Location: Cortland County NY

Biography of Harrison B. Oatman

HARRISON B. OATMAN. – This gentleman, a pioneer of the early days, and at present one of the capitalists of Portland, was born at Cortland, New York, in 1826. As a child he moved with his parents to Ohio, and at the new home in Bellevue attended school, laying a good foundation for his later study and information. At twelve he removed with his parents to Rockford, Illinois, and was married there in 1847 to Miss Lucena K. Ross. In 1853 he made with his family the toilsome journey to Oregon, crossing the plains with ox-teams, and establishing his home in Jackson County. The early days of his residence there were spent in mining, and in trading and packing. He was closely associated with the lamented Fields, whose massacre at the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains in 1853 was the real beginning of the general Indian war. Indeed, Mr. Oatman was a member of the party to which Fields belonged, and was with him on that lonely mountain; and by only a chance, running between the arrows, he escaped to the settlers and gave the alarm, in response to which a company was gathered and the mutilated body of Fields recovered. Mr. Oatman remained in Southern Oregon fourteen years, coming thence to Portland, where he has since resided. On arriving there he went into the grocery trade, which he...

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Biography of John S. White

The subject of this review has been long and conspicuously identified with the history of the great west, and in varied official positions has proved a wise and discriminating factor in the public life. He is at the present time the incumbent of the important office of judge of probate of Elmore County, retaining his residence at Mountain Home, the flourishing and attractive little city which is the capital of said County. Judge White is a native son of the old Empire state, and may look with satisfaction upon a lineage which traces back to the stanchest of old New England stock. He was born in Cortland County, New York, on the 10th of August, 1830, the son of John K. and Sally (Griffin) White, both of whom were born in Connecticut. The ancestry is traced back to Puritan representatives who founded the family in America, having come to the rugged but hospitable shores of Massachusetts on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock, famed in history and story. The original American ancestors are supposed to have been of Irish and Welsh extraction. The parents of Judge White removed from their native state to Cortland County, New York, where for many years the father was engaged in contracting and building, having previously learned the trade of a mason. He was a man of vigorous intellectuality and sterling rectitude of...

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Biography of Mason A. Cornwall

This honored citizen of Moscow has now attained the venerable age of seventy-seven years, yet largely possesses the vigor of a man in his prime. His life has been a busy, useful and honorable one, and has been crowned with a rich measure of success as the fitting reward of his labors and his well directed energies. He is still actively interested in business affairs and in all that is connected with the state’s prosperity and progress, and is one of the most valued citizens of Idaho. Old age is not necessarily a synonym of weakness or inactivity. It need not suggest as a matter of course want of occupation or helplessness. There is an old age that is a benediction to all that comes in contact with it, that gives out of its rich stores of learning and experience, and grows stronger intellectually and spiritually as the years pass. Such is the life of Mr. Cornwall, an encouragement to his associates and an example well worthy of emulation to the young. Mason A. Cornwall was born in Truxton, Cortland County, New York, December 2, 1821, and is a descendant of an old English family that numbers many prominent men among its representatives. Four Cornwall brothers emigrated to New England in 1636, and founded the family in Connecticut and Rhode Island. William Cornwall settled in Hartford, Connecticut, and became...

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Biography of Joseph Edward Exner

Joseph Edward Exner, now president of the Coffeyville Shale Products Company and especially identified with a number of other manufacturing and business concerns of Montgomery County, is a veteran railroad man, having retired from the hazardous and responsible position of locomotive engineer some thirteen years ago to take up a career as a manufacturer at Coffeyville. He is an Eastern man, though most of his experience in railroading and business has been gained in the West. His Exner ancestors had their original seat of residence in Germany. During colonial times two brothers of the name came to New York State, while another brother went to Australis. At Savannah, New York, Joseph Edward Exner was born November 10, 1861, a son of Edward Exner. His father was born at Clyde, New York, in 1829 and was a successful farmer and stock raiser at Savannah and Port Byron, New York. His death occurred at the latter place in 1902. He was a democrat and a member of the Methodist Church. Edward Exner married Mary Jane DeVoe, who was born at Montezuma, New York, in 1841 and died at Savannah in that state in 1869. Their children were: Maitie, wife of Willis M. Frost, a retired farmer at South Butler, New York; and Joseph E. Reared on a New York State farm, until he was eighteen years of age Joseph E. Exner...

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Dan Todd of Homer NY

Dan Todd5, (Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Sept. 23, 1771, died Jan. 21, 1841, married Nov. 15, 1795, Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Foote, who was born June 20, 1779, died Oct. 7, 1845. She was from Windsor, N. Y. They settled in Homer, Cortland County, N. Y. Children: *469. William G., b. July 27, 1797. 470. Peninah, b. March 4, 1799, d. July 5, 1827, m. April 18, 1816, Quartus Noble. *471. Sophia or Philley, b. Oct. 30, 1800. *472. Charles, b. April 8, 1802. *473. Amos, b. Oct. 2, 1804. 474. Aurelia, b. Sept. 8, 1806, d. Dec. 3, 1836, m. Nov. 19, 1824, Stoddard Hinman. *475. Harry, b. Feb. 12, 1807. *476. Sarah Ann, b. Aug. 9, 1813, twin with the next. 477. Hannah, b. Aug. 9, 1813, d. Dec. 14, 1829. *478. Sylvester H., b. Jan. 11, 1815. *479. Miles Goodyear, b. Aug. 4,...

