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Biography of Colonel William Wilson

Colonel William Wilson, who has been connected with various lines of business, and is now (1910) the head of a large hardware concern, is descended from an old colonial family through his maternal grandfather, Captain Jonathan Whitney, who earned distinction in the war of the revolution. Colonel William Wilson was born in Seneca, Ontario county, New York, June 16, 1855. He was the recipient of an excellent education, being graduated respectively from the Canandaigua Academy, the Geneva Classical and Union School and Hobart College, leaving the latter in 1879 with the degree of Master of Arts. For the next two years he read law but abandoned this study in favor of the nursery business, with which he was identified until 1903, when he sold his interests. In 1898, in addition to carrying on his nursery business, he engaged in the hardware line, including all branches of this business-plumbing supplies, sheet iron and farming implements-and now (1910) owns the largest store of its kind in Ontario county. The business, which is steadily increasing annually. is almost entirely retail, and the trade is drawn from about fifteen miles around. In 1898 Colonel Wilson was senior major of the Third Regiment and they were called upon for active duty. They served from May 1 to November 10, of that year, principally in Virginia, and he was advanced to the colonelcy, May 9, 1907. The Third Regiment is attached to the Fourth Brigade of Buffalo, General Lauren W. Pettibone commanding. Governor Hughes appointed Colonel Willson brevet brigadier general, and he is the first vice-president of the National Guard Association of the State of...

Biographical Sketch of Aaron Black

(II) Aaron, eldest child of Moses and Mary (McMaster) Black, was born in Seneca, New York, September 21, 1821 ; died there, January 27, 1900. He followed the occupation of farming all his life. He married, December 16, 1846, Hannah Jane Hipple, born in Pennsylvania, May 8; 1829; died May, 1888. She was three years of age when her parents-settled in Seneca, New York. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian...

Biographical Sketch of M. Newton Black

(III) M. Newton, son of Aaron and Hannah Jane (Hipple) Black, was born in the town of Seneca, New York, June 3, 1854. His elementary education was acquired, in the public schools, and he then attended the Canandaigua Academy. Early in life he followed in the footsteps of his father as a farmer, and in 1900, when the farm came into his possession, he branched out in other directions, and established himself as a wholesale produce merchant, with which line he has since that time been successfully identified. His farm land comprises seventy-five acres, and the greatest care is displayed in the scientific cultivation of every part of it. Mr. Black has been an active worker in the interests of the Republican party, and he has served his town as supervisor for two years. His church affiliations are with the Presbyterian denomination. Mr. Black married; October 24, 1877, Jeannette Watson, born in the town of Seneca, October 31, 1853. Her father, Lewis Watson, born in Scotland, in 1811, died in this country, in March, 1904. He came to America in 1851, locating at first in Geneva, New York, and later removing to Flint, where he worked- as a blacksmith for many years. When his two sons had grown to manhood, he bought a farm on which he spent the remainder of his life, engaged in its cultivation. He married, in Scotland, Janet Duncan, also a native of that land, who died in 1892. One of their sons, John, is now (1910) a resident of Muskegon, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Black have had children: 1. Ella W., born July 28,...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Childs

(VII) Benjamin, son of Oliver and Nancy (Hart) Childs, was born in Seneca, April 8, 1819; died in that town, January 27, 1878. He was a prosperous farmer, owning one hundred and seven acres of land containing an almost inexhaustible supply of excellent clay, suitable for the production of tile and brick, and he engaged in the manufacture of tile, establishing an industry which proved exceedingly beneficial to the town. This business is now (1910) carried on by his son. Although the tile plant demanded his close attention during a greater part of the year, he still retained his interest in farming, and was quite an extensive dealer in live stock. He married, May 29, 1843, Laura, daughter of Homer and Electa (Hotchkiss) Sherwood, of Fairfield, Vermont. Children, all born in Phelps: 1. Homer Sherwood, born May 27, 1845; is now (1910) secretary and chief inspector of a large lumber company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2. Albert Sherwood, see forward. 3. Hattie Electa, born September 29,...

