PIONEERS OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

COMPILED BY DONNA MILLS

Here are some bios on some early people in the county, chosen because they have children or grandchildren who moved west.


PIONEERS and OTHER PEOPLE

ALLEN,Elisha born: 5 Sept 1786 at Princeton, Mass. ( father a sheriff murdered on duty at P rinceton) marriage: spring 1812 - Juliet HOLLBROOK b Starbridge, Mass 6 June 1790. Chautauqua County: 1815- bought property retrned VT spring 1816 came back in 1 817. Occupation: had a Tavern and hotel and kept a store in same. died 30 Sep 1830 at Jamestown, NY aged 44yrs. Children: Augustus F. b 13 Sept 1813 Wardsboro, VT d 1874 Jamestown, NY wife and 1 son Alfred D. and 1 daughter Charlotte md Mr. BLACK. Col./ NY Militia Dascum b 5 Sep 1814 Wardsboro VT d 17 Apr 1872 Jamestown. NY md 14 Nov 1839 Susan DARLING d Apr 7 1886 Jamestown children: Horace F., Mary d.y. , Florence md Charles W. GRANT and Frank H. Occupation: continued hotel with brother Augustus and had lumber business. Lt Col/NY Militia Adaline b Dec 1817 d Dec 1851 Jamestown, NY Abner H. b 1823 d 1848/49 Jamestown, NY he in business with brothers.

ALLEN, Horace born: Lebanon, New Hampshire d. 3 Oct 1863 - age 73 at Jamestown, NY marriage: bfr 1815 - Fannie FENTON d Jan 1873 age 81 at Jamestown, NY Chautauqua Co. in 1815 from Otsego Co., NY - with wife and infant son. Occupation: owned Sawmill. Later sold lots on his Merrill Purchase. Service: Capt/162d Inf, 1823 Col/162d, 1846 Gen./43d Brgd, 1832 discharged. Children: 3 sons Dana H. came to CC with parents Dwight removed to Califonia Albert removed to Debuque, Iowa

JOHNSON, Samuel (First Swedish family in Jamestown) born: Sweden marriage: Chautauqua County: from Sweden in abt 1837 Occupation: a tanner and worked for R.W. ARNOLD. Children: (only known) Katie md Capt. Conrad HULT.

BOSWORTH, Henry f. Samuel Bosworth born: 11 April 1794 - Westfield, Mass marriage: 27 Oct 1820 to Mary Love D. SNOW f Samuel m Love D. died: 3 May 1853 - Fredonia, NY Chautauqua County: 1817 settled in Fredonia- Town of Pomfret Occupation: jewelry and watch- repair business First of this bussiness in cou nty. Other: superintendent of poor in 1838&39

BALDWIN, Levi son of Isaac and Parthena Baldwin born: 26 Jan 1802 - Pawlet, VT. marriage: 23 Oct 1831 to Eliza Ann PUTNAM d 10 Nov 1863 marriage: 2d 26 March 1866 to Mrs Eleanor B. Phelps Chautauqua County: (with parents) in 1812 to Sheridan. after 1st marriage to Arkwright lot 55. Occupation: Farmer Other: Supervisor of Town; J.P. and superintendent of schools. Children: 3 sons by 1st wife Oliver T. - went to S.F., Calif. md there Nancy WRIGHT L. Courtney md Amoret SAUNDERS. Orville D. md Eglantine DAWLEY- was druggist in Fredonia.

BROOKS, Jesse born: Windham, Co., CT. marriage: died: Chautauqua County: 1824 from Madison Co., NY to Mayville. Occupation: merchantile Other: J.P. -20yrs. Postmaster. Children: 5 sons 2 daughters Asahel Lyon - removed to Illinois Walter Rollin Charles - removed to Canada Ogden - removed to Wisc. Merrett - removed to Buffalo, NY Adalaide md Morse SMITH , a lawyer in Danbury, CT. Emeline md Daniel Garnsey see bio of Daniel Gransey below.

CHENEY, Jonathan Born: 10 March 1769, CT Married Amy COLE at Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., NY Died: Chautauqua Co.- 1807 to lot 13 tp 3 r 13 in Harmony Children: 4 sons - 5 daughters Nathan md Mary STONEMAN- had 5 sons, Elijah, Garland, James and 2 others. Betsey - md John BROADHEAD of Busti (see bio above) Clarissa - md Alfred WHIPPLE Calvin md Lydia BLY Amy- md Hazeltine MITCHELL Daniel - md Amanda PARKHURST Alfred- md Rachel BURCH Eunice - md James GREEN Polly - died at age 20 yrs.

