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BABCOCK, Almon - Warren p. o., Conewango twp (page vii, Brief Personals *)

Almon Babcock is a farmer and was born in Youngsville, Warren county, April 22, 1829. He was a son of Merritt and Lucinda (Sturtevant) Babcock. His paternal grandfather was David Babcock, and his maternal grandfather William Sturtevant, both of whom came from Lake George, N. Y., and were early settlers in Warren county, locating in Conewango, where they remained up to the time of their deaths. David was a farmer and cleared and improved the farm which is now owned by Benjamin Bailey. His son Merritt was a blacksmith by trade, and settled in Youngsville about 1825, and a year or two later settled in Conewango, on the farm which is now owned and occupied by W. Leiter, which he cleared and improved. He had a family of four children, who grew to maturity — Almon, Prudence, Plymton, and Antis. Almon Babcock was reared in Conewango, where he has always resided. He was married in 1850 to Mahala Spencer, a daughter of Alfred and Mary (Wilcox) Spencer, and a granddaughter of Abner Spencer, a pioneer of Conewango. To them have been born eight children — Alwilda, Alice, John, James, Plymton, Mahala, William and Merritt.




BABCOCK, William H. - West Spring Creek p. o., Spring Creek twp (page vii, Brief Personals *)

W. H. Babcock was born in Burlington, Otsego county, N. Y., in 1818, and settled in West Spring Creek in 1865. He married Mary Ann Harrison, who was born in Vernon, Oneida county, N. Y., and by her had a family of seven children, four of whom are now living — M. A., Annette, Charles and Frank. By trade Mr. Babcock is a shoemaker. He has held the office of postmaster from 1871. He was a son of Jonathan and Lucy (Shaw) Babcock. Jonathan died at the age of sixty-six years, and his wife Lucy died in the seventy-seventh year of her age. W. H. Babcock's wife, Mary Ann Babcock, died January 2, 1884, aged sixty-six years.

[Warren County coordinator's note: William and Mary's child Miles A. Babcock died in 1916 and was buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery. Inscription "M. A. Babcock 1841 - 1916" can be found on the top of the tombstone for Amos H. and Addie (Babcock) Cobb.]




BAIRD, George - East Branch p. o., Spring Creek twp (page vii, Brief Personals *)

George Baird was born in Crawford county in 1862; he is a farmer. He was married in 1884 to Clara Armatage, of Spring Creek. They have had one child born to them — Deross. George was a son of Lorenzo Baird, who was born in 1825 and married Louise Courtney. They had a family of twelve children, eight of whom are now living.




BAKER, John A. - Chandler's Valley p. o., Sugar Grove twp (page vii, Brief Personals *)

John A. Baker is a farmer and carpenter. He was born in Sweden in 1838, and immigrated to America in 1866, settling in Chautauqua county, N. Y. In 1869 he came to Warren county, and purchased his present farm of fifty acres in 1870. In 1873 he was married to Clara Albertena Abbenson, born in Sweden in 1847. They have three children — Irene Albertena, Frank Axel Theodore, and Hugo Amanuel.




BAKER, William - Spring Creek, Spring Creek twp (page vii, Brief Personals *)

William Baker was born in Spring Creek in 1841. He commenced active business life in 1861. He has been town treasurer for five years and was numerator in 1880. He was married in 1866 to Abi Grant; to them have been born three children — Jesse Jean, Kate Grant, and Bonnie Lewis. William Baker was a son of Lewis B. and Sarah A. (Webb) Baker. Lewis B. was born in 1812 and settled in Warren county, in 1837. He was married in 1835 to Sarah Webb, who came with her parents to Pennsylvania in 1832. They had a family of eleven children born to them, seven of whom are now living. One of their sons, Josiah, enlisted in the 145th Pennsylvania Vols, and was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. His remains were never recovered.




BALDENSPERGER, Jacob - Warren p. o., Glade twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

Jacob Baldensperger was born in Alsace, France, in 1829. His early life was spent on a farm, and in 1852 he came to this country and located at Glade Run, in which vicinity he has since resided. His first employment was as a farm hand, and he was also engaged in the lumber business, and worked for Guy Irvine and Joseph Hall. In October, 1857, he married Emeline Walter, who bore him a family of eight children — Charles, Jacob, Emma, Henry, Theodore, Frederick, Lena, and Bertha. Mr. Baldensperger is now the leading merchant of the Run, having in charge a grocery, feed-store, meat-market and boarding-house. He had no starting capital save a determined will and strong arms, but now he is in comfortable circumstances. Although not an active politician he is a firm Democrat. In religion Mr. Baldensperger is a freethinker.




BALDENSPERGER, Laurence - Stoneham p. o., Mead twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

Laurence Baldensperger is a farmer and was born in Alsace, France, February 9, 1825. He was a son of Gotfried and Margaret (Lesser) Baldensperger. He came to Warren county in 1849 and settled in Mead township on the farm on which he now resides, and which he has cleared and made all of the improvements. He was married in 1850 to Elizabeth Lauffer, a daughter of Martin and Catherine (Gruber) Lauffer, natives of Alsace, France. They have had a family of eight children born to them — Elizabeth, Mary, Louise (deceased), William, Louise (second), Albert, Samuel, and Lorena. Mr. Baldensperger and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church of Warren.




BALLARD, John W. - Lander p. o., Farmington twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

John W. Ballard is a farmer and was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y., April 6, 1821. He was a son of Samuel and Rhoda (Jones) Ballard. His maternal grandfather was Levi Jones; was a pioneer of Carroll, N. Y., where he settled in 1814. John W. Ballard located in what is now Farmington in 1831, worked through the summer at three dollars per month, which he never received, and the second summer for one dollar per month and received his pay. He was married November 19, 1841, to Rachel Marsh, a daughter of Ross and Esther (Dyke) Marsh. Hugh Marsh, father of Ross, settled in Warren in 1795, and in Farmington in 1798. He reared a large family of children, of whom Ross Marsh was one, and settled on the farm which is now occupied by John W. Ballard. Mr. Ballard married twice. His first wife was Rachel Marsh, by whom he had a family of four children — Betsey, Louisa, Nancy, and Esther. His second wife was Lovina (Dewey) Kingsley, of Farmington, where he was married in February, 1876. Mr. Ballard bought the Marsh homestead, where he has always resided, and has improved a large part of it.




BARLOW, Richard - East Branch p. o., Eldred twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

Richard Barlow was born in England in 1841; came to America in 1844 and settled in Warren county; married Mary Hilman, of Sugar Grove. They have four children — Cora, Myrtie, James, and Nettie. Mr. B. served in the 151st Pennsylvania Vols, during the late war; also in the navy. His farm contains thirty-one acres.




BARNES, Asa H. - Barnes p. o., Sheffield twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

Asa H. Barnes was born on January 2, 1817, in Yates county, N. Y., and was a son of Timothy and Betsey Barnes. He was married in 1840 to Letetia M. Force, a daughter of Samuel Force, of Kirkland, O., and who in the year 1841 came to Sheffield, where his after life was spent in lumbering and farming, in which his labors were rewarded. He also kept the "Barnes House" for twelve years. Asa H. Barnes died on January 19, 1875, leaving an estimable wife and a large family of children. The children of Asa and Letetia (Force) Barnes are as follows : Amy (who married Curtis Gilson, now living in Sheffield), Erastus, Edward, Eliza (who married Doctor Badger), Frank, Cole, William and Ellsworth.




BARNES, Erastus - Sheffield twp (page 635 *)

The subject of this sketch was born at Italy Hill, Yates county, N. Y., in the year 1811, his father being Timothy Barnes, who with his family left New York State in 1828, and settled on the south branch of Tionesta Creek in Sheffield township, Warren county, then a wilderness. Here a mill was erected which still stands, a landmark in the now thriving community. Land was acquired, business accumulated, and soon all the evidences of a prosperous career began. Grown to manhood, Erastus, who had become manager of the business, married Eliza Eddy, a daughter of Zachariah Eddy, of Warren. Their children were Rose, now Mrs. Frank T. Blair; Timothy E., late treasurer of Warren county, now deceased, who married Miss Ada Houghton; Letitia, who married George Horton; and Catharine, the wife of H. H. Ham. Mr. Barnes, becoming a man of note in the county, was selected one of the county commissioners; and the Rouse fund coming to the county at this time, enabled Mr. Barnes and his associates to enact those wise measures which the county now so highly prizes. The commissionership was his only political office. He lives full of years, honored and respected by all who know him.




