Location: Westfield New York

Biography of Olney N. Morse

The subject of this sketch, who was one of the argonauts of 1849, was born in Westfield, Chautauqua county, New York, December 4, 1826, and is the son of William and Lydia Ford Morse. During his early years he resided on his father’s farm, and received his education at the common schools until the spring of 1849. In that year he organized a company with nine other young men to cross the plains to the gold fields of California. Being elected secretary and treasurer of the party, he was sent to St. Louis in advance, and purchased the outfit and provisions, being soon joined by his associates. Having come to Council Bluffs, this little band started on foot or horseback across the plains, their company being known as the Westfield train. They arrived in Sacramento October 17, 1849, and still maintained their organization as they proceeded to the Amador mines, where they met with good success. January 1, 1850, Mr. Morse returned to Sacramento and opened a restaurant and hotel, which he conducted until the disastrous floods in the following March, which swept away his building. He then engaged in driving freight teams to the mines at a salary of eleven dollars per day. He followed that occupation until the company intimated a cut of one dollar per day, when Mr. Morse severed his connection with the company and...

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Biography of Leroy B. Sheldon

Leroy B. Sheldon. One of the oldest merchants in Lyon County, in years of continuous business, is Leroy B. Sheldon of Reading, who had had a store in that village supplying general merchandise to a large community for fully thirty years. Mr. Sheldon is also vice president of the Reading State Bank and had been quite a factor in local affairs. He comes of old American stock, the Sheldons having come from England to the New England states in colonial times. His grandfather was a native of Vermont, moved from Paulet, that state, to Chautauqua County, New York, and is buried at Fredonia, New York. Leroy B. Sheldon was born in Chautauqua County, New York, April 27, 1858. His father, Milton B. Sheldon, born in New York State in 1828 and died in Westfield, New York, in 1891, spent nearly all his active career as a Chautauqua County farmer. In politics he is a republican. He married Clarissa Barlow, who was born in New York State in 1829 and died in Chautauqua County in 1895. The oldest of their children is Myra, wife of Walter Corbett, a furniture dealer and undertaker at Sherman, New York; Linnie is the wife of George Van Deusen, a farmer near Syracuse, New York; the third in age is Leroy B. Sheldon; h. L. Sheldon is cashier in the Watertown Bank of South Dakota;...

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Caleb Todd of Clayton MI

Caleb Todd6, (Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Dec. 13, 1807, at Fairfield, N. Y., died March 25, 1856, at Clayton, Genesee County, Mich., married first, at Westfield, N. Y., by Elder Chapman, March 17, 1833, Lucretia Wood, who was born April 10, 1816, at Westfield, N. Y., died Oct. 5, 1840, at Chautauqua, N. Y. He married second, April 21, 1843, at Westfield, N. Y., also by Elder Chapman, Hannah A. Felt, who was born May 4, 1818, at Palmyra, N. Y., died Feb. 2, 1885, at Davison, Mich. Child by Lucretia Wood: *994. George Emmett, b. July 1, 1834. Child by Hannah A. Felt: *995. Vesta, b. March 6, 1844. *996. Florence E. L., b. Dec. 8,...

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Frederick P. Todd of Jamestown NY

Frederick P. Todd7, (Thomas Jefferson6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born June 24, 1837, in Thompson, Geauge County, Ohio, married, May 30, 1865, Mary A., daughter of George B. Ford, who was born Oct. 13, 1844. In early life he went to Nebraska with his parents in the year 1857, where he remained until 1860, when he went to De Wittville, N. Y., where he attended school during the winter of 1860-61, then he attended the spring and fall terms at the Westfield (N. Y.) Academy in the year of 1861. In the winter of 1861-62, he taught school on Chautauqua Hill. In the spring of 1862 he returned to Plattsmouth, Neb., where he studied law with Hon. T. M. Marquette the following summer. The next winter he taught school in Mills County, Iowa, and the summer of 1863, he was employed in the office of the County Treasurer of Cass County, Iowa. Thence in the fall he went to Jamestown, N. Y., and obtained work in A. M. Harrington’s Dry Goods store where he remained until 1866, when in June he returned to Plattsmouth, Neb., and during the following winter he taught school in the Stocking District in Cass County, Neb. From 1867 to 1874 he lived in Plattsmouth and Nebraska City, Neb., engaged in Merchantile and Sewing Machine business. In the fall of 1874, he returned to...

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Frances DeEtta Todd Patterson of Westfield NY

PATTERSON, Frances DeEtta Todd9, (Zerah8, Lemuel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 4, 1838, in Toddsville, N. Y., married Sept. 17, 1861, George W., son of Hon. George W., and Hannah W. (Dichey) Patterson, who was born Feb. 25, 1826, in Lester, N. Y. He studied law in Buffalo, N. Y., for two years after he left college. In 1854 he moved to Corning, N. Y., where he was president of the George Washington Bank; was for many years, president of the Board of Education, and also president of the Board of Water Commissioners. In 1876 they moved to Westfield, N. Y. Later he was the unsalaried engineer and superintendent of the Westfield Water Works, and since the formation of the Board of Water Commissioners, has been its president. For twenty-five years he was Vestryman of the St. Peters Church and was president of the Patterson Memorial Library. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1848, with the degree of A. B.; A. M. Dartmouth 1851. Mrs. Patterson has been for many years the chairman of the New York State Charities Aid Association of Chautauqua County; for 25 years she has been president of the Union Relief Association of Westfield, N. Y.; was vice-president of the Chautauqua County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has been Regent of the Patterson Chapter Daughters of the American...

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Biography of Herbert Franklin Sheldon

Herbert Franklin Sheldon. The original settlers of a new state, county or city, irrespective of any intrinsic qualities which they possess, are subjects of peculiar interest to succeeding generations. Men are interested in recalling their accomplishments and delight to treasure in memory the slightest incident connected with their persons and their settlement. As the years go by the pilgrims of New England are gradually elevated from the level of ordinary humanity and placed before our contemplation on pedestals challenging the admiration and respect of posterity. Each successive step in the settlement of the country as adventurous pioneers have pushed out from the populous centers into the rapidly receding wilderness had brought to notice enterprising men who have connected their names indissolubly with rising states and embryo cities. The subject of this sketch, Herbert Franklin Sheldon, was born October 12, 1831, in the Town of Westfield, County of Chautauqua, State of New York. He is of Puritan ancestry and traces his lineage in an unbroken line for almost 300 years to one, Isaac Sheldon, who, with his brother, John, came to this country from England about the year 1624. Mr. Sheldon is of the eighth generation from Isaac. In another line he is also a lineal descendant of William Brewster, the famous Pilgrim who came to this country on the Mayflower in 1620. His father, Tichenor Sheldon, was born and...

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