BORDEN (Fall River family – line of Joseph, fourth generation). The Borden family is an ancient one both here in New England and over the water in old England, as well as one of historic interest and distinction. The New England branch has directly or indirectly traced the lineage of the American ancestor, Richard Borden, many generations back in English history. His first English forbear went over to England from Bourdonnay, Normandy, as a soldier under William the Conquerer, and after the battle of Hastings – in A. D. 1066 – was assigned lands in the County of Kent,...Read More
Location: Westchester County NY
MRS. HANNAH J. OLMSTEAD. – Life upon the Pacific coast brings out the heroic qualities in women as well as in men. It is a social and conventional form which keeps them in the shadow of their husbands’ names. But everybody knows that the greater part of the incentive which a man has to win a position or a fortune comes from his wife. It has long been remarked that the women in the immigrant trains showed more pluck than the men; and many a dispirited husband was cheered up and almost carried through by his brave better half. Delicate women, not used to severe work, would wield the axe or the ox-whip when it fell from stronger hands, and in case of the loss of their companions could take care of their children. Mrs. Olmstead is one of these women, – a lady who can run a farm, transact her own business, and provide for and educate her children. She lives at Walla Walla, Washington, and owns her home. She is a native of South Salem, New York, was born in 1835, and is the daughter of Lewis and Eliza Keeler, well-to-do farmers, who, by the way, are still living, and are now eighty-one and seventy-six years old, respectively. In 1851 Miss Hannah was married to Daniel H. Olmstead, of Port Huron. Soon after their nuptials he was...Read More
WM. BETTS, Yonkers. “The Twelfth day of the Twelfth month 1673.” “I William Betts of the Yonckers Plantation, in the Jurisdiction now of New Orange so called.” Leaves to wife Alice, “house, barn and home lot, and meadows that are lying by my house lot,” also one third of my lot in the Planting Field, during her life: Also leaves her household goods. Leaves to son Samuel Betts, after his wife’s decease, the said house, Home lot and meadows, and one third of all lands in the Yonckers Plantation. Also a Home lot next to the home lot of Goodman Newman, in the Town of Westchester. Also six acres of meadow next to Samel Barrets, in the west meadow of Westchester. Leaves to son Hopestill Betts, one third of his lands in the Planting Field, and one third of the rest of his lands in the Yonckers Plantation. Also “eight acres of fresh meadow lying to the west of Long neck in Westchester.” Leaves to son John Betts, one third of land in the Planting Field and one third of land in the Yonckers Plantation, also two six acre lots of meadow in the west meadow of Westchester, next to Consider Woods, and six acres I bought of Cregier next to Consider Woods, and the other six acre lot lying between the meadow of Edward Walters and meadow of...Read More
David O. Crane. Of the men who have served Topeka in official capacities of importance and responsibility, few have won more fairly a reputation for fidelity than has David O. Crane, since 1884 superintendent of the Topeka Cemetery. In the thirty-two years that he has been the incumbent of this office he has labored efficiently and conscientiously to discharge its duties in a reverent and honorable way, and the mere fact that he has held his office during such a long period should be sufficient evidence of the quality of his ability and the worth of his service. Mr. Crane was born at Easton, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1842, and is a son of Franklin L. and Mary Elizabeth (Howell) Crane. His father was born at East Windsor, Counecticut, January 10, 1808, and was a veteran of the Civil war, through which struggle he fought as a private of Company E., Eleventh Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Franklin L. Crane, Jr., a brother of David O. Crane, was a private in that same war, being identified with Company G., Second Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Doubtless father and son who fought for the Union inherited their patriotic military tendency, for David Crane, the grandfather of David O., was a soldier of the Continental line during the War of the American Revolution. David Orville Crane received his educational training in the public schools...Read More
