History of the Town of Coventry

by Oliver P. Judd


CHAPTER III.


The Early Settlers Still Continued.


The WILLIAMS Family.

     Among the early settlers was one CALEB WILLIAMS, who married MAHITABEL WALKER and came into this country from Wales; settled about one mile south of Church Hollow near where William PEARSALL, now deceased, lived for many years. Although it was not in this town we speak of it but because several of the children were prominent citizens of Coventry. Their children were: LOIS, who died young; CALEB SAMUEL, STEPHEN WALKER, HIRAM, DANIEL, MAHITABEL, HARLEY, HENRY, SIMON, JULIA, EVALINE and LOIS. CALEB married CORDELIA RIDWELL and lived for several years two miles west of Coventry, on the farm known as the Ezra FOOTE farm. He afterwards moved to Rockford, Ill., and died there. SAMUEL married PHOEBE PEARSALL and lived on the homestead for several years. He moved to Triangle, where he lived for many years, thence to North Fenton, where they both died. They had four children two died young. Their son, HAMILTON, married and had a family. Their daughter AMANDA married Nelson BAKER of Greene, where they lived a few years, afterwards they went to Nebraska where she died, leaving one son who is married and has two children. NELSON and his son are doing a large business farming near Norfolk, Va. STEPHEN WALKER married LOUISA EASTON, and lived in the south east part of the town for many years. He had a large family, the majority of which died young. One died about four years ago in Kansas aged 82 years. THEODORE died in the army during the Civil War September 24, 1863, aged 25 years. He was in Company E. 1st Regiment, Minnesota Vol. ELLINA went to Wisconsin, married Elisha SANDERS and had four children; died March 29, 1876, aged 40 years. WILLARD married twice, both wives deceased. He is now living with his son in Cuba, N. Y. OLIVER P., is now living in Coventry; CHAUNCEY S., died in Coventry January 31, 1912. OLIVER P., and WILLARD are the only sons living. HIRAM was killed by an accident when a young man, while working in the woods with a yoke of cattle. DANIEL married Thankful BLAKESLEE and worked at shoe making for a good many years, then farmed it on the farm now owned by Mr. JULIAND a little south of R. BUCKLEY's, from there he went west for a few years, came back, lived and died on the farm now owned by T. M. WILLIAMS, a little north of Coventryville. They had five children: ALBERT, who married Jane Elizabeth KEYES, was a shoe maker and now lives in Binghamton; POLLY, who married Sherman PEARSALL; THANKFUL who married Alonzo PEARSALL; WILBERT married Anna BRAINARD; CLEMENT married Laura BRIGGS, all deceased but Albert. MEHITABLE married William PEARSALL. They had five children. WASHINGTON married a Miss SANFORD and lived on the old homestead. EGBERT married a sister of Washington's wife; SUSAN and CAROLINE never married; SARAH married George SUTTLE and lived at West Colesville till quite recently. They now live in Binghamton. HARLEY married and lived in this town many years on the north part of what was till quite lately the James WHITLOCK farm; later removed to Michigan. HENRY married and went to Michigan. SIMON married Polly Ann TREMAIN and lived in Coventry on the south part of the Whitlock farm. He afterwards moved to Clarksville, Allegany county, N. Y. JULIA EVALINE married Palmer SPERBECK; lived in these parts for a while then moved to Michigan. LOUIS never married. They were all Christian people and strong supporters of the three churches here.

     CLARK SMITH came from Massachusetts a single man and married Lois KELSEY of Jericho, now Afton. Lived in Nineveh a few years, moved to Coventry and settled about four miles south of Coventry and lived until his death on the farm where his son EDWARD now lives, he being the only son living, and now in his 82d year. Clark Smith was born May 31, 1782. His children were: ALBERT Smith, a carpenter, went west; LOISA married Alanson ROE, who had seven children, one Mrs. BRISTOL, lives in Harpursville; lived and died in this town. He was a farmer; HARVEY S., a minister, died in Missouri; RUSSEL S., was a deacon of the Second Congregational church and a farmer, lived and died in Coventry; CARLO S., farmer, lived and died at Doraville, in the town of COLESVILLE. One son, WARREN, and a grandson, FRANCIS, now live in Doraville. ADALINE died at the age of 22 years. AUGUSTUS, was for many years a farmer in the town, but spent his last years in Athens, Pa., with his daughter, Mrs. SAWTELL, who had a large family, one son a minister. CYRUS, a farmer, lived and died in the town, one child, Mrs. C. G. BEARDSLEE and her two sons, grandchildren, and one granddaughter; RHODA A., married Luther DORT and lived in Harpursville; later moved to the west; DIANA L., married S. A. BEARDSLEY, and had three children: ALICE, at home, CLARK, a minister, and ALVIN who died when a young man. MARY SMITH died at two years of age. EDWARD C., a farmer lived on the old farm. Had five children: MARY, who married a Mr. CLAYTON, and lives in Arizona, had a large family of children. CLARK married LIBBIE, daughter of John MANNING, is a farmer living one half mile east of his father's, has two sons, and has been road commissioner for several years; FRED, who married NELLIE, daughter of George PADDLEFORD, and lives with his father on the old homestead, has one daughter. The Smiths have all been very prominent men and strong pillars in the Second Congregational church of Coventry nearly always at the church, rain or shine.

