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Biography of Anson Titus

Anson, eldest son of Billy and Judith (Huested) Titus, was born in Marshall, March 13, 1809, died December 22, 1882. As a skilled mechanic and an inventor of agricultural and other useful appliances, he sought to improve the prosperity of his fellowmen. He located first in Byron, Genesee county, New York, and settled permanently at Phelps, Ontario county, New York. In 1835 he established himself in business on the site now (1910) occupied by a laundry, manufacturing stoves, plows, etc. He was the inventor of the Titus No. 9 Pointer Plow, which acquired a high reputation throughout the country, and was awarded a silver medal in 1858 by the New York State Agricultural Society, in a contest participated in by nine competitors. More than seven hundred of these plows were produced at his factory in 1860. In 1855 he purchased the Gamwell & Atchley Axe Factory, and carried on the business there until he sold out in 1873. He married, June 3, 1834, Almira Sabin, born in Sherburne, Chenango county, New York, January 26. 1810, died November 16, 1888, daughter of Oliver and Olive (Upham) Sabin. Olive Upham was a daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Porter) Upham, and a descendant, in the seventh generation, of John Upham (1), who arrived in New England in 1635, settling in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Children of Anson and Almira (Sabin) Titus, the first born in Byron, Genesee county, New York, the second in Wolcott, Wayne county, New York, and the others in Phelps, Ontario county, New York: 1. Thomas Benton. born March 2, 1835, settled in Clifton Springs, Ontario county, New York, died there February 15, 1901. 2. Mary Juliet, September 13, 1837, died May 2, 1841. 3. Oliver Sabin, see elsewhere. 4. Billy, April 4, 1845, killed May 12, 1864, on the last day of fighting at the battle of the Wilderness at Spottsylvania, Virginia. 5. Rev. Anson, June 21, 1847, a Universalist clergyman, now (1910) a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, and a well known historical writer and lecturer. He married Lucy Tobie Merrill. of New Gloucester. Maine. 6. Susan Olive, May 5, 1849, married Charles Densel Carr, of Phelps, New York. 7. Albert Alberto, February 16, 1852, died October 29 of that year.

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