BARTSCH, Charles F. - North Warren p. o., Conewango twp (page viii, Brief Personals *)

Charles F. Bartsch came to this country from Saxony, Germany, in 1836, and commenced business as a grocer and baker. In 1858 he bought and cleared a farm in Glade township. In 1865 he sold this farm and bought another, in Conewango township, which he now occupies; his son Henry cleared this farm and is now working it. Mr. Bartsch's family comprised eleven children, seven of whom are now living—Caroline, Charles, Margaret, Armenia, Frederick, Henry, and Edwin. Mr. B. is now eighty-three years of age, and his wife is seventy, both in usual health. They are both members of the Lutheran Church.




BASSET, L. S. - Spring Creek p. o., Spring Creek twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

Loriston S. Basset was born in Ontario county, N. Y.; he is a son of Cornelius, who was born in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and settled in Warren county in 1816; married Betsey Sawyer, by whom he had seven children, five of whom are now living. L. S. Basset married Sarah Maria Tillotson, of Chenango county, N. Y. They have had four children, two of whom are now living—Cornelius, engineer in the late war, died in Florida; Morris John; Lucia Persilla; Wealthy Ann, dead. Mr. B.'s farm comprises twenty-five acres.




BATES, George - Spring Creek twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

George Bates was born at Spring Creek in 1838. He is a farmer, owning 240 acres, also is largely interested in lumbering. He was married in 1860 to Olive Cobb. To them have been born two children — Byron D. and Maud M.. His father, Francis Bates, was born in 1808, and married Mary Evers, who was born in Spring Creek in 1817, and died in 1875. They had a family of eight children, six of whom are now living. Francis was a blacksmith by trade, and held the office of justice of the peace for forty years. He died in 1880.




BATES, George H. - Youngsville p. o., Brokenstraw twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

George H. Bates was born in Niagara county, N. Y., in 1837, and was a son of Henry R. and Betsey (White) Bates. Betsey was born in Erie county and was a daughter of Samuel White. She was married in Erie county and they settled in Youngsville in 1838. Henry died in 1874, leaving a widow and six children, all of whom are now living — Morgan M., George H., Rebecca, Wm. H., Cordelia, and Ransom. George H. Bates enlisted in Co. G, 211th Pennsylvania Volunteers in 1864, and served under Captain Tremble. He has been a prominent man of his town and has held the following offices — school director for three terms, commissioner for one term, associate judge one term of three years. He purchased his homestead farm of 100 acres in 1862. He was married it 1858 to Agnes A. Hamblin, of Youngsville, Warren county. They have had a family of four children — Frank A., George, Wilder D., and Clara A., and two who died in infancy.




BATES, L. L. - Spring Creek twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

Lon L. Bates was born in Spring Creek in 1867, and was married in 1879 to Mattie Long. They have had two children born to them—Daisy A. and Hazel.




BEATY, David - Warren Borough (pages 609-610 *)

David Beaty was born in Beaver county, Pa., on the 26th day of October, 1811. His paternal ancestry is derived from Scotland. His grandfather, William Beaty, emigrated from Scotland to Newburg, on the Hudson, in New York State, and thence removed to Beaver county, in this State, nearly eighty years ago. He had a family of three daughters and four sons, of the latter of whom William, jr., the eldest, was the father of David Beaty. William, the younger, was born in Newburg, N. Y., in 1764; could distinctly remember having seen Washington; served in the War of 1812, being stationed at Erie to protect the country from an apprehended invasion of the enemy, and died at his home in Beaver county on the 5th of June, 1859. He was a farmer by occupation, a Democrat of the old school, and a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife, Mary, had four brothers and three sisters, the children of David Clark, of Irish birth and parentage. He was a giant in stature, measuring six feet two and one-half inches in his stockings. He died in Beaver county about the year 1822. Mary (Clark) Beaty died in the summer of 1868, of palsy.

William and Mary Beaty reared a family of seven sons and six daughters. Of this family of thirteen children, David Beaty was the sixth. Just previous to his nineteenth birthday David Beaty came to Chautauqua county, N. Y., where he remained at work on farms for four years, removing, at the expiration of that time, to Tionesta, Warren county, Pa. There he engaged in lumbering in the forests for a period of five years, when he went to West Hickory, near Tidioute, and was married November 16, 1843, to Abigail Mead, youngest daughter of Joseph Mead; uniting the labors of a farmer with those of his former vocation. At the beginning of the oil excitement, more than twenty years ago, he commenced his operations in petroleum on Oil Creek, eight miles south of Titusville. This occupation gradually assumed larger proportions, and in time absorbed Mr. Beaty's entire time and attention. The material result, however, has been most gratifying. The boy who left home with one dollar and seventy-five cents in his pocket, and with venturesome daring, walked 130 miles to the destination which he had selected as the field for his labors, was bound to succeed, and has succeeded beyond his original calculations. After erecting and furnishing the buildings in which he now lives, Mr. Beaty removed hither from West Hickory on the 11th of March, 1873.

Mansion on Conewango near Fifth Avenue, in Warren,
built by David Beaty in 1873
David Beaty Mansion, near Conewango and Fifth Avenues, Warren, PA
Photograph courtesy of the Warren Library Association
Photograph taken in 1875

[Warren County coordinator's note: Yes, indeed, he certainly "succeeded beyond his original calculations." On the 1870 census for Tidioute, Deerfield Township, Warren County, David Beaty, 53, was an oil operator who disclosed his real estate value at $150,000 and his personal estate at $64,700! His wife "Abagail" was 50, son Orris, 25 and a bookkeeper, and son David, attending school, was 10. Also living with them were Mary A. Beaty, 15, born in Louisiana...unclear if related...and Henry Morgan, a 31 year old laborer from Mass.]

His home farm consists of 170 1/2 acres, besides which he now owns sixty acres in one lot above here, 100 acres on Hatch Run, etc., making more than 500 acres that he owns in Warren county, and nearly four thousand acres in Dakota. Mr. Beaty is a stalwart member of the Democratic party, and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Warren.

Joseph Mead was born in Northumberland county, Pa., June 25, 1772; came to where Meadville now stands, when it was a wilderness, with his eldest brother, David Mead. Joseph was sixteen years old at that time. They had some narrow escapes. Their father, Darius Mead, was taken prisoner by the Indians and killed about thirty miles from Franklin. Joseph remained there one year; returned to Northumberland, and went to school; acquired as good an education as he could possibly; was married in 1794 to Hannah Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone, of Kentucky; emigrated to near Youngsville, Warren county, in 1799 with his brother Darius, and their families. They built the first grist and saw-mill in the county. Joseph afterward came to reside three miles below Warren, on the Allegheny River, and died there in 1846.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Beaty consists of three sons—O. W., David W., and Albert B., the last named of whom died on the 20th of September, 1851. The other two are still residing in Warren county.


The David Beaty family's large stone marks their plot in the Oakland Cemetery
David Beaty Memorial Tombstone
Photograph courtesy of Jonathan Hart
The individual stones are quite different in their inscriptions:
David Beaty's stone is simply marked "Father"
Abigail (Mead) Beaty's is "Mother"
Orris W. Beaty
Albert Boone Beaty's is also brief - "Albert"
David W. Beaty




BECK, Frederick - Spring Creek p. o., Spring Creek twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

Frederick Beck was born in Wiirtemberg, Germany, in 1839, and immigrated to America in 1860. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, 72d New York Volunteers, at Dunkirk. His regiment belonged to Siegel's brigade. He served for three years and two months. He was wounded at Spottsylvania Court House. He was married in 1867 to Miss Seidel, of Cleveland, O. To them were born five children, three of whom are now living — Julius, Louisa, and Mary. Mr. Beck settled in Warren county in 1870, and erected a small tannery, which he has added to until now it has reached the capacity of eight hundred sides a week. He has also erected a number of tenement houses, and owns a farm of 100 acres, and is one of the solid business men of Spring Creek.




