Excerpts from Centennial Historical Sketch of Fayette, Seneca Co., NY 1800-1900 by Diedrich Willers [Press of W.F. Humphrey, Geneva, NY, 1900; reprinted by W.E. Morrison & Co., Ovid, NY, 1982]
Fayette, Seneca Co., NY
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p. 28-33       "Among the settlers coming in soon after the organization of the town in 1800 were William Irland, Hon. Robert S. Rose, John Jolly, Peter Dey, Capt. Nathan Cook, Hugh McAllister, Darius Minor, Benjamin Tucker, Robert Gilliland, Enos Tooker, William Chathama, Roelof Peterson, Benjamin Moses, Henry Matthews, and families of Changerlin, Watkins, Hendricks, Henion, Marshall, Thomas, Huff, Lowden Dubois, Hicks, Leddick, Easton and many others, including a number of patriot soldiers of the Revolutionary War."
"An important element in population in the early settlement of Fayette, and which still to a marked degree exercises great influence in the direction of its affairs, were the Pennsylvania German settlers of the town, the ancestors of whom came to this country from Germany and Switzerland, prior to the Revolutionary War, or just at its close, including some persons of Hugenot ancestry. Most of these settlers came to Fayette in the first quarter of this century, although there were some who settled later, and the greater number came from Northumberland, Lancaster, Cumberland, Dauaphin, Northampton, Bucks, Berks and Lehigh Counties in Pennsylvania. Samuel Bear, Martin Kendig, Jr., and the Yost brothers, already mentioned, were of Pennsylvania German ancestry."
"Among the Pennsylvania-German families which settled in town for the first ten years of this century may, be mentioned the names of John and George Pontius, Jacob Riegel, Ludwig Stofflet, Christian Hoster, Anthony Houtz, Nicholas Deisinger, William Gamber, William Red, Frederick Rathfan, Henry Mauger, Henry Singer, Adam Hofstetter, John Markel, Jacob Alleman, George Bachman, John Emerick, Peter Whitmer, John Deppen, John and Jacob Frantz, Frederick Hassinger, George Shiley, Daniel Rhoad, Bartholomew Hittel, and the Kuney Brothers, with many others. A list of Pennsylvania German Settlers of Fayette, is published in a volume of "Notes and Queries," issued by Dr. W.H. Egle, State Librarian of Pennsylvania in 1898." [This list appears inan appendix to the book and is available here]
"It is to be regretted that no system of registration of vital statistics existed in the early history of this locality."
"Of early births within the territory of the present town of Fayette, the date of only a few has been obtained. As far as ascertained, the first male child born in town was George Coventry (son of Dr. Alexander), born August 24, 1792, who died at Utica, N.Y. , April 11, 1878. John Coventry, a brother, was born Feb. 12, 1796. Caroline Freeman, daughter of John Freeman, was the first female child born in town of whom any information is at hand. She was born Dec. 3, 1796, and became the wife of Davidson Mosher of Barrington, Yates, Co., N.Y."
"Other early births in town were:
|Jane VanRiper, daughter of Garry, born July 25, 1801|
|George Rumsey, son of John Jr., born Dec. 31, 1801|
|Timothy Rumsey, son of John Jr., born June 4, 1804|
|John Rumsey, son of David, born March 6, 1805|
|Daniel S. Kendig, son of Martin Jr., born Feb. 19, 1803|
|Sally Woodruff, daughter of Charles, born Nov. 4, 1804|
|William Yost, son of Casper, born Nov. 4, 1804
|Chester Yost, son of Casper, born May 12, 1806|
|Mary Catlin, born in 1805|
|Jacob Peterson, born Oct. 23, 1806, died Dec. 1, 1895|
|John H. Tooker, born April 28, 1807, died April 19, 1895|
|Lewis Woodruff, born 1807, died 1883|
|John Lowdem, born March 17, 1807, died March 6, 1898|
|Jacob Gamber, born Oct. 26, 1808, died April 11, 1897|