Cortland County
Austin Augustus
Watrous Obituary

Data submitted to Genweb Site by Allen Siebold, from data collected from files at Cortland County Historical Society, Cortland, NY.

Note from compiler
Several annotations have been made, usually by crossing out incorrect (I trust) information. I have transcribed the following including the corrections. I have not corrected several sentence or spelling oddities or mistakes, but include the traditional [sic] following them. [?] indicates I was not sure of the word or letter. Other mistakes that might be found are probably mine.
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St. Johnsville, (N.Y.) Enterprise (no date on the copy)

WATROUS, TUTTLE

(Note: This is one of the best family pedigrees I have ever seen. It is something the author, Mrs. Florence Mae Watrous Harman (Mrs. C.D. may well be proud of. It was such a pleasure to read it we at once send [sic] it herewith to the best genealogy newspaper in [sic] of its kind in the world. the world.[sic] H.A.O.)

Austin Augustus 8 Watrous, of the 8th generation, of Freetown, Cortland county, N.Y. lived at Cortland 1904-1923; Bridgeport, Conn., about 1878-1883.

The preceding line names are: Benjamin 7 ; Austin 6 ; Austin 5 , Rev. War Soldier ; Gideon 4 ; Abraham 3 - 2 ; Jacob 1 Waterhouse of New London, Conn. Son of Benjamin Backus 7 Watrous, 1803-1890; and his wife Sabra Elizabeth (Lamphear) Watrous, 1803-1885, Austin 8 was born Aug. 14, 1846 at Freetown; Bap. Baptist Church, Freetown, as adult; and died April 5, 1923, at Cortland; buried Cortland Rural cemetery. Occupations: farmer, creamery man; shop worker Warner Bros. Corset co., Bridgeport, Conn. Civil and military activities; Justice of Peace; Republican County committee; Fifer co. G. 185 Regt. N.Y. State Inf., Civil War, 1864 to close of war. Description: brown hair, hazel eyes, stout, excellent tenor voice, temperance principles.

His mother's line: Sabra Elizabeth Lamphere, was dau. Uriel (Aaron) and Jerusha 6 Pease. (Gideon 5 ; Abraham 4 ; Isaac 3 ; John 2 ; Robert 1 Pease.)

Austin 6 Watrous married Sally 6 Backus. (John 5 , Rev. Sold.; John 4 (and Johanna 4 Cleveland): Timothy 3 ; Stephen 2 ; William 1 Backus). Johanna 4 Cleveland, desc. Stephen 1 Hopkins of Mayflower (thru her mother Rebecca 4 Paine; Elisha 3 Paine; Mary 2 Snow; Constance 2 Hopkins; Stephen 1 ) Ref. Cleveland, Paine, Snow, and Hopkins Genealogies; also Parish and Buck. John 5 Backus married Jerusha Baker; dau. of Benj. and Jerusha 3 (Parish) Baker. Jerusha 3 ; (Benj. 2 ; John 1 Parish); thru her mother, Mary3 Tracy, has an ancient line to Egbert, First King of England, 35 generations. Austin 5 Watrous married Jerusha 5 Buck; (Justus 4, Rev. Sold.; Isaac 3 ; Samuel 2 ; Henry Buck.) Austin 6 was pioneer from Saybrook, Conn. to Cortland Co., N.Y., 1810 [?] via Washington Co.

The wife: Emily (Emma) Diadama 8 Tuttle (Chauncey 7 ; Ransom 6 , Jabez 5, Rev. Sold.; Daniel 4; William 3; Jonathan 2; William 1 Tuttle of New Haven, Conn.) Chauncey 7 Tuttle married Phebe Jane Fuller, Emily 8, born April 25, 1849, Salisbury, Herkimer Co., N.Y., Bap. Freetown M. E. church as an adult; died Dec. 2, 1944, Moravia, N.Y.; buried Cortland Rural cemetery. She was a poet, public speaker for temperance and woman's suffrage; had brown hair, blue-grey eyes, mentally alert and logical and had good memory till death at age of 96 years. Was a life membed [sic] of Cortlnd [sic] WCTU. Mrs. Watrous desc. from Francis 1 Bell; William 1 Abernathy; Abraham 1 Doolittle; John1 Beach; Job 1 Tyler; Roger 1 Terrill; Thomas 1 Ufford; Rev. John 1 Lathrop; James 1 Cobb; Christopher 1 Todd; Michael 1 Middlebrook; Rev. Peter 1 Bulkelev; Nathaniel 1 Merriman, William 1 Peck; John 1 Moss; Lieut William 1 Seward; Thomas 1 Norton; William 1 Bushnell; William 1 Tuttle, who thru his great grandother [sic], Joan Grafton, has a royal line back to Pepin the Elder. See Tuttle Fam. by g. F. Tuttle, 1883, Chauncey 7 on p. 263.

Children of Austin Augustus 8 Watrous and Emily Diadema 8 Tuttle. The 1st and only marriage of each.

1. Howard Chauncey 9 Watrous born Jan. 19, 1870, Groton, Tompkins Co., N.Y.; married Emmagene Smith (Dickinson) widow at Marathon, N.Y. April 22, 1896; died June 10, 1941, Cortland Co. hospital; bur. Cortland. child.

