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Biography of Chauncey Westcott

Biography of Chauncey Westcott

Chauncey Westcott comes of Massachusetts and Rhode Island ancestry, his mother having been born in the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts, September 20, 1781, and his father, Henry Westcott, in Rhode Island, October 15, 1778. Henry moved with his father’s family to Oneida county, New York, and was married to Amy Dexter Cushing in 1803. He died October 24, 1855; his wife, October, 1870. Chauncey Westcott was born in the town of Deerfield, Oneida county, New York, December 10, 1804. In the month of January following his father moved into Jefferson County. Chauncey resided in the county until January, 1831, when he removed to Onondaga county, where he remained four years, retiring to Alexandria in 1835. In 1832 he was married to Miss Emeline Everson, daughter of Isaac and Charity Everson, natives of Montgomery county, New York, who was born in the town of Manlius, Onondaga county, September 27, 1812. This marriage was blessed with two children, – one son, Wilson H., born in Cicero, Onondaga county, November 20, 1833, married Miss Jane Thompson, in January, 1844; and one daughter, Emeline F., born in Alexandria, Jefferson county, September 12, 1835, married Charles Woodsworth, in February, 1858. Both reside in the village of Alexandria Bay.

Chauncey Westcott was a poor boy, and had his own way to make in the world. As a youth, he worked by the day and by the month for the farmers in the vicinity of his father’s house in Watertown. After that he attended a grist-and-flouring-mill for five years; clerked in a store five years; followed boating on the Erie Canal five years; worked at lumbering by the day and job five winters; and rafted lumber from Alexandria Bay down the St. Lawrence to Quebec three springs; kept hotel five years at Alexandria Bay. He was elected justice of the peace, and served one constitutional term to the entire satisfaction of the people. Since 1855 he has farmed principally, and speculated some in furs and butter until 1872, since which time he has attended to his farm exclusively. He is a gentleman well and favorably known for honest dealings and general rectitude. An illustration of his residence can be seen below. 1)Durant, Samuel W; Peirce, H. B. (Henry B.) History of Jefferson County, New York. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & co. 1878.

Residence and Farm of Lawrence Weston

Residence and Farm of Lawrence Weston

 

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1.Durant, Samuel W; Peirce, H. B. (Henry B.) History of Jefferson County, New York. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & co. 1878.

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