Cortland County,
New York

Submitted by Judy K. Allen Cwiklinski


of Cortland County, New York

Attached are the Warner letters that were typewritten and in a note book that is located at the Potter County Historical Society. No names were given as to the submitter/s of the typewritten sheets. I know that you will all enjoy the letters - I have. Stone families & Gill - also Warners are the families within.

Judy Allen Cwiklinski Whitesville, NY

WARNER Page 1 (Information on loose-leaf typewritten pages in a Notebook with other families - these were gotten at the Potter Co., Historical Socitey, Coudersport - by Judy Allen Cwiklinski - 1997)

(Copied from a unknown source - JKC)

William H. Warner, son of Samuel Warner, was born in Connecticut in 1792. The story is told that he and a younger brother walked from Bristol, Conn. to Preble, Cortland County, N.Y. in 1810. In 1819 he married Polly Gill, daughter of John Gill of Preble. In 1825 they came and settled in Harrison in the unbroken forest, about a mile West of Whites Corners, where the third generation is now living. They came with an ox-team in a covered wagon, in which they continued to live until they had built themselves a long house. The William H. Warner family and the Thadeus Stone family evidently came together as they both came in 1825. Their wives were sisters, were both born in Preble, N.Y., the point from which they migrated to Harrison.

An interesting story has been handed down concerning John MacGill, the father of Polly Warner and Diana Stone. He was from Yorkshire, England of Scotch-Irish descent. He was serving on an English ship, at 15 years of age and when this ship neared our New England coast, he deserted the ship and swam ashore. He, ever after, dropped the "Mac" from his name and finally settled at Preble, Cortland, County, N.Y. where he made a successful farmer. Of John Gill's family, - Polly, William, Charles, Diana and Nancy came to Harrison. Samuel Warner and Mary his wife, came from Conn. in a covered wagon. Lived in it till they built a log house.

Their children:

John Hamilton Warner Wellington Warner Washington Warner and they brought up: Sarah Chestnut & Julia Hurlburt, Henry Hurlburt's dau. Julia married Chauncey Webster,

John H. Warner married Hestina Erway Wellington warner married Susan Latta, dau. of William.(Latta-JKC) Washington Warner married Sarah Coston, gr. Dau. of William Latta

William Latta's children:

James Latta, married (Margaret-JKC) Smith, sister to Jonathan Smith Nancy Latta, married Frederrick Coston Susan Latta, married Wellington Warner Sarah Latta, married Enoch Graves

Nancy & Fred Coston's children:

William Coston, died at Battle of Wilderness Sarah coston, married Washinton Warner Susan Coston, married Dave Widger Lydia Coston, married ( ) Graves Delphine Coston, never married Esther Coston, married Wall Church?


Taken from an old ledger, front page:

William H. Warner was sworn into office as justice of the peace at Smethport on Monday the 28th day of May 1832 for Potter County District Harrison and Eulalia.

Back of book:

William H. Warner one of the early settlers of Potter Co., was born in the town of Bristol, Co. of Hartford, state of Conn. on the 1st of July 1792. His father's name was Samuel he came with his parents from England when quite young. His mother's name was Mary Jerome of Conn. He had three brothers, Benjamin, Samuel and Jerome & three sisters, Sally, Cynthia & Polly. When 18 years of age he and his younger brother who was 16 came from Conn. on foot to the town of Preble, Cortland Co., N.Y. where in 1819 he married Polly Gill, daughter of John Gill of Preble and in March 1825 he came with his wife and two children to the wilds of Potter Co. and settled near the north west corner of the town of Harrison in 1832. Was appointed by Gov. Wolfe Justice of Peace which office he held for twelve consecutive years. Was one of the county commissioners at the time of the building of the first court house. He died Nov. 1, 1861.

PEDIGREE OF WARNERS (Harrison Valley Warner family)

John H., Wellsley W., and Washinton L., were sons of William H. Warner and Polly Gill, his wife.