  • 1-1 Leon Asa10 Watrons [sic] born June 6, 1897, Freetown, N.Y.; married Glady Whiting, Cortland, N.Y. Children 1-1-1. Barbara, born Sept. 9, 1922; died Oct. 7, 1929, at Cortland: 1-1-2 Donald, born July 5, 1928, at Cortland.
  • 1-2 Charley Myron 10 Watrous, born Nov. 10, 1901, at Freetown, N.Y.; married Sara Kennedy, Cortland, July 10, 1920, both living, 1948 at Groton. Children 1-2-1, Margaret Elizabeth 11 Watrous; born April 9, 1921, Cortland; married Mortimer Hoel Bancroft, July 13, 1940, living in Groton. hildren [sic] 1-2-1-1. Melonie Joan Bancroft; born May 8, 1941; 1-2-1-2. Linda; 1-2-1-3. Martin 1-2-1-4. a son, born Nov. 22, 1946 1-2-2. Jeanne Louibe [?} Watrous (WAAC); born Nov. 20, 1923, Cortland; married Robert Woodward (War 11) April 30, 1945, living Chicago, Ill., 1948. 1-2-3. Norman Keith 11 Watrous (War II Navy); born March 22, 1928. Groton; married . . . . Nov. 9, 1946, living Groton, N.Y. Children 1-2-3-1 An infant son, Stephen Keith, born May 3, 1948, Cortland Co., Hospital; 1-2-4. Laura, living at home, unmarried.

    2. George Rider 9 Watrous, born July 23, 1875, at Freetown; married May Harriet Odell. (William Allen; Joshua; William Odell.) Married Sept. 4, 1901. Both living 1948. Joshua Odell married Jane Cleveland, see Cleveland Genealogy. Nine children:

  • 2-1 Harriet Diadema 10 Watrous born June 23, 1902, Freetown, teacher at Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. unmarried. 2-2. Chauncey Tuttle10 Watrous; born Sept. 24, 1903, Freetown, married Charlotte . . . . . lives in Massachusetts.
  • 2-3 Geo. Howland 10 Watrous born April 23, 1905. Owego, N.Y.: died July 23, 1906, Owego, buried Cortland.
  • 2-4 Malcolm Odell 10 Watrous, born Oct 13, 1906, Owego; married Sept 24, 1929 Anna Rodee, living Homer, N.Y., 1948. Four children: 2-4-1. Albert Malcolm 11 Watrous; born July 20, 1930, Cortland, died infancy; 2-4-2. Malcolm Harold 11 Watrous; born 1-27-1934; 2-4-3. Elwin Alton 11 Watrous; born March 26, 1939; 2-4-4. Donna
  • 2-5. Grace Ruby 10 Watrous (WAAC); born Jan. 14, 1909, Bartlett, N.Y.; married Sept. 1, 1945 Banks A. Fowler (War 11), at San Francisco, California; living Ada, Oklahoma, 1948.
  • 2-6. Gordon Harold10 Watrous; born May 13, 19213, Earlville, N.Y.; married .... both living Homer, N.Y., 1948. Children: 2-6-1. Gordon Harold 11 Watrous born June 29, 1941, Cortland.; 2-6-2. Dale 11 Watrous obrn [sic] 1944.
  • 2-7. Veryl Yale10 Watrous, born March 30, 1915, at Geneva, N.Y.; married Nov. 23, 1939; Vivian Margaret Hatch; both living Cortland, N.Y. 1948; two children: 2-7-1. Vicki Jeanne 11 Watrous , born April 1941, Cortland; 2-7-2. Stephen Russell 11 Watrous born June 21, 1945, Cortland.
  • 2-8. Kingston Almeron10 Watrous, born July 3, 1917, Geneva, N.Y. unmarried in 1948.
  • 2-9 Kermit Otis10 Watrous, born Jan. 15, 1919, Dryden, N.Y. unmarried 1948. d. May 22, 1949. [death date was pencilled in.]

    3. Austin Agustus [sic] 9 Watrous, born July 20, 1890, Cortlandville, Cortland Co., N.Y.; married 1. Sadie Heinz Lagerpurch, 2-1-1919, (divorced) d. Feb 4, 1949. Arlington, VA.; buried Cortland Rural cemetery; married 2. Kathryn Martha Reich (WAAC) Nov. 30, 1944; children:

  • 3-1. Dorothy Francis 10 Watrous born Nov. 5, 1922; 3-2. Austin Augustus10Watous [sic]; born Aug. 26, 1926; both born in Riverside, Cook Co., Ill.

    4. Florence Mae 9 Watrous born May 10, 1888, Freetown, Cortland Co., N.Y., married 1st Horace Gillette, 9-1-19920; w. Clinton David Harman 10-1-1930, now living Oak Hill, Moravia, N.Y. No issue.

    Data supplied by Florence Mae (Watrous) Harman of Oak Hill, Moravia, New York Dec., 1948. Ref. Tuttle Fam., Watrous Fam. Notes by Mr. Henry W. Belknap of Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.

    Harry A. Odell
    P.O. Box 899,
    Church Street Annex 8,
    New York City.
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