(December 23, 1820 - July 12, 1896)
Ebenezer Pennock (Dec 23, 1820 - July 12, 1896)
Madison County times
It occurred Sunday morning - A Pioneer of Sullivan - There are but Few Men
like Him. Farmers and Farmhands will miss him. A large funeral.
Ebenezer Pennock died in this village, Sunday Morning between the hours of 11
and 12 o'clock. He had been sick for several months and was gradually
growing worse, though hopes were everywhere expressed that he might recover
and again be seen making his daily trips among the people he has for so many
years travelled in his daily toil.
Ebenezer Pennock was born in the Town of Hebron, Washington County this state
Dec 23, 1820 and had he lived until next Dec would have been 76 years. His
parents came to this state from Connecticut, and when Mr. Pennock was yet a
lad moved on a small farm just south of Perryville. When He was 20 years he
gave his father $100 to release him of his time and went to work for Captain
Cady on the farm now owned by Smith Cady. He was industrious and a manager,
and about 1842 bought the farm now occupied by Wm. Jones at Bolivar. In
those days there was along the canal, farmers who did what was known as
"tripping for the line" furnishing horses to tow a boat from one station to
another, and Mr. Pennock did this.
Then he commenced to expand in land owning and gradually his land possessions
went north and eastward throughout the Town of Sullivan until they extended
over thousands of acres.
His ownership at the time of his death being 3,600 acres, though there were
times when he owned many more acres and in addition many tax sale lands until
he was the largest land owner in central New York, if not in the state. When
the New York Central Railroad used wood instead of coal Mr. Pennock cleared
lands north of the Depot and sold them wood and the better goods for ties.
This work he has continued and it has been of great assistance to hundreds of
labouring people in the town. In addition to the large weekly payroll, Mr
Pennock has had some 36 families interested with him in farm work and onion
growing and it is largely due to his labour that all the lands north were
developed into onion and celery lands. Mr Pennock has been interested in
enterprises other than farming, being for some time president of the
Chittenango Cotton company and later owner of the mill property. He was also
a director in the Canastota National Bank. He was a firm believer in
democracy and wielded an influence in the politics of this locality. He
hunted up the needy and gave him work and it is said that among the things
that worried him at the last was the large number of labourers and their
families whom he felt needed his assistance and his guidance. No man in
Sullivan will be missed by the labourers and merchants as much as Ebenezer.
Mrs. Pennock died in 1877. There survives a son Charles, a grandson to whom
he was greatly attached and two sisters, Mrs. Reuben Carpenter and Mrs
Butterly, the latter dangerously ill at her home north of the village, and a
brother Simon at Chittenango Stn and a brother in Oswego County.
The deceased was a type of that element which meets duty with courage, views
disaster undismayed, and is sustained by the unwavering conviction that
success is a certain result of earnest endeavour.
He was a pioneer of the Town of Sullivan and his name is interwoven with the
transition of its productive acres from the reign of the forest to the
fertility of the present.
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2000 07:20 PM
Madison Co. Families