Biographical Sketch of Oliver Childs

(VI) Oliver, youngest son of Libbeus and Sarah (Walker) Childs, was born in Conway, July 27, 1783. He settled in Seneca, New York, where he married for his first wife, Electa, daughter of Oliver Whitmore, of that town; she died without issue, August 2, 1816. He married (second) Nancy, daughter of Selah and Huldah Hart, of Seneca; she died April 30, 1831. He married (third) Betsey, daughter of John Gilbert, of Seneca. Children by second marriage: Benjamin, mentioned elsewhere; Electa Emeline; Theron Hart; Augustus Walstein; Edmund; Emeline; Joseph, and Gilbert. Children by his third marriage: Bradley Alonzo; Nancy Augusta, and Oliver Porter...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph Tuttle

(VI) Joseph (4), son of Benjamin Tuttle, came with his father to Seneca, Ontario county, before 1793. He helped to clear the land and build a home for the family. He was one of the sturdy pioneers who laid the foundations of civilization in this section. He married and had children : Richard T., Elizabeth, Catherine, Reed and Anson...

Biographical Sketch of Anson S. Tuttle

(VII) Anson S., son of Joseph (4) Tuttle, was born in Seneca, August 9, 1822, and died in 1902. He was educated in the district schools, and after his father sold his farm he followed the trade of carpenter and woodworker. He was pattern maker and woodworker for some years in the railroad shops at Canandaigua, New York. He married, October 7, 1856, Amanda M. Smith, who was born on the Smith homestead, now (1910) owned by Richard A. Tuttle, mentioned elsewhere. Her father, Wilmarth Smith, was born on the same farm, April 13, 1792. Wilmarth Smith married, in 1812, Saloma Eddy, of Northampton, Massachusetts, and they had eleven children. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Jonathan Smith, father of Wilmarth, was born at North Addison, Vermont, in 1770, married Lydia Wilmarth, of that town, and had Wilmarth, Asa, Orrin and Amanda Smith. Children of Wilmarth and Saloma Smith: Dolly, Daniel P., Chloe P., Abel W., Annie H., Lydia E., Nancy H., Amanda M., mentioned above, Mary M., Darius C. and Orrin M. B. Smith. Children of Anson S. and Amanda M. (Smith) Tuttle : 1. Caroline A., married Carl C. Herendeen, of Macedon. 2. Annie I., married Edward W. Stephenson, of Farmington. 3. Mary A., married Charles W. Herendeen. 4. Joseph W., mentioned elsewhere. 5. Richard A., mentioned elsewhere. 6. Nettie E., died December 17,...

Biographical Sketch of C. Willard Rice

C. Willard, only son of Edward H. and Lucy (Dixon) Rice, was born in Seneca, New York, June 2, 1872. His preparatory education was acquired in the Canandaigua Academy, and he then became a student at Hamilton College, from which institution he was graduated. For a number of years he was engaged in teaching, and served as supervisor of schools at Seneca Falls for a period of six years. He was admitted to the bar in 1907, and immediately opened offices in Geneva, New York, where he is still located. He is a supporter of the Democratic party, and has served the city as alderman and...

Biography of Frank Rice

The present work would be incomplete were it not to record the life of Frank Rice, an eminent lawyer of Canandaigua, Ontario county, New York, who has risen to a position in the first ranks of his profession by a series of successful efforts, who has achieved prominence as a statesman and whose tenure of office has always been beneficial to his city, state and country. Frank Rice was born in Seneca, Ontario county, New York, January 15, 1845. His preparatory education was acquired in the Geneva Classical and Union School and Canandaigua Academy, and he then matriculated at Hamilton College, from which institution he was graduated in 1868. Subsequently he read law in Canandaigua, and was admitted to the bar in June. 1870. His rise in his chosen profession was a rapid and uninterrupted one and soon after his admission to the bar he became clerk in the surrogate’s office, a position he filled with success for several years. He was elected to the office of district attorney of Ontario county in the fall of 1875, reelected in 1878. holding the office altogether for a period of six years. In 1882 he was elected a member of the assembly, and reelected the following year. In the fall of 1884 he was elected to the office of county judge, resigning this honor at the expiration of five years in favor of that of secretary of state, to which office he had been elected in the fall of 1889. He was reelected to fill the latter office in 1891. Since retirement from that office he has been engaged in the...
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