William H. Warner had 4 sisters and 3 brothers, their names were: Sally, Esther, Cynthia, Benjamin, Samuel, William, Nathaniel J. and Polly Warner. They were children of Samuel & Mary (Jerome) Warner.

Samuel Warner had 4 brothers, Nathaniel, Asel, John & Joel Warner, who were sons of Nathaniel Warner of the town of Bristol or Burlington, State of Connecticut and came from England.

Parents of Mary Jerome, wife of Samuel Warner were, William & Polly Jerome.

Polly Gill had 7 brothers and 3 sisters in the town of Preble, Cortland Co., NY. Their names were John, Sarah, Nancy, Polly, William, Charles, Diana, Horatio N., B. Franklin, Hamilton and Willington Gill, who were children of John Gill and Sarah Case, his wife.

John Gill was son of John Hugill of the north of England.

Sarah Case had 2 brothers and 4 sisters. The name of the boys was, Benjamin & W. Norris Case. The girls names were Elizabeth, Martha, Rahanna, Lucy and Sarah. Ruhhanah married Asa Clemans of Charlton County of Worcester, mass. and had 3 children. Warren died young, Emily & Isaac T. Clemans lived in Webster, Mass.

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family) Page 4 (Note the letters are typed exactly as tyed from source page)

Midelebury, Jany 18 1819

Dear brother I now imbrace this oppertunity of writing a few Lines to inform you of our health through the Goodness of God we all ingoy good health at this time and hoping this will find you the Same I have Nothing New to write to you at present. I recd your Letter in Sept then wrote that you could not help me to any mony at that time. I am ver much disapointed for the want of it and I wrote to you in October Last and wanted a Load of wheat this winter if you could possibly fetch it to Vermont good wheat the best kind is Now worth 2 dollars per bushel. I wish you would if you can come and bring me 25 or 30 bushels of good wheat. I will give you the highest price if the winter should prove to be an open winterr and poor slaying you would come witha a wagon we should be very glad to have our father come in with you. the expense (?) will not be very much and we should be very happy to see him.I have not recd any letter Since September Last and I wrote to you to write me what you could do either you could come in or not and if you can not come in please to write me immediately and Let me know. I have nothing more to write at present. Give my compliments to our parents to brothers and Sisters and all inquiring friends if any there be. So I must conclude my letter with the hopes of Seeing or hearing from you Soon and I remain your brother until death Benjamin Lawrence (Warner-JKC)

(Folded and addressed to)

William H. Warner 18 « Prebble Cortland Postmark faded lebury is distinguishable. County and State Newyork

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Midelbury, June 27, 1824

Dear Brother Having an appertunity of sending a letter to Prebble I have wrote a few lines to inform you of our health. We are all in very good health except permela and her health is about the same as it has been for 2 years past but so poor, not able to do much of anything. I have not heard from you for more than a year. The last time I wrote to you for some assistance you informed me that you had sold your farm but could not pay me anything then but help me soon. I wish you to write to me as soon as you receive this letter and let me know how soon you can pay me and I wish you to be particular when you can pay me all or part of the money for I have to live in an hierd house and my own health is poor; for 2 months last winter I was not able to labor but have got better. If you knew my situation you would do your best to pay me a part and I am owing money and pressed on every side for the want of money. We send our best love to father and mother and brothers and sisters. I have nothing to write except except Miron Lawrence was married aobut three months since to a young lady in Belchertown (?) Massachusetts and has gone to keeping house and is doing considerable business for the time that he has been in the aractice of law and I have thought of coming to Prebble this fall and going on to the west to find me a better place than Midlebury. The scarcity of money will hinder me. I have thought of going to Rochester or in some otherr town about there. I wish you would write me what you think about the western country whether it is any better than here. I have work enough here but money is scarce for blacksmith business; will not command money. There is so much of stone here we can't get good hay enough to pay for stock and give our compliments to all the folks and I am in haste and must conclude with the hopes of hearing from you soon and I remain

Benjamin Lawrence (Warner -JKC) Addressed to

William H. Warner Pribble N York (no postage indicated)

