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From: "dadams" <dadams -at-> Subject: [WHITNEY-L] Ontario Co. NY. Whitneys Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2000 11:50:49 -0500 Dear Group, Here is a transcription that will be an ongoing project, need more pages that will take another trip to DC. in about 2 months. Note the publication date, this book is extremely rare, LOC on my last 3 trips are unable to find their copy and the one at DAR is falling apart upon touching. LDS has microfilmed it but due to the fact that is an oversized book the copies made from the film are way too small for me to read and transcribe. Hope this is helpful. "HISTORY OF ONTARIO CO., NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA: EVERTS, ENSIGN & EVERTS 716 FILBERT STREET 1876 BY Mary Loeper Colf, John I. Loeper and Ruth Nightingale Heart of the Lakes Publishing Interlocken, New York p. 3 Prominent, as containing the oldest and largest village in Ontario, is the town of Geneva. It was surveyed in the spring of 1789 by David Field, and a score of would-be settlers had arrived ere that work was completed. Here Chapin, drawing for the lots, obtained No. 21, memorable as the site of the picket fort and a partially destroyed orchard. The white clover and the June-grass had vegetated upon the cleared field and the scions of the apple-tree roots were bearing fruit, but General had business in Canandaigua, and sold to Messrs Oaks and Whitney at fifty cents per acre. In the spring of 1790, a party whom Jonathan Whitney was the leader, after a varied and severe experience, journeying from Schenectady to Geneva, reached the latter place, and sought accommodations at the tavern of Colonel Seth Reed, whose provisions were limited to a loaf of bread and no flour or meal. A timely supply of both the latter arrived during the day Abe Susquehanna and Whitney secured a supply. Game and fish supplied the place of other food, but the decease of the only cow deprived the family of milk. Sickness was general, and but few escaped the fever and ague. Elkanah Watson, on his Western tour writes under the date September 21, 1791, "Geneva is a small, unhealthy village, containing about fifteen houses, all log except three, and about twenty families. It is built partly on the acclivity of a hill, partly on flat, with deep marshes north of the town to the presence of which ill health is attributed. The accommodations by Patterson on the lake margin were decent, but repose was troubled by the presence of gamblers and vermin." On a visit twenty-seven years later, he says, "I find and elegant and salubrious village, distinguished for the refinement and elevated character of its society." ... In the old town of Gorham, once Eaton, now Gorham and Hopewell, the road to Canandaigua from Geneva first knew settlements in 1790, by Daniel Gates, Daniel Warren, Samuel Day, Frederick Miller, Frederick Follett, and the Babcocks, Lemuel, George, Issiah, and William. Daniel Gates Sr. form Connecticut, bought land in Gorham at eighteen pence an acre, and was the first collector of taxes. .. In South Bristol between 1789 and 1796, after Wilder, were the settlers Theophilus and Mathew Allen, Joseph Gilbert, Jared Tuttle, Peter Ganiard, Levi Austin, Nathaniel Hatch, and their families. . p. 39 Courts and Cases The first court of Common Pleas and General Sessions of Ontario County was held in the unfinished chamber of Moses Atwater's house, on the first Tuesday in June, 1792; Oliver Phelps, judge, Nathaniel Gorham, Jr., clerk, and Judah Colt, Sheriff. Vincent Mathews of Newton, was the only attorney present at the opening of the court. The first business transacted by the Surrogate's Court in this county was the settlement of the estate of Captain Jonathan Whitney, deceased in 1793. An inventory of the real and personal is presented, beneath which is written as follows: "This may certify, that Oliver Whitmore did this day present the above inventory to us with an intention of lodging the same in the surrogate 's office, agreeable to the bonds given by Nathan Whitney, as administrator of the estate of Jonathan Whitney, and made solemn oath that the above is a true and perfect inventory of all the estate of Captain Jonathan Whitney, late of the town of Seneca, in the county of Ontario, in the State of New York, deceased. Taken in Presence of Joel Whitney, and Solomon Yates, Ontario County, November 8, 1793. Samuel Mellish, Surrogate for Ontario county." .. p.149 TOWN OF SENECA SETTLEMENT The name of the Whitney family is closely identified with the pioneer history of this town and of Geneva. Jonathan Whitney came into the new country as and explorer in the year 1789. He remained four months in the forest, and returned to Massachusetts, and, in the following year, again turned his steps westward, arriving here in March, 1790, and located at the old castle, where