     This incident is related of Clark Smith. One day he was coming up from the MANDEVILLE place through the woods and a panther followed by the side of him. He had a saw in one hand and a jug in the other and kept the panther at bay by rattling them together until he got within sight of home, when he called and his wife left two little children on the floor, ran out with pine knot all afire and scared the panther away.

THE MANNING FAMILY

     NATHANIEL MANNING was born at Oxford, Mass. He early came to the State of New York, and at the time of his marriage was living at Rensselaer, Albany county. About 1799, if the recollection of his descendants is correct, he came to Chenango county and settled in Coventry on what was then known as the HARPUR tract, two and one-half miles south of Coventry. He owned about two hundred acres of land and was a well to do farmer. He held several town offices, including that of justice of the peace. The last year of his life he resided with his son LEWIS on what is now known as the JOSLYN farm and died there. He was buried in the WYLIE cemetery. He was married at Charlton, Mass., February 12, 1792, to ANNA, daughter of Ebenezer and Christina WHITE, who was born October 5, 1771, at Charlton. In 1813 she and Nathaniel sold her rights in her father's estate in Westchester county. She died March 5, 1848, and Mr. Manning August 6, 1849, both at Coventry. Their children: NANCY, born in 1794, died unmarried; CHARLES WHITE, born July 20, 1796, at Renssalaer; BETSEY, born September 13, 1799, at Coventry; GEORGE, born January 22, 1802, at Coventry; IRA, born in Coventry February 19, 1807; ANNA, born April 9, 1809, at Coventry; ABIGAIL C., born in Coventry January 5, 1812, died November 22, 1832, unmarried.

     SAMUEL MANNING was born December 22, 1774, at Oxford, Mass. He moved to Coventry, where he afterwards settled. He was a farmer and his tract of twenty-five acres was given to him by the town for service rendered said town, and it is believed he was in some ways a land agent. He was married at Coventry in October, 1827, to Mrs. Fannie OBSORN WOODWARD, born April 19, 1787, in Vermont. She died March 6, 1868, and Mr. Manning March 18, 1845, both at Coventry. His children were: ISAIAH, born April 24, 1830, at Coventry, had one grandchild, Mrs. George MAYO. He was a millwright or machinist and sawyer which occupation he followed until he was killed by the falling of a tree, October 18, 1873, at Afton. CHARLES WHITE MANNING was reared and lived in Coventry for many years but later moved to the west. He had eight children. Two sons died in the Civil war. BETSEY MANNING married Calvin EDGERTON. Their children were: ELIZA ANN EDGERTON, who married Cyrus SMITH. As has been said before, GEORGE WASHINGTON EDGERTON, born October 1, 1825, and died June 19, 1895, was married; WILLIAM HENRY and HENRY LEROY, both died young. IRA MANNING was born February 19, 1807, at Coventry on the farm now owned by Frank PIERCE. He resided in his native town and his education was received in the common schools. About the time of his marriage he purchased a farm adjoining that of his father. He was Supervisor of Coventry, and assessor for several years. He married Mary A., daughter of James and Lucy POMEROY TREADWAY, born January 27, 1808, in Connecticut. She died October 23, 1868, and Mr. Manning October 18, 1865, both at Coventry, where they were buried. Children born at Coventry: ABBIE JANE, born August 8, 1835, resided at Coventry and married Robert, son of Robert and Mary LOVE WILSON, born 1827, in Ireland and died February 15, 1886, at Greene, Chenango county; no children. He was a prominent farmer, a kind and obliging citizen. JOHN WATERS, born May 20, 1837; WILLIAM SEWARD, born February 24, 1839; IRA DELOS born November 20, 1842; MARY ANN, born June 27, 1848, resided at Greene, married there June 20, 1877, Allen, son of John and Sarah WEEKS HANDY; NAPIER, born January 7, 1840, in Brooklyn. Children born in Brooklyn: SARAH WEEKS, born December 22, 1880; JOHN DWIGHT born January 10, 1882. LIBBIE EMMA, born May 1, 1851, died January 12, 1870; ANNA MANNING, born April 9, 1809, at Coventry, died there February 13, 1866, married November 15, 1829, Joseph, son of Joseph and Hannah WHEELER FAIRCHILD, born July 24, 1806, at Watertown, Conn., and died March 29, 1888, at Coventry. Children born at Coventry: BETSEY ANN FAIRCHILD, December 4, 1830, married October 4, 1849, Orin W. CHILDS, IRA MANNING FAIRCHILD, born May 12, 1833, resided at Coventry until 1894, and then removed to Sidney, married December 15, 1869, Frances E. TUCKEY. Their daughter, ANN E., married James G. SIMONSON. CHARLES LEROY FAIRCHILD, born May 17, 1836, died June 28, 1895, at Bainbridge. Married December 28, 1864, Sally A. SALISBURY. NANCY LOUISA FAIRCHILD, born March 2, 1839, died September 30, 1851, at Coventry. GEORGE RUSSELL FAIRCHILD, born January 16, 1842, died September 24, 1851. JOHN HENRY FAIRCHILD born April 29, 1845, died October 11, 1869, at Coventry. Married January 5, 1869, Eugenia WATROUS. LEWIS WHEELER FAIRCHILD, born November 9, 1847, died September 26, 1851. Since writing about the Manning family more history has been put into my hands. JOHN WATERS MANNING was born May 20, 1837, at Coventry. His early education was received in the common schools, afterward he attended Oxford Academy at Oxford for several terms. His death occurred October 20, 1911. He was a farmer in Coventry and married Martha Wealthy HULL of Oxford, May 9, 1866. Children born at Coventry: FRANK MAURICE, a farmer of Coventry, born August 27, 1867, married Lucy WILSON; SARAH ELIZABETH, born November 30, 1869, is a resident of Coventry, married September 8, 1898, Clark E. SMITH, born February 24, 1866; WILLIAM ALANSON, a farmer of Coventry, born January 4, 1872, married Eugenie MADIGAN; MARY WEALTHY, born October 2, 1874 and died July 31, 1889.