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Preble Feb. 11, 1850

Dear Friends, It has been some time since we have seen you but we have heard from you. We thought we would write yo and let you know our present condition. I and grandmother are well as usual but Aunt Nancy is pretty badly off. Just four weeks ago today, it being Monday she went out to get a pail of water and there beingice around the penstock she took the old ax to cut away the ice and fell on the ice and hurt her hip very bad. She cannot be moved only by moving in sheets. The doctor does not think that the hip is broke. He says that the cords and muscles is all that is hurt and he says that it will take longer to get will that it would a broken leg. The neibors have been very good they have come in when we wanted to move herr and brought in things such as we needed. We made a wood bee last week and we have got wood enough now I guess to last all winter. We have not had a cow this fall. We have had to buy all of our butter this summer and winter. We have not had any pig last summer. We have been pretty well pinched through the summer. Grandmother has had a pretty hard time of it since Aunt Nancy has been sick. My grandmother vanatta is dead and Grandfather and Alzada have moved to Michigan. he has sold everything but his horses and wagon and gone to live with uncle John. We have had a letter from boliver and he is coming out next summer. His wife is coming as quick as navigation opens. He cannot come till in July for he has got to take the census. Write soon as you get this. Give our respects to all our friends there.

Very Respectfully yours,

Adnirum Gill

William H. Warner Polly Warner

(folded and addressed to) William H. Warner 5 (cents)

Harrison Valley

Potter County

Preble, N.Y. Pa. Feb. 11

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Hazelton Nov. 22 1852

Dear Father take the pen to inform you that we are all well and hope that you all are enjoying the same blessing. We got to uncle Jeromes on Saturday. We had a verry good time getting here. Uncle Jerome's folks is all well. It has cost us four and Goods and lumber to make a shanty about 100 Dollars. Alferd has took one lot and is going to poot a house. I have five acres to chop. Wheat is five shillings a bushel; corn fifty cents, potatoes, three shillings, hay ten Dollard, fresh port, six cents, beef, 3 to 4, tallow, ten. I have got a shanty made of boards 24 x 12 one story high. We all liave in it. Is rather a hard time with us at present. The road is very bad at present. Lumber is five Dollars, fifty cents a thousand. Cows from 7 to 15. Oxen 40 to 80 Dollars a yoke. Expect a deed for my lot in 2 or 3 weeks. Tell Mr. Huntingdon if he has not collected that note to do it as soon as possible. I am in want of it very much. I want you to wright as soon as possible. I want you to see that that judgement is tended to of W.T. Jones (William T.- added) If he pays it send it in a letter. E.O. Austin is a owing me 1.62 cents. I told him to pay you. Susan and Nancy stayed to Frank's and Mashe whilst we bilt a shanty, six miles from here. Alferd is a writing to his folks. If you want I will send a power of attorney to you. There is a small shugar bush on my lot. sell the cettle and buckets if you don't wnt them tht table and bedstead sell thay are to Mr. Latta. Enoch (Graves-added) wanted them if he has them take the pay two Dollars a peace I have to by everything. I can't go down suller Get apples know. There is some deer about here. There is black squirrels and patridges, Coons and mink. There was some snow the 1st of November. There has been one cold snap since. There is about 14 inces come today. The first snow that come here was the Sunday after we started. It is first rate weather to chop. We go to uncle Warners on Saturday about ten in the morning. The folks about here is all well. I don't know of one sick. There is about fourty acres cleared on the north side of the road. my shanty is about six rods of the road; the crick is in about four rods. One man is pooting up a frame house in sight. There is a log house in about ten rods with a family with a family in it right across the road from us. we are 11 miles from Corunna, the ocunty seat of this couty, six miles from flushing, twenty eight from Saginaw, 16 from Flint, 40 miles from the new capital, Lima. We have Justice of the peace and a road commissioner in sight when you git time to come come out here and see us. Alferd talks of a coming out there in the spring should like to see all of you. Give my respects to all inquiring friends if any. Please Direct your letter to Flushing, Gennesee, Michigan. Let Mr. Latta's folks read this if they wish to. Tell them where to wright to. I wrote to them and you when we got to Detroit. I did not know where to have you Direct your letters to then. But i shant move again without I am a blige to and I think that I shant be a blige to very soon. all of you came and see us soon as you can. I don't know when we can come out there. We have got every thing to do and winter is nigh. We talk of bing a pair of five year old steers for fourty dollars. I have seen one of them. I have bought half a Beef of Washington and a hog. Write a long letter for I have Your affectionate son, W.W. Warner Preble November 21, 1853