CLEVELAND, Gardner Sr. Born: 25 Sep 1763 at Pomfret, CT. Married: Mary HOLMES who d 1830 in Clymer Died: 1851 in Clymer Chautauqua Co.: from Jefferson Co., NY to Clymer in 1820 Occupation: Farmer Other: Rev. War Veteran Children: John b 1790 md Eunice FITCH - had 12 ch - Hartley to Ill; Susan; Don Carlos to Ill; John to NYCity; Mary; Wm. R.; Erastus; Eunice E.; Roxa A.; Deming S. Marenus R; and 1 d.y. Gardner Jr. - b 1790 md Lydia PARKHURST - 9 ch Nathan P.; Edwin; Gilbert C.; Lydia A.; Cordelia; Roxa B. Gardner H.; and twins who d.y. Roxanna - b 1793 d 1848- md Wm. F. BROWN - 11 ch. Mary md Hercules RICE; Samuel E.; Frederic T.; Wm W.; Lydia md John B. TYLER; Betsey md Leonard FREEMAN; Gradner C.; Dorcas; Jenetta md 1st John CHAPPEL and 2d Fernando C. BROWN.

COCHRAN, Alexander Born: Northern Ireland - Protestant Irish. Marriage: Died: Chautauqua County: in 1804 to Ripley, NY Occupation: Farmer Other: 1st settler in Ripley; and 1st in county to take deed to land. Children: 13 - 10 sons 3 daughters John - md Mary SHIPBOY, had 11 ch of whom 3 d.y. Nancy - md Wm. A. ROBINSON, 8 ch Rosina md David McCORD; Alexander md Catherine FAY to Pittsburgh, PA; Na ncy md Dr. A. Cochran (see below); Thomas H. presbyterian minister,res Harrison, PA in 1880's; David, unmd; William, unmd- civil war was prisoner at both Libby and Andersonville to Pittsburgh, PA. ; Samuel, unmd. Hugh - md had 6 children. Alexander - unmd removed to Chicago, ILL Robert - md 1st Catherine DENSMORE 2nd Julia BERNARD Presbyterian minister- in Austinburg, Ohio 1880's William- md had 9 ch ; Avery a teacher at deaf & dumb asylum Sheldon, Neb. Samuel - died age 17 years. Margaret - md Jediah LOOMIS James - md Nancy JOHNSON - 9 ch. Martin - md Helen GATES Andrew - md Catherine MOORE- Presbyterian minister @ Durhamville, Oneida Co, NY in 1880's. David - died in childhood - fell into tub of hot water. Eleanor - md Samuel C. DICKSON - removed to Independence, Iowa

COCHRAN, Robert - a brother of Alexander (above) Born: Ireland Marriage: 1st Nancy NEIL, in Ire. md 2d Mary Jane STRAIN in Ire. she d Aug 18 72 Died: Oct 1854 - age 74 yrs. Chautauqua County: 1815 to Ripley resided Buffalo and Erie Road. Occupation: Farmer Children: 1 daughter by 1st wife the other 12 by 2d wife Jane - b. Ire. - md as his 2d wife Philip STEPHENS. Nancy - md as his 2d wife John SIGGINS. Isaac - md Julia MONTGOMERY Rachel- md as his 2d wife Alpheus MOORE. Hugh - died young about 1826. Margaret - unmd Alexander- md 1 Ellen HOWARD- 2 ch Emma & George.- md 2d his first cousin Rachel- daughter of Hugh COCHRAN (see below). Robert - died at age 5 years. Hannah - md Nathan SMITH of Buffalo, NY Elizabeth - md John THOMPSON of Buffalo, NY Harriet - md George L. FAYFIELD of Buffalo, NY Sarah - died in infancy. David - unmd - res on home farm.

COCHRAN, Hugh - brother of Alexander and Robert above. Born: Ireland Married: Sarah NESBIT in Ireland. Died: ealry in 1854 at home in Ripley. Occupation: Farmer Children: 4 sons- 4 daughters Nancy - md John STRAIN - removed to Minn. James - died abt age 20 yrs. Sarah - md David JOHNSON John - died abt age 18 yrs. Alexander - died when age 23 yrs. William - md Nancy JOHNSON - 3 ch Alexander, David and Wm. Rachel - md as his 2d wife Alexander COCHRAN (see above) Eliza - died about age 16 yrs.