     WILLIAM SEWARD MANNING, born February 24, 1839, at Coventry, married (1st) in New York city June 25, 1867, Sarah, daughter of Robert WILSON, born in Greene in 1840, died October 16 ,1880; and (2d), June 14 1874, Margaret R., daughter of George N. and Lucretia WILLOUGHBY HAVENS, born October 26, 1841, at Oxford; resided in 1874, at West Exeter. Mr. Manning died October 14, 1876. Children of William S. and Sarah Manning: WILLIAM H., born December 9, 1869, in New York city; died June 30, 1870, at Smithville. Children of William S. and Margaret R. Manning: FANNY HAVENS, born March 5, 1875, at Oxford. She graduated from Oxford Academy in 1892, and from Kraus Seminary, New York city, where she took a Kindergarten course in 1895. She then taught in a Mission school in Brooklyn under the supervision of Plymouth church until 1897, when the school being given up she engaged in public school work at Newark, N. J., until her marriage August 22, 1900, to Rev. Alfred Rickard BURKE. IRA DELOS MANNING, born November 20, 1842, at Coventry. His education was obtained at district schools and the academies of Oxford and Norwich. When a young man he taught school twelve terms. He resided on the Manning homestead for a number of years as a farmer then moved down into the hollow west of John Manning's and worked both farms. He has been commissioner for six years. He married September 2, 1870, Julia Eliza, daughter of Charles and Eliza MILLER SANFORD, born August 14, 1842, in New York city. Children: LEIGH DELOS, born August 28, 1871, at Coventry, died March 4, 1872. JULIA MAY born August 8, 1878, at Oxford. I think she is a graduate of some academy, and is now teaching in some High school. About three years ago, owing to Mrs. Manning's poor health, they moved to Greene where after a long illness she passed away. I should have said in speaking of John and William Manning that they both taught school a number of terms each. Your scribe went to school to William three terms.

THE FAIRCHILD FAMILY.

