Location: Farmington New York

Biographical Sketch of Baxter Robinson

(V) Baxter Robinson, son of Dr. Daniel Arnold Robinson, was born 1824. He married Martha Smith. Her father, Jacob Smith, resided in Ontario county, New York, original settler of District No. 13, Lot 41, of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. With other Friends he came from Massachusetts to the town of Farmington and he built the first grist mill in this section in the year 1793, and two years later he built the first saw mill in that region. This grist mill was in use until 1839 and the saw mill until 1841. (“History of Ontario county, ” p. 190.) Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Robinson

(VI) Robert H. Robinson, eldest son of Baxter Robinson, was born December 15, 18J5, in Farmington township. Ontario county, New York. He was educated in the public schools and at Union Springs Academy. In his youth he was an expert oarsman, winning several cups and other valuable prizes in single-scull contests and he was the recipient of a medal for his oarsmanship at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876. In double scull races Courtney and Robinson won numerous prizes and banners. He removed to Ontario county in 1901 and bought the Castle Mill of the Castle Milling Company and has devoted himself since then to the mill business. He married, in 1899, Jennie Sassaman, of Milton, Pennsylvania, born in Union county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph Miller and Harriet (Moore) Sassaman. Her father was of a colonial family that came with the first settlers from Alsace to Berks county, Pennsylvania, in 1712 (see “History of Berks County, Pennsylvania, ” page 1043, also Montgomery’s “History of Berks County, ” page 67). Her mother was of early Philadelphia Quaker ancestry. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Robinson served as principal of the high school of Milton, for many years. Mrs. Hetty Green, the well known business woman is of the same Robinson family, both being direct descendants of Rowland Robinson, a native of Long Bluff, Cumberland, England, who came to America in...

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Biographical Sketch of Brice W. Bowerman

(VII) Brice W., son of Silas G. Bowerman, was born in Farmington, New York, in 1837. He attended the district schools there and Macedon Center Academy. He finally settled in Victor, New York, and followed farming. He had an excellent farm of one hundred and eight acres. In politics he was a Republican; in religion a member of the Society of Friends. He married Lucena, daughter of Elwood and Joanna (Jenks) Smith, January 7, 1864. She was born in Farmington in 1839, died in December, 1897. He died in 1904. Children : Lyman, born 1866, married Josie Allen and had Nina, Joyce, Wesley and Russell; William, mentioned elsewhere; Grace, January, 1876, married Ira W. McConnell and had sons John and Charles McConnell; Elma M., born April, 1878, married Thomas B. Roberts and had Dorothy and Beatrice...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. William B. Clapper

Dr. William B. Clapper was born in Bristol, New York, December 13, 1864. His mother was of English descent and his father German. He attended the public schools and Starkey Seminary, and after a year in Syracuse University, entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Maryland, from which he was graduated, April 19, 1894. He began to practice his profession, July 5, 1894, at Farmington, New York, and continued there until 1901. Since then he has been located at Victor, Ontario county, New York. He has made a specialty of the diseases of women and children. Dr. Clapper is a member of Ontario County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and is an honorary member of the Canandaigua Village Medical Society. He is on the board of directors of the County Tuberculosis Hospital. Although he is a Democrat in politics in a Republican town and county, he has been elected trustee of the incorporated village and for two terms as supervisor of the town, holding office for four years and taking a prominent part in the board of supervisors of the county. In religion he is a Presbyterian. He is active in Free Masonry, a member of Victor Lodge, No. 439, and Consistory of Rochester. He married, May 1, 1895, Minnie A. Hausner, born at Cayugaville, New York, March 25,...

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Biographical Sketch of Urial Aldrich

(VII) Urial, son of Willis Aldrich, was born at Farmington, 1810, died November 24, 1883. He was educated in the district schools. He owned a farm of ninety-two acres. In politics the was a Republican, and in religion was of the Society of Friends. He married Esther Power in 1831, and she died in 1897. Children : Arthur, died aged six months; Esther, born March, 1832, married Norman P. Bartles, who died in March, 1901 ; Lydia, born January, 1834, married Amos Gardiner and had two sons, Cassius and Roy Gardiner; Byron, born November 10, 1837, died in 1889 at Farmington; Cassius R., mentioned elsewhere; Gralette, born March, 1842, married (first) Fanny Bowers and (second) Mary Whipple; children: Esther, Leslie and one that died in...

