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Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Robinson

(VI) Robert H. Robinson, eldest son of Baxter Robinson, was born December 15, 18J5, in Farmington township. Ontario county, New York. He was educated in the public schools and at Union Springs Academy. In his youth he was an expert oarsman, winning several cups and other valuable prizes in single-scull contests and he was the recipient of a medal for his oarsmanship at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876. In double scull races Courtney and Robinson won numerous prizes and banners. He removed to Ontario county in 1901 and bought the Castle Mill of the Castle Milling Company and has devoted himself since then to the mill business. He married, in 1899, Jennie Sassaman, of Milton, Pennsylvania, born in Union county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph Miller and Harriet (Moore) Sassaman. Her father was of a colonial family that came with the first settlers from Alsace to Berks county, Pennsylvania, in 1712 (see “History of Berks County, Pennsylvania, ” page 1043, also Montgomery’s “History of Berks County, ” page 67). Her mother was of early Philadelphia Quaker ancestry. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Robinson served as principal of the high school of Milton, for many years. Mrs. Hetty Green, the well known business woman is of the same Robinson family, both being direct descendants of Rowland Robinson, a native of Long Bluff, Cumberland, England, who came to America in 1675. Mrs. Hetty Green is descended from Sylvester, son of Governor Robinson, of Rhode Island, and Robert H. Robinson from John, youngest son of Governor Robinson (see “History of the Robinson Family of Rhode...

Biographical Sketch of Baxter Robinson

(V) Baxter Robinson, son of Dr. Daniel Arnold Robinson, was born 1824. He married Martha Smith. Her father, Jacob Smith, resided in Ontario county, New York, original settler of District No. 13, Lot 41, of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. With other Friends he came from Massachusetts to the town of Farmington and he built the first grist mill in this section in the year 1793, and two years later he built the first saw mill in that region. This grist mill was in use until 1839 and the saw mill until 1841. (“History of Ontario county, ” p....

Biographical Sketch of Brice W. Bowerman

(VII) Brice W., son of Silas G. Bowerman, was born in Farmington, New York, in 1837. He attended the district schools there and Macedon Center Academy. He finally settled in Victor, New York, and followed farming. He had an excellent farm of one hundred and eight acres. In politics he was a Republican; in religion a member of the Society of Friends. He married Lucena, daughter of Elwood and Joanna (Jenks) Smith, January 7, 1864. She was born in Farmington in 1839, died in December, 1897. He died in 1904. Children : Lyman, born 1866, married Josie Allen and had Nina, Joyce, Wesley and Russell; William, mentioned elsewhere; Grace, January, 1876, married Ira W. McConnell and had sons John and Charles McConnell; Elma M., born April, 1878, married Thomas B. Roberts and had Dorothy and Beatrice...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. William B. Clapper

Dr. William B. Clapper was born in Bristol, New York, December 13, 1864. His mother was of English descent and his father German. He attended the public schools and Starkey Seminary, and after a year in Syracuse University, entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Maryland, from which he was graduated, April 19, 1894. He began to practice his profession, July 5, 1894, at Farmington, New York, and continued there until 1901. Since then he has been located at Victor, Ontario county, New York. He has made a specialty of the diseases of women and children. Dr. Clapper is a member of Ontario County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and is an honorary member of the Canandaigua Village Medical Society. He is on the board of directors of the County Tuberculosis Hospital. Although he is a Democrat in politics in a Republican town and county, he has been elected trustee of the incorporated village and for two terms as supervisor of the town, holding office for four years and taking a prominent part in the board of supervisors of the county. In religion he is a Presbyterian. He is active in Free Masonry, a member of Victor Lodge, No. 439, and Consistory of Rochester. He married, May 1, 1895, Minnie A. Hausner, born at Cayugaville, New York, March 25, 1864, daughter of Irvin and Ruth Hausner. Her father died in 1872 and her mother, December 5, 1894. Children: Ruth E., born April 11, 1896; Mildred L., July 16,...

Biographical Sketch of Urial Aldrich

(VII) Urial, son of Willis Aldrich, was born at Farmington, 1810, died November 24, 1883. He was educated in the district schools. He owned a farm of ninety-two acres. In politics the was a Republican, and in religion was of the Society of Friends. He married Esther Power in 1831, and she died in 1897. Children : Arthur, died aged six months; Esther, born March, 1832, married Norman P. Bartles, who died in March, 1901 ; Lydia, born January, 1834, married Amos Gardiner and had two sons, Cassius and Roy Gardiner; Byron, born November 10, 1837, died in 1889 at Farmington; Cassius R., mentioned elsewhere; Gralette, born March, 1842, married (first) Fanny Bowers and (second) Mary Whipple; children: Esther, Leslie and one that died in...