BECK, Martin - Warren p. o., Farmington twp (page ix, Brief Personals *)

Martin Beck is a farmer, and was born in Bavaria, Germany, August 5, 1824. He was a son of John and Eve Beck. He was reared on a farm in Bavaria, and immigrated to America in 1853, and came to Warren county and worked as a farm hand for six months, after which he rented a farm until 1857, when he purchased the farm which he now occupies, and which he cleared and improved himself, and built the buildings and made all of the improvements. He was married in 1853 to Margaret Schlick, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, September 29, 1823, and died August 6, 1884. They have had a family of six children born to them — Eliza, born August 8, 1854; Anna and Margaret, born March 24, 1856, and died April 17, 1856; Martin, born July 3, 1857; Mary, born May 9, 1859; and John, born January 11, 1862. Mr. Beck is a member of the Catholic Church, and politically he is a Republican.




BELKNAP, C. M. - Titusville p. o., Eldred twp (pages ix-x, Brief Personals *)

C. M. Belknap of the firm of Bush & Belknap, large manufacturers of lumber, owning some 2,100 acres of timber, was born in Concord, Erie county, and was married in 1869 to Laura Lord, of Wayne, Erie county. They have had a family of three children born to them — H. Berenice, Angeline Emoine, and Cecil Iverness. C. M.'s father was born in Rensselaer county, N. Y., in 1824, and married Anna Gray, of Wayne, Erie county. They had a family of six children born to them, five of whom are now living — C. M., William A., Embert L., Ester A. J. (deceased), Ella, and Cassius.




BENEDICT, Willis B. - Enterprise, South West twp (pages 629-632 *)

Willis B. Benedict was born in the village of Enterprise, township of Southwest, on the 19th day of February, 1838. He comes of an ancient English family, the first emigrant from which to this country, Thomas Benedict, settled in Massachusetts Bay in 1638, removing from there to Connecticut. He died at Norwalk in 1690, where many of his descendants are now living. The great-grandfather of the subject of our sketch, named Thomas Benedict, bore an active part as a soldier throughout the War of the Revolution, and was afterward a pensioner, as was also another great-grandfather, James Spencer. W. B. Benedict's grandfather, Jare Benedict, was the first of the family to settle in Southwest. He was born in December, 1787, in West Stockbridge, Mass. His father emigrated from Massachusetts to Onondaga county, N. Y., whence, in the winter of 1833, Jare Benedict removed to Southwest, bringing his family and worldly effects with him in sleighs. His wife Annis, daughter of James Spencer mentioned above, was born in West Stockbridge, Mass., in 1791, and died in Southwest township on the 9th of August, 1858. When they came to this township, in 1833, their children, Elbridge G., Selden Spencer, Major F., and Harriet, afterward wife of George C. Pettit, of Fabius, N. Y., were all born. Jare Benedict, at once upon his arrival in Warren county, formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Selden Spencer, for the purpose of engaging in the manufacture and sale of lumber. They purchased large tracts of lands covered with a dense growth of pine timber of the best quality, and erected what was in those days a fine saw-mill on Pine Creek, at what is now the site of Enterprise village, on the ruins of the first mill ever built in this part of the county. Mr. Benedict continued in a most successful prosecution of the lumber business until his death, on the 19th of July, 1844, when he had reached the age of fifty-six years, six months and twenty-eight days. He was a noted man in his day, both for his superior sagacity and energy in the management of his private affairs, and for his unbounded public spirit. He was an acknowledged leader in all matters relating to the welfare of his town and county. He was a staunch but intelligent Democrat. To his enterprise and industry are due the laying out and opening of many of the roads in this vicinity. He and all his family were members of the Baptist denomination. Before coming to Pennsylvania he and his brother Aaron, almost unaided, built a Baptist house of worship in Fabius, N. Y., which is still standing. His only surviving son, Major F. Benedict, resides in Titusville. Major F. and Selden S. Benedict succeeded to their father's estate.

Selden Spencer Benedict was born in Fabius, Onondaga county, N. Y., on the 27th day of March, 1817, and was consequently sixteen years of age when he came to Southwest with his father's family. In July, 1836, he married Mary H., daughter of the celebrated Dr. John Heffron, of Erieville, Madison county, N. Y., where she was born on the 22d of March, 1817. Her father was a graduate from Dartmouth College, and a surgeon in the War of 1812. Selden S. Benedict and wife reared a family of five children: Willis B., the eldest; Eugenia, now the wife of W. J. Booth, of Titusville, Pa.; Francis Wayland, who died November 22, 1865, aged twenty-two years; M. Laverne, who became the wife of Dr. John Chick, removed with him to Kansas City, Mo., and after his death, in 1881, removed to Titusville, where she now resides; besides a son, born next after Wayland, who died in infancy. Selden Benedict succeeded not only to a share of his father's property, but inherited his energy and public spirit. He was esteemed for his open-handed charity and liberality; was a member of the Democratic party until 1856, when he joined the ranks of the Republicans, during that period of general osmosis between political parties; and was a member and supporter of the Baptist Church in his own town. In 1865 Major F., his brother, retired from business and settled in Titusville, after which he conducted the business in his own name until his death, on the 6th of February, 1873. His wife died on the 23d day of May, 1879.

Willis B. Benedict passed his boyhood in attendance upon the district schools of Southwest township, after which he underwent a thorough training at the Waterford Academy in Erie county. In 1856 he had the benefit of a course of study in Duff's Commercial College of Pittsburgh, the first and about the best institution of the kind west of the Allegheny Mountains. Thus equipped for the serious business of life, he returned to Enterprise and busied himself in aiding his father, until the oil development of 1859, when he added the production of oil to the manufacture of lumber. He commenced the production of petroleum in the fall of 1859, when he drilled a well in Rouseville, Venango county. From that time to the present writing Mr. Benedict has united the two industries—that of operating in oil and that of manufacturing lumber—with a degree of success. He has drilled many hundreds of wells, and still owns large tracts of timber and oil lands. He was, unfortunately, a victim of the great oil fire, which caused the death of Henry R. Rouse, on the 17th of April, 1861, and himself escaped only with serious injuries.

Willis B. Benedict
Willis B. Benedict portrait
Portrait from History Of Warren County Pennsylvania

Though not ambitious for political eminence, Mr. Benedict's ability for management, and his personal influence, has made him, of necessity, active in public affairs. He is in principle a Republican, and while a firm and unyielding one, is not an "offensive" partisan. In 1862 he was elected treasurer of Warren county, and during his administration demonstrated his fitness for the position. He was elected to a seat in the State Legislature in the fall of 1880, and served with credit to himself and his constituents. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Enterprise, and contributes liberally to its support.

Mr. Benedict has been thrice married. His first wife, Mary, daughter of Elisha Sprague, of Fabius, N. Y.—(an early friend of his father)—he married on the 18th of September, 1860. She died in July, 1872, leaving one daughter, Myra E., who was born on the 30th of December, 1868, and is now living with her father. In June, 1874, he was united in marriage with his second wife, Jennie, daughter of Judge Richard Irwin, of Franklin, Venango county. She died in April, 1877, leaving one child, Selden S., born on the 23d of June, 1875, and also at home. On the 25th of July, 1878, he married Edna J. Ruland, then of Shamburg, Pa., though formerly of Batavia, N. Y., who is his present wife. By her he has had four children—Willis B., born on the 16th of March, 1880; Wayland R., born on the 19th of January, 1882; Harry H., born on the 4th of January, 1884; and Robert B., born on the 8th of March, 1886.




BEYER, Christian - Warren p. o., Conewango twp (page x, Brief Personals *)

Christian Beyer was born in Conewango on the farm on which he now resides, on August 1, 1846. He was a son of Christian and Usala (Giselbrecht) Beyer, natives of Alsace, France, who settled in Conewango in 1841, and settled on the farm now occupied by Christian, which they cleared and improved, and which they resided on for a great many years. They had a family of five children — Philip, Mary, Christian, Fred, and Carrie. Christian Beyer is a farmer, and now owns and occupies the old homestead. He was married in 1872 to Eliza Beck, a daughter of Martin and Margaret Beck, of Farmington. They have a family of five children — Chloe, Elmer, Frank, Clara, and Bertha.




BIMBER, George H. - Tidioute p. o., Deerfield twp (page x, Brief Personals *)

George H. Bimber was born in Hesse, Germany, in 1826. His parents were Andrew and Gertrude (Miller) Bimber, who were married in Germany and immigrated to America, settling in Beaver county in 1832. They both died in Deerfield—Mr. Bimber in 1885, and his wife in 1873. They had three sons — Philip A., Herman, and George H. The latter married in 1847 Elizabeth Little, who was born in Ohio in 1828. They settled in Deerfield township in 1850, and have had ten children, eight of whom are now living—Andrew H., Louisa G., Menie, Elizabeth, Jennie, George, Phena, and Esther. Mary G. died at an early age; Anna married Lewis White, and died, leaving two children — George and Sheldon. George H. Bimber enlisted in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry as bugler in 1861, served his time, and re-enlisted; he was then made chief bugler, served to the close of the war, and was discharged at Philadelphia in August, 1865. He now receives a pension for injuries received by his horse falling upon him when shot in action.