COCHRAN, Robert 2d - if related to above not established Born: 22 Oct 1786 in Ireland Married: in Ireland Jane LAW. Died: 6 May 1870 Chautauqua County: 1813 to Westfield. Occupation: FArmer Other: assessor of Town- 14 yrs. - supervisor in 1834-35 Children: 6 sons - 5 daughters Mary - md John CROSSGROVE Jane- unmd John - md Thomas l. - died age 21 yrs. Hugh B. - removed to Beaver Dam, Wisc. md & ch Robert - removed to Westfield, Wisc. - md James - md Hannah - unmarried - removed to Waupun, Wisc. Rachel - unmd- removed to Waupun, Wisc. William W. - unmd Harriet - died in infancy

COLVILL, William Born: Scotland married: in Scotland died: Chautauqua Co: in 1820 with family- settled in Forestville Occupation: operated a Grist Mill Children: Margery - md Albert H. CAMP William Jr. - b 1797 d 9 Aug 1874 md Mary LOVE- had merchantile with brother-in-law called Camp & Colvill. 5 ch ildren: Jane md John D. WHEAT to Minn.; Elizabeth md William P. TANNER to Minn; MAry md Daniel SHERMAN (see bio); William - was Col. in Civil War - wounded and disabled - went to Red Wing, Minn; George - remained in F orestville. Daniel G. - a physician at Forestville George- md Hannah TUBBS Jane - md Ernest MULLET Margaret - md Augustus F. COREY to Elmira, NY.

CROSS, Palmer Born: Vermont Married: 1) Naomi BLACKMER at Jefferson Co., NY 2) Julia HURLBUT at Harmony, Chat. Co., NY and 3) Mrs. Sarah LEACH Died: at age 83 Chautauqua Co: from Jefferson Co., NY in 1827 settled near Panama in Harmony Occupation: Minister - was 2d pastor of Baptist Church at Panama for 10 years . Children: by first wife - 2 sons 3 daughters Palmer - md had 2 sons 1 daughter Eber - no info Harriet A. - md Daniel G. POWERS Julia md Humphrey RICHARDSON - 2 sons Palmer and Humphrey Polly - md 1) Alonzo MANLEY - 4 ch md 2) Clark ROBINSON.

DAVIS, Ebenezer Born: Wardsboro, VT Married: Lydia HALL dau of Wm. Died: 9 Jan 1846 aged 66 yrs. Chautauqua County: came 1812 with several other siblings. settled Stillwater (Kiatone) Occupation: Farmer Other: 1st Town Clerk of Ellicott; was 1st person baptised in Stillwater at a revival in 1818. the DAVIS family well noted for their musical talent. Brot hers- Emri; Adams here 1815 removed to Flemington, NJ 1857- teacher at academy there; Elisha died in Ellicott unmd. Sisters: Mrs. Samuel HALL of Busti ; Mrs. Joseph Mrs. Joseph WAITE of JAmestown and Mrs. Eli HOSKINS of Jamestown. Children: had large family- known Samuel Shepard Paul - a minister

DORMAN, Dearing/Deering Born: 20 Dec 1797 in New Haven, CT. Married: 1st Huldah PERKINS d 1866 md 2d Mary (HORTON) ELDERKIN, widow of Addison ELDERKIN. Chautauqua County: 1st to Batavia 1804 and then to CC in 1823 settled at Sher man. Other: 1st settler in Town of Sherman Children: 14 - 7 sons 5 daughters Amasa - md Mary Ann WOOD- removed to Union, PA Archibald - 1st child born in Sherman. md Jane STODDARD. photo Luzerne - md Mrs. Mary HUNTLEY Albert - md Susan HORTON Elvira - md Gabriel ODELL Walter - md Mary ANDERSON Eliza - Simeon BRUMAGHIM Emiline - md Calvin MESSENGER Betsy - md George MESSENGER Dearing - md & removed to PA Huldah - md Andrew PERKINS removed to Ohio Riley - md Hannah HASKINS- removed to Allegany Co., NY 2 children who died young.