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Amos Todd of Cortland County NY

Amos Todd5, (Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Nov. 15, 1769, died Sept. 1830, married April 1794 at Great Bend, Penn., Lurana, daughter of Ozias and Susannah (West) Strong, who was born Dec. 4, 1777, in Lee, Mass., died Feb., 1851, in Sandusky, Ohio. Mr. Todd and his sister Rhoda were the first settlers in Cortland County, N. Y. Children: *458. Roxa Ann, b. March 12, 1795. 459. Mary Jones, b. Aug. 15, 1796, m. David Campbell, of Sandusky, Ohio. 460. Susan Strong, b. Mar. 13, 1798, m. William Rollo. 461. Lydia, b. Oct. 7, 1800, d. July, 1823, m. 1821, Adonijah Champlain, who was a merchant in Locke, Cayuga County, N. Y. 462. Eleanor Ingersoll, b. May 6, 1803, d. 1852, in Sandusky, Ohio. Unmarried. 463. Jason, b. June 24, 1806. 464. Horatio Strong, b. July 29, 1808, d. Feb., 1862. *465. Lavinia Williams, b. June 7, 1810. *466. Julia Ann Jones, b. Sept. 1, 1816. 467. Alvarado, b. Oct. 18, 1818, d. 1836. *468. Lydia Mahala, b. July 15,...

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Miles Goodyear Todd of Geneva IL

Miles Goodyear Todd6, (Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Aug. 14, 1821, at Homer, N. Y., died March 19, 1888, married first, in 1847, Margaret Williams; second, Sept. 12, 1862, Helen Mae Parker, who was born July 9, 1836, died June 28, 1906. He attended an Eastern College, and about 1840, he moved with his family to Geneva, Ill. He was ordained a universal clergyman and became one of Wisconsin’s pioneer ministers, filling different pastorates until the time of his death. He was a private in the 28th regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Militia during the civil war. Children by Margaret Williams: 1047. George Lewellyn, b. Oct. 2, 1848, unmarried; in 1911 he lived at Merrimack, Wis. 1048. Amos Willard, b. Dec. 20, 1850, unmarried; he too lived at Merrimack, Wis. Children by Helen M. Parker: *1049. William Elmer, b. Aug. 14, 1853. 1050. Dan Charles, b. June 27, 1856, m. July 1880, Emma Crosby who was b. in 1854. He is a prosperous farmer and lived in 1911, at Merrimack, Wis. 1051. Sarah Evelyn, b. April 28, 1858, m. Sept. 14, 1887, Judge L. H. Mead, who was b. Sept. 26, 1853. No children. She attended the public schools of Wisconsin; later she graduated from a course of instrumental and vocal music at Chicago, Ill. *1052. Miles Edwin, b. April 6, 1862. *1053. Myrtie Annetta, b. Sept. 3,...

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Sylvester Hultz Todd of Kane County IL

Sylvester Hultz Todd6, (Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 11, 1815, died March 18, 1888, married at Homer, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1836, Clarissa D. Stephens, who was born May 24, 1818, died Jan. 22, 1909, at Batavia, Ill., where she was buried in the West Side Cemetery. They went to Ill. in 1837, where they bought a farm in Kane County. She was a kindly disposed woman, of a very bright mind, being a great reader, and the author of many beautiful poems of merit. In religious matters she was a “Free Thinker” at an early day, being a member of the Universalist Church of St. Charles, (Ill.?). Children: 1042. Clara Maria, b. May 20, 1839, m. Edwin Blackman; no children; reside at 1510 Dearborn Ave., Chicago, Ill. 1043. Ellen Olivia, b. April 13, 1841, d. Aug. 28, 1853. *1044. Harriet D., b. June 8, 1846. 1045. Bernice Delilah, b. June 28, 1848, d. Aug. 21, 1853. *1046. Ettie E., b. Sept. 1,...

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Roxa Ann Todd Boies of Homer NY

BOIES, Roxa Ann Todd6, (Amos5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born March 12, 1795, married April 21, 1813, Chester Boies, of Blanford, Mass., who was born Oct. 2, 1789, died Aug. 5, 1856; he was a farmer and lived at Homer, N. Y., then Oxford, Medina and Lyme, Ohio. Children: I. William Phelps, b. Aug. 8, 1815. II. Ann Maria, b. Nov. 1, 1816, d. Oct. 5, 1826. III. Caroline Eliza, b. June 6, 1818, d. Oct. 19, 1848, m. Ten Eyck Wells, who was a physician at one time at Litchfield, Conn. They had one son born in 1844, d. in 1845. IV. Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1820. V. Joseph Strong, b. Feb. 8, 1824. VI. Mary Campbell, b. March 23, 1826, m. Benjamin L. Bullard, of Wadsworth, Ohio. VII. Chester Leroy, b. May 5, 1828. VIII. Amos Todd, b. June 5, 1832. IX. Charlotte Maria, b. Dec. 25, 1834, d. Feb. 17, 1863, m. Charles Ozias Scott, who was a physician at Barnesville, Ohio. X. Harriet Lucretia, b. Nov. 17, 1836, m. Oct. 4, 1865, Elbridge Gerry, son of Cyrus and Lydia Hart; he was a physician at Medina, Ohio. No...