BINES, Thomas H. - Stoneham p. o., Mead township (page x, Brief Personals *)

Thomas H. Bines is a millwright, and was born in Wayne county January 1, 1845, and was a son of Joseph and Christiana (Ballery) Bines. He was reared and learned his trade in his native county, and located in Mead township in 1867. In 1869 he married Helen M. Bunnell, a daughter of Pike and Corinda Bunnell, of Wayne county, by whom he has had two children—Lizzie and Ida; in 1877, Etta Benson, a daughter of R. H. and Mary A. Benson, of Erie county, Pa.

[Warren County coordinator's note: From the December 26, 1895, edition (page 2) of The Evening Democrat, under "Stoneham Stories" was this mention: "Miss Lizzie Bines is spending Christmas with her sister, Mrs. W. Cogswell."

According to the August 23, 1900, edition (page 1) of The Evening Democrat, under "Stoneham Stories" is this tidbit: "Mrs. Ida Cogswell, of Scio, Ohio, is visiting her father, T. H. Bines." Later that year, his mother-in-law, Mary Benson, died and her funeral was held in his home. Read Mary A. Benson's obit.

"Mrs. Will Cogswell of Scio, Ohio, is the guest of her father, Thomas Bines." From the August 20, 1909 edition of the Warren Evening Mirror, page 8, under "Stoneham."

Thomas Bines, according to his death certificate, died July 30, 1914 of apoplexy at age 69 years, 6 months, and 29 days. His occupation was listed as Oil producer.

Reported September 19, 1918 in the Warren Evening Times, "Ray C. Bines left last evening for the University of Lehigh at South Bethlehem, to take a special course in electrical work. He was also appointed captain and will see that the boys are well taken care of until they reach their destination.

Mr. Bines being the only one who left Sheffield , the band did not forget their patriotism but came out on the rainy evening and gave him a good send off which leaves a happy memory of his friends, who indeed deserves praise for their loyalness."

Read more about Ray C. Bines reporting for service in 1918.
And later his death on October 24, 1918]




BISHOP, Chauncey C. - Lander p. o., Farmington township (page x, Brief Personals *)

Chauncey C. Bishop is a farmer, and was born in Troy, N. Y., May 10, 1818. He was a son of James and Parthena (Sheldon) Bishop. He came to what is now Farmington, in 1825, and was reared in the family of Joseph Marsh. After he became of age he hired as a farm hand at twelve dollars and fifty cents per month, applying his wages toward the payment of a tract of fifty acres of land he had purchased from the man he worked for, at the rate of six dollars per acre. He cleared seven acres of this tract and then sold it; then bought a part of the farm he now occupies, which he has added to, and now owns a farm of eighty-three and one-third acres, on which he has resided since 1846. He has been twice married. He was first married February 20, 1843, to Louisa C. Knapp, a daughter of Hiram and Clarissa (Barrett) Knapp, of Farmington, and by her had a family of three children — Luther T. (now ticket agent for the D. & A.V. R.R. at Warren), Hiram J., and Clara P. (now Mrs. S. W. Philo). His second wife was Phidelia (Ross) Sprott, of Cattaraugus county, N. Y., to whom he was married October 7, 1875. Mr. Bishop has cleared about half of the farm he now occupies, and is one of the oldest residents of Farmington.




BLAIR, Dewitt C. - Columbus, Columbus township (pages x-xi, Brief Personals *)

Dewitt C. Blair, a retired merchant of Columbus, was born in Cortland, N. Y., in 1824. He was a son of Sylvester and Nancy (Lyman) Blair. Nancy was born in Berkshire, Tioga county, N. Y., and her husband was born in Cortland county, N. Y. They were married in Cortland in 1822, and had a family of six children born to them. Sylvester Blair was a merchant, and, while on business in New York, died in 1830. Three of the children are now living — Dewitt C., George, and Henry B. The widow married Judge John Judson, and settled in Bradford county, and died May 22, 1878. They settled in Columbus in 1841. Mr. Judson died October, 1878. He became a merchant in this county, doing business under the firm name of Judson & King. Dewitt C. and his brother George became engaged in the mercantile business in 1848 and continued in the same business until 1867, when Dewitt C. purchased the stock and continued the business until 1875, when he retired from the same. He has been a leading man of his town and has acceptably held all of the offices of the borough, burgess and council. Mr. Blair was married in 1847 to Evaline Walton, of Columbus. They have had one daughter born to them — Edith Allene. Evaline was a daughter of Daniel W. and Roxana Walton.




BLANCHARD, William C. - Columbus, Columbus township (page xi, Brief Personals *)

William C. Blanchard was born in Randolph, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., in 1854. He was a son of Thomas S. and Margara (Jacques) Blanchard, who were natives of Yorkshire, England. Thomas was born in 1813 and his wife Magara was born in 1811. They were married in 1840, and with a family of two children immigrated to America, and in 1856 settled in Columbus township. They had a family of seven children born to them, four of whom are now living — Robert E., Elizabeth, Thomas G., and William C.. Elizabeth married J. C. Eastman, who married for his first wife Ellen Blanchard, who died leaving a family of five children. Thomas S. Blanchard died in Columbus in 1879. In early life he was a practical miller and later he became a farmer. William C. Blanchard was married in 1879 to Ellen M. Aylsworth, of Oil City. They have had two children born to them — Lillie M. and Mary L.. Ellen was a daughter of Elizabeth (Chelton) and Joseph Aylesworth. Elizabeth was born in England and her husband was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y.




BLODGETT, Dr. Alanson Clark - Youngsville, Brokenstraw twp (pages 634-635 *)

[Warren County coordinator's note: J.S. Schenck's account of the family used both "Blodget" and "Blodgett"]

Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania received a large influx of settlers from Oneida county, N. Y., in the earlier years of this century—men with the prophetic instinct and undaunted mettle to look through the struggles and hardships which characterize life in a new country to the wealth that flows from newly-developed resources, and to brave the former for the acquisition of the latter. Of such a stamp was Cyrenus Blodget, the father of Dr. Blodget, of Youngsville. He was born in Whitestown, Oneida county, N. Y., on the 6th of October, 1792; served in the second war with Great Britain, participating in the battle of Black Rock, and other engagements along the Niagara frontier; settled in Busti, Chautautau county, N. Y., about 1816; toiled unremittingly in clearing and cultivating a farm of respectable proportions, and died in September, 1862. His father, Solomon Blodget, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, an early settler in Whitestown, N. Y., and died in Ontario county in that State.

Cyrenus Blodget married Celia, daughter of Gardner Clark, of Petersburg, Rensselaer county, N. Y., about the year 1816. She was born on the 1st of June, 1799, and died in March, 1858, leaving three children — Mary Angeline, now the wife of Dr. E. S. Stewart, of Ellicottville, N. Y.; Alden Diver, who died in September, 1862; and Alanson Clark Blodget, of whom we are writing.

A. C. Blodget was born on the 26th of October, 1821, in Busti, N. Y., where he received such education as could be obtained in the common schools, and the academy at Jamestown, N. Y. Believing his tastes and abilities adapted him for the life and work of a physician, he determined to fit himself for the practice of that learned profession, and began his medical studies with Dr. E. S. Stewart in 1840, subsequently attending lectures at the Geneva Medical College in Geneva, Ontario county, N. Y., from which he was graduated in 1846. Previous to that time he had commenced practice in Wrightsville, Warren county, as early as 1843. Upon his graduation from the medical college, however, he sought a more promising field, and removed to Youngsville in the fall of 1847. He soon acquired a good practice, which has continuously grown to such an extent as to occupy his almost undivided attention for many years. Until within a year or two he has been the attending physician and surgeon for the Rouse Hospital since its establishment. He was not engaged very largely in any other business, excepting that about twenty-five years ago he operated a little in oil, and put down two wells in Tidioute, which were worked with profit, and abandoned when they declined. For the last fifteen years he has owned and managed a farm of about eighty acres, hiring it worked according to special directions. Though never conspicuous as a politician, he has always been ready to aid in securing the best men for offices of trust and responsibility. His sympathies were at first with the Whig party, and have been with the Republican party since its birth, before the last war. He has been honored with several town offices, and served one term as county commissioner, but prefers the practice of his profession to the duties of public office.