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Dear Friends,

I write to let you know that we are passing through very deep affliction at this time in the loss of our Dear Mother who departed this life November the 14th after sickness of fourteen days. She was taken sick on Saterday night with chills and fever. I was alone with her till morning. I sent for the doctor and she grew better for a few days. Monday night she grew worse had chills and fever, sickness at the stomach and pains in her left side. She grew worse till friday night and then she lost the use of her limbs and speach. She laid in a hard sleep panting her life away till Monday morning at the hour of three she left the world for a better one. It was hard to see her lay there and could not help her. We had the Docter every day, but he could not help her Sally was with me parte of the time. I am alone now and feel verry lonely. I think I will go and stay with Sally some pat of the time. We sold our place soon after you left here but didn't think best to have the writing drawn whild Mother was living. Mother made her will one year sence. It was her will that I should have the Property to dispose of as my Property is in with hers.

I cannot write more now. I have written to Adnirum. Leet all our friends see this.

write soon Nancy Ellwood

Polly Warner

(Nancy Ellwood, sister of Polly Warner, died Apr. 13, 1874, age 78. Buried at Whites Corners. (Harrison Twp., Potter Co. PA - JKC)

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Flushing, July 7, 1854

Uncl Wm. H.

The weather has been very warm here for the last ten days yet it is a time of General health. A young man by the name of Kelly came here yesteday morning, 6 o'clock rather sleepy. He said there was a woman by the name of Chestnut at Flint. She is here now. She came to Father's yesterday and Henry, a boy that lives with Father brought her this evening. She is in fine spirits. Mr. Chestnut is at work near Wellingon's. Wellington was here last Sunday. They are all sad. The Season is backward here. There had been very little wheat cut in this vicinity yet. Grass will not be very heavy per acre. Corn stands 4 to 5 ft. tall. Potatoes and oats are fair. It is difficult to hire a days work. I have tried all the spring to let ten or twenty acres chopping and no chance yet. Cattle and horses bring a large price herre. I sold a colt a short time abo for one yoke of oxen, one pair two year old steers, one cow eleven 1/2 dollars. Say one hundred and fourty dollars in all for a 5 year old work horse. No. one oxen bring from 110 dollars to 130 per yoke. Wheat is on the decline. Flour 8.25 to 8.50 per barrel Simeon and Samuel left N York May 5th; left Panama the 16th and arrived or was in San Francisco June 1st. They are probably at or near Georgetown, Eldorado Co. California. Probably Willington and I will go Monday or Tuesday and help Fatherr cut his wheat. Land continues to increase in price. It looks wild to see unimproved land raise from 2 to eight or ten dollars in two years. if it continues to raise at this rate it will soon be out of reach. I was not suprised that the Stebbins never sent me a letter on private business. Is the Cummings Judgment secured by land or otherwise or is it valuable at present or in future. Alfred is at a loss to know what to do. It is now ten o'clock Thursday. Saturday here three days writing. I must close this and close the mail and then close my eyes if the air becomes cool enough. With Respects and good wishes to all Relatives and Friends. will close this hastly written epistle, af. B.F. Warner

To William H. Warner Esq 3 Paid Whites Corners Harrison Potter Co. Pa. Flushing M July 5, 1854

