Location: Clinton County NY

James Wilson Genealogy

I. The ancestor of the Daniel2 Wilson family came from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1737, with the famous Scotch Irish emigrants. These emigrants were a hardy, industrious, long-lived, honest and sturdy race of people. A great proportion of New Hampshire’s most distinguished sons are found among their descendants. One of these emigrants was James1 Wilson. The history of Peterborough gives his name as WILLIAM. Later researches favor JAMES, but we are not positively sure of the name. Nor do we know who was his wife. They brought with them from Ireland a son, Robert2, and a daughter, Lettuce2. In this country they had at least two more sons, Daniel2 and James2. Robert2 lived in Peterboro’ and was the father of Anne3 (killed by a log falling from a fence upon her, in childhood), Hon. James3, William3, Anne3 (who m. Jeremiah Swan), Mary3 (who m. Gen. John Steele), Hon. John3 of Belfast, Me., (in the U. S. Congress in 1813-1814), Joseph3 and Sarah3 (m. Hon. John Scott Harrison, son of President William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the U. S. and father of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the U. S.) Hon. James3 Wilson of Peterboro and Keene was the father of Gen. James4 Wilson, the well known lawyer and orator of Keene and a member of the 30th and 31st U. S. Congresses; Col. Robert4 Wilson, who was a well...

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Biographical Sketch of Edwin C. Manning

Edwin C. Manning, the founder of Winfield, the organizer of the County of Cowley, one of the early editors of the state and thirty or forty years ago a republican leader of Kansas, was born in Redford, Clinton County, New York, November 7, 1838. He was educated both in Vermont and Iowa, taught school at an early age, at the age of nineteen commenced to learn the printer’s trade and in 1859, then about of age, was among the first to start for the Pike’s Peak region in search of gold. He returned a disillusioned young man, but became interested in the publication of the Democratic Platform of Marysville, Kansas, and in May, 1860, obtained full control, raising the republican flag at once. In the first and the second years of the Civil war he served as a minor officer in the Second Kansas Cavalry and the First Indiana, but returnsd to Marysville, purchased the Big Blue Union and published it there until 1866. In that year he moved to Manhattan and established the Kansas Badical, and in 1868 engaged in the Government contracting business in Western Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. In 1869 he took a claim where Winfleld now stands, founding that town in the following year and subsequently organising the County of Rowley. From 1875 to 1877 he published the Winfield Courier and had resided in...

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Biography of Robert Wilson Turner, Hon.

Hon. Robert W. Turner. One of the most distinguished citizens of Kansas, Hon. Robert Wilson Turner had been a prominent practitioner of the Mankato and Jewell county bar for more than a quarter of a century, and during this time, as well as prior thereto, a leading figure in public life. His public service had been of great practical value not alone to his community, but to the state and the country, and while his fearless independence, both of speech and politieal action, had at times brought him into conflict with other state and national leaders, it had decidedly raised him in public estimation. Robert Wilson Turner, ox-consul general to Spain, was born at Plattsburg, New York, February 4, 1858, a son of Robert Wilson and Martha (Galbreath) (Butler) Turner. His paternal grandfather was Samuel W. Turner a native of England, who was a Government contractor in firearms, and died at Castle Dublin, Ireland, while his maternal grandparents were Samuel and Jane (Lilly) Galbreath, of County Antrim, Ireland, ardent adherents of the principles of Robert Emmet, the great Irish patriot. Robert Wilson Turner, the elder, was born in 1837, at Castle Dublin, Ireland, where he was reared, and during the Crimean war of 1854-56 served in the Thirty-ninth H. M. Infantry, participating in the battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkermann and the siege of Sebastopol. In 1856 he left...

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Biography of Alex Furgason

ALEX FURGASON. – One of the earliest pioneers of Union county, and one who has been a real pioneer of the pioneers, the subject of this sketch is eminently worthy to be represented in a work of the character of our volume, since also he has always maintained a bearing of uprightness and manifested principles of truth and probity, and has wrought during all the years of his domicile here for the development of the county’s resources and for the interests of all, while he has prosecuted successfully his private business enterprises. Mr. Furgason was born in Rouse’s Point, New York, on March 26, 1826, and there he was reared on a farm until he was nineteen years of age. He was well educated in the common schools of his native place, and at the age mentioned he departed from the parental roof and migrated to Pilot Mountain, in the Iron mountains of southwestern Missouri. In that place he assisted in establishing the Iron Mountain Works, where he wrought for three years, then returned to New York on a visit, whence he went to Portage, Wisconsin, and there engaged in lumber business for about fourteen years, or until 1862. In that year he was led by an adventurous spirit to join the Davis train, which was bound for Oregon and across the plains to Union county. While en route...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Merton Merihew

