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Narrative of Robert Eastburn – Indian Captivities

A Faithful Narrative of the Many Dangers and Sufferings, as well as wonderful and surprising deliverances, of Robert Eastburn, during his late captivity among the Indians. Written by Himself. Published at the earnest request of many persons, for the benefit of the Public. With a recommendatory Preface by the Rev. Gilbert Tennent. Psalms 24, 6, 7, and 193, 2, 4. Philadelphia: Printed. Boston: Reprinted and sold by Green & Russell, opposite the Probate Office in Queen street, 1753. Preface Candid Reader: The author (and subject) of the ensuing narrative (who is a deacon of our church, and has been so for many years) is of such an established good character, that he needs no recommendation of others where he is known; a proof of which was the general joy of the inhabitants of this city, occasioned by his return from a miserable captivity; together with the readiness of divers persons to contribute to the relief of himself and necessitous family, without any request of his, or the least motion of that tendency. But seeing the following sheets are like to spread into many places where he is not known, permit me to say that, upon long acquaintance, I have found him to be a person of candor, integrity, and sincere piety, whose testimony may with safety be depended upon; which give his narrative the greater weight, and may induce...

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Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York

It was in 1722 that Oswego, New York, was made the site of an armed camp and, at that, it was more through the stubborn determination of Governor Burnet of the colony that the thing should be done than through any willingness of the staid burghers of the State Assembly to cooperate with their executive in schemes leading to future good. As a matter of fact, Governor Burnet is said to have paid the bill for establishing his little fort out of his own pocket, though he may have made this sum up in some other direction authorities do not tell us this kind of thing! Yet this little post was to become one of the most decisive factors in determining the result of the conflict between France and England for the New World, the flags of three Christian nations were to fly over it at different periods, and warriors white, red, French, English and colonial were to struggle for its possession. So much grows out of so little! One of the earliest mentions of Oswego in the history of the colonies is that in 1687 the Onondaga Indians presented a petition to the mayor and common council of Albany, that busy little trading post, requesting them to establish a trading post and fort at this point. The mayor and common council evidently thought that this was too wild...

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Biography of Dr. Alden H. Steele

DR. ALDEN H. STEELE. – “Olympia will always be a place for pleasant homes,” says one of her citizens well qualified to render an opinion, – the gentleman whose name appears above. The wide streets, magnificent shade-trees and comfortable residences of the capital of Washington Territory, together with her delightful climate, an extensive view of water and mountains, fully justify the remark; and no place could have a more pleasant recommendation. The Doctor has also examined the facilities of the place for a naval station, and finds that the location is most desirable from the following particulars: Safe anchorage and good harbor; ease of defense; abundance of coal, iron and ship timber; opportunity for a fresh-water dock and basin at small cost at Priest’s Point; ease of communication; and advantage of tide. Doctor Steele, whose presence as a resident contributes much towards the pleasantness of Olympia, is a native of New York State, having been born in 1823 at Oswego, where his father had long been a successful merchant. At the age of twenty our subject graduated from the medical department of the University of New York, and also from the office of Doctor James R. Woods, the distinguished professor of surgery. The first practice of the young physician was at Oswego, new York; but in 1849, in company with the mounted riflemen under Lieutenant-Colonel Loring, he crossed the...

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Biography of John R. Kellogg

JOHN R. KELLOGG. – No compilation that purports to give representation to the leading men of Union county would be complete were there failure to incorporate therein an epitome of the career of the venerable and esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this article and who has the distinction of being among the very first dauntless men who made permanent settlement in this favored section, and who is no less distinguished by his faithful labors in all the long years since that have resulted so well in the development and progress of Union county, as well as in the upbuilding of her institutions and the bettering of his fellows. On July 20, 1830, in a village in Oswego county, New York, there was born a son to Martin P. and Melvina (Potter) Kellogg, the subject of our humble sketch. The father was a faithful laborer in the ministry of the Methodist church and moved from place to place, taking our subject at an early age to Holmes county, Ohio, and also to various other sections of that classic commonwealth. At the noted Oberlin College of that state John R. was trained not only in the lore of books, but in the sound principles that have characterized him in his later life of worthy service. At the age of twenty-three he departed from his alma mater and...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Billings