he died in 1792. Capt. Whitney and family were seventeen days en route from Conway, Massachusetts, and endured many hardships and privations during the perilous trip. The little band of pioneers arrived at Geneva in the morning, when their stock of provisions was exhausted, and but one loaf of bread remained in the village. Colonel Reed, however, provided them with a scanty breakfast, though the best possible. Captain Whitney was one of twenty persons who purchased township No. 10, first range, his share being six lots, or one thousand one hundred and fifty-two acres, and he subsequently became the proprietor of six additional lots. He served in the French and Indian war, and was at the siege of Ticonderoga, where he fought with almost unprecedented bravery. The French had felled the timber about the fort, that their guns might be used more effectively upon the besiegers; but it happened that one large tree still remained, against which another had fallen, and lodged in the branches; and, by means of the latter, he succeeded in climbing into the stately forester, where he fired into the fort until his gun became foul, when his companions handed other fire-arms to him, which he used with effective service, the old flint-locks dealing death to those within the entrenchments until he was discovered by the garrison and forced to leave his position. He was ever ready to lay aside the implements of peace in times of danger, and when his country called to head off the British oppression he was found at the front, a commissioned officer, his commission dating May 3, 1776. Three grandsons Luther, Chaney, and Otis, reside in the town, and one, Nathan, near Franklin Grove, Lee county, Illinois. The longevity of the Whitney family is remarkable. The following is a register of the five sons of Nathan and Olive Whitney, grandsons of Capt. Jonathan Whitney. The three eldest were born in Conway, Mass.: Luther, August 21, 1782; Otis, October 19, 1795; Nathan, July 22, 1791; Jonathan and Cheeney were born in Seneca,- Jonathan, September 3, 1793; and Cheeney, April 21, 1795. These brothers are now living, except Jonathan, and their united ages are four hundred and twenty-tree years. . Again we come to the Whitney family, and find Ami Whitney, son of Capt. Jonathan, and himself a soldier in the war of the Revolution, was an early settler on lot 9, on premises now owned by a son Ami Whitney. Ami Whitney Sr., was born January 18, 1781 and died here December 14, 1867, at the advance age of eighty-six years. The present occupant of the premises, Ami Whitney, was born June 22, 1814. . . Lot 53 was owned by Nathan Whitney, who came from Massachusetts. Luther, Otis, and Cheeney Whitney mentioned are sons. . Many of the soldiers of the war of Revolution, at the close of that struggle for independence, settled in this county, and prominent among them was Isaac Amsden. He was a brave and efficient soldier, and was celebrated in the army as a marksman and scout. Never stepping from the path of his duty to avoid danger, he was found at his post, and participated in the campaign which closed with the surrender of Burgoyne, on the 17th of October, 1777. p. 146 Peter Gray was a pioneer on lot 90, and also resided some time on lit 65. One Sinclair was an early settler on lot 67. lot 72 was originally settled by Mathew Rippey, from Pennsylvania. A son, Thomas G. Rippey, now occupies a portion of lot 74. Mr. Rippey was one of the thirteen children who lived to the advanced age of seventy-five years. . Otis Whitney is the present proprietor of lands on lot 55, originally settled by Simeon Amsden. . Joel Whitney came from Massachusetts in 1789, and located on lot 45, and also was the proprietor of lot 36. A son, Joel Whitney, resides on lot 45. . Joseph Fuller and William Rippey were pioneers on lot 53. Two daughters of the latter now reside in the town,-- Mrs. M. P. Hamon and Mrs. R.C. Whitney, wife of Ami Whitney, Esq. . . Many of the pioneers of Ontario came from the "Keystone State," and conspicuous among the number was George Rippey, who located on lot 96, in about 1805, where a son, George O. now resides. . Mathew Rippey was the original proprietor of the farm now owned by A. J. Dillenbeck, and Peter Blackmore early settled lot 55. p. 148 ORGANIZATIONS Seneca Grange, No. 284, P. of H., was organized January 7, 1875, and the following were the first officers: . T. J. Rippey, C. ; .. Ami Whitney, Treas. ;. The present officers are as follows: . T. J. Rippey, C. ; . Castle Grange, No. 359, P. of H., was organized December 3, 1875, with the following officers; . Columbus C. Whitney, T.; Byram Whitney, Sec.;-- Ward, G. K.; Miss Clara Whitney, Ceres; Miss. Julia Whitney, Ponona;... CIVIL HISTORY The first town meeting in the town of Seneca was held at the house of Jonathan Fairbanks, inn-keeper, on the first Tuesday in March, 1793, when the following officers were chosen: . constables, Nathan Whitney. Benjamin Tuttle.. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY Presbyterian Church, Seneca Castle.-The church of Seneca Castle was originally an offshoot of the First Presbyterian church of Geneva, and therefore the early history of the existence of this church will be found with the Geneva church. That church was organized in the year 1800, by Rev. Jedediah Chapman, a missionary of the Presbyterian church, and was the first Presbyterian church organized in western New York. . Nineteen Members of the church of Geneva confessed their faith in Christ anew, and entered into a new covenant as a new church. These nineteen were;- .Temperance Whitney, Laura Amsden. Sybil Whitney,.. On the Same day, March 4, 1828, a religious society was organized, and five trustees were chosen, viz., Nathan Whitney.. P. 150 PERSONAL SKETCHES LUTHER WHITNEY This venerable pioneer was born in Conway, Massachusetts in August, 1792. When he was nine years of age he came with his father to this town, and has resided on the farm he now occupies for a period of more than threescore years and ten. But few persons have been spared by kind Providence to witness the changes wrought by more than fourscore years. Mr. Whitney has seen the gigantic trees of the forest fall by the woodsman's axe, and he has seen the wilderness transformed from the home of the savage to one of the finest agricultural regions in the State. The Whitneys are closely identified with the pioneer history of Seneca, and probably none in the town so much towards its improvement as the honored family which the subject of this sketch is a worthy representative. Mr. Whitney was well qualified to brave the hardships incident to the settlement of a new country, and by economy and strict attention to business succeeded in gaining a competency of this world's goods. He has six children living viz.: George in Michigan; Dolly, wife of Daniel Croshier, in Benton; Hannah, wife of Eber Bradely, in Michigan; and the following in this town: Cornelia, wife of Charles Parshall; Tacy, and Harriet P., wife of Cyrus Bray, Esq., who resides on the old homestead. Mr. Whitney is now ninety-four years of age, and in all human probability his earthly existence is drawing to a close; and when death lays his pallid hand upon him may he pass away very calmly and peacefully. "Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, And lies down to pleasant dreams." CHEENEY WHITNEY It is a pleasure to place upon the page of history passing incidents in the life of as worthy a pioneer as he whose name appears at the head of this sketch. Mr. Whitney was born in Seneca, April 21, 1795. His Grandfather, Colonel Jonathan Whitney, served in the French and Indian war, and was present at the siege of Ticonderoga. When the colonist called for brave men to strike the head of British oppression, in 1776, Colonel Whitney stepped to the front and performed gallant service during the arduous struggle. He was an officer , his commission bearing the date May 3, 1776. Cheeney Whitney united in marriage with Olive Caldwell in 1817. Mrs. Whitney was born in March, 1801. Five years after marriage they located on the farm where they now reside. Kind Providence has blessed their union with nine children, viz.: David H., born October 19, 1819; married Susannah Degraff, May 15, 1850, and was subsequently married to Martha Vangelder, June 6, 1855. Anna A. born March 25, 1821; died October 3, 1822. Hachaliah, born August 30,1822; married Amelia Vrooman, May 15, 1843, and subsequently married Hannah Stevens, January 16, 1869. Sidney, born August 20, 1824; married Amelia Vangelder, may 16, 1850. Calrissa, born December 16, 1826; married John Degraff, October 28, 1847, died April 1, 1876. Sophronia B., born October 26, 1828; married Willard M. Gregory, September 1, 1852. Byron, born September 4, 1830; married May Lesson, August 22, 1854. Elvira Emogene, born October 24, 1833; died May 9, 1853. Cheeney P., born June 10, 1836; married Mary Chapman, November 26, 1861. Mr. Whitney, though now at the advanced age of eighty-two years, is smart and active, and evinces much interest in the pioneer history of his town and county, where he has lived to see both transformed from wilderness into a land that "blossoms like the rose,"- one of the finest sections within the boundaries of the "Empire State." Mr. Whitney and his estimable companion are both on the downhill of life, but are passing their remaining years pleasantly, surrounded by all the comforts of a happy rural home. p. 169 Babtist Church Orleans- This church was organized in 1819. Elder ____ was the first minister. The first members were as follows: David Sanderson, Washington Moore." Denis L Adams 2665 Favor Rd. Apt 2E5 Marietta, Ga. 30060 <a href=""></a> dadams -at-

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