Merihew, Henry Merton; attorney; born, Plattsburgh, N. Y., June 3, 1875; son of Henry W. and Deborah Havens Merihew; educated, Plattsburgh High School 1898, Cornell University College of Law, LL. B., 1898; married, New York City, July 29, 1897, 1907, Bessie Mable Hewitt; land and tax agt. Erie R. R. Co., since 1907; practiced law at Plattsburgh, N. Y., from June, 1898, to January, 1904; entered the legal department of the Erie R. R. Co.; in New York City; member Plattsburgh, N. Y., Lodge, No. 828, F. & A....

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Biography of Thomas P. Smith

Thomas P. Smith was born in Clinton County, New York, in 1861, and died in Muskogee, Okla., on October 4, 1917. He attended the village school of Clinton until he was twelve years of age, when his family moved to Plattsburg, N. Y., where he entered the public schools. Graduating from the high school, he became associated in the mercantile business with his two brothers, M. A. and M. J. Smith. In 1884 he was made deputy postmaster at Plattsburg, which place he held until 1887, when he was appointed chief clerk at the San Carlos Indian Agency in Arizona. In 1888 he came to Indian Territory as agent for the Osage and Kaw with headquarters at Pawhuska. Mr. Smith camped on the sod in Guthrie, with the other pioneers, at the great opening in 1889. Removing to Muskogee, he associated himself with the Turner Hardware Company. In 1893 he was appointed United States Indian inspector and in 1894 he was made assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington. While in Washington on November 27, 1895, he was married to Belle Granger of Zanesville, Ohio. Three children were born of this union, Lawrence Granger Smith, who graduated from West Point in 1920, now serving with the Fourteenth U. S. Cavalry; two daughters, Emily E. Smith and Annabel G. Smith, both of Muskogee. Mr. Smith remained in Washington during the...

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Thompson, Mary R. – Obituary

Death of “Grandma” Thompson The death of Mary R. Thompson, commonly called Grandma Thompson, occurred in this city Monday, January 11,1904. She had been a resident of this section for many years and was loved and respected by everybody. Deceased was born in the state of Vermont, August 16, 1816, and died January 11, 1904, aged 87 years, 4 months and 25 days. In early childhood she removed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Alford, to Clinton county, N. Y. At the age of 18, she was married to Peter Bisconer, who was accidentally killed by a tree falling on him while at work in the woods. To this union was born one son, Wesley, who resides in Vancouver, Wash. At the age of 20 she was married to William Thompson. To this union was born eleven children, four of whom survive. Andy and S. S. Thompson, of this city, Mrs. Huldah Gargrave and Maggie Thompson, of Yorkville, Ills. She had 37 grand children, 41 great grand children and two great great grand children. In 1865, she removed with her family from New York to Illinois living there until the death of her husband, which occurred in 1882. Two years later, she removed to Oregon, where she has since resided. At the age of 17, she united with the M.E. church being a faithful member about 70 years,...

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Vanderbilt, Marguerite Jean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Marguerite Jean Vanderbilt, 88, of La Grande died June 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nazarene Church with Pastor Mouse McKinney officiating. Mrs. Vanderbilt was born Nov. 10, 1917, to William Wallace and Barbara Agnes Whittall Orr in Ponteix, Saskatchewan, Canada. She graduated from high school in Ormstown, Quebec, attended a school in Plattsburg, N.Y., and the Montreal Homeopathic Hospital Nurses’ Training School. She became a registered nurse and worked in Temiskaming, Ontario, and Montreal. On Aug. 14, 1946, she married John William Vanderbilt in Plattsburg. They lived in several places while he served in the Army, and settled in La Grande. She volunteered with the Little League, the PTA, and other organizations while her children were growing up. She was a member of the Nazarene Church, the Good Sam Club and a sign language group, and enjoyed cooking, making hand-dipped chocolates, sewing, arts and crafts and being with her family. Her doll collection has been displayed at the Union County Museum. She and her husband moved to Carson City, Nev., in 1978 for two years and then to Sitka, Alaska, for another three before returning to La Grande. Survivors include children Robert Vanderbilt of Baker City, Jean McKern of Hood River, Peggy Vanderbilt of Portland, and Jim Vanderbilt of La Grande; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Bryon Hayes

