From: Smith, James H., 1880, History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York. D. Mason & Co.. Syracuse, NY
Ephraim B. Hessler
Ephraim B. Hesler was
born in the village of Canajoharie, Montgomery county, NY, October 26,
1811. He is the son of Adam and Susan (Christian) Hesler. The
former was born in the city of New York, Sept. 4th, 1790, and died at Cazenovia,
February 22, 1875. The latter was born at Fort Plain, Montgomery
Co., NY, August 30, 1796, and died August 31, 1846. They were married
September 29, 1810, and had six sons who all reached maturity except one.
The names and dates of births are as follows: Ephraim B., as above, Elias
born September 3, 1813, died Dec. 19, 1832, Henry born April 1, 1815, died
December 14, 1873, William born Jan. 26, 1817, and died March 4, 1819,
Harrison, born April 15th, 1819, died January 21, 1853, and Sylvester born
December 4, 1825, now living at Fon du Lac, WI.
Ephraim came to the town of Cazenovia, with his parents when he was three years old. They settled at a little place in the town of Peth, where they resided the most of the time after their settlement in the town. His father was a tailor by occupation and followed the business during his active life.
The early years of Ephraim were spent at home and he was put to learn the carpenter's and joiner's trade, when he was fifteen years old, which business he followed almost exclusively till 1860. He settled on the farm where he now resides in 1850, and has added to his first purchase until he has about 300 acres. September 7, 1830, he was married to Charlotte M., daughter of Samuel and Charlotte (Mills) Morris. Her father was born in RI, 1768, and died in Cazenovia, 1860; her mother was born in Boston, MA, in 1770 and died February 11, 1808.