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family) Aug. 11, 1862

Dear Uncle I take my pen in hand to write a few lines to you to let you know we prosper. Father and Mother are in good health. I also am well and hope you are enjoying the same. Times are very good here now. Barrels are worth $2.50 each now cash up and no growling. We pay eighty cents each for making. Tell Uncle Samuel that if he wants work to let me know soon and I will give him a burth. Crops look very well here they are rather late. Mrs. Fuller and myself wish to inquire of you in refference to a report that come to this country concering some of the best citizens of potter Co. The said report gives John White and family (Esq) the repute of being both thieves, robers and murderers. Daniel Rooks the name of a thief; two of the Mr. Rosa's the name of Counterfitters. Mr. Elisher English's wife of being a Lude woman. will you please answer this and give the particulars; why a family emigrating from country to this should report such a story. now Uncle if there is any color in this report please keep this report of this letter a secret and let me know the same.Mrs. Fuller wishes to know the reason of Mr. Wm. Cook left his Family and where he is if you know. Tell Uncle Thadeus' folks (Stone-added) that all that is left of us are well; tell all the folks that although I. Stone is a cripple in his left hand that he don't turn to his his back to any man makeing oil barrels. he is good for four a day Give my love to all S. I. Stone

please answer this soon. I don' fight in any Negro war.

Please Direct to S.I. Stone Oil Creek Po. Crawford Co. Penn. WARNER FAMILY LETTERS (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Palmyra, Apr 20(no year)

My Dear Mother I have delayed writing to you since I wrote you from Keokuke because I was undecided where I should be sufficient length of thime to get an answer. I suppose you are yet in Potter county and I trust enjoying yourself well. I have made arrangements to stay here at least till fall The Doctor and myself are well or ratherr I cannot say that I am entirely well though I am much better than I was when I left you. I have been taking the Dortor's medicine and I think I shall soon be entirely free from that difficulty that has troubled me so long. I have engaged in the Brick Burning for the season at this place. I think I shall do well as it as it is good business here. I think I shall do as well as I did at Keokuk. I do not have to risk anything for I do not trusst out anything. rest assured I shall do a safe business, at least I shall not do any thing until May. The People here are verry slow about starting business in the Spring. I am right in the midst of Border Ruffins. They are not so ferocious as one would suppose from reading accounts of them in the east. They are a verry cleaverr and hospital people. There are any quantity of Miggars here of all colors. Some black, some yellow, and some no color at all. On the hull I like the country first rate. It is a good place to live, it is verry healthy. it is the most desirable place to live I have seen in the west. Tell the square (added- Wm. H. Warner) that I am all right on the goose question, that I have but little to say about Black Republicanism here. I want you to get John Nelson (Gill-added) to answer this for you immediately as I am verry anxious to hear from you. The Doctor will be out this fall. Remember me to all of the friends.

Your son Amon

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS/Folder (Harrison Valley Warner Family)

Warner Family - by Lelia Warner Lowrey, June 1941

Sam Warner and son, Horace, (Wm. Horace) came to Harrison from N.Y. State in an ox-drawn covered wagon, in which they lived until they felled trees and built a log house. Wm. Horace had signed notes witha a man who had run away leaving Wm. H. Warner to meet the debt. This caused him to seek a new beginning in a new land.

Children of Wm. Horace Warner and Polly Gill Warner: 1. John Hamilton, m. Hestine *Ervay, dau of Parley and Harriet (Hurlburt) Ervay. (note - some of the family used name "ERWAY" the "W" instead of "V" - JKC)

2. Wellington m. Went to Michigan. 3. Washington L. m. Sarah Coston

Wm. Horace Warner's wife was Polly Gill, sister of William Gill, father of John Nelson Gill. Major William Latta, officer in War of 1812, married Sally White, sister of John H. White. Their dau. Nancy, m. Frederick Coston, and their dau, Sarah, m. Washington L. Warner. Wm. H. Warner was the only son who came to Harrison. Washington and Wellington were born in Harrison township. John Hamilton was a baby when they came. Was therefore, the oldest. He was father of William L. Warner. Washington was the youngest; He was Lelia Warner's father. James Latta was Lelia's mother's uncle. Lelia's grandfather was Wm. Horace Warner.