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Biography of Cassius Aldrich

(VIII) Cassius R., son of Urial Aldrich, was born in Wayne county, New York, October 15, 1839. He was educated in the Farmington district schools. At the age of eighteen years he began to learn the trade of mason in Farmington. After two years he came to Victor, where he worked at his trade for many years. In the spring of 1904 he bought a farm of one hundred and twenty-five acres a short distance out of the village of Victor. In recent years he has been assisted in the management of the farm by his son, Milton U. Aldrich. In politics Mr. Aldrich is a Republican. He was a trustee of the village of Victor for four years. He is a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Victor and one of the trustees. He married, October 14, 1869, Cornelia Bartles, born in Monroe county, New York, September 16, 1843, daughter of John W. and Mary (Bowers) Bartles. Her father was born in 1811, died in 1893; her mother died in 1873. Her brother, Norman P. Bartles, was born in 1834, married Esther Aldrich and he died in 1867; her sister, Julia A. Bartles, was born in 1836, married John H. Gilbert, of Palmyra, Wayne county, and had one child, Carrie, who lives in Texas; her sister Julia A. died in 1867; her sister, Mary E. Bartles,...

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Biographical Sketch of Fred W. Knowles

(VII) Fred W., son of Eber A. Knowles, was born at Hopewell, Ontario county, November 1, 1858. After receiving his education in the common schools he engaged in farming to which he had been accustomed from early boyhood, and he has always continued in this occupation. His farm gives evidence in the substantial buildings and well-kept fields of his industry and prosperity. Not only progressive and ready to adopt new methods, but painstaking and thorough in his work, he has fairly won the success he has achieved in life. His private life, his kindly, cheerful, generous disposition and high standards of honor and integrity have won for him the respect and esteem of all his neighbors. He is a member of the Manchester Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican and he has served the town four years as justice of the peace, and is now (1910) serving a second term of four years. He married, at Farmington, Ontario county, December 29, 1881, Cora A., daughter of William and Ann (Allen) Randall. Children: 1. Mary B., born October 2, 1882, married, June 12, 1907, Homer Whitaker. of South Solon, Ohio; she was a graduate of the Shortsville high school and a student at the Oswego State Normal School. 2. William Eber, February 7, 1886, married, September 6, 1910, Elizabeth Wormstead, of Seneca Falls, New York; he was graduated...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph W. Tuttle

(VIII) Joseph W., son of Anson S. Tuttle, was born in the town of Farmington, New York, January 9, 1860. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at the Canandaigua Academy, and supplemented his schooling by constant reading and study. He was from early youth active on his father’s farm, gifted with energy, and strong purposes and a capacity for hard work. As a man he has followed farming with uniform success. His farm consists of sixty-eight acres of land, thoroughly underdrained and very productive. In politics he is a Republican, and he has taken an active part in public affairs and has been honored with many positions of trust and responsibility. For four years he was town clerk, and by virtue of his office an efficient member of the town board. Afterward he served three terms as supervisor of the town, and was for six years a member of the town board and county board of supervisors, a member of important committees, and influential and prominent throughout the country. He is a member of Farmington Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Society of Friends. He married, November 26, 1879, Elizabeth C. Padgham, born in Farmington, November 6, 1860, daughter of Joseph Padgham. Children: 1. Mary E., born October 23, 1882; married William H. White; resides in Connecticut. 2. Joseph E., born May...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard A. Tuttle

(VIII) Richard A., son of Anson S. Tuttle, was born at Farmington, November 28, 1864. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. During his boyhood he worked on his father’s farm, and at the age of nineteen he succeeded to the farm. In 1897 he sold it to his brother, Joseph W. Tuttle, and bought out the other heirs of his mother’s farm, the Smith homestead, consisting of ninety-three acres, and since then has followed farming on this place. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Orthodox Friends Society, and active in church work. He married, December 8, 1897, Lucy Whipple, born in Farmington, November 22, 1876, only child of Franklin and Carrie (Cotton) Whipple. Her father, Franklin Whipple, was born at Farmington, in 1852; was a decorator and painter, a Republican in politics, and a member of the Orthodox Friends Society; married, in 1874, Carrie Cotton, who was born February 28, 1852. F. H. Cotton, father of Carrie Cotton, was born in Farmington, in 1820, and died in 1903; was a Republican, a member of the Orthodox Friends; owned a farm of one hundred and forty-five acres at Farmington. The great-grandmother of Mrs. Tuttle on the maternal side was Jane Cheeseborough, born in Genesee county, in June, 1826, and died January 29, 1894. Isaac Cotton, father of F. H....