     Joseph FAIRCHILD, SR., was born in Watertown, Conn., in 1758, and lived there until 1811, when he moved to Coventry and bought a farm adjoining David HUNGERFORD's of Lewis BARREN, or his father, and lived there until he died in 1842, aged 85 years. His wife was Hannah WHEELER, and she died in 1838, aged 77 years. They raised nine children: BILLE, CHLOE, AGAR, HANNAH, HULDA, SALLY, NANCY, POLLY and JOSEPH. Part of them settled in Connecticut, the three boys came with him or soon after. JOSEPH, Jr., being only five years old at the time. Joseph, Sr., was three years a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He and his son, Joseph, Jr., lived on the same farm the remainder of their lives, it remaining in the family of the three generations eighty-three years. JOSEPH FAIRCHILD, Jr., married Anna MANNING. They had seven children: BETSEY ANN, married Orrin CHILDS and they had three sons: FRANK, Jr., CHARLES and SEYMOUR. CHARLES died when 26 years of age. FRANK married Susan SQUIRES and SEYMOUR married Irene HYDE. Orrin CHILDS settled on the Gage HINKLEY place for eighteen years, then sold and went to Ouaquaga in 1868, and lived there until his death in 1908, and his widow lives there with her son Frank. JOHN FAIRCHILD married Eugenia WATROUS and died about eight months after in 1869. CHARLES married Sally Ann SALISBURY in 1864, and lived on the homestead three years. He afterward settled in Sanford and lived there twenty years, then moved to Bainbridge, where he died in 1895, four months after moving there, aged 59 years. His wife died three years after in 1898, aged 56 years. ANNA FAIRCHILD, wife of Joseph Fairchild, died in 1866, aged 57 years. IRA FAIRCHILD, married Frances TUCKEY in 1869, and lived on the old homestead with his father while he lived and five years after, when the place was sold and Ira moved to Sidney where he now lives. They had one daughter, ANNA, who married J. S. SIMONSON, who is in business in Sidney. BELLE FAIRCHILD was twice married and raised eleven children. AGAR moved to Ohio; SALLY, daughter of Joseph FAIRCHILD, Sr., married James WYLIE and settled on the farm known as the George WYLIE farm. They raised seven children: THOMAS, RUSSEL, HOEL, GEORGE, HANNAH, HUBBARD and WHEELER. The two oldest settled in Iowa. HOEL in Sodus, N. Y., and GEORGE on the homestead. HUBBARD in the eastern part of the town. HANNAH died in 1845, aged 21 years. GEORGE in 1901, aged 80 years and HUBBARD, January 16, 1910, aged 82 years. SALLY FAIRCHILD WYLIE died in 1864. Part of the history of the Fairchild family was not handed in till after the other was wrote so please excuse us for getting a little of it in twice.

THE HORTON Family.

     MARCUS N. HORTON and CLARK L. HORTON were former residents of Coventry. Their grandfather, BENJAMIN Horton was born at Naugatuck, Conn., in 1793. In 1818 they moved with their family of eleven children with ox teams and wagons from their home in Connecticut to Columbus, Chenango county, N. Y., where he purchased a farm. Their journey occupied eleven days, coming by way of Albany to cross the Hudson river. About 1830 Benjamin Horton and his family removed to Coventry and purchased a farm one and one-half miles north west of Coventry village, now owned by Mr. FOLDS. Seven years later this farm was sold and a farm was purchased in the south west portion of the town, now occupied by his great-grandson, LESLIE Horton, where Benjamin Horton died in 1841. His wife, PENINAH, died later at the same place at the advanced age of 93 years. Benjamin Horton's family consisted of eleven children: NEWTON, who married a TUTTLE and settled in Columbus; AMELIA married Seldon LEWIS; JULIA married Cornelius CONOVER; CLARISSA married Thomas HYDE; GERMON married Rhoda TREADWAY; LEONARD married Jemima CONOVER; George W., married Harriett FLAGG; HAMILTON, married Matilda DUTCHER; ALMIRA, married Charles BEARDSLEY; DENISON, married Catherine M. BROWN; LEWIS P., married Martha A. SHAPLEY; GERMON lived most of his life in Coventry and had no children; LEONARD was a wagon maker, having learned the trade by a three year apprenticeship. He worked at this trade making and repairing wagons at West Coventry, but later moved to the east part of the town at the old homestead where Clark L. Horton was born, and there he worked at his trade, and later took up farming. Children of Leonard and Jemima Horton were four: MARCUS, who married Adeline BRISECK; EMILY J., who married Wells STREETER; AVIS H., who married S. G. STILLMAN and CLARK L., who married Martha PARKER. MARCUS N. Horton early sought an education, and through his own earnest efforts graduated from Williams College, Mass., and for a long time followed teaching as a calling, in which he became very successful. He later became superintendent of schools of the city of Williamsport and at Franklin, Pa., and was at one time school commissioner for the southern district of Chenango county. He reached the advanced age of past 80 years. He lived at Bloomfield, N. J.; MARCUS N., has two sons. EDWARD H. Horton, is a teacher and principal of the Pine street school of Binghamton, N. Y., which position he has held for many years; and JOHN M. Horton, who is a valuable employe of the Chemical National Bank of New York city. EMILY J., became a teacher and followed the calling for many years, both in district and High schools. Late in life she married Wells STREETER, whom she survived, and died at the old homestead near Coventryville in 1899. AVIS A., was also at one time preceptress of the Walton Academy. She married S. D. STILLMAN of Herkimer county, N. Y., and lived with him until her death in 1895. CLARK L., was born in 1847, and was educated at the district schools, Oxford Academy, and Jefferson County Institute; taught a few terms and settled down to farming on the WARREN farm near Coventryville which he purchased. He made farming pay, also was remarkably successful as a business manger of a creamery for twenty years, which had been established at Coventryville. In 1894 he leased his farm and moved with his family to Afton where he actively engaged in the hardware business, and also held the office of justice of the peace. He was an active member of the Baptist church. He died suddenly in Afton on the 7th of May, 1912. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, RACHEL H., who married Elmer TEW of Oxford, and now resides in Afton, and one son, HARRY G., who married Fannie HARE of Harpursville, and resides in Afton and has continued in the business that he commenced with his father. GEORGE W. HORTON lived in the west part of the town for a great many years and engaged in farming. He had three daughters: MARIE, who married Jack ELLIOTT; SUSAN and SARAH. HAMILTON left Coventry when young and lived in the west. He had a son, EZRA, who lived in Sherburne, N. Y. DENISON went to Chicago when a young man, when the city was comparatively small, and grew up with the place and attained great prosperity and wealth. Much of the latter he lost in the great Chicago fire. His children were two daughters. LEWIS B., the youngest son, became the possessor of the homestead and cared for his mother in her last days. He had one son, ALBERT, who died soon after he reached manhood, but not until after he was married and became the father of a son. LESLIE, who was brought up by his grandfather, from whom he received the old farm where he still lives as the sole representative of the Hortons in Coventry.