He has been twice married, first to Mary E. Littlefield, on the 19th of November, 1852. She is now deceased. He was united in marriage with his present wife, Venie C. Culbertson, on the 8th of August, 1876. He is the father of three children, two sons by his first wife, one of whom, Frank H., is now residing in Youngsville, the other, Lynn, having died in infancy, and one daughter, Lucella, by his present wife. The former was born on the 5th of December, 1854, and the latter on the 28th of March, 1878.


[Warren County coordinator's note: According to the gravestone in the Youngsville Cemetery, "Lynn, son of A.C. and M. E. Blodget, died April 12, 1861, age 1 year, 9 months, and 10 days."

From the "Personal Mention" column in the Evening Democrat, dated 30 June 1899, page 4:

Miss Lucille Blodgett, of Youngsville, who graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Music, class of '95, and is now studying in New York, is the guest of Mrs. Archibald Irvin, Diamond Park. --Meadville Republican

Read more about Lucille Blodgett's singing career. However in December of 1901, Lucile married Dr. William Howard Hay (see Marriage Book 4, entry 58) and presumably her singing career ended. In 1920, the Hay family was living in Corry with their two children, Marjorie, 15, and William L. Hay, almost 4. In 1923, their daughter Marjorie, age 18, died and was buried in the Elmlawn Cemetery, in Erie County, New York.]


However, there is another child, Pearl, who is curiously unaccounted for in his biography or in the newspapers, until the end.

On the 1880 U. S. Federal census for Youngsville Borough, Warren County:

Alanson C. Blodgett, 58, married, occupation: physician
Cordelia V. Blodgett, wife, 27, married, occupation: housekeeping
Frank H. Blodgett, son, 25, single, occupation: works on farm
Lucelia Blodgett, daughter, 2, single
Pearl Blodgett, daughter, 9, single
Two servants were also members of the household: Almina C. Sharp, 33, and Julia Cooney, 16

On the 1900 U. S. Federal census for Youngsville Boro, Warren County:

Alanson C. Blodgett, head, 78, married 24 years, occupation: M.D.
Venie C. Blodgett, wife, 48, married 24 years, mother of three children, two of whom are still living, occupation left blank
Frank H. Blodgett, son, 45, single, occupation: M.D.
Pearl C. Blodgett, daughter, 27, single, occupation left blank
Lucile Blodgett, daughter, 22, single, occupation left blank

On the 1910 U. S. Federal census for Youngsville Borough, Warren County:

Venice C. Blodgett, head, 56, widowed, mother of three children, two of whom are still living, occupation: none
Pearl C. Blodgett, daughter, 37, single, occupation: none
Also part of the household is a servant, Anna Carlson, 19

Venice Blodgett died in 1912, leaving 39 year old Pearl at home, alone. Read Pearl's very brief obituary. There's obviously more to Pearl's story...]




BOESCHLIN, Martin - Warren p. o., Glade township (page xi, Brief Personals *)

Martin Boeschlin, an Alsacian by birth, with his wife and two children, Martin and John, came to this country in 1855. Their younger child Albert was born here. The wife died April 30, 1871. Martin Boeschlin, the oldest son, named for his father, married Katherine Hanley, who was born in Troy, N. Y., and whose parents died during her infancy, she being then adopted into the family of Henry P. Howard, of Farmington. This marriage took place on November 26, 1866, of which there are three children—Harry (born September 27, 1867), Earle (April 28, 1870), and Nellie (born August 15, 1875). Martin Boeschlin was seventy-one years old on February 20, 1886. Martin, jr., is a substantial farmer and a firm Democrat.




BONNER, John W. - Garland, Pittsfield twp (page xi, Brief Personals *)

Mr. Bonner was born in Pittsfield October 22, 1822. He was a son of James and Amanda (Leet) Bonner. He was born in Adams county in 1780, and his wife Amanda was born in Washington county. They were married in 1833, and James died in 1860 and his wife Amanda in July, 1866. They left a family of five children — John W., Susan Jane, Elizabeth, James C., and Addie A. — three of whom are now living — John W., James, and Addie. James was married in 1872 to Catherine Smith, who died in 1876, leaving two daughters — Florence C. and Anna E. (who was born in 1873). John W. has served as assessor for several years, and has also been school director. He and his brother James are farmers and now occupy the old homestead. His father was a captain in the Indian war and was with General Crook in the Northwest. He was a scout among the Indians or was in several skirmishes with them. He was a volunteer in the War of 1812, where he got his commission as captain; served to the close — about ten months.




BOWEN, Charles - Tidioute, Deerfield twp (page xi, Brief Personals *)

Charles Bowen was born in New York city in 1865, son of Michael C. and Catharine Reynolds Bowen. Michael was born in Massachusetts, and his wife in Ireland; they settled in Tidioute in 1866, and have a family of four children — Mary J., Carrie, Nellie, and Charles. The latter had been engaged as clerk for several years, and in December, 1885, embarked in a general grocery and provision business under the firm name of Bowen & Irvin, on Main street.




BOYD, Samuel Carson - Sanford p. o., Eldred township (page xi, Brief Personals *)

S. C. Boyd was born in Ireland in 1818, son of William Boyd, who was born in 1758 and died in 1847, leaving five children. S. C. Boyd came to America with his parents in 1819, married B. J. Johnson, of Erie county, and settled in Warren county in 1860. He enlisted in the 168th Pennsylvania Volunteers. They have seven children— Melvina E., Nancy, Johnson, Marvin, Helen, Bertha, and A. J. His farm contains twenty-five acres.




BRACKEN, George W. - Columbus, Columbus township (pages xi-xii, Brief Personals *)

George W. Bracken, undertaker and furniture manufacturer and dealer in Columbus borough. He was born in Le Boeuf, Erie county, in December, 1816, and was a son of William and Jane (Thompson) Bracken. Jane was born in County Down, Ireland, and her husband, William, in Wayne county. They had a family of twelve children born to them, two of whom are now living—Hannah and George. William was born in 1767 and died in 1851, and his wife Jane died in 1821. Their oldest son, Thomas, served in the War of 1812. William died and was buried in Kentucky. George W. Bracken was married in 1844 to Angeline Lloyd, who was born in Otsego county, N. Y., and married in Columbus. They had a family of ten children, eight of whom are now living — five sons and three daughters. Angeline Bracken died in February, 1879. George W. Bracken was the first constable of the borough and was a school director for ten years. He settled in the borough in 1839 and there became engaged in his present business, that of furniture and undertaking. He has attended over one thousand funerals. He was apprenticed to his trade for four years at Cleveland, O., bound by his parents by contract, and received thirty-five dollars per year. He was burned out in 1848, losing his all, after which he again began empty handed, with a large family struggling for success.




BRASINGTON, Warren - Warren p. o., Glade township (page xii, Brief Personals *)

Samuel Clark Brasington, and his wife Sally, came from Genesee county, N. Y., to Glade in the year 1832. They had a family of four children when they came here, and ten were subsequently born. The children were John, Delilah (who married Henry C. Knapp, both of whom are now deceased), Warren, Sally (deceased), Jane (who married Elijah Winchester), Samuel (deceased), Milton (deceased), Elizabeth (who married Thomas Phillips), Oscar, Albert, Dewitt, Lucinda (who married James Parks), Mercy (who married Russell Winchester), and Ida (who married George Tarbell). Samuel, the pioneer, died in Glade February 2, 1866, and his widow, Sally, June 2, 1884. Warren Brasington is one of the substantial men of Glade. At the time of his marriage his father gave him a farm of seventy five acres, and upon this he has enlarged his possessions by earnest toil and fair dealing until he to-day represents a considerable fortune, well and honestly earned. He made a substantial gift to each of his children at their marriage. Mr. Brasington married Harriet E. Winchester, by whom he had a family of five children — Adelaide (now dead), Flora (who married Eugene Arnold), William, Alice (who married David Holt), and Albert. Warren Brasington, though not a church member, is a firm believer in Christianity. In politics he is a Republican.

[Warren County coordinator's note: read about Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Brasington's 10th wedding anniversary in 1894.]