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Biographical Sketch of Leslie George Loomis

Leslie George, second son and fifth child of George (3) and Hannah Maria (Ketcham) Loomis, was born in Farmington, Ontario county, New York, April 9, 1857, His school education was a thorough one and he was graduated from the Canandaigua Academy. He commenced his business career as a bookkeeper in October, 1876, and in 1878 became a member of the firm of E. S. Norton, wholesale produce dealers. Four years later he formed a partnership with W. C. Woodworth, in the same line of business, the firm being Loomis & Woodworth, with offices at Victor, New York. The business was conducted in a flourishing manner until August 1, 1907, when Mr. Woodworth retired, and Mr. Loomis admitted his son, L. G., Jr., to membership in the firm, the style being changed to its present form, L. G. Loomis & Son. Mr. Loomis has always been a staunch supporter of the Democratic party, and was commissioned postmaster of Victor, New York, by President Grover Cleveland, serving in this office four years from 1895. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian church at Victor. Mr. Loomis married, in Newark, Wayne county, New York, June 4, 1884, Delia Mary, born in Marion, New York, February 16, 1859, daughter of Theodore and Clarinda (Wallace) Hunt, the former a farmer, and sister of William Henry Hunt. Children: Leslie George, Jr., born July...

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Biography of Robert Houston

Robert Houston, son of Robert and — (Melvin) Houston, was born in 1821, in Glasgow, Scotland, and died in 1856, in Farmington, New York. His father and mother lived and died in Scotland. His brother James was a merchant in England, and afterward in California. Robert Houston was educated in the common schools of his native land and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed until 1845, when he came to this country. He stayed for a short time in New York City, and then made his home in Canandaigua, New York. where he was employed first by See & Lekland and later by Mr. Tozer, of the same town. He removed to Manchester, New York, and started in business on his own account as a shoe manufacturer, continuing to the time of his death. In politics he was a Democrat; in religion a member of the Trinity Church. He married Jane Carson, of Glasgow, born in 1821, in that city, died in 1890, at Farmington, New York, daughter of James and Margaret (Carson) Carson, granddaughter of James and Margaret (McDowell) Carson. Her father was a farmer, a Republican in politics, and a Methodist in religion. Her grandfather was of Dumfries, Scotland. She had sisters, Margaret, Ellen, Isabel and Agnes, and a brother James Carson. She was an earnest, loving, self-sacrificing woman, and after the death of her...

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Biographical Sketch of George Collins

George, son of Guy Collins, was born at East Bloomfield, June 20. 1833. He attended the district schools and the academy at Bloomfield. He devoted his attention chiefly to farming. but was also an auctioneer. and traveling salesman for the Walter A. Wood Company of Hoosick Falls, and in 1862-63-64 was in England for the purpose of introducing and selling the agricultural machinery of this concern. In politics he was a Democrat and he served two terms as supervisor of the town of Farmington and for several years was postmaster. He was a member of Victor Lodge, No. 29, Free and Accepted Masons, of Canandaigua Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Canandaigua. He died April 17, 1903. He married, January 5, 1860, Ann Maria Victoria Hathaway, born November 12, 1838, now (1910) living at Farmington, daughter of Perez and Hannah dapham) Hathaway. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Collins: Perez Hathaway. born at Farmington, September 18. 1860, in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad since 1878, now (1910) agent at Newark, New York; married, August 16, 1904, Anna May Shappee, of Horseheads, New York, now (1910) living at Newark, New York. 2. Eliza Briggs, born at Farmington, September 23, 1867, married George J. Loomis, January 15. 1896; child, Harold Frederick Loomis, born December 23, 1896. 3. Guy N., born at Farmington, August 9, 1872, married, August 3, 1903, Christine Hudson; children:...

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Biographical Sketch of Perez Hathaway

(VII) Perez, son of Isaac (2) Hathaway, was born on the old homestead in Farmington, New York, July 12, 1805. He was educated in the district schools and followed farming all his active years. He died January 25, 1854. In politics he was a Whig and in religion a Presbyterian. He married, March 7, 1827, Hannah Lapham, born February 20, 1799, died 1884. Children : Elizabeth C., born July 14, 1829. died 1831; Joseph P., mentioned elsewhere; Ann Maria Victoria, married George Collins (see Collins) ; Rebecca J., born August 13, 1843, died...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph P. Hathaway

(VIII) Joseph P., son of Perez Hathaway, was born at Farmington, New York, August 31, 1833, and died June 14, 1897. He was educated in the public schools and at the Canandaigua Academy. He also followed farming and raised high-grade cattle and sheep. In politics he was a Republican, and for a number of years was a justice of the peace of the town. He was a member of the Hicksite church. He married, February 20, 1860, Ellen A. Bristol, born in 1835, died June 12, 1874, second daughter of Arnold A. and Maria (Aldrich) Bristol, of Macedon, Wayne county. He married (second), September 25, 1878, Mrs. Helena Beach, of Victor. Her father was born in Dutchess county. Children: 1. Elizabeth M., born at Farmington, November 23, 1861 ; married. 1887, Andrew Hamm, who died in May, 1909; children: Marguerite and Joseph Hamm. 2. Arnold Bristol, mentioned elsewhere. 3. Ellen Josephine, June 20, 1868; married Charles Gunnison, and had one son,...

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