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CHAPTER IV.


Settlers That Came a Little Later.


The HAWKINS Family

     ELIJAH HAWKINS was one of the early settlers of the town at Coventry. He came from Massachusetts, the exact date being unknown. He settled on the southern part of what is known as the William KALES farm on the east side of the road and north of the county line of Coventry and Colesville. His house was situated a little north west of the old family cemetery of the Hawkins and PIKE families, which can be seen from the highway. His farm consisted of over three hundred acres and was one of the largest and most improved farms in the town at the time of his death. It included besides the part mentioned the farm now owned by Ransom ADKINS, also the farm formerly owned by Pomeroy ADKINS, and other pieces of land near.

     Not far from the year 1800 the father of Elijah wrote from Massachusetts to his son that his mother was dead, and said he thought of coming west if game was plenty. Elijah immediately wrote to his father and told him to come and make it his home with him, for game was plenty. The father, ROBERT HAWKINS, left his home in Massachusetts and came and spent the rest of his life with his son. He spent much time setting out fruit trees on his son's farm, and said in years later that he did not expect to live to eat fruit from the trees, but had for a good many years. He shot one bear after he came to Coventry. He was an old man at the time of the Revolutionary war, too old to carry arms but served his country as a guard in the forts of the patriots. His first wife was Rebecca BOWERS, and his second wife was Rachel BUCK BALDWIN. Two children of his first wife: LYDIA and SAMUEL, never came west and nothing more is definitely known about them. Robert Hawkins died November 14, 1830, aged 101 years, and was buried on the farm in the family cemetery. His second wife's children were: EBEN, ENOCH, REBECCA, MARY and ELIJAH. REBECCA Hawkins married Joseph PIKE and came from Massachusetts after her family had grown up. The family settled near the Hawkins family, just over the county line in Colesville. Rebecca and Joseph PIKE had a family of six sons and one daughter, whose descendants are scattered almost throughout the United States. Joseph Pike, was an old Revolutionary soldier and died February 19, 1842, aged 82 years. Rebecca Hawkins Pike died June 26, 1817, aged 54 years. She was the first person for whom the sod was broken in the family plot which has before been mentioned. In the spring of 1832, Elijah Hawkins was taken ill, from which he knew there was no recovery. He had no family except his wife, so he gave all his property to his nephew, MALCOM M. HAWKINS, to care for him and his wife while they lived. Malcom M. Hawkins at that time owned and occupied the north part, west of the highway of what has long been known as the Asa MANDEVILLE farm. His farm consisted of fifty acres, a saw mill which he operated himself. He had resided there nearly twelve years, when he sold and removed to the farm of his uncle, Elijah Hawkins. He died May 27, 1832, aged 65 years. His wife died about two years later. Malcom N. Hawkins was named in honor of Dr. Malcom NIVEN, a friend and physician of the family. He occupied the old Hawkins farm for many years. He was born on a part of the farm just north of the Coventry line, in Coventry, July 22, 1799. His parents were among the pioneers of the towns of Coventry and Windsor and he was the second son of thirteen children. The records of the Windsor Presbyterian church gives the following baptisms of their family: March 31, 1813, at a church meeting held at the house of David HOTCHKISS, these children were baptized, MALCOM, BENJAMIN, PHILOTA, ROBERT, RACHEL, CHARLOTTE, MARY, DORCAS, and ELIJAH, children of Jemima and Enoch HAWKINS, by the Rev Ebenezer KINGSBURY. June 13, 1813, at Windsor, DAVID and DANIEL baptized by Rev. Joshua JOHNSON. MALCOM N. HAWKINS married Fannie FOWLER, formerly of Bennington, Vt., they were married in Coventry by Squire HUTCHINSON about 1820. The names of their children and date of birth is as follows: ELEANOR, born June 14, 1825. ELIZABETH, born December 6, 1828. EBEN, born January 14, 1831. EMILY, born March 6, 1833. THOMAS, born October 15, 1834. NATHAN, born June 30, 1837. ALFRED, born September 17, 1840. CHLOE, born April 19, 1843.