Billings, Frank; merchant; born, Hastings, N. Y., Sept. 275, 1853; son of George Whitfield and Elizabeth Ann Warren Billings; married, Cleveland, April 18, 1895, Elizabeth Tod; pres. The Tod Stambaugh Co.; vice pres. The Billings Chapin Co.; director Bank of Commerce, Superior Savings & Trust Co., Guardian Savings Trust Co., and National Refining Co.; trustee Lakeside Hospital, Hiram House, and Babies’ Dispensary; member Union, Country, Mayfield Country and Chagrin Valley Hunt...

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Biographical Sketch of William Henry Garlock

Garlock, William Henry; laundryman; born, North Greece, N. Y., Aug. 13, 1842; son of Elisha and Lucy Wilkinson Garlock; educated, common schools and Falley Seminary, Fulton, N. Y.; married, Fulton, N. Y., Florence Adell Ingell; Republican; spent seven winters teaching district school; engaged in men’s furnishing business 1873; started in the laundry business, 1880; pres. The Garlock-Frazee Laundry Co.; trustee Dorcas Invalid’s Home; Mason and Knight Templar. Recreation:...

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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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Biographical Sketch of Roland Edward Skeel

Skeel, Roland Edward; physician; born, Fulton, Oswego County, N. Y., Feb. 9, 1869; son of Francis Adelbert and Hattie(Butler) Skeel; educated, Cleveland public schools; M. D., University of Michigan, 1890; married Alva P. Boepple, of Cleveland, O., 1893; Dean Cleveland College Physicians and Surgeons, 1902-1910; prof. gynecology, Western Reserve University; gynecologist to St. Luke’s Hospital; consulting surgeon to Lutheran and Lakewood Hospitals; visiting gynecologist to City Hospital; member American Association Obstetricians and Gynecologists, A. M. A.;...

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Kellog, John R. Major – Obituary

Another Pioneer Gone Major John R. Kellog One by one the early pioneers of Union county are passing from the scene of action and leaving their inheritance to the descendants. The latest to answer to roll call was Major John R. Kellog, one of the first settlers of the county. He passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the family residence three miles north of La Grande, where he settled in 1862. Deceased was born in Oswego county, New York, July 20, 1830, and was therefore a little over 74 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Kellogg was one of the best known citizens of the country and was always a leading spirit in church and Sunday school work. A widow and two adopted children and a large circle of friends mourn his death. Elgin Recorder Friday September 9,...

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Uel Todd of Westchester County NY

Uel Todd6, (Oliver5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 2, 1782, in South Salem, N. Y., died Feb. 27, 1852, married first, Laura, daughter of Enoch Mead who was a Colonel in Revolutionary Army. She was born Jan. 22, 1783, died July 26, 1814. He married second, widow Jane (Baker) Teed, relict of Samuel Teed, and daughter of Samuel Baker, of Somers, N. Y. He married third, Betsey (Baker) Purdy, widow and a sister of his second wife. In 1812, he moved with his family to the farm previously owned by his father, in the town of Somers, N. Y., near White Hall Corners. This farm was willed to him by his father, as a part of his share of the estate. Besides this farm, he owned some property in Greenboro, N. Y., where he at one time resided. He was buried in the Todd lot in the cemetery located near his farm. Children by Laura Mead: *820. Harvey Mead, b. June 2, 1803. *821. Oliver Uel, b. Oct. 5, 1805. *822. Rufus Linus, b. March 24, 1807. *823. Laura Jane, b. March 9, 1809. *824. Emmeline, b. Oct. 5, 1810. *825. Hancy, b. June 21, 1812. *826. Ira, b. July 13, 1814. Children by Jane (Baker) Teed: *827. Albert, b. July 29, 1815. 828. Alma, b. Feb. 17, 1817, d. Sept. 15, 1840, m. Samuel McCord. They lived...

