Severance, William Dwight
The following data is extracted from Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York.
(VIII) William Dwight, son of William Sidney Severance, was born in Phelps, on the homestead at Melvin Hill, May 1t, 1836. He was educated in the union schools, and learned of his father the blacksmith's trade. In 1857 he left home and located at Terra Haute, Indiana, where for five years he was in business as a blacksmith. Returning to Phelps in 1862, he conducted a farm there for two years and bought it in 1865. Since then he has followed farming in his native town and dealt extensively in horses, sheep and cattle. He has owned some very fine horses. He also deals extensively in farmers' produce. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Republican. He married, March 23, 1858, Caroline A. Warner, born October 10, 1839, daughter of Chester Warner. Children: 1. Zella, born December 25, 1859. 2. Ralph, born February 27, 1870, died February 9, 1899; married Augusta Hyna and had one child Marion.
Source: Genealogy and Biography of Ontario County, New York