Fairchild, Egbert Nelson; flour mfgr.; born, Peekskill, N. Y., Sept. 28, 1868; son of Egbert Henry and Mary Seymour Fairchild; public school education; married, Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1893, Gertrude A. Kenny; two daughters Catherine and Mary; in flour milling business twenty-seven years; becoming pres. of the Cleveland Milling Co. in 1910; before that mgr. Pittsburgh Flour Co., Minneapolis; member Cleveland Athletic and Euclid Golf...Read More
Guthrie, Tracy W.; manufacturer; born, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 2, 1866; son of Julius C. and Emily A. Tracy Guthrie; educated in Chicago public schools, Chickering Institute, Cincinnati, public schools in Detroit, Mich., and Elmira, N. Y.; married, New Rochelle, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1910, Settal Horn; pres. Continental Coal Co., Columbus, O., 1903-1904; pres. Republic Iron & Steel Co., Pittsburgh, 1905-1911; sec’y and gen’l mgr. Standard Welding Co., Cleveland, to date; member Loyal Legion, Union and Country...Read More
Geer, Thomas Henry; general insurance; born, Ledyard, Conn., Sept. 3, 1840; son of Nathaniela Bellows and Julia Davis Geer; educated, common schools, Ledyard, Conn.; 1854, Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N. Y.; 1857, State Normal School, Westfield, Mass.; graduate, 1861-1862, Norwich Academy, Norwich, Conn.; married, Poquetanuck, Conn., June 30, 1868, Fanny Halsey Brewster; one daughter, Mary Brewster Geer; Republican in polities; 1859, teacher Grammar School, West Gloucester, Mass.; 1860, principal of High School, Rockport, Mass., 1862-1865, teacher Burlington College, Burlington, N. J., 1866 to date, general insurance business, Cleveland; pres. The Thomas H. Geer Co.; sec’y The Triton Steamship Co.; sec ‘y and pres. Cleveland Life Underwriter’s Ass’n; sec’y Life Underwriter’s Ass’n of Ohio; treas., vice pres. and pres. Cleveland Board of Underwriters; Pres. National Ass’n of Local Fire Insurance Agents; director The Cleveland Humane Society; vestryman Trinity Cathedral; member Athletic...Read More
McAllister, William Barriss; contractor; born, Cleveland, March 5, 1877; son of Arthur and Emma Barriss McAllister; educated, public schools, Cleveland, Mount Pleasant Academy, Ossining, N. Y., Case School of Applied Science, 1896; married, April 10, 1913, Martha Weed; started in business as manager of A. McAllister, builder, September, 1896 bought business from estate in 1898; pres. the W. B. McAllister Co.; member Cleveland Engineering Society, Builders Exchange (two years pres., four years director), Chamber of Commerce (two years a director), Phi Kappa Psi, Tavern, Euclid, and Cleveland Athletic...Read More
Otis, Arthur Houghton; Northern Ohio mgr. Otis Elevators Co.; born, Yonkers, N. Y., Aug. 21, 1881; son of Norton Prentiss and Elizabeth Fahs Otis; educated, Yonkers public and High School, and Princeton University, B. S., 1906; married, Cleveland, June 21, 1912, Mildred Vilas; issue, Malcolm V. and Arthur H., Jr.; since graduation from college, connected with The Otis Elevators Co.; mgr. for Northern Ohio; his father, who died in 1904, was pres. of the Otis Elevators Co.; was a native of Vermont; member of New York Assembly, and Mayor of Yonkers; served two terms in Congress, and in 1900, was one of the United States Commissioners to the International Exposition in Paris; member Tiger Inn, Hermit, and Athletic...Read More
Mansfield, Howard P.; chemical business; born, Cleveland, May 5, 1884; son of I. Howard and Emily Page Mansfield; educated, Holbrooks Military School, Ossining, N. Y., 1899-1902; Yale University, Sheffield Scientific School, 1905, P. H. B.; married, Cleveland, Dec. 2, 1907, Valentine Morris; one daughter, Elizabeth Morris Mansfield; with the Grasselli Chemical Co., since Sept. 11, 1905; member Board of managers Y. M. C. A.; member Chi Phi Fraternity. Recreations: Hand Ball, Tennis, and...Read More
