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Location: New Berlin New York

Biographical Sketch of Capt. William Newton

Capt. William Newton was born in Colchester, Conn., Oct. 15, 1786. His father, Asahel Newton, had served several years in the army of the Revolution. He was in straitened circumstances and had a large family of children, of whom William was the oldest, and on him devolved a large share of the burden of supporting his brothers and sisters. Having learned the trade of a clothier he came to Sherburne in 1806 and worked with Landon & Mills at Bullocks Mills. He took a factory in New Berlin in 1807, and went to Camden, N. Y., and worked in 1809. Aug. 22, 1810, he married Lois Butler, a native of Wethersfield, Conn., who still survives him and is living in Sherburne with mental faculties unimpaired. Mr. Newton moved his family to Sherburne May 11, 1812, and resided here from that time till his death, which occurred August 13, 1879, at the age of 92 years. He bought twenty acres of land and in 1812 built the house now occupied by Jacob Kuhn, and near it a woolen factory, on the bank of Handsome brook, which was ready for cloth dressing in the fall of that year. The factory was burned in 1822 and rebuilt in 1823. It was again burned in the winter of 1826-7 and was not rebuilt. The house in which he resided at the time of...

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Biography of Hector Ross

In the town of Sherburne, and near the village of the same name, Chenango county, is a locality known as the “Quarter,” taking its name from the fact that it comprises one-quarter of the town. Here is located a thriving little manufacturing and trading settlement. By far the greater part of the life and prosperity of this place are due to the business capacity and the energy of the man whose portrait appears above. Hector Ross was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1811. His father’s name was John Ross, who was a molder. living in Greenock. His mother’s maiden name was Isabel Melville. She was also a native of Scotland, and came to this country in the year 1844. With her came also two brothers of Hector Ross–William and George, and one sister, Bell, all residents of Binghamton. When Hector Ross first came to this country, in 1837, he landed in Canada, where he was employed for a brief time in a foundry. Leaving the Dominion, he crossed to Charlotte, and from there went to Rochester, walking the distance, as he was entirely out of funds. Finding no employment in Rochester, he started on foot eastward, but found nothing to do until he reached Brownell’s mills, in Oneida Co., where he worked one day, during the absence of one of the hands, who was known as a hand mule...

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Chauncey Todd of Otsego County NY

Chauncey Todd6, (Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 24, 1784, in Cheshire, Conn., died July 26, 1855, in New Berlin, N. Y., married Sept. 13, 1812, Susan Hotchkiss, of Bethany, Conn., who was born July 18, 1792, died April 20, 1854. There must have been some Horace Greeley in those days telling young men to “Go West”, for he set forth for the unbroken wilderness of Central New York in 1805. He returned later to Connecticut to look for some young woman also anxious to “Go West”, and found her in the person of Susan Hotchkiss to whom he was married on Sept. 13, 1812. It is the tradition that the wedding trip was made on horseback to the new home in the forest in the town of Butternuts, Otsego County, N. Y. In this pioneer home they lived for many years and there was born the patriarchal family of eleven, all of whom grew to man and woman-hood, nine of them marrying and having families. He was a true pioneer, for after spending many years on the Butternuts farm, he moved to the vicinity of New Berlin, Chenango County, and there carved out another home. Late in life he again became restless and was with difficulty dissuaded from again breaking up and emigrating to the wilds of Michigan. The following sketch was written by his son, Rev....

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Chauncey Todd of New Berlin NY

Chauncey Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 24, 1835, died Jan. 6, 1887, married first, Feb. 16, 1858, Isabel Fletcher Begg, who was born Nov. 2, 1835, died Feb. 26, 1867, married second, Feb. 13, 1868, Jane Dodge, who was born Dec. 16, 1833, died May 10, 1919. He lived all his life in New Berlin, N. Y., engaged at his trade of cabinet maker. Children by Isabel F. Begg: *1263. Mary Elizabeth, b. April 26, 1860. *1264. William Henry, b. April 28, 1863. 1265. George Ambrose, b. Oct. 25, 1865, d. June 14, 1866. Children by Jane Dodge: 1266. Grace, b. July 6, 1870, m. March 23, 1904, George E. Sharts. 1267. Louis Chauncey, b. Jan. 9, 1872, m. Jan. 20, 1893, Nellie Wilbur, they reside in New Berlin, N. Y., where he is in business. *1268. Jay Morris, b. July 9,...

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Charles Todd of New York

Charles Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 3, 1820, died Feb. 25, 1891, married Oct. 13, 1844, Hannah Hall Miller, who was born Jan. 30, 1819, died April 22, 1885. He lived the greater part of his life on a farm, first near New Berlin and afterwards near Sherburne, N. Y. Children: *1250. Ruth Maria, b. Oct. 12, 1846. 1251. George, b. Oct. 21, 1854, d. Oct. 16, 1862. 1252. Charles Herbert, b. Oct. 15, 1858, m. Oct. 8, 1887, Ellen Kenyon Daboll; he is in business in Edmeston, N. Y. No...