Copy of old letter in possession of Lelia Warner Lowrey:

Manchester, April 15, 1814 (added - to Sally White) Dearest of friends: I take this opportunity to inform you that I am well at present and sincerely hope to hear that you, my lovely girl, enjoy the like Blessings. I want to see you and I fear much more than you do me. but I trust and hope that you will not forget one that adores you above all other things on earth; but, oh, cruel fate and your most cruel father forbids my seeing you at present, but with your permission and the blessing of God, I shall see your ere long and see happier days with you, my lovely girl. than those in which I write. I shall write more fully when time will permit. I expect to send you some small presents by the bearer of this letter. Please to accept them as a token of love from one that adores you and ever will while life remains. Please to keep this a profound secret unless you have some friend you have trust with safety. Remember me in love and you shall hear from me again shortly. Please to write to me, dear Sally, and let me know your mind. I have not tell my thoughts but let that give no uneasiness for in my next letter you may read them in full. For I am your affectionate friend and lover, Asa Johnston

Miss Sally White, Bath, Steuben Co. N.Y. (She was a sister of John H. White and afterward married Major William Latta and werre Lelia Warner's Great Grand Parents. The "cruel" father refered to was a Great, Great, Grandfather of Allie Harrison Eberle, of Westfield, Pa.)- this was added to bottom - JKC

WARNER FAMILY LETTERS/Folder (Harrison Valley Warner Family) This was also in the Warner letters - JKC

(Conecuate) To the People to Home this Shall Come, Greeting: Know ye that I, Seth Peck of Farmington and county of Hartford and State of Conecuat (Conn.- added) for the consideration of seven Pounds Receive to my full Satisfaction of Smuel Warner of the same town and county Releas and Quit all My Right and Title to a Cartain Peas of Land which I bought of S. Warner. This Land is a part of the forteath Lot in the tourth tear of Lots West of the Resarved Land in farmington S. Est on my own Land and West on part of the same Lot. And is Buted and Bounded as followeth: South on the forty first Lot and Containing seven acres and furthermore, I the said S. Warner for said Land to be full and End and of no Efect. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth Day of July, 1785. Signed Seth Peck in presence of Simeon Hart Simeon Hart, Jun.

Hartford Conty Ts farmington, July 6, 1785 Personely ap'ed Seth Peck Signer and Sealer of foregoing instrument and Declared the Same His full and True Deed Before me, Simeon Hart Justice peace.DEED Know all Men by these presents, That I John Warner of Bristol in Hartford County and State of Connecticut for divers good causes and considerations thereunto moving: especially for the Sum of two hundred dollars. Received to my full satisfaction of Samuel Warner, of said Bristol Have remised, released, and forever Quick-Claimed, and do by the Presents for myself and my heirs and assigns justly and absolutely, remise, release, and forever Quit-Claimed unto the said Samuel and to his heirs and to his heirs and assigns forever, all such rights and title as I, the said John Warner Now have or ought to have in or to one piece or parcel of Land Situate in said town and being all the Land that I Claim by a Deed Isaac Sparry gave to said Samuel Warner and I, baring Date Sept. 2nd, A.D. 1796 and is East Jared Spencer's. North part on my own Land and part on Land formerly owned by Moses Persons. South on Joseph Hone and right on highway

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD unto himself and to his heirs and assigns, to the (torn) behoof of the said Samuel and to his heirs and assigns for ever, so that neither I, the said John, nor any other person or persons in my name and behalf, shall or will hereafter claim or demand any right or title to the premises, or any part thereof, but they and every of them, shall by these presents be excluded and forever barred.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of October in the year of Our Lord, 1800

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of

Susanna Warner

Enos John Warner

Hartford County Bristol, October 14, 1800

Personally appeared John Warner* and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me *signer and sealer of the foregoing instrument.

Enos Just Peace

Inscribed on back of Deed:

Samuel Warner's Deed from John Warner

Received for Record October 14th, A.D., 1800

In Bristol Records, Record Book Sixth, page 337

Pr. Enos Regr ((((END OF WARNER FILE - Judy K. Allen Cwiklinski)))