(V) Joseph Byron, son of Simeon and Elizabeth (Gilbert) Hayes, was born in Plattsburgh, June 8, 1809, and died in Canandaigua, New York, October 6, 1841. He was known by his second name. Byron. Succeeding his brother George Edward as a pupil of Dr. Pliny Hayes, he became an apothecary in Canandaigua. He was a man of lofty principle, excellent in every relation and duty of life, and his early death was sincerely mourned by the entire community. He married in Canandaigua, December 20, 1832, Sarah Antis, born in that town, February 21, 18, C, daughter of William and Mary (Barlow) Antis. William Antis was soil of a noted gunsmith of the same name who was for many years employed by the United States government. Mary Barlow was a descendant of Deacon Abner Barlow, of Canandaigua, who sowed the first bushel of wheat in western New York. Children of Joseph Byron Hayes: 1. Joseph Byron, of whom further. 2. Edward Antis, born November 20, 1835; died May 24, 1862; a young man of excellent character and promise. 3. Mary Antis, born March 18, 1838; died in Kewanee, Illinois, April 4, 1877; married, at Canandaigua, March 30, 1876 (as second wife), Robert Otley, of Kewanee, son of John and Jane (Chapman) Otley, of Winchester, Illinois, came from Yorkshire, England, in 1840, born in Weston, Yorkshire, England, June 13, 1831; she...

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Biographical Sketch of Simeon Hayes

(IV) Simeon, son of Captain Samuel (2) and Rosanna (Holcombe) Hayes, was born in Simsbury, February 17, 1768, or January 17, 1769, and died in Plattsburgh, New York, August 18, 1841. In , 806 he removed from his native state to Plattsburgh, where he engaged in farming and also turned his attention to mechanical pursuits. He was a mechanical genius and an inventor, and at different times worked at wagon-making, shoemaking and coopering. Above all he was a man of unsullied integrity and deep religious principle. He married (first), March 22, 1790, Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Israel Holly, a Congregational minister at Granby. He married (second) at Granby, December 3, 1801, Elizabeth, born in that town, March 20, 1781, daughter of Ichabod and Lucretia (Cossit) Gilbert. She died in Buffalo, New York, June 14, 1870, Children of Simeon Hayes by first marriage: 1. Child, born 1791; died in infancy. 2. Betsey Maria, born in Granby, August 9, 1793; died in Plattsburg, November 20, 1863; married at Canandaigua, New York, October 6, 1812, Israel Skinner. 3. Emily, born in Granby, December 24, 1795; died in Plattsburgh, October 16, 1843; married, in Bristol, New York, January 23, 1817, Orlando Prentice Fay. 4. Child, born 1797; died in infancy. 5. Child, born 1799; died in infancy. 6. Simeon, horn January 23, , 80, . Children of second marriage: 7. George, born November...

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Biography of Albion Brainard Allen

For more than three decades a resident of Amherst, Hampshire County, and one of this town’s most active and substantial business men, Mr. Allen’s operations as a builder have contributed very materially not only to the development of his own community, but to that of numerous other New England towns. On his father’s side he is a member of an old family whose name is very frequently met throughout the United States, where it is represented by many distinct and separate families. Its use arises from the Christian name Allen or Alan, which is very ancient and has many variations in spelling, a characteristic which the family name also possesses. There are no less than fifty-two coats-of-arms of separate and distinct families of Allen in the United Kingdom, besides twenty others of different spellings. There were more than a score of emigrants of this surname from almost as many different families who left England before 1650 to settle in New England and many of their early descendants have been identified with the formative period of New York history, from which region many able and worthy representatives of the family have come to many parts of the United States. Albion Brainard Allen is a representative of the eighth generation in descent from one William Allen, through the latter’s son William, the second William’s son John, and John’s son William. This...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas S. Brannan

He was an attorney-at-law in Ida Grove, Iowa, and was a resident of Ida County since 1879. He was born in Keyesville, Clinton County, New York, August 15, 1839, and reared in Canada East until 14 years of age. In July 1861, being in the state for a visit, he enlisted in Co. C., 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and re-enlisted in the same company and regiment in January 1864 and served until the close of the war. He was twice slightly wounded. He was a member of the G.A.R., Matthew Gray Post No. 93. He was a Past Commander. In 1883, he turned his attention to the law and was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Iowa. He was married at the close of the war to Rachael Tiser, a native of Ohio. They had 5 children: James E. of Fort Omaha, Nebraska; Emma E., wife of S. W. Kiner, editor of the Ida County Watch; William F., a blacksmith and machinist; Agnes May; and Minnie E. He was Clerk of the District Court of Ida County, Iowa. He is the son of James and Esther Brannan, and of Irish extraction. James Brannan was a trapper and guide for the Hudson Bay Fur Co. for a number of years in the Northwest. They had 11 children: Two of the boys, James I. And Edward,...

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