Biography of Cassius Aldrich

(VIII) Cassius R., son of Urial Aldrich, was born in Wayne county, New York, October 15, 1839. He was educated in the Farmington district schools. At the age of eighteen years he began to learn the trade of mason in Farmington. After two years he came to Victor, where he worked at his trade for many years. In the spring of 1904 he bought a farm of one hundred and twenty-five acres a short distance out of the village of Victor. In recent years he has been assisted in the management of the farm by his son, Milton U. Aldrich. In politics Mr. Aldrich is a Republican. He was a trustee of the village of Victor for four years. He is a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Victor and one of the trustees. He married, October 14, 1869, Cornelia Bartles, born in Monroe county, New York, September 16, 1843, daughter of John W. and Mary (Bowers) Bartles. Her father was born in 1811, died in 1893; her mother died in 1873. Her brother, Norman P. Bartles, was born in 1834, married Esther Aldrich and he died in 1867; her sister, Julia A. Bartles, was born in 1836, married John H. Gilbert, of Palmyra, Wayne county, and had one child, Carrie, who lives in Texas; her sister Julia A. died in 1867; her sister, Mary E. Bartles, was born in November, 1838, married A. B. Cooper and had one child, Eva Cooper; her sister, Ardella Bartles, was born October 18, 1840, died in 1863; Mrs. Aldrich’s twin sister, Cordelia Bartles, was born September 16, 1843, married C....

Biographical Sketch of Fred W. Knowles

(VII) Fred W., son of Eber A. Knowles, was born at Hopewell, Ontario county, November 1, 1858. After receiving his education in the common schools he engaged in farming to which he had been accustomed from early boyhood, and he has always continued in this occupation. His farm gives evidence in the substantial buildings and well-kept fields of his industry and prosperity. Not only progressive and ready to adopt new methods, but painstaking and thorough in his work, he has fairly won the success he has achieved in life. His private life, his kindly, cheerful, generous disposition and high standards of honor and integrity have won for him the respect and esteem of all his neighbors. He is a member of the Manchester Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican and he has served the town four years as justice of the peace, and is now (1910) serving a second term of four years. He married, at Farmington, Ontario county, December 29, 1881, Cora A., daughter of William and Ann (Allen) Randall. Children: 1. Mary B., born October 2, 1882, married, June 12, 1907, Homer Whitaker. of South Solon, Ohio; she was a graduate of the Shortsville high school and a student at the Oswego State Normal School. 2. William Eber, February 7, 1886, married, September 6, 1910, Elizabeth Wormstead, of Seneca Falls, New York; he was graduated from the Rochester Business College in the class of 1907 and is now (1910) employed in the office of the Gould Manufacturing Company of Seneca Falls. 3. Frank Lester, born January 14, 1899, student in the public...

Biography of Robert Houston

Robert Houston, son of Robert and — (Melvin) Houston, was born in 1821, in Glasgow, Scotland, and died in 1856, in Farmington, New York. His father and mother lived and died in Scotland. His brother James was a merchant in England, and afterward in California. Robert Houston was educated in the common schools of his native land and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed until 1845, when he came to this country. He stayed for a short time in New York City, and then made his home in Canandaigua, New York. where he was employed first by See & Lekland and later by Mr. Tozer, of the same town. He removed to Manchester, New York, and started in business on his own account as a shoe manufacturer, continuing to the time of his death. In politics he was a Democrat; in religion a member of the Trinity Church. He married Jane Carson, of Glasgow, born in 1821, in that city, died in 1890, at Farmington, New York, daughter of James and Margaret (Carson) Carson, granddaughter of James and Margaret (McDowell) Carson. Her father was a farmer, a Republican in politics, and a Methodist in religion. Her grandfather was of Dumfries, Scotland. She had sisters, Margaret, Ellen, Isabel and Agnes, and a brother James Carson. She was an earnest, loving, self-sacrificing woman, and after the death of her husband in the prime of life, she kept her family together, and with the aid of her young son raised and educated the children. Children: 1. James, mentioned elsewhere. 2. Agnes, born 1847; married Cornell Dusenberry, who died in 1906;...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph W. Tuttle

(VIII) Joseph W., son of Anson S. Tuttle, was born in the town of Farmington, New York, January 9, 1860. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at the Canandaigua Academy, and supplemented his schooling by constant reading and study. He was from early youth active on his father’s farm, gifted with energy, and strong purposes and a capacity for hard work. As a man he has followed farming with uniform success. His farm consists of sixty-eight acres of land, thoroughly underdrained and very productive. In politics he is a Republican, and he has taken an active part in public affairs and has been honored with many positions of trust and responsibility. For four years he was town clerk, and by virtue of his office an efficient member of the town board. Afterward he served three terms as supervisor of the town, and was for six years a member of the town board and county board of supervisors, a member of important committees, and influential and prominent throughout the country. He is a member of Farmington Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Society of Friends. He married, November 26, 1879, Elizabeth C. Padgham, born in Farmington, November 6, 1860, daughter of Joseph Padgham. Children: 1. Mary E., born October 23, 1882; married William H. White; resides in Connecticut. 2. Joseph E., born May 7, 1890; married Maggie Cooper. November 6, 1910; he was educated in the schools of Victor and Cornell, New York; now (1910) engaged in...
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