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Jesse (2), son of Jesse (1) and Miriam (Smith) Warner, was born in Conway, Massachusetts, February 1, 1747, died August 14, 1834, and was buried at Orleans. He was father of Jesse Warner (see p. 439) who was a soldier in the War of 1812, was captured by the Indians, taken to Canada, made his escape and returned home, migrated to Michigan at an early date, and died there at an advanced age. He, no doubt, served in the war of the revolution, but Massachusetts records give four of the name Jesse Warner who served, and he cannot be positively identified. Twelve pages of “Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution” are required to register the names and services of Warners in the revolution from Massachusetts alone (volume XVI). In 1796 he settled on what was afterward known as Warner Hill. two miles east of the village of Orleans in the town of Phelps, Ontario county, New York. where he resided until his death. He was a rigid Baptist and fond of theological argument, and very positive that his belief only was orthodox. In 1812, when an epidemic of fever swept the country he was sorely stricken and so near death that his son Lewis measured him and went to Geneva (the nearest point) to obtain a shroud. On his return with it his father was on the road to recovery, while Lewis himself was stricken and died, the shroud being used for him instead of his father. He married Sarah Warrener, born September 14. 1745, at Longmeadow, Hampden county, Massachusetts. Children, all of whom were born at Conway, Massachusetts, later migrated to Ontario county, New York, married, and had large families: 1. Elijah, born 1770, settled ill Ontario county. 2. Lewis, born 1772, died voting. 3. Rufus, of further mention. 4. John, came to Ontario county in 1800; was a tanner, had a tannery in Phelps, manufactured boots and shoes, and kept a tavern for the accommodation of teamsters with their six and eight horse teams engaged in the transportation of freight between Albany and Buffalo. 5. Oliver, killed by a stroke of lightning. 6. Jesse (4), born 1786, died in Ontario county, 1812-13. 7. Lucinda, born 1796, married a Mr. Peck. 8. James, nfi.

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