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George Nelson Todd of Oswego NY

George Nelson Todd7, (Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 3, 1810, died April 1, 1887, married Aug. 25, 1842, Mary E., daughter of Edward Elliott, of Clinton, N. Y., who was born Oct. 3, 1814, died Sept. 24, 1874. They lived in Oswego, N. Y. He was a clergyman. Children: *1298. Edward Elliott, b. July 14, 1844. *1299. Adelaide Stoyell, b. Sept. 18, 1847. 1300. Herman Adelbert, b. June 5, 1850; he lived at Susquehanna Depot,...

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Russell W. Todd of Elyria OH

Russell W. Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 6, 1828, at Sandy Creek, N. Y., died Jan. 11, 1898, in Elyria, Ohio, married in Ridgeville, Ohio, June 18, 1860, Elizabeth Waltz, who was born June 19, 1841, in Nasby, Northamptonshire, Eng. Mr. Todd lived all his married life in Elyria, Ohio, where he worked at his trade of painter. Mrs. Todd is now (1912) living in Elyria, Ohio. Children: *1561. Caroline E., b. July 24, 1865. *1562. Lorenzo Russell, b. Aug. 20, 1869. *1563. Frank Leonard, b. April 8,...

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Amanda M. Todd Pendergast of Elyria OH

PENDERGAST, Amanda M. Todd7, (Marvin6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 25, 1826, at Sandy Creek, N. Y., married Oct. 2, 1845, John A. Pendergast. They lived most of their lives in Elyria, Ohio. Children: I. Augustus, b. March 19, 1848, m. Dec. 7, 1871, Catherine Christie. They reside in Elgin, Ill. II. Edwin R., b. July 17, 1854, m. Frances U. Day. III. Lydia, b. Sept. 23, 1856, m. May 13, 1879, John E....

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Joseph Todd of New York

Joseph Todd7, (Daniel6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 27, 1827, in East Rodman, N. Y., died July 3, 1864, while aboard a transport ship on the James River, of Typhoid Fever contracted in service in the civil war and was buried at Fortress Monroe, Va. He married at Oswego, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1851, Giffy Lewis, who is now (1913) living with her grand-daughter, Mrs. Hardy Esterdalph, of Whitehall, Mich. Children: 1540. Byron Montrose, d. Aug., 1854. *1541. Stella Janette. *1542. Nettie...

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John Bliss Atwater of Fulton NY

John Bliss Atwater7, (Elnathan6, Benjamin5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Nov. 6, 1835, married, Nov. 5, 1886, Sabrina, daughter of John and Maria (Lintner) Dillenbeck, who was born May 24, 1836, died April 24, 1903. He was a farmer in Fulton, N. Y. Children: 1640. Ida Angelia, b. Dec. 5, 1858, m. Dec. 19, 1877, Eugene Wallace Parker, of Brownsville, N. Y., where they now (1916) reside. Issue: (1) Grace Bell, b. July 30, 1880, m. Nov. 12, 1901, Edward B. Everleigh; (2) Lola Louise, b. Nov. 5, 1884; (3) Nina Adelia, b. April 18, 1887; (4) George Henry, b. Dec. 30, 1888; (5) Rose Wallace, b. Sept. 30, 1891. 1641. George Elnathan, b. Dec. 15, 1861, m. Jan. 1, 1889, Sarah Frances, daughter of Albert and Mary E. (Messler) Norris, who was b. Jan. 9, 1870. He is an inspector of transfers in Chicago, Ill., they had issue: Helen Frances, b. Jan. 28, 1897. 1642. Fenton D., b. June 17, 1867, d. Oct. 4, 1876. 1643. John C., b. Oct. 15, 1875, m. July 11, 1900, Vola, daughter of George F., and Lozane M. (Salisbury) Hills. Issue: Marguerite, b. May 4, 1905; they live in Brooklyn, N. Y. 1644. William R., b. Oct. 13, 1881,...

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