     All these were born in Coventry and all removed to Windsor, N. Y., except Eleanor, when quite young, where they have spent their lives. MALCOM N. Hawkins sold part of his farm east of the highway to William KALES and removed to the western part where he built a new house and grist mill and saw mill combined. After living there several years he sold to his son-in-law, Pomeroy ADKINS, and removed to Windsor in 1849, where he spent the rest of his life. He built another saw mill and operated it for a number of years. He did much to convert the wilderness into lumber. He died July 31, 1877, aged 78 years. All his children have been dead for many years, except EBEN and THOMAS and the youngest daughter, Mrs. CHLOE PULZ. These reside in Windsor.

     Ransom ADKINS, came from Connecticut in the autumn of 1815 with an ox team and brought his wife and one child. He bought and settled on the north east part of the JULIAND farm, for a number of years occupied by the WHITTEN family. He worked at his trade as a carpenter, built new buildings and improved his farm. He died August 30,1823, aged 34 years, leaving his wife with five small children. The children's names and dates of births were as follows: LUCY, born in 1811, in Connecticut; POMEROY H., born April 28, 1816; ADELINE and EMILINE, born December 17, 1818; CHARLES RANSOM, born May 22, 1822. The eldest daughter, LUCY, returned to Connecticut after the death of her father to live with a relative where she later married Benjamin HURLBURT and never came to New York State but once again, then only for a visit. She died past 60 years of age, leaving three daughters.

     POMEROY H. ADKINS, married Eleanor, daughter of Malcom N. HAWKINS November 15, 1846. Their children's names and ages were: RANSOM H., born October 8, 1847; MALCOM H., born April 27, 1851; FANNIE, ELIZABETH, born June 13, 1855; LUCY ANN, born June 17, 1858; ELLEN ELIZA, born April 12, 1868. MALCOM H., married Cora E. ROOT of Coventry, February 20, 1879. They have since resided on the old PIKE farm just south of the county line in Colesville till the spring of 1907 when they sold their farm and removed to New Ohio, on the old McCOLLOUGH farm. RANSOM lives with his brother Malcom. FANNIE ELIZABETH married William H. SAXBY of Windsor, December 25, 1899, where they have since resided. LUCY ANN married Elmer SEELEY, June 1, 1866. They lived in Coventry several years, then in the spring of 1898, moved on the home farm of her parents, where they lived nine years, then removed to Afton where they now reside. ELLEN ELIZA, married Andrew PEARSALL of Afton, May 29, 1895. In the year 1898 they moved to Windsor where they have since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy ADKINS spent most of their lives in Coventry. He spent about two years in Illinois when a young man. In the autumn of 1863 they moved from Coventry just across the line in the town of Colesville, where they resided at the time of their deaths. Eleanor HAWKINS ADKINS died March 10, 1895, aged 70 years. Pomeroy H. Adkins died March 12, 1895, aged nearly 79 years. There were only 50 hours difference in their deaths. They were buried in South Windsor cemetery in one grave. ADELINE Hawkins married Joseph STEVENS; died February 14, 1903, aged 85 years. They had one daughter, Lenora, who married Platt THOMPSON. She died young leaving one son, HENRY, only few months old.

     Mr. and Mrs. Stevens spent their married life on the Stevens farm which was located on the road between Church Hollow and Harpursville, EMILINE married Daniel STEVENS, they resided several years on the Church Hollow road. He was a brother of Joseph Stevens. They afterwards removed to Lisle, Broome county and spent the rest of their lives in that vicinity. Emeline died in February, 1898, aged 80 years. Her husband having died many years before. CHARLES RANSOM married Pamelia CHRISTMAN, November 1, 1846. Two children were born to them: MARY A. and CHARLES E. The former died November 24, 1872; the latter resides in Paullina, Iowa, Charles Ransom with his family moved to O'Brien county, Iowa, in the fall of 1877, where his wife died February 22, 1882. He married Lovina EDGECOMB for his second wife. He died March 27, 1900, aged 77 years. HENRY ADKINS, a brother of Ransom, came from the east about the same time and settled on what is known as the Bradley SIMMONS farm on the part north of the highway. He had a family of four daughters and two sons: RANSOM, HENRY, CAROLINE, BETSEY, EUNICE and LUCINDA. RANSOM died when a young man. HENRY married, lived in Binghamton many years, died about 60 years of age. He left no family except his wife. CAROLINE married Richard STONE; they lived on the Page Brook till the time of her death. They left no children. BETSEY married Oliver BENNETT. They resided on Page Brook at the time of their death. They left one son, HARRY. EUNICE married Mr. FINEOUT. She died about middle age, left two sons and one daughter. Mr. Fineout having died some years previous to her death. LUCINDA married Rufus BENNETT. They resided at Chenango Forks, where she is now living, the only surviving one of her father's family. They had two daughters: IRENE and JENNIE, both married and died young. HARRY ADKINS married Polly CLARK. They are both buried in the old Chapel cemetery in Coventry. PHOEBE ADKINS, sister of Henry and Ransom, came from the East, married Mr. WARNER and lived near Tunnel, N. Y., where some of her descendants still reside. ROXY ADKINS, widow of Ransom Adkins, married John FOWLER in the later part of 1824. Their children were: NOAH, HIRAM, ALONZO, ALFRED, ADELIA and FREDERICK. All of these are dead except Noah, the oldest son, who was born Sept. 6, 1825. He married Eliza Ann PACKARD, March 6, 1851. They reside with their son, CHARLES J. FOWLER, near Church Hollow. Roxy Adkins Fowler died Sept. 24, 1860, aged 67 years. John Fowler died Nov. 8, 1879, aged 83 years. He was formerly from Bennington county, Vt. They were buried in the old Chapel cemetery.