BREITENBAKER, Charles F. - Warren p. o., Conewango township (page xii, Brief Personals *)

Charles F. Breitenbaker was born in Conewango on July 2, 1855. He is a farmer, and settled on the farm on which he now resides in 1879. He was married in 1876 to Anna Seigrist, an adopted daughter of Philip Seigrist, of Conewango. They have had two children born to them — Lottie and Eddie, and have also one adopted son, Willie. Charles F. was a son of George and Louise (Hoffman) Breitenbaker, who were natives of Germany and Alsace, France, who settled in Warren county in 1848; lived for a time in Conewango, but finally settled in Glade township, where they cleared a farm, and where George, the father of the subject of this sketch, still resides.




BRENNAN, Patrick - Warren p. o., Conewango township (page xii, Brief Personals *)

Patrick Brennan was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, March 27, 1849; he was a son of James and Margaret Dunn Brennan, who immigrated to McKean county in 1868. Patrick settled in Warren in 1872 and worked at the lumber business until 1881,when he engaged in farming in Conewango, on the farm he now owns and occupies. In 1874 he married Susan C. Eagan, by whom he has had seven children—Mary A., Margaret S., Julia E., James J., Edward, Thomas F., and John E.. Mrs. Brennan was a daughter of James and Mary A. Carroll, of Wayne county.




BRIGHTMAN, John - East Branch p. o., Eldred township (page xii, Brief Personals *)

John Brightman was born in Erie county in 1843; he is a farmer and owns a farm of 110 acres; he was married in 1872 to Mahala Ray, of Waterford, and settled in Warren in 1883. His father, Erastus Brightman, was born in Brookfield, Madison county, N. Y., in 1819, and married Sylvia Smith, who was bom in New York in 1826, and by whom he had a family of three children— Mary, John, and Amelia.




BRIGGS, Raymond - Pine Grove township (pages xii-xiii, Brief Personals *)

Raymond Briggs, of Plymouth, Windsor county, Vt., with his wife and six children — Dexter, Raymond, jr., William, Tabitha, Thomas, and Mary — came to Pine Grove in the fall of 1827 and located on Conewango Creek, where Thomas Briggs now lives. Noah S. Briggs was born after the family came here. Tabitha married Aaron Crampton; Mary married Charles Niver; Thomas married Margaret, a daughter of Abram Thompson, by whom he had seven children—Sardine H., Abraham, Leonora, Loanda, Mary A., Jane and Kate. Raymond married Julia Ann Jones, and to them were born ten children — Mary, Joseph, Arvilla, Allen, Lydia, Julia, Raymond, Rhoda, John, and Lewis — all of which are alive excepting Raymond, who died at the age of eighteen. Joseph and Allen served through the war. Thomas Briggs is a self-made man, having earned for himself the competence which he now enjoys. He was a Democrat before the war, but has since changed his political views. He is a prominent member of the M. E. Church. William Briggs was married at the age of twenty-five years to Lorette Badger, by whom he had ten children—William W., Elizabeth L., Elmore E., Marion L., Leon A., Solon S., Noah A., Alice E., Emmet O., and Clara E.. William Briggs has always been a lumberman and farmer, at which he has met with a fair degree of success. He never takes an active part in politics, but is a staunch Democrat.




BRONDAGE, Roland - Pittsfield township (page xiii, Brief Personals *)

Roland Brondage was born in Cattaraugus county, N. Y., in 1847. He was a son of Hiram and Susanna (Faulkner) Brondage. Hiram was born in Genesee county, and his wife Susanna was a native of Steuben county, N. Y. They had a family of three children born to them. Roland Brondage enlisted in Company E, gth N. Y. Cavalry, in 1862, under Colonel Sackett, and was discharged at the close of the war. He settled in Warren county in 1866, and was married in 1870 to Ida Pier, of Pittsfield. They have had a family of three children born to them — Lulu, Calvin, and Mary. Mr. Brondage was wounded while in the service of the Union, and now receives a pension, and to-day he is one of the representative men of Pittsfield. His wife was a daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth (Hitchcock) Pier, who settled in Pittsfield in 1861, where they died, leaving a family of four children — Ada, Minerva E., William, and Betsey. Calvin, the father, died in 1884; his wife died in September, 1867.




BROOKS, Henry - Spring Creek p. o., Spring Creek township (page xiii, Brief Personals *)

Henry Brooks was born in 1809 near Whitehall, N. Y.; settled in Spring Creek in 1847; married in 1826 Delia Geer, who died in 1843, leaving eight children, six of whom are now living. In 1845 he married Lydia Ann Smith, of North East, Erie county; by her he had nine children, five of whom are now living— Mary S., Luzetta E., L. A., Eva L., and Cora E.. Mr. Brooks died in 1864. In his early days he was extensively engaged in lumbering, and had large landed interests, owning at the time of his death a farm of 800 acres.




BROOKS, Simon - Chandler's Valley p. o., Sugar Grove township (page xiii, Brief Personals *)

Simon Brooks was born in Connecticut March 20, 1789, and married Sarah Littlefield April 15, 1813; she was born in Massachusetts October 13, 1791. They came to Sugar Grove in 1817. They had a family of nine children; two — Sally M. and John — were born in Vermont, and seven in Sugar Grove. William, Dexter G., Mary Jane, and Hiram are now living. Mrs. Sarah Brooks died July 10, 1875; Simon Brooks June 10, 1875. John Brooks married Fanny French in 1841; she was born in Vermont in 1818. They have two sons—Perry L., born in 1844; John F., born in 1857. Perry L. enlisted in the army August 9, 1862, and was discharged June 5, 1863; re-enlisted September 3, 1864, discharged June 2, 1865. He married Addie Crandall. John F. married Emma T. Brooks.




BROWN, Absalom - Grand Valley p. o., Eldred twp (page xiii, Brief Personals *)

Absalom Brown was born in New York in 1815, and settled in Warren county in 1846. He married Jane Bradley, of Chautauqua county, N. Y., who was born in 1813. Mr. Brown died in 1878, and his wife died in 1885. They had a family of four children born to them — Ellen L., Emerson (deceased), Milton E., and Franklin H.. Mr. Brown was largely engaged in lumbering and farming, and left a farm of one hundred and fifty acres.




BROWN, Alexander - Youngsville p. o., Brokenstraw twp (pages xiii-xiv, Brief Personals *)

Alexander Brown was born in Garland, town of Pittsfield in 1833. In September, 1870, he married Mrs. Samantha, widow of Heman. His parents were John and Matilda Jane McCray Brown; the former was born in Lancaster county, arid the latter in Crawford county, and they were married at Titusville. He settled in Youngsville in 1833, coming from Franklin county. Mrs. Brown died in 1870, and her husband in November, 1880, aged eighty-seven years. They had a family of seven children, four of whom now survive — George W., Anna M., Alexander, and Oliver P.. Anna M. married Arthur McKinney.




BROWN, Elisha - Ackley Station p. o., Pine Grove twp (page xv, Brief Personals *)

Elisha Brown was born in Providence, R. I., in 1810. Prudence Wilbur, his wife, was born in Mass., in 1810. They were married in New England and came to Sugar Grove about the year 1837, and about two years later to Pine Grove. The old Bible record shows their children as follows : John, born January 1, 1830, died March 13, 1866; Colvin, born April 5, 1832; William, born May 22, 1834, married Susan Plum; Edwin, born May 30, 1836, now in Michigan; Mary E., born October 20, 1838, died October 1, 1844; Levi, born February 28, 1844, married Nancy McCoy and has three children — John, Mary E., and Bert; Mary E., born November 3, 1846, married Joseph Reynolds; Ellen, born July 3, 1849; Susan, born June 24, 1852, died May 27, 1874. Elisha Brown came to Pine Grove a poor man. In the lumber and agricultural pursuits he was successful, and at the time of his death, June 15, 1878, was in comfortable circumstances. His farm comprised 103 acres of good land lying on the "Cable Hollow" road, on which his widow still resides. Elisha Brown was a man whose opinion was frequently sought, and his advice followed. His example shows in his sons, who are thrifty, prosperous farmers.