EATON, David (parents Benjamin and Mary Eaton) Born: 2 Feb 1782 -Farmington, Mass. (5th of 10 ch) Married: 1) Elizabeth HORNE 10 Apr. 1806 - she d New HArtford 1806 on trip to Chaut. Co. 2) Mrs. Mercy Groves FAY w/o NAthan FAY. Died: 7 Oct 1872 aged 90 yrs 8 months Chautauqua County: 1806 with Nathan FAY; Mary EATON (mother) and a sister. Occupation: Shoemaker Other: assessor Town of Chaut 1809; clerk for board of spervisors 1820-27 Supervisor for 6 yrs.; chairman of borad of sup. 1815; J.P. many years Service: War of 1812 at Blackrock. Children: 4 sons 1 daughter Edwin - md Caroline P. BALDRIGE - res. Frewsburg Emily - md Josiah WHEELER of Frewsburg. Alfred - md Hannah CLARK - removed to Wisc. then returned. Oscar - md Hannah A. KENNEDY of Steben Co. to Michigan and then to Forest Grove, Oregon. Darwin G. - graduate & then tchr @ Normal Sch Albany, NY then to Packer Inst. in Brooklyn. Porf. of Math & Natural Sciences. md Ann J. COLLINS of Stuben Co. 2 Oct 1850.

ELLSWORTH, Waterman son of Stukley Ellsworth, a state senator. Born: 14 Dec 1797 at Hartwick, Otsego Co., NY Married: 1826 Rosina LYON d 1832 - sister of Mary LYON founder of Holyoke. Died: 6 Jan 1849 Chaut.Co: About 1822 - some say 1824. Occupation: Physician Other: Supervisor Town of Stockton; 1839 member state assembly. Children: 5 sons Stukley - b Stockton 18 Dec 1826; Grad Yale 1847; studied Law. admitted Supreme Court 1855 - res. Eugene and L aGrande, OR md 1856 May C. STEVENS of Coldwater Mich. 5 ch . Harriet Rosina; John Waterman; Sarah Louise; Georgia Alice; and Mark Adams. Hazelius - b Stktn 14 Nov 1828 - to Eugene, OR 1863 - druggist - unmd. Franklin - b 14 Aug 1830 removed in 1852 to San Francisco, CA. - md 1865 Miss McLANE - 1 son. Henry Martyn - b Stockton - to Oregon 1854- md 11 Oct 1865 at LaGrande Marietta PIERCE dau of James PIRECE o f Stockton, NY 2 daughters- Ella and Henrietta; Mrs . Marietta P. Ellsworth died in S.F., CA 22 Apr 1875. Henry removed to Kelton, Utah was mechant and agent for Wells Fargo. Clay W. P. - no info

ELKINS, Abial Born: Peacham, VT. Married: wife died at Kennedy, Chat Co, NY 1868 (?) Died: Removed to Pittsburgh, PA 1844 - never heard from again - supposed mur dered. Chaut Co: came from Canada to Ellicott then to Kennedy in Town of Poland. Occupation: mill worker Other: Justice of Peace several years. Children: 11 including 3 sets of twins Edward (twin) remained in CC. Edwin (twin of Edw.) removed to Wisc. Civil war Vet. William A. - Civil War died of desease Harvey S. - res. Kennedy - Supervisor 4 yrs. Maria - md Seth HAIGHT Ruby A. - md Eli SHULTZ removed to Mitchell Co., Iowa No info on other children

FARMAN, John F. Born: Married: May DAY daughter of Ira DAY Died: Ch. Co.: 1827 from Augusta, NY to Ellington Occupation: Mercantile business until 1860 Other: board of supervisors for 10 yrs. Children: 2 sons 2 daughters Ira - md Addie GRIFFITH - farmer Erie - removed to PArker City, PA md Mary Martha

FRENCH, Samuel Born: Married: Died: MArch 1861 Ch. Co: 1825 from Ontario Co., NY to lot 11 in Franch Creek Occ: Farmer Children: 5 sons 2 daughters Samuel H. - removed to Wisc. md Hiram A. - killed by falling into a well when age 16 years. William R. - res. on home farm Edward P. - removed to Wisc. Fredus Franklin - owned home farm Cornelia - md Columbus SESSIONS - had 3 sons Samantha to Wisc and md

