family consists of two
adopted children, to whom they have given a good comfort-
able home. He is a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Westernville, of which he has been deacon for about
twenty years, and is one of the most prominent, enterprising,
and liberal citizens of his town. Belinda, born April 13,
1832. Caroline, Nov. 30, 1835. Moses Y., Oct. 20, 1840 ;
and Franklin, Feb. 7, 1846. Mr. White lost his wife Feb.
8, 1856, and was afterwards married to Ada E., daughter
of Andrew Elmer, April 28, 1858. He passed away from
earth July 22, 1876.

Jabez Hallock, Je., was the second son of
Deacon Jabez Hallock, and was born at Southold,
Long Island, Sept. 30, 1798. He came with his
father in the following year to Oneida County.
His early life was passed on his father's farm, where he
received the advantages of only a common-school edu-
cation. He was married at an early age to Achsah
Beckwith, wliose parents were among the early set-
tlers of Western, where she was born Oct. 10, 1798.
By this marriage he had four children, all of whom
died young.

February 21, 1841, the good Father called his wife
to her last resting-place. He afterwards married
Esther Strickland, a Quakeress, whose parents were
residents of Jefferson County ; she died soon after
her marriage. He was again united in bonds
of matrimony, Nov. 14, 1849, to Elizabeth, widow
of Matthew Dunn, she being the daughter of John

and Margaret Young, who emigrated from Susque-
hanna Co., Pa., to the town of Rome when she was
quite young. Politically, he was a member of the
Republican party, and was called upon by his fellow-
citizens to fill the different offices of the town for a
period of twenty years. Mr. Hallock was always
an active and prominent member of the church;
the early religious education he received from his
father was strictly followed by him through life.
He died, full of years and honors, Aug. 20, 1873.
The disease which closed his earthly existence robbed
a community of a good, honest, respected, and es-
teemed citizen. He was aware of his situation, but
sustained by a long-cherished hope in the Saviour,
he contemplated the approach of death with calmness
and Christian resignation. He left a large circle of
friends and relatives, to cherish his memory and
mourn his loss.




Peter Hallock, the ancestor of those of the name in this
country, was one of thirteen Pilgrim fathers who came over
from England in 1640, and landed at New Haven, Conn.
In the autumn of the same year, in company with the
members of the church to which he belonged, which was
under the auspices of Rev. John Young, they took up
their abode in Southold, L. I. Mr. Hallock purchased of
the Indians a homestead, and this original home in 1864
was in the hands of his descendants. William, who was
an only son of Peter, died at Southold, Sept. 28, 1684.
His son, Peter, who represented the third generation (there
is no authentic record in existence of this gentleman), we
are unable to give any particulars in regard to him. His
family consisted of three sons, of whom Peter, Jr., was
the fourth generation, and he died August, 1756. His son,
Major Peter, who was the father of the founder of the
family in Oneida County, died May 13, 1791. His son,
Deacon Jabez (" who wrote his name Halleck"), was born
at the old homestead near Mattituck, L. I., March 13,
1761. He was some fifteen or sixteen years of age when
the great Revolutionary struggle commenced, during which
the father's family, with many others, were driven away
from Long Island, and compelled to seek a new home in
Lyme, Connecticut, where they remained during the war.
When peace was declared the family returned to their deso-
late home on the Island. There Jabez remained, by patient
industry gaining an honest livelihood, until he was in-
duced, by General Floyd, who had removed from Long
Island to Western, to come to this part of the valley of
the Mohawk, which he did in May, 1799. In 1818 he,
with thirteen others, entered into a covenant to be the
Lord's, and thus laid the foundation of the first Presbyte-
rian Church in Westernville. Very soon after its organi-
zation he was elected a ruling elder, which office he held
to the day of his death, though for the last few years of
his life he has not been able to discharge his duties. He
died Sept. 17, 1863, in his one hundred and third year.
Thus, looking over this long life, we are carried back into
the past more than a century to those olden times which