     Among those who settled in town quite early was William TALLMAN, who located about four miles south west of Coventry. I am informed he came from Pennsylvania and raised six children: MIRANDA, VIRGIL, CLARK, JANE, CALLISTA and ADELBERT. Miranda married C. K. PIERCE of Coventry; Jane married Whitney DUSENBERG of Windsor; CALISTA married a man by the name of OGDEN; ADELBERT married Eliza KALES; VIRGIL died when 18 years old; CLARK was killed in the Civil War.

     REUBEN CARY came from Massachusetts about 1815, and, I am told settled on the farm now owned by Martha A. WEST, and lived there several years. Later he bought and settled on the place where he died, known as the George Cary farm, and raised a family of seven children, viz: CHARLES, CALVIN, GERSHOM, MALANCTON, SALLY, MARY and LUCRETIA. CHARLES married Lois, sister of Calvin EDGERTON, and later moved west; CALVIN married Harriet HOLCOMB; Gershom married Lucy CONVERSE; MALANCTON settled in the west when young; SALLY married Juvenel GRISWOLD for his second wife; MARY never married, and LUCRETIA, married Howard PACKARD.

     A family by the name of CONVERSE came from Massachusetts, but we don't know the year. They lived where they first settled and he died in 1849. They had eight children: JANE married Truman SOUTHWORTH; two sons JOHN and TRUMAN lived in Coventry, both dead; one daughter, LUCY JANE, married a man by the name of WOOD and lives in Cincinnatus; SARAH married Nelson CASE; RUFUS married Mary DORT of Harpursville; LUCY married Gershon CARY; ALVIN married Phoebe BEARDSLEY, POLLY married Dr. PRENTICE and ELLEN married James GILLMORE. Roxy died in 1855, having never married. The farm is still in the family.

     Joel MORSE came from Massachusetts and settled on a farm adjoining the CONVERSE farm, but we do not know the dates. He as well as Mr. Converse, run a sawmill in connection with his farm. They had seven children: AUSTIN, who married Basha Ann VINTON; RUSSELL, who married Lucretia LOOP; SALLY married Joseph BADGER; MARVIN married Melissa GRISWOLD, and JEROME married Caroline HURD; JULIAND died young; IRENE married later a man in the west by the name of LAMB. Joel Morse married for his first wife Susan MUNGER, who died in 1851. He afterwards married a widow TREADWELL, and in the spring of 1854 sold his farm to Jarvis McLANE and with his son Jerome went west and died there.

     WILLIAM, JOHN, AMOS and JUDITH TUCKEY came from England in 1830 and settled in the town of Butternuts. Ten years later Amos and William came to Coventry and bought a farm of Larkin PACKARD, next south of the TALLMAN and CONVERSE farms. William married Mary Ann CONVERSE and they raised six children: MARY ANN married William KASSON; NANCY married Marcus HUNTER; Olive married Wilson PAGE; ROSA married George WEDGE; James married Julia GARRISON, and JANE never married. AMOS TUCKEY lived several years on the farm with his brother. He then sold his interest to him and bought out Augustus SMITH, adjoining and lived there until he died in 1884, aged 75 years. He married Phebe Perrine CONVERSE, and they raised two daughters: FRANCES E., who married Ira FAIRCHILD in 1869, and EUPHEMIA, who died in 1909, unmarried. Phoebe Tuckey died in 1872, aged 57 years, and William died in 1875, aged 69 years.

     As we have been writing about the early settlers, when they came to Coventry, where they lived, when and where they died, and as Anna Y. HUNGERFORD, was one of the early pioneers we think it would not be out of place to put in a poem here of her 100th anniversary, written by Mrs. Cordelia BEARDSLEY WILDER.

One Hundredth Anniversary of Anna Y. HUNGERFORD, Coventry.