BROWN, George W. - Youngsville p. o., Brokenstraw twp (page xiv, Brief Personals *)

George W. Brown was born in Crawford county, on April 4, 1827. He was a son of John and Matilda Jane (McCray) Brown, she of Titusville, and her husband, John, of Franklin county. They settled in Brokenstraw township in 1839, and lived there until their death, at a ripe old age, a few years ago. They had a family of seven children, four of whom are now living — George W., Anna M., Alexander, and Oliver P. Mr. Brown was coroner of the county for three years, and also held other minor offices. And it is said by the people of his county that George W. Brown is one of the most successful organizers of temperance movements, and mutual aid, protective and equitable societies; and his record shows that he has organized 337 organizations of working divisions. He is also a weekly contributor to all the prominent newspapers. He settled on his present homestead in 1867. He was married in 1858 to Mrs. Sarah C. Whiting, who was born in Tompkins county, N. Y., in 1827. They had two sons, who died at an early age. In early life Mr. Brown was engaged in farming and lumbering, but his later life has been devoted to the interests of the public.




BROWN, Nathaniel - (page xv, Brief Personals *)

Mr. Brown was born in Mayfield, Montgomery (now Fulton) county, N. Y., August 13, 1812. With his parents, Samuel and Diantha (Foster) Brown (for whose record see notice of Solomon Brown), he settled on the Allegheny River in 1819. He was engaged on the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers in the lumber business for forty years, thirty-four of which he acted as pilot. He is now a retired farmer, as well as an expert pilot. On December 31, 1834, he married Margaret L. Stuart, who was born in 1819. They have had seven children — William S., Samuel W., Diantha, Fillmore D., James E., Jane, and Nathaniel Sumner. Two of the sons — William S. and Samuel W. — enlisted and served in the late war, the former under General Hancock, and the latter under General Sheridan.




BROWN, Oliver Perry - Youngsville p. o., Brokenstraw township (page xv, Brief Personals *)

Oliver Perry Brown was born in Garland, Pittsfield, Warren county, April 12, 1841. January 22, 1868, he married Marion Delphina Patchin; they have had a family of four children — Guy Livingston, Kyle Agasiz, Oliver Lyal, Iris Florentine. Mrs. Brown was a daughter of Aaron and Polly Pearse, and was born in Sugar Grove. Mr. Brown was a son of John and Matilda Jane McCray Brown. The latter were married near Titusville in 1820. John was born in Lancaster county in 1793, and settled in Youngsville in 1833; he purchased a farm in Brokenstraw, where he died in 1880, and his wife in 1870. They had a family of seven children, four of whom are now living—George W., Anna M., Alexander, and Oliver P. The latter now owns and occupies the old homestead; engaged in breeding blooded horses, general farming, and dealing in cattle and sheep.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Oliver Perry Brown, who died in 1911, was buried in the Youngsville Cemetery. His wife, Marion Delphina (Patchen) Brown, died 3 years later in 1914 and was buried beside her husband in the Youngsville Cemetery.



BROWN, Judge Rasselas - Warren Borough (pages 647-649 *)

Rasselas Brown was born in Brownsville, Jefferson county, N. Y., on the 10th day of September, 1812. Although himself a native of the State of New York, he traces his lineage back to an early day in Bucks county, Pa., his grandfather, John Brown, who died in Jefferson county forty or fifty years ago, being a native, and almost a lifelong resident of the county. His occupation was farming. He was related to the father of the gallant Major-General Jacob Brown, the founder of Brownsville, N. Y., and the celebrated defender of the American frontier along the great lakes in the War of 1812. His son, George Brown, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Bucks county and remained there until he was about eighteen years of age. He then accompanied his father to Brownsville, N. Y., where he engaged in farming for about fifty-eight years. He took an active part in public affairs, and among other positions held that of supervisor of the town of Brownsville for many years. The sterling worth of his character won him the respect of all who knew him. In 1860 he removed to Warren, Pa., where, in the spring of 1868, he died at the age of eighty-four years. In 1811 he married Temperance, daughter of Nathaniel Plumb, of Brownsville. They were the parents of nine children, four sons. Eight of the children attained years of maturity. Two sons and two daughters are now living, Judge Brown being the eldest.

Rasselas Brown was favored with good educational advantages. He attended the common schools of Brownsville, took thorough courses of study in the academies at Watertown and Belleville, N. Y., entered Union College in 1834, and was graduated in 1836. Immediately thereafter he came to Warren, where he at once gained the distinction in local history of being the first teacher in the Warren Academy, a position which he filled most fruitfully for three years. In the mean time he began to study law in the office of Judge Lansing Wetmore, continued in the office of Struthers & Johnson, and was admitted to practice in all the courts of the county in the spring of 1839. In the fall of 1845 he became a practitioner in the Supreme Court of the State. After working for a time, following his admission to the bar, for the firm of Struthers & Johnson, he became a partner of Hon. S. P. Johnson, and until 1860 remained a member of the law firm of Johnson & Brown. This relation was dissolved in that year by his appointment by Governor Packer as president judge of all the courts of the Sixth Judicial District, then composed of the counties of Erie, Crawford, and Warren, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge John Galbraith. At the expiration of this term he returned to an increasing practice, in which he has continued to the present time. He has had in this long period several partners. For the first few years he was the senior member of the firm of Brown & Jamieson, his partner being H. A. Jamieson; then, after practicing about two years without a partner, he united his practice with that of Hon. C. W. Stone, and a few years later took into the firm his son, H. E. Brown. This triune partnership, which still exists, has continued since that time. His practice has always been of the best kind, and for years has extended over the entire northwestern portion of the State of Pennsylvania. He has been for a number of years an attorney for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Company, and for the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley and Pittsburgh Railroad Company, in which companies he is also director. He is a director of the First National Bank of Warren. Besides these positions of a quasi-public nature, he numbers among his clients many of the wealthiest and most intelligent men in this part of the State, who look upon him as the experienced Nestor of the profession.

Judge Brown's father was in his earlier days a member of the Republican party as opposed to the Federalists and believers in a strongly centralized government. During the period beginning with the second quarter of the present century, he became a determined anti-Mason. Whether under the operation of the law of heredity or not, may not be said, but Judge Brown's political propensity is, like that of his father, toward decentralization of governmental power. He is a Democrat, though an independent voter. It is surprising, therefore, to find that notwithstanding his politics, unfavorable to the attainment of office in a Republican district and State, he has frequently been placed in positions of great trust and responsibility by the voters of this district. He was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature, was appointed a member of the board of revenue commissioners for the Sixth Judicial District in 1852, and among other positions was chosen a member of the State Constitutional Convention to revise the constitution in 1873. His religious views are conservative. He is a regular attendant upon divine worship at the Presbyterian Church, though he is not a member of any denomination or religious organization.

The Judge Rasselas Brown House,
ca 1890
Judge Rasselas Brown's mansion
Photograph courtesy of the Warren Library Association
Built in 1866, the house was located on the NE corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hazel Street in Warren.
The house was razed in 1906 to make room for a home built the same year by Charles Jameson.

Judge Brown married on the 20th day of January, 1841, Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Sill, of Warren county. They have had four children, all of whom are now living. The eldest, Ada, is the wife of Dr. A. J. Partridge, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and the mother of three children; H. E. Brown, the second child, now the partner of his father, married Ida, daughter of Boon Mead, in February, 1871; and George R. and Epp E. Brown are both unmarried and at the home of their parents.




BROWN, Seymour - Chandler's Valley, Sugar Grove twp (page xiv, Brief Personals *)

Seymour Brown was born in Mayfield, Fulton county, N. Y., July 4, 1823, and died March 27, 1863. He was a son of Jacob and Anna (Ferguson) Brown, and settled in Youngsville in September, 1851. He was married in 1853 to Abigail Brown, who was born in 1835. They had a family of five children born to them — Wellington S., Annie D., Walter F. and Edgar W. (twins), and Willard T.. Abigail Brown was a daughter of Samuel and Diantha (Foster) Brown. She was born in Massachusetts and her husband Samuel was born in New Mayfield, N. Y. They were married in 1808 and settled in Warren county in 1819, nine miles south of Warren, on the Allegheny River. They had a family of fourteen children born to them. He also had a family of five children by his first wife, making nineteen in all. Eight of the last fourteen children are now living — Nathaniel, Lydia, Solomon, Polly, Huldah, Adaline, Cyrus F., and Abigail. The father, Samuel, was born in 1779, and died in 1864. Diantha was born in 1792 and died in 1874. Fourteen of the children remained residents of the county, and at the death of the mother she had thirteen children living, seventy-two grandchildren, and twenty-six great-grandchildren.