Oliver Todd5, (Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 25, 1748, in Greenwich, Conn., died Dec. 25, 1814, married July 25, 1768, Lydia Close, b. Oct. 5, 1747, d. April 27, 1825. Oliver Todd and his brother with their wives moved to South Salem, N. Y., at the time that the British occupied Greenwich, Conn. They settled on land now owned by George Todd. He served in Col. Crane’s regiment from Westchester County during the Revolutionary war, and thus loyally fought for the cause of freedom. He and his wife both lie buried in the old Todd plot, in the cemetery which is on the old Todd Homestead. Children: *355. Fannie, b. Aug. 28, 1775. *356. Ira, b. July 18, 1777. *357. Huldah, b. July 12, 1779. *358. Uel, b. May 2,...Read More
Abraham Todd5, (Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 21, 1738, in Greenwich Ct., died April 19, 1797, married Aug. 24, 1757, Lydia Husted, who was born Aug. 31, 1737, died Aug. 23, 1811. “After his marriage he settled in South Salem, N. Y., now Lewisboro, about three miles east of Goldens Bridge, New York. He was a farmer. His grave is on his farm. He served in the Revolution under Lieut. Col. Joseph Benedicts in the Associated Exempts, Westchester County militia. He was Lieut. in the Westchester County militia, Thirteenth regiment, under Col. Pierre Van Cortland and Col. Drake. He also served in the fourth regiment under Col. Thaddeus Crane. In the Westchester County records, Page 268, Land Bounty records, he was given land for his service in the fourth regiment during the Revolution.” From History of Families of Southern New York, by Lewis Publishing Company. Children: *350. Hannah, b. May 26, 1759. *351. Abraham, b. Feb. 23, 1762. 352. Lydia, b. June 22, 1764, m. Stephen Holley. 353. Mabel, b. March 15, 1769, d. June 22, 1793, m. Gideon Seeley. *354. David, b. July 29,...Read More
Jehiel Todd6, (Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 3, 1761, died Jan. 28, 1843, in Toddville, N. Y., married in 1781, Hannah, daughter of Glover and Lydia (Allen) Street, who was born Oct. 1, 1758, died July 21, 1836. He was born and lived for some time in Wallingford, Conn. Glover Street, was son of Samuel and Keziah (Munson) Street; Samuel was son of Lieut. Samuel and Hannah (Glover) Street; Lieut. Samuel was a son of Rev. Samuel and Anna (Miles) Street; Rev. Samuel Street was son of Rev. Nicholas and(???)(Poole) Street. Keziah Munson was a daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth (Harmon) Munson; Caleb was a son of Ensign Samuel and Mary (Bradley) Munson; Ensign Samuel was a son of Capt. Thomas and Joanna Munson. Hannah Glover was a daughter of John Glover, who was a son of Henry Glover. Anna Miles was a daughter of Dea. Richard and Catherine (Constable) Miles. Mary Bradley was a daughter of William Bradley and Alice Pritchard daughter of Roger. Jehiel Todd lived several years succeeding the year 1800 in Northampton, Mass., and there are many deeds recorded transfering property in that town and vicinity, among which was one that conveyed to him a one third part of a grist and saw mill there. Later he went to Toddsville, N. Y., where he owned and operated a flouring mill and paper mill....Read More
Elnathan Todd6, (John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born May 5, 1774, died Oct. 10, 1819, married in 1798, Sally Smith, who was born Sept. 17, 1778, died Dec. 19, 1819. Resided in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York. Mr. Todd was a man of sterling character, and marked ability, always conducting himself in public and private life with dignity and temperance. He was very successful in all his undertakings, and became a prominent citizen and a large and wealthy land owner. Sudden worry and anxiety over business troubles caused his untimely death at the early age of 41. With the loss of her husband, Mrs. Todd lost all interest in life and would daily, in sunshine or in storm, wander to a hilltop near her home, with her youngest children’s hands clasped in her own, where she could see in the distance the hallowed spot where her loved one lay. There she would remain for hours, tears coursing down her checks, till the tired little ones, aroused her from her grief, and teased her to go home. Grief so intense soon absorbed her strength and in a little over two months, she too, passed away and was laid by her loved one’s side. She seems to have thought that life was not worthwhile after her husband’s death. Nine orphans were left to struggle for an existence, the eldest barely twenty...Read More
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...Read More
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