tried men's souls. We see that it began among other scenes
and other men. He was born a subject of Great Britain,
but lived to witness the successful issue of the Revolu-
tionary struggle by which he and his children after him
were made free American citizens. He lived to see the won-
derful growth of this then infant nation, advancing as it has
in its mighty tread from a population of three millions to one
of over thirty. He has been permitted to watch its struggles
through days of darkness and trials and wars with foreign
powers. And as he saw the beginning of the first great con-
test for the " establishment" of our government, so he was
permitted, though with faculties somewhat impaired, to see
the beginning of the second great contest for the preser-
vation of that government bequeathed us by our fathers
against the traitorous assaults of its enemies. Of few others
in the land can this be said. In many respects the subject
of this sketch was a remarkable man. Physically he was
one to attract attention anywhere ; he was very tall and im-
posing in his personal appearance ; he possessed a constitu-
tion which seemed capable of any amount of endurance.
His habits in every respect were of the most temperate
kind. Until within two or three years before his death, he
had almost daily performed some manual labor. The
strength of his physical frame was an index of the strength
of his character. Great decision, firmness, and resolution
were the prominent elements of his character. It cannot
be doubted that with a thorough education in early life he
would have exerted a wide influence in the world. His
mental powers were remarkably preserved to him almost to
the end of his life. The traits of his natural character
were especially prominent in his religious life. His religious
feelings were very strong and uniform, and his religious
principles were of the Puritan stamp. Joseph was the
eldest son of Deacon Jabez Halleck, and was born at
Southold, L. I., Oct. 16, 1785. He removed with his
father to Oneida County, where he was married March 7,
1813, to Catherine, daughter of Henry Wager, who was
one of the first settlers of the town of Western, where she
was born Feb. 18, 1795. By his marriage he was the father
of thirteen children. He was lieutenant in the war of 1812,



and a magistrate for thirty years, also a member of the As-
sembly in the year 1841. Squire Halleck had a county
reputation for the yisdom and justice- of his legal decisions,
and was held in the highest honor by his fellow-citizens.
He died June 22, 1857 ; his wife Feb. 23, 1868.


This gentleman was born in the town of Boonville.
Oneida Co., Jan. 15, 1828, being the eldest son of David
and Lucinda Gue, who emigrated from Montgomery County
in 1821. He passed his early life on his father's farm,

Photo, by Hovey A BraiDerd.

and only received the benefits of a common-school educa-
tion. At the age of fifteen he started in the world for
himself, came to the town of Western. He is at present
engaged in the manufacture of cheese-boxes for the various
factories in his vicinity, and makes about fifteen hundred a
week. He was married, July 2, 1850, to Clarissa, daughter
of George and Rebecca Keech, they being old settlers of
Western, where their daughter was born, Aug. 18, 18.32.
Their family at present consists of three children, — Elmer
J., Nellie A., and Charlie. Politically, he has always been
a member of the Democratic party, and has held the office
of justice of peace for twenty-four years, and is the present
supervisor of the town.

was born April 2, 1844, in the town of Kirkland, Oneida
Co. N. Y. He was the fourth son of James and Eebecca
Reid, who came to this country in 1828, and located at
Clark's Mills, Oneida Co., where they remained until 1844,
and then removed to South Albion, Oswego Co., where they
now reside. They have reared a family of fourteen chil-
(Jren,— eight boys and six girls, — eleven of whom are living.
The parents are still hale and hearty, having reached the
age of seventy-eight years.

Henry G. Reid was engaged in farming with his
father until 1861. At the age of seventeen years he de-
termined to secure an education, and with a sound, healthy

frame he launched out in the world without money, but
with a strong will, to work for the benefit of his brain.
From 1861 to 1866 he attended school at Whitestown
Seminary. In 1866 he commenced the study of medicine
with his brother, C. C. Reid, M.D., of Westernville, N. Y.
After he had pursued the study of medicine for one year,
he attended the Albany Medical College. In 1868 he re-
ceived the appointment by Surgeon-General Jacob S.
Mosher, to take charge of the medical department of the
State Soldiers' Home, which position he occupied for one
year. He returned in 1869 to Albany Medical College,
and received his diploma Dec. 23, 1869.