BROWN, Solomon - Chandler's Valley, Sugar Grove twp (pages xiv-xv, Brief Personals *)

Solomon was born in Genesee county, N. Y.; he was a son of Samuel and Diantha (Foster) Brown; he was born in Mayfield, Fulton county, N. Y., and she in Massachusetts. They were married in 1810, and came from Genesee county, N. Y., to Warren county in 1819, and settled on the Allegheny River nine miles below Warren. They had a family of fourteen children, and five by his first wife, and eight of the last wife's children are now living — Nathaniel, Lydia, Solomon, Polly, Huldah, Adaline, Cyrus F., and Abigail. Samuel was born in 1779 and died in 1864; Diantha was born in 1792 and died in 1874 ; sixteen of the children were residents of the county at the time of her death ; she had thirteen children then living, seventy-two grandchildren, and twenty-six great-grandchildren. Solomon Brown in 1839 married Esther Stuart, of Sugar Grove, who was born in 1820. They had eleven children: one died in infancy; David L. enlisted in company D, m t h Pennsylvania Vols., in November, 1861, and was killed at the battle of Antietam in 1862, aged twenty two years; now living, Alta M., Thomas S., Julia Ann, Joshua P., Jane, Cyrus F., Robert L., Solomon, Adelbert, and Esther L.. Esther was a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Dalrymple) Stuart; Elizabeth was from Colerain, Mass.; was born in 1792 and died August 23, 1873; William was born in Ireland February 28, 1784, and died in 1883. They had a family of twelve children; now living — Margaret, Esther, Ann, Thomas J., and Jane. William was a son of James and Catharine Stuart, of Ireland, who settled in Sugar Grove in 1808, with six sons and four daughters; two of the sons, William and Robert, served in the War of 1812.




BROWN, Thomas Stuart - Sugar Grove township (page xiv, Brief Personals *)

Thomas S. Brown was born in Brokenstraw township in 1844. He was married December 30, 1875, to Sarah Bates, who was born in 1850. They have had two children born to them — H. Grace and Charles Ralph. Sarah was a daughter of Charles E. and Ruth (Davis) Bates. Ruth was born in 1823, and her husband was born in Warren county, N Y., in 1818. They had a family of six children born to them — Sarah D., J. Byron, Walter H., Seldon D., Maggie A., Clara C.. Ruth was a daughter of Isaac and Margaret (Andrews) Davis, who were early settlers in Youngsville. Thomas S. Brown was a son of Solomon and Esther (Stuart) Brown, of Sugar Grove, and a grandson of Diantha and Samuel Brown. The father of Charles E. Bates was George Bates, who came to Youngsville from Warren county, N. Y., in 1822. In those early days he was a surveyor. He was one of the first abolitionists in the county. He died in 1859.




BUCKLIN, Cornelius Penn - Tidioute, Glade Twp (page xv, Brief Personals *)
[Warren County coordinator's note: error - Tidioute is NOT located in Glade Twp, but is in Deerfield township.]

Mr. Bucklin was born in Tidioute in 1862. He was a son of William D. and Hannah (McCue) Bucklin, who were married in 1856. She died in 1869 leaving a family of three children, two of whom are now living — William N. and Cornelius P.. His paternal grandparents were Parker and Minerva Bucklin, of Chautauqua county, N. Y. Cornelius P. Bucklin became the successor of Wm. H. Mabie, in 1883, who was then a dealer in general dry goods, boots, shoes, and clothing. He was married in 1880 to Ella Hammond, who was born at Greenport, Long Island, N. Y. They have had one daughter born to them — Maude. Cornelius is a member of Eden Lodge No. 666 of the I. O. O. F., also Tidioute Lodge No. 204 of the A. O. U. W., and a member of St. Paul's Universalist Church; now engaged in mercantile business in Jahu Hunter & Son's block.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Maude Bucklin died of spinal meningitis in Meadville, Crawford County, PA, on March 21,1900, at age 18 years, 5 months, 9 days. She was buried in the Tidioute Cemetery on March 24, 1900.]




BULL, David - Freehold twp (page xvi, Brief Personals *)

David Bull was a son of John and Patience (Gray) Bull, who were natives of Nottinghamshire, England, and came to America in 1851, settling in Warren county. They had a family of eight children — George, Isaac, Hannah, David, John, Frank, Elizabeth, and Samuel. Frank enlisted in the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company H, was taken prisoner at Sulphur Springs, and died in prison at Columbus, Ga. David Bull was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1835, and in 1857 married Mary Gray, who came from Nottinghamshire in 1850. They had a family of eight children born to them, only two of whom are now living — Sarah A. and Josephine.




BURROUGHS, Fitch - West Spring Creek p. o., Spring Creek twp (page xvi, Brief Personals *)

[Look also under the name BURROWS for other members of the family.]

Fitch Burroughs was born in Chenango county, N. Y., in 1829, and settled in Warren county in 1851. His father was Amasa Burroughs, born in Columbus county, N. Y., in 1797, and who married Phiance Nowland, of Dutchess county, N. Y. They had eight children born to them, seven of whom are now living. Amasa was in the War of 1812. Fitch Burroughs married Margaret Eldred, who was born in Spring Creek in 1834, and died in 1856. He married for his second wife Jane Williams, of Columbus. They have four children — Margaret, Frank M., Wilmot A., and Gertrude. He has held the offices of constable, collector, school director, and auditor.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Farmer Fitch Burroughs died July 21, 1916, at age 86 years, 7 months, and 6 days, according to his death certificate. Cause of death was deemed to be "Indigestion Stomach Trouble" of two months duration, contributory was "Old Age." Daughter Gertrude (Burroughs) McKay was the informant on the death certificate. Fitch was buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery; his second wife Jane is also buried beside him.

On the 1910 U. S. census, both her parents are living with her and her husband of four years, John McKay, on Oil Creek Road, Spring Creek Township, Warren County. John McKay died in 1963 and was buried in the David Curtis Cemetery; Gertrude McKay died in 1969 and was also buried in the David Curtis Cemetery in Columbus.

Frank M. Burrows (Burroughs), nicknamed "Happy," died May 25, 1957; his obituary was published in the Warren Times-Mirror on Monday, May 27, 1957, on page 14, column 1. A copy can be requested from the Warren Library.]




BURROUGHS, jr., Frank R. - Columbus twp (page xvi, Brief Personals *)

Frank R. Burroughs, jr., a physician and surgeon, was born in Columbus, Warren county, in 1859. He read medicine at Corry, and graduated from the Buffalo Medical College in 1883, and settled in Columbus in the practice of his profession. He was married in 1883 to Julia Clark, of Columbus. They have had one child born to them — Ellen L.. Frank R. was a son of F. R. Burroughs, who was also a doctor, and Sarah (Merriam) Burroughs. F. R. was a native of Vermont, and Sarah, his wife, was born in Columbus, where they were married in 1854. F. R. died in 1865. He was a graduate of the university at Castleton, Vt., in 1848, and first settled in Lottsville; and in 1850 he settled in Columbus, and there became a prominent man in his profession, both in county and State.

[Warren County coordinator's note: Daughter Ellen accompanied her parents when they moved west to Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, sometime prior to the 1900 U. S. census.

On the 1920 U. S. census, Frank is 59, wife Julia, 54 and Ellen is 33, single, working as a bookkeeper in a bank. Frank R. Burroughs,Jr., died of a cerebral hemorrhage on January 28, 1925, in Ritzville, Washington.]




BUTTERFIELD, Francis A. - Spring Creek twp (page xvi, Brief Personals *)

Francis A. Butterfield was born in Washington county, N. Y., in 1817, settled in Chautauqua county, N. Y., and died October 21, 1886, from asthma, and was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Fredonia, N. Y. He was married on July 4, 1837, to Polly Burnhara, of Ashwright. She died in 1860, leaving a family of five children — Orville O., Lucy L., Julia L., Charlotte J., and Mary Eliza, three of whom are now living. Charlotte J. and her husband were burned to death in the Prospect disaster on December 24, 1872. Francis A. was again married in 1861 to Phoebe A. Mark, of Mina, Chautauqua county, N. Y. They have had two children born to them — Francis (deceased), and John W. (who settled in Spring Creek). Mr. Butterfield settled in Spring Creek in 1869, and now owns and occupies a farm of fifty-five acres. He was a contractor in the late war, and the only one not killed between Nashville and Memphis. He also acted as provost marshal in the Cumberland district.




* Source: History Of Warren County Pennsylvania with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, edited by J.S. Schenck, assisted by W.S. Rann; Syracuse, N.Y.; D Mason & Co., Publishers; 1887.



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