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Dewitt C. Todd of Cortland NY

Dewitt C. Todd7, (Harry6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Dec. 12, 1831, in Homer, N. Y., married in early life, who died without issue. He married second, Dec. 12, 1869, Rosette Salisbury. He lived in Cortland, N. Y. Children: 1760. Mabel S., b. May 30, 1871, m. Oct. 27, 1897, William H. Lee. No children. 1761. Harry E., b. April 6, 1876, unmarried and lived in Cortland, N....

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Peninah Todd Pratt of Deep River CT

PRATT, Peninah Todd7, (Amos6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Nov. 16, 1830, in Homer, N. Y., died July 16, 1918, married Jan. 10, 1852, Milton Pratt. She lived in Deep River, Conn. Children: I. Augusta C., b. May 10, 1855, m. May 22, 1879, George Marion; they had issue: Charles H., who m. and had Virginia, and lived in Brooklyn, N. Y. II. Emma E., b. Aug. 5, 1858, m. Jan. 3, 1884, Joseph Pratt and had issue: Walter Todd, who m. and and had a daughter and lived in Waterbury, Conn. III. Howard, b. Dec. 28, 1864, d. March 14. 1865. IV. Arthur M., b. Feb. 17, 1868, m. April 23, 1893, Mary A., daughter of John Mather and Martha (Gordon) Chadwick, who was born in Lyme, Conn., Sept. 9, 1868; they had issue: (1) Mildred A., b. April 11, 1895; (2) Anna E., b. July 27, 1898; (3) Esther C., b. July 31, 1900. In 1919, Mr. Pratt was living in Deep River, Conn., where he was a practicing...

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George Todd of Alden IA

George Todd7, (Charles6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 5, 1836, died May 15, 1908, married June 17, 1858, Harriet, daughter of Gary and Emeline (Main) Terrell, who was born Jan. 20, 1837, in Cortland, N. Y., died Dec. 18, 1911, in Alden, Iowa. After their marriage they made their home in the same house where Mr. Todd had been born twenty-three years before and there in the same home the three oldest children were born. For eleven years they resided at Homer, N. Y., and then in the spring of 1869, they moved to Iowa and settled on the farm west of the town (Alden) where the two youngest children were born and it was while living there that the son Ernest died. In the spring of 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Todd decided to quit farming and accordingly moved to Alden, which remained their home until the time of their deaths. Children: *1750. George K., b. June 1, 1859. 1751. Ella A., b. April 16, 1861. *1752. Lena Bell, b. May 23, 1865. 1753. Ernest Gary, b. Sept. 4, 1870, d. April 15, 1895. *1754. Lucy Grace, b. April 13,...

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George K. Todd of Homer NY

George K. Todd8, (George7, Charles6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born June 1, 1859, in Homer, N. Y., married Dec. 24, 1893, May Waldo, who died Aug. 3, 1901. Child: 2438. George Waldo, b. Nov. 22,...

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David Todd of Cortland NY

David Todd8, (Wright7, David6, Abraham5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 15, 1820, in Cortland, near Peekskill, N. Y., died March 22, 1899, married Dec. 8, 1844, Eliza Speer, who was born Aug. 2, 1822, died May 11, 1882. He was a farmer. Children: 2193. Mary Frances, b. Nov. 15, 1846, m. Nov. 9, 1899, George Truesdale, who was born Nov. 19, 1833. *2194. Sarah Elizabeth, b. March 26,...

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Biography of Edwin Hart

Among the leading horticulturists of Riverside colony none are more deserving of mention than the subject of this sketch. Mr. Hart is a native of Cortland County, New York, born in 1835, and reared and received his education in his native place. At the age of eighteen years he started for the great West, and located in Beloit, Wisconsin. His boyhood days, when not attending school, were spent in his father’s store, and was somewhat schooled in mercantile life, but upon his advent in Wisconsin he engaged in farming. He spent eight years in that State, and in 1862 moved to Iowa, and settled near Belle Plain in Tama County. Mr. Hart settled down to farm life, but the war of the Rebellion, then raging, appealed so strongly to his patriotism that he entered the United States military service as a private in the Sixth Regiment of Iowa Cavalry. The Indian outbreak of the Northwest was then at its height, and his command sent him in that direction. He participated in the Indian wars and campaigns that followed, and served faithfully, discharging his duties in a soldierly manner, and was promoted to be Sergeant. It was not until the fall of 1865 that he received his honorable discharge from the service. After this he spent a year in Wisconsin, and in 1866 returned to Iowa and continued his farming...

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