FROST, George H. Born: Married: Died: in 1873 Chaut Co: from Renssalaer Co to Cherry Creek 1823 Occupation: kept first tavern; later a store and in later life was a farmer. Other: Town Supervisor. Children: 3 sons 8 daughters George N. - was town supervisor 4 years Charles - to Titusville, PA Isbun - to Titusville, PA Selina - md Charles A. SPENCER Fedelia md Judson SHEFFIELD Eliza - md Chandler JOHNSON - removed to Corry, PA Mary - md William MOUNT to Corry, PA. Emeline - md William O. EDWARDS Lillis- md Alonzo EDWARDS Isadore - md Walter GRISWOLD Helen - md Cyru MOUNT

MARTIN, William son of Aaron Martin Born: 7 Nov 1789 @ Claverack, Columbia Co., NY Married: in Busti, 1815 to Roxa PIER daughter of Levi PIER Ch. Co: (with father) in 1811 bought part of lot 23 tp 1 r 11 ( now Kiatone) Occ: Farmer Other: War of 1812 an Ensign captured and held at Montreal for 4 months. Children: Isaac - md Fanny RAWSON - 6 sons 2 daughters 3 sons Edgar, Emery, & Albert served in Civil War. other sons Lorenzo, Homer, Jesse Daus: Lazetta & E lvira Abraham - md Mary E. BURNHAM ch Ellis; Willis ; George Lorenzo - md Mercy JENKINS res Busti- ch: Melissa; Alice; Hannah; Ophelia; and Dewey. Alonzo D. - md Clarissa JONES she died he removed to New Zealand where he married and had family. Sally Ann - md Lyman NORTHRUP of Sugar Grove, PA Davis - died at age 10 yrs. Adaline George L. - md Jane SMILEY res Jamestown Annette - died as infant

MORIAN, Jacob Born: Germany 22 March 1782 Married: at Lackawanna, PA Lydia VAN SCHOTER she d 4 Apr 1869 Died: 7 Dec 1862 in Town of Pomfret Ch. Co: 1826 to HAnover- Sheridan- Dunkirk then Pomfret 1830 Occ: Farmer Other: War of 1812 while res. of Dansville, Stuben Co., NY Children: 6 sons 3 daughters William - died at age 5 years Katherine - b 1807 res Dunkirk - unmd Anthony - b 1809 md 1) Julia Ann BECKER 1831 in Dansville- 11 ch Wm md Marilla BRONSON - 3 daus; Katherine md Henry SLAYTON of Berlin, Wisc; Nancy md 1) Charles FROST 2) Albert KNAPP- her dau JAne md Frank WINCHE STER; Martha md George A.S. KENT- 3 sons; Thomas H. md Harriet WARNER; Charles A. md Hannah GOODRICH- res Plum Creek, Neb-3ch; Lydia md John H. WHEELER- res Schuyler, Neb- 1 son; Ann md John BROWN - res Neb. 2 ch; Julia A. - no info. Anthony md 2) in 1868 Margaret H. KETCHUM Margaret - unmd removed to Kansas Alexander - md 1st Mariett McINTYRE ch Dana md Lena SIMMONS; James d age 6; Miranda md Fred KOCH of Dun kirk; Benj md Addie WIDENER- res Buffalo- conductor o n LakeShore RR; Alexander T.; Kitty M; Caroline who d .y Alexander md 2d Mrs R.E. WIDENER Thomas V.S. - md Clarenda WOOD res. Enterprise, PA ch Carlo C md Marian GELSON- 1 son; Elbridge O.; He rbert T md Josephine COFFIN- 1 son; Eva unmd; Ma rgaret d age 8. Lydia - md Asa WHITNEY of Kansas- 1 son William who md. Jacob - died in Pomfret unmd at age 23 in March 1849.

TAYLOR, Aaron Born: 19 Nov 1789 in Jefferson, NY Married: Marinda STAPLES on 13 May 1817 dau of Isaac STAPLES. Died: 9 July 1864 age 74 buried with Masonic Honors. CH. Co: from Marcellus, NY in 1815 to Carroll then to Jamestown 1820's Occ: taextiles- established a mill Children: Benjamin Franklin - md had son Ralph Waldo; Mariah; Bravity; Warner ; Eveline; Aaron S.; Winston R.; Mervin J.; Marinda A.; Ester J.; George and 1 who died in infancy.


SOURCE: Donna Mills, Fredonia, NY