Turn backward the years of time, dear mother,
And let the bright scenes of fond memory come,
When you lovingly watched o'er the days of our childhood;
The days long ago in the old house at home.
You may list once again for the echoes, dear mother,
Of wild rippling laughter, so joyous and free;
You may rock us to sleep and then watch o'er our slumbers,
While a Father in Heaven shall watch over thee.
You may listen once more for the quick, eager patter
Of swift, tiny feet on the cold kitchen floor;
You may smile at our loss, as we search for the sunbeams,
Darting bright rays through the half open door.
We will twine just again the wild buds and sweet daisies,
In your bright, golden hair, as in days that are flown;
We will wait for thy kisses to lavish each sorrow,
Dear mother we'll sing the old music, "Sweet Home."
Then we know not a care, not a grief, nor a sorrow;
You lavish each tear with a mother's fond kiss;
You guided our feet in the way of our Saviour;
Dear mother, we'll meet you in mansions of bliss.
Already thy feet have nigh touched the chill waters;
Thou hast trusted in Jesus, thy crown hath been won.
Dear mother, we'll sing as we journey together,
The soul-cheering anthem, "We're All Going Home."

     AMASA IVES came to this town at an early date when a young man, the exact time is uncertain. He was a strong, leading character, a man of thrift and influence. He married Patty, daughter of John and Abigail MILES. He united with the church in January, 1808; and when the edifice was cleared of debt in 1820, he was one of the men who paid the highest sum, $200. OZIAS YALE was the other.

     BROWNELL BULKLEY emigrated from Stonington, Conn., to Coventry in 1808. He bought the farm where his grandson ROBERT, now lives, and built a log house which was his home for several years. He married Miss Dellia WORTH of Connecticut, an accomplished and spiritually minded lady. They were remarkedly courteous and hospitable, liberal in the support of the gospel and widely respected. BULKLEY was a man of marked personality, successful in his business and consistent in his support of all that was good. When he vacated the log house he built what is now the rear of the Bulkley home. They moved into it on Saturday and their son, GEORGE, was born there the next Sabbath morning. They had three children: GEORGE, FRANCIS, and JULIA. The mother, a Christian truly born of the spirit, gave her children spiritual teaching and was careful of their intellectual development. GEORGE went to Oxford and Catskill to school; FRANCIS was a graduate of Union College, and JULIA went to Oxford and Albertsville to study, and at the last named place she met Mr. CONVERSE, who became her husband. After her marriage she resided at Elmira and her two daughters were graduates of the Female college in that city. FRANCIS Bulkley went south, married Grace ADAMS and now has descendants residing at Gadsden. S. C. GEORGE Bulkley lived at the homestead in Coventry and the original house was enlarged to its present dimensions. The parents and son formed one family. Mrs. A. P. Bulkley, the widow of George, has lived 63 years in the original home of the family, and forty-eight of these years she has been a Sunday school teacher. ROBERT S. Bulkley, her son, has been the Sunday school superintendent for eighteen years. Miss BETSEY Bulkley, the sister of BROWNELL, visited the home of her brother in Coventry and she became the wife of Philo YALE.

     Russel WATERS came to Coventry in 1808 when 21 years of age, and subsequently married Roxy, daughter of John and Abigail MILES. EPHRAIM Waters, a younger brother, followed in 1816. He married a daughter of Rev. Charles THORP, the pastor. Later he came in possession of the Thorp farm, situated on the rise of ground a short distance east of Coventryville, where he lived for more than 40 years a life of great usefulness, influential and efficient in all that pertained to the development and progress of church and community.

     The BENEDICTs formed a numerous family and some of them were prominent in the history of the church. They were children of Captain BENJAMIN BENEDICT, who served in the Revolutionary war as lieutenant. He came to Coventry in 1807 from Winchester, Conn., and all the rest of that name came from the same place. ABIJAH Benedict with his wife, Abigail, removed to Coventry in 1800. They were pioneer members of the pioneer church organized in 1807. He was the man that hewed the first stick of timber for the new meeting house. ELIAKIM Benedict and his wife, Ruth Ann, settled in Coventry in 1801. He was then twenty-three years old. Ruth Ann, was one of the original members of the historical little church of 1807. EBEN Benedict, and Miranda, his wife, moved to Coventry in 1803. He was the grandfather of WILLIAM HENRY Benedict the son of IRA, who died in April, 1904, the year of our centennial. He served the church as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He was also the minister's friend, one who united the historical past with the present. Mrs. William Henry Benedict, wife of the above named, has been the poetess of the church, is endowed with a rare gift of metrical composition. The authoress of many choice productions; many anniversary poems of historic and local value, and poems read at soldiers graves at the May day decorations. A volume of her poems printed a few years since exhibits fine poetic ability and is pleasantly valued by her friends. Mrs. Benedict is living among us at this date, 1912, honored and beloved by all who know her. She, too is one who unites the present with the past.

End Chapter IV pg 20-26


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