In January, 1870, he located at Westernville and com-
menced the practice of medicine. His has been one of the
largest country practices in Oneida County.

In 1877 he purchased a building lot, and erected one of
the finest houses in the town of Western.

In the same year he married Miss M. U. Clute, grand-
daughter of Squire Utley. As the result of this union,
one son has been born to them.



The town of Westmoreland lies south of the centre of
the county, and has an area of 25,741 acres. The western
part is included in the original Oneida Reservation, from
which tracts were granted to Messrs. Dean, Bleecker,
Wemple, and others ; and the eastern in the Coxeborough
Patent. A small fraction of the Oriskany Patent lies in
the northeast corng- of the town. James Dean located his
patent in the fall of 1786, and the following is a copy of
his deed from the Indians :

" To all whom ttese Presents shall come, or may concern — Know
Ye ; That We, Peter Oneyanha, John Skanondonagh, Kanonghsase,
Daniel Thaoneghsesea, Hendrick Thaghneghtorens, Moses Awethare,
John Onontiyo —

"Sachems and Chief Wan-iera of the Oneida Nation, by and with
the advice and consent of the said Nation, in Consideration of the
great and important Services rendered to us by Mr. James Dean, our
Friend and Brother, and as a Token of our Esteem and Affection for
him, have given and granted, and do hereby give and grant unto the
People of the State of New York, All that parcel or Tract of Land
described and bounded as followeth, Namely : Beginning at a certain
place where the West Line of the patent of Coxborough crosaeth the
stream or brook formed by the Junction of the streams or brooks called
Kaneghtaragearat and Kanyonshotta, it being one of the branches of
the Oriskany Creek or River; running thence North Twenty-Four
degrees and Thirty Minutes West, Forty Chains ; thence West Twenty-
Four degrees and Thirty Minutes south, One Hundred and Sixty
Chains ; thence South Twenty-Four degrees and Thirty Minutes East,
One Hundred and Sixty Chains ; thence East Twenty-Four degrees
and Thirty Minutes North, One Hundred and Sixty Chains ; thence
on a direct Line to the place of Beginning; Together with all and
singular the advantages and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or
in anywise appertaining. And wo do hereby request our Brothers,
the said People of the State of New York, to give and grant unto the
said James Dean, Letters Patent for the same, according to the Con-
stitution and Laws of the State. But if our Brothers should not think
proper to do the same, then this deed to be void and of no effect. In
Testimony whereof we have hereunto set our Hands and Seals this



Eleventh day of Attgusf, and in the Year of our Lord One Thoueand
Seven Hundred and Eighly-Five.

his his

"IlENDitiCK X Thaohnagtorens. Peteu X Oneyanha.
mark mark

his his

"Moses X Awethare. John X Skanondonagh.

mark mark

his his

"John X Onostito. Kanonghsase X

mark mark

"Daniel X Thaoxeghsesea.
"Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of

" Petr Schuyler.
" Aqrm Ten Eyck.
" Jno. Elliott."

This deed wa.s confirmed by the State Feb. 6, 1787,
agreeable to an act passed May 5, 1786. Mr. Dean had
made application for a diiFerent tract in 1783, but his peti-
tion was probably set aside, as nothing was ever done for
him regarding it. By the same act (May 5, 1786) Wem-
ple's Patent was granted, one mile square, to be bounded on
the south line and east half of Dean's Patent ; and Kirk-
land's Patent, also one mile square, to be located south of
Dean's and west of Wemple's. One moiety of Kirkland's
Patent was in fee-simple, and the other in trust for the sup-
port of a minister of the gospel employed by the Oneida
Indians. This latter was called the " missionary lot."

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