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Edward Todd of New Berlin NY

Edward Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 1, 1822, died Dec. 19, 1890, married Sept. 19, 1854, Lucy Rebecca Swain, who died July 30, 1882. Mr. Todd lived nearly all his life in or near New Berlin, N. Y., engaged at his trade as a cabinet maker, when his health would permit. Children: 1253. James Prescott, b. May 28, 1857, d. Jan. 13, 1862. *1254. Sarah Eliza, b. Jan. 10,...

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Juliana Todd Jacobs of New Berlin NY

JACOBS, Juliana Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 12, 1818, died Oct. 27, 1880, married Nov. 15, 1837, Charles E. Jacobs, who died April 20, 1871. He was a wagon maker. She lived in New Berlin, N. Y., until the death of her husband, and later with her son Hobart, until her death in New York City. Children: I. George Albert, b. April 13, 1839, d. Sept. 13, 1863, of disease contracted while in the Union Army. II. Mary Frances, b. Feb. 13, 1842, d. Oct. 13, 1843. III. Helen Lucy, b. Aug. 4, 1844, d. June 26, 1845. IV. Ellen Juliana, b. Feb. 13, 1849, d. June 17, 1872, m. June 27, 1871, Edgar J. Arnold, of Greene, N. Y. He was a lawyer. They lived in New Berlin, N. Y. V. Hobart Benjamin, b. Feb. 10, 1852. He is an artist and resides in Greenwich, Conn., m. Sept. 18, 1883, Mary Davis Brower. Issue: (1) Juliana Louise, b. Oct. 20, 1886, m. June 12, 1918, Eugene J. Fitzgerald; (2) Anna Austin, b. Dec. 2, 1889, m. Nov. 25, 1918, S. H. Wainwright Jr. Issue: (a) Samuel H., 3rd, b. July 31,...

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Jay Morris Todd of New Berlin NY

Jay Morris Todd8, (Chauncey7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 9, 1876, married June 27, 1900, Pearl Ames. They reside in New Berlin, N. Y., where he is in business. Child: 1961. Francis Russell, b. May 28,...

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Susan Ann Todd Sprague of New Berlin NY

SPRAGUE, Susan Ann Todd8, (Jared7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 13, 1850, near Morris, N. Y., died April 11, 1919, married July 7, 1881, Alfred D. Sprague. They spend their summers at their home in New Berlin, N. Y. In the winter season, they go to their cottage in Southern Pines, N. C. Child: I. Helen Ruth, b. Jan. 28, 1884, d. July 26,...

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Mary Helen Todd Sprague of New Berlin NY

SPRAGUE, Mary Helen Todd8, (Jared7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 20, 1845, died Jan. 17, 1896, married July 7, 1868, James Munroe Sprague, who died Oct. 8, 1893. He was principal of a school in Afton, N. Y. Mrs. Sprague has lived in or near New Berlin, N. Y. all her life. Children: I. Jared Asa, b. May 20, 1873, m. Jan. 15, 1896, Gracia B. Austin. Issue: (1) Mary Elizabeth, b. Jan. 25, 1897, m. Dec. 5, 1917, Wilbert Layng; (2) Helen Seely, b. April 27, 1907. II. Henry Dewayne, b. Feb. 26, 1877, d. July 19, 1881. III. Mary Winifred, b. Dec. 1, 1881, m. Dec. 14, 1908, George Holland Sabine, and had issue: (1) George Burr, b. March 18, 1910; (2) Mary Josephine, b. April 6, 1911. IV. Frances Ellen, b. April 14, 1884, m. Sept. 22, 1913, John Ottwell Henschel, and had issue: (1) Jane Sprague, b. April 6, 1916; (2) Ruth Frances, b. May 21,...

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Hazel Orilla Todd Amsden of New Berlin NY

AMSDEN, Hazel Orilla Todd9, (John B.8, Hiram7, Isaac6, Samuel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 16, 1890, at Lyons Falls, N. Y., married at Oneonta, N. Y., Nov. 22, 1911, J. B. Amsden. In 1920 they lived in New Berlin, N. Y., where he owns and operates a farm. Children: I. John T., b. Sept. 8, 1914. II. Dorothy J., b. May 23,...

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Biography of Charles J. Buchanan

CHARLES J. BUCHANAN AN industrious and accomplished Albany lawyer, who has already gained no little distinction in the legal profession, and whose record in our civil war was most honorable, is Charles J. Buchanan, now of the well-known firm of Moak & Buchanan. Of Scotch-Irish ancestry – an ancestry noted for its strong mental and physical powers – he was born at New Berlin, Chenango County, N. Y., on the 27th of December, 1843. In the common schools of his native town, and in the New Berlin academy, amidst the richness and quietude of rural life, his school-boy days were pleasantly and profitably passed. A studious youth, he was ambitious to lay a substantial foundation on which he might build some useful intellectual superstructure. But when he left the academy in the hope of continuing his studies at college the civil war had broken out and the young student was fired with patriotic zeal in a loyal cause. In the fall of 1861 he enlisted in the First regiment of United States sharpshooters (Berdan’s) and went immediately to the front, his regiment being at once assigned to the army of the Potomac. He was then about eighteen years of age, vigorous in body, unfailing in courage and eager to engage in the deadly conflicts for loyalty whenever they should come. He served three years in Col. Berdan’s regiment, rising...

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